This Little Light of Mine…

Girl Edition

Megan01Written by: Megan Kincheloe

Last year sometime, I started a bath for my daughter and she asked me if I would stay in the bathroom with her. Often she likes her own “me” time to play and play in there until she resembles a prune. This time, she wanted me close by so I stayed. I grabbed my devotional for the day and asked her if she would like me to read it out loud to her. She replied with an enthusiastic, “Yes!” so I proceeded to take my seat on the porcelain perch and began to read. The passage for the day happened to be Ephesians 5:1-2, “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a ‘fragrant’ offering and sacrifice to God.” We started to discuss what being an “imitator of God” may look like and then what came next shook me to my core. In fact, it shook me way more than it should have as a follower of Christ who desires to have unwavering faith.

My precious daughter said, “Mommy, what if we decide not to follow Jesus?”

Clearing my throat…”What exactly do you mean, honey?” She responds, “Well, what if someone (whew…thank goodness she didn’t say what if ‘I’) decided they didn’t believe in Jesus?” Seriously girls? This is not something I even wanted to try to wrap my brain around, nor did I want to give this possibility too much attention. Only, that is what it needed. You see, I have believed in Jesus as far back as I can remember and was a pew warmer at church for years and years. At age 32, however; I learned that I did not have the slightest clue what it meant to have a relationship with Jesus. So yes, this question deserved my undivided attention.

What I should have done in this moment is prayed for the Holy Spirit to fill me with the words that my precious girl needed to hear about our Heavenly Father and about the consequences of a decision to not follow Him. Instead, I simply said, “If you decide not to follow Jesus, you will not go to Heaven.” She responded, “Oh no! I want to go to Heaven to see Papa, Uncle Clyde, Grandma Tut, Tom-Tom, and Bingo (a neighborhood dog).” Sigh. Relief. God used this conversation to teach me three things:

Firstly, often times, a huge explanation is not needed. The truth can be shared in many ways and even if I do not have the answers, which is often the case, I can point others to His Word where the answers to all of life’s questions can be found. People do not need me to be philosophical and speak “Christianese” to them. They need me to be a light and to show them Christ through the way I live and the way I love.

Secondly, we cannot be someone else’s Holy Spirit. You are not in control of your friends decisions and I am not in control of my daughter’s decisions as she grows up…but by golly, I will do the best I can to be a godly example for her and to plant the seeds that God will grow as she seeks Him in her life. And she will seek Him. She already does in her own little way and she will continue to. I have faith. In the meantime, I will commit to covering her precious soul in prayer and ask that God give her the wisdom and discernment to make good choices as she is faced with tough decisions throughout her life. Is there someone you know who needs Jesus? Pray for them! Pray for them until they come to know Him! Pray without ceasing!

Thirdly, I have a lot of work to do. I will never achieve perfection here on Earth. Thank God I was able to take that off of my ‘to do’ list. That being said, there are many times where I have not been an imitator of Christ. Did I say many times? I can probably think of many times today that this has been the case. Yikes. I certainly do not treat my body as a temple. Growl. There are many times I have not been humble. Ouch. As long as I am being real, there are many times that ‘this little light of mine’ has been hidden under that bushel and has been completely overshadowed by poor choices or a poor attitude. Gross. 1 Corinthians 8:9 says, “But take care that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.” The last thing I want to do is be a “stumbling block” to anyone whether it be my child, my husband, my friend, or even someone I may not know. A stumbling block is exactly what I am going to be if I take my eyes off of Christ and allow the ways of the world to dim my light…

Thank you God for using this child of Yours to teach me and bring me back to a place of humbleness in my journey. Sometimes my lens just needs to be refocused.

