I would like to thank everyone who started following my blog this past week as well as commenting. It is a joy to have you join our online community. Before I announce the two winners of the What Happens When Women Say Yes to God books, I would like to invite you to come back starting next week for a six week study over this book. If you are in the Terre Haute area and would like to participate in a live group there is a group of ladies meeting on Tuesday mornings at 9:30 am and a group on Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm at Maryland Community Church. Whether you can attend in person or not, I encourage you to meet here every Monday and Wednesday and go through this incredible book together.
The winners are Kimberly Baldwin and Jenny Scott. Please contact me and I will get these books out to you.
The reflection verse for Week 5 of the A Confident Heart Online Bible Study is one that I cling to.
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,” (Romans 8:1, NIV)
It is so easy to fall victim to condemnation, from our self, as well as, others. When condemnation comes against you, let me encourage you to quote this scripture as a word weapon. This verse is so powerful because no matter what you have done or will do, there is no condemnation in Christ. The Holy Spirit will convict us when we have sinned, so that we can repent. Condemnation, on the other hand, comes from ourselves and satan. Therefore we need to remind satan and yourself, that you do not walk after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Walking after the flesh is depending on yourself; walking after the Spirit is depending upon God. When we fail, which we all will, that does not mean we are a failure. It simply means that you do not do everything right. We all have to accept the fact that we have strengths along with weaknesses. Let Christ be strong in your weaknesses. Let Him be your strength on your weak days.
I invite you to head over to my dear friend, Veronica’s blog this morning, where I have the privilege to guest post for her, http://wp.me/p1CJnT-dp. It is a post on asking yourself whether you are a Cinderella or a Stepsister. Be sure to leave a comment with your thoughts. I would love to hear from you!
For those in the online Bible study, don’t forget to introduce yourself, if you haven’t, and let me know what your take-aways were from the Introduction and Chapter One. Also, if you have any questions, please email me. I will be doing a wrap-up of this week’s reading tomorrow.
I spent yesterday with all my kids enjoying the last day before the start of school. We headed to Terre Haute and got Ethan’s glasses adjusted and did a little shopping. It worked out that we even got to meet daddy for lunch, which was a treat for everyone. A celebration of the last day of summer break — complete with homemade flatbread sandwiches for dinner. Yummy!
I wanted to be certain to post and let everyone that has signed up for the online Bible study, “The Shelter of God’s Promises”, know that the winner of the free book is Shavawn. I will be getting that book to you this week. For everyone else, be certain to purchase your book if you have not already, so you are prepared for the study to begin next week. If there is anyone else that would like to sign up, there is still time. Be certain to contact me and I will add you to the list. I will be sending out the first assignment next Sunday, March 11th. I look forward to having a great study together.