Life Happens & It Stinks!


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The Vine ~ Brake 5’s Devotional Newsletter

Life Happens & It Stinks ~ April 2016 Issue

You know, if anyone would have told me years ago what I would have to go through to be where I am today I would have probably slapped them. “Nope. Not me, not going to happen. I’m going to do things this way. I’m going to live this way. I’ll make sure my children do this or do that.”

Yep, that about sums it up. Well, we all know that usually is NEVER the TRUE STORY . . .

What about you. Have you ever wondered if you or if someone else in your life would have made a different choice, a better choice, not the ‘sin’ choice, that life would be seamless – different – stress free?

I am sure all of us are nodding our heads right now and thinking of more than one thing that could have saved us from saying, “OUCH!”

So many choices in life, including our own, involve those around us. Not everyone thinks forward . . . how their choice at any given moment will affect the lives of others. One person’s choice can bring consequences for those who are innocent. It is heartbreaking and at times earth shattering.

BUT THE GOOD NEWS is God, our Heavenly Father has a purpose for ALL things.
My favorite verse, Romans 8:28 says,
“We are assured and know that (God being a partner in their labor) all things work together and are (fitting into a plan) for good to and for those who love God and are called according to (His) design and purpose.”

Knowing this is valuable when we walk through trials and tribulations that seem quite unfair. For if we know that God can take one mistake, no matter the size of that mistake, and use if for His glory. Than at that moment we are challenged to do the same.

His Word clearly states that we are ALL called and have a design and a purpose. Being this is true then He has promised that He will work out all according to His perfect plan…Not our plan but His plan.

Yes, the verse says, “fitting into a plan.” What does that mean, Jenn?

We are given a choice as God has created us as beings of free will. He knows what lies ahead of each choice that is made. Whatever choice, He has foreseen the outcome. Even though at times we may feel that this choice by our own doing or another’s as DERAILED the plans of God – we must remember God partners with us in our labor called LIFE and fits everything into His plan for Him to receive ALL THE GLORY at the end.

Now, listen I do want to say, being in the midst of a trial is NEVER EASY. To say so, I would be lying. NEVERTHELESS, it is a lot EASIER with God on our side. There are times we wonder if His presence is even there while decisions are to be made in order to just survive. I have to always remind myself of the memorial stones that I have placed before the current trial. I am reminded of my Father’s faithfulness to see me and my family through. I am reminded of the many miracles He has done in our lives. Most importantly, I am reminded of His love for me and His grace that is sufficient for me everyday. I then know that a memorial stone will soon be placed for this current storm. His presence rushes in and His peace consumes me as I begin to trust in Him, not in my own understanding, as I begin to praise Him for His ways are perfect and unfailing.

Life happens and is unfair but 2 Thessalonians 1:7 says, “God will give relief to you who are troubled.” God encourages us in His Word to stand strong and be courageous no matter what we may endure here on earth. He will be with us at every moment we need Him. By keeping open communication with Him through prayer and worship, surrounding your environment with His presence, He will be your strength through it all.

I encourage you to pray without ceasing, to flood your environment with worship, and even when you do not ‘feel like it’ PRAISE Him. He is the only one who can get you through the storm, drive it away, and bring a solution.

Father, please protect us and give us wisdom through Your Holy Spirit. Help us to be just and fair in everything we do so that we are good representatives for You. Help us to see each situation, each trial in Your perspective and not our own. Give us the strength to remain steadfast (unflinching endurance and patience). Keep us firm in our faith in the midst of all the persecutions and distresses of this present day. We know You are holding us up and for this we can stand. In Jesus, Might Name, Amen.

Praying for all of you!
Keep smilin’, Jenn

All Brake 5 Blogs and written works by Jennifer Goodson are Copyright © 2008-2016. All Rights Reserved.

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Jennifer Goodson Brake 5 Founder

Jennifer ministers to women from all walks of life worldwide. Weekly she provides pastoral counseling to women seeking guidance, mentoring, & connecting them with other professionals within their local areas. Call for an appointment today. To book Jennifer for your conference or event please contact our offices via the links above. If you would like to financially support what Brake 5 is doing please contact our offices .

