Category Archives: Living the Christian Life
Most of us are familiar with the passages in 1 Corinthians where love is defined. We tend to remember the “Love is Kind” and “Love is Patient” bits. But in this season of my life, I am focused more on vs 7 that talks about the love that endures, hopes and believes. This is the kind of love that makes sacrifices, and doesn’t crumble in the winds of life’s storms. Instead, this is a love that finds an anchor and holds strong because of eternal perspectives. It clings to hope in an amazing God who is bigger than the weaknesses and imperfections of 2 sinners trying to merge into one. This is the kind of love that I am having to hold on to, and the kind of love that I am trying to be faithful to.
This Valentine’s Day marks the last holiday that my family will ever be living under the same roof and experiencing what we consider “normal existence.” In 3 days my husband leaves, to go 7 hours drive away to start a new job and a new life. I will remain with my 2 daughters until the end of the school year and the house can be sold. At that time, I will leave the house I love, the yards I enjoy walking with my husband when there is fair weather, the job and co-workers I have known for the past 18 years, the town I grew up in and the relatives that remain here. My 10 year old daughter will be going with me, but my 21 year old is in college and just recently got engaged. She will be remaining.
To say this is hard would be an understatement. This is a gut wrenching, life turned upside down sacrifice. But it is a love that I must be faithful to. It is a love that trusts God as its foundation. I have to trust that God will help me to give this kind of love and support to my husband.
A love that bears all things….(leaving the comfort of what is familiar, as well as my daughter whom I am very close to)
A love that believes all things…(believes all the things that God’s word promises to those who seek His will)
A love that hopes….(hopes for God to make something beautiful of this sacrifice and to strengthen our marriage even more)
A love that endures all….(I can endure all things through him who gives me strength Phil 4:13)
This Valentine’s Day… I wish you the love of the Father in your heart, and I wish you the kind of love that endures, believes, and hopes even in the midst of life’s trials and challenges.
1 John 4:9 By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.
Through HIM……what an awesome way to live. The little baby in the stable manger brought to us an amazing relationship wih the Father. We can know Him intimately now, and seek His face anew each morning. We can hear him speak into our lives, guiding us, teaching us, transforming our hearts.
When our hearts are channels of God’s love, we can reach out and share the wonder of this gift with others. Far beyond the joy of giving and unwrapping material gifts this Christmas, our hearts should be focused on sharing the gift of His love to a lonely, needy world. Be sure to add to your Christmas list this year……
GIVE THE FOLLOWING GIFTS:
To your enemy . . .forgiveness,
To your opponent . . .tolerance.
To a friend . . . your heart.
To a customer . . . service.
To all men . . .charity.
To every child . . . a good example
To yourself . . .respect
PRAYER FOR YOU: May you remember that God gave us His heart, and he longs for our hearts to reflect this love to others. May you find an abundance of Christmas blessing this season as you allow Him to continue to renew and transform your heart.
Do you wish that you could be part of a study group but you have limited time, or you have a busy schedule that conflicts with local group gatherings?
If so, then an internet study group may be a great place for you to connect and grow in your faith and knowledge.
I have been part of several Bible Study opportunities on the internet, and I have enjoyed them all. The group I have most grown to feel a part of, however is a group called Women In The Word. This group is a ministry of The T2 Women. Please check out their blog and fb page. If you go to the fb page, scroll down until you see the pic above and it will have a link to join Women In The Word. From there scroll down until you see a post that lists the links to the groups. If you would like to join us, you have picked a perfect time. A new study is beginning Sept 8, and this growing group of women is breaking in to smaller, more intimate groups.
I would love for you to join Group C where I am one of the moderators. We are the smallest group so far, with only a few members, but we are looking for God to grow our numbers and in the mean time, we will be enjoying the close ties that can form with small beginnings. If God leads you otherwise, there are also 2 other groups with more established numbers, led by the original founders of the T2 Women. Pray about it and see how God directs you. No matter which group you join, you will be blessed. I know I have been.
The New Study begins Sept 8
Title: Finding Joy
A study of Philippians.
All materials provided.
Hebrews: A Better Blend became available hot off the presses on July 1. I am very honored to be part of the launch team for the 2nd published Bible Study by author Leah Adams. I became acquainted with Leah when I joined her for a Bible Study online which involved her first published work, From The Trash Pile to the Treasure Chest – Creating A Godly Legacy. Leah has a heart for sharing her love for Jesus and how he has transformed her life. She has a gift for involving the reader in an interactive, though provoking and faith building experience.
So let me highlight some of the wonderful delights I found in this Bible Study of Hebrews:
- Sweets Galore!!! There is a coffee and sweets theme that adds some fun for enjoying on your own or as part of an intimate Bible Study group. For each chapter of the 8 week study, Leah has provided a wonderful recipe to enjoy.
