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.

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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.

 

Friday Favorites: Carol Graham’s interview with Sheryl Giesbrecht

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Once again here we are on a Friday morning! I can’t wait to share an exciting interview with you with one of my AWSA sisters. You are going to really enjoy fellow AWSA Carol Graham’s interview with Yours Truly. AWSA is Advanced Writers and Speakers – a group of women sharing the same passion for communicating the hope of the Lord Jesus Christ through writing and speaking. I met Carol Graham in July 2016 in Cincinnati, OH at the annual AWSA conference and ICRS trade show. We formed an instant bond. Our ministries share HOPE. I guess you could call us HOPE DEALERS!

Here’s a photo of Carol Graham – Never Ever Give Up Hope 

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Today, take just a few moments to listen to the interview Carol put together — I know it will give you renewed HOPE!

[“Find out how to exchange hurt for hope with @BatteredHope and @SGiesbrecht!”]

http://neverevergiveuphopenet.blogspot.ca/2017/01/exchanging-hurt-for-hope.html

 Or if easier for you, here’s the iTunes link – please SUBSCRIBE, RATE and REVIEW.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/exchanging-hurt-for-hope/id1014754680?i=1000378685767&mt=2

Or if better for you, here’s link toStitcher — please rate and review!

http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/never-ever-give-up-hope?refid=stpr

It is also featured onGOOGLE PLAY.  https://play.google.com/music/podcasts/portal/#p:id=playpodcast/series&a=100847754

AND…so excited to now be on iHeart Radio  at http://www.iheart.com/show/263-Never-Ever-Give-Up-H/

Battered Hope book coverCarol’s book Battered Hope is offering healing to many. You can find out about it here. Never Ever Give Up Hope 

Enjoy your weekend. Thank you for listening and know I am praying for you!

Blessings over you,

Sheryl

 

 

Friday Favorites with Shellie Rushing Tomlinson

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You won’t want to miss this interview I had a few weeks ago about Experiencing God Through His Names with The Belle of All Things Southern, Shellie Rushing Tomlinson. It’s great to be with friends from the ministry as well as those kindred spirit hearts who love to lift up the name of Jesus.

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government will be upon his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

It’s the second Sunday of Advent this weekend, so here’s a wonderful reminder from Isaiah 9:6 of whose name we need to praise, adore and remember to share as we prepare our hearts for Christmas.

Have a great weekend.

You are deeply loved,
Sheryl

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HomeKeepers Interview

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Hi, friends,

I hope you’re all having a stress-free week prepping for Thanksgiving. I had the opportunity to be interviewed by HomeKeepers, which is airing TODAY at 5:30 A.M. and 1:00 P.M. EST.

It will air on the 16 stations of the Christian Television Network, DirecTV #376, Dish TV #267, Glory Star #117, Sky Angel #136, and YouTube (coming later).

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Tune in if you get the chance—and have a happy Thanksgiving!

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Friday Favorites with FaithTalk Live

Hi, friends,

It’s time for Friday Favorites.

Friday morning (November 18), I am on my way to LA from Atlanta, GA. Here are a few highlights of FaithTalk LIVE with Rick and Dan from yesterday’s broadcast.

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Enjoy the show and the Facebook LIVE event.

Please SHARE!

Have a great weekend,

Blessings,

Sheryl

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Friday Favorites with Live Living Magazine

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Experiencing God Through His Names is getting lots of great attention. Isn’t it wonderful to lift up the name of God? I pray you will keep your focus on Him through the weekend before the election. I was excited to be the guest of Etta Dale Hornsteiner from Live Living Magazine for an audio interview. What a wonderful host. You will enjoy Etta Dale’s easy going style. Check out her great resources here.

Don’t forget: We will begin a new EGTHN online group January 1, 2017. Are you in?

I am so hooked on this Casting Crowns song: “One Step Away.”

We need reminding of our NEW NAME given to us IN CHRIST.

Speak the LIST OUTLOUD OF YOUR NEW NAMES RIGHT NOW!

Have a great weekend!

Sheryl

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Friday Favorites with Author Wendy Speake

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Friday Favorites with author Wendy Speake, co-author of Life Creative: Inspiration for Today’s Renaissance Mom.

In our social media age of handcrafted children’s parties, artistic Instagram photos, tutorials for renovating old furniture into new treasures and blogs filled with poetry, prose and other expression, clearly a brand-new generation of inspired women is rising up. It is a renaissance born not in Italian cathedrals or Harlem jazz clubs, but in kitchens, nurseries and living rooms around the world. However, when Christian women become mothers, they often feel expected to give up their creative pursuits to parent properly.  

