Your body is the temple of God

One of the most amazing truths of the new testament is the transformation of The Temple. It starts in the Old Testament as a tent, then a building. Ultimately, through the death and resurrection of Christ, our bodies are the temple Continue to read as I share how your body is the temple of God.

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Join me as I go inside one of the Bible study workbooks I’ve created and show you exactly the process I go through to dig deeper into scripture. 

These workbooks were created so that you do one day every day of the week or sometimes five to six days in a seven-day week. But instead, we’re going to take it slow and we’re going to do one day per week for the next couple of weeks.

Following a daily, or weekly bible study workbook is a really good way to dig into God’s word. 

Bible study can be as simple as taking a few minutes every day and answering some questions. 

So the workbook that we’re going to be going through is this one is called. Jesus is Immanuel, God with us. It is free for you right now to use, so if you don’t have your copy, fill out the form below this paragraph. The workbook will go straight to your inbox. You can then print it off and join me as we go through it together. 

Verses to Read Today

Zephaniah 3:17 The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”

1 Corinthians 3:16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?

Part 1: We bring joy to The Lord

The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”

Zephaniah 3:17

How to find Zephaniah 

Zephaniah is towards the end of the Old Testament. It’s right before Haggai and after Habakkuk, with the prophets. If you need to use your. Importance at the front of your Bible? That’s totally fine, because sometimes these books like to hide that even if you know where it is in your Bible, it can still be tricky to find. 

I like to start bible study by writing references to the verse I’m studying.  

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Bible Study Questions & Answers

And then I look at these questions, and I only want to answer one.

1. What do these verses teach us about God? 

So when we go back to Zephaniah, we say we learn God is in our midst and that He rejoices over us. 

Not only that, but he will quiet us. 

We see the word rejoice twice. Anytime in Scripture something is repeated, it’s to emphasize the point or just to show that it’s important. 

God rejoices

So here in one verse, we see twice the author uses the word rejoices over us. What I love about this is the author giving us an emotion that the Lord feels so. God rejoices. 

So this is a God who sings, who’s happy, and it’s over us and because of us. 

It is so amazing that we impact God and how He feels. 

Something I do or something I do say or something I think has the ability to bring God this feeling of rejoicing. 

To me, that’s amazing that He can feel these things about us, that He’s not a distant God. 

God sees us, He’s in our midst. He sees what we do. He rejoices us. 

The Lord quiets us

And then lastly, The Lord quiets us. To me, it means a decrease in anxiety, and calms my soul.

Have you guys ever felt that you’ve been feeling anxious or tired or worried and you go to the Lord and you don’t even barely have to say anything?  And suddenly you read God’s word and it’s a balm to your heart and you breathe better and the peace just goes over you. 

This is what he’s doing with his spirit quieting us. 

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Part 2: Your body is the temple of God

Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?

1 Corinthians 3:16

Bible Study Questions & Answers

And then I look at these questions, and I only want to answer one.

1. How does this verse relate to The Old Testament?

The Temple of God is holy. 

In this post, I talked about God’s presence with us in the New Testament and how we have a Holy Spirit in us. 

In the Old Testament, people were not filled with the Holy Spirit. The spirit would come into The Holies of Holies in the Temple one time per year, and only the high priest was allowed to be in the presence of the Lord. 

And now we are the temple. We house God, and I often think of the number of times a priest didn’t enter the Holies of Holies in the right way. And that they died because they did not obey. 

So we have the honor and the privilege of being with God all the time. 

But the challenge is, are we up keeping the temple? If this was the Old Testament, would God be happy with the way the temple was? Or would we be struck dead because we’re not approaching him properly now? I don’t want you to have this as an anxiety point, striking us dead.

The way we approach God does not happen in the New Testament but is this challenge to remember the importance the Israelites had on the temple to think about the upkeep and the rules and to come into the presence of God to remember that. 

We are in God’s presence all the time with His Holy Spirit. And so how are we up keeping where he sits? Is it clean and holy? 

Are we asking for repentance? What is the condition of our heart? And so this to me is challenging. 

What have you learned today?

I want you to think of one thing that really you either learned or that stuck out to you.

For me, it’s the reminder that we are the Lord’s temple, and so it’s something that we need to remember. That is a privilege. But it’s also a responsibility that it’s up to us to tidy the temple to keep it clean. To keep short accounts with the Lord, because that is where the Lord resumes and he deserves to be in a well-kept temple. 

