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The Salvation Story- in Children’s Lingo

The Salvation Story- in Children’s Lingo

Salvation- in children’s lingo When I started a career in children’s ministry, I found every way possible to explain the salvation story in ways elementary-aged minds would understand.   This was important to me since I grew up going to church and Sunday school but 

Humans Top the Food Chain…

Humans Top the Food Chain…

Humans Top the food chain Humans are at the top of the food chain. Have you ever thought about this? We are delicate and vulnerable in physical characteristics compared to many of God’s creatures, so how is it possible we’ve remained superior?   Because of 

Preparing for Divine Appointments

Preparing for Divine Appointments

Preparing for Divine Appointments

I welcome my writer friend and women’s ministry leader, Jennifer Slattery, to my blog. Today, she discusses how self-centeredness distorts our ability to see the opportunities, the missions, God is giving us to draw people close to Him. I pray her words speak to you as they did to me…

Preparing for Divine Appointments

By: Jennifer Slattery

We are never unseen, insignificant, or an afterthought.

 

I was a young mom who spent most of my time surrounded by children. I didn’t have much influence. People weren’t clamoring to hear what I had to say. In fact, most often, it felt as if my words were tuned out, lost among the cartoons, whining, and temper tantrums that come with parenting.

 

In the grand, cosmic scheme of things, it would’ve been easy to feel insignificant. Honestly, there were moments when I did. When I allowed myself to get so wrapped up in my small world, everything else slipped my notice.

 

The more I allowed self-centeredness to narrow my view, the more miserable I became. Until one day I happened upon a little book titled the Prayer of Jabez. Perhaps you’ve heard of it. It took the Christian world by storm in 2006, as I was just beginning to grow in my relationship with Christ. This book, or rather, what God did through it, stirred within me a passion to live on mission for Him.

 

There wasn’t anything magical about that book, though it was well-written (although largely speculative). And honestly, there wasn’t anything special about the prayer the book was based on. But through the book, God challenged me to shift my focus. Through words spoken by an ancient man briefly mentioned among a long list of descendants, God awaked my eyes to notice. To be alert and ready for whatever God might want to do through me each day.

 

In other words, God awakened my heart to watch out for God moments. And as I went about my day, alert, the most amazing things happened. I encountered people with questions, with concerns, with prayer requests. It seemed, the moment I began to pray this prayer, that God would expand my territory, it was like He opened up His divine appointment book and sent me on mission.

 

Whether God was bringing people into my path because I was alert or those people—those divine opportunities—had been there all along but I’d been to preoccupied with self to notice doesn’t matter. God challenged me to view every day through a gospel-shaped, image-bearer, purpose-filled lens knowing God created me for a purpose and with a purpose.

 

The next time I begin to feel unnoticed, or have grown bored with the monotony of life, may I look up, then look around, and be ready to be used by God whenever and however He desires. I believe that is when we begin to experience the exciting, empowered, abundant life Christ promised.

 

What about you? Do you have any similar stories to share? Perhaps of times when you felt God prodding you to be more alert to those around you? Did you find yourself landing in any divine appointments? Like me, do you have a tendency to get so caught up in yourself—your worries, to-do lists, calculating how many pieces of chocolate you can have before someone deems you a glutton—that you perhaps miss out on being part of the miraculous?

 

Author, speaker, and ministry leader Jennifer Slattery writes for Crosswalk.com and is the managing and acquiring editor for Guiding Light Women’s Fiction, an imprint with Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. She believes fiction has the power to transform lives and change the culture. Healing Love is her sixth novel, and it was birthed during a trip she and her family took to El Salvador that opened her eyes to the reality of generational poverty and sparked a love for orphans and all who’ve experienced loss.

 

Jennifer Slattery

Her deepest passion is to help women experience God’s love and discover, embrace, and live out who they are in Christ. As the founder of Wholly Loved Ministries, she travels with her team to various churches to speak to women and help them experience the love and freedom only Christ can offer. When not writing, editing, or speaking, you’ll likely find her chatting with her friends or husband in a quiet, cozy coffeehouse. Visit her online at JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud.com and connect with her and her Wholly Loved team at WhollyLoved.com

 

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Check out Jennifer’s latest book!    Healing Love  

A news anchor intern has it all planned out, and love isn’t on the agenda.

