Smurfs & Purpose


1 Timothy 4:8, 14-16; Acts 17:26-28


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Research & Define

  1. purpose
  2. godliness

Questions for Reflection

  1. What passion for you have buried deep down inside? Have you given God a chance to dream with you lately?
  2. Have you tried something new recently? Have you stepped out of your comfort zone to help someone around you?
  3. How does this passage reveal God’s heart and character in a new way?
  4. What step do you need to take next?

Related Scripture

Ephesians 2:10

Jeremiah 29:11-14

1 Timothy 6:6

Psalm 37:1-11

Memorize & Meditate

Write out Acts 17:28.

Meditate on this Truth. In Him, not in ourselves, we LIVE, move and have our being… we are His.  

Memorize this Scripture, let it renew your mind and change your heart.


Heavenly Father, thank you for loving me and preparing a purpose for me in advance. I trust in Your ways and Your timing. I know you are in control and fill me with purpose and a destiny to give Your name glory. Let my life be an example of Your love. Match my heart to yours and my will to Your will. Let Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Galatians: Week Six

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Scripture to Read

Galatians 6

Research & Define

  1. Weary
  2. Good

Reflect & Discuss

  1. How do you respond when God asks you to do something way out of your comfort zone or qualifications?
  2. How does this passage renew your desire for God?
  3. What is the theme of this chapter?

Related Scripture

2 Corinthians 11:16-33

Memorize & Meditate

Write out Galatians 6:9-10

Meditate on this Truth.

Memorize this Scripture, let it renew your mind and change your heart.


Heavenly Father, my desire is to please You and live a life worthy of the calling I have received. Help me to correctly handle the Word of Truth with a pure heart. Let me learn and come to the knowledge of truth, knowing what I believe and why. My feet are firmly planted on You, my Rock and salvation. Help me look to You as my standard and not others. Comparison is the thief of joy and I will not give foothold to the enemy. I choose You and give You all that I am. Let this week’s study transform me from the inside out and bring me deeper and closer to You.

In Jesus’ name amen

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Galatians: Week Five

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Scripture to Read

Galatians 5

Research & Define

  1. Freedom/Liberty:
  2. Walk/live/guide:

Reflect & Discuss

  1. What do you think about when you hear the word alienate? (vs 4)
  2. What does it look like to walk in the Spirit in you life, in this season?
  3. How does this passage renew your desire for God?
  4. What is the theme of this chapter?

Related Scripture

Hebrews 12:11

Romans 8:1-17 (amp)

Colossians 3:1-4

Memorize & Meditate

Write out Galatians 5:25.

Meditate on this Truth. Living by the Holy Spirit means keeping in step with His Spirit, being aware of Him.

Memorize this Scripture, let it renew your mind and change your heart.


Thank you, Father God, for sending Your Holy Spirit to live in my heart. May Your Spirit confirm and affirm Your truth to me this week. Let Your word bubble up in me at different times to remind me of Your power and glory. Let me see You and bask in Your Presence. For I am thirsty for Your life giving water and hungry for more of you. Your Word is alive and active. Let it nourish my soul this week and reveal the thoughts and attitudes of my heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from You. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before Your eyes. Thank You for Your throne of grace that I can confidently approach. It is by Your grace that I am saved.

In Jesus’ name amen

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Galatians: Week Four


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Scripture to Read

Galatians 4


Research & Define

  1. Heir
  2. Guardian

Reflect & Discuss

  1. What do you find yourself zealous about right now?
  2. Have you ever felt swayed by other’s enthusiasm and doubted your belief? What was the outcome?
  3. How does this passage renew your desire for God?
  4. What is the theme of this chapter?

Related Scripture

Romans 12:11-12

Matthew 11:28-30


Memorize & Meditate

Write out Galatians 4:6-7.

Meditate on this Truth. We are God’s children, co-heirs with Christ.

Memorize this Scripture, let it renew your mind and change your heart.


Heavenly Father, I praise you because Your hands made me and formed me. Give me understanding to learn Your commands and obey Your Word. For I delight in You and Your Word, I meditate on it day and night. I am firmly planted for the display of Your splendor. I honor you with my time, energy and focus this week. Thank you Jesus for the cross that justified my Gentile soul by faith. So, I put my faith in You today and seek You first. For You alone are worthy to be Praised. Teach me and enlighten the eyes of my heart to receive Your truth this week.

