Statement of Faith

We believe in:

1. The Holy Trinity, God the Father, God the Son, and the person of the Holy Spirit as one. 1 John 5:7

2. Baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. Acts 1:5

3. New testament biblical practices of the Holy communion, washing of the feet, sprinkling of the Blood. John 13:3-8, Acts 19:11-12, John 13:3-8.

4. The manifestation of God's power through signs and wonders, Luke 9:1, 1 Corin 2:4, Isaiah 8:18.

5. The deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, the virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His atoning death through his shed blood, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of God, the Father and in His personal return to earth in power and glory.


6. The Infallibility of the Holy Scriptures, the Bible as the final authority in all matters of doctrine, conducts relative to daily living.

7. The administration of spiritual gifts led by the Spirit for the edification of the church of God. 1 Corinthians 12:4-7


8. The personal return of Jesus Christ, the eternal damnation in a literal hell for the wicked and everlasting life with the living God for the righteous.

"Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion, for behold i come and I will dwell in your midst, declare the Lord" Zechariah 2:10.








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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Eleven Qualities That Will Help The Pastor's Wife in Her Ministry To Women in The Church


Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen." (1 Peter 4:10-11, NIV)

I will be the first to tell you that the work of a pastor's wife can be quite challenging and at times, frustrating. To an extentI sometimes experience similar challenges as a Christian minister and ministry leader;  but it is nothing compared to the pressures they go through. I also empathize with pastors’ wives because the pastors receive training for their jobs (pastoral school, seminary), but where does the pastor's wife go for her training. She is pretty much thrown into the position, and it can be utterly overwhelming. 



Every so often, I believe the church expects too much from the wives of pastors, and as a result of this, burn out, depression, feeling isolated or lonely and feeling unappreciated happens.  It is important for the pastor's wife to practice self-care and be able to establish a balance between her home, her vocation & the local church. There are many articles out there on pastors' wives and their roles in the church and to their husbands, but today, I want to focus more on the pastor's wife's role in the lives of the female church members.


I have been privileged to serve under a few awesome ministers/pastors and their wives, and at the same time, I have served under others who have turned their congregations upside down as a result of their ungodly attitudes and unwise decisions. I am not here to bring down anyone but instead to help the pastor's wives, and other women leaders ( i.e. elders, deaconess, etc.), in the churchdevelop a better relationship with their church women (members).  I have witnessed too often in local assemblies (especially smaller ones), quarrels that have occurred between members of the church and pastors' wives.  It shouldn't be so!


Now the Bible does not address the involvement of the pastor's wife in any ministry. There is nowhere in scripture where it specifies where exactly the pastor's wife should serve. 

 And so just like any other born-again Christian with spiritual gifts and talentsyou serve where you are called and gifted to serve. Having said this, keep in mind that when the Lord calls a man into the ministry, He calls the man and his wife (husband & wife have become one, Mark 10:8, Gen 2:24). When the mantle has been given to a man or woman of God to lead a congregation, they will be responsible for everything that goes on in that church.   

And so it is safe to say one of the major responsibilities of the pastor's wife in the church, is to oversee the affairs of the women's ministry amongst other areas.  She must have a good rapport with all the female members of the church and this includes the women department or ministry leaders ( depending on church size). 





have a few friends who are pastors wives, and they come from various cultural backgrounds, denominations, and reside all over the world. Over the years, in conversationsthey have shared with me both the good and the "not so good" of serving in that role and they pretty much say the same thing. Based on our discussions, I have put together some of the top qualities they believed have helped them be effective in their church roles.





These qualities can apply to relationships with all members, but as mentioned earlier, my focus is more on the dealings with the women in the church. 



1. Apply wisdom - A Pastor's wife must choose her words carefully. In her speech and action, wisdom should be applied, some have driven members out of the church with their mouth.    "She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue "Proverbs 31:26, The Bible also tells us to ask for godly wisdom if we desire it.  "If any of you lacks wisdomlet him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. "James 1:5



2. Be Ready & Willing to Serve - A Pastor's wife must be ready and willing to serve others. She must be a woman with a servant's heart working alongside her husband to fulfill the vision and mission of the local assembly and be equipped to handle the challenges of the position.



