HeBrews a Better Blend

I am excited to preview a new Bible Study by Leah C Adams over at The Point Ministries.  I met my friend Leah on the wonderful wide world web through Bible Study pages, twitter feeds, or something like that!  It is a wonderful thing how the internet has the power of LIFE and Death all interwoven into technology.  I Choose LIFE!

Coming in July, this new study by Leah will be available.  You will be hearing more about it from me on social media outlets and I am planning to host a small group here online and in my community over some great coffee!!!


How interesting that I am also currently working with my church to create a Coffee and Conversation environment in the storefront where we currently meet for weekend services.  Coffee at the Core will be open sometime this summer and the vision of the coffee shop is to be a space where Coffee & Conversation comes along side Community to create a space for building relationships that lead others to Christ.  A place for small group meetings such as Bible Study, concerts, games and in general a place for friends and friendships to connect and grow.

How good is that??? 

So why not host a Bible Study that uses Coffee as the theme as we serve up our first cups of great Land of 1000 Hills Coffee?  Indeed.

So I hope you will stay tuned.

Coming soon, you will find an interview with Leah discussing the study as well as a Give Away... that's right! GIVE AWAY!!! 

Until then... if you would like to PRE_Order your copy of the workbook, then check out Amazon.com for details.

Keep checking back.  Keep pressing on in the faith.  And let's do life together!

The Word. Worship. Prayer.
These are my Roots.

Community of Faith

I serve in a community of faith where grace overflows in the middle of Doing Life Together.   My husband and I serve the family of God at Oak Pointe Church here in our community and I have never known "church" to be a place of MUCH GRACE like I have in this family of Christ Followers.

There is not a High Expectation to be perfect and to have our life all together...we ALL realize that we are IMPERFECT PEOPLE but that we serve a PERFECT GOD who desires to perfect us as we do life in community and in faith.

That is one of the reasons why I LOVE LOVE LOVE my grow group.  We are each in different, yet similar places in life, learning, leaning and growing with each other as we seek to be more like Christ in our everyday ordinary busy lives.

It was about two years ago that I was asked to lead the study time for this group each Friday night.  A group of twenty-somethings who are somewhere in the middle of singleness, newly married life, married with small children, getting married soon and...of course me... married twenty-five years this September with grown children.  

They are younger than me.  I feel like an older sister or aunt to this group, yet I feel that they are some of my best friends and that we are all right there in the middle of life's challenges together...doing the thing.

The walk of Faith.

I love this group.  I love their laughter, their children, 
the way they love each other, 
the way they love me and my family. 

When I was asked to lead this group, I was excited and nervous at the same time and quite hesitant.  I was excited because I enjoy the discipleship process and seeing others grow in their walk of faith.  Nervous because I am older and wondered if they would accept me, would I fit in? Hesitant because their former leader had a different view of women in leadership where men are concerned.  AND there would be men in our group sitting under me as the "leader" spiritually.  How would this be received?

God is so good. Faithful. Loving. Kind.

This group of friends welcomed me, loved on me, embraced me as a friend and mentor, and allow me to learn from them as well.  I could cry thinking about how much my heart has needed this group of friends.

They each bring something to my life that is healing and helpful and inspiring.  

I am blessed to see them parent their children as they seek to follow the Lord and His Word.  I am impressed with the way they are striving to love and serve each other in grace and love.

I am motivated to Know Christ More as we seek the answers to life's REAL ISSUES.  

So last night, as we move in to summer, we celebrated together over hamburgers, homemade ice cream and yard games.

Perfect Day. Good Friends.  GREAT God.  A Community of Faith.  

 The Word. Worship. Prayer.
These are my Roots.

Children of the Day_Summer Bible Study

I live in the South Greenville County area of South Carolina.  If you live anywhere near here, then I invite you to join us for Summer Bible Study. We will meet at The Core, which is a community center in our area.

Beginning June 9 we will begin the new study
Children of the Day by Beth Moore and Life Way 

One thing that draws me to this study is the picture on the front cover of the workbook... a girl walking on the beach at sunrise/sunset...one of my favorite things to do!

So what is Children of the Day about? It is the study of 1 & 2 Thessalonians.  I have never studied these books in depth, but I am really looking forward to it!

You don't live near here?  Not sure if there is a group meeting in your area?

Join me here at Life Under the Oak Tree.  Weekly, I will post snippets from the weekly study and you are more than welcome to join in the conversation.  You can also find me on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram.

