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30 Day Challenge with God

For 30 days consecutive days challenge yourself to spend time with God. Imagine you’re sitting together for ONE HOUR and having daily conversations. No electronics, no interruptions, no study books. Just you and God.

Set the same time each day. Be creative…one hour a day or..30 minutes twice a day or..15 minutes four times a day.

Use a habit tracker method to motivate yourself. Be creative…30 blank index cards and fill out one each day, or ..30 coins- put one in a jar each day or ..30 post-it notes- put one on your mirror each day or ..30 day devotional book

Focus on a theme for 30 days, or a specific Bible passage each day. Be creative. ..taming the tongue or ..turnaround your negative thoughts or ..stand on Gods promises or ..break a stronghold or ..ask for His will and then direction or ..confess or ..take communion or ..ask how to use your spiritual gifts.

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Encourage one another… be an eyewitness.

It’s not my plan to update friends on every aspect of my devotional time with God. I’ll share a few discoveries like the one I encountered today.

Day 2- Opening my Bible I felt God would have a plan for us today. My Bible pages opened to Ecclesiastes- right at the beginning! As I started reading I saw words I needed to hear in verse 2: “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.”

There you go! Believed to be the words of Solomon, the opening message of this book is about the worthlessness of  material things and wasted time.

Not willing to miss this important passage, I set the 15 minute timer on my phone so I would mediate as it deserves. The timer went off, I reset for 15 more minutes. Surprisingly, 15 more was an added bonus. And then… after another 15 minutes I reached my desired time.

This was truly the best thing that happened all day. Since I experienced this in the  early morning, I had time to reflect on the devotional time throughout my day. By evening I was pushing aside my scheduled work and desiring MORE than an hour with God.

Again.

Turnaround my morning routine

This morning I weep for my absence and the pathetic sadness of my busy life. When I wake and sip my morning coffee, I’ve been captivated with the morning news app. 

Using my my devices for reading, a swarm of notifications draw my attention. Emails, messages, and safety alerts for earthquakes or weather. Important but untimely.

Piles of dishes, laundry, dog hair and unpaid bills mock me from each room. Shouldn’t I be THERE and doing something “important.”

When did it become less important to worship the Lord I love. When did my morning heart shift to busyness and chaos instead of the peace of God’s presence.

Today I turnaround my morning routine. News and notifications are second class priorities- never first. 

News triggers fear and anger. God blesses me with courage and peace. 

 Notifications trigger interruptions. God blesses me with a plan. 

Here I am. Your little girl, Daughter of the King! 

As I type this a child of mine walks into the room and decides to share her news from the previous day. She’s staring at me, a reminder that I distract too easily. 

But her presence reminds me God- my Father- is waiting for His children to come to Him and talk about their day too! 

Simple solution- begin God moments in my bedroom retreat. Come out for the day after I’ve enjoyed an hour of prayer and coffee with the King.

Here I am God. Turnaround my morning. 

 

Related Devotional Verses

But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble. Psalm 59:16 NIV 

I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning. Psalm 130:6 NIV

“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.” The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.” Revelation 22:16-17 NIV

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30 Day Challenge with God

Breaking the Fear Stronghold

Last month I was praying for my pastor and the safety of his family when the prayer turned around. God delivered a treasure I wasn’t seeking when I saw my pastor didn’t have any fear, I did.

Processing this with God, I never recognized how fear was controlling my decisions and prayers.

A history of traumatic events kept latching over me. It started with post traumatic stress and moved into post-partum depression after my kids were born. I was blind to the effect these fears were having on my spiritual life.

I latched onto a childhood event and a stronghold of fear took root in me.

This unhealthy stronghold had a big impact on how I raised my children, traveled on holiday, and communicated in marriage. Because fear is a strong virus, it was suffocating Fruits of the Spirit inside me.

And it’s contagious.

Examining my own history, I saw where seeds of fear were planted. It happened during a traumatic neighborhood event with a serial killer.

While processing the event through the heart of a child, I decided I wasn’t “safe” and learned to depend on my own abilities instead of trusting in God.

Every decision I made was processed through a fear-filter. If life gave me two options I’d always reach for the one with the least amount of danger.

In movie theaters. malls, and church I’d examine the room for an exit route. My highly visual mind had already mapped out my survival and how to protect my family. I survived a deadly airplane crash at the mall using this instinct. The pilot who died in the crash was a high school classmate and I was shopping at the mall when he crashed and burned several people in his path.

A circumstance that happens to a family member, friend or neighbor is not a fear designed for me. But my fear-based mindset was like a magnet and picking up fears like compounding interest.

Since praying for my pastor I’m walking away from fear. Don’t worry, I’m not going sky diving or something silly like walking on hot coals. I don’t need to prove to myself that I’m not afraid. My fears will be taken captive to Christ.

Looking back at my journey of fear, I learned to run away from danger and flee. Then I learned to wrap myself with a false sense of security. When I had children I started passing fear into the next generation with “helicopter parenting.” It was suffocating to be me!

The Man Who Put Me Under A Stronghold of Fear

Each time I write about this event it brings up nausea in me. Seeing his photos and reading his news stories trigger a vomit-reflex. My innocence was shattered, three of my neighbors divorced, and our small town no longer trusted people.

As I saw hope destroyed around me I adopted a spirit of fear.

Here’s the story.

“On Dec. 9, 1978 the Golden State Killer emerged in Danville, where he raped a woman alone in her home. He went quiet again, disappearing until April 1979, when he attacked a couple in Fremont. His behavior spiked in June, when he raped two teen girls in Walnut Creek and one woman in Danville. His final Bay Area crime was on July 5, 1979, when he broke into the home of a Danville couple (my neighbor and the family I babysat for). After that, the Golden State Killer moved onto Southern California and escalated to almost exclusively murders.” (source: SFGATE)

Here’s the number of years I was in captivity: 40. If you’ve read the Bible then you’re familiar with wilderness seasons of 40 days or 40 years. They are markers of turnaround.

“Revival-hood” is a word!

You’ll hear me say this on the video (below) as my mind took the word “revival” and added the “neighbor-HOOD” to the end of it.

There you go….

 

 

Me Myself and Pride

Earlier today I was tempted to share a shocking story where “I was right and he was wrong” but the Holy Spirit stopped me. As I reached for the phone I felt a tugging inside my heart. So I asked myself, “Does this honor God?”

I knew by sharing the story it would become gossip, and the root of gossip is a stronghold of pride. Knowing this truth,  I resisted the urge to dial the phone and share my “victory.”

I’m beginning to realize how pride wounds others, not just the person carrying the stronghold. When I accepted immediate correction and spiritual redirection I saw myself delivered of the stronghold.

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Self-examination led me into the Scriptures and then deeper into my heart with prayer. As I dig into my past and look for attachments where pride took root it wasn’t difficult to find.

I was the little girl with blond hair and blue eyes, getting verbal rewards for perfection and physical disciplines for my many mistakes. In my innocence I taught my brain that pride feels good and failure hurts. Whenever I wasn’t perfect, I was spanked… and it hurt.

To avoid physical pain I adopted the posture of pride. We all know what the Bible says…pride comes before a fall.

While God is showing me I’m mostly delivered from a stronghold of pride, He will test my endurance.

Sometimes He puts people into my life to mirror what I dislike in myself.

When I gossip or take a victory lap because someone else has failed, the real loser is me.

WIth the help of the Holy Spirit and great Bible studies, I’ve learned to slow down and practice self-control. Before I type a reply or call a friend, I’m anticipating how my actions look from Heaven’s view.

Even if nobody on earth knows, the authorities in Heaven know when I’m self-centered and walking by sight- not by faith.

The glory belongs to God in all things, not in me.

If you’re read this far into my story, then I’ll add personal application too. Here’s how to process the temptations when they happen:

#1 Is what happened true? Yes

#2 What will happen if I shared this? It would be gossip, slander, division and disrespect. These are fruits of the flesh.

#3 What will happen if I don’t share it? It’s still true but it’s NOT about ME.

#4 Where is Christ in this? The story is true and not sharing it helps me imitate Christ.

When we take someone else’s’ mistakes and measure against our own perfections, we are the one Heaven sees as having a stronghold in need of correcting.

Pride leaches to our hearts like a blood-sucking parasite. Once rooted, we adopt a posture of ENTITLED. We e decide we’re entitled to eat anything we want, buy anything we want, do anything we want. It feeds the stronghold.

How are you breaking free from pride? What testing opportunities have you recently passed through? I’d love to hear from you today as we encourage one another to live a life of visible faith.

 

The Anomaly Mind-Set by Sandi Krakowski

In all aspects of life- school, work, church- we are expected to conform to the common standards. A common message is “fit in, or leave.” 

One of my close friends tells others I’m her friend who “didn’t fit in church, so I went outside the walls of tradition and created online Bible studies.” I cringed and took this as rejection, until I read The Anomaly Mind-Set  by Sandi Krakowski.

Reading The Anomaly Mind-Set is a spiritual experience often with great discomfort. You’ll have the feeling of Heaven on Earth as Krakowski painfully removes the curtain of conformity to this world, then invites her readers into the uniqueness of God‘s Kingdom Plan. Written for both men and women, this is a useful business book, self-discovery book, and faith-based book.

Reading this book showed me its okay to be outside the box and to stop hiding my uniqueness. I saw similarities with Sandi’s story in myself and in my unique daughters. Delivered of fear, anybody can soar to places of their highest abilities. Delivered from conformity, great leaders and inventors thrive.

