“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”Matthew 5:3 What makes a poor person not poor anymore? Ownership! It may seem silly or obvious when put so simply, but it’s the truth! Someone is no longer considered poor when they start owning stuff. It’s all relative, of course. A middle…… Continue reading W5: Poor in Spirit: Stumbling Blocks
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”Matthew 5:3 In perusing through Bible stories, I find more characters with prideful hearts than hearts that are Poor in Spirit. David, because of his Psalms, comes quickly to mind as recognizing his utter dependence on God. He continually cries out to God…… Continue reading W4: Poor in Spirit: Biblical Example
https://youtu.be/sWoDOzSUdt4 Watch the video for a little pep talk if you feel led to serve others in a certain area, but don’t feel like you are prepared enough. 🙂
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”Matthew 5:3 At first, when reading the list of Beatitudes, it seems like Jesus repeats himself with Poor in Spirit and Meek. The word “humble” is frequently applied to both, which seems appropriate. However, if we look at the Greek words used, we…… Continue reading W3: Poor in Spirit: Definition
https://youtu.be/zVQ0vlPEZMM Let’s chat about one of the reasons people give up offering hospitality before they even try! Thankfully, when we take the focus off of ourselves and our own comfort, we can find the confidence and courage to proceed!
https://youtu.be/nqAjBnNcEQA Let’s have a little chat in my garden about how we can develop a habit of generosity by recognizing our surplus and letting it go. Even what appears to be insignificant can bless someone else! We honor God by living generously with what He has given us.
Part 1: Identity My name is Amy and I love coffee. That’s a pretty accurate statement, since I drink coffee daily. It is part of my routine, I enjoy it, and it is comforting to me. But what if I said, “my name is Amy and I am a coffee lover”? Or someone introduced me…… Continue reading W2: Introduction: Identity & Wisdom in the Beatitudes
https://youtu.be/MKMp7pZzG30 I go through the steps to make carrot cake and cream cheese frosting…all while juggling the demands of daily life. When carrot cake is important to you, you will find the pockets of time to make it in!
Last summer, my son, Egan, was memorizing the Beatitudes as part of a school assignment. Every day I would overhear him practicing in an almost rhythmic recitation—memorizing the sounds of the words together, rather than the words themselves. For him, at age 8, the concepts (and even some of the words!) are foreign and difficult…… Continue reading W1: Introduction: Choosing the Beatitudes
Hi Friends! I have some exciting news to share—2 things I’ve been working on behind the scenes for a while. The first is a hospitality-based ministry that I’ve been developing for several years now. I’ve been working to encourage local women through hosting gatherings and facilitating Christian fellowship. There have been many times I’ve been…… Continue reading Blog Expansion Update