Keeping my eye on the Attitude Indicator … Walking by Faith, Not by Sight

I will say of the LORD, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God, in whom I trust. Psalm 91:2

Living the Relinquished Life  

(The final chapter in Let.It.Go by Karen Ehman ~ discussed in Hope Moms of Teens.)

Watch Session 6 Video clip: Fixing Our Eyes on the Attitude Indicator

(it is not the entire session that we watched in class. For the airplane references, see the notes below. For the Joseph references you can read his story in Genesis.)

Wow, that story of her little girl’s drawing of her makes me choke up everytime! AnKatie's K artworkd the truth that God loves us just as we are is a reminder that we all need. Including and maybe especially our teenagers.

{tangent… Karen’s story reminded me of a picture my daughter made of me a long time ago in Ms. Berry’s class. My dining room table happens to be covered in kids’ school scrapbooks stuff as I attempt to finish Jack’s book before graduation…I flipped to Katie’s Kindergarten page which has a photo of her artwork. The queen in the top left is ME! Yep, in a 5 year old’s eyes, I am wearing a crown! Perhaps as a teen she would say I am the cat in the hat, or maybe a bug, or a clown or Elvis.}

But thank goodness God doesn’t see us as the world does.

As a Navy Pilot’s wife, all the aeronautical and nautical examples really spoke to me. The terminology is so familiar but the analogy is something new. And looking at things from a different angle helps it to sink in.. at least for me. I have a new vision of my attitude indicator, my compass and my chart!  God, The Bible and the Holy Spirit! In fact, I am going to dig up the attitude indicator clock I bought for my hubby many moons ago. I may put it up as an attitude reminder!

attitude indicator clock

 Fixing Our Eyes on the Attitude Indicator ~ Karen Ehman Video Notes :

  • There are 2 ways to fly an airplane:
  1. Visual Flight Rules (VFR) = flying by sight in clear, daytime conditions
  2. Instrumental Flight Rules (IFR) = flying by instruments bc sight is limited (dark, clouds etc.)
  • The attitude indicator ~ the artificial horizon ~ during IFR a pilot needs to keep their eyes fixed on it or they can become disoriented by their feelings. Worse case consequence:  CFIT: Controlled Flight into Terrain
  • In the Old Testament, Joseph was a man who kept his attitude in check even when life grew dark.   Joseph’s attitude can be summed up in these two phrases: DON’T BE GOD. DO BE NICE.
  • An old nautical proverb st2 Cor 5:7 wall tileates “Enslave yourself to the chart and the compass and gain the freedom of the seas. The rest must sail close to the shore.” We too have a chart and compass. The chart is God’s Word. The compass is the Holy Spirit.
  • In our spiritual life, we walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthains 5:7)
  • Trying to be in control of everything is not a godly pursuit. When we do it, we aren’t trying to be godly, we are trying to be God! That is what got Satan kicked out of heaven.
  • Whatever challenge you are facing now where you are tempted to step in and control things, remember this truth: God is not worried.
  • In order to get a grip in life, you have to let go.

Video related questions:

  1. When we try to “fly” in life based upon sight, what type of indicators do we watch for? How about our teens? (ex. Approval of others)
  2. Why is it hard for us to walk in faith when we can’t see the entire picture?
  3. How is it spiritually true that if we enslave ourselves to the “chart” (the Bible) and “compass” (Holy Spirit), we gain the freedom of the seas and not have to sail close to the shore?

On pages 207-212, Karen sums up the 2 powerful lessons she learned in the process of letting go and living the relinquished life:

  1. Trying to be in control isn’t a Godly goal (we are really trying to BE God)
  2. What matters most is not getting my way, what matters is God and people. The decision grid: In light of eternity, is this really important?

Psalm 91-2 in chalk

Wrap up questions:

Before this study, on a scale of 1-5, where do you rank yourself when it comes to how often you trusted God rather than trying to control? Has this number changed at all?

What is one aspect of this study that really spoke to you?

When we let go and “let God,” we find our faith. Will you try it? Will you trust God? Will you stop running the show and start walking in faith? Will you decide to LET.IT.GO?

For these last few questions, please leave your answer in a comment below. I will start it:  

edit… I think you have to “like it” first and then it gives you an option to comment….learned something new in my blogging adventure 🙂


What is the secret to contentment?

“Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, there in to be content.”  Helen Keller

What is the secret to contentment?

It can be found in these bible verses:

screensaver Phil 4:11-13

This week we are reading Chapter 10 in Let. It. Go and it is titled: Embracing Your What-evvv-er.

Begin by watching video clip on this chapter:

Let it Go Group Bible Study by Karen Ehman – Session 5 Clip

We begin by discussing Comparisons!

I found this photo on pinterest … one of the very places we may be tempted to compare ourselves to others. But like other social media outlets, we can find encouragement as well. One perspective I try to have when viewing others photos is to:

“Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” Romans 12:15 Screen Shot 2015-04-22 at 7.47.00 AMGalatians 6:4

And when we rejoice and/or mourn with others, we do find joy!Yes, even in the mourning!

God showed me these truths in very real ways on Wednesday. My morning began with preparation for the day at Hope. I was really looking forward to the Moms Celebration. I love when people share their testimonies. One of the testimonies I was familiar with because I had the privilege of praying along side this “younger sister” friend as she dealt with the aftermath of a scary event, that had a miraculous outcome but also scarred her with fear and tested her faith. I also had the opportunity to pray with my own teen daughter that was impacted by the story. The near death of this sweet 2 year old that she babysits and as she said “I was just cuddling with him last week!” Feeling someone’s pain and fear is not joyful in the moment but God does use it to transform us and allow us to love others in a deeper way. And we need His Strength to do it.

Ali bravely videotaped (I taught her to use the tripod and I pushed the record button… yea… sometimes God uses my “gifts” in practical ways 🙂 the testimony and was compelled to share it on social media this weekend (after several deep breaths and relying God’s prompting). For all of you that were not there, here is the recording and if you did hear it, the video is still amazing, she added a slideshow of her sweet boy Jack to the song Oceans which is part of her testimony.

The miraculous story of a 2 year old who survived a drowning, and how God comforted his mother as she grappled with intense fear for months afterward.

I get teary every time I hear this but just now I laughed at this particular quote in light of our social media discussion:

“Say what you will about Facebook, but God can speak to you through anything.” … He gave Ali this piece of His Word:

Habakkuk 3:17-19  (NIV)

17 Though the fig tree does not bud
and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
and no cattle in the stalls,
18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will be joyful in God my Savior.
19 The Sovereign Lord is my strength;
he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
he enables me to tread on the heights.

Back to my early morning… I was also looking forward to hearing Kimberly’s testimony, which I had know idea what it entailed, and to hearing Tammy Oppenhuizen sing, her voice gives me goosebumps, good goosebumps, and to hear Christian Seay accompany her. I can’t remember ever hearing him but I see his name in my laundry!!! Yes, he is part of the Hope Student Ministries worship team and my teen daughter has a concert T-shirt with his name on it!   All of this proved to exceed my expectations.

Besides looking forward to this amazing morning, I was sitting down with this laptop at 6:30am attempting to create the handout of questions and insights for our Moms of Teens class following the celebration. Most weeks I get a list of chapter appropriate Moms of Teens questions from Shannon Milholland who is leading the same book at her new church in Chicago. I had not received it yet. I emailed Shannon and she quickly replied that they were not meeting this week. I was on my own! And it was already the morning of…crap! And a few comparisons attacked my thoughts. Comparisons to Shannon who started and lead this group before me. She was always prepared! She was a gifted teacher! ….Oh Comparisons….that is what we are talking about. I was reminded that I was not called to fill her shoes but to carry the torch. The torch of the Gospel. To let God work through me. And today he was telling me to skip the handout with prepared questions. To leave some open space today for others to share.

And guess what?? I LET IT (controlling by over-planning) GO!! I walked in faith!

I gathered my books and my camera, got dressed, and went to church early in time for prayer.

Here is the link to the photos:
>>>>>>>{moms at hope}<<<<<<<
Let the redeemed of the LORD tell their story… Psalm 107:2
End of year celebration: Music by Tammy Oppenhuizen and Christian Seay   Speakers: Kimberly Allen and Ali Shinnick

And God was so faithful! I was prompted to ask if anyone was currently in a circumstance in which they were struggling to find contentment? And I allowed for silence…..I didn’t fill it up with my words…. that is a work of God in and of itself 🙂

And then the Holy Spirit moved hearts to share. And prompted and outpouring of love and prayer.

