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Galatians Week 6

Week 6 of our Galatians Study! Wrapping up just in time for Advent! Join us in the Bible Study with Tina Facebook group to get some daily encouragement, two words Facebook Live!







Study Questions Week 6


What does it mean to restore someone gently? Is there a time that you can think of that someone has restored you gently? Take some time to write down all the things that you remember about that time. In what way did the person approach you? How did they make you feel? Was there an action that they encouraged you to take to correct your behavior/thought?Do you have people in your life that help carry your burden? Give them a word of thanks, this week. And look for someone that you can come alongside to help with their burden. It can be physical (like holding a door open), spiritual (praying for someone), emotional (being present in their grief or celebration). Paul says in verse 7 God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Take some time to examine your actions lately and see if you&…

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


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.Verse 6 says "the only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love."How do you express your faith? 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.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.Verse 25 says "S…

Free for a Limited Time

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 t…

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


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.Cook together until sugar is dissolved 4 cups of water and 3 cups of sugarAdd syrup mixture to cranberries and grated rind and juice of a large lemonFreeze until mushy in a shallow pans, such as cake pans or non-divided ice cube traysBeat mixture with an electric mixer and refreeze.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…

Galatians Week 4

Week 4 of six weeks studying Galatians!







Study Questions Week 4
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. Spend some time this week in a quiet space and pray this breath prayerBreathe in "Abba"Breathe out "I belong to you"Contemplate how God loves you and wants the best for you. If you have the time and desire, memorize the scripture from Jeremiah 29:12-14When 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. 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.Paul says in verse 18 "It is fine to be zealous, provided the purpose is good, and to be so always..." Define the wo…

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 s…

Galatians Week 3

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









Study Questions Week 3


How do you define faith? Write out your definition and then compare it to the definition in Hebrews 11:1Do you rely on the law or faith to draw you closer to God? What is one area of your life that you would like to have more faith? Take one step towards that faith that you desire.What is one area of your life that you have an abundance of faith? Take one step to share that faith with someone else.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? What type of guardians has God placed in your life today? Do you trust that God has what's best for you in mind?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? After contemplating these two questions, meditate on Galatians 3:1…