When Faith Is Under Pressure {Stay the Course, Trust the Process}

book, journal, computerIt’s not one of  my favorite scriptures. In chapter 1, James is writing to Christians who are being persecuted and telling them how to think and live in order to win. He tells them to see difficulties as a gift.  Did you know that when we come into relationship with Christ it places a target on us? Yes, we are “saved” by believing, but then we have the same enemy that Christ had who wants to “steal, kill, and destroy” everything good the Father has planned for us. While Jesus defeated death and hell, we still have conflict over our lives today until He returns.

In His Name we pray, stand, speak, and live by His Authority that He won by His finished work on the cross. Through the trials we face in life we are changed, strengthened, and grown in maturity in our faith and love. The word Christian means anointed one. Yeah, that’s you if you believe in Him. Don’t feel anointed? Well, sometimes I don’t either. Sometimes it feels like my faith is under attack and the external and internal pressures of life are great. What then? Here’s that verse:

Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way. (James 1:2-3 MSG)

Tests and challenges are a gift? Yes. And not only are they a gift, we have a choice as to whether we receive the gift or not. We can stay the course or leave it prematurely. Many people leave their church as soon as their feelings get hurt. Some quit a job when they feel it’s too hard or they weren’t invited to the office party. There are others who agree with an abusive person to avoid conflict, allowing their lives to be controlled. And most of us struggle with even the basics of letting God lead us through life’s choices and decisions. We need to learn to stay the course!

While growth is not easy and sometimes quite painful, we need it! Without that personal growth, we flounder where we are and end up a complaining, weeping, mess of a person in bondage to the very things from which Christ came to set us free! So how do we choose to grow? How do we find the gift in the trouble? We stick with God!

God will make a wayStart making a daily choice to become determined in your faith that no matter what comes, no matter how difficult the circumstance, you are going to stay the course and trust the process for the Lord is going to use it for your good. There’s a gift inside every problem. There’s an opportunity for more faith in every difficulty. Growth and maturity are woven into every moment of your life and is yours for the taking…IF you stay the course and trust the process of who you are as God’s dearly loved son or daughter.

Stop accepting what is unacceptable to Him. You are here for a reason – to know His love, yes, but for more. So when the pressure comes, when conflicts arise, when your heart is troubled, take it all to God. He has a way for you through the difficulty and promises to lead you through the fiery trial you are facing. Call someone to pray with you.

Suffering brings God’s presence near in a way nothing else can. – Timothy Keller

Learn to follow Him in the small things and then you’ll be able to follow Him through the big things that want to shatter your world. Build relationship with Him now in order to remain close in trust when things go dark.

His love for you really is perfect, lacking nothing that you need, and your trust in that love makes the darkness run! Fear cannot remain when we grow in trusting God’s love.

God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us. This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us, so that we’re free of worry on Judgment Day—our standing in the world is identical with Christ’s. There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life—fear of death, fear of judgment—is one not yet fully formed in love. (1 John 4:17-18 MSG)

We typically relate God’s love to our own limited, human love. His love is deeper than the ocean and wider than the universe. Paul’s desire in Ephesians 3:18 was that we all would come to understand how wide, how high, and how deep the love of Christ really is! It’s a supernatural, all-enveloping, everything-you-need kind of love!

There are many who have been a Christian a long time who still aren’t well acquainted with God’s perfect love for them. Fear has a crippling power in their life. They are weak in the face of trouble. (That’s been me more times than I want to remember!) But “our standing in the world is identical with Christ’s” so that we are able to live an effective, powerful life with God while we are here. As long as we are depending on His love for us.

Allow Him to grow you up in your relationship with Him. Make the decision daily that you are going to grow in knowing that love and allow it to grow you. Then when your faith is under pressure, you will so trust in that love that you are able to stay the course no matter what and receive the gift hidden in the problem. Your true colors will be displayed to a fearful and hurting world and others will be inspired by the life you live.

There’s so much grace for the journey,Robin 12

Robin

From the desk by the window where the morning mist is floating gently through the pines.

