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GPS (God’s Positioning Satellite)

I wrote this post for the  “The Whatever Girls” ministry and it ran on their site today. I hope you enjoy it 🙂

One night while visiting family in the Seattle area my mother-in-law offered to watch the kids so we could go out to dinner with my husbands brother and his wife.  A night out, a nice dinner, good company and, a chance to wear pretty shoes put a smile on my face.   We had the best dinner at the restaurant where my husband’s youngest brother worked.

My husband and his older brother thought it would be entertaining to program in their parents address and see if they could confuse the GPS.  Frick and Frack are the names I choose to call them because of this goofy idea.

What us ladies thought would be a nice ride home became a series of twists and turns in neighborhoods that Frick and Frack had never been in and they are from the area. Recalculating, in so many feet take a U-turn, Left turn ahead, turn right, and dead end ahead began to block out the sound of the music as our GPS tried to navigate the way home.  gps

With every turn I came one-step closer to loosing my amazing dinner as carsickness began to creep in.  They spun the car this way and that way thinking they could get the GPS confused.  My sister in law fell asleep and I worried with each left turn her head would hit the window.  I kept asking the guys how much longer? I was not finding the same humor in this.  I told them I hoped the GPS would say, “Listen to me dummies and do what I tell you!” I had to go to the bathroom, I was carsick and I was tired. Thankfully they eventually grew tired of choosing their own course, listened to the GPS and, we found our way to where we were going.  What should have been a 15-20 min drive lasted over an hour.

Life can be a series of twist and turns, it is full of hills to climb, unknowns to navigate our way through and dead ends.  Sometimes it seems like a guessing game when it comes to which path we should choose to go down.  What may look good just might take us to a place we should have never been and we find ourselves throwing it into reverse and high tailing it out of there.  Sometime we get so lost we are not even sure how to find our way back to where we started.

Gods word is a lamp to your feet and light for your path (Psalm 119:105 NIV).  It is like the GPS of our lives.  I listened to Richelle Opland speak to a group of young ladies at the “Whatever girls” meeting in November and she used this analogy of God’s word lighting our path.  She said, “think of God’s word as a lantern and as you hold it up depending on how dark it is you may only have enough light to see one step at time but it guides you safely to where you need to go”.

No matter where we are in life at times we are faced with choice of which direction should I take? For you teens that are reading this, you are faced with often overwhelming choices about what direction your life is to go.  Where should I go to school, what kind of carrier do I want, or how will I know who is the right person for me someday?  Your teenage years are some the best years of your life but they can also be the hardest as you find yourself at cross roads not knowing which way to turn.  One thing always remains the same when you are faced with which direction to go.  God’s word will guide you every time.  If I had known this as a teen my life would have been a much smoother ride.   If you follow God’s word, the bible (God’s Positioning Satellite) and listen to the turn by turn directions of the Holy Spirit you won’t find yourself making a series of wrong turns as God tries to recalculate your direction and put you back on the right course.

If you have not checked out “The Whatever Girls” Please do so.  It is a wonderful ministry for Mom’s and Teens.  We would love to have you join us in Spokane at the Whatever Girls Live event April 25-27th.  I encourage all mom’s and their teenage girls to come for this awesome weekend.

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His story in me

By Cassie’s Corner

Recently I shared my personal life journey at our church, revealing things about myself I had never spoken in a CassiesCornerButtonpublic setting. I have shared over the years bits and pieces, only revealing what I wanted to, leaving out the painful parts, the unwise choices, and the ugly details. I was nervous and a little unsure how my story would be received. You see, everyone has a story but not everyone wants to bare their soul in front of a crowd. I was one of “those” people until our pastor asked me to speak. He knows my whole story; the good, the bad, and the ugly. He wanted my salvation story, the personal account of my walk with God and where His love has led me.

