Living In Community With Our Families

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Hey friends!

Today we have a special guest post from one of my dear friends here in Dallas, Vanessa from kelliandvanessa.com. I just LOVE Vanessa’s heart and her desire to help women…especially moms, pursue a life of love through the blog she co-founded with her friend, Kelli! Together, they inspire and encourage moms through personal stories and creative “faith-in-action” activities.

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So here’s what I want you to do:

Take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life – and place it before God as an offering.

Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. [Rom.12:1-2 MSG]

The Bible says a child who is diligently trained in the ‘way he should go’ will remain true to that way in this life and reap its rewards in the next. As parents we’ve been given the privilege of being stewards of our children’s lives for a short time. We constantly struggle with questions like ‘what could I have done’ or ‘how could I have done that better,’ but the reality is we will make mistakes.
The one thing we can do right is to TEACH our children to hide God’s word in their hearts and to SHOW them how to be the hands and feet of Jesus to the people within our community.
We all have the heart to serve others, yet we stop ourselves with excuses. Love is the universal language of the world and it is how God desires to use us to impact this world. We are all on mission … everyday, every interaction. Our goal as believers is to awaken people to see that the most important person is the one right in front of them. That starts at home! 

Pain, suffering and hurt are no strangers to those right in our community. While we can not make the realities of this sinful world disappear, we can deliver a message of hope.

 

That God can restore brokenness, that He’s in the middle of the brokenness. So, it is imperative for our lives to do the good work, to get our hands dirty, let our hearts ache … when we’re in the middle of it it feels so right and that’s because it is. That is what He’s called us as believers to do. To extend ourselves to those who need us because in the end, we need them just as much. That’s where we SEE God in all His glory.

Brokenness & hurt surrounds you and your family, it’s forcing yourselves to see it. And when you’ve seen it, you’re responsible. We’re all responsible. So, what are we going to do about it? While we can’t make it go away, we can carry a message of hope with us … that the story truly does have a beautiful ending and it’s called redemption.

Make an effort as a family to not just show the love of Christ, let’s become it.

Vanessa

 

 

 

kelliandvanessa.com

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God has uniquely wired us for stories. They move us, inspire us and help us understand theological concepts on a deeper level. Starting today and running until the end of our #MadeforCommunity study, we invite you to share your stories of community and how God is moving through your #LoveGodGreatly groups on Instagram and Facebook using the #LoveGodGreatly and #LoveWritesABeautifulStory hashtags!!! If you need an example, make sure to check out Kelli and Vanessa’s Instagram page and read some of the inspiring stories they have shared!

http://instagram.com/kelliandvanessa/

Angela- Love God Greatly

 

 

 

 

 

 

We Are Made to Run Together…

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I ran my third half marathon this past December. Let me be really honest with you all… I’m not one of those runners who ENJOYS running. It’s hard at times and can be oh, so painful. Some of my friends who train with me run faster than me, so at times I can get discouraged.

I get tired.

I wonder if the sacrifice is worth it.

But the affects of the run are what encourage me to go out time after time.

This race was different though…

A few days before, I caught a stomach bug… and not just any old stomach bug. Ohhh no, the worst one I had ever had. I will spare you all the gory details, but let’s just say I was REALLY sick.

But I wasn’t going to let that stop me. Ohhh no… I had paid to run in that race. I had made a commitment to run it, and I was going to follow through. So even though my body wasn’t 100% back to normal, I entered the race anyway…

And in mile 8 of 13.5, my body started rebelling.

But I wasn’t alone in my race. The friends who I had trained with were running right beside me. We trained as a team and so we raced as a team.

Our own little racing community.

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And during my race I wanted to stop. I wanted to quit. But they wouldn’t let me. They stayed with me through the pain; through the exhausted legs that didn’t believe they could take another step.

I told them to run ahead of me.

I didn’t want to slow them down. To hold them back.

I made excuses.

But no matter what I said or how I pleaded – how I really wanted to run that race alone -they wouldn’t leave my side.

Then in mile 10 he showed up.

My husband, who had already run the race in his heat….came back for me to help me finish my race. Seriously, I’m not making this up!

And so I was passed from my friends to my husband…..always surrounded by someone who loved and cared for me along the way.

My community.

We ran the final 3.5 miles together, and it wasn’t pretty. And I wondered those last few miles why I do this to myself…

But along the journey, this amazing husband of mine told me stories to help take my mind off of the pain I was feeling and to distract me from my desire to quit.

I needed my friends and my husband to help me run that race. It wasn’t my best race. The journey was hard, but they helped me endure it. Step by step… they helped me finish the race.

Aren’t we all called to do that with those in our lives?

We are not made to do life alone.

Though you might not be a runner, we are all in a race…

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.“- Hebrews 12: 1-3

And we ALL need others in our lives to help us focus on the finish line…fixing our eyes on Jesus. We need encouragers to help us get through those hard times. We need friends who are willing to stay in the race with us even when we tell them to go on without us. We need to be honest in life and let friends and family know when we are hurting and wanting to quit. We need friends who are willing to journey with us….even when it’s not pretty.

