Tuesday, August 1, 2017

What Does the Bible Say About Prayer?

Cannot believe August is here!  We hope your summer has been full of family, friends, and fun in the sun. Have you been following along with the “Summer in the Scriptures” series?  If not, it’s not too late to grab your Bible, your journal, and some sweet tea as we end out the summer studying prayer.

So, what does the Bible say about prayer?
I’m glad you asked!  For many, prayer can be intimidating or uncomfortable.  Maybe you don’t know what to say, how to pray, or even the purpose of prayer?  I’ve experienced all of those, so if you find yourself in this position, you are in good company.  I’ve learned through my journey with God that I often make things much more complicated than He ever intended them to be. 

In Matthew 18:2, Jesus exhorts the disciples to change and become like little children. One of the sweetest things on this side of heaven is hearing a child pray.  I love hearing my children pray at bedtime.  Even my two year old daughter the other night made her request known to the Lord, “Dear God, please let us go swimming tomorrow, and go to Makenna’s house. In Jesus name, Amen.”  We can learn so much from children and their simple faith.  Did you know The Lord loves hearing you, His child pray to Him, too?  He wants us to come to Him with a simple child-like faith. He’s not looking for anything fancy; He just bids you to come. 

I love this quote by Oswald Chambers, “Prayer is the way the life of God is nourished.” A healthy prayer life is vital for us as believers.  Let’s all together plan daily time this month to work through the scriptures by pressing pause on our busy summer schedules to pray.  I know He will meet us individually and collectively during our prayer time. 

Lynzee Bolton

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Every Day Freedom

Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves.” 1 Peter 2:16

I was sitting on the front row of the sanctuary when I felt the Holy Spirit tug at my heart. I was 9 years old and I knew I wanted Jesus in my heart so I could follow Him. I accepted Christ that day and became a new creation in Him. My life had full access to freedom in Christ from that day forward. I lived free, not using this freedom to cover up evil and I was only a slave to God up until today. Easy, huh? Ok, ok… not so much. I did accept Christ that day and I am free. However, the years following have looked a little different. I didn’t realize at 9 years of age the full measure of grace that I would need in the years to come. I didn’t fully see the amount of effort Satan would exert to keep me in the chains that he loves to wrap around us. To live out this freedom that Christ offers us is much harder than it sounds, isn’t it?

As I look at this wonderful freedom we have as children of God, it is the misuse of it that I find the most interesting and most difficult to swallow.  I don’t know about you, but it is so disappointing when I find out after the fact that I missed out on something BIG because I just didn’t know.  I hate when I’ve caught myself saying, “If I only knew, I would have done that differently.”  But here’s the thing. We do know that this freedom is ours and we misuse it. EVERY. DAY.  So, if this is an every day problem, we need an every day solution.

We have to choose FREEDOM every day. Let’s go on this journey together through the month of July. Let’s write out scriptures that lead us to understand what keeps us in bondage and wrapped up in chains. Let’s begin to break free every day from those things in our lives once and for all. EVERY DAY let us break free from these things that Satan puts in front of us. Let’s choose to live as free people. Let’s choose to use our freedom as God intended for us! We are only slaves to Jesus, free slaves that twirl around in love and contentment no matter our circumstances!

I pray that over the next month you and Jesus will walk together, that He will reveal the things in your life that keep you from His freedom. Below are the verses that we will be writing out together and meditating on each day. We look forward to what God is going to do in all of us.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Summer in the Scriptures

Summer in the Scriptures

Summer is officially here!  Say hello to relaxing days at the pool, snow cones on a hot afternoon, and my favorite: watermelon!  Summer is synonymous with a slower pace of life. It is a season we relax, rest, and refuel. As summertime begins, the Lord has reminded us how vital His Word is for every season of life.  We are so encouraged by the hunger the women of our church have to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ, and wanted to challenge each of you to join us to spend this summer in the scriptures!

This month we will begin our journey on 3 powerful truths regarding our identity found in God’s Word.  

I am accepted…
I am secure…
I am significant…

 Pastor Paul just taught us on Sunday about this very topic!  It’s huge!  Remember what Pastor says, “The most important thing about me is what God says about me!”  Let’s find out together who God says we are.  Grab your journal & some java, and let’s dig deeper into God’s Word.  Make this time YOUR time with the Lord.  There’s no one way to spend time with the Lord, however, we do encourage you to take the scripture passage each day and do three things: READ IT, WRITE IT, SAY IT!  It won’t take you long to complete and the impact will be lifelong! 

The first scripture passages will focus our identity on the truth: “I am accepted”.  Let’s look at the first scripture passage together:

Read it:  John 1:12  

Write it:  Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.

Say it: I am God’s child!

What a powerful truth!  We trust the Lord will bless us as we spend this summer in the scriptures.  May He enrich your time with Him, and strengthen you as you spend the month of June discovering these truths.  Check in with us weekly on the blog and social media for encouragement, updates, and more tools to help you on your journey with Christ.  Blessings!

Lynzee Bolton

Below is the plan to follow for June:

Monday, May 29, 2017

Who's In Control?

