Fresh Grounded Faith Unshaken Women

Fresh Grounded Faith
Laura Story, Sheila Walsh, Jennifer Rothschild

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

The beginning of November I attended Jennifer Rothschild’s Fresh Grounded Faith Women’s Conference that included Sheila Walsh and Laura Story. What a marvelous two days. So much wisdom. So much love. So much truth.

If you are unfamiliar with who Jennifer is, let me share how she introduces herself on her blog:

My name is Jennifer Rothschild – with a silent “s”.  I am an author, speaker, Bible study teacher, wife and Mom.

And, I happen to be blind.

I’m just like you. I just do things a little differently.

I write about real life and share what I’m learning from a real God. My goal is to create inspiring, relevant, and practical content that will empower you to live beyond limits.

Did you catch that? It’s like, “Oh. By the way. I’m blind.” This woman is absolutely incredible, as were Sheila and Laura. They do not speak before crowds to bring praise or glory to themselves. They speak before crowds to bring praise and glory to the One True Living God who loves each and every one of us with an everlasting, endearing love.

Each of these women shared from her heart what a Big God can do in our lives despite our circumstances.

I’ll attempt to share some of what I received from Jennifer, Sheila, and Laura with the understanding what God said to me through them may not be what those seated around me received. Isn’t it funny how that works? Also, my notes are not word for word, but my interpretation of what I heard.

Jennifer – We get shaken because we’re not where we’re supposed to be. Or we’re right where we’re supposed to be. God wants to use the things that shake us to shape us. When we’re most shaken, we see God more clearly.

Sheila – Until we understand Jesus knows the worst about us, we can’t accept the best about us. Your history doesn’t dictate your destiny. Dorothy dreamed of a rainbow, and got hit with a tornado. Sometimes God will take you to a prison to set you free.

Laura – We weren’t designed to be able to function on our own without God. We were designed to need God. We’re created by God. We’re his poem. His masterpiece. When we get knocked off our path, it’s not a detour. It’s a new road.

With that said, if a Fresh Grounded Faith conference comes to your area — go! You will be glad you did.

Have you attended a Fresh Grounded Faith conference? If so, what’d you think?

Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. Psalm 62:6 (NIV)

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I wish you well.

Sandy

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Sunday Scriptures — Jars of Clay

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

In the eighth chapter of Sheila Walsh’s book, Get Off Your Knees and Pray, there is one of the best explanations I’ve read, or heard, of the scripture in 2 Corinthians, where Paul says the people of God carry around Christ’s treasures in our common, everyday-variety, jars of clay bodies.

Questions Sheila said some people pose are: Why does God give more gifts to some believers than others? Why do some Christians have much easier lives than others? Why does God say yes to some people’s prayers, and no to others?

In the parable Jesus taught in Matthew 25:14-30 about the master who went away and entrusted his servants with different responsibilities, the master did give more to some than to others. What matters to the master is what each servant did with their gift. Good stewardship is expected, regardless of the gift.

We are to bring everything we have been given as an offering to God. Undervaluing the gift God gives us because it isn’t as showy or in the public eye as someone else’s gift, misses the point…God gives us our specific gifts with us in mind.

Pilot is an artist. I am not. If we both received the same birthday present of art paper, one of us would use it as intended and showcase his talent and interest. The other would not use it for the purpose the paper was designed, instead, she would probably write on it.

For one, the gift would be used as the creator of the gift intended. For the other it would not.

When we give gifts to others don’t we try to give them something we believe they will enjoy?

God does the same. He created us. He knows what he put into us to enjoy. Those are the gifts he gives. We don’t need to receive one of the so-called showy gifts to prove God loves us.

We carry those treasures around in our unadorned jars of clay to show any good thing we are able to accomplish is from God, not from ourselves. We need not wish for the gifts God gives others. Instead we need to use what he gives us, and be glad.

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We have this treasure from God, but we are like clay jars that hold the treasure. This shows that the great power is from God, not from us. 2 Corinthians 4:7

I wish you well.

Sandy

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