Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Intro to Week #4 Polly's Summer Study Book Club

Hello Sweet Sistas!
Here's the introduction video to Week #4 entitled, "To Find Satisfaction in God." 

Wow! How about this quote from Beth Moore -- right off the bat on Day 1-- "I believe lack of satisfaction is the hidden scandal of modern Christianity. Though we we would not think of admitting it, many Christians are not satisfied with Jesus."  

Day 2 -- "God intends for  us to find satisfaction in Him--complete, lasting, soul-quenching, emptiness-filling satisfaction."

Day 3 --"You can easily recognize the signals the body give, but great wisdom lies in learning to discern the signals your spiritual nature gives."

Day 4 --"Christians can be miserably dissatisfied if they accept Christ's salvation yet reject the fullness of a daily relationship that satisfies."

Or what are your thoughts on Beth's comment on Day 5: "We need to find true satisfaction to fill our unmet needs. If we try to dislodge idols in our own strength, we will become defeated and deluded. If we find satisfaction in Jesus, the idols lose their power." What are your thoughts on that statement alone?

I hope you are enlightened and encouraged with the material as God guides and leads you through each lesson! Please feel free to comment and ask questions below on this blog post.

With love and thankfulness for you!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Intro for Week #3 Polly's Summer Online Book Club Study

Hello Sistas! Here's the introduction to Week #3 of Beth Moore's book, Living Free! I pray you are being nourished by studying the word of God this summer.
The theme of this week's material is "To Glorify God" and that is certainly our desire. May God be glorified by our willingness to stop our busyness of activities this summer to draw near to Him. May He strengthen, encourage, and bring us more and more joy in Him because we want to know Him better. For His glory...and our good. I pray even our own families will be richly blessed because we are seeking Him in this season!
Please don't hesitate to make comments and/or ask questions on this blog. Just look below this video and see the 'Post A Comment' section. Go for it, Sistas!
Love & blessings,

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Info for Week #2 Summer Online Book Club Study

Hey Sistas! Here is the intro and (hopefully) encouragement to help all of us to 'keep on keepin on' in the Word of God this summer! We need Him in every season! I pray God will use this six weeks of seeking God's face as an online community of sistas --- for His glory and for our good! Yes, may it be so, LORD!

Please feel free to make comments and ask questions -- no matter what week you are "in" as we march our way through Beth Moore's book, Living Free.  You may have a question that other sistas want an answer to, too! Or your comment may be words another sista needs to hear at that moment.
We are the body of Christ! Let's build each other up so the light will get brighter and brighter! "Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt His name together!" (Psalm 34:3).
With all His love in me that I can muster up,

Friday, June 8, 2012

Polly's Summer Study Book Club Week #1 Comments

Hello Dear Sistas!
Here we are in Week #1 of  study book club! Yay!
I wanted to let you know I'm praying that God will be glorified by our efforts to seek Him in this six-week study! Please remember, the beauty of doing a book study online with a community of sistas is that it is a healthy and refreshing way to stay accountable and spiritually grounded during our very busy summer activities! Please feel free to make comments here and ask questions!
We must stay close to our LIFEguard-- His name is JESUS! HE is our Loving Stronghold, Refuge & Deliverer!
There is NO GREATER REFRESHMENT for us this summer than to dive into a book study that exposes deep, dark, tormenting strongholds such as fear and unbelief! When the darkness is brought to light -- we can expect restoration, redemption, renewal and revival...so let's look to God for that immeasurable grace and mercy to restore our souls with freedom and abundant life!

(Day 1) On page 10, Beth Moore says, "Satanic strongholds invade our lives whenever we allow something to appear bigger than God...burn into your heart the fact that strongholds come from false ideas. Though we must deal with demonic strongholds, we can be encouraged when we remember that they are only lies and deception." Amen to that, Sistas.
Hey, the next time you get a negative thought, tell yourself, "This is a lie.God wouldn't say such things to me! I am His daughter!" And move on. In fact, if you are struggling and you don't know what the root of your troubled spirit is, please prayerfully ask God if you have a deceiving stronghold --you know -- something that is hindering your joy? Ask Him to reveal it to you so you can BE FREE! It may or may not be a long process but being a follower of Jesus is a life-long journey. And we know He is faithful and loves His girls unconditionally. I did that very thing a few years ago and He revealed strongholds that were hindering me from living free and living abundantly. He is faithful and HE will do it. Just ask Him.