For any parent raising a child with Asperger, autism, or OCD… Sandi Krakowski reveals… gives PERMISSION … that it’s okay to be different. Can we get an Amen? She writes,”The world needs businesses built on integrity and faith. The world needs anomalies.”

Sandi refers to herself as a unicorn, an anomaly. When did the world, the education system, and the previous generation decide for our unicorn kids… what “normal” will be.

Written as a biography, Sandi coaches her readers through each of the ten chapters. Journal exercises and spiritual takeaways add personalization to the experience.

Throughout the book Krakowski reveals her spiritual identity as a daughter, calling God “Papa.” Her words are tender as she shares moments of faith at work. Her Christian theology is uninhibited by doctrine and rules; she pours from her heart.

I look forward to reading this with book club friends and discussing our uniqueness.

SAMPLE BOOK QUOTES FROM THE ANOMALY MINDSET

“The quirks and things we think of as odd and set us apart could be the stepping-stones to a career.”

“When we see how we’re all designed to not fit in but to live in beautiful harmony together, you’ll see that other anomalies inspire, motivate, and even give you courage as they press forward on their path.”

“As I began to grow my business, discover myself, and learn to walk in my truth, it was then that I realized my brain was exceptional, not broken; it was remarkable and beautiful, not weird or unsafe.”

“How did we ever get to a place where opposition is supposed to be feared and being passive is to be revered?”

“Our beautiful diversity, when brought together in harmony, brings us to a higher place of unity than we could ever get to alone.”

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How I Got Approved For Free Amazon Products

featured image: Hautestock.co Amazon Vine is a wonderful program to help sellers and buyers. I’ve been a member of this program for several years and written more than 600 reviews. It took some determination on my part to get approved as a trusted Amazon reviewer.

Recently I shared with a friend who asked how she could get free products from Amazon. Applying my method, she was approved too!

Are you interested? First, you need to know that this requires work and its not available to all who ask. The program is constantly changing so my methods may work today, but not a month from now. All I can say is test it for yourself, and keep testing your eligibility.

You should know up front, I’m a regular and consistent shopper on Amazon. My established shopping history gave me credibility as a fan of the store. For years I’ve been buying ebooks (some are less than a dollar) and I’ve collected many wonderful books for my library.

When I heard about the Amazon Vine program from another mom, I started looking to see if I was eligible. Many times I’d inquire and get a message to discourage me.

But I remained persistent and once a week (sometimes twice a week) I’d search these two words: Amazon Vine. Typing the words into my Amazon search bar gave me a not eligible response.

Until one day I hit the golden ticket and they said YES!

Looking back I see a few things I’ve done to earn my reputation as a trusted reviewer:

I wrote lots of reviews for Amazon products I purchased

I was honest (and still am) in all my reviews. I am writing these with the next buyer in mind, thinking what might help them learn about my personal product experience.

Some of my reviews were low, some were high ratings, and many in between. It was super important to demonstrate integrity in my reviews and I would never compromise.

Even if other Vine reviewers were giving great product comments, I always told my experience truthfully.

After writing 10 more reviews for Amazon this week, my review ranking DROPPED instead of going up! So I discovered something…
 
Amazon TOP 10 REVIEWER RANKS is based on the “helpful votes” not the actual number of reviews written. Ratios are high on top reviewers… i’ts super fun to see them rise. 
 
There are some discomforts to this program as well. As you just saw, my Amazon reviewer ranking DROPPED. 

Sometimes the boxes are enormous and they pile up in my trash. Twice I had to hire a hauling company to get rid of them.

Sometimes the products are not wonderful and as a member of the program I am not allowed to give them away, sell them at yard sales or donate to charity. This makes sense because if a product is recalled after reviews, then it can be a hazard for the next owner. So a few times I’ve had to”junk” something and have it hauled away.

What a fluffy pink coat… my dog likes it!

Amazon provides me with a tax form stating how much the products are valued, and I am required to report this to the IRS. It’s a mystery to me how they set the tax value. Sometimes the tax value is higher than the sales price, so I decide not review those products.

Read Amazon Policy on Reviews

You probably want to know what free products I have received? In the Amazon Vine program I have a product que and I can choose from preselected items. I’m not allowed to randomly pick something and ask for it free. The sellers set the products into the que and limit the number available.

Want to see this in action?

Visit my Amazon profile, read a review and if you like the review click the “helpful” button. It’s that easy!

A reviewer’s ranking is determined by the number of helpful votes from other customers. Customers tend to value substantive, informative, detailed and objective reviews, regardless of whether the review is positive, negative, or neutral.”

61 Motivational Sandi Krakowski Quotes

Sandi Krakowski is a respected business leader known for her passion to incorporate Faith At Work and empowering business men and women to reach their God-given potential. She has assisted many ministries and authors to make an impact in this generation. Krakowski has a visible voice on social media as a Facebook Marketing Expert she was recognized by Forbes as a Top 20 Online Marketing Influencer, Top 20 Social Media Influencer and a Top 50 Social Media Power Influencer. Sandi Krakowski works in cooperation with her calling from God to #BeMore

When you share a quote please attribute to Sandi Krakowski as the source. Quotes are gathered from Twitter posts, Facebook posts, videos, internet searches and published works.This page is updated with new content, so suggest a quote in the comments area and contribute to this research.

“What if you spend your time on social media encouraging, empowering, and equipping?”

“Being more starts with looking up to strengthen your relationship with God and then ripples outward.”

“God is not growing tired of you. He is not simply tolerating you. He is celebrating you. Join Him in His efforts to help you BE MORE.”

“God not only loves you, He likes you. He doesn’t look at us as sinful, disgusting people, but as tender children He loves and adores.”

“It’s absolutely amazing what happens when one human being realizes they are loved by God and He’s not mad at them.”

“One of our biggest barriers to success is our tendency to prepare for failure.”

“Expectation is a double-edged sword. For the person who is always expecting failure and always expecting loss, they will find exactly that. The person who is always expecting things will come together and is always expecting favor will see those blessings in their life.”

“We are not promised a picture-perfect life, but we are promised that if we believe in Him we will never go through it alone.”

“The greatest trick the devil is pulling off in our lives today is convincing us that we don’t matter and that God is no longer relevant.”

“We forget who our God is and how great He is when the devil comes and brings his doubt and fear.”

“Insecurity breeds self-hatred, and self-hatred causes us to turn on those around us.”

“The enemy of your soul, your future, your finances, and your life will create tension when he sees that you are on the verge of working in God’s plan.”

“Remember, when you are on target, you become a target. The devil does not want you to stay where you are in God’s will and will try to get you off track by convincing you the rough road is not the right one.”

“Ask heaven to shut the door on the lies and deceit.”

“Chameleons can change their color and even the pattern on their skin. They camouflage themselves to blend in. Have you looked in the mirror and discovered that you don’t know who you are because you have “adapted” too much to your environment?”

“Many of the things we worry about are so big in our heads and then so, so tiny in reality.”

“Instead of thinking about how much you don’t want to do something, think about how great it will feel to have it done.”

“We have to do the work of a champion to live the life of a champion.”

“All warriors have hard days. Some have to retreat for a while. But the truest nature of a powerful warrior is to GET BACK UP, and the only way to do that is by refusing to listen to the negative messages in your brain.”

“Trying to be someone you’re not is a heavy burden.”

“There are only two opinions that really matter: (1) the one you have of yourself and (2) the one God has of you. Everything else is really irrelevant.”

“Don’t confuse your calling with your identity.”

“You weren’t designed to just blend in and you were not created to take the same journey as everyone else.”

“The battlefield is in your mind, but with God in your heart you are more than equipped to win.”


“Perfection is overrated, and perfectionism is a sorry master to serve.”

“Far too many people can’t figure out why their life isn’t changing. They make excuses, they allow themselves to take on a victim mindset, and they wallow in self-pity. The problem is they are making mistakes and they aren’t learning from them.”

“Boxes don’t hold lives and cages aren’t good places to store your dreams.”

“It isn’t ordained that we will win every race, receive every top award, and defeat everyone who challenges us.”

“If you find you are not getting the support you need from those around you, change your circle.”

“When we make right choices, no matter how hard it is, we will receive blessings.”

“Far too many of us end up living in a refrigerator-box-sized life and have no clue we are holding keys to a mansion. Too often we keep our lives smaller so we won’t be so disappointed.”

“Choose wisely where you let your thoughts lead you.”

“If you are not the one who is controlling your mood, others will control your mood for you.”

“The children we have been trusted to raise will have a direct impact on their communities and the countless other people who will pass through their lives. The words we speak over them will shape who they become.”

“Breaking the cycle of pain and woundedness is our responsibility to the next generation.”

“What would you do if you didn’t have any limitations?”


“We do not have insight into the ways God chooses to move and use us for His purposes. Don’t criticize what you don’t understand.”

“There is no room for practical when you are pursuing the passion God has given you.”

“Don’t let the jealousy and insecurity of others distract you from pursuing the dream God put in your heart.”

“You are a tool in the grand workroom of life, and God is trying to love us all through what he does in your life.”

“Forgiveness is critical for dreamers. If we don’t learn to forgive and release, we’ll never see our dreams come true. The opinions of our critics and why they are putting down our dreams are not important.”

“Too many of our dreams are derailed because we are too focused on what others have to say about them.”

“We don’t get to behave like cowards and expect to become champions. If greatness came easy, it wouldn’t have any significance. If everyone could do it, it wouldn’t be special.”

