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Three LPM Christmas Gift Ideas… and Giveaways!

CONGRATULATIONS WINNERS!
Watch for an email today from Living Proof so that we can arrange shipping of your gift! Happy Monday!

1.    #714-Nicole T
2.    #1042-Jennifer Winner
3.    #1326-Patty Dalton
4.    #873-Kathy Isaacson
5.    #1150-Jennifer Nelson
6.    #542-Emily Stokes
7.    #695-Dea Windsor
8.    #39-Vicky D
9.    #247-Janet from FL
10.    #17-Natashajk
11.    #646-Janet Worthy
12.    #1209-Patti Byrd
13.    #982-Tina Ritter
14.    #391-Tona Hawkins
15.    #340-Karina Allen

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Hi Everybody! Sabrina here! (waving)

Just in case you are wondering something like, “wow, I can’t remember ever hearing from Sabrina”, you are so very right!  I have never been on the blog before today.  So why now??? Well, I am pretty jazzed about something and want so much to share the excitement with you all.  LPM has a new resource that is on the printing press at this very moment.

With all glory to God, have a look at Breath.

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Y’all, Breath has been new life to me. Here is the deal: a few co-workers and myself do several reviews for editing and design – so we watch it a lot (smile). Every edit review was a fresh breath from God. Actually, I would get so wrapped up in the teaching that I would forget I was editing (laughing).

This lecture study is on the Holy Spirit, “The Life of God In Us”.  The companion booklet includes Beth’s listening guides, along with 6 written lessons by Melissa Moore. These articles give deeper insight into Beth’s lectures with expanding applications but they also offer an opportunity to glean from the fresh research of an amazing young teacher. Beth’s six sessions were filmed live with our local Houston Bible study group.

Thank you for praising God with us about this series and believing God to meet each person who seeks Him through this teaching.

We expect shipment in about 1 week, however if you are too excited to wait until the DVD sets arrive, the digital downloads are available now.

Breath is one of several items on my Christmas shopping list (definitely a perk to have a store at your workplace).  So I thought it would be fun to share those with you as well. I’ve listed them below but, truly, what better way to share than a Blog Giveaway?!

SO, your comment to this post will be your entry to the drawing.  We are so excited to share five copies of each new resource item shown below, so there will be 15 winners!

“Portraits of Devotion”
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This is a 366-day compilation devotional. For those of you familiar with the Personal Reflection Series (90-day devotional journal drawn from the lives of Jesus, David, John, and Paul), this unites them all into one beautiful book.

 

LPM’s DVD set “The Great Escape”
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The Great Escape was recorded at a Living Proof Live event in Bossier City, LA.
You can preview The Great Escape here.

 

LPM’s DVD set “Breath”

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You can preview Breath here.

 

Since it is the season of giving, if your name is selected in the random drawing and you prefer to ship your gift directly to someone on your gift list, please know it would be our joy.  This post will remain open until 4:30 CST on Friday, December 5th.  Winners’ names will be posted first thing Monday morning, the 8th. If your name is drawn, watch for an update to this post. We will also notify you by email to get the mailing information for yourself or your recipient.

Of course we are glad to help with any of your gift needs. You can browse in our online store here.  Please note LPM’s last day to ship is 12/17.

With much love and many Christmas blessings to you!

Sabrina

 

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The Gift of Memory

I’m thinking today about the capacity to remember. With divine deliberation and unclouded foresight, the Creator chose to fashion the mind of man with memory. To be able to recollect – to re-collect images, experiences, expressions, numbers, dates, conversations, consequences, and encounters – is the champion quality of the well-functioning mind.

 

Maybe being around my family so much in recent days has sparked this subject in my thoughts. I cannot laugh with my daughters across the table at a restaurant without remembering them as little girls. I cannot kiss my father-in-law on his silver brow without recalling him as a man bigger than life in his mid-forties the first time Keith introduced us at a professional hockey game.

 

Like many of you, I have at times completely abhorred the capacity to remember. I still have flashbacks of staggering and disturbing moments in my childhood. I remember a scene in my home in my young adolescence that still causes the hair to stand up on the back of my neck. A song from the 70’s can still stir up the ache of a break up with a first love. To me, perhaps the worst of all dimensions of memory is regret. Regret is the excruciating recollection of all the decisions I could have made a different way. It’s the acrid memory that no one else assigned me. It’s mine alone to own. That I find the hardest of all. I have hated the capacity to remember so much that, at times in my life, I’ve held my head with both hands and yelled, “Stop it!”

