Category Archives: Christian Women Today

Now That’s Good News

by Suni Bradford

I recently attended a festival that was designed to share with people the truth and love of our Savior. The message of His desire to have a personal relationship with us.  I wondered how many had heard the message of hope before.  Perhaps, they hadn’t felt the call or perhaps before they never responded. They may have been embarrassed and still others felt the strongest most overwhelming call of their lives.  They felt it emotionally as well as the physical pull from God.  The message which said, “I am love, come to me”. I remember that feeling very clearly when the Holy Spirit first spoke to me.

I got to experience a daughter, who was already a believer see her father come to Christ. She shined as you could see the joy radiating from her.  I had to ask them if I could take a picture of them.  I used her camera so she could see and remember this very special day.  Incredible.

The unselfishness and sincere desire to share the love, hope and life we all can have in Jesus Christ was beautiful.  From the great man that had vision, to the performers along with all of the many people that volunteered and served in one form or another to make this life changing event happen.

As I watched and listened to all the chattering of excitement, laughter, singing to praise music and the fabulous smell of kettle corn, I felt such joy and so blessed to be part of this great family. The whole experience was a reaffirming of His greatness. I could feel the energy in the air by the lives given over to the amazing God and by the reviving of a believer’s faith.  The wave that rolls out around all involved can be an accepted and welcomed drenching. Or it can feel like you’re on an abandoned ship.  Jesus stilled the waters before and He’ll still them again.  Fortunately, we may be attacked for our choice to change and live a different life.  It may make friends or family members uncomfortable as they do not understand this “God” we have found.  It takes great courage and I can guarantee that this new life is worth the risk.  So, be brave little engines and live boldly today.

The saying be brave little engines come from a cartoon called Thomas (the tank engine) and the toy workshops, theme song.  The first verses goes like this.  There are times to be brave and times to be strong, when you are lost and all alone.  You might be somewhere strange and dark, but long to be safe at home.

I think that the people that have accepted Christ, were being very brave and strong as they felt lost and alone and they heard God.  Even if they were in a huge crowd they heard His call. When we feel we are in a dark place, God offers us a safe home and He is always there waiting with open arms.  Now that’s good news.Congratulation and welcome to our family.

So again,  be brave little engines and live boldly today.

Love to all,  Suni

Choose to Do God Things, Not Good Things

by Jenene Stafford

Hi Ladies,

Today Suni and I were having a conversation and as I was giving her a little personal coaching, this divine moment showed up and this statement flew out of my mouth.

I said, “Suni, you can spend your life doing good things or you can spend your life doing God things. It’s your choice.”  Suni was so excited, she said, you’ve got to create an ebook or product with that title.

Needless to say, I give God all the credit because He inspired the thought. Anyway, she left a few minutes later and I spontaneously created this video.

Since I know that all of us in our heart of hearts want to live our divine purpose and walk the God-inspired path for our life, I put this video together to help.  I pray it will inspire you to have a breakthrough in the area of purpose.

 

The Joy In Being A Loved Child

by Suni Bradford

Even at the fine age of 48 I love going to visit my Mom & Dad.

As I headed up I-5 to Redding, California, the joy and anticipation of a weekend of fun, visiting and rest was a treat. I cherish the opportunity to spend time with them.

Many times when I tell someone I’m headed to Redding they respond with “oh, that drive is so boring”.  I really enjoy the drive,  it’s usually a time I look forward to, time filled with solitude, reflection, anticipation and praise.

There had been a very light shower earlier in the day, which is almost always a promise for a pretty sky, and it was.  The sky was a crisp teal blue with huge white fluffy clouds, the sun would shine behind the clouds as if peeking through, creating a vibrant display of rays.

The scene reminds me of God’s greatness.

I can envision His gloriousness emanating from the clouds.   His welcoming arms reaching out to me.

Beautiful….

There were many eye pleasing landscapes that I could go into as well as the awesome time I had with my parents but what I really want to share with you is the love God has for His children and how this love can change everything.

Our Heavenly Father wants to be just that “Our Father”.

Many have had earthly fathers that have failed them. God, the Father will never fail us.  James 4:8 tells us clearly that, “God the Father is loving, compassionate, and full of mercy.” He longs to hold us in his arms and to heal, comfort and encourage us. He wants to be our loving daddy. We are assured of his response to us as his children: “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”  And again in Lamentations 3:22-23, “We can know that He wants to love and care for us everyday.    The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning.”

