Wednesday, June 30, 2010

When we complain,
we remain.

When we whine,
we stay behind.

When we praise,
we raise.

~ Phil Reinhardt

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Watch Restoration ~ David Brymer
Allow God to RESTORE your soul.
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Pray BIG!

Praying with Boldness
and Confidence

Author Will Davis Jr. helps readers
pinpoint their needs and pray with passionate faith

Have you ever encountered a “Big Hairy Audacious Prayer?” Author Will Davis Jr. is a man who not only knows about asking big things from God, but he believes that all Christ-followers are equipped with the faith to make “Big Asks” from God!

Beginning with the Lord’s Prayer as a biblical example, Davis teaches believers that God honors requests of His children that are specifically and biblically asked. Once believers learn to view God’s word as a prayer guide, the ENTIRE BIBLE becomes a treasure chest of promises and foundational prayers that enable Christ-followers to storm heaven’s gates with pinpoint accuracy!

Prayers should be so God-sized, so humanly impossible, and yet so utterly appealing that they totally consume you and drive you to your knees.

Davis is not talking about a genie-in-a-lamp approach to prayer, but a prayer life that is founded upon God’s Word and one that gives new meaning to the biblical exhortation to come boldly before God’s throne. Davis, pastor of Austin Christian Fellowship in Austin, Texas, has written four books that offer a biblical foundation for making “Big Asks” of God and expecting miraculous results.

Pray Big: The Power of Pinpoint Prayers introduces the concept of Big Hairy Audacious Prayers (or BHAP’s) and reveals how vital our prayer lives are in the process of learning to submit to God and trusting Him with EVERY detail of our lives.

Whether you are begging for the salvation of a spouse, the removal of a cancerous tumor, or the resolution of a difficult financial situation, it is exciting to bring your requests before God when you are standing on biblical ground. Davis encourages believers to use Scripture intermingled with prayer so that requests can be made specifically and accurately. The practice of searching the Bible for God’s promises and direction will establish a solid foundation for making requests from your Heavenly Father.

Examples of these requests might sound like this:

“Father, help my children delight in your law and meditate on your word day and night.” (Psalm 3:3)

“Mighty God, be a shield about me. Shine your glory on me and be a lifter of my head.” (Psalm 6:9)

“Father, I pray you will hear [my loved one’s] cry for mercy and accept his prayer.” (Psalm 6:9)
Every believer is equipped with the mustard-seed of faith that makes prayer possible. So quit holding your breath, believer, and start breathing your heart to God in prayer! You will live differently, love differently, and begin to learn what it means to pray without ceasing.
Pray Big: The Power of Pinpoint Prayers
by Will Davis Jr.
Revell/ISBN: 978-0-8007-3204-2/201 pages/softcover/$12.99

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*Special thanks to Will Davis Jr and The B & B Media Group Inc. book review bloggers program for providing a complimentary copy of this book. Appreciate it!!!

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Here in YOUR Presence

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Here In Your Presence ~ Performed by New Life Worship
Love, love, love this song...enJOY!!!
Be still and know that I am God.  ~ Psalm 46:10

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Saturday, June 26, 2010


doesn’t prepare you
for the work of leadership;

 it is the work of leadership.

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Daddy's Delight Blog Tour

Friday, June 25, 2010

About the Author:

KARIA BUNTING is an expository Bible teacher whose mission is to communicate the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ so that people are saved, and disciples are developed. She is the founder of Focused Forward Ministries, a communication and media ministry, and a member of several community and ministry organizations. She also partners with her husband, George, in his management & financial consulting company.

Karia received her master’s degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and a doctorate from Louisiana Baptist Theological Seminary. She’s currently receiving a second doctorate from the University of Texas. She serves as an adjunct professor at Dallas Baptist University and enjoys ministering the Word and its’ principles through her lecture series and power lunches held throughout the year.

Karia and George, her husband of 26 years, live in Dallas, Texas where she teaches the Word weekly in the women’s Bible study at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship. Mother of three children, Karia is also a mentor to many young women. She enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with family and friends.

