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Nov 20

Reflection 2013: Faith with Wisdom Wednesday

Looking back over the year I remember the times that I did what I wanted vs. what God called me to do, the words I spoke in anger instead of love, the peace my heart yearned for but my attitude hindered my acceptance of it. Sometimes it is so easy to focus on the negative that we do and forget the positive. That is why I ensure that I take the time each year to reflect on my life, love, faith and family.

 

Faith

For years I’ve felt like I was never in God’s word enough. If I wasn’t able to study chapters in depth with commentaries, Bible dictionaries and books all spread out then I shouldn’t even bother, because it wasn’t enough.

Just before I started blogging I started following Courtney from Women Living Well, and a short time later she wrote a book on the Proverbs 31 woman. Her best friend, Angela runs Good Morning Girls and their next Bible study followed Courtney’s new book. I loved the idea of the Proverbs 31 woman, but boy did she make me feel like a failure. God nudged me to do this study and I actually did it. I fell in love with it. The method of study that they use encouraged me to be in God’s word, and though it wasn’t the hours I used to spend studying, it still mattered.

Since my first GMG study, I now lead a Facebook group for the GMG studies. So far we’ve studied through the book “Anything” and the book of Luke. This has been so fruitful for me, as I read, write out the scripture, and my prayers, my day is starting out with the Lord. By leading a group I’m becoming a part of their lives through prayer and leading them in the study of God’s word. I’m also accountable to them, as I daily post the scripture we are to study, my observation and application as well.

My Prayer Life

Throughout the year I’ve known that God was asking me to focus more on my conversations with Him. For as much of a talker/writer I am, prayer is not something that I am diligent in finding time to do. Yet, I have been striving to pray more often as I’m doing dishes, folding laundry and even picking up toys. Once again God used Courtney from WLW, this time via her book “Women Living Well“, where she opens up about the amazing ways she makes time to pray throughout her day.

I find that I love to write to the Lord, but in my busy day there is not always a moment to stop and write out a prayer, so I try to ensure I write my heart out to the Lord at the end of my days. In my morning devotions I also write a short prayer in my GMG Bible study.

 

Church

This has been a very difficult and painful year in regards to church. We have been church hunting since March, after leaving our home church of 5+ years.

After 8 months of searching, praying and *patiently* waiting for God’s direction to my husband on this matter. I said to my mom that I thought we (as Christians) should just go back to having church services in our homes. I told her that I thought eventually that’s where we would be with the way the world is now. She then lovingly reminded me that God tells us not to avoid the assembling of ourselves together and that we need fellow Christians to help keep us accountable. Yes, she is right, though I am weary of searching. I do know that God does have a place for us, I just have to wait for His timing.

Faith 2013 Wrap Up

While this year has had quite a bit of struggles in it, I’m here to say that God has been faithful through it all. He has held me when I’ve wanted to fall, He’s wiped away the tears from my eyes when my heart was broken in our church home, His strength has been perfect for me throughout my difficult days and His peace soothes my soul when my world is shaken.

I’m looking forward to the next year and all God has coming my way. I’m praying that all I’ve learned and struggled through this year will enable me to have a more faithful and prosperous 2014.

 

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  1. Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

    It sounds like you have been struggling over the last year, but God seems to have bigger plans for you. As I read your post, I could hear God working though you and on you. He is there, and he will lead you. Just listen to the still voice within you, and you will hear him leading you. Maybe not where you want to go, but where he wants you to go.

    God Bless you. Thanks so much for sharing with Wednesday’s Adorned Link Party. Have a great Thanksgiving.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above
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    1. simplyhelpinghim

      Yes, God definitely is at work this year! Thank you so much for the encouragement, it is greatly appreciated! Blessings!

  2. Lisa Nelson

    Hey Misty,

    Thanks so much for sharing – and for linking up with us at the homeschoollinkup! I’m sorry for your struggles, but that’s what life’s about. It’s whether you stay faithful that’s imporant – I think

    I hope you have a great Friday and fantabulous weekend!
    Lisa Nelson recently posted..Homeschool at The Squishable Baby with Free Cursive PrintablesMy Profile

    1. simplyhelpinghim

      Oh yes! Life is full of struggles, and I am thankful for them because it is within the struggles that God causes us to grow! :) Thank you for the encouragement and for stoppin by! Blessings!

  3. A better Way to homeschool

    I want to encourage you in your waiting for the right church. When we moved, we left our church family of 15 years. Although we love our new little town, we never could find right fit in a church. After 4 years and 3 churches my husband became listening to a radio sermon that after 4 months led us “home”. I know how hard it is to in between. I would encourage you to listen closely to the lord. There were lessons I learned in those four years that I would have missed if the search had been easy!

    I ,loved this… I am confident my readers would be blessed as well. I found you through joy Focused Learning today. I would like to ask you to join my current linkup. I am not the only one who needs to heart his…

    1. simplyhelpinghim

      Thank you so much for the encouragement I greatly appreciate it! It has been a learning process for me, as I wait on the Lord to direct my husband. I am much more inclined to make hasty decisions, so I’m thankful to hand over the reins on this one. I will swing by your corner and share this post at your request. Blessings <3

  4. Angela

    Thanks for this post, a great reminder that even when we don’t feel like we have it all together – God is faithful. Thanks for sharing. I found you on Works for me Wednesday. I would love it if you shared at my new link-up: http://www.joyfocusedlearning.com/2013/11/anything-goes-link-up-1.html :)

    1. simplyhelpinghim

      Amen! We will never have it all, and the sooner we realize that the sooner we’ll be able to live a life of faith! Thank you for letting me know about your link up ;) I will swing by there now! Blessings!

  5. Joanne Viola

    Praying that you will find a church soon. That is a most difficult process for sure. Thank you for hosting the link up so faithfully.
    Blessings,
    Joanne
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    1. simplyhelpinghim

      Yes it is. Thank you for the prayers and for linking up! Blessings!

  6. Tauna

    I’ve heard so many good things about GMG and Courtney’s new book. I’ll have to check that book out! Thank you for sharing your struggles and God’s working in your life!
    Tauna recently posted..Firmly Rooted. Built Up. Overflowing. (A Coffee for the Soul Devotion)My Profile

    1. simplyhelpinghim

      You really should check it out! God used Courtney and GMG to change and better my faith life! Thank you for stoppin by hun! Blessings!

  7. Debbie @ http://kidsbibledebjackson.blogspot.com/

    Thanks so much for hosting each week!
    Debbie @ http://kidsbibledebjackson.blogspot.com/ recently posted..Moses: Joshua & 12 Spies Sent to CanaanMy Profile

    1. simplyhelpinghim

      You’re very welcome! Blessings!

  8. Cathy

    So glad I stopped by before the linky opened! It gave me a chance to read and enjoy your beautiful post. Thanks for sharing your year of accomplishments and struggles. I can relate! : )
    I’ll keep you in my prayers for your family to find a church that will be a blessing to you and you a blessing to them.
    Cathy recently posted..Who is God?My Profile

    1. simplyhelpinghim

      Thank you so much for the prayers and for taking the time to read my post. I’m so thankful for all of you that link up faithfully each week! Blessings!

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