Life In Season | A Book Review

 

Watching friends and peers tap into their deep giftings and then sharing it with the world is very inspiring. I am surrounded by so many men and women that are intentionally showing up in their lives and the impact is far reaching. I am watching friends start non profits, open pottery studios, teach, sell their first paintings, step up to a microphone and speak for the first time, self publishing, publishing…stepping out. It is one of the most beautiful things in my lifetime to see creativity have a platform and to be validated.  I needed it. Maybe you did too.

 

 

Recently my friends Vanessa Hunt and Heather Patterson of At the Picket Fence blog published their first book called Life In Season | Celebrate The Moments That Fill Your Heart and Home. Their blogs are filled with DIY, decor and heart. I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised that their first book reflects all of that and more. I expected it to be more amazing projects but what has left me with tears each time I have read is the transparency and vulnerability that these pages drip with. Each time I have closed a chapter I have sat with the most grateful heart that I had the moments to read their words, reflect upon the heart of God, to connect once again with women I adore and do see that we all have the same brokenness. I don’t know why we need to be reminded of that. I don’t know why we sometimes think we are the only ones broken and when we see it in others it actually makes them more beautiful…and it does for us too.

 

I love a good surprise and this book is that. This is the book I am reading each morning with my devotional because their words last long after the page. Yes, I will try the recipes and projects but the sweetest surprise is the heart of who these women are and their heart for each one of you when you read the pages.

An excerpt from the chapter Scars

“…Are we capable of seeing the scars in our lives in this way? As trophies of that fight we have won, to be displayed proudly. As memorials to what we have conquered in our own lives.

Can we identify with Jesus as He held out His scarred hands to His beloved disciples, as proof that He was alive? Can we see our scars as reminders of a victory over sin and not something to be ashamed of?”

 

It is just beautiful! The whole book will inspire, make you laugh, cry and encourage you as you love well those around you.  It shares the truth that there is rich joy in all seasons of our lives.

You can read more or order HERE.

 

 

 

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Salt + Light | Registration Has Just Opened for Our FREE January Study!

I am so excited to announce that registration is open for our next FREE study that will begin on January 4th!

This will be our third year that we start off the New Year with a free study all about growing in our faith.

This year is Salt + Light | Impact The World Right Where You Are.

Join 18 men and women for a 4 week free online study about Salt + Light: Impact the World Right Where You Are.
 

This year we have a gorgeous devotional to pre-order before the workshop begins. Imagine us being that organized! HA! First time for everything!

To pre-order the beautiful devotional that has been written by Sheila Atchley and designed by Jen Wagner click HERE.
 

The month of January 2017 will be full of stories in how the Lord uses real people in their everyday life, using their authentic gifts to impact others.  How showing up right where you are is powerful and good enough.  Too often we can think that serving the Lord or others looks like a mission field in Africa. Sometimes it is. Many times it is in your town, at your job, with your neighbor, with your child’s best friend, with the stranger in the grocery store and even your own family.

Let’s look at our placement, our gifts and our open invitation to collaborate daily with a God that is just waiting to hear us say…

I’m In. I’m all in. Use what I have and who I am. Use my brokenness and imperfections. Use my gifts and strengths and open the box that I have placed around myself and You because I desire deeply to do, see and be more. Not the tired more. The filled back up more. The deepest desires of our hearts more. The reason we are here more!

We would love to have you join us!

If you are new to our creative network here are easy steps to get you started…

1. Register at jeanneoliver.ning.com (this is free).

2. Once your account is active you are able to take advantage of our free courses, series and even pay for courses.

3. Go to jeanneoliver.ning.com and along the top header click on “COURSES” and you will be able to view all three pages of online courses and free series.

4. To purchase a course please choose your course, click on the +join in the upper right hand corner, pay and you will be INSTANTLY in the classroom.

5. All videos can be found along the right hand side of the page under “COURSE CONTENT”.

6. All of our courses are pre-recorded so you can watch at your convenience. The best part is that you have lifetime* access on all new purchases! Pretty awesome if you ask me.

*As long as we manage the creative network

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Our First Devotional | Listening

It has been months (way more than we intended) in the making!  Our first devotional is ready for pre-order and we couldn’t be more proud!

January of 2016 we launched our free video series Listening | Finding the Quiet on our creative network jeanneoliver.ning.com.

 

We have created a Listening devotional to use along with the free video series. The devotion is 94 pages filled with thought provoking lessons, gorgeous images and powerful scriptures.  The devotion measures 8x 10 with high quality paper. We have created this devotional to allow plenty of room for notes and space to reflect.

 

 

Here is a little information about the heart behind the series and the content you will find in the devotional…

Join over 20 men and women for a four week study all about finding the quiet in each day and hearing the voice of God.

The world can be so loud and we desperately need quiet. We need time to think, process, pray, worship, plan, dream, forgive, heal and find direction.  To just be still.   Do we give ourselves this time to be quiet and truly listen to the voice of the Lord?  Are you striving and trying to navigate life in your own strength? Are you tired?  Do you know that the Lord pursues you?  Do you know that he wants to carry your burdens? Do you know that he deeply longs to communicate with you and have a relationship with you?  Are you ready to find the quiet and listen to his voice?

If we don’t make intentional time with the Lord each day will it happen?  Our walk with the Lord is a relationship and relationships only grow when we make time for each other.  Each week you will hear Listening stories from the men and women in this study.  We will be sharing our own journeys of listening and intentionally finding the quiet.

This study will be open , honest and Bible based. We hope you will join us for this free online study!

To sign up for the free study go to jeanneoliver.ning.com and to order the devotional go HERE.

 

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