There's a few exciting things coming up...
**Feb. 27th The Reveal Cards launch (and I'm looking for a inviting you to be part of the team to help get the word out). In case you are not sure what The Reveal Cards are, they are a multi-purpose deck of 48 square picture cards to be used for evangelism and discipleship. They help you get into spiritual conversations and can also be used in small groups and discipleship times. They have been tested and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. People love using pictures to share their thoughts about life. Learn more about it here.
Join the launch team. It's super easy and I can give you a discount for helping! Just click this link and scroll down a little and click the red button(s) that say, Support with Facebook (or Twitter or Tumblr) and that's it. Then on Feb. 27th when The Reveal Cards launch it will automatically post about it for you. It will literally take you maybe one minute and would make an impact. What do you say? Can you pop on over? Shoot me an email afterward and I'll give you a discount code.
**God's Attributes Mosaic. On the Missional Women site we have a couple free downloadable/printable ministry events called the Prayer Mosaic and Discipleship Mosaic. The prayer mosaic is 8 stations that are set up with different things to pray for at each station. It is requested to do again and again because of how powerful the time is of connecting with the Lord. The discipleship mosaic is similar that it has 8 tables, but rather than being primarily a time of praying and connecting with the Lord personally, it is a time of connecting with a small group of people. The groups stay together and move to the next table station after having a theme they discussed with interaction at each station. Each of the topics are foundational topics that make for a strong multiplying disciple.
So the God's Attributes is in the works and will be available within the next couple months. It will be a combination of the Prayer Mosaic and Discipleship Mosaic. As in it will be a personal prayer experience yet with foundational truths that build people into stronger disciples.
These journals are a tested and effective way to study the Bible in your time with the Lord. The journal uses helpful questions called the 7 P's; Paraphrase, Process, Pursue understanding, Principles, Praise, Personal application and Prayer. The Journals have all the questions listed for one chapter a day with space to fill in your own thoughts. They guide you through a personal quiet time with the Lord helping you to hear from Him and act on what you've read.
Here's the brand new ones! Colossians, Genesis, Revelation & Acts
Check them out.
Full: Food, Jesus, and the Battle for Satisfaction by my friend Asheritah Ciuciu, a writer and speaker who helps women find joy in Jesus in the midst of an overwhelming life. She and her husband, Flaviu, grew up in Romania but now raise their spunky children in northeast Ohio. She blogs at www.OneThingAlone.com.
This book is for you if you feel stuck in a seemingly endless cycle of overeating, yo-yo dieting, and obsessive thoughts about food. Asheritah shares honestly about her own battles with food and reveals the path to freedom. You'll discover the joy of living free from food fixation so you can experience deeper satisfaction in Christ, gain a renewed sense of purpose, and yes, even enjoy good good (without regret). A healthier relationship with food through a stronger relationship with Christ-that's the goal of Full. Check it out. And it even has a companion journal.
The Good News About Gender; A Bible Study for Young Adults by Hannah Rasmussen who grew up in Tanzania and Kenya as a missionary kid. She loves sharing her faith and advocating for justice and serves the Lord full time. She currently works as an editorial assistant on the Africa Study Bible and is pursuing her Masters in Nairobi. This Bible study digs into what God's Word says about our bodies, relationships, identities and calling to serve God in the world. It has fun stuff throughout like: Things to explore, clips to watch, things to discuss and pray, and a call to action.
The Compass: A helpful website for disciplers (This is primarily intended when discipling college students but can be contextualized to all ministry spheres.)
Verge Network This is a site that will keep you motivated and knowing how to move forward in living on mission for the glory of God. They have a ton of free, encouraging stuff like blog posts, , short films spoken words, ebooks, webinars and more. You'll just have to explore around a bit.
Sometimes God Wants Us in the Most Humbling Place
This video is just a WOW. Such beautiful insight shared about Jesus being in a trough and what that means for us.
Encouragement for Making Living on Mission a Habit
I recently read this fascinating article about Alzheimer's and faith called Alzheimer's, the brain and the soul. Here's a quote: "What rhythms of faith I want to have in my life right now. What spiritual disciplines are regular enough for me that they will “stick” even when I am deep into forgetting?"
If you are looking for a Bible reading plan for the new year the Missional Women app has one as well as Bible Gateway, that has many to choose from. Here they are: Bible reading plans. If you're looking for a reading list of Missional books or books I recommend, here they are.
