Sisterhood Sunday with Greg & Michelle Coulter

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Happy Sunday friends!

So excited for this next interview in the Living The Dream series. Meet this incredible couple, Greg and Michelle Coulter, as they share how God has called them to serve as a family in both homeschooling and fostering. Learn of how they make such decisions and how they overcome the challenges.

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Be encouraged as you hear their heart motives!

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Cindy Morrone, Director of Video Media

 

How Does An Online Book Study Work?

I have received multiple inquiries this week as we approach the start of our Online Summer Book Study on how a book study like this actually works.

I hope these FAQ’s will help with your questions 🙂

Q: Do I need to commit to certain times?
A: No. Our study is crafted in a way that leaves room for flexibility. We understand that not everyone is available at the same time of the day and we also recognize that most people have a certain time of day that works best for them when working on their spiritual growth (…and maybe even a special place in which to do it in.) We want to encourage you to read the book, participate in discussions and journal any thoughts or revelations that you may have at a time that works best for you.

Q: What do I need in order to participate?
A: You will need the book God Is Able by Priscilla Shirer, the internet and a device to acquire our daily online study material (found on our website: weareHisdaughters.com), paper & a pen (for note taking) and a heart that desires spiritual growth.

Q: What are the fees for the Online Book Study?
We are happy to offer you participation in our study at no cost. FREE.

Q: It seems like a lot? What if I fall behind?
A: One of the beautiful things about a study like this is that you can choose to participate in whatever you wish. There will be discussion questions for you to participate in every day right on the website— you can join in whenever you wish, or not at all. There will be some extra fun things in our study group (on Facebook) during the week and we encourage you to join in and make some new friends and get to know the other ladies doing the study— but it is not required. And we have divided the book up into six sections to make studying more manageable for time.

Q: So…how exactly does it work?
A: Every Monday morning at weareHisdaughters.com (our website) there will be a teaching post from our Director of Online Book Studies; Doretta Zinck. It is here that Doretta will highlight the week’s reading schedule as well as key points to remember from the chapter(s) being covered. Doretta will also have a few discussion questions at the end of her post to start some dialog within our online community of ladies. Tuesday-Sunday, our regular writers will also be sharing thoughts on that week’s readings and will pose an additional question for contemplation and discussion at the end of their post. In addition to our weekly readings we have a private Facebook study group (https://www.facebook.com/Summeronlinebookstudy/?fref=ts) where we will socialize and nurture friendships by means of icebreakers, discussion questions, worshipping together and praying together, to name a few.

I hope that this email helps you better understand what our summer together will look like! If you haven’t signed up for our study yet, I encourage you to do so!

Much love,
Mandy Lawrence-Hill
for Team WAHD

 

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{Sisterhood Sunday} An Interview with Doretta Zinck

Happy Sunday!

Cindy1It’s Cindy here.

It’s time to meet Doretta Zinck our director of Online Book Studies here at We Are His Daughters! You don’t want to miss this interview! Wisdom and encouragement just pours from this lovely lady! She has lead us through one amazing book study already and we are so excited for her to lead our upcoming summer study, God is Able also by Priscilla Shirer. So glad to ‘meet’ with you Doretta!! And congratulations on the birth of your first grandchild; a beautiful baby girl!!

 

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Sisterhood Sunday: featuring Regan Thompson

Happy Sunday friends!

Are you bursting to use your God-giving gifting and talents but are so occupied with other things they don’t stand a chance? Please join my lovely friend Regan and I on this edition of Sisterhood Sundays! Regan a beautiful homeschooling Mama of 5 precious ones with another on the way shares how at just the right moment God embellished her with an amazing opportunity to be her creative, brilliant self! Whether at home or illustrating for a published book she is Living The Dream!

{Faith} Fervent Week 5: Yes’s and No’s.

Written by: Christianne Williams

I heard a professional counsellor once say: “If you say ‘Yes’ to one thing, you are saying ‘No’ to something else!” And conversely, the same is true. Saying “No”, …setting boundaries…putting up fences around time that is needed to accomplish things I’ve been called to…I’ve NEVER been good at this! I say ‘yes’ to things that after doing so I think, “Why did I agree to that?” It’s an attempt to be loved, accepted, and affirmed by all, which is impossible, and it leaves me feeling anxious and stressed. What’s worse, is when I ‘let someone down’ and then they walk away from the ‘friendship’ that was created. It happens anyway, but being a pastor’s wife I seem to encounter it more than I ever did before.

