Sunday, September 9, 2012

Stress Point Intro & Week One {CAREER}

Ladies, I am ecstatic! The day has finally arrived for our Stress Point study to begin! I am thrilled that you have chosen to participate and look forward to getting to know each of you throughout the next ten weeks... 

Today's initial post will be a little lengthy because I want to share the details about how our study will work. I've received a few questions and hopefully this will help answer those. You will find more info in the introduction about how to use the book.

What is exactly is Stress Point? Is it a book about stress? Well, no. Not in the way you may think. It’s a study about allowing Jesus into the stress points of our lives ... to be transformed into His image. As author Sarah Francis Martin shares it, it’s about living out the Kingship of Christ. In each chapter, she encourages us to break down our “stress points” with three images of ourselves in the process:

  • Worshiping at the Throne of the King
  • Waiting at the Throne of the King
  • Finding Focus on the King

How does the Stress Point study work? For starters, know that this shouldn’t be a burden – it’s stress free! There is no specific time of day you’ll have to log on or any outrageous requirements in order to participate. All you need is your Stress Point book, your Bible, and some time to stop by the blog at your convenience throughout the week. You might want to incorporate your reading into your devotional time. If you have not ordered the book yet, don't let that stop you. You can join in any time. Info about the book is located on Sarah's website

Each chapter includes five journal entries and every entry has about three questions. Please, please don’t skip over these parts! The journal exercise is essential – it’s what makes this a Bible study, not just a great book. The blog entries posted here throughout the week will correlate with the theme of every chapter and provide an opportunity for dialogue within the comments. I want to hear from you!

What should I expect? On Sundays, I will introduce the chapter/topic of the week and post a schedule. This will include some suggested assignments and specific details for that week, as well as a memory verse. In addition, I'll also announce who the guest blogger is for that particular chapter and a little something 'just for fun.' You can expect about 3-4 posts as well as a video blog that Sarah has recorded for every chapter she wrote. No week will be exactly the same so be sure to check in. In addition to the opportunities to dialogue here on the blog, you can always stop by the pressing on toward the goal Facebook page.
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Okay... here we go...

Our first stress point is CAREER! 

Reading Schedule and Suggested Assignments:
Stress Point Introduction - pages 9-12

Read pages 13-16 (Journal 1)
Blog Post 

Read pages 17-20 (Journal 2)

Read pages 21-23 (Journal 3)
Blog Post

Read pages 24-28 (Journal 4)
Guest Blog Post by Tyisha Noise

Read pages 29-32 (Journal 5)
Blog Post

Sarah’s Video Blog on Career 

Memory Verse: 
I will praise the LORD according to His righteousness, and will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High. - Psalm 7:17 (NKJV)

Just For Fun:
Take a picture of yourself holding your Stress Point book, post it on the Facebook page, and let us know where you're from!

Once or twice a week, I will send out emails to those who signed up for the study. I'll be sending out a message this evening with specific info for the registrants. If you did not officially register yet and would like to be included, sign up here

Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or would like to say hello. Facebook message or email me
I would love to hear from you!

I am praying for each and every one of you and believing God to do a transforming work in every single heart and mind. He has so much in store for all of you. Are you ready for the adventure? It's time!

1 comment:

Lisa Avila said...

Jen you are absolutely amazing and such an inspiration. I would love to join this bible study, but I will be honest I am somewhat timid as I have never done anything like this before. Crossing my fingers & will keep it in prayer, xoxo.