Today is the final day of the re-launch of my Legacy Bible study and I am honored to be sharing over at Jen Stults’ blog. Jen is more than just a friend. She is the designer behind the new look for Legacy and I could not be more pleased with how it turned out.
Here is a little taste of what I am offering at Jen’s blog today…..
Very few of us will have a book written or a movie made about our lives. Most of us will go from day to day living out a normal (whatever that means) life with its undulating highs and lows. The vast majority of us will never have even as much as a one-column newspaper article written about the space between our birth and our death. So, why should we be too jacked up over our legacy?
Today I am sharing about legacy, faith, and mustard seeds over at Jen’s blog. I would love for you to click here and join me there.
PS: There is a GIVEAWAY there!
NOTE: The names of the winners of the Wednesday Legacy giveaway are posted on the Wednesday post. If you did not win, be sure and enter the other giveaways that will happen today and next week!
The word legacy is never used in the Word of God, yet the concept permeates the Bible. Synonyms for legacy include inheritance, birthright, bequest, and heritage. The words inheritance, birthright, and bequest cause one to think of money or property being handed down. In contrast the words ‘legacy’ or ‘heritage’ bring to mind things handed down that lie in the realm of the spiritual or moral.
Today I would like to share part of the legacy that I call my own. On April 7, 1936, Wayne Edward Colwell was born to Frank and Eula Colwell in Blairsville, GA. He would be their only child and was watched over and protected fiercely, especially by his mother.
Only moments old, he struggled to live, and at one point was wrapped in a blanket and “laid out for dead,” as the old-timers used to say. It was only when one of his aunts noticed the blanket moving that the family realized he was very much alive. A few months later, he would struggle with a serious case of pneumonia that threatened his life. Yet by God’s grace, he overcame that as well.
In June of 1952, Wayne became very sick and was diagnosed with polio at the age of 16. He spent weeks at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, where he endured excruciating spinal taps and other medical procedures necessary to diagnose and treat this horrendous disease.
Ultimately, polio would leave him unable to walk without the aid of a full leg brace and crutches. His parents could only see him once a week while he was at Grady, and this contributed all the more to his mother’s overprotective spirit. After several weeks at Grady, he was moved to Warm Springs Rehabilitation Center, where he spent several months learning to live with the residual effects of polio. He was told that he would never walk again and would be forced to spend the rest of his life confined to a wheelchair.
Just home from Warm Springs ~ 16 years old
After coming home, Eula would have waited on Wayne hand and foot had she been allowed. However, Wayne had learned a measure of independence at Warm Springs, and he was determined that he would not allow his handicap to disable him. He finished high school, attended Young Harris College, and obtained his broker’s license to sell real estate. In his real estate business, he often needed to walk the properties that he was buying or selling, and with the aid of the full leg brace to keep his atrophied leg straight and crutches to keep him upright, he did just that. He achieved great success in the real estate business and also served a term as the sole commissioner of the county where he lived.
Not only was he successful in business, but he was a wonderful father to his two daughters and husband to his wife, Bobbie. His life evidenced his love for Jesus, and he volunteered untold hours mowing the grass for First Baptist Church in Blairsville. His passion was to see young people encouraged in their walk with Christ, and he gave generously to the youth program at First Baptist.
On the day of his memorial service in October of 2004, over 800 people stood in line for several hours to pay their respects to Wayne. His family heard story after story of how he had helped people in the community in a very quiet way.
“He paid my mortgage payment to keep me from losing my home.”
“Wayne came by the appliance store, purchased a washer and dryer, and told me to deliver them to so-and-so. He told me never to tell who paid for them.”
Over and over, the stories were shared. These stories evidenced a life well lived—a life that left a legacy of hard work, integrity, perseverance, wisdom, and love for his Lord and his fellow man.
