Long time!

Wow, it has been forever since I’ve had time to post here.  So much has been going on!

We’ve officially held our second event. What a wild and crazy ride this has been.  This go around was so very different than the first one. So much of the fear had disappeared yet there were new, interesting challenges to get through. God showed up though!

Leading up to the event, all of our speakers, including myself, had spiritual warfare going on. One had her mom go into the hospital, another started having pains in her hip, another dealing with life and myself, I started losing my voice the Thursday before.

But Wow did God show up and show off.  The prayers that were going on were amazing. We received word in the middle of the event that the mom was being sent home from the hospital as she was much better, the pain disappeared from my friends hip and my voice held out as best as possible throughout the day. By the end of the event, I was to get up and close with another 20 minutes of talking but I realized that was just not going to happen so I tossed my notes aside and spoke from my heart for a few minutes and let God do His thing. Once we cleared everything up and headed home, my voice disappeared completely! I didn’t get it back until four day’s later. God is SO amazing!!

It was a beautiful day filled with testimony and the Holy Spirit. Throughout the day we had women planting a seedling that they could take home to remind them of which fruit of the Spirit they wanted God to grow in their life. I have loved getting pictures of the plants as they grow. God is so cool like that!

Our next event is coming up October 6, 2018. From Gray to Living Color – A Journey of Excellence with God. I am very excited about what God is going to continue to do. He has shown me through my own journey that our lives aren’t to be lived out in dull gray, but in bright, beautiful, bold color that only comes from having the light of Jesus shine through us.  We hope you will join us as we continue to get together and fellowship and talk about the greatness of our God!

Life, including the family, health and work has been extremely busy so please bear with me as the posts will be few and far between. If I could be so bold to continue to ask for your prayers as I strive to keep taking each step that I am shown. And of course let me know if I can be praying for you as well.

Until next time, many blessings,

Susan

Checking in

I wish I could tell you that I had something major to share in my first blog post in many weeks but that is not the case.  Life has kept me running but through it all I am comforted by the fact that God is in control.

I am posting because I don’t want you to think I’ve fallen off the face of the earth 😀 With the family, the grand baby, the health goals, the new job and the event planning there are many days I feel like I don’t which way I am going but happy to report that God is still working, providing and blessing more than I ever deserved.

So many of us go through these times where we have so many responsibilities that have to be taken care of and it can become overwhelming. I just want to encourage you today that as you continue to put God first in your day, give Him the first fruits of your time and you will find that somehow, some way, everything else manages to get done.  At least this is my experience as I am clinging to my time with Him with all of my heart because I can’t do the rest of life without Him first thing!

Please keep me and all of our other speakers in your prayers as we draw closer to our next event. I know God has great plans for July 21, 2018. We hope to see you there and if there is anything specific I can pray for you about, please don’t hesitate to let me know.

 

Until next time! Many blessings!

Morning Ramblings

It has been a while since I have been able to find time to blog.  Things have become even more hectic than they were before. I will sing God’s praises for the busyness!

I started a full time job the Monday following the retreat. I continually ask God to show me how to manage my time as working has taken away the many hours I had before to spend time with Him and work on my ministry.  He is faithful and I manage to still get a lot done though I find myself wanting to do more.

The good news is, we are planning our next event.  I love how God has brought along others to help me! We’ve gone from two speakers to four. I find it so exciting to see how God is not only using this journey to transform me, but that other’s are finding similar opportunities and I get to be a part of that.

To be honest, so much is going on right now, that it’s hard to figure out exactly which part I want to blog about.

I’m working on my weekly encouragement emails, currently doing a series on Intentionality.  I find it very powerful and I hope those following along do as well. I’m doing a bible study on the Fruits of the Spirit as I prepare for the event and God continues to show me just how much He loves all of us and how He is calling us to bear His fruit. I”m also studying scriptures on the bible on being healthy.

For anyone that knows my story knows that I struggle with my weight. God has given me victory over many areas but things continue to pop up and it was brought to light again after the retreat.  I was sore for two days afterwards! I came to recognize that if I was going to go all in with hosting four events a year then I needed to prepare myself physically for the challenge.  I have come to realize that if I don’t take better care of myself then I will not be postured to do the work God has called me to do. It has been a tremendous eye opener.

Easter was extremely powerful at my church. (It always is) I was unable to attend the Good Friday service in person but I was able to watch it online.  As always, that weekend moves my heart to a humble stance as I focus fully on what Jesus took for my (our) sake.

