5 Biblical Essentials to Protect Your Heart from Growing Bitter

My tired and overwhelmed body had just two boxes left to unpack.  I was so thankful they were tiny. Written on them in my handwriting, read, “Framed Photos”.  Not giving any thought to the contents inside, I opened them up.

Each small frame I took out displayed a photo of a small face.  Photos I hadn’t seen in years.  One photo was of me and Eric as newlyweds- so happy and not a care in the world.  Others photos were of my sons when they were babies and toddlers.  And now they are 14 and 15 years old.


My life and their life flashed before my eyes when I saw those photos.  I packed that box back in 2009 and haven’t unpacked it until now.  Back then my life was in full blown financial ruin and I was on the road to cancer. It was a tough time with tougher memories.

The trials have come to an end but the memories are still there.

As the unexpected tears welled up in my eyes, I mourned our losses.  The loss of my health, the loss of our time, the loss of our home and business, the loss of relationships, the loss of our dreams.

I was emotionally overwhelmed with what I saw.  Those photos represented years of walking through what seemed like a desert wasteland of my life.

The memories of all my health treatments flooded my mind.  The pain and the suffering.

All the years of uncertainty coupled with fear as I looked out toward our future.  The moving and packing and moving again.

Hot tears flooded my eyes and ran down my cheeks….

And the negative emotions filled my mind.

Ms. Bitterness and Hard-Heart were camping outside at the door of my heart waiting for me to invite them in.  And I could hear Ms. Angry and Self-Pity chattin’ right behind them.  The four of them were beckoning me to welcome them into my soul.

I didn’t fight back the tears when I saw the photos, and I’m not fighting them back now as I share this story with you because honestly, I have bigger battles to fight, namely, my sin.

The sin of bitterness, a hard-heart, anger, and self-pity.  These are all emotions that do nothing for me or for the body of Christ.  And because I was made by Him and for Him, I need to deal with my feelings and move on because the Lord wants to use me.

Of course it is okay to mourn loss, but for me to welcome harmful emotions to take root in my heart is like putting out a welcome mat that says, “Satan, please deprive my soul of all future joy and hope.”

Now, I don’t know about you, but this is not the type of Christian woman I want to become.  I don’t want to live life in a defeated state and I don’t want to live life without purpose.

If you know grief like I do, we’re in good company because Jesus knew grief, too.

He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.  Isaiah 53:3

Now, if you and I were sitting across from one another at a table chatting, I would speak these words to your soul…

You are not alone in your pain.  You may feel alone, but you’re not.  Jesus is with you.  Walking with you.  And He’ll never leave your side.

Christ will take your mess and turn it into a masterpiece.  Just let go of the control and fear and let Him lead you.

For I am about to do something new.  See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?  I will make a pathway through the wilderness.  I will create rivers in the dry wasteland. Isaiah 43:19 (NLT)

Are trials taking a toll on your faith? Is your heart growing bitter? Read these 5 biblical essentials to protect your heart from bitterness.

5 Biblical Essentials to Protect Your Heart from Growing Bitter

1. Hold on to hope.

God knows your pain, after all, He is the one allowing it in your life.  Don’t rule Him out of your situation.  It is in His nature to do miracles.  Watch and wait for the miracles to unfold.

But I will hope continually, And will praise You yet more and more.  Psalm 71:14


2. Cling to joy.

It’s easy to experience joy when life is smooth sailing and peachy keen.  But when it’s not, you’ve got to seek out joy and the only place you’ll find it is by abiding in Christ.

But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name be joyful in You.  Psalm 5:11

3. Be a vessel that He can use so you can pour out into the lives of others.

A self-centered vessel doesn’t do much good for the Kingdom of God.  And if you, the vessel, happen to pour out tears in the process, that’s okay.  Your tears show that you’re a real human being.  Others can relate to your hurting heart.

But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel.  Acts 9:15

4. Speak the Word of God into your own soul and into the souls of others.

Scripture soothes a sorrowful or fearful soul, and it magnifies the Lord in the process.

