Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Happy Wednesday!

Hey Ladies!

We are in Week 5 of our Bible Study! Our Facebook Party is only a couple days away! How exciting! I'm rounding up some fun prizes, so you don't want to miss.

Get your verse mappings ready to share...

Here's our verse of the week -
2 Corinthians 1:20 – For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.

Spend some time digging deeper and meditating on this verse.

Be Blessed and be a Blessing!

Cheryl

Monday, September 28, 2015

The Circle Maker

The Circle Maker - Week 5


Happy Magnanimous Monday Ladies!!!

Hope everyone had a beautiful weekend. I was so disappointed, I was really looking forward to taking pictures of the Full Moon and the lunar eclipse – sad face. But I’m sure somewhere in the world someone took some great pictures of the event!

Thursday night during our study a quailstorm appeared on the Doppler radar and God asked Moses a question. It was more than a question. It was the question. Your answer to this question, the question, will determine the size of your prayer circles. 

Is there any limit to my power?

The size of our prayers depends on the size of our God. And if God knows no limits, then neither should our prayers. God exists outside of the four space-time dimensions He created. We should pray that way!

We are at the half-way point in our study – can you believe it? Thank you so much for you dedication and for hanging in here with me.

Go ahead and read chapters 8 & 9, even if you didn’t read the last few chapters you can catch up on those later.

Our theme this week is - Praying Hard

I love our verse this week! 2 Corinthians 1:20 – For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.


This week’s forecast – Cloudy with a chance of Quail

Be blessed and be a blessing ladies!

Cheryl

Saturday, September 26, 2015

How to Choose a Life Verse

Bible Study Skills
 

 

Having a life verse is a great way to personalize and immerse yourself in Scripture. It should inspire, challenge, excite and energize you. Your life verse can be your anchor in the stormy seas and your compass to direct you forward.

One of my favorite passages of Scripture is found in Hebrews 13:5…God said, “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.” It was a promise God gave to me at a time I was extremely ill; no matter what I’m going through, I remain God of His promise (mostly, He reminds me)!

So how do you choose a life verse? I’m so glad you asked!

1.     Start with the question: What do you need from God? What seems to be in short supply in your life when you really need it?

2.     Think about your strengths and passions. What moves you, motivates you, makes your heart sing?

3.     After you have thought about your needs and passions, pick three or four “themes” that are important in your life. Go to Biblegateway.com and enter those key words in the search box to find verses that contain your life themes. Write down the verses that say something about your heart and walk with God.

4.     Pray over the verses you find. How will you spot your life verse? Easy! Your life verse is the one that makes your heart go “Ahhhhhh …” as it breathes new life into you!

5.     After you have selected your verse, get to know it inside out. Verse map it. (If you’ve never done verse mapping, check out our Bible Study Skills archive  to learn how!) Memorize it. Look for a song that refers to the themes in the verse. Interact with your verse until it becomes your anchor and your compass.

6.     And remember, choosing “life” verse doesn’t necessarily mean for the rest of your life!  Your life verse can change as you enter new seasons of life.

Blessings,

Cheryl

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Just Call


Here is the promise that the day is coming when the Lord is going to pour out His Spirit upon all people. Peter quoted this passage in Acts 2:16-21, the outpouring of the Spirit predicted by Joel.

Joel envisioned a time when God's Spirit would be available to every believer. Ezekiel also spoke of an outpouring of the Spirit (Ezekiel 39:38-29). God's Spirit is available now to anyone who calls on the Lord. (Joel 2:30) "And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."

Take time and read chapter 2 of the Book of Joel.

Blessings,

Cheryl

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Personalizing Scripture



Bible Study Skills
 


Hi Everyone! Thanks for joining Bible Study Skills Day!

I have a question for you: Have you ever treated reading your Bible like something to … check off of your to-do list?

I’ll admit it, I have. I remember reading my Bible every day just to get a gold star beside my name in Sunday School Class.

The truth is, I was reading it everyday, but I had a hard time relating to it. So I asked my Sunday School teacher how something written so long ago could have anything to do with my life today. She told me to “pray about it.”

Honestly, I was not happy with that suggestion. If I get REALLY honest, I thought it was a boring list of do’s and dont’s, it was hard to understand and it was impersonal! Can anyone relate?

My goal is to focus on study methods to help us transform the way we study the Bible! In the coming weeks and weeks past, we’ll build on our Bible Study Skills.


