All posts tagged: Highlights

Gone Til September: ICFTS on Sabbatical until September 8th

“Sometimes you just have to do it. Eat the cookie, take a nap. Relax. It’s Friday.” ~CANDICE COATES Okay, it may not be Friday but it is definitely time for a short sabbatical her at ICFTS. We will be gone from posting and sharing until SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8th. Until then, catch up on some old posts, enjoy downtime from the web, or better yet, if you haven’t already, take time to go through an accelerated run-through of ABIDING FRUITFULNESS: 40-DAYS OF RESTING TO SUCCESS. Again, we will be back on SEPTEMBER 8th, kicking off a fresh new series called, START HERE. Until then, rest easy, Creatives! ~Candice Coates *Photo by David Lezcano on Unsplash

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 …

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 …

Summer is Coming!: News for ICFTS This Summer

Hello, fellow Creatives! Summer is practically here! For many of us, summer has already started. School is out, the weather is heating up, days are longer, and the desire to just breathe and be is consuming our thoughts with expectations of rest and rejuvenation. Last summer, in light of those truths, ICFTS took the summer months of to, like you, regroup, and gain much-needed rest for the creative season to come. This year we here at ICFTS feel like doing something new. We would like to share our summer with you! WHAT IS THE PLAN FOR THE SUMMER This summer, we would like to share ideas and revelation on: Free and inexpensive activities for the family Recipes to enjoy over cookouts and bonfires Ways to beat the heat And More! We even want to share some of the articles that we’ve been most blessed to share over the past year(s) here at ICFTS. Our pace is going to be a lot more relaxed but still Spirit and faith-filled, all with the aim of tuning our …

Retraining Your Brain: Defeating Negativity in Your Faith-Walk by Briana Lassiter

I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’ve wasted a lot of time on false and harmful thought patterns that only brought me deeper into whatever difficulty I happened to be in at the time. I have had to learn that my thought patterns are not God’s responsibility, not that He won’t help me when I need it, not that He won’t step in and heal and give me breakthroughs, He always will, but it is my choice. He cannot and will not work in our lives if we refuse Him access. I cannot expect Him to step in and heal my thought patterns if when He intends to begin, I intend to push back. Breakthroughs with anything only begin with surrender. Sometimes the Lord just whispers gently to us, ‘You gotta work with Me.’ So if you’re at the place with God where you’re ready to work with Him the next time you feel yourself falling into a bad thought pattern, the best way to retrain your brain, is to make a …

It All Started With A Cake: How to Achieve Your Dream Intro

Imagine you are a thirty-something with a college degree. You have been working in your field of study since you took off your cap and gown and gained your credentials. Your student loans are just about paid off. Life is good. But something else burns in your core, something that seems so little but at the same time fills you with more joy than you could ever imagine. Cake. Whenever there is a potluck at work, you bake a cake. Birthdays? Folks request your cakes. From baby showers to bar mitzvahs those who know you want you to bake them a cake! What’s more, is you love to do so. But what about your 9 to 5 job? The same fulfillment you had there is waning and the drive and dream to bake consume your thoughts. You’ve prayed and prayed for the Lord to give you direction and all you keep seeing is more cake; more designs, more recipes, and ideas to build your own cake company. But it’s just cake, you think to yourself. …

Turbulence in Transition: Relationship Wisdom for Faith Moves

Turbulence. It is what happens most often when a plan takes flight and encounters unruly pockets of wind while in motion. The plane shakes, rattles, and by the grace of God, refuses to roll even if your belly does, as a result of the sudden ‘speed bumps’ that drive as a force against the craft, nearly knocking it off course. The sudden jarring punches of the wind from outside cause many passengers to grip their armrests with white-knuckled fear as if that will keep the plane in the air. Others simply buckle up, having decided not to be bothered by the jostling forces from outside, and continue to look forward to the journey ahead, fully confident that this moment will pass and the plane and the passengers will reach their destination intact. Have you been there before, not just as an experience of an actual flight, but within a relationship with someone close to you as you took off on your journey of transition from dream to manifestation? The Lord God, Jesus Christ, places a …

Power in the Process: Progressions from Seed to Success Intro

“The first step to being successful at anything is in taking the first steps.” ~Candice Coates What is success? What is success specifically for you? We as humans have a bad habit of measuring success or defining it by all of the wrong things. We think money, material gain, perishable things that cushion our lives somehow are the marks of success and ‘making it’. But this could not be further from the truth. Success is founded in “action” and that action is the response to Christ moving in your life and shepherding you from one level and dimension of faith and grace in Him, to another. Success is abiding in Him, His timing, His wisdom, His way, His action! Your action could be simply being still and trusting God to do the most amazing things in your life. Your action could be to research your next project. Your success could be simply getting out of the bed in the morning at a decent time. The point is when we push ourselves beyond the walls of …