Five on Friday

Happy Friday y’all! It’s time for another installment of Five on Friday!

Just a fun weekly post where I like to share what I’m up to and maybe inspire YOU to try–or at least think about something new!

  1. What I have been watching: my two grandsons getting bigger and cuter every single day! Oh my goodness, it’s so much fun to be a “GiGi”! I am really looking forward to watching them enjoy the upcoming holiday season 🙂
  2. What I am reading: I finished Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth’s Adorned: Living Out the Beauty of the Gospel Together and now I am working my way through an excellent book by Stacey Thacker called Is Jesus Worth It?: Igniting Your Faith When You Feel Like Quitting .
  3. Something I’m pondering: That reading LESS of the Bible can make you happier. (No, my blog has not been hacked! LOL) I have been thinking about this for weeks–Why we should not necessarily try to juggle multiple Bible studies at one time. This is really a topic for a whole other blog post on its own, but I’ll go on and throw this out there for you to chew on. I used to be that person who would proudly share that I was doing a couple different Bible studies while reading a Christian book or two on top of that. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but I’m not so sure anymore. I mentioned in yesterday’s blog post that I’ve been thinking about James 1:25 which says, “But the truly happy people are those who carefully study God’s perfect law that makes people free, and they continue to study it. They do not forget what they heard, but they obey what God’s teaching says. Those who do this will be made happy.“  I started seeing this connection between happiness and God’s Word. We are told that happiness comes from our OBEDIENCE to it. So here’s the thing: Could trying to study too much of it make us UNhappy? Here’s why I think it just might. We’re told in Scripture that when we hear God’s Word, we have a responsibility to respond to it. We are called to OBEY what we hear. If we are stuffing our minds with more and more and more information, how can we possibly focus well on one thing? How can we “carefully study” it, as James says in that verse above? I have to admit I cannot retain all the information I take in from multiple Bible studies while juggling everything else I have to take care of in my life. No, I think it’s much better–and overall, we would be happier–if we would take one study at a time and give it our all. Reading it slowly, really taking it all in, praying that God would help us apply everything He’s shown us. MORE is not necessarily better. You can do so much with even one simple passage of Scripture! You can read it, you can read it again in different translations, you can write it out, you can memorize it, you can pray it, you can look up its cross references, you can study different, individual words within it. I just think this is something you might want to consider if you habitually participate in multiple studies and/or Bible reading plans and yet find yourself lacking joy. Remember, we’re to be doers of the Word and not hearers only. Why pile a LOT of responsibility on yourself instead of choosing ONE study to really soak in and put into practice?
  4. Something new I triedTHIS fresh Cauliflower fried “rice” mix cooked in a bit of olive oil and garlic, 1 beaten egg added and scrambled into it, and topped with a nice piece of baked salmon. Yum.
  5. What I learned this week: Success = obedience to God. Period. I’ve reminded myself of this a lot lately because sadly, I’ve been guilty of looking at other women in ministry and feeling like I just don’t measure up. I beat myself up because so many are younger than me and have accomplished so much more. I’ll think to myself “Why haven’t I thought to do that??” or “I wanted to do that but now she’s doing it, so I can’t!” But God reminded me that just because they are doing those things doesn’t mean I’m supposed to do them too. If I am listening to Him and obeying Him, then I am doing exactly what I’m supposed to be doing! THAT is success. And the thing is, when I keep my eyes on Him and follow the way He leads me, I’m happier and more effective in ministry because I’m focused on God’s will for me by keeping in step with the Spirit. Comparison only leads to bitterness, distracting us from the unique plan God has for us. If you struggle with envy or comparison, I hope these words encourage you as well!

Have a GREAT weekend! Love y’all!

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