EMPOWERING CHRISTIAN WOMEN: July 2007 Blogger Widgets

Who is Jesus?

Friday, July 20, 2007


In Genesis, He is the Creator God.

In Exodus, He is the Redeemer.

In Leviticus, He is your sanctification.

In Numbers, He is your guide.

In Deuteronomy, He is your teacher.

In Joshua, He is the mighty conqueror.

In Judges, He gives victory over enemies.

In Ruth, He is your kinsman, your lover, your redeemer.

In 1 Samuel, he is the root of Jesse;In 2 Samuel, He is the Son of David.

In 1 Kings and 2 Kings, He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

In 1st and 2nd Chronicles, He is your intercessor and High Priest.

In Ezra, He is your temple, your house of worship.

In Nehemiah, He is your mighty wall, protecting you from your enemies.

In Esther, He stands in the gap to deliver you from your enemies.

In Job, He is the arbitrator who not only understands your struggles, but has the power to do something about them.

In Psalms, He is your song-and your reason to sing.

In Proverbs, He is your wisdom, helping you make sense of life and live it successfully.

In Ecclesiastes, He is your purpose, delivering you from vanity.

In the Song of Solomon, He is your lover, your Rose of Sharon.

In Isaiah, He is the mighty counselor, the prince of peace, the everlasting father, and more.

In short, He's everything you need.

In Jeremiah, He is your balm of Gilead, the soothing salve for your sin-sick soul.

In Lamentations, He is the ever-faithful one upon whom you can depend.

In Ezekiel, He is your wheel in the middle of a wheel - the one who assures that dry, dead bones will come alive again.

In Daniel, He is the ancient of days, the everlasting God who never runs out of time.

In Hosea, He is your faithful lover, always beckoning you to come back-even when you have abandoned Him.

In Joel, He is your refuge, keeping you safe in times of trouble.

In Amos, He is the husbandman, the one you can depend on to stay by your side.

In Obadiah, He is Lord of the Kingdom.

In Jonah, He is your salvation, bringing you back within His will.

In Micah, He is judge of the nation.

In Nahum, He is the jealous God.

In Habakkuk, He is the Holy One.

In Zephaniah, He is the witness.

In Haggai, He overthrows the enemies.

In Zechariah, He is Lord of Hosts.

In Malachi, He is the messenger God.

In Matthew, He is king of the Jews.

In Mark, He is the servant.

In Luke, He is the Son of Man, feeling what you feel.

In John, He is the Son of God.

In Acts, He is Savior of the world.

In Romans, He is the righteousness of God.

In I Corinthians, He is the rock that followed Israel.

In II Corinthians, He is the triumphant one, giving victory.

In Galatians, He is your liberty; He sets you free.

In Ephesians, He is head of the Church.

In Philippians, He is your joy.

In Colossians, He is your completeness.

In I Thessalonians, He is your hope.

In II Thessalonians, He is your patience and discipline.

In I Timothy, He is your faith.

In II Timothy, He is your stability.

In Titus, He is the truth.In Philemon, He is your benefactor.

In Hebrews, He is your perfection.

In James, He is the power behind your faith.

In I Peter, He is your example.

In II Peter, He is your purity.

In I John, He is your life.

In II John, He is your pattern.

In III John, He is your motivation.

In Jude, He is the foundation of your faith.

In the Revelation, He is your coming King.

From the beginning of the world to its end, there is no place you can look and not see Jesus.

He is everywhere. He is everything.

"He is before all things, and by Him all things consist."- Colossians 1:17

-- Author Unknown
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Who Do You Say You Are?

Thursday, July 19, 2007


I am a Christian
~ By Maya Angelou

When I say... "I am a Christian
"I'm not shouting "I'm clean livin."
I'm whispering "I was lost,"
Now I'm found and forgiven.

When I say..."I am a Christian"
I don't speak of this with pride.
I'm confessing that I stumble
and need CHRIST to be my guide.

When I say... "I am a Christian"
I'm not trying to be strong.
I'm professing that I'm weak
and need HIS strength to carry on.

When I say... "I am a Christian"
I'm not bragging of success.
I'm admitting I have failed
and need God to clean my mess.

