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Guest Author Liz Curtis Higgs Completes our Back to School Survival Series: It’s Good to Learn (Part 4 of 4)

Greetings, sweet friends!   I pray you’ve had the opportunity to grab onto (and not let go of) the past three posts on back-to-school survival.  These survival tactics are equipping us adults to survive not only this back-to-school month, but are giving us ways to survive daily living. If you’ve missed any, here are the links to our previous three survival skills:

Prayer…

Worship…

Wellness/Nutrition…

It is my distinct honor and privilege to turn you over to my dear friend and mentor, Liz Curtis Higgs, who will give us our fourth survival tactic. Oh, do you ever have something to look forward to!!! (www.lizcurtsihiggs.com)

Lizzie came to our Bible study this past Tuesday. She kicked off our 10-week study straight from her amazing book, It’s Good to Be Queen: Becoming as Bold, Gracious, and Wise as the Queen of Sheba. She taught us all about diving into God’s Word and the many pearls we can glean.

Tears from laughter and from His revealed Word touching our daily lives fell on many a Kleenex. Liz’ life lessons blessed all of us a thousand fold.

You’ll see our time together didn’t end with Bible study, it rolled onward and out the door for lunch. She tells it better than me. (Only for her would I try a restaurant I’d never been to before. You’ll see….)

Please give a hearty welcome to Lizzie and hear from her WHY IT’S GOOD TO LEARN…. 

—————HERE is Liz Curtis Higgs!!!———-

It is Good to Learn  

By Liz Curtis Higgs

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Gathering with a group of friends to study the Bible is the most fun a girl can have on a Tuesday (or Wednesday or Thursday) morning. Not kidding.

This is how one group does things (and does it well!).

First they eat. Then they meet. They stay parked in the Word for an hour or so, with open minds and open hearts, not to mention a good deal of laughing and crying and learning and growing. Just the best. Finally, they pray. And then they eat.

Really, is there anything not to love about a day like that?

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Facts don’t make us bold. Faith makes us bold.~ It’s Good to Be Queen

This week I joined Elizabeth and a dozen other delightful sisters in Christ to kick off their fall Bible study with It’s Good to Be Queen. Right. My own book. Kinda scary. I thought, What if they don’t share with one another, since I’m there in the room?

Not to worry. This was a lively bunch. They were glad to be together and glad to be in the Word. And seriously, look how cute they are!

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Group dynamics are a wonder to behold, aren’t they? At every Bible study, God brings together talkers and listeners, thinkers and doers. Every person matters, and their unique perspective on the material adds to the group experience.

The best part was having one empty seat—a reminder that the Lord was with us, just as He promises: “the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6).

For chapter one, we studied a single but powerful verse:

When the queen of Sheba heard about the fame of Solomon and his relationship to the Lord, she came to test Solomon with hard questions. 1 Kings 10:1

All of us agreed the one word that really got our attention was relationship. King Solomon of Israel didn’t merely worship the Lord—he had a relationship with Him. This surely amazed the queen of Sheba every bit as much as the king’s renowned wisdom did, since she came from a country that worshiped a hundred different deities. One could hardly have a relationship with the sun or the moon. What a concept for this pagan queen to grasp!

Her curiosity and hunger for wisdom sent her on a two-month journey across the Arabian Desert. Roughly fifteen hundred miles. On a camel. Oh my.

Sheba was bold, all right. She didn’t come to simply listen to Solomon, like other rulers of the Near East did. She came to test him, and with hard questions at that.

We kicked around some questions of our own during the discussion time. I may have written the book, but believe me, these bright women had plenty to teach me. Bible studies are less about teacher/student than they are about willing learners getting together to read, study, and encourage one another, using God’s Word as their first and foremost resource.

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With Sheba’s royal boldness beating in our hearts, we took our own (much shorter) journey to the Queen of Sheba restaurant in Louisville for lunch. Really, how could we not?

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The food was exotic, the fellowship was wonderful, and the opportunity to bless our server let us put our faith into action in lots of positive ways. With more visiting queens planned for the weeks ahead, Tuesdays with Elizabeth and Susan are going to be a blast!

