Saturday, May 17, 2014

Do you need to be reminded that YOU ARE LOVED?

This summer we have chosen to follow along with Good Morning Girls as they read and study the book, You Are Loved by Sally Clarkson & Angela Perritt.

Do you need to be reminded of God’s love for you today? 

Maybe you need to accept His love for the very first time, or you’re secure in His love, but need refilling so that you can love others well?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then sign up today for our Summer Book Club/Bible Study because it is just what you need. 

You are loved.  In fact, you are loved with an everlasting love.  

Wherever you are in your walk with God, come let the magnitude of that truth soak in as we study God’s Word together…

You Are Loved is available in paperback or Kindle Edition on AmazonEnrollment begins Monday, May 19 and will end Friday, May 30.  

To join our Facebook group or if you are interested in joining us here on our blog, please comment below. 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Why Easter Matters

Hey Friends!

Unfortunately, we are not very good at updating our blog as life just seems to get in our way. But we wanted to take this opportunity to give you a quick overview of our next study.

During the next four weeks, 4:10 Friends will be participating in the Good Morning Girl's Bible study, Why Easter Matters.  If you would like to join us via our Facebook Group please leave us a comment.   If you would prefer to do the study on your own that is ok too but remember Two Are Better Than One!  All materials are free via subscribing to the Good Morning Girl's blog.

We hope you will decide to join us and pray you each have a blessed Easter!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Online Winter Study

After much prayer we have decided to participate in the Good Morning Girl's Online Winter Bible Study, Intentionally Focused.  Enrollment for this online study is now open and it begins on Monday, January 20 and finishes on March 14.  This is a free study! You can read more about this study to see if you are interested at this link. 

We have decided to participate in this study via a private Facebook group.  We are new to this Facebook group method so please be patient with us as we get started. If you decide to participate with us in our group, please comment below or email us to let us know.  

You will also need to go to the Good Morning Girl's blog and enroll in this study.  You can click on this link to enroll in the study.

Finally you need to make sure you subscribe to the Good Morning Girl's blog to receive their daily emails.  By subscribing to this blog you will also receive all your free materials for this study.  You can subscribe to this blog by clicking this link and entering your email on the right hand side of their page where their SUBSCRIBE button is located.  

Ok so to sum it up...
3.  Make sure you join our private Facebook group by commenting below or emailing us.  

Please comment below or email us if you have any questions or concerns.  Join us as we begin this new year focusing on what really matters in our lives!


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Tis the Season...

A week from today is Thanksgiving, and I am really shaking my head wondering where the time has gone since that last day of summer vacation.  I guess it has been consumed with homework, after school activities, and the joy of being a mother for the third time.  As I paused this morning to reflect on all of this, I also realized that next week after I indulge in my annual turkey dinner (because other than the last Thursday of November I don't eat turkey) it will be December.  From the first of December to the first of January, our family celebrates 3 birthdays, Christmas, and of course, New Year's Day with all those great bowl games.  Normally, this sends me into high gear worrying about birthday invitations, Christmas cards, Christmas presents, adorning every room in my house with garland and mistletoe, and all of the ingredients that I need to get at the grocery for those dips that I will be dipping while watching the bowl games. Did I mention that I just finished packing shoeboxes for every possible age group that Operation Christmas Child offers? Breathe….See I told you I go into high gear.

But this year seems different to me.  I am not sure why.  Maybe after turning 40 and becoming a mother again, my sense of urgency in getting everything perfect for the holidays doesn't really matter.  Maybe, I am just thankful that we are all functioning at normal capacity, and if everybody at church doesn't get a Christmas card from me this year, hopefully, they'll be kind enough to understand that I love them just as much. Although all of this hustle and bustle is waiting to knock on my door next week, I am comforted by knowing that none of that matters.  What matters most to me this season is that my family knows the true meaning of Christmas and that we can fully appreciate why we celebrate our Savior's birthday.  Isaiah 9:6 says, "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.  And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting, Prince of Peace." Hmmm…Prince of Peace. My prayer this Christmas season is to have this peace and to focus on what is really important.

