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Now displaying: August, 2016
Aug 29, 2016

Hello Beloved! In today's video I share some of my personal testimony about why I stopped living for myself and started living for Jesus. I hope it encourages you in your walk with Christ. Enjoy! ~ Christina

Pre-order my latest book "Daughters of Fire: Igniting Your passion For God In An Increasingly Dark World" before September 7, 2016 and receive an autographed copy of "Daughters of Fire", the "Stepping Out On Faith" audio teaching from Christina and the "Daughters of Fire" prayer printable. Pre-order here: https://belovedwomen.org/fire

\\ PREVIOUS VIDEO // Exciting Announcement!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yu6wf_wJHE8

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\\ LET'S BE FRIENDS //

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\\ ABOUT ME //

I'm Christina, a stay-at-home mom with a deep passion for women's ministry and studying God's Word. When I'm not folding clothes or playing blocks you will find me with my head deep in my Bible or a commentary. Beloved is the fruit of the sweet time I spend with God in prayer and studying His Word.

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Aug 22, 2016

Hello Beloved! Last week we concluded our "Abide" Bible study series. So what's next? Something amazing that I've been waiting all year to tell you about! Find our more in this week's video. Enjoy! ~ Christina

Pre-order my latest book "Daughters of Fire: Igniting Your passion For God In An Increasingly Dark World" before September 7, 2016 and receive an autographed copy of "Daughters of Fire", the "Stepping Out On Faith" audio teaching from Christina and the "Daughters of Fire" prayer printable. Pre-order here: https://belovedwomen.org/fire

\\ PREVIOUS VIDEO // That Your Joy May Be Full https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YH4gbuR250

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Read this week's devotion here: https://www.belovedwomen.org/2016/08/exciting-announcement/

\\ LET'S BE FRIENDS //

FACEBOOK: 💙https://facebook.com/BelovedWomen
INSTAGRAM: 📸https://instagram.com/MsBelovedTina
TWITTER: 🐤https://twitter.com/MsBelovedTina
ITUNES: 🎧 https://goo.gl/GLFsO4

\\ ABOUT ME //

I'm Christina, a stay-at-home mom with a deep passion for women's ministry and studying God's Word. When I'm not folding clothes or playing blocks you will find me with my head deep in my Bible or a commentary. Beloved is the fruit of the sweet time I spend with God in prayer and studying His Word.

\\ MY BOOKS //*
Pre-order "Daughters of Fire" here: https://belovedwomen.org/fire
Mom Enough: http://amzn.to/1MXHhLR
Daughters of Promise: http://amzn.to/1Tmkdx1
Dancing Lance (Children's Book): http://amzn.to/1pP3vKt

*Amazon links are affiliate links 

Aug 15, 2016

The other day the kids and I were in the back yard playing and getting some fresh air. It was one of those days were the temperature was perfect. Just a few plush white clouds in the sky, the sun shining to warm our skin and the wind blowing just enough to keep us cool at the same time. 

The neighborhood was quiet and all I heard were birds chirping. Then we noticed a bright yellow butterfly fluttering across our yard. My daughter noticed it first and giggling with delight she ran off in hopes to catch it. Like the little brother he is, my son ran after her. They ran in circles chasing this butterfly, laughing with joy. And while they were captivated by this insect, I was captivated by them.

Now, I still have my fair share of breaking up fights, toddler whining, baby diaper blowout type of days. So when we have moments like this I savor them. I squeeze my brain muscles as hard as I know how to make sure I remember these moments forever. The moments where I can't believe this is my life. Where it feels like a dream in the best possible way and my joy is full.

But I don't want you to confuse my joy with the things and relationships. The joy comes from opening my heart to receive whatever it is that God has for me. For me, it's being a wife, a stay-at-home momma of two, and ministering to women through Beloved (this was totally not my life plan but that's another story for another day). But for you it might be something completely different. A fast paced career life, a missionary traveling the world, or even a professional athlete. The joy does not come from what we have or do, but from simply being in the will of God. In this week's video Bible Study, "That Your Joy May Be Full", I add:

"Now many times the kids and promotion and/or degree will be God’s will for our life, but when we abide in Christ our joy will not be dependent on them. When we abide in Christ we have the freedom to wake up each day, loosed from the chains of people pleasing, self-doubt, pity parties, and comparison and simply find joy in doing God's will . . . that day."

