Category: Positive character building

Thirty-Some Days in James 1, Day 34: True Religion

This first chapter of James closes with a listing of three signs of genuine religion or worship of God, three ways to do and not just hear. James will more fully explain all three of those manifestations of our faith in the rest of his letter. Assignment: Pray for a deeper understanding of what God has done for you. Pray that your response to His love will result in an imitation of Him, […]

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Thirty Days in James 1, Day 21: Trial or Temptation?

If God allows trials into our lives to test us, is He tempting us to sin? Is He waiting to see if we’ll fall? That’s the question James addresses next. Assignment: Pray as you begin your study time. Ask God to help you better understand the trials and temptations in your life, and the role you have in them. Open Blue Letter Bible and search on James 1:12. Let’s look at different […]

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Thirty Days in James 1, Day 20: Negatives

How did your drawings go? You did try, right? If you didn’t, you really should. (Remember, we’re talking about enduring trials in James 1. This is a little trial for those of you who insist that you can’t draw. 🙂 ) Pictures help us remember. Taking the time to draw something to represent an idea helps us process the teaching more thoroughly. We left off in verse 12, with James […]

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Thirty Days in James 1, Day 19: Catch Up and Optional Assignment

I’ll bet I need this catch up day as much as you do today! What a gift to have a day of rest each week! I’ve included an optional lesson for you amazing few who manage to keep up with the daily assignments! Optional assignment: Open Blue Letter Bible and search on James 1:1. Then click “Commentaries” in the “Tools” menu and open Matthew Henry’s Commentary on James 1. Read and take notes […]

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Thirty Days in James 1, Day 13: Don’t Give Up

God doesn’t just tell us to consider it all joy when we’re overcome by trials. He shows us how.  We can look to Jesus when we face trials, when we want to give up, when we feel like no one cares and no one understands. We can look to Him for our example, and we can look to Him for our comfort. He understands, and He says to rejoice and be glad. Having endured […]

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Thirty Days in James 1, Day 11: Looking to Jesus

We’re told to have joy in our trials, but what does that word joy entail? Let’s find out. Assignment: Pray, thanking God for these words from James that encourage us in the midst of trials. Pray, too, for a heart that is ready to hear what God wants to say to you so you can obey Him. Then read all of James 1, thinking about what you have been learning as you read. […]

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Thirty Days in James 1, Day 8: Reasons

We’re going to face trials. James gently comes alongside his readers, addressing them as his beloved brothers (and by implication, as Jesus’ brothers) and tells them how they should respond when they fall into trials of all kinds. We’re about to start looking more carefully at many of the words James uses in this passage. To do that, we’ll be using a free online Bible study resource called Blue Letter Bible. If you have […]

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Thirty Days in John 15, Day 11: Abide and Fruit

When we moved onto seven acres of land with our six children, we went crazy with all that space. Along with fruit trees and raspberries and blueberries and a big garden, (and an assortment of animals), we also ended up with a couple long rows of table grapes. Unfortunately, with six kids and no internet, we never really got around to learning how to properly care for the vines. We […]

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For Non-Facebook Users Who Would Like to Do the “Child-Training Boot Camp” Study

Would you like to do the “Child-Training Boot Camp” study, but would rather not open a Facebook account or join the Facebook group? There are some other options. You just won’t have the benefit of participating in (or at least listening in on, 🙂 ) the discussion, question-asking, photo-sharing, etc. that is possible in the Facebook group. Here are some other ways to still take part in the study: You […]

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We’re Re-Running the Child-Training Boot Camp Study!

Just a reminder! If are interested in participating in the re-run of the Busy Mamas Bible study, Child-Training Boot Camp, that starts today! The lessons will not be delivered via email. If you want to join us, you will need to join the Busy Mamas Facebook group. A link to each day’s lesson will be posted there. The link for Day 1 is posted now. If you followed the lessons a couple years ago […]

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