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SATURDAY – Project Day

It’s Saturday in our Godly Wife Bible Study.  For our study we are using Saturday as “Projects Day”.  Most families tend to do particular things on particular days of the week whether they realize it or not.  Here on Shepherds Hill we generally use Saturday as a day for doing big projects.  The reason is that this is the day when everyone is usually home from work and we can all devote a large block of time to something particular, whether  as a family or individually. We have already covered “Making Something” on Wednesday but today is about a bigger picture.

 For the purpose of our study I want to expound on this in the vein of setting goals and establishing a plan to accomplish what the Lord has shown you to accomplish. You cannot complete a project unless you have a goal in mind.  Recently we had a discussion on this topic around our table with family and friends.  One young guest commented that he doesn’t like setting goals because he might not attain them.   Paul pointed out that in fact this young man had already set many goals even though he might not realize it.  One – he is in college and has a goal to graduate.  Two – he is courting and has a goal to marry.  Three – he is a Christian and has a goal of Heaven.  The list goes on and on.  Like many folks though, he had not recognized them as goals.  Every project we have is a goal we want to fulfill.  When the Lord created the earth he did so with a goal in mind.  Obviously, He was not just sitting around at a random point in Eternity and said, “Hey, let’s make a planet and put stuff on it!”  He wanted to makeMan.  He had a goal.

First we must determine what God’s plan is for our life.  Yep, that is a biggie, isn’t it?!!  But is it impossible? Not at all!  One of the reasons for this Bible Study is for us as women to learn what God’s intention is for us through studying the scripture.  We are all individuals – yes – but God’s plan for His daughters is amazingly consistent.  As we have covered so many areas already in this study, I pray that you have begun to see that His plan for your life is going to bring about great peace and contentment in your heart.  It is only when we diverge from this that we begin to experience confusion, distress and alarm.  Remember, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”    Matthew 11:28-30

In Ephesians Eph5:15-17 the Lord tells us through the Apostle Paul, “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.” Clearly the Lord desires for us to be diligently walking toward something and not aimlessly meandering through life, being pulled around in whatever direction the day’s events pull us.  I remember years ago when we went to amusement parks like Six Flags.  Throughout the day we would see children walking around, being pulled along by their parents from one ride or show to another.  The children would be laughing one minute and crying the next.  They were exhausted by all the confusion and indecision as well as the physical and emotional exertion of the day.  Yet, the family viewed this as the “time of their lives”. There was no direction, no plan, which of course is the inherent problem of trying to please your flesh because the desires of the flesh are insatiable.

God’s plan for our lives is do-able when we work within the parameters He has given us.  It is when we try to fit our own desires into His plan that it all goes awry and the blessings cease and the confusion and despair begin.  I have gotten ahead of myself a bit, but I think you can see where I am going.  Let’s look at the scriptures and see the words that denote “goal setting and goal achievement”.

Philippians3:14“I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

Set a Mark

Strong’s G4649 – skopos

1) an observer, a watchman

2) the distant mark looked at, the goal or end one has in view

 How can you press toward the mark, if there is no mark set?  When you run a race, there is a finish line.  Perhaps you are running a relay – there is a person ahead that you will hand off the baton too.  There is a ribbon stretched across the finish.  There is a mark somewhere to tell you that it is the goal.  We, as daughters of the Living God, have just such a mark.  Obedience to God’s Word is that mark. Within that phrase we see that we must determine what His Word is telling us and do it.

Habakkuk 2:1-4,  “I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved.  And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.  For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.”

I have always been a big proponent of writing down what the Lord has given me to do in a form where I can read and reread it to remind myself.  Writing down a Bible study to show the points He has given.  Making a list, so to speak, is always helpful.  This scripture in Habakkuk is clear indication that “Writing the vision and making it plain” is wisdom.  Why? Well, he tells us in this passage – it might take awhile to accomplish the task.  As humans we tend to get side-tracked and forget where we were heading. Writing things down helps keep our focus.  Imagine a trellis that you are training a rose on.  If the trellis is not there, the branches will be going in many directions – driven by the wind, pulled by the sun, dragged down by its own weight – but a trellis gives structure and strength and direction.

