Summer 2017 Shareable Images

It’s taken me a little longer in order to get the shareable images out there. Let’s just say a lot has been going on in my household. But they are here now. Please right click and save to your computer or hold your finger over the image to download it to your device and share away. Use #a2bmag so we can track how you are sharing it. And if you would like you can tag @a2bmag on Instagram or @aspiringtobemag on Twitter.

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Cast All Your Cares

*This post was originally posted on diannaauton.wordpress.com back in October of 2015. I felt it was appropriate for today as we all carry around cares and worries in our lives that affect our day to day lives. 

Recently my hubby and I realized that you can be carrying stress around with you and not even realize it. Why? It’s just become a part of you. You are so used to worrying about things that you don’t even realize that it has caused stress. You have gotten used to it. To the point that you don’t even notice until you start having physical reactions that don’t have a medical explanation.

Stress can cause a number of physical problems from migraines to ulcers and even more serious things like heart problems. That is why it is so important to do what the Word says in 1 Peter 5:7 and cast all our cares on the Lord. Our physical body can not bear all the burdens that we think we must carry alone.

I know, I know it seems like its impossible to allow God to carry it all. After all He gave us these: children, jobs, homes, spouses and it’s our responsibility, right? Yes, but He never intended for us to do it all on our own strength. His plan from the beginning of time was to walk with us, encourage us and carry the burden himself. He never expected us to carry the weight of the world on our shoulders. He designed the garden to meet every single need we had (of course Adam and Eve messed that up).

casting-your-caresHe gave us everything we need and the ability to have everything we need through the blessing of Abraham and the death and resurrection of Jesus. So when you are stressing over your messy house, the projects you have at work or finances keep in mind what God says in His word: “Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.” 1 Peter 5:7 AMP (emphasis mine).

 

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This Marvelous Love!

This is a wonderful archived article that Rachel originally wrote for our father’s ministry and was posted back in March of 2011. Please enjoy and share away.

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THIS MARVELOUS LOVE!

By: Rachel Storms

Ephesians 5:1-2 NKJV

“Therefore, be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.”

Have you ever noticed how beautiful a person who walks in love is? They may not be physically attractive, but because they are covered in a spirit of love they appear lovely. All of their imperfections seem invisible and everyone wants to be around them. That’s how powerful love is! It’s an active force or energy that literally draws people in.

So, how do we obtain that kind of love? Romans 5:5 says, “…the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us”. When we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit comes to live in us and God’s love is poured into our hearts. Did you notice the word “poured”? In the Bible, whenever God gives something, words like “fill”, “pour”, and “overflow” are used. Nothing from God comes in small portions. God isn’t holding anything back and He never does anything half way. Everything that comes from Him involves filling to the full and overflowing. The greatest love of all is made available to us simply by having a relationship with the source, the Father. After all, God is love (1 John 4:8).lightstock_women_praying_hands

Now that we know God’s love has been deposited in us, we should learn how to tap into it. About three years ago the words “major on love” began to echo in my spirit, so I began to dig into God’s Word concerning the subject. Over a period of time, having studied scripture after scripture and having read other books written on love, I started to notice changes taking place inside of me. It wasn’t long before I began to feel love for individuals who had previously hurt me. My attitude toward them was shifting from anger and resentment to mercy and forgiveness.

How did this transformation happen?

By studying the Word, I was able access the love that had been placed inside of me by the Holy Spirit. I want you to know that once I forgave them, not only did I release them from past wrongs, but I was also set free. I encourage you not to waste your time on holding grudges against anyone! It will hinder God’s blessing from working in your life and it will cause your faith to be of no effect. Galatians 5:6 KJV tells us that faith works by love. If you harbor unforgiveness in your heart, then you’re not operating in love.

Another thing that helped me was to confess God’s Word over myself and my relationships. If you need love to become a more active part of your life, put God in remembrance of His Word. Say, “God’s love has been poured into my heart by the Holy Spirit who was given to me”. Whenever you are tempted to step out of love, confess “I am an imitator of God as His child, and I walk in love just as Christ loved me and gave Himself for me”.

Keep the Word before your eyes. Meditate on it day and night. It won’t be long before you will see changes taking place in you. And always remember that “love never fails” (1 Cor. 13:8).


