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Who Directs Your Path? »

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My son [and daughter], do not forget my law,
But let your heart keep my commands;
For length of days and long life
And peace they will add to you.

Let not mercy and truth forsake you;
Bind them around your neck,
Write them on the tablet of your heart,
And so find favor and high esteem
In the sight of God and man.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.  ~Proverbs 3:1-6

As we begin 2014, it is a perfect time to examine our lives and filter our commitments, relationships, motives, decisions, and plans through the Word of God to ensure that we are on the path that HE has directed.

Have you ever found yourself so busy with ‘life’ that you cannot remember which commitments, relationships, decisions, and plans were made because you heard His voice and which ones were made simply out of happenstance, circumstance, or obligation?  I must admit that there have been times in my life when I have had to look at myself in the mirror and make an honest evaluation of just that.  If you have not experienced this yet in your life, maybe today is the perfect time for you to take a few moments to filter everything in your life through the Word to be certain that you are walking in the perfect will of God.

Proverbs 3 is filled with many promises…. if you do this or that, then you will receive a promise.  For example – to paraphrase the above mentioned verses of Proverbs 3 – if you keep God’s commands, then you will have long life and peace; if you live your life with mercy and truth, then you will find favor with God and man; if you trust in the Lord above all else and maintain an intimate relationship with Him, then He will make straight the crooked (uncertain) paths of your life.

Often, we like to hold onto the promise without acknowledging the requirement.  Please do not misunderstand me: God’s grace is abundant and salvation is freely given.  However, I believe that we choose daily whether or not to walk in His abundance or simply slide by because of His grace.  To walk in His abundance, we must live by His Word – and His Word is filled with commands that we must embrace.  When we embrace His Word, we will obey His voice.  When we obey His voice, we will submit to His will.  When we submit to His will, we will make decisions based upon His guidance.

I have heard others talk of networking and making connections with the “right” people in order to advance in their careers – even ministry.  Sadly, many times people with this type of thought process make relationships based upon how they can benefit from those relationships instead of whether or not those relationships are ordained by God.

 

Friends, let me shout this message as loudly as I can:  

If the door is not opened by God, you do not want what is on the other side of it.  

If the relationship is not ordained by God, you do not want the results it will bring.  

Many years ago, I promised God that I would never put myself in a position where any person could take credit or glory for the opportunities that He places in my life.  I must admit that there have been numerous times when I could have walked through doors that were opened by ‘connections,’ but I heard the voice of God say, “no” and I obeyed.   You see friends, God opens unexpected doors that do not require our manipulation.  Yes, He often uses people to help, but He does it in a way that brings glory and honor to HIS Name only.

 I encourage you today:  Do not compromise who God is in your life.  No opportunity is worth walking in disobedience. Trust him without having to know all of the answers.  He always has your best interest in mind!

 

 

 

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Afghanistan »

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SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 12-2PM – Step By Step Ministries, Impact Ministries, and New Hope Fellowship will be assembling boxes to send to the troops in Afghanistan. Please pray about joining with us as we reach out to our troops. 

If you would like to donate but cannot attend, please consider collecting items or making a financial gift for this project by clicking on this link:  http://www.brigettewagner.com/donate  

Items needed are: AA, AAA, C batteries; small flash lights; gum; hard candy; lip balm; chap-stick; portable snacks like jerky, pretzels, nuts (any salty snacks to replace salt tablets); tuna (in pouches); Granola bars/power bars; crackers; cookies (no chocolate or anything that melts); word puzzles; playing cards; stationary w/envelopes; baby wipes; hand sanitizer, body wash; shampoo; toothbrushes; toothpaste; flash drives/thumb drives; computer screen wipes. 

The outreach will be held at Impact Ministries, across from the Post Office in Auburndale, FL.

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COAT DRIVE / FOOD DRIVE »

TWO CURRENT OUTREACHES

ONE:  We are currently in the midst of a coat drive to help families in need before the colder weather begins.  All sizes – men, women, boy, girls.  If you are able to donate coats, please contact our ministry via the Contact Page on our website.

