EMPOWERING CHRISTIAN WOMEN: March 2010 Blogger Widgets

Spring Cleaning Your Heart ~ Making Room For Forgiveness

Tuesday, March 30, 2010



Tuesday April 6, 2010


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How many of you have a heart condition?

Suffering bitterness, angry at God, really angry at some of your relatives, and holding on to things that happened years ago. Everyone's heart needs a tune-up some time. A forgiveness tune-up greased with grace. Stop feeling sorry for yourself. Life isn't always easy but don't stop and have a gigantic pity party.

Learn to spring clean your heart from Carole Whang Schutter.

Become a true believer in miracles!

Register today!
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The Heart of a King Online Bible Study

Monday, March 29, 2010

By Karen Lowe


Based on the Life of King Hezekiah

Hezekiah was a king who chose to make a difference. In the early years of his reign, he was described as a man who followed hard after God.

II Kings 18:5-6 says, “Hezekiah trusted in the LORD, the God of Israel. There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him. He held fast to the LORD and did not cease to follow him; he kept the commands the LORD had given Moses.” (NIV)

In this study we will be taking a closer look at this king who trusted God. We will see that, even though he sought God and trusted Him, he still made mistakes. We will discuss topics such as:

•  God’s compassion and unfailing love
•  The freedom Christ came to give us
•  God’s sovereignty
•  Contentment
•  Spiritual warfare…and more!

Please join us as we embark on a journey to know God more intimately through the study of His Word.

Online Study Begins on Tuesday, March 30th at Living Life with your teacher, Karen Lowe.



(c)  Living Life
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Hope for the Weary in God's Waiting Room

Saturday, March 27, 2010



The Buzzards are Circling,
But God’s Not Finished With Me Yet

If you have ever felt like the guy on the book cover; then you will want to read, 'The Buzzards are Circling, But God's Not Finished With Me Yet.'

We all experience challenging events and situations that encircle us, eyeing us as prey and swooping down to cause hurt and heartache...
BUT, no matter what form these buzzards may take,
the pain we experience is universal.


Take a Peek at the Chapter Titles:

1.  When Your World Crumbles, You Don't Have to be One of the Crumbs
     (You Can Survive Your Situation)

2.  Life is Full of Uncertainty...But I Could be Wrong About That
     (Gaining Confidence in Tough Times)

3.  God Created the World in Six Days and Did Not Once Ask for My Advice!
     (Letting God Take Control of the Situation)

4.  Hold the Phone!  Can't We Talk About This First, Lord?
     (God Uses Testing Times as Building Times)

5.  When the Fountain of Youth Has Rusted
     (Learning to Cope With Life's Challenges)

6.  Don't Take My Plate Just Yet; I'm Getting Up Enough Courage to Finish the Broccoli
     (Surviving the Lean and Mean Times)

7.  Everything Isn't Relative; I've Also Got Some Good Friends
     (Good Relationships Help Us Through Tough Times)

8.  Help, I've Fallen and I Don't Want to Get Up
     (Settling the Issues That Hinder Healing)

9.  I Know I Am Lost, But the Scenery is Spectatcular!
     (Finding the Purpose in the Problem)

10.  The Undertaker May Be Smiling; But God's Not Finished With Me Yet
       (Finding Hope Above the Hardship)



Because while the buzzards may try to finish us off,
God is just getting started.


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God Has Never Failed Me,
but He’s Sure Scared Me to Death a Few Times       
        
Have you ever been in God's waiting room?

Do you struggle to be patient while you wait?

Don't you sometimes wish that God would move on your timetable, instead of His?

Take a Peek at These Chapter Titles:

1.  Pinto Beans and Fried Bologna - Now That's a Feats of Faith

2.  Who Signed Me Up for the Whole Day?

3.  I've Discovered the Answers to Life and Death - Now If I Could Just Figure Out All That Stuff In Between

4.  Hey, Who Stuck That Fork in My Road?

5.  What Problem?  I Went to a Whole Lot of Trouble to Get This Way

6.  Are You Undesirable, Unmentionable, or Totally Undone?

7.  Coping With Life When You Can't Even Figure Out Your Computer

8.  Humor Keeps Getting in the Way of My Depression

9.  All May Be Fair in Love and War, But Not Much in Life Is!

10.  When the Going Gets Tough; the Tough Get Challenged

11.  I've Gone to Look for Myself.  If I Return Before I Get Back, Ask Me to Wait

12.  Life's Adventure in Wonderland

13.  Never Check Your Oil When Parked on a Hill

14.  When Nothing's Happening; Something's Happening

15.  Okay God, If You're Listening; Why Aren't You Answering?



 Offers hope and peace for the weary, waiting heart.