So let’s get started!


Personalizing Scripture

Personalizing Scripture is super easy! It allows us to take timeless truths from God’s Word and apply them to our lives today! There is something so powerful in knowing that Jesus knows our name!
 

Let’s personalize this verse of scripture! “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” James 1:5 (You can use your favorite version of the Bible to personalize this verse as well)

Here are some things we can do to personalize Scripture:

·        Write it out. Use a journal, notecards or whatever you like, but give yourself enough room to work. (Writing things out will also help us to memorize it!)

·        Replace key pronouns with your name (or add your name). (This should sound as if God is speaking to you personally.)

·        Highlight words that stick out to you. (You can study those later.)

·        Look up words in the dictionary. (Even looking up words you’re familiar with can help deepen your understanding.)

·        Write synonyms to key words. (Choose a word that sounds like one you would personally use.)

·        Get personal! How is this verse speaking to you personally?

 

Prayer and reading our Bibles are two of the most important things we can do if we desire a personal relationship with God. We communicate with Him through prayer, and He communicates to us through His Word.

 

Blessings,

Cheryl

 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Cast you cares...31 Day Journey



Today, I'm living according to Psalm 55:22 - Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you. And 1 Peter 5:7 - Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. In the middle of everyday living, He has calms all my anxiety and all my fears. Thank You Lord!

Starting October 1st, I will be joining other bloggers on the 31 day blogging frenzy.

Stayed tuned, over those 31 days in October I will be sharing books, songs, quotes and people that have inspired me along my journey through life. As well as some of my favorite photos I've taken over the years. Life hasn't been all easy and I've made more than my share of mistakes but with God by my side, always, I have persevered and OVERCOME. Day by Day, we can make everyday count on life adventures "On the Journey with God!"

I will be adding links to each of the 31 days...

Day 1 - Write 31 Days
Day 2 - Power
Day 3 - God's Love
Day 4 - Faith in Action
Day 5 - Follow the Path

Day 6 - New Day
Day 7 - His Great Love
Day 8 - Crabtree Falls 
Day 9 - Faith 
Day 10 - Yes & Amen
Day 11 - God's Promises
Day 12 - Dream Giver
Day 13 - The Lord is With Me
Day 14 - Gossip
Day 15 - Power & Love
Day 16 - This Old House
Day 17 - God First
Day 18 - The God First Life
Day 19 - God First Questions
Day 20 - Butterfly or Freak
Day 21 - Spiritual Growth
Day 22 - Dreaming
Day 23 - Happiness
Day 24 - THINK
Day 25 - Greater
Day 26- You are called to Greatness
Day 27 - Faith and Endurance
Day 28 - Arise & Shine
Day 29 - Meditate on the Word
Day 30 - God's Promises
Day 31 - Using Your Gift




That's it - I did it #Write31Days!

We are blessed to be a blessing to others!
Cheryl









 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The Lord is with Me...


You are with me; Your rod and Your staff they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)

"You are with me." Yes, you, Lord are in heaven. Yes, you rule the universe. Yes, you sit upon the stars and make your home in the deep. But yes, yes, yes, you are with me.

The Lord is with me. The Creator is with me. Yahweh is with me.

Moses proclaimed it: "What great nation has a god as near to them as the Lord our God is near to us." (Deuteronomy 4:7 NLT)

Paul announced it: "He is not far from each of us." (Acts 17:27 NIV)

And David discovered it: "You are with me." Somewhere in the pasture, wilderness, or palace David discovered that God meant business when He said: "I will not leave you." (Genesis 28:15 and Deuteronomy 31:6)

God is always with you. How can this truth bring positive changes to your life?

 
 
Be blessed!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Why Journal

Bible Study Tools
 


"What's the value journaling?"

“Journaling” can mean different things to different people. For some, journaling is written prayer. For others, journaling is keeping a record of prayer requests and answers. Some keep a journal of especially poignant spiritual truths, perhaps insights from a sermon or quotes from spiritual books or a collection of Scripture. Some may write accounts of particularly meaningful encounters with God. For some a journal is a form of diary, a place to record the events of their day and a few thoughts or insights about it; these entries may be as brief as one or two phrases or a long narrative. Some might keep a “gratitude” or “joy” journal that lists one or more things each day—small or large—for which they are thankful. Still others journal in the sense that they write out their thoughts or respond to a particular prompt; it is not so much a prayer or specifically God-directed as it is a written exploration on a topic. Journals can come in a variety of forms—written in a notebook, typed on the computer, in an online forum, shared with friends or private, including art work or pictures or solely visual art without words, etc. The Bible does not mention journaling, so is there value in any of these activities?

