January 1, 2015

Ushering in the New Year with Prayer {w/ Giveaways}

Welcome to LIVING TRUTH! Oh, how I’ve prayed for each one of you who stops by today!! A special welcome if you’re visiting from my Proverbs 31 Encouragement for Today devotion where I share my New Year’s Prayer for 2015 (at the end of the post, you will find a link to download a copy of that prayer).

As we usher in this New Year together, I invite you to join me in remembering the One to whom we lift our prayers.

His Name is Jesus. HE IS…

…” the One who is, the One who was, and the One who is coming.” Revelation 1:4 (The Voice).

Did you hear? He is coming.

And on that day He will come…

“riding on the clouds in all His glory.” Revelation 1:7

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“eyes ablaze with fire and crowns adorning his head.”

“His name:… KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.” Revelation 19:16.

On that day, Jesus will call our names, take our hands, and lead us into our heavenly home! I can only imagine how our hearts will swell as we pass through the gates and see what only Jesus’ beloved disciple John has seen.

Take a journey with me and let’s imagine…

I can hardly believe my eyes. All I’ve ever known is gone. Heaven and earth have passed away; the seas are gone. Everything is new! There, before me, is a holy city. It’s the New Jerusalem, descending from heaven.

The glory of the Lord shines all about. The city is made of pure gold, yet it is as clear as glass. The great wall around the city, adorned with the most precious of jewels, glimmers unlike anything I have ever seen.

I see no street lights or lamps. But there is no need because the Light of the World illumines every corner of the city, forbidding the darkness to enter.

The glory and grandeur of every nation is on display; people from around the world bringing glory and honor to the King of kings and Lord of lords.

Tears well up so thick. I can hardly take in what lies before me. A river of crystal clear living water, flows down from the throne of the Lamb. On each bank of the river stands the tree of life, firmly planted, bearing an abundance of plump, ripe fruit.

Surrounding me are worshipers, every race and every nation bowing before the throne of God and the Lamb of God. As I lift my eyes, I see my Creator and my Savior there before me. I’m in their presence. Awestruck wonder captivates my heart. I feel as if I can’t breathe. I had learned of God’s glory. I had prayed often for a touch of His glory. But now, I could do nothing but fall on my face before His Shekinah glory and join the throngs of worshipers bowing down before Him, casting their crowns at His feet.

I hear a great voice, coming from the throne::

“The home of God is now with His people. He will live among them; they will be His people, and God Himself will be among them. The prophecies are fulfilled: He has wiped every tear. No more death. No more mourning. No more crying. No more pain. The first things have gone away.”

And then I hear the One on the throne speak! A voice I have longed to hear announce to His creation:

“I am making ALL things new!”

Glory! Glory! It is all just as God said!

(Inspired by Revelation 21 and 22)

Hallelujah!

Glory! One day every knee will bow and tongue confess our JESUS IS LORD!

Let’s band together today as sisters and pray a New Year’s Prayer to our Jesus, inviting Him into our hearts, our families, our marriages, our friendships, our relationships, our jobs…our lives. Will you start today by sharing your prayer in the comments today…maybe a favorite verse you will pray; a word God has laid on your heart; a commitment you are making, or even your full prayer. And please know it will be my joy and delight to pray over each and every prayer, sweet friend.

Giveaway to Celebrate YOU!

To celebrate YOU and the precious time you have taken to stop by and share your thoughts and prayers, I will randomly choose 4 names to receive some fun New Year’s gifts, including a signed copy of my book, Living So That, a  signed copy of my book, Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner, a Target gift card, or a bracelet. Check back HERE Saturday (in the comments) for the names of the winners.

And if you would like a free downloadable copy of My New Year’s prayer, click here.

***Thank you to my dear friend, Fred, for this AMAZING photo taken on the North Shore of Oahu. If you are interested in learning more about Fred’s photography, e-mail him at fredsfoto2@aol.com. ***

Blessings,

 

December 29, 2014

Through YOU God can change a life!

Why did God choose YOU to live now…at this time…in this place?

When we first moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, I asked myself those same questions.

An overwhelmed mother of two small children living in a new city, I had just quit the practice of law to stay home with my kids. I had few friends and no family. And feeling isolated, I found past fears from having been the victim of a violent crime years before revisiting me and taking hold in a mighty way.

It was a hard time for this mama.

On top of that, having lost a significant chunk of our income, we needed extra money to pay our bills.

It was a hard time for this mama.

So when my oldest started school, God opened a door for me to work at Proverbs 31 Ministries. I worked for Renee Swope helping coordinate our speaking ministry…connecting churches with speakers, sending out packets, writing contracts.

It was the perfect part time job for this mama.

Over time, God moved mightily in my heart and my life.  Our Proverbs 31 She Speaks Conference awakened a giftedness in me to speak, most especially to teach God’s Word. I started a little Bible study in my little area of town. That Bible study led to a passion to write Bible study curriculum and teach God’s word on a consistent basis. Through that teaching and writing, God opened doors for me to publish a book entitled Living So That. And through that book, God connected me with the AMAZING women of our Proverbs 31 On-line Bible studies.

It was a blessed and fulfilling time for this mama.

