I want to continually be experiencing more freedom in Christ. It's amazing to be able to FOCUS on this particular aspect of my life in Christ and I often find myself in tears - tears of joy! WOW!
I'm memorizing a personalized version of segments of I Cor 4. Here's how mine reads:
2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful, and that includes me! 3 I care very little if I am judged by any person or human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. 4 My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me. 5 I refuse to judge anything before its appointed time; I choose to wait on the Lord. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of each heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God. 7 For who makes any of us different from anyone else? What do we have that we did not receive? And if we did receive it, why do we boast as though we did not? 12 I choose to work hard; and when I am cursed, to bless; when I am persecuted, to endure it with joy; and when I am slandered, misunderstood, or accused, to answer with kindness. 16 Therefore, I have confidence in Christ to urge the women of the world to imitate my life, as I model being a flow through vessel for God, which agrees in every way with what the Bible teaches.
There is so much FREEDOM in being honest and authentic before God. It's about embracing the battle wounds and the scars instead of only honoring the beauty of the pasture lands. It's about letting God flow through me instead of trying to impress Him (and others) with myself. Big difference!
Google is a great example of embracing who you are while being honest about what you're not. I loved this quote from an article published in the Huffington Post:
"There’s 1 trillion websites competing against each other. The most honest website of all? Google. Google can’t help you with your problems. Google has no content on it at all. But Google is honest about that. You just walked into their store and said, “Please, help me – do you have anything to prevent a potential outbreak of ______” and Google will say, quite honestly, “I’m sorry, I can’t help you, but here are ten of my competitors who can potentially help you. And, by the way, here are three more of my competitors who MIGHT be able to help you but, in full disclosure, they are paying me to tell you this.” And then Google shrugs its shoulders. That’s all they can do for you. But that’s honesty."
The writer went on to say, "That’s not branding. So you’ll come back to them. Because they are a straight shooter and the target was on your head."
I get to be a straight shooter for God's glory! How exciting is that!?!
So, this month’s 21 Day WIN for me is about understanding the places where I am still not walking in full Truth and honest disclosure before God.
My motivation to be THAT honest comes from Jesus' promise, "The Truth will see you FREE." Since freedom is my goal, my new 21 Day WIN commitment is this:
I, Marnie Swedberg, commit unreservedly to doing a daily honesty assessment by asking these questions of God at least once a day for 21 days.1) Is there any obvious deception in my life that I’m refusing to face? If yes, I’ll confess and ask for repentance. 2) Is there any deceit in myself or my circumstances that You’d like me to see with fresh eyes today? If yes, is there anything You’d like me to do about it? If I forget, I’ll just start again the next day. However, if I refuse to do my assessment questions, then I will report that to this group and ask for prayer, that I’d be willing to face the Truth. I commit to winning this challenge between Wed, Sept 7 and Tues, Sept 27. This is not a casual commitment, but rather a firm, dedication to achieving my goal in the next 21 days.
Jesus offers us freedom and I, for one, want to be totally FREE! Free to love and serve God with my whole heart, soul, mind and strength! Yes!
21 Day Wins: http://www.21DayWins.com
Choosing a quality, yet available website name is the hard part. It needs to be perfectly understandable whether you are saying it over the telephone, giving it during a media interview, or fitting it onto a business card. It must be:
Ideally, your website name will build your brand. If the URL is available, buy one that includes your own:
It’s definitely worth the effort, because once own one, you can add it to book jackets, handouts, and other promotional materials.
Your next step is to “forward” your new website to the page of your choice. If you have a speaker profile at www.WomenSpeakers.com, use that.
As soon as you are ready to build your own website or start a WordPress blog, or whatever, just change the forwarding address. It’s really that simple.
The cost of a new website name is less than $20 a year, so, as marketing goes, it’s dirt cheap!
If your ideal name is no longer available, choose a different name. You could try to wait to buy the name you really want, but this can sometimes take years and run into thousands of dollars to obtain. It’s more important to get one that works and get going.
Marnie Swedberg is an international leadership mentor, author of 13 books, and webhostess of WomenSpeakers.com, the largest online directory of Christian Women Speakers in the world.
Public speaking is more than standing on a stage, giving a speech. Here are 5 Ws to work through before you begin your speaking ministry.
1. Who? Identify the three most important “Who’s.” Who will support your desire to speak? Who will be able to book you (what types of groups)? Who do you know personally who might be able to book you now?
2. Which topics? What talks are done and ready to give? What topics are in the works? What ideas do you have for presentations in the future? How long does it take to create a specialized topic for a group, and is that something you’re going to offer?
3. Why me? Here you develop you USP (Unique Selling Proposition) including your personal life experiences, education and training, gifts and talents, presentation style and more.
4. What’s needed? Think through every aspect of a speaking ministry: What will be needed at home in order for you to go? Financially? Time for preparation, communication with the planners and teams, the actual event plus travel? All these things require pre-thought and commitment.
5. Where do you want to go? Be specific. Are you willing to go to remote villages in the bush of Africa or do prefer staying within 90 miles of home? List any locations where you already know you’d like to speak.