2Corinthians 5:9, “Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.”

Make it our Labour

Strong’s G5389 – philotimeomai

1) to be fond of honour

a) to be actuated by love of honour

b) from a love of honour to strive to bring something to pass

2) to be ambitious

a) to strive earnestly, make it one’s aim

 “To strive earnestly, make it one’s aim” – Now an aim would denote a goal, wouldn’t it?  Strive earnestly. Have you ever given birth?  I think one could say that it would classify as “striving earnestly”, wouldn’t you?  He is telling us that this should be the purpose of our labour – to be accepted of Him.  The goal – to be accepted of Him.  Yep, sounds like something we need to work toward.  Goal #1 – to be accepted of Him!

 2 Corinthians8:11“Now therefore perform the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance also out of that which ye have.”

To Perform or Accomplish

Strong’s G2005 – epitele? ????????

1) to bring to an end, accomplish, perfect, execute, complete

a) to take upon one’s self

b) to make an end for one’s self

1) to leave off

2) to appoint to, impose upon

  1Timothy 1:5, “Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:”

The End

Strong’s G5056 – telos

1) end

a) termination, the limit at which a thing ceases to be (always of the end of              some act or state, but not of the end of a period of time)

b) the end

1) the last in any succession or series

2) eternal

c) that by which a thing is finished, its close, issue

d) the end to which all things relate, the aim, purpose

2) toll, custom (i.e. indirect tax on goods)

Ah, the completion – the end.  Every goal is about that – the end.  Where do you desire to be at the end of the goal?  Obviously there is the eternal goal  – to be with God in Heaven.  This is the most important goal of our lives.  But what about today?  What about next year?  Where do you want to be?  What do you want to have accomplished?  As women we often get emotional and out of fear, excitement and/or passion we make goals and yes, even accomplish them.  I am thinking at the moment of the story of Queen Esther – she had a moment in time when she had to make a decision about the most important goal in her life – to save herself or risk death to save her people.  The goal was seemingly impossible, but it was ordained of God and therefore the risk was worth it.  So she stepped forward and God did the rest. 

Lest we read all of this and begin to set goals that are not in keeping with God’s plan for us as His daughters, allow me to share this scripture:
 “Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:  Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.  For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil. Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.”                   James 4:13-17  

Is there any doubt that we must remember that God’s plan is the only one that will work?  There are many who chose their path and then have perceived success for a time, but the end of that will certainly be destruction.  God allows us a freewill and He will not force His Will on anyone.  Satan is not stupid – he will not put up road signs that say “Ah ha!  I am gonna get you!”  Like every snake, he is patient and lies in wait until the right moment, when his prey has been completely lured into his domain.  Then he strikes. God too is patient, but He puts up signs everywhere to tell us what His Will is for us.     

Now I want to hear from you, Sisters.  If you can, please share with us some of the goals the Lord has given you.  You might want to put them in categories: Spiritual, physical, etc.  Let’s not be generic, like feed the poor or pray for the orphans.  Let’s be specific!

 

Lesson: Projects

Study: Goals: To be more hospitable-specifically to meet all of our neighbors, and have them over. To invite a family from church over as often as my husband allows.

Headcoverings- I currently only wear one on Sundays, and I will make a point to have one daily. Bible reading-I will read every day, during the childrens nap. I’m thinking I’ll try those 3, and make sure I stick with them before adding any more.

I just found this study today, and read it through. It is very encouraging. Thanks 🙂

Name: Jen

Jen, so glad you found us and I think you have a great beginning there on your goals.  Be sure to write these down somewhere that you will see them on a daily basis to help you remember.

Our prayers are with you!

Angie

 Lesson: Project Day

Study: Hi Angie,

I just had to write and tell you that I have made bread twice now! Hopefully it will get better each time. Also I’m walking using Leslie Sansone’s walk at home program. It’s a 2 mile walk right in front of the tv!

Still praying that my husband will lead us in daily bible time but as of yet it hasn’t happened. He is growing/has grown, so much praise God, so I don’t want to push him too much.

