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The Seasons Change…Yet, He Remains

So often the future seems so uncertain. Things seem to spin around me at times, as I am faced with adjustment and trying to figure things out. I like to have a routine, and since moving that routine seems to have been nonexistent while we seek to settle into the rhythms of this new season of life.  There have been so many changes, and yet I am reminded that our God never changes. His unfailing love abounds no matter what we are facing.

My friend Bailey posted this quote from Charles Spurgeon this past week, and I couldn’t repost it quick enough. The words resonated with my heart so much and where just the reminder that I needed to adjust my thinking. A reminder that He never changes, and though this world around me spins, though people hurt me, though I will face suffering in this life…He abides. His love is unchanging through it all. He is a Rock and a Fortress for my sometimes weary soul. When it seems my heart is overwhelmed and I have no where to turn…I do have a place to turn. I have the One who has walked with me through the hardest of moments…and even there He has shown me that He is Faithful and True.

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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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I found your blog tonight through a devotional that I received from a friend for my birthday this past weekend. I got the Joy in Christ one and started reading it tonight. It was exactly what I need to hear! I am suffering through stage 4 cervical and more recently bladder cancer. The Dr does not have a good prognosis for me, but I still serve a miracle working God! I am wanting to dive more into the word and fill my head with more of God to keep my mind off of the depressing thoughts that Satan so frequently tries to give me. I thank you for allowing God to use you as a vessel for others to experience more of Him! I am excited to study more of Philippians and Colossians!

Brandy Kimbrough

I’m definitely doing the #lampandlight challenge! I will be reading through the book of Hosea <3

Danielle Cobb

I will be joining.

Anonymous

Going to finish your Joy journal and then start something new!

Angela Padilla

I’m in. Going to finish Esther, then start something new. Excited to be part of the #lampandlight challenge

Veronica Carr Yerger

This is very new to me, but I have been looking for a way to be more intentional about reading my bible. I am going to give Galations a go!

Keri Snyder

I love this! I’m going to join in and read Galatians

Donna Oates

I will be joining….as well as my hubby is making the commitment…. :)

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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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Cara Cobble Trantham

Beautiful. God. Girl. Journey.

Regina Erickson

Thank you for sharing!

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.