DAY 16 /iPad Journaling through John / with SHE READS TRUTH app

Day 16 / John Study / She Reads Truth

John 12 / THE FATHER’S SON

THE PANDO TREE

The PANDO tree reminds me of the incredible grace filled mystery…

that We can ALL be one…

the Father, Son, Holy Spirit, and me!

Here’s a bit of background on the PANDO tree…

The Trembling Giant, or Pando, is an enormous grove of quaking aspens that take the “forest as a single organism” metaphor and literalizes it: the grove really is a single organism. Each of the approximately 47,000 or so trees in the grove is genetically identical and all the trees share a single root system. While many trees spread through flowering and sexual reproduction, quaking aspens usually reproduce asexually, by sprouting new trees from the expansive lateral root of the parent. The individual trees aren’t individuals, but stems of a massive single clone, and this clone is truly massive.

How is it that we can be one with the Son, as He is one with the Spirit and the Father? It is THE hardest thing to “wrap” our minds around…so the example of the PANDO tree gives me a better “picture” of this.

We have the same ROOT system.  Jesus did not operate separately from the Father. Every step He took was ordained by the Father, realized through the Holy Spirit and active through the connection of the Root.

He picks us up, broken and sinful… brushes us off and makes us worthy.

Only through the Son, can be one.

Oh, what a Savior… Oh, what a FATHER…

for what the Father commanded the Son accomplished.

For me.

For you.

JOHN 44 And Jesus cried out and said, “Whoever believes in me, believes not in me but in him who sent me. 45 And whoever sees me sees him who sent me. 46 I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness. 47 If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. 48 The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day. 49 For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment—what to say and what to speak. 50 And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I say, therefore, I say as the Father has told me.”

Praise His name for His great love and mercy.

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Amen

 

 

 

DAY 15 /iPad Journaling through John / with SHE READS TRUTH app

Day 15 / John Study / She Reads Truth

To imagine our Lord, our Savior, our Shepherd, our King …having a love so deeply compassionate and empathetic He weeps with us…is just so hard to grasp.

For many of us, we haven’t experienced that kind of love and empathy here on earth.

The definition of empathy is this:

-the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.

Let’s face it…we are often too busy trying to understand our OWN feelings. We don’t have room to think of someone else’s…unless we think it will be of some benefit to ourselves:) Hard to admit, but true.

The definition of empathy also suggests that we SHARE those feelings…stepping into someone else’s circumstance, to walk through it with them. This is what our loving Jesus demonstrates here in John 11.

John 11

33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled. 34 And he said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” 35 Jesus wept. 36 So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”

Can you see it?

He is with you…walking through whatever circumstance you are in right now. Not only is He with you, but He has a heart of compassion and empathy for you…He has experienced what you are going through…pain, sorrow, abandonment, rejection, betrayal, loss.

Rebecca Faines says this:

“Verse 35, tells us that “Jesus wept” for his friend Lazarus. Death has struck a blow, and Jesus weeps to see sin and its consequences in a fallen world. But His tears are not an indication of defeat. Instead, there at Lazarus’s tomb, Christ wages war on death, arresting the powers of death and decay, and reversing them.”

He takes our hand and walks us out of that circumstance!

I am overwhelmed by His love and provision daily.

Let’s raise our hands in praise for His unending love.

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Xo,

DAY 14/iPad Journaling through John / with SHE READS TRUTH app

Day 13 / John Study / She Reads Truth

Hi Sisters!

We are encouraged to memorize truth today! Write it down more than once, post it on your “door frames” on your mirrors, in your 🚗.

“And my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness and of thy praise all the day long.” -Psalm 35:28

We can not speak it, proclaim it, share it, wield it…unless we know it…unless is “falls off our tongue” like an old song:)

The scripture for today is below

John 1: 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.

 

Let’s sharpen our swords!

Thank you Jesus.

