Monthly Archives: August 2014

Made New

By @clutz40

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Hello Friends,
Judy C. Hope blessed me by her amazing memoir, Made New, A Hippie Chick’s Journey of Forgiveness. Her bravery in tackling some very difficult topics such as incest, rape, and sexual and physical abuse inspires transparency in us all.

Her most important theme is the power of God’s grace to bring forgiveness and freedom. This book is a must read for anyone who is struggling for freedom from past sins, or forgiving those who have hurt us in unimaginable ways.

Order a copy for yourself and someone you love today!

WestBow Press

Greater is He!

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I had the privilege of posting this over at Church 4 Chicks last week.  Check out their wonderful blog! http://www.church4chicks.com 

You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. 1 John 4:4 (NASB)

 

Dear Ones:

Are you aware that we are all engaged in an unseen battle? Ephesians 6:10-13 says, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.” (NASB)

Yes, beloved, we are engaged in a battle with a formidable foe, whether we acknowledge it or not. The Scriptures tell us the devil is continually scheming. They tell us the demons are not flesh and blood, but are forces of darkness and spiritual forces of wickedness. BUT

1 John 4:4 brings us such hope (certain expectation!). It states we are from God, and we have overcome them. (Hallelujah!) When Jesus cried out of the cross, “It is finished,” (John 19:30) He secured our salvation. After His death and resurrection His redeeming work of accomplishing our salvation was completed, and He sat down at the right hand of God. He overcame death and the devil. Until He returns, though, we must remember we are in a battle. In his book, The Invisible War, Chip Ingram states that “We don’t fight FOR victory, we fight FROM victory.” But fight we must!

Do not be blindsided by Satan’s attacks, put on your spiritual armor and stand firm. When the battle rages do not fight in the flesh, as you are not fighting flesh and blood. Fight with the Word of God and prayer. Quote Scripture out loud. Claim your victory in Him. Turn on worship music and sing His praises.

Never forget: If you belong to Him:

YOU’RE AN OVERCOMER!!

What about you?

Do you find yourself ignoring the fact that you are in a battle?

Do you find yourself fearing Satan more than you trust your victorious Savior?

Have you tried quoting the Word of God and singing God’s praises in order to ward off the attacks of the evil one?

Would you like more information on how to stand firm?

 

 

 

 

How I was AWAKENED to Church 4 Chicks

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We were sitting in Chick-Fil-A enjoying a large glass of un-sweet tea with lots of ice. Chick-Fil-A iced tea is more refreshing than the average fast food drink. They seem to brew it just right. Between sips, I was asking my friend about creative ways to launch the ministry God had laid on my heart. She asked me if I had heard of Shelley Hendrix, and her ministry, Church 4 Chicks? She felt learning from Shelley might be a great way to begin. I flatly replied “no,” as my mind was questioning, “Church 4 Chicks?” “Is that a church just for women?” “No thanks, I didn’t want to be a part of a church for women only.”

At the Holy Spirit’s prompting, after finishing my fellowship time with my friend, I began to take a deeper look at this “chick church” through on-line research. Boy did I have a lot to learn!
Frist I read their purpose statement: “We are here to Help Women Live with Purpose…Without the Pressure!!” Church 4 Chicks wasn’t a local church for women only; it was a women’s ministry, which included the broader Christian community and intergenerational fellowship and Bible teaching. There were likewise strong male leadership and accountability.

I read of how their purpose is to bring the generations together. Who does that anymore?

“How do we do this? We are so glad you asked. Team C4C is intentional to Create and Cultivate Environments of Grace for Women of ALL Ages. A place where women are free to be who they are and given the space and the grace to allow their relationship with God to grow at its own pace. (And, no we didn’t mean for that to rhyme!)

We are passionately enthusiastic about creating environments that bring the generations and cultures together. It is a joy to see teenage young women (and even younger!) mingling and building relationships with grandmothers–and everywhere in between!”

The concept grabbed me! I purchased my AWAKEN ticket and attended for the first time in 2013 with two dear friends. The beauty of the conference is it truly touches women of all ages and stages. My best friend and I were sitting there together as opposites. She resonated with the speaker who had tried to live a good Christian life, sought to marry in the Lord and raise godly children, yet experienced much hardship. Tears were streaming down her face as she acknowledged being a “good girl” doesn’t shield you from the trials of this life. I resonated with the “bad girl.” The speaker with the dysfunctional up-brining who did everything the wrong way, yet by God’s grace has been made new.

The next AWAKEN Conference is on Saturday, November 8th. Grab a ticket for yourself and a friend. Find out what these chicks have been up to! A blessing awaits you!