5 STEPS TO STABILITY | HEBREWS SUMMARY | GINGER CRADDOCK

SHAKEN BUT NOT STIRRED: Stability for Gritty Circumstances Week 9

Life can be crazy complicated. With all the chaos, we need to stay focused on what matters. Today I’ll share the 5 Steps to Stability which have helped me stay focused. I’ll help you stop being all stirred up; and position you to unlock a better life today.

Each of these steps will require a conscious choice to take action. The reality is in-action is a choice, too. A choice to drift along in the chaos. I know you are ready to get off the crazy bus! Let’s examine the 5 Steps to Stability we have discovered in part 1 and part 2 of Hebrews.

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First, in times of turmoil what are the things your mind dwells upon? Think of a current situation in your life where you are experiencing chaos. Are you rehearsing the negative words of others? Are you worrying? What is your mind dwelling upon during this difficult situation?

Complete the following sentence.

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EQUIPPED TO DO GOD’S WILL | HEBREWS 13

SHAKEN BUT NOT STIRRED: Stability for Gritty Circumstances Week 8

Transition Time…
Two years ago this May, a very compelling commencement address was delivered here in Austin, at the University of Texas graduation ceremony. Over 8,000 graduates gathered to hear an inspiring message by Admiral William McRaven, a four star admiral of the U.S. Navy and who now serves as the Chancellor of the University of Texas system. It has been suggested by some, that Admiral McRaven’s address was one of the best, if not the best message ever delivered to college graduates. Perhaps you were present to hear it!

His message was brief, lasting about twenty minutes, but it contained some profoundly simple, yet powerful wisdom, some of the best advice for life. Part of his narrative included these two challenges…to always keep moving forward, and to never, never give up!

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As I reflect on some of the commencement addresses –send off messages I have heard in my life-time, most of which I do not remember, I wonder how many of these graduates remember the amazing advice of this great leader.

The Power of Final Words…

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10 PROVEN STEPS TO A BETTER WAY TO LIVE

Guest Blog Post for We Are His Daughters

Young and naive, I was intent on being a superlative wife, mom, and business owner. Gag, who uses the word superlative? The use of the adjective superlative reflects the depth of my disconnect from reality. I thought I could achieve excellence simultaneously as a wife, mom, and business owner.

My heart was earnest. My mind was committed to finding a way forward successfully. I worked around the clock, as if I was spinning thousands of plates in the air.

Do you hear the plates…

I share the rest of the story along with 10 PROVEN STEPS TO A BETTER WAY TO LIVE in a guest blog post at We Are His Daughters.

Blessings ahead,

Ginger

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SEARCHING FOR A CHAMPION

SHAKEN But Not STIRRED: Stability for Gritty Circumstances | Hebrews

I woke this morning and hustled out of bed, quickly getting ready for my busy day ahead, only to realize my keys had been misplaced.

 

Sometimes I find myself searching for things in all the wrong places. Has this ever happened to you? The TV remote, my keys, my bible… you get the point.

In today’s world everything is fast paced, we’re always in a hurry. This week we take a break in our Bible study schedule to reflect upon the true meaning of Easter. Reflect upon the fact Jesus is your Advocate, your Champion, your High Priest.

Bring your children and family members into the conversation. I’ve created the Hebrews word search for you. A fun family activity to help everyone slow down and enjoy a little time together in the midst of this busy life.

Book Club Bible Study resumes the week of April 4th.

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Blessings ahead,

Niki

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

MASTER LIST: SHAKEN BUT NOT STIRRED: Stability for Gritty Circumstances

Hebrews Part 1 and Part 2

Happy Spring Break! It’s a great week to catch up on Bible study. Here’s the master list from the Book Club Bible Study team for SHAKEN BUT NOT STIRRED: Stability for Gritty Circumstances a Bible study of Hebrews, part 1 and part 2.

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Part 1 – Master List with Links

About Book Club Bible Study and IRONMEN Bible Study

About SHAKEN BUT NOT STIRRED: Stability for Gritty Circumstances, part 1.

