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. About a year 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 24 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, True North, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

Peace in My Father’s Hands

by Dorcas Asercion Zuniga


We left the store just in time. The once blue sky was overtaken by gray clouds. I climbed into the front passenger seat and buckled my safety belt, while my husband, Zee, secured our son in the back. The first drops of rain hit the windshield right when Zee got into the driver’s seat.


As we pulled out of the parking lot, the rainfall quickened. By the time we hit the main road, the clouds opened their floodgates. Even at the highest speed, the windshield wipers barely put a dent in the watery curtain that blocked our visibility.


The pressure building up inside my chest was stifling.

adversity, storms, peace, trials, Peace in My Father’s Hands, Dorcas Asercion Zuniga, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

Sailing into Disaster

 

by Katy Kauffman with guest author Beebe Kauffman

Sometimes we sail into a storm with people who won’t listen to God’s warnings. They think everything will be fine or they listen to the wrong advice. The apostle Paul experienced this when he was sailing to Rome as prisoner under a certain centurion’s care. The centurion’s name was Julius.


Paul perceived that the ship, its cargo, and its passengers would be lost at sea, but Julius listened to the ship’s helmsman and owner rather than to Paul (Acts 27:9-11). So they kept sailing. When a head wind, or possibly a northeaster, caught them, they did everything they could to survive. God’s plans for Paul overrode both the storm and the centurion’s stubbornness. He had a plan for Paul, and the application we discover in Acts Chapter 27 encourages us as we face our own storms and head winds today.


The following excerpt is taken from Beebe Kauffman’s upcoming release, A Whole Lot of Wonderful—Application for Today of the Gospels and Acts. In this book, each chapter of the New Testament has been given a theme as you see below for Acts 27, and each paragraph has been given a statement of application. Let these principles soak into your heart and direct you to trust God when you go through a storm of this kind.

storms, adversity, trials, listening to God, Sailing into Disaster, A Whole Lot of Wonderful—Application for Today of the Gospels and Acts, Katy Kauffman, Beebe Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

Jewell: From Tragedy to Victory

by Katherine M. Pasour


Despair shrouded the bedroom in deep shadows. The hospital bed engulfed a tiny figure gasping for a breath that tortured lungs couldn’t provide. I crept in on silent feet, not knowing what to say or do. The emaciated woman bore little physical resemblance to the vibrant, active, cheerful Jewell that I knew.


Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel. Proverbs 20:15 NIV*


Jewell and her husband John were the first to welcome my family to church more than thirty years ago. After we joined, they became our mentors, guiding our journey spiritually and modeling how to be servants for our Lord. Jewell sang in the choir, served in a variety of leadership roles, visited the sick and home bound, and cooked for all occasions. With John, she worked tirelessly in numerous capacities including leading the youth group, organizing the “Lend a Hand” program, taking a major role in mission projects, cleaning and maintaining the church and more, more, more …


I never saw Jewell lose her temper. She didn’t gossip or slander—she lived by the Fruit of the Spirit—love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23). I couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful mentor and role model.


Jewell exemplified how to live out God’s purpose on earth.


One would expect that such an amazing person, a Christian example for all who knew her, would be blessed by God to live a joyful and happy life.


But, sometimes it doesn’t turn out that way. God may have a different plan.

storms, adversity, Parkinson’s Disease, legacy, Jewell: From Tragedy to Triumph, Katherine M. Pasour, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

Building Faith through the Storms of Life

by Jennifer DeFrates

A few years ago, preparations for hip surgery revealed a giant mass in my abdomen. Test after test and specialists all over two states said removing it might kill me, estimating a fifty percent chance of dying during the procedure.  


One night, I remember rocking my then three-year-old daughter to sleep wondering how my death would affect her life and my family. Choking back sobs, I prayed that if my death were necessary in God’s plan for my family, then I would trust Him. But I didn’t want to let go of this life just yet.

storms, adversity, faith, trusting God, Calming the Storms Within series, Building Faith through the Storms of Life, Jennifer DeFrates, 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

Peace, Be Still

“Lord, don’t You care?” The disciples woke Jesus up. A storm had engulfed them on the Sea of Galilee. Waves beat hard on them, filling the boat. They were going to sink. “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” (Mark 4:38 NKJV). In the midst of the raging storm, the disciples were afraid they were going to die, and there Jesus was, sleeping. He got up and commanded the wind, “’Peace, be still!’” (Mark 4:39 NKJV). The wind ceased. Jesus turned to the disciples, and asked them, “’Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?’” (Mark 4:40 NKJV). Faith in Jesus would have given them security in the storm. ...

adversity, faith, Jesus, peace, storms, trust, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies