Monday, July 24, 2017

Women Gone Wise - Week 8 Home/Self

Women Gone Wise - Week 8 Home / Self
Amy Gentry

"Finally, (sisters), whatsoever things are 
true, ... honest, ...just, ... pure, ... lovely, ... of good report,
if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise,
think on these things."
Philippians 4:8


 Icebreaker:
Name 3: What do you like to read, watch on TV, and binge on Netflix?

Conversation Starter:
On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate yourself with your physical health, how you handle your finances, your work ethic, time management and inner beauty? 

Resource:  Health and Wellness pdf by Kim Hawkins https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2rgVmycgzQPWmNuTDlVaXVneGc/view?usp=sharing

Conversation Starter:
Your thought life matters. (read Philippians 4:8 out loud)
- Worrying about something? Are you thinking on things that are true?
- Watching dark movies? Are you keeping your mental images pure?
- Feel like the martyr in your home? Are you keeping your emotions noble?
Challenge:  Sit in a bubble bath, hot tub, sauna, or pedicure spa with ear buds, reading material, and a cold beverage.


Prayer:
 Father, We praise your holy name. We thank you for all that you are doing in our hearts, families and homes. Please God, See if there is any offensive way in us and lead us in the way everlasting. Please God, continue to guide us by pinpointing all the areas that need your pruning for our own good. Lord, help us see where worthless things are getting in the way of the fruitful life you want for us. Please help us lay down our defensiveness and self-protective habits by fully trusting that YOU are our defender. Father, we focus on all the fruits of the spirit and allow you to do a great work in us. We desire to walk in pure love and obedience to your living word. 
In Jesus name, amen


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Friday, July 21, 2017

What's Going In And Coming Out Of Your Mouth?


What's Going In And Coming Out Our Mouth?

There are two types of people that regularly go to the gym. The ones with muscle definition and tone and those that still have some fluff with no muscle definition. 

As I pondered this very stark difference, I realized something. The ones who are "all in" are the ones who have what we all want. 
They make the daily sacrifices not just in the gym, but in the kitchen. 

They choose to stay clear from junk/worthless calorie intake and instead only put lean protein, fruit and vegetables in the body...they also drink water by the jug. These people make no excuses and by using self-control they, in turn, get a great payback.

Now, the comparison of what is coming out of our mouth. I couldn't help but think of marriage in this same way. The women (and men) who are "all in" and who are intentional, make no excuses, use self-control, and filter their thoughts before speaking... They have the marriage we all want, they get those results. It's not a matter of getting Mr. Right that makes this happen. 

The most incredible man can be beat down by disrespect and dishonor so badly that he will begin to isolate himself and/or retaliate. 

If you want strength in your marriage, make up your mind to the make daily sacrifices. As you do this unconditionally, your spouse will slowly start to soften and let down their guard. 
(80% of all communication is NON-verbal. Use caution with your attitude and body language.) 

Please ladies, I challenge you to try it! Great is your reward!!

"But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control." 
Galatians 5:22-23

"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood..." 
Ephesians 6:12

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Women Gone Wise - Week 7 Home

Women Gone Wise - Week 7 Home
Amy Gentry

"She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness."
Proverbs 31:27
 
Icebreaker: 
What family traditions from your upbringing do you practice in your own home?

Conversation Starter:
    Do you ever want to tackle spring cleaning your home but have a long list of excuses?  Is it perfection, lack of inspiration, lack of resources, waiting for the kids to leave home?  Too often we wait on everything to be just right before we “move.” 
APPS: Motivated Moms for cleaning, Groovebook for scrapbooking, Apps for monitoring smart phones, Meal Planning printable menus

Conversation Starter:
What does you home say about you behind your back?

Challenge:  Put a box in the garage labeled “DONATE.” As each family member comes across clothes that are too small or unwanted items just put them in the box and then take the box for donation when full. Repeat.   Also sanctify your home with a prayer walk (Galatians 5:1).

Friday, July 14, 2017

Put The Live In Alive


Put The Live In Alive

There are so many ways to truly live each and every day, lets look at a few.

~Smile
~Positive thoughts only  
~Enjoy others 
~Work hard
~Rest
~Dwell only on victories and blessings 
~Write down your goals
~Focus on giving
~Be good to yourself
~Be present in the moment
~Plan for Fun
~Focus only on the good in people 
~Leave everything and everyone better than you found them
~Be the spouse you would want
~Be your children, grandchildren, or student's biggest fan
~Leave a legacy of joy & love

Don't wait for everything to be perfect before you decide to enjoy your life.

Wake Up & LIVE!

"Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things." Philippians 4:8

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Women Gone Wise - Week 6 Children

Women Gone Wise - Week 6: Priority 3 Children contd.
by Amy Gentry

“Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” 
1 Corinthians 11:1


Icebreaker: 
What physical traits and character traits would you pick for your great-grandchildren to inherit from you and your husband? 

Conversation Starter:
How can you edify your child by appealing to the potential of their character, something not easily seen, hidden or even something that lies ahead.

Conversation Starter: 
Where have you become complacent in your own parenting?
What TV programs are your children watching?
How much time is spent on their electronics? (Including TV, video games, smart phones, tablets, etc.)
How much outside play are they missing out on?
How often are they reading and using their imaginations?
Are they eating out of boredom? 


CHALLENGE: 
Purposeful Parenting- Battle any fear and uncertainty your child might be building up during their current season by building up their self-esteem and security by having regular family nights.  Cook together, laugh together, and just be!!! 

Prayer:
Lord, We Praise your Holy Name. We thank you for this opportunity to weed out,  to stretch & grow ourselves and to help each other. 
 As we seek your transforming power in this accountability group may our conversations be led and guided by your Spirit. May the the time we spend here be anointed by you and keep us from rambling on, but instead to pinpoint where we are missing the mark with our children. Help us to encourage, equip, and spur one another on towards life and godliness. Help us to live with the upmost priority by making the most of the time we have with our children.
In Jesus name, Amen

Friday, July 7, 2017

It's Not The Size Of The Dog In The Fight, But The Size Of The Fight In The Dog


It's Not The Size Of The Dog In The Fight, 
It's The Size Of The Fight In The Dog

My great grandmother, Callie Mae Coleman Lee, was well loved all over the Tennessee town where she lived all her life, but life wasn't  always easy on her. 

She was widowed at fifty years old and had never remarried. "Mama Lee" (as we called her) was born with one leg shorter than her other one to which she had to wear an orthopedic type elevated shoe. 

She also had throat cancer and had to have her voice box removed. That surgery not only left her voiceless, but it meant a visible hole was in the front of her neck where she now breathed and coughed through. To speak she had to use a handheld device that she held up to her neck that made a robotic voice come from the vibrations.

Mama Lee was funny, she loved to tell jokes and laugh. She baked pies and handed them out to friends and family as often as someone would give a smile or hugs. 

She lived alone. She was kind, giving, loving, and fun. She was so busy making others feel loved and special she didn't have time to complain or feel sorry for herself.

The day she died she had baked pies and delivered them. That evening she sat down in her chair and went home to be with Jesus.  Her funeral procession was over 2 miles long with all the people she had touched through her 94 years of loving life.

"I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want." Philippians 4:12

"You my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love." Galatians 5:13

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