So in the comments, I would love for you to tell me what stuck out to you today. Maybe you’ve learned something, maybe a verse just got a new perspective for you. Maybe something really just jumped off the page and stuck in your mind. Or maybe a word. It’s just being repeated in your brain and so whatever that is, I’d love for you to share in the group and the comments below.

A quick Bible study tip for you

Always look for ways you can apply scripture to your life. Anytime you’re reading scripture, you want to see are there any thought patterns you can change? Are there sins for you to confess actions to stop or to start every single time you read Scripture? Ask yourself at least one of these questions and then go and do it? I hope this helps.

Do you want more?

Do you want to read your bible more consistently? Do you want to know how to study the Bible on your own and know how to apply it to your life? 

You are a Christian woman who is dedicated to living a life for Christ. You want to read your bible every day, but sometimes you get distracted or are too tired to collect all the resources you need. 

It can be hard to figure it out on your own. 

That’s why I’m so excited to tell you about The Christian Growth Hub

The Christian Growth Hub is an online, monthly membership focused on helping Christian women read the Bible, understand it, and apply it to their lives. 

The Christian Growth hub helps you in your faith by: 

  • Providing monthly Bible reading plans so you never have to think about what you’re going to read in the Bible next
  • Giving you on-demand training on how to understand the Bible and new monthly training on how to apply the Bible to a particular area of your life. 
  • Connects you to an online community to give you encouragement, support, and accountability

There are so many more features. Click here to learn more about them, and see what The Christian Growth Hub offers.

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What is the highest calling in the Bible?

I’ve been a mother for 13 years. In those years, I’ve gotten a little lost. I sometimes think I’m wasting my time at home and I should be doing “bigger and better” things. To help attack those lies, today I’m answering What is the highest calling in The Bible?

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Join me as I go inside one of the Bible study workbooks I’ve created and show you exactly the process I go through to dig deeper into scripture. 

These workbooks were created so that you do one day every day of the week or sometimes five to six days in a seven-day week. But instead, we’re going to take it slow and we’re going to do one day per week for the next couple of weeks.

Following a daily, or weekly bible study workbook is a really good way to dig into God’s word. 

Bible study can be as simple as taking a few minutes every day and answering some questions. 

So the workbook that we’re going to be going through is this one is called. Jesus is Immanuel, God with us. It is free for you right now to use, so if you don’t have your copy, fill out the form below this paragraph. The workbook will go straight to your inbox. You can then print it off and join me as we go through it together. 

Verses to Read Today

Matthew 28: 18-20 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

Bible Study Questions & Answers

1. When did Jesus say this? 

So this story happens after The Lord’s death after He came back to life. This happens right before The Lord goes back to heaven. These are the last recorded words we have. 

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2. How does the timing of Jesus’ words affect what He’s saying? 

So the timing is really important when we’re doing Bible study, we need to understand that time before after, and during can play a big role In the context of what you’re reading.

So this story is at a time where is Jesus is about to leave. But he’s saying I am with you always. 

How can he be with them always if he is about to leave? 

So the timing is interesting because I think the disciples heard this and thought that he would just be with them forever. 

But Jesus is saying no, I’m my body is leading. But then I’m going to send the Holy Spirit.  

So even though Jesus isn’t there in person, He’s with us in spirit and then not only that and says I am with you always, even to the end of the age.

In this post, I talked about nothing separating us from the Lord. And this verse tells us that not even time is going to separate us from God. 

Even if this was after Jesus left earth, it doesn’t affect our relationship with him. It doesn’t affect his ability to be with us. It cannot separate us from God. 

So this part is about the timing which is a good question to ask ourselves like why is this being talked about now and not before or after that can be a really interesting question. 

Depending on the passage that we’re reading, 

Extra Bible Study Tip

I’m highlighting these two things because what I’m doing with this workbook is I’m showing you different questions that you can ask yourself when reading Scripture and different things to know. 

That if you want to read Scripture on your own different things to look like when and timing is a really cool thing to look at, I encourage you to highlight those things in whatever passage you read next. 

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3. What is the highest calling in The Bible?  

The comfort in these verses is knowing we have a calling.

The Lord is talking to his disciples, but I believe the calling to us is the same that we have to go then and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit to tell people about God. 

This means we all have a calling and a purpose. 

Sometimes as a mom I get discouraged because I feel like I’m wasting my time like I don’t have a purpose. But then I go back to these verses and I think, I need to tell everybody, and that includes my kids. 

