Grace and More Grace
by Kristi Lemley on July 29th, 2021
From the heart of Dr. Kristi:This week I have been on vacation with my adult step children and eight grandchildren all in one home-seventeen people! With that many people you know there were varying personalities and ideas. Yet, it seemed to work out fine.Why was it so successful? One word-grace. We allowed each other to be who they are instead of trying to change someone to be like us. There was ...
Release the Pressure
by Kristi Lemley on July 22nd, 2021
From Dr. Kristi's Heart:The warm water, the shining sun, and the light breeze are such a welcome experience in Florida during the winter months in Illinois. Shell Island beckons me every time I travel to the area.One day last year I arrived at Shell Island a little angry. As I was walking and talking to the Lord, peace permeated my being. My second mom, June, turned to me and said, “I feel revive...
What do you hear?
by Kristi Lemley on July 15th, 2021
A word from Dr. Kristi:I want to take you back to Shell Island today, my favorite place to be. I spoke about it a couple weeks ago in another blog entitled Deep Calls Out to Deep.One day as I was walking on Shell Island and just being in the Lord‘s presence, I began to hear a buzzing noise. It grew louder and louder. I ceased walking and I looked around to see where the noise was coming from and w...
Stand and Fight Goliath
by Kristi Lemley on July 8th, 2021
From Kristi's heart:As I sat in my prayer room, a litany of prayer requests and situations ran through my mind. A story of a marriage in trouble, cancer raging throughout a body, the massacre of believers in Mozambique, and another friend with COVID overwhelmed my thoughts. All the sudden, a holy and righteous anger grew within my being. I began to cry out to the Lord in my prayer language. “The d...
Deep Calls out to Deep
by Kristi Lemley on July 1st, 2021
Deep calls out to DeepFrom Kristi’s Heart:One of my favorite places to visit is the beach. My special place is called Shell Island where you have to wade through water to walk from the beach out to the island.One particular visit, the water to walk through was deeper than normal and the current was strong. We stepped in and it was work to steady ourselves. We reached the island and were rewarded w...
What do I do when I don't know what to do?
by Kristi Lemley on June 24th, 2021
Kristi's Answer:This is a great question and one that I get often. How do we respond when we do not have clarity in a direction or decision?First, continue to pray for clarity and wisdom. Read the word, worship the Lord, and love others. Do not allow frustration or confusion to enter into your heart. This will only complicate matters further, as the Lord is not the originator of confusion.Then, I ...
Need a Light?
by Kristi Lemley on June 14th, 2021
by Nicki Hausman: Transformed Women's Leadership Team & Prayer PartnerSometimes there is a power outage- never a good thing, right? Darkness can be caused by a storm, overloaded circuits, or an accident that damages a transformer. We too experience power outages and life becomes more difficult. We do not know what to do in the storm and seem unable to make our way through in the dark. The blacknes...
I Don’t Understand
by Kristi Lemley on June 10th, 2021
Kristi’s Response:What we do when we don’t understand says a lot about our faith and trust in the Lord.Recently, my mom had a pretty serious surgery and she requested to have a private room. Unfortunately, she was placed in a two-person room because the hospital was so full. This was upsetting to her but she made the best of it. The next morning we talked and she was doing well. She called back wi...
by Cheryl Kopmann on June 7th, 2021
Distractions: something that distracts, an object that directs one's attention away from something else.Synonyms: bafflement, bamboozlement, befuddlement, bemusement, bewilderedness, bewilderment, confusedness, confusion, discombobulation, fog, head-scratching - Merriam-Webster.com.Lots of distractions: phone, email, timelines, responsibilities, other’s expectations, and relationships. Easy to b...
How can I remember how much God loves me?
by Cheryl Kopmann on June 3rd, 2021
Kristi’s Answer-This is a great question. Paul talks about remaining rooted and grounded in the love of God and then he prays for the Ephesians to know the depth, breadth, length, and width of it (Ephesians 3:17-18). The importance of knowing this immeasurable love cannot be overstated. It is what anchors our lives.Here are two quick aspects to help. First, I often pray, “Lord, let me know Your lo...
Is it okay to not be okay?
by Kristi Lemley on May 24th, 2021
Nicki's Response, Leadership Team Member for Transformed Women-Hope? Your Hope tank running low? fumes? There is barely a smell of hope as far as you can see? It is ok to not be ok.But after that realization, meditate on this in Romans 15:13, "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope."When you see no answer, no...
Can God still use me if I keep making the same mistakes over and over?
by Kristi Lemley on May 20th, 2021
Can God use me if I keep making the same mistakes over and over?Kristi’s Answer-The short answer- “Yes.” God never gives up on us even when we think He should. Our view of offering second, third, and fourth chances is limited by what we would do. The saying goes, “Shame on you for the first time something happens, then shame on me if it happens again.” What does this mean? That anyone can do somet...