EMPOWERING CHRISTIAN WOMEN: January 2008 Blogger Widgets

Touch Me Lord

Thursday, January 31, 2008

~ Parachute Band

This morning,a friend from church sent this video to me ; I just had to share.

May God's Holy Spirit fall on you in a new and refreshing way today and EVERY day!

Continue to seek Him...



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A Divine Valentine

Monday, January 28, 2008

A Divine Valentine

A Valentine may play a love song for you,
but God sings you the sweetest love song in the universe.

"The Lord your God...will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing."
ZEPHANIAH 3:17

A Valentine may give you flowers,
but God sent you the most beautiful rose of all, Jesus.

"I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys."
SONG OF SOLOMON 2:1

A Valentine may take you out to dinner,
but God has invited you
to the most amazing feast ever given.

"Blessed are those who are called
to the marriage supper of the Lamb!"
REVELATION 19:9


A Valentine may bring you chocolate,
but God provides you with something even sweeter,
His Word.

"How sweet are your words to my taste,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!"
PSALM 119:103


A Valentine may love you for a lifetime,
but God loved you before you were born
and will love you for all eternity!

"Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love."
JEREMIAH 31:3

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A Passionate Christian Woman

Saturday, January 26, 2008



by C. M. Woychik

What does a passionate Christian woman look like? Well, she’s not a woman who’s perfect, peerless or guiltless, but is as human as you and me. Essentially, a passionate Christian woman is someone who has a deep passion for the things of God and is driven to do something about it.

She is a woman who thirsts for God. He is the driving force of her existence, the meaning behind her life. She doesn’t live primarily for the latest fads, fashions, or fancies, but for God (1 Peter 3:3,4). She cares little for fame or fortune, recognition or reward. Instead, she has experienced the intense satisfaction of a personal relationship with a holy God, and just as a deer longs for a cool, refreshing stream to enjoy, so she longs for her God (Psalm 42:1).

She hungers for truth. In a confused world where wrong often seems right, a passionate believer pursues God’s truth with intensity and determination. Never one to accept mere human opinion or feeling-based experience, she considers God’s Word to be as necessary to her as her daily food. She has a Berean mindset (Acts 17:11), persistently comparing the spoken word to the written Word, and sifting it to find the truth. A passionate Christian woman is passionate about the Bible, for therein God has revealed His heart and mind for mankind.

She loves others with Godly passion. She demonstrates sincere concern, models unconditional love, and does her utmost to influence those around her for heaven. She doesn’t portray one who has arrived, but one who knows where she’s going. Then she coaxes and encourages and helps others to join her on her journey. Her love is practical, pure and positive. The motivation for her outreach is her up-reach to God, and she does it with fervency and attention to detail.

She lives today with tomorrow in mind. A passionate Christian woman knows her time is limited. She is acutely aware that her life is as a drop in the bucket of time and eternity. She will pass off the scene all too quickly with only her influence remaining. She realizes she has no second chance, no life “held over on account of rain”. So she is compelled to live each day to its fullest with this goal in mind: to follow hard on the heels of the very God in whom we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28). Fulfilling today’s duties while fixing her eyes on the goal, she is committed to going out with a bang instead of a whimper.

Finally, a passionate Christian woman avoids sin so she can gain intimacy with God. Though the world allures and tempts, this child of God knows her boundaries and accepts her playground. She doesn’t walk the fence row, desirous of the apple across the way. She romps in the field God has given her, content to run home at the end of the day with clean hands and a pure conscience.Is this a description of the perfect Christian woman? No, but rather of a passionate one. Passionate Christian women don’t have boundless amounts of energy, super-human strength, or a superior spirituality. In fact, they are utterly ordinary – failing, falling, and tired at the end of the day. They are tested and found wanting all too often. But they have heard from God through His Word, seen Him work in their lives, and have experienced peace, answered prayer, and power and comfort through the Holy Spirit. Thus their heart is fixed, their commitment firm, their joy complete. They learn and grow, and find divine purpose in mundane tasks and the every day routine of living. They are passionate believers living a purposeful life, alive with a passion for God!

