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~Psalm 46 Through the Lens of Terror~ By Rheannon (Pray for Manchester)

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~A Rebuttal of Terror~ By Rheannon

 

I heard a man on KLove yesterday talking about Psalm 46:10, where God Himself says, “Be still, and know that I am God…”  I had always thought of that verse as a comforting statement about the situations we may find ourselves in as believers in this life – and it is.  But what I hadn’t realized is that what God is declaring about Himself is really more like a commandment.  The comma says it all!  “Be still, …” That is such a powerful thing.  God is telling us to actually hold still and trust Him as the Great and Mighty Conqueror that He is.  He really is our ever present help in our times of need.  I’m just struck by the power that statement packs.  This is no sweet and sensitive imagery of God here, but the voice of a Mighty Warrior.  The Commander of Heavens Armies…the Great King of Kings – is terrifying in His authority.

I am so pained by the attacks at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester last night.  I do not and will not ever understand why someone would kill innocent people using terror attacks, which usually also takes the life of the attacker.  All are tremendous losses of life.  It is utterly repulsive in the depths of my soul.  I would ask you to pray for the families of the 22 people who were killed, and to lift up those 59 people hospitalized after the attack.  Pray for Ariana, as she must be devastated knowing that those people came to see her perform and were harmed or killed.  It’s a heavy thing indeed.  I would also ask you to read the Psalm through the lens of last night’s brutality.  I don’t think God takes things like this lightly.  At all.

I am comforted knowing that God is a true fighter.  He will never leave us or forsake us.  Perhaps we may not see justice at this present time for the terrible things that happen in this life, but rest assured, there will certainly be justice served when Christ returns.

Pray. Trust. Share the love of God with others.

God bless you,

~Rheannon

 

Psalm 46

1

God is our refuge and strength,

an ever-present help in trouble.

2

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way

and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

3

though its waters roar and foam

and the mountains quake with their surging.

4

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,

the holy place where the Most High dwells.

5

God is within her, she will not fall;

God will help her at break of day.

6

Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;

He lifts his voice, the earth melts.

7

The Lord Almighty is with us;

the God of Jacob is our fortress.

8

Come and see what the Lord has done,

the desolations He has brought on the earth.

9

He makes wars cease

to the ends of the earth.

He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;

He burns the shields with fire.

10

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;

I will be exalted among the nations,

I will be exalted in the earth.”

11

The Lord Almighty is with us;

the God of Jacob is our fortress.

 

(Italics added for emphasis.)

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~By My Side~ By Faith

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~By My Side~ By Faith

While enjoying my time with God on a gorgeous summer morning last week, I had an incredible revelation about His presence.

The thought of Him always being with me became so relevant after watching the movie “The Shack”.

Still though, it takes practice and a lot of intention to keep that in mind throughout my day.

When I realized how utterly safe and secure I felt in that moment last week, thinking of Him being right there with me, I realized why the unknowns about the future seem so daunting at times…

When I ‘fear forward’ about my business, finances, family, etc., I haven’t been picturing Him with me through it all.

He is faithful to lead me right now, this day, one decision at a time. This will stand true for the future, too!  It seems so obvious, but when I pictured any of those things with Him right by my side, I felt a huge wave of relief.

The God who created the universe, who loves me and cares about every detail, is ready and waiting to guide me in each and every area of my life, without fail.

I don’t have to fear how I will handle something bigger down the road because He will be with me, guiding me even then, step by step.  And I can see Him working in others’ lives too!

Because I know that God is someone who constantly takes other people’s issues on, with the SOLUTION already in mind, I am extremely comforted knowing that He is with me as well.

Psalm 16:11

“You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forever more.”

Fullness of joy, rest in Him and His loving presence. What a true gift.

By resting in Him, as I show up all day for my business, as a wife, daughter, friend, leader, I can truly enjoy my days, and have the focus be His Kingdom.

~Faith

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~Good Friends and Good Drinks~ By Rheannon

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~Good Friends and Good Drinks~ By Rheannon

What a great time I had tonight with my friend, Faith. You know her – a Power Packed Woman of God who encourages us to be our very best and to never give up on God’s dreams for our lives! She really is one of my favorite people.

I sat across from her tonight in her sweet new house, drinking Watermelon Bai, my new favorite, and had a great time talking about life, business, God’s plan and the emeny’s strategies to distract us from it, all while trying new Mary Kay products. I like Mary Kay products. My skin likes them too.

