Category: Experiencing God

LIVING HOPE- Dreams and Disappointments, Part 3: 02/06/18

By , February 15, 2018 9:55 pm
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This was our third week on Dreams and Disappoints, a mini-series within our topic of LIVING HOPE. Our praise and worship songs were “I Have A Hope” by Tommy Walker, “Jordan’s Stormy Banks” by Jars of Clay, and “King of My Heart” by Sarah McMillan.
Kathy reviewed how to understand when our dreams are God initiated through the story of Hannah.  She also explored how we use prayer and worship to grow in our Living Hope as we trust the Lord with our dreams.

 

 

LIVING HOPE- Hope in Brokenness: 10/31/17

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By , November 1, 2017 11:15 am
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We began our seventh lesson in the series LIVING HOPE with praise and worship singing  I Have a Hope by Tommy Walker, Hello Beautiful by Mercy Me and Amazing Grace by Chris Tomlin.

Kathy continued the study on Living Hope with an exploration into brokenness and what it looks like to celebrate the hope we can have in those places.

LIVING HOPE- Darby Mitchell’s Testimony: 10/24/17

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By , October 25, 2017 1:51 pm
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We began our sixth lesson in the series LIVING HOPE with praise and worship singing  I Have a Hope by Tommy Walker, Head to Heart by United Pursuit and In Christ Alone by Travis Cottrell.

We had the pleasure of hearing a beautiful testimony of Living Hope in regards to marriage and emotional health from Darby Mitchell.

LIVING HOPE- Dry Bones Live Again: 10/17/17

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By , October 17, 2017 10:06 pm
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We began our fifth lesson in the series LIVING HOPE with praise and worship singing  I Have a Hope by Tommy Walker, There’s Power in the Blood by Amy Grant and Mighty to Save by Laura Story.

Kathy continued the study on Living Hope with an exploration into our perished hope, the source of our dead and dry places, speaking hope into those places, and breathing life into the walking dead.

LIVING HOPE- Hope of Glory: 10/03/17

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By , October 4, 2017 2:48 pm
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We began our third lesson in the series LIVING HOPE with praise and worship singing  I Have a Hope by Tommy Walker, Standing on the Promises by Selah and King of My Heart by Bethel.

Kathy continued the study on Living Hope with a break down of the many places we can have a doorway to hope through the truth of our Surety, Purity, Security, Maturity, and Authority of Christ in us.

LIVING HOPE- Hoping against Hope: 09/26/17

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By , September 26, 2017 5:03 pm
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We began our second lesson in the series LIVING HOPE with praise and worship singing  I Have a Hope by Tommy Walker, Solid Rock by Austin Stone and King of My Heart by Bethel.

Kathy continued the study with an examination of Abraham, our biblical example of faith and Living Hope.

Announcing a New Series: LIVING HOPE!

By , September 7, 2017 11:29 am
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Divine Design begins a new series Tuesday, September 19th. Please make plans to come and discover all the hope that you can experience in Christ! Feel free to pass along the information below to anyone who might benefit from coming to class or listening online.

 

In Jesus, we have a LIVING HOPE for every day and every situation! God is good and has good plans for your future, even in the places where you don’t feel hopeful. In this study we will learn to:

  • Connect with God and His plans for your life
  • Grasp the greatness of God’s goodness and faithfulness
  • Deal with disappointment
  • Make times of waiting peaceful and productive
  • Foster faith and hope through community
  • Hear the stories of women who have found hope even in the worst of situations

 

Tuesday mornings beginning September 19th at Covenant Presbyterian, Room 104:

10:00 – 11:15             Worship and the Word

11:15 – 12:00             Mentoring groups (optional)

 

Listen online anytime at www.DivineDesignDiscipleship.com

Can’t come on Tuesday mornings? Contact Kathy Girardeau at kyg@bellsouth.net about additional times for mentoring groups.

DDD New Series Coming Soon!

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By , August 23, 2015 3:01 pm
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I’d like to invite you to join us this year at DDD. Yes, it is a Bible study, but it is one whose aim is primarily focused on integrating the truths of the Bible in such a way that they go beyond head knowledge and actually become a part of your everyday life.

 

This is my passion because of my history. I grew up in a church that did an excellent job of teaching the Bible and I’m forever grateful for that. But, sadly, as an adult I found myself with lots of information about God but I really didn’t know Him very well. I knew He loved me because the Bible said so, but I had little personal experience of His love.

It could certainly have been said of me that I was “forever inquiring and getting information, but…never able to arrive at a recognition and knowledge of the Truth.” (2 Timothy 3:7 AMP)

 

Everything changed for me when I discovered a method of learning called discipleship back in the early 90’s. I was a bit skittish about becoming a disciple until I realized what it meant. Jesus’ call to discipleship was a call to follow Him, to become apprenticed to Him so that I might learn how to do life His way.

 

The Bible helped me understand that Jesus lived life side-by-side with His twelve disciples. As they did life together they learned how to pray. They saw miracles large and “small.” Jesus mediated their interpersonal conflicts and corrected their erroneous thinking. He showed them how to integrate what they had learned in Scripture into their daily lives. Most importantly, they got to know Jesus intimately and, in so doing, they began to understand their own identities as well. “What an amazing opportunity,” I thought. “Sign me up!”

 

I’m excited to announce “God’s Names: A Portrait of His Heart” as the title for our new series this year. Until the Holy Spirit introduced me to an aspect of God’s infinite nature in a personal way, things I supposedly knew about Him remained one-dimensional and lifeless. Many, many times it’s been God’s names that have brought light and color and texture to the way I see Him. My picture of God isn’t yet complete, but each encounter with God and His names has yielded the kind of heart knowledge that enriches my life and my relationship with Him.

