“Exhale” Book Study Week 2 Labels and Borders

Hi Friend, I hope you are loving this week’s reading! In chapter 4 Cheri breaks down the story of “The Women at The Well” . I don’t know about you, but for me, Cheri brought a whole new meaning of this story to me.

I used to read this story and just see a women who would have been rejected by people because of her past. Then Jesus speaks to her, which she knows is weird, right, she is a Samaritan woman why would this man give her the time of day. But Jesus sees so much more in her. She is a human being, created by the Father, to be loved and accepted. Not a wrong interpretation, but Cheri takes it further and I love it!

Check out page 53, “What would it be like to be a woman who leaves her jar at the well?’

When Jesus tells the women to run back to her town to tell everyone who she has met and to come meet him too, she leaves her jar at the well. Now friend, this isn’t a little old Ball jar she has carried to get water. Take a look at what she was carrying. And it was probably much bigger than the jar pictured here, but you get the idea.

Cheri goes on to say, “So you carry that heavy jar full of fears from your past all by yourself. You’ve carried it for so long, you know just how to balance it; how to hold your head up, how to tighten your grip, how to suck in your gut, now to throw your shoulders back, how to take your next step.”

Boy can I relate! Can you?

I love the next thing she writes, “To encounter Jesus and leave it all with Him. It’s not that the past doesn’t matter, but now something new matters more,”

“She is no longer a girl gripped by fear, she is a women held by faith.” (Cheri Gregory)

And so are we! We can leave our jars at the well! Leave it all with Jesus. When I got sober over eight years ago, I literally left my “jug” at the well with Jesus. I no longer had to be a girl gripped by fear, I could be a woman held in faith. Now, it wasn’t an over night thing, and I am still a work in progress, but today I know that whatever comes my way I don’t need to take a drink to get through it, I can take it to Jesus! He will get me through today, tomorrow, and the next.

Here is a link to a picture frame you can print of and put your picture in. https://exhalebook.com/wp-content/uploads/EXHALE_Ch_4_pg_56_for_3X5_pic.pdf

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This is for a 3×5. If you would like a larger frame that can be found at the second link.

Now let’s jump into Chapter 5 with Amy.

Amy introduces us to “The Principal of Intention”.

She defines “The Principal of Intention” as ” We say the words our Father is telling us to say and not one word more”. “We do the things our Father is telling us to do and not one iota more.”

When I first read this I was so glad Amy threw in a “Mercy” there, because I was thinking to myself, “Are you kidding me!” Say and do ONLY what the Father tells me to! I’m in BIG TROUBLE!

But seriously, this concept is something I have been “pray-cessing” on since I read the book for the first time. Yes, I am on my third read as I am sharing the study with you. And I am sure it won’t be my last.

I know, though, in my heart, “The Principle of Intention” is how God wants me to live, it’s how I need to live. It’s how Jesus lived.

Amy explains that “God’s directions become our boundaries.” And heaven only knows I need to set up some boundaries with a few people in my life, one being my adult child.

I love how she sums it up on pg. 64, “We can let go of worrying that God’s boundary lines won’t be for our good, or that they will leave our family, friends, or co-workers adrift. Jesus shows us that faithful following, even when it clashes with someone else’s agenda, sets us in a place to enjoy God’s glorious work.”

Well, this has been a big check in, I’d love to hear your thoughts on becoming a “Woman held by Faith” or how you are living out the “Principle of Intention” and setting boundaries in your life. Remember you will be entered in this weeks drawing.

I am praying for you this week. Remember to “Exhale”!

If you would like to dig deeper this week, here are two more resources for you:

Grit ‘N’ Grace Episode 10 “Overcoming Error Terror” https://gritngracegirls.com/episode10/

And

Amy Carroll’s Blog “Why You Should Think Of Yourself When You Give” https://amycarroll.org/why-you-should-think-of-yourself-when-you-give/

Zacchaeus Wasn’t So Wee and Neither Are We

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Hi Friend, this is my mid-week check in to see how things are going with, “Losing who you’re not”. This week we are reading that Zacchaeus lost who he was when he climbed up in that huge sycamore tree to see who Jesus was.

When I first read the story of Zach in Luke 19:1-10, memories of vacation bible school flooded my mind. I so remembered singing the song about Zacchaeus. He was a tiny, wee little man as the song goes, he had to climb up in the tree to get a good look at Jesus. The song goes on to tell us that Jesus sees him in the tree and He calls his name. “Hey Zachaeus, I’m going to your house, come out of that tree dude!” (my paraphrase) Zachaeus was so pumped that Jesus was coming to his house!