At the conference we are going to challenge the students to sponsor a verse to be translated into a language of an unreached people group through the Seed Company. So I thought I'd share with you too how you can sponsor a verse. And here's some good videos on why and how God's Word impacts peoples lives.
Leap of Faith
A Father's Faith, a Daughters Trust, a Magnificent God
Why Bible Translation
Sharing the Gospel Training
This week I saw this top quality, free training by Pastor Greg Laurie: Tell Someone Online Training Course. I did the first lesson and it really looks great! So if you want to grow in your ability and desire to share the Gospel this next year, check it out.
Kids Living Missionally Training Course
I also just saw Ann Dunagan's 3-D Kids course for kids to help them become daring, doing, disciples.
Plan to Live Out Your Calling in 2017
Also, if you're looking for a workbook to help you start off the new year with a plan to live out your purpose in light of your uniqueness for the glory of God. Check out Discover God's Calling. It will help you understand your uniqueness's and how to use them to live missionally and you'll be able to come up with a realistic plan for the year.
Using Facebook Live to Share the Gospel with Unreached People Groups
This last week I experimented using the Reveal Cards to share my testimony/the Gospel on Facebook Live and then boosted the post into countries that had unreached people groups. Here's the video.
It's Not About Me November and Max Lucado wrote a super great book called Not About Me (which is one of my favorite books!) I thought I'd tell you that Faith Gateway is doing a free online advent Bible study with Max Lucado. Here's the info if you're interested. I haven't done it but it's Max Lucado so I'm pretty sure it will be awesome.
Randy Alcorn (another favorite author) shared a great post this week that I think all parents of young kids should read. (So if you don't have young kids, it's worth passing on to those you know that do.) It's called Parents; It's Time to Wake up About Porn, Sexting and Your Children.
And one more thing! Melissa Bradley (who was a contributor for quite some time) posted the cutest video of her little girl on facebook and it went crazy with over 12 million views. Have you seen it? "Don't be a poot mouth."
Bible Study Journals
The 7 P's is my absolute most favorite way to get into God's Word and spend time hearing from Him. About each week I am adding new books of the Bible, so check out the new ones. And if you haven't tried using these yet, you've got to try it! If you don't love it I'll give you your money back. :)
The Connect Cards
A tool for small groups to connect deeper with the Lord, each other and the Great Commission.
The Thrive Discipleship Study
Are you discipling/mentoring someone? Is your women's ministry starting a discipleship program? This is the perfect thing to help them get into God's Word together each week and will build a new or young believer into a strong multiplying disciple.
And in case you are looking for some new good reading, here's my:
Recommended Reading List
Currently Reading List
Oh and in case you need Bibles to give away are some other books, ChristianBook.com is having a 99% off a lot of stuff sale till the 17th. Check it out.
And I just have to tell you about my sweet friend and past contributor made this incredible coloring through Ephesians book. Check out how awesome it is. Genius if you ask me.
And... oh my... I hope you're hanging in there with me... Another incredible friend, Ann Dunagan wrote a kids book that is now my absolute favorite (and my kids)!! It's called, The Whole World Needs Jesus. It is so good that I have been trying to think of kids I can give it to in bulk.
This week I came across some really wonderfully fascinating things. First a documentary about gardening. I am almost the furthest thing from a gardener and I still loved it. The guy is just such a shining example of God using someone's gifts to glorify Himself. It's called Back to Eden and you can watch it for free.
Along those same lines of people using their passions to glorify God, I got these videos to use with our science curriculum and they are wonderfully heart-awing. (I know that's not really a word, but it can be now right). Watching and hearing about creatures God made and the things I never knew about them puts me in awe of God. These videos are made for adults but my kids were totally engaged. It's called Creation Proclaims.
I also found a bit of time to get out the new Missional Women Prayer Mosaic to you. Yay! If you've done a prayer mosaic before I bet you'll see some new stations in this one (since I made them up). And if you haven't enjoy! I love how these help you connect deeply with the Lord. It has everything you'd need to host your own and some fun pictures from the one we had at the conference. Check it out.
Laura, the founder of Missional Women is married and has five kids. Laura and her husband have been missionaries to college students for 12 years serving with Master Plan Ministries and has authored 5 books. You can find her at the places below.
In the works...