“The wisest among us are those who have opinions and the discernment to know when to share them and when to keep quiet.”

“It is easy for us to throw in our two cents at every opportunity, especially in the world of social media and blogging. Everyone has a platform from which to speak now. That does not mean they should.”

“If the opinion you are about to offer does not support, enhance, or otherwise benefit your purpose, reconsider putting it out there.”

“Do not let the enemy muzzle you. Use your voice in a positive, uplifting way.”

“Let the words you speak mirror the life you want to live.”

“Mindfully, intentionally, and actively choose to extend mercy.”

“Kindness is currency that has a multiplying exchange. The more you give away, the more you get back.”

“God so loved the entire world that He gave His only Son, Jesus. Don’t be confused by those who would have you believe God only loved a select few and the rest are doomed. Ignore that lie.”

“Far too many people who call themselves Christians are so afraid of the devil that they never reach into the darkness to bring light.”

“Don’t shy away from spiritual growth just because there is some pain involved. You know the outcome is worth it.”

“Apathy is a thief of ambition, a stealer of dreams.”

“Instead of worrying about maximizing your productivity, consider maximizing your faith”

“The value that God has placed inside each of us is a gift to the world. Stop competing with everyone. When we do this we lessen the value God created in us.”

“Small acts of courage change the course of history.”

“The world’s top performers—athletes, leaders, scientists—have a “head battle” just as you do. The only difference is this: They know how to get out of their head and into the game.”

“I’ve never met anyone who has done something significant in life without taking risks!”

“I will never again allow my circumstances to be greater than Him.”

“It’s time to connect with your purpose.”

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We’re on the Damascus Road to REVIVAL

The Bible says: Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.

Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, and after taking some food, he regained his strength.” Acts 9:8-9,17-19 NIV

 

Friends, I dreamed on April 11, 2019 that Jesus is filling His saints with blood transfusions (blood of Christ) and giving them wider eyes to see like Paul. So cool!

In the dream an eye doctor named Paul was putting huge contact lenses over my eyes while I was in a hospital room with men and women getting blood transfusions and rejoicing.

Also in the dream, I posted this event on Facebook as it was happening #revival #eyestosee

 

Let’s pray over this: Jesus, we pray for the scales to fall from the eyes of your saints. Let us see signs, wonders and miracles as the Holy Spirit moves on Heaven and on Earth. Equip us with the eyes of Paul and the blood of Christ for the revival ahead. Amen.

 

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Living On Earth As It Is In Heaven

If you want to be a great blogger, see your articles from the reader’s view- not yours. Let me explain.

Yesterday a colleague wrote a blog post about a hot topic and then posted a photo which offends. For me as a reader, I felt the image was hurtful and I immediately disassociated with the blogger by unfriending and unfollowing him.

After jumping into the heated discussion and sharing his image of hatred, the blogger’s post was removed by Twitter as offensive. He drew attention to himself for having his content filtered.

This is grieving my heart. I’ve been weeping in the Spirit, with the Holy Spirit, for the last 24 hours.

Posting images of hate divides people, triggers emotions and captures attention- which is usually the intent of journalists.

If you’re blogging please consider how these images are perceived by others. Pulling historical images of racism and hatred doesn’t build up the church.

If you jump into a hot topic as a representative of Christ, then show His love.

I am hurt.

My community of friends are diverse. Never in a million years, on earth or in Heaven, would I post a blog image of racism. I choose unity.

If we truly live on earth as it is in Heaven then we do NOT see each other by the color of our skin. We see men, women, and children made in the image of God.

We see what Jesus sees.

We live on earth as it is in Heaven when we see through the eyes of Christ. Not the eyes of pride, greed, division, or offense. Write your story from that frame of view.

…your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Matthew 6:10 NIV

 

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66 Comforting Zig Ziglar Quotes

Zig Ziglar was a popular motivational speaker and bestselling author. He inspired many business leaders to success. Most people don’t realize Ziglar lost his daughter and wrote a detailed confession about his life as a grieving Christian. Zig Ziglar comforts many through his story of grief and faith.His encouragement will help you in a season of grieving someone you love.

When you share a quote please attribute to Zig Ziglar as the source. Quotes are gathered from Twitter posts, Facebook posts, videos, internet searches and published works.This page is updated with new content, so suggest a quote in the comments area and contribute to this research.

“Grief is pervasive. You never get over it, but you do learn to recognize and live with it.”

“My not-so-well-hidden agenda in everything I do is to introduce people to Christ.”

“God uses grief to heal us, strengthen us in our faith, and cause us to grow in our relationship with Him.”

“While I do not believe that God causes the circumstances that result in our grief, I do believe that God uses grief as a process to show His compassion toward us, to teach us, and to bring us into greater wholeness.”

“Out of my grief has come a sense of urgency to be more effective in my witness for Christ and to pray more diligently for guidance that I might be doing all that the Lord has for me to do in this life.”

“No one is immune from the fact of grief. Grief is woven throughout the tapestry of life.”

“Virtually everyone is experiencing some type of grief to some degree.”

“Grief is perhaps the most profound way of expressing love.”

“The intensity of grief is directly related to the intensity of love. The more we love a person we have lost, the greater our grief.”

“Grief puts us into a position to trust God alone for our healing and restoration.”


“God will never walk out on you. His love is based not on our holding tightly to Him but on His holding tightly to us through all circumstances and situations.”

“God does not see time the way we see time. God measures one’s success not in terms of longevity but rather as fulfillment of one’s God-given purpose in life.”

“All that the loved one experienced in this life was experienced in only a fleeting moment against the unending panorama of heaven.”

“If our departed ones could come back to us and tell us about their experiences with the Lord in heaven, I feel certain they would tell us three things. First, they would tell us to concentrate on the way they were when they were at their best in this life. Second, they would tell us to enjoy our lives to the fullest and choose to fill them with the best memories and experiences possible. Third, they would tell us to spend more time getting to know Christ better.”

“God has purposes for our lives that we may not know this side of eternity.”

“God sees a future we cannot see. He is both omnipresent and omniscient, which means that He alone fully sees the ending from the beginning and knows precisely when to act for our full benefit.”

“We must recognize that God calls us always to trust Him and to put our faith in Him. He does not call us to be all-knowing; rather, He calls us to rely upon the fact that He is all-knowing and all-loving.”

“There are things we know about the personality, faith, and character of the person we have lost. Those things have not changed—they have only come to the point of perfection.”

“Our daughter is not missing; she is merely absent. To be absent means not to be present in a particular moment or setting. To be missing means that nobody knows where you are. We know where she is! She is not missing, only absent from us temporarily.”

“An encouraging aspect of my Christian faith and my trust in Jesus Christ is the fact that during His ministry here on earth, Christ never attended a funeral at which He did not raise the dead. Jesus is the Resurrection.”


“Coincidence is a man-made word. Miracles are God-made realities.”

“Words of prayer are the most effective words of all.”

“There truly is no substitute for the power of God’s Word to bring healing and joy into our lives.”

“To those who grieve, what a comfort it is to be assured that God fully understands our feelings and knows our needs.”

“Our healing from grief to a very great extent lies in our daily communication with the Lord.”

“Don’t expect grief to be logical.”

“I encourage you to acknowledge that you are grieving. Do not attempt to deny, avoid, or put off feelings of sadness. I have admitted I am a grieving Christian.”

“To deny or attempt to shorten the grieving process is to find yourself in even greater pain for longer periods of time. It also permits the entrance of bitterness and despair.”

“Grieving is a process that takes time; there are no shortcuts. It also takes the love and encouragement of family members and friends.”

“Sometimes giving a quick hug and just being present speak volumes to the grieving person. Answers are not the key; your presence is what counts.”

“If you trust God and ask Him to direct you in the way you comfort the grieving, you can relax in the knowledge that His will is being done.”


“A message that is always welcome to the grieving person is actually very simple: “I’m sorry. I’m praying for you. I really care.”

“There are those who say and believe that Satan killed or snatched away the loved one. Scripturally that is inaccurate. Psalm 139:16 asserts that God, not Satan, has our days numbered. Christ met Satan in battle and defeated him.”

“Heaven is too sweet, and hell is too hot, to gamble with salvation, especially when God has given us a clear and certain way of securing our eternal future. The instructions on how to receive God’s offer of free salvation are sprinkled throughout His Book. I encourage you to read prayerfully every instance related to one’s salvation and eternal life.”

“The Lord who allows each of us to grieve differently also knows and provides precisely what will bring comfort to our hearts.”

“Grief does not rest entirely on the amount of LOVE we had for the deceased. In some cases, grief seems intensified based upon the NEED a person had for the loved one.”

“My fellowship with my daughter has not ended because she is in heaven. She is still very much present in my mind and heart.”

“It is natural to talk about someone you love. That is true whether the person is alive on this earth or present with the Lord… I believe that conversation is a priceless healer.”

“To continue to do the work that God has put before us to do is a form of spiritual warfare; it is a statement in the spiritual realm that we will not be defeated in our God-given purpose in life despite what the enemy of our souls might have intended as a stumbling stone or brick wall.”

“I have talked to a number of people whose ministries have become even more effective after the death of a loved one. These people continued their work, and they did so with greater faith and reliance upon God. And God honored and blessed their expression of trust in Him with incredible results.”

“It is the Lord in me and through me who is accomplishing His purposes. I am grateful to be a vessel He can use.”

“If we have a clear vision of heaven and of God’s grace and love that enable eternal life to be possible in the future, as well as a present reality, we will want every person we encounter to accept Jesus as Savior.”


