It is GOD who BLESSES and TRANSFORMS...

This is a blog for women who:

(1) Desire to be transformed by JESUS' LOVE, HOLINESS, AND GRACE; (2) Believe that GOD'S WORD is the true Spirit food for HIS HOLY SPIRIT who lives within us; (3) Submit to GOD and walk this journey of life with HIM transforming us more and more into HIS likeness.

It's a blog about the POWER OF TRANSFORMED LIVES. Let's begin with yours and mine and pass it on... 1 + 1 + 1...

Since God's Holy Spirit lives inside a christian, let's choose to be nurtured and transformed by feasting daily on Holy Spirit food - God's Word - The Holy Bible..

Once in a while I take a hiatus from writing, but I have begun again on Easter Sunday 2013. Usually, there will be multiple blog postings each week. You are invited to use it as part of your daily quiet time. Topics may run for several months at a time. The current topic is posted over on the right side bar. Each week, I will try to connect to a song or two that goes with our current topic.

Each day of the week follows a special format: Sunday in the Son; Meditation Monday; GratiTuesday; Women in the Word Wednesday; Transforming Thursday; Family Fellowship Friday; and, Ketchup and Mustard Saturday.

There's a whole lot here! Take your time to browse. Please come back and visit often. Welcome!

Because of Jesus, we can be family,

Patti



TRANSFORMED MOMS:MOMS TRANSFORMED

Romans 12:1-2 "Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect."

Thursday, February 5, 2009

IN ME COURAGE TO ENDURE...TO STAND!

TRANSFORMING THURSDAY

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For several weeks I've known that this week we would have the theme song of IN ME as we focus on BLESSED ARE THE MEEK... What I didn't know was that for two weeks previous I would be repeatedly tempted to quit doing this blog. Oh, there were several reasons but "I'm just tired of it all" was what would come out of my mouth. I've been fighting the computer alot which causes much more time posting than necessary. Praying about it only seemed to make matters worse. Jessica's migraines have been worse. Praying about it only seems to make matters worse. My need for more income and my job searching for a different job because our medical insurance stops at the end of this month is frustrating. It had been evident that there has been a spiritual battle going on inside of me and around me. Interestingly enough, it was the words of my husband, my earthly father, and Cristi Schwamb that encouraged me (gave me the courage) to keep going...to ENDURE...to STAND!

  • My dad's words kept coming into my mind, "Work through it!" He had lived through the depression, WWII, and much much more. He knew the meaning of perseverance and endurance.

  • Steve came home one day saying that two women had told him that they had to have their TRANSFORMED MOMS "fix" to get through the day. One is a woman seperated from her husband with several young kids at home. One is a woman who has battled cancer and is struggling with excruciating pain these days.

  • I listened to Cristi on Sunday as she talked about her being in the hospital room waiting for a new heart for Lauren, Tim being sent to Germany, and her other kids going to Georgia. It's all out of her control. She has to rely to the ONE who is in control. She has to endure for the sake of her family!

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Even though these words and thoughts encouraged me, I still struggled with posting some days until late in the evening. It was mostly because there was a spiritual battle going on inside of me. The last couple days I've begun to get a glimpse of at least part of the WHY! All of a sudden, this blog is being inundated with "hits" from people doing GOOGLE searches looking for answers. Here are a few search requests that got them here:

  • scriptures for a mom in pain

  • because he lives can i face tomorrow?

  • transformed by the holy spirit

  • what does whatever you're doing inside of me mean?

  • what does it mean to surrender all?

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What's TRANSFORMING about these times of battle is that if I endure, I come out stronger on the other side. I needed this song this week to help me to STAND. I needed this chorus this week to help me to STAND. I need His WORD deep within my heart to help me to STAND. I needed encouragement to ENDURE.

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Then, just a little while ago Vanessa sent me a link to a video that I watched. But, it was the video that was right after it that reminded me of my need to endure and tell my story. So, here's this week's chorus and the short video and a reminder to you that we are here to encourage one another to endure! ENDURANCE is transforming! Thank you for the encouragement Dad, Steve, Cristi, and Vanessa! In four different ways you have all given me the encouragement that I needed. Thank You, God, for living inside of me, leading me, and working through me. I give you praise!

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CHORUS:

Cause when I'm weak,

You make me strong!

When I'm blind,

You shine Your light on me!

Cause I'll never get by living on my own ability.

How refreshing to know You don't need me.

How amazing to find that you want me!

So I'll stand on Your truth,

and I'll fight with Your strength

Until You bring the victory,

by the power of Christ in me.



3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dear Patti: Thank you for your most appropriate music that sings directly to me.........thank you for your words that speak directly to me...and thank you for your faith and perserverence that set examples directly to me.. I love you, Tanya

Anonymous said...

Patti
Everyday when I think of Patti Sikes I always wonder how does she do it all, how does she keep going, how does she keep up with everything, does she ever sleep (I see how late or early some of the blogs are posted)When I have down time, like when the kids are sleeping and Matt is watching tv, or during the day when I just don't have the motivation to get what I need to get done, I come to your blog. When I need a spiritual boost, I come to your blog. When I need encouragement, I come to your blog. When I know another mother is struggling with something I e-mail them your blog. Your blog is so amazing and powerful. Thank you!
I love you
Praying for you and your family

Patti said...

Tanya and Stephanie,

Both of you know the meaning of ENDURANCE. You're just hanging in there, sometimes with just your fingernails, believing that GIGATTAATTGIG. I am so thankful that in some small way this blog can minister to both of you. To me, each of you are an inspiration! In all the cancer, pain, job loss, violation, and family challenges you have believed that God would take care of you. Bless you, my sisters!!! Because of Jesus, we are family! Patti

2010 Pitman WOMEN REACHING OUT IN FAITH RETREAT - Cape May, NJ

TRANSFORMED MOM, LISA, REQUESTED PRAYERS FOR HER HUBBY: FULLY RESTORED! FULLY HEALED!