August 30, 2018

Time to Cultivate {guest post & giveaway}

Happy Thursday! I’m excited to introduce you to my friend, Jill Beran. She has poured many prayers and words of encouragement into my life through the years, for which I’m so grateful. Jill is a mom and wife and lives on a farm in Iowa. One of my favorite things about Jill are the Bible teachings she shares from life on their farm. Her stories bring God’s Word alive for me in fresh ways.

It’s been a joy to watch Jill grow and develop her gift as a Bible teacher. Today, I’m delighted to share one of her lessons from the farm and share her new Bible study, ReNEWal Road – The Journey of Becoming More Like Jesus.

Jill is giving away a copy of her study so be sure to enter to win below!

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ReNEWal Road – The Journey of Becoming More Like Jesus. A Bible study by Jill Beran.

It’s cultivating time here on the farm. If you were to stop by, you’d find my husband busily cultivating the beans we’ve planted in the field. It’s a task I associate with Iowa soil, and one I know involves work and takes time. Though you may not live on a farm, cultivating is something we all should do! Yours just might not be in a field in Iowa!

Because of the easy access to chemicals and fertilizers, many farmers find they don’t need to cultivate their fields. They take the easier and faster route. But, since we’re raising organic crops, chemicals aren’t an option. My husband must engage in the tedious task of cultivating 12 rows at a time, using equipment that churns up the dirt and removes the weeds, so the crop can grow.

While I watch my husband cultivate our crops, I picture God doing the same with my heart. Cultivating my heart takes time. It involves work and requires effort on my part. It isn’t something that happens with the flip of a switch; it’s hard work, but it brings results!

Cultivating the soil removes weeds from our fields just as cultivating our hearts removes lies, bad attitudes and wrong thoughts from our minds.

Cultivating also tills up the soil, so new growth can occur. Just as at times it would be easier for my husband to use chemicals and raise our crops conventionally, it’s tempting for us to pursue an easier way to connect with God. But, God desires a personal relationship with us. A deep and abiding relationship. There’s no quick way to make that happen, and no one else can do it for us.

In order to do his cultivating, my husband needs a tractor and a cultivator. We need two things as well … quiet time and God’s Word. Our Bible is the main piece of equipment we need – it’s our most powerful tool. Hebrews 4:12 tells us, “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” God’s Word can do more work than my husband’s John Deere will ever do, but we have to open it and be receptive to what He has to say!!

Finally, God also brought to mind that my husband cultivated the same field last year, and his dad did the same many years ago. Each new year, the work had to be done again. Cultivating isn’t a task we do once and consider it done, and the same is true for our hearts. Each season, actually every day of every season, we need to cultivate the soil of our hearts. Only then will new growth take place.

Every year my husband’s goal is to produce a better yield than he did the year before. Shouldn’t we do the same as disciples of Christ? If we want to grow closer to Christ and do more to glorify our Abba Father, our hearts must grow closer to His, and that won’t happen unless we get the cultivating done!

The Giveaway

Giveaway now closed. Jill was so blessed by all of your comments that she is giving away two copies of her book! Congrats Vonnie Kronk and Heidi (hamoth). Please check your email for more information from my assistant, Kim Stewart.

Are you looking for a study that will get you into God’s Word and allow Him to do some cultivating? We’re giving away a copy of Jill’s study, ReNEWal Road – The Journey of Becoming More Like Jesus. Leave a comment with a verse that God has used to change your heart or simply say, “I’m in!” and we’ll enter you in the drawing! U.S. Addresses only please. Winner will be announced here on Friday, September 7.

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Jill Beran is a farmer’s wife, homeschooling mom to 5, and Bible teacher. When she’s not picking rocks or pulling weeds, she enjoys coaching basketball, serving in women’s ministry and writing. You can connect with Jill at Titus24U.

Comments

  1. Cultivate! I’m in! This brought a blessing to my heart and also a large NUDGE to start digging up the ground (i’ve got a mini farm – but a big area to cultivate in my heart) – would love to do this bible study! Hebrews 4:12 is a great reminder of where to start – thanks Wendy and Jill!

