Good morning, Sweet Sisters!
Somehow, I am a week behind. Last week started as normal but by the end of the week I had: 3 sick kids, a hubby with a back injury, a teenager with a broken bone and a water leak. My sweet hubby and I joke, that with all the trouble that seems to be wreaking havoc in our little world right now- we must be doing something right- right? So, please keep my family in your prayers this week. Pray for complete and quick healing, no surgery for our broken bone, provision , strength and a strong faith as we walk through these minor struggles.
This will be week 4 of our fall study. We will finish up with Romans today, and jump straight into Exodus tomorrow. Here is this week's reading plan:
Monday- Romans 16
Tuesday - Exodus 1
Wednesday - Exodus 2
Thursday - Exodus 3
Friday - Exodus 4
I'm praying for each of you this week. May God open our hearts, eyes, and minds to all that He wants us to know.
Keep reading God's Word!
Good morning, Sweet Friends!
I am so sorry that I am a day behind on our reading schedule. A large home project yesterday kept me extra busy and time got away from me. So, today I will get right to our reading plan for the week, one day off schedule. :)
Tuesday - Romans 11
Wednesday - Romans 12
Thursday - Romans 13
Friday - Romans 14
Saturday - Romans 15
Yes, I have thrown a Saturday in this week to keep us on schedule, but the great thing about this study is our flexibility. Make the reading plan work for your schedule. If you need to read two chapters in one day, that's fine. whatever works for you!
I'm praying for each of you this week!
Good morning, Ladies!
Fall is officially here! It is warm and beautiful, but terribly dry here. I hope that each of you have learned from last week's reading and are eager to grow in God's grace even more. I will keep things sweet and short here today and get straight to our weekly reading plan:
Monday - Romans 6
Tuesday - Romans 7
Wednesday - Romans 8
Thursday - Romans 9
Friday - Romans 10
I'm praying for each of you this week as you are spending daily time, with God .
Hello Sweet Sisters!
I hope each of you have taken so much treasure from our Scripture reading this week. Many of you may have come to salvation by reading Romans. Many times it is said to be the "Romans Road", because it tells us simply, how to accept Jesus as our Savior through faith. Romans is Paul's letter to Rome, sharing with them the Good News of Christ. Today, I simply want to share the verses that stood out to me.
"This Good News tells us how God makes us right in His sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, 'It is through faith that a righteous person has life.' " ~ Romans 1:17
"For merely listening to the law doesn't make us right with God. It is obeying the law that makes us right in His sight." ~ Romans 2:13
"Obviously, the law applies to those to whom it was given, for its purpose is to keep people from having excuses, and to show that the entire world is guilty before God. For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are." Romans 3:19-20
"We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God's glorious standard. Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when He freed us from the penalty for our sins." Romans 3:22-24
Salvation is simple. We are all sinners. I am a sinner. I am no better than anyone else. I don't deserve eternal salvation and I will NEVER be able to earn it. Thankfully, I don't have to. It is freely given by God, if only I believe. God grants instant salvation to those who believe that His only Son, Jesus, died on the cross for ALL ( I mean EVERYONE'S) sin. That's it. We admit that we are sinners, we believe in the sacrifice Jesus made for us and we confess our faith in Him. (I am praying for any of you who may not have done this yet, but feel God pulling you toward salvation. Don't delay. Turn your heart and life over to God and believe in Him and accept His sweet gift.)
Chapter four shares how Abraham, the founder of the Jewish nation, was counted as righteous by God all because of his faith, not his good deeds. Abraham was a sinner, too. Go back to Genesis and read over how many mistakes he made. Yet, because of His faith, God counted him as righteous.
Chapter 5 reminds us of the hope we have, now that we have been made right with God through our faith in Jesus Christ. Because of our faith, we can rejoice in trials. Our trials will develop endurance, our endurance will develop our character, and our character strengthens our hope of salvation.
What verses spoke straight to your heart this week?
What is God opening your eyes, heart and mind to?
I'm praying for each of you, as we continue our journey through Scripture.
Good morning, Sweet Sisters!
Today we begin our Fall Bible Study. I'm looking forward to digging into God's Word with each of you! The purpose of our study here at Redeeming Elegance, is to encourage and support Christian women in their daily walk with Christ. Specifically, reading the Bible every day. I am a wife and a homeschool mother of (almost) six children. I understand how busy our lives can be and how hard it is to find time to read Scripture and be still before God. That is why Redeeming Elegance exists.
