CHICKS LIKE US ROCKS!

STAY TUNED for the 2015 Re-Launch of CHICKS LIKE US on internet TV.

CLU monthly gatherings will no longer be held at RiverTree.  If questions, call Tania Laney at 270-485-6347.

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Real chicks. Real stories. Real life.

What an exciting time we have!!!  A just the girls club.  NO GUYS ALLOWED.  Soon our stories will be shared on internet television.  Stay tuned for CLU 2015!

We always have a chick share her story.  You will feel encouraged, empowered and beautiful.  It’s girlfriend time.

How do you discern when it’s God speaking?

Over and over I hear the question, “How do you discern when it’s God speaking?”

As for me, I read His Word, claim His promises, pray, then step out on faith to see if the doors open or close. I look for opportunities, put my faith out there and then wait for confirmations, which seem to come to me in threes.

I used to wait and wait and wait on God to speak, so afraid to make a mistake. I didn’t want to miss Him, but seemed to miss opportunities I knew He orchestrated. Then, I started noticing a pattern in His Word. Ask, Seek, Knock, Go, Tell, Believe, Repent. Words of action! Words of faith! Then I realized…Faith is Proactive!

Like Nike says, “Just do it!” Does this mean to haphazardly make foolish decisions and get ahead of God? Certainly not! But waiting can turn you into a procrastinator until you find yourself not growing or going anywhere…fast.

Don’t misunderstand me. There is a time to be still. “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10) I once spent a whole year being still. That was the season I was in as God was preparing me for the call. I needed to learn to listen and discern. To be quiet and hear His voice.

Over the last 2 years I feel like He has had His hands around my ankles, directing every step, but every now and then I still miss Him. I keep pressing on, running the race He has set before me, knowing that as long as I am moving, He can steer me the right way. If you are not stepping, how can God redirect your steps?

What if the Disciples had sat around waiting because they didn’t feel prepared or qualified? Sometimes I am Peter, a little rough around the edges and quite capable of cutting someone’s ear off. lol

My point is this: Make a choice according to His Word and your passion and move forward in one direction so He can redirect your steps N, S, E, or W, if need be. If you are moving in the right direction, there will be confirmation after confirmation. But look for the detours that He uses to reroute you and the roadblocks He puts there to STOP you along the way, and follow HIM.

The whole journey is all about TRUST. We call it “The Great Adventure!”

Chicks Kick Fear in the Rear!

At the core of every issue we face (a.k.a. our Stuff?): FEAR

Fear is the most debilitating emotional obstruction, which has the power to absolutely paralyze us. (The enemy uses fear to distract us so that we will take our eyes off of Jesus.) Stay vertical!  1 John 4:18 and 2 Timothy 1:7

There will always be distractions to the left and right of us in this horizontal life we live on planet earth. Look up! Keep your eye on the ball. Fight the good fightFinish your race! Press on toward the mark! Faith is proactive!

When I got saved, I was fearless. My faith had never been so strong nor has it ever since. I was focused.

In the last 24 years, however, I have seen more fear in church chicks than any other women I have ever known. These were my role models as a baby Christian. As I have matured, I have learned that fear and faith cannot coexist! When one is present, the other is always absent. No fear Chicks!

I used to be petrified of many things, including pursuing my music career.

A good friend once shared this great quote with me:

“Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain.”

~ Mark Twain ~

I have never forgotten that and I have used it ever since. Funny how some of those things stay with you.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
~ Mark Twain ~

Courage is not the absence of fear. It is acting in spite of it.
~ Mark Twain ~

I conquered my fear by doing that which I was most afraid of doing. And I ended up touring with Faith Hill and Tim McGraw and fully living my dream.

Individuals are different in the way they do things. What Ms. A, can do, Ms. Z may not, because even though we are created with the potential to do great things, we don’t all do it the same way, or at the same time.

When you can visualize yourself doing the things that you really want to do, you will often find yourself doing those things just the way you visualized them. So, constantly visualize yourself doing things you fear and replace your fear of things with the image of you doing it. Invariably, what is prominent in your mind will dominate your thinking and thereby motivate you to act out your desire.

Someone who may have been stalling on a project, either because of fear or lack of confidence may see that, he or she too, is capable of doing that which they have only dreamed of doing.

Speak it the way you want it to be. Romans 4:17

God could have very easily thought the world into existence, He is God, but He chose instead to speak it to teach us the power of our words.

