Welcome to this edition of Blogging Through the Bible, where four sisters have banded together determined to read the Bible cover to cover, and take turns blogging about it.
We finished the book of Ezra, and what a JOY it was! Two sisters have a fabulous on-going index of our work: Angela @ No Longer Lukewarm, and Tatiana @ The Musings of Mum, and StaceyLynn knocked it out of the park with her insight and perspective shared last, at Words From the Wheel. Visit again and again, we know you will be blessed.
We invite you to read with us, and join the conversations at our blogs, or in our women's ministry group, Titus Women's Gathering.
Nehemiah chapter 1
Interestingly, this book is written in first person, by a high Persian official, Nehemiah, whose family roots are back in Jerusalem. He is serving as wine-taster for the King Artaxerxes. When he hears of bad fortune, wall in shambles, around Jerusalem, he becomes depressed and weepy.
He prays passionately after fasting (v.4-11). He literally asks God for favor before Artaxerxes, suspect that his topic of concern for his homeland will be brought up to this king whom he works for.
Nehemiah Chapter 2
Indeed the king notices Nehemiah's sadness and inquires. It is then that Nehemiah asks for a favor, a big favor:
What qualities of good leadership do you see in Nehemiah?
What can we learn by his example of how to accomplish for the Lord, or His people?
Did Nehemiah's service or accomplishment for God or His people, follow his heart?
What does God call your heart to do? Where does He call you to serve?
Dear Father in Heaven, I thank you for Your word preserved for us. I pray that my heart would care about what Your heart cares about, and that my life would be led by Your Holy Spirit to do Your work, and to represent Christ's LOVE, wisdom, and light. In Jesus's name I pray, amen.
We want to inspire and encourage others to make time for study of God's word. We would love to hear from you in the comments, and if you are a blogger and would like to join us in our regular Blogging Through the Bible activities, speak up. We can make that happen!