Girls with P.E.A.R.L.'s
The "Pearls" began as a small idea to offer a blog venue for the women within the LIFE family. With the vision, love and encouragement of our Women's Pastor; Tracie Martin the pearl became strands of pearls linking women in various stages and ages of their lives. May the "pearls" continue to grow while linking and touching women within our own communities and beyond through... Prayer Encouragement Abundance Restoration Love by the Spirit of God

Good evening ladies, it's been a minute since we have had a pearl.

 We want you to know that we are looking forward to what the upcoming months will bring to our Life family.

As we enter the height of the summer we will also be re-sharing some of our prior pearls.  Ladies I am aware that we have many writers in our midst so do not be shy send us some of your writings, we are always excited to have new submissions to share with our ladies.

 

This was forwarded to me from a friend.

 It isn't an original writing nevertheless it is definitely something we can reflect on as we open the discussion lines on our purpose in the church and the church's purpose in our lives.

 

You may have heard this before... "Today’s church service just didn’t do anything for me. Sunday mornings are my only day of the week to sleep late and I hate dragging myself out of bed to go to church and get nothing out of it".

Some of us have tried out several different kinds of churches, mega-churches, small churches. Funky retro churches that meet in strip malls or coffee bars.

 

Some of us; if we dare to be transparent; think the church we're attending now is OK, but we are still looking for something that really catches the attention. Some may even say this is just a waiting place or stop off until I get to my true church.  Yes they invite me to groups and events, but what’s the point when really the search is still on for something we "think" is bigger, better, deeper, or more spiritual. Something that is a fit especially for you. Occasionally we glance over the bulletins or watch the announcements, scanning for ministries that might suit or excite us, but we rarely find anything that peaks the interest.  We may see things happening in the various ministries—but no way, thank you will we be giving our time to do any hands on "work".

Many of us have the mindset I come to church to relax (to get something), not to serve or work like I do at my job.

 

The thing is most of us don't have a full understanding of the purpose of the church.

 The church does not exist for us, though we are central to its existence.

The capital-C Church—which is the big-picture, universal Church that includes all believers—exists for Jesus alone. The Church is his bride (Revelation 19:7)

 

The little-c church—which is the local church in our community—is how God reaches the masses with His gospel and love. It is also an incubator for baby Christians, a hospital for hurting people, a gathering place for all to worship and an opportunity for maturing believers to hone their spiritual gifts through serving one another.

 

Although it is human nature to make life “all about me,” the church is actually all about serving Jesus through serving his people.

 

That’s why our reasoning's about the music being too loud or too dull, the pastor talking too long or the Word at the church isn't deep enough for our spiritual growth, the service starting too early or too late and all the other rationales for why we resent the church for not catering to us really does not matter.  So the next time we try to make church all about us, remember this:

  • The church is Jesus’ body  (1 Corinthians 12:27)
  • Jesus promises to build his church—regardless of our personal tastes (Matthew16:18
  • Jesus loved the church so much that he died for it.                                                          The church matters to him, so it should matter to us ( 2 Corinthians 5:20-21)

So my sisters let's make church more about Jesus and less about us, and look for ways to love the body of Christ through our serving.

Our church is the classroom for learning how to get along in God’s family. It is a lab for practicing unselfish, sympathetic love. We should not be seeking rewards in our doing and serving; nevertheless God will bless our unselfish actions by meeting and  abundantly exceeding our needs in return if we will just put him and his church first.

 

Matthew 6:33

 

 
Blessings to you ,

Love Cheryl

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May 07, 2013

Good evening ladies, praying that this finds you at a peaceful quiet moment in your day. The Women's Ministry "Emerge" would like to extend a gracious thank you to all the ladies who assisted in making the Big Hat Brunch a "wonderful wonderland" experience as well as all the ladies who attended and made that time of fellowship fun and memorable.

This Sunday is Mother's Day and if you would like to wear your big hat to service and celebrate the day we look forward to enjoying the beautiful hats again.

On our most recent service Pastor Rich & Pastor Tracie asked who had not spent at least 5 hours during the week with God (whether it was prayer,reading the Word, meditation, or in study). When I saw how many people came forth to say that they had not, it was a realization that as a whole we have become so busy and our schedules are jam packed with lots of stuff that pull us away from God. It's not like we are "out in the world" in direct rebellion against Him, but neither are we on fire for Him and His Word!

