Bold Perseverance

Bold Perseverance

Have you found yourself wavering over God’s promise in your life? Do you have a bold dream but you are afraid to take a risk? Have you already stepped out in faith, but things aren’t going according to plan and you feel like giving up?

Bold Perseverance

Refuse to Ever Let Go of Your Dream

Bold perseverance holds on when everyone else gives up.

What do you want to accomplish in this life? What are the dreams that you think about.

Thomas Edison would never have invented the light bulb if he didn’t learn from his mistakes. Although he failed thousands of times, his failure propelled him towards success. What if this scientific man with a dream would have given up? He wouldn’t have the honor of changing the world through his invention.

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Every Child-Like Heart Has a God-Sized Dream

Character

Every child-like heart has a God-sized dream.

As a child of God, we get to hold daddy-God’s hand as we discover the possibilities in front of us. There is no striving in our own strength. Bold perseverance is resting in the immovable strength of God.

Every child has super-powers: with capes waving in the wind they are super-man leaping over buildings or wonder woman with her lasso. Children dream God-sized dreams. It’s only adults that stifle dreams. Worn-out, discourage, exhausted, afraid, overwhelmed we quit.

No wonder Jesus lifted up a child as an example of faith. He called us to become like little children again.

 

My Favorite Question

If you had all of the money that you needed and knew that you wouldn’t fail, what would you do?

I like to ask this question because it gives the opportunity to dream again. Adults are concerned about money. We also hate to fail. So, we stop dreaming. Then, when we step out and try and things don’t go as we planned we are tempted to give up.

What if I told you that you can’t fail — if you don’t give up!

I’m not recommending that you twist facts around to try to paint an instagram-perfect-world. I’m talking about the big picture. The gigantic quest of following God requires bold perseverance.

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23

Three simple yet profoundly difficult steps:

  1. Hold Fast
  2. Confess Your Hope
  3. Don’t Waver

He is the master-designer. If we follow his blueprint for life in the end it will form a beautiful masterpiece of His love and grace. The main point is this: HE WHO PROMISED IS FAITHFUL.

Be Empowered to Overcome!

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Every Mom Needs Encouragement

Every mom needs encouragement.

You need to know that the meaning of your life is not measured by the sum total of the mundane moments and monotonous tasks of motherhood. You need to know not only that what you are doing something that has a purpose, but that you are able to express need fresh presence and power that comes from Jesus Christ in the part of the detail of your life.

Mom’s need the encouragement of knowing that we are not alone. We all need friends. Not the kind of friends that have it all together in their picture perfect homes with their fashion ready model children. No, you need friends who will be honest with their own struggles and can cheer you on.  Today, find encouragement in the joy that you are not alone in the calling of being a mom.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother's Day Encouragement

Be Encouraged Every Day!

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You are Invited on a Prayer Journey

You Are Invited on a Prayer Journey

Every journey has a beginning. The starting point of prayer is God. Like a father who waits to hear every detail of your life, He waits for you. You don’t need to get dressed up and go to church to reverently pray. The God of the universe invites you to come as you are. You can endure anything when you are at God’s side. He is the transformer. He turns sorrow to joy. He turns bitter to sweet. I wrote Women Who Move Mountains: Praying with Confidence, Grace, and Boldness with you in mind!

Women Who move mountains in prayer

Prayer is an Exercise in Faith

As you come close to God in prayer, He brings purpose even from the brokenness of your life. You can’t remain downcast when you turn your face upward to God. He reaches down to your lowest pit, but He doesn’t leave you there.

So many are saying, “God will never rescue him!” But you, O Lord, are a shield around me; you are my glory, the one who holds my head high. I cried out to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy mountain.

Psalm 3:2–4

Negative thoughts may try to convince you that God will never rescue you. Prayer rinses these plaguing doubts from your mind. As you cry out to God, He answers you. He shields you with His presence. The more you know God, the more you trust Him.

Women Who Move Mountains: Praying with Confidence, Boldness, and Grace

Tears have flooded my eyes as I have been receiving the words of encouragement from those who have read my newest book that launches May 2 on Amazon.

