Showing posts with label Transformation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Transformation. Show all posts

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Transformation: The Prayer That Changes Everything

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947503: The Prayer That Changes Everything The Prayer That Changes Everything

By Stormie Omartian / Harvest House Publishers

What is the prayer that changes everything? Praise is the prayer that changes everything. In Stormie's book, The Prayer That Changes Everything, she defines prayer as communicating with God and "praise and worship" as one expression of our love. Part I of the book addresses 15 reasons to praise God now and Part II of the book speaks of 15 times when praise is crucial. At the conclusion of each chapter is a prayer and a series of study questions that provide an opportunity for readers to dig a little deeper into Scripure and apply the readings to their personal lives.

Dear Friends,

What do you think of the title of this book---THE PRAYER THAT CHANGES EVERYTHING - The Hidden Power of Praising God? Do you need some changes in your life too?

I hope you'll join me in reading this book this year. This year? Yes! Take a whole year to read it. It's saturated with Scriptures and prayers---too many for a quick read. Plus, Part II has prayers for certain situations so it's not a book to read from cover to cover; read it on an "as needed" basis.

I want to show you the chapter titles from Part II. They about jumped off the page at me because they address so many of the problems I find widows dealing with. Take a look at these chapters listed in Part II - Fifteen Times When Praise Is Crucial!
  • When I Am Troubled by Negative Thoughts and Emotions
  • When I Have Anxiety, Fear and Discouragement
  • When I Have Problems in a Relationship
  • When I Need to Forgive
  • When I See Things Going Wrong and I Feel Powerless
  • When I Long to Know God's Will
  • When I Seek Breakthrough, Deliverance, or Transformation
  • When I Need God's Provision and Protection
  • When I Fight Temptation to Walk in the Flesh
  • When I Am Attacked by the Enemy
  • When I Suffer Great Loss, Disappointment, or Failure
  • When I Sense that All Is Well
I don't do this often, but I want to urge you to order this book today as the final part of our Transformation series. If you really want to grow in the Lord through this season of life I know that if you do any of the projects I've suggested you'll see real change.

As always, if this post arrives in your email inbox and the links aren't showing up simply click on the title line at the top of this page to get to the WCP blog itself so you can view it. Thanks

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Plan NOW for "A Weekend With The Author"

Welcome to my home!
Lifeboat members exclaim all the time, "I wish we could get together! It'd be so wonderful to meet everyone in person!"

So I thought, Why not? Why don't I reserve a block of rooms here in Florence, South Carolina? Just choose a weekend and DO IT!

I've been thinking about this for a very ---l---o---n---g--- time: what would we do? How many could come? When would it be?

The Lord began to make sense of it for me, pieces started falling into place. And a weekend together fits perfectly into the topics and projects I've recently posted, so---here it goes!

transformation . . .
Any time Christian widows get together to share their stories, burdens, prayers and personalities, it seems that the Lord loves to delight in their company. Of course the tears will flow, but so does the joy. Of course they go home to a still-empty place, but their hearts are transformed! They're stronger and full of hope!

make your reservation today. . .

Date: December 4-6, 2015
Place: Hampton Inn & Suites, 3000 West Radio Drive, Florence, South Carolina. Click here for the hotel website. For TripAdvisor reviews click here. The rooms are currently being renovated, and they'll be completed in October---so for us it will be like its brand new!
Rooms & Rates: Standard King-size bed or Standard 2 Queen-size beds, $99.00/night (Costs may be split among any who decide to room together).
How to reserve a room: Call Hampton Inn 843-629-9900 and mention the "Weekend With the Author/Ferree Hardy" so you get this lowest rate of $99/night. Room will be held with a valid credit card provided by you. Each guest is responsible for her own charges. You must call and reserve your room no later than November 20th. BUT call as soon as possible because the group size is limited to only 40 individuals! (Hotel rooms are eligible for cancellation until 6 pm the day of arrival).
Once you reserve a room you must contact me through email to [email protected] or by a private message on Facebook and let me know you're planning to come. I'll set up a Facebook page so you can communicate with other attendees and perhaps find a roommate to share costs.
Transportation: Florence is conveniently located at the eastern end of I-20 and halfway between New York and Miami on I-95. Mapquest the hotel if you're driving. If you prefer to come by Amtrak or airplane (destination Florence, SC) please let me know so I can pick you up at our Amtrak station or at Florence airport, the world's most adorable little airport.
You're responsible for your own lodging, transporation and meals other than breakfast. Saturday lunch will be brought in and less than $10 and we'll collect payment at that time.  

