3 Ways to Find Jesus in the Bible

It has been a fun couple of weeks. Two weeks ago was my birthday/10th wedding anniversary EXTRAVAGANZA!!

Pretty  much, my favorite parts of my birthday involved food!

Pretty much, my favorite parts of my birthday involved food!

My sharp shooter doesn't even need eyes to win a stuffed dolphin for his honey!

My sharp shooter doesn’t even need eyes to win a stuffed dolphin for his honey!

This last week we took the kids to St. Louis. Ten years ago, Jim and I met in STL at Concordia Seminary where he was studying to be a pastor and I was working on my Masters in Theology (although I also earned my Mrs.).

We have a ton of great memories there and were pumped to show the kids. We visited¬†the City Museum, Grant’s Farm, and the Seminary. Another highlight was lunch from Penn Station subs…so delicious!!!

We had engagement photos taken almost in this exact spot. A special courtyard for us ;)

We had engagement photos taken almost in this exact spot. A special courtyard for us ūüėČ

 

10 story slides and open aired tunnels...LOVE the City Museum!

10 story slides and open aired tunnels…LOVE the City Museum!

It was sweet to reminisce about our time at the Seminary. It was also helpful to get back to the roots of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. St. Louis is the North American motherland for the LCMS.

In my opinion, Jesus is the main emphasis in Lutheran theology. All doctrine flows out of and relates to Jesus. This is not something Lutherans created; nor is it something only Lutherans believe…it’s biblical!

Jesus said it Himself in Luke 24:27 on the road to Emmaus. He was walking with some of His disciples (unbeknownst to them!) as they recollected the events of Easter week. The disciples were¬†confused by Jesus’ death and empty tomb. Then Jesus blessed them with incredible insight in verse 27:

And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

Basically Jesus was saying, “It’s all about me!” Continue reading

Worry Can Wreck My Witness

This may sound silly, but strangers scare me. I’d make the perfect 4-year-old in that sense! I am not the most trusting when it comes to meeting random people.

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Did you ever read the Bernstein Bears Learn about Strangers? Sister Bear learns that one can’t always trust strangers. By page 5 or so, she¬†begins to see the world as a dark, scary place with sinister strangers lurking around every corner. By the end of the book, however, Sister Bear has a more balanced perspective on a world with strangers in it – cautious, but not fearful.

Unfortunately, I’m stuck on page 5…strangers cannot be trusted. I feel this especially at the grocery store.

I know my point of view is unhealthy. God showed kindness to me 2 times this week through strangers. I found my daughter’s shoe hanging from a stop sign because a stranger took the time to tie it there to be found. And, of all places, a stranger at the grocery store bought my kids candy (in my presence!) in the check-out line. I shared these experiences on Cast Your Worries¬†Facebook page and heard a couple more stories of stranger’s kindness. Continue reading

This is Why I’m Possible

I’ve seen this phrase floating around the web these last couple of weeks, especially on pinterest:

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, ‘I’m possible’!”

I imagine this quote from Aubrey Hepburn isn’t wildly popular because of cool graphics. It’s catching steam because it taps into our desire to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps and be who we want to be. It¬†prompts¬†us to believe we are the variable in our lives that make the difference.

It’s funny how seemingly inspiring quotes can sink into our mentality, yet¬†be contrary to Scripture.

If I’ve learned anything in my struggle with worry, it’s that it is impossible for me to figure it out all by myself.

I cannot will myself to stop worrying. I haven’t discovered how to force myself to not lose my patience. I am unable with my own strength to stop my mind from racing around thoughts of death. I still have anxiety when Jim takes all of the kids to the park.

I can’t do this life on my own.¬†

I need strength, help, courage, love, and support from Someone outside of me. 

I’m possible, but only with the One who makes me possible.

 i'm possible Continue reading