Just as you have received Christ Jesus as Lord,
continue to walk in him,
being rooted and built up in him and established in the faith,
just as you were taught, and overflowing with gratitude.
Colossians 2:6-7 (CSB)
My hands, clasped tight, jostled up and down with the rhythm of the train. On this first of many commutes downtown, I sat in the first car and tried to pray as building after building passed by. Today marked the first day of a new job, and I had all the typical emotions connected with that. I was excited and nervous, giddy and terrified. A million thoughts raced through my mind. I wanted to do well today, to do great things and make a mark. I wanted to be confident, to make it look as though I belonged.
As I was praying for these things, something made me pause. Something didn’t feel right. As the doors of the train opened and closed yet again, I wondered about my prayer. What was I really praying for and why?
In the midst of my desire to impress and succeed, I had forgotten to express simple gratitude to God for this new job. I had been so focused on myself that I had lost sight of God’s hand and sovereignty over it all. I wouldn’t even have this job without His divine orchestration.
Immediately my prayer changed course. I began praying a simple list of thank-yous. I thanked God for giving me this job. I thanked Him for opening this door, for bringing me to this place, for making this dream possible.
Then I began looking around. My eyes gazed out the window and watched the rising sun. I thanked God for this new day, for His mercies and faithfulness in my life. The more things I found to be grateful for, the more I was able to breathe deeply and relax my body and mind. In fact, by the time I stepped off the train, I felt full of joy and peace.
It’s amazing how powerful humble gratitude can be. Remembering what God has done is a simple way not only to calm our nerves, but more importantly to reorient our focus and give thanks in any circumstance.
Story by Michelle Reyes
Cue the confetti! Today we celebrate the launch of our NEW Bible study! Courageous Simplicity: Abide in the Simple Abundance of Jesus is now available where books are sold.
Courageous Simplicity is the first of four Bible studies coming this year from (in)courage. We are so excited to invite you on this journey, knowing that we can draw on Christ for courage of our own. You can sign up to join our upcoming online study, and we will send you the first week for FREE! Also, are you a Bible study leader in your neighborhood, small group, or church? Sign up right here and we will send you additional resources to help you lead your personal small group through Courageous Simplicity!
We’d love to sit around a table with you, holding warm mugs of cocoa, and go through Simplicity together. But the next best thing is making sure you can do that with your friends. So we’re giving away TWO Bible study packs! Each pack contains four copies of Courageous Simplicity, so you and three friends can do the study together. Leave a comment on this post, and you’ll be entered to win a pack!
Celebrate with us, won’t you? We’re truly excited about these new Bible studies from our community, and we so hope you’ll join us this year as we continue to become women of courage.Leave a Comment
I would love to win the Courageous Simplicity study pack. Sometimes we make life more complicated than we should— this is a great reminder to return to the simple foundations of Jesus’s teachings. And courage is always needed as we journey through this life! Praying God will use this study to bless and strengthen our hearts.
I can so use this study right now especially after this past year.
April W says
I’d love two things in my life right now: consistency in building deeper friendships and a tool to help me do it. I would love to win. Thank you for this giveaway.
After a year of walking the difficult and painful cabmcber journey with our 25 year old son, this study speaks to my heart. I would love to win the pack.
Heather B says
I’ve been looking for a study that refocuses me on Jesus. I’ve been so distracted by fear and worry and need to be reminded and refocused on my Savior!
In these days of unconnected-ness, I’m looking forward to connecting with some friends and encouraging each other to live with gratitude, simplicity, and courage. This seems like the perfect study to do together here at the start of 2021.
Carla Mahle says
This sounds like an amazingly meaningful study!
Laura Wilson says
Thank you for creating a bible study called Courageous Simplicity. The name alone draws me in and makes me want to experience it! Looking forward to the opportunities that this study creates!
Jennifer Puterbaugh says
The Abundance of Jesus…Simplicity…while this past year has simplified our commitments, I still long to bring more simplicity into my life and heart. To get rid of the “clutter” and anxiety of the world and to focus on what God has provided. Looking forward to the possibilities!
Kellie Johnson says
As I read this I was reminded of what I wrote in my journal just an hour ago. A prayer of thanks for simple things like a life with purpose and plans made for me before I ever came to be and for hope. I would love to walk through this study with a few other women.
Frustrating how Jesus lived simply and simply lived and we have managed to complicate simply livening and living simply.
I would love to win this to be able to reach out to some girlfriends that I would like to have a closer relationship with and bring simplicity to their lives. Doing this study with them would be a blessing. I have already received a copy for myself..
Sarah Butterfield says
This is so timely! Colossians 2:6-7 is my verse for the year!