3. Be Approachable -  A pastor's wife must be approachable, make yourself available & welcoming to your members.  Do not be standoffish; remember you are a leader, and you never know when a sister needs counseling, a listening ear or just a smile from you that will go a long way in his or her life that day. 



4. Be Real - Be yourself; you do not have to fake it to please anyone. You are human and have issues and weaknesses just like everyone else, so be true to yourself.  If you are real with your church members, they will be more relaxed to share their life's issues with you. Some people can smell "fakeness" a mile away.  Being one way at home, and another way in the church never works.  Eventually, your true self will emerge. 



5. Avoid gossip - Never engage in idle talk or share anything negative about a church member or anyone for that matter. Gossip in the church leads to quarreling, division, and much more… You are a role model for other women to emulate after; always remember that.  There was this local assembly I was a member of some years ago.  The Pastor was such a sweet and humble man. The wife was a lovely person, always willing to help, but she had a big problem "gossip"  It was so bad that the women of the church hardly went to her for counseling on personal issues.  As a result of this behavior, a number of people left the church after it was obvious the pastor's wife was not willing to change. The congregation also felt the pastor didn't do anything to resolve the issue considering it was his wife. 
  ” To speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. "Titus 3:2



6. Genuine Love for The Church - A pastor's wife needs to have sincere love for the work of the ministry, which means genuine compassion and burden for the people entrusted to the care of her husband and the other church leaders.  "It is important for the first lady of the church to make out time to visit her members (women) & their families, showing that you truly care about their personal interests.  It makes a difference," says one of our my pastor wife friends.



7. Patience -  As a pastor's wifeyou must be clothed with the fruit of the spirit. Patience is truly a virtue as the saying goes, and if you want to succeed in this roleyou have to ask the Holy Spirit for help in this area. As a counselor, my clients include pastors' wives. And so when they come to me lamenting about the 12am incoming phone calls to settle disputes between couples; their husbands having to attend to them on the phone for another 1 or 2 hours or on some occasions, the pastor has to drive to the couple's home at that time of the morning. I remind them that it comes with the territory of being the wife of a pastor and encourage them to remain steadfast, supportive, patient, and also prayerful.
( after all, no one ever said ministry work would be easy.).



8. Be a Woman of Prayer - It is critical to your role as the pastor's wife to develop a lifestyle of prayer; your ministry and your family, especially your husband, needs you to stand in the gap for them. One of my friends, a pastor wife talks about how she is constantly on her knees interceding for our husband because there are times when he wants to give up. She uplifts and strengthens him with her encouraging words and prayers.  “Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,”  Ephesians 6:18



9. Practice self-care - I cannot emphasize this enough. To avoid burn out, frustration, marital distress, etc. You need to designate time for yourself. Have a spa day by yourself or with friends, go shopping, movies, gym, etc.  Scripture does encourage us to take care of ourselves, enjoy good health. "Dear friend, I pray you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well." 3 John 1:2 NIV



10. Avoid being overly familiar What do I mean by this? One of the things I have observed and also have been shared with me by friends who are “first ladies”  is becoming too familiar with church members.  This often leads to contempt, disrespect, exposing of personal business, etc.  Remember we are still human and not all at the same level spiritually.  So it's important to be careful whom you invite into your inner circle and who you confide in. Learn to draw the line between being friendly, welcoming and being overly familiar with your church members.   

It is also a wise decision to have close confidants outside your local churchsayold friends, fellow pastors' wives, or women leaders; those who share the same vocation and can relate to what you may be passing through. 



11. Be a peacemaker A Pastor's wife must be fair, impartial in situations and ready to foster peace and unity always. When its a situation where your husband, the pastor or any other family member is involved in a dispute or issue with a male or female church member(s), be careful how you handle the matter so as not to fuel the fire even more.  There is a time to be silent and a time to speak.  When you do speak, apply wisdom, be fair in your judgment while also supporting your husband at the same time. You should be seen as a woman who keeps the peace; the one that brings people together in the church and your community. "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God." Matthew 5:9




In conclusion, I want to add that every pastor's wife is unique in her way.  Her giftstalents, and skills are all unique and been given to her to fulfill God's plan for her life and the kingdom.  But just like any other women or individual, she is human and faces life's challenges, fears, etc. like the rest of us. 