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20 Things to Pray for Your Children

Sylvia Gunter is the founder of The Father’s Business ministry. Her books and weekly emails have been blessing my life, and especially my prayer life, for the past 6 years. I have given many of her books away, my favorite title being “Blessing Your Spirit” by Sylvia Gunter and Arthur Burke.
Sylvia has given her permission for me to repost her email from this past week entitled 20 Things to Pray for Your Children. I requested permission for 3 reasons: (1) her content is excellent and biblically based, (2) in my speaking and Spiritual Life Coaching, I find that most people aren’t secure in their prayer life and aren’t certain of how to pray, and (3) we need to pray strategically for our children. I hope this inspires you to pray for your children in a new way. I want to encourage you to visit her website and buy some books!

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20 Things to Pray for Your Children

Lord, I prayed for this child, and You have granted me what I asked of You.

1 Samuel 1:27

These Scripture-based prayers are dedicated to this most important responsibility and privilege of a parent or grandparent or teacher for children of all ages.

 

Lord, what do You want for my children?

Guide me by Your Spirit as I pray for my children according to Your will. I release them to You so that You can accomplish Your will for their lives. Work the life of Christ in them and give them Your best.

 

I pray that my children would:

  1. Receive and love Jesus as their Savior… May they understand that You love them so much that You gave Your only Son for them, and when they believe in Him, they will have life forever with You. John 3:16
  2. Commit their lives to make Jesus Lord and be filled with Your Spirit… May my children recognize that Jesus is the Name above all names and confess Him as Lord of all. I pray that they will trust Him with all their hearts, not lean on their own understanding, and acknowledge that He is Lord; thus, You will guide them in Your best way for them. May they be filled with Your Holy Spirit to the fullness of Christ. Phil 2:9-11, Pro 3:5-6, Eph 5:18, 1:23, 4:13
  3.  Know the true and living God intimately and cherish and live in all Your names… I pray that my children will desire to know You intimately, Father. May they love You and apply Your names and truth to their needs. Dan 11:32b, Phil3:10, Ps 9:10
  4. Learn to pray and praise… I pray that my children will learn to communicate with You, their loving Father. Put Your praise in their hearts and on their lips. Lead them to be entirely dependent on You for everything, so they talk with You about everything and give You the honor that You deserve. Mark 10:14-15, Matt 21:16, Phil 4:6
  5. Know who they are in Christ… I pray that my children will know how precious they are to You. Teach them to base their identity and security in Christ. Give them Christ-centered confidence and worth. Give them Your mind about how You see them and how You feel about them. Help them to know who they are and what they have in Christ and what they can do through Him. Eph 1:4,7,11-14; Col 1 :27
  6. Be protected from the evil one by the blood of Jesus… Cause my children to know the power of the blood to defeat all the works of the evil one.  John17:15, 1 John 4:4
  7. Receive the love of God the Father… I pray that my children will know Your Father-heart and have the assurance of Your great love. Let them know by experience how extravagantly and unconditionally You love them. Father them with Your holy love, so that they know that You are always working in their lives in love. 1 John 3:1
  8. Love the Word of God… I pray that my children will treasure Your Word more than wealth. Teach them to base their lives on it as their standard of life. Give them understanding as they seek You in Your Word. Teach them to plead Your unbreakable promises and to defeat all the lies of the enemy with Your truth revealed in Your Word. Ps 119:127-130,159-162
  9. Learn to hate sin and love holiness, righteousness, and the fear of the Lord… I pray that You will write Your Word on the hearts of my children so that they will choose to hate sin and love Your holiness. Work in their lives the holy fear of You. Help them to desire to please You in all they do. Create in them a pure heart. Make them wise in what is good and innocent in what is evil. Move in them to dedicate their life to You as a living sacrifice. Ps 119:9,11; 2 Tim2:22, Rom 16:19b, Pro 8:13
  10. Grow up into maturity in the Lord… I pray that my children will be built on the foundation of Jesus and grow in Your grace with a conscious sense of Your presence conforming them to be like You. May they be built up with Your wisdom, favor, truth, love, life, faith, strength, and thankfulness. Luke 2:52, Eph4:15, Col 2:6-7
  11. Glorify God in their bodies as Your temple… I pray that my children will honor You by keeping their bodies pure as the temple of Your Spirit. Teach them the great price You paid in the death of Jesus for their holiness. 1 Cor 6:19-20, Rom 12:1-2
  12. Respect those in authority…I pray that my children will submit to the authorities You have placed over them for their good. Cause them to obey and not reserve for themselves the right to choose whether to obey, which You call rebellion. Give them a joyful, grateful heart as they submit to authority. Rom 13:1, Eph 6:1, 3:22-25
  13. Have healthy, edifying, wise friendships… I pray that my children will develop friendships based on the drawing of Your Holy Spirit to righteous companions. Give them friends who are true, wholesome, and mutually encouraging. Give them wisdom in choosing relationships that will honor You. Ps 119:63, John 15:13-14
  14. Know the truth and renew their minds in God’s Word… I pray that my children will know Your truth in their hearts as well as their minds. May they base their life on Your truth instead of Satan’s lies, so that they will experience all the freedom that Jesus died to give them. I pray that they will daily renew their minds in Your Word and set their thoughts on what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and worthy of praise. John 8:32, Rom 12:2, Phil 4:8
  15. Walk wisely in the ways and wisdom of God… I pray that my children will commit everything they do to You and trust You to show them the blessings of obedience. Teach them to put You first in everything. Let their actions reflect Your goodness, righteousness, truth, and wisdom. Day by day fulfill all Your will for them. Ps 37:4- 6, Pro 3:5-6, Eph 5:8-10,15-17
  16. Have the joy of the Lord… I pray that You alone will be my children’s  joy. Fill them with Your joy, so they won’t pursue the world’s pleasures. Phil 4:4, Neh 8:10
  17. Seek to please God, not self, and serve others… I pray that my children will desire to please You in their thoughts and actions and not be people-pleasers. May they have servant’s hearts and give to others like Jesus who did not seek to be served. Matt 4:10b, Ps 19:14, Mark 10:43-45
  18. Learn who the enemy is and resist him victoriously… I pray that my children will humbly submit to You and resist the evil one, thereby defeating him. May they discern his tactics and not entertain his lies nor be entrapped by his snares. I pray that they will receive Your strength and resurrection power for every spiritual battle. 2 Cor 2:11, Jam 4:7, Eph 6:10
  19. Maintain their first-love devotion to Jesus… I pray that Jesus will be the first love of my children. Give them a passion for Jesus. Cause them to love Him with all their heart, soul, strength, and mind. May they prize His affection above all else. Phil 3:13-14, Luke 10:27
  20. Find the godly life partner that God is preparing, a mate who will complement them in their obedient walk with the Lord… I pray that You will bring my children the life partner You have chosen for them. Develop the character of Jesus in them. May their walk together with You be a testimony that You made them for each other. Make them a mighty witness for You. Bless them with Your best. Pro 12:4, 31:10; Ps 112:1-2
In Jesus’ name, amen.
 
