Monday, September 29, 2014

Anemic Women of the Christian Faith

Today's Christianity rarely sees women worthy of being praised.

Oh, they get it all right. 

They get praised for getting their sweet, darling little selves to church on time with the whole family in coordinating outfits. They are praised for participating in Bible studies, teaching Sunday school, or any other thing that people see and deem good.

Nothing wrong with that. Part of every woman wants to know her efforts are appreciated.

But, most Christian women have been pumped so full on this sugary sweet, foo-foo-ey type praise, they've started believing that soaking up and gushing out praises coated with syrup in high pitched tones for no reason other than showing her face, is normal.

As a result, they get their heads stuck so far up in the clouds, feeding on marshmallows of “you're just so precious!” and bon-bons of “how sweet and darling can you be?!” type of stuff, that they've become anemic in their faith.

They've become weak. Not just weak, but weak-willed as well. They have no backbone when it comes to their faith. They've become wishy-washy, lackluster. They exude feeble character. They buckle and fall apart like a dandelion head at the first poof of wind.

Wait. I'm not done yet.

They've become ineffectual, ill-equipped to cope with any situation that might mean standing firm in their faith. Not only are they ill-equipped, they've become flat out insipid, lacking an interest in growing the faith they do have. They just like knowing everything is sweet and lovely and kind and generous They have no conviction, no desire, no hunger for the one true God.

They just sit there on their fine little fanny growing more and more anemic with each passing day.

If you're that kind of woman, I'll tell you what I told thousands of women here: It's time you grow up. It's time you open that word of God and start getting a feel for what is real. You start feeding and feasting on God's unending buffet, complete with free refills of His living water. Then you order up yourself a good dose of “test me, Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind” (Psalm 26:2) and you pray for the courage to live in full reliance on His faithfulness.

For now, we are going to look at examples of women who are not anemic. Exceptional women who are worthy of being praised. Exceptional women just doing every day life in every day ways.

  1. The mom who bravely submits to homeschooling her children when it would be so much easier to send them to school.
  2. The wife who works long hard hours beside her husband establishing their family business.
  1. The mother up all night holding her child through a sickness.
  1. The mother who sits beside her child's hospital bed, day in and day out.
  1. The grandmother raising her grandchildren.
  1. The teenage girl who chooses to keep her child.
  1. The wife who bravely forsakes her family, friends and all things familiar to follow her husband and his vision, which he is fully persuaded holds much more promise than that of staying where they are.
  1. The widow or single mom raising up little ones to be mighty arrows.
  1. Think of that one woman you would name far from anemic. Put her name here_______.

What makes her exceptional?

Is it the circumstances plopped upon her? Maybe she's still young, so could it be her vitality? Maybe she's experienced a lot in life? Or maybe she hasn't been knocked down quite as many times? Maybe its just her personality, you think?

Or maybe she's an exceptional woman because she nurtures a not so anemic faith.

She's not afraid of taking a stand for the right.
She's not afraid of getting her hands dirty, stained and calloused.
She's not afraid of being tired.
She's not afraid of being lonely.
She's not afraid of doing more than her share.
She's not afraid of what people say.

She just knows right here and right now, in her present situation, she has a God who sustains her. She has a God who promises a hope and a future to the faithful. And she has set her mind to being faithful till her very last breath.

She knows her God is far from anemic Himself, and because He made her in His likeness she can stand tall and strong, laughing at the days to come. Laughing at whatever breeze or gale may come storming her way. She doesn't run in fear or cower under the enemy's threats like women with an anemic faith do.

She bravely calls for her God. He answers her and He makes her bold. Then He finishes with a flourish, dousing her with an ample supply of stoutheartedness.

She digs in and does what needs to be done to the amazement of those around her. Some laugh at her. Some scorn. Some betray. Many wonder, certain she has fallen off her rocker or will be falling soon.

Yet, she stands tall and strong. She squares her shoulders, bravely marching on with her sword of truth and sheild of faith, head held high and her eyes glued to the prize He holds for His exceptional, stouthearted women of the faith.

Listen, she's not exceptional because she's not scared. She's probably scared out of her mind.

