A Time of Rest in a Season of Stress

I fully intended to post this week about the Write It, Learn It, Live It Bible Study Method for kids. I feel so passionate about that and want to further explore ways to help our kids learn the Bible, and yet every time I sit down to post I find myself staring at a white screen.

As I ponder my white screen I realize something: this time of year can become like spiritual kryptonite for me. Ironic isn’t it given the real reason for the season? During this time of year my quiet time often gets replaced with shopping time. My Bible reading time vanishes with the push of a snooze button. I am constantly weighing my gift list against my bank account. And I awake in the middle of the night realizing I forgot to buy so-and-so a present.

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Christmas. However, the older I get the more I long for a more simple Christmas experience – one with fewer gifts and more quality time with loved ones. A Christmas spent focusing more on the Savior and less on my to-do list. A season of reflection instead of stress. And a time-out from the ordinary to experience the extraordinary.

So as I contemplate my white screen (which is now filling up nicely), I have decided to fight for the simpler Christmas I desire, which means making some purposeful changes; and writing them here for accountability purposes ūüôā

I will stick to the Christmas list my husband and I wrote in November. Which means I will not give into the last minute shopping frenzy when I feel an overwhelming urge to go buy more because – oh my word they have enough!

I have moved my Bible and notebook to my bedroom so that I will do my quiet time before descending the stairs in the morning.

I will linger with my family, watch movies and bake cookies with my kids, and talk often to my Savior and about my Savior (after all it is His celebration).

And finally, while I LOVE this blog and those who willingly read my ramblings, I am going to take a break until after Christmas. With kids out of school, my alone time is at a premium and I want to use those precious quiet moments to fill my heart with the living water only Jesus can give.

I can’t pour out what I have not been filled with. I want more of Jesus. I want to overflow with Him. And so I am going to spend the next week or so refusing to accept little drips here and there, and am instead going to purposefully sit at His feet and drink from His well.

I have rediscovered my love of handwritten journaling. Just me, Jesus, and a notebook. I love to write my prayers to Him, to scribble down a Bible verse that touches my heart. I even write down questions to Him. I am excited to unplug a little this season and ask the One we celebrate to help me keep my eyes, my attention, and my heart on Him this season.

I am so excited to pick back up at the beginning of the year and explore the Write It-Learn It-Live It Method for kids. I am also so anxious to share what God will have taught me during this time, but until then I will be fighting hard against the Christmas stress so that I can savor my moments with the Savior.

Much love to you and your families and have a very Merry Christmas,
Jen

Wishing You A Simple

Write It, Learn It, Live It – Day Five

This is the last post in a weeklong series teaching the “Write It, Learn It, Live It” Bible study method. You can see the other posts by clicking the following links:¬†Start Here,¬†Day One,¬†Day Two,¬†Day Three,¬†Day Four.

The LORD is our stronghold in times of trouble.

Day Five Verses: Psalm 37:39-40

1. Write It (¬†(Don’t paraphrase. While you may choose to only write a ¬†section of the verse, only write words from the verse…don’t add anything to the verse)

“The salvation of the righteous comes from the LORD; He is their stronghold in time of trouble. The LORD helps them and delivers them; He delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in Him.”

2. Learn It (What are these verses teaching? Are they giving a command? Do you learn something about God? Several lessons are often drawn from the same verse. Let God speak directly to you. Write down what you learn.)

*True salvation (eternal; life-giving salvation) comes from Jesus and Jesus alone – not from my bank account, not from job security, not from good grades, not from good works, not from my own power – but through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.

*Jesus is my stronghold – He holds me in His strong arms. Who/what is stronger than the One who holds the entire universe together? Nothing! The arms of my Savior wrap tightly around me; the Creator and King Himself helps me during times of trouble.

*I need not fear the wicked – I need only have faith in God Almighty.

3. Live It (How can these verses change your life? What can you do differently because of the lesson they teach? Try to form your personal application as a question you ask yourself, or as a prayer. Let God speak personally to you and your situation. Write down your personal application.)

*Am I looking to anything else for salvation?
Who have I shared the truth of Jesus’ salvation with recently?

*Where do I go in times of trouble?
Is my first thought to run to the arms of my Savior? Or do I run to something else?

*When I look at my fears and the sources of them, I become overwhelmed. They look enormous. But, when I look up to my faithful strong Heavenly Father, my fears and the wicked become very small. How can I keep my eyes looking up? How can I fix my eyes on Jesus?

