Helping women realize their God-given calling and purpose as moms

Full Measure Of Joy

Full Measure Of Joy

Joy is the life inheritance of every Christian. Joy is an eternal fountain flowing from the throne of God that never runs dry. Joy is available as a life-source to all who believe and follow Jesus. Even as I write these words, I know that some of you that are listening to this podcast are not presently experiencing the joy that you know you are destined for. Why is it that so many women experience depression, discouragement and despair?According to the National Institute of Mental Health,

  • One in four women will experience severe depression at some point in life.
  • Depression affects twice as many women as men, regardless of racial and ethnic background or income.
  • Depression is the number one cause of disability in women.
  • In general, married women experience depression more than single women do, and depression is common among young mothers who stay at home full-time with small children.
  • Only about one-fifth of all women who suffer from depression seek treatment.

God wants to break into these statistics of women’s experience with the power of His love and the fruit of His joy.  Today, believe Him to deliver you from any pit of despair and to fill you with a full measure of His joy.

 

	

Source Of Joy

Source Of Joy

What is the source of your joy?

The Psalmist was in a difficult situation where he needed rescuing. He declared that God was his “only safe haven.”  He said, “I will go to the altar of God, to God — the source of all my joy” (Psalm 43:4a NLT). Most of us get in trouble whenever we make the source of joy anything other than God.  We are looking for the next thing that will make us happy: the new job, the new husband, the new baby, the new house… Whenever you begin to look to someone or something to fill your heart other than God you will be disappointed which can lead to discouragement and depression.

Samuel Gordon says it well, “Joy is distinctly a Christian word and a Christian thing. It is the reverse of happiness. Happiness is the result of what happens of an agreeable sort. Joy has its spring deep down inside. And that spring never runs dry, no matter what happens. Only Jesus gives that joy.”

Jesus is the well-spring of joy that is always flowing. His fountain of joy never stops flowing from Himself, as the eternal source of joy

	

Sue Detweiler interviews Rhonda Livers

Sue Detweiler interviews Rhonda Livers

Rhonda Livers could be called a Southern girl. Raised in a rural community in Kentucky, most of her life has been lived in the South. Rhonda has been involved in the mental health field for over 25 years and works full-time as a behavioral health coach. Rhonda has been married to Bernie Livers for 24 years and here children’s ages are 22, 18, and 14. Rhonda loves to cook , read a book on her front porch swing, and play with her 6 dogs.

 

Perfect Peace

Perfect Peace

Do you every feel like there is so much activity in your home that you are going to go crazy?

It only takes one little baby to change the way your house sounds. If you have a house full of children, you no longer have a quiet home.  Did you know that you don’t have to have absolute quiet to walk in the absolute peace that God offers.  There is a peace in your spirit that can be maintained when everything around you is filled with activity.

Peace is an inward stability when everything around you is falling apart. Like joy it is a deep seated assurance. Peace is a calm in the midst of the storms of life.  You may be the only one who can bring peace in a situation, because you personally know the Prince of Peace.  Jesus came waling on the water. He spoke to the wind and the waves and brought cosmos out of chaos.  Out of your spirit He can bring the stability to bring calm in the midst of life.

Put your trust fully in the God of the universe and He will keep you in perfect peace!

 

	

Love Is The Foundation

Love Is The Foundation

“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, it profits me nothing” 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 NKJV.

What is the foundation of your home?

If love is the foundation of our home, then we are building on the eternal, endless love of God. God is love.  If you walk in His love you will have a real experience with a personal God. You will be intimate with the God of the univese who ants you to prosper and be in health.

Joy is being sensitive to the spirit of God and obeying HIm.  Joy will come to your heart when you listen to His spirit. If you listen to the Spirit, He will help you parent your children.  I remember one time I was frustrated with my son Ezequiel and in a very stern voice I said “Enough!”  Then I began to tell him all the things He was doing wrong.  I walked away from that conversation, and in my spirit I simply heard God say to me “enough.”  At that point, I could rationalize and congratulate myself on correcting my child.  But how sensitive to the spirit are you.  I remember taking my journal out and siting and listening to God.  If He was saying “enough” to me… I needed to understand. As I sat and listened to His voice, God spoke to my heart. He showed me about how I had been too hard on my son.  He showed me that my face and my voice were harsh and critical.  I asked for His forgiveness, but I also asked for my sons forgiveness.

