This, That, These, & Those|Being Fully Transparent

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Many of you have been wondering where I’ve been and what I’ve been up to over the last few months. I assure you that I have been entirely present, albeit quietly so. In truth, I have being doing life. I have been living and breathing and moving and pretty much resting in Psalm 46:10. That looks different day by day. It has been the best thing for me, however.

THIS…

Where I currently stand is in the heart of family/community life. I am a wife, a mom, a teacher, a tutor, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a career woman, an encourager, a student, and so on. I am so many things to so many people. (I’m certain you can relate to what I’m saying.) In all of that – those roles – thankfully, there is grace and love. And yet, in that or rather in this, I confess, that I have lost a bit of my intimacy with the LORD.

THAT…

The intimacy, the connection, the relationship that I have with the LORD God, that is vital. It is critical to my existence. I cannot breathe without Him. I cannot function properly without Him. I don’t even want to try. Every part of my being, every role that I am called to live in, is utterly and completely dependent on the Most High. When I was led to tabernacle in Psalm 46:10, I didn’t realize that it would bring me to days like this.

THESE…

These days that I have been given, they are remarkable. They are beautiful and unique opportunities that continue to draw me closer to the heart of God. They allow me to know God and to make Him known in diverse and colorful new ways. They allow me to be reflective and fully transparent. They are challenging. They are uncomfortable. They are unpredictable. They are humorous. They are heartbreaking. They are real.

THOSE…

All of those things – the challenges of each day, the uncomfortable situations, the unpredictable moments, the humorous adventures, the heartbreaking lessons, and the realness of the real – they have revealed a hidden depth, as it relates to my Psalm 46:10 life in the LORD. It has been breath-taking…literally. It all keeps me both humbled and prostrated. That is where I need to be.

Being Fully Transparent…

God is bringing me back to Him. He is revealing that which needs to be seen in me.  He is showing Himself to me in the ways that I need. I shall continue my tabernacle with Him, quietly so, until such time that I am led to return here on a more consistent basis.

Encouragement

Before I quiet myself again, I would like to encourage you. I lovingly urge you to draw nearer to God. Be still and see Him. Fully. Clearly. Experience Him anew. Taste and see that the LORD is good. Surrender every part of your life to Him and witness His majesty. Know that I will be praying for you.

May God bless you all in this, that, these, and those days.

Charis – God’s Scandalous Grace for Us (Table Talk, Week 2)

Charis – God’s Scandalous Grace for Us: (A Quote from the Book): “Our word grace has been overused and abused. It has lost its luster, its richness, its…charis. Perhaps through overuse, grace has become another nice term dumped into our worn-out bag of Christian lingo. We say grace before meals, include grace in gospel presentations, and slap the word grace on the names of churches. But if we never hug a harlot, befriend a beggar, or forgive our enemy seventy times seven, then we confess grace with our lips but mock it with our lives.”

Table Talk: Grace is so much more than a word. It is love in action. It is functional faith. It is a blessing and a gift meant for the one who feels most unworthy or who acts most unbecoming. We are to extend it to our fellow man just as it has been extended to us.

Table Talk Discussion Question: Do you gift grace freely to all those you come in contact with (whether you feel they are deserving or not)?

Table Talk Charis Challenge: Research the depth of meaning behind Luke 19:10.

Prayer: Father, grace is such a precious gift that You grant to us daily. No matter our state, You offer it in abundance. Help us to appreciate it and not to take it for granted. Teach us to extend the gift to others, without thought or reservation. In the name of the Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. 18405453

To Read an Excerpt from This Book: Charis – God’s Scandalous Grace for Us by Preston Sprinkle

BEYOND: The 2012-2013 Phone Tree Bible Study Calendar

Greetings and Grace to All!

It’s Bible Study Calendar update time, and you know what that means. It means more meaningful Bible studies, more Phone Tree conference calls, more online book reviews and book club chats, and more of the Most High.

This year has great meaning, as it is all about scaling new heights, pushing past boundaries, and living with an unlimited faith. Our theme for this Bible study calendar year…BEYOND.

Hopefully, the BEYOND Bible study series will help each one of us to move from where we presently are in our relationship with the LORD on to a new place of even greater faith. The primary objective of this calendar series is to help us focus more excitedly on believing in Yahweh’s omnipotent presence in our lives. I am prayerful that we will all walk away better able to humbly submit to God as LORD and to passionately embrace His determination for our lives.

The lessons that we will be studying for the 2012-2013 calendar year (September 2012 – June 2013) are:

The Phone Tree Bible Study: The Pursuit of God by A. W. Tozer

Length of Study: 5 weeks

Details about the Study:

Start Date – Sunday, September 2, 2012; End Date – Sunday, September 30, 2012

Objective of the Study: Learn how to be satisfyingly filled by the presence of the Divine.

* All study material associated with this lesson series will be posted on the blog each Sunday. You are encouraged to post your responses to the study questions by the following week.

The Phone Tree Bible Study: Believing God by Beth Moore

Length of Study: 4 weeks

Details about the Study:

Start Date – Sunday, November 4, 2012; End Date – Sunday, November 28, 2012

Objective of the Study: Learn how to exchange unbelief with belief.

* All study material associated with this lesson series will be posted on the blog each Sunday. You are encouraged to post your responses to the study questions by the following week. An optional prayer call component will be available for those who may be interested in praying with a partner.

The Phone Tree Bible Study: Anything  by Jennie Allen

Length of Study: 6 weeks

Details about the Study:

Start Date – Sunday, January 6, 2013; End Date – Sunday, February 10, 2013

Objective of the Study: Learn what it takes to unlock your heart and soul to the Most High God.

* All study material associated with this lesson series will be posted on the blog each Sunday. You are encouraged to post your responses to the study questions by the following week.

The Phone Tree Bible Study: Repurposed: The Memoirs of Nehemiah by Mike Hurt 

Length of Study: 5 weeks

Details about the Study:

Start Date – Sunday, June 2, 2013; End Date – Sunday, June 30, 2013

Objective of the Study: Learn what it takes to live courageously with compassion.

* All study material associated with this lesson series will be posted on the blog each Sunday. You are encouraged to post your responses to the study questions by the following week. A Phone Tree conference call feature will be included with this study.

Special Considerations:

– You can stay connected to The Phone Tree Bible Study Group Blog by subscribing. Once you have subscribed, you will begin receiving all posts, special announcements, and Phone Tree Gift-away messages.

– Any questions or comments should be directed to edifier1@hotmail.com.

– If you know of anyone who is interested in growing in the Word of God and/or is interested in learning how to live in pursuit of the Most High God, please feel free to share information about this Bible study ministry.

The Phone Tree Bible Study Group…dedicated to helping you with your pursuit of the Most High God.

Radical Transformation takes work…and grace.

Coming May 2012…The Muir House Chronicles

The Phone Tree Bible Study Group is scheduled to host an online weekly Book Club Chat/Review featuring Mary DeMuth’s book, The Muir House .

The Phone Tree Book Club Start Date: Saturday, May 5, 2012

During the entire month of May, special posts on The Muir House will be presented here on the blog. You are encouraged to chronicle your Muir House insights based on each blog post entry.

Note: Two special Phone Tree conference calls will be added to this series for those who express an interest in joining in on a LIVE discussion. (Conference call dates TBA.)