Unsinkable Faith

Unsinkable Faith: Transform the Way You Think, Feel, Live

July 20, 2017
Unsinkable faith

When I was young, Christian bookstores started selling promise boxes. Each card in the box had a promise from the bible and you were supposed to pull out one to read every day and think about.

There’s one promise in the Bible they probably didn’t include: John 16 Jesus says “In the world you have tribulation”

I doubt anyone would be thrilled to hear this, but unfortunately, those words come true more often than we would like.

And I have been there. Starting in 2008 with my husband becoming seriously ill, I had an avalanche of tough stuff land on me. I felt like Job. And this lasted for several years. The length and intensity of this time finally wore me down. Sunny days were terrible because I felt dark. How could the world be bright when I was so worn down?

Negative thoughts were a problem. I already knew about James 1: “Count it all joy when you encounter various trials,” and Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is 1lovely, whatever is 2of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.” However,  I needed to heal from the trauma and find my way back toward hope.

Even though my faith remained strong, healing took time.

Today we live in a post-Christian world, which has abandoned faith and reason. People often live by their emotions, which quickly get out of control and spiral downward. Plus those unbiblical ideas are leaking into the church. That’s not good. Tracie Miles had an avalanche of heartache like I did and chose to write about what she learned. Her new book is called, Unsinkable Faith: God-filled strategies to Transform the Way You Think, Feel, and Live.

Find Tracie here.

 

Spiritual Warfare

Winning Your Daily Spiritual Battles

July 13, 2017
Battle

Would you like to fight a battle? I can’t say I do, however,  we live in a world full of upheaval. My thoughts and prayers go to the recent victims of terror in Manchester and in London. These attacks add to the long string of terror we have been hearing about. But there’s another war out there that’s been raging a long time too. It’s spiritual warfare, and it’s just as real. A number of years ago a friend and I led and Lady’s Sunday school class together. She’d teach several weeks and then pass the lesson off to me. The moment it was my turn, I was barraged by unpleasant thoughts. Sometimes it was worse than others, but I had to evaluate each nasty thought and ask myself if God would say that.

Also in 2008, the moment I entered the writing world, I felt it too. I would wake in the morning, and my first feelings were condemnation being poured over me. “You think you can write?”

My husband fell ill with a serious disease. He was and is a serious Bible teacher. Highly intellectual. And the doctor discovered his brain was infected. Let me tell you, nothing could be more devastating to one who is brilliant. It was a very personal attack. My mind went back to the story of Job. God allowed Satan to hurt job. But. He said you may go this far and no more. I truly believe the Lord allowed warfare at that time, but he stopped Satan from totally destroying my husband.

Today my guest is Linda Evans Shepherd. She has just completed a book called Winning Your Daily Spiritual Battles. She will share with us how to win.

Learn more about Linda Evans Shepherd here.

Battle

Linda Evans Shepherd

Battle

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Identity

Avoid Deception and Be Empowered By Your Identity

July 7, 2017
Identity

What is Your Identity?

When I was growing up, the style was to have straight hair that curled up on the ends, short skirts, and fishnet hose.

My hair is curly and would never look like the girls around me. Plus, my family insisted I dress modestly. Mother would not allow me to wear short skirts, and she thought fishnet hose silly. Add all that together, and I did not fit in.

My grandmother had come to live with me when I was nine, and she didn’t like girls. She went to work on my mind by letting me know I wasn’t worth a dime unless I performed whatever task she thought I should do. Yeah. I felt like the ugly duckling who didn’t belong anywhere.  Insecure!

I’m very thankful that as I grew older I got involved in a church that taught the Bible deeply from the pulpit. I became caught up in the truths I learned and grew in my faith. The pastor even taught a class on how to study the Bible and I devoured every lesson.

Romans 5:8 says God demonstrates his love for us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ Died for us. I compared my insecurities to God’s love for me and realized He valued me. Over time I came to realize Satan leaves his mark on everyone, not just me. A lot of my insecurities vanished in the light of God’s Word. Sometimes I have to battle my heart with what I know, but I understand God loves me.

