I’ve been writing Bible studies for over 10 years for my local church, through my role in the college ministry and women’s ministry. It is one of the joys of my chosen vocation. And it is a never ending delight to my heart to get my studies into the hands of other churches and ministries (they’ve been shared around the world as well!)
These are digital files, available for free download. You can either view them in your Kindle/iBook/PDF reader, or print them out yourself. Click on the title link to download.
Published here on the blog in February of 2018, this devotional invited people to walk through 1 phrase of the “love chapter” a day for the first 14 days of February, preparing our hearts to celebrate real love on Valentine’s day.
Love works in February and every other month we want to think about being patient, kind, and not seeking our own. This devotional is heavy on discussion and journaling questions, and would work for a group or individually.
Fear has long been my biggest enemy, and my current season of life has me facing fears down left and right. I decided to dive deep into God’s counsel, the most repeated command in the Bible: Do Not Fear.
Come with me on the journey, reading about different Bible characters and contexts where God said, “Do Not Fear”. As always, this devotional includes journalling or discussion prompts at the end of each day’s reading.
This 7 day journey walks from Palm Sunday to Good Friday, focusing on a phrase Jesus spoke from the cross each day. I wrote this because I wanted to slow down and look closely at Jesus on the Cross in the week before Easter.
I’ve made a few of the Bible studies I’ve written for our community here in Lincoln available online. I’m working on adapting everything I’ve written for publication, so I’m not sure how long these studies will be available for free here (grab it while you can!)
Most of my studies are written to be done over a 8 or 12 week period, and can be done individually or in a small group.
The Call of Jesus: An 8 Week Bible Study focused on Jesus’ Commands in the Gospels
This is one my favorite studies I have done or participated in, I just love it. For 8 weeks set aside time to look at Jesus, listen to His words, and ask what He is inviting you to right here in your real life.
Each week focuses on a different invitation or command Jesus made to His followers: To follow Him, come to Him, give thanks, see Him, abide in Him, remember Him, love Him, and love others. We will study these words of Jesus, hoping to hear Him clearly and respond to Him fully.
You can certainly do this study on its own, but I think you’d also benefit from doing it with a friend, sister, or group. I’d love for you to have a safe place to talk about what answering Jesus’ call looks like as women, wives, mothers, neighbors, co-workers, friends.
My friend Stacey Kuszak and I wrote this for a Bible study environment we created for the post-MOPS crowd, moms of elementary and older children who are ready to dig deeper into the Word. The words and Call of Jesus are applicable to people in any stage of life, male or female, married or single, parents or child-free. There are one or two wife/motherhood focused questions each week, almost always around the idea of how we teach these truths to our children. If those questions don’t apply to you, you can skip them, or think about how you would teach these things to those over whom you have influence.
Kingdom People: A 12 Week Study on the Sermon on the Mount
This is the hardest study I’ve ever written – not because the concepts are hard to understand, but because they are challenging to live. Jesus’ call to Kingdom people cuts to the heart of my understanding of what it means to be a Christian in our culture, even within Christian culture.
This is an interactive study, intended to get you in the Word of God in community. This study can be done on your own, but I think you’ll get more out of it if you have a small group of fellow seekers with whom you can discuss each week’s study. In this age of Google and instant information, we can reap tremendous benefits from going DEEPLY into our study of Bible, particularly the key teaching of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount. I so hope you’ll join me.
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.” Matthew 7:24-29
Over the years I’ve made a few printables, little peices of encouragement for your life.
A Letter to my Future Self is the most popular, clicked on post I’ve ever written (by a lot.) I had no idea how common an experience it is to look forward to a coming season and want to speak truth into your future. Since it resonated with so many readers, I made mine into a printable PDF and I made a template you can use to write a note to your future self.
It’s designed to be filled out in January, looking into the new year. But you could of course use it any time of the year.
This was borne out of a post that begins, “Hello from our last months as a family of five living under one roof, our last days with a high school senior…” Little did I know that 2 years out we’d be planning a wedding, but I would not have been surprised to hear how ridiculously proud we are of our amazing nearly-adult oldest son.
I wrote this with young parents in mind, my younger self even. We got a lot wrong, but it’s an amazing thing to stand at the almost-end of our “growing kids” years and make a list of what we got right.
I think of this next one as my
I made this for myself, after reading and thinking about community and the values that lead to Jesus-honoring, life giving relationships, values that reflect God’s Shalom Kingdom. This is who I want to be as a Christ follower.
It’s a pineapple because they are my favorite. You know: Tough on the outside, sweet on the inside, and wearing your crown high. 🙂