Excellent Bible Study by Beth Moore

One of my 2012 Resolutions is to do a daily Bible study; being in the Word and learning more about God is so important to me and is essential for developing a personal relationship with Him. My absolute favorite Bible study author is Beth Moore…if you’ve never done one of her studies or read one of her books, you just HAVE to check her out, she is fabulous! She is definitely living out passion for Christ and her calling to help others grow close to Him and God has given her a gift of writing. She is funny and sweet and down to earth and explains the Bible in ways that I NEVER would have been able to understand on my own.

Usually I do her Bible studies in a group setting where you meet each week and watch a video lesson that she has created and there’s a workbook for you to fill in notes. Then there’s five days worth of homework before you come back for the next lesson. This time, however, I’m doing one of her Personal Reflections Series–                     it’s Jesus, 90 Days with the One and Only.

I’m a third of the way through and it’s really great. The format is: she gives you some Scripture to read–not a ton, usually just a few verses, then she starts by asking a couple of questions for you to answer, then there’s some in-depth commentary from her about whatever the lesson is about for the day and it finishes with a prayer she wrote and has space for you to write your own prayer too. It takes about 20 minutes of your time, which is perfect for me since I’m chasing a toddler around all day!

If you’re looking for a wonderful study that will help you in your walk with the Lord I recommend you buying this one or one of the others in the series. She also has them on David, Paul, and John. I also enjoy reading Beth’s blog: Living Proof Ministries.

I hope you have a blessed day!


Help a Hero Win; Your Votes are Needed

At church last Sunday we learned about the Global Soap Project which was started by Derreck Kayongo. Derreck is originally from Uganda but is now an American citizen who’s striving “to put a bar of soap in the hand of every child who can’t afford it.” He got the idea for the Global Soap Project when he first came to America in the 90s; he was amazed that the hotel he stayed in was replenishing his soap every day, even though it was hardly used.

Afraid that the hotel would charge him for all that soap, he went to speak to the concierge about it. The concierge just laughed and told him that the hotel throws away the soaps not used every day. It saddened him because so many people in third world countries, such as Haiti, Uganda, Kenya and Swaziland need soap so badly.

Soap is expensive in those countries but is a vital first step in fighting off diseases. Not being able to wash your hands leads to sickness and the cost of a hospital visit is often too high a price to pay and people are dying merely because they didn’t have soap.

Derreck’s Global Soap Project is making strides to overcoming that problem. They gather barely used soap from hotels, sanitize the soap and reprocess it into new bars of soap and ship it to third world countries in need.

You can help further his project by going to CNN’s Heroes 2011 site and voting for Derreck’s project up to ten times a day from now until December 7th. The winner will be announced on December 11. Please take a moment to vote for Derreck–with only a few minutes each day, you can help make a difference in a child’s life.



Fall Reflections

The baby is napping so I have a little free time; I’m sitting at my kitchen table just savoring the quiet moment. My kitchen has the sweet aroma of my caramel apple scented candle that is lit and I’m enjoying a cup of coffee while watching the golden leaves fall outside the window.

Am I the only one who feels that we are having a a particularly beautiful fall season? Maybe I just forget how gorgeous fall is, but it seems to me that the colors are more vibrant this year and they are sticking around longer than usual. I have a large oak tree in my front yard and one in my backyard and I’m really enjoying the turning of the leaves and seeing them blanket the backyard. And the maples! Oh, have you seen the beautiful red maples? There are plenty around where I live and I have been admiring them while driving by.

The beautiful earth and the changing of the seasons reminds me that God created everything and everyone. He is the Master Artist and we should praise Him for these beautiful fall colors and thank Him for our many blessings.

My preacher has been doing a prayer series and he talked about how we should be in constant communication with God throughout our day–it’s as easy as offering up “Twitter-sized prayers.” So here’s mine:

Thank you Lord for your beautiful fall colors; they remind me to slow down and enjoy the beauty of every moment.

“Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; speak of all His Wonders” 1 Chronicles 16:9

Pack a Shoe Box for a Child

The holiday season is not a happy time for many children all over the world, but there are many amazing organizations who are doing their part to help brighten many children’s Christmas season. One organization that I think is wonderful and I fully support is Samaritan’s Purse which has the Operation Christmas Child project.

It’s simple really; just load up a shoe box full of goodies for either a boy or girl. Pick an age group of 2-4 years, 5-9 years or 10-14 years. I get all of my shoe box gifts from the Dollar Store. Some gift suggestions include school supplies such as pens, pencils and coloring books; toys such as cars, balls and dolls; hygiene products such as toothbrush and toothpaste, etc. Basically, you may include any little kind of trinket or toy that will provide a child a bit of delight.

Some items that you may not include are: toy guns or any related military figures, chocolate or food; liquids or lotions; or breakable items such as glass. For a complete list of items you should not include please see: Operation Christmas Child–How to Pack a Shoe Box.

You are not required to wrap the box but I always choose to–just wrap the lid separately from the box. Also, you will need to print out a label from the website above that specifies if the gift is for a boy or girl and which age group. Include a $7 donation for each shoe box to cover shipping costs and place a rubber band around the box. Lastly, remember to pray for the little child who will be receiving your gift.

Next week is national collection week from November 14-21st. You can find a drop-off location here: Drop-Off Locations.

What an easy way to share Christ’s love with a little child who would otherwise not have a very good Christmas. This is also an excellent way to teach your children about giving and helping others. Have them shop with you and pick out the toys that go in the box, let them help you wrap the box and then pray together for the child receiving the shoe box.

Have a blessed day!

DIY: Prayer Board

My sweet best friend gave me the neatest birthday gift! It’s a prayer board–it’s both beautiful and functional. With this board you just use a dry erase marker to write your current prayers on the frame’s glass–simply erase and write new ones as often as you’d like.  I hung it in my laundry room so I will be reminded of the people I’m praying for as I walk out the door.

A friend of hers has an Etsy store and you can purchase them here: Prayer Board. Or if you’re feeling crafty grab a pretty picture frame, some spray paint, fabric of your choice (I LOVE the burlap that my board is made with), some scrapbook letters and other stickers with sayings about faith and prayer and some notecards and thumbtacks.

Here’s my board…isn’t it great? These would make awesome Christmas gifts!

Do you have a great gift idea that is an easy DIY that you’d like to share? I would love for you to leave them as a comment!

Have a blessed day!