- Bite size nuggets of information and discovery. Hebrews is not an easy book of the Bible to read or understand. Leah breaks it down in to manageable components that are easier to comprehend.
- Comparison and blending of the Old and New Testaments. Leah provides explanations of how the Old Tabernacle and Old Covenant with God’s people portrayed God’s plan for the future and pointed toward Jesus as the fulfillment of the old as he ushered in the more superior New Covenant.
- Inspires Faith and Intimacy With God: Leah showcases how much love God showed in sending Jesus as the perfect and final sacrifice so that ultimately intimacy with God could be restored with you and I.
- Interactive and Reflective method of studying God’s word. Leah has provided verses for you to explore, as well as fill in the blank and though provoking questions for you to answer and discuss. She has included places for you to journal about your personal reflections and discoveries.
- Application: Not only does Leah share stories that reveal her own personal applications of the truths found in Hebrews, but she leads you down your own road of seeking God’s will for how to apply these truths so that you can build your faith and trust in God. Her desire is for you to have a better understanding of the foundations of the life-giving relationship that Jesus has provided as the bridge to connect you to a rewarding and intimate daily walk with God.
So, now for the Giveaway! Leah is graciously offering a free copy of her book.
To enter: Help share the news of Leah’s publication. Leave me a comment saying that you made a tweet about the giveaway or shared on other social media sites, and I encourage you to use the hashtags #HeBrews and #byfaithi. I will count 1 entry for each social media site.
Another entry option is to leave a comment on my blog about What inspires your faith and intimacy with God.
IMPORTANT! When you click on the comment box, there will be another box for your email address (not made public), which I will need to contact the winner.
This giveaway will close Sunday, July 13 at 8:00 pm. Winners will be determined by random drawing. The winner will be announced on this same blog site no later than Monday, July 14. Good luck and God bless!
Have you been listening to a voice of discouragement? Has that voice caused you to have doubts, fears, or worries that you didn’t have before? Has that voice dampened your enthusiasm and clarity of purpose? Has that voice distracted you from hearing God’s voice speaking in your life?
I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.-Psalm 16:8
It’s back again: Women Living Well’s Annual Making your Home A Haven for October. This is my favorite annual thing that Courtney does and my kids love it too.
Please check out her site for all the details and join the challenge.
“By wisdom a house is built, & through understanding it is established.”
Week One starts Oct 7. Light a candle in your home daily and when your eye catches the flickering flames, let it remind you to pray for peace to abound in your home. Read the rest of this entry
“If I was the only one I wouldn’t be littler or bigger, would I? I’d be just me, wouldn’t I?”
― Fynn, Mister God, This Is Anna
It’s back to school time, and unfortunately, that also means the return of many children to an unfair world of comparison and peer pressure. For those who are not considered one of the “in crowd” this can be a tough time, and the devil uses such opportunities to bring our children into the bondage of insecurity, and possibly even self-hate. How do we help our children keep the right perspective on their value and keep their God -given potential from being tarnished? Read the rest of this entry
Wisdom is Having A Relationship With Jesus As The Foundation Of Your Faith!
“Being satisfied in God (or anything) always seems easier when all is going well. But when things you love are being stripped out of your hands, then the test is real. If God remains precious in those moments, then his supreme worth shines more brightly. He is most glorified.” — John Piper
My mother used to say, “If nothing bad or difficult ever happened to Christians, then every one would want to be a Christian.”
That resonates within me when I see suffering. God never promised that Christians would always be blessed with prosperity, excellent health, or every prayer magically answered to keep us out of difficulty, hardship or distress. In fact, after Jesus tells the disciples about his departure from this world to go to the Father, he says: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Read the rest of this entry
Do you grow weary with the drama, the ridicule, the manipulations, the plots and slander that plague your life? Do you have people that come against your marriage, your family, your goals and ambitions with the intent of harm and not good?
David had enemies too. In fact, David had to spend a lot of time on the run and hiding because he was pursued with the intent of being killed. Reflect on David’s attitude toward being hounded by the enemy in Psalm 27. Read the rest of this entry
Why Do The Right Thing?
*To Ease Your Conscience?
*To Look Good?
*To Gain Favor?
*To Look Superior?
*To Earn Brownie Points?
*To Get Into Heaven?
How Do You Think God Would View These Reasons?
Let’s Admit: It’s easy to do the right thing when it’s easy to do the right thing…..Right?
And it’s easy to do the right thing when we gain something from it.
But what about when it isn’t easy or isn’t going to help us out? What about if it might even cost us or be hard on us to do? Then what?
Why Do The Right Thing Then? Read the rest of this entry