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!

 

 

 

15 Things to Give Up in the New Year

As we move into 2017, here are 15 Things to Give Up in the New Year.  If you give up these 15 things you will experience more joy and fulfillment than every before.  Take time to prayerfully reflect on letting these 15 things go forever. Here’s a guide to help you take a spiritual retreat for the New Year.  Click Here to Download

Things to Give up

1. Doubting yourself

To doubt is to plummet into a sea of uncertainty where you lack conviction. If you allow this uncertainty to grow it will cause you to hold back, to hesitate and procrastinate.  Doubting will paralyze you and keep you from obtaining the fullness of your destiny. Your indecision will cause you to lack the confidence that you need to move forward into the New Year in faith.

2. Negative Thinking
A Pessimistic view will skew reality and put you in a bad mood. If you change your thinking you will change your world view. If you have a gloomy attitude heading into 2017, you will not be able to accomplish much. Negativity steals the joy out of life. As you go into the new year think on these things:

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Philippians 4:8 NLT.

When you think on the positive of your identity in Christ your future will open up to you.

3. Fear of Failure

The Fear of Failure can sabotage your success. Fear is an unpleasant emotion that causes worry and anxiety. You begin to feel uneasy about your future. Let go of the fear of failure and ask for help. Embrace the fact that everyone makes mistakes. Be at peace with yourself and stop trying so hard. Do not let the fear of failure control whether you say “yes” or “no.” Joyce Meyer says, “Just because you feel fear doesn’t mean you can’t do it. Do it afraid”

4. Destructive Relationships

As you go into the New Year do not allow destructive relationships to control you. When you experience daily injury from another person through violent behavior you need to be safe from harm. Hostile relationships do not help you walk in peace. It’s important not to let go of our covenant relationships easily. Conflict can be an opportunity for greater intimacy. However, when a relationship has become detrimental to your health and well-being it is important to put up healthy boundaries.

5. Gossiping

Repeating rumors starts wars. Idol gossip assassinates someones reputation. Unfounded slander divides relationships. Gossip is destructive to you and your relationships.

Proverbs 16:28  says, A troublemaker plants seeds of strife;gossip separates the best of friends.

Giving up gossip is also determining in your heart that you won’t listen to slander about someone else.

6. Criticizing yourself and others

Gossip quickly leads to criticizing others in your mind and attitude. When you are constantly finding fault with another person you are no longer able to see or perceive clearly.

“Don’t bad-mouth each other, friends. It’s God’s Word, his Message, his Royal Rule, that takes a beating in that kind of talk. You’re supposed to be honoring the Message, not writing graffiti all over it. God is in charge of deciding human destiny. Who do you think you are to meddle in the destiny of others?” James 4:11 MSG

When you put a stop to your critical attitude towards others, remember not to be critical or disapproving of yourself. Give yourself a break. Be gracious in how you think about yourself.

7. Anger

Anger can be a smoldering wick of quiet condemnation or it can be a violent outburst of wrath. Either way, when you have uncontrolled anger in your life it is like opening the door to a thief and inviting him to come in and take over.

“And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil.” Ephesians 4:26-27 NLT.

Overcome your anger with God’s love. Forgive others and be free of all hostility.

8. Comfort Eating

In 2017 its time to let go of comfort eating. The next time you are tired, angry or stressed notice what you do. Do you find yourself looking in the pantry trying to find something to eat? Do you stop by a convenience store to buy your favorite snack? Do you think in your mind, “I deserve this because of my hard day?”  It’s time to let go of habits that are self-destructive.

9. Laziness

If you are unwilling to work or use energy, you may be struggling with laziness. You may not know it because you have been lying on the couch watching re-runs too unmotivated to get up and do something productive. Remember those things that fire up your passion. Begin to focus your mind and heart on your God-given destiny and shake off any laziness.

10. Negative Self-Talk

When I was pregnant with my first daughter I was unprepared for how hard pregnancy would be. I found myself waddling around frustrated. Out of my mouth came these words, “I hate life.”What a terrible thing to say when you are pregnant and carrying life.

