Motivation Monday: What Are You Waiting For?

Everyone is waiting on something. What are you waiting for? Christmas? Birthday? Vacation? Completing a project? Finishing a semester? Anticipating with an attitude of expectation is taking the long view. This is how we wait on God with an attitude of hope. Joyce Meyer says, “Hope is favorable and confident expectation, an expectant attitude that something good is going to happen and things will work out no matter what we are facing.” Hope is determined and does not give up.

John 16:33 says “In this world you will have trouble.” So we shouldn’t be surprised when we have trials, irritation and distress, but in spite of it, we can have peace. Jesus has overcome our difficulties and in Him we can have joy while we wait for His answers with an attitude of expectancy.

Zech. 9:12 “Return to the stronghold, you prisoner of hope, even today do I declare that I will restore double your former prosperity to you.” I like that, when you are a prisoner, you don’t have a choice about it, remain encased in hope, looking for God’s answers instead of our solutions. To get excited about waiting on God’s answer. Micah 7:7 says, “As for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my savior; my God will hear me.” I choose to look carefully for evidence of God working in my life circumstances. I must not grow weary in waiting on God and trust that He hears my prayers.

To abide in hope is more than saying I wish. It’s more than desiring something to come to pass, looking forward to an event or being in a person’s presence. Hope is defined by Webster as “expectation of something desired; thing that gives, or an object of focus.” Hope is more than mere wishful thinking, yet hopelessness can bring on despair, depression and even thoughts of suicide. Proverbs 13:12 reminds us, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick.” No wonder why the Bible approaches

and even depression and suicide. Instead of categorizing hopelessness (also known as despair) as a psychological disease, the Bible calls it disobedience. It is refusing to trust God. Hopefulness is a choice to trust God in the midst of impossible circumstances. It is relying on the unchanging attribute of God’s faithfulness. Psalm 37:3 remind us, “Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” When we find pleasure in God, we give him first place, submit to His plans and are directed by His hand.

And then we can easily put into practice what Psalm 37:4 says“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and he will do this.”

He is our refuge, our joy, our deliverer, our help, our strength and our comfort. Why would we hope in medication or therapy or anything else before we hope in God? Especially when dealing with disappointment, hope will cause us to rise up and pray, “God I praise you. You are working in this situation and working in me. My faith and trust and hope are in you.  Thank you, you send hope when we wait on you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen”

 

Transformed Through Truth Launches March 2017

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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.

An Interview with Ron and Deb DeArmond

Don't Go to Bed AngryMarriage problems, ugh. We’ve all been there. He doesn’t understand what she’s really upset about. He thinks she blows things out of proportion. Neither of you can agree on the right course of action. 

In every marriage, there is conflict. And with every conflict, there is a choice for resolution. Will you ignore the issue until it seemingly goes away? Or will you work together to find peace?

Authors Deb and Ron DeArmond have taken late comedienne Phyllis Diller’s advice to heart: “Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight.” And refusing not to ignore an issue is nothing to joke about.  Not only do the DeArmonds practice this communication principle in their marriage, they teach this principle to other couples. And now they have written a book about it: Don’t Go to Bed Angry: Stay Up and Fight.

In Don’t Go to Bed Angry, Deb and Ron DeArmond give you permission to fight. Marriage is worth fighting for. Conflict isn’t the problem, after all; the real issue is how we deal with the conflict. Combining a healthy dose of personal experience with relationship-affirming biblical wisdom, Deb and Ron demonstrate how communication through conflict can lead to greater insight and understanding of thoughts, feelings, and perspectives that can safeguard—and even strengthen—your relationship. Immensely practical features including worksheets, discussion questions, callouts, and prayers make this a definitive go-to resource to help you start fighting—together—for your marriage.

“In your anger do not sin, do not let the sun go down while you are still angry.” —Ephesians 4:26

To find out more about Deb and Ron DeArmond, go to www.debdearmond.com.

For more encouragement, interviews, and music, check out Sheryl’s blogs From Ashes to Beauty and Transformed through Truth.

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June Update

June is here. It’s time to celebrate. Join me as I honor my husband, Dr. Jim Turner, for his many contributions to our community and to my personal health, well-being, and future.

“Not to us, O Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.” Psalm 11:1

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Dr. Jim Turner, my husband, was recently rewarded and received recognition in The Best of Bakersfield Lifestyle Magazine for Best Chiropractor.

