What makes a woman strong?

I have found that one word will ultimately make you stronger than you think. It’s simple, yet many of us struggle to apply it. I mean really apply it… ready for it???


I know, it’s soo cliché. The Christian girl, telling you, all you need is love.

But, honestly learning to love fearlessly and genuinely, has been my biggest strength.

Has it been easy? No way! I’ve had reason to hold grudges.

Betrayal, abandoned, rejected, persecuted, and even violated. The healing process of such things haven’t been easy and there was a lot of mind battles that came with the healing process.

Now, I don’t want to take away from the healing (that’s another blog for another day), but without learning to do what was hard on my own strength, which is to love despite my valid reason to not – I couldn’t have experienced true freedom.

Living love is an ongoing process. You don’t all of a sudden love someone who hurt you by deciding one day that you’ll love, and that’s it… It is a daily choice!

And let me be clear… you CAN NOT do it on your own strength. It has to be a complete dependency on the Lord to guide you into loving others. Especially when it’s hardest to love.

“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.”
‭‭John‬ ‭15:5‬ ‭NLT‬‬

I’ve seen people refuse it, and the outcome is always the same. Bitterness a lot of hurt and continual drama in their life. All because of refusing to forgive and move forward.

Take a look at the marches you see happening…

First off, you can’t be for women and then refuse them because of their political views. You are either for ALL women or you’re NOT. These marches are nothing but a hypocritical, selfish reason to lure people in to walk for someones own agenda. I saw more division and hatred coming out of these marches than women who are strong and empowering each other.

“Hatred causes arguments, but love overlooks all wrongs.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭10:12‬ ‭ERV‬‬

Don’t get me wrong, I believe there were some women who had good intentions.

God NEVER intended division among His people. He didn’t from the beginning and He doesn’t now.

“Love never gives up on people. It never stops trusting, never loses hope, and never quits.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:7‬ ‭ERV‬‬


Only one from the beginning of time, brought upon destruction and an evil that could manipulate, deceive, and separate people from their maker.

“God knows that if you eat the fruit from that tree you will learn about good and evil, and then you will be like God!””
‭‭Genesis‬ ‭3:5‬ ‭ERV‬‬

That my friend, is satan!

Have you ever wondered why the enemy chose to deceive Eve over Adam?

Because of who God created women to be!!!

Satan knew that if he could assault woman first, ultimately he would assault mankind. And that is exactly what happened!


He knew that this assault would cause, blame (that’s what Adam did as God asked about eating the forbidden fruit. And it’s what we do, when we complain that Eve ate the fruit), shame, condemnation, pride and much more.

Satan attacked the very people whom God created in His image. He knew that by attacking man and bringing division against each other, he was attacking God.

Why? Because man is Gods greatest creation.


As parent of a teenager, when my daughter doesn’t listen to my instructions that are GOOD for her (which she often doesn’t think it is), It bothers, hurts and upsets me.

I can’t help but think about, how hurt God was when He instructed Adam and Eve NOT to eat of the fruit, and they did it anyway.

Since then, we have experienced the brokenness of relationships with each other and most importantly with GOD!

That was an attack against ALL mankind. No specific gender. All. Anyone created in the image of God.

Here was Adam and Eve, physically walking with God, and all because of disobedience, the moment they chose to believe a liar over their Creator, their relationship was shattered. Broken. A continual target for the enemy. Seeking to divide and devour mankind.

I am praying that we will truly KNOW who God has created us to be. Strong women who will empower one another. Also, stand strong beside men whom God has also created for us to work alongside and not against.

To explain further on how Eves attack was ultimately against mankind, I’m honored to introduce Carrie Friedrich as my co – writer to share her insight on who Eve was…

Carrie Friedrich:

When I was a little girl I used to run around my house in my Wonder Woman underwear. Spinning around the house pretending to be my favorite super hero.
Fasting forward 35 years… now I’m a wife, mom of three, and pastors wife… many times I still feel like I’m spinning around in circles.
But Recently as the flu bug rampaged through our home and finally hit Mom… (me) I found myself groggily going through my day waking up my daughter for school, making her lunch, preparing to speak for our church women’s night and grocery shopping…. all the things all of us moms do every single week… sick or not.
Certainly didn’t feel like Wonder Woman that day.

