Beauty Treatment Retreat

Ladies, we are so excited to announce that at this year’s Beauty Treatment Retreat, we will have a special guest speaker, Barb Roose. You will not want to miss out on this.

****REQUIRED REGISTRATION FEE – $25****

The purpose of this retreat is to prepare the Bride of Christ for the return of our Bridegroom, Jesus Christ. Beauty treatments will cause you to look past the outer appearance and go deeper than skin-deep.

Room Package Pricing:

Early Bird gets the Discount of $20 off if you register by January 15, 2016.

-One Person – $275 or with early bird it’s $255
-Two Person – $245 each or with early bird it’s $225 each
(Must be relatives to share a room)

All accommodations include:
-Private room with private restroom
-All Meals, including a seven course meal
-Retreat workbook and workshops
-Beauty services and products
****Which includes****
Mud masks, Massage, Exfoliating, Moisturizing, Manicures, Make-up, and Hair Style.
-Lots of love, fellowship, worship and fun
Transportation to and from the airport/retreat center

For more information please contact
Jodie Dye
419-386-4166
jodiesdye@gmail.com

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Reflect on what He has done

Geez time flies, don’t it? I just realized that it has been almost two months since I have written anything on my blog, but I am Okay with that. I have a had a lot on my plate lately and so the things I write about can wait. Amen? Ok now that I have justified my lack of participation on here, there is something I would really love to share now.

I want to share my story again. I realize that sharing our story is often the biggest faith booster we have. I get so excited when I tell my story to a stranger. Just to look back and reflect on what the Lord has done in my life is an incredible miracle. Especially after being saved for over twenty years it is easy to forget where you have come from. The lifestyle you once lived a long time ago is but a distant memory. I personally can’t even remember who I was back then. All I know is, I know who I am today

I am also linking up with Kate Motaung’s Five Minute Friday. The word today is reflect, so how could I not reflect on Jesus and what He has done in my life. 🙂

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Me, My selfie and I-dolatry

It’s amazing how thirsty you become, when you come to the well with an empty bucket.

I recently came across a post on Facebook which opened my eyes a little wider than they usually are. It talked about birthdays being one of the most holy days on a satanic calendar, and though I may not completely agree that celebrating birthdays is satanic there is some truth I found in that post.

When my birthday comes around, I have always said “this day is all about ‘me’. ‘What are you going to do for ME? What are you going to get ME? How many people will wish ME a happy birthday? Will anyone remember MY DAY”? When things didn’t go my way, like being snowed in with a level 3 on MY birthday, I pouted and said, “my birthday sucked”,Wow it is all about me, isn’t it?

Do I stop to consider that it is still a day the Lord has made? Or that it really is all about HIM? So in that perspective, I could see how Satanic it can be, to devote a day to myself, as if I was the one who created it. And if I think like that, then I really must worship myself, and treat myself like a god. Oh my! What an eye opener.

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Then I got to thinking, honestly everyday is really more about me then it is about HIM. Not just my birthday but everyday. I have been my own god in a sense. I have committed idolatry.

Idolatry means a blind excessive devotion to something or someone. WOW!

After pondering that definition for a night, I woke up to quickly delete the Facebook app off of my phone. Why? Because I know it has been something I have dedicated more devotion to than His Word.

My phone laying right next to my bed, is the first thing I grab in the morning. No condemnation, but conviction here, why am I not grabbing my Bible first? Because the phone is in the way. Once I removed the obstacle, the desire for His Word becomes something I crave again. Something I grab for as if my very existence depended upon it.

He never forces Himself on us. He just waits patiently at the well, ready to fill us when we come to Him with an empty bucket. Empty of all our selfies; self driven or selfish ambitions, self promotion, self glorification, self pity, self righteousness, and self satisfaction.

More of YOU Lord and less of ME, please!

Everything is permissable but not everything is beneficial. Everything is permissable but not everything is constructive [ I shall not be mastered by anything]. Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others.

1 Corinthians 10:23-24

This post is just a reflective post on what the Lord is opening my eyes to. I believe this is going to be the beginning of life change. I look forward to being still in His Presence to receive His posts in a daily feed. 🙂

(Ha-ha get it? Instead of getting your posts in the news feed)

With that said, I am taking some time away from social media, except for what I post on my blog. I am not sure of the time frame, but I know it needs to be awhile, so that I can be set free from some selfie stuff. I need more of God in my life and it is my prayer that you will want more of Him too. Because God is sooo amazing! He is so worth our time, and He is so worth our devotion. He is worthy of all our praise. Let’s give Him what He deserves!

GLORY TO GOD in the highest!

