Have You Taken Abounding Faith’s Quick Reader Survey?

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Happy December! I hope this month is your best one yet!

Today is the deadline to share your thoughts with me by taking Abounding Faith’s Reader Survey. Your valuable feedback will help me plan for 2017. Please take a moment to fill out this quick survey. I’ll be sure to share some of the results with you soon.

Thanks to those who have already taken this short survey! Blessings!

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Give the Gift of Encouragement!

Happy Cyber Monday! As you’re shopping around online and looking for the perfect gifts for your loved ones, I hope you’ll give them the gift of encouragement!

That could include getting them my books Waiting on God Well and Abounding Faith (paperback and Kindle editions are available on Amazon).

It could also mean shopping at Abounding Faith’s online store! I’ve included a Christmas Gift Guide below. I hope you”ll enjoy the sales throughout the site!

I appreciate all of your support as I continue to live out the call of God on my life! Living by faith ain’t easy, but it’s worth it!

When you take a break from your shopping, please be sure to fill out Abounding Faith’s Reader Survey. The short survey will be live until December 5th. I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts! Thank you! Blessings!

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For more encouragement, read my books Waiting on God Well: How to Prevent Breaking Down on Your Way to Your Breakthrough and Abounding Faith: 30 Bible Heroes Who Will Inspire You to Believe God for the Impossible! To learn how I can come alongside of you as your Life Coach or to invite me to speak at your event, visit my website www.aboundingfaith.com. Check out Abounding Faith’s online store here. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Please Take Abounding Faith’s 2016 Reader Survey

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As I count my blessings this year, I’d like to take a moment to thank all of my readers, supporters, and online community for being with me on this faith journey! It’s a joy to share parts of my journey with you through my blog, books, events, and more!

I’m starting to pray and plan for next year, and I would really appreciate your help. Would you kindly take a moment to fill out this quick Reader Survey? I value your thoughts and would love to hear what is really blessing you and what you’d like to see more of in 2017.

This survey will be live until Monday, December 5th.

I’m looking forward to hearing your feedback! Thank you in advance for taking this short survey!

Many blessings to you and have a wonderful and Happy Thanksgiving!

“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” (Psalm 107:1)

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God is on the Move!

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Sometimes God seems silent and it feels like He’s not really working. Other times, God breaks His silence and He shows up and shows off for His glory. That is the kind of season I’m in. Thank you, Jesus!

Within the span of two weeks, the Lord swung the door wide open so that I could speak to a group of Christians at the United Nations and then He allowed me to briefly share my testimony at Times Square Church at the 6pm service last Sunday!

I’m still in awe that the Lord would allow me to speak at all! To get to speak at the UN and Times Square Church is just incredibly wonderful to me!

Those who know me well know that I don’t need the spotlight. I’m happy chatting one-on-one with folks or being anonymous behind my computer. But when God opens up a door for me to speak about Him to groups (including on street corners here and abroad), I’m delighted to do so for my Heavenly Father.

I’ve said it before and I will say it again, there is no better place to be than in the center of God’s will for your life!

Last Sunday evening, God saw it fit for me to speak in front of my new church family. It was a rainy, Sunday evening. I would have been content if just 20 people showed up. From this screenshot below, you can see that the church was packed on the main floor and balcony!

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What a thrill to get to speak to this beautiful and diverse group of people and to all those who were watching at the North Jersey campus and online! It was truly an honor and privilege.

I’m touched by how warm, friendly, and engaged the people were as I spoke. And from the beautiful comments I received from the Pastors, leaders, and others afterward, it seems like folks were blessed by what I shared. Praise God!

I’m looking forward to all that God has in store for me in this season. As I’ve said in the past, I’ll keep speaking as long as God keeps giving me something to say! If you’d like me to come speak to your church, school, conference, retreat, or outreach event, you can learn more by clicking here.

I hope my story encourages you that waiting on God and obeying Him is not in vain. I pray that God will give you the strength, grace, patience, endurance, courage, and faith to live out the unique plan He has for your life! Blessings!

“Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” (Luke 1:45)

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Reflections and Lessons Learned From my Late Senior Pastor

A Loving Tribute to Rev. Dr. Robert Johansson

My senior pastor of more than a decade is now in Heaven with Jesus after a long hard battle with cancer. I will miss Pastor Johansson dearly, but I am grateful that I got to see him earlier this year as he celebrated his 80th birthday and I am rejoicing knowing that he is smiling with Jesus now.

Pastor J had a great impact on me during my years at Evangel Church. He was a loving, kind shepherd. He was also one of the bravest and godliest men I have ever known! He was a beautiful blend of strength and grace.

I will miss his wise counsel and his bear hugs!

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But Pastor J is not the kind of person that just fades away from your memories. Many of his powerful sermons are etched in my heart and mind.

His Bible-based preaching helped draw me to keep going back to service week after week. I went into his church a guarded skeptic who was seeking to reconcile with God. Over the years, through solid teaching and many opportunities to serve, I matured into the minister I am today. Praise God!

I still remember how happy Pastor was when he saw me walk into the informational meeting to learn about the trip to the Amazon jungle in Brazil that the church was organizing. He lovingly sent the team off on our trip and gave us a hero’s welcome upon our return. That’s when Pastor and I discovered that we both could identify with Joshua from the Bible. We also both felt called to be missionaries in New York City.

Right before my other short-term missions trips, I’d make sure to find Pastor and ask him to pray for me and he would pray that God would cover me with His wings.

Pastor graciously spent time with me and prayed for me especially in 2011 when I was discerning God’s call on my life. Pastor supported my writing and at the end of our last meeting that year he declared, “God will write your story and you will tell it!” Amen! I love these pictures of Pastor holding my hand and proudly standing by my side at the release of my first book last spring!

He gave Waiting on God Well his seal of approval and said that everyone should keep a copy of it by where they keep their Bible as a reference because it has so many Bible verses in it. Amazing!

Over the years, I have taken lots of notes during Pastor’s sermons. Here’s just a glimpse of some of them! I guess I really was paying attention and soaking in a wealth of wisdom!

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In honor of Pastor Johansson, I’d like to share a few lessons I learned over the years. This is in no way an exhaustive list. It’s just some of his words that will remain with me probably the rest of my life. I’m sharing them in no particular order. I am writing this from memory, so if I get something wrong or if you feel like I have misrepresented something he said, please kindly let me know! (If you don’t agree with these teachings, please don’t try to enter into a debate with me about them. That is not the goal of this post. Thanks!)

I pray that these words will bless you! I’ve included some of my thoughts as well:

“If you know how much God loves you, you can trust Him! And if you can trust Him, you can obey Him. And if you obey Him, you will have joy!”  Pastor J preached this for a whole year. It may seem like a simple concept, but it is so profound!

“You can’t judge a whole pizza pie by just one slice. Don’t judge God by your current circumstances.” Pastor J liked using the image of a pizza because it’s so New York. He wanted to remind us that while we can’t see the whole picture, God can and He is working behind the scenes!

“Don’t bow down to the culture!” This is something I remember Pastor J preaching from my early days at Evangel until his last days! Pastor J reminded us that we are in this world, but not of it! He urged us to live for Christ and to not give in to the pressures of this world. He would always remind us that God is establishing His Kingdom on earth!

“The mystery has been revealed, it is Christ in us. The hope of Glory.” Pastor J referred to Colossians 1:27 often. He wanted us to know that we didn’t serve a distant God. Jesus lives inside of us.

“Salvation happens in a moment. Sanctification happens over a lifetime.” Pastor J would make sure that we understood that once we believed and received Jesus as our Lord and Savior, our salvation was secure praise God! However, we still need to walk in obedience to God. When we sin, we don’t lose our salvation but we lose fellowship with God and we need to ask for forgiveness.

“Can God trust you with suffering?” That was such a challenge to my thinking. Yes, God allows certain trials in our lives not to punish us but because He can trust us. And those trials help to conform us into the image of Christ!

