Group 2 girls Event

As I mentioned briefly on Facebook, I spent Friday evening in a Christian Mom and Girls event entitled Group 2 girls.  The reason I went was to hear my favorite local Christian women’s ministry leader/teacher , Sharon Thomas, Established Footsteps Ministry (A direct link to Sharon’s website), whom I adore.  I credit Sharon, an amazing woman who walks the walk, with deepening my faith; along with Beth Moore (whom, although I’ve never met her, feel like I am her close and personal friend) due to their passionate love of The Word.  They both created a deep desire in me to read the Bible for myself daily [although I sometimes fail], to enable me to FEEL what they felt, and what a difference He [The Word] has made in my life.  The Word being Jesus Christ.

Sharon let me know prior to the event, she would not be speaking that evening.  Although I was saddened to hear, I made the decision to immerse myself in Him this year [especially during this Lenten season] and thought God may have led me to this event for another reason [and I wanted to follow the Spirit’s leading and attend].  To say He [His Holy Spirit] was correct would be an understatement.  What a night!

The title of the event was Soul Selfie.  The speaker, I believe her name was Kelly Nobles, was incredible as she shared her heart with a room full of teenaged girls and their moms.  The Worship Team was FABULOUS!!!!  Honestly, if you don’t FEEL HIM during Worship, you have no idea what you’re missing.  The lead singer had the voice of an Angel – and lead me STRAIGHT to the Throne of Grace!  At the closing, I found tears streaming down my face without a clear understanding of why.  As I reflect, I am confident it was due to the Truth and Presence found in Jesus:

Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” It happens all the time: Prayers which invoke the presence of Jesus during the gathering .”  [This quote was the result of a Google search on Scripture verbiage “Where two or more are gathered” – CredoHouse website.]

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The God I never knew – Robert Morris

As I prepare for Worship this morning, I’m reading Robert Morris’ book entitled The God I Never Knew.  The following words were so powerful, I wanted to share them with anyone who is interested in opening their hearts to the Person of the Holy  Spirit:

He [the Holy Spirit] values too highly the awesome sacrifice made by the Father and the Son to provide forgiveness of our sins to allow one of His children to live in unnecessary shame.  The Holy Spirit is a kind, compassionate, wonderful, sensitive person.  And He is God.

Are you a little afraid of the Holy Spirit?  Have you seen some bad examples-some misuses or abuses-that have caused you to keep your heart closed to the ministry of the Holy Spirit?  Have they caused you to shrink back when you’ve sensed the presence or promptings of the Holy Spirit?

If so, I encourage you to realize three truths before we go further on this journey:  (1) the Holy Spirit was sent to be your helper, (2) He wants to be your intimate friend, and (3) the truth that makes those two statements most amazing of all is HE IS GOD.

Thank you so much, Robert Morris.  You made me realize for years, while I thought I was communing directly with God, I was communing directly with the Holy Spirit [which is God, but a Person who dwells in me.  I understand exactly what you’re saying and KNOW He has the power to change lives.  He changed mine!

John Maxwell – 90 day Devotionals

I have been a fan of John Maxwell’s books for years; standing in the Barnes and Noble leadership isle for hours on end reading and taking mental notes.  What I have discovered, over the years of researching numerous experts, both Christian and non-Christian, is that Jesus Christ was the best leader of all!

These leadership journals by John Maxwell contain page after page of leadership wisdom, samples of practical application, and space to journal your action plan.

Two improvement plans

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One on Growth

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One on Leadership

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Take Responsibility

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Change Your Mindset

I made a choice, after being miserable for many years, to not only return to Church, but to LIVE CHURCH.  I was blessed to have an opportunity to grow and learn under many wise Pastors; ministers who  shared life-changing lessons they read in The Word and Christian resources.  I started reading His Word more consistently, seeking His guidance, to become more like Him.

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Valentine’s Day

My husband COMPLETELY surprised me this year and gave me SOOO many amazing gifts!  I think my favorite was the balloon!  No wait, maybe the roses!  Oh, no, the Frozen mug!  It’s so hard, I can’t choose!  When I thanked him I said IF these were quick pick up gifts, don’t tell me.  I want to think he was very intensional about each of them!  Just for me!!!!

