EMPOWERING CHRISTIAN WOMEN: April 2013 Blogger Widgets

Making Good Habits - Breaking Bad Habits - Webcast REPLAY

Friday, April 26, 2013

Missed Joyce Meyer's webcast from April 23rd, 2013?

The webcast is full of insightful questions from viewers
and packed with straight answers from Joyce.

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Girls With Swords Webcast Replay

Missed Lisa Bevere’s webcast from Wednesday, April 24th, 2013?

Lisa shared about her new book GIRLS WITH SWORDS!

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FREE Kindle Edition ~ 'The Jesus Experiment'

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If you loved The Purpose Driven Life and One Month to Live: Thirty Days to a No-Regrets Life, then you’ll love The Jesus Experiment. Popular author and speaker Bill Perkins challenges you to spend twelve weeks discovering what it really means to live like Jesus. More than a book, it’s an invitation for you to try becoming like him in your feelings, thoughts, words, and deeds. Each week, you’ll focus on a different aspect of Jesus’ life, including how he faced his fears, how he talked with God, and how he helped others. As you examine your own life in light of the Lord’s, you’ll be amazed at how your mind and heart will change to more closely reflect his.
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Christian Contest: 5 Copies of The Joshua Code

Thursday, April 25, 2013

And the winners are:
1. Holly Spin
2. Talking Texan
3. Andrea Schultz
4. Wanda
5. Debra Bosacki


* Open to USA and CDN residents

Thomas Nelson has agreed to giveaway
5 copies to our faithful friends!

TO ENTER: Leave a comment on this post, 
sharing 1 scripture that you have memorized by heart,
OR 1 verse that God has been engraving upon your heart recently.

Contest Closes April 25th, 2013
Discover the secret Joshua gave the Israelites for prosperity and success.

The Israelites finally had land and the opportunity to start anew. Their leader, Joshua, spoke wisely about how to follow God’s law and how to be successful. Joshua 1:8 says, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” The Joshua CodeTM is a challenge to keep the Word in our mouths through memorization and in our hearts through meditation “day and night."

The fifty-two chapters in this volume are designed to lead you on a yearlong journey by spending each week memorizing and meditating on one Scripture verse so that it becomes a living part of your very being. Topics include grace, temptation, the three levels of prayer, fruit of the spirit, and more. The outlines in each chapter can also be used by the busy pastor or Bible teacher for guiding their members. God’s Word is powerful and profitable when studied and applied by anyone, the young and the seasoned believer alike.
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Thank you for investing in the lives of our faithful friends.

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The Origin of It All

"Since He is the origin of it all,
you can trust Him with the outcome of it all."
~ Dr. O.S. Hawkins
The Joshua Code (52 Scripture Verses Every Believer Should Know)

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FREE Kindle Edition ~ 'Called to Adoption'

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

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Is the Lord leading you to grow your family through Christian Adoption? Did you know 3 out of 5 people are touched by adoption? Have you been praying about expanding your family through adoption? Called to Adoption is a clear, easy-to-read guide for Christians who want to step forward in faith and answer God's call to adopt. This is a valuable handbook as you take the steps needed to fulfill His desires for your life.

You will discover:
- The single most important decision to make
before beginning any path to adoption.
- How to select the right adoption professional.
- Creative ideas to fund your adoption.
- The proven formula for adoption success.
- The shocking need for Christian Adoption.
- Encouragement from God's word
as you move through His plan.
- How to quickly get started toward adoption.
- What action to take now that you've felt God
nudging you to adopt.
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The Joshua Code: Why Scripture Memorization is So Important

The Joshua Code

Want a chance to win your own copy?

Thomas Nelson has graciously offered to give away 
5 copies of THE JOSHUA CODE 
to our faithful friends!!

Giveaway closes April 25th, 2013

* Open to USA and CDN residents.

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As For Me and My House

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

As for Me and My House ~ John Waller

I'm done...building my own Kingdom
No more...seeking worthless idols
Like sheep we have all gone astray
We must choose this day
Whom we will serve

What idol do you need to tear down?

"...but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."
Joshua 24:15 KJV

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FREE Webcast ~ Girls With Swords with Lisa Bevere

FREE Webcast ~ Girls With Swords

April 24th, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. ET

Watch the webcast!

Join best-selling author, Lisa Bevere for a live webcast
where she will share about her new book Girls with Swords

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If there ever was a time
 for women to be armed, it’s now.