In Jesus’ name amen

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Galatians: Week Three


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Scripture to Read

Galatians 3

The law was meant to be an external restraint while the promise was made to be an internal transformation. 

Research & Define

  1. Clothed
  2. Works

Reflect & Discuss

  1. Have you ever experienced a Spiritual high and then questioned it afterwards?
  2. In what ways have you seen God move as a result of your faith rather than checking boxes off your to do list?
  3. How does this passage renew your desire for God?
  4. What is the theme of this chapter?

Related Scripture

Genesis 12 and 15

Deuteronomy 28:15-68

Colossians 3:12-17

Matthew 5:17-20


Memorize & Meditate

Write out Galatians 3:26-29.

Meditate on this Truth. We are all ONE in Christ.

Memorize this Scripture, let it renew your mind and change your heart.


Most Gracious Heavenly Father, I surrender all I am to You. Take me deeper than I have ever gone before and lead me where my trust is without borders. Your Word is the bread of life and the more I taste and see, the more I see your goodness, faithfulness and unfailing love. May Christ, through faith, dwell, abide, and make His permanent home in my heart. I am rooted and established in Your love; growing in grace and understanding of just how wide, long, high and deep in Your love that surpasses knowledge. Let this week’s study fill me to the measure of all the fullness of You, my Lord and Savior.

In Jesus’ name amen

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Galatians: Week Two


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Scripture to Read

Galatians 2

Research & Define

  1. Justified
  2. Gentiles
  3. Vain

Reflect & Discuss

  1. What does living for God and dying to the Law look like in your life, in this season?
  2. How can you, personally, help those in need around you? Think of a practical, realistic way you can serve.
  3. How does this passage renew your desire for God?
  4. What is the theme of this chapter?

Related Scripture

1 Corinthians 13:13

1 Peter 4:1-11

Romans 8:29-30

1 Corinthians 1:9

Memorize & Meditate

Write out Galatians 2:19-21.

Meditate on this Truth.

Memorize this Scripture, let it renew your mind and change your heart.


Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Word. It is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path and sustains me with joy. I am turning my ear to hear and applying my heart to understand. Confirm, by Your Holy Spirit, the hidden treasures of your Word. I am seeking You with all I am this week and fully committing myself to You. Teach me, show me; I am crying aloud for understanding. Grant me Your Spirit of wisdom and revelation of insight into the mysteries and secrets in the deep and intimate knowledge of You. In Jesus’ name amen

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Galatians: Week One


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Scripture to Read

Acts 9, Acts 13:13-14, Galatians 1

Paul, in Galatians 1, introduces himself as an apostle sent by Jesus Christ and God the Father. This is significant because God wanted a relationship with those in Galatia, so He sent Paul. That relationship was born from Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. It was important for the Gentile Christians to understand that Truth, the foundation of their new faith.

He continues his letter with a strong and harsh tone, unlike the other letters he wrote (Ephesians, Philippians …). In Acts 14, we see Paul in Galatia, spreading the Gospel. He travels to Lystra of Galatia where he was stoned and left for dead as a result of his preaching. He gave a lot of himself for the glory of God and couldn’t believe the people of Galatia were so easily swept away by false teachings.

Paul makes it abundantly clear that the gospel of Christ is about the grace of Christ. Believing we can earn our own salvation has more to do with pleasing people than pleasing God. Paul says, in verse 10, that we cannot serve both people and Jesus. This was, in essence, the difficulty facing the Galatians. They were confronted with the challenge of standing firm in their new faith or succumbing to peer pressure from the Judaizers, Christians who followed the law of Moses. There cannot be two ways to heaven.

There’s only one: Jesus. 

Paul goes on to explain that if anyone should know about this “other” gospel the Judaizers were spreading, it would be him. For he was well educated in the Torah and extremely zealous for the traditions of his fathers. Paul understood what was happening with the Galatians and needed to make it clear that if God called him from his mother’s womb to preach Jesus to the Gentiles, then there could be no other gospel. He was a Pharisee who persecuted followers of Jesus but with one personal encounter with the Son of God, his life, values, traditions, and beliefs were all changed.