Over and over throughout scripture God talks about faith being proactive. He said, “Ask, Seek, Knock, Go, Tell, Believe and Love.” Those are all words of action (verbs) that require us to make a choice. Be proactive!

And Lois Jane just shared this one with me today that she heard a preacher say:
“Courage is Fear that has said its prayers.”  ~ Dorothy Bernard ~

CHICKS LIKE US ROCKS!

Chicks… we meet again Sunday, Nov. 24 from 4-6p at River Tree (600 Salem Dr., Owensboro, KY) Food and childcare! All women 16 and up are invited… bring a girlfriend and see for yourself why CLU rocks! Questions? Call Tania 485-6347

Chicks Like Us

STAY TUNED for the 2015 Re-Launch of CHICKS LIKE US on internet TV.

CLU monthly gatherings will no longer be held at RiverTree.  If questions, call Tania Laney at 270-485-6347.

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What an exciting time we have!!!  A just the girls club.  NO GUYS ALLOWED.  Soon our stories will be shared on internet television.  Stay tuned for CLU 2015!

We always have a chick share her story.  You will feel encouraged, empowered and beautiful.  It’s girlfriend time.

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Journey to Forgiveness

Journey to Forgiveness
with Cindy Morningstar

Finding Practical Biblical Solutions for Everyday Real-Life Struggles

10 years ago I met Cindy Morningstar when she emailed me after finding my bio on Faith Hill’s website. 6 years ago I met her face to face when she flew me to central PA for their annual Morningstar Barn Party and 2 Sunday services where I shared my testimony and music.

Since 2005, Cindy has flown me to PA about 50 times, booking me in over 100 churches. I am not sure that I would still be in ministry today had God not brought Cindy into my life to fulfill His purpose. God has mentored us, through each other.

18 months ago, Cindy began a journey that would lead her to ultimate freedom in Christ. Click here to listen to this 15 minute story called: Journey to Forgiveness


Scripture references:

Mark 11:25 “And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.””

Luke 6:37 Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.

Luke 17:3-4 “Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.””

Ephesians 4:32 “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”

Colossians 3:13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

Genesis 50:19-20 

But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God?  You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.

Matthew 6:14- 15

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Ephesians 4: 30-32

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.  Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.  Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Hebrews 12:14-16

14 Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. 15 See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.

CLU Prayer Warriors on Facebook

Why do we pray together online?

Deuteronomy 32:30 explains to us; if one can put a thousand enemies to flight, and two can put ten thousand enemies to flight, just imagine what we can do when we all come together.

“Again I tell you, if two of you on earth agree (harmonize together, together make a symphony) about – anything and everything – whatever they shall ask, it will come to pass and be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”
(Matthew 18:19-20, Amplified Bible)

The Bible tells us many, many times that we should “pray without ceasing”.
(1 Thessalonians 5:8, KJV)  Our goal at CLU is to have at least 2-3 Chicks praying together 24/7/365 in our CLU Prayer Warriors chat room on Facebook.

Paul tells us in Phillipians 4:6 that we should “not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

CLU Prayer Warriors is a means for Chicks Like Us to put those requests before our fellow Chick believers so that we may all pray together and be in agreement with one another over our needs.

Mentoring

“I honestly would not be where I am today without those mentors having been in my life.” I have also had the fortunate opportunity, of having mentees myself, actually it has been a privilege to be their mentor because I learn so much from the experience myself, every time.
I really believe that without having good teachers and mentors in your life you will not progress as far as you would if you did.

Few Christians dispute the wisdom and benefits of mentoring. Titus 2:3-5  specifically targets women’s relationship with one another. Paul encourages the young pastor Titus to identify qualified older women who could, and should, teach and model godliness to the younger women in his church body:

“Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.”

Many a young woman in today’s churches eagerly desires such a mentor. But they have difficulty finding an older woman willing to step into that role. Older women often feel unqualified, bewildered, and fearful of over committing. But what’s really involved? What does it take to be a mentor? Perfection? Formal training? Grandmotherhood?

No.

A heart for God, experience in life, a love for people. If you have these characteristics, you can mentor someone else. But what does it look like? Here are a few qualities of an effective mentoring relationship.

Be available
You don’t have to be a Bible scholar to mentor another, but you should love the God of the Bible and want to abide by His Word. You don’t have to be a trained psychologist, but being available with timely and godly advice can make the difference for the individual who is without an anchor. Younger women need the experience, endurance, and example of older women. Who else will guide them? The pastor? Maybe. Their husbands? Sometimes. But they can only go so far, because they are men. Men can’t be mothers, daughters, or wives. Women need women.

