Posts Tagged ‘Bible study’

Flylady and Encouraging Words

April 30, 2010

Today I am a little tired, probably partially due to being out of the house a lot this week and probably partially due to 6am Friday Bible study. So…I was allowing myself some “rest” time on the internet and stumbled upon a couple of blogs. While there wasn’t anything blatantly offensive about these blogs, one, in particular, left me with a negative taste in my mouth. The writer’s words dragged me down and now I feel even more tired instead of refreshed.

One thing I like about Flylady is how encouraging she is. Her words lift me up. Her words contribute positively to my life.

So, I am a bit more aware of how my words might be impacting people today. I hope that this blog is encouraging to someone, as well as being realistic. I mean, the blogs that are simply sugary sweet cotton candy aren’t realistic enough to encourage me in my real-life world, either. I hope the words that come out of my mouth and into the ears of the people in my real-life world are encouraging, too.

One way I hope to keep my words encouraging is to be in THE Word enough. We read in our Bible study* this morning:

The Spirit-filled life does not come through mystical or ecstatic experiences, but from studying and submitting oneself to Scripture. As a believer faithfully and submissively saturates his mind and heart with God’s truth, his Spirit-controlled behavior will follow as surely as night follows day. When we are filled with God’s truth and led by His Spirit, even our involuntary reactions–those that happen when we don’t have time to consciously decide what to do or say–will be godly.

I put six stars, six exclamation points two big arrows and a large “YES” beside this quote. When my involuntary reactions are godly, that is the fruit of the Spirit. When my reactions (my words!) are loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle and self-controlled, God is glorified. This is my hope.

*John MacArthur’s Romans: Grace, Truth and Redemption.

My Flylady Routine and the Bible

January 29, 2010

Over the past several weeks, I had found myself getting more and more bummed about the job loss situation. It just seems so unfair and we are forced into a lot of circumstances that feel difficult and challenging much of the time. Now, I will also say that there is an element of freedom and excitement about the potential for opening the bakery, but, at the moment, that is still potential.

Then I started doing the Bible study for this week. This is our last week in our Behold Your God study. The lesson was on how to remember and apply all we have learned over the last several weeks about the attributes of God by praising Him. In praising Him, we recall Who He is and what He has done. In praising Him, our focus shifts from our circumstances to God and we gain His perspective.

As I was completing the study, I realized how I had allowed my morning Bible mediation time to become shorter and shorter and then I had begun skipping it all together. I believe this is directly associated with my shifting my focus from praising God to being anxious about our job situation. Even though I have this time built into my Control Journal Routine, I still found myself meditating on the Word less and less frequently.

So, now, thanks to the Lord’s direction through this ladies’ Bible study, I am back on track. It’s been very true that when my focus is on being in the Word and praising God for Who He is and what He does, my focus is not on my circumstances. And I know that I have time for Bible mediation every day because it’s in my Control Journal!

Flylady and Long Car Rides

October 15, 2009

Yesterday, Joey, Lydia, Charlotte and I spent 8 hours in the car driving to and from a frustrating, unproductive doctor’s appointment for Lydia. However, on several fronts, the day could be declared a success. How could that be, you ask?

First, Joey and I had eight hours to talk. Lovely. Charlotte and Lydia contentedly watched videos and napped the whole time we were driving, so Joey and I were able to cover a lot of topics without interruption. That, alone, is a treat.

One topic that had been rummaging around in my brain involved the way I speak to others. I have been studying Colossians in my John MacArthur quiet time Bible study. Colossians 3:21 (Amplified Bible) says:

Fathers, do not provoke or irritate or fret your children [do not be hard on them or harass them], lest they become discouraged and sullen and morose and feel inferior and frustrated. [Do not break their spirit.]

John MacArthur believes that a more accurate translation for “fathers” is “parents.” “Parents” includes mothers, doesn’t it? I was then inspired to examine my tone of voice when I am speaking to the kids. This is where Flylady comes in. Having two pre-school-aged children and a couple of children who function in that realm developmentally, I have to give a lot of instruction a lot of the time. These children do not automatically jump in and participate in a Flylady routine written in my Control Journal. I have to instruct, instruct, instruct. Does this get tiring? Oh, yeah. And are my other children completely exempt from requiring instruction in Flylady routines? Nope.

So, all of these potentially-tiring instructions can easily start coming out of my mouth in an impatient, irritating tone of voice. The last thing I want to do is fret or discourage my children. I especially don’t want to fret or discourage them when it comes to establishing and maintaining Flylady routines. I want them to embrace the whole Flylady concept so that they can benefit when they are running their own households one day. You can bet I’ll be watching my tone of voice more carefully, now.

Second, while I was talking, I got to CRAFT! Woo-hoo! I’ll post more about what I’m crafting later, but I was pretty pumped to have a couple of projects completed yesterday.

Third, we ate lunch at Jason’s Deli. I’ve only eaten there once before, but I really like their salad bar. AND those fabulous pumpkin seed crackers. I get a kick out of being able to have something really tasty (and organic!) for lunch that is South Beach Diet-friendly. I guess I am easily amused, eh?

Fourth, we went to Whole Foods. I haven’t been to Whole Foods since they moved (and that’s been a LONG time). What a treat! I am planning to spend quality time in that store sometime soon so I can discover new products to add to our United Natural Foods order.

So, there you have it: talking, crafting and good food made up for a long drive (and a very rude doctor).

Early Morning Gals

September 11, 2009

Today was our first 6:00 am Bible study.  Yes, you read that right.  SIX.  A.M.  Oh, yes, and AT. MY. HOUSE.  It’s true.  We are having a weekly, 6:00 am ladies’ Bible study at my house.  Yes, WEEKLY.  Yes, AT. MY. HOUSE.  If this doesn’t prove that Flylady’s routines have ushered in the end of CHAOS in my life, nothing does.

Before Flylady, I would probably have spent yesterday putting off doing the inevitable mad cleaning until I had no time left for anything but the “essentials.”  Then, I would have frantically dashed around, putting papers in a pile, loudly ordering the kids to pick up this or dust off that, stressing them and myself in the process.  I would have depended on Joey’s sincere contributions to this cleaning frenzy, even though he had been at work all day.  I would begin dreading next week’s cleaning episode before this week’s work was even partially completed.

But that was not the scenario at our house yesterday.  In fact, we had quite the logistically challenging day due to our having to retrieve our beef and pork from the butcher and, consequently, needing to purchase and pick up a new, additional freezer for this 600+ pounds of meat.  Our food buying club order also came yesterday afternoon.  So, I arrived home with over 1,100 pounds of food in the van that had to be put away.

Was I panicked about getting everything put away and still having to clean for the Bible study?  NO!  Why?  Because yesterday was Weekly Home Blessing Hour and the kids knew just what to do.  They got everything dusted and vacuumed and trash removed and sheets changed.  Hey, the Bible study ladies could even have spent the night with everyone’s sheets all nice and clean.  And Joey, realizing that I would be slightly out-of-routine with the trip to the butcher’s, did my part of the Weekly Home Blessing Hour (mopping!) before he went to work.  All I had to do last night was make the breakfast casserole and clear up the hot spots.

So, I’m looking forward to our 6:00 am Bible study every week at my house.  At least the AT. MY. HOUSE. part is not stressful.  But, then, there’s that SIX. A.M. thing….

P.S.  I’m SO glad that Patty, Alissa, Carol and Clara and I could get together this morning.  Thanks so much for making the effort, gals.  I think we’re going to learn a lot and be encouraged.  Hopefully, Sheree and Cindy and, perhaps, Rachel, will be able to join us.  Anyone else interested?  Come on over!