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Monday, June 27, 2011

Simple Compassion:Week2, Woman

Continuing in  our study, “Simple Compassion: Devotions to Make a Difference in Your Neighborhood, and Your World,” by Keri Wyatt Kent, this week’s topic is – woman.
The cliffnotes version: We look into Acts 18, at a woman named Priscilla. We meet Pricilla (and her husband Aquila) when Paul arrives in Corinth, during his travels. Priscilla and her husband were tentmakers, and was very much a working woman. After sometime in Corinth, Paul, Priscilla, and Aquila traveled into Ephesus.
After staying there for some time, Paul set sail once again, this time leaving Priscilla and Aquila behind. While in Ephesus, Priscilla and Aquila met a Jewish man named Apollos who came into town. After hearing Apollos speak Priscilla and Aquila invited Apollos into their hope, teaching him the ways of God as the NIV version puts “more adequately.” Apollos went on from there to teach and share about Jesus being the Christ.
Wyatt point out that in this passage when Apollos was invited to Priscilla and Aquila’s home, it was not strictly just Aquila who taught and shared with Apollos, while his wife was in the kitchen. Priscilla had an active role along WITH her husband. They shared together. Because of this, Apollos went on to share with many more about Jesus.
According to Kent, Priscilla was one of the several women leaders in the early church. Kent says, “She made a difference by believing in herself enough to speak the truth.” This is a bold move, even today. Just imagine how bold it must have been in Priscilla’s time.
I have seen so many women today that believe they can’t truly make a difference, in the church or in the world.  Some even think, “What I do isn’t THAT important.” That is a LIE.
Jesus valued woman. He values YOU. He knows YOU can make a HUGE IMPACT in the world around you.
Kent points out that women were some of the very first witnesses to several major events in Jesus’ ministry, i.e. the annunciation and the resurrection.
If you are a woman, you DO have value, and you CAN make a huge difference in your world. Whether you reach the masses, or just one person, as Priscilla (and her husband) may have with Apollos (although more than likely she did influence more than just him, but even still if it were just Apollos) YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE that will have influence for generations to come.
 
 
Proud to be a woman,
 
- Kristen Marie

Monday, June 20, 2011

Your Position to Make a Difference

Although you make not be the Queen of England, or our President, YOU DO have a position that means the world...


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What are your thoughts to the questions I posed? I would LOVE to hear your feedback.

Positioned to Make a Difference,

- Kristen Marie

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Resources:

*The Book of Esther

*For more encouragement on how YOU can make a difference in your neighborhood and your world, check out, "Simple Compassion," by Keri Kent.                                
Simple Compassion: Devotions to Make a Difference in Your Neighborhood and Your World

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Echo of Love

Sometimes there are things that happen, that remind you to be grateful for something that you have, or in this case, someone.

I LOVE my husband. Now obviously I always love my husband, but I may not always remember to appreciate him. It’s easy to say we love someone, but sometimes it’s easy to forget just how much we do appreciate them.

About a week and a half ago I had surgery on my back.

Needless to say I was in quite a bit of pain (and not to mention somewhat drugged up from anesthesia), and was in NEED of quite a bit of help, especially the first day or so. I would constantly be calling my hubby to help me with things, or grab something for me. Not once did he complain about serving me those first couple of days. He even had taken off a couple days of work just to be with me, constantly checking on me every 2-3 hours (even throughout the night) to see how I was feeling, if I needed anything, and just to make sure everything was ok.

It was in those moments that I realized just HOW MUCH I truly appreciated what he was doing for me, and how he echoed God’s love for me.

Looking back at those couple of days made me reflect on my actions towards others and if I was echoing love- or something else. :/

The bible says the two most important commandments (not suggestions) are to 1-Love God, and 2-Love others (Mathew22:37-40). We can easily say, “Well of course we love God.” “Of course we love others.”  But what does loving others look like? Look at your actions, are they speaking love? Look at your words, are you speaking words of affirmation and encouragement into the life of a loved one or friend, or negativity and discouragement? We may be the only example of God’s love someone sees. What does it look like to them?

God’s desire for us is to be salt and light to this world, to be the extension of the hands and feet of Jesus (Matthew 5:13-16). Are we echoing the Love of Christ?

Ask yourself:
-Am I being an echo of love to others around me?
-Who is 1 person today I can “Love on?” and how am I going to show them?
-What are 5 ways I can be an echo of God’s love?


Check out this video of An Epic No Less and their song, "Echo of Love." Be Challenged to do. 


Challenged to Love,
- Kristen Marie

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PS-Click Here for ANOTHER scholarship opportunity for the She Speaks Conference! GOOD LUCK! :)  The She Speaks Conference is about women connecting the hearts of women to the heart of our Father God and my heart is to serve Him and His daughters, as He leads.

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Hey Ladies!!

Just found out about this amazing opp!

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY for CONCORD, NC and ME (TAKE 2)

Hello Dear Friends!

I am UBER (yes UBER!) EXCITED to share with you about ANOTHER AMAZING ministry and an OPPORTUNITY you can have this summer. It will allow you to come together with like minded women of faith, other writers, speakers, and women in ministry and reignite the passion you have to help ‘equip, encourage, and inspire.’

SHE SPEAKS 2011 will be held in Concord, NC, from July 22-24th. There are three tracks based on your passion, She Writes writing), She Leads(Women’s ministry),and She Speaks(speaking). There are additional pre-conference workshops you can attend. The event cost even includes hotel stay, and meals. WHAT AN AMAZING OPPORTUNITY!