It was intense and powerful. Afterward, I was very reflective and prayerful. Not wanting to take over or control but listen for ways that God would have us act. And the next morning I was given a picture…on Instagram ! Here is what I wrote in an email about it:

Instagram pic of hsm serving

“I know we talked about how social media and photos don’t tell the whole story. And this can cause problems. But I also see snapshots as powerful. As we pray together in how best to show Godly love to our teens and to each other, I saw this picture as an answer. It was posted by Hope Student Ministries. These students were serving in the community together. It warmed my heart to recognize Shelley’s son smiling in the bottom right and his camo arm along side Angie’s daughter’s striped arm and the V space between them is my daughter’s smile! Their hands reaching together just as ours did in prayer earlier that same day. God is so awesome! And I love when I can see Him in the background of a picture! Prayer, Sharing struggles and brokenness, Service … all ways God draws us together to love one another.
Feeling grateful that He brought us together.”

As with most of my blog posts…I pour out what is on my heart and then I feel an abrupt ending coming on. And that is now!

xo, Melissa

Practicing the Art of Soul Control ~ SELAH

Oh My soul … is still so full from today. In fact, I have had an afternoon of Selah… the word we learned in the Psalms today that means: “to pause and listen” or “to stop and think”.
The Holy Spirit was moving in our group through the heart-felt sharing. listening, prayers and reading of the Psalms.
Such a precious time. I am so grateful to share this journey with y’all.

I am actually going to start packing. The very activity that stressed me out this morning, which after my reading of the psalms, specifically Psalm 94:19, and my time of fellowship AND my Selah, the Lord has lifted my anxiety. Amen.

{Questions and notes were compiled and edited using information from Let. It. Go author, Karen Ehman, and the P31 OBS leader, Melissa Taylor.}

Practicing the Art of Soul Control Video Notes:

Sometimes situations happen in life occur that rattle our souls.

Many times in the Psalms, the writers used the word Selah, which means “to pause and listen” or “to stop and think of that.”

The psalmists also often used the expression “My soul” when writing, making it appear that they were talking not only to God or to others, but to themselves.

David learned the fine art of soul control:

  1. Soul control is when we speak God’s truth to ourselves.
  2. Soul control is when we recognize that life is not fair, that others prosper who seem evil while the righteous seem to flail about.
  3. Soul control is when we pause to remember our place. And God’s.
  4. Soul control is learning to idle our brain before we engage our mouth, thereby saving ourselves a boatload of heartache, wounded relationships, and regret.
  5. Soul control is when we stop ~ sometimes midsentence ~ and realign our thinking and resulting actions with God’s Word.
  6. Soul control is when we finally realize that it is only God who has sole control over the universe. We do not. And even though it appears that sometimes people or even Satan control the situation, they do not.
  7. Soul control is a fresh dose of perspective amidst the turmoil of life that can transform a control freak woman (who has only wounded with her words perhaps, but killed nonetheless) into a woman who, like transformed David, follows hard after God’s heart.
  8. Soul control not only changes us. It can change others.

When we can’t control our circumstances, we must learn to control our soul!

Which of the 8 points above do you most need to remember with your teen right now and why?

Can you think of a time when you had to boss your heart around?

Read the following verses and note what you learn about talking to your own soul:

Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. (Psalm 42:11 NIV)

Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God. (Psalm 42:11 ESV)

For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. (Psalm 62:5 ESV)

My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God. (Psalm 84:2 ESV)

When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy. (Psalm 94:19 NIV)

Karen wrote about five controlling methods:

Outright action

Subtle Mood Swings

Guilt-Laying trips,

Cloaked Concern

Pulling the “God card”

Which did you identify with and how will you get some Soul Control in the future? Will you memorize a verse? Spend time with God? Have a friend keep you accountable? …

Soul Control and the Fruit of the Spirit

{Moms of Teens reading Let. It. Go. by Karen Ehman  Chapter 9: Soul Control}Galatians 5 22-23 fruit of the spirit screensaver

Yesterday, I created our weekly screensaver. I was having a nostalgic day as I prepared for my daughter’s birthday and created a graduation announcement for my son.

