Journal The Word Bible Review {BookLook}

Hi Friends!!

Over next few weeks, we will be playing “catch up” – as we grow together through 1-2 Timothy. It is mind blowing that we are half way through our life giving Press On Toward Faithfulness Bible Study! I am learning soo much as I sit and study the Word of God. Be sure to keep an eye out for new posts, regarding our study.

Now, for today’s review!

Let’s Get Started

Initially, I was surprised by the Bible journal. I didn’t know what to expect, because I have never owned or seen a journal styled Bible in person.

The Highlights –

  • Its Cover: The cover alone will be very inviting to women young and old.
  • Each page offers a journal space to jot down notes.
  • There are over 450 journal prompts! Imagine the transformation the Holy Spirit can do, as our teenage girls make their aim to fully use this Bible – prompts included.

Why I Recommend –

I highly recommend this Bible for teen girls! It would be perfect for them, and draw them nearer to the Lord – as they read, take note of writing prompts, and respond through their Bible reading time.

This Bible may be limited in “features,” but would make for a wonderful tool in drawing near to the Lord!

My Testimony –

Even now as I think about these things, I am reminded of my favorite Bible – which has no “extra” features. I absolutely love the Bible, but this copy in particular is extremely meaningful to me. It has all of many notes. I absolutely love that Bible, because of the memories. This “Journal Through The Word” Bible is an opportunity to make those kind of memories with the Lord! The joy infused moments with the Lord, that make us want to keep reading and studying our Bible.

In Closing –

This Bible would be a great fit for teenage girls. It isn’t too bulky, and is beautiful from the inside – out. One of the best benefits of this Bible is its ability to lay flat. You never have to worry about losing your spot, because of the way this Bible has been designed.

I think it is a very nice Bible and the Lord will use it to draw others nearer to Him. He will use the journal prompts to encourage His daughters to keep reading and writing through what they read.

To find out more about this Bible, click here.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through BookLook’s blogger review program, in exchange for a honest 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.

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Soul Tied {Inspiring Women}

Hi friends! For the months of May/June, we will be using a reading plan given to us by Sweet to the Soul Ministries. Feel free to stroll through their Facebook page and blog. They even have a journaling kit and Bible study for this month’s plan.

Yesterday I underwent a medical test, and my body shared its unwellness with me and others. While the outcome of my test is unknown, I am reminded of the eternal hope found in our risen Lord Jesus Christ.

The woman left her water jar beside the well and ran back to the village, telling everyone, “Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could he possibly be the Messiah?” (John 4:28-29, NLT)

The hope of Jesus Christ remains strong, despite our earthly circumstances. Friends, we can become women who are made complete in Jesus Christ.

This Woman

Jesus spoke with a woman, known only by her past sins. Jesus offered her the same gift He offers to us – eternal hope, forgiveness of our sins, and an identity of being His!

We know. . . God loves you and has chosen you to be his own people (1 Thess. 1:4).

Jesus met her in the unlikely place. As she searched for drinking water, her soul finally found what it was searching for: Jesus Christ, the One who cleanses us and redefines our identity – based on who He is.

She didn’t know what {or who} was waiting for her, as she went to the well. This heavy hearted woman went to the well at noon time, which was an ideal time to gather water without the presence and chatter of other women. She knew the glances well, because everyone knew she was a woman with a scandalous past.

This precious woman left behind her past, as her satisfied soul lept for joy and entered an exclusive relationship with Jesus.

From this moment on, she would stop running from others. She would quit forcing her eyes to look no further than the sandals on her feet. Instead of hiding away like an embarrassment to God and others, she did something quite different:

She became a woman whose heart was found in Jesus, her Savior, and told others about the God they had to come and see for themselves.

We have our own past, but remember Jesus can use these moments and bring glory to the Father. While I don’t know your story, I know our Lord. He can bring a testimony out of our mess, and fill it with His eternal hope.

During my test, all I could do is pray in the presence of distractions and remember “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so. . . to Him we belong. . . They are weak, but He is strong.”.

Remember, friends. Souls tied to King Jesus can leap for joy and have a desire to tell others about Him. How can we tie our souls to His?

Let us spend time in prayer and worship.

In Christ,

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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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Intercessory Prayer (Dutch Sheets, Bethany House)

Truthfully, this is perhaps the most difficult book review that I have written. After reading some of Dutch Sheets’ book, Intercessory Prayer, I discovered he is not an author to read or support.

