The last few weeks have offered numerous opportunities to share information on developing a prayer habit–especially through the use of a prayer journal. One of the tools that helped me prayer fervently and effectively was ‘perpetual lists.’ The link below provides a document with three of those key lists:
Birthing a new program feels like extended labor. My gratitude to those who labor with me and listen as I seek to articulate the vision of my heart. I wanted to share part of the labor with you for feedback, prayers and interest. We have a new booklet, A.A.R.T., Animal Assisted Relationship Training, which outlines the sessions currently in development to aid in discipleship.
This piece of Heartsong will grow with other animals but the heart remains the same: to see Christians LIVE out the calling God has placed within them. Another popular activity is a children’s workshop, “Buddies or Bullies” that utilizes the characteristics of bunnies to point out bullying tactics.
Here is a sample of what A.A.R.T. will provide:
ABCS of Safety, Security & Significance: In the Garden of Eden, the choice to reject God’s one command cut humanity off from the Need Meeter. When we seek to meet the needs that God built into us…instead of seeking Him…we sin & become captive to that sin. Restoring connecting to the Father begins the process of healing…and fulfillment…and loving ourselves. From childhood to senior citizen, we must find how Christ is the answer we seek and understand how to apply that answer to diverse situations.
Acceptance by God restores IDENTITY for individuals; it provides strength for life in a changing world. When roles or actions give a person identity, they never learn the unique design God gave them. “Who am I” is a necessary question because the answer gives stability. AART activities help us see through our facades. Scriptures focused on identity in Christ & being treasured by God. (Psalm 139:13-14)
Belonging to God restores boundaries that provide safety and security. In the natural world, safety is an increasing concern from childhood to old age. Involvement with animals requires learning to be observant of body language and danger zones. It is easy to appreciate the value of fences, reins and lead ropes. Extending those truths to the internet, to strangers with candy or puppies and to individual choices is the goal of the coach in the follow up. (Psalm 46:1)
Calling of God restores purpose to lives. The Word tells us God has created us for good works…and for connection to Him. He treasures His children and cares for them. Using the natural needs of animals (nutrition, coat & hoof care, exercise), coaches draw parallels to caring for the body as the temple of God and caring for others. (Eph 2:10)
JOY IN THE JOURNEY – An Intro to Journaling & Learning to See the God’s Fingerprints Every Day
The Christian life is to be one of growth toward maturity. Accepting Christ as Savior is the doorway to learning what His Lordship looks like. Our journey through life is designed to help us know God more fully, more personally. Often, we are so busy ‘living’ life that we fail to see the realities of life. The information in this booklet helps you focus on God in the details of your day. Several who have used it have shared new insights they received of God and His work in their lives. Those reports give me joy…and I believe you will have the same results!
Joy in the Journey Workshops
A jam-packed 1.5 hour overview or a four-session study that allows more in-depth communication.
You will take away tools to use in seeing, enjoying and sharing God.
Becoming Aware of the Presence of God
Working Out the Principles of Faith (instead of Ivory Tower Faith)
God is Now Here or Nowhere
Power of Emotions & Forgiveness
Life Seasons & Using the Past to Create Vision for the Future
Receiving the Work of God
Contact me: Billiejoyoumans@heartsongministry.net
Fit Faith Workshops and other topics available on request. All workshops are provided without a fee. Heartsong Ministries is a registered non-profit holding a 501(c)3. All donations are tax deductible.
Eternal life is the free gift of God. The walk of faith is demanding! The life of faith requires a solid foundation. Fit Faith looks at the components of a healthy faith life and provides tools for disciples to utilize. The Four Sessions of Fit Faith include the life basics of Prayer, Bible Study, Service/ministry and Fasting.
Prayer as Worshipful Conversation: Developing a prayer life that is exciting and rich.
Bible Time as friendship w/the Living Word: Establishing roots in His Word that bear fruit.
Serving and Fellowship: Finding the reality of being HIS hands and feet.
Living in Wonder & Awe: Fasting as a discipline for fulfillment.
The workshop can be provided at your location or in a web-based format.
RELATED BIBLE STUDY BOOK
In our family, animals have been part of God’s training package for us! Soul Training in the Barn is a Bible Study paralleling the training of horses with discipleship. It has been said that life is the gift God gives us; what we do with our life is our gift to Him. My passion is to live to please the One who gives me all, so discipleship matters deeply too me.
Also, check out our Activity-based learning, which helps move head truth to the heart & the heels!
There are many ways to keep a ‘spiritual journal.’ Each has its own merit; recently I have had the joy of exploring a particular method with a small group of ladies. I am overjoyed with the potential. I have kept prayer journals, Scripture insight journals, diary journals, photo journals—and various combinations of all those. This
Would you like to explore the tool of spiritual journaling for yourself?
You don’t have to be a writer! You simply have to want to hear from God!
Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it!” Genesis 28:15
The type of journaling we will explore is ‘real people telling stories of real life.’ It has several powerful potential outcomes:
- Helps us viewing weaknesses, flaws and failures as a necessary part of growing.
- Aids us in taking the details of life and connecting them to beautiful—but abstract—principles of faith like: love and truth, sin and salvation, atonement and holiness.
- Exposes and eliminates the pretentious habit of using ‘laws’ as a spiritual girdle to create god-shaped lives.
- Allows us to celebrate the powerful uniqueness of individual lives…lives that are scarred, blemished and sometimes even embarrassing. Lives that tell a story of redemption by a loving heavenly Father.
Journaling takes us beyond our perceptions to God’s view of our lives. We know at the core of our being that we are not always correct with what we think…but we live as if we are always on target. Journaling helps us pause so we can recognize wrong thinking, because it is vital that you:
DON’T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU THINK!
Journaling helps us hit the pause button and truly evaluate our perceptions. Not everything we think is correct. Not everything we believe is correct.
Beliefs can be TRUE or FALSE! Much of the time, we don’t stop long enough to figure out what our actions actually reveal about our beliefs!
BELIEFS ⇒ THOUGHTS ⇒ EMOTIONS ⇒ ACTIONS
The Word of God is the only source of Truth. Journaling helps us quiet the noise of the world and ourselves and expose the lies that threaten to destroy us!
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