Encouragement for Your Journey, Mom (4/4)

A Weekly Encouragement Series based on Hope for the Weary Mom Devotional by Stacey Thacker and Brooke McGlothlin

A Hope (A Quote from the Book):

“Jesus is unchanging in our ever-changing world. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is always himself. Every day in every way we can trust the fact that Jesus is going to show up and be himself in our lives. He is power and love and discipline in my life. He is savior, friend, and the one who goes before me. He is willing to walk beside me. He is my hope for today because his name was hope in the very beginning of time. (pp. 114-115, He Never Changes)

A Help (A Message of Encouragement for Your Journey): It is a blessed gift to know that the LORD is faithful. To know that He is consistently present and gracious and true. The LORD never wavers. He never shows Himself unreliable. He never goes back on His truth. He is faithful in a way that goes beyond man’s definition of the word. And isn’t that a comfort? Isn’t it a relief, moms, to know that you can count on the LORD who sees you, knows you, protects you, provides for you, and loves you? Isn’t it a great consolation to know that our Savior, Jesus Christ, is ever ready to save you and your family, no matter how many times or how many ways? He is our undeniable hope.

Your Hope & Help Lesson for the Week: God is unchanging, unwavering, undeniable and undefeated.

Your Hope & Help Scripture for the Week: Hebrews 13:8

A Heart (A Prayer from My Heart to Yours): Oh LORD, How excellent is Your name in all the earth! It is an absolute delight to know and experience You. It is a wonder and a joy to praise You as Savior and King. We thank You for Your faithfulness, and we appreciate You for being consistent in our lives. Teach us how to be true to You in every way. And be with us as we daily learn to surrender our all into Your keeping. In the saving name of Jesus. Amen.

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Encouragement for Your Journey, Mom (3/4)

A Weekly Encouragement Series based on Hope for the Weary Mom Devotional by Stacey Thacker and Brooke McGlothlin

 

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A Hope (A Quote from the Book):

“…God won’t always speak to me about everything I bring to him. Sometimes, I just have to base my decisions on what I already know to be true…The fact is God’s word is our life and breath.” (p. 105, He Speaks to You)

A Help (A Message of Encouragement for Your Journey): Every word written in the Bible is the inspired word of God. It was written so that we might learn of Him and His promises. It was written so that we might come to know His Truth and be saved. It was written so that we might experience the LORD, tasting of Him, partaking of Him, and being satisfied by Him. How often we forget to stop, quiet ourselves and hear or rather listen to His voice by way of His holy Word. There is a blessing in being still and knowing God and in remembering His words. There is a blessing in recalling His past deliverances in our lives and in reminding ourselves of His saving grace. And in those moments when we think the LORD seems to be quiet, we have to trust that He is still speaking and reflect on those things that we know and that have come to know as His unwavering truth. We must know and believe in our hearts that His inspired movement speaks even in what we view to be silence.

  • Your Hope & Help Lesson for the Week: God speaks in many ways. The more time we spend with Him and His inspired word, the more we become attuned to His voice and movement, whether in seeming silence or not.
  • Your Hope & Help Scripture for the Week: 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (AMP)

A Heart (A Prayer from My Heart to Yours): My LORD and dearest King, You are a gift and a blessing to all who would know You. Thank You for speaking and moving in the ways of love. It is my prayer this day that You would help each woman, mother, and saint be still and know You as the God who saves. May You speak in each life in a very special way and teach every individual what You would have her know. Point us to Your heart, keep us in Your grace, and carry us home at Your appointed time. In the saving name of Jesus. Amen.