Visit Dr. Karia online at:

Dr. Karia, tell us about yourself

I am a mom of three, a wife of one (for 27 years), a servant of God’s people, a teacher of God’s Word, a theologian, and a scholar. I have spent the last 17 years in academic study of the Word of God, and the last 7 years studying intellectual history (particularly in the Christian tradition) and humanities. I expected God to use me in academia, but He had another plan. He wanted me to take all the stuff I have “stuffed” into my head, and bring it to the “street” for His glory! And I am having a ball. I love communicating with people, being a part of other women’s l lives, and being involved in the daily joys and struggles of women who range in age from 15 to 95.  God’s grace is amazing!

What type of jobs or careers have you worked in the past?

My, what have I not done? My undergraduate degree was in business – marketing and transportation – so for my internships I worked at a retail store in the warehouse. I was responsible for shipping operations. I loved it.

When I graduated from college I went to work for Neiman Marcus as a department head in ladies accessories and shoes. That, I hated. I had one lady that came into the shoe department with some old shoes, wanting to exchange them for a new pair. She must have been about 80, and I believe she bought the shoes when she was 18. When I told her she could not exchange them, she fainted. Yes, that is what I said. She fainted. We had to call the ambulance and the whole bit.

I decided that wasn’t for me.

So I went to find another job. I found it in insurance as a claims adjuster. When I went to training for that job in Atlanta, I met my husband, who was also training to be an adjuster. We were both licensed, and we adjusted bodily injury and property damage claims. Eventually I started adjusting worker’s compensation claims. I got tired of being cursed out and threatened every day, so I quit doing bodily injury and property damage claims, and switched to workers’ compensation completely, which paid more anyway. I then left the insurance company and went to work for a hospital to adjusted worker’s compensation claims there, which expanded into what was then Affirmative Action/EEOC claims and employee relations. That led me into my first career: Human Resources management. The end of that whole path was that I ended up in municipal government as the Director of Affirmative Action/Diversity Management for a prestigious, All-American city. That involved a lot of legislative, civic, and community service work.

I had small children at the time, and my work began to conflict with my family in a significant way. I was seldom home before 11:30 p.m. I only saw my children not asleep when I dropped them off at the day care in the morning.

I felt called to full-time motherhood at about the same time that my husband was thinking that was what we should do. When I left my position, my colleagues could not believe it! I was training to be a City Manager, and I was known throughout the country in my field. That was a drastic change, but I loved it! I don’t think I wore anything but sweatpants for a year. But I was still active in the community, and was chair of several boards and commissions. I eventually started a human resources company, and sold it, returning to full time motherhood.

I started seminary when I was a mom-at-home. I had always said I was called to ministry, and when I moved to Dallas initially, it had been to attend seminary. Financial needs was what pushed me into the workforce for that first post-college job. While in seminary, I worked whatever job I could find that would adjust around the time my children were in school and my seminary classes. So let’s see, I worked in a call center for Women of Faith, another call center handling plumbing claims for mobile homes, as an administrative assistant in an oil company, as a day care worker for Mother’s Day Out, a fax machine operator for a popular potato chip manufacturer, a substitute teacher – whatever would pay, I did! Most of those were temporary jobs, because I couldn’t commit to anything that would pull me away from preparation for ministry. I am grateful that my husband supported me through those difficult years. His buddies teased him, but He was faithful to the Lord’s call on my life, and I know the Lord will be faithful to Him.

Finally, when my masters degree was almost finished, my children transferred to private Christian school and I worked there as the Assistant Director of Admission for Diversity Management.

About the time when I was finishing my Doctorate in Theology, my husband and I started a business, which failed. It was his dream business, and both the failure and the aftermath of the failure was painful. We lost most of our savings in that venture. But God is faithful, I will tell you. About a year later, I started teaching at Dallas Baptist University, having finished my seminary training and arrived at the last phase of my second Doctorate in Humanities.

Now the Lord has given us a ministry, and that is my heart. All my life, even while working in other positions, I have worked in ministry. My father was a Baptist pastor, and I took my first position as Minister of Music at the age of 15. I have been on church staffs, or worked in church leadership every since then. So I’ve been in ministry for a while.

Daddy’s Delight: Embracing Your Divine Design,
is a part of that ministry.
 I not only know the Word,
but I have experienced the Word.
It is true.
In this book, I apply it to each stage of a woman’s life.

In addition, God has given me a wonderful group of ladies with whom I can share my life at my home church, where I teach the Word weekly.

