Sisterhood Sunday Featuring Connie Hubert

Presented by: Cindy Morrone

Happy Sunday!! So glad you could join us for Sisterhood Sundays our Abundant Life video series!! We are pleased to have Connie Hubert share with us the hope of restoration despite difficult situations. She wants us to know that God did take care of her and is praying that we know that God will take care of us! Please feel free to share this video.

Give Him Room To Move

Written by: Megan Kincheloe

This morning I was driving our daughter to school and halfway there I remembered that we neglected to put her recorder in her book bag. I glanced at the clock to see if we had enough time to turn around and did a swift u-turn when I was safely and legally able. Just last weekend, we finally set the clock in the car to reflect the correct time and when our daughter realized this morning that we no longer had the six minutes of grace built in, she began to panic. I calmly told her we could not add more minutes to the clock and would just have to face the consequences if we were late. Not exceeding the speed limit (or more specifically, the 5 MPH over rule), we made it home, secured the recorder, and made it to school with three minutes to spare. I kissed her goodbye and off she hurried into school to beat the bell.

Thankfully we avoided a meltdown over the possibility of being ‘tardy.’

I left the parking lot feeling like I had run a marathon already and it was only 8:10am. I started to think about how moments like these could be avoided if we would just create space in our day. I sighed out loud when it suddenly hit me that I don’t have space for space! My schedule is packed. My brain is packed. My closet is packed. My bookcase is packed. EVERYTHING. IS. PACKED. And not in nice little boxes to take to storage. Because guess what? The storage is packed. There is absolutely no more room.

This realization was frustrating enough, but what hit me next left me in a real state of bewilderment and frankly, in a funk. Not only have I left myself no space, I have packed my life so full that I am not giving God any space to move! Are you in a place in your life where you desperately want to see what is next? You need Him to illuminate your path and guide you right to that next step? I am! I want to always give God space to move and I have literally crowded Him out. Not only that, I am so busy planning my tomorrow, I am completely missing today. Completely. And He didn’t just plan my tomorrow. He planned my today too. And yours. And we are missing it. Every precious moment.

Proverbs 19:21 states, “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” (NIV)

Our heads are packed with our ‘to do’ lists, drama from the world, and just life in general and our eyes are pointed down constantly looking at our screens. We need to look up. We need to let Him work and give Him space to move. We have to make sure we remain willing participants though. But how beautiful it is to see His plan unfold. We are bound by time, space, and schedules. He is bound by nothing.

Move…so He can move.

The Other Half of Sorry…..

Written by: Mandy Lawrence-Hill

Has your spouse ever made you really angry? Maybe he forgot to take out the trash for the third week in a row. Maybe he broke a promise to you that you were really counting on. Perhaps he made an important decision without conferring with you first. Perhaps the reason for your anger was pretty menial….but he caught you at a bad time.

Friend, I’d be lying if I said I never get angry with my husband. I do. Often. Sometimes I get really angry about really stupid things.

My hubby and I have this age-old tradition where no matter how busy our day has been, no matter what we have done that day, we set a time at the end of the night to watch an episode from one of our favourite Netflix series. We usually grab a little snack and just spend our last moments of the day relaxing together. Sounds nice, right? Well, if I’m being honest, on the really long, hard, stressful days….the sound of my hubby’s chewing makes me really angry. What’s worse than the chewing is the swallowing of that mouthful of snack. It seems agonizingly loud, friends. And it makes me really angry.

We all get angry. Sometimes we get angry for reasons that feel legit and justified. Other times, like my hubby’s chewing and swallowing, our reasoning is slightly off kilter and unnecessary.

There are two things that God has been working on my heart about regarding forgiveness.

1. Ask for it.
When we react in anger foolishly (like the example I shared about my hubby) it is our responsibility to ask for forgiveness. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” If we simply ask for forgiveness, God will continue to be faithful in keeping no record of our wrongs and forgiving us of our sins. Forget your pride, friend. Asking for forgiveness is SO important.

2. The other half of sorry.
There is more than just that flood of satisfaction when someone who has treated you wrongly apologizes. We have just as much responsibility when someone asks for our forgiveness; we must actually forgive them. How often do we walk away from an apology with bitterness still permeating our hearts? If I’m still being honest…..I do it far too often. Our flesh is incapable of shrugging off hurt and bitter feelings. However, the Holy Spirit can and will help us with that as long as we ask Him to. “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (‭Ephesians‬ ‭4‬:‭32‬ NIV)

Is there an area of your heart that God has given a little nudge after reading this post today? Do you need to improve on asking for forgiveness when you find yourself reacting in anger unnecessarily or does God desire you to improve on your ability to extend forgiveness?