LORD, I want to keep my eyes on You. You keep everything in perspective. Hold my head up and fix my eyes on You. Help me to not fear the wicked, but to have faith in You Рmy beautiful Savior. 

I hope you have found this to be a helpful way¬†to study God’s Word. Next week I will provide some prompts and cues to help you teach this method to children.

Much love,
Jen

 

Write It, Learn It, Live It – Day Four

This is the fifth post in a weeklong series teaching the “Write It, Learn It, Live It” Bible study method. You can see the other posts by clicking the following links:¬†Start Here,¬†Day One,¬†Day Two,¬†Day Three.

Psalm 37-10

Day Four Verses: Psalms 37:10-11
(Feel free to cover more than just two verses at a time. I am only covering two here to show you examples. Just don’t overwhelm yourself with a lot of verses. I wouldn’t do more than five at a time. The idea is to sit before the Lord and intently study a few verses instead of skimming many.)¬†

Verse 10

1. Write It¬†(Don’t paraphrase. While you may choose to only write a ¬†section of the verse, only write words from the verse…don’t add anything to the verse)

“A little while and the wicked will be no more, though you look for them, they will not be found.”

2. Learn It (What are these verses teaching? Are they giving a command? Do you learn something about God? Several lessons are often drawn from the same verse. Let God speak directly to you. Write down what you learn.)

A little while can sure feel like forever sometimes! But God sees with eternal eyes. Compared to eternity, the rule of the wicked is nothing. Evil, sin and wickedness WILL be destroyed, but God will remain forever!

3. Live It (How can these verses change your life? What can you do differently because of the lesson they teach? Try to form your personal application as a question you ask yourself, or as a prayer. Let God speak personally to you and your situation. Write down your personal application.)

Am I more short-sighted or eternity-sighted? How can I better view events of this world from an eternal perspective?
*Lord, let me see through heaven’s eyes. I default to such a short-sighted view of evil and wickedness. I tend to focus on the temporal much more than the eternal. Help me keep my eyes fixed on You and see the eternal as much as my human eyes are able.

Verse 11

1. Write It

“The meek will inherit the land and enjoy great peace.”

2. Learn It

Meek = gentle; submissive; one who humbly submits to authority.
There is great peace under the shadow of the Almighty’s wings. Humbly submit to God’s authority and sovereignty, and enjoy great peace.

3. Live It

Am I enjoying great peace? Am I fully submitting to God’s perfect will? Am I trusting in His sovereignty, timing and will?
*God, I want the peace You willingly and gladly offer. Help me to submit and surrender to You. Help me to enjoy great peace, even in the midst of great earthly chaos.

I hope and pray you are finding this method of Bible study helpful and that it is transforming your quiet time with the LORD. Please feel free to leave me a comment and let me know what God is teaching you through His Word. I will finish this series tomorrow, and then spend a few days next week helping you teach this powerful method to your children. Blessings!

See you tomorrow,
Jen

 

 

 

Write It, Learn It, Live It – Day Three

This is the fourth post in a weeklong series teaching the “Write It, Learn It, Live It” Bible study method. You can see the other posts by clicking the following links:¬†Start Here,¬†Day One,¬†Day Two.

Day Three Verses: Psalm 37:5-9

Take me to the river

*First pray and ask God to speak personally to you through His Word.

(I grouped verses 5-8 together. One just seems to flow into the next; like a beautiful crescendo. However, feel free to focus on each individual verse.)

Verses 5-8:
1. Write It (Don’t paraphrase. While you may choose to only write a ¬†section of the verse, only write words from the verse…don’t add anything to the verse)

Commit your way to the Lord;
    trust in him and he will do this:
6 He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn,
    the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.
7 Be still before the Lord
   and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.
8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
¬†do not fret‚ÄĒit leads only to evil.”

2. Learn It  (What are these verses teaching? Are they giving a command? Do you learn something about God? Several lessons are often drawn from the same verse. Let God speak directly to you. Write down what you learn.)

*The first thing I notice in these verses are all of the command words. I went ahead and underlined those. They seemed important to me as I was reading the verses.

