Breathing With Friends, Week 5 Our Last Night

Whew, Lord! This was the closest call yet! I arrived with just enough time for Catching My Breath before getting out of the car! I so needed that moment to Breathe! Even one breath can make all the difference in the world! Tonight was Breathing With Friends, Week 5 Our Last Night, so I really did not want to miss out! Thank you for helping me make it with a few minutes to spare!

I always cherish the fellowship time, and those few minutes gave me enough time to realize even more changes in the environment. (In case I did not note before, this church began some renovations while we were doing this Breathe Ladies Bible Study and it keeps progressing!) I get signed in and found a seat. I see Keitha is involved in conversation, so I have to wait for my Keitha hug (But I did get it! 🙂 ) Yay! for just as I am getting my seat Sarah comes in and sits right across from me. We catch up a bit. Her baby nephew is still in the NICU, but is showing some improvement! Praise God! We get snacks while Keitha greets us, does door prizes, and hands out a paper of an upcoming event.

Helping friends and good food! ❤
Lord willing! 🙂
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Then we got into homework discussions.
Yes, I did mine! 🙂
bbs5.2I can’t tell you how needed it was, but admittedly very challenging. The moment we got into looking back to Recall what we used to be in bondage to, to remember what God led us out of whatever our own personal Egypt/slavery was, it became a personal challenge for sure. Sometimes God has us to put our past behind us, but sometimes He asks us… tells us… to recall what He has brought us through already. When it feels so fresh (like it did this time), it can be very troubling. But that is exactly why God has us recall…
to remember we’re not there any more!bbs5.3The enemy wants to convince us that some things will never change, that WE will never change, especially when everything SEEMS to say the same thing. But God reminds that Satan is just another Pharaoh that does not want to let God’s people go. If He can bind us up with false guilt, he will. But God is there to remind us that He has cast that old Pharaoh and his army into the sea of lies, and that we are FREE from those days/habits/burdens/Pharaohs/slavery mentality. Yes we are still stuck in a fleshly body and caught in a spiritual warfare, but we are NOT the ignorant slaves we once were.
We are His! Bought and paid for! Free!

We then take our chairs with us (because the pews have been removed for the new carpet), and watch our final Priscilla video, Breathe, Week 5, Discussion Groups. We have our discussions and testimonies, and even get a couple of group pics.

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Keitha in the picture! 🙂
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I’m so going to miss these ladies! This bible study! And most certainly Keitha and Sarah! At least just until the next study! Lord willing! 😉 I was blessed to get my Keitha hug! My Sarah hug! And several hugs! But I missed out on getting another hug from Stephanie! 😦 She has so far to travel, is in school, and it’s been VERY snowy! But I trust the Lord to provide that hug sometime in the future! 🙂

So many of you have been reading, sharing, and tagging this series, so here is a recap outlining each one. They were from a ladies bible study with friends who were using Priscilla Shirer’s Breathe: Making Room for Sabbath. Please know that I have NOT forgotten the 30 Day De-Clutter Challenge, nor the 14% Challenge, and WILL blog on them. I hope to even do an afterthought for each week of the study we had, focusing more on the material, and what God gave me along this journey. I will add them below as I add each post.

Catching My Breath
Breathing With Friends, Week 1 The Freedom of the Sabbath
Breathing With Friends, Week 2 Stops Along the Sabbath Journey
Breathing With Friends, Week 3 Double-Portion Friday
Breathing With Friends, Week 4 Coming Into Focus
Breathing With Friends, Week 5 Our Last Night

Thank you for such love and support. May God help you each one to stop, pause, rest, and catch your breath as you take time to breathe with Him! ❤

❤ God loves you! ❤

Breathing With Friends, Week 4

Dear, Lord! Dear, Lord! Dear, Lord! I did NOT think I was going to make it this week! Besides being in tremendous pain for several days, even taking a few steps backwards a little bit in regards to difficulty walking, I have simply had a very challenging week… physically, mentally, and spiritually. Praise Your Holy name that You were encouraging me to Breathe, or I would have never made it! So now here we are for

Breathe Ladies Bible Study, Week 4... Coming Into Focus!

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Tonight as I enter the church, I see that the area where we have been having snacks and discussions has no tables. There is some renovation going on, so we pass a snack table on the way into the chapel, grabbing our badges just inside the door, and find a place to sit. Yay! for on the way in I get a Keitha hug and a Missy hug! I haven’t seen Missy in awhile! Eventually, Kristy, Missy, and my new Sister in Christ (Ellen) are sitting in front of me, and Sarah beside me! We fellowship for a few minutes before saying a blessing over snacks, and go get some!

I used this moment to go to the ladies room first and realize…
I finally have my camera AND my badge at the same time!!
So I kindly allow the beautiful flowers to hold it for me while I snap! 😉
bbs4.2The caption underneath my name reads:
Making Room For Sabbath

Confession time: I didn’t get ANY of my homework read until just before class, sitting out in the car, and I still had a page to go. Just last week I was going to get my post for Breathing With Friends, Week 3 posted, and remark that I am surprised to be so actively speaking this time around because in past classes I have had a lot going on and simply needed God and HIS opinion, not mine. I was even going to say that I hope I am not annoying Keitha, Sarah, and the ladies with being so vocal. And then the week happened!

