Recently there has been a slew of books that have come to market and several blog post series about being brave, fearless, and courageous. I believe we are living in a time where God is speaking to His daughters and calling them to live boldly in their faith by looking beyond their circumstances for such a time as this. Understanding who we are in Christ and boldly trusting God to live courageously for HIM!
From the moment I picked up Courageous Women of the Bible: Leaving Behind Fear and Insecurity For a Life of Confidence and Freedom by Latan Roland Murphy, I knew this was an extraordinary book and couldn’t wait to dive in.
I began highlighting and underlining words that ooze with wisdom from the first few pages in the introduction. Words that caused me to pause. Words I needed to hear at this very moment my journey with the Lord. Words I know my sisters need to hear.
Latan sets the stage by laying down these principles in the introduction.
Courage advances us into opportunities we would otherwise shrink back from and avoid.
Courage comes as we point our feet toward the path leading to obedient living
When we cannot do it all perfectly, we can do all that we do courageously
As we draw wisdom from past mistakes, we can make courageous future choices
Godly courage is mobilized by an obedient spirit- knowing the power of God is greater than the circumstances we face
Courageous behavior comes as we realize we are living for a higher cause, greater good, and better story that is being written across our beautifully imperfect lives
“Courage by God’s standards is the ability to act, regardless of human fear or frailty, and enables us to do supernatural things because we are not acting alone – God is with us. And sometimes, godly courage is manifested in the ability to not act outwardly, but to wait, pray and be still in God’s presence. To linger, listen, seek His best way to live. Real godly courage is laced with an attitude of obedient gratitude, knowing that He is able to lead, guide, and direct our lives.”
Latan then examines the lives of eleven courageous women of the Bible and challenges the reader to think about her own life and how these brave women of the Bible can help her to grow in her faith. Come sit at the feet of each of these women and soak in the goodness.
The Woman with an Issue of Blood
The Widow with Two Coins
The Samaritan Woman
Mary Mother of Jesus
The Shulammite Woman
The Shunammite Woman
Through the study of these eleven women, Latan provides thought-provoking study questions along with interactive journal questions to take you deeper into your faith.
From the back cover. “Whether you’re facing struggles with singleness, the mounting challenges of marriage and motherhood, health issues, a financial crisis – God has equipped you to walk in freedom and confidence as you abide in Him, strengthened by His power and provision.”
LaTan Roland Murphy is an award-winning author and speaker and has been featured in WHOA women’s magazine and numerous other publications. She is the author of Becoming a Woman of Interior Elegance and co-author of God’s Provision in Tough Times. She is also the founder of The Colors of His Love Women’s Conference. She and her husband, Joe, have three adult children and two delightful grandchildren. They live in Raleigh, North Carolina. She would love for you to stop by and visit her on her website at latanmurphy.com.
A special thank you to LaTan Roland Murphy, Bethany House Publishers, and The Blog About network for providing me with a copy of Courageous Women of the Bible: Leaving Behind Fear and Insecurity For a Life of Confidence and Freedom to review and one to give away.
To be entered to win share this post and leave a comment below stating which of these eleven women in Courageous Women of the Bible you most likely relate to and why! The giveaway will run until June 15th, 2018, and the winner will be randomly selected from the entries and will be announced on this post.
What an honor to be in the company of a group of men and women 100% committed to life, even in the most horrific circumstances. The stories told by these brave men and women were heart-breaking and difficult to listen to, but at the same time were filled with so much grace, and hope.
Last week I attended the Save The 1 Speaker Training Retreat in the Atlanta area.
Save the 1 is based on The Parable of the Lost Sheep
“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven. What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray?And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray.So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.” -Matthew 18:10-14 ESV
While at the training we spent the morning in our beautiful hosts home giving impromptu speeches in an answer to “hard case” questions concerning pro-life issues. In the afternoon we each shared our personal story of choosing life. There were several of us including myself, Kirk, and Suzanne who were all given poor prenatal diagnosis with doctors telling us to abort our children but we all choose to stand for life.