What about your journey with God? Are you living with passion, conviction and purpose? Are your eyes fixed on Christ, or have you lost your focus? Though a passionate Christian woman may fail and fall, she is quick to recognize the love, forgiveness and strength of her God. She understands that God has given her the gift of His Holy Spirit who lives within her, to guide and empower her to follow His ways. Why not take a moment to pray this prayer and yield your life anew to God? He is faithful to keep His promises and desires for you to keep in step with His Spirit.

Chila Woychik is a freelance writer, wife of 23 years, and homeschooling mom. She and her family are active on their small hobby farm and in their church. Chila enjoys reading, outdoors, Jeeps, and friends.


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Living FREE Every Day

Friday, January 25, 2008

Living Free Every Day®

Living Free Every Day® daily devotions are e-mailed daily (Monday through Friday) to subscribers. The devotions are based on life-changing biblical principles taught in Living Free Small Group Curriculum. They address life-controlling problems that may be affecting you or someone you care about. We invite you to use these in your personal quiet times and also to share them with friends, Sunday school classes, Bible study groups, or wherever you feel the message will minister. Sign up now.


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Strong Woman Vs. Woman of Strength

Thursday, January 24, 2008


Strong Woman Vs. Woman of Strength

A strong woman works out everyday to keep her body in shape,
but a woman of strength kneels in prayer to keep her soul in shape.

A strong woman isn't afraid of anything,
but a woman of strength shows courage in the midst of fear.

A strong woman won't let anyone get the best of her,
but a woman of strength gives the best of her to everyone.

A strong woman walks sure footedly,
but a woman of strength knows God will catch her when she falls.

A strong woman wears the look of confidence on her face,
but a woman of strength wears grace.

A strong woman has faith that she is strong enough for the journey,
but a woman of strength has faith that it is in the journey that she will become strong.

~ Author Unknown


Which woman are you?




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Life Without Christ...

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

All who are in Christ are new creations,
the old has passed away and behold
-- everything is made new.

This is the promise of God in Scripture,
and everyone who knows the Lord
has experienced this new birth.

But millions all around us,
are still walking in the gloom
of a Christ-less existence.
They need the hope and joy
that only Jesus can give them.

Don't neglect to share the gospel with the lost.


When you look upon the picture,
what do you find yourself thinking on?
It reminds me of how I feel,
when I am not connected
to the Living Water that Christ provides.


"Why are you downcast, O my soul?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God."
~ Psalm 42:5,6

But, then...I spend more time in the Word of God
and I am reminded...

"...but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint."
~ Isaiah 40:31 NIV



Don't neglect to read/study THE Word;
It will give you LIFE MORE ABUNDANT!

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Church in the Workplace Conference

Tuesday, January 22, 2008


Live Webcast This Week

We are extremely pleased to announce that the general sessions of the 2008 Church in The Workplace Conference will be broadcast LIVE over the Internet this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday! (Jan 24-26, 2008)

You now have the opportunity to watch this important conference LIVE from your computer with a high-speed Internet connection from anywhere in the world. Even if your schedule doesn't allow you to watch the live webcast sessions, registering for the webcast will give you access to watch re-broadcasts of each of the general sessions up to two times online.

The theme of this year's conference is "Reclaiming the 7 Key Mountains of Cultural Influence" and will feature presentations from TGIF author Os Hillman, development coach Dr. Lance Wallnau, and other "hands-on" leaders in each of the 7 key mountains that influence culture: Arts/Entertainment, Business, Education, Family, Government, Media, and Religion.

To learn more about the live webcast and each of the general sessions of this conference, go to--http://www.marketplaceleaders.org/pages.asp?pageid=67487

Few Conference Spots Left: Less than 40 spots remain of the capacity of 500 onsite registrations for the conference. Participants from 21 nations and 30 states are already registered.We only have room for a few more people to attend this important event.To learn more and register, visit http://www.salememail.net/sdhyhxln_auoeltto.html
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Don't Miss This Conference

Don't Miss This Conference

Workplace leaders, business owners, professionals, and ministry leaders will come together from across the US and world to Atlanta, Georgia on January 24-26, 2008 for a powerful conference to learn how to become strategic influencers in the 7 key areas that shape society. 8 main sessions and 18 workshops will focus on re-claiming our society for Christ. Reserve your spot today. http://www.sevenmountains.digbro.com/


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I Have a Dream...do you?

