It's Not About Me...

It's Not About Me...

INTIMACY⁠⠀
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= in.to.me.you.see.⁠⠀
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I don't care to be "Well-Known"....⁠⠀
I'd prefer to be KNOWN-WELL. ⁠⠀
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Don't we all?⁠⠀
Deep down, yes. This is a deep inner heart need we all have...but here's what I've observed...⁠⠀
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The spirit of fear and the conditions of our culture have us filtering, pretending, striving, exhausted...there's an identity crisis happening. Constantly looking around us to gauge if we're measuring up...under the weight of pressure to present ourselves all polished and pretty, right?⁠⠀

How many other people out there want to love God and serve His people? ⁠⠀
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I know celebrity christiandom is modeling a culture of striving for spotlight...but what if we took a moment to take our eyes off "them" and instead looked to Jesus and asked, "Hey, Jesus...whatcha doin'? How can I partner with you today to bring life, hope and love to those you place in my path today?" ⁠⠀
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Or here's another:⁠⠀
"Hey Jesus, what do you think of what we've made of the modern church?....Will you show me what Your Kingdom priorities are and how I can align with Your vision in this time?" ----That's a risky question...He may share some things you weren't prepared for! ⁠

Time to arise and shine the light of His glory into every crack and crevice of this earth.⁠⠀
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THIS is YOUR invitation....⁠⠀
Let's do this in alignment with Jesus and the times we're in...let's get creative...think outside the box...get out of the seats and into the streets...after all, we're given the mind of Christ, right...let's study how He did things during His 33ish beautiful, precious years walking the earth...let's try that! ⁠⠀

The Pressing and Crushing

The Pressing and Crushing

At the beginning of 2018 I sensed very clearly in my spirit it was "The Year of Acceleration." I got excited! Sounds glamorous! What I wasn't prepared for, however, was the amount of pressing and crushing that would come with it! I've been broken, squeezed, wrung out, ripped apart and gripped for the entire first half of 2018. 

Today I want to share with you the intensity of the pressing and crushing and I do so not to "ooze the junk" but because God has and continues to produce a NEW WINE out of me. I've had countless conversations and coached many clients over the years that have also gone through pressing and crushing and if that's what's happening with you right now, I assure you will be empowered in our time here together! 

Learning About the Gift of Prophecy

Learning About the Gift of Prophecy

For so long, I was confused and even somewhat critical about the gift of prophecy. I would search the scriptures and try to figure out the "proper way" we as The Church under the New Covenant should outwork this gift. Sometimes even making bold judgments (due to my immaturity and limited understanding) about how it should NOT be used and fearful that it could be used in harmful and manipulative ways.

Over the years as I’ve ministered, coached and counseled people, many people have reached out and confessed their confusion and curiosity for this gift as well. Maybe you’re in this category. If so, I welcome you to read on!

Abounding in Hope by Samantha Miku

Abounding in Hope by Samantha Miku

I am so honored to introduce you to my InstaSis, Samantha Miku today! Samantha and I connected via IG and have grew into great friends. Her heart for the Lord is shared through her gift of art, wisdom in writing, and through her everyday obedience to share the love of Jesus in simple, practical ways!

Hope. A simple enough word. But for such a small word it is one that can stir up feelings of inspiration – or disgust.

For those who have faith enough to believe in a God of hope, hope is simply a trust-worthy promise yet fulfilled. But for those who have seen their hopes dashed, or have never had the opportunity to hope, it is a word that can be shunned and despised.

Who Even Reads Blogs?!

Who Even Reads Blogs?!

So yesterday I spent some time going through all of my blogs. I counted 103 publish blogs right here on HeatherFerroni.com! Wow! And that’s only since 2017!

The truth is I have been blogging since I was 15 years old. That 18 years! 18 years! That’s over half of my life. I have written on all kinds of different platforms like Blogger and as a contributing author for other publications like TBL Faith News. I love writing because to me is therapeutic and a way for me to express my creative gifts and love for our father. Though when I look back over 18 years and the thousands upon thousands of hours of writing, editing, and preparing in prayer - giving my very best, it seems as though the return on investment is quite low.