When I say... "I am a Christian"
I'm not claiming to be perfect,
My flaws are far too visible but,
God believes I am worth it.

When I say... "I am a Christian"
I still feel the sting of pain,
I have my share of heartaches
So I call upon His name.

When I say... "I am a Christian"
I'm not holier than thou,
I'm just a simple sinner
who received God's good grace, somehow.








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CHRISTMAS in July!

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Blessed Toys has just announced a wide variety of new products ~ including Tales of Glory 13" Spirit Warriors, and Tales of Glory 3" PVC Bible Figurine Sets!

Christian Toys for Girls and Boys is thrilled to be a part of the action! Stop by today!

Sign up to receive FIFTY Free Bible Stories for your child, as well as access to the Hanging Out with Jesus Newsletter. The newsletter is filled with special stories, links, games etc to encourage your child to "hang out" with Jesus on a daily basis.

Don't forget to check out the Nativity Set; just in time for Christmas!

You heard it here first! Don't take my word for it; go check out the pictures yourself.

You will not be disappointed!
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How is Your Spiritual Workout?

Thursday, July 12, 2007


Muscles

By Melissa Taylor

“I love you Lord; you are my strength.” Psalm 18:1 (NLT)

I just finished reading an article telling me that once you hit the age of 40, you start to lose muscle. Well, recently I hit 40, so this piqued my interest. After further reading, this same article stated, “Muscle loss slows down our metabolic rate, makes it harder for us to control our weight, weakens our bones, and leaves us more susceptible to diabetes” (“Saving Muscle”, Nutrition Action Newsletter, April, 2007).


Wow, I thought. The same is true of our spiritual muscles. With the exception of the age-40 part, the same thing happens to us when we don’t exercise our spiritual muscles. You know what spiritual muscles are, don’t you?

Our spiritual muscles are our heart and mind. In order to keep our heart and mind spiritually fit, we must exercise them by reading God’s Word, praying, and keeping a godly perspective in everyday life. If we stop doing these things, our spirit grows weak because we don’t have the fuel we need to handle life free of fear, worry, insecurity, and uncertainty. I’ve learned the hard way that when I don’t exercise my spiritual muscles daily, these weaknesses creep back into my life and I forget the awesome power I once had.

As I continued to read on in this article about saving our muscles, there was some good news. It said that even if we haven’t exercised in years, our bodies will give us a second chance. “Just two months of strength-building exercises can reverse two decades of a typical person’s muscle loss.” That’s encouraging!

Guess what ladies? There is even better news for our spiritual muscles. If you make a decision to spend time filling yourself with God’s Word, drawing strength from Him, pursuing an ongoing and personal relationship with Him, you can reverse a lifetime of hopelessness, weakness, fear, or any other kind of bondage. Our spiritual muscles can be built or rebuilt. It begins as soon as your first workout!

So, if you find that busyness, work, family, or just life in general has kept you from your spiritual workout, decide to make a change today. It’s never too late! God is all about second chances. Plus, when you tackle life with strong spiritual muscles, the rest just seems to fall into place.

Dear Lord, I love You, and You really are my strength. Help me to never forget that as I go through my days. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Application Steps:

Read all of Psalm 18. Underline or highlight all the words that pertain to strength and being strong spiritually.

Reflections:

Are you taking good care of yourself both physically and spiritually?

What changes can you make so that you are getting a good spiritual workout each day?

Is the Lord your personal trainer?

Power Verses:

Psalm 18:32 “It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.” (NIV)

John 15:5 “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.” (NLT)

Philippians 4:13 “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” (NIV)

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Blogging for Christ

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Blogging for Christ

Have you heard? Moms Making a Difference is on a mission!

Heather Bixler has been inspired to create an online place of support and encouragement for moms who desire to have an online ministry. Heather offers a FREE e-membership for those who would like to join the Blogging for Christ Movement.

Heather is determined to supply members with a content-filled newsletter that offers resources, tools and a connection with others in online ministry.

I encourage you to sign up for the Blogging for Christ Newsletter. Come learn something new while you share your life journey with others.

For complete details, go to the Moms Making a Difference blog.

