Friday, August 1, 2014

Milking Stool Ministry: John 14 & 15

I'm hoping that wasn't too overwhelming. I realized post record that there was a lot of material sort of shoved in there to be consumed.

As always, here are my notes for you. We're going to stick with the same pattern of splitting out two verses from the text and focusing on the keywords and ideas that convict us. 
In approaching this week's notes, I'd encourage you to notice words or phrases that happen over and over again in the text similar to the way " I am..", "I will..." "If you...", and "I have..." appeared in th two chapters from last week.
Sometimes those little phrases can go seemingly undetected, but they are important to underlining who Christ has been saying he is throughout the book of John. It's amazing to see the way repetition of just a few words can leave such an amazing impression not only on our hearts, but on the hearts of the disciples as well.
I've been spending a lot of time thinking about what it would have been like to be one of Christ's disciples in those last few bits of time with him. As he's speaking cryptically about where he's going, the way what he's started will continue through them, how he's leaving but they won't be left. I wonder how confused I'd be, how nervous all the messages would leave me, what the others would be doing in reaction. And, I'm in awe that we get to share in those moments because of the bible. 

The verse of the week for you: 
"I have told you this so that my joy may be in you,
and that your joy may be complete."
- John 15:11

My prayer is that we all feel complete in Him this week regardless of what feels lacking or lesser or missing. May we rest in the knowledge that He completes us fully and whole-y. 

Encouragement by the links for you: 

Yes, this is a Christmas carol. But, it's so powerful right now and always. (Sarah Reeves & Pentatonix)

Grace on grace on grace. This book changed my heart. (Anne Lamott

We're daughters. Of His. And He'd want us to know these things too. (A Mama Collective

Also, where to go from here? Are ya'll loving this? If so, now what? 
What are you interested in for the future of the milking stool? 


  1. A Proverb 31 women study maybe?

  2. Okay, so I just kind of found your blog and am loving it! I wish I would have known about this milking stool ministry thing earlier - my friends and I are doing a Bible study on the book of John right now, so this is perfect! Is God the best, or what? We've been surprised by how complex John is and have been really getting into it. Can't wait to see more of this!

  3. This is my first time listening to this study but such a great reminder for this Friday! I will be back!

  4. I'm coming back soon! Thankful for your faithful heart!

  5. Welcome Noelle! :) So thankful to have you around! :)

  6. YES. He is so good... And somehow reading John has been eye-opening... The way it was written just speaks RIGHT TO ME. I feel so invigorated in the beauty and goodness that was Jesus' life and love and faith. Oh my soul. :)


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