Tidbit: Caught Empty Handed

I was held prisoner in my own home yesterday.

The hubs, who wasn’t feeling the best to begin with, decided to seal our asphalt driveways yesterday. We’ve been having some pretty awesome weather – sunny and mid-70’s – so it was really the perfect time to get it done.

But it was also my mom’s birthday. And I needed to get out so I could buy her a gift and run it over to her house.

The husband’s plans trumped my own.

My mom and dad, who were out on this side of town anyway, dropped by. I was pretty embarrassed to be gift-less. I know she doesn’t care, but I do. Though I would buy her a gift regardless, I feel it’s especially important to bestow attention on her because my sister and brother tend to forget to acknowledge her special day.

I’m usually pretty good at keeping on top of birthdays and normally, I would have bought her gift several days in advance. But this year, I simply didn’t know what to give her. I usually give her a sweater, which she’s always delighted with (at least, I think she is), but I don’t know, it just didn’t feel right this year. I was going to send her an electronic gift card through JCPenney, but I couldn’t figure out how to send it directly to her – it kept wanting to send it to me first and I’m assuming I was supposed to forward it on to her from that point.

How stupid is that??

So, my folks came by and I was empty handed. I did have a card for her, but I didn’t feel like it was ENOUGH. Though I know my mom doesn’t want, or expect, a gift on her birthday, I still WANT to do something for her.

This year, for some reason, I simply couldn’t figure out what that might be.

We’ve made plans to have lunch on Tuesday. Perhaps spending time together will be enough?

This is assuming my presence IS enough. I hate disappointing people.

Abundant Life

Teaching: Tools for Basic Bible Study – Part Four

Read part one, part two, or part three.

Every Sunday I provide videos and valuable links to the Truth or Tradition teachings. We’ve been following the Truth or Tradition teachings for many years now and they have truly blessed our family. We have found peace and happiness through our beliefs and we walk confidently for God. My hope, by passing on this information to you, is that what you find here, or on the Truth or Tradition website, will guide you to a better, more blessed and abundant life.

If you would like to read my views on religion and how we got started with the ministry, you can read this.

Let’s get started:

From the Bible Study Guide

There is a depth and richness in the Bible that will keep any student occupied and excited for a lifetime. Students of the Bible should have a growing knowledge of English because the vocabulary of Scripture is rich and powerful. The greater appreciation one has of the language he is reading, including its figures of speech, the easier it is to see nuances in the text. Furthermore, the biblical accounts did not happen in a vacuum, but in a cultural context. Therefore, studying the cultures and customs of the biblical times, especially Israelite, Greek, and Roman, adds much depth of understanding to reading the Bible. Thankfully, there are many good books available today on the history, culture, and customs of the peoples in the Bible.

Studying the ancient languages themselves, Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek, can open our understanding in many ways. Even having a little knowledge about the history and development of the Bible from its earliest manuscripts until today will give any student a greater appreciation and understanding of the translations we have today. There is a lot to study, and each Christian must decide how much time he wants to spend and how deep he wants to go with the tools that are available.

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If you have any questions, or would like to learn more about God’s wonderful message, please visit the Truth or Tradition website. You can also keep track of the ministry through their Facebook page.

Next week, part five. Thank you for visiting and God bless.