Monday, March 17, 2014

{My Calling} Our Last Week in the Prayers for a Woman's Soul Online Study!

Hi Sweet Friends,

Wow, our time together has zipped by! We’re already on the last week of our 6-week prayer study, praying for topics voted for by YOU. And the number one topic women wanted to pray about most is: MY CALLING.

I think this is because deep inside we all sense we were created to live fulfilling lives that matter and honor God. We yearn to do the very things God has wired us to do—but sometimes we aren’t sure what, exactly that is, or how, exactly to move forward into our callings.

Have you ever asked God about your calling? He is the One who uniquely created you to accomplish specific things on this earth. Whether you feel called to raise a family, open a bed and breakfast, or do scientific research that leads to the cure of cancer, God will lead and guide you as you seek Him and cooperate with His Holy Spirit.

This week as you pray, ask God to show you what He desires for you specifically at this time in your life. Then ask Him what your next step should be. And don’t allow yourself to feel overwhelmed as you pray and ask. We can start small, asking the Lord which baby steps to take first, knowing that by His grace we will accomplish the very thing He desires.

Your Assignment for Week #6: Read Chapter 50, My Calling

Chapter 50 Excerpt: “Dreams are where faith, passion, and hard work collide. When we diligently apply ourselves and cooperate with the Holy Spirit, our dreams begin to unfold. Yes, we start out taking baby steps. But eventually we will run like the wind—empowered by God.”

This Week’s Verse: 

“I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me.” (Acts 20:24)

This Week’s Questions:
  • Ask God if you have been sidetracked from your true purpose.
  • What steps have you already taken in the serious pursuit of your calling?
I will be praying for you all week long as together we pray for and about our callings. Leave a comment about your dream/calling and what’s holding you back and I will pray for you.

Thank you SO MUCH for joining me on this wonderful 6-week prayer journey. I hope that as you prayed you felt God's presence in a greater way, and that your heart has been refreshed and renewed. 

If you desire and are able, please join us on the Prayers for a Woman's Soul COMMUNITY FACEBOOK PAGE any time during the week and share your thoughts and experiences!

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Monday, March 10, 2014

{My Distractions} Week 5 – Prayers for a Woman’s Soul Online Study!

Hi Sweet Friends,

Do you feel pulled in too many directions or tugged off-task more frequently? I’d say that distractions are one of our most pressing issues to regularly pray about.

Have distractions interrupted or taken over your life? It seems like our culture has less down-time and more opportunities to waste time than ever. Technology and social media are fantastic, as long as we control it and not the other way around.  Being wise stewards of our time by remaining focused and on-task will help us ear much good fruit that remains (see John 15:16).

I am definitely not perfect in this area, but I am learning to pray, “Lord, help me be focused and fruitful for You today.” And when I do, it makes a significant difference.

On a practical note, two things have really helped me avoid distractions and stay on task:
  1. Spending time in prayer and God’s word each morning
  2. Doing my most important work first thing in the morning—before interruptions start happening.
Your Assignment for Week #5: Read Chapter 6, My Distractions

Chapter 6 Excerpt: “It’s nearly impossible not to be at least occasionally distracted. As women, wives, and mothers, we’re the busiest people on the planet. However, with Christ all things are possible. He alone can grant us the clarity and wisdom to make wise choices so that we recognize and avoid needless distractions.”

This Week’s Verse: 

“Looking away from all that will distract to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith…” (Hebrews 12:2)

This Week’s Questions:
  •  Could some of your activities be distractions in disguise?
  • Do you think that some distractions/interruptions could be God’s way of redirecting us?
I will be praying for you all week long as together we pray for and about distractions. Please leave a comment sharing what distracts you most and know you are not alone!

If you desire and are able, please join us on the Prayers for a Woman's Soul COMMUNITY FACEBOOK PAGE any time during the week and share your thoughts and experiences!

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Monday, March 3, 2014

{My Emotions} Week 4 – Prayers for a Woman’s Soul Online Study!

Hi Praying Friends,

It’s no surprise to me that the 3rd highest number of your votes for topics to pray about is our emotions. Emotions can be a beautiful thing—if we’re having a good day. But even on a ‘good’ day sometimes all it takes is a harsh word and our emotions bust out.

Have you ever felt hijacked by your emotions? Between hormones and stress and just plain old life, it can be a struggle. But when our emotions start to take us in a direction we don’t want to go, we can calm ourselves by engaging in some healthy, faith-filled self-talk. We don’t have to allow our emotions to take over.

Your Assignment for Week #4: Read Chapter 16, My Emotions

Chapter 16 Excerpt: “If we’re not careful, raw emotions can control us and potentially lead us down a destructive path. God’s word is not only the plumb line for our responses, but a safety restraint that will prevent us from flying through our heart’s dashboard windshield when we’re emotional wrecks.”

