Friday, May 18, 2018

Women Encourage Women

Women Encourage Women

 Ladies, We are better working together, not against each other. 

When we fall for the comparison or jealousy trap, when we gossip or spread rumors, when we don't support and encourage each other--We ALL suffer. 

Not only do we suffer, but we are taking the bait of the enemy who kills, steals and destroys.

Beloved Sister, consider the influence you could have on others. That difficult daughter-in-law, she could be a like daughter! That co-worker that grates your nerves, she may be hopeless and in great need of a friend. 

 Consider also all the gains in perspective and life being mentored by another woman. 

Father, We pray & believe for relationships and opportunities to open up right before our eyes to grow along side another that can make a difference in our lives and us in hers. In Jesus name, Amen

"And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for such sacrifices God is pleased." Hebrews 13:16

"A new commandment I give you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another." John 13:34

"...that I may be encouraged together with you while among you, each of us by the others faith, both yours and mine." 
Romans 1:12

women encouraging women

Friday, May 11, 2018

Mother's Day Gifts That Money Can't Buy

Mother's Day Ideas That Money Can't Buy

Draw or paint a picture and frame it
Take a leisurely walk with her
Write her a poem
Invite her on a picnic 
Write her a letter
Frame her one of your favorite photographs
Take a picture of your hand in hers 
Pull weeds in her flowerbed 
Have a meal out on the back porch with her
Cook for her
Clean out her closet or the garage
Wash her car
Serve her breakfast in bed
Pick her a bouquet of wildflowers
Give her a day off by doing the house duties
Paint her toenails
Snuggle in a chair and read together
Put sweet post it notes in her car, bathroom mirror, and in her purse
Ask her to tell you a story about her childhood or your birth story

"Her children rise up and call her blessed.." Proverbs 31:28

women encouraging women


Friday, May 4, 2018

Saved But Not Free

Saved But Not Free

Surrender is the key factor in walking a fruitful life with God. His ways are so much higher than our ways and his boundaries are for our own good. 

Leaning in to his voice and being led by his Spirit is to deny our flesh, because not doing so can cause lots of problems. It's also not a one time thing. It's a daily choice to remain calm, hold your peace and tongue and, above all, trusting the One who holds the future.  

He's got your back. I guarantee it.

When we have to be in control and are operating in the flesh, it prevents us from surrender. 

"There's nothing natural about Christianity." ~Billie Graham

"It's foolishness to rebel against a good King." ~Jana Karika

"Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies." 
1 Corinthians 6:19-20

"If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen." 
1 Peter 4:11

"It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh is no help. The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and life." John 6:63
women encouraging women

Friday, April 27, 2018

Sweat Equity

Sweat Equity

Putting in the necessary effort into your family will be worth every drop of sweat's weight in gold.

I am always encouraged as I start to see progress to keep going, keep moving in the right direction. 

I was not naturally a very good house-keeper. 
It was something I did not prioritize and didn't ever consider how much it caused many problems, and not just the chaos that it created. 

My husband's Love Language is Acts of Service, so this really bothered him and made him feel unloved. He would come home from work to a mess that I had avoided all day by being busy doing other things.

Over the years I have learned that saying no to even good things creates space to lovingly serve my family with home-cooked meals and a home that welcomes them has made so much difference in our lives. 

I now enjoy keeping my home clean and making it a cozy place we love to be. My focus is on the most important relationships and this is my first ministry above all else. 

"And aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands..." 1 Thessalonians 4:11

"However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband." Ephesians 5:33
women encouraging women

Friday, April 20, 2018

Don't Hover

Don't Hover

We are supposed to protect our children from harm, but not failure.

Yes, it is a parents job to make sure your young child learns not to touch a hot stove or run into the street. As your child grows into adolescence they have to learn to navigate on their own. 

Nothing teaches a great lesson quite like failure.

Do not save them from natural consequences, sometimes there are no better lessons learned.

To fail forward is a good thing! Being there for them as sincere comfort is great and not the one who nags at them about forgetting their homework again. 

"No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it." 
Hebrews 12:11

women encouraging women

Friday, April 13, 2018

Don't Be Like I was

Don't Be Like I was

Parenting w/o anger or out of control emotions is not only possible, but it's so very important.

I know how difficult it can be to not get increasingly upset when you and your child are at odds. That child may have even started to annoy you and slowly start getting on your bad side. I can spell this out exactly as it will happen because tragically it happened to my darling son and I.

When this spins out of control it is a very slippery slope and can take on a life of it's own. If this destructive pattern is not recognized and then swiftly changed it will become very costly and possibly irreversible.

