Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Quilting Fun! Philippians 1:9 -11(Part 2)

Quilting Fun!
I got my $7.50 block done!  Yea!

This month I chose to fussy cut the skull heads and I really like how it came out!

With the scraps I added two more circles to my "Dot Your I's" quilt!

Plus, I've almost finished the last row for Baby M2's afghan!  One more square needs a border, then I begin to join to the afghan!  

I'm linking up to the Midweek Makers and Oh Scrap!

Philippians 1:9 -11(Part 2)

In times past, I would use Bible commentaries to for a deeper study of Scripture.  For this study however, I am simply using my NIV Study Bible to include the notes in it, an online dictionary, my prayers for insight and wisdom, the Amplified Bible, and the leading of the Holy Spirit. 

I am not a Bible Scholar in the least,
I am simply
a woman seeking after God’s own heart and voice and
praying to be a blessing to  
even one other person. 
Maybe that person is you.  J

So, let’s begin today’s verse!
9 And this is my prayer:                  
that your love may abound more and more
in knowledge
and depth of insight, 
10 so that you may be able to discern
what is best
and may be pure and blameless
for the day of Christ, 
11 filled with the fruit of righteousness
that comes through Jesus Christ—
to the glory and praise of God.

And this I pray, that your love may abound more and more [displaying itself in greater depth] in real knowledge and in practical insight, 
10 so that you may learn to recognize and treasure what is excellent [identifying the best, and distinguishing moral differences], and that you may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ [actually living lives that lead others away from sin]; 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God [so that His glory may be both revealed and recognized].

I’m stuck on the word, “abound.”  What does it really mean?  According to Webster’s Online Dictionary, it means,
to be present in large numbers or in great quantity : 
be prevalent

So, Paul is praying for their love to abound “more and more”…..which tells me the Philippians have a great deal of love already.  This thought is confirmed by verses 3-8:
3 I thank my God every time I remember you. 4In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
7It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. 8God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.
Now, from what I know of Paul, he is straight forward kind of guy – he tells it like it is, calls it how he sees it, you know the type. Though I believe this was his nature, this verse tells me God encouraged him to speak without fear. 
So, I believe Paul recognized that the Philippians already had a lot of love in their hearts……..he just wanted it more….well…..deeper.

He wanted it
to have more depth,
to be based on knowledge
and insight. 

As I continue this study tomorrow, I am excited!  Imagine - to have our love based not on emotion alone, but on knowledge and insight!  :)

Dear Friend, 

This is my truth.


  1. Great block - thanks for sharing on Midweek Makers!

    1. Hello There!
      I'm sorry for the late response and posting - I was in Alburquerque for the 2016 Cancer Retreat. Thank you for you kind comment and for hosting Midweek Makers! I plan to be a regular party goer! Thank you!

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