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Week Six | This is My Song

Week Six Reading Assignments– Pages 171-190 | Perspective Shifts • Unfinished • Epilogue: This is My Song


My first encounter with God didn’t take place at church, but rather on a hiking trail in the hills of West Virginia when I was twelve; at one of the places my heart feels most at home, church camp.  The unofficial tag line of the camp says it is a place where loving God comes naturally, and I felt it there.  His love.

Every Thursday evening, the entire camp comes together for a campfire to worship God through song, fun skits, scripture and sharing communion.  And over the years, I fell more in love with God at each Thursday night campfire, until the night that I left the campfire and made the teary-eyed journey to the end of the meadow with my counselor Deb, where I sat at the foot of the cross and gave my heart to Jesus, at the age of sixteen.

Through the years, returning campers and staff came to love the traditions of our camp-wide campfires, including Rev. Keller encouraging us all to shout out “praise the Lord” for each line of Psalm 150.  Even now, I cannot read the six verses without hearing the echos of my camp family around me, “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!”

Last fall my friend Sarah shared a video with my small group of Louis Giglio sharing the astounding praise that creation gives to God, from the heights of the heavens to the depth of the seas.  If you haven’t seen it, set aside some time to watch this 14 minute video.  It’ll knock your socks off!

As I read the final chapters of Looking for Lovely these two encounters with God came to mind, campfire worship and singing stars.  Both take place in the darkness.  Both lovely.

A star is born under the circumstance of extreme pressure, resulting in the form of light.

And sometimes the same can be said of us, under circumstances of extreme pressure, when we walk through the valley of darkness, it is there that we find we are stronger, more refined, and more capable of finding lovely and shining God’s light for others to see.

It is often under that extreme pressure that the refining process takes place.  It is a process that isn’t once and done.  We’ll continue to be refined, but our story will still reflect flaws.  And that is okay.

I want to echo what Annie says of her friends,

“I’m quick to remind them that no one is asking them to be done, no one expects perfection, and they shouldn’t either.  It’s enough if they will just not give up and keep working out what God is doing on the inside.  Trust the process…”
—Annie F. Downs, Looking for Lovely

This is the challenge I leave you with: to trust the process, to continue seeking the lovely even in the unexpected places, and not be afraid to sing your song of praise to God for the work He has done, even if it is while you walk through the darkness.

Share with us in the comments, won’t you? Or on your own blog if you have one, on social media—and be sure to include #intentionalfilling and #livingoutlovely so we can be a part of your own journey into looking for lovely.


To help keep you on track, we’ve developed a suggested schedule.
Of course, this is your study, so please feel free to approach it at a pace that works with your schedule.

Download the Weekly in the Know PDF below…

Weekly In The Know - Week 6 suggested schedule for Looking for Lovely online book study


Community Chat

Let’s chat!  We’d love to hear from you once you’ve had some time to read through this week’s reading assignments.  Come back to this space & share your thoughts in the comments below about:

Identify – In this week’s reading Annie shares about the unfinished places in her life.  What areas of your life feel unfinished or in need of refining?  Take some time this week to talk to God about them.

In the Word – This week’s Scripture focus comes from Philippians 2:12.  Take a few minutes to read through these verses in your favorite translation.  How does this verse speak to you in the present moment?

•  Download our weekly Scripture card.  Print it and hang it in a place where you’ll come across it often this week, to aid in memorization and the reminder of the lovely God brings to our lives.

Application –  Annie discovered the lovely in being “unfinished” and in being a constant work in progress.  In what ways are you celebrating the lovely about yourself and what God is doing to shift your perspective? This week’s theme is This is My Song.  In the pursuit of collecting moments that matter, we’d like to invite you to join us on social media (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) to share how you’re living out your song of praise to God this week.  In the caption of your post, include the hashtag, #livingoutlovely.