Every time I get together with this woman, its like a fog lifts up off my brain and I feel encouraged and empowered in faith and goals. Every time! I sure hope the feeling is mutual!

You gatta love good friends, right? People who encourage you and lift you up in prayer when you need it and laugh with you and go over life’s junk with you and help you sort it out. I am so thankful for good friends and good drinks.  I’m a caffeine wimp, so I gatta drink decaf, but the principle is the same!  HAHAHA!

It must have been amazing to be one of the disciples there with Jesus. I bet they laughed a lot! I think Jesus had a sense of humor – ‘A camel through the eye of a needle’ ??? HAAA! The mental picture is great. They were together through thick and thin, those folks, and they grew together as well. They weren’t perfect…holy cow were they ever flawed…. (just like we are!) even abandoning Jesus at the hour of His crucifixion, but He loved them so deeply that He forgave them for even that, and they went on to be world changers, encouraging and teaching nations!

WOW! The God Factor there is incredible. I love that we can still do that for each other! We ain’t perfect, but with the help of God, and one another, we can encourage each other to do life well.

I love you people! Thank you so much for being part of the PWOG Blog! I hope you are encouraged and maybe a bit challenged in your faith here, and that you will continue to be uplifted in faith through these blogs. After all, we all need good friends!

Bless you tonight!

~Rheannon

Hebrews 10:24-25

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together…but encouraging one another – all the more as you see the day approaching.”

~”Super Woman”~ By Rheannon

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~”Super Woman”~ By Rheannon

I don’t know how to not be busy. I’m a hard worker, and driven to achieve goals. It’s a serious deal for me. But, something inside me must think, if I’m not on the brink of implosion, I’m not working hard enough.

I bet you know what I mean. So many people struggle with busyness – its a chronic issue. Think about it, anxiety, chronic fatigue, sleepless nights, sleeping pills, stress, you name it! Being overly busy comes with so many tag-alongs.

I was chatting with a friend this morning about the issue of over doing it. Lately, I haven’t been to the gym as I normally do. I can’t. I miss it so badly, but I just can’t. I am working a part – time job right now, as well as booking gigs, doing call back’s, practicing with the band, practicing for duo shows, leading worship and on and on. Not to mention the obvious! I’m a wife and a friend and a sister! Woah! This meme pretty much sums it up-

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Do you ever feel like this? It’s amazing how often I fall into the trap of busy. It’s hard for me to remember to take a sabbath and rest a little! I sometimes think that the more I do, the more successful I will be. NOT TRUE. There’s only so much of me to go around. I don’t know about you, but when I make a peanut butter sandwich, I actually want peanut butter on it…as in actually being able to taste it…not just a quick dry scrape of peanut butter leftovers off yesterday’s butter knife! I don’t want my life to be like that either. HA!

Take a few minutes and look at what you do. What’s your motivation for doing it? Are you getting your identity from what you do, or from who you are? What we do is important, but we can’t let it drag us around by the nose, as we attempt to fill the need to be Super Woman. (We all struggle with that!). I’m here to tell you that you ARE Super Woman… already! Your identity does not come from what you do, but from the truth that God Himself has designed you and loves you! So much so that He would allow Jesus Christ to die on your behalf! On my behalf! Amazing!

God has given you unique gifts and talents and that makes you one of a kind, specifically designed to be who He has called you to be. You don’t have to prove yourself to Him, He’s already crazy about you!

Being the best that we can be doesn’t mean we have to kill ourselves on the alter of “busy”. It means taking time for the best things in our lives- God, His Word, our families, and then those other things, in moderation.
Dang, girl, I know it’s hard! I’m right there with you! I’m gonna take this one step at a time, by starting with carving out more personal time with God. I really need it. It’s funny how when things get hectic it’s the first thing to be pushed back. “I’ll totally spend time with you later God…” as I fall into bed exhausted. Not a guilt trip, just a truth. And I hate that!
So, one step at a time, pick something this week to scale back on. Or, ask for help. See if a friend would help you watch the kids or take them on a play date to the park where you can get a little bit of adult conversation on the park bench. Go for a mind clearing walk, listen to music, pray. Take a little rest time for yourself. Have a sabbath. Sit outside with a cup of coffee and actually talk to your spouse. Breathe in the spring air. Chill. Eat popcorn. Let Super Woman have a day off. She deserves it!
I think I hear the bathtub calling…and Ice cream…I hear that too…
XOXOXO
~Rheannon

