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It’s important to occasionally reflect back to see God’s hand in your life.
I am preparing for the “Pearls of Purpose” Branding Workshop next Tuesday where I am speaking on “Communicating Your Brand.” In my presentation, I turn the clock back almost ten years, when the Lord first called me to start a ministry to help women. But what should I name it?
A name is important in branding.
I prayed, and the name “Pearls of Promise” came to me. Having emerged from my own unstable childhood thanks to the strength Christ provided, I wanted to help women overcome past and current dysfunction. I know that “Pearls of Promise” was not my idea. It was a gift from above.
Pearls are formed through eight-ten years of distress in an oyster shell. I would be dealing with women, who just like a pearl, endured years, perhaps decades of trials, and I wanted to help them to live in victory, not defeat.
I’ve had many confirmations that “Pearls of Promise” is the right name.
In Israel in 2014, a Jewish scholar told me that in the story about the Proverbs 31 woman, the verse, “A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies” was originally in the Hebrew as: “A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than pearls.” The verse was edited by the Jews because pearls were unclean, formed in ocean bottom dwellers; oysters. I thought, “Yes! That is perfect. God can take us unclean, bottom dwellers, clean us up and make something beautiful out of our lives.”
Then there was the day I was getting ready in my bathroom, an everyday task. I was putting on makeup when the Holy Spirit whispered that the acronym for Pearls of Promise was “POP.” Why I hadn’t thought of that, I don’t know. As a fatherless girl, I have always leaned on God as my Father, and this ministry, “POP” was from Him and belonged to Him.
As Pearls of Promise approaches it’s tenth birthday, we will have been a part of eight books by the end of the year, have produced almost 850 blogs, a number of magazine articles, have hosted a dozen retreats and conferences, have encouraged women at countless luncheons, retreats and events and have been interviewed on radio and television. We have also partnered with another ministry on our own radio show, “A Time to Dream,” now moving into its third year. In addition, we are now producing video blogs. All this is being done with the sole purpose of helping women (and some men) overcome difficult dysfunction and to glorify God through our work.
Psalm 77:11 says, “I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your wonders of old.”
Today might be a great day to look back and recognize how far you’ve come. How has God cleaned you up and made a beautiful pearl out of your life? Will you thank Him for what he’s provided?
Please consider attending our Pearls of Purpose Branding Workshop (In Partnership with A-GO Strategy) next Tuesday, August 7th in Irving, Texas. At this workshop we will:
• Build your brand
• Validate your career direction
• Confirm your life’s direction
• Create a mission statement
• Confirm your unique gifts
• Cast a vision for where you are going
• Improve your social media skills on LinkedIn
• Clearly communicate your brand with purpose and passion
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I think about creation a lot when I’m at my relative’s lake house near Coldwater, Michigan. Late in the day, boaters have retired for the night and the waves have calmed down to a gentle ripple, set in motion by the cool breeze hitting the water.
As I watch the native birds taking in their evening meal before settling down for their night’s rest, I once again realize that God’s creation is beautiful, and I’m a fan.
But it’s not perfect. Not yet anyway.
Earlier today, while playing golf, I could hear a growling animal near one of the tee boxes in the middle of the course. Whatever it was, it was not happy that we came close to it’s brushy home. I wanted to hit my shot and get out of there before it bolted from the bushes!
But one day, we won’t have to worry about wild beasts. Scripture says, “The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them” (Isaiah 11:6). Children won’t need stuffed animals anymore. They will be able to pet the grizzlies, hang out with the zebras and ride the leopards.
Creation will be renewed and take on a whole new look.
Like the animals, we will also be different once the sound of a trumpet ushers in eternity.
When Jesus returns, Christians will either meet him in the air or we will rise from the grave and be reunited with our spirit.
1 Corinthians 15:52 says this will all happen in the twinkling of an eye and our bodies will become imperishable. 1 Corinthians 2:9 says, “No eye has seen, no human mind conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.” In other words, we can’t wrap our brains around how transformed and wonderful eternity will be, but the Bible gives us previews.
According to Revelation 21:4, God will wipe away our tears. Wouldn’t it be great to never be sad again? There will be no more death, which must mean no more sickness, no more mourning and no more pain. Cancer will be gone, heart attacks eliminated, diabetes defeated and we won’t need any more anti-aging cream. Doctors will be out of business and given a new job in eternity. We will have indestructible bodies with no return policy required.
Sign me up!
