The Excellent Wife: A Flourish Fall Bible study

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Well good morning all of you amazing wives!
I am absolutely out of my mind thrilled that you have chosen to be apart of our brand new Flourish fall bible study this semester! Words cannot express to you just how strongly the Lord has put YOU on my heart! More than anything, I desire to see you get it. I desire to see you get just how ridiculously crazy is this love that Jesus has for you and your heart. Before I move into details of our study and time together this fall, I want you to grab hold of the heartbeat that is Flourish. I have planted my life and this ministry in Psalms 92:13.
 “Planted in the house of the Lord, ((she)) will FLOURISH in the courts of ((her)) God.”
 
This. This is the Lord’s desire for my life. For yours. To flourish. To take the dead, the ugly, the lifeless roots from our past and transform them from ashes into something jaw dropping beautiful. HE desires for you to NOT stay where you are. He desires for us to always grow upward as an oak of righteousness and downward with roots entwined in who He is, in a love so deep for Him. Where have you found yourself, daughter of the King? Are you feeling a bit distant today? Are you desiring to know Him in way you’ve not known Him before? To see Him in a new light? To know His voice, to know His calling on your life? His sheep hear His voice (John 10) and the goal for not only this study, but for Flourish overall is that you, His sheep, would have an ear for His voice. That you would not only hear it constantly speaking and singing over your life, but that you would desire, crave even, to press into Him night and day. That you would say yes to this dance that He’s asking of you. That you would take His hand and let Him romance you in that wilderness maybe you feel you’re living in. Won’t you join me, friend? As each day passes us by, we have brand new opportunities to seek His heart out, to press in, to grow upward and downward, to allow the Holy Spirit to get all up in our junk, our mess, our bitterness, our funk…and breath new life into those dead places. You and I have the most beautiful opportunity this semester to fall in love with our Lord. With our Jesus. So, my prayer for you? Deuteronomy 28. That wherever your feet touch, that place will be blessed because of it. That your womb will be open to not only bring physical life into this world, but to bring spiritual life even more. That He fills you beyond measure and in turn, He overflows into every aspect of your life, including your marriage. We are called to fight, ladies, for our marriages. We have stepped into this covenant before the Lord and in order to glorify the Lord with our entire hearts, we must know what He requires and desires of us in our marriages with the men we love (or loved). Coming into this study, I am more aware of the enemy than ever. I realize some are trudging in with bruised hearts. I realize we are all carrying our pink bedazzled suitcases, pretty on the outside, but ugly baggage on the inside. Are you ready to unpack it with me, wife? Are you ready to let the Lord speak and transform your mind, the way you think? Oh, I hope so. Will it be difficult? Absolutely. Will it be ugly? Probably. But will you flourish?
Yes. Yes. A resounding YES!
 
So, if you’re committed to this excellent wife journey with me, then lets proceed to the details, shall we? =)
Our 13 week Fall Bible study will begin in just two weeks! September 8th is our start date and once we begin, we will push on through until December 8th. Below, you will find a detailed itinerary of the entire study. This study will be offered online as well as face to face. Let me explain a little of both:
OUR STUDY: THE EXCELLENT WIFE BY MARTHA PEACE
FACE TO FACE: This will take place every Friday morning on the designated dates from 9 to 10:30 am at The Olive Grove Church located at 3001 Mount Olive Road, Mount Olive, Alabama 35117. Here we will be providing childcare from 9:15 to 10:15 am, leaving 15 minutes before and after to chat and fellowship with each other. I WILL RESPECT YOUR TIME! I realize when we women get together, we love to catch up, discuss and share our journeys with one another, so I have allotted those 15 minutes before and after to give us time to do just that. Once we hit 10:25 or so, I will politely wrap up any binding conversation and you will be free to head your way! It’s so important to me that we respect our time and all of our schedules, so don’t fear getting trapped until noon, HA! I got ya back girl!
CHILDCARE: Because I want to give our sitters ample time these next few weeks to plan out their schedule for this upcoming semester, I am asking that you do your best to go ahead and plan out your as well if you intend on coming face to face. This means deciding what weeks you plan on using childcare, and if at all possible, paying up front so that I am not stuck with paying out of pocket (this happened several times this summer and my bank account wont allow it this fall unfortunately =) Please either bring or email to me your calendar of what you will and will not need by the first gathering. This will help me schedule our sitters and pay them up front. Each week will be $5 if you plan to use them ($50 up front if you plan on using them the entire semester!)
ONLINE: For those who plan to attend online, this is what your setup will look like. Every Friday morning when we meet face to face, I will LIVESTREAM our gathering through our Flourish MAMA Flourish closed group. It will be posted each Friday morning at the time that we meet (9:15 to 10:15 am) and from there, will stay on our wall for to you visit anytime you would like! THIs is the convenient route to being apart of our study. As you watch, feel free to add thoughts, to share journeys, to contribute through our live feed as much as you would like. This will be what you watch every week!  If you are NOT apart of our closed group, you will need to be added! Please search for our group Flourish MAMA Flourish on facebook and send a request to join!
WEEKLY HOMEWORK: Every Saturday morning, you will receive your challenge and homework right here at Flourish. In these posts, we will rehash what we learned from Friday and with that will be some personal questions, more studying notes and a brand new challenge for your walk with the Lord and for your marriage for the week until we meet again that following Friday! I encourage you ladies…print these out as you receive them and take lots of time to study the scripture that will be in them. Take time to really do some heart searching and digging with these challenges and questions. It’s in your time with the Lord every single day that the true life change will come. We must get in our words. We must seek Him. We must become open and vulnerable with ourselves, each other and the Lord throughout this process to truly walk away a changed woman. I don’t know about you, but I desire change! I need it so badly and in order for me to fulfill the great calling on my life, in order for you to fulfill YOURS, change from the Holy Spirit MUST come, and oh beautiful women of Jesus, it’s already on it’s way. Prepare your hearts for this homework and for the truths we hear from God’s word. His word absolutely no questions asked WILL change our lives if we let it.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED FOR THIS STUDY:  An open heart, a journal and some kind of folder. Each week, I encourage you to print out your emails if at all possible and store them in your folder. This will help keep you organized as you receive new challenges and homework each week. Once you do get your homework, use your journal as the place where you pour your heart out to the Lord, where you work on these questions, where you write over and over again the Words in scripture that will bring life change. One thing that has dramatically changed my walk with Jesus is my pen and my journal. It’s in that safe haven where I can lay it all out before Him, junk and all, and hear Him speak to me in the quiet. Oh how I love my times with Jesus when I have my journal at my feet. You are not required to buy the book or study guide for this study BUT are absolutely welcome to if you would like to follow along with me. I would highly recommend purchasing the book  ( you can do this through amazon) if you have the means to. This book has changed my marriage. Seriously. It would be worth having one to hold in your hand, to underline and write in. However, like I said, do not feel obligated to buy it, because each week we will be breaking down all of its content together when we meet,
The Excellent Wife Flourish Fall Study CALENDAR:
 