Bree is a recovering perfectionist, whose weaknesses include the clearance rack at Target and anything pumpkin flavored. She is the founder of The Imperfect Vessel. Though she is an introvert, she has an insatiable craving for community and desire to bring light to God’s purpose in the imperfections of life.
Bree Blum is a recovering perfectionist, whose weaknesses include the clearance rack at Target and anything pumpkin flavored.  She is the founder of The Imperfect Vessel.  Though she is an introvert, she has an insatiable craving for community and desire to bring light to God’s purpose in the imperfections of life.

She’d love to connect with you on Facebook or Instagram.

Week 5: Finding Lovely - Looking for Lovely Online Book Study hosted by www.imperfectvessel.com

Week Five | Finding Lovely

Week Five Reading Assignments– Pages 144-170 | A Picture in Tel Aviv • Gardens • When You Find Lovely


Have you ever had an experience so profound that even while you were going through it, you knew it was going to change your life forever?

Just like Annie did on her trip to Israel, I recently had a similarly life altering experience during a mission trip to Haiti.

Maybe you’ve never traveled halfway around the world; maybe you’ve never even been out of the country; but I bet when you read that first sentence something came to your mind – something that changed you, something that defines you even to this day. Dwell on that for a minute. Really let those memories soak in.

If you’re like Annie and I, those memories might be tainted by the sadness of that experience being over. You could be on the opposite end of the spectrum; you might be glad you’re past that stage in your life because it was a hard one.

Whatever the case may be, it’s important that we remember to appreciate the good and the bad, the joy and the pain because that is what finding lovely is all about. It’s finding the beauty in life during the times of pain that makes the suffering a little easier to endure.

It’s so important for us to remember that God has a plan for our lives – even in the seasons of troubles and trials – and that He will give us gifts of loveliness that make the journey a little better. We just need to remember to look for them.

“TRUST THE PATH, I heard God say…He meant the questions in my heart, the things I wonder about, the worries that I’m going to miss Him. I don’t have to know where things are going; I don’t have to know the destination; I just have to trust the path.”
—Annie F. Downs, Looking for Lovely (pg.164-165)

Just like Annie learned to trust God and trust His path for her, the people I encountered in Haiti taught me to do the same. These people quite literally have nothing but the shirts on their backs and a very flimsy roof over their heads. Yet they can find joy and beauty in God and worship Him with more passion than I’ve ever witnessed before. What could possibly stop me from finding the lovely in my life and doing the same?

Is there something that God is calling you to do, or something you’re going through that you don’t understand?  As you yearn to see what’s at the end of the path, be careful not to miss the lovely He desires to show you along the way.

Share with us in the comments, won’t you? Or on your own blog if you have one, on social media—and be sure to include #intentionalfilling and #livingoutlovely so we can be a part of your own journey into looking for lovely.


To help keep you on track, we’ve developed a suggested schedule.
Of course, this is your study, so please feel free to approach it at a pace that works with your schedule.

Download the Weekly in the Know PDF below…

Weekly In The Know - Week 5 suggested schedule for Looking for Lovely online book study


Community Chat

Let’s chat!  We’d love to hear from you once you’ve had some time to read through this week’s reading assignments.  Come back to this space & share your thoughts in the comments below about:

Identify – In this week’s reading, Annie shares about moments that have shaped her life.  What experiences have you struggled to let go of, not because they were bad, but because they were so good?

In the Word – This week’s Scripture focus comes from Ecclesiastes 3:11.  Take a few minutes to read through these verses in your favorite translation.  How does this verse speak to you in the present moment?

•  Download our weekly Scripture card.  Print it and hang it in a place where you’ll come across it often this week, to aid in memorization and the reminder of the lovely God brings to our lives.

Application – This week’s theme is Finding Lovely.  Take time this week to actively search out the lovely in the hard, challenging things this week or in the overlooked paths of your day.  What lovely have you stumbled upon that your eyes once before missed?  In the pursuit of collecting moments that matter, we’d like to invite you to join us on social media (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) to share how you’re living out the moments and “finding lovely” this week.  In the caption of your post, include the hashtag, #livingoutlovely and #findinglovely.


