• Its Meant to Activate

    filed under: Miscellaneous on February 23, 2012

    I am currently doing the Bible study of James by Beth Moore.

    Its wonderful and insightful and life changing.

    James happens to be one of my favorite books in the Bible, and I love that it speaks specifically to the believer.


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    Today I am working on James 1: 19-20

    This you know, my beloved brethren.  But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achiever the righteousness of God.

    This is a goal of mine, to be a better listener and to not leap into anger at the first site of injustice.

    Further on in the study Beth talks more about James in the Word of God.  She says,

    “The Word of God, however, is meant to do more than penetrate.  Its meant to activate.”


    I cant help but think, am I actively trying to listen better?  To hold my tongue?  To choose not to be angry?

    Today, I strive to be an active listener.

    If you see me at the grocery store, feel free to take full advantage! 😉


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    Dealing with an “issue” or shall I say difficult person at work…The timing for me to read this could not have been better…Thanks for sharing!

    working on this myself. It’s a tough one to bridle the tongue.
    Great post. Thanks.

    I love this verse! God has recently put it on my heart to be a better listener instead of talking all the time. Thanks for posting!

    We are doing this Bible Study also in our Women’s group and I love it! After every lesson I am thinking of all the ways that I can be a better person. Love your site.

    Agree! James is a great book–a total heart changer! Glad you get to do this study! 🙂

    Thanks for posting this; definitely will be looking for this Bible Study next week when I get home from the mission field. Love your site! All of it!

    God never ceases to amaze me! I came to your blog on a sleepless night to be inspired by your beautiful baking and I found this..the perfect lesson at the perfect time! Thank you for your inspiring food for our body and soul. I totally feel God’s love, peace and quiet calm hugging me right now…thank you!

    Oh that I would practice this right in my own home with my husband and children. The Lord knows I need to do it much more often instead of flying off the handle when I tell them to do something for the upteenth time. I will try to remember it so I don’t have to say that I am sorry so much!

    Such a great reminder, Amanda! Some days I need this printed out and taped to my arm so I’ll remember. 😉

    Yes, the slow to speak and anger part is a booger, isn’t it? I love this verse.

    I love your words of wisdom and encouragement. Why is it so HARD to hold our tongue? Praise God for His grace and faithfulness!

    I have always enjoyed Beth Moore Bible studies. They require lots of time, but I have grown tremendously doing them.

    I am working on my last week. But small group meets tomorrow for week 6. It has certainly been a timely study for sure.
    I love your site. We are having a “welcome dessert and gong show for our new Pastor and his family and we are making cupcakes so I thought I would look for your cake with heart in middle since their last name is “Love”.

    I love this post. I know that many of us are defined as “helpers” (it is actually one of my spiritual gifts), but it is still difficult at times to be an active listener. I’ve always thought I was the perfect listener/sounding board/secret keeper/confidant/best friend…UNTIL…

    I entered a new phase in my life and in following where God wants me to go, I am a new student (at almost 40) in a master’s degree counseling program. My basic skills class has been the HARDEST thing ever…because listening is a skill:
    1. stopping the mental noise that goes on when someone else is talking
    2. NOT offering advice
    3. really hearing (the emotional and meaning) what I’m listening to from the other person

    Thank you thank you thank you for sharing this. I’m going to place this Scripture everywhere as a daily reminder!


    i am doing the same study. so hard to keep that tongue under control.

    I am doing the James study right now and really love it!

    Just stumbled upon your blog! The James is what struck me because I am working on memorizing James and just started Beth’s study with a group of bestest girlfriends 🙂 Now I’m hooked to your blog and reading through and I love your creativity, your recipes and your love for Jesus! Newest follower 🙂

    The Word of God (revelation) creates the image of who we are in Christ and how we are to act. It says, “do this, this is you.” It activates us to live out the Word we believe. He says to be “slow to speak”, it is an instruction, which means we can do it.

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