Diving Into Corinthians Study {Announcement}


I am excited to announce that our newest study will begin April 2nd. In a little under a month, we will kick off our newest study and dive into the Corinthians. I have made a new journal for our study, where we can highlight, circle, make notes, and write up whatever helps us study the Word of God.

Our New Journal –

This journal is different than others. In this particular journal, we are given the Corinthians written out in a double space format – which gives us extra margins to write notes in too. While there are a few blank pages, it is mostly a “manuscript style” journal. This is where my InterVarsity days step in.

I wanted a journal that met me, where I am today. Physically, I have a lot of days where I cannot write out God’s Word like I hope to. This gives me a way to still deeply study the Word of God.

My Goal –

For this study, my goal is to slowly walk through the Corinthians. The amazing thing about this journal is – there’s no specific timetable. You can go at your own pace.

An Example –

Ideally, we will study a specific chapter each week. Since I do better with smaller passages, I will probably utilize an optional schedule. I want for us to go at our own pace though. The schedule will be optional for this reason. We need to study whatever the Lord is leading us to study.

My hope is to get into this study a bit each day. I learn and grow much more through “in depth” Bible studying. So even though we will likely do a chapter per a week, I will set up outlines like this one – to keep me on track.

Monday – 1 Corinthians 1:1-3
(Blog Post)
Tuesday – 1 Corinthians 1:4-9
Wednesday – 1 Corinthians 1:10-17
Thursday – 1 Corinthians 1:18-21
Friday – 1 Corinthians 1:22-25
(Blog Post)
Saturday – 1 Corinthians 1:26-31
Sunday – Reread and soak up His truths.

Be Ready to Grow With Jesus –

Friends, this study – Diving Into The Corinthians – is a chance for us to meet the Lord as we are. Even though life gets messy, the Lord wants to be our Forever Hope! He wants to show us His very Good News. Our trials don’t change the hope we can find in our Lord Jesus Christ.

This time of studying God’s Word is a time to gain a deeper intimacy with Christ, and nothing in this world can ever compare with such a gift!

Through His suffering, death, and resurrection, we have found a brand new life – where we don’t have to do everything on our own anymore. Our great God wants to be the One to hold us, regardless of what we have done.

How are we willing to surrender? Let’s just dive into this study at our own pace and see the Lord has to tell us.

If you want a Corinthians journal, click here to purchase yours! They are each $7.

Seeking Him,


Also: Don’t forget about our women’s FB group, where we will dive in a bit deeper than on the blog.


Designated Place {POTF // Verse}

Diving-Into-CorinthiansMy beloved reader,

How are you doing today? I hope you are well, not experiencing pain or fatigue, and are feeling the joy of drawing near to our risen Lord Jesus Christ. Today, I am facing another day of a Trigeminal Neuralgia flare up. So while I do have many words to share with you about the hope we find in our Savior Jesus, much speaking is held on hold until said flare ends (I see a new primary tomorrow).

Announcement to share –

I am in the process of setting up a blog study schedule for our newest journal. It is called “Diving Into The Corinthians”. It is only $7, which is a fantastic price for the length of study. It is in a different format than previous journals. If you enjoy manuscript studies, this is right up your alley! If you aren’t familiar with this method of study, don’t worry – I will share more soon!

Now for today’s heart sharing:

Even though it is difficult to write, I don’t want to delay in sharing our weekly focus verse – which will be 2 Timothy 2:22. Honestly, it has been hard to memorize these verses. However, maybe, I can just choose to fix my eyes upon the Lord Jesus (and focus) through these verses. So, that’s my goal.

Flee from youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart (WEB).

Any words of wisdom to share with today’s verse? Not exactly, but I thought my notes on this passage might be encouraging to share. It includes questions I want or need to ask myself.

There are a lot of questions for me to ask myself, but I need to remember in the middle of my asking that I am His (John 1:12). According to the Bible, I am a child of the Most High God through faith in Jesus Christ. God is my heavenly Father, and I am His much loved and cared for daughter. He passionately loves me and pursues me. I want my relationship with my heavenly Father to be strengthened.

Now for my notes, for 2 Timothy 2:20-22

I am His! I am not someone who has to roam from place to place. I have a Designated Place, where I belong. My home is found in God alone! He is the Place, where my heart and soul belongs.

Which kind of vessel am I being? Used for honor or dishonor?

In my habits, am I choosing to honor my heavenly Father?

I can be someone who willfully chooses honor, sanctification, and to be useful to my Master (our great God).

How am I allowing myself to be prepared for every good work?

How am I choosing to live, so I can function (emotionally, physically, etc) and be at my best for the Lord?

Let’s zoom into our focus verse, as we learn how to draw nearer to the Lord. Let’s focus on how we can authentically come before the Lord and intimately know Him. 

Am I choosing and prayerfully fleeing youthful lust?

How am I choosing righteousness, instead?

What about faith, love, peace, and to be with His people who are seeking Him alone?

Hopefully, it won’t be a week until my next post. I cherish our time together.

In Him,


Community: The Time’s Now

Friends and readers,

I have a wee little announcement to make. For a long time, I have talked about the need for community. The passion for companionship with like-minded followers of Jesus Christ – is something that can drive many of us. It can influence our decisions and lead the way in our lives.

