Welcome to part 2 of the live YouTube webinar, Finding Joy, Peace, and Hope after Loss.
Sharing my story of loss and how the hope of God has kept me going!
Hi, my name is Mae Renfroe, the wife to Paul for 23 years, and the homeschooling mother of 10 children, who lost three family members to sudden death within three years, including my 14-year-old in 2017.
My passion is to bring new hope, new purpose and new energy to broken hearts with big dreams. The webinar will be on two evenings, part one and part two.
I'll be covering how I experienced the peace of God in the midst of our tragedy, grieved with hope, and found joy for the journey.
And I'll show you how you can implement some simple things in your life so you too can live a Joy filled life and walk with a new hope and purpose for the future!
Welcome to my YouTube webinar!
Here I will be sharing with you about my experience with loss and grief and how the hope and peace of God has kept me going!
Hi, my name is Mae Renfroe, I'm the wife to my husband Paul for 23 years, homeschooling mother of 10 children, who lost three family members to sudden death within three years, including my 14-year-old in 2017.
My passion is to bring new hope, new purpose and new energy to broken hearts with big dreams. The webinar will be on two evenings, part one and part two.
I'll be covering how I experienced the peace of God in the midst of our tragedy, grieved with hope, and found joy for the journey. And I'll show you how you can implement some simple things in your life so you too can live a Joy filled life!
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My latest video! You want to grow in your faith and grow deeper spiritualy, grow closer to the heart of God? Sometimes we have to give up some stuff. I'm sorry I made a mistake in a veres reference. I mentioned Matthew 29. But it's not. there is no 29 chapters in Matthew. I meant to have Matthew 19: 16-24.
Teatime with Miss Liz joining and sharing her T-E-A is the beautiful Author Mae Renfroe February 2nd 10 Am EST LIVE SHOWS AND MULTIPLE PODCAST STATIONS AND APPS Mae Renfroe is the homeschooling mother of 10 children, newborn to 22, who lost three family members to sudden death within three years. She brings new hope, new purpose and new energy to broken hearts with big dreams. I have been passionate about encouraging fellow moms in their mothering and drawing women closer to the heart of God and have been doing so for a number of years through my blog and, more recently, via my YouTube channel and my Facebook grief group. Even in the unbearable seasons of life, He is nearer than we sometimes think. He promises never to leave us nor forsake us. We have to keep believing, keep trusting, keep loving, keep worshiping, and keep praising. I believe a greater intimacy with God leads us to a wave of inner peace, unquenchable joy, & an ever-lasting hope regardless of what we may go through in this life."
Mae Renfroe Author of Holding on to Hope
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I love these verses here in Acts 16 of Paul & Silas praying and singing praises to God in prison. Were they happy to be in prison?
Were they feeling really good about then with all those stripes on their backs. I don't think so! But that didn't stop them from praying and praising God.
Why? Because they were filled with the joy of the Lord. The presence of God was in that place with them .
They had the peace of God that passes human understanding. They were filled with God's Holy Spirit. And guess what their prison bands fell off and they were able to witness to the keeper of the prison ! Do you think the bands would have fell off if they were grouchy and complaining? No! Could they have been a witness?
What a beautiful example. Can we praise God like this? Can we praise Him not only when everything is going great, but in our trials, afflictions, and sufferings too?
And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely: who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.
And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.
And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loose.
Acts 16:23-26 KJV
And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled.
Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.
And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.
Acts 16:27, 29, 31-33 KJV
Hey friends happy new year!!
Announcing our upcoming travel plans. If you have been enjoying my videos and channel I'm asking you a favor to please share individual videos or the channel itself. I would love to see 100 subscribers by the end of January.
And we'll were out traveling I'm looking for speaking opportunities so please let me know if you have something I could speak and share at, and I'll see what I can do.
Just contact me.
This video is just an update about what's going on in our lives right now.
I talk about allowing God to lead and direct your life, and about blooming where you are planted.
Grieving With Hope - Facebook grief group Holding on to Hope - Mae's book Check this out!
Here is a link to the family I referred to, The Bus Life. They have a website and YouTube channel.
Sometimes it feels like God doesn't hear us. We can go through seasons like this. Praying and and desiring something and not seeing it, though deep down we know He hears us.
We'll read some scripture about God hearing us to remind ourselves that God hears us and sees us. And then I would like for us to share stories, instances, or examples in our lives of God hearing us. Or Seeing God in the little everyday things. It's always encouraging to see how God works in others lives.
And close with prayer requests. Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. I John 5:14-15 NKJV And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear. Isaiah 65:24
For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether. Palms 139:4
Jeremiah 33:3, ESV Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known The angel of the Lord also said to her: “You are now pregnant and you will give birth to a son. You shall name him Ishmael, for the Lord has heard of your misery. Genesis 16:11 NIV She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.” Genesis 16:13 NIV
God heard the boy crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “What is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying as he lies there. Gen. 21:17 Genesis 29:32
Leah conceived and bore a son and named him Reuben, for she said, “Because the Lord has seen my affliction; surely now my husband will love me.” Genesis 29:31
Now the Lord saw that Leah was unloved, and He opened her womb, but Rachel was barren. Exodus 3:7
The Lord said, “I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt, and have given heed to their cry because of their taskmasters, for I am aware of their sufferings. Acts 7:34
I have certainly seen the oppression of My people in Egypt and have heard their groans, and I have come down to rescue them; come now, and I will send you to Egypt.’ The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, And delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit.