TWO:  We are currently holding a food drive to collect items for Annual Thanksgiving Basket Outreach.  Last year, we gave out 120 baskets, which provided meals for more than 600 people.  Contact me via the Contact page on our website to give food items.

To make a financial contribution:

  • Go to Donate page on our website and click on “Donate”  or
  • Mail a check to SBS, PO Box 2232, Winter Haven, FL  33883

All gifts are tax deductible.

THANK YOU for helping us help “touch people and change lives!”

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Women’s Retreat »

 

  The Alabaster Box  Women’s Retreat

   October 5-7

Potomac Park Conference Center

Conference Center Hotel

         Falling Waters, WV

Conference Host & Keynote Speaker

Brenda Adams

Brenda Adams, co-pastor of First Assembly of God in Triangle, Virginia,  has been serving in ministry for more than 30 years.  Her vibrant, enthusiastic spirit will excite and ignite you as you listen to her teaching about the Word of God and its real-life application.

 

 

Worship Leader & Workshop Speaker

Brigette Wagner

Brigette Wagner, certified Christian life coach and evangelist, has been serving in ministry for more than 20 years.  With a spirit-filled anointing, she will lead you into a place of intense praise and worship where victory over every struggle can be found.

 

 

REGISTER TODAY for this amazing, life-changing weekend as we join together to worship God, learn from His Word, and build life-long friendships! Call 703-221-3911 for registration information.

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Calling All Christians! »

I proclaim this day that I WILL NOT BE SILENT! As a follower of Christ, I want it known to everyone that I know and meet that I believe the Word of God – every word – from beginning to end; I believe that Jesus is the King of kings and Lord of lords; I believe in the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit – not because someone said I should but because I have experienced His presence and power in my life; I believe in deliverance; I believe in salvation; I believe in the awesomeness of a personal relationship with Him; I believe in the love and grace of the blood of Jesus; and I believe in the judgement that we will ALL face one day. I believe that God loves every person and desires that we all live a life that brings honor and glory to His Name. However, I also believe that He gives us a free will to live for Him or against Him. I believe in the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman. And I believe that in the eyes of God no sin is greater than another, except blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. I believe that we must forgive in order to be forgiven. And I believe that hatred and rebellion are an abomination to God. All that said, I believe that it is time for the Church to arise! We have been in a state of slumber far too long. So let me start by saying…..In recent days, there has been a movement filled with foul, hateful language and motives against Christianity. Why?  Not because someone “went looking for a fight” or even spoke against a particular group, but  because a Christian business owner was asked a question and dared to answer it based upon his walk with Christ.

In America, every person has the “right” to freedom of speech – not just certain people or specific groups.  We cannot react or respond in anger or hatred towards others .  We must remember that GOD IS LOVE and LOVES each and every person; however, we must respond by rising up and refusing to allow the enemy to “squash” our voice.  Christians, I encourage you to walk in love, but don’t be silent!

I have posted an email from Beth Moore below in support of her request.  Please note, I am not speaking against any particular group.   I am speaking FOR the Christians and our right to freedom of speech!

From Beth Moore….
Hi Friends,
Most of you have probably heard about the issues going on with Chick-Fil-A….controversy. Because CFA is one of Keith’s clients, he has asked me to share some info that you may not be aware of. This whole issue started on the college campus and that is what is being affected. Keith is responsible for all non traditional stores (college campus, hospitals, malls, airports, etc.) The media has distorted and flat out lied about what Dan Cathy said in his interview. As a result,  the gay community is working overtime to damage CFA.  This hit the media last Wednesday and Monday of by this week 33 college campus locations have called to close their CFA stores. As of this morning the number is up to 40. Two universities will literally be closing by tomorrow.  Three critical ones are Penn. State , University of Louisville , and St Louis University.  Keith feels that since most people don’t know about all the college stores, the general public doesn’t see the….damage, nor are they aware of how CHRISTIANS can help CFA. The CFA stores on the college campus locations are under fire from the LGBT community.For those of you who do Facebook or know how to tweet…NOW is the time to do it! TODAY IF POSSIBLE! Tell as many people as you know to get in touch with the Mike Huckabee Show and ask him to air on his show how the colleges are being attacked and suggest that he encourage the Christian students to start petitions to keep their stores open. They need to go to the presidents of their college and make their voices heard. Most students don’t even know that their CFA on campus is being affected.  You can go to the CFA website to get a list of all the college campus locations; there are about 180 stores. PLEASE HELP GET THE WORD OUT! FIRST AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, PRAY! SECOND GET ON YOUR COMPUTER AND PASS THIS EMAIL TO EVERYONE WHO WILL HELP SPREAD THE WORD VIA FACEBOOK OR PHONE CALLS……If you can think of any other public voice (radio, newspaper, etc.) please ask them to get the word out to the students to petition and appeal to the college presidents to keep the CFA’s open at their school.Thanks for your help.
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Because Of You »