Discover a GOD who is ALWAYS faithful,
WORTHY of our trust,
and NEVER late with His Help.


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As you can see by the book and chapter titles, author Stan Toler has an incredible sense of humour and a unique way of taking a light-hearted look at some of life's more serious and challenging subjects.

What I loved most about Stan Toler's approach in writing is that he directs the reader's focus to a loving, faithful God who offers peace in our pain, hope in our hardships, and purpose in our storm.

Both of these books will be an encouragement to those with a troubled heart.

~ Karla Meachem

Be sure to visit Stan Toler's website at http://www.stantoler.com/  where you can sign up for his free leadership newsletter, as well as find out more about his books, resources and listen to his sermons.  LOTS of great stuff to encourage, equip and empower your walk with Christ!


I received both these books free from The B & B Media Group Inc. book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissio's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonies in Advertising."
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Surrender


Surrender by Lincoln Brewster

I'm giving you my heart, and ALL that is within

I LAY IT ALL DOWN for the sake of You my King

I'm giving you my dreams, I'M LAYING DOWN MY RIGHTS

I'm giving up my pride for the PROMISE of NEW LIFE

And I surrender all to You, all to You

And I surrender all to You, all to You

 
I'm singing You this song, I'm waiting at the cross

And all the world holds dear, I count it all as loss

For the sake of knowing You for the GLORY of YOUR NAME

To know the LASTING JOY, even sharing in Your pain


© 2005 Integrity Music
 
 
Lyrics shared at Christian Lyrics
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EMPOWERING Quotes

The breaking of the alabaster box and the anointing of the Lord filled the house with the odor, with the sweetest odor. Everyone could smell it.
Whenever you meet someone who has really suffered; been limited, gone through things for the Lord, willing to be imprisoned by the Lord, just being satisfied with Him and nothing else, immediately you scent the fragrance. There is a savor of the Lord. Something has been crushed, something has been broken, and there is a resulting odor of sweetness. ~ Watchman Nee
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How Radiation Can Help You Overcome Sin

Friday, March 26, 2010

by Bob Sorge

ALL OF US STRUGGLE TO OVERCOME SIN. The Bible describes this struggle as "striving against sin" (Hebrews 12:4). Some struggle more than others, partly because their history of worldly living has caused the roots of sin to become more deeply entrenched in their being. Regardless of the intensity of our own personal struggle, each of us has wished at times that we could gain victory more completely over sinful patterns.

The pathway to victory over habitual sins is multifaceted and includes repentance, renouncing of old patterns, prayers of agreement, accountability, forgiveness, self-denial, etc. However, I want to focus here on one secret to overcoming sin that is sometimes overlooked or forgotten. I call it, "exposing yourself to the radiation of God's presence and word."

Sin is like a cancer; God's presence is like radiation on that cancer. The longer you're in His presence, soaking in His word and basking in His love, the more power you're ingesting into the very fiber of your being...read the complete article.


(c) Written by Bob Sorge - you can find out more about Bob and his books at Oasis House Ministries.
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Learn 5 Secrets to Unlocking Your Success from the Leading Lady in Marketplace Ministry™

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Did you miss the FREE teleseminar
5 Secrets to Unlocking Your Success?
It was a HUGE success!
You can listen to the replay here: 
http://www.leadingladies.taratravis.org/



Many are Called but few are chosen. Who knows if you are Called for such a time as this. Are you willing to Step UP to the platform and SUCCEED in the Dream God has placed in your heart?

If you are serious about succeeding in the vision God has placed in your heart then you MUST be on the call to receive Tara's 5 secret keys to success that she will be giving you.

FREE Teleseminar

Learn 5 Secrets to Unlocking Your Success
from the Leading Lady in Marketplace Ministry™

Thursday March 25th, 2010 at 8pm EST

It's time for you to make your MARK on the world and have fun while doing it!

On this 60-minute call, you'll learn:

· Tara's 5 Secrets to Unlocking Your Success

· Exciting details on Tara's BRAND NEW "Leading Ladies Inner Circle™", which will lay out for you, step-by-step, how to create the life and business of your dreams.