She's exceptional because she is not anemic. She's not complacent. She's not weak.

Anemic woman of the Christian faith, she's exceptional because she's about as far from being anemic in her faith, as you are in being exceptional in yours. >>tweet this<<

Now you run along and you have yourself a very exceptional day, dear sister in Christ.


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Monday, September 22, 2014

Dear Christian Woman, It's Time to Grow Up

Yes, Ma'am. That's you.

When you were saved, I wonder if you sat at Jesus' feet for a while and reveled in the awesomeness of this new, indescribable, unending, all healing, all powerful love you found in your Saviour? I hope you did because that's exactly what you should have done. That's exactly where you belonged. That's exactly where He wanted you.

I trust you enjoyed the knowledge of being His princess while you were being fed the spiritual milk of His love that you so desperately craved. Today, I hope you thrive in that knowledge while still being lavished with His love.

In 1 Peter 2:2 you are told to “crave pure spiritual milk.” First Corinthians 3:1-2 says you are given “milk, not solid food for you were not ready for it.”

Then in Hebrews 6:1-2 you are told to “leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity.” Ephesians 4:14-15 says to “no longer be infants...Instead, all things grow up into Him”.

Plain and simple, you're being called to grow up. You can't forever stay in that first knowledge of Him. You know that.

So, as all Christians do, you pray to be made like Jesus. You want to be “transformed into His likeness” as 2 Corinthians 3:18 says, but somehow you do not realize that the transformation into His likeness is not a future event. Instead, it is a present activity. 

Its a way of life.

Maybe you have a less than ideal marriage. As a Christian wife you are called to do good to your man even when he isn't good. Proverbs 31:11-12 “she does him good and not evil all the days of her life.”

Maybe you have a child who is forever pushing every single button you've got. As a Christian mother you are called to be patient and self-controlled, displaying an attitude of Jesus.

When that neighbor allows his dog to poop on your lawn, do you in a gentle and peace-loving attitude go out there and 'scoop the poop'?

Pun intended, because a whole lot of a humble Christ honoring life involves 'scooping the poop' - doing what others won't. Honoring others above yourself. Displaying a servants heart when you are both in a position of authority or in the mundane of everyday life.

As a Christian woman, you say you believe what is written in Gods book and, oh yes! You want to do His will, but when it comes right down to the nitty-gritty, you're just too proud. You are appalled that your faith be called to action over something like cleaning up after your neighbor's dog.

You'd rather shout your God's name from the rooftops, become a household name or start that new ministry. But you can't minster to the hearts of those in your very home.

Listen Christian woman, if you're married, your first ministry is to your husband. Your children are a close second. If you can't humbly serve and minister to them first, then you have no business venturing on to other things. No business whatsoever.

Christian woman. You are being called to step up to the plate and put that living, breathing Word of God you hold in your hand, into action.

Walk that extra mile.... Do that extra thing.... Say that extra kind word.

Y'all, it's time to grow up.

It's time to get your derriere off your cushy little throne, take off that crown that says, “I'm a princess & you're not so I can't serve you”, strap on some hip waders, buckle up that belt and go do that work of God you keep talking about.

I want to see some of that.

Real women, living real lives, showing off the real Jesus.

Grow up. In Him. >>TWEET THIS<<


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Friday, September 19, 2014

Verses for When You Need Confidence

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: 
that if we ask anything according to His will, 
He hears us.” 
~ 1 John 5:14 ~

“Have no fear of sudden disaster 
or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, 
for the Lord will be your confidence 
and will keep your foot from being snared.” 
~ Proverbs 3:25-26 ~

“So do not throw away your confidence; 
it will be richly rewarded. 
You need to persevere 
so that when you have done the will of God, 
you will receive what He has promised.” 
~ Hebrews 10:35 ~

“The fruit of righteousness will be peace; 
the effect of righteousness will be 
quietness and confidence forever.” 
~ Isaiah 31:17 ~



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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Verses Encouraging Right Choices

“I have set before you life and death, 
blessings and curses. 
Now choose life so that you and your children may live, 
and that you may love the Lord your God, 
listen to His voice and hold fast to Him.” 
~ Deuteronomy 30:19-20 ~

