October 6, 2014

Message and Giveaway from Lynn Cowell: Speaking Truth Over the Girl You Love

Ever since my girl was little, I prayed for her to know who she is in Christ. I prayed words like this over her heart…

Heavenly Father, may Lauren always know how precious she is to You. May she have the assurance of Your great love…to know in the depths of her heart how extravagantly and unconditionally You love her.  Give her Christ-centered confidence and Christ-centered worth. My she always know who she is and Whose she is. Daily grow her in wisdom and stature and favor with you and all those around her. Amen.Lynn Cowell

I wanted her to hear truth spoken over her. I wanted her to know she is dearly loved and valued. My friend, Lynn Cowell, has that same passion but not just for her girls…but for all girls.

Whether your daughter is a toddler or on her way to college or somewhere in between, it’s never too late to start planting God’s truth in her heart. And that’s where Lynn’s new book Magnetic: Becoming the Girl He Wants, comes into play. Her new book is a great place it start planting God’s truth into her heart.

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Because there is so much I love about Lynn’s message, I invited her to share a short message from her heart. And I’ve got a few copies of Magnetic to give away too! So read through to the end to find out how to win a copy!

[Winner of Sarah's Book, Just Rise Up!, announced at the end of this post]

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Here is a message from Lynn’s heart to yours…

Every morning, I walk my little girl to the front door as she heads out for school. No, she’s not really little. In fact, each day brings her one day closer toward her high school graduation. And although I’ll miss my girl so much, I sense God filling my heart with peace.

In fact, my heart is almost relaxed. Not because she’s my last child at home, and I can see the finish line! (Not at all! I adore my girl!) I don’t sigh relief because she is perfect; she’s not. I’m not at rest in my heart because she never struggles with self-doubt, girl drama or bad hair days.

I think I feel peaceful because she’s ready.

For many, many years we have poured truth into her heart. The truth that she is wanted and valued.

I trust Jesus, that already knowing He accepts her will empower her as she leaves the security of our home. When the desire for that boy’s acceptance, attention and approval wells up in her heart, I believe she will recognize it for what it is. A natural desire, given by God, but also a desire that must first be filled with the attention she receives from Him.

She knows He’s been watching her, loving on her since the day she was born, and He will continue to forever.

With this truth, rooted deep in the most vulnerable places of her heart, she can enjoy the attention of a boy without needing the attention of the boy. Keeping her focus on Jesus, reaching her fullest potential in His love, rather than fixating on finding that boy’s love, allows her to become the girl God created her to be.

I’ll keep encouraging my girls to invest their time, energy and emotions becoming this girl. Not the girl society demands they become, but the one Jesus created them to become. Allowing Him to form in them, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Then, if it is God’s will, they will become magnetic to a boy doing the same, one day.

Magnetic helps girls (and their moms who walk alongside) discover how they can become the best version of the beautiful girl God created them to be.

If you have a girl or love a girl you know, ENTER TO WIN a copy of Magnetic by sharing some wisdom you’d wish you’d had as a teenager OR your favorite biblical truth you pray over your girl. CLICK “Comments” under this post and ENTER to WIN! 

Lynn Cowell is a Proverbs 31 speaker and the author of several books including Magnetic: Becoming the Girl He Wants.  Her passion is to empower wise women to raise wiser daughters. Her husband and their three children live in North Carolina where they love to hike, raft and enjoy anything that includes chocolate and peanut butter!

***Winners of Sarah’s book, Just Rise Up!, listed below. Please e-mail me at deuteronomysix@aol.com by 10/9 with your full name and mailing address so we can get you your book. ***

Sharon 10/2 at 3:54 a.m.

Yanna 10/2 6:02 a.m.

Stacey Chambers 10/2 11:19  a.m.

Susan Gruener 10/2 2:18 p.m.

Teresa 10/4 at 10:07 a.m.

***If you stopped by to learn more about my next on-line study beginning 10/22, Living So That, click here***

Blessings,

July 1, 2014

Join us for “Am I Messing Up My Kids” w/ Giveaway!

Calling Moms of all ages, stages, and seasons of life!

I have something so exciting to share with you from our Proverbs 31 Online Bible studies team.

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Hmmmmm … have you ever wondered, “Am I Messing Up My Kids?”  I don’t know about you, but I’ve asked myself that question…often. And now that one of mine is in college, I find myself saying, “Lord, I have messed up my kids … now what?”  Haha, just kidding (well maybe).

We’ve never done this before and we thought it was about time: for the first time ever, Proverbs 31 Ministries is hosting a summer study just for moms and like-minded women who care about children.

Beginning July 13, we’ll be reading Am I Messing Up My Kids? … and Other Questions Every Mom Asks by Lysa TerKeurst.

Our 6-week study of Am I Messing Up My Kids? will equip you to:

•   Overcome the weight of mom-guilt and learn how to forgive yourself for honest mistakes.
•   Stop comparing yourself to “perfect” moms by turning to God for perspective, guidance and permission to be the mom He’s created you to be.
•   Anchor your identity to who you are in Christ instead of chaining your worth as a mom to your kids’ fragile choices

This online study is going to be all about you, Mom. We recognize that the summer can be a busy, hectic time for us all. That’s why we’ll be focusing on an easy-going pace with more reading, discussion and quiet time and fewer homework assignments. We want you to get the most out of your summer and this book!

So moms and friends-of-moms, you’re invited to join us!   It’s time for us moms to unite and offer each other support and encouragement as we come together and read a book just for us.  We need less of the world’s perspective for how we are raising kids and more of God’s. We will get that and more during this short summer study.

