December Study

This month I’m going to try something new. I’ve done weekly writing and reading plans so they can be used as a short study. I will post the plans at the beginning of the week and closer to the end of the week I will write a short recap over that plan. The focus of these will be for the different roles in your life, geared more towards women but if there is any men that would like this I would gladly do a plan for men too.

Week ones plan is focused on being a Godly Woman. This week is for the 1st through the 9th ( I apologize for being a day late).

The writing plan:
1st- Romans 8:28
2nd- Romans 8:38-39
3rd- Matthew 6:33
4th- Hebrews 13:2
5th- 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
6th-Psalms 139:14
7th- Proverbs 21:21
8th- Job 22:21
9th-Luke 16:10

The reading passage is Proverbs 31

I hope you enjoy these scriptures and I look forward to reflecting on these at the end of the week.

God Bless!

This month I’m going to try something new. I’ve done weekly writing and reading plans so they can be used as a short study. I will post the plans at the beginning of the week and closer to the end of the week I will write a short recap over that plan. The focus of these will be for the different roles in your life, geared more towards women but if there is any men that would like this I would gladly do a plan for men too.

Week ones plan is focused on being a Godly Woman. This week is for the 1st through the 9th ( I apologize for being a day late).

The writing plan:
1st- Romans 8:28
2nd- Romans 8:38-39
3rd- Matthew 6:33
4th- Hebrews 13:2
5th- 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
6th-Psalms 139:14
7th- Proverbs 21:21
8th- Job 22:21
9th-Luke 16:10

The reading passage is Proverbs 31

I hope you enjoy these scriptures and I look forward to reflecting on these at the end of the week.

God Bless!

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Surround yourself

I sat here staring at this screen for far too long today, trying to decide what direction I was going to go in.  Same thing happens when I try to write a prayer for my family today. I know the general direction I want to go with it, but the actual journey just isn’t happening for me at the moment. I could take the easy way and just say forget it and walk away for the day. How how easy that would be, I could just go read a book or watch some tv. But I’m also leaving a crack open so Satan himself can slip in and much like this fly that keeps bouncing off my face, he is relentless and is waiting for that moment. Instead I reached out to someone, she’s also my accountability person. Did I do my daily writing, did I finish the daily bible reading (we are doing a 52 week plan to read the bible, so you don’t want to fall behind).
It’s important to surround yourself with people who support your journey with Christ. Who will battle with you when you need it and you will go to battle for. When my office moved downstairs much of my “War Room” didn’t make the journey. Leaving a desk upstairs in the corner that became a catch all. Yesterday, I decided it was time to take my War Room, or corner in my case, back. It’s time to fill my desk and wall back up with my battle plan.  I encourage everyone to do this, even if you don’t have an entire room to set aside for this. Find a area that you can comfortably sit and spend time with God, clear out any distractions. Turn off the tv, your phone, social media. Focus and meditate on what God is trying to tell you. If you need help getting started or you need a little help during your journey, call out to that accountability partner. We should all be supporting and helping each other. If you don’t have someone you can reach out to please feel free to contact me at familynfaithblog@gmail.com anytime. I’m always happy to help.

God Bless

Somethings Gotta Give

I want to start by saying Thank you for joining me in this journey, and that I have already fallen in love with this study. Tonight I began the group portion of the study and was immediately captivated and hanging on to every word. It wasn’t that long ago that I also had my “something’s got to give moment” and decided my life needed remade from the inside out. As she spoke about Pigpen’s swirls of dirt and dust, I immediately began to think of my own swirls of dirt and dust. While being reminded  that souls need tending stopped me in my tracks.

I am going to post just a few of the group discussion questions, feel free to answer these questions yourself. If at any time during the study you need help answering a question or would like to further discuss anything you can comment under the post.

Which of Shauna’s reflections, assessments, or ideas from this session’s video content resonated most with you, and why?
(For me, it was the realization that my life had to change, I needed to remake my life from the inside out and I was giving too much of myself to others.)

How did you respond to Shauna’s assertion that we all have a certain battle to fight, as it relates to our particular “besetting sins” such as pride and gluttony, selfishness, or gossip or rage?
(Everyone has their own battles, no one is perfect. I need to feel loved and needed, while also having constant control over my life.)

