Grace & Truth ~ What if My Brokenness is Not About Me

Brokenness…something I am sure we have all experienced.  And, I usually find that the more broken a person becomes, the more real their faith becomes when they hold fast to the Lord.  And the deeper the faith, the more wisdom.  As wisdom increases so does the ability to share the story of that brokenness.  I know this from my own experience.  And that story is shared with so many other broken hearts.  Those broken hearts turn to Jesus for healing and redemption. 

The plan for our brokenness is so much bigger than we can even imagine when we hand it all over to God.

I chose Rachel’s post, What if My Brokenness is Not About Me, as my feature this week because she shares this important truth from her own tragic story.  I love how she gets right to the problem:

“So often, when we are forced to endure hardship, we have a tendency to make our brokenness all about us. Why me, God? Why did you let this happen? Where were you? Why didn’t you save me? What did I do to deserve this? Why her? Why him? Why us? Why now?

But maybe, just maybe, these are the wrong types of questions.”

Head on over to Rachel’s site and read her incredible post.

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4 Ways To Steward A God-Honoring Life

I felt so disappointed.  I was even angry.  And frustrated.  My heart screamed, “Why were all of these things happening to ME?  Hadn’t already been through enough?”.  I spent a lot of time in tears and with a sense of despair.  I’d love to say that I could pinpoint exactly when I was feeling like that but the truth is that I have felt like that more times than I wish I’d had.  It wasn’t just one time or one incident.  It has been many times.  Many experiences.  Many situations.  I look back at those times – any of them – and I realize I was missing something pivotal, something so integral to my spiritual growth that without understanding the fundamental truth of it, I would still be considered a ‘baby Christian’ that Paul talks about in 1 Corinthians 3. I wish I had learned sooner about these 4 Ways To Steward A God-Honoring Life.

Often, when we are disappointed about our plans not working out, it’s because we miss a fundamental truth for spiritual growth. I had to learn to steward my life according to God’s will. Here are 4 Ways To Steward A God-Honoring Life.

When I was caught up in frustration, disappointment, and anger, I was focused on my plans and dreams for my life.  I wasn’t thinking that God might have other plans for me.  I had already made my plans and dictated how I thought my life should be like.  And when those plans failed, I turned to my jaded self.  

I had to learn to steward my life, not steer it.

Hmmm…how many of you are trying to take control of the steering wheel?

How many of you have forgotten – or not even understood – that God has great plans for you.  he is the One who has woven you together, he has the perfect blueprint for your life.  This life you have is not yours.  It is on loan to you from God. 

Your life is really His life.

When we begin looking at our lives with this perspective, we are less likely to become so involved with our feelings when things don’t work out the way we think that they should.  Sure, there will still be disappointments, but that disappointment is eased by the Hope we have in the truth that He has something so much better for us.

1. Purpose

Your life matters.  Do you really believe that?  Do you believe just how important you are to God?  

Every now and then, I will come across an AMAZING woman of God and I’ll think to myself, “I want to be a Godly woman like that!”.  I am sure you know exactly what I am talking about.  It’s that older woman whose eyes always sparkle.  The woman who oozes Jesus.  When she is around, everyone feels her JOY and LOVE.  Your spirit immediately relaxes and feels at rest. 

How did she get like that?  Well, she realized that her life has a purpose and she let that purpose plant her like an oak tree.  She has allowed herself to be a place where people find rest under the shady tree.  Has her life been easy and pain-free?  Most likely, it hasn’t been at all.  In fact, I’d even bet that it is because of the pain that she is the way she is.  She has allowed the Lord to use her pain and suffering for His glory.  She has found purpose in her life.

 If you want to be a good steward of your life, find your purpose.

2. Build a Legacy

Legacy is so important.  The biggest reason how I know this is because neither my husband or I have a strong Godly legacy in our lives.  We both wish that we did have a Godly legacy to speak of.  Instead, we are left with legacies of infidelity, witchcraft, mental illness, divorce, abuse…just plain evil. 

But we are changing that, the 3 of us – me, Marcus (hubby), and God.  We are providing a healthy, safe, and loving home for our kids.  With them and for them, we are building our lives upon Jesus Christ.  We are showing them how to live a Godly life, how to have a Godly marriage, what Godly parenting looks like, and what is most important in life.

Sure, we mess it up sometimes, but what we do with that mess is equally important as getting it right.  Sometimes it’s even more important.  Building a legacy means handling those mistakes the right way.

