EMPOWERING CHRISTIAN WOMEN: March 2013 Blogger Widgets

Be STILL, My Soul (In You, I REST) ~ Kari Jobe

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Be Still My Soul (In You I Rest) ~ Kari Jobe

Beautiful, beautiful song!
I know this one will become one of your favorites!!


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Scripture Pix ~ Isaiah 61:1

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me 
to bring good news to the poor;
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, 
to proclaim liberty to the captives 
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound...
~ Isaiah 61:1

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Christian Movie: Unconditional

Samantha Crawford is living a storybook life: she's happily married, she lives on a ranch where she keeps her beloved horse, and the stories she's told and illustrated since childhood have become published books.

When her husband Billy is killed in a senseless act of violence, Sam loses her faith and her will to live. But a death-defying encounter with two children leads to a reunion with Joe, her oldest friend. Inspired by true events, UNCONDITIONAL stars Michael Ealy (Think Like A Man, Barbershop) and Lynn Collins (John Carter, X-Men Origins: Wolverine).

As Sam watches "Papa" Joe care for and love the kids in his under-resourced neighborhood, she begins to realize that no matter life's circumstances, God's love is always reaching out to us.

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EMPOWERING Quote ~ To Love Is To Be Vulnerable by C.S. Lewis

“To love at all is to be vulnerable.
Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken.
If you want to make sure of keeping it intact
you must give it to no one, not even an animal.
Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries;
avoid all entanglements.
Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness.
But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change.
It will not be broken;
it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable.
To love is to be vulnerable.”

C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

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Boldness Before the Throne ~ Max Lucado

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Boldness Before the Throne

Let us, then, feel very sure that we can come before God’s throne where there is grace.
~ HEBREWS 4: 16

Jesus tells us . . . ,“When you pray, pray like this. ‘Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come.’”

When you say, “Thy kingdom come,” you are inviting the Messiah himself to walk into your world. “Come, my King! Take your throne in our land. Be present in my heart. Be present in my office. Come into my marriage. Be Lord of my family, my fears, and my doubts.” This is no feeble request; it’s a bold appeal for God to occupy every corner of your life.

Who are you to ask such a thing? Who are you to ask God to take control of your world? You are his child, for heaven’s sake! And so you ask boldly.

(c) Max Lucado ~ The Great House of God

Have you invited Christ to be King in your heart? 
Your place of employment? Your home?

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Chasing After the HEART of God

Are you chasing the wrong things?

But I have this [one charge to make] against you: 
that you have left (abandoned) the love
 that you had at first [you have deserted Me, your first love]. 
~ Revelation 2:4 AMP

So often in our attempt to control our own lives,
we forget to seek the heart of the One 
who has the very best plan for our lives.

Have you worn yourself out in pursuit of good things?

Have you missed the pursuit of the one thing that really matters?
- chasing after the heart of God -

Chase DVD-Based Study is a new curriculum by Jennie Allan. 
 The set offers eight teaching videos alongside an interactive study guide
 that focus on David, “a man after God’s own heart.”

The eight 10-minute video-teaching sessions tackle real-life issues, 
bringing Scripture alongside to shed light on the pursuits 
that can derail a woman's chase after God’s heart.

“Up to the time of Samuel the prophet, God provided judges to lead them. 
But then they asked for a king, and God gave them Saul, son of Kish, 
out of the tribe of Benjamin. After Saul had ruled forty years, 
God removed him from office and put King David in his place, with this commendation: 
‘I’ve searched the land and found this David, son of Jesse. 
~ Acts 13:22 MSG

About Jennie Allen:
Jennie Allen holds a master’s degree in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. But it isn’t just Jennie’s education that attracts women to her Bible studies. Her deep love for women, her vulnerability and her passion for God draws them in. The unfolding power of God’s Word to change lives keeps them coming back. Jennie’s reputation as a teacher has grown enough to attract the attention of publisher Thomas Nelson, which has signed Jennie for two trade books and seven Bible study projects. The first Bible study, Stuck , and trade book, Anything, released in late 2011 and early 2012 respectively.

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SO grateful to Sara Pence of Shelton Interactive for sending me this DVD curriculum to review.  It is a perfect fit for our faithful friends at ECW

The Chase DVD-Based Studyby Jennie Allan is an excellent tool that will encourage you to align your heart with God. As you surrender your heart to His, you will make decisions based on what will line up with His will (the Word)...even when the cost is great.  

Women of God, it's time to Chase after the heart of God!!  

Pursue the ONE THING that matters!!!
Allow God to define who you are.

Be a woman whose heart beats with His.

Be a woman who will do what He asks her to do.

Follow Him, even when the cost is great.


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FREE Kindle Edition ~ 'Why Trust Jesus?'

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The last decade has shaken our trust in personal safety through terrorist attacks, school shootings, economic turmoil, and war. Our trust has been shattered in other areas as we have seen hypocrisy in governmental leaders as well as in the church.

