There is nothing-no circumstance, no trouble, no-testing that can ever touch me until, first of all it has gone past God and past Christ right through to me. If it has come that far, it has come with a GREAT PURPOSE, which I may not understand at the moment. As I refuse to become panicky, as I lift my eyes up to Him and accept it as coming from the throne of God for some great purpose of blessing to my own heart, no sorrow will ever disturb me, no trial will ever disarm me, no circumstance will ever cause me to fret-for I shall rest in the joy of what my Lord is- that is the rest of VICTORY!!!!

Monday, November 25, 2013

RWOE 2014

Once again I feel like someone has given me a swift kick in the britches and reminded me how small I see our God. The ways in which I have seen Him move over the past 10 years are beyond amazement but yet I still get caught up in my small human thinking at times and place Him in a box. Last year as I was approaching my 30th Birthday January 17th I wanted to celebrate in a way that allowed others to get involved and spread joy, so I started RWOE (Random Words of Encouragement) Day. It was a challenge to me and others to write out their favorite quotes, scripture, song lyrics or whatever was encouraging to them and place them randomly around their community that day for people to stumble upon and shed some hope and joy on their day.

Each day we are all facing a battle. It may be seen or unseen and so often we could honestly just use a break, a little pick me up and a reminder to keep pushing forward. There have been many health battles over the past 4 years in my life and honestly times where I couldn’t even see how I would take one more step but then I would receive a card from a friend, read scripture that captured my heart or listen to a song that felt like was written just for me and the words in each instance captivated me and helped shine some hope in times I needed them the most. I realized that sometimes we could all use a little encouragement. There is power in words and life is hard enough and if we can do something simple to help each other get through difficult circumstances then it would make things easier. Maybe it’s a flat tire on the way to work, financial stress, a devastating diagnosis, failed relationship or who knows but I know we could all use a little break in the day to day stressors of life and a little hope.

As 2013 is wrapping up quickly and January is approaching I felt God whispering to my heart to not just leave RWOE Day in 2013 but to allow God to move once again and do RWOE 2014. Last year was an awesome day and we had many people participate, adults and children so I started to think of a goal which was my first mistake. I picked a goal that was obtainable through human abilities and what I have learned is that God asks us to pick goals that are unobtainable in our humanness so that He can show His power. After just a few days it was evident we were going to surpass my “small” goal to get 100 people to sign up and participate. I started praying and then once again posted a goal getting a little braver but still putting God in a box. After many emails and posts I started to realize that God wanted me to get out of the way and let Him move, He wanted to do something greater than I even imagined and through prayer and the encouragement of others our goal is now 1000 people to participate in RWOE 2014 with our goal to reach every state possible!!!!!
God is moving and the excitement is growing and as I sit back I shake my head at once again how little I saw our God. I am certain lives will be touched and hearts encouraged through RWOE 2014 but I know God has already taught me something big. He has taught me that if you have faith the size of a mustard seed God can move mountains. 

Matthew 17:20 He replied, "Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."

Are you ready friends to watch God move mountains of hope in 2014?!!!!!!

Light Bulb Moment......

Sitting in church yesterday the magic light bulb popped on. You know the kind I’m talking about that sits dangling over a person’s head on t.v. and you can see it lit up? I almost wanted to look up to see if it was visible to others around me it was so clear. A moment where I realized a huge mistake I have been making and the urgency to change. 

Worship had just finished and our Pastor had taken the pulpit for his message and as he was preaching (without trying to embarrass her to much) I looked over at his wife and noticed this huge smile on her face, you could tell she was proud of him. I thought back to the moments right before because one of the guys that help lead worship is my husband and as I’m standing there every Sunday morning and I see him up there playing guitar worshiping Christ through the gift God has given him my heart overflow’s with joy and I am reminded of how proud I am of him. The same goes for when he talks to me about some scientific this or that in which I am totally clueless and I just look at him amazed at how intelligent he is and once again I am proud of him. I am proud of him when I see him providing financially for our family, I am proud of him as a father who cherishes his daughter and treats her like a princess and I am proud of him mostly as a husband who loves me in my very unlovable moments and with no conditions and this is the one I fail to tell him how proud I am the most I think. 

See the light bulb moment was guilt that although I have pride overflowing in my heart for my husband I never allow it to flow out through my words and tell him. I may feel proud in my heart for all the great things he does but I fail to tell him and affirm him. Our daughter Macie is 8 and we think she is amazing. She is beautiful, talented and intelligent and both her daddy and I tell her often how proud we are of her but we sometimes forget as adults we need to know that people are proud of us to, especially our spouses, our safe place. My prayer this week is to lift my husband up more in words and not tear him down. To really share the proudness in my heart for the things that his does with words. 

1 Thessalonians 5:11 “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Motions.....

Ok, I have officially heard it all, after yesterday’s discovery of Pumpkin Pie flavored Pop Tarts. Now don’t get me wrong I LOVE pumpkin pie and anxiously await its reveal each fall but something just seems odd about flavoring a pop tart like a delicious decadent dessert. Maybe I’m old fashioned but that’s part of the enjoyment, the waiting all year for pumpkin pie season and then indulging for a month until you have pumpkin pie coming out your ears on Thanksgiving. I must admit if I can get my hands on a box I am definitely going to give them a try but it just reminds me once again about how much our society is constantly pushing the limits.

We are always seeking the opportunity to do things bigger, better, earlier and different and never content with just staying the same, tradition. If this wasn’t enough I then heard on the radio that “Black Friday” may be considered obsolete after this year because some stores are starting the big deals on Thanksgiving evening this year instead of the day after Thanksgiving. Once again we have to push the envelope. The Christmas decorations were out even earlier this year at stores, even before Halloween. Speaking of Halloween, what happened to those cheap little costumes we had as kids that were made from thin plastic material and a mask that you could barely see to walk in? Now we have these extravagant costumes with tons of accessories and glitz and glamour and somewhere in the excitement of improving things we have lost the simplicity and joy of it.

Maybe I’m a creature of habit and just don’t like change, but I have a hard time with the idea that we are constantly working to improve things and do things better and bigger in the littlest, most unimportant things in life but when it comes to our faith and our relationship with Christ we are content with the status quo, we are content with staying safe and never pushing the limits. We get in this mindset of only doing the bare minimum, we seek staying the same and never being one to test the waters and take risks. We are willing to compromise spending even less time with family on Thanksgiving over a hot deal at Walmart but would we give up that family time as easily to serve a homeless shelter for Christ?

There is a song by Matthew West called “The Motions” and the words say:

 “I don’t want to go through the motions I don’t want to spend one more day, without Your all consuming passion inside of me. I don’t want to spend my whole life asking what if I had given everything, instead of going through the motions.”

It’s easy to go through the motions every day and just do enough to get by. It’s easy to just meet the bare minimum and do enough to cross it off your “to do” list for the day. But if we really want to seek the fullness that Christ has for us in this life then we can’t sit on the sidelines and play it safe. We don’t take risks in life just because we are bored; we take them because the payoff is worth it. We work hard and push against the odds because we expect the result will outweigh the effort. We push the envelope and are motivated by what we are passionate about and it’s easy to lose sight of what really should be our motivator in all things in this life and that’s Christ. Without Christ we are nothing but through Christ we can do immeasurably more than we could ever hope for.

Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]—or” Ephesians 3:20