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Honor in the small things

IMG-0728Making lunches is not glamourous. Some people have made it look super cool with videos and snazzy lunch boxes, but I promise you, when I’m putting sunflower butter (because we can’t send peanut butter because of other kids peanut allergies) and jelly together at 6:30 in the morning for, like, the one millionth time, I’m not feeling like a food blogger. There are no cameras, no audience, just me and Jesus, closing plastic containers, packing sandwiches.

This is how I love my kids. One slightly bourgeoisie sandwich, a lunch-packed-with-tenderness at a time. It is in the small things. Kisses on the forehead, praying with them in the car, snuggle time “just because”, some time to run and play at the park, help with homework, correction at the dinner table. None of these things alone (especially not the sunflower butter sandwich) will make or break them, but with consistency, faithfulness and dedication, they will help to strengthen them as people. I honor these small things as key to stewarding their big destinies.

Sometimes I get wrapped up in my schedule, so concerned at the things I want to accomplish, that I forget that it is an honor and a privilege and steward my children.  Even as I write this, my 6 year old is trying to take a nap on my typing arm and prevent me from finishing this post. Despite my tendency to be concerned with Lindsey’s agenda, I am reminded, my savior was not concerned with His timing, or even His own will, but clothed in humility and obedience so that He could carry out the will of the Father. The scripture puts it this way:

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Philippians 2:5:8

For you, it may not be motherhood that seems super unglamorous, but you have a duty or duties that you must be faithful over that are less than social media worthy. The Lord says, “BE FAITHFUL”. If we honor Him in the small things in the spiritual and the natural, He will allow us to steward more. We see the principle at work in the parable of the talents  where the master rewards those servants that were good stewards of what they had, regardless of how much they had:

21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ Matthew 25:21 ESV

Lord, help us to honor You in the small things, and be reminded that they are big to you. Help us to be more like You and not so concerned with title and recognition that we neglect the things you have entrusted to us.  Whether it be a job, moments with our children, a relationship, or our bodies, help us to remember that you own everything, and you’re coming back to inspect what you have loaned to us, your servants. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

If you’re a holiday procrastinator like me, you’re trying to finish up your holiday planning and stay on budget. Thankfully, our Replenish Panelist Alaya Linton has not one, not two, but 250 frugal gift ideas for EVERYONE on your list! She also has 51 tips to have a frugal Christmas without going broke for some money saving tips to stay focused on the reason for the season: celebrating Emmanuel, God with us.Screen Shot 2017-12-20 at 6.53.37 AM.png I know it’s been a while since you’ve heard from us, but we couldn’t let this season pass without sharing what is going on with some of the ladies that participated in our 2017 conference!

SheanaSheana Elliott, one of our guest psalmists is having live recording Friday December 29th at New Vision International Ministries, 130 Gregory Street at 4:25pm! Join us! If you can’t come, purchase her new singles “With All I Have” and “Best Me”.

Living Well and Living Well Loved

Congratulations to La’Shay, one of our panelists from Replenish 2017, who has written a book, Living Well and Living Well Loved!   You can support her and purchase a copy here!

Mission Puerto Rico

One of our vendors, the founder of Purity and Peace went on a Mission to PR with her church Cornerstone Christian Center their labor in this recap video here.

Speaking of video, the woman who brought us the amazing Replenish videos is launching her video, photography and social media company. You can check out her awesome work hereI love to create content

I love celebrating awesome Kingdom women! If you have something that you’re doing that you want to share with Replenish ladies, email getinvolved.replenish@gmail.com.

I pray you have a joyful and peaceful Christmas that inspires you with new hope of Christ’s birth and the promise of salvation it represents. We needed a savior and Christ has come to answer that need. First, humbly as a child, and will come again in triumph and victory. When the company is awkward, or we spent more than we planned, or we’re missing our loved one, be reminded that the reason for the season is that Savior, that Hope. Hold fast to his presence, as you prepare presents, and remember the real gift is Him.

