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The Power of Women: 8 Dynamic Traits of Women in the Bible

On Westa.org, we’re celebrating Women’s Day and Women’s History Month with a list of 8 dynamic traits of women in the Bible which are sure to keep you inspired.

As modern-day women, we seem to have as many mountains to climb today as at any other time in history. We may find ourselves questioning whether or not we have the strength to balance the weight of all the  responsibilities heaped upon our shoulders. We start our days on the run, stressed-out and worried that we’re unable to manage in our multiple roles as wife, daughter, mother, and career woman.

We end our days seeking a moment of solace by immersing ourselves in our favorite TV shows or social media outlets. Instead of finding peace, however, we’re bombarded with soul-shaking news stories and demoralizing images which seem to  challenge our  progress as a people and a nation, or worse – to undermine our faith.

We also know that we should make sure we’re healthy mentally and physically, in order to be at our best for others. However, with so much to do and so little time, we go to bed exhausted and awaken the same way, unsure of how we’ll summon the strength to rise again and start another day.

As women before us have known for centuries though, we must not lose heart when our help is as close as the Bible on the nightstand beside us.

 

8 dynamic traits of women in the Bible.

Prayer Warrior: 8 dynamic traits of women in the Bible.

OUR BIBLE, OUR POWER

The bible tells us the story of our history, and it has the key to our empowerment. Women throughout history have overcome obstacles by seeking and and relying upon the Word of God; gaining strength from its unlimited source of power.  

Here’s a list of 8 dynamic qualities of women in  the Bible to inspire and fortify you:

Prayer warrior. Women in the bible exemplify the power of prayer. Hannah’s prayers produce a warrior for God (1 Samuel 1:9-11); Anna’s prayers are rewarded with the promise of God’s New Kingdom (Luke 2:36–38).

Support system. Together, Naomi and Ruth use Godly wisdom to secure their family’s future – and change the course of history (Book of Ruth).

Purpose-driven. To cure her condition, one woman endures the possibility of disdain, scorn, and banishment in order to connect with Jesus. She allows nothing to deter her from the healing Power of God, and gives us a shining example of unwavering faith (Matthew 9:20-22).

Entrepreneur. The woman described in Proverbs 31 is a hard-working, enterprising, industrious entrepreneur who not only weaves her own fabrics (Proverbs 31:19), but from that fabric she also “makes linen garments and sells them,” and supplies products for other merchants (Proverbs 31:10-31).

Prophet. Deborah knows what would save her nation from oppression. She aligns herself with a leader named Barak who can get the job done (Judges 4).

Life-saver. Esther uses the power of grace, fasting, and marriage to save her people from extermination (Book of Esther).

Ruler of nations. The Queen of Sheba uses wisdom and discernment before giving King Solomon her blessing (1 Kings 10:1-13): but Jesus warns a disobedient generation that they will not have the same results! (Matthew 12:42)

Mother of mankind. Eve is the first woman – mother of us all (Genesis 3:20). And to Mary, a Savior is born, whose existence gives us the only living example of our fullest potential (Matthew 1:18-21).

The next time you need a boost of faith, come back to this list of Biblical heroines to remind you of those who came before you, who faced seemingly insurmountable challenges and, through the power of almighty God, triumphed. Stay strong, encouraged, and focused on the Promise of The Word. As women, we can do all things through Him who gives us strength.


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10 Tips for Spring Cleaning Success

Ecclesiastes 3:1&6 (NKJV) –  Everything Has Its Time 

To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:                                                                                    

 A time to gain,
And a time to lose;
A time to keep,
And a time to throw away

Spring represents humankind’s annual opportunity to “make all things new,” to move ahead with renewed purpose and passion, and to create room for God’s power in this season of renewal and strength. If you haven’t done your Spring cleaning yet, then now is a great time to start!

Does God actually want us to keep our homes clean, organized, and clutter-free? The answer is yes! 1 Corinthians 14:40 tells us that “all things should be done decently and in order.” Order facilitates preparation,* and preparation allows everything else in our lives to flow efficiently (Proverbs 13:4).

