Diving Into Corinthians Study {Announcement}


I am excited to announce that our newest study will begin April 2nd. In a little under a month, we will kick off our newest study and dive into the Corinthians. I have made a new journal for our study, where we can highlight, circle, make notes, and write up whatever helps us study the Word of God.

Our New Journal –

This journal is different than others. In this particular journal, we are given the Corinthians written out in a double space format – which gives us extra margins to write notes in too. While there are a few blank pages, it is mostly a “manuscript style” journal. This is where my InterVarsity days step in.

I wanted a journal that met me, where I am today. Physically, I have a lot of days where I cannot write out God’s Word like I hope to. This gives me a way to still deeply study the Word of God.

My Goal –

For this study, my goal is to slowly walk through the Corinthians. The amazing thing about this journal is – there’s no specific timetable. You can go at your own pace.

An Example –

Ideally, we will study a specific chapter each week. Since I do better with smaller passages, I will probably utilize an optional schedule. I want for us to go at our own pace though. The schedule will be optional for this reason. We need to study whatever the Lord is leading us to study.

My hope is to get into this study a bit each day. I learn and grow much more through “in depth” Bible studying. So even though we will likely do a chapter per a week, I will set up outlines like this one – to keep me on track.

Monday – 1 Corinthians 1:1-3
(Blog Post)
Tuesday – 1 Corinthians 1:4-9
Wednesday – 1 Corinthians 1:10-17
Thursday – 1 Corinthians 1:18-21
Friday – 1 Corinthians 1:22-25
(Blog Post)
Saturday – 1 Corinthians 1:26-31
Sunday – Reread and soak up His truths.

Be Ready to Grow With Jesus –

Friends, this study – Diving Into The Corinthians – is a chance for us to meet the Lord as we are. Even though life gets messy, the Lord wants to be our Forever Hope! He wants to show us His very Good News. Our trials don’t change the hope we can find in our Lord Jesus Christ.

This time of studying God’s Word is a time to gain a deeper intimacy with Christ, and nothing in this world can ever compare with such a gift!

Through His suffering, death, and resurrection, we have found a brand new life – where we don’t have to do everything on our own anymore. Our great God wants to be the One to hold us, regardless of what we have done.

How are we willing to surrender? Let’s just dive into this study at our own pace and see the Lord has to tell us.

If you want a Corinthians journal, click here to purchase yours! They are each $7.

Seeking Him,


Also: Don’t forget about our women’s FB group, where we will dive in a bit deeper than on the blog.


Intense Craving {POTF}

Before we reach our “Intense Craving” post, let me first share this week’s memory verse.

“It is he who saved us and chose us for his holy work not because we deserved it but because that was his plan long before the world began—to show his love and kindness to us through Christ (2 Timothy 1:9, TLB).”

Paul “wished to see [Timothy], not only on account of the warm friendship which he had for him but because he would be useful to him in his present circumstances (Barnes, on 2 Timothy 1:4).”

I appreciate how the King James translates this verse:

[G]reatly desiring to see you, being mindful of your tears, that I may be filled with joy. . .

In the Strong’s Concordance, this emotion is described as longing for, pursuing with love, and even intensely craving. If there was anything worthy of intensely craving in the flesh, shouldn’t it be to participate in the body of Christ? To be there for one another? To strengthen our relational connection to God and one another?

It is fairly easy to feel like a fish out of water in today’s social circles. Others don’t seem to intensely crave deep-seated community like I do, or rather the way I do. This isn’t me coming down on others, but loving (versus hating) who God made me to be. Because in today’s passage, it is not only acknowledged – it is accepted to intensely desire Christian friendships and to be around those people.

I am tired of pretending and being silent, while this “violent craving” continues on in my soul. My deepest desire is to cultivate deeper relationships with my Christian brothers and sisters. I want things to finally “connect” – building these relational bridges that circumstances cannot destroy when the next wavy storm comes.

