Thursday, October 6, 2016

Question For You - Women's Bible Study 2017

I was thinking about starting an online women's Bible study next year.  I am not sure of the study or when, but wanted to see if there was anyone interested.  I'm not sure of the format either.  I am starting to check on different platforms I could use.

I know you are probably very excited since I have no details for you! ha ha

This would be for women who:
  • don't go to church
  • may not even believe in God
  • have been hurt by someone in the church or their family who say they are Christian
  • seasoned church ladies
  • can't find time to go to a local study
  • are in the middle of nowhere/have no study near them
  • have young kids at home and don't dare venture outside the house (I've been there)
  • who just want to stay in their PJ's at home (no judgment here!)
  • think God does not love them because of what they did in their past (He love you so much!)
If there is only one of you besides me then I call that a group!  Every year I do a study with women at church and even though I meet some new people it is mostly people I already know.  How fun would it be to be in a group with women from all over the US, France, India, Russia, etc?  I know time zones would be an issue for "live" chats, but maybe I can set up something so everyone can visit when they had time.

Bible study can be a great way for seeing a point of view that we have never thought of.  Some people choose not to share in a group in case they have been hurt, but online there shouldn't be anything stopping us from sharing how we feel and what we think.  I would like to have a "place" we could go to chat and discuss the Bible.  It would be a positive place so no room for bashing on others.

I am praying about this so I will see if God wants me to do this.  I know I have not been consistent on here and I need to do a better job.  Maybe this is something to keep me in line:)

Sitting down with my Bible, a cup of coffee and having a meeting online with some sisters in Christ sounds good to me.  How about you?  

If you think you may be interested email me at: (blog email) and let me know if there is a topic that you want to know more about.  If enough people bring up the same subject then that may be what the focus will be on.  Thank you for your time.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Throwing Stones - Ryan Lochte on DWTS

It's sad that some men rushed over to Ryan Lochte on Dancing With The Stars last night, not sure if they wanted to hurt him or just protest.  He messed up, apologized, got banned from swimming for 10 months and lost sponsors.

No one is perfect and we all mess up, the only difference is our mistakes are not on international TV for the world to judge.  People are so harsh towards forgiving others.  So apparently these men have never sinned before because they felt justified to judge Lochte, insert sarcasm.

John 8:7 "If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone." I left out the "at her" part since this applies to men here.  When we look to judge another all it should take to humble us is to look at any number of mistakes we have made and this should stop us in our tracks.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Quote - Paulo Coelho

"The world is changed by your example, not your opinion."

~ Paulo Coelho

You can quietly lead by example or you can push others away by being so opinionated that you alienate yourself from the world.  Those who choose the latter will often find themselves on a very high pedestal so far up that they can not see the people that they are trying to change.

The pattern of a river will change over time.  The water will erode the rocks and it will start to look different or a new path will be created.  The river does not plot to change the earth, it just does what it is suppose to do, flow.

If we live out our lives with intent, love and compassion it will make more of an impact than that person yelling from their pedestal way up high.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Nahum 3:7-11

v 7-11 "All who see you will flee from you and say,
'Nineveh is in ruins-who will mourn for her?'
Where can I find anyone to comfort you?

Are you better than Thebes,
situated on the Nile,
with water around her?
The river was her defense,
the waters her wall.
Cush and Egypt were her boundless strength;
Put and Libya were among her allies.
Yet she was taken captive
and went into exile.
Her infants were dashed to pieces
at the head of every street.
Lots were cast for her nobles,
and all her great men were put in chains.
You too will become drunk;
you will go into hiding
and seek refuge from the enemy."

Thebes was a well fortified and wealthy city that was destroyed by Nineveh's king Ashurbanipal around 667 BC.  When Nahum spoke about this the people of Nineveh would have understood what that meant.  I would think that Nahum saying that Nineveh would see the same fate as Thebes would have infuriated the king.  Although he must have thought Nineveh was untouchable, his pride seemed to have no limits.  After conquering city after city Assyria must have been hated by all the surrounding lands.  Assyria was the powerhouse empire of the day which was being watched by other countries who must have been waiting for a time when they could conquer.  

Both cities had the following in common;

  • strong natural defenses
  • influential foreign alliances
  • vast amounts of wealth
  • great military forces
Most importantly, they had a false sense of security which God took away from them both.

The part about the infants is hard to imagine.  I think this shows that the insatiable violence of Nineveh was going to be repaid to them in full.  

Many have justified evil when they are the ones wielding it, yet suffer greatly when they are controlled by it.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Quote - Reputation

"Reputation is what other people know about you.  Honor is what you know about yourself."

~ Lois McMaster Bujold

Such a great quote.  We mess up, we are only human.  Yet some are so quick to judge especially when it is something that they wouldn't do.  We tend to sympathize when someone is going through the same thing that we have been through.  I have seen a person show kindness to someone that has been in their shoes then rip apart another person who did something different.  While watching the Olympics in Rio that seems to happen a lot.  These are the top athletes in the world and they are subject to everyone criticizing their every move when most of us could never get to that level.

So let us aim to show compassion to everyone.  Those who have fallen let us help them up.  That might be a seed planted that will grow into a relationship with Jesus.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Quote - Kindness

"Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly and most underrated agent of human change.  Kindness that catches us by surprise brings out the best in our nature."

~ Bob Kerrey

Kindness gets overlooked in this world for things that seem more important.  I can't think of a more powerful way to show God's love than being kind to the people that the world thinks are a waste of time.  When someone is kind to a person who does not feel valued it could be the seed planted that will someday produce an amazing woman or man of God.  Proverbs 15:1 "A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger."  I can be kind until my kids push my buttons then it is a struggle that I lose often.  I'm a WIP (work in progress).

If everyone who calls themselves a Christian would be kind it could transform our communities then spread.  It would be much better than the fear and anger that seems to be everywhere around us.

Are you kind as you go about your day?

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Quote - Altering Patterns

"Your pattern is your prison."

~ T. D. Jakes

This applies to negative patterns, but positive patterns could be your freedom.  Do you know anyone who has been stuck in the same negative pattern for decades?  Many spend so much time and effort on the negative that there is no room for the positive, even if everyone around them can see what they can't.  Patterns are difficult to break and it takes a lot of work, but the reward for being on the other side is amazing.  Difficult yet not impossible.  I think the first step is believing that change is within our grasp, this step will stop numerous people.

This is a problem area for me and I'm working on changing one thing at a time.  I have to write down daily what I want to start doing.  It has been going very slow and I have yet to make a permanent change since starting a couple of months ago.  I will keep writing the same thing on my To Do List until it is a part of my life then I will write down another one to work on.  I am more focused on starting a positive pattern then fixing a negative one.  It seems like a more reachable goal and less frustrating.  My pattern is laziness and procrastination among many other things so I'm working on changing this.  What about you?  If you are perfect then disregard this post, otherwise why don't you join me in altering patterns.

God knows what we are capable of and it is more then we could ever imagine.  I do know that I can change because I am nothing like the person I was before I had Jesus.  There was such a massive shift that when I think of the old me I am amazed at what God has done.

We are all capable of change if we will give ourselves to God.

Matthew 7:7 "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find"