There Is Power in the Name of Jesus! (Resting In His Presence Week 1)

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It’s time to begin the 14th Annual Making Your Home a Haven Bible Study

Join me for Week 1’s video as we discuss How to Make Your Home a Haven and the Power of Jesus’ Name  —then pull out your journals and begin!

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Week 1 – Jesus’ Name is…
The Bread of Life
A Carpenter
The Door

As you study the first five names of Jesus this week may you find that…

  • You can rest, even in troubled times, because Almighty God is with you and in control.
  • You can rest in Jesus free from longing because he is the Bread of Life.
  • You can rest in Jesus because He is the Carpenter of our life.
  • You can rest in Jesus’ protection because he is the Door.
  • You can rest in Jesus because he is Immanuel, God with us.

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. 

Our God is present with us.

May we never forget that!

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 Reflection & Discussion Questions

(Leaders: Copy and paste these into your groups.  If you do not have a group, use these for a personal time of reflection.)

Day 1 – Jesus’ Name is Almighty

Revelation 1:8 reminds us that not only is God at the beginning of all things and the end of all things, but he is absolutely and completely sovereign and mighty. He has ultimate control over everything concerning you, both small and great. Nothing is impossible for him because he is Almighty. Are you in a situation right now that seems impossible to resolve?  Trust God.

You can rest, even in troubled times, because Almighty God is with you and in control.

Day 2 – Jesus’ Name is the Bread of Life

Jesus is the Bread of Life.  Bread in Bible times was essential to the physical life and Jesus is essential for our spiritual life.  He said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” When we hunger for God and his word, his promise is that he will satisfy our hunger with fulness of life that will never go away. God provided manna in the desert so that the Israelites never hungered. Christ is the bread of life for us today to satisfy our soul-hunger. Are you hungry? What are you feeding your soul right now?

You can rest in Jesus free from longing because he is the bread of life.

Day 3 – Jesus’ Name is Carpenter

The Greek word for carpenter isn’t limited to a builder with wood, it also means a craftsman. Whenever a craftsman begins a project, it’s not pretty at first. In fact, it can be messy and chaotic, but there is a purpose and vision for his art. Paul says in Ephesians,“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand.” It can be very discouraging when life gets messy and chaotic; we tend to stop trusting God and try to fix things ourselves. What is Jesus doing in your life right now?

We can rest in Jesus because He is the Carpenter of our life.

Day 4 – Jesus’ Name is the Door

In Jesus’ time, shelters were made for sheep with just one door and the shepherd would lay down across the doorway to keep the sheep in and enemies out. This is such a beautiful picture of Jesus laying down his life for us out of love to protect and keep us from the enemy and those who would deceive and lead us astray. We all face times in our life when we feel unloved and rejected. In these times, we can remember that Jesus is the door of the sheep. In what way do you witness Christ’s protection in your life right now?

We can rest in Jesus’ protection because he is the door.

Day 5 – Jesus’ Name is Immanuel

God chose not to remain distant from mankind, but to come live with us and identify with our suffering. In fact, he made it his name, the very essence of who he is. “God with us.” We are truly never alone. God is with us and his promise is that he will never leave us nor forsake us. Everyone has times when they feel lonely; even when  surrounded by people. In what ways have you sensed God with you lately?

We can rest in Jesus because he is Immanuel, God with us.

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

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It’s time to begin!

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)

It’s time to slow down and rest in his presence as you 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!

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  1. Hi Courtney!
    Thank you for your transparency and letting us into your life, family and home. As an almost empty nester myself, we are considering selling our own home too. I can truly empathise with your emotions. You are such an inspiration… glorifying God in all things…the good and the bad. Sometimes it is too easy to focus on what was painful and difficult and all the bad stuff. I am looking forward so much to this study! Thank you for all that you do and may God continue to bless and guide you always. <3

    **one quick question…is that the correct bible reading plan? It says 'Don't Let Go' but our study is Resting in His Presence.

    Thank you!

    Lisa Maria

    1. Lisa Maria,

      My heart goes out to you as you empty nest and make the hard decision of whether to sell your home or not. 🙁 I’m so glad you are joining us for this study. Thank you for your kind words of encouragement and for catching my mistake! You are correct. I had the wrong Bible Reading Plan. It is fixed now. Thank you for pointing it out!

      Lots of Love,

  2. Hi Courtney. I truly believe that the Lord laid this Study on your heart for ‘such a time as this’. The world is a scary place right now and we need to focus on the Lord more than ever and be lights in the darkness. I’m so excited about what He is going to do in our lives through this study. Thank you for your transparency, openness and faithfulness.
    Suzanne x

  3. My gratitude list has some non serious things and some serious things for this week!
    1. Ice scrapers
    2. A job that provides
    3. A car to get me from A to Z
    4. Cake
    5. A husband with the same views
    6. Candles
    7. TV
    8. Dogs
    9. Sparkling Ice drink
    10. Comfy couches

  4. Gratitude List:
    Oct. 30: My husbands kindness, patience and hard work. This Bible Study. Mila’s desire for God. Mellie’s joyful spirit, Miri’s ability to be humorous!

    Oct. 31: Joy in dressing up, kind co-workers, my ISS student, Ana’s friendship, my husband’s love, Jesus as my Bread of Life

    Thank you Courtney for being a faithful servant of the Lord!

  5. Courtney,
    It has been so long since I have been in a Bible Study and I am so thirsty for one. I love the comfort of candles which drew me to this one. Thank you
    Gratitude list:
    Day 1: I am thankful for this new study, and the promise that He will never leave me nor forsake me.
    Day 2: He is my Bread and I am hungering for Him…thankful for his Word that withstands all. Thankful for my family and co-workers. !st snowfall…so pretty.
    Day 3: thanksgiving lifted up for the opportunity for new furniture and my husband who is my best friend.
    Thank you

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