What Readers are Saying…

Women Who Move Mountains

Bree Beal

I cannot tell you how much this book is impacting me. I can’t put it down. Each page is changing my life! This book is ANOINTED! God really wanted me to read this. He brought it into my life at the perfect time. God is all over this book. I love the format and how the chapters are structured. I also love the journal questions. This book is very practical and full of wisdom. I’m so blessed to be here and have the opportunity to read this 💜

Melissa Henderson

Melissa Henderson
The power of prayer and the transformation that can come through thoughtful, passionate prayer is shown in this wonderful book. Do you ever wonder if God truly hears your prayers? Learning to truly have conversation with God and to listen for His promises helps prayer become meaningful and a true worship experience. This book includes a study guide and journaling prompts which enhance the reading. Excellent book for individual study or group study. 
Donna Graber
You must read this faith-filled handbook on prayer!
I felt stirred by the testimonies of women who have overcome so much. I found myself filled with hope and encouragement. I went deeper in my prayer life as I studied the scriptures on prayer. This is a great resource for women’s groups around the world.

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Become a Woman Who Moves Mountains

Become a Woman Who Moves Mountains

Are you a woman who wants to improve your prayer life? Do you want to overcome obstacles and make them into opportunities? I love how God heals our hurt and helps us to become more like Him. He often does this through prayer.  Become a woman who moves mountains through prayer.

Become a Woman Who Moves Mountains

When I stand next to a mountain, it towers over me. I can feel insignificant next to it’s majestic heights. Yet Jesus used this image when He talked about prayer:

Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God.  I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours. But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too. Mark 11:22-26

Jesus calls us to go deeper in our confidence, boldness, and understanding of prayer. He wants us to know how powerful prayer is when we have faith in God. Do you want to “move mountains” in prayer?

Does this Describe You?

•      Are you just starting your journey with God, or are a long time friend of God….

•      Do you want want MORE of God. . . .

•      Do you want relationship, not religion in their prayer life. . . .

•      Do you want to pray, but sometimes feel stuck. . .

•      Do you desire greater transformation in the broken places of life.

•      Do you want to be healed and whole

•      Do you want to know God MORE intimately. . . .

•      Do you want to be real, not fake in their prayer life. . .

•    Do you want to go deeper, find purpose and get a fresh start. . . .

Become a Woman Who Moves Mountains

I am so excited about this resource getting into the hands of women.  Click here if you would like to get your copy. I know that when women get together to pray, God is right there in our midst! Here are a few quotes to share and encouraged others!

Become a Woman Who Moves Mountains

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When I was taping the audio version of Women Who Move Mountains, I really felt like God’s Spirit was communicating through me! I have one Audio Download to give away. Write your comment below on why you would like to become a woman who moves mountains in prayer. The audio version will be given away on May 1 — so write down your comment below. 

Become a Woman Who Moves Mountains

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About the Author

Sue Detweiler is a wife, mom, radio host and pastor with more than twenty-five years of experience in marriage, ministry, and education. She is also a popular speaker who shares her heart and wisdom internationally on issues related to marriage, family, women, prayer, leadership, and ministry. 

Sue’s most recent book Women Who Move Mountains: Praying with Confidence, Boldness and Grace (Baker Publishing Group, May 2017) will inspire you to develop an intimate friendship with God through prayer and bible study. Filled with testimonies of women who have overcome toxic situations to become powerful women of prayer.

Sue’s first book, 9 Traits of a Life-Giving Mom, hit No. 1 on Amazon’s hot new releases for Christian women’s issues. Sue offers help for women who want to be the best mom in the world for their kids, but often feel like the worst. In her honest, transparent way, Sue helps women find peace with imperfections and learn from their mistakes

Sue’s second book, 9 Traits of a Life-Giving Marriage, grew out of her and her husband’s heart to help couples grow closer to God and to each other. In their pastoral ministry to marriages, they have seen how sharing their own struggles helps to create a safe context for couples to be transparent and honest with their own issues. Wayne and Sue have also seen God’s transformative power heal and restore marriages through the marriage conferences and workshops they have led.