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The Grass is Greener on the Other Side

At least in my scenario it is. How many times have you heard someone say, “I just have to get out of this place, and it will surely be better anywhere else I go?” Every time I heard someone say those words, I would respond with, “the grass is not greener on the other side, and if it is, it is because of all the bull**** left to fertilize that side.”

I am in my new home. As I walk around taking it all in, I marvel at God. He led my husband to a fully furnished place. When I was in Toledo, there wasn’t a day which had gone by where I wasn’t worried about the unknown. I would fret about everything, like what to take and what to leave. I wasted so much time worrying, and gave little attention to praying. I became “Ye of little faith.”

Florida was not my idea of a great move to be on honest with you. I struggled inside when my husband said he felt like he needed to move there. I had hoped it was North or South Carolina. 🙂

He had left mid July to scope out the new green land full of palm trees. He then began the process of bringing his family to the sunshine state. Within a week of being here, he got a really great job at Publix (green logo lol) where working is a pleasure. He knew the Lord called him and his confidence in the Lord grew stronger.

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And now that I am here where everything is green, and not orange, brown, and red (as is the colors up north), it does seem to renew my faith. Even though I still believe that we must be content wherever we are, this move has restored a little more sunshine in my life and I can honestly say, this side of green is better for me.

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This is a post for Five Minute Friday, where we are given a prompt and have 5 minutes to free write. Today’s prompt was Green.

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Finding and Keeping Peace

“Take time to be still in My Presence,” is what I heard the Lord say to me this morning. It is not easy for a girl like me to slow down; be still; do nothing. No, I am all about production. I am all about seeing the results. But now I am in a different season, a different home, church, and state. I needed to take time to be still. And after a few months of nothing to offer you, I finally have something to say. 🙂

My husband had wanted to move for quite some time now, at least a couple years. He was a loyal employee for over 20 something years in the meat-cutting business. Living in the north was tough for him, because he would spend all day working in a freezer. And since it is quite cold in the northern states most of the year, he often felt like an iceberg. His three children had all made their way to the state of Florida over the past couple of years, along with his grandchild, so it seemed best that he started making plans to move as well. He had nothing holding him back.

I, on the other hand, had no reason to move except that I would follow the love of my life anywhere he should choose. I had a lot more to leave though. Friendships that have taken a decade or more to develop; a beautiful ministry the Lord had given me; a church home in which I grew to know the Lord more intimately; and a son whom I love and adore. My heart became divided. Anxiety started to grow inside me like mold in a wet foundation.

My husband made the move to Florida and I would stay behind while he worked and found us a place. It took over three months and the whole time he was gone, I found something to worry about. Worry eats at you, and keeps you away from the Lord. I believe that is why the Lord tells us, “Do not worry.” He knows the separation it causes. I worried about my son the most, what mom doesn’t worry about their children? He is eighteen but refused to move with me, and so I couldn’t make him move. But I haven’t been convinced he was ready on his own. So I worried. I worried about the details, and logistics of moving. I worried myself so much about the littlest things. And worried some more, forgetting that I had a God who died a criminal’s death to secure the peace I could have.

So then the enemy began to whisper, as he always will when we camp-out in a tent of self pity. He told me things I started to believe. “You are an author to a book that tells people about inner beauty, just look at how ugly your heart is now.” Shame crept in to cover me. I thought to myself, “The enemy is right, I am not able to keep this ministry going, with my heart drowning in this fear.” Every day I faced more things to grab hold of my heartstrings. I needed Jesus to cut them and set me free. I could not do it alone.

The time came when my husband found us a place, and a fully furnished place to be exact. All the worry I had heaped on myself of what to do with our stuff (because we could not afford a truck to haul it), fell off my shoulders. I still had a lot to go through and get rid of, but as I began to get rid of our belongings, I felt like I was also throwing off that which weighed me down. It was like packing up the box of anxiety and sending it away from me. I didn’t need to take it with me. Wow! God is so good. I didn’t need to take hardly anything at all. One small trailer took all of our belongings. I kept peace.peace

Once I arrived in our new home in Florida, the Lord has given me a fresh new beginning. One of the first things I did was found a church. The woman speaking at the Bible study started off by giving this Scripture in Hebrews chapter 12,

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”

This Bible teacher gave me a visual that I had never thought of before. In chapter of eleven of Hebrews it speaks of the people in the hall of faith. Those people, Abraham, Isaac, Joseph, Moses, Rahab, David, and many more are the great cloud of witnesses. They are standing on the sidelines of my race (and yours) cheering me (us) on. This visual has helped me to let go of the past, let go of the people I love, trusting the Lord with their heart, and to throw off everything that entangles me so that I can run with perseverance this race that God has marked out for me.