“Out of the expression of our faith, God can and does work His miracles.”

“Choose to draw upon the strength of others. Choose to see the strength in the one you love who has died. Choose to move forward on the foundation of strength your loved one has contributed to your life.”

“Every moment of every day takes on a little different perspective after the loss of a loved one, and priorities are readjusted.”

“How we choose to show our love is just as important, I believe, as the fact that we love.”

“God will impart to each of us His strength and grace to do what He has called us to do. It is up to us to choose to continue to walk with boldness and faith the path He unfolds before us.”

“When we lose someone to death. We become immediately aware of how much we loved that person, and we are also more aware of the many ways in which he needed us and we needed him—in other words, of the bonds of the relationship we enjoyed.”

“Every child is unique and irreplaceable and deserves to be loved unconditionally with all of a parent’s heart. That love does not end in death, but neither should love for the “lost child” be expressed to the point of neglecting to express and show love for the remaining children.”

“The grieving parent is wise to rejoice in the fact that he has loved, that he does love, and that he will continue to love.”

“Love does not die with death.”

“Love is a vital ingredient of life.”

“Love is intended to be given. It cannot be stored up. If you truly want to have a lot of love, you must continually give a lot of love.”

“Nothing satisfies the human heart as much as love does.”

“The truth is, if we do not express deep love for a person, we are likely to experience substantial guilt at his passing.”


“My message to you is simple: do everything in your power to build and maintain good relationships with those whose paths you cross. If a relationship is broken, particularly if you have had a part in the breaking of it, go to the person and ask for forgiveness. Seek to mend the relationship, and do it now. A major burden will lift from your heart, and you will avoid an even greater buildup of guilt or bitterness.”

“Resentment toward another person becomes acid in the human soul and takes a toll on your life.”

“Guilt is a by-product of unforgiveness.”

“Spend time with those you love; that is an unspoken way of saying, “I love you.” Your presence is a gift of love to a person who loves you in return.”

“We long to be with the Lord, but we don’t want to leave loved ones. We are eager to reach the destination of life’s journey, and yet we are not eager to leave behind those who walk life’s road. My grief has known this same two-sided reality. On the one hand, I have sorrow; on the other, abundant joy.”

“Many things related to grief are choices. Will we choose to place our focus on missing the person or giving thanks for the gift of God that the person was to us?”

“What a wonderful thing it is to leave a legacy of joy. What an enviable thing it is to have others see the joy of loving and serving Christ in all that you do.”

“The freedom of choice is one of our most precious gifts, and I encourage you to choose to have joyful memories today of the loved ones you may have lost. Choose joy as their legacy to you. It is one of the most wonderful gifts you can give to yourself in their memory.”

“You can get everything in life you want if you will just help other people get what they want.”

“Move from survival to stability, from stability to success, from success to significance.”

“Make today worth remembering.”

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29 Dazzling Liz Curtis Higgs Quotes

Liz Curtis Higgs is Bestselling Author and Speaker and an Award-Winning Columnist for Today’s Christian Woman Magazine. Her messages are biblical, encouraging, down-to-earth, and profoundly dazzling. Higgs shares God’s message of amazing and unchanging grace. These quotes from Liz Curtis Higgs will offer you the right amount of inspiration for pursuing your own relationship with God and transforming your heart like His.

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“All through Advent we anticipate His birth. All through Lent we anticipate His death.“

“Though Martha was head of the house, Mary seems to have been its heart.”

“Martha had chosen duty and Mary had chosen Jesus.”

“Death is not the end for those who love the Lord. It’s the beginning of a new and forever life.”

“Though we may believe with our heads, Jesus wants us to believe with our whole hearts.”

“Believe in His power to change us. Believe He can bring us back to life.”

“No one but Jesus can conquer the grave.”

“The body’s death to this world is the soul’s birth into another world.”

“Jesus didn’t lay down His life to save our bodies. He died and rose again to save our souls.”

“Our love for people doesn’t end when they pass away.”

“Beautiful has little to do with appearance and everything to do with a woman’s character: her integrity, her charity, her sincerity.”

“Jesus was born to upset the status quo.”

“Worship isn’t a task. Worship is a response.”

“Jesus died willingly at the hands of men, and He rose triumphantly at the hands of God.”

“A lie is the truth turned upside down.”

“Jesus knew that those who hurled abuse at Him two thousand years ago were living in darkness, and He knows the same is true about critics who cast Him aside today.”

“When God’s blessings are piled on our heads, it’s easy to be faithful. The real test comes when disappointment calls and sorrow pulls up a chair.”

“Every conception has a touch of the miraculous.”

“What we call miraculous, God calls business as usual.”


“While we go about our daily tasks, God’s divine plan is unfolding. At any given moment our lives could change dramatically. No surprise to God, yet a big surprise to us.”

“Mary carried Jesus in her body. By the same Holy Spirit, we carry the risen Lord in our hearts. Nothing is impossible with God residing in us and working through us.”

“God met the needs of his people—practically, spiritually, financially, emotionally.”

“When I hear women rail that the Bible is misogynistic, I wonder if we’re reading the same book. God loves women, redeems women, empowers women—then and now.“

“The Lord chose to be born into poverty, to identify with the unseen of society—the unkempt, the unpopular, the undernourished. His earthly parents had nothing the world counts as valuable.”

“God clearly loves to do the unexpected, reinforcing his authority and demonstrating his power.”

“Just as God always knew how the life of his Son would unfold on earth, God knows how our lives will unfold as well. Nothing is a surprise to him. When we stumble, however badly, he stretches out his hands, pulls us to our feet, and draws us into his embrace.”

“The Holy Spirit opens eyes and ears. Where there is darkness, he sheds light. He reveals truth. And he speaks about the future with authority.”

“Only when we’re filled with the Holy Spirit can we see what matters to God.”

“Jesus would bear much influence, but he would not always be liked.”

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31 Powerful Priscilla Shirer Quotes

Priscilla Shirer is a bestselling Bible Study Author and Conference Speaker. She is well-known for her role in the War Room Movie, as her character Elizabeth transforms from lukewarm faith into a woman with a revived faith. Here is a look at some of the most powerful Priscilla Shirer quotes to remember.

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“A very real enemy has been strategizing and scheming against you, assaulting you, coming after your emotions, your mind, your man, your child, your future.”

“Despite what we may or may not understand about prayer, God has deliberately chosen this particular vehicle as the one that drives His activity in people’s lives. It’s what He allows us to use to cooperate and partner with Him in the fulfilling of His will.”

“Prayer is the portal that brings the power of heaven down to earth. It is kryptonite to the enemy and to all his ploys against you.”

“At the end of the day, the enemy is going to be sorry he ever messed with you. You’re about to become his worst nightmare a million times over. He thought he could wear you down, sure that after a while you’d give up without much of a fight. Well, just wait till he encounters the fight of God’s Spirit in you.”

“You write out your prayers so you “won’t forget” . . .won’t forget who the real enemy is, won’t forget the One in whom your hope lies, won’t forget your real need and dependencies are and later, won’t forget the record of how God responds.”

“We pray because our own solutions don’t work and because prayer deploys, activates, and fortifies us against the attacks of the enemy. We pray because we’re serious about taking back the ground he has sought to take from us.”

“Satan is nothing but a copycat, trying desperately to convince you he’s more powerful than he actually is.“

“Satan warps your perspective on the current events in your life until reality appears much worse and more desperate than it truly is.”


“The Bible may be an old Book, but God’s Spirit makes it fresh, new, and alive for us.”

“We are at spiritual war. So we need spiritual weapons.”

“Satan wants you miserable and exhausted and joyless and undone.”

“The past was in the past. It doesn’t have permission to touch you anymore.”

“Prayers that have power come from a person in pursuit of righteous living.”

“God calls you to purity because He wants your heart protected and at rest, inhospitable to the devil and his intentions.”

“Satan’s ploy is to make you believe your core value as a person is tied to how much work you do, how much activity you can accomplish, how much stuff you can accumulate, how much business you can generate.”

“Sabbath is meant to communicate this: You don’t need to keep pushing, rushing, gathering, hustling. You’ve already received approval from the only One whose approval really matters. He has stamped His value on you, and that is enough.”


“Pressure is often a mask for idolatry.”

“When our lives are packed to the brim with things that squeeze God to the periphery, it’s a sure sign we’ve replaced our devotion to God with a love for something else. The pressure to perform often means you’ve made an idol of your reputation.”

“The primary purpose of Sabbath margins—of saying no, when appropriate—is to diminish our devotion to all other suitors and crystallize our allegiance to God.”

“Unmanageable, incessant pressure is not just another nagging problem in your average day. It’s an attack against your full devotion to God as your one and only Lord.”

“Be ready to see your eyes opened as you close them in prayer. One day soon a whole new kind of woman is going to be emerging from that prayer closet. A free one. A rested one. A contented one.”

“Unforgiveness is a strategic “design,” craftily implemented by your enemy to “outwit” you, to cripple your effectiveness in prayer and your power to stand against him victoriously.

“Genuine freedom and renewed fervency are waiting for you on the other side of forgiveness.”

“Don’t expect to experience freedom, peace, or rest from your anger until you forgive.”

“The enemy works overtime to dismantle anything resembling peace.”

“You can’t play games with God and expect to win.”

“Sometimes your greatest message is the mess of your life.”

“Make sure your life writes a story worth reading. Your story starts with God.”

“It is an esteemed opportunity to participate in kingdom purposes.”

