7 Lies Christian Women Believe about Bible Study

  Are you a Christian woman longing for more of God in your daily life, yet inexplicably stuck in a spiritual desert, struggling to find your way back to the Living Waters? I’m here to say, you are not alone! Sadly, I wasted far too many years of my life wandering in a spiritual desert. Somewhere along the journey, I had lost my desire to pray. To open my Bible. To attend church. And when I (occasionally) did these things, it all felt so forced. Dry. Dusty. Desert-like. And then, of course, I would rationalize the guilt away… I’m just…

Why Jesus Didn’t Exempt Himself from Suffering | by Liz Petruzzi

Jesus wept. –John 11:35 God of the Universe. Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. The Great I AM. These are just a few of the words used to describe God. Yet, even in all His glory, God didn’t exempt Himself from suffering. In the person of Jesus, God became man. Humble, lowly, vulnerable. Jesus Christ knew how it felt to be… Rejected. Betrayed. Scared. Ridiculed. Humiliated. Abused. Jesus experienced both love and loss during his time on earth. He was rejected by his own brothers and betrayed by his closest friends. Jesus was God in flesh, yet He…

Fight Victoriously! Winning Strategies for Christian Women – VIDEO

The final chapters of Ephesians contain the Bible’s most comprehensive teaching on marriage and family followed by a strong warning to beware of the invisible battle. Ephesians 6:12 says, “For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens.” Satan and his demons exist in opposition to God and his angels. The ultimate battle of good versus evil rages to this day (Rev 20:10) and our world is ravaged by this invisible conflict. But if we can’t see it, how do we…

A Christian Girl’s Guide to Restful Living – VIDEO

Because of underlying health issues, my body craves rest and often demands it. This used to frustrate me to no end. It made me feel weak, less-than, incapable, a burden to others. I would push through all of the signs of fatigue, striving to be the person I thought everyone needed me to be. I denied my body, soul, and spirit of the rest it was yearning for and I found myself in a tailspin. The need to be needed, to be valuable, to be somebody drove me beyond myself. It pushed me to say yes when I should have said…

A Christian Woman’s Top 10 Secrets for Healthful Living – VIDEO

Healthy is a synergistic concept that requires body, soul, and spirit to accomplish. It is a filter that you use to make each and every decision in your life. It is something you work towards and rarely ever achieve, but your efforts are never in vain. Each healthy choice you make will improve the quality of your life and bring you one step closer to being the woman God created you to be. Many people who promote healthy lifestyles only focus on the physical body but I have discovered that there is so much more to healthful living than just…

How to Embrace God’s Beautiful Design for Your Life – VIDEO

Most people treat spiritual growth like a big juicy apple when they should be treating it like an onion. Rather than working their way towards God’s design for their life one layer at a time, they take big bites and often lose interest after just a few mouthfuls. The purpose of my  Living by Design retreats are to equip women to embrace God’s beautiful design for their lives. Over the course of three-days, we peel off our old selves, layer by layer, and learn how to put on our new self, “created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and…

The Transformative Power of Pain and Suffering | By Jodi Fairclough

Recently, I witnessed a friend experiencing a depth of pain that caused my heart to shatter in sympathy. Her struggle touched a place in me that remembers, all too well, how debilitating and life altering pain can be. Her pain was ugly, unfair, and undeserved. This caused me to revisit my own personal wrestling match with why God allows pain and suffering in the lives of His children. In seasons of distress and unadulterated pain, we are desperate to find an enemy to blame for our discomfort. On some occasions, the provocateur of our pain is easy to identify. A…

Worthy of the Calling Podcast Tour + Exciting New Bible Study

Faith-filled podcasts are warm and inviting like a steaming cup of Earl Grey tea on a brisk fall afternoon.  A simple invitation to rest awhile in the company of new friends. I’d love to have my own podcast someday. But until that day comes, I’ll continue to find great joy in visiting with the talented podcast hosts who graciously invite me onto their shows. It’s sort of like being invited to a new friend’s home for coffee & conversation. They do all the cleaning, baking, and coffee making, and all I have to do is show up and enjoy their…

The Bible is NOT a Buffet + Worthy of the Calling Bible Study

I know not everyone likes the Apostle Paul. You don’t have to look very far to find someone complaining about his teachings regarding submission, male and female roles in the church, and a whole host of other things. But the more I’ve gotten to know Paul’s story, the more I’ve come to believe people give Paul far too much credit. It’s not like he came up with all this stuff on his own. My goodness! If we believe the Bible is the infallible and inspired Word of God, we must also receive all the teaching in the Bible as coming…

How God’s Work Empowers Our Walk + Free Online Bible Study

My Worthy of the Calling  free online Bible study launches today and I am overwhelmed with gratitude for this glorious calling God has placed on my life and all He has done to make me worthy of it. As it is with any writing project, things have not gone as I had planned. This free online Bible study project quickly exploded into something beyond what I could have ever imagined, and I’ve been swimming with all my might to keep my head above the rapids ever since. So today, for just a moment, I want to invite you to journey…