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Cultivate with Kelly Minter

Ep 49: Surrendering Your Holiday Expectations

12/6/2022 00:28:45
Ep 49: Surrendering Your Holiday Expectations
It's Christmas time, and we all have expectations this season. Some are material-what gifts are we going to receive? What experiences are we going to have? Some are relational-will we finally get engaged? Will the grandbabies be visiting?  

Expectations are fine as long as we manage them instead of letting them manage us. If we're not careful, unmet expectations can turn us into people we don't want to be. Who do you want to be during the holidays?

In this episode, two women-Elizabeth and Mary-are going to give us an incredible, real-life, non-sugar-coated example of who we can be this holiday season. We find them in Luke chapter 1, right before the first Christmas. At their meeting, we see their mutual joy in being in each other's presence because of God's work in their lives. These women show us it's a gift to be in community without jealousy, to bless other people with our words and welcome them into our hearts. 

When we remember Christmas isn't about us, we find enduring joy. There's nothing better than going into this season with Jesus as Savior and Lord of our lives. It exceeds any and all of our expectations.

If you'd like to go deeper in the Word, Kelly has a brand new Bible study on the book of Ruth! You can even download the first week for free. Check out Ruth: Loss, Love & Legacy at www.lifeway.com/Ruth

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The Cultivate Podcast is all about deepening our understanding of Scripture for a deeper love of Jesus. That's my simple hope. Yet we live in a crazy busy culture that makes it hard to prioritize Bible study. Not to mention, for many of us the Bible can be plain confusing or intimidating. That's why I'm so excited about this podcast! We'll get to study God's Word together.

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About Kelly Minter

Hi There. My name is Kelly Minter and I'm a Bible study author and teacher. I've written several Bible studies for Lifeway, including Finding God Faithful, All Things New, No Other Gods, Ruth, and a few others. I love to teach the Bible at my Cultivate Events across the country and also locally at my home church. I have a passion for missions, which is why I also work in the Amazon jungles of Brazil and the Eastern European country of Moldova with Justice & Mercy International. I wrote a book about my work in the Amazon called Wherever The River Runs. It's dear to my heart. I also love cooking, gardening, and having people to my house. It turns out, I pretty much wanted to write about that too, so a cookbook called A Place at the Table was born. Mostly, I love engaging with people as we study God's Word together, which is why I'm especially excited about the Cultivate Podcast.

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Charles Spurgeon died in 1892 not 1915 as was mentioned in Jan 3 episode. Also as much as I appreciate Kelly and her insights into God's word, one must be careful to not add our own thoughts or add toScripture what isn't there. Kelly says Mary stayed at the house while Martha ran to meet Jesus when he came back after Lazarus dies. Kelly says she thinks Mary stayed behind because she was hurt or disappointed that Jesus hadn't done something - we don't know - there are many reasons as to why she may have stayed back and the Bible doesn't tell us. she knew and learned at Jesus feet and seemed to know Jesus well. But Kelly really pushed her opinion on why Mary stayed behind and we need to be careful when teaching scripture to not let our "thoughts and opinions/beliefs" about what we think add more to what has been revealed. Again not trying to be critical but just wanted to voice my concern.


Your amazing and thank you for this podcasts! God bless