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Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

For the Diggers: Let’s Amend the Question–Month 5, Question 11

Today let’s take a look at question 11, in month 5, of  “The Ten”. Here’s the question: 

Some child therapists today tell us that parents should not try to force good behavior (I.e. administer corporal or force punishment, but instead should try to work on the heart so that behavior will follow. Is this Biblical? Is it fallacious? Explain and Discuss. 

I’m glad this is a discussion question, because there has certainly been some about it. For clarity and precision, let’s change the question, for our podcast discussion, to this: 

Some psychologists today tell us that punishment for bad behavior (all punishment, but particularly corporal punishment) is counterproductive to the development of good character in kids. Is this Biblical? Is it fallacious? Let’s discuss this on the podcast. 

I want to always be correct and clear in the study. I believe the original wording of the question was probably unfair to the vast majority of child therapists, who, in the very nature of their work, are modifying behaviors in children through therapy. 

So let’s go with version number two, as stated here. Perhaps you can find examples of this philosophy as you research. It does not take long to do so. Maybe we will even have some child therapists chime in on the podcast on January 26th.  Their ideas about how behavior, thoughts and feelings all work together to make for positive change might be helpful to many of us as we try to parent Biblically. We have some great therapists among us. 

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This is Exciting…Digging Deep on the GBN App!

That’s right. Gospel Broadcasting Network has a great app for your device and it now features a “Ladies Only” tab which highlights our study…Digging Deep! It’s easy to use. It’s growing (and DD is even pretty in pink…or maybe it’s mauve.) Everything’s not up yet, but Jen is working hard to get more and more of the material app-ready and the best part is, all back-studies are there already and all podcasts for the current study are there, too…in one easy-to-find place.

Here’s the low-down (or, literally the download). Go to your app store and download the GBN app. It’s free and only takes a few seconds.  At the top of the home screen, tap on “Ladies Only”. Then you can’t miss the various sections of our study. The tabs look like this: Finally, tell everyone you know. Spread the word. I would love for every single person who’s studying along to have access to the many materials from the good folks at GBN. My husband is privileged to serve on the board of directors for GBN and I can attest to the soundness and practicality of the content. Take a listen to the fresh, new podcast called “The Authentic Christian” for starters or watch the conversion story of my friend Will Tucker in the GBN original movie “A Little Cup of Wisdom.”

If you like the app, log on to the GBN facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/GBNOrg) and send them a message to let them know.  Be sure to let them know you are a study participant. The more you talk, the more folks the app will ultimately reach. Many souls around the world have been led to Christ by the network which is now largely evangelizing via internet. We’re blessed to get to be a little part of that massive evangelism. Digging Deep is honored to have been invited to be a little part of this great work. (And I feel little bit more official already, now that DD is featured on a real app!)

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Digging Deep D.C. Trip Cancelled for 2021

Because of a mounting list of precautionary measures that have demanded attention in the past few days, we will postpone our Digging Deep trip to Washington, DC for the March for Life until (hopefully) next year. I am very disappointed to have to make this difficult decision, but am finding out firsthand that being in any kind of leadership spot, however small and humble, brings with it responsibilities for the safety and well-being of all involved. (I have a renewed respect for our elders, especially, as they are navigating through decisions about the current pandemic.)

All deposits already submitted will be refunded. Special thanks to all of those who tried so hard to make this happen. May I encourage you to support by watching the event here: https://p2a.co/OStVzNU?fbclid=IwAR1fQw3TElVKtzYK_2xdmHhsJHknnlx-DS5ms72ukVocGXbI1gbLmldwLoE , by praying for the babies, who are now more endangered than ever and for our country, which is seemingly on the very precipice of implosion due to wickedness in high places.

You (people who study the Word and evangelize) are our one hope, because Christ is the answer, of course. I’m praying for all Diggers and their families as we brace for more difficult days ahead. Please keep praying, also, for our studies together.

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March for Life: A Walk to Remember

 last year’s little group!

Happy New Year! Here we are in 2021 and just four weeks out from the March for Life in Washington, DC on January 29th. It’s very much a happening thing and I need to get final numbers for those who wish to attend. I need those numbers by January 10th at noon. Once I have those numbers, I’ll be able to cancel any superfluous rooms reserved, have our hoodies made, and make arrangements for a meal together on Thursday night as well as a devotional later that night. I believe our group will be small, but full of faith and full of love for life! I think we will encourage each other and take home memories we’ll treasure and blessings of strength that will help us through what seems will be a challenging few months to come, in many respects. Please contact me at byhcontest@gmail.com and let me know if you plan to attend. I need you to accompany that reservation with a $50 deposit payable to The Colley House. You can mail a check or paypal the money to colley@westhuntsville.org. These funds will be applied to your hotel room. If you share a room with three others, your cost will be roughly a hundred dollars for both nights (Thursday and Friday night).  (Private accommodations are also available for a higher cost.) If possible, please make your reservation through me rather than directly through the hotel, since we have already reserved a block of rooms at the Westin in Olde Town Alexandria. Your additional costs will be for any food or incidentals you purchase on the trip and each person is responsible for her own transportation to the area. There is also a charge for riding the metro to all the places you will go with the group (or on your own) after arriving. A three day pass is $28.00 and will accommodate all your travel needs within the city. (I’ve found the DC metro to be safe, clean and very efficient.) Those passes are bought quickly as you enter the metro station near the hotel. You do not need a rental car if you choose to fly. Some are driving and some are flying to Reagan which is about 11 miles from the hotel. Once you arrive at the airport, there’s a shuttle to the hotel. 

