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Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

Shirts/Hoodies…One Last Time!

You’ve been asking, so here’s the Digging Deep t-shirt/hoodie lowdown. We did order a few extras of everything. We just always get in a spot because someone ordered outside the website, or because we thought we had enough to use some as gifts to encourage (so we did), or because we have a great propensity for human error in the count, or just because of Murphy’s law.  We think we have them all in their proper places, as ordered now, so we are going to sell the extras. My basement thanks you in advance! Everyone who has ordered has been pleased this year, so far as we know, with the quality. (Mine’s been all around the Southeastern U.S., washed over and over, and is still doing its advertising job for DD!)

If you want one of the following sizes, follow the directions below PRECISELY and I will fill the orders on a first come/first served basis. 

1. DO not send money until I email you back and let you know your size is still available. If you get an email back, it means your shirt is available and the email will have instructions about how to remit the payment for it. Email your precise order to byhcontest@gmail.com. If you are happy with more than one size, state your first preference and then your second preference. Please go ahead and include your shipping address in your very first email. 

2. Shirts are $19.50 each and hoodies are $29.00 each. Postage for either is a flat $7.50. Again, please go ahead and include your shipping address when you send the first email. 

3. Please allow 10 days for your order to arrive prior to inquiring about its status. SInce these will not be ordered through the website, the regular tracking info will not be as thorough. Thanks for your understanding. we will try to expedite these orders!

4. Please do not order by phone text, by personally messaging me, or by using any alternate email address. These are really limited quantities and the order of the purchases escapes me if they are all over the place. Thanks.

Here are the available sizes. We will do our very best to fill the requests in the order received. All other DD items should be ordered through the website: www.thecolleyhouse.org. Thanks so much for ordering, but mostly for digging. You encourage us every day. It’s a great group with a great goal. T shirts are just extra fun. The important thing is the Word. (Remember, you do  not have to spend anything to get the study online if you want the free download.)

T shirts:  (bright plum)               Hoodies:   (Muted fall plum)

Small                                               Small

Medium                                         Medium

Large                                              Large

Extra Large                                    Extra Large

XXL                                                XXX Large

XXXL

XXXXL

Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

Diggers in the Fold!

Last weekend, while in Middle Tennessee at a Keepers at Home Retreat, some of the ladies were outside studying the second month of Digging Deep “The Crown,” when they heard the bleating of sheep. Our study this month is from Psalm 23 and is about the Shepherd and his sheep. A few hours later, I found myself knocking on the door of the shepherd to ask him if the diggers at this retreat could come see his sheep. 

He was a very nice gentleman whose wife has been through a very dark battle with cancer. He was extremely open and and answered all of our questions about the sheep as he patiently led us through the gate to the barnyard and pasture that was indeed his sheepfold. He had five lambs that were born only the day before.  

The sheepdog was a large Great Pyrenees and he was extremely protective of the sheep. He herded them away from the intruders (us) and stood between them and us. Knowing that we’d love to have a picture with his sheep, the shepherd got a bucket of feed, rattled it and called the sheep to the barn. His call was very loud and shrill….”Coyeeeeeah!” The sheep answered back” “Maa-aa-aahhhh” in unison each time the shepherd made the familiar call. As the dog led them toward the shepherd and the barn, they followed. But the dog stopped short of bringing the flock past our little group. We stood in the gap between the calling shepherd and the flock. They were not coming to eat until the “threatening intruders” were outside the fence. 

We expressed our gratitude, left some jam and relish that one of the sweet sisters made, sent a Digging Deep book to his wife and drove away with the sweet security in our souls that we are the sheep of the GOOD Shepherd. John 10 and Psalm 23 were all up in this sweet visit! 

I just want to be a sheep, Baa!

Lessons from this fold: 

  1. God’s Providence is sometimes fairly obvious. The diggers were out there studying sheep and they heard the bleating in a nearby sheepfold. This is not an everyday occurrence in this part of the world.
  2. Christians are given opportunities around every bend in the road. Around that bend was a shepherd who needed the prayers we promised for his struggling wife. That apple butter and relish that my sister brought to give the women would end up being used for another purpose, too, and, perhaps, even open a door. That shepherd needs THE Shepherd.
  3. Sometimes there are obstacles between the sheep and the shepherd. Are there people or things in between you and the Good Shepherd? 
  4. The sheep do hear the Shepherd’s voice. We could have stood there all day and called. They were not heading that way until they heard the familiar voice. Then the response was automatic. Are you responding to the Shepherd’s voice? 
  5. Those sheep stuck close together. In the face of intruders, they seemed to understand their need to stick close to one another. Do Christians find strength and comfort in one another when we face the intrusion of outside threats? 
  6. This shepherd was an expert, both a shepherd and a sheep judge, putting 16,000 miles on his sheep trailer in one year. There were obvious ways we could tell this: the immediate response of the sheep to his voice, the medical attention that was evident on one of the sheep that had been partially sheared to remove pests, the cleanliness and proper ID tagging of the animals, the neatness of the barn and pasture. Is our Shepherd interested in our spiritual health and purity? 
Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

Parenting Seminar, Digging Schedule, and Wisdom from Shelby Camp

I think we never get enough good and Biblical information about parenting. The devil is the lion and he loves the easy prey–our kids (1 Peter 5:6).

