Scripture and Bible Study

Join our contributors on a journey through the wisdom of Scripture most relevant to modern life's daily challenges. Explore the great ideas the bible has for managing life's pace and pressure while living with calm and steadiness.

Fortifying the Love Connection

Jennifer Gilbart

Now that July is here I’ve decided to remove the Christmas cards we received last December from the wall in the den where they are currently adhered with yellowing, curling tape. Do not be alarmed: I’m not a scattered, hot...

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Good Gifts in Ugly Packaging

Lisa Brenninkmeyer

“Every good endowment and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights.” James 1:17 The landscape of our mind will determine the quality of our day. If our mindset is one of gratitude, contentment will...

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The Secret to Surrender

Laura Phelps

At the close of a Religious Education meeting, we were handed a prayer card, and in unison, recited it together. It was the Prayer of Abandonment. A beautiful prayer. And by beautiful, I mean terrifying and dangerous. “Father, I abandon...

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When You’re in Crisis

Lisa Brenninkmeyer

This post is for all the people out there who are not eating popsicles or frolicking on the beach this summer. To narrow it further… It’s for you, my friend, you who are in the middle of a storm of...

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You Don’t Have To Go It Alone

Laura Phelps

“How can you all have so much joy when you are going through something so painful?” That’s the question the new face at my support group asked last night. Followed by, “I want what you all have!” As I have...

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Sharing Abundantly What We’ve Found

Emily Thengvall

In the spring of 2018, my parish wrapped up its first full year of Walking with Purpose. Women’s hearts were full, leaders were engaged, and our parish clergy and staff were supportive; but more than anything, participants were excited to...

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Getting Uncomfortable and Drawing Bigger Circles

Laura Phelps

Six years ago, I heard Lisa Brenninkmeyer preach on Loving People To Christ.  Since that day, I have gone back to view the video of this talk at least ten times. And there is one line that always gets me....

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Straightening Teeth and Priorities, and Patience in the Process

Laura Phelps

For years my daughter begged for braces. No denying, her teeth are all sorts of crazy, but the cost of braces is even crazier.  Finally giving in, we met with the orthodontist where it was explained that in order for...

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Teen Dishonesty and Washing the Inside of the Cup

Jennifer Gilbart

Some nights, it is the pale blue glow visible in the gap under the bedroom door that gives him away. On those nights, I stand in the dark hallway, press my forehead against the closed door, and speak into it....

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Grieving With Hope: Is This Possible?

Laura Phelps

So, the question came up last night, “Can you grieve and still have hope?” Let me backtrack here a bit, to give you the full picture. Currently, I run in two different circles: my Bible Study, which aims to lead...

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Are They Seeing the Face of God in You?

Lisa Brenninkmeyer

“For I have seen your face, which is like seeing the face of God.” Genesis 33:10 While the digital age connects us like never before, there is no substitute for face-to-face interaction. No email or Facebook message can ever compete...

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Everything You Pray Matters

Jennifer Gilbart

Week after week, Mass after Mass, for way too many years, I thought I was doing God a favor. In that quiet space that follows the pastor’s weekly directive, We now pray for our own intentions, time and again, I...

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Coasting on Fumes: Practicing Spiritual Discipline

Lisa Brenninkmeyer

A risk we all run when we love others lavishly is neglecting to take care of ourselves. What begins as a passion of the heart-a pure desire to help-can actually place us in a dangerous position where we find it...

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Struggling To Find Your Calling? Put Down The Ice Cream Carton, and Read This.

Laura Phelps

“What is my calling?” Ever ask yourself that? If I were to make a list of all of the callings I tried on and wore for a season; gymnast, actress, singer, personal shopper, and cake designer, would be just some...

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Reclaiming Your True Identity

Lisa Brenninkmeyer

A group of around thirty high school girls are currently rocking my world. Each week I load up my car with baked goods, kantha quilts made out of recycled saris from India, twinkle lights, pillows and blankets and head over...

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When Your Race Has No Finish Line and You Want to Give Up

Laura Phelps

We sat in the last pew at the back of the Church. Knees to the ground, beads in our hands. This was her idea. “I know this sounds crazy, but would you meet me before Mass tomorrow and pray the...

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The Sticker on My Future Car, and the Elusiveness of Grace

Jennifer Gilbart

In November, I enjoyed a girls’ weekend away with friends from grammar school and high school. Yes, we sat around drinking wine in our PJs, swapping stories about our families. But something else was discussed in far greater detail than...

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Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts – SEEK 2019

Lisa Brenninkmeyer

I have tremendous hope for tomorrow. My hope lies in the power and faithfulness of God, the indestructibility of truth, and the youth I witnessed at SEEK 2019. A year ago, Walking with Purpose hosted a booth at the FOCUS...

