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Thirty Days in James 1, Day 24: Naptime

I surrender. 🙂 No matter how hard I try, I can’t stay awake to finish up today’s lesson, after this lovely day of celebration. I’m waking up enough now to put away my books, turn off my computer, nudge the dog out of the way, and go to bed, where I belong. 🙂 We’re going to still call this Day 24 so our lesson numbers continue to line up with […]

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Thirty Days in James 1, Day 18: Illustrations

Every trial we face in life is not only an opportunity to move forward; it’s also an opportunity to go backwards. We can either persevere and move forward toward maturity when we fall into trials, or we can move away from God, away from growth, and away from blessing, as we give in to despair or bitterness. Verse 12, with its promised crown of life for those who love God, […]

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It’s Possible to Be a Mother and Still Study Your Bible

I really enjoyed reading and studying my Bible in my single years. As a school teacher, I had summers free and I have fond memories of early morning hours with my Bible and notebook in our sun-filled “dining room” (a generous term for the eating space in our little hovel). The Word was “alive and powerful” to me in those days. Something happened when I got married. In my newlywed […]

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A quick question!

Could you help me out by answering a quick question? We’re going to start using Blue Letter Bible this week, and I’m in the process of writing my instructions. I’m wondering how many people are going to be using the app for BLB, and how many will be using the website online. Could you tell me if you will be working on a smartphone, a tablet, or a computer? (If […]

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New Video: Ten Tips to Get More Out of Your Bible Study

We made this video to illustrate some simple techniques you can use in your Bible study time. These are a few of the many things we do together in the Busy Mamas Bible study books and the studies we’ve been doing together on this blog. (If you’re reading this in an email, here’s a link to see the video.) You can take these ideas and run with them, or you can try one of our […]

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Tomorrow We Start! 30 Days of Child-Training Boot Camp for Busy, Busy Mamas!

I’ve been so busy trying to get our house ready to put up for sale (we get the photos taken today and list it this week), that I’ve neglected to remind you of our new study that is going to start tomorrow, July1! This month we’re going to do something a little different. Instead of spending the whole month of July studying one chapter like we normally do (and like we will […]

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Obedience with Joy (Obedience, Part 5)

We can’t change our children’s hearts and make them cheerful about obeying us, but we can certainly encourage cheerful obedience, and we can help our children see why they can obey with joy. We’ll talk about teaching older children to respect parental authority (as Daniel promised last week) in a future post, but for today let’s look at the attitude behind true obedience. We’ll look at 3 reasons for cheerful obedience, and 4 ways to encourage cheerful […]

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Why not?

It’s become a bit of a joke in our family. Every year I’m admonished (by my own children) to behave myself and not buy so many presents — especially now that we’re talking about twenty-two people gathering in our little living room. It becomes a logistical challenge just fitting all the people — along with all their presents — into our shrinking space. Every year I say I’m going to […]

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Thirty (One) Days in Proverbs 31 for Busy, Busy Mamas, Day 31: A Mighty Woman of Valor

Remember that list of military images we’ve been keeping as we’ve studied the verses of Proverbs 31? Today we are going to look at that list one more time, while we consider the closing verse of the chapter. Assignment: Pray for the Holy Spirit’s gracious work in your heart as we draw our study of this chapter to a close. Pray that knowledge will become wisdom, and that what you have learned […]

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Proverbs 31, Here We Come!

Tuesday, July 1, we start our study of Proverbs 31! In five to ten minutes we will learn about the excellent wife, while we also learn how to study the Bible in an active, flexible, rewarding way. Why Proverbs 31? Here we are, many of us struggling to make time for even 5 minutes of Bible study, and we’re going to spend a month taking a close-up look at the superwoman of […]

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