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Last night we had an incredible night at our Daughters @ The River (women’s ministry) event.

We had a local speaker, who shared her story and how God gave her hope,

in the midst of her pain.

As she began to unravel her story, the journey of hope she was on,

there were many tears, and no words.

Before she spoke to us about hope, she thanked the worship team for their worship and song selection.  Every word, she said, resonated.  I knew, this was her life.  This was her declaration.  This was her reality.

In the storm, hold onto the anchor of God.

His truth.  His character.  His heart.

His goodness.  His greatness.  His nearless.

Hold onto hope.

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The Only 7 Things We Truly Can Control in Life—and How to Rock Them All

in my experience, life can be pretty complicated. Although most of us have plenty to manage in our day-to-day lives—jobs, relationships, family, exercise, sleep, you name it—there are really only a few things we truly have control over. I changed my life by identifying these variables and learning how to master them. And I think you can too.

Happiness and success (however you define either one) have a lot to do with each other. In fact, greater happiness has been found to lead to greater success. I think both can be achieved with some simple and straightforward habit hacking, or  making small tweaks to your routine which, little by little, add up to major changes in how you’re living your life.

We make millions of little decisions all the time, and the result of each one is either net positive, net negative, or neutral. The more net positive decisions we can make (and the fewer net negative ones), the better. Net positive decisions may require some effort: Brushing your teeth before bed, eating healthy meals, and regularly going to the gym are a few examples of actions that help you feel good and bring you one step closer to your goals despite the effort they entail. Net negative decisions—filling up on food that doesn’t make you feel good, skipping the nightly teeth-brushing, letting that downer friend cramp your style, or forgoing the gym—make it difficult to reach your goals because your decisions don’t make you feel good, empowered, or confident. They take more out of you than they give, interfering with your energy levels, sapping your motivation, and clouding your focus.



Get Up & GO!

The kitchen looked like a war zone. It was 10 A.M., and last night’s dirty dishes were still piled on the counter. I was in my bathrobe, my son was in his pajamas, and I didn’t have one speck of energy or motivation to handle the five thousand things demanding my attention. As I shuffled along, picking up dishes, I moaned softly to myself, Why am I so tired?

Thankfully, we don’t have to drag ourselves through life constantly running on empty. In fact, the Bible actually promises us “abundant” life. John 10:10 says, “I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly”(NASB).

Obviously, prolonged, extreme tiredness may be a symptom of a larger problem such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or depression. In those instances, you should seek medical help. But what about the otherwise healthy body that daily desires an afternoon nap or a fresh burst of energy (that’s not caffeine-induced)? I’ve discovered a few tips that have increased my energy. If you’ve been dragging lately, they may energize you too.




5 Things I’m Learning in This Dance With My Strong-Willed Daughters – We Are THAT Family 

  1. Not everything is a battle–but it can be if we make it one. If we are in constant battle about the same things–messy rooms, laundry and attitude, we might win a few, but it might cost us a relationship. Leave the small things, small. That’s not to say we let them have their way all the time, instead we focus on what really matters.
  2. Not everything is personal–but it can be if we take offense. That eye roll or audible sigh–it’s normal. That doesn’t make it right or less frustrating. But most words flung are coming from a hurt or misunderstood place. If we choose to be offended by every word or action, we are choosing something much bigger. Look past the words and get to the heart of the hurt.
  3. Not everything can be won–and if we try to win it all, we will ultimately lose. We are raising, unique, one-of-a-kind girls who will surprise and satisfy us. We have to step back and let them learn and grow and mess up. Most of all, we have to help them find the beauty in every place, especially the hard ones.
  4. Not everything is eternal–but everything is significant. Things in her world might seem small to us. And they probably are–that zit, that boy, that mean girl, that first B on her report card. But if we make what’s important to her insignificant to us, we wound.
  5. Not everything is understood and that’s why listening is the best gift. We may not always understand the drama, the emotion, the passion over the trivial. And that’s okay. We can offer them what they really want and need–it’s not a fix to their problem, it’s a listening ear. Some times the best thing we can do is close our mouth and let them talk.