Like me, lots of women feel they don’t fit, or else see themselves as less valuable because they suffered abuse in their childhood. Today my guest is Dr. Deb Waterbury. Because she suffered gang rape in her childhood, she had a battle too, but she found answers. She just finished the book, The Lies that Bind and the Truth that Sets You Free.

Find Deb here.

 

Identity

Deb Waterbury

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finances

End the Fighting! You Can Achieve Financial Freedom

June 30, 2017

Money! I keep thinking of the popular song that was played when I was a teen.  Karen Carpenter beautifully sang about how little money she and her husband had, yet they loved each other intensely.  When I was younger, I thought that was so romantic.  Everyone would say love gets you through anything, including poverty.  Now, I know living with a constant battle over how to spend what you do have makes marriage much harder.

I can recall how difficult it was for us when we first married. My husband was adamant that we needed a budget, and he kept trying to make one.

Every few days, he’d come to me with a new idea and explain how it would work. That was 39 years ago,  but I don’t remember any details about the first submissions. However, he finally contrived something that worked, and we’ve stayed on that for years.

I know many couples end up disagreeing and arguing over money. Many young married folk today bring school debt to marriage.  Money is such a tough issue because we all have needs and wants. Sometimes it’s truly hard to know which is which.

My husband would say, “Do you need that? Or do you just want that?” It was hard to admit sometimes I wanted it for selfish reasons. Oh, the conversations we had and the ache. Yet we never had a huge debt to pay off.

Some of you just barely make it and live from paycheck to paycheck.  How can we honor God with our money? Today my guest is Stephanie Beck. She and her husband do financial counseling and help couples overcome debt. Use the links below to contact them HERE. Or, email them: coaches@beckfc.com.

Stephanie Beck and her husband do financial counseling

 

Caring for your body

Rise and Hustle: Personal Trainer Offers New Approach to Fitness

June 30, 2017
New Approach to Fitness

Exercise has never been my favorite activity. In school, I was one of the scholarly kids, and sweating never made me happy. Gym class was terrible because the teacher’s goal was to wear me out. Unfortunately I am not terribly coordinated either, so whenever we played volleyball, I hated serving. I’d put my hand behind me to slap that ball, however, I almost always missed it. Embarrassing!

The teacher’s goal was to wear me out. Unfortunately I am not terribly coordinated either, so whenever we played volleyball, I hated serving. I’d put my hand behind me to slap that ball, however, I almost always missed it. Embarrassing!

As I continued studying, I learned the Bible uses certain metaphors the Olympics and exercise.  “…everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beneath the air: I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. ”

That passage talks about self-control, and that’s a good thing. Lack of self-control in diet and exercise can become a problem. Since I hate exercise, it took me a long time to start exercising regularly. After keeping a routine for years, I can’t say I like it, but I know I feel better if I keep exercise in my routine.

Today Mike Whitfield is my guest. He’s a personal trainer who just wrote a book called, Rise and Hustle.

2:00 Why did you write this book?

3:55 Ninety minutes a day? If that’s a minute and a half, that doesn’t seem long enough.

5:10 They read this book first and then exercise?

6:00 How does your book help?

Mike Whitfield

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

www.riseandhustle.com

www.riseandhustlebook.com

Boundaries

Worried About Perfection? Here’s Some Useful Advice

June 19, 2017

1 Peter 1:15 but 1alike the Holy One who called you, 2bbe holy yourselves also in all your behavior;

That’s a tough command. Nevertheless, that’s what God asks us to do. None of us are perfect, but I sure want to be.  I was the at the top of my classes in school, and I always hated the fact that I missed that one question on the test.

As an adult, I’m always trying to improve and grow as a person.

But, I’m out of school, and I don’t get grades anymore. Plus my kids are grown, I’m realizing more and more how that desire drives me. I also think about that passage in Phil 3 where Paul said he strives for the resurrection of the dead. He wanted to achieve the perfection he would have in his resurrected body.

