Is there anything better than opening a beautifully wrapped gift? And… drum roll PLEASE…here is what was waiting for the girlies inside this semester’s …breathe box…!!!
Amazing stuff, sisters: Two books, a journal, twelve power packed scripture cards on an adorable wood slat frame, an Emily Ley de-cluttering guide, a pail in which to store gratitude cards, a custom-blended “Per-SISTER” essential oil roller ball, prayer cards, an awesome “Nevertheless she persisted” desk sign, our song list, and – what has become a favorite item in our boxes – Sugarfina Bubbly Champange gummie bears!!! So, SO awesome!
Our “in-person” studies began again this week and we had such a ball reconnecting and setting the stage for this semester. Our new motto is: “ministry with a side of moxie”. We thought it fit well with us AND with this semester’s title of “She PERSISTED”, don’t you agree?
Each week, we will post here Wendie’s condensed teaching notes (she’s a wordy girl… 😉 ) for those of your following online! Each post will have a recap of large group teaching along with links to “homework” you can do to follow along with us! AND, there will be an additional link to a section of extra resources for you explore – should you be interested.
If you want to follow along online, all you need to do is to get your hands on copies of the following two books AND something to write on.
A Book That Takes It’s Time (Smit, VanderHulst), and 100 Days to Brave (Annie Downs)
[Please note that while we LOVE sharing a lot of our “stuff” (and we do it for free), we request that credit be given where credit is due. In other words, don’t take stuff you find here and pass it off as your own if you didn’t write it or create it. That’s just not nice. And we love nice. 😉 Thanks, friends.]
You can also click here for the She PERSISTED homepage for additional info on this study semester!
So here we go – Week One of She PERSISTED (make sure to read ALLLLLLL the way down for information on our big giveaway this week!)…
To be persistent means to pursue with zeal. I love that word, zeal. It’s strong. It’s purposeful and full of intent. It’s sort of intimidating – in a good way – because it gets your attention and makes you perk up a little at what’s coming next. So what are we looking to persistently pursue here this session? Grace. God’s grace. And living in that grace regardless of our season or circumstance.
But what does that LOOK like? I think it looks and feels a lot like this:
Galatians 5:22-23; The Message (MSG)
22-23 But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.
I want to be relentlessly persistent in my pursuit of this grace-filled way of living as Paul describes in verse 23. Girls, go back and read that again!!!
That, my friends, is the Message version translation of the characteristics of the Fruit of the Holy Spirit, namely: love, peace, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
This session, this series of Bible study, we’ll be actively studying and practicing ways (big and small) in which we can learn, weave, and nurture these Christ-like characteristics into our daily lives.
Your breathe boxes were chock-o-block of awesome tools that will help us get from here to there! And your first homework assignment is sort of a spring board off of which all other activities will begin.
If you were with us last semester, you know my love of all things Hygge (pronounced HOO-ga). If you recall, Hygge is the Danish custom of cozy comfort in all things from physical surroundings to clothing to food to relationships. In the interest of keeping things consistent (and the fact that I can’t seem to un-Hygge my life at the moment), Hygge will once again be woven into this semester.
With that in mind, the very first homework assignment you are tasked with this semester is to create for yourself a Hyggekrog. My “Hygge Bible” (aka – Meik Wiking’s The Little Book of Hygge) lists the number one thing you can do for yourself to make your life more Hyggelieg is to create a Hyggekrog, or your own little cozy nook.
And in case you’re wondering, YES. There is a spiritual connection to this! Daniel (as in “Daniel and the Lion’s Den” ) gives us a glimpse into the importance of having your own space to retreat and go to for your own quiet time with God (see Daniel 6:10 for proof that I’m not making this stuff up! 😉 )
Your job this week, before you tackle any other homework, is to create your own Daniel-style Hyggekrog! I don’t care how big or how small it is, or even if you have to share it with someone else in your house. Research tells us that one of the best ways to build the habit of prayer is to create a single spot to go to each day. Hygge tells us that space should be comfy, cozy, use a level of light that is pleasing to you, etc.
One cool use of you breathe box is, if space is limited, it can be used as a Hyggekrog suitcase for all your BS materials. You just pop your box of materials by a window, add a candle and a cozy pillow, and VOILA – instant Hyggekrog! The idea is to create a space for yourself that is for your quiet time for scripture reading, book reading, journaling, etc. Here’s mine!
Now, some of you are going to say there is no space available and no time when you would be able to use said space anyway. I’m going to go back to what I said at the beginning – we are going to be persistent in our daily pursuit of God this semester. Make it a priority; and where there’s a will, sister friend, there IS a way. Let it sink in, pray about it, and see what just might transpire.
I just had to show you another picture of my hyggekrog! This one was taken in the evening! Okay, maybe the salt lamp foot warmer and the pink fuzzy blanket are a little over the top, but come ON – so Hyggelieg!
HERE’S THE SCOOP ON THE GIVEAWAY!!!!! This weekend, I’ll be posting other photos of my “space” on our ministry Facebook Page (click here to access) AND on Instagram (@stringingpearlsministries). If you post a picture of YOUR Hyggekrog on one of those social media platforms and tag us (@stringingpearlsministries) and use the hash tags: #shepersistedspm and #hyggekrog, you will be entered to WIN A PRIZE RELATED TO HYGGE!!! Winners will be announced next week! (It’s a pretty good prize, girls. You’ll want to enter!)
Okay. So, homework for this week, please click here.
For extra resources for this week, please click here.
That’s all for this week, sweet friends! Sorry it’s such a long post! Subsequent posts WILL be far shorter – just too much “stuff” to get in during the first week! If you’re still reading this, I love you!
Join us on social media this week and then back here NEXT week as we jump into the importance and benefits of gratitude!