Have Your Way, O LORD: A Poem


This week I want to share the following poem with you as we are preparing to release our new Bible study compilation, Heart Renovation: A Construction Guide to Godly Character. Just like a homeowner has to open up his house to a renovation team, we have to open our hearts to God for Him to work in us and conform us to Christ’s likeness. This poem was first published in the Fruit of the Spirit issue of Refresh, which was the basis of Heart Renovation.

 

“Prepare the way of the LORD,

Make His paths straight.

Every valley shall be filled

And every mountain and hill brought low;

The crooked places shall be made straight

And the rough ways smooth.”

Luke 3:4-5 NKJV

 

I can dream, but I don’t know

Of all the beauty You want to show,

Of who You are and what You can do

In a life that’s totally committed to You.

Godly character, Have Your Way, O LORD, Heart Renovation: A Construction Guide to Godly Character, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

A Fine Book

by Becky Hitchcock


I meet once a month with a dear and trusted friend. Her name is Caroline. We share in confidence the things which tug at our hearts. We laugh, too. We talk about the beach and pedicures. Good food, favorite authors, pastors, and Bible studies are also in the mix. She loans me fine books from her library and we pray together.


Once, when an evening reached well spent before we had actually begun to pray, Caroline said we needn’t be dismayed. She directed me to Malachi 3:16 (KJV):


Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another:
And the Lord hearkened, and heard it;
And a book of remembrance was written before him
For them that feared the Lord
And that thought upon his name.

friendship, prayer, fellowship, A Fine Book, Becky Hitchcock, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

Flying on God’s Promises

by Katy Kauffman


A plane ticket is a promise. It’s the promise of a destination. The promise of adventure. For me, my plane ticket to Florida this month is the promise of meeting writers at the Florida Christian Writers Conference and having one of the best adventures of the year.


When I arrive at my flight’s gate, I count on my boarding pass to work and to allow me to board the plane. I count on the flight attendants to bring me Sprite to soothe my motion-sickness-prone tummy, and (with a few prayers) I depend on the pilots to land the plane safely in Orlando.


A promise is something we hold on to, a guarantee. As humans, we make promises and we do our best to keep them. But we can’t guarantee every promise, because we have weaknesses and life happens. Emergencies surprise us. Our own strength fails.

Refresh Bible Study Magazine, The Promises of God, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

4 Truths to Warm Your Soul This Winter

by Katy Kauffman


Pain. That’s what I associate with winter, even in North Georgia. If I’m not careful, the cold can bring pain to my hands and head, and it can cause sinus infections that last for weeks. The cold temperatures translate into four or five layers of clothing; a colorful array of gloves, scarves, and hats; regular doses of hot chocolate; and watching movies underneath my snuggie (a soft, blue blanket with sleeves).


I’m a sunshine girl, so I also have to guard my attitude from turning as gray as the clouds above. Yesterday the fresh snowfall lit up my study with a radiant white light. It’s nice when God gives us some sunshine in the midst of a cold winter.


The soul has its winters too. We go through periods of isolation, coldness, or seclusion. Life’s trials can weather us, causing our joy to fade or our strength to diminish. But He who releases heaven’s storehouses of snow also shares with His children treasures of joy, peace, and grace. Do you need a little more warmth this winter?

winter, God’s love, adversity, joy, peace, 4 Truths to Warm Your Soul This Winter, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

Be Still and Know: A Guest Post by Michelle Adserias

Today a gentle snow falls. Large clusters of flakes tumble earthward, holding hands and dancing to a muted tune only they can hear. It must be warmer today. I put on my coat and head down the snow-cloaked road.


It’s so quiet my crunchy footsteps resound irreverently across the wintry expanse. When I reach the hilltop, I stop. A profound stillness envelops me. I strain to hear something … anything. There’s nothing—not the rustle of crisp, brown oak leaves, not the cheerful call of the chickadees, not a whisper from the wind. My whole world pays silent homage to God.

nature, spending time with God, peace, Be Still and Know: A Guest Post by Michelle Adserias, Michelle Adserias, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

The Light in My Soul

by Katy Kauffman


Quiet fills the room where I sit and work and pray.

The world stands still, but I’m at a loss for what to say.

I know many hurt, God; they need someone like You.

Help them to hold on to what is good, lovely, and true.

 

I think about Your heart, Your love, Your plan, Your ways.

How You’re always with us in good and not so good days.

You see what we can’t—victory springing to life.

The peace that arrives when we let go of inner strife.

 

hope, faith, truth, God’s light, poetry, The Light in My Soul, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

Forward: A Poem for the New Year

by Katy Kauffman


"And the LORD, He is the one who goes before you.
He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you;
Do not fear nor be dismayed."
Deuteronomy 31:8 NKJV

 

On this cold winter’s evening,

I think about this year’s plight.

Days it was hard just being,

Trying to have enough might.

 

Now the journey continues,

New joys but also trials.

Challenges, difficult news.

What will be in future miles?

 

New Year’s, faith, trusting God, God’s guidance, Forward, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

Refresh Bible Study Magazine: Christmas Issue


It's crunch time. Shopping for Christmas presents and groceries. Last minute laundry and decorating and preparations. So much to do with not enough time!


Come away for five minutes, and let your soul be refreshed in the awe of Christmas. Our team of writers has contributed to a Refresh issue that will help you to celebrate the Savior in this busy season--in this busy weekend!


Click on the link below and let the magazine load for a couple of minutes. Then scroll to the Contents page, and click on any article title to immediately start reading. It's our prayer that the articles and devotions you find will connect your heart more strongly to God and His word, and make your Christmas celebration even more joyful. From all of us at Lighthouse Bible Studies and the Refresh team of writers, Merry Christmas!


Click here to view and download our 2017 Christmas Issue!

 


 

Christmas, Refresh Bible Study Magazine, Lighthouse Bible Studies, Katy Kauffman

The Streets of Bethlehem

by Katy Kauffman



 

Bethlehem, your streets are filled tonight

With travelers and donkeys, tired and anxious.

They look for a warm place to stay.

Rooms fill up quickly as lamplight glows in windows.  

 

Bethlehem, your streets are filled tonight

As one couple seeks a place to sleep.

The girl is near her time, her betrothed knows it.

But they don’t walk here alone.

Christmas, Jesus, hope, The Streets of Bethlehem, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

What Does God Want This Christmas?

by Jeannie Waters


The brown paper sack of cornmeal was the most unusual Christmas present I’d ever received. Terry, a shy first grader, placed the unwrapped gift on my desk. I knew that his grandparents sold homemade cornmeal; I suspected giving a bag away was a sacrifice.


I cringed when a saucy little girl in the class wrinkled her nose, pointed to the cornmeal, and asked, “What is THAT? That’s not a Christmas present!”


Noticing Terry’s downcast eyes and slumped shoulders, I cradled the sack in my hands and responded, “It’s cornmeal that Terry’s grandpa made. Now my family can have the best cornbread in town!” The boy’s clear blue eyes peered up at me, and a slight smile brightened his face when I added, “Thank you so much, Terry.”


That sack of cornmeal was a sacrifice, the best Terry had to offer.

Christmas, gifts, love, What Does God Want This Christmas?, Jeannie Waters, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

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