I also received my first jumper from your daughter and I love it!

The Spirit is truly moving in my family.

Name: Audrey

 

Here are some of the goals the sisters have set for themselves and sent in to share with us:

 

 

 

Audrey’s Goals

Read the Bible in a year

Familydaily Bible time

Learn to bake bread

Daily walk at least 30 minutes

There is much more but I need to be specific so there is more praying and asking for direction to be done. What a blessing these studies have been to me! Thank you Angie!

 

Regina’s Goals

Thank you, Angie for this lesson. I have made some specific goals that I want to accomplish.

Spiritual– I want to make sure I pray daily for my husband and children. I confess that I don’t always pray for them each day. They really need to know that I care enough about them to pray for them. I think I take them for granted and that is not something I’m proud of.

Physical– I need to make an effort to remember to take my vitamins and calcium. I have had health issues and so per doctor’s orders I need to take supplements. This isn’t a complete list of goals but these two I felt were important for me to share.

 

 

 

Cath’s Goals

 

Spiritual

Set up a personal Bible binder  

Set up personal God time         

Read the NT   

Observe Sabbath         

Start Covering 

Study 39 Parables       

Study 37 Miracles

 

Skills

Make toothpaste shampoo barsoap

Make cleaning supplies

Make cheese, yogourt

Make sourdough bread

Knit something – even a dishcloth

Sew jumpers for me & my girls

Learn to pressure can  

 

Self-Reliance

Purchase wood cookstove

Purchase fencing

Order seeds, trees, fruit bushes

Purchase oil lamps

Hand crank laundry rollers

Gather hand tools

Hand pump for well

Steel plunger for laundry

 

Survival

upgrade first aid kit

6 months food in stock

pressure canner

syrup making supplies

cheese making book

cast iron cookware

hand crank grain grinder

cast iron kettle

 

Storage

100 buckets from bakery

toothbrushes

paintbrushes

canning lids

flannel sheets/blankets

sleeping bags

rope

thermal socks and underclothes

sturdy boots

kids’ winter clothes – sizes

Work gloves

mason jars

 

 

 

 

 

Study: Dear Sisters, I pray for all of you as we go through this study together. The Lord is working through you all and into your homes. Thank you Angie for your powerful testimony and for sharing your wisdom with us. I am so grateful to have this study in my life.

Project Day hit me in an unexpected way. When I first read the study I thought (emphasis on “thought” here) that the Lord was telling me to pick up my writing again – I am called to write and help others through my writing but have been unable to write in over two years. And then I had an opportunity for a writer’s conference pretty much just fall right in my lap. Pretty clear sign that it comes from the Lord right? Wrong. Thankfully, I’ve learned over the years to really pray about things until I have an absolute peace and know that I know that I know that it comes from God. Thinking is not from God. KNOWING is from God. Knowing that I am in complete OBEDIENCE to what He is trying to show me. My husband was literally on the phone making my reservations when I stopped him and said no. I’m not going. I happened to be vacuuming at the time (a good time for the Lord to just speak to me without all the “noise” in my head). I stopped him and said “I’m not going, my place is home”. And at that moment I felt the peace cover me. And I didn’t go. And the next day my son developed a physical issue that needs to be addressed and that night I found out a good friend had passed away. And if I were not home I wouldn’t have been able to be there for my son. And I would have been away and a wreck just worrying about him – he’s only 6.

So after all of that, here’s my analysis of project day. The projects for me have to be focused on my family and my home. That is the project that I need to be aware of and work on. Anything that takes me away from that is NOT the will of God. Setting goals is fine but only if they are centered around my highest calling – my family and home life. And if writing happens to happen for me again the Lord will make it work FROM MY HOME….not away at some conference. That may work for some people but not for this wife and momma. I have such a peace in my soul knowing that I followed His will for me.

I love you all my dear Sisters in Christ. May we all go forward glorifying our Lord and Savior through our homes, families and communities.

Name: Donna

Dear Donna – Thanks so much for sharing that testimony.  What a wonderful example of seeking God’s Face on an issue and being quick to act when you know it is Him.  I couldn’t agree more!! 

