Women: God’s Secret Weapon to Preserve Our Nation

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” -John Adams

My father believes that you can determine a person’s intelligence by how far into the future they plan. If all they work for is a party weekend, that tells you something about them. But if the person has a 1-year, 5-year, or 10-year plan, that also reflects something about their intelligence and their character.

I would take what my father said a step further and link morality with forward-thinking as well. A person who has a clear sense of right and wrong tends to think further into the future. They long to leave a legacy, to make the world a better place, and to share the blessings they enjoy. They think about the type of nation their children and grandchildren will experience. They also tend to care more about ideals and working toward them. This could be the reason John Adams said the U.S. Constitution was made for a moral and religious people.

Our Founding Fathers knew that “government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master” (George Washington). The Founders put into place clear checks and balances to control government and to foster individual responsibility among its citizens.

Shortsighted individuals will use governmental force to satisfy their own immediate needs and wants. Forward-thinking individuals realize that when we abdicate personal responsibility to the government, we enslave future generations. Thus the need for a moral and religious people – people who will not use government to take from one group of people and give it to others.

In my opinion, there is only one way to reclaim our country and that is to instill moral and religious values into the current and future generations. And the best way I know to impact generations is through women. It is said that a good woman impacts four generations. Think about that! That’s her children, her grandchildren, her great grandchildren and her great great grandchildren. As William Russ Wallace wrote, “The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.”
I have found this to be true. Today, I and thousands of others are still being influenced by my fifth great grandmother, Dicey Langston (a 14-year-old girl who saved an entire village during the Revolutionary War). Women who are clear about who they are and what they stand for, who lean upon the Lord and reflect His light, impact the world in powerful ways. Their influence radiates, ripples and cascades through time.

Imagine if we were to bring together thousands of these women so they could learn from, support and encourage one another. Then they would no longer be a single prism standing alone reflecting God’s love and light to the world. They would be part of a glorious chandelier of prisms, tied together in a way that could not be ignored.

Women coming together to light the world could be part of what Isaiah saw in his vision of the last days:

Isaiah 60:1-4,8

“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.

And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.  Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side.  Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows?”

In an ever-darkening world, women are God’s secret weapon. As we wake up and get clear about who we are and our relationship to Him, His light shines through us. Then as we encourage and support one another, we “arise and shine. Our light is come, for the glory of the Lord rises upon us.”

As we light up the world, leaders of nations will take notice, and good people everywhere will flock to the Light like doves to the windows.

If you would like to join with other like-minded Christian women across denominational lines to make a difference, we want to hear from you!  Join us in April 2010 for the Light the World: Birthing Your Destiny Retreat.

If I Were Brave

Have you ever asked yourself what you would do if you were completely fearless? What if money were no object, what if what other people said didn’t matter? Or as Jana Stanfield sings in her song, “If I Were Brave”,

What if we’re all meant to do what we secretly dream? What would you ask if you knew you could have anything? Like the mighty oak sleeps in the heart of a seed, are there miracles in you and me? … What steps would I take today if I were brave?

Listen to Jana and share what you’d do today if you were brave! And then do it! 🙂

You Are Amazing!

I’d like to invite you to join me in Zion’s National Park in April 2010 for the “Light the World: Birthing Your Destiny Retreat.” I’m so excited about this retreat because I’m excited about meeting you! Whether one woman attends, 10, 50 or 100, it doesn’t matter to me because I know the power of one woman. Women influence generations. Have you ever thought about that? They say statistically a women influences 4 generations.

When I think about that, I think about my own mother and grandmother. They were wonderful women who were authentic. They are and were these giving, loving, good women who influenced their children and grandchildren. I would not be who I am today without them, and if there is any influence that I make in this world, it’s greatly attributable to my mother. A good woman influences not only her own family, but also all those they go forth and influence.

So whether you come to this event just to impact your family for the better, or your friends or your community, or maybe you want to go nationwide or globally with your message, that’s what this event is about. It’s about helping you have the reach you were born to have.

I want to introduce you to my team. These women are amazing. And I would not be doing this retreat without them because each one of them has a gift and a message to share that dovetails perfectly with what I’m trying to do. I think our retreat is a microcosm of what will happen for you. I hope you will come to this event and find other women who you can work with, who you click with, who want to do what you’d like to do, and who will assist you and hold you accountable.

The video above will share more with you about our event. I hope you’ll watch it whether you plan to attend or not. You are amazing and I want you to know how much God loves you and how much He believes you can make a difference!