Interested in learning more about the queen of Sheba? Here are some links that might be helpful:

Weekly Bible study blog for It’s Good to Be Queen

Free videos to enhance your study of It’s Good to Be Queen

A Shebalicious Pinterest board for the queen

More fun info about It’s Good to Be Queen

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Liz Curtis Higgs has one goal: to help women embrace the grace of God with joy and abandon. She’s the author of 32 books with 4.6 million copies in print, including Bad Girls of the Bible and her latest, It’s Good to Be Queen. Liz has also spoken at 1,700 women’s conferences in all 50 United States and 14 foreign countries, including Women of Faith, Women of Joy, and Extraordinary Women. Liz and her family are grateful to call Louisville, Kentucky home.

————————–THANK YOU, LIZ!!!——————————

Nobody says it like Liz. Truly one of her many gifts is writing which teaches us there’s nothing more important to one’s survival than being in the Word. Studying the Word. Talking about the Word. Translation: Bible study!

Liz told us her most favorite thing to do in all the world is to teach God’s Word. I can tell my Tuesday group’s next nine weeks together is going to be something spectacular indeed. Why don’t you grab some friends and try it?

‘Til next time!

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You’re Invited to Join Us for Book Club at Middletown United Methodist Church next Monday September 28th!!! Featured Book: The Inn at Ocean’s Edge by Colleen Coble

Hi friends! I’m excited to report Book Club at Middletown United Methodist Church (MUMC) is resuming next Monday night! (September 28th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.) Bring a friend and come hear Nancy Tinnell lead discussion on an eye-opening novel.

We’ll be discussing The Inn at Ocean’s Edge (A Sunset Cove Novel) by Colleen Coble. It’s certainly a book which keeps the reader on the edge of her seat!  

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I’ve never known a book to have so many twists and turns to the plot right up to the very end. It’s full of suspense, who-done-its, mysterious disappearances, a blossoming romance, and surprises which make you say, “Oh, you’ve got to be kidding me!”

It’s also a welcome relief to see one of the characters rely on prayer so much. It’s a good lesson for us all straight from I Thessalonians 5:17 which says, “Pray continually.”

Claire’s Grandmother gives us another lesson:  “…take the trauma you’ve gone thru’ and let it make you stronger and more compassionate.”

Beth Moore says, “Allow your misery to become your MINISTRY.”

God says it best in 2 Corinthians 1:3-5, “All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  God is our merciful father and the source of all comfort.  He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others.  When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.  For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort thru’ Christ. ” (NLT)

This was a first for me to read a book by Colleen Coble. This book is called a “Sunset Cove Novel” with the second in the series due out this December. Some of you may be familiar with Colleen as she’s written dozens of books, several in different series. (www.colleencoble.com )

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Some of the characters in this novel are involved in a family-run cranberry bog business. Nancy found it only fitting to encourage us to bring a dish with cranberries in it to snack on Monday night.

I’m on the hunt for something with CHOCOLATE and cranberries, of course. (Rumor has it there will be door prizes along with some chocolate. Certainly a motivator for yours truly!)

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Even if you haven’t read the book yet, come and hear the discussion! In meetings past, we’ve had friends come to hear the discussion and then decide if they’ll read the book or not!

Please RSVP to Nancy Tinnell at 1(502)245-8839 or you may email her at: Ntinnell@middletownumc.org

Be sure to mark your calendars for our very fun October 26th meeting! I will be leading the discussion over a wonderful book by Jan Watson called Buttermilk Sky. Many of you join me in being huge fans of Jan’s. There’s nobody like her.

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‘Til next time!

(Get ready to read our final of four parts later this week in our Back-to-School-Survival series with the infamous Liz Curtis Higgs as Guest Author!)

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Just How “Well” is Your Soul???…Your Body???…(Back-to-School Survival For Us Adults Continues….Part 3 or 4)

When you’re not feelin’ so hot, things aren’t so “well” with your soul. Me? I tend to wear my emotions, fatigue, allergies (Hello good ole’ Ohio Valley?!!!), in addition to whatever I pull out of the closet. They aren’t the most fitting “accessories”, as others would attest to…

This month we’ve been discussing some Back-to-School Survival Tactics for us adults, whether we have school age children or not: Week One was PrayerWeek Two was Worship.

