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You Are God’s Kind of Material

On Saturday we went to a gorgeous art museum, full of beautiful pieces created centuries ago. Some ornate, some simple, some abstract, some unexpected.
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But, you know what struck me the most? We walked into a room that used unlikely materials to create the pieces of art: nails, yarn, recycled materials, scrap metal. Those pieces caught my attention more than any other pieces in the entire museum, and I started thinking…isn’t that how God, the ultimate Artist works? He takes the unlikely, the ordinary, the unexpected people, and He creates such beautiful purpose out of their lives.
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Do you feel like the unlikely one? The one who views themselves like the scrap metal? The leftover? Have you ever thought: “What could God do with me? Being used by God is reserved for the others, but not for me.” Well, guess what? YOU are God’s kind of material. He takes the broken, unlikely, thrown to the side, trashed, forgotten AND HE BRINGS BEAUTY and PURPOSE and MORE THAN WE COULD HAVE EVER IMAGINED.
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You are not forgotten by the Creator. The Artist. The One who can bring beauty from the ashes. Hand your life over to Him and watch and see the beauty He alone can bring from our mess! 🙌🏼

What are they saying about Fan Into Flames?

I remember when I was 14 years old, Elise Adams (@elise_arnold7) stepped into my life and asked if she could disciple me. I didn’t have a clue what it meant to be discipled! But, Elise took me under her wing, and we met with a group of girls every single Sunday night for the next 4 years of my life. Elise taught me what it meant to be a disciple of Christ — a life-long learner of the things of God. She taught me how to study Scripture in-depth, she taught me consistency, and she gave me accountability. I wouldn’t be who I am today without her, and most definitely wouldn’t be discipling other girls like I am today.
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Will you give me the PRIVILEGE of coming alongside you to disciple you? Leading these 13 girls through the Fan Into Flames program this September has been one of the greatest things I’ve ever done.
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READ THESE TESTIMONIALS FROM GIRLS WHO HAVE JUST GONE THROUGH THE PROGRAM! They brought me to tears! 😭😭 (And I’m not a crier!)
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Will you join the October group? It’s for girls 14-24!
 
https://triciapatterson.com/blog/shop/discipleship-program/fan-into-flames-a-4-week-spiritual-discipleship-program/

Cultivation Happens in the Presence of the Gardener

CULTIVATE means to foster the growth of.
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Another definition I love says: “to loosen or break up the soil” — as we prepare to study Cultivating a Life of Joy next Sunday, I couldn’t help but think, what is God going to do through this study to foster the growth of joy in your life? What is He going to loosen or break up in the soil of your soul to make way for the seeds of joy to take root and grow in your life?
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As I thought through these things and reflected on the beautiful garden we just walked through yesterday, the Lord gave me this thought:
“Cultivation only happens in the presence of the Gardener through the conduit of Jesus Christ.”
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John 15 tells us that God is the gardener and Jesus is the vine we must be connected to always. The only way joy will be cultivated in our lives is by being in the Presence of God daily, and we enter into His presence because of our connection to Jesus Christ.
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Do you want to experience joy? Get into His presence. He may have to loosen and break up some of the soil of your hardened heart, but after the tilling, you will reap a harvest of joy! 🙌🏼
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Will you join me on a journey towards joy?
* Grab a devo!

https://www.amazon.com/…/1…/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_mHcYzb5KHGCMW

* Then join the FB Group to be a part of the study.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/295998810876770/

What’s causing the barrier in your relationship with God?

I remember standing there during worship and not feeling a thing. Why I couldn’t I feel God? Why did it feel like there was such a barrier between my heart and His?

Then I began remembering… I was consumed by shame and guilt that was festering in my heart and I wasn’t dealing with it. I just wanted things to be back like they used to be. I wanted to feel God again. I wanted to be free again. It wasn’t until I confessed my sin, laid myself bare before God, and made myself right with those I had wronged, that I felt freedom, peace, and joy again.

Does this sound familiar to you at all? Maybe you’re in the midst of a time where you just don’t feel God? Can I gently and graciously suggest that maybe there’s some unconfessed sin festering in your soul? Until we deal with sin, we’ll be blocked off from free communion with our loving God.

I know it’s not easy. I know it can feel scary, but confession is a major key to finding joy.

