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Good-Enough Mom GIveaway Winner! {and the last week of the reading group}

Good Enough Mom Giveaway Winner | Faith and Composition

Today I am excited to announce the winner of the Good Enough Mom tee giveaway. But first a big thanks to Charity Craig at The Wounded Dove for agreeing to partner with me. Charity’s blog is a ripe with transparent beauty, and I adore her #GoodEnoughMom Instagram concept! It was great fun to be able to team up with her to give a reader one of her head-turning tees.

And now for the winner (as determined by Random.org) … Jessica, your comment, pasted below was the winning comment!

Peter Madden06.11.2014 at 11:49 am

Shared the giveaway on Facebook and Instagram!

And my name is Jessica, by the way. It’s showing up as my husband 🙂

Please shoot an e mail to Charity at charity(at)thewoundeddove(dot)com, so she can ship it out to you. Congratulations!

A Reading Group with Faith and Composition | Week Seven, Grace for the Good Girl

And in other news … today marks the last week of our F&C online reading group. I hope you’ve enjoyed journeying through Grace for the Good Girl with me. If you haven’t joined the group but would like to go ahead and start reading now that summer vacation is in full swing, you can start anytime. Click here for all the details, and here for weeks 1, 2, 345 and 6.

WELCOME TO THE FINAL WEEK!

This week’s reading covers chapters 17 and 18. As you read, consider the following questions for reflection, or use these as as a source of discussion for a larger group study.

What has been your main take-away from Grace for the Good Girl? How will you apply this to your life?

Have you had a painful situation that has caused you to have to trust God like never before? How did that experience ultimately impact your relationship with Him?

James 1:17 says “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.” As a busy wife, mom, etc., it’s hard to keep our eyes open to see the small gifts. How can we gratefully receive His small gifts even when they may come in packages we don’t expect?

When emotions or events tempt you to pull out one of your good-girl masks, what can you do instead that will cause to press into Jesus, rather than put on a mask?

Do you ever have feelings that usurp God’s truth or are contradictory to it? What are those feelings? What advice does Colossians 3:1-3 tell us about letting God’s truth reign, rather than our own emotions?

I’m looking forward to dialoguing with you via BookShout! this last week as you reflect on these questions. I hope to see you there!

Faith and Composition

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Into the Mountains and Week 6 of the Reading Group

 

Garden of the Gods | photo and design by Faith and Composition

Just a few days ago, my family and I returned from a week-long trip to Colorado. Though I will be sharing more about our adventures in a later post, I must say that the beauty was breathtaking. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen this post in which I shared some of my thoughts on the mountains and the praise they evoke. I’ve traveled to Colorado several times before, but for some reason, being surrounded by the majestic grandeur of God’s immense creation last week moved me to tears.

Because nature has a way of doing that, doesn’t it? It takes us outside ourselves, opens our eyes to the bigger picture, reveals the unfathomable greatness of the God who created it all. And to think that He calls us by name! What an incredible God we serve! 

I need a little time to process my emotions and compose my thoughts, but I look forward to sharing more about the trip with you shortly. I hope you’ll check back in soon! Until then, today starts week 6 in our F&C reading group. And don’t forget, you still have time to enter the Good-Enough Mom giveaway! Click here to enter. Good luck!

A Reading Group with Faith and Composition | Week Six, Grace for the Good Girl
If you’ve just discovered F&C, it’s never too late to join! We’re currently reading through Emily Freeman’s Grace for the Good Girl, and I’d love to have you join us! You can get all the details right here, then feel free to take it at your own pace. You can use this group as an opportunity to dig deeper into the book on your own, or use these questions to host your own small-group study. (Click through to catch up on week 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.)

Now let’s dive in!

WELCOME TO WEEK 6

This week’s reading covers part 3, chapter 15 and chapter 16. As you read, consider the following questions for reflection, or use these as as a source of discussion for a larger group study.

Do you possess any fears or insecurities that stem from you feeling the need to be a “good girl”?

How do these fears or insecurities cloud your vision and prevent you from seeing God’s hand at work in your life?

Has there been a time in your life when Jesus brought you to the edge of self-sufficiency and urged you to fall down and surrender all to Him? What were the circumstances surrounding that experience? What is the fruit that comes from this surrender?