Many beauty bloggers nowadays are making a killing off of becoming a “influencer“ and recommending all of their favorite clothes and beauty products for other people to buy. I have no desire to sell other people’s crap most people don’t even really need. And I certainly don’t wanna come across like I’m selling the cause of Christ. But to me, being an influencer means more than drawing attention to myself and getting you to like how cool and popular I am but rather there’s a calling, a burning urgency, an incessant drive to share the cause of Christ…and He’s someone we ALL NEED! Amen?!

 

You're Gonna Be Okay. Promise.

You're Gonna Be Okay. Promise.

This whole week the Lord has been speaking this urgent message of HOPE to share with those that have been feeling down, discouraged, depressed, despondent, downcast. The message of HOPE and LOVE have been resounding.

 Have you been disappointed by your pastoral leadership?

Here’s an invitation:

I know what it’s like to process pain. I know what it’s like to walk through the process of digging out the cancerous roots of bitterness, unforgiveness, offense and judgment from my heart. I learned to check my expectations and I’ve learned where/who I can go to get the mentoring, pastoral care, advice, counsel and encouragement from.

And here’s where I’d like to offer you the chance to step into healing, be heard, and process through the tough stuff of life. I’d like to offer you (or someone you know) a free 30-minute coaching call. In this time together we can pray and see what Holy Spirit has to say and also get to know each other and see if we may be a good fit to continue some healing coaching sessions together. Maybe that’s the next step we feel led to take…or maybe we just get a beautiful 30 minutes of conversation and connection. Either way, no pressure. It’s simply my honor to get the chance to chat with you.

If you feel the Holy Spirit pulling on your heart to book a call…my encouragement is not to hesitate. It’s easy. You can just click this button to get access to my calendar and then book whatever time is convenient for you! Simple.

25 Amazon Must-Haves: Summer 2019

25 Amazon Must-Haves: Summer 2019

Do you ever catch yourself browsing Amazon for interesting finds? I can’t tell you how many YouTube videos I’ve watched from different influencers about their favorite Amazon products. Though I gotta admit, I’m still an Amazon skeptic. Partly because I’ve made some crappy purchases in the past and also because one of my best friends worked on their customer service team for a few years and would tell me crazy stories.

I know I usually write about all things Kingdom, Jesus, and Church but today, I thought I would share a little something different. Here are some of my favorite Amazon finds!

Here is an updated list. Also check out my previous post from May 2018, “My Favorite Favorites

How to Find Your Stride in Ministry

How to Find Your Stride in Ministry

 Have you ever felt like you were under the pressure to be someone you're not? I totally relate.

Maybe you're feeling the tension of trying to fit in when you know you're made to stand out.

This video/blog is inspired by a very vivid vision I received last year in 2018, at a time where I sensed that I was being held back, criticized and even rejected. God was good to reposition me in a new place with leaders that have loved and mentored me as I am without trying to make me to be someone different.

Though we all have the same commissioning, we don't all have the same calling. I encourage you to pray and persist and purpose to align with leaders that will coach, train, champion, cheer and celebrate your calling and all God has created you to be. Kingdom-minded, Christlike leaders understand the honor and responsibility they have to partner with God to shepherd, mentor and train you to become all GOD created you to be. They will not try to pressure you into conforming to their comfort level. They will embrace your uniqueness and help you to emerge and flourish.

Give God Your Plans...Even When it Doesn't Make Sense

Give God Your Plans...Even When it Doesn't Make Sense

Have you ever been in the process of pursuing projects and plans that God has put on your heart only to sense that He wants you to wait?

Those moments can be confusing and even disappointing, right?

There are moments in our life when we set out on a path by our own will and determination and then realize, “Uh oh, something isn’t right here.” Or maybe you need to hit pause because unavoidable circumstances arise…other times you hear clearly from the Lord with what He wants you to do and you trust God and obey…only to find later it seems He changed His mind or is asking you to hold off, wait, focus on other things or give you a new assignment entirely.

These moments can create a tension between our soul (mind, will and emotions) and our spirit. Sometimes it causes us to question our own sanity. Sometimes it even makes us question God!

