Life is brief. 

It was a really good message today at church and touched my heart! LIFE IS BRIEF!


First off the truth is we really don’t know how long we have to live! Truly if we had 2 week’s to live what would you do? How would you act?  Would it be encouraging or would you be worried and depressed? Would you have lived your life to the fullest. Would you be excited about meeting and spending eternity with Jesus? Did you live out your life to glorify God?  Would you have regrets? Why don’t you live everyday like it’s your last now? Is there something you really want to do or be? WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? We don’t know how long we have to live!

Your priorities need to be set. SEIZE your opportunties. CHERISH your relationships. Those relationships don’t last forever. Humble yourself before God and other’s. Division’s need to be healed. TRUST in God! Use your talents and gifts. Don’t let a talent be underdeveloped or never used. Make your life COUNT!

Life goes fast! We don’t know when we will take our last breath! Do what God created you for. Love your life and love other’s. Don’t let it pass you by. Your goals and priorities need to be set. What is the most important thing you can do?  

My priorities are having a relationship with Jesus Christ, second being a loving wife and mommy, third making sure I love and serve other’s in all that I do personally and professionally. I have a heart to work towards having a ministry to INSPIRE more people to give their heart to Jesus and live their life to glorify God. I believe my Legalshield business will help support that and encourage more families to go for their dreams! 

Life goes fast. Don’t have regrets. Get busy doing more of what you were called to do! Most of all TRUST God and humble yourself!
Do you have questions about what you were created for? Are you curious about putting your faith in God and having a relationship with Jesus Christ? I am happy to help.

“Indeed, the right time is now. Today is the day of salvation!” 2 Corinthians 6:2,

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Faith during life’s storms. 

Having everything in life doesn’t last. Life is never perfect. We go through storms. Sometimes we may ask why do bad things have to happen? God why? Never doubt during the trials and tribulations. Just trust God and lean on him. Spend time in prayer and his word. Invest in your faith now and through life storms. The bible was inspired by the creator of the universe. Build the relationships with those who can uplift and encourage you. Pray together and be in community. Worship God and strengthen your spirit everyday. After the storm rebuild. Your life storms can uplift and inspire others. Don’t be ashamed. Your sin and brokenness doesn’t disqualify you for your purpose!!!  We all are sinners. Each and everyone of us! God has a purpose for your life. Your life has meaning. You will find your purpose if you seek him. Don’t worry! Love others and be happy. As Christ followers we are commanded to love and serve others. Your neighbors, your friends, family, co workers, yes even your enemies!  When we try to love others it affects the way we live and do. Try to love people better than they love you! 

Find your purpose and be on a mission don’t let life storms stop you. Have FAITH!

Do you believe in spirit guides and angels? 

​People believe in many different things on this subject. I do believe there are angels and spirit guides. The holy spirit is my true spirit guide. I also believe that you have to be very careful with this. 

Angels are spiritual beings created by God to serve Him, though created higher than man. Some, the good angels, have remained obedient to Him and carry out His will, while others, fallen angels, disobeyed, fell from their holy position, and now stand in active opposition to the work and plan of God. There are good angels and  demons. They are all very real.  The good and the bad. I like to follow the scriptures in the bible becuase of my faith in Jesus Christ. 

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, BUT TEST THE SPIRITS, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.” (1 John 4:1-4
contact with some kind of spirit being –  possible things it could be:

Jesus Christ (holy spirit), One of God’s angels, or a demonic spirit.  If they do not confess that Jesus Christ is Lord they are not from God. 

My husband and I are passionate about this very subject. 

He is Native American was an atheist and has had some crazy experiences. He went on a journey of seeking truth. He studied the ins and outs of many different religions and philosophys. I have had some experiences as well and am learning more from him. The experiences have inspired us and and we are seeking info on this very subject. We don’t judge as that is not our job. 


We all have unique gifts, talents, and different callings or beliefs. I’m still working on knowing truly why I have the belief and faith in the bible. We are studying and spending time in his word from the original languages, and real truth. I believe God’s word is truly inspired (God breathed.)

It’s not about me!

Why am I here? What is my purpose? It’s very hard to not drift off track and to be confused with everything around us in the world. Many people focus on many things, there wants, and desires. Some people feel empty and lost. 

