“What’s your story?” ❤️ Just as the Lord asked Hagar, “where are you coming from and where are you going?” in Genesis 16, WE are coming together with our stories, trusting Him to create a purpose from our past and a hope for our future!
So, are you in?
The best part of an online study is that it works with YOUR schedule and personal time with Jesus!
If you are interested in joining me for this NEW online Bible Study with an amazing community of women, see link in profile! #whatsyourstory
“Before I call
Before I ever cry
You answer me
From where the thunder hides
I can't outrun
This heart I'm tethered to
When every step
I collide with You
Like a tidal wave
Crashing over me
Rushing in to meet me here
Your love is fierce
Like a hurricane
That I can't escape
Tearing through the atmosphere
Your love is fierce
You cannot fail
The only thing I've found
Is through it all
You never let me down
You don't hold back
Relentless in pursuit
At every turn
I come face to face with You” ❤️🎶 by @jesusculture 🗝 To order a custom key visit: MakingMeNew.com/SHOP
“Shoulda Woulda Coulda:” the place where your hopes and dreams go to die. 😵 Don’t go there! Rest in Him. 🙏🏻 “Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart and lean NOT on your OWN understanding. In ALL your ways, acknowledge HIM, and HE will direct your steps.” Proverbs 3:5-6 ❤️
Some of you have asked if you can still join my NEW online Bible Study and the answer is YES!!! The perk of an online study is that you can go at your own pace! You can start any time!
If you are interested in joining me and an amazing community of women, please click on the link in my profile!
I so hope you will join us! #whatsyourstory
I’ve never been more aware of how important it is to not compare storms. We all have them. Doesn’t seem like it on social media though, does it? I feel that social media is usually a glorified “scrapbook” of the things we want to capture, share and remember, but I think we are beginning to realize how important it is to be as real as is appropriate for letting people see our lives over a phone or laptop. You don’t have to wonder if your sister has been through a storm. She has. She might be in one right now. And don’t judge, ask. Ask how you can pray, ask her about her story. You might find that she wonders as she lies awake in bed at night, “How long oh Lord?” and she could use a word of #bebrave . Her storm has been entrusted to her and she will come out as pure gold. But in the thick of it, she doesn’t need your judgment, the questions of Job’s friends. She needs for you to cheer her on and to remind her of her God and His faithfulness. And she certainly doesn’t need you to compare your storm to hers. Just hold her hand and listen.
when God transforms what could have been a heavy day into a beautiful, magical sunset.
on the way to Spain nonetheless. and Italy too.
it's been eight years since I've used my passport. "he makes beautiful things, he makes beautiful things out of dust"
my heart is FULL.
my story restored.
Loving this bracelet gifted to me from @ntsbracelets! I had no idea what message they were going to send me! 😮 So appropriate and encouraging for this season where God is calling me to step out and be brave in order to be truly FREE to do what He has called me to! Thanks for the beautiful reminder 💕#ntsgiveaway
I know I always say this when we stamp a new key but TODAY this is my favorite key ever. Made for a woman who truly knows what persistence means, embraces it, relies on Jesus, and keeps a smile on her face. You're a warrior Kelly, I just met you and I can already see it. Be brave and keep going, girl! #persistence#whatsyourword
THIS is what I pray is birthed in every woman joining me for my new online Bible Study 🦋 Isaiah 43:18-19, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland." (see link in profile for details) #whatsyourstory#makingmenew
Getting these workbooks ready to ship! 💕Need a new Bible Study this Fall? You can do this from home, at your own pace, with gal pals, or in your personal study time! My latest video study is available online starting October 8th! Click the link in my profile for more details! #whatsyourstory
LADIES! I have been waiting for MONTHS to share this news! For those of you who have been asking, my latest Bible Study is FINALLY available to you ONLINE!
If you are looking for a Fall Bible Study that you can do at your own pace, by yourself or with some gal pals, I hope you will join me for this 10-week study!
And I want to get the workbooks shipped to you before the videos go live OCTOBER 8th, so order SOON!
Click the link in my profile for all the study details and to order!
4 years ago today, we sat in a coffee shop for our engagement photos.
Today we are sitting in a different coffee shop, a different James and Brianna; a whole lot wiser, a heck of a lot stronger, willing and ready for what's next on this adventure!