We are looking for relationships that are authentic and full of life, but we have many questions in regard to faith, reason, suffering and even the person of Jesus himself. Author and speaker Dave Sterrett helps us answer these and other questions:

-Why Should I Trust Jesus when So Many Other Spiritual Paths Exist?
The foundation of trusting in Jesus is that he is true. But if absolute truth does not exist, then to say that "Jesus is the Truth" is a meaningless statement. Many definitions of truth fail, but a good definition of truth is "that which corresponds to reality"; simply put, truth is "telling it like it is."

-Why Should I Trust Jesus When All I Need to do is Trust Myself?
Human knowledge is real, but it has its limitations. Jesus, however, is all-knowing. He knows everything about me. He knows everything about you. He knows what you are thinking. He knows what you are feeling. He understands you better than you understand yourself! This is one of the many good reasons for us to pray to the Father in the name of the Son.

-Why Should I Trust Jesus in the Midst of Suffering and Death?
The ultimate foundation of Christianity is a historical event: the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. A man who walked this earth in history claimed to be God, died on the cross, and bodily rose from the dead.

Many people in today's culture, both Christians and non-Christians, have questions about why and how to trust Jesus. But there is hope! He is worthy of our trust.
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EMPOWERING Quote ~ Fret and Worry

All our fret and worry
is caused by calculating without God.
~ Oswald Chambers

Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything,
 but in every circumstance and in everything, 
by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, 
continue to make your wants known to God. 
~ Philippians 4:16 AMP

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FREE Online Conference ~ Succession

Monday, March 25, 2013

FREE Online Conference ~ Succession

March 26th, 2013
1:00 p.m. EDT
You'll learn from leaders that have survived difficult transitions; some that completed successful transitions, and others who have paid the price of a failed succession. You'll get insight both from those who have passed the baton, and those that have received it.

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God's Presence Remains

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Even in the affliction,
Even in the loss,
Even in the pain,
God's presence remains.

- Margaret Feinberg
Wonderstruck: Awaken to the Nearness of God

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Kind Hearts ~ Max Lucado

Friday, March 22, 2013

Kind Hearts

Love suffers long and is kind.

What is your kindness quotient? When was the last time you did something kind for someone in your family— e.g., got a blanket, cleaned off the table, prepared the coffee—without being asked?

Think about your school or workplace. Which person is the most overlooked or avoided? A shy student? A grumpy employee? Maybe he doesn’t speak the language. Maybe she doesn’t fit in. Are you kind to this person?

Kind hearts are quietly kind. They let the car cut into traffic and the young mom with three kids move up in the checkout line. They pick up the neighbor’s trash can that rolled into the street. And they are especially kind at church. They understand that perhaps the neediest person they’ll meet all week is the one standing in the foyer or sitting on the row behind them in worship. Paul writes: “When we have the opportunity to help anyone, we should do it. But we should give special attention to those who are in the family of believers” (Gal. 6:10).

(c)  Max Lucado 

List some people who could use a little of your kindness quotient.

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The Word ~ Every Promise I Need

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Word ~ Sara Groves

I've done every devotional
Been every place emotional
Trying to hear a new word from God
And I think it's very odd,
That while I attempt to help myself
My Bible sits upon my shelf
With every promise
I could ever need

And the Word was
And the Word is
And the Word will be
The old Word is the new Word is
The old Word is the new Word is...

People are getting fit for Truth
Like they're buying a new tailored suit
Does it fit across the shoulders
Does it fade when it gets older
We throw ideas that aren't in style
In the Salvation Army pile
And search for something more to meet our needs

I think it's time I rediscover
All the ground that I have covered, like
Seek Ye first what a verse
We are pressed but not crushed,
Perplexed but don't despair.
We are persecuted but not abandoned
We are no longer slaves
We are daughters and sons,
And when we are weak
We are very strong

And neither death nor life
Nor present nor future
Nor depth nor height
Can keep us from the love of Christ
And the Word I need
Is the Word that was
Who put on flesh to dwell with us.
In the beginning....

The Word was, the Word is, and the Word will be...

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EMPOWERING Quote - More of God

Saturday, March 16, 2013

"It is often a strange and alarming experience when our earnest search for more of God 
is answered by God revealing more than ever our spiritual poverty and utter weakness.
 Ah, soul! In order that the new locks of God given energy may cover thy head, 
those remnants of natural strength - your human wisdom and natural will-power -
 that you so often trust in, must all be shaved away."

~ G. D. Watson

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FREE Kindle Edition ~ '31 Days to Lovely: A Journey of Forgiveness'

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31 Days to Lovely is an introspective look at the biblical requirement to forgive. In this beautiful and easy-to-read month-long journey, Sarah encourages the Christian woman to release her hurts and bitterness by more fully embracing the beauty of her salvation—to dwell on those things that are lovely, and to allow her thoughts to change her life. This book is for anyone who is struggling with unforgiveness or trudging through anger and pain. Through the Word of God, her own testimony, and the experiences of her blog readers, 31 Days to Lovely reveals the power we have in Christ to lay down those issues we've carried for far too long.
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Removing Doubt ~ Max Lucado

Friday, March 15, 2013

Removing Doubt

Who is more important: the one sitting at the table, or the one serving? You think the one at the table is more important, but I am like a servant among you.
~ LUKE 22:27

In Jesus’ day the washing of feet was a task reserved not just for servants but for the lowest of servants. Every circle has its pecking order, and the circle of household workers was no exception. The servant at the bottom of the totem pole was expected to be the one on his knees with the towel and basin.