Monday, January 21, 2008

I Have a Dream...Do You?

Today we celebrate the life and legacy of a great man...a man with a dream.

Do you ever wonder what Dr. King would have to say to us today? He was a man of passion and purpose. His life made an impact on so many lives...many of whom were so inspired that they follow in his footsteps to bring "his" dream to fruition.

Tonight is the first club call of 2008 for the Pink Collar Club and it's titled: I Have A Dream. We honor Martin Luther King, Jr. and we honor you and your dream.

Your Assignment:


Write your dream in one sentence and share it on our club call tonight.

Agenda

Opening Prayer

The Dream Behind
The Pink Collar Club

You Share Your Dreams

Godly Woman, Godly Dream: 20 Principles Of A Godly Dream

Closing Prayer

Call (712) 775 - 7000 and Enter 1081996# at 7:00 PM (Central Standard Time)

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Bible Arcade

Sunday, January 20, 2008


Bible Arcade is pleased to present
the World's first Casual Game
based on the timeless Biblical messages of Truth:
Jewels of Sinai.

Our quest for addictive, mesmerizing, puzzle matching fun
will take you on a journey
from Ancient Egypt, across the Red Sea,
through the burning desert sands to Mount Sinai.
Work quickly to match same colored jewels.

If your puzzle skills are strong
you will unlock the mysteries
of the Jewels of Sinai
and witness the unfolding story
of a peoples' cry for freedom
and the clash between the gods of Egypt
and the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob
to rule the world.


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Have fun! Let me know how you like the game!
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FREE Indeed!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

FREE Indeed!
Escaping Bondage and Brokenness for Freedom in Christ

"Dr. Ganz has the detailed heart-probing insights of a doctor, along with the love and concern for people that comes from 25 years as a pastor. In this practical and easily read book Ganz exposes the patterns of thought and behavior that trap us and keep us from the freedom God offers His children. Not me-centered freedom, but true freedom found in Christ that impacts every area of life."

From the Introduction:
How long will God‘s people be so ignorant of the freedom they have in Christ? Paul said he was “free from all men” (1 Cor. 9:19). That doesn’t mean that we owe them nothing (we owe them love!), but simply that we are not under their crushing judgment. The only judgment that matters is God’s judgment on our sin, which Christ has received on our behalf. The destruction of biblical freedom disintegrates the vibrancy of the Christian life.
My desire is that Christ’s people will drop all their self-defeating defenses, their extra-biblical inflexibilities and instead:
1. Come to God in humble dependence upon Him and His grace, find, and practice the freedom He has given us in Christ.
2. Come to His Word, appropriating it and living it in joy, instead of forcing it to fit our own pre-Christian prejudices.
I want to see God’s people set free from their crippling estrangement from a personal relationship with Christ and brought into deeper fellowship with Him, a fellowship in absolute truth. Jesus declared, “I am the truth” (John 14:6) and that, “the truth shall set you free” (John 8:32). The truth is infallible because He is the truth. I am concerned that we have misinterpreted that truth and turned it into bondage.
My basic presupposition is that Jesus Christ is truth, and He gives freedom. Thirty years ago I came to the realization that Jesus is the truth, and so concluded that unswerving obedience to Him is essential. I have sought to honor that commitment, but only recently have I understood and experienced what His freedom means. We must be as deeply committed to exercising that freedom as we are to believing in the truth.
This book is for Christians. While I hope that many who are not Christians may read it and be drawn into the freedom found in fellowship with Christ, my principal goal is to reach Christians who hunger and thirst after the meaningful life of freedom in Christ that they never seem to attain. It is for all who stumble and fall, who think they can’t get up but hate lying there. It is for those who have squandered their lives living everyone else’s dreams but have never lived their own calling in Christ. It is for those who have fought for freedoms but still are not free.
It is my prayer that this book will help God‘s people become what they are meant to be in Christ: FREE!


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This is my desire for each one of you!

May we all hunger and thirst after God's righteousness.

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Godly Women, Godly Dreams

Friday, January 18, 2008

"I Have A Dream"

You are invited to attend the Pink Collar Club's 1st Conference Call of 2008!

