Monday, July 17, 2017

James Week 8 James 4: 11-17



We look at judgement and boasting this week.






Study Questions for Week 8:


  1. In verse 11, James tells us not to slander one another. Do you struggle with gossip? What is one change you can make to your day that help reduce your access to gossip?
  2. When you are tempted to judge is it to tear the person down or to help lift them up? What does judgment to lift someone up look like? Take some time and think about how you can use your knowledge of someone to help them.
  3. Do you like making plans? Are you one of those people that enjoy organizing and getting things ready for tomorrow? How can you invite God into those plans?
    1. Are you a worrier? Do you worry about what tomorrow will hold? What steps can you take to give that worry back to God?
  4. Verse 17 says if we know what to do and don't do it, then it's sin. What's something that you've been putting off doing for awhile? What can you do today to stop procrastinating?
  5. Weekly Challenge: Take some time and write down your desires for your future. As many of them as you can think of. Then take that piece of paper and burn it. As your plans turn to ash dedicate your future to God, ask him to bring his desires into those ashes and make them whole. 



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Thursday, July 13, 2017



This Thursday, I've heard a lot of sad news but I want to remember some of the good stuff going on.

I'm thankful that Joel and I will be celebrating sixteen years of marriage tomorrow! That's unbelievable in so many ways. I'm excited to see what the next sixteen hold.

I'm thankful that my daughter is a logical thinker and tends to act after thinking.

I'm thankful that we're starting a new business venture. I can't wait to see what type of treats we come up with!

I'm thankful for a mostly clean house and the ability to help it get even cleaner today.

I'm thankful for birthdays, especially when they're the birthdays of people I love.

What are you thankful for today?


Sunday, July 9, 2017

James Week 7 James 4: 1-10


Week 7! This week, James takes another look at why we don't get what we want.





Study Questions for Week 7:


  1. James says in verse 2 that we desire but don't have so we kill. Do you see others as competition? Does jealousy mark your relationship with those that have things that you desire for yourself?
    1. How can you start to see the relationship differently if you were to see others as fellow travelers instead of competition?
  2. James calls us adulterous people. Have you ever thought of your relationship with God to be like a marriage? If so, are you being faithful to Him or are you walking out every now and then?
    1. What small things do you seek from the world instead of God? Can God provide you with those small things?
    2. What is one area of your life that you can give up looking for answers in the world and turn to God instead?
  3. In verse 7 we are called to submit ourselves to God. We talked about Godly wisdom being submissive last week. Is submission something that you struggle with? 
    1. What is one way that you can submit to God this week?
  4. James shows us that relying on God involves: submission, washing our hands, purifying our hearts, grieving, mourning, wailing, and humbling ourselves. Can you think of a time that you have experienced these actions? Have they brought you closer to God?
    1. None of them can be faked, each is an effect of the first, submission. If you struggle with submission then all the rest will difficult if not impossible to truly experience. 
  5. Weekly Challenge: Take a day and fast. In that fasting, see what God has to say about your desires, ambitions, and motives. If you discover something that is married to the world, take time to humble yourself, resist the devil, wash your hands, purify your hearts, grieve, mourn, wail, and humble yourself so that you may be lifted up.

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

James Week 6 James 3: 13-18

Welcome to Week 6!! This week we take a look at different types of wisdom and what types of fruit they produce.






Study Questions for Week 6:


  1. Where is your work rooted? Is it rooted in Godly wisdom or worldly wisdom?
    1. Take a moment to take an inventory of the fruit that your work is producing lately. What areas are going well and which areas could use some work? 
  2. Have you ever struggled with selfish ambition or a bitter envy? James says that those are related to the type of wisdom we are pursuing. Proverbs 4: 20-27 gives us some ways to combat those struggles.  
    1. What areas from the Proverbs 4 passage stick out to you and how can you put them into practice?
  3. James has a list of attributes of Godly wisdom in verse 17. 
    1. Are any of them things that you want more of in your life? Which ones and why?
    2. Are any of them things that you struggle with? Take some time to explore which ones you wrinkle your nose at and ask God to show you why.
  4. Verse 18 says Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness. What do you think is the difference between a peacemaker and a peacekeeper?
    1. Which one describes you? Are you willing to make peace or are you just trying to keep things where they are?
  5. Week 6 Challenge: Ask God for wisdom and then be on the look out for the areas that James says are evident when we have Godly wisdom.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Thankful Thursday!!




