Author: Bobbie Houston
Genre: Christian, Non-fiction
How I came across the book:
One of the several books in my e-library that I acquired in an online christian group (The Fabulous Sisters Academy) about two years ago.
I was quite intrigued by the title, I didn’t know whether to consider it in a positive or negative light.
Lessons and Reflections:
1. On making a difference:
Whatever your story is, it has the capacity to make a difference in this world.
Even negative parts of our stories, once dealt with and overcome, become powerful tools that can bring inspiration, healing, deliverance and restoration to others.
Three things that matter the most- keeping your heart simple, keeping your desires simple and keeping your relationships simple.
Believers are not called to pretend to have good lives, we should be genuinely joyful and excited about what God is doing in us and through us at all times.
God passionately wants us to run well so that our success stories can inspire others to run too.
2. On Leadership and Stewardship:
Leadership is a responsibility marked with integrity and stewardship.
When we live as godly examples in our speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, others are inspired to lead godly lives as well.
Transparency from a place of victory is a powerful tool.
A good leader recognizes that leadership carries a price tag, and that as a leader the margin for error is reduced.
The mark of leadership is the fact that your life is not your own and you have to “get it right” for the sake of those watching. It is about bringing security to the people you lead.
3. On Overcoming the Feelings of Inadequacy:
Truth is we all feel inadequate at one point or the other. Inadequacy is not a major headache to God; but remaining inadequate is. We will remain inadequate until we choose to grow.
Biblical heroes were human like us. They faced fear, insecurity, inferiority and feelings of inadequacy. We are also making history today, just like they did in their time.
God is a NOTHING expert. He specializes in making a somebody out of a nobody. With him our “not enough” can become “more than enough.” You will no longer feel inadequate when the word of God is rich within you
When we say we can’t, we are indirectly saying God can’t and that is blasphemy. With God all things are possible. If he says we can, then we can.
A believer must aggressively confront the spirit of containment because we are called to enlarge and expand not to conform to the limitations of our environment.
4. On Church Attendance and Active Participation:
For the church to work, each member must be a contributor and not just a consumer.
No matter how little we have to contribute God blesses us by increasing our capacity.
Weak Christians always look for excuses to avoid church.
Accountability, stewardship, commitment and maturity are some benefits of belonging to a local church.
The gospel message may be free but taking the gospel to a lost world takes a lot of hard work and finance.
5. On Personal Discipline, Growth and Gratitude:
Many people want the reward of progress without the process. Anyone who aims to be successful must embrace discipline. Undisciplined soldiers perish, undisciplined athletes lose and undisciplined farmers miss the harvest.
If you can’t afford to invest in personal growth, then you can afford to be a miserable failure.
Knowing the truth is not enough, applying the truth is what sets you free.
Secular movies/music may or may not harm you but they certainly do not nourish your soul. The furnace is a refining fire, that gets rid of the nonsense, garbage, dross, and baggage that prevent Christians from reaching their fullest potentials.
Until you carry out the last instruction, God does not give out a new one. We are only given more when we apply that which we already have.
Love what you do and be faithful because faithful hearts are always rewarded.
God wants you to be comfortable with who you’re but he also wants you to excel in life. Every christian’s growth and experience, should be continual, always moving onward and upward.
Be a thankful person. The blessings in your life are privileges, not rights. For you to count your blessings, you need to recognize them.
6. On Satan’s Tactics and Spiritual Warfare:
To have the mountain top experience we must learn to navigate the valleys of life. Without a doubt, God knows every bend and curve in our journey, and gives us the grace to handle every circumstance.
The enemy is an expert at magnifying unimportant things and making important things lose focus. And when we lose sight of the big picture we get frustrated by the nitty gritty of life.
No matter how overwhelming life seems, with wisdom, discipline and careful planning, we can negotiate challenges so they do not become enemies.
When attacks come from every side, it’s a sure sign that you’re doing something right. Our adversary is ruthless. He does not care where or who he hits as long as someone is hurt. Satan fights like a terrorist aiming for the weak and innocent.
The storms of life come and go, but major damage can be done if things are not firmly secured. If we find ourselves undone, it means we were not as rooted and grounded as we thought we were.
Always smile in the storm and you’ll make the enemy crazy every time. Joyful Christians are pretty irritating to the adversary.
It is a choice to remain hurt and wounded. Strong leaders rise up and keep going no matter the setbacks they’ve experienced in life.
Our strength is not dependent upon perfect circumstances or conditions. A love for God and his purpose gives you the strength to stand firm against all odds.
7. On Convictions, Resolve and Trusting God:
To walk in purpose we must learn to trust God with the time frames of our lives and never forget that he is God and we are not. Patience is the ability to stand strong on God’s promises when it seems slow in coming.
Conviction on a background of faith in God enables us to endure conditions we would otherwise have run from. It’s not enough to have a conviction you must have the skill, determination and resolve to maintain it.
Resolve is an amazing quality. It has you seeking the necessary tools and skills so you can secure your destiny.
A woman of resolve is a no-matter-what kind of woman. She is a woman on assignment and will never settle for half of a testimony. However, she understands the fine balance of desiring things, having things and knowing when to be content.
A purposeful single woman doesn’t have the time to sit around and wish she were married. She is too busy having a brilliant life.
Single, married, divorced or widowed is not a status that affects your destiny. Destiny is about being in the right place, at the right time and with the right people.
8. The Mandate for believers:
The Holy Spirit conveys God’s mind to us per time so we can fulfill his purpose here on earth.
Each of us as God’s children have roles to play in bringing God’s kingdom to dominate here on earth. Divided we fall but united we stand.
Resist the temptation to do life alone. God is more concerned about the body, his church, than any individual person. No man’s plan is more important than the master plan.
It is up to us as God’s children to color the world with the goodness of God. God wants us to turn up our volumes so that our stories may resound, loud and clear through the earth.
Let Jesus Christ consume you, let him be your life. Let him shine forth. May all who observe your sweet life say, “I want to know this person who brings light and love, laughter and depth to this lady, I’ll have what she has!”
I loved this book and enjoyed reading it. Every chapter ministered to me. I like the author’s colorful approach to life. Even her words of rebuke were rather encouraging.
It’s amazing how much God is interested in investing in me as a woman; I’m really glad I was able to read this book as a young woman who is yet to navigate the complexities of a career, with marriage and motherhood.
To every woman who knows she has been given a specific assignment by God, and needs encouragement and strength to continue on her journey, so that she can inspire other women as well.
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