Sunday, April 25, 2010

Good Morning Beautiful Girlfriends!

My heart aches this morning for the families of Sandra Bass Palmer and Gloria Budzowski, who were killed in that fatal accident on Friday evening. Although I did not know either of these ladies personally, they were still pastor's wives and women in ministry just like you and I. Life is so short..... a vapor..... so fragile.

Friends, I encourage you to continue to lift one another in prayer. Many of you are walking through challenging times and the support of friends means so much. I also know that many of you are facing things in your life that you have chosen not to share with others. I am praying for you today as well. I don't have answers but I know a God who does. He is the glory and the lifter of my soul!!!!!

I pray that you have an incredible day in the HOUSE! May you be renewed and encouraged today. I know from experience that the enemy is constantly beating on us every day and no matter how hard we try to stay strong, sometimes the storm seems never-ending. God knows what you are feeling this morning and He wants to comfort and encourage you. He does love you and your work in the Kingdom is very important. After reading about the tragic loss on Friday evening I am convinced more than ever that we must be desperate about reaching out to others making sure they know about the awesome Jesus we serve.

Be encouraged today. You are loved and appreciated!

Love ya,

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Good Morning Beautiful Girlfriends!

I pray that you will have an amazing day in your church and that the presence of God will be powerful! I know for me personally I need to fill up today. This has been one of those weeks where I have been giving out continuously. I have had a number of counseling sessions and my well is running pretty dry. I need to be refilled, refueled and recharged!

God never intends for us to be deleted or dry of spirit. Pursuing our own spiritual growth in the Lord is the most important preparation for our ministry. What we give to others grows from an overflow of the Living Waters coming from our very own spiritual well.

Stay close to Him. Allow Him to minister to you today. You are incredible women of God. God's plan for each of us is amazing. I want to make certain I am fully equipped to fulfill the will of God as each opportunity is presented to me. I know I cannot do that if my well is dry.

You are a blessing and I am thankful for you! Your emails and words of encouragement to me bless me more than you will ever know. We truly need one another.

Have a blessed day because you are a blessing to many!!

Love you and appreciate you,

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Thankful Thursday - Victorious

Lynn of Spiritually Unequal Marriage is hosting Thankful Thursday today. You can join in the discussion and read other participating blogs by clicking her link.

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. Romans 8:37 (NIV)

When facing trials and the fiery darts of Satan we often tend to think that we are the only people who are dealing with such challenges. All of us face discouragement and the enemies of darkness each week. Some trials are stronger than others but we are each treading storms of some magnitude in our lives.

Facing trials encourages us as Christians to exercise our faith. We should not pray away those trials. We need to ask God to manifest His power and love in us so we can respond with Christlike character when the enemy is pounding on our doors. Remember - people can only intimidate us if we allow them to use that tool. God is bigger than anything this world and the demons of hell can offer. No matter how much discouragement you and I have been dealing with this week, our God is well aware of the circumstances.
It may not be today or tomorrow but in HIS timing the Lord will resolve the issues that we are struggling with in a beautiful way. If we trust God and completely hand it over to Him the enemy will be defeated. During these trials God is building our character and integrity. He is solidifying our foundation. The Lord is making us stronger for the bigger storms that are brewing in the seas of life. He continues to groom you and I for the work He has for our lives.

The Message says it all: With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn't hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn't gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God's chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for you and I. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ's love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture. (Romans 8:37) PRAISE GOD, HALLELUJAH AND AMEN!

God is our hope and our strength today, tomorrow and forever. He is our safety, our comfort and our encouragement. He loves His children and He always protects us. If we dread life and fear people how can we possibly say we are trusting God with our lives? If God is for you, who can be against you?

We are victorious with Jesus Christ! Demonstrate that victory today to those around you. Allow them to see Jesus in you!