titus|tuesdays: It’s a Process

lump-of-clayI can’t believe the Spring semester of our Titus2Women’s group is wrapping up. (it’s especially hard to believe we’re about to take our summer break – when it doesn’t even feel like Spring outside in Iowa today!)

Today, we had our final discussion on the book, “Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World.”

Wow. This book has been life-changing for me. God gifted Joanna Weaver with this message, I have no doubt about that!

This final chapter’s title is the same as the book title: “Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World.” And what really jumped out at me in this chapter was the discussion about transformation.

If you hold a lump of clay in your hand, it doesn’t look like much. Continue reading

Stirring Up Passion (for Christ)

14942In this week before Easter, I knew I wanted to be focusing on that FIRST week before Easter.

The week Christ walked on the earth, just days away from the cross.

For our Bible lessons this week, the kids and I have been focusing on reading from the Word what happened on those fateful days – and I’ve so enjoyed it.

When I was looking for a “reading list” of scriptures for this week, though, I couldn’t find something that was exactly what I wanted. So, I took pieces from lists I found, and then just dug into the Word myself.

I wanted to go chronologically and, of course, wanted to hit on the key events of the week. But I also didn’t want to do so much that I overwhelmed the boys.

So, I chose pieces of the story from each of the gospels (and held myself back from including ALL the versions from ALL the gospels… though it was hard. but I may read through them all on my own.)

I came up with a chronological list that I could split up this week, so we could study that last week of Jesus’ life on earth.

I know, it’s now Tuesday, and I’m just sharing this information with all of you – but I didn’t get it all sorted out until yesterday (let’s be honest, Mommy’s not exactly ahead of the curve lately). But I wanted to at least share it now while it’s fresh in my mind. AND you’ve still got plenty of time before Easter!

So here’s just click the link (below the image) and you’ll find a reading list – PRINTABLE for you (if you like hard copies of things)

Passion Week Reading List {from friedkristy.com}

Passion Week Reading List PRINTABLE

I figure if I do this now, then I can just share this post NEXT year – earlier than a few days into Passion Week. (that counts as planning ahead, not laziness, FYI)

Even if you don’t read it THIS week – you can still read through these passages about the final days before the cross. With your kids – or by yourself.

This Passion Week, I want to stir up a passion for Christ. Not only for my kids, but for myself.

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Simple Meals that are Simply Delicious

SimpleMeals-Image-CroppedLooking for a few SIMPLE meals to add to your repertoire? I know I always am!

The thing is, I didn’t want “easy” to mean just another frozen pizza.

Don’t get me wrong, frozen pizzas have been my friend on more than one occasion! But I wanted a little variety for my “easy meals.”

Thank goodness for the Internet – it makes finding new recipes so much easier.

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titus|tuesdays: Lessons from Lazarus

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I love the quote there from Eleanor Roosevelt. But I’d like to apply to EVERYONE – not just women.

And really, I’d say it this way: “A person is like a tea bag, you never know how strong THEIR FAITH is, until they’re put in hot water.”

I just love how God has worked in this semester of our Titus2Women’s group through this study – Having A Mary Heart in a Martha World.

As if I needed more proof His timing is perfect – I feel each week like the message from the chapter is exactly what I need to hear, what I need to be learning or I’m in the midst of learning — basically that God has a personal message in it for me. Continue reading

titus|tuesdays: The Better Part

bible-by-candlelight As our group continues reading through A Mary Heart in a Martha World, I find myself equally encouraged and convicted. Joanna has such a great way of writing and saying things that we need to hear – but does it in a way that is convicting, but not condemning.

If it isn’t clear already – I highly recommend this book!

This week, we read Chapter 7, “The Better Part.” It’s all about spending time with God – finding that quiet time in your day with Him.

At the beginning of the chapter, Joanna used an illustration that really resonated with me. She talked about the picture of a girl who was spinning multiple hula hoops, but she appeared calm. Continue reading

Pillar of Fire

6a0120a610bec4970c0168ea40b357970cSometimes I wish the Lord still appeared in a pillar of cloud and fire. Seems to me it would make it so much easier to know when He wants me to go and when I should stay put.

I’m a visual learner, what can I say?

I was reading in Numbers the other day. Yes, Numbers – not everyone’s first choice during quiet time, is it? I can’t take much credit, I’ve been using the One Year Bible, which has a portion of the Old Testament, New Testament, a Psalm and a Proverb for each day of the year. Often, I skip the OT part (just being honest!)… especially when it’s a long list of names…

But on this particular day, I felt led to read this section of Numbers. So I did. Continue reading

titus|tuesdays: Spiritual Hunger

Matthew_5-6How’s your spiritual hunger today?

As we continue our study of “Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World” in our Titus2Women’s group, I continue to be challenged and encouraged.

In chapter 5, Joanna uses the example of a “Spiritual Snickers Bar” – something that takes the edge off your hunger for God – and it really spoke to me. Continue reading