August 25, 2015

Love Your Neighbor Giveaway with Amy Lively

How to Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird

I met Amy Lively at She Speaks many years ago. She attended my session on “How to Start a Neighborhood Bible Study.” At the end of my teaching, Amy approached me, eyes gleaming, barely able to contain her enthusiasm. She explained how she felt that same nudge. She knew God was calling her to step out in faith … to invite. To do a new thing in her neighborhood.

Well, thank goodness Amy obeyed. Because the Lord has taken Amy’s passion, obedience and her very first invitation and transformed them into an amazing book, “How to Love Your Neighbor without Being Weird,” and an international ministry. To learn more about her book and her ministry, click here.

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Today, Amy and I not only want to share a bit of her story with you, but we are praying that today’s message will encourage and equip YOU to step out in faith and do the same!

Amy has generously offered to give away a gift package to help you do just that! So in the comments below share who you would invite and/or how you would use her gift in your neighborhood.

Here is a bit more of Amy’s story …

Have you ever thought, “I want to love my neighbor, but I don’t know how”? How to Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird by Amy Lively is packed with practical, adaptable tips and tools for introverts or extroverts, and people who live in big cities or small villages. If you want to get rid of the guilt about disobeying Christ’s #2 command to love our neighbor but don’t want to alienate or offend your neighbors in the process, this book is for you.

Amy wasn’t always a good neighbor – in fact, she says she wasn’t always even a good believer. In Chapter One she tells her story of running from God for 20 years before natural relationships with godly women changed her spiritual destiny—and this happened outside of church, at coffee shops and playgrounds. Once Amy returned to the Lord, however, it was as if Jesus was locked inside her house! She lived in her neighborhood for seven years before she attempted to get to know her neighbors, and even this was done kicking and screaming. She fought the Lord for a long time before finally inviting 89 neighbors over for coffee. This gathering of women in homes became an international ministry called The Neighborhood Café, and this book was also an outcome of her experience in her own neighborhood.

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You may be asking, “Isn’t it ‘loving my neighbor’ when I support world missions or witness to my hairdresser?” Yes, it is… but we have globalized the definition of neighbor to include everyone in the whole wide world, conveniently excluding the people who live right next door—the ones who can reject us. Jesus had a different way of loving His neighbor. He simply sat down with His neighbors at their tables, in their homes, and they did life together.

Loving our neighbor means investing in relationships – it’s sometimes messy, but it’s always meaningful.

If you’re struggling to build relationships with your neighbors based solely on religion, How to Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird teaches you six other areas where you can interact and engage with your neighbors: family, government, education, business, arts and entertainment, media. Along with religion, these seven areas have shaped every culture in every generation, and they are active forces in your community today. These areas impact the people living around you, and the influence of the Gospel is desperately needed in each area.

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God knew what sociologists and archaeologists have also figured out: your entire community is safer, stronger, wealthier – and even lives longer! – when neighbors know each other’s names and are involved in each other’s lives. And on a spiritual level, loving our neighbors blesses us even more than it does them. You’ll never lean on God more or see Him more clearly than when you obey His #2 command.

Don’t forget to leave a comment below for a chance to win Amy’s BIG giveaway to help YOU invite your neighbors to get to know Jesus. Her BIG Giveaway includes:

  • 2 MUGS Adorable “Love Your Neighbor” mugs, one for you, one for your neighbor!
  • 10 CARDS to ask your neighbor over for coffee, board games, BBQ – you name it! Invite one neighbor or the whole block, whatever works.
  • 2 COFFEES Single-serve Columbian coffees.
  • 2 COASTERS to put under your steaming mugs.
  • 1 BOOK A signed copy of Amy’s book, How to Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird.

I’ll announce the winner Friday in my next blog post.

Blessings,

August 11, 2015

Interview & Giveaway with Jennifer Rothschild and Her New Book, “Invisible”

***WINNERS OF THE “INVISIBLE” GIVEAWAY CAN BE FOUND AT THE END OF THE COMMENTS***

 

A few years back, I had the pleasure of meeting Jennifer Rothschild and her husband, fondly known as Dr. Phil by his friends, at She Speaks. I couldn’t wait to meet her because her book, Lessons I Learned in the Dark, spoke into my life at a time when I felt isolated, alone and abandoned by God. And meeting her did not disappoint. Jennifer shines the love and light of Jesus! She is the real deal. Authentic. Kind. Wise. Humble.