Delicious roasted whole chicken or turkey on plate with cutlery and sauce , harvest grilled vegetables on dark rustic background, top view, banner, frame. Thanksgiving Day food
Our host Suzanne finally became pregnant after years of infertility and refused to abort after three doctors insisted that she terminate her pregnancy, one doctor even said the only test that he would perform for them would be an autopsy. She fought for her daughter’s life, and her daughter is now twenty years old and together they share their incredible story of choosing life, and are active in the Georgia Right to Life.
Others were rape victims who suffered terrible abuse, but when they found out that they were pregnant choose to carry those babies to term and raise them as their own.
Jennifer who was married with three children was raped and brutally beaten while away on business and was left half-naked in the snow to die. When she tells her husband that she is pregnant, they see this as a blessing and a gift after suffering a horrific tragedy. See her powerful testimony in the video below.
Darlene, now the Vice-President of Save the 1 shares her story of being molested as a child and spending years in sex trafficking was finally able to escape the horrific darkness when she became pregnant, that baby saved her life. Kelly was sexually abused by her own father at 6 years old and later becomes involved in an abusive relationship is badly beaten raped and left for dead, but later finds out she is pregnant and chooses life. Paula and her beautiful baby who was conceived in rape also attend shared their story of hope and life.
Women preparing a gift box while christmas
Ralph was adopted into an amazing family after being conceived in rape and was also grief-stricken by abortion when his girlfriend chooses to have an abortion. The founder of Save the 1, Rebecca Keisling that I met at Houston Coalition for Life shares a similar story of being adopted after her mother conceived her after being raped but was unable to abort her because abortion was illegal in her home state.
That evening we all shared our stories at Crosspointe Community Church in Roswell, Georgia. A special thank you to our amazing photographer Christine Calvin for capturing the evening for us. As the evening concluded we had a small reception and all stayed after talking to the attendees, and as we were starting to wrap things up a beautiful brave young woman came up to me and thanked me for sharing my story.
I could see she was trembling and on the verge of tears as said, “I wish I would have done, what you did.” You see she was given a poor prenatal diagnosis when she was pregnant and she listened to her doctor’s advice and terminated her pregnancy. She regretted her decision and felt unworthy to be a mother. We moved to a quiet corner to talk and I prayed with her. We spoke about forgiveness and that when we confess our sins to Jesus when God looks at us He doesn’t see our sin but He sees us white as snow because He sees Jesus.
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If we want to walk in freedom then once we confess our sin, we have to accept that we have been forgiven. Through God’s grace, we can then extend forgiveness to ourselves and walk in freedom.
Here are a few scriptures to keep in mind if you struggle with forgiving yourself:
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. -1 John 1:9
If the son has set you free, you will be free indeed. – John 8:36
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. – Romans 8:1
As far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. – Psalm 103:12-13 ESV
I would be honored if you would share this post to help me spread the word about the amazing men and women of Save the 1 and their stories. Freedom comes when light shines into dark places. If you are interested in booking any of these speakers for an event please visit Save The 1.
Just want to wish you a Happy Mother’s Day weekend! Thank you to all of the women, wives, and moms who follow By His Grace and join me here each week. It is an honor to serve you in this space.
Today I want to remind you that God sees you right where you are, and He thinks you are pretty special. His love for you is great and His plans for you good!
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. – Psalm 139:13-16 ESV
Happy Mother’s Day! Be blessed and know you are loved!
Houston Coalition for Life’s mission is to end abortion in Houston… peacefully and prayerfully. The vision of Houston Coalition for life is to love, respect, and protect every human life from conception until natural death.
They have a mobile crisis pregnancy center (CPC), known as the “Big Blue Bus.” It is a refurbished motor coach parked daily outside Planned Parenthood’s largest abortion facility in the United States in Houston, TX. Where they offer expectant mothers free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds and Christian counseling.
Their program saves lives.
Of the expectant mothers, more than 92% chose life and continued their pregnancies to full term! They now have a second CPC, called “Baby Blue,” that is on the road on a part-time basis in since November of 2014.
In addition to this fantastic work, other programs include: stand and pray, sidewalk counseling, 40 churches
stand and pray
40 churches for 40 days
Blue Blossom Pregnancy Center
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For more information on how you can get involved in saving lives, please visit Houston Coalition.