Blessings,

DAY 12 / iPad Journaling through John / with SHE READS TRUTH app

Day 11 / John Study / She Reads Truth

THE GOOD SHEPHERD

We have a GOOD SHEPHERD, not a cold general…true words from Claire Gibson today:)

I learned many years ago, that the way to structure any fruit bearing ministry, is not to be a general but a shepherd. To model Christ to others with the intention of creating a  “trickle down” effect.

If we intentional Shepherd our leaders (care for, guide, protect, come alongside, communicate regularly, train up) they will then, in turn, shepherd others. They will have received the benefits from the Shepherd. Fruit will grow and their hearts will desire to share. It naturally occurs when we experience Christ’s goodness and provision. We know His voice and we desire to follow. He calls us to proclaim the Good News…to “pay it forward.”

In Acts 20:28, Paul refers to pastors.

“Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock (church), in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.” Acts 20:28

Here, however, he uses the verb form of the word, which is translated “to feed” (ASV) or “to care for” (ESV). Pastors feed, tend, and protect the church. They are to do all the things that a shepherd would do for a flock.

Those of us who function as an “overseer” (someone in leadership) are called to care for the flock in this way.

“Pastors are to feed their people with the Word, exhorting them in sound doctrine (Tit. 1:9–10), proclaiming to them the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27). Pastors are to guard their people against false doctrine and those who would lead them astray (Acts 20:29–31). Pastors are to lead their people by providing a godly example (Heb. 13:7), equipping them for ministry (Eph. 4:12), and wisely directing the affairs of the church (1 Tim. 5:17). Pastors are to care for their people by tenderly providing whatever counsel, help, and encouragement they need.”

-Bobby Jamieson (a PhD student in New Testament at the University of Cambridge.)

In a word, pastors care. They don’t just care about their people, they care for them. They know them. They seek them out.

Intentionally Shepherding is a form of pastoring. As we model Christ, the Good Shepherd to others, they can experience Him in a tangible way.

They will know His love and learn to hear His voice.

2 But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. 5 A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.  -John 10

Our Good Shepherd goes after every lost sheep. Oh, how grateful I am for His heart to save His wandering flock!

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“There are times when I’d still prefer to follow a god who sends orders via envelope or email, telling me explicitly where to go and what to do next. But that’s not real relationship. The direction and assurance I seek—that each of us need—are found solely in Jesus, the Shepherd-God.

We move toward Him, not only because we want to, but because He is the only Way. His voice is the only one we were meant to follow.”

-Claire Gibson

May we each have ears to hear our Good Shepherd ❤️

DAY 11 / iPad Journaling through John / with SHE READS TRUTH app

Day 11 / John Study / She Reads Truth

HE HEALS THE BLIND

I want to shout it from the rooftops…my heart was broken and now it is healed, my eyes could not see, and now they’re wide open..

Amazing Grace saved this wretch.

And you know, Blindness is a condition we were all born with…our sin distorts our vision and causes us to stumble around in the dark.

and sometimes, just like the Pharisees, even in the light, we choose darkness.

Ugh!

I’ve been there… and even though it was an icky place to live, I am glad that I have a better understanding of the light! It all about the ABC’S.

Admit we are sinners. We aren’t perfect like our Savior. We make mistakes.

Believe that Jesus came to save us from the darkness. To unite us with our God.

Choose to accept what He has sacrificed for us. Choose to agree that we NEED a Savior…Choose to walk with Him…Abide in Him…and proclaim His Glory.

There was a time when I didn’t know what it meant to abide. I could admit I was a sinner, Believe that Jesus came to restore me, and even choose to accept that I had NEED…but the daily walking with Him…the daily talking with HIm and about Him, was something I just didn’t get. I didn’t even hear it in the churches I attended.

But, I did hear it when a Sister, who didn’t even know me, invited me to Bible Study, and I then SAW abiding…through other women who came alongside me…took my hand and led the way.

It’s not until we get deep down and personal with our Lord that we can see who He is and who He has made us to be. How can we really know anyone without spending time with them, without listening to their hearts, without “doing life” together?