The Bible is full of scripture regarding His love for us.
Paul prayed for the people in Ephesians 3:18-19, “I pray that you will be able to understand how wide and how long and how high and how deep His love is.  I pray that you will know the love of Christ. His love goes beyond anything we can understand. I pray that you will be filled with God Himself.”

Whether you have been a believer for some time or your just wondering about what He is all about.  Open your heart and mind; be ready to be loved by the greatest Father ever.  Sounds like a greeting card but it’s true.  Rest in His arms and hang on for the best ride of your life.

Love, Suni

P.S. Mom’s we know you love us too.

A Matter of Perspective

by Suni Bradford

We were on a well-deserved weekend trip in the bay area. We were strolling along the pier enjoying the sea air, the sound of seagulls and knick-knack shops, when we stumbled upon an art gallery nestled back in a corner. There were many different types of art. The collections were directed to all types of tastes and personalities. There were beautiful, creative and then there were the pieces that I thought were very bizarre and some downright scary. I have pondered on what the artist’s thoughts and feelings were at the time they created their works of art. How they must get out a lot of different emotions out through this form of release.

What a fun way to praise and relieve stress. I can see it now.
Praise music cranked up
Easel, canvas & paintbrush
Paint & painting apron

Think of all the money they save on therapy! I’m just kidding, not everyone needs therapy, that’s what we have girlfriends, mentors and prayer partners for.

I know that I’ve had beautiful, creative, bizarre and some downright scary emotions and perspectives on things in my life and my surroundings. I have been resistant to change, in some areas through the years. Actually I’ve been downright stubborn and lazy about it, I’m not sure why because resistance usually doesn’t feel good (unless I’m on a healthy eating plan and resisting a brownie).

Realizing that I do at times need a paradigm shift in some of my thought patterns. I’ve found the best way to do this is, talking to God, listening to God and reading His word. I am a sinner that fights with impatience and intolerance when things don’t go my way. Sounds like a spoiled brat, huh? Anyone else?

A video on youtube named Paradigm shift by Fellowship Bible Church Littlerock, AR. hit a little to close to home because it pointed out to me my selfishness and self-centeredness. www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlRK1vqcuvg

I feel comforted that God has the bird’s eye view of our lives and He has planted the desire to be transformed into His likeness in my heart. Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Now it’s up to me to get it into my mind. To change my perspective will be a constant discipline but the payoff comes when having compassion and loving others comes a little more natural. Take a look at Philippians 4:8, as Paul’s gives us direction as to our thoughts 8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

I pray God is pulling on your heartstrings as well to live intentionally in thoughts and actions today.

Love to all, Suni

His Great Gift

by Suni Bradford

Do you remember the phrase “I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today” ? It has always made me laugh, then the thought came to me that Whimpy from Popeye (a cartoon I love to watch as a child) was developing debt. Did Tuesday’s debt ever get paid?  They never showed that, did they?

We can get in trouble with our financial debt by wanting something today and not having the means to pay it tomorrow.  Interest used to motivate us to pay those debts sooner but today interest seems to be an accepted expense. I sometimes think of how different our views about debt would be if we were educated early.  Many of us have been forced to claim bankruptcy either because of poor choices we have made or because of circumstances beyond our control.  This can be overwhelmingly stressful.

At the time I found Christ, I did not have much financial debt but I was emotionally bankrupt. Jesus Christ fully paid for my debt, debt of sin that is.

Salvation is a gift so freely given.  The gratitude I have for Christ’s saving grace makes me want to service Him today and forever. I want to give him recognition for saving me for without it I would still be walking around with a lack of direction and hollowness inside.  I want to share this free gift with others so we all can feel the weight of sin lifted.  The joy that is evident in someone that has His great love inside them shines through, with my hope being that others feel the warmth from that great light and it will draw them to their Savior. Let us not worry about tomorrow but shine today.

A portion of scripture that gives me peace and a since of great value is Matthew 6:25-33

25  “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26  Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Ladies I pray you have a blessed day and shine like stars.

Suni

I Was Ruined For Life

Two weeks ago I transformed. I got educated and I am ruined for this cause. I met the founder of this heroic organization and his bold and amazing team. These people are my heros. They’ve got guts.

Sometimes it’s a moment in time and that’s all it takes to take the blinders off. I can’t tell you how many times in the last two weeks I’ve cried over the thought of what these little girls are suffering. At the same time I am sick over the number of people who are absolutely in the blind to what is happening.

