Inspiring Women (05/17)

Giving Our Best {Inspiring Women}

Hi friends! For the months of May/June, we will be using a reading plan given to us by Sweet to the Soul Ministries. Feel free to stroll through their Facebook page and blog. They even have a journaling kit and Bible study for this month’s plan!

Dear friend, you are important. You are important to those within your community of family and friends, but most importantly you are soo much more important in the eyes of our generous God! This is why God sent His Son Jesus Christ, to redeem us! God has poured out His love, and shown us how much we mean to Him.

As God pours out His love into our lives, through His Son Jesus Christ, He is inviting us to join Him in inspiring those around us. We get the opportunity to share God’s amazing good news with others and love them as He does.

We have been offered the opportunity to influence others, through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. By the power of God, lives are changed.

God is taking all the necessary steps, to ensure you are equipped to inspire other women who are in your midst. Sometimes it feels like our best isn’t enough to inspire others, but it is – because of the power of God. In a variety of circumstances, God is pointing others to His love through our lives. It is all coming together, and for His glory!

Whatever work you do, do your best. This is because you are going to the grave. There is no working, no planning, no knowledge and no wisdom there (Ecc. 9:10, ICB).

As we follow Jesus Christ, we are invited and even urged to give God our best. We can give God our best in many areas. Our relationship with Him is the most important of all areas, though.

God wants for us to give ourselves fully to Him. He has held nothing back from us. In our lives, every single choice allows us the opportunity to worship and grow more deeply in our relationship with Jesus Christ.

We make decisions every day. Let’s consider how we can give God our best. Instead of settling, let’s dig deeper and give Him our best! He will lead us on and impact many others in their response to His pursuit of them.

As those who have chosen to follow Jesus Christ, let’s be willing to fight to give God our best. May we resolve to fight in this battle, so we can give God our best in whatever we do.

The best part is seeing how God allows our inspiring moments, to touch lives in a memorable way. These things last long after we got up the courage to love and inspire other women in our lives.

While God is infusing our bodies with His supernatural power, there is no limits to how we can inspire others and help them to seek after Christ. Each decision to give our best, can draw others to Himself in the process.

Inspiring Women (05/17)

The Jesus-Girl Who Reads Her Bible

Hi friends! For the months of May/June, we will be using a reading plan given to us by Sweet to the Soul Ministries. Feel free to stroll through their Facebook page and blog. They even have a journaling kit and Bible study for this month’s plan!

Some of us are quite familiar with Psalm 1. Contrary to what one might think, it isn’t because of the actual Psalm itself. There is a different reason for it.

For myself I am familiar with many first chapters of the Bible, because I have “attempted” to read through a particular book of the Bible. Even though I am aware of the first chapter’s existence, this doesn’t mean I am without a lesson to learn. Neither are you, my friend, because God stands ready to meet us here.

But his delight and desire are in the law of the Lord, and on His law (the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God) he habitually meditates (ponders and studies) by day and by night (Psalm 1:2, AMPC).

Instead you thrill to God’s Word, you chew on Scripture day and night (MSG).

How much do you want to be an influential woman whose life is stamped by God’s transformative power?

We become God’s daughters, from the first moment of our responding to Jesus’ invitation to follow Him. As God’s daughters, we are invited into a whole new world, that we would not be able to experience – outside of our spiritual adoption.

As God’s daughters, He wants to joyously overwhelm us with His presence and power. This happens, as we dive into His Word.

We are invited to sing – dance – jumping up and down – and thrill after God’s very word – the Bible! This is a desire God wants to give us, as His daughters. It is something we can only do, as God gives us that craving for the spiritual things.

While this world may leave us feeling empty, God wants to fill us up. He wants to make sure that our spiritual cup (lives) never run low on His living water (Jesus). God wants to make sure we stay satisfied, and it is in Him that we find such satisfaction.

In Jesus, we are made whole. Our faces don’t need a make-over, but our hearts do. God wants to give us a spiritual make-over and He does this, as we willfully seek Him through the Bible and prayer. God wants to give us the eternal make-over.

Reading the Bible needs to be something we habitually do. In our daily lives, let us run and grab our Bible at the chance of eating spiritually and becoming fully nourished.