Matthew 11:28 NIV “Come to me, all you who are wary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” – Jesus

~Power Packed Habits~ By Faith

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~Habits~ By Faith

I remember exactly where my husband and I were a few years ago when an epiphany about habits hit me…
I realized that everything I wanted in life came down to daily consistency. If I wanted a close relationship with God it would require me carving out the time to be still and listen to him and dive into his word –
If I wanted a fit and healthy body it would be a minimum of 30 min of movement daily and healthy eating choices –
If I wanted success in my Mary Kay business it came down to about 30 min daily of a couple of activities that were instrumental in building my business –
If I wanted financial freedom I would need to track my income and be intentional with it, daily!

A sense of freedom came over me. If I was willing to make that 30 min in each category a priority in my day not only was success possible, it was guaranteed.

An incredible thing happens in the brain when you have a small daily win – your brain feels like you are on target for your goal and that success is likely.  You actually begin to create Power Packed Habits!  Ones that can lead you where you want to go! The opposite is also true. If we go a few days without a win our brain feels like we are off-target and behind.
God designed us to meditate on whatever is pure, noble and lovely and to take action from that place.

My Mary Kay recruiter Susan, always said “discipline equals freedom.” Our flesh tells us the opposite. It tells us we deserve to “indulge”. To put off the best choice until tomorrow, to do what we feel like doing.

It’s a very small percentage of the world that makes daily choices to create the future that they want. One can look at the statistics and think, “if only 2% of the world is doing it then it’s probably not very possible for me!” I look at that statistic and get excited to learn what that top 2% of the world is doing and join them!

As a woman I tend to make success a very emotional thing and tell myself why it’s not possible for me. This thought process takes the driving positive emotion out of it, leaving me thinking negative unproductive thoughts about myself and my goals. If I am willing to show up for a fraction of my day devoted to taking the action to create the things that I want, there’s no reason why it won’t come to pass.

Be Powerfully Motivated today to move forward in your goals! Don’t let the enemy pull you backwards with negative “you can’t do it” lies. Remember,

“…brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” Philippians 4:8 NIV

~Faith

~Why am I here?~ By Belinda

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~Why am I here?~ By Belinda

Sometimes I ask…”why am I here?” I know I get bogged down in the daily struggles and feel many times that I’m not accomplishing enough. Last week, God taught me a lesson.

The week was long and trying. Between home, work and my ministry, I felt as if nothing was getting done. Friday morning came much too quickly. I drove the kids to school, looking over my “to do” list with a bad attitude. After dropping them off, I decided that I needed coffee…so I hurried over to Starbucks. The drive through line was enormous and so, impatiently, I drove on towards downtown Savannah. There’s another store close to where I work. There’s no drive through but luckily, there was a parking spot right in front. I hopped out and headed into the store, when I heard this voice call to me, “Hey lady!” I wheeled around and saw an old man, sitting in a wheelchair on the sidewalk. I’ve seen him many times before, but never had he called to me. I walked over and he made his proposition… “Are you going into Starbucks? I’ve got a little money, would you get me an orange juice and a piece of lemon cake?” The minute he asked, the Spirit reminded me… “If you love me…” So I told the man that I’d bring it right out.

I must have stood in line for 20 minutes, but as I was waiting, this time patiently, the Lord kept reminding me… “I put you here. I needed you to do this for ME. There is a greater purpose – serve ME by serving others.” My heart burned to get back outside to the old man…to show God’s love and speak His words. I hurried back with the orange juice and cake, only to find the old fella sleeping. I touched him on the shoulder and he slowly looked up to me. “I am back sir…may I ask you a question?  If you had died just then while you were sleeping, where would you have gone?”  He hesitated for a minute as if he couldn’t believe I was asking this question; then he smiled and said, “Well, to heaven of course!” I continued, “OH? And how to do know that for sure?”  His face lit up and he replied, “Because I asked Jesus into my heart to save me.” Tears filled my eyes as the fullness filled my heart.  I handed him the orange juice and the cake.  I told him that it was a gift and to keep his money.  I told him that Jesus loved him and so did I…

“Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Matthew 25

~Belinda

Belinda Jane is a musicianary, writer, speaker, teacher, coach and all around renaissance woman, who tackles life creatively, wanders down a road less traveled, and leaps beyond the ordinary to share the love of Christ with others.  Find more about Belinda Jane, her music ,and ministry at http://www.belindajanemusic.com

~”Camia” – A Tale of Distraction ~ By Rheannon

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~“Camia” – a Tale of Distraction~ By Rheannon

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful princess named Camia. She was fair and kind and gave of herself to her people. She believed that the most important thing she could do for others was care. Day after day, she would go into the market and listen to the people there.
“I have no more leather with which to make soles,” the cobbler said. “The man who brings it to me has not returned for many days. Alas! Without him, I am lost!”
The princess thought long and hard, and she began to search for the man who sells leather to the cobbler in her fair kingdom. “Without the leather man,” she thought, “what will become of my kingdom? Without him, no one shall have new or repaired shoes. Soon, all will be treading upon the rocks with not but their skin!”
Day after day she looked for the leather man, but found him not. Deciding to spread her search farther than her own fair city, the brave princess ventured deep into the darkness of the surrounding wood. For it was there that the leather man was said to abide- perhaps he had fallen upon misfortune and needed aid!
She took with her one great friend, Thomas, the strongest of the guard, who knew the trails of the woods.
“We must not,” Thomas said, “under any circumstances be separated, my princess. The woods are deceptive and dark indeed, though they may seem to welcome. Stick near to my side. I will keep you safe.”
Thomas and Camia searched together for the man who sold leather. One day after another brought the two farther and farther into the wood, but closer and closer to the leather man’s house. Surely they would find him soon. Camia was determined to learn what had happened to him, and restore his leather trade back to the cobbler of her kingdom.
Early in the morning on the fourth day of their search, Camia awoke. Thomas lay near her, hand on sword, sleeping. Not wanting to wake her faithful companion, she tip toed up to the top of the nearby hill to watch the sun rise. Thomas would surely see her for, “I am only a stones throw away,” she thought.
Camia’s eyes searched the horizon as the sun shot hot rays of golden glory across the sky. It was stunning. The warm glittering light bathed the landscape everywhere she looked. Trees seemed to come to life and birds began to chirp. “How beautiful…” she sighed.
A voice soft and sweet sang from a nearby log snare, catching Camia’s attention. It was an old woman singing a beautiful and haunting song. Camia rose, and, being seen by the old woman, followed her wave to come closer.
Thoma’s warning flickered in Camia’s mind. Surely, he could not mean this sweet woman was a threat, or the beauty of this small field in the woods held deceptive power. She drew nearer the singing woman. Birds and painted winged butterflies caught her gaze and drew her on. The old woman’s song seemed a trance to her. She lost track of time. She lost track of how far she had walked, never nearer to the woman singing.
Suddenly, the ground beneath her became rough and rugged and her fine dress caught on the fallen tree branches, ripping and pulling at her. She looked around her, immediately aware that she was no longer in the beautiful field with warm and welcoming sun. The singing woman was nowhere to be found. The birds were not singing and there were no more pretty painted wings anywhere. She found herself tangled in a log snag, far far from where she had come…
“Thomas!!!” She cried. “Thomas!!!” But could he even hear her? Where was she? How had a peaceful walk turned into this? Where was that woman who charmed her with singing?
Thomas. The thought of him waking to find her missing was nauseating to Camia. “If only I had listened to him!” She screamed. How would she find her way back now?

 
—–TO BE CONTINUED—–

 
Distractions. They are everywhere. Tiny little things that take us off our main mission, even ever so slightly. Those, in fact, are the worst kind. Small distractions. Big distractions are easy to see coming, and so much easier for us to avoid than small ones.

 
Camia may have been able to see that she was walking into danger if she had not been lost in painted butterfly wings and the chirping of birds drawing her into an unknown world. Indeed, the woman singing could be considered a great distraction, worth avoiding, but, just like Camia, once we have taken a step out of the plan and protection of God, it becomes easier to take the next one and the next!

 
When Jesus sent out the 72, in groups of two, He told them something so crutial- “Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road.” (Luke 10:3-4 NIV)

 
Why would Jesus send them out and tell them not to talk to people along the road???
I asked this question to a wise and knowledgeable friend of mine this week. A man who has been a pastor for years and years…Distraction…he said.

