Hopping on to write a short blog of gratitude, I find my teaching notes from I Peter 5 unpublished. In the midst of "life," the idea of publishing my weekly teaching notes vanished. Since I didn't hear from anyone, I trust that this is not a big loss! Any Simply Bible teaching video is posted on YouTube.

However, as I looked over the notes for that lesson, I am reminded of God's heart:

Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:29.

Gentle and lowly. If you were to design God, is this how you would imagine Him? I'm sure I would not. But God's ways are so far above my ways. His gentle and lowly heart enters into our suffering with us. So much so that God Himself took on flesh and blood.

So this Thanksgiving, my gratitude belongs to God. Thank You, God, for Living Hope!

I can't say it any better than Peter does in the Bible:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. I Peter 1:3

Friends, my gratitude also goes to you who have been on this Simply Bible journey with me. We are meant to study God's Word in community. I love knowing God through His Word with you. You ask amazing questions and "stir up" both my heart and mind to better know God.

Thank you for continually encouraging me in Living Hope.

This past week concluded digging into the letters of Peter via weekly Zoom meetings with women. A number of you have yet to finish the study. That's okay! Please continue on at your own pace. Please finish. Why? Because the final week looks at Peter's life again... after the resurrection. After the gift of the Holy Spirit. The study reaches a crescendo here. So many women have been touched to see God's good work in Peter. Myself included! What a transformation from day one to the final day of study!

Seeing the Living Hope at work in Peter's life fills our hearts with hope.

We have seen this living hope arise in the pages and pages of feedback from women. So far,100% have responded that they are thinking or living different because of studying Peter.

Here are a few responses:

More thankful, especially for the wo