  1. ¬†If I will trust Jesus and commit my life to Him then He will shine His glorious light through me into this dark world. I will also shine for all of eternity as God’s child. If God promises it – He WILL do it.
  2. Twice we are told not to fret. Instead we are to trust, wait, be still, and not give into anger. It is SO easy for me to become angry at the state of our world. It is SO easy for me to fret over the evil that seems to loom around every corner.¬†I feel like those two responses are me doing something, and oh how I long to be able to do something right now. But wrath-filled anger and fretting are not what God desires. They will only lead to my own dance with evil. God knows we are a “doing” people and so He gives us His to-do list: commit, trust, be still, wait, do not fret, refrain from anger, turn from wrath.¬†God’s to-do list is impossible for me to do on my own strength though. I need the power of the Holy Spirit to accomplish each of those commands.

3. Live It  (How can these verses change your life? What can you do differently because of the lesson they teach? Try to form your personal application as a question you ask yourself, or as a prayer. Let God speak personally to you and your situation. Write down your personal application.)

  1. Would someone be able to look at my life and see the light of Jesus shining through? Am I trusting in other things which potentially dim the light of Jesus in my life?
  2. What am I fretting over? What is making me angry?
    *Lord, I give You my worries and anger. I want to rest in You. Convict me of the anger in my heart that is not righteous or godly, but prideful and caused by hurt-feelings. Help me release those to You. Give me the strength to trust You, rest in You, and release the future to You regardless of the evil that parades all around. Enable me to trust You to deal with those who violate Your law and statues and not be consumed with anger towards them.

Verse 9:

  1. Write It

“For those who are evil will be destroyed,
¬†¬†¬†¬†but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.”

    2. Learn It
I do not need to fret or be consumed with anger because God will one day destroy all traces, all memory, of evil. Evil will be no more, but God’s children will dwell with Him forever.* God is my hope.

  3. Live It
Am I placing my ultimate hope in anything other than God? Am I hoping more in my savings account than God? Am I hoping more in leaders than God? Am I hoping more in my own abilities than in God?
*Lord, I want my hope to be in You and You alone. Forgive me for putting other things above You. You are my one true Hope. Pierce this darkness with Your brilliant, glorious light. I love You. 

Is it getting easier? I hope so! I would love to hear what God is teaching you through this Psalm. I would be honored if you would leave me a comment and share a nugget of Truth God revealed to you.

See you tomorrow,
Jen

Write It, Learn It, Live It – Day Two

This is the third post in a weeklong series teaching the “Write It, Learn It, Live It” Bible study method. You can see the other posts by clicking the following links:¬†Start Here,¬†Day One

Day Two Verses: Psalm 37:3-4

Trust in the LORD,

*First pray and ask God to speak personally to you through His Word.

Verse 3:
1. Write It (Don’t paraphrase. While you may choose to only write a ¬†section of the verse, only write words from the verse…don’t add anything to the verse)

“Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.¬†Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:3-4

*A quick note about translations: sometimes you may find a verse hard to understand. This was the case for me with the end of verse 3. My NIV translation ended the verse with ….”enjoy safe pasture.” I didn’t quite get that, so I looked at a few different translations, and found both the ESV and KJV easier to understand. Some translations were written as a more word for word translation, while others translated concepts. Feel free to explore different translations when faced with a confusing passage.

2. Learn It (What are these verses teaching? Are they giving a command? Do you learn something about God? Several lessons are often drawn from the same verse. Let God speak directly to you. Write down what you learn.)

Verse 3 – I found two lessons:
1) In order to trust in God, I need to dwell in His presence and feed from His Word.
2) Trusting God on the inside leads to doing good on the outside.

Verse 4 – When my greatest delight and joy is God, then I will love and desire what He loves and desires.

3. Live It. (How can these verses change your life? What can you do differently because of the lesson they teach? Try to form your personal application as a question you ask yourself, or as a prayer. Let God speak personally to you and your situation. Write down your personal application.)

Verse 3 – Since I had two lessons, I also have two applications:
1) How can I dwell in God’s presence throughout the entire day and not just during my quiet time? (ideas: pray throughout the day, put post it notes around home/office with verses on them, listen to Christian radio/worship play list in car, talk about God with others)
2) What good is God calling me to do this week? (will keep pondering this)

Verse 4 – Am I delighting in something more than God? Is He my greatest delight? Are my desires His desires? (wow! that one is convicting! I will keep praying over this one and ask God to reveal the answer to me.)