I chose the memory verses from the beginning of Chapter 9. (confession: I hadn’t read the chapter yet). It was also the verse of the day on my phone bible app. These verses always reminds me of Katie because she memorized it in Sunday school at a young age. She would recite the fruit in the car on the way home. I always hear them in her Kindergartner voice. The word fruit brought to mind this scrapbook page. I pulled out the baby scrapbook and had a teary morning of reminiscing. But truly I remembered our challenge from last week and focused on being Joyful, Thankful and Prayerful. And I realized that creating the screensaver is a form of worship and prayer. When I create I am focusing on applying His Word to my everyday life. Yesterday, the words fruit and joy resonated with me.

How did your Joyful~Praying~Thankful Challenge go?
I was joyful and thankful and prayerful during a busy weekend that did not include “quiet time”.  And I totally failed at the social media fast! In fact, I realized that sharing my joy in the form of Prom pictures and seeing others joy on facebook was something to be thankful for. However, I still feel God prompting me to not let it get in the way of living life and spending quiet time with Him. I declared a morning Facebook fast to our Moms of Teens page and it really did hold me accountable.

What’s getting in your way today?

Today, the word in this verse that spoke to me was SELF-CONTROL ! Possibly because I read Chapter 9. I love the idea of what Renee Swope calls “bossing my heart around”. In this chapter, and in the video (which I will play for y’all tomorrow) Karen talks about the fine art of soul control that we can learn from David. I need that! And this morning, I had just a little bit more of a Godly perspective and I resisted reacting to selfish feelings and guilt trips. I posted this on Facebook:

Happy Birthday, to my sweet baby girl! 15! Feeling joyful even though things are changing. (And change isn’t my favorite).
2 birthday examples: Katie likes to bake and I shared a Pinterest cake idea with her at Valentines Day … And she made it for her own birthday! Not tradition, not what I think “perfect” Moms do, but perfectly wonderful.
Ex 2: we usually have a sweet breakfast (pancakes or Dad gets donuts) with a candle in it and a photo op for the scrapbook. This year Jack planned to take her to Chic-fil-a on the way to school. So perfect for the one year they are in the same school. So I am choosing joy in the sibling love and rejecting any feelings of “this is the last chance before he moves out” or “I’m not invited”. I am exerting soul control. … And snapping a pic on their way out. ‪#‎momsofteens‬

Katie cake 15            Katie birthday out the door

Joyful~Praying~Thankful Challenge

Who’s up for a challenge?

Read out loud this reflection verse:
“Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NLT

Now fill in the blanks with your name.
____________, always be joyful. ___________, never stop praying. ____________, be thankful in all circumstances. ____________, this is God’s will for you. _____________ belongs to Christ Jesus.

This is not an easy command. It’s challenging. Today let’s take this challenge. It’s the 48 hour Joyful~Praying~Thankful Challenge. For the next 48 hours be intentional on being joyful (despite your circumstances), praying a lot (even when you don’t feel like it), and remembering to be thankful (despite your circumstances)

{I copied this great idea from Proverbs 31 Ministries Online Bible Study Leader, Melissa Taylor}

In our Hope Moms of Teens group today, we discussed Chapter Eight: Due to Circumstances beyond Our Control in Let.It.Go by Karen Ehman

And It was a prayer theme kind of day! And I love a theme!

(my kids call me a dorky theme dresser and I take it as a compliment. However, I didn’t have a prayer themed outfit today….  confession… I did paint my nails last night since I knew I’d have my hands folded a lot today….  cause God listens more closely to freshly manicured folded hands, right?)

Back to the theme

  • It was our once a semester treat to have Women’s Ministry Prayer Warriors pray individually with us.
  • In this chapter Karen lists several tips we can glean from Queen Esther’s life. And guess what one of them was….appeal to God. Don’t be quick to jump in and control.  To gather courage to approach the King, Esther said

“Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do.” Esther 4:16

Wow, fasting, and asking all the Jews in Persia to fast with her. How’s that for calling on Prayer Warriors? Fasting from food is a spiritual discipline that isn’t for everyone. Have you done it as a way to draw nearer to God? (I’d love for you to comment below)

I love the ideas Karen had in this chapter of ways to fast. Perhaps fast from gossip about the situation, or from the internet or TV to make more time for prayer. Personally, I felt God impress the idea of a social media fast. Not because I think it is bad, I love it as a connection tool but it is a distraction to aimlessly scroll. I am going to challenge myself with this fast during my prayer times this week.

