Survey

Hey ladies!

At GNO, we passed out a survey to every woman in the house. The point of the survey was to get to know YOU and how Radiant Women’s Ministry can better meet your needs. There was so much happening that night and several ladies weren’t able to finish the survey. So, to make it easier for you, we’ve created an online version of the survey! Please take the time to fill it out so we can best meet your needs or get you plugged into an area that’s perfect for you!

xoxo~Radiant Women’s Ministry

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Flourish: Power of Agreement

At our most recent event, GNO, we invited Pastor Julie Gowans to come speak to our ladies. The Word she brought was so fantastic and uplifting! We’ve included notes from her sermon for those of you who were unable to make it to the event.

Power in Agreement: Pastor Julie Gowans

“There is power in agreement. Take a look at the story of the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11:1-10. When we agree with God’s ways, we’ll flourish in life.

Amos 3:3 asks the question “How can two people walk together if they aren’t in agreement?” In the same way, how can we walk with God unless we walk in agreement with what he says? And who he says we are?

We have to intentionally train ourselves to walk in agreement with God. It doesn’t come naturally. What he says doesn’t always make sense to our minds, but as we grow in our relationship with him and train our minds to agree with him, it becomes easier.

We have two ways to agree with what God says:

1.Confess your agreement out loud.

  • How? By reading and declaring what the Word says
  • Romans 10:17
  • Proverbs 18:21
  • A lie and a truth can’t walk together. They aren’t friends. Where there is truth (the Word) lies can’t be in the same place.

2. We pray in agreement with his Word.

  • Stop telling God what the enemy has been telling you. “I’m tired, I can’t do it, I’m not important.”
  • Hebrews 11:6
  • 2 Corinthians 4:18
  • The things we can see are temporary and subject to change.
  • We can’t allow ourselves to see trials as permanent.

As we agree with God through faith-filled prayers, things in the unseen are changing. There is no greater team than us and God in agreement together.”

At the end of her message, Pastor Julie shared a topical declaration with us. Whatever we’re working through, whether it be depression, fear, worry, etc, find a Scripture that says the truth about that topic and pray it over your life.

Ladies, let’s agree with what the Word says about us, instead of listening to what the world says.

xoxo~Radiant Women’s Ministry

Flourish Recap

Hello ladies!

We know, it’s been a while for us, but there’s SO MUCH happening at Life Link Church right now (have you heard, we have a building??)! Nevertheless, we are back and booming!

Just last week, we had an awesome event that we do every year-GNO! This GNO was called Flourish and it was all about flourishing in every area of our lives. The ladies of Radiant Women had a great time visiting with girlfriends while nibbling on chocolates treats while listening to Lacie and Tiffany’s Trend Report (more on that later). Pastor Cheree’ kicked off the night with a powerful time of Praise and Worship, followed by an amazing Word brought by Pastor Julie Gowans.

The night was fantastic! Next week, we’ll bring you Lacie and Tiffany’s Trend Report, as well as the notes from Pastor Julie’s sermon.

We are so excited to be back with you ladies! We wanted to share another fun part of the night, which was our vendor. We partnered with Story Company to sell beautiful accessories at our event. We had so much fun working with this awesome company that we wanted to share our experience with you, too!

Story Company is a company that partners with artisan designers from all over the world who are living in extreme poverty. Story Company provides fashionable, fair trade products to customers which create sustainable change for our designers globally. Our experience in working with them was so great! Their company is all about the person-and so are we! Check out their website to see all their gorgeous pieces!

All in all, our latest event was really amazing! Make sure to click back on with us next week for more notes from the night!

xoxo~Radiant Women’s Ministry

Love Links

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Since it’s February and love is in the air, we thought this would be the perfect time to plug Love Links, the secret sisterhood at Life Link Church. What is that, you ask? Love Links is a way for ladies to secretly minister to other ladies in our church by praying for them, writing encouraging notes, giving them prizes (eeeek), and becoming friends!

Love Links is open to all the ladies of Life Link Church (all the Life Link Ladies, all the Life Link Ladies…sorry I had to) who are above the age of 18. How does it work? You’ll be assigned a secret sister and will receive her information card via email the week the program starts. Love Links programs run for six months and they end with a big reveal party!

