Monthly Archive April 2017

ByKaren

Praise Him In The Hallway

If you have a Facebook or Instagram account, you are sure to have seen the meme/photo of a hallway that says: “Until God opens the door, praise Him in the hallway”. Overall, it’s a very good quote… But it got me thinking. My mind and my spirit started doing somersaults together.

Many times, we wait and wait for God to open closed doors. Have you ever stopped to think that you could be waiting or knocking on the wrong door? Most hallways have more than one door and if you have chosen the one that is not meant for you, you will be doing a lot of waiting. What if you chose to put away your will and wants and fully trust God to open the right doors at the right time?

There are some doors that God keeps closed for our good. He always knows what’s best and will never lead us in the wrong direction. So while you’re standing in the hallway, keep your options open, and get your praise on!

ByNaomi

Naomi’s Nuggets- AT THE WELL

“O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee; my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee, in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;” -Psalm 63:1

Today I’m going to talk about the woman at the well.

Have you ever had that spiritual thirst? Have you ever been at the well waiting for God to come and give you a drink? Just one tiny sip of His goodness?

In John 4 it talks about the woman at the well. It says, “Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” (John 4:13)

Have you ever wanted to go swimming but the water was dirty and unclean? Well, that’s how our water is down on earth with us. But the water that God has for us in heaven is clear and fresh.

I want the water that God has in store for me.

The Bible says that the Samaritan woman at the well went and told everyone in the city about this spiritual water and they all got a little sip of God’s water, too.

Do you want a sip of God’s water?

 

ByAngie

8 Free Easter Printables

He is RISEN! Hallelujah! Jesus has risen from the dead!

Enjoy these free Easter printables as a reminder that we are no longer slaves, for we have been washed clean by the blood of the Lamb!

 

Download your printables by clicking here.

 

God bless!

ByAngie

Songs To Get Your Soul Amped Up For Easter – 2017 Edition

Easter is only a few days away!

Hear the bells ringing, they’re singing alright… and so am I!

Sorry, I just can’t help myself. Easter is my favorite day of the whole year. I can’t contain it! I have to SING about it!

A few years ago I attempted to do a music series for Easter and quickly realized that it is impossible. There are just too many songs out there! Songs about the gospel of Easter, songs about Holy Week leading up to it, songs about the blood and the healing and redemption that it brings, and glorious songs about the resurrection and grace. Think about it… the list never ends!

Since then I have compiled a list of songs that pertain to this special time of year. Some are songs we sing all year. Some are saved especially for this Holy Day.

But I can’t just keep it to myself!

So I’m going to share it here with all of you as well… but can you do me a favor? If you know of an Easter Song that has not made the list, can you let me know? Thank you!

Feel free to listen to this Easter playlist anytime you need to feel inspired about what Jesus has done for you… Whether during the Easter season or another time of year. We will be continually adding to the list as we come across more songs! Enjoy!

(And yes, we added the Veggietales Bunny Song. We couldn’t contain ourselves…)

Have you subscribed to our YouTube channel yet? Every week we add playlists of our favorite worship songs from the Women On The Warpath Facebook Battalion. Want to enlist in the Battalion? We’d love for you to join us!

ByEmily

Greater Works- One Verse 2017

Along with my One Word for each year, I choose a focus verse. This year my verse jumped out at me like a fountain in the scorching hot desert.

And you better believe I dove in headfirst.

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” –John 14:12

This verse hits me with conviction like a bag of bricks.

WHY am I not walking in this? Listen, folks, we have no excuses. God has called us to greater and I am determined to walk in what He has called me to. I cannot let anything hold me back any longer. Lives and souls are hanging in the balance while I sit around twiddling my thumbs cause I’m just little old me.

I refuse to allow it any longer. I am compelled to call this verse forth in my life and demand action.

