In the Word Wednesdays – Launch/Introduction

Embraced by Holiness

Welcome to In the Word Wednesdays!

This was our very first online Bible study here at Making It Real Ministries, and I’m so glad you’ve joined us!

This video and post will explain our approach, our schedule and everything else you need to know to participate.

Our study this session is Kathy Howard’s, Embraced by Holiness, the Path to God’s Daily Presence. When we originally recorded these video sessions she had just released this study.

You’ll want to get a copy ASAP so you can start working on your homework. You can use the link to get it from Amazon which is the easiest way. You may have trouble finding it on the shelves of the brick-and-mortar stores, but they could order it for you.

Don’t worry if you don’t have it today, I’ll cover everything you need to know in the video.

Just in case you have trouble with the video, I’ll summarize the instructions in the written part of each post below the video.

OK, ready? Here’s your first video! (FYI, the video quality gets better over the next few sessions as I got the hang of it.)

If you arrived at this page via an email I sent you, then you have already subscribed to this series and I’ll send you an email each Wednesday with a link to the brief video in which I will highlight key points from the homework and give you instructions for the upcoming week.

If you’ve stumbled upon this page on my blog but would like to join the study and get updates each week sent to your email inbox, just complete the form below.

Your Turn…

Respond and Register by leaving a comment with the information I noted in the video (and below). 

Of course, you can take part without registering but by registering and commenting, I’ll know I’m not alone in this. It will also increase a sense of community and provide you with a measure of accountability. I so want our little blog community to be just that: a community. For that to happen, we all have to participate and get to know one another.

I know many of you are not bloggers or participants in other blogs so the commenting seems a bit scary. Some of you have told me you’re not sure how to leave a comment so let me go over that process.

How to leave a comment

When you click “comment” button in the share bar (Or the “Leave a comment by clicking here” prompt at the bottom of the post), it will open the comment system. I will look similar to this:

Comment Screen

Then just follow these steps:

Step 1: Sign in using one of the social media options (Optional)

I recommend signing in first then posting your comment. That way, if you have any trouble signing in, you won’t lose what you type. You can click on one of the icons (#1 in picture) to sign in via one of your other social media accounts. This is easy and it automatically uses your profile picture!


Step 2: Sign in without using a social media account (Optional)

If you don’t don’t have a social media account (or just don’t want to sign in that way), you can  click in the “Name” field under OR PICK A NAME heading (see #2 in picture above). Fill in your name (you can provide just your first name or do first and last – your choice), email, and create a password to use.


Step 3: Post Your Comment as a Guest

If you don’t want to do either #1 or #2, then see #3 in the graphic above. Just click that little box to post your comment as a guest.

Step 4: Click the arrow.

Then click the arrow to the right of those fields (#4 in the graphic above). It will log you in and you can type in and post your comment.

Step 5: Type your comment

Type your comment in the field where it says “Join the discussion…” (#5 in the graphic above).

Step 6: Post your comment.

Just click “Post as [Your Name] when you are ready to post your comment. (That will appear after you sign in.)

What to provide in the comments TODAY:

  1. Your NAME. (If you sign in, this will appear automatically next to the comment field. If you’re getting together with a group, please leave the names of the people in your group. (You can leave first name only if you like for privacy).
  2. WHERE you are. This includes both your city/state and whether you are meeting in your home, at your church, in the library, or at a coffeeshop, etc. I’m just curious to see who is participating and where y’all are meeting.
  3. SOLO or SMALL GROUP. Let us know how you’re participating. Are you like me and the the blog community is your group? If so, write SOLO. Or, if your meeting together with others, write SMALL GROUP. Also, let us know how many are in your group.
  4. Your GOAL/MOTIVATION for participating in this study. What do you hope to get out of this? Why did you sign up? This helps us do our best to provide what you need to meet your goal.
  5. PRAYER REQUESTS: Remember, this is a public forum so we want to use discretion with regard to how much and how we share. Obviously, if your in a face-to-face group with people you already know, you can share at a deeper level. However, on a public forum like this, you’ll want to use some wisdom about the level at which you’re comfortable sharing. If you are requesting prayers for someone else, or sharing something about someone else, be sure you have their permission to do so.