Remember the movie The Wizard of Oz? Just a click of the of Dorothy’s heels and she was back at home again and she escaped the wicked witch. Well, these little girls have one hope and it’s Agape or there’s no escape. They’re not escaping this evil without our help.

Right now this organization is having a “Raise Her Ransom” campaign and is desperately seeking men to be REAL MEN and be a voice for abolishing this horrific evil.

$100 from 2000 men seems so simple.

I’d like you to imagine that you had a choice of your family either starving to death or selling your 6 your old daughter’s virginity for a high price of $60. That’s the reality in this horrible place. In the middle of the most sex-trafficked spot in the world is the largest building in this small village, a beacon of light and hope. It’s there because someone took a stand and said “NO MORE” and got their wallet out.

When I spoke with Don the first time, I wouldn’t give him any money because I said “I want to do so much more.” The reality was I thought my $30 wouldn’t make a difference. Then a week later I watched his documentary and my eyes were wide open. I couldn’t write that check fast enough. It occurs to me there are probably thousands of people who think their $30 dollars won’t matter either. Please just ask one person to help. Is that too much to ask? Please watch this video, it won’t ruin you for life, but I pray the Spirit of the Most High God will whisper in your ear to help somehow.

Stretching Into Leadership

The first thing that pops into my mind when I hear the word leadership is perhaps a role as a pastor of a church, a motivational speaker or a CEO of a corporation.   Are you the one that automatically takes charge in any situation? Maybe you aren’t and would rather not.

So many of us have never thought of ourselves as leaders, yet others have no problem seeing them selves in that role and would actually thrive in a position as such.

However, we do lead in so many areas of our lives if we stop and really look at all we do in our daily lives. Mothers for example are industrious leaders.   I believe we are all called to lead in one form or another.  The list of ways to lead others below is just scratching the surface.  There are limitless possibilities.

  • Speaking events (teaching, preaching, sharing experience etc.)
  • Event planning / organization
  • Study groups (small or large)
  • Childcare
  • Worship
  • Administration

Sometimes God asks us to do things that we may not want to do. Or should I say Many times.   He spoke to me about something He would like me to do, my first response was thank you very much but you’ve got the wrong girl.  But He hasn’t let me forget it.

Philippians 4:13 gives me the hope and the confidence, that I have a helper.  “I can do everything through him who gives me strength”

Do you remember the saying “fake it till you make it?”

For me this means to move towards the goal by growing my confidence and doing the uncomfortable things needed to become the leader, I believe He wants me to be. A quote that inspired me is “Attitudes influence behavior, but behavior also influences attitudes”.   Everything changes with our attitudes, positive or negatively. Having an “I can” attitude spurs on an excitement to behave as if I am already equipped.

Hopefully this inspires other ladies to step out in faith.  Do what the Lord is asking of you.   Be bold. Let’s reach more women, increase their knowledge of His word, build their confidence, and build the kingdom for Christ by teaching them to be leaders.

Philippians 1:6 gives us great news. “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

I see us as His worker bees and I’ve been comfy on the hive too long.

Live brilliantly ladies.  Suni J

Welcoming Rejuvenation

by Suni Bradford

I am one that wakes up “happy” and ready to take the day on.  This can be very annoying to folks that aren’t this type of riser. Perhaps you’ve lived with one, they moan, no not already at the alarm clock then they bond with it several times by way of the reset button.  I’ve never quite figured that one out, why not just set the alarm out a half an hour rather then wake, rest, wake, rest? That’s exhausting in itself right….or maybe they are outsmarting themselves into thinking they are getting more sleep.  Then finally dragging themselves and their feet to the coffee pot and their day begins.

I love getting up when it is still and quiet outside.  The sound of the birds chirping brings joy to my heart.  It sets the mood for my time with God.  The time with God produces an outcome of rejuvenation.  I say, if Jesus did this as He rose early in the morning and went to a quiet place and spent time in prayer; it must be a great way to start the day.  Mark 1:35 paraphrased.

Which ever you are, I encourage you to welcome the day with the excitement of “today’s the day”.

Can you use a little vitality and freshness?  I can’t think of a better way to be restored then time seeking His wisdom, His guidance and His loving voice.

So…….

  • set that alarm a few minutes earlier
  • grab your favorite mug full coffee or tea
  • grab your bible
  • and head to your favorite chair

A suggestion is to have a note pad handy. So if your head goes all over the place (like mine) you can jot down a note of thoughts that come to mind, for example, things that need to get done and not let it take up time in my head so I can focus on the Lord.

Throw a little exercise in there and girl your on the move.