Kristin is a wife and mother of two fur babies, who lives in Wheeling, WV. She has a passion for Jesus and reading, which she put together to found the Biblical Wives Book Club. She seeks to encourage other young wives to maintain strong, Christ-centered marriages through a community of women who support each other as women of God.

She’d love to connect with you on Facebook.

Week 4: Everyday Lovely - Looking for Lovely Online Book Study hosted by www.imperfectvessel.com

Week Four | Everyday Lovely

Week Four Reading Assignments– Pages 110-143 | Sushi • b.fab.fitness • Monet’s House • My People


“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”
—2 Corinthians 3:17, NLT

Freedom.  I looked it up in Strong’s Concordance.  The Greek word for freedom is eleutheria.  Do you know what it means?  Liberty/freedom.  That’s it.  I was expecting something truly enlightening, but then I realized it already is.  Freedom is something we can exult in.  Throughout this book and especially these chapters, I have felt God really speaking to me about authenticity.  I think that we most experience what the Lord has to offer when we allow for authenticity.  Real, raw and honest.  And, if we are honest, I think most of us crave these kind of relationships.

“There wasn’t anything artificial in there. It was all real and orderly, and it made me cry because I saw the lovely, and I wanted it in my life.  It felt like God whispered something into my heart about seeing how He does things and trying to be like Him.”
—Annie F. Downs, Looking for Lovely (Pg. 115)

Throughout these four chapters, Annie experiences real authenticity with God in who He is, who that makes her, and how she relates to other people.  Freedom in God is found when we allow Him to order our lives for us and when we allow ourselves to be vulnerable with Him and other people.

“God is ordering my steps. God is ordering all things, and I rest in that.”
—Annie F. Downs, Looking for Lovely (Pg. 117)

Being able to have such rest and trust in God is what true freedom looks like.  He gives us the freedom to love who we are in Him.  It’s finding the lovely within ourselves because we are becoming more like Christ every day.  Freedom doesn’t mean doing life on our own, but developing real genuine relationships with God and others.

“It’s not about the number of people you have; it’s just about having even one person that can hold your arms up when things get hard.”
—Annie F. Downs, Looking for Lovely (Pg. 142)

How can you be intentionally authentic with God and with others?  Are you seeing the lovely that is Christ in you?  In what ways are you experiencing true freedom?

Share with us in the comments, won’t you? Or on your own blog if you have one, on social media—and be sure to include #intentionalfilling and #livingoutlovely so we can be a part of your own journey into looking for lovely.


To help keep you on track, we’ve developed a suggested schedule.
Of course, this is your study, so please feel free to approach it at a pace that works with your schedule.

Download the Weekly in the Know PDF below…

Weekly In The Know - Week 4 suggested schedule for Looking for Lovely online book study


Community Chat

Let’s chat!  We’d love to hear from you once you’ve had some time to read through this week’s reading assignments.  Come back to this space & share your thoughts in the comments below about:

Identify – In this week’s reading we’ve learned from Annie that freedom can be found in the most unexpected places.  In what places or relationships in your life have you found freedom and peace?

In the Word – This week’s Scripture focus is from 2 Corinthians 3:17.  Take a few minutes to read through these verses in your favorite translation.  How do these verses speak to you in the present moment?

•  Download our weekly Scripture card.  Print it and hang it in a place where you’ll come across it often this week, to aid in memorization and the reminder of the lovely God brings to our lives.

Application – This week’s theme is Everyday Lovely.  Share with us where you find the lovely in your everyday life that you may have overlooked previously.  In the pursuit of collecting moments that matter, we’d like to invite you to join us on social media (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) to share how you’re living out “everyday lovely” this week.  In the caption of your post, include the hashtag, #livingoutlovely.


