Sunday, August 31, 2008

Scripture Challenge {Week 35}

Before I begin our study today, I wanted to share our RAK winner with you! Erin Bassett won the Move Mountains stamp from Unity Stamp Co.! Yeah Erin! You can see her card here, and congrats girl! Be sure to e-mail me your address so that I can get this off to you! Now on to today's word:

On 8/9/08, God led me to a new Bible Study Fellowship class. It was the culmination of 4 months of prayer. I have been in the day women’s BSF class since 1998, and I had no intention of leaving. I love the women, I love the class, and it is a huge part of who I am and a huge part of my heart. However, God had different plans for me. I did not want to leave but He clearly wants me in the night women’s class. I am scared, and I truly did not want to follow His leading; however, I am stepping out in faith and following His lead. Is it easy? No! Have tears been shed? Yes, many. Is there excitement? Yes, because I know His plan is amazing even though I don’t see it yet. And God never makes mistakes. I can rest in Him, and know that His leading is perfect.

Week 35: Leading (God’s)

Who is in charge of your life? Is it God? Is it your husband, friends, co-workers? Where do you turn when a decision needs to be made? Sometimes it seems so much easier to turn to someone around us and get an immediate verbal answer to our decision. However, is that the direction that God would have you go? Is that His leading for your life? When trying to hear God’s leading for you, refer to our study in Week 31 when we studied Choice. The list by Neil Anderson can be very helpful when trying to discern God’s leading for your life. I know I used it when trying to hear God about His leading for my BSF class.

To help us follow His leading, we can read His Word each and everyday. Cooperate with Him and follow His lead. There is no end to the possibilities of where He may lead you. Think of Jochebed (Moses’ mother, see Exodus 2:1-5). She had to follow God’s leading in putting Moses into the basket and into the Nile. Then look at where He led Moses. And Moses was blessed and knew the Lord face to face (Deuteronomy 34:10)! Wow! I must follow His leading for my life just as Jochebed and Moses did.

For my card this week, I used some fun Basic Grey papers and a $1 stamp from Michael's for the footprints on my card.
And the scripture I chose was:

Psalm 31:3 “Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me.”

And I can’t end our lesson here without giving you what the Lord just gave me. I need to follow His lead and share the hymn “He Leadeth Me! O Blessed Thought” with you. I will just share the first verse and the chorus but if you get a chance, you should really listen to the entire hymn.

He leadeth me! O blessed thought!
O words with heavenly comfort fraught!
Whate'er I do, where'er I be,
Still 'tis God's hand that leadeth me.

He leadeth me, he leadeth me,
By His own hand he leadeth me;
His faithful follower I would be,
For by His hand He leadeth me.

Is it God’s precious hand that leads you? Do you want to be His faithful follower? How can you watch for His leading in your life today or this week? How about this month or this year? Please join us at Create My Keepsake, The Scrapping Spot, Scrapjazz, and Faith Sisters for discussions and links to your cards and pages. Have fun studying and creating this week! And enjoy wherever the Lord may lead you!


Anonymous said...

Another eye opener, Patter. :) Thank you!

Ally0005 said...

What a great word for this week.
I know the Lord will be leading me and DH as we make a decision about my DH job this coming week.

Tanis said...

Printing this out so I can think about it this week.
Can't wait to get started on my page :)
Woo hoo!
Thanks Patter.

Tanis said...

Finished my 4x6 page.
Have a great weekend Patter!

Happy Stamper said...

Patter, because you are following God's leading, He is using you in an awesome way! I was just checking my emails and right before I opened my email update about this study and card challenge, I opened an email from a friend who vented and shared with me how she is struggling with this very issue. Your study on "leading" is exactly what she needs to hear right now. She is a Christian who is hurting because she is not following God's leading, but trying instead to please everyone around her. She is feeling like she doesn't measure up and is really hurting.

I'm going to share this lesson with her and pray that God will speak to her and reveal His will to her. Thanks so much for sharing this. God is at work through you!

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