Welcome to the study of the book of James!! I am so glad that you are here and I hope you will be totally blessed beyond anything that you could ever imagine!!
I hope that you will take advantage of the resources that I am including in this faith-study. There is a worksheet for each week, and a Faith-Memory Card, and Faith-Prayer Card to help you apply what you are learning. I might even include some Bible Journaling Art ideas to stretch your study to a new level.
I want this faith-study to be doable for the busy mom with littles as well as the mom who works from home or outside of her home. We need to daily get into God’s Word in order not to backslide and to stay close to his side but without taking an hour or two. Most of us do not have the luxury of that much time!!
Let’s dig right in!!
Doing What You Read in God’s Word, Or Are You Faking it?
Doing what you read in God’s Word is so key to actually being godly. If you continue to live like the world and then try to leave the impression with others that you are righteous, God says, you are a fake!!
My marriage is a direct reflection of whether I am applying these verses or not. I would LOVE you to think that I am living the good example of how a marriage should be.
BUT to tell the truth, too often when the door is shut and it is only my husband and I (all the time now) I let it all go and react to the situation.
That’s just being real, ladies!!
When my husband gets irritated with me (um, yes, this happens) I am always the perfect wife and never ever react. Wrong. I wish that weren’t true.
I have been forgetting what it says in these verses in James.
Did I tell you how convicting this passage was for me this morning?!
Don’t Forget to be a Doer as Well as a Hearer!!
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. ~James 1:22~
This is so key to walking with God in a way that is real. We all want to be ‘real’ don’t we? We hear that all the time . . . “just being real” . . . but are we real in how we live our Christianity before others? Really real?
Where I have been failing in my walk is in how I respond to my husband. It seems like marriage is always the thermometer for how I am doing spiritually. UGH!
There is a solution to how I am responding found in James 1:19-27!!
If any man (or woman) among you seem to be religious, and brideleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain. Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. ~James 1:26-27~
I think that makes things very clear!!
First, we need to be:
- Swift to hear
- Slow to speak
- Slow to wrath
- Remember that wrath does not equal righteousness
- Rid yourself of moral filth and evil
- Be hearers only
- Remember that you look in the mirror and then walk away and forget what you look like!!
THEN, you (and I) need to:
- Bridle our tongue!! Ouch!!
- Get busy including orphans and widows in what we are doing!
As women, we can sure talk a LOT. We tend to talk all about what we are doing while not doing the things that matter most.
We can be living opposite to what we are saying when the doors to our home are shut to our friends who we love to impress. It is all about our reputation until it is just our husband and children. Believe me, I am feeling the pinch of what I am sharing. Just being honest with you.
We need to close our mouth and get busy living out the gospel.
Do you know a widow?
Do you know a woman who is divorced and struggling? Does she have young children?
What can you (and I) do to encourage them today?
Yes, today’s widows often include women who have not chosen to be divorced but have a husband who walked away from his family for another relationship. It has been touching each one of us.
I have friends in this situation.
Your divorced friend may not tell you of her “X” husband’s affair, so don’t judge her because you may not have all the facts.
Theses women are hurting daily as they try to accomplish things that they need a man to do for them. It isn’t just companionship. It is the things that their children need a dad to do but he has walked out! It is things that she needs a husband to do but he isn’t around. Love on her today!!
Today, decide to more fully live out James 1:19-27 and allow Christ to be reflected in your life.
Reach out on Facebook messenger and encourage a widow or her children.
Pick up the phone and call to encourage her (if you prefer.)
Don’t just read this and study James without being a doer as well as a hearer!!
How has this passage of Scripture spoken to your heart today? Has it encouraged you in your marriage like it has mine?
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