Jenny Johnson is a homeschooling, stay-at-home mama of two, and a wife to a military man. She is passionate about Jesus, marriage, motherhood, and holistic living through essential oils.
Jenny Johnson is a homeschooling, stay-at-home mama of two, and a wife to a military man.  She is passionate about Jesus, marriage, motherhood, and holistic living through essential oils.

She’d love to connect with you on Facebook.

Week 3: The Little Things - Looking for Lovely Online Book Study hosted by www.imperfectvessel.com

Week Three | The Little Things

Week Three Reading Assignments– Pages 77-109 | Farmers Market • Athletes • The Sound of Music • Nail Polish


What do watermelon seeds, football players, music, and nail polish have in common?

Grace.  It’s all grace.

I’m just going to lay it out here, friends, it’s a topic we don’t like to talk about.  It’s considered taboo in our culture with all of the bombardment of magazine articles and TV advertisements for the latest and greatest anti-wrinkle cream, makeup, youth oriented media, clothing, and workouts.  You name it, it’s out there!

Yep, I’m talking about suffering.

I don’t like to talk about the inevitable raw and unpleasant things life will surely throw upon us.  I’m never quite ready for the pain and uncertainty suffering brings, even if I try really, REALLY hard to convince myself I am.  But could we be doing ourselves a disservice trying to disregard or stuff down the pangs of suffering?

As the weary world spins on its tilted axis, our mighty Savior opens the door for our hurting hearts to pour out and find refuge in Him.  And unlike our culture, our gracious God offers us hope in the midst of our suffering.

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
Matthew 7:7-8

Annie not only looks for things that are beautiful in their purest form, she also finds beauty in pain.  She remains steadfast in the promises of Christ through the perseverance of suffering.

And from the opening pages of Looking for Lovely, Annie tenderly shares of how suffering brought her to a place of transformation and that, if it is possible for her, it is possible for us as well.

“I’m believing what I cannot see because of what I can see.  And that’s the kind of moment that matters to me – the kind I hang on to, the kind I call lovely, the kind that sticks to my heart and reminds me over and over again of who our God is and how He works.”
—Annie F. Downs, Looking for Lovely (pg.84)

Friends, suffering is hard.  It certainly is an unwanted companion.  God’s grace will meet us both in the mundane and the hard moments.  We are called to trust that He will create beauty from the ashes of our story.

Annie reminds us that God will make a way in those seasons of suffering and grief; where through perseverance, we can find joy.

“When my heart is broken and I am weeping, when tragedy hits and I feel like the tears will never stop; when I feel like I’ve cried an ocean, the Bible says they are just seeds.  Then the seeds are planted, covered in dirt, and persevere through the season of growth.  Again there’s that perseverance. There’s that reminder to not give up.  Because somehow I sow tears and reap joy. And the joy will be greater.”
-—Annie F. Downs, Looking for Lovely (pg.82)

The truth is, it is difficult for us to find lovely in times of hardship.  Sometimes it may show up in something as little as a watermelon seed.  So be on the lookout, because joy is to be found in the most unexpected places.

Cry out to God about the sufferings you endure.  Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you in the difficult seasons of your life.  Ask Him to show you how to reap joy from the sowing of hardship.  How do you find joy in the seasons of suffering?

Share with us in the comments, won’t you? Or on your own blog if you have one, on social media—and be sure to include #intentionalfilling and #livingoutlovely so we can be a part of your own journey into looking for lovely.


Download the Weekly in the Know PDF below…

To help keep you on track, we’ve developed a suggested schedule.
Of course, this is your study, so please feel free to approach it at a pace that works with your schedule.

Weekly In The Know - Week 3 suggested schedule for Looking for Lovely online book study


Community Chat

Let’s chat!  We’d love to hear from you once you’ve had some time to read through this week’s reading assignments.  Come back to this space & share your thoughts in the comments below about:

Identify – In this week’s reading we’re learning that lovely doesn’t always have to be a monumental moment, that it can lie in something as small as a watermelon seed.  What little things around you remind you of God’s love?

