How to Better Steward Our Time and Resources

Join me for this FREE workshop that offers a better approach to focus and productivity.

Do you ever struggle with finding the right balance in our busy world?

On the one hand we don’t want to be lazy sluggards…

I passed by the field of a sluggard, by the vineyard of a man lacking sense, and behold, it was all overgrown with thorns; the ground was covered with nettles, and its stone wall was broken down. Then I saw and considered it; I looked and received instruction. A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man. (Proverbs 24:30-34)

…but on the other hand, we don’t want to be distracted, anxious and troubled about many things, while neglecting the one thing that is necessary. (See Luke 10:38-42)

I have a confession to make: I have a love/hate relationship with the concept of “productivity.”

I love the idea of accomplishing goals that will have far-reaching impact on the lives of people in my life.

I love the idea of spending more time with those most important to me in ways that bear fruit beneficial to all involved and which brings glory to God.

But I hate the idea of trying to get more done.

Are you kidding me? I already feel like I can’t get my head above the tide of to-dos, projects, meetings, and so forth that swamp my schedule and swim in my head each night when I’m trying to go to sleep.

I don’t want to do MORE. I want to DO LESS but get more results in the right areas of my life.

     I want LESS busy-work, and MORE soul-satisfying, life-changing, kingdom-advancing endeavors.

     I long for LESS superficial encounters and MORE meaningful investments in my relationships.

It’s not that I don’t want to work hard.

Actually, I’m not proud to admit it, but I can be a bit, er…, overzealous when it comes to my ministry.

I’ll spend Saturdays working on a blog post, Bible study, or online course and not give a thought about the dishes piled up in the sink.

When Matt and the boys are off on one of their hunting or fishing trips, I’ll jump on my computer at 10 am and still be there at 3:00 am (yep, you read that right: a.m. as in 3 in the morning!)

And if I’m not intentional about shutting things down in the evening, I will catch myself telling Matt at 8 pm, “I just want to finish this one quick thing.” Then at 8:45 I wonder why he’s irritated when I’m just then appearing to hang out with him. (I know, wife-of-the year, right?)

I already do a LOT. I don’t want to know how to do MORE in less time.

Which is why I absolutely LOVE the approach Michael Hyatt takes when he talks about being more productive.

When Michael teaches his students about “productivity,” he doesn’t focus on the old framework of be more efficient; get more done in less time. Rather he helps us adopt an entirely different way of thinking about “productivity”. It sounds a lot more like what the Bible terms “being a good steward” of the blessings God has bestowed on us.

In his upcoming FREE masterclass,“The 7 Deadly Sins of Productivity: The Hidden Habits Undermining Your Performance (And How to Change Them)” Michael will be talking LESS about traditional concepts of productivity and MORE about having the freedom to be focused & immersed in the task at hand.

In other words, he’ll help us focus on being better stewards of the good works which God prepared in advance and created us to do (see Eph 2:10) and learn how to eliminate the things stealing our focus.

So if you’re fed up with the never-ending list of trivial to-dos and you’re ready to scale back the late nights (**Can I get an Amen?**), then register for Michael’s workshop.

I’m going to attend the one on Monday (9/25) at 10 am CST if you want to join me. If that time doesn’t work, you’ll see he has nine other options to choose from.

When you’re sipping a pumpkin spice latte and kicking back with the good book, or spending quality time with the people God has placed in your life, instead of cranking out “just one more to-do”, you can thank my mentor, Michael.

I know I certainly will be saying a prayer of thanksgiving for his wisdom and willingness to share it.

Blessings of truth and grace,

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Laura Naiser

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P.S. Join me for the free workshop:“The 7 Deadly Sins of Productivity: The Hidden Habits Undermining Your Performance (And How to Change Them).”

I’ve learned so much about how to create my online ministry, write and publish my Bible studies, and so much more from this godly man. I wouldn’t be sharing this free training with you if I wasn’t confident it would be amazing and worth your/our time.

So, before your mountain of projects and “have to get these done” lists pile any higher, reserve your spot at Michael’s free workshop and put it on your calendar.

You CAN Find Hope and Comfort in the Midst of a Calamity

My friend, Jason, lives in the Houston area and recently updated his Facebook status to these words: Isaiah 43:2. Why would he choose those words?

I can’t speak for Jason, but knowing what a strong believer he is, I suspect it is because he knows the context of the words. When we know the setting in which Isaiah’s words apply, we can see why someone dealing with the overwhelming aftermath of the flooding produced by Harvey would chose this particular verse on which to ground his response.

