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Jesus Did it All!

Dear Friends,

This weekend is a special weekend because something incredible happened in the history of mankind… God’s redemptive plan came to pass… I want to share one of the devotionals from my book Devotions for Working Women that explains God’s plan in more detail. May God bless you greatly on this amazing Easter celebration!

Jesus Did It All

Isaiah 53:3 (NLT)

He was despised and rejected—a man of sorrows, acquainted with bitterest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way when he went by. He was despised, and we did not care.

Do you know the man the prophet Isaiah is talking about? His name is Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

Since we humans messed up and gave Satan control over this earth, God came up with a plan to bring us back to Him. It is the plan of salvation God gave to Jesus to fulfill when He was on this earth. It is a simple plan that humans complicated. God sent His only begotten Son to save us and for all who believe to have everlasting life. When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we accept salvation. We restore our fellowship with God the Father.

The following verses complete the story. “Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God for his own sins! But he was wounded and crushed for our sins. He was beaten that we may have peace. He was whipped, and we were healed! All of us have strayed away like sheep. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the guilt and sins of us all. He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. He was led as a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth. From prison and trial they lead him away to his death…But it was the Lord’s good plan to crush him and fill him with grief… He will enjoy a long life, and the Lord’s plan will prosper in his hands. When he sees all that is accomplished by his anguish, he will be satisfied. And because of what he has experienced, my righteous servant will make it possible for many to be counted righteous, for he will bear all their sins” (vv. 4-11).

If you haven’t given your life to Jesus yet, it is never too late. Today is your day!


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Dear Friends,

I was recently pondering on the concept of what we all know to be “the golden rule:” treating others as you want to be treated. This concept started in the Bible when Jesus was asked the question, which is the most important commandment? and He replied: “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments” (Matthew 22:36-40).

The golden rule refers to what we should do because it’s the right thing to do and because it’s based on the commandment of loving others as we love ourselves. However, it doesn’t talk about the expectations of others’ behavior toward us. Therefore, I asked myself, “What if we practice the golden rule but the other person doesn’t reciprocate? How do I respond to that behavior so I don’t get hurt? How do I not get tired of doing the right thing when others don’t practice the golden rule on me?” As I reflected on these questions, the answer came to me: “lower your expectations of others not your standards.”

We cannot control others’ behaviors or actions. The only person we can control is our own self. Therefore, even though it may be common sense to us that others would also practice the golden rule, we should not expect them to. The higher our expectations of others, the bigger our disappointment may be at some point in our lives. Notice I said lower your expectations of others not your standards.

I have very high standards for myself in every area of my life. I believe leading by example is how you communicate your standards to those around you. Expectations are different. In the workplace, for example, as a leader, you need to communicate to your employees your expectations clearly so they understand their jobs well. But even then, they may disappoint you, yet you still should practice the golden rule on them and treat them the way you would want to be treated.

But my biggest challenge with having expectations of others is outside the workplace—with friends and family. Because I believe the golden rule of treating others as you want to be treated is common sense, I have high expectations of others. And that’s where I’ve gone wrong. I need to treat others as I want to be treated and expect nothing in return! That’s the key to not being disappointed. Simply treat others well, consistently, and don’t expect others to reciprocate or even acknowledge what you did for them. This is how you free yourself from resentment or holding grudges on a person when sometimes that person didn’t even think or intent to hurt you.

I don’t know if this reflection will help you or not, but it helped me to free myself from expecting anything from others—whether that’s in the workplace, with family, or friends. Pondering on these concepts help me stay focused on my personal walk with God. I hope it will help you too.

Here is my new golden rule: “Treat others as I want to be treated and expect nothing in return.”


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Dear Friends,

This weekend my parents came to visit from Nicaragua and met my little grandson, Henry James. They LOVED this little bundle of joy… so young, so new to this world. My dad is 91 years older than Henry James! Wow! Wouldn’t it be nice to transfer all the wisdom my dad has acquired in his years of life to little Henry? But that is not possible. We each must live our own lives and acquire wisdom as we experience our journey on earth. But event though wisdom is acquired through the years, there is a way for the young to be also wise. How? By asking God for the gift of wisdom. Today I’m sharing a devotional from my book “Devotions for Working Women” that talks about how you can enjoy being young yet being wise too. Enjoy!