So even if all I do all day is take care of my kids if I’m loving them and teaching them about God and his word, then I’m answering the call. I’m telling others about God, so that’s a comfort to me that I have a calling regardless if I feel like I’m not doing anything.

Sometimes, the devil likes to lie to me and say I’m wasting my time. But The Lord says no. If you’re doing things in my name for me and you are being this call to tell people about me. So that’s encouraging.

 And then it comes back to The Lord saying: I am with you.

Face time with Jesus

Sometimes I get jealous about the disciples because they got to spend like three years with Jesus, they got to ask him all the questions they got to learn from his feet. They got to see his face. They got to spend that face-to-face time and I really want that. 

But what I think is interesting is that the disciples were not filled with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit came after Jesus left. So today, even though we’re not seeing Jesus, his physical body is with us The Lord is more with us than He was with the disciples because He’s in us. 

So I think that’s really cool and so comforting. The whole theme of this last couple of weeks is I am with you, the Lord God himself is with us, so I hope that’s encouraging for you. 

What have you learned today?

I want you to think of one thing that really you either learned or that stuck out to you. 

Today for me is this word: purpose. The devil likes to attack my brain and tell me that I’m useless and I’m doing nothing and so this is the first that I come back to. Matthew 2820 that when I get discouraged, I come back to here and I say no.

The Lord’s giving me a calling to tell others and if I’m raising my children to know him, I am answering the call and so that’s a really good way that I can battle with the devil. 

And I know my argument is going to win because it’s scriptural.

So in the comments, I would love for you to tell me what stuck out to you today. Maybe you’ve learned something, maybe a verse just got a new perspective for you. Maybe something really just jumped off the page and stuck in your mind. Or maybe a word. It’s just being repeated in your brain and so whatever that is, I’d love for you to share in the group and the comments below.

A quick Bible study tip for you

Always look for when So what time of day is this when in the yearly calendar, when did something happen before or after a specific event?

So for the time of day, if you think about the Lord’s death. It went completely pitch dark at noon that which is important, because that’s not a natural event, and knowing the when makes it that much more interesting when in the yearly calendar.

The Jewish people used a very different calendar following the feasts in the Old Testament, and understanding where that falls in the calendar and why these events are important, just helps you understand God’s word that much more and so much deeper and more interesting.

And then when something happened before or after.

So again, if you think about the Lord in his death before he died, he couldn’t walk through walls after he died and he came back from life. From the dead, he could, and so knowing what somebody did before or after a specific event helps us give us a larger perspective on a story. 

Do you want more?

Do you want to read your bible more consistently? Do you want to know how to study the Bible on your own and know how to apply it to your life? 

You are a Christian woman who is dedicated to living a life for Christ. You want to read your bible every day, but sometimes you get distracted or are too tired to collect all the resources you need. 

It can be hard to figure it out on your own. 

That’s why I’m so excited to tell you about The Christian Growth Hub

The Christian Growth Hub is an online, monthly membership focused on helping Christian women read the Bible, understand it, and apply it to their lives. 

The Christian Growth hub helps you in your faith by: 

  • Providing monthly Bible reading plans so you never have to think about what you’re going to read in the Bible next
  • Giving you on-demand training on how to understand the Bible and new monthly training on how to apply the Bible to a particular area of your life. 
  • Connects you to an online community to give you encouragement, support, and accountability

There are so many more features. Click here to learn more about them, and see what The Christian Growth Hub offers.

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25 Free Christmas Printables

Christmas is the time of year that is a bit nuts for everyone. There are so many things to do and plan.  I wanted to make things easier by collecting some free Christmas printables you can use to help you this holiday season. 

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Some of these you can print and use to decorate your house, and others are activities you can do with your kids. I hope that these are helpful and bring joy to you and your family. 

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25 Free Christmas Printables

Organization

These printables can help you organize many things such as

  • Your to-do list
  • weekly schedule
  • grocery list

What lists do you make to keep Christmas organized? Let me know in the comments below.

Decorations

These free items can print and decorate your house.

I love to change up the decorations in my house at Christmas. These free options are a great way to decorate your house without breaking the bank.

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Add a fun & funky touch to your holiday party decor with FREE Ugly Christmas Sweater Printables Simply print and frame for quick, easy decorations!

Letters to Santa

Writing letters to Santa is a fun family tradition you can start with your kids. If you have never done it, print this fill-out letter.

For a fun holiday project we have this Free Printable Santa Letter that makes it easy for little ones to fill in the blanks and send it off to the North Pole before Christmas!



