Category: Faith

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

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By , October 25, 2017 1:51 pm

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- Hope of Glory: 10/03/17

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By , October 4, 2017 2:48 pm

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

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

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

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

How Relationships Work – Workshop 3/24/15

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By , March 24, 2015 12:24 pm

Today we sang “You Are For Me” by Kelanie Gloekler and “Power In The Blood” by Fernando Ortega.

Kathy led us in a workshop by answering questions that we had emailed her during the week.  She addressed handling offenses with unbelievers, living in victory with unresolved or repeated conflict in a family, differentiating between a boundary and a wall, how to love people who don’t seem to like us, how to stay more in the spirit, what it means if we are taking an offense for a third person, how our forgiving others is evidence that God has forgiven us, and what it means to turn the other cheek.  Kathy also took questions from the floor and we all benefitted from the conversation.


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By , March 15, 2015 1:24 pm

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!






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!

Trumpet Call, 11/11/14

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By , November 12, 2014 4:52 pm

Yesterday was Trumpet Call, a time when we dig a little deeper into what we’ve been learning and receive some one-on-one (or 2 on 1) prayer time around an issue God is targeting in our lives. We sang “More and More of You” by Selah, “Always Good” by Kathryn Scott, and “All My Fountains” by Chris Tomlin.

Dana walked us through the worksheet, leading us to seek the Lord regarding how we may have shut off the flow of the fruits of the Holy Spirit into and through our lives. She shared personal examples of what it has looked like in her own life. She also showed some parallels between growing wine grapes and growing spiritual fruit as sometimes the gardener trains, prunes, and positions so that the fruit is more abundant and sweeter.

How Relationships Work: Staying Connected In Hard Times – 10/28/14

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By , October 28, 2014 7:43 pm

Today we sang “You Are My All In All” by Dennis Jernigan and Natalie Grant as well as one of the songs from this year’s 3DCD, “Hide Away In The Love Of Jesus” by Sovereign Grace.

Kathy taught from Judges 6 using Gideon’s example of what it looks like to have a POVERTY mindset and how to overcome it.

How Relationships Work: Presence, Progress & Process – 09/30/14

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By , October 1, 2014 8:39 pm

This week we worshiped in song to “Blessed Be Your Name” by Tree63 and “I Stand Amazed (How Marvelous)” by Chris Tomlin. Kathy began with a hefty review from last week and then discussed how we grow in our relationship with God and some obstacles that hinder our growth.

*Note – there is a bit of buzzing in the recording that begins around the 5 1/2 minute mark but lasts less than a minute.

Empty Nest

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By , August 8, 2014 10:19 am

“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, … “I will protect him.”


For a solid year I had dreaded the day when my firstborn child would leave home to go to college. Things would never be the same once he left.  I’d sniffled (and sometimes cried outright) through almost every “last” event of his senior year. Tears would flow when I realized it was our last registration or pep rally or spring break. Soon the day would come when I would no longer be a part of his day-to-day life or close enough to make sure he had everything he needed.
By the time we got to our last family beach trip, I was inconsolable. Surely I was taxing God’s willingness to keep track of my every tear! Fortunately I was just about cried out when the Lord led me to Jeremiah 31:16: “Thus says the Lord, ‘Restrain your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears; for your work will be rewarded,’ declares the Lord.” The next verse goes on to say, “’There is hope for your future,’ says the Lord. ‘Your children will come again to their own land.’” What a good and timely word to me from my heavenly Father! I was ready to accept the reality that my only begotten son was flying out of the nest in less than a week.
The intervening days were busy with organizing and packing, and my tear ducts were actually cooperating. I woke up on Jackson’s move-in day with a sense of anticipation in my heart. After all that preparation, it didn’t take very long to get the boxes of carefully chosen college gear into that tiny apartment and put them in place. We had plenty of time for lunch and afternoon football.
The family headed to Auburn’s Jordan-Hare stadium before all the pregame traditions began. We were making our way up the long ramp that curves around the arena when I noticed feathers scattered all over the path in front of us. Immediately I was reminded of the promise so dear to my heart: “He will cover you with His feathers and under His wings you will find refuge” (Psalm 91:4). How precious of God to reassure me — I could count on Him to provide a safe place for my son.
A few minutes later I watched my son as he watched the eagle make its game day flight over the stadium. I could see the pride and determination in his face. He was crossing the threshold of a new season, and he was ready. It was time for me to step back and let God be the primary parent and teacher.
From that day on, feathers have become a symbol to me of the Lord’s protection. It seemed I saw feathers everywhere I turned those first few weeks after Jackson moved away. My heart skipped a beat every single time; I received each one as a special love message from God. I even began to find great comfort at the sight of the feathers that leaked from the annoying, cheap pillow inserts I had purchased!
While my son studied math and science, God had me majoring in trust. Jackson has since graduated with honors, and God was faithful to keep His promise of protection during those college years. Even now, every time change or uncertainty comes my way, I’m still learning that I can trust God to keep my fearful heart safe under His sheltering wing.

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