 

But today I’m thinking to myself that all the torturous memories I’ve stacked up like past-due library books on the bedside table of five decades are worth the capacity to recall moments that make life on this earth worth the trouble.

 

Like the first time a handsome, jet-black headed young man reached across the front seat of a sports car at a stoplight and held my hand. He held it again this morning.

 

Like the first time I got to be all alone with a child I’d carried for nine months and I unwrapped the swaddling, leaned over her and whispered with tears dripping from my chin, “Hi there. My name is Mom.”

 

Like the time I took the training wheels off the smallest-ever bike and gave my baby girl a push and watched her take off down the pavement, pedaling furiously and perfectly, with blond locks of hair dancing behind her like banners in the sun. I’ve been chasing after her ever since.

 

Like the first time that same child threw a three-pointer. And that time I did a double-take and realized she’d shaved her legs…about 2 years too early.

 

Like the look on her big sister’s face when we walked outside her favorite restaurant on her 16th birthday and a new car was in the circle driveway with a large bow on it. Thanks to her grandparents who’d owned it and saved it for her.

 

Like this morning when I played on the swing set out here in these Texas trees with an eight year-old and a five year-old who have an uncanny resemblance to my oldest.

 

Like innumerable times I’ve laughed with friends until we couldn’t sit up. And prayed on our faces until we almost couldn’t get up.

 

I could keep going and maybe I will on my own but it would be over-indulgent here. I just want to say today that memory is a gift. An exquisite one. An excruciating one.  The same capacity that invites us to replay something beautiful can recount the deplorable in startling color.

 

The point of this is to say that I, for one, think it’s worth it. Even with all my regrets and amid all the flashbacks. Despite all the disappointments and heart-sinking disillusionments.

 

To remember is among the dearest of all human capacities. A sliver of Imago Dei. Over and over on the sacred page we find the words on which we hang our hope. And God remembered.

 

To be thankful is, in itself, to remember.

 

So, today, Lord, I want to say to You that I am thankful. Because I remember. I remember the ditch You pulled me out of. I remember the hopelessness I’ve felt and the fears that I had no future. I remember a time when I wanted to go to sleep and never wake up. And I remember that the sun came up the next morning and the next and the next, glistening without fail on a heap of fresh mercies. I want to say that You have been right all along. And that life is such a gift. And it is precious. And passes with such haste. What we can hope is that there would be no waste.

 

And, to those of us who love You, who are called according to Your purpose, You have promised that to be true.

 

We are grateful today, Lord, precisely because we remember.

 

We remember how good You’ve been to us when life has been awful.

 

We remember the light through the cracks in the door when we tried to lock ourselves away in the darkness.

 

We remember that You would not leave us alone even when we begged You to.

 

We remember Jesus.

 

We remember Him crucified. Raised. Ascended. Seated. And interceding.

 

Thank You, all-wise and benevolent God, for the capacity to store up collections of Your kindnesses to us through the courses of our lives.

 

You are good. Your love endures forever.

 

Help  us remember.

 

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Thanksgiving 2014 Giveaway!

WINNERS!!
Congratulations to you both! Below are names of our 2 winners drawn using random.org.  If you see your name and comment number below, please watch today for an email from LPM.  Reply with your mailing address just as quickly as possible so we can get your goodies in your hands.  It was a great pleasure reading all the entry comments and encouragement. Happy Thanksgiving!

#2365 – Kimberly Beasley
#2394 – Elizabeth White

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Thanksgiving is just days away, Sisters! Since this particular holiday, like no other on our annual calendar, centers almost entirely around a meal, it brings a whole passel of us to the kitchen.  So, your friends here at Living Proof thought we would have some fun with you by wrapping up a few fabulous items for the family feast.

We have prepared two identical baskets, enabling us to do a random drawing of TWO WINNERS among the commenters to this post. That’s all you have to do to enter. Just leave one comment and on Thursday morning, we’ll close the comments and draw our two winners and announce their names at the top of this post.

The goodies from these baskets contain items from the two largest kitchen stores in Houston: Williams-Sonoma and Sur la Table.  When it comes to cooking, it doesn’t get better than that. [You will see each item in a separate picture so you can get a good look at them.]  I so hope the baskets end up in the hands of a couple of women who could really stand to feel a little extra-special right now or perhaps are on such a tight budget that these items would feel like a fantastic splurge. I’m looking today for entries of some women who’d slap the table with joy over ending up with these. You are all so loved and esteemed here at Living Proof and you are valuable beyond price or description to the Kingdom of Christ.

