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Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

Where’s my Order? 

First. let me offer apologies for being unable to field every question right now. They are many and we are working to get those shirts and mugs and books to you. The good news is, we have the mugs in hand. The “hitch” news is that the shirts will take a few more days. (We just had to wait till you had time to collect your group orders.) 

If you are waiting on your books and you also had shirts in your order, the hold-up is your shirts. We just can’t always ship the books separately, so your order will take a few more days. We hope you can be patient with us. We did, I think, have on hand as many shirts as we sold last year. We just had a really big year for shirt orders this year…MUCH bigger than last! That’s a great thing, but it just takes a little time to know what you want and get them back for shipping. I will try to keep you posted as soon as we know a target date from our shirt company. It should be very soon. They have a quick turn-around. Even trying to get that order in, I still had several of you who wanted more time to get your group shirt orders together. Sometimes, it’s just tricky to get everyone happy about the time it takes to process. 

Still. let me say this: Thank-you! Thank-you a million times for being fruit-of-the-Spirit women when you order and wait. I am amazed every year that not one person EVER gets angry when we mess up an order. NO-ONE ever raises a voice or lashes out…EVER…when the wait is extensive. Not one person in any year! This, in an instant-gratification world, is nothing short of the work of God in your lives. I am so thankful to Him and you. 

So, it’s Sunday night at nine. Glenn’s down there packaging. I can hear the package tape screeching off the roll. I’m getting back to it. Thank you again. (Amy Clevenger—coming with your answer. Nancy Pennington—getting your books in a separate box.  Melissa Davidson, getting your mom’s request accomplished. Melissia Dasher, yours is a short-shirt-wait.) Carry on! Remember, if you are waiting to get those books, you can print the download or just read 1 Corinthians, making a list of the problems/conflicts in that church. I know you want the books, though. We are hurrying! 

Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

It’s September 1st!

It is September 1st! Go find the comfort His Word gives us and transform it into more love for Him, more faith in His Word and more opportunities to affect eternity. I promise, I’ll stop posting so many housekeeping t-shirt, study guide posts and we will get down to the Word! Did I mention I am needing this study?

1. For fun, if you get a chance, post a pic. Let us know where you’re studying. Hashtag: #whereintheworldisdiggingdeep. 

Especially, if there are digger sitings as you travel, be sure to take a pic of fellow diggers and digger reunions in fun places. (Like this weekend, I know some sisters who are having a mini-reunion kick-off for the year’s study. I wanted to go so badly, BUT I do think I am getting over COVID. Glenn is all over this house trying to figure out what rubber is burning and I can’t smell a thing!) 

2. Also, We found a few more odd sizes of the more generic t-shirts in the basement. It’s this graphic on a light blue Comfort Colors shirt.  Does anyone want either of these for 9 dollars plus shipping? (The one Kaitlyn’s wearing…) Just claim here, in the comments, if you do. I’ll send and, when you receive, you can paypal or send a check. I have 3 Smalls, 6 XXLs, and 4 XXXXLs. Remember, if you want the current black shirt or hoodie, deadline is Saturday night.

3. Keep inviting. It’s not too late. Someone you know could be a Christian by this time next year and it COULD just be a simple invitation to join you or your little group to get comfort from the Word! This would not be the first conversion from the DD study! The Word is the power and our little voices are just the prompt that exposes that powerhouse. Don’t let your timidity or silence get in the way of the power that saves (Romans 1:16). 

“For I am not ashamed of (I do not feel shame about) the gospel (glad tidings), for it’s the power (dynamis—the inherent mighty work) of God to salvation (deliverance, safety). “ Romans 1:16.  I want to give the “dynamis” full sway in lives that need deliverance around me!

4. So…1…2…3…GO!

Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

T-shirts and Podcasts!

We’re shipping and shipping and shipping some more. We need ALL t-shirt/hoodie orders to be made in the store at www.thecolleyhouse.org by this Saturday night (9/3) at midnight. We have a quick turn-around on those, so we will order the last batch then and have them shipped out within a few days.  (Good news about shirts and hoodies, for those hard-to-fit sizes. You can now order all the way up to a 5X in either. )

Podcast dates are as follows. Can’t wait!

September podcast will be September 27th at 7 pm. CST.

October podcast will be live from Israel on November 7th at 8:15 a.m. (But you can watch it later if you are scheduling group times. That’s a Monday morning, if you plan to watch live!)

November podcast will be on December 6th at 7 CST.

December podcast will be on January 3rd at 7 CST.

****First big mistake in the book/download is on #8 in lesson one. 1 John 1:2 should read “1 John 2:1”, which is, by the way, one of the most comforting verses in all of the epistles!  Spread the sad news. (I’m sure it’s the first of more mistakes we will find!)

