Into The Light

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABy Nicole Weider
I didn’t realize it at first, but I see now that my life has always been guided by Jesus Christ.  I did not set out to become a mentor for young Christian teen girls, but that is exactly what the Lord had in mind for me.  Instead, I had my sights on Hollywood stardom and I believed that being a model or movie star would bring me fulfillment.  I could not have been more wrong!  In my book, Into the Light: My Journey from the Glare of Hollywood to the Glow of God’s Love, I talk about how my Hollywood dreams quickly turned into a nightmare, and I fell into a deep depression that only a spiritual experience would heal.  Now, I am strong through my faith in Jesus Christ and I am providing the inspiration and guidance that I never had to teens around the world through my website, Project Inspired, which reaches the largest community of Christian teen girls in the world.

Ever since I was a little girl, I believed that stardom was my purpose in life.  Growing up without a father, I also wanted to make sure the world approved of me.  I wanted the attention and needed the spotlight.  When my family moved to Los Angeles to support my dream, however, I was not prepared for what I encountered.  I was enrolled in a school in an affluent community.  There were BMW’s, Mercedes, and other expensive cars in the parking lot.  All the kids wore designer jeans and the latest fashion styles and I could not afford any of that.  I could feel their judgments.  They said mean things to me.  I was being judged by how much money I had, what I was wearing, and whether or not I had a fancy car.  It felt awful and I did not fit in.

In order to feel cool and special, I started skipping school and hanging out with the Hollywood crowd.  In the beginning it was fun.  I started modeling, and found an agent.  The agent pushed me to lose weight and told me I didn’t have the body type to ever become a high fashion model.  He suggested swimsuit and lingerie work, which was not what I wanted to do.  Many of the modeling and acting jobs I got were disappointing and painful because of one devastating issue after another.  Through it all I kept hearing the message that I was not good enough.

I kept pursuing this career despite the pain it was giving me.  I had a lot of crazy experiences in Hollywood.  Two of the most eye opening things I remember are when I was chosen to be a Victoria Secret body double. When I was working on the commercial, it was a dream-come-true.  I noticed, however, one the main super models, Giselle, had the most beautiful hair and I complimented her.  She said, “Oh, Nicole, these are hair extensions!”  Then when we had a break the photographer’s assistant showed me how he was retouching all the images of these beautiful girls.  The finished images all looked so false and impossibly perfect.  It was really disheartening to me.  When I got my own assignment modeling lingerie for Maxim, I was told to stick out my chest and look seductively into the camera.  It just felt so uncomfortable to me and I was embarrassed with the final pictures.  Through these jobs, it became clear to me that my value was only about the superficial me and not the real me.  I was not feeling good about myself.

I started running on empty, full of fear and anxiety.  In my book, Into the Light, I go into detail about my darkest moments, when I wanted to die.  I firmly believe I battled the supernatural dark forces, and they almost won.  Yet I also believe God showed them to me so He could save me.

I thank the Lord for my one true friend in high school, Christina.  She reached out to me and did a powerful prayer intervention with another Christian friend.  Satan did not like it one bit at all.  He was convinced he had me because I wanted to end it all.  However, Christina and her friend engaged in what I believe was spiritual warfare-for me.  Then James 5:16 held true: “When a believing person prays, great things happen.” (New Century Version)

We began going to church together and she explained how my past did not matter and that Jesus had a purpose for my life.  I started praying and my life started getting better.  The dark clouds that had been hovering over my life for so long began to dissolve.  I started having God-incidences, so I knew I was on the right path.  In my mind, they were not coincidences; they were a signal from God.  I started listening to God more and more and trusting that inner voice because of the signs I was getting.

I read everything I could about the Christian life, poring over my Bible most of all.  I was hungry for God’s word and fell in love with Jesus.  He was so kind and wise.  I now understood that I was the precious daughter of God and He began to knit together all the broken places of my heart.  Now I was stronger and I was in a good place emotionally.  God brought me miracle after miracle, including the love of my life, Eric.  He was very interested in my dream to help teen girls and he immediately caught the vision of the positive difference it could make in a young girl’s life.  He helped make it happen and Project Inspired was born.