My oldest child was the light of my life from the day we found out I was pregnant. The first time I laid my eyes on him my first thoughts were: 

 He was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen.
 This is how God loves us. 

I would video him sleeping, just watching him in complete wonder and awe. I nursed him for almost 2 years and we were so bonded I didn't think anything could ever change that.

A completely unprepared new mom and a small strong-willed child were slowly becoming a disaster. I really wish I knew where it started, what exactly happened to us? 

All I know is that he would dig in his heels and not comply with much of anything I asked. If I said stay, he would run. He climbed out of his crib, he wouldn't stay in the grocery cart, he even climbed to the top of the refrigerator to reach the candy bowl that was supposed to be out of his reach. 

Then there's me... 
Remember last weeks Friday Focus where we discussed accumulated wounds in our heart? I had stored up hurts over time and my heart was clouded with heartbreak, disappointment, unmet expectations and so on. 

These things that were in my heart that shouldn't have been affected my relationships, behavior and attitude. 

This stuff we absorb and stuff down spews out of us (or make us clam up) when we face even the slightest problem. I reacted to my son with frustration, volume, and anger. As I would "loose it" I was not training him the way he should go, but teaching him how to be out of control. I was also slowly pushing him away and showing him that I was not safe.

When things went from bad to worse and my marriage was failing I began to surrender my own strong will and self-protectiveness and cry out to the Lord. I asked him to do his work in me, prune me and take anything out of me that did not belong.

This was not a quick fix by far but the Lord rewards those who seek him. My journey definitely had set-backs, but you don't have to be perfect because Jesus was perfect in our place. 

I've learned so much over the years and I now know how to reject the lies of the enemy of my soul, to walk in the Spirit, love unconditionally and live by the fruits of the Spirit. Which has supernaturally drawn my precious grown son and I back together. 
~All the PRAISE hands!!!~

My heart overflows with gratitude because of where we are as a family today.

"But without faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him." Hebrews 11:6

"And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things, at all times, having all you need, you will abound in every good work." 2 Corinthians 9:8

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

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

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

women encouraging women

Friday, April 6, 2018

Clean Up Regularly

Clean Up Regularly

I'm positive that most of us wouldn't dream of not taking out the trash, washing dishes, and cleaning the counter tops on a routine basis. It's a must to regularly keep up the maintenance at home for a clean and peaceful environment. They may not be enjoyable jobs, but the finished product is wonderful when completed.  

Our inner lives need the same attention. Just as you would clean dirty dishes that gather in the sink we should recognize that wounds also gather and darken your heart like offense, hurt, betrayal, disappointment and discouragement. If not cleaned up with grace, mercy, forgiveness, and maybe even therapy the 
 wounds become seeds planted by the enemy that take root and grow into destructive behavior, thoughts and attitudes. 

We can't risk not cleaning our hearts because it could cause you to react in the anger that builds up and soon you're just an angry, closed off, or bitter person. 

That damage leaves an open door for the enemy to torment you and use you like a puppet in his hands. He may even convince you that it's not you, but it's them that has the problem.

 This damage is also very bad on your relationship with God because you are holding a record of wrongs, which is unforgiveness.

Protective walls only isolate us and prevent us from the intimacy that we were created for in relationships. 

Tear down the walls you've built up for protection before they separate you from everyone you love.

Open, clean, and clear your heart for the best relational success. 
Allow God to be your defender and you can be a tender and loving Woman of God.

"Your beauty should not come from outward adornment....Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight."

1 Peter 3:4

"The Lord is your mighty defender, perfect and just in all his ways; Your God is faithful and true; he does what is right and fair." Deuteronomy 32:4

"Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead." Philippians 3:13

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Lent EASTER! Thankful for JESUS

Lent  EASTER!  Thankful for JESUS

Sunday Praise   "Jesus Messiah"

"Why do you seek the living among the dead?
He is not here. HE HAS RISEN!" Luke 24:5-6

Be Blessed!  Listen Here

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Lent Day 40 All My Hope Is In Jesus

"All my hope is in Jesus,
Thank God my yesterday's gone.
All my sins are forgiven,
I've been washed by the blood."
Crowder Band

Be Blessed!!!  Listen Here

Friday, March 30, 2018

Grace Upon Grace

Grace Upon Grace

I read this book to my kids a chapter at a time at bedtime, it's full of wisdom and easy to read lessons in living a godly life. It is not just for boys either. My youngest and I decided this should be the Friday Focus on Good Friday when we read it the other night. Excerpt below taken from the book BOYHOOD AND BEYOND, by Bob Shultz.