So stay tuned. And please pray for us! The VanderWeides are dreaming God-sized dreams! And only HE can make those come to pass! 🙌🏻 #makingmenew#makingusnew ❤️
"A soul mate is someone who has locks that fit our keys, and keys to fit our locks. When we feel safe enough to open the locks, our truest selves step out and we can be completely and honestly who we are; we can be loved for who we are and not for who we’re pretending to be. Each unveils the best part of the other. No matter what else goes wrong around us, with that one person we’re safe in our own paradise. Our soul mate is someone who shares our deepest longings, our sense of direction. When we’re two balloons, and together our direction is up, chances are we’ve found the right person. Our soul mate is the one who makes life come to life.” from The Bridge Across Forever by Richard Bach 🔑❤️🔑Need a wedding or anniversary gift? Or just wanna surprise your sweetie? We can make matching key necklaces/keychains for all you lovebirds 🗝💜🗝makingmenew.com/shop
I keep being brought back to this verse. Walking this morning I laid down my own burdens that I know are the enemies last hold on us. Walking has become my prayer closet. It's seeing these hills in every direction and every step and breath that He's strengthening and reminding me that He's there and all that I've tried to carry on my own- isn't mine. Rest my soul. Let God do what Only He can do!! Claim His Victory in your life as the daughter of the One True King!! And as those strongholds are broken off and God's allowed to be who He is, in my life- the Almighty, Jehovah, Jireh, Redeemer, Abba, Papa- the very nature of God is in me. My strength and my rock- my salvation is beautiful. Nothing to be wasted on worry!! So I am plowing deep in prayer, knowing He's listening!! I'm resting deeply in the truth that His plans and purpose cannot be stopped. I am holding deeper to the hope of His promises. I am not letting anything steal my Joy. I am a child of God and I have found rest. A daily, minute by minute choice that will change an entire legacy.
Thank You, for the flowers that come with thorns. Thank You, for the valleys in the climb to the top of the glorious mountains. Thank You, for the sunshine after the hardest rains. Thank You, for the strength to run again after being broken and brought to the end of me. I count it all Joy!! All that You have given and taken away, has made me who You designed. I'm grateful for the mercy and grace given always.
I'm forever changed.
Today if you feel like you're in a battle, I want you to picture yourself in a boxing ring. The enemy takes the first swing and hits you where it hurts, and just like a strategic boxer, he keeps hitting your most vulnerable place.
He doesn't pick a new spot to hit, he just goes for the place that he knows hurts you the most.
So what are you gonna do? Are you just going to let him hit you, fall to the ground, believing the lies, allowing him to fill your mind and heart with shame and pain and regret?
OR are you going to fight back, put your armor on and speak OUT LOUD the truth: "I am victorious in Christ. This battle is already won." Remember the enemy can only do ONE thing and that is lie to you. But you have been given the power to speak truth and to create that which brings life, something the enemy can't do. He can only create death. Which means we have the upper hand.
So who are you going to listen to today? Remember Jesus is in your corner. Cheering you on. Reminding you He already defeated this guy A LONG TIME AGO.
I think punching the enemy where it hurts sounds like a good idea today, don't you? Nothing hurts him more than hearing you declare the truth: "You are defeated. I am created in the image of the most high God and with the power of the Holy Spirit in me, I AM A THREAT TO YOU."
Enjoying the cool of the evening on my front porch. Thinking about life, and how I have a hard time loving the me God created me to be. I have even a harder time loving the me I've turned myself into. Yet, God can make beautiful things out of the dust...and there is hope for me yet. #beautifulthings#makingmenew
Jesus' lineage includes Tamar, Bathsheba and Rahab. All 3 gals had a colored past. Maybe you need to know that Jesus isn't threatened or offended by your past, it's why He came. So don't YOU be threatened or offended by it! Tell your story. Tell the story of how you died with Christ and embraced Him in your new resurrected life!
Someone needs to hear your story.
Someone needs to know what Jesus did and can do. He loves to use the foolish things to shame the wise. He loves a good story. His glory is written all over you. The moments where you couldn't, "BUT GOD" did. He was born into a family legacy of beautiful redemption. He was born to turn your darkness into His glorious light.
On the other side of your fear is FREEDOM, for yourself and for others!
