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,

October 2, 2014

Message and Giveaway from Sarah Martin: Where Do You Turn When Life Seems Uncertain?

Today I’m excited to introduce another one of my InScribed sisters, Sarah Martin, author of Just RISE UP!: A Call to Make Jesus Famous.

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I have known Sarah for several years. We both worked together at Proverbs 31 Ministries before the Lord brought us together through InScribed Studies. I’m so very grateful to Sarah because she shared my name and book idea with the InScribed team at Thomas Nelson. It’s her kindness that opened the door for Living So That to be part of Inscribed Studies!

At the end, Sarah asks a question. Leave a comment for a chance to win one of five copies of Just Rise Up! 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. And Lifeway is offering Living So That 40% off for the study; it’s now only $8.99! Click here to buy the book.

[winners of Amanda's book, Barren Among the Fruitful, announced at the end of the post]

I invited to Sarah to share a bit from her heart and from her book.So without further delay, take it away Sarah…

Where Is Your Solid Ground

Can I admit something to you? I am a news junkie. I eat up national news and especially of the political nature. It used to be that the news would not overwhelm me. I could watch and absorb and formulate opinions without letting it effect me emotionally. But these days, things are pretty heavy in the world around us. It is difficult to fathom the amount of evil, desolation, and inhumanity. Sometimes, I plea with God, “Why Lord?” As I flip off the television or click off of my home screen carrying the latest news, I attempt to set aside my weary heart for it is easier to move on than to take on the weight of the world. It is easier to stick my head in the sand and claim ignorance.

 I wonder if you have ever taken the question of “Why, Lord?” toward further questioning His character and His goodness. I think many have stopped short and in fact, did not seek Him out in their doubt out of fear that He will not answer their “why?” their “what for?” “why not?” But, in His pure character and His ultimate goodness, our God is ready and willing and absolutely capable of handling every line of questioning whether out of anger or confusion. We read in the Bible that Jesus show the infamous “doubting Thomas” the holes in His hands from the nails on the cross. It is acceptable, I think even encouraged, to ask, doubt, question. For when we hand Him our “why” we leave the lines of communication open. God works with that! It is when we walk away from the conversation that we miss out on the Lord speaking straight to our heart and healing our doubts or fears.

This open line of communication will lead us to discover that God offers us His kingdom to stand firm on when it seems as if there is nothing this world has to offer but uncertainty.

 An Excerpt from Just RISE UP!: A Call To Make Jesus Famous

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Be encouraged that God’s presence, His kingdom, will not be touched or ruined or shaken by anything of this world. For everything of the world is under God’s command. This means for us that when we stand firm on the heavenly, solid kingdom, when we trust that God’s ways are better, He is in control even if life around us seems like a wild carnival ride. We don’t have to live on a perpetual roller coaster—allowing life to twist our faith. We have God’s kingdom to keep us grounded. Uncertainties of life make some days feel like that roller coaster, with ups and downs and our hair flying wildly in the wind. People will let us down. We will have questions about why bad things happen. Yet, we are not meant to be influenced and swept up by the uncertainties but, rather, to approach each day with the gratitude that Hebrews 12:28 calls for.

Therefore, let us all be thankful that we are a part of an unshakable Kingdom and offer to God worship that pleases Him and reflects the awe and reverence we have toward Him, for He is like a fierce fire that consumes everything. (Hebrews 12:28–29 THE VOICE)

As we take note of the twists and turns and the ups and downs in the moment, we need to remember that God has gifted us with His never-shaken kingdom as our home base—our place to stand that never changes. When we make the choice to stand firm in God’s kingdom with awe and reverence of His sovereignty and power, God is blessed, for we have chosen to worship Him. The act of standing firm in Him is pure praise of the name of Jesus when our compass points due North toward the kingdom perspective. At each twist and turn of the roller coaster of uncertainty, we have a decision to make: live wobbly in this uncertain life or stand firm in the unshakable Kingdom.

(From Just RISE UP!: A Call To Make Jesus Famous, Thomas Nelson 2014)

 Here is my prayer for you, friend. Here is what I pray over our generation when our individual lives seem shaky and the happenings in the world seem uncertain. I pray you will choose what is firm and sturdy. I pray you will declare truth in your life: God’s ultimate truth that He is the same yesterday, today and forever. I pray you will take your place in the kingdom and allow others to stand firm with you as you boldly live the Gospel.

(You can find Sarah at www.liveitoutblog.com)

What Truths in God’s Word do you stand on when life seems uncertain? How do these Truths from the Bible keep you grounded?

Share your answer to Sarah’s question in my comment section for a chance to win one of our great giveaways!!

Thank you, Sarah, for stopping by and sharing from your heart today.

***Winner of Amanda’s book, Barren Among the Fruitful, listed below. Please e-mail me at deuteronomysix@aol.com by 10/5 with your full name and mailing address so we can get you your book. ***

Teresa R. who posted on 9/23 at 6:31 am

Jeanie who posted on 9/23 at 7:27 am

Amy who posted on 9/23 at 7:44 am

Stacey who posted on 9/23 at 8:59 pm

Penny who posted on 9/23 at 7:08 am

Blessings,

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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