Questions Need Responses

If you are struggling with God right now because you look around and see so much destruction, suffering, and pain, I get it. Without the context of God’s character and his love for his rebellious and fallen creation, it would be only natural to have questions.

I saw an example of this very kind of inquiry on Twitter the other day. And the responses I saw to that question reflected a knowledge of context (and a personal knowledge and relationship with God).

Here’s the question tweet and one of the responses from a believer:

Now, I don’t know for certain God’s reasons for doing or not doing specific things. Why does he allow storms like Harvey to cause death and destruction? I don’t know.

But I do know God’s character as revealed in the Bible and in Jesus. And so, like my friend Jason, I can cling to the words of Isaiah and find comfort and hope. Yes, the storm waters seem to have the upper hand. They have claimed lives and destroyed homes.

Yet, I also see God present with those who are suffering and grieving.

I see him giving us perspective on our pettiness and selfishness.

I see him offering us opportunities to express love and self-sacrifice rather than hate and self-centeredness.

What is the context for Isaiah 43:2?

It is never a good idea to pull a verse out of its context. We run a huge risk of twisting the intended meaning and message. So, to understand why there is such hope and comfort in verse 43:2 of this very large and complex book, I want to share this amazing overview from The Bible Project. In around 16 minutes, you’ll understand the context, see the character of God on display, and be equipped to understand how these words are right at home in a seemingly hopeless scenario.

While the two situations (Israelites in exile due to a man-made disaster and Texans suffering from a natural disaster) are very different, the general context is similar: suffering people who are struggling to understand where God is in the midst of their ruin. What hope do they have when everywhere they look they see destruction and suffering?

That is the situation into which Isaiah’s words were initially addressed.

Watch these two 8-minute videos and you’ll see why Jason and other believers find hope for their situation from this ancient prophet. And why you can, too.

Part 1: Isaiah 1–39

Part 2: Isaiah 40–66

God is Here for You and So Am I

If you’re struggling, hurting, or questioning, I would love to come alongside you and offer you some hope and prayer.

If that sounds like something that would be helpful to you, select a time on my online calendar and we’ll have a short visit via phone or video chat. There is no cost for this call. I’m honored to have the opportunity to minister to you.

Don’t want to visit one-on-one but would still like to share and be prayed for? Feel free to leave a comment or reach out to me via email or social media.

Now, if you just want to argue for the sake of arguing, I’d rather spend my time and energy on more productive causes ministering to those hurting or searching for a closer connection with God or more peace and purpose in their life. So, if you sincerely want to dialogue about legitimate questions and struggles, I’m here for you.

And I’m always happy to pray for and with you. Let me know how I can minister to you. 

You can leave a comment by clicking here.

You Can Be There for Those in Need

Want to reflect God’s loving character to those who are hurting? You can join Making It Real Ministries, Main Street Baptist Church and First Baptist Church of Huffman, Texas in providing practical and needed resources and support to those in the Houston area impacted by Harvey. Just click the button or image below to learn more or to make a donation.

Donate at http://www.lauranaiser.com/harvey

LEARN HOW YOU CAN HELP!

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First Baptist Church in Huffman TX has been serving as a shelter and is now transitioning into a distribution center. They will be serving 3 hot meals a day to the community as well as distributing supplies. They have been running a shelter in their church as well as in the local elementary school since the storm hit their area.

My home church, Main Street Baptist Church, and Making It Real Ministries are working together to support FBC Huffman’s efforts to care for the people in their part of the Houston area who have been impacted by the flooding.

We have a personal connection with this church and know that 100% of the donations will go to support the Harvey Relief Efforts.

Brad Ballard

Brad Ballard, my friend and Main Street’s Outreach and Evangelism Pastor, is very good friends with Mike Martin, pastor of FBC Huffman. Brad grew up in Kingwood and has many friends and family who are impacted by the flooding happening in Houston.

The FBC team is exhausted and needs some relief and more supplies ASAP. Main Street Baptist Church is sending a team and a load of supplies tomorrow morning (Friday, September 1). They will work with Mike Martin and the folks at FBC to assess needs and determine the best way we can support their efforts.

We are raising money to fill at least one semi trailer with badly needed supplies such as diapers, medicines, and food. We hope to have enough donations to purchase the supplies and transport them early next week. That’s where your donations come in!!