* Note * there are only 24 spots available for this exclusive new group

· Everyone who registers will receive a free gift

To receive your TeleSeminar Call Information and Recording you MUST reserve your space and register online:

Register Here and a confirmation email with info will be sent to you

God wants to make you a Leading Lady, will you be Chosen?


(c)  Tara Travis
Leading Lady in Marketplace Ministry™
Tara Travis is a unique pioneer who easily bridges the gap between ministry and the marketplace. She is a sought after Keynote Speaker, Certified Life Coach, and National Business Developer. She inspires hearts to understand God has called us to live an extraordinary life and not to settle for mediocrity. She is committed to empowering others to achieve maximum success spiritually, personally, professionally, and financially.

She believes the principles of God should be released in every facet of society including: Business, Education, Family, Arts & Entertainment, Government, Media, and Church. Regardless of our place in society, we are all leaders. As such, we must use our influence to bring righteousness and justice to those places and things that grieve the heart of God.

Find out more about Tara here.
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NOT To Do List

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Ever get tired of your to do list?

Why not create a NOT To Do List!

This idea comes from Beth at My Simpler Life; you can check out the NOT To Do List, the 2010 Declutter Calendar, as well as other incredible ways to live a saner, simpler life.

Let's take this idea a step further:

Spend some time in prayer.

Ask God to reveal to you what you need to put on your NOT To Do List.

You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.
  ~  Proverbs 19:21 NLT

Please share if you feel led...
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The Abortion Song ~ Fearfully & Wonderfully Made

Thursday, March 18, 2010

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You will also want to check out Staying Anchored in the Storms of Life ~ a FREE e-book ~ where Joyce shares how God even used the stablilty gained from preparing chili and chocolate cake to weave the thread of His GRACE throughout her troubled life.  Inspiring testimony!
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EMPOWERING Quotes

Wednesday, March 17, 2010




But larger is the heart
that has been broken,
and stronger is love
for having been wounded.

~  Sosan


He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.  ~ Psalm 147:3 NIV
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The Pilgrim's Progress

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

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The Pilgrim's Progress

by John Bunyan, read by Paul Michael, abridged and retold by James Baldwin

One of the most powerful dramas of Christian faith ever written, this captivating allegory of man's religious journey in search of salvation follows the pilgrim as he travels an obstacle-filled road to the Celestial City. Along the way, he is confronted by monsters and spiritual terrors, among them Worldly Wiseman, Giant Despair, and the demons of the Valley of the Shadow of Death. An enormously influential seventeenth-century classic, universally known for its simplicity, vigor, and beauty of language.

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In additon to this free download, christianaudio is also offering 10 of their most popular classic audiobooks for the super low price of $2.98 each - ONLY UNTIL March 31, 2010.


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Spiritual Spring Cleaning

Monday, March 15, 2010



by Whitney Von Lake Hopler
Crosswalk.com Contributing Writer

When spring arrives, more sunlight brightens your home as the days grow longer, and fresh air blows in once the temperatures warm up enough to open your windows. But all the light and fresh air reveal what you may not have noticed during the dark, cold days of winter: Your house is a mess. It’s not fun to see the clutter and dirt that needs to be cleaned up around your house, but the more light and air that flow in, the more motivated you are to do some spring cleaning.
Spring cleaning can be more than just a chore, however. It can actually be exciting if you use the time to start cleaning up something far greater than your house: your soul. The closer you get to Jesus – the Light of the world – and the more you invite the Holy Spirit to blow the fresh air of His love into your life, the more you become aware of how messy your soul has become. Thankfully, there’s no sin too messy for God to clean up when you follow His divine cleaning plan of confession, repentance, and reconciliation.

So while you’re spring cleaning your house, invite God to clean your soul.  Here’s how:

Eliminate clutter. Get rid of distractions that block your intimacy with God. Take an honest look at what might be interfering with making your relationship with God your top priority. Are you devoting more time and energy to working, watching TV, shopping, playing sports, socializing with friends, pursuing a hobby, or something else than you’re devoting to time with God? How much time are you really spending doing activities that nurture your connection with God, such as praying; participating in church; and reading, studying, and meditating on the Bible? Are frazzled thoughts cluttering your inner life, or are you making time regularly for quiet reflection, and asking the Holy Spirit to renew your mind? Eliminate clutter in your schedule and your mind to create space to focus on what’s truly important.