A legacy is a long-term commitment.  It’s from generation after generation.  We must understand that there will be opposition from the opposer of God.  He wants to destroy these plans – he certainly wants to destroy the legacy you are building, and that typically starts with your marriage.  And we might take some detours along the way.  I took a detour this weekend, sadly.    

But remember this truth: God’s plans are so much bigger than any detours I might take.  Isn’t that wonderful truth?

If you want to be a good steward of your life, build a legacy.

3. Live Free

I talk about this truth a lot on this blog.  I talk about it often because I know what it’s like to not live in freedom.  Living in darkness and death is not new to me.  I have experienced it. I have also experienced finding life and freedom in Jesus Christ. 

This understanding helps me to continuously pursue a life of freedom.  To pursue LIFE.  The more I pursue this, the more I see that my life will stand up against the storms of life because it is built on Jesus Christ.  It’s not built upon my own desires, dreams, and plans.  That structure would crumble at the first gust of wind.  I know this is true because it has happened!

Some posts you might find helpful in living LIFE:

Are You Offering Life?  Or Are You Sitting in a Puddle? 

5 Habits Of The Effective Woman Of God

1 Essential Thing For Living In Freedom

How To Live In Freedom

If you want to be a good steward of your life, pursue life and freedom in Jesus.

4. Wisdom

Wisdom…something we are seriously lacking in our day and age! I mean, we have tons of worldly wisdom.  The self-help industry is a $10 billion per year commerce – in the USA alone!  We certainly do not lack in ‘wisdom’ and advice.  However, this advice is more about opinion rather than truth.

Our world is devoid of Godly wisdom.  Because our world is bereft of His wisdom, it is no wonder it is falling apart.  It is no wonder we have so much tragedy.  So much pain.  So much death.  

Worldly wisdom brings destruction.  Godly wisdom builds.

One thing I have been doing lately is rephrasing Proverbs 24:3, By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established.  I have been saying, “By wisdom, a woman is built.”  Now, that is empowering!  I am being built on Godly wisdom!  When I rearticulate this verse that way, I am reminded to make the wisest choice available on a daily basis.

Seek Him

God’s word is way ahead of us – it will never, ever have to play catch up with us.  If you don’t know what to do in a situation, then seek wisdom in His word.  Pray before, during and after you search His word.  He will answer.  We might not like His response, but He will give us His wisdom every single time.

For example, when my son was little, he’d have the absolute worst temper tantrums.  I couldn’t find any worldly wisdom that worked for him.  Finally, I prayed – and God answered.  He told me exactly what to do.  My son is now 14 and I can tell you, without a doubt, that God’s wisdom in dealing with that problem has lasting effects.  It has developed good fruit – in my life, in his life, and in our relationship – not to mention how our trust in God grew.  

Seek His wisdom, friend.  You won’t go wrong.  Have your habits, speech, decisions, everything, built on God’s wisdom.  

If you want to be a good steward of your life, make the wisest choice available.

Next week, we’ll dive deeper into the topic of wisdom.  I plan to cover ideas such as the development of wisdom, how to build up knowledge, maturing in our faith…PLUS, there will be a special challenge!!  

My friends, what are some other ways you have stewarded your life well?

Often, when we are disappointed about our plans not working out, it’s because we miss a fundamental truth for spiritual growth. I had to learn to steward my life according to God’s will. Here are 4 Ways To Steward A God-Honoring Life.

 

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Grace & Truth ~ I Am My Child’s Friend

When my first child was born, I knew I had to parent differently from how I grew up.  Big changes were in order.  I tried some parenting books and some offered bits and pieces of practical advice.  But none really fit quite right.  So, I turned to God for His wisdom – probably what I should have done first;)  And He taught me.  He taught me so many things.  One of those things was the fact that my kids and I are friends. 

Now, this wasn’t a popular view then and it isn’t now.  But maybe, just maybe, we have the definition of friend wrong instead of being friends with your children wrong.  Years ago, I shared my ideas with my friend, Kaylene’s site with a post called My Daughters, My Friends.  My oldest is now 16 and we are very close – we are friends.  And this has helped her draw even closer to God!  We even created a course together (which will be closing on November 17th).  For more details, click the image to the right.

I also wrote more extensively about the idea of being friends with our children in my book, Raising Godly Children.  This book goes on sale on Amazon (Kindle version only) on the 12th with a countdown sale (price starts at 99 cents and increases daily – back to full price on the 18th). 

