Welcome to our first Wonderful Wednesday!
I hope Monday’s devotion and video sparked some curiosity in your heart, causing you to question whether or not you’ve been seeking stress relief in all the places and if it’s taking more of a toll than you realize. I also hope that the reading you’ve done thus far in the book has opened your eyes to the fact that we are not alone in even our most stressful times, and that being burdened with stress is not how God intended for us to live.
If you haven’t done the Stress Self Assessment exercise yet in the book, I want to encourage you to do that this week. Then keep it close by, so as God brings things to mind, you can add it to your chart and prayers.
This week’s readings talk about how important it is to take care of God’s temple – our bodies, where He lives within us. Many of you mentioned on the Facebook page that weight issues and stress-eating were something you struggled with, so I wanted to address those concerns today. My Facebook Bible Study Group Co-Leader Diana Rockwell was sweet enough to post a special post for you today on her blog, since overcoming her weight issues is her powerful testimony. So please CLICK HERE TO VISIT DIANA’S BLOG for a special word of encouragement from her today.
Now let’s start connecting with a discussion about this topic of stress by answering one of the questions below in the comments section of my blog (please no email replies). I can’t wait to see our online community begin bonding and encouraging one another! I pray you’ll get involved with commenting here on the blog, and/or also on the Facebook page where we’ll pose some different thoughts to discuss and do some fun things.
Just knowing how other people experience and deal with stressful circumstances, and supporting one another in our journey, can be so helpful and encouraging! Don’t cha think?
LET’S CHAT!! DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THE WEEK
(please leave your comments regarding the questions in the comment section, no email replies please)
What changes could you begin to implement in your life to begin taking better care of yourself – God’s temple?
What can you do to prepare in advance to better manage life’s stressors going forward?
Is it possible your stress has been causing a barrier between you and your relationship with God, and if so, how does it make you feel to know that you can remove that barrier today and start connecting with Him and hearing His voice more clearly?
We’re kicking off our Wonderful Wednesday with a DOUBLE BOOK GIVEAWAY!
Answer one of the above questions in the comment section and be entered to win a combo pack of A COPY OF STRESSED LESS LIVING & A COPY OF YOUR LIFE STILL COUNTS!
IF YOU ARE A BLOGGER, IT’S YOUR TIME TO SHINE!
I am praying that many of you will be excited about being involved with the Friday Blog Hops throughout the study, by sharing your thoughts, insight and spiritual encouragement on your blogs about this important topic of managing our stress with Christ and in Christ.
This is a great opportunity to bring traffic to your site, but most importantly, an opportunity to encourage and support other women in our journey to fully experience God’s peace in our hearts.
I’m also hoping that many of our She Speaks graduates will want to get on board with this study and blog hops, because I know God has been working on their hearts and exciting them about His plans for their lives!
To participate in the first Blog Hop happening this Friday, September 16th, please do the following:
1. Select the verse or quote in one of the graphics below and write a blog post about it (or you can link to one of your past blog posts that is relative to today’s prompts (verses or book quotes) in the graphics).
2. Schedule your post to go live on your blog on Friday by 7:00 AM EST.
3. Come to my blog on Friday and enter your post URL in the linkup, and you’ll be all set!
4. I’d love for you to consider posting my website’s page link to your linked up post as well. 🙂
** PLEASE USE THE HASTAG #stressless in your linked posts and all online sharing
If you’re not a blogger, don’t think this isn’t for you! In fact, it’s FOR you!
I want to encourage you to visit the linked up blogs so you can be encouraged and inspired by all the Godly women whom God has called to inspire others through their gifts of writing and blogging. I know you’ll be blessed, which will lead to less stress!
GRAPHICS TO SHARE ONLINE
AND BLOG HOP PROMPTS FOR THIS WEEK
TO EVERYONE: Please share any or all of the below graphics on your own social media pages!
TO BLOGGERS: Select one theme, quote or verse from the graphics below to blog about for this week’s blog hop. Then come back here Friday and upload your blog link to my blog! Be sure to check here every Wednesday to get the blog hop topics and link up your blog to mine every Friday through October 23rd.
Bloggers: right click on the image you plan to write your blog post about, and “save image as” to save to your computer, then share in your blog post and on your social media.
Everyone: From the blog home page, there are 3 ways to share the graphics: 1-Right click to save to your computer and then share 2-‘Share Image’ by scrolling over the bottom right corner of the image 3-‘Pin’ to Pinterest by scrolling over the upper left corner of the image.