New Series Announcement: Truth in Love

Truth in Love New Series

 

I have been blogging now for nearly 6 years. This series is born out of what I’m experiencing within my blogging community.  During these years of blogging, I have watched as Evangelical bloggers have splintered over their liberal and conservative views.  I have also watched as some have been quite brave and bold in their stance – to the point of being mean.  This has made the blogging world less friendly than you might know.  You might see pictures from our conferences where we are hugging and smiling and sharing platforms – uniting around the gospel – but there is a dark underbelly to this blogging world that no one talks about.

Silencers.

There are “thought” leaders with strong personalities who have told the conservatives to essentially sit down and be quiet.  Times have changed. Our old traditional views are no longer culturally relevant and it’s time the church woke up and saw this.

Now if the conservatives were talking about gray areas like length of skirt or dancing…I’d agree. But we are talking about doctrinal issues here.

I have seen many conservatives use scripture to defend themselves and often the — “they will know we are Christians by our love” trump card is played and the blogger is silenced.

Some call silence — giving grace.

Grace is a virtue.

Therefore, silence has become a virtue.

Now don’t get me wrong – I am not saying that the conservatives have handled issues correctly – NO ONE is sinless here.  And I have experienced some very very kind and gracious – left leaning Evangelicals who I love dearly.   But what I have seen is a desire for unity (which is a scripturally commanded) placed above speaking truth to those who teach false doctrine (also a scriptural command).

This is very tricky friends.

I like to write about marriage and parenting…it’s awfully risky to write on cultural topics BUT these cultural issues –affect our marriages and our parenting.

And I feel caught in the middle most days watching the twitter wars fly through my feed.  I have a million thoughts but am so fearful to offend…to lose friends…to be seen as “intolerant”…and I look around and many in my circle are silent.  They don’t want to offend either (or they do not feel called to address these issues – which I understand). We want to be “seen” as grace-filled Christ followers. And I feel like the ONLY way for me to be this, is to be silent.

But I remember a time when I was brave and bold.  In high school, I devoured Josh McDowell and Ravi Zacharias books that were written on how to defend the faith.  I was fearless sharing the gospel.  So much so, that I ended up at the Moody Bible Institute enrolled in the Evangelism and Discipleship program.

The courses I was required to take with this major were awesome.  I LOVED it!  Besides studying the great Evangelists from history and the myriad of methods for Evangelism and Discipleship – I also took classes like Church History, Apologetics (how to defend our faith), Philosophy, Theology I, II, & III, Old Testament Survey, New Testament Survey, World Religions, Hermeneutics (Bible Study Methods), Elements of Bible Study (which emphasized the inductive Bible study method, basic principles of biblical interpretation, distinguishing between figurative and literal language, outlining passages and making applications from biblical principles) and a very cool class titled – Bible Introduction (which included the study of the Canon of Scripture, the transmission of the biblical text from the original writings to the many modern versions and an examination of the major critical questions concerning the Bible for defending the faith). I also took a year of Greek as my language class and many more Bible and message preparation classes.

I LOVE scripture –and I know if you follow my blog – you do too!

So I’m going back to my roots friends –I see in our culture that the church is under attack from all sides and yes, even from within.

It’s time I take the most grace-filled stand for truth I can.

Despite the culture today that says truth is subjective, I believe that the Bible is authoritative and we do have absolute truth.  And sharing this life-giving truth is not intolerant.

I come to the keyboard longing to lovingly hold out the word of truth in a dark world.

I Corinthians 13:1 says, “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.”

Let’s not be gongs and cymbals as we speak truth to our neighbors.

In the midst of disunity and divisions amongst the body of Christ – we have Ephesians 4 which gives the solution to this problem:

11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. 14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 

 

I am not an apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor or teacher…I’m a blogger…for whatever that is worth. Lol!  But this passage in Ephesians tells me that the way we move on to unity and not being infants blown here and there by every wind of teaching is through speaking the truth in love.

Truth unites!

Oh this is not going to be easy friends – but I hope you will journey this 8 week path on Mondays with me.

Chime In:

I’d love your feedback – What truths do you think our culture (outside and inside the church) have rejected and what topics would you like to see me address?

And can I ask…am I in a blogging/twitter wars bubble thinking this is more of a problem than it really is?

Are you all experiencing any of these struggles?  Because if this is not relevant – I’ll keep it to myself and work through it privately and cut this series short. But if working through these issues together can be of help – I’d love to discuss these things here together..

I’ll see you here this Monday as we start week 1!  Pray for me!

Walk with the King,

Courtney

New Series Announcement: Thriving In a Spiritually Mismatched Marriage

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Next week we begin a week long series titled: Thriving in a Spiritually Mismatched Marriage.

I can not wait for you to meet my friend Lynn!  I had the privilege of reading in advance and endorsing her most recent book she co-authored titled, Not Alone: Trusting God to Help You Raise Godly Kids in a Spiritually Mismatched Home.  I LOVED this book and the minute I closed it I knew we needed her voice here at Women Living Well.  I get emails on a regular basis from women in this very situation.  I pray that her words will be a comfort and inspiration to us all.  I have already learned so much off of her as a Titus 2 woman and I look forward to learning more.

So let me introduce you – this is Lynn!

