October 13, 2014

Celebrating You Today: Prayer from My Heart to Yours

Sweet friends, I will be celebrating my 50th birthday this week. And as I reflect back on my life in ministry, I count you, this amazing community of women, as one of my greatest gifts from the Lord. Your prayers, love, words of encouragement, and support have blessed me beyond measure. There has not been a day that I have stopped by my blog where there has not been a comment from you sharing your hearts, your thoughts, your prayers, your prayer requests, your heartaches, your praises, your best wishes. God has given me a precious extended family in you. I am an only child and always wanted sisters…little did I know I would receive each of you!!

I hope you have loved the journeys we have taken together and will enjoy the ones yet to come because I have…and I love you! So today I want to say thank you with a prayer. Please know as I pray this today, I am lifting you each individually with each and every word I pray.

Ephesians 1.17-20

Prayer from my heart to yours….

Heavenly Father, I thank You for every woman who stops by to receive this prayer. I know You have hand chosen each one. I praise You as the Author and Perfecter of her faith and the Creator of her heart.  I thank You for the wonderful beauty, gifts, and talents with which You have blessed her.  As she goes forward in her week this week and the weeks to come, I dedicate her body as a living sacrifice to You.  My she live a life holy and pleasing to You as she continues to mature in her walk with You.  Father, I ask that You continually be at work in her to do Your good, pleasing, and perfect will.  Draw her to Your heart as she matures in her faith.  Reveal Yourself more and more to her each day.  Be at work in her life and in her relationships. 

May she always remember how valuable she is…that You bought her with a price.  She is Yours.  May she honor You with her heart, mind, and body all the days of her life.  May she call upon You in times of trouble and find You Faithful and True.  Place your angels of protection around her and keep her safe all the days of her life. 

Your Word tells her that You have a plan and a purpose for her life…a plan to prosper her and not to harm her…a plan to give her a hope and a future.  May she always believe this and never forget it.  Your Word also promises to equip her for all that You call her to do.  Father give her eyes to see and ears to hear this plan.  Direct her steps to Your perfect equipping.  Father, may her light so shine before men that they may see her heart for you.  May she live by Your moral excellence and may her deeds always reflect Your goodness and grace. 

In the name of Jesus Christ I ask these things, believing wholeheartedly You will be faithful to bring them to pass.  And, Father, whatever she does in word or in deed may she do it all for the glory of Your Name.  AMEN.

Blessings to each one of you today,

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,