"The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion — to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair." ~ from ISAIAH 61 Bible verse for this Blog

Sunday, January 29, 2017

"THE BROKEN WAY" ~ 2

The Broken Way - Week Two

of
FaithGateway's Online Bible Study

Just sharing each week
what I am doing and studying
along with Ann's book, study guide
FaithGateway Team and OBS



"The Broken Way - A Daring Path into the Abundant Life"

Week Two Study

Watch: Session 2 video
Read: Your study guide, pg. 31-48
Optional: Companion reading, 
The Broken Way book, Chapters 4-6

Session 2 "Living Cruciform"

[image credit: Ann Voskamp]

BELOVED

Discussion Question (for in the comments here and at FG OBS)
"What opportunities do you have to meet the needs of the suffering around you and “be the gift” to your world?"


Scripture of the Week

The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. — Isaiah 58:11

Prayer for the Week

Jesus, You lived it for us. You put on flesh and bone and met us in the pit of our devastation and despair and made a way out. With Your own blood. Help us to follow Your lead. Help us to live poured out, cruciform, sacrificed… and to find the joy in giving! We love You, Jesus! Amen(from Laurie McClure, FaithGateway OBS leader)

"The seed breaks to give us the wheat. The soil breaks to give us the crop. The sky breaks to give us rain. The wheat breaks to give us the bread. The bread breaks to give us the feast… Could it be that we, too, must fall to the ground, break, and die to ever bear much fruit?" ~ Ann Voskamp



Perhaps as you glimpse through this plan for this week you may need someone to 'DEFINE "CRUCIFORM" ' - perhaps only Ann really can, but just to help you a little: shaped BY the Cross into the shape OF the Cross - so how do we live lives that are 'cruciformed' you may wonder now. Living a life that is cross-shaped --- 


"...The cross, representing the life, death, and resurrected life of Jesus as He is offered in the gospel, is the soul-shaping core of the disciple’s existence.  When the gospel is “of first importance” to you and “Christ is formed in you” (1 Corinthians 15Galatians 4:19)  then your life takes on the shape of the cross:  you begin to live the vertical life of loving God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength, and you begin to live the horizontal life of loving your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:36-40)."... Jimmy Davis, author of another book "Cruciform"

I guess before I dig into this week's session I felt it is important to truly understand "living CRUCIFORM": living a life in "a way of being alive and doing life in the place God has planted you." I must be behind times, because I had never heard this term before ... yet find myself truly in agreement to this way & term.



I'm intrigued and a bit off track already this week
just with my search to understand more.
I really love this diagram!

Thus, in part, the reason I'm a little late in posting my Study On SONday (SOS) that goes on and on all week and most likely all year 

So I have ventured away from
"The Broken Way"
as I look into more about
because it was a new term to me
although not a new concept
just a fresh perspective
of our walk as
Christians
as
people
that
care for others
give to others
love one another
as Christ loves and showed us


... and ...
as the other OBS at P31 shares this week
about Jesus statement:
"I AM the Bread of Life"
followed by
"I AM the Light"

I can certainly see a good correlation 
between these 2 studies (OBS)


... broken and given ...


Friday, January 27, 2017

FAITH GATEWAY FRIDAY

Faith Gateway
is currently
doing an
Online Bible Study
of
"The Broken Way"
by
Ann Voskamp

[image credit: Ann Voskamp]

In the Thurs. Live Group Chat(s); the discussion revolved around this week's video of Session 1 and the study guide section "Talk About It" questions on pages 16-21 then many continue with tackling the part "Personal Study" --- it was recommended that we 

Read the following Scriptures before our chat:

I hope to choose one part of this to share here

like

what image does 
Psalm 42 and 43 
or as the study guide says:
"word picture does the psalmist use...
to express his feelings of need and brokenness?


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[image credit: Ann Voskamp]


extra note: I don't like when this happens and it's happening more and more often, that two really wonderful Bible studies are occurring simultaneously online - I battle with choosing, but knew that this one was for me and ordered the book last year and recently the study guide.

Then I discovered that P31 Ministries was going to be doing Lysa's newest one "Finding I AM" online which also started this past week. All that I have seen on this book also is so excellent (although I don't usually purchase books that cost $14.99-this seems worth it, but I still have not gotten it) ... I will be following along, because I love Lysa and her books generally speak to me, plus her videos are done in the Holy Land (which I so loved in the "Uninvited" study). 