One of the things I share with the girls is that unfortunately the media never shows them the dark side of the glamour:  the loneliness, the eating disorders, the desperation, and the depression.  The teens see images that are not real; it is a false reality.  It is just smoke and mirrors and is damaging to a girl’s self esteem!  They think that these external things will make them happy, just like I used to think. Yet the message I give girls through my website, Project Inspired, is that real beauty comes from within.  I also share that their relationship to God is the most important relationship they can have.  He always has their best interests at heart, He has a purpose for everyone, and He will never disappoint them.

I get so many hundreds of hand written cards and letters telling me how much they appreciate the messages I share.  They love the community, and the ability to connect with other teens facing the same issues.  They ask for help with their depression or what to do if their friends are gossiping with them.  Sometimes I get questions about appropriate wardrobe choices, if their parents are out of town.  Once a week we have a live video chat about God and I answer their tough questions.  My goal is to empower these girls and tell them how beautiful they are and how they are loved by God!

I am most excited to be writing another book for teen girls and the issues they confront today.  It will be published by Zondervan, a division of Harper Collins, and is due out in the fall of 2015.  The book will cover all issues teen girls face, including bullying, peer pressure, dating, and dressing in a modest fashion. In addition, I will be starting a fashion blog in order to reach a broader audience and let girls know they do not have to compromise their belief in God if they want to feel stylish and fashionable.  I’m trying to send a message to all women that you can be who God created you to be without the pressure of others trying to fit you into a certain mold.  God created you to shine, and that happens by being authentic in who you are.

Nicole’s book, Into the Light, is available for free download at www.projectinspired.com.
Nicole WeiderInto the Light

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A Well of Experience: The Introduction

Autumn RippleJohn 4: 1-42

Jesus has a divine appointment.  Instead of staying in Judea where He is seeing fruit in His ministry, He chooses to intervene in the life of a lost and hurting woman.  Jesus loves us and He will seek and save each one of us; when we are lost, He will search for us.

Jesus came to the well at noon, the hottest part of the day.  Few go to the well at this time when the sun is so hot, but Jesus knew He needed to meet someone; the lost, troubled woman from Samaria.  The Bible says He is tired from the journey, and He waits faithfully for her in His weariness.  What a lesson Jesus illustrates for us ~ not to allow weariness to keep us from fulfilling the will of the Father.  When we are tired from the work the Lord has given us, we must draw our strength from His well of Living Water.  He will strengthen and fill us with His power.

As she makes her way down that long, dusty road, she reflects on her life and is ashamed; she is going to the well at the hottest time of the day to avoid the other women.  She knows what they say; she sees the sneers; she hears the whispers.  She believes she has avoided everyone, then she sees a Jewish man sitting on the well.  She has no idea that He is waiting for her and that her life is about to change.  Isn’t it true that life changing experiences dawn on ordinary days?  Right in the middle of our mundane routines, we find Jesus waiting to give us a drink that will fill and refresh us.

Oh great!  She thinks to herself, she wants to avoid Him.  Then the unthinkable happens; He asks her for a drink of water.  What nerve!  He is a Jew and Jews hate us.  I am a woman and a harlot, and he wants me to give him a drink!  Doesn’t he know I will defile him?!  Who is this man?

What she ponders in her heart flows out of her mouth, and she says to him:

You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman, how can you ask me for a drink?”. (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)  John 4:9 (NIV)

How amazing God’s grace is!  God had no association with man because sin kept us from Him.  Yet He loved us so much that He came looking for us, just as He went looking for her, at the risk of being seen with a Samaritan prostitute.  Our restoration is more important to Him than His reputation.  He did not give up on her, and He does not give up on us.  He has a special gift He longs to give to her.  He responds to her:

If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” John 4: 10 (NIV)

I love the prose in the Living Bible:

If you only knew what a wonderful gift God has for you, and who I am, you would ask me for living water!”

Jesus has a wonderful gift and He is waiting to give it to us.  He wants to give us a drink so that we will never be thirsty again for love, joy, or peace.  He doesn’t want us to be lacking anything; He wants us to be filled.  God doesn’t want us lost in the world hungry and thirsty, separated from Abba Father.  He wants to give us everything He has and for it to be overflowing.  Jesus wants to give us this Living Water.  We don’t have to work for it, He gives it freely.

He offers her living water; Jesus is speaking figuratively, but she takes him literally:

But you don’t have a rope and a bucket,” she said, “and this is a very deep well!  Where would you get this living water?” John 4: 11 (The Living Bible)

It is easy to question God when we can’t see how He will perform His promises.  We have to see a “sign” to believe Him.  Though she is “missing it”, He continues to encourage her.