For more books and resources or to schedule a speaking engagement, visit SueDetweiler.com or email info@suedetweiler.com.

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Women Who Move Mountains Launch Team

Women Who Move Mountains

You Can Be A Part of the Women Who Move Mountains Launch Team!

Every time I write a book, I go through the insecurity of sharing the intimate details of my heart on the page. It’s like living the dream (nightmare) of standing naked in front of a crowd of people. That’s one of the reason I am reaching out to you to be a part of the Women Who Move Mountains Launch Team. 

We All Experience the Pain of Life and the Promise of God

Have you ever noticed, that we learn more from the painful things in our lives than when everything is going fine? That’s why I write about how God redeems the pain and restores the promise in our lives. This time, I have a number of incredible friends sharing their stories of God’s remarkable transformation in Women Who Move Mountains. 

Together we have walked the death of loved ones, the pain of rejection, the trauma of fire, the sorrow of abortion, the scars of abuse. Through every form of hurt and pain, we have seen the power of prayer transform our lives from the inside out.

Women Who Move Mountains is a more than a book, it will lead you on a journey of transformation where you will learn How to Pray with Confidence, Boldness and Grace. You will be equipped to: 

Women Who Move Mountains

Join the Women Who Move Mountains Launch Team

  • Stop feeling neglected or overlooked and find your rhythm in the pace of grace
  • Find God’s ways of process hurt, pain and loss through the power of prayer
  • Know how to pray with confidence, boldness, and grace
  • Overcome your fears to fulfill your calling and destiny.

On May 2 , I will bare my heart to the world as this message goes to hearts and homes. I don’t want to do this alone. Would you link arms with me and be a part of the Women Who Move Mountains launch team? This a fun team who care about this message! Click Here to Join the Team and get an Advanced Reader’s Copy of the book.

Let’s Overcome Life’s Challenges – Together!

Life is challenging, with packed schedules, life’s curveballs… our hearts long for more. We want to live well and love well; we want to be a source of joy and life for others. The good news is that we can—and the secret is found in the simple yet profound life-long pursuit of God through prayer. Prayer was never meant to be a recitation of requests, but rather a drawing close to the heart of God.

Every journey has a beginning. The starting point of prayer is God. We don’t have to get dressed up and go to church to reverently pray. The God of the universe invites you to come as you are to…

Let’s Begin the Journey Together!

Leave a comment or a prayer requests! Let’s lift each other up in prayer.

Are You A Women’s Ministry Leader?

There are so many bonus resources that make this the perfect guide for a women’s bible study at your church or for your neighborhood. Here are just a few of the resources that you will receive:

Women Who Move Mountains

  1. 10 Week Women’s Study: Includes in-depth bible study and discussion questions included in each book.
  2. Free Downloadable Journal Pages to go along with the 10 Week Study.
  3. Short Video’s Introducing each topic: Fear into Faith; Rejection into Calling; Brokenness into Wholeness; Shame into Grace; Anxiety into Peace; Sadness into Joy; Entitlement with Humility; Timidity with Boldness; Disappointment Into Hope.
  4. 5 Steps of Grace Free Ebook: A Journey Guide to Freedom by Sue Detweiler: Finding Freedom, Deliverance, and Hope through Intimate Relationship with Jesus Christ. 

You can get your Advanced Reader’s Copy and prepare for your group study! In the book, you will not only find the in-depth bible study, but also a 21 Day Guide to Spiritual Breakthrough, A Guide to Taking a Spiritual Retreat, and Guidelines for Fasting. The other resources will be available on May 2 when the book is officially launched by Baker Publishing Group. Click Here to Join the Team and get an Advanced Reader’s Copy of the book.

Leave a comment below… Share your prayer request… Can’t wait to hear from you!

 

 

 

How to Turn Your Marriage Around in 2017

How to Turn Your Marriage Around

No matter where you are in your marriage relationship, with God’s grace you can turn your marriage around in 2017. I don’t know a couple who hasn’t experienced cycles of sin in their relationship. Remember, individually and corporately, the power of this verse:

But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin. If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we con- fess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 1 John 1:7-9 (NLT)

If there is any type of hidden sin in your lives, it will fight against your intimacy. You must turn the light on and cleanse your marriage from sinful patterns.

