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Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Day 6 Sharp and Ready
"Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." 2 Timothy 2:15
This journal was penned in England 1932 so the Bible translation used is the King James Version. I like the "thee" and "thou" and "needeth" forms of the word but I also wanted to see how this verse read in a few of a more modern translations.
The NIV says: "Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth."
So how do we present ourselves "sharp and ready" to do God's work? I believe the tools to sharpen us are the disciplines of reading the Bible, praying and obedience.
What dulls our ability to correctly handle the word of truth? Prayerlessness. It seems to be the word most heard in these troubling times. Why is it that one of the most effective tools God gives us is something we choose not to sharpen? I've committed to pray more with Steve as we transition into our empty nest that can sometimes be a bit prickly.
The work God has set before me is to pray and study my Bible. To train and discipline myself so that I'm sharp and ready to serve God and go where He asks me to. I'm committed to this discipline of prayer and study. The door will open. God continuously reminds me that I need not fear. He has cared for me. He has protected me. He has given me hope.
How is your prayer life? I challenge you to take your burden to God today in prayer. Gather with a friend or two and share one another's prayer requests. It will be a powerful sharp tool in the toolbox of life.
Thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope we become friends as I share stories from my life. I'm learning something new every day and have so much more to learn. Have a blessed day!
In 2010 I blogged through the devotional God Calling edited by AJ Russell and published by Barbour Publishing. I was amazed how something written in the 1930's spoke to me in 2010. That's how God's Word is. Alive! Check out some of my blogs from 2010.
The publisher of my first book (Extreme Diva Media/See Media) started calling me "The Caring D-I-V-A" and has created an acronym for Diva:
D-I-V-A = Devoted, Inspired, Valued and Authentic.
I'm Gigi Murfitt, a woman living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest - U.S.A. who loves to write. I'm married to a wonderful man named Steve Murfitt. I met him when I was sixteen years old but it took ten years for us to get together. We celebrated our twenty-fifth anniversary this summer.
We have two amazing sons. Zane graduated in May '09 from WSU. In June '09 he married the love of his life Kelsey Ryan. Gabe is a third year college student. We have a true apple cup rivalry in our house with Zane and Kelsey loyal to WSU and Gabe loyal to UW.
Our other family members include our rambunctious yellow labrador named Donovan McNabb and our one-eyed cat named McGuire.
I have a huge extended family with nine siblings and about 65 immediate family members. We grew up in Big Sky country.
I hope to use this blog to write encouragement to my readers.
Visit my website at www.GigiMurfitt.com to keep tabs on my writing and speaking career.
My first book "Caregivers' Devotions to Go" was released by Extreme Diva Media in January 2010. I'm finalizing the manuscript for my next book which I hope to see in print by the end of the year.