Consider this your personal invitation! Join Nicki Koziarz, Kristy Aiken, and Melissa Taylor as we travel together and read Lysa TerKeurst’s Am I Messing Up My Kids? 
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Now if you are taking the summer off, not to worry! We also have a dynamic brand new study, The Best Yes, also by Lysa TerKeurst, beginning in September for everyone.  (Details on that are coming soon.)

One last thing, about where you order books for your Bible studies?  Did you know when you order from Proverbs 31 Ministries not only do you receive a book, but you also are investing in eternity? Your purchase helps support the ministry and enables us to offer free online devotions, online Bible studies, and much more. You partner with us when you purchase a resource from our bookstore. Plus … the first 1,500 people who order Am I Messing Up My Kids? from Proverbs 31 Ministries will received an autographed copy by the author, Lysa TerKeurst!

We have two weeks until we begin! I hope you’ll consider joining us! Click HERE to join the fun!

And leave a message here and let me know if you’ll be joining us and why by Thursday at midnight for a chance to win a signed copy! I’ll announce the winner Friday morning right here.

Have a blessed, safe, and happy summer!
Blessings,

June 4, 2014

An Invitation to Change Your Summer!

I hear beeping from the other side of the bed. Loud. Unrelenting. 5:30 already? I’m so tired. Just a few more minutes. I hit the snooze button. 

Again beeping. Loud. Unrelenting. 5:40. Just a few more minutes. I hit the snooze button. 

Again beeping. Loud. Unrelenting. 5:50. Shoot. Why did I do this? I promised to wake up early. To spend time with You, Lord. I’m so sorry. Why didn’t I just get up? Now I’m late.  My heart aches. Again, I disappoint You, Lord. I’m so sorry. I’ll do it later. I promise.

“You won’t…not today. You’ve got so much on that “to do” list waiting for you.”

Stop it!! Yes, I will. I can start tomorrow. Tomorrow I’ll do it.  

Why am I such a failure at this spending time with God thing right now? Why can’t I just get up the first time the alarm goes off?

Seasons of my life go like this. I have the best of intentions to begin my day with God. But instead, I don’t. It’s a tired season. A weary season.

Discouragement fills my heart. Recently, in the midst of one of these seasons, God answered my heart’s cry, My child, you are not a failure. You are tired and thirsty. Get out of “the routine.” Let’s begin a new season together. And just so you know, time with Me doesn’t have to fit a mold. Be creative. 

Be creative…not really one of my gifts!

Then I remembered a prayer of Moses. I searched the key words on Biblegateway and  found it in Exodus 33:18:

Now show me your glory. 

Moses asked God to show him His glory…to show Moses more of Him than he had ever seen before. Moses asked God outright for a FRESH vision of His glory…of His abiding presence.

Oh, that is what I want right now! What about you?

Let’s get out of our routine. Will you join me for a new season with the Lord this summer? Let’s pray together to experience a physical manifestation of God’s presence…to experience His Shechinah Glory.

What is God’s Shechinah Glory? It’s when the INVISIBLE God becomes VISIBLE, when He LOCALIZES His presence and MANIFESTS Himself in our midst.

Let’s be creative today.

Let’s not feel tied to a daily quiet time in this season INSTEAD let’s invite God to show us in real and concrete ways the reality of His Love and Presence in our lives in a fresh way!

Ways we can do this…

Tune your heart to worship music

A few weeks ago, I started a new routine. Rather than my country playlist on Pandora, I began listening to the Passion Worship playlist. Through song lyrics, God touched deep places in my heart that needed a fresh touch from Him. Below is a beautiful song, “Oceans,” to begin your time. Find a comfortable place to sit, close your eyes, listen and invite God to invade every part of you with the POWER of His presence.

 

Read through a book of the Bible

If it’s been a while since you’ve been in the Word, choose a book, open and read…without an agenda…without a study guide…without a notebook…without a teacher. Just sit and read as little or as much as you want. No strict schedule. Simply listen for God to speak to you…to minister to you through His Word.

Read a book from a favorite author

A few months ago, I read Donna Gaines‘ (a fellow InScribed Studies author) book, Leaving Ordinary. Donna took me to the Tabernacle and gave me a fresh vision of prayer grounded in the history of God’s people…the temple…the priesthood…the Great High Priest Jesus. Such a gift to read how God spoke to Donna when she invited God to speak into her ordinary life in extraordinary ways!

Memorize a passage of Scripture

Choose a passage of Scripture or some favorite verses and commit them to memory. Be creative in how you memorize.  It’s such a blessing to hide God’s Word in your heart. Check out these creative ways of memorizing “So That” verses from my Minnesota Living So That friends (Jenn Citrowske Elness and Tera Cory Elness).

 

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Create a prayer journal

Pray creatively. Text verses to friends throughout the week. E-mail prayers to friends rather than just pray for them. Create a prayer journal and journal what God lays on your heart.

DO SOMETHING NEW YOU’VE NEVER DONE!

And whatever you choose, EXPECT God to be a part and INVITE Him to show up IN ALL HIS GLORY!

Heavenly Father, forgive us for not inviting You into our lives each and every day. I ask that  for each one of us inviting You  to show us Your Shechinah Glory, You show up in very personal ways, manifest Yourself in ways that each of us will KNOW that it is You. In big and small ways show Yourself. Give us a word, a touch, a whisper, anything we need to experience You in a fresh way. Thank You for Your promise that when we seek You with all our hearts, we will find You. Today we claim that promise and invite You to show up BIG. Thank You that You will do great and mighty works in our midst. Show us Your glory, Lord, show us Your glory! I ask all this in Jesus’ powerful Name. AMEN

Share your invitation with us! Let us know how YOU are going to invite God’s Shechinah Glory into your summer.

Blessings,