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 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!!