She is expecting Him to produce a bucket; she is expecting Him to deliver the Living Water from the same well.  The water Jesus is offering will not come from the well that our religious water comes from.  The water Jesus is speaking about is from the Spirit of the Living God.

In her religiosity, she asks him if he is better than Jacob.  What she doesn’t see, is that the water in this well is not better because it came from Jacob’s well.  The miracle isn’t in the well it is in the water.  The fact the well belonged to Jacob does not change the water.  The Living Water He offers is different than the water we have been drinking.  His is life changing ~ different from any water we have tasted.  This well is an altar for the Samaritans because Jacob and his sons dug the well, but it does not give life.

I was in Israel many years ago, and one of the main “attractions” is a rock in the Garden of Gethsemane.  The rock is believed to be the one Jesus prayed on the night of his arrest.  At the rock one will find a plethora of people kissing and blessing it, and placing vials of holy water on it, because Jesus had been there. (Hey, I touched it too!)  This is what their relationship with God boils down to: an altar.  The rock itself means nothing.  It is what happened at that rock that is important.  He overcame the temptation to give up; He overcame and fulfilled the Father’s will; He bled in agony at that rock.  People are so hungry to reach and touch God that they will flock to religious relics and “holy places” to catch a glimpse of Him.  They don’t realize that God has already sent His Holy Spirit to touch us.  We don’t need a relic or religion to reach God, we only need to reach out and He will be there.

The same is true for the Samaritans; they worship at the well because Jacob built it.  The Samaritans have nothing else to show for their relationship to God.  They aren’t truly worshiping God; they are worshiping an altar.  How often do we see this in our day?  When we seek to get to the Father by anything or anyone other than Jesus, we worship blindly like the Samaritans.  When we rely on what we were taught about God, and put our trust in going to church, and being the “perfect” Christian, we are practicing religion, not cultivating a relationship.

She has nothing else; this is her only access to God.  As a Samaritan, the priests are not available to her, and as a woman the Temple is not open to her.  She approaches God the only way she knows, and this Jewish man is about to change the way she worships, and give her access to God and replace that altar with Himself.

This is reminiscent of the Israelites at Mt. Sinai.  God’s plan was not the wilderness or even the Promised Land.  Their first appointment was with Jehovah, the God that healed them of every disease, delivered them from every oppression, and supplied their every need in abundance.  The Egyptians gave them money and treasure as they were leaving Egypt!  God brought them to Mt. Sinai to introduce Himself to them so that they would know Him intimately and talk with Him face-to-face.  But the people would not go.  They wanted what God had to offer, but they did not want to do the seeking; they were too afraid.  They told Moses to be their mediator to God.  They relied on Moses to be the go-between-guy, but when Moses delivered God’s message, it didn’t fit with how they wanted to live and they threatened to stone him!

Our problem today is that the Lord is trying to get us up to the mountain to hear from Him, but we don’t want to be confronted with our sin.  Instead we bypass Him for our self-built altars.  We will go at the hottest time of the day just to avoid Him; reducing the glory of the One True God and creating our own.  He wants to know each of us intimately; He wants to have a relationship with us.

Jesus answered, everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst.  Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life”. (John 4:13-14 NASB)

Jesus will not leave us in our religion; He will offer us a way out.  He wants us to know Him, and not some religious idea of Him.  He will give us Living Water so that we may be filled.  If we refuse, we will always be thirsty, and left searching for deliverance, but coming up empty.  In drinking His water we will thirst only for Him, but it will be a desiring thirst and not a despairing thirst.  When we taste of Jesus we will want more of Him and everything He has to offer.

She desires this water and asks Him for it.  She is tired of walking to this well every day, and being subject to scorn.  S he still thinks He is talking about literal water.  Out of His love for her he confronts her sin and He tells her to bring her husband.  Her heart sinks; she looks to the ground and tears fill her eyes.  The one thing she is trying to hide is exposed.  Jesus confronts our sin to cleanse us and make us whole, not to humiliate us; He offers restoration and healing ~ Living Water.