In passages such as this one, we are reminded of our need for deep Christian community – that goes beyond Sunday mornings. Paul craved to be with Timothy in a physical sense, so he could be with his friend. But, there was more. Paul knew through his friendship with Timothy, he had things to contribute – that would help his friend in his circumstances.

I want these kind of friendships. I want close, godly, friendships like this one we see in Scriptures. God wants to hold us and bring us friends who will help us draw nearer, regardless of the fires we might be walking through. We were never meant to live out our Christian life solo. We need our Christian brothers and sisters.

 If there was anything worthy of intensely craving in the flesh, shouldn’t it be to participate in the body of Christ? To be there for one another? To strengthen our relational connection to God and one another? (Click to Tweet)

Just as we have fellowship with God through His Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, we are wholeheartedly invited to have fellowship with other followers of our Savior Jesus Christ. These are the people who will build us up when we are close to giving up, read Scriptures to us in moments of depression, pray over us, text us as we fight through a health flare, and remind us of God’s reputation as the Perfect Healer. This is worship through godly friendships.

Fellowship and relationships with our Christian brothers and sisters is a perfect gift from God. Let’s prayerfully consider how He might be leading us to build closer Christian friendships.

Seeking Him,


Featured Image is by Clem Onojeghuo.

Shepherding + Obedience


Ohh friends,

I want to share with you our “focus verse” for the rest of the week. It is soo late in the week, to call it a “memory verse”. But, I really appreciate the truth found in this verse.

The saying is true and irrefutable: If any man [eagerly] seeks the office of bishop (superintendent, overseer), he desires an excellent task (work). – 1 Tim. 3:1, AMPC

I have much to say on this verse, but I want to keep today’s blog post shorter than normal.

Friends, let us consider how we can draw nearer to our Risen Lord today.

I don’t know what you have going on. You may be crazy busy, or physically weaker than normal. Let us consider how we can seek the Lord.

Finding Wholeness in Him

When I seek Him, He fills me up with His Holy Spirit. I don’t want to miss this experience of being full of Him – and feeling complete.

And you are in Him, made full and having come to fullness of life (Col. 2:10, AMPC). .

Normally people give themselves “one word” for 2018, I am finding out what mine is. A bit late? Drawing nearer is my goal for this year. I want to be drawn nearer to our Lord Jesus Christ – despite the circumstances of today.

Plant Based Eating

Today, I am on day 9 of being completely compliant on my new way of eating. I slipped up a bit last night, but overall it is going very well. This is something I am doing out of obedience.

I just want to obey the Lord and follow the direction He is leading me. I am realizing just how much I need to stay on this plant based way of eating.

As of yesterday, I “reappeared” on Instagram. I am hoping to be more vocal about this new way of eating, and maybe share recipes I am coming across and loving. Plenty of things going on, and as the Lord leads – I will share them here.

A Place to Minister

One of the reasons I love our verse is – it reminds me of the gift we have to shepherd others in the faith. As the Lord leads, He allows us to be there to love on and guide others.

This blog is an opportunity for me to live out this passion of mine – to shepherd and lead others closer to our Lord Jesus. Even if my days are filled with sickness or housework busyness, I can meet here and share what the Lord is putting on my heart.

Thank you all for being here, and allowing me to share.

In Him,



Noticing the Change {{POTF}}


I give thanks to Christ Jesus our Lord who has strengthened me, because he considered me faithful, appointing me to the ministry— even though I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an arrogant man. But I received mercy because I acted out of ignorance in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overflowed, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus (1 Tim. 1:12-14, CSB).

I needed this truth: our Lord Jesus is the One strengthening us!

While I am a person who struggles with sin, I am absolutely saved by His grace alone. God has shown me His mercy. He has purposely loved me, despite the person I used to be. When my sin nature is in charge, I have the ability to crave being unkind. Yet, the Lord, through the gift of the Holy Spirit, is showing me how I can live a brand new way of life! He continues to deliver me from my old self on a daily, even hourly, basis.