“How do you balance family life and ministry life?” [PART 1] Q&A With Bobbie Houston #2 

This has to be possibly THE most frequently asked question in forums like this, and especially by young women in that fabulous season of early motherhood. However having said that, the question applies to pretty much every season of life, because there isn’t a season in any of our lives, where we don’t (or shouldn’t) feel something of the stretch and pressure of that new season.

Have you noticed that one word dominated this first paragraph … Seasons!!

FAMILY LIFE is full of seasons and MINISTRY LIFE is full of seasons … and the “art of balance” is to recognize, discern, adapt, navigate, appreciate, be thankful and of course, apply WISDOM to whatever season or “collision of seasons” you are experiencing.



HELP YOUR KIDS SAY ‘NO’ TO PORN – The Gospel Coalition

The first time porn was served at the cafeteria lunch table, my son was 11 years old. Does that seem young to you? Research suggests that one in three children ages 11 to 14 have viewed pornography on a mobile device. Add to that the very real possibility that a child will stumble across explicit content on YouTube or in a pop-up ad during innocent computer usage, and one thing becomes clear: parents must be proactive in talking about porn with their kids.
I’m not a fearmonger when it comes to parenting. In fact, I think fear is a terrible motivator for making parenting decisions. But if children are being exposed to porn at young ages, the loving thing to do as a parent is to equip them to know how to respond. The most frequent parenting question I’m asked is, “When should I talk to my child about sex?” My adamant answer is, “Much earlier than you might think.” If you’re concerned about your child being exposed to porn, you have to talk about sex, and you must do so early.

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This weekend Evangeline has her end of year Ballet Performance.  Its very exciting!  We had final dress rehearsal last week and they girls look amazing.  I’m totally taking tissues!  She is doing a contempory ballet dance to “FALLING SLOWLY” from the movie Once.  Perfection.



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coming up in a few weeks we have our final DAUGHTERS @ The River event.  We’re having a Christmas Festivi – TEA night – celebrating Christmas and tea things.  will be lots of fun.  I love our River ladies.  The above two are potential fb flyers i made – i love the above one, it so appeals to my visualness, though we chose the lower because of its Christmasy theme.




i love when an author speaks the same language as you – and jud wilhite is that author for me!  i have his other books EYES WIDE OPEN and PURSUED and love them both.  in fact i had 5 copies of Eyes Wide Open and gave 4 away.  that good.  Torn: Trusting God When Life Leaves You in Pieces is a book like that for me again i think.  When reading it i could think of about 5 people who should read it.  Torn contains practical and biblical advice for dealing with depression, learning to suffer in the context of community, and fighting for joy in the midst of suffering.  Its a great book that is biblically grounded and engaging to read.  Its real, raw, grace-filled, hope filled and totally made me cry in public at ballet the other arvo as i was reading about Eric & Jayne and their forgiveness journey.




love this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




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happy birthday billy graham – he’s one of my heroes – i love the way he has lived "to know God and make Him known" – to live a consistent witness to the reality and goodness of God and to consistently preach the gospel.  he lives that first quote – he is a bible read by the world to show people that God is real.  i have a good collection of his books and biographies on my bookshelf.

"Before the Resurrection of Christ, the Holy Spirit came upon individuals only on certain occasions for special tasks. But now, after the Resurrection, Christ through the Holy Spirit dwells in the heart of every believer to give us supernatural power in living our daily lives." ~ Rev. Billy Graham






and as always.  i love Jesus with all i am and all my heart and all my soul and all my days. For His glory and the building of His kingdom and the rescue of the lost.

so what are you totally loving this week?

… check out what other peeps are loving whatever day of the week it is over at MNM’s BLOG

things im loving



Fear doesn’t live here no more
Fear doesn’t live here no more
When Your name was spoken
Your name brought healing to me
Shame doesn’t live here no more
Shame doesn’t live here no more
When Your name was spoken
Your love brought healing to me
Condemnation no more
Sin lost all control
I am set free
By Your glory and grace
You broke every chain
I am set free
Your name Jesus
Your name Jesus
Jesus Your name
Your name brings healing to me
I am free
I am free
These chains have no hold on me
I’ve been healed

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Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire ~ St Catherine of Seinna // loved Philippa’s message on Saturday morning – and yes, how appropriate and inspiring is this + sesame street song! i totally woke up this morning with it stuck in my head in a good way!