Do you relate more to the “pain of here” portion of the liturgy, or to that which describes the “promise of there” and why?
(At this point in my life, I am more towards the promise of there. I am more mindful of my life and seek his word to guide me daily so that I can get there)

As much as I would like to dive into the solo portion of this session, it is getting late and I am getting really tired. So as much as I don’t want to I am going to put it away for tonight and will return to it tomorrow hopefully a little more awake. I truly hope that you enjoy this study as much as I am.
God Bless

New Year, Better you

This time of year I often hear people setting their New Years resolutions, and it has really made me think this year.
Some of the more common I have heard:
*I’m going to lose x amount of weight
* I’m going to eat better
*I’ll go to the gym
*I won’t drink so much
*I’m giving up pop
The list just continues to go on, but one thing I’ve realized is I never hear, I will grow closer to God. I will read my bible everyday, I will pray every day. Most people I’m sure would say they could improve their relationship with the Lord somehow. I’m not saying you should make these your New Years resolutions, lets face it most of those are forgotten about in a week. Instead make a promise. Sit down and pray for guidance, let God lead you to what you need to do to grow closer to him. I personally do have my favorites, and maybe they can help inspire you too.

1. Bible Reading:
I find it relaxing to sit down with a cup of coffee and my Bible. What better way to become closer to the Lord than by reading the book that is here to Guide you through everything in Life! I also prefer to have more than one version with me when reading. I like to read the NIV Bible, but when something sticks out to me I also go and re-read it in my KJV. I mark scripture in both bibles and write little notes. Even if it’s just a few minutes a day, pick up your bible, I bet it makes your day better too.

2. Bible Study:
You can participate in a Bible Study in many ways. There are often groups available at your church, you can order individual studies, or you can participate in online studies. The current Bible Study I’m doing is the book of Ephesians, however next week we will start the Present over Perfect study, this is a dvd/study guide package. If you would like to join us you can go to my home page for the link to purchase this. I try to keep the studies affordable, and will bounce between ordering materials or picking a book in the bible and studying it daily.

3. Reading:
I love to read, which is also why I offer reviews on here. I read a lot of Christian books that are Fiction, Lifestyle books, Parenting, Marriage, and family books. Tony Evans, Pricilla Shirer, and Stormie Omartian  are a few of my favorites when it comes to Christian marriage, parenting and family books. My husband and I have recently started the Kingdom series by Tony Evans. We have the couples devotional, Kingdom Man and Woman, Raising Kingdom Kids and The Resolutions for both Men and Women. I will admit this is also why I haven’t been putting out reviews almost daily, I am currently reading at least 2 books at a time. For those of you that travel for work, I would suggest getting audio books to listen to in the car.

4. Devotionals
A daily devotional is a great way to get the good word and doesn’t take much time. If you are married I would suggest a couples devotional. We really like the Kingdom Marriage, it has a  very short daily passage and then follows up with 3 questions for you and your spouse to answer. Quiet times for couples is another favorite of ours, and we recently received the Love Dare devotional so we are excited to begin that one too. My husband enjoys the Duck Commander devotional and my daughter likes her 3 Minute Devotional for little girls. I personally use the Daily Wisdom for Women everyday in addition to my couples devotionals.

My point is that there isn’t one set way to do a little more. Without my faith I’m not sure how I would have gotten through the holidays. I used to shut down when grieving. I’m not saying that the depression didn’t creep in and make me want to crawl in a hole, it did. But I prayed, over and over, for strength and peace. I knew I needed to be there for others as well and we needed to lean on each other. My husband played a big roll in helping me through it. He dropped everything and stayed with me, he prayed with me, and was there when I needed to just cry.  1 Corinthians 13:2 really stood out to me ( If I have the gift of prophesy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. ) Without love you truly have nothing, and one thing that I realized I am truly blessed with is the ability to love so many people and have so many people who love me. Love and the Lord  is what got me through the holidays this year. If that’s not blessed then I don’t know what is.

God Bless and travel safely home!

