People can be utterly rebellious and profoundly disobedient, yet God keeps coming back with clear warnings to them. And, meanwhile, He assures the faithful they’ll be protected. He never ignores the wicked, as we might consider doing. Quite the contrary, in His great love, He gives them yet another chance to repent of their wickedness.
And through it all He keeps a watchful eye on those who trust Him. He says to Zephaniah, “I will leave in your midst a meek and humble people, and they shall trust in the name of the Lord” (Zephaniah 3:12).
He’s both fair and just . . . when it comes to the transgressor, as well as the righteous. He has grace and a plan for both.
From Women of Faith Devotional Bible. Copyright © 2003 (Thomas Nelson, Inc.) Used by permission.
Over the course of our lives, each person’s identity is being formed and shaped through individual experiences, relationships, culture, media and the world around us. We are constantly seeking to define who we are in any way that we can. God created humans to have unique characteristics and purpose. However he designed us also to have a commonality of contentment with our lives through His will. We discover our true identity the more closely we are drawn to Him.
First, we must know how God sees us. One of the richest passages about identity in the Bible is found in Ephesians 1:3-14. In this passage, Paul addresses the church in Ephesus, explaining the new identity given to a person when they are in Christ.
According to Ephesians 1, we have been blessed with every spiritual blessing; we have been chosen, adopted, redeemed, forgiven, grace-lavished, and unconditionally loved and accepted. We are pure, blameless and forgiven. We have received the hope of spending eternity...
Hey there! I’m Alita Reynolds, Foundational Voice with Women of Faith.
Let’s talk today about our Be the Light Event, September 6-7, 2019 in Lincoln, Nebraska.
First of all, I would love for you to register!
Second of all, I want to talk about our Story Workshop, Friday from 9 am - 3 pm.
I am absolutely passionate about this Story Workshop because I know everyone has a powerful story. We want to help you compose your story in such a compelling way.
We know that sharing your story lets others know they are not alone. I am sure you have experienced it too. When somebody says... “This has happened to me too”! People relate more to your failures than your successes.
Why not learn how to share that in such a powerful way to bring them to Christ.
May the story about me... always point to Jesus.
THREE TYPES OF ATTENDEES
There are three types of attendees for the Story Workshop.
The first type of attendee is...
Longing or Living?
These past few months, the topic of longing vs. living has struck a chord with me. I have faced a number of changes that have left me, at times, longing for what was.
My daughter, Becca, who for the last 21 years has been my third appendage, has decided to move from Iowa to Texas. She has met the love of her life and is getting married!
She was home for a visit in June with her fiancé, and when they left to return to Texas, it hit me hard. She will be married in a few short months to begin her own family! I found myself longing for more time…time where she was still all mine.
“Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” ~Genesis 2:24
I have to admit, there are times when I find myself pondering how easy it would be to live in a state of longing for what we want, what we had, instead of living what is. Periodically over the past few years I have found myself in that...
LOOKING FOR REAL RELATIONSHIPS?
Real relationships are rare, like a diamond in the rough.
If you have real relationships, you are blessed!
Real relationships are special and to be handled with care.
If you have real relationships, you are one of the few!
Real relationships get me through life and are the best God-given medicine.
Real relationships are developed over time and requiring intentional effort.
Maybe you read these statements and wish you could say - YES, I have real relationships!
Maybe you read these statements and think to yourself - HOW do I develop real relationships?
I remember a time when all I wanted was to have Real Relationships.
I have had the surface friendships which left me with dissatisfaction.
I wanted real, raw conversation; talking about things that truly mattered.
I wanted friends who would lift my arms up when I felt I could not.
I remember a poster I saw a long time ago. It was a picture of an adorable red-headed little boy blowing a big, huge bubble, and the caption read, “Be Yourself– Who else is better qualified.” This isn’t the picture, but there’s something about the little boy in this picture I adore!
As I’ve grown in life and in my walk with Jesus, the truth in this saying has become more and more real and more and more important. It has taken me a very long time to accept the fact that I’m a quirky, weird, artsy-fartsy creative person. I don’t like living in a box and will fight anyone who tries to put me in one. I guess I’m just wired to be weird!
As I let God be my mirror and not the world, I see the beauty of His workmanship in my life. Every experience, every victory, every defeat, every piece of me and my quirky personality He intends to use for His good. He created me on purpose for a purpose, and He empowers me to fulfill the purpose that...
Word to the Wise – Words are Powerful! When I think of words, I think of Power.
John 1:1 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” The power of words began when God spoke the world into being with the power of His words. Look at the whole creation process…He created all from nothing by speaking it into existence.
That is power!
In the creation process, it is only man that He gave the power to use words. It is also through words that He communicates with us. John 1:14 says, “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.”The power of the word was meant for good.
So why do we choose to misuse our most powerful asset?
Our society has become conditioned to talk about problems and misfortunes. Those problems and misfortunes that we speak are also from our own interpretation and perspective of events...
Have you heard the saying, “I’ve really been put through the wringer!”? Maybe this is a Midwestern term and maybe it is not used quite as often any more, but have you ever felt like you have been “Put through the wringer”?
In the, “ahem,” olden days, before our convenient washers with all the fancy selections of exactly the way we want to wash our clothes, women had to use a wringer washer. Perhaps you have used one or your mother or grandmother used to use one. I remember going to antique auctions with my mom, and she would explain how they worked. Clothes were washed and then cranked through the rollers so that excess water was squeezed out of it, making it easier to hang them on the clothesline. The rollers were called a mangle, as running the device could be dangerous. She shared with me the agony my grandma had using it with six children, she had her fair share of this laborious work. Her main point was: Don’t...
How many times have you said no to something simply because you lacked the confidence to do it? Granted, we don’t need to say yes to every crazy opportunity that presents itself, but there are times when we ought to step forward and have a little faith in our own abilities. In fact, that’s what the word confidence means – with faith. So how do we increase our belief in our own abilities? Let’s consider five ways:
Try New Things – You never know until you try. Your belief in yourself grows when you try something new and grow from the experience. Don’t be afraid of mistakes – they happen. What is important is that you step forward in courage and face the fear of the unknown.
Grow from Every Blunder – Instead of beating yourself up and thinking of yourself as a failure, use every mistake as a growth opportunity. Allow errors to make you smarter and stronger. Most success stories are built on the foundation of lessons learned from...
Today Women of Faith Foundational Voice and Host Alita Reynolds interviews Movie Producer, New York Times best selling author and Pastor Devon Franklin.