Thursday, April 10, 2014

New website


Moving to a new website. Check out www.tiffanydannielle.com for the most recent blogs. 

Thanks to Jonathan for creating me the new website and being my #1 encourager and inspiring me to dream! 

Friday, April 4, 2014

Need Approval?


I am reading "Crash the Chatterbox" by Steven Furtick. In the first chapter he shared a story of preparing for a sermon and wanted to share the process, by posting a picture on Instagram.  He placed the books strategically on his desk, continuing to rearrange them, to make the picture more appealing to his followers. Steven Furtick said, "I felt the need to construct a certain image to present online. For what benefit? More likes on Instagram. More button pushing." 

I can relate. It is easy to get sucked into living a post to post, tweet to tweet, status to status life.  I have to admit, there were days I have been more concerned about the perfect Facebook status to describe my moment, than actually enjoying and living IN the moment. It gets better... Maybe even a time or two, I had a Facebook status in mind, BEFORE I even lived the moment! Have you ever forced a moment, just for the Facebook status?  Honesty, people.

I quickly realized my silliness, shook my head, rolled my eyes at myself, and refocused. I don't want to live the moment for the approval or "likes" of others.

Why do we seek approval? 
Seeking approval spawns from insecurity. 
"One of the main reasons we struggle with insecurity: we're comparing our behind-the-scenes with everybody else's highlight reel." -Steven Furtick

Who's approval do we need? 
"When you realize that God is the only One who really has any lasting reward to give, He becomes the only One whose approval you desperately need." -Steven Furtick

How are you living your life? 
Post to post, tweet to tweet, status to status...seeking approval and trying to prove yourself. 

OR 

Moment to moment...realizing you "have nothing to prove, because you are already approved" by God!  

Friday, March 28, 2014

Tangled

Jada enjoys helping me cook! My little sous chef. When she was younger, I remember picking her up and sitting her on the counter, by the fridge.  She would play with her leap frog magnetic letters in between helping me mix and pour ingredients. Messes were made as she stirred and licked cake batter...actually I think more made it in her mouth. The bright red evidence was all over her beautiful face, in her hair, and all down her new pink outfit. So many memories were made in our kitchen through the years.

One particular day stands out more than any other. I was cooking dinner and Jada was playing with a tape measure...you know the safe ones, not the metal ones. No harm can come out of that, right? (Okay moms...don't judge). I would watch her twirl in her tutu, while wearing roller skates, as she pretended to be a ballerina. All while managing to unwind and wind the measuring tape. Those were the moments I enjoyed cooking the most.

Twirling Stopped
After several minutes, the twirling stopped and I heard choking. I glanced over in her direction, only to see my beautiful ballerina had twirled herself into a tangled mess. One end of the tape measure was hooked around the pantry door knob (her imaginary ballet partner) and the rest of the tape measure was wrapped around her neck. GASP!  I still have no idea how it happened or why she didn't stop twirling when she realized it was starting to wrap around her neck. She literally twirled until she could twirl no more. She was head to head with her imaginary ballet partner...aka...the pantry door knob. I ran over to her, telling her to stand very still. The more she moved or I pulled the tape measure, the tighter it became. I could see it starting to cut into her neck, as she continued choking. Honestly, I completely panicked instead of realizing how easy it was to untangle her. All I had to do was turn her body in the opposite direction. I seriously seem to lose all common sense when in panic mode.

Are your threads tangled
We are messy people. Our threads of life become tangled.  If we bring our tangled threads to God, we can be sure He will not panic, but will sort them out. 

What are you tangled in
Your thoughts?
Restlessness?
Searching Answers?
Your future?
Your past?
Fear?
Your purpose?

"God could untangle your soul, your story, your gifts, your people, your place, and your passions, and begin to weave it into purposes that you haven't been brave enough to imagine." 

I tend to overanalyze, which only gets me in the position of being stuck. I become immobile. Have you ever asked yourself too many questions and eventually talk yourself out of doing something that God could have blessed tremendously? Guilty. Been there, done that. 

Start allowing God to untangle your threads and weave it into His purpose. Get excited. Dream big! Live intentionally! Opportunities are endless with God. Don't allow yourself to become tangled...let God weave your threads into something amazingly beautiful! 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

What's Your Strategy?

My family loves to play games. "Risk" is one of our favorite games. The object of the game: conquer the world with your army. 

