by Heather Bock
If you’ve read this blog long, you probably know I wrote a Bible study several years back while my kids napped or took a mandatory quiet time. It came together little by little during that one hour a day. I had just come off of a ten study streak of Beth Moore Bible studies, and I realized that I wanted to not just do studies but create one myself. Some friends had recently gifted me with a wide-margin Bible, and crazy person that I am, I decided to transfer all my old notes from my old Bible into the new one. As I did that, I kept a separate list of all the jewels I uncovered–glimpses of Jesus in the Old Testament–notes from different Bible studies and sermons. What if I could share these gems? What if put all of these–my favorite parts of the Bible–in one study?
As I wrote, God planted a seed in me to make this a study that would also teach readers how to study the Bible for themselves, so they wouldn’t have to always go back to a study; they could use simple tools I provided to study any book of the Bible.
After I finished the study, I headed to writers conferences to learn what to do with it–how could I get it into other people’s hands? If it were just meant for me, that would be ok, but if God wanted to use it further, what was I to do next?
Advice was given to me at the conferences to regularly write on a blog, so here I am. It wasn’t until I had written for a good amount of time before I realized the blog itself was my ministry, that I could share messages God had given me to encourage others.
I advertised the blog on social media outlets, knowing that the only way anyone was going to even know my writing existed was if I put it out there. The more I spent time on Twitter and Facebook, the more people I began to connect to, until one day I realized the social media could be a ministry, too.
I always prayed for what to write before writing, and I still do. I prayed often that God would use my Bible study with more people, and I still do. However, I’m sorry to say that I didn’t spend much time praying for all of you who would read the social media posts, blog, or study.
Then God hit me with these verses:
“If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing” (I Cor. 13:1-2).
Basically, what’s the point of my blog or my Bible study if I don’t have love for those to whom they are written?
If I’m not even praying for my readers, how much love do I have? I pray for my friends (which, to tell the truth, make up most of my readers, but still…), but not much for all of you. One of the reasons for this is that I can’t picture all of you. Are you a 20 year old woman still in college who likes to run? Are you a 32 year old mother of two in Wisconsin who doesn’t quite wake up until that first cup of coffee? Are you a 68 year old grandmother who goes for walks every morning and volunteers at the local hospital? I have no idea.
Maybe I should conduct a survey to learn some of this information. In the meantime, if you receive an email from me, this is why. I want to know who you are. I want to pray for your specific needs. I want to learn to love you. I want to know to whom I am writing. And whether I hear from you or not, I will be praying for you. I don’t know most of the people who read my blog, but those who have subscribed will be prayed for by name, little by little, one by one.
If you have any needs you want me to lift up to the Father, comment on any blog post or email me at heather.bock[at]glimpsesofjesus.com, and I will pray for your requests.
What about you? What work do you do for our Father? Are you doing it out of love for people?
For “He said to him, ‘ ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.’ “