In addition, God has given a weekly television broadcast: Direct TV channel 378, Sky Angel 126, 10:30 Central Standard Time, 11:30 Eastern Standard Time. Our program airs right after that of Kay Authur. Through Direct TV we go into over 11 million homes.

The ministry the Lord has given me, Focused Forward, beginning in September also hosts a power lunch/taping every 2nd Thursday in Plano, TX.

I am also an expository conference speaker, and workshop conductor. Through Focused Forward we also minister to women in places like Nigeria, Haiti, and Papua New Guinea. So that’s it! A whirlwind career tour, all of which God is using for His glory! By the way, I still know how to adjust claims!

Who are your favorite authors?

I like testimonial literature, so I like the narratives by people like Fredrick Douglass, and the slave narratives. My favorite literary time period is 18th and 19th century. I love the poetry and writings of Sor Juan de Inez de la Cruz , a Spanish catholic nun who, with integrity based on her identity, pushed the Catholic Church to accept her as a woman gifted in theology. She was eventually condemned by the church because she wanted to study science. During the height of the controversy about her, even her friends abandoned her.

I guess when it comes to more modern fiction, I like John Grisham – he is entertaining, I think. And for non-fiction, John Maxwell. I try to read everything he writes. For biblical commentary, my absolute favorite theologian of all time is St. Augustine. He was a genius. For contemporary theology, I love the work of my pastor, Dr. Tony Evans, of course!

But having said all that, the last magazine I bought was Rolling Stone.

What are your favorite books?

Confessions, by St. Augustine. The Book of Hours, by Rainier Maria Rilke. Maybe Letters to a Young Poet by Rilke as well. The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair. The Souls of Black Folk, W.E.B. Dubois, definitely. Uncle Tom’s Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe. I think that book has gotten a bad rap. It is an excellent piece of Christian literature. Most people that condemn it never read it. Right now I like Talent is Never Enough by John Maxwell, and How Successful People Think by the same author. I liked Maximize the Moment by T.D. Jakes as well. Dr. Evan’s The Battle is the Lord’s is a good, solid exegetical work. My all time favorite book? The Bible. That is the only inexhaustible book I know of.

When did you realize you wanted to write?

It was an idea that developed slowly. I have always written. My sister in law has a 17 page letter I wrote her before I married my husband, trying to convince her to become a Christian. One of my more unethical pre-sanctified college jobs was writing people’s term papers (that was before internet). My clients paid me according to what grade they wanted! I got paid pretty good for an “A”, but most people wanted a “B”. Finally, I had written so many that the professors recognized my writing style and put me out of business.

I cannot say I ever really thought I would write, although I had a slight desire. It was more that it was something that arose in me and spilled out.

Tell us about your journey to publication

And part of my Th.D. program, I was required to write a draft commentary of the Bible. I found myself, in that process, attracted to what God had to say throughout scripture on our identity and authority. I began working on the subject, just writing notes, for several years. I began to organize the notes, but never expected to do anything with them. Then my pastor preached a series on Spiritual authority. I turned to my husband and said, “That’s my book!” Everything he said in the whole series I had written in my notes! So I translated and expanded those notes so that they made sense (i.e. – absolutely practical and everyday stuff). In the process of writing, it all changed and I began to speak from my heart, and the subject expanded to talk about every stage of a woman’s life, the struggles we have, the victory that awaits us, and the means we can access to accomplish that victory. But the whole project was undergirded by a thorough exegesis of scripture.

Moody accepted the book proposal. I was as surprised as anyone about what God did.

Are you a full time writer? If so, describe your day?

I am in full time ministry. I suppose that is not the same thing.

About the Book:

In Daddy’s Delight, Dr. Karia Bunting reminds women that they are God’s workmanship, His masterpiece, His “poema”. That God has intricately woven together every fiber of their being and created each one special and unique. That God, having completed His work of art, gave her to mankind as a gift.

Evident in this great care God took in fashioning woman is the importance and value of each one. So why do so many women struggle with God’s design, wishing they could change just this or that one thing about themselves?

Dr. Bunting challenges each reader to accept and embrace the truth that, regardless of what season of life she’s in, she is God’s masterpiece-not her own work of art. When God sees her, He sees His beautiful creation. A creation that yes, has some wrinkles needing to be smoothed out and yet, is one in whom is His delight to love to perfection.

