Tired of Waiting? | Ep. 14

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God is methodical, strategic and absolute. He is always working when our natural eyes cannot see. However, it can be hard to wait when we are excited and full of expectation for what’s to come. Are you tired of waiting? Do you find the wait difficult to remain faithfully consistent in your current season? Me too!

Today’s episode we will dive into 1 Samuel 17 and gain wisdom from David, before he became king of Israel. There are three things David does that, I believe, propel him from being stuck in the wait. He was already anointed king of Israel, yet we find him in the pasture tending his father’s sheep while King Saul’s army is fighting against the Philistines.

How does David rise to the challenge or the battlefield?

How does David remain faithful during the wait?

How did David become the right person when opportunity came knocking?

Take a listen to this week’s episode to find out.


Scripture to Read

1 Samuel 17, Mark 11:24, Mark 6, Psalm 27:1-23


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Resources

Wait and See by Wendy Pope

God is Working in Your Waiting by Jade Mazarin

Worship in Your Waiting by Kristen Tabb

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The Time is Now | Ep. 13

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Scripture to Read

Haggai 1, Ezra 4-6, Hebrews 3:15, Matthew 21:18-22


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Resources

Jesus on Every Page by David Murray 


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My Momma Heart to Yours | Ep. 12

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Scripture to Read

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Resources

Praying Circles Around Your Children by Mark Batterson

31 Days of Praying Scripture over Your Children 


“One of the greatest dangers of family relationships is that we become bind to beauty and mystery simply because we live in such close proximity. 

You need a vision for your children…. with your spiritual eyes you can see what that person can be.” Mark Batterson, Praying Circles Around Your Children

Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament: Numbers | Ep. 11

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Scripture to Read

Numbers 13-14, John 5:46, Ephesians 2:3-5, Romans 5:9, Luke 8:22-25


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Head Heart Hand blog by Dr. David Murray

Jesus on Every Page by Dr. David Murray


When we read the OT, we can sometimes feel lost or disconnected from the text and story. It seems like something that we don’t really need to know about because, well, we are living under the new covenant. I used to think this. I rarely read any of the Old Testament besides Psalms and Proverbs. The other book scared me. The truth is, the entire Bible is God’s story, Genesis to Revelation….beginning to end…the scarlet thread is weaved. All of the Old Testament points to Christ, our Savior.

If you have your Bibles, take a moment to stop and read Numbers 13 and 14. This is where we are going to hang out for the rest of this episode.

We are going to look at how this passage can teach us about who God is and ways we can see Jesus in this text.

A Jesus Perspective | Ep. 10

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Scripture to Read

John 9:1-3, John 16:33, 2 Corinthians 4:16-18, Colossians 3:1-3, Hebrews 3:1, 2 Timothy 1:10


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Resources

Article: Three Ways to Overcome Gun Violence in the United States by Dawn Sutherland

Daring to Hope: Finding God’s Goodness in the Broken and the Beautiful 


Questions for Reflection

  1. What are you focusing your attention on? What are you thinking about? What do you notice?
  2. Are you more concerned with the eternal or temporary? With the internal or external?

Memorize & Meditate

Write out 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Meditate on this Truth.

Memorize this Scripture, let it renew your mind and change your heart.

I will fix my eyes on Jesus, to see the unseen and eternal. 


Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for Your word. It is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. Your Word breathes new life and into dry and weary bones. Help me to see people the way you see them. Increase my love for people and You. Fill me with hope in the eternal to overflow onto others and be a light in this word. Thank you for the cross and for Your love, that’s everlasting. Please give me a Jesus perspective.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

The Good Wife | Ep. 09

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Scripture to Read

Genesis 2-3, 1 Peter 3:1-2 & 4, Proverbs 31, James 5:16, Ephesians 6:18, Ephesians 5:33, Proverbs 5:18, 12:4, 13:3, 19:13, 21:9, Psalm 62:5, Ecclesiastes 9:9, Titus 2:4


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Resources

His Needs, Her Needs

Love & Respect

Balance Study by Beth Jones

Power of a Praying Wife

31 Days of Praying for Your Husband  


Questions for Reflection

  1. What was your biggest take away from this episode?
  2. What steps can you take today, right now, to love your husband better?
  3. What Biblical truth can you hold onto as you trust God to walk with you through this process?
  4. What activities can you and your hubby do together?
  5. Why do you want to be a better wife? How can this benefit others?


Memorize & Meditate

Write out 1 Peter 3:1-2, 4.

Meditate on this Truth.

Memorize this Scripture, let it renew your mind and change your heart.

I trust in God to make my husband holy, I will be a woman who reverently and worshipfully lives as an example. I will be a wife who honors my husband and lives with a  gentle and quiet spirit. 


Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for my husband. Thank you for the precious, wonderful gift of marriage. You have shown me your love through the union you joined together. Help  me be the wife that my husband needs. Help me love him well, showing him the love of Jesus. Fill me with You more and more so that I can serve my family well, being a light that shines for you. I love you Jesus.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Reign with Authority | Ep. 08

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Scripture to Read

Matthew 4:1-11, James 4:7, Ephesians 2, 2 Timothy 2:15


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Your Beautiful Purpose by Susie Larson

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Questions for Reflection

  1. Read 2 Timothy 2:15 and 4:2. Discuss with your group ways you, personally, stay prepared and why?
  2. Read Joshua 1:8. Define meditate. What does mediate on the Word mean to you? What does it look like in your life?? Share with each other some practical ways you meditate on God’s Word daily.
  3. Read 2 Timothy 3:16-17. In what ways does “”participating”” benefit the believer?
  4. What is your main life verse? Why?
  5. Describe a time when you could no longer keep silent and you battled the enemy.
  6. What do you think about when you hear the phrase “post up”? Discuss a time when you had to post up against the enemy. What was the outcome?
  7. Read 1 Peter 5:8. What does Peter tell us to remember? Why is this important? How does this help us post up? (cross reference Proverbs 27:17 and Hebrews 10:25)
  8. What’s your biggest take away from this episode on Authority? What are some practical ways you can apply this into your daily life?


Memorize & Meditate

Write out Ephesians 2:6.

Meditate on this Truth.

Memorize this Scripture, let it renew your mind and change your heart.

I am a co-heir with Christ because God raised me up and seated me with Christ. 


Prayer

Father God, thank you for sending your one and only Son to die on the cross and bring abundant life to this earth. The gift of knowing you and loving you greatly outweighs everything and anything this world can provide. Open my eyes to see your wonder and love for me. I trust you with my identity. Thank you for loving me so much and for giving me your Holy Spirit. I am a citizen of heaven. Please help me to keep my eyes fixed on you and see through your eyes. I love you so much Jesus!

In Jesus’ name! Amen.