December 12, 2014

Read Through the Bible in a Year with Wendy Pope!

Have you ever read the entire bible? When someone asked me that question years ago I blushed. I felt guilty for not reading the entire bible, but MERCY! It’s a difficult book to wrap your mind around, am I right?

What If the bible read like a storybook ? Would you read it? Good news! The Chronological Bible does just that. Unlike your everyday bible and mine, the events are written in the order they happened. This wonderful format helps you read and understand the bible as if you were reading a great novel. In fact, the bible is the greatest story ever told (and written.) It’s exciting that someone developed a time line of bibical events that paints God’s story. That’s not all.

The Word of God teaches us who God is, why we are here on Earth, and the meaning of life. If those questions have ever entered your mind, then you’ll find what you’re looking for in God’s Word. I know did.

I began reading my bible shortly after I was widowed in my early twenties. I’ll be honest. I didn’t pick up the Word of God to know Him better or for any spiritual reason. At the time, I was interested in the bible because I had questions—questions about why God allows loved ones to die.

As I sought understanding and comfort, God didn’t disappoint. Soon my relationship with God deepened. My trust level grew to new heights. My broken heart began to mend. I learned things about God, and about myself, I would have otherwise never known. That’s not all. I fell in love with God’s Word.

So when my church offered to read through the bible using The Chronological Bible, I was all in!

What a beautiful picture played out in my mind as I read the bible in order of events for the first time. It’s a picture of God’s love toward us, and His willingness to provide a way back to Him no matter how far we stray.

wendypopeIf you’ve ever wanted to read the bible with understanding, your opprotunity has arrived. Each year my friend, Wendy Pope leads a group of women through the One-Year Chronological Bible. Now’s the time to join in!

Wendy love’s the Word of God. She is passionate about helping others understand the hope it provides. And she is a gifted teacher.

For the past nine years, Wendy has lead women, just like you, through the bible in a year. Many follow her study year after year! Together they’ve become more than a bible study group. They’ve become a community.

Do something life-changing for your life. Join Wendy’s study, Read Through The Word, and discover God’s heart toward you.

To learn more or sign up, visit Wendy at www.WendyPope.org

To order your copy of One Year Chronological Bible click below http://www.p31bookstore.com/collections/bibles/products/the-one-year-chronological-bible

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December 10, 2014

Character Matters

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Character is willing yourself to do what God says is right no matter the personal cost. We are called to mirror His image to a lost world. That’s easier said than done especially if you’re a college student.

I’ve had long talks with my daughter on this subject. In college, she’s asked to compromise her godly character everyday, sometimes more than once a day. My heart goes out to her. No matter what season of life we’re in, challenges come our way that tempt us to fit in instead of stand out for the glory of God.

A person with godly character walks away from juicy gossip about a friend.

A godly person comes in when the whole world has walked out on her neighbor, child, husband or friend. Godly character chooses God’s way over the world’s way.

On the other hand, when we knowingly compromise our character, a change takes place deep within. In that moment, we become highly aware of our disparity between God’s standard and the one we have just lived out. All of the sudden, we feel unworthy and distant from God. You may have recognized this feeling. We call it guilt.

What happens next is we begin avoiding God altogether. This makes God seem even more distant than before. We also begin entertaining thoughts such as, “I’ve really messed up. God will never take me back now.” Others aren’t as hard on themselves. They feel messing up simply means sitting on the back row of heaven. Either way instead of facing the problem, we avoid it as if God isn’t there.

Nothing is further from the truth. Ps 139 tells us that God is everywhere all the time. That means there is nowhere you can go that God isn’t already there. This is a very comforting promise when you long for the comfort and presence of God. When you’re trying to avoid Him, it’s a different ballgame.

The fact is God is not distant or uninterested in you. But when our purposes and priorities don’t match His, your relationship will suffer.

God’s purpose for your life and mine is to bring our character into line with that of His Son’s. The good news is that’s what the Holy Spirit is doing inside of us everyday! When we focus our attention on that truth, no matter our failures, we’ll begin to see and feel the presence and power of God at work in our life.

Maybe you need to pause right here and talk with God. Tell Him your sorry for compromising your relationship with Him. Thank God for His forgiveness and willingness to work daily in you so that you become more and more like His Son.

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October 13, 2014

Winner of Magnetic/ 10 Things God Says About You!

