That One Compliment {Inspiring Women}

Hi friends! For the months of May/June, we will be using a reading plan given to us by Sweet to the Soul Ministries. Feel free to stroll through their Facebook page and blog. They even have a journaling kit and Bible study for this month’s plan.

In high school, a teacher called me something that I have never forgotten. It was one of the greatest compliments I could ever receive in my life back then. I was awkward, detail obseessed, and a passionate worker when solo. Yet, all that stood out was one word – conscientious.

The mind of the prudent is ever getting knowledge, and the ear of the wise is ever seeking (inquiring for and craving) knowledge (Proverbs 18:15, AMPC).

Conscientious. It continues to be something I think on, and encourages me in my endeavors. I want to work well. While I can work well with giving less, I want to become a woman of God who strives to give Him her best.

As women seeking to inspire, let’s become prudent women who love Jesus and continue to pursue Him.

As women who understand what is right, we need to make knowledge of God and His Word our highest priority. For the conscientious woman, she will want to not only gain the knowledge but seek to apply it to her life as well.

Nearly three years ago, we learned the value of prudence. For the God fearing, we need be careful, not careless, in order to avoid pitfalls.  Our relationship with God through Jesus Christ is worthy of all required efforts to live a lifestyle – where our decisions are significant; we know and do “what would glorify God,” and have a lifestyle where “God would be honored.”

Those who do what is right, will seek to better themselves. They will look to the Proverbs and other books of the Bible to learn and grow in their relationship with our risen Lord.

While each had their failures as they were human, Abigail and David were seen as a couple who both displayed prudence before they got together.

  • Abigail was a prudent woman who was quick to soften the conflict, possible disaster against her imprudent husband.
  • David was seen as prudent in words long before his reign as king. It was right up there, with his musical capabilities.

Friends, let’s become prudent people. This characteristic will affect not only our own lives, but the lives of others around us. It can become tempting to consider and overwhelm ourselves with all the changes we need to make, but let us focus solely on the most important change we need to make – which is to have a heart desire to listen to and act upon God’s instructions for our lives.

We need a heart’s desire for Jesus, friends.

It has been several years ago since I received my conscientious compliment, but I hold it dear to this very day.

I want to be known as the girl who loves Jesus and gives Him her best. That is a legacy worth having!

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In Christ,

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Leaving an Intentional Legacy {Inspiring Women}

Hi friends! For the months of May/June, we will be using a reading plan given to us by Sweet to the Soul Ministries. Feel free to stroll through their Facebook page and blog. They even have a journaling kit and Bible study for this month’s plan!

Whatever we do, we are urged to do it well. No half-hearted efforts. We are given the opportunity to leave a legacy, while we live as foreigners on this earth.

Whatever you do, do well, for in death, where you are going, there is no working or planning, or knowing, or understanding (Ecc. 9:10; TLB).

This Scripture is one I have never noticed before, but I have seen it in multiple places – as I have initiated my writing break. We are urged to give God our best, and to do our best while we can. All God wants to see is – our best.

What Kind of Legacy?

The legacy I want to leave behind is – a Christ-centered one. I want to make God well pleased with me, which I am given through Christ and His work on the cross. The other goal is to leave behind a life that leaves a pleasing aroma and screams –

“I live for Jesus Christ, because He is worthy.”

Such a legacy is one that will most assuredly lead others to Him with each word {spoken and written} and performed action.

The Life of Joseph

So when the Ishmaelites, who were Midianite traders, came by, Joseph’s brothers pulled him out of the cistern and sold him to them for twenty pieces of silver. And the traders took him to Egypt (Gen. 37:28, NLT)

The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did (Gen. 39:2-3, NIV).

I am reminded of Joseph. A man with difficult circumstances, but continued to succeed in everything he did. Why did he continually succeed? He was one who sought God’s favor.

When we make our relationship with God through Jesus Christ our top priority, we will want to live a well-intentional life where we do our best. A well-intentioned life means more than half-heartedly pursuing multiple opportunities.

Doing Our Best

We are urged to do well in what we do. It doesn’t mean seizing every opportunity we are offered. There will be times, where we have to decline our opportunities – in order to give our best in what we do say “yes” to (see The Best Yes).

As women, who have been changed by Jesus Christ, we need to be intentional in how we say “yes” to opportunities. In doing so, we can be at our best. This is how we inspire others and maintain a “blessed not stressed” attitude.

Let’s become women of prayer and intentionality, because this is where God wants us to be. After all, every word and action is part of our worship!

What kind of legacy are you leaving behind?

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In Christ,

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The Generous Giver

Hi friends! For the months of May/June, we will be using a reading plan given to us by Sweet to the Soul Ministries. Feel free to stroll through their Facebook page and blog. They even have a journaling kit and Bible study for this month’s plan!

As we enter into this conversation about how to be women of influence, women who share Jesus’ love and power through their lives, we are reminded today that we will be made rich.

You will be made rich in everything so that your generosity will spill over in every direction. Through us your generosity is at work inspiring praise and thanksgiving to God (2 Cor. 9:11, VOICE).

God is powerful, my friends. He is pouring out His generosity into our lives. He is allowing His generous love to infiltrate our relationships, serving opportunities, and many precious {yet impactful} moments. On a daily basis, God is working in and through us.

While our Lord Jesus is influencing and changing us by His Holy Spirit, He is enabling us to be generous and influence the lives of others.

Just as we have been radically changed, because God has placed someone in our path, our great God is giving us those same kind of opportunities – and He will provide whatever is needed for that moment.

A truth many of us (myself included) need to hear, because truthfully I don’t feel like I have all too much to give. I have little to give in money and energy, but desire to influence lives.