I remember one day a couple of years ago, I found myself locked in the bathroom pouring my heart out to God. I was in there because it was the only room in the house with a lock on the door and I was really feeling the pressure that day. I had looked around at the mountain of clean laundry that needed folding, the dust that had landed on my tables overnight, the juice spill that one of my beautiful children had caused while trying to be independent, and the pile of unmarked homework that had accumulated over the previous few days. I added all of this to the shopping that needed to be done, the lesson plans I needed to go over, and the day to day chores that I had to attend to.

A few weeks before this I had, in an attempt to be supportive, agreed to help a young mom who felt called to start a ministry to moms and tots. Let me say, I love kids, have four of my own and homeschool them all, but at that point in my life I had so much going on under my own roof that it was hard to fit anything else into my week. I also had to be very careful as our daughter has a weakened immune system and during the winter months we had to basically live in a bubble. This situation caused a great deal of anxiety within me because I was so fearful of letting others down, causing them to look on me or my husband as ‘lazy’ or unconcerned. The need to ‘look busy’ should never become more important than discerning God’s will because His bar is the only one we must live up to.

Back to the day in the bathroom: while I cried, and tiny fingers reached under the door, and concerned voices called out, “Mom, are you in there?” I was in that spot because I had allowed the expectations of others to dictate what my schedule should be, I hadn’t prayed about it and asked God if He expected it from me. What I’ve found in the days since are that: 1) Fear of man will cause us to overload ourselves in an attempt to please others, and 2) That’s impossible and will leave us feeling like a stressed-out failure with an undone to-do list. I’m learning to allow God alone to set my schedule.

There are certain things I know for sure He has called me to. Those are the things that take priority, the other things I can only do if there is time left. Ephesians 2:10 says “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus, to do good works, which God has prepared in advance for us to do.” I believe if He has prepared these things then those are things that need priority, all else is subject to review. This is extremely hard for me because being a people pleaser seems to be in my DNA, but honestly, I keep reminding myself it’s not my job to do it all and I may take on something that is actually someone else’s “works prepared in advance”.

By creating a prayer strategy for this area of our lives we will clearly see what God expects of us and be released from a bar set for us by others, allowing us to walk in freedom, rather than a yoke of bondage!

{EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT}

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Hey friends!

It is a BIG day here at We are His Daughters! We hope that you have been enjoying our #SisterhoodSunday interview with the lovely Taylor Fast. If you haven’t had a chance to check that out yet, please do!

We also have some exciting news to share with you all! We are growing — again!!! We have two new regular writers who have graciously agreed to join our team and I am SO excited to introduce you to them.

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Stacy Lowe

First up, we have Stacy Lowe. Stacy is from beautiful Virginia beach and will be introducing y’all to a brand new post called {Sundays with Stacy} beginning Sunday November 1, 2015. Stacy is eloquent and wise in her writing and We are His Daughters is incredibly blessed to have her join us on our writing team. She will also be assisting on the social media team. Welcome, Stacy!!!

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Melissa Lefevers

We also have the lovely Melissa Lefevers joining us from Louisiana! Melissa will be writing every Wednesday, beginning Wednesday November 4, 2015, on the topic of marriage and her sweet, humble, caring personality shines through each word she pens. We are so blessed to have Melissa join the writing team and know you’ll be blessed every Wednesday as well. Welcome, Melissa!

We would love for you to learn more about these two fabulous ladies in the {Meet the WAHD Team} tab on our website!

Happy Sunday,
❤️Team WAHD

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Once again, thank you all for your encouragement and support of this ministry!

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{The WAHD Exclusive}

Good Wednesday morning, friends!!!

We are so very excited to bring you this new and exciting feature on the We Are His Daughters ministry blog!

Inside this special little clip you will hear both updates as well as two very special announcements! We would love to hear your thoughts, so feel free to share what you think!

