When was the last time you had an encounter with God?
Everyone who came face to face with the Almighty God never stayed the same.
Job confessed that his relationship with God was based on what he heard and that limited his understanding of God until Job saw God with his own eyes.
Just a quick heads up - we have had such an amazing response to the IF women's group that we made the decision to move locations so we can be more comfortable!
SO, we will be meeting at the church instead. Same times & dates. Saturdays starting June 2nd from 10am-12pm. I also wanted to answer a common question I've been getting - if you can't commit to every Saturday - that is totally okay. I know it's summer and even though we will be doing a study together, I am totally okay with you joining us when you can.
What a blessing this is going to be. I am so honored to help facilitate the work God has planned for you all! Thank you for your flexibility.
The devil wants to shame you in the area God wants to use you the most.
God uses prostitutes, murderers, rejects of societies to confine the wise.
All you have to do is surrender your past to Him. One encounter with Him and everything changes.
That’s all it took Moses, Jacob, Mary Magdalene and so many others to be transformed into God’s tool.
One word from God changes everything.
The Roman centurion told Jesus, “speak only a word and my servant will be healed.” This man understood the power of Jesus one word.
What are you facing today? Don’t let fear paralyze you. Don’t let words of death come out of your mouth.
Speak God’s word over your situations.
1. Because we were not meant to do life alone. Something powerful takes place when women gather and friendships begin! Isolation is where the devil wins so lets kick him in the teeth by stepping into community with others.
Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. In Him and through Him, you find life in abundance, more than you expect—life in its fullness until you overflow!
Not only are we to experience this life but you are to bring others to this encounter. You are perhaps the closest thing to freedom the world will ever have.
Continuing our countdown, reason number 2 is.... WORSHIP! This is a night you come face to face with God, to experience His love and to exchange your problems and pain for His presence, His power and His plan for your life.
3. Growth happens on purpose not accident. In a world that is demanding for our time and attention, we can often put everyone and everything above ourselves. This is a night for you to take a deep breath, to grow in God exactly where you are and to flourish.
4. We want every woman who walks in to Flourish Gathering to know she's celebrated! Yes, we celebrate you and all God has in store for you! That's why our gathering is free and every lady gets a chance to win a gift we have prayed over!
Thanks to @tilukhalayi and @kha2undi for this beautiful 🎁!
Our next Flourish gathering is 4 days away and in case you need a gentle *nudge* to get there, we’re counting down 4 reasons why you NEED to attend the May Flourish Gathering, one each day! Reason number 4 coming up....
IF Gathering is Saturday and TODAY is the last day to get the early bird registration for $15. Registration goes up to $25 tomorrow so make sure you register on Realm today. DM us if you need the link or visit our Facebook Event for the link. #IFGATHERING2018#psmchurch#promiselandchurchSMTX#churchfam
Spent the weekend worshipping with 200+ beautiful women in an open air church on top of a hill just outside Jinja. It was just what I needed!
Also, nobody cried. Especially not @allieanne1 or I. 😂
“We must always cherish this truth and stubbornly refuse to go back into the bondage of our past.”- Galatians 5:1
Jesus has broken every chains and now it’s up to us to walk away from fear, bondage, lies, our past, failures and anything that is keeping us prisoners.
In 2015 I felt the Lord tell me to step out in obedience and invite a few women from our missionary community to an @ifgathering. I had no idea what I was doing, or how it would work with our spotty internet, but I knew He was pressing upon my heart to do it. In my dreams and vision I desired for it to be something larger than I could imagine but at the time of planning for our second year, I was met with a lot of opposition and I almost quit because it was causing some division for me personally. And then last year He blew us out of the water with how He moved in our community. Today, I get these videos and pics from my girls in Uganda as they have over 200 women gathered this weekend and I am overcome with so many emotions. But mostly just gratitude that He would again use a small yes to be bigger than I could have imagined. And it’s a reminder in this tough season I am in, to keep asking for the obedience to continue to say “yes” because He honors obedience. Please pray for these incredible women as they gather, that He would pour out and move. @jenniesallen and @amykatebay, we should have flown over ;) #ifgathering2018#ifuganda
“Let me be clear, the Anointed One has set us free—not partially, but completely and wonderfully free! We must always cherish this truth and stubbornly refuse to go back into the bondage of our past.” Galatians 5:1
This is our identity as children of God. We are free indeed. We are free to be all God created us to be.