I’ll go first and leave my answers as the first comment below so you can see an example.

Memory Verse

I really struggle with memorization. So, I’m working on that. I’ll have a verse from, or related to, each week’s homework for us to memorize.

Of course, this is optional.

I have experienced the value of having God’s Word stored in my mind as well as my heart. So, I’m trying to sock away more verses to draw upon when I need them.

This first one goes with your homework in Week One. I’m using the New International Version, but please feel free to use whatever translation you prefer. If you’ve watched the video, this verse will be familiar to you.

Leviticus 20:7-8   Consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am the LORD your God. Keep my decrees and follow them. I am the LORD, who makes you holy.

That’s It

So, order your book and consider inviting few friends to join you! I am so glad you’re coming along with me on this journey. I can’t wait to see your names and locations! Know that you are being prayed over and are valued greatly!! 

Blessings of truth and grace, my friends!




Register and respond: Don’t forget to introduce yourself by leaving your response! You can leave a comment by clicking here.


I hope you'll jump into the conversation by leaving a comment. I would love for each post to be like a dinner party conversation in which many people participate, each adding their own perspectives and ideas. Just keep in mind that we want to treat others as we would like to be treated, so please keep your comments constructive and on topic. Feel free to post viewpoints and ideas that differ from mine or others but refrain from personal attacks or offensive language. I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive, off-topic, or which demean or belittle another member of the Making It Real community.

  • I’ll go first…
    1. Laura Naiser
    2. Georgetown, Texas and I’ll be at home.
    3. I’m going SOLO, so I’m really hoping to have some company on the blog.
    4. I was planning to use Kathy’s book as my personal study this Summer, but thought it would be even better if I had some friends to study it with me. I also want to see if my blog community would enjoy doing something like this.
    5. Prayer request: For God’s strength to be shown through my weakness. This process is a bit beyond my technical comfort zone. And, I always am aware of the responsibility of teaching God’s Word!
    Can’t wait to hear from all of you!

  • Patti McCartney

    1. Patti McCartney
    2. Round Rock, at home
    3. Solo…=)
    4. Need to get in the word this summer and was hoping to have some accountability partners.
    5. Prayer: Going through some personal stuff right now and feeling discouraged. Need to find where God is leading me and listen when he speaks.

    • Hi Patti! I’m so excited you’re joining me on the adventure. I’m sorry to hear you’re going thru a discouraging time right now. I will be praying for you to hear God loud and clear and be ready to follow where he leads!

      • Patti McCartney

        Thanks Laura! I will get the book this week and dive in. Do you know if the Christian Book Store at Wolf Ranch carries it?

        • I’d call first to see if they have it in stock. They will likely have to order it. So actually, the easiest way to get the book is just order it by clicking the link in the post or on my sidebar and get it from Amazon. Or check on and see where it might be stocked. Don’t worry if you don’t have the homework done by next Wed. That is the beauty of online Bible study, it waits for you to participate whenever you’re ready!

          • Patti McCartney

            Ok, sounds good. One way or another I’ll get it. I can call them today, got plenty of time!

  • Shanita Heavener

    1. Shanita Heavener

    2. Franklin TN, at home

    3. Solo – but now I’m thinking of someone I can invite over, or Skype with

    4. The refreshing strength time in the Word provides; tools to encourage others in the journeys

    5. Prayer: wisdom for family decisions

    Laura, thanks so much for doing this!

    • Shanita, I’m so glad you’re joining us. This is fun. Even though you’ve moved far away, I still get to study with you 🙂 And I like your idea of inviting someone over to do the study with you in person or via Skype – that’s cool!
      Refreshing strength…I loved how you put that. I’ve been feeling so refreshed and so much more grounded and peaceful since I’ve been immersing myself in God’s Word this past month. Praying you find that as we do this study.

  • davi

    1 Davi
    2 Washington State at home
    3 Solo- but your vidoes make me feel like I’m sitting on the sofa in your living room right there with you!
    4 Accountability to be in God’s word routinely, regularly, consistently through the summer.
    5. Prayer: to truly discern God’s calling for my career path.

    HI PATTI!!!! I miss you! So glad you are in this study!

    • Welcome! This is so great to be able to do Bible study with friends in faraway places!

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