Welcome back to the Bible Cafe™ as we continue Experiencing God by Henry and Richard Blackaby. We have been joining the online womens Bible study groups this week. Have you observed a powerful energy and Holy Spirit presence? Praise God we have the resources to meet. Regardless of geographic location, busy schedules, ailments, and other challenges- we show up! Having your voice in the conversation adds value for everyone in the study group.
It’s been a tremendous blessing to see you engage in conversations with each other and share your experiences. Even if you are behind on the reading lessons, please join the small groups and participate. You will not be disappointed! We have a team of Small Group Leaders with experience in online Bible study. Each week they facilitate conversation and spiritual growth.
This week we finished reading Unit Two in the Experiencing God workbook. Our unit study covered the difference between a self-centered life and God-centered life. We learned the importance of God using ordinary people for extraordinary purposes. Open your Bible and you will see many examples of this in Scripture.
Many people in the Old Testament (OT) and New Testament (NT) had personal experiences with God. If you could meet anyone from the Old Testament who would you want to meet and why?
When you look at the pages of OT Scripture, you realize these were ordinary people walking in God’s will. They often prayed, waited, and acted on God’s direction. We have the same opportunity today. Yield to the Holy Spirit and allow Him to work through us and in our lives.
This week we learned how God speaks and how to respond. Pay attention to how He is speaking to you. If you are uncertain about hearing Him, use your spiritual journal and write down your thoughts.
Begin with the words “Today God spoke to me when He…..” and complete the sentence. Examine your heart and mind to see where He is working and speaking in your life. While His voice is not typically audible, it does exist. Learn to recognize it as you journal daily. Write down any frustrations you have with this concept and share your thoughts in small groups this week, or post a comment below.
In writing class, authors are encouraged to write Three Morning Pages. This is a different journaling method, based on the book “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron. You could apply similar concepts for your spiritual journal. Here’s how:
Spiritual Journal Using The Morning Pages Method (Based on The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron)
Step #1- Have a specific place to write your morning pages. A desk, favorite chair, or perhaps the garden table.
Step #2- Use handwriting, not electronic, and a paper journal.
Step #3- Write down three pages of thoughts. What’s on your mind? What is God speaking into your heart today?
Doing this method, you will discover chaos and clutter moves aside and your thoughts begin to flow. The method is called “morning” pages because you write in your journal before the day begins.
During a recent Hope*Writers Webinar with Beth Moore, I was excited to hear Ms. Moore share this same method! She writes her three pages each morning. However, you don’t need to be a famous Bible study author to write a spiritual journal. Everybody has a DAY ONE. Begin today.
We covered five themes this week in Experiencing God. Focus on these as we continue our study: God-Centered Living, God’s Plans Versus Our Plans, God Takes the Initiative, God Speaks to His People, and God Speaks with a Purpose.
Each theme begins with God (not me). The goal of the study is to experience God.
I hope that you are enjoying this study are much as we are! Exciting things happen when we “Experience God” – hold on tight and enjoy the ride. This is just the beginning.