It’s our choice to accept who we have been recreated or the lies of what we did and what was done to us.
It's arrived!!!!! 💃🏻💘🙌🏻
So excited, friends! Go grab your copy of this new book every mama needs: ALL THE FEELS by @beckykiser & friends via @sacredholidays!
And yes I am wearing my holiest jeans because I am overwhelmed today and feeling #allthefeels so that calls for so much #grace and my comfiest pair of jeans! 😘
“There is a direct correlation between our prayer life and our conversations. Perhaps if we spent more time and energy on our prayer life, we would use our tongues more wisely.” ― Keep It Shut by Karen Ehman / Shop this phone case (and others!) via the link in our profile. #graceandporter
Needing a gateway? Maybe you would love to meet some other amazing ladies? Better yet, want to have an intimate time with Jesus in the beautiful beach of North Carolina? This just might be the perfect time away for you.
This weekend has been created for you to connect with God and to be awakened to who He designed you to be... To allow your roots to go deeper in Christ’s truth, to experience freedom and to be released into your destiny.
This is a gateway to realign your life to God’s reality and to build sisterhood. If you are single, married, seasoned, new in your walk with God or wanting to deepen your relationship with God, this weekend is for you.
You are invited to flourish! 👉🏾Link in the profile
At #IFgathering2018 I realized how much I need community if I'm going to run this race well. While reading #100daystobrave I heard God calling me to stop making excuses (because hi, we're all busy) and open up my home to host a new Bible study. Tonight I'm thankful that God hears my prayers and provides so abundantly. #lookingforlovely
I am forever grateful for the women that have discipled me in my life so far, and forever grateful for the gift and opportunity to disciple others so they can know the immense love and grace of Jesus. 💚 Thank you SOO much, Rachel, for hosting the IF Gathering yesterday. You are a beautiful, giving, strong, influential, fun and compassionate friend and leader. Love you so much! Also, my inner nerd was way too excited to take notes all day. 😂😁#IFgathering#IFgathering2018#discipleshipisrelationship#persevere
@ifgathering 2018 was a success! I always leave there feeling so refreshed and renewed. Have you ever attended one? Definitely find one in your area! .
The main focus this year was discipleship. I think we sometimes make this discipleship thing too complicated. As @anniefdowns said, “You just need to meet people where they are with what you have.” So encouraging!
Greg and I spent the last solid 48 hours in honest-to-goodness Sabbath Mode for the first time in years. While having these last couple of days of rest has been great, the downtime over the last few days shouldn't have felt as necessary as it did. Carving out time for regular rest and recharging is not only for our good, but it also glorifies God, and we haven't been doing the best job of prioritizing that rest. My current "get it done" list is too long for comfort right now. I have a website to finish, print pieces to design, a Summer line to finish, copy to write, and an embarrassing amount of laundry to fold and put away. But here's the thing... It's not about resting when the work is done, the laundry is put away and life is peaceful. It's about grabbing hold of the peace God offers and resting in the work HE has done. Amen?? 🙌🏼 Today is our last day of "Sabbath Mode", so we're taking a day trip to Williamsburg for lunch, walking Duke of Gloucester Street, people-watching and playing Scrabble. Because apparently we're really 80-year-olds at heart 😜
Thankful for the IF:Gathering and how it brings ladies from all walks of life, in one room, with the intention of pursuing Jesus together! Night one, done! Can’t wait for tomorrow! #chetsnorth#ifgathering2018
“God wants to bring supernatural power through our obedience” - @jenniesallen “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.”
