Friday, May 20, 2016

You Are Only Responsible For Your Behavior


You Are Only Responsible For Your Behavior

Betrayal Is Something Others Do To You; Bitterness Is Something You Do To Yourself

Don't allow your wounds to change you into someone you are not.

"But the thoughtful nature of LOVE teaches you to engage your mind before engaging your lips. Love thinks before speaking. Great relationships come from great thinking." 
~The Love Dare book 

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not boast,it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. (emphasis mine) 
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. 
1 Corinthians 13:4-8

And Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." Luke 23:34

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

A Hundred Years Goes Faster Than You Think


A Hundred Years Goes Faster Than You Think


Peace

Don't Blink


"...And your feet fitted with the gospel of peace." Ephesians 6:15

"A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly." Proverbs 15:1-2

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Personal Best


Personal Best

Being an intentional wife and mother means regularly evaluating oneself to analyze behavior patterns, actions, and priorities. 

If anger, bitterness, detachment, and/or control & manipulation are your weapons of defense, you are losing the best chance you have at the life you really wanted and already have in the palm of your hand.

Taken from the lyrics to 
Carrie Underwood's song, 

SO SMALL
....cause that mountain you've been climbing 
is just a grain of sand
and what you've been searching for forever
is in your hands

when you figure out love is all that matters after all
it sure makes everything seem so small

it's easy to get lost inside
a problem that seems so big at the time
it's like a river so wide
it swallows you whole

while your sitting around thinking about what you can't change
and worrying about all the wrong things

time's flying by 
moving so fast
YOU BETTER MAKE IT COUNT 'CAUSE YOU CAN"T GET IT BACK

"Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart." Proverbs 3:3

"He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit..." John 15:2

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Friday, May 6, 2016

Purpose In Discovering Our Gifting


Purpose In Discovering Our Gifting

Serving should not be about being obligated or feeling guilty if you don't, it should instead be an opportunity to use your gifts to fulfill your purpose and helping others.

There are wonderful resources available to find out where you are best suited for serving. 

Find out your God-given Spiritual Gifts by taking an online test @

Also:
The Strength Finders Test was so great for me to take, it tells you in more detail about yourself and even what jobs/careers are best for your top strengths in much detail. 

I HIGHLY recommend this test. It will certainly raise your confidence learning more about yourself.

"We have different gifts, according to the 
grace given to each of us." Romans 12:6

"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in it's various forms." 
1 Peter 4:10

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Friday, April 29, 2016

The Struggle Is Real But....


The Struggle Is Real But....

Pain and suffering produces a multi-functional perspective that nothing else can. The treacherous, unstable, and excruciating at times climb makes you truly appreciate the view from the top. 

You simply can't get the view without the climb.

"Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us."   
Romans 5:3-5

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Friday, April 22, 2016

LOVE WITH NO LIMITS


LOVE WITH NO LIMITS

We do not realize how much we are sabotaging our own lives and relationships until it may be too late. 

Please listen up. 

You have an enemy. He is working day and night behind the scenes, behind the curtain, lurking in darkness.

He hates you. He hates marriage and family and unity and teamwork. 


He is divisive. He hates love, truth, forgivness. 
He wants you to remember "that time". He will relentlessly remind you of every hurt and disappointment. He will connect every dot in your brain. He WILL destroy you.
He IS a liar and the deceiver. 

He gets you on his team within your thoughts, using your fears and hurts to win you over. Pretty soon you have taken the bait, you're are now hooked good. His thoughts are now your thoughts and become your words and actions...everything is tainted, and you have been duped. 

Every time you speak or react against your husband, children, job, co-worker you are in agreement with him. He has now clouded your vision with a dirty lens of disappointment. 

Now you are basically a puppet in his hands. Every form of evil is now operating through you--you are just a mere vessel of his evil, his playground. 

What will this cost you? Eventually EVERYTHING.

Want the answer to your healing, your marriage being better than you could fathom, a fantastic relationship with your children and grandchildren??

STOP. BELIEVING. THE LIES.
Today.

The creator of heaven and earth is for you. He says, wholeness and life are already yours. 

Let love & passion drive you...NOT your fears and past hurts. 
Love is the answer. God is LOVE. 

Turn from this mess of pain and destruction. Ask God to cleanse you, forgive you, and to give you HIS eyes. Now see all those people around you as gifts, as they are. 
Engage with them and love them thoroughly, UNCONDITIONALLY as Christ does for us. 

