Rise

Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. John 8:36

Once we know the risen Hero of history, the Savior of the world and femininity, then we can begin to fathom all Jesus accomplished for us. On one humbling day, Jesus was denied, falsely accused, maligned, betrayed, battered, and bled on a cross for our sin (Matthew 27:27-50; John 19:16-30).

When He died, the earth went quiet and dark (Mark 15:33), but there was a rumbling from the deep. There was a overthrowing below the earth, and after three days, the Son of Man rose from the dead.

By conquering death, He proved that He is the Living Way to the Father (John 14:6; Rom 1:4). His is the Living Word, who crossed boundaries between heaven and earth by becoming flesh (John 1:14) and perfectly seeking and saving the lost (Luke 19:10).

Because He laid down His life as a payment for sin and rose again (Mark 10:45; John 10:17-18), those who believe in Him may begin to know  what it means to draw from Living Water that never runs dry (John 4:10-14).

Such a mission has a cost. At the name of Jesus, every single knee on heaven, on earth , and under the earth will bend before His majesty (Philippians 2:10-11). Following this Man, who will reign one day rule as King of kings and Lord of lords (Revelation 19:16), means that His disciples will suffer with Him (Philippians 1:29). But the fellowship of His suffering is of greater joie de vivre than any pleasure this earth could supply (Philippians 3:10).

To follow this humble Servant King is to find the meaning in life.

We’ll tell you a bit about who we are in time. If you must know, you can see the “About Us” menu, but trust us, really trust us when we say that He is the One worth seeing. He is the reason that we write, speak, or serve. He is the reason that we found each other, stuck together, and created this website. Along the way in this little Shabby Chic Ministries, we have loved one another and fallen in love with our Friend, Jesus. 

We are shabby and a little messy… but we are loved, really loved, and because He loves us (Rom 8:35-39), we are kind of like that velveteen bunny:

REAL.

We’ll share more later, but it is our collective ministry hope that you will not only find authenticity from us, but more importantly, that you will see and treasure the heart of the King. Through this website and our books, radio or TV programs, music videos or events, we intend to focus on Jesus as the Living Word / the Living Water / the Living Way. From His heart, we turn into living witnesses  who are not perfect but who commit to telling you the truth (Matt 5:16; Acts 1:8; 1 Pet 3:15; Matt 28:19).
Yeah, we have some plans. Yeah, we have some needs, but if you get nothing else by dropping in here, please take this:

 

There are some pretty cool things on the horizon. But we would have neither the capacity to appreciate nor the ability to withstand what lies ahead were it not for God. He sent His Son as the Savior of the world (1 John 4:14) and provided His Spirit as the peace and encourager of our hearts (Galatians 5:22; Romans 8:6). For that, we give Him all honor, glory, and thanks (1 Cor 10:31).

So, here’s the real deal. Femininity fell. We don’t have to tell you that. You see the addictions, the twisted games, the red lights. But because of grace, we are no longer associated with the draw of the undertow of sin (Romans 8:14, 16).

Weakness is not a problem; it’s a grace to acknowledge our need and to depend upon the Lord’s power (2 Cor 12:9). But sin often exploits our weakness in order to overtake us. It can drag the strongest down with the force of a powerful riptide. In our old sin nature, women have often formed destructive habits and used sinful motivations and manipulations to defend and to shield ourselves from wounds. Here is the problem: we were not created to self-defend or to go to war alone, weary, or without proper weapons.

We have an enemy, and the enemy first fell due to pride (Isaiah 14:12-14; Ezekiel 28:12-18). But here is our hope: we have an artillery of supplies in Christ.

"This far your proud waves must halt” (Job 38:11).

If we refuse to acknowledge our need for God, then we also forgo access to His associative power to rise. And there is a Rising. There is a real momentum, a force of God’s heart moving through God’s people even now. There have been many movements in church history, and there is a freshly heated, powerful draw toward a changing of the old guard.

We will not lie down and play the puppet role of Eve’s daughter. We will not “sit still and smile for the camera” in a fluffy gown and pretend to be happy. No, there is something raw and gritty at work. It involves a redefining of terms and a re-distribution of power that flows from the throne of the Almighty to all God’s sons and daughters. There is a new wave movement: both a .wav sound of Kingdom rising and a literal move across oceans to reach the ones God is calling.

We are His Kingdom.

Pride precedes a fall, but humility comes before honor. Proverbs 18:12

Any new wave ahead comes from the Holy Spirit, who draws from the depths and causes hearts to bow low, low, low. The entire point of life’s ride is to glorify God, so we ride out the heights of His forming waves through the strength of the Holy Spirit.

As a ministry, we have every goal to bow low, low, low in humility so that we can sit back and say, “Whoa… look at the maverick wave rising.” He is up to something. We have some inklings about the “fringes” of His work: we have hints about where His horizon eye-line is falling and what He may have up His sleeve. For now, though, let’s start with the coolness of how the Spirit of God helps us to live out our feminine identities in a powerfully humble way. Let’s marvel at the surprising, refreshing twists that He places on our lives, relationships, and plans.

But in order to be ready for His unexpected ways, we need to shore up our hearts with the knowledge and the reality that we are both a weapon and well. We’ll unpack these ideas in time, but for now, here is a reality: if you are in Christ, then you can take it on the authority of Scripture that you are more powerful, more influential, and more alive than you or we ever dared think (Rom 8:37; Prov 31:30; Col 2:13; John 8:36).

Come with us: draw your weapon and draw your water because ladies...

we’ve got ourselves a journey.

 

Wield    Pour

 

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