Created for the encouragement of women of faith as we seek the will of the Lord in our lives as wives, mothers, daughters, and friends. Let us commit to pray for one other and to lift eachother up in the word.
My grandson, Blaine, called early this morning to tell me that he and his mom & dad were going to play paint ball! He said Grammy pray for me! I don't know anything about this game, other than what my daughter has told me. She said they were getting well clothed up, because she was told when the paint balls hit you they can sting! They are off for a morning of fun and I pray God's protection on them! Just as the paint balls can sting, Satan throws many things at us that can sting! We need to clothe ourselves in Christ! Put on our armor each and every day! We must remember, Satan is defeated! It tells us in Revelation 12:9, "And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him." Satan's accusations against believers are unsuccessful because of Christ our Advocate. Advocate, our Helper, one called alongside! Our defense attorney! Praise God for the Holy Spirit! Although Satan prosecutes believers night and day before the Father due to sin, ( It tell us in Rev. 12:10 that Satan will no longer accuse believers before the throne of God because he will no longer have access to heaven), Christ's High-Priestly ministry guarantees not only sympathy but also acquittal. (Hebrews 4:14-16), Jesus was sinless, He was able to be tempted, but not sin. When Satan throws those fiery darts, draw near with confidence to God's throne to receive mercy and grace through Jesus Christ to help in your time of need. Many things come against us in this world, it seems sometimes like we are being pounded by paint balls (so to speak), but always remember John 16:33, "These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world." Our fundamental ground for endurance in persecution is the victory of Jesus over the world. Through His impending death, He rendered the world's opposition null and void. While the world continues to attack His people, such attacks fall harmlessly, for Christ's victory has already accomplished a smashing defeat of the whole evil rebellious system! The next time Satan sends a fiery dart(paint ball) your way, Fall upon your knees and draw near to the throne of God to receive that mercy and grace you need to help you thru this trial! Retaliate with Prayer and Depending on God!
As children bring their broken toys, with tears for us to mend, I brought my broken dreams to God, because He is my friend. But then instead of leaving Him in peace to work alone, I hung around and tried to help, with ways that were my own. At last, I snatched them back again and cried, "How can you be so slow?" "My child" He said, "What could I do?" You never did let go."
How many of us like to wait? We wait in lines, we wait at doctor's appointments, we wait for many things!
Scriptures on waiting:
Psalm 27:14-"Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord."
Psalm 130:5-"I wait for the Lord, my soul does wait, And in His word do I hope."
Isaiah 40:31-"Yet those who wait for the Lord, Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles,, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary."
Patient, Praying believers are blessed by God with strength in their trials. God's Word cannot fail, it gives us hope! We should wait with eager and patient anticipation of the Lord!
When you wait on the Lord, you gain wisdom, you give adoration to Him, you gain inspiration from Him, and you give thanksgiving for all your many blessings!
W (isdom) A (doration) I (nspiration) T (hanksgiving)
The next time you or I are waiting in a long line or for doctor's results or any other long wait, we should reflect on this verse from Psalm 25:5: "Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For you are the God of my salvation; For you I wait all day."
O Lord, teach me to Understand the things I need to understand, and to wait upon you, Lord!
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ABBIE RIDDLE is the wife of Pastor Brent Riddle of Faith Baptist Church. She is home school mother of 4 small children. Actively involved in Women's ministry, she leads Bible Studies, is involved in the Faith Girls Ministry, Youth Awana teacher and Sunday school teacher. God has given her a heart to see women touched and transformed by the Word of God. To see women set free from the lies of society and established in the truth of their identities as Daughter's of THE KING. She is available for speaking engagements at women's retreats, and conferences. To schedule her as a speaker/teacher please contact Faith Baptist Church of New Boston, Texas. Click on Faith Baptist Church under "Our Friends".
BEVERLY STRICKLAND is a wife and mother of 2 grown children and grandmother of 6 brave boys. She serves as the Church secretary at Faith Baptist Church, Women's Ministry Co-ordinator, Awana Commander, Sunday school teacher and Women's Bible Study Leader. She is a woman that wears many hats at our church and is always eager to serve where God calls her.
MARNI is a wife and mother of 3 beautiful daughters. She stays busy with her home school ministry of raising Godly young women. Her heart is toward youth and children, to see the word established in their lives at an early. She is a teacher for the AWANA program and the leader of the Faith Girls program (a Titus 2 outreach of our women's ministry). To learn more about Faith Girls visit the link for this group under "Our Friends". You will be able to see first hand the work that God is doing through Ms. Marni with our young ladies.
I am a blessed Mom and Grandmama who loves Jesus. I accepted Christ when I was fifteen; however, my life was transformed by the Holy Spirit when I cried out to Him in 1998 literally begging Him to restore the joy of my salvation. What an amazing God! He did it instantly! My life has not been the same since that day. The joy He put in my heart is overflowing and never ceasing and MUST be shared with others.
Some of my stories may have a sweet side to them, but for the most part, they are indicative of the reality of living in this world while being a citizen of the Kingdom of God. It ain't easy. But it is doable. Sometimes we have a blast and get the "giggles", and sometimes we have to work hard at it.
I am an independent woman who doesn't believe in "mushy" Christianity. We all live lives that require strength and faith. We all have joys and heartaches! Life can be tough. Life IS tough. And we need a tough and strong belief in our All Powerful God to lead us through it. "The Joy of the Lord is my strength!"
I am not a theologian. I am not a Bible scholar. I am a child of God who several years ago was called into ministry. In those years, I have been blessed so many times with the opportunity to share my faith with other women (and sometimes men). Whether I am acting the part of the Samaritan woman or sharing in teaching of what God has shown me, I have always been overcome by the sweetness and faithfulness of God to hold me up and use my mind and body and spirit to reach out to others. I don’t know why my ever gracious and precious Lord chose me, but I am so thankful that He did.