Author Archives: Grace and Grit
So you’ve decided that it’s time for a change in your chaotic life and you are ready to establish some boundaries. If you think every one is going to be very happy that you have made these changes…think again. If you are expecting that all will applaud you, as well as instantly get on board by respecting your new boundaries immediately…get ready for some tough challenges.
Reality Check: Boundaries are a change taking place in your life. You can not expect other people to change. When you set boundaries, you are making clear communication about what you are willing to accept as part of having healthy relationships with others. Those who also desire a healthy relationship with you, will respect those changes and the motivations behind them. They will make efforts towards cooperation and healthy discussion. They will become part of the thriving, growing healthy relationships that will enrich your current life and future. Read the rest of this entry
To set boundaries in relationships is to define and communicate what you are willing to allow into your life, what behaviors you will accept from other people, and what you are not willing to tolerate. To know if you are setting a healthy boundary, vs being selfish….examine the motives you have. We all have a right to protect our minds, bodies, and spirits. Sometimes that may mean that we say no to another’s request. Sometimes that may mean that we communicate to others that we will not tolerate a harmful or abusive behavior. Always, it should mean that we make decisions based on what we think God wants our priorities to be, and not based on guilt or the pressure of people pleasing. Take some time to think about what type of boundary setter you may be: Read the rest of this entry
Do you wish that you could be part of a study group but you have limited time, or you have a busy schedule that conflicts with local group gatherings?
If so, then an internet study group may be a great place for you to connect and grow in your faith and knowledge.
I have been part of several Bible Study opportunities on the internet, and I have enjoyed them all. The group I have most grown to feel a part of, however is a group called Women In The Word. This group is a ministry of The T2 Women. Please check out their blog and fb page. If you go to the fb page, scroll down until you see the pic above and it will have a link to join Women In The Word. From there scroll down until you see a post that lists the links to the groups. If you would like to join us, you have picked a perfect time. A new study is beginning Sept 8, and this growing group of women is breaking in to smaller, more intimate groups.
I would love for you to join Group C where I am one of the moderators. We are the smallest group so far, with only a few members, but we are looking for God to grow our numbers and in the mean time, we will be enjoying the close ties that can form with small beginnings. If God leads you otherwise, there are also 2 other groups with more established numbers, led by the original founders of the T2 Women. Pray about it and see how God directs you. No matter which group you join, you will be blessed. I know I have been.
The New Study begins Sept 8
Title: Finding Joy
A study of Philippians.
All materials provided.
The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.
God is a Holy and Righteous God. Because of his holiness He establishes boundaries throughout Scripture. To accept those boundaries brings joy, peace, and blessing. To reject those boundaries brings heartache, misery, and death.
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“You need boundaries…even in our material creations, boundaries mark the most beautiful of places, between the ocean and the shore, between the mountains and the plains, where the canyon meets the river.”
― Wm. Paul Young, Cross Roads
There’s a place where I end and you begin.
It’s called a boundary.
This place defines who you are.
Separate from me.
It protects your thoughts, and ideals
Your own vision to see.
It lets you choose the path you walk
Your own guide to be.
If I push and prod my way
Across this boundary,
You cease to be uniquely you.
In fact, you become me.
I wrote the poem above to reflect a simple but important concept….that boundaries are essential to a healthy relationship. Without boundaries…dysfunction and heartache thrive. Please join me in a series on boundaries. Read the rest of this entry
Hebrews: A Better Blend became available hot off the presses on July 1. I am very honored to be part of the launch team for the 2nd published Bible Study by author Leah Adams. I became acquainted with Leah when I joined her for a Bible Study online which involved her first published work, From The Trash Pile to the Treasure Chest – Creating A Godly Legacy. Leah has a heart for sharing her love for Jesus and how he has transformed her life. She has a gift for involving the reader in an interactive, though provoking and faith building experience.
So let me highlight some of the wonderful delights I found in this Bible Study of Hebrews:
- Sweets Galore!!! There is a coffee and sweets theme that adds some fun for enjoying on your own or as part of an intimate Bible Study group. For each chapter of the 8 week study, Leah has provided a wonderful recipe to enjoy.
