Be brave!

photo by Henry Hustava

If you missed week 1 Greatest Love of All, week 2 You are God’s Masterpiece, week 3 Using the Love verses on yourself, week 4 As far as the East is from the West, week 5 Shine your lightor week 6 Tell Yourself the Truth in Love click on their titles on the right.

This is a quote from Chapter 7:

My college history teacher asked us to name a favorite food or movie when she was calling names for attendance each day. One day she asked us to name our favorite movie character and why. Now, I have to admit my answer wasn’t an original one. I copied it from someone who was ahead of me in the alphabet. But it was a truthful answer. I do admire Katniss Everdeen because of her bravery and courage. And this revelation was what woke me up and led me to finish the first book I had started but was too scared to publish. I had too much doubt that anyone would want to read it or that it was good enough. But I finally came to the conclusion that I loved to write and I had to write it for someone to read, not just for myself. Plus, it was better than some of the books I had read. So I decided I would just do it and let God do the rest.”

Actually, the first brave thing I did was going to college at 40 years old. I had always been a stay at home mom. My mother was not, she worked a lot of hours and I had to go home after school, missing a lot of extracurricular activities and things with my friends, to babysit my brother. So I decided that I wanted to be home for my kids and watch them grow into little people. All of my kids were in high school when I took the plunge and went off to college. But putting my heart and soul out there for all to see was a totally different thing.

Is there something that God wants you to do that is out of your comfort zone? Lead a Bible study? Talk to a friend who you think needs help? Take the plunge into a new ministry? Find a prayer partner that can pray with you to confirm your answer and give you more courage to “BE BRAVE AND HAVE COURAGE.” Psalm 27:14

You can get my book “You are God’s Masterpiece!” on Amazon for your Kindle or other devices with the Kindle app. it is also available on iPad, Kobo, Nook and other internet sites. Click on the picture below for the link on Amazon.

Check out my other pages like Bible journalingSelf- Confidence Boosters or Steph Speaks Ministry. I welcome all comments and follows on social media…

You can join God’s Masterpiece Friends Facebook group here.

I linkup with other Christian bloggers at these sites:

Sunday – Sunday Thoughts

Monday – Inspire me Monday,

Tuesday – Cheerleaders of FaithTea and Word LinkupTrekking ThruTuesday Talk,

Wednesday – A Wise Woman Builds her HomeChristian Blogger CommunityCoffee & ConversationCoffee for your HeartMesses to MessagesRecharge WednesdaySitting Among FriendsWord Filled WednesdayWriting Wednesdays,

Thursday – Chasing CommunityHeart EncouragementSalt and LightTune in Thursday,

Friday – Dance with JesusFaith and FriendsFaith Filled FridayFresh Market FridayGrace & Truth

This blog uses affiliate links and referral links. This comes at no cost to you, but allows us to pay for the running of this site.


  Check out this amazing new STUDY BIBLE by Louis Giglio at Amazon called the Jesus Bible: http://amzn.to/2u4cJFh. I’ve used it and it’s a new look at the scriptures.

Are you having problems with clutter and housekeeping like I always have?

Take a look at this bundle of joy!

Life Posters has lovely scripture based posters and wall art:

Please follow and like us:

Shine Your Light

If you missed week 1 Greatest Love of All, week 2 You are God’s Masterpiece, week 3 Using the Love verses on yourself or week 4 As far as the East is from the West click on their titles on the right.

Chapter 4 of the book is a more in depth study on forgiveness. This is a quote from Chapter 5:

We also doubt God loves us because we don’t think we are good enough. We’ve all had someone in our lives who told us that we aren’t pretty enough, smart enough or we weren’t good at anything. It may have been a parent, or a teacher or a friend. This was the initial cause of our low self esteem. But those people just didn’t/don’t see our potential. They didn’t see how well you could draw or sing or paint or write computer code or give advice. Everyone does something well, God just has to reveal it to you and then you will see just how good you are. You may know what it is but just haven’t shown it to the world yet. Are you afraid that no one will like what you are or what you have done? If God has given you this gift, it is something that is meant to be shared not hidden. Do not hide your light! (Luke 11:33)”