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Encouragement for Your Journey, Mom (2/4)

A Weekly Encouragement Series based on Hope for the Weary Mom Devotional by Stacey Thacker and Brooke McGlothlin

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A Hope (A Quote from the Book):

“Unless God removes the things that don’t bring him glory – the things that are dead, rotting, and preventing health – we’ll never walk in the fullness of what we were designed by God to do. Yes, it hurts like the dickens. The process can be excruciating at times, leaving us crying out in pain no matter what we do to make it go away. But the end result is something more beautiful than we could ever have created on our own. New life. Beauty from ashes. And the ability to walk in the fullness of who we were created to be.” (p.50, He Heals)

A Help (A Message of Encouragement for Your Journey): Struggling with a challenge, an illness, or any form of dis – ease can be difficult, to say the least. Over the course of time, it can take its toll on a life. For busy moms, this can be tremendously burdensome, especially when considering that we have to be on 100% of the time. We are expected to function optimally, without question and without fail. Sadly, many of us, in an effort to ease the struggle, resort to unhealthy practices or enter into unhealthy relationships that lead to a very unpretty state. But God, in His infinite wisdom, can take every unpretty place within us and around us and turn it into something beautiful. He can take the ashes of our lives, whether in the physical, the mental, the emotional, the relational, or the spiritual, and turn them into a wondrous beauty. He does this by way of Jesus Christ. All healing is in Him. Let us all unwaveringly agree to walk in wholeness and to be made well by the touch of the Savior.

  • Your Hope & Help Lesson for the Week: No matter what you are struggling with or how long you have suffered in silence, the LORD can and will heal you.
  • Your Hope & Help Scripture for the Week: Mark 5:34

A Heart (A Prayer from My Heart to Yours): LORD, You are the God who sees and the God who knows all things. You are aware of the struggles, challenges, sufferings, and battles that each woman in this group is dealing with. You know where her dis -ease resides. You see where her ashes have marred her appearance. I come now asking You to heal her hurts, to remove her stains, and to beautify her unpretty places. Show her how to live both well and abundantly from this moment on. In the saving name of Jesus. Amen.

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A Phone Tree Book Review|Wicked Women of the Bible

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About the Book:

“What can Jezebel, the Bible’s wickedest queen, reveal about God’s holiness and power and even about his sense of humor? What about the Woman at the Well – the one with five husbands and a live – in lover? And what of the prostitute whose tears bathe the feet of Jesus in front of people who despise her? There are also ‘wicked good’ women like Deborah, Ruth, Hannah, Abigail, Esther, Mary, and more. What do their lives tell us about God’s invincible love and his determined plan to save us? In Wicked Women of the Bible Ann Spangler tells the stories of twenty wicked and ‘wicked good’ women in greater detail. At the end of each story, Ann provides a brief section including additional historical and cultural background as well as a brief Bible study in order to enhance the book’s appeal to both individuals and groups. The stories of these women of the Bible reveal a God who is not above it all but who stoops down to meet us where we are in order to extend his love and mercy.” – Amazon.com

Phone Tree Book Review:

Wicked can be defined in many ways, based on Spangler’s revealed definitions. In her book Wicked Women of the Bible, she introduced the concept of “wicked” from two unique perspectives. She showed how, whether wicked good or wicked bad, the women of the Bible had a story to tell that was both purposed and meaningful.

Typically, I am not a huge fan of authors taking narrative liberties with Biblical content. I feel that it sometimes skews the truth of God’s word and confuses the reader. In this book, however, I felt that Spangler did an acceptable job of presenting each woman’s story. Her writing was considerate and thought-provoking. I loved her inclusion of the times, the takeaway questions, a Scriptural index, and highlights from her book Women of the Bible.

I could easily see this book being a Christian book club feature or the subject of a women’s Bible study class.