- Bite size nuggets of information and discovery. Hebrews is not an easy book of the Bible to read or understand. Leah breaks it down in to manageable components that are easier to comprehend.
- Comparison and blending of the Old and New Testaments. Leah provides explanations of how the Old Tabernacle and Old Covenant with God’s people portrayed God’s plan for the future and pointed toward Jesus as the fulfillment of the old as he ushered in the more superior New Covenant.
- Inspires Faith and Intimacy With God: Leah showcases how much love God showed in sending Jesus as the perfect and final sacrifice so that ultimately intimacy with God could be restored with you and I.
- Interactive and Reflective method of studying God’s word. Leah has provided verses for you to explore, as well as fill in the blank and though provoking questions for you to answer and discuss. She has included places for you to journal about your personal reflections and discoveries.
- Application: Not only does Leah share stories that reveal her own personal applications of the truths found in Hebrews, but she leads you down your own road of seeking God’s will for how to apply these truths so that you can build your faith and trust in God. Her desire is for you to have a better understanding of the foundations of the life-giving relationship that Jesus has provided as the bridge to connect you to a rewarding and intimate daily walk with God.
So, now for the Giveaway! Leah is graciously offering a free copy of her book.
To enter: Help share the news of Leah’s publication. Leave me a comment saying that you made a tweet about the giveaway or shared on other social media sites, and I encourage you to use the hashtags #HeBrews and #byfaithi. I will count 1 entry for each social media site.
Another entry option is to leave a comment on my blog about What inspires your faith and intimacy with God.
IMPORTANT! When you click on the comment box, there will be another box for your email address (not made public), which I will need to contact the winner.
This giveaway will close Sunday, July 13 at 8:00 pm. Winners will be determined by random drawing. The winner will be announced on this same blog site no later than Monday, July 14. Good luck and God bless!
It’s Time for a Mom and Kid Duo Review:
My 9 year old and I just finished reading the first book in the Faithgirlz series, called Riley Mae and the Rock Shocker Trek. This series was written by Jill Osbourne and chronicles the adventures of a 7th grader named Riley Mae. The book is about the ups and downs of being the new spokesperson for a line of flashy athletic girl shoes. Riley Mae learns that the excitement and glamour also comes with a lot of commitment that takes her away from the things that she enjoys doing, and causes her friendships to be affected as well. As a Christian, she feels the conflict of being part of a glamour world and watching the disappointments of those who struggle with not having money and nice things. Her Christian values prevail, and she clings to the desire to care for and reach out to others.
Ansley ( age 9) shared her thoughts about the book, and she had many favorite parts. A mix of humor, adventure, and mystery were reflected in her choices. She could relate well to Riley Mae as they both liked the outdoors, sports, etc but also girly, glitzy things to wear, such as the shoes in the shoe line Riley Mae represented. She liked that Riley Mae was a Christian girl who was kind and considerate to others, and didn’t pick her friends based on “being popular”.
In my opinion, the author did well with capturing story aspects that would appeal to a pre-teen/young teen market. As a chapter book, this book often has incentive to keep reading to find out what’s going to happen next. The entire book also ends with some things not getting closure and promise of more continued adventure in the next book of the series.
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Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
School is out, and summer is here. If you have children, you know that they look forward to a much-needed break from the classroom and very intense learning and studying. But, just because summer is here, doesn’t mean they should abandon the books. There are many studies that show children fall behind in reading skills, and other academic skills when they don’t continue summer reading. Young children, however, need more than just having access to books. They need guidance to make sure that they the books are age appropriate and they are developing comprehension skills as well. The best way to develop comprehension is to ask questions, and that’s where parental involvement is so vital. If you are also wanting to build spiritual understanding and growth, then reading with your children during the summer can incorporate biblical teaching as well, and this can be a great bonding time.
This summer, my soon to be 10 year old is at that age where she really enjoys reading together and wants to be asked questions.
For the summer, we have chosen 2 reading projects.
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Have you been listening to a voice of discouragement? Has that voice caused you to have doubts, fears, or worries that you didn’t have before? Has that voice dampened your enthusiasm and clarity of purpose? Has that voice distracted you from hearing God’s voice speaking in your life?