Without further ado, I bring you:

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Yours in Him,
The We are His daughters  Ministry Team

{MOTHER'S DAY SPECIAL EVENT} Seven years ago ……

Written by: Margaret Connolly

I didn’t know how her hair would curl in the damp weather, just like mine.
I didn’t know she’d have a little ‘beauty mark’ on her neck by her clavicle, just like I do.
I didn’t know her nose would be covered with a little splash of freckles after being in the sun, just like mine.

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I didn’t know she’d be a better artist than me by the time she was 6 years old.
I didn’t know she’d love to draw mermaids and spend hours perfecting their tails.
I didn’t know she’d pick tomatoes out of her food but eat every other vegetable and fruit she was served.

I didn’t know she’d create signs for her bedroom door to keep her sisters out.
I didn’t know her eyes would light up when she talked about her latest artistic inspirations.
I didn’t know that she would hate it when her friends were sad.
I didn’t know how much she’d enjoy making cards for her teacher.
I didn’t know she’d love to write songs and poems, but be bashful when performing them.

I didn’t know that her skin would be the exact same color as her Dad’s.
I didn’t know that her arms would bend in the strangest of ways, like her Dad.
I didn’t know she’d be good with numbers, like her Dad.

I didn’t know how fiercely I’d love her.

How she would make me laugh …….. how my protective instincts would come out if anyone tried to hurt her. She was mine. My little girl. The sweetest blue eyed baby the world had ever seen. Her hair all blonde and spiky.

I saw His love for me through her.

I didn’t know how much He cared for me. How He loved to examine every detail of my face, see the lines around my eyes when I smiled. Count every precious hair on my head. Double over in pain when I cried. Rise up with fierce loyalty when someone hurt me. Hold me close as I grieved. Sit beside my bed and watch me sleep … lean in close to hear little breaths, kiss the top of my head. Walk with me through every moment of my life. Be there when I locked my keys in my car. When my child wouldn’t stop crying. When my husband made me angry. When I danced around the kitchen with my family. In the good and bad. HE was there. Always watching, always listening, always loving, always protecting. Guiding. Loving, loving … loving, unconditionally.

The blessing of my first child was so much more than I knew it would be. The gift of new life, in my arms, a blessing from my Lord. He probably smiled when I had my epiphany … ‘If I love her this much, how much must He love me?’

Mommy and her three A's <3

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Mothers Day reminds me of these things .. I am the mother of three beautiful gifts from above, and the love I have for them pales next to the deep and endless love of my Savior. If He is with me, no one can stand against me. In the everyday … the trenches of motherhood. The thankless, the mundane, the repetitive every day of motherhood. I choose to remind myself of that epiphany … He blessed me with my children because He loves me, and wanted that love to be exemplified in my life.

What I didn't know seven years ago was how amazing this journey was going to be.
How much I would learn.
How deep the love I had for my children would be.
How deep the love of my Savior is for me …. I didn't know.

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About Margaret:
Margaret is a military wife to Peter for the last 12.5 years. A mother of three amazing daughters who make her life very full and exciting! In her spare time she loves a good rom-com or novel with a hot cup of tea. She consumes more kettle corn then is probably necessary. Margaret and her family live in Ottawa and love exploring their beautiful city.

{MOTHER'S DAY SPECIAL EVENT} My wisdom ~ my strength.

Written by: Tonja Curtz

One of the happiest and craziest days of my life is when I became a mother. I remember when I found out I was pregnant and thought, “I can’t believe this is actually happening”, I had thoughts of joy and quite honestly was scared and nervous too. You know that feeling when everything hits you at once? I’m going to be the mother to a human being that will depend on me for the rest of his or her life in some form or another. Can I do this physically, mentally and emotionally? Then I reminded myself- you’ve wanted this your entire life. Oh right! Now I can breathe. Right, this is the day I’ve dreamed of for ages. This is how I found my strength.

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I had a pretty normal pregnancy with nothing too serious or outrageous. Had the typical (first pregnancy) major weight gain, morning sickness till around 5 months and then it was over. My due date was approaching and I thought I was prepared for what was to come, but boy, I had no idea. This would be one of the most amazing and tramatizing experiences I’ve ever been through in my entire life!