You can find all info about the March itself at https://marchforlife.org.

Hoodies will be as reasonably priced as I can make them for those who are making the investment already to go. Once we have a final design and cost on those, I’ll make them available (by pre-order only) to those who are not going for a slightly higher cost. 

Notice: Even if you have already told me you are going, please confirm again at the above email address. (Exceptions are Hickman and Thomas and those from West Huntsville who are planning to ride the van.) Many plans have changed and I’m sympathetic to that. However, we REALLY hope you can come. We will be launching a study about that time of the commandment “Thou shalt not kill” and our time together will be a very practical application. I promise a dose of immunity from discouragement! It will be both a way to help sustain precious unborn life while giving needed sustenance to your own spiritual lives. You can be a channel for His blessings on this purposeful trip.

I cannot tell you how very much you encourage me. Let’s make 2021 a year in which we dig harder than ever before. I somehow think we are going to need this spiritual nourishment more than ever before. May we emerge stronger and more fit for heaven. 

“…you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary” (Revelation 2:3).

“Thus says the Lord who made you and formed you from the womb, who will help you…” (Isaiah 44:2).

We can do 2021 for His glory. I know He will help us!

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Is Assembling Today Like Keeping the Sabbath? (The Ten M04E04)


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 Sabbath keeping.

For more information about the Digging Deep Bible Study for Women, visit TheColleyHouse.org.

SCRIPTURE REFERENCES:

  • Ezekiel 20
  • 1 Corinthians 11

LINKS:

RESOURCES:

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2020: What was I thinking?

I looked back this morning at what I wrote as 2020 dawned. Three observations:

1.  I thought flash flooding in Huntsville was the “lion” of 2020.

2.  A little Christmas stomach bug was a hijacking virus.

3.  I thought I was returning to a routine for the New Year.

One simple statement is enough:  this mind-blowing wisdom from the Holy Spirit…May I allow Him to guide me through every day of 2021:

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.”

And below is the innocence and naivety of my “Happy New Year” message one year ago….I needed the “Come  now” of James 4:13-16. One thing I got perennially right, though. There’s still a blessing trail for me and every reader. Here are my musings one year ago (and notice in the group photo that Ezra was the only one having a 2020 premonition):

In Huntsville, Alabama, 2020 brought great torrents of rain. Glenn and I telephoned 9-1-1 from our car last night to report some pretty serious flash flooding across streets that were still open and being treacherously navigated. As he made the call, on this evening in which the last of our sweet holiday company had flown back home, I thought “This is a pretty apropos ending to a torrentially blessed, but chaotic season. All we need now is to be stuck in this raging deluge.” 

But they say, “When it comes in like a lion, it goes out like a lamb.” Maybe there will be some “lamb” days—some gentle and serene days in 2020 for work and contemplation and especially for Digging Deep (https://thecolleyhouse.org/digging-deep). I’m ready to put the house back together and search for some semblance of routine. Remember, the December podcast is next Tuesday night!

We had a ton of fun company in this house (that included a suicidal squirrel…https://thecolleyhouse.org/and-prior-to-the-lesson-this-morning), a lightning storm (that took out our largest backyard tree, our internet, Roku, modem, router and a window in the cabin), a virus that hijacked our Christmas morning plans, and one awful day when they could not hear a heartbeat from my grandchild that’s still in the womb.

But you know, there’s always that blessing trail (https://thecolleyhouse.org/the-blessing-trail). All of our children, viruses and all, were here with us. (My husband is going to speak at a baby’s funeral this very morning.) We are wealthy enough to be extremely dependent on our internet. The most stressful part of its absence was that I was falling behind on my Digging Deep research and my communication with the greatest group of encouraging sisters in the world! My husband, who was standing only a few feet from that giant oak tree, is alive and well (although his hearing may be a little worse for that wear)!  Our baby was just hiding the heartbeat, after all, and went galloping like a champ during the next, more intensive sonogram. The man, who came to work on our internet, took the time to talk with me about God’s plan of salvation, about baptism for the remission of sins, and he even tested the internet by going to our West Huntsville page. He says, “My wife and I will definitely be visiting your church. It sounds like you are teaching just the Bible and that is a rare thing.” The blessing trail, now and always, just goes on and on. He is so good.

He is good, not just to those like me who are in a season of extreme prosperity in so many ways. He is good, even to those who are suffering horrible reversals today. It’s my prayer during 2020, that I can behave, EVERY day, as though I really believe He is glorious and good. When there is stress and when there is peace; when there is encouragement and when there is sharp criticism; when there is devastation and when there is exultant joy; when there is danger and when there is safety—may I constantly be reminded of his supremacy and ultimate blessing in my life as His faithful daughter (Romans 8:28). 

I know the Digging Deep study will help me to keep my mind focused in exactly this way. I’m going to invite someone to do this study with us this very week. I hope you will, too. As women are making their New Year’s resolutions, it’s a great time to ask them to jump in and make this a deeper year in His Word.