Life Harmony

Work-life balance.  Ah…to dream the impossible dream.

For me, trying to balance every area of my life would not only be exhausting, it would seriously be kind of boring. When you picture moving things back and forth trying to get the scales to balance, trying to give everything equal time and focus…there’s a recipe for overwhelm and self-condemnation.

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Chapter Chicks

Hot tea? Check.
Car-load of my nearest and dearest friends? Check.
Favorite pen and Propel workbook? Check.Check.
Ready to internalize my leadership identity and fulfill my purpose, passion and potential?
CHECK. CHECK. CHECK. CHECK!

Wondering what this is all about and if this is for you? Watch this video from founder, Christine Caine, to hear the heart behind Propel.

You are a Propel woman. Propel is designed for women who lead in all areas of life. Whether you are in the boardroom, classroom, playroom, or anywhere in between, you are designed to lead. As followers of Jesus Christ, we are all called to lead others to Him.

Ready to Join Us?!

Our first Propel Chapter meeting is happening this Monday night, September 28th at 7:00 pm in the Student Ministry Center at the Hollywood Campus. We'll start our conversation series with "Balance: The Myth of Having it All." If you haven't already, you can jump over to propel.org (or click the image) to grab your Propel workbook. For more info, videos and a look at our Propel leadership team, check out our Enrich page by clicking here.

In the meantime, mark your calendars for the next 3 sessions you won't want to miss--all at the same time, same place!

October 12

November 9

November 30

 

Let's go, Propel Woman! We're excited to see you Monday night!

 

 

Change and Loss

The decision was made. The wheels of change were set in motion. And I was doing just fine. Work to go to. Life group to prepare for. Friends coming over for dinner. 

On the fourth day, I noticed a few stray thoughts that got me a little choked up...

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Movies with Friends

You've just settled into the perfectly chosen seat. No one directly in front of you or behind you, arm rests down in their locked position...all for maximum comfort probability and personal space guarantee. Large popcorn and large Icee--Because 1) free refills make up for the exorbitant price 2) you didn't eat all day for this very reason and 3) go big or go home. The lights dim...

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Complete My Joy

I've been thinking about my grandmother a lot lately. One of the most loving and gracious women I know. A true lady. One thing she was known for were her forwarded emails. Now we use social media, but in the late nineties, our forwarding avenue of choice was an "email chain." Paul Revere would surely be proud of our forwarded communication progression . Circa 1999, the chain came through a dialed dinging and hissing email. You know the sort. You read some lovely poem surrounded by angel clip art then you get to the bottom. "You have 12.267 seconds to send this to 13 1/2 friends. If you do, you will meet the love of your life. If you don't, you will lose a limb. Your time starts now."

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A Prophetic Roar

I can hardly believe that it's already been a month since our amazing We Are One women's conference. Would you just stop for a moment, close your eyes, and gather your thoughts and memories about that powerful weekend.

  • What were the moments your heart still breathes in?
  • What are the words that were spoken that still linger in your mind?
  • How has your relationship with the Lord been different since then?
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For me, I found myself both encouraged and challenged by the word Pastor Kim brought on the Friday evening, about Living like a Hero.

Encouraged, because she shared a revelation about Jesus as the Lion of Judah - that we are one with Him, that we carry His very being and characteristics, and that He is fierce on our behalf. Fierce to love us magnificently and set us free from all fear and intimidation. Fierce to fight for us, rescue us, and move on our behalf.  It was so encouraging to know that because We Are One with Jesus, when the enemy looks at us, he sees Jesus in His ferocity as the Lion of Judah, and he (the enemy) has to flee!

And then challenged, because there was an invitation to respond to the Lion of Judah engaging us and calling us into everything that He has designed us to be, and to believe all that He says we are. Challenged to believe and trust Him in every moment, to step forward and not back down, to hold our ground and not let the enemy bully us into withdrawing into small, weak and restricted lives.

You are the heroine in your own story.
You have the opportunity to live an exhilarating life in oneness with Jesus Christ -
To recognize your value,
find your courage
and discover the life you are designed to live.