 
So often, we are like Camia. We get distracted from our mission while we are on the road to its completion. Little things pull us and ever so softly remove us from our goal.

 
What are your distractions? What is causing you to stop along the road? A quick text here and a Facebook message there, and – its time to go to work, and I have missed my Bible time in the morning. It’s so easy, isn’t it?

 
Think about what you can do to eliminate some of the distractions that are pulling you from the cause of God in your life. Think of the big ones, but be on special alert for the small ones. Can you avoid them and avoid the snare that caught Camia?
Can she be saved?

 
~Rheannon

~Fearless in Famine~ By Marty

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~Fearless in Famine~ By Marty

I’m excited to share with you what’s been stirring in my heart! Preparing for this blog has felt a little bit like a ping-pong game… going back and forth between two very different topics that have captured my thoughts. On our drive back home to Montana, it became clear which direction I needed to go, so lets just dive in shall we? I’ve entitled this

FEARLESS IN FAMINE

Have you ever had one of “those” days….and I’m talking about those looooong days…seasons actually, where nothing seems to make any practical sense at all.
We make lists weighing out the pros and cons of our present situation, and desperate to know what our next step should be we often fall prey to our “own understanding,” and are quick to turn to friends, peers, husband, wife, co-worker or relative for counsel and advice….BUT GOD…. He sees the beginning and the end with one glance, and His blueprint for our lives is well worth pursuing!
Lets take a look at a story in Genesis 26

A severe famine had struck the land of Canaan, and Isaac, much like his father Abraham, was making plans to leave that place and head to Egypt where they could survive and prosper. The Lord appears to Isaac and tells him not to go to Egypt but to STAY in the land (Canaan)…the land that He had promised them, and that He would bless them. In other words… ” I know there is no food or water here Isaac… (and without that it appears you will surely die……) but I want you to stay here anyway….If you do…..I will be with you, and I will bless you!” Another example of this would be to invest what’s left of your earnings into stocks during the Great depression trusting that your investment will triple!!

Isaac had some choices to make:

….He could dismiss the direction he believed he had received from the Lord and head to Egypt where he knew there was an abundance of provision…

….He could second guess himself and question at length if the direction he had been given was really from God…did he hear correctly? Would God actually tell him to stay in a place where the main means of survival were nonexistent? Would God really be asking that of him?! or…

….He could trust that he had indeed heard from God, and to stay in that famine struck land would mean believing that in the face of his fears God would take care of him.

Isaac chose to stay, and did something most of us wouldn’t think of doing during a time …he planted crops!!!!!!! Isaac followed the plan he was given and as a result of his obedience Isaac harvested a hundred times more grain than he had planted! Why? ….verse 12…BECAUSE THE LORD BLESSED HIM.

Its miraculous that Isaac’s crops produced a tremendous harvest when the ground was parched and famine wreaked havoc on the land. The thought that his crops had to be irrigated in order to grow and multiply is a study in itself of God’s divine wisdom and guidance. …..(irrigation from well water? Gen 26 mentions several occurrences concerning Isaac digging wells.)

Here is the point I want to bring home-

DON’T GET YOUR LONG TERM INFORMATION FROM YOUR PRESENT SITUATION!

It’s not by a formula that we are able to prosper in a setting of drought and famine. Hearing and listening to God’s voice and finding out what His plan is, and then flowing with that plan is where His blessings are experienced! Basically, Isaac had to set his mind on believing that what God has promised, that which He was well able to perform. (Romans 4:21)

God promised Isaac that IF he would stay in Canaan, during a severe famine, that God would bless him there! Isaac was doing his part….he obeyed and stayed, turning his heart toward God in worship and trusting that He would make good on his promise. This put the responsibility of the outcome squarely back on God.

Whatever it is you are facing…..its vital that you MAKE TIME to be in His presence and to find out what He wants you to do and do that!…when His blueprint becomes clear, then its up to us to act on it! God didn’t plant Isaac’s crops for him, that was Isaac’s responsibility. How I love the two way communication I see in this story! God gave instruction, Isaac listened and acted on it. This type of communication requires RELATIONSHIP, NOT FORMULA! and is accessible to all of us.

In closing, when the season you’re in feels hot and dry, may you turn your heart towards Christ…the author and finisher of your faith. May your focus become clear and sharp as you spend time in his presence ….knowing that He is well able to perform all that concerns you and uphold His promise to you!

