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10/30/2009

6a00d8341d292c53ef0120a61ac62e970bAfter I saw Ashley’s post today, I just had to copy and paste my recent post. Ashley, you and I are on the same wave length! Last week I participated in a carnival (a meme). The challenge was to describe your life in six words. This is my post. Click here to see it.

Describe your life in Six Words Saturday.

I am growing in God’s grace.

My progress is slow. Turtle pace. At times, it is painful. Painful and slow. Painfully slow. Slow, I say. Slow and painful. But I am growing. I AM growing in God’s grace.

I am studying the Book of Ephesians and teaching it to a group of precious MOMMAS who indulge my maniac style of teaching. I talk fast. I talk with my hands. I pace. Alot. Alot of fast talking, hand waving, and pacing. It appears I don’t take a breath. Not one time. Not one time during my 45 minute lectures. Fast talking. Hand waving. Frantic pacing. No breath-taking. No time for it!

Frankly, I wouldn’t be able to listen to me with all the fast talking, hand waving, and pacing. Taking notes on what I am teaching is nearly out of the question. I wear out my audience. I wear down my listeners. But I am growing. I am growing in God’s grace.

Anyways. I am growing. My life is changing. The pace is slow. Like a turtle. But I am growing. I am changing. Because the Word of God and the indwelling Spirit of God has the power to activate change.

God’s Word is changing my life. Slowly. Painfully at times. But I am growing in God’s grace.

“For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12 NAS).

Blessings for today and the week ahead.

P.S. Ray-Ray and I did some painting and such while Mr. Stockdale was out of town for 9 days on business. If you want to read Ray’s post you can click here and there are pictures. Of course there are.

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10/29/2009

Today I recorded Lesson 7 on Ephesians. I shared this oddity with the Moms in the audience and I thought you might enjoy it as well.

The oddest thing has happened to me as I have gotten older. My tears dried up! This would not be particularly troublesome except for the fact that I I used to cry easily and often. Seriously often. Tears. Lots of ’em. But as I became a “woman of a certain age” my tears dried up.

I teach Bible study to a precious group of MOMMAS at Bellevue Baptist Church on Thursdays. I am teaching through the book of Ephesians called “High Stepping in Heavenly Places.” It’s about walking by faith while wearing great shoes! Anyways, yesterday (Wednesday) I was in my car by myself. I had my iPod playing. Mr. Stockdale downloaded 2 CDs by The Gettys for me. And I was meditating on the lesson I would bring on Thursday to those sweet MOMS on Ephesians 4 called “What Not To Wear.”

This song came on. It is a favorite of mine but I have heard it before a number of times. I began meditating on our riches in Christ (Eph. 1:3-14). And suddenly I was swept into the presence of God. And tears . . . well they came back.

Listen and worship along. And when you have time, read and meditate on Ephesians 1:3-14, which is one long sentence in the original language. We are adopted, accepted, blessed, chosen, forgiven, redeemed, sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise. We were dead in our trespasses and sins but God was rich in mercy because He loved us so much (Eph.2:1-3). He sent His only begotten Son so that whoever believed in Him might not perish but would have eternal life (John 3:16).

Think about it. Meditate on it. Ponder these glorious truths! And that’s how I found my tears. Blessings.

Let’s Discuss Week 5 Homework!

10/28/2009
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Imagine a picture of a cute little turtle (I would have included one in this post, but I admit, I am a bit technologically challenged).  Do you feel like that little turtle?  Perhaps like you are trying hard to keep up yet maybe falling a little behind?  Well, don’t let that discourage you from continuing on in your Bible study and also from sharing what the Lord is teaching you. Whether you’ve done one day’s worth of homework or you zoomed right through the week, if you’re spending time with the Lord, I am confident He is speaking to you.  Please share and let the rest of us be encouraged too!