You can view the blog tour schedule
and read an excerpt at:

* A complimentary copy of this book was provided to me as a blog tour host by the author in exchange for posting this interview on my blog. Please visit Christian Speaker Services at http://www.christianspeakerservices.com/ for more information about blog tour management services.  Thank you SO MUCH!!!
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CONGRATULATIONS christianaudio!!!

Thursday, June 24, 2010


Rapidly Approaching 500,000 Orders

June 24, 2010 - San Diego, CA To celebrate the 500,000th order on christianaudio.com, the company announced today that the customer placing the 500,000th order will receive a $500 gift certificate for the site; the leading Christian website for downloadable audio products.

christianaudio expects to award the lucky customer the gift certificate before the end of July, when the milestone is achieved. "We are ecstatic to have reached this significant point christianaudio's history," said co-founder Cory Verner. "With 100% plus year-over-year growth for four years running, we anticipate the one-millionth order in the next 18 months."

The whole team at christianaudio is excited to near this significant milestone in the company's short five year history.

For more information, please email pr@christianaudio.com or visit our blog at http://christianaudio.com/blog.

Congratulations christianaudio!!!!

(c)  christianaudio 
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Oh, the comfort,
the inexpressible comfort
of feeling safe with a person,
having neither to weigh thoughts
nor measure words,
but pouring them all out,
just as they are,
chaff and grain together,
 certain that a faithful hand
will take and sift them,
keep what is worth keeping,
and with a breath of kindness
blow the rest away.

~  Dinah Craik

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Watch Joyce Meyer Ministries Top Shows From 2009

The votes are in!!!

Joyce Meyer Ministries
has just announced that the
TOP shows from 2009 will be aired
 starting June 28th.


Excellent line-up!  Check it out!!!

The Safety Zone

Living with Excellence and Integrity

What Were You Thinking?

Living a Blessed Life

Trusting Your Own Discernment


Living Without Frustration

The Power of Words

(c)  Joyce Meyer Ministries - has a God-ordained mandate to impact the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our goal is to reach every nation, every city, every day.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The art of STANDING

has nothing to do
with the strength of your legs,

but everything to do
with the strength of your heart ...

God to Deb Matho

ABOVE ALL ELSE, guard your heart,
for it is the WELLSPRING OF LIFE.
 ~  Proverbs 4:23 NIV

Guard your heart ABOVE ALL ELSE,
for it determines the COURSE OF YOUR LIFE.
~ Proverbs 4:23 NLT

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Your Family Live! ~ Newest Outreach From Focus on the Family

Parenting is one of our most rewarding life experiences, but it can be our most challenging too. With so much conflicting advice from a variety of sources, it's hard not to have questions about your parenting skills. You need a realistic approach to parenting, giving you the skills you need to raise your kids in the real world. 

Join us on Your Family Live! when Dr. Juli Slattery and Dr. Kevin Leman give you real-life answers to your real-life issues! Plus, you'll hear parts of our recent conversation with Bart Millard, lead singer from MercyMe, about his family, parenting and being a dad.

Guests: Dr. Kevin Leman; Bart Millard (pre-recorded)

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. (EDT)

~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~

Missed the webcast? 

View this show
(as well as others that you may have missed)
and upcoming shows at:

(c)  Your Family Live! - the newest outreach from Focus on the Family!

Your Family Live! is an interactive Web-based television program that celebrates God's view and design for the family. Simply put, it's a show about life.
Hosted by Yvette Maher and featuring Dr. Juli Slattery, Your Family Live! is a real, safe place for viewers to share their trials and triumphs, while receiving practical guidance, time-tested solutions and honest advice for helping their family thrive in Christ.

Join us Wednesdays from 2:00-3:00 p.m. (EDT) as we discuss the topics of life!
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3 P's in a Pod: Prayer, Purpose and Passion Webinar RECORDING

Prayer.  Purpose.  Passion.

Did you miss the 3 P's in a Pod webinar?

Well then, you will be thrilled to hear that Beth Jones, of Tablet of My Heart, has graciously agreed to provide the readers of Empowering Christian Women access to the 3 P's in a Pod recording.  All you need to do is click the following link to enJOY!!!