    • Jackie, I’m so thankful you felt a nudge on your heart. No matter how big the area is remember cultivating happens bit by bit. Don’t be overwhelmed by the bigness of the area that needs cultivating, but instead by the faithfulness of the One who will do the cultivating!
      Blessings from the farm, Jill

    • You are so welcome!! Thankful God’s timing was perfect for your heart to nudge you to journey to a new place in your journey with Him.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  2. I’m in!!! This is awesome! Thanks Wendy and Jill❤️
    Psalm 91 is a favorite of mine

  3. I’m in! Like the word cultivate!

  4. I’m in!
    Isaiah ERV
    61 The Spirit of the Lord God is on me. The Lord has chosen me to tell good news to the poor and to comfort those who are sad. He sent me to tell the captives and prisoners that they have been set free. 2 He sent me to announce that the time has come for the Lord to show his kindness, when our God will also punish evil people. He has sent me to comfort those who are sad, 3 those in Zion who mourn. I will take away the ashes on their head, and I will give them a crown. I will take away their sadness, and I will give them the oil of happiness. I will take away their sorrow, and I will give them celebration clothes. He sent me to name them ‘Good Trees’ and ‘The Lord’s Wonderful Plant.’

  5. SarahJeanne says:

    “The Joy of the Lord is my strength” Nehemiah 8:10

    • Such a powerful verse! Reminded of Ps 50 and a prayer I pray when joy seems missing….Lord, restore the joy of my salvation. Those words renew my mind! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Amber Paulsen says:

    Im in! 🙂 I needed this reminder to go deeper into God’s Word each day, and even just talk to Him throughout the day. I haven’t felt close to God lately, and I’m not sure why. Thanks for sharing this post Wendy and Jill.

    • Great to see your name here Amber! I pray God draws you close, you sense His presence and drink deeply from His Word. Blessings from the farm, Jill

    • Amber, we are so thankful the Lord used what He laid on our hearts to draw you back into intimate relationship with Him. Don’t give up, sweet friend. Just a little time everyday. He will be faithful with what you give.

      Wendy

  7. I’m in. I lost my Mom in June. I feel as though no one cares. No one calls or comes by. I feel lonely. I need help.

    • Jesus cares and is with you. My dad died 9 months ago. Jesus carried me through that time. Be vulnerable with Jesus and allow Him to bring healing. My favorite scripture during this time is Be still and know that I am God. Isaiah 41:10 and Psalms are good. Psalms put words to my emotions. As you cry out to Him with your hurt and emotions, look for His answer. He will guide you through and it will deepen your walk with Him.

      • Carla, thanks for your encouraging words and sharing your story! In one section of my study we study Psalm 46 and dig deeper into what is meant by “Be still and know I am God.” Resting in our world today can be a challenge, but it’s so powerful. Blessings to you!

    • Shirley, I’m so sorry for your loss. I pray you know God cares and He is present. I also pray He will bring people across your path to be His hands and feet. Keep seeking Him my friend, Jill

    • Shirley, I join these ladies in expressing sorrow for the loss of your mama and pray for the fullness of God’s comfort to pour out upon you. You are NEVER alone. And, I’m so sorry that you feel so alone during this time. Reach out to someone you trust and share your heart. I’m asking God they will be faithful to listen and comfort you. Sometimes people don’t reach out because they don’t know what to say.

      Blessings,

      wendy

  8. Gina Weeks says:

    I’m in!

    This year, my word has been steadfast, esp in regards to my 💓. The Lord’s Grace has been so sweet as I trust Him to answer the Prayer on my heart: Psalm 73:26!!

    God bless you ❤️

  9. Marian Hindall says:

    I’m in!
    Jeremiah 29:11, has spoken to me so many times.

  10. Vonnie Kronk says:

    I’m in! This year my husband & I divorced after 37 good years so I’m hoping God is doing some cultivation to make my life better

    • Vonnie, that is a hard season to go through, but God will redeem your tears! Praying for you!

    • Vonnie, I’m sorry for the pain you are walking through. May you sense God at your side and see Him providing for every need. Draw near to Him and join Him in the renewing work He can do!
      Blessings from the farm,
      Jill

    • Vonnie, I’m so sorry to hear this news. I’m praying for Jehovah Jireh to generously provide for your every need … physically, spiritually and emotionally … as you navigate through this big life change. He will be faithful because He is a good, good Father who gives good gifts to His children who seek hard after Him.

