The GRACE Behind the MATH

The GRACE Behind the MATH is part of an ongoing series, Mrs Disciple 101. The walk of the disciple includes regular stops at the alter of God. There, we lay our sacrifices of our money, attention, time, and honor, or M.A.T.H. (read about that here). Giving to God is not an issue decided in our checkbooks; it is decided in our heart. Why We Give It is not enough to give. The wealthy brought [Read more...]

The MATH of Giving

The MATH of Giving is part of the series, Mrs Disciple 101. Is there a touchier subject than giving in the evangelical church? Images of sweaty t.v. preachers wearing olive green aviator eye glasses giving a plea for more money have forever marred the beautiful exchange between believer and Savior. In our pursuit of discipleship, however, the practice of giving cannot be avoided. What We Give [Read more...]

The How-To’s of Scripture Memory

Memorizing scripture can be intimidating. It’s a big book. Where do you start? How do you fit it into your already busy brain? I collected a few resources for us to review. Pick a system that works for you. Be open to change methods if it is not working for you. In the end, it’s not about how you do it, but that you do it. My favorite resource and encouragement has been this series on [Read more...]

Mrs Disciple 101: Scripture Memory

The first time I heard “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” is when Patrick Swayze rescued Baby from the corner. Every time I hear Bill Medley’s smooth voice, I see Johnny looking into Baby’s eyes lip syncing, “I’ve had the time of my life. No, I’ve never felt this way before…” I know every word to the song and every move to the last dance of [Read more...]

Obeying God for the Wrong Reasons

The idea of obeying God has been rattling around in my soul for the past week. I knew I wanted to add this topic to the MrsDisciple 101 library, but it is such a huge concept, I wasn’t sure where to go with it. I am a recovering Pharisee.  Obedience, or rule-following as I like to think of it, is a part of my DNA.  I want to know the rules and see the boundaries.  I stop and read the [Read more...]

Mrs. Disciple 101: Prayer

Years ago I took a spiritual gifts survey.  I scored high on administration and teaching–no surprise for me there.  My lowest “gift”?  Prayer.  Ouch!  That discouraged me.  Isn’t prayer one of the primary practices of a Christian?  I wondered if God heard the prayers I have prayed through the years. Learning that prayer was my “un-gift” also caused me to [Read more...]

Servant Messiah

As an occupational therapist serving the older adult population, I have washed my fair share of feet over the last 15 years.  Feet have never been my favorite thing (except sweet, chubby baby feet).  I don’t even like my own feet!  All adult feet are kind of gross, if you ask me.  The longer we have our feet, the more age they show.  I will stop there and spare you the graphic details. [Read more...]

Respond to the Word of God

Respond to the Word of God is part of the Mrs. Disciple 101 series. If you have kids, you know this scene.  Child, totally engrossed in an activity of choice.  Dinner is ready.  “Child, please wash your hands and come to the table.”  “Yes, mam” (on a good day I get the “mam”).  Sit at table.  Where is child?  Child is still engrossed in activity of [Read more...]

How to Study the Bible

How to Study the Bible is part of the Mrs. Disciple 101 series. My sweet little baby turned one last week.  Here he is…..   Isn’t he cute?  This first week of toddlerhood, he began to do some of the things I am routinely training him to do.  For example, I hoisted him up to the sink (no small job with this chunky monkey!) to wash hands.  He reached out for the soap for the [Read more...]

The Disciplines of a Disciple

I am a goal-oriented person.  I am a sucker for lists, check boxes, and sticker charts.  When my middle school Sunday school teacher created a point system for disciplines such as Bible reading and scripture memory, I was in.  SO in!  How could I lose?  I would make God happy and make my teacher proud.  Added bonus:  a little treasure box full of Jesus loot.  I fixed my sight on a little [Read more...]