You can use God’s Word to form prayers for any need. I hope that you will begin praying scripture prayers that are strategic, asking the Lord what He wants you to pray, and following His leading in your prayer life. All your comments or questions are welcome! Find Sylvia Gunter on Facebook and follow her on Twitter @thefathersbiz. Visit her website to sign up for the weekly devotional like I did.
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Loads of God’s good grace to you,
Robin
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(c) Robin L. Lewis, Sozo Life & Leadership, LLC, March 1, 2016
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Best-Ever-Life {conquer your wall}

conquer, wall, fear, goals

I wrestled for sleep most of the night and realized I was having a running conversation in my head that went something like this:
God: Where do you want these goals of yours to go?
Me: I don’t know.
God: Where do you want these to actually go? You’ve written them out for a year and they are do-able. What else do you want? Hint: they need to be bigger than you.
Me: I don’t know! Wait.
Me: I want more, but I need help to see bigger. Help me!
God: Get up. Write it down. I’ll help.
Me: It’s 4:15, but this is important; OK. Some ideas are starting to rise.

book, journal, computer

I’ve struggled with letting my vision emerge. Sometimes we need to train our brain to learn to think bigger – especially if daily life and some not-so-good life experiences have squashed dreams before. We need to tell our dreams that they have our permission to come forth. When they arrive, large or small, we need to celebrate them and thank God for what He planted within us. Do you know that “ask, think, or imagine” verse?

Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do super-abundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21 Amplified Bible)

Discovering our vision, goals, or purpose is part of Lordship – of letting Jesus be LORD over every area of our lives. We tend to think of the parts we can see (like bible reading, what movies we watch, if we can share Jesus with someone, or if we cuss). But it’s so much more than behavior – it’s our heart, mind, will, emotions, conscience. It’s our dreams and visions He placed within us when He created us as a living person. It’s within. It’s allowing God to examine our beliefs with us and show us where we’re simply not believing for enough, and then beginning to believe that he really can do this according to His power at work inside us!