What did you all think about (Day 2) -The Primary Battlefield?  Beth Moore wrote (page 11) : "When the enemy wages war against us, the primary battlefield is the mind....The enemy knows far better than we do that nothing is bigger or more powerful than God, but if satan can get you to believe his lies, he wins."  You know, since Jesus disarmed the forces of evil - whenever we crumble in fear over negative thoughts - we're choosing to bow to lies. HELLO! We have to stop doing that and believe that our God is Greatness! Comments, Sistas?

(Day 3) -- What's Wrong With Human Effort? Beth wrote: "Human intuition points us to what just seems right but the things of God are seldom intuitive. In fact, often you would be better to figure out what comes naturally and then do the opposite." (Isaiah 55:8).   Comments?
What are your thoughts on praying through Psalm 86? WOW. Have you tried reading it aloud? WOW. It's beautiful. When I do that I am preaching words of power to myself. Try it!

(Day 4) --The Weapons of our Warfare. It seems to me there are two key weapons we to include in our arsenal: 1-believe that our spiritual warfare really IS spiritual! Our enemies are not people, places or things -- our enemy is a spiritual being named the devil! So we should not be attacking people; verbally or otherwise, we should be praying and looking to God for deliverance; 2-We should be constantly meditating on the word of God. Beth Moore calls them"two sticks of dynamite with which to demolish our strongholds!" And while we're holding onto the dynamite by faith we should, of course, be wearing our spiritual armor of Gos (Ephesians 6:10-18). Cool stuff, huh?

(Day 5) -- Keep Your Focus. Whew! Here's a challenging command! To faithfully, constantly fix our eyes on Jesus, I think we have to prayerfully renew our minds! There are so many distractions in our lives that want to drag us away from thoughts of God found in Philippians 4:8!!  We definitely need the power of God at work in us to keep our focus. I've heard a pastor say, "Stinkin' thinkin' leads to lousy livin'!"

 I would LOVE to hear your comments! Meanwhile, stay close to Him and connected to this amazing sistahood. We are the body of Christ!
You all are so precious and I love you.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Info for Week #1 Summer Online Book Study

Hello Sistas!
Here's the introduction for you to get started on Week #1 DEMOLISHING STRONGHOLDS, in our online community summer book study: "Living Free" by Beth Moore. Each week includes five lessons. Please feel free at any time to comment and/or ask questions on my blog. I also invite you to "Join My Blog" on the right panel of this blog page. (Click down.) You'll receive updates on your own email.

"It is for freedom that Christ set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves
be burdened by a yolk of slavery."
(Galatians 5:1)

Love & blessings to you all!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Getting Ready! Sistas' Summer 6-week Book Club/Study

Hello Sistas!
Tuesday, June 5, is the date targeted to launch our 6-week summer book club/study online! Our study material is a small workbook, "Living Free" by Beth Moore. Even if you are not going to join our community study, I encourage you to study it on your own or even create your own group. It is an excellent study! Of course it is, it's Beth Moore! :)
Each Tuesday for 6 weeks, I plan to post a very brief  video welcoming you to the study and making a few comments.I'll briefly go over the outline of the first week and then you all will have a week -- on your own timetable -- to complete 5-day lessons. Then please come back here to my blog and hopefully you'll get some encouragement to press on and dig deeper. As I mentioned, this is an excellent study.
I encourage you to visit my blog anytime you want to make a comment, statement or ask questions. Any time! When you visit this blog and scroll down there is a place to sign in an make comments.You can see what the other sistas are thinking and learning and we'll work as a community of sistas seeking the LORD together!
For more information please scroll down -- there are two more blog posts about our study.
Let's pray God will be glorified by our desires and efforts to seek HIS face together and that we'll grow in grace and knowledge! Please feel free to invite others to join us!
I am excited! Well, as you can see, I need to get back to preparing. I have a little video to make, too!
I love you all!
"Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt HIS Name together!"
Psalm 34:3