Our schedule is subject to change but will be very casual and centered around fellowship, food, and fun!
check in starts at 3 pm.
7:00 Christmas party at Ferree's house 
free breakfast available at the hotel from 6-10 am.
10:00 Workshop and Q & A time with Ferree 
12:00 lunch in the hospitality room (approx. $10).
Afternoon: free time, I recommend visiting the local antique malls and grab an early supper on your own.
Evening: The Living Christmas Tree concert at Florence Baptist Temple (free)
free breakfast available from the hotel from 6-10 am. 
9:00 devotions and farewell with Ferree in the hospitality room
10:00 catch a ride for morning worship at Florence Baptist Temple if you'd like.
12:00 noon: hotel check out
If you'd like to stay an extra day or more either before or after the event, simply add on the days when you make your room reservation

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

5 Turning Points That Help Transform Grief for Widows

While we often hear it said that there is no roadmap through grief, there are some basic steps towards

transformation . . .

Remember this...
Grief is not our destination, its part of the journey of love. We grieve because we've loved. With great insight the Lord inspired Psalm 23 to say we walk 
- t h r o u g h - 
the valley of the shadow of death. We don't have to take up permanent residency in the valley.
 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Romans 12:2 (NIV)

Watch for turning points on your journey through grief...

---------> wisdom.
The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning ... Ecclesiastes 7:4 (NIV)
Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Psalm 90:12 (NIV)

----------> knowing God better.
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. Ephesians 1:17-19 (NIV)

--------> contentment.
His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. II Peter 1:3 (NIV)

-------> gratitude.
Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:19, 20 (NIV)
---------> purpose.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesian 2:10
Which turning points have you seen along your widows path thus far? Scripture is rich with the cries of the heart and the tides of change in life.

I hope you'll pause and think about these turning points---perhaps you've seen others as well. Please mention them in the comment box today. And then join me in this prayer from Psalm 90...
Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love,
that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us,
for as many years as we have seen trouble.
May your deeds be shown to your servants,
your splendor to their children.
May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us;
establish the work of our hands for us—
yes, establish the work of our hands.
Thank you for visiting here today. Be watching later this week for details about A Weekend With the Author event I'll be hosting in December, and please try our two transformation projects mentioned in posts last week:
  • take the Reader Survey
  • send me A Letter to Your Future if you haven't done so already!                                                                                                ferree

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A Letter to Your Future

Every journey has a beginning, and so does this journey through grief. But how can you tell how far you've come?
One way to gauge your growth is to journal, and this project captures that idea---we'll write down what your life is like right now. In December when I mail your "letter to your future" back to you you'll be able to see if anything has changed.
If someone had encouraged me to do this project when I was widowed do you know what would have changed? In April and May of my second year I was really struggling to get OK and to be content. I was applying to graduate school and making friends with a fearlesss woman named Laura who would (unknown to me) pass away the following year. I hadn't dated at all and there were no prospects. But by December I had my first kiss from the man I'd marry!
So just as life can change forever-in-an-instant when your husband took his last breath---here's a scary thought---it can change instantly again! It's very important to know you're following the Lord!

 Psalm 90:12 (NIV)
Teach us to number our days,
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
---A transformation Project for you ---

A Letter to Your Future Self.
This will be really cool.
  1. Copy and paste the following letter to a page you can print. Fill in the blanks and mail it immediately to Widows Christian Place, PO Box 4596, Florence, SC 29502-4596 USA
  2. I'm not going to open it! BE SURE to put your return address on it!!!
  3. I'll return it to you in December. 
Answer any of the questions you want. Draw a line through the others.
If you need more space grab another sheet of paper and write to your heart's content. Let me say it again---Mail your letter immediately! Otherwise you'll forget (I know the fog of widow brain)! If you want to change your answers, that's ok, just send in another copy before Sept. 20, 2015.ferree

Dear Me,

Here's what my life is like on this date: __________, 2015 

I live at this location:

Names of the people living with me (if any):

My closest family members are:

My closest friends are:

I work and/or volunteer at:

I go to church at:

People would describe me as:  

If widowhood is like a marathon I'm able to: (circle one)
      Run     Walk     Limp     Stagger    Crawl

I know for sure that I'll go to heaven when my time comes: (circle one)   Yes    Not sure

Apart from attending church, I draw strength from the Lord mostly by (circle any)
       prayer        Bible reading         memorizing Scripture       
                                          inspirational reading           
                             Christian music                     talking to friends

I'd describe my relationship and trust with God as:

An event I'm looking forward to this summer is:

Besides grief, my most frequent emotion is:

Am I getting enough exercise, healthy nutrition, and sleep?

What is one thing I can start doing today that will be good for me?

What is the most important thing I've learned thus far from widowhood?

What would I like to remember months from today?

Is there anything else I'd like to say?

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Are You Ready for A Change?

God changes things! For example, read Isaiah 42 and circle the "I will" and "will not" phrases to see all the changes God brought about to Israel.

He's still changing nations and individuals today in much of those same ways today, and always with two ends in mind---glory or judgment. I'd rather side up for His glory, wouldn't you?

With that in mind, I'm trying to figure out what changes to this blog the Lord wants to bring about this year. Sitting in front of the computer as long as I've done in the past is no longer an option. Some people can do it, but it's bad for my health so I need to change. Please stick with me, and lets walk through these changes together, OK? I need your advice and encouragement. Tell me what works for you, and the changes you'd like to see in this blog and the Lifeboat groups.

Here are a few activities that I'll post in the next few days.

Tomorrow---A transformation Project for you ---

A Letter to Your Future Self.
This will be really cool.
  • I'm going to post a letter you can print off, fill in the blanks with where you're at right now, and mail it to my PO box.
  • BUT, I'm not going to open it!
  • Instead, I'm going to return it to you in December. 
  • When you get it back you'll be able to see how life has or hasn't changed, and maybe you'll be happily surprised by some of the things that have happened. I think it might be pretty amazing!
  • Are you in? Watch for it!

Thursday---A transformation Project for me --- here's where you get to tell me what works for you, and the changes you'd like to see in this blog and widow community.

A quick survey
  • Please watch for it and participate when it comes up. I value your opinions!

NEXT WEEK---A  transformation Project for both of us ---

A Weekend With the Author
Would you like to join me for a girlfriends getaway weekend?
  • Save the date for the first weekend in December! Mapquest directions to Florence, South Carolina and see what sort of travel arrangements you'd have to make.
  • This isn't a widows retreat, it's not a womens conference, it's not a grief seminar. Nothing like those things, although they are great and I love them. But this is just me and y'all or all y'alls. (I still don't know how to speak Southern very confidently).
  • We'll meet and greet and hang out together. I might do one little workshop and a Q & A session, but otherwise we'll just take over a hotel floor, eat, shop, and go to The Living Christmas Tree concert at my church. Details will follow in a week or two. The hotel I've found can only hold 40 in their conference room so be prepared to reserve your room asap---it's first come first served. You'll pay your own room, lunches and suppers, and transportation. The concert is free, but I'll have all the details for you soon. 

Monday, April 27, 2015


transformation . . .

Is your world over too?
Join me on a journey of transformation this year, won't you?
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Romans 12:2a (NIV)

The other day I sat across the table from a widow and heard these words: "It's been over four years now, and I'm finally feeling something's going to change." Like a caterpillar smothered in a cocoon, her past four years have been cloaked with a heavy blanket of grief. Days when she could hardly breathe, times so dark she couldn't see hope ahead. But now, life is beginning to stir within her again.

Does it have to take four years for everyone? No, of course not. We're all different, there is no set schedule. Her journey was complicated by a variety of other hardships and losses, too. But she knows her Savior, she knows she belongs to God. She's clung to that fact of faith, her mind is being renewed through her faithfulness and prayers, and finally her heart is beginning to beat again.

Are you like a caterpillar in a cocoon too? Is the world around you dark and hopeless? Believe me, the best is yet to come. Let's journey together for a while. We'll follow Jesus, our Savior Shepherd, and growing closer to him will transform   

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