Bible Study

December 1 2022

Thinking Outside Of The Box: What Is The Hope Jesus Brings Us At Christmas?

Years ago I knew someone who created an alarm clock which imitated the sunrise. Instead of emitting a loud beep, this clock gradually grew brighter until, at the desired wake-up time, light completely filled the room.  This type of innovative, out-of-the-box thinking intrigues me. Sometimes it leads to fun inventions, like the alarm clock. Other…

November 24 2022

Why Do We Engage In The Frustrating Dance Of Gift Reciprocation?

In a panic, I rushed to purchase a sweater from the store where I worked. Even with my employee discount, the sweater cost more than I wanted to spend ~ especially since I had not planned to give a gift to this colleague.  But when my coworker showed up with her gift for me, I…

November 17 2022

How To Keep Your Thanksgiving Holiday From Being Absorbed By Christmas

As I walked through the department store it occurred to me: I am no longer shocked at how quickly Christmas displays pop up. This year, they even began to appear before Halloween. The same is true with the Christmas movies ~ which began as early as October 21st. And as always, I ask: What happened…

November 10 2022

When Do You Need To Remember That God Is Bigger Than Your Heart?

Still groggy, I stumbled into the kitchen and poured myself some coffee. In my determination to finish a project, I decided to work late into the night. Now I suffered the consequences. Sipping my cup of joe, I shook my head at the irony. I’d shortened my hours of sleep so I could  rework an…

October 27 2022

How To Wrestle In Prayer When God Makes Us Wait

Benjamin Franklin claimed only two things in life are certain: death and taxes. But he was wrong. He forgot one: waiting.  According to a recent Timex survey, the average American spends: 38 hours each year waiting in traffic 13 hours per year on hold with customer service 32 minutes waiting to see the doctor  28…

October 20 2022

How Can I Feel Defeated If I Just Had A Victory?

It’s too much, Lord. I can’t take any more. Those bleak words unleashed a cascade of tears. Alone in my room, the disappointments from the day continued to replay in my mind. Over and over I saw them: the health goal I failed to meet; the promising project that stalled; the hurtful words spoken by…

October 13 2022

How Counting Your Days Will Help Make Them Count

Stretching contentedly, I glanced down at the puppy curled next to me. This is bliss. I wish I could stay here a few minutes longer. But my to-do list for the day beckoned for my attention. For many years, lists of endless tasks to complete ruled my life. My drive to achieve often took me to…

October 6 2022

Creating Something New And Fresh From Something Old And Stale

Recently my husband and I shared a meal with friends which featured a freshly-baked French baguette. The first morsel brought back memories of my time in Paris where, for a brief period of time, I lived above a boulangerie (bakery). Each morning my roommates and I would wake up to the sweet aroma of baking…

September 29 2022

Studying God’s Word Lights Our Path To Do Good In This World

As I looked out at the pool, I noticed all three lanes designated for swimming laps had been taken by other people. Approaching the lifeguard, I asked if he could rope off one more lane for me.  “Usually when the lap lanes are full, people just swim in the open pool area,” he responded. “I…

September 22 2022

If I Work This Hard, Shouldn’t I Achieve The Expected Results?

This morning I woke up with hopeful expectations. But now I feel only acute disappointment. I know the pain of trying my best to do what’s right, but not getting the expected results. A few days ago, I wrote these words in my journal. But they express a feeling I’ve experienced often in my life.…