(This is a message I sent out the ladies in our small group – our topic this month is on prayer and is based off of what was shared with us in our last meeting and the handout that was given to us. View that here: Prayer – Mary Lynn 2.6.14)
I hope that you are all having a good week and staying safe in this snow! I feel a bit like I have neglected my duties last semester, but God has given me a season of rest. So I guess that was rest from writing, as well. But I feel like I might be released to write again, so hopefully I can be more consistent this semester. With that being said… let’s talk about our topic of the month: (more…)
(This is an email devotional I sent out to the ladies in our small group.)
Hello my fabulous friends!
I am really excited about our service project tomorrow night! And since that is tomorrow night, I figured I better take the time tonight to get this out.
In Eat This Book, we just finished up reading about the kings of Israel. And there is one king that really intrigues me: Hezekiah.
Hezekiah’s story can be found in 2 Kings 18-20 (as well as in 2 Chronicles 29-32 and in some of the prophets: Isaiah, Jeremiah, etc.). And his story opens up in 18:3 by telling us that he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord. This is noteworthy when you consider who his father was – the evil King Ahaz.
King Hezekiah made it his mission to help point the people of Judah back to God. He tore down the high places (of idolatry), reinstated the Passover celebration, cleansed the Temple, restored Temple worship, and organized the priests. And he started this when he was only 25! (more…)
The following is an email devotional I sent out to the ladies in our small group.
Hey gorgeous gals!
Hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend!
Brad’s Easter message was so encouraging, wasn’t it? (If you missed it, it will be posted here soon: http://www.tworiverschurch.org/703611.ihtml.)
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the idea of living outside of our comfort zone. I had dinner the other night with Lynda… Lori and Michelle’s mom. As we conversed, Lynda made a small circle with her hands in front of her and called it the “comfort zone”… then pointed to an unseen point just up and to the right, and called it “where the ‘magic’ happens.” I decided to illustrate it – look at the picture:
The following is an email devotional I sent out to the ladies in my small group.
I hope that this email finds you well! I don’t know about you, but I’ve been just exhausted lately. If that describes you this week, make sure to take some time (even 30 minutes) to do something just for you And if you need to rest more than you need to read this email, that’s ok! I totally give you permission to close your email and come back to this at another time. 🙂
This week’s devotional is in two parts. First, I’d like to spend some time processing some of the themes in Judges. Then we’ll move on to Ruth briefly.
Chris preached on the theme of Judges this past weekend, and I thought he did a good job! When he presented the cycle we see in Judges of sin – oppression – repentance – deliverance, did you see yourself in there? I did! Do you ever feel like certain areas of your life are 2 steps forward 2 steps back? Or maybe you’re just stuck in a sin-confess, sin-confess kind of cycle and never find deliverance.
It can be so frustrating! Where is the victory Jesus talked about in that?! (more…)
The following is an email devotional I sent to our women’s small group at church….
I hope all is well with your weeks! Just a reminder: The Well is tomorrow night at church from 6:30-8:30 (or whenever you can come) if you are interested in joining some of us.
Lately I have been thinking a lot on the theme of believing God. I suppose the theme first really showed up at our Women’s Retreat where Tracy shared with us about being women who believe God. I will share more about the things she said in a bit.
In the Beth Moore study I am doing right now, the theme of last week’s homework was also on belief. This quote stuck out to me:
“John’s Gospel doe not just call us to belief as a past-tense experience. Christ calls us to be living verbs! He calls us to the ongoing act of believing! Yes, for many of us the belief that secures our salvation is past tense and complete. We have already trusted Christ for salvation. We are now and forever secured, but tragically, too many live in past-tense belief, believing God for little more from that time forward. (more…)
The following is a devotional email I sent out to our small group.
Greetings gorgeous gals!
I hope you’re having a good week! I am excited that many of you are coming to the Women’s Retreat this coming weekend. God is going to do some amazing things there.
Whether you are going, or are unable to, this is a good week for all of us to examine our hearts. Two Sundays ago, Brad’s sermon focused on how when God touches the life of any person playing ‘god’, hardness of heart is always a certain reaction. (If you missed the sermon, you can watch it here: http://www.tworiverschurch.org/702479.ihtml.)
At the end of the sermon, Brad challenged us with two truths to apply to our lives:
- Certain sensations are given to us as a gift from God.
- Ask God to free you from your hardness of heart. (more…)
The following is an email I sent out the ladies of our growth group.
I hope your week is off to a great start! Mine sure has been. Thanks for all of the birthday love today!
I have really been enjoying going through Eat This Book with the church. I love studying specific portions of Scripture, but getting acquainted with the big story is good to do every so often. And even if you aren’t reading along with us, there are still so many things we can learn together!
There were a few things that stuck out to me as I read through Genesis and Exodus. First was the patience of those early saints. Remember, they didn’t have the Holy Spirit to guide them and encourage them. The heard a word from the Lord, acted on it… and then sometimes didn’t hear from Him again in a long time. Can you imagine being Abraham, leaving his home, traveling to where God told him to go, but probably not getting confirmation along the way? (more…)
(The following is an email devotional I sent out to the ladies in our small group.)
Hey ladies! Happy New Year!
I want to encourage you in a practice that a few of us have been doing for a few years. Instead of making resolutions (because truthfully, many of us find those impossible to keep), some of us ask the Lord for a verse or word/phrase for the New Year. Think of it as a declaration.
For 2010, I asked the Lord for a verse, and he gave me Ephesians 3:17b-19. “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”
As you know, that was the year that I was introduced to STEPS and my girls in India. I learned much about love as the Lord awoke a mother’s heart in me for those girls. (more…)
The following is an email devotional I wrote for the ladies of our small group.
Only one week until Christmas – can you believe it?
I was thinking the other night about how whenever you are around people… family, friends, coworkers… it can sometimes cause stress. I love that Christmas is a time for family, but I know that sometimes there is a family member that just is harder to get along with than others. There are a few things I think that I think we all need to remember before the holidays.
(The following is the devotional for the week that I sent to our small group.)
Only 14 days until Christmas. Wow. I find if I don’t take time to meditate on Jesus during this season, the time totally slips away from me!
I loved Brad’s sermon this past weekend about the shepherds (if you missed it, check it out here: http://www.tworiverschurch.org/700215.ihtml). Jesus came in such a way that even the most outcast of society still had access to Him. The way He entered this earth is nothing short of miraculous and significant.
If you go to Bethlehem today, you can enter the cave where Jesus was born. However, since the early church built on that site, it looks nothing like it used to. But not far from the Church of the Nativity is an area called The Shepherd’s Field. They have many caves there, left in their original state, so that you can imagine what it was like that night that Mary and Joseph welcomed a wailing 8-pound bundle of flesh into the world. (more…)