The Three P’s

Have you ever wondered how you actually study The Bible and live like you’re supposed to? How to get a fulfilled life that Christ wants you to have?  I have and I’ll be honest, it’s something I struggled with for the longest time. Now, I am no pro but I can tell you what works for me.

I know the big book with crazy words like thou, art, thee, ye, and shalt can throw you off and be intimidating and that’s okay! We will discuss this and break any feelings of intimidation in this Guide To Living The Life You Were Called.  Make sure you have a quiet place,  preferred Bible in the translation of your choice, a commentary, a journal and pen. Are you ready? Let’s get started!


The Three P’s – A Guide To Living The Life You Were Called

First and foremost, the first P is PRAYING. It is absolutely necessary to pray for the Holy Spirit to guide you in your studies. Without Him, we will not even begin to understand anything about that big book called the Bible. The stories will seem crazy and cause you to ask yourself, “ummm okay, did that really happen?” or “What did I even get from this?” I was always taught that the Bible is our guide to life, every answer to our problems and heartaches are in this book. There is a story that has similar parallels to situations you may be facing. There is a person from the past that has felt the exact same way as you might be feeling right now. The stories allow us to see the outcome and how God provided right on time.  It is the living and breathing word of God – we need the breath of the Holy Spirit to unlock His words for us. It’s the key to this book. 

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. -Hebrews 4:12

Things to pray for before you start:

  • Pray for the Holy Spirit to guide you on where to start, some might pick a book or a topic to study. Sometimes I just open my Bible and wherever I land, I read it! You’d be surprised that you might just find exactly what you were looking for.
  • Before you begin reading, talk to God about what’s going on in your life, be open and ask for forgiveness of anything that may block you from hearing from Him. Pray that God will speak to you through His word and reveal to you what you need to learn.
  • Go ahead and thank Him for what it is He is going to do for you during your time with Him.

This is a very important step as it keeps us in communication with God and through out your studies and you will need to keep the lines open with Him. You might find yourself asking Him to help you with something you may not be understanding.


The Second P is for Pondering. We need to slowly read The Bible and ponder on the words we are reading. Read a sentence or passage over and over and ponder on God’s word. Just close your eyes, say the verses and let it seep into your heart. God also likes for us to just to be still and know He is God.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • How does this apply to me?
  • What does it tell/show me about God?
  • How does God feel about this?
  • How can I use this passage to better live my life?

Continuously pondering on His word and allowing yourself to feel what God feels or the desires He is conveying though His word. These practices will help you keep your eyes focused on Him.  Even when you are not reading The Bible, you can still ponder on the time spent with the Lord and pray with Him about as you continue your day.  In return, you will grow spiritually and in your relationship with Him. You will be more confident in His love for you and His plan for your life.

My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart. For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh. – Proverbs 4:20-22

Cause me to understand the way of your precepts, that I may meditate on your wonderful deeds. Psalm 119:27


The Third P is for Practicing and applying God’s Word to your daily walk with Christ. Did He show you something in your life that needs to change? Work on changing it! It may not be easy but through Him, it is possible. We must always strive to do better with our lives and live the way He has called us to. Practicing is simply doing your part to live a Godly life. It is important to focus our minds on the good things of God, not the things of the world. Memorize scripture and hide into your heat so that you may not sing against God (Psalm 119:11).  The more time you spend with God, the easier this part becomes. You will taste His goodness and desire more of Him. With all of these steps combined, you are on the right path to living the life you were called to live.

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. – Philippians 4:8

 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. -Philippians 4:9

I hope you enjoyed this blog and you will live the life you were called to live. I have been Praying / Practicing / Pondering and know that on this journey God is shaping me into who I need to be to get me to the life I was called to live. He will do the same for you! Please let me know of any tips you may have, I’d love to hear what works for you.

Xoxo,

Hannah B.

Pillar

I truly understand what it means for The Lord to be the Rock, the Pillar on which we stand.  I cannot do life without Him being the center focus.

Without Jesus I tend to be all over the place.  Everything feels like it is consuming me, but once I enter into His presence it all fades away.  It’s just He and I.  I can tell The Lord anything and I know that since He is the creator of all things, I can trust that if I take myself out of this world for a moment that everything will be okay.

I understand from songs and devotions why people say He is our resting place.  The bible says He is our resting place.  When the world is total chaos it can be very emotionally taxing especially for someone like me who was born an empath.  It can really weigh me down.  The comforting thing is I can go to God and I can literally lay it all for Him.  “Lord!  I can’t do this right now. I can’t carry the weight of the world on my shoulders”.

He comforts me.  Just being in His presence feels like everything else disappears and I can solely lean on Him.  He strengthens me and I can carry on. A few verses in the bible that talk about this are Psalm 31:2- Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me. Psalm40:2- He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. Numbers 11:14- I cannot carry all these people by myself; the burden is too heavy for me.

Most people, including myself, think of my spouse as my Rock and in some ways; he is.  It’s nothing like God though. I know that if everyone in my life left me; God would still be there. He will always be there.  The fact that He knows my future and knows my thoughts and understands me is comforting.  The fact that I know that if I pray God can and will change things.  I’m not saying He will grant all my wishes but He will work in situations that nobody else can.  To know that He is never out for anything but my best interest.  To know that I can’t do or say anything that would ever make Him leave me or not love me anymore keeps me going.