Everything in our lives has a tendency of revealing how well (or unwell) we are being spiritually nourished. As we sit with Jesus, reading our Bibles, soaking up the Holy Spirit’s influence in our lives, we are being transformed. Our attitude changes from distasteful and anger-filled to that of a patient Jesus girl who loves and explodes with kindness on those around her.

When the Bible becomes our daily companion, God shows up in our lives – in growing amounts. As we go through our day today, may we become Jesus girls who run to Him and soak up His Bible-based truths – seeking to apply them!

1 Timothy Study

Declared Grace and Mercy {1 Timothy 1:1-2}

textgram_1489616274Paul, an apostle of King Jesus according to the command of God our Saviour and King Jesus our hope, to Timothy, my true child in faith: grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and King Jesus our Lord (1 Tim. 1:1-2, NTE).

Paul is a messenger of God. He doesn’t write Timothy to chit-chat about the latest gossip news (he wouldn’t do that, anyway). The Holy Spirit compelled Paul to write and remind Timothy to which he has been called. Here in 1:1-2, Paul reminds Timothy of the hope we have found in Christ – that Timothy too had come to know on an intimate level.

This hope found in Jesus Christ, we need to know on an intimate level. We need to dig deep into our relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ, for He is where hope and life is found. Through the Bible and prayer, Jesus is where we need to place our focus.

When our hope is fixed on Jesus Christ, we will not become easily discouraged (see Heb. 12:1-3). In Jesus Christ, the Living God, our souls are built up and “placed on a rock” (see Ps. 40:2), where we and our faith will be protected from the fiercest of storms.

The Place of Grace

“Jesus is the basis for Christian hope, because He is the Mediator of the covenant of grace (on 1 Timothy 1:1, Reformation Study Bible).”

God has true unconditional love for us, and wants to bring us back to Him – to restore the kind of relationship we have with Him. He wants to call us His friends – His people – and not His enemies. This is what led Jesus to the cross. We are given forgiveness and entrance into God’s Kingdom, as we acknowledge what Jesus has done on our behalf and just come to Him.

Pronounced Mercy

In his letters to Timothy, Paul makes sure to pronounce mercy upon Timothy’s weary soul. As a man of God, Timothy needed the reminder of God’s abundant mercy. God is going to take care of us, just as He took special care of Timothy. Even though we could do nothing to earn any of God’s grace, peace, or mercy, God joyfully gives it to His people – those who have chosen to accept His Son Jesus Christ and follow Him.

[Paul] calls down the benefits of God’s covenant, which no one merits but God freely gives. Grace refers generally to all God’s gifts and his loving disposition toward his people. Peace describes the one who is at rest in God.

Mercy in this instance denotes God’s special care of an individual in need. At the outset, Paul thus reminds Timothy that God’s unearnable love and peace will overshadow his servant even in the most difficult of circumstances. Today, this is our promise—as sure as the authority of Scripture (on 1 Timothy 1:2, IVP Commentary).

Our Living Hope

God has chosen to overflow our souls with His grace, peace, and yes – His awesome mercy. This is what we have been welcomed into, as we answer His invitation –

And He said to them, “Follow Me [as My disciples, accepting Me as your Master and Teacher and walking the same path of life that I walk], and I will make you fishers of men (Matthew 4:19, AMP).”

Jesus Christ is our hope. He is the reason we can wake up every morning and celebrate, even when circumstances are more than a little bit on the difficult side. Jesus Christ is our Risen Savior, who paid the price of our sins and has restored our relationship with the Father. We can now walk and talk with our heavenly Father like Enoch did, as he lived on earth.

And Enoch walked [in habitual fellowship] with God; and he was not, for God took him [home with Him] (Genesis 5:24, AMPC).

Until next time,

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The Man I Met {You Can Meet Him Too}

Today, I am met with a man. A man who probably isn’t that much different from me. In Luke 5, we meet a man who is covered with leprosy. The disease has ran its course, and reached its capacity.

. . . And, he is sicker than he has ever been.

The Emotions

 It so happened that, as Jesus was in one particular town, there was a man whose body was riddled with a virulent skin disease. When he saw Jesus, he fell on his face. ‘Lord,’ he begged, ‘if you want, you can make me clean.’ – Luke 5:12

Illness brings heavy emotions, difficulty thinking, and crazy sleeping patterns, which admittedly is on top of the “typical” symptoms of our health issue.

