SOAP 11.19.17

Good morning!⠀

This morning I had my tea and am ready to dive into a SOAP for you guys.⠀

For those who don’t know, SOAP stands for:⠀

Scripture⠀
Observation⠀
Application⠀
Prayer⠀

Scripture: Hosea 2

14 “Therefore I am now going to allure her;
I will lead her into the wilderness
and speak tenderly to her.
15 There I will give her back her vineyards,
and will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope.
There she will respond as in the days of her youth,
as in the day she came up out of Egypt.
16 “In that day,” declares the Lord,
“you will call me ‘my husband’;
you will no longer call me ‘my master.[d]’
17 I will remove the names of the Baals from her lips;
no longer will their names be invoked.
18 In that day I will make a covenant for them
with the beasts of the field, the birds in the sky
and the creatures that move along the ground.
Bow and sword and battle
I will abolish from the land,
so that all may lie down in safety.
19 I will betroth you to me forever;
I will betroth you in[e] righteousness and justice,
in[f] love and compassion.
20 I will betroth you in[g] faithfulness,
and you will acknowledge the Lord.
21 “In that day I will respond,”
declares the Lord—
“I will respond to the skies,
and they will respond to the earth;
22 and the earth will respond to the grain,
the new wine and the olive oil,
and they will respond to Jezreel.[h]
23 I will plant her for myself in the land;
I will show my love to the one I called ‘Not my loved one.’
I will say to those called ‘Not my people,’ ‘You are my people’;
and they will say, ‘You are my God.’”

Observation: No matter how far we go, God leads up back to him. I love the soothing language in this verse. He speaks “tenderly” to us, we will call Him “husband” not master. We can “lie down in safety”, we will be be “planted” by God.

Application: Achor means Trouble in Hebrew. I love the idea that no matter what trouble is in the valley, there is a door of hope we can walk through.

Prayer: God no matter what help us to remember your love.


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SOAP 9.4.17

Good morning!⠀

This morning I had my tea and am ready to dive into a SOAP for you guys.⠀

For those who don’t know, SOAP stands for:⠀

Scripture⠀
Observation⠀
Application⠀
Prayer⠀

Scripture: Mark 5:32-34 (NLT)

32 But he kept on looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the frightened woman, trembling at the realization of what had happened to her, came and fell to her knees in front of him and told him what she had done. 34 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.”

Observation: Jesus calls a woman He just met “daughter”

Application: No matter what has made us suffer, feel unclean, or worried to face God, He knows and feels when we reach out for His help and healing. He tenderly refers to us as daughter.

Prayer: God above all, help us to remember that we are “daughter” to you.

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Community Feature – rachaelmmarie

One of my new initiatives is to hear from my followers in a way that directly meets them on their journeys.

On Instagram I encourage you to tag your posts with #UnfilteredChristianWomen so I can see what everyone is up to and feature topics that they are currently thinking about or needing feedback on.

My goal will always be to write a blog post each month on a topic from my own heart BUT I also want to make room for another post that same month directly addressing a topic found via Instagram using the community hashtag.

This month I am featuring a post from: @rachaelmmarie *

“So no matter where you’re at, be authentic with the people you’re around and most importantly, be crazy authentic and real with the Lord. You will stop being fake and you will learn really how to love well because you know who loves you in the first place. Be encouraged and make your Monday great! . “

You might have guessed by now that I’m a fan of being transparent. I think a lot of times as women we want to come across as fun all the time, easy maintenance, bubbly and joyful as if nothing is ever wrong. But that’s not my reality. It never has been and it probably never will be. The pressure to be great all the time is a lot..and I’m not about that life.

Do you find it hard to be authentic and 100% yourself?

If not, how did you get to that point?

Comment below.

* Original post here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BXfz7VDB9xK

Keep moving

I have to say this season of unexpected unemployment has been hard. But I’m still trying to keep a record of where I am so one day I can look back with accuracy at what I endured and survived.

I have sent between 200-300 applications since May. I counted last time, but as it grows I feel like there’s no point in tracking it.

I have gone on multi-stage interviews and have been passed on by 9 different companies all of which told me that I was a solid candidate and that everyone on the team liked me.

I was told by 2 companies of those 9 that I would be given a formal offer only to have one, never reply to me or my follow up emails and the other to tell me they changed their mind.

I have another 3 companies that I interviewed with that never replied to me at all to let me know if I moved on to the next phase of interviews.

All in all, the job search has been disappointing, and even depressing. Most days it’s a struggle to keep going, knowing that it is still a possibility – as it has many times before – to get your hopes up in a process that might not end in a job offer.

But I’m hoping one day I can use this as another story of how God made it all work out again.

Please keep me in prayer during this time.

SOAP 8.14.17

Good morning!⠀

This morning I had my tea and am ready to dive into a SOAP for you guys.⠀

The inspiration for this, is from my August 14th post from 2014. You can find that post linked to the one today in the link in my bio! Double the fun.

