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 – Offer

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 “offer.”

Sometimes, I wonder what I do have have to offer.

Like really…

These days, I feel so lost.

Let’s rephrase: My body feels lost. There is this jumbo disconnect between the me I want to be – the woman of God I want to be, and the me that I am. It’s not just the walking-in-new-self-transformation-process thing, or maybe it is.

My adjustment in health is a part of the new me.

It is a key part of the new me I am in Christ Jesus. It is through these difficult wilderness moments, that I become the woman of God I want to be. The woman of God I need to be.

I just don’t feel like I have a thing to offer.

In.The.Flesh.

I am not able to make it to church most days (as of lately).

I am not fulfilling my commitment to serve in particular areas.

It has a way of affecting me.

What Do I Have to Offer?

This poses the question – “What do I have to offer?” To Christ. To the Church. For now, until healing comes, I need to focus on ways to simply be present as often as I can.

I need to plunge into the Word of God, and trust He will use all these things – the painful things too – for His glory.

In John 9:2-3, we learn that sickness can be (and will be) used for His glory. That’s what I have to offer. My affliction. My time. My good moments. My bad moments. My experiences. My spiritual fruit being formed. Even sharing what God teaches me through His Word – to benefit those who are seeking Christ in the midst of a struggle.

God works all things out, even the bad things.

See Genesis 50:20; Romans 8:28