And if you think that your journey will not impact someone; think again. We can all learn from one another. There are several blogs that I read on a consistent basis...and even though, I have never met the person; I feel like I 'know' them as a friend. That is how their story has affected my life. It's called transparency. Real life. Empowered by Christ.

Let's start this journey together. Are you ready to start making an impact for Christ online?

I'm ready! I have signed up and I am ready to start a personal blog where I can be more transparent with my readers. I will post an update when you can stop by for a visit.

LET'S GLORIFY GOD by using a simple tool like blogging, to empower ourselves and others on this life-changing journey to eternity. Powerful!

Let the whole world glorify the Lord; let it sing His praise. Isaiah 42:12 NLT





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Where Are You Running To?



Spiritual Stop Signs
~ Lanna Perry ~ January 28, 2007

I am placing a stop sign in many places and many paths. I am not placing these stop signs in these places to hinder or to crush plans.... I am placing these stop signs in many places because you My Church have become too busy. Many have become very busy doing My work and doing things in order to further My Kingdom, but have lost the notion of stopping and looking at the wonderous works that I have created. Stopping and looking at the wonders of Me.

My Church is now running. My Church is running from program to program seeking all that they can do for Me, which a lot of you have the right heart, but you have lost the treasure of being still before Me. You have lost the treasure of stopping and smelling My fragrance. You have lost the treasure of stopping and resting before My throne and gazing upon My Glory.

When is the last time that you have stopped before Me, and gazed at My Glory, My Church? When is the last time you have stopped before Me, and My presence has taken your breath away? Everything built on programs and built on man made ideas are going to crumble and fade, and they will not stand up against the winds of the tribulation that will come to this world. Things that are built on man made ideas and man made works are going to crumble in My presence.

I am asking you, My Church, to stop. Not to cease from doing My work, but to cease running, cease going after things not of Me. For many of you are going forth and doing My work without first gazing upon My beauty. If you continue to run on forward in ministry and do not prioritise your gazing at Me daily before you do all these things, all things not based on Me will crumble.

For many of you are feeling empty, and many of you are seeking Me for refreshment, guidance and strength. Do not lose the treasure of gazing upon My beauty. When one becomes so focused upon doing works for Me, they lose the true treasure of being with Me, and seeing the beauty of My holiness.

It is going to be MY people falling deeper in love with Me, and carrying deeper revelation of who I am, and My BEAUTY that is going to transform this world for My namesake. I am placing a sign in the spiritual realm, it reads "STOP".

Stop and be still and know that I am God.

Stop and gaze on My beauty.

Let NOT your hearts be full of ideas to further My Kingdom, before being enthralled by MY beauty and gazing upon My holiness.


* Special thanks to Mary ann for sharing.







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At the Father's Feet

Monday, July 09, 2007


A HEART TO OVERCOME

Every blood-bought believer in Christ needs to make the decision

Once and for all who they are going to serve to the maximum

Potential that they are able. No holding back, no compromise,

No selfish and prideful motives, but out of a heart that wants to please the Father. Watch and
pray for the enemy goes about as a roaring lion seeking all that he can devour, but I have
prayed for you that you would hold fast to the end.


I have continually watched over you and counted the times when the enemy has tried to rob
and steal from you, and I AM ready to restore unto you a hundred fold all that belongs to you.
The enemy has no right to you. He cannot do anything without My allowing it. All attempts
from the wicked one will only work out for your good and to bring glory to My name.

So draw close to Me in the secret place and wait patiently upon Me. I will restore. I will heal. I
will prosper you in all ways. I only want your heart. Cry out to Me for more grace that I will
change you from glory to glory. Be concerned over the areas you fall short in and commit them
to Me. Watch Me take away those desires that you have for that of the world. Watch Me fill
your heart with a burning desire for holiness and righteousness beyond measure.


This is the day to admit that you cannot make it on your own, but do not settle for less than the
best. I have promised you freedom in all areas. I will set you free to live the abundant life. Cry
out to Me, and I will take away the hardness of heart and give you a heart of compassion and
love for the brethren. I will pour out My burden of intercession if you are willing. I will stir up
My gifts within you if you believe.