Social Media

Social media has been something that has led to many prayers here lately. I haven’t really been sure if it’s beneficial for my life. The last few weeks I’ve frequently had conversations with my husband, my parents, close friends, and of course God, trying to make some big decisions. For so long I did what I thought I should do, what was going to make me happy? I think many of us do this at some point. We realized that as a family we lost sight of what is really important. We ultimately are to blame, but social media plays its part in this. It is very easy to become addicted to social media. So a few weeks ago when I began praying and asking for guidance I started to wonder if I needed to walk away from Social Media for good. We became more mindful of the time spent on social media and spent more time as a family. In return, we have become closer.
I started this blog in the beginning as a journal of sorts, I figured it would be based more on being a mom and the challenges presented with having children. But as I began my heart was telling me that I needed to do something else. My first thought was sharing my faith through one of my favorite things to do, reading. I love to read. So if I could reach even 1 person and help their faith through a book I recommend and reviewed than I am filled with Joy. But why stop there? Why not discuss raising a christian family, having a christian marriage, or finding your way back to God? Why not offer a Bible Study? There may be someone out there looking to join one online because they are homebound. Why not offer a Book Club? There is likely many more women at home like me that love to read and share their faith through what they read. Maybe, just maybe I can bring  someone else back to their faith after they lost their way. But to do this, I need to reach a larger audience and spread the word. Which led me back to that addictive Social Media. I’ve decided to go ahead and start a Facebook page for FamilynFaith, https://www.facebook.com/familynfaith/ which I urge you to join and share with your friends. Join in and share your journey and faith with everyone.

Before I end this I do want to wish you all a Merry Christmas, I pray you all have safe journeys if you are traveling and that you all get to spend the holidays with your loved ones. For those who cannot be with their loved ones, I pray that God can bring you comfort and peace and that you can see your loved ones soon. Merry Christmas and God Bless

 

Book Club/Bible Study Particpants

I am in the process of setting up a private chat room. This will give us the ability to come together and discuss both the book club and bible study. I may end up starting a second room so that we can keep them separate but for this first go around we will see how it starts out. You will need a password to gain access to this room. Please email me at familynfaithblog@gmail.com to get this password, in this email you simply need to state if you are apart of the book club and/or the bible study. The link to the chat room is <iframe src=”https://chatstep.com/#FamilynFaith” width=”500″ height=”500″>

Thank you and God Bless!

Struggles and Prayers

I originally planned on writing about christian families and how you can grow in your faith together. But the last few days have been a struggle for myself and my family. In these moments it is easy to become angry towards God, although I have been angry its more at the situation. I find that at these times it is best to pick up your bible. People often complain there is no guide to life, yet right there in front of us there is. The Bible has the answers, you just need to pick it up. Not sure how to pray? Use the scripture to guide you. Spend time everyday studying your bible. I spend time everyday with my devotional, using both my KJV and NIV Bible to dive a little further into that scripture, a daily scripture study, weekly bible study and reading a christian based book (which you can usually find my reviews for on here also). When life becomes too much to handle, and you feel like you have lost it all, turn to God and pray. He will see you through it, it may not be how you want or expect but he will see you through it, you just need to have faith in him. So today as I pray for comfort and guidance for my family, I will also pray for all of you. I pray that you will find comfort in the Lord, and be open to his guidance, that we fulfill the destiny he has set for us all.

 

*Just a little sidenote on today: I will be receiving the bible study materials for Present over Perfect by tomorrow hopefully and will begin preparing for this study. I truly hope you all are able to join us in this study. There is a link on the homepage that provides a source you can purchase this. I’m excited to start this one!
I also will be receiving an autographed copy of a popular new book that has recently come out, I cannot wait to read it, post a review and it will also possibly be one of our next studies!

*Thank you for joining me today and God Bless*

Ephesians

December 15th-December 31st

All you will need is your Bible for this one. We will be studying the book of Ephesians. I chose Ephesians because this is one book of my bible that has marks all over. I have things highlighted, notes written down, things underlined, all sorts of things. If you don’t have a Bible Journal or a Prayer Journal I would encourage you to get one. This doesn’t have to be anything fancy, I picked my Journal up at Wal-Mart for a few dollars and used a notebook before this. I courage creativity in both your Bible and your journal, find what helps you learn best.

For this study we are going to use the SOAP structure. Each day I encourage you to do this in your Journal as you are reading through the Book of Ephesians.

Scripture- Write down a verse that sticks out at you.
Observation- Why was it interesting? What did you learn? What is God saying to you?
Application- How can you apply it to your life? How will it change you?
Prayer- Respond to God in Prayer, use the scripture as a a guide. Ask God to help you meditate on this and apply it.

Some other things you may find useful:
-Starting with Prayer
-Who are the key people?
-What are the Key Words?

Feel free to share your daily journal, but don’t feel obligated to!

Bible Study and Book Club

If you would be interested in Joining us for the January Bible study and Book Club you can find the links to order the materials on the home page! You are also welcome to join in on the current Bible study which only requires your Bible and paper. Thank you for joining me on this journey and I pray you all grow spiritually and become closer to God.