Day 25: Dare To Use Your Tongue to Bless and Build Up Others

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Meditate on Proverbs 10:19, 12-18, 16-21   Ecclesiastes 10:12   Ephesians 5:19  James 1:19

Words hurt…we all know that. We all realize that our words can deeply wound others. Things we say can start so innocently and end so terribly. Gossip, negative comments and condescending attitudes are all things that tear others down.

Today take inventory of how you speak to others. Become accountable to God for your mouth. Recognize the impact of positive words and begin to use them accordingly.

James 1:19 is a constant reminder to me

Be quick to listen

Be slow to speak

Be slow to become angry

Today’s Dare: Pay attention to what comes out of your mouth. Watch for gossip and refuse to converse in a negative fashion about anyone. Look at  your heart attitude. Look for ways to turn a negative conversation into a positive one. Counter negative talk with positive words. Find words of encouragement to give to people in your life. Realize that when you encourage you are

Prayer: Father I come to you my mouth. Teach me how to manage it. It is an instrument of cursing or blessing nd I declare it to honor you, blessing you and others. Give me encouraging words and warn me when conversations are getting to a place of gossip and dishonor. I desire to love you by loving others!

Bridal your tongue and loose your blessings!

Stephanie

Day 17: Dare To Live In The Miracle of Who You Are

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By the grace of God I am what I am- Corinthians 15:10

We have all been to the fair and seen the contorted mirrors, the ones that distort our view…they can be pretty scary, but we know its all fun. However, the real mirrors of our lives can often be just as scary. The distorted views and images that we carry around with us…of ourselves. It warps our view about who we are. Rather than seeing the miracle that God created, we see a distorted and shameful woman who is not perfect and ashamed of her imperfections.

From the time we are a young girl, we want to know  “Who am I, Why am I here, Where am I going?” As we grow up , we long for significance, appreciation, acceptance and love. We wonder constantly if our lives have meaning and purpose. Too many of us spend our lives trying to get better at being ourselves instead of what God has called us to be. Some of us never get a full understanding of who we are at the core level, so we stay in constant search mode. It is then, that you must plant yourself in the center of God’s word

Psalm 139: 13-16

2 Corinthians 5:16-17

We often look at ourselves through our mistakes. God looks at us and sees our purpose and the miracle of himself in us. You do not have to have a title of always be doing something of significance…significance comes from just being somebody. You are already a wonderful women, created by God for his purpose!

Today’s Dare: When you look in the mirror, see God’s daughter staring back at you. Get out a childhood picture of yourself and put it somewhere prominent. Make it your Facebook profile. Each time you see it, remind yourself that although you were born in this world…you are not of it!. You have been reborn into a spiritual reality. You are no longer who you once were!

God is determining your days…you are headed some where!

Prayer: Lord , help me to stay connected to you..to the truth…that you live in me. I am set apart, so that wherever I am, you can do your will through me. Your word is living and active and planted within me. Help me live in the miracle of who I am!

God Morning My Beautiful Friend! You are one gorgeous person!

Stephanie

Day 15: Dare To Believe You Are Complete In God!

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Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom  2 Corinthians 3:17

As women, we all long to hear the words “You complete Me”. It totally melts our heart. We all want to be loved, searching for that person or those people who will complete us, make us whole.

But what if we believed it is Christ who completes us? Or that we actually are complete because of Christ in us and his work for us? This love is really what makes us balanced, centered, secure and yes COMPLETE!

If we truly believed that we are complete in Christ, we would stop our search for something more or some one more. Many of the single women I know, would not spend endless nights in desire or lust for a warm body, because their wait would be a time of preparation!

There truly is freedom in embracing the truth that all we are and all we will ever be is now hidden in Christ and constructed by the power of Christ’s work in us. Yesterday we studied that fact, that we are perfect in Christ and can not do it by ourselves. We wear ourselves out trying to perfect ourselves, but the truth is, in Christ we are made perfect and complete. God does not judge perfection the way we do. Perfect in a Spiritual sense is one who is being completed through maturity, growth and surrender to God.