The title of the chapter is “Don’t Let Other People Change Your Self Worth.” There are people that make themselves feel better by making others feel bad. And unfortunately, if your self-esteem is already bad, it just makes you feel worse. Then your negative tapes start all over again. But God does not want that for you! God wants you to love yourself as much as He loves you! He says you are “fearfully and wonderfully made,” “You are His MASTERPIECE!” DON’T LET THE WORLD DICTATE WHO YOU ARE AND BASE YOUR SELF-ESTEEM ON THE ONE WHO CREATED YOU. And this negativity may be holding you back from doing what God wants you to do. There are some visual exercises like the Favorite Body Part Exercise and the Velcro Exercise in “You are God’s Masterpiece!” that can help you overcome those obstacles and transform your negative tapes into positive ones. Or send this post to a friend who needs a self-love transformation.

If you want to go deeper into this Bible study, I have free Love Yourself worksheets.

You can get my book “You are God’s Masterpiece!” on Amazon for your Kindle or other devices with the Kindle app. it is also available on iPad, Kobo, Nook and other internet sites. Click on the picture below for the link on Amazon.

Check out my other pages like Bible journalingSelf- Confidence Boosters or Steph Speaks Ministry. I welcome all comments and follows on social media…

You can join God’s Masterpiece Friends Facebook group here.

I linkup with other Christian bloggers at these sites:

Sunday – Sunday Thoughts

Monday – Inspire me Monday,

Tuesday – Cheerleaders of FaithTea and Word LinkupTrekking ThruTuesday Talk,

Wednesday – A Wise Woman Builds her HomeChristian Blogger CommunityCoffee & ConversationCoffee for your HeartMesses to MessagesRecharge WednesdaySitting Among FriendsWord Filled Wednesday, Writing Wednesdays,

Thursday – Chasing CommunityHeart EncouragementSalt and LightTune in Thursday,

Friday – Dance with JesusFaith and FriendsFaith Filled FridayFresh Market FridayGrace & Truth

This blog uses affiliate links and referral links. This comes at no cost to you, but allows us to pay for the running of this site.


 

 Check out this amazing new STUDY BIBLE by Louis Giglio at Amazon called the Jesus Bible: http://amzn.to/2u4cJFh. I’ve used it and it’s a new look at the scriptures.

This 7-day course will:

  • teach you 7 different Bible study methods  
  • streamline the learning process so you don’t spend weeks or months figuring it out
  • give you tools for going deep into God’s word in as little as ten minutes a day (perfect for busy moms!)
  • provide ready made templates and printables you can choose from
  • show you exactly how to do each method with the daily videos 
  • revolutionize your time in God’s word and discover fresh intimacy with God in the process.
  • equip you to nourish yourself with the Scriptures
  • teach you how to develop your spiritual senses
  • help you establish a Bible study habit!

Plus, you can start any time, go at your own pace and you’ll have lifetime access to the course materials.

Life Posters has lovely scripture based posters and wall art:

Please follow and like us:

You are God’s Masterpiece

This is a quote from Chapter 2 of “You are God’s Masterpiece!” If you missed the first week you can find it here.

‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself’ is found eight times in the Bible. Some translations say “love your neighbor” and some say “love one another.” If we follow Jesus’ example, he loved all kinds of people. He loved men, women and children. He loved people who were sick, lame and blind, even pharisees and tax collectors.

The Message version translates the second part of the verse as “Love other people as well as you do yourself.” But for those of us with self-esteem issues, that isn’t as easy as it sounds. Frankly, its easy to love others and really hard to love ourselves. We constantly put ourselves down. We criticize the way we dress or cook or raise our kids.”