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Dr. Jim Turner has dedicated forty years of service to helping people get well as a caring and compassionate doctor. Jim is noted for his integrity, professionalism, and, of course, Godly character.

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Dr. Jim Turner is honored for his substantial contributions to improve others’ quality of life through chiropractic care.

I am thankful for God’s provision for me through my marriage to Dr. Jim Turner. We first met at church more than 27 years ago, and about ten years later my family and I became regular patients. When I was diagnosed with stage four non-Hodgkins lymphoma in May 2004, Dr. Turner suggested I come in for chiropractic treatments twice a week. He said the treatments would help to keep my central nervous system moving. I give God glory as along with prayer and chiropractic adjustments, my body responded positively to the chemotherapy. Along with prayer, two surgeries, chemotherapy, and regular chiropractic care, God completely healed me of stage four cancer. Daily I continue to minister to leaders and abide in God’s strength.

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Sheryl and husband, Jim, enjoy the sand and surf at Ventura, CA.

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Sheryl and Jim now navigate life together.

I thank God for my total and complete healing from cancer. I am grateful to God for how he enabled the healing hands of my now husband, Dr. Jim Turner, to facilitate my wellness. Can you think of a person God has used in your life to facilitate your spiritual growth or encourage your healing? Tell me your story: sherylgiesbrecht@aol.com. I would love to hear about it.

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Our One-Year Wedding Anniversary

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Celebrate with us! It’s been one year since our wedding on April 12, 2014; we recommitted our marriage and future to God as we serve Him and build His Kingdom together.

“Not to us, Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.” —Psalm 115:1

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Lasting Love

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Valentine’s Day is tomorrow! How are you celebrating?

I wanted to share this post I found about the eight secrets to lasting love. This is a great read, no matter what your relationship status is!

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Dr. and Mrs. Turner’s Wedding

This was the powerpoint that played at our Giesbrecht/Turner Open House Wedding Reception on 4/26. Turn up your volume so you can hear the background song, “Ten Thousand Reasons (Bless the Lord),” was the one I walked down the aisle to greet my groom. When Jim and I were pronounced man and wife, the congregation sang “Ten Thousand Reasons” as we walked down the aisle arm in arm as a newlywed couple!

His Bride, Her Groom

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“Not to us, O Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.” Psalm 115:1–2

Thank you for your prayers and wedding wishes. I am now a married woman! Yes, it is marvelous being on this side of the wedding. One of the blessings we saw in motion was how everything flowed together to bring us to our wedding day. Just this past Saturday, we celebrated with our Giesbrecht/Turner Wedding Reception Open House, too, so we have praised the Lord and been blessed by so many of our friends and family. We are thankful and praise God for His provision.

Our friend Rev. Angelo Frazier wrote a poem “His Bride, Her Groom” and made keepsake Faithmarks that tell our story. We gave these away at our reception. Here’s the beautiful poem:

“His Bride, Her Groom”

From Calvary’s youth group
To a Sunday’s first date
Came a breakfast at Lorene’s
With a pre-marital mate
Or was it the hottest day
For garage cleaning in June
That the seeds of love
Began to bloom
After 25 years of knowing
Through some joy and some pain
With God as the author
They got back up again
Chiropractic during chemotherapy
A treatment and cure
Grew the hope of this union
For now and for sure
Her Boaz, his Ruth
God’s servants in time
Wonderful love birds
For their Savior they shine!
In honor of the marriage of Dr. Jim and Sheryl Giesbrecht Turner

Thank you for your prayers and join us in praise to our great God.

“You turned my wailing into dancing; you clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent, O Lord my God I will praise you forever.” Psalm 30:11–12


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God STILL Provides

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Dear Friends,

I’M GETTING MARRIED TO JIM! CAN HARDLY STAND IT! How I wish each of you could be with us to share in the joy of our wedding day. God has truly “turned my mourning into dancing” (Psalm 30:11–12).

So thankful to be at this point. With all our preparations, we are very tired. “My flesh and heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever,” Psalm 73:26.

Please keep praying for us and thanking God for the many blessings and ways He has provided for our families. It will be a big family reunion!

“I have not giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and His incomparably great power for those who believe,” Ephesians 1:16–18.