In the Word – This week’s Scripture focus comes from 1 Peter 3:3-4.  Take a few minutes to read through these verses in your favorite translation.  How do these verses speak to you in the present moment?

•  Download our weekly Scripture card.  Print it and hang it in a place where you’ll come across it often this week, to aid in memorization and the reminder of the lovely God brings to our lives.

Application – This week’s theme is The Little Things.  In the pursuit of collecting moments that matter, we’d like to invite you to join us on social media (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) to share what lovely “little things” you find this week.  In the caption of your post, include the hashtag, #livingoutlovely.


Samantha Robinson is a wife, mother and a faithful “listener” of God.
Samantha Robinson is a wife, mother and a faithful “listener” of God. Though she is busy with her beautifully energetic two-year-old, she seeks to remind others that in the broken and messy places of our story, God is bringing a grace that will meet us right where we are, and when we least expect Him.

She’d love to connect with you on Facebook.

Week 2: Looking for Lovely - Looking for Lovely Online Book Study hosted by www.imperfectvessel.com

Week Two | Looking for Lovely

Week Two Reading Assignments– Pages 40-76 | Looking for Lovely • Sunrise • Ryman Auditorium • Tragedy


Anyone else here so not a morning person? If you’re like me in this—perhaps you also prefer sunsets over sunrises. Like Annie Downs’ love of sunrises—sunsets speak to me and inspire me.

Last spring I had a lot on my mind after a big doctor’s appointment and so I went to a nearby lake around dusk. I walked a bit, then sat down, turned on a worship song on my iPod and got lost in the glittering ripples on the water that changed colors every few minutes with the sunset. God had given me this beauty and so many other moments of lovely for a purpose—but when a huge upset of life and more pain came knocking months later, I forgot. I knew the verses below almost by heart—but to glory in my suffering? Impossible. And in my own strength, or lack thereof, it was.

Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.  Romans 5:3-5, NIV

There’s always some kind of broken crazy that weighs down and hurts our hearts. For me it was bad news on x-rays that set my life spinning and heart tumbling downward, blinded by pain from seeing the lovely and sacred.

Whatever your broken crazy may be—it is not bigger than God’s love poured into our hearts via the Holy Spirit. All we need has been given to us—we just need to plug in our hearts to the Source. The Source that is always near, ready with the lovely and sacred, in spite of the pain, to fuel our journey so we keep going. This does not mean, however, that we are not allowed to feel. It is a matter of how long we fixate on how we feel until we look up to the holder of our hearts and hurts.

“God gives us permission to feel. There’s no demand on your life to bite the bullet and be stronger than the hurt and pain. Yet the directive is the same: rejoice in your sufferings, persevere in them, let your character grow, and watch as hope blooms.  But the only way to truly see beauty, for my heart to grow in capacity and in ability to love and cherish, is through pain and heartache.”
Annie F. Downs, Looking for Lovely (Pg. 72)

Hope and beauty are never out of reach for us in Christ Jesus, amen? I love how Annie equates our journey to a rope climb as she shares how she had to choose to get to a place of healing and transformation:

“It was going to take a lot of looking for lovely. I needed to find a reason to show up and not give up on this critical step in my journey. As I thought back over my own life, the beautiful things, though few and far between, were the knots on the rope that helped me keep climbing.”
—Annie F. Downs, Looking for Lovely (Pg. 49)

What are some “knots” for you that helped you keep climbing? Are they a person, a place? Revisit them, perhaps literally, like Annie wrote about when she went to the Ryman Auditorium.

Share with us in the comments, won’t you? Or on your own blog if you have one, on social media—and be sure to include #intentionalfilling and #livingoutlovely so we can be a part of your own journey into looking for lovely.


Download the Weekly in the Know PDF below…

To help keep you on track, we’ve developed a suggested schedule.
Of course, this is your study, so please feel free to approach it at a pace that works with your schedule.