And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.

(‭Mark‬ ‭11‬:‭25‬ NIV)

Critter Invasion

Written by: Margaret Connolly

Several years back my husband and I invested in a beautiful twenty-eight foot travel trailer. After visiting some friends who were camping, we knew it was something we wanted to do too. Now, almost four years later and countless camping (er, ‘glamping’) trips later we have so many fun memories shared as a family. It is one of our favorite things to do with our kids, and they absolutely love it too. They love pulling up to a new campsite, hopping out of the truck and running around exploring while the hubs & I get everything set up. The memories my kids will take with them throughout their lives is worth every minute spent planning/organizing and executing a camping trip.

Throughout the winter months we store our trailer about 10 minutes down the road from home, at a trailer storage site that sits atop a hill surrounded by fields and forest. Each winter we prepare the trailer for its winter sleep, ensuring things are cleaned up, hoses dried out and everything secured. We dutifully lay out Bounce sheets to keep critters out, vacuum and scrub so there’s no trace of food or food scent. However, despite our best efforts, this year, our third winter out at the same storage site, we had some unwanted visitors – a critter invasion! And, let me tell you, they made themselves at home. They used our countertops, sofa cushions, bathtub, bathroom sink and floor as their personal toilet. They chewed up an oven mitt to use as bedding. They even decided it would be a good idea to chew through the cold water hose for our kitchen sink. Now, we are well aware that our trailer is a welcoming place, but this was taking it a bit far! Let’s just say it took us an entire Saturday to clean up the mess that was left behind from this critter invasion. The puzzling part is that we don’t even know how they got in! My husband, who is quite the handyman, practically had the walls and floor of the trailer taken apart trying to see where they came in, and nowhere was their entry obvious. But, as we looked around inside, their presence sure was.

See where I’m going with this??? What kind of critters have invaded your heart or mind? Did they get in unnoticed? Have you been wracking your brain trying to figure out where they got in? You know they’re in there, no doubt about that, their presence is obvious …

In Proverbs 4:23 it says ‘above all else guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
Isn’t it the truth that our hearts and our minds are in need of tender care and protection? Things can sneak in there unnoticed and really cause a lot of damage and mess. Maybe it’s a past hurt, or a current one. A disappointment, a bitterness, a negative attitude towards someone. Perhaps it’s a sinful behavior that is so hard to let go of. Our hearts are so easily wounded, and our minds filled with garbage, and many times we don’t even see it happening. Once it does happen though, actions and words spring forth based on what we’ve got going on on the inside.

Maybe you’ve allowed anxiety and worry to overtake you? In Philippians 4:6, we read ‘do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

A negative attitude or bitterness can easily invade and cause us to say and do things that we shouldn’t. If this is you, be encouraged by Ephesians 4:29, ‘Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.

Don’t allow critters to invade your heart or mind … you’ve made attempts to keep them out, but they still get in? Allow yourself time in prayer and reflection on how you can move forward and clean up the mess. Allow God to permeate into the corners of your heart and ‘disinfect’ it … ‘create in me a clean heart, oh God, and renew a right spirit within me.’ (Psalm 51:10)

And please, if you have tips on how to keep squirrels from squatting in my trailer, please pass them along!

Chapel Girls And Waffles

Written by: Melissa Lefevers

It is bittersweet for our team to have to say farewell to this beautiful girl! Melissa has been a truly devoted member of our team for two years and her passion for Jesus has been inspiring. Since making a move to a new state and starting a new ministry journey, Melissa has decided to step down from her role here at We are His Daughters and prioritize her new ministry role! While we are so sad to see Melissa leave us, we are pumped for those of you who will experience her tangible passion for Christ as she loves on you and serves Jesus the way He has called her to at this time! We love you, Melissa and we wish you well!

I would love if we could sit across from each other over coffee and chat. I might ask you if you like to read as much as I do. I love fiction and getting pulled into a story.

I do love reading my Bible as well. I love seeing the stories unfold and the truth that it speaks into my life. One of my top five books to read is Acts. I love the church and I love to see where it all began. My heart beats for discipleship and how to grow the local church. I love digging in deep with people and watching their relationship with Christ grow. The book of Acts is filled with church building, the conversion of Saul to Paul, and the Holy Spirit being poured out on believers.