Now step out and be all I called you to be. Let Me live My life through you. This is the day to
rejoice for you have the victory for I have called you and raised you up as a mighty army of
warring overcomers tearing down the strongholds over the land and releasing those of
captivity. Rise up and march and take the land for this is the day to rejoice.


Open up your mouth and let Me fill it with My grace and truth. Let My trumpet blow through
you. Let Me even roar through you. Step out of the way and let Me take over for I AM the
Mighty Lion of Judah, and nothing will stand in My way. No power can stand against the Sword
and the Shield I have given you. Keep covered from head to toe with My armor of light which is
My glory upon you.

March on and take the land. Do not retreat no matter what you face in the way of giants for
greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. Rise up and be victorious for this is the
time of Jubilee, says your Lord and King.

* Shared by Cindy at In His Hands
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Called to Irrelevance

Thursday, July 05, 2007



Called to Irrelevance
As a Christian in business my feet reside in two worlds. In one, the message I receive is to be overly confident and project a powerful image. In the world where my foot is planted joyously on a path of following Christ, I am told the opposite. Not only should I be humble, but I am to mold my heart to that of a servant, to fall on my knees with basin and towels and reverently wash the feet of my fellow human beings. What kind of business person is that?

That is a person in business who makes himself irrelevant. It means caring more about the customer’s needs than whether you will profit. It means sending someone to a competitor if they have exactly what the customer requires. It means standing in the world emotionally title-less, because titles can metamorphose into a crown upon your head, and it’s hard to bend down and listen with that weight on your brow.

Years ago I sat one afternoon at a friend’s cottage, visiting with his father, an elderly man semi-crippled by arthritis. With some prodding, Mr. Lundahl told me a little bit about his life. He had founded the photo intelligence unit of the CIA, and was responsible for finding the missiles in Cuba that led to the Cuban Missile Crisis during the Kennedy administration. His government work opened up an amazing world of places and people. He had met Jack Kennedy, traveled the planet, shaken hands with heads of state. On his wall was a large photograph of the earth taken from the moon and given to him as a gift by NASA. But then my friend's father turned the attention away from him and asked about me, offered me iced tea, and lamented that he couldn’t rise from his chair to give me a proper goodbye. The gentleman I sat with that summer day epitomized the kind of person I would want to do business with; someone who, no matter how much they have accomplished, meets each individual without an inflated view of their own relevance.

Henri Nouwen, in his book “In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership”, talks about the need of leaders to become completely irrelevant and to stand in the world with nothing to offer but his or her vulnerable self.

Nouwen says, “The great message that we have to carry, as ministers of God’s Word and followers of Jesus, is that God loves us not because of what we do or accomplish, but because God has created and redeemed us in love and has chosen us to proclaim that love as the true source of all human life.”

Being a business person as well as a servant may not sound like good sense out there in the world. However, I believe success isn't achieved by eradicating humbleness and compassion, but by possessing those qualities. As a follower of Christ it is the path I am called to walk in all of my life.

About the author:
Anne Marie Goodrich is co-founder of MyLifeSeeds.com, a web site for women that provides business resources, restful and rejuvenating articles, stories, poetry, creative printables and more. Ms. Goodrich is a mother, graphic designer, and writer. For more information visit www.mylifeseeds.com.

This article is available for reprint with author's resource box intact and all links live and clickable. Copyright is reserved by author.
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Why Don't I Feel Free?

Tuesday, July 03, 2007






How Free Is Free?
by Charles F. Stanley

What does it mean that Christ died to set you free? Do you ever feel like one of the least-free people in the world? Do you find yourself working to gain God’s acceptance, trapped by your own expectations of how religious you should be? All too often, believers feel compelled to serve God in order to earn His love and favor.

Often this is the result of a theological error they have been taught since childhood. “You better be good or else.” On other occasions it stems from growing up in a home where parental acceptance depended on their behavior. “Be a good girl, and daddy will love you.” This pattern of thinking can become so entrenched that adults will work themselves into the grave in an attempt to prove they were not a failure to their parents. I have met men who were driven by a desire to gain their father’s approval long after their father had passed away.

