Bible Study, Anyone?

Posted by on Jun 21, 2017 in Bible study | 0 comments

So, you want to study the Bible, I hear.

My friend Hunter Beless has told me that she’s getting feedback from her audience regarding the specifics of inductive Bible study following our recent conversation over at Journeywomen podcast, and that is great!

Although I am far from an expert, perhaps my years of experience in studying the Bible with a method that I have found beneficial will be encouraging to someone reading today who needs a mentor to come alongside her and guide her through the process step by step, even if the mentor is online.

Recently others have also shared their expertise in the area of Bible study and I want to steer you to them, but I will do so at the conclusion of our time together here at Gracious Goodness.

This may take a few weeks because I want to give you time to practice. So my plan is to post on the next few Fridays so you have time to jumpstart on the weekends. I’ll guide you and give you homework, how-tos, and encouragement along the way.

BUT FIRST, I’d like to hear from you if you have specific questions, expectations, and suggestions. So, your first assignment is to send me those via the contact form at the conclusion of this post.

I’m looking forward to jumping in the Word with you and look forward to starting this Friday!


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Friendship and Inductive Bible Study

Posted by on Jun 6, 2017 in Bible study | 0 comments

My friend Hunter Beless has launched a podcast!

Meet my friend Hunter Beless. Here’s our story.

I had the pleasure of gaining this new young friend within the last couple years as she and her husband were stationed in nearby Ft. Benning, GA. We met at church during a systematic theology class and went to lunch that first day with a mutual friend and my oldest daughter-in-love.

You know how some moments are memorable? This was one of those as this young woman quizzed us while munching at Zoe’s Kitchen on what it’s like to be a mom in different seasons (my DIL had recently had their first baby), what foods we like (I found out she was a personal fitness instructor so I said lots of healthy things because I like almost all food healthy and processed), and we chatted about living in the same town forever vs. being a newbie. Two of us are natives and the other two were transplants by God’s grace.

This vivacious young woman became a sweet friend in the ensuing months as we met for discipling and let me tell you, I think she discipled me more than I did her.  She certainly encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and start an Etsy shop for my knitted and crocheted goodies, she asked me to help her hang pictures on the walls in the baby’s room once they found out they were expecting, and she stretched me to get out of my introverted mode on numerous occasions to disciple and teach younger women.

She’s the kind of person who makes you feel like you do have purpose in the empty nest season outside your own family and that being a stay-at-home wife is okay and valuable because of the freedom to minister in new and different ways.

We did a couple more studies together as co-leaders and a couple with her as admin (she’s gifted in that area as well). I love her and I miss her. I love God more for making us sisters in Christ. A year ago, she and her husband moved to Ft. Campbell and I have missed her, but she’s been busy as wife, mom, and now podcaster.

As of yesterday evening, her Journeywomen podcast launched and I hope you’ll jump over to iTunes to enjoy her introductory podcast and four more she released as well.

Hunter has set out on a desire of her heart to host Journeywomen and you are going to love it. Her voice and her interview skills are spot on as she has lined up women from her own journey as a Christian woman. I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Hunter. Why she picked me I will never understand, but she did and so we chatted one Tuesday evening and laughed about the comfortable way friends can pick up on a conversation shared numerous times.

Our conversation? Inductive Bible study and the gracious good truths God has laid out before us on the journey as believing women who love the Trinity and the Word He breathed.

I shared with her my story of how learning to study the Bible changed my life during our recent conversation.  Here are the show notes from that interview.

You can find Hunter’s Journeywomen podcast on her webpageInstagram, and Facebook, too.

Be blessed on your journey by others in different seasons and see how God has worked in their lives. Share the journey with others as God’s gracious goodness is the true subject of each podcast.






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Morgan Cheek and On Milk and Honey

Posted by on May 27, 2017 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

I just completed devouring a book I’ve been told I needed to read for a couple of years because the author was our former (because our boys grew up into men) pediatrician’s daughter-in-law and my birthday group friends had all read it and I was left out of their conversation over her wisdom as a young mom.

So I finally bought Morgan Cheek’s On Milk and Honey: How God’s Goodness Shows Up in Unexpected Places and downloaded it to my Kindle and I was hooked from the opening pages. I should have known to read it much sooner by the title alone (God’s Goodness? Hello!!)

The book is well-written and conversational in style. The story of Morgan and Hugh Cheek’s life as new parents to twins is raw and honest as she lays out coming to terms within the first 16 months of their lives over God’s mysterious ways in their creation and how a desire for a diagnosis for them is a hope and at times a struggle with her needing information, yet all the while firmly grasping God’s sovereignty in ways far beyond most her age and circumstance.

I’d rather honor their story by not giving it away and encouraging you to check into it for yourself.

Most importantly and a needed reminder that refreshing is that God is on display as their faithful creative Father for Hugh, Morgan, Ally, and Bailey Grace as she shares solid biblical foundation for grasping all that God writes in our stories whether similar to theirs, simpler than theirs, or more strenuous. Comparison is not the heart, nor self-pity. God is.

She openly shares the struggles with her desires for solutions and diagnoses at times as they’ve learned to parent two unique and precious girls. But, Morgan always comes back to how God sustains, provides, and is glorified in lives if we will just open our eyes and see Him at work.

Morgan uses the English Standard Version of the Bible as her translation mostly and that gets my attention. Call me a translation snob, but so be it.

She also draws quotes in from biblically grounded people who have lived before her. No prosperity gospel is happening here.

Her doctrine is solid and their family story real and raw.

Find more of it at her blog His Hands, His Feet, His Heart. She’s also on Facebook and Instagram.

Be encouraged and be hope-filled as you read Morgan’s story and see God writing your own. After all, He is the author and perfecter of your faith if you are His child. Although my own story is different from that of the Cheek family, I have seen firsthand God at work penning the happenings of my own life and seeing it all unfold for my good and His glory.

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