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What Now, Lord?

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What Now, Lord?

by Cheri Strange

If you were to sneak a peek into my prayer journal or listen in on my private “me-sided” conversations with the Lord, like a broken record you would hear me ask, “What now, Lord?’

This is a recurrent question of mine. I’m a woman who needs a plan. A list. A target. Some endpoint in sight. Give me the big picture of where we are headed and point me in the direction of getting there. It’s how I am able to make my “ship” of a family filled with ten people move efficiently while writing, speaking, and serving.

Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, wrote,

“if you do not have a plan, a goal, a direction, a purpose, and a focus, you are not going to accomplish anything for the glory of God.”

Mr. Bright is on to something because most people never set goals (only about 3%). Somehow we are not sure how to discover that plan, rally around a goal, to go in a certain direction, for a determined purpose, with focused energy necessary.

Today, I am here to offer you my best piece of advice for your first step in discovering your purpose and reaching your goals.

Let your work be shown to your servants; and your glorious power to their children. Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands! Pslam 90:16-17

My Best Advice for Discovering Your Purpose

  • Pray these verses (Psalm 90;16-17) every day. Make them yours. “Lord, I need to know what you want me to do...” or something along those lines is perfect.
  • Read your Bible every day. Get on a schedule. Don’t worry about checking every box yet. Just get in the habit.
  • Keep a list of the ideas and thoughts that come to you related to any of those things as you pray and read. It could very well be, these are the areas in which He wants you involved.
  • Keep praying and seeking until you have an answer.

what now lordThis is where my goals and plans originate. There is nothing magical about how I am able to get things done effectively. I get tired just like you and I do all my own housework. I simply ask, “What now, Lord?” on a recurrent basis. And He answers me.  Without this disciplined listening and hearing, I would not be able to reach my goals or like Mr. Bright attests, “accomplish anything for the glory of God.”

If you have a best idea for goal setting – post it below.

And thanks for stopping by.

For His Glory,

 

 

Have you discovered Cheri on YouVersion where she has TWENTY different reading plans for you to choose from, such as:

 

 

 

 

 

Be sure to check out the Stirring Faith Podcast, where you will find encouraging episodes like this one:

becoming a stronger you

 

 

 

 

You can meet Cheri on the She Yearns blog for more truth-saturated, Gospel-centered encouragement like this:

Truths Jesus Taught we Like to Forget

15 Ideas for Loving Your Neighbor

15 Ideas for Loving Your Neighbor

loving your neighbor

 

by Cheri Strange, Ph.D.

Welcome to the Stirring Faith Podcast 

This is the SECOND EPISODE in our series: Truths Jesus Taught. 

15 Ideas for Loving Your Neighbor, Episode #406

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. Today we make a slight pivot toward loving our neighbor. And what a timely topic it is. This week is full of contention, high spirits, and raging tempers across, not only the country, but at times, the pew at our churches. More than ever, we need a message that points us toward learning what it looks like for us to love your neighbor.

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.

Truths Jesus Taught Reading Plan

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.)

 

And While you are on this page — Don’t forget about The Show Notes.

Just fill out the form and you will begin receiving the latest notes straight in your inbox. Generally, these make it to your inbox by the end of the week AFTER the airing of the episode.

How Awesome is Show Notes?

If you are already a subscriber to the She Yearns Community, you can receive a link to a pdf. But this is different. By signing up here, you will ONLY RECEIVE Show Notes for the podcast. There is nothing to download unless there is some sort of bonus offered.

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, 15 Ideas for Loving Your NeighborJoy 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.

Listen Now: 15 Ideas for Loving Your Neighbor

You can now check out the latest episodes from iTunes, GooglePlay, Stitcher, iHeartRADIO, or BuzzSprout. Just click on the links below! As always, you can scroll down and listen right here!

soul care

soul care

Become a Subscriber

And if you have not already become a subscriber to the podcast, allow me to invite you to become one for the She Yearns Podcast by going to any of the providers and signing up for the RSS feed to have it automatically updated to your device! It’s basically ONE CLICK! And it doesn’t use any extra memory and really makes life easier.

If you enjoy this episode, 15 Ideas for Loving Your Neighbor or find it helpful, please leave a comment or review in your hosting provider service. We cannot do it without you! The only way the word goes out further is with your help. Please share it as you feel the leading.

If you missed the first episode, you can check it out here:

7 ways to fall in love with God

 

 

 

 

Click the image to listen to the previous series, beginning with Episode #401.

should I yearn for God

 

Thank you for listening,loving your neighbor

 

Savoring Jesus in Everyday Life

 

savoring Jesus

Savoring Jesus in Your Everyday Life

by Cheri Strange, Ph.D.

Welcome to the Stirring Faith Podcast 

Hi there. This is the day. Today we are finishing our four-part series called, She Yearns. In it, we have taken a deeper look at what it means to desire God. I mean, should we? Or is it an exclusive requirement for Super Christians? And if so, how do we grow into it? But what if we don’t? Suppose there is no desire for God whatsoever? What then? With all that behind us, we need to look at how desiring God plays out in regular life. And that’s the note we are ending this series on, Savoring Jesus in your Everyday Life.