I am committed to this study above because it's part of my "healing" for 2017 (I believe) but I strongly recommend the OBS at P31 and Lysa's new book and so wish that I could be and do both but I've learned the hard way, I can't! If you're looking for a great study, check this one out. ... and oh,  I hear that there are two more upcoming ones through LifeWay Women. Like I wrote, too many choices at the same time ... geesh!!! Certainly not a shortage of them, but definitely a shortage of time. 



Wednesday, January 25, 2017

WOW ~ A "BROKEN WAY"

note this is not
"The Broken Way"
by Ann Voskamp

rather it's
A

BROKEN WAY

... which is the path I am headed down today through March and most likely for most of this year (sigh) as I lean in to hear His Whispers on "Healing" ... and for now "brokenness" {because of the Online Bible Study I'm doing along with FaithGateway and Ann Voskamp's book and study guide for the next six weeks} ... Do you ever feel like your way is broken?

Perhaps it may be totally unrelated to the Whisper On Weds. for this week or perhaps not - maybe, just maybe, God wants to weave them together ... the beginning of this study with my Passion Translation (TPT) email from Mon. (from volume 2 of "I Hear His Whisper", which I just got) that I take with me ... along this "broken path" ... my "broken way" and maybe even your "broken" one or the brokenness that you find yourself facing in these troubled days or looking back while trying to move forward, pointing others toward the Way - His Way ... the "unspoken broken" ... putting the pieces together, holding on to ...

...“Now faith brings our hopes into reality and becomes the foundation   needed to acquire the things we long for. It is all the evidence required to prove what is still unseen”  Hebrews 11:1 TPT.

I love this explanation of FAITH!

"Faith is more than a belief. Biblical faith claims a confidence beyond our own because it rests in the character of God, the foundation of our faith. Part of practicing faith is persevering in it. Despite the fact we live in a world that refuses to acknowledge God and opposes the church, we are called to persevere in our faith in him. But we are not left alone with our fight, God brings us courage in our faith, a gift that brings us forward in truth." ~ Brian Simmons and Your TPT Team 


I HEAR HIS WHISPER... "I come with a gift this day."


{similar to one in the devotional, Volume 2 but they are not the same}
"My Gift to you is My endless triumphant life"
so this is why I think the current emails are sharing this 2nd volume 
but I'm not sure, because often they choose or share one 
that seems to be whispering something special just
for me "for such a time as this" so that
this Whisper might lift you
might speak to you
as
His Whisper often speaks to me


"I bring you courage, fresh courage. You must have strength to discover the riches and glory that I have deposited within you. Many are content with what their eyes behold, but you have asked Me for more. I see the willingness of your heart to leave the ordinary behind to find the supernatural wealth of My life. So I bring to you the living energy of faith, which is courage.

My love for you will never leave you defenseless. So do not set your gaze on the enemies of faith, for they will stumble and fall. You will rise with fresh courage and feast upon the reality of My presence at all times. For your true comfort and joy is not merely in the victory I give you, but in the One who calls you to be Mine. A bold courage to move forward in spite of what your eyes see is the gift you must take for this day. Lay hold of Eternal Life deep within you and the power of that Life will flow through you. 


This I am doing for you as you have asked -- I give you fresh vision for the future, filled with hope and courage to move forward. Every gift I bring must be received and utilized in your journey. So step out in faith and obedience to My Word and you will find everlasting Arms holding you and giving you strength. I come with My sword drawn ready to fight for you, as you take your place at My feet in worship. Your earthly fears will be dissolved as you bow in fear of Me alone. I will guide you in the paths of righteous courage until you stand unashamed in My sacred Presence."

I needed to hear this Whisper and this Word

... and TPT even shares this Psalm which goes along with the
"40 Days of Prayer", even if we are much further ahead
Psalms 71-75
as I write this today
yet I enjoy being able to read these verses
in The Passion Translation
{it really does stir up your passion}




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Psalm 18:46-49 
The Passion Translation

"The Almighty is alive and conquers all!
Praise is lifted high to the unshakable God!
Towering over all, my Savior-God is worthy to be praised!
Look how he pays back harm to all who harm me,
subduing all the people who come against me.
He rescues me from my enemies;
he lifts me up high and keeps me out of reach,
far from the grasp of my violent foe.
This is why I thank God with high praises!
I will sing my song to the Highest God,
so all among the nations will hear me."


