Apr 15

SLL Week 2, Day 1 ~ Bible Verse

Happy Monday! I’m Linda Kuhar, your leader for the week!

Get those Bibles out and open to Psalm 107:19-21~

19 “Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
    and he saved them from their distress.
20 He sent out his word and healed them;
    he rescued them from the grave.
21 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love
    and his wonderful deeds for mankind.”

Psalm 107:19-21 NIV

 

I would like for you to grab your journal and write out Psalm 107:19-21 from above. While writing out these verses place your name in it, for example:  “Then Linda cried to the Lord in her trouble”  Click here to view different translations.

The reason I’m having you put your name in the verses is to make it personal and come alive in your own life.  This passage is my personal life testimony.  If you’ve participated in the past two Online Bible Studies you’ve probably heard my story about how God literally rescued me from the grave.  If you’re not familiar with my story, click here to watch the miraculous healing God performed in my life.

After my near death experience, the Lord impressed on my spirit that I am to live the rest of my life building a stronger intimate relationship with Him and to share that with women all over the world as a Christian Life Coach.  So here I am today with you sharing just how a tiny part of His word can translate into an entire life story!

Ladies, my prayer for each and every one of us in this study is that we will never be the same after encountering intimacy with our Heavenly Father, His Holy Word and by His Holy Spirit’s guidance alone.  There is power for every area of our life in scripture.  All we have to do is engage in the word by reading, writing, speaking, and/or mediating on it daily.

After reading and writing out Psalm 107:19-21 take time to write in your journal how this passage spoke to you today.  Ask God to respond to you during journaling.  Often times I write to God in the morning and then He speaks to me through journaling.  I know some people do not like writing, but I want to challenge you today to just remove yourself from the process and ask the Holy Spirit to flow through you.  I promise with His guidance you will find a uniquely freeing way to interact with our Lord.  If you have time take the scriptures at the end of Chapter 2 on page 60 (paperback) and do the same with those as well.

Leave a comment today sharing your experience with placing your name in the verses.  How did the scripture come alive in your life after doing this exercise?  Email subscribers, click here to visit the blog live and comment.

I would love to hear from you and remember every time you comment you will be entered to win the Friday give away!  This week I will be giving away a Christian Life Coaching Package.

I can’t wait to hear from you! This is going to be another powerful week~

 

Melissa

Comments

  1. What a difference it makes putting my name in there. It also slows me down in my reading of it when i do that so God can speak to me. He has answered me in my distress so many times but it seems i let the stress build and build until i can’t stand it anymore until i finally in desperation call to Him for help. It seems i just always do it all the hard way first. I need to just get on my knees and cry out to my Father before everything gets so out of hand.

  2. I never think about putting my name in the various verses but it’s a great thing to do. The part of this passage that hit me when doing this exercise was “Then Susan cried to the Lord in her trouble, and he saved Susan from her distress.” Powerful to hear that with my name specifically and to realize that’s true. God is waiting for me to call out to him and he will save me from my distress.

    Thank you Jesus!

  3. Jennifer L says:

    Putting my name in definitely makes it more personal and makes me realize I need to cry out to Him with my troubles (stress) and leave it with Him. I find it difficult to do though as I am so used to keeping every little thing to myself.

  4. OMGosh, I’m putting in, not my name, but even more personal, Me, my, I. and breaking down the words that we all take for granted, like distress and even grave. Ladies, what a difference these verses mean now! I’ll be blogging on these for sure!

  5. I am a bit behind this week and am playing catch up….but God’s word from the Week 2 Day 1 assignment has really resonated with me today.

    I like to read the verses surrounding the assigned scripture to help me understand the context of the passage and today Psalm 107:2, 6, and 11-13 (KJV) really stood out to me.

    Verses 2 reads “Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy”. ——–This verse is very meaningful to me today because I am redeemed and am currently BEING redeemed from my enemy—which is anxiety/panic…and we know that these feelings do not come from the Lord (2 Timothy 1:7; “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind”. My prayer this week is that He will help me and us to identify our sources of fear, to recognize that those feelings do not come from Him, and that we would rest in His peace.

