I know. We aren't exactly sweating bullets yet and kids are doing the last of their tests and programs still, but they say that planning is the key to success! So, I'm just planning away for a summer of fun...I've been trying to think of things I really really want to do this summer.
1. Tube the Guadalupe. I haven't done it in YEARS and am stoked about jumpin in again!
2. Watch fireworks over a waterfront for the 4th of July...plans are in the works!
3. NOT get burned a million times...spray spf 40 every hour on the hour and I will be a lovely gold.
4. A road trip to "nowhere"...I want to get in a car with a frew friends and a few days...and just DRIVE...no plans, just wherever the road may take us!
5. Read a good novel or 2...or 3!
I have a few here...do you have any other "MUST DO's" from your summer bucket list?
Oh and I will launch my summer by attending Awaken next week. Are you joining me? Have you gotten a chance to enlist to be a VIP as Priscilla's guest at the event? NO? Click HERE to do so! We are picking the winners Thursday eve and will post them Friday!
See you soon...with a tan and a beach hat of course,
This topic has been spinning in my mind a lot lately. It seems like a lot of us are finding ourselves in a season of transition. Honestly, many conversations I have these days are about people moving homes or cities, changing jobs, starting new relationships, going back to school.. the list goes on and on.
When you find yourself having to make some bigger life decision, how do you get to a place of being confident of your decision?
My friend and I went walking yesterday and we got on this subject of decision making. She asked me the question, "Linnae, have you really ever been 100% sure about any decision you have ever made?"
It's really a valid question to ask. How do we, as believers, make decisions? We talk about wanting God's "best" and wanting to make the right decision, but a lot of times we can get caught with not knowing which way we should go.
Sometimes it seems like God speaks really loudly and clearly, and other times it seems like He is silent. But a lot of times we have to move forward with decisions and trust that He is leading and guiding us as we take steps of faith. It's really a journey that we all have to learn as we grow and walk with God.
So what about you? How do you make those bigger life decisions? If you are in a season of transition, I'm praying for you today, trusting that God IS leading and guiding you and that as you seek Him, His Word will light and illumine those next steps for you.
If you've paid any attention to our blog or homepage in the last few months, you'd have seen a neat little event pop on the radar: AWAKEN. It all started a few years ago...Priscilla was desperate to offer a free event to women in her hometown. She prayed about it, thought on it and prayed some more...and the results have quite simply rocked us off our hubris shelves and onto our knees.
We believe that AWAKEN was made to be more than an event.
It was made to be an experience. A family. A community.
All your besties that you've never met, gathered together to wholeheartedly praise Him in worship, to plead in prayer and to listen intently as God speaks through His Word through our sister Priscilla.
So without further ado, at this upcoming AWAKEN event, we'd love to highlight 5 of our blog readers! Our VIP winners will have reserved front row seating, receive a package of autographed books by Priscilla and have a small reception with her and members of the GB staff after the event (let's just say that wherever Priscilla is concerned that chocolate and cupcakes are generally involved:)).
If you are coming and want to be one of our 5 VIPs for the evening, you must do 2 things to enter:
1. Tweet, Instagram or Facebook about this post.
2. Leave a comment below telling us your name and where you'll be coming from to attend the event.
We will pick the winner on Thursday evening, May 16th.
Also, if you haven't registered yet (IT'S FREE!!!) take a second to go HERE and let us know you're coming! Bring your girlfriends, your nosy neighbor and that co-worker who has been asking questions about God. Gosh, bring the whole block! We want a rowdy bunch of women ready to storm the throneroom, praying for our city!
Ok. Thoughts? Ready, set GO!
annetta and The GB Team
If you were a part of our Simulcast event April 27 you will be familiar with the organization that we are currently partnering with, Voice of the Martyrs. It is Priscilla's heart to not only be able to gather with women from different parts of the world and different backgrounds to study the Word of God but also for our cities and world to be impacted because of our gathering together.
For the simulcast, we partnered with VOM to assist in freeing Christians currently being persecuted for sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ and also raising funds for their families. There are numerous beleivers all over the world who are currently in prison because of their faith. One of the beautiful things about VOM is that they create a way for you to pick up a pen and a piece of paper and write a letter to encourage our friends who are in prison. Our desire is for these prisoners to get flooded with thousands of letters, so much so that they are FREED due to the overwhelming amount of mail coming through the prison!
Whether you were part of the event on April 27 or just joining us in learning about VOM for the first time, we encourage you to do the following:
1. Write a letter to one of the believers currently in prison
2. Donate money that will go directly to these prisoners families and their needs
**You can find out how to do both of those here **
We are going to be posting weekly updates on our website so that you can keep track of the letters being sent and how much money is raised.
Thank you for your help! We can't wait to see what God will do!
It’s a bright and sunny Monday morning in Texas. . . not that I’m in Texas right now. Jerry and I are many thousands of feet in the air somewhere in between the USA and the Ukraine. It’s our first time to this particular part of the world so we are looking so forward to it. Where it’ll be a bright, balmy 70 degrees for the entire week. Yippee! And, maybe just maybe, I’ll return from Kiev with that stoic and gorgeous Russian accent that has always sounded so exotic to me.