[image credit: Ann Voskamp]


"Together, we can finally let our broken parts be met by His broken heart —
 and become a meaningful healing to a broken world."~Ann Voskamp






Sunday, January 22, 2017

"THE BROKEN WAY"

starts today



Webcast Link
LIVE
at 9:00 p.m. EST | 8:00 p.m. CST | 7:00 p.m. MST | 6 p.m. PST
{but it will still be available later}


"...The seed breaks to give us the wheat. The soil breaks to give us the crop. The sky breaks to give us rain. The wheat breaks to give us the bread. The bread breaks to give us the feast… Could it be that we, too, must fall to the ground, break, and die to ever bear much fruit?" ~ Ann

Prayer for the Week

"Jesus, You broke for us. The beauty of that is hard to even comprehend. Help us to take our brokenness, the bad broken, and offer it to You to be transformed and to bear fruit and goodness both in our lives and in the investment in others. Help us to be like You! We love You, Jesus! Amen."~Laurie McClure

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all the above is from Faith Gateway blog 
via my email because I signed up
so this is where I will be for
the next 6 weeks

HEALING

any brokenness

still in me

not

like Ann's

{but our grand daughter suffers with this self-harming behavior}

...so sad...so deep the hurt... so soon in ones' life


Ann Voskamp


Session 1 YT

"The Broken Way"
Part 1
interview series with 
"Our Daily Bread"
Part 2, 3, 4, 5

Ann Voskamp speaks on The Broken Way
with Baker Book House book tour event

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WEEK 1
Session 1
"How Do We Live This One Broken Life?"

Week One Study

Watch: Session 1 video

Read: Your study guide, pg. 11-30

Optional: Companion reading, The Broken Way  book, Chapters 1-3

Scripture Readings This Week

Read Psalms 42 and 43
John 12:24-25
Psalm 109:22-23

"... And lastly for this week, I (Laurie McClure) encourage you to grab your favorite mug, fill it with coffee or tea, find a beautiful place to sit and pray, and write out your thankful list to Jesus. Tell Him what beautiful things you’ve seen come out of your terrible moments. Tell Him what bad brokenness has seen healing. Let’s lift our thanks to Him!" 

"When you look back on the story of your life, tell about a moment when you felt broken. It doesn't have to be your darkest secret, just a time when you were aware that you were flawed." p. 13, Study Guide

The Study Guide for Session 1 starts with "Video Notes" on p. 14-16, then "Talk About It" p. 16-21 ... followed by "Between Sessions" to work through on your own p.22-30

Write a ..."Thank You Letter to Jesus for the good brokenness He experienced for your sake. Tell Him how He has already made a difference to you in areas of bad brokenness." {you're welcome to share this in the comments}

I'd love to do this online like a small group Bible study and they make that available with Facebook, but you know I don't have a Facebook ... so I thought about making my blog private to do this. I can't because of my book reviews that I love to do so ... maybe on another blog ... however, as I look at the book and the guide (which I have both as 'real' copies) ... it looks to be quite personal {at least it would be for me and trust me, I'm not usually that private, but as I've mentioned throughout all my blogging, since our lives are connected to other's lives, I would have a difficult time sharing without disclosing parts of their lives, and I feel that somehow that is not my prerogative, at least without asking their permission} so I have decided not to share publicly about my "brokenness" or that of others. I do believe strongly that our brokenness shared clearly could help others with theirs ... and I most definitely know how and that I have experienced good and bad brokenness in my life. In fact, my current life is filled to the brim with "broken" moments and days and hearts and lives. 

Laurie McClure (as she so often does in these Online Studies) shares her own vulnerability like now, being a single mom and all the messes and brokenness involved. Thank you, Laurie for your openness that I know will minister to someone as all your writing and sharing has in other studies... as well as Jamie in the discussions ... so supportive and encouraging 


thebrokenway_doingthesmallestthing_square  
[credit:Ann Voskamp]


... and of course, Ann (I think there may be others at Faith Gateway also-I just don't know them all). There has been so much shared at Faith Gateway by Ann Voskamp leading up to this study as well as on her own blog and Facebook (that I miss out on) ... but not Faith Gateway, never ... I especially loved this one!


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they all have been good - I think there's more than the ones 
I have linked

 Daily
I'LL BE MEETING WITH
HIM
right where He's placed me

AS HE'S HEALING ME

Praying for other's healing too!


JOIN ME and Faith Gateway with ANN VOSKAMP







Friday, January 20, 2017

FRIDAY FEELINGS ... whoa o o feelings

... not the FACTS, not even FAITH ...
but
Feelings will be my Focus
throughout 2017

yes, I do realize that

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"Faith is the engine of the train that pushes us through life. The coal car, which is what keeps the engine running, is the facts of God’s word—TRUTH. And the caboose is our emotions ..." {the order on the image is the correct one but this description is still good}

Since the One Word that God has impressed upon me for 2017 is HEALING ... today's the perfect day to begin dealing with "feelings" ... because emotional healing is one of the biggest areas that I need to work on or allow God to work on, in me. All of my life, I have been emotional and probably emotionally immature, so there's much work in that area. I'm pulling out a book I began or did back in the early 90s ... along with the workbook (except this time it's in my Kindle, the real one was fuel for the fire that totaled our house back in 2013 with countless other books) ... I need "HEALING" from poor choices, wrong choices and hurtful outcomes ...