Some people may not know or even have heard about God. What are they are trying to build their life on? What do they think can make them truly fufilled and happy? I believe without knowing and trusting God you are empty and lost. You don’t know your true calling or purpose.  He created us and knows exactly who we are and what we need. Although many are called and few are chosen. We all were created for a purpose. Its not about our wants and desires. How successful we can become, what we want, or how we feel.

 If I am truly a believer and follower of Jesus Christ I am apart of the body the church. I am called to love and serve like Jesus. Not to focus on my wants and desires. It’s not about me!

I will be honest it is hard for me to not drift especially if I don’t spend daily time with him. It’s hard to not be selfish. I want! Poor me! Look at me! 

The body of Christ is to fulfill the great commission. That is the mission that is our purpose. Creating relationships and spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. Using our unique gifts and talents to love and serve others. It isn’t for our selfish desires its to inspire and bless others. We need to be growing in our faith and encouraging one another. Building new relationships and mending broken ones. 

I always like to ask my self to re focus is this what I want to be doing when God comes back? I want to make God proud. There are so many people that need to hear Christ’s message. Are we doing what God really wants us to do? Are we finding ways to share the gospel with others. What are we really focused on? Is our life centered on our wants and desires?  Or is it focused on what God wants?

One of my favorite scriptures. 

And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

Ephesians 4:11‭-‬16 ESV

http://bible.com/59/eph.4.11-16.ESV

The enemy likes to trick us, steal, and destroy. He doesn’t want us to be focused on God and living out our purpose becuase he knows we will live an eternity of joy and everlasting love. He tries to do everything he can here on earth to mess with us. To confuse us and drift us away from our calling. 
This is why its so important to surround yourself with followers of Jesus Christ. To uplift, encourage, and strengthen one another. Spend time daily alone with God. Listen to what he wants to tell you. Study and learn why you have the belief and faith in God. Share the good news with others.

If he chose us for his kingdom we are to glorify him. 

What do you want to change? 

​How many of you want a different lifestyle or situation in their life to change? How many of you are willing to take full responsibility of where you are now and where you want to be? Did you know the daily decisions you make affect everything? Did you know the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results?

This by far is one of my favorite quotes and has changed My life forever. The first time I heard it I was pissed. Down right mad and then it started to sink in. I am insane. Why am I complaining? Why do I keep doing what I’m doing if I’m not happy? Did you know comparing yourselves to others will only fuel the complaint monster? Do you know why you complain? If you know you want more or can have a different lifestyle you complain. You expect more but are not willing to do something so you complain.  Your not willing to make the sacrifices or changes to have a different result. 

I finally came to grips with this and am taking my dreams and aspirations seriously. I’m working on turning off the complaint monster and asking myself what do I need to do differently? What is it that I truly do want? What do I need to do more of or what do I need to change? How do I change?

Next step is to write down those goals and changes you want to make. Put them in priority and figure out or learn what steps need to be made to get the results you want. Ask yourself is what I’m doing today going to help me? Make the best decisions and daily habits to have the results you want. It’s ok if you go though bumps and roadblocks. Just don’t give up! You must be creative and find solutions to those challenges. Every lesson is a blessing. You have all the power to change what it is you want to change. Decide today who or what you want to become. Decide now enough is enough. If you want change be ready to be uncomfortable.

Evaluate and always work on improving. Surround yourself with the doers and the dreamers. Stop associating yourself with the naysayers and the complainers. Study those who are successful in what you want. Get a life or business coach and an accountability partner. Track your progress. 

Stop making excuses and accept the responsibility if you truly want it. Start focusing on the positive be thankful and grateful. Look at what your list of goals and priorities are each month and reevaluate.  Don’t just sit there and complain do something about it. 

I also believe you must dream and imagine what you want. Get inspired and visualise that result that you want as you already have it. Have faith and believe. Be excited and happy!

 My faith, trust, and strength come from the Lord. Find that belief in yourself and of course I encourage you to have a relationship with Jesus Christ. You got this now #GO #DoSomething #Believe

When God moments come just say yes!

Has God ever asked you to do something outside your comfort zone?

Did you know that every thing he asks you to do is a chance to grow closer to him. Sometimes those requests seem impossible. Really are you serious I need to do what? Just think of the virgin Mary and what she must have thought when the angel of the Lord approached her with the news that she would conceive a baby. 