And so it is highly encouraged as women in ministry working alongside your pastor husband to remember to take time for yourself: stay healthy, spend adequate time with loved ones and learn to lean on your support system for help when things get tough.  



Pastor wives, you have an extraordinary and challenging ministry and my prayer is that if you can covet these qualities noted above and shared by your fellow pastor's wives, it might just make life in the ministry more rewarding, exciting, and effective for you. 




We do appreciate and honor you for the immense work you do in supporting our pastors/ministers.




Sunday, June 23, 2019

Choose Today Whom You Will Serve: GOD or SELF




Main text: Joshua 24:15 

Supporting Text: Hebrews 11:25

As individuals, our lives are typically centered on decisions we make every single day both individually & and as a group (as in personal relationships, family settings, etc.). We make choices in different situations ranging from simple things like what we will have for dinner tonight, to a more complicated decision such as choosing the right home to purchase. Whatever decisions we make; it is either going to end up as a positive experience or negative experience for us over time.


What do we mean by "Choice"?

The dictionary's definition of choice is an act of selecting or making a decision when faced with two or more possibilities.


Friends, everyone has been given free will by the Lord God, whether you believe in His existence or not. You and I have been given the power to choose between right and wrong, but know this, whatever decisions you make, will either make or mar (negatively impact) you. The choices you select shapes who you become over time.

Although human beings have been given the ability to make choices, we also have the responsibility to choose wisely. If you do not choose carefully, some consequences will negatively affect you at some point or the other. Throughout the Old Testament, you can see how the children of God suffered greatly in the hands of their enemies as a result of their poor choices, poor decision making.



Have you ever examined yourself before, the choice words you use when you are talking about your life, what you want to accomplish?


For example,

If you find yourself saying this,

When I finish with this, I am doing this, this and that, in five years, I must get this and that done. I will move to x location and will do this and that... It's I, I and I (self). Does this sound like flesh talking? Not to say there is anything wrong with wanting to be successful in your activities here on earth. It is a pleasant thing! And it is the Lord's desire for us to prosper and be in health.    3 John 2      


But my question to you is;


In all your wanting to do this or that…Have you ever included God in your conversation, your decision making? Have you ever said, "Lord show me your will for my life"? Or   "Lord, if it's your will, let me do this and that within this x period for I know your plans for me are good and not of evil." Jeremiah 29:11.



When you try to accomplish things without God's direction or approval, and it backfires, guess who you come running to or blaming for your failures?

GOD.

Human beings, even the ones who claim He doesn't exist, blame him for every single thing that happens to them.


As believers, the question you should ask ourselves when it comes to making choices in your lives are "This decision I am about to make or take, does it align with God's will"? Am I aiming to please God or please myself?

You must be true to ourselves and be ready to take ownership of the choices you make both good and bad.  

At some time in our lives, most of us have made decisions that negatively affected us. Some of us are still being impacted today by the choices we made years ago or months ago. I have made some unwise decisions in my life that has cost me dearly. I refused to allow the Lord to lead and direct my path even when He kept tugging at my inner man. As a result, I suffered the consequences of my actions; I owned my mistakes and had to repent and seek the Lord's forgiveness. 1st John 1:9. The Lord is faithful, the God of a second chance gave me another chance and many things previously lost as a result of my disobedience and selfish acts were restored. Our God is merciful!



Joshua in our main text called on the children of Israel to choose this day whom they will serve, God or idols?  He was basically telling them to put away all these idols, fear the Lord and serve Him faithfully and if they have a problem with serving God, they need to make a choice right now, you can’t serve both God and idols.  As for him (Joshua) and his household, they will be serving the Lord for the rest of their lives.  

Beloved, in every moment of your existence, you have a choice to make. Which choice will you make today?

Are you prepared to let go of self and serve God?

Are you ready to surrender totally to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and let Him live through you?

Are you ready to put your complete trust in Him and allow Him to direct your path?



The decision you make today will prepare you for eternity, either way, the fundamental question is which direction of eternity? heaven or eternal separation from God (hell)?  I pray you will make the right decision today; 


Choose heaven, choose eternal life,

Choose today to serve God and not-self.