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90 Day Challenge with Lisa


13076600_10208199923128463_240222513211761059_nBrake 5 is excited to announce its new Health Coach, Lisa Kramer. Within each newsletter, “THE VINE”, you’ll receive the FAST 5, EAT IT UP with Lisa, and monthly FIT 4 LIFE with Jenn tips. We are honored to have Lisa join our team!

Make sure to check back in May to read her tips on healthy eating, Brake 5’s 90 Day Challenge, FAST 5 recipes, etc. with Lisa!

To prepare for our 90 Day Challenge stay tuned to THE VINE May Issue. Lisa’s bio is below for your reading enjoyment. Get to know our health coach! To Register for the 90 Day Challenge fill out the form here:


Lisa was born in the Midwest and later moved with her family to Florida. At anlisa kramer early age, she had emergency life saving surgery due to organ failure but, since her mother was a nurse, developed a sense of wellness. Lisa did not play competitive sports in elementary and middle school but in her teens became very involved in athletics. By the time Lisa was in her twenties, her body had adapted so well to an athletic lifestyle that it seemed difficult for outsiders to understand that she had experienced serious health issues.

Lisa continued through her early adulthood in good health but in her late thirties she became aware that her organ problems were returning with a vengeance. The normal routine of life became increasingly difficult as she was married and caring for a family with one child in elementary school and a second in college. After 20 years in the hospitality industry, Lisa believed that God was leading her into a coaching career. She began to coach middle school girls and boys and later went on to coach collegiate tennis and golf while still actively coaching high school and club volleyball. Lisa’s health problems continued and began to limit her ability to coach. Naturally, this was frustrating to Lisa but she pushed on to care for her family and work even as the hope for a full recovery decreased.

As Lisa continued to battle these obstacles, she learned she would have to face yet another one in the form of food allergies. After additional life sustaining and saving surgeries, Lisa found the recovery process to be uncommonly slow and difficult. It is now believed that one reason for this was that, unbeknownst to her doctors, she had Celiac Disease while another complicating factor was the compounded stress of divorce.

Lisa discovered that eating food away from home was difficult as many people do not understand that gluten actually “hides” in many foods. This prompted her to start a whole food diet in which she sought out minimally processed foods and foods grown from the ground.

Because of Lisa’s vigor and determination for a God centered and healthy lifestyle, today she is happy and firmly rooted in her Christian faith. She enjoys life the way it was intended to be lived, one day at a time!

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Spring Online Session Launching Soon!


JOIN US MONDAY, MAY 9TH

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Every Monday, for 8 weeks Jenn and Wendy will arrive at your home with a cup of hot java to spend sometime in God’s Word with you.

They will be discussing the importance of praying for our husbands, how to pray, and when to pray. They will be utilizing Stormie O’Martian’s book, “The Power of a Praying Wife”.

Jenn was introduced to this book many years ago during a time when only prayer was going to bring change to her and her marriage. She refers to this book still today when needing to know how to pray and what to pray for her spouse. Jenn has encouraged many newlywed couples and long time couples to invest in this book and has held countless sessions with wives on the importance of praying for their spouse.

Jenn and Wendy encourage you to come and learn with them beginning May 9th. Let’s learn how to strengthen our marriages through the power of prayer and seeking God for every issue in our marriages. So, grab a cup of coffee, your Bible, the Spring Season materials, and come with a desire for growth and God’s presence. This will be 8 weeks of intense discussion within a 20 to 30 minute window. Don’t miss this opportunity! It’s FREE!!! See below for how to purchase your materials needed to begin or just follow along in the videos sent each week.

Remember, to invite your girlfriends by sharing this email to register. All you need to do is fill out the form below, order your materials if desired, and then open the session each Monday on your time, at your pace, at your place!

Materials for Spring Season
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See links below to make purchase.
(All books are to be purchased by attendee not by Brake 5. Please have books by start date.)

