Would You Consider Helping Us Bring Our Children Home from Ethiopia?

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Abeng and Judiber BlogWhat an incredible honor to have been invited here by Heather to write this post! Heather and I met several years ago at a conference called She Speaks, and we’ve kept in contact ever since. Heather is an incredible woman of God who has a heart for God’s mission, which is evidenced by this invitation.

I’ve been writing quite a bit about what God has done through our adoption lately over on my blog, LaurieCoombs.org. If you’re interested in those articles, here are their links:

Do Not Give Up

Filly Convinced

All It Took Was One Word

Will You Hold Onto the Faith?

Twenty-One Days: A Glimpse Behind the Curtain

God is just so incredibly good! He has once again done the impossible right before my very eyes, and I cannot help but sing His praises. As many of you already know, this has been an epic journey. What was supposed to take one to two years has turned into five (by the time they’re home). It’s been quite a journey. My family and I have grown in patience and compassion. Our hearts have been tested time and again. And every one of us (our two daughters included) can most assuredly say that our faith has been tested and has come out greater than before. It is trials that grow our faith, and this journey has been chalk full of them.

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The Commandments: Honor My Name

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The Commandments: Honor My Name

After working on our verses for Week Three I ended up with far more material than I anticipated…for ONE verse. Therefore, for the sake of keeping things in happy digestible chunks, I’m going to split this lesson in half.

The beauty is you can complete these at your own pace, so no worries anyway! I’m not going to breathe down your neck to see whether or not you have completed the lessons “on time.” These lessons are provided so that you have an opportunity to grow closer to God at your own pace. I’ve been thoroughly enjoying excavating through God’s Word and finding such incredible treasures to share!

I am leaving for Texas on Wednesday evening for my sister’s wedding, but I will be around to answer any questions y’all may leave in the comments below.

With that in mind, here.we.go!

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The Commandments: First things first.

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The Commandments: First things first.

Welcome back!

Before we dig in, I have two questions for you.

  1. What is the most surprising Truth you learned last week?
  2. How can I pray for you today?

Here is this week’s key Scripture from Deuteronomy 6:5

VOW wk 2And without further ado, this week’s lesson!

Rather than flip back and forth between Exodus Chapter twenty and Deuteronomy Chapter five, we will use the Commandments as listed in Exodus Chapter twenty. This week we will explore verses 1-6. Begin by reading those verses. Read the rest of this entry

The Commandments: The Basics

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The Commandments: The Basics

Welcome! I must say, I am tickled pink you’ve chosen to join me as we dig into The Commandments. Before we can jump right into the Commandments, we need to cover a few basics, lay some ground work so that we can build on a solid foundation.

I invite you to print out the following and complete it at your leisure; I have left room for you to write. You can also copy these into a spiral if you prefer.

This week is packed and will take some time to unpack. Be sure you have your Bible and a spiral available. BibleGateway is a wonderful resource if you would like to compare translations of the verses provided.

In addition, I invite you to join me in memorizing a key Scripture each week. Our first verse is from Romans 13:10.

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If you would like to go deeper with the verse, Verse Mapping may be right up your alley. Learn more here: Verse Mapping

Ready? Set? Go!

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The Commandments: Good Medicine

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The Commandments: Good Medicine

 

I’ve decided to be hip and do an online study, but I’m probably shooting myself in the foot here.

The first online study I’ll be tackling with y’all…

The Ten Commandments.

Yep.

Everybody’s faaaaavorite topic. Rules and regulations.

Excited yet?

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Hi, I’m Chelsey, and I’m a recovering church-hater.

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ChelseyHi, my name is Chelsey, and I’m a recovering church-hater.

(This is where you say, “Hi, Chelsey.”)

I was born and raised in the Texan Hill Country, where my family has lived for many generations. I grew up heavily involved in the church and in a very small conservative town before graduating and moving away to Austin, where I became a hippie.

I met my husband, Ted, in college and we got married right after I graduated. We moved to St. Louis for two years of his seminary training, Baton Rouge for a year of vicarage, and then back to St. Louis. These four years taught me many lessons (one of which was that I can pack up a house in two days or less), but the most important was the fact that ministry is not about me.

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Lent, it’s more than giving up

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AWI’ve been giving up something for Lent for as long as I can remember. Sometimes it’s the usual, chocolate or something I eat/drink too much of anyway.

Sometimes I take on something…but I can’t remember what I’ve taken on in years past, so I must not have done it too well or picked something wimpy.

This year I decided to make it count.

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