The Battle of the Sexes Relationships Series from The Porch Young Adult Ministry at Watermark Church

The Porch, a young adult ministry at Watermark Church in Dallas, Texas, recently launched “The Battle of the Sexes” series on love and relationships. I’ve been blessed by messages from The Porch for years now and am enjoying this series since relationships often come up as a topic among friends. To be inspired by this series yourself visit the series page here:

The Porch also has had other series about dating and marriage. Check out Part 1 of their Cupid: Dating Myths message below and find more powerful messages on the website:

Finding and Functioning in Your Purpose

Directionlessness is one of the greatest troubles of our time…

Purpose is one of my favorite topics and this episode of TBN’s Praise the Lord show hosted by the pastor of my church, Pastor Mike Hayes, is about how you can pursue purpose intentionally. I was really inspired by what he and others such as Keith Craft, Dr. Chuck D. Pierce, Isaac Pitre, and Del Way had to share:

Editor’s Journal: You Were Made to Flourish Even In the Wilderness

Through any trial you’ve been through, the harvest and lives you can impact because of what you endured is greater than the dry season you experienced. You may have been squeezed by circumstances & confused by people who seemed to leave your life – but it had purpose beyond what you can see.

In my quiet time I heard “the desert purified your praise and depth of your love.” I know it’s a word of encouragement for someone else too. Restoration and new beginnings – that’s what I believe for you this year and beyond…

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

You survived and are stronger, your spirit is more resilient than you know. Suddenly surprises & the fruition of dreams & tears you sowed lay ahead…it’s winter but springs are coming, baby! Seek your Father and you’ll find Love, fulfillment, clarity, direction, new creativity & all you need… Your story is powerful and sharing it can influence the lives of many, bringing refreshing hope to others. Dreams bloom in due season for purposes deeper than you can imagine and you were made to Flourish for such a time as this – dare to step boldly into your purpose and nourish your divine dreams…

- Julene, Editor

Below – Dream in Soul Creative Expression: Be Inspired by a Poem I Wrote As Encouragement for Dreamers On Overcoming and Understanding the Wilderness

Word: Everything Beautiful In Its Time Ecclesiastes 3:11

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11

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HeartBlooms: Love On Purpose

When we’re Purpose-focused we see people through the eyes of Love, recognizing & seeing the potential inside instead of rejecting the exterior & setting them aside.

We’re called to love because God sees the true heart and the backstory, while often we judge based on assumption without even delving deeper, getting to know the person or asking questions. We jump to conclusions with stones and condemnation while His focus is transformation, restoration and redemption.

Be that rare person who loves without condition or pretense – we have the power that transforms lives in our hands. We’d be surprised at the people God uses who don’t look the part and the masterpieces that can come from what looks like a “mess.” #LoveNotJudge #LookThroughHeavensEyes #EveryoneHasPurpose #LessonsFromExperience

Click to Tweet: God uses people who don’t look the part & can make masterpieces from our “mess.” #LoveNotJudge #EveryoneHasPurpose via @dreaminsoul