Friday, May 29, 2009

Simple Summer Plan ~ A

Part 3 - "A" Application

Let's begin by praying and asking the Holy Spirit to give us a desire to grow, to help us understand what we read, and to use what we read to change our life. Don’t assume this....even for Part 3 of "OMAP."

Read the same limited passage of scripture for the third time. Keeping it simple means giving ourself the pleasure of "staying in a passage," pausing there to soak it in, not rushing on to the next thing. Summer's all about slowing down and soaking in, so let's do the same in God's Word.

Today is the day to take our learning one step further, even if we are in flip flops or barefooted or are taking our steps in the sand (I'll repent of being jealous of you, then). Focus on Application by thinking about the following questions. Let's take our time and not be afraid to sit quietly before the Lord and just concentrate on what we’ve been reading.

What did this passage mean to the people being addressed then, when it was written?

How does this passage apply to or change a person’s (not me, yet) life today?

Now, for a new summer recipe! This one is perfect for remembering to slow down and get familiar with one passage, to let it "simmer" as God shows us what's there, what it means, how it applies, and then what difference it makes for us.

Easy Baked Beans
1 2 lb. can of baked beans (no special flavor)
3/4 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. ketchup
Mix all ingredients (optional: top with several slices of bacon) and pour into a greased casserole pan. Bake slowly at 300 degrees for 2 1/2 hours. Just like with God's Word, you won't be disappointed when you keep it simple and let it simmer long.

Tomorrow, the "P" in OMAP and a fun way to prepare corn on the cob.

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