September 17, 2014

Announcing New On-Line Bible Study: Living So That

Last year when I learned Thomas Nelson would publish Living So That as part of their InScribed Collection, I couldn’t wait to share it with YOU, my on-line girlfriends, who have walked through so many studies with me!! You sent sweet words of congratulations and prayers and you came alongside me and helped promote the book. It stayed in the top 5 in Christian personal growth on Amazon for weeks and weeks!! And I know it’s all because of you, your prayers and God’s great favor.

So today I’m thrilled to announce that we will begin an on-line study with Living So That on Wednesday, October 22nd! I want to invite you to join this wonderful, safe place for community. Our time together studying the “so thats” of Scripture will open God’s Word to you in a fresh way, take you deeper into that Word and draw you closer to the heart of God and the beautiful hearts of the women who join us.

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Now what’s the study about?

We know life is messy. But what we may not know is that God knew that too and gave us His Word, written thousands of years ago, to equip us to live out our faith in the midst of our messy lives. Every day brings issues, decision, struggles and problems with which we wrestle. We can choose to make “faith-filled” choices or “faith-less” choices. We will study the “so that” verses scattered throughout the New Testament. A “so that” verses take a truth of Scripture and connects it to a practical application of that truth. Studying these  “so that” verses, and learning to apply them, is God’s way of transforming our hearts and minds to make more faith-filled choices. We’ll focus on the following themes:

  • Jesus came so that…
  • God spoke so that…
  • Pray so that…
  • Trials come so that…
  • Let your light shine so that…

To read a free sample chapter from Living So That (portion of Chapter One) click here AND to receive my free five day devotional “Five Days to a Faith-Full Life” click here.

How Can I Join?

There is no registration fee for the study except the cost of the book. AND to help with that cost, LifeWay Christian Stores is coming alongside us and beginning SEPTEMBER 29th, they will DISCOUNT LIVING SO THAT TO $8.99!! They will honor that price until NOVEMBER 1st!! Woo! Hoo! I’m so thankful to our friends at LifeWay!

IN SUMMARY:

When: October 22nd

What’s Needed: A copy of Living SoThat, a notebook, a Bible, a pen and an open heart to receive all God has for you. If you want to learn more about the book, click here.

How does it Work: I’ll send an e-mail out each Wednesday with what you need to read and questions to focus on for the week. I will also include a teaching message each week. And your part is to come back throughout the week sharing what God has taught you with our amazing community of women. This is how we will grow and learn together!!

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When to Come to My Website: ANYTIME! That’s the great part about an on-line study. It’s at your convenience! You can check in anytime of day or night…even in your jammies because no one will see. :)

Harper Collins/Thomas Nelson is joining me for a GREAT giveaway!! Over the next few weeks as we promote the study, all comments letting us know you are joining us for the study will be eligible for our giveaway! We will choose 4 names to win one of four prizes we are giving away…2 sets of the InScribed Collection of Books (pictured below) and 2 of our lovely InScribed necklaces. We will announce the winners October 22nd, the first day of the study!

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InscribedNecklaceI can’t wait to set aside time each week for us to spend together! Please know that I am praying for and anticipating the new thing God will do in each of our lives as we meet Him each week in His Word.

Winners of Ashley’s new book InSeparable are listed below. Congratulations! Please contact me at deuteronomysix@aol.com with your full name and mailing address.

Jane posted on 9/10 at 1:20 p.m.
Christine posted on 9/10 at 12:48 p.m.
Courtney posted on 9/10 at 2:22 p.m.
Becky posted on 9/10 at 8:47 p.m.
Emily posted on 9/13 at 9:32 a.m.

Blessings,

September 10, 2014

A Message From My Friend Ashley: Do You Struggle Trusting God?

My most recent book, Living So That is part of Thomas Nelson’s new InScribed Collection of books. Four books came out in March, and now we are celebrating the release of three more!! Over the next month, I will feature each of our new authors. Each will share a message from her heart. And thanks to the generosity of our wonderful publisher, Harper Collins/Thomas Nelson, we will give away 5 books with each guest post so PLEASE stop by and leave a comment to be eligible to win a book. We will choose our winners from the comments left.

Today I have the joy of introducing you to Ashley Linne. Her book, InSeparable : Who I Am, Was, and Will Be in Christ, releases next month. It’s a fresh look at our identity in Christ through the lens of the book of Romans.  Ashley writes with gut honesty and isn’t afraid to address the hard places in life. And one of those hard places is trusting God in the times when it seems He’s forgotten about us…and even seems completely absent.

**Before I introduce you to Ashley, the winner of Lysa TerKeurst’s The Best Yes from my last post is announced at the end of today’s post.**

Now please meet my friend Ashley…

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Five years ago I thought I was going to drown in the middle of the ocean.