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Got Anxiety

I wanted to share with you today an article that my father wrote for his ministry newsletter in January of 2011. I felt it was a great fit for us today as we all have those anxious feelings when we think about the world we currently live in. My father had been in ministry for more than 36 years before he passed away in 2013. He left my sister and I with a wonderful legacy of good Word teaching. It’s because of he and my mother’s teaching and training that my sister and I birthed this magazine and I want to share a little bit of that with you. So I hope you all will enjoy this article and please share with everyone.

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Got Anxiety?

by Bill Borieo

I know, what a stupid question right? Someone may be thinking, “Is this guy for real? Is he living in a cave somewhere? This maniac must not realize the day he is living in or, as they say in the south, He just ain’t right”

I assure you, I am not living in a dream world. I realize what’s going on in the world but, this conjecture is not original with me. I am not the first to bring it up. In fact, it was Jesus Himself who gave inference that the church could and should live, free from anxiety. Allow me to show you in the word of God this wondrous possibility! Are you ready?
First, let us examine Jesus statement leading us to believe, we can and should live without apprehension.

John 14: 1 “Let not your heart be troubled….”
Jesus was speaking to His disciples. A disciple is one who chooses to follow a particular teaching or way of life by adhering to, and acting out the tenants of that particular ideology. We, by reason of that definition, would be considered disciples of Jesus just as much as those present the day Jesus first gave this teaching. So, in light of the definition of a disciple that I have offered

We could say  Jesus is talking to us, or to make it more personal, Jesus is talking to me!
Notice the phrase; “Let not your heart be troubled; …” This phrase “Let not,” simply means to not allow. Allow what? Allow your heart to be troubled! Whose heart? Your heart, your spirit, the only one you have authority over. The suggestion is that, we have the ability to prevent our hearts from being troubled!

Trouble, according to strong’s concordance comes from the Greek word tarasso, meaning;“Agitate, disturb, or to unsettle. It denotes mental agitation from fear or perplexity.”
Notice the phrase; to unsettle. The enemy is doing his best to keep our life in turmoil. As long as we live outside of the realm of peace, we experience many faith failures.  We must realize that fear and anxiety act as barrier’s preventing the blessing of God getting to us. Fear and anxiety are the opposites of faith and trust.

Jesus is telling us, we do not have to allow our hearts or spirits, to fall apart under pressure. We can enjoy peace right in the middle of the storms of life! So then, we must protect our hearts.

Prov. 3:23 says; “Keep your heart with all diligence. For out of it spring the issues (seeds) of life.”
It is imperative for us to keep or guard our heart, because the life we are experiencing, originated in, has been seeded by, and will continue to, issue (bring forth seeds) from our hearts. Think about it!

What kind of issues are you faced with, Marriage problems, financial difficulties, depression, anxiety? Whatever it is you are facing in life, it all began in your heart. The enemy has been allowed to plant seeds, either by words or by images into our hearts.
Pictures of failure, doom and gloom fill our airways, and like lambs being led to the slaughter, we allow our hearts to be filled with mounds of pessimistic journalism shoveled to us nightly at 11:00. No wonder we can’t sleep at night.

Then, because of the nightmarish reports we have endured, having become the disciples of CNN, NBC or any other news medium, we believe and repeat all we have seen and heard. “…for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” Matt. 12:34 Couple that truth withProv. 18:21 “Death and life are in the power of the tongue. And those who love it will eat its fruit.”, and it leaves little speculation as to how that fear and anxiety have the entire nation, as well as most of the church, by the throat! We cannot afford to, ALLOW OUR HEART’S TO BE TROUBLED!

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John 14:1 “…you believe in God, believe also in Me.”
Our faith, or confidence, must be in the Lord Jesus Christ! Faith, as I understand it, is putting trust in and relying on the word of an individual. In this case, we are to put our trust and reliance on Jesus. In order for us to confidently do this, we must have an absolute conviction, based on our understanding of, who Jesus is as revealed in the Holy Scriptures. When our belief system becomes absolutely convinced in the infallibility of God’s word, then it becomes easy to have confidence in Jesus. After faith becomes conviction, we will know that, whatever God says, He will do!

This level of confidence comes by two avenues; by knowing what the scriptures teach concerning Christ’s integrity, and by faith experiences we have enjoyed in the past, as we overcome difficulties while standing on God’s word.

Romans 10:17 “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
Because we know how faith comes, then we pretty much will have it made, if, we take the time and develop the discipline to read it every day!