Because this is a topic that isn’t talked about much – or people look at you like you are crazy – I just had to choose Rosa’s post as my feature this week.  I love how she has come to the same conclusions I have!  Head on over to her blog to read her post I am My Child’s Friend.

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1 Common Ingredient In A God-Honoring Life

When I was younger, many of my life decisions were greatly influenced by other people.  I wanted to make sure they were happy.  My happiness was put aside, even ignored.  I would remain unhappy just so other would be happy with me.  Needless to say, this rarely worked out.  There would be at least one person who still wasn’t happy with my decisions.  And the people who were ‘happy’ in the beginning, eventually grew unhappy with me for whatever reason.  It was a lose-lose situation.  It wasn’t until I started to listen to God’s plan for my life that things got better for me.  Sure, those people still got angry with me about my decisions, but at least I knew I was doing something right.  Let’s chat about 1 Common Ingredient In A God-Honoring Life.  PS – I’ve created another set of worksheets – you can find them at the bottom of this post.

There is always one common thread running through the lives of Godly people. Do you know what it is? 1 Common Ingredient In A God-Honoring Life

Last week, we talked about the 5 Essential Tools For Building Your Life.  Today, I want to look at the common ingredient in building a life that honors God.  

Truth

Truth – God’s Truth – must be the common ingredient when to comes to building a Godly life.  We need His truth to guide us in placing the building blocks that are used in constructing our lives.  If we attempt to place those blocks where we think they ought to go, they will end up in the wrong place.  If we listen to others opinions before trusting God when it comes to construction, those blocks will be misplaced.  

God’s truth helps us in many ways when we place it into the equation for building our lives.

Wisdom

One element of truth is wisdom.  I’m not talking about worldly wisdom here.  I’m talking about the wisdom that only comes from God.  You see, we have come to a place in our culture where earthly wisdom has more weight than Godly wisdom.  We’ve got ‘follow your heart’ and ‘you can be anything you want to be’.  Or arguments that begin with “I think…”.  

We miss the importance of Godly wisdom here.  What does God’s word say?

Another strange trend I have found is that people are willing to listen to pretty much anyone these days.  And then they wonder why they are having so many problems.  For example, there is this ‘parenting expert’ near where I live.  Many people seek her for advice.  But…my daughter has had a ‘run-in’ with her teen daughter.  She was picking on a younger boy and Sarah had to step in and tell her to stop.  I’ve had my own experiences with this girl – picking on another little boy, rolling her eyes, and just being plain disrespectful to adults and her peers.  That makes me wonder…how valid is the parenting wisdom of her mother?  Certainly not advice I care to hear.  We must look at the fruit of whom we are listening to. 

Now, I have received some flack for my viewpoint here.  Which is also quite fascinating.  Why on earth would I take parenting advice from someone who does not hold the same values as I do when it comes to parenting???  This would be the same for financial advice.  Which is more prudent: listening to my broke relative or heeding advice from a financial expert like Dave Ramsey?  That really is a no-brainer!  How about marriage advice?  Would I be better off asking that friend who has been divorced twice already and her present marriage is on the rocks?  Or that Godly couple at church who have been happily married for 60 years? 

If we want to build our lives with truth, we need God’s wisdom.

Freedom

The other truth we need to live by is the fact that we are free.  So many of us are not living the victorious life that Christ died to give to us.  He paid a great price for our freedom.  We are stuck in bondage – the bondage of sin and lies – and we either don’t know how to get out, we don’t realize we are in bondage, or we just want things to remain the same.

When I say I am living a victorious life, I don’t mean a life that is all lollipops, cotton candy, and rainbows.  It isn’t perfect.  In fact, if I am totally honest right now, I am struggling.  I am struggling with some mild depression right now.  I am feeling like I am not heard by a certain person in my life.  And weariness threatens to swallow me up.

But…I know the truth.  And I know that this isn’t forever.  My Savior has already won this battle.  Do I have to walk through?  Yes, I do.  I have to keep putting one step in front of the other.  But I will come out the other side stronger, with a deeper faith, and some good lessons learned.

That, my friend, is living a victorious life.        

He longs for us to live a victorious, radiant life through Him.  Even – or especially – through the hard times.  He paid a very high price for us to live a life of freedom and victory.  Let’s honor Him by choosing life.  I have written extensively on living in freedom because I’ve had to fight tooth and nail for it – I’ve lost some skin and I have many scars to prove it, but I am a beautiful example that living in freedom is possible.