What this children’s song doesn’t explain is that our boy Zach is not a popular person in his town and that he has cheated many of his friends out of a lot of their money by keeping some of their money he has collected for taxes for himself, making himself quite the rich man.

But Jesus chose Zachaeus’ house to visit that very day. Coincidence? I think not.

Just as Zachaeus knew he needed to run to Jesus to make some needed changes in his life, we can do the same. Just as Jesus knew Zachaeus’ name, he knows your name and mine too!

WOW! Can you feel a sense of calm wash over you when you hear that Jesus knows your name? I sure do.

Our Savior is calling us just like he called Zachaeus to run to him. He created us, He can change us.

Through his strength, guidance, and power we can grow to be the women He created us to be. Love the women He created us to Love, and Live the one life he created for us to live.

As we read the introduction through Chapter 3 in “Exhale” this week we will see that we are not:

“Stuck Permanently”

“Required to Be Perfect”

“Responsible for Everyone All the Time”

Now take a deep breath my sweet sister and “Exhale”. God is calling your name. He is waiting for you to run to him. Allow God to draw you into the Son this week. As Zachaeus grew in so many ways that day, get ready to grow exponentially in Christ as you “Exhale”!

I’d love to hear from you in the comments. “What would you like to gain from this study?”

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It’s Just About Time to “Exhale”

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Hi Friend,

August is here and that means only a few more weeks before we begin “Exhale” Book Study.  I have a new page on my blog just for this amazing study for you to easily access everything you will need as we journey to:

Losing Who We Aren’t

Loving Who We Are

And

Living Our One Life Well!

Check it out right here Exhale

Leave me a comment today if you are planning on joining me

August 26th-September 27th to EXHALE!

Also, If you don’t know Grit ‘N’ Grace Podcast, I highly suggest it.

Amy Carroll and Cheri Gregory have an amazing chemistry that is like non other.  Sharing their authentic selves with their listeners, using scripture to beak those “Bad Rules” we come across in our daily lives.

Give them a listen Grit ‘N’ Grace

I can’t wait to hear from you this week!!!

Look Up, Let Go, Live Joy!

 

“Exhale” Be Who God Planned You To Be!

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Do you struggle with knowing the identity you want for yourself and the one God planned for you?  Are you tired of pleasing others and always trying to meet their expectations for you instead of following the path God has for you? Are you ready to “Lose who you’re not, Love who you are, and Live your one life well”?

Then this is the book for you my friend.

In their Co-Authored book, “Exhale”, Amy Carroll and Cheri Gregory  walk with you on a journey with Jesus to help you find, through biblical principals, the person God created you to be and love her deeply.

Reading “Exhale” is like having two friends come along side you, hooking elbows, and skipping along a path of beautiful treasures.  Gems of  Jesus’ love and truth shining brightly for you to grab hold of as you journey with Amy and Cheri to take the steps they too have taken and continue to practice, to live their one lives well. They share genuine battles they have faced and overcome, as they have at times had to stop skipping and trudge through the messy to get to the place God was leading them.  Like true friends, Amy and Cheri don’t sugar coat this pilgrimage, friend, after all, they are the Grit ‘N’ Grace Girls.(Check out their podcast, amazing!)

Each chapter concludes with a practical principle to help you practice what you have learned and each section concludes with a “Quick Reference Guide” to summarize the unit.  Super handy for girls on a mission to finding their true selves.

“Exhale” is a book you will want to keep handy to refer back to as you take this journey to “Losing Who You’re Not, Loving Who You Are, Living Your One Life Well”.  It is jam packed with scripture and prayers for daily study to help you stay on the path God has so meticulously and perfectly planned just for you, no one else.

“Exhale” is launching June 4, 2019 at a book seller near you!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free as part of Amy Carroll’s and Cheri Gregory’s “Exhale” Launch Team.  The opinions expressed here are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Five Bible Verses To Love Like Jesus

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It’s the last Wednesday in February friend and that means this is the last post on my series on love.  Today let’s dive into what love is, it trusts, protects, hopes, perseveres,  and as 1 Corinthians 13 8 a reminds us, “Love never fails”.

I have been listening on Audible to Bob Goff’s book, “Everybody Always, Becoming Love in a World Full of Setback and Difficult People”.  I love how he tells the stories of all the amazing people he has met and their adventures.  I mention his book one because I think everyone should read it,and because it is a beautiful example of when we follow Jesus’ example of Love, it really never fails.  I gave you a link to his book below (don’t worry, as always, I get nothing for promoting the book, I have never met Bob Goff, I would love too, though, he is  super interesting , hilarious ,and has so much wisdom and knowledge on how we should live to follow Jesus.)

