Every Friday I join a group of writers and we only write for five minutes. No edits. No revisions. Set the timer. Write. Stop. Publish.
Every week a different prompt is chosen the night before. So we can’t plan ahead or anything. Join the fun and read more about Five Minute Friday here.
Today’s prompt is: ACCEPT
It is the A in the A,B, C’s of salvation. Accept. Accept Jesus died for you. Accept the facts. I think since I was taught the Bible as fact since the time I was a little girl, I don’t question it as much. It was in college I began to accept it as truth again – on my own. Sometimes Christians who grow up in church need to have that moment or time period where they have to decide: is this what I believe, or do I just believe it because my parents did.
It was in college, I don’t remember a definite time, just an overwhelming choice. A choice to accept it as true. Accept it on faith. When I realized all things – whether to believe in God or not – requires faith – I decided I wanted Jesus.
From my parent’s examples, mentors I knew in high school, and from being in a good Christian circle – not without flaws, but a culture where God was faithful, in the midst of hardship, I realized I wanted this.
Moments that helped me accept this truth were random and I don’t know each of these sticks out in my mind:
When a woman came to the church and asked for forgiveness for sin – publicly acknowledging her wrong-doing. We all circled around her – moved out of our seats and stood hand to hand and demonstrated very tangible for a young girl (me) God’s forgiveness is pure and true. And complete.
When a older man, in a wheel chair too a liking to me, called me “button” and told me I was going to do great things for God.
When the woman who prayed for me, not my grandmother, but like one, died. I could feel the emptiness her life left behind because her prayers here on earth were gone.
The faithfulness of God through my own life. I accepted it all because I wanted to. I didn’t accept it because I had to….I wanted to accept it. I made the choice.
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I don’t know if you are like me, but the sudden realization that God wasn’t speaking to me (in my heart) is a little jolting. So, how do we keep going in Bible study? We change it up!
My unique workbook, The Four Ways to Study the Bible Workbook, includes these pages:
- Four Ways to Study the Bible – 4 separate ways
- Sermon Notes Worksheets
- Prayer Journal Worksheets
- Three Scripture Writing Challenges