October 29, 2014

Living So That Lesson Two:  God Spoke So That

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Thank you for taking the time to introduce yourselves. Your favorite t.v. shows brought back great memories. So many old shows! And, of course, lots of new shows as well…a few I want to check out.

I’m thinkin’ we should do this same activity with books over Thanksgiving…on our week off. What do you think? I’m always looking for new books to add to my reading list.

Your comments have filled me with such joy…reading each and every one has blessed me more than you will know.  It’s refreshing to hear what God’s living and active Word is teaching you. And so beautiful to read your prayers for one another.

And what’s exciting is that our Bible study continues to grow because you are inviting friends.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.  Women can still sign up, so if you have a friend or friends you would like to invite, please share this post and encourage them to sign up by subscribing to the blog to receive the weekly lessons in their inbox.

Reminder Instructions:

Each week we will have a video lesson, a memory verse, a prayer and a homework assignment.

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This Week’s Video Lesson.

Okay….we’re off!!!  Below please find our video lesson for God Spoke So That.

This Week’s Memory verse:  

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good purpose. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV, emphasis added)

This Week’s Prayer:

Father, help me not to live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from You (Deuteronomy 8:3). Fix these words of Yours on my heart and impress them in my mind; help me to tie them as symbols on my hands and bind them on my forehead. Equip me to teach them to my children, talking about them when I sit at home and when I walk along the road, when I lie down and when I get up (Deuteronomy 6:6-9). Make Your word a lamp to my feet and a light to my path (Psalm 119:9). Thank You that Your way is perfect and Your word is flawless (2 Samuel 22:31, Proverbs 30:5). Help me present myself to You as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and correctly handles the Word of Truth (2 Timothy 2:15). Help me not merely listen to the Word. Enable me to do what it says (James 1:22). When I read Your words, help me to eat them and digest them. Make them my joy and my heart’s delight (Jeremiah 15:16). Thank You that though heaven and earth will pass away. Your words will never pass away (Matthew 24:35. Be with me this week as I open Your Word. Bring it alive in my heart. Penetrate my soul. Bring change, Lord. Bring great life change. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen 

This Week’s Homework:

Read Chapter Two 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 (The Word)

Thursday: Read Part Two (Established in the Truth)

Friday: Read Part Three (The Word as Spoken through Luke)

Saturday: Read Part Four (The Word as Spoken through John)

Sunday: Read Part Five (The Word as Spoken through Paul)

Winners of GREAT GIVEAWAY~

Now it’s time to announce the winners of our GREAT GIVEAWAY!

Winners of Lynn Cowell’s book Magnetic

Noelle who posted on 10/6 at 8:00 am

Tresie who posted on 10/6 at 2:59 pm

Winners of Inscribed Necklace

Jane Bryson who posted on 10/18 at 6:13 am

Debbie who posted on 9/10 at 1:20 pm

Winners of Inscribed Collection of books

Pam who posted on 10/20 at 12:14 pm

Charlotte Askew who posted on  10/18 at 8:36 am

If your name is listed above as a winner,  please send your full name and e-mail address to deuteronomysix@aol.com by Monday, November 3rd, and we will send you your gift!

Blessings to you!

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,