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Scriptural or Experiential: Can the Categories Never Coexist?

“She’s (he’s) gone over to the experiential side.”

 

I’ve been accustomed to that terminology since my first Bible doctrine class at 27 years old. The language might be dated for many of you but you get the gist. My teacher (in the presence of the Lord now) whom I loved and whose passion lit a fire in my own bones often used the delineation. Something was either “Scriptural” or “experiential” and ne’er the two could meet. It made perfect sense to me.

 

For a little while.

 

I’ve never lost my esteem for my teacher. I could get tears in my eyes just thinking about him. He taught under a powerful unction of the Holy Spirit and with a love for the Bible that I had never seen. I suppose some 90 percent of what he taught me I still believe with all my heart. No one made a deeper investment in my love for the Word of God.

 

But I’ll share with you the teaching in that first Bible doctrine class that I couldn’t accept for long. I couldn’t accept that a believer must fall cleanly into one category or the other: the Scriptural or the experiential. Of course, that’s why I had critics counting me among the experiential crowd 15 years ago but I’ll be forthright with you. The criticism, no matter how mean-spirited it got, was worth enduring because I was not about to let somebody convince me that Scripture and experience were always mutually exclusive. I wanted them both. I wanted to thrill to the Word of God with everything in me AND I wanted to experience the presence of Christ as palpably as He’d permit me.

 

I would not deny for a moment that there are people in the wide stretch of Christendom who rely strictly on experience and rarely if ever open their Bibles. I also have no doubt that many study their Bibles but never have what they’d qualify as an “experiential” encounter with the Holy Spirit. But there is another category and it is chock full of people who have devoted their entire lives to the study of Scripture and could also testify to rich experiential encounters with Christ. They are not the either-or’s. They have known both.

 

They are people who would not dream of giving their experience the same weight as the Scriptures. They know full well that it doesn’t mean everything. But must it mean nothing??

 

Does the Word of God itself not validate experiencing the presence of God?

 

Every time the living words of Scripture seem to leap off the page into the reality of our present challenge, are we not experiencing God?

 

Every time our pastors or teachers bring a word that causes the blood to flow hot through our veins –  in the terminology of 1 Thessalonians 1:5 “in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction” – are we not experiencing God?

 

Every time we are overwhelmed with fresh conviction and we experience true repentance, are we not experiencing God?

 

In those moments when we’re brokenhearted and bewildered and we suddenly feel embraced by His love and assured of our chosenness, are we not experiencing God?

 

In our worship when we feel moved inside with the sense that His thick presence around us in that place is a greater reality than anything we can see or touch, are we not experiencing God?

 

When, after striving and seeking and praying, we suddenly know with astounding clarity what God wants us to do in a situation or relationship, are we not experiencing God?

 

When we have encounters with people that only God could have ordained and had appointed conversations that become pivotal to our callings, are we not experiencing God?

 

Was the Holy Spirit Himself not given to us so that we could continue to experience the presence of Jesus on this earth??

 

And do we not keep our Bibles wide open and study them all our lives and every day so that we can even recognize what could be a valid Holy Spirit experience?

 

No story I’ve ever told publicly has gotten me in more trouble than the one that occurred in an airport many years ago when I felt a profuse stirring of the Holy Spirit to go over to an old man in a wheelchair and brush his tangled, matted hair. Nothing has thrown me into the “experiential” category with my critics more than that story. But here’s the ironic part: I had my Bible wide open in my lap actively memorizing John 1 at the exact moment the Holy Spirit moved on me to stand up and walk over to that man. In fact, I was nearly annoyed by the inconvenience of having to get up and go serve somebody while I was busy with my memory work. They weren’t two separate things. They were happening simultaneously.

 

Despite the discouragement that being stereotyped can bring, if I thought I’d “experienced” God for the last time, I’d be ready to pack up this whole earthly existence and go home. I live to experience God – in my Bible study, my worship, my restoration, my personal revival, in the laughter of my family that has endured against all odds, in the burst of color in an autumn sunset, in a praise song blaring from the speakers in my car, in church service after church service, in the love I still feel for one man after 36 years, and in a walk all by myself in the country.

 

I write these words to you today who have devoted your lives to the study of God’s inspired Word and make it your daily bread. You don’t have to choose between the Scriptural and the “experiential.” You can have a devout study life and esteem the Bible more than any other tangible possession on this earth and you can also validly experience the presence and palpable activity of the Holy Spirit. You don’t need human permission to do so. You have the Bible’s permission.

