Thursday, December 11, 2014

The School of Christ

Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. II Timothy 2:15
As I think of the School of Christ, I think of college courses and the how the average college student takes 15-18 hours per semester. What deep Bible students we would be if we spent this amount of time in Bible study and prayer!
Some of the classes could include Prayer 101-a class that teaches the basics of prayer and considers how Jesus prayed and how He taught His disciples to pray. Scripture Memory 101 which teaches how to memorize/meditate on scripture and looks at key scriptures every Christian should know. A more advanced class on Scripture memory could cover how to use scripture when attacked by the enemy. One of my favorite advanced classes is finding Christ in all the Scriptures. This is especially exciting when dealing with the Old Testament.

If we studied 3 hours a day for 6 days a week, this would equal a full course load of 18 hours. You may be thinking you don't have 3 hours a day to study. Chances are you have more time than you think you do. Even if you did only one hour in the morning and one hour before going to bed, you could easily get in 2 hours which would still put you at 12 hours a week. Twelve hours a week is still full time at most colleges and universities. Consider spending a few minutes throughout the day to commit scripture to memory and you could easily be back up to 15 hours a week or more and that is assuming that you only did six days a week.

So, are you enrolled in the School of Christ? Are you part time or full time? Do you skip class? I must admit that I have been taking a pretty light load lately, but am ready to get back to my full time schedule. With Christ and the Holy Spirit as my professors, I know that I am destined for greatness, if not in this life then surely in the life eternal that awaits me.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

I Peter 1:8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory. As I was reading this verse last night, I could not help but think of pregnancy. As mothers, we love and connect with our babies even before they are born. We believe, through evidences shown in our body that there is life growing inside of us and we "rejoice with joy unspeakable". My prayer today is that Christ may be formed within me and that I might love Him with that same boundless love that I have for my own children.

Monday, December 8, 2014

We Have Moved!

We have moved back to Florida.  It has been nearly 20 years since I've lived here. We move enough that people think we are a military family. :-). I'm  glad to be closer to my Family. I can visit for the weekend or just to say hello.

One of my favorite things about our new house is our wood stove.It's electric and uses wood chips. It even has a thermostat! Who knew?

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A Winter Wonderland

Ice at the trunk of the tree
                                          

Ice on the bush in front of the house
                                   

The backyard
My windshield

Top of the car

Ice hanging from the tree

The front yard
More ice hanging from the tree



I was born and raised in Pensacola and I can't ever remember it looking like this here.  The schools are shut down, and most people are home from work.  Thank God I work from home

Many residents are without power, which is really bad considering it's 25 degrees outside.  We  lost power for a few hours last night.  I'm thankful that we have a gas stove that provides some much needed heat.

Stay warm friends.  It's crazy out there.



Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Memorial Service for Daryl Johnson

Today I attended the memorial service for Daryl Johnson.  Daryl and I attended church together at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church.  My memories of him are fond ones.  He was always smiling, and always making others smile and laugh as well.  He was ten years my senior, but he always had a way of making me feel like I was a part of everything.  I appreciate him immensely for that.

He had an amazing voice.  In my mind, I can see him standing at the side podium singing his heart out.  It seemed that he knew every hymn in the hymnal.

Every week during church service, we recited the call to worship consisting of a few verses.  Every now and then, some of those verses would come to mind and they were a comfort to me during difficult times in my life.  The only problem was, I couldn't remember all of them.  I contacted several of the people that attended church with me growing up and none seemed to remember them.  I sent Daryl a message on Facebook asking him to get me a copy.  He immediately responded with all of the verses in order.  He had them memorized!

Leader: Enter into his gates with thankgsiving, and into his courts with praise.

Congregation: O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.

Leader: Oh Lord open thou my lips: and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.

Congregation: One thing have I desired of the Lord, and that I will seek after that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in His temple.

Leader: Who shall ascend into the hilss of the Lord or who shall stand in His hold place

Congregation: He that has clean hand and a pur heart, who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, now sworn deceitfully.

All: Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.

My heart is heavy, but I pray that I will see him again in that great getting-up morning.

~yolanda