Claudine Phillips

present over perfect by shauna niequist


“God hasn’t invited us into a disorderly, unkempt life but into something holy and beautiful – as beautiful on the inside as the outside.” – 1 Thessalonians 4:7

Hello friends!

Well, here we are at the beginning of Fall 2017 and ready to dive back into the Word together!

It has been an interesting journey coming to the decision of this study. Nothing is ironic to our Father and He let me know clearly where he wants me this Fall.

I found myself tired, sick, depressed, and unable to connect to my soul a year ago. I knew something had to change. At that moment the journey of pulling back began. Saying no more to things that are important to me…friends, coffee dates, play dates, volunteering, good stuff…and saying yes to God time, soul care, family life, couple time….I felt so selfish at first, but the reward that was waiting and still awaits is Him, and I am so very grateful.

In saying this, the study that was originally proposed to do for this Fall has fallen through. The books were unable to get here in a timely manner, so I heard the Spirit re-direct.

His re-direct has been so specific, I first wondered if it was just for me, but I know in my soul this study is meant to be done and shared with my sisters.

It is Shauna Niequist’s newest book called Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler More Soulful Way of Living. It is a “lighter” study than last Spring, easier to complete in the alotted time. Less hustle, more soulful living….  She has a study guide and DVD series that goes along with it.

I am excited to offer this study to you for the next 6 weeks.

Dates: Monday nights

(August 28th: Meet and Greet)
Sept 11: Week One
Sept 25th: Week Two
October 9th: Week Three
October 23rd: Week Four
November 6th: Week Five
(November 13: Friendsgiving hosted off-site)

Location (For Locals): Meadows at Marshdale (Parlor/Den)  27826 Alabraska Lane  Evergreen, CO  80439  Map

Time:  6:00 to 9:00 pm

Each evening will include: 

6:00 to 6:30: Fellowship.  Come early to sip on coffee/tea and nom on snacks.
6:30 to 7:00: Welcome and Encouragement
7:00 to 7:30:  Shauna’s teaching
7:30 to 9:00: Discussion of video with small group

9:00: Prayers, Hugs and Send off

You can purchase the book here: BOOK
You can purchase the study guide here: STUDY GUIDE

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Love you and see you soon!

Here is the description:

“A few years ago, I found myself exhausted and isolated, my soul and body sick. I was tired of being tired, burned out on busy. And, it seemed almost everyone I talked with was in the same boat: longing for connection, meaning, depth, but settling for busy.

I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, neighbor, writer, and I know all too well that settling feeling. But over the course of the last few years, I’ve learned a way to live, marked by grace, love, rest, and play. And it’s changing everything.”

Present Over Perfect is an invitation to this journey that changed my life. I’ll walk this path with you, a path away from frantic pushing and proving, and toward your essential self, the one you were created to be before you began proving and earning for your worth.

Written in Shauna’s warm and vulnerable style, this collection of essays focuses on the most important transformation in her life, and maybe yours too: leaving behind busyness and frantic living and rediscovering the person you were made to be.Present Over Perfect is a hand reaching out, pulling you free from the constant pressure to perform faster, push harder, and produce more, all while maintaining an exhausting image of perfection.

Shauna offers an honest account of what led her to begin this journey, and a compelling vision for an entirely new way to live: soaked in grace, rest, silence, simplicity, prayer, and connection with the people that matter most to us.

In these pages, you’ll be invited to consider the landscape of your own life, and what it might look like to leave behind the pressure to be perfect and begin the life-changing practice of simply being present, in the middle of the mess and the ordinariness of life.