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What I Learned from my New Toothbrush

You wouldn’t think something like an electric toothbrush could change your perspective, would you? I mean, I thought surely it would help my dental visits be more pleasant. At least that is what my hygienist has been telling me for the last year. So that part, I am actually expecting. But this other part, caught me completely off guard.

Initially it was delightful. I had visions of dental cleanings consisting of 2-3 minutes of counting teeth and marveling at the lack of build-up. I watched the two-minute timer and moved my brush around the quadrants, thinking about how great my oral health would be from here on out.

But after that initial delight wore off, that two-minute timer felt greedy. In the morning, my mind raced about All The Things that I needed to get done before leaving the house. Before bed, my mind panicked about All The Things that were left undone. I often felt like there was NO WAY I could spend TWO WHOLE MINUTES with this thing in mouth. I had things to do, places to go, clothes to put on. TWO MINUTES felt like FOREVER. Many times, I would quit early because I couldn’t bear to just stand there for SO LONG.

I wish I was exaggerating.

I wish that my mind wasn’t so frazzled that TWO MINUTES felt like a sacrifice. {Four minutes, really if you add a.m. + p.m. which is no less absurd.}

Somewhere along the way, between the buzzing vibration on my gums and the frantic staring at the timer, God whispered to my heart “it doesn’t need to be this way.” He’s gentle like that with me, most times. He whispers encouragement to my heart rather than scoffing at my dramatic flair. He didn’t tell me I was being ridiculous, even though I was.

It was a wake-up call of sorts. Realizing that two minutes of tooth-brushing felt like eternity, caused me to take a look inside. Where was this near-frantic pace coming from? What changes could I make in order to slow my mind? I asked God to point out the causes and begged for wisdom to implement changes.

This verse came to mind, “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21

Even just taking a handful of minutes with God to order my day makes a huge difference. I already knew this, but I have been out of practice. Asking Him what matters and when, allows a little margin in my day. If I order my day according to His guidance, then at the end of the day I am not bowed-low under the burden of things that might be left undone either. He also showed me some very specific-to-me hindrances to time management. He is showing me how to work around them. Daily.

I didn’t think better oral health would lead to peace of mind. But I can say for sure that I am not nearly so panicky while watching that timer. Some days, I even zone out completely for TWO WHOLE MINUTES. And on the really good days, maybe FOUR WHOLE MINUTES.
– Amanda Lutz

Spring Bible Studies

If you haven’t signed up for a Bible Study yet, it’s not too late!! Bible Studies Header

Recovering Redemption by Matt Chandler

Life never lacks for improvement – in ourselves, in our relationships, in just about everything. But all our brave stabs at getting better, if they ever change anything, are incomplete at best, complete failures at worst. Sometimes much worse. Unless . . . The gospel of Jesus Christ is the great “unless” of life – both for those who already believe (but can’t believe the messes they’re still capable of making), as well as those who don’t yet believe but just know their way isn’t working. Recovering Redemption, takes you deeply into Scripture to take you deeply inside yourself, discovering that the heart of all our problems is truly the problem of our hearts. But because of what God has done, and because of what God can do, the most confident, contented person you know could actually be you – redeemed through Jesus Christ. You can’t. God can.

Growing Deep in The Christian Life by Charles Swindoll

The basics of the faith are the roots from which we draw emotional stability, mental food for growth, and spiritual energy and perspective on life. This study offers an easy going and practical approach that reviews ten key doctrines and shows their power to strengthen and encourage you in faith. It also helps you dig deeper and discover the essentials of the faith – essentials that enable you to experience Christian discipleship at a richer and more mature level.

1 & 2 Thessalonians by Kathleen Bushwell Neilson

Learn how to remain steadfast in your faith and hopeful no matter what as you examine these two epistles of Paul to the Thessalonian church he planted and loved. Each lesson’s five days of questions (along with helpful comments and context) guide readers in a process of careful study and application of the biblical text. The shape and themes of each epistle emerge, as well as Paul’s overriding focus on the second coming of Jesus as a constant lens through which to live and learn and even suffer. Paul’s loving encouragement and careful teaching about holy living and working in preparation for Jesus’ coming can speak powerfully to Christians today.

Having a Mary Spirit by Joann Weaver

At our very core, every one of us is a “twisted sister” within whom the flesh and spirit battle constantly for control. We are afflicted with spiritual schizophrenia, the disconnect between our good girl desire to put Jesus first and our bad girl realities that crowd our thoughts and push him out of the way. In this book, Weaver directs your gaze past your own shortcomings to the God who stands ready , willing, and able to make a new woman out of you. She equips you with biblical insights and practical tools to partner with Christ, inviting him into the hidden places of your soul and giving him full permission to redeem and renovate.

The Truth Project

An in-depth Christian worldview experience. This is a dvd-based small group study designed to equip believers with a comprehensive biblical worldviews. Practically and personally, participants will be reintroduced to the truth claims of God.

If God is Good by Randy Alcorn

Every one of us will experience suffering. You may be in such a time now. We see the presence of evil in the headlines every day. It raises questions about God – Why would an all-good and all-powerful God create a world full of evil and suffering? How can there be a God if suffering and evil exist? Atheists answer the question simply: The existence of suffering and evil proves there is no God. In this book Alcorn challenges the logic of disbelief, and brings a fresh, hopeful, and thoroughly biblical perspective to the issues these important questions raise. Alcorn reveals the big picture of who God is and what God is doing in the world now and forever. And shows the beauty of God’s sovereignty – how it ultimately triumphs over suffering and evil in our lives and the world around us.

How to Study Your Bible by Kay Arthur

Do you long to hear God speak to you through Scripture? To have your heart and mind transformed by His Word? With this guide you will find out how to carefully observe Scripture to see what it says and develop its context, accurately interpret the Word to understand it meaning, and apply truth to your life that you may glorify God.

Spring Kickoff and Discipleship

If you missed The Spring Bible studies Kickoff today, we talked about running like M.A.D. (Mentoring and Discipleship)  As you pray about what Bible Study to take, think about the impact God calls us to make on our World as we learn His Word.  Today’s simple illustration…..

You can still join us next week so check out what studies are offered.  Spring Bible Studies can be found here.