Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Happy Birthday!

My new book, One Size Fits All: How to Wear God’s Word is finally here!

Next Wednesday, August 1st we will be having a Birthday Party for the book. I invite you to go to www.amazon.com anytime throughout the day and order a copy...but not until next week!

I am trying to accomplish 3 goals:
  • Show you how to wear God’s word
  • Reach the Amazon Top 100 list so that others see it and learn how to wear God’s word
  • Enable incarcerated and homeless women to wear God’s word

I will be using a large portion of the proceeds to donate a class set of books to local organizations ministering to women who are homeless or in jail. These women would not have the opportunity to do the study any other way, and they need to know God’s word applies to them as well. I am still making arrangements and praying over the organizations but will announce who the recipients are after the Birthday Party.

For over a decade, I have served in women’s ministry in one capacity or another. And would you like to know what one thing most women all have in common? They don’t realize their value to God.

God gave me a passion for helping women understand their value to Him. We are priceless. We are more important than anything else in God’s eyes.  We are His treasure.

What does any of this have to do with the new book? Everything!

This new study is a perfect tool to show us how God intended us to live out His word. Every day we will explore a different parable as we Pick it Up, Put it On, and Walk it Out. God wants us to know that His word is relevant today. He gave us a living word because we are precious to Him—a priceless treasure.

Please join me in expanding the Kingdom for Christ. It’s His plan and by His grace alone that I wrote the new book. Please help me use it for His glory!

Abundant blessings!
Jennifer

“From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” Luke 12:48

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Do you have hope?

God has a hope for your calling. Have you ever heard that before?  God has a hope for your calling. I love the saying, but what does it mean?

A few years ago, I bought a product to help with joint pain. I have a gimpy knee from an accident several years ago and was intrigued by the idea of pain free living. The product promised to alleviate pain and improve my range of motion. The catch was you had to allow it to build up in your system before you’d feel any relief.

After taking the pills for several weeks, I didn’t feel any better. Without realizing it, I would forget a dose or two, then a few days in a row until finally I wasn’t taking them at all. I was certain the product had failed.

God’s hope for us is just like that joint pain pill. It has the potential for greatness; we just have to allow it to work in us! I didn’t feel the pill working right away, so I assumed it didn’t work at all. Have you ever done that with God? You don’t see His hand moving, so you assume He’s not doing anything? Or you see just a little improvement, but not what you wanted? Me too!

God has a hope for your calling. Maybe we should look at the word hope differently. Hope basically means that you feel the thing you want is attainable or possible. But what if we looked at it like this:

H – His
O – Own
P – Power
E – Everyday

God knows what He wants to do in your life is attainable. But like the pain pill, His power can’t do what it is capable of if we won’t let it. The Bible tells us that ALL things are possible in Christ, so why do we start doubting that He’ll do the thing He started in us?

God hopes we accept His gift of salvation. He hopes to have an intimate relationship with us. He hopes to use us to further His kingdom. None of these things are accomplished without HIS power therefore He is our hope!

God has a hope for your calling. Are you allowing Him to be your only HOPE?

Be blessed,
Jennifer

“Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

What a coincidence!

Do you believe in coincidence? Ever have certain things just line up the way you hoped they would? Are even the bad things turning out for your benefit?

This was one of those mornings. The alarm clock sounded promptly at 6:00. Instead of hitting the snooze button, I accidentally turned it off. Coincidentally, my husband Greg had his alarm set for 6:45 so I still managed to leave for my meeting on time.

My little red car twisted and turned down the back roads until I reached the highway. I came up to the traffic light I usually have to sit through… but not today. Like Moses parting the Red Sea, the light stayed green allowing me to go ahead of the long line of cars merging onto the highway.

When the construction traffic brought the highway to a stop, I had the chance to take a different route to not sit in the gridlock. I just happened to see a new road that had opened up by coincidence. Because of the detour I even made it to the meeting on time.

The truth is—there is no coincidence. Things line up and work out because God allows them to. The Creator of the heavens and the earth can move us forward or slow us down according to His plan for us. He opens doors of opportunity and closes doors of temptation. His hand gently guides our path, even when we don’t know He’s there. He uses every situation to grow us closer to Him.

Still think it’s a coincidence that you are where you are right now? Think back on your day, your week—do you see Him there? We may not always know what He’s up to, but we can always know He’s there! We only need to follow where He leads…

Be blessed,
Jennifer

“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

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

A Declaration

Sometime between 33-36AD, Jesus was crucified and died on the cross. This was a declaration against sin. In an act approved by God, Jesus took on the sin of a nation and died to free us from its’ stronghold. We were finally free to spend eternity with our Heavenly Father.

A person doesn’t just claim eternal salvation; they have to accept the free gift. They follow the leadership of God and live by His laws (and grace). From that point on, they function as a new creation.

On July 4, 1776 the Declaration of Independence was signed. The Declaration explained why the thirteen American colonies wanted independence from the British Empire. In an act approved by Congress, the United States of America was officially born.

A nation doesn’t just claim its independence, it has to become independent. The thirteen colonies had to form new leadership and create governing laws. From that point on, they function as a new creation.

July 4, 2012 we make our own declaration. This is a declaration from the stronghold of sin that has kept us captive for far too long. This is a declaration approved by Christ, because He died to free us from it so long ago.

We don’t just claim independence, we have to become independent. God has equipped you and I through His leadership, the law of His Word, and by His generous grace. From this point on, we are a new creation.

Believer, our freedom has been bought with the blood of the Lamb and protected by the blood of the fallen. But have you made a declaration of independence? Or are you still living under the authority of sin? We can’t just say we’re free; we have to walk in freedom.
Are you ready to make your declaration of independence?

Be blessed,

Jennifer

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1