Jesus Influence!

Good Morning GRITS Girls!

It’s Wisdom Wednesday!

I have a quick wrap-up video today to remind you about the power of our Sisterhood Influence and where it comes from- JESUS

I pray that you have enjoyed the fall sisterhood series and have been reminded of your strength through Christ and the strength that comes from the power of sisterhood.
 
You are a force to be reckoned with … a powerful influence that can set Generations free by - YES - YOUR INFLUENCE!

Word to the Wise 
We must live to Influence the Generations, instead of dying to impress them!
 
https://youtu.be/D0pKIURCBOo
 
Be encouraged today by the power of God's Word and some Spirit-filled common sense!

Love,

Pastor Laura

My tribe, MY SISTERHOOD!

It’s Wisdom Wednesday!

Sister-friend, are you ready for Thanksgiving? We are just ONE day away! 

If you are like me, you have been counting your blessings all month long! One thing I am very thankful for is YOU! I lovingly call you my people, my tribe, MY SISTERHOOD! 

In October, I had the opportunity to travel with Church Alive to Rome and minister at an international Church with longtime friends and missionaries. Our church and women’s ministry had the awesome opportunity to help host a Generations Conference for the sisterhood of International Church Fellowship Rome. ICF is a church with over 70 nations that are represented from all over the world that call ICF Rome their home church. It was just a taste of heaven, friends! 

 On the eve before Thanksgiving, I just have to share with you a special moment that happened while on this trip. This was a moment, I am very thankful for, that was a beautiful reminder of the Sisterhood.

Alisha, a young lady from Church Alive, had been asked to share in a small group setting during the mid-week service. As she began sharing her journey of obedience by saying “yes” to the mission trip and the ripple effects it began having on her life, even while on the trip, she began to cry. Immediately, both the woman from Nigeria, to her right, and the younger woman on her left, who was from Zambia, both began comforting and loving on our sweet Alisha! They touched and rubbed her arm, ever so lightly, as they affirmed her obedience with nods and smiles!

It was a quick moment, I call it a marker moment that happens when the Holy Spirit whispers softly in my heart, but a moment I will never forget!  He said, “This is Sisterhood and it looks the same all over the world”! 

Bottomline Sisterhood:

The Spirit of Sisterhood looks the same all over the world because each sister is created by the same God! We may look different, speak different languages and act different in culture and creativity; BUT, when a sister friend is a Jesus Girl, sisterhood is represented no matter where she lives!

Word to the Wise 
We must live to Influence the Generations, instead of dying to impress them!

Don’t miss next week as I wrap up our Fall Sisterhood Series!

Happy Thanksgiving! 

Grateful,

Pastor Laura 

 

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From Generation to Generation

Good Morning! It’s Wisdom Wednesday!

Sister- friend, there is no greater time to be a woman in our great nation than the current day and age! 

Can I get an AMEN?

I believe we each can play a huge part in influencing the Generations, not only in our politics and platforms, but primarily by keeping our focus on setting Generations free through Jesus Christ! Remember, our influence has the ability to infect or affect!

Bottom line Sisterhood:

GRITS(GIRLS RAISED IN THE SPIRIT), I want to remind you that you were not just born to live; but, you were born to LIVE To Influence!

https://youtu.be/nvYEwp38iXY

Word to the Wise 

We must live to Influence the Generations, instead of dying to Impress them!

Be encouraged today by the power of God's Word and some Spirit-filled common sense!


Keep Pressing,
Pastor Laura

Labels Don't Define Sisterhood!

Good Morning! It’s Wisdom Wednesday!
 
This morning I want to get straight to the bottom-line of our weekly blog!

We all live with label: many of which were given to us by no choice of our own, while others we’ve earned through hard work in school or in our career fields.
 
Having had to learn to live with certain labels IN MY LIFE, I have worked hard not to allow those labels to CONTROL MY LIFE! My life is a hot mess most of the time. Just like yours, it has its share of ups and downs. That’s why I am diligent in reminding myself of not only my purpose in life, but also how my influence affects the generations around me.
 
Bottom line Sisterhood:
Labels cannot define our sisterhood influence.
 
Click the link below to catch a few raw moments with my sisterhood.
 
https://youtu.be/sf7U-e8-kE0
 
Be encouraged today by the power of God's Word and some Spirit-filled common sense!

