Loving the LORD with all my MIND

“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3

This week we will be focusing on loving the Lord with all of our MIND.

This verse holds the key to all peace – it’s not to focus on our problems, our sins, our to do lists, but rather, to keep our mind on the LORD.

How do we do this once the pitter patter of little feet rush through our living room in the morning? Or once we are at work and their are a million things on our clipboards waiting to be checked off?

We think with our minds staying on the Lord.

Here are two ways to keep our MIND on the LORD: 

  1. WE pray constantly- We are always in communication with Father even in the midst of our everyday workload.

“Father, thank you for this little child you’ve given me to raise.”

“Father, I have so much to do, help me get this one at the top checked off right now, and to do it with grace.”

2. We meditate on his word. 

We fill our mind with scripture because He is the Word made flesh.

The Message Paraphrase of this passage explains peace as “complete wholeness.’

“People with their minds set on you,
    you keep completely whole,
Steady on their feet,
    because they keep at it and don’t quit.
Depend on God and keep at it
    because in the Lord God you have a sure thing.”

Wouldn’t it feel amazing to stay completely whole this week? Our wholeness comes from beholding the Lord. He keeps us steady. Let’s depend on Him this week to keep at whatever tasks He’s given us to do while all the time looking to Him, in constant communincation with Him sparked from discussions centered in His Word.

Praying we love Him with more our our Minds this week!

What’s going on here?

Tell me about the Study!

It’s a four week study

Week 1: Heart

Week 2: Soul

Week 3:Mind

Week 4: Strength

Each week has 5 days of study that you need just 15 minutes to complete

Each day of the study consists of two pages. The first page starts with a short prayer, a short passage of scripture to read, and reflective questions.  The second page is a beautiful display of His Word, with a sequence of receiving His Word in love, Giving God love in return through applying His Word to our lives, and making a plan to love others, helping us to be intentional about fulfilling the greatest commandment!

I’ll be blogging through the study right here everyday, so don’t forget to follow the blog  to receive emails on weekdays.

I will also be posting one video a week on Sundays to get you motivated and keep you ready to start the next week with some insight and encouragement to help you along the way!!!

Can’t buy the study? No worries!Here’s a FREE SCRIPTURE WRITING PLAN that correlates to the material and posting it here on Monday.We want you here to engage in God’s Word in a personal way and know Jesus more intimately!

Other ways to connect:

Join the Facebook group where I post daily questions on the study: https://www.facebook.com/groups/190148844667205/?ref=bookmarks

Facebook:  Like  Refocused Bible Study Page,

Instagram: Follow @RefocusedBibleStudy

The downloadable, printable ebook is below! Thank you for your support of this ministry to encourage and equip women to engage in God’s Word in a personal way, and know Him more intimately!

Buy the “ALL of ME” Study Here:

After you purchase, click “Return to Merchant” and you will be taken to the page for the download! So excited to journey through loving Him more! ❤️🎉

$10

All of Me: Loving God with ALL your Heart, Soul, Mind & Strength  I hope you will join us as we journey through the greatest commandment!

For more info in the study, click here 

If you can’t buy the study, screenshot this free Scripture Writing Plan instead:

I hope you’ll join us!

Praying for you,

Amy

Loving God by Believing His Promises

“We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain,” Hebrews 6:19 

What’s something you have waited a long time for? Maybe in actuality, it wasn’t a long time, but it felt like an eternity.

Some of my waiting rooms were: conceiving our first child (2 years), and waiting in Africa for paperwork while adopting our daughter (3 months).

These were places God had clearly given us desires to go to, but when we got there, we had to WAIT. We had to scour his WORD and hold tightly to his unwavering promises in the wait. We needed an anchor to stay the course. To keep believing.

His Word is our anchor.

When we just don’t feel like waiting.

We just don’t feel like being obedient.

We just don’t feel like staying right where God has placed us and riding out the waves.