If we want to build our lives with truth, we need to live victoriously.

The Word

Another piece of truth to live by is how much we need the Law of the Lord to refresh and revive us.  Oh, friend, I desperately need this right now!  

Sometimes, depending on the software program I am running on my computer (or the number of windows and tabs I have open at once…don’t ask…), my computer will start to run slowly.  I need to close several programs, windows, and files and restart my computer.  

This takes time – especially shutting down programs that are running S-L-O-W-L-Y!  But, when my computer is up and running again, it is super fast.  It operates better.

How similar is this example to being revived – or restarted – by being in God’s word?  Without His word in my life deeply rooted in my heart, I am just running in low power mode.  This computer is SLOW!  I need to shut down the applications that are running and quiet my heart before the Lord.  This means sitting at His feet through His word and allowing Him to teach me.

If we want to build our lives with truth, we need to have soul refreshment with the Law of the Lord.

Living Water

In my study of John, I have been learning so much about the identity of Christ.  I always knew these things, but actually digging in to create a study just bring this understanding to a whole new level.  He talks so much about being the Living Water.  I need the Living Water to give me unspeakable joy!  He is the Light of Life.  He has the words of eternal life!  As Peter says in John 6:68 – where else can I go?

My sister, there is nothing else that will satisfy.  Nothing.  There is absolutely nothing on this earth that will speak joy into your heart except for Jesus Christ.  Why are you looking elsewhere?  Why do you keep searching for purpose and happiness in all the wrong places?  Or with the wrong people?

If we want to build our lives with truth, we need to drink daily from the Living Water.

The Truth

My friend, who is speaking into your life today?  Are you letting the General Contractor (Jesus) dictate your thoughts?  Your actions?  Your life?

Are the people who are speaking into your life today level?  Do they have Godly wisdom?  Or earthly wisdom?  Are you listening to the person who is an alcoholic?  On her third marriage?  Or living a life contrary to God’s word?  If so, this is NOT the person you should be listening to.  They do not hold fast to the truth.  Whatever they are building with is what is being built into you.  

My friend, you are prized by God.  You are His unique creation.  There is no one quite like you.  He has an amazing purpose for you.  You are not a sinner, but a saint.  You are not a failure.  He is your strength.  Start building your life on such truths.  If you have some crooked 2x4s in your construction process, take them out and replace them with straight ones.  Build on thoughts that have been leveled by the truth.  God’s truth.

The common ingredient in the lives of God-honoring Christians is the truth.  It is with that truth that they measure wisdom and discover freedom.  This truth comes from God’s word and the Living Water.

How do you need to apply God’s truth to your life today?

Next week, we’ll chat about things like stewardship, God’s promises, building a legacy and more.  Iw ill also have a very special challenge I hope you will join me in doing! 

1 Common Ingredient In A God-Honoring Life

There is always one common thread running through the lives of Godly people. Do you know what it is? 1 Common Ingredient In A God-Honoring Life

To start at the beginning of this series:

Building For Wisdom

How To Build A Firm Foundation In Faith

Who Is The General Contractor Of your Life?

5 Essential Tools For Building Your Life

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Grace & Truth ~ How To Connect With Your Teenager

Raising teens is both wonderful and challenging!  Kids are finding their voice and learning how to use it in a God-glorifying way.  They make mistakes…but then again, so do I.  As parents, we are the most important people in the lives of our teens.  Whether they acknowledge it or not – we are. 

Connecting with our teens can be tricky.  But a sincere connection is vital for a healthy family dynamic.  Just over a year ago, God gave me the idea to create a teen girl course with my daughter.  My daughter was excited about the idea and we brainstormed topics together.  We shared ideas and we created video lessons.  I created the worksheets and she edited them.  We came up with ideas for bonus material and she gave me ideas for songs for each lesson.  I never dreamed that this course would become a wonderful way for us to connect and draw closer together.  But it did.  She has ministered to my heart on so many levels.  It truly has been a beautiful gift for both of us. 

It was our intention that our course would draw other teen girls and their mother closer together as well as draw girls closer to God.  So, the fact that we were drawn closer together is a BONUS for us!  PS – if you are interested in this course, it is offered at its lowest price now for a short time.  Cart closes midnight, November 24th.

Because the parent/teen relationship is so important in my life and in my heart, I chose Valerie’s post, How To Connect With Your Teenager, as my feature this week.  Hop on over to her site to read her awesome post.

