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I'm a redeemed child of God and the momma to four vivacious daughters. I'm passionate about finding hidden blessings in the trials of life, living it out in an honest and open way, while encouraging those around me to believe in better.

17 May

life-giving truth & accountability

For the last two and a half … or is it more like three years{?}, I’ve joined a group of beautiful ladies each morning. Beautiful women who desire to bury God’s Word and truths deep into their hearts.

We rise early. In jammies. Grab coffee. Bibles. Notebooks. Highlighters and pens.

We pray.

We study.

We absorb.

Then we grab our computers and share with each other what life-giving truth we glean each morning.

Via email.

‘Cuz we live as far apart as South Dakota to Florida!

I’ve found it’s so important to have an accountability partner, or group to keep me in the Word each day. I know when I step away from my study … even for a few days, or weeks {ahem}, it begins to show in my attitude and character.

But having someone to check in with, to pray with, to learn and grow with … it keeps me accountable for being in the Word of God.

And as awesome as it is to have this accountability group of amazing women … even more {yes more!} awesomeness abounds when a larger “umbrella” group is found that encourages women to gather and hold each other up in the Word.

There are two of those groups I’d like to recommend; the first is Good Morning Girls and the second is Hello Mornings Challenge.

Both are basically groups of women that put together different studies, set a time frame to complete them {usually 12 weeks}, and encourage women to sign up and join in!

With either of these groups, you can join in the study they’ve picked out, or you can do your own study, but just chime in on the accountability part of it.

I participate in both Good Morning Girls and Hello Mornings … they’re different for different reasons, and I enjoy them both. I really encourage you to take a few minutes and explore each of them.

Right now with Hello Mornings, we’re doing a study called, “Love Like Him … Learn to Love Like Jesus.” We’re studying through 1 Corinthians 13 … and I think I’m even going to memorize it!

Anyway … I feel like I’m rambling. My purpose is just to encourage you to be sure you’re spending time in God’s Word … in His life-giving truth. And to encourage you to grab a friend {or two} and think about joining in one of the challenges above. If you decide not to join an organized study, at least grab a friend and make a commitment to be accountable to each other for being in God’s Word every day.

I promise … time in His Word is one thing you’ll never regret!


Posted in bible, bible study, encouragement


13 May

happy mother’s day!

{Dear Mothers}

Be completely humble and gentle, be patient, bearing with {your children} in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace …

Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

{Because dear mothers} it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose. {So mothers} do everything without complaining or arguing so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe.

~ Ephesians 4:2-3, Ephesians 5:1-2 & Philippians 2:13-15

{A dear friend wanted me to be encouraged this Mother’s Day and sent these words along with a handmade necklace. Thank you Jess, you have definitely encouraged me!}

Happy Mother’s Day dear friends! Praying you are spoiled & blessed!


Posted in bible, holiday, parenting


12 Apr

the red words! {repost}

Place these words on your hearts.
Get them deep inside you.
Tie them on your hands and foreheads as a reminder.
Teach them to your children.
Talk about them wherever you are,
sitting at home or walking in the street;
talk about them from the time you get up in the
morning until you fall into bed at night.

Deuteronomy 11:18-19 {The Message}

Hunter was with me in the church bookstore last Wednesday night, when she fell in love with a bible and begged asked to have it.  As you can see in the photo I gave in bought it for her.  But seriously, can you really turn your child down when they’re asking for a bible?

Anyway.

She proceeded to walk around church for the next 20 minutes “reading” her new bible.  And when she so-very-excitedly told me she “found the red words!” my heart went to mush.  I asked if she knew what the red words were and she replied “they’re God’s words.”  The red words in the bible are indeed the words that Jesus spoke while on earth.  Be-still-my-heart.

Sometimes I so worry that I’m not sharing enough, I’m not being intentional enough, we’re not in scripture enough, we’re not doing devotions enough, I’m not teaching enough.  Do you ever feel the same?

And then they surprise you with something you had no idea they understood … “the red words.”

