When I founded Transforming Love Ministries a couple of years ago, I had no idea what God was going to do with it. I just knew that women’s ministry is valuable and I wanted to support women everywhere in finding their path to God and/or His calling on their life. Today, TLM is about to reap the benefits of over two years of labor. God is showing up in big ways and opening doors for the ministry.
It’s been a while since we spoke, but Transforming Love Ministries is working on something special!!!
Get Ready for She Steps Forward: Into Destiny (2019)
Work is underway to bring you the first annual She Steps ForwardTM conference hosted by Transforming Love Ministries in Spring 2019. Our theme will be: Into Destiny!
This conference will have a little something for everyone: *Need some time to hear from God and be refreshed by uplifting worship? *Need to sharpen your leadership skills so that you can lead more effectively in your area of ministry? *Want to know more about professional writing and speaking? *Want to get advice from those doing women’s ministry today?
Then you are going to love the She Steps ForwardTM conference!!
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EVERYONE is welcome near and far! Nearby hotel arrangements will be explored once we set the date and confirm a venue. Tell all your girlfriends!! …and join us March 29-30, 2019 as we become Women of Faith who are Leaders in the Faith!!
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Wow! Time has really flown by! Weren’t we just remembering 9/11? And now, it is almost the 11th of October!
I promise, you have been on my mind the whole time!
So here’s the deal. Haven’t you had those periods in life when everything is up in the air and no matter how much you try; you can’t catch your breath? The last four weeks have been exactly that for me! Yet in those tiring and tense moments, God always has a way of reminding me to cool my jets, get quiet, and just listen to Him.
The past few weeks, a group of ladies and I from Believers Church were putting together the final details of the He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not women’s event. It was set for October 1st.
And last Saturday, it all came together and went off without a hitch! But we were sweating it there for a few days. Not because God wouldn’t see us through, but because putting events together are just plain nerve wrecking!
We had been planning this one-day women’s event over the last 8 months, and a lot of love went into the details of it. But we couldn’t have done it without Jesus, so we also did a lot of praying!
Saturday turned out to be better than we could have ever hoped for! We had close to 85 ladies there! From the decorations to the catering to the time spent speaking, they got the “wow” experience we had been hoping for! We were there to show them Jesus loves them – and they received the message loud and clear!!
During the day, we watched women come together and sing songs of worship, take time to pray some really earnest prayers to God, and then leave whatever it was that was burdening them at the cross. But at the end of the day, this is what meant the most – 6 salvations! 6 salvations during a women’s event on a Saturday in October!
Friends, God is never limited in where He can show up and touch lives.
Today, I want to share just a portion of my speech from Saturday. It involves a passage of scripture from Ephesians, and it is written by the Apostle Paul.
I love the Apostle Paul’s expression of his understanding of Christ’s love and the transforming power of it.
Paul, formerly known as Saul, came to Christ after meeting Him on the road to Damascus. You can read about it in the Book of Acts. I think I like Paul because, much like me, Jesus had to stop him dead in his tracks to get his attention. Paul, a Jewish leader, sought out Christians and had them severely punished, jailed, or even killed prior to his conversion to Christianity. (And you thought what you’ve done is bad) But after his acceptance of Christ as Savior, he did a total 360. He became the most Jesus-loving, crazy man you ever saw. Instead of inflicting pain, he received the pain; instead of imprisoning people, he became the one imprisoned. Paul is, for all intents and purposes, an outlier in Christianity. He truly gave it his ALL. Why the sudden transformation? Paul finally understood Jesus’ love for Him. Paul didn’t have a transaction with Christ, he experienced a transformation. Christ came in and took root in Paul’s heart and that is the source from which Paul drew strength.
Let’s look at a small section of scripture – Ephesians 3:14-18. Here Paul is writing to the Church in Ephesus, and as he is writing, which I am imagining was feverishly, he was describing the awe he held for God and His plan of salvation for both the Jew and the Gentiles…of this great love God has for humanity as a whole.
And then he speaks these words to them:
When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and earth. (verses 14-15)
I love that. There is something so sincere about it. Paul is so overcome by Christ’s love for him and all of humanity. Even though Paul use to fight against the Church initially, he is now overwhelmed…and it brings him to his knees…every…single…time. Has the love of Christ brought you to your knees yet?
Let’s go a little further…
I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. (verse 16)
Paul is simply praying for these Christians, still new to the faith, to be strengthened by the Lord, knowing that they like us must tap into the resources only the Lord possesses.
Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. (verse 17)
Paul has prayed for them to be strengthened and now he is describing the transformation that occurs in a Christian’s heart when Christ is given rule over their heart, which is that we become more trusting of God and we become stronger in our faith because we are growing roots!
And this is the one verse I want you to remember after today.
And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. (verse 18)
Let those words sink in – how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is. Paul is giving us the best description he knows how to explain how limitless and how huge God’s love is for us. But notice we have to be rooted first to grow in this understanding.