I hear you. I hear the “But you don’t know me. I’m not special.” {Did you have someone tell you that you would never be anything significant? Did you grow up in a place where the general attitude is to just be thankful that you have a job, any job? Maybe you were raised in a church that has the wrong idea of what the Christian life should to look like…with an “always take it on the chin and be thankful” theology? Or where they focused more on outward behavior, never teaching you about discipleship or the enemy of God and that he hates you, too. Experiences like this lead to wrong beliefs that guide our very lives.}

LORDSHIP of Jesus over our dreams and visions allows Him to lead us into adventure, accomplishment, service, and growth – all with submission to Him into things that are far more than we could ever do alone. Easy? No way. But worth it? Oh yeah! So while I wait, listen, and jot down ideas, I’m following His lead, because I know that will be the best-ever-life where I will refuse to let fear stop me or make me turn a different way. I don’t have it all figured out, but I’m moving forward anyway.

We conquer our wall of vision or anything else by refusing to let fear stop us, by giving permission to let the God-life in us to emerge, and to realize that WE are playing a significant role in the Kingdom of Heaven story. That WE have agency and He will never force us, but wants to co-create and write our story with us.

What’s your wall? I promise you that you and God together can conquer it. He is just big enough, loving enough, and has promised to never leave you. Look at your wall again. Any idea what’s on the other side?

(Psssst! You are part of my vision. Let me know if you want to strategize over vision together!)

Love & so much grace!

Robin

From the desk by the window where a shining, milky-white crescent moon is waiting to hide in the sunshine.2016-01-05 16.50.00

PS: I love the Amplified Bible as I want the fuller meaning of the words. I want it to amplify my life. If you’re unfamiliar with using different translations for study, try Bible Gateway. It’s my favorite!

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(c) Robin L. Lewis, Sozo Life & Leadership, LLC, Feb. 3, 2016

Can You Deeply Value What YOU Bring to the World? {Fight the Negative Voices}

cropped-laptop-coffee-old-table3.jpgI’ve written about personal value over the last week as part of a devotional book I am working on and I must say, everything I write or speak about challenges me in some way. How I value my life, my contribution, and my calling has come into question in recent days. And the simple fact that there are voices telling me what I am NOT worth and what I CAN’T do are proof enough that what God has called me to do, along with the knowledge and experience I’ve gained over my life, carry very great value. But let me explain.

In my childhood, growing up a girl in the Southern Baptist denomination, I was taught to be submissive. Not just Jesus-submissive, but man-submissive. I was not to lead, I was to be polite, I was to have the dinner on the table when a husband was ready, and I was to meet his physical needs. Mine weren’t mentioned. I could serve in the choir or teach Sunday School, but not use my voice in great leadership roles. What I saw modeled by my family and church women in the south supposedly displayed woman sitting on bedwhat God expected of me. I grew up to marry a very wounded man who later chose alcohol to numb his pain and used a lot of verbal and mental abuse to numb me. I’ve described the years as a chipping away of who I was, an experience that hollowed me out inside. My voice was never given any real validity, and my gifts were defined in a way that nicely placed them in a box that wouldn’t offend anyone. I still catch myself trying to please others at times. Can you identify with my experience?

With this writing on value – defining how God values each of us – my thoughts and motives are always laid open, and honestly, I thought I was further along in my restoration. I’m not saying that I hadn’t grown, matured, and become stronger. I have. But God goes after those thin layers, those splinters of untruth left inside us, to remove them. It’s when our lives get turned upside down that stuff inside gets shaken and falls out, sometimes surprising us about what is still left inside. While the pain of splinter removal isn’t something I look forward to, God wants me to know my real value for then I will know more of His love for me.

God is a complete and perfect Father – one who doesn’t stop gently working with us to heal, restore, and build up. Our complete identity, value, and purpose is found in Him, not in any worldly, cultural, or denominational definition. The truth? I am who my Father says I am – in every way, in every place, and around any person. I am equal in value to every other person on the planet.

I was talking with a friend earlier today and because of my own recent study of personal value, I suggested that she had elevated someone else over herself. I asked her if God wanted her to do that. She replied, “No, I don’t need another god! I’ve got the one true God and this is the vision He has given to me!” She then went on to bless me in what I’ve been called to do and spoke value over my life. It was a double blessing!