Made me think about Eve.

Gen. 2:18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.

Do you know that the Hebrew word that was used in reference to Eve as a help meet was “Ezer”? Ezer literally means strong… it also means to carry.
Basically God himself called Eve, Wonder Woman. He calls you Wonder Woman. I am Wonder Woman. And it’s not by anything We’ve done. It’s all because He made us this way.

He made us with the strength to carry heavy things all while being tender enough to carry delicate things.

March is national women’s history month. I’m sure we will hear the names of many famous strong women who changed their environment for the good…

But we are all called for a purpose. God didn’t just give us strength to carry our own circle but to expand our reach to others.

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That is why I think of my favorite hero Wonder Woman… in the comic books she was always helping others. Carrying others to safety, fighting to save others…
All the things we can do. We don’t need super powers, we have His Holy Spirit living within us. We are capable of so much more than we think.
If we could just realize that when God called us “helpmeet” it was basically saying here she is…. strong enough to carry big things. How much more effective would we be as women if we embraced this?

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So let’s hike up our big girl super hero panties and spin into all that God has for us!


We don’t need to prove to others that we are strong by marching around with confused ideas of strength. We don’t need to trample over others to prove how strong we are. There is certainly no need to compete with another to prove our strength.

It’s already inside us. We just need to learn to trust God and learn to walk in Love as He has called us to do.

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‬‬“and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭5:2‬ ‭NASB


I’ve included this great video on Ravi Zacharias’ answer to the question “Does God favor a gender?” Enjoy!


Happy International Women’s Day!


Rest in Him friends,

With love,

Rosie and Carrie



Love Out Loud

I think many of us can agree that this world seems to get darker by the day. Tragedies too numerous to count. I can’t turn on my tv without feeling heartbroken for all that’s happening.

Life was intended for us to have relationships. Not only with a spouse but with those in the church. With those in our lives. In all my years of serving in the church, I have seen that far too many people are unwilling to take time to build relationships. They come in, hear an inspirational message, and are off until next week.

Could this be the churches problem?!

Or, could it be that people just don’t value relationships?!

I think it’s a little of both! There are churches that don’t encourage relationships and fellowship with their congregation. And, there are also people who just don’t see the importance of fellowship and connecting with people. We have lost the value of one of one, genuine friendship.

With social media, all the blogs, the podcast, YouTubers and so on, we are replacing those things for real true genuine relationships with REAL people.


Fight the distraction

Before I go on, let’s get one thing straight – I’M NOT COMPLAINING about the church! I’m simply challenging you to think about your view on relationships.

Regardless of what your view is on this, one thing holds true since the beginning of time.


In the garden of Eden where Adam and Eve had one on one relationship with God and each other, somewhere along the line, their relationships got distracted. At a vulnerable point in Eves life, the serpent caught her unexpected, then gave her a twisted version of partial truth entangled with lies.

This then caused Eve to believe something, that wasn’t true, and resulted with consequences of broken relationships. Broken relationship with God and each other.

The TRUTH is that we are constantly being drawn to something other than what is true, pure and noble and it’s causing us to live a life that wasn’t intended from the start.

We are living lives apart from relationships.

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭NIV‬‬


God intended us to have healthy, loving, person to person relationships.

When was the last time you reached out to a person that you know was hurting?

When was the last time you sat down and had face to face conversations with someone other than your “squad”?

With all that’s happening around a world that seems to get worse by the day, I am compelled to live a life of love that my children can witness and hopefully follow.

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The other day I was in line at the store and a young mom was in front of me. I wanted to hurry back home. I had soo much stuff to do around the house. The young woman forgot something in her car and told the cashier she would be back. I was next in line, as the woman walked back in and was about to walk back to the end of the line. I moved my stuff back and allowed her to take her place back in line. She looked at me with such a grateful smile and said thank you. Almost, as if she was shocked that someone would do something so kind.


I walked out of the store feeling so good, to be able to do something soo small in my eyes, yet her expression said so much more. As I walked to my car, I heard the Holy Spirit whisper to me “Kindness goes a long way”. Only God knows how that small act of kindness, could make a greater impact in a persons life.