A big thank you to Joe Lykes of Lykes Cartage in Round Rock who has graciously donated a semi to haul the supplies!

Your donation of any amount will be put to good use.

The people in Huffman and the surrounding area are in great need. Please be praying for them and for all who are working to share the love of Jesus in practical and effective ways during this crisis.

DONATE NOW!

Your donation will go directly to Main Street Baptist Church and will be designated for the Hurricane Relief. Your donation is 100% tax-deductible. And the transaction is secure and processed via Paypal.

Register Now for My New Bible Study

Philippians Begins April 18 (Free child care deadline is April 11)

Would you like to learn the apostle Paul’s secret to being content in any circumstance? Would you like to better understand the mindset of Jesus Christ (and discover how to have it yourself)? That’d be pretty awesome, right? Well then you need to register for my new Bible study on Philippians which begins April 18. Paul will inspire you to press on toward the goal, for the ultimate prize of full knowledge of and communion with Christ. Instead of living with a sense of inadequacy or defeat, discover why Paul is confident God will bring the good work He has begun in you to its full completion.

If you regularly struggle with fear, worry, suffering, or negative thinking, this study will help you walk in joy, confidence, and the strength of Christ. You’ll have a new perspective on your challenges.

You don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to immerse yourself in these encouraging and inspiring words from Paul—and the fun, fellowship, and insights of some really amazing classmates!

So Here’s a Summary of What You’ll Get

    • WorkbookCover 300 pxA printed workbook designed to encourage and guide you through Philippians no matter what learning style you prefer. (I’ll hand these out at our first session).

 

    • Extra resources, tips, and strategies to help you anytime you study any portion of your Bible.

 

    • Six weekly group sessions (conveniently located in the heart of downtown Georgetown at Main Street Baptist Church). Morning classes meet 9:30 am and are out by 11 am. Evening classes will meet at 6:30 pm and be out by 8 pm.

 

    • Recordings of class discussions so you won’t miss out even if you have to miss a class.

 

    • Free child care if you register and submit your child care request by April 11! I’m partnering with my home church and thus we can offer a limited number of child care spots for free!

 

    • But that’s not all… I’ve created a couple of amazing bonuses for you.

Get All the Scoop & Register Now!

To learn all the details about the class and these bonuses, click the button below to jump over to my Philippians information and registration page.

The books go to the printer April 7 so if you want to be sure your workbook is ready for you at the first session, you need to register by April 7. Also, the deadline to request child care is April 11. So while you could register later, you may not get a printed workbook until the second class. So, if you live within driving distance of Georgetown, Texas, click the button below and get signed up!

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I’m so excited to be joining Evelyn Davison and Kerri Brinkoeter on their show Love Talk this Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 2 pm on KTXW The Bridge!

Lovetalk Faith Pantry

What staples do you need to sustain your soul and nourish your walk with Christ?

Join us as we share 3 simple steps to decluttering and restocking your faith pantry.

If you’re feeling like your schedule has become over-crowded or your spiritual practices have become a little stale, you’ll want to tune in to 1120 AM at 2 pm this Saturday and learn how to make sure your faith pantry provides you with the sustenance you need in this particular season of your life!

Not in the Austin area? No problem. Listen live from anywhere in the world via http://www.ktxw.net/.

If you miss the broadcast, visit www.lovetalknetwork.com to listen to the re-broadcast. Give them a few days to get the recording posted to their site. In the meantime, check out some of their recent episodes.

Need A Coach?

Want some help and further guidance on getting your faith pantry well stocked to meet your current needs? I’d love to coach you through this simple process! Check out my coaching page to book a free consultation!

Date: February 11, 2017
Time: 2:00-03:00 p.m.
Appearance: Join Me on LoveTalk with Evelyn Davison & Kerri Brinkoeter!
Outlet: KTXW 1120 AM The Bridge
Location: Austin Texas (Broadcasting worldwide at http://www.ktxw.net/)
Format: Radio

Need A Coach? Want some help and further guidance on getting your faith pantry well stocked to meet your current needs? I'd love to coach you through this simple process! Check out my coaching page to book a free consultation!

Why Summer 2016 is the Summer of Freedom!