Weekly In The Know - Week 2 suggested schedule for Looking for Lovely online book study


Community Chat

Let’s chat!  We’d love to hear from you once you’ve had some time to read through this week’s reading assignments.  Come back to this space & share your thoughts in the comments below about:

Identify – In this week’s reading we’re beginning to see breakthrough, like the sun breaking through the darkness on the beach in Hawaii.  What events in your life lead to breakthroughs for you?

In the Word – This week’s Scripture focus comes from Matthew 7:7-8.  Take a few minutes to read through these verses in your favorite translation.  How do these verses speak to you in the present moment?

•  Download our weekly Scripture card.  Print it and hang it in a place where you’ll come across it often this week, to aid in memorization and the reminder of the lovely God brings to our lives.

Application – This week’s theme is Looking for Lovely.  As promised in the book of John, we will face many trials, but in the midst of these difficulties God is still there.  What makes you feel alive and full of peace, where you can see beauty from the ashes?  In the pursuit of collecting moments that matter, we’d like to invite you to join us on social media (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) to share how you’re living out “looking for lovely” this week.  In the caption of your post, include the hashtag, #lookingforlovely, #livingoutlovely & #intentionalfilling.


Meghan M. Gorecki is an old soul, grace-covered, work-in-progress blogger and published author of inspirational historical fiction.
Meghan M. Gorecki is an old soul, grace-covered, work-in-progress blogger and published author of inspirational historical fiction.

She’d love to connect with you at her corner of the web, A Northern Belle, or on Facebook.

Quitter - Looking for Lovely Online Book Study hosted by www.imperfectvessel.com

Week One | Quitter

Week One Reading Assignments– Pages 13-39 | Quitter • Ugly • Cocaine
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I recently heard that when you feel a prompting to do something, that you have only 10 seconds to make the decision to accept the challenge before you naturally begin to talk yourself out of it.  Only ten seconds!  One Mississippi, two Mississippi…

When you really stop to think about it, taking more than 10 seconds this time, clearly demonstrates the destruction that self-criticism plays in our lives.

How many decisions do we give up on until the broken-crazy creeps in, like Annie talks about in the opening chapters of Looking for Lovely?

“Not the humble kind of broken but the literal ‘something isn’t right here’ kind of broken.”
—Annie F. Downs, Looking for Lovely (Pg. 22)

I’ve experienced an overwhelming dose of self-criticism over the years, that like Annie, started with my outward appearance.  The words of my fellow fifth-graders stung my fresh face and it wasn’t until I was in my mid-twenties, sitting across a desk from a counselor, did I realize just how much damage I had allowed those words to make.

I’m fairly certain that Annie and I aren’t alone with the struggle in quitting the negative self-talk.  Worry, doubt and the fear of failure plague many women, no matter what their childhood peers had to say.  We all share in some kind of brokenness.

Francesca Battistelli sings in one of my favorite songs, “Bring your brokenness and I’ll bring mine, cause love can heal where hurt divides, and mercy’s waiting on the other side.  If we’re honest.”  If we’re honest with ourselves, if we’re honest with each other, we can find healing and relief from the constant onslaught of lies.

If we’re honest, we need to be proactive choosers.  We can choose to accept a challenge before the 10 seconds are up.  We can choose to seek the lovely in the imperfect moments. Just like Annie when it came to keeping her appointments with her nutritional counselor, Trisha.  Not because she looked forward to the conversations they had, but because of what was waiting for her on the other side of Trisha’s window.

“Show up Annie, I would think, so you can see what’s out the window today… It was the tiny bit of lovely that helped me hand on and show up.  God was doing a big work.  I knew it, I just had to keep showing up, even when it hurt or felt hard or wasn’t AT ALL what I wanted to do.  The view out that window seemed to me the only thing beautiful in the whole situation, and it was the view that kept me from quitting.”
Annie F. Downs, Looking for Lovely (Pg. 39)

 Whatever it is that we keep quitting doesn’t get the option to name or define us because we are given new mercies every day, and praise God, a choice to start again!

