Wednesday, October 18, 2017


Christian living, 31 day writing challenge, share

Learning how to share is one of those early lessons we teach our children. Why? Because as humans we normally are quite selfish (it's that sin nature of ours) and would not share with others if we were not taught to think of others first, or at least second. 

Sharing is an important lesson we must re-learn as adults. As followers of Christ we share in the community of believers. We share joys and sorrows, we share burdens and blessings. This is possible because we share in the sufferings and comfort of Christ. It is a blessing to be able to bear one another's burdens, to be the hands and feet of Christ and minister to the need of others. There are a lot of needs around us every day. May we ask God to open our eyes to where He wants us to share His blessings today.

For as we share abundantly in Christ's' sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.
2 Corinthians 1:5 (ESV)

Christian living, 31 day writing challenge

Isaiah 12:2

Scripture Writing, Isaiah 12:2

Tuesday, October 17, 2017


Christian living, 31 day writing challenge, grow

As I've been thinking about the word grow today, the verse that keeps coming to mind is the one from the end of Luke 2 where it says "And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men." It comes at the end of the story about Jesus' family visiting Jerusalem when he was 12, and how he was discussing the Scriptures with the teachers. 

How eager are we to discuss the Scriptures with others? Are we continuing to grow in favor with God by learning more about Him through His word? Are we growing in favor with men as we model the patience and grace that Jesus had? Are we teaching our children about Christian growth?

These can be difficult lessons at times, because let's face it, we all have days when we make poor choices, when we overreact to what someone did or said, when we loose our temper. The lesson to ourselves (and thusly, our children) is what we do when we realize we have strayed from that patience and grace. Are we quick to forgive, or to ask for forgiveness? Do we mend relationships, or do we let a bad choice of words fester into a strain on our friendships? 

Today, tomorrow, and even next week, may we think about how Jesus grew in favor with God and man, and may it remind us to be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry. May we be examples of patience and grace to a hurt and dying world. Grow closer to God.

Christian living, 31 day writing challenge

Monday, October 16, 2017


Christian living, 31 day writing challenge, read

I really like to read. I do a lot of reading: books, both fiction and non-fiction, magazines, newspaper articles, blog posts, nutrition labels, ingredients lists. While I enjoy most of the reading I do in my daily life, the thing I most need to read is my Bible - daily. 

I prefer to read my print Bible, but I also have an app on my phone in case I have time to read when my Bible is not with me. Recently, one of our friends' ministries shared that people who read their Bibles four or more times in a week are more likely to believe and follow it, trust God, and have a solid Christian walk. 

If you have not been reading your Bible at least four days a week I want to challenge you to spend some time each day in God's Word. It is life-changing! While you have small children at home you may only get five minutes a day to read, and that is enough - if it is consistent. If your children are teens or older and you are not daily reading in God's Word you will struggle. Your family will suffer, because the world around us points to everything except Jesus. Only in those moments when your mind and heart are engaged in reading God's Word will you be pointed to Jesus and be reminded of His great redemptive work on the cross.

Read for work, read for fun, but always remember to read your Bible. It will bless your relationship with God beyond measure.

Christian living, 31 day writing challenge


Books With Bean ~ Bad Kitty: Drawn to Trouble

Books with Bean, book reviews by teens, Nick Bruel

Title: Bad Kitty: Drawn to Trouble 

Author: Nick Bruel

Published: 2014

Genre: Kids

Summery: Bad Kitty is well, a bad kitty. She is a little crazy but still lots of fun. In this book her author uses Kitty as an example of how to write a good story. From meeting the author and learning how to draw a book with pictures, to learning about plots and antagonists, and of course the most important part about writing, YOU! Writing your story and having fun doing it.

What I liked about it: I like all of the Bad Kitty books, but this one is really cool because it takes a character and her friends that are fun and funny, and shows young kids the important parts of writing stories. While still having fun.

Language: None

Romance: None

Violence: There are times Nick jokes about Kitty being violent when she tears up his story but it's just fun.

Magic: None

Recommended Age: These books are fun and funny, while still being easy to understand. So I would say 6 or 7 is a good age to start. 

If you would like to read other installment sin the Books With Bean series, click the orange Books With Bean label below

Sunday, October 15, 2017


Christian living, 31 day writing challenge, remain

And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love, but the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13

Do these words bring to mind the eternal-ness of love? Do you want to remain somewhere good and peaceful, then remain, abide, in Christ. When I think about Paul's words to the Corinthian church, I am reminded about the concept of abiding. They were being instructed to remain, to abide, in Christ, and yet, it was not a passive remaining, it was a deep and eternal, active remaining in Christ - for Christ is the essence of love, or perhaps better said, sacrificial love is the essence of Christ's time here on earth.

Faith is the evidence of things hoped for, the surety of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1) and thus, when Christ returns for His church, the faith will not need to remain, because we will see Him face to face. Hope is what we have when we wait with expectation for something or someone. We have a hope in the promise of God to cherish His redeemed people, to be reunited with us through our saving relationship with Christ. When Christ returns, and only then, will we be able to see the Father face to face.

So faith and hope will have their end in Christ's return. Because we will be present with Him forever, we will no longer need hope or faith, just as Revelation tells us that we will not need the sun in the new Jerusalem, because the Son and His glory will shine like the noonday sun and fill the place with light. 

What always remains is love: Jesus

He was with the Father and the Spirit when they first created time, He was there and spoke the world into existence, and He will endure forever.

The greatest of these is love. 
Remain, abide, in love - in Christ!

Christian living, 31 day writing challenge

Isaiah 7:14

Scripture Writing, Isaiah 7:14