So, Saturday at West Huntsville, parents will receive some elder-invited training from 12:30-3:00 pm from Ben Hayes. I plan to be there and I am praying for eternal blessings from this teaching. It will be live-streamed and archived at www.westhuntsville.org. Perhaps this might be useful for some of you. I don’t personally know Ben, but I am praying for him today.

In other news, we are currently “caught up” on the DD orders although “caught up” can never happen for very long! (That’s a good thing!) You downloaded more free copies, ordered more study guides, and fun stuff than you ever have before. Glenn has worn his old body out in packing and shipping. If you don’t have what you ordered (if you ordered before today)  by the end of September, there’s a problem and we will track it down or re-send. We have all new blue mugs and we have re-ordered stickers, because you have stuck so many of them all over the place! Don’t forget the podcast is next Tuesday night at 7 CST! It will be on the FB page and here: https://livestream.com/whcoc/for-women

We’ve scheduled the podcasts for the rest of 2023. This year, it seems, my schedule is particularly tricky toward the end of the months, so the schedule is a little off-kilter. Much of what I do has to be scheduled far in advance, so there are often conflicts. But, maybe by knowing ahead, you can make it work. There’s a particularly long (and more relaxing) podcast break over the year-end holidays. I find this helpful and I hope you will like it, too. Here are the podcast dates to get us through January:

October 17th

Nov 21st

January 9th

January 30th

Remember, too, if you don’t get every question done prior to the podcast, join us anyway and you’ll get a jump on what you’re lacking. If you don’t get all of every page done–ever–it’s still worth whatever time you are able to put in the study. It’s eternally rewarding to be in the book whenever we can. (And, sometimes, for me, “whenever I can” is more often, and for longer, than I really do get in there!)

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I just saw this article by digger, Shelby Camp. She’s just so right. I hope you can read:

Followers of Christ,

I read a Facebook post a couple days ago that was encouraging. It got me where it hurts. It stepped on my toes and pricked my heart. I even had a second thought about how I treat people in my home because of it. It was a positive thing and I’m glad I read it. It reminded me to be a mom who is present and understanding with my kids. Then I listened to a podcast about something similar. It was spiritual in nature, and it gave me some practical advice on how to implement Godly actions. But my actions didn’t consistently change. It was good advice and I wanted to implement it, I felt passionate about it, but it was rooted in emotion. Today, I was more tired. Today, my kids were more demanding. Today, I faced something bigger than what they spoke about in the podcast and I didn’t have a sword to fight it.
Then I went to Colossians 3 about “Putting on the New Self and letting the Word of Christ dwell in you richly.” My toes were stepped on, my heart was broken, my repentance was the response, my actions were changed, and I was able to put in the practical skills I had read earlier in that Facebook post because I put meat on it. I grabbed my sword and stood up to fight the enemy. I can be that better mom because of it. I can be the friend I want to be because of it. Because it isn’t me anymore, it’s Him.
These are the words of Jesus in John 15:3-4 “Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.” If we are just relying on the “spiritual thoughts” of our local preachers, the Facebook posts someone “good” shares, a great podcast, a slew of “encouraging the soul books,” but we aren’t attached to The Vine, abiding in Jesus and His Words first and foremost, everyday, then we are like the branch that withers. Jesus describes this in verse 6: “If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, and thrown into the fire, and burned.” In verse 9-10: “As the father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my LOVE. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love…” (Go, abide in His Word, and read the entire chapter).
So when we read a Facebook post that really validates the way we feel about something concerning God or the church or our own sin or the way we think concerning things of the Bible or the way we act in our home, do we go to His Book to make sure it’s Truth validating us and to double check that it’s not our own emotions leading us astray or the Devil? Are we connected to the vine, the source for all Truth, Jesus and His Words, so that we have more than “encouraging words” and “passionate emotions” to combat the enemy we face every day? There is real power in the Word of God and in being immersed in the actual Jesus, rather than what others say “About Him and His Word.” This goes for conversations with friends/family, books we read, or things we listen to… I love talking about God and His people, I love reading books about spiritual things, I love a good podcast or sermon series that encourages me as a Christian and these things can be great tools in my belt… and I listen and refer to them on a weekly, almost daily basis, BUT if I’m choosing to indoctrinate myself with every dose of that while not immersing myself WAY MORE in God’s Book and finding out the Truth of His Word in my life for myself, I could easily be persuaded (accidentally and unknowingly) by something that isn’t actually from God. I don’t know if that makes sense… but let’s make sure those voices “about God” are actually FROM GOD ALMIGHTY.
Here are a few verses from 2 Timothy 3:14-4:18 (but go read The Book for yourself… read all of 1 and 2 Timothy today after scrolling or reading or listening to something that is only a reflection or maybe less than a reflection of God’s Words – don’t replace your personal bible study today with something that isn’t actually Bible Study):
“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you have learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof; for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work… preach the word… be ready in season and out of season… with complete patience… for the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.”
And what are we doing this for according to scripture?? Where is the hope? See verses 17-18:
“For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have KEPT THE FAITH. Henceforth there is
laid up for me the crown of righteousness,
which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all
who have loved his appearing.”

