Started a Prayer Team at the Women’s Bible Cafe

I am so blessed that I am able to be a part of growth of a large women’s ministry, at the Women’s Bible Cafe online. I love praying, and each day, I think I love it more and more! To be able to talk with God, one on one, anytime of the day or night is such an honor, and a neat experience!

Christine Smith, who founded the Women’s Bible Cafe and I have been forming a team of prayer warriors! I invite you all to either let us pray for you, or better yet, have you join up with us in prayer.

If you have not heard about the Women’s Bible Cafe online, please go and check out their website. http://www.womensbiblecafe.com/

We are also on facebook, https://www.facebook.com/#!/WomensBibleCafe

Hope to see you there!
Traci

Nehemiah Bible Study Starts Today

I am so excited to be a part of the Nehemiah Bible Study on the Women’s Bible Cafe! I am leading a group in the study. The book we are using is Nehemiah, a heart that can break by Kelly Minter. Beth Moore is doing the study of her website as well. I am so excited! If you would like to join the study, all you need is the book from Lifeway, or Amazon.  I would love to see you there, if you have any questions, please let me know at pollardtl@cox.net
Traci

Always There: Relections for Moms on God’s Presence book Review by Susan Besze Wallace

God is always with you…… This is how the author starts the book, using the stories of several authors, Ann Voskamp, Alexandra Kuykendall, Kathi Lipp, Tracey Bianchi, Kim Hill, Renee Swope and several others, it begins with an open dialogue and the experiences of numerous women and their take on friendships, God, motherhood, marriages, trials, and tribulations. Each woman although different situations, characters, experiences, and stories share that we as women are not all that different from one another. Sharing of stories of how women put God first in their lives, and the transformation of the person that they became afterwards.

A book of laughter, and tears, differences and similarities of those women who love Christ, their spouses, children, family and friends. I received a complimentary copy of this wonderful book in exchange for an honest review from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing. Look for it in your local book store, or on your Kindle through Amazon.com.

Mom Connection Book Review by Tracey Bianchi

In a fast paced world of high expectation, and the giving of oneself to a world that often doesn’t notice you exist, the author Tracey Bianchi slows down the tempo and brings us back to the reality that one mom can make a difference. The mom she describes in her book is each one of us, the person who has passion, ideals, goals, love, humor and a whole lot to offer this world. Mrs. Bianchi shows how in the wonderful life of motherhood, the true love of her life that she shows her children,  by forming other connections with other people, sharing friendship, desires, hope to make a connection right were each of us are, motherhood, and how each person, role has a play in completion of our lives.

Mrs. Bianchi goes way back to her childhood, in a sense, all of our childhood, by recollecting and reconnecting  ourselves and the goal of connecting with other people with humor, great memories, and warm fuzzy that make mom’s reminisce and say I remember that! From hulu hoops, to the smell of the old strawberry shortcake dolls,  the comforts that pull all women along! Being a mom doesn’t mean that we lose our connections, desires, in our fast paced bubbles, in fact she gives each chapter an element of new ideas, expectations and goals to enhance our lives in ways we may not have thought of….

Humor, great ideas, and connections make this book a must read! I received a complimentary book from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Look for this book at your local Christian book store.

Sarai book review by Jill Eileen Smith

The love story between Abram and Sarai as biblically portrayed is written with love and passion from the author Jill Eileen Smith. A story of a young couples beginning and the wishes and desires of one woman to marry her sweetheart and raise a family. As we all know Life sometimes does not come as we wish, the story of Sarai and Abram is no different. Although written generations ago, the personality and desires of the couple are not far from the desire of couples today.

A marriage built on trust, love, and raising a family sometimes has turns and twists. Sarai and her inability to have a child, the pressure of producing an heir is about all Sarai can stand. Out of desperation, fear, and desires to please her husband, Sarai makes some regretful choices, and must learn to live with the consequences.

A relationship with many factors, and challenges but with the uncontrollable love between the two forces them to make difficult choices. Will they stay together?

I received this book complimentary from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Look for this book in your local bookstores.

Changes

Sometimes we get to a place when we sit back and think, Do I like the person that I am? Often times, we go about our daily lives in sin, and not stopping to think, “Am I doing the right thing?”. After this is the time to sit and analyze if that is the person we want to be. God gave us free will, but with that comes responsibility and accountability. We all have choices, but with those choices, we will need to answer to them, one day.

