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Endure or Quit? By Lisa Burkhardt Worley

Are you facing a life roadblock right now?

When experiencing a frustrating delay or impasse, the easiest thing to do is throw up our hands and quit. Who would blame us? But before we walk away from a scenario, we have to ask “Was this a call of God or did we bring this on ourselves?”

As many of you know, I’m in school, and started a new class a week ago, on top of doctoral work. One of the requirements in this class on antisemitism is to produce a ten-fifteen minute presentation on the subject. When praying about this project, a twenty-eight minute documentary unfolded in my mind. Every section. Every detail. It would require some work, but it could be done. I believed it was a direct download from above.

But I’ve faced a few unexpected roadblocks. I have found that many Jewish people do not want to talk about antisemitism, perhaps due to fear, and this is an important part of the documentary. So this morning I am asking myself, “Was this a call of God or was it my idea?” I remembered how the details unfolded and I thought, God wants me to do this so I need to trust him and endure.

Even though I am discouraged, Philippians 4:13 reminds me “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” When the Apostle Paul prayed for the Colossians, he not only prayed for their wisdom and understanding, but he also prayed that they would be strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that they might have endurance and patience.”

Job, who we are probably all familiar with, was stricken with health issues and lost his family, but in Hebrews 5 he is called “a man of great endurance.” Job’s life was restored, and James says the Lord was kind to him at the end, for the Lord is full of tenderness and mercy” (James 5:11).

Are you needing a little extra help to endure?

The Lord God, our provider can impart what is lacking. Romans 15:5 refers to our heavenly Father as “the God who gives endurance and encouragement.” If you need endurance, turn your scenario over to God and ask Him to work on your behalf. You are not in this alone.

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19 NIV)

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You’re invited to our monthly POP Chat on October 27th at 6:30 p.m. CST where Aurora Ortega Geis will be speaking about “33 Days in the Valley.” If you are in a valley right now, or have been in one in the past, join us for one hour on POP Chat to be encouraged! Debra Camp will provide our worship. Email us at: info@pearlsofpromiseministries.com for the Zoom link.

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Creating Space by Lisa Burkhardt Worley

The trip up to Three Lakes, Wisconsin couldn’t have been more perfect. Easy flights up. I walked up to the rental car counter at Rhinelander Airport, and before I could say anything, the attendant said, “Are you Mrs. Worley?” I asked, “Am I your only customer today?” “No, there’s one other.” It had been a long time since I’d flown into a small airport.

Teaching Camp Leaders How to reach fatherless girls

I presented the message: “Seven Things Fatherless Girls Need” at the Psalm 68:5 Fatherless Summit at Honey Rock Camp. While I think my information inspired the summer camp leaders who attended, I received so much more.

Dr. Scottie May
Honey Rock Cabin

There was one message, in particular, that I am still chewing on. It was given by retired Wheaton College Professor Emerita of Christian Formation and Ministry, Dr. Scottie May, who also happened to be my cabin suite mate. In her talk she spoke about the importance of creating “space” for the camp children to have an encounter with God. She gave practical ways to create that space. This may have been for the camp leaders to implement, but the idea of “creating space” was a repeat message.

I am in the middle of my first semester of doctoral studies at The King’s University and this semester we are focusing on Christian Spiritual Formation. One of the books we are reading is Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership by Ruth Haley BartonShe talks about this same concept and shares about the importance of space or solitude as a key discipline for leaders to strengthen their soul. Barton says, “One of the reasons solitude is so challenging for leaders is that the activities and experiences associated with leadership can be very addicting. The idea that I can do something about this, that or the other thing feeds something in us that is voracious in its appetite.”

The beauty of Honey Rock Camp

On Wednesday afternoon, we had free time to take a walk or tour the camp. I really wanted to create space by choosing one of these options but duty called. I chose to work on a television show. It was work that had to be done, but would carving out space have been the better choice?

God often speaks to me in patterns because I don’t always get it the first time. I see this as a pattern. I need to be intentional about creating space.

Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still and know that I am God!”