The enemy of our souls constantly belittles. If you are not careful you will mimic the enemy’s negative words. What are those words or phrases that you find yourself saying over and over in your mind that then it spills out your mouth?

  • I ALWAYS blow it
  • I can’t do anything right.
  • No one really likes me anyway.

Let go of these destructive words and begin to make positive confessions about your future and hope.

11. Procrastination

If you constantly delay or postpone what you know you should do, you are just creating strife in your life. Procrastination robs your potential. Don’t be denied what God is calling you to do.  Take advantage of the positive momentum of the New Year to focus on what is really important to you. As you focus on your priorities it will help you take one step forward at a time. You can do it!

12 Fear of Success

Your feelings of anxiety can get mixed up with your true desire to succeed in life. You may fear that you may be unable to cope with the responsibilities of success. You may be anxious that others will reject you. Or you may dread becoming someone else. The fear of success is debilitating. You were made for success.

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10 NLT.

You have been created for a purpose. Success in God’s eyes is doing the good things that He prepared for you. His grace is sufficient for all that He has called you to do.

13. Anything Excessive

God has made all things for us to enjoy. However, anytime that we over-indulge in  good things it is destructive. In 2014 it is time to give up the excessive lifestyle of over-shopping, over-eating, over-indulging and to walk in self-control. Self control is a godly virtue that more of us need to embrace. His divine enablement helps us to quit addictive behaviors.

14. People Pleasing

You will sink your own ship if you trying to get everyone on board. In order for you to be the original creation of God, you have to accept that you won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. You won’t be able to please everyone all of the time.  So in 2014 become a God-pleaser rather than a man-pleaser.

15. Fear of Future
Here we are at the intersection of time. If you blink, your present becomes your future. When you fear your future you welcome death. None of us are able to live in the past or stay in the present. Our lives are always moving forward with the greater cosmic picture of the universe.

The best way to let go of your fear of the future is to trust the ONE who holds your future. Trust in God who will never disappoint. That doesn’t mean that your life won’t at times be disappointing. It means rather that God is bigger the menial minutia of each day. His perspective ALWAYS bring life, hope and peace.

2017 is a Year of Open Doors

God’s perspective welcomes and even yearns for the future. The world we live in is wasting away, but the future shines brightly in eternity. Get your copy of 21 Days to Spiritual Breakthrough now! Click Here to Download

Launching Out Into the Deep

Launching Out Into the Deep

Sometimes, God calls us to get in over our heads… Launching out into the deep requires you go deeper in your faith, hope, and trust in God.*

Jesus Calls Us Deeper

When Jesus had finished speaking, he said to Simon, Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.”

“Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.”  And this time their nets were so full of fish they began to tear!  A shout for help brought their partners in the other boat, and soon both boats were filled with fish and on the verge of sinking.

When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees before Jesus and said, “Oh, Lord, please leave me—I’m such a sinful man.”  For he was awestruck by the number of fish they had caught, as were the others with him. Luke 5:4-9 NLT

Jesus called Peter to be his disciple on a rough day.  Peter and his companions had been out all night fishing and they caught nothing.  Tired, hungry, surrounded by a multitude of people, Peter tried to stretch out and clean his net so that they could go out fishing again that night. He had a lot of people depending on him as a business owner; he couldn’t afford another day without catching fish. The multitude was pressing Jesus and power was going out of Him so that everyone around was being healed (Luke 5:1-11).  Before Peter knew it, Jesus had stepped on his boat and charged him to put out a little from the land so that He could sit down and teach the crowd.  Peter didn’t mind. In fact, listening to Jesus teach made the tedious work of washing nets go faster.  He had heard about Jesus and he was curious to know if the message and the messenger was real.