The reason I say all this, is it is time for change. I need a fresh overhaul and transformation that only God can give. As I sit and reflect this morning, I repent of my sins, and ask God to renew my strength and fill me again with his presence. I know that the Holy Spirit is always there, but sometimes in my mind, I perceive him as going “radio silence.” He leaves me with the choice of whether or not I accept His love, and He is there with open arms waiting for me when I reject Him. I know I said it, we all do it, whether or not we want to be honest about it, is another thing.

I choice to walk in His light, accept His love, and His transformation. I reject the works of satan, and spiritual warfare, and keep holding on to my God, even in the dark times. I encourage you to take a step back along with me, and think if you are walking in His love, or in darkness. It is never too late, to change your mind. I know I did.

Peace,
Traci

To Stop A Monster: Bringing Justice To Uganda’s Kids

This article is written by a friend of mine’s husband. I wanted to share it with you all, to help spread the word of the difficult undertaking that John Nielson of Justice for Youth is doing. Although the subject matter is not pleasant, the work that so many caring people and Justice for Youth to stop children from being trafficking is hard at work.

I am sharing this article and agency with the author’s consent.
For a full copy of this article, as well as to see their website: http://justiceforyouth.org

To Stop A Monster: Bringing Justice To Uganda’s Kids

human trafficking statistics, trafficking at risk childrenTrafficking At Risk Children To Kill

Thousands of young boys and girls in Africa have and are being recruited to a life of destruction. The boys are recruited to be killers and the girls are recruited to be sex slaves. Their maniacal leader calls them the “Lord’s Resistance Army.” They serve no cause or purpose other than keeping this monster in power over his own imaginary kingdom.

This is human trafficking of the worst kind: taking at risk children and turning them into an army of killers against their will.
This year, 2012, is the year that one man wants to stop this monster in his tracks. Filmmaker Jason Russel released a film 3 weeks ago that has gone viral. “Invisible Children” is dedicated to the demise of the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army and the deliverance of it’s young captors. We at JFY support and applaud Russel’s efforts and encourage you to get involved.

To Stop A Monster: Bringing Justice To Uganda’s Kids

Being a Mom is a Challenging Job..

I truly believe that a parent has a lot of responsibility in raising their child. One of the scariest things I realized early on, was that I was directly responsible in having a role and responsibility of raising my child and ensuring that she became a responsible, productive member of society! Whew, that is a pretty deep statement. To realize that you are held accountable and that your impact on your child could be a life saving, growing adventure! I love being a mom, but sometimes it is so hard. To realize your going to make mistakes yes, but to also know that through relationship with your child, you are teaching them how to live life, how to make it, how to love others, and most important how to love God and themselves.
I want to do a good job. I want to know that when its down to the wire, and nobody is looking, that my child is okay, that she is loved, and has the capacity to whole heartily love others. Do I think I am doing a good job? Most of the time. Am I teaching her the right things? I hope so. Most importantly, I am teaching her that God loves her, she is loved, she is wanted and needed! I hope that I can be half the mom that God wants me to be, to know that I love him and want the very best and brightest future for my child, with His direction and His guidance, I will be OK, and so will she! Thank you God for allowing me the honor of raising one of your children, my child.

You’re Already Amazing book review by Holley Gerth

The cover’s title, “Embracing Who You Are, Becoming All God Created You to Be.”

The author begins very early in the book with the message of great importance. In the secular world we live in, the drive for women to do more, have more, and be more and at any cost is examined and analyzed. The Author Holley Gerth explains to women that we do not need to do more, to be substantial because we already amazing just the way that we are!

A well written down to earth book, with a great sense of humor. Mrs. Gerth is realistic, experienced, and energetic in sharing her thoughts and explaining that God does not see the world like we see it, and in fact does not see us the way that we see each other either.

I was delighted to receive a complimentary book in exchange for an honest book review from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing.

Living @ the Next Level Book Review by B. Courtney McBath

I read an awesome book today from start to finish, and wanted to read it again! I read alot of books, so for me to want to read it again, It is good! It could be the I am partial to the author, for he also happens to be the Bishop of my church, But…. It is a great book!

Bishop McBath has an easy way of explaining things, all the while being “real” and authentic! He writes on a level that any Christian can relate and understand. He talks on the importance of being a Friend of God’s.  The main emphasis is that people often think in their walk with God, that they have to reach the next level to have fellowship and a friendship with God. Bishop explains in his book how we are already there! He writes, “As God’s friends, we’ve already arrived, and every moment we spend straining to “get there” is a missed opportunity to explore God more fully and connect with him more deeply right now.”

His writing style along with his preaching style, is simple, practical, and too the heart! I encourage anyone who desires a closer walk with the Lord, to read this.  His website is www.livingatthenextlevel.com, and his  church website is www.crcglobal.org.