What is your safe word?

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This week in The Mended Heart study, a key word is safe.

“You quickly learn that not every person is a safe place
to express your grief or questions.
They love you, or care about you,
or perhaps just know about you or your loss,
but they do not know what to say to you in this season.
But there is a safe place for you.”
~ Suzie Eller

My sweet friend Sarah Travis taught us how to do a topical word study this week. (Be sure and grab this FREE download to use in your study).

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When are hearts are safe we feel protected, secure, unharmed, rescued.

And when they’re not? We feel insecure and unprotected.

I don’t know about you, but this girl’s heart is so tired of feeling insecure and unprotected. So let’s find a safe word in God’s Word to tuck into our hearts:

Fearing people is a dangerous trap,
but trusting the Lord means safety.
Proverbs 29:25 (NLT)

So you see, the Lord knows how to rescue
godly people from their trials,
even while keeping the wicked under punishment
until the day of final judgment.
2 Peter 2:9 (NLT)

I am suffering and in pain. Rescue me, O God,
by your saving power.
Psalm 69:29 (NLT)

We put our hope in the Lord.
He is our help and our shield.
Psalm 33:20 (NLT)

Remember what Suzie said? “There is a safe place for you.”

Tuck this short little prayer into your heart today: Lord, rescue me. Shield me. I trust in You to keep me safe.

Are you studying The Mended Heart this summer? I’d love to hear what God is teaching you. If not, it’s never too late to join us.

Live Free Thursday at Suzie Eller's Kelly-Balarie-linkup


Lazarus Awakening Blog Tour & Giveaway

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**Winner: Congrats to Lauren H. for winning my study pack giveaway**

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I’m so excited to be a part of Joanna Weaver’s blog tour! Her newest DVD Study, Lazarus Awakening, releases July 21.

But guess what, you don’t have to wait until then to get yours. You can win one today! More on that coming up.

Did you know Lazarus Awakening is the finale in a trilogy of books & studies that Joanna has written about Mary, Martha, and Lazarus? Oh my goodness there is a lot to be learned from their story.

I’ve read Joanna’s previous books, but this is my first DVD study of hers. It is truly amazing! I felt like she was reading my mind in many ways.

Do you ever wonder “where is my place in the heart of God”?

Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.
“Many of us have sung the song since we were children.
But do we really believe it?”
~ Joanna Weaver

Or maybe you struggle with sharing your feelings with God:

“I want to be head over heels in love with God,
but the problem is I don’t always know how to go about it.”
~ Joanna Weaver

The Lazarus Awakening DVD Study includes 8 video sessions taught by Joanna and filmed in the Holy Land. The DVD also includes 8 bonus “Israel Moment” video interviews with Israel expert, Amy Turnage.

For a girl with a trip to Israel on her bucket list, I loved “visiting” Israel with Joanna!

So, onto the giveaway(s).

I’m giving away a Lazarus Awakening prize pack which includes:

  • The Lazarus Awakening 3-set DVD study
  • The Lazarus Awakening DVD Study Guide
  • The Lazarus Awakening paperback book

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To enter, simply reply in the comments below letting me know who you identify most with in this story: Mary, Martha, or Lazarus? One winner will be randomly selected tomorrow morning (Wednesday) at 10:00 a.m. CST and I will announce the winner at the top of this post.  I will email the winner and Joanna’s publisher will mail the prize to you directly.

Joanna is also giving away away a Giant Bible Study pack – enough for your group of 24 to study together. Enter here on her site to win.

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And as if all that is not enough, my friend Jana at Sweet to the Soul, who is leading Joanna’s launch team, created this beautiful mobile background as a gift for you. Click here to save and upload to your phone:

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Thanks for stopping by and remember to mark your calendars for July 21 for the official release of LazarusAwakening.

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Linking up this week with:

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I’m Expecting…you to join me

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It’s Week 1 of The Mended Heart online bible study with Proverbs 31.

I’m expecting you to join me! It’s not too late!

 

The Mended Heart by Suzie Eller

1) Sign up. If you don’t have the book yet, you’ll get the 1st 3 chapters free. We’re reading chapters 1 and 2 this week.

2) Follow along with the daily blog posts on Proverbs 31. They include videos, discussion questions and giveaways!

3) OPTIONAL: Join us for weekly Conference Calls. This is amazing in-depth bible teaching and professional encouragement. You will receive the weekly call-in info the day before, along with a fill-in-the-blank handout.  The calls are live at 12 noon EST, but they are recorded so you can listen at your convenience.

4) OPTIONAL: Join us on Facebook for Bible Study Live on Thursday nights at 8 p.m. EST. It’s a very fun fast-paced hour of live bible study. Each week is archived so you can check it out at your convenience.

5) A “catch up” week is scheduled for the week of July 20 while Proverbs 31 hosts their annual She Speaks Conference. So don’t feel bad if you get a little behind.

6) Friendly plug: My friend Crystal Sunshine Hornback made this beautiful Luke 4:18 necklace and pallet sign to give away at our Twitter party Tuesday night. Be sure to check out her shops below:

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Pallet 5 on Facebook by Crystal Sunshine Hornback Pallet 5 on Facebook

You can also follow Crystal here on Pinterest.

 

Linking up with these encouraging friends this week:

Live Free Thursday at Suzie Eller's

 


I Give You My Heart

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Gals, let’s just shoot it straight today, shall we?

We all have broken places.

Yes, I know, ‘broken’ sounds a little harsh. But as my friend Suzie Eller writes, “brokenness has many faces”.

  • 
Discouragement
  • Unmet expectations
  • Events you didn’t see coming

I don’t know your broken areas, but God does, and He wants to help you mend them.

The Mended Heart by Suzie Eller

Suzie writes “God’s promise of healing is for you if you’ve been asking these questions”:

  • What’s wrong with me?
  • Why can’t I get past this?
  • God, do You even see me?

Yes, He sees you. He’s just waiting. Waiting for you to give Him your heart.

The time is now. This summer, let’s together explore The Mended Heart and Jesus’ self-proclaimed mission statement in Luke 4:18.

“When we couple our stories with the Jesus Factor,
we are offered the beautiful gift of a mended heart.”
~ Suzie Eller, The Mended Heart

If you haven’t signed up for Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies, it’s not too late! Sign up and you will receive the first 3 chapters FREE to get you through weeks 1 and 2. I hope you will join me!

I can’t wait to see what God will do when we give Him our hearts.

Encouraging linkups this week: 

Live Free Thursday at Suzie Eller's  #SummerStory15 at Nicki Koziarz  Kelly-Balarie-linkup