Recently, we had a long drive in the car and the girls brought Apples to Apples {bible edition} along.  The girls would get to bigger words “prodigal, martyr, obedience” and they’d ask me questions about them.  We talked about the Red Sea, Passover and the story of the Prodigal Son … I was amazed as I would start to tell the story or meaning, they’d excitedly take over and finish the story.

All this to say, if we can stay steadfast in our teachings and talkings and bringing them to church … these words, stories and their meanings will grow deep into the hearts of our children.  And then into their children’s children …


Posted in bible, hunter, parenting, repost


22 Mar

focused15 :: intentional bible studies

I’m excited to share this resource with you today! Be sure to watch the video below for my specific thoughts … but I’d like to quickly mention … for anyone looking to not only dive deeper into God’s Word, but also have a focused Bible study … this is the one for you!

From the author:

You may be thinking you don’t have time to dig into the Bible the way you want to—or the way you think you should. You may think that a deep study of scripture is only for the pastor, the seminary student, or the uber-spiritual.

You’re wrong—the “ordinary” Christian can learn to to study the Bible on his own.

The every-day believer can train her eye to discover the life-changing truths held in scripture.

You can dig into the Bible and find truths for yourself-all it takes is fifteen focused minutes.

In Focused15, I’ll show you how to look at scripture through a different lens each day. We’ll use tools already at our fingertips, with methods proven through history, with a structure that is easy to follow…

…all in fifteen minutes day.

If you are ready to take your personal Bible study to the next level, but not sure how, Focused15 is for you.

Trust me! I know you’ll love it! Focus15 is available for Kindle and Nook and you can purchase the PDF download from the Focused15 website. Let me know what you think …

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Posted in bible, bible study, movie, resources


19 Mar

i’m not okay with that!

I’ll be honest, I was a bit leery speaking out about this … “this” being Bible poverty. Bible? Poverty? It didn’t make sense to me. There are millions of people without food, water, homes, clothes, education … isn’t that poverty? I couldn’t wrap my head around the meaning of Bible poverty.

So I decided to dig a little deeper …

Bible poverty is a big deal! And I want to do something about it. Not only have I committed to having five verses translated each month, but I’ve also signed up with the OneVerse blogging team to help spread awareness to end Bible poverty.

What does it take to translate the Bible? There are six steps:

  1. First draft: translators analyze what a passage says and produce a first draft.
  2. Team Check: translators check each verse for accuracy and clarity.
  3. Community Testing: translators share drafted Scripture with community members to test how well it communicates.
  4. Back Translation: translators translate the draft “back” into a major language for a non-native consultant.
  5. Consultant Check: a consultant checks the translation with the team to make sure expected standards are met.
  6. Proofread: translators rigorously proofread the final draft for errors before publication.

Here’s a note we received from one of the translators:

“They are very happy now days reading their language. This is how the Word of God
works in them. Let all of us enjoy the good work, for serving the people.

There are some churches who are reading it aloud.  Many Vidunda people have
received copies of the portions of Mark and John and are using it.
Even school children are happy to receive copies because
they have been given out at some schools.”

I think about some of my favorite scriptures. The scriptures my girls memorize each week. Their yearly verses. Their life verses. The promises of God’s Word that I can share with them when they’re worried, anxious, fearful, or upset.

I can look up a scripture on my computer, my phone, my ipad, or the 15-plus Bibles I have at home. My girls get a piece of candy at Sunday school when they bring their Bibles into church.

Yet millions … millions of people … children and adults alike … don’t have access to a single verse!

People are dying each day without Jesus and the promises of God’s Word. But you have the power to change that! For just $26/month you can sponsor the translation of a verse. You’ll even get a monthly notice of which verse you helped translate.

Can I ask you to pray about this? Talk it over with your family … your spouses, your children. Let God stir your hearts for these people. Don’t you believe everyone has a right to read God’s Word?

Support Bible Translation - Become a OneVerse Partner Today I’m linking up with this incredible community of OneVerse bloggers committed to spreading awareness of the millions of people in the world without a Bible in their language … because we are not okay with that!


Posted in bible, oneverse