God Bless – Angie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lesson: Project Day

Study: Boy, I don’t even know where to start! Its been a blessing reading everyone elses responses as this particular topic is a bit overwhelming for me. I have always been a planner. I have a need to plan things out in advance so I can do everything that needs done so things run right on or (preferably) ahead of schedule. I’ve always had a ‘knowing’ of what direction my life needed to go despite everyone elses best efforts to draw me away from that direction. At times I was led into the working world even when my gut instinct said I should be at home. Severel times I’ve been pulled in the direction of feeling inferior for not having a fancy career, but my heart was still always at home. The Lord has greatly blessed my time here at home every since I’ve been able to stay here to raise our children. When everyone around us keeps going on about how no family can make it without two incomes we do, and we do just fine. Times have been very lean every since my husband and I got married but we still have made it because the Lord has always provided even when we didn’t know where it was going to come from. He’s never failed us. But as much of a planner as I am the idea of setting goals is not one that is exercised around here a whole lot. My husband does not like the idea of setting goals. He says it puts too much pressure on him because he feels I expect him to do it all now. I have explained many times that I do not expect anything now. I know things take time and money but I have a need to plan, to know what things will cost so we can plan ahead for aquiring whats needed when the time comes that we can do it, to know what order things are best done in, to know what I can be doing while he’s working so that its one less thing he has to do when he can get to working on what ever task we are working toward. He let me know that he would prefer I not go ahead and do things without him there though because that stresses him out. So at his request I have stopped planning and stopped setting goals, and stopped working on those tasks for now and its driving me slightly nuts because I dont’ know what to do with myself. It makes me feel out of sorts, but I want to honor my husband. Winter is a time when he doesn’t like to do much outdoors because he has a health issue that makes him super sensitive to cold. I know in spring we will get out there and get to doing the gardening and such again and that will feel sooooo good to me to being doing something again.

Growing up, I was not encouraged to set goals. I always had some in my heart but was always told I had to wait. Some of them had to wait until I was 36 before they could be realized so I have a hard time with the waiting. It feels like its all I’ve ever gotten to do, however in the last year or two I’ve been able to look back and see where the Lord has worked various things in our lives and the things I wanted to do would have been wasted had they actually been able to occur. So my main goal that I can set for myself is to try to not be so impatient. In the mean time I am working on trying not to feel so lost and discombobulated. That could really easily turn into a tool for Satan to use! I want to be very careful about that. As far as spiritual goals I feel like I don’t know how to apply most scriptures to my daily life. The more common and easily understood ones I do but as far as reading the bible and having a clear understanding of how it apply’s to my life now in this moment I don’t always get that. It is my goal to try and have a clearer understanding and learn better application skills.Its something I feel so lacking in that at times I’m overwhelmed by it. Personal goals for me would be learning how to better manage my time every day, to become a better seamstress, to learn what area’s we may need to change in spending, to become a better gardener, and to learn more about herbs (definately visual identification, and their uses, and how to make and use herbal remedies).

Blessings

Shellie

Dear Shellie – I think you are echoing the situation of a lot of wives.  I appreciate the testimony you have shared and also the personal goals you have set.  This hits the nail on the head in my opinion for those wives in similar situations.  As wives we must cheerfully, respectfully and lovingly honor what our husband asks of us, but as we wait upon him, we must find a way to obey what we believe is right, until the Lord releases us or changes him.  Setting those personal goals is just what you are doing. 

Big hugs!!

Angie

Lesson: Project Day

Study: What an insightful lesson. Thank you. My first goal is to walk closer with God. Not having a church in the area with likeminded believers is difficult.

2. start growing my own vegetables and herbs. This may be a little difficult because I live in the city but all things are possible with God.

3. Be thankful for everything the Lord has blessed me with. Sometimes I feel as though I don’t let Him know how much He means to me.

Name: Le-Teisha

Excellent goals, Le-Teisha!  Thanks for sharing them and I think #3 is good for all of us. 

 

 

 

 

 

Angelia

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"It is of the LORD's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him." Lamentations 3:22-24

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