As I get older, a redeemed creation sounds better and better, and I am thankful that one day we will all experience this amazing change. I look forward to living in peace and harmony with the rest of the created beings.
After all, I’ve always wanted a pet lion.
“Our favor is for God’s purpose, not for status.” Christine Caine
As I listened to well-known author, speaker and warrior against human sex trafficking, Christine Caine yesterday, I chewed on her words about “calling,” especially the part about pride.
Coming out of a media background I’ve struggled with the “P” word. You know one of the things God says he hates. “The LORD detests all the proud of heart” (Proverbs 16:5).
In those twenty years of television, it was all about promoting yourself because you wanted people to watch your sportscast. Bad research and low ratings didn’t usually result in a renewed contract.
But ministry is different. It’s not about me. It’s about God.
So, when is it too much publicizing about an event?
Am I posting too many photos of myself?
What does it look like to promote the One who deserves promotion?
Caine also said, “Humility is not making yourself out to be a worm. We know we are not able. He is great.”
But I feel that I did start out as a worm-like creature. The lowest of lowest. Fatherless with a mentally ill mother. Poor in a wealthy environment and ostracized because of those circumstances. Downright ugly. Overweight with coke bottle thick eyeglasses. Only God could lift me out of that pit and I am eternally grateful.
But I’ve still had to get to a point where I am content with where the Lord has led me in ministry work.
Are you content with where he has you right now?
I used to want to be like well known speaker and Bible study author Beth Moore, reaching millions. “Give me favor, Lord.” But who was that prayer about? Me or God? Praying for favor can be dangerous with the wrong motives.
Instead, the Lord has me consistently speaking to a hundred or less. A more intimate group. I have found there is more emotional healing in smaller numbers.
The prayer needs to be: “Lord, enable me to best exalt you.”
I also had to come to the point with my book manuscript about the fatherless (The Only Father I Ever Knew) that this is not about being a best-selling Christian author. It is a book for God, about God and dedicated to God. It’s not about me. Before this book could be finished there had to be a heart change. When I ask for favor, it’s about helping as many people as possible to overcome their father wounds and know the perfect Father. It’s not about making the Best Seller List.
So where do you stand on all this? Do you struggle with pride?
Do you find yourself focused more inward than outward? Sometimes dwelling on our problems can be prideful as well.
Ask God to clean out any prideful ways in you. Realize that your calling is about Him, not about status. Then walk confidently in who He created you to be.
Our guest blogger today is Martha Leeper. Martha is a retired stewardess/flight attendant that became an accidental artist.
She often dreamed of painting so on her journey of retirement she took a painting class at the community college within walking distance from her house and there she began this journey at 65 years of age. In the beginning she painted from photos; however the last two years she ventured into the art world of abstract.
Martha begins a painting with color in mind and the inspiration comes through her. Her hope is that her paintings will speak to the inspiration in you and take you to special place in your heart that brings you peace and joy.
Martha is the mother of one daughter and a grandmother to three grandsons. She lives in Farmers Branch, TX with her husband Will, who is the biggest fan of her art.
It begins with a thought, turns into a feeling and results in an action, so says the experts who study the brain. As I am aware of the loss of life in so many disasters and human tragedy going on around me, near me and and miles away from me. I tried to put those feelings of darkness away and used the colors in this painting to take my thoughts to a place of awe. Looking up to the wonder of this planet created by the master artist God…….there is always light.
Just how in the world can I be light or even see the light seemingly overshadowed by so much darkness………….
Then ever so unexpected the canvas reveals the faces, the figure of one looking into the dark and seeing light.
Listening to Whitney Houston on youtube……I Look to You…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Pze_mdbOK8. took over my thoughts and reminded me to look to the only thing that is everlasting my faith and relationship with God. The beautiful talented Whitney you still inspire me with your voice. Thankful that I still have eyes that can see the light and ears that can hear the music.
Take care of your thoughts and let them be full of grace, love and hope sending them out to others who have lost their way, grieving so much loss and broken hearts that knock the breathe out of their lungs…….
Clinging to the gratitude of the light within and seeking to be more light on this journey as I walk more in giving instead of thoughts of wanting……. even thoughts of trying to understand…….for that shall most likely never be here in the physical…….yet the spirit brings light through the small and big cracks….
I challenge us all …..Do not miss it.
Blessed I am yet still knowing that it does not mean all is well in this world…..only well with my soul…….may it be so with you…….
Thinking about those who are suffering unbearable loss and sending them love…..