If you are sensitive to the Spirit, He will show you the way which will always be in agreement with His word.  If we are trying to figure it out by ourselves, we will be relying on our own understanding.  But if the foundation of our home is love, God will fill us with love and with joy and that will make a difference in how we parent.  Now, if you know me, I believe in discipling my children (because God’s word instructs us to).  But when you discipline it must be born out of love in order for there to be lasting fruit in the life of your child.

 

	

The Joy Of The Lord Is Your Strength

The Joy Of The Lord Is Your Strength

“Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength” Nehemiah 8:10 NKJV.

Do you have a tendency to look at the negative more than the positive?

Love is the most positive force on the earth. Because God is love. When you have been energized by Gods love you will be energized with His joy!  Look beyond the circumstances of your day  and be filled with His joy.  too many christians become situation focused rather than God focused. Remember, what you meditate on, you will magnify in your life.  So meditate on God and you will not only develop the fruit of love in your life, you will be filled with His joy!

If you stay focused on the negative things in your life, the enemy will steal your capacity for joy. If you focus on what you don’t have, you will not be in tune with the Spirit of God which is a spirit of life that brings abundance.  Be mindful throughout your day to stay sensitive to the Holy Spirit. Be sensitive to what Jesus is doing… even in your home. Be sensitive to what Jesus is doing in your children. To walk in the Spirit requires you to develop a sensitive ear to the spirit.  If you walk sensitively and in step with the Spirit, you will walk in joy.

 

	

Walk In His Presence

Walk In His Presence

Have you ever wondered how to walk in God’s presence.

A starting place of walking in God’s presence is to walk in His love.The essence of God is the fruit of love.  His love is the very foundation of the character of what we are called to live out as moms.  You and I need to embrace that we are loved by God, start loving ourselves and stop doing self-destructive behaviors.  God is the One who does it in us and will do it through us… So He is the one who will get all the glory.

The love He first showed us is this: God loved you and protected you because that is who God is.  Receive the value of His love as the gift of His presence inside of you.  God will begin to bless you so that you can be a blessing to others.

Begin to love other unconditionally.  God will test your metal by giving you situations with seemingly unlovable people and He will say, “love them as I have loved you.”

 

	

You are Anointed

You are Anointed

 If you are like most of us, you don’t really “feel” like you are anointed early in the morning, or late at night.  To be anointed is not just to have oil poured over you, it is to be consecrated or set apart for a specific task.  If you have received Jesus Christ as your savior and surrendered to his Lordship in your life, then you have been anointed or set apart. God will be with you and lead you as you call on Him.

We have to get rid of the religiosity to realize that Jesus was a man, anointed by God.  He had feelings. He would have feared going to the cross. He was only able to do what God had for Him to do, by obeying His father, trusting His father, and following His father.  He was able to take away the sins of the world, because He was the lamb of God. He fulfilled His purpose by trusting in His father in heaven.

So what about you? What is your purpose?  Your purpose is to listen to your father in heaven, obey your father in Heaven, be anointed by Him and confidently do the work that He has set before you to do.  Yes, that may include grocery shopping and changing diapers.  His ways include all of life.  The good news this does not need to be done in our own strength, but it is in the strength of the One who calls us and gives us His purpose.

 

	

Hardship

Hardship

“After preaching the Good News in Derbe and making many disciples, Paul and Barnabas returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch of Pisidia, 22 where they strengthened the believers. They encouraged them to continue in the faith, reminding them that we must suffer many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God” Acts 14:21-22 NLT.

Does life every feel really hard?