This week, it’s my distinct honor and privilege to introduce you to one of my genius friends for our third survival tactic, which is Wellness and Nutrition. Everyone needs a “Walking Encyclopedia” for a friend, and Cathy Hance fills this bill to perfection. You will love her advice for our bodies and souls.

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John and I were blessed to meet Cathy and her husband, David, several years ago thru’ our boys, Bland and Gordy, who played high school golf together. We logged many miles on golf courses all over the state of Kentucky.

Cathy and her sister, Ann Marie, started Compound Pharmacy, out in Middletown, over seven years ago. (www.compoundcarerx.com )They’ve both been pharmacists for over twenty years, both graduating from the University of Kentucky’s College of Pharmacy . (GO CATS!)

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Fun facts: Their Daddy, Bill Borders, is a retired pharmacist and ran a pharmacy in Shelbyville where the girls grew up, learning from him at an early age. Cathy and David’s son, Bland, is currently in Pharmacy School at UK.

Allow me to turn you over to Cathy, who will talk to us about the very important issue of wellness and nutrition, an absolute must for our back-to-school survival series—not just for our kids, but for us as well…at work, at home, or in school…

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Nutrition Tips for Stellar School Performance

by Cathy Hance

Health is one of the greatest human blessings. It is an undisputed fact that proper nutrition plays a vital role in keeping you on the pathway to a healthy life and longevity.

Hippocrates (the father of Western medicine) said it best: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine by thy food.”

Time after time, I have found this proven true both in my own life as well as others’. The body has an innate ability to heal itself and will readily do so as long as you provide it with the proper fuel.

Allow me to share some nutrition guidelines that will help you and your family function at a high level and be your best at what God has individually called each of us to do:

  • Get invested in your health and encourage your kids to do so as well.  Good nutrition will no doubt cost more, but a healthy body is worth every extra dollar spent!
  • Only keep foods that are nutritious and energizing in the house.  Don’t have any foods that are “taboo.” Exert your power and get rid of them!  Don’t make fast food and juice an option.
  • Remember that it is a parent’s responsibility to nourish and guide their children and teach them about what is good for them so lead by example and don’t have junk food around the house. We don’t want to make it easy for our children to be unhealthy!
  • Spend time in the kitchen like your grandmother did.  If you don’t know how to cook, learn! Involve the whole family in cooking and make it fun! Your body and your family will thank you for using fresh, natural ingredients which God abundantly provides.
  • Avoid “fake food” which includes any processed food.  These nutrient deficient foods were invented in a lab and are intentionally designed to cause cravings and ultimately lead to overeating.
  • Don’t drink your calories.  Just say no when you are continually asked to have your drink refilled at restaurants unless you have ordered ice water with lemon!
  • Many people become tired and cranky simply because they are (unknowingly) dehydrated.  Drink half your weight in ounces of water.  Filter your water.  It is best to drink it between meals not with meals.
  • Develop a connection with your body, an awareness of how food affects you and makes you feel.  Sugar will hype you and then suddenly zap your energy and cause brain fog.  A nice dinner of salmon and steamed veggies?  Hello prolonged energy, brainpower and focus!
  • Eat together as a family as much as possible.  Time spent with our children is the greatest investment we can make in their future.
  • Always give thanks and be grateful to God for the food He has blessed us with and the nourishment and energy it provides.

Foods to avoid:

  • Sugar
  • Dyes
  • MSG
  • Artificial sweeteners (try stevia)
  • White bread and pasta (which is basically sugar)
  • Processed foods (making lunch may be necessary as most foods in school lunches are not nutritious)
  • Crackers, muffins, and cookies
  • Potato chips
  • Fast food
  • Soda, sports drinks and fruit juice (even the 100% pure)
  • Candy (sugar is a toxin!)
  • Hot dogs (a “frankenfood”)
  • Cereal and toaster pastries
  • Milk (really!)

