Schedule for Remaining Blog Study

Hi friends!

For the last few weeks, we have been going through the Sermon of the Mount. But before we reached Jesus’ awesomely convicting sermon, we were met with the temptations Jesus Himself faced.

The Father sent Him out into the wilderness, too. In the wilderness, where it was just the Father, Son Jesus, Holy Spirit, and the tempter Satan. In the wilderness, is a sacred but difficult place. Sacred, because of commune with the Father. Difficult, because of the heaviness of the temptations He would endure.

Jesus shows us how to walk through our own wildernesses.

And sometimes, it means getting away from everything we once knew. To be given our Father’s perspective on our life’s difficulties.

My Own Wilderness

Lately, I have been feeling like I need to take a step back in my online presence. This will only affect social media, not my blog itself. With that said, I have made a schedule to keep everyone in tuned with where we are in our study.

While the journal is available on Amazon (and your support is soo needed and appreciated, it’s what keeps this blog running), I have been posting the main scriptures on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Although Facebook had a glitch this week when I made my new Instagram for my new blog, Chronically Overcoming.

Disconnecting…

Just like my Instagram account was disconnected from its purposeful source (Facebook is honestly the primary reason I began using Instagram in the first place, but anyway). A lot of times, we mean well… but in the process, we become disconnected from the important things (see Col. 3:1-2).

We need to take reflective rest breaks, and just take time out to allow our perspective to be renewed and to take inventory of our spiritual lives. There is absolutely no shame in this. It is actually really good to plug in and just take inventory of our spiritual lives. Where are we? And, where are we trying to go? Has God been the One leading us?

This is what I need to begin exploring.

As we continue our study, let’s expect God to move things around in our lives. Let’s expect God to show us what we need to surrender to Him. I don’t know where you are in your life, but I can guarantee you – He is asking you to surrender something. Take time to disconnect and check your connection with Him. Make sure you know what He is willing you to do. Make sure you can clearly hear His voice. Just disconnect for a bit, in whatever way God leads you.

Again, this choice will not affect the blog posts you all have grown accustom to seeing here on Gracefully Overcoming.


* Please note: The link for the journal (through Amazon) is an affiliate link.
* You can find all of the posts for our Gleaning study here.

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MMS – Whisper

MMSFor the month of October, I am joining many bloggers in a challenge to write every single day for 31 days. I learned about this challenge through another challenge I participate in most weeks. The “Five Minute Friday” challenge is going to expand to last the whole month! Each entry, will be five minutes unedited of writing on a particular theme – found on Kate’s blog.Today’s theme is “whisper.”

What I Need…

I need a whisper that screams to my spirit’s deepest needs.

God is in the whispering business.

God whispers.

He whispers to our hearts.

He helps us.

God speaks directly to our hearts about what we face. What is incredible about God, is His ability to speak to our deepest need. Our spirit can be in turmoil – wondering how we will pay for x, y, and z, and all of a sudden the money comes in – just in time. We haven’t spoken the need to anyone, but God. Yet, God displays His whispering abilities.

The Holy Spirit whispers. He will whisper our names upon others’ hearts.

Acts of God

While we are in this world, others can sum up things to a coincidence. For those who are in Jesus Christ, we know better.

As God’s masterpiece, we can know God whispers our names upon the hearts of others who might not even know us. He will give them the words to speak, the money to give, the grace to give, the love to offer. God is faithful.

God Whispers

…. to us.

This is one way that He will speak to us. Through whispering to our spirits. Might be why we don’t hear Him a lot of times. Too many distractions. Too much noise. We need to quiet down, and start acquainting ourselves with silence. It is then that we will actually, and finally, hear Him!

How is God whispering to your spirit today? Take time to listen.

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Misfits Welcome

Misfits Welcome

The author is Matthew Barnett, founder of the Dream Center. The Dream Center is a large church that ministers to many that are overlooked by society – homeless, prostitutes, drug addicts, gangsters, and the suffering. In this book, Misfits Welcome, he seeks to encourage others in living out big dreams of compassion.

When I requested to review this book, I was thrilled to read it and see what truths God would use to speak to my heart. I love the Dream Center. I loved the time I got to experience ministry, while there for a week. I had high hopes for this book, to be encouraging and biblically sound. In my opinion, it lacked a crucial part: discussion of prayer and discernment of God’s voice.To be fair in the review I present before you today, I struggled to continue reading this book. I found it to be self-focused. Not solely on the basis of the Dream Center, it was focused on the individual ability of those who acted on an idea of compassion. I felt it was profound enough to stop reading the book.

Here’s why: I felt like the focus was on their doing. It wasn’t set up as “God used me to do ________” or praying for those ideas you have. It felt as though if you have an idea, then it needed to be done. It lacked the backup of prayer and seeking to discern God’s voice.

There are certain examples I could give. Here are two in their context:

  1. “In your life, what have you always wanted to do and talked yourself out of? Move in the direction of the extraordinary idea and watch Jesus come along and make it happen. Just start moving.”
  2. “The truth is, God doesn’t always ask us to do what we can do, but rather to do more than we can do.”

Due to the lack of discussion on prayer and discerning the voice of God, I chose to end my reading adventure with “Misfits Welcome”. Having an idea is not a good enough reason – to act. We need to discern God’s voice, and stay close to Him. We need to honor God in our thoughts and deeds. Following His leading. Paying attention to His prompts. Making sure what we feel led to do matches up with what God wants for us to do. He will persistently nudge His Church, to act according to His divine will. We need to allow Him to direct our path.

**In exchange for a honest review, I was given a free copy of this book by BookLook**

Music: “All I Need To Be”

Music: “All I Need to Be”

I love the message behind this song. NO matter what, we are where we need to be. I am not lacking anything, for I am exactly where I need to be. This song has been encouraging me greatly lately. I don’t have to turn into someone else, to be what I need to be.  God can work through me right where I am. I can be close to my Heavenly Father right where I am. I can pursue intimacy with my Creator right where I am. There is nothing stopping me. I may not be where I’d like to be, but I am where I need to be.

Certain parts of the lyrics really stand out to me. For the full lyrics, visit A-Z Lyrics. God can take me from a place of barely hanging on to hearing His voice – and experiencing peace that only God can give to me even in the face of all the struggles I may face. I can hear His voice through it all, if I pay attention.

  • Pushing the fear away.
  • So through with barely hanging on.
  • Letting the past be the past.
  • Endurance
  • Desperate need of the reminder that I am strong enough.
  • Knowing my Creator is also my Healer.

For me, it comes down to believing that I am exactly where I need to be. Knowing that not only am I where I need to be, I can be used here.

So, I wanted to share it with you all. I hope you will be blessed by it as well.

Fireflight’s “All I Need to Be”