You Can Be Young and Wise

Ecclesiastes 11:9 (NLT) Young man, it’s wonderful to be young! Enjoy every minute of it. Do everything you want to do; take it all in. But remember that you must give an account to God for everything you do.

Being young is wonderful. I haven’t met one person yet who wants to be old—and I doubt I ever will. But many old people want to and yearn to be young again.

Youth represents strength, life, health, beauty, smarts, and many other positive things. Notice, however, we don’t usually associate wisdom to youth. On the contrary, the words old and wise go together in our society. When we are young we think we know it all. Why is that? I believe it’s a lack of maturity and experience. Only as we get older, we realize how little we know and how much more we have to learn.

We must teach our young people to seek the wisdom of God. Imagine what youth can accomplish with the weapon of wisdom against the enemy of the world! Very few young people are wise. I believe that’s for two main reasons: one, because they don’t ask God for wisdom, and second, and most importantly, because wisdom comes with experience and maturity with the things of the Lord. Wisdom is a gift from God, and we must be trustworthy to be able to handle it. Otherwise, we misuse it or waste it.

If you are a young working woman, ask God for wisdom and use it for Him. Remember also, the more gifts you have, the higher the responsibility. Seek to be called young and wise in your life. Enjoy your youth, but know that one day you will give account to God for everything you did in your life. Know also, that when you repent of your sins from your heart, God forgives you and wipes your slate clean.


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Dear Friends,

Have you ever wondered what’s next in your life? Do you feel something is missing in your life? Are you curious about your personal mission in life? Are you a leader who has achieved some success in life and now you’re looking for significance? Do you want to know God’s dreams for your life?

The Master’s Program for Women (TMPW) is a three-year spiritual leadership development journey that may help you discover the answers to these life-changing questions and help you find your place in God’s master plan—your Kingdom calling. This Bible based program helps you find your “why” and have better balance, margin, and focus in your life.

It is my honor and privilege to teach TMPW in Minneapolis, MN. I graduated with the first group that I taught in 2016. I am now teaching a second group which will graduate in October of 2019 and I am starting the next class in February 2019. As a graduate of the program myself, I can tell you that it was an amazing experience and journey of discovery. I now know my purpose and my Kingdom calling. The program is three years and we meet quarterly for the sessions and once in between quarters to share about what we’re learning and get to know each other. Each year we focus on the following aspects of our lives:

  • Year 1 Personal Realm: Body (physical), mind (intellectual), soul (relational), and spirit (spiritual)
  • Year 2 Family and Professional Realm: Your family, finances, and career
  • Year 3 Kingdom Realm: Your Kingdom calling and your involvement in church and community

If you’re interested in attending the FREE Audit Session 1, please connect with me by email at marcia@marciamalzahn.com or register by clicking on this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-masters-program-for-women-minneapolis-audit-session-tickets-54858787109. If you would like to learn more about TMPW, you can also visit the website: www.themastersprogramforwomen.org.

I hope you will consider attending the free Audit session on Wed. 2/20/19 from 2 to 5 p.m. CST at Cornerstone Studios 2220 Central Avenue NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418 and joining the next group. TMPW may be just what you’ve been waiting for to step into the next chapter in your life!

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Dear Friends,

Each morning my husband and I have a routine where I call him while he’s on his way to work and I’m getting ready for the day. We share what we have going on for the day and what we want to accomplish that day. My husband usually shares about his “daily huddle” meetings with his staff and team members to ensure they are on track and to accomplish their daily goals.

Saturday is my special day with the Lord. I spend extra time praying, reading my Bible, and writing. In fact, I consider it my “writing day.” I’ve been doing this now for fifteen years. But what’s most special about my writing days is my time with God. As you can imagine, however, meeting with God just once a week is simply not enough to get through life. So, I’ve been wanting to have these special meetings more often. Last year I started to make the effort to meet with the Lord every morning for at least one minute before I start my day. That’s how I started… The weeks went by and now I have finally established a routine where I meet with the Lord daily anywhere from one minute to 15 or 20 minutes depending on what I have going that day. And it has changed my life!

