Obedience is NOT (Great Escapes M02E04)

Dig-A-Bit is a weekly mini Bible study with Cindy Colley. It supplements the Digging Deep Bible study for women. In this episode, Cindy discusses the things obedience is not. For more information about Digging Deep, visit TheColleyHouse.org.


  • 1 Samuel 15
  • Leviticus 10
  • Exodus 7-12
  • Romans 8:28
  • Matthew 6:33



Obedience in Matthew 4 (Great Escapes M02E03)

Dig-A-Bit is a weekly mini Bible study with Cindy Colley. It supplements the Digging Deep Bible study for women. In this episode, Cindy discusses obedience in Matthew 4. For more information about Digging Deep, visit TheColleyHouse.org.


  • Matthew 4
  • Hebrews 5:8



One More Sleep before the Dig

Tomorrow is September 1st and the “Great Escapes” study is off and running. Podcast for September will be on the 19th at 7 pm CST here: http://new.livestream.com/whcoc/for-women. If you ordered a workbook and did not yet receive it, go here for the free download so you can start:http://thecolleyhouse.org/store#!/Digging-Deep-2017-Great-Escapes-Free-Download/p/90324654/category=20688312. Your book should arrive very soon. T-shirts may take a little longer since we ran out and are having more made. Thanks very much for being patient with our overwhelmed Colley house.

The “overwhelm” is such a blessing. There are a couple of new things this fall and I’m thankful for them both. One is that the study is being translated into Spanish and should be ready for “mi hermanas preciosa.” in just a few days. I cannot wait to receive input from many who have not before been able to join us due to the language barrier. Let’s praise Him for this new door and for Jacky Retana and the Moises Pinedo family, who are working hard to make this happen.

Second, the plan is to add a weekly audio podcast in addition to our monthly video podcast. Many have wanted this for listening during running, doing laundry, driving, etc… and we think it will be a plus for those women (all of us) who are good multi-taskers. Jennifer Benavides is arguably the best multi-tasker and is juggling a lot as she tries to make this happen.

Next, the study is growing to reach more women than ever before and a good number of those reached  are people who have never put on our Lord in baptism. I’m prayerful that the study will be convicting and instructive to anyone (including me) who needs to make changes during the year. Let’s be meek and lowly, like our Lord and make His will our own. If we just trust and obey, we will escape eternal punishment.  If just one soul is saved through the efforts here, our meager offerings are rewarded a hundred fold. Let’s keep connected on the “Digging Deep In God’s Word” Facebook page and, believe me, we will be finishing Great Escapes together  before we know it. Six previous studies have raced by! (Find previous studies here: http://thecolleyhouse.org/digging-deep)

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us…to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen (Ephesians 3:20,21).

On the eve before this study, I praise the One Who is able!



Sister to Sister: Directions for “Great Escapes”

Several first-timers are asking for details about exactly how to do the 2017-2018 Digging Deep study. Some have invited others (yay!) and these very significant “others”are needing the format for the study so they can begin with confidence. (Please do invite friends, especially your friends who are not Christians!) It’s so easy that it’s hardly worth a post, but, just in case you are overwhelmed with back-to-school, home-schooling, PTP exhaustion, or, better yet, congregational involvement overload, here it is: the study in a nutshell.

1 Every first day of every month beginning now, a new portion of the study will appear on the Digging Deep in God’s Word facebook page. That’s the place to find a concise copy of the current month’s study and the place to discuss the dig with others all over the world. Go there and see the discussion already happening! This year’s study has also been made available in a free download at http://thecolleyhouse.org and in a workbook also available online at the store. 

2 Be sure and join the Digging Deep for Encouragement facebook group as well. That’s the place for any prayer requests that are unrelated to the study.

3 Try your best to pace yourself throughout the month so that you can finish each month’s study by month’s end.

4 Keep your notes digitally or get a Digging Deep notebook. Either works fine. You just need someplace for notes!

5 Near the end of each month, there will be a live podcast discussing the month’s study. You will be able to type in your comments and questions in this chatroom and we will discuss them together: http://new.livestream.com/whcoc/for-women   All podcasts will be archived on this site, as well, so if you can’t listen live, you can listen later. It generally will occur on the last Tuesday of each month, but we will let you know the exact schedule well in advance on the podcast and on both of  the facebook pages. (If you want to go and listen to podcasts from other years, you may do that, too.)

6 You may optionally subscribe to this blog which will often, but not always, be an addendum to the study. It generally posts twice a week, usually on Mondays and Thursdays: http://thecolleyhouse.org/

7 The last podcast of the year will come to you live from ‘Polishing the Pulpit”during that annual conference that occurs each August. Those present who have completed the entire study will be recognized there.

8 Anyone who wants a Digging Deep t-shirt, be sure and order by next Monday at noon at: http://thecolleyhouse.org/store#!/~/product/category=7007069&id=39322979

We are always indebted to the elders at the West Huntsville church for their support and oversight. We are thankful for Jennifer Benavides for tech support and for every woman who co-hosts on our monthly podcast. But we are especially thankful for those of you who are committing to, persevering in and inviting to this year’s study. It’s not too late to invite friends. Most of all, we thank the Father through the Son for this great study from the Holy Spirit!

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it  (I Corinthians 10:13).