December 19, 2014

“Read thru the Word” in 2015 {with Giveaway}

Today, I am SO excited for you to meet one of my dearest friends, Wendy Pope. At our Proverbs 31 office, we are famously known as “the Wendys.” We have worked together for years and share a common love for God’s Word and a great passion to get women into His Word. We enjoy watching God’s Word come alive in their lives and begin huge life transformation.

For the past 7 years, Wendy has come alongside thousands of women from all across the world and walked through the Bible with them. God has blessed and grown her ministry, and I want to invite you to join her this year.

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Below please find a message from Wendy’s heart to yours.

The Bible that Changed My Life

“Open my eyes to see the wonderful truths in your instruction.”

Psalm 119:18 (NLT)        

In my mind I was not a “good” Christian because I had not read the entire Bible. I read the Bible to fill in my blanks for Bible study or to look up the verses listed in my devotional. Seriously? What kind of Christian was I?

I was the kind of Christian who suppressed the voice inside that whispered, “Read it. You know you want to” but listened to the voice that shouted, “You aren’t smart enough to understand all that stuff so don’t even try. You are doing fine with what you know.”

I was a changed Christian in 2007 when I made the decision to read the entire Bible. With an anxious heart, I went to my local Christian bookstore thinking: If I’m going to read the whole Bible, certainly I need a new Bible. After spending what seemed like hours previewing various types of Bibles in an array of colors, styles and formats. I pulled the One Year Chronological Bible from the shelf. I remember reading the word chronological and saying to myself, out loud, “The Bible I take to church isn’t in order of how events happened? No wonder it is confusing. No wonder I don’t understand it.”

The format of the Chronological Bible intrigued me. Short readings. (This was my favorite part because I am not big reader.) An easy-to-follow daily plan. An attractive cover. The best part to me was knowing I would read the Bible in the order the events occurred. 

That year I read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. I stumbled some, but I also learned a lot. I learned Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy really are difficult to read. They are full of laws, actual numbers and more laws. But through those books and the rest of the Old Testament, I learned to really appreciate the wonderful sacrifice Jesus made for me (because there’s no way any human on the planet could keep all of those laws).

I learned it’s okay if I don’t understand the everything.

I learned God’s Word is full of rich life application written to produce God’s best in my life. It is meant to be read and digested on a daily basis.

My mind wanted my heart to love God’s Word but it didn’t, not at first. My love for His Word has developed and deepened over the time. As we read it, we learn it. As we learn it, we live it. As we live it, we love it.

2015 will mark the eighth year of my Read Thru the Word online Bible study class. It would be a great honor to have you as a part of this amazing class! Women and men of all ages, from all walks of life, and all over the globe have satisfied a deep longing of reading through the Bible by participating in Read Thru the Word. My 84-year friend, Teeny from North Carolina is just one of thousands who finally read through the entire Bible with Read Thru the Word.

Have you always wanted to read through the Bible? Will join our class today? You will have the support and accountability of Christian friends to help you keep the course on the amazing journey. Yes. Today decide to read the Bible that WILL change your life.

Follow this link to my blog for a free sample of a Read Thru the Word video and sample journal.

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Thank you for sharing your heart with us today, Wendy. I pray God’s rich blessings over you and your study this year. I pray His living and active Word will come alive just as He promises and do a mighty life-transforming work in and through every heart that participates. I love you, friend!

Now for the GIVEAWAY! Wendy has been gracious enough to give away one class membership (valued at $19.99). Please leave a comment by Monday, December 21st and share YOUR favorite Bible verse for a chance to win a membership to her class. Check back here (at the end of the comments) for the winner next week!

And the winner of Tracie’s book, Your Life Still Counts, is Jennifer who posted on 12/16 at 1:11 p.m. Please e-mail me at deuteronomysix@aol.com with your full name and address by Monday, December 21st so we can send you your book.

Blessings,

December 3, 2014

Closing Message & InScribed Studies GRAND Giveaway!

Bible study girlfriends, we have reached the end of our study! Thank you from the depths of my heart for the time you have invested with me these past weeks. Walking through its pages, seeing the work I spent many months writing come alive with you has been a beautiful gift.

I will miss our  God appointments here. so please stop by when you have time and let me know how you are and what God is doing in your life.