FEARLESS IN FAMINE? YES!!!! with HIM alone this is possible!! His plans for us always exceed our own and reach far beyond what we can only imagine!

~Marty

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~Personal Responsibility~ By Faith

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Personal responsibility~By Faith
This has definitely not always been my favorite topic, although it is one that has provided me with so much personal growth. I remember one day complaining to my husband about an obligation that I had committed to – something I really didn’t want to do – saying that the person had talked me into this appointment. As I heard myself, I realized that no one can force me do something,(aside from a trauma)…that it’s my choice.

I heard a pastor say “if you can’t do the thing that you’re committing to with the attitude you had when you committed to it then don’t do it.” In other words, if my attitude about this thing is one of negativity on my part, or guilt, then why am I doing it?

We can really talk ourselves into being victims of situations, show up with a bad attitude and not do anybody any favors. This keeps us from being able to work at something with our whole hearts for God!

Colossians 3:23-24
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

This brings a whole lot of intention to letting your “yes be yes and your no be no.” We are where we are by the choices that we have made or allowed others to make for us. If you’re not where you want to be because of choices that you have made in the past, the time to start changing those choices is now!

It has been extremely empowering for me to take personal responsibility in every situation. If it’s always someone else’s fault I have no power to change my circumstances and then I have made myself a victim with no hope. Acknowledging that I do have the power to make changes feels amazing. Once that realization is in place, I am now in the position to take action one step at a time.

It is even more freeing when you realize you don’t have to explain yourself to anybody.
There’s a difference between what’s good and what’s best. Figure out what are your best commitments. How can you plan a margin in your day, time to rest and time for things that fill your cup? It all comes down to intention and starts with taking personal responsibility for your own happiness, schedule, and future.

Now, I’m not talking about throwing people to the wayside so we can do whatever we feel like whenever we feel like it – simply that we have the power to arrange our priorities according to our faith, our family and our current and future goals, instead of being dragged about by things that pull us too many different directions.

It’s pretty exciting to realize that choices and habits have led to where you are now and that you could be in a completely different place six months from now or year from now or five years from now by tweaking those decisions.

What is your best life? Your highest self? What does it look like to stop being spread too thin? What would it feel like to have more time for the purposes of God, your spouse or family? Think on it, then break down how do you get from A to B and start making those choices to being a better and fuller Powerful Woman of God!

~Faith

~A Swamp Testimony…Literally~ By Rheannon

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~A Swamp Testimony…Literally~ By Rheannon

I used to baby sit a lot when I was in my teenage years. I loved to hang out with kids and have fun with them. Telling stories was my absolute favorite thing to do. Sometimes I would volunteer in the children’s ministry at a young age, and tell stories to the little ones in the toddler room. They would all sit around me in a semi-circle, completely drawn in by my tall tales of heroism and adventure. I loved the looks on their little faces. So perfect. I have such a story for you…
One day, sunny and hot, in the middle of the Montana summer, I was watching two boys from my church. We went to the park together, and planned on a fun filled afternoon. My brother was scheduled to pick us all up in a couple hours.
Ahh the park. The place of ducks and water and children on swing sets and piles of hidden dog pooh just waiting for a little bare foot…such grand adventure!
Where I live, there are two main parks- Woodland Park, and Lawrence Park. Both are in downtown Kalispell, located near schools and recreational activities. Lawrence park, however, has a river that runs along side it…this river, when swollen, creates a wild and untamed bog hidden behind the line of trees which keeps most park goers at bay.
Not us.
There was a little walking trail right behind that row of trees, a safe distance from the river, and well carved out by lots of adventurous feet over the years. It was not a “no go” zone…but what lay beyond it certainly was.
The oldest of the two boys, 9, was walking in front of me just slightly. It couldn’t have been more than 15 feet…I learned 15 feet is all it takes! With zero warning, he took a sharp left turn, through the tall grass and trees and out of my sight. “COME BACK!!” …yeah right…
I grabbed his 5 year old brother’s hand and hauled after the boy. I expected him to be right there just beyond the tall grass. Well, he wasn’t. It took me a few minutes to find him. Talk about heart pounding, “Oh. My. Gosh. I lost someone’s son” terror.
After chiding him for disobeying me like that, I took a deep breath of air, released it and looked around. We were in a bog. Wet and stinky. Worse than that…I didn’t know what direction I had come into this horrible jungle from, and neither did the 9 year old.
LOST.
What a sickening feeling. There’s nothing like knowing you can’t find your way back to where you came from. The realization began to sink into my mind…I’m lost…in the heat, with no water…with a 5 year old and a 9 year old…Oh dear Jesus, help me!
I have no way of knowing how long we trudged around that nasty hidden world back there. It felt like ages. I had never seen a place like this before. The growth was so thick and tall that I could not see through it. The children began to complain of heat and thirst as we crossed over sinking marshy grass and logs again and again.