Our Bible studies are easy to follow. We read through the Bible, one book at a time, one chapter per day. Each week I will post a reading plan of 5 chapters, leaving the weekends open for you to catch up if needed. I hope to post through the week verses and things that stick out to me and I would love for each of you to comment on how God is speaking to you through His Word. Although our studies here are intended for individual reading, it is also very easy to adapt to your Ladies Small Group if you want to read through the Bible, one book at a time.
So, let's get started! Here is this week's reading plan:
Monday - Romans 1
Tuesday - Romans 2
Wednesday - Romans 3
Thursday - Romans 4
Friday - Romans 5
I am praying for each of you this week as you commit yourself to reading the Bible each day.
At the beginning of this year, I set a few personal goals for myself. I wrote them down, prayed over them, and stuck them right inside the cover of my "thank you" journal so that I would be reminded of these goals often. Unintentionally, three out of my four goals had a reoccurring theme: encourage. Specifically, my "encourage" goals consisted of:
1. Be more supportive and encouraging to my Hubby.
2. Be more intentional and encouraging to my children.
3. Be encouraging to other wives and moms.
I wish I could say that I have reached each of these goals 100%. But sadly, I'm a work in progress and this is something I will forever be working on. Life is hard for everyone. Most of us take on way more than we should, some of us have been handed with unexpected trials, all of us have been hurt by others, and everyone of us have the every day "musts" that we have to contend with. Wouldn't a little bit of encouragement help ease our worries, stresses and anxieties?
Like I said, I'm still working on this. I try to remind myself everyday to be more encouraging. I don't always succeed, but I am trying. God gives us many verses on encouragement. I wanted to share a few that really stood out to me.
"So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing." ~ I Thessalonians 5:11
"Don't be selfish; don't try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don't look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too." ~ Philippians 2:3-4
"As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend." ~ Proverbs 27:17
"Don't use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them." ~ Ephesians 4:29
"Share each other's burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ." ~Galatians 6:2
"Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of His return is drawing near." ~ Hebrews 10: 24-25
"Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken." ~ Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
I'm going to stick with my goals. I'm going to try harder. I want to always remember, I know I will slip up, but my prayer is that God will help me to become an "Encourager".
So here's my plan:
*I want to build others up.
*I want to put others first and think about their interests instead of my own.
*I want to be a friend who supports, encourages and sharpens my friends.
*I want my words to be good and helpful to all those who hear them.
*In any way I can, I want to share other's burdens. I want to pray for them and help them in whatever need they may have.
*I want to be a motivator.
*I want to make time for others, starting with my husband and children and those God has placed in my life.
*I want to help others stand firm, when they feel like their feet are being taken out from under them.
This is my prayer. However, God wants to use me, I am His to use.
Lord, help me to be encouraging to my Sweet Hubby, my Precious Children, and my family and friends who You have placed in my life. Let my words, my actions, my reactions and my attitude always reflect Your love to those who need a bit of encouragement. And when I fail, pick me up and give me the strength to try again. Make me an Encourager! In Jesus' name I pray, amen.
Reach out and encourage your people, today!
Hello Sweet Sisters!
Today we are supposed to begin our Fall Study, but due to a personal time constraint, I am pushing it off one more week. So, our Fall Bible Study through the books of Romans and Exodus, will begin next Monday, September 18, 2017. This is a great time of year to start a new study as we get more established in our fall school, work and holiday schedules. Please share this with all the ladies you know and also feel free to use this study in your own women's small group.
We are in the midst of our first few weeks of our homeschool year over here, so my days have been full of teaching, training and all the normal "keep the household together" routines. I look forward to studying God's Word with you over the next few months!
October marks this blog's 2nd anniversary. When I began writing here, I didn't really know what to expect. I was only following a prompting from the Holy Spirit to reach out to Christian women and encourage and support their daily walk for Christ. For the past couple of weeks, I have been praying about this ministry and what the next step should be or if there is to even be a next step.
I don't blog here for money. I get absolutely NO compensation.
I don't blog here for internet status. I have few viewers and even less comments.
I don't blog here to grow my social accounts. I don't facebook, twitter, or instagram (though I am a pinterest junkie).
I don't blog to win any awards of blog presentation. As you can see, I barely post pictures, there have been very few in the past two years.
So, while praying this through and seeking God's guidance on whether to continue or not, I felt I needed to think about why I do blog here. What are the reasons for the time I do spend here and does it line up with what God is calling me to? Here's what I know.
The reasons that Redeeming Elegance exists:
1. From day one, the purpose of this blog was and is to bring glory to God in every word and thought expressed here. If the content of this blog doesn't bring Him glory and point to Him, then it can't be posted.