Expressing in words the experiences of my life was eye opening to me. I truly had to examine who I was and how much I have changed over the last 15 years. While preparing to speak, I prayed and asked God to give me a clear word to share. I wrote my notes and read them a few times, I even brought my journal up with me when I spoke. I was shocked to realize, I didnʼt look at it once. Somehow the words just flowed from my mouth as if someone else speaking, I was talking but the words were not my own.

Our church is doing a series right now called Rags to Riches; once a service a different person is sharing their testimony, His Story of their life. Over the last several weeks, I have been so encouraged and even in awe of the amazing people God has surrounded me with. Simply stated, hearing their stories has allowed me to get to know them on a deeper level. A level that may have never been reached had they not stepped up and exposed themselves in order for Godʼs love to be expressed.

All this being said, my life has been a constant lesson in the unconditional love of Christ. He has saved me from myself, my vices and rescued me out of some seriously horrible decisions. My life has been full of joy and full of sadness. Full of anger, depression, anxiety, victory, success and most of all an understanding that I cannot do anything that will ever make me unlovable to God.

My question to you the reader, What is your story? If you were asked to speak and share your heart and soul, would you be willing to expose the truth that is you? I encourage each one of your that reads this to take a moment and reflect over your own life journey. Where have you come from, where are you going, and where do you want to be?

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The Real Housewives of God’s Kingdom (Ep #3 part 2)

 Ep #3 Part 2 “I will go where you send me”

As in part 1 of “I will go where you send me” our next three Real Housewives of God’s kingdom also said, “YES” to God and packed up their families in obedience to go where He was sending them.  What is different about these 3 is that they have a special ministry.  They are standing in the gap for the children in some amazing ways.

1503673_10202823782096873_695972845_nCourtney moved with her family five years ago as part of a new church plant.  She is a mom of 3 and a wife of 11 years.  I am blown away by her boldness in the Lord and her willingness to put her safety in the hands of God.  At the age of 15 she taped bibles to her body and snuck them into China because she wanted to share the love of God.  Courtney fell in love with China and recently she was able to return there to help equip the church in starting pregnancy help networks.  Courtney is a communications coordinator for life services of Spokane (A pregnancy help center dedicated to supporting and empowering women before, during and after an unplanned pregnancy).  She is truly a woman with a heart for children. She has been a youth leader and she fights for the lives of unborn children in her work at Life Services and in her own family Courtney has become very powerful advocate for her child who has Asperger’s Syndrome.  This young mom is making a huge impact on the kingdom both in her home and out of her home. I asked her what her favorite bible verse or chapter was and I have to say I love her response,

“My favorite Bible passage is from John 8:1-11, The Woman Caught in Adultery, because we’ve all been the woman, we’ve all been the crowd, and we all need to learn how Jesus loved people.”

Courtney told me when she is not busy “wife-ing, mothering, churching, working, or cleaning” she loves to write and her share her heart.  You can find her writing at the Passionate Pen.  She says no subject is off limits on her blog and she is a writer who likes to push people into doing some deep thinking about topics we sometimes like to push under the rug.   Courtney and her husband would someday like to plant a church in Utah but they are waiting on God’s timing and until than they are enjoying their life where God has them now.

 

Monique moved her family five years ago as part as the same church plant as Courtney.  She is 1503644_10202601487779093_117191504_nmother of 4 and has been married for 15 years.  She told me she went to college for two years and she said, “I am still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up”.  She jokes about that but I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt that Monique is one very wise and mature woman of God.  I have found myself picking up the phone to ask for her wisdom and she much younger than me.  Her and her husband are elders in their church and she has a way of making people feel welcome.  That makes her very approachable and she has become the adult that is there for many of the youth around our church.  There is not an age of kids Monique has not worked with.  From the littlest in the children’s church up to the college age, Monique makes an impact in the lives of many.   It could be as simple as running to the store and taking a youth with her so that she can connect.  Monique is there if they need her, she is safe and trustworthy.  God has also opened a door for High school and College age ministry for her and her husband.  Weekly they hold the high school/college group in there home.  Monique also has a very gentle spirit and always seems very calm which is something I admire because I am bit of a picnicker.  As with each of the women in this series I have asked Monique to share her favorite verse or chapter with me.