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we had lots of fun at church this morning with the photobooth that we used at the Illuminate Conference… nice to get the family in for some fun photos!



and our beautiful housegroup!  love these crazy peeps!


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totally loving my new tops from jeanswest (top), max (middle) and new crop blazer from shanton and curver embracer jeans from jeans west and statement necklace from some place in slyvia park (that looks a bit like this one in the photo)


and as always.  i love Jesus with all i am and all my heart and all my soul and all my days. For His glory and the building of His kingdom and the rescue of the lost.

so what are you totally loving this week?

… check out what other peeps are loving whatever day of the week it is over at MNM’s BLOG

things im loving

I 79 me self

we had an amazing women’s conference at our church over the weekend.  i loved every minute of it.  it was awesome to see God at work in people’s lives – to see new hope, transformation and a new sense of His love in people.  we had a photobooth and blackboard which were a neat connection creating element, as well as a lovely cafe area.  we make a real effort to transform the church into a real chicks place – flowers and art work!  we also had fairy lit blossom trees and a lolly bar!  i spoke on the friday night – and had such a fun time – and felt that the message i had was significantly from God for these women at this moment.  all week previously i had been fighting a winter bug and for about 3 days had no voice – even on friday i couldnt carry a conversation for more than a minute without having a coughing fit!  but was believing that i would stand up and be able to roar and preach!  and yay Jesus – i did and could!  on the saturday we had two main sessions in the morning with one of the sessions with a woman whom we had guest worship lead last year.  she is a counsellor and spoke about connecting and communication.  she also did an elective about marriage and connecting in your marriage.  we had a youth elective run by our youth pastors wife and two others which i hear were amazing and life changing(oh to have 3 bodies!)   in the evening our pastor stepped in for his wife who was terribly sick over the weekend – i didnt love that part – we so missed her and the conference is really an expression of her love and vision for jesus and us women.  he did a steller job, even let us put a tiara on him.  a pink one!  amazing time of ministry at the end of saturday night – i love how God speaks and moves!  my heart is very full! 

 Illuminate 63 Me


we had a great weekend at our women’s conference – ILLUMINATE – over the weekend. 

one of the neat aspects of this conf is that our guest worship leader from last year became one of our speakers (as well as leading a powerful time of worship on saturday night!)  she is a trained counsellor and works primarily with couples.  she did a main session and an elective (for 18+ only!)

the following are my notes from both sessions



– say it well – truth in love

– hear it well – listen to understand


ask clarifying questions if you need to so that you are hearing what they’re really saying: what do you mean by that?  can you tell me a bit more about what you’re saying? 



– make time

– clear – issue + outcome

– one topic

– own perspective

– keep calm


think about: what is it that you are really upset about?  how do you hope they’ll respond?



– the frustration gap

– iChoices – i have a choice on how to respond and what to expect / lower expectation / express expectation and give the person an opportunity to make changes






Whose in charge, what are the rules, am i ok?

Women need unconditional love, men need unconditional respect.

For a man his job is very important. Part of his identity.

A mans identity is also affected by how others perceive him, respect before peers. Be his biggest fan. Let him know how wonderful you think he is. Men are “allergic to criticism”. A mans primary insecurity is in what he can do, ability – knock that down and you knock him down.  Be careful in how you communicate.

Guys need to know they’re ok, that we’re proud of them vs girls you’re beautiful and accepted


Men like to leave a legacy, his earnings and hard work build for the future


Do stuff with your husband – Men are shoulder to shoulder relationship communicators. They do stuff together. Women are face to face.


Show preference to him, he is important

Be content with your husband – don’t try to change him

Allow your husband to dream

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So this past month we’ve been preparing for ILLUMINATE – well since the start of the year really – but here we are!

Last week I went shopping, new jeans. Had my brows done. But then… gutting of guttingness. I went to get my hair cut. And my hairdresser has moved. To Australia. On a scale of 1 to 10 you know this is up there at a 9 on the disaster scale. Every woman needs 4 things in their life. A good lady doctor, a best friend, a good pastor and a good hairdresser. Hands up if you agree!?

