Unseen: Our Next Book Study

 

I am so excited to announce our next book study that we will be doing in our closed group on Facebook! (Click here to request to join. I will need to be friends with you on Facebook, so please friend me first.) 

I was blessed to get an early copy of this book and underlined so many things in it that I just KNOW it is going to encourage SO MANY OF YOU who may be feeling like you are in one big season of being UNSEEN.

Sara Hagerty helps us find the beauty and meaning in living hidden lives with Christ. There may be circumstances that confine you to the hidden life…maybe it’s motherhood, maybe divorce, maybe cancer, maybe it’s a season of life or maybe it is your life…but, in the hidden moments we all begin to truly know who God is, and in turn, who we truly are in Him. Sara says that instead of our hiddenness being a burden, it’s an invitation…an invitation of grace to know more of the Father.

Unseen: The Gift of Being Hidden in a World that Loves to be Noticed

by Sara Hagerty

I’m telling you about this a few weeks early so that you can PRE-ORDER the book and get the pre-order freebies. You can read about the freebies here!

Reading Schedule

August 28 – Welcome & introduction to book study

September 4 (we likely won’t meet or do video on that day but I will let you know for sure!) – Discuss chapters 1-3

September 11 – Discuss chapters 4-6

September 18 – Discuss chapters 7-9

September 25 – Discuss chapters 10-13

Pre-Order the Book for Free Gifts

Because the book has not officially been released yet, you can still PRE-ORDER the book and receive the free downloadable GIFTS that Sara and her team are offering! I have had the blessing of being able to get a sneak peek of these and they are GORGEOUS.

Go here to order your book.

Then go here to put in your receipt number to receive the gifts! 

Give Away

I am so excited to GIVE AWAY 1 copy of this beautiful new book!!

Please leave me a comment telling me WHY you’d like to read this book to be entered!

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Winner will be announced on Tuesday, August 22nd! 

Give me Hinds Feet for High Places

Though the fig tree does not blossom,
    and no fruit is on the vines;
though the produce of the olive fails,
    and the fields yield no food;
though the flock is cut off from the fold,
    and there is no herd in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord;
    I will exult in the God of my salvation.
God, the Lord, is my strength;
    he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
    and makes me tread upon the heights.

Habakkuk 3:17-19 

Even though we have struggles, even though we have doubts, even though life is hard, even though I mess up daily…YET I WILL REJOICE IN THE LORD.

What is your “even though?”

Maybe it’s sickness, maybe it’s divorce, maybe it’s disability, maybe it’s anxiety, maybe it’s a prodigal child. Can you rejoice in GOD even though?? HE is the Sovereign Lord and HE is our strength. All of these “even thoughs” are what God is using to grow our hinds feet. Those hinds feet will allow us to walk upon the heights, cling to the narrow path, grow stronger…and then go back into the valley strong and able to share His love.

In the book, Hinds Feet for High Places, the main character’s name is Much Afraid. I am fairly certain we can all relate to this name and have felt that would be our name at one time or another. Or maybe even daily.

Yet, Much Afraid decides to follow the Good Shepherd up on the heights. Despite her crippled feet and crooked mouth that can’t speak well, she begins the climb.

Just like the author of the passage in Habakkuk, many trials await Much Afraid. The path gets narrow. Her enemies Pride, Bitterness and Craven Fear meet her around many corners of the path.

Yet the moment she calls out to the Good Shepherd He is there with her. He is listening, caring for her, and helping her on her climb.

Yet, He won’t carry her all the way. Because she must develop her own hinds feet.

We must all develop our hinds feet. The trials of this life are what develops these feet with which we can withstand the storms of life.

If you need to be encouraged on the difficult path you are facing, I highly recommend you check out this classic.

Also spend some time reading and meditating on this passage of Scripture from Habakkuk chapter 3. Ask the Lord to grow your hinds feet and to give you peace, patience and wisdom as you walk the path He has carved out for you.

I am reading the children’s book with my kids and it is also excellent!!

More Encouragement

I know this video and song will encourage your heart just like it has mine!

Where Is Your Confidence?

