Overwhelmed Online Bible Study | Week 5

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Right now in Summer Bible Study we’re meeting women around the world through online discussion groups. We’ve been on a journey to move our calendars from chaos to calm. We’re reading“Overwhelmed: How to Quiet the Chaos and Restore the Sanity” by Kathi Lipp and Cheri Gregory. We’re now on week five and women are still joining us on the journey because it’s a game-changer! You can read the book with us as a group and join a discussion any day of the week, or you can read independently and discuss here on our website (or with local friends).

Even if you’re not one of the 2,000 women in our current study at the Womens Bible Cafe™ I want to encourage you to pick up this book and read it. Because the end result is that you’ll have more time for Sabbath rest and more time for personal Bible study. As you work through the PROCESS of self-discovery you’ll see priorities shift into primary calendar slots and unimportant tasks slide “off the plate.” You’ll learn how to manage your time-plate with a demitasse saucer, dinner plate, or turkey platter.

Personally, I work from home so I’m in the office 7 days a week, usually 10 hours a day. Having a pre-decision about my office hours and Sabbath rest will balance my spiritual life with more time for personal study. When I read this book the first time it struck me that we will not feel GUILTY for a day of rest. We often think, “If I have work to do then I can’t rest until it’s done.” Now we realize this is nonsense, right? We should not feel guilty for a day of rest to restore our health, a day of Sabbath worship to celebrate God, and then 5 days of productive work. In small group I met some nurses working 12 hour shifts, and now they’re in a process to rearranging their errand days and pre-plan things such as meals and household chores.

After printing my Overwhelmed planner, I played with it for about a month using a 3-ring binder. It was an ugly binder but the planner was super functional and I know it’s something I’ll continue using daily. So this weekend I went to a local office store and bought an ARC “discbound” planner system, with a beautiful cover. Now I can insert the Overwhelmed planner pages and rip-them-out as needed and I’m a happy planner girl! What I don’t need are more planners that are never used. But I do need the SYSTEMS that keep me from overwhelm. Covers and tabs are the skeletal system of my planner, while the Overwhelmed pages are the muscle and circulatory system.

Featured image: Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Last week Kathi Lipp created a Facebook Live video “Completely Overwhelmed by Clutter? Do these 7 things now!”- if you missed it here’s a replay!

(https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKathiLipp/videos/vb.345097518872203/1533904879991455/?type=2&theater)

 USEFUL TIPS for online Bible study

Encouragement: you may not get the methods and systems the first time you read the Overwhelmed book. So go back like I did and read it again once you have the bigger picture, it makes sense!

  • A coach once taught me “If you can have a perfect day from 8am to noon, then nothing else you do matters that day.” So I set that expectation for myself with mini goals/ now micro cards.
  • If you miss a Facebook live, the videos are always available to watch anytime online. Find them on our page at http://facebook.com/WomensBibleCafe or on Cheri Gregory’s Facebook page.

ASSIGNMENT FOR THIS WEEK

  • Pray before you begin, and also pray for our ministry leaders and the book authors.
  • Read Chapter 11: “Just Put Your Big Girl Panties On” vs. Practicing Self-Care (in a World That Couldn’t Care Less
  • Read Chapter 12: “Just Wing It” vs. Cultivating Peace with a Plan
  • Work on your personal manifestos, micro cards, project plans, and planners!
  • DISCUSS: Meet and Greet! <– join a discussion group once a week!

BONUS: COMPANION STUDY GUIDE- Click the links below for PDF

We will share a new study guide lesson once a week. Author Cheri Gregory is an educator and does not give out her lesson plans in advance. She wants us to complete the lesson before a new one is published. Print these out and put into a binder so you don’t lose them.

  1. Chapters 1 and 2   https://cherigregory.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Overwhelmed-WBC-Intro-Part-1-Ch1-Ch2.pdf
  2. Chapters 3 and 4  https://cherigregory.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Overwhelmed-WBC-Ch3-Ch4.pdf
  3. Chapters 5 and 6  https://cherigregory.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Overwhelmed_WBC_Ch5_Ch6_Study_Guide.pdf
  4. Chapters 7 and 8  https://cherigregory.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Overwhelmed_WBC_Ch7_Ch8.pdf
  5. Chapters 9 and 10  https://cherigregory.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Overwhelmed_WBC_Ch9_Ch10.pdf
  6. Chapters 11 and 12 https://cherigregory.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Overwhelmed_WBC_Ch11_Ch12.pdf

 

The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance,
    but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.
Proverbs 21:5 ESV

All glory to God-

 

 

 

 

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Overwhelmed Online Bible Study | Week 4

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Welcome back to our study of “Overwhelmed: How to Quiet the Chaos and Restore the Sanity” by Kathi Lipp and Cheri Gregory. We’re now on week four and the entire study has been a GAME CHANGER for getting out of chaos. How awesome to have these tools for redevelopment: The Personal Manifesto, the Project Map, Micro Cards, the Gratitude Jar, and Overwhelmed Planner.