So all week I debated. To cut or not to cut. To be brave and step out of my comfort zone and into the hands of another hairdresser.

So this year I had spent the first term and some of term 2 having light theraphy. Basically I would go 3 times a week to Manukau superclinic, and have this treatment for my skin and allergies. – googles, naked, little room, boom light on… my dermatologist had an easy way to explain what it does – it resets your immunity so then my skin and body should function normally. And ladies… we are here for some light therapy. We are here to let the light of God shine into our hearts – to reveal the good things He has placed there, to reveal the places that “aren’t functioning normally” so that He can heal those places, to speak truth to us, to encourage us, to transform us. We are not just here for a girls escape weekend, but we are here to meet with the living God.



Anyway, lets turn to judges 6 in the bible. Judges is a smallish book near the start of the bible, about 7 books in, page XXXXXXX in my bible. We’re reading about Gideon, whose life stretches over about 3 chapters here in Judges so bear with me if we’re jumping b/w passages.

Some of you will be familiar with Gideon – he has an incredible angelic encounter and is called by God to bring liberation to his people from darkness into the light.

The Israelites had been oppressed by a people group called the midiantites and it had gotten so bad that the land was driven into a famine impoverished mentality. All their crops were destroyed, their livestock taken. It was recession big time!

It was in this place of desperation that the people cried out to God and God stepped in and intervened in history and we see this played out time and time again in the book of Judges, and in the narrative of Gideon.




My message tonight has 4 ways in which God came and brought light in these dark situations – to a people trapped in darkness God brought hope and rescue and illumination!





Gideon was one man chosen by God, anointed by God, appointed by God. The angel appears to Gideon and says ‘The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.’ I confess I had to laugh as I looked this up on my puter – I had it set to the NIV UK version and Gideon’s response must be done in your best downtown abbey voice: ‘Pardon me, my lord,’

Back on track: God shows through Gideon that one man, that one woman can make a difference.

The world has yet to see what God can do with and for and through and in and by the man who is fully and wholly consecrated to Him. I will try my utmost to be that man. -D.L. Moody

What would your life look like it you realized the unlimited love and grace and backing you have by God?

You following Christ will not always look the same as someone else following Christ. Why on earth would He have bothered to form you in your mother’s womb with your own DNA and life experience ahead just to copy what someone else you’re seeing is doing? Who would you be if you loved Jesus with your whole heart, soul, mind and strength? That’s what you’re meant to look like.

Today you don’t have to be a superwoman – you can be you – on the journey, living today to the fullest, living today in the grace of God, living today significantly. Gideon certainly didn’t see himself as superman – he backed right off how God defined him and was like no way man, not me!

But how many of you know there is a difference between embracing your vulnerability and putting yourself down? There is a difference between knowing you’re human vs disqualifying yourself because of self esteem and circumstances.

Today you are not a prisoner of your past or of limiting words – you are free by the power of Christ – you are called into victory by the Victorious King. Your past and your present doesn’t have to determine your future – even your future as close as the next second. Gideon was the runt of his family, the lowest rank clan of them all. And in the end he didn’t let that knock Him down but he leaned into God’s truth.

Make sure your worst enemy doesn’t live between your own two ears. (Laird Hamilton)

Today the unlimited resources of God are at your disposal as His all surpassing power dwells within us – so that HE is glorified. 

Today we have a choice to magnify Him by trusting in His words and His promises.

Today we have a choice – will we believe what God says about us or will we stay saying “who me?”

Imagine believing everything God has spoken to you, whispered over you. Imagine living out those promises with confidence and faith, despite the fear and fragility. Imagine beyond the boarders of today.

Now – go be her. 

Be that woman that God says you ARE.

Loved.  Chosen.  Called.  Empowered.  Kind.  Gracious.  Able.  Loving.  Forgiven.   Self Controlled.  Peaceful.  Cherished. A Mighty woman of God.

“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.” ― St. Catherine of Siena

Did you know ONE match lit in the darkness can be seen for 25 miles.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:5

One woman can change the world.