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5 Essential Tools For Building Your Life

Have you ever started to make a delicious dessert only to find that you have run out of an important ingredient…after you already mixed together the first several ingredients?  I have.  More than once.  If I hadn’t run to the grocery store to pick up that missing ingredient, the dessert would have been a disaster.  This is the same idea for building a Godly life.  We need the right building tools.  In this post, I discuss 5 Essential Tools For Building Your Life.   PS – scroll down to the bottom for a free printable set of worksheets for this post.

Do you have what it takes to build your life on Christ? The correct tools make all the difference. Here are 5 Essential Tools For Building Your Life.

We’ve discussed, trusting God with your building plan, building a solid foundation for your life, and allowing God to be your general contractor.  It’s important to cover these ides before framing our life.  If we have a poor and unstable foundation or the wrong contractor who has no clue about building, then the rest of the structure is going to be unsteady and insecure.

Let’s introduce our 5 essential tools for building your life and then we’ll discuss each of them more in depth.

  1. Thoughts
  2. Relationships
  3. Habits & patterns
  4. Time
  5. Money

These are the components that will help us build a productive life.

Thoughts

If you could picture your life built with 2x4s, and each 2×4 had your thoughts written on them, what would that look like?  Let’s take this a bit further.  How about every 2×4 with a negative thought about yourself is decaying rapidly.  And every 2×4 with a good thought about yourself is in perfect shape.  What would be the condition of your life house?  Would it be in pretty good condition?  Or would it be falling apart? 

Friends, how we think about ourselves is vital to building a solid life on Jesus Christ.  Don’t believe me?  Then maybe you’ll listen to Paul. 

He tells us to think about things that are true, honorable, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, and praise worthy.  When you look in the mirror and say to yourself, “I am so ugly and disgusting.” is that any of those things Paul listed?

NO!

What about when you make a mistake and think to yourself, “I am so stupid!”.  That is not on the list of things Paul instructed us to think about.  

If we want to build a God-glorifying life, we must take every thought captive under Jesus’ authority.

Regardless of whether or not we believe the true and good thoughts at that point.  Believing comes after our action of taking those negative thoughts captive under Jesus’ authority and allow Him to show us His truth.

If you need a bit more help in this area, try some of my posts under Freedom in Christ as well as these posts:

7 Perfect Valentine Gifts For Your Husband (Not just for Valentine’s Day!)

For The Wife Who Doesn’t Feel Sexy

Relationships

You are a product of the relationships you are involved in.  Whether you like it or not, this is very true.  Sometimes we don’t realize just how true this is until we are out of an unhealthy relationship.  

  • 1 Corinthians 15:33 ~ Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”
  • Proverbs 13:20 ~ Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.

We must be careful with whom we spend most of our time with. 

If you want more joy in your life, spend time with joy-filled people.

Hanging out with peaceful people will help to eliminate drama from your life.

If you want to dig deeper into God’s word, go for coffee with people who are already immersed in God’s word.

Building a relationship with a couple who has a strong marriage will help build a strong marriage.

If we want to build a God-glorifying life, we must invest in healthy, God-honoring relationships.

Habits & Patterns

Healthy habits and patterns are essential for building a God-glorifying life.  What habits and patterns rule your daily life?  Are they good ones that bear healthy fruit?  Or are they destructive habits?

Every habit started as a thought.  That thought turned into action, which eventually turned into a habit.  That habit builds our character and our character builds our life.

Again, we can easily see here just how important it is to take our thoughts captive.  Those thoughts eventually form patterns and habits that impact our character, and ultimately, our life.

If we want to build a God-glorifying life, we must produce healthy habits and patterns.

Time

How many of us wish we had more time in a day?  At first, that idea sounds great.  However, it wouldn’t be long before we start to complain that we just don’t have enough time…again.

The problem is not lack of time.  It’s the lack of setting our priorities straight.  God knew exactly what He was doing when He gave us 24 hours in a day.  We have enough time during our day to do our work and then we have the time during the night to rest our bodies with sleep.  Any more would mess up our mortal body systems.  It truly is the perfect amount of time every day.

We must be careful with how we spend our time.  Our time here is a wonderful gift from God.  We can spend it bickering on social media (seriously, that has gotten way out of hand!).  Or we can spend our time blessing others. 