September 8 :   Face to Face: The Olive Grove Church , 9 – 10:30 am
                         Online: via Facebook Live , 9:15 to 10:15 am , free to watch at your convenience
                         – The Excellent Wife: Who can Find?
September 15:  Face to Face: The Olive Grove Church , 9 – 10:30 am
                         Online: via Facebook Live , 9:15 to 10:15 am , free to watch at your convenience
                         – A Wife’s Understanding of God: God’s Protective Authority
September 22:  Face to Face: The Olive Grove Church , 9 – 10:30 am
                         Online: via Facebook Live , 9:15 to 10:15 am , free to watch at your convenience
                         – A Wife’s Understanding of God: God’s Provision
                         – A Wife’s Understanding of God: God’s Pattern

September 29:  Face to Face: The Olive Grove Church , 9 – 10:30 am

                          Online: via Facebook Live , 9:15 to 10:15 am , free to watch at your convenience

                         – A Wife’s Understanding of God: God’s Purpose

                         – A Wife’s Understanding of God: God’s Perfect Plan

October 6:         Face to Face: The Olive Grove Church , 9 – 10:30 am

                          Online: via Facebook Live , 9:15 to 10:15 am , free to watch at your convenience
                         – Christ: The Wife’s Heart
                         – Home: The Wife’s Domain
October 13:       ONLINE ONLY – 9:15 to 10:15 am via Facebook Live
                         -Love: The Wife’s Choice

October 20:       Face to Face: The Olive Grove Church , 9 – 10:30 am

                         Online: via Facebook Live , 9:15 to 10:15 am , free to watch at your convenience
                         -Respect: The Wife’s Reverence  
                         -Intimacy: The Wife’s Response
October 27:       Face to Face: The Olive Grove Church , 9 – 10:30 am
                         Online: via Facebook Live , 9:15 to 10:15 am , free to watch at your convenience
                         –Submission: The Wife’s Joy
                         -Biblical Submission: Basis of the Wife’s Protection

November 3:     Face to Face: The Olive Grove Church , 9 – 10:30 am

                         Online: via Facebook Live , 9:15 to 10:15 am , free to watch at your convenience
                         -God’s Provision: Resources for the Wife’s Protection
November 10:   Face to Face: The Olive Grove Church , 9 – 10:30 am
                          Online: via Facebook Live , 9:15 to 10:15 am , free to watch at your convenience
                          – DEBRIEF of the gatherings so far
                          – Honoring Christ: Key to the wife’s Motivation
November 17:   ONLINE ONLY – 9:15 to 10:15 am via Facebook Live
                          –Communication: Control of the Wife’s Tongue
                          -Conflict: Quietness of the Wife’s Spirit
November 24:   THANKSGIVING BREAK – NO GATHERING FACE TO FACE OR ONLINE! ENJOY THAT TURKEY =)

December 1:     Face to Face: The Olive Grove Church , 9 – 10:30 am

                         Online: via Facebook Live , 9:15 to 10:15 am , free to watch at your convenience
                         – The Wife’s Anger: Overcoming Impatience
                         – The Wife’s Fear: Overcoming Anxiety
December 8:     Face to Face: The Olive Grove Church , 9 – 10:30 am
                         Online: via Facebook Live , 9:15 to 10:15 am , free to watch at your convenience
                         – The Wife’s Loneliness: Overcoming a lack of oneness
                         – The Wife’s Sorrow: Overcoming a Grieving Heart
Welp, now that you have all of the details, all that’s left for you to do is prepare and pray! How excited I am for you and I to grow deeper in our walks with the Lord through studying God’s calling on our lives as wives! You are so needed on the battlefield, so needed to fight for not only your marriage, but for the sanctity of marriage across the globe. The world has twisted marriage to look absolutely nothing like Christ and it is my goal and mission for us to bring the Lord glory through ours, to defy the odds of the world, to so no to the enemy at his sneaky weapons formed against us, to choose to stay instead of run, to choose to fight for the men we love, the men who ARE worth fighting for!
Flourish, WIVES, Flourish,
Ashleigh Gurley
Founder of Flourish, Inc and Flourish MAMA Flourish
ashleighagurley@gmail.com
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