Is it the same for you? I am my worst critic. But when I realize it, I stop and repeat, “God loves me, it doesn’t matter.” “I don’t have to be perfect, God loves me anyway.” Or “I have other strengths, even if this isn’t one of them.” These mantras work for a moment. But what we truly need to do is take a moment to pray that God will send his Holy Spirit upon us because He is “the source of all comfort.” (2 Cor. 1:3) The Holy Spirit can send God's lovingkindness upon us so that we can feel loved and love for… Click To Tweet

YOU ARE HIS MASTERPIECE! You are one of a kind. There is no one else like you. And you are valuable. God does not make mistakes. Sure, you are imperfect. You are human. Only God is perfect. But He loves you even if you are flawed.

So today’s lesson is: when you start to beat yourself up about something, STOP! You will never be perfect, but God loves you anyway!! And isn’t that the best news you’ve heard all day?! In my book, you can find other ways to counteract those negative voices in your head.

If you want to go deeper into this Bible study, I have free Love Yourself worksheets.

You can get my book “You are God’s Masterpiece!” on Amazon for your Kindle or other devices with the Kindle app. it is also available on iPad, Kobo, Nook and other internet sites.

I welcome all comments and follows on social media…

I linkup with other Christian bloggers at these sites:

Monday – Inspire me Monday,

Tuesday – Cheerleaders of Faith,

Wednesday – A Wise Woman Builds her Home, Christian Blogger Community, Coffee & Conversation, Coffee for your Heart, Messes to Messages, Recharge Wednesday

Thursday – Chasing Community, Heart Encouragement, Live Free, More Abundant Life, Salt and Light, Sitting Among Friends, Warriors of the Word

Friday – Dance with Jesus, Faith and Friends, Faith Filled Friday, Fresh Market Friday, Grace & Truth

This blog uses affiliate links and referral links. This comes at no cost to you, but allows us to pay for the running of this site.

Please follow and like us:

Taking a breath

I am writing a Bible study to post over the summer beginning on June 2. But here are some of my older posts that you can revisit: The Armor of God, Choose your thoughts, or God’s thoughts.

Or check out my new Bible journaling page, with lots of pictures.

I leave you with Paul’s wish for the Philippians, and my wish for you: “May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation, the right righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ, for this will bring much glory and praise to God.” Phil. 1:11

I welcome all comments and follows on social media…

This blog uses affiliate links and referral links. This comes at no cost to you, but allows us to pay for the running of this site.

Crystal Twaddell

purposefulfaith.coma-wise-woman-builds-her-home



CrystalStorms.meMessy MarriageSoaring with Him Ministries

Please follow and like us:

Do you have issues?

Photo by Roman Drits / http://barnimages.com/

I was watching Dr. Phil the other day with my 24 year old daughter. He was telling the couple on his show that they had “issues” (problems) to work out and that he was going to help them if they would let him. And she made the comment that she too needed help because she had “issues.” I said, “Honey, we ALL have ‘issues!’”
We all have problems in our life, whether it be in our relationships, health, decision-making skills, impulse control, just to name a few. Christians are not immune to this dilemma. NO ONE ON THIS EARTH IS PERFECT EXCEPT GOD. That's why we need Him. Click To Tweet
I am a Dr. Phil fan. He does give good advice. Although I don’t agree with everything he says on the show, he has helped a lot of people. Here are a few of his sage idioms:
YOU TEACH PEOPLE HOW TO TREAT YOU:
In other words, if yo let people talk disrespectfully to you or use you only for their benefit, they are not your friend but your abuser. Real friends give and take with each other. Real friends talk as well as listen. Click To TweetReal friends treat each other with respect and love one another as unto the Lord. (I Cor 13:4-7)
YOUR PAST DOES NOT MAKE YOUR FUTURE:
Dr. Phil says, “Acknowledge your past without being controlled by it.” We all have a past that has made us into the person we are now. But if we are Christians and want to please God we need to forgive those who have hurt us in the past and make a better future.
Phil 3:13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.
FORGIVE OTHERS:
Even Dr. Phil talks about forgiveness. He sees it as letting the person you are not forgiving having power over you and affecting your health and heart in a negative way. God tells us that He cannot forgive us if we do not forgive others their sin against us. Both things are true but the end is the same, we always feel better in our hearts if we forgive. And our relationship with God is healed if we forgive.
Dr. Phil claims to be a Christian. He talks about God on his show. Although there are some things he says that I don’t agree with. But I do thank God that his show is on television so that he can help those who cannot help themselves. And the he gives them the resources that they would not have if they weren’t on TV.
I also told my daughter that she didn’t have the “issues” that the people on the show had. Praise God that none of my children have ever been on drugs and are fairly normal people. We have problems but none that we can’t handle without God’s help.

