Happy New Year 2008!!!


"This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118:24

Thanks so much to those of you who sent such kind wishes and emails my way over the Christmas holidays. I've enjoyed a restful break from the computer as I spent time with our family, and I'm looking forward to getting back to blogging and sharing with you all in the coming year.

I've been seeking the Lord for a personal theme verse for 2008. He's laid this one on my heart.

"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." II Timothy 2:15

I remember first hearing this verse quoted by my teachers in the Christian school I attended growing up. Years later when I was teaching in that same school, I had my students memorize this verse. Now as a homeschooling mom, I have this verse on the wall in our schoolhouse. The emphasis is always put on the first part of the verse. While it is true that students should study their academic subjects, that's not what II Timothy 2:15 is referring to. Look at the last part of the verse.

"...rightly dividing the word of truth."

The Apostle Paul was exhorting Timothy to rightly divide the truth of the word of God during a time when many Christians had turned away from the truth imparted to them through Paul. They had turned back to following the law. They received the truth, but they did not continue to grow in their faith.

This year it is my desire to dig deeper into God's written word. I am blessed to be able to sit under a wonderful preacher who emphasizes the importance of knowing the context in which a passage of scripture was written. I have learned so much from listening to my husband's sermons over the past couple of years, but I can't rely on him to help me grow spiritually. As a Bible-believing Christian, I believe that the Bible is the sole authority for my faith and how I practice it. If I'm not truly studying my Bible and rightly dividing it, how can I know what I really believe? How can I help disciple other believers if I'm not grounded in truth? I am trusting God to open my eyes this year as I study the Bible.

Part of my desire to grow in my understanding of the Bible has to do with how the Lord has truly been blessing at our church. We have had someone walk the aisle and trust Christ as their Saviour each of the last four Sundays. We have also had a new family join our fellowship. What a blessing and encouragement these decisions have been!

I can't wait to see what the Lord has in store for our family and church family in the coming year!


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Tuesday, January 01, 2008
Happy New Year 2008!!!

"This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118:24

Thanks so much to those of you who sent such kind wishes and emails my way over the Christmas holidays. I've enjoyed a restful break from the computer as I spent time with our family, and I'm looking forward to getting back to blogging and sharing with you all in the coming year.

I've been seeking the Lord for a personal theme verse for 2008. He's laid this one on my heart.

"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." II Timothy 2:15

I remember first hearing this verse quoted by my teachers in the Christian school I attended growing up. Years later when I was teaching in that same school, I had my students memorize this verse. Now as a homeschooling mom, I have this verse on the wall in our schoolhouse. The emphasis is always put on the first part of the verse. While it is true that students should study their academic subjects, that's not what II Timothy 2:15 is referring to. Look at the last part of the verse.

"...rightly dividing the word of truth."

The Apostle Paul was exhorting Timothy to rightly divide the truth of the word of God during a time when many Christians had turned away from the truth imparted to them through Paul. They had turned back to following the law. They received the truth, but they did not continue to grow in their faith.

This year it is my desire to dig deeper into God's written word. I am blessed to be able to sit under a wonderful preacher who emphasizes the importance of knowing the context in which a passage of scripture was written. I have learned so much from listening to my husband's sermons over the past couple of years, but I can't rely on him to help me grow spiritually. As a Bible-believing Christian, I believe that the Bible is the sole authority for my faith and how I practice it. If I'm not truly studying my Bible and rightly dividing it, how can I know what I really believe? How can I help disciple other believers if I'm not grounded in truth? I am trusting God to open my eyes this year as I study the Bible.

Part of my desire to grow in my understanding of the Bible has to do with how the Lord has truly been blessing at our church. We have had someone walk the aisle and trust Christ as their Saviour each of the last four Sundays. We have also had a new family join our fellowship. What a blessing and encouragement these decisions have been!

I can't wait to see what the Lord has in store for our family and church family in the coming year!


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Blogger Becky said...
Happy New Year to you!!!

Love the new header. What precious faces.

I love your idea of a theme verse. You have already seen my post for the New Year so you know where I am in that journey. God is so good to walk with us at our pace.

Have a wonderful New Week :)

Blogger Jessica said...
Happy New Year

God bless
Jess~

Blogger Faith said...
Happy New Year! I love the pic of your children...so adorable!
Love the verse you shared as well. I also desire to grow closer by digging into the Word....and in my family we can't wait to see what the Lord has in store for the new year as well.

Welcome back! Best wishes for a great New Year!

Blogger Karen said...
Hi Mrs. C!
Welcome back! I'm looking forward to delving deeper in my Bible study this year, as well.
It's wonderful that you are having such growth in your church.
Blessings to you and your sweet family this New Year.

great post...and I too love that scripture...
years back we were taught about the rightly dividing.....it has made all the difference....
Happy NEW Years to you and yours...
your blog looks great.
Deby

Blogger Julie Fink said...
Happy New Year! May God bless you in a special way this year!

Blogger Jacki said...
Welcome back!

I am so happy to hear the good news about your church! Reading about your church makes me long for a church like yours. Up where we live, in the DC metro area, the emphasis is on mega-churches and needing to raise millions of dollars for the new extension or fellowship hall. I mean, a friends church makes you sign an agreement and attend meetings just to be able to join a small-group Bible study! Before Christmas we got a letter from a church we had attended, not thanking us for visiting or to share news such as yours, but to ask us to please donate to their "we need millions of dollars" campaign. It sure takes away from the real mission of the church!

Blogger Christina said...
I just thought that I'd pop over and wish you and yours a wonderful 2008!!!

Blogger Mrs. C said...
Thank you all for the kind New Year's wishes. :)

Blogger Mommy said...
I agree with you that reading the Bible for ourselves is sooo important. There is just too much that we can miss by just going off of what others say.

That is one of my goals for this year too. Also, that when I would read the Bible that I would read it objectivly. What is the Lord trying to say through his Word? Not, How does this apply to me? I think we miss alot when we try to apply the Word to ourselves before we find out what God was trying to say in the first place. We miss the context that way too often I am afraid.

God Bless!

Blogger Mrs. C said...
Mommy,
My sentiments exactly! :)

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