LUKE 1:31-34. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the son of the most high. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

Just think how Mary must have felt. What are you crazy. What will everyone think. I’m not made for this. Who am I. I can’t do this. Is that what you may think or feel when asked to do or be something outside of your comfort zone?  I understand and can relate. Those God moments can often seem impossible. Just remember this is your moment with God. He is pursuing you. 

MARK 10:27 Jesus looked at them and said, “with man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”

When God moments come just say Yes! Our hope and trust must weigh more than our questions. Write down your questions. Pray and ask for guidance and every step of the way. God is writing your story. Your God moment will open the door for God’s best in your life. Don’t listen to the naysayers and surround yourself with people who uplift and encourage you. 

MARK 5:36 Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; Just believe.”

God has blessings waiting for us on the other side of our obedience. Get advice and encouragement from people who have been walking with the Lord longer than you. Study men and women of faith. Don’t fight the Lord’s way. He is molding you and changing you for a reason. He has a purpose for your life. 

Stay connected to God. Worship him, study the gospel, and rest in him. Slow down and take time to grow your most important relationship with Jesus Christ. My family and I pray for each other every morning and spend at least 10 min listening to praise and worship music before we start our day. We also spend at least 10 min a day in his presence. Prayer works wonders. 

JOHN 15:5. “When you are joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic,  the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing. 

Stay connected to your purpose. You spiritual gifts and talents are to build up the body of Christ and to glorify God. Stay connected to the people who love and encourage you. 

HEBREWS 10:23-25 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another- and all the more as you see the day approaching. 

Stay connected to the bigger picture. JESUS IS COMING BACK. The holy spirit lives within us and we are living here on earth to encourage others to love God and have eternal life. Live your purpose. God will direct your steps. It is so worth it!!

Our Spotlight for May Lori Mollan with Expressions of Style. 

​ Trust in the Lord with all of your heart. Do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths. (Proverbs 3: 5-6)

My name is Lori Mollan. I live in Menomonie, Wisconsin. I am a wife, the mother of four grown children, a teacher, speaker, writer, an artist and an entrepreneur. Above all, I am a lover of Jesus and His Word.  I am also a woman on a journey; a journey to discover, and then learn to live out, the plans and the purposes God has for me in my new season of life.
I recently completed my season as a mom of children at home. Being a primarily stay-at-home mom of four children was the fulfillment of my greatest dream. Since the early days of my childhood, that is what I dreamt of, and the Lord granted my heart’s desire. Honestly, it was the most wonderful, difficult thing I have ever done! To me, it was a privilege to parent, mentor, and train these little people. And in return, what a joy to experience those little arms around my neck and receive wet little kisses and words of I love you Mommy, admiration, and unconditional love; also, to watch them grow into the fine young men and women they have now become! 

My youngest daughter graduated from high school in May of 2014. That was three years ago. The past three years have been years of adjustment, experimentation, working to fill in the gaps, and learning how to be a parent of adult children. I have also been working on becoming reacquainted with myself and who I am now, as a more mature woman. I will be honest. It has not gone as quickly as I had expected! I have loved being a mom, but especially a mom with children at home, under my roof. I liked to have dinner as a family. I liked to go to watch their sporting events and concerts, to listen to them talk and share their lives with each other, and with us, their parents. I liked to go on family vacations together to experience, explore and discover together. I loved to see them have aha moments with God and to see them living out their own personal relationship with Him. I liked to see them accomplish and achieve, to meet their friends and have them hang out. In short, I not only love my children, but I like them!  To have them leave created an enormous void in my life. Especially for the first year, I felt lost, and would think, “What do I do now?”
The Bible verse I posted at the top has been my favorite since I was a young girl. My mother wrote it on the fly-leaf of my first Bible. With each season of my life; young adulthood, choosing a career and a spouse, relocation and the buying and selling of homes, parenting, etc., I have endeavored to follow the instructions that it contains, though I have come to realize that it is a learning and growing process to do so. Even as a fairly new empty nester, I find myself trying to ‘figure things out’ rather than fully trusting that the Lord will guide me and direct my steps as I lean on Him or depend on Him for direction and guidance. For me, trying to figure things out has only resulted in confusion and uncertainty. As I fix my heart and my gaze on Jesus and on His Word, I realize that He has given me what I need to know for this moment. My job is to stay in communication with Him, daily reliance on Him, and to ‘Do the Next Thing’; to take the next step. So easy, yet sometimes SO difficult to remember!