My husband, Aaron, and I had gone on our first (and so far, only) cruise together to celebrate our fourth anniversary. While we were docked at an island, we chose to go snorkeling. I envisioned splashing around in three feet of water just off the beach. Little did I know that this so-called “adventure” involved going out into the middle of the ocean and inflating my life vest myself by blowing into a tube. I can’t swim. If I had known that these would be the conditions under which I would have my first (and so far, only) snorkeling experience, I never would have gone.

The people operating the expedition did this every day, and their level of concern for their lives was what someone might have if he were taking a trip to the convenience store to get a pack of gum. Once we had been led out to where I was certain would be my watery grave, we were given flippers and told to get out of the boat. I was struck with sheer terror. You want me to do what?! Everyone else seemed ok with this idea and off they went. Somehow I managed to get down the little steps into the water. Somehow I managed to let go of the side of the boat. And then… there was no ground beneath my feet. Just water. And I started to panic. I felt like I was drowning. In my struggle to breathe I clung to Aaron and started to bring him underwater with me. I felt the water rising above my chin and if I hadn’t been focusing so hard on keeping air inside my lungs, I would have screamed. How could I have possibly agreed to this insane excursion?

Lately I feel like this scenario parallels how I feel about trusting God. My prayers sometimes go a little like this: Lord, Aaron and I have followed You out into the unknown. One year ago, we followed Your lead, packed up our little family, and moved 2500 miles across the country for Aaron’s new job. We just bought a house here. We just started making this home. And now it feels like we could be drowning. Aaron is looking for new work. We have no income, no idea what to do next. Now what? Where is Aaron going to work? How are we going to pay the bills? What if we have to move again? Did we understand You correctly when You told us to come here? Was this the plan all along?

How could I have possibly agreed to this insane excursion?

Obviously, I didn’t die snorkeling. I didn’t drown, and I wasn’t eaten by the sharks that we later learned had been in the vicinity (!!!!!!). In fact, once I let go and trusted that I wasn’t going to die, I actually enjoyed myself. I saw a so many beautiful and unusual fish, a stingray, and parts of a coral reef that I otherwise never would have encountered. And of course, I had a great story to tell later.

Part of why I wrote Inseparable was to process through the ways God has asked me to trust Him—to trust that He loves me and has my best interests at heart. I guess I’m just going to have to trust the Lord that this season of life we’re in, with all its uncertainty and question marks, is deepening that trust and ultimately going to result in His glory and our good. I have to choose every morning to get out of bed and take Him at His word—that He won’t ever leave me, that He will provide for our needs, that He is working everything out. And in the end, we will have one amazing story to tell.

“Behold, God is my salvation,
I will trust and not be afraid;
For the Lord God is my strength and song,
And He has become my salvation.”
Therefore you will joyously draw water
From the springs of salvation.
And in that day you will say,
“Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name.
Make known His deeds among the peoples;
Make them remember that His name is exalted.”

Isaiah 12:2-4, NASB

Ashley, thank you for sharing this really hard place in your life. I love that God has given you this great promise from Isaiah as you walk in faith during this difficult time. We can’t wait to see what God will do as He promises to work everything out for your good and His purposes!!

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You can connect with Ashley on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ashleylinne) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/ashleylinne) and can read more about her book on her blog: http://ashleylinne.com/inseparable-who-i-am-was-and-will-be-in-christ/.

Leave a comment today and share the place where you are struggling with trusting God. We will pray over your comments and choose 5 names to win a copy of Ashley’s new book Inseparable.

*****The winner of The Best Yes giveaway from my last post is  Cindy who posted on 8/13 at 6:51 pm. Please send me an e-mail at deuteronomysix@aol.com with your full name and address so I can send you your books.*****

 

And check back in on Wednesday, September 17th (I had to change the date from Monday because of some issues I am having with delivery of my posts…praying they’ll be repaired by Wednesday) for the winners of the five copies of Inseparable AND an exciting announcement from me with a GREAT giveaway!!

April 17, 2014

Easter Guided Quiet Time from My Heart to Yours

Easter Quiet Time

Guided Abiding Time with Jesus 

 

Easter is such a precious time in our faith. One of my favorite ways to celebrate is to simply sit and soak in God’s Word. Below please find a message from my heart that I pray tenderly leads you to a sacred meeting place with Jesus in the Holy of Holies tucked inside your heart. There are no rules…you can do it in one sitting or over several days.

Hear the Word of the Lord

Psalm 33:1-11

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Praise our Abba Father…

a. Psalm 27:4

 

b. Psalm 84

 

c. Psalm 90:1-2

 

d. Psalm 145, especially 14, 17-20

 

e. Isaiah 43:1-7

 

Do you know He has called you by name, created you for His glory? Do you know He and He alone is your dwelling place? Journal your thoughts.