If you too would like to have this peace then I encourage you to begin praying that your focus this season is on the Messiah and not whether or not those Christmas cards are ready to be dropped off at the Lottie Moon post office.  This week I have been compiling a few FREE (except one) resources to help me to keep my focus on the real reason for the season.  I have listed them below (in no particular order) with links of where to find them.  If you have any others that you would like to add to this list please share them with us in the Comments section below.


Advent Devotionals

Advent Devotionals for Children


Saturday, October 5, 2013

Proverbs 31: A Wise & Faithful Woman

School has been in session for a little over six weeks, and if we're honest with ourselves, most of us are barely keeping our head above water.  Balancing the demands of family, home, and work is nearly impossible.  Throw in a few extra-curricular activities for each child, a never ending pile of laundry, a chore list that grows by the minute, commitments that have us literally burning the candle at both ends, and one can easily understand why most of us are hanging on by a mere thread. 
If you are on the downward spiral and life is spinning out of control, let's join forces.  
Remember, two are better than one and a cord of three isn't easily broken (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12).  

Last summer, Catherine and I participated in a Proverbs 31 Bible Study, The Proverbs 31 Woman:  One Virtue at a Time, offered by Good Morning Girls.  For me, this study transformed me and renewed my mind (Romans 12:2).  It continues to inspire me daily to be a wise and faithful woman.  Don't be fooled, my sink is currently full of dishes and the dryer has beeped at least 7 times to signify the clothes are ready, but I continue to strive to be the wife and mother whose family has full confidence in her and who works with eager hands to bring them good, not harm all the days of her life.  It's definitely a work in progress, but it is the ultimate goal. 

Since completing the study, God has been tugging at my heart to share this particular study with my friends.  After fighting the call for over a year, He opened the door.  A small group of us are meeting on Wednesday nights at our church.  If you'd like to join us, email me for details, or if you prefer to follow along online, we welcome you.  Speaking of online, if you peruse Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest, consider following us on those sites, as we're planning to offer daily reminders and inspiration throughout the study.

Through this in-depth study of each of the virtues, we will discover practical, contemporary applications.  We will establish a routine of spiritual disciplines, develop the habit of daily Bible reading and time alone with God, and commit to meditating on and memorizing God's word.  We will also discover simple methods to keep ourselves and our family on track, organize our home and life, and discipline ourselves to fulfill our obligations and to do so on time.  Through this study, we can become the wife and mother that God intended.  Now, let these eager hands go fold those clothes before the dryer beeps for the eighth time!  

Proverbs 31:  A Wise & Faithful Woman

Materials Needed:
  1. Bible
  2. Colored pencils
  3. Bible Study Journal or Notebook (SOAP) 
  4. Download the eBook,  The Proverbs 31 Woman, One Virtue At A Time, by Courtney Joseph, by clicking on the eBook title.

Thursday, Oct. 3 - How to be a Treasure to Your Husband
  • Scripture/SOAP:
    • Proverbs 31:10
    • Proverbs 12:4
    • Proverbs 18:22
    • Proverbs 19:14  
  • Read p.6 of the eBook, The Proverbs 31 Woman: One Virtue at a Time, by Courtney Joseph 
  • Memorize Proverbs 31:10

Friday, Oct. 4 - Does Your Husband Trust You
  • Scripture/SOAP:
    • Proverbs 31:11
    • Proverbs 11:28
    • Proverbs 28:26
    • Proverbs 16:20
    • Proverbs 28:25
    • Proverbs 29:25 
  • Read p.7 of the eBook, The Proverbs 31 Woman: One Virtue at a Time, by Courtney Joseph
  • Memorize Proverbs 31:11

Saturday, Oct. 5 - A Woman of Action
  • Scripture/SOAP:
    • Proverbs 31:12
    • 1 Kins 11:4
  • Read p.8 of the eBook, The Proverbs 31 Woman: One Virtue at a Time, by Courtney Joseph
  • Memorize Proverbs 31:12
Sunday, Oct. 6 - Working With Eager Hands
  • Scripture/SOAP:
    • Proverbs 31:13
    • Colossians 3:23
  • Read pp. 9-10 of the eBook, The Proverbs 31 Woman: One Virtue at a Time, by Courtney Joseph
  • Memorize Proverbs 31:13