When this system of performance-based acceptance is transferred to out heavenly Father, the result is legalism. Legalism is an attitude. It is a system of thinking in which an individual attempts to gain God’s love and acceptance through good works or service. Some people sincerely believe their salvation is at stake. For others, it’s a vague feeling of divine disapproval of which they are trying to rid themselves. Either way, legalism always leads to the same dead end: a lack of joy, a critical spirit and an inability to be transparent.

Freedom from legalism comes through accepting the truth about our favored position in the family of God. Those who have put their trust in Christ have been adopted into His family (Romans 8:16-17).

There is no concept that speaks any clearer of God’s acceptance than this picture of adoption. Whereas a pregnancy can come as a surprise, adoption is always something that is premeditated and planned. While you and I were still without hope, God set the stage to adopt us into his family: “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8). Your heavenly Father loved you unconditionally––before you did anything that could win His approval.

You’re probably so familiar with this concept of God loving you that you might have become a bit numb to it. Do you realize it means that God actually likes you? If He were to show up in bodily form, do you think He would seek you out? Would you be someone He would enjoy being around?

Isn’t it strange how much more comfortable we are with the concept of love than with the concept of like when it comes to God’s feelings towards us? Why do you think that’s true? Many believers have not come to grips with the real extent to which God has forgiven us. Consequently, we live with a subtle sense of condemnation. We say we are forgiven, but in our hearts we are never fully convinced that God isn’t still a little angry with us or a little disappointed in our service.

The truth is, the Cross dealt with every reason God had for being displeased with us. Our forgiveness is so complete that God is not only free to love us, He can like us as well. Think about this: “There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). If you have placed your trust in Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, the Bible says you are positionally in Christ. And once you were placed into Christ, you were separated from the guilt that once brought divine condemnation. You are not condemned. Jesus was condemned on your behalf, and now you are free!

“But why don’t I feel forgiven?” you ask. “Why don’t I feel free? Why do I feel like I have to work to earn His favor and approval?” It’s probably because you have not made up your mind to take God at His Word. Instead, because of your upbringing, personality, or environment, you have learned to measure your worthiness based your performance.

To be free from feelings of condemnation, you must renew your mind with powerful truths from the Word of God. Because you received the Father’s mercy, no further effort is required on your part. Not only are you accepted as part of His family, but He has declared you “chosen,” “holy” and “God’s own possession” (1 Peter 2:8-10).

You can let go of your exhausting efforts to “be good” to win God’s approval. You can say good-bye to your martyr’s attitude about your service for the Lord. You can stop criticizing those who do not work with the same fervor as you.

When you are completely resting in the finished work of Christ, you don’t doubt your total acceptance by the Father. Jesus’ death and resurrection settled the question of your acceptability once and for all. It provided you with an eternal place in the family of God, and allows you to call the God of the universe your Father. Lay aside your prison of condemnation, legalism and performance. Take to heart the words of Christ: “If the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36).

Adapted from “A Touch of His Freedom,” by Charles F. Stanley, 1991, pp. 31 and 35
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Announcing...
Mirror, Mirror...On The Wall...

Monday, July 02, 2007





Mirror, Mirror...
On The Wall


Coming Fall 2007!

Take a look at this book cover designed by a talented graphic designer and member of the Pink Collar Club. Isn't it stunning? It makes me want to dive right in. How about you?

The Pink Collar Club extends a warm thank you to Anne Goodrich of Goodrich Design for her outstanding work. Not only is she one of the 10 women writers of Mirror, Mirror...On The Wall.

Mirror, Mirror...On The Wall is a collaborative book project of the Pink Collar Club. . .
10 women, 10 commandments, 10 weeks.


The estimated launch date is September 2007. Ten women of the Pink Collar Club have diligently worked towards the completion of this task. Each of these writers have blessed me in a way they'll never know. Their talent, their conviction, and their willingness to share leaves me so utterly proud to be in their company. I can't wait for you to get your hands on a copy of Mirror, Mirror...On The Wall. Details coming soon!


~ Shared by Randee Krumwiede
Christian life coach and founder of the Pink Collar Club







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Mirror, Mirror...On The Wall..."

Celebrating Canada

Sunday, July 01, 2007


Happy Canada Day
from our house to yours
Always remember
to let your life shine!!!
Let FREEDOM ring!

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National Anthem Of Canada - O Canada

Happy Birthday CANADA!

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