We live in a culture of women who have misplaced confidence. We are either plagued with self-doubt on a regular basis or our confidence is placed in all the wrong things. Either end of the spectrum is detrimental to us emotionally and spiritually.

Friends, where is your confidence? Where is your hope? Where do you find your joy and contentment?

God’s Word tells us that He created the world by speaking it into being. He called it good. He created us, He calls us good and fearfully and wonderfully made. Do we trust Him and take Him at His Word? Or do we keep trying to find our confidence and our contentment in the things of this world?

Dictionary.com says that confidence is full trust; belief in the powers, trustworthiness, or reliability of a person or thing. Synonyms for confidence are faith, reliance, and dependence. 

So, who or what do you believe in? Who is trustworthy? Who is reliable? Where is your faith and reliance? Who are you dependent upon?

Putting our confidence in ourselves alone is a scary place to be. But, when we confess our trust in God and God alone, our confidence will never be misplaced. He will never let us down. Our confidence and our hope is secure because He is faithful. 

Because of our loving heavenly Father we can have confidence in who He made us to be. We can know that we are His. We can know that He lovingly created us for a greater purpose than ourselves and for His glory. That knowledge should give us true confidence. 

10 Verses to Remind You of Your True Confidence

“For you have been my hope, Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth.” Psalm 71:5. Lord, you are my hope. You are my confidence. Help me not to place my hope in my circumstances, my material belongings or my standing here on earth. Remind me of my true and only real hope.

“It is better to trust in the Lord Than to put confidence in man.” Psalm 118:8. God, You tell us that it is better to trust You than to place our confidence in anyone else. We have found this to be true, yet sometimes, we start to hope in others. May we be reminded daily of the unfailing, never-let-us-down kind of love You offer us.

“For the Lord will be your confidence, And will keep your foot from being caught.” Proverbs 3:26. You are my confidence, Lord, you will keep me from slipping. You will uphold me. You are my security.

“In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, And His children will have a place of refuge.” Proverbs 14:26. God, in You I have strong confidence. I have a place of refuge. The world will not offer me lasting hope or refuge. Only in You can I be truly content and confident.

“The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever.” Isaiah 32:17. God, You have given me the righteousness of Jesus and the fruit of that righteousness is peace., quietness and confidence. I don’t have to earn it, I don’t have to work for it, it is mine through Christ.

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.” Jeremiah 17:7. Lord, You say I am blessed when I trust You, when my confidence is in You. I choose to believe You. I choose to live fully in the purpose and calling You have placed on my life…that You created me for a greater purpose than myself and for Your glory.

“Such confidence we have through Christ before God.  Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.” 2 Corinthians 3:3-5. God, THIS is the confidence I have in You: I am not competent on my own, but in You, I have everything. 

“In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.” Ephesians 3:12. Because of Jesus, I can approach You, God, with confidence and freedom. Grow my trust in You, God. Increase my faith.

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1. Grant me this faith, oh God. May I be confident and assured of what I do not see because the unseen is the eternal, it is of You, it is my forever, lasting and true hope.

“So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” Hebrews 13:6. You are my helper, God, I will not be afraid. What can mere man do to me? I hope in You and You alone!

You Can Do This

“It’s time to agree with God about who He says you are.” Tricia Lott Williford from her new book You Can Do This.

If you struggle to take hold of the confidence we have through Christ, I encourage you to grab this brand new book that releases this month!

“Our culture as a whole, and often the Christian culture in particular, discourages confidence in women. Tricia Lott Williford explores how confidence and self-awareness can be a path toward stronger and richer faith. She offers stories and strategies to inspire and lead women to develop the confidence to stand firm in the face of the blows, losses, and disappointments in life.

Readers of this book will think, laugh, and gain confidence to do what is set before them. They will feel hopeful, courageous, strengthened, encouraged, present, and confident. And finally, readers will be equipped to implement simple strategies to inspire contagious confidence in themselves and others.” description from Amazon

 

10 Verses to Pray for your Knight in Training

“Yes, there are problems in our culture. But we do not need to be consumed with fear or fatalism. It is possible to raise boys entirely different from the cultural norm. So be a warrior, not a worrier! Be fiercely loyal and dedicated to raising your boys up.” Heather Haupt from Knights in Training

When we are tempted to fear the world that our children are growing up in, let us remind our hearts that God is bigger than any problem we (or our kids!) will ever face! And let us be more prayerful than fearful.