5. Who are you here for?  Who do you live for?

Ask yourself these questions everyday and they will determine your focus and priorities.  Your answers will determine your heart motive and your heart motive will determine whether or not you’ll give bitterness a place to reside in your soul.

Lift His name even in the midst of your pain.  When you do this, your heart (emotions) won’t have time to feed on the weed of bitterness.

Trials are designed to make us better not bitter.  Being that God is a gentleman, He gives you and I free will in which path to take.  Choose wisely, saint.  Choose wisely.

Live a poured out life for Christ,


Why I’m Not Qualified to Serve the Lord (but I’m going to serve Him anyways!)

During the past few weeks, my family and I have moved 3 different times.  I’m tired.  Really tired.  My home is filled with boxes, clutter, and handymen because we’ve encountered mold in our kitchen and plumbing problems in other parts of the house.  Sigh.

All this to say it’s the reason why I haven’t been ministering to you here because my family needs me at my post, which is managing my home.  And my home needs a lot of managing at this time! :)

These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children, to live wisely and be pure, to work in their homes, to do good, and to be submissive to their husbands. Then they will not bring shame on the word of God.  Titus 2:4-5

Why I'm Not Qualified to Serve the Lord

But during these last few weeks I’ve been receiving so many emails from women asking me basically the same thing:

Question: What are my credentials?

The first email I read asking about this, I laughed to myself.

I’ve been asked this question before when I’ve gone to speak at churches, and my simple answer is always the same.  None.  I have no credentials.  According to the world’s standards, I am not qualified to serve the Lord by teaching His word because I do not have a degree.  Sadly, even some Christians and/or churches will take this viewpoint, but it’s not biblical.

The Apostles, Peter and John, were uneducated men.  Yet, look at the impact they made on the world!

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.  Acts 4:12

Mary, the mother of Jesus, and John the Baptist were uneducated too.  Yet, God used them in spite of their lack of education.  They were two ordinary people who submitted their wills to the will of their Father.

The Apostle Paul, who was educated, felt what he pursued in the flesh he counted loss for Christ.  In fact, he called it rubbish!  When I first read this passage as a new Believer, it made me giggle!  It defies all of what the culture embraces in regards to status and education.

…rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh, though I also might have confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I more so: circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee; concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ…Phil. 3:3-8

What mattered to the Apostle Paul was knowing Jesus, and what matters to me is knowing Jesus.

As a people, we naturally desire human commendation, but this is short-sighted. Paul argued that Christ equips believers with divine resources and thus makes us sufficient vessels to be used by the Lord.

We are confident of all this because of our great trust in God through Christ. It is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own. Our qualification comes from God. He has enabled us to be ministers of his new covenant. This is a covenant not of written laws, but of the Spirit. The old written covenant ends in death; but under the new covenant, the Spirit gives life.  2 Cor. 3:4-6 (NLT)

Personally, I have nothing against formal education, in fact, before I got saved, I attended a Christian University.  Isn’t that ironic!  It didn’t turn out too well for me, though.  I spent 2 1/2 years on that campus but I couldn’t get saved to save my life.  Literally!  During my freshmen year, my roommate was a drug addict who set my room on fire.  Later that year, my new roommate was a Pastor’s kid.  Boy, was I confused by what I saw in the name of Christianity!

I even asked someone how could I get saved.  They just looked at me.  Gave no response.  And walked away!  I was 19 at the time.  I eventually left the university and later became an atheist!

I continued on with other universities to get my degree because that was just the thing to do.  But eventually I stopped.

Today, I’m one semester shy from getting my degree, but when I got saved in 1996 and then married in 1998, I soon realized that I wanted my ‘career’ to be spent as a wife and future mother.  For me, I didn’t believe that finishing my degree would prepare me for my new roles in life.  So I didn’t pursue formal education.  However, I still pursued learning, more specifically, God’s wisdom.

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.  Prov. 9:10 (NKJV)

A few years later, I mentioned to my husband that when I was done kids raising the kids (they were only 4 and 5 yrs. old back then) that I might want to go back to school to get my degree in Marriage and Family counseling because I liked ministering to women.

