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Laurie
In Christ's Love
I once was lost, but now am found! 2 Corinthians 5:17
Interests: I have been married for 17 years to Ken, a wonderful husband and father who loves God, and loves me unconditionally. We have 3 beautiful daughters, ages 13, 9, and 7. I have spent most of my life chasing the wrong things and feeling empty, instead of looking to Christ for my self-worth and value. Raised in a dysfunctional home with an alcoholic father, I spent many years wandering aimlessly trying to find my purpose in life. I accepted Jesus as my Savior at the age of 21, but sadly did not start living for Him until recently because I struggled with feeling unworthy & guilt ridden for past mistakes. I am passionate about encouraging others to be set free from blinding lies that prevent them from living the life God desires them to live. It wasn't until I stopped pretending to be perfect and started being "real" with others that I experienced growth....in my marriage, my friendships, and my relationship with God. My hope is that in learning to be "real" we will begin to break down the barriers that distance us, and replace them with the perfect hope that Christ offers. This forum will allow me to share my faith via blogging, book and bible studies.
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The author challenges us in Chapter 3 to: Make a list of things that worried you one year ago. Note how the "plan came together" with God's guidance. If you are still struggling, write a prayer of appeal specifically addressing the worrisome matter. Pray it daily. Write about how God... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2011 at R.E.A.L. Christian Connections
"God...has planted eternity in the human heart." (Ecclesiastes 3:11 NLT) I will be the first to admit that last week I was a MESS. It seems that I had allowed this world to catch up with me, and in the process I lost focus of the "reason behind the season"... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2011 at R.E.A.L. Christian Connections
Last time we talked about the reality of Satan in God's Story and how that affects your story. Study question number 1 asked us to share the distractions that you seem to encounter the most---distractions that keep you from engaging the story of God in Scripture. I'm sitting here with... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2011 at R.E.A.L. Christian Connections
Wow, I just finished reading Chapter 2 of Max Lucado's "God's Story, Your Story” - You Know Satan's Next Move. I encourage you to read this chapter because it reminded me of the reality of Satan. What comes to your mind when you think of the evil one? Is it... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2011 at R.E.A.L. Christian Connections
Our last question from "God's Story, Your Story" asked: In what ways do you need God to ’dwell’ with you this week? (See John 1:14) In order to answer this question, I think it's important that we understand the meaning of John 1:14. The timing is great because this relates... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2011 at R.E.A.L. Christian Connections
Max Lucado challenges us to think about an "ordinary" person we know who has been a giver of extraordinary grace. What motivated that person and what were the results? Before I go any farther, I felt it best to give the meaning of the word "grace" as defined by Merriam-Webster:... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2011 at R.E.A.L. Christian Connections
Max Lucado begins our study by showing us just how "normal" Jesus was. Normal, just like you & I in many ways, however the author also shows that through Jesus' perfection He is totally unlike us. In yesterday's post, I asked the discussion question about how these two concepts might... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2011 at R.E.A.L. Christian Connections
Tonight begins our study of Max Lucado's "God's Story, Your Story"! The "Amazon" description for the book states this: "Be inspired to see how your day-to-day story intersects with God’s grand, overarching epic of everlasting redemption. Your journey of faith will come alive as you explore the divine narrative through... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2011 at R.E.A.L. Christian Connections
This was a whirlwind weekend that included a purse party, all-day church food drive, wedding, and small group Thanksgiving luncheon. Needless to say I was STRESSED, and feeling overwhelmed. My mind flooded with thoughts about how my life is too chaotic to lead our book study that begins tomorrow, or... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2011 at R.E.A.L. Christian Connections
I was directed to this video by my cousin. I thought it was so good that it needed to be shared. Are you Patty or Renee? Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2011 at R.E.A.L. Christian Connections
So excited that we will begin this on Monday the 21st. I have read the intro and chapter 1 so far and it looks to be excellent with great discussion questions. I hope you will participate with me and ask other friends who may not have a facebook account to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2011 at R.E.A.L. Christian Connections
It's so hard to believe that it's been almost 3 years since I opened my Facebook account, and even more difficult to believe that I had to be persuaded to do so. I was very apprehensive about the idea at first, but in January 2009 my husband convinced me that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2011 at R.E.A.L. Christian Connections
We will begin our new book study on Nov. 21st (Max Lucado's, "God's Story, Your Story"). I am SO excited that we will begin this study in one week. I have loved what I have read so far. Max is such a great wordsmith....he paints such powerful mental pictures. If... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2011 at R.E.A.L. Christian Connections
Don't forget, we are using these questions for discussion tools until we begin our new book study on Nov. 21st (Max Lucado's, "God's Story, Your Story") Previous questions: 1. How has God blessed you this week? What went right? 2. What problem consumed your thoughts this week? What went wrong?... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2011 at R.E.A.L. Christian Connections
Previous questions: 1. How has God blessed you this week? What went right? 2. What problem consumed your thoughts this week? What went wrong? 3. Did you read God's Word consistently last week? (how many days? how long? why not? will you this week?) What has God been teaching you... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2011 at R.E.A.L. Christian Connections
Welcome to my new endeavor! Prior to creating this blog I was leading a Facebook faith-based book study that began in June, and I am amazed to say that last week we finished our first book, "Power of A Positive Woman" by Karol Ladd. I learned a lot through the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2011 at R.E.A.L. Christian Connections
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