I hope you’ll join me on a journey towards joy by:
1. Grabbing a copy of the devo I released

https://www.amazon.com/Cultivating-Life-Joy-S…/…/ref=sr_1_1…

2. Joining our Facebook group of girls who will be studying together. {if you don’t have FB, sign up to receive emails for the extra online study resources! }

https://www.facebook.com/groups/295998810876770/

To the girl who’s freaked out that these are the end times

To the girl who’s freaked out that these are the end times,
I get it. Everything on the internet is blowing up that the world is coming to an end, and YOU ARE FREAKING OUT. I remember thinking about the end times and Jesus coming back when I was younger, and thinking, “But, wait!! I want to get married, have kids, and live a little more life!” Anyone else? 🙋🏼 yeah, I thought so.
But here’s the deal, as Christians, we have absolutely NOTHING to be scared about. NOTHING to fear. NOTHING to be freaked out about.
There are 2 things you need to know:
First of all, no one knows when Jesus is coming back, and when you know Jesus as your Savior, THERE IS NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT!
Secondly though, I want you to also know that, JESUS COULD come back ANY DAY! So, let’s live like he’s coming back tomorrow.

Now, 2 more things I want you to think about:
First & foremost, you need to BE SURE that you’re saved. When you have that confidence, I promise you that you don’t have to be worried about the end times. Jesus is coming back sometime and that’s exciting for believers! Do you have the confidence that you will spend eternity with Jesus?

Secondly, and this is A BIG ONE:
Knowing he’s coming back should COMPEL us to share the gospel with those who are lost & don’t know Jesus. We should have a sense of urgency to share Christ, all the time.

Just know this, sometimes we view eternity as more lame than this life on earth. I don’t know why. We just do. But life in eternity with Jesus will be a greater way of living than life here on earth. More than we can imagine. The new heaven and new earth described in Scripture will be far beyond anything we can imagine. Who knows when that day will come? It might not be close to now, but when we know Jesus we can be fully confident that it’s going to be INCREDIBLE! So there is nothing to fear. Our hope is sure and our inheritance is rich! 🙌🏼
Do some business w/ Jesus today. Do you know Him? If so, live in peace, w/ nothing to fear, because your eternity is sure + live with urgency to share Christ w/ all you know.

The last verses in the Bible say this:
“Yes, I am coming soon!”
And we say confidently, “Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!”

Start Somewhere

S T A R T S O M E W H E R E
When it comes to your relationship with Jesus, do you ever think:
“I just keep dropping the ball in my walk with Christ.”
“I just can’t get it together.”
“I used to be so on fire, what happened?”
“I can’t seem to get out of this time of spiritual drought!”
“What’s the point? I’ve messed up way too many times…”
“I just don’t know where to start.”
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I’ve thought these things (and more), more times than I want to admit. One thing we need to remember is that we serve a God who is so FULL of GRACE. His arms are always wide open, He’s not condemning you, but He’s inviting you in…ALWAYS.
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I love the gentle invitation from the Father in Psalms 27:8, “My heart has heard you say, ‘Come and talk with me.’ And my heart responds, ‘Lord, I am coming.'”
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I think sometimes we view God in the wrong light — instead of seeing Him as the gracious, loving Father that He is, we view Him as the lecturing condemner. We feel guilt for not “being what we should be” instead of realizing the love and grace in the eyes of our caring God, who says, “there is NO CONDEMNATION for those in Christ Jesus” – there is grace, and only grace.
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Don’t let past mistakes or shortcomings keep you from coming into His presence. His simple invitation is to come and talk with Him. Your simple response is coming and sitting before His presence. Let’s stop complicating it so much. Let’s stop trying to have it all together BEFORE we come in His presence. Let’s stop thinking it has to look a certain way. Let’s stop putting so many expectations on ourselves, and instead let’s simply come before Him every day. He will shape us and mold us. Gently and tenderly. He will speak to our hearts personally.
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All we have to do is start somewhere. Make space and time to get in His presence. He promises to meet us. He’s inviting us with open arms. Just start somewhere. Start today. Then keep walking into His arms on a daily basis. He’s waiting. Are you willing?

If you’d like some practical guidance of ways that you can ignite the fire in your spiritual life, I encourage you to consider signing up for the discipleship program that I lead called:

Fan Into Flames

(The next session begin October 2nd)

Ministering to Teenage Girls In Today’s Tumultuous Culture

Have you ever thought: “What in the world is that teenage girl thinking?” If this question has ever crossed your mind, this blog post + free download is for you! In this post, we’ll be navigating through some of the very real struggles that teenage girls are facing in today’s tumultuous culture. From every side, girls are being bombarded by struggles like the normality of sexual promiscuity, pornography, marijuana, alcohol, partying, insecurities, uncertainties, broken homes, exclusion, confusion, depression, disappointment, and so much more. How are we to minister to these impressionable hearts at such a formative time in their lives? If you are a mother, a friend, a mentor, a minister, a sister, an aunt, a grandmother, or a neighbor to a teenage girl, this post + free download will guide you as you seek to lead young girls to Jesus.