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Grounded in Hope

Lisa Brenninkmeyer

Dear friend, I think so many of us are working overtime to hold it all together for ourselves and our families. We desperately want to be enough, and wonder if we are. All the while, we have our own needs...

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Everyone Worships Something

Lisa Brenninkmeyer

Feast of Christ the King Everyone worships something. Whether or not we issue an intentional invitation, something or someone sits on the throne of hearts. Whatever we consider most important, worthy of sacrifice, and critical to our happiness and well-being...

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Longing for Something More

Lisa Brenninkmeyer

The holidays are coming and the influx of catalogs in my mailbox confirms it. I can’t seem to throw them away because their contents might offer me the perfect Christmas gift for my husband, the ideal accessory for my house,...

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The Problem With Our Need For Enough

Laura Phelps

More often than I like, or even care to admit, I feel 100% at the end of my rope. It is embarrassing to write, you know…to even say the words, “I am losing all hope.”  It goes against everything I...

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Restoring Brokenness

Lisa Brenninkmeyer

As our hearts reel from an acute awareness of the sin in our beloved Church, the call for each one of us to become a saint rings loud and true. I don’t know about you, but when I think of...

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You Are Not The Hero Of Your Story: thoughts on surrender and living in the Father’s Love

Laura Phelps

My youngest child was just four years old when we moved from California to Connecticut. The main reason for this major uprooting? To be closer to family. My sister, just a few towns away now, suggested she take my four...

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Kick-Start Real Change

Lisa Brenninkmeyer

Are you tired of your list of good intentions that never translate to action? How many times have you made a resolution (and really meant it) only to fail within a few short weeks? We’ve all been there. It isn’t...

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BLAZE: The Conversation Starter

Angelina DeVincenzo

My favorite part of leading BLAZE is getting to answer questions. Middle school-aged girls are filled with questions. They have doubts, they desire clarification, and they want to share their thoughts in a space that will allow them to make...

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What is BLAZE?

Angelina DeVincenzo

At the end of my first year of BLAZE, I turned to my darling group of middle school girls and asked them what they had learned. One girl responded and said, “In BLAZE I learned that God loves us no...

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Introducing Blaze!

Lisa Brenninkmeyer

In her book Yes Please, author Amy Poehler wrote something that really stuck with me. She said that early on, she determined that her currency was not going to be her looks- it would be her sense of humor. What...

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Continuing the Fight for our Freedom

Lisa Brenninkmeyer

I am heading to the White House to celebrate the 4th of July. For real. Our son, Jonny, is performing there and is bringing me along—my flight and hotel included in the deal. A confession—when we first got the news...

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Throw on Your Leather Pants and Embrace Your Identity as a Warrior

Angelina DeVincenzo

As I walked to my favorite coffee shop in downtown St. Augustine to write this post, I nestled into a fitting mental posture by reciting the word, “warrior,” over and over again. As I did, all sorts of quintessential, warrior-esque...

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Warrior for the Ordinary

LIsa Brenninkmeyer

Summer invites me to slow down– to settle in to the here and now– to eat the ice cream cone slowly enough that it melts down my hand. So, I usually order ice cream in a dish and eat it...

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The Wrestling

Lisa Brenninkmeyer

It’s been said that worry is a misuse of the imagination. This resonates with me, probably because of my award-worthy ability to come up with worse-case scenarios and potential catastrophes. The Wrestling, the second part of Fearless and Free, is...

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The Wrestling – The Battle in Your Mind and Will

Laura Phelps

It happened without my even noticing it; this inner voice that would remind me over and over again about all the things that weren’t right in my life. All the things that were wrong with me. And all the things...

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The Wakening

Angelina DeVincenzo

Before beginning this post, I said a prayer, paused for a moment and ate a Dove chocolate. The little note on the inside of the wrapper read, “Things have to fall apart in order for them to fall together.” Sure,...

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Fearless and Free

Lisa Brenninkmeyer

I had stopped feeling joy. That was the first sign for me that something needed to change– that something was wrong and that I didn’t know how to fix it.  Things were happening in my life that should have been...

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Sacred Space and Solitude

Lisa Brenninkmeyer

The best gift I have ever received is a pair of noise cancelling headphones. At the same time, I love my family with every fiber in my being, and am anxious to know all the details of their lives–what they...

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Religion vs Relationship and Why It’s Good That Our Young People Are Doubting

Angelina DeVincenzo

I spend most of my time with middle schoolers, high schoolers, and college-aged girls. And, I spend most of this time listening to girls (and boys) of all ages express their doubts and frustrations about faith and the Catholic Church....

