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To Be Successful Always Refer to #1

See if this resonates with you…

Good golly. In this new season of learning and growing, I need this tattooed on my hand. Since I often raise it to gesture before I speak, hopefully I’d see this note to myself and close my mouth before I gets me in more trouble! Speaking needs to be my last step. First I need to…

Listen to God.

We’re starting here with the new direction of  this blog. As my kids’ children’s pastor used to continuously repeat,

God’s ways are always best.

For every conversation and question in the upcoming posts, referring back to #1 is going to be our default. We’re often wrong, but God never is. As He says,

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. (Isaiah 55:8)

Here, we’re going to practicing listening to God, and tuning out

Talk show hosts.

Political pundits.

Influential friends.

Charismatic speakers and writers.

Any other voice except The Voice.

Success in developing a tender heart begins with listening to God. And we’re going to go to the source, Scripture, of where God speaks, using our Bibles as the foundation of how we think, act and speak. Remember the process we’re going to work through?

Listen–> Feel–> Do–> Speak

Through Christmas, I’ll be blogging about listening to God. Forever and always here, our #1 is “Listen to God,” and that will be our answer to every question, point of contention or place of confusion. Instead of slogging around in rhetoric and opinions, we’ll look to see what Scripture says. (Hold me to it, girls! Hold me to it!)

To be clear, I’m not totally oblivious to reality. I understand that true followers can still land on the opposite sides of issues after studying Scripture, but it’s still our best step to faithfully walk with God. The beauty of looking to God through His Word together is that we’ll be unified in our purpose to seek Him instead of divided by parties or church circles.

Each week, I’m going to issue one action step so that we’re truly changing instead of just dealing in ideas. Here’s this week’s challenge:

Listen to God–Challenge #1

  1. Read this blog post about a simple but profound way to study Scripture.
  2. Print the handouts so that you can give the 3-step method a try.
  3. From wherever you’re currently reading the Bible, take one passage of up to 10 verses this week and do the 3-step Bible study.
  4. Leave a comment with a picture of your notes on the Facebook post pinned at the top of my Facebook page and tell something you learned.

To keep it fun, anyone who posts a picture before November 1st will be entered to win a drawing for Kathi Lipp’s and Cheri Gregory’s new book You Don’t Have to Try So Hard!







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  1. Howdy, Amy 🙂

    I plan to utilize this 3-Step Bible study method tonight with a couple ladies who join me at my dinner table each month.

    The SPACE step is new to me, and I am excited to watch the affect on our study tonight.

    Thank you for sharing 🙂

    1. Amy Carroll says:

      That totally excites me, Charla! Periodically I use the 3 steps with my women’s Sunday school class. I haven’t done it in a long time, and you’ve encouraged me to bring it around again. It’s such a beautiful tool, because it’s profound but simple enough to even use with children.

  2. Andrea Diane Prendergast says:

    Hi Amy,

    I am so glad you have this link.

    I was driving today and heard you on the radio programme on a Christian channel here in Jamaica called – “The Breath of Change.” You were talking about your book “Breaking Up With Perfect” – ( I have sent and asked my sister for a copy)
    I loooved every minute of your conversation. I loved your candid, profound, natural, authentic expression of you and your relationships and your walk with God. I was laughing, then my eyes welled with tears, then I was saying “Awwww” – you took me on a journey that was quite therapeutic.

    Amy, thank you for being you and may God continue to shine upon and through you.

    Your new sister,
    Andrea Diane Prendergast
    Kingston, Jamaica,
    West Indies

    p.s. Your love for God oozed. 🙂

    1. Amy Carroll says:

      Andrea, my nations-loving heart just did a little flip! Thank you for your encouragement. It was a fun interview to do, and I’m so glad it encouraged you. Thanks also for seeking a copy of Breaking Up with Perfect. My decade-long journey is in there with all the beautiful lessons of God.

  3. Hi Amy,
    To me, this is right on!
    Let’s go!
    This is the need we all have.
    Thank you for your obedience to God.
    God bless you.

    1. Amy Carroll says:

      You’ve pumped me up, Joanne! Let’s go!

      (Don’t forget to comment with your notes on the FB page. I can’t wait to hear what God is teaching you!)

  4. This is great Amy. Thank you so much.

    I cannot wait to print out the handouts. ❤️


    1. Amy Carroll says:

      Yay! I’m glad you’re going to give the 3-step method a whirl.

      Make sure you comment with a pic on the FB page too. (It’s the one pinned to the top.) Can’t wait to learn from what God teaches you!