I seem to have fallen into a pattern of blogging lots on the weeks that I have Bible study and then blogging not at all on the weeks I don’t. It’s not intentional. It’s just the rhythm found this fall. This is a Bible study week, so you may hear lots from me over the next few days. Here are a few quick notices.
Zaties: We’ve been busy this month! In addition to our recycled book purses, we’re now making some very fun stuff with the pages, including Christmas ornaments and wreaths. (I also have some fun votive holders, coasters and other groovy stuff that hasn’t made it into the Shop yet!) With the holidays quickly approaching, we’ve been invited to a couple local craft shows. You can check us out at the HCA Holiday Shopping Extravaganza on November 15th or at the Military Bridge and Shop-a-thon on November 17th. Contact me for directions and details.
Oh, AND this week Book Nook is hosting a giveaway in which you can win a Martha Stewart Cookbook Purse or a $50 gift card to our shop! Get all the details HERE.
Java with the Judges: We are on Week 4 of six in our workbooks. That translates to chapters 10-12 in the book of Judges. I hope you’ll engage in the discussion on Thursday!
We’ve already covered Caleb, Acsah, Othniel, Barak, Deborah, Jael, Gideon and his sons. There were a few other judges and characters thrown in between, but those are the main players we’ve discussed to date. On Wednesday night (at my home) and Thursday morning (here on the blog) we’ll talk about Jephthah, and then after Thanksgiving, we’ll dive into the lives of Samson and Delilah. Fun – right? I’m lovin’ it.
This week a few of you emailed me to give resignations from the study. I am very happy to announce that I am not accepting resignations at this time. That may sound ridiculous or even arrogant. It’s not meant that way. You see, Bible study isn’t a job and you’re not required to be here or take part. I don’t believe in “closing” small groups and I don’t believe in banishing anyone who can’t make it or keep up. I can’t keep you from quitting, but you should know that I don’t care if you’ve fallen behind or if you haven’t done any of your homework. I don’t care if you never show up to our group. You are still welcome and I’m keeping your seat open for you.
My goal with this study is not to pile homework or stress upon you. My goal is not to fill you with knowledge or seemingly irrelevant details about the Bible. It’s not about attendance or intelligence. I care very little about any of that. Rather, my purpose is simply to help you know God and to make you thirst for His Word. That’s it. There are no gold stars and no diplomas. Just a welcoming seat and an encouragement to know your Maker.
Other News: The kids have started their Christmas lists. Zach wants every possible toy related to Cars 2 and a trip to Africa. Ellie has asked for a pet fish, the entire American Girl catalog, and $8000. She believes that if she has $8000, she’ll be rich, set for life.
That’s it for today. So, what’s up with you?