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Diligence – One Word 2022

I love those who love Me,
and those who seek Me diligently find Me.
Proverbs 8:17

שָׁחַר

šāḥar

to seek, seek early or earnestly, look early or diligently for

This verse in several other versions:

CSB – “I love those who love me, and those who search for me find me.”

NLT – “I love all who love me.
Those who search will surely find me.

KJV –  I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.

God is so wonderful and amazing…wonderfully amazing!! During this past month, since I last wrote on “diligence,” I began the Community Bible Study (similar to Bible Study Fellowship, I believe) via Zoom with a group of women…local to my new place of residence. I contacted them just to find out about them and the study for next year, 2022-23. I did not want to join the current study midstream. But God had another plan: the current study is on and around ‘suffering’ using five different Books of the Bible. They had just begun 1 and 2 Peter with Colossians yet to go, having missed James and Job already. I would be more than welcome to start midstream, I was told. I could join the whole group plus any small group, and that they have one online. So I did…joined three weeks ago.

Last month on OneWord2022 I shared the Scriptures (from 2 Peter) that I am using for the base of this 2022’s study and direction for ‘diligence.’ AND…we have just begun 2 Peter in Community Bible Study. I love this dovetailing Craftsman that is our God. In His wisdom He knows just where I must go in order to be on the path He has set for me.

For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins.

Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:8-11

Walking in diligence is to follow all that God has for me. It is so desirable by me because I do not want to fall or become ineffective or unfruitful. I do not want to stumble. I do not want to be turned to the right or to the left. I want only that which my God desires of me. But I must seek His face and not be blinded by that which is of the world. Satan is so ready to pounce:

Be sober and alert. Your enemy the devil, like a roaring lion, is on the prowl looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8

Those qualities that I am to pursue are:

For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. 1 Peter 1: 5-7

Diligence is a rhythm that I am learning more this year than in many, maybe any. I am being diligent about posting twice a week on Being Woven, and reading the Bible each and every day. I am following Patsy Burnette’s “Sweeter Than Honey, A 365-Day Devotional Journey.” I find that the routine is giving me such strength in this desire of diligence. I press on toward the goal:

Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me His own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:12-14

God knows I may fall but that is not my wish. I also know He will pull me up and set me back on the path should I fall, should I lose my way and become unfruitful and ineffective. I will seek Him and not run away which is a reaction I am very capable of doing…maybe not running physically these days, but my heart and mind still can for they have, and taken me with!! I truly do NOT want that.

Lord, please protect me from the temptation of the evil one.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11

Father God, thank You for loving me and providing this Scripture from Jeremiah just now for You show me that You have the reins. I trust you with all of my being. Continue to guide me and guard me on the path of diligence. Please show me how to seek Your face in all I am and all I do. I pray for Your protection of all that satan would rather I be doing or being. Hold me near as I draw near to You, my Lord. I love You and pray all of this in the Name of Jesus, Your Son. Amen.

Diligence One Word 2022: photo at Pixabay; graphics added by me @ Pixlr photo editor

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One Word 2022: photo at Pixabay; graphics added by me @ Pixlr photo editor

19 thoughts on “Diligence – One Word 2022

  1. Linda, I’m so encouraged to read that you’ve found a Community Bible Study this late in the year AND that what the group is studying lines up so well with your own personal focus. I remember being really lonely when we moved to Kansas and joining a MOPS group in March when their year was almost over! God used that group to bring wonderful friends into my life and I pray the same for you. ❤️

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  2. I’m so glad you have found an online study group to participate in. Fellowship and communication with others is so important for me to remain diligent – as I’m finding our small group to be a great support!

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  3. How amazing that your personal study and the group study have dovetailed so beautifully. Thank you for sharing all of this as it is encouraging for us all to remain diligent. A diligent walk and relationship with God and His Word is the way we are kept from falling. Such a good post for us all. Blessings!

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  4. I did CBS for quite a few years (not this year, though) – in an effort to connect more with my community because I was having a tendency to become a hermit. It was exactly what I needed – the structure, the message, the community. I love this wordsmithing: dovetailing Craftsman – what a beautiful word for what our Father does for our lives in the big and little things. I am also glad you are writing twice a week! YEAH! I think God has a beautiful 2022 planned for you! Love you dear friend – Maryleigh

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  5. Wonderful reminder on spiritual diligence and it got me thinking. I started playing violin during the pandemic and it was very difficult. It’s diligence that keeps me going, and I can glimpse it as a universal principle. Thanks.

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    1. I love music as it is so soothing even when it’s hard.
      I no longer have my instruments to “try” to play but I can listen. There is a “Daddy-Daughter Duo” that began singing to spread “hope and joy” during this pandemic. They are just special for me. If you want to listen, they are “Mat and Savannah Shaw.” Their voices have grown since March 2020 when they began. If you check them out, be sure and read or probably listen to their story of starting this journey together. 3/2020.
      All that to say thanks for coming by.

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