God, thank you for Your Word. I long for you to be my greatest delight and to dwell in Your glorious Presence. Help me to trust in You, keep my eyes fixed on You, and not fret because of the evil that is allowed temporary victories. Help me to trust in Your total authority and be assured that You will one day wipe every trace of evil from this planet. In Jesus’ Name, amen.¬†

Did you find a different lesson? If so, would you be willing to share it? I LOVE to see how God speaks to each of His children in a slightly different way.

See you tomorrow,
Jen

Write It, Learn It, Live It – Day One

I want to use this week to teach you a very practical and simple method of studying the Bible.  (See this post for further explanation: Start Here )

I hope you are excited about digging deeper into God’s Word through the 3 Point Method of Bible study. I’ve heard it called many different things: Inductive Method, 3 Point, The 1-2-3 Bible study etc. Those are all great titles, but for me (and the way my simple brain works) I have chosen to call it the Write It, Learn It, Live It Method.¬†

The e-book I am working on goes into much more detail than I am able to do here, so for this week I am just going to show you how to do this method. I believe you will catch on very quickly (if you aren’t already familiar with this method.)

As we go through the Psalm together, I will share with you the lesson (learn it) and personal application (live it) I took away from the verse. However, chances are you will take away a slightly different lesson and application.¬†That is the amazing thing with God’s Word: it is personal! He will speak to you and your situation through the same verse in which He speaks something differently to me.

I would LOVE to read your lessons and applications (and I’m sure others would too)! Please leave a comment if you find a different lesson or application from the verses.¬†

As we read this beautiful Psalm together let’s remember that Good will overcome evil. God will destroy satan. Light will penetrate the darkness. And Truth will prevail! Let’s hold fast to those truths as we dig deeply into Psalm 37.

Psalm 37

Day One Verses: Psalm 37:1-2

*Before doing anything else – PRAY. Ask God to speak to you through His Word. Ask Him to open your ears, eyes, heart and mind to receive His truth. Ask Him to free you from all distractions.

Now just grab a Bible, a pen and a notebook or even just a scrap of paper and you are ready to begin.

1. Write the verse (Don’t paraphrase. While you may choose to only write a ¬†section of the verse, only write words from the verse…don’t add anything to the verse)

“Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away.”

2. Learn It (What is this verse teaching? Is it giving a command? Do you learn something about God? Several lessons are often drawn from the same verse. Let God speak directly to you. Write down what you learn.)

Evil is fleeting, but God is eternal. Evil is allowed to wreak havoc for awhile, but one day God will put an end to it.

3. Live It  (How can this verse change your life? What can you do differently because of the lesson it teaches? Try to form your personal application as a question you ask yourself, or as a prayer. Let God speak personally to you and your situation. Write down your personal application.)

How can I keep my eyes fixed on the eternal when the temporary is so scary?
God, help me keep my eyes focused on You and Your goodness in spite of the evil which abounds right now. Fill my heart with peace and help me point others to the Hope found only in You.

*Sit quietly before the LORD for a few moments and prayerfully wait for an answer to your application question. If God brings something to mind, write it down. For my Live It question, this is what God brought to my mind:

-Make time everyday to study God’s Word
-Memorize a Bible verse each week
-Take breaks from the news
-Focus on what I can control (ie creating fun family times, planning a good meal, doing good things for others, making time to teach this method to my kids)
-Be still before God and ponder His awesome power.

That’s it! What do you think? Pretty easy and straightforward right? I pray that this will be a blessing and useful tool for you. This method of Bible study has changed my walk with the LORD. I hope God uses it to do the same thing in your life.

See you tomorrow!
Jen

How-to Study and Stand on Truth

Truth

Recently I have felt such a burden to teach my kids how to study the Bible. Not just read the Bible, not just know their way around the Bible, but to study and meditate on the Bible. I long for them to crave God’s Word, to know how to go to God’s Word to find help and strength, and to be utterly transformed by God’s Word.

Teaching my kids how to study the Bible has become so important to me that I have started working on what I hope to turn into an e-book about a powerful yet simple way I have learned to study the Bible. While my job as a curriculum writer has been to teach kids about the Bible, I realized that my own children do not know how to go to God’s Word themselves to find the comfort, hope and strength that lies on its pages.

In a day when the world tries to define truth as relative and subjective, and so called Christian leaders preach a watered-down politically acceptable gospel, teaching our kids The Truth is more important than ever. And not just our kids, but ourselves as well.

Without knowing The Truth, it is so easy to believe a lie, or to gladly accept a half-truth as being the real thing. A watered-down gospel, is no Gospel at all. God’s truth mixed with a lie is a lie. But how will we know a counterfeit truth unless we know the real thing?

