When a Woman finds her Voice, by Jo Ann Fore


When A Woman Finds Her Voice

When A Woman Finds Her Voice

About This Great New Book by Mary Young Robinson

It didn’t take long for most of us to learn to put the mask on, protecting ourselves from more shame and pain. And then there were those well-meaning non-victorious Christians who just encouraged that type of living filled with pride.

Well now we know! That’s definitely NOT what Christ wants for us. Jo Ann Fore is able to plainly articulate why that plan always fails. With grace and experience, Jo Ann seeks to point others to the real answer and how to apply it Biblically.

Using her own war battled wounds and scars, Jo Ann genuinely hugs each reader with her insight and encouragement. It is amazing how God is still raising up special people like Jo Ann to melt our hearts and strengthen our spirits through Jesus Christ.

I won my book through a give-away on Good Reads. (a great place to read reviews and leave reviews)  I would have bought it anyway…and now I want to get it into the vision of other wanderers…you will love her stories! You will love how God has helped her overcome!

Friends, don’t you agree that when you are depressed, ashamed, and nursing wounds, you wish you could talk to just one person who understood?  Jo Ann does, and she surrounds herself and ministry with other vital women who are learning the process that will make them free.  Read it, make notes, and treasure your outcome as you serve others.

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GUEST Dr. Michelle Miller Bengtson


From Her Series on BEAUTYImage

When I was traveling up north and observing and drinking in the beauty of the fall colors, there were times when I saw one tree changing its colors but surrounded by trees that had not yet begun the process of change.  It made me think of those times in our lives when God calls us to do something new, to forge a new path, to stand apart, despite all those around us who are not called to the same in their journey or perhaps resist change.  It’s not easy to blaze a new path, especially when we are surrounded by those who want to hold on tightly to the old, familiar ways of doing things.

As I looked on those changing trees flanked on all sides by those yet to give in to change, I realized how beautiful the one tree was that was undergoing the transformation. What a beautiful sight it is to gaze upon those whom He has called and set apart for kingdom purposes.

“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.” Romans 12:1-2 (The Message)

Will you embrace change today?

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Voice Your Failure And Your Redemption


When A Woman Finds Her Voice

When A Woman Finds Her Voice

I asked Jesus Christ into my heart.  Yes, He was real to me.  But His truth was not nourished and embedded in my heart.  The battle raged on.  I was thrust into the struggle without the proper armor.  I was young, I was weak, I was confused.  Through relationships, I became controlled and manipulated to succumb to Satan‘s invitations.  My insecurity ruled me, after all, this was what the fallen angel wanted.  I listened to the  Wrong Voices.  

I failed.  I scraped my knees while falling.  But I can get up.  With God’s power I am being made whole again.  It is a journey.  I will NOT be controlled again by anyone or anything but Christ.  Do I believe this?  Now, Lord help me with my unbelief!

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The Lord wants us to be as healthy as we can be even though this world is so desperately flawed.  Sickness in so many forms resonate from the original fall, but our present sins are also influencing these developments every minute of the day.  Strive for perfection, say ye?  NO, of course not, because that is not attainable on earth.  But listening to the Holy Spirit to allow His guidance, is here in this present day world, as Jesus promised before He went to be with the Father God.

Emotional and mental illness is a complex issue.  Educated doctors are still baffled over which pill will calm you, which pill will keep you centered on life, what therapy will help you get well.  I am certainly not against help.   But the counsel and therapy offered through Jesus Christ and the Bible should be sought first and foremost for the Christian.  And remember what the Bible says about fellowship?  This is so important, I believe, especially for women of today.  (ALL AGES)  This includes mentoring, praying together, laughing together, grieving together, etc.

Jo Ann Fore has been a “wounded woman”.  Through God’s Grace, she has found her voice and wants to be involved with healing of other women, partnering with the Lord.  She is offering information and experience for today’s women to help them find their voice.  Have you been to her Face Book site “Writing Where It Hurts“?  And where does it hurt?  Only you know where it hurts and how it hurts.  Why not journal and write about it to help get your thoughts down before you and God as you pray.

Look for Jo Ann’s new book, When A Woman Finds Her Voice: Overcoming Life’s Hurts & Using Your Story to Make a Difference, soon to be released.