We are called to exhibit self-control as a reflection of God (Titus 1:8), and when we mirror Him, we can be a light and an example to others (Titus 2:5 and 1 Timothy 3:5). The cleaning process is also a great way to instill other fundamental values in our children, such as perseverance, diligence, self-control, humility, and charity. Simply put, cleanliness and order can edify the soul and reflect peace: which helps us to create the life God intended.

Here are 10 tips for spring cleaning success:

  1. Say “No” to clutter. Taking the first step toward a clutter-free lifestyle begins with changing our mindset. Often, we hoard possessions out of fear of loss. But God tells us in Luke 12:15 to “beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”
  2. Be prepared. Gather cleaning tools and cloths; gather boxes to organize unwanted items; use old newspapers for cleaning windows and glass surfaces. Make sure your vacuum cleaner is operating properly; empty debris and dust from previous use. Use boxes for organizing, and to toss unwanted items. Preparation is key (1 Chronicles 22:5)!
  3. Make your own natural cleaning solutions! Dilute ½ cup of vinegar with 1 gallon of warm water; use it to clean glass, counter tops, and the refrigerator; wood and tile floors. Mix ½ cup of baking soda, ½ cup of vinegar and 2 gallons of warm water; use it to clean walls, sinks. Make a paste of vinegar and baking soda to make a scouring cleanser; this also cleans chrome and removes stains. Mix vinegar and ketchup to polish brass and copper; mix vinegar, baking soda and boiling water to clean silver. Remove soap scum or mildew with a solution of 1 cup of ammonia or bleach in a gallon of water. Spray surface; leave for a few minutes until stains disappear. Rinse well with hot water.
  4. Make a plan. Take one room at a time. Work from ceiling to floor, leaving the vacuuming and floors for last. And don’t forget the attic, basement and garage.
  5. Organize your important papers – Download ourMonthly Expense Form to help organize receipts and expenditures. Sort bills and receipts by month, and store in an accordion folder. Safely store important documents and booklets for your appliances, insurance policies, automobiles, and medical history, and place all in a dedicated space in your home.
  6. Organize your closet – Wash or dry clean soiled clothing; polish shoes; mend, tailor, or repair if needed. Organize items by type and color (this method even works for books too).
  7. Donate old family photos. Don’t throw away those old photos! Our lives are an important source of history; give photos and memorabilia to an archive, library or repository.
  8. Stop the junk mail! Yes, you can opt-out of mailing lists! You can contact any company yourself to make this request, or you can contact Catalog Choice or the Direct Marketing Association; both organizations will submit your opt-out requests for free. Virtual junk mail and even unwanted phone calls create clutter too. Click here for additional information from the Volunteer Guide.
  9. Don’t forget the yard – The outside of your home is as important as the inside. Rake up dead leaves, prune bushes and trees, pull weeds, dust away old spider webs. Hose down garden furniture; discard any unwanted junk that’s lying around.
  10. Have a yard sale; GIVE your excess to charity. Luke12:33 (NIV) – 33 “Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that  will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.”

When your spring cleaning is completed, complement your fresh new home by choosing one room to enliven with a pop of color. Add a bouquet of flowers, a new throw pillow or two, even a new paint color on an accent wall. By adding a softly scented candle near your home’s entryway, you’ll awaken the senses and welcome visitors.

 


 

  • West Angeles hosts E-Waste Collection Events each year! More information coming soon to Westa.org.
  • Vehicle Donation Program – Donate your old cars to West Angeles! If you would like to give to the ministry of West Angeles and you have a  car, truck, SUV or motorcycle vehicle you’d like to donate, please call (323) 733-8300 ext. 2315 for more information.

 

RESOURCES:

The Salvation Army – Schedule a pick-up of your donated goods online. Website – http://satruck.org/,  or call 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).

Goodwill http://www.goodwill.org/donate-and-shop/donate-stuff/.  To donate items call 1-800-GOODWILL.

Catalogue Choice.orghttps://www.catalogchoice.org/.  A free service to opt out of catalogs, coupons, credit card offers, phone books, circulars and more.

Direct Marketing Association’s DMAchoice https://www.dmachoice.org/.  Everything you want to know about direct mail, the mail preference service and more.

*DID YOU KNOW:

The day before the Sabbath is called “Preparation Day” (Mark15:42)? It’s traditionally the day to do all remaining work and cleaning in order to prepare for a restful Sabbath Day. The most significant Preparation Day known to Christians is the day the body of Christ was prepared for burial, preceding His glorious Resurrection.

