Category Archives: Bible Study

Walking Blindly

I am in a couple of Toastmasters clubs. In one club there is a member who is blind. I am awe-struck whenever I see her.

This woman sees through hearing, and she ‘sees’ a lot. She picks up on things people do simply by listening and notices things those of us who are watching don’t necessarily see.

Over the weekend we were both attending a conference where I had an opportunity to see her in a larger public arena. I was most impressed seeing her walk through the halls and meeting room. I expected to see her holding tight to someone’s arm as she was led around. Not this woman. She did have guides, but these people walked a step or two away from her and made statements like ‘turn left here’, ‘there is a door to your right’, ‘the table is just ahead’.

She trusted these people and followed their lead. She walked independently and made her way through the large crowd. She placed her faith in the words of the other person.

For we walk by FAITH, not by SIGHT. 2 Corinthians 5:7

Nothing keeps this woman down. She holds out her stick to alert her to any obstacle and listens to her companion for direction. She hears the conversations of those walking the halls as well. And she moves with confidence. She doesn’t step hesitantly; she steps firmly and moves forward. She sees her next step by the words of the other person. When she moves, she focuses only on the next step. She stays in the moment.

How often to I stand, paralyzed with fear at the unknown even when I can see all around me. I wonder at what is beyond my view. I am concerned about the steps behind me. I stand, wondering, fearing what is seen and what is not seen.

Suzie is the ultimate image of what it means to ‘walk by faith’.

Watching her this weekend reminded me I need to close my mind’s eyes and open the eyes of my heart to walk where God’s Spirit leads me – one step at a time. I need to listen, to focus on now and take each step boldly.

What do you see on your path? How are you walking? Are you being led by faith, or by sight?

Countdown to 60 – 13 days

Time flies as my 60th birthday gets even closer.

Go to my Facebook page (lifecoachTA) and comment on any of the Countdown to 60 posts to be entered in a drawing for a copy of both of my books. Even if you do not knit or crochet, the short devotionals are still relevant. (one entry per comment – one comment per post)

How Journaling Led To A Published Book

I have been encouraging you to journal. Hear how my journaling led to publishing 2 books on Amazon through this youtube video   h

Or….. read it here.

Hi, TerryAnn here. I have my hot cup of tea, It’s rather cold with lots of snow here in the Midwest.

While I am sitting back,  relaxing and enjoying my tea I was just thinking that I asked all of you to start doing some journaling and to join me on this journey of journaling For the last few weeks I have given you a prompt – just something to think about when you sit down to write.

Whether you use that prompt or go on to something else is irrelevant. What’s important is that you are starting to just look within yourself. Start to write and don’t worry about grammar, don’t worry about punctuation, don’t even worry about the flow. Just write.

How are you doing?

As my husband and I were talking about this earlier I was reminded that it was journaling that led me to writing and publishing on Amazon two books.

The first one is “The Proverbs 31 Woman: God’s Work in Progress” and the other one titled “Stitched in Christ” 

Both of these books came from journal entries that I made. I enjoy knitting and crochet.  It was during some difficult times I was playing with my yarn that got me started.  I pulled out some yarn, all knotted tangled up. A part of my journal entry that day was how this knotted yarn reflected how I felt right then.

Fast forward a few years.  I’m looking back over my journal entries and all of a sudden it hit me. There was a theme. Several of these I then edited and put out there for others to read. From here I created the “Knit and Crochet Bible Study”. These books then came from those writings which then I posted on Amazon in book form.

I just want to share with you that you know there is so much within you that you don’t even know where all of this is leading you to.

Take the time to journal. Look deep within yourself. This is between you and God;  between you and yourself. Nobody else has to see these – unless one day down the road you get this bright idea to publish your thoughts into books and put them on Amazon.

If you’re interested in the books, go to Amazon and look them up.

Even if you don’t keep journaling, go ahead and make some comments.  I’d love to hear how journaling is working for you. Until next time, enjoy your cup of tea and stay warm.

Committed to the Task

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not human masters…Col 3:23

After doing a short bible study and focusing on this verse I went to make my bed and clean the bedroom.  Earlier in the week I had leaned down to pick up something and noticed the dust bunnies. My husband and I joke about them and the dust bunnies remained.

The dust bunnies crossed my mind and I tried to walk out of the room when this verse came back to me. I thought for a few moments then got out the vacuum and decided to evict the dust bunnies.

It is easy to ignore them as they are under the bed, I don’t store things under the bed, therefore I don’t make it a habit of looking under the bed. Out of sight, out of mind.

Then I started to think about the blessings God has given me. I have a lovely family. I have a beautiful home. In doing this small task of caring for the blessing given me, I am honoring God.

The job didn’t take long, I wondered why I put it off. I didn’t do it for my husband, he had already forgotten about them and didn’t plan to look under the bed anytime soon. I didn’t do it for me, I had ignored it this long. So I changed my focus. I did it as if I were working for the Lord. I thanked Him for the blessing of His love and provisions.

We all have choices to make. Ignoring dust bunnies was one of my mine. What choices are you making?

Even though no one notices a clean floor free of dust bunnies under the bed, I felt a sense of satisfaction when the job was finally done.

Whatever you do, do with all your heart as if you are working for the Lord.

Who are you working for? Who are you working to please?