Lent | Jonah: Day

#SheSharesTruth | Jonah 1&2

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Today's Text: Jonah 1 & 2

Morning, girls!

It’s Friday again! We loved reading all of your #SheSharesTruth blog posts and such last week. You guys make us so happy – the Lord truly is blessing the hearts of the women who gather here.

If you aren’t familiar with our Lenten #SheSharesTruth experiment, we explain it a bit more here. In short, we believe that one of the best ways to learn is by teaching. So every Monday during Lent, we assign a portion of Scripture (this week we assigned Jonah 1&2) for you to study and write about. And today is the day we share what we’ve learned by writing in our own spaces and linking to that here.

 

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She Shares Truth

Here’s the plan:

  • Write your devotional/reflections/response to Jonah 1&2 on your personal blog. (If you don’t have a blog, use Instagram, Facebook with the hashtags #SheSharesTruth and #SheReadsTruth; or even write the comments section here.)
  • Link to this post so your readers can know about the #SheSharesTruth experiment too.
  • Share the link to your post/Facebook update/Instagram below in the LinkyTool below.
  • Visit each other’s links – at least one or two (maybe the two people who linked up before you?). Comment there – tell them you see them and hear them! Let’s talk about the God of Jonah together!


    **Please share our heart, sisters. Our desire is not for this to be a time of comparison or sizing up writing abilities or spiritual maturity. Eloquence and insight are lovely, but we know that is not the thing our God calls us to. So, let’s not call each other to that either. Sister, if you feel ill-equipped – GOOD! If you feel like you have so much to learn – GREAT. SO DO WE! Every single time we sit down to write. And if we don’t, are hearts are not in the right place. Let this be a safe place to learn and share and love each other WELL.
  • Love being apart of this link-up with all you wonderful ladies. Each one is so encouraging!

    #110 Extraordinary Mercy

  • I've always toyed with the idea of a blog. This SRT study may just have revealed another of God's calling for me. Thank you ladies.

    It warms my heart that even when we run, God doesn't care and will be right there with us, fighting to bring us back. Sometime's it's a big smack in the fact such as the storm in Jonah, and other times it's as simple as a devastatingly beautiful sunrise.

    My Redeemer Lives :)

  • Stacey Smith

    So I have tried to post my Instagram photo with comments and tried to link it and I cannot seem to figure it out. I am number 105 which if you click on it, it will just give you an error so I will just put my comment here:

    I shared a photo from my Bible of Jonah 2:4-7. These verses spoke to me on how good God really is. He brought Jonah out of the belly of a fish, don't I belive that He can bring me out of the deepest pit I may be in? God has and He always will. God will not let me drown. I am reminded by Jonah's example that I need to always cling to Him instead of run away in the good times and even in my darkest times.

  • Michelle

    Loved reading some of the blogs! God's word is amazzzzinnng! :-)

  • the-goodsoil

    Read Ain't goin' nowhere, God on http://the-goodsoil.com/the-daily-seed/
    I'm number 28 on the list. Scroll down to Friday, March 21st
    God bless you sisters! xoxo

  • bwalker1203

    Ack! I just got on here to read some more comments and see mine posted a few times! So sorry about that, my chrome-book was acting up! I would take them off but I don't know how. Sorry for the traffic!

  • I love reading everyone's posts and comments! This is such a great idea. And all the ladies that have participated you have all taught me something! Thank you She Reads Truth gals :)

  • I love reading everyone's posts and comments! This is such a great idea. And all the ladies that have participated you have all taught me something! Thank you She Reads Truth gals :)
    http://mustardseedallyouneed.blogspot.com/2014/03

  • I love reading everyone's posts and comments! This is such a great idea. And all the ladies that have participated you have all taught me something! Thank you She Reads Truth gals :)
    http://mustardseedallyouneed.blogspot.com/2014/03

  • Marisa Toomey

    Thank you Karen! May you be blessed as well! :)

  • Gidgets Reading

    New here I'm going to ask a dumb question but when do you post that weeks post assignment? Just wanted to know so I can be on the look out! Thanks and Have a Blessed Weekend

  • EssieJean

    Thanks for getting me back in the swing of things on my blog, ladies! I'm excited to be posting again! http://todayismyfavorite.blogspot.com/2014/03/she

  • Jonah. A man who was cast out into the storms to be saved. Does this story emulate another story we’re all familiar with? YES! That is Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Jesus, the true and better Jonah, who was cast out into the storm of GOD’S WRATH so that WE (sinners like you and me) could be saved. (I stole this from Tim Keller) Ladies, this story has everything to do with Jesus… Let our prayer be that we would NEVER set our eyes off of Him… That we will look to the performance that He did for us (die and rise!), and that we wouldn’t base our lives on the performance that we do. Let us be reminded that the story of Jonah is not about the work of the redeemed, but the work of our REDEEMER.

  • Kimberly

    I can't look down my nose at Jonah and point the finger at him because, truth be told, I'm just like him. Even after 30 + years of walking with the Lord, I will find myself saying "No, I don't want to do that" to the Lord. I turn and go the opposite direction, I pout, I get depressed – because the thing he called me to do is hard and I don't want to…I just want a quiet and peacable life. I sleep – because I'm depressed. Then I play the martyr …"pick me up and throw me into the sea." The people around me think throwing me into the sea isn't the answer so they "row harder" trying to get to safety like the mariners did (side note: we/I usually try to fix things in my own strength i.e rowing harder, in my own way, based on whatever seems most logical to me. Instead of just doing what God said to do.) When the situation gets so bad that I can no longer bear up. When my soul faints within me, I remember the Lord and my prayer goes up to Him. Finally, I repent! And I thank Him for His merciful kindness! Salvation is of The Lord!! Now "the fish" vomits me out on dry land. I can breath again. The crushing weight of rebelling against The Lord is gone…and I can breath again. O Father, you are so patient, and merciful, and kind to a sinner like me. Thank you for the assurance of your Word that You will complete the good work that You began in me, until the day of Jesus Christ. Amen.

  • thecatwalkoffaith

    Thank you ladies for writing blogs over the past two weeks. I've been unable to write but God is showing em the beauty of listening to the hearts of His daughters and learning from our experiences. I am definitely encouraged and my heart sings out to God…how great and merciful is He.

  • Janee White

    I can honestly say that this was one of my favorite blogs to write. Thanks She Reads Truth for incorporating this into our study time.

    You can find mine here or up top at #54
    http://mypatchworkheart.org/2014/03/21/jonah-jane

    I can't wait to curl up later and read more of your insights – God is doing a great many things through this study of Jonah. I look forward to the tales of sacrifice, deliverance and blessings found in obedience.

  • bthelite

    I really enjoyed everyone's take on Jonah!!!
    I read every.single.one. Since I'm at work, I couldn't comment on all of them because they were blocked. But I wanted to tell everyone GREAT JOB!!!

    • Candacejo

      Wow!! You are the queen of Jonah thoughts today! :) I haven't read them all but have read several. Blessings.

  • Karenewart

    It seems like sometimes when we hide or run from God, that He finds us and even sometimes when we have scampered so far from the Truth that we get to the bottom (of the ocean, or as low and in trouble as we have ever gotten, like Jonah). That's when we must cry out to our Father, (from the belly of the whale that we've gotten ourself into) " I'm in deep trouble God, I'm crying 'help' from the belly of the grave!" And that's when He, our Redeemer, will answer us, He will pull us up from that grave, alive! Thank you, Jesus, for rescuing us, time and time again, "salvation is from the Lord "!

  • alexatay91

    My first time blogging in forever :) Love the book of Jonah
    http://themanymusingsofalexa.blogspot.com/2014/03

    • Candacejo

      Excellent! Blows me away that Tarshish is 2200 miles away from Jerusalem! I don't think the Bible says how far he made it before he was thrown overboard but the fact is he ran and ran hard! Such a picture of humanity. We run, God chases us, finally we wise up :) His way is the best way!

  • Marisa Toomey

    Since I don’t have a blog and I’m fasting Social Media for lent I’ll comment here. The one thing that stuck out to me is that in spite of Jonah’s disobedience the men on the ship gave their lives to the Lord.(Jonah 1:16) They saw how powerful God was and God even used Jonah’s disobedience to minister to these sailors. How great is our God that he can even use our disobedience and failure to minister to those around us. Also his LOVE for us is so great that when we are ready to be obedient he is quick to send rescue, grace and mercy to send us back on the way that He asked us to go! Thank you Lord!

    • Karenewart

      Marisa, it also stuck out to me that the other men on the ship were in awe of our awesome God. And I can see as in our own lives, that our failures and then subsequent "rescues" can be a witness to our fellow believers as well as non-believers! God's plans are so much more immense than we can ever imagine! Praise Him, and thanks Marisa for your great input! May you be blessed today!

  • Jonah 1

    Omnipresent

    God is ever present, therefore one cannot hide from Him. Nothing or no one can escape the presence of God for all things are naked before Him. Wherever you go He will find you, and can destroy you if you choose to disobey.

    Jonah a man who feared the Lord, attempted to flee from the Lord's presence after he was commaded to go to a city filled with wickedness and prophesy against it.

    *Whatever the Lord requires of you, do it, without question and hestitation.

    During Jonah's journey, the Lord knowing where he was caused the sea to rage, putting the lives of others as well as his at risk.

    *Your disobedience to God will affect you, and may affect others as well.

    Through Jonah's fear of the Lord, he told the truth and requested to be thrown over board in an effort to calm the sea for he knew that it was his disobedience which caused it.

    *Fear of the Lord will keep you in the right. Jonah wasnt even concerned about his life when he made the request.

    *God is ruler over all.

    When Jonah was cast over board, the sea calmed and initiated fear in the men aboard the ship. A fish was however awaiting to swallow Jonah. God prepared that fish to swallow Jonah for He knew exactly what would have happened.