We will end up becoming what we invest our time in.  Think about this for a moment.  Think about the people you know.  Do you know someone who always seems to be ‘down’ and tired?  What do they spend most of their time doing?  Watching the depressing news?  Consuming unhealthy beverages and foods?  Do they complain a lot?  Too much time on social media?  Watching movies and TV shows that they shouldn’t be watching?  These things will have a negative effect on how they are building their life.

Now think about someone who seems to be joyful and content.  What do they spend much of their time doing?  If you don’t know, then find out!       

If we want to build a God-glorifying life, we must spend our time wisely.

Money

How we use our money will determine how we will build our lives.  How do you use your money?  Are you wise with your investments? Do you tithe regularly?  Are you generous?  Perhaps you waste your money on frivolous things or you are too stingy with it.  Both unwise spending habits and holding onto your money with a tight-fist will prevent you from building a life God desires you to have. 

If we want to build a God-glorifying life, we must use our money prudently.

So, here are the questions that will help you to see if you are using these tools properly or not.

1. Who controls these tools.  If it isn’t God, then the wrong person is in control.

2. Am I getting what I want in these areas?  Or is Jesus having His way?

3. Do other people opinion of me in these areas matter more than God’s?

4. Are the desires of my flesh being met?  Or am I denying my flesh in order for God to be glorified in my life?

We aren’t smart enough to build a long-standing structure of life.  We need God’s help.  Honoring Him by using these tools wisely is what we must do.

Next week, we will look at the common ingredient in building a life that honors God.

What is another tool you would add to this list?

5 Essential Tools For Building Your Life Worksheets

To start at the beginning of this series:

Building For Wisdom

How To Build A Firm Foundation In Faith

Who Is The General Contractor Of your Life?

Follow-up posts in this series:

1 Common Ingredient In A God-Honoring Life

Do you have what it takes to build your life on Christ? The correct tools make all the difference. Here are 5 Essential Tools For Building Your Life.

 

 

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Grace & Truth ~ 4 Ways Jesus Approached Disappointed People

Being in ministry, I come across people who are disappointed in me.  “The event wasn’t advertised well enough” or “This is how I used to do it”.  Sometimes, certain people simply want to complain – they look for something to grumble about (and they are sure to find it quickly!).  It is incredibly frustrating and extremely discouraging.  I know I’ve been in the position several times where I wonder if leading Women’s Ministry is really worth it.  That maybe there is a better woman for the job.  It’s hard to hear those criticisms – especially when the encouragement is few and far between.  NOTE: if you appreciate your WM director, pastor’s wife, kids’ Sunday School teacher, Children’s ministry director – TELL THEM!  It’s amazing just how far a few encouraging words can go. 

Becuase I understand the challenging relationships that being in ministry can have, I chose Christa’s post as my feature this week. 4 Ways Jesus Approached Disappointed People encouraged me and gave some practical tips I can take into my ministry – both online and at church.   Head on over to her site to read her post.

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When You Are Looking For A Christmas Themed Bible Study

Christmas is just around the corner.  Are you ready for the hustle and bustle?  Often times, the holidays are full of busyness and a jam-packed schedule.  It can be difficult to find time for yourself let alone God.  So, I want to share with you one of my favorite Christmas-themed Bible Study Resources.  So, When You Are Looking For A Christmas Themed Bible Study, then look no further!  PLUS – check out all the fantastic bonuses at the bottom of the post!

When You Are Looking For A Christmas Themed Bible Study

I love all of Sarah Ann’s resources.  She is a good blogging friend of mine and we’ve known each other for quite a few years now.  She always creates quality products.  You might remember her Family Bible Study Kit from earlier this year.  It is a fabulous resource that is perfect for the entire family.  

Well, now, just in time for this holiday season, she has released her brand new product, Discovering Hope: Holiday Bible Study Kit.

So, what’s inside this kit?  Well, I bought one for myself, so let’s take a look!

Bible Study Guides

Sarah Ann has created 2 Bible Study guides.  One for Thanksgiving and one for Christmas.

In the Thanksgiving guide, she focuses on scriptures related to being thankful, leading us to have a heart of thankfulness to God for His character, salvation, and our identity in Christ.

In the Christmas guide, she explores the promise, life, and ministry of Jesus. 

A Reflection Journal

Oh, now these are so good!  If you really want to go deep with the Lord, this journal will help you do just that.  These pages accompany the study guide mentioned above. 

The thoughtful questions will really help you draw closer to God. 

I can’t wait to use these!

Prayer and Journal Calendars

I like this calendar.  It will be easy for me to hole punch and stick in my existing prayer journal.  There is great little prayer prompts for each day. 