We became involved in the pro-life movement just before I became pregnant with my son Liam. It is one thing to say you are pro-life, but it is something altogether different to take a stand for life when everyone from your doctor to genetic counselor tells you to abort your child.
While at the dinner I had the pleasure to meet our keynote speaker for the evening Rebecca Kiessling of Save the 1. Rebecca is an attorney, wife, mother of five, and an international pro-life and adoption speaker. Her powerful testimony of being conceived in rape and nearly being aborted at two back-alley abortion facilities to then becoming adopted, and becoming a champion a life is incredible!
I am excited to partner with Rebecca and others at Save the 1 to share my testimony of choosing life when it is considered a “hard case,” and look forward to attending the pro-life speaker training and retreat in May in Georgia.
Also, for my friends in the greater Atlanta area, I will be sharing part of my testimony at a free community event along with others from Save the 1 at the Crosspointe Community Church in Roswell, GA May 11, 2018, from 7-9 PM, and I would love to see you there.
One of the things that I love about blogging is that I have met so many wonderful Christian sisters across the world that I never would have met otherwise. In the past two years, there are many that I have met in person, and others I only have virtual friendships with but hope that someday our paths will cross.
I became virtually acquainted with Crystal Twadell through her Fresh Market Friday Linkup, where she invites other Christian authors to share their work on her site. I believe we are kindred spirits, which is why I was thrilled when she asked me to contribute to her Made for Brave series.
Being Brave when Life is Hard
Sometimes life is hard. Pain comes. Grief, betrayal, suffering, and sickness are all a part of living in today’s world. Sometimes putting on a brave face and moving forward is the last thing that we want to do…..
Please join me today on Crystal’s blog where I share a story about being brave when life is hard.
Lies Moms Believe: and how the Gospel refutes them is a book that addresses lies mom believe about themselves and motherhood. There is also a companion Bible study for those who want to delve deeper into the word, both by Rebekah Hargrave.
Rebekah tackles 32 lies moms believe and the book is divided into five parts.
Lies About Motherhood
Lies About How God Views Us as Moms
Lies About How We View Ourselves as Moms
Lies About Our Children
Lies About our Parenting Choices
I think my favorite chapter is lie #23 I don’t Have Time
Rebekah addresses several things mom say that they don’t have time for including:
Too Busy for God
Too Busy for our Husbands
Too Busy for Creativity
Too Busy for Community
INCLUDED IN THIS CHAPTERS IS….
Three Reasons Christian Friendship is So Crucial
Christian friends are there to help us in times of need.
Christian friends edify you and are used by God in your sanctification process.
Christian friendship is a powerful tool for keeping your heart in close fellowship with the Lord and His ways.
The Bible study follows the book and dives deeper into scriptures it also includes the following sections: Apply the Word, Pray the Word and Memorize the Word. For more information about Rebekah and her book visit HargravesHomeand Hearth.com.
A special thank you to Rebekah Hargrave, and The Blog About network for providing me with a copy of Lies Moms Believe: and how the Gospel refutes them and Lies Moms Believe: The Companion Bible Study to review and give away.
Leave a comment below indicating an area of motherhood you struggle with to be entered to win a copy of Lies Moms Believe: and how the Gospel refutes them and Lies Moms Believe: The Companion Bible Study between now and April 30, 2018.
Today I would like to highlight some of the projects of Montgomery County Right To Life. To encourage families to have pro-life conversations each year they sponsor four contests open to students from second grade up to age 25. The contests are not academic exercises but rather conversation starters to share the message of Life! There is an essay contest, poster, oratory, and video contest.
This year the Video Contest was near and dear to my heart because my son Ian shared the story of his little brother and tied for 2nd place!
Our family will be attending the Montgomery County Right to Life Dinner and Dr. Alveda King will be the keynote speaker for this year’s Dinner for Life celebration. Her father, A.D. King, was involved in the civil rights movement both independently and alongside his brother, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Alveda’s family suffered the bombing of their home in Birmingham on the Saturday before Mother’s Day 1963. A.D. was in a room directly below his brother’s at the Lorraine Motel when the gun blast went off that killed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Sadly, April 4 is the 50th anniversary of his assassination. Alveda experienced her own father’s death just 15 months later.