Foods to eat sparingly:

  • Oatmeal
  • Breads (Ezekiel bread is okay)
  • Rice
  • Dried fruit
  • Corn
  • Beans
  • Peanuts and peanut butter
  • Dark chocolate

Foods to enjoy freely:

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  • Veggies galore!
  • Fruits, especially berries
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Raw nut butters
  • Wild caught fish
  • Grass fed, antibiotic free, hormone free meat
  • Pastured eggs from a local farmer (daily is good!)
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Load up on healthy fats such as avocados, coconut oil, and olive oil
  • Drink brain boosting smoothies – an easy way to incorporate lots of greens

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A side note:

Nutritional supplements can be an important addition to your nutrition plan, particularly if you have a history of poor eating habits or don’t eat regularly from an organic garden. There are a few supplements that I recommend for everyone that can give your health a “boost.”

  • Vitamin D – many of us are deficient and will need to supplement to support the immune system.  I recommend that your physician test it regularly.
  • Multivitamin – for everyone to cover any nutrients we may be missing.
  • Omega 3 supplement – usually fish oil.  Great brain food!
  • Probiotic if you are not regularly eating fermented foods and have a “sensitive stomach” or have taken an antibiotic.

Vitamins and supplements are not intended to take the place of a healthy diet – they are only meant to “supplement” regular nourishing meals. Also, be sure to ask for guidance on a supplement choice.

Most are not FDA regulated and unfortunately far too many nutritional supplements do not contain the ingredients that are stated on the label or may be contaminated with unwanted or harmful ingredients.

Be sure to ask your health care professional which ones are right for you.

————————————-Thank you, Cathy!!! …Always a pleasure…————–

Stop by Compound Pharmacy to see Cathy or Ann Marie. They’re located in one of my favorite shopping centers in Louisville. It’s a one-stop shopping extravaganza. Out in Middletown, you can grab lunch at Cheddar Box, hit Paul’s for some essentials, buy a gift for a friend at Two Chicks, and find what you need at Compound Pharmacy which is at 12121 Shelbyville Road.

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Cathy or Ann Marie or their amazing staff can answer any question you may have, fill your prescriptions, and help you with some of their beneficial vitamins and supplements. They also offer various assessments to help you uncover health challenges you may be facing. They truly are invaluable to your health and well-being.

Your head can hit the pillow at night while you say, “Yes, Lord, ALL is well with my soul.”

‘Til next time!

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WORSHIP: A Window and a Weapon…Back-to-School Survival Tips for Us Adults (Part 2 of 4)

Anyone been in a “mood” lately? Seems Back-to-School-Scurry wreaks havoc with all of us, even if we don’t have a student to dress, drop off, or pick up. Remember the saying, “If Mamma Ain’t Happy, Ain’t Nobody Happy?” September simply screams for survival tactics.

Last week we focused on PRAYER with some survival ideas for you, your student, their teacher, and your family.

This week we’ll camp on something that can turn our moods around in a second: listening to music. Worship music has the power to turn all of our attitudes around.

Worship #2Recently, while watching a video of Matt Redman leading worship at the Passion Conference this year, I was struck by his vision of worship. He said, “Worship is like two things:

#1: It’s a WINDOW, that enables us to see God.

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And #2: it’s a WEAPON which wards off the enemy.”

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Consider these valuable visuals… I predict we all will have better attitudes, be better equipped and perhaps be a tad easier to get along with when we intentionally worship!!!

Before we get to a couple of songs, you MUST know God orchestrated quite a God-incident. Last Friday, I learned from my sister-in-law that her son-in-law, Chris Byrley, would be preaching at Throne of Grace Community Church. (www.throneofgracecc.org )

Naturally we wanted to go hear him. What do you s’pose his topic was? Yep: WORSHIP. “Worship and Beholding the Glory of God” from Isaiah 6:1-8. Do you love that? (I’ve had my four survival tips for y’all for September lined up for weeks. Worship being this very week’s topic!!!)

Chris delivered a superb sermon, walking us thru’ each verse, enlightening us on his well-chosen points which we could ALL relate to. He asked, “Do we truly behold God’s Glory or do we allow it to become too familiar, mundane, routine?” We were all nodding our heads…”Yes, we’ve all snuffed out the fire in our worship.”