      Wendy

  11. I’m in! I need to keep cultivating my relationship with God. Jeremiah 29:13 tells us we will find Him when we seek Him with our whole heart. What an awesome promise. 🙂 Thank you for your ministry!

    • Cherrie, you are so right – we need to keep cultivating! It seems to be an endless job on the farm and it should be in our heart as well. The verse you shared sure helps that take place! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Lisa Hyatt says:

    I’m soooo in!!
    He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!” ).
    Mark 5:41

    • Lisa, thanks for joining in and sharing this powerful word from Jesus! Oh that we’d hear his encouraging and instructional words He whispers to us and then be faithful to obey!!
      Blessings from the farm,
      Jill

  13. Sheila Kauffman says:

    I’m in! Isaiah 43:18 & 19

    • Love this passage! God has been doing a new thing in my heart and life and though it can be scary, it’s comforting to know God’s plan is always for good!
      Thanks for sharing!

  14. Julie Woodman says:

    I’m in!
    Lately Roman’s 12:2 has been speaking to me of renewal and transformation. I loved your e ok reds on cultivating. Thanks for sharing.

    • Julie, Romans 12:2 is a great passage! We actually dig deep into this in the chapter on transformation. God’s Word is living and active and He uses it to change us! Blessings from the farm, jill

  15. Marlene Thorn says:

    I just love knowing that Jesus is by my side everyday, all day

    • Me too, Marlene. I find such comfort in the fact that we are NEVER EVER alone. He will never leave us or forsake us. He is our strength and our sufficiency. Thank you for taking the time to stop by and share.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  16. Donna Hart says:

    I’m in!! Sounds like a great book!!

  17. Camille sewell says:

    I’m in!! Your book sounds amazing!

  18. Roberta Nelson says:

    2 Corinthians 4:16-18
    So we do not give up. Our physical body is becoming older and weaker, but our spirit inside us is made new every day, We have small troubles for awhile now, but they are helping us gain an eternal glory that is much greater than the troubles. We set our eyes not on what we see but on what we cannot see. What we see will last only a short time, but what we cannot see will last forever.

    This verse helps me as I deal with daily issues of pain. God is good and what awaits us is amazing. Blessings and thank you for sharing your insights with us.

    • Roberta, chronic pain is one of the hardest sufferings to live with. I have close friends and two family members who suffer from it. I’m so thankful the Lord, through this passage, is what helps carry you through your pain. I’m praying now for Him to continue to carry you through and for healing and relief as you bravely walk the road He has you on right now. He promises His Word is health to our body and healing to our bones. Trusting It will be that for you.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  19. April Lopez says:

    I’m in. My favorite verse is Micah 6:8. I think it is the base line for us to be like. It’s simp,e and to the point. “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, and to love kindness and mercy, and to humble yourself and walk humbly with your God?

  20. John 15:1-8 addresses every Christians need to be connected to the Vine so that we may be cultivated and produce fruit for Him. Without Him, we can produce no spiritual fruit.

    • Betty, you are exactly right…it is through Jesus we bear fruit! We must be made new by Him and then constantly be renewed! Thanks for sharing that powerful passage!

  21. Mary Tullila says:

    I’m in! Isaiah 61 :1-3 Cultivates my soul among many others.

  22. Linda Lipe says:

    I’m in. We have moved so much in our marriage. Uprooting and trying to start over again. I have tried to live by Philippians 4:11-12. Learn to be content. Not resigned but content.

    • Linda, you linked a powerful word with content. It’s definitely not something that comes naturally, but with Christ it is possible. The more we walk with Him and study His Word the more content we can become. Thanks for sharing!

  23. Brenda Sherf says:

    I’m in! I have been reading thru the Psalms again, this time with First5 and was reminded again of Psalm 24:3-5
    Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in his holy place?
    He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully.
    He will receive blessing from the LORD and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

    A great challenge to daily cultivate our walk, keeping our hearts, hands, words, and thoughts pure.
    Blessings to you.

    • Brenda, I’ve been reading through the Psalms again too. I actually read through it beginning in January and now I’m doing it again with First 5. Amazing how each time, God is teaching me a new thing. It’s TRUE!! His Word is LIVING and ACTIVE and speaks a fresh Word every time we open it and seek His wisdom. Thank you for sharing.

      wendy

  24. This verse has helped me deal with daily pain. What glory awaits us in eternity! Thank you for your commitment to sharing God’s Word.

