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Philippians Begins April 18 (Free child care deadline is April 11)

Would you like to learn the apostle Paul’s secret to being content in any circumstance? Would you like to better understand the mindset of Jesus Christ (and discover how to have it yourself)? That’d be pretty awesome, right? Well then you need to register for my new Bible study on Philippians which begins April 18. Paul will inspire you to press on toward the goal, for the ultimate prize of full knowledge of and communion with Christ. Instead of living with a sense of inadequacy or defeat, discover why Paul is confident God will bring the good work He has begun in you to its full completion.

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If you regularly struggle with fear, worry, suffering, or negative thinking, this study will help you walk in joy, confidence, and the strength of Christ. You’ll have a new perspective on your challenges.

You don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to immerse yourself in these encouraging and inspiring words from Paul—and the fun, fellowship, and insights of some really amazing classmates!

So Here’s a Summary of What You’ll Get

    • WorkbookCover 300 pxA printed workbook designed to encourage and guide you through Philippians no matter what learning style you prefer. (I’ll hand these out at our first session).

 

    • Extra resources, tips, and strategies to help you anytime you study any portion of your Bible.

 

    • Six weekly group sessions (conveniently located in the heart of downtown Georgetown at Main Street Baptist Church). Morning classes meet 9:30 am and are out by 11 am. Evening classes will meet at 6:30 pm and be out by 8 pm.

 

    • Recordings of class discussions so you won’t miss out even if you have to miss a class.

 

    • Free child care if you register and submit your child care request by April 11! I’m partnering with my home church and thus we can offer a limited number of child care spots for free!

 

    • But that’s not all… I’ve created a couple of amazing bonuses for you.

Get All the Scoop & Register Now!

To learn all the details about the class and these bonuses, click the button below to jump over to my Philippians information and registration page.

The books go to the printer April 7 so if you want to be sure your workbook is ready for you at the first session, you need to register by April 7. Also, the deadline to request child care is April 11. So while you could register later, you may not get a printed workbook until the second class. So, if you live within driving distance of Georgetown, Texas, click the button below and get signed up!

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Overpower Your What Ifs With These Whatevers

The pilot announced it would be a rough flight. So unstable, in fact, he was asking the flight attendants to remain in their seats for most of the two and a half hour trip.  I am a really fearful flyer. So, you can imagine my knee-jerk reaction to the news our captain relayed as we prepared for take-off. Thankfully, Paul’s words in Philippians brought godly wisdom to my worried mind. I had a choice about what I would focus on.

Silence the negative voice-airplane

I could allow my focus to be on the things I had no control over (for example, the turbulence). Or, I could place my attention on God and keep my thoughts within the scope of stewardship He had given me.

While the Holy Spirit can equip us to know things we couldn’t possibly know on our own, we sure make things easier when we do our part to prepare our minds and hearts to hear from Him.

All the time I’ve been investing in studying and meditating on Philippians in preparation for my upcoming class, meant the words of Scripture were primed and prepared for the Holy Spirit to bring to my mind.

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Long-time readers know I struggle with fear even on the smoothest of flights. I’ve written before about this issue.

My mind tends to fill with images of every story of airline catastrophes I’ve ever heard, read, or seen. I race through the “what ifs” and let my imagination spin terrifying scenarios.

  • “What if the mechanics missed tightening some bolt and a critical piece of the aircraft fails?”
  • “What if the pilot is tired or distracted or incompetent.”
  • “What if…”

Stress increases whenever I try to control anything beyond the realm of stewardship God has apportioned to me. Paul’s admonition from Philippians 4:8 reminded me of this.

So, I quickly went through my checklist of what my Creator had placed within my control:

Realm of Stewardship

Mental Realm

I have been given dominion over my thoughts, attitudes, desires.

Emotional Realm

I can determine how I respond to circumstances and the behavior of other people. I control my emotional response in terms of my feelings and whether and how I will choose to give and receive love.