Click book to purchase! Click on books and you’ll be taken to purchase site.

If you have already registered via one of our social media sites no need to duplicate the process. Just make sure to read the updated emails that will follow in your inbox and have your books ready by May 9th.

Jenn and Wendy are looking forward to the Spring Season with each of you!

Sign up via the form below for this Spring Season’s Online Sessions

 

He knew even before


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“More than 2,000 years ago someone was thinking of me, fighting for my life, fighting for my bloodline. Fighting for my health, my finances . . . fighting for my destiny.

Christ thought of me even then – before my heartbeat sounded, before my flesh began, before the atmosphere of this world would break with my entrance cry”.

“Christ knew me before I existed and He believed at that moment when He was fighting for me, taking the keys of death, hell, and the grave – that I was worth each hammer of the nail, each stripe branded into His flesh, each thorn piercing His brow – He believed I was worth His life.

He the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, Creator of this Universe, the Living God thought my life mattered – no matter what – He knew what I would do to mess it up; He thought I was worth all He endured. He embraced me with His blood of love, with His arms of grace and mercy and then washed away every bit of sin I would do before I even breathed my first breath.

At the beginning He knew me and knew I would be His – for this I live a life abandoned to Him, Jesus Christ.

This is what Jesus Christ as done for you and me.

He wanted to give us a way to reach Him ~

He wasn’t going to let the enemy of our souls reign over us, His Creation. He paid the price because His love goes that deep to remove all we have done – Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ.

He knew that going in – He knew that coming out”
~ Jennifer Goodson Copyright © 2012 April –

All Brake 5 Blogs and written works by Jennifer Goodson are Copyright © 2008-2016. All Rights Reserved.

Power over Rejection . . .


The Power We Have Over Rejection
We all have felt rejection at some point in our lives and if not well we are not being very truthful now are we?

Rejection is that feeling we get when we are faced with a prospect of promise or chance of hope, but then out of nowhere an unforeseen response of denial is presented in its stead. It is our reaction right there at that moment that will establish how we develop into who we are . . .

Rejection vs. Acceptance

Our perceptions make us who we are while at the same time our perceptions are made by who we have been. How we view ourselves affects how we view others, our surroundings in the past, present, and future occurrences. Continuing to live our lives, believing a false truth about who we are, and believing the lie about what others think about us leads on various paths.

Rejection is fear based. Fear when held higher than God is sin. When we hold something higher than the knowledge of God, we have created a communication blocker. Hearing God speak to us just got that much harder . . .

More simply put . . .
Hearing God’s truth about who we are just got that much harder.

Rejection builds habits in many ways for different individuals (drugs, alcohol, sex, over eating, gossip, or gaming). The most common is approval addiction. Driven to fill the void for approval the word ‘yes’ has no limits. One is constantly seeking for approval by others in how they dress, the # of friends on their friend list, the # of likes or comments on a status, how many selfie shots can be taken and posted because the last one was not good enough, etc. The list is endless and goes beyond the norm.

Speculation, assumption, and comparison are costly elements that weigh down on the foundation of relationships. These three can be damaging factors and eventually the leading killers of an individual and most relationships. It is important to note that these are all rooted in fear.

1 John 4:18 “There is no fear in love [dread does not exist], but full-grown (complete, perfect) love [a] turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror! For fear [b] brings with it the thought of punishment, and [so] he who is afraid has not reached the full maturity of love [is not yet grown into love’s complete perfection].”

When someone is immersed in the seas of rejection they will tend to shy away from the indulgence of new relationships taking them into places of isolation. It is much easier for them to be by themselves than to risk the hurt of being denied or reminded of who they are not and whom they wish to be. In this cell of self-imprisonment they are unable to find who they truly are, enjoy life, or know true love. On the flip-side one may create a mask of who they are not, just to dance in the masquerade of approval living miserably for all to see a facade. This is what it looks like when the power of rejection has ahold of someone. Fears, insecurities, and mistrust can cause one to doubt God’s love and His acceptance, let alone anyone else’s. They do not believe that they are worthy of love that they are good enough for love.