When life seems hard to me I like to get some perspective from those that have gone before me. When I was frustrated with a hard situation as a child, my mom would say “This too shall pass.”  I always hated that phrase. It seemed like she wasn’t being compassionate for the crises of my moment.

But really, compare your life situation to the life of the Apostle Paul.  Who was beaten, left for dead, tortured, left out on the open seas, ship wrecked, imprisoned.  Yet through all of this He kept His faith while preaching the gospel and then returning to churches and strengthening their faith.  He would remind those that he preached to that they must suffer many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God.

So today, is your life really that hard?  Or have you been seduced by modern culture to think that you need every comfort and convenience to be happy. Realize that going through the hard things in life, help you learn life lessons that actually help you to become more like God. For Jesus Himself, suffered and died on the cross for you, because of the eternal joy of your salvation.

 

	

Sue Detweiler interviews Monica Robertson, Part 2

Sue Detweiler interviews Monica Robertson, Part 2

Monica Robertson is from Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  She has served in bi-vocational ministry for 29 years.  She has been married to David Robertson for 25 years and they have served in ministry together since 1996 when David left Nissan Motor Manufacturing and answered the call to the ministry.   She is currently a Licensed Minister of Pastoral Counseling and directs a counseling ministry called The WAYstation.  She homeschooled her one daughter, 20 year old Abigail Grace from Preschool through graduation.  Abigail now studies Nursing at Motlow State Community College and hopes to use her skills in foreign missions.

 

True Love

True Love

“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NLT.

Have you every found yourself being anything but patient and kind with your kids?

If you are lacking patience and kindness in your life, you are not walking in true love. True love IS patient and kind. It is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. True love does not demand its own way.

In fact true love is not irritable.  It does not make an excuse for your attitude once a month. True love doesn’t keep a record of wrong.  It doesn’t get happy when others suffer, it wants truth to win every time. True love never gives up, never loses faith, and is always hopeful.

If you desire to endure through every one of life circumstances in your life, embrace the fullness of true love. For true love never fails.

 

	

Daily Freedom

Daily Freedom

“With the Lord’s authority I say this: Live no longer as the Gentiles do, for they are hopelessly confused. 18 Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against him. 19 They have no sense of shame. They live for lustful pleasure and eagerly practice every kind of impurity.20 But that isn’t what you learned about Christ. 21 Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, 22 throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. 23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24 Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy” Ephesians 4:17-24 NLT.

Do you ever find yourself confused?

If you are a Christian, you do not need to walk around hopelessly confused. Your mind does not need to be dark or your heart hard.  You have been set apart from those who live in the world and have no sense of shame.  They lust for pleasure.

Isn’t it great, that you can walk in daily Freedom – because of what Jesus did for you on the cross!  You have learned that truth comes from Jesus. So throw off any of your old habits and ways of living life before you were a Christian. Everything in your past was corrupted by lust and deception. Now, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and your attitudes.  Put on your new nature. You have been created to be like God, truly righteous and holy because of Him!

 

	

First Love

First Love

“Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent” Revelation 2:4-5.

Do you ever find yourself going through your day, forgetting about God?  Life just happens and before you know it you are walking things out all alone.

If God is your First Love, the One who is most important to you, you won’t go through life all alone.  Relationships take time. You need to spend time talking to some one… being open and vulnerable. Sharing your life with them.  Walking with God is the same way, yet unique. In order to really get to know God, you must be in His word on a daily basis. His word is the mirror that helps you know who He really is.  It takes seeking Him, surrendering to Him, following Him, daily to keep the fire of your love for Him burning bright.

Don’t let the light go out on your first love.

 

	

Rebuild

Rebuild

The Lord will guide you continually,
    giving you water when you are dry
    and restoring your strength.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
    like an ever-flowing spring.

Some of you will rebuild 

the deserted ruins of your cities.

Then you will be known as a rebuilder of walls
    and a restorer of homes.

Isaiah 58:11,12

 

Do you ever feel like everything around you is falling apart?