This reminds me that it is about our relationship with Jesus Christ. This allows us to influence others’ lives. God is the One who makes me rich, and will provide my needs. God is making us rich, even when we don’t see it. He is paving the way for us to follow Him in obedience. If He asks us to do something, He will provide all we need.

He is the One who will fill us up, so we have the energy and words to serve others – thus influencing others for His Kingdom’s sake. Too often, we try to serve others without meeting our own needs.

The women who make the most influence, are often those who make the most out of what they have. It’s not that they have much money, time, or other resources to give. It’s that these women are rich in their willingness to love God and others, and know God will meet their needs.

We need to remember our transformation. This is the place, where we sit at Jesus’ feet – in Bible study and fellowship with our great God. As we sit with Him, we are being changed from the inside-out. As we are changed and walk in our new identity, others are changed too.

 God is able to make it up to you by giving you everything you need and more so that there will not only be enough for your own needs but plenty left over to give joyfully to others (2 Cor. 9:8, TLB).

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Week 4: 1 Thessalonians 4:3

This week’s memory verse is 1 Thessalonians 4:3. This is a precious piece of Scripture. While all Scripture is God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16), this one is quite meaningful for the lives of many believers in Jesus Christ.

For this is the will of God, that you should be consecrated (separated and set apart for pure and holy living): that you should abstain and shrink from all sexual vice… (AMP-C)

Friends, we have been set apart for God and His purposes. This is the tremendous joy of the Christian life we live. God has many amazing things in store for us, as His people who have been redeemed (rescued) by His Son Jesus Christ, and choose to continue seeking after God’s will.

For the Christian, one of the greatest temptations is sexuality. It is a hot area where the Devil knows just what crafty word or action to use, as he stands in the way between us and God. We all know someone who have fallen prey to the Devil’s lures with sexual temptation, and left their faith and lives in ruins.

While God has given us the ability to desire sex or things of that nature, it is a gift human beings have completely misused and reaped the consequences. This command is given for our benefit, for sexual sin destroys.

No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other… (Matthew 6:24, NIV)

Our sexuality is going to influence the sanctification process. Sexual sins promise little, deliver none, cost us much, and cause us to flee from God and His presence. And since many face this temptation and give into it, the Devil doesn’t have to try too hard – in order for us to give in. This is why we need to be aware of how we struggle with temptation, so we might stand firm and protect our relationship with our heavenly Father.

In Asbury’s Commentary, we are reminded of the remedy for temptations: run to God and stay in His presence!

Few things have contributed more to the downfall of believers than sexuality. However mature one might be, the constant bombardment from a society that does not know God (v. 5), coupled with the nature of sexual desires, provide ready ammunition for the Tempter (see 3:5). Paul’s implied remedy is the continuing presence of the Spirit in the believer’s life.

Our faith is heavily involved in this choice – whether we obey or reject this command given to us by God to abstain from sexual sins.

Faith is the belief in the Father’s love for you, the Son (Jesus Christ) who willfully went to all costs to redeem and reconcile you to the Father, and the truth that the Holy Spirit has taken up residence in your life. The Holy Spirit will not sit around and do nothing. God has set you apart and equipped you to live a godly life. Keep drawing near, and watch Him work!

How are you focusing on His Presence, as you face temptations?

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Week 1: Learning About His Love

How is everyone doing with this week’s study and memory verse? Our memory verse for the week is found in 1 Thessalonians 1:4, which says –

For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you…

The Spiritual Election

We need to know deep in our spirits that election, which has already taken place. God has chosen us. There is no other’s vote who counts more than God’s. God has specifically chosen you, to become His own son or daughter, through the sacrifice and salvation found in our Lord Jesus Christ.

We recently went through a significant presidential election. One filled with emotions and arguments. This is not the sort of election that has taken place in Heaven, concerning us. God specifically and lovingly chose us. He has loved us with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3), and this is why we have been chosen. Being chosen has absolutely nothing to do with our appearance, talents, health, or how far we have come in our lives. We are chosen specifically, because God loves us and wants us to spend eternity with Him!

Being chosen by God is fully dependent upon who He is. He desires to spend time with us, who are uniquely made by Him. He is our good good Father, and honestly wants to be with us more than anything else!

Loved Anyway

It’s hard for me to envision in my mind that God has seen all of humanity at their best and worst, yet He has still chosen me.  Especially on days like today, where my struggles are real, I cannot imagine the process of being chosen. As hard as it is to believe, because I wouldn’t choose me on a day like today, God has purposely chosen me and dwells with me in my moments of trouble.

He has chosen us. He wants to just love us and be there for us. If we could grasp this truth, our entire perspective would change. As we grasp this truth, we begin to look at our relationship with Jesus differently and become increasingly more transformed than the day before.

This kind of love is what led the prodigal son home. The Father’s love is incomparable to anything else we could ever experience. We are fully welcomed into our Lord’s presence, because of what Jesus Christ has done. We have been ushered into our heavenly Father’s presence, from the moment we begin to follow Jesus Christ.

We might liken this moment to being invited to a party, but it is far different than anything we could ever experience. We are invited to sit at the table with the very guest of honor Himself – Jesus Christ. We are fully welcomed, involved in heartfelt conversation, and given the tremendous privilege to enjoy Him and His presence.

We need to realize that… God’s relationship with us is the highest thing on His “to do” list!

The Ultimate Love

This is the ultimate kind of love, where we will be welcomed, entertained, to be fond of, and to be dearly loved. Also, to be well pleased and contented with. This means: we will always have God’s full attention. He is not going to get restless in His relationship with us, and move onto the next one. God is fully invested in our lives, and desires to be with us more than anything else!

Because of His enormous kind of love, God has chosen us. We have been hand-picked by God to have our relationship with Him restored, through His precious Son Jesus Christ!

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