Jan 16, 2012

Discussions 1/16-1/20

Please feel free to discuss this week's reading here on this post. If something stands out to you, or you want to share something that the Lord is showing you through the reading, please share! :)

Looking forward to hearing from you, SHINE girls.

jill

23 comments:

Jill said...

Not sure about y'all, but I am really hearing God speak to me through these chapters. Last week, especially when the Israelites begged Samuel for a King.

This got very personal for me, because I often find myself begging God for things that I want...which may not necessarily be what HE wants for me. His best for me.

A lightbulb went off in my head regarding some very spefific things.

Never in a million years, would I have thought that a few chapters in 1 Samuel could reveal such things to my heart.

I love how personal God is with us. He gently shows us and corrects us with such love.

jill

Aunt Teddi said...

I know, Jill. I love the way Samuel explained to the people the behavior of royalty and wrote it in a book and laid it up before the LORD, and then, sent the epople to their homes. Then, Saul went home and valiant men went with him, whose hearts God had touched...but just like today...some rebels said, "How can this man save us?" and despised him, and brought him no presents.

God touches hearts today..sends valiant ones with us when we're called to a work for Him...and there are always rebels...not excepting leadership..in all cases.

I pray LORD for the heart always that You touch...and never the rebel heart against authority...in Jesus' Name, Amen and Amen

Melyshea said...
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Melyshea said...

The faithful are blessed. This is a big one for me. To see how He rewards those that do this. I too am asking for something daily that He may not even have in His plans!! I am capabale of praising Him in a storm. But when things are going well and there is one thing missing how quickly I stop seeing the blessings and only see what He has NOT done.

Saul was a good example. How he did ALMOST everything that God asked of him. How many of us are guilty of that!!?? I know I am. I am faithful and obedient in many areas, but there are a few I try and do on my own and I am as guilty as Saul of taking things into my own hands!!!

Melanie

Jill said...

oh, girl..you just stepped on my toes! :)

i am so guilty doing "almost" everything He calls me to do. somehow i think that if i can twist it just a little bit and make it more like I want it to be, then He will like my plan better.

ha!!!

He JUST wants my full obedience. why is it so hard to do this?

so thankful He teaches us through His word that blessings come through FULL obedience.

He wants to shower us with His blessings, but we must be a vessel that is able to receive such things.

He truly amazes me,

jill

Aunt Teddi said...

whew....and amen girls...that potter...refiner is He...melting the dross...so we can shine...humbling to know He loves us sooo much to correct us and get us in line...I picture the cat shaking the ketten...the goat butting the young one...thank You LORD for eyes to see and ears to hear...to allow You to keep us in line and keep polishing us to shine more...;)

Sweet Inlow's said...

I've thought too how clearly Samuel heard the Lord.

I have so. many. things. that muffle around in my ears. I am striving to quiet those things, so I may hear him clearly.

And not just clear my ears, i.e. mind, heart, soul, when I need or want to hear Him. But live in quiet, so all I hear is Him.

Jill said...

i feel so much like an Israelite at times. Often, I look to "kings"(things, people, my children, my husband) to bring me happiness.

when all i really need is HIM.

He is turning lights on all over this heart of mine!!

jill

Anonymous said...

Sweet Inlow's said.... But live in quiet.... The best advise I've heard in a while.
Janet

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to share that this weekend I woke up to my daughter (7) singing SHINE, SHINE, SHINE...Really don't know what she was singing about but those were the words that I woke up too..I layed there and said a prayer to the LORD above to let me SHINE for him. It was a Wonderful feeling to wake up to.

Spellgirl said...

God has shown me love. I often lay awake at night, making a list of the things He has given me purely out of love. But it is always too long. Please pray for my best friend, Jason, who has recently lost his grandpa.

Aunt Teddi said...

Father, we lift up Jason and thank You for the Peace that passes all understanding...given to us by the Prince of Peace...in Jesus' Name ...and for the comfort that only Holy Spirit can provide...in Jesus' Name...hover Holy Spirit over Jason...and fulfill Your perfect will in his life...in Jesus' Name...Amen and Amen.

Jill said...

love how God is speaking to us through 1 Samuel. incredible.

Cultivating Your Branch said...

I thought today's chapter was great. 1 Samuel 12:24 sums up much of our walk with God --
"Only fear the Lord, and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you". (1 Samuel 12:24 NKJV)

Spellgirl said...

Thank you so much, Jason really needs it right now.

Kelly Benise said...

Wow! That is so true. I'm glad for these comments to help me understand the chapter better. I think we all want someone to tell us what to do rather than to pray and be patient with God.

Tiffany A said...

I believe that one of the hardest things for me to do is stand still at times and listen to God. I unfortunately find myself like Saul today in trying to rush things and not wait on God to move in my life. I pray today that God will make me increasingly aware of when to stop all that I am doing and wait for Him to direct me and my motions. I want to be in His favor. This old song by the Isaacs spoke to my spirit this morning. - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4TUIzXnlT8. Love you girls!

Melyshea said...

Chapter 13. "If you had kept the appointment God commanded" says Samuel.......oh my. How many times have I missed this mark?? Countless examples of distrust and impatience flooded my mind. And then I got tickled thinking about how half the time I wish the command was audible so I was clear on what I was supposed to do. ;) Saul is a great example of what "taking matters into your own hands" will get you isn't he? We as a family have countless big decisions to make and I would say Saul is making that easier for us. Melanie

Tiffany A said...

So true Melanie!
I think about the time that Sarah took manners into her own hands and the result was not temporary but Ismael was born. The repercussions that followed this one disobedience to God. I am sure I make errors contrary to God's plan. It sure can land us in another whole different set of problems and issues leaving us praying for a way out of our own mess! What a lesson!

Christa G. said...

WOW, what a sobering thought! Just how not waiting on God can drive our lives in another direction. But more than that we cheat ourselves out of God's best and blessings for us. This is why we need to stay in His word and pray to be able to hear Him and have the desire to obey.

Women Who Pray said...
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Women Who Pray said...

After reading chapter 14...I'm a little perplexed...looking with anticipation for the next few chapters to unfold the results of the things I noticed. Jonathan and armorbearer went out without his father the King's knowledge. He fought the enemy and won..slaying some 20. Saul and Israel push back Phillistines. Saul's words that any eating that day be cursed. Jonathan not hearing father's words...and eating honey. Saul in position to kill Jonathan. People interceding and that not happening. Saul and Israel going on defeating other enemies. All of Saul's household listed...getting us ready to know what is happening to who ... next chapter...;)

Christa G. said...

Chapter 17 hit me like a ton of bricks today! How often are we like the Israelites and King Saul??? They allowed a giant to rule their lives. We see the giants in our lives whether they are finances, need of healing, lack of peace, or troubles in our families and we cower in fear. We forget who we are and who we serve. David had not forgotten nor was he afraid. He BELIEVED that the Almighty God would deliver him. David's faith provided God the opportunity to work a miracle with a stone! It was never a question in David's mind what needed to be done, he offered his faith and allowed God to do the rest! I want to be like David looking to my Father for my help and not allowing the "Giants" of my life control me.