So when I learned she had a new book coming out, I couldn’t wait to share it! And the title … so intriguing …  Invisible: How You Feel Is Not Who You Are. So please take a few minutes to hear about her new book from the author herself. Her interview below will give you a taste of her beautiful heart, the book, and her deep desire for you to experience the power of God’s living and active Word to transform your life.

And the best news of all, Jennifer is graciously giving away two copies of Invisible! If you leave a comment at the end of  today’s post, I will choose two comments to win a copy of Invisible.

****Also, if you left a comment on my last post to win a copy of our First 5 Experience Guide, you will find the two winners at the end of the comments on that post.****

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1. Your new book is titled Invisible. What do you mean by the title Invisible?
Sometimes women can feel overlooked, unimportant or insecure. And, when we do, we feel invisible. Think about it—a mom who spends her days changing diapers, driving the mini-van and washing dishes. She can feel only as valuable as she is useful—invisible. Or, a woman at work who is constantly ignored when she gives her ideas—she can feel invisible. Or, a single woman at a party, trying to be a part of a conversation but she constantly feels like she doesn’t know what to say, she feels like she is not smart or cute enough; like no one even notices her—invisible.

2. In Invisible, you share Gomer’s story —from the story of Hosea and Gomer. What drew you to Gomer?
So, I wrote the book Invisible because I have struggled with insecurity and insignificance; I have felt invisible too. And, then I read this story about a woman named Gomer—a woman chosen, loved and prone to wander. Bingo. That’s me! I think she did what she did because she didn’t realize that she was not how she felt.

3. How did you grow and change through writing Invisible?
Well, I learned that there is a big “me” in GoMEr!  I used to judge her—you know, like, I am not her. I could never be her. After all, she left her husband and went for other lovers. She had everything and she left what she had—security and identity—to go find it in all the wrong places.  I learned that I cannot judge Gomer because I am gomer. I have often left my security and identity in Christ to go find it in the other lovers of acceptance, popularity.  So, I was humbled by seeing myself for who I am and then, just plain amazed and overwhelmed to see that God not only loves me and wants me to return to Him, but He goes to whatever lengths He needs to to get me back. Amazing love.

4. The book of Hosea tells the story of how Hosea pursues Gomer even when she turns her back and rejects his persistent love. What is a time you were like Gomer?
I’ll be honest. I don’t have big dramatic Gomer Moments where I turned my back on God, but certainly have had moments where I found myself stuck in a pattern of getting my basic security and identity needs met in the wrong ways and wrong places. I open the book with a story about one of those moments. We were on a drive to a lake get away and by the time I arrived, I had been so drawn in by social media and how everyone else’s life’s were so perfect that I was a walking, talking, face book stalking identity crisis. So, here I was, “in Christ” but in full blown identity crisis.

5. What is one truth you hope readers will walk away with after turning the last page?
Oh, I hope there are a lot more than one! Gomer’s life is chock full of teachable truths that can free a woman from her chains of insecurity and get her out of an identity crisis.

But, if I had to choose just one…I hope the reader embraces that she is a gomer—I am a gomer—we all are gomer because we are all dearly loved and accepted. We lack nothing in Christ—we have the love we long for, acceptance we need and He makes us complete. That is who we are! Sure, we will still feel insignificant and insecure sometimes but I hope the reader will begin to internalize that how she feels is not who she is. I want women to realize that we are not the be-perfect or the be- tolerated, we are the beloved! Yes!  Bring it on!

Thank you, Jennifer, for sharing a bit of your heart with us! Friends, leave a comment before Friday and share when you feel most invisible. I will choose two comments to win a copy of Invisible and announce the winners at the end of the comments on this post Monday. Click here  THIS WEEK to visit her website and grab a copy of Invisible and learn about her great freebies. 

And be sure to help Jennifer get the word out about Invisible: How You Feel Is Not Who You Are!

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Jennifer’s new book, Invisible: How You Feel is Not Who You Are is now available! If you order this week, you’ll receive several free gifts as Jennifer’s way to say thank you! Go totheInvisibleBook.org to learn more and grab your copy.

July 29, 2015

Faith Feeds on the Word of God

****Winners of Experience Guide can be found at the end (or near the end) of the comments section in this post *****

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,