Bible Study

February 13 2020

Responding with Righteousness to Unmet Expectations

Recently, my husband asked me to clarify my expectations for Valentine’s Day.  Expectations can be tricky. We learned early in our marriage how unmet expectations lead to frustration. Every. Single. Time.  Married couples do not corner the market on unmet expectations. These types of frustration play out in a myriad of scenarios across a variety…

January 30 2020

New Day, New Mercies, New Hope

Imagine if we treated each new dawn of each new day with the same reverence and joy as we do each new year.– Angie Lynn When I taught in an elementary classroom, I used a Clip Chart (created by Rick Morris) as an integral part of our classroom management. Every morning, I clipped each student’s…

January 16 2020

New Wine, New Wineskins

Our dilemma is that we hate change and love it at the same time; what we really want is for things to remain the same but get better. –Sydney J. Harris Sighing, I bit back a heated response. Glancing around the room, I saw my own frustration mirrored in the faces of my colleagues. Our…

January 9 2020

New Year, New Beginnings

The best time for new beginnings is now. – Unknown The beginning of a new year always creates the perfect backdrop for new beginnings. During the first few days of 2020, posts depicting new year resolutions or single-word targets flooded social media. I joined in the flurry when I published my last blog post.  But…

December 12 2019

Jesus: Discerning Arbitrator

Discernment is not knowing the difference between right and wrong. It is knowing the difference between right and almost right. -Charles Spurgeon. Recently a colleague pulled me into a sticky situation. Claiming she needed to “clarify a misconception”, she asked me to explain a policy to other coworkers. Wanting to be helpful, I did as…

December 5 2019

Jesus: Loving Savior

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”- Lao Tzu   Even though I did not grow up in the church, I often heard Jesus referred to as the Savior of the World. The title meant very little to me then. But as I continued to read through…

November 30 2019

Jesus: Celebrator of Life

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate. – Oprah Winfrey     ‘Tis the season to celebrate. Cookie and Ornament Exchanges, Ugly Sweater Soirees, Secret Santa Gifts, Office Potlucks, Caroling Outings, Tree-trimming Parties, Family Get-Togethers, Christmas Movie Marathons… the list goes on and on…   Personally, I love all…

November 24 2019

Jesus: Rabbi (Teacher)

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.- Henry B. Adams Before truly studying the Bible, I believed Jesus to be one of those enviable people who possess charisma in abundance. He just had to say the words “Follow me” and the disciples did so, leaving behind their careers and families. …

November 14 2019

Jesus: Sovereign Creator

I love Christmas. I love it because somewhere someone will ask the Christmas questions: What’s the big deal about the baby in the manger? Who was he? What does his birth have to do with me?-Max Lucado Recently, I began studying Because of Bethlehem by Max Lucado with Proverbs 31 Ministries. The words quoted above…

August 31 2019

Transparency

 Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable. Be honest and transparent anyway.– Mother Teresa Recent events led me to recall one of my heroes in the Bible. Known simply as a man with a shriveled hand, his story appears in three of the gospels. When Jesus met this man in the synagogue on the Sabbath, critical…