Hopefully, wherever you are it’s bright and sunny – or gloomy and rainy (which can be equally beautiful and refreshing).
But, no matter where I was this morning, I couldn’t wait to write this post and thank you for participating in our Gideon Giveaway. Seriously, I was so blessed to read about how you were impacted by the Countdown to Gideon posts we’ve given you over the past six weeks. I was also enthralled by the details some of you shared about your simulcast experience. It’s cool to hear about the dynamics of your group as you engaged in the PSL simulcast with us on April 27 or even how some of you did it all by yourself from the kitchen table. Can I be honest? Sometimes, it can be a bit “lonely” for me and the girls in the office. Of course, we have each other so I don’t mean we are literally lonely. . .but when we write blog posts, spend months and months writing a study or host a simulcast event, we often don’t get a chance to hear what is happening on the other side of that camera or how hearts are being affected by the blog posts . . .or the studies . . . or the books. We’re just doing it. . . hoping that someone, somewhere is being blessed a bit by it. So, our eyes light up with pleasure when we get to “meet” a woman – online or in person – who shares with us what the ministry means to them. It’s encouraging. So, thanks for sharing. It’s a pleasure for me to “picture” you in your setting.
From the over one hundred comments you left this past week, we had the hard task of choosing some winners. Shoot, you have no idea how much we would have loved to just mail all of you a copy of the Gideon study and be done with it. Alas, we had to grit our teeth and choose.The first two winners were selected from the entire group of entrees, including those who watched the simulcast. The third one was selected only from the simulcast group.
(drum roll please)
1. Jennifer Harris in Jacksonville, FL
2. Wendy Edwards in Allentown, PA
3. Melissa in North Carolina
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can get your information and send your Gideon leader’s kit and workbooks!
Bless you richly and I’ll look forward to hearing from ALL OF YOU as you dive into Gideon with me!
It's May 3 which means several things:
1. Summer is just around the corner and school is about to be out (for those of us who are in school or have our own kiddos in school)
2. I'm on a plane to Chicago for the weekend to celebrate my mom's 60th birthday. We are going to the cubs game on Saturday and eating delicious hot dogs and pizza all weekend long. can't.wait.
3. Hopefully vacation is on the horizon for us all
4. Priscilla has just written a new Jewelry Box!
Clearly it's going to be an awesome month! I encourage you, if you haven't already, to take some time this weekend to read the Jewelry Box article. I have a feeling it is going to encourage you.
Then, come back here and comment below and let us know if you can relate at all to Priscilla's thoughts.
Have a wonderful weekend!
I think that some of our sweetest times here together on this blog have been when we are PRAYING for each other. As you read on Monday, this past weekend was a really neat time for all who were able to join us for the Simulcast.
If you've ever been to one of our events, you'll know that Priscilla loves to spend some time praying together and for each other whenever possible. At some of our events, we are able to take the prayer requests that are texted in to us and put them on our website so that we can all have the opportunity to pray for those specific needs.
Today, I'd love to direct you to some needs that our friends have from this past weekend and ask you to join us in prayer. You can click here to see the requests. Leave a comment below letting us know which one you are praying for so that we can try and divide them up evenly.
THANK YOU for taking the time to do this. It is quite unfathomable to think about all these prayers going on today and the days to come and what God might do as a result of them. You have the opportunity to join God in moving in someone's life based on your prayers!
We are grateful. And we know these women will be as well!
P.S. Did you see that Priscilla is giving away copies of Gideon here?? Don't miss out!
(Yes, I’m a sucker for alliteration.)
I could not have asked for anything more!
I’m so serious.
For months, I’ve spent so much time thinking about, praying about and trying to decide what to wear for the Gideon simulcast event (Oh, vain woman that I am). The 1 day conference also doubled as the launch party for our soon-to-be released Gideon Bible study. For many months, it was at the forefront of my thoughts. I asked the Lord to make His presence felt and His Word alive with power and clarity to each receptive heart.
Well, He did that and so much more.
I’d barely walked into the sanctuary of the church in Richmond, VA that was serving as the hub of the “command center” for the simulcast and I could sense God’s presence in an incredibly tangible way. From the very first note of worship, the Spirit walked into our midst and did not let up for one single minute.
We were all so glad.
We sensed Him as we sang, and prayed, as we gave cheerfully to the Voice of the Martyrs ministry, then prayed some more before we cracked open the Scriptures and heard God speak to us. Christ was revealed to us and it was beautiful.
I can’t help but believe that God’s pleasure shone on us so palatably at least in part because of the widespread women’s ministry that was happening around the planet on Saturday. While thousands participated in our simulcast, Beth Moore was teaching an arena full of women in Eugene, Oregan and our mutual friends, Christine Caine and Bobbie Houston were hosting another mission oriented conference with nearly 10,000 women in London. Between those two events and the women who were simulcasting with us in from places like Cape Town, Alaska, Japan, Dubai, China and of course these United States, the enemy had to be pretty mad. . . and God amazingly pleased!
