Shhh! I’m a day behind. Oops! Remember our goal is “progress not perfection” — smile! I spent the weekend with an AMAZING group of women from Woodside Bible Church White Lake Campus in Bay Harbor, MI. Check out my pics here for a fun retreat recap! TY for your grace!
Hey Friends –
Welcome to Day 20 of 31 Days to Fire Up Your Faith!
If this is your first visit, start from the beginning here. Thanks for joining us! I am glad YOU are here!
So far we’ve started a Fire Up Your Faith notebook and we’re praying God starts a fire in our soul like never before!
We’ve reflected on our faith journeys, and I disclosed my personal story from addict to overcomer. If God can do a miracle in my life — He can do it for you (or any of your loved ones) too!
Wherever you are on your faith journey, God can ignite you with fresh faith, passion and purpose.
But, how? How do we allow God to rekindle fresh passion and purpose and fire up our faith?
Over the past 19 days, I’ve been sharing 3 (out of 5) Keys to living with Fired Up Faith. Let’s review what we’ve learned so far.
It’s in His presence that our faith becomes red-hot!
Key # 2 – Promises
If we want God to Fire Up our Faith, we must cling to His powerful promises — memorizing, meditating, studying, sharing, praying His promises, and letting the Word of God dwell richly in us.
Key # 3 – Purpose
God can take our past, our present day circumstances, and even the most painful parts of our lives and use it for His Kingdom purposes. And let me tell you, friend — nothing fires up your faith like seeing God at work and bringing purpose from your past!
During this 31 Days journey, we’ve also been watching the powerful stories of some amazing, fired-up women!
Today I’m super excited for you to hear Gwendolyn Briley-Strand’s story.
As you view Gwen’s story, reflect on what we’ve discussed so far on this 31 Day journey. Be listening to how God’s Presence and promises helped encourage her in a very challenging season, and note some of the purpose revealed in the midst of her pain.
Here’s Gwen —
I wish we could gather as a group and discuss Gwen’s story together! What stood out to you from her sharing? Any new insights?
When have you cried out, “God, it’s You and me in this?!”
In the comments section, I’d love to hear your thoughts and insights. Share with us please!
Today’s Challenge : Day 19 of our 31 Days.
1. Grab your Fire Up My Faith notebook. Jot down today’s date, and then, spend time praying, asking God to help you, like Gwen, “truly learn to give everything to God — the physical, the emotional, and the financial.”
2. Gwen discovered in the midst of her hard time that God was the only One she should look to — not her husband, her family, or her friends. When was the last time you were in a hard season? Are you in a hard season now? How did/do you see God growing your faith in your challenges? How might James 1:2-4 might encourage you?
3. What Scripture promise are you memorizing this week? How is it coming? Do you almost have it?
Don’t forget: If you need a verse, print off the Red Hot verse cards, and then pick one to memorize.
In the comments section, say “I’m in!” so we know you’re join us in memorizing one of God’s promises this week!
Bonus challenge: take a picture of where you are memorizing your verse and post it on my FB page here. Yay!
4. If you haven’t already, print off this free downloadable/printable bookmark Praying God’s Promises Bookmark and then “go up the mountain” and spend time in His Presence praying God’s Word. Remember:
Sweet friend, thanks so much for stopping by 31 Days to Fire Up Your Faith! I’m sure enjoying meeting together each day — and I hope that you are too!
Please remember: don’t let the trials change the way you see God, let God change the way you see your trials — through eyes with a fired up faith!
P.S. Want to learn more about having a fired up faith?! My Bible study — Red Hot Faith: Lessons from a Lukewarm Church— is going to be offered as an on-line study this fall! Woo Hoo!
Starting October 29th, you can participate in Red Hot Faith (including watching the DVD teaching sessions) from the luxury of your own home through Ignite Women. My super passionate friend Paulette Stafford Stamper & her team will be facilitating the online study each Wednesday night. And guess what else? In honor of Ignite Women’s national launch, they are offering free If you know anyone who might benefit from this amazing opportunity, please feel free to share. For more info membership through November 30th. Go to www.IgniteWomen.com for more details!