After Jesus stopped speaking, he asked Peter to launch out to the deep and let down their nets for a catch.  This was completely ridiculous.  Peter, as a fisherman knew that the right time to fish was at night. He also knew that you caught more fish in shallow water.  Peter wanted to correct this rabbi, but he had spoken with such authority that he simply said “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net” (Luke 5:5).  It was at this point that Peter knew he was not dealing with any ordinary rabbi.  Not only did they catch fish during the day in deep waters, they caught so many fish that their net was breaking and they had to get their partners to come and help them. Both boats almost sank.  Simon Peter was so overwhelmed by the supernaturally abundant catch of fish, that he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Master, leave. I’m a sinner and can’t handle this holiness. Leave me to myself.”(Luke 5:8 Message)

But Jesus looked deeper into Peter.  Others saw a rough, impetuous fisherman to spoke more than he thought.  They laughed and called him “Simon” which means “shifting sand” But Jesus called him “Peter” which means rock.  He saw the potential in Peter to be a great leader who would “catch” men. 

Launching Out into the Deep Waters

Jesus is constantly calling us to launch out into deeper waters. He is calling you to go deeper in Him… to trust and rely on Him more. He wants to increase your impact on other people. He is going to multiply your efforts. Even if you have toiled all night, you can through your net on the other side of the boat and have a “supernatural-catch.” 

Be Encouraged Every Day!

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Fear is a Thief

Fear is a Thief

Fear steals our freedom. It runs away with our hope. Fear makes me obsess about myself and all my limitations. Fear keeps us from connecting in community. It keeps us from taking the risks we need to take to obey God. Fear keeps me from totally trusting God. It keeps me from living in this moment and fully enjoying life.

Fear is a Thief

Jesus knew that fear would be deadly in our lives. While Jesus was on earth, he gave us 125 imperatives or commands in Scripture. Of those 125 — 21 of them deal with the topic of fear. Jesus said things like:

Have courage

Don’t be afraid

Take heart

Jesus continued to encourage his disciples to not be afraid and to follow him completely. 

How do we combat fear?

We combat fear by putting it in the right perspective. You and I don’t actually have a fear-problem… we have is a faith-problem. Our goal should not be to have a “fear-free life.” In fact if that is your goal you will almost always be disappointed. You will never have a fear free life. God is not the means of “fear avoidance”

We overcome fear with faith. We stop allowing fear to steal from us. The focus should not be on how to fear less, but how to trust God more. The Holy Spirit often brings peace to us as we read and meditate on Scripture.

I love this passage:

1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—

    where does my help come from?

2 My help comes from the Lord,

    the Maker of heaven and earth.

3 He will not let your foot slip—

    he who watches over you will not slumber;

Psalm 121 (NIV)

The phrase “lift my eyes to the hills” is a Hebraic thought for focusing our attention on the maker of heaven and earth. One of our biggest human freedoms is the ability to choose what I am going to pay attention to and what I am not. 

I can focus on my problems…

I can focus on my relationship that may go sideways…

I can focus on my financial issue…

I can focus on that person from work who is trying to take me down…

I can focus on the problems my kids are going through…

I can focus on all the things that make me afraid…

OR

I can choose to focus on God

I can focus on how He has been faithful to me in the past

We All Need Encouragement

Encouragement In the morning I will send you something. It might be a verse or a quote — something to encourage you.  Just text the word ENCOURAGEMENT to the number 33444.

We need something every once in a while that will focus us and give us encouragement

Read again Psalm 121:1-2 again…

1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—

    where does my help come from?

2 My help comes from the Lord,

    the Maker of heaven and earth.

HE’S THE MAKER OF HEAVEN AND EARTH! We overcome fear when we understand that God is in control. We can’t manipulate our way into our destiny. We need to trust God completely,

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)

Notice it does not say …” the plans that YOU have for YOU.” It may be hard for you to realize, His purpose is to prosper you and to give you a future and a hope. 

So Don’t Let Fear Steal from You

I pray that you will rest in the fact that the God of the Universe still reigns on high. Whatever difficult thing you are experiencing, He is still bigger. His purpose for your life will prevail as you learn to trust Him more!