While emotions can be beautiful and exhilarating, it can be a heavy burden to carry as well.

The emotions might be worse than the actual medical condition. It sticks to our side like glue, and reminds us of what we do not have. It reminds us of the past we cannot go back to, where we once had our family/friends and a place to call home.

. . . This is what this leper faced, and the reality for many of us on a daily basis. 

The life we once knew is – dissolved. Our new life is confusing. And, rarely understood by those nearest to us. They know not the debilitating emotions we struggle with. Even if it is suffocating, others often do not see the enormous burden we carry.

. . . But there is One who knows exactly what we face, as He is the only One who can carry us through this mess!

The Jesus I Know

I appreciate this man who is known only by his debilitating condition, because he knew the struggle, experienced the heavy emotions, and went running to King Jesus! He ran until he reached Jesus, because he knew Jesus is the answer.

. . . Jesus loved him {and us} and delights in taking care of us {just as He delighted in caring for this broken man}.

This Jesus is the same one who holds my heart. Jesus came, went to the cross, died and rose again to be with me. So, I may have peace with my Father.

My heart is safely held by Jesus, even on my worst day.

. . . He is my Protector, Comforter, and Friend.


This man encountered Jesus, and was changed.

Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him. ‘I do want to,’ he said. ‘Be clean.’ And the skin disease disappeared immediately. – Luke 5:13

Honestly, this is enough to bring me to my knees. The man ran to Jesus, and was wholly welcomed as he was. We are, too.


Our Invitation

Just as Jesus welcomed this man, we are welcomed and invited to come running to Him right now. We don’t have to wait until x, y, and z resolves itself. We can come to Jesus right now.

. . . Jesus invites us to come to Him. Weariness, heavy circumstances, and all, we are invited to simply come to Him.

Gleaning from the Heart of Jesus

Bands of Families {{Week 2}}

Hello, my friends!

We are on day 9 of our Gleaning From the Heart of Jesus. If you aren’t joining us for our nine week study, I invite you to join in the fun. God has so much He wants to show us, as we look at Matthew 4-7.

The Scriptures – Matthew 4:21-22 (Not shown – Luke 5:11)

“A little farther up the shore he saw two other brothers, James and John, sitting in a boat with their father, Zebedee, repairing their nets. And he called them to come, too. They immediately followed him, leaving the boat and their father behind. (Mt. 4:21-22, NLT)

They left all they once knew behind.

Jesus called them, and they left everything else behind.

It didn’t matter that they were in a boat with their dad, or were busy working in the mundane.

Jesus called them, and they were ready to leave it all behind – to follow Jesus!

When Jesus invites us to follow Him, empty hands is a pleasure and allows us to have our hands full of Him. (Click-to-Tweet)

In an instant, every aspect of their lives were challenged and changed. Jesus is still calling bands of family members to follow Him together. There is something unique and precious about Jesus inviting families to bond. When we follow Jesus together, as a family, we can offer one another accountability and support we might lack otherwise.

Jesus’ calling began with families, but He doesn’t stop there.

In Psalms, we are reminded of God’s heart for the lonely. He sets the lonely in families (Ps. 68:6). He promises to lead us and love us. As Jesus reaches out, this is exactly what He has done (and continues to do). Jesus is loving us, as He invites us to follow Him.

“Sing to God, sing in praise of his name,
    extol him who rides on the clouds;
    rejoice before him—his name is the Lord.
A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows,
    is God in his holy dwelling.
God sets the lonely in families,
    he leads out the prisoners with singing;
    but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land (Ps. 68:4-6).”

Through Jesus Christ, we are given hope and community. They will help encourage and offer helping hands. (Click-to-Tweet)

The goodness He offers with open hands, we get to experience first hand all He has to offer. We aren’t on the outside looking in, but are in the very front row opening our hands and hearts to grasp whatever He offers (and He has plenty that He wants to give to us – as He calls us “children of God”).

Lord Jesus, there is something special about families following You together! Lead our families straight to You. Thank you for calling me to be Your own – and – part of Your cherished community. Help us to remember what You have given us.