My sin shows me my desperate need for our Lord Jesus who rose from the grave! In Scripture we are given the opportunity to see the difference between drawing nearer to Christ and living for ourselves. Galatians 5 is the number one Scripture that comes to mind on this subject. It shows us the absolute different in our lives when we focus on this relationship with God through our Savior.

For myself, I know our Lord Jesus is the One making the difference! He is doing the work that only He can. Routines, diets, and other things cannot ever change the “inside me.” This is something only our Lord Jesus can do.

The grace of our Lord has been abundantly poured out on me, along with faith and love found in Jesus Christ. The change I need in my personal life is something only Jesus can do. I need the Lord to take my life fully. I need to keep my words and attitude in check, because honestly it is easy to slip up. When life happens, it is easy to fall into the hard place of old ways. Take a look at this encouragement.

take off your former way of life, the old self that is corrupted by deceitful desires, to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, the one created according to God’s likeness in righteousness and purity of the truth (Eph. 4:22-24).”

Friends, let us keep daily putting on Christ.
Let us choose the things of God over this world.
We are given the Holy Spirit to help us in our journey.

How are you making sure you don’t “sober up” from the Holy Spirit?

Just that statement alone, takes a bit to digest – Reading our Bible’s, prayer, and Christian fellowship are all ways to get “drunk on the Spirit”.

Friend, keep drinking in the Lord through coming nearer. We need our Living Water, and drawing nearer is the best way to govern our lives. The Holy Spirit is our tool for every day living, so let us allow Him to strengthen our lives!

Image is by Matt Botsford.

Seeking Him,



Our Reading Plan {{POTF}}

Welcome, friends!! I am glad to have you here, whether you are a regular reader or brand new. Welcome!

Our Bible study officially starts on Monday. I am excited for our study time together. I hope you are finding your own excitement for this study and all that the Lord has in store for each of us.

This is going to be an amazing time of worship and community. Let’s come willingly, and enjoy this time of growing – together!

Blog Bible Study Tools –

While there is an eight week journal we can use (for this or any other study), the most important tool needed is our reading plan. Having this reading plan operates as our guide for this study. It shows us what Scriptures we will be reading through each day in an easy to navigate format. Our reading schedule helps us walk through the books of Titus and 1-2 Timothy in just eight weeks!


Quality Time, Needed Time –

Friends, let’s prepare our hearts for this beautiful time of worship! Through the course of our study, we are getting to do something life impacting. We are given the amazing privilege to spend quality time with our Creator. The One who knows us completely, and wants to be with us.

As we give ourselves to the Lord and draw near, He will meet us here and bless this time!

Why I Study?!

I am so excited to see how the Lord will use this time. In each of these studies, the Lord has faithfully “shown up” in my life. They have been so memorable to me, because of their effect on my relationship with the Lord. This is why I find myself continuing to go back to our Ephesians journal and even the Matthew 4-7 journal. Each holds a special place in my relationship with the Lord, and reminds me of how the Lord has spoke to me in the past.

Two things are always evident during my involvement in these studies:

  1. Quality time with the Lord – I know that I am more connected to the Lord during these special times. As I keep my commitment to go through a particular study, I am more focused on the Lord and linger in His presence (see John 15:5, Joshua 1:8-9).
  2. Joy – This is a byproduct of being with our Lord Jesus. I have more joy and feel whole. I don’t feel empty or like I am missing something somehow. This is the time, where I am doing exactly what I should be doing. . . drawing nearer to the Lord (see Psalm 16:11, 23:1; Colossians 2:6-7).

Teach Us, Lord

The Lord continues to work in and change me, as I give myself to these studies. These Bible studies are needed on many levels, including my relationship with God through Jesus Christ – our Mighty Savior.

We can trust that God will work in us through this study. Friends, let’s prepare our hearts for what the Lord is going to teach us.

Lord, help us to remain willing during this sacred time! Move in our hearts and help us to draw nearer to You. Thank you for this time. Speak boldly, Lord. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

{Ladies: Don’t forget about our Facebook small group!}

Image by Kiwihug.

In Him,