Impact #3

It has been a while since I have enjoyed the grace of our “Impact” blog series. It offers just the questions I need to have, as I share what is going on with me.

Feeling – Lately, I have been really struggling (either from depression or weakness). I am finding myself in a deep depression, and it is just really hard. Even just going to church can just bring out the depression in intense levels. I am still holding onto the Lord, but this is hard. It is a hard, difficult, hurdle to try and walk through – especially as our weather moves into Summer. Recently I had a spinal MRI, and it might be bringing more answers than I expected. We might be looking at a cause for my weakness (spinal osteoarthritis). I am interested to see what my pain specialist says, but nervous as well. These things only add to the depression.

This is just my muddy place I am finding myself in – right now, and it’s okay to talk about them.

. . . And the Holy Spirit is making His presence known through this pain too. Always does.

Studying – The weakness makes Bible study interesting on some days, but when I can. . . This is how I am choosing to study.

I am revisiting a different way, in terms of how I study the Word of God. I have started back using the Interlinear Bible from Bible Study Tools. The other day, I took the Hebrew word for “satisfy,” and began looking at the different places where the word “Saba” is used.

God wants to satisfy us as His beloved people. It is about how I choose to come before Him and allow Him to meet me in the midst of my mess.

Reading – Right now, I think I am in the process of reading three books.

  • Spoken For: Embracing Who You Are and Whose You Are (Robin Jones Gunn; Alyssa Joy Bethke)
  • Made for His Pleasure (Alistair Begg)
  • God’s Story, Your Story: When His Becomes Yours (Max Lucado)

I am walking around with a fourth – wanting to binge read it sometime soon. I Kissed  a Lot of Frogs: But My Prince Still Hasn’t Come (Kathleen Hardaway) is actually only $2.98 on Amazon(third party seller) as of tonight. I loved it last time I read it, expect to this time as well.

Listening To – Currently, I am listening to my YouTube playlist. I listen to it often, and allow the words to just wash over my spirit.

Celebrating – the good things.

Praying – for many things.

Holding Onto – our sweet Savior Jesus.

Other Scriptures – I posted my index cards in my three “hot spots” the other day, so I am choosing to reread it when I can. I am choosing to focus on the NIV translation, so I can keep trying to memorize it. But, here it is in a different translation –

With every sun’s rising, surprise us with Your love, satisfy us with Your kindness. Then we will sing with joy and celebrate every day we are alive (Psalm 90:14, The Voice)

Okay dear friends, my arms are burning. Fairly edited and off it goes to reach you wherever you are. Stay encouraged wherever you are, and know our sweet Savior Jesus will meet you wherever you are too. If He can get Daniel’s friends through the fiery furnace, He can get us through this too.

Featured image is by Fachy Marin through Unspash.

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Hospitality: The Thing Lacking {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.

While we have many Scriptures left until we are finished with this series, we will be skipping around a bit and looking at hospitality. Our definition for hospitality is – “being friendly, cordial, and gracious, sharing the comforts of your home and doing your part generously (AMP).” 

Don’t forget to be kind to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it! – Hebrews 13:2, TLB

A Key Aspect of the Christian Life

For the Jesus girl, she will seek after God – through prayer, His Word (the Bible), and by being an active part of God’s Church. Hospitality is the outpour of an intimate relationship with Jesus and being a daughter of the King.

This is an area, where many of us can grow. In our own lives, we probably don’t experience as much hospitality as God designed for us to. Our world is technology filled, and we have to make a deliberate effort to invite someone over or seek ways to deepen a relationship.

Hospitality is a worthy goal for Christian women who want to love God and influence other women in their walk with our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Way We Love – Impacts Lives!

Indoor Outreach’s latest study taught me how loving God means loving others. And for the Jesus girl, hospitality is a key part of living out this commandment.

As we put our trust in Jesus Christ, God will show us how to love Him and people. As we expand in our love for God, it will spread over to how we love people.

Demonstrating a honest love for people is how we will impact many lives. People take notice, when we seek out ways to love them.

Obeying God’s Commands

Contribute to the needs of God’s people [sharing in the necessities of the saints]; pursue the practice of hospitality (Romans 12:13; AMPC).

In Romans 12:9-21, we are given a “blueprint” for how to live the Christian life. We aren’t left to guess on how to please a holy God. As we answer the call of following Jesus Christ, God wants to show us how to live the Christian life.

My Story –

In my own life, I have had to develop a willingness for hospitality – because it’s not my area. Yet, God calls me to obey His written word regarding loving others. It is through the Holy Spirit that I am learning to love others.

The Holy Spirit is God’s precious gift to His children who are following Jesus Christ. And, it is how God goes with me and equips me. I know I am pleasing to God based on Jesus Christ, but obeying God is what I am called to do. And so, I am trying to be honest with God about the struggle and obediently follow Him.

Featured image by Kris Atomic.

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).

Featured image by Leonie Wise.

Sacrificial Love Affects the Family

This post is from last year’s study, but I wanted to go ahead and share it anyway – because it just really hit home for me. Perhaps for you too.


Sacrificial love affects the family. Through the Word of God, we learn the sacrificial love greatly affects the family. Not only does sacrificial love affect the family, it is why we have a spiritual family in the first place.

