He Chose the Nails – Devo Highlight – Week 4

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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 4: “He Chose to Love Us Forever”

  • Positional Sanctification – Christ’s work for us – We are no longer under sin’s dominions i.e. Romans 6:14
  • Progressive Sanctification – Christ’s work in us – Something we grow in time after time 2 Corinthians 3:18

Questions:

  • Do you struggle to believe God’s work for us was enough on the cross?
  • Did you learn something new today?

My biggest takeaway from this was remembering that every day we are becoming better and better through Christ’s work in us.

Community Feature – ellyandgrace

One of my new initiatives is to hear from my followers in a way that directly meets them on their journeys.

On Instagram I encourage you to tag your posts with #UnfilteredChristianWomen so I can see what everyone is up to and feature topics that they are currently thinking about or needing feedback on.

My goal will always be to write a blog post each month on a topic from my own heart BUT I also want to make room for another post that same month directly addressing a topic found via Instagram using the community hashtag.

This month I am featuring a post from: @ellyandgrace *

A few days ago I wrote about how it can be hard to deal with critical people (and your inner critic too! ) and some tips I’ve found that help me with that very thing.

Brenna shared with us that her three tips for combating criticism is: prayer, dinner and/or a chat with a friend, and having a group of people that support you.

I thought it was a great point. We should always be prepared for criticism because it can help us be better and it can also be something we need to resist when it’s toxic or unhealthy. So here are my tips for dealing with criticism.

People who criticize me

  1. Take a deep breath – Something I’ve learned. You may want to respond, but it’s extremely easy to react in a bad way if you don’t give it time to air out.
  2. Pray – Ask God if this is based in truth and is something to work on
  3. Study – If they are questioning my beliefs or something I post – see if their criticism is Biblically based or their own prejudice

When I criticize myself

  1. Reflect – Look at the things I have already accomplished. I like to keep lists in my planner’s praise report section or keep a spreadsheet of at-work accomplishments
  2. Pray – Ask God to help me clear my mind
  3. Listen to worship music – When I can’t harness my thoughts, drowning them out with praise and worship music is my go-to

What are your go-tos for battling criticism. Comment below.

* Original post here: http://bit.ly/2mfdVp9

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

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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!⠀