Change Up: Journaling from Experiencing God

With growth there is change. I’ve decided along with my daily devotional readings from various “Reading Lists” of which I have mentioned when I first began my journal earlier this year, I would like to go back to The Experiencing God series and journal on one unit each week for the next twelve weeks.  What’s nice about doing this is that I can review and refresh what I learned in a great study and I’ll have scripture verses and topics that I can expand on in my devotional journal.

I’m also changing some of the format, the SOAP will still be in the journal, however due to the layout of the site, I’ll move the “S” and the “reading from” to another section – which will seem out of out and I appologize to those of you who are accustomed to seeing it in the original form. The reason for this is that this new format online only shows the summary and I need to get the key points to show on the home page. Thanks for understanding, please send me a message if you have any comments on how I can improve this for easy reading.

Although I’m the type of person who likes consistency, and changing Reading Lists may seem inconsistent; as I’ve done it several times since the beginning. However, the goal wasn’t to do one Reading List and journal from that, but to stay in the Word daily and journal from one scripture that stood out to me. It’s been a challenge to journal daily, as many people would agree. It’s easier to do on private notebook at home that no one might stumble upon and read, critique, edit, etc – and I know most people don’t post and critique and make sure their spelling etc is passable. However doing this is something that keeps me growing as to what I feel God is teaching me skills and discipline.  I know people are reading this, so that keeps me going. I also know that as I grow in my walk with the Lord, I can share and hopefully encourage others to do the same through example.

In the coming months, we will have completed a great study by Henry Blackaby and Claude King. Each weekly unit has five daily studies. I’ll pick scriptures and passages from the study to journal on. You can look at their website where I read my daily devotions and see how the study of Experiencing God works very well with their devotional. www.blackaby.org You can also follow along if you decide to purchase the Experiencing God workbook check out Amazon.com or Christianbooks.com (I receive no monetary benefit from the sale or blogging on this workbook) – The only prerequisite to this study is that you have a personal relationship with Christ. You can click here: “How to Know God.”

In 1st Corinthians 2:14, “The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.” In order to get the most of this you need to have the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God dwelling in you. Take time to make sure that you know:

  • Romans 3:23 – All have sinned.
  • Romans 6:23 – Eternal life is a free gift of God.
  • Romans 5:8 – Because of love, Jesus paid the death penalty for your sins.
  • Romans 10:9-10 – Confess Jesus as Lord and believe God raised Him from the dead.
  • Romans 10:13 – Ask god to save you and He will.

Still not sure if you have a personal relationship with God? Click here – How to Know God – go ahead, check it out. When you’re done, come back and we’ll begin together. I’ll be waiting right here. It’s okay, go on now.

Today’s Date: March 7, 2010

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Just Moved! Welcome to Bible2Blog.com

Aloha readers! (or is this just a note to self?)

I’ve been in transition the past few weeks. Actually, the past year has a been a time of transition: single to married, no kids to step-child, Hawaii to Florida, multitude of life-long friends and family to two people: husband and daughter.  Learning, growing, sharing, debating, puzzle finding, mind-mapping, lost marbles, found inspiration. But in the past month I’ve found a new awaking of my senses. Or maybe it’s just time to get myself together and say, “alright I’ve left my family, my home, my career, my church – moved to a new state, new family, new life, new church, now what? There’s so many pieces to the puzzle called our lives that we often lose the pieces, dog ate a piece, we get it all together, it falls apart, we try to glue it for memories and accomplishment… but the paper puzzle doesn’t last too long or we get bored and find the need to take the puzzle apart and either store it back in the box or mix it up and start all over again – now that’s life!

After attending a WordPress WordCamp and BarCamp techie gatherings in Miami, FL last month; I’ve decided to take blogging to the next level and get it off the WordPress servers and learn the process of self-hosting. I’m still working diligently on this – and it’s much more than I thought but a great learning experience. Which means I haven’t had much time for the “writing” of the blog itself. I will be doing SOAP on the Experiencing God workbook – however I’m still transitioning the site, along with other life responsibilities.

What does this mean???

I will no longer be posting elehua808.com The Journey of 2010 – it has been copied and hopefully not lost its content during the transition and can be seen on its new site http://www.Bible2Blog.com ! In a few weeks I will be forwarding all http://www.elehua808.com to the Bible2Blog.com address. This means that there’s two sites and both are up and running – this newer site needs to be updated with my last post and more tweaking but it’s readable and I’ve just opened it up for the web crawlers to begin searching it’s content – so the floodgates are now open!

