Every morning here at home we have a bible study or discussion. Some days we are formal and pick a topic that is of current importance in our lives (this morning was endurance) and some days are informal – each of us sitting, looking through the Bible for a verse that means something to us and reading it aloud, then commenting if desired. Along with the stories on the site, I am going to write daily and recap our studies. I am going to write these daily routine recaps fairly informal and hope that you (the reader) checks back often and maybe you all can start in your homes! I will keep it brief and to the point. We have noticed huge differences (most not so good) in the very few, sporadic days that we have missed our time in the word of God.
5:30 a.m. Topic or theme picked was Endurance
The reason we picked “endurance” is that we have had so many issues “pop up” on us lately. Life is moving fast. We have the house up for sale. We are in the daily struggles of recovery from past afflictions ourselves. We’ve learned recently that we have a close family member also struggling with addiction and spiritual sickness – and it was a shock! We (obviously) are moving and taking new career paths, etc., etc., We can’t handle this all on our own! The following verses give insight and encouragement as well as guidance.
The scriptures we picked were as follows (and in order):
Romans 5:3-5 (NLT)
3 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.
James 1:5-8 (NLT)
5 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. 6 But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. 7 Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.8 Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.
Galatians 6:7-10 (NLT)
7 Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. 8 Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.9 So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. 10 Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.
2 Timothy 2:12-13 (NLT)
12 If we endure hardship,
we will reign with him.
If we deny him,
he will deny us.
13 If we are unfaithful,
he remains faithful,
for he cannot deny who he is.
And we pick one to “chew on” or meditate on throughout the day. We chose 2 Timothy 2:22-26 (NLT)
23 Again I say, don’t get involved in foolish, ignorant arguments that only start fights. 24 A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people. 25 Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will learn the truth. 26 Then they will come to their senses and escape from the devil’s trap. For they have been held captive by him to do whatever he wants.