March 2017: From Ashes To Beauty News

March 2017

Dear Friends and Family,

I hope you are doing well. I love this quote

My India travel visa did not arrive in time for me to join the team for FIC India 2017. I am trusting God for his sufficient efficiency. Am I disappointed? Yes. Frustrated? Absolutely. Yet, I am learning to trust God to show me what is best. And that is to pray. For the India 2017 Team Prayer Calendar, scroll down below the photo of the women in the tea plantation. I hope you are able to join me in prayer.

Global Sharing/Esther Movement India 2017

Prayer Calendar

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Pray for last minute preparations and a good night’s sleep!

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Fly out of San Francisco at 11:45am. Pray for travel mercies and for God to continue to guide our team.

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Arrive into Kolkata airport at 11:00pm and will stay in the airport overnight for a 12 hour layover. Pray for safety and rest.

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Catch a 10:30am flight to Siliguri (North East India). Our ministry partners Home and Jenny Jamang will pick us up and we’ll visit the new school!

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Attend church with the Jamangs and have a day to rest and prep for the week. Jay leaves SFO headed to Singapore and then Kolkata.

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Jay arrives in Kolkata and has the same 12 hour layover. Day 1 of Women’s Conference: Women of Valor. Janet teaching on being women of strength and courage.

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Jay arrives in Siliguri. Day 2 of the Women’s Conference. Pray that the dalit women know they are valuable to God. Kristin teaching on the book of Ruth. Janet on the book of Esther.

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Day of prep for Jay. Last day for women’s conference. Pray God will break down barriers and encourage the women with His Word. (Stories of New Testament women.)

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Pastor’s conference begins. Pray as Jay ministers to pastors and church planters on topic of Shepherding God’s people. Dedication of new building at Alpha Mission School!

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Day 2 Pastor’s Conference. Day 1 of Teacher Training at AMS. Pray for stamina and health for the team.

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Day 3 of Pastor’s Conference. Day 2 of Teacher Training. Pray for the Holy Spirit to encourage and strengthen the Pastors and Teachers through our presence.

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Day of REST!!!!!

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Morning of rest then off to visit local house churches and encourage leaders in remote villiages and women in the tea plantations.

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Fly from Siliguri back to Kolkata. Visit Free2Be, a children’s ministry in the slums of Kolkata. Pray for potential connections with ministry leaders.

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Visit Dorcas House (a ministry to widows and marginalized women). Pray for a great last day in India.  Check in for red eye flight back to SFO.

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Depart Kolkata around midnight. Lay over in Hong Kong for the women; Singapore for Jay. Everyone meets at SFO before noon. Crazy time change!!!!!

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After sleeping in our own beds after 2 weeks away we’ll probably take a nap J

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THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR PRAYERS AND SUPPORT!!!!

 

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Check out the Global Sharing website for updates throughout the trip!

www.globalsharingusa.org

Thank you for your financial donations. For the necessary India travel visa, I paid $475.00. Your donations were used for this essential part of the trip. Although I received the travel document too late, I now have a ten-year India travel visa. If God wills, I plan to serve in India next year in March 2018. Contrary to popular opinion,

God is not holding out on us. Yet, when we are disappointed, we must look and find God’s reappointment.

“If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how will he not also with him freely give us all things?” Romans 8:31, 32

Sheryl’s teaching ministry expands to regular weekly television features with the Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network. So excited to share the love of God on 13 continents.

We have launched our Transformed Through Truth program on www.hsbn.tv. Our show is featured on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. It is listed under the Premier Program for those days and is archived after the broadcast. I am honored to share the gospel through radio and television on 13 continents. We are looking for prayer and financial partners. Will you pray? For the love of God to reach all nations. Will you give? Our monthly financial commitment for radio and television production is $3,000.00.

