Your Dot and Your Dash and Your Line

So I was talking to an iron-sharpens-iron-friend at our ladies prayer
group last Friday. She told me how she admonishes her kids about their dot. She reminds them that in their dot, they have a dash. And this dash is all we get to affect the line God has given us. What you do with your dash in your dot affects the line. Your dot matters. Your dash matters.

The same thing applies to all of us. We only have one dot. Since we only have one dot, we must carefully choose how we will use our dash. We must hone our skills and pray for the Father to transform us into the image of His son so our dash will bear much fruit for the line.

  • Dot: the time God has appointed for us to live upon this earth. God has specifically chosen where and when you live. You get to choose the how. This life, in this space and this time, is your dot. “And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place.” Acts 17:26
  • Dash: the time between your birth and death. Your dash is the dash that will be on your tombstone. Example 19631999. Your dash is your life. How did you spend it? How did your live it? How did you use your time, talent and treasure? Did your pour it all out? Did you hold back? Did your hoard it all for yourself? Your life and what you do with it is your dash. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10
  • Line:  this is God’s time, eternity. It’s the place where we live out our dot and dash. We each get a little dot on God’s line to use our dash. “In the beginning was the Word, and the word was God, and the Word was with God.” John 1:1

How effective we are with our dot and dash depends on how much we are in God’s Word. Are we doers of His Word and not hearers only? Are we obedient to His will? Are we sowing the seed of God’s Word into our situations and circumstances? “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10

So let’s get busy with our dot and our dash and God’s line!

By Mary Kay Kane

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Simply Study: Colossians

One book at a time one day at a time!

Are you ready to simply study God’s Word?

Welcome to Simply Study: Colossians! We pray you have been blessed by the time you have simply studied God’s Word!  This week God calls us to use the gifts He has given us to minister to others. As we use our gifts, we help build His kingdom here on earth!

Simply Study daily Bible study contains the following simple pieces:

  • Simply read Repeated readings will help you meditate on truths of God’s word.
  • Simply mark Let loose your creative side as you simply mark the daily scripture reading passage.
  • Simply answer Look back in the scripture to answer questions about the text.
  • Simply reflect Consider what God is speaking to your heart and record your thoughts.
  • Simply act Become a doer of the word as you decide how to apply what you have learned.

Please view or download the pdfs below for the book of Colossians. Better yet, invite a few friends to join you! Start your own Simply Study Bible study in your own home or favorite coffee shop!

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One day at a time.
Simply Study.

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Simply Study: James 1

In the book of James we learn we are to be quick to listen and slow to speak. We are also encouraged to be doers of the Word not hearers only, deceiving ourselves. What better way to listen to God’s word than through Bible study!

Simply Study Bible studies contain the following components:

  • Simply read Repeated readings will help you meditate on truths of God’s word.
  • Simply mark Let loose your creative side as you simply mark the daily scripture reading passage.
  • Simply answer Look back in the scripture to answer questions about the text.
  • Simply reflect Consider what God is speaking to your heart and record your thoughts.
  • Simply act Become a doer of the word as you decide how to apply what you have learned.
  • Simply pray Reflect on your learning and pray how God leads you.

Please view or print the pdf below James study today! Better yet, invite a few friends to join you! Start your own Simply Study Bible study in your own home or favorite coffee shop!

Focus deeply.
One book at a time.
One day at a time.
Simply Study.

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Simply Study: Philippians 4

Welcome to Week 4 of Simply Study: Philippians! We pray you will be blessed by the time you have simply study God’s Word! In Philippians, Paul encourages to pray about everything! What are you praying for today?

Continue reading for more information about Simply Study Bible studies!

Simply Study contains the following parts:

  • Simply read Repeated readings will help you meditate on truths of God’s word.
  • Simply mark Let loose your creative side as you simply mark the daily scripture reading passage.
  • Simply answer Look back in the scripture to answer questions about the text.
  • Simply reflect Consider what God is speaking to your heart and record your thoughts.
  • Simply act Become a doer of the word as you decide how to apply what you have learned.
  • Simply pray Reflect on your learning and pray how God leads you.

Please scroll down to access each week’s Bible study. Better yet, invite a few friends to join you! Start your own Simply Study Bible study in your own home or favorite coffee shop!

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One book at a time.
One day at a time.
Simply Study.

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The Fatherland

“The next morning we were woken by the signal of a trumpet. The crew weighed anchor, and the boat left harbour at 8:00 am. Shirt-sleeved, I rushed to the forecastle to say my last Good Bye to my dear German fatherland and to the people standing at the pier. After a couple of hours we were …”

The Fatherland.

To my grandfather, Viktor Herrmann (he’s in the life preserver), the Fatherland refers to his place of birth. He left his Fatherland in hopes of finding a new life in America. This new land promised freedom, hope, and happiness. After my grandfather settled in America, he sent back to the Fatherland for my grandmother, Hilda Knoll. She too left Germany and made the trip across the ocean to start a new life.

I often heard my grandparents use the term Fatherland to describe their homeland. From time to time my grandfather would start a sentence with the phrase back in the Fatherland. My grandmother told me about how her brother Otto walked home from the Great War back in the Fatherland. In the Fatherland, girls went to knitting school on Saturdays and learned to bake bread from scratch.

The book of Hebrews also speaks of a Fatherland. 

A land of freedom. A land of hope. The Father’s Land.  The journey to the Father’s Land is a walk of faith that requires courage and strength. As wanderers as pilgrims, we count the cost of leaving the familiar and friendly to go where our Father leads. In our Father’s Land we find challenge, joy, enemies,  purpose, pain, love, loss, and blessing. But the best thing about the Father’s Land is the presence of our Father.

13 … they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 14 For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. 15 And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them. Hebrews 11:13-16

And one day, like my grandfather, we will be woken by the signal of a trumpet, and we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 1 Thessalonians 4:17

Forever with Him, in the Father’s Land.

By Mary Kane.

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