I’ll quickly mention, and not to toot my own horn as they say, but when times get tough I always try my best to think – there’s no turning back, what’s happened has happened and it’s time to move forward. So in essence I’m a fairly positive person. When my my contractions started on September 8th 2012 I thought – here we go – I will meet my little boy in a few hours. Little did I know; due to certain physical complications, only dialating to 5cm and my baby’s heartbeat rapidly elevating then dropping, that I’d end up with a c-section after 4 days. He arrived, my Gabriel, on Sept.12th 2012, and I became a mother.

I tell you a bit about my birth story because this is where it all began. I learned that there are moments you have to completely rely on God, when you are utterly and completely exhausted and feel you just might die. That you have no idea how you will get through this and then have to take care of a newborn and heal from surgery at the same time. I had never had surgery before. Thankfully God has given me an amazing husband, who through this experience we relied on each other moment by moment. I don’t think I could have made it through those first few days without him. Within a 7 day period of labouring, staying in the hospital to recover from major surgery, and Gabriel being monitored because his heart rate was elevated as a result of the ordeal we had gone through; I only had 10 hours of sleep. Yes, 10 hours of sleep in 7 days. I think I was legitimately insane at moments because of the lack of sleep. But, finally we were released from the hospital!

Hallelujah, we were able to go home! I accepted that in these moments it is okay to rely on others, not only my husband, but also my sisters, parents, in-laws and friends to help us make it. That even though things don’t go as planned it doesn’t mean you’re a failure; in reality only a warrior could survive such an ordeal and live to tell the tale. (And then be brave enough to do it again, as we are expecting our second son June 5th 2015) Not only was my labour difficult but I also had difficulty breast-feeding because of lack of milk, which I found out 4 months after the fact was due to having hypothyroidism. My thyroid was so damaged that my doctor is still testing me and increasing my dosage to this day to try and balance my hormones to a normal level. One of these days I’ll be normal ;).

Through all these trials I’ve learned that a mother, a father, a guardian must do whatever’s best for them; even if other people do it differently. That everyone’s best is not always the same process. As long as the baby is healthy, happy and thriving then nothing else matters. My birth story was the beginning of finding my strength. Becoming a mother was when I found my voice to protect and love someone so much more than myself. I learned what true selflessness was and is by loving and caring for this innocent baby because no matter what I’m going through or what my day has been like I will be there for him. There have been situations where I’ve had to set boundaries and limitations to protect my child that I don’t think I would have been able to do before I were his mother. I would not have had the strength to say no – so for that I am truly thankful. The journey of him getting here was so difficult, but I would do it again, in a heartbeat, to have this amazing little boy that God has blessed us with.

Many things became easier as the weeks past from our first few days of parenthood and all of us getting used to each other. Thankfully Gabriel has been a wonderful baby and now little boy. He’s been growing, eating and sleeping like a champ since he was born and now talks up a storm. At 2 1/2 he can count to 20, knows his ABC’s and most of his colours. As you can tell we’re pretty proud of him. His little toddler jokes can brighten up anyone’s day. My husband and I are thankful to God everyday to be blessed with such an amazing gift and that we get to be his parents; and that we get to do it again soon.

We’ve learned in these last 2 1/2 years of being parents, and welcoming another little bundle, that there are moments that certainly aren’t easy, but with God’s strength and listening to the strength God has given us we can get through anything. There are times when people will let you down, disagree with you or distance themselves from you because of this life changing event. There are situations and relationships that come and go. But if you keep your eyes on God and heart in the right direction you’ll never be let down. You’ll find your strength. And even when you lose it, He’ll help you find it again.

“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” – Isaiah 40:31

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About Tonja:
Tonja lives in Eastern Passage, NS with her husband, young son and soon-to-be new addition baby son, that they are excited and thrilled to complete their family. Her husband is the Associate Pastor at Evangel Cole Harbour, NS where they have been ministering together for the past 8 years. Tonja has her Bachelor of Education in secondary teaching, but due to lack of consistent employment is currently employed by night at Scotiabank while watching her toddler during the day. Tonja also have two big dogs Apollo and Hali who help keep her on our toes in their wonderfully chaotic lives. They love where they live, what they do, they love each other and God and are truly thankful for the many blessings and opportunities they have been given to impact their community. All in all, life is awesome when God is at the centre. The east coast is where it’s at for them!