July 29, 2015

Faith Feeds on the Word of God

How thrilled I am that our Proverbs 31 First 5 App is finally here, fully loaded with God’s Word and content, to take us deeper still with Him!! I’m honored to be part of the writing team for the App and cannot wait to dig deep into the Word of God with you. Our writing team includes Whitney Capps, Wendy Pope, Leah DiPascal, Krista Williams and, of course, our fearless leader, Lysa TerKeurst!   FaithFeedsonWordofGod But WHY are we so excited about getting into the Word with you? Because God makes some amazing promises about His Word, and I don’t know about you, but I want to be the beneficiary of those promises. Let’s take a look at a few …

Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.  Deuteronomy 8:3

How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to Your Word.  Psalm 119:9

Your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.  Psalm 119:105

The unfolding of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.  Psalm 119:130

As for God, His way is perfect; the Word of the Lord is flawless.  2 Sam. 22:31; Proverbs 30:5

My Word that goes out from My mouth: it will not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it out.  Isaiah 55:11

For the Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.  Hebrews 4:12

And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.  2 Peter 1:19

When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight. Jeremiah 15:16

Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.  Matthew 24:35

The LORD said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled.” Jeremiah 1:12

Oh, friends, each time I sit down to write a First 5 teaching, my heart leaps with joy at the thought of men and women around the world gathering in one place to meet with Him. I can only imagine the delight that fills God’s heart as He sees each one of us giving the first moments of our day to Him.

It’s an honor to break apart the Word of God for you and with you. If you haven’t signed up, just drop by the App Store and download our FREE First 5 App. Did you know that in less than a week we have experienced over 200,000 downloads! We’ve had over 6 MILLION screen views. It’s totally crazy and something only God could accomplish.

Clearly, God’s children are hungry for more of His Word. He is after all The Bread of Life! So will you join me in ingesting and digesting more of His Word? John_EG_Cover_for_Karie_large Leave a comment below and let me know if you have signed up, or if you are going to sign up today! I will choose two names to receive a copy of our John Experience Guide.

We wrote the Experience Guide to be a companion to the John study on the App. Each study will have its own Experience Guide. You can purchase the John Experience Guide from our Proverbs 31 Bookstore by clicking here.

Blessings,

July 20, 2015

Give Your First 5 Minutes to God

 

 

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I am so excited to announce that TODAY is the first day you can download our new Proverbs 31 mobile device app FIRST 5.

What is it you ask?

The app that will transform your time with God.

We say put God first … so wouldn’t it makes sense that we give Him the first 5 minutes of our day?

Proverbs 31 Ministries is bringing this God-given vision to life with a new mobile device app called FIRST 5. This app will open first thing each day (before social media or emails can distract you) with a short teaching in God’s Word.

I have the honor and privilege of serving on the writing team who will contribute to the daily teaching you will receive each morning. Our FIRST 5 journey will begin ONE WEEK FROM TODAY, and we will study the book of John. My Proverbs 31 sisters Lysa TerKeurst, Whitney Capps, Leah DiPascal, Krista Williams, and Wendy Pope join me.

Over the years, God has revealed your beautiful hearts to me. You have a passion and hunger for God’s Word. Your participation, comments and prayers show how much you love digging deeper through Bible study, and that is why I’m sharing our new app with you the first day it’s available! I would love to have every one of you join us for this journey!

The app is free. And, we have created an Experience Guide to supplement your daily time with God. This experience guide will add to the richness of your FIRST 5 journey. Pre-Order Your Experience Guide Now. We are offering it at the special price of $13.00.

And you can download the FIRST 5 app for FREE beginning TODAY, July 20th, 2015.

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To learn more about FIRST 5, visit our web site, www.first5.org, by clicking here. Enter this week’s giveaway for a chance to win an IPad.

And we’d love for you to follow us on on Instagram @first5app and share FIRST 5 with your friends.

If you decide to join us, leave me a comment this week and let me know. I will will choose one name to receive a free Experience Guide. I will announce the winner at the end of the comments on this post next Tuesday.

