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Discovering Deeper Love

Discovering Deeper Love

Are you ready to embark on a journey of profound spiritual growth, delving into the depths of Deeper Love? Join us as we dive deep into the essence of loving God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength with our latest 8-week Bible study, “Life Principles for Living Out the Greatest Commandment.”

Introducing “Life Principles for Living Out the Greatest Commandment” Bible Study

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In this transformative study, we unpack the profound words of Jesus as He breaks down the greatest commandment into four distinct ways of loving God. What if there’s more to this commandment than meets the eye? Suppose understanding and living out these principles could revolutionize your spiritual walk and lead you into a deeper love relationship with God?

What Can I Expect from the Bible Study?

Allow me to invite you to explore the significance of each facet of loving God wholeheartedly. Chapter One, “When Life is Hindered,” confronts the barriers that hinder our love for God and seeks to unravel the question: Why do we struggle to love God with our entire being?

Subsequent chapters delve deeper into each aspect of loving God, examining examples from Scripture that illuminate both the pitfalls and the pathways to Deeper Love. From the wavering heart to the overwhelmed mind, from the strength that moves mountains to the soul satisfied in love, we explore what it truly means to live out the greatest commandment in every facet of our lives.

Each chapter is meticulously crafted into five days of study, providing ample opportunity for reflection, introspection, and application as you journey towards Deeper Love. Whether you’re studying individually or in a group setting, you’ll find practical insights and transformative truths to apply to your daily life.

Part of a Larger Plan

This study is part of the Following God Discipleship series from AMG Publishers, designed to equip believers with practical tools for spiritual growth. Alongside the study book, we offer a comprehensive Leader’s Guide and six original teaching sessions to enrich your group experience as you delve deeper into Deeper Love together.

Get Ready!

Ready to embrace Deeper Love and deepen your relationship with God? “Life Principles for Living Out the Greatest Commandment” is available at leading online retailers, like Amazon, and our shop. It’s also available right here at The Stirring Faith Company. Special pricing is available for group purchases of more than 15 books. (Contact me for pricing.) So gather your friends and embark on this transformative journey of faith into Deeper Love.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to deepen your relationship with God. Discover the abundant life found in loving Him wholeheartedly. Join us as we journey together into Deeper Love!








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Overcoming Hindrances to Loving God Wholeheartedly

Overcoming Hindrances to Loving God Wholeheartedly

In the journey of faith, one of the most profound commands Jesus gives us is to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength (Mark 12:30). Yet, as Christian women seeking to deepen our relationship with God, we often find ourselves grappling with hindrances that derail us from wholehearted devotion. These obstacles can subtly creep into our lives, hindering us from fully embracing the Greatest Commandment. Let’s explore four common obstacles and discover strategies for overcoming these hindrances to wholehearted devotion.


Perhaps the most obvious hindrance to loving God wholeheartedly is sin. Whether it’s pride, selfishness, or unconfessed wrongdoing, sin erects barriers in our relationship with God. Eye-opening to me, was the realization that NOT loving God with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength, sinning. Half-hearted devotion is not acceptable any more than stealing half an outfit from Target. Whole-hearted pursuit is required of every Believer, not simply for the few looking for extra spiritual points. Sin, my friend, is serious. Therefore, it’s essential for each of us to recognize it’s destructive nature of sin, repent of it, and seek forgiveness and restoration through Christ’s redeeming love. Embracing a posture of repentance opens the door to deeper communion with God.

Believing and Trusting God

Another obstacle we encounter is a lack of faith and trust in God’s character and promises. This has been the most crippling factor in my Christian life. When faced with challenges or uncertainties, I have struggled to believe God will be faithful to me, although I have full assurance, He will be faithful to you. Maybe you have, as well.

Doubt can overshadow our confidence in His sovereignty and goodness. However, cultivating a steadfast faith requires, first believing what the Bible teacher, and making intentional efforts and surrendering our worries and anxieties to God. As we meditate on His Word and recall His faithfulness in the past, our trust in Him grows, enabling us to us to live unhindered.

Forgetting who God is and what He can do

Sometimes, it’s not a belief issue, but a remembering one. We tend to have a sort of spiritual amnesia regarding God’s greatness and power. This forgetfulness can cause us to other helps to get us out of the jam we are in, or alternative places for solace and help. To combat this hindrance, you and I must remind ourselves of His faithfulness in the past, so that this record fuels our faith about the future. .


