Jan 9

Just Keep Reading

We are so close to being at the end of our Greater study. Some of us are tired. Some of us are already looking towards our next study. And there are some who sadly still feel that “greater” will never happen for us. Well I have some advice for you…or actually Dory from Finding Nemo has some advice for you~

If you cannot see the video above, click here.

Marlin, Nemo’s dad is about to quit. Going to give up looking for Nemo. Stop short of his goal. Fortunately through the encouragement of his friend, Dory, he “just kept swimming.” Because he did indeed “just keep swimming,” Nemo was found and Marlin found his “greater” life.

We are reading Chapter 10 today. After this we just have chapters 11 & 12. So close to the end. Too close to quit. Just keep reading.

And if you are behind, I encourage you to do the same. Just Keep Reading.

“Greater isn’t an automatic, permanent position; it’s an intentional daily decision.” ~ Steven Furtick

Everyday, make your intentional daily decision to stick with it. Keep Reading. Just keep swimming.

Share your thoughts on Chapter 10, Where Did It Fall?, with us in the comment section.

Love & Blessings to all of you!

Melissa
Jan 8

A Look Ahead~

Greater Online Bible Studies Participants~ After you’ve read Chapter 9, complete the questions in the back of the book.

and now, For a Look Ahead~

I’m so thrilled to introduce our NEXT Online Bible Study!

Let. It. Go. by Karen Ehman

February 3-March 16, 2013

Everyone who signs up for this study and orders their book from Proverbs 31 Ministries will receive a signed copy of Let. It. Go. by Karen Ehman.  Everyone participating in this Online Bible Study will also have access to the entire DVD series, courtesy of Zondervan Publishers.

LET. IT. GO. How to Stop Running the Show & Start Walking in Faith

By Karen Ehman

Foreword by Candace Cameron Bure (who is also a guest on our Let. It. Go. Conference Call series~details coming soon!)

Women are wired to control. We make sure the house is clean, the meals prepared, the children are dressed, and everyone gets to where they’re going on time. But sometimes our strength of being conscientious can morph into the weakness of being a slight—or all out—control freak! This humorous, yet spiritually practical book will help you to:

  • Take control of your schedule yet welcome interruptions from God
  • Draw the line between mothering and micromanaging
  • Influence your husband instead of manipulating him
  • Learn to control your emotions when you can’t control the circumstances
  • Stop pursuing the appearance of perfection and start pursuing the person of God

Sign up today  here.

Order your signed copy of Let. It. Go. here.

I hope you’ll join us for the next AMAZING Online Bible Study!

If you sign up, let me know and leave me a comment.

 

Melissa
Jan 7

Greater~ Captain Awesomesauce

Just by the title of this chapter alone, I could tell this book was written by a man! They never do outgrow their super hero fascination do they?

I know I say this about every chapter, but it’s the truth…I LOVE this chapter!  The message in this chapter really hit me between the eyes and in the gut.  You see, I would have told you that I don’t struggle with pride. After all, I don’t think I’m Captain Awesomesauce at all. In fact I would tell you just the opposite. That right there however is pride in itself.

I don’t struggle so much with giving all the glory to God. I’m not one to take the credit. But are there some jobs I just don’t want to do? Am I willing “wash myself seven times in the Jordan River?”  Like Naaman in 2 Kings, this is where my pride shows it’s ugly head. And I’m not proud of that. At all. In fact, I’ll just tell you. This chapter made me cry. It made me cry because I realized that there were things I don’t want to do. Some things I’m being asked to do right now seem like I’m moving backward and not forward when in reality they are a part of my greater journey. I can’t achieve the greater way without humbling myself in obedience.

2 Principles of humility to help us stay small while God is making us greater:

1. Immediate obedience to specific instructions.

2. Keep yourself small through your daily interactions with the people around you.

“The most advantageous position you can even aspire to is the lowest one.” ~ Steven Furtick

Wow.

Share your thoughts with me on Chapter 9, Saving Captain Awesomesauce.

And have a beautiful day :)

Melissa