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February, Issue 1

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will continue to perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6

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February, Issue 1

Letter from the Editor

She is energetic and strong, a hard worker. She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness. Proverbs 31:17, 25-26

First, I just want to say how excited I am to be writing for a WOMEN’S newsletter!! I’ve written periodically for the Inspiration Newsletter over the past 3 years, and while it went to both males and females, it just wasn’t the same, because we all know men and women just don’t think alike! So what I find funny or something that touches my heart, might not resonate with men the same way it does for other women. So, I am SUPER excited that God has blessed us with the opportunity to expand the ministry to you ladies specifically. We pray you find these articles a blessing and an encouragement to you, wherever you are. And we pray that if you haven’t experienced the saving and satisfying love of Jesus Christ, that you will find it in these pages, and that this will stir conversation between believers and unbelievers alike in order to expand the Kingdom of God! 

I am a wife of the best husband I could ever ask for. Andy encourages me in my walk with the Lord and has been instrumental in me being the woman I am today. We got married in June of 2014. I am also the lucky mama to this cute little girl, LillyAnn Michelle Foster. She was born March 18, 2015, so she's almost a year old already. I can't believe how quickly she has grown, and as much as I would love to stop that, I know I can't, so I just pray that she continues to grow into a child after God’s own heart. This is all pretty new to me, and God often uses my family as a way to teach me things, so they will often be a part of the things I write.  

Alright, let's get down to business! I’m going to start out this first newsletter being totally open and honest, and frankly, pretty darn vulnerable, with all of you. Here goes nothin’… When I read the passage I included at the opening of is letter, I chuckled at the phrase “When she speaks, her words are wise…” Because, well, I have no idea what I’m doing. By that I mean, I’ve never before been in a leadership position quite like this. And it’s pretty daunting. I’m young and I probably lack more experience in “life” than many of you. So I often feel like I lack the right words to say, or advice to give. 

I shared these feelings with my husband, Andy (Director of Inspiration Ministries), and he said “The most important thing to remember is that you lack nothing, because you have the Holy Spirit, who teaches us all things.” *Sigh* yeah, yeah, Honey. You’re right! I hate (and love) when he’s right. So, we are going to begin our journey together, not knowing a whole lot about much, but knowing the One who does.

I didn't always have the Holy Spirit inside me to give me the words. Sure, I grew up in a Christian home, going to church every Sunday morning, youth group on Wednesday nights, and participating in the worship arts program. However, that isn’t what defines a Christian. Religion isn't what is going to get me into Heaven one day. No, that rests in my understanding and belief that Jesus Christ came to Earth in the form of a man; lived a perfect, sinless life; experienced the most horrific torture and despicable, shameful death on a cross to atone for MY sins; three days later rose again; and now sits at the right hand of God, pleading on MY behalf. Thank You, Jesus! A phrase I've come to like is “you don't know what you don't know.” So growing up, I didn't know what living for Christ really meant. All I could go by was the example of my pastor, parents, and church friends. But all I really saw them doing was everything I was already doing. That changed when I met Andy and he started asking questions about my journey with Christ. Here I was, at age 19, having gone to church my whole life, and I had never read the Bible cover to cover; I lacked knowledge of basic Biblical concepts; I had never examined MY faith, but instead rested on the faith of my parents. I thought I understood what I was doing when I raised me hand, with all heads bowed and eyes closed, but once the heads were up and eyes opened, I was no different than I was before. I was a mess (and I still am)! After I realized this, then it was my turn to start asking questions.

I started asking questions about what it meant to truly live like Christ, what it looked like to be a godly woman and eventual wife and mother, how I was supposed to love my enemy, how to show grace to people, etc.. I certainly haven't mastered any of these things, but by the grace of God, I am able to live day by day, knowing that even if I failed the day before, His mercies are new every morning. 

The opening verse of this passage really highlights for me my aspirations, not only as a woman, or a wife and mother, or as the editor of Inspiration for Her, but as a fellow female and Sister in Christ to each of you. That together, we can be energized through Christ and His sacrifice. That we can be strong in the faith, and hardworking in service for the Lord in expanding His Kingdom. That we may have joy in all circumstances, regardless of what the future may hold. That together, we can become wise women, who lack nothing, knowing when to speak and when to listen. And, that through our learning process, we learn first and foremost to give grace to one another, as Christ has been gracious to us. 

Lord willing, you'll be hearing from us again in April, where you will be able to read more testimonies of transformation through the power of Jesus Christ, including ones written by YOU!  


Excited and Inspired for a new season, Kirsten Foster  Inspiration Ministries

Newsletter Features

  • Letter from the Director by Kirsten Foster
  • Welcome... by Carla Boggs
  • Old Boots by Amy Slone
  • Unworthy, Inadequate... by Laura Gauthier
  • For the Love of Gomer by CJ Eaton
  • Don't Get Used to Darkness by Sharon Brooks
  • If Only by Abby Carnahan

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