By linking to the external sites mentioned in this article, West Angeles Church of God in Christ is not endorsing their products, services, or policies. We recommend you thoroughly review the business or organization, as well as their policies, terms and conditions.

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Women in the Bible: 8 Dynamic Traits Sure to Inspire You

Great women throughout history have turned to God as their source of strength.  As we honor Women’s History Month, here’s a list of dynamic women in the Bible and 8 of the powerful qualities they possess.

As modern-day women, we seem to have more on our plates now than at any other time in history. It’s as if there aren’t enough hours in the day to balance the mountain of responsibilities heaped upon our shoulders. We start our days on the run, stressed-out and worried that we’re unable to manage in our multiple roles as wife, daughter, mother, and career woman. We end our days seeking a moment of solace, immersed in our favorite TV shows or social media outlets. But instead of peace, we’re bombarded with soul-shaking stories and images which seem to challenge our progress as a nation, our strengths as women; or, worst of all, our faith in God.

We also know that we should first make sure we’re fit and healthy, in order to be at our best for others. However, with so much to do and so little time, we go to bed exhausted and awaken the same way, unsure of how we’ll summon the strength to rise again and start another day.

If there’s one thing I know for sure though, we cannot lose heart when the help we need might be as close as the nightstand beside us. The Bible tells us the whole story of our history, and it has the key to our empowerment.  Great women throughout history – from the Queen of Sheba to Harriet Tubman to Oprah Winfrey – have gained strength from its source.

Here’s a list of eight dynamic qualities of women in the Bible which are sure to inspire and fortify you:

1. Prayer Warrior. Women in the Bible exemplify the power of prayer. Hannah’s prayers produce a warrior for God (1Samuel1:9-11); Anna’s prayers are rewarded with the promise of God’s New Kingdom (Luke 2:36–38)

2. Support system. Together, Naomi and Ruth use Godly wisdom to secure their family’s future – changing the course of history (Book of Ruth).

3. Purpose-driven. To cure her condition, one woman endures the possibility of distain, scorn, and banishment in order to connect with Jesus. She allows nothing to deter her from the healing Power of God, giving us a shining example of unwavering faith (Matthew 9:20-22).

4. Entrepreneur. The woman described in Proverbs 31 is a hard-working, enterprising, industrious entrepreneur who not only weaves her own fabrics (Proverbs 31:19), but from that fabric she also “makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies sashes for the merchants” (Proverbs 31:10-31).

5. Prophet.  Deborah knows what would save her nation from oppression. She aligns herself with a leader named Barak who can get the job done (Judges 4).

6. Life-saver. Esther uses the power of grace, fasting, and marriage to save her people from extermination (Book of Esther).

7. Ruler of Nations. The Queen of Sheba uses wisdom and discernment before giving King Solomon her blessing (1 Kings 10:1-13): but Jesus warns a disobedient generation that they will not have the same results! (Matthew 12:42)

8. Mother of Humankind. Eve is the first woman – mother of us all (Genesis 3:20). And to Mary, a Savior is born, whose existence gives us the only living example of our fullest potential (Matthew 1:18-21).

As our gift to you, we’ve attached a colorful download of this list here – 8QualitiesofWomen. Print it out and keep it handy for the next time you need to boost your faith.  Stay strong, encouraged, and focused on the Promise of The Word.

As women, we can do all things through Him.


 

Hear First Lady Mae Lawrence Blake’s address, “The Journey” at The LEGACY CONFERENCE March 17, 2016 at 10 a.m. For registration, please CLICK HERE.

For more information, go to http://www.charleseblake.com/

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Ready For Love? 7 Principles for Manifesting Love in Your Life

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NIV)

Love. We long for it. We pray for it. We even fast for it.  Many of us search for the meaning of love in the millions of poems, novels, films, and songs created throughout time about love. We test relationship after relationship – yet find it elusive. Some believe love is found in purity; others in lust. The world goes through great lengths to convince us we’re supposed to have it, and as a result, we often feel “less-than” when we believe that we don’t.

What is it about love that has us waxing lyrically at times, and giddy and light-headed at other times? Do we really even know what love is?

