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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.

My Best Friend (New Teaching Series Announced)

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By , August 23, 2014 2:01 pm

I am excited to announce a new teaching series called “How Relationships Work” that will begin September 23rd. So much of life happens in the context of relationship! See below for details on how you can join me as we explore this challenging topic.



When I was a girl, having a best friend was a singular thing. “Best,” to my generation, meant that just one person held a spot reserved for no other. Not so for the millennials. I discovered this last week when my 23-year-old daughter and her friend were talking in my kitchen. In that one short encounter, they referred to 3 different individuals as Merrill Lee’s best friend. That did not add up for me.
When we discussed it later, I discovered that there is much wisdom in their view of the title best friend (though I still don’t think it is grammatically correct). They mean that a best friend is the best kind of friend you can have—someone who knows you well, loves you anyway, keeps your secrets, and cares about the things closest to your heart. With this new definition, I can say with integrity that my mother, my daughter, my husband, and many women in my closest circle qualify as best friends. How great is that?
Yet there remains a desire for a friend to occupy that one special place in my heart, someone who has no rival. To my wonder and amazement, I discovered that Jesus wants to fill that spot. He has been the perfect best friend to me! He meets me for coffee every morning and listens as I pour out the concerns of my life. He makes me laugh when I’m taking myself too seriously and He offers unsurpassed wisdom when I listen to Him.
Just last week I was telling Him about a relational conflict and my personal plan for handling it. When I finished unfolding my own ideas for handling things, I asked for His advice. He pointed me to a familiar Scripture and a way to apply it to my situation that was completely new to me. Not only did I feel helped, but His plan for bringing harmony back to my relationship brought me a little bit closer to becoming the kind of friend He is to me.
Do you want to enjoy richer relationship with God and other people? Join us this fall as we study biblical principles for satisfying, healthy relationships. We will:

  • Seek to develop intimate friendship with God
  • Observe how He relates to us as His people, children, bride
  • Discover how to become honest and safe people that connect deeply
  • Develop and enjoy authentic community
  • Learn God’s way of dealing with relational conflict and tension

We would love to have you join us in person for an amazing time of learning and fellowship. Please come and invite your friends! If that is not possible, you can take advantage of this exciting new teaching series via our website.
Attend the class:
Two class times available beginning September 23rd!
Tuesday mornings:
10:00-11:15   Worship and the Word
11:15-12:00   Prayer and Mentoring Groups (optional)
Tuesday evenings:
7:00-8:15       Worship and the Word
8:15-9:00       Sharing and Prayer (optional)
Covenant Presbyterian Church, Room 104
65 Old Montgomery Highway
Birmingham, AL 35209
Listen online:
The weekly message and handouts will upload on Wednesday afternoons and can be accessed 24/7 at under our Resources tab. Please join us at a day and time that is convenient for you.

Indeed, there is no one besides You, nor is there any rock like our God.


1 Samuel 2:2



On the Road to Rest

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By , September 16, 2013 10:44 am

Finding rest in this busy and demanding world is a challenge. But I believe that is exactly what God has called me to do this year. He is teaching me how to find His promised rest, as you’ll see below, even on the saddle of my new bike. I’ll be pursuing this topic further in a new teaching series that begins tomorrow (9/17/13) “Times of Refreshing: Rethinking Work and Rest.” I invite you to join me in class or online (see this website’s Resources section for weekly postings beginning this Wednesday).


Recently, after a long string of running injuries, my husband bought me a bike for my birthday. It is a beautiful powder-blue multi-terrain model that makes me feel like a kid at Christmas whenever I see it.
It’s true what they say about riding a bike—just hop on and it comes right back to you. However, when I took my new toy to the bike lanes at Oak Mountain State Park, I realized I was pretty inept. There are some serious bikers out there. I struggled to climb every hill, chafing (both literally and figuratively) as my bicycling betters pedaled by with seeming ease.
It was really no surprise that I need to train to master my new sport. In the same way, I want to master the art of rest–to experience it as God has promised it to us. As I’ve explored both cycling and rest, I’ve discovered a few principles these two pursuits have in common.
Balance is important. I’ve found this out the hard way in both arenas. On last Sunday’s ride, I came upon a sharp turn. Even though I slowed down, I wobbled off the pavement. I’m still limping from the spill I took. Likewise, I find myself “wiped out” when my proportions of rest and work fall off-balance. If I overdo it in my work life, I am left too spent to enjoy times set aside for recreation and creativity.
Finding and sustaining a cadence has been helpful. I learned this in my spinning class, which simulates real-life bicycling. Off the bike, I’m asking Jesus to teach me His “rhythms of grace” (Matthew 11:29 MSG). When I am attentive and following His lead, I am less apt to hurry the pace. And I’m more able to live in the present when I have the certainty of His grace for the next step (or turn of the pedals).
One of the most challenging things about my new bike is shifting gears–that’s not at all like the one-speed I had growing up! Change is hard to negotiate. When I’ve made abrupt shifts on uneven terrain, it has interrupted my ride more than once and even landed me in the repair shop. In the ever-evolving seasons of life, I’m better able to maintain a restful spirit when I respond rather than react to changing circumstances. As life unfolds, I can count on God to “make known to me the path of life” (Psalm 16:11).
As I partner with Jesus, it’s like riding a tandem bike. He’s in the front determining my direction and doing most of the pedaling work. He offers me His wisdom to know when to strain toward a goal and when to coast a little bit. When Jesus joins me in the journey, times of refreshing rest come from His presence. I really can relax and find joy in the ride!

You will find your joy in the Lord, and I will cause you to ride on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.” The mouth of the LORD has spoken.

Isaiah 58:14 NIV


Ruth: A Study of Redemption

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By , January 8, 2013 2:45 pm

Hi Ladies!
I am excited about the New Year and all that God has put on my heart to share in the upcoming semester at Divine Design Discipleship. I have attached the details for Ruth: A Study of Redemption. Please plan on joining us and be sure to invite your friends.
Note the February 12th start date. This is due to the retreat Jan 18-20 and the CPC Missions Luncheon on Tuesday, February 5th. We will still have a full semester, so come ready for God to minister to you by using these next few weeks to prepare your heart. Meanwhile, catch up on the most recent blog posts or listen to past messages on our website at
Much love to you all!



Ruth: A Study of Redemption

In the book of Ruth we find two women who are in the midst of barren times. As they bring their losses, disappointments, and uncertainties to God, they enter a new season of purpose, provision, and community. Join us as we seek to know God as Redeemer by studying this exciting story and applying it to our own lives.
If you desire to grow relationally and spiritually this year, here are some opportunities you’ll find at DDD:

  • In-depth Bible Study – We will focus on knowing Jesus as our Redeemer, discovering His restoring and renewing work in our lives.
  • Relationships – Experience body life where mature believers invest in younger ones. Find encouragement and prayer support from like-minded women.
  • Refreshment – Renew your focus as we come together for weekly times of corporate meditation, prayer, and song.
  • Application – Make the principles of Scripture personal through workshops, written resources, and prayer. See what God is doing in the lives of other women and share what He is doing in your own life.

Led by Kathy Girardeau
Tuesday Mornings beginning February 12th, Covenant Pres., Room C316

  • 10:00-11:15 Worship and the Word
  • 11:15-12:00 Prayer and Mentoring Groups (optional)



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