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Thankful

13 Nov 2013, Posted by admin in Weekly Encouragement

This morning I was in prayer and after I was done, I decided to stop and listen for God.  I began to hear Him comfort me with His word when all of a sudden I heard “Thank you”.  I stopped for a moment after wondering, was that God telling me thank you?  I have never heard of such a thing.  As I pondered on that being the voice of the Lord I felt the tug of His heart wanting to let His children know He values and appreciates them.  I thought of how His word states in 1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he cares for you.  And Matthew 29:29-31 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.  And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. See we are cared for and loved by a good God.  All over the word of God we are taught to be thankful and show our adoration and love towards God.  And this brings me to the following scripture in John 5:19 Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does http://www.dreamstime.com/-image14448933the Son also does.  Here we see that everything we do is because we see our Heavenly Father doing it.  So why do we show thankfulness and appreciation towards others and God?  Because of all He has done for us.  It is an honor to serve Him because He shed His blood for us.  It is commanded in His Word to give thanksgiving unto God.  I have often heard that as we pour out our love and thanksgiving to God during worship He pours back out on us.  If God has enabled us to be thankful, appreciative of what He has done for us, do you think that He is thankful and appreciative of what you do for Him?  Not that we deserve a thank you from God for surely we are nothing without Him or His righteousness, but I thought how we teach our children to be thankful and appreciative.  Where does this enabling come from?  Perhaps the fruit of the Spirit gives us the ability to be thankful? Galatians 5:22 says, But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.  The fruit of the Spirit are traits of the Spirit of God.

Is thankfulness characterized by any of the traits listed? Thankful is defined as feeling or expressing gratitude; appreciative. While looking up the definition of Joy, I found one to say:  something or someone greatly valued or appreciate.  Thankfulness comes from the fruit of Joy in our life, that is a fruit of the Spirit of God, that appreciation comes from Gods spirit inside of us, therefore we learn to appreciate and value Him and others through His spirit.  Though I have not found a scripture that God says thank you, I have found a fruit of HIS spirit that teaches us to be thankful.  Saying thank you comes from God so to hear Him express appreciation for all you do for Him shouldn’t feel foreign either.  He is a good God, a God that loves us and teaches us how to reflect His image and glory.  Today God wants you to know that He appreciates what you do for Him.  Many people are wounded feeling unappreciated and are burnt out in ministry, at work or in the home for lack of appreciation, but God appreciates you!  He values you and is thankful that you choose the path of Life with Him, I believe God wants you to know that He thanks you for serving Him, for walking in His steps, as He laid down His life for you, you have also laid down your life for Him, what a beautiful picture we have today.  Now hopefully this blesses your heart and makes you want to serve more knowing that you are appreciated and thanked by your Heavenly Father.  Oh How Good He IS!

Rachel Mireles

Hit Your Target

07 Nov 2013, Posted by admin in Weekly Encouragement

When I heard about the November Life Builder topic Hit Your Target, I immediately thought to myself “what does it take to hit a target?”  A target could be a goal you want to reach, a decision you have to make, or a change that you want to achieve in your life. For me, it took commitment on my part, endurance, and most of all patience to stand through the circumstance. The greatest weapon we can have is joy. Sounds good at the time when you’re not going through anything, right?

woman praying silhoutteRecently, I had to make some pretty hard decisions that were life changing, not only for me but also my family. As hard as it was, I had to trust that God would make a way and trust that HE would be the only one to get me through. There were many obstacles that hit me and tried to steal my joy and peace. Then I reached a point where I was tired of being a victim and allowing tough situations in my life to dictate how I would live and feel. I thank Life Builder Seminars for having topics every month that instill Godly principles that can be applied to everyday life. Every time I leave a seminar, I feel like I can conquer anything that life would bring my way. The seminars remind me that I can rely on God.

As I navigated the series of changes, I decided to let God guide me through each situation. I handled one thing at a time even though there were several challenges that demanded immediate attention. I was struggling with my marriage, children, work, and health issues. It felt like I was being suffocated. The enemy would have liked to see me give up but I made a choice to press through. I had come too far and knew too much to just keep getting robbed of all my blessings. I knew God did not intend for me to live a life full of stress, fear, and unhappiness.

Joshua 1:9 declares, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be discouraged, for the Lord God will be with you wherever you go.” No more victim mentality for me; I surrendered to God even though things looked bad. I believe the greatest victory I had was learning to surrender and trust that God was bigger than any situation I was going through. I learned that I had to encourage myself in the Lord. When I felt like giving up I continued to depend on the Holy Spirit to guide me. In the end, I grew up a little more. I can honestly say that I have set a goal to achieve happiness and live a life where the peace of God is truly my strength. So I encourage you my friends: don’t ever settle for less in life. Be strong, remember God has never forsaken you, and most importantly, through Christ we can do all things!

Post Written by Arlene Cruz.

You can reach Arlene by emailing her – arlene@lifebuilderseminars.com

My-CobiclanLet me see…how do I start this off?  I am the beautiful daughter of a seemingly, doting father and parochially strict mother.  But that part of my story is something for another time…in another place…in a galaxy far, far away.  This story has to do with the chapter in my life I like to call, “Motherhood” or “Shouldn’t I Be Getting Paid for This Reality Show”.   My household consists of four children, two cats, two dogs, and then there is big Daddy, which we lovingly refer to as the Big Kitty.

One day when I was taking my children to school I was hit with a memory from my own childhood. I remember hearing my friends talking to one-another, “Have you seen Tina’s Mom? She is beautiful!  This would be the first of many times throughout elementary I would hear this same phrase.  Instead of swelling with pride, I felt like they were saying, “She is beautiful, therefore Tina must be adopted.”  This my friends was the door rejection crept in through.  The voice of rejection said, “How will this chubby little girl with greasy hair live up to that?” and “Maybe my brother was right and I really was found in the trash can in the alley.”  Fast forward to my own children’s school years and rejection’s voice once again telling me I can’t be a good parent and I will never measure up.