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There are 12 chapters, so I'll be working in the background on myself slowly ... a chapter a month but in both books. The first chapter (after the Forward and Preface) is "Damaged Emotions" ...

"Dr. Seamands (the author) has since expanded his earlier ideas into a book that blends clear biblical theology, solid psychology, and practical common sense. He writes about anger, guilt, depression, inferiority, and perfectionism— that constant and all-pervading feeling that we are never “good enough."

Matthew 8:17
(which comes originally from Isaiah 53:4-5)
Romans 8:26-27
"the healing of memories and damaged emotions"

will be my

first focus

"...certain areas of our lives need special healing by the Holy Spirit. Because they are not subject to ordinary prayer, discipline, and willpower, they need a special kind of understanding, an unlearning of past wrong programming, and a relearning and reprogramming transformation by the renewal of our minds. And this is not done overnight by a crisis experience." ...
... "What is our part in the healing of our damaged emotions? The Holy Spirit is, indeed, the divine counselor, the divine psychiatrist, who gets a hold of our problem on the other end. But we’re on this end of it. Just what are you and I supposed to do in this healing process?" ... David A. Seamands, "Healing for Damaged Emotions" (pp. 23-24). David C. Cook. Kindle Edition. 
Dr. Seamands continues by stating this is the purpose of this book and he suggests the general, biblical principles to find healing for damaged emotions:
  1. Face your problem squarely ...
  2. Accept your responsibility in the matter ...
  3. Ask yourself if you want to be healed ... (John 5:6)
  4. Forgive everyone who is involved in your problem ...
  5. Forgive yourself ... 
  6. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you what your real problem is and how you need to pray ...
{if only our "healing" was so cut and dry; it'd be so easy-peasy and we'd be healed, but we know that healing is a process and it takes time... trust me, I've been at this for years} 
..."The Holy Spirit knows where to tinker. We do not know what we ought to be praying for. We often do not receive because we ask for the wrong things. As you read these chapters, ask the Holy Spirit to show you what you need to know about yourself, and then to guide you in your prayers."...
... from "Healing for Damaged Emotions Workbook", by David A. Seamands.

..."Today many Christians struggle with emotional pain that is deeply rooted in the past. This unresolved pain manifests itself in “overextended” patterns of living. We OVERwork, OVEReat, OVERcommit, OVERspend, OVERspiritualize, and OVERobsess about love and sex. ... Christians are not exempt. We must face the reality of our pain-filled past if we are going to proceed through life in a healthy way. That is what this workbook is all about. It is designed to help you find your way back to a place of balance by giving you an opportunity to take an honest look at the painful experiences of your past that have left you emotionally scarred in the present." 

I am long overdue in living a healthy, balanced life!

It's time for some healing

and
as I spend time set aside
offline each Friday
with our Lord
I pray
that
"by His Spirit"

healing will begin

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January 20th 
marks a
new beginning, a new birth
from the past for me
a fresh start
mending
"the broken way(s)"
and
 pieces of my life
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I truly wish the one who celebrates
his birth day this day
would realize
his need
for
Jesus
and
much healing
mostly the salvation of knowing
Jesus as His Lord and Savior

I have no words
to pay tribute or honor
to this person
as I should
today

my heart is broken
grieving
and
so hurt

so
instead
I will forgive
and
pray that forgiveness
truly enters and pierces
his heart so healing
erases the past
that has driven
such a wedge
between us
that only
God
can
redeem
and
bring
healing

it seems so impossible
so impenetrable
so irreconcilable
BUT
with God
"nothing is impossible"

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Will you pray this day for him, 
his salvation and his healing
before he no longer is given
this blessed opportunity?

and pray for me
as I heal

Thank you!



COMMENTS are CLOSED

Chapter 1 - "Healing for Damaged Emotions"

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This is the
3rd week of
"40 Days of Prayer"
with
LifeWay Women
Psalms 37-57



Wednesday, January 18, 2017

WOW ~ WINTER ON WEDS.

actually I do hope to take a 
Walk On Weds.
{the weather is delightful}

Preview

but I'm talking about

a spiritual walk
not just
a physical walk

on
this
Weds.

because
I am spending this
"Winter with God ... "

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{this isn't a book review, but I am reading it in part, through a sample}

I love this book's cover!