How cool is that!

Thanks Beth!!!
I know my readers will be blessed!

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RADICAL ~ Only $2.49 ~ Sale Ends June 24th

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

For ONLY 72 hours,
you can download...

David Platt's new audiobook

for ONLY $2.49!

~ starts June 21st at 10am PT
ends June 24th at 10am PT ~

To pick up your copy
of the entire audiobook, RADICAL,
simply add the download format to your cart
and use the coupon code RADICAL610 when prompted
 to receive the entire audiobook for ONLY $2.49!

Become a fan of David Platt (on Facebook)

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(c)  Special thanks to David Platt for partnering
with christianaudio to make this offer available!

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Training Your Children to Have Their Own Quiet Time with Cindy Rushton

Monday, June 21, 2010


Training Your Children
to Have Their Own Quiet Time
with Cindy Rushton

Want to help your children learn how to hear God and get to know Him and His Ways?

You will not want to miss the Tuesday Talk-a-Latte Chat this week!

Cindy will take you by the hand and give you super ideas for training your children to have their own quiet times. You may even glean some fresh new ideas that will re-charge your quiet times too!

Don’t miss it! And, bring a friend!

Tuesday, June 22nd at 1:00 PM CT

Join Us Live Online:


OR here are the call-in details:

Phone Number: (724) 444-7444

Call ID: 38181#

PIN: 1# (Or your Talkshoe PIN)

Remember to invite your friends!!!

(c)  Talk - a - Latte -  enjoy online workshops, chats, webinars and Bible studies.  A fun, relaxing atmosphere available online; a place to discuss homeschooling, mothering, marriage, homemaking and God!

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Just 10 Days Left to Make a MOVE!


Take advantage of the ONE TIME ONLY Charter Membership pricing
during the month of June. Regular member fees will start on July 1st!

National Association of Christian Women Entrepreneurs,
a world-wide association for women entrepreneurs,
or those wishing to become entrepreneurs.

Just of a few of the 10 member benefits:

~ Monthly Expert Chat with a Christian Woman Entrepreneur

~ Members Group on Facebook

~ Monthly Q and A calls for networking, marketing ideas, etc

~ The "Inspired Business" Mini-Toolkit in your Binder

~ A copy of "Dear Female Entrepreneur, my Friend"

~ Entrepreneur Success Rolo-dex and Book List

~ and much more for just $127 a year! SAVE $70!!

This is the amazing CHARTER MEMBER rate!

We are growing each day in membership and adding new experts to our panel.
We also have book reviews and free goodies waiting for you!

You owe it to yourself to at least check it out!

(c)  NACWE

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PART 2: Understanding Domestic Violence Webinar

Sunday, June 20, 2010

~ hosted by Judson Press ~

Part 2:  Understanding Domestic Violence

Tuesday, June 22

2:00 PM EST

Brenda Branson, counselor and co-author of the Judson Press book Violence Among Us: Ministry to Families in Crisis, will continue the conversation we started last week by providing you with a profile of victim and perpetrator, and insight into their spiritual battles.

Understanding Domestic Violence
And then on Thursday, July 1 at 2:00 p.m., 
the series will conclude with Branson's webinar on the
"Dos and Don'ts of Counseling" and "The Church's Role and Response."
Responding to Domestic Violence - Part 3
(c) FOCUS Ministries - http://www.focusministries1.org/

Domestic Abuse and Spousal Abuse help for Women

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POWER Tools for Dad

Watch Craftsman Music Experiment - Craftsman Labs @ Yahoo! Video

What you are watching is built entirely from the sounds of Craftsman tools
mixed and edited by Kutiman. No musical instruments were used.
p.s. - be sure to get yr man to watch!
Thanks to Lucy Ann Moll for sharing this on facebook.
Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.  ~  Psalm 100: 1 - 5 NIV

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Meet Your Success 101: FREE 8 Week Cyber Class

Quelynn, Inc. offers an empowering cyber-class for women
from all walks of life who want to improve their lives as a whole.

Meet Your Success: 101 Cyber-Class based on the e-book "The Meeting of Success" is an eight-week program that offers practical teachings and applicable principles in which you learn how to achieve success in every area of your life. This online course is universal and can be adapted for your spiritual, physical, mental, social, financial and professional needs.

