Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Lesson 2 - Part 2

Yes, But How?

How does a woman draw near to God’s heart?

What can we do to put ourselves in a position where God can grow each of us into a woman of remarkable endurance?

1. Develop the habit of drawing near to God

Only through routine, regular exposure to God’s Word can we draw out the nutrition needed to grow hearts of faith.

It’s not easy, I know, I seem to always start off with good intentions and then start to get bogged down with life’s activities. That is why it is so important to aim for habitual, scheduled time with God whether I feel like it or not, whether it seems like the best use of my time or not. I must draw near to God.

2. Design a personal time for drawing near to God

As women we’re used to designing, planning, and scheduling the events of life. When it comes to planning our quiet time it should be no different. Consider what kind of quiet time is ideal for you.

When? – Something is better than nothing.
Where? – It doesn’t matter where you meet the Lord as long as you do it.
What aids? – good reading light, highlighters, pens, pencils, markers, sticky notes, notepad, etc.

3. Dream of being a woman after God’s heart!

Motivation is key when it comes to nurturing a heart of devotion, and dreaming helps motivate us.

Start a journal and make your first entry a description of the woman you want to be spiritually in one year.

God will take you as far as you want to go, as fast as you want to go.

Next, describe the woman you want to be spiritually in five years.

Do you believe you can be this woman? With God’s grace and in His strength you can!

Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. – Proverbs 4:23

You determine some elements of the heart. You decide what you will or will not do, whether you will or will not grow. You also decide the rate at which you will grow.

Heart Response

Truly the treasure of God’s Word are fathomless.

O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! - Romans 11:33

His Word stands as His counsel forever, the thoughts of His heart to all generations.

The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations. – Psalm 33:11

By it we were born again

Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. – 1 Peter 1:23

By it we grow

As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: - 1 Peter 2:2

By it we walk through life as it lights the path for our feet.

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. – Psalm 119:105

Surely drawing near to God’s Word should be of utmost importance to us each day. What joy we discover when we grow to love it more than food for our bodies.

Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food. – Job 23:12

Won’t you purpose in your heart to spend more time near to God’s heart by spending more time in His Word?

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