I love the imagery of the excerpt above. God’s word acts sort of like a seat-belt for our crazy emotions. When our emotions shift into high gear, His Word holds us in place. Scripture actually gives us the ability to remain calm when things are falling apart (or when we are!).

This Week’s Verse: 

“Blessed, happy, fortunate, to be envied is the man whom You discipline and instruct, O Lord, and teach out of Your law, That You may give him power to keep himself calm in days of adversity.” (Psalm 94:12-13a)

This Week’s Questions:
  • Have your emotions controlled your lately, instead of you controlling them?
  • Have you engage in some faith-filled self-talk when your emotions shift into high gear?
I will be praying for you all week long as together we pray for and about our emotions! Please leave a comment sharing what you’re walking through as you pray about your emotions. And remember, we don't have to allow our emotions to take over! 

If you desire and are able, please join us on the Prayers for a Woman's Soul COMMUNITY FACEBOOK PAGE any time during the week and share your thoughts and experiences!

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Monday, February 24, 2014

{My Peace} Week 3 – Prayers for a Woman’s Soul Online Study!

Hi Sweet Friends,

This week we are praying for a commodity that is highly valuable on our planet these days—something that many people live without. But because of Jesus, we have a supernatural supply. When all hell is breaking loose around us, we can—amazingly—still experience peace.

Are you in a battle for peace right now? Sometimes peace is a daily battle, but I’ve discovered that when I shift my focus and worship Him anyway, the waves aren’t quite so big anymore, and God speaks His peace over me.

Your Assignment for Week #3: Read Chapter 18, My Peace

Chapter 18 Excerpt: “Worshipping in a time of crisis flies in the face of all we’re feeling. Our emotions tempt us to have a meltdown. Yet when we choose to shift our focus from the overwhelming situation to the Lord, when we worship in spite of how we’re feeling, we move the heart of God. He will intervene. And though the circumstances may not change (my son was still in Iraq, after all), we will change. We will have peace in the middle of our battles.”

Two other things I try to remember in the battle for peace is: (1) Jesus is the Prince of Peace, and He is greater than every situation. When I remain near Him, my peace remains. And (2) Jesus bequeathed His peace to us when He died on the cross (see John 14:27, below). That means that His peace is rightfully ours—we literally inherited it from him! Isn’t that powerful?

This Week’s Verses: 

I listen carefully to what God the Lord is saying, for He speaks peace to His faithful people. (Psalm 85:8)

Peace I leave with you; My own peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.” (John 14:27) (AMP)

This Week’s Questions:

  • Can you think of a situation right now that is infringing on your peace?
  • Are you willing to worship God in the middle of your most difficult battlefield moments?
I will be praying for you all week long as together we pray for and about peace! Please leave a comment sharing what you’re walking through as you battle for peace. And remember, Jesus is greater—His peace is your inheritance!

If you desire and are able, please join us on the Prayers for a Woman's Soul COMMUNITY FACEBOOK PAGE any time during the week and share your thoughts and experiences!


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Monday, February 17, 2014

{My God Hears Me} Week 2 – Prayers for a Woman’s Soul Online Study!

Hi Sweet Friends,

I hope your heart and soul are beginning to feel refreshed as you set apart time during our 6-week study to pray for yourself!

Do you struggle to believe that God actually hears you? Number 5 from the survey I conducted (and if you took the survey, thank you!), the fifth most desired topic to pray for and what we will be tackling this week in our prayer time is: MY GOD HEARS ME.

I grew up feeling like my voice wasn’t heard and didn’t really matter. Years later, my troubled marriage only heightened those feelings. My heart ached to be heard and understood, and as I immersed myself in Scripture I made a stunning discovery: The Creator of the universe heard always heard me.

This revelation left me feeling stunned. 

And relieved. 

And utterly loved.

Your Assignment for Week #2: Read Chapter 2, My God Hears Me.

Chapter 2 Excerpt: “Jesus’s thrilling words declare what my soul now knows to be true: God is deeply interested in what we have to say and hears every word we utter, even when it doesn’t feel like He’s heard us.”

If feeling heard is a foreign concept for you, (and let’s face it—we all endure seasons when we don’t feel close to God or heard by Him), then as you pray this week ask God to displace doubt with the confidence than He does in fact hear you. Soak in the Scriptures, because God’s truth displaces lies!

This Week’s Verses: 

Evening, morning, and noon I cry out in distress, and He hears my voice. (Psalm 55:17)

I love the Lord because He hears and answers my prayers. Because He bends down and listens, I will pray as long as I have breath! (Psalm 116:1)

This Week’s Questions:
  • Are you in a season of hearing God’s voice, or a season of silence?
  • This week, when you feel as though others are not listening, read John 11:41-42. Are you willing to believe that God is listening?
I will be praying for you all week long as together we pray for and about knowing God hears us (and He does!). 

If you desire and are able, please join us on the Prayers for a Woman's Soul COMMUNITY FACEBOOK PAGE any time during the week and share your thoughts and experiences!


