What in your life has caused you to experience
As I write this blog post I am waiting for an update on the
status of my 99-year-old grandmother who is in her final hours of life on this
earth. If things were “normal” across the globe I would have already boarded a
plane to travel 1200 some miles to be with her and other family members. But
with COVID-19 restrictions in place my family is having to process heartbreak isolated
from each other.
Interestingly, this week’s study involves a call to process heartbreak.
Continue reading “Heartbreak”
Are you feeling Vulnerable?
What situations or circumstances stirred a sense of vulnerability in you prior to spring 2020?
This past week of 2020 has been one that Christians across the globe have celebrated Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter in a vastly different manner than in recent years. We’ve watched services from our own homes rather than attending public celebrations and memorials.
Some had hoped in North America that we’d be able to gather
in person on Easter Sunday but sadly that has not proved feasible. The COVID-19
virus response has truly disrupted our sense of normal. Our businesses,
personal health, loved one’s health, sense of control or freedom have many wavering
with feeling vulnerable.
What words would you use to describe feeling vulnerable?
Continue reading “Vulnerable”
A Literal Viral Attack
Saying something has “gone viral” in our culture has meant that something on social media has garnered a huge number of views or shares across the internet. Additional exposure would be further inflamed as mainstream media began reporting on the item.
Today, in spring 2020, we are faced with battling COVID-19, an aggressive respiratory virus rapidly spreading across the globe. This is a literal viral attack on humanity that we are battling. As our governmental and medical authorities issue comprehensive measures to slow the spread of this viral attack on our physical wellbeing our national and global economic wellbeing is struggling to adapt.
In the OT book of Joel successive locust hordes had
completely devoured Judah’s plant life. Their physical and economic wellbeing was
in even worse shape than we currently are.
What can we learn from Joel 1:6 that can help us deal with
the literal viral attack of today?
Continue reading “Gone Viral”
Medical gear, toilet paper, and other shortages
In early spring 2020 much of the global economy is facing shortages of medical gear, food, and other items due to concerns over a new virus pandemic sweeping through humanity. Some countries are in serious trouble due to this pandemic while others are issuing a variety of mandates to limit physical interaction with fellow humans hoping to stop or limit the spread of this virus. Unfortunately, hoarding behavior is occurring even though authorities are saying it isn’t necessary.
This week my husband attempted to
acquire a new basic thermometer since the one we have is showing signs of not
working well. Eight stores later he still couldn’t acquire one. Several days
later, same story. Online shopping reveals shortages of basic thermometers as
How should we respond to
Does the Bible give us any
guidance in situations like these?
Continue reading “Shortages Today”
What is Crisis?
How are you handling the challenges encompassing
the global crisis of the corona virus in 2020? Are you heeding the advice of
authorities? Or are you ignoring them?
Shopping for household goods has become
a bigger challenge because of this 2020 virus crisis. People whose panic button
is easily triggered started buying out shelves of all kinds of items.
We’re being told by authorities that there’s
no need to hoard items. Yet stores are having to literally stand watch in certain
aisles to insure you obey the new limits of only 1 paper goods item or 2 sweet potatoes
allowed per customer.
How do you respond to this? Are you
getting upset and angry at the clerks running the store? Or are you taking it
in stride and adapting to the current perceived crisis? Do you smile and thank
the clerks for their efforts to limit hoarding behavior?
Are we truly in crisis at this point?
Continue reading “Current Crisis”
The importance of Sharing Stories
Tell your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children to another generation. (Joel 1:3 ESV)
We are three verses into the book of Joel at this point.
The first verse told us who the book’s message is from while the second verse expressed that the entire community should pay attention to what is to follow.
Now in verse three the community is given an instruction to share this story from generation to generation.
Why instruct your audience about sharing stories before stating what the event is that the LORD is speaking into?
Continue reading “Sharing Stories”
How do you respond to breaking new?
From the coronavirus,
tornados in Nashville, to election coverage we’re inundated today with a
variety of headlines from around the globe through a variety of media sources.
Titles of breaking news are written to get your attention. This isn’t a new practice. In Old Testament times messages were also written with intent to capture an audience’s attention.
Continue reading “Breaking News”
What does your name mean?
My first name, Barbara, is the feminine version of the
Greek word barbaros with
the meaning strange or foreign. Lynn, my middle name, stems from Old
English or Gaelic and was typically used
as a surname to indicate a person lived near a lake, waterfall, or some other
type of water. When combining them I am a strange or foreign body of water! Giggling…
Biblically the meaning of names is significant in communicating its message to the readers.
Continue reading “Names and Their Meaning”
Historically Sabbath rest is understood as a religious day of abstaining from work .
What do you learn
about God’s view of practicing Sabbath from the passage below?
Exodus 16:22-30 On the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two omers each. And when all the leaders of the congregation came and told Moses, 23 he said to them, “This is what the LORD has commanded: ‘Tomorrow is a day of solemn rest, a holy Sabbath to the LORD; bake what you will bake and boil what you will boil, and all that is left over lay aside to be kept till the morning.'” 24 So they laid it aside till the morning, as Moses commanded them, and it did not stink, and there were no worms in it.
25 Moses said, “Eat it today, for today is a Sabbath to the LORD; today you will not find it in the field. 26 Six days you shall gather it, but on the seventh day, which is a Sabbath, there will be none.” 27 On the seventh day some of the people went out to gather, but they found none. 28 And the LORD said to Moses, “How long will you refuse to keep my commandments and my laws? 29 See! The LORD has given you the Sabbath; therefore on the sixth day he gives you bread for two days. Remain each of you in his place; let no one go out of his place on the seventh day.” 30 So the people rested on the seventh day.
Continue reading “Sabbath Rest”
While listening to one of my music
students perform, I was asked by a former music teacher of my own which was easier
for me, performing myself or listening to a student of mine perform. Without
hesitation I replied that performing myself is much easier. If I made an error,
it was on me to recover from it. When listening to my students I had to trust
that they were prepared to recover from any error they might make.
Reading about Eve and Adam’s performance
in Genesis 3:1-6 we observe that they have violated the only command they were
given in eating from the tree of knowledge and evil. Have you ever wondered
what God was doing while Eve was in dialogue with the serpent? Or when she gave
the fruit to Adam he willingly consumed? We’re not told the answers to these
questions in Genesis. What are we told?
Read Genesis 3:8-19
After covering themselves with leaves to
hide their nakedness from each other, Eve and Adam hear God approaching them. Then
they decide to hide from God.
Did you catch the important
information here? God approached them. God came to them after they disobeyed
his command. He went looking for them, but they tried to hide. God had created an
abundant garden with purpose, beauty and sustenance for Eve and Adam. He gave
them one rule to follow in their relationship with Him. After observing them disobey,
He pursues them. Why?
What are the questions he asks them?
- To Adam:
- Where are you?
- Who told you that you were naked?
- Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not
- To Eve:
- What is this that you have done?
- To the serpent:
- No questions were asked!
As the creator of the universe and
ultimate law giver it is appropriate for God to issue some consequences for
their disobedience (Review Genesis 3:14-19). Don’t miss the fact found in this
passage that God is the one who seeks us after we sin in order to restore our
relationship with Him.
What else do you learn about God in this passage? I’d love to hear from you!