Year: 2019

Inevitable Change: Encouragement in Transition

Revised from August 18, 2015 “Change is inevitable, Growth is optional.”~JOHN C. MAXWELL Change. The only time that most people search out change and willingly run with it is when unsavory circumstances have begun to dim the light and joy form their life and they are desperate to get it back. Otherwise, change is seen as the unwelcome guest who showed up at your perfectly numbered dinner party, uninvited. Change requires sacrifice, which generally goes hand and hand with discomfort and for some of us, discombobulation. But change is necessary. It is going to happen whether we like it or not, whether we are prepared or not. Think about an infant in their mother’s womb. Change comes and is without a doubt a straining shock to everything within the infant and around them. But what awaits them at the end of their travailing journey is something far greater. Consider the caterpillar who crawls through life, knowing in the core of their being that they are meant for greater heights. They must burn with the urge to …

My Favorite Read by Briana Lassiter: Encouraged in the Wait

This weeks summer favorite is an article from 2016, titled, ENCOURAGED IN THE WAIT by Candice Coates. I (Briana) had just met Candice and when I saw this post of hers on Facebook, I was in a deep waiting/suffering period and it resonated deeply as I sat and cried over the reminders of the truth about God that my tired heart desperately needed. As I read it over today, I find myself in a waiting period again, and the truths about God are still true, and His comfort is still as powerful as it was the first time I read it. And as Candice wrote, “Our Heavenly Father loves us beyond measure so much so that He would never forget us nor forsake us, especially not when we are distressed. Just as a parent is moved by the cries of their child so too is our Heavenly Father moved by ours.” I hope you are blessed with the encouragement you need today for your own wait as you read this summer favorite! By Briana Lassiter …

What’s Coming up with ICFTS

Hello Fellow Creatives! I pray this summer has kicked off with a blast that has outdone the fireworks in splendor! Our God has so much in store for us, His beloved children, and I am expectant and excited about what the next couple of months will bring. WHAT’S COMING UP ABIDING FRUITFULNESS Starting TUESDAY, JULY 9th, ICFTS will be hosting our 40-Day Session called ABIDING FRUITFULNESS: RESTING TO SUCCESS. Be sure to follow our Facebook page to watch the videos, share your thoughts and growth, and to get connected with our growing community. Also, look for the Content Page in our Main Menu Coming Soon! SUMMER POSTING SCHEDULE Because we will be focusing on bringing you, our community of Creatives, focused content to get you rested and ready for the season of sowing, we are, beginning SUNDAY, JULY 14th, only posting TWO NEW ARTICLES EACH WEEK. SUMMER SABBATICAL  The Team at ICFTS will be taking a 3-Week summer break from SUNDAY, AUGUST 18th, until SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9th where we will kick off the coming of Fall …

A Word to the Waiting: by Briana Lassiter

Have you received promises from the Lord that your breakthrough will come this year? Has He given you specific impartations, specific instructions and specific direction about what to look forward to? Have you received attack on attack? Have you felt in a fog? Have your promises seemed untrue? Has the voice of the Lord–however He speaks to you–grown dim and hard to hear? Have you experienced pain and hindrances like never before? Beloved, we are shifting. We are moving. We are coming out and we are breaking forth in a historical move of God. We are like waves crashing on the shore, sometimes being pulled back, but gaining in momentum and power and height with each crash. We feel as if we are walking alone at times, we feel blindsided and oppressed by the enemy. We may carry the fear of being hindered and fear that we will forfeit the promises by how we are getting through this time. But we are being called forth in a new glorious way. We are being called out …

Triple Berry Salad by Briana Lassiter

This is, hands down, one of my favorite salads EVER! Its colors make it the perfect patriotic side dish, and I’m obsessed with the taste of spicy arugula blended with earthy spinach, and the sweetness of the berries and a dressing balanced by the tanginess of the cheese. With the chicken, it’s enough to make a full meal! I hope you enjoy making and eating this salad as much as I do! • A 5oz of fresh spinach, with a handful or 2 of arugula mixed in • 5 sliced strawberries • A small handful (or 1/4 cup) each of blueberries and blackberries • 2-3 tablespoons of gorgonzola cheese • 1 tbsp of chopped red onions • A small handful (or 1/4 cup) of walnut pieces • Any type of sweet and tangy dressing like Tessamaes poppyseed honey, or Primal Kitchen honey mustard vinaigrette etc. • 1 chicken breast cut into bite size pieces (I like to use an herb rotisserie chicken) Assemble all ingredients, top with dressing, and enjoy! By Briana Lassiter I’m married …