For more information about Steph’s ministry go to Steph Speaks page.

You can get my book “You are God’s Masterpiece!” on Amazon for your Kindle or other devices with the Kindle app.

I welcome all comments and follows on social media…

This blog uses affiliate links and referral links. This comes at no cost to you, but allows us to pay for the running of this site.

 

Crystal Twaddell

purposefulfaith.coma-wise-woman-builds-her-home



Save

Save

Save

Please follow and like us:

Better than part 2

 

Last week I wrote about how God wants us to be better than the world. But Jesus made himself “less than” to live on earth. He is God yet He made himself human to show us how much he loves us. Click To Tweet

“Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.” Phil. 2:6-8 Let’s look at verses 6 and 7 of the Amplified version: “although He existed in the form and unchanging essence of God [as One with Him, possessing the fullness of all the divine attributes—the entire nature of deity], did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped or asserted [as if He did not already possess it, or was afraid of losing it]; 7 but emptied Himself [without renouncing or diminishing His deity, but only temporarily giving up the outward expression of divine equality and His rightful dignity] by assuming the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men [He became completely human but was without sin, being fully God and fully man].”

Jesus emptied himself of all of his Godly attributes to come down to earth and appear to us lowly humans. Isn’t that awesome! God not only loved us enough to come down to earth and sacrificed his life to save us from our sins, he gave up his place in Heaven to do it. And in honor of his lowly visit to us, he asks that we be humble and “think of others better than ourselves.” Phil. 2:3 Jesus loved all people, lame, leper, men, women, but especially sinners. So this is the way we should live our lives also. Paul tells us in Philippians to love one another, work together with one mind and purpose, don’t try to impress others and don’t look out only for your own interests. These are only some of the Bible’s instructions or code of conduct, and to me a great way to honor Jesus’ sacrifice. I hope you too will contemplate our Lord’s willingness to come down to earth and love us personally this week.

I leave you with Paul’s wish for the Philippians, and my wish for you: “May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation, the right righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ, for this will bring much glory and praise to God.” Phil. 1:11

You can get my book “You are God’s Masterpiece!” on Amazon for your Kindle or other devices with the Kindle app.

I welcome all comments and follows on social media…

This blog uses affiliate links and referral links. This comes at no cost to you, but allows us to pay for the running of this site.

 

Crystal Twaddell

purposefulfaith.com

Please follow and like us:

Better than

A phrase came across my thoughts this week, “better than.” We can think of it in two ways, positively and negatively. Click To Tweet He wants us to love Him with our heart soul and mind, to the best of our ability. Then follow His commands and use our gifts to tell others about Him. In 1 Corinthians 1:26 it say, “…few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you.” In other words, He doesn’t choose perfect people to serve Him. He chooses people who love Him and willingly serve Him whether it be as preachers, teachers, counselors, or bloggers online. Last week I was discouraged because I was noticing that other bloggers had better posts. Their posts were more organized: “3 things that God…,” “5 ways to…,” “How to….” Their posts are generally longer and wordier. But I prayed about it and God said, “You are doing it the way that is best for you.” I may be disorganized and not as spiffy looking as some of the others. And I do write shorter blogs. but I write shorter, succinct blogs because people are busy and they don’t have time to read 600-800 words. I feel like I’m doing it the way I should be according to what God has called me to do.

