Conversation Peace?

Ever put your foot in your mouth?                   

Wish you could push rewind? 

Offended someone?

Join Seasoned Sister *** on a journey for some peace in your conversations and how to be/receive blessings.  I hope together we can learn how to apply the deep truths behind the message in the 1 Peter below.

1 Peter 3: 8-11    Summing it up: Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble. That goes for all of you, no exceptions. No retaliation. No sharp-tongued sarcasm. Instead, bless—that’s your job, to bless. You’ll be a blessing and also get a blessing.

Save the date Now

for a journey

July 22, 2017  9:00 am – 11:00 am

 Whoever wants to embrace life
and see the day fill up with good,
Here’s what you do:
Say nothing evil or hurtful;
Snub evil and cultivate good;
run after peace for all you’re worth.

from The Message

Starting July 22, 2017- Ending December 30, 2017 

feel free to check us out a month early June 24th by joining us for a Pool Potluck Party at 11:00  please rsvp though.

Each month we will discuss things like:

the Power of Navigation
the Power of Cause and Effect
the Power of Exchange, etc.
Author, Mary Kassian will lead us through this journey of engaging and sweetening our speech.  She will teach us a format to memorize on how to ask questions without yes or no answers, how to really engage in a conversation that has more meaning for you and the person you are speaking to.

Save on your Calendars NOW.

July 22, 2017- December 30, 2017

You can order your book yourself  (link below) or I will be ordering books the first of June so tell your friends, neighbors and sisters to join us as we gain wisdom from God’s Word together.

Looking forward to spending this 2 hour-sessions with you and other sisters like you each month for 6 months.

* (membership is required but good for all year)


***Are You a Seasoned Sister?
Seasoned:  Old enough to know what we want out of life, and wise enough to know what to do with those desires, hopes, and dreams.
Sisters:  When building a home, 2x4s are hammered together on bearing walls so they can bear more weight. This term is called “sistering.” When women stand shoulder to shoulder and sister one another, we are stronger, and we can make a positive difference.
Seasoned Sisters is the place for us to connect to the information, the people, and the resources that can help us live a fantastic life after 40 ( or near there).
Seasoned Sisters is an organization of women just like you -who gather in friendship circles regularly to gain the strength and education needed to handle the unique challenges at this stage of life.
Life after 40 can be FANTASTIC! All you need to maximize your midlife and beyond is some great friendships and some great information!
Seasoned Sisters monthly Blog /Reminder/Update on Facebook or by email will keep you in the loop and connect you to some terrific resources, people, and information.  It reminds you of your lesson, date and fellowship service.
Sign on Facebook at: Seasoned Sisters Saturday Morning El Cajon Public Group and begin today creating a life that is Smart, Savvy and Strong!
* New Members:  $20.00 which includes the book “10 Secrets of Living Smart, Savvy and Strong” and goes for one year.  New classes start right after finishing another.  So it is monthly all year long.    On June 24 we end our current study with a pool party.  Feel free to call me for details if you would like to come and meet us as we swim and have lunch together, celebrating our study on Esther, It’s Tough Being a Women by Beth Moore.
Renewal due every January:  $5.00 plus a small fee for fellowship supplies
The Meetings are for us all. We meet monthly, the 4th Saturday of each month in my home.
I have been leading this group since Seasoned Sisters started several years ago.  I have a heart for Worship and Mentoring Women.  My goal is to gain new friends and teach others how to be lifelong sisters in Christ here on earth and in heaven.  I am blessed to open up my home every month as we commit to fellowship that is bonded by Christ and His love for us. Come feel the warmth and coziness of fellowship with others.
Join Seasoned Sisters today by calling me today 619-443-5828 and coming to a meeting.
We will be starting on July 22 ,2017 with a workbook by Mary Kassian, Conversation Peace.  Books will be available at the July Meeting or you are free to order on line at www.Lifeway.com/conversationpeace
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Shelley Thompson
12520 Jackson Hill Drive EC., California 92021
shelley12153@cox.net
619-443-5828

 

 

 

Search me God and know my heart

My good friend, Karen Johnson, 17457559_10208706141674826_1535373195003498282_nposted this today on her Facebook page.  It is such a great post I wanted to share it with my followers just in case you don’t see her daily post blessings.  She is a great writer and I so enjoy her insight.  I hope you agree with me after reading it.  Here it is:

Before Matt and I got married we joined Celebrate Recovery (CR) together. CR is a program that helps you work through “any habits, hurts or hang-ups that are keeping you from a deeper relationship with God”. When this program is led well it is a beautiful thing.

Everyone has something that is keeping them from a deeper relationship with God. Sometimes we might not even realize it.

I’ve been in church for 40 years now, learning and following God and working through different sins. It feels a bit like climbing a ladder. 18342101_10209092319529031_5372102564826892143_nAs God works with me on one sin and I stop committing it I go up a step on the ladder. Thinking this way is a trap though because as I leave sins behind and become more righteous my sins just start to look better, they aren’t actually better sins.

As I left behind blatant lies and cussing I started feeling pretty good about myself. I’d review my actions at the end of the day and think to myself, “I didn’t even sin.” Days like this, months like this, I had stopped asking for forgiveness.

Stopped repenting because what was I even doing wrong? I hadn’t graduated from sin though I just had graduated to sneakier sins.

Sneaky sins are sins like self-righteousness, pride, gluttony, idolatry (I’m not talking about statue worship but putting something or someone above God), and deceit. (Help me with this list in the comments if you can think of another sneaky sin.) I had stopped seeing my sins as filthy rags and confessing them and being broken by them and had justified and shrugged them off as “no big deal”.

I’m writing this not because I’ve got all the answers but because I recognized my error and want to be transparent.

It was in CR that I learned an important lesson about transparency. When we fail to be transparent we create a culture within the church where we put our best foot forward and show up together and we know that we don’t have it all together but we make it look like we do. Then we get together with a bunch of other people who are doing the exact same thing but we don’t realize it. All we see is,

“wow they have it all together! What is wrong with me?”

Or if you’re in that pride and self-righteous thinking you look around and judge and think you do have it together, and that you’re doing pretty good. When you hear great sermon points you think to yourself, “I sure wish __________ was here to hear this.”

We are sick and we are infecting the church by pretending.

That’s why programs like a healthy CR ministry and a good small group are so important. We need to be real with one another, faking does no good to anyone. It doesn’t allow you to move forward and it makes others feel inferior.

  • Be truthful.
  • Be real.
  • Be authentic and vulnerable

God will use your insufficiencies to show that He is more than sufficient. Like Paul said,

“But he (God) said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
-‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭12:9-10‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Ask God,

Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
‭‭-Psalm‬ ‭139:23-24‬ ‭NIV‬‬

#thisismystory
#CelebrateRecovery
#SmallGroups

Just a note from Shelley:  Good books on this topic.

  • Life’s Healing Choices- John Baker
  • Get out of That Pit- Beth Moore
  • Breaking Free- Beth Moore

Thanks Karen, love you!