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."