I am SO SO SO EXCITED!!! (notice the exclamation marks, dear friends)to be able to attend this conference to help cast a bigger vision and picture for my life and for what God has been recently beginning to show me! I am just excited to see how God will continue to use me, and really believe in the power of attending this conference and what it could mean to and for me. http://shespeaksconference.com/
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As I was growing up, I was always told I had a “gift for gab,” and being able to round up a group of kids and motivate them to do something (good or bad...lol). I could be swinging from bar to bar on the money bars and spot a kid playing by them self on the playground and strike up a conversation, and minute later be taking them along side of me to go and recruit a group of other kids playing by themself to come to gether and build a sandcastle. I made fast friends through being able to talk with anyone I came in contact with-whether they were 8 or 80, it didn’t matter. I loved to tell stories, get people together, and I loved to talk to others.

Although there was many times that my “gift” seemed more like a curse when I would be reprimanded for talking while taking a test, or while the teacher was talking as I grew it was one thing I knew I was good at. I could talk and encourage others to get together. It was definitely “a passion” of mine. ::smile::

Fast forward 20+ years, and I still love to talk, and get people together- by leading, encouraging, and motivating them. That looks alot different these days as I work with young women helping them through serious issues of their lives instead of a gathering a group of other five year olds trying to build a sandcastle.

My passion and desire has become speaking the truth of God’s word to young women’s lives. I have a passion and desire to share my life and my faith to somehow offer a sense of hope to other young women who have gone trough and struggled with so many things that I did growing up. From the experiences of physical and sexual abuse, struggles with eating disorders, feelings of brokenness, abandonment, and lack of self worth to the constant pressures of our culture and society (I competed in the pageant world), etc., I want to share out of those experience that there can be hope, healing, and forgiveness through Christ.

As I mentioned above, I was involved in the pageant world and also have worked with a skincare and cosmetic company. I have seen how much pressure society and the media can put on young women, and this is even more so engrained in them after going through trauma such as abuse, whether physical or sexual, rape, eating disorders, etc.

I want to share not only my experiences, in the hope of being able to relate with what so many young women (and even women of all ages) go through and struggle with, but to share with them that THERE IS HOPE, HEALING, FREEDOM and FORGIVENESS that can only can be found in and through Christ! I want to continue to encourage, build up and lead them into THAT truth!

Ok, so now the shameless plug for myself as to why I feel I should be chosen to win this scholarship.

Although there are many of us who could be “qualified” to win this scholarship (and I am sure there are going to be so many amazing an inspiring stories), I hope that you will choose me. Since I have found out about the possibility of this conference, my heart has been heavy with somehow finding a way to get there. I have been waiting, praying, hoping, wishing, wanting some way, somehow for an opportunity, such as this conference, to appear.

 I am NOT a trained speaker, teacher, leader, or writer(although I have had some experience in the writing I am not by any means a professional) and nor am I the child of any famous personality that I would automatically have some sort of platform that people would look at me and be drawn to me because of my name. HOWEVER, I do have a story to tell. And sadly, my story is all too similar to so many other young women out there who are too afraid to tell it, that they remain chained by the baggage and do not have any sense of hope, joy, forgiveness, healing or freedom from what has happened to them.

I want to SHOUT FROM THE ROOFTOPS “THERE IS HOPE! FREEDOM! AND REDEMPTION!” If God can take me out of the circumstance I was in, and make me a NEW CREATION, beautiful and wonderful in His image, He can and HE HAS for them [young women] also.

By being able to have the opportunity to attend this conference it would be giving me the skills and tools to share this message that God has placed on my heart. To write, to speak, to lead, to encourage, to build up, to motivate others to the word of God.

 I would be ever so grateful for this experience and opportunity.

Love to you all,
- Kristen Marie

[PS…. I would LOVE to meet so many of you amazing women at the conference over coffee/lunch!! UBER EXCITED at the possibility!!! :)

PPS......If you are interested in attending this conference defiantely go check out it here on Renee's blog :http://reneeswope.blogspot.com/2011/03/she-speaks-womens-ministry-leadership.html.

You can also leanr about Renee Swope on facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/#!/renee.swope ]

The conference website is here: http://shespeaksconference.com/

Friday, March 11, 2011

Concord, NC and ME!!!

Hello Dear Friends!

I am UBER (yes UBER!) EXCITED to share with you about an AMAZING ministry and an OPPORTUNITY you can have this summer. It will allow you to come together with like minded women of faith, other writers, speakers, and women in ministry and reignite the passion you have to help ‘equip, encourage, and inspire.’

SHE SPEAKS 2011 will be held in Concord, NC, from July 22-24th. There are three tracks based on your passion, She Writes writing), She Leads(Women’s ministry),and She Speaks(speaking). There are additional pre-conference workshops you can attend. The event cost even includes hotel stay, and meals. WHAT AN AMAZING OPPORTUNITY! Go to their website for more details by clicking here. 

What’s even more exciting is that Lysa Terkeurst is offering a scholarship to cover cost of registration ($595 value) on Lysa's Blog. But you must hurry, because it ends today! I would definitely encourage you to check it out and apply. Who knows what this OPPORTUNITY could be for you?!

I am SO SO SO EXCITED!!! (notice the exclamation marks, dear friends)to be able to attend this conference to help cast a bigger vision and picture for my life and for what God has been recently beginning to show me! I am just excited to see how God will continue to use me, and really believe in the power of attending this conference and what it could mean to and for me.

I am excited to meet with SOOOO many writers and speakers that I follow, build relationships with so many of these women that feel that I have learned so much from and come to respect for their radical and challenging faith and the transparency that have shown in their lives.

I am also SO excited to get to immerse myself in speakers and writers that are pros in their craft, to glean whatever I can from them, and begin to develop deeper in my skills because of them.

GO CHECK IT OUT. (Yes. Right now. Go do it. Dear friend, go check it out!)

Love to you all,
- Kristen Marie