I know that “space” is what is missing in my morning quiet time. I worship, read the Bible and pray, but then I’m off to accomplish what’s on day’s list. Instead, it should look more like this: Worship, Read, Pray, Silence/Space. It’s generally in the stillness and solitude that God speaks.

How much “space” are you creating in your own life to hear from God? Perhaps you can join me in making it a priority to put away the agenda for a few minutes and just “be.”

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COVID Joys by Lisa Burkhardt Worley

COVID is no joke. Scientists have already discovered that the Delta Variant that attacked my husband and me is much stronger and highly contagious. It also takes longer to get over. I have friends who popped back from the original COVID strain in four days. This is probably seven days since the onset of my symptoms and I am now at about 70%. Just when I think I’ve kicked it, I experience a setback. I am not a patient person, so the waiting to feel normal has been difficult.

In addition to extreme congestion and headaches, there is also brain fog and that makes it difficult to write, but today I will attempt to share thoughts. I don’t want to focus anymore on the negative of COVID, but the joys, because there have been many. Here are three simple things I’ve learned through this experience:

  1. People Care– We all go through stretches where we wonder if people really love us, but what I experienced this past week is an overflow of love from so many. I am thankful for all of the friends who have prayed for us. I’ve received many phone calls from friends and daily texts from Pastor Greg and his wife, Donna, at our church. We have not lacked for food. A meal has been dropped off at our doorstep every day since this started. Thanks to Lori, Barb and Kevin, Linh, Jan and Barney and Sharon. Rosemary made sure our sweet Mini-Goldendoodle, Jewel, had food. Thanks also to Suellen, Tracey, Marina and Sharon for the beautiful flowers. I always try to display fresh flowers in my house, and because of COVID, was not able to purchase them. They took care of it and the arrangement makes me happy!
  2. God Cares– We had to postpone our POP Talk television show tapings this week, but one of the programs scheduled was with a woman named Dr. Alex Watkins who has treated thousands of COVID patients successfully with her protocol. When I told her I had COVID, she asked, “Do you want to go through my protocol?” This is not accidental timing. This is God’s timing. I could not get into my own doctor, so the LORD provided Dr. Watkins to provide a regimen that has helped me turn the corner. Here is her website: https://www.livewellmedsolutions.com/contents/meet-the-team. This morning, as I was thinking about this divine appointment, I realized God provided a healing solution even before I contracted this disease. I know there have been many lives lost because of COVID, but I can only assume that there is more for me to do.
  3. I Care- I can get so busy in ministry that I lose track of people I really care about. Being forced to rest has provided some additional time to reconnect with friends via phone or text. I’ve loved hearing their voices. But I also realize I am not alone in this battle, and have had a chance to pray with other friends who have COVID as well. Having it myself has given me an understanding of what they are dealing with. This experience has given me additional compassion. I have been lifting up some in dire shape, one husband of a friend is fighting for his life in intensive care, and every time COVID wakes me up in the middle of the night, I intercede for all of those who I know are sick. It’s the night watch. Today, I will send a Door Dash meal to a friend who was just diagnosed yesterday.

Lastly, I have learned over the years that God does His greatest work in us through suffering. Romans 5:3–5 says, “More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” We must cling to Him in good times and bad, and continue to know that He is in control no matter how uncertain circumstances are around us. One day, we will be called home, but in the meantime, we must use our time on this Earth wisely.

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I want to take this opportunity to invite you to our annual Level-Up Women’s Conference that will take place on Saturday, October 9th from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Northview Baptist Church in Lewisville. Speakers are KCBI”s Rebecca Carrell, Gateway Church’s Elizabeth Settle, Human Trafficking Survivor, Sandy Storm, newcomer, Alexis Arellano, and our entire Pearls of Promise Team. God has been downloading so much material for you during my recent battle, you will not want to miss what He has to say to you. Tickets are only $49 and include lunch. They available on Eventbrite at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/level-up-dallas-2021-tickets-141072470557?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Join us for this incredible time of spiritual refreshing!

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Why I’m on Social Media

I never log out of Facebook, but that does not mean I never stop looking at it. I’m just not sure what my password is!