Scrub away dirt and disinfect. Cleanse dirty attitudes and behaviors and purify your soul. What kinds of filthy attitudes are lurking in your soul? Are you harboring bitterness against people who have hurt you? Do you entertain judgmental thoughts about people you don’t like? Are you infected with anger, fear, or selfishness? How do impure behaviors affect your life? Are you struggling with a bad habit or even an addiction that causes trouble whenever it rears its ugly head? Pray about each dirty attitude and behavior, asking God to help you clean up each specific one. Whenever negative thoughts enter your mind, purposefully replace them with positive ones that reflect biblical truth. Whenever you’re tempted to slide back into a bad behavior, pray for God to empower you to resist and overcome temptation.

Vacuum. Suck up everyday annoyances and persistent resentments that will stain your soul if you let them accumulate. Keep short accounts with people rather than letting issues between you pile up and spill over into dirty arguements. Ask God to help you learn how to deal well with difficult people and those whose personalities differ significantly from yours. Whenever people offend you in minor ways, be willing to let the issues go. Whenever people offend you in major ways, be willing to forgive them and reconcile if possible. Remember that God expects you to forgive others since He has forgiven you. Trust Him to empower you through each step in the forgiveness process. Do all you can to live at peace with others and resolve conflicts quickly and wisely.

Dust. Wipe away vestiges of the past that are hindering you from moving into the future with confidence. Ask God to show you ways you need healing from past traumas and losses. Then patiently work through the healing process as God leads you, from prayer and journaling to support groups and counseling. Expect that each time you deal with one layer of dust from your past, you can see a bit more clearly as you move into the future.

Polish. Make your relationships shine by serving others as God leads you. Be creative about figuring out how often you can bless others through your words and actions. Remember that even a brief encouraging comment or small act of kindness can make a significant, positive difference in someone’s life. Every day, look for opportunities to encourage or help the people with whom you come into contact. Be willing to commit to longer-term service (such as volunteering for special projects) when you sense God calling you to do so.

Organize. Rearrange your life so you can dream new dreams. Clear out your own agenda and invite God to show you His dreams for your life. Then build your decisions for how to use your resources (time, energy, talent, money, etc.) around pursuing those dreams, so you can focus on what’s important without being sidetracked by what’s urgent. Set specific and measurable goals to help you move closer to fulfilling God’s dreams for you. Check your progress regularly, and make whatever adjustments you need to make to keep your life organized well.

(c) Whitney Von Lake Hopler

Crosswalk.com Contributing Writer

* This article was shared at Crosswalk - The Intersection of Faith & Life - EXCELLENT resources for your daily walk with Christ!

RELATED LINKS:

Spring Cleaning Hearts at Home

Spring Cleaning for the Single Mom
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Christian Financial Resources




If tax season has you concerned about what is going on with your finances, help is here!

Lisa Copen, founder of Rest Ministries, recently shared a web site includes the Top 20 Christian Business and Finance Blogs that will help you understand how to organize your own personal finances, get out of debt, set up college funds, save for retirement, invest, understand legalese of financial issues and much more...




(c)  Rest Ministries - an online ministry that JOYFULLY serves the chronically ill, organizations, churches & more...
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EMPOWERING Quotes

Sunday, March 14, 2010


You always know the man who has been
through the fires of sorrow and received himself,
you are certain you can go to him in trouble
 and find that he has ample leisure for you.

If a man has not been through the fires of sorrow,
he is apt to be contemptuous, he has no time for you.

If you receive yourself in the fires of sorrow,
God will make you nourishment for other people.

~ Oswald Chambers


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A Text Message From God

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Discover Your Secret Name

Saturday, March 13, 2010



We all have a Secret Name. The Bible tells us so. Yet few of us know ours. Ignorantly, were stuck, caught up in the Name Game, searching for our true identity. Author Kary Oberbrunner takes you deep, past clich├ęs to discover Your Secret Name and the vision God has for your life.






Connecting people to a process
that ignites their souls on fire.
 
Is your soul on fire?
 
Are you fully alive?
 
