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Discipleship Through the Eyes of Youth: Day 21

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Today I did my SOAP over 1 Timothy 2. This chapter really kind of sums up the discipleship challenge for me in 1 chapter of the bible because it focuses so heavily on praying in every way for everyone and if there is one thing that the 30 day challenge has done for me it’s been to challenge my prayer life and make it flourish. Never before have I prayed for my friends and family like I have during this challenge. It’s been the neatest thing to see God move after abundant prayer for and with friends and family.

It was also just a really good reminder of what my life as a girl after God’s own heart should look like…

Here are my favorite parts of today’s scripture… (Sorry I know it’s long, but it’s all so good!! (: )

The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live.

1 Timothy 2:1-3 (MSG)

Since prayer is at the bottom of all this, what I want mostly is for men to pray—not shaking angry fists at enemies but raising holy hands to God. And I want women to get in there with the men in humility before God, not primping before a mirror or chasing the latest fashions but doing something beautiful for God and becoming beautiful doing it. I don’t let women take over and tell the men what to do. They should study to be quiet and obedient along with everyone else.

1 Timothy 2:8-11 (MSG)

I shared these passages with my sisters and my mom today because I just really felt like they spoke beautifully to the role that us as daughters of the king are called to play.

Day 21 – Equipped and Engaged

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We still have one of our three kids at home.  Noah is sixteen.  We don’t spoon feed him anymore.  In fact, he’s capable of preparing food to feed himself.  How?  Brenda taught him how to use the microwave, stove and even the blender.  We also taught him to clean-up after himself; which he is still in process of grasping.  Curtis Sergeant’s video is dead-on:  many Christians have never left the “consumer” stage to become “producers.”  How important is independent daily feeding on the Word of God!?!  And, I would go a step further — setting aside a specific time each day to meditate on the Word (I prefer mornings), is absolutely necessary.  If every disciple was trained to self-feed; leadership, then, can become not the process of continual feeding, but of equipping the Saints (applying the Word of God already in you).  Now, that’s a radical thought in today’s church!

Day 21: Chew the food yourself.

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Self feeding is hard work!  In a society that thrives on instant and “googling” everything we need to know.  Self feeding is at a premium.  We are constantly distracted by technology and many other things we have at our fingertips.  Self feeding takes time.  I was challenged by something I read that said we should work in 90 minute chunks.  So I thought let’s try reading the bible for 90 minutes.  After about 12 minutes I was looking for a distraction.  After about 45 minutes I was in the groove and really enjoying it and getting a ton out of it.  By the end I realized that this is the type of self feeding I need to do.  I need to solely focus on listening to God for larger chunks of time and scheduling that time instead of just fitting it in here and there.   

 

Pastors Jobs are to equip the saints, but that is not what most congregations want.  Most congregations want from their pastors so many things that aren’t even the pastor’s responsibility that they don’t even have time to equip the saints.   I totally believe this to be true and have tried to push our church and especially our pastor into doing more equipping rather than just preaching.  I truly believe if we just focused on equipping the church to do the work of the saints churches would explode.  I took a preaching class called the “Simeon Course.”  It was great and I understood how to go through scripture so much better.  We are offering more of these classes at church and trying to help everyone understand how to go through scripture.  The pastor should not be like a momma bird giving us pre-chewed food.  We should want to feast on the real thing, the word of God, and enjoy finding, chewing, and swallowing it whole ourselves.  Let’s self feed and help others to do the same.  We don’t need to leave it up to “professionals.”

Discipleship When Life Is Busy: Day 21

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Day 21: Self-Feeding Disciples.  Today was not the most productive day when it comes to meeting this challenge.  Yesterday, I mentioned wanting to complete the SOAPS study in the morning, so my plan was to start that today, but I forgot that I had to be at work an hour early for a meeting.  Which when you have kiddos who need to get ready and go to daycare means quite the early morning, so it didn’t get finished.  I thought I would just complete it tonight.  I went to work where I participated in 6 IEP meetings (which may not mean a lot to everyone, but it is ALOT for one day).  Then right after work I met a friend to go to a sisterhood event that was put on by her church.  The event started at 7:00, so I thought I would have plenty of time after that.  Well, it is 11:20 and I literally just walked in my door, sat down, and began writing.  I did listen to the video as I drove home tonight so that I could be up to date on the self-feeding section that we are going to begin.  Tonight, I was thankful for 4G…

I am glad that there is a section on self-feeding in this training.  I feel that though I know the concepts of self-feeding, I still sometimes struggle to completely devote myself to it.  Many times I get busy and it seems like there are too many things competing for my attention to devote the time and energy into self feeding that I should.  However, I know there is great importance to that because as the video presented, Sunday morning shouldn’t be the place that you’re expecting to get fed.  Even if that was the purpose of Sunday morning worship, it wouldn’t be enough spiritual food to grow you and sustain you.  We must be in the word daily, worshiping daily, and spending time in prayer with our Creator.  That is how we maintain a close relationship with him.

Learning to Fast

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I’m writing as a guest on the site, anonymously, because I need to admit… it has been a long time since I have allowed myself to feel such physical hunger for such a sustained time — and I’m only doing a partial fast (two meals per day) and how that also is a pretty true statement for my spiritual hunger as well. I content myself too often with passing 15-seconds-of-thought prayers, tiny bite-sized crumbs of Pinterest-type scripture, and distracted Sunday morning “worship.” I need to remember how to be hungry. How to feel it and let it move me. Not just move me to reach for a spoon-fed understanding of someone else’s revelation, but move me to seek out dinner with the Master Chef. I have a million excuses. No, I really only have one: I let any excuse be bigger than my drive to being more like Him.

So here is to being hungry! To being truly grateful for the food before me and my family. To pushing away the distraction of seeking comfort in favor of seeking His Voice. Today I’m praying that you, the reader, will find real mealtime with the One Who Loves You most.

Signed,

Learning to Fast