Becoming His

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Drum roll, please! Congratulations to Eliza Elliott who just won the Having a Mary Spirit "Bible Study in a Box" giveaway! Eliza, you'll be receiving12 copies of both the book and study guide plus a set of DVDs and nummy goodies to celebrate the release of the new video curriculum!

Special thanks to everyone who shared the video and entered the contest. It was a lot of fun!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Last chance to win the "Bible Study in a Box" Giveaway!

Just wanted to let you know that we will be choosing a winner for the "Bible Study in a Box" tomorrow! If you'd like to be entered, just share this PROMO VIDEO link, then come back and let me know where you shared it. 
The "Bible Study in a Box" GIVEAWAY includes:
- 12 copies of the book
- 12 copies of the companion study guide
- 10-session DVD study pack filled with bonus material, including
   optional RETREAT format
- PLUS a bunch of nummy goodies to help host the study! 
Share the link, then leave a message letting us know where you shared it at or at and we will enter your name.
WINNER will be announced Tuesday night!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

More details on the new DVD Bible Study....

As a pastor's wife, I'm always looking for new Bible studies and so, as I worked on these curriculums, I tried to provide everything a group might need. The new Having a Mary Spirit DVD Study Pack is designed to be used with the paperback book and the companion study guide we've created to help women get the most out of their time in the Word. Here's some more details...
The three-disc DVD set includes: 
  • Twelve 18-22 minute videos - featuring all-new material taught by Joanna
  • Short "Tool Time" videos - filled with practical tools for cooperating with God's grace in transformation
  • A detailed leader's guide filled with tips and ideas
  • Memory verse cards and other handouts
  • Promotional material including: promo video, posters, flyers, presentation slides, etc.
  • RETREAT OPTION: a retreat guide shows how to use the material as a special event!
Designed to be used with the book, the companion STUDY GUIDE helps women get the most out of their Bible study. Less time consuming than many studies, it requires about 60-90 minutes of reading and homework each week.
NOTE: For groups on a limited budget, consider doing the "Book-Only" option. Each woman needs a book and a copy of the original study found in the back of the book, You'll find a downloadable workbook and detailed guide for the "Book-Only" option at my website - COMING SOON at   

My new DVD Bible Study releases today!!

Do you long for a soul-deep transformation that leaves you forever changed?

I know I do! In fact, that life-long desire caused me to write Having a Mary Spirit: Allowing God to Change Us from the Inside Out. It is a prayer I pray every single day! "Lord, whatever You do, don't leave me the same!" 
That's why I'm so excited to introduce you to my brand new 12-week DVD Bible study. For I believe God wants to meet each of us in a profound and transformational way as we study His Word together!
To celebrate, I'm hosting a "Bible Study in a Box" giveaway at my blog and Facebook page. All you have to do is view the video below, then share it via social media. Leave a comment at my blog or on my FB page and your name will be entered again in the drawing! 
Having a Mary Spirit Promo Video
Having a Mary Spirit Promo Video

The prize, you ask? Everything you need to host a Bible study: a DVD study pack - 12 books - 12 study guides - plus some goodies to munch on!
Enter now, and invite a friend to do the same!

Monday, March 31, 2014

WORD OF GOD SPEAK 2014 - Praying God's Word

I have so loved our time together in “Word of God Speak 2014”! It’s been so exciting to hear the many ways the Lord has spoken to you through Scripture. One of my favorite parts of studying God’s Word is that it not only becomes a part of us – it becomes a vocabulary with which we commune with Him. Check out this “Praying God’s Word” Word Time video from my new Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World DVD Bible study….

Monday, February 24, 2014

First Things First | Joanna Weaver

In his book First Things First, Stephen Covey tells the story of a man teaching a time-management seminar. In order to make a point, the man picked up some fist-sized rocks and put them in a wide-mouthed gallon jar. Then he looked out at the class and asked, “Is the jar full?”

Some of the students blurted out, “Yes.” The teacher laughed gently and said, “No, it’s not.” He pulled out a bucket of pea gravel and began to pour it in the jar. The class watched as the pea gravel filtered down between the rocks until it reached the top.

