Hello there! Grab your party hat and noise maker. I hope you don't mind some confetti in your hair! It's time to celebrate!
She Heard is turning 6 today! Can you believe it? WOW!
I hope this site has been half of the blessing to you that it has been to me. What a transformation my life has seen over the past half-a-dozen years.
When I began writing here I was a mom of 6 kids aged 7 to newborn. I was a work-at-home, homeschooling mom struggling to make it through each day. I was depleted and tired and unsure how to be the same Mandy in every situation. I was "home" Mandy and "church" Mandy and "Facebook" Mandy and "friend" Mandy, but I didn't know how to make the four into one. I wanted to do MORE and make a difference in the world, but I was drowning in diapers and late-night feedings and just didn't see how I could do anything beyond make it through each day.
God called me to start blogging about my faith publicly and the first night I hit enter on a post detailing my Scriptire reading for the week, I couldn't sleep. I was terrified of the response. Having been a certain person to some and a different person to others, I was sure the backlash would kill me. But guess what? It didn't!
Sure, I lost some friends (who were friends only through social media anyway), but the ones who stayed cheered me on. God also walked with me every step of the way. He's grown me and stretched me and led me to some incredible people through this small corner of the universe called She Heard!
If you're reading this, YOU are one of those incredible people!
Many times I've been told that what's posted on the Facebook page is exactly what someone needed at that time. That brings me great joy! The truth is, what I post is what I need to hear as well. I have hit some dark lows and some amazing highs over the past 6 years, but God has always met me in those places. The beautiful thing about Him is that He also meets others through what we're experiencing. Anything that I've posted that's met a need in you has been directly from the Lord. Isn't He so good??
We are about to hit 10,000 in our community on Facebook. This is a huge milestone and I'm so very excited to have you along for the ride. I have some fun things planned for when we hit that number. I can't wait to share them with you!
THANK YOU for joining me here! You are a true blessing to me.
Here's to many more years of growing in love and faith with Jesus...
I posted the following on Facebook the other day:
There was a wonderful response from others who feel the same. I'm all about social media and things like conferences, Bible studies, and videos. NO doubt about it! However, I think what I'm hearing (and experiencing) is that we're hungry for deeper relationships. We're thirsty for connection beyond a surface level. We're starving for accountability and relationship that allows us to give and receive honestly.
We're living in a world that sees very real and powerful Spiritual Warfare. We face an enemy who has used the millenia that he's roamed the earth to figure out our weak spots as humans. As people made in the image of God, we're amazing creatures. However, our flesh is fairly simple: We're innately selfish and prideful. Those flaws may look difffernt in each of us, but the enemy knows how to push our individual buttons and create a foothold in our lives. He's certainly not stronger than the Lord, but he's cunning and manipulative. And ruthless. We often do his work for him when our selfishness and doubt gets in the way.
Why am I saying all this?
For a few reasons...
In our current culture (Western Christianity), we tend to elevate other leaders in the faith because of their presence on social media or the way we relate to them. A 30 minute LIVE or video session can hit the spot, so we click the "X" and go about our day. Sometimes we plug into a local church with a plethora of groups and ministry options, yet still feel lonely and unknown. None of these things are "bad," but without real community they're hollow.
The early Church literally lived life together evey day. They shared their resources and their space. They ate and prayed together. Their lives of simplicity and togetherness was so attractive that "daily they added to their numbers."
The Fellowship of Believers
What does that have to do with you and me?
Well, I feel it...I feel the pull of God to return to His roots...relationship in authenticity. We don't necessarily have to GO anywhere to minister, but we do have to minister.
We don't necessarily have to PREACH the Gospel, but our lives must preach what the Gospel looks like.
BIBLE STUDY won't save us, but a foundation of faith based on the Truth found in Scripture (as revealed through the Holy Spirit) is imperative to better understanding God and having an answer for the hope that we have.
CONFERENCES don't make us better Christians, but the experience and corporate community provided give us a space to praise the Lord in unity as well as refresh our spirit or take us deeper in relationship with one another and the Lord.
The bare foundation is this: 1.) Seeking the Lord daily and growing more in love with Him. 2.) Telling, sharing, and showing others what Jesus has done in our lives, and 3.) Praying for ourselves, our families, and others consistently.
Wrapped up within these 3 things is an infinite amount of other things...community, transparency, vulnerability, reality, grace, mercy, flexibility, resiliency, consistency...and the list goes on.
I'm here to help in any way I can. I would love to stand side-by-side with you ladies as you begin a deeper relationship with God this year and step outside your preconceived ideas of what a relationship with Jesus looks like. I'm ready to allow the Holy Spirit to reveal the areas I need to address within me as well as knock my socks off with the ability of the Almighty and Powerful God that I serve.