10 Verses to Pray for your Knight in Training

Let us be prayer warrior mamas for our knights in training. Praying God’s Word has transformed my prayer life. If you want to read more about this way of praying, you can subscribe to my blog for a free ebook guide on how to Pray the Scriptures.

Here are 10 verses that we can pray over our sons, each one correlates with one of the “codes of honor” mentioned in the book Knights in Training.

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (Code: Love god)

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the LORD is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I give you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of theme when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” 

Prayer: Oh Lord, grant me the grace to love you more and more each day. May my knight in training learn what it means to love you with all of his heart, soul and strength. Help my husband and I to be diligent teachers and doers of the Word in our home, when we sit at home, when we are driving around town and when we go to sleep at night. May your Word and Your love and Your sacrifice ever be on the forefront of our minds and hearts. Only by Your grace and for Your glory!

Ephesians 6:1 (code: obey)

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.”

Prayer: Lord, grow in my son a heart that delights in obedience. May he know, all the days of his life, what is right and good. May he always follow Your path and when he strays, draw him back to Yourself.

Micah 6:8 (code:stand against injustice)

“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”

Prayer: Lord, You have shown us what is good. You have shown my son what is good and what You require of him. Help him to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with You all the days of his life.

Isaiah 1:16-17 (code: protect the weak)

“Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.”

Prayer: Father God, may my son learn to defend the helpless, to defend and build up the oppressed, to bring justice to the fatherless and plead the widow’s cause. Grow in my son a heart of compassion for the needy around him. Give him the courage to share your love without fear.

Ephesians 6:2 (code: respect women)

“Honor your father and mother that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” 

Prayer: Lord, grow in my son a heart of honor not only for those in authority in his life, but for all men and women everywhere. May he always show respect and honor to the women you place in his life.

Matthew 5:9 (code: don’t give offense)

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”

Prayer: Lord, You have said we will be blessed when we choose to be peacemakers. Grow in my son a heart that desires peace above being right. Convict his heart when his motives aren’t pure and he wants to pick a fight with those around him. Give him a heart of peace and humility in all things.

Ephesians 5:15-16 (code: speak truth)

“Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.”

Prayer: Father God, give my son courage to speak truth. And give him the wisdom to speak the truth in love. Grow him up in You, Lord.

Psalm 112:4-6 (Code: Be generous)

“Light dawns in the darkness for the upright; he is gracious, merciful, and righteous. It is well with the man who deals generously and lends; who conducts his affairs with justice. For the righteous will never be moved; he will be remembered forever.”

Prayer: God, Your light dawns in the darkness for those who live upright lives. We desire to be the light of the world to this lost and dying world we live in. May my son be gracious, merciful and righteous. You have told us that it will go well for the man who deals generously and that is our heart’s desire for our knights in training. Make them generous to all they come into contact with and in every situation they face. May he always conduct his affairs with justice.

James 1:25 (Code: Persevere)

“But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.”

Prayer: Lord, may my son persevere in looking to You and Your Word, which brings freedom, and may he persevere. May he not be a hearer of the word alone, but also a doer who acts. We know that he will be blessed in the process.

Colossians 3:23-24 (Code: Pursue Excellence)

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”

Prayer: Lord, may my son be a hard worker. May he know that you created him to work. Remind him that he works for You and that he will receive the beautiful inheritance you have for him as a reward. May my knight in training serve you all the days of his life.

Knights in Training

My friend Heather Haupt has written a fabulous book for moms of boys and it releases TODAY. This book, Knights in Training, has 10 principles for raising our modern day knights to be honorable, courageous and compassionate.

10 Ways to Fall In Love with Your Bible

“We become what we behold.” — unknown

This has been my mantra for 2017. What do you spend your time beholding? Where are your eyes fixed? What is your heart full of?

Are we beholding the things of this world or are we beholding God and His Word? Are we so fixed upon our circumstances that we miss God at work?

