For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
Hi everyone. It’s been a busy few weeks. I haven’t had near the amount of time that I’d like to post more often, but here it goes.
I would like to start sharing some life experiences and things I’ve learned from them. Today I will talk about Bible quizzing.
When I was sixteen years old, I started dating a boy who went to the Nazarene church in my town. Because he went there, I went there. My two best friends attended this church as well. Through them, I was introduced to teen Bible quizzing. The Bible quiz is made up of teams competing against each other in answering different types of questions from God’s Word. The better the teams and players did in tournaments, the more places they could travel to compete.
I met so many wonderful people through this experience who were joyous and caring. One woman in particular holds a special place in my heart. She was my quiz coach and a dear friend. She showed such love for her quizzers. Her name was Carol Taylor. A few years ago, she went on to meet Jesus in heaven and many people miss her dearly. She was an encouragement and the verse she would have us quote before a tournament was Philippians 4:13.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
That scripture blessed my heart and I think of Carol to this day when I hear it.
Bible quizzing helped me to set goals. I studied hard, memorized thousands of scriptures, and I don’t regret a bit of it. Bible quizzing truly helped me to hide God’s Word in my heart, and that is the best thing I was given in my teen years. Travel was also an added bonus. I traveled to many towns in Ohio, and I even enjoyed two amazing quiz trips far away. One was to Nampa, Idaho. The other was to Orlando, Florida. These were blessed times full of fun, laughter, Bible study, and prayer. Our church van even broke down for a week in the middle of Wyoming on the way home in 2008. I sure was homesick, but I saw some gorgeous sights that the wild wild west had to offer. My loving daddy knew I was homesick, so after a week as we drove home, daddy met us halfway in Iowa. I was so happy to see mommy and daddy that day. Daddy loved me so, and my mother is such a loving woman as well. By the end of that trip, I was ready to kiss the Ohio soil when I returned home. It was an adventure.
If Bible quizzing is offered in your church, consider it for yourself or your children. If it’s not a thing at your church, ask God’s guidance in starting a quizzing program. I promise you won’t regret minute of it. God is so good!
I mentioned my two best friend earlier in this post that went to the Nazarene church. Please pray for them. They have strayed away from the church and are living worldly lives. I love them so much and want them to know God for who He is. Pray that God will show them Himself and show them the error of their ways.
I going to Florida tomorrow for vacation, so please keep me and my loved ones in your prayers as we travel.
God bless you all!