Hey there! Did Ya Miss Me?

Whew! It’s been a while since I have had time to get over here and post. Have you missed me? I have been traveling (That’s what girls on adventure do. Lol!), making a home in Oklahoma, and even doing a little writing. Over the past few weeks, I have been reformatting the Legacy: Living NOW for Future Generations devotional study journal that I co-wrote with some other wonderful teachers. I am extremely proud of the work we have done with the hope it will help many make the most of their personal Bible study time or even use in their small groups. I am excited for you to see its new form. It will be available by the end of June on Amazon. You’ll hear more very soon.

But in the meantime, I hope you will take look at another Bible study I had the joy and privilege to be involved with. Heart Renovation: A Construction Guide to Godly Character, Lighthouse Bible Studies, will be available for purchase on Amazon June 21st. You can also find it on the Lighthouse Bible Studies site for pre-order right now.

This Bible study compilation is a construction guide to building godly character and overcoming the hidden problems that sabotage it. It explores how God works in our lives and gives us the wisdom to handle such real-life issues as unwanted change, grief, loneliness, financial debt, and difficult people. It shares God’s blueprints for a renovated heart by looking at Jesus’ character, godly people in the Bible, the Fruit of the Spirit, and the Beatitudes. It also discusses how to help our children grow in godly character. And if you want to use it in a small group setting there is a leader guide included. You’ll find me in the section about Hidden Problems.

Heart Reno Cover

So, you see things are happening. Just stay tuned, I have some posts coming up. You can also check out my food blog, The Party’s in the Kitchen. Or you can find me at the usual places—Life Letter Café, SoCal Christian Voice, or Broken but Priceless Magazine.  I am also starting work on a cookbook that will be out in October and another devotional study journal for the spring.

Thank you for hanging in there with me. Your presence and support here make it all worthwhile.

 

 

Pull Up a Chair. Let’s Eat!

Let's Eat!A couple years ago, I was approached by a woman from our summer Bible study who complimented for my knowledge of the Scriptures. She had been encouraged by something I had said which in turn had made her think about God’s word all week. This was a happy dance moment for me because I love to promote God’s word in women’s lives, but she also admitted feeling a bit intimidated by me and the wisdom I possessed. The last thing I want to be is intimidating, so I revealed to her, and now, to you, that this wisdom/knowledge thing has not always been prevalent in my life.

For most of my adulthood I have lived as a nominal Christian. I guess you can say I just snacked on God from time to time. I attended church services but did not read the Bible outside of filling a few blanks in a study booklet. But about ten years ago, something changed. I joined a Bible study and decided to really take on studying the portion of Scripture put in front of me. As I worked through the passages, God revealed himself to me in such a way I never wanted to let go. It created a hunger for something substantial in regards to God. I wanted to know Him more, and I knew the way to do that was not by hearing what others had to say about Him. I needed to discover Him, His ways, His thoughts and His desires for myself through His word. Our relationship became personal as I was getting to know Him first hand. I loved every minute of it.

So, as they say, “The rest is history.” I continue to seek His wisdom through His word, and I get so filled up I just have to share it with others. I can’t help myself, but I am not wise outside of His influence.  I say all this because it’s attainable in everyone’s life. I am no one special. Anyone who wants to have more knowledge about God needs only to jump in and get started exploring the Scriptures for themselves. I guarantee you will never want to go back to the mediocre life of just knowing what others tell you about him. You will want to get to know God for yourself in a way that makes Him real and your relationship with Him meaningful.

Am I perfect when it comes to daily studying the word? Hardly. I am like everyone else. I struggle to find time, I get distracted by life and its drama, and sometimes I just can’t seem to find the motivation. I have days, sometimes several in a row, when I don’t open the Word, but I can always tell when I have been away too long. I get cranky and critical. I begin to feel shaky and weak. Sounds a bit like hunger and low blood sugar don’t ya think? When I have these physical symptoms, that’s when I know I need to sit down and have something to eat. So too, when these symptoms are spiritual. I need a hearty portion of the Scriptures.

In the Old Testament there is in an exchange between God and Ezekiel as Ezekiel prepares for his mission. In The Message it reads like this–

 “He told me, ‘Son of man, eat what you see. Eat this book. Then go and speak to the family of Israel.’ As I opened my mouth, he gave me the scroll to eat, saying, ‘Son of man, eat this book that I am giving you.

Make a full meal of it!’

So I ate it. It tasted so good—just like honey.”

Ezekiel 3:1-3

I love it! Eat My words. Linger over them for they are pleasant, and they keep you coming back for more. These instructions are good advice to us as well, especially when it’s been awhile since our last meal on the Scriptures. It’s just the thing to put us back on track feeling strong and energized. So pull up a chair, settle in and begin to feast on the best thing you will eat. And you sure can’t beat the company.

 “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” 

Revelation 3:20