The Author

As I approached chapter 2, it became clear that Sheets operates from a different belief system. While I didn’t google his name beforehand, it is clear that he declares “modern day” prophesies. By definition: he gives prophetic words that he believes is from God. Whenever we are met with a prophet, we are taught to test their works. There are many who claim to be a prophet, yet their words never spring into action – showing them to be accurate prophesies.

I encourage you all to do as 1 John 4:1 teaches us to do. In 1 John 4:1, we are taught to “test” those who prophesy to see if they come from God. We have many false prophets and teachers in today’s world.

That is a little background on what we are called to do as Christians, when we come across a prophet. With that said, I cannot support him in any capacity. Because he is a self named apostle and modern day prophet, I simply cannot support his work – especially having read some of this book.

Part of the greatest task I have, as a book reviewer, is to lead my readers to books that will direct them into greater knowledge of God, His Son Jesus, and the Gospel using the Bible with a clear interpretation.

 

Thoughts on His Book

Sheets believes that God’s work is dependent upon His people.  As in, God’s work will not go forward unless we are actively involved in intercessory prayer. I highly question this line of thinking. To me, this is something that goes against what I believe God teaches us, through the Bible. While God chooses to work through His people, His work is not dependent upon us in any way, shape, or form.

To be honest, the book started me on a trajectory of questioning my beliefs among other things. I tried to see his point of view, in chapter 2, as I read. Yet, all it did was disturb my spirit and cause me to do a lot of wondering if there was any truth to what I was reading in this book… But soon after reading this chapter, I learned of his background which helped bring some light for why I struggled to read and understand this book. From my own observation, it does not seem like it was written from a clear interpretation of the Bible. Reading a book such as this one, will only cause us to be led astray.

So with all that said, I must admit that this is not a book or author I would recommend.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through Bethany House’s blogger review program, in exchange for a honest 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.

Social Media Society {{Week 6}}

Welcome to today’s blog and our Gleaning From the Heart of Jesus study! Today, we will be discussing a very important topic. One we all will encounter, as we live in our Christian life! Are you ready? Break out those journals and your Bible. If you don’t have either nearby, join us anyway!

The Scriptures – Matthew 6:1-4 and Jeremiah 17:10

Jesus said, “Be careful not to do good deeds in front of other people. Don’t do those deeds to be seen by others. If you do, your Father in heaven will not reward you. When you give to needy people, do not announce it by having trumpets blown. Do not be like those who only pretend to be holy. They announce what they do in the synagogues and on the streets. They want to be honored by other people. What I’m about to tell you is true. They have received their complete reward. When you give to needy people, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Then your giving will be done secretly. Your Father will reward you, because he sees what you do secretly (Matthew 6:1-4, NIrV).”

The Lord says, “I look deep down inside human hearts. I see what is in people’s minds. I reward each person in keeping with their conduct. I bless them based on what they have done (Jeremiah 17:10).”

Devotion

Unfortunately, we live in a social network culture where it’s common practice and expected to proclaim every single act and good work that we have offered up to our gracious Creator and Redeemer! While it is still just as wrong as Scripture tells us, we have somehow made it seem okay. So, we “check in” when we get to church or the latest worship event we have been to. We post a picture, when we crack open our dusty Bible for the first time in a week.

We have lost the sacred art along with the way God has trained us up, where we are careful to not tell others about our “good deeds”.

According to this set of Scriptures, we are reminded of the danger that our sharing or oversharing can cause. We can, in fact, miss (completely) the blessings and rewards of our great God. All because, we weren’t careful to live our acts within the walls of our spiritual marriage.

Like an earthly marriage, there is much of ourselves and actions that are far too personal for the outside world – to have access to.
Our relationship with Jesus is a treasure that this world shouldn’t have full access to.

While we share a great deal about our relationship, we need to be careful.

Our spiritual marriage is a sacred thing. While we are proclaiming and sharing, let’s resolve to stay humble and allow God to be our motivation for every single thing we do. Let’s listen to God, take Him at His Word, and remember why Jesus tells us to not share the knowledge of our “good deeds” with others. Let’s remember the gift of discretion, and obeying God. We need to allow discretion and godly obedience to invade our hearts and minds, so we don’t proclaim our good works and lose our heavenly rewards.

See Romans 12:2; Luke 12:1-3

Lord God, Keep my focus on You. Help me to not share my “good deeds” with the world, but leave them for You alone. Thank You for all You are and the relationship I can have with You. Help me not to follow the patterns of this world, but to be transformed by You alone! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.