I believe one of satan’s most powerful weapons is a closed or only glanced at Bible. Having a Bible on a nightstand is not enough. Opening the Bible once a week on Sunday is not enough. Reading the Bible as if marking an item off a to-do list is not enough.

The Creator of the Universe, God Almighty, has written us a letter! He has placed Truth on pages for us to hold, read, and learn. He tells us His Word is alive and active. Jesus Himself is called the Word of God. The words which make up our Bible are life changing, heart transforming and soul saving.

The only way to overcome lies, fear, and hopelessness is to read, study and meditate on God’s Word.

This is why I am going to spend the next several blog posts walking through Psalm 37 with you and teaching you the method of Bible study that has completely transformed my walk with the LORD. Many of you will probably already know how to do this method, while it will be new to many others. It is called the 3 Point Inductive Method.

I first learned it from Ann Graham Lotz, and we use this in our weekly Bible study. The concept is very straightforward:
1. Read a verse
2. Write down a lesson you learn from the verse
3. Write down a personal application from the lesson you learn.

I could go into great detail about each one, and I do in the e-book I am working on, but I think it is also very helpful just to see examples, which is what the next several blog posts will be. My main focus for this week will be teaching you how to use this Bible study method, then at the end of the week I will give you some tips on modifying it to help your children use it too.

I have chosen Psalm 37 because it spoke to my heart so powerfully this morning. It was written by David and is about the fate of the wicked. In light of the evil that seems so prevalent as of late, my heart was greatly encouraged by this Psalm, and so it seemed a great choice to study.

I would be honored if you would join me in this Bible study endeavor. We will only do a few verses at a time as we look for lessons and applications. I will post a short post each day this week with new verses for that day.

Good will overcome evil. God will destroy satan. Light will penetrate the darkness. And Truth will prevail! Let’s hold fast to these truths as we dig deeply into Psalm 37.

Go ahead and read the entire Psalm today (it is a little long) and we will get started verse by verse tomorrow. Looking forward to exploring God’s Word with you!

Much love,
Jen

 

 

Let’s BSAK Together

Normally on Fridays I write a “Dose of Sunshine” post. These posts are intended to bring a smile or even a chuckle to your day. Today’s post is a little different, although I still hope it will result in a smile – maybe a smile from your heart.

As I have been absorbing all the news from the last few weeks – watching in horror as people are gunned down, listening to heated arguments between men and women who hope to lead our country through these difficult days; answering questions from my scared and confused children; dealing with a kidney stone that refuses to vacate the premises; and in general just feeling the effects of a world cloaked in sin and darkness – I keep longing for peace, hope and comfort.

My soul is so overwhelmed, and my heart breaks at the world my kids are growing up in. It came to a boiling point for me last night when the doorbell rang at 6:30 and my kids freaked out because they thought it was a terrorist. It made me realize just how far reaching fear is. I try to shield my kids from the news as much as I can, but let’s be honest – in this day and age kids are going to hear about evil, see acts of evil, talk about effects of evil, or God forbid even experience evil.

Are you feeling the sunshine yet? Sorry….I’m getting there ūüôā

With a heavy heart I opened my Bible this morning, begging God to give me a word, a glimpse, a shimmer of light. And He did.

He did! Not because I deserve it, not because He owes it to me, but because He is full of grace and mercy. Because He delights in His children seeking His face through His Word. Because even though the NY Times accuses Him of not fixing the problem our blatant sin has caused, He still loves us and wants us to experience true healing. Not a genie in a bottle / Santa Claus answer to our problems; not a band-aid fix for sheer evil – but a total and complete heart change resulting in peace that transcends circumstance, problems and acts of terror.

God is SO much greater than the box humans try to put Him in. He is our Creator. He is the Sustainer. He is on His rightful throne surrounded by a calm see of peace. And what our limited view sees as chaos, is in fact the master plan of a purposeful Creator bringing all things into order. The Bible is so clear about the fact that history will continue its crescendo toward evil until the day Jesus reappears and drives every knee to the ground in worship of the One True God.

Whew! I feel better…thanks! So with all of that said, here’s my idea for achieving a real dose of sunshine in these dark days: Let’s have a day each week to BSAK. No, I didn’t misspell bask. I want us to BSAK: Be Still And Know.