Alison Delgattti says
Simplicity- THE goal for 2021!
Praying this study is used to touch and encourage many lives!
Gratitude in prayer always balances my walk with the Lord. He is our source for all things good. What a perfect place to start.
SHARON A says
I would love to share this study with friends and connect is my word for 2021!! So thankful for this opportunity!!
Nichole Kelley says
So awesome! I would love this! One of my goals for the new year is building a community of like minded woman around me.
Robin in New Jersey says
This Bible study looks great!
Theresa Phad says
I am looking forward to this study. Although I have never lead a study before I am strongly considering leading a study during our next church small group session that will start in jist a few weeks. I would love to win this tp be able to provide books during the study for those that might not be able to afford their own.
Christy C. says
Thanks for doing these studies! Would love to win! Thanks for the opportunity!
Would love to win the 2 bible study packets to do with my elderly parents and brother while they are in quarentine for health issues.
Rachel Q says
This will be a great study! Looking forward to seeing how God works in the midst of this and committing time to spend with Him.
This sounds lovely!
Cindy Kirk says
This sounds amazing, would love to get a few of my friends together and go through this study.
Kathy Johnson says
I have been reading the free first chapter and would love to win the books and continue the journey.
After a year of walking the difficult and painful cabmcber journey with our 25 year old son, this study speaks to my heart. I would love to win the pack.
I’m so excited about this new study! One way or another, I’ll be discovering its many gifts.
Thank you for your encouraging words each day, reminding me of God’s faithfulness and steadfast love.
This study is so needed right now. Thank you for the opportunity to win.
Angela Dhans says
This is so exciting! I can’t wait for this new study!
Michelle Hackstadt says
I’m excited to do this with my sweet friends!
Karen Visnosky says
This is so cool!
Linda Rosendall says
What a great study to look forward to and what a great chance to win! Thank you!
June Maschino says
With all that is going on today, simplicity in Christ will be the best for each of our lives. Thank you for the Bible study.
Linda Arnold says
Excited for this topic and to share it with my daughters and friends! 2021 seems like a great time to Houseparty or Zoom. Would love to win one of those packets! 😀
We are so much in doing and rushing that gratitude seems impossible. I have to intentionally remind myself to slow down and sense God’s presence and praise Him.
Sally Gideon says
The Lord’s timing is always good. I just received my (in) courage bible today. I also ordered one for my sister and daughter. I look forward to this study.
Colonie Martin says
(in)courage has been a wonderful way to keep connected in the face of all the barriers that were put up this past year! While many of us felt isolated at times, I hope all believers also found a chance to focus on God when many of our usual distractions were on hold. Love & Prayers!!
Kristin Borden says
Oh my goodness! This would be such a blessing for our ladies in Recovery at Redeemed Ministries! God Bless you for all you do to encourage women!!!
Kathy DeFilippo says
I would love to dig deep in this study. Soooo needed after this past year and this continuing year of uncertainty. I appreciate and thank you for this study opportunity.
Kymm Duran says
It’s so refreshing to read a devotional that isn’t talking about COVID/the pandemic/the new normal, but rather normal, every day life. Being reminded to give God thanks, no matter what the situation was a great reminder. In 2020 a lot of folks forgot that no matter what is going on … GOD IS STILL GOOD AND WORTHY TO BE PRAISED!!!!!
Great job on this devotion. Can’t wait to read more!!!!!
Shannon Stokes says
I am so excited about this Bible study! What a blessing it would be to win a pack and share it!
Thank you..I would love to win. Bible study with friends is always a great thing.
Sara Joyce says
I am excited for a new bible study. This sounds perfect!
It would be wonderful to win a Study pack! I lead a Bible study at my church and this would be a great study for the ladies. I was going to do the online version so I could prepare to lead them through it later.
Becky Keife says
I could not be more excited about this study!!
Jacqueline Bielefeld says
Sounds like a great study! Looking forward to it!
Betty Predmore says
I am so excited to do this study with friends!
Thank you so much for the chance to win this study, it sounds like something my Bible study ladies would enjoy! I love the idea of courageous simplicity, I think keeping things simple can take courage because we are always told how we need to do or be all things anymore.
Debbie Winsett says
I have recently formalized my umbrella ministry, Discipleship in Unexpected Ways, as a 501c3 non-profit. I’m just getting this ministry going but have been running a sub-ministry, Traveler Journeys, to take people to Israel since 2017. DIUW is housed under the Traveler Journeys website.
I’d like to run this Bible study with my ladies going to Israel next summer. Thank you for considering granting me a packet to get started!
