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What I’m Loving Right Now #1

I thought I would share a few things that I am loving right now, from books and sermons, to products, and random things on the internet…here are some things I am loving right now.

I am reading Discipline: The Glad Surrender by Elisabeth Elliot, and it has been so profound. Such amazing thoughts from an amazing writer, I think this will end up being a reread every now and then kind of book for me.

I love The Village Church podcast, and I am loving this sermon this week about our motivations for obeying Christ through different seasons in our lives.

I am still obsessed with these Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains, they stay forever and go on so perfectly. I would be a bit embarrassed if I told you how many shades I have…but my mom has more.

Love this article “To the Lady Ashamed of being Pregnant with Her Fourth” and its sweet reminder that children are a blessing.

Twitter…I have tried to get into twitter before…and I am trying again. So many people I love to follow use Twitter as one of their main social media outlets so I am trying it again…convince me to love it guys! You can find me here…come say hi!

I love this song, Though You Slay Me, the title taken from the book of Job. I love this version overlaid with John Piper preaching. It is so powerful.

What about you, what are you loving right now? Let me know in the comments, so I can check it out!

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Cara Cobble Trantham

I love Shane and Shane… And this post. I may copy you someday!!;)

Tammy Damore

I just got a new lipstick, REVLON color burst Lacquer Balm in the color 125

Gina Joy Burpee

That is one of my favorite songs…the humility and surrender behind it so beautiful.

Raising Up Stones

Ok, now I need the book and the lip stain! I loved that post about the four children and im going to be listening to that song often!! As for twitter, I’m with you. I just can’t quite get into it!!

Joy DiPilato

Thank you for sharing that sermon. I almost had a meltdown in the first 6 minutes when he described how obedience could sometimes feel like an all-out assault by God on my hopes & dreams. I needed to hear that it’s not always easy, not for anyone.

Laura Loewen

My friend introduced me to Though You Slay Me…awesome song on growth and pruning!

Weakness in Motherhood

A few weeks ago Jeremy and I went on a little date to celebrate shipping out all the preorders of the Joy in Christ Journals. We had a great lunch, and then went to see “Mom’s Night Out”. The movie was pretty hysterical, mostly for the fact that it talked about some really real issues. It made me think a lot because for some reason we as women feel the need to be perfect, and have it all together. I will be the first to admit, that I just don’t. Some days my house is a mess. Some days we have pizza for dinner. Some days I forget to take a shower.

I have realized that we don’t do each other any favors by pretending to have it all together. For the struggling mom next to us, it would probably help a whole lot more if we would just be honest. I have a friend at church who is an amazing mom that has four adorable kids, and I always love her honesty. When you ask her how she is, she is almost always smiling, but she doesn’t give you a fluffy answer, she tells you things are good, but a little chaotic at her house.

I think we could use a dose of honesty when we talk about motherhood. I see a lot of moms pretend to be super mom when they are struggling, and I see other moms complain about their kids non stop…these extremes are just not good for anyone.

The answer to our struggles as moms has to be found in the gospel. The truth is, we can’t do it on our own. Motherhood, and so many other things in life, is too much for us to handle on our own. But, we have a Savior that is on our side, that desires to help us through every aspect. We don’t need to be perfect moms in our own strength, we can rest in His strength to get us through.

We are weak, but He is strong. When we hide our weakness, we hide His strength. When we are honest about our weakness, we let Christ’s grace and strength work through us. When we are honest about our weakness as mothers we preach the gospel to our children, and to those around us, that Jesus will do what we can not do. His power is made perfect in our weakness.

Let’s be honest about our weakness and His indescribable strength. Let’s not talk about ourselves as supermom, or our kids as the worst kids ever, lets use motherhood to point to Jesus.

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Kristin Gagliano Weingartner

I love this blog post!! Every single word is so true ☺ Thank you for your beautiful message!!

Alicia Simmons

“When we hide our weakness we hide His strength.”. I’ve got to remember this!

Sarah Ann Rogers // Blog

This is SO good. I think it makes comparison so tough when we aren’t being real. I would rather be real and have the women around me be real so that we can all celebrate the wins and push through the yuck. Also, doesn’t God shine best in our weaknesses?
This is something I have to constantly, constantly work at.

