Yes, it all matters. +
What we do with our bodies is directly connected to our souls, and even our purpose here on earth. That’s why the choices we make (positive and negative) are so consequential. +
We, as human beings made in Gods image, were never meant to be fragmented, minimizing the ordinary (the body) and maximizing the sacred (the spiritual). ~That’s called the heresy of Gnosticism~ +
We are the crown of God’s creation- our WHOLE selves. Top to bottom, inside out. 7 days a week image bearers. Designed to carry His life and power within us, and release it into the world around us... through our bodies.
Through our *words of kindness to a cashier.
Through our *eyes of empathy with a struggling friend.
Through our *hands that make dinner for a new mom.
Through our *brains that produce creative solutions for our work places.
Through our *feet that run marathons for those in need.
Through our *arms that embrace the lonely.
Through our *ability to organize events that benefit those in financial need.
Through our *physical presence in the school system where we offer hope and inspiration to children who desperately need to encounter loving role models.
Through our *choice to put down our phones and pick up a coloring book and crayons with our kid.
Through our *giving of a generous tip that changes the day for a weary waitress. —- and through the countless ways our bodies bless and serve our spouses, our children. +
Wherever we go, whatever we do, we were designed to know God and show God through this gift of our bodies. (1 cor 6:19-20). +
In our bedrooms, and living room, and our kitchens...everywhere we go we were meant to literally experience and impart an encounter of who God is and what he’s like to those around us by how we live. +
That is what it looks like to bear fruit, and to see heaven come. And when we do all of this in step with the Holy Spirit, it’s not a heavy burden, its actually where we become fully alive.
This truth is so important to remember as we are intentionally prioritizing connection in our marriages. Our connection is even bigger than us! Bigger than just pleasure or romance. Intimacy is a physical gift that can catapult us into a unity that bears fruit in our actual lives- this can mean having kids - yes! - but also fruitfulness in the way we are able to love others, and serve the world as a unified team. From our kids, to our workplaces, to our churches and communities. It’s big!! And good!! And this was God’s brilliant design from the start!! (To get more, join the newly released What-If Wife Challenge head over to my website and subscribe- link in profile) #gardentheology#inthebeginning#rippleeffectofsex#celebratemarriage#befruitfulandmultiply#heaveninyourhome#whatifwifechallenge
So, I’ve been quite out of the productive blogging, social media world for the past year or so. I find that God draws me away to Himself for seasons to “close the steam bath door of my soul“ as Henri Nouwen says. This quietness and pulling away allows His words to build substance and intensity in my heart and develop deep roots in my spiritual life. I love the seasons of quiet. But recently I’ve sensed that He’s cracking the door open for me to pour out some of the things He’s given me over the last few years. (On intentional marriage, restored intimacy, creating a culture of heaven in our homes)
Are you a subscriber on my website? I just sent out the first newsletter in over a year to those who subscribe to my site. (Link in profile) I am grateful for this window of capacity that God is giving me to pour out fresh resources and I’d love for you to receive them!! *****
If you are interested in connecting, I am mostly active in 3 places at this point:
1- here in IG
2-on my new private Facebook group titled “Heaven in Your Home – with Francie Winslow”
3- through the newsletter that is connected to my website. (Link in profile) When you subscribe, you will receive my newsletters, any new posts, plus a free gift called the “what if wife challenge“, a five week coaching email series from me. *****
If any of this interests you it would be so fun to link arms and run into the more that God has for us together! Tag a friend in the comments section who may like to run with us!!! #heaveninyourhome#gardentheology#honeymoonmarriage#celebratemarriage#befruitfulandmultiply#celebratefamily
A happy marriage is made up of many factors, and having kids is one of it , if not the most important,. Children are the cloth of the body. Without children, you are naked." This is a Yoruba saying. A man's wealth may be measured in part by the number of children he has and a woman's value to her husband is determined by her ability to bear children.
Societies regard children as the most important asset in every successful marriage and for this reason, childless couples become an object of ridicule in their communities... Many homes are going through this right now ...and they are on the verge of giving up ... Say a prayer to the silent home looking up to God for the fruit of the womb !
We don't get to remember them , spread the love and encourage them as well ! ...
