Unless the Lord Builds the House

We’ve been trying to build a house for two years — two years of ups and downs, trees cut down that no one wanted to help us haul out, a road that devoured over a hundred loads of gravel, a water line that kept breaking and finally had to be replaced, the rainiest winter in years for rainy Oregon, dozens of new houses being completed on every side of our […]

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How to Follow the Study on Diligence and Laziness without an Instagram Account

Several of you have asked if you might receive the lessons for our current mini-study on diligence and laziness via email. Unfortunately, this shorter study is not available by email. However, you do have some other options: If you look to the right on this post, in the sidebar of this blog site, you should be able to see the four most recent posts from our Instagram account. If you […]

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New Instagram Study on Diligence!

We’re starting a new “mini-study” (Instastudy?) on Instagram tomorrow! These mini-studies take less time to complete each day, and only last 2-3 weeks. Join me as we do a topical study about diligence and laziness! This is an issue we all seem to wrestle with — either in ourselves or with our children. We’ll look at what the Bible says about the topic and what we should do about laziness. […]

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The Winner of Our Giveaway!

Sharon with comment #494 is our winner, with her suggestion to study Esther in a future Busy Mamas Bible study. Congratulations, Sharon, and thanks for your suggestion! Thank you all so much for your feedback! Thanks for your kind words, the encouragement you offer me as you share how God is working in your lives through His Word, your suggestions for improvements, and your ideas for other passages to study. […]

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A Giveaway! A Bible, 8 Bible studies, and more!

It’s time for a giveaway! We want to give one of you all this stuff to help you with your Bible study! One fine point, non-bleeding Micron pen (black ink) for writing notes in your Bible One set of 12 soft-core Prismacolor pencils for marking in your Bible One pebble gray* Moleskine Cahier notebook for your Bible study notes (just the right size to stack with your Bible and book) All eight of the Busy Mamas […]

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Thirty Days in John 15, Day 35: What’s Next?

Abiding in Christ includes His Word abiding in us. If we don’t know the Word, we won’t really know Jesus — who He is, what He has done and what He continues to do, what He has promised — and we won’t know how to respond to all that God sovereignly brings into our lives. That’s why i’m driven to keep writing Busy Mamas Bible Studies, no matter how crazy it […]

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Thirty-Some Days in John 15, Day 34: Real Life

For the last day of our study of John 15, we’re going to spend some time meditating on the passage and praying over it. We want to make sure we are “doers of the Word and not hearers [or students] only.” No matter how many hours we manage to spend in God’s Word each week, if we study with no intention of doing what the Word says, we’ve missed the […]

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Thirty-Some Days in John 15, Day 33: Personalize

We could study so much more in this fifteenth chapter of John, but our study is coming to a close. It’s time to look back at what we’ve learned, and to look forward to how we will let these words of Scripture change us. Assignment: Pray, thanking God for what He has taught you through His Word. Ask Him to help you remember and be changed by Jesus’ words. Then take […]

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Thirty-Some Days in John 15, Day 32: The Promised Helper

We’ve reached the last two verses of John 15. It’s time to pull our chart from Day 6 out to finish it. Assignment: Pray for the Holy Spirit’s continued guidance, as He bears witness of Jesus through the Word. Then open your notebook to the pages you created back on Day 6. You should have two pairs of pages that are divided into columns labeled Me, Jesus, Father, and Holy Spirit. Starting […]

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Thirty-Some Days in John 15, Day 31: Summarizing

We did a lot of writing on Saturday. Let’s look at what is in our notebooks now. These closing verses of John 15 should comfort and prepare, but also challenge, us. Assignment: Pray for guidance and understanding before you start studying. Then open Blue Letter Bible to John 15, and your notebook to the chart you created on Day 29. Let’s remember the historical setting of this chapter. What are Jesus and […]

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