From A Listening Heart: Sharing some of my thoughts and "God moments" as God grows me in my faith and speaks to my heart, while I seek His face and to know Him.

My friend, something I have learned is that: Your past does NOT define you... It is through the eyes of grace, and how GOD sees you, and what you let Him do IN YOU and THROUGH you (because of your past), that defines who you are, and shapes who you become!

Saturday, April 28, 2018

You are Invited!

Hi, its been a while since I've posted on here, I know. Sorry about that--- BUT--- I have been working on a new online Bible study. And, we have just recently launched it on facebook in a closed group! But, now it has its OWN blog so anyone can join in. And the best thing is? Its FREE!

Have you ever just felt like there was much you were missing while reading your Bible, because you had a hard time understanding Scripture (especially from the Old Testament)? Have you ever wanted to be involved in a Bible study with a teacher willing to help you with your studies, but maybe couldn't find one, or couldn't afford it?

This whole series (and this online study) is based on a verse that has struck Kassie to the core, and has been a driving desire in her from God. The verse is in Acts chapter 8.

But an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip saying, "Get up and go south to the road that descends from Jerusalem to Gaza." (This is a desert road.) So he got up and went; and there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure; and he had come to Jerusalem to worship, and he was returning and sitting in his chariot, and was reading the prophet Isaiah. Then the Spirit said to Philip, "Go up and join this chariot." Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, "Do you understand what you are reading?"  And he said, "Well, how could I, unless someone guides me?" And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. (Acts 8:26-31 NASB) 

Notice how the man tells Phillip (when asked if he understood what he was reading), "How could I, unless someone guides me?". This man needed someone to teach him, to come along side of him and help him. And that's what we want to do here in this study, from this series. 

In this online study, we are going to be looking at (and digging deeper into) God's Word Book by Book, chapter by chapter. 

Questions are welcomed, and will be replied to. 

This does come from published series, and we encourage you to consider ordering the commentary and its companion notebooks, because they will be very beneficial during this journey. And Kassie is offering a series discount if you let her know you are signed up for this study, and purchase all three books. However, it is not required. There will be enough free materials offered, that you will still be able to following along. But, as you get further into the study (and if it is blessing you) and you decided you would like to see the full commentary, just let her know.  


2 Timothy 2:15 says: Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth (NASB). In other words "study diligently..." So at the end of each Book study, we are offering an open book quiz for you to take (should you desire), to show yourself "approved." If you score a 70 or above, we will email you a certificate of completion (with Kassie's signature) that you can print out and put with your studies, or in an album. We will email you the certificate for free, but for $2.50, we will mail you "an official" full colored certificate.

In this study, we will be giving "reading assignments" that include a portion of the Old Testament, and of the New Testament. However, the actual study lessons will be divided between the OT and NT. You are not required to do both at the same time and you can pick which one you would like to focus on first (and of course you CAN do both if you would like). 

This is a total self-paced study, so you can determine how many lessons you would like to do in a week. Also, we've had several women sign up for our closed women's study group (on facebook) at different times. And that is totally ok! So, don't think you are to late to begin! We provide a "how to get started and a study checklist" for you to go by. 

So, if this sounds interesting to you, if you are willing to put on some hiking boots, and journey along with us as we walk through His Word while digging deeper, we would LOVE to have you!

Hope to see you there soon!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Walking Through Our Grief and the Valley of Death

Hello, So I wanted to share a lesson God has really been showing me and laying on my heart recently; it is the word "through"... 
In Ps. 23 it says "Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death..." And if you notice, it's not where it says "He makes me lie down..." He lays us down in green pastures, so in other words... During the valley of death, He gives us comfort... But He brings us through and He even makes a table for us in the presence of those who are working against us.
Another place is in Isa. 43 it says "when we walk through the waters, the rivers the fires..." He is with us. But, notice we still have to walk through it! 
When the Israelites came to the Red Sea... And then the Jordan River... They had to walk through the pathway God had made for them. So again, THROUGH! 
He doesn't expect us to live and lay down in our grief. He expects us to go through it (with Him) so that we can get back to living and glorify Him, and sharing our story of comfort He gave us, so we can extend it and help others. But, in the process, we have to let go of our grief (and our hurt) and start living again... Otherwise, we are just laying down in the wrong place... And this allows the enemy to rob us of the healing and the future He would have for us. What we allow affects more than just us... When we lay down and accept the grief it consumes us. And then it's all we know, and we start seeing those who are here to help us stand up again and start walking as the enemy.
I hope you have a wonderful day,