10 Things God Says About You

1.)  You Are Loved (John 3:16). God so loves you he withheld nothing—giving his only Son to die in your place.

2.)  You Are Chosen (1Peter 2:9). Before God created the heavens and earth, He chose you to be his very own.

3.)  You Are Wonderfully And Fearfully Made (Ps 139: 14) God designed you in your mother’s womb. He planned your eye color, hair color and skin color to fulfill a specific purpose that is yours alone.

4.)  You Are Beautiful In His Sight (Song of Solomon 4:7, Gen 1:31). You were created in God’s image, and He declares all his work is wonderful! Including you!

 5.)  You Are Forgiven (Eph 1:7). God doesn’t draw back from your sin. He draws near and forgives all.

6.)  You Have A Future (Jeremiah 29:11). When you think you’re at the end of your rope, you’re not at the end of hope. God has promised you a bright future.

7.)  You Are Part Of A Royal Priesthood (1Peter 2:9). You have purpose. God calls you to minister to others as he has ministered to you.

8.)  You Are An Overcomer (1John 4:4). Hang-ups, habits and hurts can’t keep you down because greater is the Spirit in you than the spirit of this world.

9.)  You Are Empowered (2Corn 13:4).The same power that raised Christ from the dead lives in you daily!

10) You Belong To God (John 1:12). You are a child of God because you have believed in Christ.

I love these truths. I challenge you to mediate on them. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you grasp the meaning and then seal it into your heart.

NOW THE WINNER OF MAGNETIC IS…..

Patricia Fancher
patriciaann173@yahoo.com

CONGRATULATIONS, Patricia!! Please send me your mailing address.

Wishing all a wonderful week!

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October 10, 2014

Magnetic: Becoming the Girl He Wants–Giveaway!

magnetic_coverWhen I first saw the title “Magnetic: Becoming the Girl He Wants” I wasn’t so sure I wanted my girl to be “magnetic”. She’s on a college campus! I don’t want her attracting the wrong attention.

That was before I started reading Lynn Cowell’s new book for young women, Magnetic: Becoming the Girl He Wants”. I began to understand the true meaning of Magnetic when I read this excerpt.

“How I wish I had known sooner that I was created to be loved perfectly and unconditionally, made to have my heart filled each and every day with love from the perfect Man – Jesus.

Then I could have spent my time, energy, and emotions, not on a guy I didn’t have, but on the One I did. I could have moved from obsessing over why I wasn’t wanted to becoming the type of girl a godly guy would want. Not just someone to date but someone he’d want to spend the rest of his life with.

I remember making the list, a gargantuan description of everything I was looking for in the guy I would marry one day. The more powerful list would have described the woman I wanted to become, the woman he couldn’t resist!

What would happen if you made the switch now? Shifted your focus off a guy and onto the Guy?

What if, together, we discovered an irresistible beauty deeper than designer clothes, jean sizes, and flaw-free skin? A confidence so attractive, nothing could cause us to lose it? A glamour simply magnetic?

In my quest to discover true beauty, I began to see gorgeous as much more than the face in my mirror. Gorgeous is not skin-deep but heart-deep, a beauty that develops as my heart discovers and returns True Love.

This beauty, this attractiveness, is found in the girl who has what I call “captivating characteristics”—what the Bible calls “the fruit of the Spirit.” These heart traits are described in Galatians 5:22–23: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”

Now I can’t wait to give it to Peyton!

Today, I’ve asked Lynn to join me and answer a few questions that came to my mind as I was reading Magnetic.

Why is this age group so important to you?

Like me, I would guess if you could go back to your life when you were a young woman, you would teach yourself a thing or two! My heart is to invest in girls today, pour God’s truth into their hearts, helping them to make wise choices and change the trajectory of life many have already started.

You’ve just written a new book, Magnetic. What does it mean to be “magnetic?” 

Magnetic: a young woman who has switch her focus from what this world calls “beautiful” to God’s definition which is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

3.) How can a young women become “magnetic” in a world that calls her to simply fit in?

I think it begins with making a choice; pre-deciding she will choose to reach her fullest potential. She can do that when she partners with God to be best version of herself He made her to be.

4.) I’ve noticed girls base their identity on whether or not they have a boyfriend. Is this true?

Unfortunately, our culture teaches all women “Guy + Me = Valuable”. It is true – the Guy is Jesus. Jesus + Me = Unconditional Love

5.) Where should a girl’s identity come from?