Of the hindrances we have mentioned so far, fear is probably the most effective for keeping us from loving God wholeheartedly. Fear often paralyzes us and inhibits our ability to trust. Whether it’s fear of failure, rejection, or the unknown, it can hold us back from fully surrendering to God’s will. However, God repeatedly assures us in His Word that He has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). Overcoming the fear to lean into God with everything we are requires risk. And the control-freaks we are, struggle to loosen our death grips on the management of, well, everything.

But living this way will never lead us to wholehearted devotion.

It’s time to let it go—whatever it is you are currently afraid of.

There is a better way. And I want to help get you on the right path.

Life Principles for Living Out the Greatest Commandment is an 8-week study, published by AMGovercoming hindrances Publishers, that delves into practical insights and timeless truths that will empower you to get rid of what hinders in order to embrace wholehearted devotion to God. It looks at Biblical examples of what it looks like to love God with all our hearts, all our minds, all our strength, and all our souls. Through engaging Scripture study, reflection questions, and application exercises, you’ll discover how to overcome the obstacles that are hindering you, and experience the abundant life found in loving God wholeheartedly. If you are ready to leave half-hearted pursuit or spotty devotion behind, this is the study for you.

May our lives be a testament to His unfailing love and glory as we pursue wholehearted devotion to Him.

For His glory,


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5 Reasons Jesus the Way

5 Reasons to Believe Jesus is The Way

5 Reasons Jesus is the Way

by Cheri Strange, Ph.D.

Welcome to the Stirring Faith Podcast 

This is the third episode in our series: Truths Jesus Taught. 

5 Reasons to Believe Jesus is The Way, Episode #407

Each episode takes a closer look at what Jesus actually taught and what it means for you and me in our day-to-day lives. We started the series with the Big One: The Greatest Commandment, focusing on how a person learns to love God. Then we took a slight pivot toward loving our neighbor. Today we delve into one of the most controversial claims in the Christian faith: Jesus is, not only THE way to eternal life, but the only way.

What exactly did Jesus teach about this? What does the Bible actually claim? And how can you and I believe it it true? These and more issues along these lines can be found in our time together.

Join us on the podcast, but did you know there is more? We have created some resources for you to utilize in your own study time, to come along beside you while we are in this series.

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Get the FREEBIE HERE — to go along with this series. In it, you will find the Truths Jesus Taught 30-Day Reading Plan, a Scripture Writing schedule, and a Journal to download. Just provide your email. (And if you have already joined the She Yearns Community, you can find it on the Facebook page just for the community.)


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You can also use this resource to take with you to coffee with a friend or sit with a small group and talk about the topic together. It’s a quick low prep to no prep way to have a deeper discussion about relevant Gospel-centered topics that matter to your everyday lives. So don’t wait! Sign up today. If you enjoyed today’s episode, 5 Reasons to Believe Jesus is the Way,  Joy in the Hard Things is a really applicable episode for what we are experiencing right now. You can find it here if you are interested.

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How to Relinquish and Trust

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How to Relinquish and Trust

There’s been a lot of tension around here. It begins every morning before breakfast, as my daughter, Taylor, and I exit the house. Our task sounds simple enough: walk the dogs. The problems begin as soon as we leave the driveway. Every. Single. Day. Max wants to meander slowly, stopping often to take in all the neighborhood sites and smells, making note of each crow, all squirrels, every cat’s perch, and the latest announcement of dominance on tree trunks and fire hydrants by the other pets trodding the same daily neighborhood trek. His sister, Lola, on the other hand, has her nose to the ground but at lightning speed, like a Hoover vacuum that’s been shocked with a supernatural electric surge. She pulls on her leash with herculean power to hijack the leader’s authority in order to plow through the neighborhood, preferably down the middle of the street.

Neither approach is working for us. Walking either dog leaves us a sweaty mess by the end of the trail. When you think about it, learning to walk is so more than just the walking, but about relinquishing control and learning to trust the master.

I thought about this tension today as we finished because that same kind of tension is inside the house, as well. You might be experiencing something like it.

Should we go to school in the fall? Or should we take the on-line option and stay at home?

What about the mask? Should we wear them? Or does it infringe upon our rights?

Should I keep my business open and hope we get through this difficult time or look at other options?

Can I allow my child to spend the night at the friend’s house? Visit the parent? Keep the appointments? Go to the mall? Eat in the restaurant?

There is tension in these issues that can be seen, felt, and heard. But this kind of stress does not even begin to compare with that of what Jesus endured on our behalf, and wrestled through unto victory. He exactly models how to navigate our strains of today. No. He didn’t have to wear a mask. His was a crown of thorns unto death. And it was for you. And for me. To show us a way through.