    “So we do not give up. Our physical body is becoming older and weaker, but our spirit inside us is made new every day. We have small troubles for awhile now, but they are helping us gain an eternal glory that is much greater than the troubles. We set our eyes not on what we see but on what we cannot see. What we see will last only a short time, but what we cannot see will last forever.”
    2 Corinthians 9:16-18

    • Roberta, there is so much encouragement in the verses you share here. There is purpose in our pain and God is working through it. Most importantly better things are yet to come. May you continue to press on and set your mind on Christ even in the midst of daily pain!
      Blessings from the farm,
      Jill

  25. Alana Morgan says:

    “This I call to mind and therefore I have hope. The steadfast love of the Lord never cease. His mercies will never end, they are new every morning. Great is Your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:21-23…I’m in!!!

  26. CARLA CONSEMIU says:

    I’m in!! This study sounds so good! Phil 4:13 has been my go to for a very long time.

  27. Debbie Passow says:

    Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5

    • Debbie, this is one of my favorites as well. I’m a former algebra teacher who likes to figure things out and this verse always reminds me my job isn’t knowing, but trusting. Easier said than done sometimes, but powerful none the less!

  28. Susan Bricker says:

    Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

    1 Corinthians 15:3 ESV

  29. I’m in!!!

  30. Holly Shear says:

    Yes, this is great! I’m IN! Ephesians 4:13-16 reminds me that there is a lot of studying and growing to be done – ALWAYS!

  31. Heather Bleier says:

    A deep cultivating clean absolutely sounds like what my heart needs right now. Grateful for your post Jill!

  32. Loved this lesson today. I loved how you associated how you associated the two “cultivating” tasks together! I would love to do your bible study! My favorite verse is Phil 3:5-6. Sometimes it is hard when I don’t understand why things are the way they are. I just have to trust Him!

    • Leigh, I agree. Jill has this amazing gift to connect her farm life with God’s teaching. You should check out her blog. Her teachings will bless you. 🙂

      Wendy

    • Leigh, thanks for your encouraging words. Feel free to stop by my blog anytime! I understand your pain – I too struggle when I don’t understand, but like I wrote above I’m learning my job is more than knowing it’s trusting!

  33. Joy Fischer says:

    I’m in! Blessings to you Jill and Wendy. I want to cultivate and study God’s word even more. Jeremiah 29:11 is my go to verse. I’m standing on His promises. Have a beautiful day!🙏🏻

  34. I’m in! Love this!! Hebrews 4:12 was also mentioned this morning when I was listening to a previous First 5 weekend wrap-up ♥️. God’s Word is so powerful and crucial for cultivating our lives and true life transformation.

  35. I’m in. Ps 91:14

  36. Lisa Richardson says:

    Hosea 10:12 Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your fallow ground for it is time to seek the Lord until He comes and showers righteousness on you.

    I so need to break up the hard stuff around my heart, and let God start afresh in my heart.

  37. I’m in! Love this!! Hebrews 4:12 was also mentioned this morning when I was listening to a previous First 5 weekend wrap-up ♥️. God’s Word is so powerful and crucial in cultivating and transforming our lives.

  38. Dianne Carpenter says:

    I’m in! Having the most unbelievably hard year this year has put chains around my heart:(

    • Sweet Dianne, remember JESUS is the one who will loose those chains. Speak His Name. Pray His Name. Sing His Name over them. He will break every one through the power of His Name, His Word and His Holy Spirit. Asking Him to show up in powerful ways as you pray for Him to loose those chains and allow you to walk again in the freedom He bought for you with His blood to be a child of God.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

      • Dianne, I echo Wendy’s words! Also, if you haven’t read her book, Hidden Joy, I’d highly recommend it. She talks about strongholds and how we can overcome! Asking God to renew your mind and break the chains!
        Blessings from the farm,
        Jill

  39. This is so true. I love it. My verse this summer is Philippians 2:13 NLT “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” My husband of 25 years is an alcoholic and I have many excuses why I shouldn’t have to submit to him. But I am praying, “God, work in me. Give me the desire and the power/strength to do what pleases You!”