““I want my life to radiate what happens when God has a person’s heart at His full control, when every event or circumstance is simply another avenue to know Him better and show forth His glory.”

““Every decision you need to make, every task you need to accomplish, every relationship you need to navigate, every element of daily life you need to traverse, God has already perfectly matched up with an equivalent-to-overflowing supply of His grace. ”

 

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43 Breathtaking Beth Moore Quotes

Beth Moore is a beloved Bible Study Author, Conference Speaker and Television Host at TBN. With a passion for leading the hearts of women back to Christ, Moore most notably serves from a heart of humility and love. These quotes from Beth Moore will offer you insight into a woman with a heart for God and encourage your own desire to study the Scriptures.

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“We have an enemy who wants to return us to places God called us to leave.”

“God is faithful to keep His word even when it’s a warning.”

“Nothing is more dangerous than friendly captivity.”

“Let’s not get used to decaying morals and standards.”

“Satan recognizes the treasures God has given us more than we do.”

“Our present pursuit is developing integrity in an enticing world.”

“Godliness is never accidental.”

“Integrity depends on consistency.”

“Satan never wastes a fiery dart by aiming at a spot covered in armor.”

“You may be chosen by God to hear on behalf of others.”


“Babylonian thinkers need others to bow down to them in order to feel tall.”

“We can build a poor self-image with our preoccupation until it becomes 90 feet tall.”

“The world says ‘seek position.’ The Word says “seek God.”

“Loyal is not something we suddenly are at the flash-moment of testing. It’s something we already were that surfaces to the test.”

“Satan most often tempts us in our areas of least resistance.”

“No one is exempt from the dangerous temptation of pride.”

“Pride is not a circumstance. It’s a state of mind.”

“Different things inflate pride in different people. Satan sets the bait according to the bite.”

“Some egos are swollen over what they do. Other egos are swollen by what they don’t.”

Understanding of scriptural truth: “God the Father must ordain it, the Son must open it, and the Holy Spirit must infuse it.”

“Some things don’t need to be cut back. They need to be cut off.”

“Don’t be dissuaded by the scoffs of self-proclaimed scholars, and never forget that arrogance is not a sign of true intelligence.”

“If you have received Christ Jesus as your Savior, you are a holy vessel.”


“When we have a low regard for what God has called holy, we open the door for captivity.”

“Much of my sin resulted from my unbelief that I was valuable and precious to God, coupled with my unwillingness to treat my own vessel as holy.”

“God isn’t looking for perfection. He’s looking for purity of heart: our authentic desire to do His will and give Him glory.”

“God will call the Devil to account for every time he treated you, God’s holy child, as unholy.”

“All Scripture is FOR us, but refreshingly not all Scripture is ABOUT us.”

“Cultures are rarely a reflection of a single leader.”

“We can have godly heads of state yet find ourselves nearly engulfed by the waves of a godless culture. Let’s face it. One lifeguard can’t stop a tsunami.”

“Satan will manipulate anything possible to provide false fulfillment for our souls.”

“Light bearers in this dark culture bear fruit for the glory of God’s name.”

“God’s presence accompanies His children no matter where life takes them.”

“Satan doesn’t know when Christ’s kingdom will come. He is left to read the signs of the times and concluding Bible prophecies just as we are.”

“One of Satan’s most effective schemes is simply to wear God’s people out. Satan uses exhaustion and profound discouragement to persuade us to give up opposing him.”


“God uses circumstances to help us develop compassion.”

“All things in Heaven and Earth are under Christ’s feet.”

“God often brings fame to His great name by using a pitifully small army to defeat a vast one.”

“Prayer is a deliberate, open communication with God.”

“Since the day he appeared on the pages of Scripture, Satan’s specialty has been shame.”

“God wants us to have integrity so we can be trusted with responsibility.”

“Let’s draw enough living water to splash on everyone around us.”

“Keep your Bible open and compare what you read with Scripture.”

 

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35 Inspirational Christine Abraham Quotes

Christine Abraham is a revival leader who founded the first online Bible study ministry for women. With a history of leading thousands of women through transforming faith, Christine most notably serves as Executive Director of Bible Cafe™ Ministries. These quotes from Christine Abraham will give you encouragement for pursuing your own Bible study groups and cultivating spiritual development.

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“My job is helping Christians have a relationship with Christ.”

“A Bible study should be transforming. But it should be God transforming us, not the study book author.”

“A crisis is only a crisis when God is not present.”

“The Bible is a love letter for me, so I like keeping it nearby.”

“We don’t learn to conquer pride when we sit on pedestals of perfection.”

“When your eyes are on yourself, your problems or other people you take your eyes off the throne of God.”

“We don’t learn to conquer pride when we never take a risk and hide in places of comfort.”

“He cheated on me’ is not a testimony. ‘God healed me of a deep hurt’ is a testimony.”

“The only source of significance that can’t be taken from you is Jesus. He is forever eternal.”

“We don’t learn to conquer pride when we compare ourselves to other women (mirroring) instead of comparing our heart to Jesus.”

“Satan is STILL a created being and not a person of the Trinity. So created beings (even angels and demons) CAN be leashed through… PRAYER.”

“Humble yourself to God’s will, not yours.”

“Anything can cause us to dream, so not all dreams are spiritual or prophetic. And just because we have dreams doesn’t make us prophets.”

“Prince Charming doesn’t rescue me. Yes, I am still a Princess… but need to keep my mind, heart, and soul anchored to Jesus. Not a fake prince.”

“While mourning reminds us of our loss, we can also rejoice in the new life our family and friends are LIVING.”

“We give our best…for God. Not for approval of others, for awards, or temporary things.”

“God may be calling you to shine the Light in a dark place (like social media). He may call you to be a voice of love in a place of division.”


“Live everyday for eternity. If we knew God’s appointed time then we clean up our act in the final days, like someone who flosses her teeth just before a dentist appointment.”

“The spirit of offense and spirit of rejection are twins, they work in pairs. Then we add the spirit of offense… and BAM… Satan has created a 3-cord attack.”

“What matters most is not salary, income, or job stability. What matters is standing at the throne of Heaven and knowing you were like Daniel in your integrity.”

“Sometimes we allow the devil to get a song into our head.”

“Seeking occult, mediums, fortune telling, astrology and psychics is trusting outside the parameters of the Scriptures and ignoring the Holy Spirit inside you.”


“I get very uncomfortable if a testimony is about me rather than about Christ in me.”

“Let’s stop building images around celebrities, politicians, political parties and societies. We are made in the image of God.”

“Pride will tempt us to change all at once. Christ wants deep change, complete purity…so it’s not an IN & OUT experience.”

“We are never defeated by following God’s heart.”

“Through calamities, God tests my loyalty and I prove to myself that I am strong. He already knows the answer, but needs to remind me on occasion.”

“If people are present in a situation we may tend to ‘fact check’ by their opinions rather than by the Holy Spirit.”

“You might say I now have ‘tunnel vision’ as I’m not looking too far around me and only with eyes on Jesus.”

“Being comfortable, sitting in my safe place, loving my introvert lifestyle…that cheats me of reflecting Christ in me.”

“We need to repent in order to SOAR and rise above the troubles of this world! We do not repent in shame. We repent and confess in LOVE.”

“We can’t soar in spiritual gifts when we are weighed down with the sins of the flesh. Simply impossible to fly with filthy wings!!”

“When I look at the words “under pressure” I also see the words “Under God.” We can choose to look horizontal at the face of pressure, or vertical at Heavens view.”

“Anger and pride are often rooted in ‘me first’ rather than'”God first.”

“If we hide our faith, hide our love for Jesus, hide our transformation through Christ…then how can we reveal God?”

 

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21 Books in 21 Days: Spring Reading Challenge

Spring Break is in the air. As the season changes new habits begin to grow. For the next 21 days I’m unplugging from the busyness of electronics and devouring 21 books. Upon completion of the books I’ll share reviews on these books.

Immediately after asking for encouragement from my friends they posted their concerns about my comprehension, the number of pages in the books, and speed reading. None of these are concerns for me. Here’s why.

Since third grade I’ve had a great ability to comprehend what I read. I’m not a speed reader and I did have a GREAT early education for reading comprehension. Each day after school I went to the public library, read two or three books, and repeated it the next day.

When I graduated high school I received an English scholarship for UC Berkeley.

Later as an adult I worked at two different libraries.

Reading is a lifelong habit for me

We don’t have cable television in my home, and I’m not a big fan of watching the news. This allows me opportunities to read before work and after dinner. In fact, from 7 PM until 11 PM when my eyes are tired.. I relax with four hours of reading time!


To keep myself from getting bored, I rotate book authors and themes. Changing reading rooms also beats the sense of boredom. Sometimes I’ll read on the sofa with a blanket, or in my favorite chair with a dog on my lap. I’ll jump into the recliner chair when its unoccupied.


I’m teaching myself to be focused, learning new ideas, and expanding my vocabulary. Encourage me!!

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Uncommon: Pursuing a Life of Passion and Purpose

Carey Scott, in her book Uncommon: Pursuing a Life of Passion and Purpose takes the word ‘uncommon’ and unpacks it into a positive experience through the lens of Scripture. You’ll want to read it twice: once alone as you cry, and again with a group of friends on the same journey of uncommon womanhood. Get out your highlighters and get started on this book today! -Christine Abraham

This book lives up to the title, because its uncommon to surrender when the world tells you to conform. Through life experiences and personal stories, Carey takers her reader on a journey of boldness in faith. Her readers self-discover their own passion and a revived trust in God’s Word.

