She Never Stands Still

“She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭31:27‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Have you ever met someone who seemed like they have endless energy? I know I’ve met a few women who are very busy, but this woman is always busy doing something lasting. She is always at work  building The Kingdom of God.

My friend Sheila is the office manager/“anything that needs to get done” at our church. Sheila is a true disciple of Christ. The Holy Spirit shines in her wherever she goes.

Sheila is a mother and grandmother. She also has wonderful parents who she honors and cares for amazingly. To call Sheila the “office manager” at church is a huge understatement. Well, mainly because I rarely see her sitting in an office. She is always running around taking care of everyone. She protects the leadership of the church by sheilding them from many distractions to protect them as she serves on the front lines in the mission. She is involved in what seems to be every area at the church as well as serving wholeheartedly as a prayer partner at Unforsaken. This is only the work she does at church. Sheila has been in ministry her whole life and she has played key parts in global missions, worked with youth, evangelism, you name it. Though she’s involved in big time ministry work, she never seems too busy to drive a single mom without a car to a needed appointment.

I am in awe of this woman of God. She is a dear friend to me and I count her wisdom as a treasured gift to me in the ministry. She is always there to run an idea by, agree in prayer with and just hug you when you feel like calling it a day.

I love my sweet friend Sheila. She is a Proverbs Woman. I kind of wonder what her role will be someday in Heaven. It better be something mobile, because this lady just never stands still.

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She Speaks What is Good

“She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭31:26

Living a life dedicated to following the Lord wholeheartedly, requires encouragement. God calls Godly sisters and brothers to lift each other up, bless each other and minister to one another when needed. The Word actually says “iron sharpens iron.” Do you have an encourager in your corner. I praise God that The Lord has provided a few for me. One of these precious gifts to me is my friend Crystal.

Since I met Crystal, God has used her to bless me as a friend. She’s a gentle and loving daughter of The King. Crystal loves serving God and she loves studying The Word of God. There’s no doubt in my mind that Crystal grasps the concept of Godly encouragement, because I see her do this for many women, including me.

Crystal loves empowering women. She does so through biblical teaching and helping women become all that they can be in life and business. She is teaching her daughter how to be a Wife of Noble Character by living it in front of her daily.

There have been days when the enemy has been on my back so heavy and my strength to fight was weakening, when God used Crystal to send me a note of encouragement at just the right moment. I have no doubt she hears from God and she is obedient to the call.

I’m so thankful for my friend Crystal. She helped me start and form Unforsken Women Corporation, and specifically our Vineyard ministry. She is a key player in God’s plan to build His church. She loves the Kingdom and it shows in her life.

Crystal is a Proverbs Woman. She speaks what is good. Love you Crystal.

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She Dresses In Dignity

“She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭31:25‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Everyone has a story. It’s the story that God has penned in our lives in which blessings and trials, ups and downs have happened that have landed us right where we are today.

My friend Sherri’s story is amazing. She told it to me at breakfast a few years ago. It blew me away then to see her steadfast strength under pressure and perseverance. I was honored by the dignity she would never allow the enemy to take from her as she remembered that she was a daughter of The King! Her faith has grown mine.

As I see how God has recently in the past few years magnified the power in her story by gifting her a wonderful new husband in Steve, my heart is filled with joy seeing her living a life of continual love and abundant blessings.

Sherri is clothed in strength and dignity. She wears it like a robe. Her dignity and strength come from The Lord and the power we obtain from living according to the Word and walking in The Spirit. Sherri is the epitome of obedient. I believe that is why our Daddy couldn’t wait to bless her with her precious new marriage centered on Him.

Sherri is an encourager of all things good. She blesses many with her words of encouragement and she blesses many with her God given gift to minister to the sick through her position in the medical field.

I’m honored to call this Proverbs Woman my dear friend. She is clothed with strength and dignity. She wears her robe of righteousness proudly. I love you Sherri.

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Behind Every Great Man

Proverbs Women

“Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭31:23-24

Ever heard that saying, “Behind every great man, is a great woman?” I completely believe this saying as I am a Women’s Ministry leader, and that gives me the opportunity to meet some amazing women. You can obviously tell this by the past few week’s blogs about some incredible women I know and love.

God has blessed me with a friendship with an extraordinary woman named Chrissy. Chrissy and her husband Pete are not only key players in the workings of Unforsken Women Corp, they are also our dear friends. Their whole family feels like family to us. Their son Chris is our son Eli’s best friend. The Peterson’s are what the Bible refers to as “The Salt of the Earth.” They add flavor to everything.

Pete is one of our leaders in our Single Mom’s Man-Training program. Pete is an amazing example of a Godly Man. The boys have an awesome example to follow in Mr. Pete. I strongly believe that Mr. Pete is respected and loved because of his love for Jesus and also because of the amazing, supporting wife that he has in Chrissy.