This One Thing: Faith for Creatives

“I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind…The end of the matter, all having been heard: fear God, and keep His commandments; for this is the whole man.”~ECCLESIASTES 1:14;12:13 The book of Ecclesiastes was inspired by the Living Spirit of God and written by not only the wisest man to ever live–besides our Savior, Jesus Christ–but the wealthiest man of all creation; King Solomon. In his lifetime, he had tasted of every indulgence he could, wealth was in abundance, nor did he lack the company of women. There was nothing under the sun that was denied him. And yet, after running around the mountain of indulgence and want, whether of Godly pursuit or in the attempt to appease the longings of his own flesh and desires; he came to the simple and yet profound conclusion, that nothing, NOTHING else was of true value, all was as chasing the wind, except loving God. The word “fear” used in the scripture in regard …

Abiding Fruitfulness: Summer Series Coming Next Week!

On Tuesday, July 9th ICFTS will be kicking off a Free 40-Day Community Teaching called Abiding Fruitfulness-Resting into Success, and we want you to join us! WHAT IS ABIDING FRUITFULNESS: “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.  You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.  Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” ~JOHN 15:1-5 In the Book of John chapter 15, the Lord Jesus tells us that He is the Vine and we are His branches and that if we abide in Him we will bear much fruit, that apart from Him we can do nothing at all. For the hustlers and …

Today is a Good Day: Being Grateful for Those Around Us

*Revised from November 18, 2016 “Today is a good day! Why? Because you’re in it, I’m in it, and we’re in it together! Praise Jesus for making this day!” ~CANDICE COATES The Psalmist said it best Psalm 118: 24 when they said, “This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.” What a blessing it is to not only know that the Word of the Lord is the truth, but to also choose to live it out. The glory of this life is that the Lord did not design it or us to do it alone (GENESIS 2:18). He created us as communal creatures, beings destined for relationship. When we take the time to celebrate those who the Lord has blessed us to do life with, whether that is for a season or for many years to come, we find it hard to not walk in joy. My prayer for each of us this week is to allow the Lord to shift our focus and to enable us …

Three Bean & Feta Citrus Salad

There is nothing like creating a salad or side dish that can be used in a multitude of satisfyingly delicious ways! This Three Bean & Feta Citrus Salad, that I invented over a decade ago, ticks all of those boxes. This salad is not only quick and easy to make, easy on the wallet, and absolutely delicious, but it is a great source of protein and can be added to anything. Use it as a side dish, a snack, a tasty touch of protein inside a breakfast burrito. Or use it in a lunch or dinner burrito with rice, chicken, beef or fish. The possibilities are endless! INGREDIENTS: 1 can drained  & rinsed chickpeas (garbanzo beans) 1 can drained & rinsed black beans 1 can drained & rinsed dark kidney beans ½ red onion diced 1 heaping tsp of minced garlic A handful of chopped cilantro (or to taste) 1 lemon (juiced) 1 lime (juiced) 1 small tub of crumbled feta cheese Salt and pepper to taste Drizzle of olive oil INSTRUCTIONS Simply take all …

Pausing in the Moment: Faith for Creatives

*Revised from May 25, 2018 “Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He (Jesus) went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.” ~MARK 1:35 Our Savior and God, Jesus Christ, did not just come to the world to save us from our sins, but He also came to give us life to the fullest, and in so doing, be our example for how to live our best life. As our example, He shows us how to be in the ‘moment’ with others, to be available to their needs, to do our work in delight, but He also shows us when to pause…and to surrender our hearts to Him in quiet seclusion, just as He did with the Father. Whenever our Savior did this, even with great multitudes at His heels, He was able to return to them empowered, enriched, and able to give of Himself. Being Creatives, we often struggle with the idea of being still especially when we want to keep going. But we have to realize that ‘burnout’ …