I’ve learned a lot during this process, it’s a never-ending endeavor. Although I’ve been challenged to do my SOAP, my reading and prayer time – devotionals remain the same. Upon awaking and before going to bed – I spend some time in God’s Word. He is still my rock and my foundation. I know that I cannot do any of this without him and the blessed family he has given me. I know that whatever I can learn and apply – I need to do everything as I would unto the Lord.

I have been inspired and motivated to work on several projects simultaneously – which is usually how we go through life – my words will just be online in various fashions; self-teaching of web design & a little programming; re-learning how to write and write often. I’m going back to my roots, or shall I say my early college years when I studied journalism and communications – before the internet and social media – I’m going back to writing. I’ll be creating several blogs over the next year and I’ll be doing Freelance Writing to pay some bills. Along with this I’ll be continuing my trek on social media and becoming the Social Media Strategist – and seeing how that can be used for businesses as well as in ministry and helping missions work.

There’s lots more to come. Bare with me as I work on the tech side, which means my writing will be a little sporadic and in the ‘mind-mapping’ stage – til I can get it all out in words! Follow this new blog on Twitter @Bible2Blog and my personal Twitter to see my daily babble @mLehua. Thanks for stopping by, please let me know what you think in the comment section below. Go on now, I know you have something to say, just get it out of your system and say it. Be kind 🙂

BTW did you see where my dog went ? I think she found a piece of the puzzle.

What's this About?

Daily Devotions – Reading & Journaling Thru the Bible

This blog is a journal of my entries for the year of 2010. Using New Hope Oahu’s online devotional from Today’s Life Journal Reading. You can learn how to understand the importance of growing in Christ, hearing Him speak to you, guide you, and strive to live, grow, and share your faith with others by learning How to Journal.

II Timothy 3:16

“All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

On Dec 31, 2009 –  I watched a movie called, “Julie and Julia” – the story of a woman (Julie) who began a journey to discover herself by blogging and cooking from Julia Child’s cookbook.  Be warned that her blog has strong language and the movie is strictly secular  – it was a light-hearted movie by Nora Ephron. I majored in Communications for my undergraduate degree and wanted to get back to writing. The movie motivated me to begin a blog again. I kept a blog a few years ago, while traveling a month in India.

Since we’re starting a new year, I thought a perfect time to BEGIN again and this will help me to be consistent, not just in my daily reading of devotions, but also for journaling again.

In the beginning of 2007, I attended a conference called, DCAT (Doing Church as a Team) in Honolulu, Hawaii. We were given a book as a gift called, The Divine Mentor, by Pastor Wayne Cordeiro. I had been reading my devotions and journaling, but not consistently for about ten years. After reading the Divine Mentor I felt I had a greater understanding to do both daily. It was easier for me to read my devotions by reading the paper version of The One Year Bible, New Living Translation, however you can get the reading plan online.  I would encourage others to use whatever bible version that helps keep them in the word, and use other versions to study and expand on what you’re reading. I found that reading a paper version was better for me at the time. I still go back and forth between looking up devotions online and reading my paper bible.  I also found that going back and forth in the bible wasn’t as simple as using the One Year Bible, so I stuck with that.  The readings online are not in the same order as the Life Journal that’s on New Hope’s website, so this year I’m going to start using New Hope’s online version.

So let’s begin our journey, feel free to comment, write or start your own. Even if you don’t want to start your own journal online, I encourage you to get a notebook and start. Follow the How to Journal instructions and you’ll see that it’s not that difficult if you schedule time daily for God. He gave you His son, His life, I’m sure we can start off with at least fifteen minutes of our day and go from there. I’m always glad I did and I’m planning on doing this blog to keep me in consistent.

Often times we wait til we need something from God before we go to Him. I’d like to go to Him daily, so that He can guide and give me something to recall when I need Him.  Enjoy the journey.

p.s. this note is for hb – if you notice a typo, grammatical error, or any other type of error – get over it 😉 then send me a msg and tell me which post, paragraph, etc and I’ll get to it as soon as i can.

p.s. p.s – if no one reads this but me, that’s cool, cause I’m doing this between me and God – if anyone else stumbles upon it, then fine, just try not to be too judgemental – just remember the second part of that word is “mental” LOL – lighten up, I’m trying to learn lessons here, not win the Pulitzer. pfft!

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