God didn’t make you a winner.  God didn’t make you a loser.  God made you a chooser.  What will you choose this week that will put you back on the right path towards a healthier and more vibrant relationship with your Creator?

Share with us in the comments; we’d love to hear from you! Or on your own blog if you have one, or on social media—and be sure to include #intentionalfilling and #livingoutlovely so we can be a part of your own journey into looking for lovely.


Download the Weekly in the Know PDF below…

To help keep you on track, we’ve developed a suggested schedule.
Of course, this is your study, so please feel free to approach it at a pace that works with your schedule.

Weekly In The Know - Week 1 suggested schedule for Looking for Lovely online book study


Community Chat

Let’s chat!  We’d love to hear from you once you’ve had some time to read through this week’s reading assignments.  Come back to this space & share your thoughts in the comments below about:

Identify – In this week’s reading we’re learning, through Annie’s vulnerability, about lies that have shaped our identity.  What lies have you allowed to shape who you are today?

In the Word – This week’s Scripture focus comes from Romans 5:3-5.  Take a few minutes to read through these verses in your favorite translation.  How do these verses speak to you in the present moment?

•  Download our weekly Scripture card.  Print it and hang it in a place where you’ll come across it often this week, to aid in memorization and the reminder of the lovely God brings to our lives.

ApplicationThis week’s theme is being about a quitter.  Being a quitter doesn’t always have to be a negative thing.  Consider what you can quit in your life that can bring out the lovely?  Can you quit staying up late at night so you can wake earlier to spend time with Jesus?  In the pursuit of collecting moments that matter, we’d like to invite you to join us on social media (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) to share how you’re living out being a “quitter” this week.  In the caption of your post, include the hashtag, #quitter, #livingoutlovely & #intentionalfilling.


Bree Blum is your average single thirty-something book loving, oil using, cardigan wearing blogger who loves Jesus.
Bree Blum is your average single thirty-something book loving, oil using, cardigan wearing blogger who loves Jesus.

You can connect with her on Facebook and Instagram.

Making a Personal Connection with Scripture

A Modern Girl’s Guide to Bible Study
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Ch. 8: Discovering Your Amazing Personal Connection with Scripture (Pg. 131-152)

Ladies, thank you for joining us as we wrap up Jen’s book, “A Modern Girl’s Guide to Bible Study”.

I’ve really enjoyed reading this book. Its pages have contained some of the most honest, yet difficult questions that we need to think about during our personal study, as we begin to connect with Christ through Scripture.

Continue reading “Making a Personal Connection with Scripture”

How Understanding History Makes All the Difference

A Modern Girl’s Guide to Bible Study
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Ch. 7: How Understanding Relevant History Makes All the Difference (Pg. 113-129)

I remember as a little girl, I had an awful habit of entering adult conversations.  My mom would be having lively discourse with her girlfriends and me – being the precocious child I was – always had to give my two cents because I had to show just how smart I was.

I knew little about nothing but wanted to prove I knew lots about something.

This reasoning never worked.  I did not understand the context of which they were referring and had no backstory, but felt that my limited insight of the content would add to the conversation.

Many times we can find ourselves in the same conundrum as 7-year-old Kim when coming to the Scriptures; looking for palatable encouragement and affirmation that we err greatly in our intent and miss the whole point of the passage.  We quote and repeat verses that may be vastly out of context.

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Bible Study Tools You Have to Know About

A Modern Girl’s Guide to Bible Study
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Ch. 6: Bible Study Tools You Have to Know About (Pg. 93-112)

Way, way back in the day, I had no idea how to sit down and start reading my Bible.  Yep, totally clueless.  I would hold my Bible out in front of me and squeeze my eyes tight with a quick prayer asking God what He wanted me to read that day.

With my eyes still closed, I would flip through my Bible like a deck of cards with my index finger spiraling down to a chunk of words on whatever page my Bible happened to land.  If I didn’t understand it or it was some list of strange names and places I couldn’t pronounce, I would close my eyes again and start the process all over until something “made sense”.

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