Now that we’ve learned the reasons behind our clutter and overwhelm, we’re moving into the process of application. We’ll look at the methods to get our planners organized, not just pretty pieces of paper. We’ll move tasks into manageable steps. We’ll identify morning and evening routines and create time each week for “Prep and Plan!” We’re making calendars that work for us.

My prayer is that you will stay on the journey and grow in community as you are now surrounded with women who “get what you’re going through” as one friend commented in small group today. For those of you that are off track and behind on this summer study- it takes very little time to get back into the reading and groups again. Don’t give up on your goal and join us on the journey.

 

Last week Cheri Gregory created a Facebook Live video on Increasing Your capacity For JOY- if you missed it here’s a replay!

 USEFUL TIPS for online Bible study

Several women have commented how much they enjoy this study! In our small group today a friend posted “overwhelmed team” and it made me smile because YES, we are a team on a journey!

  • Share your creative ideas and photos in small groups or on our Facebook page. We really like seeing photos of your progress on this journey together.
  • The Project Map is a useful tool- learn to use it and create Micro-Cards on Post-It Notes.
  • If you miss a Facebook live, the videos are always available to watch anytime online. Find them on our page at http://facebook.com/WomensBibleCafe or on Cheri Gregory’s Facebook page.
  • Some of you said you can’t print the planner. If you don’t have a printer – go to local library and print your PDF planner, or most office supply stores have printing services.

ASSIGNMENT FOR THIS WEEK

  • Pray before you begin, and also pray for our ministry leaders and the book authors.
  • Read Chapter 9: “Just Go With the Flow” vs Personalizing a Well-Defined Work Week and Day
  • Read Chapter 10: “Just Clear Your Calendar” vs Creating a Calendar That Works For You
  • Work on your personal manifestos, micro cards, project plans, and planners!
  • DISCUSS: Meet and Greet! <– join a discussion group once a week!

BONUS: COMPANION STUDY GUIDE- Click this link below for PDF

We will share a new study guide lesson once a week. Author Cheri Gregory is an educator and does not give out her lesson plans in advance. She wants us to complete the lesson before a new one is published. Print these out and put into a binder so you don’t lose them.

  1. Chapters 1 and 2   https://cherigregory.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Overwhelmed-WBC-Intro-Part-1-Ch1-Ch2.pdf
  2. Chapters 3 and 4  https://cherigregory.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Overwhelmed-WBC-Ch3-Ch4.pdf
  3. Chapters 5 and 6  https://cherigregory.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Overwhelmed_WBC_Ch5_Ch6_Study_Guide.pdf
  4. Chapters 7 and 8  https://cherigregory.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Overwhelmed_WBC_Ch7_Ch8.pdf
  5. Chapters 9 and 10  https://cherigregory.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Overwhelmed_WBC_Ch9_Ch10.pdf

 

“There is an appointed time for everything.
And there is a time for every event under heaven.”
Ecclesiastes 3:1 NASB

All glory to God-

 

 

 

 

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Book Notes: The Entitlement Cure by John Townsend

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Dr. John Townsend has sold more than 8 million copies of his books and is best known as coauthor of the Boundaries Series and Handling Difficult People. He’s co-host of “New Life Live” radio show with 3 million listeners. He’s also a respected leadership coach skilled in Organizational Leadership, Executive Coaching and Counseling. In his book The Entitlement Cure: Finding Success in Doing Hard Things the Right Way [affiliate], he tackles the current state of entitlement head-on. You’ve probably witnessed entitlement in local sports, national news, politics, celebrity gossip, and reality television. We see rampant entitlement with social media- as ordinary people push media boundaries to achieve overnight stardom.

Like it or not, we’re dealing with the reality of entitlement. Comedians John Crist and Chonda Pierce have grasped the humor of entitlement in their viral videos. I’m a HUGE fan of the topic as I see entitlement dominating communities and tempting people into prideful positions. Many of my social media friends are currently reading and quoting from the book. It appeals to a wide demographic audience. Here are my book notes (make sure you read the entire book for a better understanding):

  1. Entitlement is a sociology disease. From this viewpoint, diseases have identifiable symptoms, diagnosis, underlying cause, and cures. Isn’t that worth investigating?
  2. Family members get stuck in entitlement. If you remember that John Townsend has written several books about healthy boundaries, then it’s no surprise that entitlement is spread through enabling. We can help entitled family members by setting safe limits or what is permitted in our relationships.
  3. Move family members from deserving to responsibility. This is a big lesson I need to teach my adult children, and it’s done with intention. Somewhat  similar to the “Peter Pan Syndrome” of never growing up!
  4. Motivating someone from entitlement to responsibility requires discipline and structure. It’s not easy to teach someone to be a self-feeder, yet when she learns to fish and feed herself, everyone is blessed! I need discipline on my part not to rescue her from failure, and she needs to learn by taking risks and making mistakes. In-between is prayer. LOTS of prayer!