ALL ABOUT LOVE

Here’s some of what we know about love, from the famous verses of scripture in 1 Corinthians 13:4-13:

  • Love requires patience and kindness.
  • Love requires truth and honesty.
  • Love is an indicator of maturity.
  • Love is for the long haul.
  • Love respects.
  • Love endures.

But do we know the difference between love, infatuation, and lust? Do we really know what it takes to truly love and are we ready for it?

Here are 7 characteristics and principles of love, and some of God’s requirements for igniting and manifesting love in your life:

1. Love may not look like “your list.” No matter how great things look on paper, it may not be the situation God has for you. Fame and celebrity, sex appeal, monetary worth, educational achievement, social status,  skin tone, hair texture, race, country of origin, political party, sports team, zodiac sign…none of the things that our society holds in high regard as tools for finding or defining love can actually determine or dictate how to (1 John 2:15-16). So the first thing you probably have to do is delete from your mind all the mental images and sounds of everything society has created to represent love.

2. Love requires purity. There’s  a reason for consecration, holy living, virginity, fasting and abstinence. A pure heart, mind, and body allows us to best hear God, and to experience His full, true love (Matthew 5:8, 1 Peter 1:22). Without these, we end up in painful situations or relationships which could have been avoided, and tied to people we probably should have simply passed by (see #6). Fast; ask God to create in you a clean, pure heart (Psalm 51:10). Pray; open your heart, seek God’s will for your life daily. That way, when God speaks, and plants that perfect situation in your life, you’ll know.

3. Love isn’t seasonal. It isn’t “here today, gone tomorrow.” Love isn’t lukewarm. It’s not something you do “on the way past.” You can’t “fall out of love” if you’ve ever truly loved at all. In fact, it’s quite the contrary. Love is actually the thing that keeps you present and “in the game,” because love requires consistency (Ephesians 4:2). Love, like God, is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow (Hebrews 13:8).

4. Love cannot be bought or sold. In Matthew 6:24 (NIV), Jesus tells his disciples that “you cannot serve both God and money.” And if God is love (1 John 4:8), and God can’t be bought or sold (Acts 8:20), then money has no bearing on love either!

5. Love is not lust. Lust is uncontrolled physical or sexual desire. It’s one of those emotional states God categorizes under “the flesh”(1 Thessalonians 4:3-5, Romans 13:13-15). So if you think about it, if lust is present, it’s actually an indicator that love is not! That Commandment which talks about not “committing adultery” or “coveting the spouses of others.” This means that guy, gal, or material possession you’re lusting for may be the one God meant for someone else. Lust brings trouble to your soul, while keeping love from finding you; whereas, love requires discipline and maturity (1 Corinthians 13:11). As Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake says, “Put priority on spiritual and emotional excellence, not just on physical and erotic attractiveness.” Yes, lust is an indicator of desire or physical attraction. But Love is an indicator of spiritual connection. Don’t get it twisted.

6. Love is understanding. “It’s not about you!” as  Pastor Rick Warren says. Sometimes, God pairs us with people or situations that require our growth through love, and those situations may sometimes be difficult (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). “Love” is not “like.” You can love someone without liking their actions. But love means wanting God’s best for them; love means honoring their right to exist. So you can’t be loving and be selfish, controlling, jealous, quick-tempered, scheming, petty, or racist. Love doesn’t cause pain to others. You either love, or you don’t.

So…what is love? Seems it’s been inside of us all along.

7.  Love is to be the best that God created us to be. When God gave us life, He gave us love (Romans 8:30). When God gave us Jesus, He gave us a physical manifestation of His love; an example of salvation, grace, mercy, and excellence for us to follow for how to be our best, what our possibilities are, and how to live our best life (Philippians 4:13). As human beings, we are designed for love, to love; and by God, with love (Genesis 1:26-28). He gave us instructions on what love is, how to attract it, how to maintain it, how to be it. Most importantly, love is your most important duty during your time on earth. It is to use our gifts and talents to edify others, and to make the world a better place. Love is the secret to life!

Verse 8 of 1 Corinthians 13 says that love never fails. Why? Because God is love, and love transcends all things.

