Hello there! I hope you're as excited as I am about the start of our new study LIVE SACRED: Holding Onto Faith and Living Life Holy! We are exactly 2 weeks away from the start! Order your book NOW to ensure time for delivery. You can purchase a printed workbook or download a FREE PDF by clicking HERE.
Whether you're working through this brief study on your own or with a small group, there are some things I ask you to consider in the "Getting Started" section of the workbook.
As You Read...
Listen for the whisper of the Holy Spirit. Allow Him to speak to you. Then, write your thoughts in the "Sacred Simmering" section. I don't include questions at the end of every section in this study because I don't want to get in the way of Him leading your thoughts. The videos that go along with this study also provide some conversation starters (or journal prompts if you're working through the study alone).
Try to carve out a time and place where you're in quiet and feel peaceful. I realize this isn't always possible, but to add to the Sacred sentiment this study was birthed under, quieting our environment and our thoughts before Him allows us to more clearly hear.
Keep In Mind...
I am not a pastor or a theological master. I am an average woman, wife, and mom. I simply love reading the Word and drawing parallels from it to my life. If you question anything I say, please consult Scripture. I am not infallible or above reproach, but God's Word is. I do my very best to ensure that what I say is Scriptural, Godly, and accurate, including having pastoral oversight who reviews every word I say to ensure it's not outside of Scripture. BUT...I implore you to allow the Holy Spirit and the Word of God to guide you as you study.
The Way This Will Work...
Each Saturday for 5 weeks a new post will go live on the blog. Each blog post will include a video segment of me sharing thoughts about each chapter and social media graphics for you to share. Please feel free to use the hashtag "LiveSacredStudy" when posting to social media. I can see and find your posts when you use that hashtag and get to know all of you better!
Here I share with you my thoughts on how Live Sacred came to be. This section sets the tone for the remaining five chapters.
Our first week together (February 2, 2019) we'll address the first chapter "Holy". It would be best to have already read the section(s) of the Bible referenced at the beginning of the chapter as well as the entire chapter in "Live Sacred" before reading my thoughts on the blog and watching the corresponding video.
Join In The Conversation...
After reading and watching the video, feel free to join in the conversation here on the blog and/or on the Facebook page. I'd LOVE to hear your thoughts and get to know you better!
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Here's my word for 2019!
I'd like to share with you the Introduction to my newest study workbook coming out later this month-- SACRED: Holding Onto Faith and Living Life Holy. A Brief Study of the Book of Daniel.
The word came to me one day while I was driving in the car. I was alone and praying out loud. I like to find a “word” and focus on it each year. The Lord had given me the same word for the past two years, but this year was different. Softly and unexpectedly I felt the word “sacred” pressed onto my heart. The word fell softly from my lips as I pictured white linen and hushed tones. I heard whispered secrets shared through the millennia with a quiet reverence. I envisioned earthen floors and sandaled feet kneeling with heads bowed, praying beautiful yet simple words of contrition and humility. I pictured aged fingers holding tightly to small hands as one generation shared Truth with the next. What on earth did that have to do with me in 2019?
This study is beginning Saturday, February 2, 2019. I'll be posting online each Saturday (for five weeks) and we'll discuss throughout the week. I'll also include video segments that compliment each week's discussion. Saturdays are not your only opportunity for reading and commenting, The posts will be up and available at your leisure.
More than anything I want my relationship with God to grow and be pleasing to Him. Aside from that, I want my community to grow as well. I need Godly, God-fearing women to come alongside me and support me. We all need encouragement, exhortation, and friendship.
Beyond that...I want to encourage and equip an army of women to influence their circles and share the Gospel with others.
In addition to the blog post, videos, and discussion, I'll provide social media graphics each week to be shared. An easy way to share Christ and encourage others through social media is through graphics.
I'd love to have you join me each week. Please also consider hosting your own small group to work through the study book and watch the videos together. #IronSharpensIron. Some of my BEST moments have been with friends while we discuss the Bible! Grab some friends, get your study book or download your PDF, and join me!
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Here's to growing together in 2019!
Hello there! Grab your party hat and noise maker. I hope you don't mind some confetti in your hair! It's time to celebrate!
She Heard is turning 6 today! Can you believe it? WOW!
I hope this site has been half of the blessing to you that it has been to me. What a transformation my life has seen over the past half-a-dozen years.
When I began writing here I was a mom of 6 kids aged 7 to newborn. I was a work-at-home, homeschooling mom struggling to make it through each day. I was depleted and tired and unsure how to be the same Mandy in every situation. I was "home" Mandy and "church" Mandy and "Facebook" Mandy and "friend" Mandy, but I didn't know how to make the four into one. I wanted to do MORE and make a difference in the world, but I was drowning in diapers and late-night feedings and just didn't see how I could do anything beyond make it through each day.
God called me to start blogging about my faith publicly and the first night I hit enter on a post detailing my Scriptire reading for the week, I couldn't sleep. I was terrified of the response. Having been a certain person to some and a different person to others, I was sure the backlash would kill me. But guess what? It didn't!
Sure, I lost some friends (who were friends only through social media anyway), but the ones who stayed cheered me on. God also walked with me every step of the way. He's grown me and stretched me and led me to some incredible people through this small corner of the universe called She Heard!
If you're reading this, YOU are one of those incredible people!