Wives: You have all that is necessary to love your husbands in a way that is meaningful to him and pleasing to God. Come to Christ daily for a complete filling of all you need for this calling

Mothers: You are complete in Christ. You have already been given all you need to be the Mother that your child/children need. God has a plan for each life you created. You are in partnership with God in developing human lives. This is high calling

In the Workplace: You have all that you need to get along with people, live in integrity and be a light! You are made complete for the all the tasks at hand. God put you right where you are, trust him to give you success in your line of work and to work through you

In Ministry: You have to claim your competence and completion in Christ. You are a Jesus follower and a difference maker because of God. Seek him daily to be filled with his power. God makes you whole, complete and ever ready for what he calls you to be.

All of life is ministry, so all of us, regardless of what we do daily, whatever our position, need to be filled daily and ready to live a life of completion by Christs power each day

Today’s Dare: Dare to see Christ in yourself and the way you view yourself and others will change. Pray for family members who are not a Christian…view them as complete in Christ. Ask God to show them to truth..ask God to show you the truth as to who you are in Christ!

Prayer: Father work your truth in me. By faith I thank you that I am enough, competent, adequate , and sufficient for all you have called me to be, because YOU COMPLETE ME!

I cant wait for the manifestation of the work that God is about to do in your life!

Stephanie

Day 14: Dare To Believe You Are Not Enough In Yourself

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Meditate on 2 Corinthians 3:4-6, 3:12 and 3:17-18

The words “Not enough” can haunt us for a lifetime! Some of us live with that mantra all of all lives. We strive to always be more than enough…more of who we are…more of what others perceive us as.

Many Christian women have it worst, because we always trying to be perfect in a world than constantly places us under a magnifying class. As long as we are trying to be enough, we will always be about self instead of God.

Insecurities keep us at arm’s distance from others and from God. We often distance ourselves without even realizing it, believing that we can never measure up. Some women quit trying to be all that God has dared us to be and all that he has planned us to be. When this happens the enemy has won!. He celebrates and we suffer. Once was a light of hope in the promise of Christ has been reduced to a dependence of self to try to make ourselves good enough.

We can not do it on our own…it is not God’s plan for us. He never created us to be enough. He wants us to know that we are enough- because of him and his life in us!

Its time to quit stressing and look to God. He is enough for us in ALL THINGS. His spirit , which is powerful within us, changes us and transforms us from a woman of self focus and insecurity to a God focus woman with confidence.

The word competent means good, worthy, sufficient, adequate, or enough..so all though we may not not be all these of ourselves…WITH GOD, we can totally rely on Him and look to Him for everything!

God is our letter of recommendation, and he is forever writing our story

Today’s Dare: Think on this question

If I believed I am enough because Christ lives in me and makes me enough… How would I view myself differently? Would I live a different kind of life? What risks would I take? Would I be less afraid and more daring to follow Christ? Would I quit putting myself down?

Prayer: Lord deliver me from self focus and insecurity. I want to understand the significance of your life within me. I want to be changed into your likeness and to live in confidence that in you. I am enough for anything and everything you have mapped out for my life!

Dare to believe today, refuse any negative talk and thought for the next 24 hours. Be as kind to yourself as Christ is to you!

I dare you, because YOU ARE ENOUGH!

Stephanie

Day 8:Dare To Plug Into The Power Source

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Meditate on John 15:4-5, 7-8, 11      1 John 2:27

Did you get that Power Source yesterday? Now are you PLUGGED IN? We are familiar with so many items around our home that can be used for specific purposes. Our televisions are there to entertain us. Our hair dryers dry our hair, our refrigerators keep our food cool…but here is the kicker…in order for them to work properly and do what they are made specifically to do…they must be plugged in!

