{Living Word} Hope is Dead

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{Living Word} Hope is Dead

Matthew 27:55-56, 61, Mark 15:40-41,47, Luke 23:55-56, and John 8

She kept vigil for as long as the law would allow before the Sabbath began. Weeping.

Not the pretty trickling of tears caressing her cheeks.

Heaving sobs, creating puddles of mud and grief on the otherwise dry ground. Snot and tears lining her sleeves.

Pain smearing across her face, she arose, knees trembling under the weight of loss, threatening to return her into a crumpled heap.

He had rescued her from death only to be murdered himself. Humiliated before men as she once was.

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Feed your Spirit in 3 Simple Steps

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Feed your Spirit in 3 Simple Steps

If you are joining me from this week’s Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies’ Living So That Blog Hop, welcome!!

Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. ~Romans 8:5

How do we feed our Spirit and combat the flesh especially when, like Paul, we struggle to do what is right?

For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing! ~Romans 7:19

God gives us so many different ways we can feed our Spirit and fight the flesh. Here are just three…

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#GodCameSoThat

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#GodCameSoThat

This week Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies and Wendy Blight, along with 12,000 women from around the world are digging into Chapter Two of Living So That.

But first, let’s check out last week’s memory verse.

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, [so] that, whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16

I typed that from memory, but I have to admit, I already knew the verse. However, I still enjoyed focusing on the sweet gift God lavished on us. His ONLY Son was given up so that we would have eternal life. I pray that everything I do in life is saying “thank you” to God!

I’m currently Verse Mapping this week’s verse from II Timothy 3:16-17. I LOVE carrying it with me and pulling it out when I need a quiet moment with God.

On to Chapter Two! I hope you’ll share with me how God spoke to you through Living So That, by leaving a comment below or a link to a blog post about this study.

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#JesusCameSoThat

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#JesusCameSoThat
For those of you joining me for Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies’ Living So That by Wendy Blight, here are some highlights from what I’ve learned so far from this Bible study. Hopefully you’ll share with me your favorite parts by leaving a comment below or a link to a blog post you’ve written about Living So That.

If you aren’t joining us, it’s not too late and hopefully this post will encourage you to jump in and dig into the Word with over 12,000 women around the world!

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#LivingSoThat

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Do these thoughts sound familiar?

How am I gonna hold it all together today?

I know I should be kind, loving, patient and have self-control, but…

how can I be kind with that annoying coworker who always drinks my Diet Coke…

how can I not spew out words of anger at my husband who missed dinner with us yet again…

how can I hold my tongue with this child who again popped her little brother in the head after he stole the remote…

how can I refrain from joining in the gossip on our girls’ night out…

I know I should forgive, pray without ceasing, and trust God, but…

how can I forgive when my husband walked out on me after 15 years of marriage…

how can I offer one more prayer when a wayward child for whom I have faithfully prayed continues to rebel…

how can I not fear when nightmares from years of sexual abuse intrude upon my sleep…

how can I trust God as chemotherapy treatments wreak havoc in every cell in my body?

We struggle to live faith-fully in the midst of life-altering pain and heartache. We struggle to live faith-fully life in the midst of our crazy schedules…to balance it all and make decisions that honor God. We know what we’re supposed to do, but it’s so stinkin’ hard! We want to react with an understanding heart but find it impossible. We want to be nice but can’t hold our tongue. We want to forgive but can’t speak the words. We want to trust, but it’s just not there..

So how can I be who God wants me to be in the middle of this mess?

If you identified with any or all of the above, Living So That is for you!

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God Will Carry You

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Derek-Redmond

Some of you may remember an Olympian named Derek Redmond. You won’t remember him for winning the 400 meter during the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. What you will remember is desire to finish, despite the excruciating pain he experienced from a “snapped hamstring.”

I’ll go grab a cup of coffee while you watch this incredible feat (2min). Don’t worry, I’ll be back by the time you’re done; you may want to grab a tissue…

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