Friday, February 18, 2011

Warriors NOT Wimps (& some Red Hot Updates!)


Hey friends! Happy Weekend to you!

I'm joining my friend Michelle today for some Caffeinated Randomness. I warn you in advance ~ my thoughts are scattered and random ~ I've been home every single day this week with sick kids! Ugh!!

As many of you know, I am waist high in a number of exciting, yet very overwhelming, projects right now. The Red Hot for Jesus retreat sponsored by Sunshine Church in Grand Rapids is next weekend already (Feb 25th & 26th) . And can I just tell you ~ I can hardly wait!!

I get so fired up thinking about the huge impact a group of Red Hot, passionate, powerful women could make for Kingdom purposes in this lost, hurting, and broken world! Woo Hoo!

Not to mention ~ the Worship Leader for the Red Hot retreat is Erica Simpson!

Have you met the gifted, beautiful, amazing Erica?? You will love her! (Plus she has a dynamic worship team joining her for the retreat!). She's been sending over samples of some of her song selections ~ and can I just say they are AMAZING! :)

Here's one song her Worship Team will be singing. Love it! (Erica said it's ok to share a sneak peek with you all!) Listen to these powerful words....


And I still can't say much yet....but I received a special call today ~ to set up an appointment with a publishing/video team. (Of course, I said YES!!!). I'll be meeting with "them" on March 22nd. Prayer warriors, will you please pray??

As I was sitting on the couch with my sick daughter (again), watching Anne of Green Gables (again) ~ I was reflecting on my phone calls this week. The invitation to meet with the publishing/video team. Messages from friends praying for me. Friends wondering if they can bring over a latte (once again, of course I said, YES!) My mom offering to take all the kids for a sleepover (we all know the answer, right?). My mother-in-law calling to bring over Keuring coffee (thank you!) AND getting the fabulous news that my daughter has lice.

All in one week. Talk about extremes...

Anyway, this morning during my quiet time, I came across a commissioning statement tucked away in my Bible written by Beth Moore. I saved it for weeks just like this.

I pulled out the commissioning statement and prayed it aloud in faith. Boy did it help! Then I prayed it for the participants of the Red Hot Retreat.

And now, my dear *She Sparkles* friends, I am praying it for you...

My Dear Sister/Brother,
The God of Glory
Has called you.
You have a ministry.
In Christ, you are enough for that ministry.
Never forget that showing God off is your ministry.
No matter what,
Keep your heart in your ministry.
Unveil your face
And serve others with authenticity.
Always remember
That the power is in God's Presence.
Let nothing
Come between you
And intimacy with God.
Keep moving forward
From glory to glory.
Let God thin that veil.
Remember, ministry is not about position.
It's about people.
Let name after name
Be written on your heart.
Do not seek great things for yourself,
Seek a great God.
As you leave this place,
Go in a fresh anointing.
He who turns water into wine
Turns wimps into warriors.
You have a ministry.
Go fulfill it!!
~ Beth Moore

In Christ, WE ARE WARRIORS not wimps!

In Christ, WE ARE ENOUGH!

Oh how I needed that reminder!! It's not about me having the perfect Red Hot message, a trendy outfit, a stylish haircut, or even a flawless presentation. As long as I seek Him and His presence, regardless of the outcome, it's going to be good!

What about for you?

What is God currently asking you to do which seems too big, too much, or like you are just not nearly qualified enough??

Do you need a fresh measure of His presence??

Do you need a reminder that in Christ, regardless of your circumstances, YOU, dear sister, ARE ENOUGH!!!

May I encourage you to print off Beth's commissioning statement and tuck it away in your Bible. You'll never know when you too might be encouraged by her powerful, Truth-filled words!

Well, I'm headed back to my writing (now that my sick kids are all tucked in bed!). I'm still feeling like I have way to much to do and not nearly enough time to make it all happen ~ but I'm prayed up, got my tennis shoes on, and I'm wearing lipstick. Somehow that makes me feel much better. :)

Have a fun-filled, life-giving weekend!! God's richest blessings to you~


P.S. If you have a quick minute, can you help me out once again?? Would you please share what you sense are the greatest challenges for women living Red Hot for Jesus?? There's no right or wrong answer. Thanks so very much! :)

4 comments:

Leah @ Point Ministries said...

Cindy,

Praying for a blessed weekend for you and your family. Hopefully everyone is well.

Thank you for putting my button on your blog! I am returning the favor.

Biggest challenges for living for Jesus....being a woman of character, integrity, and holiness in a culture that encourages us to blend in, fit in and compromise in. This is exactly what I address in my Bible study.

Leah

kendal said...

yes - we are MORE than conquerors in Christ! this post is full of energy. love it.

challenges for women - truly believing that we are saved by grace, and not by works. we say YES to too much sometimes, thinking that all these good works are required by God. Yes, we are annointed for some of them, but we tend to heap it on, thinking the more the better....

sally said...

Cindy, I needed this so much today. Thank you.
I think women serve out of obligation and and over-filled lives, not out of rest.
I think we get hung up in our heads with lies.
I think we are afraid to follow the Holy Spirit because sometimes it's hard to follow God and we think we'll fail. Maybe it's a trust issue?
Anyway, you're a rock star.

Anonymous said...

Cindy, I can hardly wait for next weekend! Of course, I won't be there in person, but my heart will truly be there with you! It's going to be awesome and I KNOW the Lord will use you to bring glory to Him. I once heard someone say, we all have a story, but as Christians, God is always the hero of our story! About what prevents Christian women from living red hot for Jesus, I think it's the wrong perspective - earthly, temporal rather than heavenly, eternal. Also, I know for me, I have too many "idols" that I allow to take my focus off Jesus and knowing Him deeper, loving Him more, and serving Him wholeheartedly. I'm so thankful for His grace. Blessings and peace in the next days! Love, Jenny C.

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