Learning to Walk in Grace

Learning to Walk in Grace

I remember my first Easter with my oldest daughter Rachel when she was 9 months old. We were having an Easter Egg hunt in our neighborhood and wouldn’t you know, it snowed that morning in Tennessee… but all of us moms, still got out there with our Easter Eggs and baskets

Learning to Walk in Grace

I can’t describe to you the joy that I felt as my 9 month old daughter Rachel was able to walk with me by holding my hand… She was still pretty unsteady… but by holding my hand she was able to reach down and pick up and egg … It was the first time that I celebrated Easter through the eyes of a child…

We were so excited about every step that Rachel took… I don’t ever remember the falls that Rachel had … She would take a few steps with her little legs and then take a tumble… But we would be going crazy…. screaming… shouting… taking picture of this momentous event of her first steps!

I don’t remember ever sitting on the couch saying…

“Come on Rachel… you can do better than that… I’m walking… why are you falling… Haven’t you mastered this yet? Your dad can walk… grandma can walk… come on! What’s wrong with you?”

NO! I never did that.

The falls never frustrated me.

I don’t remember the falls. Rachel turns 26 on May 24. She knows how to walk now (and falls a lot less). 

But when she was little, there were times she took a fall and she had a bloody knee that needed bandaging… She also needed to be cuddled and held and her boo boo kissed.  Then, a bright smile would light up her face and off she would go again.

So it is with our heavenly father

who rejoices in every step you have ever taken

and heals every fall.

So it is with our heavenly father

who loves to see us run

and never tires of picking us up

In fact, God forgets (the falls). “As far as the east is from the west” (I have forgotten the falls). 

Jesus is saying,

“What falls? All I see is the steps. Some of us are absolutely consumed with the falls. What falls? Trust me to help you walk again.  Just turn around from your sin and walk towards me!”

There is often something inside of us that feels like God is going to love some future version of ourselves better. It’s not true. God is not tired of picking you up. It’s about the journey, not about arriving. 

You and I are never going to “deserve” God’s favor. I can’t live a perfect life. You can’t live a perfect life.

JESUS DID LIVE A PERFECT LIFE.  So when Jesus went to the cross, he could pay a moral debt that you and I could never pay. He died a spiritual death – that you and I could never die.

Daily Encouragement

Daily encouragement of grace

If you would like to receive daily encouragement from me, take out your phone and text the word ENCOURAGEMENT to the number 33444. You will receive a text message and just respond with your email address and you will be set up to receive a short encouraging word from me on Monday through Friday.

Your Guide to Spiritual Breakthrough

I’ve prepared a guide for you to help prepare your heart for a fresh season of encountering God’s presence and power. Take some focused time to spend with your heavenly father and let His love wash over you.

Download Your Guide Here!


Overwhelm Fear with Faith-Filled Prayer

Overwhelm Fear with Faith-Filled Prayer

Have you ever been in a stress-filled situation and said, “I’m overwhelmed.” To be overwhelmed in today’s world means that you have such a flood of things coming towards you that you are unable to think clearly. You feel stressed, anxious and out of sort. Your busyness has gotten out of control so that life is coming at you rather than you purposefully living your life to the full.

faith-filled prayer

To overwhelm fear with faith-filled prayer means that you overcome your flesh and the enemy through prayer. This means that you overcome, overpower, destroy and crush fear under your feet. You need to aggressively overthrow fear so that rather than being overwhelmed, you overwhelm the enemy.

Schedule Consistent Prayer and a Place to Pray

As simple as it sounds, spend time in prayer. Choose a place to pray and schedule a time on your calendar and then keep your appointment with God. Your destiny depends on your consistency. Even with this said, do not become overly-religious with this and set impossible goals for yourself. If you are having trouble praying for 5 minutes, do not write down a goal to pray 5 hours. Start where you are and grow deep. Reading this book is going to increase your desire to spend time with God.

Spend Daily Time in God’s Word

The ammunition in your arsenal to annihilate the enemy is the Word of God. If you have a shallow approach to God’s word, you will only have surface victories. To have a deep, satisfying relationship with God and consistently defeat the devil you must consistently wield your sword, which is the Word of God.

Steadily Invest Time in Meditation and Declaration

The North American Church neglects the power of meditation to transform your mindset and inform your character. The Psalmist talks about the spiritual life of someone who is blessed and prosperous.