So here’s what to do. If you’re interested in being apart, you can fill out this form, which will be submitted into the program. You will then get all of your secret sister’s information and you’re all set to start blessing her!

Don’t forget to start checking the Love Links table on Sunday’s to see what your sister has left for you! Above all, feel blessed as you bless another woman in our church!

xoxo~Radiant Women Team

Raise Those Funds!

Ladies! I just wanted to take a quick second to let you know of a really cool and easy way to help the students of Life Link Church get to Summer Camp 2013!

On Monday, February 25, we’re having a Chick-fil-a Fundraiser! How does it work? Take a look at these simple steps:

1. Place family in your vehicle.

2. Drive said vehicle to the Chick-fil-a on Power and Ray

3. Walk inside said food establishment

4. Order the food you desire

5. Mention that you’re supporting Life Link Church OR give them the flier handed to you at the door

It’s that easy!

We hope to see you Monday, February 25 at Chick-fil-a!

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Baby Love

Maria Shinness is one of the awesome pastors on staff of Life Link Church. She has a heart to build relationships across all seasons and is passionate about worship! She loves all things purple (like purple highlights!) and can COOOOOK like no body’s business! We are blessed to have her as part of the team!

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When I was asked to write an article about Valentine’s Day, I have to admit, I was a little unsure what to say. Valentine’s Day has not been my favorite holiday. When we are kids the focus is getting to decorate a shoe box, hand out treats, and then come home with a whole stash of goodies. Sweet!! Then when we get into that awkward stage of junior high where we get all weird around boys and do crazy things on Valentine’s Day for their attention. (Leaving us with embarrassing memories we wish we could forget.) Then of course in high school the focus is “who’s dating who” and who gets the biggest bouquet of flowers, ginormous amounts of chocolate, and the most singing telegrams. Moving onto young adulthood, if we don’t have someone to share that special day with then we are left feeling lonely and depressed. See what I mean! Valentine’s Day is not always the most exciting holiday.

And then I had a life change. Jesus showed me what love really meant! It’s not about the romance and the “lovey dovey” feelings. But instead it is a choice. It’s something he wants me to enjoy and be a part of everyday. So I decided, I’m going to change my perspective on Valentine’ Day, the day of love and romance, and focus on how I can make others feel loved the way Jesus makes me feel loved. This is what I want to impart to my family.

Some of the ways we do this is by making our own Valentine’s Day cards. (Now I know right now some of you moms are probably saying, “Yeah right!”) This does take some work and planning, but the payoff is worth it! I’m a busy mom of four kids, which means we make 85-100 cards each year. Yikes!! But I want them to see the importance of taking the time to do something special for others. I get them involved and when the time comes for them to hand out their cards they are usually super excited because they had a part in making them.

My husband and I also try to involve the kids in our “special date”. They may help us plan it, be in on a surprise, help decorate, or become our “restaurant” servers.They love doing this! (Through all the “Ewwws!” and “Gross!” you may hear from your kids when showing affection to one another, they really do love to see their parents in love!)

I try to show my love for my kids on V-Day by doing little things like making their favorite food for dinner, giving them a special treat with a letter telling them what I love about them, taking one of their chores and doing it for them, or having a surprise family outing. I try to think of things that are out of routine and make them feel special.

I have come to find that showing love and appreciation for someone doesn’t have to be grandiose, time consuming, or even expensive. Many times it is the little things that can truly show love. I hope that this Valentine’s Day you are inspired to reflect on the love Jesus has for you and to use that to propel you to find ways to show love to others. Don’t be afraid to “think outside the box” and do something different. Get your family involved and you’ll make memories you won’t forget!

Truly “Purpley” Yours,

Maria

 

 

 

All the Single Ladies

PastedGraphic-1What do you mean Valentine’s Day is not for us?!  Single?  We still have cause to celebrate!!!

To be honest, I used to feel left out, lonely and insignificant when it came to this time of year.  Truth is, there was a good chance you would have found me sulking around or even shedding a few tears as the dreadful “Valentine’s Day” reared its ugly head.  If you are single, okay let’s face it, if you are female, I’d venture to guess that at some point in your life you could relate.  As women, Valentine’s Day can feel like a spotlight highlighting our lack of relationship or, better said, lack of love.  I have been asked countless times, “Have you found love?”, as if it was lost.  Singer Johnny Lee made the saying, “Looking for love in all the wrong places” popular when his song went gold in 1980.