Judges 6:25-32

The night after Gideon had his amazing encounter with the angel God gave him a big task. A task that I am sure gripped his heart and made him pace in his room. Made him squirm – it makes me squirm. He commanded Gideon to have gospel influence at home, with those he most loved, with those who knew him inside out. It was almost like God was saying before you go out there and win the victory, you need to make a stand here, where it counts.

We all have different families. Different connections and blends and relationships.


God told Gideon to go and destroy his father’s altars to Baal and the Asherah pole beside it. He was then to build and altar to God and sacrifice one of his fathers bulls.

There is no going back from that. Talk about showing your colours and declaring where you stand. This weekend is about stepping out of the shadows and into the light. This is exactly what Gideon did. He destroyed a stronghold in his life and replaced it with the truth and reality of God – he broke down one altar and built an altar for God.

And in doing so rewrote the destiny of his family. When the town woke up in the morning to find their “precious false altar” gone they were livid and went on a manhunt. When they discovered that Gideon had done this they threatened him, but his father stood up for him. His father because of the actions of one man changed. One family was changed because of one man.

Consider though, how Gideon must have felt tearing down what his father had spent his lifetime building, teaching, and defending. With each stone that he and his servants dismantled, another layer of the ideology that had overrun his family came unglued. This overnight idol-demolishing wasn’t affecting some random town and family he would never see again. This was a task he’d feel, see, and endure the consequences of every day from that point on.

Your strategy from God might not be to take a hammer to the background lawn decoration but it may mean honouring them and making intentional decisions to build relationships and make it real.

I remember as a newbie christian reading about honouring your mother and father in the bible and honestly I was like what the F! I was mortified. I think I shut my bible with a slam and then looked up into the white faces of my shocked youth group friends. For me it began a process of listening, forgiving, talking, being respectful, watching my tone, forgiving, making an effort, connecting. My family – my parents – my brothers and sisters – my husband – my kids – they see me at my best, and my worst. They see when I come unglued, they see when I’m happy, what I’m really giving my life for, what I’m trusting in. I can be having a good day and thinking, yip halo on, I’m a great witness, full of fruit, and then boom, the halo slips down and I’m verbally expressing anger, frustration, unkindness and lack of self control.

But Matthew 5:14-16 says: ‘You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

The stakes are often much higher when the mission field is so personal.

One man – one woman – can change the world, and change their family for Jesus.

God has positioned you in YOUR family for a purpose. This is the hardest mission field, but believe me it is the one most worth it.

You know, when I got saved, I was full of, lets call it, evangelistic enthusiasm. After talking to my sister, a lot, she told me DO NOT EVER TALK TO ME ABOUT GOD AGAIN. Which was so counter to everything that I reckoned God wanted me to do. But God agreed with her, and encouraged me to pray. And so I prayed. And I prayed. Nine years later she rung me up and asked me about God. Earlier this year we had this incredible prophetic moment when I had seen a card with a quote on it and thought about buying it for her and she texted that same quote to me and said she had felt my prayers, she had felt God with her. Don’t give up. Don’t give up. Don’t give up. The road may be long and hard but God is faithful and He is with you. Just as God turned Gideon’s family upside down and right way up, back to Him, He can do the same with your family.

You see the thing is – YOU build an altar with YOUR life. If you are the only Christian in your family know that YOU make a difference. Your life is worship to God. Your life should show the magnificence and reality of Jesus. YOU are the one that opens the door for the blessing of God. Through YOUR faith victory will come.





When I was praying about this message this part of gideon’s adventure really jumped out at me. But for ages I was trying to wrap words about what was really going on and what God was saying to us as His daughters.

4 But the Lord said to Gideon, ‘There are still too many men. Take them down to the water, and I will thin them out for you there. If I say, “This one shall go with you,” he shall go; but if I say, “This one shall not go with you,” he shall not go.’

5 So Gideon took the men down to the water. There the Lord told him, ‘Separate those who lap the water with their tongues as a dog laps from those who kneel down to drink.’ 6 Three hundred of them drank from cupped hands, lapping like dogs. All the rest got down on their knees to drink.

7 The Lord said to Gideon, ‘With the three hundred men that lapped I will save you and give the Midianites into your hands. Let all the others go home.’ 8 So Gideon sent the rest of the Israelites home but kept the three hundred, who took over the provisions and trumpets of the others.