Ready, Set, Go

Have a blessed day!

Suni J

Ten Ways To Reinvigorate Your Spiritual Life

1. Go for a walk.
I know this sounds too simple but it is so good for you to get out of your environment and look out at the horizon. To extend your gaze beyond your four walls and drink in the grand expanse of the sky above you. This simple thing could be what breaks the heaviness gathering over you and brings hope into your grasp.

I lift up my eyes to you,
to you who sit enthroned in heaven. (Psalm 123:1 NIV)

2. Forgive someone.
Unforgiveness will drain your spiritual energy like nothing else. Ask God to show you if there is someone in your life you need to forgive. Release them and in return will be released yourself.

Forgive as the Lord forgave you. (Colossians 3:13 NIV)

3. Get a new devotional.
Some of our favorites are Streams in the Desert, Jesus Calling,

4. Go to church and really be present.
It is so easy to go to church and be busy, distracted or tired. Go to church this week with a purpose: be present. Open your heart during worship. Listen intently to the sermon. Ask God to speak to you through the service. Ask and you will receive.

God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” (John 4:24 NIV)

“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. (Luke 11:9 NIV)

5. Take five minutes to pray in the morning.
First thing in the morning, ask the Lord to show Himself to you. To walk with you during the day. It will surprise you what five minutes spent with God first thing in the morning will do.

But I cry to you for help, Lord;
in the morning my prayer comes before you. (Psalm 88:13 NIV)

6. Write a scripture on a sticky note on your bathroom mirror. Pick one scripture every Sunday. Read it as you brush your teeth, as you get ready and as you get ready for bed at night. This is a very practical way to get the Word of God where it is supposed to be- in your spirit.

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12 NIV)

7. Turn off the radio on the ride home from work and in the quiet void, turn on prayer.

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV)

8. Do a small kindness for someone close to you.
Sometimes it is those closest to us that get the brunt of our worst attitudes. Do a small kindness and it will grow the love between you and the love in you.

Love is patient, love is kind.  (1 Corinthians 13:4 NIV)

9. Do a random act of kindness for a stranger. Ask God to open your eyes for a simple opportunity to bless someone you don’t know. Then be obedient and do it!

Make the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. (Ephesians 5:16 NIV)

10. Reconcile a relationship from the past. Ask God to show you if there is someone you have wronged or inadvertently hurt in the past. Then humble yourself and ask for forgiveness. Not the kind of forgiveness that transfers the burden like, “I wanted to ask you to forgive me for reacting the way I did because you were such a jerk”. No, not that kind but the kind that releases people : “Please forgive me for saying that to you, I was wrong.”

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Ephesians 4:32 NIV)

These are simple (and not so simple) things that can reinvigorate your spiritual connection to God and to others. They are small changes that can make a big difference in your spiritual life – a few things that will take you to a new level of brilliance!

Gaga For God

By Suni Bradford

ga·ga/ˈgäˌgä/

Adjective: Excessive enthusiasm, crazy, infatuation

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20

My dear friend Lisa invited me to a bible study at her parent’s house.  It was a cozy setting, a man with his acoustic guitar in hand and the worship began.  I’m not sure how many weeks I had attended but this night was special.   I physically felt His calling, I later learned that the Holy Spirit was present.  

It was an extremely emotional experience. I don’t think I realized what was happening.  I did accept Jesus Christ as my Savior.  He was knocking, I answered and I’m so grateful. 

“The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult you with loud singing.” Zephaniah 3:17

I was seeing things about Jesus everywhere I went, it seemed.  Maybe I was just more aware or perhaps placed by God’s perfect design.  We went yard selling the weekend following and at the first stop, I found a brand new bible in the box. And the next stop was this gorgeous 2ft x 3ft matted pressed paper portrait of Jesus in an elegant gold frame. I was so excited.  I felt as if God was telling me, I’ll give you what you need to learn and remember my son.   I was ga-ga about God.  He was everywhere.  The good news is He still is. We can forget to notice because of our fast paced lives. The following are some ways we can keep our enthusiasm and turn our infatuation into long term true love. 

5 ways to stay in love with God

  • Reading and studying the word
  • Prayer and meditation
  • Christian music, concerts and events
  • Associate with other believers
  • Sharing His love with non believers

2 Timothy 1:7 Tells us that God gave a spirit of power, love and self control.

A great verse to keep in our mind’s eye as we making these things a regular part of who we are.  

Live brilliantly and thrive.

Love to all, Suni