My social media time is limited. I try to say Happy Birthday to friends, and if I need to post a blog or something about an upcoming event, I do that, but then I usually hop off and go about my day.

For me, social media, in particular Facebook, is a ministry tool that I use to encourage others. In these days when the Taliban is overtaking Afghanistan, when fires are threatening to smoke out northern California and Hurricane Ida bears down on New Orleans, I feel like people need a little good news. Ephesians 5:16 says, “Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days” so Facebook provides an opportunity to encourage.

What does your screen time look like?

A new study, published in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, concludes that there is a “causal link between the use of social media and negative effects on well-being, primarily depression and loneliness.”[1] People generally post only the good on Social Media—the extravagant trips, the touched-up photos or the high points in life. We may forget that no one escapes bad. In Matthew 5:45 Jesus said, God “causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous” (NIV). The bad simply doesn’t make it to social media.

Personal Life Coach Roxanne Parks says, “Change your input. Change your output.” Today, will you consider cutting back on screen time in exchange for more time in the Good News, the Word of God? The Bible is designed to encourage, not discourage. It wants to lift your soul and provide hope in a world where hope seems fleeting right now. It’s also a way to connect with the only One who provides stability, our heavenly Father. God is who I want to post about and He is the main subject of my tweets. He’s why I’m on Social Media.


[1] https://www.healthline.com/health-news/social-media-use-increases-depression-and-loneliness#Does-social-media-cause-depression?

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Letting Him Lead by Lisa Burkhardt Worley

“Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left” (Isaiah 30:21).

With a “Type A” personality, it’s difficult to go into an event like the National Religious Broadcasters Convention (NRB) and not push. Push to make contacts. Push to get shows done. Push to attend every event possible. However, while it’s taken a number of years to get to this place, I’ve learned to let the Holy Spirit lead.

Before NRB, I prayed for divine appointments and for God to place people in front of me. I asked the LORD for a couple of specific meetings, but did not fret if they didn’t happen. What I’ve found is there is less stress and disappointment if we release our schedules to God, and let Him move on our behalf.

One example. I saw First Baptist Church Dallas pastor, Dr. Robert Jeffers, walking around. I have always wanted to meet him so I could tell him that my great-great grandfather, Abram Weaver, was the second pastor at First Baptist Dallas. I also wanted to share with him that I admire him for being willing to mingle with the people, even though he is a well-known pastor and Fox News expert. I prayed that if I was supposed to speak to Jeffers that God would place him directly in front of me.

And that occurred. It’s as if the LORD said, “Here you go. Now what are you going to do?” So I did take a moment with Jeffers, and he was gracious.

While at NRB, I had a book signing at the Expo for my latest book, The Root that Never Died: A Christian Woman’s Journey Back to Her Hebraic Heritage. Because the book was written during the pandemic, it never gained much traction, so I prayed that God would open doors for this book at NRB. I am thankful for my POP Team members, Dr. Lynnette Simm and Rosemary Legrand, who helped tremendously with the book signing. Dr. Lynnette even placed the book in author, speaker and actress Priscilla Shirer’s hands saying, You really need to read this book!

On one of our POP Talk television shows, we interviewed best-selling author of political thrillers, Joel C. Rosenberg. Like me, Rosenberg had a Jewish father and a Gentile mother, but considers himself Jewish, as I do. I wanted to give him a book, but prayed that someone else would open the door, so I wouldn’t appear to be pushy. Amazingly, the LORD placed Rosenberg’s publicist, Larry Ross and his fascinating wife, Autumn, at our table for a Media Leadership Dinner two nights before the interview. So when it was time to speak to Rosenberg, Ross said, Lisa, tell Joel about what you are studying. I was able to share about my work on a Doctor of Ministry in Messianic Studies, plus that gave me an opening to hand him The Root that Never Died. Whether he read it or not, I don’t know. That’s another prayer…

When we let God guide us, I believe it’s more exciting. Instead of choosing how we want a scenario to play out, we see how creative our LORD is. He thinks of ways to connect us with people that we never would have fathomed.

Do you hand your schedule over to God? Do you trust Him with your connections? I’ve found it is more interesting and fulfilling to let Him lead.

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