Writing or creating art of any kind causes us to slow down enough to attend to our inner being. Words may flow effortlessly, or they may take time to formulate. Either way, writing is a method to help us reflect, contemplate, and more fully digest the things of life. Proverbs 4 talks about gaining wisdom at all costs. Its words imply intentionality and alertness: “My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body. Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. . . . Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil” (Proverbs 4:20–23, 25–26). Journaling can help us pay attention and keep wisdom at the forefront of our thoughts. It can also be a way to guard our hearts as we search our inner being, paying attention to what is going on in our hearts and submitting it to God.

In journals, we can express ourselves to God and remind ourselves of His greatness. Luke 2:19 tells us about Mary treasuring the events around Jesus’ birth and pondering them in her heart. Psalm 111:2 says, “Great are the works of the LORD; they are pondered by all who delight in them.” Journaling can help us ponder the good things of God and give Him praise.

Another benefit of journaling is having a written record to which to later refer. In times of spiritual dryness or discouragement, one can look back at a journal and find encouragement in God’s past faithfulness or reminders of truth. God often instructed the Israelites to set up forms of remembrance. Journals can be one way to remind us of what God has done in our personal histories.

For those who are “natural” writers, journaling can be a way to intentionally use their gifting to grow in Christ. They can explore through journaling the truth presented in Scripture or the things God may be teaching them through life circumstances. Journaling can be used to look back at the past, asking God to reveal truth we may have missed along the way or to bring about healing. We can also use journals to express hopes for the future and submit our desires to God. Journals can be used as a method of personal Bible study. Journals filled with scriptural and spiritual truths can be a quick reference tool.

Journaling is exciting for some and sounds laborious to others. There is no right or wrong way to journal. And, depending on the person, it may be highly valuable or not add much. Journaling is certainly not a requirement for Christian growth, but it can be a great tool.
 
Click here to view previous post on journaling

Blessings,

Cheryl





 






















Source: Gotquestions.org


Friday, September 11, 2015

The Circle Maker

Good Morning Everyone!!!

A Big Thank You to everyone who joined us last night at our Facebook Party!! A great time of sharing and experiencing God's Word! I had so much to share last night and I didn't get through all my notes. So, I thought I'd share - "the rest of the story," as Paul Harvey used to say...
 

 
Every blessing, every breakthrough, every miracle, and every dream has a genealogy. If you trace it all the way back to its origin, you will find a prayer circle.
 
  • Why is it important that we have people in our lives who draw circles of prayer around us? Who is praying for you right now and how can you help them stay informed so that they can continue to pray in specific and powerful ways?
  • Who are you praying for regularly and how are your prayers impacting the lives of these people? How can you increase the intensity of the prayer circles you are drawing for these people?
Phil 4…present your requests to God with prayer and thanksgiving.
 
When we feel under qualified and overwhelmed, we might be exactly where God wants us. These moments force us to pray like everything depends on God.
 
Read Numbers 13:26-33. Describe the territory God called Joshua and the people of Israel to enter and take as their own. What was the nature of this task and why would prayer be such an essential part of accomplishing it?
  • Take a moment and draw a map or picture of an area, relationship, goal, or something else that you believe God wants you to circle in prayer. It could be as simple as the name of a person, or a drawing of your neighborhood or workplace.
  • Next, write down three of four prayers you can begin to pray around this territory.
  • Describe a time you for something and God did far more than you expected.
  • Write down a specific time in your life when you experienced great blessing, a spiritual breakthrough, a miracle, or the fulfillment of a dream. Then, reflect back on the persons who were praying for you. Write down their names…create a prayer genealogy. 
Mark Batterson says that he believes that every blessing, every breakthrough, every miracle, and every dream has a genealogy. If you trace it all the way back to its origin, you will find a prayer circle.
 