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Walk in a Manner Worthy

reflection1And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord,  fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.  May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.  He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (Colossians 1:9-14)

In our media-driven and performance-based culture, we are constantly bombarded with messages about who we should be and how we should live. One recent advertisement implores us to Live young (whatever that is supposed to mean!) while catching our imagination with what it might be like to come face-to-face with our young toddler self.  In the commercial, a man is walking down a street when suddenly he notices a baby in his reflection.  The miniature version of this grown man is adorable and it is easy for the viewer to be filled with wonder as the man breaks out into dance, along with others who have joined him in looking into the mirrored storefront window, dancing with their baby selves joining in step-for-step.  What all this has to do with drinking bottled water I do not know, but it’s intriguing and it makes me think about what it might be like to see my younger self looking back at me in the mirror.

I was a cute baby, if I do say, although my hair has changed a few shades over the years, so the reflection looking back would not exactly be a mini me.  I cant dance to save my life, so the sight of it would be a spectacle to behold. It’s cute to think about, but what if the refection looking back was not a toddler, but was our fifteen year-old self, or us at twenty, or even thirty?  What if the woman looking back in the mirror is the one we used to be before we grew in Christ?  What then would you see in the image looking back at you?

I wonder if we might see brokenness and pain in her eyes, a longing for something that seems so far out of reach.  Might she be a woman mourning a loss too difficult to bear, or one struggling with what it means to be a wife.  We might see fear in the eyes of a young mom facing a health crisis, or insecurity in one still single longer than she thought she would be.  Despair might stare back at us if addiction has stained our past, or rejection, regret, and shame.  What I might see looking back at me is a woman beaten down by the years of being unknown and unloved, a woman so scarred by her past mistakes that the grip of depression has taken all signs of hope out of her tear stained eyes.  Who would the woman be in your reflection?

These thoughts that fill our imaginations should fill our hearts with praise for where our God has brought us from!  He truly has delivered us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of His beloved Son in whom we have redemption. (Colossians 1:13-14)  He loves us, He redeems our past, but just as this baby appeared in the mans reflection walking down the street, sometimes the brokenness from my past finds its way into my present reality.  The woman in the mirror suddenly feels a whole lot like the woman from the past and no amount of meditating on 2 Corinthians 5:17: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. can convince my weary heart of the truth of its message.

What is a girl to do when the burdens and hurts from the past come crashing into all that she believes she is in Christ?  It might be tempting to suggest that she just let it go, but she can no more just let go of the past that made her who she is today than she can let go of her reflection in the mirror.  So many of us have faced this struggle to let go.  So many of us are facing it now.

If you are struggling, will you dare with me one more time to believe; to bow at the foot of the cross and behold the Lamb of God Who made you new?  I wish, sisters, that I could say that this act of surrender and turning of faith is all it would take to leave the past in the past.  For some it is.  God in His grace can do this.  For others, the journey is long.  For both, the message of how we should live our lives in the midst of both good times and bad is the same:
walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” (v.10)

Walk in a manner worthy, regardless of who you see looking back at you in the mirror.  There is something much bigger at stake.  Take the hand of your Father, who has been with you every step of the way, and rest in His love.  He is enough ~ even when the woman we used to be comes back for a visit.  He has us in His hands.  He rejoices over us, and if you can imagine it, He sings over you.  Do you dare to take a hold of His mighty right hand, and maybe even dance?

The Lord your God is in your midst,
a mighty one who will save;
he will rejoice over you with gladness;
he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing. (Zephaniah 3:17)

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Dreams and Burdens

young forestRecently I was blessed to watch a video put out by Biola University.  It was a talk entitled “My Life as a Tomato” given by Phil Vischer, the creator of Veggie Tales.  This video, which I would highly recommend, is a reality check for all of us in dealing with our dreams and burdens.  It is easily accessed through Google or YouTube.

Mr. Vischer tells about how he began his career with a dream.  He wanted to provide entertaining, but scriptural and moral videos for children.  He wanted to instill positive values in their young minds so that they would have the tools to deal with this world as they grew.  He began with just a small dream, but God blessed him and the dream grew ~ and grew ~ and grew ~ until it was a multimillion dollar venture employing over two hundred people and reaching around the world.  It was success as he had never dreamed could happen.  He found himself totally absorbed in the business.  His conscious motives were impeccable, and he was prepared to give his all for his dream.  He spent more and more time working, expanding the business into more DVDs and full length feature films; hiring more and more creative people to undertake all the new projects he was setting in motion.  There seemed to be no limit to what he would be able to do.  He was glad to be able to use his skills in God’s service; he saw it as a worthwhile opportunity for real ministry.