3 different strategies of playing Risk:
1. Quietly sit and build your army, hoping not to be destroyed. 
2. Start battling right away....which causes the army to weaken. 
3. "Police" the game board. Making sure one players army does not become too strong. 

Each strategy has it's own strengths and weaknesses. Sometimes the player may realize their strategy is not working and chooses a different battle plan. 

Do you have a strategy when faced with trials? 
You may be going through your own battle right now. You have a choice to make. Will you sit quietly and allow yourself to get destroyed? Will you allow yourself to be run over and beat down...becoming weak? Will you become distracted from the path God has you on? Will you battle with your own words? OR Will you give God control and let him fight your battle?  When you hide Gods word in your heart, scriptures come to mind at the very moment you need to remember them. This is the scripture that popped in my head this morning...

"Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies." (Philippians 4:8, 9)

This is it! 
My strategy for today! 
Listen to words that speak life...not death! Fill my mind with things that are the best not the worst. 

Whatever battlefield you are going through right now. Do not be shaken,  do not be moved. Stand strong with The Lord, as he is always with you. 

Someone special in my life reminded me this morning, the Lord is our guard! He surrounds and defends us. Those are words that speak life!!

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.” (Exodus 14:14)


Saturday, March 15, 2014

Empty Page

Have you ever been in a position where you have to write a story or a paper, but nothing comes to you...your thoughts are silent?  I have been sitting, for several days, trying to write my weekly blog.
I had nothing. 
Zero. 
Not even an idea. 
All I could do was stare at the empty page. Well, actually empty "notes" page on my phone. That way I could copy and paste straight into my blog app. Technology makes things more simple. Can I get an Amen! 

I was ready, with phone in hand and fingers ready to type, while waiting on God to give me an amazing revelation to share.
I still had nothing. 
Honestly, I was so desperate to type, that at one point I just started hitting a bunch of letters. I guess I thought they would mysteriously turn into words...then sentences...then a story for my blog. Miracles do still occur! 

This morning changed everything...
Today I woke up to an amazing and encouraging message, which changed my morning and sparked this blog. In my response to the message, I realized God is the one and only author of MY story! 

I may be writing my own blog, but God is writing my story, my life story.

I am beginning a new page in my life... A new story. We all know a story begins with blank pages and the author writes the story one word and thought at a time. God is the author of my story and I trust he will fill my empty pages with His words, his plans, his purpose for my life in this new chapter. 

Don't worry if your page is still empty. Do not randomly start making decisions to fill your own page and become your own author... That only leads to a jumbled mess. My attempt to fill an empty page with random letters only led me to erase the scrambled letters to have a new beginning...a fresh start.  

Be patient and allow God time to be the author of your beautiful story. Let Him fill your days, your pages! You HAVE a story! Give God your pen, (or iphone) and let him begin to fill your life, one story at a time! 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Never Ending Arrow



"A line stretches out as far as the mind can imagine, with no end in sight. This is the unending story of our God, who ran after us to make us his children. Our pixel of a life, one dot of his eternal arrow."

God chose to show His goodness- His glory- through me and you. His GLORY! You may be thinking: Lord, what about my dark moments? Can your goodness show through those moments?  Did you ever think that maybe your dark moments, God intended for good. YES! God can show his glory through our darkest moments, our hurts, our disappointments. (Don't X out just yet...I promise I am getting somewhere.) 

Let's go back to the arrow...
An arrow has no end. An arrow points and leads. Every moment in our life leads to something. That something is called, our purpose. 

"In a futile attempt to erase our past, we deprive the community of our healing gift. If we conceal our wounds out of fear and shame, our inner darkness can neither be illuminated nor become light for others...hope knows that if great trials are avoided great deeds remain undone and the possibility of growth into greatness of soul is aborted." 

WOW! Can you say mind blowing revelation. Or it was for me anyway! Deep wounds leave scars. No matter how much "scar be gone" we use (completely made that up-but you get the idea), it will not get rid of the fact we were once wounded.   Did you ever share "scar" stories growing up? You know, trying to one up your friends. Your deep wounds were healed, but the scar still held the story. 

God can use our life scars. He will show His glory through our stories. Don't be ashamed. Don't try to erase the past. Let his light shine through you and tell the world how God saw you through! "Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you." Psalms 63:3 

Every moment is being added to his eternal arrow which is leading you to your purpose! 

