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The Glory of the Sun as a Bridegroom (Glory M02E02)


Dig-A-Bit is a weekly mini Bible study with Cindy Colley. It supplements the Digging Deep Bible study for women. In this episode, Cindy discusses the sun as a bridegroom.

For more information about the Digging Deep Bible Study for Women, visit TheColleyHouse.org.

SCRIPTURE REFERENCES:

  • Psalm 19
  • Matthew 25
  • Revelation 21:2
  • Ephesians 5
  • Acts 2

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Mrs. Katy…Could You Pray?

Tonight I stopped in at the hospital to see Mrs. Katy. She’s exactly my age, suffering from cancer and currently undergoing daily radiation treatments on her head. She’s having a tough go of it. Mrs. Katy has only been a Christian for about a year, but she has been a faithful digger.  Two weeks ago, she was at our Digging Deep study and she was hoping that night that her new t-shirt would have arrived. We picked up those shirts the next day…the day Mrs. Katy went to the hospital again. I delivered that pretty pink GLORY shirt to the hospital about a week ago. It’s still laying there on the table beside her chair where I laid it after she held it up to her and exclaimed how much she loved it. I hope she gets to wear that shirt! 

Will you pray for her today? I’m so thankful she found the Lord, the church, the hope and the comfort that’s giving her peace right now. I’m praying for her two collegiate sons (the entirety of her  connected family, so far as I know). We’ve asked them both to study with us, so pray that they will decide to do that. Sometimes, it’s the valleys of desperation in which the gospel is most visible and appealing to those whose lives are missing it. If you’d like to send Mrs. Katy a card, you can address it to “Mrs. Katy”, ℅ West Huntsville church of Christ, 1519 Old Monrovia Rd. NW, Huntsville, AL 35806. While you are at it, please pray for Mrs. A, too…another soul who is getting closer to the truth each day. 

I know there are many who find themselves and loved ones in spots of extreme difficulty and that Mrs. Katy is not exceptional in that regard. So, I am taking a moment as I write to pray for this digging family and those to whom we are trying to minister in many places. Two years ago, at this time of year, I was spending massive amounts of time in that same hospital in which I visited Mrs. Katy today. I was with my father, who was soon to be leaving this life with the angels. I’m so thankful for those angels each time I visit that ward of the hospital (Luke 16:22). 

Who gets to claim angels as traveling partners in the most significant journey of life?! And, yes. It IS a journey of LIFE. Mrs. Katy may have lots of life on earth left before the journey to the infinitely better life. I hope, for all the human reasons, so. But, for all of us, lots of life before that journey is only a passing vapor (James 4:14). 

Keep Digging!

Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

Digging Deep Israel–Stop #7: The Sea of Galilee (Kabad all Around!)


Writing about this stop, I feel like the apostle John when he said, “…And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name” (John 20:30,31).

So many things occurred in Christ’s life in and around this beautiful body of water that I could scarcely scratch the significant surface if I was writing a thick volume, much less a blog post. It was the area from which the apostles predominantly emerged. It was the large lake from which miraculous catches of fish were brought in and cooked by apostolic families and even, on occasion, by the Lord himself (John 21:1-14)…and where once, a fish was caught in a display of glory holding a coin in in it’s mouth—a coin that would teach a lesson that’s still teaching (Matthew 17:24-27). These are the waters that were quieted during a storm by the Master (Mark 4:39) and solidified for His steps (Matthew 14:26). These are the waters that gave him a platform for teaching multitudes and gave Him solace for approaching His Father (Matthew 14:22,23).  If the waves today could talk, they would boast of the privilege of being the sea of the Lord.

