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Setting the Right Goal {POTF}

I recently rearranged my bedroom, which has me really excited! Whenever I get a new “space” to sit and be with Jesus, it always has this effect on me.  It’s a new place to just sit with my Lord Jesus, and draw near to Him. It’s a happy moment. A new gift to unopen in these quiet moments of seeking Him.

Use Your Personality to Draw Near

“You have searched me, Lordand you know me. . . For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well (Ps. 139:1, 13-14, NIV).”

“Your hands made me and formed me; give me understanding to learn your commands (Psalm 119:73).”

God has personally made us. He has made our personalities. He has wired us with certain interests. This is why some people find joy (even heartfelt worship!) in taking a physical walk with the Lord, while others find worship in silently writing.

With My Being. . .

I fall into the latter group. When I find myself overwhelmed, my sacred time of quietly writing is never more appreciated! I am recharged by silence. To simply sit with our Lord Jesus is exactly what I need. . . and the perfect way to draw near to Jesus. The Lord is picking up my burdens here, as I sit and enjoy quietness. He is calming my heart. This shows how much I need this. We need to set goals that allow us to experience more of the Lord!

Friend, what is your one goal to help you draw nearer to the Lord during our study?

We are uniquely made. Even all the quirks we hate (like my need for more quiet), God might just have put there for a reason. Knowing more about our personalities helps us to understand how to worship Him in a more enjoyable way, but it boils down to this question.

What is one goal that will help us draw nearer to our Risen Lord Jesus?

There are various goals we could set. Let’s think up of some, shall we? {Be sure to comment below and share your goal for our eight week study}

Read and meditate on the given Scripture first thing in the morning.
Spend time in the Word before bed.
Take a prayer walk {short or long, it’s up to you}.
Spend time quietly before the Lord to just think and talk with Him in prayer.
Memorize one Scripture {or perhaps work to tackle all eight of them!}.
Write out each week’s memory verse.

Just remember: Make the goal realistic. It needs to fit you and where God has placed you right now. My goals will differ from others, because I am different from others. . . but, it’s not about comparison. Just drawing near to the Lord and this will give Him good pleasure.

An eight week journal is only $6.25, if you want to grab one. And, the blog party continues on Facebook. There’s even a women’s small group! WAHOO!!! Just wait and see what the Holy Spirit will do, my friends.

Image by Andy Hall.

In Him,

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Two New Opportunities (For the New Year)

Hey friends,

Welcome to 2017! I have TWO NEW THINGS to share with you all today. These are some pretty nice ways to get “plugged in”. Even if you are a part of a church family, it would still be a great way to get spiritually fed this year. Bear with me, as I share the details of both.

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Bible Reading Challenge is the first big opportunity I have to share with you all. While it started on the 1st, it’s not too late to join in. The goal is simple: to get into the Word of God and to encourage one another to keep spending more time in God’s Word.

The reading plan is a combination of reading the Bible in the order that things happened, and also reading daily Psalms. For the Bible Challenge, I have set up a blog to share the thoughts/posts and a facebook place to help my friends have easy access to the daily reading schedule. Just five days in, I have already gotten a bit behind and all. But you know what, I am really enjoying this Bible challenge. I am enjoying having the opportunity to just sit at the Lord’s feet and listen to my audio Bible as I remember how God has worked on behalf of His people – and – how God is our awesome Protector and Defender who initiates a relationship with us through His Son Jesus

Our Nine Week Bible Study is next on the agenda. I feel a bit scatter brained right now, so bear with me – as I write up this post. I am looking at my already higher-than-normal word count, and hoping I don’t miss details. While I know I haven’t shared much details about our new blog study, there has been a reason for that. These past few months have been crazy and hard as far as my health and symptoms go. I have wanted to make sure I would be up for this, as I do put a lot of time and attention into each of these studies (or I try to). Anyway, I am ready to share. =)

Are you ready for this? We will be studying the Thessalonians. Both books are included in this Scripture Writing – Bible Study on this blog. Honestly, I have already begun this study and am on week 3. So, I can say we will grow a lot. God is speaking to me in really good ways. He is reminding me of His presence. So, I invite you to join me in our study of Meeting the Thessalonians!