When you enroll in this class, you will receive:

• The Meeting of Success eBook (PDF)

• Weekly tele-training class with assignments

• Weekly email follow-up

This cyber-class is for women who:

• Are ready for next level living.

• Are not willing to settle for life as is.

• Have a ministry or business that they want to see grow.

• Are in dead-end jobs and relationships and want better.

• Want to experience a deeper level of spiritual growth.

• Want to break free from mental bondage and emotional strongholds.

If you are at a transition period in your life
or just want to set some immediate goals,
this class is for you too!

In this class you will learn how to:

• Search Within

• Seek Divine Direction

• Write Your Vision

• Set Action to Your Vision

• Create Strengthening Moments

• Be Accountable

• Celebrate Your Success

As a result of this class, you can expect to gain:

• Purpose

• Clarity

• Focus

• Self-awareness

• Confidence

• Achievement

• Direction

• Accountability

• Determination

• Transformation

Here is what students have said about the class...

"Thank You for working with me. I have truly been blessed by this experience and I want to say that you are truly a blessing to a lot of people. God is using you in a mighty way to reach out to those that are struggling with things in their lives. I know because I was one of them. I always knew that I was special and that I could succeed at anything that I put my mind to, but I was not confident in following through with my plans. NOW I AM!!!" - Birmingham, Alabama

"This seminar has been a tremendous blessing to me. It afforded me the opportunity to take a hard look at my life, and make some decisions on what I wanted to accomplish. I was prompted to seek God first and receive His guidance on what He has for my life. I was also given the courage to take steps towards the things that God placed in my heart years ago." Birmingham, Alabama

"It takes a self examination to see where you are, and then making commitments to get where you desire to be in Christ. While he gives us his word to follow, success is apart of his plan for our lives. Pressing towards those goals and never giving up despite what you see around you. Designing your personal strengthening moments which are actions driven towards helping you meet your goals and visions. I thank you God for presenting this opportunity for me to learn the steps towards having a successful life in you..." - Alexandria, Virginia

Orientation begins on
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
 at 8:00 pm CST!

 Are you ready to begin
living the life you've long desired?

 This is a much anticipated online course, so enroll today by completing the form on the contact page OR email QuelynnInc@gmail.com. (Serious students ONLY should apply!) You must have internet and telephone access to get the most out of this class.

(c)  Deaquelynn Williams, CEO
(205) 588-4960
Vision & Life Coach

"Catapulting women to their wealthy place."

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The Broken Key

Evxn though my typxwritxr is an old modxl, it works quitx wxll xxcxpt for onx of the kxys. I havx many timxs wishxd that it workxd pxrfxctly.

It is trux that thxrx arx forty-onx kxys that function wxll xnough, but just onx kxy not working makxs thx diffxrxncx.

Somxtimxs it sxxms to mx that our church is somxthing likx my typxwritxr -- not all thx kxy pxoplx arx working propxrly.

As onx of thxm, you may say to yoursxlf, "Wxll, I am only onx pxrson, I don't makx or brxak thx church."

Imaginx if thx wholx church fxlt this way. Thx church would not function or makx any sxnsx!

You do makx a big diffxrxncx, bxcausx a church, to bx xffxctivx, nxxds thx activx participation of xvxry pxrson.

So, thx nxxt timx your fxxl your xfforts arx not nxxdxd, rxmxmbxr my typxwritxr and say to yoursxlf, "I am a kxy pxrson in thx congrxgation and I am nxxdxd."

Don't be a broken key--be a useful one.

~ Author Unknown

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People of the Second Chance

Saturday, June 19, 2010

People of the Second Chance

Have you ever felt like you needed a second chance?

What if a place existed that displayed radical grace and offered unconditional love?

What if there were a place where you weren’t labeled for your past mistakes
but could leverage them as a launching pad to the future God has in mind for you?

Believe it or not, Jesus had a vision for a place like this. That place in the heart of God is The Church. Over the course of time though we have drifted from that original vision and have become a place known for what we are against instead of what we are for.