Despite my focus on being a mom that stayed home to raise and train children, I have had some exciting career experience woven into my life experience. I have a degree in Education from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. As a result, I have had the privilege of teaching people of all ages, not only in the public school setting, but also in business, community education, church, and seminar/workshop settings. Pre-children, I also had the adventure of working in the fashion industry (both ready to wear and home) and the cosmetic and skincare industry.  I have also become a certified home stager.
During our early years in Menomonie, the combination of my experiences and talents lead to establishing a small business, Expressions of Style LLC. 

Fueled by the encouragement of my husband, as well as friends who saw potential in my talents and abilities, I registered the name, got small business status, and began to help women identify their style, and then teach them to create a wardrobe, a home and a life that springs from their heart, not just from the pages of fashion magazines and the twists and turns of “What’s in style this season?”

With a small handful of clients and part-time substitute teaching, I was able to balance work and home responsibilities in a manageable way; where the children were still my priority.  I worked during the day when they were all at school and was there to welcome them home after school, and for dinner. We made it a priority to eat together as a family each evening.

I feel that it is important to identify our priorities and live with them as our benchmark, rather than to let life and circumstances determine how we live. In my experience, that kind of lifestyle is a recipe for stress, exhaustion, and broken relationships. It takes work to maintain my priorities, but things of value in our lives DO take work.  What we value, we invest our time, energy, attention, and hard-earned money into. Those things for me are: 
1) My relationship with Jesus. Spending time with Him and in His Word, spending time in prayer and in listening to Him. Cultivating relationships with people that know Him and love Him too so I can be challenged and encouraged and held accountable. Telling other people about how wonderful He is and how they can know Him too.

2) My relationship with my husband and family. Relationships take time: Listening, talking, helping, visiting, serving, feeding, celebrating, empathizing, and the list goes on.  In my opinion they are worth the effort I put in and the sacrifices I make to show each of them that I love them. Actions often speak louder than words!

3) Other people. I make it a point to be available for those who may need help. In this world of extreme busy-ness, I think it is important for people to create margin for emergencies and the unexpected. I want to be one of those people who can step in and help. I also look for ways I can cultivate relationships with people who have needs, such as the handicapped, and be their friend.

4) Home. Home is important to me. I enjoy being home to re-energize, to spend time with the Lord, to entertain, to invite people in to love them, serve them and encourage them. I love beauty and strive to make my home a warm, welcoming and beautiful place for each person who enters; family and friends.

5) Work. When I work I want to do my best and be my best. I want to love people and help them to the best of my ability; to bless their socks off each time we meet.

6) Creativity and Beauty. I love to be creative in numbers of ways; through art, music, beautiful food, entertaining, making ordinary, everyday events and tasks, beautiful.

One of the things I have learned throughout my lifetime is that every season has its joys and its challenges. There are times I have allowed the challenges to overshadow the joys, thinking that when they were resolved life would be happy and carefree, but that is not reality. Those ‘perfect’ moments are fleeting. My new goal is to savor each day, finding things to enjoy and things to be thankful for. Granted, some days that is difficult, but once again worth the effort because it changes my heart and my focus from one of dissatisfaction to one of gratitude. In each and every day Jesus blesses me in many ways, and there is SO much to be thankful for! 

Trust in the Lord with all of your heart. Do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths. (Proverbs 3: 5-6)
About Expressions of Style

Through Expressions of Style, it is my deepest desire to help women live deep, beautiful and meaningful lives; rediscovering the unique, valuable and beautiful person that they were created to be, and then learning to live that out in each area of life; wardrobe, home and lifestyle.
Services available include: Personal Style Analysis, Closet Sweep and Organization, Creating a Look Book, Personal Shopping, Home Staging to Live and to Sell, Classes & Seminars.

Topics I am Available to Speak on:

1) The Art of Living Your Style

2) The Art of Living Beautifully

3) The Healing Power of Forgiveness

4) Learning to Love One Another 

Contact Lori Mollan for more information 
Expressions of Style

expressyourstyle9@gmail.com

715.308.5758

 

Calling All Women!

The woman who loves you unconditionally from birth, the one who puts her kids before herself and the one who you can always count on above everyone else. 

That may be in a perfect world. It may be what most want to have or be as a Mom. It may be that your mom wasn’t the one who gave birth to you. It could possibly be the person who was there for you in one time of your life or someone who helped raise you. It may be someone who gave you love and guidance in a time you needed it most. A role model, a coach, a teacher, a friend. Motherhood is a calling. It means getting yourself out of the way sometimes. It’s selfless love!