“It’s not so much about how much you love God, but about how much God loves you!” Pastor J reminded us that God is love and that He delights in lavishing His unconditional love on us. As it says in Romans 5:8, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Pastor J liked to refer to this as “The Great Uneven Exchange” where Jesus takes our sins, filthiness, and baggage, etc. and we get His righteousness.

“You can negotiate the timing with God, but not the vision.” Our timing is different than God’s timing. If we don’t see God’s promises coming through, Pastor J said we could ask God about the timing, but we shouldn’t compromise or give up on the vision God gave us.

“You can’t lose with the stuff I use!” Pastor J knew and he wanted us to know that we have the victory with God!

“The LORD is my light and my salvation– whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life– of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1) Pastor J mentioned that he would say this verse daily. No wonder he was so fearless! He would encourage us to mediate on God’s Word and to appropriate it, or apply it, to our situations.

“When you hear that I’ve died, don’t cry for me Argentina.” Pastor J said this many times over the years. He knew that Heaven is our true home. This quote helps me to remember that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord as it says in 2 Corinthians 5:8. We’re just passing through here. Pastor is more alive now than he ever was here on earth!

I’m grateful for my years of sitting under Pastor Johansson’s teaching. Pastor J may be gone, but he is not forgotten! He poured out his life in the service of others. It’s our turn to make sure his godly legacy lives on!

If you’d like to share a favorite Pastor Johansson memory or quote, please feel free to do so in the comments section. Blessings!

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Greetings After Speaking at the United Nations!

I have felt drawn to the United Nations since at least 2008. This past Wednesday, the Lord allowed me to speak at one of the United Nations buildings to a lovely group of Christians who work there! All Glory to God!

I pray you’re blessed by the short video above!

Speaking to the nations about my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was a true honor and privilege! A few precious people asked me for prayer afterwards and shared that God had spoken to them through my message. I’m so honored and humbled when anyone says that. God is so Good!

Waiting on God is not in vain. God is moving and I’m excited! Here’s a snapshot of that milestone day for me.

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Thanks for being on this faith journey with me! I’m looking forward to what’s ahead in this new season!

Please note that next week I plan to share some thoughts about my Senior Pastor of more than a decade who passed away that same day. I will miss Pastor Johansson dearly, but I am rejoicing that he is now in Heaven with Jesus!

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For more encouragement, read my books Waiting on God Well: How to Prevent Breaking Down on Your Way to Your Breakthrough and Abounding Faith: 30 Bible Heroes Who Will Inspire You to Believe God for the Impossible! To learn how I can come alongside of you as your Life Coach or to invite me to speak at your event, visit my website www.aboundingfaith.com. Check out Abounding Faith’s online store here. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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New Book Writing Coaching Program and Birthday Greetings!

I hope you’re blessed by this short video I shot during my recent visit to my birthday castle! I’m in one of my favorite rooms (the library) sharing about how Book 3 is coming along and inviting you to learn more about my *new* Book Writing Coaching program. I’d be delighted to help you go from rough book idea to manuscript draft. Learn more by clicking here.

You can view my God’s Princess Diaries videos from last year’s trip to the castle by clicking here.

Blessings!

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For more encouragement, read my books Waiting on God Well: How to Prevent Breaking Down on Your Way to Your Breakthrough and Abounding Faith: 30 Bible Heroes Who Will Inspire You to Believe God for the Impossible! To learn how I can come alongside of you as your Life Coach or to invite me to speak at your event, visit my website www.aboundingfaith.com. Check out Abounding Faith’s online store here. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Get Ready to Write Your Book!

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Do you have a book idea burning inside of you but you’re not sure how to organize your thoughts and bring your manuscript to life? Are you struggling to figure out where to start with your story and fighting writer’s block every time you sit in front of your computer screen or try to put pen to paper? Are you interested in learning more about the world of indie publishing?

If your answer is “YES” to any or all of these questions, I’m excited to share that I am now offering Book Writing Coaching sessions!