I'm ready to lean forward in faith to intercede for my family and others and trust that my prayers count. And then I can't wait to watch as God answers every single one of them in His perfect way, in His perfect timing.
I'm ready to step forward to the frontlines of the battlefield and stop half-heartedly throwing a few punches toward the enemy here and there. I'm done being a spectator, watching as the enemy devours one person after another and our culture crumbles and slides further and further away from God.
I'm IN...and I'd love to have you be IN with me.
I'd love an onslaught of comments or messages telling me you're along for the ride in 2019, but I have a feeling this group will be small. God loves to take the FEW and increase it to MANY so that He gets all the glory.
Hi there. I'll be quick because I imagine your finger hovering over the "delete" button, itching to get rid of yet another piece of junk email from your inbox.
You're receiving this email because at one time you subscribed to this blog. It used to be called Deliberate Women and then changed to She Heard about a year or so ago. Maybe you don't recognize the new name and have decided that you were spammed?
Maybe you know exactly who I am but the posts no longer fit your season of life?
Or maybe you just flat out no longer want to hear from me...
In any case, I have asked to take a precious few moments of your time because I take very seriously the people God brings into my life. I include all of you reading this as people God has brought into my life. Whether we've met face-to-face or not, we've been linked. This blog and website used to be about numbers and growing the platform, but the last year or so, God has sat me down and given me the lecture I needed. This time on earth is so short. Cliche, I know, but true. I've been allowed the privilege of a place in each of your lives (albeit miniscule in scale) as a gift. Whatever encouragement I can offer, I want to. Any words I successfully string together are from Him. Any messages of value are directly from the Lord.
Before you go, I want to send you off with a blessing.
Lord, thank you for the gift of community. Thank you for the gift of bearing one another's burdens. Thank you for the privilage of walking side-by-side through life, literally and figuratively; in-person and virtually. I pray blessing and favor over each person reading this and their families. I pray peace over their lives. I pray a deep hunger and thirst for You and Your Word. Thank you for the gift of time with them that you have blessed me with. In Jesus name, Amen.
If you choose to unsubscribe, thank you for the opportunity of speaking into your life thus far. God bless you!
If you choose to hang around, thank you! I look forward to growing closer in relationship to the Lord and each other.
If you have a prayer request, please feel free to CLICK HERE and I will be honored to pray for you.
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May this be a blessing to you as you dig deeper into your relationship with the Lord! Thank you so much for being a part of this She Heard Community!
Musings from my garage...
Pieces of a beautiful, old buffet sit in my garage right now. We're moving in T minus 4 weeks (and 1 day, but who's counting?) and I've not packed one. single. thing. But I HAVE launched into a full restoration project.
As I spend sweaty, gritty time in that hot garage (It's 100 degrees in Texas right now), and follow the process of wetting the towel, letting it lie on the piece to loosen the damaged veneer so I can scrape it off and reveal the beautiful original wood underneath, I feel a message from the Holy Spirit on my heart.
The process is tedious. I have to soak the towel, which makes it heavy and hard to wring out, and place it on the piece. Then, my least favorite thing, I have to be patient while the water does its thing, which can take hours. The heavy wetness of the towel seeps under the cracked veneer, loosening the glue and allowing me to use a hammer and putty knife to lift and scrape the veneer off. Naturally, this isn't a full-proof process. The veneer chips and breaks, and not one piece has come off in tact or easily, but if I skipped that step, the piece would only be scarred and broken from the resistance of putty knife meeting years-old, unforgiving glue. The hammer-to-putty-knife procedure is long. Sometimes, in my zeal to rush the process I knick the wood underneath, causing more damage.
Sometime during the tap-tap-tap, scrape-scrape-scrape monotony, I had a lightbulb moment.
We're like that buffet.
As time goes on and life happens, our veneer becomes scraped, chipped, and damaged. Some dings and scrapes add character, of course, but often they're unsightly and take away from the piece as a whole and from the Creator's original design. They reflect lack of care and damage. God, the Master Builder and Repairer, lays the Holy Spirit over us like the towel. He loosens our resistance and allows us to be available to the "putty knife and hammer." Removing the outer layer is often tedious, time-consuming, and painful, but it's necessary to reveal the beauty underneath. We can't rush the process or circumvent the steps because that only creates more problems and takes away from the beauty being revealed.
So as we're in the tap-tap-tap, scrape-scrape-scrape seasons of life, may we yield to the heaviness of the Holy Spirit and allow Him to do His work on and in us.
This space is reserved for Founder Mandy's perspectives and viewpoints of Scripture. Man is fallible, but God is not. It's strongly encouraged that you study the Scripture for yourself and allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in your understanding.
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