God’s Mighty Hand (1 Peter-Week11)

It’s just about the end of this letter, and I can’t tell you what a joy it has been to soak in Truth of all He is and does. And my heart has been stirred, creating in me a desire to emulate Him, and to live for Him each day.

And this week – it will all come to such a glorious ending.

Oh, how He cares for us!

How He has given us the ability to stand firm in our faith.

How He has allowed us to know Him, the God of all grace.

And how He has called us to eternal glory.

Oh, this might just be my favorite section.

1 Peter Week 11 - God's Mighty Hand

As we get ever so close to the end of this study, let’s make sure that these words will not easily be forgotten.

To get His Words to move from page to heart:

Breathe it in- Take a mental photograph engraving each word (& reference number) in your mind as you read it. Then read it again and again.

Dwell in it- Act it out, use motions or sign-language, put it to music, write it down (small or BIG- on the mirror, on the sidewalk, on a napkin, with paint, with glitter, and my favorite in a Ziploc baggie stuck to the shower wall…), draw it up, hang it all over, listen to it being read, type it out (try “Scripture Typer” – be warned that it’s addicting), teach it to your kids, make it a game, stand on your head if you have to! Do whatever it takes to get your mind focused on each word.

Bind it to your life- Breathe the words in before your feet touch the floor in the morning, and out again in the carpool line, while folding laundry and cooking supper, as you brush your teeth and tuck the kids in bed. Attach these life giving words to a specific time or activity in your day.

“Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the door-frames of your houses and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land that the LORD swore to give your forefathers, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth.”
Deuteronomy 11:18-21

Absorb it- Find out what the words mean that you are memorizing. Who wrote them? Why? What does each word mean? Soak in the truth. (This is what our 1 Peter Study helps us to do.)

Breathe it out- Aloud to yourself, whisper it in the depths of your soul, teach it to others, and share it with those who need to hear it the most. Each week, commit to telling it (without peeking) to an accountability partner. Make it a part of your every day speech. And pray it, pray it, pray it.

Live it- Don’t stop at memorizing, allow God’s Word to penetrate your heart and change your life.

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly…” Colossians 3:16
“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”
James 1:22

Guard it- Again and again and again. Hold fast to His Words as you repeat and review. For this is what leads to life-giving retention.

The Word is our Sword – we need it at all times!

Instead of leaving His Word by our bedside, we must carry it in our hearts – breathing it in, dwelling in it, absorbing its Truth, and breathing it out again.

It’s life changing and enemy defeating.

Come, grow in His incredible grace again this week!

1 Peter Week 11 - Our Family for His Glory

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1 Peter Week 11

I think this might just be my favorite week!

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 and as His Words become etched in your heart!

Let’s grow in the true grace of God together! (Even though next week is our last – it is NEVER to late to start!!)

1 Peter Bible Study Our Family for His Glory

Last Week: 1 Peter 4:12-19 – Sharing in the Messiah’s Suffering
Next Week: 1Peter 5:12-14 – The True Grace of God – Final Greetings

When There is No Time for Family Devotions

It’s been said that we make time for the things that are most important to us.

The people. The hobbies. The values. The faith.

It just might look a little (or a lot) differently than we envisioned.

This week it looked a whole lot like reading some verses to kids piled in between blankets and overflowing backpacks in our new-ish van. (Yes, we are now that family!)

It was this sweet scent of His Words mixed in the with the aroma of McDonald’s chicken nuggets and peppermint oil (because it helps with motion sickness – the peppermint, not the nuggets).

we are that family

Family {Bible} Time1 Peter – Week 10
(Corresponds with this week’s 1 Peter 4:12-19 Bible Study.)

In my mind I could see us stopping at a park to make up some little obstacle course with “trials” to overcome (and to rejoice in) as we talked about how the trials we face as Christians today will lead to glory in the future. (See 1 Peter 4:12-19.)

Or, maybe I’d at least come up with some fun name game we could play during the ten hour drive home. Then somehow I’d relate that to the preciousness of bearing the name of Christ.

But, the closest we got was battling our way through rush hour traffic and calling out the different state names on license plates, and there was the trial of getting everyone back in and strapped after a lunch break.

we are that family

Really, we just read those eight verses and came up with a few biblical examples of people who suffered for being a Christian (Stephen, Peter, Paul, John…). And that was it. It took five – maybe ten – minutes.

I share this because I know how easy it can be to look at all the pictures and fun that others are having learning about God and His Word (or anything really) and think that your family doesn’t measure up, or that you’re not doing enough.

And you’ve seen our family painting windows and dressing up and going on crazy-fun-camera-taking-scavenger-hunts. And I love these times with my family. I love to help these precious kiddos of mine understand biblical truths in creative, fun ways. But often times the sweetest times are the moments without the flashiness or the flare.

When it’s just us – reading His Words – soaking in His Truth while snuggled on the couch, or together at the park, or driving down the highway.

So, make time this week for God and for sharing your faith with your kids.

Maybe you’ll get to make some awesome obstacle course or will get brave with glitter and glue or will come up with some other incredible idea.

Or maybe you’ll sit piled on the couch or in the car listening to a few short life-breathing verses.

Either way, I’d love to hear the big and the oh-so-little ways you’re sharing the gospel with your family.

our family

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 2:1-10 “Displaying to Our Kids that God is Good” – #6 1 Peter 2:11-25 “Following in His Steps” – #7 1 Peter 3:1-7 “How to Deal With Sibling Conflict” – #8 1 Peter 3:8-22 “A Secret to (Sisters and Brothers and Everyone) Getting Along” – #9 1 Peter 4:1-11 “Maybe This is How We Stop All the Mommy Wars and Sibling Rivalry”

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1 Peter Week 10 - Our Family for His Glory

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Maybe This is How We Stop All the Mommy Wars and Sibling Rivalry

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A Secret to (Sisters and Brothers and Everyone) Getting Along

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How to Deal With Sibling Conflicts

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Following In His Steps (Even After Bible Camp)

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I’m spending today with this lovely lady. 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 […]

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