Miracles are the by-product of prayers that were prayed by you or for you. And that should be all the motivation you need to pray.
Read James 4:1-3 – We have not because we ask not. Put another way, we have not because we circle not.
Read Joshua 6:1-15
 
Then I ended with this challenge...
21-Day Prayer Challenge – starting today for the next 21 days. Identify a time you will pray every day. Then, pick a place you will go consistently to meet with God in prayer. Be sure this is a place you feel connected to God. Identify a specific person, promise, or problem you will circle in prayer every day for the coming three weeks. Be sure to keep this appointment with God every day and see what He accomplishes in and through you.
 
Well-developed faith results in well-defined prayers, and well-defined prayers results in a well-lived life.
Bold prayers honor God, and God honors bold prayers. God isn’t offended by your biggest dreams or boldest prayers. He is offended by anything less. If your prayers aren’t impossible to you, they are insulting to God. Why? Because they don’t require divine intervention.
Not every pray will be answered the way we script it, but I’m convinced of this: The miracles that have happened would not have happened if I hadn’t drawn a circle around them in the first place.
 
Don’t just read the Bible. Start circling the promises. Don’t just make a wish. Write down a list of God-glorifying life goals. Don’t just pray. Keep a journal.

Have a wonderfully blessed day!
Cheryl

May you overflow with joy by the power of the Holy Spirit. - Romans 15:13

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Pray Big Prayers

Pastor Dave in his message at our church this weekend read a passage of scripture from Ephesians 3:20. His reference is so fitting for our study this week. I like it in the Amplified Version of the Bible...

 


He asked the question, "Are you praying big prayers?" Personally, I know I don't always. Don't wait for something bad to happen or pray out of desperation. God is concerned with every detail of our lives.

Next he said - we sell ourselves short and don't limit God by our logic. God says in His Word that His ways our not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts. God is Limitless!!!

We serve a "Big God" and don't try to put him in a box.

You can hear Pastor Dave's entire message "Facing Failures" @ www.calvaryccm.com/media

Blessings,

Cheryl

 

Monday, September 7, 2015

Friendship

Friendships are one of Life's Greatest Gifts! God creates all of us to be in relationships and grow in our friendships.

Proverbs 27:17 says, "As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another."

Friendships are like treasures - you never know what you're going to discover about yourself or someone else. While friendships can bring us joy and comfort, they also contribute to our overall health and well-being. In fact, a recent study among women found that just spending time with friends can help reduce stress and produce a calming effect.


Simple activities like sending an email or a text, picking up the phone or dropping a note in the mail can go a long way to strengthening a friendship and putting a smile on someone's face. Through small acts of kindness, we can nurture each other.

When was the last time you had a friend who did something that saved you from a bad day?

One of the many beauties of friendship is that you don't have to face life's challenges alone. God places all kinds of people in our lives - some for a reason and some for a season. These  relationships not only enrich our experiences but the also strengthen us.

Check out Ecclesiastes 4:9-10.

Be blessed and be a blessing,

Cheryl

Sunday, September 6, 2015

#TheCircleMaker - Week 2


The Power of a Single Prayer

                                           Become a Circle Maker                                 

Read Chapters 2-3

Verse of the Week: Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8 (NASB)

Scripture Text: Joshua 6:1-6 > try reading these verses in different versions of the Bible. No worries if you don’t have several copies, head over to www.biblegateway.com.  

The earth has circled the sun thousands of times since the day Honi drew his circle in the sand, but God is still looking for circle makers. And the timeless truth secreted within this ancient legend is as true now as it was then: bold prayers honor God and God honors bold prayers. God isn’t offended by our biggest dreams or our boldest prayers. He is offended by anything less.

If your prayers aren’t impossible to you, they are insulting to God. Why? Because they don’t require divine intervention. But ask God to part the Red Sea or make the sun stand still or float an iron ax-head, and God is moved to omnipotent action.

There is nothing God loves more than keeping promises, answering prayers, performing miracles, and fulfilling dreams. That is who He is. That is what He does. And the bigger the circle we draw, the better, because God gets more glory.

Who you become is determined by how you pray. Ultimately, the transcript of your prayers becomes the script of your life.

Enjoy and have a blessed week!



Take delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4 (NIV)

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Bible Study Skills: Part II


Inductive Study:  The Basics


Inductive Bible study consists of three component parts – observation, interpretation and application.