Ah summer… sleeping in late, lazy days by the pool sipping a cool drink and reading a best-seller. No worries, responsibilities, or stress. [wait for it…] Yeah, right! Summer doesn’t usually pan out to be like that fantasy. If I am by the pool, I’m trying not to melt while watching the kids and reminding them for the millionth time to put on sunscreen. The tedious treadmill of the Monday through Friday school week is replaced by a chaotic stop-n-go madness that has the kids bored one week and exhausted the next. By the time the fireworks go off on July 4th, the “freedom” I was looking forward to celebrating during the summer has been replaced with a longing for school to start and temperatures to fall. I think this Summer, I’ll pursue a different type of freedom. One that will prove much more satisfying and less illusive than my typical summer daydreams. Want to join me on the adventure to real freedom?

Last week I tested the waters to see if anyone was interested in studying Galatians this Summer. Well, quite a few of you have said you’d like to join in on my quest for true freedom. So, it’s time to claim your spot for whichever format/session works best for you.

You can choose from four options:

Georgetown Groups – Tuesdays Morning or Evening

If you live in town and are available on Tuesdays, join me in person. The morning session meets 10 – 11 am and the evening session is at 6:30 – 7:30 pm. These local classes will meet at Main Street Baptist Church in downtown Georgetown, Texas. Tuesday groups will begin on June 21 and wrap up on August 2  June 28 and wrap up on August 9 (needed to change this to avoid conflict with VBS!).

Online Groups – Thursdays Morning or Evening

Need another option? Sign up for one of the Thursday sessions which will be live, interactive webinars. That means we can interact live and in a private group where we don’t have to worry about internet trolls disturbing us! You can choose to interact via typing in the chat box to ask your questions and share your comments or you can jump on camera and address the group! It’s like a Google Hangout or a group Skype call. Cool!

The morning webinars will happen at 11 am Central Time and the evening ones at 7 pm. Class will last about an hour. Thursday groups will begin on June 23 and wrap up on August 11 (we won’t meet on July 7).

Why, of course, there’s a workbook!

I’m in the process of preparing lessons and creating a workbook for you! There probably won’t be a lot of commentary in the workbook. I’m envisioning it as more of a guide to note-taking. If you’ve ever done a Precept Upon Precept study it will be along those lines.  But don’t worry, if the Precept marking and color coding drive you crazy, this will be very flexible to fit many different styles of study.

Use of the workbook is totally optional! Our primary text will be the Scripture. The workbook will just be a tool to help you get more out of your study of the Word.

Here is a sneak peak at the workbook cover…

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Worried about missing some sessions?

Don’t fret, I’ve got you covered. It is Summer and many of us have vacations planned, and with the kids home, schedules can be less predictable than ever.

But don’t let that stop you from getting in the Word with us.

I’ll  record each group’s sessions and post those recordings in the Making It Real Member Area. You’ll have a user name and password that will allow you to access the videos (along with your workbook and any other goodies I come up with) whenever it suits your schedule.

So what are you waiting for? Claim your spot now!

Seven sessions of Bible study, a workbook, video recordings of each session, and I’ll probably come up with one or two additional goodies by the time we’re done. All this for only $19! That is less than $3 per session! So spread the word and let’s explore our freedom this summer!

You can get all the details and register for the group using either of these buttons…

Button Get More Info-YellowButton Claim Your Spot-Green

 

What do you think of this cool idea for summer?

Study Galatians with me — in person or online — your choice!

The past few weeks of teaching the pilot students of my soon to launch online course about setting healthy boundaries has reminded me how much I love teaching and interacting with other people as we study God’s Word. And I don’t know about you, but I always do a better job of consistently staying in the Scriptures when I’m part of a Bible study group. For a while now, God has put it on my heart to study Paul’s letter to the Galatians. It is a relatively short book (only 6 chapters) which makes it a good choice for a summer study. So, I’m putting this idea out there to see if any of you are interested. I don’t have all the details set yet; I’m just testing the waters for interest at this point. Your feedback will help me fill in the details. So here’s the scoop…

Summer is often associated with freedom: freedom from routines, to go on vacations, to sit by the pool and relax. So what a perfect time to study a book of the Bible that reminds us of the freedom we have in Christ. I don’t know about you, but I have some strongholds that I wrestle with. I think Paul’s wise words will help me find some freedom from those this summer.

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.Galatians 5:1, NIV

How this will work…

I’m thinking we will need six or seven sessions to study the entire book of Galatians. I’d like to start the week of June 21 28* and wrap up the study the first week of August 9*.  Don’t worry if you have vacations planned and will have to miss one or two sessions. I’ll try to record the sessions (very rough – no fancy editing and the lighting might not be great), and have those for you to download if you miss a session.

