A new session of STAND will begin on Monday, September 14. For more information, please visit and click on the links for "Stand." Our last session together was WONDERFUL... you won't want to miss this study!

Ready to jump in? Why not take a picture of your rainy day shoes (or you know... boots, flip-flops, bare feet... whatever!) E-mail your photo to And we'll post them with your first name along the side-bar.

Can't wait to study with you!!!
Love, Mary

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Friday, July 24

Good morning again my very wonderful friends :)

I've got to tell you, I really can't believe that it's been almost eight weeks since we started, and now it's time to wrap things up. I can say with total and complete assurance that this group is more than I could have hoped for as study partners and friends, and I'm thankful for the who the Lord brought into the picture as we explore this new format of Bible study. I'm really thankful for your participation, encouragement, and friendship. I'm already so excited to do this again! I hope we'll still be working alongside one another as we do!

Don't forget our get together coming soon, I'm looking forward to seeing you guys! Also please be praying about joining our next study, “Resolved” based on the Life of Peter. It's gonna be good. I'm just sayin. :)

Alright. That's right... you already know.

[Stop.] Spend some time on your knees before the One who sees you, loves you, and has equipped you to stand.

FOR DISCUSSION: How would YOU sum up how the Lord has equipped us to STAND?

We've talked about PRAISE and explored it in a new way. We've talked about perspective, perseverance, prayer, and so much more. Really I think it boils down to this: [Always.]

Know what you know.

Live what you know.

Share what you know.

Remember that you have a constant source of example, help, strength, and daily step-by-step guidance in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Please Read: Mark 2:1-12

This is a very well known story in which a few dear friends literally carried their paralyzed friend to Jesus for healing. Jesus did not immediately heal the “circumstances.” He healed the heart.

It always starts there. Always.

Know it. Live it. Share it. Our reality must always start with God as King... and bringing our circumstances and hearts to surrender. Offer yourself. Then you'll see a miracle.

Then.. Jesus told the man to [STAND UP.] But He didn't stop there. Without wasting one breath or stopping His sentence Jesus said “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.”

Why not stand there for everyone to gaze upon the miracle? Why not let the man stay with the others to listen to all of the teachings of Jesus?

Because it was time to go forward.

It was time to go forward for all to see.

(v. 12) He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”

It's knowing. It's living. It's sharing. And it's ALWAYS worship.

It's always a step forward. Revival is nothing more than a conscious effort to take one step forward with God each day. Start today. Revival is worship. WORSHIP IS... REVIVAL.

You've learned to stand, dear friend and greatly loved child of God.

Now it's time to get up, take your mat, and walk.

Share what you know.

*If you would like to be a part of starting small group Bible studies of Stand in your church, neighborhood or community please send me and e-mail at We'll be able to discuss these possiblities when we meet in person as well.

We'd also LOVE to see your continued participation through the rest of the site even as this study ends! Please rejoice and share with us on the blog as often as you can. The Lord has used that ministry in a mighty way!

I'm so thankful for each of you! Have a wonderful weekend... discussions will remain open all weekend. You are each in my thoughts and prayer!

Love, Mary