Wednesday, June 24, 2009

What Kind of Dog are You?!?!!

Now isn't that a funny question =0)

Yesterday was the kickoff to the Siesta Summer Bible Study with BMoore. Oh how I love me summer Bible study!! ~~

Well, if you don't know how this works you get on the LPM site and log your group members in (this year it's just Carrie and I), and then you watch the video that Beth Moore posts and then I printed off the instructions for that meeting and then you meet. It's so fun!!!

So this year we are doing Jennifer Rothschild's "Me, Myself & Lies" and it is about your thought life. Oh yeah, that's gonna leave a mark!!

Well, the first question from Beth yesterday was an ice breaker. Ya know, a get to know ya better thing. And since Carrie and I know each other well, yeah we're tight, this was even funner, because we could so see why we chose the ones we chose. Anyway....I'm getting ahead of myself. I do that a lot .... Anyway .....

The first question was: What breed of dog do you most resemble in demeanor and why?

Oh wow, this was an easy one for me. I knew almost right off, but I was curious to see what Carrie would say was hers and she chose:

Yep a Lab. My sweet Carrie is sooooooo a Lab. She was such a sweet demeanor, but she's a thinker, ya know, contemplative. I love that about sweet Carrie. She is one of my heroes in the faith. Love her!!

Me? Oh yeah, I am SUCH a Cocker Spaniel!!! Carrie laughed at this and knew exactly what I meant. They are very DTDTDTDTDT, ya know what I mean? They flit here and there, you always know there in the room because they make sure of it =) They are kind of silly and a little ditzy. But oh so loyal. They love their owners. I love my owner for sure ~~ Praise You Jesus!!!

Yep I heart me a Cocker Spaniel.

So after that question we moved on to the next one which had to do with personal prayer requests. It was in this moment that I understood why God had just wanted her and I in this study just the two of us this year. We both have some prayer request that we just wanted to share between each other. Friendship like this is a beautiful thing!!!!!

So the last exercise had to do with describing what the Word of God, called by other names, does for us, and this was right out of Psalm 19 read out of The Message. Can I just say here that I had NO idea how much I love Psalm 19. Yep I could see some memorization coming out of this one. Love it.

Let me just share some of Psalm 19 with you out of The Message:

"The revelation of God is whole and pulls our lives together."

Can I get an Amen?

"The signposts of GOD are clear and point out the right road."

Yep all the signs are there to help us live our lives for God. we have no excuse not to follow.

"The life-maps of GOD are right, showing the way to joy."

His Word is our life-map. I love that.

"The directions of GOD are plain and easy on the eyes."

I especially like this one, because sometimes I try to make things so hard, but the directions of God are clear.

And then skipping down a few verses (mine aren't numbered) this verse was really convicting and eye opening to me.

"Clean the slate, God, so we can start the day fresh!"

(Reminds me of His mercies are new every morning, out of Lamentations.)

"Keep me from stupid sins, from thinking I can take over Your work."

Okay so let this one sink in a minute. How many times do I think I can take over? Well I might be able to take matters into my own hands sometimes, but I can assure you that EVERY TIME that happens, it is a disaster. What a prayer to pray over our individual lives,

Father keep me from stupid sins (because they all are) and keep me from thinking I can take over Your work. Father, keep me from thinking more highly of myself than I ought. I love you Jesus, Amen.

This was a beautiful start to what is going to be a thought-provoking and soul-searching study.

I have much to blog about. I have about three posts running around in my head. So hopefully in the next week or so I'll get those posted.

Take a moment to read Psalm 19 out of whatever translation you usually study from, and pray and reflect on the last part of this Psalm. "May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to You, Oh Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer!"

Have a Blessed Wednesday,


  1. ...AND how pretty is a Cocker's hair? Did that play in your decision? hehe!

    "Clean the slate, God, so we can start the day fresh!"

    "Keep me from stupid sins, from thinking I can take over Your work."

    ...WOW... very powerful! I love the Message more then the NIV on this - for sure! Right to my heart!

  2. Dawn,

    Definitely agreeing with you that when you take matters in your own hands, disaster follows closely behind.

    Love the whole question about a dog thing. I will have to think that one over a bit.

    I journal my ideas and then they aren't floating around in my head with all my other debris.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  3. Oh I wish I was doing that study, but I never got a group together! I think I would be a little yorkie! ha!

  4. I am doing the study on my own. hard to get together with anyone after work.

    I love that you have changed your design AGAIN! You are just the best Dawn!

  5. What a great start to a Bible study.

    We had a Cocker that looked JUST like that... named "Buster". He was a sweet dog.