Monday, January 21st @ 7:00 PM (Central Standard Time)

Join the PCC for the first club call of the new year as we discuss Godly women with Godly dreams...that's you!

Come prepared to share your dream (in one sentence please) and listen to the dream that is the Pink Collar Club.

Randee will also share with you a portion of workshop she created entitled Godly Woman, Godly Dream: 20 Principles Of A Godly Dream.

Call (712) 775-7000 and Enter 1081996# (Long Distance Charges May Apply)

If you haven't joined the Pink Collar Club yet, I encourage you to do so. The membership is free! Come join a Christian network where you can converse with other Godly women and also share your voice! It's one of my favorite places to hang out online; I hope to see you there! Please stop by my page and add me as friend. :)

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Is Christ@Work in Your Company?



Christ @ Work is a Member-to-Member Ministry. It is a vehicle, a resource, and a tool to empower members to develop their own ministry. In the end, members will see the great sense of purpose and joy of knowing that they were faithful stewards of the unique ministry opportunity God provides for them. And by joining Him in changing your corner of the world, you too, can help to change it all…"one company leader at a time."

Be blessed!
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Balancing Family & Work

Thursday, January 17, 2008


God's Love at Work is pleased to announce their 1st free teleseminar of 2008, "Balancing Work and Family." This topic is the first of this year's series called "Practical Wisdom for the Workplace."

Their guest speaker is Marcia Malzahn, author of "Devotions for Working Women: A Daily Inspiration to Live a Successful and Balanced Life." This devotional will encourage women to reflect on the way in which they live their lives personally and professionally.

You can also read Marcia's workplace testimony called "How God Promoted Me In Corporate America."

You can learn more about Marcia at http://www.marciamalzahn.com/





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Something About Silver

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Something About Silver

Author: Margaret D. MItchell
Created: Saturday, Jan. 12, 2008

In spending quiet time with God yesterday, I looked straight ahead of where I was seated at a silver serving tray on my coffee table. The tray has been there for about a year, and I've used it once--about a month ago when I hosted a few friends for lunch. I noticed it was slightly tarnished.

As I began to pray and worship the Lord, He spoke to my heart saying that the serving tray is like some of His servants in that it has the potential to function but, instead, it just sits there doing nothing. He went on to say that there was nothing on the tray because it wasn't filled up with anything to serve.

The tray was double-handled. I believe the Lord spoke to my heart again saying that He has a double portion to give His people if we would just get filled up by spending more time with Him.

These revelations convicted my heart. I wondered what and how much we are missing out on by not increasing our intimate time alone with God. He so desires to fellowship with us. But too often we choose to go about our agendas and give Him five or ten minutes here or there. How sad.

One of the qualities of silver is that it tarnishes quicker if not used. What a metaphor! How many of us have been purified, like silver, but just set in complacency, not being used for divine purposes?

As I began to pray about this, the Lord revealed that repentance is the key. Repentance will unlock the door for Him to hear our prayers, for us to receive answers to our prayers, to receive His portion, more of His love and all the good things He desires to give us.

How often do we work and work and work, yet if we would just increase our time with our Lord, He would work on our behalf in ways that we could not. I have seen Him prove this principle time and again.

Why do we toil? Have we become insensitive? Do we not trust God enough to help us? Do we falsely believe that our responsibilities are more important than He?

As I came to close my prayer of repentence, the Lord led me to Isaiah 55, which is subtitled, "Invitation to the Thirsty." I gasped! Do you know what I served on that silver tray when I last had my friends over? Refreshments! I was so amazed at God creative way of getting His point across.

What do you need to repent of? The Holy Spirit knows the whole of our hearts. Ask Him to reveal any sins that you are unaware of so that you may be positioned to receive more of Him to serve.

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What an amazing comparison !

I'm just pondering at the mount of tarnish that
my life had collected over the years...

Cleaning silver is a time-consuming job;
I wonder if God feels that way about the sin in my life?

Just think...the more time I spend with Jesus,
the more people see Jesus in me .

May I be quick to seek the Lord when sin seeks to tarnish -
May my life reflect Jesus, as silver reflects like a mirror.

