Friday, July 14, 2017

Friday 'Fess Up

This week, I stepped outside of my comfort zones for so many things! I invited several folks to hear about a coaching opportunity, I asked for things knowing the answer might be NO, and I was creative in another way besides writing! But it certainly wasn't easy by any means. But I did each of those things! Some instantly and without any hesitation, but one I actually did a bit scared. 

My confession today is that I obeyed what the Lord told me to do, what He gave me a vision for. It wasn't exactly what I saw, but it's going to be amazing! You see, aside from my writing, I don't really consider myself to be all that creative. But several months ago, when our church decided on a Vacation Bible School curriculum, I got a vision for a great accent and background for the set: a giant barrel wave complete with surfboard! What I got was a somewhat smaller wave with a boogie board. But you know what? That's okay! I obeyed what I believed the Lord told me to do, and that is what matters. He wants our instant obedience, even if we do it scared. Because He wants us to trust Him and the plans He has for our lives! 

Here's a rough idea of what I'm working on. I'll post a finished photo on the Facebook page!

This weekend, I want you to survey what the Lord has asked of you, how you responded, and if you obeyed instantly. 

By the way, that thing I asked for ended in a YES!

Have a blessed weekend Super Moms!!


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Where Are You Running?

I have never been a runner. My best friend and I joke that I don't run and if you see me running, you should run, too, because something is probably chasing me! But all joking aside, I started thinking about how in the past, when circumstances were closing in on me, I began to run. I ran from the situation, ran from the responsibilities, and worse...I ran from God. But that is the opposite of what He wants us to do. Let's look at David, when he was just a boy...

Let me paint the picture of David and Goliath for you. See, no one would face Goliath. He was huge and even mighty men in Saul's armies were afraid to take him on. But David had faith in the Lord. Here's what David did when Goliath finally agreed to fight him. Goliath wasn't sure David was serious, at first, because he was just a boy. But then David did something none of the other men had done!

When was the last time you ran TOWARD your situations and circumstances? I can't say when that was for me. But I pray that I would face challenges and trials just as David did, by running toward them with faith that the Lord would fight my battles for me! 

Have a blessed week!


Monday, July 3, 2017

We Are Blessed and We Should Expect Favor!

For far too long, I convinced myself that I wasn't worthy. Of course none of us is worthy of the price Jesus paid on our behalf for our sins, but I want to talk about being worthy of His blessings and favor. Have you ever seen someone suddenly come into a sum of money and think, "I wish that could happen for me." And in the back of your mind, you have a conversation that includes recounting all your past failures, sins, and disappointments, so you begin to think that those things can't happen because of your past? I've definitely been there, thought that!

But here's the amazing thing. Jesus not only paid for our sins, He gifted us the ability to walk in favor and His blessings throughout our lives! We hardly ever think about that, do we? It's usually a pray for favor and a prayer for blessings that we seek, not fully realizing that we have the Blessing of the Lord and the Favor of the Lord right here, right now!

Deuteronomy 33:23 tells us long before Jesus redeemed us from the curse of the law that:

We have the favor AND the blessing of the Lord already! Isn't that wonderful?! So, when that parking place close to the door of the grocery store opens up or we're granted something that seems impossible, take note! That is the blessing and favor of the Lord operating in your life!

Have a blessed week!


Monday, June 26, 2017

Pressing On Toward the Goal

With the busyness of our daily lives, it's so very easy to lose focus of our dreams, goals, and visions. This week, I had many struggles and challenges that pulled me away from focusing on my goals. I was frustrated with myself that I had allowed myself to be distracted. I was upset that plans throughout the week had changed. I was losing motivation toward completing those things I had begun. I had chosen to allow myself to be further distracted by all those negative emotions and feelings!

But praise the Lord His mercies are new every morning! It's like getting a do-over day when we feel like we've messed things up. But no matter what the circumstances are, no matter what others may tell us about our dreams and goals, we have to stay focused. If you believe that you can and will achieve your dreams, goals, and visions, don't let anyone talk you out of that. Keep moving toward those goals and purpose every day to do at least one thing that will propel you toward your goal. 

All in all, remember this:

Have a blessed week!


Friday, June 23, 2017

Friday 'Fess Up

I have made a decision. It affects not only me but my family, my friends, my co-workers, and my readers. I have made a decision that I needed to make. That will change the course of my life. And today, I am sharing that decision with you.

On Thursday evening, renowned evangelist, Dr. Jerry Savelle, and his motorcycle club, Chariots of Light, came to our church. The message was nothing less than powerful and encouraging, truthful and empowering. At the end of the service, Brother Jerry asked for people to come forward who had been battling quitting, quitting anything in our lives, so I went forward for prayer. As Brother Jerry began to pray, he spoke these words over me:

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I have decided that I am not going to quit anymore! Not going to quit writing, not going to quit working out, not going to quit eating more healthier, not going to quit seeking Him first! I will stand. I will not quit. I will not compromise, and I will win!

This word isn't only for me! If you've been struggling with quitting lately, take ahold of those words Brother Jerry said and claim them for yourself and your life, too! Decide for yourself--TODAY--that you will no longer quit! I pray the Lord would bring you clarity to know if that is something you need to work on, and that you would be willing to take ahold of all He has for you if you just persevere a little while longer!

Have a blessed weekend!


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Hump Day Encouragement

This week, I felt stretched very thin. Between the magazine I edit, the youth organization I work with, church, my ministry, my family, and my personal coaching, I felt that I was failing so many people in so many ways. Sound familiar to you?

What I decided I had to do was find balance between those things that are a part of my calling and those things that I simply feel like I have to do but that aren't part of my calling. We need to understand that while we are responsible for what we are called to do, we are also responsible for those things that we choose to do that pull us away from that. It's the same with our visions. If we constantly allow things to distract us from completing them, there won't be any time left for our goals.

Today, I want you to give yourself permission to say 'No' to those things that pull you away from your calling or your vision. Begin to plan your day, your week, with God's plan for you in mind. I want you to allow yourself to step down from a position that you feel you have to fulfill because no one else is. I want you to be free to pursue all that the Lord has for you this year in your calling, in your vision, and for His Kingdom!

Have a blessed week!


Monday, June 19, 2017

Listen Up, Soul!!

This week, I struggled. I struggled with patience, with getting angry, with lack of motivation, with being cheerful, with celebrating, and with finishing. I was feeling like such a low person. Why would God want to use a complaining, unmotivated, quitter like me?! I was really bummed about where I was, and what was worse was that I didn't know how to get out of that attitude!

Then I was reminded of David. He went through the same thing! Yes, these feelings I was having, this lack of motivation, bad attitude, and the rest had all been experienced by David thousands of years ago! 
When David was faced with these feelings, what did he do? He talked to his soul! So tell your soul, "Listen up! We're going to praise the Lord!" Your soul will respond, and until then, walk in the knowledge that God is transforming your attitude even now!

Have a great week!