• Daddy's Home

    "DADDY'S HOME!!" When the kiddos were little they would always get so excited to see him drive up the street coming home from work. They wanted to run out and hug him. Help him bring in his lunch box, take off his boots and be in his presence. Now they are older and I still hear "Dad's home" when he drives up. They still come to greet him when he comes in the door, I usually take his lunch box andthe mini will take his boots and then they go back to doing whatever they were up to before. They still love their Dad...just the excitement of him returning seems to be more expected and less thrilling now that he has come home from work hundreds of times in their lives. 🚘😄👨🏽‍🔧

    I think we as believers can get that way too. Remember how excited you were when you first experienced Christ in your life? ⭐️Or when you REALLY saw Him move? Maybe the specific miracle you had been praying for and He blessed you above and beyond what you were hoping the outcome would be? Remember how you just couldn't share enough how incredible and amazing our God is? You know God is still here working hard for us. He is listening to our prayers, opening doors, lighting our way...are we still giving Him the Glory? Are we still seeking Him? Are we leading others to Him? Are we still excited about sharing hope? Has our proclamation of faith become passive? Just not as exciting anymore, kinda just part of life. Church is now something you go to and the thrill is passed. The fever we first had has cooled. We know the truth, we're saved and we are good. 

    HEY!! Let's grab on to that excitement we had when we FIRST BELIEVED!! Let's start this Christmas season proclaiming how much we love our Savior!! How blessed we are to celebrate His birth!! Let's be bold in our radiant joy that Jesus came for us!! He came innocent and pure, died on the cross for our sins, defeated death and rose again so that we can spend eternity with Him!! He came as a lamb yet left as a LION!! Our Prince of Peace is WORTHY OF ALL PRAISE!! Never forget how incredible Jesus is & to share that beautiful truth with every breath we are privileged to have. May our very life be our doxology to God.
  • Boast!

    TALK ABOUT GOD

    God has done so much for us. We should BOAST about Him ALL THE TIME!! Tell EVERYONE!! Don't leave God out of your thoughts and actions. Make Him interwoven in your daily walk. Dedicate your life to God!! He is everything good!! Give God all the glory! Love Him with all your heart, soul and strength!! .
  • REDEEMED

    • REDEEMED •

    "For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God."
    1 Corinthians 1:18

    Today I am on my soap box.
    I truly feel this needs to be addressed. This does not mean this is directed at any of you, but more than likely we all know someone who has been apart of a situation like this...
    If we are Christians, we need to remember to act like Jesus. It broke my heart last night, to see in the name of ministry, someone brushed off because of their past life choices. Really? Are you kidding me?? Not one of us is better than the other. We have all sinned and are worthy of hell. To blatantly dismiss someone who has recently come to the Lord because you disapprove of their past lifestyle, is in my opinion evil.
    This is bothering me TO THE DEPTHS OF MY SOUL! We are brothers and sisters in Christ! We have all been washed by His blood, through His ultimate sacrifice. We have NO RIGHT to determine who we deem worthy to be in His sight. WE HAVE ALL come to Him for mercy, in our filthy rags only to have Him lovingly take us in. Through His perfect grace He gave us new clean clothes of royal status, not to look down on others but to LOOK UP to the one who gave us the new life!! I am no better than the thief, the murderer, the con man, the adulterer or anyone. We have all come to Jesus. If our hearts were pure in that coming then so are our souls. WE ARE NEW IN CHRIST!!! Please treat your brothers and sisters well, those who are new to the kingdom or old and especially may others see HOW you treat others, so that they will WANT to come to know our glorious King who comes to save. 
  • Psalm 125

    I love Psalm 125. 💕
    I have reworded it into a prayer for you today...
    "Sweet one, May your faith in the Lord Jesus be STRONG and STABLE like Mount Zion. Your faith so deep, it cannot be shaken. Our Lord, is FOREVER!!! He will SURROUND you and PROTECT you, like how the mountains surround and protect Jerusalem now and forever. Remember, do not be anxious, for the power the wicked hold will not last forever.
    Lord, bless those who are good! Whose hearts are honest! Please Lord, remove those from this sweet soul's life who do evil and those who have stopped loving you. Let their be peace within...in Your Holy Name I pray for my sweet friend, Amen.
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    “But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.”
    Isaiah 53

  • I Have Been Redeemed!! **NEW DESIGN**

    PRAISE GOD!!
    I HAVE BEEN REDEEMED!!

