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Simple Thanks: Session 4, Trust the Bridge to Joy

 “He has put a new song in my mouth- praise to our God: Many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord.” Psalm 40:3

SImple ThanksTrust Jane and I welcome you to Week Five of  Simple Thanks! Fifty-one, fifty-two, fifty-three … Hopefully you’ve been so busy counting God’s blessings you’ve forgotten bitterness and unforgiveness.  Continue to count your blessings-it’s the key to living fully in the moment with God! Life is a gift–rejoice and give thanks.

Introductory Video to Week 4

 

Community Call

Here is our Community Call for Trust the Bridge to Joy to listen to AFTER you finish the weekly homework:  Trust the Bridge to Joy

Weekly HomeworkSImple Thanks Trust pin

Below you will find homework for each level of study. Feel free to change from Level 1, Level 2, or Level 3  as your schedule allows! Remember, there is no pressure to complete every activity. These are just options for your growth. They can be accessed at any time, even after the study ends.

Level 1, Study: Weekly Goals 

  • For Week 5, watch  SESSION 4: Trust, the Bridge to Joy.
  • Complete the study guide  and between sessions homework PDFs.
  • Add to your one thousand gifts list.
  • Feel free to do any of the other activities from Levels 2 and 3 as your time allows.

Level 2, Community: Weekly Goals 

  • For Week 5, watch  SESSION 4: Trust the Bridge to Joy.
  • Complete the study guide  and between sessions homework PDFs.
  • Add your one thousand gifts list.
  • Answer the question on the Speak Your Mind comment section at the bottom of this post.
  • Join the Community Call, Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. EST on Talk Shoe (Information on TalkShoe is in your weekly email.)
  • Listen to the Podcast for information on walking in trust with God:

 

 Level 3, Opportunity: Weekly Goals 

  • For Week 5, watch  SESSION 4: Trust, the Bridge to Joy.
  • Complete the study guide  and between sessions homework PDFs.
  • Add to your one thousand gifts list.
  • Answer the question on the Speak Your Mind comment section at the bottom of this post, join the Community Call on Wednesday night on TalkShoe, and listen to the Podcast at the link provided up above.
  • Don’t forget to check out our private Facebook page. Leave your comments about this week’s study, post your prayer requests, or share any insights/questions you may have. Only members of our Bible study group will see these posts.
  • Start your 1000 Gifts List in a separate journal.
  • In the evening, do devotions 16-20 in the One Thousand Gifts Devotional journal.
  • Read chapters 8-9 in One Thousand Gifts trade book by Ann Voskamp.
  • Take advantage of the Extra Simple resources by clicking on the links below (I highly recommend the Joyce Meyer podcast):

 

Joyce Meyer: Stop Complaining

 

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God is calling you to rest and trust in Him. Please use this beautiful music by Paul Cardall to receive the grace that God has for you this moment.

 

 Questions of the Week (Please respond in the Speak Your Mind section at the very bottom of this page).

Name an area of life that God is calling you to entrust to Him. How can you begin to walk with Him in trust concerning this area? What progress have you recently made in trusting God?

 

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Simple Thanks: Session Three, All Is Grace

“To console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.”
Isaiah 61:3

SImple Thanks all is graceJane and I welcome you back to Week Three of  Simple Thanks! Thanksgiving breathes life into our dark, hard places. Thanksgiving also dares us to live fully in the moment. Let the habit of thanksgiving permeate your heart and mind as God continues to shower His grace upon you. Give Him your ashes of bitterness and ingratitude and in return accept one thousand gifts of beauty and grace. Life is a gift–rejoice and give thanks!SImple Thanks all is grace photo

Here is our introduction video to Week 3:

 

Community Call

Here is our Community Call for All Is Grace to listen to AFTER you finish the weekly homework:  All Is Grace

 

Weekly Homework

Below you will find homework for each level of study. Feel free to change between Level 1, Level 2, or Level 3  as your schedule allows! Remember, there is no pressure to complete every activity. These are just options for your growth. They can be accessed at any time, even after the study ends.

Level 1, Study: Weekly Goals 

  • For Week 3, watch  SESSION 3: All is Grace.
  • Continue to add to your One Thousand Gifts journal.
  • Complete the study guide  and between sessions homework PDFs.
  • Feel free to do any of the other activities from Levels 2 and 3 as your time allows.

