A My Redeemer Lives Giveaway

Would you like an everyday, wearable reminder that the tomb is empty, that grace has come, and the victory is won?

It’s time for a giveaway and a little fun!

See our useful graphic below for all the information you need about the My Redeemer Lives contest . Email subscribers, you may need to click through to the blog for a better view of the contest graphic:

Yep, all you have to do for the next week is post your conversational comments on any My Redeemer Lives post at ilovemyshepherd.com. You can also post comments on any My Redeemer Lives post at www.purejoycreative.com, where all the Scripture engagement tools for the study can be found.

You’ll get one entry for every relevant comment, aka, it has to actually do with the study. ūüėČ This rule is because spammers love blogs and I’d rather have you readers and studiers who regularly follow have a better chance of winning.

The morning of March 25th I’ll draw a name to win one of the My Redeemer Lives necklaces!

If you have questions- feel free to ask in the comments. Happy contesting!

Rest in the Resurrection (My Redeemer Lives 4:5)

Today, I invite you to rest.

Rest in the knowledge that God is the Light that no darkness can overcome. He brings that light into our lives, particularly into the dark places.

This God of Light sent people to tenderly care for His Son, to wrap His body in burial clothes, and lay Him in a tomb… what joy they must have felt when He wrapped His arms of love around them once again.

Remember, God bring purpose to even the darkest nights.

Remember God controls the sun and the stars. He calls them each by name, and He knows your name too.

Remember He will restore our physical bodies in the resurrection of the dead when He comes back again, us and all believers, including the ones closest to our hearts.

Remember what born again means and brings – life in darkness, rising in the knowledge of new life.

Remember the world may speak judgement but God has one judgement only: Light in the Life of Christ.

What promises from this past week stuck with you the most?

Rest in these Truths today.

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It’s a Journey – Written in Iron Ink: Weight Loss

I am never more amazed than when I get to sit down and hear the story of someone else’s journey.

Our journeys may look different from one another, but it’s amazing how God knits and weaves His purposes into every life, every journey.

On today’s podcast, I sit down and talk to Sara Borgstede at The Holy Mess¬†about her journey of losing weight and learning new ways to organize and value her emotions. She also shares with us the challenges of setting goals and rewriting the messages she told herself along the way. In this conversation together, we’ll call out the cultural messages about food and body image, and firmly plant ourselves in the joy of relationships and grace that God gives to us along the way.

Sara shares insights around the Word with us and the wisdom that this journey from God is one of endurance; the race is steady, but sometimes can feel relentless, but He is also doing something New in our lives each day. Sara shares wisdom and insight discuss around two verses in particular‚ÄĒ Hebrews 12:1-2 and Isaiah 43:19¬†:

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,  looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Behold, I am doing a new thing;
    now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
    and rivers in the desert. 

Do you hear the tension and the promise in each?

Sara offers her story to us, as well as her tips and encouragement for our own journey.

You can find Sara at

The Holy Mess


Faithful Finish Lines

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