Transformed Through Truth has launched very strong. My first in studio guest was my own Pastor Wendell Vinson from Canyon Hills in Bakersfield, CA. Our topic was the name of God: Father, Pastor Wendell discussed the father heart of God. This show will be featured next week. Check it out www.hsbn.tv

I was honored to welcome my husband, Dr. Jim Turner to discuss the name of God evidenced in the creative power of Elohim. Dr.Turner talked about how we are fearfully and wonderfully made by God, he connected this with natural healing through chiropractic care. www.hsbn.tv

Freedom In Christ to India 2018. This is a one-time trip cost $3,500 – visa, airfare, room and board, translators and teaching materials. We will stay in the housing of Alpha Mission School. AMS provides the best English and Bible-based education in the region.

Is God leading you to donate to either FIC: India 2017 or FIC: Communicate Truth 2017  www.FICM.org

Please note Sheryl Giesbrecht and 86 in your correspondence. I so appreciate your partnership.

Thank you so much! I am praying for you,

Sheryl

 

 

Transformed Through Truth Launches March 2017

Transformed Through Truth Launches March 2107

The Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network: http://hsbn.tv/_deploy/index.html

Me too. Join me for the launch of our brand new program, Transformed Through Truth: www.hsbn.tv  I am delighted to offer new insights and practical examples of how real God is. You might wonder exactly how this will work? I invite you to join me each and every week. We are going to get to know God’s word and each other very well. Why should you make it a point to meet me? Very Simple. Everything is better together. You don’t want to miss out on anything God has for you.

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good and pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2

Each program will be an exciting and unique time in God’s word, filled with practical applications. We are going to study the Bible together and

We are going to hear testimonies of how God has worked in my life and the lives of others. I love to share my testimony – I am so thankful for the amazing things God has done. I am a delivered drug addict, a stage four cancer survivor and a former widow. Don’t miss out on any of the life lessons God has taught me. Stay connected through watching Transformed Through Truth here or check out the archived versions http://hsbn.tv/_deploy/index.html

Let’s pray – Heavenly Father, thank you for each one you have drawn to be transformed by the renewing of their minds. Help them come against deceit as they cho0se truth. Let them find truth in You and know you in a deeper way. Thank you, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Worldwide Wednesday: Pray for Greece

“If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask in prayer.”

Matthew 21:22

G – Pray for Greece

Thank you for praying through the alphabet with us in 2017.

We are going to focus on praying for Greek refugees around the world. Thank you for your choice to pray for the lost to be found – that they would find Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. Pray for them to believe God has a plan even for their desperate situation. Thank you.

Greece is a country in southeastern Europe with thousands of islands throughout the Aegean and Ionian seas. Influential in ancient times, it’s often called the cradle of Western civilization. Athens, its capital, retains landmarks including the 5th-century B.C. Acropolis citadel with the Parthenon temple. Greece is also known for its beaches, from the black sands of Santorini to the party resorts of Mykonos.

Why is the country of Greece important to Christians?

Greek culture was introduced throughout the world of the New Testament by Alexander the Great during the intertestamental period. A young military genius, Alexander conquered the entire Persian Empire and more through a series of brilliant campaigns. Alexander’s vision included not only the conquest of the world but the propagation of Greek culture, i.e., the hellenization of all peoples.

Upon his death at the age of thirty-two, his kingdom was divided among three of his generals. The important point here is that the population of the area was subject to direct Greek rule for more than 150 years.

During that time, the Greek language was imposed on the Jewish nation and became, furthermore, the lingua franca of the entire New Testament world. The NT was written in Greek, though Jesus, Paul, James, Peter, and John all doubtless spoke Aramaic and read Hebrew as well.

https://www.biblegateway.com/resources/asbury-bible-commentary/Greek-Culture

Geography

Area: 131,957 sq km

Southernmost part of Balkan Peninsula in southeast Europe and 150 inhabited islands in the Ionian, Aegean and Mediterranean Seas. The islands constitute 20% of the land area.