Our group had the privilege to pray for the women attending these other events and, because of the wonderful world of technology they were able to play our prayer to the women in Oregon! One of my friends there recorded a small bit of our prayer being played in that arena. Brought tears to my eyes. It’s just a brief clip but I can’t help but share it with you. . .
Only God Himself can cause thousands of hearts in hundreds of different locations across the planet to become knit together for a common purpose and intention.
It was beautiful and if you were involved, I pray that you’ll agree!
Well, sisters, the Gideon Bible study is set to release into bookstores this Wednesday! It’s an exciting day that we’ve looked forward to for nearly two years now. We are praying that this study will be a blessing to you and encourage you in your walk with the Lord.
Many of you have been a part of our “Countdown to Gideon” over the past six weeks, journeying with us to the launch of Gideon. So, we thought a fun way to end our countdown would be to give away several of the Gideon leader kits ($150 value) along with 5 workbooks to go with each one! Just a little gift for you as you launch into your Bible study!
Here’s how you enter to win:
· Between now and Sunday, May 5th post a comment giving us your name and telling us one thing from the “countdown to Gideon” posts that most stood out to you and why? (Click here to see the “Countdown to Gideon” posts.)
· We have reserved one prize to be specifically given to someone who was a part of the simulcast. So, if you participated please leave your name and the state from which you viewed the simulcast. Also, tell us if you were with a group or on your own as you watched and what the experience was like for you (just cause I’m dying to know!) and what was the most impactful thing God spoke to you during the event.
· Come back to the blog on May 6th to see if you’ve won!
So, excited to get this study into your hands! Praying that it will be a blessing in your life.
It's been a full wonderful month! I'm in Richmond today, preparing for an event tomorrow that will launch our brand-new Gideon Bible study. It's a simulcast event (click HERE) that I hope you'll be tuning into on your own laptop! You're certainly invited.
This event is the capstone of what has already been a wonderful month of ministry opportunity for me. Just over a week ago, I was in gorgeous Cape Town, South Africa for a stunning event that brings together women from literally all over the globe. Over 6.000 women gathered for this event but it was only one of the links in a chain of conferences that this ministry hosts in other locations like Australia, London and the Ukraine (where I'm headed next month). Before their yearly marathon of conferences is over, they will have minister to nearly 50,000 women!
Every. Single. Year.
I've got to admit, before six years ago or so I'd never even heard of the Colour Conference nor it's founders Brian and Bobbie Houston. The most I knew about Hillsong was that they produced amazing worship music that I loved listening to on my Ipod. Little did I know that there was an entire church having a global impact behind those stunning lyrics. So, I've been introduced to a whole new world of folks who live on the other side of the globe and are serving the same Lord and seeking to build the house of God just like I am.
Just like you are.
They are powerful and the work of God in them and through them is undeniable.
You know what's been interesting? As I gotten to know some of the Pastors and leaders from different parts of the globe like India, France, Sweden and Uganda, and we've sought to familiarize ourselves with one another, I've mentioned names and ministries to them that are a regular part of my life and typical American Christian culture. Folks that you'd mostly likely be familiar with - Chuck Swindoll, Kay Arthur, John MacArthur, Tony Evans, Women of Faith, LifeWay, Beth Moore. For the most part, they just stared at me and shook their heads.
Nope, never heard of them.
What? Seriously? You've never heard of Beth Moore?
But then again, they couldn't believe that I wasn't familiar with some of the men and women who'd most impacted their side of the globe, denomination and church culture.
So, we all laughed, shared a cappuccino and marveled and the big, wide world that God has created and how beautiful it is to know that each and every part is needed to reach the whole of it. That there is no one person who is doing everything so each of us has to do something.
It's actually a beautiful thing.
So, tomorrow, I'm just going to do my part and I'm hoping that it will be a blessing to you. We'll have folks tuning in from 46 different US states and other countries like Japan and Dubai. It's always an AMAZING thing when God's women gather over His word in a unified way. All of a sudden the world doesn't seem so big after all.
I'm expecting great things!
Can you tell that we are a little excited about GIDEON and the release of Priscilla's newest bible study around here? I was privileged enough to receive my very own book yesterday! I'm beyond thrilled to start to dig through it and be able to take my sweet time rather than the read throughs for editing that we've done in the past. It's time to absorb it all and see what God has for us through the story of Gideon.
Priscilla is going to be teaching on Gideon this weekend for the Priscilla Shirer Live Simulcast. Please tell me that all of you are signed up! Annetta and I are going to be watching via our computers from our homes here in Dallas while Priscilla and her family are going to be LIVE in Richmond, VA.
So, if you haven't already, go ahead and sign yourself up, invite your friends over, get a baby sitter (or just put all your kids together in a room with a bunch of toys and they will be fine for a few hours =) KIDDING ) and join hundreds of thousands of people all over the world. It will be a good time, no doubt.