When You Feel Discouraged {Don’t Let Go! Week 1}

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It’s time to begin the 13th Annual Making Your Home a Haven Bible Study

Join me for Week 1’s video as we discuss when we feel discouraged  —then pull out your journals and begin!

Week 1 – When You Feel Discouraged

Jesus died on the cross and rose again for the forgiveness of our sins. Through our faith in Jesus, we have a personal relationship with Him. 

Our God is personal. 

Never forget that!  He is our creator and He loves us. He knows exactly what is best for us.  So, He tells us in His Word to –give thanks.

Giving thanks is an important spiritual discipline that helps open our eyes to the good gifts that God has generously given to us each day.

Interestingly, it is also scientifically proven that listing the things we are grateful for improves our relationships, our mood, our sleep, our hopefulness, our resiliency and our physical and psychological health.

Begin your gratitude list now.

Open your journal – or pull out a pen and paper and begin.  As you set your pen to the paper – wait on the Lord.  Seek God and ask him to show you all the ways he has shown himself to you lately.

Give thanks to God for both the big and small blessings in your life.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever.
(Psalm 136:1)

Week 1 Challenge

Go buy an extra-large candle and light your candle every day in your home.  Each time the glimmer of the candle catches your eye, slow down, pray and give thanks.

I will be starting mine in the morning but you can start yours at dinner time or whenever is convenient for you.  I will be placing mine in the kitchen – the main hub of my home.  Let’s make our homes feel like a warm hug and a sweet haven all month long!

You see — when we do not take the time to tend to our own souls – we have nothing left to give to others. 

So many times I have found myself busy and running on empty and then I snap – in a moment of frustration and weariness I say or do things that I would never do if I was more rested and connected with the Lord.

And so this month – let’s be intentional!

Here is this week’s Bible Reading Plan

This Week’s Verses of the Day:

(Leaders: You can use these images in your groups by using right click and “save as” or screen shot them.)

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Printable Bible Bookmark

Signature GMG SOAK Bible Study Method

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Join us EVERY weekday morning ANYTIME after 7:00amEST on Facebook
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Share pictures of your candles, flowers, playlists and favorite places to rest on Instagram by using the hashtags: #MakingYourHomeAHaven and #WomenLivingWell.

***Unlike my other Bible Studies, this series will only have SATURDAY blog posts.  For daily encouragement during this challenge follow me out on –> Instagram and facebook .  I’ll be there every day cheering you on!

It’s time to begin!

It’s time to focus on slowing down – because…

What we focus on – grows.

And complaining makes us weak -but living a life of gratitude and joy – will make us strong!

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

Walk with the King,

Chime In: ***Share with us in the comment section some of the things you are grateful for today.

Just look around the room where you are sitting right now.  I am positive there are more than 10 ordinary things we could easily give thanks to God for. Share them with us!

I’m so glad you are joining us!
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  1. Amen!! This week I’m thankful for the beautiful fall season and a new job for my husband after a very hard and financially trying season. God is so faithful, even if life doesn’t look like we expect it to. Also thankful that we’ve already paid off a small credit card balance, though we have much more to go. But I know that if we continue to be faithful and obedient, we will see the fruit of our labor. Thanks for the beautiful journal and the videos!! Looking forward to completing this and growing in Christ.

  2. I was so ready for this, as this season has been very discouraging and things that wouldn’t necessarily rattle me have. Some big things happened and it left me believing but not voicing.. is God really good? Is God really in control? I was brought to tears as i watched the video and read the introduction and completed day 1. Thanks so much for this timely message, may i surrender my battles to the Lord, and march, and march all night long.

  3. I’m so excited to begin this study. I’m in a different season than most in here, but am encouraged to participate.
    Looking forward to the growth!!

  4. I am sitting here and looking out in to our yard, and I am grateful for our home and the beautiful fall colors that surround our yard. Very peaceful!

  5. I am excited to begin this study with you! I am grateful for life’s many blessings- for family and church family as well. I am grateful for a peaceful home and to have the blessing of not having to worry about anything as God will take care of me.

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