I’ve become convinced that we were created for a heaven on earth reality. I know this not because my life is perfect but because Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection was perfect. He paved the way back to restoration. Back to rediscovery of God’s garden reality for our lives. A reality that is marked by relational connection, healing, and fruitfulness. A fruitfulness that goes beyond our own children and ripples into a supernaturally abundant life that actually impacts the places we go and the people we know.
If this gets you excited, you’re invited to join my new private Facebook group called “Heaven in Your Home- with Francie Winslow”. It’s just getting started and so far, we’re a group of 360+ women from around the world! who want more of God, more for our marriages, and more of heaven in our homes. We’re having a blast. Come join us! Lots of fun, interactive stuff coming soon over there. Link in profile!! #heaveninyourhome#befruitfulandmultiply#honeymoonmarriage#celebratemarriage#gardentheology
GOD IS AN INVESTOR! .
Still learning His investment policies but I have come to realize God really never delays. Everything I haven’t received from God today, I haven’t built the capacity to retain and multiply. Simple Truth!!!
God gives us only what he knows we have capacity to handle, however BIG it may seem to be. He doesn’t waste resources. Remember the parable of the Talents? (Matt 25:14-30) He gave each according to their capacity to produce and reproduce, in the end you know who got more investment!? Read the story yourself in Matt. Everyday you wake up to work on that idea, proposal, pitch, investment and you dare to follow that dream it is a walk in faith. That idea is His first investment(talent) in us, what have you done with it? What moves have we made as to what we ask?
Folks God is no respecter of persons, build yourself while you wait and pray. God will give you even more than you ask the moment he knows you have even more capacity to retain, multiply and replenish of the same kind. I AM STILL A LEARNER BUT I WILL KEEP WALKING BY FAITH TILL I CAN RUN AND THEN FLY EVEN IF I FALL MANY TIMES, I WILL GET UP AND KEEP AT IT UNTIL I GET ALL THAT GOD AS ASSIGNED TO ME ON EARTH. So help me God.
BE FRUITFUL AND MULTIPLY! Gen1:8 "And congratulations. You’re the FIRST Nigerian journalist to cover a game at the United Center! 😁 " .
That's a pasted copy of a text a Veteran Nigerian journalist - name withheld (who has covered more NBA games than anybody I know) whom I respect so much sent to me. Sports journos know him already! Clearly God blessed me to make these unprecedented career moves in the last 8weeks. I can't dare undermine the power and hand of God in my dealings. I SAW IT CLEARLY. NO BE SAY DEM SAY. 😂 Don't dull! I AM A BELIEVER OF CHRIST. .
First congratulations to me, it's cool to be 1st but second this I see as an opportunity God has given me to be a blessing to the 🇳🇬 (African) youths, journalists, athletes (as a former athlete with hoop dreams) and Dreamers on the continent to understand "Dare is More!" and that there is more to where you are at the moment, to your current situation, to what exists in the African economic space, to what the elders say is impossible, to achieving those lofty dreams that seem so far fetched, to understand it takes not just passion but self belief and determination to strive to achieve greatness, to follow your heart and go with what the spirit says regardless of what the world says, to live the dreams God put in you when you close your eyes and ultimately to create a pathway for others to follow after all said and done. .
Like my Father commanded " Femi Be fruitful, multiply, replenish the earth. Get it! I don't plan to be the only Nigerian to be in the @nba bleachers reporting basketball to Africa. I plan to still continue to break boundaries, how be it thrive to the farthest height possible But making more Femi Adefeso's to fly on a global scale is my next action plan. .