My husband didn’t feel I needed to do this.  You don’t need a degree to impart the Word of God, he said. Hmmm, his statement caused me to ponder.

Ten years have since passed from that earlier conversation, and my husband was right.  I didn’t need a degree to teach the Word of God because Truth doesn’t need to be validated by man.  Truth is truth regardless of one’s education, age, gender, social status, etc.

Bottom line:  the Holy Spirit holds more power than a diploma from a college.

Question: What denomination am I affiliated with?

None.  I’m a born-again, evangelical Christian who attends a Bible-believing and bible teaching, non-denominational church.

Funny story, when I got saved on July 6th, 1996, I didn’t even get saved in a church.  I was coming back from a trip and I asked the Lord to come into my heart while I was traveling in a car on the highway!

At that time, I knew absolutely nothing about the Bible.  The book was big and it was hard to understand in my early years, but I just kept reading and sitting at my Master’s feet.  I was hungry for truth and direction for my life, so I sought it from the pure Word of God.

If your heart is surrendered to your Father, and if you steep yourself in the Bible, you will eventually grow in wisdom and knowledge.  In due time, you’ll learn what your spiritual gifts are, too!

For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.  Romans 12:8

Colleges hand out diplomas, not spiritual gifts.  It is God alone who determines the spiritual gifts He’s going to give to His children.

The goal in the life of a Believer is to do God’s will and to bring Him glory, whether we have degrees or not!

Every believer is called to go make disciples.  (Matt. 28:19)

Every Christian woman has a biblical mandate to impart biblical guidance to the younger women. (Titus 2:3-5)

And every believer has spiritual gifts that should be unwrapped and used to edify the church. (Romans 12:8) (1 Cor. 12:4-10)

I am a bondservant to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, so I will be doing all of the above until my work here on earth is finished.

Are you ready to step out in faith and serve the Lord?  Let me leave you with this prayer…

…may he equip you with all you need for doing his will.  May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to him. All glory to him forever and ever! Amen. Hebrews 13:21 (NLT)

Live a poured out life for Christ,


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8 Ways to Nurture Your Marriage When You’re Hard-Pressed on Every Side

A few weeks ago, I felt like my husband and I were put in a pressure cooker.  The home we are currently living in went up for sale and was sold within 3 days.  The close of escrow was right around the corner and we needed to find a new place to rent as soon as possible.  The problem was we couldn’t find a place.  Day in and day out we looked at home after home after home.  We probably saw at least 30 different places and I think at least 25 of them were completely filthy.  Each day brought discouragement to my soul and I became increasingly fearful because time was running out for us to find a place.

Between packing, cleaning, doing regular life, and trying to find a new place to live, my patience was wearing thin. And, as if what we were dealing with regarding the home wasn’t enough for my plate, my teen sons had their own emotional breakdown moments that consisted of tears, fears, and the feeling of rejection from outside relationships.

I couldn’t help but examine all of the issues surrounding us.  I was afraid to let out a breath in fear that everything around me was going to crumble.

This was not the first time I’ve been in a stressful situation (and I’ve been in much worse) but as I examined myself; my actions and attitudes, I was left perplexed.   Feeling hard-pressed wasn’t new to me.   Why wasn’t I handling it so well? What was I missing?

As I was searching for graphics for this post, I came across the two below and I couldn’t help but love the reality of married life.  The newness of marriage generally starts off with calm seas and a great destination ahead, but it doesn’t take long for the storms of life to show up on the high seas.

Weather the storms of life together.

8 Ways to Nurture Your Marriage When You're Hard-Pressed on Every Side

8 Ways to Nurture Your Marriage When You’re Hard-Pressed on Every Side

We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.  2 Corinthians 4:8-9

1. Pray.

Day in and day out I prayed for strength for me and my husband.  We knew we were moving into a season of perseverance.  With the empowering of the Holy Spirit, we can do all things.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phil. 4:13


2. Make a plan together and be willing to let the Lord change it.

Communicate to your spouse what you’re capable of emotionally, physically, and spiritually.  This is a vital conversation to have when you’re faced with the world pushing in at every side.  Find out from your husband what his heart’s desire is, as well as his concerns.  Knowing this information will help the two of you get on the same page and move forward in oneness.