Then, suddenly, things began to go wrong.  They went from bad to worse, until he lost everything in what he believed was an unjust lawsuit.  He couldn’t understand it.  His story goes on, but the upshot of it was that he slowly began to understand that he had come to put his business ahead of his relationship with the Lord, and the Lord was calling him on it.  He had to learn that for the Lord, their one-to-One relationship was even more important than a world-wide ministry which reached millions.  He was overwhelmed that the Lord valued their relationship and his own spiritual well-being even more than all the good work he had been doing for Him.  God’s love for us isn’t just “God so loved the world”… it is also a love for you and me, specifically and personally.

Dreams can be many good things: a happy life, a first-rate education, a wonderful full-time ministry for the Lord.  However, if the dream becomes something that is more important to you than your personal and intimate relationship with Him, He may love you enough to put it on pause so that you have the opportunity to re-think your priorities.

Mr. Vischer had a burden for the spiritual welfare of children, but it was all based on his trust in his own abilities; what he could or could not do in his own strength.  He was struggling and stressed by the burden, to the point of becoming ill.  He believed that it all depended on him; that he had to work harder, or work smarter.  He wanted so much to make sure it all came right, that the work would continue; that his employees wouldn’t lose their jobs. After all, he asked himself, wasn’t it was all for the Lord?  Wasn’t this work his contribution to the Kingdom?  He ignored or refused to acknowledge that there was also an element of pride involved in what he was doing.  He ignored the little voice inside of him that knew that he also had hoped, in his secret heart, to become the “Christian Walt Disney”.

Like many of us, he hoped to please the Lord by his efforts.  He may have assumed that substantial productiveness is equal to spiritual maturity… but is isn’t necessarily so, especially if pride is involved.  Pride, perhaps especially spiritual pride, is subtle and difficult to acknowledge.  We all want to see ourselves as being unselfish and might even be content to be martyrs to our successful dreams, especially if it involves those things we tell ourselves we are doing for the Lord.  We like to think of it as our sacrificial giving for Him.  We just ignore any underlying agendas.

Like Mr. Vischer, we tell ourselves that if there are problems we just need to work harder or smarter.  We assume that God will continue to bless all our hard work because it is all for Him.  Then if things do begin to go wrong, we expect that God will take care of things because surely He will see all that we are trying to do for Him, and make all the problems go away.  Yet, sometimes He doesn’t.  Then we become confused.  Why isn’t God doing what He is certainly able to do when it is ALL FOR HIM?

Instead, we are told to take up our crosses and follow Christ.  Where do you go when you are carrying a cross?  Not to a place of ease and comfort.  You follow Him into the death of self.  How did Paul go through all that he did, and yet continue to tell us to rejoice?  It was by dying to self and proceeding in the strength and energy of Christ; letting Christ carry the burden; not assuming that he had to do all that he did by his own wisdom, strength and ability.  Paul, waiting to hear whether he is to live or die, writes peacefully from a Roman jail that he can do all things through Christ, Who strengthens him.

Mr. Vischer spoke about two things: dreams and burdens.  All of us have both of these.  You may have a dream for a good life, success for your child, a great education or a happy marriage, or even of developing a wonderful ministry for the Lord.  You may have a burden for lost souls: for those in crisis in the inner cities, for teens, or for foreign missions.  However, no matter how well intentioned we are, whether it is in a vision of some good work for the Lord, or in a burden for saving souls, or even just the daily burden of taking care of our families and our jobs ~ what must come first is a personal relationship with Christ which takes precedence over everything else.  We even need to be able to let our dreams die if that is where God is taking us.  It is not always the public work, but the attitude of heart which is most important to Him.

Above all we need to recognize that we are just to be open channels through whom God is able to do His work.  Most of us are prepared to work hard to achieve these dreams, but if they succeed we need to remember that we didn’t do it alone.  Are people blessed by our efforts?  He is the One Who brings the blessing.  He is the One Who opens hearts to hear.  Any sense of pride we may have about our contribution is misdirected because it isn’t about us: it is really about Him.

There are other kinds of burdens besides those that come from our dreams.  Mr. Vischer spoke of how he felt when, as a young boy, his father left the home and the marriage.  He had believed that it was because his father felt that he, little Phil, wasn’t worth the effort of continuing to work on the marriage. Although well in the past, it still had a major impact on his life in how he felt about himself and how he approached problems.  Burdens like these (anger, or hurt or bitterness or grief), often going all the way back to childhood, are common to many of us and show up in our lives in complicated and subtle ways.  We need to take them to the Cross as well, and lay them down and leave them there.