In verse 15, Paul writes that he was called, by the grace of God, to preach the love and hope of Jesus to Gentiles. This was extremely unorthodox for a well know Pharisee who didn’t have much to do with non-Jewish people. But God.

But God called him; therefore God equipped him to go and preach to those who were not ethnically Jewish. Paul makes it a point to say he didn’t consult any human being before responding to the call of God. In Acts 9:15, Jesus said, “Go! Proclaim My name to the Gentiles…” The other apostles were preaching to the Jews. If Paul had gone to them first, without having evidence of God working through him, he may have experienced discouragement or disapproval. Instead, he was obedient and started preaching immediately.

God’s ways are always better than ours. We may not understand the rhyme or reason for God’s calling but, by His grace, He will equip us if we are obedient.

Research & Define

  1. approve/approval
  2. Servant
  3. Grace

Reflect & Discuss

  1. How have you been looking to other’s for approval instead of seeking to please God?
  2. Has God called you to do something out of your comfort zone or asked you to do something completely different than the norm? How did you respond?
  3. How does this passage renew your desire for God?
  4. What is the theme of this chapter?

Related Scripture

Romans 8:29-30

2 Corinthians 3:3-6

Jeremiah 1:5

Memorize & Meditate

Write out Galatians 1:10.

Meditate on this Truth.

Memorize this Scripture, let it renew your mind and change your heart. Ask God to increase your desire to seek His approval above man’s.


Ephesians 1:16-23

Father God, open my eyes and heart to receive Your truth today. I invite Your Holy Spirit to rest upon me as I read and study your Word this week. Give me Your Spirit of wisdom and revelation so that I may know you better. Enlighten the eyes of my heart in order that I may know the hope to which you have called me. Let this week’s study bring me closer and deeper in my walk with You.

In Jesus’ name amen

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Galatians: An Introduction


Welcome to the beginning of our Galatians study. If you need a copy of the study click here.

Before beginning a study of any kind, it’s important to know who the author is and to whom the book it written. I like how Jen Wilkin explains it as “reading the envelope.” When you receive a card in the mail, you look at the envelope to see who it’s addressed to and who it’s from. We will start our study of Galatians by “reading the envelope.”

Scripture to Read

Read in order: Acts 22:1-21, Acts 9:1-31, Acts 15:1-21

Who wrote Galatians? … The Apostle Paul

Paul was a Jew, born in Tarus of Cicilia. (Fun Fact about Tarus: this was the first meeting place of Mark Antony and Cleopatra) Although born in Tarus, Paul was educated in Jerusalem by Gamaliel, a Pharisee and teacher of the law who was greatly respected (Acts 5:34).

Paul, first known as Saul, was a Pharisee, thoroughly trained in the law, who persecuted followers of Jesus. He was even present at the stoning of Stephen, the first martyr of Christianity (Acts 7:54-8:1). After Stephen was killed, we see Saul again when he is on his way to arrest more believers in Damascus. Along the way, he has an encounter with Jesus that changed his life and the world. He would go on to write 2/3 of the New Testament and spread the Gospel more than any other apostle or disciple before him. He planted churches and suffered greatly for Christ (Acts 9:16)

When was Galatians written? … No one really knows. 😉 

AD 48 or early AD 50’s … Most scholars agree that Galatians was written before the Jerusalem council in Acts 15 simply because Paul doesn’t mention it and it’s a pretty big deal. This theory would place the writing of Galatians AD 48/49, which would make this the first letter Paul wrote.

Another theory is that Paul wrote this letter in AD 51/52 after the Jerusalem council, but the problem explained in Acts 15 hadn’t reached Galatia yet.

I guess this is a question to slip in your back pocket to ask Jesus in heaven (my pocket is getting pretty full, how about yours?)

To Whom was Galatians written?… Gentile believers in Galatia (Acts 13:13-14)

Gentile believers were being told that they had to follow the Law of Moses && believe in Jesus to be saved. Jesus wasn’t enough. There had to be more to this whole “Jesus” thing. So, the Judeans in Galatia were telling the new converts that they had to be circumcised and keep the Law of Moses in order to truly be saved. #ouch

In what style was it written? … a Letter, an Epistle 

The book of Galatians is a letter from Paul to the churches in Galatia.