Physical Realm

I have authority over my body and to a certain extent my material possessions.

Spiritual Realm

I may decide what I believe, value, and think about God. God allows me the free will to decide if I will accept the truth He reveals of Himself.

Practical Application of My Stewardship

As the plane taxied to the runway, there were many variables over which I had absolutely no control and which were screaming for my anxious attention.

As the jet bumped along the final few yards of contact with the solid ground, I prayed that God would show me how to apply Philippians 4:8 to each of these areas in which he gives me responsibility.

Being that I was presently engaged in prayer, I naturally started with the spiritual realm.

What do I know to be true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy about God? As rubber separated from asphalt and we began our ascent, I mutely sang out to God (with the help of my carefully chosen playlist of praise songs blasting through my earphones) all the reasons I could think of that he was completely trustworthy; whatever the circumstance.

Then, as I noticed my hands clenching and my body tensing, I applied the truth that even soaring through the clouds, I had stewardship of my own body. While I couldn’t control the weather, the plane, or anyone else on the plane, I could determine my own physical response to my setting.

I focused on taking deep breaths, relaxing into the seat, and resting in the knowledge that the One I had just praised and acknowledged as good, sovereign, loving, and for me was in control of all the variables over which I wasn’t.

While that didn’t mean the outcome would be what I wanted, I realized I could trust God to be with me in whatever we would face during the flight. Just like I can trust Him to be present in whatever circumstances I face each day when my feet are firmly on the ground.

God is Lord of heaven and earth. What is true about Him, me, and creation when I’m at sea level remains true at 35,000 feet. I focused on that and headed off any thoughts about the unlovely what ifs. I exercised dominion over the thoughts I let hang out in my brain.

I chose an attitude of surrender and trust. And I chose to love God because of who He is rather than whether or not He was giving me the smooth, fear-free ride I wanted.

I focused on naming God’s attributes, His noble, pure, admirable, lovely, and praiseworthy characteristics and acts.

As I silently praised Him and recalled all the ways He has demonstrated his love for me in the past, I felt His peace settle in on me.

The entire flight (with the exception of about 15 minutes) was turbulent. However, because I focused on God and not my circumstances, I never had a panic attack. I actually was able to focus on studying and make a little progress in preparing for class. But most importantly, I had two and a half hours of worship rather than worry.

How can you apply this in your life?

I don’t know what challenges you face today, but whatever you come up against, confront it with God and in His strength.

Whatever your need, surrender it to Him.

Take your “whatevers” and “what ifs” and apply Paul’s “whatever” exhortations of Philippians 4:8 to them. Exercise your God-given authority within your realm of stewardship and leave everything else to God.

For it is God who is effectively at work in you, to strengthen, energize, and create in you the longing and the ability to work out in your realm of stewardship the transformation He has worked in you. Therefore, let your fear and trembling be because you acknowledge how holy, true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy your Savior is. (See Philippians 2:13)

Want to study Philippians with me?

If you would like to dig in to the Paul’s letter to the church at Philippi and mine it for the truth and grace applicable to all believers across time and in whatever circumstances we face, I would be so excited to have you join me.

Class will be held on Tuesdays (chose either 9:30 am or 6:30 pm) beginning April 18, 2017. I’m partnering with my home church, Main Street Baptist Church in downtown Georgetown, Texas. Classes will be held there and free childcare (with pre-registration) will be offered.

At this time, I’m not offering an online version, but I may, in the future, create an online video series to accompany the workbook for my out-of-towners!

I’m not quite ready to open registration as I’m still finishing up my lesson plans and the workbook. But if you want more info check out my “coming soon page”.

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Got pain? I know a pain-taker!

Got chains? I know a chain-breaker!

Whatever you’re struggling with, Jesus can set you free! Grammy-nominated artist, Zach Williams, distills the truth of this in his song Chain Breaker.