  • Sticky-note prayer reminder from God:

This was a cool answer to prayer that I shared today.    As I was preparing the outline of what we would discuss in class, I dug out my bible study book on Esther by Beth Moore. I had done this study at Hope several years and 2 moves ago. I didn’t have a clear memory of who was in my group but I remember Esther … and making the Haman’s Ears cookie recipe in the back of the book.

I am new to leading this year and I have really relied on God to direct me in what to do. And He has been a faithful guide. I have lots of ideas swirling in my head but I try to be patient and flexible. One thing that I knew bible study leaders had done in the past is pass around sticky notes for prayer requests. I put a pack of sticky notes in my BS bag (BS stands for Bible Study in case anyone had other thoughts…like my Mum, Bernadette Shook’s initials or something 😉  but the sticky notes have been in the bag all year, untouched, except for by lint and dust and crumbs stuck on the sticky part of the bottom of the pile!

So as i prepared the handout, I asked God if I should teach anything from the Esther study. I opened the workbook to remind myself of the lessons learned but the first thing I saw …..   a sticky note prayer request from many moons ago. And it has a woman’s full name on it. Shelly Cheng! Who is in our Moms of Teens group. I smiled right up at God. He didn’t want me to teach on my old notes….He wanted me to hand out sticky notes!  And He reminded me of the connection that is made when we pray for one another. I KNEW that was why I remembered Shelly. When I invited her to Moms of Teens a few months ago I realized that she didn’t remember me but I knew I had done a study with her. I didn’t remember which one or when or much else about her but my heart knew that I knew her. And now I know why. Because I prayed for her!!!  God you are awesome!!

So today we paired up and exchanged sticky not prayer requests. I hope it will bless each one of you as you draw closer to God in prayer and maybe fasting this week!

Romans 12:12 prayer screensaver

Here is the handout:

1.) “It takes God’s grace and a good amount of practice to learn the difference between what we can control and what we need to let go of.” p 154    Since starting this book, what is one area of your parenting you are exercising appropriate control and what is one area where you are letting go?

2) “It’s God’s job to determine our circumstances. It’s our job to cooperate with him in the midst of them, adjusting and realigning our attitudes with the truth of Scripture.” p 158   What’s your favorite verse that helps adjust your attitude?

3) In this chapter, Karen lists several tips we can glean from Queen Esther’s life to help us learn to exert control without becoming controlling. Which do you most need to work on with relationship to your teen?

  1. Remember God is God and you are not.
  2. Pray, and if you must, fast
  3. Solicit spiritual help
  4. Do what you can
  5. Don’t do what you can’t
  6. Decide where to glance and where to gaze
  7. Know when to move and when to stay put.

4) Sometimes no matter what we do to try and control a situation…we simply can’t. How has this chapter helped you to discover the difference between what you can and can’t change? OR Can you look back at a time in your life when things were out of your control but you can see how God worked through it all?

Writing 101: Day 1 Unlock the Mind

And for your first twist? Publish this stream-of-consciousness post on your blog.

So here it is:

Free write for twenty minutes! I have procrastinated all day about this assignment. Strange because I like to free talk and try to keep that from happening too much so this should be easy, right? But who wants to hear me ramble? Is it about who wants to hear me?

The first thing that came to mind when I was told to follow stream of consciousness, is my Mum and James Joyce. At dinner last night Jack asked who our favorite authors were…. he needed to finish reading To Kill a Mockingbird for English and we had commented on what a good book it is and Katie even chimed in with some great insight from writing a paper on it earlier this year. ….writing interrupted by phone call from hubby… I’m guessing writers don’t answer their phones. Back to my stream…. Jack pulled out his handy internet device, at the Easter dinner table to read the best books of all time-type lists. Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man was listed.  James Joyce! And I admitted to writing a paper on that book for my summer study abroad class in Irish Literature but I don’t remember ACTUALLY reading the book. Sean clarified that really means I didn’t read it. Okay, I guess I didn’t.  I cheated! And I denied it for all these years. It felt good to admit it. especially because I am judgmental towards others who do this. Not that I think cheating is a good plan but realizing my mistakes, coming clean on lies is freedom. And an example to my kids that I am not perfect. Not a hero. Just an imperfect human trying to grow and learn and have compassion.