"Though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow..."
Isaiah 1:18 NIV

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What If Souls Were Saved?

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

"What if...

... on Feb 10 (the Sunday before Valentine's Day) everyone at your church was given a Valentine's Plan of Salvation card? And in fulfillment of the Great Commission, they are challenged to give their Valentine's Plan of Salvation card to someone else outside of the church community.

Think of the stories to be told that next Sunday; the witness of lives being touched and souls being saved.

Think about it! Pray about it!..."


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Memory Crosses are an excellent way
to share the gospel message.
Everyone loves them!
(including adults!)
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Stop, Drop and Roll

Monday, January 14, 2008

STOP, DROP AND ROLL
By Dawn Jones


I learned it in the third grade. At the time I considered it a scary thought, but fun to practice. “If you ever catch on fire,” the big fireman wearing the shiny red hat told us, “stop what you're doing, drop to the floor and roll. O.K., let's all try it.” That's when the action began. Our gymnasium was instantly transformed into an imaginary burning inferno. The boys screamed and fell over like they were being shot and the girls delicately got on their knees, then to the floor, and we all began to roll. The idea was this: If we ever found ourselves in a position where our clothes caught on fire, our response must be instinctive and immediate. There was no time to think. We must prepare today for a possible trial tomorrow.


Practicing my response was a valuable lesson. Though I didn't completely understand it, stop, drop and roll would prove to be an important response to cultivate. I learned it in the third grade; I got the chance to use it 25 years later.


The fire around me was hot. The more I tried to battle the flames, the more intense they seemed to grow. At times I wondered if I would survive the ordeal, but God's word to me was clear. “Think it not strange this fiery trial you are in, as though something strange were happening to you … but rejoice” (see 1 Peter 4:12, 13). I was in spiritual combat, a conflict like I had never experienced before and it felt like the fire of affliction was going to consume me. I wasn't physically on fire, but I was in the proverbial “fire of suffering” and it was painful. Everything in me wanted to run from this trial, but jumping out of the furnace into the flames did not sound like a good idea either. How could I be refined if I did not endure the test? On the other hand, how could I rejoice when it hurt so much?


That's when I remembered my childhood lesson stop, drop and roll. Though my fire may have been one only in a spiritual sense, the response necessary to survive was the same. You see, our instinctive reactions to difficulties may not be the ones God wants us to have. They may in fact only increase our chances of being burned. Instead of relying on our carnal tendencies to persevere under trial, our mind-sets and attitude toward suffering must be a cultivated and practiced defense.


Let's look more closely at the principles of stop, drop and roll.


Stop — The last thing we should do when we're caught on fire is run. Unfortunately, unless otherwise practiced, this is most people's first reaction. Our innate “fight or flight” mechanism is a powerful and natural response. However, running only makes things worse. The fire will spread faster with running because it feeds the flame with oxygen, exactly what the fire needs to exist. As a result, running increases the damage and inflicts greater wounds. Instead, the first thing to do is stop.


The same is true in a spiritual fire. Our natural response may be to run from our problems, to escape the pain by running in the fast lane of busyness and avoidance. But that reaction of fear and denial will work against us. If we keep operating in the flesh, struggling in the strength of our own might, we will only fuel the flames around us, perpetuating the fire and inflicting deeper wounds. On the contrary, we should stop running. Stop striving. Stop trying to control the heat of our circumstances … and drop.


Drop — Assuming a position on our knees is the next best thing to do. When we find ourselves in the midst of the fiery furnace because of difficult circumstances, it's time to talk real to Jesus. Since He already knows what we are thinking and feeling, why not tell Him everything in prayer? We may even hear ourselves saying something that we did not realize was in the depth of our hearts. Talking to God in prayer is one of the greatest privileges we have as His children. That's where we receive wisdom and courage to go on. It is in the place of prayer that we find peace for our troubled souls and rest for our battered minds.


When we drop to our knees, we are not accepting defeat or surrendering to the flames to be destroyed. Instead we are accepting His love and strength to overcome.


