Monday, November 20, 2017

Galatians Week 5





Week 5 of our Galatians Study! And we have a special guest on the podcast this week! PS He's super handsome in case you couldn't tell from his voice.







Study Questions Week 5


  1. Identify and celebrate one area of your life that you have found freedom from slavery. And then identify and confess one area that you are still under the yoke of slavery.
  2. Verse 6 says "the only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love."
    1. How do you express your faith? 
    2. Explore at least one new way to express your faith through love. Write a letter to a friend, take a meal to a neighbor, give a smile to a stranger. Whatever it may be, step out of your ordinary expressions of faith and try something new.
  3. Tina talked about the two lists in verses 19. Grab a journal and see which side your life falls on recently. Since the second list is fruits of the Spirit, it means that God can make them grow in your life. Pick one that you would like more of and pursue God for it.
  4. Verse 25 says "Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit." 
    1. How do we keep in step with the Spirit? 
    2. How are you specifically keeping step with the Spirit? 
  5. Weekly challenge. Love your neighbor as yourself.

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

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I wish that we could just sit down with a cuppa and talk about this book. First of all, go right away and get your copy while it's still free on Amazon! http://amzn.to/2B0EHGt (offer good November 19-23, 2017). If you have Amazon Prime or Unlimited, it's always free and if you buy the print edition, you should get the e-version for free.

This book has had a lot of years in the making. In 2008, our beloved Mari was working in New York and one evening as we were talking to her she said that her work situation was living in a house of eight Nates. Nate is our brother, there's a whole family history there but the words sparked an idea in me. Later that year, after fangirling over the idea of the National Novel Writing Month, I signed up to give it a try. With some tips and tricks and lots of meal-less nights, this story was born. It's had several names, the main characters have had several names but at the end of the day, the story is the same. Sometimes we get lost and there is someone there to find us.

How did it end up with this final title? Well, one day I was praying with God about this story and the idea popped into my head. In addition to Alex and Patrick actually hiking in the Blue Ridge mountains, it's also a metaphor for depression. When we suffer from depression, it's like walking the ridge and there's a very real possibility that we can fall at any time. Life is a very delicate balancing act in general, even more so if we're suffering from depression. The story isn't really about that hiking trip, it's about Alex navigating the blue ridge that he finds himself on as a young man.

This story has been one of persistence without exception for me. After writing the story for NaNoWriMo, it sat. It sat for quite awhile. Until 2012, when after having completed NaNoWriMo again, I had the opportunity to get some free print copies of a novel. I brushed it off, did a quick edit and sent it to the presses. It's been on Amazon since that time. There was one lonely review that stated it was a good story but it needed editing. I knew that, she knew that, and now everyone that read the reviews would know it. But still, it sat. This year, the story kept coming back to me time and time again. I told folks that I needed an editor, but then I realized what I really needed was some readers. I knew deep in my soul that this book is a story from within me that I want to share with the world.

And so I made myself sit down and edit the darn thing once again, gave it a new cover, created another print edition and now here it is. I've done what I've can. I've created the best I can where I am today and I release it out into the world. I hope that Alex's story finds its way to those that need it.

PS If you ever want to have a cuppa and talk, I'm here! Have internet, will chat! Don't walk your blue ridge alone.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Cranberry Frappe



This is one of our family favorites at Thanksgiving. We inherited this recipe from Joel's family and then modified the method to create something that is pretty amazing.

I'll share the original recipe and then our modifications afterward.

Cranberry Frappe


  1. Add 1 cup of boiling water to 4 cups fresh or frozen cranberries that have been washed and picked over (bad ones tossed). Cook until mushy and put through a food mill.
  2. Cook together until sugar is dissolved 4 cups of water and 3 cups of sugar
  3. Add syrup mixture to cranberries and grated rind and juice of a large lemon
  4. Freeze until mushy in a shallow pans, such as cake pans or non-divided ice cube trays
  5. Beat mixture with an electric mixer and refreeze.
  6. Serve in stemmed glasses for prettiest effect.

As you can see, it's a pretty straightforward recipe. Here's what we do different, instead of putting the mixture in the freezer, we let it sit in the fridge overnight and then the next day, we run it through our ice cream machine. It makes the most amazing, soft, frozen cranberry dish. A definite crowd pleaser and a nice alternative to the canned shaped cranberries that normally show up. Let me know if you give it a try!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Galatians Week 4





Week 4 of six weeks studying Galatians!