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Week 1 – Encourage One Another, Overview of Hebrews

Week 2 – God Has Spoken to Us, Hebrews 1

Week 3 – Pay Much Closer Attention, Hebrews 2

Week 4 – Jesus, My High Priest, Hebrews 3 

Week 5 – Faithful People Finish the Work, Exodus 40

Week 6 – Let Us Be Diligent, Hold Fast, and Draw Near, Hebrews 4

Week 7 – Trained to Discern Good and Evil, Hebrews 5

Week 8 – Press On to Maturity, Hebrews 6

 

Part 2 – Master List with Links

About Book Club Bible Study and IRONMEN Bible Study

About SHAKEN BUT NOT STIRRED: Stability for Gritty Circumstances, part 2

Start Here Book Club Bible Study Video

The Bible “workbook” The New Inductive Study Bible, a one-time investment.

Week 1 – Faith in Jesus is a Better Way to Live, Overview of Hebrews

Week 2 – Who is Mel?, Hebrews 7

Week 3 – A Better Covenant and Better Promises, Hebrews 8

Week 4 – Jesus, Mediator of a New Covenant, Hebrews 9

Week 5 – A Transformed Heart and Mind, Hebrews 10

Week 6 – Faith is…, Hebrews 11

Week 7 – Fix Your Eyes on Jesus, Hebrews 12

Week 8 – Equipped to Do God’s Will, Hebrews 13

Week 9 – 5 Steps to Stability, Hebrews Summary part 1 and 2

 

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Standing on the promises,

Niki

 

ADDITONAL RESOURCES AND CONNECTIONS

FAITH IS…

SHAKEN BUT NOT STIRRED: Stability for Gritty Circumstances Week 6

At 6 a.m. a burn smell permeated my house. I open the door to my friends and welcome them to Bible study, as they wrinkle their noses and sniff…  No, I didn’t need an illustration to teach on hell. I was teaching on the assurance of faith and the conviction to do God’s will. Do you need some assurance in your faith today?

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Faith is a God given ability to trust the future God has promised to you.

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A TRANSFORMED HEART AND MIND

SHAKEN BUT NOT STIRRED: Stability for Gritty Circumstances Week 5

What does a truly transformed heart and mind look like? We have hope! God had a plan from the beginning to get rid of the stain of sin from our lives. He extended grace and restoration for our hearts and minds.

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HELP ME UNDERSTAND

I like to think of a couple things that help me to understand what God did for us… like getting stains out of clothes. Most everyone has had the job of getting stains out, especially those of us with children.  I remember my mother used ‘Shout’ laundry spray on my brothers clothes to remove the dirt. But my brothers would go back and get dirty again and my mom would have to spray more Shout to get the dirt out. Eventually, the spray would not remove all the dirt or the stains and we would have to throw the shirt way.

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JESUS, MEDIATOR OF A NEW COVENANT

SHAKEN BUT NOT STIRRED Part 2 Week 4

When was the last time you felt alone?

During the loneliness, did you long for an advocate, a champion, a crusader, or a liberator? Maybe you longed for a mediator to plead your case and help resolve the problem. Note: You can download the tabernacle document here which Ginger references in this talk.

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The words advocate, champion, crusader, liberator, and mediator are all synonyms for the words high priest. These synonyms help us discover why we need a high priest. During the good times and especially during the gritty times of life we all need an advocate, a champion, a crusader, a liberator, and a mediator.

Today, you will see there is a mediator for you.

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A BETTER COVENANT & BETTER PROMISES

SHAKEN BUT NOT STIRRED Part 2 Week 3

We are offered a New Covenant with BETTER promises! What IS better to you? Is it a job promotion, a caribbean cruise or a new home? Or what about getting married. or having children? Is better to you, a stronger relationship with your husband? Or to grow your faith and have a clearer understanding of God’s Word?

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I can’t think of one area in my life where I wouldn’t want God’s “better” for me. No matter how great my current life is, God’s better is ALWAYS better than what I can work out on my own. In Hebrews chapter 8, the author tells us of a NEW Covenant that offers better promises! What an AMAZING gift that is to those who receive it!

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