For my own life, I have felt the intense longing for companionship and seen how this longing can drive me the wrong direction if I am not careful. Even so, I have seen how we treat “needing community/companionship” as though something is terribly wrong with us.

The Bible teaches us about the truth. In the Gospel, we see humans with a sinful nature come to know they need Jesus Christ. In learning about our need for a Savior, we learn also about our need for His beloved Church.

We need one another.

We aren’t capable to live our Christian life on our own. We need our brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ, those who are experiencing the Gospel and His powerful transformation.

As disciples of Jesus Christ, we were made for community. And so, I am pursuing a new avenue in connection with this blog.

With that said, my announcement: I have made an online small group for my blog readers and myself to draw near to Jesus together, pray together, search the Scriptures together, and stay encouraged despite circumstances – together!

I want to invite you into a closed Facebook small group. Only God knows the outcome of such a step in faith. But, willfully I come and invite you all to join me too in our online small group. Don’t worry about the “what if’s” or “possibly not keeping up”. I invite you to come and join me. Let’s “do life” together, and just enjoy Jesus Christ – our Savior!

On Monday, we begin a four week Bible study on the book of Philippians. As someone who struggles in her quiet time, I invite you to join me as we dive into Scripture at our own pace and support one another in our walk with the Lord.

Image by Hannah Busing.

In Him,



August Announcements

Psssst, stay tuned for the big announcement at the end of this post. You won’t want to miss any of it!

We are on the last week of our Ephesians study. It blows my mind, when I think about how God has taught and strengthened me these past several weeks of study. Ephesians was a great book to study, and I am soo glad you all joined me. We still have two new blog posts to share this week, that go with our study “Walking into the Light”.

If you missed the study and want your chance to grab the journal, please use this Amazon link. Please note: As an Amazon Affiliate, any purchase made is just one way you can offer your heartfelt support to Gracefully Overcoming.

Scripture Challenge

I have a new Scripture Writing Challenge for us –

For the month of August, I will be “hosting” a brand new study, using Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook (with occasional blog posts). So my hope is that – you will consider joining me. Just as I did for a few short studies, I will compile a journal to guide us – as we study this particular chapter in the Bible (to be announced very soon!).

After I work out the little details, I will be back to share the official details with you all. Until then, join me in prayer for our new scripture writing study.

Saving the Best for Last!

This is truthfully the big announcement!

I am so excited to share this announcement with you all. I have found another place in the blogging world – to share some of the things God is showing me in my journey of life. I am very stoked about this new experience and season God is allowing me to enter into. I have joined Servants of Grace, in what they are doing to proclaim the Gospel to all nations.

Today, I am over on SOG discussing community, the longing for it, and how the Gospel has impacted the version of community we have. You won’t want to miss it. This article is a sequel of sorts. I wrote about my struggle for community earlier this month. You may remember community is a big heart struggle of mine. I crave community. I invite you to join me over there, to discuss God’s design for community. There is much more God has in store for us. We shouldn’t have to settle or starve for community. Click here to read “The Gospel and Community”. 

I will write back later this week, to share specific details about our August study! So, you will want to stay tuned

~ Stacey


Fruit of the Brokenness {{Depression is a Fight}}


I am proud to announce that I have been able to partner up with Melinda of Fruit of Brokenness. Melinda is a wonder new blogger friend, and am pleased to have found her blog. I am finding her to be quite the treasure, as she opens up about her struggle with depression. And, I am so thankful that God is using her to talk about the struggles of mental illness.

In her blog, Fruit of Brokenness, she brings together two important topics: Our faith in Jesus Christ. And, mental illness.

We are not alone in this fight against the thorns of depression or other forms of mental illness (anxiety, OCD, etc). It appears in many forms, but Jesus Christ can continue to guide us through the rough days.

I realize mental illness is something we often shy away from. But, we need to talk about it. We need to build those conversations we dread, where we open up concerning how we are doing…

So, that is what I am doing today. Last week, I wrote a guest post for Melinda’s blog on my own struggle with depression. This is a special thing for two reasons: (A) Talking mental health is hard. (B) First ever guest post!

It is now available for you to read, relate, and pray. I hope you will check it out and allow it to be a tool in your own life. Whether in your own fight against depression or perhaps as something that will lead you on in helping someone during their storm of depression.

Before I share the link, let me give a sneak peak of what you are for…

“Those first moments going into Chuck E. Cheese, or Disneyland, or any place where there are crowds of people. Those moments can be brutal. They are difficult. You fight tooth and nail. To just be there. To just resemble some outward appearance of normal. To just keep from allowing them to see you cry. To just hang on long enough to make it through.

… Because depression, anxiety, and those emotions of that traumatic experience, they don’t take a break.

… Because somewhere inside, you want to be able to move past the difficult moments.

… Because we deserve to see the beauty in life.

… Because we deserve to be able to make it through a happy experience and experience the joy those moments hold for those who are elated – instead of depressed.”

Click here to read “Depression is… a fight!”

To learn more about Melina and Fruit of Brokenness, visit her blog.

She is also sharing her words of encouragement on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google Plus. Be sure to look up Melinda and this ministry God has given her.