some say it better

I’ve realized I love, absolutely love, words. I love what words mean, I love how they are used, how they can really affect everything. One word can change everything. One word can add or take away the value of something. This past week, I have been teaching my students about linking verbs, adjectives, and adverbs. It’s interesting how some of them remember from previous years and it is a basic review. Other students have no clue what an adverb is, no matter how much I try. For me, as I explain it, the words become alive on the paper and reveal so much about what is trying to be communicated. As I was trying to explain the difference between linking verbs and action verbs, I kept reminding them that action verbs are when you are actually doing action, and linking verbs just connect and have NO action.

This past Sunday our teaching pastor, Gib, gave a clear description of Atonement Day in Leviticus. He gave really basic outlines, explaining 4 verb/verb phrases behind Atonement.
1) to propitiate: bring peace, takes away wrath.
2) to cover: removes shame
3) to ransom: sets captives free- “There is now therefore no condemnation…”-Romans 8:1
4) to wipe away: makes clean. Sin stains us, makes us feel dirty…atonement cleanses.

The more he explained what those verbs meant in relation to God’s grace, I was overwhelmed with gratitude and understanding in a new way. God is not passive; He does not simply watch. He is active and moving.  As I was teaching one of my students the difference between linking/action verbs, it started to hit me about how active God is. I never understood what “propitiation” meant, but seeing it in it’s verb form, “to propitiate”, it became alive. I’m thankful Gib is teaching through Leviticus and showing the activity that occurs. Leviticus always gets the shaft when it comes to Bible reading, and I too admit it can be painful at times. I spent my senior year of college studying the Old Testament, and even took a class on the Pentateuch. I was the only girl out of 4 other boys, and we each had to present one of the 5 books. I was put with Leviticus. I have to tell you, that book makes you want Jesus really bad.

Now I find myself seeing adverbs everywhere, and it does make scripture come to life more. I’m doing a study on the names of the Lord, and this morning was El Shaddai, the “All-Sufficient One”. The reading brought me to the verse, which is one of my absolute favorites, and again I was convicted…

“And He has said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.”
2 Corinthians 12:9-10

The part where he says “Most gladly” is what stuck out to me today. Gladly. Gladly I will boast about my weaknesses. Adverbs tell us how we do something. How does he boast about his weaknesses? Gladly.

I do not.

I also have to include these in my post, whether anyone reads these or it’s just for myself, here are 3 blog posts I sincerely enjoyed and gave me a lot to think about.

1) Shauna’s blog about Lent. Lent is one of my favorite, favorite times of the year…mainly because Easter is my favorite holiday. I too secretly wish I was Catholic sometimes.
http://www.shaunaniequist.com/blog/2011/3/9/lent.html

2) Passionate Homemaking blog- this was convicting to read this morning.
http://www.passionatehomemaking.com/2011/03/finding-your-identity-in-christ.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+PassionateHomemaking+%28Passionate+Homemaking%29

3) The Acuffs…this couple has been a great impact in my life through the years, even when I don’t always see them. The way they live their lives is a challenge to Bobby and me. I was very encouraged by this, and appreciated them being completely open to the Lord and obedient to what He has called them specifically. They are also amazing marriage counselors.
http://theacufffamily.blogspot.com/2011/03/why-we-live-in-burbs.html

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