September 29, 2014

Living So That Study: Giveaway and Sale

Just a few more weeks and our Living So That on-line study begins! We’d love for you to join us and invite a friend or lots of friends and form a small group! I’ve already connected with many of you who are forming groups in your neighborhoods and churches. How I wish I could come join each one of you! We did this as our Proverbs 31 on-line study a few months ago and it was one of my most favorite ministry experiences EVER! We had over 14,000 women join us including Emily Maynard (now married [yea!]Johnson) and Mandisa!!

To celebrate those of you who have signed up and encourage those of you who are praying about joining us, we have an announcement from LifeWay and some great giveaways!! So read on…

First, my friends at LifeWay are THE BEST! They are excited about this study and beginning today are discounting Living So That by 40%! Okay, if you’re like me and not so good at math, I’ll make it easy. Instead of $14.99, the book will be only $8.99! THANK YOU LifeWay!! To take advantage of their great offer, click here.Wendy_Blight_Lifeway9.29LaunchSale We’ll get to the giveaway in a minute. But first I thought you’d want to know that during our time together we’ll study the “so that” verses scattered throughout the New Testament. A “so that” verse takes 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 get a sneak peek at 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. Please invite your mom, daughters, sisters, friends to join you for our five day devotional journey. And I would love to connect with you as you go through it, so leave a message on my Facebook Author page by clicking here.

In Summary

When: October 22nd – December 3

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!!

How to Sign Up: Find my picture at the top right side of my blog. Then locate the Living so That on-line Bible study graphic under my picture and click on it. It will take you to the sign up link.

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. :)

Now for our giveaway!

Living So That is part of the InScribed Collection from Harper Collins/Thomas Nelson. To learn more about our InScribed Studies collection click here and to visit our Facebook page click here. They are 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 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 and 2 of our lovely InScribed necklaces (pictured below). We’ll announce the winners October 22nd, the first day of the study!

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September 23, 2014

Message & Giveaway from My Friend Amanda: God Is at Work in Unanswered Prayer

Today I’m excited to introduce another one of my InScribed sisters, Amanda Hope Haley, author of Barren Among the Fruitful: Navigating Infertility with Hope, Wisdom, and Patience.

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Her book is one that has touched my heart deeply as a mother. You see, pregnancy came easy for me. Each time we tried, a baby was born. But not so much for my friend. And for years, she tried everything possible, including seven years of hoping and begging God, to have a baby.

And when no baby came, God eventually allowed Amanda to see her circumstances through a different lens. Amanda “Hope” Haley writes in her book, “I learned that God gives us only one hope: reconciliation with Him through the work of Jesus. Jesus is my only hope.

Wow! Once Amanda surrendered her greatest desire to the Lord. He gave her true Hope. I want that kind of hope, don’t you? Biblical Hope. God’s Hope. Below is a window into the heart of my friend, Amanda. Take a peek and get to know how God’s hope has transformed Amanda’s heart and given her a new perspective on her dream of motherhood.

At the end, Amanda asks a question. Leave a comment for a chance to win one of five copies of Barren Among the Fruitful we are giving away today and be entered in our bigger giveaway to celebrate the start of my Living So That on-line study which begins October 22nd (giving away 2 sets of our Inscribed books and 2 InScribed Necklaces). For details on how to join us for the study, click here.

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Your Financial Freedom Is an Asset to God

My husband David and I have enjoyed a lot of freedom lately. We’re constantly traveling for work, we don’t have a ton of responsibilities, and we aren’t weighed down by debt. But we aren’t taking any of this for granted.

To be blunt: I have a loved one reporting to prison on Thursday to serve time for a crime that he not only didn’t commit but that didn’t even occur.

We’ve been praying and enduring with this family since he was arraigned 7 years ago. We’ve watched as his health has declined, his relationships have strained, and his bank account has drained. It’s a journey that would make anyone look at her own problems and say, “I’ve got it pretty easy.”

All of that began as David and I were in the middle of fertility treatments. Our bank account was draining, too, but in our case it was a choice. Whereas our friend was paying exorbitant fees to lawyers in his attempt simply to stay with his wife and family, we were paying exorbitant bills to doctors in our attempt to grow our family.

In both cases, the husband and wife had long-standing habits of fiscal responsibility. Neither couple had debts outside of our small mortgages. We all made a point of “living within our means,” and that strong foundation made it possible for us to more easily weather our storms. He could hire a reputable lawyer; we could continue assisted reproductive therapies.

Did our significant financial investments give us all what we wanted? No. Our friend must leave his family, and we will never have children of our own. But did those investments still have value? Yes. He is serving a fraction of the time initially proposed, and we’ve realized God can use us and our money in ways other than parenting.

If David and I had gotten our wish 7 years ago, then it is likely that almost everything we have would be tied up in our nuclear family and every choice we make would be influenced by our children—as it should be. We probably wouldn’t be so sensitive to our friend’s situation, in that case. But we can look back now and see that God has a different plan for our lives. Apparently He wants us to be unfettered so we will have assets (be they monetary or temporal) He can use to bless others and accomplish His will.

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The apostle Paul says it is preferable not to marry because family relationships divide our “loyalties” and keep us from wholly dedicating our lives to God:

My primary desire is for you to be free from the worries that plague humanity. A single man can focus on the things of the Lord and how to please the Lord, but a married man has to worry about the details of the here and now and how to please his wife. A married man will always have divided loyalties. The same idea is true for a young unmarried woman. She concerns herself only with the work of the Lord and how to dedicate herself entirely, body and spirit, to her Lord. On the other hand, a married woman has vast responsibilities for her family and a desire to please her husband. I am not trying to give you more rules and regulations. I only want to give you advice that is fitting and helpful. I want to help you live lives of faithful devotion to the Lord without any distraction (1 Cor. 7:32–35, The Voice).

Paul was speaking from his own experiences, suggesting that the fewer ties we have on earth, the closer we can follow God and the more we can do for His kingdom. He calls some of His children to be spouses, but not others. Some to be parents, but not others.

Jesus tells us that God’s most important command to “‘love the Eternal, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second great commandment is this: ‘Love others in the same way you love yourself’” (Mark 12:30-31, The Voice). That isn’t contingent upon our lives looking the way we want them to. We don’t serve Him only if we’re wealthy or have a big family or are free. Regardless of our circumstances, God has a way to use all of us right now to accomplish His one will of reconciling humanity to Himself.

How has God used you or your pocketbook to bless others in ways you couldn’t have predicted? Leave your comment today for a chance to enter both giveaways!!

Thank you, Amanda, for stopping by and sharing from your heart today. I’m excited for your book to come out and for the hope and equipping it will bring to many marriages and families!

Blessings,

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!!

How to Sign Up:

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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.
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Blessings,