The lie that we can't come to God until we've "got it together" holds us back, the shame binding our hands from reaching out to Jesus in our deepest time of need. The woman who grabbed the hem of Jesus was desperate for healing. 12 years of illness and being an outcast in her community, this woman was willing to do something unlawful for healing. She wasn't supposed to touch anyone because she was considered unclean. But her FAITH made her well. Not her favorite self-help book or religious tradition, but her belief that Jesus could heal her if she could just TOUCH HIM. Many people touched Jesus that day but this woman's faith healed her. Faith doesn't mean that we don't struggle, it means we reach out in the struggle and receive the help we need in order to keep believing. Don't wait until you feel like your faith is strong to reach out to Jesus, reach out to Jesus and let Him make you strong in your weakest places. Let Him remind you that YOU ARE HIS daughter. Stop Him in His tracks with your desperation. He isn't too busy for you. He's just a touch away from your new start.
I think sometimes as Christians we forget that Jesus came to take upon Himself all shame and condemnation and put it to death on the cross so that we would no longer tremble at the Accuser's threats of throwing stones at our failures.
It's pretty incredible when you recognize that Jesus is always standing beside you asking you "Where are they, Woman, does no one accuse you? Neither do I. So go and be free and leave this life for a new one, but this time you will have ME." She called Him "Lord" and everything changed. Let's learn from her story and apply it as our own. Look up from your circumstances and look into the eyes of your Lord who saved you from spiritual death. Don't allow the enemy to throw accusations at you or to throw stones at you that don't exist. "There is now no condemnation in those who are in Christ." (Romans 8:1)
And remember, the enemy is far more terrified of you than you'll ever know when you walk in the truth of who you are: Redeemed, Forgiven, Beloved, and FREE.
Yesterday I taught this story of Peter and Jesus walking on the water (Matthew 14). I have taught this message a few times before but last night I got a bit emotional in the middle of my message because I strongly sensed something I hadn't before. Jesus doesn't condemn Peter for struggling with doubt. He is not surprised, ashamed, threatened or disappointed when we have moments of wondering, "how am I going to get through this storm?" Instead He not only meets us where we are, He grabs us out of the water and walks back to the boat with us by His side. Jesus came to take on condemnation and shame, submitted Himself to the rejection and lies, and said it was finished on the cross. Don't allow the enemy to slander your Savior's work. Jesus didn't look at Peter with judgment when He said, your faith is small. He looked at his dear friend with great pride, after all who else got out of the boat? Peter may have been impulsive and a bit silly at times, but this man was brave, curious, active and engaged with His Savior. I imagine Jesus lifted him out of the waters saying, "Peter, I will always be here. Remember this moment. You just walked on water toward me! Let's continue to grow your faith in Me together. You will need an unwavering confidence in My love for you and the promise of My presence because Peter, get ready, son. I'm going to start my church with YOU!" (Matthew 16)
It has been a little over a month since I moved to NH... and everyday I find another piece of myself! I feel like the Little Mermaid getting her song back. So of course I had to write a blog post about it! Link in profile! #makingmenew#littlemermaid#findyoursong#findyourself
I don't think many of us fully understand what the true definition of brave is.
BRAVE: (1) ready to face and endure danger or pain; showing courage (2) to endure or face (unpleasant conditions or behavior) without showing fear.
Real bravery costs us something. It is stepping into a situation or season KNOWING and EXPECTING discomfort...but saying yes anyway.
It's not that we don't hear the whispers of worry and fear, it's that we refuse to listen. We are brave when we feel scared but do it anyway. We walk not by a power or confidence found by human means but by the Spirit (Romans 8:9). This kind of bravery was seen by the boys who walked into the fire because they wouldn't bow. Sure they were terrified, but look at their options. Stay and submit to idols or step into fire and gain their souls. Die and be with the Lord or step out of the flames without even a scent of smoke, with new stories to tell of the mighty God we serve (Daniel 3). I really want to be brave, don't you? But to say yes to the fire will take all of Him and none of us. We won't say yes to discomfort and danger. But we will say yes to Jesus.
Genesis 3:15 (MSG)
God told the serpent: “Because you’ve done this, you’re cursed, cursed beyond all cattle and wild animals, cursed to slink on your belly and eat dirt all your life. I’m declaring war between you and the Woman, between your offspring and hers.