Study Questions Week 4
  1. Abba doesn't just mean daddy. It has a sense of ownership built into the word. It's "my daddy" God belongs to us and we belong to him. 
    1. Spend some time this week in a quiet space and pray this breath prayer
      1. Breathe in "Abba"
      2. Breathe out "I belong to you"
    2. Contemplate how God loves you and wants the best for you. If you have the time and desire, memorize the scripture from Jeremiah 29:12-14
  2. When Paul showed up in Galatia, he wasn't feeling too well but they didn't let that stop them from hearing the good news he had to share. We can learn something from everyone we encounter if we take the time to do so. 
    1. Think of one person in your life that is amazing at something you would like to know more about how to do. Contact them and see if they will give you a lesson.
  3. Paul says in verse 18 "It is fine to be zealous, provided the purpose is good, and to be so always..." 
    1. Define the word zeal.
    2. What are you zealous for? Is it for a good purpose? Have you lost your zeal? 
      1. Find your zeal this week and act upon it.
  4. Read the story of Hagar and Sarah (Genesis 16 & 21). 
    1. Take a moment and try to imagine yourself as Hagar and then Sarah. 
    2. Share any insights that you get with the group or in the comments below.
  5. Week 4 challenge: Come up with an example in your own life of a law that you used to be a slave to but have now found freedom in Christ. Thank God for that freedom, even if it was won a long time ago or just today. Share your freedom with others.

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The Wonder of Advent Devotional by Chris Tiegreen




Y'all know that I don't like talking about all things Christmas too early. I've been waiting to share this book with you until it was at least November, but I'm super excited that I finally can without too much pre-holiday guilt.

Here's what I like about this particular Advent devotional from Chris Tiegreen. It's a really intense, soul searching, Emmanuel, God with us type of devotional. It's not full of fluff, it's about getting your heart right. The devotional dates begin in November so you can actually start with the first Sunday of Advent throughout various years. Each daily devotional in December includes a scripture reading, a brief devotional, a prayer, a reflection question, further scripture reading, and a quote from a carol.

The devotionals go all the way through the end of December. Honestly, it can be used at any time of year, but most of us are willing to ponder the coming of the newborn king during Advent and it is a time of preparation so it's very well suited for the liturgical season.

I would highly recommend this devotional for any individual or couple that are looking to deepen the spiritual aspects of their Advent season. Just be prepared to be changed.

A copy of this book was shared with me by Tyndale Publishing House for the purpose of review. I'm never required to give a positive review but always thankful when I can.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Galatians Week 3







Welcome to week three of six weeks on the book of Galatians!









Study Questions Week 3


  1. How do you define faith? Write out your definition and then compare it to the definition in Hebrews 11:1
  2. Do you rely on the law or faith to draw you closer to God? 
    1. What is one area of your life that you would like to have more faith? 
      1. Take one step towards that faith that you desire.
    2. What is one area of your life that you have an abundance of faith? 
      1. Take one step to share that faith with someone else.
  3. When you were younger what is something that you just couldn't wait to do but your parents wouldn't allow? Once you were old enough, did you see why they made their decision? 
    1. What type of guardians has God placed in your life today? Do you trust that God has what's best for you in mind?
    2. Think back to a specific time when God asked you to wait or said no to something that was important to you. How did that situation resolve itself? 
    3. After contemplating these two questions, meditate on Galatians 3:14
  4. Read Galatians 3:28 in several different versions (Biblegateway.com and Bible.com are good sources for this if you don't own several versions). Re-write that verse using our everyday language. Think about what people groups seem distant and which ones you identify with. 
  5. Challenge of the week: What promises has God made to you? Have you heard a specific word from God about something in your life? If not, how has this promise that we are heirs of the Kingdom of God been fulfilled so far in your life?Take some time this week to write down all the promises that you can think of that God has fulfilled in your life and ones that you’re still waiting on being answered. 




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Monday, October 30, 2017

Galatians Week 2 Chapter 2:1-21



Welcome to week two of six on the book of Galatians! 







Study Questions Week 2


  1. Have you ever thought that the time for something to happen has passed? Take some time to look up some stories of those that have waited a long time for something in scripture (Abraham and Sarah's baby, David's time between being anointed as king and serving in that role, the prophets) 
    1. What mistakes did they make? 
    2. What did they get right? 
    3. What can we learn from their waiting and apply it to our own lives?
  2. God shows no favoritism. Do you ever feel like you are the forgotten child? The one that is left out and overlooked? 
    1. Spend some time this week in a quiet space and pray this breath prayer
      1. Breathe in "Abba"
      2. Breathe out "I belong to you"
    2. Contemplate how God loves you and wants the best for you. If you have the time and desire, memorize the scripture from Jeremiah 29:12-14
  3. Paul is very familiar with the law as a Pharisee, part of his job was to make sure that others were obeying it. Jesus says that he did not come to abolish the law but to fulfill it (Matthew 5:17). What do you think Jesus means by this? 
  4. Do you have a friend that's willing to confront you when you go off course? Set up a time with them and ask them to answer this question about you "What areas in my life do you see that I need to work on with Jesus?" If you don't have a friend like this then think of someone that ou trust and ask them if they would be willing to help you out with this question.
  5. Challenge for the week: Take some time to explore an area of your life where you have become more reliant on rules or traditions than on Jesus who lives in you. Ask God what you can do to move away from that slavery and into His freedom.

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