Thursday, August 13, 2015

HKC Take Me Deeper Devotion (August Week 2)

This month on His Kingdom Come, we are focusing on gratitude in our devotional study called Take Me Deeper. The verse for this week is from Philippians 4:8-9. 

"Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you."

I like using the main verse of the devotion and picking it a part and see what God says to me (first I pray and ask God to open my heart and give me wisdom to hear what he has to say). Then I use the study method that Anne Graham-Lotz uses which is called the 3 question study method.

Question 1: Facts (write down the facts of each verse)
Question 2: Truths (what are the verses trying to say to the reader/world)
Question 3: Listen to God (What is He saying to me personally)

Anne has a wonderful video explaining this type of study if you would like to view it.

This week’s study I went through each question and when I got to question 3, I just began to write what God was saying to me.

Here is an excerpt of what came to me in my study:

“The word peace is thrown around in this world a lot, but what is peace…real inner peace? Peace is something that I feel everyone in this world truly longs for- a deep and everlasting peace. But I think this kind of peace is typically hard to come by in this fallen world. So people (myself included sometimes) try and fill up that empty hole where peace should reside, with “things,” anything from drugs, alcohol and sex to shopping, careers, and exercise.
It is easy to get wrapped up in these things and lose focus on what really brings peace (or who)…God. He has given us His word to help us know Him…The God of Peace. Jesus is called the “Prince of Peace” so it is easy to conclude that God is all encompassing peace. He has given us His word to help us know Him. If we focus on all things that encompass who God is and live that out, then we will find true and everlasting peace, a peace that surpasses ALL understanding. –Philippians 4:7”

I decided to do a bible journaling page this week with one of my stamps from my new stamp line called “God’s Girls.” There are 4 different sets available on the HKC site store if you would like to check them out.

Also, a reminder that registration has opened up for Festive Soul Food a collaborative workshop that I am part of. This is going to be such a fun class; I am so excited because I am going to teach a class on how to make a Gratitude Journal and I am very proud of how the class turned out. Also, the other teachers in the class are so amazing!! Come join now at Community Thrive!