This past week, I told my husband, “I have to hurry up getting ready so I have time to meet with God… Wait a minute, I do have daily huddles too… They are ‘my daily huddles with God’”! I just realized that there is nothing better than meeting with God each day as you start your day and literally ask God, “What do you want me to focus on today? Who do you want me to help today? How should I show love to others today?” Then I pray, “Please cancel meetings that are not important or that will have zero impact on my long-term, eternal goals. Please show me the way in my business, send me the right people to partner with, send me the right speaking engagements and the right consulting clients.” And He does…

I’m sure some of you may be reading this and thinking, “I pray every day in the mornings. Why didn’t she figure that out before?” Well, I always knew how important it is to meet with God, but I’ve never been serious enough and dedicated enough to do it. I’ve always been too busy and I’m always running to the first meeting of the day. I pray through the day as most of us do but now I make the time to be with the Lord intentionally and make Him my priority for the morning. It takes time to have the discipline to establish a new routine until it becomes a habit. And God doesn’t mind if we give him ONE minute or more time. He just wants us to be with Him and make Him a priority in our lives—one day at a time.

Today, I want to encourage you to create the new habit if you already don’t have it. Make the time to be with your Father. He yearns for your time and for your friendship. He wants to be close to you. He’s always there waiting for you. You just have to do it and make the commitment. Try it!

I’ll leave you today with the scriptures I was reading this morning from 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 (NLT):

“Remember that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize. You also must run in such a way that you will win. All athletes practice strict self-control. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run straight to the goal with purpose in every step. I am not like a boxer who misses his punches. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.”

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Dear Friends,

I have been studying the Psalms in the past few weeks and today I was reading Psalm 50 when I felt to share these words with you.

Psalm 50: 7-14 (NLT)

“O my people, listen as I speak.
Here are my charges against you, O Israel:
I am God, your God!
I have no complaint about your sacrifices
or the burnt offerings you constantly offer.
But I do not need the bulls from your barns
or the goats from your pens.
10 For all the animals of the forest are mine,
and I own the cattle on a thousand hills.
11 I know every bird on the mountains,
and all the animals of the field are mine.
12 If I were hungry, I would not tell you,
for all the world is mine and everything in it.
13 I don’t need the bulls you sacrifice;
I don’t need the blood of goats.
14 What I want instead is your true thanks to God;
I want you to fulfill your vows to the Most High…

23 But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me.
If you keep to my path,
I will reveal to you the salvation of God.”

We often focus on pleasing God by giving Him things such as money. In the past, when there was no money, people sacrificed animals and gave items made of gold, silver, and bronze. Today, we give money. The Bible tells us that we must give God the first fruits of our increase. Malachi 3:10 clearly tells us to “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the Lord Almighty, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Let me prove it to you!”

But even though tithing is a command from God, and we should do it to honor Him, He’s truly after our hearts—our thankful hearts. So, why does God say that “giving thanks is a sacrifice”? You would think giving thanks is just a gesture and it’s easy to say the words “Thank you” to God. But it’s not. The reason is that a person with a true thankful heart recognizes that without God we are nothing and have nothing. A thankful heart acknowledges our dependence on God and God alone. A thankful heart surrenders ALL to God and is willing to give it ALL to God because He owns it all anyway. That’s why it’s hard to have a true thankful heart and that’s why God calls it a sacrifice.

So, in this New Year, purpose to not only give of your treasure to the church and to other ministries that are bringing the Gospel of Good News to the world, but also purpose to give God thanks—each day, each moment, and for every thing and every person He’s blessed you with in this life. Try it! And you shall be blessed beyond your imagination.

Happy New Year!

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As I returned from a recent business trip, I listened to one of my favorite Christmas songs called, “Where’s the Line to See Jesus?” sang by Becky Kelley. I love listening to this special song because it reminds me of the real reason for Christmas. I listen to it every time I’m on the plane going somewhere, even when it’s not Christmas. For some reason, this song gives me peace and calm as I go off to my destination.

This song tells the story of a boy who is at a shopping mall during the Christmas season looking for Jesus, but he can’t find him anywhere in the mall. Instead, he finds a huge line to see Santa. So he asks a young woman, “Where’s the line to see Jesus?” but she couldn’t answer. He then asks her, “If Christmas time is his birthday why don’t we see him more?” But again, the young woman didn’t know what to say as there was no line for Jesus. Lastly, the boy says, “He was born for me. Santa Claus brought me presents but Christ gave his life for me!”

