The fairy tales we all read as children taught us to believe that one day a handsome knight in shining armor would come and take us away on his white horse. But reality has left us wondering, "Why hasn't anyone brought me my glass slipper yet?"
It is the heart cry of every woman to be loved. But if we do not discover and accept the love of God, then we cannot love ourselves. And if we do not love ourselves, then we cannot love others.
Many of us spend our lives suffering from low self-esteem and insecurity because we never come to understand our own personal worth. We do not see ourselves as God sees us—"fearfully and wonderfully made" (Ps. 139:14, NKJV).
I had no idea when my husband, John, started his traveling ministry that God had a call on my life, too. It all began so innocently—and I almost missed it because I was afraid.
In 1990 John resigned an associate pastor position to pursue the burning call he felt for our nation. Our two sons and I traveled from place to place with him. We drove almost everywhere because John's ministry was unknown at the time, and no one was willing to provide an airline ticket for him.
But before the end of John's first year as a traveling preacher, ministry invitations began to flow in from places that were willing to fly him out for extended meetings. He was often gone for weeks at a time, and the family rarely accompanied him. This meant I was home alone with two toddlers—and a baby on the way.
Countless times God's Word assures us of His desire to bless our lives if we commit our steps to Him. We're also told that willful disobedience will eventually result in unwelcome consequences. Often we can determine the good or bad outcome of life's situations by the degree to which we willingly walk in obedience to God's commands.
There is a way of ordering our mental life on more than one level at once. On one level we may be thinking, discussing, seeing, calculating-meeting all the demands of external affairs. But deep within, behind the scenes, at a profounder level, we may also be in prayer and adoration, song and worship.
If you're anything like I am, you live a very busy life. Actually, you don't live just a busy life, you live a hectic life!
The moment my feet hit the ground, I dash here and there filling my day with everything imaginable--work, church, meetings, volunteering, witnessing, shopping. The list goes on. Oftentimes I feel like the Energizer Bunny—I keep going and going and going at maximum speed.
But guess what? I'm tired! I'm tired of living on adrenaline. I want God to flood my soul with His peace and contentment, and help me to resist the temptation to do more and more. I need Him to remind me from time to time that only what I do for Christ will last. I was grateful the other day when He told me to "be still" and hear Him.
Have you ever needed miraculous intervention from God, but didn't know how to pray for it?
Even now I am in the midst of praying and waiting for a miracle in the life of a loved one. Though God has provided answers to many of my prayers, I have been in the process of birthing a vision from God for this person for more than seven years.
The problem is not with God. He always has a ready ear. He is ready, willing and able to respond. The work to be done is on our part. We need an increase of understanding about how to call on God.
Are you hungry for the presence of God? When we seek Him wholeheartedly, He will anoint us and empower us to carry out His will in the earth. Let well-known preacher and conference speaker Cindy Trimm usher you into the presence of God in the clip "Wave of the Anointing."
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Some of the greatest challenges to our faith are those moments when we must endure the cold blight of a disappointment. The greater the anticipation, the greater the disappointment when we fail to receive what we have anticipated.
There is no shield that can keep away the days that come to teach our hearts submission to God's will and purpose for us. There are no roses so fragrant that they dismiss for us the tingling sensations of brokenness that come upon us when we see our expectations cave in.
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What's Been On Your Mind Lately?
Have you ever heard the saying "You are what you think?" It's true. Your thoughts carry a lot of weight and oftentimes dictate your actions. When you don't guard your mind from negative influences, your thoughts eventually control who you are and what you believe about yourself.
Let well-known Bible teacher Joyce Meyer help you discover the freedom that comes with taking authority over your thoughts in the trailer, "What's Been On Your Mind Lately?"
Welcome to the new SpiritLed Woman eMagazine! My name is Valerie G. Lowe and I'm the editor.
I'm excited about launching this weekly online magazine because I know there are women who want to connect with other women who love God and want to do His will. It is my prayer that you receive an impartation of the Holy Spirit every time you read the SpiritLed Woman eMagazine. But don't keep the news to yourself—spread the word! Click here to share this premiere issue.
My good friend Mildred often says something good happens when women get together. She's right. When we unite together in prayer and the Word here, something good is going to happen.
Have you ever felt like giving up in prayer? As an intercessor, I admit I've had times when I felt overwhelmed and frustrated—when I've prayed and prayed, maybe for weeks, or even years, and seen no breakthrough. Questions have run through my mind: "What's the use? What difference does it make if I pray?"
It is one of the devil's goals to keep each of us from experiencing the blessings of God that come through intercessory prayer. Intercessory prayer is unique because it means, literally, "to stand in the gap for another."
Often when we are born into the family of God, the full implications of what that birth and its life journey will mean to us are left unexplained. We wonder why walking "by faith, not by sight" (2 Cor. 5:7, NKJV) is filled with temptations, difficulties and challenges that are often beyond our comprehension. Yet if we understand the classic pattern of pilgrimage—the road map of the spiritual journey—we will fight, endure and prevail with greater joy and perseverance.
In the early days of my developing a relationship with the Lord in worship, I frequently saw His feet as I bowed before Him. That seemed to be the extent of my faith in worship; but, as my faith increased, He didn't leave me there at His feet. Little by little the relationship grew until I stood in His presence and saw Him face to face.
We begin by knowing Him as King. That in itself is glorious. But He wants to take us further. He wants us to know Him, not only as King, but also as heavenly Bridegroom. He wants us to know Him as the Beloved, the Lover of our souls and He whom our souls love.
During one period of Israel's history, the Spirit of the Lord raised up judges to lead the people of God. Deborah, the prophetess, was the only woman who served in this role. She was a wife, a prophet and a judge. Her life of faithfulness was highly regarded, and God empowered her with wisdom and authority to speak as His oracle in settling internal disputes and to lead the nation in times of conflict.
We really are the children of God, and the dynamics of our relationship with Him are more similar to the relationship between earthly parents and their children than we might initially expect. We struggle with this because we all know that human parents don't have the same attributes and capacities as God. This, however, does not negate the similarities.
For instance, providing for the children is not a burdensome drain upon a loving and resourceful parent. Rather, it is a deeply satisfying pleasure and honor. So it is with God and His children (see Ps. 50:15).
During the 19th century, liberal theologians began a search to rediscover the historical Jesus. They were intent on determining the true personality of a Jesus who existed 2,000 years earlier. Leading this pursuit was Dr. Albert Schweitzer, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning philosopher, theologian and medical missionary.
The fruit of his work was disclosed in his highly acclaimed book The Quest of the Historical Jesus, which was released in 1906--the same year the Azusa Street Revival lit the world on fire.