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Everyone desires to know one key element to their existence—WHY. Why am I here? What legacy will I leave behind? We all have a desire for a mission that spans the length of our life; a people oriented ministry; we want to change the world yearning. We are motivated to tackle life with Elijah fire and fulfill our David and Goliath dream. However, if we let God take the helm, He will ensure that our divine destinies are achieved. Not just by anyone but specifically by you. You are the only one with the spiritual genetic DNA to complete, fulfill and magnify your God given mission. No one else can do it.
I have been in the workforce since I was twelve years old. Yes, we could work in those days at the age of twelve on the dawn of our teen life. No, we didn’t get paid until we turned thirteen. Since those days of working long hours in the sun with exhausting heat and energetic pre-school aged children, God has taken me on one of the best and worst journeys of my life. I’ll share those experiences with you so it won’t take you thirty years to get your mission feet on the right path.
Please interact with me as much as possible. If I don’t have the answer, I have a connection that does.
This week as I drove across the causeway over approximately a mile of water, my eye was caught by a movement on the side of the road. Trying to figure it out, thinking it was something like a small jumble of weeds rolling along the side of the road, caught me completely off guard to find that it was actually a gosling. The offspring of our local migrating, but often resident, Canadian geese. My first instinct was [click to continue…]
Recently, while sitting in the Sunday church service, the minister mentioned the, oh, so familiar, David and the giant story. I don’t recall the point of the message, but had the thought that we all have giants we face. I began to drift through my usual Calvary of goliaths from people conflicts, to differences of opinions, to financial challenges, right on down the line to weeds taking over the yard. At the end of my montage of giant culprits lurking all around me in the bushes, behind steering wheels of other cars, or store clerks who can’t answer a simple question, this really small voice said, “How about you?” [click to continue…]
I haven’t written anything on the blog lately. At the end of the day, I just didn’t have anything to say. No new revelations. No helpful thoughts. No steps to support another person’s success. So, instead of putting together a lot of useless, non-Spirit driven insights, I just decided to keep myself quiet.
During this interim period, I’ve spent a lot of time reading and studying God’s word and keeping an eye on what’s going on in the world. I wondered why Matthew McConaughey’s credit to God for his success at the Academy Awards was such a wonder storm for the media. And, stumbled across an old Cher interview where she bluntly said that she is only accountable to two people—herself and God. I was perplexed [click to continue…]
Each time I go to the gym, I encounter new faces and familiar faces. On one occasion, I was there doing my usual routine of 20 minutes cardio, 100 crunches, 100 inside leg presses and another 100 outside, and when time allows I do curls and back arm presses. This particular Saturday my husband and I had more time at the gym than usual. There were several more women than men. In order for me to work with my usual machines I had to wait my turn. Following behind some of these women, I was pierced to the core to see they were lifting 50 to 70 pounds more than me. Even worse, one of them had to be my age and another clearly appeared to be ten years older. When I used one of the weight machines after them, I had to adjust the weight down substantially. When they got on the machine after me, they had to adjust up, which made them aware how little I was lifting. I was nearly humiliated.
Instead of choosing to be mortified, [click to continue…]
“Now this is our boast: Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, with integrity and godly sincerity. We have done so, relying not on worldly wisdom but on God’s grace.” 2 Corinthians 1:12 (NIV)
I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. But, if I did, this year I would have added exercise to my list as my first priority. Over the past year, since working on the blog, I have less time to get up and move around, as I did when working outside my home. Errands, meetings, and general work life kept me moving energetically. Today, I’m not so busy in the tasks that bring about robust energy building actions. On any given day, I may find myself sitting for six or seven hours working on research, reading, or writing blog and devotional materials. I find myself challenged to make sure my muscles get fed.
So, faithfully, I go to the gym with my husband and attempt exercise to remedy this deficiency in my daily routine. I have to talk myself into going. I get to the gym and do my cardio, heart beating rapidly and legs a lot less wobbly than when I started. Sweating, I leave the gym thinking it’s not so bad. Then the next day, I have to force myself to go again and press through. It’s another reminder [click to continue…]