Why was it written? … Paul wrote to encourage the believers in Galatia that Jesus set them free. 

Going back to whom the letter was written… because “Judean missionaries wanted to convince Paul’s converts to adopt ethnic and cultural Judaism and become fully righteous,” (Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible). They wanted followers of Jesus to still adhere to the Law of Moses and prove it with circumcision.

What is the main theme of Galatians? … We have freedom in Christ… shh this was supposed to be answered later in the study. So this is a freebie! woohoo for you! 

We are no longer subject to the Law of Moses and the heavy burden of earning forgiveness through blood sacrifices and following certain rules. Jesus came, bore our sins, died on the cross and redeemed us. It is by faith that we are saved. Not by the things we do or the rules we follow. Praise Jesus!!


Questions?? Ask away. I’m not a Bible scholar but will do my best to answer or find the answer. 🙂

Study Method

During this study we will be using the S.O.R.T. study method… check it out here.


Stay tuned for Week One recap next week!!


Why I’m Always Late


Scripture to Read

John 15

I went to pick up my daughter, Charleigh, from gymnastics camp. I was about 10 minutes early and if you know me, you know this is very surprising. As I was sitting there waiting with my toddler in the back–> clearly unhappy that she could not get out. I started thinking about why I’m usually late.. I don’t like being early. I don’t like to wait… Waiting annoys me. Waiting frustrates me. Waiting is my nemesis.

At that moment a friend sent me a sweet text to thank our Women’s Bible Study Group for including her friend because she hoped it would help her as she moved back home (to another state).

Immediately the Holy Spirit showed me how we all have a part to play- big or small. Our mutual friend was with us for such a short time and hopefully we, as a group, were able to plant a seed. Now God can send a harvester and nurturer into her life. It made my day because all day I was struggling with “waiting”.

Waiting to know what comes next. Waiting for Alex to finish residency— in 3 years. Waiting to see the fruits of motherhood. Waiting to feel important. Waiting to make a difference.

Her text to thank our group– was an answer to an unspoken prayer. It was God’s way of reminding me how much we all matter. How each of us have purpose and a difference to make- somehow, some way.

In John 15, Jesus tells His disciples that He is the Vine and we are the branches. In verse 2, He tells us that, as branches- extensions of Him- we are going to be repeatedly pruned in order to bear more fruit.

The wait is more about experiencing God than enduring the delay. Wait and See

Prune means to cut off what is dead.

Trees and vines cannot thrive if there is decay and rot. To grow and make progress we are to remain rooted and established in Him (Colossians 2:7).

Each one of us is imperfectly in progress, wild, wonderful and in process.

We have to allow God to do a work in us before He can do a work through us. Wait and See

I love how our God is the God of details, process and order. He cares about our everyday, ordinary. That’s where progress is developed, ordinary becomes extraordinary and small things becomes big growth.

I truly am trying to be on time and get places when I’m supposed to be- one choice at a time, one day at a time.

God is pruning me for whatever He has planned next. I need only surrender and be still. Waiting is not easy for me, probably like most people, but there’s process in the wait. I’m learning— always learning.

I invite you to join me in the pruning season to be primed for completion, maturity and joy (James 1:2-3).

Do what you know to prepare for what you don’t know. Wendy Pope, Wait and See

Research & Define

  1. Prune
  2. Abide/Remain (depending on translation):

Discussion Questions

  1. Who is the True Vine? the Gardener? the Branches?


  1. Why do you think Jesus says that even if branches are bearing fruit they must be pruned?


  1. How does God cut off or prune in your life today? What are the results of His pruning?


  1. What does it mean to bear fruit?


  1. How do we abide in Jesus?


  1. What does remaining/abiding in Christ look like for you?


  1. It’s to God’s glory that we do what? (John 15:8)


  1. What areas do you feel like God is pruning or removing in you so that you can bear more fruit?


  1. What command does Jesus repeat more than once? Why? (John 13:34-35; 15:12,17)


  1. What does this passage reveal or teach you about God/yourself?

Related Scripture

Matthew 21:18:22

Luke 8:1-15

Luke 10:27

1 John 4:7-21

Philippians 2:12

James 1:2-4

Colossians 2:7


Write out a prayer based on what you’ve studied in John 15. Let scripture be your words of praise and prayer.

