Thursday, July 2, 2015

Don't be Alarmed!


Your friends at Church 4 Chicks are taking a break from Social Media this month and will be back in August.


So he {Jesus} said to them, “Let’s go to a place where we can be alone to rest for a while.” 

Mark 6:31a (GWT)

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We look forward to connecting with you HERE again soon!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Grace: Give as Good as You Get - A Guest Post by Sharla Tilley



Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions. Mark 11:25 NASB




We all want grace. We want to be forgiven for the wrongs we've done. But giving grace? That is another thing entirely.

Most of us have a sense of justice built in. When fighting for people who are oppressed or when deciding who is right or wrong in a situation, our sense of justice is a great help. The time when my sense of justice can be a drawback? Any time I need to exercise forgiveness.

Forgiving someone who has done something wrong can be tough. We’ve all seen extraordinary examples of people forgiving someone who has committed an atrocity against them. It seems impossible. That’s because without God’s grace, it is.

We don’t spend most of our time dealing with someone who has done us an enormous wrong. It is the petty wrongs that we have to forgive over and over. A child lies, a coworker takes credit, a friend snubs… These are the constant daily wrongs that call for us to exercise forgiveness and grace. Are they really wrong? Yes. Are they perhaps small? Yes. Do they really need me to exercise forgiveness and grace? Yes. Is that really hard? YOU BETCHA!

Jesus said, “Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions.” If you have anything, ANYTHING, Jesus said to forgive it. We recognize that the big, monumental things are difficult to forgive, but how are you at forgiving the daily injustices that you endure. I have a sneaking suspicion that those we see exercising grace and forgiveness in ways that look miraculous to us (because they are) have been practicing on those little things all along.

What little things do you have a tough time forgiving? 

Who do you need to show grace to, whether their offense is big or small? 

Make an effort today to consciously forgive those that wrong you.


Sharla Tilley spends most of her time with her crazy six year old and her awesome husband. She is a writer, storyteller, actress, speaker, starter of projects, and rabid chocolate fan who prays daily that she's not too distracted by every shiny squirrel to follow the path that God has for her.



Monday, June 29, 2015

The Refreshment Jesus offers ~ A Guest Post by Jennie Atkins

It’s hot. You’re sweating—okay, women don’t sweat, we perspire.  It still doesn’t change the fact that the thermometer has crept far too close to the unpleasant three-digit mark and the humidity of summer has left your hair limp, your attitude as unsettled as the air before a thunderstorm, and you’re uncomfortable.

Imagine that someone hands you a tall glass of iced tea or ice-cold water with lemon. Or pushes you into the deep end of a cool pool. Or both, like the remake of the 1980’s Nestea commercial.  Ahhh! Refreshing!  It hits the spot and gives you an instant attitude adjustment.

Now consider your life. Are you so overwhelmed with earthly responsibilities, stressed to the max, or just tired to the bone?  Are the demands on your time endless? Don’t get me wrong, all of these things—you spouse, family, and job—are valid demands, but you feel as if there is no end in sight.
 
Well I am handing you a tall glass of refreshment.

In John 4:13 Jesus tells the Samaritan woman “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

Jesus is our living water. Our eternal refreshment that goes far beyond drenching our parched throats. It quenches the cravings of our soul.

The refreshment Jesus offers is never-ending.

Ezekiel 47 tells us about Ezekiel’s prophetic vision of the river flowing from the new temple. The water flowed from under the threshold flowing eastward.  The further away from the temple it went the deeper and wider it became.

Verse 5 says it “was deep enough to swim in—a river that no one could cross.” This river, is a picture of God’s refreshment. It is an endless flow coming straight from the throne of God. He longs to give us all we need. Whether it be peace and refreshment or strength to tackle the day ahead. Either way, we can drink from His endless supply of living water.

The refreshment Jesus offers sustains life.

Verse 9 tells us “Swarms of living creatures will live wherever the river flows.” And “where the river flows everything will live.”  In God there is abundant life, life in Him. 