And yet they do talk; not miraculously, but they surely whispered his glory to me as I was privileged to sit with Kate and talk about the Lord’s authority in the Digging Deep podcast. The gentle roar of the Galilee wind in our microphones whispered His peace that still solaces. The depths of those mid-sea waters re-told the story of Jesus’ ministry in my meditation as we took our excursion by ship. And as we watched the rising sun from its shoreline singing “Tell Me the Story of Jesus”, moved to tears, I contemplated the reason He was walking this same shore and the dread that, because of His humanity, must have filled each busy day as He grew closer to the cross. As I saw the remains of a first-century fishing boat, recently discovered when the waters of Galilee were very low, I could picture the Lord standing on it’s bow, addressing the shoreline crowd, as he did on that borrowed ship 2000 years ago.  (Luke 5:1-4). (Isn’t it profound to think of the Creator stooping to borrow…anything?!)

From our little excursion ship, we surveyed the beautiful and surprisingly large lake, also called Gennesaret, and we sang:  

The winds and the waves shall obey Thy will…Peace. Be still. 

Whether the wrath of the storm-tossed sea, 

Or demons or men or whatever it be,

No water can swallow the ship where lies

The master of ocean and earth and skies. 

They all shall sweetly obey Thy Will

Peace. Be still.


Kabad was everywhere around us!

 

(Master, the Tempest is Raging;

Text: Mary Ann Baker, ca. 1874′ ,Music: H. R. Palmer, 1834–1907)

 

           

 

Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley Dig-a-Bit Podcast

Glory: Listen to the Sun! (Glory M02E01)


Dig-A-Bit is a weekly mini Bible study with Cindy Colley. It supplements the Digging Deep Bible study for women. In this episode, Cindy discusses the sun.

For more information about the Digging Deep Bible Study for Women, visit TheColleyHouse.org.

SCRIPTURE REFERENCES:

  • Psalm 19

LINKS:

RESOURCES:

Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

MAMA’S K.I.S.S. #56: Third World Mission Trip

As you know, if you’ve been reading, for quite some time, I’ve occasionally been running little installments called “Mama’s K.I.S.S.” I know that lots of readers could give many more and far more creative ideas than I can offer, but these installments are just a few tried and true and mostly old-fashioned ideas for putting service hearts in our kids.  This is number 54 of a list of one hundred ways we train our kids to serve. K.I.S.S. is an acronym for “Kids In Service Suggestions”.

Our children are, quite simply, growing up in an era and (for those reading in the USA, in a part of the world) in which they have way too much; way too much money, way too much access to media, and way too many material wishes granted.

Our kids are, on the other hand, growing up with way too little; too little restraint, too little discipline and too little responsible parental guidance. 

When our daughter was about fourteen years old, she and I traveled together on our first  foreign mission trip to New Zealand. The trip was one in which we worked very hard and I was extremely grateful for the chance to teach ladies from all over that country. Certainly one of the best aspects of the trip was that I had Hannah along and she was able to present lessons to the teen girls. While this was a great training trip for Hannah, she did not see poverty there and she did not experience negative receptivity to our message.

Our next trip, though, was the one for which I will always be most grateful. We traveled to Jamaica and our work was done in parts of that country in which people did live in poverty. She worked very hard for all of those days in extremely hot temperatures and on rugged terrain. The physical exertion to take the gospel was teaching her that what we were doing was important—critical, even. It was a catalyst for comparison, too; knowing that the ultimate price had already been paid by One who was also on a mission (His was from heaven.) to a place where He experienced, for the first time, dirtiness, sin, crying, persecution and death. Our price, in trouble and expense, for carrying His message, was extremely minute. 

When we returned to our middle class home in Alabama, was when I realized the full benefit (and the primary lesson) of that trip. Hannah went into her room and sat down on the floor, looked around, and cried. There was her pink bean bag chair, the multicolored lamp for which she’d asked Santa at Christmas-time, the Snoopy telephone, the cherry rope bed her Dad had built—the one with the trundle underneath for guests, and the curtains made of fabric she had chosen at the fabric store. There were two closets in that room and her own bathroom was off to the side. She sat down in the floor of that room and cried “Why me? Why am I privileged to have all of this? Why do I get to live like this when Princess lives with eight people in a room smaller than this one; a place where they sleep on shelves and they have to go outside to use the bathroom; a place where she’s never even had a hot shower?”