    Verse 6 “Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distress”. ———-Oh how I have cried. Some days I am passive in my cry, but I am learning through this personal experience and this study how give an ACTIVE cry. To actually believe that he WILL deliver me, even if it is just my a change in mindset. To understand that we can have peace in all situations, but that we must be active in this process. He can do the work without us,because He is all powerful,but we miss out on such a special, intimate relationship when we don’t engage.

    Verses 11-13: “Because they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned the counsel of the Most High: Therefore he brought down their heart with labor; they fell down, and there was none to help. Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from out of their distresses”.———–Well, if this isn’t me. No, I didn’t actually go out and start proclaiming against God or refer to myself as a non-believer, but I was certainly following “mammon”. I work in a setting that is not very welcoming or open to members of the Christian faith. Over the past several years, I have been slowly, quietly, becoming a “closet Christian” with a double life who wanted to fit in, be politically correct, be admired by my peers for my open-mindedness. Man, am I dealing with the consequences not. Matthew 6:24 (KJV) “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”). That was me, and shamefully, some days, still is. My heart is certainly “labored” by the repercussions of living my life this way—literally, chest pains and all! But I am beginning to believe that this anxiety experience is Him working in me and my life. The second part of verse 12 says “and there was none to help”. I get that. I have tried many, many forms of “help” over the past several years and so far, there has been none. But as I begin to reject “mammon”, including yours truly, I can feel some of the cloud of anxiety lift as He “saves [Jessica] out of [her] distresses. I continue to pray that He would help me to lift the mask, as we read in our book, and live my life in Christ.

  6. I am a bit behind this week and am playing catch up….but God’s word from the Week 2 Day 1 assignment has really resonated with me today.

    I like to read the verses surrounding the assigned scripture to help me understand the context of the passage and today Psalm 107:2, 6, and 11-13 (KJV) really stood out to me.

    Verses 2 reads “Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy”. ——–This verse is very meaningful to me today because I am redeemed and am currently BEING redeemed from my enemy—which is anxiety/panic…and we know that these feelings do not come from the Lord (2 Timothy 1:7; “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind”. My prayer this week is that He will help me and us to identify our sources of fear, to recognize that those feelings do not come from Him, and that we would rest in His peace.

    Verse 6 “Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distress”. ———-Oh how I have cried. Some days I am passive in my cry, but I am learning through this personal experience and this study how give an ACTIVE cry. To actually believe that he WILL deliver me, even if it is just my a change in mindset. To understand that we can have peace in all situations, but that we must be active in this process. He can do the work without us,because He is all powerful,but we miss out on such a special, intimate relationship when we don’t engage.

    Verses 11-13: “Because they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned the counsel of the Most High: Therefore he brought down their heart with labor; they fell down, and there was none to help. Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from out of their distresses”.———–Well, if this isn’t me. No, I didn’t actually go out and start proclaiming against God or refer to myself as a non-believer, but I was certainly following “mammon”. I work in a setting that is not very welcoming or open to members of the Christian faith. Over the past several years, I have been slowly, quietly, becoming a “closet Christian” with a double life who wanted to fit in, be politically correct, be admired by my peers for my open-mindedness. Man, am I dealing with the consequences now. Matthew 6:24 (KJV) “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”). That was me, and shamefully, some days, still is. My heart is certainly “labored” by the repercussions of living my life this way—literally, chest pains and all! But I am beginning to believe that this anxiety experience is Him working in me and my life. The second part of verse 12 says “and there was none to help”. I get that. I have tried many, many forms of “help” over the past several years and so far, there has been none. But as I begin to reject “mammon”, including yours truly, I can feel some of the cloud of anxiety lift as He “saves [Jessica] out of [her] distresses. I continue to pray that He would help me to lift the mask, as we read in our book, and live my life in Christ.