Chris dubbed the below passage as “Biblical Lasik”….giving us better vision to behold the Lord of Hosts, who defines “Holy, Holy, Holy.”

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In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;
    the whole earth is full of his glory.”

At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.

“Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.”

6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”

And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”  Isaiah 6:1-8

One of many pearls Chris offered comes from John Piper:

“The fuel of worship is a true vision of the greatness of God;

the fire that makes the fuel burn white hot is the quickening of the Holy Spirit;

the furnace made alive and warm by

the flame of truth is our renewed spirit;

and the resulting heat of our affections is
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powerful worship,
pushing its’ way out in
confessions,
       longings,
             acclamations,
                             tears,
                                       songs,
                                             shouts,
                                                     bowed heads,
                                                               lifted hands, and
                                                                                     obedient lives.”

I’d like to share with you just two of my favorite worship songs, along with some of the lyrics. They instantaneously bring a healing balm to our fragile hearts. My prayer is you’ll have a refreshed and renewed attitude after reading (and hopefully singing) these:

The first song is Come As You Are sung by David Crowder.

Read slowly and savor the lyrics to Come As You Are – (My comments are in parentheses.)

Come out of sadness
From wherever you’ve been
Come broken hearted
Let rescue begin (Don’t we ALL want to be rescued???)

Come find your mercy
Oh sinner come kneel
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t heal

Earth has no sorrow
That Heaven can’t heal (There is NOTHING Heaven can’t heal. Don’t miss this repeated phrase!)

So lay down your burdens (Lay them down and LEAVE them at the Cross.)
Lay down your shame
All who are broken
Lift up your face (Yes, we can lift up our face no matter the situation.)

Oh Wanderer come home (Pray for all our prodigals to COME HOME.)
You’re not too far
Lay down your hurt
Lay down your heart
Come as you are
Come as you are (My favorite part! Come as you are…..
AS.
YOU.
ARE….)

There’s hope for the hopeless (Hope!!! Don’t we ALL want hope??? Need hope???)

And all those who’ve strayed
Come sit at the table
Come taste the grace

There’s rest for the weary
Rest that endures (Rest for the weary that ENDURES!!!)

Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t cure”

The YouTube version with the lyrics is wonderful:

The second song is Oh God How I Need You sung by Matt Maher. This song kills me every single time. Read thru’ and savor these lyrics. (Again, I’ll comment in parentheses.)

“Lord, I come, I confess
Bowing here, I find my REST
Without You, I fall apart (We must recognize we do truly fall apart without Him.)
You’re the One that guides my heart

*Refrain:

Lord, I NEED You
Oh, I need You
EVERY HOUR I need You (Every hour, every minute, every second we need Him.)
My one defense
My righteousness

Oh, God how I NEED You

Where sin runs deep
Your grace is more (Grace is more!)
Where grace is found, is where You are

Where You are, Lord I am free
Holiness is Christ in me

Yes, where You are, Lord I am free (Don’t miss this! We are FREE!!!)
Holiness is Christ in me

*(Refrain—see above)

Teach my song to rise to You
When temptation comes my way
And when I cannot stand I’ll fall on You
Jesus, You’re my hope and stay” (Yes, Jesus is our hope and stay. Amen.)

* (Refrain)

Now listen to it on YouTube:

Keep in mind these are just two of a multitude of worship songs to turn your mood around, helping you survive this back-to-school September. If you’re more prone to enjoy hymns (I love both contemporary and traditional), grab a copy of Rob Morgan’s Then Sings My Soul.

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This past March, I did a three-part post on worship. (Yeah, sorta obsessed, but in a good way!!??!!) For more ideas on worship, please visit these LINKS:
Power Up Your Mornings with Worship”,
and “Transform Your Morning and Your Mood in Less than Ten Minutes”,
and “Mr. Music Please….Why We Mustn’t Argue Over Musical Styles of Worship”….

Now go hum a few bars….

Revel in God’s Glory.

Stay right here for the next two weeks when you’ll hear from some STELLAR authors on their take for two more tips on surviving September!

‘Til next time!