I’m probably preaching to the choir here, but if you’re anything like me, you need to be reminded daily…Who you are and WHO YOUR GREAT GOD IS 🙂

I love what the blind man said when others  denounced Jesus…

25 He answered, “Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.”

AMEN!

When we experience God’s presence in our lives, we learn to trust who He is…Each time you step out in obedience, God reveals Himself to you. He opens your eyes to see beyond the dark, to the hope that is just around the corner.

This is how our hearts learn the depth of His love.

As Erin said…

“Friends, the gospel is not a treasure to be hoarded. The call on each of our lives is to shout it from every rooftop, whisper it in every coffee shop, declare it to every fellow sinner” (Matthew 28:16-20)

What a treasure His love is…it is a precious bounty that we can give away and gain more! 

Do you know anything else that gives back more than you give away?

What a Good God we serve!!!

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I AM SO GRATEFUL, that the Lord heals the blind.

Thank you for this good Word today Lord.

Amen,

DAY 10 / iPad Journaling through John / with SHE READS TRUTH app

Day 10 / John Study / She Reads Truth 

THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD

Who will cast the first stone?

JOHN 8:9 But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. 10 Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.” 12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

No one did. Especially not Jesus who knew no sin. Sin is our condition and is equal to darkness. Until we recognize our darkness, we will not see the LIGHT of our Good Shepherd. We will not receive the freedom to unlock the shackles we wear.

The Jews in this passage were bound to their sins. They did not believe. They chose to remain in the dark. It was comfortable, familiar.

Ephesians 5:8 for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light

Truth is Christ, truth is light. We will not be free until we walk in truth…towards the light…and then walk in that light.

Walking is active…it is movement…believing and applying truth in ALL things…thoughts & actions…what goes in, what comes out.

Reach for the Saviors hand and let Him lead you there.

MATTHEW 11: 25 At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; 26yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.g 27All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. 28Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Doesn’t easy and light sound better than hard and heavy…sooooo heavy are the burdens we carry on our own:(

Jesus tell us again…”If you abide in my Word, you are truly my disciples and you will know the truth and and the truth will set you free.”

There’s that Word Abide…It is the Word that replays in my head and my heart daily.

To Abide is to remain, to wait, to rest in…it is the secret to

freedom and FRUIT!

This is why we intentionally & prayerfully spend time in God’s Word…

Way to go Sister for being intentional and obedient!

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What chains are you still bound to?  Ask the Lord and He will show you… & always provide a way out.

1 Corinthians 10:13

13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation He will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

Jesus is the light of the world.

so let’s move towards the light!

Blessings,

DAY 9 / iPad Journaling through John / with SHE READS TRUTH app

SHE READS TRUTH STUDY ON JOHN / Day 9

To review…

DAY 1 / THE WORD WAS GOD / JESUS

DAY 2 / GLORY ON DISPLAY/ THOUGH HIS TIME HAD NOT YET COME, HE GAVE US A GLIMPSE OF OUR FUTURE

DAY 3 / GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD / HE GIVES US A NEW HEART

DAY 4 / LIVING WATER / QUENCHED THIRST

DAY 5 / LORD OF THE SABBATH / THE HOLY SPIRIT LIFTS OUR FOCUS

DAY 6 / “GRACE DAY” -CATCH UP DAY:)

DAY 7 / MEMORIZE TRUTH

DAY 8 / THE BREAD OF LIFE / THE ONLY “BREAD” WE NEED

AND…here we are, on day 9 / A PROPHET FROM GALILEE

“HE WHO SENT ME IS TRUE” -JESUS

“God the Father had been true to His promise. He had sent His Son for the salvation of mankind.  Yet, many who walked and talked with Jesus—who heard Him testify repeatedly that He was the sent One—did not believe.” -Kim Cash Tate

Jesus remained under God’s authority. He makes this clear over and over in scripture. Much of the mystery of the trinity will remain a mystery while we are on this earth, but we can rest in God’s Word because He is proven to be Faithful, Righteous and Just…motivated by love.
“My teaching is not Mine, but His who sent Me” (John 7:16).
“… but He who is seeking the glory of the One who sent Him, He is true… ” (John 7:18).
“I know Him, because I am from Him, and He sent Me” (John 7:29).
“For a little while longer I am with you, then I go to Him who sent Me” (John 7:33).
And this one:  “I have not come of Myself, but He who sent me is true…” (John 7:28).

