Monthly Archives: May 2011

I knew she would…

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… and  she did; today she turned 15!

She is beyond what I dreamed and more than I knew to ask for! She is a beautiful creation of His image; takes my breath away!

Today I will move into another year of watching her grow, equipping her for her next and loving her fuller!

” You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God!”

(Isaiah 62:3)

Make it Count

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“You’ve kept track of my every toss and turn through sleepless nights, each tear entered in your ledger, each ache written in your book.” (Psalm 56:8, The Message)

As I sort through the children’s laundry I talk to God about them; I can’t allow time to pass through my hands without speaking hope into their future. Life is fragile to young souls and the world is full of hurtful moments and broken expectations.

I reach for another shirt to fold and it hits me… Every Drop Counts; every tear that falls from their innocent eyes matters to our maker. He counts them, carefully collects them and remembers each one as He places them in His care.

I must tell them! I must show them! I must lead them to Him! When the light fades to dark and all they hold near slips away; they must KNOW that EVERY DROP COUNTS with God!

Every hurt can be restored! Every cloud can produce a rainbow! Every tear can supply joy!

We can’t take away the pain that drives the tears BUT we can lead them to the one who makes it count!

Oh Father, you collect our tears and make every drop count; help us, MAKE IT COUNT!

Question?

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What…

Gives life to your dreams?

Who…

Calms the raging storms of your heart?

Where…

Do you turn when no one else cares?

In Him joy abounds and strength is found, delight dwells and hope swells! Grace is bestowed and mercy is released! The heart mends and darkness flees!

JESUS~ He answers our What’s, becomes our Who’s and leads us to our Where’s!

Simply come… Simply ask… Simply receive…

“For everyone who ask receives, and the one seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.” (Matthew 7:8, ESV)

>Armed and Dangerous

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Today I am heading to Leading and Loving It’s “Armed & Dangerous” PW’s conference!

Whew, that’s a mouthful! It may be a mouthful to say but my heart is EXPLODING thinking of the FUN, LAUGHTER and ENCOURAGEMENT that’s going to take place the next three days!

This year I began leading a Virtual Community Group for PW’s, women who are doing life in a role similar to mine! My heart has grown endeared to the women in our group, even though we’ve only had face time via our computers! It is important to live in community with other women and share the ups and downs of womanhood; to walk in full security that they are praying for you, they will sharpen you, encourage you and even get into your space when they need to!

It’s HEALTHY!

It’s REFRESHING!

It’s NECESSARY!

Necessary to maintain accountability in a harsh, critical world. So, for the next three days I will be chatting it up face to face with my girls and connecting with new faces I’ve yet to meet!

I’m curious… How do you connect with other women?

>When Will We?

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When will we STOP: stop despairing life as if it has no hope? That the very breath God has exhaled into our lungs has no voice? That the heart song has died and grace has not been granted? That hills cannot be climbed and desert places will die of thirst? When we will we STOP? Stop treating our past as the end and our future as a repeat? That He doesn’t listen and His guidance doesn’t require our surrender?

When will we START: start despairing that we, His workmanship, have stopped showing up for our days tasks? That souls are not only despairing but dieing; destined for an eternal hell? That hurting people hurt people and our lies our tangling His truth? That people are starving and homes are broken? That babies lives are not starting and teens are closing in behind trapped doors? That bodies are being sold and innocence is being robbed? That unless we live Him, speak Him, serve for Him, share Him and cry out to him, despair will overtake and the enemy will continue to take captive!

He, our Holy Father, DID promise us many troubles but ushers hope into our despair. Hope of a future, Hope of abundance in Him, Hope of life everlasting.

There is so much more waiting on the other side!

Will you STOP giving into despairing thoughts and START abiding in Him?

“… I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5, ESV)


>The Comparison Game

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>We all do it! We may fight tooth and nail to deny it; BUT we do it!

Compare! 

We pull out the playing board, set it up, roll the dice and we join in the game! Sometimes we strike out early and realize that we’re giving way too much power to our “comparative” thoughts. Other times we’re the last man standing and we take home the winning prize. We crumble due to the lack of what we are NOT; based on our shallow COMPARISON of ourselves to others.

WHY?


Society woos us into being something we’re not. Everywhere we turn this dare to compare is slapping us in the face; even with our disinterest in what the world has to offer, our heart gives way to our flesh and we COMPARE

She’s prettier than I
Her children are more talented
Their congregation had more salvation’s
They opened ANOTHER campus
I could sing that better
She’s NOT really a great speaker
Her husband gave her another piece of jewelry… mine must not love me as much
She really looks great in that swimsuit… she’s too old to dress that way
That car is nice
Her house is bigger- prettier – decorated better
Wow, she has great skin
Another tropical vacation
At least I’ve only divorced ONCE
She gets all the attention
Why don’ they invite me… I’m more FUN
She writes better
And the list goes on and on and on…

It’s a dangerous game we play; this “comparison game.” It places the knife in the hand that stabs our souls and prepares the table of bondage to linger beyond it’s welcome!

Can I let you in on a little secret?

Can I allow your lungs to take a deep breath?

We will NEVER be good enough, smart enough, tall enough, pretty enough, thin enough, talented enough, strong enough, sweet enough, funny enough for anyone! We were not created to fit the mold of this enticing world. We were not designed to fulfill the desires of other self-indulgent people.

WE WERE CREATED FOR CHRIST; TO FULFILL HIS PURPOSE FOR OUR LIFE!

If we allow ourselves to give power to anyone or anything else but what God created us for; we WILL buy into it and we WILL play the game! There is no escaping it. We WILL COMPARE.


How do we escape the trap of this game? How do we NOT compare?

1. Identify your weak areas: we must know where we’re weak so we can become strong!

2. Speak His truth into your weak areas: the best defense, against the weakness to compare, is to speak truth into the LIE!

3. Press into and grab hold of who He created YOU to be: when you find your identity in Christ you look beyond your imperfections and into His character built within you!

When we compare, we conform. And girlfriend, we are too PRICELESS to our maker to dance with that devil! Don’t conform to the patterns of this world; be transformed into His likeness!


“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children… a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”

(Ephesians 5:1, ESV)