    Doesn't that knowledge just fill your soul with JOY!! According to Ephesians 1:7 " In Him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace that He lavished on us." And it's a FREE GIFT from God!! We just have to accept it!! We receive EVERY spiritual blessing in Christ Jesus!!

    I see sin kinda like I am digging a hole. Every sin I commit is another scoop with the shovel. I, honestly and with some embarrassment, screw up ALOT because I was born with sin nature. Before you know it the hole is so deep I can't get out on my own. I try, but I am only human and this hole is now REALLY, REALLY DEEP.

    I cry out to God, who hears my pleas. He offers His beloved son to take my hand and pull me out of the pit I made for myself. It's now my CHOICE. I can accept Him or not. He will not force me to abandon my pit.
    I do choose Him, not only does he lift me from the situation I created myself, He then proceeds to fill that void with the Tree of Life! He waters that tree with LIVING WATER & it grows in ways we could never have imagined on our own!!

    💜God is so GOOD!!💜

    We have been REDEEMED.
  • Faith > Fear

     Faith > Fear

    Ray Stedman said, “The chief mark of the Christian ought to be the absence of fear and the presence of joy. We have often quoted the description of a Christian as one who is completely fearless, continually cheerful, and constantly in trouble. It is that presence of joy and absence of fear that marks our genuine Christiananity and proves that we really are what we claim to be.”
    “The Coming of Joy” (sermon, Peninsular Bible Church, Palo Alto, CA, December 19, 1976), www.pbc.org/files/messages/11623/3018.html.

    . . .

    When Aimee brought this design to me it was like “HECK YES!!!”
    Fear has paralyzed me my entire life. Fear has prevented me from growing deeper in all aspects of my life. Fear has called me out on the fact that I am unqualified. I still have nightmares that the Newport-Mesa School District calls me and tells me my high school diploma has been retracted because Lord knows – it’s only by His grace that I received it.

     Fear was my ruler.

    At he same time that God put this print shop ministry on my heart I heard this quote, “Fear came to my door, faith answered, no one was there.” – Manafest.
    At the time, I had no idea just what an impact those words would have on me, and how often they would pull me back from the fear coma I’d slip into.

    Galatians 5:22-23 lists the Fruits of the Spirit. Number 7… after love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, and goodness, comes FAITHfulness, followed by gentleness and self-control.
    As much as I loved the Lord and longed to serve Him, I was not producing these fruits. When trapped in fear there is no love, joy, or peace… and I was in a constant state of fear. Fear of rejection, denial, failure, the list goes on.
    And yet, God opens all these doors to start printing shirts that exclusively share the hope and good news of Jesus. And He does it so fast that by the time it all sunk it, I was terrified out of my mind but had no choice except to keep going!

    It is a daily choice we need to make: faith or fear?

    Here is a little of what the Bible has to say about fear…

    • 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”
    • Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
    • Deuteronomy 31:8 “It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”
    • Romans 8:15 “For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”
    • John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”

    God has created each of us for such an awesome purpose. And it usually requires us stepping out of our comfort zones. The exciting thing is that when we run to the things we are most afraid of, our faith is strengthened, when, through Him, we overcome those things which previously bogged us down.

    My most favorite Bible character right now is Elijah. I am going through Pastor Levi Lusko’s study on Elijah, “Fire and Ice.” AMAZING!!! You can check out his teachings HERE 

    Elijah comes on the scene in 1 Kings 17, out of nowhere, called by God to be completely bold and epic. Pretty much he strolled into the palace, before King Ahab, and told him, “I serve the God who lives and you are going to experience an insane drought.” And so it was. I could go on and on and on about Elijah, a totally obedient and awesome man of faith. But who I really want to share about is Ahab’s governor, Obadiah, who, while all the prophets of God were being slaughtered, he hid 100 away. Umm, yeah, I’d call that a BOLD move! The drought had gone on for three and half years and it was time for it to come to an end. God used Obadiah to orchestrate the meeting before Elijah and Ahab. Obadiah was terrified! He thought this was his death sentence…what if Elijah didn’t show?

    “And Elijah said, ‘As the Lord of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, I will surely shew myself unto him today.’ So Obadiah went to meet Ahab, and told him: and Ahab went to meet Elijah.” 1 Kings 18:15-16

    To find out what happens next, go dive into 1 Kings. IT IS AWESOME!!!

