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We are seven days into the New Year. If it were any other year, I would be struggling with my list of New Year’s RESOLUTIONS and feeling miserable by now. You know, the list of things you want to change about yourself, behaviors and patterns from what has been your norm. Things like losing weight, exercising more, reading the bible in a year, being a better mom and wife, etc.

As I said before, I have determined that RESOLUTIONS are nothing more than me trying to take control over something in my life for which I never really had control. Thus, I set myself up for failure and all the lovely emotions of disappointment and self-loathing that accompany failure.

This year God has prompted me to rethink RESOLUTIONS. Rather than focusing on a list of RESOLUTIONS that involve my making changes, He has given me a WORD that He will use to refine me.hearts on cross wood jpg

The WORD is INTENTIONAL. It is taking action, purposely stepping out in God’s character, offering Him the driver’s seat of my life and allowing myself to be renewed by Him in this New Year.

“God created man in His own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27) If we believe this statement to be true, then we must accept that we were designed to be like God, to have His character.

We cannot adopt God’s character by putting His characteristics down on a list and expecting to receive them by sheer will. It is through the Holy Spirit and our willingness and commitment to obeying God that brings about seeing Him in us. Read Full Article →

Hi, I am Barbara Straub, founder of Shepherd Her Ministries. Welcome to my blog. Our ministry is all about shepherding, which is discipleship. It is about equipping and empowering women to go forth and expand God’s Kingdom. One of the essential elements of being a shepherd or discipling others is doing life together.

My heart for this blog is to do life with you, to share my life, openly and candidly with you and how God is using the circumstances of my life to shape me into someone who walks in God’s truth and gives me the strength and courage to share that truth with others.  This can’t be done without digging into God’s word so we will be doing a lot of that here. The bible means little if we do not apply it to our lives and experience the Holy Trinity as we work out our salvation (Philippians 2:12).

My sincere prayer is that this will be a place where we do life together, learning from each other and sharing God’s truth and victories in our lives. I can’t do that alone, so please, let’s make this a conversation. I will keep this a safe place where we can be heard, loved and comforted – a place where we can walk in God’s truth and learn to live courageously for Him.

I look forward to hearing from you as we journey in God’s word and life together.