I needed this week’s lesson!  And I really needed the reminder that suffering has a place in God’s plan.  But oh how faithful the Lord is to use something even as distasteful as suffering to conform us into His image! When our faith is tested, our endurance has a chance to grow.  When that endurance has increased, we will be strong in character and READY for ANYTHING (James 1:2-4)!

I placed tons of stars around the following sentence: Living for Jesus requires dying to self (p. 87).  I know this, but I honestly don’t think I make a concerted effort every day to actually do it!  This was my biggest challenge point this week, especially in the realm of mothering.  Just like the soldier that Paul writes about in 2 Timothy 2:3-6, I don’t want to be tied up in the affairs of this world or in myself.  I want to be focused on Jesus, pursuing Him in an aggressive and diligent way. 

I love the verses in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 listing the benefits of studying God’s word.  These benefits are so important in my own life, and they are also proof to me that Scripture is one of the most powerful tools for teaching/disciplining our children.  Just a verse ahead of these (v.15), we read that Timothy learned the Holy Scriptures from childhood, and they gave him the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes from trusting in Christ.  I know my children must accept Christ on their own, but I want to be found faithful to teach them the word of God.  After all, we know when His word is sent out, it will not return void (Isaiah 55:11).  This makes me want to diligently study the Word of God and also memorize it, so that it is quick in my mind and on my tongue as I teach my two little ones right from wrong and as we go about our daily life. 

Wow! I loved the analogy on page 92 of Christ on the Mount of Transfiguration demonstrating his deity through his humanity.  The truth that this is how, through a yielded life, we should be allowing Christ’s deity to shine through our humanity really stood out to me. Do others see Jesus in me?  Do my children see Jesus in me?  What a challenge! I want to experience the progression of a diligent pursuit of godliness as we read in 2 Peter 1:5-9.  I especially need the self-control, patient endurance and a genuine love for others. 

I also needed the reminder on Day 4 about just how much I need a Savior.  As I wrote out my testimony on page 101, I was reminded that although I came to know the Lord at a very young age (elementary school), I was still a sinner in need of a Savior.  Even as a young child, my life was not good enough to meet God’s holy standard.  “By grace have you been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Eph. 2:8-9). 

What stood out to you most this week?  I only touched on the big things for me, but I had notes, highlights and stars over almost every page.  Just take a few minutes and share at least one thing the Lord has shown you this week. 

Love and blessing to each of you!

All I Can Say Is That I Am Sorry

10/28/2009

DJO1019My worst fear has come upon me! The video feeds have been delayed. Bummer!

Praise God, I just checked and Lessons 1-5 are up on the archives. I am extremely sorry for any problems this has caused you as you have studied on-line with us. A computer glitch is to blame. Some problems surfaced that required re-formating parts of the website. This is what caused the hold-up on posting our DVDS for you to watch. I just hate it, but the internet can be a tempormental unreliable vain friend, shifting between unfaiithful and just palin mean.

When Ashley first pitched the idea of an on-line Bible study to me, I jumped on it!!! Hook, line, and sinker, I was so in! With the current trends of an “internet access lifestyle” it only makes sense to engage the internet world with the study of God’s Word. What could be better? And a chance to reach MOMMAS, are you kidding me? This seems like a marriage made in heaven. Really it did. However, as Ray-Ray (my trusty assistant and the keeper of my calendar and all things important) and I discussed the details of an on-line study, she asked, “So what will you do if for some reason the videos are not posted regularly? That part of the equation is out of your hands. You are dependent on the ability of others.” Oh ye of little faith,” I am sure is what I thought (or something simliar) and shook my head as if to say, “God will not let that happen to this darling ministry that I have invested heavily in for the last 20 years of my life!!” My attitude is probalby what set this whole thing in motion!

Anyhoo, the guys in the video office knew about the online study and were committed to making sure that the videos were posted and the podcasts delivered in a very timely fashion. Of course they did. The love our ministry to MOMMAS and want to see the MOMS grow in the grace and knowledge fo the Lord They don’t want to be responsible for holding back a move of God. Yet the internet held the upper hand.