I love this song and what it says. But I also love they way Zach sings it. His voice, the lyrics, and the music all come together to glorify our God who is able to do immeasurably more than we could ask or even imagine. (Ephesians 3:20-21)

So if…

  • you’ve been walking the same old road for miles and miles
  • you’ve been hearing the same old voice tell the same old lies
  • you’re trying to fill the same old holes inside

There’s a better life, there’s a better life.

Walk with Jesus and let him show you what is possible in Him.

I pray that you are blessed by this lyric video of Zach’s song:

How can I pray for you?

I would love to pray for you and/or with you. Just email me and let me know how I can pray for you. If you want me to pray with you over the phone, be sure and include your phone number and a couple options for when I should reach out to you.

Do you have the same mindset as Christ?

A meditation on Philippians 2:5-11

We are called to have the same mindset as Christ. What does that even mean and how in the world do we do that? I’ve been meditating on Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi. In chapter two, verses five through eleven, Paul calls believers to have the same mindset as Christ. Then he goes on to illustrate what that mindset entails. Listen…

When we have an ethos which conforms to the attitude and disposition of Christ, we consider how we can serve others. How can we use who we are and our circumstances to make a difference in the lives of others?

Consider the words Paul penned just prior to the beautiful hymn about Christ.

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Verses 2 through 5 illustrate how Christ exhibited his mindset. Verses 2 through 4 illustrate what it looks like when we express the mindset of Christ.

Humble and Other-Focused

The mindset is one of humility about self and valuing others highly. So highly, in fact, we will put their needs above our comfort and rights.

Jesus is divine. All honor and glory are his by rights. Yet, because of how much he values you, me and all humans, he set aside the glory, power, and worship due him as God and humbled himself to meet our need for salvation.

God became human for us.

The creator and Lord of all creation entered the world as a tiny, helpless, impoverished infant.

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Because of our sin we could not be present with our holy God. But because of his love for us, he became human to be with us and to die the death due us. He bore the penalty of our sin by allowing himself to be put to death on a cross, the most humiliating and awful means of execution.

He wore our cross so we can wear his righteousness.

When we contemplate how much our Savior was willing to give up and take on for us, our hearts and minds are transformed.

We Work Out What He Works In

So we have a little bit of an understanding of what we will exhibit in our actions when we have in our mind the attitude and disposition of Jesus. But how do we get that mindset in our self-centered selves?

Our mindset becomes conformed to our Savior’s as the Holy Spirit works in us to make us more and more who God made us to become. He is the one at work changing us. As he changes us we will naturally express his character more and our sin-marred character less. He is how.

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Paul reminds us to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. (Philippians 2:12) We don’t work for our salvation, we display it through our attitude and actions. We don’t bring about the change, God does.

The fear and trembling is the awe and overwhelming humility one feels as one reflects on what Christ has done for us. “For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” (Philippians 2:13)

He accomplishes our transformation. He changes us from the inside out.

Our outside exhibition of character changes as a result of what God does in our heart, minds, and will as we submit to him and recognize his authority in our lives. 

This week marks the beginning of Lent. This season invites believers to prepare our hearts and minds for the wonder of the Cross. It is a season in which we spend time meditating on the cross so as to more fully comprehend why and what we celebrate on Easter morning.

As I’ve written before, it is a way of standing at the cross before we rush to the empty tomb. As we contemplate our profound need of the saving work Christ did for us on the cross, we will again be awestruck and tremble at just how good the good news of the gospel is.

So I invite you to spend some time this week reflecting on what God did for you in Christ.

How has he worked in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose? How can you display the mindset of Jesus Christ to those you encounter each day? 

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How to pray without ceasing (or seizing).

It’s difficult to focus on something continually without either becoming distracted by something else or neglecting other areas of importance. So how in the world are we to pray constantly?