Take a few minutes and just evaluate all that you have been feeling lately.
Do you believe Jesus loves you?
Do you believe Jesus can love you?
Those are two very different questions. The first doesn’t require an in depth look at yourself, it is really an evaluation of Jesus. The second question means we have to look at ourselves and find what is lovable. Too many times, we are hung up on what does Jesus love about me. Case in point, how many of you wives have asked your husbands at some point in the relationship, what do you love about me? Right? We want to know why?
With Jesus that answer is very simple – because he just does. Jesus loves everyone, no matter who you are, no matter what your status is, no matter who you know – He just loves people.
Friend, today, I simply want you to know this – Jesus Loves You! Receive it and embrace it!!!
As young girls, our feelings of infatuation for specific boys would rise and fall as fast as ocean waves crashing on the shore. Does he like me? Could he possibly love me? Remember grade school, when we would use the check box method to figure out the answer to this life-altering issue. You know, that little note with the check boxes for yes or no. You would pass that note to the person you liked and wait anxiously for its return! As we grew older, our methods changed and became way more scientific. That’s right, we turned to daisies. Yep, one petal at a time we considered the possible outcome – he loves me, he loves me not. And if the last petal pulled off the flower stem represented he loves me not, we were devastated. Well, at least until we found another daisy and started the process over again!
As Christians, we struggle to understand how such a loving and amazing God could love us. In our spirit, if we are being completely honest, we struggle almost daily with the notion: He loves me, He loves me not. A Chinese proverb states: I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.
I hear and I forget. We have heard over and over that we are loved by God. We can recite John 3:16 on demand. However, in our humanity, we so easily forget the depth of the Savior’s love. And when we fail Him, we immediately question whether we are truly loveable.
I see and I remember. The cross is so integral to our faith because at the site of the cross we remember what Jesus did for us. Standing in the presence of the cross, we are reminded what lengths He went to save us and how great His love is for us.
I do and I understand. What really drives home the reality of Jesus’ love for us is when we can share that love with someone else. When we are doers of the word, we start to understand Christ just a little more. In those moments, we are changing and transforming into the person He has created us to be.
He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not
Today, let’s stop struggling with that question. Let’s resolve ourselves that we are loved -every.single.day. Be encouraged by Paul’s words, a man who stood firmly on the conviction that his Savior loved him:
I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. …And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. Ephesians 3:16, 18 NLT
Ladies, we welcome you to a one-day event October 1st – He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not. Come rest at His feet. Hear stories of His great love. Worship with us, and strengthen your belief in the Savior’s love for YOU. http://believerschurch.org/home/whats-happening
There is an epidemic of loneliness in our culture today. The news is full of stories about suicides and other tragic events that are all a product of broken, lonely hearts that have nowhere to turn.
Did you know that women are nearly twice as likely to experience depression as men? We believe this is due to the lack of genuine relationships that we are able to form as our lives have become so busy.
The Church Has an Amazing Opportunity
After reaching out to over one hundred local churches in a recent campaign, we found that the vast majority of churches do not have a formal women’s ministry. This needs to change. Women need a place to connect and grow spiritually.
We spend so much of our time focused on others, we should have a safe place to come together and focus on our own spiritual well-being. This can happen at church through mentoring, Bible study, or prayer.
Developing healthy relationships among Christian women is important and the church should be supporting its female members by providing this opportunity.
The Church is a Community
Whether it is a specific women’s ministry or just providing opportunities for women to get together, the church should be a place where women can connect. In Acts chapter 2, Luke speaks of the church.
He says, “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts.”
Could you imagine a church where there was no disagreement and we all sold everything we had to help one another out of a sincere love and sense of community?
The Church Does not Have Immunity
In John 16:33, we are promised that even after we dedicate our life to Christ, we will still face difficulties. John says, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
We will all encounter difficult circumstances. If the church comes together as the community it was intended to be and takes advantage of the opportunities it has to serve it’s members, we will have a place to turn for comfort and support during those hard times.
Comm(UNITY) Ministries for Women
Before Jesus was taken to be crucified, he prayed for his disciples and us specifically as their followers. He cried out to God, “I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
Our mission as a ministry is to be the bridge between women who are active in the church and those who struggle to find their place in the Christian community. We want to provide a safe-haven for women to come together in Christ where they will be empowered through the study of God’s word to go out and serve others.
We are striving to create the unity that Jesus prayed for, and we would love for you to be a part.
This post was written by Bethany Ivie. Bethany is the co-founder of Comm(UNITY) Ministries for Women and owner of The Ivie League. She left her her teaching career after five years in the classroom to follow God’s call into women’s ministry. As a certified Christian life coach and published writer, she is passionate about equipping and encouraging other women to fulfill their God-given potential. She is a wife and mother of three as well as a member of the church choir and women’s ministry leadership team. You can connect with her on Facebook in the Community of Christian Women.
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Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13