He’ll wound your head, you’ll wound his heel.” 🙌🏻Artist: @ilsekleyn 🎨 #knowyourenemy#goodnews#wewin#ezer
Ever had one of those experiences where if you had just been more open and trusting you would have seen that where God was leading you was actually going to blow your mind?? He is so patient with us! He can be trusted! It's not easy swimming upstream but it is so so worth it 🙌🏻❤️#makingmenew#trustGod
The new Wonder Woman movie has me like 😍🙌🏻🦁 and so I went back to look at all of the tenacious words that have been ordered by brave women who want to wear reminders of strength and courage around their necks. If you want to order one, visit www.MakingMeNew.com/shop 🔑(link in profile) ❤️AND if you haven't already, read this incredible Wonder Woman movie review:
Currently reading "The God-Shaped Brain" by Dr Timothy Jennings and my mind is blown by the concept that what was truly broken inside of us from the Fall is our preoccupation with feelings instead of what we KNOW to be truth. And the truth will set us FREE (John 8:32). So whatever you're feeling today, the Truth has made Himself known. And HE IS GOOD. Start with what you know: it is for your freedom that Jesus came to set you free (Galatians 5:1). He is the Great I AM and He is at work in you! #makingmenew
One of my favorite songs is called Tested Trust by worship leaders Fike & Dana: "Give me a tested trust. Give me a weathered faith
I want to know your love. I want to see your face.
Give me a tested trust. Help me to know you’re real.
Bigger than all I want. Greater than all I feel.
Dear Jesus, all that I am asking
Is that you’d come be near to me
‘Cause when life’s tides commence to crashing
that’s when I need proof, and seek to see the truth
in a tested trust.
Give me a tested trust bolstered by bread and wine
Yielded to seeking first the tapestry of your vine
Give me a tested trust. Teach me to just abide.
Even if I get lost, Spirit, be by my side." 🎶🎶🎶🎶To order a custom key with your word visit: MakingMeNew.com/shop or click link in profile 🔑❤️🗝
In our #whatsyourstory Bible Study this week, several women and I discussed this passage and how incredible it is that Jesus cares enough about us to meet us where we are while asking the question we most need to face. Some translations use the word "healed" or "whole" instead of "well." The definition of healing is: "the process of making sound or healthy AGAIN." The definition of wellness is: "the state of being in good health, especially as an ACTIVELY pursued goal." The definition of being whole is: "all, ENTIRELY." Both healing and wellness and wholeness by definition show us that God wants to restore us to where we were meant to be: being truly well with our souls; emotionally, spiritually, entirely.
The dialogue between this man and Jesus demonstrated to us how deeply He desires to see us walking in strength and victory in our lives and how often we need to have a moment of honesty with ourselves, "do we really want to be well?" If so, what needs to happen?
Jesus said "get up" to a man who had been lame for 38 years. Jesus speaks into the "impossible" areas of our pain and tells us to believe that HE can make us whole. But there is an action required through faith on our part. We must get up and walk away from where we've been sitting. Hope has come.
I'm going to shout it out loud for all of us today. Some days you resonate so strongly with the man who exclaimed, "Jesus! I believe! Help my unbelief!" (Mark 9:24) These seasons, these detours, these waiting room places sure threaten to take it all out of us, don't they? But we step forward. We let Jesus open our hands (more like pry them open) into a posture of surrender. We know He is good. We've seen Him move mountains before. We do believe You Jesus and we trust You. Help us wait on You with peace and confidence. "Be still my soul, for the Lord is on your side."
My latest Bible study #whatsyourstory began yesterday with the Woman at the Well. If you think about how powerful her encounter was, it's mind blowing. A woman once convinced she was "less than" leaves her water pot and walks head high into her community to talk with the men. She tells them what happened to her when she met Jesus and they are intrigued. "What had gotten into this woman?" they must have said. Jesus lifts our eyes up to His and tells us He will replace our water pots with living water. He creates a longing inside only He can fill. Then He makes us brave with our story. We can't hold it in. We are Redeemed. We were worth the detour Jesus made because "He had to go to Samaria" on THAT day, for THAT woman, at THAT well. #makingmenew
We love seeing our key necklaces on so many precious people! This courageous gal Rebecca wearing our Master Lion key has SUCH a beautiful and amazing story of redemption! Follow her at @rebeccahalton 🦁❤️🔑 #makingmenew
One of my favorite keys with a most favorite word. Psalm 91:4 describes the faithfulness of God so beautifully: "He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection." (NLT) He is holding you, protecting you, surrounding you and defending you today. He is faithful to the end. Amen!
Made this beautiful gold key for a warrior sister @josaxton who made this word truly come alive for me this past year. Grateful for her ministry and boldness to encourage and empower women to follow Jesus and embrace their gifts! We are His beloved and uniquely designed EZER #forsuchatimeasthis 🔑Want one for yourself? Visit MakingMeNew.com/shop if you'd like to order a custom key!