I had this happen to me recently.

SOZO

SOZO

What is Sozo?

SOZO is the Greek word translated “saved, healed, delivered.” Sozo ministry is a unique inner healing and deliverance ministry aimed to get to the root of things hindering your personal connection with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. With a healed connection, you can walk in the destiny to which you have been called.

A Sozo session is a time for the Sozo team to sit down with you and with the help of the Holy Spirit walk you through the process of freedom and wholeness. Sozo is not a counseling session but a time of interacting with Father, Son and Holy Spirit for wholeness and pursuing of your destiny. (Source). 

How to Become a More Confident Communicator - 2 Tips

How to Become a More Confident Communicator - 2 Tips

Hey look, even the greatest communicators in the world have at some point or still currently do struggle with confidence. The truth is no one likes to watch themselves back on video or hear their voices in audio. As beloved children of God, let’s commit to killing the spirit of insecurity and walking boldly in the confidence that we have in Christ.

Here I share some really practical and simple advice to help get you more confident in sharing the passionate message that God has put on your heart!

I believe in you! Let’s goooooo!

If this message was helpful And encouraging well then hit that heart, share a comment and send off to a friend!! ♥️

Public Relations + Marketing: The Jesus Way

Public Relations + Marketing: The Jesus Way

I’m doing it. Breaking alllll the modern marketing rules. Rebelling against analytics and returning to the simple methods of Jesus: “Come and see/Go and Tell”

He had quite the PR crew in His short 3-ish years on earth. Trained up teams of two and sent them out to pray for people and prepare the way for His arrival. Lives were impacted, people were waiting expectantly and they used word of mouth to share their #GloryStories with everyone they knew. Big crowds drew because it started with two just sharing! How cool is that?! So imma do the same. Come along with me on this awesome adventure and I just ask that if these messages impact you...then be a dear and SHARE it. 😊

It’s not about drawing attention to myself- I’m just a Kingdom-crazed girl that’s goin’ for it and attempting to model how exhilarating and simple this Christlike adventure is really like so that you get empowered to live out your faith boldly and publicly on these internet streets!

Oh and it’s way cool to see people connecting all over the world- I’ve got instaFRIENDS in Spain, Australia, and Fiji...comment what state or country you’re from!!

 

Another Expert Speaks About Unmarried/Childless Women Being More Happy

Another Expert Speaks About Unmarried/Childless Women Being More Happy

The other night as I lay me down to sleep and was scrollin’ Facebook I came across a rather intriguing article. entitled, “Unmarried, Childless Women are Happier, Expert Says

This is something worthy of conversation. And according to the Merriam-Webster definition of “expert” I most definitely fit the qualifications (knowledge derived from experience/one with special knowledge representing mastery of a particular subject). I’d say my 33 years of experience being single and childless in addition to the hundreds of other single/childless women I’ve known/know, I have some things I’d like to say in response to this ridiculousness.’

Here are some words of encouragement to unmarried/childless women who deeply desire for a future family…

Q+A Session @ Ignite Youth - 5/26/19

Q+A Session @ Ignite Youth - 5/26/19

I had the honor of being invited by Pastor Isaiah Bosc as a guest speaker to Ignite Youth in Avondale, AZ on May 26, 2019.

Students submitted questions via social media that they would like to discuss for this Q+A session:

  1. Why do people suffer from depression?

  2. Is it scary being an adult?

  3. What is marriage all about?

  4. If there are thousands of other planets and galaxies, why would God choose us when we’re so little compared to everything else?

  5. How can I deal with my friends leaving me behind and lying to me?

  6. How do I avoid dry seasons in my life while still being committed to the things I’m committed to?

  7. How can I encounter God personally?

Seasons of Isolation - Is it Healthy?

Seasons of Isolation - Is it Healthy?

In today's IG Live Video I share some thoughts about seasons of isolation.

It was provoked from my pastor friend, Isaiah and thought it was worthy of having a conversation around.

Have you ever been processing through tough stuff in life and found yourself feeling a bit isolated and alone? So have I. And many others. Let's talk through it and discover how it can be healthy and holy and when it could be risky and destructive.