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Plan For Difficult Times

Your life might be going well right now or you might be in the middle of a mess. As someone has said we are usually in a difficult time, just coming out of one or about to enter a difficult season. Sooner or later problems, pain, hard times and loss are sure to come your way. Because many of us tend to procrastinate about so much in life, we are often caught by surprise when painful events barge into our lives.

How about preparing a go-to formula to help us during the inevitable hard times?

Let’s look at an approach to painful times that may be helpful in any season.

In her book “Though the Mountains Shake“, Amy Carmichael tells about her meeting Andrew Murray while they were both in England during the year 1895. She shares her impression of him and how he handled a painful time he experienced.

The following is taken from Amy Carmichael’s writing about Andrew Murray.

“I knew that his books were very good. Not that I had read one of them, but a neat row of them, dressed in sober grey, lived in my mother’s room, and she and everybody said how good they were. Was he as good as his books? He was better; for there was not only goodness, there was a delicious dry humor, dauntless courage, and the gentleness and simplicity of a dear child. And he was very loving.”

“Then something painful happened. This is how he met it: He was quiet for a while with his Lord, then he wrote these words for himself”

First He brought me here, it is by His will I am in this strait place: in that fact I will rest.

Next, He will keep me here in His love, and give me grace to behave as His child.

Then, He will make the trial a blessing, teaching me the lessons He intends me to learn, and working in me the grace He means to bestow.

Last, in His good time He can bring me out again–how and when He knows.

Let me say I am here,

  1. By God’s appointment
  2. In His keeeping
  3. Under His training
  4. For His time

I am sure that Andrew Murray still felt the pain but he knew where to look for help and Who to trust to bring him through. Trusting in Jesus is the only way.

It is a mystery perhaps, but when we are at the lowest places we may sense the nearness of Jesus more keenly than at any other time. I know I have.

Jesus knows well all our sorrows in all seasons. See Isaiah 53:3-5 and Hebrews 4:14-15

Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. See John 14

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Do you have a plan for the painful times?

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Bible Study Tips and Resources

bible-1310889_640 I hope that last week’s post was an encouragement to devote yourself to Bible study. This week I’d like to share some helpful Bible study resources.

But first, a few tips that you might find useful.

  • Pray
  • Plan
  • Place
  • Persistence

∗Prayer is the first step to Bible study. First, pray about what God would like you to study. Watch and listen to what specific Bible study the Holy Spirit is guiding you to do.

∗Plan is about gathering what supplies will be needed. Where will you keep your Bible study book and any other items for the study? I would suggest that these things be kept in plain view at least until you have developed a solid habit of study. If your materials need to be portable you could put everything in a tote bag to carry with you. Planning is also needed to decide on a specific time each day that you will spend on the study. Establish a certain time because otherwise, it will be very difficult to develop consistent study.

∗Place is deciding on a certain spot that you will usually do your daily study. It should be somewhere that you are comfortable and undisturbed if possible. I like to be flexible about the place. If I can go outside for Bible study that’s an added plus for me.

∗Persistence is so very important. If you enthusiastically start your Bible study but then fail to finish for whatever reason, don’t give up Bible study! It is not easy to establish this wonderful practice of consistent study. Ask yourself some questions to find out how you can improve your experience. Was it the right study for you? Did you follow the tips – Pray-Plan-Place-Persistence?

∗Don’t add another P for Perfect to the list of tips. It’s not about doing everything perfectly or like someone else. The important thing about your study time is spending time with the King every day. Please don’t give up. It might be difficult to get the habit established but so very worthwhile.

Please click on the link below to go directly to the Bible study page. There is also a tab on the menu that goes to the Bible Study Page. This page is loaded with plenty of Bible study resources including the links and is kept updated with current information. I pray that you will explore and enjoy.

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