Catch the Breeze

Feel like you’ve been in a rowboat paddling like a crazy woman?

Or, in a battleship that you can’t get to turn around?

Or, a cruise ship surrounded by people who won’t go away?

Or, a fishing boat that is smelly and messy?

Or, a speed boat that is going full throttle?

Today it is time to take a breath and catch the breeze in your sails.  Breathe.  Deep breaths.  Close your eyes and breathe.

You are not alone.  Jesus has been with you when you were aboard the crazy rowboat or in any of those other boats. The problem is you have been trying to do it all yourself and it has worn you out. 

Try something different.  Imagine life as a sailboat where you are dependent on the breezes to move you.  Instead of puckering up and blowing into the sail trying to move the boat yourself, take a deep breath and say, “Jesus.”  When you do, open your hands as a gesture of showing Jesus you are done trying to right the ship.  

“My beloved ones, don’t ever limit your joy or fail to rejoice in the wonderful experience of knowing our Lord Jesus!” Philippians 3:1

Your experience is designed to give God praise.  Then, and only then, can you realize Jesus has been beside you in every port, ship and boat these past few weeks.

Hands open!  Breathe deeply!  Say His name – Jesus!  

You will catch that breeze.

 

Sherree Fischer
loveSTRONG Ministries

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If The Shoe Fits

When I was a little girl, one of the greatest life lessons I learned had to do with a pair of shoes.

I remember begging my mother for a pair of bright blue patent leather shoes. My mother was a single working mom so it was a big ask for her limited budget. Somehow though, she managed to scrape together the money to buy the shoes. 

Once I owned these blue beauties, I was afraid to wear them for fear of scuffing them. I’d slip them on and walk around on the carpet like a fashion runway model – but rarely wore them outside. Even though the shoes kept their perfect patent leather shine, my feet weren’t done growing. Quite naturally, I outgrew the prized shoes, barely having worn them and ended up giving them away.   

Today, I have a habit of using things until they completely fall apart. My athletic shoes, exercise equipment and favorite Bible are all held together with duct tape and a wing and a prayer. Eventually I dispose of the shoes and the gym equipment, but even in its broken-down state, I can’t discard my Bible. It contains a lifetime of notes, prayers and tears and still has much more to offer.

There are lessons to be gleaned from shoes – old or new, and worn-out Bibles.   

If we overuse things, they fall apart - but if we let things lay dormant, they have little value.  

I possess gifts and talents that I fail to use for various, mostly selfish reasons. If I’m not using them, God has every right to take them away and give them to someone else.  

My choices are to use every last bit of talent that God has given me to further His Kingdom and glorify Him (because I still have much more to offer). OR … I can let my gifts die from inactivity, basically throw them away - which ultimately benefits no one because I am choosing to let them waste away. 

The choice should be obvious. I pray daily, “take everything that you have given me, Lord and use ME. I may be old, but I’ve still got much to offer!” Even if I am being held together with the adhesive of God’s grace and mercy –take all of me, Lord!”

How do your “shoes” fit these days?  Do you plan to “use them … or lose them” or “lose them, never having used them at all?” 

You know what they say … if the shoe fits!

To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.  Matthew 25:29 (NLT)

Kathy Kurlin
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Window Shopping

Back in the day – B.C. (before COVID) - window shopping in clothing stores was one of my favorite past times. I didn’t always buy anything, just enjoyed trying on clothes. There’s no better pick-me-up than trying on a nice outfit to boost your ego.

Since our country was in lockdown for a while, little luxuries like shopping haven’t been available. Online shopping isn’t the same thing. I like to try on clothes in front of the mirrors that highlight the good, the bad and the ugly. In triplicate.

As things are starting to open up, there are some obvious changes with businesses. Dressing rooms in every store are closed indefinitely.  This means I have to make an actual purchase now. That entails bringing clothes home to try on and making a return trip for an exchange if things don’t fit. 

During a recent shopping/return trip, the “closed” sign on the dressing rooms got me thinking about a friend. Throughout our very long friendship, I’ve tried unsuccessfully to share the gospel message of Jesus with her.  I’ve tried everything short of beating her over the head with my Bible to get her to accept Jesus as her Savior. She’s made it plain, she’s not interested. 

When this COVID thing started early in the year, my friend was so consumed with fear, she required medication and barely got of bed for the first few weeks. I figured there was no better time to try sharing Jesus with her again. She was a little more receptive because the world was in chaos and she wasn’t coping.  

My friend brought Jesus home with her to “try on,” but quickly wanted to make a return. Her problem seemed to be that she thought she was buying a “one-size-fits-all” religion, rather than getting to know the real Jesus. My friend was only “window shopping.” 