Pray without ceasing

As believers, we are commanded by the Scriptures to pray continually. Here are a few passages to consider:

  • Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Romans 12:12
  • Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
  • Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6
  • And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Ephesians 6:18
  • Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. Colossians 4:2

A Kaleidoscope Moment

When we have been in the Word a long time, we can get locked into seeing the words from a set perspective. The fresh eyes of a new believer can function like a kaleidoscope and help us see the old familiar passages in new and surprising ways.

“What does pray without seizing mean?” Not seeing the Scripture, just hearing someone else use the phrase, “pray without ceasing” caused this young lady some confusion. It was a sweet misunderstanding easily cleared up by clarifying the words.

Yet, her question stuck with me. I’ve been turning the phrases over and over like a kid peering through one of those magical toys filled with colored bits of glass and mirrors.

My mom has a collection of beautiful kaleidoscopes. These fascinate adults and kids alike. As you peer into the eyepiece a beautiful scene is beheld. Then turn it ever so slightly and a new scene arranges itself before your eyes.

Pray with out ceasing; pray without seizing. I just kept turning those phrases over and over in my mind.

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Pray Without Ceasing

Clearly this was an important concept in the early church. The apostle Paul included this instruction in one way or another in most of his letters to the churches of the first century.

So first, let’s allow the meaning of his words to come into focus.

To cease an action is to stop it; to discontinue our endeavor; to allow it to come to an end.

Paul admonishes believers to not stop when it comes to praying. No matter the circumstances, regardless of the odds, keep bringing everything to God.

He also repeatedly connects the concept of gratitude and thanksgiving with this adventure of continually lifting our prayers to God.

As I rolled these ideas around in my noggin, I realized when I am grounded in gratitude for what God has done in Christ, I have a holy perspective on the people, problems, and petitions I bring to God.

By that, I mean I think differently about them than I do when I am looking at them through my human, worldly eyes.

In the Spirit, all occasions become opportunities for God to be revealed and glorified. Whereas from my human position and capabilities, the situation may very well be impossible. However, with God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26) And that is why Paul insists we are to never give up, never decide something or someone is beyond God’s ability to redeem. 

Our job is to pray without ceasing, with gratitude and expectation. God’s job is to bring about the outcome.

Praying continually can also mean living our lives in an attitude of prayer. A friend of mine has modeled this so well. I hear her praising and petitioning Jesus for everything: “Thank you Jesus for this beautiful day.” “Jesus help me know what to pray.” No matter is too small or too big. And she doesn’t stop what she’s doing, she just overlays it with prayer. I’m trying to follow her example.

And as I read Paul’s letters, I’m paying more attention to how he infuses prayer into his every circumstance. There are any number of ways we can pray steadfastly.

Pray Without Seizing

Now let’s turn the cylinder and allow those the bits and pieces to glide over the mirrors and show us something new.

Seize has several possible meanings*:

  • to take hold of suddenly or forcibly
  • to grasp mentally; understand clearly and completely
  • to take possession or control of
  • to resort to a method, plan, etc., in desperation
  • to have moving parts bind and stop moving as a result of excessive pressure, temperature, or friction

Have you ever had something that weighed so heavily on you that it seemed to choke the life out of you?

Know what I mean? It grabs your attention and blocks out everything else, including God’s Word and wisdom.

It seizes you and you seize it.

I’ve done that. I think I’m praying about it but upon closer examination, I’m actually just worrying about it.

I’m wrestling with it in my own power, trying to come up with my solutions for it, and just dressing it up as prayer by sandwiching it in between holy sounding phrases like: Dear Heavenly Father and In Jesus name, amen.

That’s not praying with out ceasing. And, Paul would probably tell us to knock it off and pray without seizing, instead.

We don’t have to understand something or someone to pray for them. 

This is a little different from allowing worry to seize our prayers. I sometimes struggle with knowing what to pray for. So, I just don’t. I seize up.

Again, I have a feeling Paul would remind me to cut it out and get on with my praying.

