Have you ever seen the kid who doesn't get what they want at the store and they throw a full-blown temper tantrum?
With Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner, we all want kids who are thankful and not materialistic but is that even possible? Yes, it is!
There was a scientific study done that you can read about here called How to Avoid Raising a Materialistic Child.
What's interesting is the Bible has been teaching how to avoid raising a materialistic child for thousands of years.
What has the Bible been teaching and what did the scientific study show? Gratitude will keep your child from being materialistic. As adults, thankfulness changes us too!
"Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus."1 Thessalonians 5:18
"And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." Ephesians 5:20
What do you do when things don't go like you expect?
When a project doesn't turn out how you thought?
When a relationship ends?
When you are let go from a job?
What do you do?
Unfortunately, so many people make it personal and they begin to speak negativity over themselves, not the situation. We can start to feel like we are not good enough instead of saying things on the project or relationship were not good. Or we start to speak that WE are less than instead of saying the project or job or situation was not a good fit. We start to believe that we are a failure instead of saying the project or relationship failed. If something doesn't turn out like we thought we can even start to feel shame or embarrassment, but that's because we have made it personal, we have made it a part of who we are. It's not who you are, and so you have to start declaring who you truly are.
You are a child of God, You are chosen, You are the head...
Did you know if you make little changes every day for the whole year when you look back at your life in 365 days you'll notice a big change?
Most of the time we just don't know where to start.
Here lately I have had people asking me about how to be healthy. I think in our world there's such bondage over our health and God wants us living in Freedom even in our health.
So I want to give you 5 things you can do this week to start making little changes that in the long run will lead to BIG results.
Are you ready?
1. Get up an hour earlier than you usually do and use that time for yourself.
A lot of people hit the snooze button sometimes for an hour. Science is showing that is it's not good for our mental clarity to wake ourselves up and then doze back off. So set your alarm, get up, have your quiet time and give God your day.
QUICK TIP: If you get up and go brush your teeth, it will help you wake up!
2. Workout for at least...
Yes, today, September 24 is my birthday. How old am I, you ask? I once heard Mary Kay say, "A women who will tell you her age will tell you anything." So you will have to keep guessing. :)
But I did want to reflect and tell you 5 things I learned this past year and 5 things I am looking forward to in the coming year.
1. Get A Life Coach! A year ago Matt and I got a personal Life Coach from Coachwell Pro and I also started group coaching with Kingdom Builders. Both with a different purpose and focus but both very beneficial. In places where I was stuck, they got me unstuck, helped dreams to become a reality, and have helped me do more than I thought I could.
2. Help Other People Grow. This year during our 21 Days of prayer I really wanted to help people connect with God and be able to spend an hour with Him and LOVE IT! In the Bible study Prayer Force, I learned how to pray the Lord's prayer in a practical everyday way and not...
Now that we're in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, I think back to what we were going through when we heard it was coming our way. Thankfully, we don't need a storm to choose faith over fear before, during, and after the storms.
When the hurricane is coming straight for your house with 75/100 miles an hour winds, People are already fighting over bottles of water and everyone's saying it's the worst Hurricane in 60 years, fear begins to arise.
I want to remind you to choose faith.
The 10 plagues didn’t come to Goshen where God’s people lived.
God provided manna and for the people to eat.
God filled up all the woman’s jars with oil and she never ran out.
Jesus fed the 5000 with a few fish and a few loaves.
Jesus spoke to the storm, Peace be still.
Miracles always came about where there was faith. Jesus couldn’t perform miracles because there wasn't enough faith in the town he was in.
So today choose Faith over Fear!
God is our...
I got to preach this weekend! Thank you, Matt Fry, for giving me the opportunity! I spoke on how to have a healthy heart from the passage of Psalms 119:112-114. I wanted to give you a recap of the sermon in hopes it will encourage you this week!
"I incline my heart to perform your statute forever, to the end. I hate the double-minded, but I love your law. You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word"
Incline means to act upon or orient in a different direction.
From the verse above, God showed me three habits that will help YOU have a healthy heart! Feel free to speak these points aloud to speak them into existence!
I incline my heart to perform Your statute forever. I set my heart to obey Your Word. I determine my heart will obey Your Word.
Forever to the end, I want lasting change. I don't want momentary change, I want lifetime change, I want generational change.
I hate the...
Hello, Amazing People!
I posted a blog a few days ago and challenged you to read 1 Timothy 3:1-13 (Passion Version) and then I listed all the leadership principles that are mentioned in that passage. Now, I want to look at each quality individually to see how we can use them to grow as leaders.
The first characteristic listed is to be "Without Blame - Well Thought Of."
I love how practical these are even in our lives today. We're going to look at each principle in 3 areas we need to lead in: Ourself, Our Family, and Our Workplace.
How do you think of yourself? Do you think well of yourself? Many people don't think well of themselves, yet the Bible commands us to love others as we love ourselves. If we're not loving ourselves, how can we love our family and those we work with and lead?
A few years ago I started listening to how I talked about myself. I realized that I was negative and not very encouraging to myself. I would do something and then beat myself...
Last week, our staff went to our annual Staff Retreat. We love to take the C3 staff families for a yearly getaway to learn, have fun, dream, set goals, play games, pray together, worship and laugh.
This year I taught a session on what the Bible says it takes to be a leader in the church. However, as I looked at the things it takes to be a leader in the church, I realized the qualities I listed are qualities every leader should have.
Also, I realized there are 3 areas we all need to lead in:
1. Leading Ourselves
2. Leading Our Families
3. Leading In Our Workplaces
I took these leadership qualities from 1 Timothy 3:1-13.
I want you to read these verses from the position that God is good, He truly LOVES you, and is for YOU! He gives us these qualities for our good, so we can flourish!
If you don't serve on a church staff that's ok, I want you to be empowered to lead in every area of your life! Remember this, even if you're not in a high leadership...
I want you guys to meet the people who helped me make all of this possible. I have had a great team that helped film, write the prayers, and handle all the details to make something like this happen.
Huge thanks to my husband, Matt Fry. He has encouraged and supported me to do the things God has called me to do.
Thanks to Emily Floars who helped with the web-design and getting everything set up on the web.
Thanks to Dillon Parker, he has made everything run smooth. He made the 21 Days Of Prayer filming possible and made sure all the prayers were written before we started. He has taken all my ideas, thoughts, and dreams and brought them into order.
Thanks to all the C3 staff that helped write different prayers and declarations.
Anisa Larson - Business Operations
Nate Fairfield - Executive Minister
Sarah Buss - Connect Groups & First Touch
Jen Waldon - Connect Groups & First Touch Ministry Assistant
Andrew Kurtz - Worship Director
I love making Spaghetti, so I thought I'd share with you my favorite recipe! It's super easy and it turns out delicious!
After 21 Days of Prayer launched on Saturday, I did an Instagram live and made homemade spaghetti sauce. I was even able to use fresh tomatoes from a friend's garden! No worries if you don't have any fresh tomatoes, you can definitely use canned tomatoes for this sauce. Many of you have asked for the recipe so here it is!
Disclaimer: I am not a food blogger so there won't be many pretty pictures, I am just giving you the recipe. Also, for my friends from Italy, I am not Italian, this is not my grandmother’s recipe, I found it in a magazine and I've made a few changes. There are probably ways to improve it if so feel free to share your input in the comment section!
1 pound bulk Italian sausage (1/2 mild, 1/2 hot)
1 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 12-ounce can tomato paste