The prompts will encourage you to cultivate a heart of prayer in your life.

Again, one calendar for each study guide – Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Bible Journaling

OK, now this one is my absolute favorite!  I love to Bible journal.  But because I am not that gifted in art, I need some templates to help me out.  Sarah Ann’s templates are great for me!  YAY for Bible journaling!

FOCUS Cards

These cards are such a great idea.  Simply print, cut, and stick somewhere to read every day.  Each card has a promise to speak to myself as well as a scripture reference. 

There are 2 sets of 4 cards – one for Thanksgiving and one for Christmas.

Prayer & Gratitude Journals

OK, so then this is my next favorite.  I love the idea of having separate pages just for Thanksgiving and Christmas prayers.  And, honestly, I don’t think we can ever be grateful enough for all the blessings we have. 

It is good to reflect on being grateful.

Daily Blessings

Here is another great idea!  There is a spot to jot down things I am thankful for today, a prayer journal box, verse of the day, and ideas for blessing others.  And then the last page is all for journaling my blessings.  Meditating on my blessings is a good practice to be into – this brings joy, peace, and thankfulness. 

Bonuses!!

You knew there would be some bonuses, didn’t you?  Sarah Ann has 3 awesome bonuses for everyone who purchases before October 23. 

The first is a little resource called 5 Keys to Thriving in Holiday Bible Study.  This PDF will help you get organized and use the Bible Study to its full potential.

The second is a set of 8 wallpapers for your phone or tablet.  I can’t wait to get mine on my phone!

The third is an exclusive opportunity to join her Thrive FB group (PS – I am in this group!).

OK, that’s not all.  I’m throwing in my own little bonus here!

I created a Promises of Christmas printable as well as 8 pretty Christmas Cards for you to print and use.

Sarah Ann’s extra goodies are only available until October 23, but mine will be available for a while.

In order to claim my bonus, please email me a copy of your receipt and I will send you the PDF.

Price

Now, what’s the lowdown on the price?  Well, this really is a SUPER deal!  Until October 23, Sarah Ann has a special launch price for ALL of the above – $8.99!!!  After October 23, the price will go up to $12.99.  

When You Are Looking For A Christmas Themed Bible Study

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Grace & Truth ~ 4 Prayers For Our Daughters

Several Sunday’s ago, an uncomfortable question was raised to parents.  “Are you praying for your children every day?  And do your kids know that you are?”  I was confident in my response to the first questions…but I wasn’t sure if my kids actually knew with their whole hearts that I prayed for them as I do.  Before I could even begin a discussion on the sermon when we got home, my oldest daughter brought up the topic by thanking me for praying for her like I do.  She expressed how important my prayers were to her.  

Ladies, I can’t stress enough just how imperative your prayers are for your children.  Sometimes, they may not seem like they do any good.  But I know, without a doubt, that those prayers mean everything.  Without prayer, our parenting efforts are fruitless.  But with prayer, well, that’s an entirely different story.  That’s why I chose Timberley’s post, 4 Prayers For Our Daughters, as this week’s feature.  The 4 prayers she offers in her post are good reminders for us moms.  These prayers are a great starting point for developing a strong prayer life over our children, sons and daughters.

Timberley, please be sure to grab this “I’ve Been Featured” image below and add it, with a link to this page, to your post so that your readers can celebrate with you!  

Grace and Truth Link-up https://aimeeimbeau.com

Now for this week’s link up!  Let’s bless and encourage one another in our walk with the Lord. Read More

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Who Is The General Contractor Of your Life?

We all believe in something.  It might not be the one, true God, but every single one of us has faith in something.  It might be money.  Or ourselves – come on, now.  The self-help industry doesn’t pull in 10 billion dollars a year (in the USA alone) because we don’t believe in ourselves.  Self-help = faith in ourselves.  There is also the environment.  We can have an awful lot of faith in saving the earth.  Or maybe we have ‘game day faith’.  We suddenly have faith in God when trouble comes knocking on our door.  Some of us have generational faith.  “My mom is a Christian, so I know it’s enough for me”.  Or “Grandma prays for me all the time.  I’m good with God.”  Worse is when as parents, we think that just because we taught our kids about God, we believe that their childhood faith is enough for them as adults even though they are not living right with God.  Sadly, none of these faiths will build a foundation that will withstand the multiple storms of life.  Trust me.  I know.  I’ve tried.  So, the question is this: Who Is The General Contractor Of your Life?