Psalms 34:17-18 NKJV
We talk about many issues girls struggle with and how they feel good about themselves seeing themselves as Jesus does.
And find their focus and purpose in Jesus. for more resources please visit my website and blog or to contact me about my speaking.
In this video I talk about the importance of being in the Word and teaching it to our children both in what we say and by our example. and being alert to age the day and age we live in.
I share about how we need to be aware of false teachings and false prophecies.
Here is the link to the video I referred to called How Mega Churches Destroyed Christianity.
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Our God is the God that goes before us.
And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed. Duet. 31:8
Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. When things happen out of nowhere and we are taken completely off guard, what we forget is that it is just because we didn't know it was coming , God did.
God knew and He was already preparing us, preparing the way, setting things in place to meet our needs and to help us get through this.
He is the God who goes before us.
The more you know about God the more faith you'll have. And just the opposite is true, What you don't know about God will kill you. The more we know our God and what He's done for His people before, and what He can still do, we can walk in greater faith, with more courage and boldness, and with a peace of mind.
We need to remind ourselves of the miracles of God, like the parting of the red sea so the people could walk through on dry ground.
How He shut the lion's mouth, quenched the fiery furnace, fed the people in the wilderness for forty years, made water come out of a rock, caused fire to come down from heaven and burn up the drenched altar and sacrifice.
And Jesus who fed 5,000 with five loaves and 2 fish, turned water to wine, made the lame walk, caused the blind to see, healed leprosy, and walked on water.
When we know our God, we don't tremble in fear over the stuff coming on the earth, a Dr diagnosis, an illness, a death of a loved one, ect.. Because when we know our God we know he goes before us , we know that all our unknowns are known to Him, nothing takes Him by surprise, and He's already made a way where there seems to be no way. He's already got a plan and He's working it out.
I believe often our biggest problem today is that we forgot who our God is. It's time to remind ourselves who we serve. "They forgat God their saviour, which had done great things in Egypt." psalms 106:21 And the children of Israel remembered not the LORD their God, who had delivered them out of the hands of all their enemies on every side: Judges 8:34 When life gets tough, remind yourself who your God is. When the news makes you worry, remind yourself who your God is.
When you receive that scary Dr diagnosis, remind yourself who your God is. When that tragedy hits out of nowhere and you're wondering what life will be like now and how you'll ever go on with life, remind yourself who your God is.
Our God is the healer of all our diseases, He forgives us of all our sins, redeems our lives from destruction , he covers us in tender mercies and loving kindness. That's who our God is. Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6
Sometimes God saves or keeps us from a situation, other times he saves us in the situation.
Like the story of the 3 young men thrown in the fiery furnace in Daniel chapter 3. God didn't save or keep them from the furnace, but he saved them in it.
He was right there with them. Then there's Daniel in the lion's den in Daniel chapter 6. Again he wasn't saved or kept from being thrown into the lion's den, but he was saved in the midst of it. And in those situations God gets the glory!!
If they had been saved from those things completely God wouldn't have gotten the glory and praise. Mae Renfroe
I In this YouTube video I share the story of the little Red Hen and how if we are not careful, we can easily be like the Red Hen's friends when it comes to doing the things God has for us to do.
We can want heaven when this life is over, but not want to live each day here for God right now. May that not be so about us.
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Many of us call ourselves Christians. But are we walking in obedience to Christ? Oh, we are quick to say yes, we are Christians, but are we willing to walk the walk and talk the talk and do the work? Or do we just want heaven?
It reminds me of the big red hen story.
Her friends didn't want to do the work of planting, harvesting, and grinding the grain for flour, but they sure wanted to eat the bread after it was said and done. Isn't that what most Christians want?
We don't want the pain, the suffering, denying ourselves, laying down our will and desires for Him, but oh we want the good stuff, and we certainly want heaven when this life is over, thank you very much!!
Go into the world and preach the gospel.
Nope I'm not a missionary, a teacher, or a preacher so that's no for me. Keep the 10 commandments?
Nope, they are done away with. ( Not! )
Deny self, take up our cross and follow Jesus. Sell what we have and give to the poor.
Nope, that's for someone else.
Here is what Jesus has said concerning these kinds of things.
" Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat:
I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. "
Matthew 25:41-46 KJV
"And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God. Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother. And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth. Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest:
go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me. And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions. And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!" Mark 10:17-23 KJV
I am a wife to my wonderful husband, Paul, of over 22 years. Mommy to 9 blessings, ages 21 to 3 years. Our 2nd oldest son, at age 14, has gone on to be with the Lord on April 19th, 2017. I share about that new road we are on here on my blog.
My first 7 years of blogging.
Great inspirational reading!
"I believe a greater intimacy with God leads us to an inner peace, unquenchable joy, & an ever-lasting hope regardless of what we go through in life." Mae