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“I am not a statistic. And you know why I’m not a statistic? Because God doesn’t do them.”    –Tricia Goyer                 Do you sometimes feel more like a statistic than an individual -- the person in Seat 26A, the targeted demographic for this or that, or the 55% of women who...?  Statistics are often used by policy makers and companies when making critical decisions. Statistics aren’t bad, but when individuals are reduced to just a number, then we have a problem. Do you find yourself categorizing others or being categorized by others, labeling or being labeled?  We all have at one time or another.  But reducing a human being to a number or another face in the crowd can lead to a lack of a sense of self worth and hope.  It causes isolation and separation. We must make a choice not to allow ourselves to be reduced to, nor reduce another to a number, a product of circumstance, or situation, or a wrong decision. We must choose to see ourselves and others as highly valued, with a purpose, stronger than we think. I (Lisa) loved the movie, The Help, and there is a very tender scene and dialogue between Aibileen and Mae Mobley. Remember? “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” Aiblileen didn’t want Mae Mobley to feel invisible, or discarded; she habitually poured these words of affirmation into Mae, a sweet young child who would remember those words her entire life as well as the woman who whispered them to her soul. You can watch this significant scene here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMD0XtQqfkg Our guest this week on Girlfriendit Radio is Tricia Goyer. Tricia is a writer, blogger, family advocate, and host of Living Inspired Radio.  With the release of her most recent book, Teen Mom: You’re Stronger than You Think, she has now published 50 books. She understands feeling like a statistic. Born to a single mom, Tricia found herself pregnant at 17, and she remembers what it felt like to carry the weight of the world on her shoulders. You are going to love her story and walk away inspired! Living as the Beloved,

Patty and Lisa "For you formed my inward parts;     you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works;     my soul knows it very well."  ~Psalm 139:13-14 (ESV)

What Are You Waiting For?                     We live in a world of instant gratification. We want instant! Look at the popularity of the Keurig machine, the microwave, even the apps we use. What we truly seek is instant results! We resist words like “waiting” and “process” as they are too time consuming and not instant enough. Instead of resisting, what if we embraced? Now we are stepping out of our comfort zones – and that’s ok! However, this seems to be the places/places where we experience the greatest character-building, find our inner strength and the place where God meets us in personal ways. Whenever we look back to these times of waiting, we can usually see the benefit and that just possibly, we weren’t ready for what we thought we wanted or needed. (As Garth Brooks said in a song, “I thank God for unanswered prayer”.) Waiting is hard, we can be left feeling overlooked, even discarded by God. What do we do during those times? Stay the course, keep trusting in God that He sees the bigger picture and is in control, and don’t rely and respond to our feelings of restlessness and doubt. It is a hard process but necessary if we truly want to embrace a significant life with Christ. Our guest this week on Girlfriendit Radio is Tez Brooks, who is an international speaker, author of numerous articles and most recently, he authored the book, The Single Dad Detour: Directions for Fathering After Divorce. He understands the significance of the waiting game, and being a single divorced father. The Single Dad Detour was born out of the difficult and painful lessons Tez learned along the way. “The Lord spent those seven years of singleness re-building me into more of what he wanted me to be. My wife, Christine, has always said she would not have been attracted to the kind of man I was before,” Tez reveals. You are going to find his story fascinating with life lessons and insights to help you through your own waiting times in life. If you are not in one now and haven’t experienced this . . . it is just a matter of when! Join us and listen in!    http://ow.ly/L8IGJ We are waiting, Patty and Lisa Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 NIV Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.  Isaiah 64:4    
I (Patty) was positively giddy driving home with my daughter, Paris.  It had been a magical day -- gorgeous weather, spring break, and we had dressed up to go see a Broadway production of Cinderella together.  My cheeks were  still sore from smiling and singing along to all of my favorites, including, “In My Own Little Corner”, “A Lovely Night”, and “Impossible.”  We had a BALL continuing the sing-a-long in the car as we raced home before the stroke of midnight! The next day we searched for matching Cinderella sweatshirts to buy to wear to see the Cinderella movie with my sisters and nieces.  I know, we’re a little obsessed.  On the way back from the matinee showing, just when I thought the magic might begin to wear off, we saw a woman pull her car over to the side of the road, jump out, and snap pictures of a bright purple flowering prickly pear cactus.  (Say that fast 5 times!)  Paris and I both looked at each other and started laughing!  How cool that this woman just had to capture it!  There is nothing like a perfect purple prickly pear to transport you into a world of sparkle!  It was a reminder to stop and be consumed by God’s beauty, and to see the day not as it is, but as it could be. We could all use a little dose of magic (or at least a renewed enthusiastic while we clean our house!)  But alas, magic is only for fairytales.  The reality for many of us is lives that are far from feeling magical.  But have courage, Girlfriends.  Though happily ever after may seem so once-upon-a-time, Jesus said that He came so we may have life to the fullest. “Happily-ever-after” starts with HIM!  No glass slipper or fairy godmother needed! Our guest this week, New York Times best-selling author Terri Blackstock , isn’t afraid to tell stories about the messy turns in our lives.  She weaves her faith into her novels, and through them, hopes to remind her readers that they’re not alone, and that their trials have a purpose. Don’t miss it! Podcast:  http://ow.ly/KQLSx Living Happily-Ever-After in Him,

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