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  1. I have been looking for my voice for some time. It is slowly growing. But for the last 15 years, my voice has been stifled by the words and actions that no person ever should experience. Words and actions that create a person that is not heard, not worthy of being heard. And if any utterance of what I have experienced was leaked, I would appear weak, stupid, insignificant, invalid. And any words that were uttered, surely I would be punished. And have. I would love a copy of the book. I would love to be able to be a part of this study. Thank you

    • Love you as a sister in Christ, Andrea ♥️ You are the most beautiful woman possible in Christ’s eyes and HE cherishes and values you more than you could ever imagine ~ HOLD ON TO THAT in the midst of your pain in this season of your life. He is more than enough and YOU ARE LOVED!!!

    • Andrea,

      Sweet sister know that God loves you more than anything. Don’t believe the lies of the evil one, but the truth that God speaks. You are worthy & wonderfully made. Your words do matter. Sending a huge hug your way. Asking God to change your perspective & help you to use your voice. Remember God doesn’t make junk only beautiful representations of Himself. You are worthy of being heard!!

      Blessings 🙂

  2. We are starting a Bible study at school for some teachers and I think this would be a great start to our get togethers – Focusing on being a Godly influence at school with our coworkers and students. I plan on getting this book as I think it would be perfect!

  3. Andrea, I am so sorry you are going through this. Gentle hugs here. I want to speak some words of encouragement to you, as a fellow sufferer of abusive behavior – the words and actions of others against you cannot make you unworthy of being heard. They can cause you feel that way, absolutely; but I encourage you to adjust your filter. You are worthy; that is truth. Lean into truth; seek it. Find other voices – many other voices – and surround yourselves with voices of truth and courage. Whether that’s in real life or through audiobooks, videos, podcasts, etc; and especially from the Bible and from Bible studies like these, or devotional apps, etc. You can’t change the other person, and perhaps you can’t get away from them, but you can change your response to them. Don’t accept the lies they are feeding you about who you are. I have learned that while we may be somewhat of a prisoner to our circumstances, even more the real prison is in our minds. The Truth will set us free. A few years ago I could feel in my spirit that God was bringing this phrase to my mind again and again: “the truth will set you free”. I want to be free of my circumstances; that may or may not happen. But God is working within me to make me free in my head. I want to encourage you to recognize the lies the other person’s words/actions speak to you about who you are; and combat them each time, speaking back the truth (even just in your own mind).

  4. Andrea, I replied to your comment but guess I hit the wrong button and it went in the general comment section – if you scroll down a little bit you’ll find it. ❤

  5. I would love a copy of the book. But I am a senior citizen and on fixed income and don’t have extra money to receive one. Can get a free copy of the book please: here’s my address: 2200 Kerwin Rd. #411, University Heights, OH 44118

  6. Looking forward to checking out this Bible study. Would love to be entered in the drawing for the book.

  7. I just read about Bible study Monday and am looking forward to it. I don’t have a book yet. Thanks for this great opportunity to be in Gods word!

  8. I am interested in this study. If it is 6 weeks will the last study be on September 6 – Labor Day? I know we are out of town. I don’t want to invite women to join me and the miss the last session. Thanks.

    • Hi Sue,
      Yes, the final day of Influence Bible Study Monday would be the 6th — however, there’s no need to attend anything! All the content will live right here on the website, so you and your study friends can read any time it works for you/them. Easy peasy!

  9. I just saw this and I am so interested in the study. I just finished a Monday evening study through church about anxiety – Be anxious for nothing says the Lord.
    This study sounds like a great one to follow up with. I don’t have a book – would love to win one.

  10. I do not have my copy of Courageous Influence yet, but feel I need to. I would like to go though it and see if it is a study my small group would like to do in the fall or new year.

  11. I have not gotten a book yet but will definitely join in this Bible study. I believe I really need it.

  12. I have not ordered a book yet. Finances are tight if I’m honest but I am so close to being debt-free!!!!!! Another friend is on the launch team and has been posting about it, so I really, really want to read it. Maybe I will treat myself with a gift card I received from work for helping with several summer events.

  13. No I have not – I keep forgetting to order it. I had just put a sticky note on my computer screen as a reminder prior to reading this email. Can’t wait for the next session!

  14. When do the videos for these drop on Monday? Can my team watch the video separately and then get together midweek to discuss?

    • Yep of course — we think that sounds like a lot of fun! Videos will post right in the Bible Study Monday articles here, and are also all available in a playlist on YouTube so you can access them whenever it works for you.

  15. In Courage,

    We can all be influencers in some way. Our words & actions speak volumes about what we believe. Society tries to push into their ways of being, looking, doing. God, on the other had gently tries to mold & shape us into a more Christlike person. One that reflects His image. I pray that I am doing a good job of that.

    Blessings 🙂

  16. Thank you for including us on this great opportunity to learn and gain strength through God’s word. I do not have a copy but would love one!!

  17. This sounds great! I have not ordered my copy yet, but would love to be entered in the drawing! I do have my incourage bible, however.

  18. I have not yet bought my copy, but I’m looking forward to the online study! Thank you for offering this.

  19. I haven’t got my book yet and would like to enter the giveaway for a free copy. Thank you! (=

  20. What you guys are doing here is amazing! I just found this website and looking forward to be apart of this beautiful community. I don’t have a book and I just read abut bible study Monday. I am so looking forward to it.

  21. I am so excited for this group and book. I am hoping it may be fitting for the parents group I lead at church and weave into the women’s group at work. I am trying to learn more about the bible and think this will help. My copy is on the way but hoping to share a copy with others.

  22. This is super exciting & an answer to my prayers, to find a Bible Study like this! I am ordering my book tonight! I know I was led here by Jesus. I am feeling so very blessed & marking my datebook for 6 consecutive Influence Bible Study Mondays! God Bless You ALL! God’s Peace be with YOU & EVERYONE!

  23. I haven’t been able to grab a copy of the book yet, but I’m really hoping to be able to join!