This is what Abraham did a few verses prior in this chapter:

And thus Abraham, having patiently waited, obtained the promise.” Hebrews 6:15

I don’t know what promise you’re clinging to, asking the Lord to fulfill.

But I know we can trust Him because He has already completed the greatest promise.

He sent Jesus and completed our way to salvation. We have Him as our anchor. We can always look to the cross and know that we can stay anchored right where we are, with our eyes fixed on Jesus because it is finished. 

I hope that encourages you as much as it does me! Praying we all walk into the weekend loving him with more of our SOULS.

Monday we start focusing on Loving the LORD with ALL of our MIND! It’s going to be so powerful, don’t miss it!

What’s going on here?

Tell me about the Study!

It’s a four week study

Week 1: Heart

Week 2: Soul

Week 3:Mind

Week 4: Strength

Each week has 5 days of study that you need just 15 minutes to complete

Each day of the study consists of two pages. The first page starts with a short prayer, a short passage of scripture to read, and reflective questions.  The second page is a beautiful display of His Word, with a sequence of receiving His Word in love, Giving God love in return through applying His Word to our lives, and making a plan to love others, helping us to be intentional about fulfilling the greatest commandment!

I’ll be blogging through the study right here everyday, so don’t forget to follow the blog  to receive emails on weekdays.

I will also be posting one video a week on Sundays to get you motivated and keep you ready to start the next week with some insight and encouragement to help you along the way!!!

Can’t buy the study? No worries!Here’s a FREE SCRIPTURE WRITING PLAN that correlates to the material and posting it here on Monday.We want you here to engage in God’s Word in a personal way and know Jesus more intimately!

Other ways to connect:

Join the Facebook group where I post daily questions on the study: https://www.facebook.com/groups/190148844667205/?ref=bookmarks

Facebook:  Like  Refocused Bible Study Page,

Instagram: Follow @RefocusedBibleStudy

The downloadable, printable ebook is below! Thank you for your support of this ministry to encourage and equip women to engage in God’s Word in a personal way, and know Him more intimately!

Buy the “ALL of ME” Study Here:

After you purchase, click “Return to Merchant” and you will be taken to the page for the download! So excited to journey through loving Him more! ❤️🎉

$10

All of Me: Loving God with ALL your Heart, Soul, Mind & Strength  I hope you will join us as we journey through the greatest commandment!

For more info in the study, click here 

If you can’t buy the study, screenshot this free Scripture Writing Plan instead:

I hope you’ll join us!

Praying for you,

Amy

Loving the LORD with FOREVER

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.””

‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭2:9‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Today we consider if we are embracing our future life in heaven- to Love Him with more of our SOUL.

Do you think much about heaven? I admit, I get caught up in the day to day and don’t think about it as often as I should.

The verse above reminds us that heaven is going to be better than we could imagine! Let’s engage personally in it by answering the questions below.

What’s the most beautiful thing your eyes have seen?

What’s the most beautiful thing your ears have heard?

What is your description of heaven from what you’ve learned from His Word?

The most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen… this is hard. I’ve seen some beautiful, breathtaking sights. The safari plains in Africa, the cliffs of the Pacific Ocean in Northern California, the sunrise over the Atlantic, the fall masterpiece in the Blue Ridge mountains of my homestate. I could go on & on!

… the bluest eyes and baby thick cheeks of my first born, silky strawberry blonde hair of my second, and radiant chocolate skin of my third.

…locking eyes with the the brownish gold irises of the love of my life in a chaotic room…

I just can’t pick.

The most beautiful sound…the first time my boy said “mama,” the first cry of my princess who came out purple, the accent of my third who is slowly sounding like a country bumpkin now.

…the strum of my husband’s guitar and his voice when he plays a 90’s love song over and over…

What my mind imagines of heaven…pure joy. Gates layered with twelve precious jewels, streets of gold, and the One who I’ve known but now seen with my eyes… there at the center of it all, no sun but THE SON seated on his throne. He shows me the place He has gone to prepare for me in our Father’s house and I know fully all the mysteries I’ve wondered about as I take his nail scarred hand in mine and He welcomes me home.