Always Remember...
You have a purpose.
You were built to show Gods Glory.
You were made to do great things in HIS name.

Embrace the arrow! You are part of His story.

 "Give us faith that your arrow never ends and that to live as a part of it is the reason we were created."




Friday, February 28, 2014

Finding JOY in Chaos!


I went grocery shopping after work last night. I will be honest, grocery shopping is not on my list of things I love to do. 

The Shopping cart was full and the kids were helping me unload at the check out counter. Now, this is the moment I look to make sure the kids haven't randomly thrown something extra in to the cart. 

I was anxious to pay, and head home to spend time with my babies. I swiped my check card, only for the cashier to lean over and whisper the 4 dreaded words ...your card was denied. I looked at him and said, "let me try again". In my mind I am thinking, "There is obviously something wrong with the machine or this cashier messed something up." You know, trying to make myself feel better after being told my card was denied. Swiped it a second time...denied.  I said, "let me call the bank." Glanced at my phone...it was after five. That idea backfired.  I stood there for a minute thinking to myself. Then it came to me! I received a new check card in the mail two weeks ago because they believed my card had been "tampered with". I obviously forgot to activate the new card and now my old one did not work! Yikes! 

I asked if I could leave the cart of groceries there, run home and get my new card. Honestly, I felt seriously inconvenienced.  (Even though this was completely my fault by not switching to my new card.) I was tired and just wanted to spend, one night we had at home this week, with my loved ones. NOT running around activating my new card, only to drive back to the grocery store to pay for the groceries (that they were graciously holding for me.) Need I remind you, this situation was not helping the fact that grocery shopping is not my favorite. 

We drove home, found my new card, activated it and drove back to the grocery store. I Walked in and headed towards the costumer service desk. I was on a mission (for the second time) to get in and out quickly. There it was...the line...the never.ending.line.  I not only saw 1, not 2, but 12 people waiting in line.  At that moment in the grocery escapade, I was tempted to scream... "FIRE"....  This would have helped me move from costumer 13 to costumer 1 real quick! I decided against it (you know, didn't want to embarrass my children) and found myself waiting in the back of the line. Hello number 13! 

As I was standing there, looking at my groceries WAY in the front of the line, I remembered a conversation I had with Jada and Sky that very morning. Here was the conversation topic: we can always find JOY in any situation. Whoa! I needed to hear my own words. There is no exceptions... We literally can find JOY if we change our perspective in the situation. 
My
Perspective  (and yes, attitude)
Needed
To
Change
After realizing Joy IS possible amongst the chaos, the grocery trip became an adventure instead of a drudgery. 

Look for joy AND change your perspective when life is not going as planned.  It is guaranteed to help you on the adventure of your daily life...even in those crazy, unplanned moments.  

Always be joyful. (1 Thessalonians 5:16) 



Thursday, February 20, 2014

Opportunities! What if....

I enjoy opportunities to try new things. Tonight I ventured out and tried Ceviche.  I could try to explain what Ceviche is, but Wikipedia makes it sound so much better: 


"Ceviche is a seafood dish popular in the coastal regions of the Americas, especially Central and South America. The dish is typically made from fresh raw fish cured in citrus juices, such as lemon or lime, and spiced with ají or chili peppers."

Now that you have a mental picture, let's continue. 

Time for the first bite...
I picked up the fork and my mind began to think "what if". What if... I don't like it. If I don't like it, will I continue to eat it or try to politely spit it out. Okay, I know, "polite" and "spit" just don't go together. 

I didn't want to miss the opportunity of trying something new. So, I stopped thinking of the "what if" and took my first bite. I discovered I like Ceviche. Success! 

God places new opportunities before us daily. (I am talking more than Ceviche, of course.) We have to be aware of the opportunities, take hold of them, and experience what God has in store for us. Are we willing to partake in what He intended for us or do we let our minds think "what if". 

What if... I don't like what God has planned. 
What if... I can't do it the way God  wants. 
What if... I mess up. 

Don't let your "what if" stop you from the opportunity God has intended for you. Seize every opportunity and dig in to Gods goodness for your life! 

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Treasures in Life

This morning, as I was laying in bed reading my bible, I found a special letter. The letter was written and mailed to me about 10 years ago. It is awesome how I keep coming back to this letter! 