Rating: 4/5
Recommend: Yes
Audience: Christian
Status: Non-fiction, Christian
Other: Women’s Book Club, Church Library, Bible Study Recommendation

*** A Phone Tree Bible Study Group Book Club Selection***

Encouragement for Your Journey, Mom (1/4)

A Weekly Encouragement Series based on Hope for the Weary Mom Devotional by Stacey Thacker and Brooke McGlothlin

 


A Hope (A Quote from the Book):

“In the very moment of fear – the very moment when I feel my most vulnerable, wondering if God will pull through and be good to me one more time – I can say No! to my temptation to fear and Yes! to God’s truth instead, allowing his perspective to flood mine, pushing fear away with it.” (p.19, He Is Good)

A Help (A Message of Encouragement for Your Journey): As mothers, we have a lot on us. We have to get things done. We have no time for fear, and yet fear seems to have time for many of us. Fear creeps in when we least expect it. It comes into our homes and hearts, wanting to take up residence. It wants to paralyze us, keeping us in an immobile state and hindering us from moving forward into the arms of God. It wants to burden us, weighing us down so heavily that we cannot remember to release our cares to the One who cares most. Finally, it wants to manipulate us, creating doubt and anxiety so that we question whether or not God will provide for us or even save us. But from this moment on, let us agree to confidently shout out a NO! in the face of fear and a YES! to God, believing, trusting and knowing that He will faithfully show Himself strong in our lives.

  • Your Hope & Help Lesson for the Week: God’s grace, power, and strength will always cover you.
  • Your Hope & Help Scripture for the Week: 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

A Heart (A Prayer from My Heart to Yours): Father, You are indeed the Almighty. All power is in Your hands. I come before You humbly asking that You touch the heart, home, and life of every woman and/or mother in this group and beyond. Show Your love, grace, power and strength to each one. Replace the fear, the doubt, the anxiety and the unbelief that each person carries with Your truth. Help us all to remember to cling to Your Word and promises. In the saving name of Jesus. Amen.

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Hope for the Weary Mom Devotional

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About the Devotional: “From the authors of Hope for the Weary Mom comes a new 40-day devotional.

Jesus promises rest to those who seek Him. But how can a weary mom find rest in Jesus when she doesn’t know Him? How can she build her life on the truth of His Word when she doesn’t know it? Hope for the Weary Mom Devotional offers 40 truths every mom needs to know in a devotional format–easy for a busy mom to fit in her life. Discover how to live dependently upon Jesus as His Word becomes more rooted in your heart. move from weariness to hope in your God-given role as mom. focus on who God is and how He moves and works in your life.

Each devotion includes a prayer, Scripture, and questions for reflection. You’ll be moved to deeper truth and be left with a hunger for more of God’s Word.”

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Trading Vices (A Vice is Still a Vice), Scenario #1

 Many people walk around, struggling silently with vices. They try, if at all, to deal with those vices without drawing attention to themselves, however, more often than not, something seeps through the cracks and a weakness or wicked flaw can be observed by others.

Some Hidden and Obvious Vices:

Promiscuity

Unfaithfulness

Envy 

Recklessness

Greed

Addiction

Egoism

Gluttony

Impatience

Prejudice

The Christian who has to deal with an unwanted vice wars with herself. She battles her cravings, her desires, her longings, her addictions, only to realize that she can do nothing without the help of someone much stronger. Alone, she will continue to be lost, but with God, all things are possible…especially when it comes to overcoming a vice.

Where Real Life Meets the Word of God: 

Trading Vices…What Do You Have to Say About the Matter?/What Does the Bible Say About All of the Issues?

Scenario #1: A married, Christian woman is unfaithful to her unbelieving husband. The husband discovers his wife’s infidelity. Although the infidelity is not physical in nature, rather it is emotional, it has shattered the trust between the partners. The couple decide to stay together, however, believing that divorce is not an option for them. In retaliation for the unfaithful act committed by his spouse, the husband decides to reconnect with an old female friend via Facebook. The wife struggles with this greatly. Instead of talking with her husband or seeking out professional help, the woman turns to drowning her sorrows in a harmful substance.  She approaches you, as her dear Christian friend, to counsel her and advise her on what to do. Is there a message of forgiveness, hope, redemption, and/or deliverance that can you can share?

What do you have to say about the matter?

What does the Bible say about all of the issues?

(A Special Phone Tree BSG Post on Overcoming Vices)

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