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WOW stands for Women of Worth, a ministry to women in North Port and our community hosted by Gulf Coast Assembly of God.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Quiet Influence Demonstrated

Hi Ladies,

Last week was a very trying week personally for me. I received a diagnosis that was not good and was confirmed by my doctor.

The day of our WOW event, I ended up in the hospital. Probably in God's mercy He was protecting me as I was in no mind-set to speak that night.

God has shown himself faithful to me and has used our beautiful ladies to show quiet influence through words of encouragement, hugs and meals delivered to our home.

Quiet Influence is our theme for this year with our National office of the Assemblies of God. You ladies have prayed and been His hands and feet to me and our family.

I'd worked hard on a sermon that night, but hopefully will be able to share it in the future. The year isn't over yet!

Thank you so much to our leadership team that stepped up to the plate and covered that night. I didn't worry as our ladies are able and capable.

I appreciate you all and am thankful for each of you!

I am believing for healing in my body and know that God is faithful to complete that good thing He has begun in me.

Philippians 1:6 (New International Version, ©2010)

"Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."

Let's continue to be that Quiet Influence with those that we come in contact with showing His love in our sphere of influence.

Love & Hugs,

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Your season is about to change

Friday turned out to be a very good day for me. Sometimes you go through seasons in your life when you wonder if God is there. If he hears or is concerned about what you are going through.

Some of the women at Gulf Coast are in the bible study by Beth Moore, Esther: It's tough being a woman. We're learning that in the book of Esther God isn't mentioned, but he is there working behind the scenes in the lives of his beloved, the Jewish people.

I've been going through some health issues and had to have an MRI of my brain a week ago. Praise God I received a good report on Friday. Thank you Lord! There are still issues but I know that God is the healer and he is touching my body.

When you don't feel well and it's hard to function doing certain task that you are so accustomed to doing you think about quitting or backing off from responsibilities. God brought confirmation through two telephone calls after the initial call from my doctor. This so encouraged me that despite what is going on in the physical and natural God still has a plan and purpose to use me for His glory.

In my heart I knew quitting was not an option, but it was tempting. God has opened doors of opportunities for me to be in places of influence and to minister His love and encourage those I come in contact with.

Pastor Keith preached today how the seasons that we've been in are about to change.

I thought to myself recently, but if only God had a word for me... I could get through this. He does... it's called the bible! I've been standing on His Word quoting scripture and standing on them even when I didn't feel or see anything change.

Pastor Keith also said, when you go through the flood or the fire you keep walking.

Yes, I've had my times of weeping but praise God joy does come in the morning.

One of my favorite scriptures lately has been out of the message bible, Romans 8:28

Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God's Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don't know how or what to pray, it doesn't matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That's why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.

If we don't tire in the waiting, God is working in our lives working things out for our good.

Be encouraged even in the silence and the dry seasons because He promises our season is going to change!