The other “better than” is the way the world thinks. Most people strive to be better than their neighbors. They want to have a better house, car and wardrobe, the most up to date phone and TV, technology and job. But God doesn’t want that for us. The Bible says it is unwise to compare yourself to others in 2 Corinthians chapter 10. Psalm 139 says God made us wonderfully and Ephesians 2:10 says we are His masterpiece. So God is telling us that we are perfect just the way we are. And we don’t need more to make us “better than” anyone else. Sure, we may need a good wardrobe for our job and a sufficiently tech savvy phone to accommodate our life. But it doesn’t have to make us go into debt we cant afford. I’ve been in debt and it’s not a lot of fun. And it’s not what God wants. There are many Christians who teach about money to help you learn how to manage it better. Click To Tweet

I leave you with Paul’s wish for the Philippians, and my wish for you: “May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation, the right righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ, for this will bring much glory and praise to God.” Phil. 1:11

You can get my book “You are God’s Masterpiece!” on Amazon for your Kindle or other devices with the Kindle app.

I welcome all comments and follows on social media…

This blog uses affiliate links and referral links. This comes at no cost to you, but allows us to pay for the running of this site.

 

 

 

Save

Crystal Twaddell

Save

Savepurposefulfaith.com

Save

Save

Save

Please follow and like us:

3 Ways to Get closer to God

Arched doorways opening into infinity

I got a journaling Bible recently, one that has pictures in the margins or blank margins you can make your own doodles and notes in. I was glancing through it and saw the first page of Micah. In it’s margin is that book’s most famous scripture Micah 6:8 “The Lord has told you what is good, and this is what He requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”

As followers of Jesus don’t we desire to do good? He places that desire in our hearts. When we see stories on TV of people who do good things, become missionaries and go to foreign countries to help those in need during global disasters, they are usually Christians. The media still uses the reference from the Bible of “the good Samaritan.” And charity is a word that is first used in connection with someone doing something kind for others in the Bible.

The second thing God requires of us is to love mercy. Mercy is something we don’t deserve. People in the Bible are always asking God for mercy. Mercy from pain, mercy from sickness, and sin. My kids say I am one of the nicest people they know. Some would say too nice. But again it’s that desire God put in us to do, like Jesus did. Mercy sometimes requires great effort because it may be toward an “enemy” of ours, someone that has done us wrong or been rude to us. It could be letting someone in front of us in the grocery line, or a car in traffic. The best example of mercy on this earth is when a parent or loved one of someone who has been murdered forgives the murderer. It is the one thing that I am sure I would have a hard time doing. But He wants us to do it BECAUSE it is hard. And because it is something He has done for us. God sacrificed His son Jesus for us to save us from our sins BUT WE DIDN’T DESERVE IT. HE DID IT BECAUSE HE LOVES US!

Lastly, God requires that we walk humbly with Him. In Gill’s commentary it describes being humble as: “acknowledging (we) can do nothing without him; owning (our) dependence on his grace, and ascribing all (we) have, and are, unto (Him.)” I have found with my children it is especially hard for them to do that. I’m not sure if it is just their generation or all young people but they are definitely independent. Praise God my oldest sons have found wonderful christian women who with prayer (from me and them) have helped lead them back to Christ. But I am still praying for my daughters. Unfortunately, our selfish and material world has a negative influence on them lately. But God is still in control and I am still praying for them. I’m sure it’s my age, wisdom and maturity that assures me it’s only God that gets me through this life. But it’s also the knowledge and experience of all the times God has been present when I needed Him.

Be assured my friends that God is with you and will never leave you! Keep your Bible close and prayer on your lips.

My new book is available on Amazon Kindle Unlimited:

I welcome all comments and follows on social media…

This blog uses affiliate links and referral links. This comes at no cost to you, but allows us to pay for the running of this site.

Please follow and like us:

God’s thoughts

I got a journaling/coloring Bible about a month ago. I love adult coloring books and I had seen many pictures of others’ journaling Bibles. So I figured that it would be a fun thing to do and also enhance my bible study time. The problem is that I don’t really draw that well. It looks great when I color in what is already there created by someone who is a true artist. But if I try to draw something, it doesn’t look as good or it doesn’t look good to me. But it is kind of like someone who sings off key. God doesn’t care what they sound like. He only cares that they are singing out their love for Him. Those around you might not like it as  much but loves it because it is the thought that counts not the sound.

