Lift up those ancient gates! And a giveaway!


A weary soul lays itself down. Tired of the battle. Losing the will to fight. Hopeless for change or advance to occur.

Maybe if I stop eating I will stop feeling bad about myself. Maybe if I stop feeling I could just wash through life emotionless and safe. Maybe if I wonder far enough into the desert no one will look for me and they will leave me alone. We try and control our lives in so many ways. Detrimental ways. Tear filled eyes, we look to the Lord as the last resort when nothing else seems to work. And yes, sweet sister, He offers you hope.

“Lift up your heads, you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.” Psalm 24:9

Ancient gates. Doors slammed shut with life circumstances. You were left bleeding and perhaps cut off from life just to stop the flow of blood. To somehow extinguish the pain and emotions. Yet shut out from the love of God and heavenly sisters who might hold our hands. We long for more than this momentary suffering. We long to take the hand again of the faithful One, the one who extinguishes fear, but afraid to move forward.

And yet the blood of the cross is stronger. Strong enough to flood the gates of our broken hearts. To move past the fear and shame and beckon a welcoming.

Open up sweet hearts and souls that the King of glory might come in. Behold again He knocks and He wants so badly for you to answer.

If you are looking for the love of the Lord today sweet sister, I want to share a few resources with you. These resources are not the blood of Christ, they cannot save you. But they do offer opportunities for amazing fellowship with your sisters in Christ. They might be the very steps, the vessels, that Christ wealds to draw you further into Him.

The first is an Online Bible Study with Proverbs 31 Ministries Melissa Taylor. We will be studying Karen Ehman’s book Let.It.Go. Find out more here.

The second is a webcast tonight with Lysa Terkeurst and Shelia Walsh – two of the most amazing speakers I know! The topic of the webcast is about how to win the battle against negative inside chatter. It will be at 9pm Eastern Time tonight and you can find out more here.

And just in case you are hesitant, I want to offer you a little incentive. Let me know in the comments section that you plan to watch the webcast and I will enter you in a drawing to win a copy of Lysa Terkeurst’s book Unglued. Let me know that you are signing up for Online Bible Study and you will be entered to win a copy of Karen Ehman’s Let.It.Go! And yes, you can do both!

Winners will be announced Thursday on my blog! So let’s open those gates girls and see what God can do when we let Him into the most sacred places of our hearts and minds.



  1. says

    I plan to watch, love Lysa! She is amazing, and I am doing the OBS too. If you draw my name, donate the books to someone who can’t afford them please, I have both! Hugs to you! Keep on writing, I love your blog!

  2. Kathy A says

    I hope to be able to watch Lysa tonight. I am planning on doing the online bible study. I am so looking forward to the new study. I have gotten to do several of your bible studys and I get a lot out of them and really enjoy them. Thanks for all your work on these.

  3. Beverly Holm says

    I work this evening, but am hoping that the webcast will be available for viewing for those who were unable to watch. Hope this qualifies me for the give-a-way drawing.

  4. Beverly Holm says

    I am signing up for the OBS – let it go and would like to be in the drawing for the free book that goes with the study.

  5. Martha says

    I am watching the webcast and I need this blog more then anyone could EVER know…I would like to take the online class but cannot get the book right now. Thank you!

  6. says

    I want to watch the webcast tonight but i can’t get through 🙁 I keep trying but i’m assuming there are just too many of us trying all at the same time. I would love to win the book. I signed up for the study hoping that i would somehow be able to afford the book by now but i just don’t have the money. Still praying though. Thanks for this chance Stephanie and for the encouragement above.

  7. Angie Woodward says

    Oh my goodness what a WONDERFUL webcast. I love Lysa and Sheila both and am so excited to see them both at the WOF event this August in OKC, (have had my tickets since last year!!) Thanks so much for sharing on here today and thank you so much for all you do Stephanie!! God Bless You Sweet Sister!!!

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