IT’S so much better than this, ladies. Better than we could imagine. Let’s love God with more of our SOUL by living in anticipation of our FOREVER WITH HIM!!!

What’s going on here?

Tell me about the Study!

It’s a four week study

Week 1: Heart

Week 2: Soul

Week 3:Mind

Week 4: Strength

Each week has 5 days of study that you need just 15 minutes to complete

Each day of the study consists of two pages. The first page starts with a short prayer, a short passage of scripture to read, and reflective questions.  The second page is a beautiful display of His Word, with a sequence of receiving His Word in love, Giving God love in return through applying His Word to our lives, and making a plan to love others, helping us to be intentional about fulfilling the greatest commandment!

I’ll be blogging through the study right here everyday, so don’t forget to follow the blog  to receive emails on weekdays.

I will also be posting one video a week on Sundays to get you motivated and keep you ready to start the next week with some insight and encouragement to help you along the way!!!

Can’t buy the study? No worries!Here’s a FREE SCRIPTURE WRITING PLAN that correlates to the material and posting it here on Monday.We want you here to engage in God’s Word in a personal way and know Jesus more intimately!

Other ways to connect:

Join the Facebook group where I post daily questions on the study: https://www.facebook.com/groups/190148844667205/?ref=bookmarks

Facebook:  Like  Refocused Bible Study Page,

Instagram: Follow @RefocusedBibleStudy

The downloadable, printable ebook is below! Thank you for your support of this ministry to encourage and equip women to engage in God’s Word in a personal way, and know Him more intimately!

Buy the “ALL of ME” Study Here:

After you purchase, click “Return to Merchant” and you will be taken to the page for the download! So excited to journey through loving Him more! ❤️🎉

$10

All of Me: Loving God with ALL your Heart, Soul, Mind & Strength  I hope you will join us as we journey through the greatest commandment!

For more info in the study, click here 

If you can’t buy the study, screenshot this free Scripture Writing Plan instead:

I hope you’ll join us!

Praying for you,

Amy

Loving GOD with Your LIFE

“then the LORD GOD formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a LIVING SOUL.” Genesis 2:7

We were made from dust. To dust we will return. But in between those two events – we have an opportunity. We have the opportunity to live it for ourselves, or to love God with it.

Loving God with every breath seems near impossible. Life is a struggle, even though we are blessed. Life is hard work. Seasons in it seem like a blur sometimes. Like when you have multiple children under 5 and you can’t even get the dishes done… let alone do you know the last time you mopped your floor.

The enemy makes sure to keep us focused on anything that would distract us from knowing we are on Holy Ground, even in the most everyday mundane situation. He doesn’t want us to know that

every surface we touch is an altar. 

He wants us to keep God in the sanctuary on Sunday and not realize that our body is His temple…

…that even turning our worries over to him and leaving things undone to get enough rest  is an offering…

…that eating real food that actually grew out of the ground and intentionally drinking enough water, and exercising is an act of worship…

…that really seeing and loving hurting people is building His Kingdom…

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.” Romans 12:1-2 

In the video below I talk about how this passage has changed how I love the LORD with my life.

This passage really makes it plain. Love the LORD with this life very simply, by making your ordinary life an offering to HIM!

Here’s a link to more about how to take the mundane and grow in loving Him with your LIFE.

https://refocusedbiblestudy.com/2016/01/04/refocused-on-who-god-made-me-to-be-day-1/

Break your life down into the 4 areas in the passage, and get intentional about living the Lord with your

Sleeping

Eating

Going to Work

Walking around Life

Here is a peek at the page from the “ALL of Me” Study below. Notice the middle area where I’ve answered how the Lord has impressed me to love Him in these areas, and how others will be better loved through me living this way:

How can you love Him in these 4 areas? I want to hear below!

 

What’s going on here?

Tell me about the Study!