IGNITE:  http://www.karyoberbrunner.com/ignite/
 

(c)  http://www.yoursecretname.com and http://www.karyoberbrunner.com/ignite
 
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Scandalon

Friday, March 12, 2010



Scandalon ~ Michael Card

The seers and the prophets had foretold it long ago
That the long awaited one would make men stumble
But they were looking for a king to conquer and to kill
Who'd have ever thought He'd be so meek and humble

He will be the truth that will offend them one and all
A stone that makes men stumble
And a rock that makes them fall
Many will be broken so that He can make them whole
And many will be crushed and lose their own soul

Along the path of life there lies a stubborn Scandalon
And all who come this way must be offended
To some He is a barrier, To others He's the way
For all should know the scandal of believing

It seems today the Scandalon offends no one at all
The image we present can be stepped over
Could it be that we are like the others long ago
Will we ever learn that all who come must stumble
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Sin's Devastation and God's Restoration

How could a committed Christian woman – and a happy, happy-go-lucky, and a happily married wife and mother – with a very public ministry - fall into the sin of adultery?  

What began as an innocent friendship became an “emotional affair” and eventually led to “romantic feelings.”

Isolated from connection with her husband or anyone who could hold her accountable, Audrey pushed aside the feelings of guilt and continued to compromise.

Many things led her to the place of adultery; she was burned out, far too busy and yet bored at the same time. Her confidence in her own “immunity” was the very thing that left her completely vulnerable to the infection of sin. Her pride in having an “exceptional” marriage blinded her perception and she fell to the sin of adultery.

Read the complete article:
Sin's Devastation and God's Restoration
*excerpted from Marriage Undercover by Bob and Audrey Meisner

You can also watch these interviews to learn more:

Marriage Undercover ~ Bob & Audrey Meisner Part 1/3

Marriage Under Cover ~ Bob & Audrey Meisner Part 2/3

Marriage Undercover ~ Bob & Audrey Meisner Part 3/3

(c)  Marriage Undercover & Bob & Audrey Meisner

One of the most transparent and heart-wrenching books
 that I have ever read!  ~  Karla Meachem

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The Price BEHIND The Anointing

*  This article was shared at SpiritLed eMagazine;
I'm sure for some of you, it is JUST the word you need.  :)

by Jill Austin 

Imagine that you are sitting in church one Sunday and suddenly, the room is filled with the fragrance of Jesus. As you look down the aisle, you notice some incredibly beautiful vessels of the Lord entering the sanctuary.

These vessels are full of the Shekinah glory of the Lord, and their transparent glaze wonderfully reflects the image of Jesus. You immediately know that they have been in the high glory fires of the Lord and that they have paid an incredible price for the powerful anointing they carry.

In your spirit, you see Jesus walking up and down the aisles with wedding gowns on His arms. “Do you want My anointing?” He asks. “Do you want My presence and My miracles?

“I’m calling you to be My bride,” He continues. “I want you to be like the chosen vessels of honor you see here. Do you love Me enough to come with Me?”

The Scriptures tell us, “Many are called, but few chosen” (Matt. 20:16, NKJV). I believe it is the Lord’s desire for all of us to be chosen vessels. But many believers are not pursuing the high calling and destiny the Lord has purposed for them because they are not willing to pay the price.

As clay vessels, each of us must take a journey. The steps in this journey can be painful but are necessary for us to be transformed from broken bits of clay into anointed vessels that reflect the glory of the Lord.

Step 1. The Potter’s House

When the Lord, the Master Potter, first finds you in the potter’s field, you are a broken vessel in need of salvation. He gently picks you up and carries you back to the Potter’s house. “Even though you are a shattered clay vessel and all your hopes and dreams have been destroyed,” He tells you, “I have a vision and a destiny for your life.”

He takes a rock and begins pounding your broken pieces of clay into fine dust. When you cry out in protest, He explains with great compassion, “I must take out all the rocks, thistles, thorns and foreign matter—all the debris you have picked up on the highway of life.”

Next, He carefully places the clay dust in large bins and pours in the clear living water that proceeds from the throne of God. He drenches you until you’ve absorbed this living water into every pore of your being. You begin to feel His love as never before.

Step 2. The Potter’s Wheel

The Lord then scoops up the moistened clay with His mighty hand and places you on the Potter’s wheel. You hear His promise: “I have measured you; I know your portion; I know what destiny I have for you. For even though the enemy would want to kill you, I tell you, I have a mission and a calling for your life.”

He begins to center you on the wheel. Slowly, His gentle hands go down into the very depths of who you are and begin to pull up the walls of your new vessel.

