Hi everyone wow, can you believe we’re already through 4 weeks of our GMG Ephesians study! You know, I had a crazy week over here! Between a massive snow storm and some very sick kiddos and 1 sick husband, I fell a little behind in my reading. I kept thinking to myself “why am I feeling so crazy? Everything is total chaos, what is going on!” Finally it dawned on me that between taking care of everyone, making sure we had enough supplies if we got snowed in, getting people to doctors, giving medicine on time, yada yada, that I didn’t do my daily reading for a couple days!
I decided that even in the midst the chaos I needed to make time for God even if I didn’t feel like I had any to give. And you know what happened? Ephesians 2:13-15 ~ But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. Christ Our Peace for He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace…
I love that I’ve been brought near to Him! I am kind of high strung sometimes and though I sometimes forget, He really is my Peace, and it’s so important that we keep up with our study and make time to spend with Him each day! I definitely have better days when I start off in the Word! When I don’t, it seems like chaos reigns all day long in my kids and in me!
One thing we started doing as a family is reading through "Our 24 Family Ways" it’s a daily devotion by Sally Clarkson. I highly recommend it! It’s short, easy to do, and requires no prep! We all just gather by the fire at night right before bed and read through it. They all start with a couple questions, then a verse to read, then some more questions, then a prayer. It’s easy to do and the kids are really understanding it!
I think taking this time with our family, along with my personal time in this study has really helped me gain some peace that was missing! So if you haven’t had time to keep up, or if you’ve fallen behind for one reason or another, don’t beat yourself up! Just pick up your study and start now! You won’t regret it, any time that you spend in the Word will be a blessed one!
Brought Near by His Blood
11 Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh—who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands— 12 that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
Christ Our Peace
14 For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, 15 having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, 16 and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. 17 And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. 18 For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.
Christ Our Cornerstone
19 Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
If you haven’t started the study yet, it’s not too late! You’ve just read the 4th week of verses above, so start fresh this week and commit to spend time in the Word each day!
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