Praise Before Panic {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.

We can apply today’s Scripture to any area of life. While I was contemplating on if I was well enough prepared to write on this Scripture, I now know this is an important truth for any area of life.

Also it is not good for a person to be without knowledge, And he who hurries with his feet [acting impulsively and proceeding without caution or analyzing the consequences] sins (misses the mark). – Prov. 19:2, AMP

As I previously mentioned, I underwent a medical test. Any medical test can have the ability to be over-analyzed. I am thankful for the reminder to spend time considering my spiritual needs too. Before my big test, I sought out how to remain encouraged and Spirit-filled.

Typically, I prepare for specifics in regards to medical tests – by choosing a Scripture to focus on. Without this plan, I would be left in a dangerous spot. Without choosing to deliberately focus on our risen Lord, I might be unfriendly to the medical staff or inconsolable.

As I write this, I am in awe of what our God can do. Just as it is not good to act impulsively or fail to plan, we have to remember the goodness of our Lord. When I was placed into the MRI machine, I was not feeling very encouraged. To God be all glory, honor, and praise: He placed an ideal song on my heart. I didn’t belt out lyrics or move, but it encouraged my heart so much.

“Fearless” by Travis Ryan is likely one of the best songs to heart sing, in the midst of a medical test that is as tight in space as a coffin. It gets me a little bit emotional as I share this, because heart singing praise music isn’t something I would have expected. This was the best way God could have met me in the midst of my great need of remembering His presence and promise to stay with me.

Fearless, make us fearless | Give us courage for You are with us | Fearless, make us fearless | Come and mark us with Your boldness

God is in the details of our lives. While He was in total control during my medical test, I don’t want to consider my joy level had I not prepared.

Friends, let’s be lovers of Jesus who want to prepare and remember that we are forever His!

We need to seek His face and act wisely. Whenever we act impulsively, it can draw us away from our Lord and cause us to sin.

This is a testimony of how God meets us right where we are. Even in deep needs, God will meet us and act on our behalf – through His Holy Spirit.

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Impact #2

My last impact entry was about 2 months ago. A lot has happened in that time. Health scare, which was relieved by a less serious health problem. Good news! (Bad news is: POTS is the reason for worsening symptoms. All before Spring.)

Feeling – Lately, I have felt a myraid of things. Home Sick. Loneliness. Frustration. (Dis)Contentment. Peace. Joy. Laughter. Mmmm, variety of emotions. Good, Bad, and in between. POTS has been rough, but I am still here. So, that is good news. I am not hooked up to a hospital bed with monitors. I am finding joy in unlikely places of chronic illness.

While all days aren’t joy-infused, I have the hope of my Savior Jesus Christ to remind me who I am. . . in spite of illness. Looking forward to Heaven, but trying to make the most of my time on earth to do something worthwhile.

Studying – Since my last impact, I have nearly finished studying 1 & 2 Thessalonians. Last week, I began the book of James. I am really enjoying it. One of today’s verse hit home for me, and is found at the end of this blog post. I have been reading and studying using The Living Bible found on Bible Gateway, which is a paraphrase like the Message. I am absolutely loving it! It is soo nice to have the privilege to open up the Bible in a new translation, using different wording, but having the same meaning. The Word of God is coming alive!

Reading – I am not quite sure that I am reading anything right now, since I have gotten out of the habit of reading actual books. Desiring God and reading the Bible in chronological order (that things happened) is what I am reading. Our church is reading the Bible together in a specific schedule. We have gone through Job, Genesis, Exodus, and are in Leviticus. Even with the audio Bible, my reading track record isn’t perfection but who says it has to be?

Listening To –

Celebrating – Many things.

  • Jesus is the top celebration. He loves me, and stays with me no matter what!
  • Doctors who care about their patients.
  • Good music that speaks God’s truths
  • Seeing how God can revive my broken spirit.

Loving – the gift of streaming biblical teachings, for anyone to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the biblical truths we need to know.

Praying – for my health, family, and a new blog series idea.