It was a word that I desperately needed to hear in my own life that weekend. It was a word I still needed to hear and remind myself about last night. Even today again. Chances are, it is the same for you. This message is for all of us as women. This is an invitation from Heaven for us, His precious daughters, to step into the reality of who the Father says we are. He is so intentional about all that He does. He is intentional about giving you this message in this exact season.

Here is a video of the prophetic word the Lord spoke to Pastor Kim, for all of us to hear. I believe this needs to be heard again, written down and inscribed on our hearts. Ask Holy Spirit to quicken to you what your heart needs to hear, as you read along and watch this prophetic roar.

…And He in this most amazing, kind voice, but yet such an intentional voice, spoke these words to me:

He said, “Kimberly, We are One. We are not two. We are One.

I have not called you to be encased in fear and intimidation, without a voice. I have indeed called you to uncage the courage that I have placed within you. I have called you to uncage Me, as the Lion of Judah, that is One with you. But you have kept Me caged. And you have not operated in this arena of courage with a voice.”

And He said, “I am calling you to know, daughter, that you are Mine and we are One. And I am a Lion of Judah, and as I am a Lion of Judah, then you are also a lion with all of the nature, all of My attributes as this Lion of Judah. And indeed I have called you not to walk in fear and intimidation. But when you know that you have a fierce faith on the inside of you, and that fierce faith has a voice, you will use your voice and that voice will roar! That voice will roar and it will be heard and it will send such a vibration that it will send the enemy running!"

And He said, "Not only is this true of you, this is true of all of my daughters. This is true of you.”

And He said, “When my daughters choose to believe, believe, that We are One - we are not two, we are not separate - that We are One and I desire to roar in you and through you, you will be absolutely unstoppable, and you will send the enemy to flight. You will no longer be one who is sitting back intimidated, afraid to do the wrong thing!"

Dig a little deeper

I want to encourage you to go back over your notes. Go back over the encounters you had with the Lord. Ask yourself what has changed since the conference? What needs to change? What dreams did He breathe on and awaken to hope again? What goals need to be set as the vision has been cast? You can even set aside some time to watch the sessions again. You can find them right here. Don't let the power of the conference pass you by because life got busy. Engage Him. Engage the Lion of Judah and let your faith rise up to meet Him in His call to you in the story of your courageous and heroic life.

Join the Conversation

Share with us what the Lord encouraged and challenged in you at the conference.

The Struggle is Real: Making Friends is Hard to Do

The summer of my sophomore year in college my life completely fell apart. In effort to find my identity in all the things I did rather than who I was as a daughter loved by God, I landed myself in the hospital after a seven-year spiral of self-destruction. It never occurred to me that I had any problems prior to those months. I had everything going for me: popular boyfriend, top status in my sorority, leader in a major church plant in my college saturated town, and living in a perfectly decorated home with my BFF’s. But, all of those people I was so proud to have surrounding me, not one of them knew the bondage I was in. That was not because they were oblivious; I never let anyone get very close to me. At least not close enough to see my flaws or pain.

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Unapologetically Me

"You have allowed aspects of your womanhood to be diminished."

As Pastor Bree delivered that prophetic word during worship on Friday night at We Are One, my heart leapt from my chest. Since Januray, the Lord had been dealing with me on this very issue...diminishing my womanhood. Making small, reducing, lessening who God made me to be.

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Sacrifice

I had been wearing the same sweatpants for 3 days straight. It’s not that I don’t have other sweatpants—it’s that they were all in the laundry hamper.  Daniel, my hubs, was out of town, we had a toddler and a newborn, and I just didn’t have the energy to put a load in the washer.  And it’s not that I don’t have other pants, either. But at 6 weeks postpartum, comfortably fitting into any of my pre-pregnancy attire was still very much off the table.

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A Legendary Life

I've come across the story of Aimee Semple McPherson lately and have been completely fascinated by her life lived in the first part of the 1900s. She was a woman who was deeply convinced that God had called her to preach the gospel and do the work of the evangelist. Being a woman, this was completely counter-cultural and against the religious systems of the day.

