Monday Motivation: Plan to Succeed

Monday Motivation: Plan To Succeed

You’ve failed. Again. It’s time to reorganize. Start over. Begin again. Use a fresh approach, a new strategy. When you are discouraged, it’s probably not that you are doing the wrong thing, but you might be doing it in the wrong way. Our natural temptation is to give up on our dream. We think, “Maybe God didn’t give me this dream in the first place.” No, it’s probably just the opposite.

Is it the season to try a new approach to the same ministry? Washed up actors and soloists call a new approach “reinvention.” For those who need a facelift for their house, it’s called an ‘’extreme-makeover’ for your home. Have you faced a lot of discouragement? Have numerous problems remained unsolved? Does your workload seem unbelievable? It’s time to reorganize your schedule.  Evaluate things you need to cut out of your ministry.  Examine what is important and what is not important and get rid of the excess.  Get rid of those things that clutter your life, that are wasting your time.

Find the twenty percent of the things you have to do and focus on the ones that produce the greatest results.

Nehemiah was in the middle of rebuilding the Jerusalem wall. He saw the need to reorganize to complete the work. Nehemiah 4:13, “Therefore I stationed some people at the low points of the wall and exposed places, posting them by families with their swords and their spears and their bows.”  The key phrase here is, “We reorganized them by families.”  We need a ‘family’ support group. In our workplace, church, even our home-lives, we need a group of co-laborers. We need others we can share with and who will love us unconditionally.  There’s no such thing as Lone Ranger Christianity.

  1. Evaluate – You’ve accessed the need to reorganize. Now is the time to do so. Don’t wait until you feel like it because you never will.

  2. Examine – You’ve decided what is important. Now take the steps to get to where you want to go.

  3. Expect – You’ve invited your ‘family’ to be part of your solution. Now give them their marching orders. You can get there together. Remember we are better together.

“From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” Ephesians 4:16

Let’s pray,

Father thank you for the opportunity to allow you to reorganize our goals. Let our plans be your plans. Let our desires be your desires. Let us evaluate, examine and expect for you to make things happen. Thank you for the body of Christ, who helps us do your will. Thank you for encouraging us to begin again. Thank you for giving us another opportunity to plan to succeed. For your glory. In Jesus’ name, amen.


If you’ve ever felt frustrated with prayer, you are in the right place. Do you compare your prayers with others? Do your prayers seem simple? You know, you don’t have to pray long, eloquent, fancy prayers so God hears you. Just call His name.

Especially when it comes to the name of God. Ever hear God’s name tossed around, carelessly? It’s sometimes used in cursing or to make off-color comments, but that is not at all what God intended. God gave his name as a title to tell us something about himself. Psalm 105:3,4 says, “glory in His holy name, seek the Lord and His strength, seek His face continually.” God wants us to know him. We can get to know him by relying on him, he wants us to call on his name.  God wants us to praise His name, to seek his power and that comes through prayer.

Some of us might feel a little embarrassed, we haven’t been faithful, God already knows everything about us. We are reminded about this in Psalm 139:1,2 “O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise, you perceive my thoughts from afar.” Prayer is for our benefit. Prayer gives us the advantage.

It’s being comfortable and having confidence in the One we are asking. Our Heavenly Father loves us so much, He can’t love us any more than He does right now. He wants us to run to him with every concern, problem and difficulty. God says, “Just call my name.” Some people think of prayer as a formal meeting time. But prayer is as easy as calling out the name of Jesus. Jeremiah 33:3 says “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”  Try calling out God’s name today. Just call it out – Jesus. He will be there.

Father, Creator, Jesus are just a few of the names you can use to ask for God’s help. And there are many more. God is waiting for you.


Friday Favorites: Hopelessly Devoted

I love chocolate. I am an expert in seeking out and finding great (not just good) chocolate.

…filled with not only ‘chocolate sightings’ like the luscious semi-sweet chocolate cake in the photo but also lots of ‘chocolate tastings.’ Are you a chocolate lover, too?

Here’s my thoughts from my latest article my blog with Lead Like Jesus:

Even the wallpaper at the Hershey Lodge was covered in semi-sweet chocolate kisses. Sorry, I didn’t check to see if it was chocolate-flavored!

Enjoy – have a great weekend. With love and prayers, Sheryl

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

Luke 16:13


“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.”

Romans 12:10


Worldwide Wednesday: Pray for India

Welcome to Worldwide Wednesday: Pray for India

I was supposed to be in India right now! But since my travel visa was not approved, God has shown me He wants me to gather prayer partners for the Esther Movement/Global Sharing team ministering from March 10 – 24, 2017. Are you in?

“Therefore since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race market out for us.” Hebrews 12:1

Here’s a detailed account of  I hope you will take time to print the prayer guide and pray through the various needs of the team day by day. Thank you!

The Dalit women of India are overlooked and marginalized members of society. They work long and grueling hours in the tea plantations. The Esther Movement/Global Sharing team is bringing hope and healing through God’s word and their presence. Please pray for open hearts to God’s work in their lives for the Dalit women. Pray for strength and stamina for the team. Pray for healing and hope through Jesus.

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2

Monday Motivation: Run Shirley Run!

“Run, Forrest, Run.” Remember the movie Forrest Gump? He says, “Now you wouldn’t believe me if I told you, but I can run like the wind blows.


My mom, Shirley Adkins, lives this way – she keeps on running. She decided to start running races at age 70 and hasn’t stopped. What does it take to keep on running? Not a runner, eh? Okay. For some of us, we need to consider how to start. We can ask what does it take to get going? How can we keep moving? Remember – you can’t move a car that is in park. Be willing to put your goals into motion. This works by applying two things:

  1. Resolve: My mom is determined not to give up. Webster defines resolve: “a firm course of action.” There are days she doesn’t feel like going to the gym or going on a jog, yet Mom keeps her schedule. I am impressed with how she implements her plan. Day in, day out, she follows through with her commitment to work out no matter how she feels.

“Therefore since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race market out for us.” Hebrews 12:1

  1. Renew: My mom resets her mind everyday through prayer time with God and studying His word. She asks God for help, even after dad passed away, mom continued and even increased her work outs.

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2

Do not quit! You can do it. Yes, stay at it until you are done. The finish line is not that far off. Haven’t started yet? Okay. It is never too late. Begin today! Even if you are not a runner, just put your foot to the pavement and start moving. When you feel like giving up, instead choose to keep going. As you keep your eyes on the goal, your worry will change to worship, your fear to faith and your hang-ups to hope.

Let’s pray, Heavenly Father, thank you for helping us throw off the sin that is holding us back from the race. Thank you Jesus for reminding us to keep our eyes set on you, our Goal.  You are our inspiration to stay in the race. Thank you Lord Jesus for showing us how to finish well. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.


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!


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


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


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.)


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!


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


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.


Day of REST!!!!!


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


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


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.


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


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
















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

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 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

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.

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

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

Thank you so much! I am praying for you,




Transformed Through Truth Launches March 2017

Transformed Through Truth Launches March 2107

The Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network:

Me too. Join me for the launch of our brand new program, Transformed Through Truth:  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

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.

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[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[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 ( 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 ( 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 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,, click on Donate.

Donations online can be made by debit/credit card or eCheck. To donate online go to 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:

Thank you so much for your faithful partnership and prayers,

Much love – Sheryl Giesbrecht



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.


Republic of the Fiji Islands


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.

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