I don’t have to know the details of a situation. I don’t have to know someone’s name. I don’t have to have a plan for solving the conflict or problem.

I need only lift it to the One who knows all and is sovereign.

When I follow Paul’s counsel to continue steadfastly in prayer, I also remind myself to be watchful and thankful for God’s hand in the situation.

I may or may not get to see how God works the details out. That’s not why I’m called to pray.

If I’m praying with an understanding the outcome is squarely in His hands, not mine, the pressure is released and my prayers are freed up to flow. I can be watchful for an outcome, but whether I see it or not, I can be thankful. I can be confident He is at work to bring it about.

What do you think? What do you find helpful in praying without ceasing (or seizing)? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

*Source:  dictionary.com

Happy Valentine’s Day Beloved Child of God!

Special days can be great, but they can also be stressful. Especially if we don’t fit into the world’s expectations related to that day. If Valentine’s Day is one of fun celebrations, chocolate, and flowers, great. But if your situation is such that all the world’s focus on the lovey-dovey stuff makes you want to scream, cry, or just hide out until it all blows over, I get it! And I want to remind you that you ARE loved! You are a dearly beloved child of God!

Happy Valentines Day

It is my hope that you will see what great love the Father has lavished on YOU through Jesus.

Listen to these words from Philippians 2: 6-8 that describe the mindset of your Lord for you:

[Christ Jesus ] Who, being in very nature God,
    did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
 rather, he made himself nothing
    by taking the very nature of a servant,
    being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
    he humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to death—
        even death on a cross!

THAT my dear is the length and depth your God was willing to go to reconcile you to himself.

That is a love that you can count on and celebrate.

That is a love that will never forsake you, never fail, and always be sufficient to carry you through whatever you face.

So, meditate on God’s love for you, His beloved child!

Happy Valentine’s Day,

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Be Encouraged! God’s Not Done With You Yet!

Consider this encouraging word from Philippians 1:6

Philippians 1_6

In case you can’t read the Scripture verse in the graphic above here is the text from the New American Standard Bible translation:

For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.

We have been made right with God through our faith in Christ.

He has made us new and is making us new. In the “already but not yet” paradox of salvation and God’s Kingdom, we can be confident that God has begun conforming us to the image of Jesus Christ and that HE will complete that perfection process in us.

We have a part to play in that process. It is called submission and obedience. We work out what He works in us.

In other words, we are not working to save ourselves or to make ourselves like Christ; our role is to let the work He has done and is doing inside us be made visible outwardly in our lives.

So rest in the confidence that the accomplishing of the process is in the best of hands and let His good work in you shine out to those around you.

Philippians Study Coming in April

I’m so excited about what I’m learning as I study and prepare to teach Philippians after Easter. I’ll have more info coming soon, but if you think you might be interested in studying with me on either Tuesday mornings or Tuesday evenings, save those dates in your calendar from April 18 through May 23.

Blessings of truth and grace,

I’m so excited to be joining Evelyn Davison and Kerri Brinkoeter on their show Love Talk this Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 2 pm on KTXW The Bridge!

Lovetalk Faith Pantry

What staples do you need to sustain your soul and nourish your walk with Christ?

Join us as we share 3 simple steps to decluttering and restocking your faith pantry.

If you’re feeling like your schedule has become over-crowded or your spiritual practices have become a little stale, you’ll want to tune in to 1120 AM at 2 pm this Saturday and learn how to make sure your faith pantry provides you with the sustenance you need in this particular season of your life!

Not in the Austin area? No problem. Listen live from anywhere in the world via http://www.ktxw.net/.

If you miss the broadcast, visit www.lovetalknetwork.com to listen to the re-broadcast. Give them a few days to get the recording posted to their site. In the meantime, check out some of their recent episodes.

Need A Coach?

Want some help and further guidance on getting your faith pantry well stocked to meet your current needs? I’d love to coach you through this simple process! Check out my coaching page to book a free consultation!