When Carey Scott asked me if I wanted to read a copy of her newest book “Uncommon: Pursuing a Life of Passion and Purpose” I did not hesitate to say yes. I met this amazing woman online though social media and was immediately captivated by her passion and purpose. Then she writes this incredible book and now I want to drink coffee with her and stay up all night chatting about Jesus.

She’s authentic and every word in her book is soul-catching for me. Because of her book and story, I feel like we’re sisters -though we’ve never met in person. It’s THAT powerful. I’ve enjoyed this book so much it’s one of my 10 Favorite Books of the Year.

Favorite Quotes

  • I was at the crossroads of questioning God and trusting God, and I had a choice to make. Carey Scott
  • It’s easy to trust God when the stakes are low, but this wasn’t one of those times. Carey Scott
  • You cannot live extraordinary when you live in the bondage of ordinary. Carey Scott
  • Perfection is a lie, and it’s nowhere close to God’s heart for us. Carey Scott
  • We can’t live uncommon lives if we’re so consumed by what others might think of us. Carey Scott
  • This isn’t dress rehearsal, friend. No, we are living on the stage of life. Carey Scott

About the Author: Carey Scott is an author, speaker, and life coach, honest about her walk with the Lord… stumbles, fumbles and all. Her passion is reminding women of their immeasurable worth, something the world is quick to discount. She speaks to women’s groups and writes about the issues that matter most to the heart of a woman.

Published: Shiloh Run Press (July 1, 2017)

Disclosures: I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. 

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56 Invaluable Bible Verses For Hard Times

The Holy Bible is filled with invaluable words to carry us through tough times. When it feels like you’re drowning in a sea of troubled waters, here are some invaluable Bible verses to know.

You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 1 John 4:4 NIV

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Ephesians 6:10 NIV

Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. Ephesians 6:11 NIV

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12 NIV

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Ephesians 6:13 NIV

Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. Ephesians 6:14-15 NIV

 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Ephesians 6:16 NIV

 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:17 NIV

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Ephesians 6:18 NIV


For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.  We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.  2 Corinthians 10:3-5 NIV

We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. 1 John 5:19 NIV

The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.  2 Corinthians 4:4 NIV

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.  1 Peter 5:8 NIV

Anyone you forgive, I also forgive. And what I have forgiven—if there was anything to forgive—I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.  2 Corinthians 2:10-11 NIV

We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.  1 John 5:19 NIV

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.”  Revelation 12:10 NIV

See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ. Colossians 2:8 NIV

Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. 1 John 2:18 NIV

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33 NIV


Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  James 4:7 NIV

The LORD said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.”  Job 1:12 NIV

Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. John 12:31 NIV

He put on righteousness as his breastplate, and the helmet of salvation on his head; he put on the garments of vengeance and wrapped himself in zeal as in a cloak.  Isaiah 59:17 NIV

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.  Psalm 34:18 NIV

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:9 NIV

To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32 NIV

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. Romans 1:16 NIV

For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.  Psalm 84:11 NIV

He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Romans 8:32 NIV

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. Psalm 119:105 NIV


They are not just idle words for you—they are your life. By them you will live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess. Deut 32:47 NIV

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.  Hebrews 4:12 NIV

Everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. 1 John 5:4-5 NIV

They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers. Acts 1:14 NIV

I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. Luke 10:19 NIV

For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD,  he has rejected you as king.” 1 Sam 15:23 NIV

Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Deut 18:10-11 NIV

In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,  and do not give the devil a foothold. Eph 4:26-27 NIV

And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. Col 2:15 NIV

Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. John 1:12 NIV

The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart. 1 Sam 16:7 NIV

All his laws are before me;  I have not turned away from his decrees. Psalm 18:22

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:9 NIV

You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;  a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.  Psalm 51:16-17 NIV

If two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. Matt 18:19 NIV

Everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.  1 John 5:4-5 NIV

They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb  and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.  Revelation 12:11 NIV

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.  1 Cor 10:13 NIV

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:19 NIV

I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Phil 4:13 NIV

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,  because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.  Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.  James 1:2-4 NIV

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.  Isaiah 41:10 NIV

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Phil 4:6-7 NIV

There you saw how the LORD your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place. Deut 1:31 NIV

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4 NIV

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Worship Music Changes the Atmosphere…God Makes You Brave

New Morning Mercies: A Daily Gospel Devotional

When you begin the day with a new attitude based on the Bible, you know it’s going to be  transformational in how you look at people and events. Beginning the day with New Morning Mercies: A Daily Gospel Devotional by Paul David Tripp is a trip (pun intended) through power-thoughts! Let me tell you why…

This is a devotional book that does not collect dust on your bookshelf. It’s a “pick-up-and-read” daily book with a power-packed message each day, for 365 days. I am amazed how spot-on these messages are. They’re not long to read but the words linger throughout the day.

It’s similar to Oswald Chambers “My Utmost For His Highest” with convincing words- for both a new Christian and a mature Christian. It’s different in the absence of the actual Scripture verse, perhaps intentionally, so the reader is not struggling with Bible translations. Instead of writing out the verse, the reader will use a Bible alongside the devotional and look up references. I found it helpful to use an electronic Bible for this purpose.

I’ve enjoyed this devotional so much it’s one of my 10 Favorite Books of the Year. Now I have a Kindle version so I can carry the devotional when I travel, a PDF version from my book review, and a hardcover to give as a gift. Yes- I do enjoy this book!

365 Gospel-Centered Devotions for the Whole Year

Mornings can be tough. Sometimes, a hearty breakfast and strong cup of coffee just aren’t enough. Offering more than a rush of caffeine, best-selling author Paul David Tripp wants to energize you with the most potent encouragement imaginable: the gospel.

Forget “behavior modification” or feel-good aphorisms. Tripp knows that what we really need is an encounter with the living God. Then we’ll be prepared to trust in God’s goodness, rely on his grace, and live for his glory each and every day.

Favorite Quotes

  • I must always remember the grace I am given and extend that grace to the people in my life.
  • In every situation, location, and relationship in our lives there is a war for control of our hearts.
  • The grand delusion of every act of sin is that we can be disloyal to God and everything will work out in the end.

About the Author: Paul David Tripp (DMin, Westminster Theological Seminary) is a pastor, author, and international conference speaker. He is also the president of Paul Tripp Ministries. He has written a number of popular books on Christian living, including What Did You Expect?Dangerous CallingParenting, and New Morning Mercies. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife Luella and they have four grown children. For more information and resources, visit paultrippministries.org

Published: Crossway; 1 edition (October 31, 2014)

Disclosures: I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. 

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37 Unforgettable Billy Graham Quotes

Billy Graham was an American evangelist and author. As the voice of the evangelical crusades, Graham made a name for himself church history. Here is a look at some of the most notable Billy Graham quotes to remember.

When you share a quote please attribute to Billy Graham as the source. Quotes are gathered from Twitter posts, Facebook posts, videos, internet searches and published works.This page is updated with new content, so suggest a quote in the comments area and contribute to this research.

“Conversion is the work of an instant; spiritual maturity is the work of a lifetime.”

“Every human being is under construction from conception to death. Each life is made up of mistakes and learning, waiting and growing, practicing patience and being persistent. At the end of construction—death—we have completed the process.”

“Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it! I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God.”

“I never thought I would live to be this old. All my life I was taught how to die as a Christian, but no one ever taught me how I ought to live in the years before I die. I wish they had because I am an old man now, and believe me, it’s not easy.”

“Old age is Satan’s last chance to blow us off course.”

“Anxiety and fear are like baby tigers; the more you feed them the stronger they grow.”

“A baseball may be driven into the farthest corner of the largest stadium, but the Word of God travels to the farthest corners of the earth, proclaiming the Good News of salvation.”

“The days when the aged were admired, looked up to, and respected are gone.”

“I can’t truthfully say that I have liked growing older.”


“The Bible doesn’t hide the negative side of getting older—nor should we.”

“Scripture is filled with examples of men and women whom God used late in life, often with great impact.”

“Today there are more people who know the words to a television commercial than the words in the Bible.”

“The mirror doesn’t lie, but I can smile into it because my dim eyesight camouflages my wrinkles.”

“The older generation may have a hard time keeping up with the younger, but let’s remember that as long as we are still breathing, we are leading the way. The generations that follow are learning about growing old from us.”

“There is much the young can learn from those who have traveled the distance.”

“Life is full of changes, but one of the greatest comes with retirement. Many look forward to it; others dread it. Sooner or later almost everyone who lives long enough will experience it.”

“Much as I feared holding on too long, I feared just as much stepping aside too soon.”

“God forbid that we should ever retire from prayer, the sweetest work of the soul.”

“No matter who we are, retirement presents us with two choices. Either we can use it to indulge ourselves, or we can use it to make an impact on the lives of others. In other words, the choice we face is between empty self-indulgence and meaningful activity.”


“In the Bible God speaks to us; in prayer we speak to God. Both are essential.”

“Whatever you do, keep your mind and your body occupied; don’t give laziness or boredom a chance to take root in your soul. The devil delights in someone who is idle or bored; he knows this leads to temptation or discouragement.”

“We shouldn’t spend time thinking about ourselves and how weak we are. Instead we should think about God and how strong He is.”

“I have never heard the voice of the Lord audibly, but the Lord has spoken to me many times throughout my life.”

“We are never alone if we know Christ; He lives within us by His Spirit.”

“Death is always an intruder even when it is expected.”

“God wants us to finish well—and one of the ways we do this is by passing on our values and our faith to those who will follow us.”