This little ministry centered in a small town in North Carolina has connected my heart to women in ways that I never ever dreamed and has allowed me to be involved in something SO much bigger than myself. And if you are reading this, YOU are one of those women, I’m sure. And today I’m inviting YOU to join me and be involved in something so much bigger than yourself!

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Over the last five years, I’ve had the privilege of coming alongside thousands of women as they have surrendered their hearts, their homes, their marriages, their careers, and their families to Christ.

And in that surrendering, God’s love and His Word have

RESTORED seemingly hopeless marriages.

HEALED deep wounds.

UNITED broken families.

SAVED unborn children.

STOPPED  women from taking their lives.

And daily, I watch our little ministry

ENCOURAGE women to be in the Word.

WALK women through the Word.

EMPOWER women to pray the Word.

EQUIP women to write and teach the Word.

Proverbs 31 brings not only godly encouragement, wisdom, and knowledge, we also bring God’s love and God’s girls together in a way unmatched anywhere else!!

JOIN OUR FAMILY!! BE A PART OF THE AMAZING WORK GOD DOES HERE!

Will you partner with us to change the world by helping us reach women for Christ right from your home? If so, click here to change a life today with a year-end gift. Thank you for helping us go into all the world with the love of Jesus and the truth and hope found nowhere else but in God’s Word!

We celebrate every dollar given and stretch it as far as a dollar can be stretched. Thank you for the life-changing impact we are making together for women worldwide!

Blessings,

December 19, 2014

“Read thru the Word” in 2015 {with Giveaway}

Today, I am SO excited for you to meet one of my dearest friends, Wendy Pope. At our Proverbs 31 office, we are famously known as “the Wendys.” We have worked together for years and share a common love for God’s Word and a great passion to get women into His Word. We enjoy watching God’s Word come alive in their lives and begin huge life transformation.

For the past 7 years, Wendy has come alongside thousands of women from all across the world and walked through the Bible with them. God has blessed and grown her ministry, and I want to invite you to join her this year.

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Below please find a message from Wendy’s heart to yours.

The Bible that Changed My Life

“Open my eyes to see the wonderful truths in your instruction.”

Psalm 119:18 (NLT)        

In my mind I was not a “good” Christian because I had not read the entire Bible. I read the Bible to fill in my blanks for Bible study or to look up the verses listed in my devotional. Seriously? What kind of Christian was I?

I was the kind of Christian who suppressed the voice inside that whispered, “Read it. You know you want to” but listened to the voice that shouted, “You aren’t smart enough to understand all that stuff so don’t even try. You are doing fine with what you know.”

I was a changed Christian in 2007 when I made the decision to read the entire Bible. With an anxious heart, I went to my local Christian bookstore thinking: If I’m going to read the whole Bible, certainly I need a new Bible. After spending what seemed like hours previewing various types of Bibles in an array of colors, styles and formats. I pulled the One Year Chronological Bible from the shelf. I remember reading the word chronological and saying to myself, out loud, “The Bible I take to church isn’t in order of how events happened? No wonder it is confusing. No wonder I don’t understand it.”

The format of the Chronological Bible intrigued me. Short readings. (This was my favorite part because I am not big reader.) An easy-to-follow daily plan. An attractive cover. The best part to me was knowing I would read the Bible in the order the events occurred. 

That year I read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. I stumbled some, but I also learned a lot. I learned Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy really are difficult to read. They are full of laws, actual numbers and more laws. But through those books and the rest of the Old Testament, I learned to really appreciate the wonderful sacrifice Jesus made for me (because there’s no way any human on the planet could keep all of those laws).

I learned it’s okay if I don’t understand the everything.

I learned God’s Word is full of rich life application written to produce God’s best in my life. It is meant to be read and digested on a daily basis.

My mind wanted my heart to love God’s Word but it didn’t, not at first. My love for His Word has developed and deepened over the time. As we read it, we learn it. As we learn it, we live it. As we live it, we love it.

2015 will mark the eighth year of my Read Thru the Word online Bible study class. It would be a great honor to have you as a part of this amazing class! Women and men of all ages, from all walks of life, and all over the globe have satisfied a deep longing of reading through the Bible by participating in Read Thru the Word. My 84-year friend, Teeny from North Carolina is just one of thousands who finally read through the entire Bible with Read Thru the Word.

Have you always wanted to read through the Bible? Will join our class today? You will have the support and accountability of Christian friends to help you keep the course on the amazing journey. Yes. Today decide to read the Bible that WILL change your life.

Follow this link to my blog for a free sample of a Read Thru the Word video and sample journal.

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Thank you for sharing your heart with us today, Wendy. I pray God’s rich blessings over you and your study this year. I pray His living and active Word will come alive just as He promises and do a mighty life-transforming work in and through every heart that participates. I love you, friend!

Now for the GIVEAWAY! Wendy has been gracious enough to give away one class membership (valued at $19.99). Please leave a comment by Monday, December 21st and share YOUR favorite Bible verse for a chance to win a membership to her class. Check back here (at the end of the comments) for the winner next week!

And the winner of Tracie’s book, Your Life Still Counts, is Jennifer who posted on 12/16 at 1:11 p.m. Please e-mail me at deuteronomysix@aol.com with your full name and address by Monday, December 21st so we can send you your book.

Blessings,