Disciple Her by Kandi Gallaty–Book Review

This book is a great resource for any individual or church interested in beginning Discipleship groups.  Kandi shares her experience, working with other women (usually for one year) and establishing spiritual disciplines such as prayer, journaling Bible study, Bible memorization.  At that point, the members are equipped to go forth and start D-groups of their own.  If you have the spiritual gifts of shepherding and/or encouragement, this book will inspire and motivate you.  According to the forward, Kandi

“… has defined what discipleship is, and outlined a pathway for investing in other women.”

Disciple Her

 

An appendix at the back of the book includes:

sample covenants for the D-groups,  a suggested reading list, a sample journaling process, a worksheet for planning your own group, a Bible reading plan and more.  I especially appreciated her plan for journaling.  Although I love to write, I have never been particularly successful at journaling.  Kandi’s model is H.E.A.R —

  • Highlight the passage you are studying each day
  • Explain the background and meaning of the verse
  • Apply the verse generally and specifically to your own life
  • Respond to the verse in prayer

I plan to give this method a try!

I also appreciated her explanation of the MARCS of a disciple.  They should be:

  • Missional
  • Accountable
  • Reproducible
  • Communal
  • Scriptural

Does your life show all of these marks?

As an interesting, aside, Kandi’s husband Robby wrote the series of books that include Bearing Fruit, Firmly Planted and Growing Up.  I believe I reviewed one of these on our blog some time ago, and highly recommended it.

VERDICT:  5 stars.  This book is a must for the Women’s Ministry of the church.

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Disciple Her

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What Am I Feeling? by Dr. Josh and Christi Straub–Book Review

Parents and teachers will love this colorfully illustrated book about feelings and how to handle them.  Sam’s father tells him:

“…. what you feel matters, but it doesn’t have to control you.  Giving each feeling a name helps you know what to do with it.”

He then adds this piece of good advice:

“a feeling is just a feeling.  It’s not in charge of you.  If you feel afraid, take a deep breath, name your feeling, and ask God to help you with it.”

What Am I Feeling?

Many children (and let’s be honest, adults), struggle with controlling their feelings. Emotions can manifest themselves in physical ways (an upset stomach) and can lead us to say and do things that are destructive.  Sam and his classmates learn to recognize and label difficult emotions like jealousy, anger, fear and sadness as well as good feelings of happiness and bravery.  This is a first step in self-awareness and empathizing with others.

A great teaching tool, the book contains a pull-out  feeling chart that will be great for use at home in a classroom.

VERDICT:  5 stars

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What Am I Feeling?

 

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Martin Luther on Praying for One Another

“No man should be alone when he opposes Satan. The church and the ministry of the Word were instituted for this purpose, that hands may be joined together and one may help another. If the prayer of one doesn’t help, the prayer of another will.”

Martin Luther

Your Will Not Mine

Why do you pray?  Is it to get what you want?  Change something that makes you unhappy?  Find a way out of a desperate situation?  It’s okay.  We all pray like this, sometimes, and God wants us to pour out our innermost thoughts, desires and fears to Him.  It’s a beginning.  However, the motivating factor behind our prayer life should be this:  to know His will and obey Him.  I found this quote that expresses true prayer well:

“That prayer which does not succeed in moderating our wish, in changing the passionate desire into still submission, the anxious, tumultuous expectation into silent surrender, is no true prayer and proves that that we have not the spirit of true prayer.  That life is most holy in which there is least of petition and desire, and most of waiting upon God;  that in which petition most often passes into thanksgiving.  Pray till prayer makes you forget your own wish, and leave it or merge it in God’s will.  The Divine wisdom has given us prayer, not as a means whereby to obtain the good things of earth, but as a means whereby we learn to do without them;  not as a means whereby we escape evil, but as a means whereby we become strong to meet it.” F.W. Robertson

This is how Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane.  It was an anguished, but genuine prayer;  a prayer that was all about the Father and His plan.

“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” Luke 22:42

Can you follow His lead and pray to be led into God’s will, not your own?  It’s a prayer that will never fail.

First Things First

This Christian song has been on my mind for days now.  When that happens I can’t help but think that God is trying to get my attention.  It was written by Rick Founds and from 1997-2003 was the song most often played in Christian churches across the country.  It’s not a surprise that Rick wrote it during his morning devotions.  It reminds me of something a friend of mine often says:  the first part of prayer and worship should be praise.  January is the right time to think about our priorities and putting the most important things first in our lives.  So listen, praise God and make Him your priority in 2019.

The Attitude of This Saint

Recently, it has come to my attention that I need an attitude check.  Yeah, we use that on teenagers, or at least, I used that on mine.  You see, I’ve been walking around with these thoughts that I should quit certain activities because I didn’t like the way they were being led.  I didn’t want to be a part of that, it’s taking up too much of my time, etc.

Then there is my work.  I’m an older lady that just got a new boss that is the same age as my YOUNGEST son.  Yup, there is a clash there.  I could handle it if he seemed a bit more mature, but he is such a millennial!! But he is my boss….

In my quiet time I read this in Ephesians 4:

22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds;24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

The NIV uses the word attitude; the ESV uses the word Spirit.  I like the one with the word attitude.  I’ve been shown that I need to change my attitude about these events and I’m sure I’ll be at this for awhile.  I should have the activities and my boss in my prayers and drop the self-righteous attitude, because that’s what it is.  Believe me the self righteousness just crept up on me and I didn’t realize that is really what this was until recently.

So, be careful out there, saints!!!  We may be saints but we shouldn’t be self righteous!!

Fanning the Flame #18 Things Are Changing

We had a congregational meeting last Sunday, and there was a difficult discussion.  Over the course of many years, people have designated part of their contribution to benevolence;  instead of giving this money away, it has been used as a cushion to help pay the daily expenses of running the church.  Worse than that, it became a crutch to allow ourselves deny the ugly truth that we’re not giving enough to sustain God’s church.  We need to repent and rectify this situation.

Fortunately we do now recognize this sin, and the council has a plan to wipe out our debt and give us a clean slate( a positive step).  This leaves us with the problem — how do we go forward without falling back into the same pattern?  We’d all like to pin the blame and the responsibility to fix the issue on somebody else.  If only EVERYONE would give more.  If only SOMEBODY would plan more fundraisers– etc., etc..

Then Beth Ann made a very good point.  FIRST we need to PRAY.  I have been at St. Paul’s for over thirteen years now, and I have never heard anyone say this in the midst of a meeting before.  This is a change.  I only wish we had taken it further and PRAYED right then and there.  It might have changed the whole tone of the meeting.  This morning God has put another conviction about this on my heart — we each need to pray, not for God to provide a miracle, or to make everyone else do the right thing;  we need to pray that God would show each one of us what we can do to nourish and sustain God’s church right here where we are.  I need to search my heart to see what God would have me do. I need to become a better steward, not just of my money, but of my spiritual gifts and my time.  I need to be like the little boy who trusted Christ with his few loaves and fishes.

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.  1 Timothy 2:15

I can’t change anyone else, but I can change myself.  I don’t want to stand before God, ashamed because I gave Him only the leftovers of my life.  I want to hear the words,

Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness! Matthew 25:23

I’m convinced we’re changing and moving in the right direction.  This is a sign that God is at work.  My prayer is that He will continue to change us by first changing me.  Pray with me, friends and readers … I’ll keep you posted!