Holding Onto – Jesus! I am holding onto Jesus. Jesus is the One who is holding me, through all of life’s storms.

But when I am afraid, I will put my confidence in you. Yes, I will trust the promises of God… (Ps. 56:3-4)

Other Scriptures – James 1:9 (found below)

A Christian who doesn’t amount to much in this world should be glad, for he is great in the Lord’s sight (James 1:9).

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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Update of Sorts (& New Study)

Hi friends!

I have missed a few prearranged “deadlines” for our Scripture Writing posts, so I thought I would pop in and give an update.

My health has taken a different turn, making it more difficult to keep up with things on this much-loved blog. Bear with me, as I work toward catching up on the study and find things to share.

As of this moment, we will be starting a brand new Scripture Writing study. Preferably, the study won’t begin until January. I know others take off December from Bible studies, at times, but this is not the reason for the delay in kicking off our new study. By waiting until January to begin the study, it will allow me to have the time needed to begin enjoying the study in advance – and – to have more to share with you all.

The new study, will begin in January. But, it will be a different format concerning the blog. Ideally, this will mean setting up the expectation to only write one blog post per week. More than likely, I would blog 2-3 times a week – depending on the health stuff and my schedule.

I have two to three journal ideas, so I will not release the study topic (or New Testament book) yet. Most of them are nine week long studies. The study will be released on Amazon for purchase.

Be on the look out for future updates on our new study. My hope is to eventually catch up on our study. I am soo proud of us. We are on week 8 of our study. That is amazing! Our study is only nine weeks long, so we are almost at the finish line. But, the learning doesn’t stop there.

We are given the joy, through the Holy Spirit, to implement our learning experience – into our life with Christ.

Let’s begin thinking about all God has been teaching us these past few months. The past few months, has been an amazing journey for me. I hope it has for you. We have deliberately studied in small portions –

Now, to see what is next! I appreciate everyone’s prayers, as I continue to move forward in seeing what God has in store for my health, life, and yes this blog too.

~ Stacey

IIWK ’16: The Questions

I have chosen something ambitious, crazy, and therapeutic to do. Invisible Illness Week begins tomorrow! Initially, my goal was to set aside seven daily posts – to help shed some light on invisible illness, my struggles, and what has helped me. Sounds good, right?

… But, sometimes, plans change.

While I am still pursuing ideas and blog posts related to invisible illness, I am going to refrain from the daily posts on this particular blog. Here’s why –

I want to try and blog on invisible illness much more often. Originally, the idea was to blog on it for a month, but I created a free space to talk about the high’s and low’s of chronic illnesses.

A while back, I made a promise to not send more than one blog post per a day. There have been exceptions to this rule of thumb, at times. So, this was my initial reason to make a separate blog for talk chronic illness.

The new blog series is still comn. It just might last much longer than a month. My list of questions is long, a lot of much needed questions arising to the surface. There is soo much about invisible illness that is left in the dark. Friends, we have to talk ab struggles of invisible illness. We have to be able to talk freely about it.

Otherwise, how do we expect to find support and win the battle against our enemy – chronic illness?

So, I am making this challenging adventure separate from what I do on Gracefully Overcoming. It is the same author. The same me. Just sharing a bit more about my life with invisible illness – for those who want to see how I tackle those things  and use it as an opportunity to allow my faith to be stretched – too.

So, meet me over at “Chronically Overcoming” to join me for this journey! But, before I let you go… I need to ask you a HUGE favor!

I am currently compiling a list of questions to answer on a regular basis, and the answers will be shared along with any insight, struggles, hope, joy, sadness, tears, grief, etc, that I have to offer up too.

But, I need something from you- my friend!

Comment Below with a question about…

Invisible illness.

My struggles.

How my faith plays a role in my health issues.

 

… Anything you want.

You can also email your questions directly to me at gracefully.overcoming@gmail.com. I am on a break from social media for the month of October, so please refrain from sending over any questions using those avenues. I would hate to miss your question//message!

Pray for me. I am looking forward to seeing what God decides to do in my life, during this season.

~ Stacey