But just like every dream, you don't always have it all figured out or know how to start it. I don't too honestly, but I have one thing figured out “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" and “Nothing is impossible to a man who believes"
LET'S SPEAK:....... I DECLARE THAT I SHALL HAVE A TESTIMONY THAT WILL BRING GLORY TO GOD AND HIS KINGDOM. I WILL BE ABLE TO SHARE MY GOOD NEWS OF HEALING AND THE MIRACLE WORKING POWER OF THE LORD IN MY LIFE. GOD SHALL REWARD ME WITH THE FRUIT OF THE WOMB. I SHALL BE A HAPPY MOTHER OF CHILDREN. I WILL WAKE UP ACKNOWLEDGING GOD FOR WHO HE IS. I WILL NOT GIVE UP ON GOD'S ABLILITY TO HEAL ME AND MAKE ME WHOLE. I AM CONVINCED THAT IT IS HIS WILL FOR ME TO BE FRUITFUL AND MULTIPLY BECAUSE HE WROTE IT IN HIS WORD. GOD IS NOT A MAN THAT HE SHOULD LIE! HE WILL NOT TAKE BACK HIS PROMISE FROM ME. HE IS A FAITHFUL GOD! IN THIS WORLD I AM WALKING BY FAITH AND NOT BY SIGHT AND I WILL ONE DAY BE HOLDING MY MIRACLE BABY IN MY ARMS. NO MATTER WHAT'S IN FRONT OF ME IT IS MY TIME TO BE BLESSED. JESUS IS MORE POWERFUL THAN ANY DOCTORS REPORT. MY JESUS IS MORE POWERFUL THAN ANY AGE BARRIER. IT WILL NEVER BE TOO LATE! FOR MY GOD IS AN ON TIME GOD. HE KNOWS THE PLANS HE HAS FOR ME AND MY SEED. I WILL CONCEIVE AT THE PERFECT TIME AND IN THE PERFECT SEASON I WILL GIVE BIRTH TO A HEALTHY HAPPY BABY. I REJOICE IN ADVANCE FOR THE RELEASE OF THIS PREGNANCY BREAKTHROUGH. I AM NOT BARREN I AM CHOSEN, ANOINTED AND APPOINTED TO GIVE BIRTH TO A MIRACLE. HALLELUJAH! #pregnancybyfaith#babycomingsoon#itsmyTime#barrennesshealed#happymotherofChildren#BeFruitfulandMultiply#tryingtoconceive#prayerforBaby#prayingtoconceieve
Yg mau kita share dr video ini bukan karna skrg skrg lg trendnya new poomsae di dunia pertaekwondoan. Tp semua memang bermula dr taekwondo, hingga akirnya kami menemukan jalannya masing masing. Kadang kami menang dlm pertandingan, ga jarang kami dicoret dr seleksi tim :) tp memilih komposisi tim menjadi pilihan para pelatih dan jajarannya.. kami hanya ingin mengekspresikan kecintaan kami terhadap olahraga ini :) #befruitfulandmultiply#taekwondo#taekwondoindonesia
Buset, liat timehop 2taun lalu. postingan ka @evasusanti_anery ini ga kerasa ya :) 2 taun lalu kira ngumpul ngumpul ini. Ga sekedar ngumpul dan sharing skill yg kita punya masing masing, tapi kami berbagi visi :) visi yg mgkn aja blum kliatan hasilnya (sperti yg kita mauin bgt).. tapi acara ini ada, hmm buat gw pribadi mgkn karna bbrp bulan lalu sblm ngumpul latian ini ketemu crew ragunan n sama kapten nlions, mereka produk dr generasi jaman now yg keren skrg dan hr itu mereka dtg utk lat bareng. Mgkn jg krn 5 taun lalu ketemu sama seorang udin dan akirnya kita bisa lat bareng, mgkn juga krn hmm skitar 2004-5an kenal dan build relationship ama ayas n putri yg dulu msh super kicik, mgkn jg krn taun 1999 kenal sama eva di kejurda hingga queen of zumba dtg latian bareng, mgkn juga krn 1997 kenal sama hiphopers a.k.a peter krn unit gw berasal dibawah komando babehnya ;P n jd peter jg sama sama latian bareng ma kita di foto itu :) Hihi kita ga pernah tau masa depan detailnya akan seperti apa. Pertemanan pun pasti ada titik terendahnya. Tp 1 hal yg pasti setiap kita punya bagiannya masing masing dengan fungsinya masing masing. Mgkn hr ini gw yg bikin salah, dan teman kita kebagian support kita. Tp akan ada gilirannya jg koq, saat dimana giliran kita yg menjadi supporter saat temen kita lg down :) kita ga akan pernah tau.