We need to build our identity not on someone, someplace or something – we can loose all of those things. We need to build our identity and confidence on the One we can never loose – Jesus! (Graphic on blogger site)

6.) Why is important for girls to chase after God instead of a boy? (Graphic on blogger site)

Do you remember how unpredictable a boy can be? When a girl basis her joy and happiness on that boy, she never knows what she’ll get. God is the same yesterday, today and forever! Secure and stable.

7.) How can a young woman break free from all the girl drama that dictates who she is and what she needs?

Recognize that much of drama has it’s foundation in jealousy and insecurity. If she builds her life on God’s truth, she doesn’t need to be a part of girl drama to “fit in”. She’s already in!

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October 9, 2014

Winner Announced/ Our Living Hope

What a great post by Ashley Linne! If you haven’t downloaded the 3 free chapters she offered in this post, you’re going to want to do that. I can’t wait to get my hands on the entire book!

The WINNER of Inseparible is …. Miztii! Congratulations!! Please send me your mailing adress!

Our Living Hope—Today’s post

We prepare for everything. We prepare dinner, we prepare for vacation, we prepare to go to the doctor, to teach Sunday school, for work, or to run a race. Did you know that most people spend four to eight years of their lives studying for a vocation? While we spend the majority of our time planning for something, there are those who won’t spend five minutes to prepare themselves to meet God. They decide, whether they are conscience of it or not, to just chance the here after without realizing that this life is merely a dressing room for eternity, and yet they do nothing to get ready. I often wonder what their hope is in?

As Christian’s we have hope. Faith in Christ is our living hope. God in His boundless mercies allows us to have everlasting life through Christ. Since Christ died and rose again, we, too, have this wonderful expectation.

When anyone comes to Christ and puts their faith in Him, he or she is born anew. This is our story, our hope. Peter tells us in the Word of God “we have been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever” (l Peter 1:23). We have a living hope because this new birth doesn’t come from earthly parents. It comes from an eternal living God. Hope is confidence in God’s gift of grace, and it is secured by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

This wonderful hope is confirmed again in the book of Revelation, “Do not be afraid, I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One, I was dead and behold I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys to death and Hades.” (1:17-18). We don’t have to fear death, because when we turn from our sin and turn to Jesus in faith we are turning to the one who holds the keys to life and death. We have a living hope that rest in the fact that Jesus died and is now alive, and if He lives then so will we!

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October 7, 2014

Being in Christ is a Make it or Break it Kind of Deal

 

1401680232-317x475Today, I’m excited to have Ashley Linne as a guest on my blog! Ashley’s new bible-study, Inseparable: Who I Am, Was, and Will Be in Christ, is part of a the Inscribed series. What’s that? It’s a collection of studies by women inspired by Proverbs 3:3.

In today’s post, Ashley provides a link where you can download a free chapter from ALL 3 new books!! That’s not all! I’m giving away a copy of Ashley’s book to a lucky winner when you leave a comment!!! Yay!!!!

Now, let’s hear from Ashley… 

One of my biggest pet peeves is exclusivism. You know, the “us” and “them” mentality. It drives me insane.

I’ve probably been cliquish more often than I realize, because that’s the way it goes, right? We seem to be guilty of the things we dislike about others the most? But really… that attitude that someone has to be a certain kind of person to fit into a group or be in a club… I just can’t stand it.

Nothing against sorority sisters individually—I have a few friends who are loving, Christlike women and were in sororities—but my college campus Greek system was one of those things that always irked me. My freshman year I experienced my first rush week. I figured it would be only a matter of time before I was bombarded by sorority girls asking me to come to a party and be in their group. Well, it never happened. I went all four years of college and was never invited to a sorority or fraternity party. (It was probably because I wore Daria t-shirts and silver combat boots and practically wore a sign that said “I don’t want to” but, still.) I felt like I wasn’t good enough for them.

Aren’t you glad Jesus doesn’t have a criteria for the sort of person He wants to be around?

I think we can all agree that Jesus wants everyone to know Him, love Him, and be rescued from their sin. When we come to Jesus, we don’t have to worry about being a certain type of person or in a special club. Thank God!

But what about eternity?

What about “getting into heaven?” Is that an open-invite party?

The key to eternal life is being in Christ. And it’s a make-it-or-break-it kind of deal. That part of me that hates exclusivism would like to think that in the end everybody makes it to heaven. But if that were the case, why in the world would the Son of God go through torture and crucifixion?

The fact of the matter is, “God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16 HCSB). Jesus’ message was, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matt. 4:17 ESV). The word “repent” literally means to change one’s mind or perception; to stop pursuing one direction of life, turn around, and go in a different direction. We can’t be going our own way and going to heaven at the same time.

I believe it is important to focus on the fact that anyone is welcome, just as he or she is, to be in Christ. But the reality is that not everyone will choose to be in Christ. It is one of those things that keeps me awake at night. What about this dear friend, or this beloved family member, or people in this language group who have no access to the Gospel? What if…?

There are lingering questions I will probably always have about how eternal salvation works. But if we’re in Christ and He is in us, we can rest assured that our future is secure and also know we have a job to do in calling others into the fold.

“Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ.” (Phil. 3:8–9 ESV)

Excerpt from Inseparable: Who I Am, Was, and Will Be in Christ by Ashley Linne. Download a FREE Chapter from all three new Inscribed Studies Here.

About Ashley:

Ashley Linne is a wife and mom who loves to write, sing, and travel. She is passionate about discipleship, mentoring, and sexual abuse prevention. She has been leading small group Bible studies for over 15 years is the author of Inseparable: Who I Am, Was, and Will Be in Christ. Ashley lives with her husband and son in Bellingham, WA

Thank you, Ashley, for sharing with us today!

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October 3, 2014

Winner “I Want God”/Benefits Of Wisdom

I wish I could give a copy of I Want God to each of you because it’s just that good and life changing. But I can’t. Lisa did, however, say I could give away two copes!! Yippy! So…. the winners are…..

Tiff Palm
tiffpalm75@gmail.com

Angie agsandleton@yahoo.com

If you didn’t win, you still can. You can order your copy here. And believe me, you’ll be a winner!

Benefits of Wisdom

This morning was praying for wisdom and I opened my bible to Proverbs. I skiped reading Proverbs chapter 1 becasue I’m very familar with it. My eyes fell to chapter two. And God spoke. I want to share this Proverbs with you because, like me, I believe you may be looking for wisdom, direction, and how to make wise decisions. May God’s Word bless you and guide you.

“Good friend, take to heart what I’m telling you;
collect my counsels and guard them with your life.
Tune your ears to the world of Wisdom;
set your heart on a life of Understanding.
That’s right—if you make Insight your priority,
and won’t take no for an answer,
Searching for it like a prospector panning for gold,
like an adventurer on a treasure hunt,
Believe me, before you know it Fear-of-God will be yours;
you’ll have come upon the Knowledge of God.
6-8 And here’s why: God gives out Wisdom free,
is plainspoken in Knowledge and Understanding.
He’s a rich mine of Common Sense for those who live well,
a personal bodyguard to the candid and sincere.
He keeps his eye on all who live honestly,
and pays special attention to his loyally committed ones.
9-15 So now you can pick out what’s true and fair,
find all the good trails!
Lady Wisdom will be your close friend,
and Brother Knowledge your pleasant companion.
Good Sense will scout ahead for danger,
Insight will keep an eye out for you.
They’ll keep you from making wrong turns,
or following the bad directions”

Have a great weekend!

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October 1, 2014

When Your Life Says You Want Something More Than God

DSC_6252I’m so excited to have my dear girlfriend, Lisa Whittle, as a guest today. She has written a book entitled, I Want God. And let me tell you. It has impacted my life and relationship with God. It’s a must read and I don’t say that often. It will start a fire in your soul!

Guess what? I’m giving away a copy! Write, I Want God, in the comment section and enter to win!

Now, here’s Lisa…

Let’s be honest. We, the good church people, have this thing down.

We worship on Sundays. We speak Christianese. We take cupcakes to the neighbors and jump into the latest Bible Study group over coffee.

If our spiritual practices told the whole story, we’d be a Christian best seller.

But they don’t.

And God knows.

He knows when our heart is fully into Him. He knows when we mean those songs we sing about taking us into His great unknown and give me more faith and other beautiful words that are both awesome and scary.

The truth is, most of us do want God. We just want other things, too.

“When we say words like anything for You, God, but we mean anything but this, God, His heart is grieved. He denies this conditional allegiance of holding on to both when He designed us to be capable of going all in.” ~Lisa Whittle, I Want God

Your life says you want something more than God:

…when He tells you He wants to use you, but you choose to stay comfortable, instead.

…when you are only willing to do things that make sense to you or are in your control.

…when you chase the approval of other people, constantly investing time and energy into fighting for them to love you.

…when you are most interested in what God can do for you, rather than simply cultivating a relationship with Him.

But here’s the good news. If you want God, you can have Him. You just have to want Him more than anything else.

And then, your life will speak for itself. 

*Excerpt from I Want God, Chapter 6: Most

Before I start writing this book, I start shopping.

It’s summer, that glorious time when my kids’ legs are tanned from outside play, grill smells live in my nostrils, and I dive deep into Mommy waters while the writer sleeps by the pool. I like to shop, and

when the writer is asleep I seem to shop more.

But really, it’s about something else: Sometimes I don’t want to hear from God, and shopping helps with that.

I think, and I know, that this moment is not about the shopping (because it rarely is). I recognize it as the human impulse of storing up, controlling my world before He starts requiring something of me.

When you know God in that intimate way, there is an understanding that when He calls, it will be loud. And it will be specific. And it may require other things to go away. And it’s terrifying. So I shop.

But even as I sit in the parking lot of this antique mall with all my precious finds perched around me, I know it is a myth, the storing up. For a brief moment, the shopper subsides and the writer awakens. I take out my phone and go to my notes and the fingers start running and running fast.

It’s all a myth. Chasing this kind of more only brings the foggy high and runs up the bills, and in the end it is the same choice as it was yesterday: out of life, what do I want the most? (That is the question. That is always the question.)

But in the meantime, the shopping has gotten almost weird and manic—like I am ravenous for change. I feel the change coming, the unraveling that happens when I start writing a new book and mostly, I want Him to change me but the house is screaming so loud for me to pay it attention instead that I am nearly going deaf. In its every square foot I see imperfection and I want to make it beautiful, and it already is.

I shop because it helps me forget I may never do the everything for God both of us want. And the reality of that feels painful.

But no matter how much I shop, I will never be able to muffle Him.

Because He haunts me. Yes, haunts. Not in the creepy, scary movie way where it’s about some broken-down clapboard house with squeaky floors and curtains of cobwebs and that guy who died who now lives under the house and occasionally emerges wearing a mask. He haunts me in the unrequited love kind of way whereby you love someone so much it aches and their scent doesn’t go away no matter how much you try to scrub it off yourself.

So in the end, after the shopping, I will come back to the same. I’ll just have less money.

What I’m really wanting is not to tear my house apart and put it back together more beautifully, but what I want God to do to me: deconstruct me, clean me up, make me better, streamlined, more beautiful. And at the same time I’m scared He will.

This is the rub of my life.

The words are now done and the writer goes back to sleep. I have dialogued with no one in particular, but I have somehow worked it all out.

1. God is what I want most.
2. Other things will scream for my attention.

3. I will have to choose between them.

It is the same for you.

To order the book: click here!

To read more about I Want God: www.IWantGod.me

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Link to Blog: www.lisawhittle.com

Link to Instagram: http://instagram.com/lisawhittle

Link to Twitter: https://twitter.com/LisaRWhittle

Link to Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lisa-Whittle/189067321123012?fref=ts

Link to Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/lisarwhittle/

 

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September 30, 2014

Winner Annouced/ Winning The Battle

And the winner of #TheBestYes is…… Mary T!! Congratulations, Mary! Please contact me with your mailing address.

Winning The Battle

I’ll never forget him—a thin, gray haired old man with shaky hands hunched over his grocery cart. Traffic was held up on either side as the old man tried turning his cart around in the middle of the isle. The poor man would shuffle his feet forward, turn the cart an inch maybe two, and then shuffle his feet backwards. Then, repeat the process. Some folks were beginning to complain as they backed down the isle. I wanted to turn around too but compassion for him filled my heart. It was divine compassion that comes from our new nature—the nature we receive when we come to Christ.

In that moment, there was no doubt what the Holy Spirit was prompting me to do. I was to help the fellow out. I stepped forward and inquired,

“Sir, may I turn your cart around for you?”

He agreed with a nod of his head. I could tell he was confused. After I got him turned around and pointed in the opposite direction, I expected a “thank-you” and the two of us would part company. Instead, he stood there and looked at me with his baby blues like a puppy does when it wants to go home with you.

At that moment, my dueling natures began to battle.