Population: 11,183,393    Annual Growth: 0.22%

Capital: Athens

Urbanites: 61.4%

Peoples: 46 (22% unreached) All peoples

Official language: Greek    Languages: 24 All languages

Religion

Largest Religion: Christian

Religion                 Pop % Ann Gr
Christians 10,228,331 91.46 0.0
Evangelicals 41,376 0.4 1.6

Prayercast

Challenges for Prayer

Literature has proven to be a useful tool in the past, but greater variety would be a blessing. Pray for the seed-sowing work of the Greek Bible Society and the Gideons in disseminating the Scriptures and SU in producing Bible reading aids. AMG founded the publishing house O Logos and operates five Christian bookstores around the nation; other publishing ministries include Pergamos and Anogeion.

http://www.operationworld.org/greece

  • Pray for the financial meltdown to drive people to Jesus for lasting peace and security.
  • Pray for the Church to be purged of any heresy, syncretism, or division.
  • Pray for a clear presentation of the Gospel to reach a nation where very few have heard the Truth.

http://prayercast.com/greece.html

  1. Pray for protection for refugees as they travel.
  2. Pray for separated families to be reunited.
  3. Pray that refugees would be welcomed and befriended by Christians in their new countries.
  4. Pray for the wars and unrest in the refugees’ home countries to end.
  5. Pray for wisdom and compassion for world leaders as they face this crisis.
  6. Pray that God would sustain the Christian workers who are serving in refugee centers and camps.
  7. Pray for funding for the refugee outreach center in Athens that is struggling in the current economic crisis.
  8. Pray for our team going to Greece soon, that God would direct our steps.
  9. Pray that fruit would be born in the lives of those that we meet and share with.
  10. Pray that many refugees would find a new hope and home in Christ.

http://www.servantgroup.org/10-ways-to-pray-for-refugees-in-greece/

http://prayforgreece.net/

 

Transformed Through Truth TV Program Launches March 1, 2017

Dear Friends,

I am so excited about the launch of our brand new program:

Transformed Through Truth with Sheryl Giesbrecht.

Please join me – Sunday, Tuesday and Thursdays at http://hsbn.tv/[on-demand]%20transformed-through-truth.html

To watch on your mobile device, just go to your app store and download the app: Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network.

Why should you make it a point to meet me? Very simple.

I love to share my testimony – I am so thankful for the amazing things God has done.

Sometimes life seems unfair, lonely and frustrating. We need each other.

John 8:32 (NIV) says, “Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” It can be a process to trust God enough to let go of our own emotional, relational and physical brokenness.

It’s only possible to move from bondage, that is, from captivity to freedom when we choose to believe God and take Him at His Word. We must dedicate ourselves to find out what God thinks, God helps us untangle the knots of deception so we can intentionally walk in our identity in Christ. The result will be transformation into the best version of ourselves we can be. And this complete makeover is what gives God glory. Imagine the how the freedom will feel! When we trade our bondage for spiritual breakthrough.

In the first show – The Great Exchange – I will share my testimony of how God broke through the lies of my unbelief through loving believers at a Christian camp. And after two weeks of experiencing how “Love covers a multitude of sins,” I embraced it.

I began to believe God’s love could cover the things that held me captive. It was finally clear: I didn’t need to clean up my act before coming to God; He loved me passionately just the way I was.

“Love covers a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8 NIV)

I didn’t know how to let go of my feelings of shame, blame and unworthiness. I didn’t know what it meant to literally let the blood of Jesus cover my sin, accept God’s forgiveness and learn how to walk in victory through my identity in Christ. I didn’t understand how to abide in the truth of what God says about me and act accordingly.

There’s a big difference between who you are in yourself and who you are in Christ.  “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” (Ephesians 1:3 NIV)

In Christ – You are LOVED, You are SAFE, You are IMPORTANT

When you know who you are, it makes all the difference.

You are free from your past, to live on purpose in the present!

Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good and pleasing and perfect will.”

I am so excited for you to join me at Transformed Through Truth.

Together, we will learn how to apply God’s word to our lives.

See you soon! Love you – Sheryl

http://hsbn.tv/[on-demand]%20transformed-through-truth.html

February 2017 – From Ashes To Beauty News!

Dear Friends and Family,

Thank you for taking a few moments to read this update from Sheryl Giesbrecht.