“Nothing fills the void, nothing will until one recognizes the core root of their pain. Once this has been unearthed, God heals and brings life to what was once void and dead allowing His love to reign.” ~ jennifer goodson

All good solid relationships are built on love and acceptance not fear. Fear creates a banquet for rejection and mistrust. We have to realize that we are accepted based on God’s love for us. We cannot do anything more or less for Him to accept us. Many who seek acceptance will find a place to serve in excess, or look to make another person happy in excess. Meaning they will over indulge over perform in order to fill that void that only God can fill. Many who seek acceptance do not administer boundaries in their lives nor do they know what healthy boundaries look like. The word ‘no’ seems foreign or sinful.

~ Power over Rejection knows:
His acceptance of us is not based on our performance, looks, education, or riches. It is through His love we have acceptance. Through His love, we have Power over rejection. Knowing God loves us for us just as we are no matter where we are at this moment in our lives is liberating. He loves the good, the bad, the ugly right now, right here and accepts us right here right now. We are a work in progress and . . . YES! He says, “You are GOOD ENOUGH!”

How do we not go back to where we were?
How do we not go back into a dark place of rejection to that place of approval addiction?
How do we not go back into that place of fear of man instead of fearing God?

1 – Realize that rejection is seeded from an original thought of a lie that one is not good enough not valued.

2 – Stop the mind from repeating the thought process. Learn to retrain the thought processes. Learn to take captive your thoughts and align them with the mind of Christ. Do this by daily reading the word of God and guarding your mind from the things that are NOT pure, righteous, and holy.

Romans 12:2 AMP
“Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].”

Isaiah 26:3 AMP
“You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.”

3 – Speak these to yourself daily:
You are Loved = You are Accepted = Just as You Are
God’s Love is Freely Given
God’s Love is Unconditional – no strings attached

Proverbs 18:21 AMP “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life].”

Ephesians 1:4 AMP
“Even as (in His Love) He chose us (actually picked us out for Himself as His own) in Christ before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy (consecrated and set apart for Him) and blameless in His sight, even above reproach, before Him in love.”

We are Chosen – Accepted – Loved
We are Blameless
We are Above Reproach

4 – Receive Love
Sometimes we have a hard time receiving something that is so freely given. I know when someone offers to pay for my dinner I am the first say, “No, I got it.”

I think it is about time we learn to accept a BLESSING OF LOVE when it is staring us in the face and simply say, “Yes, God I accept Your love for me. I accept the way You love me even though I’m a mess right now. You must see something so beautiful worth loving. I trust You with my life the way it looks right now at this moment I give myself over to the process of growth and repent of the fear that I have allowed to rule and reign over my mind and heart; the fear that I have allowed to block me from hearing Your voice. I am Your Creation Father and I know You have a plan for me.”

His love His acceptance of us is based solely on the fact that we are His creation.
We are His.
Christ spread wide His arms of love on the cross accepting us and forgiving our sins so that we could be free from such things that hold us bound.

We have Power over Rejection through His Healing Power of Love!

All Brake 5 Blogs and written works by Jennifer Goodson are Copyright © 2008-2016. All Rights Reserved.

Jennifer Goodson

Jennifer Goodson Founder of Brake 5

Jennifer ministers to women from all walks of life worldwide. Weekly she provides pastoral counseling to women seeking guidance, mentoring, & connecting them with other professionals within their own local areas. Call for an appointment today. If you would like to financially support what Brake 5 is doing please contact our offices via email or phone.    Call 863 968 6480 or email brake5withjenn@gmail.com to schedule an appointment or to book Jennifer to speak at your next event.

You are not alone we are here for you! To request prayer please click here Every Saturday morning Jennifer connects with Brake 5’s group of intercessors and they pray over all the requests that have been sent in via email or through one of Brake 5’s social media sites.  Connection to Jennifer and/or the Brake 5 Staff can be made through email brake5withjenn@gmail.com or by calling our office at (863) 968-6480.