I feel it’s a real call for us to live intentionally. The men that bent down and scooped up the water, they lived different. They made intentional choices. What intentional choices is God calling you to make?

As a mums group we’ve been doing a dvd series by lysa Terkeurst called Unglued. It challenged us to examine our lives, the way we emotionally reacted and responded to situations and people and to choose a new normal. It challenged us to think differently and to live intentionally.

Lysa says: A moment of conflict handled the right way is hands-down one of the grandest opportunities we have to shame satan back to hell. A Jesus girl who rises up and unexpectedly gives grace when she surely could have done otherwise, reveals the power and the mystery of Christ at work – in her life and in the world.



Here are four real life practical things we can do to live this out:

  1. Choose a REPLY over a REACTION. A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare. Proverbs 15:1 now this one I need to practice all the time. When we did the unglued series we even kept a behaviour journal, to diary the times we “lost it”. Which I confess was a really good way to teach me to “pause” and have some self control, to reply instead going insanely mental at my children or husband. Because if I lost it… I would have to write it down!
  1. Choose FAITH over FORGETTING – how often do we forget the promises of God, we forget the things that God says about us – we have inside negative chatter instead of thoughts of faith – you know those thoughts that say, I’m not good enough, not pretty enough, not clever enough, not spiritual enough. We need to eliminate the toxic thoughts and let the truth flourish. See yourself as how God sees you. Chosen. Called. Empowered. Loved.
  1. Choose GRATITUDE over ATTITUDE – Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7 – I can’t control the things that happen to me each day, but I can control how I think about them. I can say to myself, "I have a choice to have destructive thoughts or constructive thoughts right now. I can have an attitude and make things worse, or I can ask God for a better perspective, have some gratitude, rejoice and again I say rejoice, to help me see good even when I don’t feel good."
  1. Choose JESUS over JUNK – how often do we try and fill ourselves with something temporary instead of with Jesus? It might be food, it might be tv, it might be serial dating, it might be shopping, appearance, approval, success. In of themselves those things are not bad… they just may not be beneficial. The kind of love our souls crave will never be found in the things of this world. Lasting, satisfying love will only be found when we stop chasing others or possessions, and thirst for the things of God.


Walking in faith means we choose Jesus and His ways – we make intentional choices to be His daughters, living in the light.

We need to Choose LIGHT over darkness. Now darkness can sometimes be more comfortable. Familiar. You can’t see all the um, blemishes, flaws, curves etc in the dark… but Jesus says:

1 Thessalonians 5:5 You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.

Romans 13:12 The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armour of light.

Ephesians 5:8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.


In the midst of conflict the men of Gideon’s army made intentional choices that set them apart from the rest of their fellow soldiers. It was something that gave them the X factor!



"God always knows just what each person needs. Because you have been created by God as a unique person, His plan to grow you will not look the same as His plan to grow anyone else.

He had Abraham take a walk, Elijah take a nap, Joshua take a lap, and Adam take the fall.

He gave Moses a forty-year time out, He gave David a harp and a dance, and He gave Paul a pen and a scroll.

He wrestled with Jacob, whispered to Elijah, warned Cain, and comforted Hagar. He gave Aaron an altar, Miriam a song, Gideon 300 soldiers who drunk differently, Peter a name, and Elisha a mantle.

Jesus was stern with the rich young ruler, tender with the woman caught in adultery, patient with the disciples, blistering with the scribes, gentle with the children, and gracious with the thief on the cross.

God never grows two people the same way. God is a hand-crafter, not a mass-producer. No wonder we get frustrated when we think that everyone is supposed to look like the pastor or author or whoever is teaching us at the moment about spiritual growth.

We learn differently, struggle with different sins, and relate to God in different ways. – John Ortberg



2 Corinthians 4:7 says But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.


How many times do we write ourselves off based on our past? Based on our flaws? Based on our limitations? Based on our brokenness? Based on our circumstances?