These are exciting times to be alive. This is an amazing season to serve our God.

“I declare the end from the beginning, and from long ago what is not yet done, saying:

My plan will take place, and I will do all My will.” Isaiah 46:10 (HCSB)

At a booksellers conference with Bold Vision Books in Hershey, PA. Sheryl and the BVB team met with bookstore managers to build the Kingdom with Bible based books and resources. Thank you for your encouragement as I join the staff of Freedom In Christ Ministries! The ministry of Freedom In Christ (FIC) strives to help people realize their identity and freedom in Christ. I continue to have many opportunities to help others find their identity in Christ.

Sheryl explains the power of understanding the names of God as a guest on the Real Life Show with Don and Terri Black of Cornerstone Television Network in Wall, PA. “Wherever I cause My name to be honored, I will come to you and bless you.” Exodus 20:24

My borders are expanding! First, Freedom In Christ (www.FICM.org). Second, the Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network has invited me to share “Transformed Through Truth with Sheryl Giesbrecht” as a regular teaching feature on their internet based television network. Launching in March 2017 and available (www.hsbn.tv) or download the Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network app from the app store. (Monthly production and broadcasting expenses are $3,000.)

Sheryl’s teaching ministry expands to regular 30 minute weekly television features with the Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network.

Third – March 2017 – Freedom In Christ trip to India. India’s women are fighting an uphill battle. Indian women from the lower caste Dalit people are workers at tea plantations. They are impoverished, overlooked, marginalized and wounded. Won’t you pray for their complete freedom and renewed hope?

 Sheryl Teaches Women in India March 10-24, 2017. She joins the team with Global Sharing to bring identity in Christ and forgiveness to women in bondage. Sheryl will teach the women and staff. She will also conduct a servant leadership seminar for local pastors.

India Recently Named – Worst Place to Be A Woman – Pray for total freedom and restoration for the Dalit women. Freedom In Christ to India – one time trip cost $3,500 – visa, airfare, room and board, translators and teaching materials. We are staying in the housing of Alpha Mission School. AMS provides the best English and Bible-based education in the region. Our team is bringing tools and resources.

FIC India Team Pray: Wisdom – James 1:5, Purpose – Eph. 2:10, Joy – Psalm 18:28, Provision – Heb. 13:6

Is God leading you to donate to either FIC: India 2017 or FIC: Communicate Truth 2017?

It helps if you would indicate the project or merely put Sheryl Giesbrecht and 86 in your correspondence.

If you donate by credit card or automatic withdrawl monthly, please call or email Lauren Dietert at 1(661)832-9740 or laurend@icmusa.org. Mention your intention to move your support to Freedom In Christ Ministries. To mail a check, list Sheryl Giesbrecht and 86 in the memo line. Sheryl’s FIC Field Staff Account number is 86. Donate to either FIC: India 2017 or FIC: Communicate Truth 2017.

FIC mailing address is:

Freedom in Christ Ministries

9051 Executive Park Drive Suite 503

Knoxville, TN  37923

Recurring donations can be set up on the FIC website, www.ficm.org, click on Donate.

Donations online can be made by debit/credit card or eCheck. To donate online go to www.ficm.org to set up your account. After your account is set up, look for Sheryl Giesbrecht on the drop down list to donate. You can put Sheryl Giesbrecht or 86 in the memo line.

If you have any questions or issues in the transfer please contact Diane Gibson, FIC staff accountant by phone at 1(865)342-4000 or by email: dgibson@ficm.org.

Thank you so much for your faithful partnership and prayers,

Much love – Sheryl Giesbrecht

 

 

Friday Favorites: Transformed Through Truth featured on Holy Spirit Live

Friends – thank you for your continued support for this ministry. Our number one goal is to glorify God in all we do. “Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt His name together.” Psalm 34:3

We are on the grow – in just less than two weeks

weekly in 30 minute shows with television style format. The content of the show will include a Bible teaching with new insights and practical examples of how real God is. You might wonder exactly how this will work? I invite you to join me each and every week. We are going to get to know God’s word and each other very well. The show can be found at www.hsbn.tv and now is available via an app through your app store on your iphone or tablet.