Step 3. The Potter’s Shelf

While you are on the Potter’s wheel, being shaped by the hands of the Master Potter, there is a wonderful mystery taking place within you. You are growing! It is a time of great favor and blessing.

But as you go around and around, you begin to notice other vessels sitting on the shelves around the Potter’s house. You want to be like them.

“Lord, I love the closeness and intimacy of Your hands,” you cry. “But I see all these other vessels sitting on the shelf, and I want to be a part of what they’re doing!”

Suddenly the Lord comes with His cutting wire and pulls it under you to cut you off the wheel. Then He places you on the shelf to dry.

What a change this is from being on the wheel, where you were joyfully spinning in the hands of God! At first, you don’t mind it too much, but after a month or two, you say, “Uh...you know, Lord, I’ve been sitting on the shelf for a long time, and I’m really dry. When is my ministry going to begin?”

You remind Him over and over again, “Lord, I’ve been praying to You!” But you don’t feel His presence. In desperation you cry, “God, where are You? I seem to be in a dry and lonely wilderness!”

“You’re right,” He answers. “You’ve been promoted!” Surprised, you respond, “But, Lord, I thought promotion was getting to start my ministry!”

In His love and wisdom He explains, “Promotion is the wilderness! I’ve called you here so you can learn to recognize My voice. I’m testing your heart. I’m testing your love for Me. Will you continue to seek My face, or will you turn away?

When you were on the wheel, there was great intimacy between you and the Lord. Everybody said such wonderful things about your future! But now that you’re on the shelf, everyone seems to have forgotten you.

“Does God really have a future for my life?” you begin to wonder. “Did He really speak those things to me?” You’ve learned all the worship songs by heart, read all the books, been to all the seminars—yet there’s a dying in your heart because you feel the Lord has forsaken you.

The worst part is that other people don’t understand. “Why don’t you have more faith?” they ask. They don’t understand that God has taken you into the wilderness.

You see, the greater the calling on your life, the greater the misunderstandings and persecutions of other people. This is the price behind the anointing.

“My child,” the Lord says, “as you seek My face you will find the hidden streams of living water beneath the desert floor. For it is not the reputation and approval of man you need; it is to be so deeply rooted in Me that no matter what storms of life come, you will not be moved.”

While God works out His perfect plan, your soul is wrestling and dying in the wilderness. Finally, you stop struggling and quietly pray a prayer of resignation: “Lord, I’ll stay in the wilderness my whole life if I have to. I have found You in this desert, and You are all I need.”

Step 4. The First Firing

Almost immediately, the Lord takes you out of the wilderness and places you in a large room with other dried vessels. At first you are relieved, but as fire starts to come through the floorboards and the top of the ceiling, you panic.

The Lord has moved you from the shelf to the kiln, from the wilderness to His consuming fire. You can sense the heat. You can feel the relentless blaze. Perspiring yourself, you suddenly look over at the sweaty people next to you and realize you don’t even like them!

The Lord never fires just one vessel at a time. He takes a church, a family or a group of friends and sets them on fire to expose everyone’s hearts. In the intense heat, all the impurities of the soul come to the surface. Resentment, bitterness, anger and greed are revealed.

As the fire gets hotter, the pain increases. You cry out, “Lord! Everything in my life is dying!” Relationships with family and friends become strained, you experience persecution at work, and you can’t get along with the people at church.

“God, if you love me, You’ll turn off the heat!” you complain. But the fire continues to blaze even hotter. Finally, the doors open, and the Lord removes the clay vessels and places them back on the shelves.

Now you’re actually happy to be in a hidden place. You decide to sit in the back of the church and not give prophecies or be a part of the prayer team anymore. Oh, yes, you still raise your hands and occasionally pray for people, but you’ve become lukewarm. When the Holy Spirit stirs your heart to give a word, you say, “No! If I give a word, others will judge me. No, Lord, find someone else.”

For a while, God tolerates your pulling back. Then He begins to nudge your spirit. He says: “Are you willing to settle for this, or do you want more of Me? Do you want to become My anointed bride?”

Step 5. The Glazing Room

Something deep inside you stirs—that first call, that sense of destiny you felt as a new believer. “Lord,” you cry, “I don’t want to just sit in the back pew and die. You made me to be a lover of your people and to go out and find broken vessels and bring them to the Potter’s house.

“I know it won’t be easy,” you continue. “I know I will pay an incredible price for the anointing I will carry for You. But, Lord, I want to become Your bride.”