Fear, however, also comes by hearing. Hearing every negative voice there is in this world and also by meditating, on every negative thought planted in our minds.

Jesus said; Matt. 6:25 KJV “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body more than raiment?” Other translations say; “…do not worry about your life”.

So we understand that fear and worry come to us in words and thoughts. These kinds of thoughts (negative worry filled and fearful thoughts), produce fear and anxiety and if allowed to take root, produce after their own kind. Hunger, sickness, lack, discouragement, ect.
Jesus continued to tell His disciples, that, no one can improve their stature or their well being by accepting negative thoughts. Taking or receiving the right kinds of thoughts however, will produce blessing, health and increase!

How do we allow the right kinds of seeds or thoughts to take root in our hearts?
Matt. 6:31 “Therefore take no thought saying,” Thoughts reach our heart by saying! To embrace the right way of thinking and believing, we must be saying what God says! We must refuse to repeat everything we see and hear. When we do speak words, they, will give life to whatever we have been saying consistently, either our fears or our blessings! YOU MUST CHOOSE the words that will produce your desires.

Practice saying these kinds of words and your heart will be filled with faith and fear will flee!

Phil. 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Phil.4:19 “And my God shall supply all your (my) need according to His riches in glory by ChristJesus.”
Psalms 91:2 “I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and fortress; My God in Him I will trust.”
Psalms 91:7 “A thousand may fall at your (my) side, and ten thousand at your (my) right hand; but it shall not come near you (me).”
Psalms 91:10 “No evil shall befall you (me), neither shall any plague come near you (my) dwelling;”
Psalms 91:11 “For He shall give His angels charge over you (me). To keep you (me, in all your (my,) ways.”
Psalms 37:25 “I have been young, and now am old: yet I have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” (Emphasis added!)

I want to so desperately, to see you do well and walking in all of the blessing that God has given the church. I know that there are those who will tell you that none of this works or is legitimate doctrine, but Gods word encourages us to follow after those who have not only taught faith, but those in whom we see their faith successes.

Heb. 13:7 “Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: Whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation (manner of life).”
Be sure that you are listening to the right people. “Therefore by their fruits you will know them.”Matt. 7:20
Blessings!

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Meet the Contributors: Dianna Auton

Last week you got the opportunity to learn a little more about each of the contributors to our first issue of the magazine. It is now time to learn a little bit more about our Editor and Co-Founder: Dianna Auton.

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I am  a Homeschooling mom to 3 girls and wife to my best friend for over 17 years. I am a blogger, author, reviewer and a coffee drinker. I enjoy reading, writing, hiking, photography and shopping. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Christian Education from Calvary Bible Institute. My passion is encouraging women of all walks of life to be all that God has created them to be.

You can find out more about Dianna at her personal blog and review blog. And you can connect with her on social media at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Meet the Contributors: Rachel Storms

Each day this week we have met some of the contributors. Today you will meet another. Today I would like you to meet not only an awesome contributor but also one of the co-founders Rachel Storms.

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Rachel Storms is a happily married mother of three girls. As the youngest daughter of a minister,she has been brought up under the instruction of the Bible. Having traveled with her family often, she has been exposed to various denominations and concluded that the basis of faith is and always will be founded upon the truth of God’s Word. Rachel is passionate about teaching others. Her greatest desire is to reach out to the lost and the broken with the compassion of Jesus Christ.

You can find Rachel on Facebook on her page In the Eye of a Storms

Meet the Contributors: Tristan Brock

Each day this week I would love to introduce you to each of our Contributors and will post as new ones are added. Today I would like for you to meet Tristan Brock.

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Hi! My name is Tristan Brock, I have been married 9 years to a wonderful man! We have our challenges but God is working in our marriage. We have 2 kids, girl and boy, which amaze us everyday with their personalities and love for Jesus! I wasn’t raised in church but always felt there was some divine purpose for my life. Little did I know he was directing my steps. I began working as a therapist in 2006 and met a girl who shared the gospel with me, for 2 years she poured into my life. I received Jesus as my Lord and was completely delivered from fear and anxiety during that time. After that I have continued to seek him and allow his word to change my life. I currently serve and teach in the children’s ministry at our church. My heart is to continue ministering to children, women and married couples to see them find and fulfill Gods plan for their lives!

We have another amazing writer, contributor and co-founder for you to meet. So don’t miss tomorrow’s post.