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“Exhale” Book Study Week 5 Meet the Need and Seize the Yay!

Can you believe it’s Friend, our last Friday. But these are two incredible chapters that bring all our hard work up to this point full circle. You see, just because we have reached the end of the study, we haven’t reached the end of “Losing Who We’re Not, Loving Who We Are, and Living Our One Life Well”. It’s a process. One that we can continue with Jesus when we not only let Him rescue us but we take His invitation for His refuge.

I think like Cheri, so many times it’s easy to plead to God in our difficult times and struggles, “God, get me out of here!” Then when he does we say “Thanks God” and go about our merry way. Totally leaving behind His gracious invite into His “spacious place” of refuge.

For me, the biggest ah ha reading and practicing the principles Amy and Cheri have so beautifully placed in front of us and guided us through with their own personal examples, has been this exact truth found on page 194. Cheri writes, “The ‘spacious place’ of Pslam 18:19 isn’t out there. You don’t have to hunt to find refuge in God.” She goes on to say that in “Acts 17:28… in Him we live and move and have our own being.” But most of all, what hit home with me was Psalm 139: 7-10:

No matter where we are, or go, seek, search, hide, run, or pause God is with us. His name, Imanuel, “God with us”. This is what I was missing for quite some time. You see, I too took God’s invitation several years ago to be freed, “loosened” from what held me captive. I accepted the rescue not the refuge. I sought refuge in a group of people who were like me, which in and of itself isn’t a bad thing. The group gave me support and offered their experience, strength, and hope. After a time, though, I was only relying on this group’s sayings and principles to fill a hole in my soul. Even though I was experiencing growth, deep friendships, and staying sober, I was still lost.

It wasn’t until one day when I was reading Nicki Koziarz’s book, “Five Habits of a Woman Who Doesn’t Quit” that I realized what I was missing. During a recorded teaching lesson, Nicki asked if you had not accepted Jesus as your personal savior, or if you had in the past but wanted to renew that vow, you can say a prayer right where you are right now. So that is what I did. I hit my knees in that moment and prayed the prayer along with Nicki, accepting the invitation of refuge Jesus offers!

Now, I want to say, I love that group of women that I still meet with, however today Jesus is my refuge and strength.

So what is our need with our name on it? Let’s take some time to “pray-cess” on this question. Has there been a need calling you that you are ignoring because you don’t think it is really for you? Ask God this weekend to help you discern the need with your name on it, then take action. I promise you will be blessed beyond your belief!

Now, without further ado, let’s…

In the final chapter Amy leads us through a beautiful prayer to show us how we can combat the lie that we can’t pull off the triathlon (my word) of satisfying the needs of our hearts, being there for others, and doing everything to the glory of God. We do this by:

Following the “Principle of Intention”

Letting God be the light that shines brightly through us.

Focus on our community not the cries of the crowd.

Dear Friend, it has been such a growth experience for me to be a part of the “Exhale ” Launch team and to bring this study to you these past five weeks. I pray that you have been blessed and know that I will be praying for your continued growth to “Living Your One Life Well”.

You can go to exhalebook.com for more resources.

I will leave you with the link to John 17 and one last video!

John 17: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/search=John+17&version=NIV

If you would like to “Dig Deeper” on these topics here are the links to more learnings:

Grit ‘N’ Grace Episode #60: https://gritngracegirls.com/episode60/

Amy’s “Growing Into A Calling Part 1”: https://amycarroll.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Growing-Into-A-Calling-Part-1.pdf

” Amy’s “Growing Into A Calling Part 2”: https://amycarroll.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Growing-Into-A-Calling-Part-2.pdf

Grit ‘N’ Grace Episode #34: https://gritngracegirls.com/episode34/

Grit ‘N’ Grace Episode #75: https://gritngracegirls.com/episode75/

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“Exhale” Book Study Week 5 Face It Not Force It

Welcome to Week 5! You are strong, courageous, and a beautiful child of God and you have Exhaled your way to this point! This week we are diving into “Living Our One Life Well”.

For so long I thought I was living a pretty good “One Life Well” until I wasn’t. My issue, the fear of letting go. Letting go of control of all things I thought were in my control. Ok, you can have a big laugh now. Because we all know the only One who is in full control is God.

Cheri has an amazing video for us today that addresses just this topic, and how we can stop forcing and start facing.

So are you ready to surrender all to God, face your expectations and not force them? If yes is your answer, then friend you are on your way to living your “One Life Well”

Here are the three questions Cheri posed at the end of the video

What is “One mountain, obstacle you need to conquer in order to surrender control of the future to God? How can you remember to “Face it, not Force it”?

For me, my obstacle is myself. I stand in my own way thinking I am in control, and friend, that is some stinking thinking right there. One way I use to help me remember to surrender to God is my little frog figurine I have on my desk. He reminds me daily to:

This week we will be reading Chapters 15, 16, 17, and 18.

How can I pray for you this week? Let me know in the comments or go to my contact me page.

And get ready friend, this week I have a fun challenge coming up! Be thinking of some “Seed Senders” in your life. See you Wednesday!

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“Exhale” Book Study Week 4 No More Shape-shifting, Be Yourself

Happy Friday, Friend! Can you believe you have completed four weeks of “Exhale” study! This week was a light week of reading but a deep week of “pray-cessing”.

Have you ever been a “Shape-shifter”, wanting to impress the main person in the room so bad you would change or “shift” your personality? I know I am guilty of being the person Cheri described being for a minute in her life.

I know most of my college days and into my teaching career I wanted to be noticed by the main person in the room, no matter who it was. Can I just say, exhausting! And when Cheri introduces us to two new clubs, I have to admit, I used to think I was in the 99 Club, not a club I choose to be a member of today. However, to be brutally honest there are some days still that I think I am in the 99 Club, days I think I haven’t sinned or done anything wrong. This is not something I am proud to admit, but as Cheri says:

Today, I want to be found by Jesus, Friend, because I know how easy it is to get lost on a daily basis. Boy, oh boy, what sweet joy it is, when we recognize we have wondered and Jesus finds us just where we are.

He will pick us up, our “messy, unimpressive, in-need- of- rescue, beloved selves” (“Exhale”), and bring us home. The Club of One is where it’s at my friend!

We can “be ourselves AND be loved because we are BELOVED by God”.

Click on the links below to download a cell phone and/or PC screen saver to remind you that you are BELOVED:

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Want to “Dig Deeper” this week? Check out these links:

Chapter 13: https://gritngracegirls.com/episode82/

Chapter 12: https://cherigregory.com/just-being-me/

Chapter 14: https://gritngracegirls.com/episode101/

Have you ever tried to impress someone or judged someone as an “unimpressive” person? Share in the comments to be entered in this week’s drawing!