Not many of us will be put in positions where we are directing huge ministries like Mr. Vischer; yet I think his insights still work in our lives.  So, how can we do all that we need to do and not collapse under the burden of our self-imposed duties and stresses?  Jesus said, “Come unto Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle and lowly of heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
(Matt. 11: 28-30)

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Get Rid of the “Ites”

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABy Sherma-Jacqueline Felix

In Exodus Chapter 3, Moses was looking after his father-in-law’s flock and God appeared to him in a burning bush.  There, at the burning bush, Moses received instructions from God for his next assignment.

In verse 8, God told Moses: “I have come down to deliver my people out of the hand of the Egyptians.  I will bring them out of that land into a land flowing with milk and honey, a land of plenty.  I will bring them to the place of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and the Jebusites.” (These I refer to as the “ites”.)

So, God was taking His people out of the hands of the hard taskmasters of Egypt into a land that was flowing with plenty.  Great!  Except … the land wasn’t vacant, it was occupied by all the “ites!”  Yikes!  Who needs that?  Well, God (as usual) had a plan.  He is well able to handle all the “ites” in our lives.  I researched who these “ites” were, that could possibly be occupying my space, and I found out that this is what they represent:

Canaanite = the thing that comes to HUMILIATE you

Hittite = the thing that comes to make CONFUSION

Amorite = the thing that comes to SPEAK AGAINST you

Perizzite = the thing that comes to bring SEPARATION AND DIVISION

Jebusite = the thing that comes to TREAD OR TRAMPLE YOU DOWN

Hivite = the thing that tries to make you THINK SMALL

God already knew that the land He was taking His people to was occupied by the “ites.”  It didn’t matter to Him!  It’s all GOD’S PROPERTY anyway!  So every “ite” just has to leave!  (That’s one of the reasons I like dealing with real estate: it all belongs to God!  So if it’s His, then it’s mine, and I am just receiving what already belongs to me anyway!)

God placed His people there anyway, because it was HIS PLAN!  They had to overcome all of the “ites.”  So do we.  All of the people and things that try to walk all over us, cause confusion and division, try to make us think small, and humiliate us ~ they have no authority in our lives!

NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST US SHALL PROSPER!  (Isaiah 54:17)
God didn’t say the weapon won’t be formed, He said IT WON’T PROSPER!

Walk into your next assignment in faith, KNOWING that it doesn’t matter who thinks or says what, God has sent you there, and you’re on His time clock.  He’s got this, and He’s got you!  You’re going to have what belongs to you one way or the other, God will see to it!

#Elevateyourheart

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About the author:

Sherma-Jacqueline is a Bible Teacher, Conference Speaker, Mentor, and Passionate Writer.  She has always enjoyed writing, and started off by keeping a diary in her teens.  She began prayer journaling over 18 years ago and began teaching on Prayer 11 years ago.  Her desire is to see the women of God rise up and be all that they’re called to be: Bold, Strong, Courageous and overflowing with His Word!
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Dwell on These Things…

Flag 2… the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene… there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.   Acts 4:10,12

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.
    Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever.  Amen.  Ephesians 3:14-20

…fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Hebrews 12:2

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  Romans 5:1-2

When I remember You on my bed,
I meditate on You in the night watches,
For You have been my help,
And in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy.
My soul clings to You;
Your right hand upholds me.
Psalm 63:7

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.  Hebrews 4:16

I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.  Phil 4:13

But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans. 8:37-39

As for God, His way is blameless;
The word of the Lord is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
For who is God, but the Lord?
And who is a rock, except our God,
The God who girds me with strength
And makes my way blameless?
He makes my feet like hinds’ feet,
And sets me upon my high places.
He trains my hands for battle,
So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
You have also given me the shield of Your salvation,
And Your right hand upholds me;
And Your gentleness makes me great.
You enlarge my steps under me,
And my feet have not slipped.
Psalm 18:30~36

But I am like an olive tree
flourishing in the house of God;
I trust in God’s unfailing love
for ever and ever.
I will praise You forever for what You have done;
in Your name I will hope, for Your name is good.
I will praise You in the presence of Your saints.
Psalm 52:8-9

Thou wilt keep in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee.  Isaiah 26:3

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. Philippians 4:8

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