“Our greatest impact on others often comes not from what we say but from what we do.”

“We cannot pretend to be something we are not; a Christlike character cannot be faked.”

“For those of us nearing home, our steps may indeed be slow, but they need not be without purpose. Younger generations follow us on our last mile of the way.”

“The Bible is not an option; it is a necessity if we are going to be rooted in Him.”

“In His guidebook God gives us a different set of values and goals—ones that put Christ at the center of our lives instead of self.”

“We were not meant for this world alone. We were meant for Heaven, our final home.”

“Heaven will be a place of joyous reunion with all those who have gone to Heaven before us. I am often asked if we will recognize each other in Heaven—and my answer is always a resounding yes.”

“Heaven is our hope, Heaven is our future, and Heaven is our home.”

“Christianity is not an insurance policy against life’s ills and troubles.”

“Death is not a trip, but a destination.”

“Death reduces all men to the same rank.”

Here is Billy Graham speaking in South Bend, May 1977

 

 

The Volunteer Church: Mobilizing Your Congregation for Growth and Effectiveness

Book Review: The Volunteer Church: Mobilizing Your Congregation for Growth and Effectiveness by Leith Anderson and Jill Fox.

This book is packed with detailed ideas and storytelling from personal experience. The writing style is analytical with identification of problems and solutions to common volunteer challenges. Many biblical references support the volunteer structures outlined in the book.

This is a terrific book for anyone leading a local church, parachurch, or ministry. A wealth of wisdom is tucked into each chapter for recruiting, training, managing, and terminating volunteers. I’ve read several books on the subject and so far, this is the best one yet! The authors repeatedly emphasize exploring the spiritual gifts and adjusting the volunteer into positions where the gift are magnified. A reward system is outlined for thank volunteers- beyond the usual coffee mugs and annual thank-you lunch.

Many levels of volunteer placements are discussed as examples- from the youth ministry, ushers ministry, Bible camps, and small groups. It’s a well-rounded point of discussion from the experience of senior church leadership teams.

The Volunteer Church was developed out of the ministry of Leith Anderson at Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, where a vital and vibrant volunteer program boasting 4,000 participants grew under the leadership of Jill Fox. The principles and training have been applied in churches of all sizes and denominations in seminar settings across the country as well as at Wooddale Church.

In The Volunteer Church, leaders will

  • Learn how to effectively recruit and train volunteers
  • Discover how to build sustainable, long-lasting ministries led by volunteers
  • Find methods for encouraging and maintaining your volunteers for success
  • Know how to build teams of volunteers
  • Understand how to find the right service that fits a willing volunteer

By the time I finished the book I was so excited I immediately contacted our Womens Bible Cafe™ leadership team and asked them read it too! Together we are mapping out a plan for our volunteer team based on the Intel gathered from this valuable book. We were able to identify areas of strength and weakness in our existing program and create an action plan for future growth and development.

As a ministry director, I am exceptionally grateful to the authors for writing this resource handbook. It has already been beneficial to our team and is a handbook we’ll continue using in the future.

Favorite Quotes:

  • Religious organizations led the list of volunteering opportunities…at their core, churches are volunteer organizations.
  • Volunteering is one of the primary ways we become Christ-like.
  • The volunteer church is more than a slogan or a nice book title. It is God’s design, and it’s the biblical pattern.

About the Author:  Leith Anderson serves as president of the National Association of Evangelicals. For thirty-five years he was the pastor of Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. He is a graduate of both Denver Seminary and Fuller Theological Seminary.

Published: Zondervan (August 4, 2015)

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Disclosure: I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

31 Captivating Lysa TerKeurst Quotes

Lysa TerKeurst Bestselling Author and Speaker of Proverbs 31 Ministries Lysa TerKeurst is a New York Times Bestselling Author and Speaker. With a list of inspirational books about her life, TerKeurst most notably serves as President of Proverbs 31 Ministries. These quotes from Lysa TerKeurst will offer you the right amount of encouragement for pursuing your own successful writing and speaking career.

When you share a quote please attribute to Lysa TerKeurst as the source. Quotes are gathered from Twitter posts, Facebook posts, videos, internet searches and published works.This page is updated with new content, so suggest a quote in the comments area and contribute to this research.

“The enemy wants us to think the Bible is too complicated to understand and too difficult to live out. This is nothing more than an evil marketing plan crafted in the depths of hell to sell you something you don’t have to buy.”

“It’s impossible to hold up the banners of victim and victory at the same time.”

“Never is a woman so fulfilled as when she chooses to underwhelm her schedule so she can let God overwhelm her soul.”

“The one who obeys God’s instruction for today will develop a keen awareness of His direction for tomorrow.”

“Forgiveness is mandatory; reconciliation is optional.”

“Rejection steals the best of who I am by reinforcing the worst of what’s been said to me.”

“The Devil is vicious, but he’s not victorious.”

“On the other side of every hardship is a resurrection.”

“When the world beats you down, open up your Bible.”

“If the enemy can isolate us, he can influence us.”

“We don’t have to fear death as an end. It’s another beginning.”

“If our souls never ached with disappointments and disillusionments, we’d never fully admin and submit to our need for God.”

“God isn’t ever going to forsake you, but He will go to great lengths to remake you.”

“There are many things God longs to help us with, but at the core of it all, He longs to help us through the process of being made into the image of Christ.”

“Some things won’t be fixed this side of eternity; they just have to be walked through.”

“God loves me too much to answer my prayers at any other time than the right time.”

“I am the one who decides if their statements have power over me or not.”

“God wants us transformed but Satan wants us paralyzed.”

“It’s our choice whether we stay stuck in our hurt or get renewed in our hearts.”

“News and truth aren’t always one and the same…Truth is what factors God into the equation.”

“Sin is such a lie. It promises to fill the gaps of our disappointments with satisfaction. In reality, it goes straight to our hearts and fills them with shame.”

“I wish every temptation had a warning label on it so we’d know what we’re getting ourselves into…Temptation only works if our enemy keeps the consequences hidden from us.”

“Remember, Satan knows how powerful God’s Word is, and he wants to keep it from us. Don’t let him.”

“God is the author of the Truth that empowers us. Satan is the author of the deception that imprisons us. And once he’s isolated and imprisoned us, his plan is to destroy us.”

“Satan rebelled against the Creator and he wants you to do the same, to be caught in pursuits that never satisfy. The enemy wants you to be enamored with the pleasures of created things more than the pleasures of the Creator Himself.”

“Comfort isn’t a solution to seek; rather, it’s a byproduct we’ll reap when we stay close to the Lord.”

“Tears are the truest connection we have with others, and trust is the truest connection we have with God.”

“Perfection intimidates. Compassion inspires.”

“Give yourself permission not to be perfect.”

“No human should have to carry the weight of being their own god, but so many do.”

“Being hurt isn’t the worst thing in the world. It’s actually the very thing that makes us closer to Jesus and closer to our fellow humans. In a world of differences we are so very united when we simply cry together.”

Here is a look at the inspiring story of Lysa TerKeurst from her Elevation Church

College Admissions Letter Stolen

Have you read the news this week about the college admissions cheating scandal? This story has fascinated me from a spiritual perspective and personal view. Here’s why.

Sunday night my husband and I started watching a popular Korean Drama called SKY Castle, which won awards in 2018 for highest rated television show in South Korea. I remarked to my husband “What if American parents are cheating to get their kids into prestigious colleges too?” Just two days later the College Admissions Cheating Scandal is released by the United States Department of Justice.

We talked about integrity with our family.

On Friday I receive an email revealing my daughter’s report card (4.57 GPA) and I rejoice with family and friends. She has worked incredibly hard to achieve this score. As we are celebrating getting closer to her dream of getting into an IVY league college* my phone rings with “unknown caller ID” and it goes into voicemail. I avoid the interruption until the transcription shows a police detective looking for me regarding my daughter’s “acceptance letter to Princeton College.”

I KID YOU NOT.

Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4 NIV

The police detective explains she has an “acceptance letter to Princeton” addressed to my daughter. It has my daughter’s name and home address on the envelope and detective “Christine” (I kid you not) tells me our mailbox was robbed. The detective found a stolen vehicle with our mail inside. But…

It’s not a crisis or a calamity.

None of the important mail comes to our home, only junk mail. The “acceptance letter” was actually an admissions office solicitation to apply to Princeton. We get many of these college letters each week. Perhaps the person who stole our mail will be encouraged to dream big too!

*”Getting into an IVY League college” is a phrase my daughter learned at her college prep high school. Her teachers have instilled the idea that students should always prepare for getting into an IVY League college, even if they decide not to go there. My teenager wants to be an architect and attend art college but accepted the challenge to dream BIG.

Delight in God even when your acceptance letter to Princeton is stolen from your mailbox. When you get to the college of your dreams through integrity- not cheating- you’ll be delighted in yourself too.

Update: Since Detective Christine called, we now have a guard dog watching the mailbox and barking when our mail is delivered. This audible call alerts the entire neighborhood to go grab their mail. 

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When God Says Move Your Tents

Many of my friends are asking about the topic “move your tents” and it’s a great discussion! Let’s go back to Genesis when Abram moved his tents

The Lord said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, “Look around from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and west. All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever. I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted. Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you.” So Abram went to live near the great trees of Mamre at Hebron, where he pitched his tents. There he built an altar to the Lord. Genesis 13:14–18 (NIV).