Visi yg ada pada kami mgkn terlalu besar, tapi buah yg kami rasakan sungguh terasa. So kami ada bukan utk merubah sesuatu, tapi kami ada untuk membagikan apa yg sudah kami punya dan tnyata kami inilah hasil dr visi yg mgkn kami anggep blum kliatan ;p ❤️ #befruitfulandmultiply#taekwondoindonesia#taekwondo
For those who believed my April Fool’s joke, this is actually my nephew* (not my son). Although I hope to raise my own kids one day. For now, I am chillin’ and praying for the right person to court, marry and then carry my *twelve-dozen* babies! 🐷🐷🐖🐖🐖🐖🐖🐖🐖🐖 #gohardorgohome#befruitfulandmultiply#beingobedient
So grateful for this Resurrection Sunday💛.
Today, I was able to spend such a beautiful and joyous celebration with some of the best people that I know. This group of individuals are not just my friends, but my family! They are REAL and their Love for Jesus is always so evident. They encourage me everyday to be my best self in Christ while still allowing The Holy Spirit to teach me, lead me, guide me and grow me in all truth. They are Patient and always understanding. They keep me accountable and affirm me in Christ’s love. I am so thankful that today we were able to stand in unity celebrating The Rising of our Savior. These amazing people make me smile from the inside out and are a constant reminder that I am never alone. The road may not always seem easy but it IS most certainly worth it. We Believe therefore we see, for we know that we can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens us with the courage to do it and I am filled with joy that we were Chosen to continue His works in The Freedom of The Holy Spirit. Not hiding, not judging but Loving and growing! Jesus said it best, ‘They will know that you are my Disciples by your Love.’ #BeFruitfulAndMultiply
Twenty years. Half my life. Our wedding. The baptism of our five children. Births, Deaths, excommunications, controversies, floods, tornadoes, growth, singing, baptisms, funerals, weddings and festivals. We have watched a generation pass and a new one grow up to raise children of their own; four generations under one standard. The old, stone building continues to stand firm, bursting at the seams with life, community and culture. Yet what is incomparable is not the plot of dirt but the unique people that faithfully return to it each week; brave, teachable, steadfast, faithful through joy and suffering. The Spirit that binds us together has provided a space for us to continue to flourish and has called us to cross the Ouachita River into new possibilities, unknown challenges, callings and unimagined opportunities to serve. We will go. The place will not be the same but people of God will be as will the God we will serve wherever in His kingdom we are called. We have a new place to learn to love and use as an instrument of public worship, learning and mercy. “Wherever you go and whatever you do, you shall be blessed.” (Deut 28:6)
#FBF to Luke’s baby dedication. Special thanks to Pastor @philmunsey (aka “Uncle Phil”), @toureroberts @sarahjakesroberts and my @tphonela family! I’m trying to dedicate a baby every year for the next 3 years 🤭 #BeFruitfulAndMultiply#Kingdom (swipe ⬅️)
Working together before a dinner out. This has become one of our favorite ways to date. Over the years of being married it has become apparent that we are most happy and fully alive in the seasons where we are focusing on doing good for others, together. A.k.A being fruitful multiplying and filling our spheres of influence with good fruit, as a team. I don’t think that’s by accident. In the beginning God created a man and a woman and printed his nature on them - then told them to become one, be fruitful, multiply, fill and serve the world. God’s ways are good ways. We celebrate his goodness for marriage. #celebratemarriage#gardenlife#befruitfulandmultiply#honeymoonmarriage#amwriting#newstuffcomingsoon
This is my great granddaddy MOSES he was married to my great granny CALLIE (who I'm named after) he was a Baptist preacher and they had 22 kids together (high sex drive is hereditary mane🤣👏🏿) , Callie would wash the congregation clothes and showed them how to garden, it's said that she could feed alot of people off of straps of meat and veggies from HER GARDEN during the great depression👏🏿🙌🏿 it's in me , they NEVER called her "first lady" she was called Sister Callie and was good with that🖖👑💎 this is prolly why I gravitate to dark skinned men🤣👏🏿 it's in my blood man👏🏿🤣🤣😘 he preached and kept my great granny pregnant, good food, good preaching and good loving...a couple's dream MARRIAGE GOALS BABY😂😂👏🏿🙌🏿 #respectourelders#moses#dapper#threepiecesuit#lookingsharp#painting#portrait#callie#goodstock#strongfolk#befruitfulandmultiply#iknowwhoiam#godsplan#humblepeople#ancestors