Missed the Webcast?
If you missed the WaterBrookPress Livestream on Girls With Swords,
here is an on-demand link so you can watch it: http://t.co/NVEocYlcbd

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Perfect PEACE

Perfect Peace ~ Laura Story
Though I may not calm the storms around you
You can hide in Me
Let your [a]character or moral disposition be free from love of money 
[including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] 
and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; 
for He [God] [b]Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you 
nor [c]give you up nor leave you without support.
 [I will] not, [d][I will] not, [I will] not in any degree
 leave you helpless nor forsake 
nor [e]let [you] down ([f]relax My hold on you)!
 [[g]Assuredly not!]
~ Hebrews 13:5 AMP

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FREE Webcast ~ Exponential 2013

FREE Webcast ~ Exponential 2013

April 23rd - 25th, 2013

Register at http://live.exponential.org

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Christian Movie ~ 'Home Run'

Monday, April 22, 2013

Home Run

“Home Run reminds us of the power of forgiveness, 
the richness of redemption, and the wisdom of trusting God to revive us.” 
~ Max Lucado

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FREE Kindle Edition ~ 'Expectant: Rediscovering the Power of the Lord's Prayer'

Friday, April 19, 2013

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Prayer is not easy for most people. Often it feels like prayer is pointless. Are my prayers bouncing off the ceiling? Am I doing it right? Does God even care?

Expectant: Rediscovering the Power of the Lord's Prayer, explores the adventure of prayer by looking at the famous prayer Jesus taught his disciples, the Lord's Prayer.

Together we will discover the power of prayer. It will answer questions such as: Why is it hard to pray? What is the God like that we address in prayer? Why even pray? Is there a right and wrong way to pray? What do I pray for?

The Lord's Prayer encompasses all aspects of human life and existence: the spiritual, physical, emotional, and even the psychological. Learning to pray this short prayer can change your life and the world.

Expectant is part of a new series called Everyday Theology.The mission is to get biblical, gospel-centered, and applicable theology in the hands of everyday people for everyday living.
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"Others May, You Cannot."

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Others May, You Cannot

If God has called you to be really like Jesus, He will draw you to a life of crucifixion and humility, and put upon you such demands of obedience that you will not be able to follow other people, or measure yourself by other Christians, and in many ways, He will seem to let other good people do things which He will not let you do.

Other Christians and ministers who seem very religious and useful may push themselves, pull wires, and work schemes to carry out their plans, but you cannot do it; and if you attempt it, you will meet with such failure and rebuke from the Lord as to make you sorely penitent.

Others may boast of themselves, of their work, of their success, of their writings, but the Holy Spirit will not allow you to do any such thing, and if you begin it, He will lead you into some deep mortification that will make you despise yourself and all your good works.

Others may be allowed to succeed in making money, or may have a legacy left to them, but it is likely God will keep you poor, because He wants you to have something far better than gold, namely, a helpless dependence on Him, that He may have the privilege of supplying your needs day by day out of an unseen treasury.

The Lord may let others be honored and put forward, and keep you hidden in obscurity, because He wants you to produce some choice, fragrant fruit for His coming glory, which can only be produced in the shade. He may let others do a work for Him and get the credit for it, but He will make you work and toil on without knowing how much you are doing, and then to make your work still more precious, He may let others get the credit for the work which you have done, and thus make your reward ten times greater when Jesus comes.

The Holy Spirit will put a strict watch over you, with a jealous love, and will rebuke you for little words and feelings, or for wasting your time, which other Christians never seem distressed over. So make up your mind that God is an infinite sovereign and has a right to do as He pleases with His own.

He may not explain to you a thousand things which puzzle your reason in His dealings with you. But if you absolutely sell yourself to be His...slave, He will wrap you up in a jealous love, and bestow upon you many blessings which come only to those who are in the inner circle.

Settle it forever, then, that you are to deal directly with the Holy Spirit and that He is to have the privilege of tying your tongue, or chaining your hand, or closing your eyes, in ways that He does not seem to use with others. Now when you are so possessed with the living God that you are, in your secret heart, pleased and delighted over this peculiar, personal, private, jealous guardianship and management of the Holy Spirit over your life, you will have found the vestibule [entrance] to heaven.

(c) written in the early 1800s by G. D. Watson, a Wesleyan Methodist minister

This poem was shared at:

If you are in the process of experiencing 'the dark night of the soul',
I highly encourage you to take time to read 'The Dark Night'
the well written article will provide much clarity for what you are experiencing.