Date: February 11, 2017
Time: 2:00-03:00 p.m.
Appearance: Join Me on LoveTalk with Evelyn Davison & Kerri Brinkoeter!
Outlet: KTXW 1120 AM The Bridge
Location: Austin Texas (Broadcasting worldwide at http://www.ktxw.net/)
Format: Radio

Need A Coach? Want some help and further guidance on getting your faith pantry well stocked to meet your current needs? I'd love to coach you through this simple process! Check out my coaching page to book a free consultation!

Is your focus on your realm of stewardship?

If I focus on something I can’t change (for example, adding more hours to my day), rather than what I can change, (what I do with those hours), I feel helpless and overwhelmed. String together a few days like that and hopelessness sets in as well.

On the other hand, when I focus my energy on the things I can impact, I feel empowered and hopeful.

God has designed us to live within divinely-appointed boundaries. We are given a great deal of freedom to exercise stewardship within these boundaries.

But if we don’t respect the boundaries God has set, chaos ensues.

We don’t have to understand or acknowledge God’s ways for them to be real and influential in our lives. Whether we believe God or not, whenever we operate in conflict with his revealed truth we will experience stress, pain, conflict and all the effects of sin.

You don’t have to believe in the law of gravity or even understand all the science behind it. But if you step off a cliff, you’re going to fall.

What’s Within the Realm of My Stewardship?

God has placed within my control, and holds me accountable for how I manage the following aspects of MYSELF:

Realm of Stewardship

 

Mental Realm

I may control my attitudes, desires, feelings, and responses.

Emotional Realm

I determine how I will give and receive love.

Physical Realm

I have dominion over my body and to a certain extent my material possessions.

Spiritual Realm

I may decide what I believe, value, and think about God. What I choose to believe, value, and think may or may not be accurate, but God allows me the free will to decide if I will accept the Truth He reveals of Himself.

Self-induced Stress

Please notice the word MYSELF above. It is MY mental, physical, emotional, physical, and spiritual attributes over which I have stewardship; not yours.

Stress increases whenever I allow my focus to move beyond MY realm of stewardship and try to control any of these areas which are rightfully within the realm of someone else.

Think back over your past day (or week, or month). What stressed you out? When did you feel overwhelmed?

Were you trying to exert control over something or someone outside your realm of stewardship?

Were you tense because of another person’s attitudes, desires, feelings, or responses?

Or maybe someone’s opinion posted on social media or in the news sent your blood pressure rising?

When I find myself in a dither, I often discover it is a mess of my own making. I’m usually trying to handle more than God intended for me to handle (and in the process ignoring and neglecting aspects of my life for which he has given me stewardship).

When I become obsessed with making someone else do, see, feel, think, or value what I want them to do, see, feel, think, or value my stress goes up because I’m trying to operate outside the boundaries God set for me.

Amazingly, when I return my focus to MY OWN responsibilities, I am able to make an impact by having influence rather than control.

Influence versus Control

Each of us has a circle of influence. These are the people, organizations, communities and such with which God has connected us. He blesses us with blessings and expects us to use those blessings to bless those within our circles of influence.

That is very different from seeking to control.

Influence is other-centered. It seeks their best and God’s plan for them, not our best and our plan for them.

When I respect the boundaries of others, I communicate I trust God and respect both Him and the other person. When I manipulate or coerce, I reveal I don’t trust God in the situation. And I show disrespect for Him and the people I seek to control.

Influence occurs where there is trust and a possibility of real relationship. When my friend, child, or spouse feels safe with me, we are able to discuss things we differ on. And as I share my thoughts, beliefs, feelings, and values and seek to understand theirs, we can influence one another and seek out the truth together.

If we are seeking TRUTH, rather than our own way, we need not fear relinquishing control.

When we trust God’s abilities more than our own, we are freed up to exercise the best possible stewardship over our own realms and leave the outcome to God.