So the Lord takes you into a huge glazing room filled with tables. Angels are moving pitchers from one table to another and placing them with cups on other tables in preparation for the high firing. The soft sound of weeping is heard as vessels that have been together all their lives are being separated.

God is sovereignly moving His different vessels to prepare them for His Great Commission. Some will be staying at home while others will be going to different cities and nations. The angels continue to carefully pour, paint and brush glazes onto each vessel before carrying them into a large kiln.

Step 6. The Second Firing

With raging intensity, the second fire starts to burn through the kiln. Quickly you move from a time of separation into a time of death. There are impurities within each clay vessel that only the fire can purge.

The Lord and His angels shut down the dampers on the kiln, cutting off the flow of oxygen and filling the kiln with carbon dioxide. Black soot along with heavy smoke and flames consumes every vessel in the kiln as it becomes a black fire, your personal Gethsemane.

Abandonment, isolation and death itself are all around you. The fire is so intense that you can’t hear or see the dear friends who have been your comforters and intercessors for so many years. Everyone you love seems to leave you as you die in this blazing inferno.

You say: “Lord, the fire! I’m dying in the midst of it! Everything I’ve built and loved my whole life is being consumed!”

Your heart breaks as your reputation and your walk with the Lord are condemned. Competition, position, jealousy and pride are driven out of your life by the purifying flames.

You feel as if you’re going to explode under the ever-increasing pressure. The Lord tenderly explains, “My child, in the midst of the black fire, a mystery takes place. Brilliant color is pushed deep into the body of the clay vessel.

“My mysteries and My revelations are revealed in the tremendous pressure of the high glory fire. This is a hidden time when the most beautiful colors are formed in the earthenware vessel. The richness and depth of color come from the darkest hours of agony and grief, just as diamonds, rubies, and emeralds come from hot fires inside the earth. In the midst of this second firing, My glory is being released into the depths of who you are.”

Step 7. The Glory Fire

At the moment when you just know you’re going to die, the Lord opens all the dampers. Carbon and black soot escape, oxygen pours in, and the fire starts to burn clean, white and fresh. The resurrection light of the Lord and His white transparent glory fire fill the kiln. Everything seems new because you are no longer looking through the haze of ego, pride or religiousness. You start to see with clarity in the Spirit.

Suddenly, in the midst of the white, transparent, glory fire, you hear the voice of the Lord and see all the angels as well as the Lord Himself. Fresh anointings and impartations are poured out, and fresh hot commissions and renewed visions are etched into the hearts of men.

The Lord begins to place His chosen mantles on various clay vessels. He takes coals of fire and places them on stammering lips to ignite prophetic giftings that were declared over these vessels when they were on the Potter’s wheel. Shaking and crying, healing and deliverance, deep repentance and intercession fill the kiln as hungry hearts cry out for more of God.

They’ve been through a time of appointing, a time of testing, a time of separation and a time of death, but in this high fire they’ll go through a time of resurrection as they start to move in the anointing with authority.

When the Lord walks through the kiln and sees Himself reflected on each vessel as in a mirror, He turns off the kiln. With great joy He announces, “Now that you reflect My glory, I can send you out to all the world.” The Master Potter has perfected His work of art.

The late Jill Austin ministered the prophetic word of the Lord at conferences and in churches around the world.

(c)  This article was shared at SpiritLed eMagazine, a newsletter by Charisma Magazine; the article is also available as a pdf version.





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What's Your EXCUSE for NOT Reading Your Bible?




Your Word is...a light to my path.
  ~  Psalm 119:105 NKJV

 'What book has most influenced your life?'
most people say the Bible...
yet fewer than 14% of us read it every day.


Here are some of our most common excuses:

(1) 'I've no time.'

Really? Many of the books in your Bible can be read in 10 to 45 minutes . By taking a chapter a day you can complete the book of Proverbs in a month and the Epistle of James in five days.

(2) 'I don't know where to begin.'

If starting in Genesis and working your way through seems overwhelming, use the SoulFood reading we provide you each day. SoulFood and will take you through the whole Bible in a year in bite sized pieces . Just get started!

(3) 'It's not exciting.'

Do you like romance? Read the book of Ruth.
Looking for adventure? Try Judges or Acts.
Enjoy poetry? Explore Song of Solomon.
From history to how-to, it's all in Scripture.