Wendy Speake and Kelli Stuart know that struggle. While they acknowledge some seasons of mothering require setting artistic pursuits aside, they also argue these seasons don’t have to last until empty nest time. Instead, mothers with creative gifts are called to use them actively to bless their families, their communities and everyone they encounter. “Life Creative is not a book about raising children,” Speake shares. “This is a book for moms, written by moms and including the stories of other moms . . . on a journey to embrace our God-given design in the midst of motherhood!”

In this book, the creative mom will discover:

  • Why the world needs her art
  • How this Life Creative begins at home
  • When art can turn a profit      
  • Her part in this modern day Renaissance 

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Wendy Speake is a trained actress and heartfelt teacher. She ministers to women’s hearts through storytelling and life applications. During her career in Hollywood, on shows such as JAG, Melrose Place, Star Trek Voyager and Roswell, Speake found herself longing to tell stories that edify and encourage women. She is the author of Triggers: Exchanging Parents’ Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses (BRU Press, 2015). Speake is a wife and homeschooling mother of three boys.

Find Speake online at wendyspeake.com, on Facebook (WendyJSpeake) and on Twitter (@Wendy_Speake).

 Kelli Stuart is a writer and a storyteller at heart. She has written for several websites including The Huffington Post, 5 Minutes for Mom, The MOB Society, (in)courage and Compassion International. Stuart is the author of three books, including Like a River from Its Course (Kregel Publications, 2016). Stuart is a noted speaker, sharing her encouraging message never to give up on your dreams and passions with mothers who often feel lost in motherhood. Stuart her husband live in Florida with their four children. 

Visit Stuart’s website at kellistuart.com or follow her on Facebook (KelliStuartAuthor) and Twitter (@kellistuart).

Inspiring and encouraging, Life Creative celebrates the ways mothers can live their art in the midst of mothering. Speake and Stuart share the stories of women such as author and speaker Angie Smith, recording artist Ellie Holcomb and jewelry designer Lisa Leonard, who are balancing their unique talents and giftings with the daily demands of motherhood. By following God’s leading to embrace His gifts, renaissance moms can model the joy of obedience for their families. Life Creative is part visit with a good friend over coffee, part muse of inspiration for the tired heart and a masterclass for start-up home businesses rolled into one.

Learn more about more about Life Creative at www.lifecreative.me, and join the community on Instagram (@lifecreative).

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Author’s Corner Interview

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Shoutout to Clark Matthews for this Author’s Corner interview with KNEO in Arizona. The fifteen-minute interview aired yesterday on October 18 at 1pm Central time.

Check out the KNEO website for the archived interview to listen.

Thank you so much—blessings over your day!

I love you,
Sheryl

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An Interview with Melissa Spoelstra

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Parenting godly children is NOT impossible. Melissa Spoelstra offers a fresh approach to positive parenting in her new release, Total Family Makeover.

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“God calls us to answer our kids’ questions, train them, and lovingly discipline them without exasperating them. So when they obey, that must mean we are succeeding; and when they disobey, we’ve missed the mark. Right?” Spoelstra asks. “Wrong. I’ve come to understand and embrace something profound. God modeled perfect parenting. He walked in the garden in close relationship with Adam and Eve. He clearly trained them, giving instructions about which tree was off-limits. Even though He loved His children perfectly, they still disobeyed. God continues to discipline, instruct, and walk with his children. But He doesn’t grade Himself according to his children’s successes and failures. Neither should we.”

Total Family Makeover walks parents through building life-long, life-giving spiritual habits with their children by teaching them how to:

  • Practice spending time in prayer
  • Read God’s Word
  • Grow through mentoring
  • Find community in the church
  • Serve others
  • Take time to rest
  • Giving back to God
  • Sharing their faith

The innovative structure of Total Family Makeover takes parents through each spiritual discipline by first helping them model it in their own lives, followed by a section called “A Practical Approach” in which Spoelstra gives detailed, step-by-step ideas to help parents implement the principles they’ve just learned. Each one builds upon the last, giving a deep, well-rounded approach to moving beyond behavior to real discipleship.

To keep up with Melissa Spoelstra, visit www.melissaspoelstra.com. You can also connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Friday Favorites: Debbie Chavez

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Hi, friends,

It’s time for Friday Favorites, and today I am sharing a recent interview I got to be part of with radio host Debbie Chavez.

I learned something new about God’s character from Debbie. Take a listen and see if you can catch what it was.

Have a great weekend. I am praying for you—that you will know Him better.

Love you,
Sheryl

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