Rise Up

Girl Edition

Megan01Written by: Megan Kincheloe

Recently our daughter was introducing me to a new young music talent by showing me her video online. She started to tell me, “Mommy, she’s a really nice girl and has a really great heart.” I immediately asked her how she knew about this young lady’s character and asked her if she was making an assumption or if she was speaking factual. I know from previous experience that if a celebrity looks pretty on the outside, our daughter will assume she is pretty on the inside. I was about to go into a lecture on this and immediately my thought process switched gears. While I don’t ever want my daughter to ‘judge’ a person…period…I certainly don’t want her judging someone based on their appearance. But I knew in that moment I had to be careful. After all…what is so wrong with assuming someone is good on the inside?

When I was growing up, if anyone ever commented on my appearance or said something to my Mom like, “You have such a pretty young lady there,” my Mom would respond, “She is my best work. But what is most important is that she is pretty on the inside too.” And that gave me something to strive for every day. Now, there are many times where I failed miserably and without even using a magnifying glass…my insides looked tainted and tarnished. But just hearing her say that altered my focus from my outward appearance, to the type of person I wanted to be on this planet.

1 Samuel 16:7, “But God told Samuel, ‘Looks aren’t everything. Don’t be impressed with his looks and stature. I’ve already eliminated him. God judges persons differently than humans do. Men and women look at the face; God looks into the heart.” (MSG)

Gals, aren’t we striving to live Christ-like? How much better would this existence be if we spent our time building each other up? Sadly enough, finding the flaws in another person can be super easy. But are you looking for the treasure? My Mom also used to say, “There is good in everyone, honey…if you just take the time to look for it.

There are plenty of people who find pleasure in bringing others down or calling out their mistakes and weaknesses. What if we bind together and decide to call people out on their strengths. What if we make the first move to welcome a new person? To leave a note for someone who seems to be struggling that simply says, “You are loved.” And Sisters…if you are going to love someone by being their friend in person or on social media…love them behind their back too. Don’t get caught up when others want to bring them down.

Rise up gals! Be the light in the darkness. You, alone, have the power to make a huge difference in this world by choosing to see beyond the flaws…and digging deep to find the treasure. You may just find that treasure isn’t buried as deep as you thought and is just waiting to be revealed by someone who will take a minute to get out their shovel.

Caution Tape

Girl Edition

Megan01Written by: Megan Kincheloe

I was driving down the road the other day and saw the oh too familiar caution tape around a space in the road. From a distance, I assumed the caution tape was there due to an accident. Upon closer observation, I learned the bright yellow tape was there to warn of a hole in the road due to ongoing construction. I started to think about how quickly we respond when we see a caution warning. In this case, I knew to slow down and stay away from the hole. And there are many other instances when we are warned in a way that is visible or tangible. When we see a traffic light change to yellow, we know to immediately slow and to stop if there is time. When we see a sign on the road that notifies us of deer crossing or children at play, we know to slow and be aware of our surroundings. When we are going into a restroom and see the triangle “caution…wet floors,” sign, we know to tread lightly because there is a chance we could slip and fall.

Then there are the times where there is a chance of harm and we are asked to sign a waiver so the owners of the facility or the doctors performing the surgery aren’t held liable if something goes wrong. In most of these cases described above, if we do not heed the caution, we are taking a risk that could lead to harm. The thing is…none of these could lead to soul harm…

What about the cautions we receive from the Holy Spirit? Have there been times when your Spirit has given you a clear message, only for you to decide you know better and you move ahead anyway? Full steam ahead? Maybe your Spirit has said, “Don’t repeat that information. It’s not yours to share. It’s gossip.” And you decide, “What’s the harm? The person I am telling won’t tell a soul. I need to get this off of my chest.” Maybe your Spirit has said, “Don’t send that text message. It will result in you being unfaithful and deceitful.” And you decide, “What’s the harm? I enjoy how this person makes me feel and would never act on it.” Maybe your Spirit has said, “Do not be jealous of what that other person has?” And you decide, “But I deserve that too. I am mostly a good person. Why should I have to want for things?