When interacting via social media, use #ChildrenoftheDay to see what others around the globe are saying about this great Bible Study!  How fantastic is that???

I know... I cannot fathom the mysteries of the world wide web, but it has been bringing the Bride of Christ Together for quite some time and is a great resource to be united in faith!

I hope you will join me in this Summer Bible Study.  You can get your workbooks at LifeWay and other retailers.

Want to hear a section of Beth Moore's teaching on #ChildrenoftheDay?? click on the video below.


The Word. Worship. Prayer.
These are my Roots.

Children of the Day_Summer Bible Study

Mom's Night Out_Movie Review

On opening night of Mom's Night Out and I had the privilege of attending with 7 other women from my community.

I was impressed with the plot, the idea, the message and the overall experience of the movie.  

The movie touches on almost every area of a mothers' life of chaos.  House. Hubby. Identity. Responsibility. Fatigue. Joy. Love. Laughter. The need to control, be in control, not spin out of control.

My favorite line, "I just need a minute. I'm stress paralyzed right now."  Turns out, this is a real disorder!  I think I have experienced it myself, but didn't know what to call it. Now I know.

Great. GREAT. Funny movie that I highly recommend!!!

Zip-Line Adventure in Faith

Journal entry after our zip-line adventure at Rincon de la Vieja when we were in Costa Rica.  

April 29. 2014

Today I trusted men who speak a different language to harness me to a cable so I could soar into the air just to witness your handiwork. 

Today I realized what it feels like to free-fall into the grip of your grace. 

Exciting, fearful, wonderful!  A place of worship, awe. Trust

My first zip was a mixture of fear, anxiety. My mind swirling with doubts.

What if my harness is old, frayed, breaks? What if I am not secured properly to the zip line? What if I Fall? I will be mortally wounded...Will I fall and end up with a tree stuck through my body?? Will I survive?


 Then I was gently pushed into the air...

My ears had heard of you
My lips had spoken of you
My mind has not understood you!
O Lord you are worthy!!
Mighty. Creative. Wonderful
All creatures of our God and king, praise the LORD.
I praise you!!!

I wanted to stop mid air... in the air between the platforms... and weep…

How much I appreciate the beauty of your creation and the opportunity to witness a minuscule speck of it! 

Once on the other side of the longest and fastest zip-line on this adventure, the sight, the sound, the beauty, the quiet, the contrast! We stepped off the platform for a moment or two to view the wonder of the mountainous ridge, covered in foliage, flowers, untouched by man’s desire to plow through and take over…The valley, the Mountains, the sky, to our left.  A family home and small garden and farm on the hill to our right.

I want to weep! Sob. Writhe on the ground in lava-ashes from the pain of not being able to fully praise, honor and exalt the magnitude of Your worth!

Woe to me. I am unclean.

Me and Mike. Costa Rica 2014

Oh, God, If I fall, will you catch me?

I realized, in the moment and later when I had time to process the day, that this question is at the heart of who I am and the heart of all who hear 
the call of God say, 
"Come, follow me."

 "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified... for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV

The Word. Worship. Prayer.
These are my Roots.

Mothers Day 2014

Mothers Day is this Sunday and I am thinking about the privilege that I have experienced being the mother of three boys.  I had no idea how to be a mother when the nurse placed our first born in to my arms almost 23 years ago... has it been that long?

It seems only yesterday that I remember the drama of being in labor for 25+ hours only to then have an emergency cesarian section delivery, then to spend the night in the operating recovery room because there was "no room" in the whole hospital.

Cameron was born sometime around 9:40 pm on May 22, 1991... I did not get to hold him until sometime in the pre-dawn hours of the next morning.  He and I both had a challenging first night.  Oh, but the joy, wonder and anxiety of knowing that I was a real mother!

Would I be good enough? Would I fail? Would he love me back?  
I loved him fiercely that moment.

Before I could think too much about it and in the swirl of diapers, night time feedings,  and long days... not expecting to be expecting... Oh, NO!! So soon?? yes.

When Cameron was about five months old, we moved from seminary housing in Wake Forest NC and spent the first part of 1992 living separately.  Mike had been called to a church in Belton, SC and we had no place to live.  While a house was being built, Cameron and I lived with my parents in NC and Mike stayed with his brother in Belton, SC.  I commuted on the weekends with my infant son and my increasingly larger pregnant self!

When time for Matthew to be delivered, I had a scheduled C-Section on June 12, 1992.

Something amazing happened.  

