“What would have happened if this person hadn’t prayed and acted on their calling? Would peoples’ lives be different? Prayers of ordinary people opened the doors to God’s work. And your prayers can do the same.” — Tricia Goyer, in Prayers that Changed History
God has already written your book. He ordained every part of it from the beginning. You are simply reading, line by line, what He has always known.
It was the hardest season of my life, and I had not yet figured out the reason for it. One thing I was absolutely sure of: It was not — it could not be — God’s will. My spiritual life had followed a powerful trajectory. My faith was born in a Christian home, and it was real. It continued to be real all the way into my teen years. Early in that decade, however, I came to a crisis of faith. I thought I already knew everything about the Christian faith and walk, and it wasn’t fulfilling my deepest longings. In youth group, I was the kid who lived a squeaky clean life; I was the one who could answer all the Bible questions and lead deep discussions on theology. But it wasn’t ringing true — not deep down, not where it mattered. “God,” I prayed, “there has got to be something more. If this is all there is, I can’t keep following You.” God heard that prayer and answered it dramatically. A few nights …
Few pursuits are as important to the biblical home educating mother as her own personal Bible study. Without regular spiritual food, how can we feed those we love around us? Yet with the heavy demands of housework, academic studies, ministry, and family life, Bible study can too easily be pushed aside. This must not be. Bible study must be a priority, and Rachel Starr Thompson lays out a clear plan for action. Serious personal Bible study is both less intimidating than it sounds and more challenging than you might expect. It hasn’t required thousands of dollars or years in Bible school. I’ve become a kitchen-table Bible scholar, armed with a couple of Bible translations, a concordance, a dictionary, a journal and pen, and critical thinking skills. But it does require time, commitment and willingness to tackle hard questions in study and prayer. Read the rest of Rachel’s article here.
1. Keep it routine. If the children expect to read the God’s Word every day after breakfast and dinner, no one will waste time looking for junior. Nor for their copy of the Scriptures. It matters less what time you choose than that you choose a time and use it consistently. 2. Keep it short. We need not spend 2 hours expounding on the ramifications of predestination, nor hold a marathon prayer vigil on our knees. Young attention is held best in short, 15-30 minute sessions. They will listen, learn, and apply. That is the Scriptural model. 3. Begin and end with prayer. Hearts, minds, and spirits are drawn to the moment’s import, and the room is quieted