A man’s heart plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps.  Proverbs 16:9


3. Nurture your soul.

I’m a nurse to the souls of those who live in my home, namely, my husband and my two sons.  But if my own soul is not nourished or nurtured, then I can’t pour into the lives of those I love.  In the midst of our chaos, I had to learn to take time off from my trial knowing it would still be there the next day, week, month, etc.

4. Give him some space.

Let him reflect, pray, mourn, get inspired, rejuvenated, etc.  Sometimes we just need a little margin in our lives and when you’re hard-pressed on every side, this means there’s not much room!  Find an inch so the two of you can be revived and renewed by the Lord.  It might just be a few moments in the morning or a few minutes in the afternoon or evening.

5. Fight.

It’s our natural tendency to bicker and fight when you’re in a pressure cooker, but being in a hot pot ready to explode is bad enough that adding more pressure because of assumptions, lack of grace, fears, doubts, and miscommunications makes the pot that much more uncomfortable. So, instead of fighting with one another, fight to come out of this trial even closer to the Lord and to each other.  Yes, this takes great intentionality to control one’s mood and emotions (and I’m certainly not perfect at it) but tomorrow is another day to make your marriage better instead of bitter while living a hard-pressed life.

6.Get back up

My husband and I have fallen down countless times, but countless times we try to encourage each other to get back up.  Be the kind of wife who gives her husband a hand to help him up and you might be surprised to see your husband reciprocate the same gesture.  If he doesn’t, then ask for his help!  Showing weaknesses and vulnerability while being hard-pressed on every side makes your marriage stronger, not weaker.

7. Laugh.

Sometimes you just have to step back from the difficulties in life and find something to laugh about, otherwise you’re just going to be crying all the time!

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.  Proverbs 17:22

8. Remain hopeful.

God’s not dead and God’s not done.  Some chapters in our life story are difficult chapters to live out and we can’t wait for them to end!  But our story is not over until we are with the Lord.  God’s not done working in your life or in mine.  His plan for us is perfect even when we can’t see it.   One of my chapters is about to end as the Lord moves me and my family to a new land.  And yes, this new land (home) is beyond anything that I could have ever imagined!

“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9 (ESV)

All trials are designed to draw us closer to the Lord and to our spouse.  When the storms of life come, weather them together.  This attitude will help others see Jesus in you and in your marriage!  That should be the goal for the Christian.

FYI:  My seas will still be a little rocky for a while as I’ll be living in 3 different homes during the next 15 days!  I’m not sure how much access I’ll have to the internet while I’m moving from home to home to home.  I’ll be back in this space ministering to you when I can.

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The Day I Stopped Praying

The days were becoming increasingly harder.  My situation was pushing me beyond my mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual capabilities.  My flesh was growing weary and discouraged by the second.

My husband had asked me if I had talked to the Lord and prayed about what I was going through.

My response, “I stopped praying.”

As I was floundering spiritually, he was taken aback by my honest and raw response.  I guess he was expecting me to show up as his warrior-wife in our circumstances, but what he got instead, was his weak wife.

He told me I needed to be tough so we could get through our situation.

I told him that wasn’t going to happen.  I had been in the trenches far too long and my boot straps had been pulled up one too many times that the straps were now torn.  In fact, I’m no longer going to wear boots because this warrior needs to put on a pair of slippers!

A person can only endure and persevere so much.  Even soldiers come off the battlefield to get some rest and to be replenished.

I realized my perspective and my strivings in my circumstance was causing a stress fracture to my spirit.  I was on thin ice and if I wasn’t careful, my heart was going to turn bitter in a matter of seconds.

I know that all trials are designed to draw us closer to the Lord not further away from Him.  But my heart was starting to turn away from Him because I couldn’t fix our situation no matter how much faith, wisdom, and discernment I applied.

