Tuesday, January 29, 2013

An Opportunity for YOU!

Here's a little something that just might be of interest to you if you'd like to see your work published OR if you have maybe a well-organized or beautiful or inspiring space you'd like to share with the readers of Christian Women's Voice Magazine:

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Be Not Afraid

'Autumn trees country road fence' photo (c) 2011, Forest Wander - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Sometimes, I don’t mind the long stretch of road that ambles and curves between my house and the college. Sometimes, I don’t mind that we haven’t yet purchased a little car that will take both our kids to and from their classes. You can cover a lot of territory in those conversations shared when it’s just you and those you love and nothing but open road before you.
But just this week, with the afternoon sun peeking through the trees in my rear-view mirror, I made that turn where the tractors are parked and where workers pass through tall stands of flowers to gather arm loads of tall larkspur and delphinium for the local market.
'the black horse.' photo (c) 2011, heystrobelight - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/
She was a shiny black filly pulling against her lead rope with her handler struggling to tame her. It was the traffic. The cars and trucks and the chaos just yards from where she spun and kicked and where he remained calm but steady. Her young eyes sparked wild and her new mane shimmered in the afternoon glow when she flung her head. She fought, determined to pull free…determined to stand her ground, to rise up and overpower her master… to win her fight fueled by fear.

What do you fear today? Are you kicking and flinging your head, fighting against your Master who knows what’s best? He knows what you need before you ask.
“Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
Matthew 6:8 NIV
You can trust Him as chaos looms so close.
The battle is not yours to fight, sweet sister.
It’s already won!

All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.” (1 Samuel 17:47)

Be blessed today and always!
'Flowers' photo (c) 2007, Maciej Lewandowski - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Thursday, January 17, 2013

To Save a Soul

You might know her.
She’s that friend, that relative, maybe even that woman at church or that other mom facing the same day-to-day choices and challenges you do.
She’s the one sort of sitting on the fence about her faith, sort of half-way believing and sort of going about life with an empty spiritual tank.
Empty and lost hoping worldly “things” will fill the void.
But they never do and never will.
You want to talk to her about Jesus, but just haven’t found the words or the opportunity. You pray about it and watch for the moment….
THAT divinely-inspired moment carved out of a little corner in the day.
You feel it deep inside.
You have to do this.
You need to do this.
You hesitate with the words.
What will you say?
How will you go about it?
“…remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.” (James 5:20) NIV

Did you know that you’ll find the Prayer of Salvation on the last page of every issue of Christian Women’s Voice Magazine? We’re working on issue #7 and it blesses me to know that, in the past year, this prayer has been utilized in helping to win souls for Christ. It doesn’t get any better than that, does it?
God will lead you in conversation with your pre-Christian friend.
Let the prayer in the back of our current issue help her to begin a relationship with Him!

Many Blessings,

Photo credit: http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/view-image.php?image=8179&picture=flowers-and-tea-cup

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Drag and Drop

Help Key

Steam from my coffee cup swirls and I rub the sleep from my eyes. It’s an early morning with much to do and the bright computer screen pierces through the dark of 5:30am. I’m still hazy, trying to see and think clearly through my mind fog.
Even at this hour, the words and that same thought remain.
It’s the visual scenario I took away from last Sunday’s sermon. The thought of me sitting in a room void of all things and of all people…except Jesus. There’s only He and I with nothing but space and silence between us because words seem trite in His presence.
He’s sitting there open and ready to receive all that I hope to hand over to him. All the “stuff” weighing me down and bringing the strife…all the thorns of life that aren’t of Him.
Sort of like the computer screen glowing in early morning and the blinking cursor ready, waiting for that moment when I decide the burden is no longer mine to bear. Much like dragging computer documents from one full, oversized file into one with space available to handle it ALL.
It’s a simple drag-and-drop process, really.
I think of how I drag the worry, the fear, the inadequacies, one by bitter one and drop them into His capable hands. I drag ragged me to the hem of His garment and drop at His feet.
I drag the sharp words spoken in anger, the ones spun into the air without thought.
I drag the judging, the sarcasm and all the times I haven’t come through for those I love.           
I drag the guilt and the shame, too.
I drag the pain and hurt caused by others – it’s not mine, anymore!
One. By. Bitter. One.
I remove them from my mind and from my heart…from my “file” and hand them over.
It’s how salvation happens.
We come to Him dragging it all behind us; the ugly filth of it all. And He invites us to leave every shred of it behind; to leave it where it drops and cast not a single glance back - and to simply reach for His hand.
He’s there now ready for us all to simply drag and drop all that we have and all that we are…
to simply say “yes” to Him!

For if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. (Romans 10:9-10)


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