Jesus and the Father are of one purpose. Thepurpose was made complete in Jesus

God the Father had made a promise…He made a covenant with Abram.

“Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and pin you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

That covenant was made complete in Jesus.

Not only did the Father make a covenant with Abram, but He kept both “ends” of the agreement.

Through His actions He said to Abram…You will keep this covenant, and if you do not, I will pay the price with my blood.

Our good Father knows that we will “miss the mark.” He allowed us free will with full knowledge of our sin. From His covenant with Abram, we can see that He not only wished to bless His people, but He made a way that was secure, regardless of our missteps. As His children, as His daughters, we are completely “covered” under His love and protection.

I could relate to Kim’s story about her Dad, the principal. My Dad was a principal too, and I know that feeling of importance…stepping into the arena of “his authority” (his school) I felt important, special, and shielded from danger…I was the daughter of The “boss.”

In Christ, WE are ALL the Daughter’s of the Boss:) We can rest in His great love for us…He is a promise keeper and the ONE who would rather die than be without us.

This truth is hard for us to believe…not unlike the Jews who refused to believe that the Savior was before them.

As we experience God’s faithfulness in our lives…as it becomes personal, we will gain confidence in our own faith.  It takes practice…the practice of “letting go and letting God.” He is a promise keeper, and as we trust Him with each baby step we take, we will experience

the one who is TRUE.

 

 

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Blessings,

 

 

 

DAY 8/ iPad Journaling through John / with SHE READS TRUTH app

TODAY is Day 8 in our study.

John Chapter 6 begins with the famous 5 loaves and 2 fish. The story we’ve heard since we were young, and for some, the most memorable flannel board portrayal of scripture.

5 loaves. 2 fish, over 5,000 fed.

The message in the miracle was right in front of the people’s noses, but their bellies became quite a distraction.

Andrea Lucado poses the question…

“How could these people stand before the Son of God who offered them eternal life and demand more barley loaves instead?”

The human race hasn’t changed much, huh? Chasing the miracle before the Man…the Son of God.

Jesus said, “Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set His seal.”

We are all on a constant quest for the food that perishes, it was true then, it is true now.

When we seek to “fill our bellies” with anything before  the “bread of life” we are left hungry…unsatisfied. We keep trying, but eventually come up short, standing in the “next food line” only to be hungry again.

I don’t want to feel hungry…and I certainty don’t want to settle for McDonalds when a feast fit for a King awaits. So why then, do I often settle for less? -Cause my belly is too full of junk food…no room for the feast.

STOP EATING JUNK SUE!  My spiritual life and my physical life have collided as of late. With health issues and (sorry for TMI -too much info) & festering gallstones, it’s becoming a necessity to stop eating the junk.

What a lesson I can learn if I pay attention and take the action required to move from suffering to health and life!

I hear the shepherd’s gentle voice in my head…look up, I am with you. Stop looking down, and stop looking within…stop avoiding eye contact with Me…I am what you seek…look to Me, look to life!

John 6: 28 Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” 29 Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom He has sent.”

Dear Lord forgive me for settling for less than the best you have to offer. Thank you loving Father, for providing the Bread of Life…that I might not only live a “full” life here on earth, but with You for eternity.

Thank you for providing all that we need, beyond our wildest dreams.

“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.” -Matthew 6:33 (NLT)

Did you eat your breakfast?  It will sustain you and produce the fruits you long for…love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self control:)

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How is the study going for you? I’d love to hear from you!

Blessings,