For those who don’t know, SOAP stands for:⠀

Scripture⠀
Observation⠀
Application⠀
Prayer⠀

Scripture: 1 Peter 3: 13-18 (MSG)

If with heart and soul you’re doing good, do you think you can be stopped? Even if you suffer for it, you’re still better off. Don’t give the opposition a second thought. Through thick and thin, keep your hearts at attention, in adoration before Christ, your Master. Be ready to speak up and tell anyone who asks why you’re living the way you are, and always with the utmost courtesy. Keep a clear conscience before God so that when people throw mud at you, none of it will stick. They’ll end up realizing that they’re the ones who need a bath. It’s better to suffer for doing good, if that’s what God wants, than to be punished for doing bad. That’s what Christ did definitively: suffered because of others’ sins, the Righteous One for the unrighteous ones. He went through it all—was put to death and then made alive—to bring us to God.

Observation: If you are doing good you can’t be stopped.

Application: If I am in the right, I am an unstoppable force. This doesn’t mean being a know-it-all, we must always remember to have courtesy for others. Jesus was the ultimate do-gooder and His righteousness still continues to be an unstoppable force in us.

Prayer: God help us to power through any difficult times because nothing will last forever. You have provided the ultimate prize – bringing us to God.

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Vessels

I put this into my drafts 24 days ago. Talk about….procrastination.

Point is I had this dream I think on 7/12 or a day or two after. Meh. Sorry guys. But it happened! I swear! and I haven’t felt like I’ve had a “meaningful” dream in a long time so I thought I would document it here for my memory sake and also, maybe your enjoyment. So here we go!

I don’t really know where I was, but I was in a room and I kept feeling like something was rising up in my throat. If you’ve followed me to any degree you might already know that I’m a bit emetophobic. I have been since I was little. So I remember in my dream being quite grossed out feeling like I was going to spew. Ha. Much to my surprise though, it wasn’t going to go down (or up?) that way. When I felt the feeling of something rising up in my throat I opened my mouth to pull out some sort of black crumpled ball that was — almost sticky and pruny.

But wait there’s more.

The rising feeling came again and I pulled out of my mouth a small bottle.

Huh?

The rising feeling came again and I pulled out of my mouth a small bottle.

Ok…

The rising feeling came again and I pulled out of my mouth a large almost wine sized bottle.

How is that possible?

The rising feeling came again and I pulled out of my mouth a large almost wine sized bottle.

I wake up.

Now let’s just be real here. Knowing that you’re going to potentially expel your insides is pretty gross. But taking empty glass bottles out of your mouth…is like something you might see someone employed at the carnival side show do.

But what does it all mean?

The morning after I had this dream I shared it with my mom. I just felt like I couldn’t make heads or tails of it. I asked my mom to write up her thoughts again for me since I didn’t write this blog post on the day of. Here’s what she said:

PRUNE is a plum very ripened.  
You are a fruitful speaker grown under the tender care of your Jesus the Gardener & your environment good, bad even ugly have been part of the soil you were hewned? In (& of course your Mother LOL ? )
Fully ripened now plucked from GOD’s vine ready to give LOL
If the bottles were empty..GOD will fill as needed with the words/wisdom you need to reach others.  Like fine wine the best is served when Jesus turned the water into wine at the wedding @ his MOTHERS request LOL
He saved the best for last especially when the world does the opposite Read the scripture about it.
So in short there were two main things I got from that at the time and then as she reminded me about her thoughts:
1. What is coming out of my mouth has been ripened to be ready
2. The bottles are empty and ready to be filled by God
The takeaways I had at the time and then again as I reminded myself of this dream was actually the story of the woman and the jars. The jars and containers were empty but the oil kept coming so she needed to keep gathering more and more vessels to hold it.
When all is said and done, this is what I can gather:
It is a ripe season, and initially my vessels were small but once time passes the vessels become larger and larger. God will fill them up.
What do you think? Comment below.

SOAP 8.4.17

Good morning!⠀

This morning I had my tea and am ready to dive into a SOAP for you guys.⠀

The inspiration for this, is from my August 4th post from 2014. You can find that post linked to the one today in the link in my bio! Double the fun.

For those who don’t know, SOAP stands for:⠀

Scripture⠀
Observation⠀
Application⠀
Prayer⠀

Scripture: 1 Peter 3:3-4 (ERV)

It is not fancy hair, gold jewelry, or fine clothes that should make you beautiful.
No, your beauty should come from inside you—the beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit.
That beauty will never disappear.
It is worth very much to God.

Observation: Inner beauty is worth more to God than outer beauty.

Application: Any time I have a bad hair day, worry about what I look like, or what others see, I can remember God sees me from the inside.

Prayer: God, help us not to think of ourselves in a shallow way when it comes to beauty. Let us focus on ways to make our inner self the most beautiful. Amen.

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