This was not the first letter I had received from her. (I know you must be trying to figure out who the letter is from. Don't worry I will get to that.) Writing letters was just her special way of saying "I love you", "I am thinking of you", and "I am praying for you." I didn't realize how special the letters were until I grew older. I wish I would have kept every single one. The special lady who sent the memorable and encouraging letters is my Grandma Gray! 

She is now older and the letters have stopped. Which breaks my heart! I don't get to see her much, but every time I talk with her, she NEVER fails to let me know she is praying for me. I know those are not just mere words...she is and has always been my PRAYER WARRIOR! 

I want to share a little from the letter I found in my bible this morning. I hope her words touch your heart, as much as they have mine...

All of us...reflect the glory of The Lord with uncovered faces; and that same glory, coming from The Lord, who is the spirit, transforms us into His likeness in an ever greater degree of Glory. 2 Corinthians 3:18

My Dear Tiffany,

One sunny day, I noticed something shining brightly in the grass, it was shining so intensely that I was convinced it must be a valuable jewel. I ran and picked it up! 

What disappointment! The "jewel" I had seen was a worthless piece of glass, dusty but still shining in the sunlight. My sense of being let down was acute, but as I thought about the piece of glass, I learned an unexpected lesson.

What was no more than a discarded piece of glass could still reflect the magnificence of the sun. Gods astonishing intention for us is this: although we're set in the dusty environment of this world, we can still absorb God's Glory and reflect it to others. And one day we will be jewels for God; we will shine in His land like the "jewels" of a crown! 

The letter STILL has so much to say to me every time I read it! My Grandma is a blessing, a treasure, a true Woman of God, my prayer warrior! I am unbelievably blessed, beyond measure, with special people in my life! Thank you Lord! 

Friday, February 7, 2014

She Gets It!

I love being able to pick up my kiddos from school! And this is one of the reasons why...

Yesterday the kids jumped in the car, and started telling me about their day. Jada had her bible in her hand and immediately starting talking about her religion class. She opened her bible, as I was driving home, and began to read different scriptures out loud. I glanced over as she was reading and noticed post it notes all throughout her bible. The post its were full of notes she had written. (Let me just say, that sight was a blessing to me. I will forever have that moment frozen in my memory!)

After reading the verses she had marked, she began to share with me what they discussed in religion class.  She had questions... And she went straight to Gods word for the answers. She gets it!! 

What does she get...
The word of God is active and living! (Hebrews 4:12)
The word of God is God-breathed! (2 Timothy 3:17-17)

She knows to go straight to the word of God for answers! 

I am thankful she has questions. I am thankful she wants to dig deeper. I am thankful she yearns to grow! I am thankful God is working on her heart! 

If you have questions in your life or trying to figure out the next step... Pray, open your bible, and let HIM speak to you through His word. Don't miss what God wants to share with YOU!! 


Monday, February 3, 2014

Distracted? Trying to find quiet time!

There were days, when my children were younger, I would go hide in the bathroom and lock the door to have some quiet time.  I longed for a few minutes alone with God that was completely uninterrupted. In between cleaning, laundry, cooking, homeschooling... I desperately needed to hear his voice.  

I would close the door and take a deep breath. 60 seconds behind the closed door and there they came... Those little, sticky, precious fingers trying to pry their way under the bathroom door. Any other Moms have children who were blessed with the amazing talent of seeking? They WILL find you! 

Make time with God.  (Even if you have to meet with God in the bathroom.) Be determined to stay focused on HIM even when you are frazzled and life becomes chaotic.  Don't let the noise of your life drown out HIS voice! We need to adjust to God's pace and let Him guide us daily! "He wants to enter into your busy schedule and minister to you and soothe you with His peace and His joy." Spend time with Him, think about Him throughout your day and you will start to recognize His voice! 

"When we daily make a divine appointment with Him; we will experience tremendous blessings to deal with our daily schedules. It is our responsibility to make sure nothing stands in the way of our time with Jesus--especially when we don't have time." 

Make time with Jesus sweet friends!! It will change the course of your day, week, month, year!! 

Friday, January 31, 2014

Purpose in Gods Timing

have been praying and seeking wisdom from others about a passion that God has laid on my heart. This week I came across an organization, while researching, and felt the urge to send an email. I sent an email and really didn't expect a response...