There is a river near me that is a sea of color from the sheer number fish trying to make their way upriver to spawn. This is exactly the picture that forms in my mind when I read this verse. It also tells of the fishermen standing in the water, their nets spread wide to take in God’s abundance. God gives us everything we need to live abundantly, in Him. We shall be like the fishermen, our nets open and full of his blessings.

The refreshment Jesus offers has the power to heal.

Verse 12 shows us “Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail…Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.” With God’s living water, there is sustenance and there is healing—for our bodies and our spirit.

Sometimes our lives leave us hot, thirsty, and dry. Stop what you’re doing and take a long sip from the well of living water. Drink of the refreshment Jesus has to offer. You’ll never thirst—or want—again. 

A native Ohioan, Jennie and her husband of almost 40 years have sold their home and are ready to begin the “next chapter” of their life together—a step in faith—destination unknown. While packing their home and waiting for all the paperwork to be done, Jennie loves to garden, sew, or go four-wheeling. Jennie has four children and four grandchildren.

Connect with Jennie at JennieAtkins.com 



Friday, June 26, 2015

Are You Successful? - A new post by Sherri Sand


How do we define success? 
Do the things we value carry the same weight in God’s kingdom? 
It’s easy for us to look at someone’s house, car or clothing labels to determine whether they are “successful.” But are those things truly worthy of our priority list? Do they satisfy our souls’ needs for love and connection? Or do they feed a mindset that believes that if we have what others want then we’ve made it? 
When we believe the achievements (i.e. higher education, large salary, the right neighborhood) the world brands as critical for success will bring the satisfaction our soul craves, we enter a race with no clear winners. We are running after an unattainable goal, one that will never truly satisfy. Sure, there is the initial euphoria when we receive recognition for our achievements or a pay raise, but when the excitement wanes we are left restless and craving more. 
More clothes. 
More money. 
More attention. 
God has no issue with education, money or living in a desirable neighborhood, but they also hold no value for Him. Not in the way they do for us. He desires for us to choose the greater things: loving Him and loving people (Luke 10:27, Matt. 6:33). He knows that when we desire what the world dangles in front of us, we will miss the greater things of love and relationships which will truly satisfy the craving of our souls. 
When we release our expectations and step deeper into God’s embrace, we’ll find the freedom and connection our hearts long for - through God and through people. 

   
Sherri Sand is an author and speaker. Her unique perspective unlocks truths and biblical mysteries to bring hope to the hurting and peace to the stressed. She desires to lead people into a deeper relationship with God, where living as victorious overcomers becomes the norm rather than an elusive desire. To read her blog and discover more about living in spiritual wholeness and about Sherri’s novel, Leave it to Chance, visit her web site.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Edge - a guest post from @_TheAntiBlog_

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My client has been making good progress, considering. Her story to the untrained heart is gruesome at best and soul-condemning at worse, with a past stained deeply with some of the most horrific acts of unredeemed flesh. Her struggles affect her thought process, her emotions, her actions. Her expectations, her self-worth, her hope are worn and torn to basically shreds. 

The problem isn't that she rejects Christ. She very much believes in His word and His person. But we are still working, possibly unbeknownst to her, on her conversion. I won't even say her "true" conversion, but a conversion to reality instead of perception. Her image and view of Christ, God, faith and salvation is hopelessly entangled in performance and perfection. Add to that mental illness and abandonment and the recipe is nigh to fatal.  She came to me, having been washed off the hands of her family and outcast by her comrades. As we started working together, her sister was willing to be integrated, slowly, back into her life.  Her sister was encouraged because she could see glimmers of change in her, but admittedly remained cautious.

"I've seen this in her before," she said. "It doesn't last very long. It doesn't stick."

"If you keep bringing that expectation around her, I guarantee it won't. You can't heal her, but it will be very hard for her to heal without you."

Her sister and I became the small army of two fighting to help my client make one step at a time. Today, progress has been interrupted by a frantic call from her sister. My client left a note with, to her sister, unintelligible information. However, after all our past sessions, I could decipher the clues.

Thankfully, I don't get pulled over though I'm going at seemingly break-neck speed. She's exactly where I thought she'd be, teetering on her edge.