Try it out for yourself. Whenever you feel over-extended, worried, anxious, or tense do a quick check of yourself. Are you trying to operate outside your God-given realm of stewardship?

Need a little help? Book a FREE Coaching Session!

Figuring out how to stay in our own lane and focus on relinquishing control over the things outside our God-given realm of stewardship can be challenging! It helps to have someone come alongside you and provide you with:

  • focused encouragement,
  • loving accountability, and
  • a structured process to accomplish your goals and make changes faster, with more confidence, and less frustration than you could on you own or with just your existing support system.

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Need Inspiration? This Should Do the Trick!

Watercolor magnolias printable set featuring lyrics to a beloved hymn...

I just love the hymn, Come Thou Fount. The words resonate with my wandering heart. I love God but am easily distracted. I know I don’t always demonstrate my profound gratitude for being reconciled to Him by the unimaginable sacrifice of Jesus Christ. However, whenever I sing this hymn, or contemplate its lyrics, I can’t help but worship my Savior and be moved to share God’s love with others.

That’s why I want a beautiful copy of the lyrics in my new office. I’m hoping to move into the new space soon. This will be where I host coaching clients and possibly some small group Bible studies and discipleship groups.

My office will be in an old farmhouse we recently relocated to our property and are fixing up. We still have a ways to go before we’ll be ready to move in, but I’m beginning to daydream about the decor.

I made this set of 8 x 10 watercolor printables using the lyrics of Come Thou Fount. I’m planning to frame these and hang them in my new office.

Come Thou Fount Printable Set

My favorite verse will go in the center and so I surrounded it with a heart-shaped wreath of magnolia branches, leaves, and blossoms. I thought you might enjoy and be inspired by this set of printables as well. So, I’ve made them available to you in either a PDF you can print out on paper and cut to 8 x 10 size to frame. Or request the set of 8 x 10 digital prints if you prefer to print via your favorite photo processor.

Request your printable set!

Inspiring Lyrics

So maybe printables aren’t your thing but you still want to be inspired by the lyrics. No worries. Here are the lyrics to Come Thou Fount. I find they make a wonderful prayer!

Come Thou Fount

by Robert Robinson, 1735-1790

Verse One

Come, thou Fount of every blessing,
tune my heart to sing thy grace;
streams of mercy, never ceasing,
call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it,
mount of thy redeeming love.

Verse Two

Here I raise mine Ebenezer;
hither by thy help I’m come;
and I hope, by thy good pleasure,
safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger,
wandering from the fold of God;
he, to rescue me from danger,
interposed his precious blood.

Verse Three

O to grace how great a debtor
daily I’m constrained to be!
Let thy goodness, like a fetter,
bind my wandering heart to thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
prone to leave the God I love;
here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
seal it for thy courts above.

In the printables, I put verse three as the central verse because it is my favorite.

What is an “Ebenezer” and why raise it?

If you just read through those lyrics and got to verse two and said, “What in the world is an Ebenezer?” you’re not alone. That always bugged me when I sang the hymn in church until I looked it up.

The word is the name of a place and it means “stone of help.” The prophet Samuel created a monument and named it Ebenezer on this site of the battle in which the Philistines were finally beaten by Israel  and the land restored to God’s people.(see 1 Samuel 7:10-13)

God’s rescue of his people from the Philistines prefigured the ultimate rescue that would come on the cross. And it is the cross that is our Ebenezer. It is the symbol of God’s means of helping us when we were powerless to help ourselves. By his grace and mercy, we are reconciled to him through Christ.

When we contemplate how helpless and lost we were and how God rescued us, we really remember how we are in debt to God’s grace. His goodness and mercy anchors me to Him. I don’t worship and obey his commands to earn his acceptance. He has sealed me with His Spirit. So when, in my still in-progress state of being conformed to his character, I wander and stumble, I can rejoice that it is not my goodness that assures my status with God, but His.

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