Let's just pause for a minute. 
It is absolutely mind blowing the way God designs the time to reveal specific moments in our lives. Sometimes we try to hurry God along, we grow impatient, we want things to happen n.o.w! There is a purpose in Gods timing. Having Faith in Him means leaving the hours and minutes in His hands. 

Back to the original story... 
Not only did I receive a response by email... The response came in less than 24 hours! Completely unexpected. God knows just the right time to reveal the next piece to our puzzle in life!  

Is Gods timing always speedy, taking less than 24 hours to get a response from Him?  No. (Even though that is probably what we hope for.) God can see the bigger picture. My Pastor described it like this: as we wait for doors to be opened, we look at life through the peep hole and we are limited to what we can see. God looks with the door wide open and can see far more than we can dream! 

So let's not hurry God along.  Stay patient while waiting for the next piece to your puzzle of life. 

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."(Jeremiah 29:11)


Saturday, January 25, 2014

Move forward with DETERMINATION

My daughter can be described in one word...DETERMINATION! Isn't it amazing how God can teach you through your children! One thing I learn by watching my daughter is to move forward with determination.

Yesterday she was so excited for a new adventure. She went on her very first snow skiing trip with her school.

I received a phone call around 2:30. Her teacher was on the phone and said he was with Jada. I knew something had happened. Knowing your child is hurt and not being able to be with them is an aweful feeling! 

When I arrived at the ski resort, she was surrounded by teachers who were comforting her. She had fallen, blacked out, and hit her head. We took her straight to the hospital.

On the way to the ER, she began to explain what happened, or at least as much as she could remember. She told me that when she was going down the "black diamond"... I stopped her and said "what in the world!" She said she started out with the smallest slope and worked her way up. Again, she was determined. If she wouldn't have been hurt, I am sure she would have tried it again. 
(I can't say much about the black diamond...I myself, attempted the black diamond on my first Ski trip. Like mother, like daughter.)

Jada began to ask me questions on the way to the ER.  She began to tear up (first time I had seen tears that day) and asked if we could still go to church. She wasn't concerned about her injury, she was determined she was not going to miss church! Wow! What if we all were that determined and intentional in our relationship with our Heavenly Father!

It is exciting to watch her grow and figure out what her purpose in life is going to be. God has plans for her life. He has placed "determination" in her to accomplish her goals, better herself, grow in HIM, figure things out by digging in Gods word, and to make a difference.

My 12 year old blows me away daily!! I am beyond proud of her and even though her determination gets her a broken nose and concussion, it is the very thing that keeps driving her to be who she is today. God will use her determination to be a world changer!

"Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. (1 Corinthians 9:24-26)  

Friday, January 24, 2014

Are you Dreaming?

Dream (n.)
A strongly desired goal or purpose.
Something that fully satisfies a wish.
A visionary creation of imagination.

As a child I would dream. I would close my eyes and dream of princesses and castles with fairytale endings. In my dreams the impossible became possible. It was magical!  "God is a dreamer too. He built universes and generations of people out of his dreams. And God built us to dream."  

As we become adults, something happens. We are more hesitant to dream.  Sometimes we stop dreaming all together. I recently read, "We were built with the ability to dream, but we've lost it." I have to remind myself that WITH God, the impossible is STILL possible!! So keep dreaming and keep praying God-sized prayers!!

God has placed the desire within us to dream, so dream BIG! Let God use our dreams to change the world, impact the lives of others, and use it to share the Love of God!! 

Leaving you with one more quote by Jeannie Allen: "God is the one for whom time doesn't exist, and yet he intentionally planned every moment of it for us." Use your moments....continue to dream! 

Friday, January 17, 2014

Kick sickness OUT!

am laying here, yet another night, not being able to sleep. I hear Skyler coughing in the next room and hear Jada tossing, turning and moaning. After a while I hear ...silence. I listen carefully, sit up in bed and listen more. Still silent. So I start to think, "Maybe Sky isn't breathing at all." So what do I do? I get up, sneak in his room (quietly), and put my fingers right under his nose. You know, close enough to check and see if he is still breathing, but not actually touching him. When I feel the air from his nose on my fingers, it is a huge relief. (Momma's, don't act like you haven't ever done that!) Then I crawl back into bed with the comfort of knowing they are okay. 