The Word says, “He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord.”
Proverbs ‬ ‭18:22‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Pete is definitely favored from The Lord, as he has found a good wife in Chrissy.  Chrissy serves with everything she has in her. She cares for and serves her children, her husband, her home, her dog and she serves amazingly as a friend to me and a volunteer at church and Unforsaken Treasures and events. She seems to have endless energy, which I know must run out, but she never shows it. She also never complains. She does everything with an amazing attitude. Even hard things.

My friend Chrissy is one of the funniest people I know. She makes me laugh and keeps me from being too serious all of the time. She’s a precious jewel to me as a friend. Can you tell I love her?

I’m thankful beyond words to honor Chrissy as a Proverbs 31 Woman. She truly deserves it. Behind every great man, is an amazing woman.

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Her Household Is Secure

“When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet. She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭31:21-22‬ ‭NIV‬‬

When my friend Shelby became a mama, God knew just what He was doing. Shelby is a Proverbs 31 Woman. She takes full responsibility for the comings and goings in her home.

Shelby is a wonderful mother and grandmother. It is obviously her pride and joy to care for her tribe God has given her. She has a grown daughter and a son. Her son John Jr, had a car accident over 7 years ago leaving him with a traumatic brain injury. The doctors didn’t give Shelby and her husband John much hope for John Jr, but let me tell you, I don’t think these doctors took into consideration the God they both serve and the kind of mama Shelby is.

John Jr. has done exceedingly more than they ever believed he would. It may be because Shelby spends everyday researching the best treatments, therapies and procedures for him. She spends countless hours as his advocate fighting through insurance red tape to see to it John Jr. has what he needs. Shelby makes sure she takes him for long walks each day for fresh air, she gets him in the pool, she takes him to the the farmers market to buy fresh produce for his homemade food she makes him. Shelby is beyond excellent with her care for John Jr.

Shelby also makes sure her daughter knows how loved and supported she is as she lives with them as a hard working single mom. Shelby is an amazing Grandma. Her two baby granddaughters are the joy of her life. They adore Shelby. I mean, who wouldn’t? She exudes love.

Shelby is a faithful wife, a God-honoring mother and a devoted grandma.  I won’t  fail to mention what a great friend she is to me. She is always encouraging of my writing and teaching and I thank God for her gentle, quiet spirit God has given her.

My friend Shelby has no fear for her household. For all of them are clothed in scarlet. She makes sure of it.

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It’s Always About Others

“She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭31:20‬ ‭NIV‬‬
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You know, we really get to know the true hearts of people we spend alot of time with. Social media and our self-centered world can allow any of us to put our best face forward and hide our ugly very easily. I’ve spent plenty of quality time with this woman and that’s why when I write this tribute I have no problem saying, this woman is a true Proverbs 31 Woman.

My friend Elizabeth loves caring for the poor. She has a true heart for the needy and those who are less fortunate. Elizabeth is a prayer warrior and you can find her often praying for the needs of the poor and destitute.

Elizabeth loves our Haiti mission and our single moms mission. She loves caring for the homeless and she often sews financially into the ministry, even when I know she is giving more than most would be comfortable with. She not only gives financially, she gives whatever she can physically and spiritually to bless the mission. She understands the heart of Unforsken and she is a key intercession on our behalf.

Elizabeth is a precious friend of mine and a sister in the faith. She and I don’t get a lot of time lately to hang out as she’s busy homeschooling her daughters and helping her husband with their business, and of course I’m a busy hot mess always. But, when we do hang out, it’s all about Jesus and His commission of us.

I love this woman Elizabeth. She has a heart for everyone and everything with breath. She truly is all about others.

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The Lady Can Work!

Proverbs Women

“She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭31:16-19‬ ‭NIV‬‬

My friend Patty designed our store with me. She came up with the ideas for our boutique area, she researched and shopped for racks and merchandising items, she programmed our cash register  and she gutted and helped rebuild the property right alongside our husbands, her Dad and me. Patty can work!

When we decided to open the resale shop for the ministry, Patty said right from the beginning, “I’m in!” I had no idea what kind of committment  that meant. As soon as we found the property we wanted to be at, Patty’s creative mind and spirit never shut down until opening day. She makes me laugh so much. She even carried me through the threshold at our Grand Opening. There is a funny video to prove it.

Patty not only works hard as President of our Board of Directors for Unforsken. She runs her own Art studio and she cleans her church as a side job. I mean, really? That’s your side job? She actually makes me feel lazy sometimes. I mean, the girl can work!

Im so grateful that Patty is my son’s mother in law. Her daughter married my son. Her work ethic has been ingrained into her daughter Brooke and I’m so thankful Brooke is a hard worker as well. She couldn’t help but learn that from her mama.

Patty is a Proverbs 31 Woman. She can demo a room in the morning and by evening hold an audience in the palm of her hands as she emcees an event or leads worship. I can honestly say, Patty is a key player in the workings of Unforsaken Women Corporation. I know I’m thankful for her daily.

I love me some Patty. I am thankful for my   sweet friend. The Lady can work!

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