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"Girls Just Wanna Have Fun"

I had to share this fun video of my daughter's 'flash dance' at Pizza Hut from last weekend. These girls had so much fun being silly. The theme of my daughter's birthday party was '80's..."Girls Just Wanna Have Fun". They did, and so did I!!! We hope you have some good laughs as you watch!

March 30, 2011, "God is Steadfast"

Click here for today's devotional. This devotional was written a year ago today!

March 28, 2011, "Revelation through Intimacy"

Triumphant Victorious Reminders Inspired by the Holy Spirit Written By: Teresa Criswell "Let my prayer come before You; incline Your ear to my cry." ~ Psalm 88:2 ~ I want to encourage you with some beautiful gifts that I have learned in my intimate time with our Awesome God: "The power of prayer is not what changes things. The power is from our awesome God Who utilizes prayer as a tool to change things." God so lovingly revealed to me that my focus was on His gifts...He was so kind and patient as he showed me that I must remain focused solely and only on the Gift-Giver! Prayer is a constant communion with God. Whether it is us responding with words or responding by listening to His Words...this is true prayer." "The jealousy of God is not about our perspective of sinful or angry jealousy. I truly believe that the perspective of God's Jealousy is driven by His loving protection. God's Jealousy is His protective power that longs after u

Hope in the midst of ruin...

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Triumphant Victorious Reminders Inspired by the Holy Spirit Written by: Teresa Criswell (Photograph: Associated Press) "You hear, O Lord, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them and listen to their cry," ~ Psalm 10:17 ~ I came across this unforgettable photograph from Yahoo News! The woman in the photograph was walking and shouting the name of a loved one who has been missing since March 11th. The road she walked on was surrounded by debris and hopelessness by the tsunami torn area. Reading the words that described the photograph on the news page, gripped my heart and moved me to gut flowing tears. This woman's shouts had to believe that her loved one was still alive. The human spirit, especially amongst the beautiful asian people is unbelievably valiant. This asian woman dared to believe that she would hear her loved one answer back in the midst of the rubble to confirm her hopes and silence her fears. Sadly, the photograph said it all...there would be no

March 17, 2011, "Praise, Encourage and Edify our Glorious God and King"

Triumphant Victorious Reminders Inspired by the Holy Spirit Written By: Teresa Criswell "And my tongue shall speak of Your righteousness and of Your praise all the day long." ~ Psalm 35:28 ~ Circumstances began to build itself up. My eyes allowed my soul to be overtaken with fear as they seemed to become larger and larger. Before I knew it, my mind was exalting the circumstances like a massive, giant tidal wave only growing stronger as it came closer to land. Then, SUDDENLY! Yes! Suddenly! I could hear through the wind of howling circumstances the still small voice whispering with authority, "Praise your God! Encourage and edify Me, NOW! I long to hear the praises of My people!" O! As soon as I heard this, my heart led my body into this indignant triumphal cheer! The praises that came forth declared, "God You are the Mountain Remover! You are Strength over all strength! You are Comforter and Joy to those who weep in mourning! God! You are The

March 12, 2011, "Love covers..."

Triumphant Victorious Reminders Inspired by the Holy Spirit Written by: Teresa Criswell Testimony of God through my friend's life. "Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins." ~ I Peter 4:8 ~ "For a propserous man is generous. He who refreshes others, will himself be refreshed." ~ Proverbs 11:25 ~ Betrayal. Infidelity. Adultery. Anger. Hopelessness. "Lord, what is his password? I need to know. God, what is it?" "Where is he?" "Is he with her tonight?" She finds receipts of purchases for this woman and her child. The boiling hate of betrayal rises up out of her and towards him. When she sees him, it is as though he can feel the weapons of every kind shoot like bullets from her eyes with disgust and shame. Angry words stir up even more dissension. The atmosphere filled with hate and anger. Respect evaporates in an instant based on what he has done many times over. Love evaporates in an instant ba

March 7, 2011 "Interview with my daughter"

This is hilarious and so refreshing! In my daughter's words, she said: "Mom, I have a perma-grin, I'm so happy to be here ( REACH Church ). Mom, I can't explain in words how much I love it...my stomach tickles whenever I think about it." We giggled and giggled some more. Her enthusiastic, tickling response led me to the following interview with her and I believe you will enjoy it as much as I did!!! Interview with my daughter: Mom: What caused you to want to return to REACH Church after the first visit? Daughter: Well, I love the people there and they are like really nice and kind and fun and full of the Lord. Another thing is I get to see my friends there, and I get to learn about the Lord in a FUN way, instead of just words. They don't treat us like little kids who don't know anything. We sing and jump up and down for the Lord. They do skits, they give you silly bands and the silly bands represent something that they are teaching. For example, I got a

March 3, 2011, "All Consuming Fire that Never Goes Out"

Triumphant Victorious Reminders Inspired by the Holy Spirit Written by: Teresa Criswell "I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire." ~ John the Baptist as recorded in Matthew 3:11 ~ Consumed. Ashes. Destruction. These words describe the outcome of what a fire does. This is incredibly awesome that the fire we are baptized with through Jesus Christ consumes our spirit, resulting in the death and destruction of the old man (II Corinthians 5:17) and revealing a life consumed by Him. Our lives become a revelation of God's beauty and effervescent life that is abundant in Christ Jesus (John 10:10). Encouragement, refreshment and restoration is made available to each of us through our Father God, revealed in the obedience of Jesus Christ. In His obedience even unto death (Philippians 2) and yet another step of His obedience was by l