We are each completely unique, immeasurably valued, and intentionally purposed by our Heavenly Father. That tells me that we each have a value that has a head-on collision with the value assigned to us by others or the world. For some of us, that means taking our ego down a notch or two, and for most of us, that means coming up in our valuation by learning to see ourselves through the Father’s eyes. And that is the title of my book, “Through the Father’s Eyes”.

And our value? It’s not just defined by what we DO, but by who we ARE. We are first children of God, created on purpose by Him. No one is an accident, every life known by Him before we are born, and every single breath seen before we inhale our first. From our eye color to our shoe size to the ever-changing number of hairs on our heads, all is not only known, but chosen. Chosen by a loving Father who voices we respond toassigns great value to us simply because we are His. That is where abundant life begins – when we experience our Father in and with us as His child, and the more truth He writes on our hearts, the less we listen to the negative voices sent to diminish us.

I don’t have all the truth written on the inside of me quite yet, but I know God will be faithful to fill me with the truth of who I am. He does the same for you. So for now, let’s respond to His voice, agree together, and say right out loud – “I AM WHO MY FATHER SAYS I AM!” And “I WILL VALUE DEEPLY THE UNIQUE WONDER, ABILITY, AND PURPOSE THAT I BRING TO THE WORLD!”

We matter. A lot.

There’s loads of grace for the journey,

Robin

From the desk by the window where the flood waters are receding and the sun might just be out of the clouds tomorrow.

DSC_4975Have you thought about your own growth? Do you want more of that abundant life stuff? I know I do, and I can help set your feet on the path. Send me an email and ask about spiritual life coaching, or book me to speak at your next event. I’d be very honored to join you on your journey! This is who I am and what I do and yes, it has great value. Let’s find yours together.

Much Love,

Robin

(c) Robin L. Lewis, Sozo Life & Leadership, LLC, October 5, 2015

A Time to Speak for Freedom

dreams fearsThe importance of our nation is continually reinforced to me. It seems that America is always fighting for freedom, for freedom will always have an enemy. We didn’t just win freedom  in 1776 for independence as a nation, in 1865 for freedom of slaves, in 1920 for women to vote, or in the 1960’s with civil rights. We are continually having to guard our freedoms and recreate a nation of freedom for all. And it matters what’s written in ink, but it matters more how we live those freedoms.

The American Family Association has created a video concerning Christian freedom. There are those who want to silence the voice of the Christian, the one who follows and learns to be more like Christ. This has nothing to do with a church affiliation and is not against any group. This is about people who worship together coming under attack.

If Muslims were coming under attack and arrested for praying the way they desire, it would be just as wrong. So I’m not elevating one religious group over another. But…we cannot safeguard all religious freedom if we allow any one group to be silenced in the right to worship guaranteed by the Constitution.

I’m asking you, no matter your background, race, religious choice, or lifestyle, to speak for freedom. We are all here together in community and the choices we make today create our tomorrows. Watch the video, share it if you want, but don’t stop there. Live out freedom by showing love and respect for those who are different from you. Anyone can love people who like they are, but love really matters when we love and honor those who are different, so let freedom show in your actions.

You can watch the 3 minute video here: A Time to Speak.

This is our responsibility. If you think it doesn’t really matter that much, look in the faces of your children and grandchildren. It’s time to use your voice for freedom again.

Grace, peace, & prayers,

Robin

(c) Sozo Life & Leadership, LLC, Oct. 10, 2014

The Journey to Fulfillment (and why we don’t often choose it)

woman at computerThere are times, if I’m still enough to listen, I can hear the battle in my mind for my moment or my day.  Recently, I realized I was feeling unfulfilled, testy.  The thoughts were something like these…

“Why is it so hard?”

“Why can’t this work out better?  With less effort?”

“Just put it off.  I don’t have to do that right now.  I am not sure what to do anyway.”

“If I stick my neck out again, what if nothing comes of it?”

“What if no one wants what I have?  What if this doesn’t succeed?”

“Maybe I’d better check Facebook or do another webinar to get ideas.”

I have a life purpose that is bigger than me.  I am called to do a certain thing and I have been doing it full-time since February.  I practically flew out of the starting gate like California Chrome, and like that horse, my career / calling had its ups and downs quickly.  Such is life, such is learning, such is the journey to becoming better.  But when we listen and realize what is happening in our thought life, we must step in and interrupt the conversation!