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus my weary friends, and run like we have never run before.

By the way, I love Florida.

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I look forward to all that the Lord has in store for us here. I am sorry to be away from my writing, but I misplaced my peace for so long, and now that I found it, I hope to keep the peace God gives so freely.

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Sunday SelfieCheck on Unbelief – Link up #13

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Have you checked your “Selfie” lately?

My friend Thasia and I are partnering together to do a new kind of selfie movement. We will be doing a weekly video for the whole summer on examining our hearts to see if we are in the faith. See our introductory video for more information. This will be a community link up to help each other in our journey for healing and freedom.

This week’s prompt is: Unbelief

What examples of this heart issue have you struggled with?

What #SelfieCheck Scripture did you use to help you overcome the obstacle of this heart issue?
(Be careful as to not expose someone else, this is a #SelfieCheck only.)

1. Link up your motivating post with the InLinkz button below when available.
Bloggers: Please feel free to link up ANY post that is faith-based. We would love for it to be related to the prompt of the week, however, it is NOT mandatory to write about this topic in order to link up with Thasia and I.

2. Feel free to grab the Sunday #SelfieCheck button (on the right) to display on your blog.

We would love for you to add a link to Sunday #SelfieCheck to lead others back here as well.

3. Then please leave a comment on the post linked up right before yours.

We will keep this link open until next Saturday night.

Now it is time to fess up and link up:

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Sunday’s SelfieCheck on Sexual Immorality – Link up #12

This week’s video is found on Tha’sia’s blog. Check out the Sunday #SelfieCheck and examine your hearts along with us.

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Sunday’s SelfieCheck on Greed – Link up #11

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Have you checked your “Selfie” lately?

My friend Thasia and I are partnering together to do a new kind of selfie movement. We will be doing a weekly video for the whole summer on examining our hearts to see if we are in the faith. See our introductory video for more information. This will be a community link up to help each other in our journey for healing and freedom.

This week’s prompt is: Greed

What examples of this heart issue have you struggled with?

What #SelfieCheck Scripture did you use to help you overcome the obstacle of this heart issue?
(Be careful as to not expose someone else, this is a #SelfieCheck only.)

1. Link up your motivating post with the InLinkz button below when available.
Bloggers: Please feel free to link up ANY post that is faith-based. We would love for it to be related to the prompt of the week, however, it is NOT mandatory to write about this topic in order to link up with Thasia and I.

2. Feel free to grab the Sunday #SelfieCheck button (on the right) to display on your blog.

We would love for you to add a link to Sunday #SelfieCheck to lead others back here as well.

3. Then please leave a comment on the post linked up right before yours.

We will keep this link open until next Saturday night.

Now it is time to fess up and link up:

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Sunday’s SelfieCheck on Rebellion – Link up #10

Has Rebellion been found in your heart like it was/is in mine? Check out this week’s #SelfieCheck.

Thasia Awad

selfieCheck

Have you checked your “Selfie” lately?

My friend Jodie Dye and I are partnering together to do a new kind of selfie movement. We will be doing a weekly video for the whole summer on examining our hearts to see if we are in the faith. See our introductory video for more information.

This will be a community link up to help each other in our journey for healing and freedom. This week’s prompt is: Rebellion

What examples of this heart issue have you struggled with? What #SelfieCheck Scripture did you use to help you overcome the obstacle of this heart issue? (Be careful as to not expose someone else, this is a #SelfieCheck only.)

1. Link up your motivating post with the InLinkz button below when available. Bloggers: Please feel free to link up ANY post that is faith-based. We would love for it to be…

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Sunday’s SelfieCheck on Idolatry – Link up #9

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Have you checked your “Selfie” lately?

My friend Thasia and I are partnering together to do a new kind of selfie movement. We will be doing a weekly video for the whole summer on examining our hearts to see if we are in the faith. See our introductory video for more information. This will be a community link up to help each other in our journey for healing and freedom.

This week’s prompt is: Idolatry

What examples of this heart issue have you struggled with?

What #SelfieCheck Scripture did you use to help you overcome the obstacle of this heart issue?
(Be careful as to not expose someone else, this is a #SelfieCheck only.)

1. Link up your motivating post with the InLinkz button below when available.
Bloggers: Please feel free to link up ANY post that is faith-based. We would love for it to be related to the prompt of the week, however, it is NOT mandatory to write about this topic in order to link up with Thasia and I.

2. Feel free to grab the Sunday #SelfieCheck button (on the right) to display on your blog.

We would love for you to add a link to Sunday #SelfieCheck to lead others back here as well.

3. Then please leave a comment on the post linked up right before yours.

We will keep this link open until next Saturday night.

Now it is time to fess up and link up:

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