(4) 'Isn't going to church every week good enough?'

Billy Graham says, 'The Bible is the road map for life, and while your pastor can highlight the best route to take, you learn how to navigate life's twists and turns for yourself.'

(5) 'It makes me uncomfortable.'

When you don't know what God's Word actually says, it's easy to equate it with negative experiences and hypocrisy you've observed, then throw out the baby with the bathwater. No question, the Bible makes you face hard truths:

 '...it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.'  ~  Hebrews 4:12 NIV

It gives you a check-up from the neck up.

But you'll discover who you are, what you're called to do,
and become EMPOWERED to do it!

Soulfood Bible Readings:

1 Thessalonians 1 - 5
Matthew 22: 15 - 22
Psalm 135



This daily encouragement comes from 'The Word for Today' devotional.

A free quarterly printed edition is available free from UCB Australia.

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I Surrender

Thursday, March 11, 2010




I Surrender ~ Kim Walker

There is no love, sweeter than the love You pour on me.
There is no song, sweeter than the song You sing to me.
There is no place, that I would rather be,
Than here at Your feet, laying down everything.

All to You, I surrender,
Everything, every part of me.
All to You, I surrender,
All of my dreams, all of me.

If worship's like perfume, I'll pour mine out on You.
For there is none as deserving of my love like You.
So take my hand and draw me into You,
I want to be swept away, lost in love for You.

I surrender...

No turning back, I've made up my mind,
I'm giving all of my life this time.

Your love makes it worth it,
Your love makes it worth it all,
Your love makes it worth it all.


ALL MY HOPE IS IN YOU...

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The Road to Success

The road to success is not straight

There is a curve called failure

A loop called confusion

Speed bumps called friends

Red lights called enemies

Caution lights called family

You will have flats called jobs, but...

if you have a spare called determination

an engine called perseverance

insurance called faith

a driver called Jesus

You will make it to a place called success.

~ Author Unknown

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Is Jesus your driver?



I can do ALL THINGS through Christ who strengthens me.
~  Philippians 4:13



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God's Truth Revealed

Wednesday, March 10, 2010



~ Bible Study by Kathy Howard

 

 

Meet Kathy Howard, author of God's Truth Revealed, a 12 session Bible study that takes you on a journey through the Bible, exploring who God is and why He desires a relationship with you.

Kathy will guide you very carefully and purposefully through a basic understanding of life's purpose , according to the Bible and a mixture of personal stories along the way.

This is one journey that you do not want to miss!

It will change your LIFE!!!


God’s Truth Revealed follows the story of the Bible to answer questions about life and to systematically show why a person needs a relationship with God.


God’s Truth Revealed understands that faith in God is not illogical. Historical evidence and facts are used to support creation, the reliability of the Bible, and the life of Jesus. In fact, the first lesson explores the existence of God and the meaning of faith.

Personal stories included in each session emphasize that each person’s spiritual journey is unique. God’s truth is the same, but He finds each of us where we are and then draws us to where He is.

Check out the 12 Sessions:

Session 1:  Where Do I Begin?

Session 2:  Who Is God?

Session 3:  Why Am I Here?

Session 4:  What Went Wrong?

Session 5:  How Did God Respond?

Session 6:  How Can I Be Saved?

Session 7:  How High is the Price?

Session 8:  Isn't This Too Good to be True?

Session 9:  Is There Hope for My Future?

Session 10:  What Now?

Session 11:  How Do I Get to Know God?

Session 12:  How Do I Follow God?


God's Truth Revealed also includes a churchy words dictionary, a Bible reading plan for new Christians, Scripture memory tips, 2 Scripture memory plans:  1)  The Basics 2)  A Section a Month, as well as a list of recommended resources and a Leader's Guide.

If you are wondering where to begin, the first session of God's Truth Revealed is available as a free pdf download.


(c)  Kathy Howard, author of God's Truth Revealed

You can learn more about Kathy at http://www.kathyhoward.org/

Learn more about God's Truth Revealed at http://godstruthrevealed.org/

* Special thanks to Kathy Howard and New Hope Publishers for providing me with a copy of God's Truth Revealed to review. 


ALL of this information wrapped up in one single book
 POWER-packed!!!
Be sure to pick up a copy for yourself,
someone you know who is asking questions,
and a few for your church library...
 ~ this book is a keeper! 
~ Karla Meachem
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