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.

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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?

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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…

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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 Bible Study Galatians

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?

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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.

Get Your Bookmarks Now!

See you over on Periscope!

Find PEACE and Win Your War on Worry

You've got 24 hours to watch the broadcast on Periscope!

I’m doing a little series over on Periscope to help you find PEACE in your War on Worry. I did my very first broadcast with this topic in mid-August. That broadcast was an overview (and a bit of a chaotic hot mess with it being my very first broadcast and not knowing what I was doing). But this topic really resonates with the Making It Real Ministries community, so I’m going to do some short scopes (that’s what we call periscope broadcasts) that dig in a bit deeper to the various concepts.

I’m working on a way to archive these so you can watch them later, here on my blog. But for now, you’ll need to join me on Periscope. My Periscope handle is @LauraNaiser. Not sure how to use Periscope, read this. You’ll have 24 hours to watch the broadcast, but jump on live if you can. It is so much fun to interact with you live!

My plan is to broadcast on Fridays around 11:45 am CDT but that may vary a bit depending on my family’s schedule.  Be sure to turn on notifications when you follow me on Periscope and you’ll get notified when I go live so you won’t miss it. I will also post reminders on Facebook and Twitter so if you follow me on either or both of those, you’ll get those, too. If you’re on the Periscope broadcast live, you can interact with me via the chat box and ask me questions.

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I’ve made you a step-by-step guide to find PEACE in the war on worry. And on the second page, I’ve listed the armor of God and some thoughts about each piece and how it helps us in our fight against fear. Download the cheat sheet anytime. Just click on the image or button below and I’ll instantly email it to you.

  Get your Step-By-Step Guide

 And if you want to make a spiral of memory verses like I use, you can download my printables to get you started.

Get Your Memory Verses

Thanks for joining me today and I hope you’ll email me or leave a comment on my blog, Making It Real Ministries Facebook page, or send me a Tweet and let me know how you’re doing in achieving PEACE!

 

Wednesday Meet Up at Cianfriani’s Coffee (or on Periscope)

Are you waging a war with worry? Come meet up with me at Cianfriani’s Coffee on the Square in Georgetown at 9:45 am Wed, Aug. 12 and I’ll share some things I’ve found helpful in my own battle. I’ll also share this on Periscope (@LauraNaiser) beginning at 10 am. Even if worry isn’t one of your problems, please come hang out with us. We will have fun and share some valuable info and Scripture to help your real life intersect with God’s truth and grace!

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If you can’t make it in person or you have a conflict at that time, you can get the info on Periscope. If you join us live on Periscope you can chat with us and ask questions. Or if you’re busy around 10 am tomorrow, you’ll have up to 24 hours to watch the broadcast.

To find out more about how this works, read my post on Why I Love Periscope and How It Will Benefit You!

I’ve made you a simple step-by-step guideto getting on Periscope;
just click the image or button and I’ll email it to you. Get Your Step-By-Step Guide

And mark your calendar for next Tuesday, August 18 at 11:45 am when I’ll be scoping about an amazing book I’m reading right now. It goes on sale that day (I got a sneak peak copy from the author – how cool is that?) and I will be giving away a copy to someone who joins us on the broadcast.  Wayne’s book is full of God’s truth and grace and will help you find hope and peace in the midst of life’s frustrating, bewildering, or painful seasons.

I bet you have some friends who could benefit from one or both of these broadcasts. So please use the share buttons to share on your social media or forward this to some friends.

See you tomorrow!

 

Why I love Periscope and Why It Will Benefit You

Get the Easy Step-by-Step Guide to Interacting with Me on Periscope

Have you heard of the new social media platform called Periscope? It is only a few months old and I just learned of it a week or so ago. When I first heard about it I thought it was the silliest thing ever. Until I watched a few “scopes” by some of my favorite bloggers.  I was hooked and I’m excited to try it out. I’ll tell you why in a second. But first…

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First, what in the world is Periscope?

If you’re unfamiliar with Periscope, this app allows you to livestream video from your phone so you can interact with someone you like to learn from, engage with, or find interesting. “Scoping” is what they call broadcasting on Periscope.

Here is how it works.

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 virtual 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.

Why I love Periscope…and why I think it will benefit you:

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