Grace for Every Downpour


by Katy Kauffman


One day when I was on my way to a college class, I encountered a downpour unlike any other I can remember. My windshield wipers couldn’t move fast enough for the onslaught of water. I thought about pulling over and waiting it out, but I wasn’t sure where. 


Then I saw a pickup truck ahead of me. Its flashers were on, and it became my guide as we traveled thirty miles per hour down the highway. I could see just enough road around the truck to make sure the driver was staying in his lane. I rounded curves as he did, and we made it out of the torrent alive and in one piece.


I’ve never thought of Jesus as a truck driver, but if there is anyone who can drive the highway of life and help us arrive at our destination in one piece, it’s Jesus. He knows how fast or slow to travel, and He’s ready for when an onslaught of surprises, temptations, or troubles comes our way. He has the grace to see us through it.

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Join Us for the Enrich Conference 2021


Brainstorming, discussions, speeches, laughter, and joy—that’s what we had at last year’s Enrich Conference. Even on Zoom! I loved “gathering” online with other Christian writers to talk about Bible studies. The Pandemic didn’t stop us from enriching each other with encouragement, feedback, and fellowship.


The Enrich Conference 2021 offers classes, workshops, and fellowship time for those who write, speak, or teach about Scripture. This year’s conference will be on Thursday, September 30, through Saturday, October 2. It will be on Zoom, and it’s free. A list of the classes, the daily schedule, and a link to register for the conference are below.


On the first day, we’ll have a mini-conference on “How to Write Bible Studies,” from which we will launch a new Zoom group for Bible study writers. Thursday evening begins the regular conference with a brainstorming session. The rest of the time, we’ll give speeches and receive feedback, talk about main ideas and reader takeaway, and discuss how to repurpose our Bible studies or Christian Living articles into (CBN) devotions. We will practice putting some sizzle into our book proposals, and be encouraged to use such resources for writers as MailChimp, WordPress, and YouTube. And more. We would love for you to join us.

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Awake to 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.

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Refresh Your Heart with Joy and Peace


by Katy Kauffman


It drives me nuts when I can see the color of flowers in my garden, but I can’t quite get there. In late spring, we planted three azaleas and two hydrangeas in the backyard—the perfect view for a summer of flowers. Their home is a kidney-shaped flower bed filled with the blonde and red specks of cedar mulch. Blue, purple, white, pink, and green blooms have already enticed me to come visit them. But my journey to experiencing joy and peace up close in the garden, is hindered after a downpour.


During a prolonged, hard rain, a six-foot wide stream forms in our grassy backyard between the sidewalk next to the house and the new flower garden. When the waters recede, I still need stepping stones to get from the concrete to the flowers, or else my shoes will need a hosing.


The downpours of life can challenge our joy and peace. Disappointments, hardship, illness, the death of a loved one. Doubt, loss, anger, the tactics of the enemy, and so on.


Maybe you can see joy and peace from afar, but it seems like you can’t quite get there. You need some stepping stones to access them. Or you need some strategies to help guard the joy and peace that you already have.

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Days of Opportunity


by Katy Kauffman

 

Words give us hope. So do fighting spirits. Winston Churchill had both. In the dark days of World War II, Britain needed a leader who could rally them and lead them to victory.

 

Within the first year of the war, King George VI appointed Churchill as Britain’s prime minister. The British and French had been unsuccessful in saving Norway from Nazi occupation. Poland had already been invaded by the Germans and the Soviets, and divided between the two powers. On the day Churchill took office, Germany invaded France and three other western neighbors.1

 

Six weeks later, France surrendered. Yet Churchill possessed the fire and the courage to keep his sights on victory and to embolden his people to do the same.

 

In his first speech as prime minister, Churchill laid out the battle plan: “Victory. Victory at all costs. Victory in spite of all terror. Victory however long and hard the road may be. For without victory there is no survival.”2

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Hushing a Storm Within


by Katy Kauffman


Sometimes it’s a change in our circumstances that stirs our emotions into an inner storm. Sometimes it’s a lingering difficulty. The eye of the hurricane revolves around an unsolved problem, an unmet need, or an unanswered prayer. The winds increase and thunder resounds as we allow fear, doubt, and anxiety to clash with despair. The emotional upheaval affects every part of our lives, and we wonder how it can be fixed. Will it ever be fixed?  


Of course, having an emotional reaction to a trial is nearly uncontrollable—it’s going to happen. But once we get our bearings and remember that the Calmer of any storm is with us, we realize we have a choice to make.


Hushing an emotional storm starts with specific choices on our part and climaxes in God’s work. It begins with a determination to trust God in spite of what we can see, in spite of what we feel. God won’t force us to have peace within—we have to be willing to receive His peace. Often we have to let go of anxiety, fear, and doubt. As He works in our hearts and we cooperate with that process, peace calms the raging storm. We can persevere with grace as we wait to see what God will do in our circumstances.

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Don’t Be Afraid – Refresh Bible Study Magazine, Spring 2021


Fear is a bully. It can blind us to the truth and paralyze us from moving forward. It can rob us of heartwarming moments, unforeseen victories, and opportunities to make a difference in the world around us.


Courage is a great friend. It opens our eyes to the truth and rescues us from paralysis. When we choose courage, we experience adventures that have been orchestrated by God, we find in God what we need for every circumstance, and we quench the voices of anxiety, doubt, and what-ifs. Courage is quick to remember that God is always with us and for us.


How do we comply with God’s command, “Don’t be afraid”?

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Listening for God’s Voice


by Katy Kauffman


The Power of God’s Voice


A song glided over the mountains and slipped through the window of my hotel room, or so I thought. As I woke up in one of my favorite places on earth, the Blue Ridge Mountains, I strained to hear the melody of some faint sound. Where is that coming from? Can the mountains really sing?


I turned on the light and almost decided the mountain tops possessed some magical quality. And then I discovered it. The new alarm app on my tablet was quietly urging me to wake up. The volume was turned down so low I didn’t even realize it was speaking to me.


The Power of God’s Volume


There have been times in my life that I wanted God to blare an answer to my question or trumpet the timing of His plan. But I’ve discovered that it’s the quiet moments that take His soft reply and sear His answer on my heart. He doesn’t need to shout. He simply needs to whisper. Do we realize He is speaking to us?

 

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An Eagle of Love


by Katy Kauffman


I stared at the painting and tried to memorize every detail. Dark gray brush strokes created ominous clouds and morphed into blue and white patches. An eagle with its wings outstretched in a “v” shape descended out of storm clouds into the bright light of day. I was captivated by the light shining on the eagle’s feathers. He looked so real, so beautiful. His look of determination said that he was going to win, whatever the battle was.


This eagle picture was unlike any other I had ever seen, and my twelve-year-old heart craved it. I memorized the artist’s name—Laurie Snow Hein, a beautiful name. The painting was perfect, but its frame and mat weren’t right for my room. I lingered at the painting for a while, wishing I could take it home.


“If God wants you to have it, He’ll give it to you, and it will be perfect,” my mom said. I didn’t know how that would happen, but I tucked her words into my heart and left the store with some hope.

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I Am Here: A Christmas Poem


by Katy Kauffman


I look at the world and wonder why

So many hurting, so many die.

My heart grieves and trembles with fear.

I hear a whisper say, “I am here.”

 

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