Through the Bible Week 3

I must apologize for not keeping up with my blogging on WHAT we’re reading, but I want you to know I AM reading. Are you? I certainly hope so. I’ll catch up soon, but wanted to share this weeks plan with you. I apologize that it’s late!

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VIDEO: An Overview of our trip to Gbentchal, Togo 2014 with Mentor Leaders

Below you will find the video summary my daughter did for our church, who tremendously supported us on this journey. Though lengthy, this is clearly a very small sampling of what went on during the two weeks we were there, but will give you a glimpse. We had a very musical team, so all the music you will hear in the video is music done either by our team or by the villagers.

 

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Through the Bible Week 2

SeptWeekTwo1-819x1024Ya’ll, I’m so sorry I haven’t posted the schedule for this week yet! Like last week, I’m simply reposting the schedule from Good Morning Girls. It’s real simple: one chapter a day. That’s doable, right? Last week I posted a short intro to Esther, and later this week I’ll write a more extensive post sharing my thoughts about the book. Wednesday, I’ll try to post a short intro to I Peter. I would encourage you, if you are following along, not just to read the blog posts I put here, but to dig in and read your Bible! You cannot imagine the blessing it will be in your life. I’ll be the very first to tell you that I struggle so much with consistency in my Bible study. I let everything under the sun distract me, and I’m trying hard to change that.
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The Journey to Gbentchal

Leaving DC

Leaving DC

On August 5th, my daughter Anna and I boarded an Air France flight around 8:45p enroute to Paris, our first leg of the journey. Check-in was uneventful and getting through security was the easiest I’ve ever experienced. Air France was the best flight I’ve taken in terms of comfort, and flight attendants – they were absolutely fantastic.

The miracle of air travel always amazes me — how we can take off, and within hours be transported to a place thousands of miles away. In total, Anna and I traveled nearly 6,000 miles over the course of two days. We left Washington D.C. Tuesday night August 6 around 9:25, and arrived in Paris at 11:25  (Paris time) the next morning. During the night, because of time difference, we were served breakfast in the wee hours of the morning. I quickly learned I’m not a fan of plain unsweetened yogurt and Anna learned that serving alcohol to minors while their parents are sleeping is not a no-no in other parts of the world. (if you must know, she quickly declined!) Also, the cute and very bubbly children sitting behind us did, in fact, eventually get a good night’s sleep. Too bad we weren’t quite as fortunate. [Read more...]

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Exploring the book of Esther

SeptWeekOne2-819x1024Well, here we go! I posted a question yesterday on Facebook, asking if anyone might want to join me as I blog through the Bible, and I have to admit I was a little shocked by the response. If I’m being entirely transparent, I eagerly posted it and the more I thought about it, I thought…ohh, this is really a lot of pressure, maybe no one will answer the question!

Well, I thought wrong and here we are. Clearly we are getting started late, the Good Morning Girls site I mentioned in yesterday’s post had us starting Sunday and I didn’t find them or this great idea until Monday. So, if you’re jumping on board late like I am, perhaps we can agree to catch up together and read the first four chapters by tonight. If not, just catch up as soon as you can.

Esther is one of my favorite books of the Bible, so I know I’m far more eager to dive into this book than I will be others. As a girl who is deeply interested in politics, I’ve studied Esther a little closer in recent years. It’s so cool when you begin to use commentaries and things to help you in your studies, it makes the Bible come alive. It’s certainly not at all required, but I do recommend it. [Read more...]

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Come along with me?

1077393_366000506886602_7597518057684632582_oAs I began to think about all the writing I’d like to do in the coming days about my trip to Togo, an old burden resurfaced. I love to inform through my writing. Reading can be terribly boring sometimes, and let’s face it, most of us only visit a blog like this because someone shared the link and we got a little bit curious. I’d love for you to come and stay awhile, and I realize that if I’m asking you to do that, I need to give something in return.

The burden I’ve had on my heart has been centered around ministering to women and girls in some way. I haven’t yet figured out what exactly God means for me to do, and most of my friends know that this blog has been a tad ADD over the years, changing topics – nothing wrong with that – and a couple of times, even name changes. I battled with a self titled blog, and if I’m being honest, I still do. But, many writers have blogs that are self titled, and contrary to my thought that it’s quite a prideful thing, I’ve resigned myself to the belief that it’s simply a way to share one’s own work and nothing more.

As I continue to seek God’s will for my life concerning a ministry to women, I realize there is much that can be done in the meantime. A Facebook post scrolled on my timeline this very morning inviting bloggers to join a website called Good Morning Girls as they blog through the Bible. What a neat idea, and surely I cannot be the only one who struggles with consistency in my Bible study! [Read more...]

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