Mom’s come in many shapes, sizes, and forms. If you can’t have children or are trying and it hasn’t happened yet it’s ok. You can still be a mommy. You can help nurture and guide someone. You can adopt or foster. There are so many people that need tender love and care. You can even mother pets and animals.

 

It’s very special and rewarding to mother someone. God gives you the people or children he wants you to help disciple, mold, care for, and love. It can be a big job sometimes. Sometimes we forget how important the task can be. Some people don’t appreciate the responsibility or think less of the opportunity. It’s ok if you didn’t experience that kind of nurturing or love from your birth Mom. Just remember your situation and story is for a reason. God knows what he is doing. 

Psalm 139:13-16 

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them

 Its all about Grace, forgiveness, and love! That’s what a mother is!

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

You don’t have to be perfect. You just have to be willing to try. Patience and forgiveness is everything. Your experiences and lessons you have learned are important. Be open to learning from other mom’s. Old and new they all have something special to share. You can read on being motherly. You can take classes or be mentored. There are so many resources. The bible is filled with really great examples.  

It’s so amazing when you hear someone call you MOM. Of course unless it’s screaming or repetitious. Grandmother is even better. 

It fills your heart and soul. You are wanted and loved. Take a step back today and think about all the lessons and blessings you have received from all the mom’s in your life. Think about all your mothering moments with or without children. What blessings or lessons have you learned? What traits does a loving mom have? What don’t you want to portray as a mother? 

I think of a gentle, quiet, humble, loving, and caring spirit. We need more women out there to help change the world together by putting their families and others first. Disciple your children or whomever your mothering. Love them and teach them to trust. Do what you say your going to. Speak the way you want to be speaked to. Love your self and be aware of how your living your life. 

Proverbs 22:6 

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

 We need more women stepping up and adopting or fostering. We must stand together and offer encouragement and support from other’s mom’s. We can step in God’s word, pray, and receive encouragement and inspiration. This is a great resource. 

https://onethingalone.com/20-encouraging-scriptures-moms/

The home is where our hearts are. We all need motherly love. Let’s make the world a better place one Mommy at a time and rock this world. 


Faith and personal relationship!

​Its about faith and having a personal relationship for me. Jesus is a loving God who has revealed himself and can be known in a personal way. My focus is not on religious rituals or performing good works, but on enjoying a relationship with God and growing to know him better. Not only can you connect with God, you also can know that you are fully accepted and loved by God.

major religions – religious beliefs place an individual on their own, striving for spiritual perfection. 

Faith in Jesus Christ himself, not just in his teachings, is how I experience joy and a meaningful life.

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

Romans 4:17 …He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed, the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were.

 In his life on Earth, Jesus did not identify himself as a prophet pointing to God or as a teacher of enlightenment. Rather, Jesus claimed to be God in human form. He performed miracles, forgave people of their sin and said that anyone who believed in him would have eternal life. He made statements like, “I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

I regard the Bible as God’s written message to humankind. In addition to being an historical record of Jesus’ life and miracles, the Bible reveals God’s personality, his love and truth, and how one can have a relationship with him.

Psalms 37:4 Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Matthew 7:7-8 Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

Each of us get to choose what we believe or practice. It’s called free will. Just know that Jesus is the only one God that wants to have a personal relationship with you and wants you to have everlasting life. 

Whatever your dealing with in your life, the Bible teaches that you can confidently turn to a wise and powerful God who genuinely loves you. I believe that God answers prayer and that my life has a purpose as I live to honor him.

Mark 11:24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

You are a true blessing!

​Last night as I was trying to get my teething baby to sleep as I held him tight rocking him I sat in awe on how beautiful and precious he is. How beautiful his little feet and hands are. How intricate and detailed his little features are. How amazing and what a true blessing to be given a beautiful baby boy. Then I thought to myself. There has to be a God. No way did this amazing little man not come from God. Then I started thinking how special it is to be alive. How amazing life is. If we just take a moment and think about that. Isn’t that just so crazy and cool. It’s a miracle.
People love to touch babies, hold them, kiss them. Just stop and think that you were once that little baby. A special new blessing. But guess what your still that special.


That’s what God thinks of you everyday. His sweet little child. He wants the best for you and loves you so much.