To end our series on 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 I am leaving you with five Bible verses that remind us that Love with a capital L, God, can always be trusted, He will always protect us, we can always hope and persevere in Him and He will never fail us.

Precious friend, this is the Love of 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8, the love of Christ.  When the people and circumstances of this world hurt and disappoint us, when we feel unloved or we have wronged another, the amazing and never-ending love of Christ is always there for us.  As Lysa Terkeurst says, “We steer where we stare”.  Let’s fix our eyes on Jesus, friend and love as he has taught us to love.

 

 

Psalm 13 5

 

deuteronnomy 31 6

Isaiah 40 31

Romans 15 5

Romans 5 8

Everybody Always By Bob Goff

 

Join me the third Wednesday in March for The Lion and The Lamb!  And be on the look out for a new segment “Living The Joy”

Until then

Look Up, Let Go, Live Joy!

 

Why It Is Difficult To Let Go And Love

on the contrary_ “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. in doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”[b

Today friend we are going to tackle four more characteristics of what Love is not and I have some more Bible verses we can pray to help us get rid of these nasty attributes when they pop up in our daily lives.  Click on the video to see my discussion with Author and Proverbs 31 Speaker, Amy Carroll.

Let me just tell you Satan had a little fun with us last night and we had a little technical difficulties, but as ALWAYS God conquers and the conversation happened!

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Well wasn’t Amy amazing! She mentioned the Four Steps Towards a Tender Heart and a Strong Voice.  Here is the link to Amy’s Blog for the steps to Listen, Feel, Do, Speak and so many other terrific resources.

Amy Carroll

Don’t forget to comment on the blog or Facebook page to be entered to win the copy of Amy’s book, “Breaking Up with Perfect”.

 

I’ll see you again mid March!  Until then

Look Up, Let Go, Live Joy

 

Nine Bible Verses To Pray When We Need to Get “Right Sized”

love is patient, love is kind. it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 it does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps

 

Hi sweet friend.  This week we will continue digging deeper into 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.  Last week we focused on the first few characteristics of what love is and a few Bible verse to pray for patience and kindness.  Click on today’s video for a closer look at four attributes of what love is not.

Getting “Right Sized”

 

A bible verse to pray when we are envying others:

“A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones”. Proverbs 14:30  Pray: Heavenly Father I come to your throne today asking for peace and contentment for all the blessings you have given me.  Give me peace today to find acceptance in my circumstances and to know that I can not handle what others have been given. Grant me the serenity to be grateful for all I have today.  In Jesus name, Amen.

Here are a few bible verses to pray when we feel a little self-seeking:

Philippians 2:3 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.”  Father I come today in praying asking for your guidance that you lead me in all things that I do today out of my love for you and others and not selfish ambition.  I asked to be filled with humility to see others above myself in all I do.  Amen.

1 Corinthians 10:24: “No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.”  Lord, I ask today for courage to seek the good of others rather than my own good. Amen.

Proverbs 11:25: “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.”  Father I ask today to be filled with your Holy Spirit that I may be generous to those around me, as your word says whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.

Bible verses to pray when we are speaking boastfully and feeling proud:

Pray Proverbs 11:2:  “Proud and boastful people will be shamed, but wisdom stays with those who are modest and humble.”  Dear Lord, today I come to you and ask for humility.  Keep me right-sized Father so I do not become proud and boastful.  When things are going great, help me to remember it all comes from you Father, not from me.

1 Samuel 2:3 “Do not keep talking so proudly or let your mouth speak such arrogance, for the LORD is a God who knows, and by him deeds are weighed.”  Heavenly Father, today I ask for discernment that the words I speak are words of kindness, compassion, and truth,  Keep my words from being proud and arrogant, Lord.  Amen.

Psalm 19:14 “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”  You can pray this verse no extra words needed.

Bible verses to pray when we find ourselves dishonoring others:

(I find myself doing this often, unintentionally, but my words and actions can be dishonoring if I am not careful).

Hebrews 13:18 “Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things.”  Dear God, I pray today for a clear conscience as I desire to do all things in an honorable way.  Amen.

1 Peter 2:17 “Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.”  Lord, I ask today that I may give proper respect to everyone I come in contact with today.  Help me to love all of my brothers and sisters, to give you all the honor and praise.  Amen.

Next week I am changing things up just a little bit!  I am going Live with Amy Carroll! Check out the details.  If you can’t make us live on Tuesday, the video will be linked here on Wednesday, February 20th!

Facebook Live With Amy Carroll

 

I will also be giving away a copy of  Amy’s Book, “Breaking Up With Perfect”

Join us on the Living Joy Today Facebook page.