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Casual Conversations is for God to use my writings as His vessel to deepen women's faith in Him. Women will receive and grow in His Love and His Faithfulness.

The Journey (Giveaway Winner)

Michele Oleary

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

God's Love Cry:
The calling of the heart, pulling on her heartstrings for years and years.
Wanting to be lost in love with Christ. 
Oh, the tears of fear.
Desiring to be enveloped in His precious arms of strength.
Dreaming to be cut from the same cloth of the Cross of Love.
The gnawing desire sparked a fire within her fractured life.
Jesus.
Her Hope.
His love started to weave through her longing and looking.
"There has to be more to life." was the cry of her heart.
Seeking.
Searching.
Provisions.
God started moving a wounded-hearted girl. 
She saw and felt rawness and newness and aliveness all mixed within.
Stirring.
Love-saturating purpose started to flourish in her life once again.
"Be still and Know," God tenderly whispered in her ear. 
"You, my beloved, I love you so, My dear."

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Today, I leave for the She Speaks Conference in Concord, NC. The flowing anticipation has captured my thoughts reflecting back in a time of the timid, shy, and still uncertain God's Girl who walked the halls last year. During the steps of searching, the continued doubts and daggers still hampered my hearts cry of wanting to serve and grow in God's placement of purpose. Why? 

But God, how magnificent He is. My reflection saturates my soul as the movie reel of life plays out the past year. 
The Holy Spirit movement that flowed in and out of me.
God has blossomed "his girl" in a way I never anticipated.
Dreams unfolded.
Deepest heart healing stilled the storm within and set free a crippled spirit.
I have learned to press on through the doubt and distractions that seeped into me.
God taught me, in disappointment, to laugh at fear.
My faith-walk washes away my tears.
The magnifying glass view of my purpose shines brightly over and over again.

Friends, we all have a God placed purpose given to us before birth. "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations." Jeremiah 1:5. You are set apart, appointed and anointed by our Creator. His love-plan of purpose is like no other. Reach for Him who knows you best and let Him set you free. He loves you, deeply. Step out, Girls, and let God use "ordinary girls" for His extraordinary purpose. 

Giveaway Winner: Rebecca Dikeman is the winner of the giveaway. Yeah, Rebecca. I will contact you by email.

"That's My Girl" {Giveaway}

Michele Oleary

"What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it—we’re called children of God! That’s who we really are." 1 John 3:1a (Message)

The words, "That's my girl." was shot straight to my heart by my Heavenly Archer Sunday morning.

Bullseye. Heart connection and a course correction.

The words of "being His" just melted into me.

His love-reminder saturated my soul that I am "His girl."

Words of realness and rawness strolled into the room hand-in-hand during the Sunday morning service of being "His." What girl doesn't want to know that? To hear that. To feel that. 

We are Someones

The apple of His eyes

Longed and looked for

Loved and adored

"You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you." Song of Songs 4:7 (NIV)

"That's My Girl," flows out from God as He walks with us in life.

Doesn't matter the life circumstance or what we have done in the past.

Relationship is cemented after a statement such as that.

Love-Truth of Joy happens when we grab hold of His Love-Words.

Nothing more precious than being pulled close to the heart of our Father and hearing Him whisper, "That's My Girl. She is Mine; I love her dearly."

My friends, God loves you big. Like no other. He is proud of you. He wants to have a relationship with you. He is over the moon about you. Let Him love you. 

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Sunday marked a shift in our church of newness and anticipation. Our new pastor, Rob, preached for the first time, and his message filled the sanctuary with love, faith, hope, and truth. Any questions of the "what if's" were erased because God's love of peace filled His place. 

There were many words spoken on Sunday that stirred my heart and sunk into my soul to know the love-truth of our Father.

When the words, "That's My Girl" flowed from Pastor Rob's lips, warmness filled my heart and eyes. He didn't know this girl needed to be reminded of such a love-statement from my Above-Love.

The next time uncertainty entertains your emotions and fear sweeps in, remember the words of God, "That's My Girl." and allow Him to flow in.

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Giveaway: This product is my new favorite food item. I enjoy eating it on my yogurt with honey, and blueberries. Yummy. 

Leave a comment below or on Facebook to enter to win the giveaway. I will annouce the winner next Wednesday, July 20.

Prickly and Sharp (Giveaway Winner)

Michele Oleary

"So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed." John 8:36 (NIV)

As I walked past my favorite spot near my home, I noticed the wildflowers scattered across the rolling hill. This spot tends to make me pause each time I am near it.

I titled the above picture on my Facebook post, "A Little Piece of Heaven" and deep within me, I know it is true.

As I study the picture, beauty is just steps away, but I could not move forward due to a hindrance that was prickly and sharp. 

Bobwire.

My heart stirred a bit, and I realized my spiritual life and thoughts are not so different at times. 

Prickly and Sharp.

In my life walk, I stop, and spot beauty all around me but hindrance freezes me from moving forward. 

The bobwire of life prevents me from moving into the pasture of God's presence. Of His peace. 

He whispers my name to join Him but fear seeps in, and the sharp, twisted metal of doubt cuts into the core of my soul.

Beauty is steps away, but sometimes I just can not move past myself, past the past, or know He has equipped me for such a times as this.

I wonder if your heart might feel the same way.

We allow that Sneaky Satan to snatch our joy in the plans God has for you and me.

Plans to stroll with the Still and Know.

Plans to encourage others with written or verbal words.

Plans to dream big and grand.

Plans to live for Him time and time again.

Girls, we are brave and bold, and joy breaks us free to leap over the bondage maker and
cut ourselves free with the Cross of Christ.

God's biggest desire is for us to truly be set-free from the bobwire of life.

I look back at my "Little Piece of Heaven, " and His Peace of joy pours over me once again. 

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Share in the comments your "Little Piece of Heaven." I would love to see a picture of it.

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Giveaway Winner: Shelia Watson is the winner of the June Giveaway. Shelia, PM with your home address. Thanks to all who entered.