 

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Our new study will be a bit different as far as its format. I believe this will make it a better study for both you the reader and myself.

The Thessalonians study has been an amazing ride, one ride I am definitely ready to share with you all!

Big changes for our study –

  • It’s a “weekday” format – meaning five lessons per week.
  • A focus on memorizing Scripture.
  • Our weekly blog posts will continue, but perhaps only 1-2 posts per week.
  • A posted reading plan for those who cannot afford the journal (I couldn’t get one either, so don’t feel bad).

Also, there are changes within the journal too. What are some of those changes?

  • A weekly prayer sheet to help us jump start our week in prayer.
  • A reflection questionnaire to help us end each week well, and prepare for the following week.
  • A space to actually write out the memory verse, along with tips to help us memorize Scripture.

God is going to do some very amazing things in the course of our study. It will be 9 weeks of honest conversations with God and seeking Him in His Word! Look forward to having you join us.

We will begin our study on January 29!

Psst a little secret: We will begin studying the book of Romans after this study in the same format. We will take bite-size portions of Scripture to meditate and focus on, studying Romans over several Bible study eight week “sessions”.

Click here to support Gracefully Overcoming, by purchasing our Meeting the Thessalonians Scripture Writing Journal!

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ANNOUNCEMENT::: 2017 Studies

I have some exciting news to share, my friends!

I realize many of us are in a frenzy of shopping and cooking, as the Christmas countdown is going on. Only two weeks left. For me, that is hard to believe. The New Year is almost upon us!!

While this year has been crazy for me, as it has for many of you, I am looking forward to what God has in store for us in this new year.

As we continue to seek Him, God is going to do some unbelievable things in our midst. 2017 will be a new beginning, filled with all kinds of new opportunities to know Him on a deeply intimate level and join Him where He is at work!

Today, I am planning what will await us this new year. We have some good things in store.

Starting in January, we will begin a brand new study!! Meeting Thessalonians is going to be an AMAZING time of worship and getting to know God for ourselves! It will be a NINE WEEK study!

I am doing our studies differently this year, though. I must warn you. In order to make sure it is a pace I can follow (because we all know how I can make plans and naturally struggle to keep them – it is part of chronic illness, but also just part of life happening as it does for us all), I am choosing to make our studies “week day” studies. Basically what this means is – we will have two “catch up” days per week. This way… when life surprises us, it doesn’t leave us missing our Jesus time that we are in desperate need of.

The journals will have the same format as before. Well, almost. Our Thessalonians study has a reflection at the end of each week, to help us process what God has taught us during the week as well as preparing for the new week. It also includes a new format for the weekly memory verses, as well as tips to help us memorize God’s awesome word!

After Meeting Thessalonians, I do have a ‘nother set of studies I am planning and learning what I need to still do – in order to make them happen. We will spend most of the year studying a specific New Testament book in a way that helps us to grasp more fully its truths. I will share the name of that book, when the time comes.

… More details to follow!

Feature photo by Nicole Honeywill.

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31 Verses to Write on Your Heart (Blogging-for-Books)

higgsHave you ever wondered how to memorize Scripture? I have a wonderful study tool to share with you all today!

Liz Curtis Higgs’ latest book is on this very important topic – memorizing Scripture. As Christians, we know we need to make an effort to memorize the Word of God (see Ps. 119:11; Joshua 1:8; Matthew 4:1-11; Col. 3:16; Rom. 10:17). But, have you ever asked yourself how to do this important task? I know I have found myself in that very place, which is why I am pleased to bring this review to you all.

In her book, 31 Verses to Write on Your Heart, Higgs takes us on a beautiful journey. We will not only come away with having spent memorable time in the Word of God and learning to memorize Scripture, but will have also made a good friend and learned much about God and His Word.

This study is available for personal use, but there is one more benefit to this book. The study guide, located in the back of the book, makes it ideal for a small group study as well. This study is absolutely amazing! I hope you all have an opportunity to check it out!