Keep Pressing,
Pastor Laura

What is Sisterhood?

Sisterhood has been a part of our church culture for many years.

GENERATIONS (our women’s ministry at Church Alive) has worked very hard through the years to create a powerful, yet safe space, for women of all backgrounds, all ages and from all walks of life to come together in order to empower, equip, declare and influence the generations. Today, you will hear from just a few amazing women from our Generations sisterhood who will share how they define sisterhood.

Make sure you check out the linked video!

Sister friends, our influence is so vital, not just for the generations now, but for those yet to be born! When women UNITE with this not so common bond- JESUS, it becomes a super-natural movement of sisterhood that can bring freedom to the generations!

Bottomline Sisterhood: The Bible compels us that the influence He gives us must not be kept a secret! It is worth sharing!

Psalm 145:4 NIV

“One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts.”

Word to the Wise

We must live to Influence the Generations, instead of dying to Impress them!

https://youtu.be/QcSLCBGxQ8k – WHAT IS SISTERHOOD!

 

Be encouraged today by the power of God's Word and some Spirit-filled common sense!

 

Keep Pressing,

Pastor Laura

 

 

 

The Power of Influence!

Good Morning GRITS Girls!
 
It’s Wisdom Wednesday!
 
I have a quick 3-minute video today to remind you about the Power of Our Sisterhood Influence!
 
Bottomline:
Sisterhood Influence is not about another program or ministry at your local church! It must become a lifestyle;  a lifestyle of leading and learning with generations not only watching but following!
 
Word to the Wise
We must live to Influence the Generations, instead of dying to impress them!
 
 https://youtu.be/MoiQAsELZbM

A special treat!

Good Morning GRITS Girls!

It’s Wisdom Wednesday!

Just a quick recap from last week girls!

If Sisterhood Influence is vital in impacting the generations, we MUST give a reflection on understanding that our influence comes out of WHOSE WE ARE ... nothing else, nothing more!

When we truly understand Who has marked us - adopted us and called us to take on HIS NAME - Sister-friend, the life-changing legacy we will leave for those who walk behind will be ETERNAL!

Bottom Line:

When I say, “We must LIVE to INFLUENCE the Generations instead of DYING to IMPRESS them”, we MUST first really grasp the difference between influencing the generations and Impressing them!

I have a special treat for you as part of today’s Word to the Wise blog. Elyse Hill wrote and presented a powerful spoken word to our ladies and teen girls at our 2017 Generations conference. Click the link below and be blessed and reminded about the power of your influence!

https://youtu.be/IRB0Nq7vyR0

Word to the Wise

We must live to Influence the Generations, instead of dying to Impress them!

Be encouraged today by the power of God's word and some Spirit-filled common sense!

Who's Your Daddy?!

Good Morning Sisterhood!

 

 Our fall Sisterhood series is happening every week with yours truly!! If you enjoy, please share Word to the Wise with your favorite sister- friends!

 I have ONE question for you this Wisdom Wednesday.

Who’s your Daddy?

NO. Seriously! Whose  are you? Who do you belong to?

I know my immediate answer would be, like most people’s reading the question, a reference to my earthly father’s full name; my legal name given to me at birth. 

This morning, I am not referencing your earthly father; but, your Heavenly Father, instead.

This can be a question that, for some, may cause pain and anguish because their earthly fathers might not have been present, either in body and/or in mind. For others, the relationship might be a fractured one, and even in the process of being repaired. And then there are those who may have fantastic earthly fathers.

But for today’s purpose, I want to focus on Influence from a perspective you may haven’t thought of before.

If Sisterhood Influence is vital in impacting the generations, we MUST give reflection on understanding that our influence comes out of WHOSE WE ARE ... nothing else, nothing more!

When we truly understand Who has marked us- adopted us and called us to take on HIS NAME- Sister-friend, the life- changing legacy we will leave for those who walk behind will be ETERNAL!

When I say, “We must LIVE to INFLUENCE the Generations instead of DYING to IMPRESS them”, we MUST first really grasp the difference between influencing the generations and Impressing them!

The Webster Dictionary defines the two as follows:

Influence: A power indirectly affecting a person or a course of events; to cause a change in the character, thought or action of.

Impress: Make someone feel admired or respected.

Obviously, there is a HUGE difference between the two words. Having loved and lived a little, I have come to the realization that I AFFECT the sisterhood when I Influence them. I only have temporary effect when I try to impress them!

The generations already have enough people trying to impress them; and quite frankly, we only add to the beat of that drum when we fall into that trap. Learning to impress your sisterhood, both young and old, is a learned behavior. In fact, one our mothers inadvertently taught us.  But that is a subject for another day!

Lysa Terkeurst personally influenced me when she shared this thought in her book, “THE BEST YES,” When you live to impress others, you depress yourself!”

She calls it “the Disease to Please”!

WOW! What a concept, Sisterhood!

The enemy gets SCARED, y’all, when WOMEN, Sisters, and a Sisterhood begin to walk in the Influence based on WHOSE THEY ARE—HIS NAME, not our namesake!

Bottom Line:

The generations are calling out for REAL, Influential women to bring the truth of FREEDOM. They don’t need to be impressed by anyone else, Sister-friend; let’s leave that to Hollywood!

Word to the Wise

We must live to Influence the Generations, instead of dying to Impress them!

The Power in Sisterhood!

 Good Morning GRITS Sisterhood!

 

 It’s official! Fall is here, and pumpkin spice coffee has already found its way into my coffeepot! Although it’s still fairly warm here in North Carolina, experience tells me from living here 18 years that autumn is still hiding for a few more weeks. But, brisk evenings, my favorite fall soups, and pumpkin spiced coffees will all be a part of my regular routine!

I am so excited to begin our Fall Sisterhood Series!

Sisterhood has been a part of our church culture for many years. GENERATIONS (our women’s ministry at Church Alive) has worked very hard through the years to create a powerful, yet safe space, for women of all backgrounds, all ages and from all walks of life to come together in order to empower, equip, declare and influence the generations!

Psalm 145:4 NIV

One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts!

Sister- friends, our influence is so vital, not just for the generations now, but for those yet to be born!!

What is Sisterhood?

Dictionary.com states that “Sisterhood is an association, society or community of women linked by a common interest.”

Y’all, amazing things happen when women UNITE with this not so common bond- JESUS! It becomes a super-natural movement of sisterhood that can bring freedom to the generations!

 I love what Debbie Morris says about the power of our influence in her book – The Blessed Woman. “When women began to understand their influence, they began wreaking destruction on the destroyer, SHE can set entire generations free.”

You canNOT buy into a cultural lie that we have to impress others to make a difference -it will only derail you from the original intent and destiny that God has for your life!

When our focus revolves around building a multi- cultural and multi- generational Sisterhood movement within our churches, filled with women who have that one common goal, to influence generations to love Jesus, serve Him and obey Him, it will change the course of history!

Word to the Wise

We must live to Influence the Generations, instead of dying to Impress them!

Next week I will share with you the differences in influencing and impressing the generations!  Stay tuned GRITS!

GiGi-Hood ROCKS!

 Good Morning GRITS Sisterhood!

 I pray that you find yourself fully dressed in the armor of God and ready for all that today may hold!

The Lee family has been celebrating the last two weeks. We welcomed our first granddaughter, Harlow Tatum Lee, to the world on September 3rd, and our lives (and her parent’s) have not been the same since. Watching my firstborn with his firstborn has truly been something that’s even hard to put into “words”!  So, I’ll sum it up like this: Gigi-HOOD ROCKS! Knowing that God has entrusted us with yet another generation to love and lead is an eternal gift.

 A picture is attached for your viewing pleasure! LOL. You are welcome!

Word to the wise blog/vlog will resume next week with a special fall series on sisterhood.

Talking Topics will include:

  • What Does Real Sisterhood Look and Act Like

  • The Power of Your Influence

  • Sisterhood Identity

  • Impress Others ,Depress Yourself

  • The Story of Deborah and Jael

  •  Know your Enemy

  • Organic Mentoring

  • The Circle of Sisterhood

Sisterhood, both individually and corporately, can set generations free! Some may call it the circle of life; I call it the circle of Sisterhood!

We are not created by God to do this life alone! Isolation is a tactic the enemy uses against you and me! Feel free to review the summer’s blog series on being a GRITS girl to remind you how to be wise and ready!

Word to the Wise:

We must live to influence the generations, instead of dying to impress them!

GET READY GRITS! It’s about to get real!

Love,

Pastor Laura

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