Just to be in His presence there is a complete sense of calm and peace.  I feel like with Him I can do anything.  I can make it in this world regardless of what happens in my life because He is always there to put the pieces back together again.

There are many times where I have been in situations that could have caused me great harm or even death.  I don’t know why I escaped with my life but God does. I have lost just about everything and somehow regained it all.  I have always been able to go to The Lord and pour it all out.  And every single time He came to my rescue.

Things always seem to look clear to me after I’ve laid it all out to him. Some might say that it’s because I vented and said it out loud and that after doing so I felt relief but I can honestly say that is not the same thing here.  I have poured my heart out to close friends and been in counseling but nothing compares to the clarity I get when go to The Lord and lay it all down.

He, God, The Lord is truly my Rock and my foundation.  Apart from Him I would not make it in this world. My decisions would be all over the place.  I wouldn’t survive.  When I need a boost of spiritual energy He speaks to me through songs and or devotions or even social media.  I truly do not have to look far to find His answers and encouragement.

There is a hymn that I’ve heard since I was a little girl.  I can honestly say that I completely understand what this means on a very personal level.  “My hope is built on nothing less”

1. My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name. On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; all other ground is sinking sand.

2. When darkness veils His lovely face, I rest on His unchanging grace;

In every high and stormy gale My anchor holds within the veil. On Christ the solid rock I stand; All other ground is sinking sand.

3. His oath, His covenant, and blood support me in the whelming flood; When every earthly prop gives way, He then is all my Hope and Stay.  On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; All other ground is sinking sand.

4. When He shall come with trumpet sound, Oh, may I then in Him be found, Clothes in His righteousness alone, Faultless to stand before the throne! On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; All other ground is sinking sand.

Composer: John Stainer Author: Edward Mote

I couldn’t have worded this better myself.  How exciting to think that we don’t have to do this life alone.  We do not have to figure it all out.  There is always hope.  I cling to this hope while everything may be falling apart around me, He is my anchor, He is my pillar.

-valerie

How To Wait For The Next Chapter

Have you ever been waiting for a change that will alter your life? Perhaps you are waiting for a baby, waiting to hear if you landed your dream job or you are waiting for test results from your doctor. Maybe you don’t know what change you even want but you know the life you are living at this very moment is not enough. Maybe you’ve been waiting a long time but you are getting weary of the wait and are ready for your next chapter to start. Whether your wait is good or bad, simple or life changing, God has a plan. Not just a plan that will enhance your wellbeing but a plan that allows you to grow spiritually and closer to God. His plan will deepen your faith in Him and you will learn what it means to trust in Him.

Our life is like a book and we all play the part of the main character. There is a beginning, middle and end. Sometimes we feel like we are in limbo waiting on a page to turn and question how much longer is it going to take for the next chapter in your life to begin. These answers turn the page of your life and allow you to enter the next chapter that we so desperately desire. When you are feeling burdened and weary, I want you to know that there is a hopeful and perfect ending created for you. You will be able to look back at every moment in your life and realize that God was using every one to get you to where you needed to be. Your character will develop and grow and you won’t be the same but you will be a better you.

Your pages are ripped, battered and torn but your ending has yet to come. Jesus will repair the pages and see you through to the next chapter. To an ending created just for you. We can’t rush through the words and turn the pages quickly – there are details that are so small that must be worked out to their fullest so that the ending is the way Jesus would have it be. The timing will be in such a way that it can’t be denied that it was God who carried you through the pages.

How Do We Survive The Wait?

  • First we start by knowing and believing that:

God has known before you were born that you would be where you are right now. He knew you before you were in your mother’s womb and had a plan for your life. He goes before you and prepares the way.

Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

  • Secondly, we must trust Him. He has formed the most perfect plan for your life. He knows every fiber of your being and knows you better than anyone on this earth, trust that He knows what is best for you. We won’t be able to understand but when we place our trust in Him and know that He has our life in the palm of His hand and wants the absolute best for your life, you will be at peace during the wait.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and He will make straight your paths.

If you are having problems with trusting, tell Him and ask Him for help. Pray this verse back to Him and ask Him to make it real for you:

Psalm 31:14 But I trust in you, LORD; I say, “You are my God.”

& remember as you place your trust in Him, you will be blessed during the wait.

Psalm 84:12 LORD Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in you.

  • Thirdly, we continue to pray and live the life that we were placed in at this exact moment. The page isn’t ready to be turned yet. Perhaps we have people we still need to meet that may change your life or you may change theirs. Maybe He has to remove people from your life before your next chapter starts. It is possible that He wants you to learn something about yourself or change you so that the next chapter can begin. You might be exhausted but He will renew your strength and there is a reason, lesson and blessing that will come from waiting. Remember, whatever the lesson, there will be a blessing! Ask God what it is that you need to be learning so that you can grow and be all He called you to be.

Isaiah 40:31 But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

  • Lastly and Most importantly, GIVE HIM THANKS for what he has done, the trials you are going through and what He will do! We can give Him thanks joyfully during this time because we know He has every page already written out for us for our ultimate benefit.

Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

No matter what you are waiting for be in wait for Jesus.

Psalm 27:14 Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!

Xoxo,

Hannah B.