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Welcome, friend! Relax & rest awhile, if you please. I'm an ordinary girl, a follower of Christ, mama to Gabriel, & wife to Evan. Here in this little space of the online world, I share all manner of bookish things, including full content reviews, writerly snippets, encouragement for everyday life, and a whole collection of names & their meanings.

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Welcome back, dear ones!  
How fares your day?  Can you believe November is LITERALLY around the corner??

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It seems the older we get, the more meaning a word of encouragement has to us.
You agree?

I mentioned last week that my mother is hosting a book club/Bible study on Thursdays featuring Adorned: Living Out the Beauty of the Gospel Together.  I hope to share what I've learned/am learning from this book & discussion every Wednesday.  It will give me the push I need to dig deeper into the Word, as well as---hopefully---encourage someone who may need a bit of lifting up that day.

This week's discussion is centering on sound doctrine and just how important it is to know exactly what the God-breathed Scripture says.  Sound doctrine is the what, as Nancy puts it, and the application of it is the now what.

To put it simply, doctrine means teaching It's the content of what we believe as followers of Christ.

Because of this, our lives should be noticeably different from those of the world.  


So that through us, the Light of Christ will shine brightest in the mesmerizing colors of the world.

It is important to know the doctrine our Lord has given us so that we will "Always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you." (1 Peter 3:15)

According to the book of Titus,
the Christian life should have. . .

Consistency of belief & behavior -- Purity -- Self-control -- Composure -- Relationships -- And Truthfulness
(p. 43-44 of Adorned, by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth)

Be encouraged!  Our God's doctrine---the very the foundation of our faith---will stand firm against any test or trial.
How wonderful it is that we have been given our very own life manual!  Living righteously seems a daunting task, but certainly not an impossible one.  And guess what?  We don't have to do it alone!

We are each an older woman to someone and a younger woman to others, and we are each a piece of the working gears in the family of Christ.  

Relationships are one of the core factors in the Christian life.  Something I need to work on building more of. . . We are given them to encourage and to be encouraged.  
Be ENCOURAGEMENT to someone this week.  Share with them that they are highly valued and so LOVED.

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You are LOVED!

Do you feel encouraged?
  I would recommend reading the three chapters of Titus this week.  Trust me, it won't take but maybe ten minutes of your time---fifteen tops! And who knows? there may be something you take away from it.  :]


  1. This was so beautiful! I'm ecstatic you're going to be regularly sharing what you're learning from the Bible study. I could absolutely use this weekly dose of encouragement and spiritual growth. :D

    1. Thank you, m'dear! I know I need it, so this'll be great for us at least! ;D

  2. What a marvelous idea to share what you've learned on your blog each week. That seems like a great way to really dwell on it and dig deeper, not just hear it and move on. I will also look forward to this extra dose of encouragement and God's wisdom from these posts! Thanks for the encouragement to be an encourager (heehee) and to focus on God's word.

    I may take a page out of your book and try to share what I'm studying on Instagram. ;)

    (P.S. I love the header/dividers you used. Such a pretty blue shade and font.)

    1. Thanks, dearie *^ - ^* I really needed some way to dwell on my studies more and why not use the blog, right? :] Oh yes! Please do!! I'd love to see what you are focusing on.

      And thanks! I have a weakness for pretty fonts... ;D


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