(Here are the devos for our small group this week.)
Hola mis amigas!
I hope you all had a good, restful weekend!
Have you been practicing the Meeting Place this week? What has He been saying to you? I would suggest that you keep a journal and write down the things that the Lord says to you. It can often be very encouraging to go back and re-read the things the Lord has spoken to you and over you. Especially when you find yourself in the midst of the battle or the storm.
I know many of us are walking through places of difficulty or battles right now. Some days we feel like we have a big target on our backs. (more…)
Our growth group is doing something new this year. On our off weeks when we aren’t meeting (because we’re an every-other-week group), we’ve decided to be intentional about studying something together. So myself and a few others are listening for where God wants to take us on those off weeks, then I’m sending out a devotional for all of us to do together. So here is what I wrote to them this week:
I hope you are all doing well today! Since this is our off week, we’ll be doing some devotions. The idea is to take the next week to think and pray over our topic and come to growth group next week ready to share (if you feel comfortable doing so) what the Lord has been showing you.
When I was sharing my story with you all last week, I was reminded of how when I was in that dark desert time there was only one passage of Scripture that I was able to read. God had me camp out in Psalm 27 for a very long time; it gave me hope when I had none. I read it, and prayed it, and recited it back to Him so often. So this week, we’re going to talk about the Psalms in our stories. The Psalms are so full of raw emotions that we often find ourselves looking for comfort, guidance, promises, or praise during different parts of our journeys. Remember, Psalms were songs in ancient times. So just like songs today stir emotions, so the Psalms did then and continue to do so now. (more…)
The three things I am thankful for this week…
1. Our small group beginning a new year together! I am glad to be back together with all of the lovely ladies – old and new! I can’t wait to see what the Lord does in our group this year. It truly is a special group of women that the Lord has brought together. (more…)
The following is excerpts from my journal from my most recent trip to see the girls of STEPS Home in India.
August 3 –
Mike left for Bangalore early in the morning to help with the basketball camps. Theresa and I spent time at STEPS with Isaac, Tara, and Dr. Nisha. They had a meeting with the STEPS staff, and we (along with Ben and Rohan) hung out with little Angel. She was the only girl who hadn’t met little Buster, so we introduced her to the cute little guy.
She thoroughly enjoyed getting to meet Buster!
After their meeting, Isaac told us of his new small group Bible study he would be taking us to that night. He, Tara, and another couple were the leaders of a new 20-something group from church. He told me that they were going to be starting their study of Romans, but since he hadn’t had time to prepare, he was going to “Indian Outsource” the introduction of the book of Romans to me! Oh dear! Good thing the Lord has had me reading through Romans while I’ve been here!
Bless the Lord, O my soul
O my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
O my soul
I’ll worship Your holy name
(10,000 Reasons, by Matt Redman)
Today I am thankful for:
1. God’s tender loving-kindness towards me. I’ve been blown away the last few days recounting the ways that He has been so gentle and gracious towards me. How He has led me through the dark and hard times, how He has dealt gently with me when I have needed to work through something, how He has given me more than I could have ever asked for. His loving-kindness is amazing. If you would like to read more about the Lord’s loving-kindness, (more…)