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

Unexpected News

by Julie Coleman


The day I went into labor with my third child ended with quite the surprise. What we assumed would be one baby turned out to be twins! The midwife didn’t discover little Joseph until I had his sister Melanie in my arms. “Wait, there’s another head!” she informed us. I burst out laughing. Are you kidding me? A second baby? How wonderful was that?


Then the reality of the logistics of the situation hit me. Just moments ago, I had delivered my daughter “naturally,” my first childbirth experience without the aid of an epidural. “Wait a minute,” I said in a panic. “How are we going to get this baby out? Because I’m not going to do THAT again.”

Christmas, faith, God’s promises, Unexpected News, Julie Coleman, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

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

Thankful for True North

by Katy Kauffman


I kept losing North. It was 27 degrees outside, and although I was wearing 5 layers, I started to lose feeling in my fingertips. Cars kept crossing our intersection, and I had to keep up with where North was. A few weeks ago, I helped my dad and a team test light levels in a downtown area, and I was in charge of the grid map and showing them which spot to test next.


The red building, I thought. That’s it.


In the middle of a cluster of buildings, a mini sky scraper glowing with red lights served as my compass. Whenever I lost my sense of direction, I looked in every direction to find my red marker. Thankfully the marker never moved as we tested several spots in the intersection.


As we travel through life, our path doesn’t stay in a simple straight line. Sometimes we have to meander on an ever-curving path down into a valley or hustle up a steep, rugged path on a mountain. It can be easy to lose our sense of direction, and we wonder which way to go. Which way is North.

Jesus, the cross, hope, guidance, storms, adversity, Thankful for True North, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

The Whole Picture: A Guest Post by Dorcas A. Zuniga

My first experience with anesthesia was the summer I had my wisdom teeth removed. It wasn’t good. I remember getting to the bathroom and feeling dizzy. What happened after that is still a blank. From all accounts, I fainted as I entered the kitchen.


My three-year-old nephew, John Mark, was sitting with his older sister Stephanie on the stairs, just outside the kitchen doorway. When his mother asked him what happened to me, he said, “The feet that was going down, was going up.”

perspective, hope, adversity, trials, The Whole Picture, Dorcas A. Zuniga, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

A Sunrise of Strength

by Katy Kauffman


One morning my heart was sad. Although I was half-awake, I started focusing on the wrong thing, and I needed God’s help to refocus my attention and strengthen my heart. Even though I wanted more sleep, I opened my Bible, and my eyes fell on the verse I needed.


Awake, awake! Put on your strength, O Zion;
put on your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city!
Isaiah 52:1 NKJV


The “awake, awake!” part got my attention. But more importantly, this verse called on God’s people to put on strength. This passage in Isaiah talks about God restoring His people after they had been in captivity.


Is your heart help captive by something? Too often we let our hearts become captive to sorrow, fear, anger, or sin; and we are lulled into despair or apathy. We may think, Things will always be this way or I just don’t care anymore.

strength, God’s power, sorrow, despair, hope, Isaiah 52:1, A Sunrise of Strength, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

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