Chicken Nuggets and Fantasy Racing

The Daytona 500 is the start of the NASCAR season. Yesterday we rooted for Daniel Suarez as we ate chicken nuggets. I also started a fantasy NASCAR League. Both created a more engaging experience for watching the race. My husband, his grandfather, and several family friends got to know Daniel Suarez when he came to…

“The Lord opened her heart..”

“And on the Sabbath day we went out of the city to the riverside, where prayer was customarily made; and we sat down and spoke to the women who met there. Now a certain woman named Lydia heard us. She was a seller of purple from the city of Thyatira, who worshiped God. The Lord opened her heart to…

Things We Need to Hear from God about

In education, you are supposed to be able to go into any classroom and be able to ask a student, “What are you doing?” and “What are you learning” and get a good answer. If the student doesn’t know what they are supposed to be doing, they won’t be learning. If the student doesn’t know…

Have you not Heard?

“…Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble…

“since I was a little a girl”

Tomorrow I’m teaching about Solomon at Bible Club. I love the story about Solomon asking God for wisdom (1 Kings 3:5-14), but in the lesson book, the title is “Solomon starts well, ends poorly.” This means the lesson encompasses the end of Solomon’s life too where he gets distracted by his wives and wealth and…

“if all of these trials bring me closer to You…”

A neighbor and brother looked for the right clothes for their voyage as pirates. Their ship was leaving any moment.   A family hurried to pack for a journey where they would leave their home forever. There was no time for anything but preparations.   A woman stood by her car in the school parking…

Finding Joy

Psalm 16:11, Isaiah 43:18-19, Romans 15:13 Happy New Year! Thanks for reading along. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” As you switch the calendar today, think of this verse: God says,“Forget the…

Asking for Joy

Matthew 7:7-11 By now you’ve probably sorted through your Christmas gifts and decided which ones to return, re-gift, and rejoice about. Did you get the gifts you wanted? Did the gift you picked out for your adorable niece or nephew yield the response you hoped? We’ve been talking about joy this week, and as you…

Jesus Joy

Exodus 34:6, John 3:16-17, 14:6&16, Romans 8:15, Colossians 2:6-7, James 2:23 Five days ago we celebrated the birth of baby Jesus. Maybe you went to church or sang a religious carol. Maybe you didn’t. It’s okay. Yesterday we learned that Jesus is the source of our joy. Have you asked Jesus to be the Lord…

The Source of Joy

Hebrews 13:8, James 1:2-8 So what is joy? Is it just a fancy word for happiness? I’ve been studying a lot about joy these last months as we’ve encountered a lot of changes in our circumstances. Joy is the choice for deep gladness that stays even when things around you all seem to be going…

Strength in Joy

Nehemiah 4:1-23, 6:1-9&15, 8:10b, Isaiah 40:31 Nehemiah and the people finally started rebuilding the wall of the city. However, they were met with taunting, threats, and exhaustion. Nehemiah prayed for God to strengthen his hands. Are you tired? Are you losing strength in this change of seasons? Find comfort in this promise: “For the joy…

Joy on Purpose

Nehemiah 2:1-9, Isaiah 55:12a Nehemiah’s high-risk job was to check the king’s food and drink for poison by doing a taste test. Because of this connection to the king, Nehemiah was in a position to organize an effort to repair the broken walls in his home city, but you can bet that it was God…