Finishers of the Faith

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Too many times young women today look to the media as their role model. Some women we tend to look up to may fall short, even if they are Christians. I have found that looking up to the “finishers of the faith” is more inspiring because they have truly finished, you know the end of the story and there is no disappointment. My challenge to you is to learn how your faith has developed over the past decades and what individuals paved the way for the Church as we know it today.

A great woman of God, a “finisher of the faith” that I look up to, is Aimee Semple McPherson. She was a ground-breaking, innovative woman of God! Her uniqueness caused her to stand out among the crowd, and this is one thing I love about her. She wasn’t afraid to stand out.

Aimee Semple McPherson was a leader in the Body of Christ. As accounted in the Bible, Paul wrote a letter to the Romans stating, “For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others (Romans 12:4-5 NIV). 

As the scripture above states, we all are working together but have different callings in Christ. Aimee was called to be a leader and to be different. She was one-of-a-kind in the sense that in the early 1900s, when her ministry was taking place, she was one of the only female ministers to preach to a congregation. Her sermons were cutting-edge. She had the most elaborate illustrated sermons. They were so innovative that non-believers used to sit in on her sermons because they were so good. She would also have Hollywood directors come be a part of the services, because they would get ideas for whatever play they were working on. This woman was doing something right, wasn’t she?

In the midst of all Aimee’s dreams, she built Angelus Temple. She was a part of the design and construction of the building. This church was greatly needed in Los Angeles. In the first six months of the doors being opened, she saw 8,000 people give their hearts to Christ! At the end of her life, in 1944, ten percent of Los Angeles was a part of her church! Can you believe that? Ten percent of the whole city!

I could go on and on about the life of Aimee Semple McPherson, she was a role model to many and a great woman of God that I love to study! Take this challenge, begin by praying for God to reveal your passions and your call and then study the “finishers of the faith” and see who you can learn from. Women of Christianity have come a long way over the past 100 years. Find a woman of God whom you are interested in learning about and see how she can inspire you too!

Reflect on these questions:

  • Are you afraid to stand out and be a little different?
  • Are you a leader in the Body of Christ?
  • Do you know what God has called you to do?
  • What are you doing for God?

Letting Go…One Tiny Bit at a Time

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My heart sinks as she proudly walks down the sidewalk in her cute pleated skirt and button-up shirt, holding tightly to her brand new pink backpack. Sure, she’s old enough and ready—but I’m not! One single tear rolls down my cheek as I toss the sunglasses back over my face. I can’t let her see me cry. She is nervous enough as it is!

The emotions and thoughts that were evoked on the first day of school are exactly the same as the first time I had a babysitter watch her, or the first time I dropped my new precious bundle off in the church nursery. I can only imagine how many more times this will happen in our life together. Her first middle school parent teacher conference…bringing her to register for high school…letting her get behind the wheel of my car!…choosing a dress for her first dance…watching her drive away in a boy’s car…that long drive to college with a car full of new home stuff…or even her father walking her down the aisle!

Lord! Help me keep it together! How will I learn to let go? Making it through life’s milestones is going to be tough! However, as I began to gaze down this long road of “letting go,” God reminded me how my mom dealt with these times in my life. I remember her quoting scriptures, laying hands on me, and praying through just about every milestone in my life. From the time I was born, she told me what God’s Word said about me. I knew and understood that I was a princess in His kingdom! I was royalty! Every single day of my school-aged years, before my siblings and I were even allowed to step one foot out of our white, wood-paneled mini-van, my mom placed her hands on us and spoke words of encouragement, love, and God’s wisdom over our lives. She held my hand as we walked slowly into the dormitory building to set up my college dorm room. Even on my wedding day, she was there to speak into my life and tell me what an amazing, beautiful woman of God I had become. It continued as she gently rubbed my pregnant belly and spoke to my children even as they were still forming.

Wow! Just think about the power of one woman’s willingness and ability to speak her heavenly Father’s words into generations of others! I want to be the next link in showing my children how to be who God says they are…to know His plan for their lives…how to live a life full of grace…to become strong in holiness…to shine forth His glory in every aspect of their lives…to be glorious within…and how to live for Him!

Many years later, as a mom myself, I now understand what it’s like to let go of what I hold so dearly and place it gently into God’s hands. I pray that I can be the same to my children as my mom was to me—that I can instill values and God’s Word into their hearts. I want to be able to release my beautiful princesses to carry on His Word to many more generations!

As these parenting milestones approach, I know deep down that God will help me to let go, one little bit at a time. I must learn to enjoy the process of my children’s growing and find the priceless parenting opportunities in every situation. As I build my children up in the Spirit, God will also help me to heal emotionally, and He will provide me with the courage that I need.

Lord, thank You for helping me to let go of what You have entrusted to me. I know that I am who You say I am, which allows my children to be who You say they are – royal children of the King!

Ladies Night In – Coming Soon!

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Ladies, It’s that wonderful time again!  The fall semester of Ladies’ Night In starts Tuesday August 26th!  As always, we invite you to join us for delicious food and fellowship at 6:30 PM, followed by your choice of two amazing classes. We will continue on with the powerful theme of “Princess Warrior” for the fall.  […]

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The Feminine Touch

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Remember the movie My Fair Lady? It began with wise Professor Higgins making a wager with a friend that he could take a girl off the street and change her life by teaching her the principles of proper speech and etiquette. He soon made a frivolous girl named Eliza the focus of his experiment. As […]

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Learn from the Best: Become the Wife God Called You to Be

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Marriage is hard work! Even though you love the man God has given you, keeping and protecting a healthy relationship can be a difficult task. But we as wives are still called to bring honor to our husbands. After all, “A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown, but a disgraceful wife is like […]

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The Purpose of the Pot

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We are a unique pot in the Potter’s hand. As a minister’s daughter I was introduced to the beauty of God’s holiness early in life: campmeetings, Sunday school, Holy-Ghost-powered church services, and mighty men and women of faith were a continuum in my daily life. I recall the mature women in Christ as shining examples […]

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A Spotless Child

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I had just finished feeding my brand new baby girl. As she slept peacefully in my arms, I looked at her sweet little face and saw not a spot, not a blemish, not a scar – nothing but beauty. Her skin was like fine, white china, and her dark eyebrows arched perfectly over her sleeping […]

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Replace Loneliness with Mornings of Joy

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Loneliness, often ignited by some form of difficult separation (particularly divorce or the death of a spouse), is a destructive spirit designed by Satan to place us in bondage. Unprepared, we easily fall victim to its accompanying emotions: despair, grief, depression, and bitterness. These emotions intensify when we are thrust into the roles of single parenting and […]

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Fight Like a Girl: Defending Your Title as a Woman of Destiny

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You area mighty woman of God – a woman of power, purpose, and divine destiny! Before you were even born, seeds of destiny were deposited inside of you, promising you a life of fulfillment and significance. Like a prize-fighter wearing her championship belt, walking in your destiny declares to the world that you are a […]

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Becoming the Fragrance of Christ – Part II

Our testimony, when shared with transparency and an attitude of gratitude, can be a sweet fragrance to God and can impact those around us. This week we will continue to learn how developing our testimony is dependent upon three relationships: our relationship with God, our relationship with ourselves, and our relationship with others. Our Relationship […]

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