It always makes me nervous planning upcoming events because I know the Lord is going to walk us through our own journey to teach us first before He has us bring anything before you.  With that being said, Paula and I began meeting over The Well for May 9.  We began by just pouring our hearts out to each other with all that seemed to be going on around us in so many people's lives...some as close as family, some close friends, and some we just knew were walking through difficult times.  Our hearts were so heavy.  We began to really question the Lord as to why He allows certain things to happen, why some prayers seem to continue to go unanswered, why some He seemed to answer more clearly than others.  Why some He chooses to continue to take on hard journeys.  I'm so thankful for a safe place where I can be raw and open about where I am on my journey.  

As we continued to meet, the Lord put before us the word SURRENDER over and over again.  SURRENDER. "Why this word, Lord?", "Why now?"  A precious friend who I often go to for help when I'm walking through these things came to me a couple of days after I had put this before her.  She told me how the Lord helped her to see that Jesus walked through these very struggles as He walked on His own journey.  At one point Jesus actually asked the Father to take this cup from Him.  Look with me at Mark 14:32-36 NIV:

They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. 34 “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them. “Stay here and keep watch.”
35 Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. 36 “Abba,[a] Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”

Check out verse 36!! This was the part that hit me right between the eyes.  "YET, not what I will, but what you will." SURRENDER.  The Lord prayed that he wouldn't have to walk the road before him, just like I've prayed so many times before for myself as well as others around me that are going through difficult things.  Wow!!! Yet, instead of taking it away He gave him the strength to walk through it.  
A couple of days later while attending a conference at Watermark, the worship leader shared a verse that began to open our eyes even more to SURRENDER.  Check this out!!! 
Hebrews 12:1-3 NIV
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross,scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Wow....it was for the JOY that was set before him that he endured the cross.  It was to fulfill the perfect plan.  The Lord walked through complete SURRENDER for me. Just WOW.  This gave me such a complete different outlook on things that we may be walking through.  It doesn't necessarily make it any easier, but it helps me walk through these times with HOPE, knowing that He is working all of this together according to His perfect plan.  He's not asking me to do anything He hasn't already done for me.  
I don't know about you though.....I get tired.  Actually, I get weary and quickly want to give up.  I was reading on down in Hebrews 12:12-13 (NLT) and came across a verse the Lord had actually shown me about a year ago.  It was so cool to me how He chose to weave it all together with this new perspective He had shown me.  
So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees.13 Mark out a straight path for your feet so that those who are weak and lame will not fall but become strong.

Do you need a "new grip" today?  I'm telling you what....I did.  Honestly, I need a new grip every day. As Angela Clements shared with us at The Well....NOTHING ever progresses in our life without surrender. Complete SURRENDER.  EVERY DAY.  

Oh how I pray that you'll truly seek the Father's heart if there is anything or anyone you need to surrender to Him today.  Trust me, I needed to not only surrender several things I was walking through, but I also needed to surrender my family to Him.  He knows what He needs to take them through more than I do to get them to where He wants them to be.  That's the main goal, right??

I was lying in bed one night just praying about stuff on my heart and the Lord reminded me of a song that I absolutely LOVE!! As I listened to it, He whispered to my heart...this is it, Shannon.  This is SURRENDER.  

Hang in there!!! We love you and are on this journey with you!! Please let us know if there is anything we can do!! Keep your eyes open for some exciting new things coming this summer! We've been working on a Bible reading/Scripture writing plan that I'm so very pumped to introduce to you!! Details are coming soon!!!

Much love,

Shannon Mints

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Table


I love it when I can prepare a meal for my family and we gather at the table. It does something to my mama’s heart to see all my children safe and my husband praying over our lives.  When one of us can’t be at the table, it’s never the same. Yes, we eat our food and go about our conversation in the same way, but we all know there’s someone missing. 

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil: my cup overflows.”
Psalms 23:5

I always wondered what “in the presence of my enemies” meant when I was younger. I thought a meal with the mean boy on the playground wouldn’t be very fun. But as I studied the scripture, I’ve realized that Jesus is telling us that He has prepared a place for ALL of us at HIS table.  It doesn’t matter who you are, or what you’ve done, or even how you feel at the moment. His table is like no other. He will offer you a feast of His love, goodness, mercy, and all the fruits of the spirit as you live your life with Him. He says that He will do this in the midst of the enemy.  He knows He has victory over the enemy and He says to you, “Come sit and relax at my table”, “The war has already been won”.  He promises that at His table your cup will overflow.  

Here’s the kicker, you have to choose to come to the table. The place is set, the feast is ready, and the beautiful offerings have your name written on them.

Will you come?

Earlier in Psalms 23, verses 3-4 says, “He restores my soul and He guides me to paths of righteousness for His name’s sake”.   He is asking you to be obedient and follow Him. We are His daughters and He knows when you are missing from the table. It grieves His heart because he wants you there with Him, just as we want those we love around us. He has designed us to be with others that love Jesus. We are never alone at God’s table.

There are lots of things that can keep us from God’s table; our schedules, our thoughts, hurts in relationships, fear of being hurt again, pride, or even our mis-managed time. Although people may hurt or disappoint us, it does not change the promise of the overflowing cup that Jesus is handing to us at His table. 

If you haven’t left your seat at the table - enjoy your time today with your Heavenly Father. If you have gotten up - He is inviting you back to sit with Him.  Pull up a chair and have a simple conversation with Jesus throughout your day today.  He knows you’re coming and your place has been set.



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