 Lynn Donovan

Lynn Donovan is a speaker, author, and an ordinary woman who shares with audiences her everyday adventures of walking in the Presence of God. Her delight is igniting women’s hearts with Holy Spirit fire, inspiring wives and mothers to step fully into their high and holy calling of marriage and motherhood with joy, laughter and God’s favor. She has been featured guest on the 700 Club Interactive, Focus on the Family, Dr. James Dobson’s FamilyTalk and FamilyLife Today. She coauthored the award winning book, Winning Him Without Words and also Not Alone, Trusting God to Help You Raise Godly Kids In a Spiritually Mismatched Marriage. She has a son and a daughter and a granddaughter. She lives with her husband in Temecula, California. Visit Lynn online at MismatchedAndThriving.com

I am currently on vacation and I have brought her book, Not Alone along for a second read…

 Not alone 2

Yes, I’m somewhere with palm trees for much needed time away with my family and rest (I heard it’s single digits and snowing at home – so I’m feeling double blessed and I’ll try to not complain about the sunburns and rashes we are experiencing Lol!…today we had to spend the day in the room recouping from sun poisoning – ugh!).  I’ll share more pictures with you later but until then – my heart and prayers are with you all.

Walk with the King,

Courtney

The WLW Forum & a Link-Up for the Book Club

WLW Forum a place to connect

 

It’s finally time for me to share this little idea I’ve been working on.  I know this will not appeal to everyone…but I hope it will be a blessing to some.

It’s the Women Living Well Forum – a place to connect!

When I was pregnant with my son (over 10 years ago), I found the “BabyCenter” forums.  I LOVED connecting with other women who were pregnant at the same time and sharing our pregnancy experiences with each other.  Then we had our babies and for about 2 years, I lurked and found a lot of great wisdom and insight there – and a lot of useless stuff too. Lol! But during that season of my life, the forums there really blessed me because I had real women to connect with.

This forum is so we can connect with other like-minded women and discuss the things close to our heart.  If you have questions or thoughts you want to share – share them.  If you have answers and wisdom to share – share it!

I will not be able to oversee every single thread or answer every question there because of time constraints.  But I will hop on from time to time and chat.

I am also hoping that this will be a place where we can discuss the topics of the book club further than just in the comment section of my posts!

So >>click here<< and join the discussions!  You can also find your way to the forums by using the top menu bar – you should see the link on the top right. :)

 

Bloggers – please note that the Wednesday link-up has changed for the next 8 weeks:

This link-up is for those who are blogging their way through the Women Living Well Book Club.  

Posts not pertaining to the book club will be removed.

The complete reading schedule is >>here<<.

Write a post letting your readers know that you are joining us – and then link-up that post below.  

Every Wednesday I will provide a place for you to link-up your post from that week.

Let’s get started!

 


I Need Your Feedback

I need your feedback

 

I need feedback from – you – my faithful readers. Your comments and emails encourage me, teach me, comfort me, challenge me and bless me.

Last year was crazy full with the WLW Conference, Webcasts and book launch. I am looking forward to a much quieter year in 2014. I have turned down ALL speaking opportunities and am clearing my calendar for more reading, writing, you tubing ;) and for you!  I plan to attend a few conferences – not to speak – but to get filled up so I have more to offer here.

This blogging world has opened up a lot of different paths for me to pursue from — publishing a second book, to speaking opportunities, to guest posting on other blogs.  But let me be honest – I miss being home right here at Women Living Well with you all.  This is where I began and this is where I feel called.

So I’m turning over a new leaf in 2014.  I’ve cleared my calendar, I’ve cleared my head, I’ve said “no” to a boatload of paths I could have taken – I even quit contributing to some of my favorite sites – and I’m ready to serve you all right here.  This decision has brought me so much peace.  I have a journal that is starting to overflow with ideas of things I could do and write here…when previously my brain was so cluttered with lengthly ministry “to-do” lists I could barely put a sentence together for a blogpost!

But I need your help directing me a wee bit…cause I have a lot of different ideas of things I could write on…so would you give me 5 minutes of your time and answer a few questions below in the comment section.  I AM listening – I want to serve you better and while I can’t do everything you will recommend – I will be praying over it all.

1.) I will be kicking off the new year with an 8 week Book Club through the book Women Living Well – what would you like to see in a book club? If you read the book, what areas do you wish I had written more on or what was your favorite part?  What do you wish was in the book that was not?

2.) I will be kicking off the new year with a Tuesday video series called – Talk to Me Tuesday.  What topics would you like me to cover in my videos?  Do you have any specific questions I could answer in them – ask them.

3.) Do you like it when I have guest posters – and I don’t mean Janelle’s recipes – she is a staple here and not going anywhere ;) ? Do you want more or less guest posts from other bloggers?

4.) Do you like giveaways? Do you want more or less of those?

5.) Do you like book reviews?  Do you want more or less of those?  Would a quarterly, 4-week Book Club interest you or bore you?

6.)  Do you like the posts where I write about family stuff with family pictures and happenings in my real life – they aren’t spiritual – just “for fun” posts – do you want more or less of these?  I always feel a little narcissistic posting them…like it’s not the point of my blog – me…

7.) Regarding frequency, do you wish I had more blog posts in a week or less?

8.)  Do you want more posts dealing with cultural issues or theological issues regarding my core topics of marriage and family?  Any other thoughts – I’m listening…spill it! lol!

Thank you for your feedback.  I appreciate it! :)

Walk with the King,

Courtney