Specifics on the Study

These are 31 verses that we desperately need to know by heart. When we learn the Scriptures, by heart, they will come to mind at the very moment their presence is needed. A short list of the set aside verses include –

  • Philippians 1:6
  • 2 Corinthians 5:17
  • Proverbs 3:3

… among many other treasured Scriptures that remind us of God’s truths.

In each day’s reading, you can expect to find 5 key elements…

~ A devotion
~ Time of prayer
~ The daily tip for memorizing Scripture (which means we get 31 tips designed to help us memorize Scripture!!)
~ The Scripture of the day in New International Version (NIV)
~ A space for us to write out the verse in our favorite translation

My Last Thoughts

I love to pore through this book. There is so much truth found within the contents of this book, that comes from God’s Word. In her devotions, Liz takes us through the Scripture word – by- word, phrase – by – phrase. Higgs is a researcher, which is one of my favorite things about her way of teaching, so we get to glean all that she is learning and has to share with us.

Not only is Liz knowledgeable, when it comes to the Word of God, she is witty. Whenever I take a journey with one of her books, it is like I am reacquainting with an old friend. This study will challenge us in our relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ. Plus, it isn’t a time consuming study – which is a must for many of us. As we dive into 31 Verses to Write on Your Heart, we will be challenged to seek after God and to come as we are. This study is a blessing, and I highly recommend it!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the “Blogging for Books” book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Just Be Present {{DLRB Goals – Aug 16}}

Lately, I am fascinated with this idea of having a routine.

… Or, at least, a morning one. I need routine. I need consistency. We live in an unpredictable world, but we can create a weave of consistency through what we do.

School begins today! Perfect time for me to begin a brand new routine and set goals. My prayer, today, is for the goals to be realistic. While I have limitations, it doesn’t mean giving up. I can perserve and keep on trying (see Gal. 6:9). Jesus Christ is the One in whom I have chosen to place my trust.

This week, my priorities are centered around developing a morning routine, stayed filled up with the Lord, through my time spent with Him, and finding ways to just be. I need to learn to just be. That’s where contentment is found. That’s where joy is found. That is where my Jesus is found. He is there. I need to acknowledge His presence in my life. I need to acknowledge what God is actively doing, on my behalf. And, enjoy the people He has placed in my path.

Goals for August 14-20

// Do //

– Home –
  • Clean bedroom and bathroom.
  • Wash dishes on a daily basis.
  • Wash laundry every other day.
  • Keep table clean.
– Health (Physical – Emotional – Spiritual) –
  • Wake up early, eat, and exercise.
  • Take daily naps.
  • Stay deep in the Word (Isa. 40; Mt. 4).
  • Connect with other believers.
-Projects-
  • Review “The Longing in Me”.
  • Make graphics for our Gleaning study
  • Begin working on SOG’s “Author” piece.
  • Begin to format next Scripture Journal (Exodus).
  • Write up Isaiah 40 – week 2 and 3 posts.
  • Pray & study for Friday’s home group.

// Read //

  • “Uninvited” by Lysa TerKeurst
  • Read Zephaniah 3 (repeatedly)

// Learn //

Take the time and effort, to memorize Zephaniah 3:17-18.

For the Lord your God has arrived to live among you. He is a mighty Savior. He will give you victory. He will rejoice over you with great gladness; he will love you and not accuse you.” Is that a joyous choir I hear? No, it is the Lord himself exulting over you in happy song. “I have gathered your wounded and taken away your reproach..” (TLB)

In order to live this one out, I need to get more specific in my plans –

  • Study it – each morning.
  • Focus on it – during exercise time (leave index card nearby).
  • Write it out (a few times)each evening.

// Be //

“Be present” could sum up, where I am this week. I want to learn how to be present in my relationships with God, through Christ, and others. Far too often, I am not present. My mind is elsewhere. So, this week, I really want to work on that. Just be present and enjoy the exact place God has divinely placed me.

What about you, my friend? How do you intentionally be present in your relationship with Jesus and those around you?

(The format for my goals, are borrowed from Mandy over at Biblical Homemaking)