For one thing, my brother-in-law, who is in palliative care ended up back in the hospital pretty bad off. My brother, who is his caretaker, was extremely concerned and stressed out. My spine was still struggling to mend from standing so long last week. And even though one of my therapies was doing so well that I have been discharged, I still have some issues in other therapy areas. Home life had some challenges. And speaking of challenges… decluttering wasn’t going quite as well (or quick) as I had hoped. Most of the week, I struggled to stay awake! No joke! But you know what… I was STILL doing my homework and it was paying off when so desperately needed.
1. I was taking time to Breathe! Which led me to falling asleep a lot! 😉
2. I was saying No! Which allowed me to breathe! 🙂
3. I was saying Enough Is Enough! Which allowed healthy choices! ❤
❤ HOMEWORK WELL DONE! LOVED ME SOME DOUBLE PORTION! ❤

Now the Lord has us… Coming Into Focus, So we watch Priscilla’s video.
bbs4.5We were given the week’s assignment to
1. recall what God has accomplished on your behalf.
2. Told that a Rhema word is:
when the Holy Spirit uses a General message and applies it Specifically to your life.
**Hello! When has God NOT been using a general message to apply it specifically to my life! If we pay attention, God WILL speak! His Holy Spirit is whispering clearly to us every moment! He’s so worth listening to! ❤ Keep whispering God! ❤ **
3. Take The 14% Challenge!
bbs4.6A. Take 14 Minutes Every Day this week for God! No distractions!
B. Take 14 Inches Twice a Week to make space for God!

I praise His Holy Name that He gave me my 14 Minutes today that belonged to Him!
You guessed it… a post to follow for each Day and Space given to my God! ❤
Day One was so like Him! Would you expect anything else! ❤

My personal challenge for the week will be…
Recall What God has accomplished on my behalf…
because He has spoken specifically on what…. and it’s very personal.
We all have those. 😉
Sorry to be so silent on you this week, ladies!

After discussing the video and the challenge, we circle up for prayers, updates, and praises. Oh… and there were door prizes! 😉 I love seeing people being gifted with surprises! ❤ God is so good and generous!

Breathing With Friends, week 1

Okay, Lord. Here we go on this new adventure You have set before me. This is the first week of the plans You have laid before me, as I wrote to You about in my last post Catching My Breath. I am so grateful and excited about this Breathe Ladies Bible Study that You are allowing me to do with Keitha and Sarah! Keitha will be leading us on this study… Breathe: Making Room for Sabbath written by Priscilla Shirer.

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As I have arrived, I am so nervous. It’s been awhile since I have been able to see some of the ladies. I am also missing Irene being able to do a study with me. I miss her going with me to church, ladies events, and just being here. I know I will see her in heaven, and I thank You for giving her a loving home and pain free life. I just miss her. ❤ Hug her for me!

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You encourage me with the thought of seeing Sarah, Keitha, and other familiar faces I am sure I will see. Everyone loves doing a bible study with Keitha! Just to spend time with her is a precious gift from You! We ladies know that when You have Keitha leading, we WILL be given a MEATY serving of Your Holy Word, and that we will have MEANINGFUL and LOVING conversations, and of course a lot of LAUGHS! You tell us laughter is good medicine… so that makes Keitha good medicine! 😉

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine:
but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
– Proverbs 17:22 KJV

As I go inside the church I have never been in before, I get in line and meet a couple of new friends… Carol and Pat are my new sisters in Christ! As we talk, the person in front of them turns around and I see a familiar face! Stephanie! We are so excited to say hey because it has been so long! Last time I saw her she was single. We had kept up in touch via FB, so I knew she was married now. 2 years they have been married already! It was so nice to be able to catch up! We got signed in, got our books, a paper summarizing an outline for the study, and went to find a seat at the table.

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Sarah! We see Sarah right off to our right and were able to sit with her! It was such a gift to catch up with her as well! I was hoping to find out how her infant nephew was doing. He is doing better, but is still in the NICU with underdeveloped lungs. It is taking a toll on her sister and brother in law. It was Sarah who had given me a heads up about the study and put my name on a list that allowed me to receive the email from Keitha! Thank you, Sarah!
We all did some fellowshipping and snacks while Keitha went over what we would be doing. We then went around the table, each lady telling her name, her church, and something she loves to do to relax. It was awesome to hear so many different backgrounds! At least 10 different churches, some even “looking” (I like that word better than unchurched), and so many different ways to relax: reading, napping, massages, sitting in a porch swing, going out of town, time with family, hiking, running, exercising, exploring graveyards, spa visits, hair salon visits, shopping, and many more. We even did door prizes.

Then we went to watch the Priscilla Shirer video made for the study.

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We took notes as we listened to fill in the blanks.
This was week one: The Freedom of the Sabbath

 

We had discussion afterwards on the video, the notes, and just in general. We then gathered in a circle, some holding hands, as we took prayer requests, and prayed. Lastly, we were each given a book marker with a bible verse relating to the study.

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It was such a blessing to be able to do this study, Lord! Thank You for including me! Thank You for letting me see Sarah, Keitha, Stephanie, so many familiar faces, and meeting new sisters in Christ! ❤ I pray for each one of the prayer requests mentioned (and unspoken), each lady attending (an unable to make it), for all our families, for the church who opened their doors for us, for those who brought and/or served snacks, for those who served in any way, and for anyone that You know needs a special prayer. Praise You, God!

Oh and I did do my homework! 😉

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