I leave you with Colossians 1:9-10:

“And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” - Colossians 1:9-10 ESV

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the fruitful, joyful and full life that You offer. I pray for help to live an obedient life that glorifies You. I love You. In Jesus Christ Name I pray, Amen.

Well, Beloved. This is the last video in our "Abide" Bible study series. I hope you enjoyed it and it was a blessing to you, bringing you hope and freedom where you needed it most. Comment and let me know which video was your favorite. I'd love to know. And next week .... Girl, I've got BIG SUPER HUGE NEWS coming your way!!! Stay tuned!

You are loved,

Christina

 

 

Aug 8, 2016

If there is anything we've learned from this "Abide" Bible study series it's that God wants us to be fruitful. He wants us to shine and flourish. Then He wants us to remember that all we have is from Him and because of Him. It's our fruit, but for His glory. 

Now we can go on two extremes when it comes to living fruitful lives that prevent us from giving God His due glory.

1.) The first is pride. This is where we take credit for what God has done. We think life is all about us. Rick Warren's New York Times best seller "The Purpose Driven Life" has sold well over 30 million copies worldwide.  Many would consider this their most favorite book ever. I think the book's popularity comes from its topic. It's about understating your purpose in life and how to achieve that purpose. The most alarming thing about the book for most readers is probably the first sentence that says "It's not about you." Your whole purpose in life is not all about you, that's because your purpose is greater than just you. 

2.) The second is an incorrect understanding of humility. This is when we hide our talents and fruit thinking this is humility. This is not humility. I use to think that being humble meant being invisible. I then learned humility does not have to do with how many people see you, it's about who you give credit to for all that happens in your life. Humility is not about hiding your gifts and talents but about giving credit to the One who blessed you with them.

God wants us to be fruitful and He wants the world to see it, so He can be glorified. Jesus tells is in Matthew 5:15:

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” - Matthew 5:16 NIV

In this week's video Bible study, "By This My Father Is Glorified", Jesus tells us that our fruitful lives are not only for us but also to glorify God. So that others my see our fruit and bring God even more honor and praise. 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for abiding in me as I abide in You, strengthening me to live a purposeful and fruitful life. May I live in such a way that always gives You glory, honor and praise. I love You. In Jesus Christ Name I pray, Amen.

Let's keep this conversation going Beloved! Be sure to comment and let me know what talents and gifts God has given you to be fruitful for His glory? I can't wait to hear all God is using you for to bring much light into this dark world.

Love,

Christina

Aug 1, 2016

Sometimes life can just feel like too much. Too much to do. Too much to think about. Too much to process.

At the same time, it can feel like it's not enough. Not enough time in the day, energy in the body and money in the bank.

Yep, life will have you feeling like you just CAN. NOT. EVEN! Well, in today's video Bible study, "Abide In Me And I In You", Jesus lets us know that we can't. 

I mean He makes it really clear. There is nothing that we can do without Him. Now this may seem extreme but chew on this quote from today's video:

"On a physical level, if God does not provide me with health and strength I cannot even get out of the bed. On a mental level if God does not wake me up in the morning in my right mind I can’t do anything productive. On a spiritual level if God does not protect me and keep me I have no hope and joy to motivate me to do what He’s called me to do. We can’t take for granted even the little things God has provided for us on a daily basis."

Abiding in Jesus is the realization of just how desperately we need Him. The good news is that when we abide in Him, He also abides in us. Although we can do nothing without Him, that is never a concern for the woman that believes in Him, because He is always with her. 

Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You for everything You do for me, even the things I do not realize. I pray for the wisdom to keep a thankful heart that always gives You the glory You deserve from my life. I love You. In Jesus Christ Name I pray, Amen.

Let's keep this conversation going Beloved! Comment and let me know, what's one thing God helped you do today? It doesn't have to be grand, I just want us thinking of how good He is all the time.

love,

Christina

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