As 2011 comes to a close and 2012 “rings in”, I want to take this opportunity to say, “Thank You” for your support!  God used YOU to help Step By Step Ministries reach into the hearts and lives of hundreds of people and touch them for the glory of God throughout this year.

Throughout 2011, God allowed us to “make a difference” in a greater way than ever before through the following:  “Acts of Random Kindness” (where we helped people with groceries, provided meals for those who are homeless, and filled empty gas tanks for single moms); outreaches to both the Fire Department and the Police Department (where our team of volunteers provided meals of appreciation for our emergency responders); Thanksgiving Baskets outreach (where we provided Thanksgiving meals for more than 600 people by creating a team consisting of three other ministries); and Christmas outreaches to our children in Uganda and three local families (where we gave bicycles, computer games, clothes, bedding, toys, etc. to children and single moms).

 We could not have accomplished such awesome outreaches without your support!  

As we move into 2012, we have even more outreaches planned than what we accomplished in 2011. We
hope that you will continue to keep us in your prayers.  We also ask you to partner with us through financial contributions for the year.   This is “fertile ground,” and your gifts are given back to those who are in need.

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever…”  ~Ephesians 3:20-21

May 2012 be a year of abundant blessings for you and your family.  May you walk in obedience, submission, and honor of  the Word of God.  

May you know His presence like you’ve never known it before.  And may you walk the path that leads to your destiny.

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You Can Make A Difference! »

Hi, Friends:

 

We are currently collecting toys and clothing for children whose families are struggling this year.  We want to provide them with a great Christmas.  If you are able to help – either through donating toys or giving a monetary gift, please do so right away.  Items needed are:

  • Bike – 11 year old and a 5 year old
  • Jewelry making set – 11 year old and 9 year old
  • Music stand – 11 year old
  • Softball set – 9 year old
  • Leap Pad – 5 year old

Thanks for all you do!

In Christ,

Brigette

 

 

 

 

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Make A Move »

“Be strong and of good courage; be not frightened, neither be dismayed; for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”  ~Joshua 1:9

His mentor and friend had passed away.  The people needed a leader; but who should it be and how would anyone be able to “measure up” to the task at hand?  The people of Israel had been wondering in the desert for 4o years, and now Moses was gone.  Was it possible to ever reach the land which God had promised or would they remain in the wilderness, never knowing the fulfillment of their destiny?

Joshua had to have asked himself these questions and many more after Moses passed away.  Fear, doubt, and anxiety must have tried to present themselves as he pondered the events that had taken place.  BUT GOD….

Joshua heard the voice of the Lord when He said, “arise, go over…you and all this people, to the land which I am giving them….”(Joshua 1:2).  Can you imagine?  If that had been me, I probably would have said, “You talking to me, Lord?” – as I looked around to see who else could be a possibility.

Apparently Joshua needed some reassurance, as well.  How do we know this?  Read Joshua 1:1-9.  God said to Joshua, “I will not leave you nor forsake you” (vs. 5); “Be strong and of good courage” (vs. 6); “Only be strong and very courageous” (vs. 7); and “Be strong and of good courage, do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (vs. 9).

The awesome part of this story isn’t that Joshua needed reassurance – just as you and I often do.  The awesome part of the story is that he “pushed through” his fear and anxiety to accomplish that which God had called him to do.  He was willing to “make a move”!

