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September Scripture Challenge

Back in May I held a Scripture challenge, and it was so great to commit to being in God’s Word with hundreds of women. Accountability helps so much in our lives, and being in Scripture is no exception. So starting September 1st we will be doing another Scripture challenge. Everything you need to know is listed below! I will be working through my new Freedom and Grace Journal in September. You are welcome to join me in studying the book of Galatians with the journal or to choose your own reading plan. September is the perfect time for a fresh start! Let’s make being in God’s Word a priority!

The Challenge:

  • Read scripture every day in the month of September.
  • Share a photo on instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #lampandlight each day,so that we can encourage each other on the journey and inspire others to make Scripture a priority.

How to get ready:

  • Decide what you are going to read. I recommend choosing a book of the Bible and starting at the beginning, but if you are already in a reading plan or going through a study you don’t need to choose something else. In the shop I have two different devotional journals that would last the whole month. One over Philippians and Colossians, and one over Galatians. You can view them here. I will be working through the Freedom and Grace journal if you would like to go through it with me.
  • Prepare your heart. Ask God to encourage your heart throughout the month of September, and instill in you a love and desire for God’s Word.
  • Ask a friend to join you. I will be here to cheer you on, and will be checking out the hashtag often, but it would be great to ask a friend or a few to try to commit with you so that you can encourage each other.
  • If you aren’t sure how to study Scripture, you can read this post about how I do it.
  • Share the image below on Facebook or instagram and ask friends to join in.
  • You can also share it on Pinterest using the Pinterest button at the bottom of the post.
  • Keep an eye on the blog! I will try to write some posts to encourage and give ideas about how to make time to be in Scripture. If you have any questions or something that you would like me to address in a blog post leave a comment here or on instagram and I will try to help!septemberchallenge
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A New Beginning

The last few weeks have been a bit of a blur…hence the lack of blog posts. Last week we packed up everything that we own, and moved across the country from Texas to Pennsylvania to begin our church planting journey. We said lots of goodbyes to people that have walked through life with us, and have been a beautiful picture of what the church is.

It was surreal to pack up all of our belongings and leave a city full of people that we love to go back to the city that I grew up in. I am constantly amazed at the story that God is writing. I don’t think I would have ever imagined that this is where God would have placed us, but I am so thankful for His sovereign hand that has been working for years in our hearts and in the hearts of those we will meet.

I can feel the Lord stretching me, pushing me out of my comfort zone and towards Him. He is showing me that though things around me are uncertain, He is constant and sure. Though I don’t know exactly what the future holds, I know the one that holds the future. He is showing me that His ways are higher than my ways, that His Word is my comfort, and that I must run to Him in prayer.

And yet here in my weakness, I can see His grace so clearly. ( 2 Corinthians 12:9)

In my uncertainty, I can take to Him my heart and lay it at His feet in prayer, knowing that He hears me. (Philippians 4:9)

I can find refuge in Him, and Hope in His Word. (Psalm 119: 114)

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Freedom and Grace and A Storewide Sale

Our new Freedom and Grace Journal launched today! I am so excited for this study on the book of Galatians to finally be available, God has taught me so much while I studied for this, and I couldn’t be more excited.

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The journal is available by itself, or as a bundle with some fun extra goodies!

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We also launched lots of brand new prints. You can also purchase the prints in bundles which makes it more cost effective to buy gifts or prints for several different rooms.

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With all the excitement we just had to have a sale, so you can take 20% off your entire purchase using the code FREEDOMANDGRACE Head over to the shop and take a look around!

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I know you’ve mentioned you like to study books of the Bible instead of themes. What resources do you use to do this? Let scripture interpret scripture, concordances, or…?

Following Rules ≠ Spiritual Maturity

Over the past few months as I have been studying the book of Galatians for my new devotional journal, God has been teaching me so much. Before studying the book of Galatians so in depth, I had certainly read it many times, and even memorized several verses from the book. I don’t think I had ever realize how much depth was in the book though, and how relevant it is to my life, as well as the church today.

The book talks so much about the freedom and grace that we find in Jesus. The book talks so much about how salvation is only by His grace, one of my college professors even summarized the theme of the book as, faith plus nothing. But, here is the problem…we as people tend to be doers. We know that our position in Christ is based on grace alone through faith alone, but somehow we think that we need to do certain things, or keep to a list of standards and rules to stay in God’s favor. We think that our spiritual maturity is measure by how many rules we follow, and how many things we don’t do. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely believe that one someones life has been transformed by Christ that there will be things in their life that will probably change. But it is so easy to focus on producing outward changes that have not reached the heart. We live a life trying to try harder, and do better, when we should be living a life resting in His grace and constantly drawing near to Christ. We should be asking Him to make us more like Himself, instead of trying to do the things that will make other people think that we are more spiritual than we are.

When we walk with the Lord it will affect the things that we do, but doing things does not make us have a walk with Him. We get it backwards so often. We try so hard to change ourselves, to do what we are supposed to do to give an outward appearance of righteousness. When really it is all Him, when we stay close to Him, He will change us. The gospel tells us that we can do nothing in ourselves to make us holy, it must be Christ working in us.

Instead of being consumed with following a list of dos and don’ts, I pray that we will instead run to Jesus. I pray that we will cling to Him, spend time with Him, and let Him transform us. Instead of being obsessed with trying to make others think we look spiritual, and holy…let us run to the Holy one.

3.5"x2" Business Card TemplateThe new Freedom and Grace study on the book of Galatians will be available Thursday, July 31.

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Jessica

Amen! I’ve wavered back and forth over the years between keeping the religious to-do list and throwing it all out and just clinging to Jesus. The more I try to do the to-do list, the further from Him I feel. The closer I get to Him, the more joyful, overwhelming love of Christ I feel.

Getting Ready to Go Expectantly

Things are starting to come together as we get ready to move in just three short weeks. This past week Jeremy was ordained. I am so proud of him for all that he has done to get to this place, and so thankful for all of the people that have poured into us along the journey.

Our remaining weeks here are going to be filled with lots of boxes, and lots of goodbyes. Jeremy has had an intense summer of lots of summer classes, and we have been in the middle of starting our online shop, so things have been hectic. On top of that we are getting ready to leave the comfort of the known, to enter into the land of the unknown. It is incredibly exciting, and just a tad scary.

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A photo snapped by my sweet instagram friend Amber as her family drove through the town we are planting in.

I think, though, that it is also a time of expectancy. We are looking forward to the future, knowing that the road ahead will be hard, that there might be days of discouragement, but that we will work for His name and for His glory, and wait expectantly for what He has.

We have so many dreams for the church that will soon take form, but those dreams don’t really have anything to do with pretty buildings, perfect music, or an abundance of programs. Instead, we are dreaming about people that will encounter Christ, and encounter grace. We are dreaming about our living room being full of new friends.  We are dreaming about a community of people captured by grace, that live out the gospel each day in a community of believers, and in their own communities. So, we are going into the unknown, realizing that there will be bumps along the way, but that we have a God who is sovereign over all, who knows exactly what lies ahead, and is already preparing the hearts of those that we will meet.

Will you pray with us?

Will you pray for hearts to be softened, and open to the gospel?

Will you pray for people that that will go with us?

Will you pray, and ask if it could be you?

 

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Ashley Paschke

Praying for you. Church planting is not an easy road but it is so so sweet! Looking forward to having you in NEPA!

Robin Crump

My daughter is in a church plant right now. Not always easy but very much a blessing.

Resa Michelle Workman

Praying for you and your sweet family!