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Peter 4:8. “I’ve learned that only by the grace of God I’m here walking on this earth…Contentment in anything and everything!! I also pray, Father give me quick loving words, I want to be able to confront confrontation without anxiety and with words filled with kindness and genuine love”.

Monique is standing in the gap for children of all ages, lifting them up in prayer, listening to them, and being a safe and trustworthy person they can go to when they are in need of wisdom.

 

1533149_10202993612391263_338678461_n“Enlarge the place of your tent; Stretch out the curtains of your dwellings, spare not; Lengthen your cords And strengthen your pegs. “For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left. And your descendants will possess nations and will resettle the desolate cities. Isaiah 54:2-3 Though this verse was aimed towards the women who could not have children it is a verse I have held on to for years for myself and I it the first verse that came to my mind for our next Real Housewife of God’s Kingdom. Kim Has been married for 16 years and during that time she says they have had the pleasure of serving all over the world in mostly Ministry to the Military. In 2008 they retired from the military and moved from Fort Hood Texas to Spokane WA. Kim says,

“This transition from military life, to civilian life in the natural has paralleled my Christian walk. Everything I thought I knew as a speaker, Women’s Ministry leader, mother and a Pastor’s wife has shifted. The only thing I know now is that God is faithful to work out His perfect plan in my life in spite of me”.

Kim is a powerful prayer warrior and to be in her presence as she prays is amazing.  I have had her pray for me and been in a group as she prayed for the “Whatever Girls” ministry.  I get what I like to call God bumps when she throws down a prayer.  The women in my bible study want her to come back and pray for us again because of the impact she made on us.  This Real Housewife of God’s Kingdom has found a new ministry since leaving the Military and she is truly standing in the gaps for children. Kim’s new mission is Foster Care/Foster families. Currently she has 4 biological children, 2 adopted children, and 3 Foster children.

“Nothing has brought me to my knees faster and longer than becoming an advocate for the Fatherless” says, Kim.

Her favorite scripture Psalms 121:1-2 I lift up my eyes to the hills From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. The verse Kim shared is powerful and something every one of our real housewives of God’s Kingdom do daily. The women I am writing about in this series look to the Lord for help and guidance in their life.  It is with God’s help that they are making an impact not just in the world around them but in the Kingdom of God also.  I hope you have enjoyed reading this 2 part post about 6 women who were willing to leave all behind and go to wherever God wanted to send them.  Until next time on the Real Housewives of God’s Kingdom, may God fill you with joy and peace as you live your life for His glory. Blessings

P.S. All mom’s should check out Courtney’s hysterical not just another mom blog post for a good laugh.   I laugh out loud every time I read it.

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Real Housewives of God’s Kingdom (Episode #3)

In our last episode “Two are better than one” I focused on the gift of friendship and today I continue on that theme with a story of three friends who said yes to God.

Episode #3- “I WILL GO WHERE YOU SEND ME” (Part 1)

Once upon a time there were three real housewives of God’s Kingdom. They were all serving at one church (City Harvest Church), raising their families and enjoying the goodness of the Lord. What is amazing about these three is that in order to be God’s hands and feet they were willing to go where God sent them. Now this was not an easy thing to do. They had to give up their homes, take their children away from what they had always known, and go to a new city.

God also did not plan on sending these three friends to the same city either. One by one they left behind what they knew and followed God to where He had called them.  They have stood in faith beside their husbands as they have planted churches and as they saying goes, “behind every great man is an even stronger woman”. So without any further ado lets meet these three REAL HOUSEWIVES OF GOD’S KINGDOM.