One of my favorite verse in all of Acts is found in chapter 2:42-47

42 They joined with the other believers in regular attendance at the apostles’ teaching sessions and at the Communion services[a] and prayer meetings.
43 A deep sense of awe was on them all, and the apostles did many miracles.
44 And all the believers met together constantly and shared everything with each other, 45 selling their possessions and dividing with those in need. 46 They worshiped together regularly at the Temple each day, met in small groups in homes for Communion, and shared their meals with great joy and thankfulness, 47 praising God. The whole city was favorable to them, and each day God added to them all who were being saved.

The believers loved Jesus and met together regularly. The met in each others homes, ate together, did life together, and they shared all they had with one another. These actions of harmony and living life together caused others to see that there was something different about them and they wanted it. They wanted this Jesus they served and numbers were added to the kingdom of God daily! WOW!

I’ve seen this work first hand. True discipleship comes from doing life with people. Sometimes I think we get caught in an idea that discipleship is doing Bible studies with people. Don’t hear me wrong that is great and does create meaningful friendships and deeper relationships with Jesus. However, I don’t think it stops with the Bible Study. Discipleship is talking Jesus, eating together, spending time together and sharing Jesus with others.

Let me put it this way. There are four very special girls that taught me what true discipleship is, along with a diverse crew young adults. For two and a half years I met every other week with a four high school girls. My youngest decided they should be called the Chapel Girls. My chapel girls and I went through numerous Bible studies but more than anything life. We talked week after week about struggles, parents, siblings, school, boyfriends, and everything in between. We still talk even though I live 500 miles away! We have a deep relationship together and guess what because we did life together many are being added to the kingdom. How? Because each one of these girls are still leading in church, have a small group, and now living life with others.

We also had a group of young that would come over quiet often to do nothing but eat waffles and play heads up. Yes, we had waffle night! We ate, talked, laughed, played games and formed deep relationships. Through this simple waffle night we have walked through career decisions, marriage, family issues, faith talks and so much more. We may live 500 miles away now but we still talk with our waffle nights friends regularly. Because of this simple act of getting together the kingdom is growing. How? Because there is a youth minister now in this group, a worship leader and people actively leading in their church.

Now my husband and I have the privilege of being in a new place and starting new ways of meeting. It still seems to be over coffee and food and I can not wait to see where these students and young adults will go in their faith.

I am not sharing all of this to get a pat on my back. No, I’m sharing because you to can add to the kingdom daily. Open your home and your heart. Pour your life into others. Take a chance and share your struggles and victories so others will share theirs. Through a simple meeting over coffee every other week God’s Kingdom is growing. Through some waffle mix and eggs God’s Kingdom is growing. It is not as hard as we make it.

So go get some Chapel Girls and create a waffle night (or taco night) and watch how God can use it to cause His Kingdom to Grow.

Greater Things

Written by: Nathan Hill

Have you ever wanted to do greater things than you are currently doing? Maybe you wanted to have a larger audience for your writing, a better showcase for your artistry, a more exciting career that used all your hidden talents, more elaborate adventures, more mastery of the supposedly simple things like being married and raising kids. In the church context—especially in Pentecostal/charismatic contexts—we can hear lots about doing greater things. Greater depth with Christ, greater clarity of direction, greater effects from our prayers, greater.

I believe Paul when he says that God has given the church gifts, and we are to use these gifts to edify or build up the body. This is important but not the whole picture of what God wants us to be doing—and I discovered this when preparing a message several years ago on the famous but often misunderstood passage from John 14:12: “…whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these…”

As any good teacher of Scripture knows, it is important to establish the context for any passage that you read. In this section of John’s gospel, Jesus tells his disciples that they will do the works be has been doing, and they will do greater works. So, the first order of business is to determine what works Jesus was doing—we assume they were the miracles because our 21st century mindset equates “greater things” with “miracles,” especially when we are talking about Jesus. Flip back to John 13, however, and read about the works that Jesus was doing right before he said this to the disciples—this totally changed the point of my message that day.

John 13 is the story of the last supper…Jesus washed Peter’s feet…Jesus broke bread as a symbol of his soon-to-be-broken body…Jesus shared wine as a symbol of his soon-to-be-shed blood. What a letdown this was, to think that the greater things Jesus was talking about were not miracles at all, but instead acts of humility. Really? Then again, when asked about who would be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven, what did Jesus say? Oh right, the one who is the least. Again, nothing about miracles. Rats.

The prophet Micah touches on this idea of humility as well—“And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8).

I still firmly believe that God does and can work miracles through you and me. His word confirms it and our present experience of miracles affirms it. But, miracles are things that God does of his own sovereign will to display his greatness. We do not own miracles, we do not create miracles, and we cannot replicate miracles. We should expect, anticipate, and even pray for God to move miraculously. However, what can we do that depends on us to achieve greatness and live the kind of life that says to God we are ready for him to move through us?

