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Gather Her Journal entry #13

 

Originally posted 4.20/16. Tomorrow night we gather for our very first CW: Gather Her! With all the excitement, I thought it would be best to share why once again we are gathering.

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“Lord, you woke me up with three distinct things to do that were very clear. I’m thankful you speak to me and I’m thankful for coffee and a time to rest today.”

Have you ever been woken in the middle of the night while sleeping so peacefully and really hard? Maybe by a loud sound, your child coming in needing mama or maybe you just had to go to the potty! Whatever the reason, you couldn’t go back to sleep and the only thing you could do was get up, make coffee, and pray you’ll find time later in the day to rest.

That’s what happened to me early Sunday morning when the sun was not even close to waking up. I woke up from a deep slumber with three very clear thoughts. As I ran over them in my mind, I thought, “Okay Lord, help me to capture these thoughts so that when I get up I can remember and do all three.” I pray this often when I have what I think is a great thought but don’t have a piece of paper around practicing the scripture 2 Corinthians 10:5.

“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

(Side Note: This scripture is often used in reference to negative thoughts, but God showed me a few years ago that thoughts don’t have to be negative to capture them and give them to God. They can be God-ideas that you want to capture and make it obedient to Christ.)

Back to my story.

As I laid there, I started to toss and turn finally arguing a little bit with God that I wasn’t a morning person and I really wanted to go back to sleep. Even though he was silent, I knew I wasn’t going back to sleep. Begrudged but obediently, I got up, brushed my teeth and went straight to the coffee pot.

While the coffee brewed, I wrote down the three things that had woke me up:

  1. Update the mission statement
  2. Write your message for the first CW: Gather Her using the write your purpose principles
  3. Write a journal entry telling HER about it

Well, the third you are reading now. So let’s start with #1.

Since our very first CW Family retreat the last week of March, the Lord has had me write everything down based on Habukkuk 2:2-3.

“Then the Lord replied:

“Write down the revelation

and make it plain on tablets

so that a herald[a] may run with it.

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For the revelation awaits an appointed time;

it speaks of the end

and will not prove false.

Though it linger, wait for it;

it[b] will certainly come

and will not delay.”

Since the end of 2014, I have been continuously praying for clarity. God has answered my prayer with so much clarity that I can hardly contain it all! So, I’m writing it down and have come to understand that this year, 2016, we are laying the ground work to build this organization, Created Woman, into what God has always intended it to be. After years of good things like social events, and many pilot programs like as design labs He has sharpened us, trained us, and now He’s ready to release us. The vision has just been pouring out from pen to paper so clearly!

Just this past week, I re-wrote with much more clarity the mission statement for Created Woman. Apparently, though, I left out a thought that must be included at the end of the final paragraph  (You can read Mission Statement at end of blog).

Okay, #1 check.

Now to #2.

During our retreat, one of the many things that was revealed was understanding and learning more about HER, aka, you. As a team, we dissected her, wrote down who she is, what her dreams are, what her needs are and how we can reach her. It was beautiful to see the heart that every team member had for you!

It became very clear that when we talked about HER, about you, that the idea the Lord had sparked in my heart just a few weeks earlier, the time had come to bring it to life. That God-idea was to just simply Gather Her.

Gather HER for dinner. Talk to HER. Share with HER. Equip HER. Position HER. Release HER. Spend time with HER.

My friend Natalya who is a beautiful writer for CW and is the very one who edited this post you are reading now, often writes and talks about gathering around the table and the special moments that happen while enjoying food and fellowship. Its special moments in time that create memories that are often remembered with a smile.

So the plan was set in motion. With the goal to gather Her, we found the perfect little slice of heaven in Austin where we could gather for dinner, brush off the day, enjoy moments with old and new friends and be empowered through a message catered to give you the tools to embrace your purpose, run your race with endurance, and show up well as an ambassador of Christ.

With a clear goal, that of course has already been written down, the third reason I was awaken in the wee hours of the morning was to write the message down that I was to share for the very first CW: Gather Her. It wasn’t to be an inspiration rah-rah message that left you feeling glad you came. But one that would practically help His girls move forward into who they are created to be.

He brought me back to that scripture in Habakkuk; write it down. So I’ve written it down and just to share a secret, when we gather, you will write it down too! You will have the tools to write down:

  • Who you are
  • What you are suppose to do for such a time as this
  • Who you are to do it for
  • How to move forward in your purpose

You see, a beautiful thing happens when God-girls gather around a dinner table under twinkle lights (Eak! The girly-girl in me is so excited about the twinkle lights). He never designed us to live life alone, but to live life with a purpose and on purpose along side a community of others who share your passion. To run your race well. To know and understand that we are His ambassador and we are to show up well!

As I finish writing this journal entry sipping my second cup of coffee, I have to confess: I’m tired! I know the day that lays ahead of me, the schedule and the kids that will be in tow, but I’m refreshed. I’m excited to continue to write it down. I’m even more excited to gather with women who are just like me. Who want to embrace who they are created to be, run their race and do it all in their own unique style. (Classic: Jeans and t-shirt)

What about you? What is the Lord telling you to capture and write down?

Maybe it all starts by coming to our first gathering. So take this as your official invitation to share an evening with women who are just like you at CW: Gather Her.

CW: Gather Her is an evening of fashion and faith meant to refresh her through power messages, food, pampering and a time to share, create and grow with other dreamers and women of purpose.

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I can wait to meet you but until then, I’m going back to bed! Good night!

Gather Her || 10.20.16

 

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..whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.

Enjoy an evening with women just like you who want to explore their faith and love all things fashion:

10.20.16
6:30 – 8:30 pm

SpaSocial
720 O'Connor Dr., Round Rock, TX 78689
FREE for all women!
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If you believe in the mission, we do accept donations! Click Here to donate.

At Gather Her, you will:
~ Find refuge in a lovely environment.
~ Create authentic, pure relationships through girl talk time after each message.
~ Hear truth through our monthly guest speakers.
~ Meet women who are real, fun and authentic who love to laugh during our mix & mingle time!
~ Learn how to take care of yourself as an Ambassador of Christ through our monthly fashion partner.

Light Bites & Wine provided + Photo Booth

October Guest Speaker: CW’s own, Lynn Marie Cherry, Author.

Lynn has just published her first book and will share her personal journey of walking through betrayal and how we, too, can get to other side our hurts and hangups we may have experience in our lives. It’s real #GirlTalk

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#LegacyBuilder

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Created Woman: Equip & empower women to be who they are created to be inside & out.

 

CW: Mission Statement

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Notice in Habbukkuk, there’s a foot note next to the word herald. During our retreat, I read the footnote for the first time and it reads, “or whoever reads it.”  So re-read the scripture and insert that phrase in place of herald. It will look different.

What I got: It means that what God is showing me I need to write it down. Because what He’s showing you to write down, is not just for you, it’s also for whoever reads it. Our words are our legacy and the only thing that will last. So what are you writing down? Are you writing it in a way that whoever reads it, can run with what you say? Whether it be a business plan, an organization like CW, a family mission statement, your life’s purpose, or just simply a grocery list for your hubby, are you writing it down plain and simple so that whoever reads it knows how to follow it?

Make it plain. Make the God-idea in your heart plain on paper so that you can run your race well and whoever is running beside you, knows exactly where you are going.

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A Shiny New Life

 

“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.”

Ephesians 5:8 {NKJV}

   When I read God’s Word, I normally reach for my two favorite Bibles at home, my tiffany blue colored Bible that my sweet husband gave me and my ginormous (is that a word?) study Bible. This week, I was prompted to change up my routine and search for another Bible in the house to use. I knew that God was calling me to locate my pink one, my very first Bible from almost 15 years ago. Embarrassingly, I found it collecting dust in my closet. I didn’t know why I needed to grab that specific one since I had two other perfectly good Bibles at reach on my nightstand, but it all made sense to me once I had that book back in my hands.

   Holding that pink Bible again was like holding a pink newborn baby in my arms. I instantly began to feel all the good feels from that time when I was young and passionately in love with the new life in front of me! I was never going to be the same, in a good way, after experiencing Christ’s love for me.

   After those reminiscing thoughts, a verse from my pink Bible caught my attention as I opened it.  How appropriate this verse was at that moment.  

“For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”  2 Corinthians 4:6

   Yes, life was shiny and new for me when I first became a Christian.   My quiet time with God was turning out to be a special reminder of his love for me!  Before I began to think that morning was all about me, the Holy Spirit led me to a sobering thought that there are other hearts in the world that God wants to be shiny and new, too.   Instantly, certain people came to mind for me to pray for at that moment.  With 2 Corinthians 4:6 on my mind, I prayed Jesus light over their hearts.  Only the light of Jesus has the power to save hearts!

   The Book of Acts has one of the most remarkable heart conversion stories. Saul (popularly known as Paul in the New Testament) was an enemy of the Lord when he was stopped on his journey to Damascus.

“As he (Saul) neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.” Acts 9:3 {NKJV}

   The Bible goes on to add that Saul was blinded for three days upon experiencing this light, which was identified as Christ through the conversation shared between Saul and this light. Once Jesus had Saul’s sight restored, Saul’s heart and life changed forever. Saul was no longer persecuting Christians, but leading them in the movement to preach the Gospel to the nations.

   Saul’s story is just one of a million stories of heart restorations that happened over time. Every human heart needs Jesus today as it did over 2000 years ago.  I want to share the following song that I think sweetly encapsulates today's message.  Yes, it is widely known as a children's song, but it really speaks to every heart of a believer, including mine.  Would you sing this with me today?

“This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.

Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.”

Father, thank you for sending your light to this world, your Son, Jesus.  Our hearts were once dark, but now they are shiny and new!  Thank you for your rescue!  May Christ shine bright through us so that others, who do not know you, will take notice and desire you, too.  Save those hearts that do.  We love you, Father.  In Jesus name, Amen.  

  • Has the light of Christ rescued your heart?  If so, meditate on that memory of when and how that happened.  If not, you can invite Jesus to become Lord and Savior over your heart right now!
  • Who needs Jesus' light over their heart right now?  If anyone comes to mind, this is the time to stop and pray for that person(s).  
  • If a believer, does life still feel shiny for you?  If not, invite Jesus to operate on any hurt that your heart has received lately.  

 "And God said, 'Let there be light,' and there was light."   Genesis 1:3, NIV

 “I am the world’s Light. No one who follows me stumbles around in the darkness. I provide plenty of light to live in.”   John 8:12, The Message Bible 

One action step is all that is needed

Action! I wrote this word at the top of my journal as I began the New Year.  If you have worked with me, you know that I believe in setting very specific goals when creating a fitness and wellness plan. However, this year instead of writing goals for myself, I decided to choose one word (Action) that would dictate my thoughts and desires.  You see sometimes, I can get stuck by sitting in prayer while contemplating what I should do.  When in reality one action step is all that is needed to get going in the right direction.

For example, there are things that the Lord had placed in my heart for a long time, yet, I had done nothing.

I was hiding behind the mask of:

  • waiting for confirmation
  • waiting to be fully equipped
  • waiting for everything to be “just perfect” in my life
  • waiting to know the complete plan

The truth is that it was just fear.  Fear of the unknown, fear of failure, fear of, well there are many excuses.   I realized that I may not have it all together, but it was time to move and take some type of action.

In February of this year, I began in the process of expanding my coaching business by working toward becoming a professional Life Purpose Coach for women which is something that I have felt led to do for a long time.  Do I know the final outcome and plan?  No. But I know that I have a heart for helping women discover their God given purpose and have a closer relationship with Him.  It is time for me to move instead of saying “one day” as I sit and pray for courage. 

How does this relate to our health?

We read in 1 Corinthians 6:19 that we are to take care of our body and then James 1:22 commands us to be “doers” not just hears of God’s word.  So why is it so hard start an exercise program or healthy eating plan?  Could be fear of the unknown; feeling that everything has to be perfect; fear of failure?  Sometimes, one step is all that is needed to break that mindset and get moving in the right direction. 

What about you?  

Are you waiting for the right moment when one small  step is all that is needed today?

Could you…..

  • make one call to learn more about what God has placed in your heart to do?
  • take the only 20 minutes you have today and go for a walk……. instead of thinking you need more time to work out. Use the time and resources that you do have.
  • choose one healthy thing to eat today…. instead of waiting for the day you can follow a "perfect diet plan” which is unrealistic anyway.
  • decide that you will pack a lunch one or two times a week instead of eating out.

Ladies, let’s break the mold and mindset of having to know everything and have it all together before we move.  Remember doing nothing gets us nowhere. Taking one action step is all that is needed to get us one step closer to better health and fulfilling the dreams and purpose God has created for each of us.

 

Do You Need a New Summer Wardrobe?

Summer is now in full swing.  Time to buy those cute summer outfits, sandals, beach wear, and as the kids would say, “whatever!”

Speaking of new clothes, allow me to ask you a question. Are you into wearing labels on your clothing?  Would you buy a designer’s label even though the style doesn’t look good on you?  Do you buy labels that your budget can’t afford?  I know that I have, and for good reason, or so I thought at the time.  I wanted to fit in with the crowd.

Unfortunately, I’ve also worn labels within me that wasn’t the right thing to wear. In reality, the label I was wearing within was what I based my self-worth on.

Perhaps you can relate to what I am saying.  Ask yourself these questions?

  1. Am I wearing a Performance Label that says I must meet certain standards in order to feel good about myself?
  1. Am I wearing an Approval Label that says I must be approved by certain others to feel good about myself?
  1. Am I wearing a Blame Label that says because of something in my past I am unworthy of love and deserve to be punished?
  1. Am I wearing a Shame Label that says I am what I am; I cannot change; I am hopeless.

Perhaps we should change our wardrobe within, dispense with the labels, and label ourselves the way God sees us which is:  deeply loved, totally accepted, deeply loved, and absolutely complete in Him.   

Only then can we become the woman God created us to be from the inside out.

Dream On

Do you remember what you were like when you were a child? If you were anything like me, you had a number of big dreams and magnificent ideas. You thought you could do anything! I wanted to become a jazz singer. Something about standing next to a shiny baby grand, in a long sequined gown, provoked my interest. I was thrilled to receive a small electric piano that Christmas. I would learn to play and sing to prepare for my future; however, as the New Year arrived and faded, so did that dream.

And, just this year, my great nephew, Judah, learned that he and his family would spend the day at a local water park. The night before their trip to the aquatic wonderland, this 4-year old adventurer, along with his siblings, decided to ‘practice’ sliding down the giant water slide. He grabbed a bed sheet and proceeded to climb to the top of his bunk bed, tied a one corner of the sheet to one of the bed posts and the opposite sheet corner to the dresser below - on the other side of the room. He, then climbed back up to the top bunk for his practice run, and ended up with a trip to the ER and a broken arm! Never made the trip to the water park. What captures my attention about this story is the fact that Judah knew what he wanted – and he went for it. There’s something about that childlike determination, bravery and perseverance!

As we evolve, develop and mature we become cognizant of the fact that things don’t always turn out the way we anticipate! We tend to give way to our limitations rather than exercising the opportunities at hand. The effect of this internal disharmony reveals itself in various ways – through our relationships, thinking, and behavior.

Peter, in a New Testament letter to his friends, said “I’m writing to hold your minds in a state of undistracted attention.” He goes on to remind them that God brought the world to harmony, from utter chaos, by His word. Today, my goal is to challenge limited thinking and restricted behavior based on fear, distraction or former experiences. We can accomplish more than we imagine. We have the ability to live out the breadth of our dreams, and have what it takes to become . . . (fill in the blank).

I invite to you partner with the ideas and the power that is alive within you; your Creator purposefully positioned each one of them. He has the ability to fulfill every dream, every desire, regardless of our current or past situation. Let’s trust Him with the process and outcome.

Dream on dreamer!

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Topic: Charlotte’s Web - a conversation on the power of words.

barbaraSpeaker: Barbara Salisbury: Barbara Salisbury is a professional Leadership Coach who firmly believes in the human potential for greatness of others. She partners with her clients to see them be intentional proactive leaders in all areas of their lives and to realize and celebrate their goals at a level that they have never experienced before. She regularly quotes that “Coaching is not what I do, it is who I am”.

 

 

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An evening of fashion and faith meant to refresh her through power messages, dinner, pampering and a time to share, create and grow with other dreamers and women of purpose.

There’s something special that happens when women who live on purpose gather around a dinner table. The conversations are life changing causing a shift in momentum in where we are going.

~ A movement ~ An awakening ~

That’s why Created Woman has designed a monthly gathering called CW: Gather Her for women who desire to and are living on purpose and for a purpose on the 3rd Thursday of every month at the Arthouse Austin.

You’re invited to be refreshed, renewed and sharpened so that you can continue to be and become who you are created to be, run your race with endurance and show up well!

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Our True Beauty

We live in the world. We are women. We feel the expectations and pressures to "keep up with ourselves" from what the world tells us. We want to feel beautiful and desired. We want to feel valued. And because we are women, we have a God-given ability to see beauty and to bring that beauty into the world, starting in the most intimate of places, our hearts. A woman's heart reflects a pureness and love that is admired and should be cared for.

Proverbs 4:23 tells us, "Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it." 

When we guard our hearts and our purity, we bring beauty to others. We give a glimpse of God’s holiness and goodness. This kind of true beauty is what the Lord wants for us. The world sees through dark glasses; its vision stops at the surface level. Dressing to show off our body only brings a temporary value and a surface level self-worth that is quick to leave. As Christians we understand this. 

"Women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel...not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, but with what is proper for women who profess godliness with good works." (1 Timothy 2:9-10)

"Do not let your adorning be external- the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear." (1 Peter 3:3)

Dressing modestly is of value. It enhances our inner beauty and doesn't focus on our body. When the focus is on our inner beauty, our heart, we will be desired and valued because of the substance of this beauty. 

But, so often this teaching of humility and modesty leaves us with the impression that we cannot and should not give any attention toward our outward beauty. We think we shouldn't be interested in the clothes we wear or what’s in style. That our desire to want to feel beautiful is vanity, and any indulgence in this is when guilt sets in. But, this is simply not true; it is a lie from the enemy that God does not want good things for us, or that these concerns are too small for God to care about. 

The truth is God cares about ALL parts of our heart. Every little bit. He loves that we get joy from putting things together that make us feel beautiful. He loves our creativity and how we use it for our own style that inspires others. There is no shame in loving and wanting to feel beautiful. God created beauty; he loves to see us inspired by it! 

I see style and fashion as a language that we use to connect with other women. Putting effort into our style shows we know our value and that we are loved.  We make a conscious decision each morning on what outfit we will put on for that day that reflects the beauty, personality, creativity, and purity of our hearts. We can be stylish, modest, and confident knowing that the Lord delights in our happiness! 

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CW: Gather Her is an evening of fashion and faith meant to refresh her through power messages, dinner, pampering and a time to share, create and grow with other dreamers and women of purpose.

There’s something special that happens when women who live on purpose gather around a dinner table. The conversations are life changing causing a shift in momentum in where we are going.

~ A movement ~ An awakening ~

That’s why Created Woman has designed a monthly gathering called CW: Gather Her for women who desire to and are living on purpose and for a purpose on the 3rd Thursday of every month at the Arthouse Austin.

You’re invited to be refreshed, renewed and sharpened so that you can continue to be and become who you are created to be, run your race with endurance and show up well!

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About the author

sarahSarah's love for textures, colors, fabrics and all things style started at a young age and quickly became a passion. She received a Bachelors degree from Texas State University, majoring in Fashion Merchandising with a minor in Business Administration. With an eye for style, she is intrigued by everyday fashion and finds happiness through constantly re-decorating her home. She believes laughing is one of the best parts of life. Having those much needed long phone calls to mom is a close second. Lover of white fluffy couches. Finds comfort in coffee & candles. And blooms where she is planted. Sarah recently married her high school sweetheart Phillip, and currently lives in San Antonio, Texas

Who’s your person? Lessons from Grey’s Anatomy: Journal #15

I used to be a huge Grey’s Anatomy fan back in the day. I loved watching the love story between Meredith and McDreamy unfold every week and the intense friendships that were formed under extreme pressures in a hospital. Plus, it always amazed me how each character could silence their enemy when confronted with such eloquently spoken long monologues with so much authority that made you cheer for them. How I wish I was that quick on my toes! The simplicity of kicking up our feet at night after a long days work to ‘brain down’ on some TV is how my husband and I used to end our day. Now after 2 kids, we sometimes get to watch one DVR’d thirty minute show that, nevertheless ends the night with kicking up our feet and lots of laughter, after the struggle of getting kids to bed…on time…or course. It’s a rare event that’s for sure, and I have no idea what’s happening at Seattle Grace these days! (aka, Grey’s Antatomy’s Hospital name.)

The one thing that sticks in my head, though, is the friendship between Meredith and Christina. They had each other’s back through thick and thin and loved to ‘dance it off’ in the living room after a long day in the hospital. They had a bond that makes you reminisce of your younger self sitting with your bestie on the back porch painting nails and talking about what happened that week in school. In each episode, a phrase was often repeated between the two friends after they had solved the most recent drama: “You’re my person.”  

“Because you’re my person.”

It was a statement that reminded them of why they had each other’s backs; why one stood up for the other even if they knew one was wrong. It was the reason why the two of them ended up next to each other dancing it off in the living room like no one was watching. Because you’re my person.

This week, I was reminded who my people are. My person.

It’s not that I didn’t know. It’s that my focus had turned to others and I had gotten busy doing the things God had called me to do and had forgotten My Person.

It’s true and I know I’m not alone. Often, we get so caught up in doing good things, even the things we are called to do, and neglect where it all started. Your people; your person.

I started 2016 out with two very clear words I was to live by: Intention and Abandoned. Although I have not abandoned those words completely, the focus has gotten a little off track. Not completely, but enough to where I had to be reminded.

So I thought it would be a good week to remind you, too. Who are your people? Your person?

Has your dream, your purpose, your calling gotten so big that you have forgotten your person that’s been sitting right in front of you cheering you on? The one that has your back, takes up for you in front of others only to gently yet firmly tell you when alone, “Girl, you were wrong but I’ve got you. So let’s dance it out!”

We need those people and have to make sure we take the time to cultivate those relationships because when the going gets tough, we are going to need that person to hold our hand as we walk forward. Let us cry on their shoulder and be your cheerleader. And they need you to do the same for them. Maybe they needed you last week and you forgot…

That person that will sit with us on the weekend and talk about all the things that happened that week. The drama. The victories. The hard choices. The rewards.

You will need that person, your people, to dance it out with you until it all works out.

So who you are people? Your person? Have you invested in them this week or even the last month? If not, this is your reminder to go put your dancing shoes on and go tell whoever it is that you are back in the game. 

Tell them, “I have your back and I will go where you need me to go today, tomorrow and forever because, you’re my person."

It’s not just about you, girl! What does your person need from you today?

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CW: Gather Her is an evening of fashion and faith meant to refresh her through power messages, dinner, pampering and a time to share, create and grow with other dreamers and women of purpose.

There’s something special that happens when women who live on purpose gather around a dinner table. The conversations are life changing causing a shift in momentum in where we are going.

~ A movement ~ An awakening ~

That’s why Created Woman has designed a monthly gathering called CW: Gather Her for women who desire to and are living on purpose and for a purpose launching Thursday, May 26th, 2016 at the Arthouse Austin.

Your invited to be refreshed, renewed and sharped so that you can continue to be and become who you are created to be, run your race with endurace and show up well!

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Dream Again

The birth of my daughter, Hope Isabelle was right smack in the middle of all of the usual holiday chaos – Thanksgiving, five family birthdays, and of course Christmas and New Years. It was a joyful time sharing our new bundle of ‘hope’ with our family and friends as we barely survived keeping our eyes open in between feedings, diaper changes, tears, and lack of sleep. In the midst of all the rush, we tried to keep Christmas as normal as possible for our 3-year-old so that she wouldn’t miss making those special and magical memories with the family. It was definitely a balancing act surviving only on fumes and adrenaline.

In the middle of all of this, God began to show me that I needed to take some time to rest and study.  Rest? How am I going to rest? I would love to rest, sleep, have time alone but how is that possible? I welcomed the opportunity but couldn’t see how to make it a reality with a 1-month-old and a toddler. But, when the New Year greeted us with an aroma of new beginnings, I realized it was time to put some things on the back burner so that I could actually ‘rest.’ For me, that meant I needed to clear my to-do list of things that did not involve my kids or husband. Only then did everything around me come to a stand still and I was able to rest.

The first week was great! I enjoyed snuggling with my new baby and watching her every move. But as the weeks grew longer, I became restless eventually crying out, ‘God, is this all there is for me? What about all those dreams you gave me that I’ve been pursing for so long? What happens now to my dreams?”

But it was there, in the middle of my rest, that God began revealing something new. Something I had not detected in the midst of the chaos, the to-do list, and the routine of pursing the dream God had given me years ago. God didn’t take the dream away; He just wanted me to see a new way of doing things that was better for my family, my business, and even for my health. He was showing me how to balance what He had already given me.

It took me to actually let go and drop things I was holding onto, like my to-do list, to enter into a real rest and allow God to restore what had been broken down. In the months that followed, I began to see how my years of prayer for restoration began to be answered all because I allowed myself to rest in Him. Restoration begins in the rest.

Since then, my daily prayer has been for God to help me remember to rest in Him and surrender tasks and lists that I was making a priority but were not from God. You see I learned that the dream I had been pursuing had become routine, stale, and hard. I still believed in the dream but without focusing on how God wanted me to pursue them, they began affecting my family and myself in a negative way.

If you are struggling with a dream that God has placed in your heart or feel your dream has been lost, find a place and a season where you can rest in Him. For you, that may look like clearing the to-do list like I did. For others, it may be saying ‘no’ to volunteering for a while, cutting out TV or projects that aren’t necessary. And for some others, it may be actually involve taking a vacation with your friends or family to clear your head and get real rest. I promise, God is a God of restoration and sometimes all it takes to dream again is a little rest!

{Teaser: Journal entry is an excerpt from CW's upcoming Study Guide. Small group coming soon in the fall through CW: Gather Her}

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