Jun 2, 2014

Where You go, I'll go........

It is with such great anticipation and excitement that I write to you precious girls today.

My heart feels like it will literally burst!

God is moving us in a new direction, SHINE girls. A direction that He has been stirring my heart with for months.

Since last October, I have felt the Lord moving. My spirit has been restless since that time.

As you know, at the end of last Fall, I took a break from writing. God was prompting me to rest.

So, I did.

However, during that time, I had the sweetest communion with Him. He taught me so much as my world was quiet.

One of the verses that He showed me over and over was "For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland." Isaiah 43:19

Since January, I have been asking the Lord to direct my path. Show me what this new thing is, Lord. Lead, and I will follow.

I wanted to be like the scribe who told Jesus in Matthew 8:19 "Teacher, I will follow you, wherever you go."

After much much much prayer over the last several months.... did I say much? Yes, I meant much. :)

SHINE girls will be doing things a little different.

We will be pulling away from the reading plan we have been on for the past 2 1/2 years and beginning a new study.

Each month we will study a book of the bible in depth. No daily reading plan, more of a "read on your own plan".

You can read at your own pace. Some days you may read 8 chapters in a day, some days you may read one.

The heart behind this new plan is to get to know God's word more in depth. I want us to be so familiar with His Word that it becomes a part of our DNA, girls.

We cannot become familiar unless we spend more time in each chapter. We must dig deeper, we must absorb His Life-giving Word.

Each week, I will teach from the book that we are reading. Each week, we will learn more and more about how His Word relates to us---in our day to day lives.

We are ready for solid food, girls. We are ready for the Lord to feed us the meat of His Word. I don't know about you, but I am craving some meat.

If you want to be a nerd like me, go and get a new notebook to take notes in from our reading. Each time we start a new book of the Bible, get a new notebook and you will have a collection of your notes!

Yes, nerdy, I know. ;)

Another change will be our weekly memory verse.

We will now be doing a monthly memory chunk.

At the beginning of each month, I will give you a chunk of scripture to memorize. You will be amazed at how much scripture you will learn by this! I believe it is more effective than short memory verses.

You can print out the memory chunk and stick it in your new nerdy notebook. :)

Are you excited?!

Me too!!!

Let's do this, girls!

Let's follow the path the Lord has clearly marked for us as we draw closer to Him.

As we study His Word deeply, we begin to know His Character. We begin to know His Heart. We begin to change.

The month of June we will be studying......

The Book of Matthew.


Our Memory Chunk for June will be:

Psalm 23
The Lord is my shepherd,
I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters.
He restores my soul;
He guides me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You have anointed my head with oil;
My cup overflows.
Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.



See you in the book of Matthew, girls!


He leads, we follow,

jill