Roll — Finally, once you have spent time with the Lord in prayer, roll that burden off your shoulders and over on to His. Then refuse to take it back. God invites us to give Him our burdens, our cares, our fears and our confusion because He alone knows how to carry it. When we roll it over to Him, we will find out what it means to rejoice. The Lord's joy comes when we find His grace in suffering.


Have you been in the fire? Do you know what it is to feel the flames of affliction licking at your faith? Then maybe it's time to stop running from the refiner's fire and let it purge you. How? By practicing this simple response: stop, drop and roll.


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Longing For Something More

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Longing for Something More
By Anahid Schweikert

ARE YOU EXPERIENCING AN UNEXPLAINED FEELING OF DISSATISFACTION? THE REASON FOR IT MIGHT BE SPIRITUAL HUNGER.

My friend was sick with frustration. You could see it all over her face and hear it in her voice as she talked about unmet expectations at her church.

"You're never satisfied," remarked her husband. Unlike his wife, he was happy with their full-gospel church, and he felt fulfilled in the ways he was serving there. Everything was in place--a beautiful new building, committees ready for action, outreach efforts underway.

But for my friend and others at her church, there was still a deep sense of dissatisfaction. It wasn't a rumbling, like complaining, but more a gnawing hunger for something more--the life-changing presence of the Holy Spirit.

I identified with my friend's feelings; I had experienced them myself. Perhaps you have, too. It may not be your church that leaves your spirit wanting; it may be your job. Or perhaps your marriage is missing something. Maybe your whole life feels empty!


Deep inside you know there must be more...


Read the complete article.

This article appeared in the Apr/May 2000 issue of SpiritLed Woman


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That's My King!

Monday, January 07, 2008


That's My King - S.M. Lockridge

I just found this video;
I hope you are as EMPOWERED by this message
as much as I am.

Watch & listen to That's My King!


That's MY King!!!
Praise JESUS!
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1 Million Members & 1 Million Ministries

Friday, January 04, 2008


Announcing...the new & improved...

PINK COLLAR CLUB

Randee has recently made some amazing changes to this ministry.

You have to SEE IT to BELIEVE IT!!

Our Mission:

To engage each member of the Pink Collar Club in discovering and implementing God's unique purpose for her life and His Kingdom.

Our Vision:

To grow the Pink Collar Club
to 1 million members and 1 million ministries.

Our Request:

That YOU would be one in a million
~ because YOU already are!

Prayerfully consider joining us.


You can receive a FREE copy of the

Mirror, Mirror...on the Wall e-book

when 3 friends join with Three Plus Me!

* Details at the Pink Collar Club *

Catch the vision and let's grow together!

P.S. - I've been a member for over a year now and
have been very blessed by participating in this ministry.
Hope to see you there!

CONGRATULATIONS RANDEE!!!







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Peace

Thursday, January 03, 2008

The Meaning of Peace

There was once a king who offered a prize to the artist who
Could paint the best picture of peace. Many artists tried.
The king looked at all the pictures, but there were only two
That he really liked, and he had to choose between them.

One picture was of a calm lake. The lake was a perfect mirror
For the peaceful towering mountains all around it. Overhead was
A blue sky with fluffy white clouds. All who saw this picture
Thought that it was a perfect picture of peace.

The second picture had mountains, too. But these were rugged
And bare. Above was an angry sky from which rain fell, and in
Which lightening played. Down the side of the mountain tumbled
A foaming waterfall. This did not look peaceful at all.

But when the king looked, he saw behind the waterfall a tiny
Bush growing in a crack in the rock. In the bush a mother bird
Had built her nest.... A perfect picture of peace.

Which of the pictures won the prize?

The king chose the second picture.

Do you know why?

"Because," explained the king, "peace does not mean to be in a
Place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work.
Peace means to be in the midst of all those things and still be
Calm in your heart. That is the real meaning of peace."

That is the REAL meaning of peace.

~Author Unknown~

Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed,
yet my unfailing love for YOU will not be shaken
nor my covenant of peace be removed,"
says the LORD, who has compassion on you.

