Aug 5

Week 9, I Used to Be So Organized

Can you believe that this is the last week of this study?  :(  Sad face.  With tears.

When we began this study, I honestly hoped I would be a little more organized.  And that was good.  But then, Glynnis touched on so much more.  Not only is my life a little more organized, but my mind is more clear, and my communication with the Lord is better clarified. And I’m thankful.

Memory Verse:

…Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith…
~Hebrews 12:1b- 2a NIV84
As we’ve said before, getting organized isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon. Choose one area to organize and focus there from start to finish. Celebrate each completed step and persevere!

Suggested Assignments:

Monday:  Read Chapter 20.
Monday:  Our last conference call was supposed to be tonight with Glynnis Whitwer, but we are rescheduling.  My dad’s mom passed away and the funeral is Tuesday so I will be out of town. We will let you know when the call will take place. If you’d still like to sign up for this conference call series, it’s not too late.  All the calls have been recorded and you can listen on your computer or download. It’s a great series.  Sign up here.
Tuesday:  Visit Heather Bleier’s blog today. She has a message for you. And a give away.
Wednesday:  Visit Stephanie’s blog. She has a message for you. And a give away.
Thursday:  Read Chapter 21.  This is one of my faves because it wraps it all up and keeps it real!
Friday:  Visit Glynnis’ blog. She has a message for you.
Saturday:  Come back to my blog. I have a few words for you to wrap it all up.
 Love y’all and I’m so happy that we have this week together. It’s going to be a great last week of study!
Melissa
Aug 2

I Get Knocked Down, But I Get Up Again

Have y’all ever heard that song?  It’s from a few years back, a one-hit wonder by Chumbawumba. The chorus shouts the lyrics, “I get knocked down, but I get up again. You’re never going to keep me down. I get knocked down, but I get up again. You’ve never going to keep me down.”  If you’ve ever heard it on the radio, it gets stuck in your head…kind of like the “Call me maybe” song of today.  The overall song lyrics aren’t good, but I love the chorus.  And on those days I feel knocked down, I’ll sing it. Tuesday was such a day. So was Wednesday. So is today.

First, I was on the road traveling, which isn’t my favorite anyway, and the events of the day were disheartening, disappointing, and could have really had me down. In fact, for a moment, I was down. Three of my kids were with me and that was such a blessing.  At one of my lowest points, my son Hayden looked at me and said, “Mom, I’m really glad we were with you today. I think you needed us. We are hear to pick you up.”   Awwww, now doesn’t that just whisper sweet blessings to a mama’s heart?  He was right, I did need them.  They were a healthy distraction from the mess of life.  They represented what is good in the world and how awesome that they were right there with me at the time of a “knock down.”

Then there were some words. You know the kind that are said about you but not to you. The kind that have the potential to knock you down because they hurt. And wouldn’t you know it. Again God provided. Two good friends, both who happened to be named Lisa, sent to speak truth into my life and affirm me, encourage me and love me. Again, they represented what is good in the world and how awesome they were there right at the time of “knock down.”

And now, just a moment ago, I found out I needed to go to the doctor today. Yes today. Not tomorrow, but today. For some tests, which are probably nothing, but as a precaution…I’m going in. Fear was the first emotion to set in. I was knocked down, but only for a moment, because within seconds I had my office gals with their hands on me praying. Once again representing what is good in the world and how awesome they were right at the time of “knock down.”  (I must follow this by explaining that I scare easily and I firmly believe I am fine. I also firmly believe in not waiting for something to disappear and ignore it. So, I’m being wise and seeking a professional’s expertise.)

Notice I was never knocked out, just knocked down. When you are knocked out, you can’t get up right away. When you are knocked down, you can. So I am. With help.

I believe with Jesus, we don’t ever have to experience knock outs. He tells us very clearly that there will be trouble (knock downs) but He also gives us a solution, how we can keep getting up~ a few times.  “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”  (John 16:33 NIV 1984)    “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”  (John 10:10 NIV)

So basically, we get knocked down, but we get up again.   Jesus did it.  From the grave.  You can’t keep Him down and He lives in me. So you can’t keep me down either.

But just in case I’m tempted to worry and should my peace begin to leak out, Paul reminds me of what to do in Philippians 4:6-7, NIV~ “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

The Word of God, how powerful it is. I believe it and I stand on it.

And therefore my sweet friends, I am filled with overwhelming peace.

Are you worried today?  Have you recently been knocked down?  Well, girls, let me tell you right now~ You can get up!  You can have peace!  You don’t need to carry anxiety or worries!  If I sound like I’m preaching, it’s because I am!  To myself and you :)

Seriously, it is my prayer that my knock downs will encourage you somehow to get up, because getting up is possible.

“I get knocked down, but I get up again. You’re never going to keep me down.”

And all us Jesus girls said, “Amen.”

 

*Today’s assignment:   Read Chapter 19~Closets and Storage Spaces

*Friday’s assignment:  Visit Glynnis Whitwer’s blog.

*Winners of Unglued from yesterday’s give-away:  Rebecca Portteus and DebbieK   Congrats ladies!  And a super big THANK YOU to all who posted a recipe!!!  What a fabulous resource for cooking delicious yummy dishes we all have now.

*A great devotion for your reading pleasure:   When I Want to Be Mean by Lysa TerKeurst

 

Melissa
Aug 1

Recipe Swap!

I don’t know about you, but another day of no reading sounds good to me!  Instead of a reading assignment (that’s tomorrow), how about we share some favorite recipes!  And for those of you, bless your hearts, who need an extra day of reading time, well~you got it!

Last week on the Online Bible Studies Facebook Page, readers were asked to share a recipe that was considered their signature recipe.  The responses were so yummy, only no one shared the recipe, just the name of the dish!  We need details people! Those were some yum-o-licious sounding dishes!

Today, share a recipe with us.  In the comment section, not only tell us the dish you are known for, but share the recipe so we can make it too!  Sounds fun huh?  We can begin to incorporate new recipes into our grocery list and menu planning from last weeks’ chapters. Please make note if your recipe is low fat, sugar free, vegetarian, gluten free, yada yada yada.  And if you know the Weight Watchers points value, well, that’s even better.

To make it even more fun, I’ll select 2 winners from the comments to win our next Online Bible Studies book, Unglued, by Lysa TerKeurst!

Winners will be randomly selected by 9:00 pm EST today (Wednesday) and announced in Thursday’s blog post.

Happy Swapping Ladies!

Melissa