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Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

“Martha, Martha”… “Cindy, Cindy”

Yes, this really happened. I was launching into a very full week of PTP speaking and my early Saturday lecture was about Mary and Martha. I had this in my heart already. I am going to really do my best to make those ladies understand that there are moments in life when we really just need to be quiet and persevere.

So I ventured, with all the boldness and volume I could muster, into a few preparatory remarks. I was rolling, when the door behind me, with a loud clanging noise burst wide open and the tech guy came running in, waving his hand across the front of his neck and shouting at the top of his lungs “CUT!!!” You had better believe I did. Silence enveloped the room and my sweet Kathy Carroll, tech-pro extraordinaire came and whispered to me  that tech was tangled and my voice had been projecting loudly into the men’s session in another ballroom.

I remained extremely silent until I was positive that the problem had been remedied and, wires uncrossed, then proceeded, though trying to summon the same bold projection was challenging. We laughed and rolled with it.

So later in the day, Glenn and I were walking to the car to go get some lunch. He was telling me about some conversations with various people through the morning and I said “You won’t believe what happened in my session…”, to which he responded…

“Oh I know exactly what happened.”

I said, “Oh dear…”

He said “I was up on the stage and had just uttered the words “Let us bow.” I opened my mouth to pray and your voice came blaring, full volume, through that sound system….You just brought that elders’ session to a very abrupt halt. Your son was standing beside me about to take the microphone and deliver the lecture, when the tech fellow just started sprinting across the front of that auditorium. When we finally got you out of that room the technician said, ‘I’m sorry, Caleb. I wish I could give you that time back, but, well…your mom.'”

What are the chances that my voice would be projecting over at that exact moment in that exact room with these TWO exact people on the stage? Only at PTP. We’ve come a long way since that first year in which we had a women’s session for the twelve or so of us who came with our husbands. But it’s been a journey of counting blessings and counting people…up to 5249. Two of my very closest friends have had daughters who became convicted by the pure gospel in this sweet setting. Many women have told me that PTP has provided the glue for a broken marriage, the will to never give up in a troubled time, the strength for a severe health trial, or the wisdom for a parenting crisis. For me personally, PTP is a great motivator. There’s not a time in the year when I’m not mentally storing things away for this golden mountaintop time. I pray that you are finding it everything you need for the other seasons of your year. Take the time to write a note of thanks to the elders of the Jacksonville church. They are at 329 Nisbet Street, NW. Jacksonville, AL 36265.

 

 

Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

GLORY!…Materials Available Now!…(Please share the video with new diggers!)

The new Digging Deep study is “GLORY!” It’s officially beginning on September 1st, but the free downloads and the books are flying off the virtual and actual shelves! I’m over-the-top excited about the study because it’s one that’s intrigued me for a very long time. What , exactly, is His glory and why do we read about it both in the good and obedient eras of His people’s history and in their disobedient times as well? How could His glory fill a place and how could people see it and fear it? This is the substance of the study. Its aim is to learn to give Him glory. What does that mean and what does it look like in our lives? I’m daily praying for this glory study and for the ultimate practical ways that we can fill our hearts, homes, communities and congregations with His glory. 

At last, the free download, the new study book, the t-shirts and totes are all up for sale here: https://thecolleyhouse.org/store#!/Digging-Deep/c/20688312/offset=0&sort=normal. There’s a book and shirt bundle and a reduced price when you order six or more books. (I’m loving my tote. It’s already served me very well at Polishing the Pulpit. It’s roomy and sturdy. The shirts are Comfort Colors once again.) I hope you like it all.

For those who are at PTP, we will have these materials at our table in the exhibit hall all week. We will be sure the table is manned on Tuesday from 8:30-10:00 am and from 1:30 to 3:00. You’ll see someone there at other hit-and-miss times, too!

Don’t forget that Tuesday at 12:30 is our wrap-up podcast for the Authority study. This will be live-streamed from Ballroom A at PTP. Join us in that room or on the livestream for a succinct list of bullet points from our study of Authority. I’m a little sad to see it finished because it has helped me in key ways to be more firmly convicted about why I do the things I do in worship and service,. 