"One main purpose of your life is to display the glory of God. Reflecting God's glory is more important than being understood. Responding to misunderstanding with anger, cutting off relationships, displays the nature of evil rather than the nature of of Him who created us. The desire to see God glorified allows us to overlook misunderstandings and false accusations. It motivates us to hold our tongues, to speak truth, and to do all the good we can. Misunderstandings are opportunities to show God's attitudes, such as patience, forgiveness, and humility.
Jesus Christ is the example of a mature man. He knows how to act when falsely accused."

"When the hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to Him who judges justly." 1 Peter 2:23

"Jesus went about doing good." Acts 10:38

women encouraging women

Lent Good Friday - Thankful to be Washed by the Blood of Jesus

"In Him we have redemption through His blood,
the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches
of God's grace."  Ephesians 1:7

30 Scriptures - What the Blood of Jesus does for Me

"The blood of Jesus has the power to release the grip of the great curse, the ramifications for that are immeasurable."

I am forgiven
Ephesians 1:7 (above)

Jesus paid my debt
"So Christ was offered once to bear the sin of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation." 
Hebrews 9:28

I am justified through His blood
"Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall
be saved from wrath through Him." Romans 5:9

I have been declared Righteous
"For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us,
that we might become the righteousness of God in Him."
2 Corinthians 5:21

I am spared from God's wrath
"Much more then, having been justified by His blood,
we shall be saved from God's wrath through Him."  Romans 5:9

My judgment has been satisfied and I am at peace with God
"But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised 
for our iniquities, the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, 
and by His stripes we are healed." Isaiah 53:5

I am able to come close to God
"But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ." Ephesians 2:13

I am cleansed from all sin
"But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship 
with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ 
cleanses us from all sin."  1 John 1:7

I have the power to overcome my enemy
"And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the 
word of their testimony." Revelation 12:11

I am spiritually alive
"Then Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the 
flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you." 
John 6:53

Read More @

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Lent Day 38 Thankful His Grace is Sufficient

"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect
in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly
of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me."
2 Corinthians 12:9

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Lent Day 37 Blessed The LORD is Merciful and Forgiving

"The LORD our God is merciful and forgiving,
even though we have rebelled against Him."
Daniel 9:9

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Lent Day 36 Grateful for the Good News

"How beautiful on the mountains
are the feet of those who bring Good News,
who proclaim peace,
who bring good tidings
who proclaim Salvation,
who say to Zion, 
"Your God Reigns!"
Isaiah 52:7

Monday, March 26, 2018

Lent Day 35 Blessed with Faith, Hope & Love

"And now these three remain: Faith, Hope and Love.
But the greatest of these is love."
1 Corinthians 13:13

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Lent Palm Sunday Worship Hosanna!

Listen Here

"And the crowds that went before Him and that followed Him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”
Matthew 21:9

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Lent Day 34 Grateful for The Lord's Prayer

"This, then, is how you should pray:

Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be Your name,
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors;
and lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil
for Thine is the Kingdom
and the Power
and the Glory
Forever and Ever.  

Matthew 6:9-14

Friday, March 23, 2018

Lent Day 33 Thankful to be Forgiven

"Your sins have been forgiven
on account of His Name."
1 John 2:12

Words To Live By

Words To Live By

Words are free. It's how you use them that may cost you something.

What's down in the well, is going to come up in the bucket.

"The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of his heart his mouth speaks." Luke 6:45

"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful." 
Colossians 3:15

"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up..." 
1 Thessalonians 5:11

"Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen." 
Ephesians 4:29

women encouraging women

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Lent Day 32 Grateful for All I Have

" And my God will meet all your needs
according to the riches of His glory
in Christ Jesus"  Philippians 4:19

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Lent Day 31 Blessed The Lord Is With Us

"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid;
do not be discouraged,
for the LORD your God will be with you
wherever you go."  Joshua 1:9

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Lent Day 30 Thankful the Lord is my Rock

"The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold."
Psalm 18:2

Monday, March 19, 2018

Lent Day 29 Grateful We Can Trust In Him

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to Him
and He will make your paths straight."
Proverbs 3:5-6

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Lent Day 28 Blessed to be a Citizen of Heaven

"For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also
eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,
who will transform our lowly body that it may be 
conformed to His glorious body."  Phil 3:20-21

Friday, March 16, 2018

Love Is The Answer

Love Is The Answer

You will not ever regret responding in love. Love is always the answer. Love also means walking away before you get angry or say something hurtful.

