When God wants my attention, He comes at me from all sides.
No faint whispers, gentle nudging, or quiet revelations. Instead, while I don’t hear His audible voice, there’s no questioning what He’s trying to teach me. This time around, God used the faithfulness of Angie Tolpin of Leaving a Legacy to truly rock my world. But for some context, let me first tell you a little story.
Back in the day, I knew everything (wait, I don’t still?) and, even worse, thought I was right about everything. I was more than happy to share said knowledge with whoever I felt I was called to share it with. While my intent in sharing was to be a loving, caring, and helpful friend, I have come to find out it more often was received as unwanted mentoring or laid out as standards to which no one could aspire. I sincerely thought confronting friends on their lifestyle choices or the directions they were heading in their relationships was the right things to do. I know recognize my pride caused me to place more emphasis on what I deemed was right instead of on supporting and loving them where they were at and letting Christ worry about the rest. A friendship withered away as a result.
Fast forward a few years to this spring, when God nailed me on my mistakes and wrong attitudes from three different directions. I am finishing up co-leading a study through Elyse Fitzpatrick’s book Because He Loves Me. She hits you right where you need it theologically: y’all, we’re nothing without Jesus. Nothing. You think you did x, y, and z? Now, she says it with much more eloquence and fancier vocabulary, but you get what I’m saying (and if you haven’t read it, you definitely need to). She ends the book with a description of gospel centered community, something I learned I am sorely missing. First hit, check. During the leading of this study, I also received an email from a friend I haven’t talked to in years. I was hurt in the relationship and I also hurt her. I had no idea how much, however, until reading the email she sent me. Salt in the wound delivered strike 2; at this point, I was starting to see God had a theme going. The knockout blow came once I dove into Angie’s ecourse, The Quiet Fight Between Women. She had asked a few months earlier if anyone was interested in previewing it and while I started in innocently enough, excited to see what she had been putting so much time into, by the time I finished, I have have shifted nearly 180 degrees from where I was even just 3 months ago.
Who should take this course?
If you’re a woman that loves Jesus and you have at least one friend, you need this course. Whether you’re a stay at home mom with 5 kids, a single woman with a vibrant career, or any other version of what God has intended you to be, you need to take this course. You absolutely will NOT regret the time or money. We make idols of lifestyle choices or knowledge and forget to love each other like Jesus does. We fall into the comparison trap, either by comparing ourselves to others or to standards that we think we should be reaching. This is not what Jesus wants for us, His sisters, and Angie has taken immense amounts of time to put that into words to share with us through this course.
What does this course include?
This, honestly, was the coolest part. Angie and her team put together an amazing course that combines
- short videos (hold your attention!),
- journaling questions that download as fillable PDFs (if you prefer typing rather than printing and writing by hand),
- printables/images you can use as your phone/tablet/computer screen (great reminders of what you’re learning),
- click-to-tweet snippets to help you engage and join in to #RedeemTheDivision (find others doing the same!),
- reflection questions that go straight to Angie (really cool),
- personalized emails that are sent to you upon completion of key elements (you can’t ignore the hard work you’re doing just because you sign out – it’s right there in your gmail too!),
- text messages with prayers, encouragement, and exhortation (again, sent upon completion of important pieces),
- and a private Facebook group to go for community as well as answers to any questions that might come up during the course.
While these are the modes in which the information is conveyed. what’s even more important is the actual truth included in this course.
What does she have to say?
This is where the rubber meets the road. I’m really good at checking things off and accomplishing tasks. I can read through what I’m supposed to digest, complete reflection questions, etc. But really have a heart change? Nah, that’s too much work and I don’t need it anyways. Remember back to my story about my background but also the fact that I’m leading a study through an Elyse Fitzpatrick book? Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure Elyse is a wonderful friend and a very fun coffee date but I’m a straightforward, pulls no punches kinda gal. I need solid theology that’s to-the-point while being rich with meaning. That’s Angie. And she says when she messes up, gives examples from her own life about why seeking Jesus first through everything is the most important thing of all? Angie points me to Jesus with conviction and encouragement to continually look to Him as I become the friend He intended me to be.
Starting from the root of the conflict and then exploring all of the ramifications of the parts we play in the problems that create division within the family of God, Angie brings His truth in an honest yet gentle way that always points you back to Jesus. She reminds us that our identity must come from Christ alone and not from our lifestyle choices or things we’ve done. Emphasizing gospel community, Angie spurs you on to become the woman (and friend) you were intended to be in Christ, not what you think you need to strive to be. The authentic friendships that she so deeply desires to see us each engage in are truly the end result. Through these relationships, we become more like Jesus as He uses us to sanctify one another.
These are the truths she so vulnerably shares and I am thankful that I have gotten to take this course.
Y’all, would you please check out the free preview? We need to redeem the division that too easily separates us. This breaks God’s heart and He wants to see us reconciled to Himself and to those around us. The only way we can accomplish this, though, is with His grace, His mercy, and His power. Guidance on how to get this isn’t bad either. Which is why you need to take this course.
She speaks truth. It hits hard and it hits deep. Down in the recesses of things I thought I had already dealt with. If you have ever had a struggle in a friendship with another female believer, you need this. Take this ecourse and nip friendship issues in the bud with the important lessons you learn through the 8 different units. So if you’re a woman and you have at least one female friend, you need to take this course!
Where do I get the course?
Head on over to Angie’s site. Do it now. I promise you won’t regret it.