This 40-day devotional deals as much with God’s absence as His presence, for it is about the spiritual season of winter—a time when the light of faith has dimmed and the warmth of love has cooled. 

Written with a mystic’s heart, a scholar’s mind, and a poet’s pen, Winter with God is a profound meditation on the opportunities and challenges we face when our relationship with God seems dormant, endangered, or simply one-sided.

{... and I can't let you miss the rest of this book's title}

..."Hope for the Spirit"...
"... Strength for the Soul"
   

The reason I chose to listen to the glisten of the snow on this winter day in Minnesota and pause long enough to share is because of this one quote that struck me as I was reading ...

..."The spiritual work of winter is to survive the cold by keeping warm one's love for God. "... T.W.S. Hunt

It's not that I wasn't keeping warm my love for God ... but that I was becoming 'brittlely' (or bitterly) aware of the coldness of our hearts by experiencing the coldness of another's heart toward me and mine toward him, but not toward God - but how can that be when we are told to love one another or even love our enemies? (Luke 6:27-31) The bitter cold can awaken much within you unless you have allowed yourself to become harden unaware, frozen in one place - waiting for a thaw-out, hoping not to get frost bitten or worse. Have you ever felt like your heart was becoming cold or frozen (hardened)? It's an awful dilemma, being compassionate and Christian, then wondering if your heart may be hardening because of the injustices you see or have seen, with the helplessness of changing them. 

But I've wandered somewhat off the track this author was going ... so let me continue with the author's admonition for us NOT to try "to avoid this season - praying, as in Scripture, "that it may not happen in winter" (Mark 13:18). Because it's in winter that we learn to love God out of season, or rather, in spite of the season. It's then that we stop asking from God and instead ask for God. And in the bleak midwinter, we begin to fathom what it means to love God with all of ones' being." ~ T.W.S. Hunt (and all this is just from the intro explaining the book, - so at this rate, it will be a well-drawn out walk for me, as the words and messages in this "winter" wonder 'walk beside me in the cold and show me the fresh footsteps of Jesus, pointing to the ways in which Grace descends upon life, like a soft, quiet snow fall.') This is what I experienced with a new awe on January 10th, 2017, as the snow kept coming and falling afresh. I recalled His aMazing Grace! that has been given to me so richly throughout my life and He's asking me to show or give that grace to others 'graciously'. It's a really tough assignment and winter ... so different from what I imagined and hoped for ... often my m.o. has been to "walk away" - escape from conflict with no resolve, because I'm so tired of the fight(ing) with no resolutions, no compromise, etc. - I just want to walk away from all the woes, all the heaviness, all the battles, all the wrong responses ... 

... so when I came across this book, through one of my reading plans with You Version - a 5 day plan that is an accompaniment to this book "Winter with God" ... more or less, an introduction of sorts to the author T.W.S. Hunt - "Five Fundamentals For Your Devotional Life" and I enjoyed it enough to go further with the book.


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then I slid right into this well-known author with this devotional

"My friend, as we begin this wintry month, begin it with God. The cold snows and the piercing winds all remind us that God keeps His covenant day and night, and assures us that He will also keep the glorious covenant which He made with us in the person of Christ Jesus." ... from "God in the Winter" written by Charles Spurgeon  ... "Winter in the soul is often an uncomfortable season. If now you are facing uncomfortable circumstances or discouraging experiences, it will feel very painful to you. But there is comfort in the fact that the Lord makes both summer and winter. He knows your pain. He sends the sharp blasts of adversity to nip the buds of expectation. He scatters the frost like ashes over the once lush meadows of our joy." ...

{Don't miss the conclusion of Charles Spurgeon's entry!}

Spiritually, I can see more and more the parallels to the real winter from its harshness to its beauty, from the bitter cold to the warmth, from the slipping and sliding to the making of fresh footprints in the snow or even angels as we trod on and try to stay warm, press on through the blistery winds, keeping our eyes fixed on the north Star ... the only Star, Jesus ... our coming King ... as He whispers to us ... 


HE IS!

Psalm 65:11


may we
"evermore live
in God"
and
may
"God even more
live in us"


looking forward to God's refinement as these
40 days help me through
my spiritual winter along with this
WINTER On WEDS.


as I venture into
"The Broken Way"
OBS
starting on Jan. 22nd
realizing
that
Our Lord
is still helping me
sort through
the broken pieces
that never have been healed



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