You guessed it. Act justly, love mercy, walk humbly. This is the stuff of greater things.

There Will Be An Answer

Written by: Christianne Williams

I had just planted myself in my favorite living room chair when I heard it. “MOM!! MOM!!”. I thought if I sat there quietly and pretended I didn’t hear the pleas coming from my child’s room whichever one it was would eventually stop. “MOM!!! MOM!!!”. My attempts at a quiet evening with a book and coffee wasn’t going to happen. It was one of those nights when bedtime and wake up time were only separated by a seeming few hours, one where the need for drinks and trips to the bathroom and deep discussions about why bumblebees have huge bodies and tiny wings overshadowed most of the sleep that was supposed to happen. I resigned myself to the fact and went to attend to whatever it was, no matter how small, because that’s what a parent does.

My children are perfect examples of asking for what you need, or what you think you need. Sometimes it can seem greedy, like when we’re walking through the store and they ‘need’ breakfast cereal with little marshmallows, nacho cheese Doritos, or ice cream with animal tracks in mini peanut butter cups all through it. But sometimes it’s the need for interaction, for comfort, or for encouragement, it doesn’t matter to them, they just ask. Freely. No matter the time. I may be ‘indisposed’, but you what? That’s ok! There’s a crack big enough under the bathroom door for them to ask me to get them a drink even if there are five other people in the house who are not locked in the bathroom who are capable of getting it for them.

Some days I can feel for the judge in Jesus’ parable in Luke 16 who was repeatedly visited by the widow. She was persistent, and it wore him out. He gave her what she wanted because he wanted some peace, I can relate. Some days my kids actually walk out of Walmart with their Doritos and marshmallow cereal, maybe even some cookies thrown in on top, so I can just have a few minutes with my coffee and book. We can discuss my parenting habits in a different blog, but you know what? Sometimes you do what works.

Joking aside, I realize that I can learn a lot from these children I’ve been blessed with. They have no problem asking and being persistent. Most of the time, my list of needs becomes my list of wishes and I don’t wish to bother God with such ‘unimportant’ things as wisdom with how to deal with an overwhelming situation, or an insecurity that I may be trying to overcome. I see these as things that are too small to interest God, I mean after all, He has soooooo many children all vying for His attention and what if the thing that I need at the time isn’t as important as what someone else needs? And then I have three of my kids all run at me at the same time, persistently yelling my name, Mom, and I realize that if I, as a human parent, want to help each of my children equally even if their needs don’t all look the same, the God of the universe, who loves each of us uniquely, will surely help me. And you. No matter the need.

I love it when my kids ‘need’ me. When they recognize that they can’t always do it on their own and that my help or wisdom is required. God wants us to recognize our need for Him, He wants us to call out to Him no matter how small our need seems to us. He wants us to ask. To seek. To knock. I’m not suggesting that He’s a heavenly vending machine, I’m saying that He said He would supply all of our needs according to His riches. That means we talk to him about our needs, or our perceived needs, and allow Him to work it out. Even if the answer is no, like it sometimes is for our kids, there will be an answer.

Heading into this new week, can we all try and make our requests known to God, allowing Him to meet each need we have? Allowing Him to work miracles in our lives and the lives of others through our connection with Him?

The Rain Will Come

Written by: Cindy Morrone

The bachelor worked tirelessly to build a home for his future mate and family. Back and forth he flew with straw, dry grass and twigs in his narrow and sharp bill. He would even put in ornaments, like flowers and fresh greens, so she couldn’t refuse his offer.

Admiring how his iridescent plumage was glossed with purple and green when the sun caught his back, something else caught the eye. Looking up, it was also seen that he chose to build his nest inside the roof drain of a very, large building.

Little did he realize that his home, the one he now worked so tirelessly building, was downstream from a storm drain.
Despite his bird’s eye view, he didn’t realize the danger he would be in when the rain came. Collecting from the massive roof top, his enterprise would be all washed away.

The rain comes in our lives too. It’s inevitable. Waves of torment, tsunami diagnoses, drowning relationships and pouring out worries.

How are we to be sure we will survive when they come?

Jesus shares with us the truth as recorded in Mathew 7: 24- 27. “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.” Matthew 7: 24-25

Not only hear the Word of God but live it. Live life abundantly, despite the rain!

  • Walk in faith
  • Forgive
  • Not worry or be anxious
  • Take care of widows, orphans, the poor and needy

The alternative? Is like the end result for this common starling.