Activities for Kids

Christmas can get draining for parents. With the children out of school for 2 weeks and most things shut down, it’s easy to run out of ideas. Print these activity sheets out and have activities ready to go.

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25 Days of Christmas Free Printable List of Activities
Christmas Activities For Kids
Kids Christmas Printable Download this free printable Christmas spinner for kids.
Activity Wheel
Download your free printable Christmas Mad Libs Kids and adults of all ages can enjoy
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Christmas bingo Game For Kids

Gift Labels

Make presents personal with these free gift labels. Just print them out and add them to any gift this holiday season.

Printable Holiday Gift Tags
Free Printable Christmas Gift Tags Add a cute name tag to your xmas presents this holiday season
Free Printable Happy Holidays Mason Jar Gift Labels
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Mason Jar Labels
Free Printable Christmas Gift Tags Add a cute name tag to your xmas presents this holiday season
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Gift List

How many people do you buy gifts for? Keep it all organized with these gift lists.

Free Christmas Gift List Planner

Advent

Advent Calendar Printable
Christmas countdown calendar

Acts of Kindness

Random Acts of Christmas Kindness Advent Calendar 
Spread the cheer with these FREE printable Christmas acts of Kindness calendar 24 holiday kindness things to do for the holidays
Spread cheer with these FREE printable Christmas Kindness Lunchbox Notes. 24 holiday and kindness quotes for the holidays plus extras to share with friends

In the comments below, tell me which of these printables you like the best and how you would use them.  Please share this post with others. Thank you.

What can separate us from the love of God?

There is nothing more comforting than knowing nothing can separate us from God’s love. But some people still have a hard time accepting this truth. So today, I’m going to answer: What can separate us from the love of God? 

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Join me as I go inside one of the Bible study workbooks I’ve created and show you exactly the process I go through to dig deeper into scripture. 

These workbooks were created so that you do one day every day of the week or sometimes five to six days in a seven-day week. But instead, we’re going to take it slow and we’re going to do one day per week for the next couple of weeks.

Following a daily, or weekly bible study workbook is a really good way to dig into God’s word. 

Bible study can be as simple as taking a few minutes every day and answering some questions. 

So the workbook that we’re going to be going through is this one is called. Jesus is Immanuel, God with us. It is free for you right now to use, so if you don’t have your copy, fill out the form below this paragraph. The workbook will go straight to your inbox. You can then print it off and join me as we go through it together. 

Verses to Read Today

Romans 8:38- 39 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Bible Study Questions & Answers

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1. What can separate us from the love of God?

 We are given the assurance that nothing can separate us from God. 

2. What comfort we can take from these verses? 

One thing I love about these verses is that there’s a whole list of things. I like to copy this list word for work.

This starts at death, then life, angels, and principalities.

Principalities is another word for people in power.

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If you think of all the things that can separate us, they’re going to fall into one of these categories in relationships. 

If you die, that relationship changes life. If you bring life into the world like becoming a mother. 

Before my child, I wasn’t a mother. Then I brought life and then I was a mother. 

Angels have so much power that we don’t really understand, and principalities are really anybody above you who may have power over you. 

Anyone in power in these places: church, government, spouse, whatever, anybody. Who’s above you that can have power over you can separate you from The Love of God. 

Neither things now nor things to come. And neither height nor depth. 

The comfort for me comes in these things to come because I don’t know what the future holds, but the Lord does.

And So what I love is that regardless of what’s going to happen in the future, nothing that’s going to happen will ever separate me from the love of God. 

And if your brain likes to try and find excuses or loopholes this verse covers, because it says nor any other thing which broadly categorizes anything else, your mind might think about. 

If there’s a specific scenario that you’re thinking about in your brain and you’re thinking that it can separate you from the love of God if it fits in these categories, it’s a good reminder that nothing can separate you from God’s love.

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3. How does this truth affect our relationship with God? 

So for me, it gives me comfort, and it also gives me security. 

In parenting, people talk a lot about kids having a secure attachment to parents or kids who do not feel a secure attachment to those parents if they’ve been in homes that have trauma.

In the Lord, it says that God is safe.

We are safe in a relationship with God

Nobody’s gonna steal us and move us away from God nothing can change our relationship with God. 

Nothing can separate us, so it gives us comfort and security and it just gives us the opportunity to grow in our faith and just know that we can get to know God. 

We have time with God. To know him. These few verses really make you think about your position with Christ and your relationship with Christ.

What have you learned today?

I want you to think of one thing that really you either learned or that stuck out to you.

