Tomorrow I’ll post on self-doubt, so it’s interesting that Do It Afraid is today’s study. Wouldn’t it be awesome if doing it afraid meant we wouldn’t fail, wouldn’t have fear, wouldn’t question our abilities, and yet most of us will. [Read more…]
In A Woman of Influence, one of author and speaker Carol Kent’s classic books, she says that to become a woman of influence, that you spend time alone with God, that you walk and talk with people, that you show compassion, and practice unconditional love.
But it is this point that captured my attention. To become a woman of influence, you:
- Cast the vision of what Jesus can do through the life of a woman who is willing to believe the potential she has through Him.
What does that look like? [Read more…]
I’ll only be on here a moment. You see, I just wrote a Live Free script about prayer this a.m. It read:
Prayer is an end to isolation. It is living our daily life with someone; with him who alone can deliver us from solitude. ~Georges Lefevre
And as I wrote it I felt that nudge that says, “Don’t write it if you aren’t going to do it.”
It’s on my list, Lord. I would only write it if I believe it.
But do it.
So, regardless of all the things that seem important right now, there is only one thing that truly is. Time with my Heavenly Father. Quiet, private time where I can just soak in the scriptures, talk to Him about all those thoughts and things to do and those concerns that swirl in this brain of mine, but mostly just to spend time in His presence as His child.
We’ll talk more next week. I can’t wait to connect with you then.
The winner of the giveaway, Real Issues, Real Teens is Gina, who shared that she is facing some issues with her beautiful teen daughter. Thank you for all your comments, your insight, and know that I am praying with you.
It had been a hard week. I had three teens. Good kids. But parenting had been challenging and I had lost my patience, my temper. I had went into my bedroom, shut the door, and in the darkness I confessed to God that sometimes I didn’t have a clue.
I went to my pastor and asked if he knew of a book, or a class I could take. Sometimes a mom just needs a little extra support, or knowledge, right?
“I think you should start that class,” he said.
“What?” It’s not the answer I wanted. I had come to him for answers.
Two weeks later the Parenting Teens class started. It was one of the best moves I had ever made (thanks, Pastor). [Read more…]
To watch the video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNN-my6eL68
Today’s study questions:
1. Why do you believe the Pharisees focused on the Sabbath Day instead of the miracle?
2. It’s easy to point our fingers at the Pharisees (others faults are always more obvious), but are there areas that you need to refocus? Are there areas where you need to stop focusing so you can see the miracles around you?
3. Name miracles that you have in each area:
- Basics (food, breath, shelter)
4. On page 86 in The Mom I Want to Be: Rising Above Your Past, I stated: Perspective is powerful. It can be a set of dark glasses through which we view life, others, and even ourselves. Or it can be a brightly lit window through which we can learn lessons from the harder moments and events–and recognize those who support us through those difficult times. If I choose to look at the dark times only I’ll miss the light. It’s not that I deny the tough stuff, but when I turn away from the past long enough to count the good things around me, I can’t help but acknowledge what I’ve been given.
Q: What are your thoughts as you read this quote?
ACTION STEP: Ask God to help you refocus. Keep your list of miracles close. When you start to focus on what you don’t have, stop. Praise God for what you do have.
In 1993 on the way home from a construction missions trip, my husband sat beside a businessman.
“You are with this large team?” he asked.
Richard explained that he and the men had just left Jamaica and had built their third church in the rural regions for struggling pastors and their congregations. The man began to cry, which shocked Richard. He explained that he had fled from Cuba to the U.S. and that as a believer his people longed for a church, for a move of God.
“Please build a church in Cuba,” he said.
At that time you couldn’t go in to Cuba for any reason, and Richard and the man discussed that. As they parted ways later, the man said one more time. “It might not be now, but please. I beg you. Build a church in Cuba.”
My husband came home broken, with a burden for Cuba. [Read more…]
I have set boundaries.
I have a family relationship with someone who is manipulative and cruel with words and actions. When I set boundaries, my family did not react well. They saw her pain, and reacted with anger toward me. I have now had to create very strong boundaries so that this person will stop abusing me, and will not be able to manipulate my children with lies and confusing mood swings. It has resulted in isolation from the rest of my family (my father, my siblings, and their children).
This person continues to send cruel messages, and causes great pain. I was always the optimist, the child that found the best in everything, the one that believe for the best, and now I feel broken. I need to know how to be a great woman of God. I know what NOT to do, but I am not sure how to fill in the gaps. I would love prayers of comfort, of continual conformation that God is with me, and that he loves me.
Your friend, Anon [Read more…]
I was leaving church. Had my coat on. My scarf around my neck. I passed a tight circle of people and I looked to see who was praying. And that’s when I saw her.
Her face crumpled as our eyes met. She pushed out her arms and I opened mine and held her tight.
She’s the age of my own daughters. A young woman I love and admire. A young woman who discovered that God loved her, that she wasn’t meant for addiction and living in the street, a young mom who was hugely pregnant the first time I met her in a small rehab class where I taught The Mom I Want to Be.
And now a young mom who had relapsed. [Read more…]