Early in our pastoral ministry, a young couple sought our counsel. The wife and husband had sought out a Christian counselor. When the husband expressed his desire to watch pornography, the “Christian” counselor encouraged them both to watch sex video together to stimulate physical intimacy. Opening the door to pornography as a couple brought a license to sin into their home. The wife, in particular, felt dirty and devalued by this pornography. They had invited the world into their bedroom, rather than the Holy One who is the Giver of great sex. When they turned away from pornography and were cleansed from their individual sin, their home life and marital oneness were established in purity.

Turn Your Marriage Around in 2017

You may not have brought pornography into your bedroom, but are there things that you have allowed to come into your life that fight against intimacy with your spouse? If so, turn the light on. If you confess your sin to God, not only will He forgive you, but He will cleanse you and put your marital intimacy on the right track.

If there is only one of you working on purity in your marriage, you will face barriers that only God can remove. If you are in this situation, ask God to show you your next steps.

Be open to the leading of the Holy Spirit to help you turn your marriage around. Are you supposed to spend more time together? Are you to surprise him or her with acts of service? Is there a gift you are supposed to buy to express your loyal love? Are you supposed to contact a Christian counselor to help you resolve your issues? (Remember to seek out good references and establish the integrity of his or her counsel.) Is there a marriage retreat that you should invest in? Is there a book that you are to read together? God is for you! Trust Him! 

How to Build a Marriage That Lasts

How to Turn your marriage around in 2017

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A Father’s Love for His Prodigal Children

Prodigal

The Father-God Love for the Prodigal

Our father watches, waits and longs for His prodigal children to come home. His heart hurts when we are separated from His presence. He longs for the intimacy that He had with us, when we walked with Him in the original garden. When Jesus came, He came to show us the heart of the father. He represented God the Father in everything that He said and did. Jesus did not live independently of God.
 
When Jesus told the parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15), He showed us the heart of the father. The father allowed his younger son, to assert his rebelliousness of demanding an early inheritance. The father did not run after him and try to rescue him when all of his money was gone and there was famine in the land. He waited till his son hit bottom and came to his senses and rightly recognized and honored his father.
 
The father ran to the son when he finally came home. After the son had repented to His father, then the father called for the servant to get a ring for his finger, shoes for his feet and a robe. The Father through a party and celebrated his return. He restored him fully to a place of honor and authority as His son.
 
Too often, we want the privilege, honor and favor of Father God, without full repentance. Repentance is a gift from the Holy Spirit where we turn around and make a complete change of heart, mind and direction of our lives. The joy of holy intimacy with Father God is found when we totally surrender our lives to Him and don’t hold anything back.

Are you a Prodigal?

I was looking up the definition of “prodigal” and was surprised by the definition:

  • prodigal implies reckless or wasteful lavishness threatening to lead to early exhaustion of resources. 

  • luxuriant suggests a rich and splendid abundance.

  • lush suggests rich, soft luxuriance.

  • profuse implies pouring forth without restraint.

  • lavish suggests an unstinted or unmeasured profusion.

As I looked at this definition, I thought of our American lifestyle. Have you or your children followed this pattern:

  • Our children are encouraged to go to Ivy-league schools and to not worry about the debt accrued with student loans.
  • After they go to college, and meet the perfect somebody, they go into further debt from the lavish wedding.
  • Then of course, there is further spending as they purchase their first house.
  • Then they purchase the first  a mini-van
  • Then extravagant equipment for their babies.

The Prodigal Cycle

The out-of-control spending, the reckless and wastefulness of resources has become confused with the American dream. Remember, how our forefathers and mothers sacrificed when they came to a land of freedom. They hoped for a better life, but their definition of a good life is much different than what the entitlement generation feels they deserve.

If you were around in the 80’s when Imelda Marcos, the widow of a Filipino dictator, was found with a legendary 3,000 pairs of shoes. The media was appalled by the extravagance when so many of her people were in great need. Yet, Americans love to shop till they drop and build mansions where only a few people live in them.