  7. Stephanie M says:

    I think by placing my name in the verses it helps me to remember that it DOES apply to me. I have always struggled to believe that what the bible says applies to ME. I believe it to be true, but then I sit there and think it doesn’t apply to me. It probably sounds kind of silly, but that is my reality. Lol I am getting better with it though.

  8. Lori K (OBS Group Leader) says:

    I imagine my Heavenly Father saying these words to me and it helps to get it deep down into my heart, when I hear my name.

  9. Jodi Bailey says:

    Love putting my name in there! Truly does make it real and easier to reflect on whether or not I do turn it over to God. Thank you for this post! Awesome!

  10. Marla Sjaardema says:

    Putting my name in the verses made me realize that I need to go to God with everything not just the big stuff, the little things that bother me. And to say thanks for the answers to prayers, happy days and sad.
    Thank you so much for this Bible Study

  11. Marla Sjaardema says:

    Putting my name in the verses made me realize that I need to go to God with everything not just the big stuff, the little things that bother me. And to say thanks for the answers to prayers, happy days and sad.
    Thank you so much for this Bible Study!

  12. Putting my name in a verse always sounds a bit odd to me, at first. But it always serves to remind me that God is a very personal God. He thinks of me individually and cares about me individually. Sometimes it is easy to forget that we are not just lost in the crowd to Him, but, in fact, He loves and thinks of us each alone.

  13. What an absolutely phenomenal story! Realizing that if we were the only person living, Jesus would still have come to die for us gives us the assurance that He is definitely interested in EVERYTHING in our lives! He cares about us and we need to go to Him with anything that concerns us and let Him guide us. Linda, your wanting to share Jesus with other women and help them along in their walk with the Lord is an encouragement to me. May He continue to bless you.

  14. Thank you for inviting me to personalize scripture. Wow – makes me truly understand He really is speaking to me.

  15. I am a little behind as my job has been crazy and causing me major stress. So much that my husband and I decided that I should quit my job. Just now I wrote my name in bible verse Psalm 107:19 and I am sooo glad that I did. I felt like God was next to me comforting me and telling me that I am going to be ok. Am getting out my prayer shawl and going to start chapter 2

  16. I really enjoy personalizing these texts. It makes the whole Bible feel so much more personalized and relevant for my life and for my choices, experiences, and consequences. I want to hear the voice of God speaking to my soul; teaching and leading me to the lessons I need to learn; understanding all the ways that His word has meaning in my life. I think I will make this a frequent method of Bible study–for the reasons I’ve already mentioned, and because it makes me s l o w d o w n, read it more carefully, and really pay attention.

  17. I just finished writing out the Bible verses. It was great to put my name in and make these verses personalized. I pray that The Lord will continue to remind me that this “book” was written for me personally, and each one of you, personally.

  18. Penny Price says:

    Putting my name in the verse, really brings it home. Makes me more aware that God loves me.

  19. Shirley Troilo says:

    This verse really spoke to me and I needed it more than you know today. Many people were laid off where I work today and more coming tomorrow. Not sure if I will be one or not. Trying to stay calm, count my blessings, and not worry. Just when I think that I am doing better managing stress, I get another opportunity to put faith into action. This is a biggie. I am struggling trying not to be anxious. Prayers for peace and acceptance no matter what would be a help. I know I will be fine and God has a plan for me. I also pray for all of those affected, may they find work soon and have peace during the transition.

  20. Erika Edwards says:

    ~~~~~~~I can’t express how much I love waking up and spending time in God’s word each morning! Whether it be Proverbs 31 devotionals, bible studies or just reading! I want my husband to be able to experience the same! Do you ladies have any good recommendations for blogs, or men’s email devotionals??????

  21. I do put my children’s names in scripture when I pray for them, but I rarely do that for myself. I find it really har to ray for myself in a personal way like that. This is beautiful because I feel like actually putting your name inside those scriptures we can see it as God talking to us. I love this. Thank you so much for this reminder.