I’m really glad you stopped by. Be sure to check out the previous episodes (linked at the bottom of this page.)

But your personal study is so important. We created some additional resources to come along beside you while we are in this series.

She Yearns Reading Plan

Get the FREEBIE HERE — to go along with this series. In it, you will find the She Yearns 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.)

And While you are on this page — Don’t forget about The Show Notes.

Just fill out the form and you will begin receiving the latest notes straight in your inbox. Generally, these make it to your inbox by the end of the week AFTER the airing of the episode.

How Awesome is Show Notes?

If you are already a subscriber to the She Yearns Community, you can receive a link to a pdf. But this is different. By signing up here, you will ONLY RECEIVE Show Notes for the podcast. There is nothing to download unless there is some sort of bonus offered.

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, When I don’t Yearn for God, 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.

Listen Now: What if I Don’t Yearn for God

You can now check out the latest episodes from iTunes, GooglePlay, Stitcher, iHeartRADIO, or BuzzSprout. Just click on the links below! As always, you can scroll down and listen right here!

soul care

soul care

And if you have not already become a subscriber to the podcast, allow me to invite you to become one for the She Yearns Podcast by going to any of the providers and signing up for the RSS feed to have it automatically updated to your device! It’s basically ONE CLICK! And it doesn’t use any extra memory and really makes life easier.

If you enjoy this episode, Savoring Jesus in Everyday Life, or find it helpful, please leave a comment or review in your hosting provider service. We cannot do it without you! The only way the word goes out further is with your help. Please share it as you feel the leading.

Click the image to listen to the previous episodes in this series.

should I yearn for God desire more of God when i don't yearn

 

Thank you for listening,savoring jesus

 

 

 

 

Boundless Gratitude YouVersion Plan

Boundless Gratitude

Boundless Gratitude

By Cheri Strange

One week from today Boundless Gratitude will release on the YouVersion app, or Bible.com.

This is a 7-day plan, perfect for preparing our hearts for this season to focus on being thankful, rather than scoot past it. I’m going to host a group on the app, so be looking for the LINK INVITATION. We will go through the plan together as soon as it comes out, leading up to Thanksgiving. Boundless Gratitude is set to release November 19, 2020.

In addition to the 7-day FREE plan, I have created a printable PDF journal to go with it. You can access it Here, which also enables you to become a subscriber AND gain access to the new She Yearns Community Facebook Group. These two places are where I will be supplying more free stuff to subscribers, like the Conversation Starter Cards that also accompany this plan. And this is only the beginning of the benefits you will receive. So jump on it and sign up!

I am looking forward to being with you as we do Plans Together (remember – BE LOOKING FOR THE LINK – on MY FB PAGE). And don’t forget to sign up for the free journal to become a subscriber. (If you are already a subscriber – don’t worry, it will be coming to you in an email. Just another perk of being a part).

The countdown to Boundless Gratitude begins now.

For His Glory,

Cheri

Making Fitness an Act of Worship

making fitness an act of worship

Making Fitness an Act of Worship

by Cheri Strange, Ph.D.

Welcome to the Stirring Faith Podcast 

Hi there. Cheri Strange, here. Finally. September showed up and we have never looked more forward to the return of the Starbuck’s Pumpkin Latte. The jury is still out for what badness it promises to usher in, but change is welcomed by most of us. The problem is that we have been experiencing something so radically different for the last six months, we are all out of wack. For many of us, especially on the physical side. There have been too many opportunities to eat throughout the day and not enough plus the lacking enthusiasm to burn off those extra calories. Does it matter? I mean is it a spiritual matter or can we just give up and blame it on Corona? We will tackle these questions and more in this episode, Making Fitness an Act of Worship.

I’m so glad you are here. Thanks for listening.

And While you are here — Don’t forget about The Show Notes.

Just fill out the form and you will begin receiving the latest notes straight in your inbox. But let me say this. Currently, I am running in slow motion on this. With Corona and my life all out of whack -(have I mentioned that six of my kids are at home ALL THE TIME. Every. Moment. Of. Every. Day.)- a few parts of life are still not running as smoothly as normal, and this is one element that seems to pile up.

How Awesome is Show Notes?

If you are already a subscriber to the She Yearns Updates, you will begin receiving a link to a pdf. But this is different. By signing up here, you will ONLY RECEIVE Show Notes for the podcast. There is nothing to download unless there is some sort of bonus offered.

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 deep 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 Ways to Get Unstuck, 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.

You can now check out the latest episodes from iTunes, GooglePlay, Stitcher, iHeartRADIO, or BuzzSprout. Just click on the links below! As always, you can scroll down and listen right here!

soul care

soul care

And if you have not already become a subscriber to the podcast, allow me to invite you to become one for the She Yearns Podcast by going to any of the providers and signing up for the RSS feed to have it automatically updated to your device! It’s basically ONE CLICK! And it doesn’t use any extra memory and really makes life easier.

If you enjoyed this episode, Making Fitness an Act of Worship, or found it helpful, please leave a comment or review in your hosting provider service! We cannot do it without you! The only way the word goes out further is with your help. Please share it as you feel the leading.

Thank you for listening,

 

 

 

If you would like to read a blog version of this podcast, check out this link.

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