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!

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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!!

August 10, 2014

Should I Say Yes or No? How Do I Choose My “Best Yes?”

Hey girlfriends! I’m so excited to be part of Lysa TerKeurst’s “The Best Yes” Blog Tour.  Today, I get to share a bit of how her new book, “The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands,” has touched my life. Read through to the end  to learn how to join in promoting Lysa’s book AND LEAVE A COMMENT FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A COPY OF “THE BEST YES”!

***Winner of the “liquid love” giveaway announced at the end of this post****

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Bo (my sweet son) and I on a “Best Yes” day!!!

Let’s start with a few questions that I bet you can identify with.

Does your life feel like an urgent rush from one demand to another?

Do you live a reactive rather than a proactive life?

Do you find yourself stuck between two decisions, paralyzed by the thought of choosing one over the other?

This last one is where I found myself two weeks ago. Lysa’s message allowed me to choose MY “best yes” during one of the most trying times in my life as a mom. I was serving at our Proverbs 31 She Speaks Conference. Each day filled with responsibilities…things that my team assigned me to do.

Twenty-four hours into the Conference, I received a phone call from my daughter, who was interning in New York City, that she was sick, breaking out in some kind of allergic reaction. A bit distracted, I advised she head to the closest urgent care.

Despite treatment, her symptoms worsened throughout the day. I encouraged her to go back to urgent care the next morning and ask for more medicine. I continued with my She Speaks duties, but now she had me a bit worried.  By bedtime, she felt like she was struggling to breathe.  She clearly was not responding to the meds they gave her, and they couldn’t give her anymore. Both my husband and I were out of town. He in Kentucky. Me in Concord.  But he arranged for her to fly home immediately. Whatever caused this reaction had now invaded and overtaken her entire body.

I was terrified. What if they can’t control this? What if she can’t breathe? Who will care for her on the plane? What if we lose her?

The “best yes” seems obvious doesn’t it. Of course. Go be with your sick  child. That is the “best yes.” And, of course, that is where I wanted and needed to be. But what consumed my mind was how many people I would let down at the Conference. How many people would have to step up and take over my responsibilities. How many people who were already overloaded with their own duties would now have to pick up mine. So many emotions tangled up in my heart.

I knew where I needed and where my heart longed to be.  But lies infiltrated my heart. You are letting so many people down. Surely a close friend could step up in your place and call you if Lauren needs you. You could have worked something out.

As I hovered over her in  the Emergency Room, the condemning thoughts persisted. When her symptoms failed to improve, they admitted her to the hospital. I was terrified. This was my baby girl. In the dark of the night, as I lay by her side, my thoughts returned to all the women who were doing what I should have been doing. My heart raced. My stomach churned. But why? I knew I was where I needed to be so why didn’t I have peace?

Restlessness consumed me until the very women who stepped up to take over my responsibilities began texting me…powerful  prayers, beautiful Scriptures and WISE WORDS…words reminding me that I had responded with MY BEST YES by choosing to be with my daughter.

As they placed TRUTH in front of me,  God’s Wisdom drown out the lies!

In those crucial moments, God assured me that I had chosen MY BEST YES!

Friend, being equipped with God’s Wisdom and Truth is a GAMECHANGER in our decision-making. It makes us soldiers fully equipped for the decisions we will encounter in the midst of endless demands.

I had fallen victim to the evil one and allowed him, the one Jesus identified in the book of John as  a “liar” and the “father of lies,” to invade my thoughts and take them hostage, taunting me…lying to me…sending me to places I didn’t want to go. He didn’t letup until TRUTH came against him. It wasn’t until I stopped listening to the lies and began listening to and speaking back God’s TRUTH that he relented. And eventually, he slithered away with his big ole’ ugly tail tucked between his legs.

You see, sweet friend, TRUTH has a powerful way of interrupting the runaway thoughts and feelings that come in the midst of choosing our”best yes,” But if we don’t know TRUTH, we are powerless against the enemy’s tactics…his lying thoughts…his crafty deceptions.

I absolutely LOVE the three questions Lysa equips us with in Chapter 4 when we face difficult choices.

1. Have you been reading and praying through God’s Word lately?

2. Have you been applying God’s Word in your life lately?

3. Have you sought godly counsel and insights from wise people who know specifics about your situation?

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The key to choosing our “best yes” depends on having godly wisdom. Godly wisdom comes from one place and one place only…God’s Word! We must learn it, study it, believe it and store it up in our hearts!!

“The Best Yes” releases Tuesday, August 12th! Will you join me and our entire Proverbs 31 family in sharing this great news on your blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram? Click here to find great quotes, banners and pins to share. And click here to purchase a copy. Our hashtag is #TheBestYes. Below are some tweets to get you started.

Living with the stress of an overwhelmed schedule? @LysaTerKeurst is showing me the freedom found in #TheBestYes.

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Decision-making. Ugh. Should I say yes or no? @LysaTerKeurst is showing me there’s another choice: #TheBestYes.

Will you join me in seeking God’s Wisdom so that together we can choose our “BEST YES”? Leave a comment today and share your favorite way to gather wisdom. I will choose one name to win a copy of Lysa TerKeurst’s new book “The Best Yes!”

 

*****The winner of the Liquid Love giveaway from my last post is  Eileen who posted on 7/25 at 9:03 am. Please send me an e-mail at deuteronomysix@aol.com with your full name and address so I can send you your books.*****

Blessings,