Someone once said there will be no revival,
either personally or otherwise,
until there is first a Gethsemene
and a Calvary in each of our own lives.
(c)  The Dark Night
Then Jesus said to his disciples,
"Whoever wants to be my disciple
and take up their cross and follow me.
For whoever wants to save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for me will find it.
~ Matthew 16: 24, 25 NLT

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FREE Kindle Edition ~ Proverbs of the New Testament

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

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A Relevant Study of the Book of James. Unlock the Secrets to Living a Victorious Christian Life... the Way God Intended

James was one of Jesus’ brothers and was very familiar with His teachings. I am certain there were few who knew our Lord better. I am very excited to share this study with you…

The book of James has been called the “Proverbs of the New Testament”. I would venture to say that it is basically a “guidebook” for the Christian life. It is filled with valuable information that teaches us how to live and conduct ourselves in this world—and with others. It is my favorite book in the New Testament—so far.
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FREE Kindle Edition ~ Restore Your Marriage and Fall in Love Again

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Do you have marriage problems and are in need of some marriage help? Well, you are not alone! Couples with marriage problems that seek marriage help are more likely to stay together, learn from the difficult times, and discover renewed love for one another. If you have decided that marriage problems will not keep you from believing that your marriage can be restored, this book is for you.

In Restore Your Marriage and Fall in Love Again you will discover how to build a strong and successful marriage. Each chapter contains relationship building tools and empowering ways to apply them. In this highly effective and engaging approach, you will be encouraged to make positive differences in the way you relate to one another. You will work through marriage problems and discover successful solutions. With tools, applications, insights and inspiring reflections, you will embark on a lifelong journey to better communication, unconditional love and understanding, and genuine demonstrations of affection and heartfelt gratitude.

Restore Your Marriage and Fall in Love Again can provide the marriage help you need to overcome marriage problems and to bring true hope, new life, and true love back into your marriage again!
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SUCCESS: His Plan; Not Mine

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

"God will ensure success
in accordance with His plan not mine."

~ Francis Chan
Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God

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The Mark of the Cross

"All God's plans have the mark of the cross on them,
and all His plans have death to self in them."
~ E. M Bounds

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FREE Kindle Edition ~ 'What's It Like to Be Married to Me?' by Linda Dillow

Thursday, April 11, 2013

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What's It Like to Be Married to Me? is about knowing the difference between having a desire for a better marriage and setting the goal of a better marriage—as readers look in the mirror to see how they can change.

Bestselling author Linda Dillow understands that most women want more from their marriage but don't know how to get it. In What's It Like to Be Married to Me?, Dillow challenges readers to ask the riskiest questions: What is is like to be married to me? What is it like to make love with me? Why do I want to stay mad at you?

Extremely intimate and honest, What's It Like to Be Married to Me? is not a book about marriage at all. It is a book about how to live out marriage, day-by-day and year-by-year, and watch who you become as a wife impact the intimacy in your marriage!
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Don't Try So Hard

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Don't Try So Hard


Cease striving and know that I am God.
~ Psalm 46:10 NASB


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Out of Faith

Out of Faith 
~ an excerpt from FAITH Under Construction
(c)  Cherie Hill

You’ve prayed for days, weeks, years . . . maybe even decades, but God sits in silence. In fact, you may even be certain, through His divine revelations, that your prayer isn’t going to be answered at all. You may be completely convinced that God has said “no,” and He isn’t willing to open up His heart to explain why, in order to keep your heart from breaking apart. You’ve had faith in the past. You believed Him up to this point, but right now, you’re out of faith. And in this moment, you’re not sure what to do next. You’re facing impossibilities, and though you call upon God for help . . . He’s nowhere to be found.

Our greatest weakness in our prayer life is not that we fail to pray, but that when God fails to answer in the way we thought He should and in the time frame we expected, we either doubt His love for us or question that He even exists at all. We fail to understand that our prayers have no expiration date in heaven—here on earth, where time is valuable and pain and suffering doesn’t cease, that’s not an easy truth to embrace. We need our faith to take sight, we find ourselves failing miserably at walking by faith. When we’re out of faith, when God is silent, when prayers go unanswered, we must grasp this truth: Unanswered prayer is often God’s best answer.