May 2004 ~ The Colwell Family
Wayne was my Daddy, and over the years, I watched him function as well as any man who had two good legs. He provided very well for our family, when he could have easily given up and depended on charity or the government to support us. He was a respected businessman whom people trusted because of his honesty and integrity. He worked hard and persevered in spite of his handicap. God gave to him wisdom, keen insight, and vision, and he used them to be the man God desired for him to be. It was from my daddy’s example that I learned about perseverance, hard work, and integrity.
People are watching us each and every day of our lives. As we go about our days, we are—either consciously or unconsciously—setting an example for others. In the things that we do and say, we are writing our story on the lives that surround us.
Have you considered the story you are writing on the lives of those surrounding you? Share a legacy story from your family with us in the comments today.
This story is found in week 1 of the Legacy Bible Study.
Today, I am giving away two copies of Legacy (one print version and one Kindle version) over on the Legacy FB page. Simply go to the page and LIKE it, then leave a comment on the page telling me whether you prefer the print version or the Kindle version and you will be entered to win when I draw two names on Sunday morning.
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GIVEAWAY WINNERS: The winners of this first Legacy Bible study giveaway are……Shannan Williams and Mary DuBose. Congratulations, ladies!! If you did not win today, please be sure and enter the giveaway for the remainder of the launch!
As many of you know my first Bible study was published in 2010 and was entitled, From the Trash Pile to the Treasure Chest: Creating a Godly Legacy. The message of that Bible study is the basis around which my entire ministry is built…..leaving a godly legacy for the generations that come behind me. I do this through teaching God’s Word and mentoring.
In 2015 the company through which I published that study closed their doors, leaving me with no access to obtain copies of the study. After much prayer, I decided to do a bit of re-formatting and a new design and re-publish the study. I sought the help of Jen Stults for the formatting and design work. She was such a gem and worked so hard for months on this project. Today is the day her work, as well as mine, is unveiled and made available for purchase.
If you are not familiar with the Legacy study, may I give you a bit of a peek into it? The premise of the Bible study is that we are all leaving a legacy for the generations that come behind us. A god-less legacy will happen by default unless we are intentional about creating a god-ly legacy.
I believe there are three key components of a godly legacy:
- Faith in Jesus Christ
- Godly character choices
- Holy living
Every person who names the name of Jesus over their lives gets the first one right. The second and third ones are where many Christians fail to make intentional choices that create a godly legacy. Our world is chock full of opportunities to make poor character choices and default to less than holy lives. All you have to do is spend two minutes on social media or television to know this is true.
Enter Legacy: It’s What You Leave Behind!
This six week Bible study offers a wealth of Scripture to help the student think through and make choices that create a godly legacy. Each week of the Bible study consists of five days of homework that takes the student straight to the Word. At the end of each day of study there are Meditation Moments that encourage pondering of the topics studied that day.
Week 1 of the study is focused on why it is important to create a godly legacy. Weeks 2 and 3 examine the issue of faith. Weeks 4 and 5 take the student on a journey that helps them examine godly character choices, as well as choices to live out real, boots-on-the-ground holiness in their daily life. The final week offers testimonies of women who are seeking to create a godly legacy in the midst of doing life.
This Bible study is appropriate for women and teen girls. It can be done in a group setting or individually. There are no videos to accompany the study since my goal is for the study to encourage much interaction and discussion when done in a group setting.
Because I am super excited to re-launch Legacy I will be sharing quite a bit about it for the next several days…quotes from the study and from people who have done the study. There will be opportunities to win FREE copies of the study as well. I will be sharing about Legacy on social media as well.
Legacy: It’s What You Leave Behind is available in print form and in Kindle format from Amazon.
In celebration of today’s re-launch of Legacy I want to give away to two of my blog readers one print book and one Kindle book. How do you enter?
Simply leave a comment right here on this post telling me which format you prefer should you win. Print or Kindle. That’s it. I will draw two names of winners on Friday morning, so be sure you use an email to comment that you check frequently.
You may increase your chances of winning by sharing this post on social media. One entry per social media platform, so if you are active on Facebook and Instagram and you share this post there, you can enter three times…one for leaving a comment, one for FB and one for IG. For every share, please return here and leave a comment letting me know where you shared the post. LOVE IS SHARING!!