"It's a little early for you to be out here, don't you think?" Always start with benign, calm dialogue.

"I thought you'd send my sister after me. I was going to do something poetic."

She stands up, and walks to the edge. She turns and looks at me, defeated, weary, hopeless. She looks over the edge and speaks.

"I'm going to fly down to the end. I don't have to wait to see how it plays out. It plays out right here, right now, at the bottom." She looks back at me. "Isn't that better? Isn't that better than this bleak existence?"

"You've given up?"

"I've been thinking...I have nothing. I've ruined everything God has given me. What's the point?" I saw tears fall and a resolve begin to solidify. She starts to look back over the edge.

"Hey!" Desperate and commanding, I grip the moment hoping she still feels her ability to choose. I ask, "Is God still God?" 

She looks at me a little bewildered, then freezes, realizing what is being asked of her. 

"Is God the God He says He is?"

Pausing, I hope it sinks in.

"Is God still God?"

She waited, thinking, knowing the answer would demand a change of her initial solution. More tears fell and the wind started to blow. She took a half step back from the edge and crumpled to the ground. I rushed to her, in awe of the victory grace had just won. She'd been brutally attacked by her past, her weaknesses, and her consequences, and yet God's grace still won.



Created Well is the primary contributor at TheAntiBlog.net. She's a 30-something married Christian who likes to talk about the unexpected, especially the tough stuff. As a communicator, her loves include writing, speaking and teaching. She's been called a "Dream and Vision Consultant" by those she's helped and worked with. Find her on twitter @_TheAntiBlog_ 

Friday, June 19, 2015

How May I Serve You or How Can I Sell You? Part 2 By Debra Courtney



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“…But I am among you as one who serves.” Luke 22: 27

I want to look at “How May I Serve You” compared to “How May I Sell You”
From the Wise King of Proverbs

How important is wisdom when it comes to serving the Owner, CEO, COO, CFO, Boss, President, Supervisor or your husband in their wants, needs and desires to get something done or accomplished? We all should know that having the right kind of  wisdom brings promotion and honor – foolishness brings demotion and shame (
Pr 3:354:812:816:2022:4). Our diligence in serving others brings advancement; slothfulness brings starvation (Pr 12:2420:4; 22:29). When I am not progressing professionally I must then be foolish, slothful, disrespectful, slow, or a combination of the afore-mentioned. I am not trying to be preachy. These are items I have to constantly stand on guard about with myself. I’m just sharing them with you.

If I know anything about business, I have come to learn in my own work that a wise fervent effectual servant will be promoted over a foolish person any day. When an owner or employer demands performance, they don’t care about age, color, sex, creed, or nationality. They desperately need productivity, punctuality, integrity, and obedience. They are looking for a person who will effectively do the task at hand. I experienced this first hand in at least five times with the different business I have been privileged to be involved in.

How? An owner or boss craves performance by those under them, or they cannot get a sufficient return on labor or capital for their own objectives. They will reward those who perform well with their assigned duties (
Pr 27:18). You ask, “How may I serve you”. Then when the task is done with the utmost fervent and effectual performance you will be rewarded lavishly! I know I have paid people lavishly for going above and beyond the call of their job performance.

I make it a habit to keep in the forefront of my mind of how my words are powerful containers and they will bring to manifestation what I have said in the past into my future. Successful people resent complaining sluggards, who blame circumstances rather than their own foolishness and poor performance. 

When King Solomon saw Jeroboam’s industry – intelligent, diligent, and systematic application of effort – though he was a young man, he promoted him into management (
I Kgs 11:28). He did not give the job to any of his sons. A few years later Jeroboam was king of ten tribes of Israel, and Solomon’s favored son Rehoboam had only two tribes!
                                    ...your voice is unique, and it is sweet to God’s ears.”
                                                           Song of Songs 2:14


Debra’s life goal is to inspire and motivate women globally to become all they have been created and designed to be by using the guiding principles of their Creator’s word in gaining wisdom, understanding their designed-given personality identities & create their purpose!  You can contact Debra at dwcscc@yahoo.com