Laura Loewen

love this so much! Especially “let’s use motherhood to point others to Jesus”. Just. Yes.

Cultivating an Intentional Walk With God

I had such a great time chatting with you guys a bit last night during the webinar about Cultivating an Intentional Walk With God. I am hoping to do more of these soon, so let me know what you would love for me to discuss in the future. If you weren’t able to watch live last night you can watch the recording below!

In this video I discuss the basics of the SOAP method, how to make time for studying Scripture, and answer a few of your questions!

Pardon the crazy screen grab!

 

 

 

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Amanda Jameson

Girl, loved this! I was bummed to miss since we were headed back from a road trip with Matt’s family but so glad you posted this so I could still watch! I can’t wait to catch the next one!

Sarah Scheenstra

I’m so glad you did this Kristen! I just started doing the SOAP method & its really slowing me down. Sometimes I can just read the Word and not go too deep. But I think this will definitely help me grow closer to the Lord.

One question I had was if you ever feel the need to go even deeper in your studies & do things like word studies or look up the Greek/Hebrew words. I always think I want to do that, but then it usually will cause me to get off track. What are your thoughts on this sort of thing?

Kim Strain

Thank you Kristen!

Caterina Brooks

do you have recommendations for the “word for word” translation with the Bible? Thanks!

Why I Study Books of the Bible

When I study Scripture, I always study books of the Bible. I have gotten questions about why I study that way, and I wanted to talk about it a bit.

I want to say right away that my passion is for women to have a passion for Scripture, and to truly desire to know God’s Word with their hearts and minds. I think that women can often be very emotionally driven when it comes to Bible Study. We are often led by our feelings above all, and I think that the best way that we can combat that is to be knowledgeable about God’s Word. It is in the hardest moments of our lives, when we do not feel good, that we can truly lean on God’s Word, and what we KNOW, about God. When we study and memorize Scripture we are storing it away in our hearts and minds, so that it is there when we need it. On the other hand, when we pick and choose verses that we think will help us with what we are going through in that moment, we are not equipping ourselves for what we will face in the future. When difficult situations and suffering comes I want to be ready and equipped with a knowledge of God’s Word and who He is that will sustain me through the hard times.

Probably the biggest reason that I choose to study through entire books of the Bible, as opposed to just picking and choosing selected verses to study if for CONTEXT. Context is so incredibly important, and it is so easy for verses or even passages to be taken out of context. I love the illustration that I have heard several times about when you get a letter in the mail. You do not skip through to the second page of the letter, and choose a random sentence and decide what you should do with what the letter said. It would be so easy to misinterpret the authors intent this way. Instead, you look at the return address on the envelope to see who it is from, you look at who the letter is addressed to, and read the letter in its entirety to understand exactly what it means. You would also probably not mix a letter from your mom, and a letter from your mortgage company that are talking about very different things. We should use the same logical thinking when we study Scripture. We should know who wrote the book, who it was written too, who the book, and verses are talking about. We should not automatically assume that something that was written to the Jewish people applies to us in the New Testament church. We need to be diligent to know the context so that we can understand the purpose that God has for us in each part of Scripture.

There are many examples of taking verses out of context, but one that comes to mind is Psalm 46:5 that says, “God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved:”) I have seen this verse on coffee mugs, and on Christian jewelry. It is a beautiful verse, but it is not referring to a Christian woman as is so often implied. The “she”  is instead referring to God’s deliverance of the city of Jerusalem from the Assyrians during the time of King Hezekiah. We must be careful not to make the text say what we want it to say, but to be faithful to the Word, and the narrative of Scripture.

I think some topical teaching or study does have its place, as there are topics that need to be addressed, but I think that it is wise to have that as only a supplemental aspect of your walk with God. I fear that there are many topical teachers or preachers who bend the text which has often been taken out of context to fit the sermon that they wish to give or the point that they are trying to make.  If we do not know Scripture, it will be so much easier to be confused by false teachings or to accept man’s opinion or standards as on the same level as biblical truth.