Many times in our own lives, we allow fear, anxiety, or self-doubt to keep us from moving forward.  We’re so afraid of failure that we do nothing at all.  Failure is not bad, as long as we learn something along the way.  When we fail, we learn and make adjustments.  By doing so, we keep ourselves on the “cutting edge” of reaching our destiny.  However, if we allow fear to keep us from taking a risk to do that which God has called us to do, we become stagnant.  And a stagnant pond stinks!

Determine today to “fail forward” – as Josh McDowell says.  If you make a mistake, so what!  If you only accomplish part of the goal, so what!  If others don’t see the value in what you’ve done, so what!  As long as you are moving in the direction you feel God has called you to go, success is guaranteed!  Square your shoulders, hold your head up, and look into the horizon.  You won’t be disappointed!

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I’ve Done Too Much… »

So many times, I’ve heard women say, “I’ve done too much, God can never use me”.  It’s a lie the enemy uses to keep us from walking towards our destiny.  He whispers in our ears, tells us things that “make sense”, and causes us to “reason” within ourselves all the things we’ve done that are contrary to the Word of God.  When he has our attention, he overloads us with guilt, shame, and discouragement.  Once that task has been accomplished, we are no longer a threat to his kingdom because we’ve believed his words instead of God’s.

Psalm 139 says that we are “beautifully and wonderfully made”.  Jeremiah 29 says that God has plans and a purpose for our lives.  The Bible is filled with examples of both men and women who had “issues” but were used by God to do great and mighty things for His glory!

Beginning Wednesday, April 6th, at 7:00pm, we will begin studying “The Strength of a Godly Woman” by Beverly LaHaye and Janice Crouse.  I want to personally invite you to join me for the next 12 weeks as we dive into this study.  As June Hunt said, “This book demonstrates how God can take the most humble or tarnished woman and transform her into a woman of strength.”

You can be all that God has created you to be!

Life Church, Berkley Rd., Auburndale, FL

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Are You An Approval Addict? »

Tracy Hurst, a dear friend of mine posted this blog today.  It’s so good and so true that I decided to re-post it on my blog.  Be blessed!

Trusting in God Instead of the Praise of Man

“Many even among the leaders believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they would not con-fess their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved praise from men more than praise from God.” John 12:42-43

“The fear of human opinion disables; trusting in God protects you from that.”  Proverbs 29:25, The Message

There was a time in my life when I longed for the approval of man. I wanted to be a person of great importance. I drank in the praise of man and became intoxicated with what people thought and said of me. Yet my approval addiction was never satisfied and thankfully so because it brought me to the place of brokenness and total surrender to God. I have come to the place where I no longer desire the praise of man, but only to hear my Father say, “Well done my good and faithful servant.”

In our society we are encouraged to glorify the accomplishments of man. Many strive to achieve titles, positions of power, wealth and to be deemed by the world as a noteworthy person. And although we are promised much favor and success as children of God, a lot of individuals believe that the praise of man alone will bring them a sense of worth. They crave to hear man say of them, “Wow, look at her and what she has accomplished.” This is true even in the Christian culture. There is often a mixture of longing to glorify God while also enjoying the seduction of the praise of man.

Let us be reminded today that the praise of man is temporal and it will never bring true satisfaction, hence why you continually see Hollywood and sports stars turning to drugs, alcohol, affairs and such. The only true satisfaction in this life is to have a relationship with God. And friend, God has already deemed you worthy! Through the Cross of Jesus, you are the righteousness of God and He loves you – the real you!

Friend, you can rest your head tonight knowing that no matter what man may think or say about you, God loves you! It is my prayer that each night you will fall asleep pondering God’s amazing love for you. Oh how He loves you! Jesus gave His life for you, what more could He give? Oh how He loves you and me!

Prayer:

“Lord, thank you for loving me. I acknowledge that there is nothing this world can offer me that will bring me true peace or satisfaction but You! I will choose this day forward to meditate on what You say about me. No matter what man may say, I am the righteousness of God, I am the head and not the tail and the blessings of the Lord will chase me and overtake me (Deuteronomy 28). Amen.”

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