This Harvest study on James. Me reading James came about in the most interesting way. During a REALLY hard time I asked some friends for prayer.
@thesongbirdjoey prayed for me and sent me James 1:2 . I clung tightly to that verse and the two that follow. I decided that I was going to read the book of James.
I knew that i wanted to have guidance going through the book rather than reading the text on its own. I did some research and found a podcast series by Jen Wilkin on James. When I started listening to the podcast I couldn’t get into it because I kept getting interrupted while at work and the air conditioner there was too loud for me to hear anything on my laptop. LOL.
Meanwhile my mentor suggested this study to me as a reference point for her and I to check in weekly. I told her that I had just started reading it. We both agreed that this was a divine thing.
The genuine belief that results in salvation responds to Christ with acts of obedience and trust.
Beginning this study was a big deal for me. Among the things that were going on in my life at the time were faith issues. There were lots of questions, much confusion, and I even dabbled in some rather questionable spiritual practices. I lost my way. Looking back I can’t even believe that I was in that place. It’s not that I can’t believe that I strayed. We all do. For me it was the extent of my straying. It’s as though that wasn’t even me. I truly didn’t know who I was or what I believed anymore. Looking back at photos of myself during this time is WEIRD. It isn’t hard to tell that there was something going on. I was so empty.
Things like this happen. And know that when they do you are not a bad person because of it.
God never left. I did. Luke 15:4 Boy did he fight for me. He is faithful to complete the work he has begun. From ashes he brings forth beauty.
Call out to him because he hears you.
It’s never too late to turn back to your first love.
Here are some resources that really helped me through this time:
Harvest’s Study mentioned above
Reckless Love performed by Steffany Gretzinger
Take Courage performed by Kristene DiMarco
The Garden by Kari Jobe (The whole album is really good)
You can reach me at bobbiethemonteoils @ gmail.com (NO SPACES)