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What happens when an abortion survivor finds her birth mother… …who never knew her daughter was alive?
Melissa Ohden is fourteen when she learns she is the survivor of a botched abortion. In this intimate memoir she details for the first time her search for her biological parents, and her own journey from anger and shame to faith and forgiveness.
I am frequently presented with opportunities to review books and movies here on the blog. There are very few of those opportunities to which I say ‘yes’. If I choose to present a product to you, my faithful readers, I want it to be something that will enrich your life and bless your heart. When the opportunity to review Melissa Ohden’s book, You Carried Me, was placed before me, I knew immediately that I wanted to share with you.
Ohden does a masterful job of sharing a story that is full of heartache, despair, joy, and healing in a calm and thorough way. Her life after learning that she is the survivor of a saline abortion includes teenage bouts with alcohol, pre-marital sex, and bulimia. Over the course of several years and with the blessing of her adoptive parents, she searches for her birth parents, gleaning little bits of information about them from time to time. The book includes an account of her first meeting with her birth mother 38 years after the attempted abortion. Ohden details the journey of healing through which God led her from anger and shame to faith and forgiveness. As a social worker, she has been able to help others who have experienced severe emotional trauma related to abortion, child abuse, and other issues that plaque our society.
Melissa’s very existence as a survivor of a botched abortion impacted so many people and this book is one family’s story that highlights the complexity of the issue. It will leave readers with more compassion for every woman impacted by abortion. This compelling human interest story, and the sensitivity with which Ohden personalizes issues such as adoption and women’s rights, will appeal to readers of all stripes.
Kirkus Reviews said the following about You Carried Me:
“A memoir of mothers, daughters, adoption, and abortion. . . . Ohden’s story is complicated, and she has impressively overcome significant emotional challenges. . . . [Her] perseverance is inspiring.”
I encourage you to learn more about Melissa’s book. Here are some ways you can do that:
You Carried Me Page
Melissa’s publisher is giving away 5 copies of the book. You may enter to win by CLICKING THIS LINK.
Want a copy for yourself? Here is the link to Amazon for You Carried Me.
GIVEAWAY WINNERS: Congratulations Brenda Cascio and Mary Tullila! Thank you to everyone who entered the drawing for the giveaway.
Good Monday morning!
Y’all, I have been so blessed by my writing sabbatical…blessed with rest, sweet communion with Jesus, renewed excitement about ministry, and perspective. It has been a good, good time and I will definitely plan another next year.
However, when the opportunity to share an exciting new feature of The JESUS Film dropped into my inbox, I knew that it was worthy of a post. Especially since there is a GIVEAWAY tacked onto the feature.
Do you know about The JESUS film? If not, here is a bit of history about it.
In honor of its 35th anniversary, The JESUS Film, the most watched film in history, having been viewed billions of times, has now been re-mastered in high-definition with a complete new musical score in Dolby 5.1 surround sound.
The JESUS Film is a faithful depiction of Christ’s birth, ministry, death and resurrection as told in the biblical account from the Gospel of Luke. Virtually every word Jesus speaks in The JESUS Film is quoted from Scripture, with 450 leaders and scholars having reviewed the script for biblical accuracy. Further historical accuracy was ensured using clothing, pottery and other props made with first-century methods to portray a 2,000-year-old Palestinian culture.
The JESUS Film has been officially recognized by The Guinness Book of World Records as the Most Translated Film in history, and is now is available in 1,197 languages. In addition, more than 200 million individuals worldwide have indicated a decision to follow Jesus after viewing The JESUS Film. This story of the film’s impact over the past 35 years will be shown through an exclusive new short feature narrated by actor Ernie Hudson and available on the re-mastered widescreen DVD.
The disc includes The JESUS Film in a total of eight languages English, Spanish, Mandarin, French, Vietnamese, German, Korean and Arabic.
- The Making of ‘The JESUS Film’ – A documentary that highlights the attention to historical and Biblical detail in the making of the 1979 film, JESUS.
