Wednesday, January 17, 2018

One Word 2018 - Discover



Happy Wednesday Friends -

I wanted to take a moment to let you know that I will be stepping down from my position here at Woman to Woman Ministries, in order to devote more time to my health, and my own personal blog at Shari A. Miller - Living to Leave a Legacy. I would love for you to follow me a long as I begin sharing more of my journey of living with metastatic breast cancer. I want to thank you all for how supportive you have been. I will miss sharing with you here at Woman to Woman Ministries. From here on out, my daughter, Emily Miller, will be taking over Wednesdays posts. I know you will enjoy hearing from her.

All for Him-

Shari


By: Emily Miller






This week, I want to talk about my one word for 2018. Now, I am the type of person sets both goals and picks a "one word" for a new year. My one word for 2018 is discover.

This word was laid on my heart on New Year's Eve, by the Holy Spirit.

When it comes down to it, I want to discover, who God has truly intended me to be in 2018.

This year presents its own set of challenges. I have numerous health issues that I need to take care of before I can feel like I can take the next step in my life. Even while I have these health issues to manage, I feel as though it is going to be a sense of discovery as I dig down deep to find the strength from God that I'll need deal with these difficult matters.

I also want to discover the career path that God has in store for me as I apply for grad school, as well as devote myself to digging down deeper into my own personal writing and study of God's Word.

Lastly, I want to discover what it means to rely on God for 100% of my life. I'm sure some of you deal with overcoming anxiety and fully trusting the Lord like I do. This is why I believe God wants me to have discover as my word for 2018 most importantly because I need to discover what it means to believe that He is in complete and total control.

Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!
- 1 Chronicles 16:11

What about you? What is your one word or goal for 2018 that God has laid on your heart?

Blessings,

Emily


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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Keep Our Eyes On Jesus


By: Melissa Baker 

In Matthew 14, we learn about when Jesus walked on water. His disciples were in the boat and strong winds came and they were in trouble. The boat was far out on the water, so Jesus went toward them. When the disciples saw Him, they were afraid and thought he was a ghost. Jesus said, “Don't be afraid, take courage, I am here!” Peter then called to Him and said “Lord, if it’s really You, tell me to come to You, walking on the water.” Jesus said “Yes, come." So Peter stepped out onto the water and started walking to Jesus. But when he saw the strong winds and waves, he became terrified and yelled for Jesus to save him. Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him.


Do you see where Peter kind of went wrong? He saw the storm and took his eyes off of Jesus! This reminds me of life sometimes. We are so full of faith, trusting God with everything. Focused solely on Jesus. Then a big storm comes (a.k.a. financial trouble, marriage problems, stress, failures, etc), and we take our eyes off of Jesus and start focusing on our problems! And then we begin to sink, just like Peter! Sometimes we try to fight our way out and fix our problems on our own, but we keep sinking deeper and deeper. And we just can’t figure out how we are going to get out of it. When issues arise, we take our eyes off Jesus! We focus more on our problems and worry about how WE are going to fix them, instead of calling out to Jesus for help. It’s a very simple concept, if you think about it. If we need help, we should ask for help. All we have to do is cry out to Jesus saying “save me Lord,” just as Peter did, and he will immediately reach out and grab us. He will save us from sinking further and further into our problems. We have to keep our eyes on Jesus, or we will keep sinking and we will flounder. We will keep staggering helplessly in life, not getting anywhere. Even in the good times, we need to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, so that when bad times come, we stay the course and it will be that much easier to focus on Jesus rather than our problems! We must keep our eyes on Jesus in this race we call life!

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭12:1-2‬ ‭NLT‬



Monday, January 15, 2018

Part Time VS Full Time

By: Jenifer Metzger

Go to church on Sunday.
Worship God.
Raise your hands.
Give in offering.

Participate in a Bible study.
Read the required material.
Join in on the discussion.
Share your heart.

What about the rest of the week?

Are you living as a part-time Christian but expecting God to be a full-time God?

How are you living life? Do you live fully for God on Sunday but the rest of the week live how you want? Watch the shows you want, no matter how inappropriate they may be? Listen to the music you want, no matter how offensive the lyrics are? Stick your Bible on the shelf to remain until the next church day? Say words you wouldn't dare say in the walls of the church?

