Would You Care for Some Extra Sugar With Your Scolding?

Amos 9 – Week Four Let’s play a game.  I’ll give a movie quote and you tell me what movie it came from. “Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”   – Wizard of Oz That was easy.  How about “Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates.  You never knowContinue reading “Would You Care for Some Extra Sugar With Your Scolding?”

It’s Not Just An Allergic Reaction

Amos 5 – Week Three Amos 5:1 ERV “People of Israel, listen to this song. This funeral song is about you.” God, through Amos, is instructing the Israelites to hear what He has to say. And he’s telling them he’s about to perform their funeral service. That first sentence alone should get their attention! AmosContinue reading “It’s Not Just An Allergic Reaction”

We Say We Will Never Forget, But…

Amos 4 – Week Two Last week, we were introduced to Amos, one of the prophets sent by God to warn the Israelites.  As we were studying 1 & 2 Kings, there were several prophets that were well-known as prophets. Amos wasn’t one of them.  He was an ordinary man.  A sheep breeder, in fact,Continue reading “We Say We Will Never Forget, But…”

I’m Warning You!

Amos 2 – Week One How many times have you heard a parent say to an unruly child, “Do that again and you’re getting a spanking” or “I’m warning you!”  Next time you do that, you’re going into timeout?” And yet, the child continues doing it over and over with no consequences.  Or my personalContinue reading “I’m Warning You!”

Oh Yeah! I Forgot That I Knew That!

2 Kings 22 – Week Twelve I’ve had a driver’s license for 40 years and it’s been 40 years since I’ve read the manual on driving laws.  I recently took a defensive driver course to save a bit on our auto insurance and I was quite surprised at the things I learned and the thingsContinue reading “Oh Yeah! I Forgot That I Knew That!”

Where Do You Go When a Storm is Coming?

2 Kings 19 – Week Twelve Feeling vulnerable isn’t comfortable.  Feeling vulnerable in a situation gives way to many different types of emotions. We can feel at risk of being hurt, attacked, rejected, judged, abandoned, or embarrassed.  Vulnerability can develop when we are in a relationship, in the workplace, when we are trying something newContinue reading “Where Do You Go When a Storm is Coming?”

Dumb, Dumber, and Even Dumber

2 Kings 17 – Week Eleven Would you be willing to admit that you do dumb things from time to time?  Things that looking back you think to yourself, “If only…” I go for a walk on most days, and I have a routine for getting ready.  I always carry a bottle of water, aContinue reading “Dumb, Dumber, and Even Dumber”

Not Your Ordinary Granny

2 Kings 12 – Week Eleven “A grandmother is a remarkable woman. She’s a wonderful combination of warmth and kindness, laughter, and love. She overlooks our faults, encourages our dreams, and praises our every success.” – Anonymous Hopefully, all of us have or had at least one grandmother that would fit that description.  Grandmothers, generallyContinue reading “Not Your Ordinary Granny”

Life is Like a Game of Go Fish

2 Kings 7 – Week Ten I am not much of a card player.  I don’t understand how to play a lot of the more “sophisticated, grownup” card games.  But I do enjoy playing Go Fish with my great niece.  That game I understand.  Each player starts off with a handful of cards and theContinue reading “Life is Like a Game of Go Fish”

I Did NOT See That Coming

2 Kings 5 – Week Nine From the moment that we are conceived, there are expectations. Our parents expected that we would be born with two eyes, two ears, one nose, ten fingers, and ten toes.  As we grew, we developed our own expectations, and they were different for each of us.  Some expected toContinue reading “I Did NOT See That Coming”