Paddle Forward

September 17, 2018 at 3:41 pm | Posted in Christian Women | Leave a comment

Hi Friends!

Blessings to you these last few days of summer!  For many parts of the country, it’s not summer at all.  Please keep all those living in the path of hurricane Florence in prayer. 

I’m so grateful that my six-week devotional Revitalize is now available and pray that many will be greatly blessed as they go through it!   

Here’s an excerpt to bless your day! 

WEEK 1, DAY 1  

Paddle Forward 

I’ve always loved rides that inspire me to sound off with a loud “Whee!” or “Yee-haw!” While visiting the Canadian Rockies, my husband and I decided to try a white-water raft trip.

After wriggling into wet suits, rubber booties, and life jackets, we received a crash course in dry dock on rowing etiquette.

Paddle forward

Paddle backward

Stop

Paddles up

Rest

Those commands seemed easy enough to follow.

Our group of seven gripped the side-ropes of our raft and lugged it downhill to the river’s edge-a pebbly beach just around the bend from the bottom of the magnificent, roaring Athabasca Falls!

Quickly choosing our seats, we braced ourselves while our guide at the back calmly said, “Ready? Paddle forward.”

Raft trip on the Athabasca River

Find out what happens next! LOOK INSIDE my Revitalize sample pages and find the entire article plus more!

Many blessings to you for beautiful Fall days ahead!

In Christ always,

Carole

Don’t Miss the Boat! Revitalize!

September 6, 2018 at 4:23 pm | Posted in Christian Women | Leave a comment

Don't miss the boat!

Revitalize logoCarole’s Six-Week Devotional for Personal or Group Study will help you to renew your trust in God, identify the spiritual entanglers in your life, and rediscover who you are in Christ. She shares her love for God and knowledge of His word with humor, heart-warming personal experiences, and soul-searching questions; all referenced with God’s Word.Carole will lead you each week into God’s presence as you Surrender, Pray, and Arise in a spiritual SPA for your heart!

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Revitalize book cover, frontWhat others are saying:

“Revitalizing our lives is needed today! The text in this interactive devotional is Godly and refreshing.” – Thelma Wells, D.D., Author of 41 books, Mentor, Women of Faith Core Speaker for 22 years.

“Carole Brewer’s expertly written devotional is a refuge for the soul and a gift to the body of Christ.” -Deborah Smith Pegues, CPA/MBA, TV Host, Author of 30 Days to Taming Your Tongue and Emergency Prayers

“Revitalize is a refreshing wash of truth and inspiration. It will challenge you to grow your faith and trust in God.” -Jennifer Strickland, Former Model, Speaker and Author of Beautiful Lies, Girl Perfect, and More Beautiful Than You Know

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Singing “The Prayer” with Winds of Faith

July 20, 2018 at 7:25 pm | Posted in Christian Women | Leave a comment

Paul Swaim from Capital Christian Center and I performed The Prayer with Winds of Faith Concert Band in June. We hope you’re blessed! https://youtu.be/4ZVb0VK8198

My Unusual Summer

July 20, 2018 at 2:49 pm | Posted in Christian Women | Leave a comment

KEYNOTES FROM CAROLE

Hi Friends!

Summer is an amazing time of year when the weather allows for swimming, camping, picnics, BBQ’s, and simply enjoying being in the great outdoors!      

For me, I’m getting a late start since I’VE BEEN IN MY OFFICE WRITING! 

Yes, I’ve been writing words–without music–in book form. Really! You might be thinking, “Big deal. Doesn’t everyone these days?” A lot of my friends are but for a musician like me, it’s been new and challenging.   

HERE’S MY PRAISE REPORT!

After working on my projects since last August, I’ve come up with two books!  First is my voice manual Cookin’ Up a Song which I began several years ago.  My fun-filled faith-based book for church volunteers is done and Live on Amazon!

New Cookin' front cover- 2018  Cookin’ Up a Song

That writing experience in itself would be plenty but the Lord has been laying on my heart to complete a six-week devotional for women called Revitalize! It’s nearly ready for print and you’ll be seeing it on Amazon very soon. I’ll keep you posted!

The Apostle Paul tells us, “Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant-not of the letter but of the Spirit,” (2 Corinthians 3:5-6). 

With faith in God and trust in the Holy Spirit, we can pursue our dreams!  Support  and patience from my husband as I’ve spent hours, days, and months typing away is greatly appreciated too.

