I feel as though I stand on a precipice and I am about to jump into a very deep pool. It is foggy, murky, and definitely unknown. I feel myself stretching out, feeling for something to grasp onto before I jump into the water. I create a plan for jumping in, gather up my courage, and then second-guess myself, and run away from the edge.
Practically, in my head, I know others have done this before. I can see plenty of others in the distant water, splashing and having fun – thriving in this foreign environment. I see they somehow jumped from the place where I now sit perched and survived the fall and the crash into the water. And yet…
I still haven’t jumped in.
This is how I feel as my oldest starts school later this month.
Have you ever noticed there are specific places for you to do almost everything in your home? Typically we have a place where we eat meals with the family and a place we sit and pay the bills. We have a place we sleep, a place where we fold clothes (we still do that, right?), a place where our kids play? We even have a place where we sit to be entertained. But have you set aside a place for Bible study?
We have been working our way through a series together designed to encourage you to create your own lifelong habit of daily devoted time in God’s Word. First we established you DO have time for Bible study. Then we talked about the “Yes” and the “No” of Bible study. Today, I am going to talk about where you will do Bible study. Continue Reading
You DO have time for Bible study. I talked about that in this series already (Go back and read it here if you missed it). But there are some things that need to be in place in order to create the habit of daily Bible study or devotion to God: a plan, a purpose, prayer, and perseverance. Today, I am talking more about how to create a plan for Bible study and how to set that plan in motion.
You may think when I say “plan” I am referring to picking the right Bible study for you. But a plan for devotion actually starts before you decide what you are going to study. A plan is the how of getting Bible study done. It is the logistics of fitting Bible study into your busy day.
Today we are going to look at a hospitable homemaker who wanted to spend time with Jesus, who wanted to serve him; but she had her priorities a little messed up. It is a familiar passage – a little too familiar. As we revisit it, I hope the Holy Spirit will show you what Jesus had to say to this woman and how it affects you, too! Continue Reading
You may have read my initial post on the decision-making process we are currently going through to determine if we are going to traditionally school or home school our oldest child. As I stated in that post, this topic and thought process runs deep and there are many things to consider. So here is the next thing I have in mind as I make the decision to home school or to send our daughter to traditional school: In many ways homeschooling is not an option. We are our children’s first (and I would argue, primary) teachers whether we recognize it or not.
My kids are watching me. Every day they are watching me.
I can choose to think this is creepy (and I do), but I cannot change it.
They are observing how I behave, what I say, how I interact with other people, how I spend my time. And they are creating their perspective of the world and how it works based on my behavior. They are doing it with my husband, too. So they are already learning in the school of life that we established the moment we brought them into our home.
Thus My husband and I are, by default, our kids first teachers. Continue Reading
I was over at a fellow mama’s house the other day. We have very similar families (eerily similar families). She is a wonderful mama to her kids and loves her husband just like she did when they got married. We have similar outlooks on lots of parenting questions. We both love the Lord. Truly, we are incredibly similar. And yet, as I was stepping out the door to leave, she said something to me I certainly didn’t agree with.
We were talking about Bible study. And she said she really loves to do Bible study and loves being involved in a good study with others, but she really doesn’t have the time to do a study at this season in her life.
It made me stop short. And I didn’t have anything to say for a moment.
Honestly, it is really hard to say these things, but these are the things I wish I had said in that moment.
Nobody does. And…
As I continued to think about this, I realized devotion to real Bible studies (not bite-sized “inspirations”, not Facebook-liking some Bible quote) is getting more and more rare in the business of our lives. We have Bible study on our list of to-dos, but it is at the bottom, almost an afterthought. We have convinced ourselves there is a season in which we will have the time to sit at the feet of Jesus and soak up the goodness of His words. And what’s more, we have convinced ourselves this season (whatever season we are in) is not it. Continue Reading
I am almost breathless from what I dug out of the Scriptures this week. So much so that I feel I have to get it down and share it with someone as quick as possible because it is just that GOOD!
I am doing a long form word study on the word in the New Testament translated, “concerned.” And in the process I have found it necessary to do a word study on “worry.” In addition to learning about being Biblically concerned about others, I wanted to know what Jesus says about worry.
In the process of doing this word study on “worry/worrying,” I have come across yet another reason to see Jesus as the ultimate wordsmith and more confirmation that God is intentional about the words he uses when writing His Word – down to the very smallest details. Continue Reading