A Call To Action

I’d like to challenge you – to take a step of faith and do something out of the norm for you! On Sunday when you’re at church, pray, and ask the Holy Spirit to show you someone, whom you can approach and get to know them on a personal level.

If not church, your workplace.

When we meet people who don’t know Jesus, sometimes sharing Jesus isn’t the first part of a relationship. It’s being Jesus to them!

When trust takes place we can then share about Jesus. There are steps to take depending on whom you are sharing to.

“People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.”
~ Theodore Roosevelt


“We meet people by chance
But we deepen relationship by choice.”
~ Adam Friedrich

Can I encourage you to make the choice today to be one, who will take that first step of being intentional, about becoming relational.

I can assure you that, the person I am today who isn’t afraid to approach you in love, didn’t come naturally. It’s been 10 years in the making. Although, it has definitely gotten easier over time.

As I am continually allowing God to work in and through me, I am being amazed at how God works. I’m constantly blown away by His goodness!

I am soo blessed to be part of a church that has the desire to reach out to our community.

“Where there is no vision [no revelation of God and His word], the people are unrestrained; But happy and blessed is he who keeps the law [of God].”
‭‭PROVERBS‬ ‭29:18‬ ‭AMP‬‬

My church is constantly trying new ways that will inspire us and challenge us to walk in integrity and be filled with the Love of Christ, to reach a dying world that is separated from God. To be a “Jesus” in someone’s world.

Our Pastors are visionaries! And I don’t say that lightly. I’m humbled to have loving, caring Pastors who genuinely wanna see you fulfill your destiny in life. They inspire both my husband and I.

I’d like to ask 2 things of you, in our ever-going mission to reach out…

1. Pray for our church. There is soo much that goes on behind the scenes. Pray, that God would continue to give them the creativity, wisdom and continual love.
2. Give. If you are a member of PCOC (Praise Chapel Orange County), my prayer is that you are giving of your talents and treasures. We have so much going on, and it couldn’t be done without those who obediently give.

Why should I give???

I think this question comes up so often. Too many people overlook how far their money can go and lose the importance of giving. Or, like I mentioned earlier are believing a lie from the enemy that the church takes your money, and I’m return refuse to give.

We have our 180 men’s home, in which is our live-in home for men who are recovering from addiction and trying to get their life back on track. We have our nightlife church for young adults, every Thursday evening. We have our Elevate Nights which meets Friday for our youth. We have our Fullerton Campus, and our Newest Campus in Albuquerque, New Mexico that we support, which are currently in the process of building the church.

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If you’d like to see and read about our church, click here to view some videos and get a glimpse of what’s going on.

We have fundraisers that we do each year to help raise money for cost of these things. Unfortunately, the end result isn’t always meeting the needs.

If you currently don’t have a home church and live in OC, come see what God is doing in the city or Orange. We’d love to have you come be a part of it.


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If you don’t live in Southern California, but would like a peep of what’s going on you can get the app on your phone and follow through with us on Sunday, livestream.

All you have to do is text “PCOC APP” to ‘77977’. You’ll receive the link to get the app. Once you’ve downloaded the app, be sure to connect with our Orange Campus.

If God has placed a burden in you to give financially, click here and be a part of what we are doing.

“Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.”
‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:1-2‬ ‭NLT

I’m certain that when we meet God face to face, we will see all the lives that were touched through our prayers, and our giving.

My prayer is that you have been challenged to LOVE out LOUD!!!

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Remember love ‘isn’t’ the warm fuzzy feeling we get in our heart, but it is a choice we make everyday to live and be love, even when we don’t feel a person is worthy of it.

“Love never gives up on people. It never stops trusting, never loses hope, and never quits.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:7‬ ‭ERV‬‬

Take a look at this video of our latest baptism. Seeing people make a change in their life, never gets old.



Video credit to Everything Captured. For inquiries on photo shoots, head shots, family photos etc. click here


Praying for you friend! May Gods love cover over you and compel you to be a person that you never thought you could be. May you step outside of comfort zones and release Gods power and anointing in all you do for His Kingdom.


Rest in Him friend,

With Love,

Rosie Hernandez