• Scripture Memory Challenge 2019 Verse 2

    It’s the middle of February already, which means it’s time for our second Scripture Memory Challenge verse for 2019! In case you are new here, we are reNEWing our minds throughout 2019 by memorizing 12 Bible verses – you can find the original post  here – it’s never too late to join in! The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and write words of truth accurately. Delightful Sayings My verse for February is . As a writer, I just love this verse! It sums up a huge part of why I write. The original word translated here as teacher (or preacher) also means collector of sentences. How cool is that! In context, it…

  • Scripture Memory Challenge 2019 Verse 1

    At the beginning of 2019, I issued a challenge for you to join me in reNEWing our minds throughout 2019 by memorizing 12 Bible verses. So it’s time to get started! If you want to read the original post you can find it here. My verse for January is  On the day I called to You, You answered me. You made me strong and brave.   I Call – He Answers I love the idea of my strength and bravery coming from God, don’t you? It really takes the pressure off, whew! I mean, it is not my responsibility then, right? Well, maybe a little. God does require my cooperation. He answers…

  • My 2019 One Word The Power of One Simple Word

    I'm being won over by minimalists. The need to create order from the inevitable daily chaos. An internal desire placed in my soul by my Creator God. This is the appeal of minimalism. Cutting away the unnecessary to discover the important. Finding what truly matters. In order to make an eternal impact through the years I've been entrusted with on this planet. This is my drive behind one word.

  • Shunning Santa Is it justified?

    Poor Santa. He’s just trying to do his job. But he's acquired quite a reputation. From sneaking into homes, to kissing moms under the mistletoe, he’s a popular guy. His biggest accusation yet involves stealing the Christmastime spotlight from a Baby Boy. As a result, many families have directed their attention from Santa toward this Baby called Jesus. Is this shunning of Santa justified?

  • Oh How I Love Learning Pursuit of Knowledge

    I have been known to say (more than once), if I could afford it I would be a professional student. I love learning. I desire to know things, to make sense of things, to figure it all out. But trying to figure it all out, all of the time, is exhausting. Call to me and I will answer you. I’ll tell you marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own. Jeremiah 33:3 (MSG)   Blinded and Blindsided It was an early morning. I was spending time in God’s Word before leaving for class (I was in the midst of yet another educational pursuit). I read this…

  • Online Bible Study Tools My Favorite Five

    Today I am continuing My Fave Fives by sharing my five favorite online resources for Bible study. Once again, I’m not a theologian. I am simply seeking to know God more richly through deeper study of His Word. Dig into each of these sites. Loads of information is available including daily Bible verses, devotionals, Bible reading plans, teaching videos, blogs, pastor resources … too much to list! Most importantly, dig into God’s Word. Whether online or in the physical pages of Scripture. His Word has eternal impact! Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of…