I can let that play out and become discouraged (the enemy’s goal to stop me), or I can jump in and declare truth over my moment, my day, and my life.  When I know the Truth, it’s that Truth that will set me free from the lies attempting to run through  my mind.  If I appropriate it.

But it takes effort.  And we read all the writers who tell us all we’re capable of accomplishing, and we take it like a vitamin and then sit down.  It’s like expecting to become more fit, but not ever leaving the couch.  (We are all culture-influenced.)

So I stopped the thought flow and asked, “OK, Father, what am I hearing?  Why do I feel unfulfilled?”  I heard in my spirit, “You know the things that lead to fulfillment, but you’re not doing them.”

In other words, I know what I’m called to do, but I’m letting these “what if’s” stop me while I try to figure out the best way, instead of seeking the Lord and then taking action!  We must do something in order to have or accomplish something.  And thank God that He lets us get dissatisfied in order to move us forward.  He’s a great Dad.

I believe that Jesus was thrilled to go back to Heaven for one reason: He wanted us to have the fullness of the Holy Spirit living inside us.  He knew what that was like, and wanted it for us.  A returning to God’s original plan for the life of people!  We have full access to a Spirit-led life.  We have full access to all the Father gave the Son, but we don’t appropriate it.

If you know your calling, what you should be doing, but aren’t, you might want to get still and ask the Holy Spirit to show you the thought conversation happening in your head.  And believe me, the best way to make it stop is to seek the Lord’s guidance and take an action step.  And adversity?  Yeah, you can expect it.  There will always be opposition to God’s plan.  And since He fulfills that plan through us, we will have to face adversity.

We can let fear rule the day, or we can stand in the authority given to us and clear some more brush from the Kingdom path we’re blazing and make a way for others to follow.  This is the journey to fulfillment.  This is the way to Sozo Life.  Let’s get moving.  Like Ann Voskamp says, “Everything the Lord has for you is over the fence of fear.”

purpose for me

Grace and more Grace,

Robin

(c) Sozo Life & Leadership, LLC, June 26, 2014

Your Sozo Story

There is a story written for you by your Heavenly Father.  It is a story of fullness, grace, adventure, love, community.  It is a story of blessing and abundance. It is a story that is bigger than you, and is only possible through the Holy Spirit living in you.

beachWhere you are now, does your life feel full or empty?  Are you living out the dreams of your heart, or have you forgotten them?   Do you know your incredible value, or have you gotten lost along the way?

Sozo (Hebrew) most often translated as salvation or saved is so much more!  Sozo is abundant life, complete wholeness.  Sozo is to save, heal, restore, make whole, transform according to original design so that individuals and leaders live the fullest life using all their potential and receiving all the blessings given by God through Jesus to mankind.

To live ‘sozo’ is to live the full life.  Jesus came that we might live life to the fullest, learning to walk out our earthly journey as a person of love and influence.  We are designed to live in a way that grows and challenges us, while blessing, healing, and restoring those around us.  Sozo is about you.  Sozo is for you.

Sozo Life & Leadership’s primary focus is to teach and develop the true identity and value of women as God’s daughters, so they grow in confidence as they come to understand their God-given role alongside their husbands and brothers. In no way second class citizens, women are needed now for what they alone can bring as God’s image bearers to carry out their life purpose, their own mission, and fill their role in a Blessed Alliance with men.  Godly women do not have to compete with men.  They are designed and created to compliment their husbands and brothers.  {Men and women together display the full image of God.}

Contrary to traditional teaching, the women of the Bible were outstanding examples of strength even though their actions were sometimes contrary to ancient accepted culture.  They were daring, they took initiative, they were courageous leaders whose contributions have many times been downplayed or ignored.  Jesus accepted them as disciples and turned the culture of His day on its ear as he taught that a woman’s identity and purpose is anchored and secure in her relationship with Him above any worldly definition.

Sozo Life & Leadership seeks to come alongside women in churches, businesses, and civic groups to establish God’s order from the ground up through coaching, teaching, and prayer that develops and expands leadership potential to bring to reality the vision God has placed in the hearts of women.

When women understand their value, significance, and true identity, their husbands, families, churches, and communities are blessed!

To learn more,click on the Mission Statement  or Bio page.

We want to encourage you on your journey.  I am available for speaking, consultation, personal appointments, and retreats.  You are more amazing than you know.

~Robin Lawrimore

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