Level 2, Community: Weekly Goals 

  • For Week 3, watch  SESSION 3: All is Grace.
  • Continue to add to your One Thousand Gifts journal.
  • Complete the study guide  and between sessions homework PDFs.
  • Answer the question on the Speak Your Mind comment section at the bottom of this post.
  • Join the Community Call, Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. EST on Talk Shoe (Information on TalkShoe is in your weekly email.)
  • Listen to the Podcast for information on walking in the grace of God:

 Level 3, Opportunity: Weekly Goals 

  • For Week 3, watch  SESSION 3: All is Grace.
  • Continue to add to your One Thousand Gifts journal.
  • Complete the study guide  and between sessions homework PDFs.
  • Answer the question on the Speak Your Mind comment section at the bottom of this post, join the Community Call on Wednesday night on TalkShoe, and listen to the Podcast at the link provided up above.
  • Don’t forget to check out our private Facebook page. Leave your comments about this week’s study,post your prayer requests, or share any insights/questions you may have. Only members of our Bible study group will see these posts.
  • In the evening, do devotions 11-15 in the One Thousand Gifts Devotional journal.
  • Read chapters 6-7 in One Thousand Gifts trade book by Ann Voskamp.
  • Take advantage of the Extra Simple resources by clicking on the links below:

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Give Thanks

 

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As we count the many blessings that God has bestowed upon us, please enjoy this beautiful music by Paul Cardall:

 

 

Questions of the Week (Please respond in the Speak Your Mind section at the very bottom of this page).

How has God turned the ugly to beautiful in your life?




Simple Thanks: Session One Attitude of Gratitude

 

“Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it all of you. For this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” Matthew 26:27
 
SImple Thanks gratutudeJane and I welcome you to Week One of Simple Thanks! We are very excited to be with you during this journey into the simple thankfulness. In the weeks leading up to this study, we have been praying for you. Thank you for answering God’s  call; it is not an accident that you have joined this study. God is calling us to live fully in the moment. Life is a gift–rejoice and give thanks.
 
Introductory Video for Week One
Here is our short video with our Bible verse to introduce Week 1.
 

 

Here is our TalkShoe Webinar from week 1 if you missed the live call-in:

Weekly Homework

Each week we will add your assignments to a password-protected post. Look for the password every Tuesday evening in your email. Below you will find homework for each level of study. Feel free to change from Level 1, Level 2, SImple Thanks Gratitudeor Level 3  as your schedule allows! Remember, there is no pressure to complete every activity. These are just options for your growth. They can be accessed at any time, even after the study ends.

Level 1, Study: Weekly Goals 

  • For Week 1, watch  SESSION 1:Attitude of Gratitude, Ann’s video.
  • Take time to notice and thank God for His simple gifts.
  • Complete the study guide  and Between Sessions homework PDFs.
  • Start your 1000 Gifts List in a separate journal.
  • Feel free to do any of the other activities from Levels 2 and 3 as your time allows.

Level 2, Community: Weekly Goals 

  • For Week 1 watch  SESSION 1:Attitude of Gratitude.
  • Take time to notice and thank God for His simple gifts.
  • Complete the study guide  and between sessions homework PDFs.
  • Start your 1000 Gifts List in a separate journal.
  • Answer the question on the Speak Your Mind comment section at the bottom of this post.
  • Join the Community Call, Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. EST on Talk Shoe (Information on TalkShoe is in your weekly email.)
  • Read Thankfulness, the Way of Jesus from the Soul Shepherding website.

 Level 3, Opportunity: Weekly Goals 

  • For Week 1, watch  SESSION 1:Attitude of Gratitude.
  • Take time to notice and thank God for His simple gifts.
  • Complete the study guide  and between sessions homework PDFs.
  • Answer the question on the Speak Your Mind comment section at the bottom of this post, join the Community Call on Wednesday night on TalkShoe, and listen to the Podcast at the link provided up above.
  • Don’t forget to check out our private Facebook page. Leave your comments about this week’s study, post your prayer requests, or share any insights/questions you may have. Only members of our Bible study group will see these posts.
  • Start your 1000 Gifts List in a separate journal.
  • In the evening, do devotions 1-5 in the one thousand gifts devotional journal.
  • Read chapters 1-3 in One Thousand Gifts trade book by Ann Voskamp.
  • Take advantage of the Extra Simple resources by clicking on the links below:

  From Grumbling to Gratitude

 

Please take a few moments to worship and express your gratitude to God through music for His many blessing and gifts.

Questions of the Week (Please respond in the Speak Your Mind section at the very bottom of this page).

What simple gift are you most thankful for this week?