Monday, November 28, 2016

Healthy Living/Healthy Eating - Part 1 // Nourishing our Spiritual Lives & Relationship with God

A different post format today . . . a video!

(And one correction: a verse referenced as being from 1 Peter is actually 2 Peter.)


  1. GREAT JOB!!!
    You have a talent for sharing your heart over video. (I don't think I could have spoken that well of video for 30 seconds much less 10 minutes!)
    What you shared reminded me of this verse:
    "For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come." (1 Timothy 4:8)
    What do you like to do for your daily devotions or God time? Do you ever struggle with the challenges of staying focused or involving your heart with God's word? (I do! I'm so distractable!)
    I love to study God's word, but my biggest challenge is finding them time. (I could spend hours and hours at it, but that isn't always plausible with earlier morning shifts and hungry family members.) I'm been trying to find a way to make more time for actual study.
    Thanks so much for sharing. It was encouraging. I look forward to your next video!
    God bless,

    1. Thank you, Christina :) . . . You are such an encourager! Thank you also for sharing the verse from 1 Timothy. It fits in perfectly and is a really good reminder of where our focus and heart should be set. I loved reading all you shared and your heart for God's Word! Thank you!

      In a nutshell, for my time in God's word, I always read some in the New Testament, and am currently reading both in the gospel of John and am working my way through the epistles. If I wasn't reading the gospels right now, I would be reading in the Old Testament along with reading in the epistles. Sometimes I read just a small portion of Scripture, sometimes it is many chapters. It really depends on what the Holy Spirit impresses on my heart and if I stop to study something out further! I like to use the Tecarta phone app (mentioned in an earlier post) as I read and will look up words occasionally which is so helpful. Each night before bed, I also read a Psalm or two, as I love having that be one of the last things on my heart and mind at the close of the day. I keep a “Bible notebook” as well (simply a spiral bound notebook :) in which some days I'll write down the verse or verses that really stood out to me, or write down something I learned, etc.

      What are your devotions/Bible reading times like?

      Yes, sometimes I do struggle to stay focused and not be distracted while I read the Bible. One thing that I have found really helpful with this is before beginning, to take time to pray, asking the Lord to guide me in His Word, teach me what He desires me to learn, and to help my heart be open to learning. This really helps bring my heart into the right place before beginning! I also try to always read in a place where I can be alone and at a time where I will not be distracted (early mornings are best for me.) Anyway, those are some of the ways I have found to help my heart and mind stay focused. Hope that helps!

      Oh yes, I, too, can find it hard to find (or make!) time to really study the Bible. Sometimes I'll do a bit of studying during my daily reading, though most of my studying is done when I have some extra time apart from that. Sundays are often those days for me . . . during the afternoon, I love reading and studying God's Word for more lengthy periods of time. Up until the cold fall weather arrived, I especially loved going outdoors and doing this as then it was uninterrupted, completely alone time with the Lord (and out in His beautiful creation, too!)

      I hope all this helps answer your questions! And I am so glad the video could be a blessing!

    2. That's really awesome! It's not always an easy thing to get into a strong habit and routine of being in God's word. (Though it's really the most vital!) It encourages me to see how others spend time with God. Everyone is made so different; it's neat to see how unique everyone's relationship with God is, even though the basics (i.e. worship, His word, etc.) are the same.

      As for my times with God, well, it depends on how much time I can set aside! I'm afraid I learned the hard way that my body can only get up so early. If there's not much time, I enjoy thanking God and praying about the day ahead. Then, I'll spend some time thinking about a memory verse and saying it out loud several times. (Haha, I'm so poor at memorizing! Especially with the verse references. If you have any memorization tips, I'd be all ears. That's a practice I'm still trying to figure out. :))

      On days where I don't have an early shift, I do all those things, plus some others. I REALLY like journaling. I'm a more natural writer than talker. Pouring my heart out on paper about hard situations, asking God questions, searching for Truth to help and guide, and writing down important lessons. It's one of my favorite ways to spend time with God. It's hard to pass up singing hymns too!
      Then my pastor reccamended reading Scripture out loud. It follows the heart of Josh 1:8/Exo 13:9, of God's law being "in your mouth" or "on your lips." That's been helpful for me to stay focused and get engaged with God's word. I'll usually read through a small section of a book I'm working through.

      When I was younger, I used read a bunch of chapters every day, like those "read the Bible in a year" schedules. Over time though, I found myself just passing my eyes over the words. How much I read became more important than paying attention or engaging in WHAT I read! That wouldn't do at all. After that lesson, I've changed focus to quality of time in God's word instead of quantity. That's been a big blessing!!

      I love, LOVE Bible study also, but that usually happens during extra time, much like you. Taking time and digging deep has always edified me the most. Vine's Expository Dictionaries and a Concordance are my trusty aids. I like opening commentaries, too, in order to compare my thoughts with others or get different perspectives on doctrines.

      That's good advice, praying about being in God's word beforehand. I'm going to give that a try.
      I can definitely relate to the need to be alone! (Closets are amazing for that. :) I hope you don't mind me asking. I remember you and Leah have shared a room at one point. What do you like to do in order to get alone with the Lord, especially in winter?
      We live in a house that isn't finished -- so we have no doors between rooms right now. It's difficult to get alone without leaving the house. Plus it's so hard to rival being in nature. I also love just sitting out in the wilderness, talking to God and soaking in His glory. I'm so glad God has given a multitude of ways to enjoy Him! It's astonishing!

