Category Archives: Christianity

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.

Best Practices of a Bold Christian Woman

Everything done in excellence first took a lot of practice.

  • Worry about what God thinks, not what other women think
  • Dress to feel like yourself, not to impress others
  • Diligently seek out the woman in you God can use
  • Never ever ever compare yourself to others
  • Acknowledge your self every day for how far you’ve come
  • Tell your thoughts to shut up as often as necessary
  • Worship God everyday
  • Pray all day long, silently if needed
  • Measure your success based on your willingness to do God’s will
  • Say “yes” to God more and “yes” to others a lot less
  • Choose wisely in accordance with God’s prompting
  • Learn to recognize the voice of the Liar and put him in his place
  • Ask yourself “Is that something Jesus would say to me?”
  • Ask yourself “Is that something Jesus would say to others?”
  • Remind yourself daily of what you’re committed to
  • Bring the light to every situation, even when it makes you look bad
  • Remember this life matters, but the next one matters more
  • Stop and ask a homeless person their story (pray first)
  • Kick your self in the rear when you judge another woman
  • Kick yourself in the rear when you envy another woman
  • Tell yourself to “stop it” as often as necessary
  • Love, love love as this is the greatest commandment of all time
  • Seek endless amounts of power everyday (through the Word)
  • Share your story just like your Father did
  • Remember, your story can change a life
  • Remember, your story can change someone’s eternal destiny

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!

Jesus Loves The Bad Girls, Do You?

By Jenene Stafford

I didn’t grow up with Joan and Ward Cleaver as my parents. My childhood was no picnic. It was really tough and I honestly wondered if I would survive those first 26 years. Looking back I can only believe it was a miracle from God that I went from a victim to a survivor and ultimately a thriver.

Sometimes when we’re punished inappropriately by our parents we create an identity for ourselves. In my case, I was a good little girl, who felt like a bad girl.

At some point, I became that and began living out the lie. For nearly 40 years I suffered with a BAD GIRL complex even when I was way beyond living like a bad girl.

Anytime I didn’t do something just perfect, or if I made a not-so-good decision I would get physically sick to my stomach.

If my husband didn’t like something about my work in our company I would worry and feel sick about it. It was really weird.

It took me years to figure out why I constantly would physically feel like I was in trouble if I didn’t do everything perfect.

But, after years of digging to find this deep-rooted hang up, a faithful God freed me completely of this.

Along the way, I discovered something wonderful about Jesus. He gets you and me better than anyone.

This is the truth about Jesus . . .

He loves the “Bad  Girls”

He is unconditional love, contrary to what many may think right now. This comes with a disclaimer: This doesn’t mean you’ll live life without some major hurts and challenges along the way.

He is the Savior of our souls and our constant stupidity and trouble we tend to get ourselves into. He’s the person that says, “Well done, my good and faithful child, when it takes everything not to have a sexual affair that every pour in your body is craving.”

He’s the God who comforts you when you’ve just finished watching 2 hours of porn and you’re now sick to your stomach and your spirit aches and your body is still unsatisfied.

He’s the lover of the Mary Magdalene’s. He’s the God who sadly watches his molested daughters grow up to be prostitutes, knowing that every suffering of evil can be used for good.

He’s the Jesus that says to the Father, “Forgive them for they know not what they do”, after we’ve just aborted our child. He’s the healer of our guilt, not the cause.

He’s the God who desires above all that we come to know Him personally.

Jesus didn’t come to condemn us, he saves us from ourselves and accepts us no matter how many wrong choices we make. But, what he does not do, is force you to believe he is real. He’s not only some great prophet that lived a couple of thousands of years ago. He was all that and so much more. He died a horrible death and rose from the dead 3 days later, proving to the world that he was God in human form.

He’s the Father to the fatherless. The love to the woman with an aching heart for a husband. He’s the comforter when we turn to him. He’s the healer of our broken hearts and broken bodies.

He’s our greatest teacher.

He speaks to us.

He makes us new so we don’t have to keep living in the past with all it’s mistakes and pain.

His arms are always open if we’ll let him help us. He’s a gentleman and doesn’t push his will on us. He gives us freedom to choose.

Maybe you’re thinking, “Well, he never did anything like that for me.” I’d have to ask you, Have you ever fully surrendered to Him?

He wants to be in your life. Jesus isn’t a far off God like some like to think. He’s an intimate God. He is our Spiritual Father and he can love you better than any human father ever could.

He knows every hair of your head and made you completely and uniquely different than every other woman on the planet. That is so cool!

The more we trust him and learn about him the more we’re able to see him working in our lives. He’s the only reason I survived the first 26 years of my life. He’s the most amazing, full of humor, wise, creative, loving, forgiving, kind, gentle, powerful, humble person I know. The best person on the planet can’t even measure up because he is perfectly God and his Spirit still lives on with us.

Our spirits are all craving something more and we will try everything to fill that void. Underneath it all, it’s a real God we want to know. We’re all on a search for a real and living God.

I’m here to tell you, Jesus is all that and more. His love is so far out of what we could ever imagine and his peace will save you from suicide.

He’s the God that heals us of our broken lives and broken spirits. He’s the God that heals you of addictions to alcohol, drugs, food, prescription drugs, co-dependency, pornography and every other hang up.

He is faithful to us, but we haven’t done a very good job of being faithful to him. We ignore him because we want to do things our own way, even when his way is far superior.

He is a place of faith, hope and true love.

He is waiting for you to get that He gets you.

Live Brilliantly Today!

Jenene, xoxo