Sometimes, “I’ll pray about it” is the most appropriate way to begin your decision-making. But when it comes to mentoring, I’d have to agree with Norma Becker, member of the board of directors of Campus Crusade for Christ, Canada. When a younger woman asking to be mentored suggested they pray about it, Norma responded with assurance: “We don’t pray about commands.”

Remember Titus 2. While prayer is wise when seeking discernment in how much mentoring one should do, how many hours to commit, etc., the basic idea of “Do I become a mentor?” is clearly commanded in scripture. Be obedient, and be available.

Be purposeful
What is this younger woman seeking from a relationship with you? A better understanding of the Bible? Then decide upon what sort of study you want to focus on. Buy it, and go for it. But what if she really wants a prayer partner, someone who will help her establish a better devotional life? Don’t feel compelled to run out and buy a Bible study; pray with her. Maybe this woman needs parenting help because she didn’t grow up in a Christian home and has no model to follow. If you have older children, you may be the perfect match for her. When I was a young mother with a 10-month-old, my friend Julia — holding her newborn — asked me to be her mentor. All she really wanted was a big sister, someone who was a few steps ahead and could encourage her along the way. Our time together consisted mostly of walking our babies, talking about our lives as wives and mothers, and praying together. Mentoring is not always Bible study.

Be creative
Regular times and days suit the chronologically challenged, but there is always room for variation. Go out for coffee, meet for breakfast, have afternoon tea… whatever time and place meets your needs, try to schedule it in. What activities can you share – walking, running, cooking, hiking – with a young person? Christian mentoring isn’t about being intensely spiritual all the time, it’s about building relationships.

Be a listener

When you have managed to get together with this new friend, try this: Listen. Let her open up. Don’t feel compelled to dole out advice for every topic she might raise. Wait until she asks for your thoughts before offering them. Be trustworthy. The person you mentor must be able to trust you implicitly and know that nothing they tell you will ever be taken any further. It is a completely sacred relationship.

Be real
When it is time to do the talking, remember that honesty makes you vulnerable. We are all sinners saved by grace, continuing to be transformed into the image of Christ. And none of us is finished yet! So don’t be afraid to be genuine, to reveal your weakness. In Christian mentoring, the grace of God gets the job done through us (and sometimes in spite of us).

Be an example
“Do as I say, not as I do,” is as infamous in mentoring as it is in parenting. Mentors must show their trustworthiness, demonstrate their love for God, actually pray when they say they will. Words alone are empty. Let’s be like Paul, who encouraged the Corinthian church to do as he did: “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. I praise you for remembering me in everything and for holding to the teachings, just as I passed them on to you” (1 Cor. 11:1,2).

Be a teacher
Certain mentoring situations call for teaching. My friend Sandi taught women’s Bible studies at church. I attended. Then she let me teach one session of a short study on Titus. Later, she stepped down from the official job but continued teaching while I prepared to move into the position. I adapted a study and created lectures for our group. It seems I was always asking for her input — what did she think about this or that? Finally, I began teaching without her input, completely on my own — a baby bird having been pushed out of the nest for good.

From the mentor’s perspective, the process seems something like this:

I do, you watch
I do, you help.
You do, I help.
You do, I watch.

It will look different in each relationship, but mentors must find ways to encourage and develop godliness in the younger women. Whatever purpose brought you together, challenge her in that area of life, encourage her to step out in faith and wisdom, gleaned from you and others, trusting the Lord for everything.

End well
A mentoring relationship should not be like nursery duty at many churches, or like the Supreme Court justices — appointed for life. Commit to a specific period of time. Perhaps you’ll agree to meet for six months or maybe a year, then evaluate at the end of that time. Both of you may want to continue. You may find that the purpose for which you were meeting has been accomplished, and it’s time to move on. The relationship will remain, but the regular meetings would end.

We meet the 3rd Sunday of the month!!

ALL women invited 16 – 96!

Next gathering   Jan. 19, 2014

4-6p    at River Tree (600 Salem Dr., Owensboro, KY)

Shaun Owens, will share her story about “Who Am I?”   There will be childcare for kids 2-12 in River Tree gym and treats to eat!   Come and escape to girlfriend time.  You will love it!

CLU Christmas Party with Renee Martin was a hit!  Thank you for all the items  you chicks donated for Oasis Christmas Collection.  Oasis is a place for women and their children to receive treatment for domestic violence and substance abuse.

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