“But his delight is in the law of the Lord,

And in His law He meditates day and night.

He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water.

That brings forth its fruit in its season

Whose leaf does not wither

And whatever he does shall prosper.”

Psalm 1:2-3 NKJV

The Biblical practice of meditation is often neglected during the contemporary social media era where we are bombarded by messages every day.  To meditate means that you reflect, ponder, and contemplate God’s word in a holistic way. It is not a mental exercise only. If you go and observe the Jews spending time meditating at the “Wailing Wall” in Jerusalem you will see that their meditation consistently move to declaration. The jews may rock back and forth while meditation upon Scriptures and praying intense prayers, or wailing to God.

Declarative prayer is when you activate the biblical knowledge of God’s word, will, and ways into spoken prayer. You are literally declaring the word of God out-loud. Sometimes, you are reading out-loud written prayers that are based on the Bible. As you confess the truth of God from your lips, you activate your faith and obliterate your fear.

Strategically Plan Your Day and Abide in Christ

If you are constantly aware of God’s presence and power as you walk through your daily life you will overpower the enemy. You and I need to plan our days under the direction and leading of the Holy Spirit. We need to schedule our day and prioritize what God is calling us to do and not be distracted by the enemy.

You may already know that you should do the tactical maneuvers listed above, yet if you are like me you are not 100% activating your faith and walking this out. Relax, none of us are walking this out 100% of the time. All of us fall short of what God fully intends for our life of prayer.

Do You Want a Break-through in Your Prayer Life?

I’ve prepared a guide for you to help you overcome barriers and prepare your heart for a fresh season of encountering God’s presence. Click the Picture Below to Download your free guide now!


Overcome Your Fear with Faith #FearlessFaith

Overcome Your Fear with Faith

If you want to learn about prayer you gotta have faith. You have to believe that as a result of your prayers that God will reward you when purposefully pursue Him. You will be able to overcome your fear with faith.

Overcome Fear with Faith

“And it is impossible to please God without faith.

Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists

and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.”

Hebrews 11:6 NLT

To be diligent is to actively and energetically chase after God. It’s not as though He is hiding from you. It’s similar to when you were little and played hide-and-seek with your father. He wasn’t really hiding when He stood behind the tree. He was anticipating that you would find him.

God wants you to find Him. He longs to be discovered for who He truly is. He created us with a capacity to be intimate. To actively pursue God through prayer fulfills our own longing in the soul of desiring to know and be known. There is no one who knows us better than the ONE who created us and established a purpose for our lives.

If we don’t replace fear with faith, we will be led down the dangerous path of unbelief and disobedience. Unbelief accuses God at His very essence. It puts God on trial to prove Himself while denying the undeniable evidence all around.

To engage in prayer is to declare war on the demonic forces of fear that accuse God. These accusations can come as subtle thoughts against the power of God. Fear will manifest as insecurity, concern, despair, doubt dread, horror, panic, agitation, unease, fright, and terror.

Many of us do not fulfill the call of God on our lives because we are shackled by fear. Every time we try to move forward, the devil uses fear to try to stop us.

Replacing Fear with Faith

Replacing fear with faith in your prayer life requires more than just knowing that you should do it. Most Christians that I know have a general sense that fear is from the enemy and that faith if from God. ….

Four reasons that you and I do not overcome fear with faith 100 % of the time:

1. We do not pray with faith and focus.

2. We are unaware of the strategies of the enemy

3. We do not walk with a faith-filled mindset

4. We do not walk in a faith-filled Life-Style

All of us have promises from heaven that are not yet fulfilled. Some of the reason for this has to do with timing or season of life. Yet much of our under-developed potential has to do with overcoming obstacles and walking in faith.

Fearless Faith

I wrote this ebook as a simple guide on how to walk in fearless faith. Click the picture to download your copy.

To have fearless faith does not mean that you don’t experience fear. It means that you face your fears and overcome them with faith.

I would love to hear comments about how faith has impacted your life. What new unknown territories are you walking into that require faith?