Do you have friends who might like to attend this event with you? If so, learn how both you and they can save when you come together! Email me at marnie@marniepehrson.com for details. If you’re thinking about coming, please do leave a comment below. We’re trying to get a feel for how many people are interested. To reserve your spot or to learn more, go here.

You Matter to God! Live Your Destiny

The Light the World Team: Janice Erickson, Lisa Rae Preston, Marnie Pehrson, and Judy Hansen

The Light the World Team: Janice Erickson, Lisa Rae Preston, Marnie Pehrson, and Judy Hansen

This Christmas I’ve had the privilege of viewing splendid Christmas lights across the U.S. I spent an evening walking around Salt Lake City with my dearest friends, enjoying the incredible array of lights, and the Cristus overlooking a beautiful Nativity scene. Later, my family and I visited the Opryland Hotel and enjoyed their lights and decorations. With every display of lights or even a simple Christmas tree, I’ve thought about their symbolism.

Each of those bulbs represents you and me and our efforts to lead others to Christ. A lot of times we think we have to do everything. We have to be the one to shine brightly, to make a difference, and we sometimes feel alone in the process. But in reality the tree is decorated with a multitude of lights. We are not alone in our efforts. If we will join forces with others who want to make a positive impact, we can light up this world in a display like no one has ever seen before. But that requires laying aside our differences and coming together in friendship and unity across denominational lines. It’s time we did our part in fulfilling Christ’s plea to the Father that we might be one even as He and His Father are one! (John 17:11)

Think of the evergreen as our Savior Jesus Christ. He’s alive, vibrant and eternal. But, in this world, few see Him. They’re so busy with earning a living, paying the bills, and pursuing their own interests, that they rarely see Him. Perhaps this is why John referred to Him as the “light [which] shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” (John 1:5). But string that tree with lights and an amazing thing occurs – people not only see the tree, but are drawn to it.

Opryland Hotel, Nashville, TN

Opryland Hotel, Nashville, TN

Each of us with our own unique talents, abilities and experiences represent a colorful shining light on Christ’s tree. The world can’t see Him, but they CAN see you and me! As we lay aside our differences, release our fear, pride, jealousy and insecurities, we can come together in Him and share His love and light with an ever-darkening world.

This is what Lighting the World is all about. Jesus told us to stop lighting candles and putting them under bushel baskets. He admonished us to keep oil in our lamps so we could light the way for others. He challenged us to be like glowing cities atop hills that cannot be hid. What’s more, He told us to seek first the Kingdom of God and all those material concerns like food, shelter and raiment would be added by Him. The world has it backwards my friends. Everyone’s waiting to have enough money to make a difference. Make a difference and your needs will be met!

I’m asking you to join me in lighting the greatest, grandest Christmas tree that has ever existed. Not a physical one, but a spiritual one — one that brings Christians together in critical mass to transform this world and prepare it for His second coming! It all starts today with you. Step into your own divine destiny, your own unique color shining brightly alongside others.

If this concept intrigues you, we’d love to have you join us in person at a live event with a couple hundred other women who are ready to light the world in a brilliant way. I’d like to personally invite you to join me April 20-23rd, 2010 for the “Light the World: Birthing Your Destiny Retreat” in Zions National Park. We’ll have wonderful music, speakers, entertainers, and guides there who will help you

  • Discover your divine destiny,
  • Catch a vision of who you are and your relationship to your Father in Heaven.
  • Remove any blocks, fears or insecurities that have been holding you back, and
  • Come away with unstoppable vision and courage to make it happen.

Are you ready to birth your destiny? Join us in spring 2010! More information will be coming soon. In the meantime please drop me a comment or an email if you’d like to be there.

Your Story Can Change Lives

I believe that you sharing your faith story can not only help other people through their darkest moments but also help prepare the world for the Lord’s second coming! Learn how you can make a positive impact on the world. This video shares my “big vision,” and I’d love for you to be a part of it!

Please post a line or two about how you hope to impact the world for good and let your light shine!

The Cry of the Human Heart

This poem was written by my friend Jim Lake. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! 🙂

Please catch me doing something good
And let the cheering start
This type of love is understood
It fortifies the heart

Try now to see the best in me
Don’t judge me in advance
Extend some warmth and empathy
Give me a second chance

I think of times when I was young
And really dropped the ball
Some folks said things that hurt and stung
It did not help at all

I felt like I should run and hide
And never show my face
I thought no one was on my side
To show a little grace

I’m older now and years have passed
And time is marching on
But in my mind I’ve often asked
Is all the sweetness gone?