For me, it was the word “nothing” that stands out. Regardless of what excuse my brain thinks of and things nothing can separate you from God.

If I ever waiver on that truth, all I need to do is go back to these verses and go through the list, and then hopefully my brain realizes the list actually covers all the things and the Lord says none of those things can separate us from him. 

So that’s my great comfort today. 

So in the comments, I would love for you to tell me what stuck out to you today. Maybe you’ve learned something, maybe a verse just got a new perspective for you. Maybe something really just jumped off the page and stuck in your mind. Or maybe a word. It’s just being repeated in your brain and so whatever that is, I’d love for you to share in the group and the comments below.

A quick Bible study tip for you

If the Bible gives you a list, you should probably write it down. 

For example, in today’s reading we were reading Romans Chapter 8 verses 38 into 39 and it gives you this nice long list of all the things that will not separate us from the Lord. 

So my brain likes lists and to look at things like this and so when I write it down and see all the points it triggers my brain to see to remember nothing can separate us from the love of God. 

So if anytime you need proof or encouragement of a specific truth, start writing down the list and it’ll help you remember different things that the Lord will teach you. 

Do you want more?

Do you want to read your bible more consistently? Do you want to know how to study the Bible on your own and know how to apply it to your life? 

You are a Christian woman who is dedicated to living a life for Christ. You want to read your bible every day, but sometimes you get distracted or are too tired to collect all the resources you need. 

It can be hard to figure it out on your own. 

That’s why I’m so excited to tell you about The Christian Growth Hub

The Christian Growth Hub is an online, monthly membership focused on helping Christian women read the Bible, understand it, and apply it to their lives. 

The Christian Growth hub helps you in your faith by: 

  • Providing monthly Bible reading plans so you never have to think about what you’re going to read in the Bible next
  • Giving you on-demand training on how to understand the Bible and new monthly training on how to apply the Bible to a particular area of your life. 
  • Connects you to an online community to give you encouragement, support, and accountability

There are so many more features. Click here to learn more about them, and see what The Christian Growth Hub offers.

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A New Family Tradition

One of the best parts of Christmas is taking part in a family tradition.

Over the years, we have had many family traditions. Some we have kept and others we haven’t.

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One thing that does not change is the need to shop for gifts. For me, this is the most stressful part of Christmas.

I know some people love to shop…… But, I don’t understand those people because I hate to shop.

So having to go to stores to purchase gifts for Christmas is a living nightmare.

When we first got married, we were both working and had some money, so we went and got all our family members gifts and we got each other gifts as well.

But then, we had a child, and I stayed home and my husband was working a minimum wage job. We had very little money for daily living, let alone an extravagant Christmas.

A fresh idea for a family tradition

One year, my father had an idea. He realized we were just purchasing gifts for the sake of buying gifts. He and my mother had no needs and told us they no longer wanted us to buy them presents.

What they wanted instead was for us to take some time and write up a page of what had happened to us and our family over the last year.

We were to write up our reviews and then read them to each other at a family meeting.

At first, I was not sure what to think. But I soon came to love the idea. Writing about my year was so much cheaper than buying my family gifts. But the other part of me was sad that telling each other about our year would fall flat.

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A new Family Tradition

Writing and sharing our year in review has now become one of my favourite family traditions.

Every year my parents ask us to take some time and write out some highlights from the year.

That is the only direction- how we write it up is up to us. As long as we have something to share, my parents are happy.

Once we have all written our review we will schedule a family meeting at my parent’s house in Ottawa and read to each other our year in review.

This sounds easier than it is. When we first started this, all 6 of us lived in the same city and could just meet at my parent’s house and share what we wrote. But, over the years, we have not always all been in the same city.

How we make it work

My younger brother spent a few years in England and then in South Korea. My younger sister moved to Toronto, and then my husband and I moved to Edmonton. Meeting together each year in person has not worked out.

But, no matter where we are, we have always been able to make our family meeting work. Thanks to technology use Skype to connect with each other.

I have always enjoyed hearing how each of my siblings summarizes their year. Since living across the country, I don’t always know what goes on in their lives, so this meeting is a way for us to connect with each other.

I have to say, that hearing about my family’s year has been amazing. Instead of collecting toys or useless gifts, we are collecting our family history. My dad collects all of our writings and puts them in a document.

Looking to the future

I look forward to the day, 20 years from now we can look back and read about our collective experience.

Not only is it cheaper and stress-free, but it has also been the most meaningful experience for me and something I look forward to every year.

