What I’m Loving Wednesdays // The Bible Project

Today I’m loving the resources available through The Bible Project.   According to their website, “The Bible Project is a non-profit animation studio that produces short-form, fully animated videos to make the biblical story accessible to everyone, everywhere.”

I could spend hours watching their videos and I’m fascinated by their artistic skill in bringing together themes, word studies and entire books of the Bible.  Their videos are great to watch with kids and are also engaging resources to supplement more in-depth study.   In areas of theological difference, I appreciate that although the creators present their position, they seem to also give additional perspectives allowing for the viewer to make conclusions on their own.  Check out the New Testament overview video here and have a happy Wednesday exploring The Bible Project!

NT Overview

It’s a Giveaway!

100-Day-To-Brave.pngOur winners are Heather Petty, Mary Johnson, and Cheri Knuth!  Your copy of 100 Days to Brave is waiting at Faith E!

 

We’re excited about getting the blog underway and we can’t wait to have Annie F. Downs in Billings next month …. so let’s give away 3 copies of 100 Days to Brave!  All you have to do is like and share this post on Facebook or leave us a comment letting us know what topics you’d like us to address.  We’d love to hear from you!  We’ll have a random drawing on Monday for three winners.

Micah 6:8//Walk Humbly

Act JustlY (4)He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.  ~ Micah 6:8

Walk Humbly …

These words have been rolling around in my mind for a week or more and I continue to circle around to the idea that walking humbly requires some type of action on my part.  I have to be willing to engage, to lean in, to move when it’s time and to wait when I would rather charge ahead. Thankfully, we aren’t called into action alone. We are called into action with our God.    Let that sink in … the Most High God wants us to walk with Him. He wants you and me to move day in and day out through life with Him.  What a privilege!

And yet, the magnitude of that can seem overwhelming.  Walking in relationship with the Creator of the universe … sometimes it’s too much for my mind to grasp.  Which is where the humble part comes in. A right perspective of who I am before a Holy God is key. In order to walk humbly, I must be willing to look at myself in relation to His holiness.  Alone, I fall short of the mark every single time.

Bottom line – I am a sinner who needs a savior.  He is Holy and worthy of my praise. I need God’s grace daily and He mercifully provided a way.  Through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, I can position myself under God’s authority.  As I walk in the day to day routines of life, the Holy Spirit continues His sanctifying work in me.   When I allow the Holy Spirit to direct my steps, there’s a freedom to move about with confidence … to seek justice and to love mercy.

All this is true – I know it to be true – I’ve experienced it in my life many times.   Yet decades (yes, gulp, it’s been decades of learning) into this requirement to walk humbly, I still question what that really looks like in my everyday life.  Practically speaking, how then do we get in a rhythm of walking humbly with God?

  • Pray.  Take time to sit with Him in prayer before the action of our day begins.  The sweet aroma of communion with God in prayer helps me remember what’s important.    Take a deep breath, be quiet and listen for the Shepherd’s voice.
  • Study His Word.  Searching the Scriptures for glimpses of the Father’s character is the best way I know to keep a humble perspective.   One way or the other, His Word almost always leaves me in awe of His goodness, love, faithfulness, grace, mercy, power … and on and on the list goes.   
  • Allow for Margin.This is a big one in my life right now.  I’m being reminded that I must keep my time fluid enough to engage with the very people God’s placed around me.  If I’m not careful, I can over-schedule every minute of my day and then I’m not really walking with God at all.  I’m doing a lot of things … even things for His Kingdom … but accomplished tasks without a humble heart are really just a checkmark at the end of the day.  I don’t want a life of checkmarks … I want a life marked by His grace and love extended to those around me.
  • Repent. I realize this isn’t a popular idea, but true humility cannot come from an unrepentant heart.  When God graciously shows me where I’ve behaved poorly or my thoughts go sideways or my attitude is a mess, humility requires that I come into agreement with His ways.  
  • Believe Him.  God wants us to believe Him – especially in terms of who He says we are.  We are His chosen people, holy and dearly loved. He doesn’t want us to strive for humility but somehow twist that into thinking we are unloved.   You and I are his beloved children.

My final thought is that perhaps walking humbly with our God is meant to be a beautiful mystery in some ways.  It’s an area of our Christian life that we are never to fully grasp because it’s meant to be a lifelong journey on this side of heaven.   May we learn to walk worthy!

 

A New Adventure

When I was first approached about the idea of hosting a blog, I have to admit I was a little unsure.   By the end of lunch, I was convinced that it was an adventure I should take.  And, here we are.

As I prayed throughout the spring and summer about what Women’s Ministry would look like this fall, I repeatedly circled around to Micah 6:8.  It’s always been a favorite verse of mine and it reflects my hopes for this blog community.  Much of what we’ll share will equip us in acting justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with God.  We’ll share our experience and wrestle together with how to practically live that out in our day-to-day interactions.

I invite you to join me on this new adventure where you can expect to hear testimonies from women across Billings, learn from Q&A sessions with women of all generations, and be challenged to love God and others well.  We’ll also share what we’re reading, highlight podcasts that are worth a listen and we may even throw in a surprise or two for fun!

It won’t be a perfect adventure but I’m not sure any adventure worth taking ever is.   I pray God will use this new blog community to shape each of us more into the image of His Precious Son.   I pray that we are encouraging to each other along the way and above all I pray that this offering is a pleasing aroma to the Lord.

Join me!

Leanne

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