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.

XOXO,

Amy

 

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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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We Named our Home

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017 in Rosemary Hill | 1 comment

Rosemary in the planters on the porch seems happy.

Our house has a street address, but Rob and I recently decided we wanted to give it a name.

Much has happened in our family since we moved here almost four years ago. Most importantly, three babies have come along, one of whom celebrates his first birthday today!  (Happy birthday to our sweet Eli!) Already the walls here seem more full of the laughter the grands bring to us than they can hold, but the plaster and paint contain it all so nicely and I like to think that any cracks that appear are only because of the bulging those walls endure thanks to the happy spirit dwelling within.

The porch has added more rockers (Cracker Barrel gifts) and two benches (fine craftsmanship from Longleaf Woodworking). Dear husband and I sit there in the early evening to review the day and catch up. It the sun is too bright and hot, a shift to cushioned chairs on the New Orleans style patio out back is in order and we enjoy hearing the fountain gurgle as the birds chirp overhead.  A warm Valentine’s Day afforded the excuse to dine alfresco by candlelight this year. The old lamp on the post outside was replaced a while back and we use the older one to hold candles at the table out there now.

A rehearsal dinner, baby showers, and birthdays have been celebrated here with family and friends gathered. Meals with friends accommodate happy and full hearts over fellowship. And the ability to comfort the tired and hurting happens here also. Lunches occur most Sundays following church as we gather around and devour the fare of the day.

This older home, built in 1950 by Dr. and Mrs. Thompson, has its charm and quirks, and I yearn to know more of its story from its beginning and then through a few more owners.

Birds and squirrels count the feeders and baths their own. A family of owls graces us most evenings with their hoot calls. The greenery tells a story of past owners’ garden favorites in the tiered beds with tucked away spots for sitting. Camellia varieties and hydrangeas take up yard space along with boxwoods, hollies, gardenias, a tea olive, magnolias, oaks, cedars, and pines. There’s even a peony on the premises. Delight!  It seems only fair that our name for the place relate to a favorite plant that we are incorporating into the landscape.

My husband named it and I approved of it.

Welcome to Rosemary Hill.

Rosemary is a luscious and fragrant herb, the oils of which linger on the hands almost as long as chopped garlic or onion would, but without the offense. This particular herb is a way to mark remembrance in bouquets. As roses mark love and affection based on color, so rosemary signifies remembering of another. In our case, we cite rosemary as a standing stone of remembrance to God’s goodness and faithfulness to us as his children.

For now we have rosemary in the porch planters and a few varieties of rosemary planted around the property. All are useful for culinary enhancement and I am enjoying the stew out of them. Young grandson Quentin is even aware of the plant and how the fragrance brings me such pleasure. He’s been taking our front porch day’s end review time with us this week as his baby sister Sarah Joy spends some time mending in the hospital and he runs his fingers over the green-filled stems then sniffs letting out an excited, “Ahhhh, Mamy, smell!”

And I happily oblige the opportunity to stop and smell the rosemary. Thanks be to God for his goodness and his grace that we experience at Rosemary Hill.

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