Thank you for your prayers as Jim Turner and I exchange wedding vows on Saturday, April 12, 2014.

You can be part of our wedding ceremony by praying The Apostles’ Creed with us.

Since only family will be present for our wedding at my home church in Davis, CA, we are inviting you to join us for our Open House Wedding Reception in Bakersfield on April 26, 2014 at the beautiful Bell Tower Club, 1200 Truxtun Ave Suite 100, Bakersfield, CA 93301.

Please know you are thought of and prayed for regularly. We are blessed to know you are praying for us.

For details on our story and pictures, please check out our wedding website.

Please join us for our reception on 4/26/14. We can’t wait to see you!

My love and prayers,
Sheryl Giesbrecht (Turner)

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Jim and I are doing a conversational reading from I John 4:7-19. We are going to read it aloud to each other in front of our guests. Try it! We know you’ll be blessed!

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.

The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.

In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us.

By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.

We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.

Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world.

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. We love, because He first loved us. Love never fails.”


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Surprised by Love

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“No one is more surprised than I am,” I said to a good friend as she congratulated Jim and me on our recent engagement. I am amazed, stunned, and, of course, excited. Jim and I have watched God’s hand bring us together, slowly. We’ve known each other twenty-five years, with regular friendly contact for the past fifteen while married to our late spouses. But now, we are just getting acquainted with each other in this new relationship. We have taken time to get familiar with each other in our exclusive relationship. Are you single, dating, or waiting on your Boaz? Give yourself time. Give God time. Don’t force anything.

Max Lucado says, “A woman’s heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him just to find her.” The best thing you can do to prepare yourself for your Boaz is to draw close to God, spend time with Him daily, feed on His word, and talk to Him in prayer. Like getting into a serious dating relationship, we must be intentional and direct in our relationship with God. Someone once said, “If you fail to plan, you will plan to fail.” Figure out when you will meet, how you will meet and what the content of your meeting with God will contain.

“But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds.” Psalm 73:28

Blog #2 - Our Love Story

When Jim and I began dating, we visited my counselor, Dr. H Norman Wright, who recommended we work through his book 101 Questions to Ask Before You Get Re-Married. It took us five months to answer the discussion questions. We worked through subjects common to marriage: schedules, finances, eating and recreational habits, family, holidays, ministry, and sex. Although we were both widowed and healing from the loss of our spouses, neither one of us looking for committed love, just companionship. At first we were guarded in sharing our feelings, not wanting a relationship to fill the empty spot only God can fill. So we became friends with caution, neither one wanting to fall into a superficial rebound relationship with another human being. We were merely looking to serve God and each other. Isn’t that what biblical love is all about?

What is true biblical, sacrificial love? God shows us His example in how He loves us. Love is giving, not getting, with God’s love being the basis and the example for the ultimate expression of our love. God gave His only Son. “For God so loved the world, He gave His one and only Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life”(John 3:16). The Lord Jesus Christ gave His life as a sacrifice on your behalf—”who gave Himself as a ransom for all men”(I Timothy 2:6). To demonstrate His love, Jesus served others even though He is Master” John 13:1 b. “Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love” John 13:5. “After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with a towel that was wrapped around Him.”

The Biblical Counseling Foundation defines “love in Scripture” as a “purposeful commitment to sacrificial action for another.” Commitment of the will is the anchor that grounds love, although powerful emotions may be part of the action, but the choice to love in a biblical manner is the hallmark of a disciple of Christ. It is how our Heavenly Father loves us. This love is expressed through the Lord Jesus Christ.

lucilleballsurprise[1]Think about your family members, friends, and co-workers God has placed in your life—do you love them through serving? Or are you giving to get? This is not biblical love. Each day God gives us opportunities to show His love, to love others through serving them. We don’t have to do it alone; we have the Holy Spirit’s power to infuse the love of God into us. “Because the one who is in you is greater than the One who is in the world” I John 4:4. Do you need help loving? Ask God for help; He can fill you with His love. “But he said to me ‘my grace is sufficient for you for my power is made perfect in weakness” I Corinthians 12:9. Choose to love God more than anyone else, and He will give you more love than you ever thought you were able to give. I love the example of Mother Teresa, who, as she served the poor in the slums of Calcutta, India, said, “I want to love God like He’s never been loved before.” Now that’s biblical, sacrificial love.

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