I look back now to what took place in my heart just a few weeks ago and I  can’t help but ponder what I was missing.  What was it that I was lacking when faced with a toppling wave from yet another storm that came our way?

The Day I Stopped Praying

Here are 3 things that God brought to light to my heart and mind.  Perhaps they will help you too when you’re faced with another storm?

1. It’s okay to be too weak to pray.

I didn’t have the strength to pray, but God, in His infinite wisdom, knew there would be times in the lives of His children that we would need assistance.

And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.  Romans 8:26 (NLT)

2. Cease striving.

At some point in my storm, I just ceased striving.  I stopped trying to fix, work hard, muster up enough strength to just get the job done, type of mentality.  Instead, I just laid down, let go, and let God do His perfect will in my life.

It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones.  Psalm 127:2 (NLT)

3. Wait patiently.

Personally, I think waiting patiently, instead of trying to fix the problem, is one of the hardest things to do when you’re in the middle of the storm.  Fear can easily consume you in the midst of waiting.  Perhaps the Lord needs to wear us down sometimes so we rely more on Him?

Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act.  Psalm 37:7 (NLT)

It is easy to lose site of what God is trying to teach us during the trials of life.  Sometimes all we can see is more loss and pain, and then our emotions show up on the scene and turn what God meant for good to a self-serving perspective filled with discouragement.  God is a faithful God to complete His work in us.

And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.  Phil. 1:6 (NLT)

Remember, we don’t do miracles, but we serve a God who does!

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How to Start an On-line Ministry (Blog)

Is God calling you to start an on-line ministry?  Maybe you’ve thought about blogging and sharing your faith with others but you don’t know where to begin?

One question I get asked often is, “How did I start my on-line ministry?”  Well, today I thought I’d share with you my answers and recommendations to help you get started.

I can remember back to December 2010 when God called me to write on His behalf.  I was scared to death and I had absolutely no idea where to begin.  At that time, I only read blogs to get a gluten free recipe!  So the concept of starting an on-line ministry was completely new to me and I had no one around to show me the ropes.  But I stepped out in faith and obedience and did my best to honor the Lord in this process, and He was faithful to equip me.

One thing I committed to when I began this journey was to show up here to write one post each week.  Blogging for the Kingdom of God is not like showing up each week to hold a Bible study.  You know if the study meets each Tuesday morning, then you need to be there!  Well, you don’t have the same accountability here.  Because of the uniqueness of this ministry, I knew I needed to determine my own accountability standards.

From the get-go, I also never really called this site ‘my blog’.  Although this is how people view it, I view this site as an on-line ministry, and it’s what I tell others.  I think this perspective helped me to view what I did here as a sacrifice unto the Lord because ministry is a sacrifice; it’s an outpouring of our lives as we use our spiritual gifts, time, and resources so Christ can be glorified.

Is God calling you to start an on-line ministry? Maybe your heart is to reach others via the internet but you're not sure where to begin. Find out here!

Things to Consider

Your viewpoint toward ministry and your perspective and reasoning for starting a blog (the tool you use for ministry) is of utmost importance.  Doing a heart check as to why you’re wanting to start an on-line ministry is something that you should consider.

Ministry is not about us and it’s not for our own glorification. It is Christ’s name that we are to lift on high, not our own.

Which brings me to platform.  The word, ‘platform’ is thrown around a lot in the on-line world and what I constantly hear is that we need to build our platforms.  Well, this just rubs me the wrong way because it is not my platform I’m seeking to build.  The premise of an on-line ministry should be to reach hearts and minds for the sake of Jesus Christ. Drawing others to Him so we could build His platform, aka, the Kingdom of God.

Count the Cost

Are you willing to serve the Lord even though you’ve spent hours writing a post only to have no one leave a comment?  Or worse yet, have complete strangers attack you for the content you just gave to them for free? Or the comments they do leave are those telling you all about your grammatical errors in the post?

Are you prepared to be attacked?