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It is also so important that we are learning Scripture as a whole. I recently started reading the book of Galatians, and though I knew by memory many of the verses in the book of Galatians I had never done in an depth study on the book, or heard the book preached through. I found that I was discovering verses that I had known my whole life had a different meaning when read in their context. My concept of legalism and freedom in Christ was changed when I dug deeper into the entire book of Galatians instead of pulling verses out of their context.

We should not approach reading or studying Scripture as merely a way that we can feel good in the moment, or feel better about our circumstances, but instead as a way that we can know God, and know His Word better, because that is what will help us through this life.

If you would like to learn more about how I study the Bible, you can read this post.
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Thank you so much for this post, Kristin! You’re absolutely right about the context. As I’ve been growing in faith I’ve found studying whole books to be the most fruitful. Though all of God’s Word is inspired, it really isn’t a good practice to flip open to random verses and call it a day. We miss so much! Thanks for sharing :)

Heather Burris

I love this so much! I recently started doing the same thing, putting away all my devotional books and simply reading the Word. It is amazing the way Scripture speaks for itself and I feel like God is truly speaking to me. Your passion is so inspiring, thank you!

Suzan Severn

Excellently stated and explained! You are being faithful to what God is teaching you, and faithful to His call to share this knowledge and wisdom with other women. I am so excited for this burgeoning ministry you have and your full and immediate obedience to our Lord!

Cassandra Stone

I really enjoyed this! I completely agree and I , like you, have started seeing so many verses taken out of context lately. They sound so good but that’s just not what He was saying! Thank you for sharing!

Ruth Lowe

You have spoken my thoughts, Kristen. I love my devotionals, but have wanted them to take a “back seat” to reading and studying each chapter of the Bible…for a long time! Thanks to your 31-day challenge, I’m finally doing that!

Homemakers Daily

I SO, SO, SO agree! I’m actually really sad that most churches don’t preach through books of the Bible anymore. Our pastor pretty much exclusively does topical studies. Once in a while he does a book but he goes through it fast and broad. I don’t even really need to take my Bible to church anymore. Since the verses are on the screen and he goes through them so fast, I don’t bother. But it makes me sad. I want to open my Bible. I want to look up the verses. I want to study verse-by-verse. But it’s rare for anyone to do it anymore. Don’t get me wrong – our pastor does a great job – but when you’re doing topical – it’s just not the same. And that “out of context” point – I’ve seen that so often! Not with our current pastor but with others I’ve listened to or topical studies I’ve done. Sometimes I know what answer the study writer wants, but I just can’t write it because I don’t know for sure if it’s right because of the context issue. So glad to meet someone else who loves going verse by verse and book by book!

Jenna Guizar

This is awesome. Thank you. I needed to hear it :)

So refreshing to read this! It is so important! Myself and our summer mission team have been teaching Inductive Bible Study Methods to college students for the past 8 years. It is indeed vital to correctly interpreting and applying God’s Word. And personally i love what you said about how our feelings impact our interpretation. Even though i “know” how to study His Word properly i still can allow my feelings to take over.

Wow, I always love your posts but this was something I really, really needed to hear… I haven’t “felt” like reading or praying or worshipping lately, and I couldn’t discern the difference between fighting through or faking through it… But your post reminded me that even when good emotions aren’t present, I must fall on what I KNOW to be true about God, which isn’t dependent on my emotion. Also, I love that you are firm about reading through books on the bible.

Please keep writing! And writing more about what you are learning as you read the word… Thank you for sharing. So encouraged.

You said this so eloquently and concisely. I couldn’t agree more and have found myself jumping around from verse to verse or chapter to chapter with no clear direction for as long as I can remember. I’ve always felt I was unable to learn or study properly which has kept me from doing nothing more than read just to read, but for the past year I’ve had this desire to dig deeper in the word and know more about God to build a stronger relationship with Him, and I think its finally time I do just that.

Sarah Ann Rogers // Blog

Ahh! New friend, I think we should talk and connect! This is such good stuff, and I feel like you’re speaking my language!
I think it’s so important to stand on what we know when other things go all out of whack. I actually am reading Kay Arthur’s “Lord I want to know you” about the names of God– so good.

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