"Be brave when you face your enemies. Your courage will show them that they are going to be destroyed, and it will show you that you will be saved. God will make all of this happen." ~Philippians 1:28, The Message

I can't believe it is back to school season! WHOA! Where did summer go? I couldn't wait to share this morning on what I have felt all weekend. It seems God has really been placing the significant characteristic of being courageous in these last days. I pray that this word gives you courage to face life today with confidence that you will be victorious!

I first want to start out by defining courage. Courage is the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery. WHOA! This should really hit many of us right in between the eyes with affirmation! Many are facing difficulties, danger, pain, and I am here to tell you-- take courage!

As the scriptures share above we must be brave! No matter what we are facing if we have courage today then we will show the enemy he is going to be destroyed and that you will be victorious! The greatest part of our thought today is that GOD will make ALL of this happen! All that we have to do is to be brave in HIM and have the courage --the spirit (our Holy Spirit stirred up) that is in faith and not fear!

My challenge this week is: if you are facing difficulties, danger, pain, or feel fear-- then go to God now and ask Him to stir you and to help build your courage in Him. In these last days as the world makes what is wrong right and makes right wrong we all need to be brave. May we all ENCOURAGE one another that it will be worth the fight in the end. We will be rewarded in heaven for the good fight of faith over fear and for our bravery fighting for God's will to be done here on earth!

I would love to hear your struggles and pray with you! Email me: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Livin' Lively, Laine

Friends, I cannot tell you how thrilled I am about Roma Downey's latest work. Her newest show, Answered Prayers, airs Sundays 8/7c on TLC, is an enouragement for us all! She has begun a prayer movement and you know how passionate I am about praying for all of us! Tweet your prayer along with #pray140. I love the example of her faith walk and this latest show is the proof that's in the pudding. I hope you will take the time to watch or DVR the show and share it with your family and friends. I know you won't be disappointed!

Praying for you and livin' lively, Laine

I wanted to share from the heart today. Share something personal and vulnerable about my marriage...

When Steve and I got married almost 30 years ago, we never dreamed our first 17 years could become hell on earth. I never thought there would come a day when I would love to hate my husband. Here was the man I had vowed to love until the day one of us died, and for most of those first 17 years I prayed his death would come quickly. And preferably at my hands.

Maybe you are at that same desperate point in your own marriage. Maybe you think your marriage is so far gone nothing could fix it. Not even a miracle. We discovered a secret that in a single instant could erase 17 years’ worth of arguments, mistrust, broken promises, curse words, and hate. In one conversation and one prayer, all the parts of our marriage that we had burned beyond recognition fell away. It happened when Steve and I made a decision together to start again from scratch.

Better than chocolate peanut butter pie. Better than your grandma’s sour cream poundcake with buttercream icing. Better than the tastiest filet mignon with homemade burgundy shallot mushroom sauce or the most luscious lobster dripping with butter. (We could continue, but the list is making us hungry.)

How about it? Are you feeling the hunger pangs for change? Thirsty for a brand new relationship? Tired of living on a marital diet of mistrust, dishonesty, contempt, and criticism? Whether you have been married five months or 15 years, that kind of negative diet has not made you a lean, mean marriage machine. Nope. Instead, we bet it has packed on the pounds of loneliness, bitterness, and resentment. Every day, you feel heavier and heavier as all the junk in your marital trunk weighs you down.

Today is the day you can shed the extra weight and start again from scratch. Right now. This minute, you and your spouse can experience the same miracle Steve and I had. Go to startagainfromscratch.com to find out more!

Livin’ Lively with love,

Laine

Good Morning! I hope you are staying cool these very hot summer days! I have been enjoying fun days on the beach with my family and staying cool in the ocean waves. It is such a funny feeling because I don't have to pack up to leave for long periods of time anymore. Now, I live here at the beach! Funny how life changes so quickly!

As I was reflecting about how God led us to move from Mississippi to Destin, Florida, I started thinking about God and preparation. God will NEVER lead us to go somewhere where He has NOT gone first. God has already prepared YOU a place in His Kingdom.

"Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Enter, you who are blessed by my Father! Take what's coming to you in this kingdom. It's been ready for you since the world's foundation. And here's why: I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty and you gave me a drink, I was homeless and you gave me a room, I was shivering and you gave me clothes, I was sick and you stopped to visit, I was in prison and you came to me.'" ~Matthew 25:34-36 The Message

As the scripture above assures us, God has had ready the Kingdom for all of us since creation. He has been waiting on YOU since the foundation of the world! The word READY has been on my heart. God is always ready and we must be ready, too. This really gave me such comfort and hope and I pray it touches you.

My WHOAChallenge this week is: ask yourself do you believe that God has a place for YOU in His Kingdom for eternity? If not, just ask God into your heart and ask Him to increase your faith. Allow God to show you that you will be coming come to heaven when you pass away. Also, look over the reason's why God created you-- so that you would feed the hungry, give a drink to the thirsty, help the homeless, clothe people, help the sick, and visit the prisoners. May we all strive to fulfill God's desires for us as we are His hands and feet here in this dark world! One day we will see God's face and spend eternity with our Lord and Savior. WHOA! How encouraging for all!

I love you and am here for you. Let us encourage one another today. If you need prayers, please email or call with any needs you may have! I love you and we thank you for being a part of the growing WHOAwomen Community. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Phone: 1-877-927-WHOA (9462)

Livin lively in Love, Laine

"I will instruct you and teach you

about the direction you should go.

I'll advise you and keep my eye on you." ~Psalm 32:8 CEB

Hello! Today's thought is short but it is so encouraging.

Many of us have been looking persistently to the Lord to lead us. Literally many are looking for the very next step in our journey. This scripture above just touched my heart profoundly!

If we are living in obedience and consistently going to the Lord in prayer then He will absolutely show us the direction we should go. But not only that-- He will instruct us, too! What really brought my heart to tears was that in this promise from God was His declaration--that He loves us so much that He will keep His eye on us and advise us!

My challenge is this: if you need to know the next step in your life or need some instructions on how to live your life, then believe that God will do it! He loves YOU so much that He will guide you and lead you. He will never leave His eyes off of you because He loves YOU so extravagantly! Believe this promise and look up to the heavens and wait for God's divine directions today.

I love each of you and would love to hear from you! Email me: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Livin' lively, Laine

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