The benefits of unanswered prayers can often times outweigh those of the ones answered, when we’re being refined by God. We can agree with God on one thing, our unanswered prayers have kept us coming back to His throne of Grace. And that’s the place He most wants us—mission accomplished. He knows that His silence will cause us to doubt. He knows that unanswered prayer will bring us to a place of questioning His existence. He’s brought you, or allowed you to come, to this place . . . where you feel you’re out of faith. You’re in a defining moment. The One you’re praying to is watching to see if you’ll pray “through.”

Can you believe that God HAS heard you, and in this VERY moment He is working out His answer—which may be no answer at all?

Will you trust that He knows best, even when you’re tempted to believe that you do?

Can you stop pleading and start praising . . . even through your pain?

When you’re out of faith, you need not rely on your feelings, just take one more step, pray one more prayer, and then do it again and again.

When you’re being faithful and God apparently isn’t, you may feel as though you’re setting yourself up for a complete failure in faith—but what you’re really doing is setting yourself up for a miracle. It may not be the one you’re praying for, but it will be evident that God heard you and that He answered your prayers in greater ways than you could have ever imagined. Your deadline doesn’t matter in God’s timeline . . . His delays are not His denials . . . God wants you seeking Him more than the answers to your prayers. God is full of sovereign surprises. You may feel like you’re out of faith, but you’re not. You can make the choice, at this very moment, to trust God regardless of what you’re feeling. God may not change your circumstances, but He’ll enable you to walk through them. That, in itself, is a miracle. Often times, when God is not displaying miracles through His power, He’s revealing greater miracles through His presence.

We find ourselves out of faith because we’re asking God to extend His hand, when His greatest purpose in our trials is to expose His heart. This trial you face is not to test you beyond your ability to endure, it’s so that your faith will be proven strong and sure. You won’t be able to find that strength in, and of, yourself, you’ll have to rely on God’s Promises to you. You’re going to have to take Him at His Word.

Your trial is the litmus test of your faith. Will you trust that God’s plan is better than yours? It’s only time that will tell. And the litmus test may not be clear. It’s not that it isn’t clear to God . . . it’s that deep down . . . we’re unsure of our own faith. We think we’re out of faith, but God knows better . . . He knows the measure He’s given to us (Romans 12:3). His apparent lack of answering our prayers isn’t His lack of caring, but His caring, so much, that He’s going to run this test until WE get it—until we understand, clearly, where our faith rests. When you’re in a test, it’s time to trust. And trust like you’ve never trusted before. Pray through and know that God is hearing you. Though every alarm within your soul is sounding and you’re certain your faith is failing, quietly trust in the Promises of God, He’s assured you: “This is a test, it is only a test.”

“So that the tested genuineness of your faith
more precious than gold that perishes
though it is tested by fire—
may be found to result in praise and glory
and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
1 Peter 1:7 (ESV)

(c) Cherie Hillis the founder of ScriptureNow.com. She has a BA in Psychology and is trained in Biblical Counseling through the AACC. She has been ranked #6 on the Amazon.com Bestselling authors for Religion and Spirituality on Amazon Author Rank. 

Thank you, sweet friend for allowing me to share an excerpt from your book, FAITH Under Construction. I know your words will be a comfort and an encouragement to many of our faithful friends. I am so grateful to be connected to you! May God continue to bless the work of your hands!!  ~ Karla Meachem

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New Devotional by Nick Vujicic ~ LIMITLESS

From limbless to limitless – anything is possible with God!

Nick Vujicic knows there is no greater hope than trusting in God’s plan for your life. Born without arms or legs, Nick has experienced both the peak of hope and the depth of despair. But he has overcome his circumstances and physical limitations by clinging to his faith and understanding the limitless love and power God has for every person.

Now he wants you to experience that same reassurance of hope and the power of God, everyday. In these fifty inspirational devotions, Nick shares his most compelling, hard-earned wisdom to help you face obstacles with confidence and courage and point you toward God. Whether you struggle with faith, relationships, career challenges, anger, health concerns, self-esteem, finding balance, or doubt in your dreams, Nick’s biblical encouragement and positive attitude will transform your life and show you that you can be limitless because God is limitless.
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, 
according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church
 and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.” 
~ Ephesians 3:20-21

SO excited to see this new devotional available from Nick Vujicic!

 If you're not familiar with Nick's story, I encourage you to take the time
 to watch a portion of his story.  LIFE~changing!!

Nick's Story (Nick Vujicic's Story Growing Up)

Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors
[a]and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us.
~ Romans 8:37 AMP



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