WHOA! What a fast and furious last few weeks! My daughter, and youngest child, graduated from high school, we recorded The WHOA Show and had to host a senior trip to Cancun. It has been an overwhelming culmination of all God has been doing. He has given me a vision for bringing all women together to encourage and be encouraged. It is a great journey and I hope you, too, are encouraged by how WHOAwomen has grown and reached out to others. For the WHOA Show, I had a wonderful crew and the guests were amazing! Can't wait for you to see them all! The show will air Fall 2013 - so check the website www.whoawomen.com for airing dates, network and times!

Make it a whoa week! I love you!

-Laine

April 22, 2013

I have to share a story with you that happened last week. I have an old convertible and I took the top down for the first time in a year yesterday. It was a gorgeous day here in Mississippi and I could not wait to feel the breeze in my hair and enjoy the day. As the sun was setting I ran out to close the roof. It would NOT shut! My window is stuck and the top will not come up unless the windows will go down. ALL of this to say it made me so mad! So, I go in and my son and husband tell me there is no rain in sight. Maybe a 10% chance. But, just in case my husband did put some cheap plastic over the car. OK. It stormed and stormed. the wind was so bad it knocked out our electricity. BUT God!

I woke up to the thunder and lightning and just imagined inches and inches of water in my car. I just knew it would take a year just to dry it out. So, my husband went out to see the damage-- and there was NONE! The cheap plastic took in a huge puddle of water and it acted like saran wrap to my car! The car was tightly covered in the thinnest plastic made. We both just smiled and laughed and said only God could have made this happen!

All of this made me think of our lives today. First, are we prepared for storms that hit us when they are totally unpredicted or unwarranted? Or are we truly prepared for that hour when Jesus is sure to return to gather His followers? It really made an impression on my heart. Even though there was not a cloud in the sky last night or even a hint there would be a terrific storm-- the storm came! We all have been warned and prophesied that Jesus Christ is coming! Are we ready? Are we prepared for Him to return? Are we prepared to take on the storms of life and still stay positioned for Him to take us home eternally?

If you said yes to these questions then please do as the scripture states: "But make sure in your hearts that Christ is Lord. Always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks you about the hope you have. Be ready to give the reason for it. But do it gently and with respect."-1 Peter 3:15 - (which is our mission scripture for WHOAwomen)-- share your hope in Christ and be prepared to tell the world why you love and trust in Him! I pray today that we all go to God and pour out our love and repentance to Him so that when the storms of life hit us unexpectedly or our name is called to go home-- we are prepared because of our great love and intimate relationship that we share with Jesus Christ!

Make it a WHOA week! I love you.

- Laine

March 25, 2013

WHOA what an incredible last few weeks for all of us! I was praying to God telling Him how I was so sorry for not being all that I can be through Him and He gave me such a sweet response. I was beating myself up for not being in His presence and His word enough recently; I was seriously overwhelmed with feelings of such unworthiness. My heart was aching and I just cried asking the Lord to forgive me and needing Him to know I really was trying to be more like Him. God came to my rescue! The scripture below was His sweet response for me and for all of us!

"All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure." -Ephesians 1:3-5

Are there any WHOAwomen out there today that feel unworthy? Or are there any of you that feel like you are not at your best? I can really understand. This scripture just really spoke to my heart. What resonated first was that God sees no fault in us! WHOA! The enemy tries his best to make us feel shame and unworthy but the word says right here that, “He chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.” Right there, I said, “Thank YOU God for loving us so much that you don't even see our faults!”

My challenge this week is for all of us to know that God is not sitting there counting all of our faults! Let's not beat ourselves up but let us press on to be the women God created us to be - His daughters whom He loves so much!

Make it a WHOA week! I love you.

-Laine

April 2, 2013

WHOA-- this has been my most remarkable Easter Week that I have ever experienced! My best friends of many years prepared a Seder Meal for my family Monday night. This was amazing and it set the tone and significance for the week like never before. Then, the Easter Service with my entire family was so special. The perfect ending of the week was spent as a family watching the last night of the Bible Series which was just incredible. Truly I did not waste one moment of this special week remembering Jesus!

All of this led me to this scripture: “What a God we have! And how fortunate we are to have him, this Father of our Master Jesus! Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we've been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven-and the future starts now! God is keeping careful watch over us and the future. The Day is coming when you'll have it all-life healed and whole.” 1 Peter 1:3-5

It came alive to me after the Easter week. First, Jesus died the most gruesome death for us. From the 40 beatings to His thorn pierced brow-- all of which caused unbearable pain more than anyone could experience without death. But then it was His death, nailed pierced hands and His nailed pierced feet--the ransom-- the ultimate price He paid for all of us! BUT GOD! The most loving, good God had Jesus raised from the grave to defeat death finally! Now we all have the opportunity to have a new life and a new beginning in Him. We now have the hope that one day we, too, will have healing and wholeness when we get to heaven with Him!

My challenge this week is to reconnect with Jesus in a deeper place with Him. Let's not wait until another Holiday to celebrate what Jesus means to us. Let us wipe away our tears, increase our faith to defeat our fears, and share hope to all of the hurting that Jesus is alive and one day He will return. Then, we all will be healed and whole in Him in heaven! Believe this, embrace it within your heart, and share it with all the people you know!

Make it a WHOA week! I love you.

-Laine

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