Jesus Christ has come to forgive us of all our sins, call us His sons and daughters, and invite us to be a part of His great family!

Sacrificial Love…

This is not something that we only hear about. It is something we also see. When we have family that offers us sacrificial love, it leaves a permanent impact on our lives.

What Kind of Love?

Sacrificing the kind of love we give – means laying down our lives. Maybe, our time, own wants, or the plans we had for our day or possibly life. What kind of love do we often give to others?

Loving Like Jesus

In Luke (6:32-36), we are reminded that Jesus wants us to not only love when it is easy. We are called to even love the difficult-to-love. This kind of love is what sets us apart from the nonbeliever.

Love He Has Shown

For the follower of Jesus Christ, we have been given a tremendous amount of grace. Jesus Christ, Himself, has come and shown us what sacrificial love is.

“But God shows and clearly proves His [own] love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for us (Romans 5:8).”

Love We Can Give

We can love, because He first loved us (see 1 Jn. 4:19). It is because of Jesus Christ that we can love others. We can love others and give of ourselves. And, we can have the strength and resolve to love with a cost. Because of who it is living, breathing, and working in us. And, His name is Jesus Christ! He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Costly Love

We love with a cost, because this is what makes an impact. As it leaves its affect on others, it affects… even changes us in the process.

How are we choosing to love with a cost?

We love with a cost, by choosing to not just love when it is easy. We choose to love and be present when it is perhaps the easiest to walk away.

In Ephesians 5:25-33, we are reminded of what God says to us, His dearly loved, as He invites us to dive into deeper love.

“Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her, So that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the Word, That He might present the church to Himself in glorious splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such things [that she might be holy and faultless].

Even so husbands should love their wives as [being in a sense] their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself. For no man ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and carefully protects and cherishes it, as Christ does the church, Because we are members (parts) of His body.

For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. [Gen. 2:24.]

This mystery is very great, but I speak concerning [the relation of] Christ and the church. However, let each man of you [without exception] love his wife as [being in a sense] his very own self; and let the wife see that she respects and reverences her husband [that she notices him, regards him, honors him, prefers him, venerates, and esteems him; and that she defers to him, praises him, and loves and admires him exceedingly] [I Pet. 3:2.] (Ephesians 5:25‭-‬33 AMP).”

Feature image by Jez Timms.

Impact #1

im·pact

  1. to fix firmly by or as if by packing or wedging
  2. to press together

The Introduction (I Should Probably Give. . .)

I love visiting blogs, where the writer shares their lives. I have seen on, at least, one blog – where the gal will write in – with specific things in mind. So, I thought I would give it a try. I am calling it, impact. This is the name of this part of my blog, for one simple reason.

Many things impact our lives, which lead us to impact others by what we say and do.

Our goal in life, ought to be Jesus. Let’s run to Jesus and the abundant life He wants to give us, shall we?

The Questions –

Feeling – It has been a trying week, but I am seeing God’s handiwork. I am pretty joyful (overall, not without my sorrow-filled moments), considering standing brings out debilitating symptoms (and sometimes a little too close to blacking out).

…ehem…

Actually, I have even woken up many times with specific praise songs laid upon my heart. The Holy Spirit has caused my spirit to start singing the lyrics to specific songs, throughout the day (or during the night). For me, it shows I am pursuing Christ (and He is working in my heart)- even in the middle of my storm. Humming songs in silence isn’t my common practice, but it shows God’s working and causing my faith to become stronger.

Studying – I have been studying Psalms 98 and Luke 19:37-40. This is such a powerful set of Scriptures to get our hands on. God is doing incredible, out-of-this-world, things in our lives, and we need to praise Him. We need to break out our musical instruments and voices, to sing our hearts out with an abundance of joy – that God gives to us.

Reading –

Listening To – Last few weeks, I have been enjoying “Everything” by Lifehouse (Find the “Everything” skit on YouTube, if you get a chance). Then, there is the whole “Party Like a Princess” by Jamie Grace. That one I am really enjoying celebrating too.

Celebrating – Today, I am celebrating who God is. God is providing me with the encouragement, strength, and ministering that I need. Even while I face health struggles, God is my Constant and shows me that He is the One fighting for me! (Exodus 14:14; Job 1:6-12, 2:1-7; Romans 8:31).

Loving – These days, I am loving silence. While I enjoy entertainment in form of iTunes, Netflix, and movies, I love the option of shutting it off to read a book or just talk with the Lord. I am learning to be okay with silence (even crave it). Silence helps me draw nearer to the Lord and feel His presence.

Silence ushers me into God’s Presence, through the Holy Spirit.

Which reminds me that… I am whole, completely full, and lacking nothing.

So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority (Col. 2:10, NLT).

The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing (Ps. 23:1, NIV).

Praying – Right now, I am praying for my family and our needs to be met. I am praying for God to work a miracle on our behalf.

Holding Onto – Knowing God is fighting for me (see 1 Peter 1:5).

Through faith, God’s power is standing watch, protecting you (1 Peter 1:5a; VOICE).

Other Scriptures – Psalm 23; 2 Corinthians 10-13