As I lay here, I realized this sickness has quarantined us in our home. It has stopped us from living our daily lives, routines, and coming in contact with people. It is amazing how one sickness has changed the course of our week.

At some point we have all had some sort of "sickness" in life. I'm not talking about the flu. I am talking about something that hinders us from living our life to the fullest. Something that keeps us hiding behind closed doors. Something that   stops us from stepping out and making a difference. What is the "sickness" in your life that is keeping you quarantined? 

It's easy for me to run to my children's bedside and help comfort them in their time of sickness, but it's only temporary comfort until the sickness runs it's course. 

Here is the exciting news!! Nothing is temporary with God. He is the ULTIMATE "Healer, Mender, Master, Savior, Lover, Giver, Name above all names, Ruler, Redeemer, Risen, Conqueror." So, whatever you are going through, don't let it keep you cooped up in life. Kick the sickness and call on Jesus to help you break out! You have a purpose in life, embrace it and enjoy the journey!! 



Friday, January 10, 2014

Reality Check...who am I kidding!

Single Mom about to get real...

Sometimes I think I can do it all on my own.  I know "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me", but Reality Check...who am I kidding?! Everyone needs help from time to time. That is what "community" is all about.

Helping others is a must!
The Lord wants us to help others! "The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped." (Proverbs 11:25)  

The past 13 years of my life I have been in ministry. My heart has the desire to help others, love others, live life with the hurting, encourage others. "Helping" brings me absolute JOY!! So why is it so hard for me to accept it in return?  

Accepting help is a blessing!
This has been a hard lesson for this Momma to learn. Sometimes I push a helpful hand away, not realizing I am even doing it.

Recently I caught myself getting defensive when a family member offered help. I had my mind made up and was determined I could do it on...my...own. Could I do it? Yes, I probably could. But I am learning that I don't have to do it on my own. That is the beauty of Gods design. God is ALWAYS with me and brings people along side me when I need it! "All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. We have plenty of hard times that come from following the Messiah, but no more so than the good times of his healing comfort—we get a full measure of that, too. (2 Corinthians 1:3-5)

I am blessed and thankful for God sending people along side me.  I am learning to accept their willingness to help (whether with the children, schedules, etc) and that brings me JOY! Love how God teaches daily...without ceasing!! 

Friday, January 3, 2014

Take a Risk! Who Me??

Jesus gave us instructions to go, live life, take risks, move forward, advance. Sometimes we may have to step out into the unknown where it will be uncomfortable and a little scary.  Are you willing to be a risk taker?

Sky has always loved adventure! He is fearless...A risk taker.  He received his first skateboard when he was three.  Sky put on his helmet and pads, grabbed his little skateboard, and proceeded to go down his new skateboard ramp. Now this ramp was small!! He went down the first few times and loved it. I could see the thrill on his face. Even though it was a small ramp, I placed towels on top of the ramp so he wouldn’t go fast and get hurt.  (Yes, I know, you can laugh!) Going back and seeing the picture, makes it even more hysterical. Okay, so maybe I went overboard with the towels. Anyway, the towels not only caused him to slow down, but completely stopped his wheels from working. My fear paralyzed him from moving forward. We have to be careful not to let OUR fear immobolize us from taking risks. Trust in God and seize the divine moments, while we take risks!


Sky learned to water ski when he was a few months shy of turning three. Again, he was my risk taker! I put him in a life jacket AND water wings. I am not sure why I thought the life jacket wasn't good enough. I guess I just wanted the extra assurance of the water wings. So here my little man was, with his life jacket and water wings on...ready to water ski. No fear for Sky, only excitement! I was in the water with him in case he fell. I swam behind him like a crazy lady so I would be there if he fell. (Again, insert laughter.) Let me just tell you, there was no need for me to be in that water. Sky popped right up on those skis and not once did he fall! He was the ultimate risk taker at the age of three!  

God is with us when we take risks. We may fall, but HE is not going to let us sink. We must be willing to take risks for the Kingdom.  “The center of Gods will is not a safe place, but the most dangerous place in the world. God fears nothing and no one. To live outside Gods will puts us in danger, but to live in His will makes us dangerous. When we begin to seize our divine moments, we do not begin to live risk-free, but instead become free to risk!” Are you free to risk? It is time to start moving forward and be free to risk for the Kingdom!!