Unfading Marital Bliss (1 Peter-Week 7)

Here we stand at the half-way point in our study of 1 Peter.

And I can’t begin to explain the depth of encouragement, conviction, and blessing this time in God’s Word has brought to my days.

Last week was an incredible display of God’s grace in action –

How He shed His blood so that we could die to sin and live for righteousness.

And I am speechless.

And now, now we look at how to live day in and day out in our marriages. This union that sometimes comes so naturally and easily, but often comes painfully hard. What a blessing that God’s Words can bring hope and joy to my marriage – and yours!

I have a feeling that as we soak up more of His Words, we’ll find it’s less about us, and all for Him!

Let’s draw near to God, growing ever closer to His heart, as we learn to live lives of purity and reverence for Him.

1 Peter Week 7 - Our Family for His Glory

There is so much information (good and bad) surrounding us in regards to marriage and our roles as husbands and wives. I think this week is a really important week in studying what GOD says about these things!

So, get rid of any pre-conceived ideas or defensive feelings you may have, so that we can soak up the Truth of His Words!

Let’s seek God and His heart as we search Scripture to find what He says about the topic of marriage.

One helpful tool we’ll use this week is a topical Bible.

A topical Bible is just what it sounds like – a Bible that lists Scripture together by topics. I don’t have a topical Bible (because I much prefer my “regular” Bible), so I’m guessing many of you don’t either. But, this is one of the reasons I like BlueLetterBible.org – because they have topical Bibles for free online.

Do you remember how to get there?

*Go to BlueLetterBible.org and type “1 Peter 3” in the search box. Select the translation you would like to use, and click the “search” button.

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*Click on the “TOOLS” button next to the verse containing the word that you’d like to study further. (vs. 1 is good for “wife” and vs. 7 for “husband”)

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*This time we’re going to click on the reddish colored “DICTIONARIES” tab.

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*Or, you can get there the same way if you hover over the “TOOLS” button, and click on the reddish “DICTIONARIES” tab that pops up.

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*Either way, you will come to the “Reference Works” page for that verse. Scroll down to where wife/husband is located under one of the topical references (Nave’s Topical Bible and/or Torrey’s New Topical Textbook) and click on the link.

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*Hover over the Scripture links to read them right on the page. (Click on the links to take you to the verses in context.)

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Let’s seek His Word together. What a blessing it will be.

I’m praying for you this week, as we grow in God’s sweet grace for our marriages!

1 Peter Week 7

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1 Peter - Week 7

Oh, what an incredible week we have ahead of us – if we live these truths, we just might see our marriages transformed!

I’d love for you to come and share what God is teaching you as you grow in His Word and as you learn His heart and as you LIVE for Him… right in your kitchen, living room, bedroom!

Let’s grow in the true grace of God together! (It’s NEVER to late to start!!)

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Last Week: 1Peter 2:11-25 – Glorifying God in Everyday Life
Next Week: 1Peter 3:8-22 – Suffering for Righteousness’ Sake

Following In His Steps (Even After Bible Camp)

I’m spending today with this lovely lady.

Kayla's following His steps

She spent the better half of the week at a Bible camp. This was our first “real” camp experience – where we dropped this smiling Kayla girl and her excited big sisters off in their cabins and waved good-bye.

And, oh my – why didn’t anybody tell me about the flip-flopping stomach and teary eyes that this mama would experience!?

With the big three at camp and the little three at Grandma and Grandpa’s, I’d been prepared to sleep for a couple of days straight. The first night I maybe got four hours of sleep, and in the morning (which also happened to be my birthday) you could find me looking at that tentative camp schedule like a hawk – frequently giving updates to my husband (because maybe he too secretly wished to know every single detail about what they were doing in twenty minute intervals). And, just in case you were wondering, from what I can gather their Bible exploration time was really in the morning, not in the afternoon as listed… which really throws the whole schedule thing off. Although I got all my information from my sweet little eight-year-old who also said that all they served for meals was salad. :)

But, I truly had a lovely time with just my husband and me. (Although, I must admit, that the excitement of blowing out birthday candles just wasn’t the same. But it was a fun twist, as for the past ten or so years, it’s been the other way around – where I’m at home with all the kids and my husband’s speaking at camp.)

And driving back home for hours with my little lady talking about her favorite parts, singing the same two worship songs over and over, and her all making plans for going back to camp again next summer… it reminded me why we chose to let them go in the first place.

Because there’s just something special about camp’s atmosphere that is fun but a bit uncomfortable. And at (a God-honoring, Truth-speaking, Gospel-loving) Bible camp, many kids commit to following Christ.

Following His Steps

And, so our family {Bible} time looked a bit different this week. But it was just what was needed after a week of “GOD IS AWESOME!” and “JESUS LOVES US!”

Because those things do not end at camp. And following Jesus should not be left for the counselors alone to exemplify.

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Family {Bible} Time1 Peter – Week 6
(Corresponds with this week’s 1 Peter 2:11-25 Bible Study)

We snuggled up together and talked about what she learned about Christ while at camp. Then we read 1 Peter 2:11-25 together (for younger kids, you could just focus on verses 21-24), and talked about how we could continue to follow His example.

We played a little game where we tried to follow each other’s steps, and talked about what it might look like to follow in Jesus’ (big, beautiful, righteous, humble) steps.

And we attempted to take some pictures making the same fun faces – for if we’re truly following Jesus, we’ll start to look and act a lot like Him!

fun faces

silly faces

happy faces

grumpy-ish faces

silly fun faces

smiling faces

{Oh, I love this girl!!}

And that was it! Just a sweet little time together sharing our heart’s desire to follow in His steps because of all that He has done for us. (See, it doesn’t have to be fancy! Sometimes the little things make the biggest impact!)

I’m looking forward to sharing some precious talks with my other children (that I’m missing like crazy) as well.

following in His steps

But, for today, I’m going to go enjoy the time with this girl that I get all to myself for one more day.

sweet Kayla

1 Peter Family {Bible} Times: #1 1 Peter Introduction “When All Our Kids Hearts are Dirty” – #2 1 Peter 1:1-2 “How to Get Kids to Love the Bible” – #3 1 Peter 1:3-12 “How to Share the Gospel With Kids” – #4 1 Peter 1:13-25 “Showing Grace & Teaching Obedience”#5 1 Peter 2:11-25 “Displaying to Our Kids that God is Good”

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1 Peter Week 5 - Our Family for His Glory

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Showing Grace and Teaching Truth

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1 Peter Week 4 - Our Family For His Glory

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