Reminders for Studying the Word of God

Tonight at church one of my Pastors taught on the spiritual discipline of Bible study. I thought it was a good way to begin this new online study! He had some great reminders, so I wanted to pass them along to you.

1. Listen to the Word of God – Be sure that you are going to a Bible believing church with a pastor who is not afraid to preach the Truth. And then…make sure you attend regularly! God wants us to be around other believers for many reasons, but He wants us to gather together in worship to hear His called Shepherds teach His word. In conjunction with corporate worship, there are so many other ways to get good preaching to your ears. Radio, podcasts, Youtube, and TV. We are without excuse to hear to Word of the Lord. For some GREAT FREE podcasts, click HERE for the ones I listen to. (Scroll to the end of the page.) Continue reading

Awana Service Project – Operation Christmas Child

I’m so proud of the Awana kids at my church!! We have done Samaritan’s Purse – Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes for two years now. Last year the kids gave 52 shoeboxes. This year the kids brought in 96!!! Isn’t that amazing?

And this picture doesn’t show them all.

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4 Characteristics of Criticism

God is good at what He does. He trains, rebukes, and teaches in love; and pulls me along side Himself as He shows me the conduct He wants to grow in my life. Lately He has been teaching me about humility. It hasn’t been pretty. I’ve done a lot of soul searching and wrestling with God. I’ve questioned. I’ve given excuse after excuse. But this is what it comes down to:

He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? ~ Micah 6:8

There it is in black and white. It is required of me to walk humbly with my God. Continue reading

A Way to Memorize Scripture

I try to memorize scripture. I’m not great at it. Memorizing ANYTHING is hard for me. I can remember back to my old days of piano competition and my struggle to memorize piano music. It seemed to take F.O.R.E.V.E.R. to memorize the music. And even these days, I have a hard time memorizing phone numbers. It’s just something that is hard for me. I think this is one reason why I push scripture memory work at my kids because they are SO good at it! Perhaps it’s because they have a fresh brain, I don’t know.

But I try to memorize scripture. I’ll go through phases of doing well and then dry times of not doing much. I’m inconsistent and I want to do better with it. Continue reading

My Silly Family

A few weekends back we had an extremely busy weekend. Daddy went to a youth lock-in at church and the next morning I was go to up there and paint some Sunday School classrooms. So my husband came home around 8:00am and I took off leaving the kids with him. Evidently he got an hour of sleep before they woke up.

When I got home that afternoon, the kids met me out in the garage.

“Where’s Daddy?”

“Inside.”

“Oh. Ok.”

This is what I found inside:

Is Children’s Ministry Important, or Not?

“Recent polls illustrate what Christian parents have feared: kids are dropping out of church early and for good. Age 16 is the average age at which teens are dropping out, says one poll, and 70% of Protestants ages 18 to 30 quit church by age 23, says another.” (frontgate media) Other research surveys by Josh McDowell and another by George Barna reveal that only 10-15% of young people have a Biblical worldview. Continue reading

Mentoring 101 – Why Should You?

The Christian community should be one that outsiders envy. Instead, many times the church is filled with strife, backbiting, selfishness, single agendas, and hatred. I wonder if Jesus looks upon today’s church as He did the Jews when He first came to earth. And when I say, “The Church” I am not talking about a building, but people who claim to have salvation and belief in the cross of Jesus. Of course the church cannot be perfect in this fallen world, but we are to strive to follow God’s commands and love others as we love ourselves. But how can we learn to live this way? As children, our parents were the ones who were to teach us God’s ways, but what about when we are adults? Going “to church” is a great place to start. Reading the Word of God ourselves is even better. Being involved in a weekly Bible study is great too. But being in a small group or large worship experience can still cause individuals to get lost in the crowd.

Have you ever considered mentoring? Being one-on-one with another person who is either younger or older than you? Titus 2 verses 3-5 tell older women to teach younger women seven things about life: to love their husbands, to love their children, to have self-control, to be pure, to work at home, to be kind, and to be submissive to their husbands. And before anyone freaks out about a few of these concepts, keep in mind this is coming from the God of the universe and He says these concepts are ALL good so the Word of God is not reviled. But men aren’t off the hook. Verse 6 says for young men to be exhorted and taught as well. Young men need to be taught: to be sober-minded, to have a pattern of good works, to have integrity and reverence, to be incorruptible, and to be sound in speech.

I’m reading a book called Feminine Appeal by Carolyn Mahaney, which goes into detail about each concept for women. But before the author even begins with the details, she highly encourages mentoring and I agree with her. I’ve had two mentors over the past ten years. What I have learned from them has been invaluable. But the cool thing is…now that I am considered more of an “older woman,” God has brought me the opportunity to mentor one of the college young ladies at my church. It’s so refreshing to sit down with her and hear how God is working in her life. She doesn’t realize how much she is challenging me and holding me accountable because I can’t teach her the Word if I’m not in it myself. I can’t teach her to love her family if I don’t do it myself. I can’t encourage her to be kind and love others if I’m not being kind and loving others.

So why should you mentor someone or be mentored yourself? Because God tells us to and He is pleased when His children are obedient.

I am just beginning this journey. I’m excited to see what God is going to do!!