Identity

Undaunted

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???

LOVE

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

 

encouragement

Step Into The Unknown

It’s the 1st of February.

My, how time flies! First month of the year is already gone. This year I’ve promised myself to slow down and enjoy what’s happening around me. So much can happen in a year.

At the end of each year, I like to evaluate the year and all my progress. When I was on the mountain top, was I thanking God?! Not only thanking Him with my lips, but did my life display thanksliving. How did I handle trials of life? Was I living by faith? Could I have given more in some areas of my life?

 

I’m confident that regardless of what happened the previous year, with the right mind set, we can walk into a New Year with God-fidence (Confidence in God).

I have stepped into the New Year knowing that whatever my future holds, in all my fears, my anxiousness, all my unknowns, in all my wonders – God is with me. Though I may not know what tomorrow holds, I know who holds my tomorrow.

I’m gonna pursue Gods plans for my life. Because, I know His unfailing love is constantly pursuing me.

 

 

2017

As the year began in 2017. My husband and I were pioneering a church. We experienced so many loops in that journey. We started off with a bonfire bible study in beautiful Newport Beach, Ca. Then moved location just under a gazebo that was right in front of a bar and grill. We encountered many people. Then, we rented a small room from a Lutheran Church, where we began to have our church services. We knew that God was certainly with us. Later we moved into our home to continue having service there.

6 months into the year, we found ourselves having to make one of the hardest decisions of our lives. There was an issue that took place with the leadership that was covering The Break Ministries (our church name). We experienced betrayal and because of what took place, we prayerfully made the choice to separate from our old church. We were left with the decision to either stay and continue to build the break ministries, or join another church in our fellowship.

As we were seeking God for direction, I can still remember how many things ran through my mind.

What would people think of our choice?

Was this truly Gods direction?

Have we failed?

 

“In your heart you plan your life. But the Lord decides where your steps will take you.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭16:9‬ ‭NIRV‬‬
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I’ll never forget the words someone shared with us as we sought counsel. We were afraid of feeling like we had abandoned Gods purpose in our life. He said; “the most important thing you need to worry about is how your family is doing, and get restored.”

With all that happened we weren’t ok. Trust had been broken. We needed restoration.

As we made the choice to step down and allow healing to take place – making sure our family was ok, was my husbands priority. And he did that well!

Words that had been spoken over us were slowly dissipating. The feeling of failure was trying to creep it’s way in my heart and mind.

As we began the journey in our new church, we stepped into the unknown with a heart of worship.

In my husbands words: “we go in, and let nothing hinder our worship.

“O God, we meditate on your unfailing love as we worship in your Temple.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭48:9‬ ‭NLT‬‬

 

What happens now

What happens now?’ is the question that usually follows sudden change in our lives.

Whenever we experience change, we often find ourselves reacting out of fear. Questioning many things. And in my case I questioned Gods call upon our lives. Fear can leave us paralyzed and tormented in the mind with all the what if’s.

 

If I’m honest, stepping down from Pastoring a church, figuring things out, entering new territory came with insecurities. But it also came with great excitement to start fresh, with new vision, and build new relationships.

 

We began a new ministry, that involves meeting new people and having fun. We’ve come alongside others to serve wholeheartedly. And we have been entrusted with a pretty important ministry in the church. I don’t share these things to toot our own horn. None of that could’ve have been possible had we walked in the church with a sense of entitlement. With pride because of a title we had. Or even walking in defeated. We stepped into the church feeling a little vulnerable to be honest, but nonetheless we committed ourselves.

“Commit your works to the LORD [submit and trust them to Him], And your plans will succeed [if you respond to His will and guidance].”
‭‭PROVERBS‬ ‭16:3‬ ‭AMP‬‬

A friend once told me, “if you fall on your face when you’ve given God everything, well then you fell on your face FOR THE LORD!”

Friends, NOTHING we do with ALL of our heart for God, will ever go unnoticed.

Your promise still stands
Great is Your faithfulness, faithfulness
I’m still in Your hands
This is my confidence,
You’ve never failed me yet

These lyrics ministered to both my husband and I. They were the cry of our hearts.

 

Our Pastors have challenged the church to get out what God has put inside our hearts.

There is something stirring within EVERY heart. It’s up to us, to allow God to bring us through challenging roads and unexpected issues of life, looking at complicated road maps (which look like a bunch of scribbles to me because I’m directionally challenged) and trust that He will guide us to a safe places.

I wanna leave you with these questions to consider…

Where is your commitment?

What do you seek from God?

Are we seeking God to do “big things”?

Will you do the “small” things?

What is most important about your walk with God – being safe, in a place of contentment and complacency? Or, are you willing to serve God with whatever it takes, even if you get dirty?

What you give power to, has power over you. If you give into defeat, you will walk around defeated.

If you give into pride, you will walk around prideful.

If you give into humility, you will walk in humility and God can work His best through a humble heart.

Seek your purpose. Take steps of FAITH!

 

‬‬The worst thing I believe a person can feel, is regret. Living with regret is something I refuse to carry into a New Year! I don’t wanna look back at my life and wish I had taken more chances.

Take chances. Let God walk with you in the unknown.

Rest in Him friend,

With love,

Rosie Hernandez