    • Tami, I have a few friends walking through what you are walking through. I’m praying today for God to do a mighty healing work in your husband’s heart to break that chain of addiction in JESUS’ Name. And until that time of complete freedom, I pray for you … for God to bless your obedience. For God to restore in sweet and intimate ways relationship with your husband that will fill you up and then provide the overflow you need for you!! He will be faithful.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  40. Carol Taylor says:

    I am in!!!

  41. Jill, Congrats on your book. I am so excited for you! AND – I’m in! I have been practicing cultivating in many areas of my life this year. It’s such a great word! I love how you gave us the picture of cultivating crops. As far as a scripture? I love anything from Genesis to Revelation 🙂

  42. I found this very interesting. I was born on my grandparents farm and had my summer vacations there. As my children arrived, they would visit Grandma’s farm and have good memories from there. I could picture the field being cultivated and know what was happening. I never thought about cultivating in my heart but it truly made sense. I would love to read this Bible Study.

  43. Jean says:

    This made me think of Jeremiah 29:ll For I know the plans I have for you.declares the Lord, “plans
    to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. But if I allow myself to be
    to busy to be in God’s word, to let the things of this world pull me away from study and spending
    time with God then the weeds will certainly grow and I will be in need of cultivating my heart, my mind
    and my soul. This study sounds wonderful and I would love to have a chance to read it.

    • Thanks for stopping by Jean! If God leads you to the study, I pray He does a mighty work as you dig into His living and active Word!
      Blessings from the farm,
      Jill

  44. This made me think of Jeremiah 29:ll For I know the plans I have for you.declares the Lord, “plans
    to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. But if I allow myself to be
    to busy to be in God’s word, to let the things of this world pull me away from study and spending
    time with God then the weeds will certainly grow and I will be in need of cultivating my heart, my mind
    and my soul. This study sounds wonderful and I would love to have a chance to read it.

    • Jean, thanks for stopping by! I understand how being busy can be a distraction it’s a battle for me as well. Thankful for God’s grace and His heart to pull us close. If God brings the study to you, I pray God uses your time in His Word in powerful ways!

  45. I’m In! My 80 year old mom was diagnosed with dementia a few months ago. I have her all moved in with me. I take her out to our backyard every evening to watch the “mousers” (5 cats that have adopted us). It brings her such joy to watch the cats as I work our little garden beds of veggies. Whenever I bring her a tomato, she tells me she planted that. {sigh} . . I have always leaned on Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” This Bible study may be something that can cultivate in my heart. I also enjoy sharing books and Bible studies within my many women’s circles of study groups and book clubs. Thank you for sharing your heart in your writing~

    • Kelly, I LOVE this story of you and your mama. You are living out God’s command to honor your mother and father. I pray He blesses your obedience in mighty ways as you share this hard part of your mama’s life with her. And I pray for sweet moments of complete clarity where she knows you and what is happening around her. I pray also for extra measures of patience and understanding as you serve her this way.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

    • Amen to Wendy’s prayer for you! May God also provide the peace, strength, rest and patience you need as you care for your mom. His grace is sufficient!!

  46. I’m IN!

  47. Martha T. says:

    I’m in!

  48. Julie Overstreet says:

    I’m In!!!! Psalm 119:18 Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in Your law.

  49. Psalm 32:7 ~ “You are my hiding place; You will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.”

  50. Psalm 73:28a is one of my go-to verses to remind me to keep close to God. Loved this guest post and the imagery of cultivating soil & cultivating our hearts!

  51. aundrea delarosa says:

    Psalm 34:18, God is close to the brokenhearted and saves those crushed in spirit. This have been my go to verse for some time. I have had some major losses in my life. I have lost my sister and mother and grandmother in a 2 year span and my daddy had open heart surgery. I know where my stregth is. Thank the Lord!

  52. Suzanne Calaway says:

    I’m in!! A verse that God has used to change my heart is “Be still and know that I am God.” I have the tendency to never stay still and have to be doing stuff all the time. Plus try to solve problems myself, when I need to let God handle them.

  53. Mary Charlene Nowell says:

    I’m in! I’ve been studying in the Psalms. I’m just blown away!! When you slow down and read and think and ponder!! Also in Genesis studying Elohim in Wendy’s current book.