But somehow we have been able to rectify the situaitons and the DVDS are one again being loaded up. Link here to see Lessons 1-Lesson 5 and the following messages will be posted soon. The podcast for Lesson 1-Lesson 6 is posted on our blog where you can download them for not charge.

Thank you for staying with us and riding out our litle glitch. We are trusting the Lord is continuing to bless you through the ministry of the Word of God. May the Lotd open the eyues of your understadnig so that you might know the hope of your calling, the riches of His inheritances in you, and the power that God granted towards you is the same He used to raise Jeuss from the dead.
Blessings,
Jean Stockdale (The Momma in Charge!)

High Stepping Homework Discussion Week 4!

10/22/2009
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Are you out there? Are you hanging in there? Have you been blessed this week by the book of Ephesians? Oh, I have!

This week I just wanted to highlight a few things in no particular order that stood out to me then ask you to comment back with something that God has really spoken to you about this week through this study or whatever else you would like to share. I feel like I have learned even more through reading through the comments, you all have such unique things to share; and that is just so cool and inspirational to me!

Alrighty then…

There were so many tid bits of knowledge I grabbed from this week and after completing day one I could not help but sing Amazing Grace, because that is just what Christ has provided for me!  I often want to look back at my past where I was living for me and not for Jesus and just beat myself up mentally about why I made some choices that I made.  Jean writes so beautifully about how it is ok to look back to see where we have come from and how we have progresses, but not to dwell on that. We can count the old self and old things as loss in comparison to what Christ has done for us! AMEN!

On Day 2 I couldn’t help but sing “Big House” after completing it! I loved the comparison Jean made with her son’s friend staying with them and our personal relationship with Jesus and being part of God’s household. By the way did you read that part about God having a secret name for us in heaven?? (pg.70 referring to Rev. 2:17) If you have accepted Jesus in your life you will receive that new name someday.  From this I took that we are living stones building one another up as the temple of God, but also we are each individually God’s temple.  If I am a walking, living, breathing temple of God I pray that shines outwardly for all to see each and everyday! (Qualities listed in 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22)

Is there something that aggravates you?? I could think of at least a dozen things, all being small annoyances that just can get under my skin if I am having one of those days. On day three I learned that these annoyance can be altered and combated…by what? SCRIPTURE! I can directly affect most of these annoyances if I combat them with scripture! If I have studied God’s word and searched in there for answers to my issues God will help me handle the rest! UNDERSTANDING I found was the key word here for me.  We want to understand why something is the way that it is, why someone acts in a particular way towards you, or why things just get annoying sometimes?? We can seek those answers out in His Word. I think the last paragraph on pg 74 sums it up so well!

From day four I took …LOVE OTHERS! It does not matter who someone is, what they look like, where they work, etc., etc.. Bottom line God loves us all the same and wants us all to come to Him! To break generational prejudices what do we do? I think we teach our children to Love Others! How do you do that on a monthly basis? Weekly basis? Daily basis? Be kind considerate and loving towards all, our children are watching us and they will follow our lead!

What do you smell like? I sure pray that I leave a sweet-smelling Christian aroma everywhere I go! I am not sure I can write anything better than what is written by Jean explaining this on how our children view Christianity starting at the 2nd paragraph on pg. 80!! Go reread that to pg 81!!

So, talk to me…what impacted you the MOST this week?? If could share one thing that would be great!

Sorry there has been a little technical difficulty with the videos, hope fully they will be back up soon! I will keep you posted.  Go ahead and start working on week 5, and we will be discussing that next week with Lauren!

A Good Word…

10/18/2009
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“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what if the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.  These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 1:18-20

Tune In…Lesson 4

10/15/2009
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Are you still with us??

How amazing is Ephesians? Jean is teaching it in such a fresh way, I know you are all just LOVING it!

Don’t forget to tune in here or here for lesson 4 and you can print out lesson notes here.

Have a SUPER end of the week!