So today I was doing my Bible study and flipping through the Bible to see what pictures I could color. Of course there are also pages that have blank space for me to draw or write my own things. I was reading Psalm 139:17 “How precious are your thoughts about me.” Isn’t it amazing that God, who has billions of people to think about thinks “precious” thoughts about ALL of us??!! Some people think that He is always looking down at us with a frown on his face waiting for us to screw up. Some think he can’t wait to bring his wrath down on our heads and give up on us when we don’t fall in line after so many chances. But that’s not true, the Bible says He is on our side, cannot be separated from us and has only “precious” thoughts about us.

So just like all of the jewels in the picture, we are beautiful to him. We are unique, colorful and precious. He cherishes each one of us and looks forward to caring for us and planning our futures. And just like some people don’t need the  perfect voice to praise Him. I don’t need the perfect pictures in my Bible to please Him. He still thinks they are beautiful. So please, feel free to praise Him with a voice that is not perfect or draw and color with pictures that are not museum worthy. I write blog posts that are only read by 10-20 people a week but God still wants me to do it. And I know there are others like me who write just because they love to write not because anyone will read it.

I leave you with Paul’s wish for the Philippians, and my wish for you: “May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation, the right righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ, for this will bring much glory and praise to God.” Phil. 1:11

Today you can get my book “You are God’s Masterpiece!” on Amazon for your Kindle or other devices with the Kindle app.

I welcome all comments and follows on social media…

This blog uses affiliate links and referral links. This comes at no cost to you, but allows us to pay for the running of this site.

Save

Please follow and like us:

Driving through rainbows

Emotionally, this was a very bad week. I need to go back and reread the words that God gave me in the book I just wrote. Last Sunday at church, I was crying during the service partly because I was praising God and partly because I was overwhelmed because of some of the things I am going through right now. My husband and I are going to be empty nesters after my son graduates high school at the end of June and then goes off to Marine boot camp a week later. Then soon after he is gone we are going to move in with my mother-in-law to help her maintain and share her home since we need to downsize anyway. But we do not have a date for this move since we do not know when his employer might transfer him. It could be anytime between May and December of this year. And there are a couple of other minor irritations that are not worth mentioning.

But God is good! Usually rainbows are high up in the sky, we can see them but they are so far away they are untouchable. We can take pictures of them but they are just out of reach. Here in the Pacific Northwest it rains a lot but that also means it is very green: the evergreens and other trees, the grass for most of the year and we can grow many fruits and vegetables here because of the wet weather. It also means we see a lot of rainbows because when the clouds disappear suddenly as they do often, the rainbows come out. Today a rainbow appeared right in front of me on the road as I was driving! It was large and full of bright colors, not like the narrow ones you see in the sky and so amazing! If I wasn’t driving I would have taken a picture but I don’t think that would have been a good idea, grin.

God created rainbows to remind Noah that He would never again destroy the earth or those that live on it. Today He gave me a rainbow to remind me just when I think I might want to give up and throw in the towel, God shows up and gives me a sign that all is well. It will be well because He is with us and has… Click To TweetGod loves us so much that He takes time to send us rainbows, birds and coins! I have heard countless stories of people who have encounters with God through unusual signs and know that they are a message from God. I hope you will take the time today and praise God because He will help you find some rainbows… Click To TweetGod bless you all!

I leave you with Paul’s wish for the Philippians, and my wish for you: “May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation, the right righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ, for this will bring much glory and praise to God.” Phil. 1:11

I welcome all comments and follows on social media…

This blog uses affiliate links and referral links. This comes at no cost to you, but allows us to pay for the running of this site.

Email  stephwrites68@gmail.com for info about speaking engagements in your church or women’s group on Boosting your Confidence, Serving God in Your Everyday Life and Parenting Dos and Don’ts. Click on Steph Speaks to read a summary of her ministry.

For wall quotes and sayings:
CustomVinylDecor.com

Today you can get my new book “You are God’s Masterpiece!” on Amazon

for your Kindle or other devices with the Kindle app.

Save

Save

Please follow and like us: