The Value of God’s Word

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I had the immense joy and privilege of attending Beth Moore’s LIT conference this past weekend. It absolutely blew me away! I tweeted that there was such a fresh fire that swept through the room. The Holy Spirit met us there and camped out with us throughout the whole event.

The event was geared toward women in their 20s and 30s who have a calling to write, teach or communicate. This gathering was completely ordained by the Lord. There was no sense of ego in the room, only yearning. We all came with one goal in mind — we want to be equipped for this high and weighty call of God on our lives. This calling is not so much one that we choose; it’s one that God chooses. Before the foundation of the world, He called us. He had us in mind to be carriers of His message.

The main focus of this event was cultivating a deep love for God’s presence, His Word and dialogue with Him. Sadly, this is often missing among Christians these days. We want to want to love God above all, but so often we don’t.

As deliberate communicators of the gospel, we have to live lives out of the overflow. The filling comes in the secret place. We lay our lives down before Him. We give Him our brokenness. We give Him our plans and desires. We give Him our hurts and joys. We submit to His purposes and leading. Our overflow comes from there.

If you’re anything like me, you can relate to this. I’m a doer. I like to be on the go. I’m not a homebody. If I sit still, I often feel like I am not accomplishing anything. This weekend revealed to me that in the spiritual realm, I am accomplishing much. I am taking ground back from the enemy and am advancing the kingdom.

 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God  may be complete, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

The Word of God is actually supposed to work. It is supposed to bring change along with the power of the Holy Spirit. I will be processing anew these verses in 2 Timothy after this weekend.

 

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Craving Connection Review and a Giveaway!

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*Disclaimer*…I am not biased!

I had the immense privilege of being a part of Incourage and B&H Publishing’s first book under their new partnership! I’m on page 146, if you’re interested. Ha!

I’m gonna hit the strictly superficial aspects first. The cover is absolutely dreamy! The layout and printables are so cute and so useful and so practical! I love the work that the Lifeway team put in! All of their hard work and creative genius shines through! It’s beautiful.

 

Now on to some real talk…

Friendships are hard! Seriously, they’re hard! They are awkward, messy and uncomfortable. They take a lot of work and effort. But, they are some of the best parts of life. God’s design for friendship is that we become family. They are to be life-giving, hope giving and full of grace. I have had quite a bit of bad experiences with friendships. I have been hurt more times than I care to remember. But God, He has not allowed me to become bitter or resist community. So, I have pressed in knowing that God’s heart is never for us to do life alone. On the other side, I have found my people. My people are beautiful, bold, strong, full of faith, prayer warriors, lovers of God and cheerleaders of me.

We all have this desire to belong. Sometimes, we just need a resource that helps make that happen. Sometimes, we need a tool that helps us gather, that helps us grow.

Craving Connection is that resource! It’s not a long read. It’s just 30 short days. It’s intent is for gathering a couple of girlfriends or a larger group and walk through this book together.

Each of the 20 plus writers brings a unique perspective when it comes to navigating friendships. Each of them is talented, brave, kind, passionate, devoted and wise. They speak truth in love, filled with grace and compassion. They love God and community. They seek to cultivate authentic community in their places and online.

This book comes with no pressure. Take as long as you want to process each chapter, each quote, each verse and each challenge. The Lord wants to do a beautiful work through this resource.

 

 

I am pleased to announce that Icon Media is giving away a copy of Craving Connection! Simply leave a comment about who you will gather to go through this book with. The winner will be chosen on Monday, February 13, 2017!

 

 

 

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