Love – Live – Light

Over the years, I have become more interested in discovering my inner-self. I also believe books allow you to think outside of the box. Simply put, books have given me the opportunity to travel around the world free of charge. It’s not always the best way to travel, but it’s the cheapest way I know. More importantly, the closeness I’ve felt when gathering with the other women left me speechless. The more I attended the book club; I found myself sharing some of the same ideas and I vaguely remember saying within…”They are going through that too?” The book club gave me a way to connect and network with other women all around the city. In addition to gaining a friend; I also gained a window into their lives, which was so very different from my own.

As women, we have to be honest! We believe we’re totally on an island by ourselves and no one else has encountered brokenness, divorce, overeating, molestation, Christian rejection, and my lists of discoveries go on-and-on. That’s how the enemy draws us away. We need each other because we are better together.

So, CFM’s Book Club will allow us to do several things to discover where we are in life. Above all, I pray it will allow us to recognize the camaraderie we have with each other and you feel safe enough to share your experience with another woman as they come alongside you to be healed. Yes! Tears will eventually flow because we’re Sisters.

Finally. Let’s eat. Let’s chit chat. Let’s have fun while healing together! Check out Lady V’s new blog www.anchorednow.com. Don’t forget to purchase the book “Girl Wash Your Face” by Rachel Hollis.

Remember, to check out my latest blog post www.anchorednow.com and products on Poshmark. Thank you for being a part of something great.

To: Faithful Members of City of Fire Ministries

Objective:

The overall objective of this plan is to properly prepare the sanctuary, staff, and volunteers for the return of In-Service Worship while simultaneously maintaining the excellent production of an Online Worship Experience. 

Due to the current pandemic of COVID19, we have successfully maintained interactive and intimate online services. As the City of Little Rock is opening up in phases, we must effectively prepare for our members and visitors to return to In-Service worship. 

Plan of Action:

May 31, 2020-Pentecost Sunday (Comeback Service) Remember,  if you have been quarantined, recent diagnosis with COVID19, feeling ill, having flu-like symptoms or simply at risk of spreading the virus, please stay at home and join us live-stream on Sundays at 10:am and on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm.

Mandatory for In-Service (Members & Visitors)

Millions of Americans embrace worship as an essential part of life.  For many faith traditions, gathering together for worship is at the heart of what it means to be a community of faith. But we are aware, gatherings present a risk for increasing the spread of COVID-19 during this Public Health Emergency. As we’re returning to a safe clean environment, it is important we keep cleanliness at the forefront of everything that we’re doing. CDC offers these suggestions for faith communities to consider and accept, reject, or modify as we stay the course in preparing to reconvene for in-person gatherings while still working to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

We can’t do this alone. We need your help to ensure we’re all safe.

Each year as summer draws to a close, teachers, parents, and students alike all begin their back to school preparations. Wow! Where did the time go? Whether you are sending your child off to Pre-K for the first time, enrolling your child into a middle or high school, preparing your classroom for a new set of students, or attending your child’s freshman year of college orientation, there’s a lot to prepare for.

City of Fire Ministries will be having our 1st Back-to-School Supplies Bash on Saturday, September 14th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Summit Living Apartment Complex. We’re located on West 53rd Street in Southwest Little Rock.

School can be a very challenging time to prepare for as well. Our goal is to help you make sure your children are ready to make this school year one of the best. For more information, please inbox me on Facebook.

The definition of “Share” is was most touching when it referenced “giving a portion of (something) to another or others. Using, occupying or enjoying (something) jointly with another or others. Then, possessing (a view or quality) in common with others. Wow! Are not we all their in one way or another in this life?

We all have stories about good times and bad, how we’ve struggled to find answers where there were none. We have overcome hardships and heartaches, and we’ve discovered the secrets to some of our life’s greatest joys. But yet, we’re reluctant to share these stories in FEAR that no one will understand or simply resulting to. This is my private prison. No one else has encountered such a hardship. I doubt that!

Of course, most of us are very selective about the stories we choose to tell. We especially avoid sharing experiences that make us feel foolish, vulnerable or boastful. More often than not, we simply can’t imagine anyone would be interested. But sharing our experiences with others is not only empowering, it can help to lighten the way of those who may be walking a similar path as our very own.

I love this quote “My experience has taught me that supporting one another to fulfill our individual and collective potential is why we are all here. Sometimes, all it takes to connect with someone else is sharing our vulnerable story, lending an ear or a shoulder, and just being present for them.” ~Sahil Dhingra

Sharing is Healing for You and Others

Sharing our experiences can help us find meaning in the most painful events and it allows us to gain a greater sense of purpose and direction for our own life. It is through unfiltered stories that we become free to be our authentic self among, while helping others who have had similar experiences. This is often where the healing process begins.

As you dare to share your story, it will help you find your voice and you learn to communicate in a way this is authentic and transparent. During this time, you will find out things about yourself from the act of simply telling your personal story.

At the very least your willingness to be vulnerable serves to assure others that difficulties won’t break us. That it is not only possible to endure and survive this marvelous roller coaster ride we call life, but to grow stronger and thrive as a result of all of our experiences.

My personal favorites almost always begin with “I still can’t believe I actually did that!”