V Day 1

A beautiful gold bag with the letter “T” on the front

V day 2

A coffee mug, candle, chocolate bar, plastic cup full of candy

V Day 3

An I LOVE YOU balloon

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A beautiful necklace

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Roses that last FOREVER

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Frozen Mug with Olaf and stickers!

Get Your Hopes Up by Joyce Meyer

Get Your Hope Up

I am a true fan of Joyce Meyer.  I enjoy reading her books and listening to her on television.  I know it sounds silly, but I think about Joyce every time I walk into a public bathroom.  On one of her programs, Joyce shared about walking into a public restroom and finding paper towels all over the floor.  She was prepared to walk out and leave the mess, then stopped.  I don’t remember her exact words, but remember her point:   Jesus came to serve others, not to be served.  Are any of us “above” picking up a mess, even if it’s not OUR mess.  Joyce stopped and picked up the paper towels before she left the restroom and after I heard her story, I do too.

Joyce reminds us to GET OUR HOPES UP – we have a SAVIOR who loves us and is so much more important that anything we go through on this earth!  Joyce shares pointers on how we can walk in Hope (and VICTORY) every day!

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Secure or Insecure – the TRUE MEANING OF LOVE

I’m reading a fabulous book entitled Proof of Heaven by Ebin Alexander, M.D.  It’s the true story of a neurosurgeon who, due to the sudden onset of an undiagnosed medical illness, goes into a coma for seven days and isn’t expected to live.  In telling the story, Dr. Alexander shared about being adopted and the search for his birth parents when his son shows an interest in meeting them.  He received word his birth parents were married after putting him up for adoption, but weren’t interested in meeting him.  He entered a very dark period in life, were he was forced to face feelings of abandonment and insecurity.  Up until that time, he never experienced any of those feelings; it took his immediate family to help him identify what he was feeling and help him work through the pain.

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I’m also watching a television show, I’m too embarrassed to mention by name, where a young man is forced to interact with his birth father who abandoned him and his mom after learning she was pregnant.  The birth father shares, with his then high school aged son, when he learned his high school girlfriend was pregnant, he wanted her to have an abortion.  The son, standing right in front of his birth father, is forced to face the reality that his father wanted him dead before he was even born.

Being adopted myself, I remember a discussion I had with my mom when I was in elementary school.  We were in her sewing room, and for the first time in my life, I verbalized out loud that someone gave birth to me; and gave me away.  I was too young to know the words abandoned or unwanted, or what they meant .  I simply stated I hated “that” woman.  As an adult woman and mother, I now realize the impact my mom’s response would have on the rest of my life and the pressure she must have felt in that moment.  One of the many reasons I adored my mom was due to her wisdom, honesty and sincere love for me and her Savior, Jesus Christ.  I was incredibly blessed to have a Christian mother who modeled the true meaning of love and selflessness every day of her life.

Before my mom responded to my statement, she confirmed I was speaking of my birth mother (when I had articulated “that” woman), which I did, and she began verbalizing how she felt as  a woman unable to bear children.  She told me how thankful she and my dad were that my birth mother LOVED me enough to give me away.  She explained, without saying everything she really meant, that my birth mother had choices –  which, as a child,  I understood to be keep me as her own or give me up for adoption.  As I grew older, I realized my birth mother had additional choices – she could have aborted me and extinguished my life.  I can honestly say, at that moment, in my mom’s sewing room, I KNEW I was not abandoned or unwanted, I was deeply loved and treasured.  I am so thankful for my mom and dad AND the love of my Savior, who my mom introduced me to the day I entered their home.

In April of 2014, I shared in a blog post, I spoke with my birth mother for the first time.  The reason I made the decision to locate her wasn’t for me to meet her or to form a relationship with her; it was for her (my birth mother).  As a mom, I knew if I ever had a child I was forced to give away (for whatever reason), I would always wonder about that child’s life and if they were loved and happy.  As it turned out, I met my two half-sisters and my birth mother later that year – face to face.  We had an opportunity to talk about how my life came to be and the decision my birth mother made.  Afterward, I made the decision to walk away.  There were several reasons for my decision, but honestly, I realized for the very first time in my life, I felt abandoned.