Month: June 2019

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’ …

A Word of Glory 2019: My Favorite Read

Although this prophetic word was shared on our Instagram page, it somehow managed to not be shared here. I am so grateful to the Lord that He has been nudging me to share this word that He gave to Briana Lassiter at the start of this 2019 year. This is such a needed reminder for all of us. God is not finished. The seasons are changing and the harvests is ours! A WORD OF GLORY FOR 2019 by Briana Lassiter “For many of His (God’s) Children, this year will bring a new season of growth, becoming established and settled and rooted and grounded in His love and His ways. This will be a spring season of growing and stretching, becoming deeply watered and the explosion of flowers where there was once dry cracked dust.” Wow! This makes my soul excited and reminds me of the scripture in Isaiah 43:18-19, “Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make …

Be Brave

Updated from August 26, 2016 “Promise me you’ll always remember–you’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” ~Christopher Robin to Pooh Being discouraged by circumstances or challenges is easy. It’s deciding to overcome them and be victorious that takes courage and strength. The beauty is, just like with any muscle, whenever there is resistance applied and a pushback given in the face of resistance, do we see strength and growth occur. Our courage, our hearts, require healthy doses of resistance in order to grow strong. Whatever you’ve set your heart to do, be brave in your doing. Discouragement can always be turned on its head and be the stepping stone to CATAPULT you to your goal. If the dream is in you, it only means you were meant to see it as a reality. Be Brave and keep creating! ~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER! *Photo by Simon John-McHaffie on Unsplash

Letting Go: A Moment of Meditation

Updated from August 2, 2015 “You’ve brought me to the end of myself. This has been the longest road. And when my ‘Hallelujah’ was tired, you gave me a new song. Now I’m letting go.”        ~Steffany Gretzinger, Letting Go  It was August 2, 2015, that I first heard this song and felt led to share it. And now, nearly four years later, the same prompting whispers to my heart to share this song with this community. I feel like many of us are seeking a place of rest and abiding with the Lord, a place of peace and fruitfulness. Yet, there seems to be a struggle meeting us at the point of our best efforts. The blessing is the battle is not ours but the Lord’s and all we, His children and sheep of His pasture, need to do is surrender our weakness to His strength. Allowing our souls to be quite in such a hectic world can prove a very difficult thing. But let us all take the time to press in …

Todd Polyniak: Creative in Action

Interview by Briana Lassiter What a privilege it was for me to interview prophetic artist Todd Polyniak this week! As I’m preparing this article and looking through the beautiful art he sent me to be featured, I’m reminded of how one piece of God-given art can touch many of us in drastically different ways to minister to us exactly as we need. Our Father knows each of us so personally, and He communicates with us in the exact way He knows we can receive from His heart to ours. I hope this interview encourages you to ask for and receive your own gifts of creativity. No matter where you are. Whether you think you’re gifted or not. We are His beloved children, and we are all His favorites. We are spoiled by His love and there’s nothing as a doting dad, that He wouldn’t give us if we ask. If after reading this interview you find yourself asking the Lord for more, as I have, why don’t you pray with me for a fresh release …

Learning To Relax: Abiding Fruitfulness

“God never hurries. There are no deadlines against which He must work. Only to know this is to quiet our spirits and relax our nerves.” ~A.W TOZER  The word of God instructs and comforts us in Isaiah 40:31, that they that wait on Him shall have their strength renewed. But most of us seem to struggle in our fast pace world to not only slow down but even to wait. We find the urge to rush ahead, to be hurried in not just the seemingly grand things in life but even the small and simple things. We rush to get dressed in the morning, rush through prayer, rush to get the kids fed and off to their activities, all so that we can achieve some goal, that even once we have met it we still don’t quite feel fulfilled. The truth is even though our Heavenly Father has called us to abundant life, abundant life, contrary to what today’s culture says, is not found in rushing and striving, but in resting and abiding. Christ knows …

My Favorite Read: Made Wonder-Full by Candice Coates

One of the most humbling blessings of having a writing ministry is that I not only get to speak to the Children of God and encourage them in their faith-walk and identity but that I too get to be encouraged by the words the Lord has placed in my heart to share. I often liken myself to a stenographer; I write what I hear and share that with others. This week, in My Favorite Reads, I want to share Made Wonder Full. The reason I want to share this read is because of the simple and yet powerful truth that it embodies: You are made with wonder! The Creator of the Universe, the Everlasting Father, created you, His beloved child with wonder! What is wonder mean? According to some definitions, Wonder in the noun form means, “a feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar, or inexplicable.” “Not only did the God of all Creation create you fearfully, but He knit you together, which means He got personal when He formed you! …