Blessings,

May 26, 2015

There’s Power in Praying God’s Word w/ Giveaway

****UPDATE: WINNERS OF THIS GIVEAWAY FOUND AT THE END OF THE COMMENTS****

Praying God’s Word has completely transformed my prayer life. Over the years, I have witnessed specific and powerful answers to prayer. Why? Because when we pray God’s Word back to Him, He must honor it. True to His character, He cannot go back on His Word.

(Be sure to read through to the end to sign up to receive my FREE 5 Day Devotional, “Five Days to a Faith-Full Life” and to leave a comment for a chance to enter our giveaway!)

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Think about these two questions:

Mom, can I have a piece of candy?

Mom, remember yesterday you promised me a piece of candy? May I have it now, please?

Which statement resonates more strongly in your heart (especially as a parent) … the one in which your child simply asks for a piece of candy, or the one in which your child reminds you of your promise? The latter, of course. When we pray God’s Word back to Him, we’re reminding Him of His promises.

It’s important to realize that God honoring His Word doesn’t always result in a “yes” to our prayers, but we can be assured that His answer will be in line with His Word and true to His character.

When teaching His disciples about abiding and prayer, Jesus spoke these words from John 15:7,

“If you remain in me and my Words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.”

The key to powerful and effective prayer is knowing and praying God’s Word.

Today I want to share with you how I started praying God’s Word.

First, I thought of something that was weighing heavily on my heart. I then opened my Bible and prayed this prayer: “Father, open the eyes of my heart so I can see what You have to speak into my life about this topic.”

Second, I turned to the concordance at the back of my Bible. A concordance sorts Scripture by topics (fear, worry, peace, forgiveness, anger, peace, joy). If your Bible does not have one, you can do a Google search asking “Scriptures on _________.” I then searched for my topic, chose a few verses and wrote them down. I asked God for ears to hear and a heart to receive what He wanted to speak to me.

Finally, I wrote each verse on a piece of paper and personalized them. I’ll share an example of this below.

At that time, I desperately wanted to pray for my 2 children, Lauren and Bo. But I struggled with exactly how to pray. I thought about what was on my heart for them and found Scriptures addressing those issues.

I started with baby steps and selected a few verses …

Lord, please hide Your Word in Lauren’s heart so her desire is to please You and obey You in all she says and does.(Psalm 119:11)

Help Bo trust in You with all His heart and lean not on his own understanding and to acknowledge You in all his ways.(Proverbs 3:5-6)

Remind Lauren when she feels discouraged and like she cannot accomplish what is set before her that she can do all things through You who strengthens her.(Philippians 4:13)

Clothe Bo in humility and teach him to put others first. (Ephesians 4:2, Luke 18:14)

Grow Lauren and Bo in wisdom, stature, and favor with You and with man.(Luke 2:52, Daniel 1)

Another example. If you struggle with worry, look up the words anxious, worry or peace in the concordance  and read through the verses you find. I found Philippians 4:6-7: “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (NLT). Then write your prayer.

Your prayer could read like this:

Father, I have so much on my mind right now. I cannot even sleep at night. I feel so anxious. Your Word asks me to pray about everything. So right now, Father, I am coming to You with my worries, especially___________. Father, I thank You that You are in control of all things. I want to experience Your peace. So right now I am giving all of my worries to You claiming Your promise that in doing this, Your peace, the peace that passes all understanding, will guard my heart and mind. I thank You that I will be filled with Your peace from the top of my head to the tips of my toes. I trust You for this. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

I trust the Lord brought you here to answer the cry of your heart to pray more effectively. And I would LOVE to hear what verses God speaks to you and/or the prayers He leads you to pray as you seek to pray God’s Word back to Him. Leave a comment today and share the verses or prayers. I will choose two names to win!

One winner will recive a signed copy  Living So That: Making Faith-Filled Choices in the Midst of a Messy Life, and

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the other a copy of Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner: The Transforming Power of God’s Story. I will announce the winner this weekend!

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Blessings,