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When #MeToo Isn’t Enough

Lisa Brenninkmeyer

Stories of the misuse of power and the manipulation and abuse of women sicken and anger me. I welcome the long overdue shift that is taking place in this regard. Women’s collective voices have become impossible to ignore and are...

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Splitting rocks and killing lizards. Welcome to Lent.

Lisa Brenninkmeyer

“They did not thirst when He led them through the deserts; He made the water flow out of the rock for them; He split the rock and the water gushed forth.” Isaiah 48:21 I’m just returning from a trip with...

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Count the Stars

He took him outside and said: “Look up at the sky and count the stars, if you can. Just so,” he added, “will your descendants be.” Genesis 15:5 “Count the stars,” God said. “What an impossibility,” Abram must have thought....

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Starting the New Year Like Mary, the Holy Mother of God

Laura Phelps

  “As for Mary, she treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart.” Luke 2:4 It’s surprising to find myself struggling to find the right words when it comes to writing about Mary. Not because I have no...

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Remember This When You’re Waiting Endlessly, or It Feels Like It

Lisa Brenninkmeyer

Waiting for suffering to end and relief to come would be so much easier if we knew the end date. If someone delivered the message, “You just have to hold on for x more days, and then your prayers are...

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Happy Easter: Live Resurrected

“Bend the stubborn heart and will, melt the frozen, warm the chill” (The novena to the Holy Spirit) Happy Easter, my friends! Springtime is here, and hope is springing up all around us. It may be hard to see– it...

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He Leads With Grace When He Offers Second Chances

Dear friend, Have you ever had one of those days? I was two seconds from purposely rear-ending the maddeningly-slow car in front of me. I had so much pent-up irritation, and I could just taste the satisfaction I would feel...

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Why to Lean into Relationships When You Want to Pull Back

“There are those that speak a stabbing sword, but the tongue of the wise heals.” Proverbs 12:18 There’s a space between words being spoken by one mouth, and those same words being received by another heart. En-route, those words often...

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Letting Go of Comparing Myself to Others

I don’t know about you, but the fact that today is Ash Wednesday makes me wonder where January went. I’m still finding stray Christmas ornaments in weird places around my house. But regardless of the fact that I feel like...

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A Call for Revival in the Catholic Church

As we walk into a new year, I pray that you feel as free as a fresh, unmarked calendar page. I pray that your relationships are healthy, authentic and satisfying. I pray that your connection to God is strong and...

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When a Nap Isn’t Enough- Ask God for Guidance

Some days, everything just seems a little bit out of kilter. My three-year-old, Charlotte, had one of those days this week. We just COULD NOT GET IT RIGHT. The pink cereal bowl seemed like a good choice until the milk...

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Show Others God is Real by Suffering Well

Is there someone in your life who you long to see experiencing the more that a relationship with Christ brings? Do you find you lack the right words to articulate just how much your faith means to you, and wish...

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Run Your Own Race and No One Else’s in the Spiritual Journey to Heaven

Lisa Brenninkmeyer

Has God ever asked something of you that feels really hard, and you look around and feel a little singled out? Do you see other people who seem to have it easier, and you wonder why He’s asking so much...

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Are They Seeing the Face of God in You?

“For I have seen your face, which is like seeing the face of God.” Genesis 33:10 While the digital age connects us like never before, there is no substitute for face-to-face interaction. No email or Facebook message can ever compete...

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Where to Look in Scripture When You Need it Most

I received a surprise gift recently that brought unexpected comfort. Last April, my wonderful grandmother went home to be with the Lord, and we have greatly missed her. My mom received my grandmother’s Bible, and tucked in it was a...

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Trading Too Many Possessions for His Glory

Lisa Brenninkmeyer

This month, I wanted to share with you a second excerpt from the Beholding His Glory talk that I gave at the WWP Leadership Conference in August. This is the second part of a two part reflection, so if you...

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Try Less of You, More Beholding of God’s Glory (Part 1)

We had a wonderful time at our 2013 WWP Leadership Conference! For those of you who weren’t able to attend, and for those who want a little recap, here is an excerpt from the keynote talk, Beholding His Glory. The...

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How We Own Our Mess? We Confess Our Sin

When, when, when am I going to learn? I am certain that God is wondering just how many times it’s going to take for me to get it through my head that there is a limit to what I can...

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Are We Sharing Faith With Others?

Lisa Brenninkmeyer

“Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope, but do it with gentleness and reverence.”        1 Peter 3:15-16 We all have people in our lives that we’d...

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Coasting on Fumes: Practicing Spiritual Discipline

Lisa Brenninkmeyer

A risk we all run when we love others lavishly is neglecting to take care of ourselves. What begins as a passion of the heart-a pure desire to help-can actually place us in a dangerous position where we find it...

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