The on-line world is not a nice world.  For some reason when people are behind a screen, they lose all sense of decency.  They no longer have kindness on their tongues and they’ll type out venom and send it to you in a matter of seconds.  I’ve had women who have told me I’m a horrible writer, a lousy bible teacher, they’d never want to have a marriage like mine, and they’re completely disappointed with my podcast…and these comments come from professing Christians!

Expect spiritual warfare.  The more Truth you share, the more you’ll be attacked.  And if you’re going to write on having a biblical marriage, don’t be surprised if you start to experience spiritual attacks in your own marriage!  The last thing the Enemy wants you to do is encourage another wife to life out a Christ-centered marriage.  If he can distract you with your own marital issues to hinder you from writing on-line, he will!

Having an on-line ministry is not glamorous by any means.  You sit in your home doing ministry alone.  There are no prayer groups, potlucks, or fellowship Fridays where you’d gather with other like-minded women.  On-line ministry is just you, the Lord, your keyboard, and a screen.  The extent of your ministry interaction is seeing a name with a teeny tiny photo of a human being who left you a comment.

Also, are you prepared to cover the initial expenses to start an on-line ministry?  It does cost a few bucks to get started.  The details are below.

Domain Name

You need a domain name for your site.  My domain name is simply my name, JoleneEngle.com.  You can either use your name or choose something more creative.  Do a search on GoDaddy.com for domain names and then purchase the domain through them if you’d like.  Generally, they charge about $10-12 per year for your domain name.

Website Hosting Service

Then you need to host your blog somewhere.  I recommend a self-hosted site rather than a blogspot or a free wordpress-hosted site.  Blogger and a free WordPress site is like renting space on the internet.  A self-hosted site is like having a small piece of your own land on the internet.  If you rent space, Blogger or WordPress can take your content down anytime they’d like.  When I started this ministry back in 2011, I started on Blogger because I didn’t know any different. During the years I made the move to a self-hosted site.  This was a big technical headache!  Learn from my mistakes and go directly to a self-hosted site and use WordPress. You’ll need to host your site through a hosting company and I recommend Blue Host.  It’s just $3.95 a month.  You can sign up here.

Restored 316 Designs is a Feminine WordPress Theme

Unless you want to hire a blog/website designer which could cost anywhere from $500-$2,000, you can save some money and upload your own theme and give it some customization.  Most of the themes from Restored 316 designs are around $50.00.  Since I’m a do-it-yourselfer, the designs from Restored 316 are the perfect fit for me.  Also, I recommend that you use a theme that is mobile responsive.  Almost half of my readers read my articles on their phones.

Restored 316 Feminine WordPress Theme Design using the Genesis Framework

Pretty Darn Cute Designs is another feminine WordPress Theme

In the past, I have used themes from this designer.  I love all of her work because she provides such pretty designs.
feminine wordpress themes

Genesis Studiopress

This is the framework that your blog will run on.  It’s by far, the best choice for your blog.  You’ll need Genesis in order to run either of the Feminine WordPress themes I mentioned above.
Author Pro

Mad Mimi is a 3rd Party Email System

You’ll definitely want to sign up with a 3rd party email system so you can send an email to your readers anytime you’d like.  Otherwise, you can only connect with them when you send out a blog post.  Mad Mimi is easy to use and the first 500 people who sign up to receive your posts are free!

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Don’t let the fear of writing or technology keep you from sharing what God is putting on your heart.  Goodness, I’m the last person on earth that would ever have a blog. I don’t even like to write and technology and me just don’t mix!  And social media?  Well, that’s just laughable that I’m even on any of that stuff.  But, I do all of this because of my Lord.  I love Him and I want to proclaim His name.  He has parted my technical Red Sea countless times and He’s calmed the raging sea of this writer’s heart.  If He is calling you to start an on-line ministry, He’ll equip you, too!

These were his instructions to them: “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.  Luke 10:2 (NLT)

So, is God prompting you to the mission field of the internet?  Will you follow His leading?

Live a poured out life for Christ,


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