I know many of you well-put together women who seem to have it all together when you are newly married and in the work force. You have made a choice to stay home with your children because of God’s call on your life. But for some of you, being at home is much harder for you than you ever imagined. It’s as though you are feel closed in on and everything around you is a mess. Applying your faith in every day life will make all the difference in your perspective.

As you set your hope on God, the Lord Himself will guide you continually.  When your Spirit is dry and thirsty, He will refresh you with Himself. He is the One who restores your strength at the end of a frustrating day.  He is the One that makes your life to be like a well-watered garden, when everyone around you is in a drought.

Turn to God today and let Him rebuild any places in your heart that seem deserted or run down.  He will rebuild walls of safety around you and restore your home.

 

	

Motivate

Motivate

“Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works” Hebrews 10:23-24 NLT.

Do you motivate others to love and good deeds?

I know sometimes as a mom, partly because I have so many children, and partly because of my personality, I can go into drill sergeant mode with the tasks I am instructing them to do.  I have a value of things being done quickly and with excellence. I tend to have high expectations.  So though my intentions are good (like let’s have a clean house), my mode of operation is all wrong… Have you ever had this attitude, “I’m in charge here, obey me NOW!”

Well, if you have found yourself becoming a sergeant rather than a dad or mom, you know that it will not truly motivate your children to LOVE and good works. They may accomplish the work, but your relationship has not been strengthened. No wonder all children love Mary Poppins who magically makes the room neat and uses sugar to help the medicine go down.

Take a fresh look today on ways that you can Motivate your family to acts of love and good works.

 

	

Sue Detweiler interviews Monica Robertson

Sue Detweiler interviews Monica Robertson

Monica Robertson is from Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  She has served in bi-vocational ministry for 29 years.  She has been married to David Robertson for 25 years and they have served in ministry together since 1996 when David left Nissan Motor Manufacturing and answered the call to the ministry.   She is currently a Licensed Minister of Pastoral Counseling and directs a counseling ministry called The WAYstation.  She homeschooled her one daughter, 20 year old Abigail Grace from Preschool through graduation.  Abigail now studies Nursing at Motlow State Community College and hopes to use her skills in foreign missions.

 

Be An Encouragment

Be An Encouragment

“Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them” Ephesians 4:29 NLT.

Have you every noticed that what you think leads to how you feel? And how you feel leads to what you say?

If you do not take charge of what you think and what you say, you will live a life where you are constantly controlled by your emotions. Your emotions are an accurate representation of what you have been thinking about.  But your emotions can not be the driving force in your life.

Have you ever been in a store and your daughter sees something that she likes. If she is younger it can be a doll, if she’s older it could be clothes.  If her mind get’s fixated on what she wants, then no matter if you had something better for her, nothing will please her.  Then when she gets what she wants it sits in the closet untouched.

Just like it is childish to want whatever appeals to our eyes, it is childish to let the way we feel rule our house. So does that mean you should stuff your emotions? No! You can be honest and transparent without being negative and vindictive with your words.  Sometimes we just need to say to ourselves, “grow up!” Have a new start today! Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to everyone who hears.

 

	

Renew Your Mind

Renew Your Mind

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” Romans 12:2 NKJV.

Do you sometimes wish there was a button you could push at the back of your head that would instantaneously erase every bad thought?

If you become a Christian, your nature is regenerated instantly, but your mind needs to be renewed on a daily basis. Romans 12:2 challenges you to not let the enemy set a schematic for your life, but be transformed by choosing to think thoughts that line up with God’s word and will.

Have you ever gotten in the rut of what my mom calls “stinkin thinkin.” Everything is terrible. Nothing goes right. The more that you meditate on these negative situations the more that your mind magnifies and negative and overlooks the positive.

You may even have done this with your children. As a parent, you are charged to bring correction to your children. If you haven’t noticed, this is an ongoing process. If you are not careful, you will begin to think negatively about your children like “you always do that”… “I have told you a hundred times not to touch that.” Can you see how your thoughts, lead to emotions, lead to words, lead to magnifying the negative. When your though patterns are not renewed you will be the Grinch that stole the peace in your home.

