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,

October 22, 2014

Chapter One Living So That: Jesus Came So That…

Friends, welcome to Week One of Living So That, a part of the InScribed Collection of books from Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins. I’m excited to begin our first chapter today. Thank you, thank you for joining our Living Truth online study family! We have had over 11,500 women come through our on-line studies over the last few years!

I’ve been touched by your comments expressing your desire to go deeper still in God’s Word and in your relationship with Him.We have a wonderful journey ahead of us. God promises that when we seek Him with ALL our heart, we will find Him. We are seeking Him wholeheartedly, so we can know without a doubt, we will meet Him and find Him in the pages of His Word as we study together!

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I’ve been praying for our time together. As your subscriptions came through, I thanked God for each one of you.  Oh, how I wish we could meet together in one big room! We have women participating from all over the United States and the world. God has drawn together an impressive and amazing group of women in HIS name! My heart is so full at the thought of what God is going to do over the next month. Please know how grateful I am you are joining us. I know there are many wonderful Bible teachers and studies available on the Internet.  Thank you for choosing to spend time here with us.  I’m trusting God to do a mighty work in and through our time together!!

Instructions.

This study runs through December 3rd.  We’ll take off the week of Thanksgiving. It’s a great time to catch up if you feel a bit behind. Each week includes a video message, a memory verse, a prayer and a homework assignment (reading and questions).  The questions are contained in the chapters.

The chapters contain “Going Deeper” questions.  These are optional. Please don’t feel like you have to complete them.

Each video message will be about 15 minutes.

Each chapter’s message and lesson will remain up throughout the week so that you can do it on your own time.  Please stop by anytime to leave a comment and read the comments left by women participating in the study with you. You don’t need to answer every question in the comments…only those that really speak to you.

Sweet friend, you might encounter new concepts in this chapter especially. They may even seem difficult. I walk you through them. If you get stuck, move on. Please don’t get discouraged. NO TIME YOU SPEND IN GOD’S WORD IS WASTED…EVER! You are a wise woman and God is building a foundation in You. Don’t give up…ever. Leave me questions, and I will answer if I can. And oftentimes, one of your online sisters will answer. 

Remember, if you want to receive the homework in your inbox, you’ll need to subscribe to my blog.  To subscribe, visit the top right side of my blog and look for “Sign up to receive Wendy’s blog posts in your e-mail”  By subscribing, you’ll receive each week’s lesson in your inbox.  If you want to see the video, you will have to visit my blog directly.  To get to my blog from your e-mail, click on the title of the post.  It will take you directly to my blog.

Chapter One Teaching Message

Memory Verse 

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, [so] that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  John 3:16 (NIV; emphasis added)

Prayer

Father, today begins a new day in my spiritual journey with You. Thank You for bringing me to this study…for setting apart this time and place for  me to be in Your Word. As I begin my first chapter, I come boldly before Your throne, asking to be filled with the full, deep, and clear knowledge of Your will for me in this season of my life. Please use my time here to invigorate, refresh, strengthen, and renew me. Father, speak truth into my life…even hard truth. Your Word calls me to action. You call me to a life that will make a difference for You and Your Kingdom. Open my eyes to see that life. Give me a heart that desires that life above all else.  Amen

Homework

Read the Introduction and Chapter One 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 “Message from My Heart” and Part One (Introduction).

Thursday: Read Part Two (The Law)

Friday: Read Part Three (New Life)

Saturday: Read Part Four (Holy Living)

Sunday: Read Part Five (Prayer)

 ****Next week I’ll announce the winners of Lynn’s book Magnetic and the two sets of the Inscribed Studies Collection and InScribed necklaces****

I’ll be praying for you throughout the week!! And to start off our comments this week, let’s do a roll call. Will you please share your first name, where you live, and your all time favorite television show.

Blessings,

October 20, 2014

My Morning Prayer w/ Free Gift and Giveaway

Morning quiet time is just plain hard sometimes. There are days I avoid it and days where I obediently do it, but it becomes more about duty than a refreshing, filling connection time with God. My mind wandered. I couldn’t concentrate. I felt discouraged and guilty, so I would close my Bible and go on with my day.

One morning, I sat quietly asking the Lord what was wrong with me…why was it was so hard? As He often does, He moved my heart to prayer. And a few minutes later “My Morning Prayer” was born. Maybe you experience these same feelings. My prayer is that “My Morning Prayer” will shake up your quiet time or maybe even encourage you to begin one. It’s short. It’s simple. But it’s an easy way to connect with God early in the morning.

Click here to download your copy of “My Morning Prayer.” Click here for more free resources/prayers.

And Now I’m excited to extend an invitation to you for my Living So That online study that begins October 22nd

THE STUDY IS FREE. All you need is the book. My friends at LifeWay are THE BEST,coming alongside me and discounting Living So That by 40%! Instead of $14.99, the book will be only $8.99! It runs through the end of the month. To take advantage of their great offer, click here. Living So That is part of Thomas Nelson’s Inscribed Collection.

 

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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 and equipping us to make more faith-filled choices in the midst of our messy lives. 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 learn more about the study click here.

To register, look over on the right side of my blog and click on the graphic under my picture that looks like the graphic above announcing the study.

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.

Giveaway!

If you’ve already signed up or sign up before Wednesday, you are eligible for our great giveaways (pictured below). We are giving away two set of the Inscribed Study Collection and two InScribed necklaces. Please leave a comment and let us know you signed up and if you have friends joining you.

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