In the comments below share, the most special things do you do as a family at Christmas.

The Lord is my Strength

Have you ever woken up in the morning and didn’t feel the strength to get out of bed? I have. What do you do in that scenario? I depend on The Lord. The Lord is my strength and the one I can depend on day and night. Continue to read as I share about how The Lord is my strength.

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Join me as I go inside one of the Bible study workbooks I’ve created and show you exactly the process I go through to dig deeper into scripture. 

These workbooks were created so that you do one day every day of the week or sometimes five to six days in a seven-day week. But instead, we’re going to take it slow and we’re going to do one day per week for the next couple of weeks.

Following a daily, or weekly bible study workbook is a really good way to dig into God’s word. 

Bible study can be as simple as taking a few minutes every day and answering some questions. 

So the workbook that we’re going to be going through is this one called Jesus is Immanuel, God with us. It is free for you right now to use, so if you don’t have your copy, fill out the form below this paragraph. The workbook will go straight to your inbox. You can then print it off and join me as we go through it together. 

Verses to Read Today

Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

Deuteronomy 31:6  Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”

Part 1: Be strong and of Good Courage

Bible Study Questions & Answers

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9
1. What is Joshua telling us not to do? 

Do not be afraid. 

2. Who is with us? 

God himself is with us. 

3. Why should this verse give us comfort? 

Before you answer this question, it would be good to ask yourself, does this verse scare you or does it comfort you? 

If it scares you, why does it scare you? If it comforts you, what is it about God being with us that comforts you? 

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We are never alone

This verse comforts me because it reminds me I’m never alone.

And that because he’s with me, he knows me. Still loves me. He wants that relationship with us. 

There have been many years in my life where I’ve had a really hard time making friends. I’m not really great at making friends and so there have been portions in my life where I felt extremely alone. But even in those times, I knew I wasn’t alone because God was with me.

I also have a really hard time opening up this. I feel like if I tell people my thoughts are going to hate me.

But then I think they’re God, and he knows all my thoughts. He knows everything. I’ve been through. He knows all the different things and even with everything he knows he still loves me. He still wants to spend time with me. He still wants to have that relationship with me. 

These truths give me so much comfort, so I’d love for you to take a minute and let me know in the comments why this verse comforts you.

Part 2: I am with you always

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Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

Isaiah 41:10

This is a little bit repetitive, but if your brain is like mine, you need to hear the same thing 100 different times and it says it in a different way so that we can really fully get this truth ingrained in our mind. 

1. Why should we not be afraid? 

I am with you? God is with us.

2. What will God do for us? 

He will strengthen us. He will help us. And he will uphold us. 

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The Lord is my strength: What does that look like in our lives? 

So we see from the verse The Lord gives us strength. He helps us. He upholds us. 

What’s an example of that in your life? 

When I think about strength, I think about how, in my own strength, I would be very short with my children.

But The Lord gives me strength to be patient and loving and gracious to them. 

In the comments, I would love for you to share an example of the time when the Lord gave you strength or he helped you, or he upheld you. 

When I think about the word uphold, it’s those times in your life where you feel so weak and just so incapable of really even thought or movement. You don’t think you can face the day. But through the Lord’s strength, we can go on. 

I’ve had those moments in my life where I just don’t feel like I can continue where I kind of want to give up. I want to walk away, but through the Lord’s strength it’s like he is holding all of my body weight, helping me, you know, get up out of bed, take the next step, move on in my day and so that’s what I think of when I read the word uphold. 

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Part 3 In Christ, we have nothing to fear

Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”

Deuteronomy 31:6 
1. What should we not be afraid of?

 In this context, God is talking to Joshua. The Lord has just appointed Joshua to be the leader of the people of Israel. 

Moses has passed away. They are instilling a new leader. It’s going to be Joshua and this is The Lord speaking to him saying be of good courage. Do not be afraid of them so them. They need people you lead.

2. Why would Joshua be afraid of the people around him? 

I’ve been a spiritual leader in many different areas. I love this verse for the encouragement to leaders to not be afraid of the people we lead. 

As a church leader, as a small group leader, and even as a parent, you’re leading people, and it’s easy to become afraid of people.

Certainly when you’re in a position of leadership or power in a church, let’s say it can be easy to be swayed by the people around you, the congregation, because you want to please them. 

Or maybe you’re afraid of criticism or anything else, this verse is reminding us to not be afraid.

The Lord himself had appointed Joshua, and he’s telling him you’re not going to lead by yourself. 

