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15.4.16

We are moving!

As you may or may not know, King's Daughters is having a year of rest! You can read about it here. We are stripping back to the basics, spending time in prayer and we are even moving our blog and website. It will look like a 'winter' site for a while as we slowly and prayerfully see how God leads us - but before you know it, it will be time for the 2017 AWAKE & ARISE conference and all will be shiny and new after a good long rest.  In the meantime, watch this space as this exciting new seasons unfolds at our brand new site:

www.kingsdaughters.co.uk


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6.4.16

Girl's Night - A Resolution to Value Myself and Celebrate Others

This week at Girl's Night we had a really good look at our identity, insecurities and fears. We also chatted about how nasty women can be to each other and how this often stems from our identity, insecurities and fears. After a good heart to heart, we agreed to choose to see the best in each other, build each other up and support each other on our journey to finding our true self.

THIS IS WHO I AM





Intelligent Design 
Using an interesting analogy of interior decorating, we considered how our life may not have turned out as we planned based on a small detail that we have allowed to affect us.

Discussion questions:
  1. What are some minor incidents you’ve allowed to shape your self-image or self worth? 
  2. How has the decorating scheme of your life turned out differently than you would like as a result of that? 
  3. Read 1 Peter 2:9-10 and record that statements of value declared concerning you. Make a point of really studying and meditating on this Scripture, digging more deeply into the truths revealed. 

Supernatural Selection
We had a good look at how we are chosen by our God, set apart and appointed by Him.  This is a powerful position that we have that allows us to be secure in who we are and what we are meant to do here on planet earth.

Discussion questions:
  1. Choose at least one of the following verses to study and memorize: a. Eph. 2:10 – a declaration of your importance to God b. Jer. 1:5 – a confirmation of your selection by God c. 2 Cor. 3:5 – a verification of your sufficiency in God 
  2. Consider the things you may have failed to do because you felt ill equipped or unworthy to participate. Choose one of them to begin doing this week. 

Happy to Be You 
This is a wonderful section on celebrating who we are as well as celebrating what we see in others. Too often we take who we are for granted and are unable to appreciate our uniqueness or we simple don't see our special qualities and live completely blind to them.

Discussion questions:
  1. Record uniquenesses another person sees in you. Which of these surprise you? 
  2. Record how you can be more intentional about using and celebrating those characteristics. 
  3. How would the dynamics of your family, your office, or your relationships benefit from your doing this? 

The Affirmation Crusade
Take time to look back over your notes from this section. Consider what will be required for you to live authentically, as well as the freedom you’ll experience when you do. Additionally, think of some other women who, for whatever reason, you are hesitant to compliment. Make a point to commend them for their unique value and worth to you this week. Read the resolution out loud and sign your name below it.



You are welcome to join us at our Girl's Nights in Cheltenham or if you wish to set up your own group and study along with us where you are get a copy from Amazon and stay connected through www.resolution.kingsdaughters.co.uk and Facebook where we will post every study and chat in the comments boxes below each post.

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9.3.16

Standing in the way of the blessing



We were sitting in a coffee shop discussing the way forward with our pastor. Eric suggested taking his studies from part time to full time so that it could get done quicker and get back to earning a salary. I agreed to support him and had no problem with him going full time, in fact I preferred it that way. So I said, "Don't worry, I can take care of us financially while he is studying. I am making enough money in my business to support us."

Not long after that meeting Eric had a dream. He dreamed that I was flying an aeroplane and the cockpit area started to crack. He knew I was going to crash. After discussing his dream I asked how we could prevent it but neither of us could find the answer. We knew that the aeroplane was my business and that is was going to crash. I was frightened but didn't know what to do.

Shortly after the dream my company did start to fall apart. I went from a really good, steady income to almost losing the business. It seemed to happen overnight. My whole world was be falling apart. We got behind in our bills and tithing became impossible because the money was leaving our account before we could even touch it. We went from doing really well to doing really poorly. Everything I had built seemed to be crashing down around me. God was silent until I begged him to show me what was happening!

Pride. He showed me that I had become proud. My income and my husband's lack of income had caused a terribly imbalance in our life. I hated that he wasn't earning and that I was responsible for us. I desperately didn't want to feel this way, I wanted to support him while he was at university and I wanted to do it well. But I wasn't doing it well, not at all. And so the company continued its steady downward spiral and I repented of every possible thing I could think of. Nothing changed. The crash was inevitable.

Seven months passed and I held onto the 'yoke' in the cockpit for dear life! Things were not good but I held it together both in the business and at home. I was preparing for a crash because I really didn't know how to prevent it.

