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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.

When God's Girl Says Yes {Giveaway}

Michele Oleary

Today, I welcome my mentor to Casual Conversations. She works with Proverbs 31 Ministries, is an ECPA best-selling author, speaker, blogger and the one I stalk and call "my friend" to my gal pals. She is authentic, a big lover of Jesus, and walks into the deep each day to spread The Hope to women who need to know they are seen and loved by God. She is amazing, and my heart leaps for joy as I write the next few words: Please welcome my friend, Suzie Eller, to Casual Conversations.

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Last Friday, Suzie and I had a casual conversation, and it was so dreamy. It was easy, and it was fun. It was also Suzie's birthday, yeah! Although, it was her birthday I was the one who received a gift. Thank you, Suzie. 

As you listen to our conversation in the following video, please pay close attention to the really special way Suzie is promoting her newest devotional, "Come With Me: A Year of Walking With Jesus", which releases on Tuesday, September 19. The promotion is an out of the box idea and terrific. I am very excited about it; I hope you will be too.

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Buy One Give One:  Suzie is stepping into the deep with the way she is promoting her new devotional, "Come With Me: A Year of Walking With Jesus." You buy a book, send Suzie the receipt to comewithmedevo@yahoo.com, and she will give a devotional to a beautiful woman in need. She will write a personal note in your name and send it with the book. How awesome is that?! 

My excitement about the offer has moved me to action. For the first 20 woman who send a receipt to comewithmedevo@yahoo.com from Friday, September 8 to Friday, September 15, I will match Suzie's offer. So, TWO women will receive a book in your name. Make sure to send Suzie the message you want her to write on the card along with the image of your receipt. 

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Giveaway: September's Giveaway is big, it is a bundle, and it is beautiful. Leave a comment below or on Casual Conversations Facebook page and you might win Suzie's, "Come With Me: A Year of Walking With Jesus", "Come With Me: Discovering the Beauty of Following Where He Leads", and "Come With Me DVD: Discovering the Beauty of Following Where He Leads". Yes, all three! Why? Because this study changed my Christ-walk and I want it to do the same for you. I will announce the winner by next Friday.

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The Supplier {Giveaway Winner}

Michele Oleary

Psalm 61[a]

1 Hear my cry, O God;

    listen to my prayer.

2 From the ends of the earth I call to you,

    I call as my heart grows faint;

    lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

3 For you have been my refuge,

    a strong tower against the foe.

4 I long to dwell in your tent forever

    and take refuge in the shelter of your wings.[b]

5 For you, God, have heard my vows;

    you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.

6 Increase the days of the king’s life,

    his years for many generations.

7 May he be enthroned in God’s presence forever; appoint your love and faithfulness to protect him.

8 Then I will ever sing in praise of your name

    and fulfill my vows day after day.

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Every time I thought about it, panic flooded my thoughts.

How? 

"How Lord?" was my desperate cry. 

You see, next month this girl is speaking at my church’s women’s conference. 

A first for me. 

The thought of it shook me to my core and rattled my inner thinking.

As I am stepping and moving in obedience to His calling, fear swept in, "How will I be equipped?" continued to drench my heavy heart. 

Oh, so fickled in my faith in God at times.

Me, the God's Girl, who proclaims her faith-steps of walking hand in hand with her Lord; however, time and time again she slips from the Solid Rock of Provision and Promises.

In Psalm 61, King David writes a beautiful song as he was hiding and running from someone who desired to hurt him. Hunt him down. Kill him.

"Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe." Psalm 61:1-3

That nasty foe, the one who whispers lies and discouragement in my soul: Satan. 

You too?

He wants to grow us weary and faint and to lose heart. The slithery snake's biggest desire is to turn our eyes from the Father, the Author of truth and peace. Our solid Rock. 

The Liar fears how God will use you.

He fears your faith-walk with God. 

He fears the purpose God placed in your path.

He fears the lives you will help change as a soldier for Christ. 

Call out Jesus' name in those battles with the Enemy. Your foe who seeks to devour you. Destroy you.

"Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." 1 Peter 5:8

There is nothing more powerful than a Warrior for Christ praying on her knees.

Satan understands God's Girl strength and courage. He trembles when he hears you say, "Yes, Jesus. I am all in." Be bold, sisters.

"I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings.[b] For you, God, have heard my vows; you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name." Psalm 61: 4-5

Like King David, our forever refuge and shelter is under the wings of God. God hears our pleas and vows to Him. Take shelter in Him.

Find your brave in the Brave.

The Holy Spirit erases the negative chatter.

Allow the Rock of Refreshment to restore you and remove the doubt of inadequacy.

The Savior will pour over His provision of purpose once again. 

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Last month God placed on my husband's heart to send me away from the norms of life.

To remove me to renew me, restore me, and remind me He is the Giver of everything I need. 

For reflection and remembrance of my great love of my Love. 

To pour over His words and thoughts in a place of casual conversation with Him.

We flew to a place that always refreshes and quenches's my soul.

It is my heart place.

My soul place.

My reconnection to God's goodness kinda place.

God always reaches me at the beach. His softness touches me there; the gentle Spirit of my Father. 

His provisions for ministry was released within me.

Courage slipped in as fear was swept away by the sounds of His majestic waves. 

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Life:

Even as I type out these words of freedom, the bully goat of lies tries to defeat me, beat me down.

Swirling thoughts of "You do not have what it takes to make a difference." tries to shred my heart once again. 

But God exposed the lies in His truth-words to remind me, "I am your Rock and Redeemer. The Supplier of all your needs."

Girls, God places a call and a purpose to walk and work with Him daily and the "how" is already set in place, we just have to have faith.

Set out and push through your doubts of ill equipped; allow the presence of the Supplier to stir your heart for Him.

Father, sometimes our hearts are heavy and hurting because of the "how" of your call of purpose in our life. Discouragement slips in, and doubts flood our thoughts. Remind us you paved our path of purpose with your Love-Blood of freedom. The freedom to walk tall hand in hand with you. To move forward in the confidence of Christ. You will not let us fall. We praise you for your promises of provisions. We love you. Amen.

Giveaway Winner: August Giveaway Winner is: Michelle Paquette. Yippee! Michelle, I will bring the lotion to church on Sunday.

Register for the women's conference "Live Your Faith Bold and Brave" on September 30 from 9 AM-2PM at Ebenezer United Methodist Church, Stafford, VA.