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July 27, 2015

Dear Faithful One,

Jesus came to offer us forgiveness even before we knew to ask for it. He is the embodiment of grace and truth. John 1:17 states “Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” God knew the truth about our sin but chose to offer forgiveness as a grace gift. Grace is undeserved. We did not work for it. When our blessings are rooted in grace, we no longer live in an atmosphere of performance. We can stop striving. Will you celebrate the freedom of knowing God didn’t pick us because we were perfect? He picked us because He wanted to.

When I pray for you, I hear a victory song. I believe in you because I believe in the power of God’s Word in you as you put His Word into action.

Love, Anita

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Published on July 27, 2015 07:35

July 5, 2015

Dear Faithful One,

This past July 4, as our country celebrated independence, I wondered do you celebrate independence in your personal life? Has something enslaved you in your life? Are you living in bondage to something that controls you? The Apostle Paul tells us in Romans 8:11 “And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit, who lives in you.” Since we have the power of our resurrected Christ in us not just for eternal life but for our lives on earth, then why don’t we live like it? Will you claim God’s power and let Him set you free?

When I pray for you, I hear a victory song. I believe in you because I believe in the power of God’s Word in you as you put His Word into action. Happy Independence Day!!!!

Love, Anita

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Published on July 05, 2015 23:00 • 1 view

June 21, 2015

Dear Faithful One,

In ministry, I had to transition from my own self-image to the image God defined for me. I was more comfortable thinking of myself as the disciple John, who doted on Jesus and leaned up against Him. The idea of entering uncharted territory to lead thousands to God’s destination was not exactly what I saw myself doing. I told God I was not the Moses type. In John 1:42, Jesus redefined Peter’s image by saying, “You will be called Cephas”, which when translated meant rock. What about you? Will you let God reinvent your self-image for His purpose?

When I pray for you, I hear a victory song. I believe in you because I believe in the power of God’s Word in you as you put His Word into action.

Love, Anita

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Published on June 21, 2015 23:00 • 1 view

June 14, 2015

Dear Faithful One,

What pushes your plans forward? Is it sheer determination on your part or do you depend on God’s Spirit? In John 3:8 Jesus described the Spirit as a wind that “blows wherever it pleases”. This tells me we cannot control the Spirit. God’s Spirit only serves God’s plans and cannot be used for a personal agenda. The Spirit is always on the same page with God. So the next time life feels like you are forcing something to happen, ask yourself, “Where is the Spirit?” Don’t leave the Spirit behind. God never meant for us to live without the power of His spirit.

When I pray for you, I hear a victory song. I believe in you because I believe in the power of God’s Word in you as you put His Word into action.

Love,

Anita

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Published on June 14, 2015 23:00 • 1 view

June 7, 2015

Dear Faithful One,

I had hoped that those who heard about my struggles would show up to help in some way. Instead, no one showed up. I wanted to be mad, I wanted to stay mad but God said, “Forgive them.” Then God reminded me of Romans 5:8, “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” God offered forgiveness, even before we asked for it. What God wanted from me was to live with a forgiving heart. Being mad at others doesn’t ruin their day, it only ruins mine. Is there someone you need to forgive so you stop hurting yourself with your resentment?

When I pray for you, I hear a victory song. I believe in you because I believe in the power of God’s Word in you as you put His Word into action.

Love, Anita

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Published on June 07, 2015 23:00 • 2 views

May 31, 2015

Dear Faithful One,

When we use human wisdom to evaluate God’s plan, we are depending on our logic instead of trusting God.  In Peter’s human logic, he was advising Jesus to stay away from Jerusalem.  But Jerusalem was the place God had chosen.  In Matthew 16:23, Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan!”  Has the devil succeeded to use a friend to steer you away from God?  If so, recognize the setup and alert your friend like Jesus did that he or she is being used.  Don’t let human counsel take you out of God’s marching orders.

When I pray for you, I hear a victory song.  I believe in you because I believe in the power of God’s Word in you as you put His Word into action.

Love, Anita

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Published on May 31, 2015 23:00 • 4 views

May 25, 2015

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Dear Faithful One,

Do you find yourself consumed with God thoughts and God activities?  In the midst of overflowing with God, are you frustrated because plans in your life are not unfolding as quickly as you had hoped?  Psalms 1:3 speaks of one consumed with God thoughts whose life is “like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season”.  However, observe that even when your potential feels like it’s about to burst, the Bible speaks of a plant by streams of water that yields its fruit in season.  So, recognize there may be a delay between potential and fruit.

When I pray for you, I hear a victory song. I believe in you because I believe in the power of God’s Word in you as you put His Word into action.

Love, Anita

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Published on May 25, 2015 04:00 • 7 views

March 15, 2015

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October 22, 2014

Written by: Anita Carman

 

I don’t know why God allows us to lose our safe friends? It takes so long to find a friend we can trust so why would God remove our emotional support? But through my losses I also learn who God wants me to lean on. He is my forever friend that will never leave me or abandon me. His Holy Spirit lives inside me and no matter where life takes me God’s Spirit goes with me. God holds me securely in the palm of His hands. Because He is with me, I am never shaken. What about you?

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Published on October 22, 2014 12:44 • 16 views

September 12, 2014

Written by: Anita Carman

When I look back over the years and think about how I ended up founding and leading Inspire Women, the answer I arrive at is: “From faith to faith” I served as a substitute teacher in a Sunday School class for seven years. The main teacher, Beth Moore, used to say to me, “Anita, if it’s not me it’s you.” I was determined to be the best substitute teacher Beth ever had. But one day Beth told me she felt God was calling me outside of her ministry. With her blessing and encouragement I followed where God led. I was scared to death to leave the comfort of my mentor’s wing but I trusted her and stepped out in faith by leaving her class. With the counsel of one of the pastors at my home church I followed God to seminary, my next step of faith.
Reflecting back, I see how God moved me along in his plans. I lived my life through the open doors he provided and tried to obey what he spoke to me as we moved together. By living this way God continued to confirm his direction and reinforce my belief in his masterfully crafted plans. When God makes plans for us he reveals them to us in stages. I am so glad that he did just that in my life, because seeing the whole picture might have scared me! Before you demand the blueprint for your life, ask God for the next open door and live his plans for you from faith to faith.

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Published on September 12, 2014 18:40 • 20 views