As a woman, YOU are called to Girls’ Ministry

Titus 2:3-5

“Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.”

No matter what your “calling” – all of us as followers of God are COMMANDED to disciple, teach, mentor, and lead the younger women in our lives.

Preventative Ministry vs. Crisis Ministry

One part of Girls’ Ministry that I absolutely love is that much of Girls’ Ministry is PREVENTATIVE MINISTRY rather than CRISIS MINISTRY.

Don’t get me wrong, there are definite moments of crisis, but I’ve talked with many Women’s Ministers who have expressed the fact that their ministry is primarily crisis with much less room for prevention. BUT, through Girls’ Ministry, you are able to minister to adolescents with years and years of life ahead of them.

Girls’ Ministry is CRUCIAL, because you are helping form the trajectory of their lives. These adolescent years are the most formative years of their lives, and YOU need to be the voice that these girls hear.

We MUST normalize Truth in their minds, rather than allowing the culture to normalize perversion.

Discipleship > Events

The emphasis of Girls’ Ministry should not be EVENTS. The focus must be DISCIPLESHIP. The heartbeat of Girls Ministry is Discipleship.

Our job is to help girls understand fully that their IDENTITY, SIGNIFICANCE, and PURPOSE is rooted in Christ, and that nothing and no one can strip their value away when they are grounded in Jesus Christ.

We teach girls to live as true disciples through our own example. I am BIG on demonstrating and teaching the basics of Spiritual Disciplines to teenage and college girls, because I believe that spiritual disciplines PROVE a COMMITMENT to Christ. Plus, spiritual disciplines teach young people how to abide in Christ every single day. Spiritual disciplines are like the match that ignite the fire in our souls for Christ.

Now the goal of practicing any given discipline is not about doing but it is about being: being like Jesus, being with Jesus. But the biblical way to grow in being more like Jesus is through the rightly motivated doing of the biblical, spiritual disciplines.

The key verse in all this is 1 Timothy 4:7, which says, “Discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness” (NASB).

These girls are bombarded by godLESSness – rather than godliness.

Let me share the top 5 ways girls are being torn down and attacked by the Enemy:

  1. Family – broken families, divorced parents, parents’ affairs, a parent’s depression, strife with siblings, a mother’s eating disorders, a father’s anger.

(Side note: In the interviews I’ve done with girls for my book, these are all issues they’ve shared. These are major struggles that cause many of the girls in our lives to question if God is trustworthy, if He is good, and if He is faithful.

These issues cause anger toward God. How can we help girls in the midst of these very real and hurtful issues?

We must lead our girls to the TRUTH of God’s Word when what should be the most stable thing in a child’s life (their family) becomes the most TUMULTUOUS.

Also, we must know when the girls in our lives need professional help from counselors, psychologists, and/or psychiatrists.)

  1. Image – desperately desiring acceptance from others, exercise disorders, eating disorders, never feeling enough, never feeling beautiful
  2. Boys – impurity, pressures, obsession, lost innocence, break-ups, too serious too fast
  3. Temptation – drugs, alcohol, pornography, the party scene
  4. The Thought Life – people pleasing, fear of the future, anxiety attacks, unmet expectations, entitlement, discontentment, suicidal thoughts

Do you want to know how to guide the girls in your life through this tumultuous, counter-to-Christ culture?

I have a free resource for you: The 12-keys to Ministering to a Teenage Girl Effectively

I want to minister to the teenage girl in my life effectively!

Grab the 12-keys by entering your email below or by clicking here!

To the Worn Out Mama

To the worn out mama,
You and what you do matter so much. Every little thing you do, seen and unseen, is an investment in the Kingdom. I know the days can feel long, and I know they can seem unappreciated and unimportant, but keep on going. You are living out the most important purpose here on this earth.
My prayer for you this morning:
May your head be lifted. May your spirit be revived. May you be reminded of the priceless purposeful life you’re living by investing in your children.
You are living out the greatest Kingdom work. I know it’s hard to believe because it most definitely doesn’t feel glamorous and it isn’t seen. But, the One who does see is applauding. He is well pleased by your selfless sacrifice.
Head up, tired mama. You are seen. You are heard. You are appreciated. You are valued. You matter. And You are loved. ❤️
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Keep raising arrows.
Psalm 127:4 “Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth.”