God’s Word tells us to think about things lovely, true, noble and right. “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:8-9

How do we go about this?

I believe we fix our eyes on Jesus, we know Him more, we BEHOLD Him through the pages of His Word. 

This isn’t a religious rule or obligation. This is about a relationship. 

When we spend time in God’s Word, we can’t help but know God more.

But, maybe God’s Word is a mystery for you. Maybe you feel guilty when you don’t spend time in reading and studying His Word. Maybe you haven’t figure out a way to study that brings you joy. Maybe you’re picking up a book and forgetting Who the author is.

10 Ways to Fall in Love with Your Bible

So, I want to share some of my favorite tips & suggestions for helping you to LOVE spending time in God’s Word!

We behold God through the pages of His Word. Do you want to know God more? Read the Bible. Remember, this isn’t like reading other books. This isn’t a textbook. This is about knowing God and being known. This is about never growing old of the Greatest Love Story of all time.

Say good-bye to excuses. We are not focusing on “doing it right.” We are focusing on God and knowing Him more. We are not focusing on guilt or how many days we’ve missed in our reading plan. We are fixing our eyes on JESUS, the author and perfecter of our faith.

Start with prayer. Don’t leave God out of your quiet time. I know that sounds crazy, but invite Him in. Start with Him. Ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you, to convict you, to encourage you, to help you. I believe this is a prayer He loves to answer.

Grab a cup of coffee or tea, a cozy blanket and find your favorite chair. We are women, we enjoy comfort. I like to think of my comfy chair as a big hug from God every morning. Use a favorite mug and have a hot cup of something delicious.

Try out different methods of Bible Study! You can learn about 7 Simple Methods of Bible Study here! I *know* that one or more of these will appeal to you and truly help you to love studying the Bible! Methods such as: word study, apple method, verse mapping, and more!

Pray through the Bible. This is my favorite method of prayer, but it’s also my favorite way to read God’s Word. Praying the Scriptures has changed my prayer life. Don’t make it hard. Read a passage, what jumps out at you? Ask God to do that in your life. Read the words aloud to God. They are HIS Words, of course they are right and good words to pray! You will receive a Simple Guide to Praying the Scriptures when you subscribe to my blog. Or check out Praying the Psalms or 40 Verses to Pray in the Waiting. I also have free monthly praying the Scriptures calendars!

Consider the gift of God’s Word. I have spent time in a country where the Bible is not allowed. I have witnessed with my own eyes precious saints of God hiding a few PAGES of God’s Word so that they would have SOMETHING. When we consider what an immense TREASURE the Word of God is, we can’t help but want to read more and more of it!

Join a ladies Bible study group! It is important to have time that you spend with God on your own, but it is also important to not neglect the fellowship with other believers. This is one of my favorite ways to study God’s Word! Iron sharpens iron! If you aren’t in a local church that offers weekly Bible study times, get a few friends together and go through a book together as friends! You can even choose one that has videos so no one has to feel called to teach during your time together.

Write the Word. One thing that I started doing last year was writing out the Word of God as I read and pray through it! Why do we write things down? We write down things that are important to us, things we want to remember. So, why not write down God’s Word? I have a video telling a little more about this and a page full of FREE resources for writing various books of the Bible here.

Try something new! Maybe your Bible reading just needs a little spark of color or creativity. None of this is necessary, mind you.  But God is the most creative Being possible. So I happen to think He loves the trend in Bible Journaling. Try a Bible Journaling Kit from Dayspring. Watch a few videos and try something new! Step out of your comfort zone.

Bonus Tip!

Read the brand new book 10 Ways to Fall in Love with Your Bible by Shanna Noel. I was SO blessed to get an early copy of this book and I LOVE it. I finished the book in just a few short days! Y’all know how much I love God’s Word. Sharing resources with you all to help you love the Bible is one of my passions. So I was VERY excited to read this book. It’s fabulous.

I shared with you 10 of my favorite ways to LOVE the Word of God, but Shanna shares her ideas for helping you to fallen love with God’s Word in this brand new book! I”m so excited for you all to read this!