I’m pretty sure I highlighted 85% of my Kindle ebook version!  You can grab a copy of this book at your local library (don’t highlight or dog-ear the pages), borrow a copy from a friend, or own a copy for your personal growth.  After reading the Netgalley PDF version I bought a Kindle version, because I really enjoy the content and I’m reading it a second time.

The Entitlement Cure: Finding Success in Doing Hard Things the Right Way [affiliate link]

 

Christine’s Coffee Talk! What do you think are some symptoms of entitlement today?  Did they exist in older generations (Babylonians) or is this a new challenge in a modern culture? Comment below and share your story…

 

 

Disclosures: I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Womens Bible Cafe™ is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com

Book Notes: You Are the Beloved by Henri Nouwen

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Henri Nouwen was a spiritual thinker who wrote about the life of Jesus and the love of God. He made the decision to attend seminary school, earned a psychology degree, and served as chaplain in  the army. Later he became a teacher of pastoral psychology, then professor at Harvard Divinity School, Notre Dame, and Yale. His relational model uses three core themes: solitude, community, and compassion. You’ll see his most popular work in the book You Are the Beloved: Daily Meditations for Spiritual Living by Henri Nouwen [affiliate], a daily devotional for Christian living.

Imagine each day being reminded of this truth: you are beloved! This devotional book is a collection of Nouwen’s best writing, and an excellent opportunity for fans of his work and future fans to examine his legacy. While reading the Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) I marked several favorite quotes. Here are my book notes (make sure you read the complete meditations for a better understanding):

  1. Jesus lived his life from an inner place of love. Today I seem many living their life from a selfie-view, instant celebrities counting likes and clicks. When we move away from the center place of inner love, we see more of the world and less of Him.
  2. My identity is beloved. When rejection is center stage in our careers and homes, we can misplace our identity on those roles. Slowing down and reading the Bible we realize that our true identity, our self, is wearing the beloved label.
  3. Self-rejection is the enemy of spiritual living. Sometimes we’re so preoccupied rejecting others on social media, unfriending and posting critical opinions, we start believing the reflections online. We adopt the victim role of self-rejection and there’s a remedy to that: living spiritually!
  4. When I pray I listen to the voice of love. So many times I hear women say they struggle to keep focused as they pray. Perhaps, when we listen to love with intention, our focus shifts. Write this down “I am beloved” and take that into your prayer room today.

When this book releases on October 31. 2017, you can grab a print copy or Kindle version and you’ll have a collection of Henri Nouwen works. My hope is that this devotional sits beside other great classics such as Oswald Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest. You, the reader, will be the deciding factor on where the book sits at home and on a bestseller list! What would happen if you spend some time exploring your identity as beloved?

You Are the Beloved: Daily Meditations for Spiritual Living [affiliate link]

http://henrinouwen.org/

 

Christine’s Coffee Talk! What is your favorite devotional book? Have you read any books written by Henri Nouwen, and if so, which is your favorite? Comment below and share your story…

 

 

 

 

 

Disclosures: I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Womens Bible Cafe™ is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com

Book Notes: Goliath Must Fall by Louie Giglio

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Louie Giglio is founder of the Passion movement, which gathers collegiate-aged young people at events across the U.S. and around the world, uniting millions of students in worship, prayer, and justice. In his book Goliath Must Fall: Winning the Battle Against Your Giants [affiliate link], he shows us that modern giants still exist. Not only do they exist beyond the Old Testament experience of David, but Goliath is a modern day nuisance hidden somewhere inside our life. He rears his ugly side under the guise of fear, rejection, addiction, anger and comfort. As Louie Giglio teaches through the book- Goliath MUST fall. He’s a hinderance, even today.