Let's be honest we are just too busy doing other things and we can barely squeeze the time in to go to service on Sunday (even hoping service will be short & quick so we can get back to doing other things that are on our schedules). I mean if you look at the world, everything has to be quick fast and in a hurry because we have so many things to do. I mean we take multi tasking to whole 'nother level.

I'm not sure if we have considered that being a busy bee is a distraction of the enemy. He wants to keep us too busy for and from God. Putting God first and center most doesn't necessarily mean giving up all of our individuality or interests but it does mean we need to reprioritize our life, keeping our relationship with Him #1. Think about it; God doesn't want us to give up some things for Him as much as He wants us to give to to Him those things.

Now I do know many of us aren't too busy for God when trouble comes. When there is more bills than money, when the enemy comes in like a flood, when all else fails Then who do we run to? Where do we turn then? Is He with us always or is He our after thought?

God is calling us to lean on and be instructed through His revealed Word not only in times of trouble and need, but everyday.

This is not about judgement or guilt; its about us as sisters encouraging eachother to nurture our relationship with God by making time for Him in our everyday life. Sisters if we seek God, we will find Him! He is ready, willing, and waiting to have a real life-changing intimate relationship with each one of us.
So being transparent I am seeking God on checking my heart regarding my own busyness (is it a way to feel valued???) or maybe it’s just the by-product of the difficulty on saying no. Either way
I encourage & urge you as of today, please make it your business; your priority to find time with God on a daily basis.

Will you be a busy bee casualty?

Are you going to allow busyness to stop you from fulfilling what God has purposed for you?

If that is not what you want for your life than go to God, spend time with Him daily and let Him intimately share with you His Revealed, Perfect, & Sovereign will.

Matthew 6:33

Colossians 3:17

2 Corinthians 5: 10
John 9:4
Deuteronomy 28:1-14
Blessings to you ,

Love Cheryl

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April 23, 2013

Good Evening my sisters. Pray this finds you warm and toasty.

One of the greatest needs in our own personal lives is the fellowship and friendship of people we can really trust. A person who listens, encourages and loves no matter the cost. Most people are looking for someone like that, someone who they can be open and honest without fear of judgment or being tossed away. Most of us want a true best friend.

If someone asked you who is your best friend? What would you say?

Do you consider your best friend the person you have a casual, long-term relationship with. Or maybe it is a co-worker, or someone you enjoy the same hobby with, or even someone from our past. Some people think friends are people who come together for times of food, fun, and fellowship. If you really look deeper into these relationships these folks are more of acquaintances than true best friends.

I read somewhere that “You’re lucky if you have five real friends in your life. This made me think on the people in my life and who would I call my best friend and why. Once I put some thought into it I realized that I needed to look at what a real best friend should be. What was important. For me a real friend must be Trustworthy, they have to be concerned about my welfare and even if they disagree with me and even have to correct me there is no need to fear because they love me and want the best for me. A real friend is Available, yes thats right being available even at inconvenient times; will drop what they are doing, just to invest a little time in me.
A real friend is Genuine not looking for something in return. They are not asking, “What can I get out of this relationship?” Now a true genuine friendship has a give and take but the primary motivation of a genuine friendship isn't about getting mine. Once I realized these traits are important to me, I then had to ask myself would my friends describe me that way.

So I ask you my sisters how would you describe your real friend? And how would they describe you? Because in the truest terms a friend is a person who we love dearly with a love that expects nothing in return. A friend surpasses just friend they become sister. And that is the sister love that only Christ can place inside of us.
Proverbs 18:24
Luke 6:31
Romans 12:10
Ephesians 4:29-32
Blessings to you ,

Love Cheryl

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April 16, 2013

Well hello ladies!!!! Just a few weeks away from the Big Hat Brunch. I'm so excited and can't wait to enter "Wonderland" with you, so be sure to grab the Early Bird Special tickets.

Now then did you get to hear Pastor Joseph this Sunday. Whoaaaa...