Watch this AMAZING 3 week series called

(c)  Cross Point Church

Let's pursue Jesus’ vision
to become a place where
 No One is Perfect,
 Everyone is Welcome
and Anything is possible!
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The Offender's Wife

* special guest post by Karen Hammons

I am the wife of an accused sex offender. And while that statement could define me – it doesn't. It's just the place God has brought me, to do the work He has destined me to do. This one event could have destroyed me, my husband, our marriage and family. But the Enemy didn't succeed. Why? Because God gave hope and redemption in the middle of chaos.

The Offender's Wife is the work proclaiming that hope. It is a new, Christ-centered ministry with the purpose of reaching out to the wife of an accused or convicted sex offender. While we do not condone the actions of these men, we do offer the hope of redemption no matter the circumstance because of the love and power of Christ.

The information released to the public about sex offenders is not completely accurate. One thing found through research, is that 8% of Michigan's jailed sex offender population are KIDS from the ages of 9 - 16. That is 3,563 boys. While a few of those boys may be considered violent for the type of offense they have committed, the majority of them are in prison for having consensual sex with a peer (and other non-violent situations).(Here's the link to the article this came from.) Those boys are being given the same consequences as the violent adult offenders. The sex offender laws currently in place are not specific for the different types of offenses that occur. The majority in prison for this offense are not the violent, predatory type of offender.

Through my own personal crisis, I learned many things. I learned of God's passionate love for His children – the offended and offender. I learned that this subject is shoved under the rug many times. I learned the wives are made to feel they should hide in shame. I learned that God sees ALL types of sin the same and heals people from ALL types of sin.

My message to all of you is this – there IS hope. No matter the offense you did or received, God heals and redeems. His Word states that anyone who is in Him will NEVER be covered in shame (Psalm 34:5). His light shines the brightest in the darkness. The Enemy wants to shame us into hiding under a rug. That's when you have to make the decision to either believe the lies of the Enemy or the truth of God's Word. The Word gives you the power to fight off the Enemy's attempts to steal, kill, and destroy. God is enthralled with His girls. He is passionate about us. He is passionate about YOU. And I have learned the main reason He places His girls through difficult circumstances, is in order to draw us into a more intimate relationship with Him. He loves you girls. And when you begin to believe that truth, you will begin to live out that truth.

Don't be afraid, I've redeemed you. I've called your name. You're mine. When you're in over your head, I'll be there with you. I'd sell off the whole world to get you back, trade the creation just for you.  ~  Isaiah 43:1-4
If you get rid of unfair practices, quit blaming victims, quit gossiping about other people's sins, If you are generous with the hungry and start giving yourselves to the down and out, Your lives will begin to glow in the darkness, your shadowed lives will be bathed in sunlight. I will always show you where to go. I'll give you a full life in the emptiest of places.  ~  Isaiah 58:9-12
Therefore I am now going to allure here; I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her. There I will give her back her vineyards, and will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope. There she will sing as in the days of her youth., as in the day she came up out of Egypt.  ~  Hosea 2:14-15

(c)  Karen Hammons
You can find Karen blogging and vlogging at Jesus and Stuff  {It's All About Jesus...everything else is just stuff}
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For more information about The Offender's Wife, please go to http://www.theoffenderswife.blogspot.com/.
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Courageous ~ Honor Begins at Home

Friday, June 18, 2010

Four men, one calling:
to serve and protect.

When tragedy hits home, these law-enforcement officers
are left wrestling with their hopes, fears, faith, and parenting.

Can a newfound urgency draw these dads
closer to God, their wives, and their children?

Courageous ...
Honor Begins at Home.

Father's Day Radio Special 

Radio stations around the country will be sharing the Courageous Dads radio special this weekend to celebrate Father's Day. Recorded on the set of Courageous, the special includes interviews with Sherwood Pictures' Michael Catt, Jim McBride, Alex Kendrick, and Stephen Kendrick. In addition, there is great music by Casting Crowns, Michael W. Smith, Jars of Clay, and Revive.

You can be one of the first people to listen to the special,
by heading over to CourageoustheMovie.com.
Enjoy the program!

During the week of July 12,
 the 1st clip from Courageous will be released!

To receive the most in-depth info on the progress of Courageous,

(c) 2010 Provident Films LLC, a unit of SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT. All rights reserved.

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Sins of the Mother Blog Tour

About the Book:

Have the sins of the mother come upon the daughter?