This is a great goal, but how do we live with ourselves when we face our fallen nature? Where’s the boundary of Romans 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus?”

Striving to become as godly as we can while recognizing and forgiving ourselves for failing. That’s a huge job.

Today my guest is Doc Hensley, he is Professor of Communication (Professional Writing concentration) in the Communication Department at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, and an annual judge for the Evangelical Press Association Awards and the Christy Fiction Awards. He has around five dozen books in print. One of his latest, Pseudonym, gets inside a woman’s mind and deals with several issues we face such as perfectionism and abuse.

1:55 What is the balance between trying to be holy and our desire for perfection?

3:05 How did you climb inside a woman’s mind?

6:08 The consequences of marrying an insecure man.

8:18 Do we women want the applause of others?

Learn more about Doc here.

Doc Hensley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Authority of Scripture, Bible, Bible Study, Commitment to Christ, Communication, Heart of the Matter, Spiritual Disciiplines, Walking by Faith

Transformation Through God’s Living and Active Word

June 17, 2017
Transformation Through God's Word

Transformation Through God’s Word

Hebrews 4:12 says, for the word if God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

This verse talks about the Bible and it’s very interesting as it explains what it does. One of the things I did as a homeschool mother was categorizing things with my children. Two categories are living versus nonliving material.  We recognize that a rock is nonliving whereas a bug is living. The scripture said the word of God is alive even though it’s words on paper. However, I have learned that at times, especially times of crisis. The word of God would leap off the page. I understood it before, but at those moments I had a deeper understanding. Plus at those moments the word ministered to me more deeply that I thought possible. God’s word will show you where you need to change. I have to say I’ve seen the Bible be what this verse describes: living and active.

“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”

The words Jesus said tell us the value of words from God’s mouth. We need them more than food. Because even if we die, we still have God. He’s what we need. The origin of this came from the time when Moses explained to the Israelites what God was doing when he tested them. He wanted them to realize the felt need they had for food wasn’t their biggest need. Their biggest need was God. He could provide food from heaven, if he chose. And he did. So far from saying our physical life has no value, the spiritual trumps the physical. We require the words from God to survive in this life and the next.

Andy Lee

Abuse of Authority, Anger, Authority of Scripture, Bible, Bible Study, Commitment to Christ, Communication, Educating your children, Emotions, Freedom, Heart of the Matter, Parenting, People Pleaser, Submission, Truth, Worry

Attention Control Girls: Learning to Let Go!

June 2, 2017
Control Girl_Cynthia L. Simons

Have you ever had a friend pull you off to the side and say, “Watch out for Emmaline. She’ll be telling you what to do if you aren’t careful.”?

No one likes a woman who has to run every event herself, and our kids really hate it once they are grown. At that point, they are ready to choose for themselves.

A couple years ago, my husband and I started ballroom dancing. We love it. However, I have learned things about myself. The man leads while dancing. His job is to move forward and make his way around the room, avoiding other dancers. When I am facing him, I can’t see where we are going.  I am so accustomed to getting things done that relaxing so he can lead is a real challenge. It takes real effort, but these dance lessons taught me how much I needed to be in control.

What a great spiritual lesson for all of us. Look at what the Psalmist says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. When you trust God, you must rest in him, knowing he can do what you cannot.

Today Shannon Popkin is my guest. She has just written the book, Control Girl.

Shannon’s bio;

I’m Shannon Popkin. I’m a wife and mom, a writer and speaker, a small group leader and Bible teacher. I’m so excited about my new book, Control Girl: Lessons on Surrendering Your Burden of Control from Seven Women in the Bible.,  which released in January 2017). With God’s help, I’m on a path that leads from Control Girl to Jesus Girl.
As a speaker, I love combining my love for humor and storytelling and with my passion for Jesus. I speak for ladies’ events, retreats, and moms groups. On my blog, I share stories from my life, which I hope will make you smile, and will encourage you to follow Jesus more closely. I also share posts from the other sites that I contribute to, including True Women.
Learn more here.
Control Girl

