Tuesday, March 27, 2012

03/27/12 - Thinking Like a Christ Follower

‎"Take captive every thought to the obedience of Christ" 2 Cor. 10:5
"Set your mind on things above" Col. 3:2
"Prepare your minds for action." 1 Peter 1:13

Christ cares about our thoughts. He cares about what we think about.

Have you re-calibrated your thoughts to that of Christ? Do you filter your thoughts through a Christian worldview?

Have you allowed the Holy Spirit to illuminate anything you're letting in your mind and point out if this will lead you down the path of sin or holiness?

Fix your mind on Christ...give satan no room to taunt you with lies!

Friday, March 16, 2012

03/16/12 - Walking in the Light

1 John 1:7: If we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.

This verse has just gone round and round in my mind. What a revival verse!

If we walk in the Light...if we walk without hidden sin. If we walk without shadows of sin in our life. If we walk in honest, open, transparency with those we're closest too, God says we'll have fellowship.

We'll have a closeness that comes from walking without secrets.

Then, once we walk with the "walls down with others and the roof off with God" we have the promise of a cleansing!!!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

03/15/12 - The Porn Path

My heart is deeply burdened for young men who get trapped in the pull of porn. Over the last month or so I've studied more the effects of porn on men. It's mind blowing when you realize that viewing porn creates a chemical reaction in your brain that is very similar to drugs.

In The Porn Path, Mark Driscoll lays out the way the brain produces a pathway to desire porn. It becomes an addiction that one must see more or do more to get the same high. So it may start off very innocently, but grows overtime.

An addiction to porn will destroy marriages, if one stays on the path.

Even if a man breaks his addiction those images are there, burned in the brain. It is poison in a marriage. It breaks the oneness a man and woman are to experience.

There are groups, such as Celebrate Recovery, that are there to help Christian men break their sexual addiction.

Break the silence, reach out for help, and don't stop until you're walking in the light with your sin.

Confess to your wife, ask your husband...get painfully honest with this topic. An addiction to porn may be a "fox in your vineyard" of your marriage. It may be the tumor that is killing your marriage. It may be in stage one of cancer, but will grow to stage four!

Get radical to get sin out of your life! Get some strong accountability and walk in fellowship with others who will hold you up!

If you're a young man the internet is a big pool of temptation...get some accountability by installing some type of program that alerts another person when you've visited porn on your computer. Parents, put up some safeguards on your computers.

Parents also be aware that the newest fade in relationships is young women sending naked pictures to their boyfriends! I heard of a case where a good, Christian, 13 year old girl was just caught sending a naked picture of herself to a boy at school.

Please don't bury your head in the sand. We must take a stand against porn and save future marriages!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

03/14/12- Intentionality in Priorities

Your husband calls you, “Honey, we’re moving in a month and we only have a truck that is 10 feet by 10 feet to take all our stuff in!” After you get over the shock of his words, you start packing, with great care, what will fit in that 10x10 truck.

Do you think you’d take those college text books that are 14 years old? Would those old prom dresses come with?

Chances are you’d start with what is important. You’d take the things that are of the highest priorities. And with extra space take things less important.

Each day we wake up with about 12 to 15 hours to accomplish what needs to be done: caring for children, keeping up with a house, cultivating a relationship with God, maintaining a healthy marriage, ministry, friends, mental down time, exercise, work, and a host of other things scream at us: “I am of TOP priority!!! Focus on ME!”

If we’re not intentional with what are the top priorities for us, in the season of life we’re in, we’ll feel like we’re trying to cram everything into a 10x10 space. We’ll be left frustrated, exhausted, and defeated. However, when you write out the top 5 things in your life that are of highest priorities, make sure those things happen and then fit in whatever else you can, you will feel like you’re able to get done those things of most important to you!

Take some time and write out what would be your top 5 priorities (may have to do this daily or weekly), fit those in your calendar, and don’t stress (too much) about the rest!

Friday, March 9, 2012

03/09/12 - True Woman Testimony

In 2008 I attended my first True Woman conference. I was excited because of the speakers, but I had no idea how God would use that weekend to set me on a new path in my walk with Christ.

October 9, 2008, my 34th birthday, and the first night of the conference. If you would have asked me before I went, I would have told you that I wasn’t a feminist. I would have said that I’ve embraced biblical womanhood…but when Mary Kassian spoke on Friday morning it rocked my thinking!

I was a feminist! The culture had infiltrated my mind way more that I cared to admit. God had some foundational repair to do in my thinking.

