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Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

Time for a New DD Study!

I’m getting excited. The Digging Deep reveal for 2022-23 happens in less than two weeks. You can see it on the Facebook page  “Digging Deep in God’s Word” on Saturday, August 2oth at 3 p.m. CST.  That’s the moment when the books and shirts become available on the website.  I think it’s a study in which every single woman in the kingdom will find assurance and hope. As is the study each year, the grand scheme is redemption. Every year we just go at that theme from a different angle. I think you will like this angle. I love it already—because it is the Word. 

Some are asking about prices because your groups are sending a buyer to Polishing the Pulpit. Here are the prices. I think they are the same as last year: 

Books. $17.50

6+ books special  $16.50 ea.

T shirt.   $18.50

Hoodie $29.00

Book and shirt:  $34.00

Tea Towel. $9.00

Bracelet with shovel pendant: $9.00

New campfire style mug: $11.00

I don’t have pictures of the bracelets yet because I have not finished assembling them and the mugs have not yet been delivered to me. But I love them both! The tea towels are in the store already.

I’m so glad we are getting to be together this year. It was lonely getting out materials last year without the big crowd. (And shipping was a nightmare!…but you came through to study and to encourage us….We’ve needed that this year!) I believe we may have a stage full of finishers this year at PTP. I know we are closer to the cross because of our journey through The Hour has Come. 

Let me remind you, too, that every study so far is a great class book for any ladies class during any year. Thus, we are offering Glory, The Ten, and The Hour Has Come for the reduced price of $10.00 each at PTP this year. The podcasts for each of these studies have been archived and are available. Let me know if you have questions about that. 

Women everywhere are signing up and many are contacting me to let me know they are finishers! This is the best. We need to be excited about the Word. It is the power of God to salvation. I am so thankful for women who share the bond of serious Bible study with me. Thank you for being women of the Word!

Lastly, there are still just a very few spots left for the DD Israel trip that begins on October 31st. Details about that are here: https://thecolleyhouse.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/2022-Digging-Deep-Bible-Land-Passages-Tour-Brochure-Israel-and-Rome.pdf We’d still love to have you. Podcast for October will be a few days late, but will feature Julie Orr, of Midland, Texas  and myself live from the shores of the Sea of Galilee! I cannot wait! We will have a great group of diggers on that shoreline.

 

Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

The Inviting Time of Year!

This is the inviting time of year! Digging Deep officially begins its 12th year in just 27 days. This year’s reveal of the new topic happens at Polishing the Pulpit on Saturday, August 20th. If you are not attending PTP, you can watch the event at 3 p.m. on the 20th on the Digging Deep in God’s Word facebook page.

So take the time to send a facebook message or a text to a friend who needs the Word. (That’s any one of your friends!) Refer her to the introductory video that’s right here: https://thecolleyhouse.org/digging-deep-introduction-video?fbclid=IwAR1YnhHospghdKRzNCXe7iHkE2y4pE5-FVxrVaRF7AotZCHQMrx0c6BZifc. Better yet, post your invitation to MANY friends. You never know what good my come from a single post. 

If you’re an old pro at DD, I hope you can watch the Facebook page to try and help the rookies with questions they may have as they navigate the study for the first time. Help them know what has worked best for your group as far as meeting frequency or dividing the study up. Make sure they know that a local study is not even necessary. Most of all, assure them that the study is not overly demanding or difficult to complete—and that it’s ok if you don’t complete every single part. Every question answered from the Word is worth the time investment. It’s always my prayer that our final return on the invested time is realized in heaven. 

Sometimes we have digger sightings at various events around the country. I recently randomly saw a woman wearing a Digging Deep shirt in a Walmart parking lot in a town through which I was traveling. That’s a pretty fun way to make a new friend.

The most glorious digger sighting will be in heaven! I hope it’s a place where we can sit down and remember digging together!! I see no reason to doubt that this can happen. We can ask all the questions we failed to fully answer here. Several diggers now have passed to the timeless side of eternity while studying through a topic with us. It will be a glad reunion. 