It’s a four week study

Week 1: Heart

Week 2: Soul

Week 3:Mind

Week 4: Strength

Each week has 5 days of study that you need just 15 minutes to complete

Each day of the study consists of two pages. The first page starts with a short prayer, a short passage of scripture to read, and reflective questions.  The second page is a beautiful display of His Word, with a sequence of receiving His Word in love, Giving God love in return through applying His Word to our lives, and making a plan to love others, helping us to be intentional about fulfilling the greatest commandment!

I’ll be blogging through the study right here everyday, so don’t forget to follow the blog  to receive emails on weekdays.

I will also be posting one video a week on Sundays to get you motivated and keep you ready to start the next week with some insight and encouragement to help you along the way!!!

Can’t buy the study? No worries!Here’s a FREE SCRIPTURE WRITING PLAN that correlates to the material and posting it here on Monday.We want you here to engage in God’s Word in a personal way and know Jesus more intimately!

Other ways to connect:

Join the Facebook group where I post daily questions on the study: https://www.facebook.com/groups/190148844667205/?ref=bookmarks

Facebook:  Like  Refocused Bible Study Page,

Instagram: Follow @RefocusedBibleStudy

The downloadable, printable ebook is below! Thank you for your support of this ministry to encourage and equip women to engage in God’s Word in a personal way, and know Him more intimately!

Buy the “ALL of ME” Study Here:

After you purchase, click “Return to Merchant” and you will be taken to the page for the download! So excited to journey through loving Him more! ❤️🎉

$10

All of Me: Loving God with ALL your Heart, Soul, Mind & Strength  I hope you will join us as we journey through the greatest commandment!

For more info in the study, click here 

If you can’t buy the study, screenshot this free Scripture Writing Plan instead:

I hope you’ll join us!

Praying for you,

Amy

Loving God with a SOUL SURRENDERED

“Is anything worth more than your SOUL?” Mark 8:37

Jesus said these words after Peter rebuked him and told him that he couldn’t say things like “He was going to suffer and die.” 

Jesus is teaching us how to love Him with A SOUL SURRENDERED.

Have you ever known God was asking you to be faithful in a HARD THING and someone, in their innocence thinking they had “your best interest at heart” discouraged you from doing it?

Maybe the Lord is asking you to do something that seems crazy to your relatives, or your coworkers, like adopt, homeschool, or go into ministry, ahem. 

Or maybe he is asking you to stay faithful in something that no one else sees, BUT YOU KNOW HE SEES – like staying sensitive to your man’s heart, or consistently disciplining your children.

These things, seen to the outside world or only to The Lord, require a SOUL SURRENDERED.

Because, you see, we could easily take a “way out, thinking, that person is right, I’ve done a lot for God already, my hands are full.”

or

“Nobody sees what I am going through, this is too hard, it’s time to quit.”

He sees. He wants what He has planned for you. He wants you to trust Him. To lean in close, and surrender your soul to him – step by obedient step.

After all, what if Jesus would have listened to Peter’s heartfelt but earthly thinking?

You know, Peter is right, I shouldn’t let myself go through the suffering and the cross, Father wouldn’t really want me to do that, would he?”

Where would we be?

Thankfully, Jesus walked out a SOUL SURRENDERED to Father.

Even when suffering and pain, and even death loomed in the near future, he trusted Father.

We can do the same with His power in us, step by step, surrendering. 

Trusting His plan is best. Sacrifice is worth it. Suffering is worth it. Dying to ourselves is worth it.

Jesus gave us three steps to SURRENDER:

  1. DENY YOURSELF
  2. TAKE UP YOUR CROSS
  3. FOLLOW ME

It’s not easy, sisters, but He’s WORTH IT. I don’t do it perfect, or even pretty, but I trust that this is the way. Jesus is so beautiful, because He did this. He loved us so much, that he did it.

He asks us to follow in his footsteps of love. To love Him and others in this way.

What is The Lord asking you to SURRENDER today?

How can you love another through these steps, in a self-sacrifical way today?

What’s going on here?

Tell me about the Study!

