Jesscbnyc Recommends: Be Still Journal

I’ve been enjoying using the “Be Still” Journal

I like the pretty floral design on the cover and to be honest that was the main reason I wanted it!

But I also like that you have a different format inside to track your reading time and

If you’re interested there is also a bundle with the latest devotional “He Is More Than Enough”.

Pros:

  • Journal doesn’t feel cheap – Good quality
  • There are initial pages for prayer requests and gratitude
  • There is plenty of room to fill in Scripture, to Journal, to Adore, and to Apply

Cons:

  • Journal was expensive compared to the price of journals I’ve purchased in the past
  • I expected the prayer requests and gratitude to be scattered throughout, not sure what it appears to be only in the beginning.

He Chose the Nails – Devo Highlight – Week 3

Video for today:

http://bit.ly/2nslXM1

I had received an e-mail opt in for this study and I wanted to share it with everyone. I will be posting all of the information here and you can choose to follow along with me on WordPress, Instagram, or via my e-mail opt in here: http://eepurl.com/bXG0oL

My thoughts on Session 3: “He Chose to Invite Us into His Presence”

  • Jesus’s robe was seamless from top to bottom. I’ve never really noted this before. John 19:23 NLT
  • Jesus as the curtain. Parallel between the veil being torn in the temple and Jesus being torn on the cross Hebrews 10:19-20 NCV
  • We are welcome to enter God’s presence at any time, He has already dealt with our mistake

Questions:

  • Do you have a curtain over your heart?
  • Did you learn something new today?

My biggest takeaway from this was remembering that the love of Jesus covered us.

Book List

Hey guys!

I have seen so many people do this and in the event that this might help you, I decided to post some book recommendations from years past that I really enjoyed and some books that are on my to read list:

Reading List (some started back in 2012 *eeek* and not finished):

A Woman and Her God: Beth Moore
Praying God’s Word Day by Day: Beth Moore
The Comeback: Louie Giglio
Jesus Is: Judah Smith
I Am Malala: Malala Yousafzai
Magnolia Story: Chip and Joanna Gaines
One Thousand Gifts: Ann Voskamp
Hiding in the Light: Rifqa Bary
Uninvited: Lysa TerKeurst
A Woman’s Guide to Reading the Bible in a Year: Diane Stortz
The Broken Way: Ann Voskamp
Forgotten God: Francis Chan
Erasing Hell: Francis Chan

Read in 2016:

Undaunted: Christine Caine
Unashamed: Christine Caine
The Sisterhood: Bobbie Houston
Without Rival: Lisa Bevere
Live Love Lead: Brian Houston
Older:
Shaking the Trees: Azra Tabassum
Messy: AJ Swoboda
Son of Hamas: Mosab Hassan Yousef
Crazy Love: Francis Chan
Do you have any recommendations or questions? Comment below.

Jesscbnyc in Israel

Hey guys,

For those of you who are signed up to receive my newsletters, you were the first ones to see my announcement.

If you didn’t..I’m announcing it here on WordPress.

P.S. If you’d like to receive all news, reminders of the latest posts, and any exclusives sign up here: http://eepurl.com/bXG0oL

So, the news is that I will traveling to Israel with my church from 4/20/17 – 4/27/17

I’ve never been to Israel and I’m so excited to travel and experience this with my church and my mom!

Please be praying for me and the trip overall!

xo,

Jess

SOAP 3.14.17

Good morning!⠀

This morning I had my tea and am ready to dive into a SOAP for you guys.⠀

For those who don’t know, SOAP stands for:⠀

Scripture⠀
Observation⠀
Application⠀
Prayer⠀

Scripture: James 1:26-27 MSG

Observation: Tearing people down isn’t real religion. It doesn’t please God.

Application: The NIV says that people who can’t keep “tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless”. So many times in life, we can be the victim of criticism and unfortunately some of the ugliest are comments on social media from one Christian to another.

Prayer: God help us all to never use our words to rip apart someone. We are not better than one another. Religion like this will never please you. Instead let us help encourage one another, genuinely caring about their well being, instead of ripping them apart for perceived faults. Ultimately love wins. Looking after orphans wins. Keeping pure from the world’s pollution wins.

Comment below with your O, A, or P!⠀

He Chose the Nails – Devo Highlight – Week 2

Video for today:

http://bit.ly/2mjmVqb

I had received an e-mail opt in for this study and I wanted to share it with everyone. I will be posting all of the information here and you can choose to follow along with me on WordPress, Instagram, or via my e-mail opt in here: http://eepurl.com/bXG0oL

My thoughts on Session 2: “He Chose to Forgive Us”

  • Nails bring things together that were separated: make things whole
  • Strange to think that Jesus looked at the hands that nailed him to the cross and saw God’s hand
  • Ironic that as a carpenter Jesus worked with wood and was nailed to a wooden cross.

Questions:

  • Do you think the hand of God was who swung the hammer into Jesus?
  • What part stuck out the most to you?

My biggest takeaway from this was remembering that the love of God kept Jesus on the cross so He could be with us in Heaven forever.

He Chose the Nails – Devo Highlight

Video for today:

http://blog.churchsource.com/he-chose-the-nails-study-home/session-1-he-chose-to-be-one-of-us/

Full Sample PDF package for Lesson 1:

http://blog.churchsource.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/He_Chose_the_Nails_Session_1_Study_Guide.pdf?utm_source=csobs&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=hctn_obs 

I had received an e-mail opt in for this study and I wanted to share it with everyone. I will be posting all of the information here and you can choose to follow along with me on WordPress, Instagram, or via my e-mail opt in here: http://eepurl.com/bXG0oL

My thoughts on Session 1: “He Chose to be One of Us”

  • Jesus wore the crown of thorns which is identical to the curse in Genesis on the plants
  • My favorite Disney movie is “Beauty and the Beast” I never saw Jesus in this story

Questions:

  • What part resonated with you the most?
  • Do you believe in Lent?

 

My biggest takeaway from this was remembering that the crown of thorns was a GIFT. That changed my perspective a lot. And so often at my church, the women’s conferences are full of flower crowns or literal crowns, and it makes it even more powerful to think that Jesus enables us to wear these crowns and to be joyful because he took the lesser crown for us.

“For You chose to take the sinner’s crown
As You placed Your crown on me” – Hillsong United, Aftermath