Shannon Popkin

Authority of Scripture, Bible, Bondage breaker, Commitment to Christ, Emotions, Freedom, Love, Redemption, Relationships, Respect, Rights, Self-Esteem

Breaking Free: Accept How God Made You

May 27, 2017

Breaking Free: Accepting How God Made You:

I’m a big fan of history, and I love to read diaries. Once I read a diary about a girl who lived just before the Civil War. She was an older adolescent at the time. One day she was visiting a friend, and as she walked down the hall, she saw a reflection in the mirror she assumed was her friend. Warm thoughts filled her mind about how lovely and poised she was. However, as she got closer to the sitting room, she realized the mirror was catching a reflection of her own face. She was amazed at how her opinion changed and she found fault with that same reflection she had formerly admired. At that moment she knew she would have liked what she saw if she saw herself from someone else’s perspective.

That story fascinates me because I think that represents what a lot of women feel. We look in the mirror and do not like what we see, yet we long to be attractive. For instance, I have curly hair. For years I wished for straight hair and went to lots of effort to make it appear less curly. As far as our abilities or talents, we don’t take those into account either.

Scripture says Greater love has no man than this, than a man lay down his life for a friend. (John 15:13) Jesus left behind his glory and even some of his privileges as God to lay down his life for us. If God loves us that much we are worth a lot.

If we are going to minister to others, we need to have healthy relationships valuing ourselves with our gifts and strengths as God does.

Tina Yeager is my guest today. She is a counselor and a life coach and this topic is one she will address today.

Tina Yeager

Learn more about Tina here.

 

 

 

 

 

Anger, Babies, Balance, Child Development, chocolate, Commitment to Christ, Communication, Doing Family God's Way, Editing your work, Educating your children, Emotions, Encouragement, Family, Guilt, Heart of the Matter, Home Atmosphere, Humor, Keeping our focus, Mother's Day, Mothering, Mothering Advice, Parenting, Praise, Putting Others First, Relationships, Respect, Trust

Mother’s Day: Mother Daughter Duo: Rhonda and Kaley Rhea Co-Authors

May 18, 2017

Mother’s Day: Mother and Daughter Duo: Rhonda and Kaley C0-Authors

As a little girl, I looked up to my mother. I can recall sitting on the couch beside her, her admiring her. She was pretty, smart, and was … a mother. I wanted to be like her. As I grew older and got into my teens, I began to feel like we didn’t communicate. We didn’t have a lot in common, or at least I thought so. There was a communication barrier there I failed to understand.

Now that she is gone, I understand her better because she wrote a lot, and I was able to get a peek inside her mind. And I know I’m a lot like her.

Mother’s Day receives mixed reviews. Some of you may have had great mothers, and you enjoy honoring her. Others had a difficult childhood and may try not to repeat the mistakes your mother made. I remember Mother’s day as painful after I lost my mother. Plus those of you with difficult children may find this season painful.

My heart goes out to all of you who might be hurting.

Today I’d like to give young mothers some guidance on doing well, overcoming obstacles and feeling confident in this important job.

I’m reminded of what Paul said to I Timothy: He obviously believed Timothy’s mother and grandmother impacted his life. “For I am mindful of the sincere faith within you, which first dwelt in your grandmother, Lois, and your mother Eunice, and I am sure that it is in you as well.”

My guests are Rhonda Rhea and her daughter Kaley. They are the authors of Turtles in the Road, an inspirational humorous romance that’s just releasing. They are both TV personalities for Christian Television Network’s KNLJ in mid-Missouri. Rhonda is also a nationally-known speaker, humor columnist and author of 11 other books, including Fix-Her-Upper, a soon-releasing nonfiction project coauthored with Beth Duewel. Rhonda is married to her pastor/husband, Richie Rhea, and they have five grown children. Kaley works at Missouri Baptist University and she and Rhonda both live in the St. Louis area.

Learn more about Rhonda and Kaley here.

Rhonda and Kaley

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