Jasmine Larson Bush is finally living a drama-free life. She’s left her lying, cheating, stealing stripper days behind and is standing by her husband’s side as the first lady of one of the largest churches in New York City. The Bushes have been blessed with the best of everything—including two lovely children.

But just when Jasmine has committed her life completely to God, her daughter Jacqueline is kidnapped from a mall the day after Thanksgiving. The police and the church community join in the frantic search to find the four-year-old. As the days pass without any sign of her daughter, Jasmine begins to crack under the strain and turns to Brian Lewis, Jacqueline’s biological father, for solace.

Has Jasmine’s past finally caught up to her?

Will her daughter be found or will Jasmine pay the ultimate price?

About the Author:

Victoria Christopher Murray originally self published Temptation. “I wanted to write a book as entertaining as any book on the market, put God in the middle, and have the book still be a page-turner. I wasn’t writing to any particular genre – I didn’t even know Christian fiction existed. I just wanted to write about people I knew and characters I could relate to.”

Since Temptation, Victoria has written seven other novels and was a contributor to the first Christian fiction anthology, Blessed Assurance. She was also the Contributing Editor for the Aspire Women of Color Bible published by Zondervan in 2007. All of her novels have continued to be Essence bestsellers.

In 2008, Victoria’s first novels in her Christian fiction teen series - The Divine Divas – were published. “I was concerned with what our young ladies were reading. I decided to do something about that – give them stories full of drama, but with a message.” The Divine Divas has already been optioned to become a television series.

Victoria splits her time between Los Angeles and Washington D.C. In Los Angeles, she attends Bible Enrichment Fellowship International Church under the spiritual tutelage of Dr. Beverly “BAM” Crawford and in Washington, D.C., she fellowships at Metropolitan Baptist Church under Dr. H. Beecher Hicks, Jr. She is also a member of the Long Beach Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

Visit Victoria online at http://www.victoriachristophermurray.com/

* A complimentary copy of this book was provided to me as a blog tour host by the author in exchange for posting this interview on my blog. Please visit Christian Speaker Services at www.ChristianSpeakerServices.com for more information about blog tour management services.
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Christian Audio Twice Yearly Sale - Don't Miss It!!!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

 ONLY for a limited time

Includes almost all digital downloads

ONLY $7.49 each

Over 3,000 quality audiobooks to choose from!

 * Offer ends JULY 2nd  (12:00 p.m. PT)

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You Shall

You Shall

You shall not worry,
for worry is the most unproductive of all human activities.

You shall not be fearful,
for most of the things we fear never come to pass.

You shall not carry grudges,
for they are the heaviest of all life's burdens.

You shall face each problem as it comes.
You can only handle one at a time anyway.

You shall not take problems to bed with you,
for they make very poor bedfellows.

You shall not borrow other people's problems.
They can better care for them than you.

You shall not try to relive yesterday for good or ill, it is forever gone.
Concentrate on what is happening in your life and be happy now!

You shall be a good listener, for only when you listen
 do you hear ideas different from your own.

You shall not become "bogged down" by frustration,
for 90% of it is rooted in self-pity and will only interfere with positive action.

You shall count your blessings, never overlooking the small ones,
for a lot of small blessings add up to a big one.

~ Author Unknown

Shared at In His Hands - A place for the entire family to gather, learn and enhance their faith.  With all sorts of activities from games and puzzles to inspirationals, we offer something for everyone. In His Hands is a place to pray, a place to play.
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Creating a HEART-shaped Business!!!

June 21, 2010

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (CT)

What is a HEART-shaped busines?

Join Diane Cunningham as she shares her H.E.A.R.T. System that has helped her build her companies over the past 5 years and expand into uncharted territory by creating the National Association of Christian Women Entrepreneurs!

Join NACWE Now!
Take advantage of the one time only Charter Membership pricing
 during the month of June.
Regular member fees will start on July 1st!

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NACWE was born out a passion to connect women who are ready to create, collaborate, and contribute to changing the world. We gather people and ideas together through online content, tele-courses, individual/group coaching and retreats. Our desire is to unite under a common goal of helping one another to succeed and thrive in business. We are blessed to share in a common faith in Jesus Christ and yet know that we might each choose to worship in a different way.
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