I’m going to be right there with you, and it’s the same thing with parenting. 

My Fears

I remember how scared I was when my eldest daughter was first born. And even to this day when I think about the next stages that we’re facing, I’m afraid. 

She’s turning 13. I’m going to have a teenager. And then we’re going to get into those years where they start becoming more and more independent, leaving the home, you know, going to university, getting married, all those things, those stages scare me.

And so I remember this verse because it’s saying don’t be afraid. I’m going to be with you. I am with you in whatever scenario we’re in, and however capacity that we’re leading, we don’t need to be afraid of the people we’re leading because God is with us. 

3. What promise are we given? 

God is with us. And I know that’s repetitive, but it’s really important that we remember this, 

4. Since we’re not Jewish does this promise extend to us? Why?

Yes, this promise extends to us!  In this series, we read Matthew 1:23 which says Immanuel means God with us.

And so there are verses in the Old Testament, but also the New Testament, speaking to us, saying God, I am with you. 

So this promise we can claim for our own because we know God is speaking not just to one person, not to just the Jewish nation, but to anyone who turns to the Lord who accepts him as Lord and Savior. He says I am with you and if you want.

More evidence we can think about the Holy Spirit. When we are saved, we are instilled with the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is one of the persons in the Trinity. God the Father, God the son, God the Holy Spirit. 

So when we’re saved, we get the Holy Spirit. And that is the God himself in us. So we went through a few more verses today, three different ones. 

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What have you learned today?

I want you to think of one thing that really you either learned or that stuck out to you. 

For me, it was about this leadership piece. As a leader, I don’t have to be afraid of people. God will help me. God will help me lead God is with me so again this is nothing new. 

I’ve known this. But today it really stood out and encouraged me, and even with my kids, I shared that. I’m afraid of the next stage. And it’s just this next reminder that the Lord is going to be with me wherever I go, whatever I do, whatever comes next, and so that piece was really encouraging to me today. 

So in the comments, I would love for you to tell me what stuck out to you today. Maybe you’ve learned something, maybe a verse just got a new perspective for you. Maybe something really just jumped off the page and stuck in your mind. Or maybe a word. It’s just being repeated in your brain and so whatever that is, I’d love for you to share in the group and the comments below.

A quick Bible study tip for you

Look for things we should not do or think

For example, in today’s Bible story we were seeing that God was telling Joshua to not be afraid is. So if you want to know what God wants you to do or what he doesn’t want you to do, there are lots of areas in the Bible that will be very specific.

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You are a Christian woman who is dedicated to living a life for Christ. You want to read your bible every day, but sometimes you get distracted or are too tired to collect all the resources you need. 

It can be hard to figure it out on your own. 

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Where is God in times of trouble?

Have you ever faced a really difficult time and wondered Where is God in times of trouble? If you are like me, you have asked yourself this question at least once in your life.

The Bible tells us this: John 16: 33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

We are assured that at least once in our life, we will face trouble. That knowledge scares me a bit.

But God doesn’t want us to be afraid, continue to read and see how I answer the question: where is God in times of trouble?

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A few years ago my eldest daughter was sick to her stomach and was crying from the pain.

There is nothing like watching your child experience any sort of pain. Watching my daughter fold over in pain made me feel extremely helpless.

As a mother, I hated seeing her like that. I also hated knowing there was nothing I could do to help her or to take that pain away.

I felt so useless.

But instead of being stuck in that feeling, I did what I could. I prayed for her and held her.

Where is God in times of trouble?

When my daughter was sick, I held her in a way I had never held her before.

She was lying on my lap and I covered her body with my own. I prayed over her and wanted her to feel all the love that I had for her.

As I held her, I saw a picture of God and His love for us.

At that moment, I knew that God holds us like that in our pain.

1. He is holding us

God doesn’t just hold us in His lap or in His hand. He completely surrounds us with His presence and covers us with His love.

I sometimes experience pain and I most definitely experience fear.

During those times, the devil loves to have me believe that God is far away and does not care for me. But, that would be a lie.

I know from scripture that God is with me during my darkest hours and my longest days.

Where can we turn when we face trouble?

Any time I face troubles, I turn to the Psalms. This book is filled with people who have faced trouble and their feelings are revelations about God when facing those troubles.

Then many authors of this book knew exactly what it felt like to face various trials and knew who to turn to when they asked: where is God in times of trouble?

One of my favourite psalms to turn to is this one.

God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah

There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.