The years sped by so fast, I feel like I took a breath and they were no longer toddlers, no longer in diapers, reading, in school plays, having volleyball and basketball games, playing in band concerts, dancing across the stage, winning tournaments and finally donning a cap and gown.  We had gone warp speed from Elementary into Middle School and High School and stopped at our very first High School Graduation.  The years chatting about their day, laughing until I almost passed out, and even the times disagreeing about their choices, had flown by me like a whirlwind.  As a mother, I sought to always do my best to ignore the nagging voice of rejection.  I began to listen for the heart of God; always asking Him to help me to be the mother I had to be for the sake of who my children would become.  Those years were filled with good and bad decisions, mistakes I would never be able to take back and hard choices that were not popular at the time I made them.

My beautiful nineteen year-old, stood before me in her cap and gown wearing her red and white, flowered lei, diploma in hand, she was done with this chapter of her life and ready to step up to the next level.  Leaving the ceremony, in the back seat of our van, she giggled and laughed jovially with her siblings as they picked on each other and snapped pictures of their big smiles together.  The day before her graduation we had attended the promotion for my baby girl.  She is my fifteen year old beauty and Steven Spielberg in the making.  At fifteen she is working on her first fictional novel with the sequels already in the planning process.  I can see glimmers of myself in their eyes, and I can hear myself in their sense of humor, but I see more.  I see pieces of me sprinkled into them, just a dash of mom on top of the awesome ones they already are and I like what I see.

My eighteen year old son won a pageant in his junior year of High School.  The pageant had sections for talent, swim suit and even an interview question.  I remember sitting in the second row, right in the center watching him.  The advisor reached into a bowl full of little white slips of paper where the random questions were written.  I prayed for him to have the right words to answer the question that he had not been able to prepare for.  Into the microphone came the question, “Who is your hero?” faster than the warp speed by which we had arrived to this place came his answer, “My Mom”.   Amidst the laughter, tears, and feelings of pride, I could hear the students seated around me saying, “Stand up…stand up!”  The moment was so surreal, I couldn’t move.  I didn’t expect to hear the  of God ring forth from my son at that school event.

My youngest who has officially reached his teenage years, seems to be able to accomplish anything he puts his mind to.  Running for ASB counsel, singing, dancing, acting, and most recently showing a high aptitude for science and math, next year it’s High School for him and I can’t wait to see where this rocket is headed.  Again, I see those speckles and sprinkles of mom DNA all over them.  Rejection has tried to destroy me at the root, but God has prevailed.  His voice has been heard and His purpose for me as a mother is coming to pass.  I see myself in my children every day, in their victory, in their beauty, in their laughter, in their perseverance, and in their love for their mother.  I am a mother of four and I think I look good.

By Tina Cobian. You can reach Tina@Lifebuilderseminars.com

09-woman-talking-when-man-isnt-listening-1I’m a man of simple tastes.  I enjoy a good steak, a good football game and a good action movie. If a good ribeye is cooked medium rare and served to me on a plate, by itself while I’m watching the Packers play, that’s a darn good day for me. My wife, on the other hand, loves the Notebook, baking cookies, then getting together with her friends to exchange the cookies (then eat them) and talking about her feelings. So, when my wife told me that she was going to a women’s bible study, I’ll be honest and say, the first thing that came to my mind was a group of ladies sitting in a circle, crying and doing some sort of group hug or exchanging cookies. I really had no idea what went on at a “woman’s seminar” and to be very candid, I wasn’t all that interested in finding out. Now before you judge me and think I’m a cold-hearted person, just know that I have a three year old daughter, whom I adore. I would love nothing more than to develop a deep bond with her and I find myself constantly thinking about how I can grow the relationship I have with her. Recently, I started the reconstruction of this website, Lifebuilder Seminars. I found myself in the position of strategizing, planning and implementing this site, alongside a group of women who lead Lifebuilder Seminars. These are women who dedicate so much of their time, energy and efforts to impacting the lives of other women. I have been so impressed and inspired by this group.  I actually attended two of the seminars to get a better feel for what they are trying to do and how to best represent their vision through the website. I will admit that I have learned a great deal about how women operate. The first meeting I went to, I was so encouraged by this group of ladies. The leaders of LBS have shown me the importance of excellence in my work, they’ve shown me how to be more encouraging to others by being so encouraging to me, they’ve shown me how to organize better, how to plan better and reminded me of the importance of thinking about things from someone elses point of view. You’d think after almost 10 years of being married, I would’ve known this stuff…but hey, God is never done teaching. Through this experience, I realized a few things. For my wife and my daughter, I have to be intentional about communicating effectively with them, even when I may not completely understand where they are coming from. I have to put myself in their shoes. Thanks to Lifebuilders, I am better equipped to do that. I also realized, in seeing the women who bring their daughters to the Seminars, that I need to encourage the relationship between my wife and daughter. I thought a lot about what that entailed and it’s not just encouraging them to hang out. It’s making sure my daughter is confident by treating her mom well. After all, I’m setting the expectation for her when she leaves (God Forbid) to go get married. Thanks to Lifebuilders, I am better equipped to do that. It’s very interesting to me how someone can find so much satisfaction from such an unexpected place. I think that’s the point, though. God works in many different ways. You never know how Lifebuilder Seminars and its amazing leadership will bless you, you’re just going to have to come to one of the seminars and find out. As a pretty stubborn guy, I can tell you that if I was blessed, I KNOW you will be. You’ll just have to come to find out.