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Beloved Women with Christina Patterson

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Now displaying: July, 2016
Jul 25, 2016

The hardest part about losing weight is keeping it off once you've lost it. The hardest part about marriage is not the wedding, it's staying married. The hardest part about being a parent is not having kids, but raising them.

Sometimes our greatest challenge is not starting a race, but staying in the race until the end. Jesus knew this would be true for His disciples. They had already been cleansed and set apart by the truth revealed to them by Jesus. Their challenge now would be to stay that way even when Jesus was not physically with them.

Your challenges may look the same today. You're on the right path, headed in the right direction. Your goal now is to stay the course; to not get distracted with boredom, curiosity, fatigue or frustration. What does Jesus tell his disciples to do to stay the course? You guessed it: abide in Him. 

And as we’ll learn in this week's video Bible Study, "You Are Already Clean", our strength to persevere not only comes from abiding in Jesus but that when we do, He too abides in us. All the power and fuel we need to keep running the good race is not all up to us. It's a comforting reminder that Jesus is with us helping us all along.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for abiding in me and strengthening me with Your Holy Spirit. I pray for the courage and faith to run the race You have marked out for me. I love You. In Jesus Christ Name I pray, Amen.

Let's keep this conversation going Beloved. Let me know in the comments what types of challenges you've faced while running your race for Christ.

Much love,

Christina

Jul 18, 2016

So the other day I'm folding up clothes while my son was playing in the room with me. Next thing I know I see him just as content walking around with a pacifier in his mouth. 

Now, normally this would have not presented a problem except that we weaned him from the pacifier months earlier. I'm surprised he even knew what to do with it. But somehow, someway, he found a pacifier that had probably been lost for who knows how long and pops it right in his mouth. 

I kindly took it from him and he went on his merry little way. This was a completely different reaction from when we first took the pacifier from him. As you moms, grand-mothers, aunts and god-mothers know, weaning a baby from a pacifier, bottle, or even thumb can be challenging. The baby has grown used to doing things one way and here we come changing up the whole game. Who do we think we are? And with screams, tears, tantrums and even sleepless nights they let us know how they really feel.

Just like we let God know how we feel when He allows certain things or relationships to leave our lives. But like a good parent He does not want anything in our lives that prevent the growth and fruit He desires of us. Now, I do not believe God is the cause of our pain but many times He will use our pain to grow and develop us.

In our text for this series Jesus calls this process pruning. This is the gardening technique where a gardener removes useless stubs and shoots from a plant so it can produce more fruit. And in this week's video Bible study, "Every Branch That Does Bear Fruit He Prunes", Jesus lets us know God does the same thing to us.

I wonder how many things we complain about that are actually God growing us and stretching us to be the women we've been called to be? Maybe the challenges we are facing are not because God is mad at us but that He's using certain undesired situations and relationships to grow us for our good and His glory. When it comes to pruning I believe the process can be painful but the outcome is always fruitful.

If you know a sista-girl going through be sure to share this week's devotion and video with her. You never know who might need some Beloved encouragement today.

Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You for growing me to live a fruitful life. I pray for the correct perspective during pruning seasons to trust You through the process. I love You. In Jesus Christ Name I pray, Amen.

Let's keep this conversation going Beloved! Comment and let me know if you have ever been through a pruning season that you are currently enjoying the fruit from today. Let me know about a difficult time in your life that worked out for your good and God's glory. 

you are loved,

Christina

Jul 11, 2016

Each year my family and I grow a small garden in our back yard. It is fun to plant, take care of and watch grow; especially with the kids. But we don't grow this garden just for fun. We also want fruit to enjoy. The same is true for God. In this week's video Bible study, "You Are The Branches", we learn that God is growing a garden. He is the gardener, Jesus is the vine and we are the branches. This garden He has been so careful and watchful over is His Church. Not the building you go to on Sunday mornings but you and me. It's those that believe in His Son as Lord and Savior.

And after all the care God is investing in His Church you better believe like any good gardener, He is looking for fruit. God wants us to be fruitful. So let me ask you: what is fruit? And what does a fruitful life look like? These are the questions we're answering in this week's video but here's a quote from today's Bible study to get you thinking in the right direction. 

"Our fruit is not just knowing about Jesus but actually knowing Him. Our fruit is not just reading God’s Word but actually doing what it says. Our fruit is not just thinking of love as this great concept or cute cliché that we like to throw around. Our fruit is actually laying our lives down and being the love we so highly esteem. This is the fruit God is looking for from our lives."

Be fruitful today Beloved and be sure to share today's devotion and video with a friend. You never know who might need some Beloved encouragement today.

Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You for planting me in Your truth and love and allowing me to be a part of Your perfect plan. I pray You make it clear to me the fruit You desire of me and the power to produce it. I love You. In Jesus Christ Name I pray, Amen.

Let's keep this conversation going Beloved! Comment and let me know if you have a garden this year and what you're planting. If you do not have a garden then let me know what you would want to plant and grow if you did have one?

With love,

Christina

Jul 4, 2016

I love a good bargain. The words "sale", "discount" and of course "clearance" are my dearest friends. Oh the joys of never paying full price! I like to think I'm pretty good at finding a deal. I actually schedule our family meal plan around which items are on sale that week at the grocery store. Oh, chicken breasts are $1.99/lb that week? Looks like we'll be eating chicken and rice, chicken salad and chicken fettuccine that week. Want to know what's for dinner? Just look at this week's super saver deals, ok?

Now, as much as I love a good deal I've also learned there are some things I just can't go cheap on. Fruit, mattresses, and contact lenses; just to name a few. For me, with items such as these price matters. Sometimes you just have to pay full price to get better quality. It's ok to buy knockoffs or off-label sometimes, but other times you just have to get the real deal. You know what I'm saying?

I think the same is true with where we place our faith. There are a lot of knockoffs out there for where we can place our faith and hope, but the satisfaction and joy does not compare to what Jesus offers. It may work for a while but like the cheap pantyhose that only last one time, it won't last for long.

This is why in this week's video Bible study, "I Am The True Vine", Jesus makes it clear He is not just any vine but the TRUE vine. He is the one offering fullness of life and joy to all that place their faith in Him. And girlfriend let me tell you, this salvation He offers was not on sale or clearance. It was the highest of prices. Good for us we didn't have to pay it. Jesus paid it all. So if you want to best life has to offer? Make sure you are serving the best God: Jesus Christ.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for paying the high price for my salvation. I pray for the courage and strength to live the life You died for me to live. I love You. In Jesus Christ Name I pray, Amen.

Let's keep this conversation going Beloved! I know I'm not the only one who loves a good deal. Comment and let me know where do you find your best deals and bargains?

love always,

Christina

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