And I believe that is the goal of my blogging and my leadership. To be authentic.

Here’s another authentic truth: I don’t type very well. I usually blame it on thinking as I write but with this challenge it is more noticeable. And I view it as a weakness. ohhh… that word, weakness, stopped me in my slow typing tracks. I am waiting for the timer to go off. to be done.

It is still going… are these excuses? probably? I feel God calling on my heart to write even in my fear of not being good enough.

There goes the timer! Confession time over. Do I get to go back and fix the red underline words??

Prayers, Purity and Promises Made

Lisa Cole spoke to our Moms of Teens group this week. She is a Wife, a Mom of 4 adult children, a Mother-in-law to 2 women that she has prayed for since her boys were young, (one of them, Amber, is pictured with her above and is a founder of our Hope Moms groups) and a “Honey” to her 2 Grandkids.

MOT Lisa ColeIn the fall, Naomi, who is new to Memphis and our group this year, asked me if we could have a mentor mom talk to us. I immediately thought of my friend, Lisa.  She is a Mom, just like us, … imperfect! 🙂 But can mentor us because she has walked with God through our current stage and is a few steps further along the parenting path.

Lisa shared wisdom with us through her own struggles, experiments and lessons learned.

I love that she could be a Titus 2 woman to us:

Titus 2:3-5  (ESV)

3  Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, 4  and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, 5  to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.

I will update the blog with her notes and the book references soon.

Bible verses for seniors

For today, here is the handout. This is a list is from notes Lisa took years ago and held on to as she prayed specifically for her teens. It is an awesome resource!

(I included the pic because I love that Lisa has held onto this! Thanks, Jane, for typing it up for us}

Prayer for a spirit of…  
Reverence the fear of the Lord Proverbs 9:10
Humility willingness to submit James 4:10
Purity a desire to be clean Matt 5:8
Purpose wisdom to set goals Proverbs 4:25
Simplicity a life-style uncluttered Romans 12:8
Commitment dedication to the “cause” Joshua 24:15
Diligence willingness to work hard 2 Peter 1:5
Servanthood the ministry of “helps” Galatians 6:9-10
Consistency the quality of faithfulness James 1:8
Assurance a depth of faith Hebrews 10:22
Availability a willingness to let go Isaiah 6:8
Loyalty a zeal of fidelity Ruth 1:6
Sensitivity openness of heart Luke 10:30-37
Compassion love in action Mark 8:1-2
Tenderness a willingness to weep 2 Kings 22:19
Maturity a capacity to grow Hebrews 5:12-14
Holiness Christ-like behavior 1 Peter 1:16
Reliability depth of dependability 1 Corinthians 4:2
Revelation learning to listen Ephesians 1:15, 18
Denial a sacrifice to surrender Luke 9:23
Confidence a baptism to boldness Philippians 4:13
Integrity quality of truthfulness Romans 12:17
Repentance willingness to change Luke 9:23
Trust a fearless reliance Psalm 125:1
Submission choosing to yield Ephesians 5:21
Teachability quality of meekness Titus 3:2
Prayer a longing to wait Isaiah 40:31
Unity a respect of others I Corinthians 1:10
Restoration a ministry of healing Isaiah 61:1-2
Authority a capacity to command Matthew 16:19
Generosity the desire to give Matthew 10:8
When you think about the future:
Jeremiah 31:17 James 4:14-15
1 Corinthians 2:9 1 John 3:2


Here are the books Lisa recommended:

(I planned to crop the photo, but I liked the tulips and laughed when I noticed my feet standing on a chair wearing jammies … keeping it real)

Not pictured is: When God Writes Your Love Story by Eric and Leslie Ludy

Click on the links below to read Lisa Cole’s teaching notes:

Moms of Teens Talk pg. 1

Moms of Teens Talk pg. 2 Purity

Moms of Teens pg 3 Purity

Moms of Teens pg 4 Promise Made

Final Challenge from When God Writes Your Love Story by Eric and Leslie Ludy:final challenge When God writes your love story