Living So That Blog Hop

Hey sweet sisters! It’s Shelly and the whole Blog Team (Kristi, Lauren, Debbie, Carla, Kris, Billie, Missy, Natalie, Patricia)! We have missed blogging with you! :)

We all have assignments in our book today (isn’t this study AWESOME?!) so we’ll keep it short and sweet and get straight to the blog hop! Remember, blogging is optional. You do not have to blog, but you can if you want to! Another way to participate is by reading the blogs and leaving encouraging comments or by using the comment section here to write about one of our topics.

Now…let’s get to hoppin’!

New to the blog hop or a regular around here? Here are the details!
 Before posting your blog to the blog hop, please read  The Skinny on Blog Hopping  created by Heather Bleier for the guidelines and for links to free sites where you can start a blog. We will no longer be accepting submissions from Facebook due to privacy concerns. The blog hop may seem scary at first but our team is here to guide you through the process. To ensure your correct post is linked to our Blog Hop and is not deleted from the Blog Hop, watch the following 3:00 minute tutorial and refer to those instructions. Click here to view directly on YouTube or copy the following link into your browserhttp://bit.ly/X8UX0u.

We can’t wait to read your blogs, but remember, you must blog about one of the Blog Hop topics. If your blog does not fit within the guidelines (the specified topics), it will be removed. If there is a question about your blog, someone from our Blog Hop Team will contact you. And if you post a blog here, grab our Blog Hop Button (right column) for your own blog! Don’t hesitate to comment below with any questions or with your thoughts if you don’t feel called to start a blog. This study is about you and God. We just want to support and love on you!

Here are this week’s topics: {The names in BOLD are suggested titles.}

NOTE: Please specify which topic you chose by either using the suggested title OR adding the Topic # somewhere in your post.

1. God’s Word & A Creative Display ~ Did you find a creative way to display our memory verses around your home? Post a picture on your blog and share with us how we can do it, too.

2. Finding Treasure in the Word ~ The Holy Spirit reveals truths to us when we study the Word. Take one of our memory verses from the last three weeks and dig deep to uncover hidden treasure and secrets meant just for you. Use verse-mapping or other helpful study techniques.

3. Changed & Transformed ~ We are in Week 3 of our study, but we don’t have to wait until the end to see what God has done! Share how the Word of God is already transforming you from the inside out.

4. 3 Simple Steps ~ Share three simple steps you take to combat the flesh and feed the spirit.

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Prayer Worked for Me!

Our sweet friend, Amanda Gibson is with us again today to share a personal story~

Well, can you believe it? We are already halfway through week 3 of Living So That by Wendy Blight. I am really loving all the wisdom that I am gaining through Wendy’s teachings. What an amazing habit we are forming of being in God’s Word daily!

Have you ever said, or heard someone say, “My gut was telling me. . . ” or “I had a gut feeling that. . .?” I know I personally used to say that often. As I have grown closer to God, though, I have realized my gut CANNOT talk to me, for me it is actually the Holy Spirit leading, directing, and nudging me in a certain direction.  I’ve learned to take notice of it!

I recall a time recently I received one of those nudges. I woke up in a grumpy mood (ever done that?). I was angry and was looking for someone to take it out on. I found that someone not too far away, my sweet innocent husband.

As I began to bury my head in selfishness and self-pity, my husband unaware I was even upset, decided to clean out his work van, which sent me in to a downward spiral. The Spirit started whispering, “Go show him love. Go serve him by helping.” My flesh was screaming, “No way, not going to do it!”

I called on a friend who I can trust to speak truth in to me, pray for me and encourage me. She challenged me to take action. I was still reluctant, but knew I needed to start with prayer. I scrawled out a very raw, ugly prayer in my journal that I knew was real and that I wouldn’t want to share with anyone but God (He already knew anyway, right? ) Yes, I prayed.

Through that quiet intimate chat with God, He did what He does best. He softened my heart and I, hesitantly, decided to go help my husband. As I was obedient, my negativity melted away and we had a fabulous day!

So ladies my point is prayer works! There is no right way, your way IS the right way. We just have to take the time to pause and do it.

“We must set our hearts and minds on the things of God. When we do, we stand on a firm foundation. So, even if our flesh fails temporarily and we falter or disobey, our inner man remains steadfast. God will soften our hearts, convict our spirits, and enable us to make more faith-filled choices in the midst of our messy lives.”  ~Wendy Blight

Continue to work through Chapter 3, Pray So That. It is my prayer that as you are working through this chapter, your prayer life is increasing and prayer is becoming a part of your daily life and helping you with all you need each day!

Let’s close today with a worship song. Crank it up and let’s praise God together!

If you can’t see or hear the worship video above, click here.

I would love to hear your stories of how God is working in your life through prayer or how this song has spoken to you today. Join the discussion and share in the comment section today!

Have a great day! I can’t wait to hear from you! ~ Amanda Gibson

Pray So That ~ Triggers and Watchwords

Happy Week 3 to all of our awesome #LivingSoThat OBS friends!  I’m so excited to introduce you to one of our super sweet, caring, and Jesus-loving OBS Teammates today. Her name is Amanda Gibson and we are sooooo blessed that she is leading us this week as we go through Chapter 3 of Living So That, Pray So That.  Here’s Amanda~

Hey guys, it’s Amanda and I want to welcome you to Chapter 3, Pray So That. I am so excited to be sharing with you this week! Haven’t you just been loving how Wendy really walks us through digging in to God’s Word? I know I am!

We begin Chapter 3 in Part 1 where Wendy discusses prayer triggers and “watchwords.” As I read this section, I was reminded of an activity we did in Sunday school recently during a lesson titled, Jesus teaches us to pray.

The activity was to make a bag with cues to remind us what to pray for. I have named it our MVP (My Visual Prayer) Kits and would like to share with you how you can make your own. Better yet, make it a family activity! Watch this video below as I share my MVP Kit with you. (Ugh…the tech/video issues continue! The video and audio aren’t quite matching up today, but take a look and listen and you will be able to get the point.)

If you can’t see the video, click here!

Please share if you make your own MVP Kit for you. It’s also a great activity for children!

Remember, this is a great visual for your quiet time area, but as Wendy states on page 93, “We have the opportunity to enter into God’s presence through prayer anytime, anywhere.” Do not let this limit your encounters with God. He loves YOU and desires to hear from you often, as He is your very BEST friend.

Colossians 4:2 – Pray, and keep praying. Be alert and thankful when you pray.

I would love to hear how you are intentionally being more prayerful throughout your day. Do you have any prayer triggers or watchwords? Are you making an MVP Kit for yourself or your family?

Let’s share and learn from one another in the comments :)