Nowadays, people use this for any situation, not just on a boat. Hands means any nearby people or workers and deck means the location of the speaker or event.

This expression has a naval origin. Hands is another word for sailors and deck is a part of the boat. In a storm or other emergency situations, the captain might yell “all hands on deck.” This is a command for all the sailors to come to the deck of the boat to help navigate the emergency.

I truly believe at this time God is saying “All Hands on Deck”. God is summoning us all to duty.  God is reminding us that we need to desire souls brought into God’s Kingdom.  Jesus is coming back for a church that has made itself ready. Jesus’ call to evangelism must stir us deeply in our hearts.  There is a battle raging all around us.  God is seeking those who would become his children and the enemy is blinding the eyes of the unbelievers (2 Cor 4:4 – The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God).  We are in a battle to see the Light of Christ manifested in new converts for the Glory of Christ.  The enemy seeks to blind our eyes through idols – anything that replaces God, takes His place, through various forms of entertainment, addictions, materialism and even religion. 

I believe God is saying to us “its time to get back in the battle, “All Hands on Deck”…  There is something eternally profound about our relationship with God; He saves, He forgives, He makes people brand new – transforms and sanctifies, He heals, He directs.  God is committed to fully saving His children for His Glory.  The ministry of evangelism is something we all have to engage in, it is a group effort.  

Now! Let’s put “All Hands on Deck” – let’s be committed to the plans and purposes of God.  You needed as the time for this world is winding up.

Why Do People Stumble? 

Physically, we might stumble for a number of reasons. Our struggles can be factors related to our health, emotional weaknesses or fleshly appetites. Any of you reading this blog clearly falls into one of these categories. Everyday we are challenged with circumstances that make us stumble. But, the problems appears if we just continue to stumble along in life.

I believe a lot of our stumbling is spiritually related. We stumble because we fail to trust and delight in God and find our strength in Him. Our priorities doesn’t allow us to see God for who He really is in our lives. When we fail to see life from God’s perspective we end up making foolish choices. Those choices can cause us our life.

As I mentioned, there will always be things in our Christian walk that will come along to trip us up. However, it through God’s word that we find hope and trust again.

Proverbs 24:16 says, “For the righteous falls seven times and rises again.”

The Bible shares many examples of believers who stumbled spiritually, sometimes paying a dreadful price for their sin. But, they didn’t stay down. By God’s grace and with His help, they got up and started walking with Him again. Thank God! You can too.

Satan wants us to believe God is done with us when we stumble and fall. But this is not the truth. Paul said that because of Christ’s work in us, “we are struck down but not destroyed.” God is always interested in and concerned about stumbling saints. God’s hand is always stretched out to lift us up.

If you have found yourself in a place where you feel you can’t get back up, Scott Peterson said, “In the end, it alcoves to choices to turn stumbling blocks into stepping stone!”

“The Good Samaritan” Love your enemies. A man is traveling on a dangerous road when he’s attacked by bandits, robbed, and left for dead. Two people come by who we believe should care for this man, but don’t. Then one comes who shouldn’t care, but does.

For this reason, I think we should invite people whom we overlook. In many ways, we are a clan-oriented group of people. Most often, we look out first for our immediate extended family, and then close friends, and then those who share our values or associations. We tend to overlook and avoid those who are different from us.

God created all people in the image of God. Christ died for all people. That would be a valuable message to tell our families and our communities. If we’re reading the parable right, it seems that according to Jesus, being neighbor involved not only giving help, but also being willing to receive it, even and especially to and from those we don’t normally see as “like us.”

So perhaps this week, invite someone doesn’t look like YOU! We are all a part of congregations are that have been formed and nurtured by a shared faith, shared ethnicity and shared traditions. I believe God has worked through so many people to care for us. He wants us to meet the needs of others, and to continuously look around and care for those that are similarly in need – I believe we can. Be A Blessing!

Ephesians 6:10-12 says, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm.”

We have to constantly use Jesus as the perfect example of how he resisted temptation through spiritual warfare. Each temptation was combatted with the word of God. In Matthew 4:3 “And when the tempter [devil] came to him, he said, if thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.” Jesus answered and said, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” The word of God is the most powerful weapon against the temptations of the devil.

Remember, you are not meant for weakness. You are meant for strength; a strength that comes not from you, but to you, from Christ. The armor you wear is God’s armor and it’s yours for the wearing. Now, Go Win!

I’m wishing you All Prosperity, Health and Long-Life!

As I’m sitting here, I feel nothing, but gratitude and I’m truly counting my own blessings as a mother. It’s been another year of teaching, training, loving and above all living a life that honors and glorifies our Savior as Lord.

I also recognize your life may not have been easy, but through your perserving spirit, you have come-through to see better days. Your faith has paved the way to much happiness for others as you’ve given of yourself unselfishly all year. You’ve also been blessed because of your wisdom and character that continually guides your family to live an abundant life.

Today is no ordinary day, it is the day that you get to be honored as an amazing mother. My prayers are for you to enjoy Mother’s Day and all the love that’s coming your way.

Numbers 6:24-25: The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”

Peace and Love,

Lady Valerie!

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