Hey Strong Girl!
 
Yes! I am talking to you this morning!  Remember you are stronger than you think when you make that great exchange! This exchange happens by offering your insecurities and replacing them with His strength!
 
If you did not catch last week’s kick off blog to learn more about this Great Exchange- Click Here: https://www.churchaliveag.org/sermons/
 
Today, I want to talk about FEAR! Fear is something you and I both struggle with at different seasons of our lives! In fact, many of you reading today feel like you struggle with paralyzing fear every day!
 
Girls, fear will grip your mind and strip you from your strength!
 
Let’s revisit Psalm 46 for just a few minutes!
 
Psalm 46:1-5 NKJV
God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
3 Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah
4 There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God,
The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High.
5 God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved;
God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.
 
Girls, in reality if we are not allowing God to be our strength and refuge in times of trouble, then we will live our lives fearing not only the present but also our future!
 
I love how bold and encouraging the Psalmist is when he says, “WE WILL NOT FEAR” even when the mountains fall into the sea. Basically, life can be falling apart around you, but live life with No Fear!
 
 I recently heard a speaker share this truth, “Fear is a demonic kind of faith”. WOW! Ya’ll this is such a powerful statement! How often do we elevate our fears above His strength?
 
Fear is addressed 365 times in the Bible!
Friend, you have a FEAR NOT for everyday of the year!
 
2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)
7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
 
Word to the Wise:
Bottom Line Sisterhood…
Fear grips and strips!
The Holy Spirit strengthens and equips!
 
REMEMBER!
Fear is a Spirit and not from God! Fear will grip your mind and strip you of His strength.
 
The Power of the Holy Spirit strengthens and equips you.
As you make the great exchange and allow God to be your Center, your inward parts (verse 5), there will be no room for fear to take up residence! Fear and faith cannot reside and live in the same place.
  
Strong Women.
May We Know Them. 
May We Be Them. 
May We Raise Them. 
(Author Unknown) 
 
No Fear,
Pastor Laura
 
Last Week I had the privilege of speaking on Fear as we finished our Overcomer Series @ Church Alive!
Want to check it out? Click Here: https://www.churchaliveag.org/sermons/
 

Hey Girls! I have some exciting news that I just had to share with you today! I am re-launching my website pastorlauralee.com & weekly blog! WOOHOO!

I had to lay down a couple of my personal dreams for a short season to assist Church Alive in birthing a long time dream of an internship/school of ministry! Fast - forward to 2018, not only has our new Church Alive School of Ministry launched but after much encouragement, strong nudges from the Holy Spirit and a few literal pushes from my closest peeps, I have taken the plunge to relaunch! 

Every Wednesday, I will drop a few lines of wisdom I have learned along the way during this amazing journey of following Jesus.  Join me as I give you a birds- eye view to my day to day Life in the Hood- Literally , My neighbor-Hood , Marriage-Hood , Parent-Hood , soon to be GiGI- Hood, Pastor- Hood and of Course My SISTERHOOD!

My heart is to provide a place for laughter, common-sense and wisdom all the while throwing as much hope & courage as possible  ON & IN YOU my sister- friend! 
Once a month , I plan to feature a special weekly wisdom for those that journey as leading ladies in part or full time ministry and offer a closed group setting for connection and Q & A! 

I thought a great way to kick off the re-launch of my site, was to remind YOU today of this one thing! 

YOU ARE STRONG! 

Check out this wisdom nugget from Scripture in Psalm 46:5 NKJV
“God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.”
 
Who is HER in this passage of scripture?  
YOU!

 When God is in the midst of you that means literally the center of who you are! Strong Concordance break it down like this- Your inward parts! God becomes the Center of your LIFE!

When you begin living your everyday life where GOD is literally in the midst of you - there is a divine connection that happens by way of a great exchange! You exchange your weaknesses & insecurities for His GREAT strength! 

Sister-friend, I am not sure about you , but my list of insecurities & weaknesses seems to change & grow in each new season of my life-but I am very confident of this one thing! 
 I am stronger than I think I am - YES MAM! ( this is where you say AMEN:) 
Check out what Paul says about this great exchange! 

2 Corinthians 12: 9 &10 NKJV

“ And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong."

In fact, when you make this exchange you then begin living life through a God-filter - you filter out your worries, pain , hurts and anxiety and filter through a supernatural confidence , promise , purpose and of course Strength! 

WORD TO THE WISE:
Bottom Line Sisterhood … You are Strong! 
You are strong not because I say so , your BFF says so or even the feminist movement says so,You are Strong because God Says SO. 
But words are just words unless you take HIM at HIS word and apply it daily! Make the great exchange today friend!

Strong Women.
May We Know Them
May We Be Them
May We Raise Them
(Author Unknown) 

-Pastor Laura Lee