Looking for ways to raise HOPE and lower Stress? We have some ideas and resources to help you!
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What keeps you up at night? What thoughts of worry, anxiety or discouragement seep into your thinking? Everyone has issues, but if those fears, discouragements, anxieties go unaddressed, depression and despair drift in and compound our woes. A favorite verse from my time writing and editing my new book, Discovering Hope in the Psalms, is Psalms 71:14:
But I will hope continually and will praise you yet more and more.
Simply put, praising God is the key in moving from the pit to the peak! As I dug into the meaning of "continually," I discovered a string of words that described just how we should praise:
Surpassingly, repeatedly, increasingly, intensely, exceedingly, continuously, regularly, consistently, and perpetually! Our praise should happen always and our praise should be growing. And to best capture the sentiment of this verse, that praise is given with ALL of who you are, with your WHOLE heart, and with everything that is in you!
Does God need our praise? Of course not! God is self-exisitent and COMPLETE. But God knows WE NEED to praise Him because it keeps our heart and mind in the best place to live out our life successfully. When doing a simple Bible art cartoon to capture this thought, I pictured our praise like an ever-gushing geyser! The more we praise, the more our heart and mind shift from our circumstances to the Creator’s power and this produces a wellspring of HOPE! (Click here to order your autographed copy of Discovering Hope in the Psalms: A Creative Biblical Experience. This is also a great small group study so we have discounts for ordering multiple copies. 3 for $40.00 • 5 for $70.00 • 10 for $130.00)
So this month, let’s look at a few more “Hope Helps” for you and those your love!
Hope for the Heart
Pam’s co-authors of Discovering Hope in the Psalms, Bible teacher Jean E. Jones and artist, Karla Dornacher, joined Pam in creating a unique Bible study that was rich, deep and accurate with Biblical wisdom, practical life application and creative, artistic expression. So far, the study has been endorsed by more than 25 leaders including Kay Aurthur, Darlene Schacht, JP Moreland, Craig Hazen, Donna Jones, Cindy McDowell, and more. It hit #1 on the Amazon ratings for new Bible studies and stayed there for a couple weeks, but most importantly, it is already delivering hope to peo ple’s hearts and lives.
See more about Discovering Hope in the Psalms
Pam will be leading an online study of Discovering Hope in the Psalms for 8 weeks - every Wednesday - Sept 13- Nov 1 at 6:06 pm PST. Order your autographed copy then sign up for the study and invite God to speak HOPE into your life this fall.
Hope for the Family
In July, we had the joy of having one of our sons, his wife and three of our grandkids join us at Forest Home Family camp as we talked about Tracking with God. We shared Simple Skills for Success as a Family and our theme verse was Zeph 3:17:
The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save;
he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.
We will also be speaking at a few more family conferences in August and September. (Cannon Beach, OR on Aug 20-26 and Sierra in Glennville, CA, Sept 1-3 (near Bakersfield). Over a decade ago, while speaking at a family camp on “Building a Winning Team: 10 Best Decisions for Every Parent”, on Catalina Island, I (Pam) decided to get matching baseball caps and sweatshirts for me, Bill and our three sons. Well, the talent night rolled around and we, the Farrels, were signed up to do a lipsync song. The emcee teasingly announced us as “The Appearels!” This year, on our family vacation, as a gift from our oldest son and creative daughter-in-law, our entire family were given matching T- shirts with the hashtag #theapparels! W hile we all had a great laugh and recalled those fond and funny memories, an important truth was also shared by our son who complimented us on building a strong family identity and lasting godly legacy. In my book, 7 Simple Skills for Every Woman, I cite a study that clearly shows children and teens who have a strong sense of family history and a clear family identity make better decisions for their own future.
One way we accomplished a strong “winning family team” was to place our Trademark™ on our kids with traditions and memories (read Pam’s blog on how to put your TM on your kids with creative Back to School ideas). In addition, we also made time for family camps and family adventures. Before summer slips away, create a few more memories with your kids and grandkids.
Hope from the Promise Land
We have been asked to speak on a tour of ISRAEL! May 5-17, 2018. See details here. Register early for best prices! God gives a promise to those who love Israel in Gen 12:3, “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you." Join us in the Holy Land in 2018!
Hope of Redemption
Ever wonder if God can transform a failure into a footstep to your future? I love writing to encourage and equip women. See a recent article “Crushed Blossoms: The Fragrance of Freedom," in this month's LEADING HEARTS award winning magazine for women (an adapted excerpt from 7 Simple Skills for Every Women: Success in Keeping It All Together).
Hope for Your Marriage
How long has it been since you had a romantic escape? We are slated to speak at one of America’s most romantic locations: The Grand Hotel on Macinac Island on Oct 8 and 9. We will be guest speakers with edu-tainers, Jay and Laura Laffoon. If you can at all get away for a day or two, this event and location is one of our favorites! Find out more and register today! You will be SO GLAD you made time for this great romantic getaway!
Pam was interviewed on Kristi Clover’s Simply J oyful podcast, “Making Marriage Fun!“ Listen as Pam and Kristi share creative ideas on keeping love and laughter in your marriage. Wives: sign up for Pam’s Red Hot Wife challenge beginning in Nov. Husbands: Download Bill’s phone app Her Best Friend, and get daily romantic ideas sent to your phone.
We also write consistently for Believe.com. Here is a list of our more recent articles that can bless and build your marriage and family.
Hope of Heaven
Bill recently filled the pulpit for a friend he went to Talbot seminary with. You can listen to (or watch) the sermon on Whole-Hearted Living, from Neh 1. And listen to (or watch) Pam and Bill present Simple Skills for Relationships.
Hope for Men and Women
Sept 8-10 Bill is speaking on Workmen, Watchmen and Warriors (Simple Skills for Every Man) for Idylwild Bible Church's men's retreat.
Sept 9 Pam speaks on 7 Simple Skills for Every Woman in Hisperia, CA.
Hope for Women in Ministry: Join me (Pam) at Just Between Us Women in Leadership retreat at beautiful, scenic Lake Forest Springs, WI Oct 3-5. Best-selling author Jill Briscoe and the Just Between Us magazine team has created a getaway specifically designed for women who serve in a wide variety of ministry roles including clergy wives, missions, parachurch and other leadership positions. Come fill your heart with hope!
See the Love-Wise calendar for more events for men, women, couples and families. [If you would like the Farrels to come speak for your church or in your community, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information]
Hope on the Seas
We are enjoying our new home on our live aboard boat. We moved to be of more help to my (Bill’s) aging mom and dad. We will share more of our mid-life adventures in coming days, but we thought we would share this photo of us on our back deck taken at our first meal together. (Please also note our new ministry address) and a photo of our family vacation.
3600 S. Harbor Blvd. #116
Oxnard, CA 93015
Since we are speaking of boats, hope and the psalms, we will close with this verse as our prayer for you and your family . . .
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. (Heb 6:19)
Home is where you drop an anchor . . . and where you hang your heart. Sending our love and prayers from our dock to your door.
Pam and Bill
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