JoAnna Gooden says
Making every effort to brush off the dust of 2020 in this New Year. Unfortunately, like most things this side of heaven its not going to be easy. Feel the Lord directed me to this study today for very specific reasons. Looking forward to starting & hopefully leading a few friends in Courageous Simplicity. I thank you in advance for the chance to enter for tools to assist in our learning!
Lesley Boyer says
Thank you for the encouragement and strength offered through Courageous Simplicity.
Crystal Krueger says
In this time of pandemic, the gift of copies to do a study together, yet safely apart, is a gift indeed!!
Caren Mann says
Would love to win
I want to know and learn more.
Lori Anderson says
I lead a discipleship group of 3 other gals, and we’ve been struggling lately. This study may be just what we need. Thanks for the opportunity!
I’m currently using my InCourage bible to do a reading plan on Grace. I truly love it and would love to get this pack to be able to share with my friends.
Excited about this study! Thanks (in)courage!
This sounds truly wonderful and timely.
Kristin Palmer says
This study sounds amazing and couldn’t be more fitting! As I think about my intentions for this new year my main priority is to abide in Jesus. My prayer is that He will be my sole focus.
I would love this study. I am trying to listen to God and do away with the distractions. I sure could use this Bible study to guide me.
Kristine Herrera says
I love that courageous I the word being used in this study. I truly feel like God is releasing a deeper inner courage in each one of us to enter into the fullness that He has already set out for us. It’s just up to us to arise like never before and go after all God has in store for us! Thank you Jesus.
Heidi Bee says
This sounds like a terrific study! What a blessing!
Rachel Derouen says
Courageous Simplicity is definitely a need in my Bible study rotation! I am grateful that I have a true example in Jesus to live courageously and simply in Him!
Sandra Grabia says
My word for 2021 is courage!
This study looks amazing! Looking forward to it!!
Pamela B. says
This is a great study to do on your own or with a group!
Jenny L says
My sisters and I, thousands of miles apart geographically, survived this past summer by doing the Summer in the Psalms study. It kindled our love for the Lord and upheld each other’s faith. This study pack will be a sure help to growing our faith and our relationships.
Mitzi White says
My workbook is on the way. Arrives next week. Super excited. I already started the free first week download and am looking forward to continue through to the end. Thank you, (in)courage Team.
My sister’s word for the year is Courage, based on Deuteronomy 31:6-8! So I’m hoping to win this Bible study (or another Courageous Bible study this year) for her. Thanks for this opportunity, and I love even the thought that simplicity is courageous… I need more of that in my Type-A life 🙂
Marlene Gura says
I really needed to hear this about being grateful. I will thank God each day for all that he’s done for me and my family. What a great post!!!! Thank you!!!!
Danielle B says
Lana Spelliscy says
I would love a chance to win this study pack for my friends to connect with God and each other.
Ken Lupton says
Would love to have those. Blessings!
Georgia Pistilli says
So excited for this study! I am a simple person to begin with. Always looking at the simple gifts from God everyday. Living simply with minimal things. This year however, one of my four words, is Simplicity. I am going to really refine even more to just the true simple blessings, and less. I struggle with courage often, though I know what my God says about it in his word. When I saw this title it caught my eye. It would be great to win copies of this study. Either way, looking forward to it.
Edward W. Patch, Sr. says
Be as a child. Hear and follow the Christ.
I’d love this!! I’ve gotten some ladies from my work to agree to do a Bible study with me and then there on Facebook was this study!!
Kym Harper says
Pick me, pretty please.
Marie Dippy says
I have some teenager’s girls that I am mentoring and doing different things with this will be a great help to them. It will off set the cost as I am trying to do it for free for them.
Super excited to check this study out with some friends as simple is my motto for 2021. We often times over complicate our faith walk! When what we really need is sitting at the feet of Jesus.
Beth Williams says
The study is awesome. It amazes me how we over complicate life. We think we must do it all. So many people strive to juggle all of life on their own. Never once asking God for guidance or discernment. To achieve simplicity we need to quit worrying about doing/having it all. Slow down & make time for God. He desperately wants a relationship with us. Quit fretting about tomorrow or any/all the what ifs. Turn your worries over to God. This verse sums it all up. Matthew 11:28-30 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Courtney Fishburn says
Would love to win this pack so my friends alex and Rachel and Beth can go through this study together. During this year of covid I have felt lonely and shut off from my ministry of encouraging new moms and being intentional with friendships but I heard a sermon on 1/3 and could feel God telling me “I’m pursuing you, I’m your friend, draw near to me,stop, abide and hear me. I was stopped dead in my tracks convinced this is where God is leading me to a deeper search of him, a deeper search of the Bible and a deeper relationship with him.