Then out of the blue when I was praying one day God reminded me of what I said that day in the coffee shop, "Don't worry, I can take care of us financially", and he showed me how that one little sentence was causing all this trouble.  I had repented of pride in general but not of saying these specific words. Our words create our world and so when I said these words I took hold of the yolk of the aeroplane from God and I became our provider. Clearly I was not a very good provider. As soon as I saw the power in the words I had spoken, and what they had done, I repented and asked God to please be our provider again. I realised that all that time I was standing in the way of God's blessing. As soon as I got out of the way the cash flow started to return and I started to get back to steadily building the business with God's help and for his glory. I don't know what will happen next but I do know that whatever happens it will be OK, God is in control and my God shall supply all my need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.  

How about you - are you struggling in any particular area? Are you perhaps standing in the way of the blessing and the breakthrough? Is there anything that you have said or done that needs to be dealt with? I so hope my little story will help someone. It's not easy to share this but for your sake I do, I hope it helps.

Love

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12.2.16

Introducing Resolutions for Men



Introducing The Resolution for Men!


After our first Girl's Night in January the women were buzzing so much that the men insisted on having their own night too! We are so excited because we have a special night for men and women now where we focus on resolving to be the men and women that God intended us to be. In a society with so much gender confusion and uncertainty, even in the churches, we want to get back to the basics.

Hosted by Charlton King's Baptist Church but open to all - you are welcome to join us at our Girl's Nights or Men's Nights.  If you wish to set up your own group and study along with us in your own church let us know how we can support you.

Get a copy of the books from Amazon.
Girl's and stay connected through www.resolution.kingsdaughters.co.uk
and King's Daughters on Facebook or your men can join in at www.mensnight.adlife.uk or AD Life on Facebook.

It's time for the church to shine brightly, for men to boldly stand out as men and women to courageously stand out as women.  The world wants to be gender neutral but God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. 

Let's resolve to be all that God created us to be!


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7.2.16

And then there were three!

It's been a while since I have updated you on our family news. This announcement is the most exciting news ever.  I am a GRANDMOTHER now! Wow!

It's been nearly three years since this special day. Samuel and Lorah were married in a beautiful barn wedding in Gloucestershire and it was a perfect day in so many ways, despite the cold and windy March weather. Eric had the privilege of conducting the wedding ceremony and then they flew away off to Spain for a sunny honeymoon.


Samuel and Lorah are a shinning example of how to build a great marriage, how to overcome life's many challenges with finesse and even how to build a business together. It has been such a joy to watch this lovely couple grow together. Just when things could get any better it did! Tears of joy and champagne flowed freely as we celebrated the amazing news that a new little person would be joining our family. Oh my goodness I have never been so excited in all my life!!!  


Now, onto a not so happy part. I have never been so fearful in all my life! Lorah had the most horrific 4 day labour which ended in a caesarean - a story that's not mine to tell but what I can tell is that all faith went out the window as I spent days and nights crying and pleading with God for their very lives. It might not have been quite as dramatic as that but for me it was. I feared so much, it was horrible. Sam was absolutely brilliant through it all, not only being a rock for Lorah but also keeping all the family across the globe informed every step of the way and keeping us comforted too. Sam has always had a special place in my heart but now I have a whole new level of respect for him.  As for Lorah, well I simply don't know how she did it!  But after all the crying and drama they was great joy when little Emily Beard finally made her entrance into the world just after 2pm on Tuesday 26th January weighing just over 8 lbs.

Here I am!!! Grandma with baby Emily. 


And more importantly, here is the happy new mommy and daddy.


Excuse the nasty camera phone photos from the hospital but Lorah hasn't quite got back behind the camera yet. In weeks, months and years to come I am sure we will have some lovely photos to share with you :)



Love

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6.2.16

Our Job Story - Part I


Job has come up a lot in conversation lately. This could potentially be a very difficult book of the Bible to understand. Or not. After I asked God to show what the whole point of the book is I discovered some really amazing keys. My revelation is only a part of the whole picture but I would like to share my piece of the puzzle with you.  I would also very much like to hear your thoughts. Please do join in, see this as a discussion, chat to us in the comments box below.

Bible scholars can't prove or agree whether or not Job was real person or whether the book is in fact a parable.  I believe that it doesn't matter either way as long as we learn from it and get closer to God through it. We are all at some stage in this story.  Either at the beginning in prosperity, easy and peaceful living with much blessing or in the middle in extreme hardships where it seems that everything is difficult and you are barely holding onto your very life or at the end where you have stood firm, held onto God for dear life, passed through the valley of the shadow of death and come out the other side refined and blessed once again with so much more than ever before.  I believe that we are all on our very own Job journey writing our very own Job story. Or more accurately, we are all on our very own journey with blessings, hardships and wonderful testimonies made and in the making. We are all writing our very own story.