Sisters, these are times where your caution…your Spirit…is giving you important information to guide you towards holiness and lead you away from temptation. Just because there are no flashing lights or obvious yellow tape, doesn’t mean the caution isn’t as real…even more so than the glaringly obvious road signs. Don’t ignore that stirring, sweet girls. Your Spirit is such a beautiful gift and it is readily available to give you guidance and protection from sin and harm.

John 14:16-17, “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.

{Online Book Study} He Stuck With Me…

Megan01Written by: Megan Kincheloe

Shame, unworthiness, defeat, fear, and worry are terrible places to visit and even worse places to stay. They are where the devil takes you when he wants you to obsess over your faults and wallow in your weaknesses. They are where the devil takes you when he wants you to believe all of the lies he is feeding you with your favorite spoon. They are where the devil holds you when he wants you to believe your sin is too big and when he wants you to believe that last big mistake you made is the one that is unforgiveable. They are the places where the devil tries to convince you that you aren’t good enough, smart enough, pretty enough, or important enough to ever make a difference in this world.

But Sisters, God does not want us to take root in any of those places. He wants us to take root in Him! In fact, he wants us to loudly proclaim our victory and redemption in him and share our stories.

Psalm 107:1-2, “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever! Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble.” (ESV)

In “God is Able,” Priscilla Shirer says this, “Your It problems have probably seemed to defy resolution. They’ve mocked your attempts at steady endurance, insisting they have the staying power to outlast whatever confidence you can muster up, even on your best days. They’ve pointed to their presence alone as ample proof, not only of God’s lack of ability, but worse—His lack of concern. And yet you’ve finally seen through their showboating now. The One “who is able” is the One who’s telling you the truth.”

Ya’ll, I lived much of my life…we’re talking 30+ years…proclaiming to be a Christian but not making choices that represented Christ well. I would go to church on Sundays, say what was preprinted in the bulletin each week, and then proceed on about my life making the same poor decisions and trusting that I could go to church on Sunday and be forgiven! I had no idea what a relationship with Jesus meant and I certainly didn’t understand the magnitude of the ultimate sacrifice God had made for me…and for you. I took grace for granted and never had a heart of true repentance.

I am beyond grateful for God’s constant pursuit of my heart and am here today to tell you…God. Is. Able. He stuck with me through seemingly endless insecurity due to lack of people ‘staying’ in my life. He stuck with me through seemingly endless shame due to living a life of sin for so long.

Psalm 40:2, “He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.” (NIV)

And He is sticking with you gals. Nothing you have done, will do, or will face in this lifetime is too big for Him. Let Him be your Savior, your Redeemer, your Provider, your Comfort, your Strength, your Guide, your Anchor, and your Peace. And never doubt that He. Is. Able.

{Online Book Study} A Dose of Humility

Written by: Megan Kincheloe

Megan011 Corinthians 10:31,Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

I met a woman several years ago who was just absolutely delightful. She was one of those people who captivates you from the first words she speaks. After not knowing her long, I began giving her compliments on how she has raised her family, what a wonderful parent she was, and what a good example she was for other Christian women. Every time I gave her praise, she gave the credit to God. All of it. Every time. So much that at one point my flesh questioned, “Wait a second. Is this genuine?” A short time and many conversations later, I concluded that yes…she was as genuine as they come and she truly believes God is responsible for every blessing and success she has experienced in her life. Sigh…

I wanted to be just like this woman because I absolutely believe God has given me every gift I have ever received. James 1:17, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” (NIV) So what was the problem? Why was I not giving Him the glory for every gift?

Oh. My. Ouch. Wait. What? Apparently I needed a huge dose of humility. Yes I believe God is responsible for all of the gifts I have received and I do thank Him for those…but when it comes to my successes…I wanted the glory. You heard me right. I am a ‘words of affirmation’ type of girl and enjoy being told, “Good job! Good work! Good writing! Good…anything.” The truth is ya’ll, I know the only way I get anything done that is ‘good’ or ‘relevant’ or ‘worthy’ is because of Christ in me.