~ Isaiah 54:10 NIV

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Ten Guidelines From God

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Ten Guidelines From God

Effective Immediately, please be aware that there are changes YOU need to make in YOUR life. These changes need to be completed in order that I may fulfill My promises to you to grant you peace, joy and happiness in this life. I apologize for any inconvenience, but after all that I am doing, this seems very little to ask of you. Please, follow these 10 guidelines:

1. QUIT WORRYING:
Life has dealt you a blow and all you do is sit and worry. Have you forgotten that I am here to take all your burdens and carry them for you? Or do you just enjoy fretting over every little thing that comes your way?

2. PUT IT ON THE LIST:
Something needs done or taken care of. Put it on the list. No, not YOUR list. Put it on MY to-do-list. Let ME be the one to take care of the problem. I can't help you until you turn it over to Me. And although My to-do-list is long, I am after all... God. I can take care of anything you put into My hands. In fact, if the truth were ever really known, I take care of a lot of things for you that you never even realize.

3. TRUST ME:
Once you've given your burdens to Me, quit trying to take them back. Trust in Me. Have the faith that I will take care of all your needs, your problems and your trials. Problems with the kids? Put them on My list. Problem with finances? Put it on My list. Problems with your emotional roller coaster? For My sake, put it on My list. I want to help you. All you have to do is ask.

4. LEAVE IT ALONE:
Don't wake up one morning and say, 'Well, I'm feeling much stronger now, I think I can handle it from here.' Why do you think you are feeling stronger now? It's simple. You gave Me your burdens and I'm taking care of them. I also renew your strength and cover you in my peace. Don't you know that if I give you these problems back, you will be right back where you started? Leave them with Me and forget about them. Just let Me do my job.


5. TALK TO ME:
I want you to forget a lot of things. Forget what was making you crazy. Forget the worry and the fretting because you know I'm in control. But there's one thing I pray you never forget. Please, don't forget to talk to Me - OFTEN! I love YOU! I want to hear your voice. I want you to include Me in on the things going on in your life. I want to hear you talk about your friends and family. Prayer is simply you having a conversation with Me. I want to be your dearest friend.

6. HAVE FAITH:
I see a lot of things from up here that you can't see from where you are. Have faith in Me that I know what I'm doing. Trust Me; you wouldn't want the view from My eyes. I will continue to care for you, watch over you, and meet your needs. You only have to trust Me. Although I have a much bigger task than you, it seems as if you have so much trouble just doing your simple part. How hard can trust be?

7. SHARE:
You were taught to share when you were only two years old. When did you forget? That rule still applies. Share with those who are less fortunate than you. Share your joy with those who need encouragement. Share your laughter with those who haven't heard any in such a long time. Share your tears with those who have forgotten how to cry. Share your faith with those who have none.

8. BE PATIENT:
I managed to fix it so in just one lifetime you could have so many diverse experiences. You grew from a child to an adult, have children, change jobs many times, learn many trades, travel to so many places, meet thousands of people, and experience so much. How can you be so impatient then when it takes Me a little longer than you expect to handle something on My to do list? Trust in My timing, for My timing is perfect. Just because I created the universe in only six days, everyone thinks I should always rush, rush, rush.

9. BE KIND:
Be kind to others, for I love them just as much as I love you. They may not dress like you, or talk like you, or live the same way you do, but I still love you all. Please try to get along, for My sake. I created each of you different in some way. It would be too boring if you were all identical.

10. LOVE YOURSELF:
As much as I love you, how can you not love yourself? You were created by me for one reason only: to be loved, and to love in return. I am a God of love. Love me. Love your neighbors. But also love yourself. It makes My heart ache when I see you so angry with yourself when things go wrong. You are very precious to me. Don't ever forget it!

~ Author Unknown

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Top 10 Predictions for 2008

Tuesday, January 01, 2008


TOP TEN PREDICTIONS FOR 2008

1. The Bible will still have all the answers.

2. Prayer will still work.

3. The Holy Spirit will still move.

4. God will still inhabit the praises of His people.

5. There will still be God-anointed preaching.

6. There will still be singing of praise to God.

7. God will still pour out blessings upon His people.

8. There will still be room at the Cross.

9. Jesus will still love you.

10. Jesus will still save the lost.

God whispers in your soul and speaks to your mind.
Sometimes when you don't have time to listen,
He has to throw a brick at you.

It's Your Choice:
Listen to the whisper, or wait for the brick.

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