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

titus|tuesdays: Worry Versus Trust

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Yes, I’m a day late with my “Titus Tuesdays” post this week! Better than several days late, right? I’m just happy for improvement.

Last time, I shared with you how I was really struck by the idea in the last chapter (Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World; Chapter 2: Lord, Don’t You Care?) that instead of telling God “I need to know” I have to realize He says “You need to trust.”

I felt like God was continuing on that train of thought with me this week. I just kept hearing TRUST and seeing TRUST.

I read during my research something that really hit home for me. It’s an “equation” of sorts:

Worry replaced by prayer equals TRUST.

In this chapter, Joanna wrote about how worrying short-circuits our relationship with God. It cuts us off from Him because it causes us to focus on ourselves and our situation, instead of putting our focus where it belongs – on God. Continue reading

titus|tuesdays: Overwhelmed and Overloaded

Mary-MarthaYes, I do realize it’s Saturday (even if most of the day I’ve been a little fuzzy on the actual DATE).

Yes, I also realize I haven’t been around these parts for quite some time.

As usual, “life” is my excuse. But I’ve realized part of the problem is my perfectionism, too.

I hate to post anything that isn’t “just right” and doesn’t have the right images, photos, graphics, text arrangement, etc.

So, I tend to psych myself out (realizing how much time it will take to do a “perfect” post) and then don’t post anything.

So what’s a perfectionistic girl to do? Try to relax a little (maybe).

What I’d like to do is spending some time in the coming weeks and months sharing what God’s teaching me and how He’s working on me.

Simpler posts? Probably. As many “Pinterest Worthy” posts? Probably not.

Either way, that’s what is on my heart to do – so I’m going to give it a shot! Continue reading