Luke 14:11, “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” (ESV)
Guys, when I sit down to write this blog each week, if I haven’t prayed and tuned in to Him, my writing is forced and I can barely form a sentence, much less fill a page. There have been times where I haven’t talked to Him about content all week and find myself in tears as I sit down and try to come up with a message that will touch at least one person and represent Him well. And then I take a deep breath and I pray…and He floods me with every word I need to hear and He wants you to hear. It’s like He is saying, “Sweet girl. Why don’t you come to me and trust me before trying to do things on your own? I’m here. Just come to me.” You would think I would learn to stay nudged up close to Him and lay writing at His feet week after week. But if I am being honest, those aren’t always my first thoughts. In “God is Able,” Priscilla Shirer says, “So when we come to Him with our needs and requests, with our aches and our longings, one of the greatest reasons why we can be so confident in Him is because—let’s just say it—God is gettin’ Him some glory when He acts on our behalf. One way or the other. You can count on that.

Friends, it’s all Him. Every victory. Every broken chain. Every gift. Every success. Every redemption. Every chance to start over. Give Him the glory.

To God be the glory. Amen.

{Online Book Study} Power Up

Megan01Written by: Megan Kincheloe

Twice in my 39 years of life I got the bright idea that I was going to be a runner. Not only was I going to start running, but I was going to run two half-marathons to add those to my list of accomplishments in life. This wasn’t something God was calling me to do. Honestly, this was about the shiny medals someone would drape around my neck at the end and the excitement of being able to put that 13.1 sticker on the back window of my car.

I started training for the first race the week before I was scheduled to run. No, that is not a typo. Exactly one week prior to running 13.1 miles, my longest distance of walking/running was 5 miles. Not wise, my friends. The excitement from my two running mates and the energy from the other 15,000 runners pushed me right through those first six miles. Then the adrenaline was present and pumping over the course of the next three miles which made that part of the run bearable. On mile nine, I called on God. “Please God, give me the strength to get through these last 4.1 milesI can’t feel my legs and my lungs feel like they are going to collapse.” This was the conversation I had with God during this phase of the second half I ran too. “Please God, get me to the end.” He did. And I have the shiny medals to prove it. But I left both of those races thinking, “Why in the world didn’t I call on Him sooner? Why didn’t I ‘power up’ with God from the beginning?” In addition to the poor training prior to these races, I wasn’t using the One source who could push me through. In “God is Able,” Priscilla Shirer says this, “But I know from the testimony of God’s Word that ‘power’ is one thing we should never feel short on. Even if we do get tired, exhausted even, we don’t need to feel impotent. God’s power doesn’t negate weariness; it just enables us to press through it with an uncommon persistence. No matter how tall our challenges are, His power in us is greater still.

Shew…

We recently had a quick scare in our family and as I am in panic mode trying to think of what to do next, our daughter goes immediately to God in prayer. She didn’t wait one millisecond before lifting our situation up to our Heavenly Father. Why? Because she trusts in His power. She knows it is limitless and readily available at all times.

Ya’ll, I try to do ‘it’ on own my own way more often than I care to admit. And ‘it’ encompasses many things.

Whether ‘it’ is an issue at work, a troubled child, a friend in need, a desire to eat healthy and exercise, or a plethora of other things, sometimes He is my defense rather than my offense. We all do things to ‘power up’ before our day.

Some have coffee. Some go for a run. Some take a shower…hopefully all take a shower☺. Friends, none of those things are going to give us lasting power to get through all of the hours in the day. But He will. If He can make the sun stand still, He can give you the power to get through every single thing you may face in this world. Call on Him and flex those muscles. You’ve got the Lion of Judah inside, beside, ahead and behind. Now that, my friends, is the real deal.

Joshua 10:12-13,Then Joshua spoke to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, ‘Sun, stand still over Gibeon; and Moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.’ So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the people had revenge upon their enemies.