If you have been stuck in stinkin thinkin, get out of the rut, make a choice to renew your mind today.

 

	

A Choice To Change

A Choice To Change

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” 2 Corinthians 5:17.

Why is it that old patterns recur in your life?

If you are a Christian, from the moment that you made Jesus Lord of my life, you were regenerated. You were changed from the inside out.  Then why is it that when you are stressed with the demands of life, that you sometimes act more like your old self than being new in Christ?

If you are a mom, have you every yelled at your kids?  Have you had a short temper with your spouse? Have you over-reacted to concerns? Are you easily upset? Do you stomp around the house and pout and slam doors?

You may excuse this type of behavior in your mind, because you felt provoked by the situation at hand. But think about how childish this behavior is. You must leave these old ways in the past, and choose a new future.

In your ongoing walk with Christ, ask for a continuing revelation of the miracle of a transformed life. You access this reality through the choices you make on a daily basis. Your will is a powerful force in the universe. God does not override your choice. You can choose to walk in the newness of life, or you can choose to walk in the old patterns of death. It’s your choice. If you are sick of your old patterns, then make a choice to change. Believe God and receive from His Spirit the divine ability to change.

 

	

Heirs Of Promise

Heirs Of Promise

“And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children[b] of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you” Galatians 3:29 NLT.

What type of legacy are you leaving to your children?

Life moves quickly. It seems like moments ago that my daughters where playing with Barbies, now they are leaving for college. If we don’t measure each day carefully, it will be filled with stuff that doesn’t really matter.

Our children are our heirs.  It is not just the physical things that we pass down to them like the color of hair or eyes, but it is the way we do life.  We need to take stock of what we are truly passing on. Your children hear some of what you say, but they notice mostly what you do.  Have you ever noticed them mimic the tone of you voice in an unkind way, scolding their younger brother or sister. Those are the types of things that are “caught” from you rather than taught.

The Word in Galatians 3:29, tells us that when we belong to Christ we are heirs of God’s promise.  We inherit from our Father God precious promises that we can only fulfill in Him. When you think about your kids, are you helping them become heirs of God’s promise?  Is your life and home so filled with His presence and power that faith in Christ  Jesus is contagious.

 

	

Sue Detweiler interviews Denise Hildreth Jones

Sue Detweiler interviews Denise Hildreth Jones

Denise Hildreth Jones is a Nashville author and an international speaker.  Her writing credits include two novels, Savannah from Savannah and Savannah Comes Undone.

In 2007 after Denise’s divorce she went on a fervent attempt to reclaim her shut-down heart. After spending years traveling and speaking and leading Bible Studies, Denise knew that if there was one message she would want to share with people it would be how important their God designed heart is.

In 2011 she began a nonprofit called “Reclaiming Hearts Ministries” whose mission is to provide men and women Biblical Teaching and resources that reconnect them to their God designed heart. In 2010, Denise married Phily Jones and became a “bonus mom” to 5 children.

 

Walk In The Light

Walk In The Light

Do you ever feel distressed by your own shortcomings.

You don’t want to let the enemy accuse you  or condemn you or make you feel bad about yourself.  You are the righteousness of Christ Jesus. He has made you a saint and you can walk free of your sin.  In areas of your life where there is sin, His Holy Spirit will convict you and lead you to a fresh start.

The Message Bible communicates II Corinthians 7:10 in this way:

Distress that drives us to God does that. It turns us around. It gets us back in the way of salvation. We never regret that kind of pain. But those who let distress drive them away from God are full of regrets, end up on a deathbed of regrets.

It may be “distressing” to begin to walk in the light and to call any of your fleshly patterns “sin”, but in the long run it will lead to freedom.  Let Godly sorrow do its work in you and turn you toward His loving, forgiving heart.  God never shines His light to expose you or condemn you.  It is much the opposite.  He shines His light in your heart to drive out the darkness.  His way is light.