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Mercy and Steadfast Kindness

My awesome church organized a church-wide reading plan. Today is Day 3!
Here’s my take on what I read.

Scripture to Read

Proverbs 3, Matthew 8-10, Exodus 28:29-30


Proverbs 3:3 says, “Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.”

Have you ever felt like a human bouncy ball— you’re just all over the place? I have and often do feel this way.

This is the first time in my life I have a choice to work or not to work. I have a choice to stay home and be with my girls. I have freedom to set new goals and pursue my passions. This sounds like an amazing time, doesn’t it?


I don’t know what to do with myself most days. I bounce around from idea to idea and think every idea is a great one… so I MUST ACT ON IT! I share these ideas with my husband and now he just laughs and waits for me to bounce to another idea.

This is not who I want to be, an unsteady, inconsistent, easily influenced person.

Proverbs 3:3 struck me this morning and I found myself digging deeper. First off, faithfulness caught my attention and of course love. I immediately thought of how my inconsistencies lead to frustrations and stress— on my family and myself.

Let’s take a closer look at the beginning of verse 3: “Let love and faithfulness never leave you.”

Love in this verse is the Hebrew word chesed, which “implies personal involvement and commitment in a relationship beyond the rule of law,” (Vine’s Concise Dictionary). Another way to look at this word is to think of marriage; it’s both legal and relational. Chesed is a devotion that is steadfast and full of mercy. 

Faithfulness in this verse is the Hebrew word ’emeth, which is usually paired with chesed. This word means truth and reliability. Faithfulness is a devotion that is firm and true. 

In Matthew 9:13, Jesus tells a Pharisee, who questions Jesus about eating with sinners and tax collectors, “to go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Jesus desires relationship over religion and devotion over ritualistic behavior. He desires for us to be self aware, so that we can go out and make disciples; showing Him to the world. Before we can do that we need radical devotion that is full of love and faithfulness.

If there’s one area I’ve been consistent in, it’s been Him.

Back to Provers 3:3. The second part of that verse tells us what to do with loving kindness and faithfulness: “bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.”

In Exodus 28:29-30 we learn that the high priest, Aaron, wore a breastplate over his heart that bore the names of the twelve sons of Israel. This was to help Aaron make decisions for the Israelites in the presence of God.

What we clothe ourselves with is seen by others, it’s an outward display. What we write on our hearts is internalized and unseen by others. Aaron, the high priest, wore that breast piece as a reminder of the people and relationships that would be effected by his decisions.

We all have a sphere of influence and the ability to effect others with our decisions.

Jesus wants my devotion above any great idea. All He wants is a people that will follow Him when life takes unexpected turns and doesn’t turn out quite like we planned. He wants our hearts so full of Him that we pour out on to others.

Wear your relationships on your heart so that when life happens you remember what truly matters and who you are effecting with your decisions. Show mercy, act justly and walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8).

I’m learning, growing and making progress. Goals are being set, passions are being pursued, love is covering all of it. I will not be a bouncy ball any longer. I am a disciple, taught of the Lord. Obedient to God’s will with great peace and undisturbed composure, (Isaiah 54:13 amp).

Research & Define

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  1. bind/binding
  2. love
  3. faithfulness

Related Scripture

2 Corinthians 3:3

Colossians 3:12

Questions & Reflections

  1. What are some areas that you need more loving kindness and faithfulness?
  2. What are you writing on the tablet of your heart?
  3. What are you fusing to your neck as a display for others to see?
  4. How does this verse remind you of your need for a Savior?

Memorize & Meditate

Proverbs 3:3


Heavenly Father, Thank you for this truth today. Thank you for providing tangible ways to live out your Word on a daily basis. I struggle in so many areas and need you loving kindness and faithfulness more than ever before. Teach me how to clothe myself with your love and faithfulness so that it pours out of me. Let my life lead others to you and not away from you. Holy Spirit show me what I’ve been writing on my heart and forgive me for any and all wrong motives and selfishness. I Pray this in Jesus’ name! Amen