You don’t have time to help him further. My old, selfish nature persuaded. You have things to do. Just when I was about to agree with my old nature, the Holy Spirit whispered back, “Do unto others… Remember, you’ll be old one day.”

This was a situation where I could put off  my old nature that is hostile toward God (and died with Christ) or I could allow my new nature—Christ in me—to respond. If I let my old nature rule, the Spirit of God is unable to exert His power. On the other hand, when a woman yields to the Holy Spirit, He empowers her to put aside her own needs for the needs of another. Obeying the prompting of the Spirit allows your new nature to win over the old. The bible calls this “putting off the old and putting on the new.”

It was a tough battle, but I chose to submit to the prompting of the Holy Spirit and spent that afternoon helping an old man fill his grocery list. As we shopped, he told me about his life. Recently he had lost his wife. “She use to do all of our shopping.” He explained. Now I knew why he was so helpless. This was a new experience for him.

“I know Peg’s gone but I can’t stop talking to her like she’s still here.” He shared as we made our way to the checkout. This morning I said to her, “Peg, it’s grocery day. I’m gonna need some help.” Then, he patted my hand and added, “She didn’t let me down.”

(Okay, someone pass the tissues.)

There’s something wonderfully satisfying when you walk in the power of your new nature that your old nature can never quite fulfill.

“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires” (Eph 4:22).

“And to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Eph 4:24).

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September 26, 2014

It’s A Balancing Act–”My Best Yes!”

Most days you can find me at home working in my office. When I want privacy, I close my door. This let family members know not to disturb me unless someone is bleeding.

One day, the door to my office was barely closed. Through the crack in my door, I noticed a shadow passing back and forth. At first, I ignored it and continued to work typing away on my laptop. Suddenly, I felt something strange as if someone was watching me. Looking up, I saw two eyeballs staring back at me from behind the crack in the door. I called out, “Hello?”

Instantly, the door swung open and my daughter walked in. Time passes quickly when I’m at work. I had no idea it was late afternoon and the kids were home.

“Are you still working?” My daughter inquired?

“I’m just finishing up.” I replied while closing up shop.

I could tell she wanted to talk. Sometimes I can get so into work that I forget my daughter is waiting to tell me about her day or about some boy she just met.

Balancing life, ministry, and family is challenging. Sometimes I feel as if I live in a three-ring circus. My desire is to do it all well. That doesn’t always happen. In fact, it’s almost impossible to 100% of myself to family, ministry and everyday life’s coming and goings. Some area of my life is going to take a hit, and I never want it to be my family. They should never feel that my work is more important than they are.

I’m not talking about my relationship with God, but the busy work that comes along with raising a family and working.

That’s tough because there are demands. People count on me in each arena of life. Sometimes I feel guilty when I can’t return that call or email because my child has a football game or some other after school activity.

The thing is we only have our children for a short, and I mean short, period of time. Once they’re gone, you can’t get that time back. To be honest my heart is to be with my children more than anything. And I believe that’s a God-given desire. Still, I can feel guilty putting my family or personal life over ministry.

Earlier this year, feelings of guilt almost caused me to say “yes” when I needed to say “no.” It’s my son’s senior year. He plays football and I LOVE football. Watching my son play fills me with great joy. In the past years, I’ve missed a few games because of fall speaking events. Knowing that this year would be his last year to play high school football, I struggled with accepting engagements or not.

Events were coming in and I knew these were opportunities to share Jesus. But, I didn’t want to miss a single game. My heart was torn.

After much prayer and counsel from godly friends, I chose not to accept any fall events so that I could be present for my son’s last football season. As soon, as I made that decision, I knew saying “no” to ministry for a season turned out to be my “best yes.” As important as my work is, my children are the most important ministry God has given me. They are, my first ministry. It took saying “no” to something good—important even—to realize I was right where I needed to be.

It was awkward saying “no” to those events, but doing so allowed me to say, “yes” to my son. And I don’t even feel guilty.

If you’re looking for your #bestyes, there is still time to join our online bible study. The Best Yes, By Lysa Terkeurst has just begun, but it’s not too late to join.

Today, I’m giving away a copy of The Best Yes!

Enter to win by leaving “I love God’s Word” in the comment section below. Good luck!!

Also, in October I’ve asked several folks to guest post about their newest projects. Along with the post, I’ll be giving away free stuff! Be sure and stop by!

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