At the end of the weekend I was more than thrilled to sign the True Woman Manifesto and with gusto I took this message back to my church and girlfriends. (I even laminated my manifesto and it still is hung next to my kitchen sink!)

But I found out that most my friends weren’t interested in my approach. I felt like I was hitting brick walls and eventually just got frustrated with even trying to talk about biblical womanhood. (Insert Heather not following the Holy Spirit!!)

By the time True Woman 2010 rolled around I was beyond excited to meet with other like minded women. I was longing for deep fellowship with other sisters, and that’s just what I got.

But that weekend God had plans to take what He was doing even deeper in my life. He was ready to peel back another layer and dig even deeper into my heart and attitude.

Nancy Leigh DeMoss had just come from her cousin’s funeral. Nancy showed a picture of her cousin and shared that at the funeral the line to visit the family was hours long. She explained that her cousin didn’t have a big platform, but lived out biblical womanhood with her husband and sons. That impacted me greatly!

Then Holly Elliff said, during the panel, that we’re busy doing things, but are we busy doing the things God has called us to do?

Those were two of the most impactful moments at True Woman 2010.

I walked away knowing just want God wanted me to do: just do it. Just live out biblical womanhood with my husband and sons. To be a true woman in my home for an audience of one, the One that really matters.

A couple of weeks later I was listening to a podcast with Mary Kassian talking to Bob Lapine about The Art of Marriage (a do-it-yourself DVD marriage conference by FamilyLife Today).

After looking over the website, praying about it, and talking to our pastors, my husband and I hosted an Art of Marriage conference. That stirred in us a desire to do marriage ministry.

Here a year later we have a newlywed ministry at our church were God has asked us to pour into the lives of 5 newlywed couples. These couples are watching our life, our marriage, and our family. They are watching us live out biblical manhood and womanhood.

I smile as I think how God had to rearrange my heart, my attitude, and my ideas. He was so tender and gracious with me. His patience is priceless! What a mighty God we serve!

So this is why I am beyond excited to talk about True Woman 2012. If you want God to pick you up, put you on a new path, and do a new work in your heart, then plan on joining me in Indianapolis in September of 2012 for True Woman 2012! I can’t wait to see what God has for me next!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

03/06/12 - Justification/Sanctification

Justification happens once and is sudden. (Salvation in trusting Christ alone for the forgiveness of your sins. Knowing that Christ paid the judgement for your sins.)

Sanctification is on going and won't end till heaven. (It's the sandpaper on the areas that displeases or dishonors God. The growing into Christ-likeness process)

Just because you are justified, doesn't mean you won't struggle. We're all in being set apart and sanctified for His glory!

Monday, March 5, 2012

03/05/12 - True Woman 2012

In 2008 I went to True Woman 2008 in Chicago. I had no idea how much that conference would radically change my life. The 3 day conference was packed full to teaching, prayer, and ended with a call to live out being God's true woman in my life.

In 2010 I went to True Woman 2010 in Fort Worth. Again God used that conference to continue to refine me, change me, grow me, and strip me of more of myself. I left there feeling even more convicted to live out biblical womanhood in my life, in my home first and foremost!

I am beyond excited to got to True Woman 2012 in Indianapolis September 20-22, 2012.

I want to invite you to prayerfully consider coming! The theme is: Seeking Him Together for Spiritual Awakening. You will be challenged, encouraged, and renewed! For some of you it may take a few months to pull together the resources to go, this is why I am sharing this in March. If you decide to go, let me know! I'd love to meet you!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Thursday, March 1, 2012

03/01/12 - Texting

I recently had a conversation with a concerned friend, she said, "Well my friend's husband has been texting this gal he does his workouts with. They text all hours of the day and night."

My heart sank!

In the last couple of weeks I've been walking closely with friends walking through some very serious marriage issues.

The word picture God gave me was cancer. See my friends are in stage 4 cancer. Honestly, I don't know if it is terminal or not, but I have hope that God will heal. Years of this festering cancer has lead them to this painful, messy place in their marriage. God has done surgery and now they are having kemo and radiation. It's painful!

But it started like the first couple...just a misstep in the wrong direction, stage one cancer. Hopefully my friend will be able to speak truth in love to her friend and they will get the help they need before their cancer is stage 4.

When I talk about guarding your heart for marriage it's more than not dating or being legalistic in your approach. My heart cries for you to embrace purity because once you are married you will have to continue to fight and guard your marriage for the glory of God.

Satan is out to kill and destroy marriages! If you're not preparing for the battle before marriage...he may blindside you once marriage.