I’ve been writing since I was a child, and I have a Master’s Degree in Journalism from New York University. I have written for various publications including The New York Times and was an associate editor and writer at Latina magazine. My books Waiting on God Well: How to Prevent Breaking Down on Your Way to Your Breakthrough and Abounding Faith: 30 Bible Heroes Who Will Inspire You to Believe God for the Impossible are available on Amazon. I’m currently working on my third book and continue to blog.

I’m now feeling led to help raise up the next generation of Christian writers who have the gift of the pen and would like to bring glory to God through writing.

You can learn more about these new 10-week Book Writing Coaching sessions by clicking here. I can only work with a limited amount of writers at this time. I hope one of them is YOU!

Don’t let another year come and go with your book idea hiding in your thoughts or in your journals. If God is calling you to share your story with others and to bless them with the lessons you’ve learned and the encouragement and comfort you’ve received, I hope you will take this important next step in your writing journey!

Many blessings to you as you take steps to write your book!

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For more encouragement, read my books Waiting on God Well: How to Prevent Breaking Down on Your Way to Your Breakthrough and Abounding Faith: 30 Bible Heroes Who Will Inspire You to Believe God for the Impossible! To learn how I can come alongside of you as your Life Coach or to invite me to speak at your event, visit my website www.aboundingfaith.com. Check out Abounding Faith’s online store here. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest.

 

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7 Bible Verses to Help Fight Fear!

7-bible-verses-to-help-fight-fearIs watching the news and reading the papers leaving you feeling fearful? Are you scared because you just got a troubling doctor’s report or afraid of your upcoming job review?

There’s no shortage of things that can strike fear in our hearts. We all battle fear at different points in our lives.

What do you do with your fear?

I hope you take time to talk to the Lord about your fears, cares, and worries. He can handle them!

Life can get scary sometimes, but we don’t have to be paralyzed by fear. When I’m feeling afraid, I find comfort in remembering how mighty God is and that He is in control! Nothing surprises Him!

I also read and re-read certain Bible verses. I’ve listed a few of my favorite verses to combat fear below to help fill you with courage. I pray that you will mediate on these verses and will believe and receive them for yourself:

  • “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” (Psalm 18:2)
  • “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)
  • “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
  • “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)
  • “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.” (John 14:1)
  • “‘No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me,’ declares the LORD.” (Isaiah 54:17)
  • “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’ Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.” (Psalm 91:1-6)
If these Bible verses have helped to bring you peace, I’d love to know! I’d also love to know what some of your go-to verses are to combat fear. Please feel free to leave a comment below. Blessings to you as you continue trusting God and walking by faith!

 

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For more encouragement, read my books Waiting on God Well: How to Prevent Breaking Down on Your Way to Your Breakthrough and Abounding Faith: 30 Bible Heroes Who Will Inspire You to Believe God for the Impossible! To learn how I can come alongside of you as your Life Coach or to invite me to speak at your event, visit my website www.aboundingfaith.com. Check out Abounding Faith’s online store here. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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5 Bible Verses to Help You Wait on God Well!

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Are you frustrated or anxious because you don’t see God moving in your life? Are you tempted to give up and walk away from all that God has promised you? Don’t quit in the middle of your journey!

Here are 5 Bible verses to help as you wait on God to move in your life:

  • “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” (Psalm 27:14)
  • “I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope. (Psalm 130:5)
  • “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)
  • “We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.” (Psalm 33:20)
  • “I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry.” (Psalm 40:1)

I hope you will pray over, mediate, and memorize these verses and find more in the Bible. If you’d like more encouragement, I invite you to check out my book Waiting on God Well: How to Prevent Breaking Down on Your Way to Your Breakthrough! You’ll find insightful tips, practical action steps, and plenty of inspiring Bible verses to help as you walk through whatever valley, desert, or wilderness you are in.

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For more encouragement, read my books Waiting on God Well: How to Prevent Breaking Down on Your Way to Your Breakthrough and Abounding Faith: 30 Bible Heroes Who Will Inspire You to Believe God for the Impossible! To learn how I can come alongside of you as your Life Coach or to invite me to speak at your event, visit my website www.aboundingfaith.com. Check out Abounding Faith’s online store here. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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