Posted by on Apr 4, 2018 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

The last time I wrote here and published, I was wrapping up a Bible study on Ruth and helping my mother take care of my daddy. A few days after that last post, he passed away with family by his bedside and prayer lifted up.

His funeral followed and I dropped off the face of the earth.

Not really, but as far as writing was concerned, I did. So much to process even with his age and illness, death never comes easy no matter the circumstances nor length of preparation nor time spent with a loved one in the days, weeks, and months prior to their passing.

Today, had Daddy still been alive, he would have been 90 years old. I cannot bring myself to go to his grave where the marker has been installed. I think I shall fall apart. One day soon I am going to  take a blanket and lay on the earth looking up at the sky while lying beside his grave marker. Maybe I’ll take our dachshund Beans, whom Daddy enjoyed, and let her lay there with me as I talk to God about my earthly father and praise my heavenly Father for His gracious goodness in giving me such a kind dad all my years until last August. Memories live on and linger and give solace, but I do not think I will get over him being gone until I see him again.

When does the pain stop? Just last week I scrolled through photos on my phone in an attempt to find a particular one and came upon pictures of Daddy with our oldest grandson on my daddy’s 89th birthday. I had taken the grand to the dollar store to pick out a balloon and we attached it to a Snickers bar to weight it down so Daddy could enjoy the balloon until it drooped and then have the sweet treat afterward. We surprised him with the visit as they were sitting down to lunch. Daddy’s smile was….Daddy’s smile. Warm, sparkly, life-giving.

Surprise! While scrolling through the plethora of pictures saved to my phone I came across it and erupted into tears. Alone. Fragile and sad over being without my dad even at 54 years of age.

We never get over those who have been such a blessing to us, no matter how long or short. It’s raw and it’s painful, and ironically it’s joy-filled and hopeful as we ponder the eternal presence of the Trinity.

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Application from Ruth

Posted by on Jul 20, 2017 in Bible study | 0 comments

At last we are covering the final piece of inductive Bible study- APPLICATION. We have by no means exhausted this wonderful subject, but as my intent has been to expose you to this practical way of purposefully reading  and studying Scripture I hope that it has been a good run with Ruth for you.

This last piece of the inductive method doesn’t ever happen all at once at the end. And perhaps I should have said that to you earlier. But if you have been hanging in there doing the assignments over the last few weeks, you have most likely already had application occur in your thoughts or in your prayers. Maybe in your actions, as well.

Application asks the question, “What does this mean to me?” Or better yet, “How does what I read change me or turn my focus towards God?” Here’s another way of phrasing what application encompasses in a question form, “How am I inspired to live out the gospel of Christ after having read this book/chapter/verse?” Here’s another one, “What am I dying to share with someone that God has taught me from studying this?”

What happens at the end is when you leave your words on paper answering those application questions above touching pen to paper for posterity. In application it is so important to take our head knowledge from all that observation and interpretation and put some muscle on it of the physical kind and live out what God has stirred in our souls.

Go get your Bible and open up to Ruth. Grab your paper and pen and sit down with a cup of something warm or iced, depending on where you live and what time of day it is for you. Here’s your assignment:

  • Read all of Ruth
  • As you are reading, jot down those things that the Holy Spirit uses to strike an application with you, whether they are convictions or affirmations. 
  • Now, take that list and pray thanking God for his word, for this special little book, and how he has used it to change you.
  • Get up and go about your life changed for God’s glory.

I am sad this has come to an end, but honestly, it’s not the end. Rather, it’s a jumping off point of decision for you. What are you going to do with these tools you’ve learned and put to practice?

Furthermore, I would love, love, love to hear from you as to how God has spoken to you through your time in Ruth. Leave a public comment on this post or send me a private comment if you like, using the form on this post.

I’m going to take a break for a week and then I’m coming back to take this inductive method a step further by showing you how to use a bullet journal concept and some creativity to study your Bible. So, get ready!



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Interpreting More in Ruth

Posted by on Jul 14, 2017 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

Hi friends, how are you doing with studying Ruth? Feeling behind? That is okay. Honestly, we would do a whole lot better if we were showing up and being accountable to each other weekly, but without you having to be present it is easy to skip it and then just drop it. I know. I’ve been there.

Belonging to a solid group Bible study is a great way to connect and certainly to discuss what you are learning, but that may not always work either so although I encourage you to be part of one some time in your life, my purpose in helping you appreciate the inductive study method in these blog posts is so that YOU can be alone in the Bible with helpful tools and try to make some headway in getting a grasp on the how-to of it all.

So, let’s get cracking. We are still in the interpretation portion of inductive study and if you missed any earlier posts, click on the “Bible study” tab at the top of the page and then search for Ruth.

We could wrap up Ruth today with some application, but I would be remiss if I didn’t remind you that in reading all of Scripture we are to keep the BIG picture of God redeeming a people for himself at the center of it all.

Today, I want you to read all of Ruth (again? yes, again!). As you are reading it, think about anything in this narrative that reminds you of Jesus coming to save his people. Do you see any picture or type of Christ?

Let me define “type” – In Webster’s dictionary, type is defined as “to figure, to represent by a model or symbol beforehand.” In studying the Bible a type is a person, place, thing, or event that is a foreshadowing of a future person or event.

With that understanding in mind, go back and answer that question up there again, about a picture/type of Christ to come. Thinking along those lines, is there anything in your reading of Ruth that prompts you to think about a coming event that has already happened in history after Ruth was written and is there anything that still remains to happen in the future of mankind according to Scripture that you are reminded of in your reading of Ruth? 

In last week’s lesson, I had you do a little digging for news about how widows and sojourners in Israel were to be treated. I hope you found out some things.

Then I had you do a bit of research on your own regarding how a widow could be redeemed by a relative if she had no one else in her immediate family to assist her. Lots of cultural/historical background to grasp, but not get bogged down in because at the heart of it all was the need for a relative to redeem her, a relative to carry on the family line and name.

Here are a couple of key words (relative and redeem, redeemer, redemption) in Ruth. Remember back in observation mode I had you list some key words? Well, I hope these stood out to you, especially in light of the meta-narrative of Scripture.

Read back through Ruth and mark those words if you didn’t already and make some lists about those words and what they shine light on in Ruth. Then, in a Bible dictionary seek information on redeem by looking at cross-references, or go to a Bible encyclopedia for that information. Take some notes. If commentary assists you more, then go ahead and read that resource.

Lastly, for this week, make a list about God and how he was at work in redemption of you in this story. Also, what attributes of his or characteristics did you see? Jot those down. How did he provide? Go crazy seeing him in the midst of this.

Then, offer up a prayer to him as he moves your heart through this story.

I’ll see you back next week when we move into the third part of inductive study – application.

[If you missed it, I was on Grace in Color’s Facebook Live episode this past Tuesday sharing how to use more creativity in inductive study. Although there is an echo at first, it improves. My mouth and sound don’t quite match up and for those of you like me who are bothered by that, just look away and listen. Mainly, be encouraged to be in the Word. You can see that here.] NOTE: This will probably be the subject of an upcoming blog series on Bible study, so stay tuned.

{An update on our dads: my dad is still in a rehab facility trying to regain his strength to be able to stand and walk. His appetite is poor, so please pray for him to be hungry and the food to be yummy while you also pray for the therapies to work as he is able to work. Rob’s dad fell July 4, and broke his shoulder so he needs your prayers for healing and good sleep. Both our moms are well and tending to our dads greatly, but your prayers for their stamina would be fabulous.Thank you.}

As always, if you have any questions about what I have shared in today’s post regarding Bible study, shoot me a question via this contact form and I will respond to you.



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