Dr. King is at the forefront of the issue of our time – the respect for Life. She currently serves as Director of Civil Rights for the Unborn, the African-American Outreach for Priests for Life. She is also a voice for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, sharing her testimony of two abortions along with God’s forgiveness and healing. Dr. King recently launched a project to produce a full-length feature film, Roe v Wade: The Untold Story. Come be inspired by this dynamic leader!
We would love for you to join us at the dinner!
Saturday, April 21, from 6-8 pm
WoodsEdge Community Church 25333 Gosling Spring, TX 77389
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! This weekend I participated in my first 5K and had a great time in support of Shield Bearer Counseling centers.
Shield Bearer has been on the front lines championing healthy relationships, strong marriages, healthy families and strong communities. Shield Bearer promotes individual growth and development, preserves and enriches marriages and strengthens and unites families.
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They believe that strong communities are built by healthy families. Shield Bearer focuses on restoring broken relationships and building on the strengths of existing relationships.Their trauma specialists work with survivors of human trafficking. veterans, crime victims and their families and disaster survivors (such as Hurricane Harvey survivors.
Today, I would love for y’all to check out my post on my writing sister’s Kelley Ivey Johnson’s blog in her series on What Being Brave Looks Like!
While you are there be sure to check out, her newly released book on Being Brave: A 40- Day Journey to the Life God Dreams for You!
Every day I am getting one step closer to my own book becoming a reality. This week I am crafting a book proposal that I will be sharing with some publishing industry experts this Spring and later this summer. Later in the week, I will be attending the Well Summit – Launch Well Publishing Event in Dallas, Texas, and can’t wait to tell y’all about it when I return next week!
Later in the week, I will be attending the Well Summit – Launch Well Publishing Event in Dallas, Texas, and can’t wait to tell you all about it when I return next week!
Also, I am collaborating with some amazing writing sisters on a new project, and can’t wait to share it with you very soon! Until then…
Coming soon! I have another book review and give away on Lies Moms Believe: And How The Gospel Refutes Them by Rebekah Hargraves, along with the Companion Bible Study! I just got these in the mail and can’t wait to dig into them and let you know what I think.
One last thing, would y’all mind doing me a favor? If you like what I am doing here on the By His Grace Blog would you mind sharing it with your friends or posting about it on Social Media to help me spread the word? That would mean the world to me!
My husband can always tell when I read a new book that excites me because I instantly start implementing ideas from the book! I don’t know about you but I love a good bargain, saving money excites me, and living a life of intention and purpose is right up my alley. I tend to talk a lot about intentional living here on By His Grace.
Which is why I was thrilled to have the opportunity to review the book, Live. Save. Spend. Repeat.: The Life You Want With The Money You Have by Kim Anderson.
The book is divided into three parts: LIVE, SAVE, SPEND
In this section, Kim shares some thoughts on what holds people back, and you’ll get an idea of your financial picture, including what type of spender and saver you are. The book includes several worksheets to create a budget to help you become more intentional with your money, along with thrifty little tips.
This section gets into the nitty-gritty of saving through planning, patience, and persistence, and helps you think through your goals and track your goals and dreams through momentum milestone exercises so that you can start living the life you really want today! Filled with fear bursting encouragement, Kim helps you create both financial goals and other life goals by creating momentum milestones for all areas of your life.
I love this part because it talks about ways to strategically spend your money so that you can spend without regret! Along with helpful ideas to make sure that you are being intentional with your money.
If you are tired of the cycles of work, spend, worry, repeat, then this book is definitely for you! Be sure to visit my Instagram where I am giving away a copy of Live. Save. Spend. Repeat.: The Life You Want With The Money You Have and leave a comment on the post with this picture.
Kim and her husband paid off $93,000 in debt in two years on one income, and I couldn’t wait to hear her strategies for saving money. You can learn more about Kim Anderson and find even more create saving ideas at her blog: Thrifty Little Mom.
A special thank you to Kim Anderson, Harvest House Publishers, and The Blog About network for providing me with a copy of Live. Save. Spend. Repeat.: The Life You Want With The Money You Have to review and one to give away.