Come away and rest


Then Jesus said, “Let’s get away from the crowds for a while and rest.””

Mark 6:31

It’s day six of “Mark, one chapter ad day for Easter.” here at Refocused Bible Study. If you missed the details of the study, you can find them here. We’d love for you to join us!

Today we are reading chapter six, and I was mostly drawn to verses 30-32, where the apostles have just returned from their ministry tour and Jesus tells them to come with him to get away and rest for a while.

30 The apostles returned to Jesus from their ministry tour and told him all they had done and taught. 31 Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat.  32 So they left by boat for a quiet place, where they could be alone.

I’ll be sharing again today following the pattern for quiet time for this study. It’s based on the acronym for M.A.R.K. seen in the picture below. Try it out in your own personal time with God and see if it helps you hear God through his word more clearly.
My verse: There were amazing miracles in this chapter, like Jesus feeding five thousand from five loaves and two fish, and when he walked on water! What a powerful Savior we have! Even with those amazing moments in today’s reading, I was compelled to write the verse when he asked the apostles to come away with him and rest all over my forearm to help me remember and do this!

As women in 2022, we are pulled in so many different directions, and we can relate to Jesus and his apostles’ problem of needing rest. As the crowds kept pressing in on Jesus and his apostles, the scripture says they were so busy serving and meeting needs that they didn’t even have time to eat. Does that sound familiar to any of your lives, busy mamas? I think it is important that we see how Jesus felt it imperative to have the apostles get away with him to rest just as necessary as meeting all the immediate needs of the crowd.

Application: Intentionally get away with Jesus to rest. This thought is so counter culture in a world where “the hustle” has become a catch phrase. But if we neglect time to refuel and replenish with our Savior, our living water, then our cup is going to run dry and we are not going to be the women we are hustling around striving to be. Create a rhythm of rest into your day. Ideas are short walks or runs, a ten minute rest where you close your eyes, stretching, etc. When you are taking these “rests” from serving others and working hard, invite Jesus. Practice an awareness of his steadfast presence. Acknowledge that he is the trustworthy One in control, making it possible for you to truly rest in him, knowing he’s got everything under control.

Review: In the thick of a season of ministry and spreading the gospel, the apostles returned to share their experiences with Jesus. He responded by telling them to come away and rest with him for a while.

Kneel in prayer: Sweet Jesus, thank you for knowing that we need time to rest in you. Please help us to abide in you, working hard at whatever good work you have for us to do, but to also listen to your voice calling us away to rest and refuel with you. You do the miracles, Jesus, and we trust that you are always working, even when we are resting. Amen.

I love how Jesus speaks personally to each of us through his word, giving us what we need to abide in him. I’d love to hear what he spoke to you through this chapter!

Rise up, Sister


Holding her hand, he said to her, “Get up, little girl!” 

Mark 5:41

It’s day five of “Mark, one chapter a day for Easter,” here at Refocused Bible Study. If you missed the details of the plan, you can  find them here. We’d love for you to join us!

Today we are reading in chapter five, and I was mostly drawn to the last section of scripture again, to verses 35-43. I’m sharing today following the quiet time pattern below. Try it in your own personal study and see if it helps you find focus and structure to help His Word come alive in your life! See the image below.

35 While he was still speaking to her, messengers arrived from the home of Jairus, the leader of the synagogue. They told him, “Your daughter is dead. There’s no use troubling the Teacher now.”

36 But Jesus overheard them and said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid. Just have faith.”

37 Then Jesus stopped the crowd and wouldn’t let anyone go with him except Peter, James, and John (the brother of James). 38 When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw much commotion and weeping and wailing. 39 He went inside and asked, “Why all this commotion and weeping? The child isn’t dead; she’s only asleep.”

40 The crowd laughed at him. But he made them all leave, and he took the girl’s father and mother and his three disciples into the room where the girl was lying. 41 Holding her hand, he said to her, “Talitha koum,” which means “Little girl, get up!”42 And the girl, who was twelve years old, immediately stood up and walked around! They were overwhelmed and totally amazed. 43 Jesus gave them strict orders not to tell anyone what had happened, and then he told them to give her something to eat.

My verse:Mark 5:41, when Jesus takes the seemingly dead girl, holds her hand, tells her to GET UP, and she does! Bam. Oh, how small and powerless I must make Jesus out to be most of the time!

Application:Let Jesus take your hand and raise you up from dead areas in your life, because you have resurrection life in you as his daughter.

If you are in Christ, your future is always secure and  bright.

No matter how dark and hopeless life seems in the moment, if you have entrusted your life to Christ and professed your belief in him, there is no real death for you. Jesus is always in the process of making all things new for his children. But we have to take his hand, and walk with him into this new life, this best life he has for us.

How do we do this? Everyday, we read his word, pray, and trust him.

ReviewJesus was alerted that Jarius’ (a synagogue leader) daughter was dead. Jesus ignored their comments, insisted that she was only asleep, and entered the room she was lying in. He took her hand, told her to get up, and she immediately woke up and walked around! Let us be reminded of the resurrection life that each of us have because we belong to him, and let us take hold of his hand reaching out to us today. Rise up, sisters, and walk in your new life today. Your future is secure and bright in your Jesus.

Kneel in prayer: Beautiful Jesus, I pray that we would know you are more powerful than we make you out to be. Help us to take your hand today, rise up and live out the resurrected life we have in you. May we all be confident that because of what you have done, our future is always sure and bright. We love you Jesus, Amen. ❤

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Faith in the storm


And they were filled with awe and said among themselves, “Who is this man, that even the wind and the waves obey him!”” 

Mark 4:41

It’s day four of “Mark, one chapter a day for Easter” here at Refocused Bible Study. If you missed the details of the plan, you can find them here. We’d love for you to join us!

Today we are reading in chapter four, and I was mostly drawn to the very last section, verses 35-41. For today’s blogpost, I am going to share my quiet time plan. It’s based on an acronym for this series. See the image below.

My verse –is Mark 4:41, because I am enamored with the great power of Jesus, even over the weather. He can do anything, and it’s so easy to forget that and get terrified in a storm of ANXIETY. I have been battling a small storm of anxiety over decision making lately, so the disciples reaction to Jesus’ ability to sleep during the storm really spoke to me.

Application – Don’t be anxious, have faith in Jesus.  Like Jesus asked the disciples:

“Why are you so afraid? Do you still not have faith in me?” Mark 4:40

Jesus has ultimate power over all things, storms, and circumstances.

Having faith over fear and worry means that we have the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. If we have prayed about it, we can leave worry at his feet and know he is in control, no matter how hard the wind of doubt starts blowing or how violent the waves start crashing around us.

If we know Jesus is in the boat with us, our heart can rest knowing that at anytime he has the power to say, BE STILL.

Review: Jesus was sleeping in the boat as it filed with water from the raging storm. The disciples woke him. He rebuked the wind and the waves, and then he rebuked the worried disciples, asking them why they didn’t have faith in him.

Kneel in prayer: Almighty Savior, I praise you for calming storms; for desiring us to have faith over fear and anxiety that rage like storms in our souls. Please forgive me for my little faith. Empty me out of my anxious, storm-like behavior, Lord. Help me trust you are good and in sovereign control at all times, Amen.

I pray this prayer over you as well, sweet reader! I’d love to hear your verse from chapter four. ❤

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The Family of Jesus


Anyone who does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”  

Mark 3:35

It’s day three of the “Mark, a chapter a day for Easter” reading plan! If you missed the details, you can find them here, catch up, and join us!

Reading together as a family is proving to be a beautiful time. It is so inspiring to see God’s faithfulness as He reveals himself to our children through His Word.

Yesterday, one of mine asked, “Where does Jesus get his power from?” 

This is so special to me, because I want my own family to  really know Him, more than anyone else.

I’m sure Jesus felt the same. He wanted his mother, and brothers to know him as their Savior.

In this chapter, we read that they come to see him, and he stays inside the crowded home he is in, teaching. And says this:

Jesus stayed focused on the kingdom work he was doing, but we see something interesting later in scripture…

“They all met together and were constantly united in prayer, along with Mary the mother of Jesus, several other women, and the brothers of Jesus.”

‭‭Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭1:14‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Do you catch that?!?!

Jesus’ mother and brothers were there, praying and believing, waiting to receive the Holy Spirit. 

Let’s stay focused on kingdom work (Matthew 6:33) as we keep praying for and loving our unbelieving family members. I know this revelation encouraged me to follow Jesus’ example and trust salvation of our loved ones to the Father as we continue following Him.

What was your verse of the day? I’d love to hear how He’s speaking to you!

He Came for Sinners


When Jesus heard this, he told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor- sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”

Mark 2:17

We are in day 2 of “Mark, a chapter a day for Easter here at Refocused Bible Study” here at Refocused Bible Study. You can find out about  the plan here. We’d love for you to join us! Today we are reading and discussing Mark chapter 2.

Oh, how I wish I would have been at Levi’s dinner party with Jesus. The guests were not the ones who looked as if they had it all together religiously. They were “notorious sinners,” known for their impurities and looked down upon by the Pharisees.

When Jesus is confronted about his decision to eat with “such scum,” he responds with a phrase that should shake us believers again today, making us double check and make sure our righteousness is in our faith in Christ alone.

Do we know we are sinners?

Although as believers, we may not have the lifestyle or be known for our sins like those eating with Jesus that night, it is important to remember that we will fall short every single day of the perfect love God lavishes on us. Everyday we need to ask him to search our hearts to see what sin may be taking root in there, underneath the surface, so he can pull the weeds up and keep the soil in our hearts soft and keenly aware of our need for him.

Are we clinging to Jesus and what he did on the cross? 

Even Jesus said himself that there is nothing good in him but God himself. Our righteous deeds are like filthy rags. The only thing good in us is God. If we think for a moment that what we “do” for the Lord makes us worthy, then we are lying to ourselves.

Do we see all people as God’s children, worthy of our Savior? 

Jesus’ rebuke of the Pharisees here is recorded for us to remember. Absolutely everyone is welcome to be introduced to Jesus. Whether they choose to follow him, is up to them. God makes it clear in scripture that he is being patient and desires to see everyone come to salvation (2 Peter 3:9). Make sure you are not writing anybody off. Start by praying for those around you who don’t know him. Love them and tell them about the Savior who doesn’t want them to “clean up” before calling out to him. Just as we are, he invites us. Thank you, Jesus.

Share your verse of the day below in the comments! Tomorrow we discuss chapter 3!

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