I know that for girls who are committed to pursuing God's standard for purity, all of the hype about love and romance that the world is going to dish out this month can make waiting for God's timing and sticking to His standards feel like missing the party. That's why I want to equip you with some great advice on love and romance throughout the month.
It's been 29 days since I
originally issued the 2011 30-day challenge. Nearly 100 of you accepted that
challenge and agreed to read your Bibles every day for 30 days.
Just over a week ago, I left snowy Michigan for the even more snowy Colorado mountains. After investing in the warmest hat and gloves I could find (made of some new thermal technology that reflects your body heat back to you) and borrowing a pair of ski goggles, I signed up for my first ski lesson.
Short of moving to a planet with no kitties, siblings, or other irritating factors, what's to be done about this anger spewing out of us?
But what if covetousness goes far deeper than a surface
desire for flashy, expensive things in a store? What if covetousness is the root of anger, fighting, bitterness, and
all unkind speech as well?
Does Scripture memory sound
like "just another thing to do" on an already overwhelming to-do list? What if
you learned it was one of the greatest
weapons you have to battle discouragement and depression in your life?
Would that interest you a bit more?
I have all the telltale signs of a hormonal overload. My
skin has betrayed me. There isn't enough chocolate in Hershey to satisfy my
cravings. Worst of all, my emotions seem to have stamped their ticket for a
rollercoaster ride where there are no exits.
I think every girl has felt
a tinge of longing after being around loving couples or watching a great
romance unfold on the big screen. But it isn't always harmless to want what
others have in the area of romance.
It's a widespread belief that every once in a while we all
need to blow off steam and that holding anger in is dangerous. But researchers
have actually discovered that venting is not an effective way of controlling your anger.
I would love to hear specifically what God is teaching you
through the 30-day challenge. What specific Scriptures have jumped off the page
at you as you've been reading? Has God used a specific passage to encourage,
equip, or challenge you? What's your game plan for reading God's
Word every day?
The day of small things. It's
the day when no progress seems to be made; the day when life knots itself up
until the threads seem impossible to untangle. That moment when you struggle
alone, and no one but God knows how beaten you feel. No
one would notice it. You might not even want to remember it.
But take that same moment, and turn it upside down.
If we go to God
with our hearts out of whack, our pipeline to Him is going to get clogged.
What's another reason why our prayers can sometimes be blocked? The Bible shows that clearly there is a connection between our relationships and the
effectiveness of our prayer lives.
If you're looking for a plan to help you complete the 30-day challenge and develop the discipline of reading God's Word regularly, choose one of the plans above and start reading!
Is it possible that pride has become a prayer blocker in your life? Do you go to God with a list of all that you are doing for Him, expecting Him to do things your way in return? Or do you come to Him with an attitude of repentance and the clear understanding that He is God and you are not?
We're going to be exploring these "prayer blockers" over the next few days. Today, we are going to focus on three biggies that seem to work together to jam up our prayers: sin, disobedience, and disregard for God's Law.
Have you ever felt like when you pray, your words get stuck somewhere between your mouth and God's heart?
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