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White Puff Balls and the Gospel

By:  Jodi Aiken Wildflowers and weeds occupied the large lot next to the home where I grew up. I loved wandering around the turf searching for treasures. I especially liked to find dandelions. Their yellow petals transform into a white puff ball called a seed head. Finding my treasure, I would bend down, carefully breaking the stem without causing the ball to fall apart. While holding my breath, I held it close to my chest making a wish. Then, I would bring it up to my mouth and blow it as hard as I could. The white puff ball exploded in every direction as if carrying the message of my wish to a magical place. As I recalled this childhood memory, I recognized that as believers in Christ Jesus, we are much like the white puff ball of the dandelion. The ball holds many seeds, and each seed is attached to a stem with white fur...

Jesus, Our Joy–Lesson 4

We've made it 1/3 way through our study. It's easy to get behind because well, life. We all have a lot going on which is why online Bible study is such a gift. However, the Enemy is an expert at making us feel guilty and shamed if we don't have all the blanks filled in or haven't gotten it all done by the time we think we should. Let me encourage you to not give in to such discouragement. If you get behind, that's okay. Jump back in and don't rush. Let God speak to you through each day of study in His Word. God isn't eager to scold you but instead He longs to meet with you and transform you. Lesson 4 brings us to Chapter 2. Brace yourself because Chapter 2 comes packed with some harsh words and most likely some crushed toes. As we...

Contextual Living

It was Monday, and despite how tired we were after a full weekend of ministry, we headed to Animal Kingdom to kick off our boys spring break with a bang! We knew that the week ahead would require us to be away from Michael and Ryan a lot and really wanted to spend some quality time loving on them. The weather wasn't great, mostly over cast and drizzly, but not enough to call it quits. We sauntered through the park and as we did, received some unexpected texts regarding conference accommodations for the next day, which unfortunately required our immediate attention. We continued on as my husband and I addressed separate issues on our phones, when a couple moving at a slightly faster pace skirted by, looking at us with much disapproval. As they passed, the man proceeded to say, snarkily, "Well that's great parenting!" referring to us both being on our phones at a theme...

Jesus, Our Joy–Lesson 3

In this lesson, we finish up Paul's introduction of his letter to the Philippians. This section of the letter certainly challenges our way of thinking when it comes to experiencing true joy. We discover that Paul is living out some of our worst nightmares when it comes to opposition to our faith in Christ. So many of us question if we could actually follow through the way that Paul did in the midst of really difficult circumstances. Paul seems to give us some insight as to his secret as we discover his goals and perspective toward his life purpose. I feel confident that God will use Paul's words to challenge and encourage you. As a western Christian, I'm not sure that Paul's letter to the Philippians isn't most relevant to prepare us for what is to come in the years ahead. My prayer is that God will...

Jesus, Our Joy–Lesson 2

In this lesson, we will take a more in-depth look at Paul's opening words to the church in Philippi. With the knowledge we have about the specific people Paul is writing to, Paul's words will carry more weight and meaning. We will discover one of Paul's major themes throughout the letter as well as considering a shift in our heart attitude toward those in God's church whom we don't like or agree with. As we consider the relationships in our lives (Christians and non-Christians) we are desperately in need of God's guidance in both love and discernment. Paul gives us some challenging words and a road map toward receiving and living out His love and discernment.

Jesus, Our Joy–Intro

Meet Bobi Ann Allen, your teacher for the Jesus, Our Joy study. She'll introduce you to more about the study in this video:

    how online Bible study works from Bobi Ann Allen on Vimeo. Purchase Study Guide Here Head on over the Jesus, Our Joy Forum to introduce yourself. Jesus, Our Joy Discussion Forum

Jesus, Our Joy–Lesson 1–An Unusual Start

Philippians is such a fascinating book written by a fascinating guy. In this lesson, we'll cover the background of Philippians: who it was written by and to whom it was written. I'm so grateful for the details that the Bible includes that give us not just a general insight into who this letter was written to but insight into individuals and their stories. After completing this lesson video, take some time to answer the Reflection Questions in your study guide. And then join in on the conversation as we consider how to apply what we've learned in this lesson. I'd love to hear your insight on what you've learned or what came to your mind. Jesus, Our Joy Discussion Forum Then after you complete your time with the teaching, you'll want to begin your personal daily study in the the book. The personal daily study will give you an opportunity to...

Back to the Basics

"Lord this is too much. I need a moment to myself. Everybody needs me all at the same time. Can I just scream?"

Perhaps this is familiar. Perhaps you are overrun with everyday tasks, overwhelmed by the needs of everyone around you, drowning in your attempt to be everything to everyone else. Perhaps you can relate.
As a Pastor's wife, I often find myself feeling stretched thin, caring for my husband and family, attending to the needs of the ministry, interceding on behalf of people I know and don't know, praying for the nation I live in and others I have never visited--AND working a full-time job. Daily life can bog us down and taint our focus if we allow it to do so. Recently I taught a lesson on "Getting Back to the Basics." The lesson served as reminder to all who attended the study as well as to me not to allow daily life to...

Be Still…I’m Moving

It is dark yet, and the day is so very young when I nestle into my favorite chair. There is such a stillness in our home this time of day except for the ticking of the clock and the occasional peaceful sighs of my sleeping pup nearby. My heart welcomes the stillness. I need these few moments far more than I make time for them. The last few months have been hard…really, really hard. Just the thought of some recent events exhausts me. It is in this pure stillness that I find solace and am replenished by HIM. Though in these moments few words are uttered, there is a crying out of the soul to its Maker. Cries for help, comfort, wisdom, healing. I know!!! I know with all that I am that He is working…. moving and orchestrating the impossible. My problem is that patience in the process is not my strong suit, especially when people I...

When to Stay – When to Go

Ever relocated your family for a job assignment? We moved several times while in the ministry and military. Each move required packing up our belongings, emotions, and what was familiar. Uncertainties of when we would move, where we would go, and how long we would remain was part of this life. We were either at the mercy of orders handed down from Command or Gods new direction. We learned to depend on God for comfort, wisdom, and guidance. Are you in the process of a move? Are you packing up your belongings, emotions, and all that is familiar? If your answer is yes, let me comfort you with a truth. God is already where you are going. He has your back. He is working out all the details and preparing new friendships… He is also working within you a deeper dependence on Him. He wants you to be settled in Him when your circumstances feel unsettling. God shows us...