There were little streams to cross as well…I didn’t want the kids to get miserably wet shoes, so I stepped down into the narrow water stream. It was only about three feet across, and I expected to sink a mere foot into in. Wrong again. That three foot stream had water clear up to my waist. It was dark brown and disgusting. I lifted each child by the underarms and set them on the other side of this “mere trifle” of a stream.
In and out of water I went, helping the boys across. It must have been the same little stream winding and knotting its self all up which we crossed again and again. There were leeches…none found me, thank God, but we saw them clear as day. I cringed.
The most terrifying point of our “excursion” came as our energy had begun to fade. A log bridge…
There was no other way to get across, and we could see semi-dry ground on the other side, though no sign of an end to the bog. The water beneath the log was dark and ugly and smelly. More than that, it was probably deep, and the kids could fall in easily trying to cross the ten or fifteen foot log to the other side. I froze.

“What am I supposed to do?” I thought.
The boys and I had been consistently calling for help, to no avail. No one answered. Both kids were beginning to give in to panic, thirst and heat.
“We’re gonna die!” The 5 year old said.
“No we will not die,” I replied. I said the only thing I could think of next. “Lets pray and give one more loud shout for help, ok?” They agreed, and we all held hands and asked God to deliver us and send someone to help us or hear our cry. Then I counted to three, and the children and I gave a last shout for help.
“HEEEEEEELP!!!! Help us!!! Can anyone hear us?! HEEEEELP!!!” The boys cried out and I cried out all the more.
Then…
“Hello?!”
“Oh my gosh!” I exclaimed, “Listen! Listen! Yes!! Can you hear us?!”
“I hear you!”
“We are lost back here! How do we get out?!”
Then I saw him…He was wearing a long sleeved red plaid shirt, blue jeans and a pair of glasses. “The way out is this way,” he said.
Without hesitation, the 9 year old mounted the log bridge and carefully made his way across to the other side with his younger brother and I behind him. I prayed to God for safety across this thing. It was three feet down to the water, and if the 5 year old fell in…God have mercy…
As the older boy reached the other side, he ran to where the man had been. I followed close behind him with the younger. There, just a few feet beyond the safe side of the log was the most beautiful thing I had seen in probably two hours. A TRAIL!
We hurried out of the marsh behind the trees and stepped out onto fresh dry grass. There in font of us was the pavilion, with totally clueless people eating peanut butter jelly sandwiches. I looked everywhere for the man who had helped us. A man who was wearing a long sleeve plaid shirt on a crazy hot summer day…I couldn’t find him.
The 9 year old was only moments behind the man who had told us, “The way out is this way.” He never saw him either…
I am convinced that God sent an angel to show us the way to safety and civilization. The man was nowhere, and we were moments behind him. He would have been there…on the other side of the bog, to ask us if we were ok and see if we needed any help- if he were a person. Any normal person would. But he was nowhere to be found.
I was so overcome with thankfulness and joy that I all but cried out, “Boys! God answered our prayer and sent an angel to rescue us!” The children were so excited and so happy to be free of the strange wilds that lie behind us.
My brother found us a few minutes later. He was hopping mad that I had missed my pick-up time, as he had been looking everywhere for us. I was wet, covered in bog, stinky, scratched and bruised. I told the boys’ mother what had happened, and though she was not pleased, she was thankful we were all safe.
WHAT A MIGHTY GOD WE SERVE!!!! I mean seriously! This was one of the most epic God moments of my life. I had been rescued by an angel. Myself and two precious children. (One of whom I was furious at for running away! Lol.)

Hebrews 13:1 and 2 says, “Keep on loving each other as brothers. Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by doing so some people have entertained angels without knowing it.”

I thank God that he rescued us that day. That He sent an angel who shared the path with us, at the cry of two children and a teenager. I’m still blown away by it. God does do powerful things. There are angels. Thank God.
~Rheannon