    My point with all of this is, when we think about all the amazing people of God in the Bible and through out history, up to today, I know, without a shadow of doubt, that none of them felt qualified and they all struggled with fear… but they went forward in FAITH and OBEDIENCE. 

    COMPLETELY F E A R L E S S + CONTINUOUSLY C H E E R F U L +
    CONSTANTLY in T R O U B L E

    Fear will prevent us from living up to our full potential. Being a Christian does not mean the fear is gone. It means that when the fear comes, we dive into God’s promises, remain in a constant state of praise, and take one step in front of the other.

    We are absolutely human. We are going to get hurt, angry, and the bottom will drop out. We will struggle, times will arise that there seems to be no answer for the “why’s” and cries, but we are not alone in those moments and God’s promises remain true.

    Paul says these things regarding hardships:

    • “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance” Romans 5:3
    • “Who shall separate us form the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardships or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?” Romans 8:35
    • “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.’” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

    A mindset of being continuously cheerful comes from FAITH that God’s word is true. He knows the ultimate pain because His Son was our ultimate sacrifice and although we live in a tainted, sin-filled world, this is not our home and we are promised eternal life: “where the burdens of this place will be no more, we’ll see Jesus face to face, and until that day, we’ll hold on to Him always,” to quote some Jeremy Camp.

    I end this post with this final scripture -

    We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Thessalonians 1:3

     

    In His strength,

    Jena

     

    We always want to hear from you! We encourage you to share what Faith>Fear means to you. How has God given you strength in times that seem so overwhelming and terrifying? What are verses that have brought you peace when the waves are over head and your unable to find your footing? Comment below to encourage us and others. 

  • Live Out Your Story of GRACE.

    If I wanted to boast, I would be no fool in doing so, because I would be telling the truth. But I won’t do it, because I don’t want anyone to give me credit beyond what they can see in my life or hear in my message, even though I have received such wonderful revelations from God. So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a message from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud.
    Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away form me. But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weakness, so that Christ’s power may rest in me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:6-10

    I am a drug addict. The slightest look at a pill bottle will cause me to instantly want to crawl back down that dark, ugly rabbit hole, which would ultimately kill me spiritually and physically. I often struggle with epic panic attacks to the point of not breathing, thoughts of suicide, and other crazy negative things that come from the pit of Hell.

    I have a choice, dwell on those thoughts, become consumed, and ultimately give in. Or pray, speak up, and work through the temptation with the Lord, until it is gone. Option two has worked so amazingly for me for 11 plus years now.

    These are my thorns.

    More then once I have been asked how I can believe I am saved if I still struggle with these things at the magnitude in which I do. I have no doubts in my mind that I am saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. My story of grace is a reminder that God can and will use anyone willing and eager to serve.

    My thorns kept me from serving Him for many years. I doubted who I was in Him because I asked the same questions others ask, how is Jesus living inside of me when I am still battling these things?

    The Lord answered,

    My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (v9)

    Like Paul in verse 6, “I don’t want anyone to give me credit beyond what they can see in my life or hear in my message.”

    My message is that through Jesus Christ your life can be CHANGED. Through Jesus Christ you will have the power to overcome your greatest trials and temptations. ONLY through Jesus Christ.

    This world is ready to devour you. Satan would like nothing more then to blanket you in shame because of the trials you face day in and day out. But those trials are apart of your story of grace. Each one shares that God is constantly doing a mighty work in and through you. There is no shame in that.

    John 16:33 says, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

    Each trial, tear, attack, it is overcome already. Do not be ashamed of your story of grace, LIVE IT OUT!!

     

    In His grace,

    Jena

     

    We would love to read your story of grace. What does grace mean to you? What has the Lord revealed through your trials and weaknesses? You never know the hearts you can inspire and encourage. Comment below and bless us and other readers in doing so.  

  • Mirror Mirror on the wall. Proverbs 31:30.

    Truth bombs, beautifully written by Kristi Menashe, a Godly woman, adoption advocate, wife, mom of 4, mentor, friend, and newest addition to the TTandTWINS123, crew.