The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted. The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah

Come, behold the works of the LORD, Who has made desolations in the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; God breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariot in the fire.

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah”

Psalm‬ ‭46:1-11‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

There are many other verses to turn to for comfort in times of trouble.

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How does this verse help us?

I memorized the first verse when I was a teenager. I regularly quote it to remind myself of where to go when I am afraid.

These verses verse answers the question: where is God in times of trouble? He is the one who is keeping us safe. He is our safe city we can run to.

God is our Refuge

When reading these verses, I can’t help but notice that God is described as a refuge and a safe place.

Word hippo defines A refuge as:

  1. A condition of being safe or sheltered from pursuit, danger, or trouble
  2. Something providing such shelter

Psalm 46 reminds us that God is our shelter and a safe place to run to.

No matter what is going on in our personal life. No matter what is going on in the world, we can run to God. He is our safe place.

When we have reached His safety He then gives us the strength we need to face our troubles.

In the Old Testament times, when someone committed a crime and needed help they had a chance to run to a city of refuge.

These cities were dispersed around the nation as a place people could go to and be safe from retribution. The cities were sometimes close, but other times they would be far and a refugee would not make it to the city.

God is Present

Not only does the bible tell us that God is a place of safety, but it assures us that God is present when we are going through trials.

Psalm 46  assures us that Jesus is our city of refuge and that it is not far away. It is very present. We don’t have to run a long way to receive help from The Lord.  He is right there with us anytime we face difficulty. (He happens to also be around when things go well).

Not only is His help right there, but He is also present no matter the circumstances of life.

I love these psalms because it reminds me of where I can run in times of trouble and that God is there for me no matter what is going on around me.

In the comments below, share with me your answer to: Where is God in times of trouble?

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4 Free Christmas Organization Printables to help you stay focused

Christmas is the busiest time of the year. There are parties to attend, gifts to purchase, a home to decorate and so much more. In busy times, my trick is to stay organized and focused on a particular task. I get so much satisfaction from checking something off my to-do list. Continue to read to see how you can use these 4 free Christmas organization printables.

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4 free Christmas organization printables

The trick to staying organized during the holiday season is to stay organized. With Christmas around the corner, it’s important to get ready now. Starting your gift shopping and making your lists now will save you time and stress in December. Use each of the printables below to help you stay organized.

1. Grocery List

I love a good grocery list. With all the meals you plan to make and your Christmas backing, you need a list.

Print this list once or many times to help you keep track of what you need to get at the store.

In our family, I make just one big meal, enough to feed lots of people because I love leftovers.

For Christmas dinner, I make a turkey, mashed potatoes, corn, stuffing, waldorf salad, cranberry sauce, and sometimes green bean casserole.

I keep it simple and used boxed stuffing, canned corn, and cranberry sauce.

Dinner Shopping List

  • turkey
  • boxed stuffing
  • cranberry sauce
  • canned corn
  • potatoes
  • red delicious apples
  • celery
  • carrots
  • onions
  • raisins
  • walnuts
  • mayonaise
  • green beans (canned, frozen or fresh)
  • mushroom soup (condensed)
  • Dried onion toping
  • dinner rolls

Even though I only make one big meal, I make lots of Christmas cookies. To make sure my pantry and fridge are ready for my baking needs.

Baking List

  • butter (better to get this a few weeks before you need it because one year the store was out the week I wanted to bake)
  • chocolate chips
  • skor bits
  • brown sugar
  • powdered sugar
  • cinnamon
  • sugar
  • flour
  • sweetened condensed milk
  • raspberry jam (for these cookies)
  • frozen pie shells
  • cookie tin

2. To-Do List

This to-do list will help you write everything you need to do and set your priorities. 

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3. Chore Chart

Christmas is a busy time of year but chores still need to get done. If you are planning on having people over, then more chores may need to get done.

Don’t do it all alone.

Get all the family involved in getting the house clean. The chore chart includes space for all family members. That way, everyone knows what they have to do on which days.

Below is what my chore chart looks like.

4. Weekly Schedule

If your family is anything like mine, the weeks coming up to Christmas are full of special events, concerts, shopping, and much more.

Keep everything organized with a Weekly Schedule. You can print this schedule as many times as you want. It will help you organize your week and help you accomplish everything on your to-do list.

December and Christmas can be a crazy time of year, but with planning and some simple tools, you can reclaim the season, reduce your stress and enjoy the season.

In the comments below, let me know your go-to time-saving trick at Christmas.

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