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Backwards Beauty

There’s a certain roller coaster at a certain amusement park (both shall remain nameless) that I refuse to get on, still to this day. That’s a rare thing coming from a roller coaster fiend. Batman at Six Flags? Holy cow, Batman, let’s ride that again. Tower of Terror? Terrorized bliss. The roller coaster of which we do not speak? Never will I step foot on it again. Why? It went backwards. I don’t necessarily mind that it went backwards… the issue was that I didn’t know it went backwards.

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You are Officially Invited

I was once brave enough to attend a women’s conference on my own. I flew out of Amarillo and landed at Denver International with only a set of emailed instructions. They would be corralling a bunch of perfect strangers and busing us up the Rocky Mountains for our weekend retreat.

True to the nature of the Lord and the way He always sets us up for these things, He had already started working on my heart during the plane ride. “Oh how precious!” you may think. 

Uh. No.

I was a hot mess. My makeup (which I’m already insecure about), was halfway smudged off my face. My eyes were now a lovely moist red, and my cheeks were showing off a magnificent splotchy glow.  Ironically, the conference was called Ransomed Femininity

Clearly, my femininity needed a little help!

I had a couple of hours to calm the flare up down, so I sat at a safe distance observing the gathering gaggle of women. It was hard not to notice the all-American blonde in a perfectly contoured coat, effortlessly gliding across the floor in her red-soled stilettos as the bling on her couture purse blinded me for an instant. It was also hard not to notice the defenses rising up in me as I wiggled my toes in my comfy shoes and awkwardly smoothed my grandpa sweater. 

I became all too aware of the question marks in my heart as I surveyed every woman that crossed my line of sight.

Is she safe? How “spiritually mature” do I look to her? Should I have brought my flat iron? Will she respect my story and my heart? Or will she resent me? Will my sensible clothes be enough? Will I be good enough for that group of women? Or will I be judged for my wounds? Shunned because of my history? And is there something stuck in my teeth?

Despite all these fears and insecurities, I eventually got on that bus and said a brave hello to many new beautiful faces and stories. I embraced the process of that weekend, bared my heart and leaned into this community of His daughters. 

And I came home, powerfully transformed by His love and all that He had prepared for me on that mountain.

Why that story?

As we prepare for the upcoming We Are One conference, I am all too aware of the many women that will find themselves a little nervous and unsure about showing up to our church. I imagine that the story above captures just a small glimpse of many hearts and experiences around greater gatherings of women. However, I am even more profoundly aware of what God has in store for these conference-bound women. He is preparing a feasting table for them. He wants to woo them deep into His love. And He wants to transform their lives forever.

The Invitation

So this invitation goes out to you... Will you be a beautiful someone that will help another potentially self-confessed hot mess like me, come into the door of our church? You could be the one that clears a path so that she will be able to receive all the magnificence that God has wrapped up for her in this conference.

Be the one to help set the stage for welcoming her beauty.

Be the one to show her where she can calm down the flare ups in these huge halls.

Be the one to introduce her to the friend who is safe. And outrageously hilarious.

Be the one to pass her an extra tissue.

Be the one to fawn over her comfy shoes.

Be the one to pray with her as she pours out her heart at the altar.

Be the one to love her magnificently when she confesses her darkest secret.

Sign Up already!!

Will you join us? Will you be a Dream Girl who serves at the We Are One conference? We need you to be the one.

Please don't waste another moment, and sign up here today! Let's get off the bench together and reach out to our community in a way that can make a big difference.

Benched by Competition

Competition among women can be a bit of a Decepticon. (Can you tell I'm an only girl and mom to boys? Transformer metaphors, roll out!) It can morph into so many different things, enticing us to play the one-up game, but what about when we refuse to play at all? Instead of rising up with an "Oh, yeah?!?! I can do that, too," we shrink back with a, "I can't do it like that, so I won't even try." Benched. Out of the game, on the sideline, watching everyone else do their thing....

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