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Online Summer Bible Study for Women

Bible Study

“Ladies, looking for a refreshing Bible study for your summer?  Not sure how to do this in the midst of juggling schedules, work and vacation?  What if you could go online from wherever you are and be a part of a great summer series with a great group of women?

Be a part of our Red Letter Summer! Beginning June 11, join me and my fellow Pastors’ Wives of Foothills Community Church as we take an 8-week journey through the words of Jesus, as told through the Gospel of John.” {Women Who Believe}

This is an online summer Bible study for women being offered by my church. Personally, I don’t have time to schedule a weekly set time to attend a Bible study. I wish I did, but summertime is always over-scheduled. I like the idea of studying the Bible when I have time; where ever I am.

Check out Women Who Believe and sign up!

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Can you be too Christian?

So, have you heard of that Broncos quarterback named Tim Tebow? Since I live in Tebow Land, I have heard more than my fair share of Tebow news. The good news is the media is finally taking notice of the Denver Broncos. The bad news is they aren’t really paying any attention to the game.  Never mind that the Denver Broncos are 8-5 and 1st in the AFC West.

It’s all about the QB and his faith-on-his-sleeve.

He’s been called a devout Christian (like it’s a bad thing). Overbearing evangelist. He’s been known to wear Bible verses under his eye when he played in Florida. Tebow always, first and foremost, thanks his Lord and savior Jesus Christ after every game. He makes no apologies for it either.

Some people love him because of it.

Some don’t like him for that very reason.

Where Kardashians reign, even Hollywood has taken notice. With all this media scrutiny I got to thinking. Why is Tebow’s faith such a big deal? It’s not like Christianity is a new-wave religion. The majority of Americans claim to identify themselves as Christian (76%) and 82% believe in a high-being or God.

The question: Is it okay to believe in God, go to church on Sunday, read the Bible, but not okay proclaim your God-love every single day in public?

Does Tebow’s Christ-loving proclamation make people uncomfortable? Former Broncos QB,  Jake Plummer said he wishes Tebow would just “shut up” about it. “I think that when he accepts the fact that we know that he loves Jesus Christ then I think I’ll like him a little better. I don’t hate him because of that, I just would rather not have to hear that every single time he takes a good snap or makes a good handoff.” {Source}

Is Plummer right? It’s fine and good to  love Jesus Christ but we don’t want to hear about it? Love Christ in private?

I tend to think that it makes people uncomfortable because they feel inferior in their own faith relationship. To have that kind of faith and love that Tebow exhibits is a great thing. It’s a precious thing. It’s the kind of love that all Christians should strive for.

Tebow has said, “And that’s the thing about my faith: it’s not just something that happens when you’re at church or happens when you’re praying or reading the Scripture. It’s part of who you are, as a person, as a player, in your life and everything.” {Source}

I don’t know what to make of this Tebowing. That’s just weird. And I don’t know what to make of this Christian backlash either. I think it makes for some interesting conversation. Love it or hate it.

I do know this: Tebow’s bold faith and last-minute quarterback plays can’t be ignored.

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I wrote this post last year: There’s a new quarterback in town…and he brought his Bible. My question was about the backlash against Tebow and his faith. I still don’t have the answer. Anyone have any ideas?

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December Daily | 6

For your enjoyment. I found it on YouTube: Amena Brown: Psalm 139. Inspiring.

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What does “Sunday Best” mean anyway?

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I’ve heard some say to attend church you must “dress the part”. That means you must dress up in “proper” church attire…your Sunday best. Apparently that includes no Twilight t-shirts, no ripped jeans, no bedazzled pink skull and cross-bone shirts, no cut-offs, and no low-cut shirts showing off what God gave you.

But wasn’t it Jesus who refused to listen to religious leaders of his time when they told him not to dine with sinners? (Matthew 9:11-13) Wasn’t it Jesus who touched the untouchables, the lepers? (Matthew 8:2-4) Wasn’t it Jesus who excepted all who came to him no matter the sin or circumstance? Church is not just for those who look the part, it’s for all of us growing and learning to walk in faith.

I like to think of our Lord as a come-as-you-are-God. He doesn’t care what you wear, how many piercings you have or if your shoes are shined. What difference does it make if you “dress the part” on Sunday morning if you go home and beat your wife, molest your nephew or cheat on your husband? You’re not fooling Him. He knows your heart.

He is only concerned about how your heart is dressed.

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Handmade faith jewelry

Once upon a time I was a crafty-girl. I even sold my “wears” at craft fairs for several years. Then, I had kids. I love ’em but they really are a time suck… Lately I have been inspired with handmade jewelry. I am almost obsessed, particularly with “faith” jewelry. I’ve been experimenting with different techniques. Here are my latest two pieces.

"faith can move mountains" mustard seeds in a bottle necklace

“…if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.” ~Matthew 17:20 NLT.

I made this one for my mom. Mom, here’s a bottle full of Faith for when you think you can’t do it anymore.

"faith" dog tag with mustard seed bottle cap necklace

To remind my oldest daughter that faith can indeed move mountains, I made her this necklace. I used her favorite color as the backdrop for the mustard seed. I hope she loves it.

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one thousand gifts

Surf around the blog world and it won’t take you long to see that just about everyone is writing about the book “One Thousand Gifts” by Ann Voskamp. I really want to read this book but, I have 2 books on my nightstand that I am still trying to get through (it’s been a challenge). I feel I need to try to finish those books before reading this one. I hate when I have high hopes of a book and then I get half way through and have no desire to finish it. {sigh} Not to mention I have recommitted myself in to finishing the Bible workbook on Proverbs. There just isn’t enough time in the day for all I want to read!

As if that isn’t enough, I have joined “blog for books” (I will tell you more about that later). Basically, I get free books and all I have to do is write an honest review. I can do that. Besides, who doesn’t like free books? My first book is on its way to me…so first that book, then maybe this book.

Until then, I found a free excerpt download from Scribd. After reading the first chapter I am putting this book at the top of my must read list today! Have you or are you reading the book? What do you think about it?

Just from reading the first chapter I am hooked. The message? Life is a gift from God. Although you may not “see” the gifts, they are there. You may not understand the reasons for events (even tragic events) that happen in your life, they are not for you to understand.

I haven’t been this excited about reading a book in a long time. Can’t wait to delve into it.

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