    Proverbs 31verse30

    Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” (Proverbs 31:30) this verse was gifted to me by a high school leader who I loved and looked up to. I was about sixteen when she gave me a little frame with a picture and this verse inside. The frame hung in the doorway of my room for years and yet, here I am….over twenty years later and still trying to transfer these words from my head to my heart. I grew up in a Christian home, I was always told I was “pretty,” and I don’t remember any specific point in my life where I became crippled by insecurity. But it happened. I don’t know when I started caring SO much (TOO much) about “man’s opinion” of me, but over the course of my life…. my insecurities have robbed me of many joys and countless experiences. I have always been one to sit at the back of the class. I like to be “behind-the-scenes” and I do not like to be the center of attention. I would get stomach aches on days I knew I had to give an oral report in front of the class and I skipped classes for an entire semester of college, because the professor would make us read our short stories in front of the class. My father-in-love has the habit of reading his cards aloud, and I get red cheeks before he even begins to read mine. I go to wedding receptions and watch all of the guests dancing and having fun- and I sit at the table. Watching. Wishing that I could pick myself up and let loose. I have never forgotten Proverbs 31:30 and I try to cling to it when my insecurity becomes debilitating. I have often shared the verse with other girls/women who struggle with the same thing. We live in a world that is cruel to us. If we don’t have big, perky boobs or flawless skin…..if we aren’t a size six or smaller…..if we don’t look quite like the model on cover of the magazine, then the world says “we aren’t good enough.” The thing is that in God’s eyes- that couldn’t be further from the truth! He doesn’t measure us by our outward appearance. The Bible says: “For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7, ESV) He made me and I have often gotten sick and tired of hearing it, but He doesn’t make mistakes. He gave me my personality, my characteristics and traits, and my looks, yet He cares about my heart….my innermost being and NOT about what’s on my outside. The same is true of you! I have these internal battles constantly….I say to myself….’Why do I care what so and so thinks of me?! God loves me! He made me! Why does it matter if they think I’m pretty?!’ Galatians 1:10 comes to mind SO often, and I consider it to be one of my life verses. “For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Well, ladies….it doesn’t get much more blatant than that. I wish this verse wasn’t in the Bible….but it is….and that must mean He means it! It is time to STOP allowing the enemy in….it’s time to be victorious in Christ. We will never please everyone, and I think it’s high time we stop trying. If my sole purpose is growing closer to the Lord, immersing myself in His Word and in His truths- I will not care about what others think. I won’t be worried about what “they” say. When I am walking in His will, I will seek ONLY His approval. I can look back on my life thus far…and I can pinpoint times where the insecurities weren’t quite as bad. Always, always, always…those times have been when I am in the Word daily….when I am calling out to Him….when I am surrendering all….when I am asking Him to work in me. I often picture myself holding my heart out to God, but then as He goes to take it from me, I keep one hand on it and I start to pull back from Him. I often do not fully surrender and I don’t always “let” the Lord do the works that He wants to in my life. Do you do that too? Ladies, let’s just stop it. Let us post verses everywhere we go that remind us of who we are in Christ! Let’s dig deep into His love letter to us. Let’s start encouraging one another. Let’s try to find one other woman to compliment each day! Let’s send a note or a text to a friend, to let her know we think she’s beautiful on the inside. Let’s pick up the phone and pray over our friend who’s going through a rough time. Let’s remind one another of our purpose here! Let’s wear shirts with scripture (wink wink) and wait for people to ask us, “What does your shirt say?” Let’s start conversations and then share the love of Christ everywhere we go. Let’s be authentic and more than just skin deep. Let’s be women who care MORE about what our heavenly Father says about us than what the world thinks of us! Let’s be about kingdom living. Most importantly, let’s teach our children what God says about them. Let’s make sure they are secure in Christ!! I challenge you today….to pick even just ONE verse that speaks to your heart…one verse that is a reminder for you of who you are in Christ. Write it down and post it. Read it aloud every time you see it. Memorize it. Share it with a friend who could use some encouragement. God thinks YOU are beautiful….He made you just the way He wanted you to be…..so delight in that truth! Be blessed, ladies!

  • You Matter! A Story of Redemption.

    I have been staring at a blank screen, praying on where to begin. If I really wanted to begin from the beginning, this would be a book not a blog post and I would need to hide out from little voices calling “mom” where there was no Disney Jr., in the back ground. But this is not a book it is a blog post and I will start at 14.

    When I was 14 I had already picked up on smoking and drinking. I was already acting a fool and going against that still small voice, in my heart, telling me to stop. Jesus was mourning and begging to get my attention but I did not want to listen. His voice was too small and my desire to fit in was too big.

