Friday, October 24, 2008

Do You Think I'm Beautiful - Week 5

"The Only Hope You Have"
Session #5

I can hardly believe that we are nearing the end of this book study...where has the time gone? I'm not sure about you, but I can tell you this, this book study has been a real revelation to the amount of "junk" I have been carrying around for years.

I pray that you are unpacking this pile of junk too and are laying it down at the foot of the Cross for the Creator of the Universe to deal with. It is no longer your burden...release it!

I do, on another note, have some good news! We have one week left, Session #6 "A Beautiful Crown", left in the book, then the week after that we are having a "Beautiful Girls Morning Out". Here in South Florida we are hosting a mani/pedi party on Tuesday, November 4th at 9:30am. You can email me if you are in the area and want to join us. Just click HERE to email me. If you aren't local and still want to join in on the mani/pedi "Beautiful Girls Morning Out" then grab your girlfriends and go get a mani/pedi where you live. You'll be surprised at just HOW therapuetic it is to grab some girlfriends and pamper yourself for a little bit.

If you do grab some friends and have an outing, then please do me a favor and let us know...I'd love to celebrate with you as you where your beauty for all of God's glory! Pcitures are also welcome, you can email me your pics HERE!

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Now, on to the Study this week;

This week’s Memory Verse
Matthew 5:45 (New International Version)
45that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

Right now take a few minutes to sit, think, and pray about your answers to these questions...

· What is the scariest, most risk-taking thing you’ve ever done (or done lately)?
· How did you find the courage to do it?
· What happened because you took this risk?
· What might have happened if you had not taken this risk?
· What good things resulted?

* (Think about this) - Everyone faces crisis and tragedies in their lives. Some of them may be completely avoidable; some we may bring on ourselves. Regardless, God is with us in EVERY situation.

Exodus 19:4 (New International Version)
4 'You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles' wings and brought you to myself.

* (Think about this) - Having a STRONG foundation of faith helps people get through crises.

Psalm 73:23 (New International Version)
23 Yet I am always with you;
you hold me by my right hand.

Isaiah 41:13 (New International Version)
13 For I am the LORD, your God,
who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
I will help you.

* (Think about this) - Often what appears to be an ending is a new beginning that is greater than anything we could have ever imagined!

Important Verses in Session #5 (For Further Study)
Read Psalm 24:5 - Read Psalm 33:22 - Read Psalm 42:5
Read Psalm 62:5 - Read Psalm 71:5 - Read Psalm 130:5
Read Isaiah 40:31 - Read Jeremiah 29:11 - Read Romans 4:18
Read Romans 12:12 - Read 2 Corinthians 3:12 - Read Hewbrews 6:19a
Read Hebrews 10:23 - Read Hebrews 11:1

Application Point

Some of you may be going through a difficult time RIGHT NOW! Others of you may openly carry the baggage of a painful past experience, while others of you may secretly hide the scar of your hurts.

Take a piece of paper, grab a pen, and write a letter to God. You may want to thank Him for a painful ending in life that became a beautiful new beginning. You may want to ask His help in putting fear behind you and renewing your hope. This is a personal letter to God and won't be seen by anyone but you and Him.

Romans 5:5 (New International Version)
5And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

* (Think about this) - God never disappoints!

Ephesians 3:14-21 (New International Version)
14For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15from whom his whole family[
a] in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

It is my prayer that you are peeling back the layers and revealing to yourself just how beautiful you are. The Creator of the Universe calls you Beautiful my friends...it's time to start believing it!

Be Blessed,




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1 Mel's World Friends Comments:

Meridith @ The Road Less Traveled 10:37 PM  

Wow... looks like a great study!! I'll have to go back and read from the beginning!!!
I found your blog on the LWG blogroll... just looking to connect with other Christian women... will visit you agian soon... (((hugs)))

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