Are you afraid of failure? Why? Does your fear stem from feelings of needing to be good and needing to live up to certain standards?

When you fail, do you ever feel that you are beyond the reach of God?

Read Romans 3:21-24 and Romans 5:6-8. What do these verses say about our own failures in light of God’s grace?

Peter failed Jesus immediately prior to his crucifixion. He denied him not once, not twice, but three times. The rooster crowed, their eyes met, and Peter knew he had failed. After Jesus is crucified, Peter goes back to fishing. But Jesus has other plans for Peter in spite of his failures. Read John 21:15-17. How does Jesus redeem Peter’s failure?

I hope you’ll dialogue with us via BookShout! this week as you reflect on these questions. I hope to see you there!

Faith and Composition

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Kicking Off Week 5 of the Reading Group

A Reading Group with Faith and Composition | Week Five, Grace for the Good Girl
Today we’re kicking off week 5 of the reading group (click for week 1, week 2, week 3, week 4). If you’ve been joining us as we journey through Emily Freeman’s Grace for the Good Girl, I’m so thrilled to have you along! And if you’ve yet to hop in, but you’d like to see what it’s all about, it’s never too late to join. You can get all the details right here, then feel free to take it at your own pace. Use this reading group as an opportunity to dig a bit deeper into the book on your own, or use these questions to host your own small-group study. Either way, I hope you’ll be blessed by Emily’s words and this community!

Now let’s dive in!

WELCOME TO WEEK 5

This week’s reading covers chapters 12, 13, 14. As you read, consider the following questions for reflection, or use these as as a source of discussion for a larger group study.

Have you had moments where a situation or circumstance has moved you beyond a surface relationship with Jesus and into deep fellowship with him that resulted in true intimacy with the Living God? If so, what happened?

Like Moses (Exodus 3:11), do you ever find yourself asking: “Who am I that I should do … ?” What does that question infer about WHERE you are putting your faith?

Contrast Moses’ response to God with Mary’s response to Gabriel in Luke 1:26-38. What did Mary’s response indicate about her faith vs. Moses’ response?

Read John 15:1-5. How can you remain in God even when the busyness of life demands so much from you? Give some tangible examples.

Is worship something you do as a Christian obligation? Or is it the overflow from a grateful heart that affects everything you do? If worship is the former for you, how can you change it from a “to-do” into a way of living your daily life?

We tend to confine worship to a place (church) or an action (prayer or praise). But Colossians 3:17 says “Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.” Is it difficult for you to imagine your daily living as worship? Why or why not? How can we intentionally let worship overflow into all areas of our lives?

Read Colossians 3:2. What emotions do you default to when your mind is not set on things above?

How can you keep your mind focused on things above when the flesh wants to pull your thoughts to the things of this world?

I don’t know about you, but those last few questions hit me rather hard. I will be meditating on those this week. I hope you’ll join me!

Faith and Composition

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Welcome to Week Four of the Reading Group

A Reading Group with Faith and Composition | Week Four, Grace for the Good Girl

If you’ve been awaiting week four of the F&C reading group, I apologize for posting late. I planned to post last week, but the hubbie was out of town on business for a few days, which always throws our schedule for a bit of a loop. Nevertheless, I’m back at it, and I hope you’ll jump in and join us for week four of the F&C reading group!

If you’re new here, it’s never too late to join! You can find all the details right hereIn short, we’re reading Emily Freeman’s Grace for the Good Girl together as a collective community. Using BookShout!, we’re interacting with one another via comments as we journey chapter by chapter. (You can get a 40% off coupon code for the book–click here to buy–when you subscribe to F&C. Just enter your e mail in the box to the sidebar at the right, and click “I want to Follow F&C!” The coupon code will arrive in your inbox.) Then each week, I share the reading assignment and questions for discussion or reflection. If you’re ready to join, download the bookreview the details, and hop back here. To review the previous weeks’ discussions, simply click for week 1, week 2 and week 3

Now let’s dive into week four!

WELCOME TO WEEK 4.

This week’s reading covers chapter 10, intro to part 2 and chapter 11. As you read, consider the following questions for reflection, or use these as as a source of discussion for a larger group study.

QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION OR REFLECTION:

In chapter 10, Emily talks about how Satan convinced Eve that she had to DO something in order to BE something. How have you fallen prey to that lie? Do you feel you have to do things to be considered a Christian? A good wife? A loving mom? Etc?

Read Ephesians 2:1-9. What does the Word tell us about the lie that we have to do something in order to be something?

Read Romans 6:4-8. Let the words really sink in. Do you believe that truth wholeheartedly? If not, how would it change the way you lived your life if it did?

How is attempting to obey God out of you own sheer will different from obeying him out of gratitude for the gift of salvation? Which response is your natural inclination? If you tend to obey our of your own will, how can you begin to let your obedience be the result of gratitude for His gift? (Read Philippians 4:6-7)

Have you received the gift of salvation? (If not, you can accept God’s gift right now. Romans 10:9 says, “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Are you remaining in the word?

Are you responding to God’s word on a daily basis?

Are you remembering Him moment by moment? (Is your heart set on heavenly things or earthly things?)

Have a great week, dear friends! I’ll see you back here in a few days!

Faith and Composition

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Honest Contemplations and Week Three of the Reading Group

Sharing some honest authenticity, plus week three of the reading group | Faith and Composition
Do you ever have those days where the cumulative effect of the urgent, must-be-done-soon tasks is a bit overwhelming? I’m having one of those moments today. Thinking about the coming summer, preparations for vacation, home-repair projects for our soon-to-be-listed house, meals to plan, mouths to feed, diapers to change, budgets to make and keep, errands to run … it can all hit me hard. This life is so busy. Sometimes I embrace it wholeheartedly, and other times I long for the simple, the slower pace. I long for space that invites my kids to run and my mind to breathe, unfettered by the trappings of maintenance and responsibilities.

I don’t have a pretty conclusion to those thoughts today. I’m just sharing an honest confession of where I am. But I do know that grace will trump guilt every time! And I know that when my spirit feels harried, it’s usually because I’m not anchoring myself in the rock that is higher than I. So if you’re feeling a bit like me, try to carve out some time in God’s Word (even if it’s a single verse as you wait in the carpool line), and let your soul lap up the life-giving water that flows from the well-spring of life itself. And you know what? I’ll say a prayer for you. Will you say a prayer for me too?

And then if you have some more time this week and want to dig a bit deeper into the unquenchable grace of God, join us in our online reading group featuring  Emily Freeman’s Grace for the Good Girl. We’re diving into week three today, but it’s never too late to join! You can be as active or passive as you’d like. You can also choose to read the book on your own, or use the questions posed here as a springboard for a larger group study. Just know that an invitation stands. If you’re new here, you can find all the details here. Then click over for week one and week two. And remember, you can get a 40% off coupon code for the book (click here to buy) when you subscribe to F&C. Just enter your e mail in the box to the sidebar at the right, and click “I want to Follow F&C!” The 40% off coupon code will arrive in your inbox shortly. 

A Reading Group with Faith and Composition | Week Three, Grace for the Good Girl 

WELCOME TO WEEK 3.

This week we’ll be reading chapters 7, 8 and 9. Remember to leave comments via BookShout! as you go so we can all interact and have an ongoing dialogue. Then use the following questions as a way to dig deeper into the text yourself, or use these as a source of discussion for a larger group study.

QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION OR REFLECTION:

If you’re studying the book as part of a larger group, share a little bit about your testimony. How did you come to know the Lord? How has your testimony affected your view of grace?

In chapter 7, Emily write that what looks like strength on the outside is actually a deep cavernous well of neediness. How do you mask your own needs? Why do you mask them?

Do you agree that “there is more power in sharing our weakness than our strengths?” Why or why not? When we share our weaknesses, who gets the glory? (see Corinthians 12:9).

Do you (consciously or subconsciously) prevent people from getting too close because you’re afraid they will discover your own weaknesses and insecurities?

Read Luke 15:11-32. Who do you empathize with? The younger son or the older son? Why?

The younger son sinned in obvious ways; the older son’s sin was more subversive. How did he sin?

What does the older son’s response to his father reveal to us about his understanding of grace?  

I look forward to hearing from each of you on these thoughts, dear friends! Have a blessed week!

Faith and Composition

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