“What Do You Want Me To Do for You?”

by Katy Kauffman


The question is an inviting one, when it comes from God the Son. It’s a question that Jesus asked two of His disciples—What do you want Me to do for you? (Mark 10:36 NKJV*). They had no trouble answering—Grant us that we may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on Your left, in Your glory (Mark 10:37).


There’s bold, and then there’s out of line. Can you imagine someone asking that of Jesus, especially a disciple? But Jesus didn’t scold them. He asked them if they would be willing to suffer as He would have to suffer. He knew they would be persecuted for His sake, but to grant their request was something only the Father could do (Matthew 20:23).


If Jesus came to you with that question—“What do you want Me to do for you?”—what would you tell Him? What secret dreams do you have? What desperate need?

prayer, dreams, our desires, delighting in God, What Do You Want Me To Do for You?, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

From the Valley to the Pit – A Guest Post by Josie Siler

My feet crunched on the rocky path that wound through the valley as I contemplated the mysterious embrace of a dense fog; and that’s when it happened—I fell into a pit. It wasn’t a pretty fall either; it was a face first nose dive into a deep, dark hole filled with all sorts of creepy-crawlies that wanted to eat me alive.


I stumbled to my feet and assessed the situation. I tried to remember those glorious days spent at the top of the mountain, but the effort was like trying to capture the fog between my fingers. Was I really on the mountaintop just a few short weeks ago? Maybe, like the fog, it was a dream or a deception. 


Was the fog there for me to enjoy its beauty or was it there to blind me to the pit? Is it foe or friend? I’m not sure, but I know this pit is the last place I want to be, and the fog brought me here. 


 

desperation, hope, adversity, deliverance, prayer, From the Valley to the Pit, Josie Siler, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

Cheerful Satisfaction: A Guest Post by Patty Schell

Groans could be heard throughout the airplane as it bounced and dipped. Turbulence. It was going to be a long flight. Each jerk of the aircraft caused a new round of complaints from its passengers with one exception. From seat 27D could be heard squeals of delight. A small, blue-eyed, blond-headed mite of a girl cheered with joyous abandon. To her, this flight was more than she could hope for. Her “sit in your seat and just be quiet” ride had turned into an exhilarating experience. I couldn’t help but smile at her happiness. In the midst of a less than satisfactory situation, this little one had found great pleasure.


The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,
goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Against such things there is no law.

Galatians 5:22-23 NET


Joy
Greek: chara (khar-ah’)
Meaning: Cheerfulness, Calm delight1


Joy’s very definition can make us smile. The idea of being full of cheer lightens our mood. But there is one more definition we should consider. Delight means an extreme level of satisfaction,2 and satisfaction means “a source or means of enjoyment”3: Contentment.

joy, contentment, fruit of the Spirit, Patty Schell, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

Hope Rekindled

by Katy Kauffman

In honor of Paige Snedeker and her will to live, love, and serve God

Here I am, on the edge of despair.

I look hard for hope, but see none there.

Darkness grows thicker with each hour.

I look for one green leaf, one flower.

 

“Is this my lot?” I cry from within.

Where is hope in this land so barren?

I can’t change this poor body of mine.

Will my future still grow worse with time?

 

Hope Rekindled, Paige Snedeker, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

When the Pain Won’t Go Away: An Excerpt from Breaking the Chains

Is there a pain that aches in your soul? Something someone said to you. A storm that left its mark on your heart.  A trauma or past regret.

Although pain comes into our lives in many forms, the effects are usually the same. We tend to “slow down”—our joy slows down, our energy or zeal for life slows down, and our hope. We can’t escape the gnawing at our souls, and we may miss out on opportunities that God provides. We can try to get rid of the pain or ease it, and sometimes we find a cure. One cure is lasting.

Breaking the Chains, When the Pain Won’t Go Away, spiritual healing, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

A Touch of Honey – A Guest Post by Dorcas Asercion Zuniga

Katy here. I am pleased to introduce Dorcas Asercion Zuniga to you. She is a dear writing friend who has a knack for illustrating the Christian life with word pictures. She is also one of the columnists for Broken but Priceless: The Magazine, and contributes regularly to Refresh. May your heart be blessed by her post this week. 

In the Disney movie classic “Mary Poppins,” Mary Poppins gets the children to take their medicine with “a spoonful of sugar.”

Sugar might help “the medicine go down,” but it doesn’t have any true health benefits. There is, however, another sweetener that has been shown to actually be good for you—honey.

Studies show that honey has medicinal benefits. The World Health Organization and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend honey as a natural cough suppressant. Honey also has the potential to fight bacteria and decrease the effects of seasonal allergies.1 This is a “medicine” that shouldn’t be too hard to get a child, or an adult for that matter, to swallow.

King Solomon was well aware of the healing effects of honey. He wrote in Proverbs 16:24 (NIV), “Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”

Our words, wisdom, Proverbs, A Touch of Honey, Dorcas Asercion Zuniga, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

The Measure of a Man

Tall, dark, and handsome. “Short, furry, and funny,” to quote Robin Williams. It’s easy to describe a man’s appearance in three words. But what about his heart? What three words would you use to describe a real man or a godly man? My writers group on Facebook answered like this:

Eyes on Jesus

Leads his family

Patient, kind, humble

Becoming like Christ

A godly man, Micah 6:8, The Measure of a Man, Rick Kauffman, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

Our Risen King and the Reality He Has Won

The battlefield had long been determined. Since the demise of Lucifer and his followers, the forces of Satan had warred against the hosts of the LORD. Yet one particular battle had been foretold—the suffering of a Servant, the payment of all sin of all time, the redemption of mankind. This battlefield was the cross.

Although Scripture doesn’t reveal to us the spiritual warfare surrounding the cross, the Gospels help us to know the struggle and agony felt by those on the scene. If we stepped into the story that has been recorded for us, we would hear the jeers of the crowd, the hammering of nails, and the likely weeping of Jesus’ followers. We would see the anguish of John the disciple and others who watched their Master dying. We would see a centurion torn between doing his job and coming to the realization that this Man nailed to a cross was the Son of God.

Easter, Good Friday, Jesus, Our Risen King and the Reality He Has Won, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

God Is into the Details

Have you ever known that God would provide something for you, but you weren’t sure of the details? How would He do it? When? How much were you supposed to do to help things move along? Did He just want you to wait? Details, details.

After a walk through the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., I am even more convinced that God is into the details of our lives. I saw minerals that boasted an array of spectacular colors—rose pink, turquoise, deep royal blue, transparent yellow. I held curious butterflies and was mesmerized by their fragile, spotted wings. I walked through halls displaying skeletons of numerous animals, showing God’s handiwork in piecing together living beings, giving them flexibility where they needed it and rigidity as well.

Details. God loves details.

 

 

faith, trusting God, God provides for us, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, God Is into the Details, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

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