Yes, it’s easy to read the accounts of the ministry of Jesus and become intimidated. Especially when trying to comprehend the possibility that He Himself said we are capable of doing greater. But y’all, it’s right there in red and white. His Word is faithful and true. We must realize it’s not about us. It’s about Him!

I am declaring that this is the season I begin walking in greater works. I am declaring greater to be made manifest. Why? Because as long as I have Jesus on the inside of me then I am not operating in my own strength, but in the very power of the Living God!

Greater, come forth!! The time is now!

Are you aware of the works that Jesus did? If not, you can see a very select few here on a previous post:  http://raisingstickyhands.com/2012/04/26/psst-guess-what/

Do you pick a focus verse for the year? Tell us about your #oneverse2017!
ByEmily

One Word 2017- Hungry

We are 4 months in to 2017 and my One Word for this year has been more persistent than any of my other One Words chosen in years past.

I actually began to pray about my #oneword2017 at the close of 2016 and thought I had the perfect one. Then one day around the last week of December, God said, “Hungry. This is your word.” Like I said before, this One Word has not left me alone.

And y’all, I am so okay with that.

This kind of hungry isn’t the kind where I run through McDonald’s and grab a cheeseburger. This kind of hungry isn’t the kind where I can pop a TV dinner in the microwave and wait a few minutes. This isn’t even the kind of hungry where I can slave over a home cooked meal and eat with my family and be full.

No. This kind of hungry is a spiritual hunger that only God can satisfy. But no, I will never truly be satisfied. Cause when God fills this hunger, I only become hungrier for Him to fill it some more, and more, and more. And again, I am so okay with that.

True hunger = desperate!

When you are sincerely hungry you do whatever it takes to eat. Just ask the homeless man who digs through trash or dumpster dives. It’s the same spiritually…when you are hungry, you are willing to do whatever it takes.

I always chuckle when I scroll through my Facebook news feed and see the meme that says something along the lines of, “I hate it when I go to the kitchen and there’s no food– only ingredients.” I can totally relate to that. Listen when I say this girl loves food and loves it to be available 24/7.

But when you are truly hungry, really reallllly hungry, you grab those ingredients and get to cooking! It’s either that or starve.

Many times in the natural we gorge ourselves and live like gluttons. Why is it that we live the complete opposite spiritually and we tend to let our spirit man starve? It makes no sense, yet this is true for most Christians. It’s so easy on Sundays because we run into our church services and someone else has done all the work. The meal has already been prepared, we sit down, eat, and leave. What about Monday through Saturday? We’re too lazy to feed ourselves so we starve the spirit. We don’t want to dig in to the word or seek God in prayer and because of our complacency we are leaving ourselves to be spiritually dead.

NO. MORE.

Matthew 5:6 says, “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.”
Luke 6:21 says, “Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled.” (emphasis my own)
Psalm 107:9 says, “For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.”

God wants us to be hungry because He longs to fill that hunger.

There has never been a time that my husband has went to his mama’s house hungry and left hungry. Why? Because when she sees that he’s hungry, she says, “What do you want? Let me fix it for you.” And then she begins the process of making sure her child gets filled. She’s more than happy to feed him. When my babies are hungry I don’t make them stay that way. I’m glad to feed them and watch them grow. So it is with God! He’s more than happy to feed and fill His children any time they show up hungry.

I have been in the presence of the Lord. I have tasted of His goodness. And because of that, I have decided that it’s up to me to stay hungry enough that I’m willing to do whatever it takes so He can fill me over and over. Like a drug addict constantly chasing that next high, I will allow my hunger to fuel my chase of a fulfilling God.

Just like a baby starts with milk, then moves on to milk with cereal, then moves on to baby food, then one day Mama gives that baby a little taste of mashed potatoes… There’s no turning back when baby has had a taste of the good stuff.

When you’ve had the good stuff you’ll never be satisfied with anything else.

I’ve tasted the good stuff and I’m hungry for more!

What about you? Did you pick a word for 2017? If so, tell us how it’s going!