Finally, please share the instructional video to help newcomers navigate the study and find the materials. It’s here:

 

https://thecolleyhouse.org/digging-deep-introduction-video?fbclid=IwAR162ezafr_m5Kt5mOdYT047x1AlQL4QQ2RKuV5XN0CTJanU4Arcc0cgpQg

 

I’m deeply thankful for the diggers. I’m especially grateful for those who are here at Polishing the Pulpit this week and have been so very patient and encouraging as we are trying to birth this “baby” named GLORY!

Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

PTP 2019: Temptation Prep -101

We are here at Polishing the Pulpit, finished with our first day of this week that’s surely one of our most chaotic weeks of the year and surely one of our favorites. I spoke twice and Glenn spoke once today. We got about 1000 books moved into a space in the exhibit hall. We had two meals with groups of Christians. We babysat for two sessions when  our daughter Hannah was speaking. We went  to WalMart to get all the things we forgot to bring, including Glenn’s socks. We could not afford to buy what I, personally, forgot to bring, because it was my whole big pouch of jewelry. So it was a lot of sentimental necklaces and bracelets and pairs of earrings…many of which items were made and/or given to me during the week of PTP in previous years by sisters who are in the encouraging business. But I will not get to wear them this year at PTP. Kathy Carroll will actually be glad my jewelry pouch was left behind, because she’s the audio “czaress” who hates the clinking sound of my necklace that sometimes makes its way onto the recorded version of the lesson. This little pouch on my dresser at home is surely the “small stuff” and I think I will not sweat the small stuff this week. In fact, it is the gold and pearls (and mostly imitations, at that) that should always be secondary to the meek and quiet spirit (I Peter 3:1-6), so Im hoping I can maintain that commanded adornment this week (…and I need an extra measure to counter the excited spirit of my grandchildren down the hall and a couple of floors down, which is antithetical to the I Peter 3 meek and quiet spirit. They are SO jazzed about being at PTP that excitement is in the very gait of their steps, the volume of their voices, and in the agony of the dreaded bedtime at night. They are most excited about their classes beginning tonight and we are all very thankful for those sacrificial teachers and volunteers who are making their PTP dreams come true!…and giving us just a second!)

I’m about to go and talk to a group of ladies about the great and precious promise of I Corinthians 10:13:

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’m going to talk about the inclusive nature of that little two-letter word no. There is not one single temptation that will ever be presented, in any form, to Cindy Colley that will not come in a package with God’s tailor-made provision for my victory. Every single time the devil, however strongly, may try to pressure me, through people or plans, to seek the kingdom second…every time the sorrow of the death of a loved one grieves me to the point of utter despair…every time tragedy strikes my life…every single time the people I love disappoint me…every time I’m extremely lonely in service…every.single. time, the way of victory will come in the very same package with the trial.

I just have to prepare my heart to be diligent in finding the way of escape. I cannot be unfamiliar with His Will and expect it to come to my memory when I need it most. I cannot suddenly fall down on un-calloused knees and think I’ll even know how to beseech Him for the escape route. Service cannot be foreign to my lifestyle and then suddenly find me being its object when I desperately need the help of those around me. If I am going to find the Lord’s strength of Gethsemane, I need to find His moments of solitude on the Mount of Olives and on distant shores of the Sea of Galilee.

Those of us who are in Sevierville this week for PTP are on the spiritual mountaintop. It’s Temptation Prep- 101. Let’s study, absorb, worship, serve and pray like we know the devil will be hot on our trails when we go home. Because He will.

But God is faithful, who will with the temptation, provide a way of escape.

God is faithful!

 

Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley Dig-a-Bit Podcast

Authority Conclusion: He is Worthy! (Authority M12E04)


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 God’s worthiness. For more information about Digging Deep, visit TheColleyHouse.org.

SCRIPTURE REFERENCES:

  • 1 Peter 5
  • Revelation 4:11

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Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley Dig-a-Bit Podcast

Humility vs. Holiness? (Authority M12E03)


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 humility. For more information about Digging Deep, visit TheColleyHouse.org.

SCRIPTURE REFERENCES:

  • 1 Peter 5
  • 1 Peter 1:14,15

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RESOURCES:

Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley Dig-a-Bit Podcast

First-hand Witness of Sin’s Destruction (Authority M12E02)


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 a letter from a fellow digger. For more information about Digging Deep, visit TheColleyHouse.org.

SCRIPTURE REFERENCES:

  • Isaiah 5:20

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