From Life Principles for Living Out the Greatest Commandment

I first saw The Passion of Christ, produced by Mel Gibson, on Easter in a small West Texas theater. The most memorable and moving scene came as Jesus was in His horrifying state: beaten until unrecognizable, exhausted, and about to endure the sin of all humanity and the turning away of His Father. The cross is lying on the ground. Jesus crawls of His own free will upon that cursed structure and stretches out His arms for them to kill Him.

No other visual compares with this one as I think of John 10:17-18, where Jesus says:

“The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.” (NIV)

I wonder if these words and the actions of Jesus that followed them influenced Paul’s concept of a living sacrifice:

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. (Romans 12:1, NIV)

Have you ever considered what part of us controls whether we heave ourselves upon that altar in the first place? And which part pulls us off? I don’t have a definitive answer, but I know myself and my girlfriends. What controls my decision to heave or hold is the same part of me that chooses cheese balls over apple slices. It’s the same part of me that replays the tape of hateful scenarios of what I should have said to that awful woman instead of practicing pure thinking, thankfulness, or anything praiseworthy.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, (Romans 12:2a, NIV)

Just as we operate the renewing function with our thoughts, we decide in our own minds to what degree, when, and how we offer ourselves as living sacrifices before the Lord. I have the power, using nothing but my mental faculties, to lay my life down on that imaginary altar and to pick it back up again. And so do you.

If we look closely at this relationship between the concept of laying our lives down and taking them up again, it looks a lot like relinquishing and trusting. This is a relationship wrought with tension. We can envision this relationship in the lives of biblical examples:

  • King Hezekiah (2 Kings 18:17-37) when threatened by Assyria
  • Daniel (Daniel 6:1-9) when thrown into the lion’s den
  • Jesus (Mark 14:35-36) just before his arrest, while praying in the garden

In fact, we will almost be able to feel the tension, because we all know what it’s like to struggle with everything in us to resist doing what we want, in the hope of experiencing a superior outcome. How we handle this tension in our daily walk will determine the degree to which we leave our lives on that imaginary altar.

This ability is mental prowess—a kind of silent strength blazing forward in a victorious moment of relinquishment—with the only assurance being “I don’t know what is going to happen, but I trust You with my very life.”

Jesus repeated his relinquishment of self and placement of trust at least three times that night in the garden (Mark 14:32, 39). How much more important for us to pray for the mental strength to fling ourselves upon that spiritual altar, not knowing how it’s going to turn out—to say “I trust You” and repeat this process at many times as it takes or until our dying breaths are silenced and He ushers us into His presence!

What kinds of things keep you and me from flinging ourselves upon the spiritual altar in the first place? Maybe, like me, you have practiced the fling many times before, but you keep pulling yourself off. Why? What is driving you to pull off? What should you do to get back on? Maybe you have learned a thing or two about staying on that altar. How could you encourage the rest of us?


Today, begin to turn yourself and every situation over to Him. Determine to make relinquishing your habit until you no longer pick yourself back off that alter in complete trust of the God who loves you first.

Adapted from Principles for Living Out the Greatest Commandment, by Cheri Strange, AMG Publishing.

Thanks for being here. I always enjoy meeting you here. Today I wanted to give you a taste of the Bible study, which is available at your favorite book retailers.

You can find more from Life Principles on this website here:Life Principles for Living out the Greatest Commandment

If you would like to sample more from this study, you can read more here or on the Bible app, YouVersion. This reading plan also provides video clips from Cheri’s series which accompanies this 8-week study. You can view all of these here.

As always, it’s a joy and pleasure to do life with you, even in the crazy.

For His Glory,

How Do I Read the Bible Part 2

How Do I Read the Bible: Part 2

Podcast #30

Have you ever tried to really focus and get serious about reading the Bible on a regular basis but life seems to happen, interrupting your good intentions? Or maybe you are interested in reading it for yourself and don’t know what to do. How Do I Read the Bible, Part 2 fits within a new series by Cheri Strange that helps us tackle the question, “How Do I Do That?” when it comes to basic spiritual disciplines, practices, and at a foundation level.

This episode is part of a new series, How Do I Do That? that hopes to meet you in the most basic Christian disciplines. You can now find How Do I Read the Bible, and other episodes of the She Yearns Podcast from iTunes, GooglePlay, Stitcher, or SoundCloud. Just click on the links below! As always, you can scroll down and listen right here!

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