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International Women’s Day: The women who inspire you

International Women's Day symbol

International Women’s Day symbol

Today is International Women’s Day. It became a national holiday in Soviet Russia in 1917, after women gained the right to vote there. Today all over the world, people are celebrating women.

God celebrates women, too–in a holy way. He created woman and He loves women, His precious daughters and the Royal Bride of Christ. When He made the earth and everything in it, He said “It is good.” But it was after He made the woman that He said, “It is very good.” That word very is m@`od, which means “substantive” or “exceedingly.” (Strong’s H3966, BlueLetter Bible). 

Heather, Eden, and Leah

Our beautiful daughters Heather, Eden, & Leah


My precious sis Maria

My precious sis & BFF Maria


My BFF Rochelle Valasek

my BFF Rochelle Valasek

I’m so very thankful for the women God has brought into my life who have impacted me and inspired me to become a better woman of God:

  1. foremost, our three beautiful daughters, Heather, Eden, and Leah;
  2. my sister Maria;
  3. my friends Shelley Valasek, Doreen Penner, Dana Arcuri, Stephanie Carter, Ruth Christian, Liz Zacharias, Diane Bishop, and Kim Weber;
  4. my spiritual moms Suzy Bunton, Betty Spangler, and Blanch Hershberger;
  5. and many other women of God who have influenced me. I love you all!

Today on International Women’s Day, think about the women in your life. Pray for them and maybe send them a note to let them know how they have made such a difference in your life and that you love them.

Also think about how you can impact and inspire others. There is no one else like beautiful you with what you have to offer! Today celebrate yourself and all women whom God made.

“After women, flowers are the most beautiful thing God has given the world.” –Christian Dior

Here is today’s video–International Women’s day: The women who inspire you. Just click on the link below at YouTube:

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Walk free

Have you ever gone somewhere new and found out that the directions you had didn’t work or the highway you were taking was closed due to construction? Or that your smart phone’s GPS didn’t work right?

This happened to my husband Ray and me this year in January when we were going to a marriage retreat in Kansas City, Kansas. I had signed us up for the retreat as a surprise for some much needed R & R for Ray and me at the nice hotel Chateau Avalon, where the retreat was held. They deliver breakfast to your hotel door and each room has a big jacuzzi tub.


I had the correct address, had printed off the directions to the hotel from Mapquest online, and was using my iPhone’s GPS to get us there. Ray was tired from having worked several shifts, so I drove. For some reason the GPS didn’t work and the printed directions didn’t help.

I had to depend on God and Ray to get us safely there. As a paramedic, Ray often drives the ambulance to Kansas City hospitals, so he knew the area better than I did. The Holy Spirit led us the right way, but we’d never been this way before. 

Maybe something like this has happened to you, too. Maybe this year you’re going a way you haven’t gone before. It can be scary and uncertain.

Ray and I are there right now with our housing situation. Our lease at the rental house where we live is up on April 30, 2016. We’re not sure what’s going to happen yet or where we will live. Our faith is being tested. We’re having to trust God.

Karen Wells, Doreen Penner, Beth Jones

Speakers Karen Wells, Doreen Penner, and Beth Jones

If this situation resonates with you, I invite you to join me and my anointed speaker friends Doreen Penner and Karen Wells for our exciting virtual event on Thursday, April 7, 2016,  Walk Free Summit. There are three different speakers’ sessions and it will begin 10 a.m. Central Time.


The event is free, and at the end of each speaker’s session we’re opening the phone lines for you to share your heart: comments, questions, or prayer requests. 

It’s time for you to walk free in Jesus Christ’s authority. 

You can find out more information and sign up right now by clicking here.

Please share with your family, friends, and peers.