If you are attending PTP  and you completed every month’s study in The Hour Has Come, and watched all of the monthly podcasts OR listened to the dig-a-bits, you will be honored in a small way on Saturday the 20th. But the real honor, of course, always goes to God.  Each of our lives cannot but bring Him more glory when we learn and apply the Scriptures. I’m continually amazed at how He has worked through DD, a concept I could have never come up with on my own. It was no direct communication from Him, but rather through open doors of Providence, He allowed us to develop this network of women, who have connected through amazing digs into the deep blessings of His Word. I sometimes shake my head in disbelief. But then I remember WHO it is that we serve.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

I hope you can invite some friend to help herself to happiness by getting into life’s instruction manual with us.  There are some who have found their way to the throne through this study. He can do great things!

Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

Come Study with Us.–Digging Deep 2022-23

The new Digging Deep study kicks off from Polishing the Pulpit in just one month! I hope you are planning to study with us again and I hope you are telling others about Digging Deep. I always say this, but I do think I’m more in need of this study than any to date. If I have learned anything during our last study about the Calvary week, it is how badly I need Calvary; how easily and often I sin and how egregious are the consequences of that sin. I do not want to issue any spoiler alerts, but I believe this new study will be a great one to follow the conviction of “The Hour Has Come.” Here’s an excerpt. The passage under consideration is Romans 8:28. It is the most hope-filled text in the New Testament for me.

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

It is just a simple statement. Almost all the words are small. Any child can understand it. But it is the most profound statement in its effect during the dark times of life in all of Scripture.

I love the word know. It means I can count on this promise.


I love the word
all. It means that, not just the good things, but the good things and the bad things are both going to be included in the promise.


I love the term
work together. It means that the good things and the bad things that are occurring in my world are both useful to Him in the weave that makes this promise a reality.

I love the word good. The good events and circumstances and the bad events and circumstances are woven together by the master weaver to produce something that is no longer even partially bad; it is all good. It is what is best for me as His child, in its end result.

I love the promise recipient descriptions: those who love Him. Oh, how I do love Him! While I was yet a sinner, He gave His life for me, He commended His love for me all the way to the death (5:8).

…and those who are the called according to His purpose. Those who have accepted the invitation, the appointment, to glorify Him.

Ladies, this orchestration of the events in my life, through providence, to make all the circumstances work out for my ultimate benefit is valuable to me in an immeasurable way.

On rare occasions, my friends in Pentecostal churches have chastised me for a “lack of faith” in miracles today. Some believe, since I am convicted that God has pushed the “pause” button on miracles today, that my faith is weak. For the record, I believe every miracle recorded in Scripture occurred. I believe it will be miraculous when we fly away with Jesus. It will be miraculous when the graves are opened again. It will be miraculous when we put off mortality. He is not done with miracles.

But I would add that this orchestration of all the natural events in my life, to my ultimate benefit, while He is orchestrating all the events in all the lives of all His children everywhere to their ultimate benefit, is nothing short of amazing. It is not miraculous, because it is done within the confines of His laws of nature. But it is just as amazing to this girl as is the miraculous. I have faith. I believe He is currently doing this in my life, even in the most difficult of circumstances. I praise Him for this!

Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

Digging Deep Study Books: 1/2 Price While They Last!

Thousands have studied them already and now it’s time to clear them out. They are timeless. They are straight from the Word and each one is a full year’s study for the women of your ladies class. If you choose to use the online resources as you study through these materials, they are accessible and all info is on the Digging Deep in God’s Word Facebook page. You can also ask any questions about any study there as well. But the study guides stand alone as the only curriculum your ladies need for a full year.

Glory is the study of the attributes of God on display in scripture and in the lives of His people today. The Ten is an in-depth study of the ten commandments given on Mount Sinai and how they impact God’s people today. The Hour Has Come is based in the last chapters of the book of John and it is a motivating study of the last conversations our Lord had with his apostles prior to Calvary.

The study guides are durable, spiral bound editions with room for your own research and notes. They may be ordered, while supplies last here: https://thecolleyhouse.org/store#!/Colley-House-Specials/c/7007069

Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

Digging Deep Preview–I need this 2022-23 study!