“But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” Matthew 7:26 & 27

Boldly And Confidently

Written by: Angela Mercer

Thursday morning is one of my favourite times of the week. This is the day I facilitate our ladies bible study at church. One of my other favourite things is the mixing of generations. I love the conversation that happens each week. I love how the older ladies love on the young mom’s who need some support and encouragement and I love how the younger mom’s look up to and respect the older ones. I love hearing their stories about how God speaks to them or what He is showing them lately. I love hearing another woman’s perspective on life and faith.

One morning as we were cleaning up, our conversation landed on the topic of confidence. More specifically, growing in confidence as we age. A dear woman whom I greatly admire shared that she has always loved the colour purple but she didn’t really like standing out in a crowd. She would purposefully wear beige, grey and black until the day she realized she LOVES purple. So, she started wearing purple.

Don’t we just do that sometimes? Maybe you can relate? I know I can. I have always said “I just like to fly under the radar”. I have always loved fashion and following trends, but at times I prefer to just wear what everyone else is wearing so that I don’t stand out.

A few years ago when we bought a new house I was determined for the first time to make it mine. Which means, be brave enough to do what I really want to do. Flying under the radar as I usually do seeped into my home décor as well. I would use beige, wood, nothing too trendy, a little more traditional approach. So, when we moved in I painted one wall a dark teal. I love the colour teal and I thought it would look so great. I actually did it! I also love yellow so I spray painted a few things yellow and painted a little side table yellow too. I was having so much fun I started not thinking at all about what people might think and started to only think about what I liked. It was so liberating!

Do you ever wish you could tell your younger self something? Well, I would tell my younger self “do it anyway, there is always going to be someone who doesn’t like it. If you like it– that’s all that matters”!

Oh how I wish I had learned this when I was younger. God created me with certain talents, likes/dislikes, desires and passions and they are all unique to me. When we try to please everyone around us by “flying under the radar” we really just become very unhappy people.

If we are not careful we can take this same approach to other areas of our lives. It is very easy in our culture of social media and connectivity to concern ourselves with what the masses are doing and not enough about what we are doing. We ask why everyone else is fine with this or that. We start to wonder if anyone noticed something we did. If we aren’t careful, we will be so wrapped up in what everyone else thinks, far from who we are, and forget about what our Heavenly Father thinks.

Just as we need to be more confident in who we are and be ourselves, our focus needs to remain on God and doing what pleases Him. I think what truly pleases Him is being exactly who He created us to be. With all your flair and colour! After all, He is the only One that really matters.

“I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made” Psalm 139:14

“Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ” Galatians 1:10

Perfection, Facebook And The Church

Written by: Mandy Lawrence-Hill

Facebook reminds me a lot of the church.

Facebook has proven to be a wonderful tool to connect me with new and old friends, share encouragement and opportunity, and figuratively speaking, live life together. While Facebook is great at providing a connection with others, the screen that separates us does limit our awareness and perception into each others lives.

The church is a place where we connect as well. It is a place we share and learn ideas, a place we grow, a place where we gather and celebrate. The church is a place where you can find real transformed lives as well as new and old friendships. There are times though, that I feel the same disconnection in the church as I do on Facebook.

Scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed, I often see perfectly well-behaved children, magazine-worthy homes, picture-perfect family vacations, and thriving marriages. It is rare to scroll through and see mountains of dirty laundry, misbehaving children, family vacations gone wrong or an argument between spouses.

It is unfortunate that this same portrayal of perfection often leaks into the church. After all these years, I see people who still try their best to live their lives like they have it all together, only allowing people to see the parts of their lives that illuminate the idea of perfection. It’s both unhealthy and unrealistic.

From the outside looking in, both on Facebook and in the church people appear to be in essence; perfect. And, if you are totally honest, you probably find yourself feeling a little insecure in light of all that…perfection. Right?

Me too.

This is one of the main reasons we struggle with insecurity: we’re comparing our behind-the-scenes with everybody else’s highlight reel.” — Steven Furtick, Crash the Chatterbox

It is up to us—we have to guard our heart. (Proverbs 4:23) Too often we ‘take the bait’ and believe in these illusions of perfection and then fall prey to the shadow of insecurity. Comparison has become a sport— a game to be played with obvious winners and losers. The truth is, no one is perfect so participating in this sport will always leave you feeling defeated and unworthy.

I think a step in the right direction is to first acknowledge that we are all sinners and all fall short (Romans 3:23). Reminding ourselves of this will substantially change our attitude when scrolling past those perfect illusions and instead, propel our hearts toward an attitude of love for others and gratitude for our own blessings.