When the test results come back and we have cancer…

When he files for divorce and wants out…

When our children are rebelling and we need a ray of hope…

We need each other.

We need community with God and with others.

We were made for it.

And though none of us are perfect…..two are better than one.

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Oh friends, how we need to live this truth out in our lives. Let’s not let another day pass without compassionately reaching out to friends, family, co-workers, neighbors….women and men whom God has strategically placed in our everyday lives.

 

*Let’s Talk: What are some ways that we can help promote community in our everyday lives and bring glory to God in the process? What is holding you back from reaching out and participating more in the community God has placed you in? For those of you who are craving more community in your lives…what can other women do to help include you?

I can’t wait to hear your responses!

Love God Greatly!

Angela- Love God Greatly

 

Last Day for Enrollment & a GIVEAWAY! (30 Copies of Own Your Life)

Ohh friends,

Love God Greatly-Made for CommunityWe are almost to launch day….Made for Community is just around the corner! Ahhhh we can’t wait to get started and see how God is going to move as we dig into His Word TOGETHER! I have just a few quick announcements and then on to the giveaway!

1. IF you have not enrolled yet, please do so. It really does help us get to know you and serve you better in the New Year. Thank you, thank you, thank you in advance!

2. Our private community groups will close this evening, TODAY is the last day to join one.

Don’t forget our online Bible study starts this Monday! There is still time to join TODAY!

If you happen to miss our cut off, you are ALWAYS welcome to still participate in our studies here on the blog (Monday-Wednesday-Friday) as well as on our Facebook page and on Instagram.

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Seriously, I love this book. I had the blessing of participating in a mentoring/training session with Sally a few years ago as she was working on Own Your Life and I can tell you that I walked away from that weekend a more intentional wife, mother….woman. This book and the message Sally shares in it is for every one of us.

I love how Sally starts her book with a challenge, “What type of legacy will you leave behind?”

Oh friends, our days count…they matter. Our time here is valuable and yet the Bible tells us that we are not guaranteed tomorrow….we need to make the precious time we are given count. In Own Your Life, Sally comes along side us like a dear friend to challenge us, inspire us and encourage us to live lives of purpose and intentionality. This is a book that I have highlighted like crazy…..and I bet you will too.

(Click here if you don’t see the video)

-You can get a copy of Own Your Life here-

If you would like to watch the FREE webcast from this past week featuring Sally Clarkson, Crystal Paine, Sarah Mae and me….click here.

Okay sweet ones….I have 30 copies of Own Your Life to giveaway!!!

Ahhh THANK YOU Sally and Tyndale for blessing us with so many copies to give away to our LoveGodGreatly community!!!

Fifteen of the copies are for paperback books and the other fifteen are Kindle copies!

I also have for easy download today, a FREE accompanying study guide to go with Sally’s Own Your Life book! Download it here!

This giveaway ends Sunday evening at 8 p.m. CT!!!

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Made for Community…starts in ONE week!

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Friends,

A week from today we will be starting our #MadeforCommunity Bible study and couldn’t be more excited! We’re going to have some super fun challenges and giving YOU an opportunity to speak into this amazing community of women who are just as hungry for God’s Word as you are! I LOVE the community that God is building here! THANK YOU for being a part of it!

Soooo until next Monday, here are a few things to keep in mind:

1- Go here to download our reading plan and study guide, or check for them at the end of your LoveGodGreatly email! You can download our materials in either location!

2- Translations of our materials will be available on Wednesday!

3- We are accepting new women into our online community groups until Friday evening. (January 9th) Join a group and meet some new friends, or start your own group and join us!

4-  Enrollment in our upcoming study ends this coming Friday, January 9th.

5-  Our YouVersion reading plan has been submitted and we are just waiting to hear back on when it will go live! We will let you know as soon as it does!

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Don’t forget to invite your friends to join you….it’s so much fun to study God’s Word TOGETHER!

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See you back on Wednesday! Woot!

Don’t forget to follow us on:

Facebook: LoveGodGreatly

Instagram: LoveGodGreatlyOfficial- Shhh we have a $50 dollar giveaway to Target going on right now on our Instagram account! Check it out!

 

Love God Greatly!

Angela- Love God Greatly

 

{Made for Community} Enrollment begins…NOW!

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Woohoo! The time has finally come! Our Made for Community enrollment has finally begun and we couldn’t be more excited! We know God has some amazing truths He is going to teach us this next study and we are so looking forward to digging into God’s Word with you these next eight weeks!

Here is all the information you need to know for our upcoming study!

Sending out a special thank you to Martha, our LGG Enrollment Director, for putting together this informative post!

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Made for Community Enrollment Begins January 1st!

Welcome to ‘Love God Greatly’! We are so thrilled with our upcoming study and are so glad you are joining us! Please take a moment and read the following – I will try my best to explain how enrollment, subscribing to the LGG blog, and joining a private group works.

There are several ways to follow along and participate with our ‘Online Bible Study’. If you have a Facebook account, you can follow our Facebook page as we post the ‘Daily Read/Soap’ graphic. Or maybe you prefer to join in the conversation on our Love God Greatly blog posts Monday, Wednesday and Friday. If you are looking to actively participate each day by logging into a private group, posting your SOAP and sharing in the discussion, we have groups available – but space is limited. Lastly, you can study alone. We want you to choose the best option for that works for you, no matter which choice you make!