 

The Bible teaches us that we become like God as we see Him. As we meditate on the names of God together and pray them into our real life circumstances we cannot help but be changed! Please join us for this exciting time of getting to know God better!

 

GOD’S NAMES: A Portrait of His Heart 

 

In this study you will focus on:

  • Enjoying richer relationship with God by getting to know Him more.
  • Discovering your true identity by learning Who God is to you and for you.
  • Inviting God into your specific places of need by calling on His names.
  • Living out of the infinite supply of wisdom and power that His names reveal.

 

Tuesday mornings beginning September 15th

10:00 – 11:15             Worship and the Word

11:15 – 12:00             Mentoring groups (optional)

Listen online anytime at www.DivineDesignDiscipleship.com

Can’t come on Tuesday mornings? Contact Kathy Girardeau about additional times*** for mentoring groups: kyg@bellsouth.net

 

***I am not planning on reproducing our study at night this year like I did last year. What I am willing to do is work with those who cannot come on Tuesday mornings to find times that are convenient to form additional groups. We would listen to the lesson online on our own time and then come together for praise, discussion, sharing and prayer. 

 

Covenant Presbyterian, Room 104, 65 Old Montgomery Highway, Birmingham, AL 35209

Blessed

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By , March 15, 2015 1:24 pm
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Please join us for the remaining sessions of our series “How Relationships Work.” We will meet these Tuesdays: March 17th and 24th, April 7th and 14th. Class times are 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.–or follow online anytime!

 

 

 

BLESSED

 

I will bless you…so that you will be a blessing.

 

Genesis 12:2 NRS

 

It was another gray March day, the sky threatening yet more rain. Only an occasional glimpse of sunshine had graced us these last 2 weeks here in the supposedly sunny South. My internal climate mimicked the external one. I wasn’t exactly gray inside, just lacking a bit of joy.

 

I dreaded my afternoon chore: catching up on my bills and putting my finances in order. That’s one of those tasks that I push to the bottom of the list repeatedly until the point when late notices threaten to arrive. I finished them all until I had to stamp the bills. We only had 2 in the entire house; they weren’t nearly enough for my stack of envelopes.

 

A glance at the clock told me that five o’clock was fast approaching. If I hurried, I might be able to get my bills in today’s post. To my irritation, I didn’t make it to the nearest post office before it closed, so I had to fight rush-hour traffic and head to the larger USPS downtown. I pushed through the afternoon rush hour traffic to get there.

 

I arrived and stepped into a long line of customers. I pulled out my smart phone to check messages when I heard a strange sound. It was something between a scream and a cry. My eyes followed the sound and landed on a boy sitting in what I can best describe as a large baby walker. He was pitching his head back and yelling at the top of his lungs. He seemed too old to be in a stroller; his sprawling limbs told me that he was disabled. His mom was the picture of patience as she bent down to quiet him. I noticed a Cross on the front of her t-shirt as she turned my way.

 

My mind immediately went to what the Bible teaches about blessings. I’ve been learning that we have the capacity to receive every spiritual blessing from God. (Ephesians 1:3) It immediately brightened my day to realize that I could impart a blessing to this precious family out of the overflow of God’s blessings to me. I put my phone down and under my breath began to speak blessings over the boy, his mom, and his sister. What love and mercy sprang up inside as I began to tap into the greatness of the Father’s love for them!

 

My blessing session was interrupted by the attendant who was ready to sell me my stamps. It made me smile to realize that my primary purpose for being there was not to complete this transaction and my little project for the day. How wonderful that my Sovereign Lord gave me this special Kingdom assignment. His plans for me were so much more satisfying that what I had in mind for myself that afternoon!

 

As I walked back to the car, the little boy zoomed right past me in his walker. When his mom came running after him I got a glimpse of the back of her shirt this time. It announced in a cheerful font and bright colors the message of Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Now it was my turn to be blessed! I blurted out without thinking, “Lady, you’ve got on the perfect shirt!” She turned to me with a smile and said, “Yes ma’am, I do.”

 

This busy mom was clearly accustomed to questions about her son. She introduced me to 5-year-old Mason and shared his story with me. Her face blazed with passion as she told me how the doctors predicted he would never survive when he was born at 24 weeks gestation. “They said he would be a vegetable if he lived, but look at him. And God is not finished with him yet!” It wasn’t hard to see that her joy surpassed all the world has brought her way and it was contagious.

 

It was all I could do to get to the car before dissolving in tears. I prayed, “Forgive me, Father, for my selfishness and ingratitude earlier today. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to see this stunning example of what it looks like to be blessed and to be a blessing to others. I want the same thing I saw on that woman–a joy that comes from deep down inside and that can only come from You.” I believe God will give me that same joy even in my most difficult circumstances. In fact I’m overjoyed now as I remember that He is not finished with me yet!

HOW RELATIONSHIPS WORK: More Building Blocks – 02/10/15

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By , February 10, 2015 3:46 pm
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Our songs today were “My Jesus I Love Thee” by Amy Grant and “Christ Be All Around Me” by Michael W. Smith.

Kathy opened with a review of  unity, intimacy and vulnerability in relationships. Then she added the next building block of what love looks like and what love doesn’t look like.  There is a war on love. The enemy uses our anger and our desire to use others to hinder healthy relating.

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