Shalom

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Finding Hope in GOD

I have been making my way through the bible this year, studying and meditating on the word of God.  I have received several new revelations so far and it has been awesome. Today I want to share one of those revelations.  It is in the book of Lamentations, chapter 3:19-23.  "Remember my affliction and my wanderings,   the wormwood and the gall! My soul continually remembers it and is bowed down within me. But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;[a]  his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning;  great is your faithfulness."
 
I believe we can all relate to this passage in scripture at one time or the other in our lives. Most of us have experienced one or multiple afflictions in our lifetime and of course its never pleasant.  It tears at the core of one's heart and soul and takes a long time to recover.    Affliction can be so excruciating to the human soul and spirit that the Bible text compares it to the bitterness of wormwood, which is an aromatic plant and gall, the secretion or substance that comes from the liver, both have a very bitter taste. 

Lamentations is not one of the books in the bible that people are often eager to read but it is really loaded with poetry and songs that help us, as individuals to understand an important aspect of  our relationship with God – It reminds us how normal it is to express grief and distress in various circumstances that occur in our lives.  

  Twelve years ago, I lost a daughter after 9 months of looking forward to carrying my beautiful child. I was by far the worst pain and heartache I had encountered in my life and even after everyone forgets, the emptiness and pain still linger on... 
But for God,  I would have lost hope, especially for the fact that during that period, things were very challenging for my family i.e financially.   I have known of some who turned away from God either for a period of time or permanently because the pain and anger were just too much to bear.  Hopelessness and bitterness set in,  but there are those like me, who were of course hurt and angry but, instead of running away from the Lord, we ran to Him and He was there to carry us through.   You can not judge how a person handles their pain or anger, but you can be there for them; offering support, a listening ear, prayers, etc.
The writers of the book of Lamentations knew pain as well, they witnessed the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem and the killings of so many of their people, some sent away in exile. But in spite of all the afflictions, they held on the promises of God and remembering how God had always been faithful and this gave them hope.  

And so the same thing goes for us my beloved friends, that no matter what we may have been through or still passing through, run towards the father, remember his promises, remember all the times he has been there for you, thank him for your life that he has kept up til now. In my case,  but for God, I won't be here today, I could have died during childbirth.  But he gave me strength and hope to keep living.   Today, he has blessed me with more children and so much to be thankful.  His words say in verse 22-23 " The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;[a]his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.    If you do not remember anything else in this short exhortation, just remember these verses.  


 I am a Life coach who specializes in grief and loss of any kind; specifically the loss of a child, marriage.

If you are needing helping in moving past the hurt and anger, so that you can live God's best life for you in your new reality, give me a call today  505-226-1832, visit our website livingwaterchristianservices.com( the contact page) or our Fpage;   living water christian services and book an appointment with us. 
Remember our hope is in God; for He indeed is faithful.  God bless you all!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

DOZme's Annual Community Outreach in July






FOR THE KIDDOS!!!

This year, we shall be supporting our youths and children from homes struggling to make ends meet. From Monday, July 8th through the following Monday, July 15th, we shall be accepting donations of backpacks, school supplies, clothing, etc. This is to help them get ready for the new school year. All donations collected will be sent to the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of New Mexico and other non profit child welfare based organizations depending on the number of donations received. Items will be delivered to organizations by Tuesday, July 16th.


Thank you in advance for your generous donations. No amount is too small. We would prefer in-kind donations, but monetary contributions are acceptable. Drop off location is 12836 Lomas Blvd, NE Ste. B Albuquerque, but if not convenient for some, we can plan alternate arrangements with you.

For those residing out of the Albuquerque/Rio Rancho area or out of New Mexico, looking to contribute, please contact us @ 505-226-1832 or send us an email @ dozmeinternational@gmail.com and also do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or comments regarding this community outreach. Again thank you for your contributions, and the may the Lord bless your labor of love.




Sunday, May 12, 2019



A happy & blessed Mother's day to all virtuous women, wise women and daughters of Zion. May you have a wonderful and glorious mother's day and hope you share your day with the Lord, family & friends.