I’ve never tried to sell her something under false pretenses. I’ve been clear that Jesus is not about religion, but a relationship. I’m not giving up on her though. My prayer for her and anyone looking for peace and reassurance during these uncertain times is to bring Jesus home. Try Him on and wear Him around the house until He becomes a perfect fit. 

You can try and wear Jesus out – but once you say “yes” to Him – He’s not going anywhere. He wants to wrap His Holy Spirit around you and keep you safe throughout the storms of life.

“But I will call on God, and the Lord will rescue me.”  Psalm 55:16 (NLT)

Kathy Kurlin
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WHAT DO YOU THINK ON?

Led by Kelly Kruse – Our minds are always thinking. We are hearing stories, information, words, and seeing events, expressions, sunsets and movies! What we choose to think on matters. It matters so much the Lord continually urges us to take our thoughts captive. His word reminds us that transformation, renewal and peace begins with what we think. We will discover what you are thinking and talk about not believing the worldly lies.  It takes intentional effort to change our minds, take our thoughts captive and look for God’s promises.

MEANT FOR MORE

Led by Stephanie Hendrick – Uncovering God’s Purpose for your Life: one of God’s greatest gifts to humankind is the hidden purpose woven into each of us. Discovering the true intent of our own life is a journey of growth- spiritually, physically, and emotionally- and is often a journey that most people never pursue. In a world of conformity, many women settle for the path already paved for them. What if God’s greatest desire was for you to question why he designed you the way he did? What if the pursuit of purpose and the complexity of then living life with purpose left a legacy you could’ve never otherwise imagined? Uncover the purpose for your own life and remove the barriers – including the fear to begin this work – that will attempt to keep you from carving that path you’re meant to create.

LET’S TALK

Led by Stefanie Calens – It’s often a challenge as women to discover a safe space to sit. This breakout session is that safe place. It is a discussion group where no topics are off limits. No matter where you are in your walk with Jesus, it’s comforting to know, you aren’t alone.


SHE’S DRIVING ME CRAZY

Led by Elizabeth Bedoya & Diana Doucette – I love my mother and I love my daughters……but there are days that they all DRIVE ME CRAZY!  Can you relate? If you are a mother, a daughter or both the answer is probably “Yes!” This is one of those relationships that we are kind of stuck with for most of our lives. Unlike friendships or other relationships that come and go, the mother/daughter relationship is one we are in for the long haul, even if it’s bad, it’s still going to be there and effecting you. In this session my mom and I will try to share some practical and Biblical thoughts on how to deal with that woman (even if she is a miniature one) who is driving you crazy.

LET’S TALK ABOUT PRAYER

Led by Melba Nagler – How do you define prayer? What part do faith and trust play in prayer? Are you happy with your prayer life? Do you wonder if you are doing it right–right words, right way or format, right posture, right time? Is there a model to follow? Do you wonder why you don’t get answers?

Come with your questions.  Let’s see what we can discover together.

WARR;OR WOMAN

Led by Huni McGee – Set down the expectations of others, give up the excuses and start being the woman you’re called to be. We take that “thing” that we THINK makes us who we are and we change our whole world to fit around and into it. Don’t let fear, anxiety, stress and worry keep you from being BOLD enough and BRAVE enough to pursue your calling.

Who will you become?


 

Chatter That Doesn’t Matter

We see social media posts all the time mentioning that “life is short.”  (And it truly is.)  So, why do we waste our time with chatter that doesn’t matter?  Why don’t we say something nice instead of talking negatively?

I know so many times I should have said something nice but it got pushed down in my throat because I hovered over the negative to complain.  Chances are you have done that also.  “That’s good but it should be this way ____.”  “I like what they did but I would have done it this way _____.”

We would feel much better to slide to the positive rather than sit in the negative.

To help us both, here are the beginning of sentences we can keep in our head to stay on the positive and regain a friendship and/or heal a hurt, and correct our attitudes:

I may have never said this, but….
I was so impressed when you…
I have always admired you because…
I never said I’m sorry when…
You inspired me when you…
I would love to know more about…
Thank you so much for the time you…
I love you because…

Recognizing that negative tendency is not healthy, both of us can let Jesus be the guide in showing grace and love.  Starting today.

Lord, you’re so kind and tenderhearted to those who don’t deserve it and so patient with people who fail you! Your love is like a flooding river overflowing its banks with kindness.  Psalm 103:8 TPT

 

Sherree Fischer
loveSTRONG Ministries

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