Delight in those God has put in your life. Things are about to get crazy good, watch and see!!

"We destroy arguments and every lofty (the opposite of humility) opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ."  2 Corinthians 10:5 

"Be sober-minded; be watchful. You adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour." 1 Peter 5:8

"By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." John 13:35

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Ease Stress


Ease Stress

Talk it Out:
 Schedule time to speak with a trusted friend, asking for her to just listen and offer comfort.  

Get a Fresh Perspective:
Seek wisdom from a licensed counselor. 
I strongly recommend getting help. We have had help walking through crisis as well as marriage and parenting issues. Very beneficial.

The Power of Being Held
Hubby may not be the best listener, but he sure is a great place to fall. I love to curl up on my husband for warmth, strength and comfort. And I believe he loves being needed this way.

Take a Deep Breath and Count Your Blessings
Keep a gratitude journal or just ponder all your blessings. It really works! Try it, I dare ya.


Take a Bubble Bath
Relaxing in a hot bath is so therapeutic. Sink into a bubbly bath and let your worries float away....

Transfer Your Pain and Worries to God
Literally hand Jesus your issue. Tell him, 
"Lord, I give you this ____." Let God be your defender and rescuer.

Allow Yourself to Be Weak and Tender
Trying to be strong for so long can be exhausting! Asking for help and being real with others will bond you and help others feel they are not the only one.

"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." 2 Corinthians 12:9

"But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not grow faint.  Isaiah 40:31

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Friday, April 8, 2016

Softly and Tenderly Train Them


Softly and Tenderly Train Them

Life giving words and encouragement are the answer in parenting. 
GENTLY instruct children in the way they should go. CALMLY correct them, in love. What are we teaching if we loose it ourselves...or worse, label them and call names??

Listen up parents and teachers, build up children and listen to them--carefully listen. They will give you signs and red flags when you are loosing their heart. My son would say things like, "You love her more" and "Your little princess" and such because his sister was compliant instead of strong-willed and therefore in trouble a lot like he was.

So, instead of me stopping in my tracks and saying, "Noooooo way, Honey! In no way is she more loved or more valued than you are." I would mistakenly brush off his remarks. 

I wish instead of sending him to his room, I should have taken him on a walk to INTENTIONALLY cancel the lies he was hearing.

Draw near and lean into those those that are pushing back. I believe it is a test to see: How much do you love me? How valuable am I??

Unfortunately, I agreed with what the enemy (and his fear) was telling him by my actions. 

Parents I beg you to slow down, and see REALLY SEE your child. Tell him/her every stinking chance you get how special they are in your eyes and in God's.

"And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony." Colossians 3:14

Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins."  1 Peter 4:8 

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Friday, April 1, 2016

The Father's Love


 The Father's Love

If you doubt the love God has for you or if you have forgotten for any reason...

There is nothing, NOTHING that will keep His love from you. 

He wants the BEST for you, no matter if you feel like you deserve it or not. Believe it, girl! 

Beloved, There is no way to ever deserve or earn His love and grace. That is why Jesus had to take all the shame and guilt of the world on himself, and clothed you with HIS righteousness when you accepted him. 

You are pure and white as snow not because of what you've done, but what Jesus Christ did for you. 

"Which of you, if your son asks you for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks you for a fish, will give him a snake? OF course not! If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!"
Matthew 7:9-11

How Deep The Father's Love by Austin Stone Worship
Worship Video Click Here

Lyrics:
How deep the Father's Love for Us,
How vast beyond all measure,
That He should give His Only Son,
To make a wretch His Treasure.

How great the pain of searing loss,
The Father turns His face away,
As wounds that mar the Chosen One,
bring many sons to Glory!

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

The Tomb is Empty ... Jesus Lives!



A Spiritual Journey towards faith in Jesus Christ for Children

EASTER SUNDAY - The Tomb is Empty ... Jesus Lives!
Family Scripture Reading:Matthew 28:1-20

Family Discussion Starters:

 

Who were the first to see the empty tomb?
(Mary and Mary)

What do they find at the tomb? What does he say?
(An Angel. The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” Matt 28:5-7)

We can rejoice in the fact that Jesus died in our place on the cross then  conquered death when He rose Easter morning! 
He Lives!  Our Savior Lives!