    • Mary, thank you for taking the time to leave a comment and let us know you are in Psalms and that you are studying “I Am Loved.” It’s always a gift to connect with the women God who are reading the book. I prayed for each woman God would lead to buy it … so I prayed for YOU!! Answered prayer for sure.

      Wendy

  54. My heart verse is from Lam 3:22-23. “Great is your faithfulness.”

  55. Nancy Thompson says:

    I’m in ! Love the word cultivate !

  56. I’m in!

  57. I like the idea of cultivating

  58. Dear Wendy and Jill, I am celebrating BIG with you girls! Jill, congratulations on your book! I LOVE the lessons from your farm. God speaks so beautifully through your stories. In my quiet times, I hold 1 John 4:10 close to my heart, “this is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” God cultivates my heart as I marinate in His love for me. When I do this, as opposed to trying to prove my love for Him, the natural overflow is His love through me. Thank you both for this life-giving post! Love you both… xoxo

    • Noelle, this is SO SO good. He cultivates your heart as YOU marinate in His love for YOU!! We don’t have to work for His love or prove ourselves worthy of His love. He freely gives it. And, when we receive it, we can then be a beautiful vessel for His love. And, that is exactly what and who you are … a BEAUTIFUL, OVERFLOWING vessel of His love. Thank you for taking the time to share. I too LOVE her lessons from the farm. I learn so much!!

      me

  59. Sandy Scroggins says:

    “But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge.” Psalm 73:28

    I think that spending time in God’s Word is the best way to be near God.

  60. Nydia V. Ortiz says:

    I’m in! Awesome history or lesson about the how cultivate the Farm! Thank you for sharing.

  61. Renée Townes says:

    I’m in! Wendy thank you for being transparent. Every morning I pray the six prayers for my husband. The verse that has helped me with recognizing when the enemy is trying to get me to think wrong thoughts is; Matthew 12:34 Whatever is in your heart determines what you say! NLT.
    May the good Lord continue to bless you! Please know that your blog is so important for God’s glory.
    God Bless you and keep you!

    • Thank you, Renee, for your kind and encouraging words about my little space here. They mean so much to me as I continue to teach and write. And, thank you for sharing this verse. Such a powerful verse to help us with our heart and teach us the relationship between our heart and our speech.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  62. Prvb 3:5-6
    TRUST in the Lord with Alllllllllll your heart and lean not on your own understanding!! In Alllll your waysbe thankful and ) acknowledge him and he will make your path straight!!! I’m in!!

    I in a very dark season and need to have the Lord cultivate me…I am a missionary and have had a target on my back for years now and am feeling dejected and discouraged and downright depleted!! I need to have the Lord and I’m working with the Lord on choosing Joy and rememerbering who I am in him! I need cultivating!! Please!

    • C, thank you for taking the time to share from your heart so honestly. And, thank you for giving of your life to be a missionary … to fight for the gospel. I’m praying now for the Lord to be the lifter of your head … for Him to shine so brightly in and and through you that it chases the darkness away. For Him to be your protector and your shield in ways that will astound and amaze you. He is with you and will never ever leave you. And every morning I ask Him to restore to you the JOY of your salvation that is YOURS IN JESUS. Nothing and no one can ever take that away.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  63. Janet Jackson says:

    I first identified with Phil. 4:13 I can do all things thru Christ who strengthens me, via one of Jan Karon’s Mitford books. It has sustained me thru many trials. ….and I’m in!

  64. Darlene Dunlap says:

    I’m in. This is the perfect study for me. I am in this process now trying to get back to who I am in Christ. I have let the busy interrupt my closeness with God. My favorite verse is Isa 40:31 but they that wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and be weary; they shall walk and not be faint

  65. I’m in. Jeremiah 29:11For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

  66. Julie Overstreet says:

    Hi everyone!!! Happy Weekend to all!!!

    Just wondering who won the giveaway??????

    God Bless and enjoy your day!!!!

    • Hey Julie, thanks for checking in! The winners will be posted soon! If it’s not you, I’d love for you to stop by and order a copy on my site. I’ll get it signed and sent ASAP. Also, if you’re interested Encouragement Cafe will be working through it for their upcoming online Bible study. Let me know if you’re going to join in!
      Blessings from the farm,
      Jill

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