Fall Project 2017

Sarah

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Gentleness

Phillipians 4:5 – “Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near.”

“True gentleness is founded on a sense of what we owe to Him who made us.” – Hugh Blair

 

 

Her voice carries the freedom of her spirit and the depth of her soul as she begins to relive the memories that have brought her to this place in her life. With a sing-song staccato, found in only the best of teachers, Sarah tells of the daunting events that brought her right into God’s arms. Vulnerable to the intentions of those with evil in their hearts, she was sent on a journey far away from the embrace of her loving Father. However, Sarah’s sensitivity to His voice brought her back in a way that she parallels to the story of Hosea. Now, she carries this intense yet soft flame for the young women she spends her life around. Her desire is for each young lady to know how truly special and valuable she is! Sarah instills this wisdom, any chance she can, as she educates and molds the mind of our youth.

 

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What is your biggest passion in life?

“It is probably loving people the way that Christ loves me.”

 

How do you think people see you?

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“I think people see me as someone very approachable, in most ways. Very patient, in a lot of ways. But I think people see me as someone who they can confide in and trust.”

 

 

What would you say to someone going through what you have been through?

Photo Oct 07, 4 36 24 PM“[Do] not let the lies of this world grab a hold of your heart the way that I did, especially young women . . . I would say, for anyone going through what I have been through, to pursue God with all that you have; don’t run away. Not that, that will delay or prevent God from rescuing you . . . but it will make the redemption process so much easier to accept.”

What would you say to the young women of this generation?

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“You are valued. You are worthy in the eyes of the Lord. And if He is perfect then what else could you possibly want? It’s so easy to look into the way the other people are living and compare. I do it all the time, but comparision is the enemy of contentment. The moment that you start to [compare] is the moment that you start to believe the lies of this world. And women, we have such soft hearts, so I feel that we are more vulnerable to believe those lies. But the Proverbs 31 woman, she has got it all; like, she’s got it on lock! If we could all become women like that, we could change the world.”

 

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PAULETTE

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James 3:17 – “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.”

“She saved the best of her for the heart that understood the worst of her.”

Her gentle, soft-spoken demeanor belies the strength and resolution for the vision that she carries. A mother to a young man and a blossoming teenage girl, Paulette carries a heart for the young people of this generation. Coming from a strong Christian legacy, she saw all the wonderful and deeply-rooted blessings that come with a life devoted to God and His Word. However, like many who grew up in church, there was a time where the things of God became more important to her than a relationship with Him. She has since corrected her goal and she carries a deep burden for young women to recognize that if God has called them to it, He has equipped them also. Peace surrounds her and she strives to love those God has placed in her path. Not only does she walk well with God, but she also makes amazing cookies!

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WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST PASSION IN LIFE?

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“It is communicating, not only to just other women but the body in general, how strong we really are because of who is inside of us. We are unstoppable if we would just get a hold of that. If we will lay down fear and start taking some baby steps, we have a whole lot of authority.”

HOW HAS YOUR LIFE CHANGED SINCE YOU HAVE COME TO KNOW THE LORD?

Photo Oct 07, 3 40 50 PM.jpg“It has just been a continual journey of getting to know Him better; of stripping away generational baggage; of my own baggage that I have picked up from being raised in the church – which is an amazing thing [being raised in church], but you also pick up “the churchy stuff.” So, really that one on one relationship with Him.”

HOW WOULD YOU ENCOURAGE SOMEONE GOING THROUGH WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN THROUGH?

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“Right now, I am really looking at younger women – women just out of high school or college, or career age. I remember what a hard time that was for me and I feel like we lose women at that age. 

I feel like we [women] walk from whatever our family has looked like in the past towards whatever we are supposed to be going towards, what God has called us to do, and we get kinda lost. I feel like that is where I got lost. 

I would like to encourage women to find ways to connect with Him during that time because I know it’s hard. In church you have singles and you have young families, but there is this middle in-between age. I would encourage women, young women especially, to not lay down your dreams; to stay on path, to stay on track and to not feel like they have to meet a false expectation.”

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Strong

Nehemiah 8:10 – “Do not grieve for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

“Strong women are made of grit and grace.”

 

 

A spunky, spirited woman of faith. Her confidence shines so brightly and is so inviting, you cannot help but feel better about yourself when you are around her. There is no doubt that she loves Jesus because her demeanor speaks of the beautiful redemption that God has walked her through. As a child subjected to the very insecure world of foster care, she found herself hurting and wounded. But in even those moments of fear and brokenness, God called out to her and marked her as His own. Now, Cristy carries a passion for women who are as broken and as hurting as she once was. These convictions illuminate her path as God leads her in her vision to empower women to be all they can be.

 

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What do you like least about yourself?

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“As a broken, wounded young lady, I would have to say I didn’t like anything about me, honestly. So, because I have become whole in the Lord and He’s redeemed me, I would say there is not anything I don’t like about myself. God doesn’t make mistakes.”

 

 

How has your life changed since walking with the Lord?

Photo Oct 07, 11 04 56 AM.jpg“My life has changed drastically since walking with the Lord. You know, if you would have said years ago, “Oh you are going to be this wonderful woman on fire for the Lord!” I would have been like, “oh yeah right . . .”  because I felt unloved. I felt rejected and wounded. It was a dark place for me. But the Lord redeems. I know, now, we fight from victory, not for victory. He has already won the victory for us.”

 

What does being a “Prayer Warrior” mean?

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“To me, it’s a lifeline. It’s a way of life. We never know if we are one step away from someone’s miracle. And it’s not about us. It’s holy and it’s so about God’s miracle in their life. It is never about us. For me, that means I get in my closet. I put on my armor. Take up that sword, which is the Word, and boldly move out as an ambassador for Him. You go hard or go home!”

 

What would you say to someone going through what you have gone through?

Photo Oct 07, 11 02 27 AM.jpg“You keep your eyes fixed on Jesus and you serve your way out of it. I mean, look at Jesus, He is the perfect model. He served His way out of trial and tribulation.”

 

 

 

 

 

What has been your passage of Scripture that you most often lean on?

“My banner is Philippians 4:13, ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.’”

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