The same is true for us. God designed us for a specific purpose. God wants to work through us. Even though many times, we may feel like we are so underserving of his love, yet He so freely gives it. And we are unable to do this Christ walk in our own strength…so God provides that power. What God intends for us spiritually, cannot take place unless we are plugged into the biggest outlet of power

A branch cannot bear fruit apart from the vine, anymore than any item that runs on electricity can do without being plugged in. Jesus said we are like the branches attached to the vine (Christ, our power source). When we are not connected, we have no power and bear no fruit. However when we are connected, all things are possible in and through us!

When you are connected, your life is filled with the very things you need and desire…love, joy…peace…patience…courage…strength…faith…the list goes on and on…

Connect to God through prayer, through his word, through fellowship and through obedience. We can not please God and walk in the fullness that He wants for our lives without staying connected to him.

My favorite time of connecting with God is early in the morning! The 5 am hour brings such a calmness to my spirit, and the rest of the world seems quiet. I can truly connect to God and hear all he has to say to me.

Today’s Dare: Plug into your power source today. Get away from everything and everyone for a couple of moments and just pray before God. Ask to be cleansed from your sin and filled with the Holy Spirit. Read the scriptures listed out loud, let each word resonate in your spirit. Dare to step out your comfort zone and experience Gods power everyday. Make time, find the moment of the day that works for you

Prayer: Father be my power, the rhythm of my life, the cadence of my steps. Live in me, work through me, have your way in my life today, tomorrow, next week, next month, next year…forever more! I desire to remain in you and be fully connected by your power, presence and love.

Get plugged in today…and stay there!

Day 4: Dare to Live Like You Belong To God

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Meditate on Psalm 100:1-3, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, 2 Corinthians 5:14-15

Do you remember that day you accepted the Jesus? I do! At the age of 13, I casually strolled down the aisle at my church for altar call. I made a conscious decision that I wanted to be saved. Afterwards, my mother laid hands on me in my bedroom and I received the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, evidenced by speaking in tongues

My life changed forever from that moment. I can still remember and feel the emotional change that filled my heart! I was on fire for God! I was consumed with telling people about God, at that young age!    Over the years, the fire subsided, yet I often challenge myself to go back to that time in my life, when I was truly on fire for Christ!

When we make that decision to follow Christ, we belong to HIM. We no longer belong to the world. Our body becomes a temple of the Holy Spirit! Temple is described as a place or a house of worship. Our body is a temple where the Holy Spirit dwells, we are dedicated for a special purpose! We are set apart as Gods children!

Wow if we really took the “temple” thing seriously, would we still act the same? Would we speak the same words? How would we view our bodies? Would we eat the same? Would we allow ourselves to get caught up in abusive relationships?

Its time we took this “temple” thing seriously! Because everything else is secondary to to God..our careers, our families, our jobs. We need to live in the truth in who we are to him.  When we recognize exactly who we are in Christ and what we mean to him…our lives really begin to reflect that. We treat ourselves and others differently!

We have to recognize that following Christ, requires us to die to self daily!

Today’s dare: Truly recognize what the scripture says about you and your life. Begin to live differently in response to this truth! Remind yourself daily! I am new, I am in Christ, I am his temple, I do not belong to myself, I belong to God!

Prayer: Lord throughout my ups and downs, help me to stay connected to the truth that you live in me daily. You set me apart so you can do your will through me! Help me to take your active word and plant it in my heart. Help me remember that I belong to you Lord!

You are a new …whole…complete..walk in it!

Stephanie

 

Join us in September!

Faith Dare

Join us for our next Bible Challenge! We are doing the 30 day Faith Dare, based on the book “Faith Dare:30 Days to Live Your Life To The Fullest” By Debbie Alsdorf!

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I’m excited to be studying, gleaning and gaining insight from this magnificent study! I will be providing information from the book, as well as reflections from my own life.

I pray that you will take this 30 day Challenge with us, starting Sept 1. Please follow the blog here and link up with us on Facebook at “Simply Soul Sisters.”  You can also request to receive the information via email, by dropping us a line at soulsisterscircle@gmail.com

I hope you will share your own experiences and thoughts on your Faith journey with us!

Be blessed, and be encouraged!

Stephanie