Are you living part time for God?

Now, think of these questions: Do you expect God to be there to answer your cry of distress? To heal you on command when you are sick? To stop bad things from happening?

Do you expect God to be full time?


That's the thing. God is full time. We know from the Word that He will never leave us (Heb. 13:5, Deut. 31:6) and we know that He doesn't sleep (Ps. 121:4). God is always there. He is always right next to you, always listening to you, always guiding you, and always fighting for you.

God cannot be faithless, even when we are faithless (2 Tim. 2:13). He is always faithful to us and when we are faithful to Him, He honors that. It is time to stop living part time and start living full time for Him. It is time to start being fully faithful to Him.






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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Father knows best...


I was nine years old when Daddy left Mama and us kids for another woman.  I remember staring into the darkness out of my bedroom window at night, tears running down my face, asking God to make my daddy come home. I was too young to theologically reason that God doesn't violate a person's free will. All I knew is that I wanted God to answer the cry of my hurting heart.

As I got older my prayers changed. I became old enough to surmise that perhaps it was best for my mama and us kids if Daddy didn't come home.  We were doing well, involved in a good church,  and growing in Christ.  My prayers changed.  I began to pray that my Daddy would get right with God. I assumed that when Daddy left us, he had also left Jesus.  What I didn't realize was that Jesus hadn't let go of Daddy. I prayed for Daddy for years.  I was pregnant with my second daughter when Daddy had to have a triple bypass.  Evidently, that was an incentive to him to make sure things between him and Jesus were okay.  My prayers were answered.

There are simple little prayers that I've prayed that God has answered almost immediately.  There are other prayers about much more significant and life impacting things that I've prayed for years that I've yet to see Him answer.  What I have learned through the years is the truth of this saying, "God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with Him" (Jim Elliot)  There were times I couldn't see this-when we went through a "Job season" of loss after loss and trial after trial, when our oldest daughter struggled with infertility and loss for over a decade.  But, in hindsight, I now see all of the beneficial things God brought to pass through our Job season. I also thank God daily for the two wonderful granddaughters that God eventually blessed our daughter with, and there is a maturity and strength of character beyond their years that He worked in our daughter and son-in-law in their long waiting years.

Jesus said, " What father among you, if his son asks for a loaf of bread, will give him a stone; or if he asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, evil as you are, know how to give good gifts [gifts that are to their advantage] to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask and continue to ask Him!" Luke 11:11-13 The way I see it, getting a stone when you ask for bread would be a cruel disappointment.  Getting a scorpion would be getting something harmful when you expected something good.  Jesus indicated that our Father God doesn't answer our cries with something disappointing or harmful to us.  Psalm 34:10 promises that He will not let us lack any beneficial thing.  When we pray we can trust God with our requests and desires.  His answer will be what is best and what is beneficial for us.  Even His timing will be what is best.  We all would prefer what we want when we want it. But, we must remember and trust that our good, good Father really does know what is best.

still following,
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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Don't Unpack and Live There

By:

Emily Miller

There are times in life that come more often than not that require you to cowgirl up and deal with something.



For us highly sensitive people, this can be an issue.

The very nature of being a highly sensitive person may make it seem like that you can cry at a drop of a hat.

I am here to tell you today that crying is not the bad thing that some people in your life may make it out to be.

It is merely a part of how you, the highly sensitive person, cope with your surroundings.

Yet, there comes a point in time, and trust me to say that I am still learning this and hope to improve on this in 2018, that you have to pick yourself up and move on.

This is where the "cowgirling up" portion comes into play.

I spent too much of 2017 basically unpacking and living in whatever emotional turmoil that I was feeling in whatever circumstances I was facing that week.

That made for a pretty miserable summer of 2017 for a lot of people around me, not to mention myself.

You all have goals, dreams, plans, and "one words" that you are focusing on for 2018.

However, with all these things lined out, you are still going to experience hardships and setbacks through the year.

You absolutely cannot let these setbacks get you down!

Look ahead to all the plans you have for this year. Look ahead to all the things that you see God has ordained for you!

I will leave you with this scripture from Jeremiah that is undoubtedly well-known to you.

For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord; plans to prosper you, and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come to pray to me, and I will listen to you!
-Jeremiah 29:11-12

Blessings,

Emily