One of my favorite new sayings is, “Never let you memories be greater than your dreams.”  Let me encourage you to keep looking ahead as God helps you fulfill your dreams too!

In Christ always,

Carole

SCATTERED

February 17, 2018 at 5:51 pm | Posted in Christian Women | Leave a comment
Hi Friends! 

I’m honored to continue sharing encouragement from God’s word with you.  Thank you so much for your kind responses and support over the years!

Looking back, I came across an article  that I published back in 2004 titled SCATTERED.

Here’s what I wrote back then.   Do you think it still applies to today?
Keynotes from Carole – Spring 2004 

Without the glue of God’s word and the Holy Spirit holding my life together, I would really feel scattered.  You too?shutterstock_305076497

With all of the responsibilities facing me, it seems like I’m looking at a table filled with puzzle pieces and don’t know where to begin to organize them!

Consider my acronym

S C A T T E R E D

Stressful Circumstances Attacking The Truthful Encouragement Revealed Each Day!

The truthful encouragement?  God’s Word!

Here’s what James 1:1-3   tell us:  “James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes SCATTERED among the nations: Greetings.  Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.”

Perseverance means steady persistence.  In other words, don’t give up!

James continues in Verse 4, “Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

My frequent response: “But Lord, I am so overwhelmed.  I don’t know how to even catch up!”

James 1:5  “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”

“Thank you Lord.   I needed that!”

Let’s pray:  I’m so grateful that You, Father God, are able to connect the scattered pieces of my life and create a beautiful picture that glorifies Your name.  Thank you for Your Holy Spirit who is always with me and that You’re in control of the trials and responsibilities that can overwhelm me.  You remind me, through Your word, that I can turn my eyes away from the cares of the world and lay all of my burdens at Your feet of Your precious Son, Jesus.  Amen!

That’s what I wrote back then.  I have new puzzle pieces on my table and they will keep changing.   What a relief to know that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever!

In Christ always,

Carole  

‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’  Acts 17:28       

 

BLESSINGS FROM THE PAST …WHILE LOOKING AHEAD!

January 20, 2018 at 3:39 pm | Posted in Christian Women | Leave a comment

Hi Friends!

Blessings to you this chilly January day!

Yes, it’s a new year and I’m looking forward to all that the Lord has for us.  Aren’t you?

As I put all of my Christmas decorations away and put my antique Bible back in its place, I thought I’d share a little about this family treasure with you.

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My King James Bible was a gift given to my great-grandparents on their wedding day in 1871. There are several pictures of my ancestors inside including the one below of Elizabeth Melvin.

 

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What a darling great-grandmother-to-be with no clue that I would be mentioning her almost 150 years later!

I believe that Elizabeth treasured her Bible and that she prayed for her family.  Those prayers have made a difference in my being here and the Lord’s protection over my life.

It’s amazing to think that God has made me a caretaker of His Holy word, not just on antique pages, but His living, breathing Word!  We find it in book form, on the internet, audio Bible, braille; whatever form we can take to heart and hide there.

I’m greatly blessed to have evidence of my descendants.  Yes, I realize that.  But, as an heiress in God’s Kingdom, my descendants go back much farther.  You’ll find their stories in the Old and New Testaments.

As you look ahead to 2018, remember that Matthew 6:21 tells us, “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

God bless you as you keep seeking His treasure!

In Christ always,

Carole

‘For in him we live and move and have our being.‘  Acts 17:28

JESUS IS THE TRUE LIGHT OF THE WORLD

December 22, 2017 at 5:08 pm | Posted in Christian Women | Leave a comment
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Hi Friends and a Joyous Christmas to you!

Yesterday, a surprise beacon of light came from a distant window to shine on the antique Nativity scene under our tree. For authenticity, I created the cave setting to replace the traditional barn….this after visiting the limestone cavern below the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.

Grandma's Nativity Scene

You’re only seeing a few of my Grandmother’s antique figurines. With all the tiny statues circling the base of the tree, the natural sunlight specifically illuminated the manger for about 5 minutes.  How beautiful!

Light bends, you know.  It wraps around corners and reaches into obscure and unexpected places.  It wakes us up and shows us the way.

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”  John 8:12 NIV

I love how Jesus, the Light of the world, bends to meet us where we are; around the corners of our hurting hearts.  He shows up in unexpected places and illuminates our minds to the Truth of His word.  When we need direction, He shows us that He is the Way.   What a joy to follow Him!