*I changed the dates to avoid conflict with my home congregation’s VBS since we will be meeting at Main Street Baptist Church in downtown Georgetown.

I’m planning to keep this very simple. Our primary text will be our Bible! I will create a PDF workbook that will provide you some structure for taking notes as you study, but it won’t be a polished, published workbook. I’ll email that to the registered participants and you can print it out and put it in a binder or folder.

The cost will be $19. That’s less than a grande latte or Iced Caramel Macchiato per session. Pretty sweet! Invite your friends!

Traditional Live Local Group or Live Online Group

So, here’s the different options as far as when and how we could meet:

In Person in Georgetown

Many of my readers live close enough to Georgetown, Texas (my hometown) to be able to join me in person.  So, for those of you who prefer getting together in person,  I’m tossing out a couple different options.  We could have a Tuesday 10 – 11 am group or we could have a Tuesday 6:30 – 7:30 pm group.  The location will Main Street Baptist Church in downtown Georgetown.

Online Live Interactive Class

For my out-of-towners or those who prefer an online experience, I’ve invested in the technology that will allow us to have interactive, live class via the internet. I know it might sound scary if you aren’t used to doing webinars or video chats. But if I can figure out how to do this, anyone can! With my software, you will have the option of being on camera along with me or participating without being visible to the rest of the participants. Basically it will be like a Google Hangout or a Periscope/Blab except I will have the ability to limit attendance to only those registered. No weird internet trolls posting inappropriate comments!

The only technology you will need is a computer and an internet connection. If you want to appear on screen you’ll also need a webcam and microphone (most newer computers have those built in). You may also be able to use your smartphone or tablet (ipad). I need to double check that, but I’m pretty sure that is the case. Don’t worry, I’ll walk you step-by-step through how to navigate the tech!

I’m thinking the online class will meet on Thursdays at either 11 am or 7 pm.

Isn’t it cool we live in a time when geography doesn’t limit our ability to gather together in fellowship and study of the Scriptures! Awesome!

So, which group would you be interested in?

Summer Bible Study Galatians Iced Tea

If enough of you are interested, we’ll move forward with one or more of those options. I’ll figure out the details and send you a link to officially enroll. For now, just let me know if you would be interested in getting more info and possibly attending one of the groups.  You’ll do this by clicking the button below that corresponds with the group in which you’d most like to participate. Then I’ll email you with more information really soon so we can get started in June!

CLICK ONE OF THE BUTTONS BELOW TO LET ME KNOW YOU’RE INTERESTED!

Tuesdays In Person In Georgetown

Exact location to be determined. Morning class at 10 am, evening class at 6:30 pm. I’ll set up my iphone and microphone and post a recording within about 24 hours of each class in case you miss that week’s session.

I’m interested in the Tuesday Morning class

I’m interested in the Tuesday Evening Class

Thursdays Online Live and Interactive

I’ll send registered participants a link to join the online class each Thursday. Morning class will go live at 11:00 am, evening class at 7:00 pm. If all goes well with the tech, I’ll send out recordings of the class within about 24 hours or so after we end the broadcast.

I’m interested in the Thursday Morning online class!


I’m Interested in the Thursday Evening Online Class

I can’t wait to see which button you clicked! Feel free to share this with your friends using the buttons above and below the post! The more the merrier.

Despairing of Hope? Let the Lord Fight for You!

Join me at the Promise of Hope Retreat!

This past week marked the second anniversary of Making It Real Ministries. My team and I reviewed our past, assessed our present, and looked ahead to 2016. I must confess for much of the past two years I’ve identified with those who followed Moses into the Wilderness not knowing where they were going, how they would get there, or how they would survive the journey. They had to learn to trust God and move forward in obedience in the face of seemingly overwhelming obstacles. And you and I must do the same as we follow God’s calling in our lives. Have you ever faced a seemingly insurmountable obstacle or apparently hopeless situation? Are you in one of those predicaments now? Then read on friend and be encouraged!

The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent. Ex 14:14 NASB

Click Here to Get Your Printable Verses

As part of our reviewing the past couple of years, my husband (and CPA), Matt, did the books and showed me the financial situation of the ministry. And let’s just say I felt like I was staring into the wide Red Sea with the clamor of Pharaoh’s chariots growing louder and louder.

