• Seek First

    A Simple Bible Reading Idea

    The beginning of the new year brings a sense of new hope to all of us. We see fresh starts happening and have a hope for something new and lasting to come.  Many of us set resolutions or determine new habits. Some of us declutter our homes or set new budgets. Others may start a new diet or determine a health change, like joining a gym. But we all crave this new. New Year’s Resolution On January 1, 2016 I began a New Year’s resolution to read through the Bible in a year. I had never done it before. Oh, I had started many that fell apart. I would get…

  • Revival,  Seek First,  Thy Word

    How to Seek God First in Bible Study

    But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33 My goal with this post is to offer encouragement with forming the habit of meeting daily with the Lord; seeking Him first through a daily Bible Study. This encouragement comes in tangible form with several resources that I have collected over the past 20 years. My Bible study experience includes Percept Studies, Bible Study Fellowship, Mama’s Refill, topical studies, and simply digging in on my own. Before I started with my first Precept study 19 years ago, I really had no idea how to study my Bible. I have…

  • Biblical Parenting

    Tenderness

    I am at a homeschool speech and debate tournament this weekend. It’s been an easier tournament because I don’t have my younger children with me. But there are many families with littles, whom we affectionately call juniors, at this tournament. My friend, who is new to homeschool debate, did bring her littles with her though. One of these littles is her two year old. This little one is the youngest of seven and, like many toddlers, can be a handfull at times. This morning was no different. During the early morning devotional time, this little one decided she needed to go sit with one of the teenagers at another table.…

  • Brave,  Revival,  Thy Word

    If You Return

    If you return, I will restore you. . . . God On August 3, 2011, I was listening to Revive our Hearts by Nancy Leigh DeMoss (now Wolgemuth) while on a run in the morning. I can even remember the street I was on when the Lord began to whisper to my heart. The program was a recounting of a conference message Nancy had given to Campus Crusade for Christ. https://www.reviveourhearts.com/radio/revive-our-hearts/fallen-rock/ The message had sparked a revival in the ministry and the conference attendees were recounting what happened that day . I got chills as I listened. Out of that message, Nancy wrote a series of books. Ultimately, this series…

  • Brave

    Brave

    Photo Credit: The Foodie Eats Mr. Tryon took me to on a date night the day after Christmas.  We had missed our usual time with the holidays, so he felt this was a good idea.  He wanted me to try Vietnamese Pho.  Now, when he described it to me, my initial response for “why would I pay good money for a bowl of broth?”  Seriously. Who does that?  BUT. . . . .I am attempting to learn to be brave so I changed my mind (because I love him), died to my desires, and had him take me to get some Pho.  It was awful!!  It was a bowl of broth.…

  • Brave

    The Beginning

    How do you start your very first blog post? That is a question I have pondered for many years. As of right now, I have five other blogs with various names; all attempts to be obedient. Each time I attempted to obey His call only to become scared and full of anxiety. I suppose it just wasn’t time yet. This time, it seems different. On December 22, my children hosted their annual Capture the Flag party. The deal with hosting a party that close to Christmas was that there would be no work involved for me. I actually enjoy preparing for Christmas festivities and I needed the time to work.…