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 and share what you are learning on your blogs the next 6 weeks.

And since it’s summer, this will be my #SummerStory15. I’ll be sharing here weekly, linking up with Suzie and Nicki, and hope you’ll visit. I can’t wait to see what God will do when we give Him our hearts.

Encouraging linkups this week: 

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I can’t let it go

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“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart,
as working for the Lord, not for men.”
Colossians 3:23 (NIV)

Are you a control freak? I know that sounds harsh.

Do you like being in charge? Why yes, yes I do.

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In Karen Ehman’s Let.It.Go book, she suggests maybe we’re taking God’s directions in Colossians 3:23 too  seriously:

“Aren’t we just being good church girls,
trying to serve Jesus by being in charge of it all?
Yep that’s it. We’re simply being careful and conscientious.”
Karen Ehman, Let. It. Go.

I can’t stop trying to be in charge of it all. Especially when it comes to my family.

We often confuse being in charge with being in control. In her book, Karen teaches us how to stop running the show and start walking in faith.

I love Karen’s style of writing. She includes humor, relating to us as a friend who is living the same day-to-day struggles as the rest of us busy women. I often think she’s been a “fly on the wall” in my own home. She also inspires us with her personal stories (the good and the bad), and countless biblical truths to apply to our lives.

At first I didn’t think I had trouble with control over my home. Boy was I in for a surprise! In Part 1, Why We Women Love to Run the Show, Karen challenged my doubt by highlighting the creative ways we try to control. Her examples of control’s clever disguises hit home (what a surprise, i’m an enabler). She teaches us what “I’ll do it my way” really means in our relationship with God. Karen also points us to God’s Word in Proverbs reminding us that it’s not our job to change our circumstances, it’s God’s job.

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”
Proverbs 19:21 (NIV)

Stop running the show. Karen gives us “switch-er-oo–s” to replace our “sometimes selfish line of thinking” with God’s truths. She gives several examples of “When you’re tempted to think (this)”, instead accept God’s interruptions and “Be reminded that God says (this)”. Start walking in faith.

“We need to experience the thrilling feeling of being “out of control” and loving it.”
Karen Ehman, Let. It. Go.

I love Karen’s practical way to apply God’s Word to my everyday messy life, but “loving” being out of control? I wasn’t sure about that.

In Part 2, Domestic Director or Tin-Pot Dictator, our book club came to quick agreement that Chapter 5, Micromanaging instead of Mothering, was a control issue we all faced. Actually a trust issue we all faced. Karen teaches us to take advice prayerfully and carefully, with practical steps to follow. She also applies her life experiences by mentoring us in “turning over the reins” of making choices for our children as they grow and mature through different age stages. Very helpful for many of us with teenagers. And if your daily race doesn’t allow time to stop running the show and start walking in faith, Karen gives us some great ideas for “putting the brakes on busy”.

In Part 3, How to Lose Control and Keep the Faith, Karen points us to God’s Word in 1 Thessalonians:

“Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances,
for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NLT)

I love this verse challenge that Melissa Taylor, from Proverbs 31, posted in her online study of Karen’s book. She challenged us to fill in the blanks of the above verse with our name. Then for the next 48 hours be intentional on being joyful (despite your circumstances), praying a lot (even when you don’t feel like it), and remembering to be thankful (despite your circumstances).

Kim, always be joyful. Kim, never stop praying.
Kim, be thankful in all circumstances.
Kim, this is God’s will for you. Kim, you belong to Christ Jesus.

Let. It. Go. was a “thrilling ride” in itself. Thank you, Karen, for a fun and inspiring read. I’m praying to let go, “Let God”, and to “love” being out of control! I highly recommend women everywhere do the same!

**update 06/17/15 – The e-book version of Let It Go is on sale for $2.99 right now – grab it while you can!

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Running for God’s Biggest Loser

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I turned on the morning radio show and heard the voice of Gina from season 14 of The Biggest Loser.  She was the “at home winner” that season.  Do you watch it?

I always love the first show when you hear all their back stories.  And I really love the finale when you see everyone in their “after glory” standing next to their “before” images.  I’m always inspired to be The Biggest Loser.

What are you waiting for? Take the first step and transform your life today.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to lose the weight and compete to win big $$$$.

But watching each episode and the grueling workouts they go through? Um, no thanks.

Gina talked about her physical transformation of course, but she also spoke about her changes spiritually and mentally.  She had opened her heart to God, and forgiven herself for her past mistakes.  And God showed her his plan for her.

Maybe God was inspiring me today to audition for the Biggest Loser?  He knows my weight is an issue I struggle with, but not 80 lbs. worth (yet).  Well, maybe with my fears, insecurities, worries, and guilt added on it would be.

But the fear of revealing my back story (not to mention my back side) on national TV was enough to scare this girl away.

Run to lose weight? No thanks.

Run to hide? Yes please.

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What if this Biggest Loser call was God’s casting call I was hearing instead?

Cast all your anxiety on him because He cares for you.
(1 Peter 5:7)

Stop hiding and start seeking.

God is saying “what are you waiting for?… Take the first step and transform your life today… Are you finally ready to change your life?… This is a once in a lifetime opportunity”….But its not a weight-loss program.  It’s not a competition.  It’s not to win big $$$$.

Our relationship with God is our “once in a lifetime” opportunity, because this journey will be the most important one ever.  Let’s run to God. To lose our fears to God is to gain the strength to truly be the “at home winner” He wants us to be.

Now that’s the Biggest Loser I want to audition for.  Care to join me?

Linking up this week:

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