At about the same time, a dream-come-true speaking opportunity was offered. Yet…

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The Importance of Authentic Friendship & Highlights from Women of Faith

2015 Scripture Memory Team Verse 19

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of hosting a group of Making It Real Ministries subscribers at the Farewell Tour of Women of Faith in Dallas. The short little video below will show you some of the highlights of our experience. The importance of authentic friendships was evident in our interactions, the speakers’ talks, and the scenes all around us. And so I chose a verse related to this theme as my Scripture Memory Team Verse 19. If you’d like a set of Chalkboard Printables featuring the nineteen verses featured so far this year, just click here and I’ll email them to you.

1 John 4:11, NIV

In a culture in which the National Science Foundation’s General Social Survey revealed one in four people have no one with whom they can talk about their personal troubles or triumphs, it was refreshing to see, hear, and experience the benefits of real relationships.

So many people today have “friended” and been “friended” by a multitude of people on Facebook and other social media sites but lack many, if any real friends with whom they can authentically share their real lives.

There is a big difference between being friended and being a friend. And while it can be scary to reveal our true selves to others, the rewards of the abundant life awaiting you on the other side of that risk are worth it!

Get Real with God First

It is much easier to get real with others once we have gotten real with God. When we get real with God, when we understand and truly believe God’s love for us through Christ, we become children of God. (See John 1:12)

Our relationship with God through Christ provides us with a security from which we can risk sharing our true selves with others. When we know we are accepted by God, we aren’t as desperate for the approval and acceptance of other people. This allows us to risk authenticity with others.

And the more authentic we are in our relationships with others, the more those relationships bless us and others. We enjoy the fruit of truly knowing our friends and being known by them. We are able to offer our lives and our stories back to God as living sacrifices through which we can comfort others with comfort we have received from God (see 2 Corinthians 1:3-4).

I want to encourage you to bring your real self to God and find the acceptance and security you long for. And then take your accepted and loved self out into the world and love others with the same love with which Christ has loved you.

Highlights from Women of Faith in Dallas

Download Your Scripture Memory Cards

If you’d like to make your own copy of the 2015 Scripture Memory Team verses I’ve been working on memorizing, just click the picture or the button below and I’ll email you a PDF which features a 3 x 5 card for each of the 19 verses we’ve tackled so far.

Click Here to Get Your Printable Verses

How about you? Did you attend Women of Faith in Dallas and if so what were some of your favorite highlights? Or, what Scripture are you currently working on storing in your heart and mind? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

 

Join Me on Periscope Today (or watch the replay)

Live at 11:45 am today (replay up for 24 hours)

Let’s Periscope! I’ll be discussing Monday’s blog post regarding making a fresh start this September and how important self-control is to accomplishing our goals and living the life God calls us to live. Self-control is a real struggle for me, so I’m speaking from the perspective of a fellow traveler, certainly not an expert! Lots of grace along with God’s truth about this subject.

If you don’t know how to Periscope, it is super easy. I’ve made you a simple step-by-step guide to getting on Periscope; just click the image or button and I’ll email it to you.

Get Your Step-By-Step Guide

It’s really simple! Here is the basic overview:

When I “scope” I talk to you via live stream video. While you are not on camera, you do get to interact with me and the other people on the scope through the chat feature. You can type in your questions and comments on the chat bar and those scroll over the screen.

You can also send me some love and encouragement by tapping the screen which makes little hearts float up the side of the screen. (Doing this live is scary so seeing some hearts is really encouraging).

Of course, you can also just watch the broadcast without chatting; in fact, the app limits the chat to the first 200 people to log on to the scope. After that, you can watch but you can’t chat.

When I go live you’ll get a notification on your phone. Then, you jump on and join the fun. If you can’t make it live, you have 24 hours to watch it, but you won’t be able to interact, ask questions, and make comments. So jumping on live right away is best! After 24 hours, Periscope automatically deletes the video and you’ll miss out on that helpful content.

FREE Gift: Scripture Bookmark Set

If you didn’t get your bookmark set on Monday, you can pick it up here. These are some of the verses I’ve found helpful on this topic. I hope you enjoy these little bookmarks. You can leave one in your Bible, and maybe tuck the others around your house or car. I find it helpful to have them in areas where I am likely to face some temptations. Just click on the image or button below and I’ll email you the PDF file to print out. I recommend you print it on cardstock to make it more sturdy.

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See you over on Periscope!