Live in Freedom

Dear Faithful One,

This past July 4, as our country celebrated independence, I wondered do you celebrate independence in your personal life? Has something enslaved you in your life? Are you living in bondage to something that controls you? The Apostle Paul tells us in Romans 8:11 “And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit, who lives in you.” Since we have the power of our resurrected Christ in us not just for eternal life but for our lives on earth, then why don’t we live like it? Will you claim God’s power and let Him set you free?

When I pray for you, I hear a victory song. I believe in you because I believe in the power of God’s Word in you as you put His Word into action. Happy Independence Day!!!!

Love, Anita

Trust God to Redefine You

Dear Faithful One,

In ministry, I had to transition from my own self-image to the image God defined for me. I was more comfortable thinking of myself as the disciple John, who doted on Jesus and leaned up against Him. The idea of entering uncharted territory to lead thousands to God’s destination was not exactly what I saw myself doing. I told God I was not the Moses type. In John 1:42, Jesus redefined Peter’s image by saying, “You will be called Cephas”, which when translated meant rock. What about you? Will you let God reinvent your self-image for His purpose?

When I pray for you, I hear a victory song. I believe in you because I believe in the power of God’s Word in you as you put His Word into action.

Love, Anita

Living Where the Spirit Blows

Dear Faithful One,

What pushes your plans forward? Is it sheer determination on your part or do you depend on God’s Spirit? In John 3:8 Jesus described the Spirit as a wind that “blows wherever it pleases”. This tells me we cannot control the Spirit. God’s Spirit only serves God’s plans and cannot be used for a personal agenda. The Spirit is always on the same page with God. So the next time life feels like you are forcing something to happen, ask yourself, “Where is the Spirit?” Don’t leave the Spirit behind. God never meant for us to live without the power of His spirit.

When I pray for you, I hear a victory song. I believe in you because I believe in the power of God’s Word in you as you put His Word into action.

Love,

Anita

Forgiving Those Who Are Not Aware of Their Sin

Dear Faithful One,

I had hoped that those who heard about my struggles would show up to help in some way. Instead, no one showed up. I wanted to be mad, I wanted to stay mad but God said, “Forgive them.” Then God reminded me of Romans 5:8, “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” God offered forgiveness, even before we asked for it. What God wanted from me was to live with a forgiving heart. Being mad at others doesn’t ruin their day, it only ruins mine. Is there someone you need to forgive so you stop hurting yourself with your resentment?

When I pray for you, I hear a victory song. I believe in you because I believe in the power of God’s Word in you as you put His Word into action.

Love, Anita

Don’t Let Human Wisdom Take You Out of God’s Will

Dear Faithful One,

When we use human wisdom to evaluate God’s plan, we are depending on our logic instead of trusting God.  In Peter’s human logic, he was advising Jesus to stay away from Jerusalem.  But Jerusalem was the place God had chosen.  In Matthew 16:23, Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan!”  Has the devil succeeded to use a friend to steer you away from God?  If so, recognize the setup and alert your friend like Jesus did that he or she is being used.  Don’t let human counsel take you out of God’s marching orders.

When I pray for you, I hear a victory song.  I believe in you because I believe in the power of God’s Word in you as you put His Word into action.

Love, Anita

Delay Between Potential & Fruit

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Dear Faithful One,

Do you find yourself consumed with God thoughts and God activities?  In the midst of overflowing with God, are you frustrated because plans in your life are not unfolding as quickly as you had hoped?  Psalms 1:3 speaks of one consumed with God thoughts whose life is “like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season”.  However, observe that even when your potential feels like it’s about to burst, the Bible speaks of a plant by streams of water that yields its fruit in season.  So, recognize there may be a delay between potential and fruit.

When I pray for you, I hear a victory song. I believe in you because I believe in the power of God’s Word in you as you put His Word into action.

Love, Anita

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In the Palm of God’s Hand

Written by: Anita Carman

 

I don’t know why God allows us to lose our safe friends? It takes so long to find a friend we can trust so why would God remove our emotional support? But through my losses I also learn who God wants me to lean on. He is my forever friend that will never leave me or abandon me. His Holy Spirit lives inside me and no matter where life takes me God’s Spirit goes with me. God holds me securely in the palm of His hands. Because He is with me, I am never shaken. What about you?

Living from Faith to Faith

Written by: Anita Carman

When I look back over the years and think about how I ended up founding and leading Inspire Women, the answer I arrive at is: “From faith to faith” I served as a substitute teacher in a Sunday School class for seven years. The main teacher, Beth Moore, used to say to me, “Anita, if it’s not me it’s you.” I was determined to be the best substitute teacher Beth ever had. But one day Beth told me she felt God was calling me outside of her ministry. With her blessing and encouragement I followed where God led. I was scared to death to leave the comfort of my mentor’s wing but I trusted her and stepped out in faith by leaving her class. With the counsel of one of the pastors at my home church I followed God to seminary, my next step of faith.
Reflecting back, I see how God moved me along in his plans. I lived my life through the open doors he provided and tried to obey what he spoke to me as we moved together. By living this way God continued to confirm his direction and reinforce my belief in his masterfully crafted plans. When God makes plans for us he reveals them to us in stages. I am so glad that he did just that in my life, because seeing the whole picture might have scared me! Before you demand the blueprint for your life, ask God for the next open door and live his plans for you from faith to faith.

Transparency from the Heart of Anita Carman

I was thinking…each of us struggle with something we need. But God chooses the crosses we will carry. Why does He ask for the sacrifice in the area of our greatest need? Does He call us to walk where it’s hardest for us and requires a surrendering of what we think we need? And then to cope, we distract ourselves with external things in order to forget the pain for a little while. We use distraction to block out the sufferings from the cross we carry. But the pain is always there and it surfaces it’s ugly head. And life comes to a head once again. So we go through this pattern feeling like we have wasted one more day of our precious life without making any progress. Till one day we decide to stop repeating the pain. We decide we don’t need it anymore (whatever that need is, be it a relationship or a thing) and we let our feelings catch up with our decision. We make changes to act like we don’t need it anymore. And just when we truly don’t need it the very need we have wanted to meet will be given to us on a silver platter. And we find ourselves either accepting the gift or we say thank you gracefully but it’s too late.

What would Jesus do? He would get his heart filled with God. He would not be angry or resentful. He would keep an open heart to those who do not love him today but who could love him some day in the future. But he would not keep begging for a crumb. He would stop knocking on the door of a hardened heart but give it time to soften. These were my thoughts as I was pondering relationships and how so many suffer from wanting someone to love them in ways that person is either unwilling or incapable. There is a big world out there. We need to stop living in such a small world.