“Now, is the jar full?”

The class was a bit reticent to answer. After all, they’d been wrong before. The man poured a bucket of sand down among the pea gravel and the large rocks. He shook the jar gently to let the sand settle, then added more. He asked again, “Is the jar full?” They said, “Probably not.”

Now the teacher poured a pitcher of water in the jar. It filtered down until it was running over. “Is the jar full?” the time-management consultant asked. The class answered, “We think it is.”

“Okay, class,” he said. “What is the lesson in this visual aid?”

Somebody said, “No matter how busy your life is, there is always room for more!”

“No,” the teacher said as the class broke into laughter. “That’s not it!”

“The lesson is this, class,” he said, “if you don’t put the big rocks in first you’ll never get them in later.” 

It sounds like the same point Jesus made when He said, “Seek first his kingdom… and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33).
                                                                                                              —Having a Mary Heart

READ: 2 Chronicles 1:7-12
REFLECT: What did Solomon set as his highest priority, and what was the result of that choice?

Special Note:  This post is an excerpt from my devotional At the Feet of Jesus, which pull readings from Having a Mary Heart, Having a Mary Spirit, and Lazarus Awakening, as well as unpublished outtakes from all three books!

Monday, February 17, 2014

The Word Behind the Word--Are You Tired of Waiting for Your Fruit-Producing Season?

Have you ever been so frustrated at waiting for a fruitful time in your life that you said to the Lord, “When is the fruit-producing season ever going to start in my life? I’ve worked, believed, and waited, but I am a little tired of waiting to see the fruit I long to see in my life. How long do I have to wait, Lord?”

I encourage you today to stay on track and refuse to give up, because you’re about to reach the greatest period of fruitfulness you’ve ever known. Before a fruit-producing tree reaches a time in its growth when it blossoms and bears fruit, first it sends its roots down deep into the earth where it can draw on a constant source of nourishment….

During the life of that tree, it must endure the elements of every season—the heat, the cold, the sleet, the rain, and the snow—before it ever blossoms. Because those roots are deeply tapped into a continuous source of strength, nourishment, and energy, the tree is able to outlast all the seasons and eventually become a fruit-producing tree….

In light of this, consider what the apostle Paul wrote in Colossians 2:7: “Rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.” I want you to especially notice the word “rooted” in this verse. It comes from the Greek word ridzo, which means to be firmly and deeply rooted, making the object fixed, steady, stable, and strong. This is the picture of a strong tree whose roots go down deep and reach its source of nourishment. The tree is also held securely in place by those roots, regardless of the weather or the environmental opposition that comes against it.

Rather than complain that it’s taking too long for your fruit-producing season to arrive, you need to thank God for this time in your life! Take this time to send your roots down deep and tap into the strength of God’s Word and God’s Spirit. If your roots are securely fixed in Jesus Christ, you will outlast every season, every foul climate, and every storm. Eventually you will enter into the finest fruit-producing season of your life, your ministry, your family, or your business.

Honestly, you need to thank God that things haven’t happened faster in your life! Have you ever seen someone who reached success too quickly? That person usually loses his success just as quickly as he gained it because he didn’t have the roots and the experience necessary to maintain the success he gained.…

So take this time to work on your personal life, your mind, your thinking, your discipline, your finances, your weight, your relationships, and your behavior. While you are waiting for that fruit-producing season to come to pass in your life, use this time to put off the old man and to put on the new man (Colossians 3:9, 10)...

If you use your time wisely, there will be no wasted time in your life. But if you just sit around and complain that it’s taking too long to get where you want to go, you will waste time. Sitting and complaining doesn't make anything happen faster—and it often further delays the manifestation of the answer you've been waiting for….

Instead, look at this time in your life as a blessing sent from Heaven to help you get yourself rooted deeply in Jesus Christ! Then send your limbs upward and outward as you tap into the power of God. Eventually you’ll begin to see blossoms budding in your life, signaling that you are about to enter your long-awaited season of bringing forth much fruit!

Special Note:  This excerpt is from Sparkling Gems from the Greek by Rick Renner