(James 1:5-6 NIV) 📷: Amanda, @loveitgiveit, TLBP Creative Team .
In case you missed it, we have a recap from the last IF: Gathering on our blog! Visit our website, tap on Resources and choose blog to see @ashleyanndavidson’s response to everything that happened! 📷: @brittneymundyphotography
“Not one promise from God is empty of power.”
It’s your weapon against the enemy of your soul, it’s your GPS to your destiny, it’s your letter of recommendation, it’s your encouragement, it’s your inheritance, it’s your treasure for life, it’s your super power.
And when you believe it, nothing will be impossible for nothing is impossible with God.
Hold on to the truth God has spoken to you. Be rooted in it and watch your life flourish.
What’s your favorite thing about the month of May?
The weather is beautiful, flowers are blooming.
What is even more exciting about the weather and the colorful flowers?
God wants us to flourish just like the beauties we see around us.
All you and I have to do is allow our roots to go deep into God’s truth. The deeper we are rooted, the stronger we are capable to flourish!
The more you believe a lie, the more you empower the liar, Satan.
It’s only in pursuing the Truth, Jesus, can we find freedom from Satan’s lies and be awakened to our destiny.
How do you know if you believe a lie?
Ask yourself, does God think these things about my life, situations and circumstances?
If God doesn’t think what we think about; then, we can’t afford to believe anything contrary to His thoughts.
When we believe opposite from Him, we empower the devil.
Sometimes things get introduced to you at the very moment you need them. @jenniesallen 6 weeks ago you laid down a call to find 2-3 people and pour your life into them intentionally. Not to limit who I love and mentor but to be intentional.
@anniefdowns you wrote something that stirred me from the introduction...
The 3 on my heart had You and me on theirs. The YES came easy and emphatically.
Their hearts were stirring and restless with brave dreams too
And here we land... Day 1 of 100 with women in the next generation that you are calling and equipping to do continue to great things. And I get to be their cheerleader and encourager all while hearing you write the next BRAVE chapter of our story. I. Cannot. WAIT!!! #100daystobrave#ifgathering2018#iflocal#discipleageneration#brave#anniefdowns#jennieallen#letsdoit
Grateful! .... An “auwsome” weekend with women from PCC and from across the PCNW (Presbytery of Northwest Coast - PCUSA) at IF:Tall Timber. Thank you Tall Timber for partnering with us and taking such great care of all the women from across Washington State. Teaching & Inspiration was incredible (IF : Gathering). Hospitality, food - “Auwmazing!” #Fantheflameoffaith#discipleageneration#iftalltimber2018#ifgathering2018#iflocal . Put this weekend on your calendar for 2019!
Yesterday was awesome, I spent all day with the women of my church doing our version of the #ifgathering2018 and I even won this great new sign for my kitchen! Then on the way home the hubby called and told me I did not have to cook. Instead to meet him and the girls at my in-laws for dinner. So I quick chowed down a bar in the car and ran over to the in-laws house so that we wouldn’t end up with two cars there. Lesson for the day always keep a good quality protein bar in your bag 😁you never know when you will need it😉
PS this picture is actually from Friday when we flew kites but it was too cute to not use with my running statistics.
I’m NOT PERFECT! There is one thing about me that I’m so sure n that is I BELIEVE! Jesus is my light, my truth! He has never ever left me! I may stray away from him n lose my focus but he is in me he is my salvation! I’m a flame thrower! I will not lose😃#ifgathering2018#amazingday#flamethrowers#thankyoujesus#myfocus #
Today I was blessed to attend IF: Springfield. It was a tremendous experience that I will be processing for a long time to come. “The very things we think are disqualifying us are where we need God the most.” -@jenniesallen #ifgathering2018#ifspringfield2018