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Online studies at Bible Cafe for Women

18 Apr

I’ve always wanted to be involved in a women’s Bible study group but because I teach on Wednesday nights I’m never able to. No problem, thanks to the Bible Cafe for Women. I’m super excited about this and can’t wait for the next study.

We’re going to study One in a Million by Priscilla Shirer.

One in a Million is about an exploration of the Israelites’ journey through the wilderness. Priscilla Shirer encourages participants to fully engage in the abundant life God has waiting for those who will allow Him to take the lead in daily living. One in a Million is an opportunity for you to experience your deliverance from strongholds, to conquer your wilderness living, and to claim your God-given inheritance. Source: Lifeway

If you can’t see the following video, click here to view it on YouTube.

The study starts tomorrow but you can join in at any time. All you need to do the study is to purchase the workbook. You can sign up to receive updates and discussion questions through email. Click here for more information.

My favorite quote from Eli Stone

11 Mar

Just wanted to pop in real quick and share something inspiring. J and I have been watching tv shows through Netflix, some instantly and some on DVD. Lately I’ve been watching a bunch of older shows (or older episodes) that I never watched while they were on tv. We’ve watched Pushing Daisies, which I adore and am so sad that I found it so late.

Another show we started watching is Eli Stone. I’ve watched four episodes and really enjoy it so far. Plus, I love Jonny Lee Miller ever since I saw him in Mansfield Park.

The show is about a guy who starts having hallucinations that are really visions pushing him towards paths that help others while he learns more about himself and his relationships with those around him. Meanwhile, those decisions make him look like a certified quack and strain his relationship with his employers and his fiance.

The first episodes deals with him learning about this new-found gift. Eli’s friend, Dr. Chen is convinced that Eli is meant to be some sort of prophet, saying that God has called a prophet in every generation. Here’s how the rest of that conversation goes:

Eli: The difference between those guys and me is – I don’t believe in God.

Dr. Chen: Sure you do. You believe in right and wrong. You believe in justice, in fairness. And, you believe in love. All those things – they’re God, Eli. And, that [pointing to a sunset] – that’s God, too.

Of course, I understand that many people have different and opposing views on what God is. After all, there are a billion and one religions devoted to this god and that god. And, I also understand that line was written from a secular, neutral point of view so every person, no matter his or her faith, could walk away appreciating the quote and not finding any offense with it.

But, I’m going to speak from my point of view. As a believer in Christ, I do agree that God is love, just, and fair, among many other good attributes. After all, God is good. And what I love is that Dr. Chen associated a sunset with God. I thank God for sunsets all the time.

Furthermore, as I strive to be a better and more confident artist, I am reminded of the True Artist, Yahweh. I can paint canvases, make cards, draw dolls, and scrapbook my history. And, while I’m proud of my masterpiece, I can only say that it is, at best, a fair imitation of the true masterpiece that surrounds me – God’s creation.

Take, for instance, the sunset. Dr. Chen was right saying that a sunset is God because God created that sunset. No man or woman or child can claim ownership to that marvelous masterpiece. How marvelous that He would take a moment during the creation of this world to paint a sunset that you and I can enjoy often – a sunset that is different every single day.

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” Psalm 19:1

Shout to the Lord on American Idol

15 Apr

Totally awesome.

If you can’t see the following video, click here to view it on YouTube.

America’s No. 1 Book

9 Apr

The Bible is #1! To read the full article:

http://www.reuters.com/article/lifestyleMolt/idUSN0835916320080408

To find out what else made the top ten list:

http://news.aol.com/story/_a/americas-favorite-book-revealed/20080409093509990001

Sunset After the Storm

20 Jun

Yesterday some pretty awful thunderstorms rolled across this area. I was on my way to our Petal office, having just photographed one of our new listings, when it hit. I got soaked and ran home to get a change of clothes and a raincoat. The rain was blowing in horizontally under my carport (can it do that?), a Big Daddy Weave cd was hurled down the street, and I could barely open my screen door.

But, after all of that, God gave us a sight that words could not describe. We had our blinds closed, but a beautiful glow from the windows drew us out. This sunset was absolutely breathtaking. Isn’t it amazing the blessing we receive after a storm?