It’s a four week study

Week 1: Heart

Week 2: Soul

Week 3:Mind

Week 4: Strength

Each week has 5 days of study that you need just 15 minutes to complete

Each day of the study consists of two pages. The first page starts with a short prayer, a short passage of scripture to read, and reflective questions.  The second page is a beautiful display of His Word, with a sequence of receiving His Word in love, Giving God love in return through applying His Word to our lives, and making a plan to love others, helping us to be intentional about fulfilling the greatest commandment!

I’ll be blogging through the study right here everyday, so don’t forget to follow the blog  to receive emails on weekdays.

I will also be posting one video a week on Sundays to get you motivated and keep you ready to start the next week with some insight and encouragement to help you along the way!!!

Can’t buy the study? No worries!Here’s a FREE SCRIPTURE WRITING PLAN that correlates to the material and posting it here on Monday.We want you here to engage in God’s Word in a personal way and know Jesus more intimately!

Other ways to connect:

Join the Facebook group where I post daily questions on the study: https://www.facebook.com/groups/190148844667205/?ref=bookmarks

Facebook:  Like  Refocused Bible Study Page,

Instagram: Follow @RefocusedBibleStudy

The downloadable, printable ebook is below! Thank you for your support of this ministry to encourage and equip women to engage in God’s Word in a personal way, and know Him more intimately!

Buy the “ALL of ME” Study Here:

After you purchase, click “Return to Merchant” and you will be taken to the page for the download! So excited to journey through loving Him more! ❤️🎉

$10

All of Me: Loving God with ALL your Heart, Soul, Mind & Strength  I hope you will join us as we journey through the greatest commandment!

For more info in the study, click here 

If you can’t buy the study, screenshot this free Scripture Writing Plan instead:

I hope you’ll join us!

Praying for you,

Amy

Loving God with ALL of our SOUL

“My SOUL magnifies the LORD, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,”

Luke 1:46

To magnify means to make something appear larger than it is… but we know that is impossible with God. We can’t make Him larger than He is, we can only see Him more clearly for just how GREAT He really is.

Here in this passage, we read Mary’s song of praise after she found out she was the chosen one to carry the Savior.

Mary’s Song of Praise: The Magnificant

And Mary said,

“My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
    For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
    and holy is his name.And his mercy is for those who fear him
    from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm;
    he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;

he has brought down the mighty from their thrones
    and exalted those of humble estate;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
    and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
    in remembrance of his mercy,
as he spoke to our fathers,
    to Abraham and to his offspring forever.”

Which line from the song sticks out the most to you? Which one makes you fall more in love with the LORD?

Mine was “He who is mighty has done great things for me.”

The Lord has done such amazing things for me, and I’m sorry to say, I don’t always magnify Him for it. But part of our study today reminds us to make God out to be big in even the smallest of things, leading to your soul loving Him even more.

We realize His hand working in our lives > We give him credit and glory > Our soul magnifies Him.

My miracle is my son who turns 10 this week! I can’t believe he’s turning 10!

When we were “ready” to have kids and started trying to conceive, well, we kept being “ready and waiting” for a while 😉

Nothing was happening, and I was getting so distraught. The Lord tenderly led me to the story of 1 Samuel 1 in His word where a woman named Hannah was begging the Lord for a child herself.

She was deeply distressed and prayed to the Lord and wept bitterly.And she vowed a vow and said, “O Lord of hosts, if you will indeed look on the affliction of your servant and remember me and not forget your servant, but will give to your servant a son, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall touch his head.” 1 Samuel 1:10-11

The Lord answered my prayer a few years later and “Samuel” (Sam) was born! We named him Samuel from the passage I had clung to while I waited on the Lord.

What are you struggling with right now? I encourage you to search the word for a passage where someone went through something similar, and make it your prayer. The Lord will so tenderly touch your heart and move on your behalf.

No matter what He decides the outcome to be, you can be sure He has worked all things together for good and in the future you will be telling others of what He did in the situation, and how you trust it was His doing all along, and He knows best.