 

Don’t let anybody take that right from you.

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LPL Billings Recap!

Happy Monday morning, dear friends!   With this Living Proof Live Billings recap, 2014 is a wrap!  Thanks to Photos by David Lowe (aka DLo, Dingo Dave)

 

If you were there, tell us why you think God had you there this weekend.

Be BLESSED!

Living Proof Live | Billings from LifeWay Women on Vimeo.

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LPL Billings Tickets for You and a Friend

Hey Siestas!  Happy Monday to you all!

I can hardly believe it, but Beth’s final 2014 Living Proof Live is this weekend in Billings, Montana!  Who is going?

We have such a heart and a call to share the Gospel truth with women who might be new to the scriptures, or might not even know our Jesus yet.  Do you have a friend that is new to faith, or less-seasoned in the Word that you want to invite to join you this weekend? In keeping with our new initiative this year, we would be so honored to scholarship a ticket for your friend, and for you if you need one.

If you have someone that can attend with you, just call and ask for Kimberly here at the ministry and she will get you set up with a scholarship: 1-888-700-1999. (Not 800.)

Our prayer is that people would taste and see that Jesus is good! He is our joy, and our peace.

We love y’all.

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How About an Autumn Giveaway?

WINNERS!
Congratulations! Below are names of our 10 winners. If you see your name and comment number below, please watch today for an email from LPM.  Reply with your mailing address so we can get your goodies in your hands just as quickly as possible.  We sure had fun with this, and hope you enjoy your sussie!

1352: Aidan
168: Katie Elizabeth
658: Christina
1715: Kim
1390: Regan Vickery
1021: Lea H.
1265: Pam Davis
669:  Janet Simonitch
631:  April H.
1567: Jan Horne

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Okay ladies! That was so fun posting your comments/entries!  The comments are now closed and we look forward to announcing the 10 winners on Monday morning.  Have a wonderful weekend!

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I LOVE FALL. I love everything about it. I practically grin in my sleep this time of year. And I love y’all. So today I’m putting those loves together for an Autumn giveaway! Your (one) comment to this post will be your entry to the drawing. We will leave the post open for entries until the close of our work day tomorrow (Friday at 4:30 CST). We will then do a random drawing for each of the gifts and post our 10 winners on Monday. How does that sound?

 

Here is the collective bounty:

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And here is each item separately.

Mud Pie butter dish and gravy ladle:

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Brighton Bracelet with The Lord’s Prayer engraved on it:

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A framed picture to remind you to smile and  & a pair of swirl earrings handcrafted by my good friend David Lowe:

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Sur la Table Pie dish & server:

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Boot socks, an infinity scarf, and another pair of earrings by David Lowe:

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Pewter pumpkin bowl and spreader:

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Urban Decay neutral eye shadow palette: (I love, love, love their eye shadows. Wearing some this very second.)

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Peony soap, soap dish, and fingertip towels:

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Salt cellar and salt:

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Pumpkin spice candle:

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Have at it, Girls! So happy to celebrate Fall with you! We will have another giveaway just before Thanksgiving! You are dearly loved and esteemed around here at Living Proof.

 

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LPL San Diego Recap!

Happy Monday to you all!  And thank you, Rich Kalonick, for this excellent recap.  Let us hear from you if you were in San Diego this weekend.  It looks like it was not only a powerful weekend, but a fun one as well! Glory to God!    (P.S. Watch to the very end!)

Living Proof Live | San Diego from LifeWay Women on Vimeo.

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LPL San Diego Tickets for You and a Friend

Beth is so excited to see you at the Living Proof Live in San Diego this weekend!  Who is going?

In keeping with our new initiative, we have some tickets set aside and available for you to give to some friends you might want to invite to an LPL event. They might not even attend church, or know Jesus as Savior;  they might be new to faith, or simply less discipled in the Word. If the Lord puts someone on your heart that might be interested (or maybe not yet interested), by all means call them up and invite them. You never know what kind of investment you’re making in their life!

If you have someone in mind that can attend with you, or if someone told you about free tickets and pointed you to our blog, or if you stumbled across this blog and don’t know why, just call and ask for Kimberly here at the ministry and she will get you set up: 1-888-700-1999. (Not 800.)

Oh, that our people would taste and see that Jesus is good; that they would be willing to enter in even if just for 24 hours to hear that Jesus DOES exist, HE IS the Savior, and He is LIFE!  If while inviting a friend you need a ticket yourself, we want to gift you a ticket also.

We love y’all.

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