Many times I've been told that what's posted on the Facebook page is exactly what someone needed at that time. That brings me great joy! The truth is, what I post is what I need to hear as well. I have hit some dark lows and some amazing highs over the past 6 years, but God has always met me in those places. The beautiful thing about Him is that He also meets others through what we're experiencing. Anything that I've posted that's met a need in you has been directly from the Lord. Isn't He so good??
We are about to hit 10,000 in our community on Facebook. This is a huge milestone and I'm so very excited to have you along for the ride. I have some fun things planned for when we hit that number. I can't wait to share them with you!
THANK YOU for joining me here! You are a true blessing to me.
Here's to many more years of growing in love and faith with Jesus...
I posted the following on Facebook the other day:
There was a wonderful response from others who feel the same. I'm all about social media and things like conferences, Bible studies, and videos. NO doubt about it! However, I think what I'm hearing (and experiencing) is that we're hungry for deeper relationships. We're thirsty for connection beyond a surface level. We're starving for accountability and relationship that allows us to give and receive honestly.
We're living in a world that sees very real and powerful Spiritual Warfare. We face an enemy who has used the millenia that he's roamed the earth to figure out our weak spots as humans. As people made in the image of God, we're amazing creatures. However, our flesh is fairly simple: We're innately selfish and prideful. Those flaws may look difffernt in each of us, but the enemy knows how to push our individual buttons and create a foothold in our lives. He's certainly not stronger than the Lord, but he's cunning and manipulative. And ruthless. We often do his work for him when our selfishness and doubt gets in the way.
Why am I saying all this?
For a few reasons...
In our current culture (Western Christianity), we tend to elevate other leaders in the faith because of their presence on social media or the way we relate to them. A 30 minute LIVE or video session can hit the spot, so we click the "X" and go about our day. Sometimes we plug into a local church with a plethora of groups and ministry options, yet still feel lonely and unknown. None of these things are "bad," but without real community they're hollow.
The early Church literally lived life together evey day. They shared their resources and their space. They ate and prayed together. Their lives of simplicity and togetherness was so attractive that "daily they added to their numbers."
The Fellowship of Believers
What does that have to do with you and me?
Well, I feel it...I feel the pull of God to return to His roots...relationship in authenticity. We don't necessarily have to GO anywhere to minister, but we do have to minister.
We don't necessarily have to PREACH the Gospel, but our lives must preach what the Gospel looks like.
BIBLE STUDY won't save us, but a foundation of faith based on the Truth found in Scripture (as revealed through the Holy Spirit) is imperative to better understanding God and having an answer for the hope that we have.
CONFERENCES don't make us better Christians, but the experience and corporate community provided give us a space to praise the Lord in unity as well as refresh our spirit or take us deeper in relationship with one another and the Lord.
The bare foundation is this: 1.) Seeking the Lord daily and growing more in love with Him. 2.) Telling, sharing, and showing others what Jesus has done in our lives, and 3.) Praying for ourselves, our families, and others consistently.
Wrapped up within these 3 things is an infinite amount of other things...community, transparency, vulnerability, reality, grace, mercy, flexibility, resiliency, consistency...and the list goes on.
I'm here to help in any way I can. I would love to stand side-by-side with you ladies as you begin a deeper relationship with God this year and step outside your preconceived ideas of what a relationship with Jesus looks like. I'm ready to allow the Holy Spirit to reveal the areas I need to address within me as well as knock my socks off with the ability of the Almighty and Powerful God that I serve.
I'm ready to lean forward in faith to intercede for my family and others and trust that my prayers count. And then I can't wait to watch as God answers every single one of them in His perfect way, in His perfect timing.
I'm ready to step forward to the frontlines of the battlefield and stop half-heartedly throwing a few punches toward the enemy here and there. I'm done being a spectator, watching as the enemy devours one person after another and our culture crumbles and slides further and further away from God.
I'm IN...and I'd love to have you be IN with me.
I'd love an onslaught of comments or messages telling me you're along for the ride in 2019, but I have a feeling this group will be small. God loves to take the FEW and increase it to MANY so that He gets all the glory.
Hi there. I'll be quick because I imagine your finger hovering over the "delete" button, itching to get rid of yet another piece of junk email from your inbox.
You're receiving this email because at one time you subscribed to this blog. It used to be called Deliberate Women and then changed to She Heard about a year or so ago. Maybe you don't recognize the new name and have decided that you were spammed?
Maybe you know exactly who I am but the posts no longer fit your season of life?
Or maybe you just flat out no longer want to hear from me...
In any case, I have asked to take a precious few moments of your time because I take very seriously the people God brings into my life. I include all of you reading this as people God has brought into my life. Whether we've met face-to-face or not, we've been linked. This blog and website used to be about numbers and growing the platform, but the last year or so, God has sat me down and given me the lecture I needed. This time on earth is so short. Cliche, I know, but true. I've been allowed the privilege of a place in each of your lives (albeit miniscule in scale) as a gift. Whatever encouragement I can offer, I want to. Any words I successfully string together are from Him. Any messages of value are directly from the Lord.
Before you go, I want to send you off with a blessing.
Lord, thank you for the gift of community. Thank you for the gift of bearing one another's burdens. Thank you for the privilage of walking side-by-side through life, literally and figuratively; in-person and virtually. I pray blessing and favor over each person reading this and their families. I pray peace over their lives. I pray a deep hunger and thirst for You and Your Word. Thank you for the gift of time with them that you have blessed me with. In Jesus name, Amen.
If you choose to unsubscribe, thank you for the opportunity of speaking into your life thus far. God bless you!
If you choose to hang around, thank you! I look forward to growing closer in relationship to the Lord and each other.
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