Observation answers the question: What does the passage say? It is the foundation which must be laid if you want to accurately interpret and properly apply God’s Word. Have you ever read a book, chapter, or verse of the Bible and five minutes later been unable to remember anything you have read? So often we read the Bible with our eyes but not with our mind. There are several reasons for this. Either
  •  We think God’s Word will magically make an impression on us without any effort on our part, or
  •  We don’t really believe we can understand what we’ve read, or
  • We are waiting for the pastor to teach on this section of Scripture so we’ll know what to believe.

Often, however, we forget what we have read simply because we don’t know what to look for in the text. Because observation is discovering what the passage is saying, it requires time and practice. You’ll discover that the more you read and get to know a book of the Bible, the more its truths will become obvious to you. You’ll be awed at the wealth of spiritual riches contained in even the shortest books of the Bible – and you will have discovered it for yourself! You will know that you know!

Interpretation answers the question: What does the passage mean? And the basis for accurate interpretation is always careful observation. Interpretation is the process of discovering what the passage means. As you carefully observe Scripture, the meaning will become apparent. However, if you rush into interpretation without laying the vital foundation of accurate observation, your understanding will be colored by your presuppositions – what you think, what you feel, or what other people have said, rather than what God’s Word says.

Interpretation is not necessarily a separate step from observation, for often, as you carefully observe the text, at that very moment you begin to see what it means. Thus, interpretation flows out of observation.

However, interpretation can also involve separate actions or steps that go beyond merely observing the immediate text. One of these exercises is investigating cross-references. First and foremost, let Scripture interpret Scripture. You may also use other helps, such as word studies or the evaluation of resources such as commentaries and Bible dictionaries to check your conclusions or to supplement you understanding of the historical or cultural setting of the text.

Application answers the question: How does the meaning of this passage apply to me? Usually this is the first thing we want to know when we read the Bible, but proper application actually begins with belief which then results in being and doing. Once you know what a passage means, you are not only responsible for putting it into practice in your own life but accountable if you don’t! Ultimately, the goal of personal Bible study is a transformed life and a deep and abiding relationship with Jesus Christ.

Application is not a third step in the inductive process. Rather, application takes place as you are confronted with truth and decide to respond in obedience to that truth. The basis for application is 2 

Timothy 3:16-17:
“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”

When you know what God says, what He means, and how to put His truths into practice, you will be equipped for every circumstance of life. To be equipped for ever good work of life – totally prepared to handle every situation in a way that honors God- is not only possible, it is God’s will.

Through diligent study of God’s Word, under the guidance of His Spirit, you’ll drop a strong anchor that will hold in the storms of life. You will know your God. And when you know your God, not only will you be strong, but you will do great exploits for Him. (Daniel 11:32)

Our goal is to have a personal relationship that doesn't depend on anyone or anything but God!









Source – How to Study the Bible: biblestudytools.com 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Circle Maker!


The Circle Maker!


This week we are reading Chapter 1 of The Circle Maker.  Go ahead and get started on that if you haven’t already, and we’ll be discussing that and getting to know each other this week at our Facebook Live session Thursday night at 8pm.

If you don’t have your Bible with you, download the free YouVersion  app to your phone.  I LOVE this because I have a Bible with me everywhere I go now!  I still use my real Bible, but it’s great to have a small little device that has a Bible on it with me all the time. You can go their website for information or just type in “YouVersion” in the search space of your App store on your phone or tablet.

Our memory verse this week is: “I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.



We will be using a tool called “verse mapping” to help us delve into God’s Word. If you aren’t familiar with verse mapping, I want to share it with you today. We started using this if you were with us for the “Yes to God” and “The Best Yes” studies.
                                                   



   

1.     We will be using this tool or one very similar throughout the study. Unpack our scripture for the week and share with us what you learned at our Facebook Party. Use verse mapping as an optional study tool. (Click here to learn more about verse mapping from  Heather Bleier or copy the following into your browserhttp://bit.ly/11j4zW2)

2.     This summer I did a Bible Study Tools series and I introduced another tool called “verse chaining” – here’s the link if you like to give it a try!

If you like you can unpack these 2 verses as well –
·       What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us.1 Romans 8:31 NKJV

·       Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans. Proverbs 16:3 NIV

Happy Mapping and/or Chaining!!!

A Virtuous Woman

THE 10 VIRTUES OF THE PROVERBS 31 WOMAN 1. Faith – A Virtuous Woman serves God with all of her heart, mind, and soul. She seeks ...