Please invite and please pray. If one soul is moved toward heaven in any way, our time is well spent. Every study in the Book is rewarding now and later. And COMFORT is so enticing right now for many of us. I’m just getting started, but I’m already loving the encompassing encouragement from all of you.

Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

Using God

I really want to spend each blog post right now promoting Bible study and especially our new COMFORT study, but just a blurb here is warranted about the way women can be drawn into the lies of the world—lies that are issued in the name of spirituality, even placing God in the middle of the promotion of sin.

One blatant example I noticed this morning is something called “The Blessing between my Legs” conference that was held two weeks ago in Huntsville, Alabama at the Westin Conference Center. I know if you take a look here at the website or its attendant you tube videos, etc…, you will be amazed that any woman seeking God could possibly be drawn into such depths of uncleanness in the name of God-centered religion. (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-blessing-between-my-legs-womens-conference-2022-tickets-302014673017)

I hope the event was, as it appears, on the small and inconspicuous side. But, as I looked over this site and watched a youtube video promoting the event, I was reminded of lies with which we may be enticed to a world where sanctification is absent, while God is being “used” as the mouthpiece for promotion. 

1. It is blasphemous to say God gave me a womb to solidify my purpose. God gave me a purpose to engulf and consume all of my gifts, including the womb and its fruit. The purpose is His glorification (Is. 43:7). That order (encompassing purpose, first) is eternally important!

2. When I fail to identify my one true purpose (and first!)—His glorification—I can pretend that I am doing His will in any venue or walk of life. In other words, I can “make” my will be a part of His purpose. I can pretend. That’s pretty blatant in this quote from the website: This conference will literally WAKE UP the WOMAN in you that you have been praying for! Dr. Lady Chappell has pinned the BEAUTY, BABIES, BUSINESS, and BIBLE platform where women from ALL walks of life can connect and truly be EMPOWERED to be the modern day PROVERBS 31 woman! From the strip club to the boardroom, THIS is where The Blessing Between Your Legs LITERALLY gives you LIFE!!!!  

3. Sometimes women can do this in more subtle areas. While this ad is “off the charts”  I may decide I can bring him honor in a lifestyle or relationship that is oppositional to his commandments—a marriage that is not approved by His word, a career that takes my focus from my home and family, or a friendship that provides a constant temptation to seek the kingdom second or third. 

4. It’s important, always and in all ways (areas of life) to remember that the devil is the father of lies (John 8:44) and that I can attach the name of God to any sin that I want to commit and the devil will deceive some people through my duplicity. The devil quoted scripture in the temptation of our Lord, Himself. Jesus was not deceived, but lesser men would have jumped from that pinnacle (Matthew 4:6). The devil is a master manipulator. 

5, We should be careful when we hear someone say, “I’ve been studying and I am now rejecting the old way of viewing this passage. My study has brought me to a new and better place of freedom and clarity and grace.” We should constantly examine the scriptures and grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ (2 Peter 3:17-18). But just because someone claims to be smarter and more well-studied does not necessarily mean they have arrived at new truth. In fact, often it could be a sign of arrogance and a fall from steadfastness, as per this passage. 

6. It doesn’t take a trip all the way to the strip club to fall to the deceit that comes when we, as His women, forget our purpose!

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.  For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him iin glory.

 Put to death therefore what is earthly in you:sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.  On account of these the wrath of God is coming (Col. 3:1-6).

Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

DIGGING DEEP: WE’RE SHIPPING! (& read to the end for exciting news!)

 

God of all Comfort is my favorite DD study ever for five reasons: 

  1. The current one is always my favorite because it is what is drawing me closer to Him at the moment. 
  2. Comfort is an increasingly needed commodity at my house as we are struggling though some of the more difficult days of our lives. This is what I need!
  3. God’s comfort is unparalleled because, not only is he merciful, He is the Father of mercies (2 Corinthians 1:3). He is the One who begets all mercies, countering the devil, who is the Father of lies. 
  4. God’s comfort is one of His gifts that “keeps on giving” through His people. We comfort with the comfort with which we have been comforted of Him!
  5. The study points me directly to the end goal of heaven, increasing my faith every time I open the book. 