Thank you Father God for sending your precious Son to us.  If not, how would we know of Your great love for us? 

May your Christmas be greatly blessed!

In Christ always,

Carole  

‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’  Acts 17:28

   

Remembering Bethlehem 2009

A CHRISTMAS PRAYER by Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

Loving Father,

Help us remember the birth of Jesus, that we may share in the song of the angels, the gladness of the shepherds, and the worship of the wise men. Close the door of hate and open the door of love all over the world.  Let kindness come with every gift and good desires with every greeting.

Deliver us from evil by the blessings that Christ brings and teach us to be merry with a clear heart. May the Christmas morning help us to be happy with Thy children and may the Christmas evening bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts, forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus’ sake.   Amen.

Give thanks and rejoice in our Lord!

November 22, 2017 at 9:34 am | Posted in Christian Women | Leave a comment

Hi Friends!

Many blessings to you this Thanksgiving week!  Grateful to God

 

 

 

 

 

 

Irregardless of the news stories and the uneasiness that surrounds us, I am overflowing with gratitude for the faithfulness of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and all that He has done for you and for me!

My gratitude list also includes great thanks to:

  • my wonderful husband Jan for his steadfast love over the first 43 years of our marriage
  • Jan’s mom, Val Brewer, as she celebrates her 94th Birthday next week!
  • all of my ministry support team & faithful prayer partners!
  • my wonderful guests on my Bible Chicks Radio Show
  • past event planners whom I’ve had the privilege of serving with
  • you, my friends and readers for your kind comments and for staying connected with me!

I’m grateful for God’s gift of music too!

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This December, Jan and I are privileged to be performing again with the fine musicians of the Winds of Faith Concert Band under the direction of Van Crane.  (That’s Jan, back on the drums)

WoF Christmas Concerts 2017 for FB

If you’re in the area, please join us for an evening of beautiful Christmas music!

Wishing you a very blessed Thanksgiving and hoping to see you in December!

In Christ always,   

Carole  

‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’  Acts 17:28

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Staying Focused in the Crowd

October 20, 2017 at 9:09 am | Posted in Christian Women | Leave a comment

Hi Friends! 

Greetings in our Lord!  I hope you’re doing well today!

I’ve noticed from the recent posts on Facebook that many of you, like me, have been traveling this past month.

My husband Jan and I recently visited Times Square in New York City.  Yes, it was fun, exciting, entertaining, educational, tiring …certainly not boring in any way.  Another Christian traveler I was visiting with referred to Times Square as “over-stimulating”.  As I stood in the middle of it all, bombarded with gigantic flashing ads all vying for my attention, I would agree.

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Also standing in the middle, was one solitary young man holding a small handmade poster which read, “Jesus loves you”. God bless that faithful servant.  To me, he represented God’s still small voice that speaks love, peace, joy, strength, forgiveness, and volumes more to us if we would just stop and listen.

The following day, after hours of walking, Jan and I settled for a cab ride where I managed to snap this pic!  See the carriage darting right in front of us?

In the midst of a massive traffic jam, that obedient, trusting horse followed his master’s lead and headed straight to a safe destination, Central Park.  Notice the blinders?

Horse in front of cab in NYC

What was my take away from these new and interesting experiences?  I’ve considered that in the middle of all the worldly noise, I can choose to listen and trust God for His confirmation and guidance. Proverbs 3:5-6  I also need to put on a good set of Holy Spirit blinders to keep my focus looking straight ahead to Jesus!    Following these two basic life-principles would be using good horse sense, don’t you think?

Many blessings for beautiful Fall days ahead as you follow His lead!

In Christ always,                                    

Carole  

‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’  Acts 17:28

 

What’s Going On?

August 28, 2017 at 7:05 pm | Posted in Christian Women | Leave a comment

Hi Friends! 

What’s going on?   Fires, hurricanes, and lots more!  Difficulties, sadness, and lots more!

Hold tight!  Hold tightly to our Lord; not only for comfort but for assurance that we are His!  I’m doing just that by making a commitment to spend more time in His presence and in His word.   Doing so will help both you and me get ready for all that the Lord has for us this Fall.

Ephesians 3:20-21 tells us: Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus…

As you watch, wait, and pray are you finding His joy, blessings, security, comfort, and lots more? That’s my prayer for you today!

In Christ always,                                    

Carole  

‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’  Acts 17:28 

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