So how do we, as women, shake off the negative association of this overly commercialized holiday?

The definition of love has been described as “the antithesis of selfishness.  It is active, and dissatisfied if not blessing others” (Unger 786).  The common saying “reap what you sow” is true even with love.  If we give love, rather than seeking it, we will experience love.

At the risk of causing upset, I will admit that my most rewarding Valentine’s Days have been as a single gal.  Gasp!  Oh the horror!  Say it isn’t so!  It is TRUE!  As a single lady I have found my stride with this thing called love.  Determined to not let Valentine’s Day defeat me again, I decided to make the most of it.  I was somewhere around the age of 25 and about a year into my relationship with Jesus.  I had come to understand that God has good plans for me and my life should be hopeful, not dreadful (Jer 29:11).  So I tackled this Holiday head on!  That year and the years that followed were filled with fun activities; hiking, treating myself to dinner or enjoying a night at home watching my favorite movie and eating ice-cream.  I even have a tradition of buying myself a dozen roses the following day, half off, I might add.  Now Feb 14th actually brings a smile to my face.  In being intentional to have a positive attitude my perspective shifted from just doing something fun for myself to also wanting to express love to others.

Please feel free to implement your own variation of what I’m about to tell you or come up with your own expression of love.  Just last week while walking through Target I stumbled upon the Valentine’s section.  For me this year Valentine’s Day consists of little gifts filled with nostalgic toys and yummy heart shaped chocolates found in the aisles of a store.   For some of the women in my life, this Feb 14th I am choosing to express love through a heartfelt yet simple gift.  As I prepared the gifts and said a prayer of blessing over each of the ladies who will receive them I was overwhelmed by the love I felt.  You see, as I set my heart on expressing love, I felt loved.  We can do this for our loved ones as well as people we might not yet know.  Our relationship with the person is not important.  The matter of whether or not the person loves us is insignificant.  The key is to give love and in turn love will swell up in us.

So this Valentine’s Day, whether single, married, divorced or widowed, make a point to GIVE love.  In doing so I know you will feel loved.  More than that, you will be walking in the reality that you ARE loved.

XO ~Michelle

Unger, Merrill F.  The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary.   Chicago, Illinois:  The Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, 1988.

Cheap Date

As we all know, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. And by “just around the corner” I mean, “Oh my gosh it’s next week!”. Just in case Valentine’s Day snuck up on you this year, or if, like many people, budget is just a little tight, we’ve come up with some great date ideas just for you! We had some of our ladies, from all seasons and walks of life, send in their favorite inexpensive date ideas. Check them out!

  • Bike ride to the park for a picnic
  • Hand-holding walk spent just “dreaming” – no issue discussions, only dreaming and wishing allowed
  • Dollar movie theater date night
  • Clear aside the furniture, dim the lights, put on some groovin’ music and dance like when you were dating
  • Car ride to some of the tourist attractions – Sedona, Flagstaff, Meteor Crater, Goldfield Ghost Town Tuscon Botanical Gardens, (their butterfly exhibit is magical!)
  • Cheap seats at Spring training games or ASU games
  • (married only) Drive to where you have a view of the valley night lights, pull off and have a good old make out parking session – Shea Boulevard heading towards Fountain Hills in Scottsdale has a great spot 😉
  • Play “remember when” on the back porch – remembering other fun things you have done together as a couple and just LAUGH together!
  • Picnic at the lake
  • Walk around downtown, window shopping, frozen yogurt
  • Movies in the park http://www.gilbertaz.gov/parks/pdf/Movie%20Series_Holiday12.pdf
  • Food Truck Fridays-get food truck food and head to an arcade (http://phxstreetfood.org/schedule/)
  • Pedal Boating at Tempe Town Lake
  • Go to the airport, park on the top floor of the parking garage, and watch the planes fly in
  • YouTube date night (look up funny, and appropriate, videos on YouTube while snacking on movie snacks)
  • (married only) Two words: bubble bath (the Dollar store has bath bubbles and bottles of cute mini sparkling ciders)

Another great resource for keeping the romance alive is http://www.thedatingdivas.com . This site is put together by a group of women committed to strengthen marriages one date at a time. Definitely work checking it out!

Whatever you do, whether single or with someone, make this Valentine’s Day fun!

Light Bulb

I walked into by bathroom one day and flicked on the lights. Instantly I noticed there was something different in the room so I began to look around to find what was “off”.  It didn’t take me long to realize that one of the four light bulbs above my mirror had burnt out.  Bummer, but no big deal.

Life went on until, a few weeks later, the same thing happened.  Still a bummer, but two lights were left so I was still able to function. As you can probably imagine, it got to the point where there was only one working light bulb in my bathroom. By that time, I was used to the lights being dimmer and had gotten accustomed to doing my hair and makeup in terrible lighting.

Yesterday I walked into by bathroom, yet again, and went to turn on the lights. This time, the lonely little light bulb didn’t flicker to life. All four bulbs were officially burnt out and the room had become almost impossible to function in! Since I had no light bulbs in my house to replace those that had burnt out, I relocated all of my makeup into my walk-in closet.

This morning, as I was standing in my very crowded closet doing my makeup, I looked up to the single light on the ceiling. I thought to myself, “What will I do when that one burns out? How many bulbs is it going to take before I go get more?”

I find that in life, we have many areas similar to burnt out bulbs. It’s easy to let things coast and slide that we know we need to get fixed. How many times have we said that we’ll wake up early to do this or that and end up hitting that snooze button for the millionth time?

Ladies, it’s time. Let’s rise above the tendency to coast in whatever area we want to coast in. If bulbs start to burn out in your quiet time, change them right away! Start a new routine, read a new book, or pick a new time of the day to meet with Jesus. God has called us to be women of purpose-world changers! Let’s not let our lives fade into the darkness of average.

By the way, when I finally got around to changing the bulbs, the difference was night and day. I couldn’t believe how light my bathroom was and how long I had been living in the darkness! Take my advice…change those bulbs!

 

xoxo~Lacie

From the heart of a youth leader….

541256_336165293109884_863854326_nLacie Mercer is passionate about fashion, hair, makeup, and ministry. She serves on staff at Life Link Church in the media department as well as the Jr High ministry director, along with her husband, James Mercer. Her heart is to inspire people to be who God has called them to be through relationships.

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I remember when I was in jr high, Lizzie McGuire was the show to watch. It came on every day sometime between after school and before dinner and I rarely missed an episode. The only downside to Lizzie McGuire was her attitude towards her parents. She would go off at them for no reason and then stomp upstairs and slam the door to her bedroom.

What I didn’t know was that I watched the show so much that I actually started developing some of Lizzie’s same attitude. My parents could see hints of sarcasm and retort sneaking into my speech. So I got grounded for the very first time in my life!

My parents were always fantastic at communicating with me. They were careful to make sure I never received a consequence without an explanation. That way I never felt like they were out to get me and I trusted them completely. I guess the problem was eventually fixed because the grounding was lifted and I could watch my show again.

The point is, parents, you are the only ones who can screen things from your kids. They won’t learn what’s ok or not ok to watch unless you teach them. Things like Twilight, How I Met Your Mother, Big Bang Theory, The Notebook…may not be the best movies or shows for your kids to watch. It’s up to you to discern and decide, but do so wisely.

Students, if you’re reading this, listen to the advice your parents give to you on this subject. Take it from me, you don’t always know the effect of what you watch or read or listen to has on you.

You need your parents. Whether you think you do, or not, you need them. Your relationship with your parents is absolutely the most important relationship you have right now, aside from your relationship with God. You may not completely understand what I’m saying, but I’m asking you to trust me. Take it from someone who successfully made it through the crazy, mixed up, teenage years. I made it out alive only because of my relationship with God and the fact that my parents prayed for me…A LOT.

Whether you’re a student, parent, or a random person reading this post, my challenge is this: let’s watch what we allow into our minds by being aware of what we read, watch, or listen to. God has called us ALL to serve a purpose, but it will be hard to tell what that purpose is if our mind is so cluttered with junk that we can’t hear His voice.

xoxo~Lacie