It was then that I knew her life had been changed. I knew she would never again be ungrateful for the material blessings in which we basked. Princess was a girl in Jamaica, the same age as Hannah. It had been a long and hot day and the older gentleman with whom Hannah had been knocking doors did not want to ascend the very steep and rugged little footpath that led up to Princess’ little shack. He, unable to see anything at the top of that little mountain, said “I am not going up that rabbit trail.” Hannah said “Well, I am going to go.”  And so, at the end of that trip, Princess, who lived at the pinnacle of  that mountain (a mountain that Hannah did need to climb), along with her young friend, Nigel, had been immersed into Christ. The life lessons about the real concept of the grace of our Prince were just being poured out by the real King into Hannah’s heart and she would never be quite the same again. 

So I urge you to do it. If you can take the opportunity to take the gospel, with your young teens, to a place where kids don’t have it as “good” as your kids have it, then do it. This might be the one segment of Mama’s K.I.S.S. that has the premier lifetime benefits among all the service suggestions. Hannah raised her funding to go by writing faithful churches and members who might be able to give small amounts toward her air flight (another great  preparation experience for “adulting” in the body of the Lord).

All of the benefits of all of the service examples in the Mama’s K.I.S.S. series are largely voided if we fail to place in our children the value of the eternal souls for which we ultimately are serving and the concept that all of our blessings belong to the One in whose grace we live both physically and spiritually; thus those blessings should be constantly used in His service for souls. 

Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

New Month of KABAD…Not Too Late to Get Started!

Today is October 1st.  Incidentally, this is a memorable and sweet day of the year for me; the day, all those years ago at FHU, when Glenn and I went on our very first date (https://thecolleyhouse.org/sister-to-sister-whats-my-role). But it’s also the first day of a new month of GLORY. I hope you are going to enjoy studying his creative genius as much as I enjoyed the overview when writing this material. I’m excited about this month!

The main message today is “It’s not too late!” If you have not already committed to this year of study with us, I just want you to know, doubling up for the month of October and spending a couple of weeks catching up (doing the September study) and then a couple of weeks doing the October study is really not hard at all. (I know several women who started on September first and are already on month four.) I’m speaking a bunch of times this month and I am going to keep on encouraging groups of women to download the study or get the book and catch up with us. It’s very do-able and you’ll be blessed. The materials, as always, are at www.thecolleyhouse.org/store and everything you need to know is on the introductory video archived on the facebook page Digging Deep in God’s Word. Lots of helpful ladies are over on that page and they are always so kind to help me answer any questions. We’re there for you!

Also, don’t forget that Jennifer needs your group photo (large groups and even duos) on the DD page no later than October 15th, if you want to be in the opening credits for the podcasts. That’s  a lot of fun to watch if you’re behind the camera. It’s kind of reassuring to let the hosts know that a lot of women are supporting the effort! (For you North Alabama women, the get-together at Kim’s, if that ends up happening, might be our only chance! We’ll check with Jen!)

So, this month: the glory (attributes of our God) in creation all around us. It’s a beautiful time of year to be contemplating that greatness. I think His greatness is going to be illuminated in the hues of falling leaves, pumpkins and chrysanthemums. I hope you get to think about it with your Bible and your GLORY book open while sipping your hot cocoa or cider in a stoneware mug. ( Or you can have it on the table beside the chair you use to nurse your baby between refereeing the toddlers and cleaning up the messes and changing the diapers). Whichever way you do it, you’ll be blessed and there will, someday if not now, be a day for serenity with your study. Pray that the entirety of this year’s study will bring Him glory.

And, like so many women with who I’ve been corresponding this week, use “kabad “ in your daily vocabulary. One lady wrote of a death in her family. One wrote about a sickness. One shared a personal problem.  And some shared joyful times. Many used the descriptive Hebrew word. This month, let’s look for it in the beauty around us!

                                                                                       KABAD!