Let’s go forward today. Several discussions are happening about the new advertising policy and pressure from a social media site to change our ministry name, or to be hidden as offensive content. In a live teleconference on January 21, 2019  I heard the CEO of this social media site say “If you post something that is generally wrong we’re not going to block that, we’re just not going to show it.”

When I started my online ministry 10 years ago it never occurred to me a gathering place for women would be considered “generally wrong” and banned. At my church we have mens groups, Mother of Preschoolers (MOPS), and womens Bible study. We also have coed groups with both men and women participating.

Today, in order to advertise our Bible studies on the social media platform our ministry needs to become genderless. So I’ve been fasting and praying and feel the Lord is saying “move your tents.” It took 10 years to build a online community centered around womens Bible study.

My page reach for Womens Bible Cafe™ dropped dramatically last year so I created a new page without a gender name. They did not shut down my page, they only showed the page to people who intentionally looked for it. #shadowbanning

Next I tried to boost a post from my new page to move my audience and learned the word “women” violates advertising standards. I made seven different appeals to merge the pages or to remove the word “women” from my large page, appeals denied. My appeals (phone calls and emails) were recorded by the social media site for their legal purposes.

Yes, the next threat will be the word “Bible” so I am building my author page more than my ministry page. My author page is in my name only, under the “public figure” category. This category seems to get a better reach than nonprofit organization category or religious organization category. I post with the same frequency and engage with the audience equally on my pages. This one…without a gender word or a religious word…is reaching more people.

My writing community is currently discussing book titles and how to advertise a book with gender words. One friend had her page shut down because of the offensive gender word “husband” which is also in her book title “How to Bless Your Husband.” She told me was not allowed to promote her new book on this social site. In December we lead a study for the book “Women of Christmas” by Liz Curtis Higgs and our posts for the study were hidden. #shadowbanned

Another page has the word “wife” in the page name and URL. This is what she posted: We’re so honored that hundreds of thousands of you are stepping up to invest in your MARRIAGE. So, for a limited time only we’re layering free shipping on top of all our sale prices for orders over $25. Get your marriage bundle today and draw closer to your spouse like you never thought possible. The social media site marked her as as political content and blocked her ad.

When I tried to post an ad in January 2019 to move my audience to new page this social site required me to review and accept their new genderless terms before allowing me to advertise again.

Keep in mind I do understand why this social media site has their new policy after a lawsuit from the ACLU. They are protecting their interests, seeking not to offend, and inclusive. Those are good reasons for the new policy as change is implemented. But they did not allow us to merge our existing page of 88,000 followers and will not allow us to advertise to our former page followers to let them know we’ve moved. #ouch 

My intent in posting this is article is to provide enough content so you’ll understand why our ministry name on social media is moving from Womens Bible Cafe™ and Mens Bible Cafe™ to Bible Cafe™

The heart of our ministry is unchanged.

We’re still an inclusive non denominational Christian Bible study, a parachurch (Parachurch organizations are Christian faith-based organizations that usually carry out their mission independent of church oversight. Most parachurch organizations, at least those normally called parachurch, are Protestant and Evangelical: wiki).

Living in Babylon…. and moving our tents for a #revival movement!

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February 2019: Prayer

Author Paul Miller shares in A Praying Life that he was driven to prayer through unexpected suffering.This is a reminder of how God works evil into good and drives communities to pray. After the terrorist attacks of 9/11 we saw many people praying together in schools, workplaces, sporting events and government.

The public display of prayer was MAGNIFIED by a national crisis and unexpected suffering.

Sadly, years later we are again seeing pressure for Christians not to pray in public. While its permitted for some religions to pray at their place of work, when Christians pray it’s considered offensive and grabs the attention of mainstream news.

What are some types of prayer?

  • Devotional
  • Self prayer
  • Intercessory prayer
  • Corporate prayer
  • Dueling prayers vs God’s will

What are the challenges to praying?

  • Challenge: methods of prayer 
  • Challenge: focus and distraction 
  • Challenge: organization of prayer.

Conversation Questions

  • Where do we go first when we need advice? Why is God second?
  • What is the difference between praying and whining?
  • What is the difference between praying and gossip?
  • What prayers should be public (Facebook) and private?

 

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Validation

Validation from other people will let you down.
Validation from career will exhaust you.
Validation from children will disappoint.
Validation from wealth will attract greed.

We are valuable to God.
We are redeemed in blood.
We are treasured as His beloved.

External validation wounds.
It disappoints.
It disappears.

Don’t look at yourself the way the world looks at you. See yourself from Heaven’s view. See yourself loved unconditionally, forever, without restriction. See yourself in peace with the Father. See yourself restored by His Son. See your sins and shame washed by His blood.

Don’t hide from the house God prepares.
Don’t hide from worship.
Don’t hide from a community of saints.
Don’t hide from pure devotion.

Everyone.
Restored.

DEVOTIONAL SCRIPTURE 

Open up before God, keep nothing back;
he’ll do whatever needs to be done:
He’ll validate your life in the clear light of day
and stamp you with approval at high noon.

Psalm 37:5-6 The Message (MSG)

 

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Virtual Bible Study by Video or Phone

After 10 years of Online Bible Study #OBS we’re now gathering face-to-face as we develop Virtual Bible Study #VBS communities. This is a game-changer for online ministry because we meet in different geographic locations and time zones.

Rather than communicate in one direction as we do through Facebook groups, we now communicate multi-directional. What exactly does that mean?

In Facebook studies a leader posts a discussion question and then our group members type their comments below the question. This format is visual and runs from top to bottom in an organized method. It works but there are some drawbacks…

When someone replies to a comment, many group members miss the reply because Facebook has hidden the post. Plus, a reply comment requires the participant to go back up the timeline again. Imagine a participant using her small handheld phone (as many women do) and trying to read vertically!!

Yes, vertically… Her eyes keep scanning up and down the page to read as much as she can in the one hour group meeting. In my Monday groups we can have from 300 to 800 comments in an hour. Can you imagine trying to READ all that? 

With our new format members communicate multi-directionally! They see faces, hear tone of voice, watch tears fall and smiles breakthrough.

Yes, there’s more!

They ask questions, listen to each other share stories, and gather from numerous living rooms.

We’re a family of believers.

The inconveniences of video Bible study #VBS are small. We don’t need to dress to impress, drive an hour to local church, or hire a babysitter. Many of our participants are homeschool moms, caretakers, or grandparents with little ones in their lap.

Last week a woman joined us from her car while her husband drove her home from cancer treatments. Another woman joined us from her hospital bed and a third woman wheeled around our screen in her mobile disability chair. It was thrilling to know we were not limited by health and we could all meet together in this virtual cafe.

There’s an excitement knowing that we are “visible” and not just an anonymous face behind a screen. Without doubt, we’re connecting hearts and learning about REVIVAL. 

While I still enjoy Facebook #OBS discussions, I now enjoy #VBS discussions even more as we move our tents away from a platform that censors Christianity. 

If you’d like to join me in  #VBS Virtual Bible Study, please click the button below. We are now meeting once a week for small group discussions and once a month for mentoring group discussions. A seat is waiting for you!

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Redefine love when it hurts

Redefine love when it hurts.
Love is not an expensive gift.
Love is not an expectation met.
Love is not an Instagram photo to envy.
Love is not selfish.
Love is not controlling.

Love is patient, kind, enduring.
Love is forgiving the unforgivable.
Love is letting go of controlling behavior.
Love is seeing someone through eyes of grace.
Love is forgetting an offense.
Love is empathy and compassion.

Love is unfailing.
Love is comforting.
Love is secure.
Love is joyful.
Love is promised.

Love is.
Jesus.

 

DEVOTIONAL SCRIPTURE

Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you.

Psalm 143:8 New Living Translation (NLT)

 

 

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Be More 77 Secrets To Your Powerful Life by Sandi Krakowski

As a Executive Director for Christian Ministry, I found BE MORE: 77 Secrets To Your Powerful Life by Sandi Krakowski a great reference book for living intentionally. Her book is a pure delight to read! The unique format includes 77 different themes with proven and powerful techniques from Sandi. I purchased both the Kindle and hardcover book and I love both formats! The hardcover is a beautiful cranberry red printed on high quality paper…PERFECT for gift-giving!

The #BEMORE book by Krakowski is divided into five parts:

Part One: Be More Connected to God

Part Two: Be More In Tune With Yourself

Part Three: Be More Attentive To Yourself

Part Four: Be More Engaged With Your Community

Part Five: Be More Mindful Of Your World

The book structure is similar to a devotional, yet it’s business themed. Instead of daily Scripture verses and prayer, the days are arranged by “secret number.” The writing style is energetic and positive, so the exclamation point is used frequently!

My favorite feature in the Kindle version is the “Tweet this” quote and #BEMORE link. The book is interactive and fun with this added feature.

I found the #BEMORE book enjoyable and easy to read. I like the structure and format, and chose to read a few “secrets” per day rather than plow through the book like a novel. It’s a book I will reference again and again.

SAMPLE QUOTES FROM #BEMORE BY SANDI KRAKOWSKI

“When we place too much value on what others have, we become dissatisfied with our own gifts and blessings.”

“One of our biggest barriers to success is our tendency to prepare for failure.”

“Shutting out the devil’s chatter and tuning in to God’s promises will allow you to BE MORE.”

“We have to do the work of a champion to live the life of a champion.”

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Disclosures:This site is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com I purchased a Kindle AND a printed version of the #BEMORE book by Sandi Krakowski. I was so excited by the book, I later asked Sandi to be on her “book launch team” and she agreed.