Monthly Archives: November 2017

Fearless Women

I’d like to start by saying welcome to my new friends on here from Northwood Church!! Last week I was honored to speak for their Women’s Retreat and then on Sunday morning. The theme for the retreat was Fearless. I was reminded afresh of God’s faithfulness to his people. I met so many fearless women- women that spend their days caring for loved ones, making quilts for those in need, baking cookies to raise money to give coats for those in need, giving out journals that others might be blessed, and living to be a blessing to others with their time and resources. I went there to serve, as all speakers should, and left feeling overwhelmed by God’s great love and faithfulness.

When I was riding in the elevator, God spoke to me. He reminded me of how He restores all things. When I was living in Palm Springs, CA. I was broken, hurting, and lost. I was working at the Westin Mission Hills Resort at the time. Then, after I surrendered my heart to the Lord, I moved to Dallas, Texas and went to Bible College at Christ for the Nations, where I also got a job at the Westin Galleria. And here I was, some 22 years later, speaking, sharing my stories…. and they booked me a room at the Westin. It was no coincidence.

It was God sweetly reminding me, “Dear child, I use everything, in my Kingdom nothing is wasted. I redeem and restore. I make all things new. Surrender to me all those places and spaces, and watch Me do what only I can do.” Thank you Lord.

Although you really need to hear the talk in full to get the full message, here’s some notes from my talk.

6 Practical ways we can fight our fears and go from being fearful to faithful (Friday Night):

1) Fight your fears by praying.

2) Fight your fears by doing it afraid.

3) Fight your fears by meditating on God’s Word.

4) Fight your fears by worshiping God.

5) Fight your fears by surrendering to God.

6) Fight your fears by journaling.

Fearless Women (Saturday):

1) Fearless Women embrace their season.

2) Fearless Women don’t compare.

3) Fearless Women get their strength from Him.

4) Fearless Women are okay with saying no.

5) Fearless Women trust that God will get them through.

6) Fearless Women don’t dread.

Obviously there’s WAY more to my talks than this! This is just a sample. To hear more, you can either come to one of my talks or feel free to book me! I am starting to take bookings for 2018! I love to speak to women’s groups, whether that be brunches or lunches, or dinners, or moms groups, or retreats! {See Speaking tab on website}.

Thank you Northwood Church for your hospitality, your outpouring of love to one another (and to me), and your detail to excellence! It was in incredible weekend and God was and is faithful!!

Here’s a link to the Sunday Morning message on discipleship. I share a little bit of my testimony towards the end.

Discipleship Message

Here’s a link to all of the pictures I posted on facebook! 

New Book- Brave Dreams

 

 

I am super excited to announce that my new book, Brave Dreams, is out! I am so blessed by everyone’s support as I’ve launched this book. If you’re on Facebook, or you’ve heard me speak the past couple of weeks, you’ve probably already heard me talk about my new book. But I wanted to make sure I let my email friends know about it just in case you’re not on Facebook or you missed my Facebook posts! Also, a little fun fact about my book- my daughter, who is a senior in high school, designed the cover (front & back). It was so fun to work with her on this!

Here’s an excerpt from the back cover:

For the woman who wonders if dreams are just for other people. Do you ever feel like dreams are for other people? Do you ever wonder if it’s selfish to dream? Does God really want us to pursue our dreams? Shouldn’t we just be happy with what we have and where we’re at? This book answers those questions with my own personal stories as well as biblical examples. If you’ve been hiding dreams in your heart- know that these dreams are not only okay, but they are necessary! Dreams are for us, but they’re not ‘just’ for us. When God puts a dream on our heart, you can be sure that there’s a Kingdom purpose behind it.

John 10:10b- I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

The more we begin to believe that God is who He says He is and He will do what He says He will do, the more encouragement and hope we can bring to those around us through our dreams. Discouragement is running rampant. We need to believe again that God wants to use His people to do great and mighty acts. No competition, just a mighty group of women taking their place and helping others to do the same.

Psalm 20:4-5 4 May He grant your hearts desires and make all your plans succeed. 5 May we shout for joy when we hear of your victory and raise a victory banner in the name of our God. May the Lord answer all your prayers.

Brave Dreams… because it takes bravery to tell others about your dreams and even more bravery to pursue them.

Here’s the video of my announcement:

Special Announcement!! 💖

Posted by Celeste Maldonado Barnard on Thursday, October 26, 2017

Here’s the video of the drawing for a free book:

https://www.facebook.com/celeste.barnard/videos/10156992534804569/?l=194826542537505053

If you would like a copy, it is now available on Amazon!

Click here —–> Brave Dreams!!

Lastly, if you’ve read the book, it would mean so much if you could leave an Amazon Review!! When you leave a review, it actually makes the book more seen by others. I would love for anyone who needs to read this book to be able to easily find it. And of course the more good reviews, the more likely someone will be to buy it!

Leave your review here ——-> Brave Dreams Amazon Review

It is my hearts desire that we would begin to dream again, realizing that God has so much more for us! And know that He will use our dreams to be a blessing to others. May this book be the beginning of many Brave Dreams and may God begin to speak to those areas that have laid dormant.

Isaiah 43:19- For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.