Do folks today know how to cheer
For family, friends and foes
Or take the time to shed a tear
Or smell a lovely rose

There is so much we all can do
To help our fellow man
By reaching out to just a few
We’re fitting in God’s plan

God wants the world to see His love
Quite active in our lives
To show the Kingdom we are of
That serves and still survives

Be What The Lord Wants You To Be
Let Him Make All Things New
Share Love And Kindness Endlessly
I’m Cheering Now For You!!!

Light the World Show on Itunes

The Light the World Show just made its debut on iTunes! 🙂 I’m psyched! There’s at least 8 episodes you can download to your ipod/mp3 player. Just click here to get them.  I release roughly 2 episodes each week to take you through the process of transforming your trials and talents into a message that lights the world.

Sharing Stories Brings Meaning from Tragedy

last legal hanging in GeorgiaI just realized something important last night. Everything I do is about lighting the world by helping others share their stories. People teach what they’ve learned through articles on IdeaMarketers; they share their stories and poetry on SheLovesGod. I help them build platforms from which they can light the world and share their impactful “stories.”

With my latest historical fiction novel, An Uncertain Justice, finally making its way to print after 2 years of research, writing and editing, I only realized last night how it fits into the grand scheme of things! I know, I can be incredibly slow sometimes!

My great-great aunt watched her father die in her arms. My grandfather lost his mentor in a senseless murder. The trauma they went through and the death my 2nd great grandfather suffered suddenly holds meaning with the release of An Uncertain Justice. Their story of forgiveness, healing, mercy and justice is finally being told after 87 years. All the wonderful themes woven throughout this novel will not only entertain, but also help people explore important concepts and deal with their own life’s challenges.

So, yet again, I am taking someone’s story and putting it out there for others to benefit. It’s so wonderful to feel that heavenly assurance that yes, I am on purpose, and this novel is significant. I have felt in my heart for some time that my ancestors want their story told. Now I understand why . . . it gives meaning to all they suffered.

Suddenly, all the delays and strange computer viruses and crashes that ate manuscripts make sense. Heaven wanted me to get so clear on my mission and message that nothing would stop me – that I would be fearless in doing justice to “An Uncertain Justice!”

5 Steps to Lighting the World

The SheLovesGod.com Virtual Women’s Conference starts today. This is our 10th year holding it online. There’s no need to travel, it’s all online or by phone. This video introduces our theme of “Light the World” and discusses 5 steps for letting Christ’s light shine through you so you can bless others.

I’m also giving a telecall today on the Light the World subject. To receive details on the call, please register for the conference at www.SheLovesGod.com/conference .

Imagine there were no limits

Imagine that there were no limits on what you could do with your life. Imagine that money was no object. Background, education (or lack thereof) were not a concern. What would you be? How would you impact the world for good if you could be the ultimate you?

That’s what Light the World Now is all about! It’s about letting go of limiting beliefs that keep you from shining brightly so you can reach your full potential. It’s about finding joy in what you were born to do. You’re here for a reason. Are you living up to that reason?

Jesus said, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).  There are so many people in this world that cannot see Christ. But they can see you. And you can be that introduction.

As one of his disciples, it is your responsibility … no your PRIVELEDGE . . . to be a light to the world. As you live true to who you are and tap into the grace that Jesus Christ offers you, you can accomplish amazing things. You will be a light, a “city set on a hill” that acts as a beacon drawing others to you.

A friend sent me this quote today. I’m not sure who originally said it, but it is appropriate for this site:

“Live in such a way that people who know you but don’t know Christ will want to know Christ because they know you.”

The more you are distinct and different in happy ways from others, the more people will be drawn to you and want to know how you do the things you do. At that moment, you have an opportunity to share Jesus Christ with them and the amazing impact He’s had on your life. It’s time more Christians tapped into His amazing grace on a day-to-day basis so they stand out, accomplishing great things.

The objective of this site is to be a support and a resource to help you do this. I want to hear from you! What is your big dream? What’s standing in your way? What subjects would you like to see addressed on this site and in upcoming podcast shows? Talk back! Please either leave a note below or email me privately at marnie@marniepehrson.com .

Remember: With God, all things are possible! There are no limits He cannot help you overcome.