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Double Trouble


WOW! I can't believe it's been so long since I have been here...... I know I have been been busy with homeschooling, family and also sterilizing our home after a nasty bug decided to come visit. (side note/word of advice. Never, I repeat NEVER....let the phrase "we haven't been sick in our house, in like.....YEARS!" flow from your lips.......just sayin')

So yes....life has been busy. Good, but busy. We've been starting spring clean-up around here nad getting ready for baby goats! YAY!

So even though I have been absent in the blogging world.....I have been trying to NOT be absent in my prayer world. I have been doing this awesome Bible study of the Book of James, led by Mark Hall (Casting Crowns) via Facebook. It is amazing on how devoting 10 minutes in the morning to this powerful Book can really give you a new way of thinking and start to bring changes.

I am learning that James is one of those intense books that cuts right to the core of it all. As Hebrews 4:12 reminds us~For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. It is convicting and I am finding myself squirming as I dig deeper in it. James doesn't pull any punches. He was right up front about the cost of discipleship. Just as the early Christians were wrestling to apply the teachings of Jesus to their everyday lives, we are also living in a world plagued by divisiveness and hypocrisy...putting much emphasis on status, wealth and social acceptance. This Word needs to be heard.

One passage has been weighing on my heart, so I am thinking that the Holy Spirit really needs me to meditate on it.....but also share it. This might step on your toes.....and not sure who needs to hear this......but read it, really soak it up......let it be absorbed.....think about how it can apply to some/any areas of your life......

Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? ~James 3:11


Ouch.....I find that I struggle with double-mindedness in some areas of my life. I have been praying for God to help me change. I would love to hear from you on your thoughts/feelings on an area that you might struggle with....

Hope this finds you all smiling and well~

*~Michelle~*

9 comments:

Bill (cycleguy) said...

Didn't you use to be Michelle? Oh yeah, now I remember! Hey there lady! Good to hear from you. I was beginning to wonder if one of your gates ate your computer or ethernet lines. It's not like you haven't been around much lately...I'm just saying. Anyway, good to have you back and to hear from you. thanks for the thoughts on double-mindedness. I have been sort of preoccupied myself with several things...and since I am not a multi-tasker that raises concentration issues (not ADHD type) but focus. thanks for the reminder.

JLynn said...

Hey Michelle,
This is exactly what He has been talking to me about also. It doesn't matter if it comes out of my mouth or not. He wants pure hearts. Lord, change me!

Bill (cycleguy) said...

should goats. How in the world can a gate eat a computer? :)

~*Michelle*~ said...

HAHHAHA Bill.....I knew what you meant! ;)

Miss coming by....will be popping in real soon. Hope all is well with you and your family. :)

Jennifer @ Getting Down With Jesus said...

Michelle ... thank you so much for the encouragement to keep our noses in the Word. Your time in God's Word is reflected here in YOUR words.

Much love,
Jennifer

Mich said...

sounds like a great study.

Certainly left me with somethign to think about...as always. :)

Karen Peterson said...

Oh, goodness. I am SO bad about this too. This double-mindedness issue is one of my biggest struggles. If you find a good way to avoid it, please pass it along!

And so glad to see you back in blogland!

jasonS said...

Does sound like a great study, Michelle. So glad God gives us those gut checks and thank you paying attention to it and sharing it with us. Blessings...

Andrea said...

Crazy at my house, too!
Blessings, hugs, and prayers,
andrea

 

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