How are you building your life? Are you calling the shots? Do you have a special addition built onto your life just for Jesus? Or are you allowing Jesus to oversee every aspect of your life? Jesus longs to manage every aspect of your life. He knows what is best for each of us. And He desires to build a wonderful life for all His disciples. A life that glorifies the Father. Who Is The General Contractor Of your Life?

It was only when I put my faith completely in Jesus Christ that my life was strengthened.  No, it wasn’t perfect.  But I got stronger.  My confidence grew – not self-confidence, but God-confidence.  My faith matured.  I experienced more fruits of the Spirit.  I acknowledged Jesus as my Lord and Savior. 

He became Lord of my life. 

We’ve been talking about building a firm foundation of faith in Christ over the last couple of weeks.  The first post was Building For Wisdom and the second is How To Build A Firm Foundation In FaithIn those posts, we looked at what is necessary to occur for God to prepare us for a firm foundation.  Today’s post is about laying that foundation.

One popular teaching in the Christian realm these days is that God wants us to live a carefree life.  One without any problems.  A life that is all candy canes and lollipops.  I tell my kids that this is “fluff ‘n’ stuff” faith.  It’s not real.  It offers false promises in a world that is full of evil.  Jesus never promised us this kind of life.  If that kind of life was our purpose on earth, He wouldn’t have needed to go to the Cross.  He wasn’t crucified for me to live a comfortable, easy life.  He died so that I could live a holy life.  And my friend, that ain’t easy!    

A 2-Step Process

There are 2 steps we must take in order for a foundation to be properly laid in our lives.   

  1. We need to put our trust in Jesus Christ.  He is our foundation.  He must be our foundation.
  2. We need to surrender to the process of building.  Constructing is hard.  There will be mistakes.  There will be mishaps.  Building materials may come in and we will then find out that those materials are damaged.  Or the wrong size.  The process of building is long and hard.  There is a lot of blood, sweat, and tears.  However, somehow, when we understand this, it makes the process a little easier. 

No Additions, Please

The foundation is for the entire building.  Some of us like to make an addition onto our house of life that is special just for Jesus.  A “Jesus Room”, if you will.  

In the last 2 posts, I mentioned our former home that was built around 1901.  Over the 100 years of its existence, it did go through a few renovations.  Hence the 5 doorways in the kitchen.  The original home was not intended to have additions built onto it.  When that stone foundation was laid, it was laid with the 2-story home in mind…no plumbing.  No electricity.  Not a 1/2 bath with washer and dryer.  No office.  Certainly not an extended living room (believe me…no one likes a heat register right in the middle of the living room floor!).  But these things and more were added onto the house. 

When Jesus is our foundation, He is involved in every single part of our life.  He doesn’t want just one little room added onto your life.  He wants to build our entire life on Him.  Our foundation should not be suitable for additions.  If it is, then our foundation is not Jesus Christ.

Who Is Your General Contractor?

Jesus is the General Contractor of my life.  That is exactly what our Heavenly Father desires.  He wants Jesus to build our lives. He is for me.  Not against me. 

And He is for you.  He is not against you.  He has never been against you.  Do you truly believe this, my friend? 

He is for you.

And when He is for us, nothing can be against us.  NOTHING.  He is LORD.  Lord of ALL.

When Jesus is our General Contractor, He is the One who says what stays and what goes…or even who stays and who goes.  After several years of going through deep spiritual healing, I have come to realize with much confidence that Jesus is the only One who knows when it is time to deal with certain things.  Often, healing for one hurt needs to occur before healing for this other thing can happen.  He knows what to deal with and when to deal with it.  When we are ready to let Him heal.  His timing is perfect.  And when He is the General Contractor, when He is in charge of the healing process, it goes so much smoother!

Stop trying to build your own house…your own life.

Surrender to Jesus as the General Contractor.

To start at the beginning of this series:

Building For Wisdom

How To Build A Firm Foundation In Faith

Follow-up posts in this series:

5 Essential Tools For Building Your Life

1 Common Ingredient In A God-Honoring Life

How are you building your life? Are you calling the shots? Do you have a special addition built onto your life just for Jesus? Or are you allowing Jesus to oversee every aspect of your life? Jesus longs to manage every aspect of your life. He knows what is best for each of us. And He desires to build a wonderful life for all His disciples. A life that glorifies the Father. Who Is The General Contractor Of your Life?

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