 

 

Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

Watch your Mail! They are coming!

The “shipping department” is up early this morning and he asked me to tell you they are coming. Your orders are being filled. It’s thousands and it’s a variety of combinations, so it’s a process. Most of you will get them during the first two weeks of September. August 19th orders, which are LEGION, are generally being filled first. There are two post offices now, in which we are on a first name basis. Yesterday, the postal worker from one of them, came directly to our home to help us straighten out some clerical errors. We are aware that you are waiting and we are working overtime! The best thing about DD women is your godly attitude. Thank you for your kindness in the overwhelmed times. You remind us of someone who wore the crown on a dark day!

Next, remember that you can download the text for free at www.thecolleyhouse.org. Someone contacted with some concerns about difficulty in doing this. We’ve tested and examined and the folks who are downloading are not experiencing any glitches from our end. You can get started without waiting for your shipment by downloading. The download is also a great way to see if the study is something that will help you personally to grow as His child.

Finally, here’s the intro for perusal if you are on the fence. It’s going to be a great dig in the Word, but we realize there are any number (any huge number) of great studies in the infinitely powerful Word. But somewhere, in some dig, is better than on the fence, anywhere! Shovel in hand is better than holding on to the fence posts! Every moment spent in the Word, for the Christian, gives greater scope for eternal bliss! I cannot wait for the end of distant digging and the launch of the eternal part of my treasure!

Here’s the intro:

 

The introspective study of David and Christ will move any seeking soul. It was a sinful man to whom the everlasting crown of Israel was promised. It was the perfect God-man on whom the crown of thorns was placed. It was unbelievable elevation of the shepherd boy when David was anointed King. Jesus, already the King of Kings, left the throne of glory to become both the Gate of the Sheep and the lowly, but good, Shepherd. David’s words were, perhaps even unknowingly, often prophetic of the birth and life and death of His seed, the Christ. And the Christ, conversely, quoted, while on earth, David’s words from the  original Judaic throne: 

“David himself, said, in the Holy Spirit ‘The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies beneath your feet’” (Mark 12:35-37).  

God placed in the seed of David— merciful king but bloody warrior, protector of Abigail but adulterer with Bathsheba, humble son but failing parent, shepherd but thief of the ewe lamb (2 Samuel 12:1-13)—-yes, God placed in this man of contradiction, His seed—the Holy child Who would one day emerge from the womb of a virgin in the city of David. This royal Seed (God), preserved through the centuries by the power of the Holy Spirit of God would be conveyed into this sinful world by the placement of the Holy Seed into the womb of someone like you and me, a Jewish maiden named Mary. She didn’t even live in the city of David. But in His providence, she found her way, at just the right time, to the little city of Bethlehem, and then the King, Who eclipses in every way, all other kings, exited the womb of Mary to be laid in a feeding trough for animals in a barn, to the sounds of angels heralding his birth. For me! This plan and providence was for me. 

And all of the juxtapositions of David’s life ( and mine) find resolve in the Holy Child who grew to be the bearer of the cross and the wearer of the crown—first of thorns, then of glory (Revelation 14:14). Because He is the crowned Victor, I have  been given the amazing and sustaining hope of an incorruptible crown of glory. I’m living for the Crown. I’m a subject of His crown and a “runner” for mine (1 Corinthians 9:24-26). 

I’m praying that the deeper study of David and the Lord will help us all to obtain the imperishable crown.