You will be magnifying the Lord with all your soul!

What has the Lord so clearly done for you? Magnify Him and let us know! Comment below.  ❤

Weekly Challenge in the Video below! 

Love the Lord with more of your soul by prioritizing your time this week! Ask Him how this looks in your life. Lean in and listen. His plan for you is different than any one else’s.

What’s going on here?

Tell me about the Study!

It’s a four week study

Week 1: Heart

Week 2: Soul

Week 3:Mind

Week 4: Strength

Each week has 5 days of study that you need just 15 minutes to complete

Each day of the study consists of two pages. The first page starts with a short prayer, a short passage of scripture to read, and reflective questions.  The second page is a beautiful display of His Word, with a sequence of receiving His Word in love, Giving God love in return through applying His Word to our lives, and making a plan to love others, helping us to be intentional about fulfilling the greatest commandment!

I’ll be blogging through the study right here everyday, so don’t forget to follow the blog  to receive emails on weekdays. 

I will also be posting one video a week on Sundays to get you motivated and keep you ready to start the next week with some insight and encouragement to help you along the way!!!

Can’t buy the study? No worries!Here’s a FREE SCRIPTURE WRITING PLAN that correlates to the material and posting it here on Monday.We want you here to engage in God’s Word in a personal way and know Jesus more intimately!

Other ways to connect: 

Join the Facebook group where I post daily questions on the study: https://www.facebook.com/groups/190148844667205/?ref=bookmarks

Facebook:  Like  Refocused Bible Study Page,

Instagram: Follow @RefocusedBibleStudy

The downloadable, printable ebook is below! Thank you for your support of this ministry to encourage and equip women to engage in God’s Word in a personal way, and know Him more intimately!

Buy the “ALL of ME” Study Here:

After you purchase, click “Return to Merchant” and you will be taken to the page for the download! So excited to journey through loving Him more! ❤️🎉

$10

All of Me: Loving God with ALL your Heart, Soul, Mind & Strength  I hope you will join us as we journey through the greatest commandment!

For more info in the study, click here 

If you can’t buy the study, screenshot this free Scripture Writing Plan instead:

I hope you’ll join us!

Praying for you,

Amy

He knows You Love Him-“All of Me” – HEART Day 5

Happy Friday!!! We are on the last day of Loving God with ALL our HEARTS! 💕

Today our verse is:

The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, 

“Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” John 21:17

He knows. But He wants to hear us say it. He wants us to sit down and have a conversation with Him in prayer, and He wants to remind us to take care of the precious people He has entrusted to us, fulfilling the second part of the greatest commandment, by loving others as ourselves.

Each time the Lord asked Peter if He loved Him, He also responded to Peter, slightly differently each time.

FEED MY LAMBS

TEND MY SHEEP

FEED MY SHEEP

Which response resonates with you the most?

Here at Refocused, we narrow our focus to the people closet to us: our husband, children, family, and then outward to the rest of the world.

Take the response that spoke most to you, and ask the LORD how to fulfill this calling.

I chose, “TEND MY SHEEP.”

This really hit home with me right now, especially after talking in terms of gardening yesterday. Tending is constant work. I am so thankful for the sheep the Lord has given me to bless and tend.

Weekend Challenge:

Continue spending the first five minutes of the day journaling your heart out to the Lord. Spend the next five minutes writing out how you can tend to or feed the precious people the Lord has put in your life.

Love GOD, Love OTHERS. Refocus and love those closest to you really well ❤

Have a great weekend, and get ready to love Him with ALL your SOUL on Monday!

Buy the “ALL of ME” Study Here:

After you purchase, click “Return to Merchant” and you will be taken to the page for the download! So excited to journey through loving Him more! ❤️🎉

$10

All of Me: Loving God with ALL your Heart, Soul, Mind & Strength  I hope you will join us as we journey through the greatest commandment!

For more info in the study, click here 

If you can’t buy the study, screenshot this free Scripture Writing Plan instead:

Have a great weekend!

Praying for you,

Amy