Monday, Oct. 7 - Shop to the Glory of God
  • Scripture/SOAP:
    • Proverbs 31:14
    • Proverbs 9:1-2
  • Read p. 11 of the eBook, The Proverbs 31 Woman: One Virtue at a Time, by Courtney Joseph
  • Memorize Proverbs 31:14 

Tuesday, Oct. 8 -
  • Scripture/SOAP:
    • Genesis 24:15-20
  • Reflect on your week.
 Wednesday, Oct. 9 - P31 Woman Rises Very Early
  • Scripture/SOAP:
    • Proverbs 31:15
    • Psalm 5:3
    • Mark 1:35
  • Read p. 11 of the eBook, The Proverbs 31 Woman: One Virtue at a Time, by Courtney Joseph
  • Memorize Proverbs 31:15

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Personal Message From Kimberly

We hope you all are enjoying Kimberly Sowell's, Lost on a Familiar Road, 30 day journey so far.  If you haven't signed up to receive her daily devotions that correspond to her latest book, then click HERE to enter your email on the sidebar of her blog to begin receiving those.  It's not too late to participate!

Today to celebrate Day 10 of the study and in honor of our 4:10 Friends,  Kimberly has prepared a personal message for us all.

Dear Sisters,

As we reach day 10 in the Lost on a Familiar Road journey, I wanted to personally connect with you to say that I'm praying for you, and to ask how God is directing your thinking. It always encourages me to know how God is working in others' lives, and your 4:10 Friends will be encouraged too! What has stood out to you so far as God is teaching you to be intentional to love Him with your mind?


Isn't it such a blessing to know that you are being prayed for during this 30 days?!  If you are following along with us on this journey, please let us know in the Comments section below.  Share with us what has touched you the most as you allow God's love to free your mind.  May God bless you all!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

40 Days of Sacrifice or Gain?

It’s been kind of quiet here at 4:10 Friends lately.  Since our study on Proverbs has ended, we hope that you have continued to read your devotion selections and Bible daily to stay in the Word.  

During my quiet time this week I have reflected on the season of Lent that is upon us.  Being raised Methodist, Lent was observed at my house every year.  For those of you not familiar with this season, Lent is the special period of 40 days (not including Sundays) before Easter.  It begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on the Saturday before Easter.  Most people, including me, observe these 40 days by “giving up” or “sacrificing” sweets, smoking, or a particular bad habit.  The goal of our sacrifices is to mimic Jesus’ 40 days of temptation in the wilderness from Satan. However, by day 3 of my “sacrificing” I have given in to my temptation and the reality sets in that another season of Lent has shown me how weak I really am.  I never have been able to beat the temptation and the end result is feelings of frustration, guilt, and regret...not the reward of growing closer to God.  

This year I have chosen to approach Lent differently.  Instead of “sacrificing” my usual breads and sweets, I am choosing to “gain” a closeness to God that I have never experienced.  To accomplish this I will be delving into Scripture each day and following along with Margaret Feinberg’s, Wonderstruck by Scripture.  If you are also interested in this challenge you may read more about it here and download the free 40 Day Bible Reading Guide.  Another resource for Lent that includes activities for the entire family is found on Ann Voskamp’s Blog, A Holy Experience.  Here she has included a free Lent and Easter Jesus Tree devotion. 

This Lent season I want to encourage you to boldly claim the closeness to God that your heart desires.  Do this by not giving up your chocolate but by being faithful to the Gospel and focusing on what this Lent and Easter season means to you and your family.  

Lastly, don’t forget that beginning February 18, we will be following along with Kimberly Sowell’s blog and her 30 day journey through her latest book, Lost on a Familiar Road.  If you do not have her latest book you may purchase it here (it is on sale right now for only $12) or please leave a message in the Comments section below and we will make sure that you get a copy ASAP!