Lori:

Not only is Lori a friend of mine, her and her husband are my Pastors at City Life Church .  Lori has a gentle spirit and 1466118_10202308521695094_1280063267_nis filled with so much wisdom.  She is a mother of 3 and has been married 25 years. She graduated with a degree in Organizational Mass Communications, and is a very affective leader.  When she is not serving on the worship team, leading the women in our church, being a mom and a wife, she works full time as the Volunteer Coordinator for Horizon Hospice.    She also has a passion for writing, preaching, and teaching along side her husband.  A servant’s heart is a perfect description for her.  Deuteronomy Chapter 8 is the passage for the season of her life. When I asked Lori to share something she learned from God she responded with this:

“His life poured out for my sin on the cross, and that alone is worthy of every moment of my life in service to my King.  The cross is the measure of Gods love for me. Sometimes circumstances are difficult and in those seasons, it can be hard to believe the goodness of God.  But the measure of his Love for us was proven when God’s wrath and mercy met at the cross. He took the wrath and gave mercy instead.  Proof enough.  I remind myself of that when my selfish heart thinks I somehow deserve to be free of testing and sorrows that life on this earth can bring.”

I have to say I am very thankful for Lori’s obedience to the Lord.  Because she was willing to go where God sent her, I am blessed to call her and her husband, Van, not just my Pastors but my friends also.

Raydeane:

Raydeane and has been married for 23 years which is the same number of years she has been in ministry. When God put his calling on the lives of her and her husband to plant a church they IMG_1021moved their family to Idaho to plant Heart of the City Church.  She attended University of Idaho & Lewis Clark State College and has a background in retail management.  At the age of twenty-one Raydeane gave her heart to the Lord and  began youth pastoring at 23. Both her and her husband have also served as Evangelism and discipleship pastors.  Currently she serves with children’s ministry, women’s ministry and she administrates large women’s events. Periodically, Raydeane writes articles for the Coeur d’ Alene Press and she writes/records one-minute devotionals for her local radio station. When given the opportunity she loves to minister at women’s conferences, retreats and prophetic presbyteries. Some how in the middle of all that Raydeane finds time to co-lead a city business women’s group each Friday.  She loves being in God’s Word and her favorite book is Isaiah Chapter 49.  Raydeane is one of several real housewives of God’s Kingdom that has faced cancer.  She has had cancer three times and says, “I have experienced the love and power of God. It has sustained me and brought me back to health”.   Besides all the ministry and health issues Raydeane has balanced her time at home so that her first ministry, her 2 children could be a priority.  Just recently both her children were engaged and she will be busy helping to plan their summer weddings.

I have said that I am writing this series because the real housewives of God’s kingdom are not in this for fame.  All they do they do for the glory of God and this quote by Raydeane sums things up perfectly,

                                  “My passion is to make Jesus famous!”

 

Lisa:

Psalms 27 is a favorite of our next real housewife of God’s kingdom.  

 The one thing I ask of the Lord— the thing I seek most— is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord’s perfections and meditating in His temple. verse 4.

Lisa has been married 22 years and has served as a youth pastor, pastor over women’s ministry, 1419999_10200963698199062_1859228563_npreaching at times, and emceeing services. Lisa’s most important ministry however is her 3 kids and she says she is her kid’s biggest fan.  Lisa and her husband Matt helped to start City Harvest church in 1997 and after 13 years of service they listened to the call of God.  Just like her friends Lori and Raydeane, Lisa was willing to go where God wanted to send her. She packed up her family and they moved to the Tri-Cities to plant New Vintage Church.  Lisa is a graduate of Portland Bible College, she is passionate about what she does and she has a great sense of humor.  Put all that together and you have the perfect mix to make a strong and effective in servant/leader in women’s ministries. I was blessed to listen to some of her teachings last year at our women’s retreat and I must say she is a truly gifted speaker and teacher.   Lisa (along with her husband) has a passion to make the Gospel relevant and practical, touching all parts of life, and every type of person – a “do-able Christianity”.

It is women like these three amazing women that are a reality to me and I hope it is women like them that are part of your life too.  They are just a few of the real housewives of God’s kingdom who live their lives for His glory. They do not care about fame or that Hollywood may find their lives unworthy of TV time, they live to serve God and to share his love with others.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of “I will go where you send me.”

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