Tuesday, June 21, 2011
With the grand finale of Deeper Still: The Event completed, we would like to say thank you for being a part of LifeWay Women and sharing the deeper still journey with us. We adore Beth Moore, Kay Arthur, and Priscilla Shirer! And how could we not love Travis Cottrell and the praise team as well!
Here is a recap of many of our Deeper Still event memories over the last 5 years. We hope you cherish these memories like we do and that we all continue to go deeper still with our great Lord and Savior, Jesus.
We want to stay connected and keep the great conversations going as we dig deeper still God's Word. So please keep sharing your Deeper Still stories with us. And we hope to see you at another LifeWay Women's event in the future or on the LifeWay Women's All Access blog!
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
What an amazing weekend we experienced at the Deeper Still women's conference in Louisville, Kentucky! Although it was the final Deeper Still event, Beth Moore, Kay Arthur, and Priscilla Shirer taught God's Word with the same passion and depth as that first Deeper Still event five years ago.
Monday, June 13, 2011
This book of instruction must not depart from your mouth; you are to recite it day and night, so that you may carefully observe everything written in it. For then you will prosper and succeed in whatever you do. Haven't I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
-- Joshua 1:8
Even after Deeper Still: The Event, you may be afraid or discouraged as you return home.
What do you fear most in life?
- Broken relationships
- The Future
- Loss of a child
- What others think of you
- Not hearing God
One thing many people fear is change. Joshua was in a scary place in his life. He was assuming leadership after Moses' death (Jos. 1:1). Not any easy act to follow! Joshua was not Moses and he would not lead the Israelites with the same leadership style as Moses. Joshua was afraid and probably many of the people following under his new leadership were afraid.
Think about different times in your life when you were forced to experience change and say good-bye to something or someone. Possibly there were changes in your family--a move, a divorce, a sister going off to college, a son entering the military, the death of a loved one, or anything that caused a separation temporarily or permanently.
How did you feel? Did you sense the loss? Did you grieve because you knew things would never be exactly the same again? Are you feeling some of those same emotions as you leave Deeper Still: The Event? Write down your thoughts and feelings and reflect on the loss you may sense after participating in Deeper Still.
We may think there is something magical about being at an event with so many other believers--that somehow we are closer to God. We don't want the experience to end. However, God ordained this time at Deeper Still to change and transform us. Like the Israelites moving into the Promised Land, God wants us to return to our homes and communities different...reflecting His glory.
Will you let Him transform you? What are you afraid of?
Pray and ask God to make you strong and courageous as you follow Him in obedience. Pray that God will give you the strength and courage to make the changes He desires to transform your life for His glory.
Sunday, June 12, 2011
I am sure of this, that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. -- Philippians 1:6
Different things change for people at different times and in different ways. Christian testimonies tell us that some people meet God and change dramatically. A transformation takes place in their lives and we can hardly believe the difference when we see them. Others experience change more like a refinement that takes place slowly over time. Only God knows why it is fast and dramatic for some people and slower and less obvious for others.
The challenge of Deeper Still and other Christian events is that we do not always make a plan to carry home with us. We are pumped up with the excitement of the moment. However, when we return home our good intentions evaporate. We never get started on a process of change that will help us carry out the things we learned.
So, where do we begin? How do you apply the things you learned at Deeper Still? Until you answer that question, all you have are good intentions. Here are three steps to move your good intentions into life-changing actions.
1. Make the decision to change. Be clear and specific about what areas of your life you want to change. Determine practical ways to accomplish your objectives.
2. Come up with a plan. Making a plan means coming up with specific ways to achieve it. The more specific you are in your planning the more likely it is that you will accomplish your plan.
3. Follow through. The first step is always the hardest. You may want to use a checklist or set goals or deadlines to accomplish your plan. You also may need some relationships of accountability. Continue to evaluate your progress and measure how you are doing as you strive to reach the desired changes in your life.
What is one area of your life that you need to change after experiencing Deeper Still?
What is your plan of action to accomplish that change?
Pray that God will guide you as you take good intentions and turn them into life-changing actions. Pray that as you study and learn to interpret Scripture you will hear God speak to you personally and recognize the refinement that is taking place in your own life. Pray and thank God for His commitment to finish what He started in you.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
I'm not sure if the this is a good habit or an obsessive need, but every time my family prepares for a vacation, camp, or any kind of trip...I create a checklist. Sometimes it is handwritten, but it ALWAYS has the little boxes before each item to "check off." OK, sometimes we just scratch things out, but still, the checklist is a must!