As you can see, it’s up to us to activate within ourselves the love that God has already provided for us.   Love is our spirit. Without love, there is no purpose, no trust, no liberty, no justice, no peace, no truth (Revelation 22:12-15). Without love, there is no life! Like a rose that opens petal by petal, love creates layer upon layer of possibilities; in its manifestation are the promises of increase.

So go, follow God’s will for your life; manifest love today. And who knows? Maybe He’ll send you someone special to share your love with!

 

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – 1 Corinthians 13:4-13, 15:3-4; 1 John 2:15, 3:3, 4:8; 1 Peter 1:13-22, 2:11; 1 Timothy 1:5, 2 Timothy 2:22, Psalm 51:10, Ephesians 4:2, Hebrews 13:8, Matthew 5:8, 6:24;  Acts 8:20, 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5, Romans 13:13-15, Exodus 20:14, 17; Romans 8:30, Philippians 4:13, Genesis 1:26-28, Revelation 3:16, 22:12-15.


*Want more on love? CLICK HERE to read highlights from Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake’s sermon on Love and Marriage, “Invite Jesus to Your Wedding and Into Your Marriage”  on Westa.org.  Hear the entire sermon and more on West Angeles Gospel on Demand.

 

 

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THE POWER OF WOMEN: 8 DYNAMIC TRAITS SURE TO INSPIRE YOU

THE POWER OF WOMEN: 8 DYNAMIC TRAITS SURE TO INSPIRE YOU

As modern-day women, we seem to have more on our plates now than at any other time in history.  It’s as if there aren’t enough hours in the day to balance the mountain of responsibilities heaped upon our shoulders.  We start our days on the run, stressed-out and worried that we’re unable to manage in our multiple roles as wife, daughter, mother, and career woman. We end our days seeking a moment of solace, immersed in our favorite TV shows or social media outlets. But instead of peace, we’re bombarded with soul-shaking stories and images which seem to challenge our progress as a nation, our strengths as women; or, worst of all, our faith in God.

We also know that we should first make sure we’re fit and healthy, in order to be at our best for others. However, with so much to do and so little time, we go to bed exhausted and awaken the same way; unsure of how we’ll summon the strength to rise again and start another day.

If there’s one thing I know for sure though, we cannot lose heart when the help we need might be as close as the nightstand beside us. The bible tells us the whole story of our history, and it has the key to our empowerment.  Women throughout history – from the Queen of Sheba to Harriet Tubman to Oprah Winfrey – have gained strength from its source.  Here’s a list of eight dynamic qualities of women in the bible to inspire and fortify you:

Prayer Warrior. Women in the bible exemplify the power of prayer.  Hannah’s prayers produce a warrior for God (1Samuel1:9-11); Anna’s prayers are rewarded with the promise of God’s New Kingdom (Luke 2:36–38).

Support system.  Together, Naomi and Ruth use Godly wisdom to secure their family’s future – changing the course of history (Book of Ruth). 

Purpose-driven. To cure her condition, one woman endures the possibility of distain, scorn, and banishment in order to connect with Jesus. She allows nothing to deter her from the healing Power of God, giving us a shining example of unwavering faith (Matthew 9:20-22).

Entrepreneur.  The woman described in Proverbs 31 is a hard-working, enterprising, industrious entrepreneur who not only weaves her own fabrics (Proverbs 31:19), but from that fabric she also “makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies sashes for the merchants” (Proverbs 31:10-31).

Prophet.  Deborah knows what would save her nation from oppression.  She aligns herself with a leader named Barak who can get the job done (Judges 4).

Life-saver. Esther uses the power of grace, fasting, and marriage to save her people from extermination (Book of Esther).

Ruler of Nations. The Queen of Sheba uses wisdom and discernment before giving King Solomon her blessing (1 Kings 10:1-13): but Jesus warns a disobedient generation that they will not have the same results! (Matthew 12:42)

Mother of Humankind. Eve is the first woman – mother of us all (Genesis 3:20). And to Mary, a Savior is born, whose existence gives us the only living example of our fullest potential (Matthew 1:18-21).

As a gift from us to you, we’ve attached a colorful download of this list here –  8QualitiesofWomen ; print it out and keep it handy for the next time you need to boost your faith.  Stay strong, encouraged, and focused on the Promise of The Word.  As women, we can do all things through Him.

Written by Karen Lascaris