Excerpted from “Speaker Booking Boot Camp,” available now at http://bit.ly/2awSw1F
I had a funny dream the other night, and, mercifully, God helped me understand its meaning.
In the dream, I was wearing super-high heeled shoes. Every chance I could, I'd take them off and go barefoot. At other times, I just couldn't do my work wearing them, so I'd trade them out for tennis shoes or slip-ons.
But, because I had started off wearing the high heels, I found myself "needing" them in order to fulfill certain roles. In the dream, it was frustrating. As I reflected on it, it was rather humorous.
The next morning, in Sunday School, our teacher said, "It's important not to try to be someone you aren't."
It was the craziest moment! I mean, I'm always, always reminding you and everybody I meet to be "fully you!" I preach this!
But, somehow, subconsciously, I've been feeling "not quite enough." You know--like "not wearing high heels" was not OK. There was an underlying "pull" to be something/someone I'm not.
The dream, followed by the conscious awareness, helped me release a subconscious longing to be "that other girl!" You know, the "classy lady" in high heels with coiffed hair and manicured nails.
That's not me! I'm much more of a sportswear type of gal, who doesn't mind doing dishes at the restaurants, and simply loves being simple me!
So, how about it? I dare you to take your own version of the "high heel" test and ask God to reveal to you if there's anywhere you're trying to be someone He never created you to be.
If you see something, kick into the 4Rs: Recognize, release, receive peace & respond with praise.
I have three main ways I pray for the women of the world. I spend 3-23 minutes most days, depending on my other obligations that day. Want to join me? And, share this with other women you know are prayers!
#3 Take 23 minutes and pray more deeply as the wordless music leads you through the countries including some detail about each.
Every great invention began as someone’s dream and was transformed from idea to reality. Just as an electrical transformer can reduce a large amount of energy into something small enough to be viable, so you have the ability to transform your “big dreams” into simple realities that can change people's lives.
Inventors go through stages of ideation. Most ideas never make it past level one. Some survive levels two and three, and those that reach levels four and five have the capacityto generate income.
If your goal is to transform your dream into a reality, here is how to proceed:
If you need a little direction, perspective, or clarity, schedule a few minutes and use the pre-call worksheet to help focus the conversation. Congrats on having a BIG idea!
My Statement of Faith
I believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the only inspired, authoritative Word of God, and are completely truthful and without error. I believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I believe that man, created in the image of God, sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God; that all human beings are born with a sinful nature, and that those who reach moral responsibility become sinners in thought, word, and deed.
I believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again on the third day, according to the Scriptures.
I believe that the true Church is composed of all persons who, through saving faith in Jesus Christ, have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the Body of Christ of which He is the Head.
My Journey of Faith
I was raised in a Christian home by parents who loved and served God. My daddy, who was in so many ways a picture image of his Heavenly Father, went home to Him on January 21, 2007. I miss him!
I spent my childhood attending Assembly of God churches (just two - the change came after a move to a different city). At nineteen I met Dave Swedberg at a singles event at Edina Baptist. After our marriage in 1983, and simultaneous move to a new state, we joined an Evangelical Free Church. Since relocating to Warroad, MN in 1986, we have belonged to a Bible Church.
In each of these churches, regardless of denomination, I have sat under Biblical teaching and have met wonderful Christian people who truly love God. I have learned from them all!I came to a personal faith in Jesus Christ at the young age of four, which spared me much grief during my teen and adult years. I can still remember the exact moment at which I realized that I had saddened a perfect God -- but that He had sent Jesus, His only Son, to pay for the sins I had already committed. I confessed to Him that I was "bad" - a sinner, and I needed Him to forgive me and help me live His way for the rest of my life. This was, by far, the most important and life-changing decision I have ever made.
Since then, I have grown to love God more and more. I talk to Him all the time: I get up breathing His name and fall into bed each night doing the same. I kick through each day, like a dolphin, having a splashin' good time, but surfacing for air often, through prayer. God keeps me going!
And lest you think I have it all together, no such fantasy! I am a work in progress -- just ask my husband, my kids or my staff! Yet, in all of my imperfections, I am loved perfectly by a perfect God Who has forgiven me completely for all my offenses toward Him and Who refuses to quit working on me. I am so blessed!
My prayer is that you, too, may come into a deeply personal relationship with Jesus Christ. He passionately loves you and He proved it by dying for you. He extends to you a one-on-one, living, and vital relationship. His arms are open to you right now as He invites you to accept Him as your Savior and Lord.
When a project or idea you're pursuing requires you to connect with a famous person you've not yet met, it can be intimidating. These tips may help you get past the gatekeepers or maybe even the trash bin!
First, put yourself in their shoes. Envision this person receiving 100s of books, CDs, cards, gifts and letters a week from unknown, grateful friends nationwide just like you. They are so busy that, despite their deepest desire to personally respond, help, meet or even greet every person who reaches out to them, they cannot.
The staff has to constantly be answering this question, "In the big scheme of things, understanding God's calling on my boss' life and time, is this new request, book, CD, card, call or whatever, imperative to the fulfillment of God's purposes in their life?"
If not, they say no.
If maybe, they consider it.
If yes, they put you through.
So, your main work occurs before they hear from you: