Author Archives: Judy

About Judy

At heart I am a student of truth, an observer of culture, and a communicator. Jesus is my teacher and my Lord. In pursuit of these passions, I read as much as I can, serve as Area Director for Community Bible Study, and write a blog. I take great delight in my relationships with family and friends, and I also enjoy long walks, bike rides and cooking. And did I mention that I like to read?

Are You Rightly Understanding Jesus?

My son-in-law is from Brazil, therefore English is his second language and he doesn’t always understand our idioms.  At a family birthday party recently a family member said to him, speaking of his one-year-old son who had not managed a … Continue reading

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Wine, Weddings and Encouragement for the Stressed

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My husband and I attended  a wedding over the weekend, and we met a woman who bought a winery and has taught herself how to grow flavorful grapes.  Impressive, considering my house plants die due to neglect.  No wine making for me. Listening … Continue reading

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Truth for Monday through Saturday

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How much of what we learn at church on Sunday morning makes it into our lives Monday through Saturday? I attend church, of course, sing songs of worship, diligently take notes on a usually excellent teaching, and visit with fellow attenders.  As it should … Continue reading

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Allocating Attention

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Attention matters.  Your focused concentration is highly sought after in today’s world.  How do you allocate your attention? Most of us give continuous partial attention to almost everything.  I cannot possibly give honest consideration to everything that comes across my screen.  There aren’t enough hours … Continue reading

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Perspectives on Work

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Do you work to live or live to work?  Is your work valued based on the size of your paycheck?  How will we know when we’re doing what we were created to do?  These are all questions I have pondered at one … Continue reading

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10 Keys for Effective Parenting

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What do you imagine when you think of parenting books?  I devoured a bunch of them back in my child-rearing days, and they all left me feeling somewhat inadequate.  They influenced me positively, I’m sure, but when reading chapter after chapter of solid techniques … Continue reading

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Cheer up!

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What cheers you up?  A beautiful day, a good night’s sleep, an evening spent with people you love, or a restful vacation? These are wonderful gifts, and they never fail to cheer me up. “Cheer up” isn’t the first expression that comes to mind … Continue reading

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When is it OK to Argue?

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This blog has never carried a controversial tone.  I have intentionally stayed away from topics that might generate a nasty comment thread and not because I am afraid of vigorous debate.  (Ok, I admit I’m not terribly thick-skinned, but I do have … Continue reading

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The Gift of Tears

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Tuesday was an emotional day for me at Community Bible Study. I am taking a new role in CBS, that of Area Director, and therefore will not be able to serve as Teaching Director for my class any more.  Sniff.  Tuesday was my last teaching, … Continue reading

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What to Do When the Cultural Mood Gets You Down

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Every once in a while I come across a very encouraging but overlooked verse in the Bible.  It is usually tucked away in the writings of a rarely preached upon prophet or overshadowed by more impactful theology.  I rarely hear it quoted, if at all.  No matter, it … Continue reading

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