“then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve....
But as for me and my household, 
we will serve the Lord.” 
~ Joshua 24:15 ~

Choose My instruction instead of silver, 
knowledge rather than choice gold, 
for wisdom is more precious than rubies, 
and nothing you desire can compare with her.” 
~ Proverbs 8:10-11 ~

Listen to advice and accept instruction 
and in the end you will be wise.” 
~ Proverbs 19:20 ~

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Verses for When You are Burdened

“Praise be to the Lord, to God our Saviour, 
who daily bears our burdens. 
Our God is a God who saves, 
from the Sovereign Lord comes escape from death.” 
~ Psalm 68:19-20 ~

“Come to Me, 
all you who are weary and burdened, 
and I will give you rest. 
Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, 
for I am gentle and humble in heart, 
and you will find rest for your souls. 
For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” 
~ Matthew 11:28-30 ~

“I am feeble and utterly crushed; 
I groan in anguish of heart. 
All my longings lie open before You, O Lord; 
my sighing is not hidden from You. 
...I wait for You, O Lord; 
You will answer, O Lord my God.” 
~ Psalm 38:8-9,15 ~

“Cast all your care on the Lord and He will sustain you; 
He will never let the righteous fall.” 
~ Psalm 55:22 ~

“The Lord uphold all those who fall 
and lifts up all who are bowed down.” 
~ Psalm 145:14 ~


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Monday, September 15, 2014

You're Not as Dumb as You Think You Are: 5 Reasons to Put Down That Devotional and Pick Up the Actual Bible {Blog Swap with Michelle Lesley}

Recently, I met Michelle Lesley. Her writings immediately captivated me and I knew I would love to share her with you! Michelle invited me to do a blog swap with her and for the next four months, I plan to share a post of her's on the first Monday of each month. On the same day she will be sharing one of my posts. I'm excited to do this with her, but even more excited that you get to read her writings!

Here is a little bit about Michelle:

She and her husband have been blessed by the six wonderful children God has brought into their lives. She loves being a stay at home, home schooling mom and enjoys reading, staying active at church and in women’s ministry, spending time with family, and training church ladies to be mighty “Amazon women” of God.

Here is one of my favorites from her: (Don't you just love that title?! Captivating!)

Bible Five Reasons

As a women’s Bible study author and teacher, I have the unique privilege of talking to women from all kinds of backgrounds about their spiritual lives. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had women share with me that they didn’t grow up in church, or they grew up in a church that “didn’t allow” them to read the Bible, and now they have to use a Bible study or devotional book in their quiet time or they’re afraid they won’t be able to understand the Bible. My heart goes out to these ladies because they desperately want to learn from God’s word, but somewhere along the way, someone or something has convinced these perfectly intelligent women–I haven’t met a dumb one, yet– that they’re not good enough or smart enough for God’s word.

Ladies, you are not dumb. God created you smart enough to understand the Bible, and He created the Bible to be understandable. He loves you and wants you to read, embrace, and apply His word to your life. So don’t be afraid to throw that Daily Bread out the Open Windows of your Upper Room and read a chapter out of your Bible instead. Why?

GO HERE to read of the 5 reasons you need to open the actual Bible. They are great! 

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Read more about Michelle's Blog Swap here.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Verses for When You Need Boldness

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, 
but a spirit of power, 
of love and of self-discipline. 
So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord.” 
~ 2 Timothy 1:7-8 ~

“without being frightened 
in any way by those who oppose you. 
This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, 
but that you will be saved- 
and that by God.” 
~ Philippians 1:28 ~

“Surely God is my salvation; 
I will trust and not be afraid. 
The Lord, the Lord, is my strength and my song; 
He has become my salvation.” 
~ Isaiah 12:2 ~

“When I called, You answered me; 
You have made me bold and stouthearted.” 
~ Psalm 138 :3 ~

“The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; 
He will never leave you nor forsake you. 
Do not be afraid; 
do not be discouraged.” 
~ Deuteronomy 31:8 ~



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