 This book appeals to readers of any age group, not just young adults in college. I’m not a fan of the minimalist cover design on this book. Many of my social media friends are currently reading and quoting from the book too. After reading this book I learned to identify my Goliath, and then strike him down with strategic weapons. Just like David, I’m the victor in my own giant-slaying story! And you are too, once you read the book. Here are my book notes (make sure you read the entire book for a better understanding):

  1. We have giants. Most of us admit we have giant conditions such as pride, fear, rejection, comfort, anger or addiction. Giglio teaches his readers how to win the battle using Biblical weapons.
  2. We have seasons of walking in dark valleys. It’s really lonely to walk without Christ, and the choice to bring Him into the valley is ours alone. If you’re in a dark valley you’ll meet Goliath- guaranteed. Giglio shows us how to win.
  3. We have weakness, but can still work for good. This is significant to me because I do not allow my past to breed insecurity. I’ve crushed the Goliath of shame, confessed past sin, and put on a garment of grace. It helps me to distribute forgiveness towards others, just as Christ forgives me for my mistakes.
  4. Don’t give Goliath a seat at your table. For me this is a reminder to be attentive to boundaries, both in my ministry work and personal life. In the past I’ve given the intruder table space when we faced financial crisis, a rebellious teenager, and a cancer scare. Right now he’s sitting at my food table mocking my weight and I’m ready to fight Goliath over this. Is the devil sitting at your table too?

I’m pretty sure I cried through every page of the last chapter. It’s worth the read from beginning to end as you identify your Goliath and slay him. So my question is…when are you going to read Goliath Must Fall? You can grab a copy at your local library, borrow a copy from a friend, or own a copy for your family to enjoy. I bought a Kindle version once I read the Netgalley PDF version for a review, because I really enjoy the content and expect to read it again. Do you think we should have a BOOK CLUB discussion on this? Comment below and let me know…I’ll pray on that when I see your comments.

Where to Find the Book

Christine’s Coffee Talk! What is your Goliath, what BIG thing in your life have you struck down?  Comment below and share your story…

 

 

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Disclosures: I purchased this book and study guide. I also received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Womens Bible Cafe™ is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com

[week 3] Overwhelmed Online Bible Study

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Women’s online Bible study is a place to fellowship in community! We’ve been reading “Overwhelmed: How to Quiet the Chaos and Restore the Sanity” by Kathi Lipp and Cheri Gregory. We’re on the third week of study and encourage you to get a copy of the book and join our live discussion groups. We meet seven days a week and since we believe in flexibility for busy schedules, our groups are never closed. Come join us and introduce yourself if you’re brand new.

We know many of you were on holiday last week, and getting back into Bible study does not need to trigger your sense of “overwhelm.” It’s really simple to read two chapters a week and if you don’t want to do the companion study guide, that’s okay! We select our discussion questions from the guide but you’ll still be able to answer them if you join a discussion group.

In chapter 6 this week we learned about getting on the boat- letting go of those little things that get in the way of our BIG things. We started thinking about the things we lose when we’re captivated by the details. I get that- it happens to me more than I realize too, and then the “boat is leaving without me.”

In chapter 7 this week we started thinking about our capacity for JOY, and how to increase the reservoir. Realizing that we can envy or we can enjoy was another game changer for many overwhelmed women this past week. I hope you took five minutes to read that in your Overwhelmed books this week. If not, go read it now on page 92.

Last week Cheri Gregory created a Facebook Live video on Creating the Personal Manifesto- if you missed it here’s a replay!

 USEFUL TIPS for online Bible study

We’re having so much fun and really getting to know the women we meet in our live discussion groups! Great job ladies!

  • If you are not getting the weekly emails, please make sure you SUBSCRIBE. Use this link: womensbiblecafe.com/newsletter
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  • Cheri Gregory is posting random Facebook live videos. She’s been super sick with a stomach virus and jumping online when she feels best. Soon you’ll see regular Facebook live videos at the same time each week- watch for updates on her Facebook page.
  • If you miss a Facebook live, the videos are always available to watch anytime online. Find them on our page at http://facebook.com/WomensBibleCafe or on Cheri Gregory’s Facebook page.
  • Some of you said you can’t print the planner. If you don’t have a printer – go to local library and print your PDF planner, or most office supply stores have printing services.

ASSIGNMENT FOR THIS WEEK

  • Pray before you begin, and also pray for our ministry leaders and the book authors.
  • Read Chapter 7: “Just Try Again” vs Making Peace with Past Failures and Climbing Out of Your Rut
  • Read Chapter 8: “Just Let it Go” vs Managing Your Stuff and Surroundings
  • Work on your personal manifestos and planners!
  • DISCUSS: Meet and Greet! <– join a discussion group once a week!

BONUS: COMPANION STUDY GUIDE- Click this link below for PDF

We will share a new study guide lesson once a week. Author Cheri Gregory is an educator and does not give out her lesson plans in advance. She wants us to complete the lesson before a new one is published. Print these out and put into a binder so you don’t lose them.

 

So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!”
2 Corinthians 5:20 NLT

All glory to God-

 

 

 

 

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