From all of us at Replenish,

Lindsey

 

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The Best is Yet to Come

In January, many people set their New Year’s resolutions, planning for a new year. Instead of just encouraging you to make resolutions, we want to encourage you to be resolute. In this sermon by Pastor Dexter Upshaw, he breaks down the origins of New Year’s resolutions and why they statistically don’t work (our sin nature being the main reason).

Sooo, you’re saying don’t make goals? Since I’ll probably fail, I should just give up now? I should not plan and just see what happens?

No! A thousand times no!

I AM saying make up your mind that last year was last year, and be diligently focused on the year to come in your heart and mind according to the leading of the Holy Spirit, who leads you to all truth (John 16:13) and understanding of which things REALLY need your focus.  Continue reading “The Best is Yet to Come”

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What are you waiting for?

I took a test called the Hartman Value Profile, and it reported that I was off the charts for optimism. This optimism often translates into an almost mania like state where I begin adding 100 new things to the list of things that I’m going to do to save the world.

Reality check: It’s not my job to save the world. There, I said it. In fact, it’s not anyone on earth’s job. Jesus did that, so what is my lane? It’s my job to do what He says do. Simple obedience, rather than scattered efforts at plotting and planning, that can give me a planner-2unhealthy schedule, unfocused brain, and may not actually help anyone.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s important to plan. We’re encouraged through God’s Word to plan (Proverbs 21:5) and Jesus speaks of counting the costs (Luke 14:28-32) of whatever you are going to do, including following Him, as common sense. 

HOWEVER, the leading of the Holy Spirit, that guides us to truth and understanding doesn’t always follow what we think is logical, or what we have planned for ourselves. In the same passage where Jesus talks about the common sense of planning to build a tower, or to go to war, Jesus is asking the disciples to forsake all they have. I don’t know about you, but giving up all I have, all I’ve worked for and has been given to me– that would not be my logical plan A. This is how most of us would probably look at Jesus if He asked you to literally give up everything to follow Him:

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Still, He IS calling us to follow Him, to do what He asks, in simple obedience. We may not have to sell every material possession and completely abandon every relationship, but we do have to surrender each of those things that we thought were ours, to Him. That way, when we work, in all labor there truly is profit, because we work not for ourselves, but as unto the Lord.

Jesus paints a picture of this principle in the parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14-30. A man entrusted his servants with a different number of talents, according to their ability. The measure of whether they met the approval of the master when he returned was whether or not they multiplied what they were given. The talents were not theirs, but the master’s. They were just stewards of them.

Often times we sit on our gifts from the Lord out of fear of what will happen to us or it if we take a risk. I imagine the one who hid his talent had a lot of time to talk about whmultiply-giftsat he could do with it, talk about the talents of others and what they were doing, but didn’t actually take the time to focus on what God had given her to multiply what was in her hands already.

Talking about how we will one day do this and that is idle chatter that won’t get us a paycheck or  earn us credit in God’s Kingdom. What are we waiting for?

Lord, help us to stop talking about it and be about it. Help us to do more doing than talking, so that we may profit, but most of all so that we may honor you with all we have. In Jesus’ name! Amen.

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Dianna Hobbs

We love to celebrate amazing women doing amazing things, and Dianna Hobbs is no exception! This blogger, author, psalmist, philanthropist, evangelist, speaker, trainer and mother of 4 home schooled children is truly walking in the good works God has prepared for her to do (Ephesians 2:10)!

A sexual assault survivor turned advocate, Dianna ministers to women who have lived through similar horrors. She is also an inspiration to those striving to honor God through abstinence because of her testimony of remaining a virgin until marriage.

We discovered her through her online magazine Empowering Everyday Women, a great resource encourages women by highlighting inspirational stories of  faith.

Go Dianna! We celebrate your work, your ministry and who God made you to be.