This week I'm thankful that last week is over! Oh my word! What a long and fun filled week it was but that doesn't mean that my butt isn't still dragging.

I'm thankful that even though my house is a mess, I have the opportunity to get it clean and tidy today.

I'm thankful for an amazing husband that listens to all my crazy dreams and occasionally entertains one or two of them.

I'm thankful for a daughter that doesn't keep everything to herself.

I'm thankful for work that provides purpose as well as free time. I love the freedom that I've been given to write and share about the gospel online as well as the ability to continue to care for my family and our home.

I'm thankful for the ability to pray and the honor to do that for dear friends and family and those that we connect with in this world.

What are you thankful for today?

Sunday, June 25, 2017

James Week 5 James 3: 1-12

Week 5, can the tongue be controlled?





Study Question for week 5:


  1. We all stumble in many ways. Have you ever let the fear of failure stop you from doing something that you're called to? 
    1. Is there something in your life right now that you need to take more seriously? Teachers are judged more harshly but we're all called to be good stewards of our time and gifts. Are you using your gifts to the best of your ability?
  2. Horses are led by a bit but it doesn't mean that they won't reject a harsh master. Are you allowing some small event, emotion, or slight to direct the course of your life? Can you get back on course by giving the reigns over to God?
  3. The tongue is something that can easily set fire to a situation. Has your tongue ever got you in trouble? Have you ever used your words to purposely hurt someone that you love? It can be difficult to mend those broken relationships but it is possible. Even if that mending is one sided. If you can, forgive yourself and then work on forgiveness in your heart towards that person. Set your intention to speak words of life.
  4. James asks if a fig tree can bear olives or a grapevine bear figs. We know that this cannot be. What is directing your tongue? And not just your tongue but your social media interactions. Are you a source of life or one that is seeking only to serve your own ego? 
  5. Weekly Challenge: Take some time to look at the bitter areas of your life. And the set them before God. If you are able, give your entire heart to Jesus to allow it to be reborn, overflowing with love and blessings. 











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Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Magic of Making Time



There's a little irony in me posting this today. Mainly the one of me contemplating how exactly I will use my time this day. This isn't about Bible study, it's about time with God in general. But any Bible study can be a small part of that.

Here are three magic steps I've discovered to make time:



1. You have to look at what you gain and not what you're giving up. The worst part about this particular aspect of the magic is that you really have no clue as to what you're going to gain. Especially if you've never had a consistent time reading scripture. I can tell you from my experience that some of the things that you will see an increase of are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. That last one is the best.

2. You have to be consistent in where you try to create it. If you go about trying to make time whenever you can find it, you'll never find it. You have to look at your schedule and decide when your time making magic is going to happen and then don't stray from it. It doesn't matter if it's the first thing in the morning, the last thing at night, right after lunch. It's best to pick a time when you know that you can guard it well.

3. If other people are present in your life, you're going to have to let them know that you are practicing the magic of making time and that you can't be bothered during that five to fifteen minutes of your day. When Hannah was very young, I attended a conference and one of the leaders there said that one way that she helped her family recognize that time and space was by lighting a candle. When she would sit down, she would light a special candle that meant that she was making time to be with God and that when the candle was blown out, she would gladly help them with whatever they needed. If you have littles and are concerned about an open flame, battery operated candles work just as well.





Those are my three beginner steps to the magic of making time. I must warn you that there will be all kinds of obstacles to actually getting the magic to work. The world is not interested in you making time to be with God. The world doesn't want you to become friends with Jesus. So you have to be determined and know that it's worth every battle that you will face. This time making magic will change your life. So be strong and courageous. You can do it.