In the beginning of your story, there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them. And the Lord said to Satan, 

“From where do you come?”  

So Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.”

This is true because we are warned in I Peter 5:8, "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour."  The devil won't let up, he is constantly walking around looking for his next challenge.

Then God proudly mentions your name in verse 8. Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job [replace with your name], that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil? [Replace with your special characteristics]”  

You see, God loves you and is so proud of you that He might be saying, "Have you considered my servant Angela, there is none like her on the earth, a dedicated wife and month who always does her best with her life. She is positive and kind, funny at times and also deep and thoughtful."

You are the apple of God's His eye. He loves you so much and has only good things to say about you. I imagine He is like a proud Daddy telling everyone how wonderful you are! God has full confidence in you, that even when tested to the limits, You will praise Him! That is the beginning of your story.




And so the devil begins his prodding and poking into your life, trying to devour you, doing his best to steal, kill and destroy every part of your life. The middle part of your story begins.  For some it begins early and for others it comes later, but to all it comes. None can escape the fact that devil is on earth and is allowed to try to get you to deny your God.  But what does the rest of I Peter 5 say,

"Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen."

And James says to us in James 1:2-5,

" My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him."

Even Jesus said in John 16:33,

"These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."

Trouble in this world is a given. It is guaranteed. Trouble is not a maybe it is a certainty. You cannot escape it, it is a part of life here on earth! Our story is a job story - no one gets a different option but we all get a choice as to what we do with it and this will determine how our story ends.  So let's learn all we can from Job because he had a happy ending to his story.

Part II will follow but in the meantime please let me know your thoughts.

Love



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2.2.16

Girl's Night - A Resolution to Champion Biblical Femininity

Oh my goodness tonight's discussion was heated! We didn't even get to some of the discussion questions as we were in very serious debate about this subject. It seems that there is a real aversion to the word feminism, submission and other words that are used to describe us as women. At Girl's Night we broke up into three groups and each discussion one of the sections below. By the end of the evening we had no conclusion or consensus about Biblical Femininity  but we all agreed on one thing - that we would go home and diligently seek God for a revelation of Biblical Femininity. Next month when we meet again we will share what we feel God has said to us and then if we all agree we will sign the resolution together.

You must be curious now about our discussion so let me get on with sharing an outline with you.

THIS IS WHO I AM



Pretty in Print?
This section took a look at how the pendulum make have swung a little too far over to the other extreme as a result of women fighting for their rights for years. It hits a tender chord of self worth where women have often confused their identity, gender and self worth. Have we gone too far?

Discussion questions:

  1. How have you seen feminist ideals affect women in the way they . . . dress? Act? Make decisions?  
  2. What are some of the most noticeable ways you see young women turning away from biblical womanhood? 
  3. What biblical principles of womanhood strike you as stifling or repressive? Why do you think you feel that way? 
  4. As you continue to read, offer your concerns about this issue to the Lord in prayer. Ask Him to use this time to answer your concerns and reaffirm His priorities for you in this area.

It’s Good to Be a Girl
God created us in His image - both male and female. Women are worth neither less nor more than our male counterparts. We are different but only in function. Sadly since the beginning of time women have been subjugated and abused because they are women. Jesus demonstrated how to treat men and women equally! We women are important and necessary.

Discussion questions:

  1. Choose one of the many roles you currently play in your life, and record for each one how you are . . . good for it . . . necessary to it . . . an important component of it .. . worthy to be a part of it . . . trustworthy to fulfill your role in it. 
  2. In what situations and around which people do you find the biblical value of womanhood most challenged and questioned?
  3. How do you raise daughters to be ambitious, educated, and sure o themselves while at the same time help them appreciate the rewards and blessings of submission? How do you raise boys to view women with a similarly high regard? Discuss with friends some creative approaches.

Role Reversal
This section took a look at..... dare I say the word..... submission. We looked at the divine arrangement of roles, boundaries and responsibilities that are intended to exude blessings in all directions.

Discussion questions:

  1. In preparation for signing your second resolution, read this statement again: “A woman’s strength is best seen not in the demonstration of her power but in her ability to harness it under the authority of God-given leadership.” Consider it carefully and determine what it will look like when fleshed out in your own life. Make this resolution with confidence, knowing that you are choosing to align yourself under His all-wise plans. Enter with freedom and sign your name to signify your commitment.





You are welcome to join us at our Girl's Nights in Cheltenham or if you wish to set up your own group and study along with us where you are get a copy from Amazon and stay connected through www.resolution.kingsdaughters.co.uk and Facebook where we will post every study and chat in the comments boxes below each post.

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