    Rewind to age 9, I went forward at a Harvest Crusade in Anaheim one hot summer night and asked Jesus to be my Lord and Savior. I needed the healing from the wounds that were already so deep. I needed Him to restore the innocence that had already been taken away. I needed Him to show me what real love was, that it was not associated with abandonment.

    It is not just that we invite Jesus in to our hearts and that’s that. We need to pour ourselves into a relationship with Him that grows and flourishes, like with any relationship. At 9 years old, I didn’t know how to do that and I did not have anyone to take my hand and show me.

    So back to 14… Satan had found himself an easy target to destroy. I just wanted to be loved and restored. For a short amount a time, while getting high and drunk, I had that connection I desperately sought, with others, getting wasted. We laughed, got stupid, and did things we ultimately would regret. But for a short moment we were bonded and all felt the fulfillment we were seeking.

    Emptier and emptier and emptier I was becoming. My self worth and value had diminished and I was wondering why on earth I was on this earth. There was one person that I trusted, one person whom I felt safe with. That one person would end up raping me and laughing at the fact that I ever trusted him. He would end up exploiting what he did and turning it around on me and making me think I did something wrong. I would end up getting pulled out of school and placed out of state where I would be even more alone.

    Eventually I would attempt to take my life because I had absolutely no control and could not handle the lies in my head, the ache in my heart, and the fact that I was totally trapped in a body of a girl I did not know.

    The attempt failed. And what is totally crazy, no one seemed to notice or care. I continued to be invisible. No one may have noticed, but God made me notice. He made it clear that He was there and He had a plan and a purpose. That summer He gave me Jeremiah 29:11 – “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.”

    For a few years I found a safe haven in Christ and began to be restored. But I had a target on my back. See Satan knew that God had this epic plan for me. I didn’t know, but he knew. And he was going to do whatever it took to take me out.

    Drugs, betrayal, loneliness, repeat. By 18 the circle was in full effect and I found myself in the same place, wanting to end it all.

    As I sit in my living room at 6 months shy of 30, I can’t help but let the tears stream down my face. River and Arizona are arguing over a toy and Tatum is upstairs resting because she’s been sick this past weekend.

    I am a wife. I am a mom to three beautiful children. I am the hands to a print shop ministry that is reaching hearts around the World for Jesus. I am the conviction and love in my sisters ear as she still struggles and is in bondage to the enemy. My knees are bruised from praying. My hands have one purpose and that’s to serve.

    Satan failed with me, but that’s not always the case. Too many lives are cut short to suicide. As a body of Christ, we should be doing more for the hurting and lost, because we are ALL hurting and lost without Jesus. We are all Peter on the water, take your eyes off Him for a second and you will sink and drown.

    Will you join me in praying for “His eyes” to see the world as He does, and to have His discernment for the hurting. Will you join me in praying for the hurting hearts, that they will be freed and healed in Jesus name?

    We are all mighty warriors. The Lord is with us all (Judges 6:12). The story of Gideon has been something I have clung to this past year as the Lord continues to mold and shape me. It is not His will or desire that any of us should perish but that we would all have eternal life (John 3:16). Can we stand in the gap for those perishing?

    I am so grateful for twin mama and creator of YOU MATTER LLC, Shannon. She so graciously reached out to me in a time when my heart was hurting and my eyes were off the prize. Though she did not know it, she was the voice from Jesus that reminded me how far He has brought me. I have a story of Grace to share and need to continue to share it.

    I am also so grateful for Hope, mama and creator of Signs of Hope. She also reached out and befriended me during this same time when my heart was so heavy and I was so broken. Her obedience to the call of the Lord is so humbling to me. Her sign will hang my wall as a constant reminder that THE LORD IS WITH ME and that I AM A MIGHTY WARRIOR for Him.

    These two women, my sisters in Christ, strangers on the street, revealed and encouraged me in the more fierce ways. Be encouraged by them, as I have been. Follow their example and go forward, encouraging someone today, tomorrow, every day. Be the light of Jesus in this epically dark world. 

    I pray this post reminds you that God has such an epic plan that you can’t even begin to imagine. Diligently seek His face and His will, live out your story of grace, and lift up others through prayer and kindness. Allow God to go before you and nothing coming at you will stand a chance.

     

    A beautiful piece from Signs of Hope.

     

    In His grace,

     

    Jena

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