The Crippling Effects of Pride and Fear

Last night I had a come to Jesus meeting… with Jesus. And I’ll be honest with you. It’s been a long time since I have sat down vulnerable before Him.

I had to go to Him with a very humble heart knowing that it was me who had wandered. It was me who hadn’t come to Him with every, single need. It was me who allowed pride and fear keep me from receiving His blessing.

He didn’t go anywhere.

I did.

So last night in prayer and worship…

  • I confessed the sins I had been too arrogant to admit were sins and received once again a grace I do not deserve.
  • I asked forgiveness for harboring bitterness toward my brothers and sisters in Christ and forgave them all by name.
  • I admitted the absolute grief I feel about the loss of my grandparents and my brother’s divorce which have been stealing my joy for months.
  • I surrendered the fear that I have been entertaining every time I worried about finances (personal and ministry)—big time as of late.
  • I repented for crippling you by not pushing you all harder to take personal ownership of your recovery journeys.
  • and finally… I stormed the throne on your behalf. That every woman who is in need of wholeness would find their way here and receive the wholeness she is seeking through Jesus Christ. Whatever that wholeness looks like (porn, masturbation, physical healing, emotional trauma, etc.)

My chains are gone. I’ve been set free. May I never go this long without weeping at my Lord’s feet again.

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Then, I was inspired this morning by fellow DGM’er Jackie who decided to commit to a $5 a month donation. She wrote:

“There may come a time when hubby will ask [about this donation] … that is the time I will say “Honey, we need to talk.” I feel less and less shame. I had a problem with porn (like apparently so many people) though usually not considered a female issue but that’s because women draw the curtains and lock the doors so to speak … but if hubby asks I will come clean. By the power of God’s GRACE, and Jesus living inside me, cleaning house and conforming me to His image, none of what I used to do appeals to me any more. Praise God and Praise DGM! I have found a safe haven and I do not want it to go away. I pray ALL will give SOME.”

All will give some.

Part of recovery is taking responsibility (step #4 in S.C.A.R.S.) and part of taking responsibiliy is taking personal ownership of your recovery. That is why I present challenges like, “If you are thankful for this place, please give back.”

It’s not enough to take anymore.

Taking is the behavior of an addict. Generosity is the behavior of the free. And if we don’t challenge you to give back, we are doing you a disservice in your recovery walk.

You might think that $5 a month is “pittance” as Jackie called it. But that could not be further from the truth. It’s not about the dollar amount. It’s about your heart. Any gift given from a place of thankfulness, is NOT pittance.

We know that regardless of the $ amount, it’s a sacrifice. And if everyone would give a little, we would have much. Together.

GIVE NOW or JOIN THE AUCTION or BUY A RAFFLE TICKET

Jackie went on to say:

“Praise God for DGM. When I overcame my nicotine addiction I used a website just like this to help me. IT WORKED! THIS WORKS! Ladies we need this God ordained ministry, $5 a month from over 1,500 people adds up! Dig deep!”

Amen.

Don’t Miss Out! | ONLINE Benefit Auction

Click Here to Bid Now!

We’re at the halfway point in our auction and would love for you check it out!

Bidding closes this Friday, June 21 at 8pm. All auction proceeds benefit WHOLE Women Ministries and our projects Dirty Girls Ministries & WHOLE Women’s Conference.

This success of this benefit auction and generosity of people like you is crucial to our future ministry endeavors. If you cannot participate, we would certainly appreciate your prayer support and your assistance in spreading the word about this opportunity.

Prayer, above all, as we believe God provides when we place our total dependence on Him.

Auction items include Kansas City Royals Tickets, Custom Artwork by Maria Morris (see image above), Photography Session, Thirty-One Gifts Thermal, Landscape Services, Accountability Tools and more!

Keep in mind that any contributions over the fair market value of the item are tax-deductible (ie. if the winning bid is $25 but the item is worth $15, the tax-deductible portion is $10).

Watch these brief testimonials to see how your contribution will continue to help women!

Proceeds from our online auction (and any subsequent donations) will provide our ministry with office supplies and administrative needs, will keep our online community of nearly 2,000 women up and running & free to our members, will supply books and resources to women who can’t afford them as well as to the leaders of our recovery groups, will aid in funding our September conference and will enable us to take our message to the Transkei region of South Africa to lead a retreat for women who have been prostituted and abused — who desperately need to hear how much Jesus loves them and desires to see them healed. And of course will allow us to do so much more!

We believe in being financially accountable and have released our 2012 profit/loss sheet as well. You may download it here.


ONLINE Benefit Auction (June 14-21)

Beginning next Friday, June 14 thru Friday, June 21 we will be holding a weeklong ONLINE benefit auction (eBay style). Online bidding will conclude at 8pm (CST) on Friday, June 21 and winners will be notified at that time. Raffle Tickets also available (see below).

We only do one fundraising push per year. And in the month of June, we are asking that everyone dig a little bit deeper in their pockets in support of what we do here at WHOLE, DGM and WHOLE Women’s Conference. This auction is a fun way you can contribute while at the same time getting some great stuff.

Watch these brief testimonials to see how your contribution helps women become WHOLE!

Proceeds from our online auction (and any subsequent donations) will provide our ministry with office supplies and administrative needs, will keep our online community of nearly 2,000 women up and running & free to our members, will supply books and resources to women who can’t afford them as well as to the leaders of our recovery groups, will aid in funding our September conference and will enable us to take our message to the Transkei region of South Africa to lead a retreat for women who have been prostituted and abused — who desperately need to hear how much Jesus loves them and desires to see them healed. And of course will allow us to do so much more!

Some of the Auction Items Include (click to preview auction site):

  • Kansas City Royals Tickets
  • 2 Tickets to Catalyst Conference in Atlanta, GA
  • 1-Year Subscription to Covenant Eyes Accountability & Filtering Software
  • X3 Pure 30-Day Online Workshop plus a 1-Year Subscription to X3Watch Pro Accountability Software
  • Coaching Sessions, Photography Session, Autographed Books, Art Pieces, and More!

Proceeds for each item after fair market value are tax-deductible (ie. if the winning bid is $25 but the item is worth $15, the tax-deductible portion is $10).

We believe in being financially accountable and have released our 2012 profit/loss sheet as well. You may download it here.

ONLINE Benefit Auction | June 14-21

Due to unforeseen circumstances, our June 21 local benefit dinner has been cancelled. The online auction will continue as planned (details below!).

We only do one fundraising push per year. And in the month of June, we are asking that everyone dig a little bit deeper in their pockets in support of what we do here at WHOLE, DGM and WHOLE Women’s Conference.

Beginning Friday, June 14 thru Friday, June 21 we will be holding a weeklong ONLINE benefit auction (eBay style). Online bidding will conclude at 8pm (CST) on Friday, June 21 and winners will be notified at that time.




















Proceeds from this auction (and/or raffle tickets and/or donations) will provide our ministry with office supplies and administrative needs, will keep our online community of nearly 2,000 women up and running & free to our members, will supply books and resources to women who can’t afford them as well as to the leaders of our recovery groups, will aid in funding our September conference and will enable us to take our message to the Transkei region of South Africa to lead a retreat for women who have been prostituted and abused — who desperately need to hear how much Jesus loves them and desires to see them healed. And of course will allow us to do so much more!

Some of the Auction Items Include (click to preview auction site):

  • 2 Tickets to Catalyst Conference in Atlanta, GA
  • 1-Year Subscription to Covenant Eyes Accountability Software
  • X3 Pure 30-Day Online Workshop plus a 1-Year Subscription to X3Watch Pro Accountability Software
  • Lawn Care Services, Coaching Sessions, Photography Session, Autographed Books, Beautiful Art Pieces, and More!

Proceeds for each item after fair market value are tax-deductible (ie. if the winning bid is $25 but the item is worth $15, the tax-deductible portion is $10).

We believe in being financially accountable and have released our 2012 profit/loss sheet. You may download it here.

RAFFLE INFO:

  • Raffle Tickets are now available. This is a small way you can contribute to our cause while entering to win a prize. Raffle tickets are $3 a piece or 5 for $10.
  • Raffle prizes include books, t-shirts and other items.
  • You can enter the Raffle for FREE by sharing about our auction with your friends below:

**We are still accepting auction items. If you wish to donate an item for our auction, we would love to hear from you! Please email or give us a call at 913 667 9492.

Pray for Oklahoma — Convoy of Hope

As a Kansas City-based organization, we are very close to our neighbors to the south in Oklahoma. We cannot imagine the devastation that has taken place in the aftermath of a series of horrific storms on Sunday and Monday. The pictures and video footage just don’t do it justice.

The stories of children still trapped under the rubble of their elementary school, presumed dead, in the dark of night as I write this are leaving me with such immense grief.

As a ministry we are coming up on our once-a-year fundraising push in the month of June and while that is important as it relates to our present and future projects, today I feel it is more important that I ask you to please give toward the relief efforts taking place in OKC, Moore and the other surrounding Oklahoma towns that were affected by this tragedy.

A wonderful organization called Convoy of Hope has designated a relief fund for this area and you can make a donation by clicking here. OR you can text the word CONVOY to 50555 to donate $10 right from your phone. Convoy of Hope is a faith-based nonprofit who has served more than 55 million people throughout the world through international children’s feeding initiatives, community outreaches, disaster response and partner resourcing. Many OKC-area churches, including LifeChurch.tv in Edmond, OK, are partnering with Convoy of Hope so you can feel secure in knowing your donation will be used well.

Please continue to pray for God’s comfort and peace in the lives of those affected. And let us know if your friends and/or family have been affected.

“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted…” Psalm 34:18

Blessings,
Crystal Renaud
Founder & Executive Director
WHOLE Women Ministries
Dirty Girls Ministries
WHOLE Women’s Conference

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