This sounds like it will be a wonderful study. A good way to reconnect with old friends and strengthen bonds with new ones!
Joy Tomlinson says
Sounds interesting to read! My mom might like to read this for our Bible study
Jessica Lapen says
This bible study sounds like what my friends and I need to start 2021 right.
Jennifer Lewis says
I would love to win the Bible Study pack. I am about to start mentoring women who are really struggling with depression and low self-worth. Helping them find and understanding to Pure, Simple Love of Christ is the ultimate goal.
In this time of social isolation it is so important to be joined with my Christian friends in Bible study. Using Zoom or video chat it is so comforting to share new ideas and old ones about our understanding of God’s word with my friends so that I continue to feel connected with the body of Christ.
Julie Long says
So excited about this!!
Sounds great! I’d love to share with a friend.
I am pretty new to this but I’m grateful that i found this wonderful site. I’m excited to learn!
Mary Beth says
Would love to win this and have a Bible study at my home.
We have been looking for a new Bible study for our small group. This sounds wonderful. Thank you.
The spiritual practice of simplicity has been my current focus… I am looking forward to an opportunity to join in and discover more!!
Love the name of the study! In the last month we’ve lost several of our loved ones and have realized we must continue to be courageous through all things in life. And when we rely on God it can be so simple to have the courage to continue on.
Carmen Becker says
I’m excited to be invited into these readings with “friends”. My neighbors, my friends can enjoy, grow and be lifted with God’s word. We can have conversation on blessings and growth. Thank you
Wendy Harrison says
I look forward to opening these messages each morning, and have them sent to me directly to my work email. If I don’t have a chance to read from home, I will often take a moment during the workday to read and reflect upon the message. Thank you for being another reminder that God is constantly working with me and using me as an instrument to another’s song.
This post struck me this morning and is a great reminder for me, not just to be thankful but that gratitude can help calm nerves as well. Thank you!
God is such a good God. He will never leave us stranded. God restores and makes all things new. I would love to win this and study with Family.
I hope to start this book study with women from my congregation. But I think it will be fun to expand it to include a friend, “be a friend who’s loving and true, please bring another gal pal with you!” for the invitation!
Jessica R says
Sounds like a great study!
Sheryl U says
I want to be courageous!
Michelle Webb says
This sounds amazing! Thank you for your continued pursuit of the Lord and providing resources to so many
Patricia Jaracz says
Thank you for adding these studies. I am looking forward to growing through them!
So excited to do this study…esp.after 2020… or would be wonderful to win this to give to the ladies in our upcoming study… thank you for the generous love offering may God direct it exactly where He wants it to be.
Sheree Poole says
The title Courageous Simplicity peaked my interest so I watched the intro video and getting so excited about this study. This is something I need. Looking forward to this study and hope to have some friends to join me.
Joan Chisholm says
What a wonderful way to walk in Jesus steps to be able to read His word and share it with friends. I look forward to this new study.
I am excited that the quiz for my word of the year revealed: Connect!! As we hope for a brighter future, (pandemic, and unrest in the rearview mirror ASAP!!) I truly want to connect and love people as Jesus did.
I was looking for a Bible study to start, didn’t know where to start and read your section in Homelife magazine along with the article Light the Candles and felt like wow this summed up my last year 2020 and how getting Covid changed my life but so far for the better. My life came to a grinding halt and I became re-awakened like never before.
Sarah Anderson says
Lord, work through this study we pray. Lift our eyes to you! Break down lies and reveal to us Your truth! Use this study to we pray! AMEN
Jennifer Tse says
I would love to do this Bible study with three friends. It would be so fun and necessary and encouraging. This is such a hard time in our lives right now and we really need this extra support of our Savior and of our best friends whom we walk along the path with. Thank you!
Carmen Bourgeois says
Thanks for loving women enough to take time to write a Bible Study that we can do together!
Excited to begin this journey w you n my friends
I am new to my neighborhood and decided to host a coffee ( outside with pandemic!) Three women joined me and I would love to host a study with them. One Thousand Gifts set me on a path of gratitude a few years ago!
Breanna Gilbert says
This is awesome! My two closest friends are Christians like I am but I’m feeling them both struggle with their faith. They don’t take it as seriously. Maybe this Bible study could be a way to help them grow in their faith again and learn God’s truth for their lives.
Dawn Roeske says
I wish I had discovered all that DaySpring has to offer sooner!! It’s so much more than encouraging cards!
Dawn Roeske says
I would definitely love to share this study with others!! My Word for 2021 is CONNECT!
Jenny Hallam says
My group is looking for a new bible study. Would really like to win one. Thanks.