Delighting in God's Unsurpassable Gift

by Del Bates

Delighting in God’s goodness
Becomes a part of my day.
When I begin with Him
And I start out to pray.

Delighting in His goodness
For all that He has done.
Delighting in His goodness
For the gift of His own Son.

Jesus, Jesus’ death for us, Delighting in God’s Unsurpassable Gift, Delighting in God’s Goodness series, Del Bates, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

Delighting in God's Constant Presence

I expected sleepy sunlight to greet me when I pushed back the curtains, but instead, fog camped on the peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Almost 500 Christian writers converged on Ridgecrest, a beautiful conference center nestled on the side of a North Carolina mountain.

Some of us took pictures of the fog and its accompanying rain-filled clouds. Others wished they had umbrellas to trek across the campus to stay as dry as possible. It wasn’t until the last morning of the conference that the fog lifted and I saw the personal relevance of our ethereal friend.

God’s presence, Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, Delighting in God’s Constant Presence, Delighting in God’s Goodness series, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

Delighting in God’s Goodness: A New Series

The goodness of God surrounds our families like a mighty fortress and comforts our hearts like a warm blanket. The goodness of God makes gray days sunny and sunny days brighter. The goodness of God gives us reason to hope in the midst of a storm and to sing, “It is well with my soul.”

Because God is good, we always have hope.

Because He loves us, He has a good plan for our lives (if we’ll follow Him).

Because He has flawless character, we can trust Him that His ways are best.

Delighting in God’s Goodness, the joy of the Lord, the character of God, Psalm 37:4, 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

A New Release: Breaking the Chains


I was chained. You wouldn’t have been able to hear clanging links as I walked by, or see the chain that was metaphorically wrapped around my heart and mind. But for years, I struggled with chains of my own making. When I realized that they were hindering my walk with God, I wanted to be free. I just wasn’t sure how to do it.

Have you been there? Even children of God battle bad habits or detrimental ways of thinking, feeling, and acting. Jesus died to set us free from sin’s power in our lives, but we can still walk hindered. We can let fear, anxiety, anger, loneliness, and so forth hinder what God wants to do in our lives and how we relate to Him and other people. But it doesn’t have to be that way. We can break free and stay free. The strategies to do it are in our new book.  

Breaking the Chains, spiritual bondage, spiritual warfare, spiritual battles, victory, 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.

 

 

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Gaining and Sustaining Peace

How do you gain peace and sustain it? Maybe if I lived on the beach and every morning I could watch the sunrise glisten on the waters, I would have peace. Or perhaps if I had no struggles or temptations, my heart would abide in peace. But the battle between good versus evil rages on, and no life on earth is free from struggles and temptations. Even the beach has its storms and hurricanes. 

 

 

the peace of God, staying close to God, 2 Timothy: Winning the Victory, Gaining and Sustaining Peace, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

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