At the beginning of yesterday’s Q2 planning workshop, Michelle did a quick devotion from Genesis 33:13-14. If planning is complicated, overwhelming, or discouraging (we're looking at you, 2020!) for you, Genesis 33 offers us a different approach that just might be what you need. "But Jacob said to him, “My lord knows that the children are frail, and that the nursing flocks and herds are a care to me. If they are driven hard for one day, all the flocks will die. Let my lord pass on ahead of his servant, and I will lead on slowly, at the pace of the livestock that are ahead of me and at the pace of the children, until I come to my lord in Seir.” "children are frail...all the flocks will die" don't get blinded by possible perks and forget pushing too hard comes at a cost (and usually one that is too expensive!) "let my lord pass ahead of his servant" it's okay if someone is ahead of you determine where your heart is by asking yourself - how do you speak of those who are ahead of you - humbly or critically? "more workers into the harvest" [...]
Is planning even possible right now? This question hasn't just come across my desk...it has crossed my own mind several times throughout the last year. Double the good news: I'm right there with you, and yes, planning is still possible. We just have to continuously purify our motives + refuse to lose sight of the mission. Because the truth is: we often over-complicate forward progress. Whether you come to the workshop on Wednesday or not: the simplest path forward is found through listening and meeting the needs of others. So if "planning" stresses you out, I wonder if maybe you've simply fallen into the habit of doing a lot of talking and putting your own desires in front of the needs of others. (It's easy to do!) In a letter to the church at Corinth, Paul emphasized his role in the work God had called him and a ministry partner to do like this: "I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow." - 1 Corinthians 3:6 Have you been so busy trying to make it grow... that you've lost focus on the "planting" and "watering" associated [...]
This week's conversation on self-control with Somer Phoebus got real, real fast... because well... it was what is rarely said but needed to be said. Biblical self-control is often reduced to be similar to willpower, but in reality, the attitudes and actions of the two are completely different. Members, the full class is up in the member group and the member portal, but if you can't watch immediately and still want to dig into this, read through Galatians 5:19-23. So often, we skip straight to the fruits of the Spirit and in doing so, we skip over the works of the flesh. These verses bring incredible clarity in how to see the difference between living in the flesh vs. living by the Spirit. Just look: works of the flesh: sexual immorality impurity sensuality idolatry sorcery enmity strife jealousy fits of anger rivalries dissensions divisions envy drunkenness orgies fruits of the Spirit: love joy peace patience kindness goodness faithfulness gentleness self-control Login or become a member to join the conversation. We love digging into His truth with you!
"I didn't know how much I needed this..." "I didn't know how much I needed this..." has been the resounding echo since class ended on Wednesday with Liz + Summer of Healthy, Whole and Free. Let's be honest: body image is usually a heavy subject. And while Liz + Summer didn't shy away from any truth, they simplified why it often feels so heavy: because we attempt to carry it on our own. Truthfully, this may be the first time you ever listen to a faith-based fitness conversation and leave feeling lighter. Liz challenged us with this question in class: "What have you not participated in fully because of your dissatisfaction and distraction?" ^ That's what they mean when they talk breaking free from body image bondage. It's difficult to be effective for the Kingdom and truly show up in our lives if we are self-focused. And that's exactly what poor body image does. We become distracted from what matters most by our dissatisfaction with ourselves. This convo is not the typical advice you hear. But that's kinda what we do around here, as what the world typically shares is rarely what is [...]
This week's class was on Sabbath -- and Michelle Myers got really personal with how God has changed her heart over the years from not prioritizing having a Sabbath to going through the motions of a Sabbath, to delighting in a Sabbath to putting a little bit of Sabbath in each day. We always aim to have a Biblical foundation that moves to practical application -- and with topics like this, we also pray God gets personal with each of us. Members, the recording is ready for you in the member group and your member portal! If these are the kinds of conversations and you need, swHw membership is for you! Our doors are always open and we would love to get to know you more inside the swHw membership. Join swHw!