Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Re-Focus

A blog I saw the other day had a banner that really hit home with me. It said, "As for me and my blog, we will serve the Lord." All of us serve the Lord differently just as all of us are convicted and burdened by different things as well. I didn't know anything about blogs until I started my own. In fact when I started mine, I really didn't read anyone else's. I didn't even know how to get to or find other people's blogs so I stuck with mine. But then a lot of you found me and now I read your blogs. Many of you do not know this but before I started my blog, I prayed for several days about the name of my blog. I have endured a lot of pain in my life and it has left me with a very low self esteem regarding me and the Lord. I have never felt worthy of His love and for my whole life, He has been trying to show me that I am worth FAR MORE THAN RUBIES. So that's where that came from. Do I believe that I am worth far more than rubies? Some days I do, others I don't. But the blog title constantly reminds me of the journey I am on. God has called me to be a minister to Women and until that door opens up to something new, my blog is how I am going to do it.

With that being said, I want to tell you that I am radical about my faith. Some may think I am odd but I have to make sure that the purpose God gave me this blog for is being fulfilled. Now just as I clean my house, I sometimes have to clean my blog. So after much prayer and wisdom that I received from someone older than me and someone I really respect, I have to make some rules for this study. When the Lord gave me this John Study and I presented it to you, my intention was to bring people in that are new believers or ones that don't regularly read their bible. I have received a few emails from women that are really confused. This was not intended to do that. I am not a seminary graduate so I don't claim to have all the answers. Even the commentaries I read are written by men so the only true source out there is the Holy Spirit. Some of you are Methodist, some Baptist, some non-denominational, some Catholic, some Assemblies of God, some Lutheran. We all view scripture differently or we would all attend the same denomination of church. A few of you have said that you feel like your are supposed to be hearing something or feeling something when you read. You have also said that other comments are confusing you. So as the Shepard of this little blog, I want to make sure this doesn't happen through out the whole study. The devil would love for my blog to become a forum for debate and I do not want that.

This study is meant to get you in a routine of studying God's word. If you have any questions, email me and I will answer you as the Lord directs me or get help from my own Pastor.

From here on out, this is the format I am using on Far More Than Rubies. Feel free to discuss it however you wish on your blog site. I think that would be great for your audience. We all have different readers. Starting tomorrow if you wish to be a part of this Study through my site, here's how it will work. You can either post, "I read" or answer these two questions.
1.What is God trying to tell me? 2.What is my response to God? (one of you told me that these are the two questions you ask yourself after reading.)

Please know my heart is clean and I am just trying to be obedient to the Lord and help those that need His word in their life.

(If you want to make sure you are being led by someone that you feel you can relate to, this is my background. I grew up Assemblies of God until I was thirteen and then attended a Southern Baptist Church until I was 24 years old. I met my husband in a Pentecostal church and we now attend a church that chasing after Jesus without a denomination. We are not tied to any denomination, praise the LORD!)

5 comments:

Sarah H. said...

Amanda, you're truly an inspiration. Your love to the Lord shines through this blog. I haven't started reading your study on John YET but I plan to.

I feel drawn to asking you a question: Have you ever heard of Moody Bible Institute in Chicago? Do you know if it's any good?

Be Blessed and you'll sure be hearing from me again:)

Sarah

mighty minne said...

I read Chapter 3.

I really feel God was leading me to help my mom today. I know she is not saved but she knows He exists and is real. Talking to my mother about God is hard because I don't want to offend her. However,today as I spoke to her I could see she was worried and scared. I KEPT thinking is she Saved? I found myself in a panic because of her illness and salvation.I realize she needs prayer and I NEED to keep her in prayer. I know God will work His will in her life. (see my blog for more detail if needed)

I was baptized Catholic as a child and off and on attend church. As an adult I attended a Baptist Church. I still attend a Baptist church now but never joined.

Amanda said...

Sarah, thank you so much for your words. It makes me so happy to know that my love for the Lord shines through. I can honestly say for anyone that would meet me in person, I believe you would see it then too. God has changed me!

I have heard of Moody Bible Institure.I have heard excellent things about their education. Are you thinking of going? I think you have an amazing way of sharing God's word so I can see you really learning a lot there. You are a minister, for sure!

Kelly said...

I felt like I needed to share this. I went to church for several years, before my parents EVER went. Mom was pretty much agnostic. It was very hard to talk to her about God. I let my life be a living testimony to her. I also spent a lot of time on my knees on behalf of my parents. Lots of friends prayed for them as well. Today I can happily say my Mom is living her life for Jesus! I know the uncertainty of what the next day will bring, and I will pray for your mother.

Kelly

Amanda said...

Veronica,did you see Kelly's comment?