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Skylight View

Skylight View

SKylight View My house was built in the early 90s. This means we moved into a 20+ year old house ready for some updating. If you’re old enough to remember the 90s, you can close your eyes and see mauve carpet, hunter green tile, wallpaper, […]

It’s Who You Belong to that Matters- Guest Post for Wholly Loved Ministries

It’s Who You Belong to that Matters- Guest Post for Wholly Loved Ministries

It’s Who You Belong to that Matters We all want to belong to something, to someone, to have a place where we fit into the seams of life. Read how God used used Scripture to show me its the Who you belong to that really […]

Preparing for Divine Appointments

Preparing for Divine Appointments

Preparing for Divine Appointments

I welcome my writer friend and women’s ministry leader, Jennifer Slattery, to my blog. Today, she discusses how self-centeredness distorts our ability to see the opportunities, the missions, God is giving us to draw people close to Him. I pray her words speak to you as they did to me…

Preparing for Divine Appointments

By: Jennifer Slattery

We are never unseen, insignificant, or an afterthought.

 

I was a young mom who spent most of my time surrounded by children. I didn’t have much influence. People weren’t clamoring to hear what I had to say. In fact, most often, it felt as if my words were tuned out, lost among the cartoons, whining, and temper tantrums that come with parenting.

 

In the grand, cosmic scheme of things, it would’ve been easy to feel insignificant. Honestly, there were moments when I did. When I allowed myself to get so wrapped up in my small world, everything else slipped my notice.

 

The more I allowed self-centeredness to narrow my view, the more miserable I became. Until one day I happened upon a little book titled the Prayer of Jabez. Perhaps you’ve heard of it. It took the Christian world by storm in 2006, as I was just beginning to grow in my relationship with Christ. This book, or rather, what God did through it, stirred within me a passion to live on mission for Him.

 

There wasn’t anything magical about that book, though it was well-written (although largely speculative). And honestly, there wasn’t anything special about the prayer the book was based on. But through the book, God challenged me to shift my focus. Through words spoken by an ancient man briefly mentioned among a long list of descendants, God awaked my eyes to notice. To be alert and ready for whatever God might want to do through me each day.

 

In other words, God awakened my heart to watch out for God moments. And as I went about my day, alert, the most amazing things happened. I encountered people with questions, with concerns, with prayer requests. It seemed, the moment I began to pray this prayer, that God would expand my territory, it was like He opened up His divine appointment book and sent me on mission.

 

Whether God was bringing people into my path because I was alert or those people—those divine opportunities—had been there all along but I’d been to preoccupied with self to notice doesn’t matter. God challenged me to view every day through a gospel-shaped, image-bearer, purpose-filled lens knowing God created me for a purpose and with a purpose.

 

The next time I begin to feel unnoticed, or have grown bored with the monotony of life, may I look up, then look around, and be ready to be used by God whenever and however He desires. I believe that is when we begin to experience the exciting, empowered, abundant life Christ promised.

 

What about you? Do you have any similar stories to share? Perhaps of times when you felt God prodding you to be more alert to those around you? Did you find yourself landing in any divine appointments? Like me, do you have a tendency to get so caught up in yourself—your worries, to-do lists, calculating how many pieces of chocolate you can have before someone deems you a glutton—that you perhaps miss out on being part of the miraculous?

 

Author, speaker, and ministry leader Jennifer Slattery writes for Crosswalk.com and is the managing and acquiring editor for Guiding Light Women’s Fiction, an imprint with Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. She believes fiction has the power to transform lives and change the culture. Healing Love is her sixth novel, and it was birthed during a trip she and her family took to El Salvador that opened her eyes to the reality of generational poverty and sparked a love for orphans and all who’ve experienced loss.

 

Jennifer Slattery

Her deepest passion is to help women experience God’s love and discover, embrace, and live out who they are in Christ. As the founder of Wholly Loved Ministries, she travels with her team to various churches to speak to women and help them experience the love and freedom only Christ can offer. When not writing, editing, or speaking, you’ll likely find her chatting with her friends or husband in a quiet, cozy coffeehouse. Visit her online at JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud.com and connect with her and her Wholly Loved team at WhollyLoved.com

 

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Check out Jennifer’s latest book!    Healing Love  

A news anchor intern has it all planned out, and love isn’t on the agenda.

Brooke Endress is on the cusp of her lifelong dream when her younger sister persuades her to chaperone a mission trip to El Salvador. Packing enough hand sanitizer and bug spray to single-handedly wipe out malaria, she embarks on what she hopes will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

 

But Brooke is blindsided by the desperation for hope and love she sees in the orphans’ eyes. And no less by the connection she feels with her handsome translator. As newfound passion blooms, Brooke wrestles with its implications for her career dreams.

 

Ubaldo Chavez, teacher and translator, knows the struggle that comes with generational poverty. But he found the way out – education – and is determined to help his students rise above.

 

When he agrees to translate for a mission team from the United States he expects to encounter a bunch of “missional tourists” full of empty promises. Yet an American news anchor defies his expectations, and he finds himself falling in love. But what does he have to offer someone with everything?

 

(Genre: Women’s fiction with a strong romantic thread. Dual setting: Southern California, and El Salvador)

Follow her on Goodreads here.