{Online Book Study} Immeasurably More

Megan01Written by: Megan Kincheloe

Ephesians 3:20-21, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Immeasurably more…

Sigh. Guilty as charged. I sometimes try to fit God into a box. I fail to recognize that He can do immeasurably more than I ask of Him…and even immeasurably more than I don’t ask of Him. Here is a perfect example. I wanted to have a baby. In 2013, at 36 years old, I was starting to feel like God wasn’t hearing me. We had hoped and prayed for another baby for a good 6 years now and I just wasn’t sure he was listening. Maybe I knew He could do it…and was just doubting that He would do it. At any rate, I had a dreaming session with a friend of mine from Africa who happens to be a Pastor. Ya’ll…they hear clearly from God in Africa. I’m guessing it has to do with the fact that they do not have the constant distractions that we have (I’m so jealous of them…and I’m repenting right now of that jealousy). But even more than that…they trust Him. Wholeheartedly. Unashamedly. They trust Him and trust that He wants to pour His blessings out on each and every one of us. I dreamed bigger after talking with my Pastor friend. Not only did I want a baby, but I wanted a baby boy (“if possible God…if not, I will take a healthy baby girl”), and I wanted him to be born in the fall (“if possible God…if not, I will take him…ahem…or her…being born anytime”). Ack! Do you girls do that or is it just me?

Before I even get through a prayer a lot of the time, I am no longer asking boldly, and instead I am tongue tied and wishy washy. What am I afraid of? Afraid I am asking too much? Afraid He isn’t interested in my small requests compared to all of the requests that are much more important?

Oh girls…He wants them all. He wants us to bring every single request to Him and bring those needs and desires to Him boldly. And He wants us…He expects us…to trust Him with them. In “God is Able,” Priscilla Shirer says this, “So don’t think the concerns that pop up in today’s nitty-gritty are meant for you to bear alone, off grid, as if they’re somehow exempt from His spiritual protection, not covered under your fire insurance policy. The same God who is saving you from hell is also willing and able to save what’s left of your nerves and your workweek.” Wow.

Hebrews 4:16, “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (NIV)

Are you gals ready for the rest of the story from my dream session? Approximately 6 months after this first conversation, Pastor Nathan texted me and said, “My friend, God has quickened my Spirit and you will soon have a baby boy.” Say what? That’s crazy talk. Oh ye of little faith. Guess what happened that month? A positive pregnancy test…which meant a fall due date. The first ultrasound date came and some of my precious friends were in Ghana.

They called me from Pastor Nathan’s phone and curiously and excitedly asked, “Well…what are you having??” “It’s a girl!,” I replied. While they were giggling and teasing about my husband being surrounded by 3 women, Pastor Nathan never wavered and sat in the background gently shaking his head and saying, “No. It is a boy.” And guess what? A final ultrasound confirmed that indeed…it was a boy.

Sisters, He may not always work in this way and give us exactly what we ask for…because His ways are higher than our ways and He always knows best. But what a feeling to bring every large, wonderful, scary request to Him and trust that He totally can make those dreams happen. And if He doesn’t, it is because He has something bigger and better and more wonderful in store for you. Watch and see.

{Online Book Study} Why Do Today?

Megan01Written by: Megan Kincheloe

There is an old saying I have heard time after time throughout my life. It goes something like, “Why do today what you can put off until tomorrow?” Girls…this speaks straight to my procrastinating tendencies. This has been my pattern all throughout my life and quite frankly, while I always get things done on time, frustration usually invades my task at some point due to waiting to the last minute. This has been the case for as long as I can remember. When I was pursuing my Master’s Degree, all of my assignments were due at 11:59pm on Sundays. Guess when I would turn them in? Sometime between 11:30-11:59pm on Sunday. Ya’ll, I knew about these assignments WAY in advance…I’m talking WEEKS in advance…and had plenty of time to be ahead of the game. I clearly remember my Mom calling me on many Sunday mornings and me telling her I had a 20-25 page paper due that night. And I Hadn’t. Even. Started. Christmas shopping? I proudly proclaim every year I am going to be finished by Thanksgiving. Any guesses when I start? Well after Thanksgiving.

