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


You are a 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. “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10 KJV).

Like a prize-fighter wearing her championship belt, walking in your destiny declares to the world that you are a beautiful woman of God, called to do great works for His kingdom. Walking in your destiny creates vision—not only for yourself, but for others. Walking in your destiny has the ability to infiltrate darkness, creating a hope and a future, which is promised to us, in Jeremiah 29:11. To sum it up, walking in your destiny transforms you into a spiritually strong daughter of the King—a lean, mean, fighting machine!

For this very reason, your enemy, the devil, would love nothing more than to snatch your destiny from you. He wants you to go through life without a purpose, thus remaining powerless and ineffective for the kingdom. His ultimate desire is to steal your championship belt—“the belt of truth” described in God’s Word (see Ephesians 6:14)—thus stripping you of your God-given title as a “Woman of Destiny.” Defending your title as a “Woman of Destiny” requires great persistence and strength on your part. The Bible tells us, “The kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force” (Matthew 11:12b NKJV). Are you, as a courageous woman of God, prepared to stand up and fight in order to defend your destiny?

The good news is your heavenly Father has not left you alone in the fight. He has equipped you with highly effective techniques, specially designed to help defend your God-given title as a “Woman of Destiny!” The first thing to remember is that your fighting abilities are not found in the physical, emotional, or mental realms: “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled” (2 Corinthians 10:4-6 NKJV). This scripture confirms that the Bible is your trainer, teaching you every technique needed to effectively defend your title as a mighty woman of God!

Join us next week as we share three specific techniques from the Word of God that will help you retain your title as the reigning champion of your destiny!

A Mom’s Touch


It had been a long day of running around town, and my youngest daughter, Mia, began to cry in the car on the way home. We only had one more stop, but she had obviously had her fill of errands for the day. As I reached back to her car seat and offered her my finger to hold, she immediately stopped fussing. Aha! I have a new “strategy”! All she wanted was Mommy’s touch. I gently stroked the top of Mia’s hand, and within seconds, she was calmly sleeping. No more tears—just peace. So, forgetting the last errand, I drove one-handed the rest of the way home, careful not to let go of that tiny finger that had such a tight grip on my own.

Since that day, I’d come to realize that many times all I needed to do was to offer Mia one small touch, and she would be okay. I glance at the hands that offered Mia motherly comfort, and they begin to look seriously familiar. Are these my mother’s hands? The dry cuticles from too much cleaning and too many dishes; the chipped or broken nail from whatever happened, and the small wrinkles beginning to form (a sure sign of my age)…these are my mother’s hands! These same hands that comfort, wipe away tears, and hold others tightly were once tiny as well…very much like the little hand I held in the car. I remember the many times my mom put her hands on me in love, correction, prayer, praise, encouragement, support, and guidance. She picked me up, wiped my tears, and held me gently. This touch of love is one that only a mother has—and one that only a mother understands how to use.

The hands of my mother were passed down to her by my granny. My granny, too, once touched me in a way that only a mother or grandmother could—in a special way she may never fully realize. When I was pregnant with Mia, my granny came to visit for the summer. I cherished every opportunity to spend one more day with her. This particular visit, she sat on the pew next to me in church as we listened to our pastor speak of the “touch” of older generations and what it means to pass on a legacy of blessing to one’s children. In the middle of the service, Granny gently reached over and laid her hand on my pregnant belly. She closed her eyes and blessed the child I was carrying. I looked down to see her curved fingers and wrinkled hands, spotted with age and sun damage. Without a word, she sweetly smiled and went back to listening. At that moment, I realized the gift God had given me in the legacy of godly hands. Granny didn’t think twice about reaching out and sharing her touch with my child, even before she was born! The hands of my granny have beautifully touched me, and because of that, my children will be forever blessed. I’m forever thankful for the hands that held me…the hands that wiped my tears…the hands that cleaned my scrapes and blew my nose. I could only be so blessed to have the same touch as the generations of caring hands that, before me, have held our family close. It is my prayer that my hands are just as loving and as caring as those that were placed on me.

God, please bless these hands so that when I lay them on my children, it will only be out of love and respect. Let me offer my hands to You, Lord, that they may serve You all the days of my life. Let my touch be gentle, caring, and loving, yet uncompromising. Enable me, Lord, to handle the hearts of my children just the way You would touch their hearts. Let this be so that my children can someday look down and see the generations of care and be proud to have their mother’s hands. Let my children touch more lives than I have. Let them comfort more, serve more, wipe more tears, and clean more floors! Thank you, Lord, for the hands that touched my life, and those who touched hers…for they have been Your hands.

Power & Poise: Radiating in the Workplace – Part 2

As we continue to learn about reflecting godly beauty (both inner and outer) in the workplace, here are a few points to consider: Communicate effectively to ensure there are no misunderstandings in objectives, goals, expectations, and so forth. Be careful when choosing between oral or written forms of communication and always pray for wisdom before […]

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Power & Poise: Radiating in the Workplace – Part 1

Have you ever seen a career woman at a conference or in the workplace and thought that she was beautiful? Maybe it was the way she spoke or presented herself that impressed you or, you might have been swayed by the way she was dressed. How do we define beauty in the workplace? My very […]

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’Tis the Season of Rest: The Wonder of Winter


It is winter, and although the true winter season suggests a quieter, restful time of “comfort and joy,” most women’s calendars groan under the load of appointments and festive activities. Usually the holiday spirit begins around fall harvest and continues energetically throughout the winter months, with contemporary technology and progress taking us farther and farther […]

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Becoming the Fragrance of Christ

“And walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God” (Ephesians 5:2 NIV). Close your eyes and take a deep breath. What do you smell? Undoubtedly, you smell either your own personal perfume or body lotion, the scented candle […]

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Just Say Yes

Oftentimes, when most of us read the Christmas story, we focus wholly on the miraculous event that took place in the stable that night long ago. We truly celebrate the birth of our Savior, and the amazing account of God’s love for the world becomes the center of all attention. Rightfully so! Have you ever […]

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Pastors’ Pearls – She Builds

She Builds

  If I asked you to think of attributes that would best describe a woman, you would probably be able to think of many things. You might say feminine, sensitive, wise, emotional, multi-tasker, or any one of hundreds of words that adequately express what a woman is. What about the word builder? My guess is […]

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Crowned Christmas Event


A regal time was had by all at the Crowned Christmas Event on December 6, 2015. The festivities began with delicious appetizers and desserts, prepared by royal chef, Justin Hopp. We enjoyed everything from Earl Gray Tea and Hot Chocolate, to Citrus Crab & Cucumber Tea Sandwiches, Sweet Sausage Tea Rolls, White Chocolate Mousse & […]

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Please join us this Sunday, December 6, 2015, for Crowned, a church-wide Christmas Gayla Event.  Food and fellowship will begin at 5:45 pm, with teaching for all ages beginning at 6:30 pm.  Bring your family and friends!  We will have carolers, favors, and giveaways!  Pastor and Gayla Bagwell will be teaching on being a part of […]

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