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About Kristen Terrette

Kristen is on fire for Christ and loves to serve Him when she has the opportunity. Whenever she’s not blogging or writing books, she spends time with her husband and two children. She also serves on the Ladies Leadership team at her church.

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Guest Post Preslaya Williams Blog

Guest Post Preslaya Williams Blog

  Guest post on Preslaya Williams blog! Hey readers! Last weekend my family went to see the Ark Encounter in Kentucky. It was amazing. I was blessed to be given the chance to write a guest post about it on Preslaysa Williams blog! Check out […]

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Website and Cover Reveal Day!

Today will go down as one of the top ten best days of my life. And I have actually put some thought into this: Day my daughter was born (Equal to number 2, because who can decide on which child’s birth was better!) Day my […]

Be Used…

Be Used…

Do you ever have a day that goes by on autopilot? You know, maybe you’ve made a checklist you supposed to get done, places you need to go, emails and phone calls you have to return, but it’s all almost monotonous? And then, at the end of the day, your completely exhausted, and yet you think, what did I really accomplish today? Did I make a difference in someone’s life today? Did I make a difference in my child’s life today? My husband’s life today?

If you’re like me, you may always feel busy, but may not ever see the evidence of the “busyness”! I mean, who of you reading this has cleaned the kitchen before you went to bed- leaving NO dishes in the sink, counters wiped down, all the food put away (I hope!), and even swept up the little crumbs that stick to the bottom of your feet (that’s the worst!)- ONLY to wake up in the morning and walk into the kitchen to see coffee stains and sticky stuff already accumulating, milk sitting out, wrappers from the yogurt someone’s eaten laying FACEDOWN on the counter, and dishes ALREADY in the sink! I mean, how does that even happen?

Well, this autopilot kind of life, this repetitive motion of cooking, cleaning, working, etc has recently left me kind of blahhhhhhhhh. I’m definitely not going so far as to say empty- cause I love my life and family, and I have been supremely blessed- but how can I get out of feeling this “blah”ness??

And God keeps recalling to my soul some wise words spoken at a Ladies Retreat I went to a few weeks back. Our very wise speaker, Donna Brown (hehe- she’s my mom!), led a session where she challenged us to allow ourselves to be used by God for someone else’s miracle. You know, our society gives the word “used” a negative connotation, but that’s certainly not always the case at all! If we are not open to jumping in to help someone who is sick, or broke, or even just sad, we may be getting in the way of how God was going to do a miracle in that person’s life, or even in ours through them!

And lately, it’s like God has to keep slapping me upside the head with this idea! It’s not about me– what makes me happy,  or what I have to “get done” today, or what makes my world go around. And when I try and make it about me, you know what happens? I go to bed, stare up at the ceiling and think what did I even accomplish today?

So, that’s why when I couple things in my sacred schedule got changed today, I sat down to add more “things” to my to-do list excitedly. You know what they were at first??
1. Mop
2. finish tax stuff

Hahaha! These were the things I was (admittedly) excited about adding to my “to-do” list today! And so when a friend reminded me about an opportunity to serve some lunches to some local children who might not receive a lunch today, I balked…… I mean, I have a floor to mop for pete’s sake! That floor doesn’t get clean on its own!

And then God lovingly brought me back around to being available to be used in a miracle. We’re on Spring Break here, and these children, most of whom are on free or reduced lunches, might not have gotten a satisfying and healthy lunch today. Some may not have even received a lunch at all. Plus, this was an activity where my kids would get the chance to serve someone else- they would get to experience compassion at its finest!

So, guess what? We went to serve lunches! And it was such a wonderful experience. The overseers of this event were wonderful and very organized, and the kids who showed up were ADORABLE! They were so appreciative and all smiles.

And later today, God opened my eyes to another way I can be used in one of His miracles. A good friend of mine had a stroke 6 years ago, and since then she lost function on her left side. This amazing woman of two sons lives on her own! She has relearned everything, and loves to share her story with other stroke victims who think they will never recover what their sickness took from them. She is an inspiration- I know firsthand because I see her involvement in our Women’s and First Touch/Prayer Ministries at our church.

She is a wonder to behold for sure. And though she admits she may not ever regain function with her left arm, she has always believed she would one day walk normally again- without a cane, and over uneven surfaces, and some stairs. She has prayed for this seemingly (to certain docs) impossible prayer. But, it has been answered! She has had the opportunity to receive what we’re calling a bionic leg! With this device, her dreams can be realized! I know God has used these specialists to give her this gift- BUT this gift comes at a high price- a price she cannot afford and insurance does not cover.

So, do you want to participate in one of God’s miracles today? I know that He loves when we use social media to do His work! Read Kelly’s story by clicking {{here}}, watch the video, share her story, and please consider being a part of her miracle!

Oh- and you know what? I still had time to mop the floor! I think I’ll go to sleep happy for many reasons this day…

The Lumbersexual…

The Lumbersexual…

  The lumbersexual One of my husband’s BEST personality traits is that he really DOES NOT CARE what other people think of him. He has this confidence, not cockiness, about him that I simply may not ever understand. He can throw on whatever he wants, […]