Brooke Endress is on the cusp of her lifelong dream when her younger sister persuades her to chaperone a mission trip to El Salvador. Packing enough hand sanitizer and bug spray to single-handedly wipe out malaria, she embarks on what she hopes will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

 

But Brooke is blindsided by the desperation for hope and love she sees in the orphans’ eyes. And no less by the connection she feels with her handsome translator. As newfound passion blooms, Brooke wrestles with its implications for her career dreams.

 

Ubaldo Chavez, teacher and translator, knows the struggle that comes with generational poverty. But he found the way out – education – and is determined to help his students rise above.

 

When he agrees to translate for a mission team from the United States he expects to encounter a bunch of “missional tourists” full of empty promises. Yet an American news anchor defies his expectations, and he finds himself falling in love. But what does he have to offer someone with everything?

 

(Genre: Women’s fiction with a strong romantic thread. Dual setting: Southern California, and El Salvador)

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Kristen is on fire for Christ and loves to serve Him when she has the opportunity. Whenever she’s not blogging or writing books, she spends time with her husband and two children. She also serves on the Ladies Leadership team at her church.

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Worship Fail

Worship Fail

Every six weeks or so I have the honor of giving the offering moment during the Sunday morning worship service at my church. A while back, I used this time to talk about proper worship. It led me to ask myself, “what is worship?” Singing, 

Be Used…

Be Used…

Do you ever have a day that goes by on autopilot? You know, maybe you’ve made a checklist you supposed to get done, places you need to go, emails and phone calls you have to return, but it’s all almost monotonous? And then, at the 

The Lumbersexual…

The Lumbersexual…

The lumbersexual

One of my husband’s BEST personality traits is that he really DOES NOT CARE what other people think of him. He has this confidence, not cockiness, about him that I simply may not ever understand. He can throw on whatever he wants, and go anywhere he pleases, and NEVER wonder if he “looks good”, or if “he’s dressed appropriately for the occasion”, or if he “should have worn different shoes”…. I mean I could go on and on and on! My husband is a guy who, not once, but multiple times, has tried to walk out of the door heading to church on Sunday mornings dressed in old ratty jeans and a camoflouge shirt- AND I’M TALKING THE UGLY CAMO! And you can forget “matching”, because those rules never apply to him. That’d be silly to worry about your clothes all being in the same color scheme, right? Sure- MOST of us think so, and maybe a tiny part of my husband would even agree. But, either way, he just simply doesn’t care, because he is completely unbothered by what other people might think of him.

Which is why it is HILARIOUS that my very own crazy husband has found himself, unknowingly, in the trendiest category around! He was a LumberSexual LONG before it was cool to be one! (Google LumberSexual, or search for pics in Pinterest and you’ll see EXACTLY what I’m talking about!) In fact, just a year ago, we all teased him for his lumberjack look, and love of plaid flannels. Add in the beard that comes with every Fall (due to hunting season), and there you have it- my very own LumberSexual. To top it all off, (and look for my pun here) he wears his long hair pulled back in a topknot half the time. The topknot alone could be a whole other blog!  

And it got me wondering….. how in the world did my husband become trendy for the moment? And then, I thought maybe it’s because he just doesn’t care. Maybe all the original Lumbersexuals started out just like my husband. Confident. Uninhabited by insecurities. Cool because they aren’t trying to be cool. Anxiety free. Unflustered by daily demands…. 


lumbersexual-ashley-2Maybe my husband’s very personality is what made the Lumberjack-look appealing!

Hey, you never know…. but think how freeing it must be to live your life like my husband? To walk through your day with not a care in the world?

Personally, I’m going to try to live more like him. I’m sure I’ll always strive to match, and I certainly won’t show up to church in real-tree camo attire. But, I will try to not worry so much about what others could be thinking about me… How others might be judging me…

Who knows? You could live this way and find yourself sparking a whole new trend!

Oh, the freedom!


Just for fun I made a “LumberSexual” board on my Pinterest page. It took all of five minutes- they’re everywhere! You can check it out here!

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Kristen is on fire for Christ and loves to serve Him when she has the opportunity. Whenever she’s not blogging or writing books, she spends time with her husband and two children. She also serves on the Ladies Leadership team at her church.

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