Well, of course, of thought of a few things for you to add to your "checklist" for this final Deeper Still event.
1. Bible and pen. In all the packing and repacking, it is sometimes what we forget!
2. Any medicines you may need. Carry prescriptions in your purse. Yes, I know I sound like your grandmother. But you never know what delays or change of plans may take place, especially if you are with a group.
3. Cellphone AND charger. Unless you have a fantastic phone, you will probably need to charge it on Friday night. And trust me, you want your phone working on Saturday for an all day event. Before the event begins, before you arrive at Freedom Hall in Louisville exchange phone numbers with several in your group and go ahead and program them into your phone.
4. Identify the group leader. If you are with a church or large group, there will be someone serving as the group leader. She will suggest meeting spots, times to reconnect if the group separates, etc. Make sure you have her cellphone number and look to her for direction. Even if you are only with two other people, you may want to trade off being "the group leader!"
5. On Friday night and Saturday morning look for the large storyboards on the concourse of Freedom Hall. Be sure and write your thoughts and prayers on the boards about how you want God to take you Deeper Still this weekend.
6. Cash. Make sure you have a little cash on hand for any tips with luggage handlers at the airport and hotels. Cash is sometimes easier for the concessions at the arena or street vendors in downtown areas. You also need cash for vending machines in the hotels for those late night snacks!
What else have I forgotten? Trusting you to fill in the gaps on our checklist with your comments! See you in TOMORROW at Freedom Hall for the final Deeper Still event!
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Another quick note from Beth:
"Opps, Everybody! If you watched the unedited version of this video, I had the right city (thank You, Jesus!) but the wrong location! It's Freedom Hall, to the glory of God. So sorry that Blonder than She Pays to Be struck again. I promise I'll show up at the right place if you do! See you Friday night. I'm nuts about you. Love, Beth."
Who is ready to go deeper still with Jesus this weekend?! See you there!!!
Sunday, June 5, 2011
If then there is any encouragement in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by thinking the same way, having the same love, sharing the same feelings, focusing on one goal. Do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves. Everyone should look out not [only] for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
-- Philippians 2:1-4
Paul reminds us that Jesus desires unity and healthy relationships among His followers and we can achieve this unity by promoting the interests of others instead of promoting ourselves.
In addition to going deeper still in your study of the Bible, are you willing to go deeper still in obedience to God's word? Not only reading the Bible, but actually doing what it says? Are you willing to help others be their best? Are you willing to promote the good of others even at your own personal expense?
Think about these possibilities to help promote unity among believers:
1. Hold your tongue and don't say negative or mean things about others. Remember your own sins before you look down on someone else.
2. Listen carefully to other people and work at understanding their needs.
3. Refuse to think your time is so valuable that you cannot be interrupted to help someone else.
4. Stand beside others and with them as they face burdens and difficulties.
5. Know God's Word and speak it to other people when they need to hear it.
6. Serve others without acknowledgement or recognition.
Where do you shine in obedience to God as you unselfishly look out for the interests of others?
Where do you need to improve and develop healthy relationships in unity with other believers?
Reflect on your obedience to God and pray about how you will promote unity among believers and in your church as you go deeper still in your obedience to God today.
Friday, June 3, 2011
Thursday, June 2, 2011
We are prayerful and expectant as we approach the final Deeper Still event on June 10-11, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky!
It is so difficult to express the honor and privilege we, the LifeWay team, feel as we countdown to this final event with three of the most amazing and anointed Bible study teachers of our time. Beth Moore, Kay Arthur, and Priscilla Shirer have connected generations of women with a passion for Bible study and knowing their Savior intimately.
We thought you might be interested in know the stats of the Deeper Still events and, most importantly, the number of transformed lives.
- Louisville will be the 10th Deeper Still
- 2011 is the 5th and final year for Deeper Still
- Before the Louisville event, in the previous 9 events, Deeper Still has reached 102,540 women.
- In Louisville we will have 8,000 women which will give us a grand total in 10 events of 110,000 women. That is so huge and has been such a privilege and blessing.
We still want to hear how God has transformed your life through the Deeper Still event you attended. Let us hear your stories and your testimony! We want to honor God with this final Deeper Still and celebrate all that He has done and all that He is still going to do!