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Monday, February 10, 2014

{Week 1} The 2014 Prayers for Woman’s Soul Online Study!

Welcome to the first week of the new Prayers for a Woman’s Soul online study! I’m so glad you are here and hope that our time together will help you to pray more—for yourself—and that you will feel refreshed, revived, and transformed by the Holy Spirit as you pray.

This time YOU chose the topics we will be praying about via an official survey I conducted. What fun! I absolutely loved hearing from you and discovering which prayer topics most concern you. The results surprised me, and they will be a surprise for you, too! We will be going in reverse order. So if you want to know the #1 topic ladies most wanted to pray about, you’ll have to stick around for all 6 weeks of our online study! J

Details
  • As your pampering prayer journey begins, you will read the chapter assigned to you. Then you will pray for that particular topic for the entire week. This is where your notebook will come in handy. Write down each week’s topic, then zero in on specifics.
  • Record what you sense God is impressing on your heart. This will become a treasured resource you can refer to later when the same issue comes up (and don’t we know that always happens?!), and what you’ve written now will enable you to persevere in prayer and belief later.
  • Don’t forget to use each week’s personalized Scripture verses {“God’s Word for Me” at the end of each chapter} as part of your prayer time.
  • Each week we will focus in on one particular Scripture verse—it will become our go-to verse as we pray for each week’s specific topic.
Are you ready? Number 6 on the survey, the sixth most desired topic to pray for and what we will be tackling this week in our prayer time is: MY DECISIONS.

Your Assignment for Week #1: Read Chapter 31, My Decisions. Decision-making does not come easily to me. But I am learning. Through the years, God has taught me from my mistakes (ouch!) and I would like to share a video I made last year on How to Make Difficult Decisions. (See below.)

Chapter 31 Excerpt: “As we approach any decision, we should always begin by asking Jesus…for wisdom and clear direction. We can then resist…rushing into a decision, because ‘To be overhasty is to sin and miss the mark’ (Proverbs 19:2).”

This Week’s Verse:

“In all my ways I will submit to Him, and He will make my paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:6)

This Week’s Questions:
  • Does making a decision create pressure that adversely affects you?
  • Does the prospect of always following after peace when making decisions appeal to you?





I will be praying for you all week long as together we pray for and about our decisions. Feel free to join me on the Prayers for a Woman's Soul Community Facebook Page any time during the week and let me know your thoughts and experiences! And please leave me a comment letting me know how YOU make decisions, what decision you are trying to make right now, or if making decisions comes easily to you. 

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

It’s the NEW 2014 Prayers for a Woman’s Soul Online Book Study! {And YOU Choose the Topics!}


An invitation to refresh and pamper yourself
with soul-transforming prayer!
Who:
  • Multitasking, overwhelmed women
  • Women who pray for others yet put their own prayer needs on the back burner
  • Women with real issues, who long to pray relevant, powerful prayers
  • Women who yearn to feel refreshed, rejuvenated, and renewed
What: The 2014 Prayer’s for a Woman’s Soul Online Book Study!

When: Begins Monday, February 10th, 2014

How it Works: Every Monday (for 6 weeks) you will receive an email from me with that week’s reading and prayer plan. We’ll interact and share what we’ve prayed and learned on my blog (via the comments section) throughout the week. I will also be posting on the Prayers for a Woman's Soul COMMUNITY FACEBOOK PAGE  and responding to your thoughts there, too.

Flexibility: Because we’re meeting through my blog, you can participate at your convenience—any time of day, any day of the week.

How to Sign Up: Sign up for my blog updates (use the little red box on the right sidebar of my blog) and you will receive each week’s instructions and encouragement right in your email inbox.

What You’ll Need:
  • A copy of the book—you can get it HERE or HERE (and lots of other places).
  • A notebook
  • Your Bible
{Exciting Announcement!} This time around, I’m giving you the opportunity to vote for the topics you want covered in this 6-week study! Interested in giving me your opinion? Then vote with this SURVEY!

Are you weary or overwhelmed? Are you in desperate need of refreshing?Ladies, it’s time to turn our hearts and minds to the One who longs to be our strength and song. As we set apart time to begin the holy habit of praying for ourselves, drawing nearer to the Lord as we do, His presence will refresh and revive our hearts. His Holy Spirit will transform us. And we will be equipped to soar through our days.

This is an invitation to start your year right and begin a soul-transforming journey—for you! Pamper yourself by shifting your spiritual needs from the back burner to the front burner.

Things are going to get interactive on the PRAYERS FOR A WOMAN'S SOUL FACEBOOK PAGE, where I will be posting prayers, responding to comments, and praying with you every day. (The Facebook page is optional and not required to participate. I’ve included it for those who would like more day-to-day interaction.)

I would love for you to join me
…as we begin the holy habit of praying—for ourselves! I'm looking forward to spending special time with you each week and seeing what God is going to do in our prayer lives. I will be praying for each of you!

Tell me, what is the number one topic on my survey that you want to pray about most?