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Beth and I are looking at the love chapter in 1 Corinthians 13. Today we are looking at patience or as I like to call it – NOBODY’S strong suit! My first month working in education, I’ve decided teachers and parents of small children are among the most patient of people. When your love for someone is enough to suppress annoyance, you my friend have found patience. To me, patience is when you not only come to the end of yourself. You not only love someone as a work in progress, but see them for who they could be and are becoming in Christ. This, for me, has always been my aim when I contemplate and seek patience. Now, for a little silliness. (Glad I recorded this when I felt my nasty cold coming on & did it before I lost my voice completely!) ​[wpvideo GZnthyV9]​

Yay! New series ahead. Beth & I are talking about the traits of love. God gave Moses 10 Commandments. Guidelines that were simple, yet people messed that up. Then when Jesus showed up, He broke it down further and made it even simpler for us by breaking it down to love (love God & love your neighbor – Matthew 22:36-40). Still, we manage to mess that up. My hope by discussing the traits of love is that I would learn to be more like Jesus. Really unpack 1 Corinthians 13. Love is so much more than we know. Also, for kicks, I’ll be doing these little covers of Beatles songs. Hope you get a good laugh! ​[wpvideo xNQnNBJH]​

Today as Beth and I wrap up our Beatitudes series, I find myself almost at a loss for words. This has been a much bigger challenge to write about than I thought! This last one is by far the hardest. Matthew 5:10 God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. I like to joke, “if nobody’s hatin’, you’re doing something wrong”. But, what do I really know of persecution? My freedom and rights are protected and defended. ISIS isn’t knocking on my door. I guess for me it poses the question: if I’m not being persecuted, am I doing enough for Christ? I heard Dave Roever speak at my church yesterday. He mentioned the disconnect between the American church and missionaries/believers in other countries giving their lives for the gospel. Do we hurt for them, our brothers and sisters, the way we…

What does peace really mean? What did Jesus say about it? Beth gives great detail and scriptures about peace. We are nearing the end of our series on the Beatitudes. Only 1 more week left after this! Today, we’re looking at peacemakers. Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Did you know the youngest child (aka the baby of the family) is typically the peacemaker? As the youngest, I hope this is true of me. Many years ago, someone came against me over something I had not done. A woman I admire and who knew me well enough to know it was untrue gave me this scripture and it changed my life: Romans 12:18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. I’ll do what I can to live at peace with my neighbors. That…

Beth and I continue our look at the Beatitudes and this week is mercy. Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. My mind automatically went to this verse: James 2:13 because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment. I love the word “triumph”. Mercy is a divine compassion. Someone doesn’t need to deserve it to receive it – that’s what makes it so divine. That’s what makes it triumphant. If we all deserved it, it’d be easy to give! This is the beautiful act of mercy. I love this song. I hope you do, too. It’s a great reminder. https://youtu.be/sILwvJShMV8 My past embraced My sin forgiven I’m blameless in Your sight My history rewritten You delight in showing mercy Mercy triumphs over judgment Oh love, great love Fear cannot be found in You There will…

I’m what you may call “big boned”. Ok, I’m overweight. And my failures in this area have been well-documented on my blog over the years as I attempt to lose the weight – unsuccessfully. Basically, I had a “cheat day” ten years ago. Now, here I am. Weight Watchers works, but it’s slow. And though there’s progress, it’s discouraging that the results aren’t evident. I’m trying not to lose heart, but I’ve nearly thrown in the towel once again. In fact, I have told very few people I’m doing it because I think subconsciously I anticipate failure. And I sabotage myself. I have somehow bought my own excuses. What does all of that have to do with hungering & thirsting for righteousness? Well, I think the things we “hunger” for are revealing of our hearts. For me, obviously, I have an issue with food and I’m working on my “why”.…

Beth and I are talking about mourning this week as we continue looking at the Beatitudes. I think it’s safe to say that each of us experiences loss. We have all lost loved ones. But what about other things we grieve? There are so many different types of loss. The loss of a job. A relationship. A dream. It all hurts. I have a lot of things I’m passionate about. I used to not understand how I could be equally passionate about this vast array of creative expression, until a recent revelation – but you’ll have to buy my (future) book to find out about that. 😜 I had a dead dream. The past two years, I’ve tried to lay it to rest. I’ve worked hard to not let myself be bitter – but it was hard. Instead, I’ve worked diligently to focus on what I can do, and accept…

Everywhere you go, everywhere you look, everyone is searching for something to fill that emptiness inside. The void. The longing in their spirit only God can satisfy. We live in a world poor in spirit. We are surrounded by spiritual bankruptcy- and it seeps into our lives. Beth and I are going through the Beatitudes – and this week we’re looking at verse Matthew 5:3 He says, “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.”(NLT) I love this particular translation because it’s a great definition of what it truly means to be poor in spirit. Poor in spirit is a deficit of the eternal. The only solution is to recognize your need for Him. Maybe you’re like me and feel a bit of that deficit occasionally. But my comfort is this: I know I need Him with every fiber…

Beth and I are kicking off a new series on the Beatitudes. I love it when I come up with ideas that throw Beth for a loop. I wanted to do this series because I’m working on my attitude. I’m determined to live a life of gratitude. One of the things I find myself most grateful for is the knowledge that there is no situation that God doesn’t have me covered. This brought me to the teachings of the Beatitudes. During some recent difficulties, I found myself faced with a choice: either I believe God’s plans for me are good…or NOT. Either I believe it, or I don’t. And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. – Romans 8:28 So, this is the next few weeks of our collaboration. My hope…

We’re talking about the Woman at the Well. Visit Beth’s blog for teaching- read on for my shenanigans. I tease my single friends about being “thirsty” all the time. It’s the funniest term I’ve heard used for someone who is eager to find that special someone. The word thirsty paints a great picture, doesn’t it? I immediately imagine that poor cartoon character who dives head first into a mirage of a lake only to get a mouthful of sand. We all laughed at that as kids, but it sets the stage for what the world has to offer regarding our thirsting souls. Gatorade commercials are still the best for describing thirst. We had a couple bouts of the flu this year, and my kids ask for it by name as the drink that makes them feel better. You see, water is amazing for you. But when you’ve been sick, you…