Be Still

What if we as God’s children, set aside one night a week to be still and know that He is God? How might that transform our hearts and our children’s hearts? To turn off the news, to keep our devices in a separate room and just be still as a family, and as individuals before the LORD. To focus on our King instead of the chaos. To choose to see the Light of the world instead of the darkness in the world.

So here’s my plan for tonight in case you want to join my family:
*Important rules: no news, no phones, no grumpiness, no lecturing (that last one’s for me;)

  1. Make a dinner everyone likes (ie pizza night!)
  2. Answer silly questions during dinner (see below for some questions)
  3. After dinner, read a Psalm together (We will read Psalm 34 because it is my Psalm for the day.) Choose one verse to focus on and draw a lesson and personal application from.
  4. Engage in a family activity that focuses on God as the Great I AM. (see below for ideas)
  5. Write Psalm 46:10 (Be still and know that I AM God) and display it in kitchen so family can memorize it together.
  6. Close in prayer; asking each family member to praise God for a characteristic of who He is.
  7. End evening with a family game or Christmas movie.

This is just a prototype. I’m sure things will change and morph as we go. But I am done focusing on the bad. I need a night to sit with my family at the precious feet of my Savior and ask Him to fill us with peace.

Witty sunshiny stories are awesome and helpful, but I today I need more.

Today I just need Jesus.

Wanna join me and BSAK too?

Much love,
Jen

Ideas for silly questions:
*If you could go for a ride on any animal, which animal would you ride and where would you go?
*If you could travel back in time for a day, which day would you relive?
*If you could meet a person from the Bible (other than Jesus) who would you want to meet?
*If God would answer one question, what would you ask Him?

Ideas for Family Activities that focus on God as Almighty King:
*Go outside, lay down and look up at the stars. Talk about God making each one and knowing them by name. Sing “Awesome God.”
*Write names and descriptions of God on strips of paper and turn it into a paper chain. See how long you can make your chain. Can you reach from one end of a room to another if you put all your chains together?
*Go on a creation scavenger hunt. Make a list of things from creation (ie: stick, pebble, grass, flower, feather etc) and see who can find all the items first. Discuss how God created this world and is in control of it.
*Watch a God focused movie such as the “Jesus Story”
*Snuggle up and read from the “Jesus Storybook Bible”
*Invite kids to ask questions about God; have a Q&A time.

 

Just Do It

I have been staring at a blank screen for three days. I wait for the words to come, but am met with silence. Doubts begin to creep in: Am I really a writer? Do I have anything else to say? Does anyone even care if I stop writing?

Hour after hour I try to formulate sentences of encouragement, hope, and inspiration, yet nothing comes.

I had been in such a good habit of writing, but then vacation came. Sweet, glorious, sand in my toes, family togetherness, turkey eating ¬†– vacation. However, vacation also meant a change in routine, which resulted in the end of my good writing habits. Without the steady stream of curriculum lessons or the regiment of school hours to adhere to, my quiet time was¬†pushed to the side, my computer remained closed and my motivation curled up for a long winter’s nap.

I am so thankful for vacations, but I have yet to figure out a way to keep up with my Bible study and writing during vacation time. It is so easy for me to allow my circumstances to dictate my time with the Lord. This happens time and again. Apparently I need both an accountability buddy and supernatural intervention!

So I sit here wanting so badly to impart some deep spiritual truth to you, but instead I will quote the great minds behind Nike and simply say:
“Just do it!”

Just Do It

This is my motto for this week.

The words will come again. After all I had so many sweet moments and glimpses of God’s glory while on vacation.

I could write about seeing Him all around me while at the beach.

I could write of His faithfulness to generations of our family.

I could write of His mercy and how He showed Himself as my rock while I was in excruciating pain in the ER with a kidney stone. (Oh my word, you guys that was AWFUL!!!! Delivering a 9.5 lb baby was way better than that!)

I could speak of His grace as He stands with open arms ready to invite me back into our sweet quiet time together.

See! Already my “Just do it” motto is paying off.

I will keep writing, not because I think I have anything worthy to say, but because God is worthy of my praise.

I hope you are able to just do whatever God may be calling you to do today. After all it’s always that first step that is the hardest.

Much love,
Jen

(p.s. – if you have ever had a kidney stone, you have my upmost respect and most sincere sympathies. Still waiting for mine to pass, but by God’s grace am no longer in intense pain. Good times huh? ūüėČ )