In this case the one with the towel and basin is the king of the universe. Hands that shaped the stars now wash away filth. Fingers that formed mountains now massage toes. And the one before whom all nations will one day kneel now kneels before his disciples. Hours before his own death, Jesus’ concern is singular. He wants his disciples to know how much he loves them. More than removing dirt, Jesus is removing doubt.

Think of Jesus kneeling to wash away the filth of your life. 
What is your response to such love?

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EMPOWERING Quote - Only Wait

Thursday, March 14, 2013

When I cannot understand my Father’s leading,
And it seems to be but hard and cruel fate,
Still I hear that gentle whisper ever pleading,
God is working, God is faithful — Only wait.
– A.B. Simpson

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Empowering Quote - Have Concerns?

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Any concern too small to be turned into prayer
is too small to be made into a burden.
- Corrie ten Boom

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EMPOWERING Quote: Nothing in Vain

Friday, March 08, 2013

“I will trust Him. Whatever, wherever I am, I can never be thrown away.
If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him;
in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him;
if I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him.
My sickness, or perplexity, or sorrow
may be necessary causes of some great end,
which is quite beyond us. He does nothing in vain.”
~ John Henry Newman

My suffering was good for me,
for it taught me to pay attention to your decrees.
- Psalm 119:71 NLT

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FREE Kindle Edition ~ 'Her Choice to Heal'

Thursday, March 07, 2013

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What do 33% of American women have in common? They've experienced abortion.

You might be one of these women. Or maybe it's your friend, sister, coworker, or the woman sitting next to you at church. Regardless, post-abortive women are in pain, and at some point, most will experience post-abortion syndrome (PAS), a form of post traumatic stress disorder. But they may never talk about it. Many are silent because they are filled with shame, grief and guilt, afraid of judgment and condemnation. Few realize that peace is attainable through Christ's mourning process and the knowledge that because of His grace, they will reunite with their lost loved ones in Heaven.

Her Choice to Heal is designed to help women find a way to God's healing after this devastating choice. Written by a post-abortive woman, it includes testimonies of strength, healing and hope. Sydna compassionately leads you on the difficult journey through denial, anger, and grief, to forgiveness, redemption, and letting go. Her Choice to Heal offers a roadmap to healing - practical suggestions, resources for help, space to journal, with the encouragement and hope found in Christ alone.
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Adjust Your Course!

You were running superbly! Who cut in on you, deflecting you from the true course of obedience? This detour doesn't come from the One who called you into the race in the first place. And please don't toss this off as insignificant. It only takes a minute amount of yeast, you know, to permeate an entire loaf of bread. Deep down, the Master has given me confidence that you will not defect. But the one who is upsetting you, whoever he is, will bear the divine judgment.
- Galatians 5:7-10 MSG

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FREE Kindle Edition ~ 'The Impossible Mentor: Finding Courage to Follow Jesus'

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

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Can you live up to the example Jesus set?
Why would anyone choose a mentor who’s impossible to follow?
What if it’s possible to experience real transformation?
What if we really can be conformed to his image--in this life?

The Impossible Mentor explores why Christians find Jesus a worthy role model but also hold the conviction that no one could possibly live up to his example. Discipleship and spiritual formation books come and go at the pace of diet and exercise manuals, with approximately the same results in the lives of believers. It’s the same cycle: good intentions, fresh starts, followed by frustration, guilt, and eventually resignation.

You can break the yo-yo cycle of false starts and the guilt that follows when you stumble. The Impossible Mentor explores the four great challenges to following Jesus, and suggests five practical answers that have helped people of faith through the ages. You can put these answers to work in your life, right now.

Author Ray Hollenbach combines slice-of-life vignettes with Biblical resources in a highly readable, conversational style: part pastor, part theologian and fellow-traveller, he explores how to take the yoke of discipleship Jesus offered in a manner that will break the cycle of resolve-and-failure.
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FREE Kindle Edition ~ 'The Ways of God (Finding Purpose Through Your Pain)'

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Unexpectedly, we find that our faith has had a collision between high hopes and harsh realities—life isn’t turning out like we expected. We find ourselves questioning whether or not God is really in control . . . because life sure isn’t.

Though He claims to be “all we need,” we’re just not exactly sure we believe that. In our fight of faith, we’re convinced that His thoughts are higher than our thoughts—as hard as we try, we can’t figure God out. And although His ways may be higher, they certainly don’t seem better—we made plans for our lives, but God is directing our steps and taking us places we never wanted to go.

It becomes clear that God has brought us to a place in life where faith is no longer an option or a luxury, it’s a necessity— He’s brought us to our knees, so that we have nowhere to look, but up. In our hopelessness, we find God teaching us to trust Him, when there is no evidence that we should.

“The Ways of God” takes your faith to the next level. You’ll come to understand that although you don’t know where your life is headed, God does. You’ll grasp that when you can’t know every detail of His will, you can trust it.

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