In the middle of that God really opened my eyes to my health situation.  As I sang Reckless Love, singing the words “There’s no shadow you won’t light up, mountain you won’t climb up, coming after me… There’s no wall you won’t kick down, Lie you won’t tear down, coming after me” always brings to mind the way God has purposefully come after me. I look back at my past and I can see the many times He has kicked down walls to get me when I’ve asked Him to. So there I am on Friday, singing those words again, my heart bowed to Him, asking Him to come after me on this weight situation. Pouring my heart out to Him, sharing with Him that I want to be all that He has called me to be and I don’t want to put anything in His way and I need Him to tear it down. And it hit me that as much as I meant everything I said to Him, after the service was over, I went back to work and had cupcakes.

On Sunday I was flooded with the truth that if I kept asking God to come after me, yet didn’t change my actions, then He would most definitely come after me and it might not be a pleasant experience.  Back in 2007 something like this happened and I was in the hospital for two weeks.  Being there changed my life as God finally got my attention and no, I do not believe God put me in the hospital, I take full responsibility that it was my choices and actions that landed me there due to my health deteriorating but I knew that God used that circumstance to reach me and I have no doubt He would do the same again if that’s what it took to get me to where He wanted me to be.

How could He not. He loves me so much and here His child is begging Him to not let her stay this way. What loving Father would just sit back and not do anything?

So that is what I’ve been working on this week. Better eating choices and trying to move as much as possible.  Taking it one day at a time and trusting that as I move forward in truth, He will lead me into the light.

I would say that’s a pretty good recap of my week. Other than the grand baby being so cute I can barely stand it and finding out yesterday at my job that part of the group that was hired, me included, are getting a promotion and we’ve only been there 4 weeks.  Gotta love the mortgage industry, always changing!

For those of you that took the time to read my ramblings, I pray that you find encouragement in the fact that God is with us through all things. He is our strength and the only way we can get through our day with peace.

As I get ready to move into the busyness of the day, know that I will be praying that God shows up in a new and intimate way in your life today and that you will continue to grow closer to Him in all areas of your life.

Much love, Susan

What a Sunday!

Wow what a Sunday! Thank you Christ’s Church and Pastor Jason!
With just coming off of an emotionally charged Saturday, I thought I was prepared for what is always an amazing worship set and sermon. I even brought my make up bag because I expected my emotions to continue to overflow. However what I did not expect was to be shattered in such a complete way that I couldn’t even hold myself together during the first service.
God always uses songs to speak to me and it thrilled me to no end that the kick off was Glorious Day which is one of my most favorite songs ever and has been the kick off for every live event that I’ve been able to hold.
Then the song Yes and Amen. This song was so prevalent last year at the women’s retreat She Who Believes because I was beginning to cling to every single promise that God has given and I was reminded of the journey this past year that He has brought me through.
But God did not stop there and when I saw the lyrics for Never Let Go pop up on the screen I completely lost it. I was transported back in time to 2007 when I hit rock bottom.
While No Longer Slaves has been my theme song over the past several years, Never Let Go was the first song that helped me start fighting the fears that held me captive. As I walked my recovery journey out of Internet addiction and people pleasing and fear of every single thing around me and started to find freedom, God used that song to continually show me no matter how many times I let go of Him, He never ever let go of me! That lyric became my truth as I grew more in my relationship with Christ and walked more out of the darkness of who I was into who I was becoming.
And then the message. Oh that message.
My tremendous gratitude towards God and my Savior Jesus Christ for the never ending love that has been shown to me cannot be put in the words. The emotions that flowed out of my heart yesterday was all I had to give Him.

What a beautiful day it was, the support for Anne and her family overwhelmed my heart with joy even more and then the beautiful opportunity to pray with those going through a storm was icing on the cake.
I’ve said it before and I will say it 1000 times over. I love my church!

 

Thank you!

There is so much more to post about but until then I will just say that I am up early and experiencing such an overwhelming sense of awe and wonder at what took place just mere hours ago at the first ever Entrusted With The Truth Women’s Retreat.

I can’t stop the tears from flowing as I’m overtaken by what God did in the matter of hours. I remember so many different moments from yesterday and how God showed up and His Holy Spirit moved.  I am so humbled as I recall the stories that were being told as we gathered in circles and the experiences that people were sharing so openly.

I have to tell each of you that came out and supported this vision, from the bottom of my heart that I thank you for being a part of such a powerful day.  What happened yesterday couldn’t have taken place without you.

There are not enough words in the english language to tell each of you how much I love you, how much I appreciate you, and your support so I will keep it simple and just say thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Humbled and blessed beyond measure