And we can stay connected in a really fun way this next week! Beginning this Sunday (12/7) through Saturday (12/13), I will be hosting our InScribed Studies Facebook page. Now the fun part. In celebration of the birth of Jesus, InScribed Studies is having a 25 Days of Christmas giveaway! Each day between now and December 25th, you can enter to win lots of fun gifts, including our books, DIY crafts, jewelry, and special presents picked out by our authors (that includes me!). All you need to do is stop by and leave a comment. Click here to get all the details.

Short Closing Message from My Heart

Our Final Call to Action

We have learned much. Please don’t let your time in the Word end here. Stay in God’s Word. Continue your search for more “so that’s.” And most importantly, follow through with your “Calls to Action.”

I’ll close with our call to action verse from Matthew 5:14, 16:

“You are the light of the world…let your light shine before men, [so] that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”

Share Your Final Call to Action:

After spending the last five weeks with God and the call to “Living So That…,” what is your final call to action?  Choose one GIANT step of obedience you want to take for God. Share your step with us today so we can be praying for you!

***The Winner of the Christmas ornament and the copy of Living So That is Cynthia who posted on 11/25 at 7:32 am. Please e-mail me at Deuteronomysix@aol.com so that I can send you your gifts.***

Blessings,

November 21, 2014

Living So That Lesson Five: Let Your Light Shine So That [Giveaway!]

How could our Living So That journey  have passed so quickly? The last chapter of a study always makes my heart ache because I will miss our time together. It blesses me more than you will know to hear how God is speaking to you as you journey through the pages of His Word.

Thank you for extending me grace when I was unable to post our lesson on Wednesday. Life got in the way with family visiting and basketball games to attend. I could have recorded a quick video, but I had much I wanted to say and wish I could have shared more.

All we have studied during our time together crescendos with Chapter Five, “Let Your Light Shine So That.” Jesus Came So That…God Spoke So That…Trials Come So That…We Pray So That through our good deeds, the Light of the World shines brightly through us and causes others to praise our heavenly Father!! It’s our good deeds, the deeds the Lord prepared in advance for us to do, that draw others to Christ and bring praise and glory to our Father in Heaven! (Ephesians 2:10)

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During this Thanksgiving season, please know I am so thankful for the love, support, prayers,  and words of encouragement you provide. I do what I do because of each one of you!

Remember, we have next week off. I pray you will use it to relax, rest, eat lots of delicious food, and catch up with your lessons if you are behind. And I have another GIVEAWAY for this week, so be sure to read how to enter below! We will gather together back here on December 3rd for a final goodbye and to learn the name of this week’s GIVEAWAY winner!! You can find last week’s winner of Marilynn Chadwick’s book at the end of today’s post.

GIVEAWAY!!!!!

I thought it would be fun to hear what everyone is doing for Thanksgiving!! So leave a comment and share your Thanksgiving plans. I will choose a winner to receive a lovely Christmas ornament AND a copy of Living So That to give away. And don’t forget to continue to share answers to your homework throughout the two weeks. I will be checking in and I pray you will too!!

Video Lesson

This Week’s Memory verse

You are the light of the world…Let your light shine before men, [so] that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:14, 16

This Week’s Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your faithfulness to walk with me through these lessons.  You have poured Truth into my heart and mind.  You have given me a Spirit of Knowledge and Revelation to understand Your Word and apply it in my life.  You have convicted and refined me.  I am so thankful for this precious time in Your word.  Now that my study is nearing the end, lead me to my next steps with You. give me a hunger and thirst for more of You and more of Your Word.  Open doors for me to live out what I have learned.  I want to live a “so that” life.  Give me the courage to obey my “Calls to Action.” Use me, Lord, to make a difference in Your Kingdom.  Instruct me daily in the way I should go. Keep my eyes fixed on You.  Give me opportunities to share the Hope I have in You and to share the truths and promises found in Your living and active Word.  I love you, Lord, and ask all this in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

This Week’s Homework:

Read Chapter Five of Living So That. The schedule below is a suggested schedule. If something different works better for you, use it.

Each day answer the questions in your assigned reading (Going Deeper questions are optional).

Wednesday: Read Part One (Be Transformed)

Thursday: Read Part Two (Giving)

Friday: Read Part Three (Loving the Unlovable)

Saturday: Read Part Four (Choosing Forgiveness)

Sunday: Read Part Five (Humility)

***The winner of Marilynn Chadwick’s book, Sometimes He Whispers, Sometimes He Roars is Karen B!!! Karen, e-mail me at deuteronomysix@aol.com and provide your mailing address and full name. Congratulations!***

With Deep Gratitude,