2. To encourage, support, and equip women in their daily walk with God. Most of us who grew up in Christian homes and within church, know a lot of what the Bible says, but most Christians don't make a point or time to truly study and know the Word. This is especially true for busy moms. It's hard to find time to shower, let alone spend time reading or studying something. The purpose here is to support all women in finding that time to read the Bible. The truth is, we can't continue to grow in our faith if we don't know God and what He truly wants of us.
3. To hold up the truths in Scripture. We are living in a fast-paced, society-driven, politically-correct world. And unfortunately, most of us believers are on that same train. We tend to follow the trends of the modern world and accept things, just because the current culture does. However, that's not how God works. The Bible is the only solid truth. It is God's Word. The Bible and it's message, does not change. It's the same now as it was when it was first written and it will be the same when this world comes to an end. God is the same now and always, He doesn't change. So, anything posted here is always tested against God's Word. If something doesn't line up with Scripture, it can't be encouraged here. This means, the passages in the Bible that are now considered controversial, are considered truth here. We won't change God's Word just to make others feel comfortable or to keep from stepping on toes. All of God's Word will be shared here and it is our daily goal to strive to follow God's Word.
4. To keep me, personally, accountable in my own walk with Christ. I am one of those busy moms I mentioned before. I am a happy, stay-at-home, homeschooling momma to 5 (almost 6) kids, wife to my hubby who owns his own business, and keeper of our home. I know what it's like not to have time to do everything I would like to do, so I needed this accountability as much as the next person.
5. To encourage daily reading of Scripture, not to teach it. The goal here is to share an easy, do-able reading schedule. I am not here to teach you the Bible, it's up to you to read it, study it, and pray through it. Let God speak to you. The things I share here are simply what God is teaching me through His Word, and it would be so encouraging for me to hear from you, what you are learning as well.
So, with these thoughts being penned down, and after much prayer, I have the same push as before. If this blog only helps one woman to grow stronger in her faith, closer to Christ, and more knowledgeable of Scripture, than I am doing what God has asked of me. Even if that one woman, turns out to be me. I'm okay with that.
"No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what He requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God." ~ Micah 6:8
Moving Forward we will continue to study God's Word, chapter by chapter. I'll post a weekly reading plan and together we will be in Scripture every day. Along the way, I may post things that God has taught me, I may share an encouraging verse, a prayer request, or an encouragement from real life as a woman of God, a wife, a mom and a homeschooler. My prayer is that this site is always a support and encouragement to anyone who reads here and I truly pray for each reader. This is a safe place where you can share your prayer requests in the comment section and allow other believers to lift you up in prayer. Please share this with all the woman in your life, you never know who needs that extra support, encouragement or accountability in her walk of faith. So, here is to moving forward in our walk with Jesus! :)
Our Fall Study will begin Monday, September 11, 2017. We will start in the book of Romans and end with Exodus. Our study will run for about 12 weeks. I do hope you will join me in God's Word! Until then, check back. I may have a few posts for you between now and the start of our Fall Study.
Good morning, Ladies!
This is it! Our last week in Genesis! Originally when we began our summer study in May, we were scheduled to jump right into Romans once we finished in Genesis. However, when our study was delayed a few weeks due to my own personal circumstances, it pushed us out a little. So, we are going to finish our summer study with Genesis and we will start our fall study in the book of Romans. After this week of reading, we will take a break for a few weeks. Most of us are gearing up for a new school year or just jumping back into a regular routine now that summer and vacations are mostly coming to an end. I will have more information on our fall study coming soon.
So, for today, here is this week's reading plan:
Monday - Genesis 46
Tuesday - Genesis 47
Wednesday - Genesis 48
Thursday - Genesis 49
Friday - Genesis 50
May the Lord speak to your heart and mind through these last chapters of Genesis and may He bless you abundantly as you are striving to spend time with Him each day.
Good morning, Sweet Sisters!
We have two weeks left in Genesis. How have you been changed through God's word over the past 8 weeks? What have you learned? Let's push through the next two weeks and seek God's direction. Here is this week's reading plan:
Monday - Genesis 41
Tuesday - Genesis 42
Wednesday - Genesis 43
Thursday - Genesis 44
Friday - Genesis 45
I'm praying for each of you this week! Keep reading God's Word!
For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. "
Hi! I'm Andrea, wife to my handsome hubby, homeschooling mama to my 5 amazing blessings (with one more on the way), and daughter of the King of kings. I am so glad you have stopped by my little piece of the web. My prayer is that the Lord will use this blog to encourage you in your personal, daily walk with Christ.