This Christmas let’s not focus on the busyness of the season and the stress from shopping under the pressure of a tight timeline and a short budget. Instead, let’s give thanks to God for giving us the ONE gift that will change our lives for eternity—Salvation.

There is no greater gift than salvation. There is no present that we could ever give to anyone that compares to this one. So this season you can go to malls and visit Santa with your kids. You can buy presents for your children and loved ones. But I encourage you to also seek “the line to see Jesus!” Seek Him first and all the other things will be added to your life (Matthew 6:33).

Salvation is for Everyone (Romans 10:5-14). If you haven’t accepted the gift of salvation yet, I’m giving it to you right here, right now. Read these scriptures and you will know exactly what to do and say. If you have received this amazing gift, then bring Jesus with you wherever you go and share Him with others. “Pay it forward,” as they say, and don’t keep the Good News to yourself. Don’t be afraid of giving this gift. Don’t be ashamed of this gift as it is the most valuable and priceless gift you can ever want for yourself or give to others once you have it.

As you do all these things during the Christmas season, ask yourself the question: Whose birthday is it anyway?

Merry Christmas!!

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A Thanksgiving Poem

Dear Friends,

I hope you enjoy the Thanksgiving Poem I wrote for you to share with your loved ones!


Today is a beautiful day.

God created this day for you and me,

for us to say thanks and to worship Him.


Today is a special day

as we are to remember why we are here.

The reason is to give thanks.


Today we pause and reflect.

We stop and give thanks

to the One who loves us so much

that He sent His only Son.


On this day we realize

how much God does for us…

every day, every hour, because He cares.


A grateful heart is what He wants;

just pure gratitude from the heart.

The thanksgiving that flows from inside

and it overflows to the ones around.


A whole day is dedicated to say thanks.

In the midst of a world that is ungrateful,

we stop and take the time to be thankful

for everything He has done in our lives…

for sending His Son to die.


All God wants is our hearts.

So today thank God for His blessings,

for His love and for all His gifts.

Be thankful and enjoy life

and you will bless Him back.

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Dear Friends,

During Thanksgiving month I’m sharing devotionals on the topic of Thankfulness from my book Devotions for Working Women. Enjoy!

We Were Created by God’s Power and to Glorify Him

Romans 11:36 (NLT)

For everything comes from him; everything exists by his power and is intended for his glory. To him be glory evermore. Amen.

God created every one of us by His power. He has given us everything we have and made us who we are in Christ—one of God’s beloved children. We must not forget that. When this revelation is present in our lives, we feel confident and know we can do all things through Christ, the One who strengthens us.

Thank God every day for your life, your family, your job, and for all the gifts He has given to you. The purpose of everything He created is intended to bring glory to Him. You were created to glorify God with your life and in all you do. This includes your workplace.


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Dear Friends,

During Thanksgiving month I’m sharing devotionals on the topic of Thankfulness from my book Devotions for Working Women. Enjoy!

Being Thankful Truly Honors God

Psalm 50:14, 23 (NLT)

“What I want instead is your true thanks to God; I want you to fulfill your vows to the Most High.” “…But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me. If you keep to my path, I will reveal to you the salvation of God.”

Psalm 51:17 (NLT)

The sacrifice you want is a broken spirit. A broken and repentant heart, O God, you will not despise.

The people of Israel used to give many offerings to God to obtain forgiveness for their sins. Many people turned this into a tradition with no true meaning or repentance from their hearts. God has not changed today. He has been and will always be, interested in one thing—our hearts. He just wants us to be thankful to Him for everything He has done for us, starting with salvation. What a gift! We must thank God daily and every moment for it. Giving thanks from the heart is what He’s after—a broken and repentant spirit willing to be changed, forgiven, and loved by God.

With today’s lifestyle we all try to do too much. Sometimes we commit ourselves to serve in work committees, kids’ activities, and even church activities—some out of guilt and sense of obligation. These activities may be good, but before we commit to anything new, we must make sure it will not take away time with the Lord. It is better to spend that time with Him than to be occupied with one more thing to do. We honor God by having a thankful heart and spending time with Him.

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