Thankfully most of the deadlines I push to the limit are not deadlines that are going to negatively affect my life in any major way if I end up sliding past the due date. But there was one that I knew I couldn’t delay any longer…

I started a Bible study with a group of friends back in 2009. It was during this Bible study that I heard several gals talking about being ‘saved’ and ‘baptized.’ At first I was very flippant throughout the conversation and proudly reported I had gone to church my whole life and was baptized as a baby. But it didn’t take me long to realize I may have gone to church my whole life but I didn’t know Jesus at all. Frankly, I was a pew sitter and just went through the motions to ‘do my Sunday duty.’ This is a realization that was hard to stomach. I finally went and met with the Pastor of the church I was attending and he prayed a prayer with me that I will never forget. I was saved. Changed from the inside out. And then I was baptized…again…only this time I was making a public declaration of my choice to follow Jesus and was asking to have my slate wiped clean.

Acts 2:38, “Peter replied, ‘Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’” (NIV)

If I’m being honest, I procrastinated on this moment in my life too. I went through week after week of believing I wasn’t ‘cleaned up enough’ to be baptized. I sat in church Sunday after Sunday thinking, “I’ve got to stop partying first.” “I’ve got to make sure my heart is clean and I have completely stopped gossiping.” “I’ve got to make sure my husband is ok with this.” Satan was feeding me lie after lie about needing to achieve some sort of perfection before I was ready to be a child of God. And let me tell you…perfection wasn’t achievable before baptism and it isn’t achievable after baptism. I am still a sinner…only now I am a sinner saved by His grace.

Sisters, the time is now. The problem is, as a society, we don’t do ‘now’ very well. We are distracted. We are poor time managers. We are glued to our phones. We aren’t present in our relationships with others and certainly aren’t present and in tune with ourselves and our Spirit. In “God is Able,” Priscilla Shirer says this, “Sometimes we overlook the nearness of God when we are caught up in the rhythm of life, dancing to the drumbeat of our personal issues. We stay too tired or angry or frazzled to remember that God can work on our behalf now.” Anyone else resemble that remark?

How about collectively we make a pact to be in the moment? We know He is there…in the now…and if we would just be still and breathe…maybe we could even feel Him in a tangible way. It’s ok to be excited about the future and to pray about something happening in the days to come…in fact…that is what we should be doing! But we can’t look so far ahead or be burdened by what is behind or we will completely miss the now. And sweet gals…there is always joy in the now. No matter what our circumstances…with God as our Captain…we know that while our story here on earth will end…what is beyond is far more glorious than we can ever fathom. THAT is cause for joy in the now.

{Girl Edition} Can You Hear Me Now?

Megan01Written by: Megan Kincheloe

I had a pretty significant life decision to make over these last couple of weeks and every day it went from staring me right in the face to lingering like a gray cloud over my head. Indecisiveness drives me insane but if I am being honest…I am indecisive more times than I would like to admit. Do not ask me to choose where I want to go to lunch or dinner. It isn’t that I don’t want to make my desires known, it’s just that I am not picky over where I eat. I happen to LOVE food and can find something enjoyable just about anywhere I go…unless you are talking McDonalds or one of the other burger joints and then…well…I’m out. TJ Maxx? Oh my overstimulation. Too much to choose from. I just will not even allow myself to cross the threshold to that particular store that many love so much. And while we are on choices…why oh why are there so many choices for everything? How am I supposed to know which shampoo is best or which marinade is going to excite my taste buds? Give me two choices and I am golden! I can pick one out of two. Any more than that creates mass confusion before the blink of an eye.