      Thanks so much for being willing to share. It means a lot to me! I loved your perspective and hearing what blesses you. It can be hard to find other who really are committed to being in God's word. It always encourages me and stirs me up to hear of others being in Scripture.

      Have a lovely day,

    3. Thank you for all you shared, Christina! It is indeed always encouraging to hear of how others spend their time with the Lord and also their desire to read His word and grow in their relationship with Him. I loved reading about your heart in this and what all you do! It sounds like your times are wonderful.

      I, too, love to start my day with prayer . . . thanking God for another day to live and prayerfully, to serve Him; asking for His help to do those things He would desire me to do that day; to walk in a manner that will glorify and please Him; etc.

      Like you, I love to sing to Him, too! I especially love doing that throughout the day and also during my Sunday times with Him.

      I don't really have any memorization tips other than lots of repetition! I, too, really struggle with references. The phone app I am using (Scripture Typer) has helped with that, but I still have a hard time remembering the references.

      The study aids you mentioned are two of my favorites, too! I use them so often. I also love the Englishman's Greek Concordance of the New Testament and the Englishman's Hebrew Concordance of the Old Testament.

      Yes, Leah and I do share a room . . . typically I can still find a time alone there to spend with the Lord in the mornings if she is busy doing something else, or sometimes if I'm the only one up, I'll go down in our living room.

      Thank you again for all that you shared, Christina! It was an encouragement to read!

      I hope that you have a lovely weekend as well. :)

  2. Such a well spoken and godly message! Thankyou for sharing!

    So nice to hear your voice too :)) xx

    PS - My favourite Bible verse? Micah:6:8

    1. Thank you for the encouragement, Lynda, and you're welcome for sharing! (And now you now what I sound like, too. :)

      I like Micah 6:8 as well . . . it's one that we have memorized in song in fact. Thank you for sharing it!

  3. Thank you for sharing! Your encouragement is uplifting and a blessing! Blessings to you!

    1. You're welcome, Sara, and thank you for your kind comment! I am so glad that it could be a blessing to you!

  4. Oh Sarah it is SO good to hear your voice! I've wished you'd do a video for a long time, so that I could feel like I knew you better! I've been away from your blog for a little while, got some catching up to do, but this video was a wonderful surprise to greet me with! I loved 'meeting' you like this, and am so glad you intend to keep up the series. You're just as sweet in person as in the written word :)

    I enjoyed what you shared, and you have encouraged me to look more at learning how to praise God and what glorifying Him looks like with help from the Psalms - this praise is something I do less than I should, since feeling so needy my prayers so often launch into 'please help me!' and forgetting to stop and praise Him. So thank you for that.

    One thing I like about Prov 31 is that all those aspects can be seen spiritually as well as physically, e.g. her candle goeth not out by night - this can be seen spiritually too, that in the dark experiences the light of God's Spirit in her continues to shine undimmed. I think most if not all of that chapter can be read in a spiritual way. The Old Testament is so often a physical picture of a deeper spiritual truth.

    Sorry this is so long! I look forward to future Sarah videos! xo

    1. Your comment made me smile and warmed my heart, Rena! Thank you! I wish that I could have 'met' you in return. :) This was a bit one-sided! :)

      I am glad that the video could be an encouragement to you and particularly about praising Him more. I can relate to what you shared about feeling so needy that prayers often begin right with asking for His help! (Which is good, too!) Yet remembering to praise Him is such a beautiful and important part of prayer, too. It is something I am seeking to do more of as well. He is so worthy of all the praise we can give Him!

      What you shared about Proverbs 31 is an excellent point. There are indeed so many spiritual principles that one can learn from this chapter! And we know that behind every physical action she did, there was the heart of love for the Lord at the foundation of it and which was the impetus for it. Thank you for sharing!

  5. Sarah,
    Thanks so much for this wonderful video! It was just what I needed to hear. I have been reading your blog with my girls for many years and am so thankful for your Bible teaching and love for the Lord. You have been a mentor to us (even me....a 43 year old mom!) We enjoy your posts of "home life" and especially wisdom from the Word you so joyfully share. A lot of the books we have in our library are from your recommendations! Our family has prayed for you and yours and are so grateful for your witness. Would love to see another video in the future-
    Gretchen from South Dakota
    (I don't know if you remember, but several years ago I had e-mailed asking permission to use your teachings from your girls group to instruct my girls and you were so kind to let us! It was a real blessing to us. Thanks again!!

    1. I am so glad that the video was able to speak to your heart with what you needed to hear, Gretchen! Isn't it wonderful how the Lord works in ways like that?

      Thank you so much for all that you shared and also for your prayers for my family and I . . . it really touched my heart and was an encouragement. Thank you!

      It was wonderful to hear that what has been shared on my blog has been able to be a blessing to you and your girls! And I loved hearing how you were able to use the girls group teachings with them. (I remember you writing and asking. :) Thank you again, and blessing to you and yours!

  6. When I listened to your video, my four year old decided to go get her children's bible for me to read longside, which I thought was very kind of her to think of and do. She even tried to show you the nice bookmark we keep in there. It was a sweet moment.

    1. That is so precious, Anonymous! Your daughter sounds so sweet. :) And how very thoughtful of her to bring her children's Bible for you. I wish I could have seen the bookmark and been able to respond to her!

  7. This is such a beautiful message and testimony, Sarah. My quiet times with the Lord are the early mornings, during walks with Ezra, and right before bed.
    Prayers go up throughout the day too! Thank you for sharing ~ it's a message for all to hear. God bless, ♥

    1. Thanks so much for your encouraging words, Anne! That is wonderful that you spend so much time with the Lord . . . thank you for sharing!


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