He asked if he was on our street but truth be told he pulled up into many of our driveways & rung the doorbell!!! One of the nuggets I want to grab and share again was when he talked about the Olympians; the folks that put in the work, time, and effort. The people who train & get on the field to actually do the thing. When others talked about it or did it as a hobby the Olympians are determined, they sacrifice, they follow the directions of their coach, and most importantly they partcipate. The Olympians push through the pain as they are stretched, they dig deep and won't quit because they have a goal to reach... The Gold. But alongside Olympians there is always a large number of spectators. The ones that just sit in the stands and warm the seats. Now those folks can't expect to run down to get awarded the gold once the event is over. Yes they are at the event, sure they cheer, they even wear the team colors but they do no work at all. No work means no gold or glory.

That's how it is in God's kingdom. We can't be spectators doing no work, sitting warming seats, cheering loud on the sidelines, wearing the jersey of the Believer and then expecting to bring glory to the Kingdom. We have to be in it to win it. Win it for God's kingdom. Doing the work, making disciples by the Word of God,equipping and empowering people by the Spirit of God and serving oh yes serving in the Kingdom of God.

So my sisters to bring home the gold we have to participate. My question to each of you is... "Are you in it to win it (participate) or do you want to be just a seat warmer and an onlooker???"

Matthew 28:19-20

1 Corinthians 12:7-12

1 Corinthians 15:58
Romans 12:11
Blessings to you ,

Love Cheryl

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April 09, 2013

Good evening ladies, I am so blessed by todays pearl. First because anytime we can encourage each other to pray (Praise Release Ask and Yield) we are pressing forward to living in freedom everyday and secondly to be able to witness my own daughter growing and maturing as a woman that God has designed and purposed just does something wonderful for my mom heart.

Thank you Ms. Shayna R. for this pearl.......

Serve your Husband in the best way…Pray for him from head to toe!

**DISCLAIMER - If you do not have a husband do not stop reading you can pray for yourself & others head to toe**

For the past month I have been reading “Becoming the Woman of His Dreams: Seven Qualities Every Man Longs for” by Sharon Jaynes. It’s no "Act Like a Lady Think Like a Man", but it’s a true page turner and lines up with our Father’s word. It shows you everything you are called to do as a wife and woman of God.

The first quality is prayer!

With the guys coming off the awesome Men’s retreat I so wanted to know what went down. It could have been my nosey side coming out, or the fact that I long for my marriage to be one of prayer (together).

Pastor Rich said to me “He will tell you in his own time” and when he said that I just thought oh gosh I am never going to hear about the retreat or what it did to my hubby’s spirit! But I must let go and let God. As the days rolled on God spoke to me “Just because you gave him to me doesn’t mean your job is done” and needless to say the first quality of Sharon’s book hit me like a ton of bricks. The greatest quality of a wife is that she prays for her husband. Then like my fashion I said to God, “But I don’t know how To!”, and Sharon’s blog sent this“How to pray for your husband from head to toe” Take a look at this prayer it is awesome and allows you to open your heart to the spirit of your husband and not just the man you see in front of you.

P.S. You may find yourself needing prayer in the same areas…I did!

Dear Lord, today I pray for my husband, from head to toe.

  • His Head –That he will look to You Father as Lord of his life. (1 Corinthians 11:13)
  • His Mind – That he will have the mind of Christ and think as the Holy Spirit would lead him and not the flesh. (1 Corinthians 2:16)
  • His Eyes –That You will keep his eyes from temptation and that he will turn his eyes from sin. (Matthew 6:13, Mark 9:47)
  • His Ears – That he will hear Your still small voice instructing him. (1 Kings 19:12, Psalm 32:8)
  • His Mouth – That his words will be pleasing to You. (Proverbs 19:14)
  • His Neck –That he will humble himself before You and be strong, courageous, and careful to do everything written in Your Word so that he will be prosperous and successful. (James 4:10, Joshua 1:8-9)
  • His Heart-That he will love and trust You with his whole heart. (Deuteronomy 6:5; Proverbs 3:5)
  • His Arms-That You will be his strength. (Psalm 73:26)
  • His Hands-That he will enjoy the work of his hands and see it as a gift from You. (Ecclesiastes 3:13, 5:19)
  • His Ring Finger – That he will be true to our marriage vows and that our love will never wane. (Proverb 3:3; Malachi 2:16)
  • His Legs – That he will stand firm in his faith and not waver. (Psalm 62:6)
  • His feet – That You will order his steps and that he will walk in Your truth. (Proverbs 4:25, Psalm 26:3)
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