I know there’s no one who really gets excited year-to-year about Digging Deep to the degree that I do. I’m very thankful to a benevolent God for the privilege of studying with His women around the world. And I am so thankful for those who are willing to help in the details of publishing this study; this year, especially Lindsey VanHook, Jennifer Benavides and Glenn Colley.  Just like for every grandmother, every grandchild is the favorite, every digging deep study is my favorite one yet. The study for the coming year has been born in the fire of trial, but borne along with hope and trust in the One who provides a peace that passes all my understanding. I love how His Word consumes and envelopes all of me: It is the antidote for emotional injury, the motivator for thanksgiving in the midst of blessings innumerable, the purifier of tainted thoughts and intents, the parameter of faithful living, the “edge” in my fight against personal wickedness, the spiritual inertia that keeps me from stopping cold in my journey to heaven and the hedge that makes me exchange hate and revenge for hope and restoration. And that’s just the beginning. The Word is the power of God for my salvation (Romans 1:16) and the thorough furnisher of my every good work (2 Timothy 3:16). My Father is simply unbelievable in His benevolence through Bible study.

Here’s a snippet from next year’s study. This “appetizer” from preparing the questions we will answer next year is making me hungry already (Matthew 5: 6). I hope you can travel this road toward heaven with us beginning September 1st. The Word never disappoints. (You don’t have to do Digging Deep to get to heaven. But you do need to dig deep.) Share and invite and encourage and promote. Here’s the excerpt:

God was with Abraham on Mount Moriah. His angel was in a thicket. He stayed Abraham’s hand (Genesis 22). God was with Joseph in the household of Potiphar. He ran with him to a place of purity and impending imprisonment (Genesis 39:21). He was with Moses, even talking to him from a burning bush. He knew about the shoes Moses was wearing and the rod he was carrying (Exodus 3,4). He was with Joshua, even being repetitive in His admonitions to be courageous and in His promises of going with him wherever Joshua proceeded to go (Joshua 1). Joshua must have felt great trepidation at the task ahead. God was in charge of cake- burning and the level of fleece moisture when he was accompanying Gideon (Judges 6). He was with Samuel. calling to him multiple times in the night (I1Samuel 3)  and later, making sure he knew what was what in the succession of kings and their anointing (1 Samuel 10,16). He was in the womb (Jeremiah 1:5), in the jail in King Zedekiah’s house (Jeremiah 32:2,3), and in the dungeon (Jeremiah 37:16) with Jeremiah. He was the fire in his bones (Jeremiah 20:9). He was with Hosea when he was forsaken by the wife God had commanded him to take, even having named his children (Hosea 1).  His name is not in the book of Esther, but he was in charge of gallows assignment in that amazing saga (Esther 7). He manifested even a bodily presence in a den of hungry lions (Daniel 6). He was in charge of keeping their mouths closed. He took on flesh and walked with His parents to Jerusalem (God was a child with parents!…Luke 2), with the devil on a desert mountaintop and on the temple’s pinnacle (Matthew 4), with Peter on water (Matthew 14), and with the apostles at a well in Samaria (John 4). He rode in the middle of a bunch of common people on a clothes-covered donkey outside of Jerusalem (Luke 19:35) and he walked to the garden, the house of Annas, the Praetorium, and to Golgotha (Mark 14,15). He walked from a tomb and then with two men on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24) and he walked to Bethany with the apostles when lifted up to the heavens to go away to prepare my place (Luke 24:50). This Jesus is with me. He lives in me as I emulate Him (Romans 8:9,10). He has called me, through His word, to the cross and, by faith, I have seen the empty tomb. I will rise, too, one day, and ever be with my Lord. That is ultimate peace. He is at my right hand. I will not be moved. 

Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

Discovery in the Basement

Things have been a bit chaotic down in the book room (and all other rooms at the Colley House) for the past few months. During the holidays, while pulling out and wrapping gifts, I found a box of t-shirts. They were still in the taped box from the company that made them, so they’re still new. Does any one still need a current DD shirt? I have the following limited sizes and quantities. If you want one, just comment below. I’ll respond if I still have your size and then you can PayPal or send a check. These t-shirts will be 18.00, but that will INCLUDE the shipping and handling and any tax/fees. (Above is beautiful Mel wearing the T.)

XXL (8 available)

XXXXL (4 available)

Small (4 available)

(I guess this is why I had such a hard time filling the bill last fall for the larger  and teeniest sizes.)

These are light blue with red. They are comfort colors and the word “comfort” is accurate. All are adult sizes.  Just let me know!

Thanks for caring about the dig. I will look forward to discussing with you the place He’s prepared next Tuesday night at 7 CST. You are wonderful because you serve King Jesus, the Wonderful, Counselor, Prince of Peace.