The ‘Have it Your Way” Gospel


Jonathan Cahn

Jonathan Cahn

by Jonathan Cahn

A fast-food franchise made famous the slogan, “Have it your way”.  Unfortunately, we live in a fast food culture and subscribe to a fast food FAITH.  What this means is:  the subjectification of the Gospel.  The Gospel isn’t really about God anymore but what God can do for me.  It’s not about truth, but what I feel.  If I feel it, it’s true.  It’s not about the absolute, it’s about subjective.  We don’t mold our lives to conform to God’s absolute truth.  Rather we mold our beliefs to conform the way we live our lives.  The Bible has become as valuable to us as a hamburger.  Have it your way.  We must reject fast food Christianity–the subjectification of the Gospel.  We’re not SAVED by a subjective truth.  Such gospels and philosophies save no one.  We’re saved by the Absolute Truth, the unchangeable God, and the unalterable Gospel.  Reject the spirit of the age and live by the Holy Spirit.  Let’s not bend the truth to fit our lives, but let’s conform our lives to fit the truth.  For the eternal and unchanging truth of God…is not a hamburger!

Slogan:  “Do it God’s way”.

Romans 12:2     ESV   “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of our mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND NOEL TO ALL


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI cherish to remember that it doesn’t matter who you are, who you are with, or where you are, you can savor the savior. It is Christmas morn, a little snow on the hills and our porch. The cat is happy by the fire and the dog is happy to jump around in the new fallen snow. No matter how you feel or what your lot in life is, you can grab the joy that Jesus Christ brought into this world. A fallen world of bad choices and sin wear and tear on our souls and everyday lives. But HE OVERCOMES! No matter what is under your tree this Christmas, may you reach for His hand and celebrate His birth and His relationship…today, tomorrow and into the future He has promised…Merry Christmas.

YOU HAVE BEEN HIGHLY ESTEEMED AND THE JUDGE SAYS “NOT GUILTY”!


How do you see yourself today?  Do you depend on how you feel about yourself or do you take what people say about you and apply that to your mind and heart?  Who has the right to say anything about who you really are?  Who sees the inside and who tells you the truth?

Paul says that the mark of a true believer is that we put no confidence in the flesh; we put no hope in our selves.  He explains all the things he could have ‘esteem’ in about himself, his heritage, his passion for the Church, his knowledge of Scripture, or being a good person is not how  a Christian or God bases esteem.

You hear people talking about our journey with Christ must be a relationship.  That relationship involves a Holy God, His son, His Holy Spirit imparting knowledge into your heart.  Heart knowledge…heart esteem…heart relationship.  So, we allow these God personalities to block what the “Evil One” or flesh would say to us as individuals.

Those of us who are married or have been married, know that relationships involve open honesty and transparency.  The same applies to the ultimate relationship with God.  Listening to the Holy Spirit (thereby gaining insight and strength), telling Him the secrets of your heart (He will not condemn), He will encourage and speak truth, and responding in obedience.  (You can only be in relationship when you submit)

Healthy Esteem?  God provides that.  Will you accept it?

BLOGGING – QUOTE


 

by CS Lewis

“What Satan put into the heads of our remote ancestors was the idea that they could “be like gods”–could set up on their own as if they had created themselves–be their own masters–invent some sort of  happiness for themselves outside God, apart from God.

And out of that hopeless attempt has come nearly all that we call human history–money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery–the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.”

If you know the story of CS Lewis, you know that he was an Atheist before he was a Christian.  For those who are undecided or might want to review the whole learning process, read the story of his life and some of his published books.

 

“Wildflower Bride in Dry Creek, by Janet Tronstad


So many times in real life, the Holy Spirit chooses family members or close friends to show someone visibly how Christ came into their world and accomplished an overhaul on their lives.

Tyler Stone, as did his brothers, went through the first part of his life with low self-esteem based on poverty, lifestyle, a dysfunctional family and without God. He seemed to feel that no matter what he did or how good he did it, he would never be a stable or loving husband or father.

When he finally visits his former hometown, he sees miraculous changes in other people’s lives. He also is at his point of need and begins to note that God does seem reachable.

A young woman whom he served as a body-guard in their teens still shares a special relationship with him. After a family secret is revealed, he begins to understand more about the root of his insecurity and then opens his heart to God’s care and redemption.

It is amazing how so many people have trusted Christ in this small place and how the power and strength of God permeates and continues to reach others.

This story by Janet Tronstad, from the “Return to Dry Creek” series, is again one that could easily be real and in any Montana cowboy town. I recommend this easy and enjoyable read! Continue reading