Finding Your Niche


As I sit at soccer practice for one child; texting and planning my other sons Cub Scouts outing for this weekend, I’m reminded of how as parents we love to give ours kids different opportunities to experience new things. We hope that eventually they find their niche, their jam, something they can connect with, enjoy, pursue and what partially will define their path.  My boys are 7 and 8 and we’ve tried tons of things. Some they’ve liked, others were ok and some were a definite no!  But we’ve yet to find that “sweet spot”. So we just keep trying new things!

As I see the smile of this little 7 year old soccer player, ear to ear, goofy with excitement, I know he’s found his place on the soccer field. As I hear my 8 year old say with the utmost pride that he is a Cub Scout and he’s going to Adventure Weekend, my heart is filled with joy that they are finding their niche!

The same goes for us ladies. So many times I hear ladies say they don’t know where they fit in the church or where to serve or they don’t know what they’re good at. Maybe it’s just a matter of trying new things until you find the one that clicks for you. Don’t give up if something isn’t your jam, but try something else, keep trying until you have that smile, that sense of excitement and pride knowing you are right where you’re supposed to be! 

God wants you to try new things, He gives us this opportunity to gain knowledge, new experiences and moments with others. But he ultimately wants us to land where we sport that ear to ear smile, that goofy excitement to serve and that love to be there. Because when you and I find that place, we will soar and flourish into the purpose God has for us! Keeping going, you’ll find your niche!

– Jenn

My Declaration


This past week at F12, we heard a phenomenal message from pastor Lissette. Not only was it insightful, but practical. At the end of the morning, we all had a chance to go through a declaration. As women, here’s what we’re declaring today and everyday!

I am walking by faith and not by sight

I am complete in Christ

I am healed by the stripes of Jesus

I am casting down every imagination and everything that exalts itself against the knowledge of God

I am bringing every thought into captivity to make it obedient to Christ

I am strong in the Lord and in the power of His might

I am liberated!

Whom the Son sets free is free indeed

I belong to the Lord, I have been bought with the blood of Jesus.

Therefore I am free from the curse of sin, sickness, poverty, fear, anxiety, depression, worry, confusion.

Sin has no dominion or power or authority over me.

I am led by the Spirit of God.

I have the presence by the Spirit of God.

I have the presence of God with me.

He will never leave me or forsake me.

Plot Twist


I’ve experienced my fair share of unexpected change in my life; job loss, loss of a loved one, a demotion, or a new pastor at church. The weirdest thing to me is that for the most part I consider myself adaptable when change comes my way; however there’s something different about change I don’t want. I didn’t want to lose my job that allowed me to work from home making $26 per hour, I didn’t want one of my son’s friends to be hit by an oncoming car and die or his jiujitsu sensei to be shot outside of his house, I didn’t want to be demoted during an emotionally critical time and I didn’t want a new pastor when the one I had was already doing an amazing job.

What I forget when I experience unexpected change is that God already planned all of these things in advance. He’s the only one who knows what will be produced by all of these seemingly unfortunate events. It reminds me of Joseph I’m pretty sure he never imagined his own flesh and blood would throw him in a pit and sell him into slavery for about eight ounces of silver, his own biological brothers. Joseph is sold again to one of Pharaoh’s officials Potiphar and this is where we start to see how God is constantly one step ahead of us fulfilling the destiny He has planned for us. Joseph ends up going through a lot but my favorite part is going from the prison to the palace. If we skip to Genesis 45:4 Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! I love this mic drop moment, I can visually see the astonished faces on his brothers faces. This is a plot twist moment if I ever saw one.

When we find ourselves experiencing unexpected change we have to fight the urge to let it discourage us or stop our momentum. We have to trust and pray to God knowing He is setting up a plot twist in our lives that in the end will bless us. He is for us creating circumstances that will launch us into our amazing destiny He has for our lives. Now anytime you walk into unexpected change shout out “PLOT TWIST” and carry on knowing God is in control!

– Teaka