I hope you can be patient as you await the arrival of your books. We are hard at work today getting them mailed. (We arrived home from PTP late on Thursday night, to a house full of company, a sickness hitting our shipping department (Glenn) that has zapped his strength, and both of Glenn’s parents very ill and on hospice. We are not forgetting you and hope to get these mailed out very quickly this week! If you do want to get a jump start on the first lesson before you receive your book, a good way to do that would be to read the book of 1 Corinthians and make a list of every problem, in that church, that Paul addressed. Your list would begin with “contention about whose baptism was the ‘best’ (chapter 1) and end with “confusion about the resurrection” in chapter 15. Once you have done this part of chapter one, the rest of it should be a quick finish. As always, we know that diggers are among the best people on Earth and we are always in your debt for patience and kindness in every waiting interim. (Plus this: Glen just came upstairs and said the new label machine we purchased is cutting his shipping time in half! That’s, as he put it “The good news for today!” We needed some!)

PODCAST! The first podcast will be on September 27th at 7 pm CST:  https://livestream.com/whcoc/for-women Audio podcasts will appear on the facebook page (and other places) throughout the month. I’ll update with the rest of the podcast dates for 2022 very soon. 

Invite! Keep asking friends as you think of them. I’m going to bake some bread for a neighbor and throw a book in there today. You never know. Pray for this study and that it can have wide ripples of influence. Pray that every group/individual can be a conduit for evangelism and service through the study. Finally, plan to finish. If you do, you’ll be richer. But, even if you don’t, you’ll be richer in proportion to your time in the Word. Do what you can!

Official finishers have done all the reading, answered all the questions, listened to all of EITHER the monthly podcasts OR the dig-a-bits and done every practical application. We had a large group this year (around the world) and I know we will have more in 2023. But non-finishers are winners, too. ALL time in the Word is a win! 

Finally, praise Him that the study is in the process of being translated into Telagu for study in India! Great things are happening there. Our study is going to a new continent! Now we have it in English, Spanish and Telagu! We thank Emily and Zach Holmes for this exciting prospect. They are busy all the time for souls in India!

 

Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

PTP…It’s a Wrap! (Really!…a blanket of His Providence…)

Some of the finishers!

Kaitlyn!

Presentation by Eric Owens

Polishing the Pulpit is finished for 2022. Every year when we are packing our vehicles to return to Huntsville it seems a blur, as if we stepped out of our vehicles and then seven or so days were fast forwarded—compacted into a few hours—and, just like that, it’s over. This is the year we needed it more than ever before. We went there very tired (sick parents, the stress of the struggles that characterize living in this world, the heartaches of the devil’s work about us, workloads that were formidable.) God’s amazing providence in placing us in a family has never been more clear to us. (Some events of His providence are not necessarily evidenced in the moment. Our placement in a large family of His children, rather than going Christianity alone, IS manifest Providence!) The church is, foremost, an unspeakable vehicle for our salvation. It is, secondly and importantly, His blanket of comfort as we travel though the wilderness on the way to the eternal promised land. We were wrapped in that comfort as we experienced PTP 2022. His blanket, for us, was palpable. We are so very thankful to the Father that we get to be a tiny part of this program that is an immunity boost for those who are determined to avoid the infection of sin in our world. Lessons by Hiram Kemp, Eric Owens and Rebekah Colley were among the most strengthening for me this year. I’m so thankful for the thumb drive containing the lessons I did not get to hear! 

Speaking of comfort, I hope you are getting ready to study the topic we need so much in 2022! It’s here and it officially kicks off on September 1st. I hope you can invite others. I am absolutely positive—I can promise— that, if you study along, you will find blessings in whatever it is that’s causing pain, sorrow, confusion and/or dissonance in your world today. You can find your materials here: www.thecolleyhouse.org/store. Remember, there’s a free download of the study at that spot. One highlight of PTP, for me, is the recognition of finishers (the ones who are present) of the previous study. This year we had about 35 women present who had completed every reading assignment, every question, every practical assignment, and every podcast. (Did anyone get an exact count? I need to re-watch.) This is an estimated minimum of 120 hours of digging!  Ladies don’t do this kind of study for recognition. They do it for reconciliation to the God of all Comfort; for the redemption that instructs them to make their calling sure! I’m so thankful for these diggers!

If you want to study along, there’s an introductory video pinned to the top of the facebook page called Digging Deep in God’s Word. You need to join the group and watch that. It is here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/diggingdeepingodsword/permalink/5194568583891134.  You can also find it here, if you are not on facebook: https://thecolleyhouse.org/digging-deep-introduction-video?fbclid=IwAR1YnhHospghdKRzNCXe7iHkE2y4pE5-FVxrVaRF7AotZCHQMrx0c6BZifc. 

There are lots of women who can help you, if you get stumped along the way, especially if you are in the facebook group. It’s full of helps and questions and tips and tutorials through the year. If you’re an old pro digger and you’ve taken a digging hiatus during the chaotic Covid time, now is the time to jump back in. September 1st is always a great new beginning for spiritual goals and glory!

I’m ready!