Don’t suppress the miraculous just because you aren’t impressed with your own resources – God can use one man, one woman to change the world. He can transform and save one family, using you. He has a plan and a purpose for your life and though at times it may seem crazy, He seems to know what He is doing. His weapons of warfare were trumpets, lights and broken jars. "It’s not the size of the darkness but the power of the light!” Christine Caine"

« What is impossible with people is possible with God. We just have to believe that God has called us to go into the world in His name, and not listen to the crippling or even paralyzing labels and limitations imposed by others. We cannot allow them to daunt us.” Christine Caine   »

It doesn’t seem like much – but it was His plan and His power. What can often look like lack or weakness can be used by God for His purposes and His glory. Wherever we feel too weak to fulfill our calling, our ever-redeeming God will make us strong!





Gideon is not the hero of this story.
When you think about it, Gideon was doubtful, doubleminded, desperate and ….

In the beginning God planned the end; across history HIS Story of redemption reigns. My story has purpose only in Him! I am called to REFLECT HIS magnificence. To demonstrate the reality of His goodness and greatness.

Ladies you are called to change the world. God has a unique purpose for each one of us. We may feel inadequate and insignificant but God doesn’t see you that way. He loves you with an everlasting love.

Like Gideon, you are called. One woman to change the world.

Like Gideon, your life is an altar to God that can and will bring change to your family.

Like Gideon, God has a crazy plan for your life. Say yes. Choose Light.

He is an awesome God.

Tonight – if you want to respond and say YES to God afresh, this is your moment. If you want to come and pray and stand here on behalf of your unsaved family, this is your moment. If you need a fresh touch of the Holy Spirit, come forward now.

last night we kicked off our Illuminate Women’s Conference at The River Christian Church

and it was a blast!

love how God spoke to our beautiful women – youth upwards to in their 80s…

i was priv’d to preach last night – after a week of having no voice and even up to about 6pm i wasn’t able to hold a conversation without coughing fits.  not promising.  but i had felt that i would get my voice and despite what circumstance said, that i would be able to speak!  was so God healing me and empowering me!

loving all the joy that comes with a conference weekend – so much fun!


@PriscillaShirer Trying 2 determine who will b the solution to ur problem or the answer 2 ur prayer. Check the mirror. It just might b u. #LessonsfromGideon

@PriscillaShirer Many of today’s difficulties r often a result of yesterday’s disobedience. #lessonsfromgideon. What is God asking u to do now? Just do it.

@PriscillaShirer Weakness is the key given 2 us by God 2 unlock the experience of His strength & our potential. . .don’t despise the key. #lessonsfromGideon

@PriscillaShirer "Ordinary" is often the disguise of the divine. #lessonsfromGideon So keep your eyes open today.

@PriscillaShirer  "The power behind you is greater than the task ahead of you." #lessonsfromGideon


@LifeWayWomen Knowing God’s purpose requires first being aware of God’s presence. @PriscillaShirer #LessonsfromGideon


@PrettyChrissie Make decisions based on the boundless resources of God. No weapon can stand against Him! #LessonsFromGideon


@ADWhitener 1/2 Wherever you are now is where you are meant to serve now. #lessonsfromgideon

@ADWhitener 2/2 Your greatest impact will be done here-in the ordinary rhythms of your daily living.


@am_b8 When God tells me to DO something it’s not my job to understand. It’s my job to DO. #LessonsFromGideon


@Jaclyn_Turner "Wherever we feel too weak to fulfill our calling, our ever-redeeming God will make us strong!" #lessonsfromgideon


@penehutton Being faithful in the daily things of life will prepare you to receive the calling on your life. #lessonsfromgideon


@blalockca Don’t suppress the miraculous just because you aren’t impressed with your own resources #lessonsfromgideon


@katiehartshorn "A vessel’s value is not determined by its composition but by its contents." ~Priscilla Shirer #LessonsfromGideon



@ChristineCaine Wherever u are today THAT is the very place in the world YOU are called to be light. When u know who u are in Him u know what you are to do!


Claire McLean@fireball3316 You build an altar with your life / judges 6

@fireball3316 The size of prayers depends on the size of our God. And if God knows no limits, then neither should our prayers. Mark Batterson

@fireball3316 Most of our identity problems are the result of looking in the wrong mirrors. Mark Batterson

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