The Entitlement Culture

Let me tell you a story of a land which is becoming a culture of waste. The amount of resources that an individual home waste’s every year could feed and cloth all the pilgrims who died trying to settle this country. They gave their lives for religious freedom and we waste what has been given us.

Let me tell you a story from the Bible.

There was once a man who had two sons. The younger said to his father, ‘Father, I want right now what’s coming to me.’

So the father divided the property between them. It wasn’t long before the younger son packed his bags and left for a distant country. There, undisciplined and dissipated, he wasted everything he had. After he had gone through all his money, there was a bad famine all through that country and he began to hurt. He signed on with a citizen there who assigned him to his fields to slop the pigs. He was so hungry he would have eaten the corncobs in the pig slop, but no one would give him any.

 That brought him to his senses. He said, ‘All those farmhands working for my father sit down to three meals a day, and here I am starving to death. I’m going back to my father. I’ll say to him, Father, I’ve sinned against God, I’ve sinned before you; I don’t deserve to be called your son. Take me on as a hired hand.’ He got right up and went home to his father. (Lk 15:11-20).

I have never seen myself as a prodigal…

I fell in love with Jesus early in my life. I didn’t do drugs. I was a virgin when I married. I thought that all the prodigals were people who were “loose” or had sex outside of marriage or had corrupt morals. Yet, when I read this definition: 

I realize that as an American citizen I am included in these statics:

1. Junk galore. Each American throws out about 4.4 pounds (2 kilograms) of trash every single day, according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s latest 2012 figures.

2. Food Wasted. According to America’s Second Harvest, over 41 billion pounds of food have been wasted this year (www.secondharvest.org).

I know that I fall into the above categories of waste. But as Americans, we also have these statistics.

3. Drug Use. America has the highest rate of illegal drug use on the entire planet.

4. Teenage Pregnancy. America has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the world by a very wide margin.

5. Credit Card Waste: According to a Gallup survey, the average cardholder carries a credit card balance of $2,210 at the end of the month. Statistics on creditcard.com show that the average APR on cards with a balance is 12.78%. Considering that 176 million Americans have a credit card, the wasted amount on credit card interest is over $49 billion each year.

Hope for the Prodigal…

I could get really discouraged by these statistics, but the good news is that the story of the Prodigal Son is not as much about the son who was reckless and wasteful, but about the Father who loves… Look at the how the Father loves every prodigal.

 When he was still a long way off, his father saw him. His heart pounding, he ran out, embraced him, and kissed him. The son started his speech: ‘Father, I’ve sinned against God, I’ve sinned before you; I don’t deserve to be called your son ever again.’

 “But the father wasn’t listening. He was calling to the servants, ‘Quick. Bring a clean set of clothes and dress him. Put the family ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Then get a grain-fed heifer and roast it. We’re going to feast! We’re going to have a wonderful time! My son is here—given up for dead and now alive! Given up for lost and now found!’ And they began to have a wonderful time.

 “All this time his older son was out in the field. When the day’s work was done he came in. As he approached the house, he heard the music and dancing. Calling over one of the houseboys, he asked what was going on. He told him, ‘Your brother came home. Your father has ordered a feast—barbecued beef!—because he has him home safe and sound.’ (Lk 15:20-24)

A Father’s Love for His Prodigal Children

Wow! We spend so much time thinking about “the prodigal”, but really this story is about the Father! As we turn around from our own reckless living we can be sure of this! Our repentance opens the door for intimacy with Father-God to be restored. When we change our thinking and embrace a lifestyle of repentance, we draw near to God and He draws near to us. The truth of God’s never-ending story is told again and again as the father welcomes us home to Himself. Remember this:

1. God Loves Us

2. God Receives Us

3. God Restores Us

4. God Authorizes us

God Rejoices Over Us

// ]]> The Father is waiting for you and for me to come home!

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Hope to hear from you. If you want prayer for your own prodigal heart to come home, or prayer for a loved one, leave a comment and we will join you! A Father’s love never fails to welcome home His child.

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