    God's mercy was evident here, because they all could have perished, but God.

    *Leaving God's presence is an invitation to the enemy.

    Jonah 2

    Repentance grants mercy

    Genuine repentance gets God's attention. When one confesses their sins and truly repents, God hears them, no matter how deep you are.

    After being swallowed by the fish, Jonah could have lost hope, but He sought his God and repented. Jonah 2:4 KJV
    Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple.

    He was thrown into the raging sea, into the deep, he didnt drown but was swallowed by a fish God prepared. He was being chastened for his disobedience. There is purpose in it. God had work for Jonah to do, God had a purpose for Jonah that only he could fulfill.

    Likewise God has a purpose for each of our lives. No matter how deep and rough our situations are, there is purpose in it. God is merciful enough to deliver us. If He spoke to a fish to release Jonah, He can speak our way out of our situations. We just have to seek Him at all times in all things.

    Jonah's cry of repentance earned him mercy and he was delivered from the fish's belly.

    Stay in God's presence at all times, the desire to leave will haunt you and you will have to return to God. Why did you leave? It profits you to stay.
    #SheReadsTruth

  • There is so much stuff you can learn from reading and studying Jonah 1 and 2

    Where to start….. First as you can see, running from God will get you no where, expect a place you don't want to be. Running away from God is disobedience. When you disobey God he will show you powerful he is. And I think that is a good thing. I believe we all need a reminder of how powerful God is and it also makes us grow stronger in our faith! We all need that little push to get back on track when we are going the wrong way.

    Second… Isn't it amazing even if we disobey God that he is still here for us and will take care of us in any situation. I bet Jonah was glad that he could still call on the lord and trust he would take of him even though he didn't listen to God the first time. We serve a wonderful forgiving, loving God and isn't it amazing!?

    The third thing… The third thing I think we can all get out of these two chapters is making decisions. I know I struggle making decisions and always wanting if I made the right one. We Just got to believe that God will guide us and show us what to do. We know God told Jonah to go preach but he didn't want to? Why? Because he didn't know if that was the best thing to do? Because he didn't know if he should listen to god or not? If you do what God says making decisions will become a lot easier. Just got to trust and believe.
    #shereadstruth

    • Candacejo

      I have the worst time making decisions too! Guilty. Jonah just plain didn't like the people of Nineveh, the Assyrians! He thought they deserved their fate…like you said he thought he knew what is best! They were trying to take over the world, for crying out loud! Surely it would be better if God would destroy them…That's me. Always thinking I know what is best when God can see the bigger picture!
      Blessed Friday!

  • Recap of what Jonah 1 & 2 meant to me.

    God is going to require things of me for His Kingdom purposes. I may dig my heels in deep, fuss and whine or even run the other way. But (and there's always a but) the good news is — when I am His, He is never going to stop persuing me.

    I am loved.

    Because of His love, He will rebuke.

    Because of my love, I will repent.

    And even during my rebel moments when "I think best ", God will be sure to have the victory.

  • My (abbreviated) thoughts, as I only post on Instagram …
    Reading through this story as Jonah flees from God's presence, I'm of course reminded of Psalm 139:7-8 "Where shall I go from Your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!" Wait … Sheol??? That's also in Jonah 2:2!
    Digging deeper, I found (on Wikipedia) that Sheol is also translated as "grave, pit, abode of the dead." Thankfully (mercifully!) our Heavenly Father doesn't want us there & brings us up out of it! (Psalm 30:2-3). We even see this in the New Testament: "For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:38-39
    Anything else in all creation … Even down in the belly of a whale.
    And for a fun take on the story – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-AQHGbglSg

  • Melissa Emma

    YAY! Happy Friday! I can't wait to start reading these blogs now! Mine's done! My new design is up too!
    http://www.melissaemma.blogspot.com

  • JessicaLoves___

    Have a great day, y'all! My take on "Rocking the Boat": http://alabamaheartindianasoul.blogspot.com/2014/

  • Fridays in this community are such a refreshment to me! So very grateful for so many women who, not only dedicate themselves to studying Truth, but who are willing to unveil their perspective in this public forum. So much inspiration, sisters! Thank you!

  • Christina

    What a humbling experience this has been! I have to be so very careful not to study to point out things to others, but to take them to heart for myself! And this morning, as I've been working on this all week, God brought the reality of my sin and his graciousness home to my rebellious heart. It's kind of long, but I've enjoyed studying this week. Thank you for the opportunity, ladies!
    https://www.facebook.com/stinav96/posts/101522429

  • Steph_Lilac

    Jonah 1 & 2 was such an eye opening blessing!! I'm too excited to read what everyone wrote. To God be the glory! http://scj816.blogspot.com/2014/03/jonahs-great-e

  • angel[a]

    Hi friends! Have a blessed day!
    http://amhobkirk.wordpress.com/2014/03/21/sheshar

  • Hitswiththemrs

    So excited to share with y’all’!

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