Download Materials Here

Materials for our study can be found here and in your LGG email!

Made for Community Study Guide

Made for Community Reading Plan

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We ask all our members and group facilitators to …

Step 1. Enroll in the study (taking attendance, it’s a sign up sheet)

Step 2. Subscribe to the Love God Greatly Website (if you are a current subscriber and receiving our blog post emails, you are all set). Please disable any pop-up blockers/ad-blockers before Enrolling in the study and Subscribing to the blog.

 STEP 1: Enroll

-How to enroll in our Winter Online Bible study, ‘Made for Community’-

The enrollment form for our current study will be available from January 1st to January 9th . To enroll, hover your mouse over the tab ‘Enroll’ on the menu bar above, then click ‘Enroll Here’. Please click the button at the bottom of the page that loads. It reads – {click here to enroll}. The Enrollment Form will be available ONLY during our 1-week enrollment period. If you are participating in one of our past studies, no enrollment is required.

-Explanation about Enrollment-

The enrollment form is our way of taking attendance for this session; it’s like signing up for Bible study at your church. We do not send out confirmation emails, but upon completion of the enrollment form you will receive a ‘Thank you’ confirmation page or pop-up depending on your browser. Please note: our enrollment form is through Google docs but you do not need a Google account to fill out the form. Responses are not always recorded if you fill out the form via your mobile device (phone or pad) – this is out of our control! We suggest you use a personal computer or laptop etc.

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STEP 2: Subscribe

Subscribing to the Blog (blog posts via email and our FREE materials)

If you are not already subscribed, this only needs to be done once. Please disable any pop-up blockers/ad-blockers subscribing to the blog. If one step is missed, your subscription will not be complete. It helps if you add LoveGodGreatly@gmail.com to your email contact list to ensure that our blog post emails land in your inbox. We suggest using a computer or laptop to complete this process.

Note: If you are using a work or school computer or email address, please know your work or school might block our emails as spam. This is out of our control, it has to do how they set up their security.

  1. Subscribe at www.LoveGodGreatly.com – Enter your email address (it will be in caps, email addresses are not case sensitive). Located under Angela’s Welcome Message.
  2. You will receive a popup message from Feedburner that states, “your email address will receive a verification message once you submit this form.” You will be asked to ‘enter the text’ listed – to prevent spam. This step is important!
  3. Next, you will see a pop-up stating your email subscription request has been accepted – Please check your email.
  4. Confirmation Email – check your email inbox, spam folder or promotions tab (Gmail) for a verification message from “FeedBurner Email Subscriptions.” Click the link contained in that message to activate your subscription.
  5. Once confirmed, you will begin to receive emails from LGG when the next blog post is published. The free study guide and other materials are available by clicking the links at the very bottom of the emails. The files are large, please download them to your computer before printing.

Please Note: The emails from LGG are sent out on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, or with each new post. So if you activate your subscription on a Monday, you will likely begin to receive emails on Wednesday.

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STEP 3 Join a group {Optional}

-How to join a private LGG group
(please be considerate and only join one group)-

Our available groups will be listed on our website during the ‘one week’ enrollment period starting at 10am EST. If you are already in a group, then you are all set!

If you wish to actively participate daily by logging into a private group during your free time to share your SOAPs or thoughts with the other women, hover your mouse over the tab ‘Groups’ on the menu bar above, then click ‘Join A Group’. You will arrive at a page with more information about how we list our groups.

To join an existing group, select the type of group you want to join: Facebook, Email, International or other groups. We will add available groups throughout our enrollment period, so keep checking back and refreshing the page.

Those wishing to join a Facebook group, please familiarize yourself on how to locate ‘groups’ within Facebook. This will help you once you begin to log into your group daily. Once you’ve been added to a group, then fill out the enrollment form with your facilitator’s name.

Private Facebook Groups – We have arranged groups using Time Zones – ‘Eastern, Central, Mountain, Pacific and GMT’.
NOTE: if you live in Eastern Time Zone but wish to join a group in Mountain Time Zone – feel free – you are not limited to your own time zone. Once you select Facebook groups, scroll through the list of facilitators and choose a group. Then click on the group link provided and request to join their group! The link will say ‘Closed’, which means private on Facebook.

If you click on a link and you receive ‘this content is currently unavailable,’ it means the group is full and the facilitator has disabled access. If you have not been added to a group within 24 hours – please return and continue to look through the list (refresh the page) for another group to join. We remove the links as fast as possible, so please be patient with us.

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Our Email groups and International groups are across all time zones mainly because they have a slightly different format.

If a group is leading a past study, it will be noted. We can’t guarantee that you’ll find the “perfect” group, but you’ll be surprised at how God places you in the group that fits your needs!

 

If you have any questions about enrollment or joining a group, please email me at LGG.Enrollment@gmail.com

 

Thank you so much for joining us for our upcoming Made for Community online Bible study!

Martha

 

 

 

LGG Enrollment Director

 

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