As I was facing this recent decision, I quickly became discouraged by not hearing from God. I literally vacillated between two extremes at any given time. One minute I was sure I was to head one direction and the next minute, autopilot was leading me in reverse. I was receiving my Facebook notifications. I was receiving my Instagram notifications. I was receiving incoming calls and texts…but I was not receiving any clarity from the One I needed to hear from the most. The days became increasingly frustrating and bewildering. I literally had 24 more hours to contemplate and it wasn’t until the 11th hour (very near the time a decision has to be made), that I received my answer. While He didn’t write me a letter…or tie my answer up in a neat little box with a bow…He did stir my heart and directed my thoughts in a way that convicted me so clearly, I had no doubts what I was supposed to do.

I started to search deep into my soul to attempt to figure out why I hadn’t heard from God before then. Why did He make me agonize day in and day out only to speak to me at the very last minute? And in that moment He showed me that He had tried to give me the answer before that moment. In fact, He had tried to give it to me several times. Only, instead of realizing He was using my husband and best friend as vessels to reach me, I was tuning them out and waiting for answers to be delivered in another manner. Instead of realizing He was delivering the message to me through His Word…I was waiting for Him to reveal His direction to me in another way. Gals, He was attempting to notify me. He was even speaking louder to me than those dings and dongs from my social media notifications…only my ears weren’t opened to hear Him. My thoughts had consumed me and I wasn’t even praying.

In John 15:7, Jesus said, “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” (ESV) I love one of the definitions of the word ‘abide’ which is ‘stick to.’ Sweet sisters, if we abide with Jesus…if we stick to Him…He will reveal to us exactly what we need to know. But when we get consumed with our thoughts instead of taking them to God in prayer…we are ‘sticking to’ ourselves and to anyone else who is listening and offering us advice. And when we are ‘sticking to’ something other than Him…we aren’t leaving Him any room to penetrate our thoughts and give us the answer we have been waiting for in desperation.

Abide in Him. He is notifying us…we just aren’t recognizing his ring tone.

How Does An Online Book Study Work?

I have received multiple inquiries this week as we approach the start of our Online Summer Book Study on how a book study like this actually works.

I hope these FAQ’s will help with your questions 🙂

Q: Do I need to commit to certain times?
A: No. Our study is crafted in a way that leaves room for flexibility. We understand that not everyone is available at the same time of the day and we also recognize that most people have a certain time of day that works best for them when working on their spiritual growth (…and maybe even a special place in which to do it in.) We want to encourage you to read the book, participate in discussions and journal any thoughts or revelations that you may have at a time that works best for you.

Q: What do I need in order to participate?
A: You will need the book God Is Able by Priscilla Shirer, the internet and a device to acquire our daily online study material (found on our website: weareHisdaughters.com), paper & a pen (for note taking) and a heart that desires spiritual growth.

Q: What are the fees for the Online Book Study?
We are happy to offer you participation in our study at no cost. FREE.

Q: It seems like a lot? What if I fall behind?
A: One of the beautiful things about a study like this is that you can choose to participate in whatever you wish. There will be discussion questions for you to participate in every day right on the website— you can join in whenever you wish, or not at all. There will be some extra fun things in our study group (on Facebook) during the week and we encourage you to join in and make some new friends and get to know the other ladies doing the study— but it is not required. And we have divided the book up into six sections to make studying more manageable for time.

Q: So…how exactly does it work?
A: Every Monday morning at weareHisdaughters.com (our website) there will be a teaching post from our Director of Online Book Studies; Doretta Zinck. It is here that Doretta will highlight the week’s reading schedule as well as key points to remember from the chapter(s) being covered. Doretta will also have a few discussion questions at the end of her post to start some dialog within our online community of ladies. Tuesday-Sunday, our regular writers will also be sharing thoughts on that week’s readings and will pose an additional question for contemplation and discussion at the end of their post. In addition to our weekly readings we have a private Facebook study group (https://www.facebook.com/Summeronlinebookstudy/?fref=ts) where we will socialize and nurture friendships by means of icebreakers, discussion questions, worshipping together and praying together, to name a few.

I hope that this email helps you better understand what our summer together will look like! If you haven’t signed up for our study yet, I encourage you to do so!

Much love,
Mandy Lawrence-Hill
for Team WAHD

 

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