I didn't know my heart could love so fully, but when the nurse placed our second born into my arms, my heart swelled and there I was... fiercely in love all over again!

I thought I would explode from the love I felt for my husband and the two boys 
that love had created.  

Funny Story about Matthew... the pre-natal doctor had told me I was having a girl!!! So, our new church family had "Showered" us with all things pink, lace covered and girl related!  What a fun day it was to discover we had another BOY and we had NO NAME picked for him... All the suggestions and recommendations of what to call our son began to flood our hearing as we tried to absorb the news and what we would do with all those girl-y things!

We decided on the name Matthew from the Bible.  And prayed, again, that God would enable us to raise these two boys to know Him and to love Him first.  I was fearful, all over again, that I would fail in this task.  After all, I did not have a great track record myself when it came to loving God first above all...does any of us?

It is by Grace we are saved, it is a GIFT from God and not ourselves.

  A mother of boys. I had NO IDEA what to do with boys.  Being raised by my mom and dad with a sister at home, all I knew was how to be a girl...would I teach them well how to be a Man of God?

Only by Grace...

So I found myself the wife of a Youth Pastor, the mother of two small boys, and so unsure of myself that all I knew to do was pretend that I knew what I was doing.  Thankfully, the Lord placed Godly mentors in my life... Friends that were mothers with a  little more experience and mothers that had much more experience.  These women taught me by their example to Love God First, then Love the Ones He has Entrusted to Me.  I am grateful that He gave me these years...

Then it happened.  We were not expecting to be expecting again!!!

"OUR PLAN" had been to have three children, yes... ok... but at the rate of about two years apart between each one...WHAT???

"My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are my ways your ways, declares the Lord." 
Isaiah 55:8

Kyle was delivered by C-Section on July 25, 1994.  Joy. Wonder. Fear. Insecurity.  How on earth did God think I was going to do this!!!  Yet he had entrusted me with the gift of another man child and an all consuming passionate and determined love to be this boy's mother.

Cameron was three, Matthew was 2 and we brought Kyle home to join in the crazy cycle of Love, Laughter, Family, Home.  It is a wonder Kyle survived.  His brothers were a little rough at times.  Then again, when Kyle was old enough to walk, he gave them a rough time too.

To say that my heart was full, is an understatement.

How does ones heart hold so much love, equal in passion and ferocity, for each child it holds?

God knows. He does it everyday for the whole world... it is beyond me to comprehend yet he has given me just a glimpse of His great Love for His Creation. This is the true gift of motherhood.

Right to Left:
Matthew (2), Kyle (5 mo), Cameron (3)
Christmas 1994

In the middle of all the LIFE, Love and Chaos of three children under the age of 4 in a small house I prayed... "Lord, how do I raise these little boys? I do not know what I am doing..."

And the Lord revealed to me:

I was NOT  to raise little boys, but that I was to Raise UP Godly Men who would Love God first, and serve Him with their Whole Heart.

Inspired by the Word of God, I began to ask God to teach me to raise up these boys to be like the Warriors of Old, to be Men who understand the times, and know what to do.

Knowing full well, that He would have to make up the difference for what I lack.  

So here I am today, on Mother's Day weekend... my sons will soon be 23, 22 and 20...thinking about what it means to me to be a Mother.

Here are a few things that I would say to you as a young mother:

1- Motherhood is a privilege.  Hard, demanding, exhausting... but a privilege.

2- Don't waste your time.  The time is short. Make the most of each experience, season,
    Savor the moments, whether good or challenging.
    Don't keep looking back.
    You will miss the NOW and not be ready for the Future if you keep looking back and
    longing for days when they were young, carefree, innocent and loved you first.
3- Love God First.  Teaching your children to love God starts with your own relationship with

4- Know the Word of God.  Put it to work in your life. Your life is an example to your husband
     and children first.

5- Trust God.  You are not perfect. He is.

6- Train them well.  You are raising up the next generation of God's Sons and Daughters.

    Trust God to lead them on their Life Journey to Discover 
that He alone is GOD and they are not.

Happy Mothers Day to you, my friend.  I am going to go and hug my now-grown sons and tell them how thankful I am to be their mom... God has revealed much about His Great Love for Me through them.  And I can't wait to see how their lives will reveal the glory of God to their generation...

Yes, Lord.  Walking in the way of your Word, I wait for you. 
Your name and your renown is the desire of my heart.   

Me and The Boys
December 2012 Cedar Falls Park
Photo: Tonya Johnson

The Word. Worship. Payer. 
These are my Roots.