The day is finally here, can you believe it?! I’m so excited to kick off this study and am praying for every single person who has signed up to participate.
If you were already a blog subscriber, and didn’t specifically sign up for the study, I pray you will still enjoy what’s happening on my blog over the next few weeks, and be interested in participating from time to time. But regardless I pray you glean something of value from my posts, and that God will use the information shared to speak to your heart in a special way.
Before we even get started on this 7 week journey, I wanted to address the top three common concerns/fears that were on the heart of most of the hundreds of people that commented on my YLSC Facebook Group questions this weekend, and that might possibly be in the back of your mind as well:
1 – the fear of actually looking back and remembering the difficult things of the past
2 – the fear of falling behind, being inconsistent and unengaged, having time for the reading, or not finishing the study
3 – the fear of going through this study and still end up feeling like God can’t really love or use them, and doesn’t really have a divine purpose for their life or for what they’ve been through.
Each of these are valid, normal fears and concerns! So, as we embark on this adventure, I wanted to respond to those concerns right off the bat so we can put the enemy’s lies to rest immediately! So below are my thoughts about the three fears listed above:
1 – Sometimes it IS hard to take a real look back, to relive the memories we’ve tried to forget, to dig up the past that we’ve buried, or to face our own hurts and insecurities. But even though doing so is out of our comfort zone, it’s the first crucial baby step towards finding the deep healing that all of us want. When we allow God to deal with our hearts, we open the door to let Him deal with our past, present, and future.
So let’s join hands together and not be afraid to look back, so that we can push forward towards the joy, peace and purpose that God so wants us to experience!!! This study is meant to ENCOURAGE AND INSPIRE, not discourage and deflate. The first couple weeks might be a little rough, but once we get over that hump, I promise your excitement for God’s plan to play out in your life will grow! So THINK POSITIVE!
2 – Life IS busy, I get it. But I think you’ll find the reading assignments to be do-able, and the book is an easy read. If you get behind, you can always access all the posts on my blog at any time at your own convenience. Plus, every week I’ll have giveaways, fun stuff, guest posts, videos, and thought provoking questions to motivate you to stay plugged in and engaged. So THINK POSITIVE!
3 – Sweet sisters, Romans 8:28 says this: “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Those called – means EVERYONE. Not just me, or some people, but EVERYONE. God has a purpose for every circumstance, every person and every life, and the sooner we accept that holy truth, the sooner we’ll see Him at work. No one is an exception to this biblical promise. So THINK POSITIVE!
The main point?
THINK POSITIVE! GOD IS UP TO SOMETHING GOOD! LET’S COMMIT TO NOT LET THE ENEMY FILL OUR HEADS WITH DOUBTS AND INSTEAD LET GOD FILL OUR HEARTS WITH ENTHUSIASM!
So …… drum roll pleeeaasssse ….. let’s get started!
Below is the YLSC Bible Study Introduction Video. (email subscribers, click HERE to watch)
I’ll post a new curriculum video every Monday at 6:00am that relates to or preempts the weekly chapter reading assignments. This is also the format that you will see each Monday, with the five sections below.
YOUR LIFE STILL COUNTS BIBLE STUDY INTRODUCTION WEEK VIDEO
HIGHLIGHTS OF INTRODUCTION VIDEO
- Why Tracie wrote the book Your Life Still Counts
- What we can learn from the blind man who was healed
- Benefits of participating in this bible study
- What we can look forward to by allowing God to turn our past into our purpose
QUOTABLE QUOTES FROM THE VIDEO
(Note: Each week, I’ll offer convenient “click to tweet” options for video quotes or book quotes. If you are a Twitter user, just click on the “click to tweet this” phrase, and you can tweet that quote with one click. If you prefer to use Facebook, just copy and paste the quote)
You are not here by mistake, and not reading this book by mistake.
God is up to something great in your life! He has a beautiful future for you, not in spite of your past, but because of it. (Click to tweet this)
God truly can use all things for good. (Click to tweet this)
As a result of finding transformation and healing in Jesus, the blind man’s life was changed from that point forward.
I pray that God unearths feelings, emotions, regrets, shame and all those things that really keep us from embracing who we are in Christ.
INTRODUCTION WEEK – CHAPTER READING ASSIGNMENT
Read the Introduction and Chapters 1 through 5 (future weeks will not include this many chapters)
INTRODUCTION WEEK REFLECTION QUESTIONS
1. When you look in the mirror, describe the woman you see. Does your description match up with what God’s Word says about you?
2. What is your “maybe” sentence – the reason you feel that “maybe” God couldn’t love you or forgive you?
3. How might God be able to your story, your life experiences, to minister to or comfort others in similar situations?
4. How would your life be different if you lived more fully aware of the Holy Spirit’s activity in your life?
This week to kickoff our study, I’m giving away TWO hard copies and THREE downloadable copies of the Your Life Still Counts Participant Study Guide! This is a 75 page study guide which offers lots of space to record thoughts, do chapter activities, questions, & journal prayers.
For a chance to win, just leave a comment answering the below 2 questions:
What city/state (or country) do you live in?
Briefly, what is it about this study that intrigued you and made you want to participate?
Winners announced on Wednesday.
We’ll be talking a lot this week on Facebook about what you want to get out of the study and how we can pray for all those involved. Faith, fun and Facebook. 🙂 If you haven’t requested to join the YLSC Bible Study Community Facebook Page yet and would like to get involved in our conversations over there, click here to request to join.
If you’d like to purchase your own downloadable YLSC Participant Study Guide to go ahead and download for immediate use during this study, click here .
(The 5 winners notified via email last week who won 5 copies of Your Life Still Counts were: Jennifer Stohr, Linda Neely, Rachelle Scheumaker, Jeanne Slatkay, & Jessica Frias)