 

See how great is the love of God…

a. Isaiah 1:18 and Isaiah 53:1-12

 

b. Psalm 51

 

c. Psalm 139

 

d. John 8:36

 

e. Romans 8:1

 

f. 2 Corinthians 5:17

 

g. 1 John 1:8-9

 

 Spend a few moments praising God and receive the unfailing love of our awesome God.  Journal your thoughts.

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Our Savior’s sacrifice…

Jesus Christ… the Son of God…the Author of Life…the Anointed, Chosen One, stepped out of heaven and into our earthly realm, choosing to leave His honored place in heaven.  He was born into poverty.  He learned obedience.  He was hated by His own people, ridiculed and persecuted.  His own creation arrested Him, stripped Him naked, and forced a crown of thorns into His head.  They beat Him and knelt before Him, mocking: “Hail, King of the Jews.”

When He was so weak He could barely stand, they forced Him to the ground and onto the cross.  They stretched out His arms and drove nails into His hands and feet.  His blood poured forth onto the ground.  Upon crucifying Him, they divided His clothes and kept watch over Him through the night. As He hang dying, many stood at the base of the cross hurling insults at Him, mocking Him.

After hours of agony, darkness fell over the land.  Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken Me!”  At that moment, the curtain of the Temple ripped in two from top to bottom.  The earth shook, rocks split.  Tombs broke open.  Jesus cried out again in a loud voice, “Father, into your hands, I commit my Spirit.”  Upon speaking these words, our Lord and Savior breathed His last breath.

God could have stopped this scene. Jesus could have lifted Himself off the cross, but He chose not to because He saw my name.  He saw your name.  He saw my sin.  He saw your sin.  He knew the only price to pay for that sin was death.

 

Jeremiah 31:3

 

Romans 8:38-39

 

Pray this prayer:  Lord, Your Word says the sacrifices You desire are a broken and contrite spirit, and a contrite heart You will not despise. Today, I confess my sin, especially _______________. Thank You that Your Word promises that when I confess my sin, You are faithful and just and will forgive my sin and purify me from all unrighteousness. Thank You that Your blood, the blood You shed on the cross sets me free and Your Word promises that when You set me free, I am free indeed! Thank You that according to Your Word there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Thank You that You see me through the blood of Your Son Jesus. Thank You that all things old are gone and the new has come. Thank You that You have washed me white as snow and that my sins are as far away as the east is from the west! Today I receive Your forgiveness and cannot wait to live in the fullness of all You have to offer. AMEN.

Do you understand the depth of this love God has for you, the depth of the sacrifice He made for you and for me?  Tell Him so now.

 

The gift of new life…

As if forgiveness of sins was not enough, God gave us another gift.

The Resurrection

Three days later, an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, His appearance like lightning, His clothes white as snow.  He rolled back the stone at the tomb.  The tomb was empty!  The angel said, “Jesus of Nazarene, who was crucified.  He has risen!  He is not here.”  After Jesus appeared to His friends, He was taken up to heaven to sit at the right hand of God, His father.

Because of this gift, you and I receive the opportunity for new life and the gift of God’s Holy Spirit.

Read these powerful words from the Lord:

a. Ezekiel 36:26-27

 

b. John 14:16-21

 

c. John 16:13-15

 

d. Galatians 5:22-23

 

e. 2 Timothy 1:7

 

Do you know the joy of having the power and presence of the living God residing within you?  Speak to the Spirit and ask Him to fill you with the fullness of God at this moment, to receive all God has for you.

 

Spend time with the Lord and draw near to His heart…

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a. Proverbs 2:1-15

 

b. Proverbs 4:20-27

 

c. Isaiah 55:1-3, 6

 

d. Hebrews 10:19-25

 

e. Phil 3:7-10

 

What do you need to consider loss, what do you cling to that keeps you from fully surrendering to Christ?  Ask Him to take it from you now.

 

Sit and soak in God’s presence…just you and His Word…

Scripture teaches that one day at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

a. Joshua 1:8-9

 

b. Psalm 1:1-6

 

c. Psalm 63:1-8

 

d. Isaiah 30:15-18

 

e. Isaiah 40:28-31

 

f. Exodus 33:14

 

Close in prayer…

 Thank you, Father, for this precious time to be still and know that You are God.  Father, take this time, bless it, take what I have offered to You, and continually remind me of what You have taught me and spoken to my heart.  To You alone I give all glory, majesty, power, and authority now and forevermore.  Amen

 

My heart fills with gratitude as I thank God for you! You are the most amazing community of women. Thank you for your prayers and your sweet words of encouragement through the years. I pray that each one of you will experience God in very deep, rich and personal ways as you sit at His feet during this Holy week.

If you feel led to share how the Lord speaks to you through your time alone with Him, I would love to hear from you!