Last week, I shared lesson plans and resources for the first 3 lessons of Mystery of History. I want to keep doing that, but not on Thoughtful Thursdays. Maybe on some Mondays, I can keep sharing all of what I am doing this year for Mystery of History, and hopefully it can be helpful for other homeschool teachers or teachers at co-ops or schools who are covering some of the same subject matter.
I am hoping to keep doing more “religious” thoughtful posts, as doing these posts help me focus on God and my spiritual walk. I also want to encourage you as well to keep your spiritual walk strong and central in your life.
I have been reading and sharing thoughts from some of John C. Maxwell’s books in the past couple of months. The book I am currently reading is Wisdom from Women in the Bible: Giants of the Faith Speak Into our Lives. I shared thoughts from the chapter of Ruth HERE; and this week, I was able to think about the chapter on Sarah’s life.
I love studying about Sarah. I was able to teach about her life when our Sunday School class read John MacArthur’s book, Twelve Extraordinary Women. Did you know that Sarah is mentioned 59 times in the Bible, the most of any woman in the Bible and that she is also the first woman to be mentioned in the faith chapter Hebrews 11? She’s a great lady to study!
Four years ago, I shared another post about Sarah that will be deeper than today’s post. Today I am going to just pick a few nuggets out of the chapter for us to reflect on.
I felt like this chapter focused on how often we try to get ahead of God and His time table. God did not tell Sarah when He would give her a son; He just said she would have a son. Sarah doubted His promise when it looked like that promise was an impossibility, and she took matters into her own hands. I know in our ministry, we have what we see as needs, yet we need to wait on God and for His timetable for our needs. He knows what we need even more than we do, and He will provide the right answer when He sees fit. Then and only then will there be the perfect solution!
I thought this was a great quote as I read about how we need to trust and wait on God:
Those who can see God’s hand in their lives can put their lives in God’s hands.
Maxwell says that when we must wait, we should focus on God’s character, not our circumstances.
What wonderful advice! If we take our eyes off of ourselves and our problems and put them on God and all that He can do and has done for us, we remember to trust Him.
What are some character qualities of God on which we can focus?
There are so many character qualities such as God’s love, joy, peace, His omniscience, His sovereignty, and many more. I could write thousands of blog posts just on the character qualities of God! I’m sure all of us need to spend more time reflecting on God’s character and how we can be more like Him.
How do we stay focused on the character of God?
As I started looking on the internet for “character qualities of God”, I found many great resources that already have PDF’s or other printables. Here are a few that you may want to go look at:
- I really liked Josh McDowell’s Ministry’s Attributes of God. He started each attribute by saying, “Because God is . . . I will (or He can . . .”). He has a main verse for that attribute and then bullet points under the attribute expounding on that attribute backed up by Scripture. You can save or print out a PDF copy. It is 6 pages long and would be great as a devotional study.
- Navigators has a post called 30 Days of Praying the Names and Attributes of God. Each attribute has a one sentence explanation and a reference. Again, a PDF that looks like a calendar can be printed or saved so that you can pray for one attribute each day of the month.
- If you want something short and simple to start helping you focus on the character of God, HERE is a printable with 10 character qualities of God. There are many references listed next to each character quality.
- This resources is not printable, but I liked how Christway Counseling set up these 49 Character Qualities of Christ. They put first the positive quality of Christ vs. the negative quality of sinful humans. So if I am struggling with anxiety, I can go look at the quality of security vs. anxiety and read the sentence and Scripture that goes with that quality.
- You can also go HERE to read and study more about God’s known attributes.
I am sure there are many other great resources to help us focus on the character qualities of God. We just need to do it! Let’s not be like Sarah who did not wait on God and took matters into her own hands. Let’s wait and while we wait, let Him transform us to be more like Him by focusing on who He truly is.
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