- The Impact of ‘The JESUS Film – A ten minute celebration of what God has done through the film JESUS over the last 35 years.
For more info on the movement behind this film go here: http://www.jesusfilm.org/
How much better is an updated version of The JESUS film if it is available via STREAMING? A whole bunch, I would say. This will be the first time in the history of the film that it has been available as a download. iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, Microsoft, Christian Cinema On Demand all offer streaming capabilities for The JESUS Film. Check this out: The JESUS Film Streaming Options.
I don’t watch much television, nor do I go to the movies very often, but the opportunity to stream The Jesus Film definitely gave me a desire to watch it. The life of Jesus shines brightly in this much watched, much loved movie….AND it is super easy to access.
Today, I am thrilled to GIVE AWAY 2 FREE STREAMING CODES that can be redeemed at ChristianCinema.com to download the film. Here’s the skinny on the giveaway:
- Simply leave me a comment ON THIS POST with your name and the state and country in which you live. That’s it.
- The giveaway will run from today until Wednesday morning when I will draw the names of the 2 winners.
- If you post about the giveaway on social media, come back here and leave another comment telling me you posted. Then, you can be entered for the giveaway a second time. Two entries max. One for commenting, one for social media linking.
There is no better time to watch The JESUS film than right now at Christmas. What a beautiful reminder of our Savior and a great time to share His Story with others.
This post and giveaway are sponsored by Jesus Film and the FrontGate Christian Blogger Network. The opinions about how it will serve our home well are my own.
I’m popping in from my blogging break to remind you that books make a great gift and awesome stocking stuffers! And I just happen to have written a handful that you might want to consider as you look for that certain gift for your special someone.
My latest Bible study, Tasting Grace, is all about mentoring and food.
Tasting Grace: A Mentoring in the Kitchen Bible Study is a 4 week Bible study that examines the concept of biblical mentoring. The book also includes an event planning guide to help ladies create their own Tasting Grace mentoring in the kitchen event.
Praise for Tasting Grace
“I am a huge fan of the Leah-and-Jan approach to mentoring women. Kitchen counters become sacred spaces and holy conversations take place over the clack and clatter of pans and dishes. The women laugh, lament life’s painful bent and boast in Jesus and His gracious sufficiency. Godly counsel stirs up over savory chopped garlic and discipleship rises warm from the oven with the scents of cinnamon. I’m not sure a person can find a better combination for tasting and seeing that the Lord is good.”
~~ Beth Moore, Bible study author, Christian speaker and teacher
You may order Tasting Grace from Amazon or Warner Press by clicking each link.
Perhaps you have someone on your gift list who really likes in-depth Bible studies. Have I got one for you! HeBrews: A Better Blend takes the student on an eight week journey of discovery through the biblical book of Hebrews. Combining in-depth Bible study and delicious dessert recipes, this study will satisfy your tummy and your soul.
But it now from Amazon and Warner Press.
There is a downloadable leader guide for those wishing to lead a small group through the study.
Finally, When Words Won’t Come is a pocket sized devotion book that offers comforting words from the Scriptures to speak into the heart. Challenging. Encouraging. Practical. Real. The scripture and devotionals in this book will meet you right where you are. You will be reminded of who God is, of your purpose in this world and that Someone is in control of a world that seems to be spinning out of control. When you are facing difficulties and have no words, you will be reminded that God’s Word always has an answer for every situation you face.
This little gem can be purchased from Amazon or Warner Press.
I would love to give away a few copies of Tasting Grace to kick off the Thanksgiving and Christmas season. Here’s how the giveaway will roll.
The first five people who email me a paid receipt for the purchase of any of my books from any retailer (brick-and-mortar store or online) will receive a FREE copy of Tasting Grace to give as a Christmas gift or keep for themselves. Qualifying purchases must be made after August 1, 2016. You may email the receipt to email@example.com. One entry per person and household, please. I apologize to my friends outside the US, but this is limited to USA mainland only.
Ready, set, GO!