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Back-to-School Survival Tips Part 1 of 4 (Help from A Busy Woman’s Guide to Prayer by Cheri Fuller)

Come on, now….September already???

Bright yellow school buses enhancing traffic and mothers dancing in Target’s aisles are telltale signs we’re in Back-to-School Season.  Even if you aren’t directly involved with children in school (we aren’t any longer), Back-to-School Season ushers in the Fall, along with many more activities.

We adults desperately need some survival skills. Precisely what we’ll focus on this month, including wisdom from some guest authors you’ll love in parts three and four.

We’ll look at four tips, a different one each week, for back-to-school survival, guaranteed to help all of us, wherever we are this season.  Good news is these four tips will help us every single day, regardless of what time of the year it is.

John and I’ve been blessed to discover a new view of back-to-school thru’ our two daughters-in-loves’ eyes.  They’re both teachers.  Who knew such preparation would be required? I’m talking hours, upon hours, upon hours.

Back to school supplies and board.

Slap my hand with a ruler for not being more appreciative of our boys’ teachers all these years!  God bless ‘em.

I remember when Woody, our third son, entered Middle School.  One teacher who later became a good friend, came up to me during Open House, already having taught two of our boys and said, “Just exactly how many Hoaglands are there????” God bless Kay Snider.

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After learning the hard way to not blow thru’ a School Zone (click on WHEN BLUE LIGHTS BEDAZZLE YOUR REARVIEW MIRROR), I have loved learning a super survival tip from Cheri Fuller in her book, A Busy Woman’s Guide to Prayer.  Don’t miss that subtitle:

FORGET the Guilt and FIND the Gift….

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Cheri suggests we look for “prayer cues”.  Even if you don’t have a child in school, Cheri reminds us, “somebody’s child goes there and they all need prayer.  Teachers also desperately need wisdom today to deal with the many problems they face.”

May we remember to pray for students, teachers, and staff.

I LOVE this:  “Ask God to bring every person in that school out of darkness and into His light.”

Cheri adds, “You have to slow down anyway, so when you see a SCHOOL ZONE sign, think PRAYER ZONE and put some energy into those brief moments of caring as you drive through it.”  What a great reminder!

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(Remember this as your cue to slow down and pray!)

Cheri also makes a list of her family members.  I love the prayer she prays for her husband, based on Psalm 67:1.  She says, “It reminds me to ask God to bless him and that God would make ‘his face shine with favor’ upon him at his work.”

May we remember to pray for our husbands, sons, grandsons, nephews, and neighbors at work.

For her daughter and her husband and their marriage, she prays Romans 12:10, reminding her to “remember to ask God that they would love each other ‘with genuine affection and take delight in honoring each other.’”

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May we remember to pray for our own marriages, plus marriages of our children, grandchildren, friends and neighbors.

**If you want some good, solid, specific prayer strategies for your marriage, run don’t walk to your nearest movie theater and watch War RoomIt is a must-see movie!

http://www.warroomthemovie.com

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Additionally, Life Way is offering several books and Bible studies related to the movie.  My Wednesday group will be starting the Armor of God  Bible study by Priscilla Shirer  next week.  It is filled with excellent, equipping strategies, straight out of Scripture. I can’t wait to see the videos!

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Back to our Busy Woman’s Guide to Prayer author:  Cheri’s a big advocate of journaling as the REAL plus is being able to SEE answered prayer.  Cheri says, “Remember the word P-U-S-H:  Pray Until Something Happens.”   

Translation:  Never give up….

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Let’s not forget about dear Epaphras in Colossians 4:12.  He was always “wrestling in prayer”…

Cheri says, “The saints before us understood the truth this verse expresses—prayer is work, but it’s the most important work of all and worthy of our effort, time, and passion.”

Cheri poses several killer questions.  This one nailed me:  “What does your use of time say about your priorities?”  Ouch…

This is my daily challenge….If I’m so concerned about so-and-so, why in the world don’t I just sit down and pray for them?

Pray.

STOP and pray.

Right now.

Prayer is our FIRST of FOUR Back-to-School Survival tips.  Ready for you not just this Fall, but every single day.  Stick with me this month…you WILL survive!!!

‘Til next time!

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