Here’s my show promo interview on Holy Spirit Live with my dear AWSA sister, Pamela Christian. http://hsbn.tv/_deploy/index.html

Why should you make it a point to meet me? Very Simple. [Tweet @SGiesbrecht “Everything is better together. “]You don’t want to miss out on anything God has for you. Each program will be an exciting and unique time in God’s word, filled with practical applications. We are going to study the Bible together and learn more about how God’s word can transform us. We are going to hear testimonies of how God has worked in my life and the lives of others.

I love to share my testimony – I am so thankful for the amazing things God has done. I am a delivered drug addict, a stage four cancer survivor and a former widow. You will also hear from amazing guests as we often will host them right here in the Transformed Through Truth studio. By the way, these friends are experts in their field will add to our wisdom about how God is working in many lives. This is also true for you. It is going to be an exciting journey to get to know God better together.

Sometimes life seems unfair, lonely and frustrating.

John 8:32 (NIV) says, “Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” It can be a process to trust God enough to let go of our own emotional, relational and physical brokenness. That’s why we need each other! I hope you make it a point to join me each week beginning March 2017 for “Transformed Through Truth with Sheryl Giesbrecht.”

I am praying for you – Love you – Sheryl

How To Bless Yourself and Others

How To Bless Yourself & Others 
“God bless you” is often said to offer encouragement to someone when they sneeze or depart from our home. T

When someone is sarcastic, critical or cuts themselves down or makes fun of someone else, it not only hurts people’s feelings, but also probably wounds God’s heart.

Did you know blessing others was a practice the Lord taught Moses to do for his brother Aaron and his priests? It’s fitting that we offer blessings to each other and also to bless ourselves. When we do this, we are speaking life over ourselves and those we love. The Lord showed Moses how to teach the priests to bless each other in Numbers 6:22-27 “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”

like an earthy father gives special privileges to their children, God shows us favor when we delight in Him. Praying scripture over ourselves and our families is using God’s prayer book, the Bible, to give our words wings.
Another prayer of blessing is from I Kings 8:57-58 (MSG)

Let’s pray this over ourselves and loved ones: “May God, our very own God, continue to be with us just as he was with our ancestors-may he never give up and walk out on us. May he keep us centered and devoted to him, following the life path he has cleared, watching the signposts, walking at the pace and rhythms he laid down for our ancestors.” In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Worldwide Wednesday: Pray for Fiji

Pray Around the World!

Welcome to Worldwide Wednesday: F – Pray for Fiji

Thank you for joining us to pray through the alphabet around the world. Today is the letter “F” so we are praying for Fiji.

Fiji

Republic of the Fiji Islands

Geography

Area: 18,274 sq km

Two larger and 110 smaller inhabited islands, both volcanic and coralline.

Population: 854,098    Annual Growth: 0.62%

Capital: Suva

Peoples: 35 (11% unreached) All peoples


Official language: English; Hindustani and Bau Fijian commonly used

Languages: 21 All languages

Largest Religion: Christian

Religion                 Pop % Ann Gr
Christians 555,591 65.05 1.2
Evangelicals 215,408 25.2 2.1

Challenges for Prayer

Less-reached peoples. The Indians of Fiji form the largest non-Christian community in the Pacific. As few as 3% of them claim to be Christian. The greatest challenges for Indian-majority churches are developing (and retaining) mature and experienced leaders and integrating with the rest of the body of Christ. For specific prayer:

  1. a) Hindus remain mostly unevangelized. The number of converts to Christianity is accelerating. AoG in particular but also Methodists, Baptists and Pentecostals have seen fruit from this ministry. Multi-racial congregations are springing up among them. Pioneers also has church planting ministries committed to reaching Indians. Pray for real disciples and not mere surface converts; pray also for more culturally appropriate outreach to this people. The minority of Indo-Fijians who are Christians are taking initiative in reaching their own people.
  2. b) Sikhs and Punjabis retain more of their culture and language, but there is little specific outreach to them. Many are emigrating to Antipodean or Western countries.
  3. c) Gujaratis in particular have remained unevangelized among all Fiji’s South Asian origin peoples. They have largely retained their caste structures. There are only a few believers from among this group, and no specifically focused outreach to them has ever been made.
  4. d) The Muslim community is tightly knit, very resistant to the gospel and increasingly Islamized via Saudi and Pakistani influence. Little is being done to reach them; the few converts to Christ suffer from considerable persecution and from the churches’ failure to integrate them. Several Fijian villages have become Muslim. An increasing awareness, regionally and globally, of this people – the Pacific Islands’ largest unreached group – has generated a groundswell of attention and prayer; locally, this is translating into encouraging signs of spiritual interest and response from the Muslim community.

Christian help ministries in Fiji have a Pacific-wide impact. Pray for:

  1. a) Christian literature. The Bible Society of the South Pacific is based in Fiji. Pray for translation work, printing and distribution of God’s Word throughout the Pacific. Translation and revision work in Fijian and Fiji Hindi are both needed, since good Christian material is lacking in these two languages. Thank God for progress of the NT in Fijian Hindi. CLC has recently opened three Christian bookshops.
  2. b) Ministry to young people. Fiji has serious sociological problems among its youth, yet there is a responsiveness that needs to be met. Pray for those specifically ministering to young people in Fiji and the Pacific – CEF, YFC, SU and YWAM among youth, and Pacific Students for Christ (IFES) and CCCI among students. The University of the Pacific in Fiji has students from every island territory and is strategic for impacting many islands which have much nominal Christianity.
  3. c) The more remote communities are much less reached and resourced by the Church. YWAM’s Mobile Ministry seeks to reach these communities by ship and by truck, sharing the gospel and providing medical and dental care.
  4. d) Media ministry. Fiji has Christian TV and radio stations run from within the country. Pray that they might be fruitful in reaching and discipling many. Radio programmes and the JESUS film are available in all the major languages of Fiji.

http://www.operationworld.org/fiji

Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for the opportunity to pray for the men, women, boys and girls of Fiji. Strengthen the body of Christ in Fiji. Strengthen the youth ministries through CEF, YFC, SU and YWAM, my your Holy Spirit go forth in a powerful way to gird up those who are inviting Jesus to help them. Give them Godly wisdom, direction, instruction and teaching. Thank you, In Jesus’ name, Amen

Monday Motivation: Stillness

OK Monday Let's Do This

Monday Motivation: Stillness

Our best Monday Motivation begins with a choice to turn to God. When we focus our eyes on him, we can process and actually do what Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still and know I am God.” Being still before God means to cease striving, stop activity, to rest in him. Our Heavenly Father loves it when we invite his presence and take time to sit completely motionless before him. In our cessation of activity, we anticipate his voice to speak into our lives. Let’s pay attention to Him. Here are a few wonderful verses to help you get through your Monday. Won’t you take five, be still and listen?

Meditate on these five verses as you seek the Lord on a Monday morning:

  1. The Lord will give you rest when you feel tired.
    Come to me, all of you who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke and put it on you, and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in spirit; and you will find rest. ­Matthew 11:28-29
  2. The Lord will give you strength when you feel weak.
    Don’t you know? Haven’t you heard?
    The Lord is the everlasting God;
    he created all the world.
    He never grows tired or weary.
    No one understands his thoughts.
    He strengthens those who are weak and tired
    . –  “Isaiah 40:28-29
  3. The Lord will give you peace when you feel anxious.
    The peace that Christ gives is to guide you in the decisions you make; for it is to this peace that God has called you together in the one body.  “Isaiah 40:28-29”]
  4. The Lord will give you confidence when you feel uncertain.
    Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Never rely on what you think you know. Remember the Lord in everything you do, and he will show you the right way. “Proverbs 3:5-6 ”
  5. The Lord will give you hope when you feel hopeless.
    May God, the source of hope, fill you with all joy and peace by means of your faith in him, so that your hope will continue to grow by the power of the Holy Spirit. “Romans 15:13”

http://news.americanbible.org/blog/entry/bible-blog/5-bible-verses-for-beating-the-monday-blues