Love starts fresh in each encounter and will not keep a record of wrongs. 

Love can be your legacy if you refuse to get baited by the enemy or by thinking only of yourself.

Do not let emotions be your compass. Stop and pray, let God lead you. He can change everything. 

Love is not what you say. Love is what you do.

Life is a song, Love is the music.

"Love is unselfishly choosing for another's highest good." 
~C.S. Lewis

"The meaning of life is to rejoice, to love, to pursue your passion, to believe and to trust in God and in others." 
~Brooks Hawkins

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, 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. 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

women encouraging women

Lent Day 27 Thankful God's Kingdom Rules Over All

"The LORD has established His throne in heaven,
and His Kingdom rules over all."
Psalm 103:19

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Lent 26 Blessed that He is Greater

Lent 26 Blessed that He is Greater

"Greater is HE who lives in you
then he who is in the world."
1 John 4:4

Monday, March 12, 2018

Lent Day 23 Blessed to be a New Creation in Christ

Lent Day 23 Blessed to be a New Creation in Christ
Carri Lynne Pratt

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation; old things are passed away, behold all things are made new." 
2 Corinthians 5:17

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Lent Day 22 Grateful for Unanswered Prayers

Lent Day 22 Grateful for Unanswered Prayers
Carri Lynne Pratt

                                     Listen Here

Friday, March 9, 2018

Don't Worry, Be Happy

Don't Worry, Be Happy

Reflect, and don't Dwell
Recover, and don't Embitter
Peaceful, and not Anxious
Courageous, and not afraid
Undaunted, and not baffled

It's all a matter of choosing. Choosing to believe that God is in control, and he loves you.

"We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body."
2 Corinthians 4: 8-10

"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil." Ephesians 6:10-11

"This is the day that the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118:24

women encouraging women

Lent Day 21 Blessed that God Rejoices Over Us

Lent Day 21  Blessed that God Rejoices Over Us
Carri Lynne Pratt

"The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take delight in you; in His love He will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing."
Zephaniah 3:17

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Lent Day 20 Thankful to see God in Nature

Lent Day 20 Thankful to see God in Nature
Carri Lynne Pratt

"For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities,
His eternal power and divine nature,
have been clearly seen, being understood from
what has been made, so that people are without excuse."
Romans 1:20

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Lent Day 19 Grateful for the Transforming Word of God

Lent Day 19 Grateful for the Transforming Word of God
Carri Lynne Pratt

"Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - His good, pleasing and perfect will."  
Romans 12:2

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Lent Day 18 Thankful I Am Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

Lent Day 18  Thankful I Am Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
Carri Lynne Pratt

"I praise you because I am Fearfully and Wonderfully made."
Psalm 139:14

Monday, March 5, 2018

Lent Day 17 Grateful for Sisters

Lent Day 17 Grateful for Sisters
Carri Lynne Pratt

"Anyone who loves her sisters lives in the light,
and there is nothing in her to make her stumble."
1 John 2:10

Dedicated to my sister, by birth, on her 50th birthday!
and to all my Sisters in Christ who I love more than I can say.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Lent Day 16 Blessed that God is a Good Father

Lent Day 16  Blessed that God is a Good Father
Carri Lynne Pratt

Listen to Chris Tomlin's Good Good Father Here

Friday, March 2, 2018

Don't Play The Blame Game

Don't Play The Blame Game

When we concentrate our focus on others being to blame for our problems, hurt, or suffering we are just making excuses for holding onto hurt. Blaming others is a waste of time and just keeps us stuck to grow more and more bitter. 

One of the best things I ever did was to officially stop for good pointing the finger at others. When I finally stopped doing this, but gave grace and forgiveness instead, these relationships drastically improved or just no longer affected me. 

Someone cannot chase you if you don't run. 
Refuse to get baited into their game, or even worse, presume something to be upset about when it's really nothing at all. 

You see, the blame game is keeping a record of wrongs and the bible clearly says we should not do that. I look inward and ask the Lord, "What is my part in this?" I have to make certain that my heart is right and that I'm not carrying bitterness, resentfulness, or unforgiveness. 

I am only responsible for me. I release the others to the Lord, and he is my defender. 

"You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!" Isaiah 26:3

"The Lord is your mighty defender, perfect and just in all his ways; Your God is faithful and true; he does what is right and fair." Deuteronomy 32:4

"Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
And over all these virtues put on love,
which binds them all together in perfect unity."
Colossians 3:13-14

women encouraging women