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for reminding me to be still. Quiet my mind, heart and soul to rest in you. Give me supernatural energy as you share my yoke. Give me strength when I feel weak. Give me peace when I feel anxious. Give me confidence when I feel uncertain. Give me hope when I am lost. Thank you Lord for motivating me on this Monday. In Jesus’ name, Amen

 

Friday Favorites: Solutions Magazine Features Zur:God Our Rock

My Solutions magazine Feb 2017

Solutions Magazine Features – Zur: God Our Rock from Experiencing God Through His Names by Sheryl Giesbrecht

Check out the article here: http://mysolutionsmagazine.com/february-2017/

What’s in a name? A lot actually. Names are powerful. A person’s character and destiny can be influenced by his or her name. What expectant couple hasn’t planned and prayed for the name they would give their child? This thoughtful naming concept is also true about God – God has chosen specific names to identify Himself. In fact, God’s attributes and personality support His unique and distinct names. If we understand the meanings of His titles, we can know God more intimately.

Some of you may already be familiar with a few of the many names of God – Father, Abba, Yahweh. You’ve sung Good Good Father and Yahweh Yaweh – And each one of these names reveals something about His character. It’s a great thing to take time to examine these special names of God, one by one.

Studying the names of God one by one, is like looking at a postcard of the Grand Canyon. The solo shots each show a segment of a breathtaking view. When we absorb truths about God one at a time, we can better understand the reality and certainty of His character and the capability of His presence in our daily lives.

When you understand God’s names, you see how God reveals Himself to the person or group where he showed up. These specific names reveal His purposes, character and His commitment to us. The names of God give us practical handles for life applications. Like tools for our tool belt, it is so helpful to know God wants us to remember His names and His character. There is no one like our God!

God does not hide from us. In James 4:8 it says, “Come near to God and He will come near to you.”

There are many ways to draw close to God as we study His word. Spiritually, something exciting and personal happens when we study God’s names, we find out about His unique character qualities and experience His Holy Spirit presence.

I can’t wait for you to experience God showing you more of His power and presence. I am very excited to share my new book “Experiencing God Through His Names” has been getting noticed. In fact, this month one of my devotionals from the book is featured in My Solutions magazine http://mysolutionsmagazine.com/february-2017/

Did you know you can still order your own signed autographed copy of “Experiencing God Through His Names”? Send an email here: sherylgiesbrecht@aol.com  It is my prayer that you and I will journey together in study and fellowship as we get to know God in this way.

If you have purchased a book and studied it yourself or even been in one of my “Experiencing God Through His Names” Private Facebook Study groups, why not share the news with someone you love? Or even buy a book for them? Or go directly to Amazon now: https://www.amazon.com/Experiencing-God-Through-His-Names/dp/0692743014

Its exciting to remember the names of God each reveal something about His character. Understanding God’s titles reveals His purposes and His commitment to us and gives practical handles for life applications. There are many ways to draw close to God as we study His word. Spiritually, something exciting and personal happens when we study God’s names, we find out about His unique character qualities and experience His Holy Spirit presence.

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When we study the names of God, we:

  • Experience God’s power in fresh ways
  • Increase our desire for intimacy with God
  • Apply our experience with God to other areas of life – parenting, marriage, marketplace and personal communication

Exodus 20:24 says, “Wherever I cause My name to be honored, I will come to you and bless you.” God wants us to understand Him as we study His character through His names. Take a minute to underline Exodus 20:24 in your Bible, and let’s pray:

“Heavenly Father, I honor your name, I bless your name, I praise your name. I pray for your wisdom, discipline and insight as I embark on the journey of knowing you by Your names. Lord, I want to experience you more. Thank you for your willingness in allowing me to find you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”