Sunday, May 31, 2015

Take the Hill

Take the Hill (Repost)

A 10 year old girl hops on a yellow motorcycle and takes off down the road.  One of her favorite things to do is to ride on this little motorcycle every single day.  Riding on it gives her a sense of freedom like nothing else and frankly - it is so much fun!  She rides all over the place and only comes back to fill her tank with gas. She wants to do some of the things that the other kids do on their bikes but she’s little and so is her motorcycle.  The other kids have bigger motorcycles and they are much bigger kids than she is.  These other kids can jump mounds of dirt hills with their bikes and she wants to jump a hill!  She’s afraid so she just rides over the hill slow until one day she decides to go for it.  She rides around the loop and coming out of the final turn before the jump she pulls back the throttle and gives it all she’s got.  No looking back…eyes on the hill and she takes the hill!  Not a big jump for her bike but she jumped it…she was in the air - for a few seconds.  That feeling was amazing and that 10 year old girl was me.  That little yellow motorcycle was mine and it is one of my greatest childhood memories.

“…the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4

I think about how I felt back then - I’m too little to do that…what I have is too little.  I feel that way today as a 41 year old woman.  I’m too little to do what God has called me to do.  I don’t have too much to offer. But God takes what I have to give and multiplies it.  IF I offer up the little I have to Him…He will take care of the rest and multiply what I give Him.  Just like the little boy who gave Jesus the little fish that he had.  Jesus took it, blessed it, and fed 5,000 people AND had leftovers!  He can multiply my little.

I recently went to a Women of Faith conference and had the pleasure of listening to Lysa TerKeurst, Christine Caine, Sheila Walsh, Lisa Harper, Patsy Clairmont, Pete Wilson and Matthew West.  It was amazing and if you ever get the chance to go…GO! 
The conference was just what I needed and a gift from my husband!  I left it feeling more pumped for Jesus and more pumped to do what it is He is calling me to do than ever before.  I learned that I need to fight for my faith.  Lisa Harper says to “Fight for God as passionate as a Mommy fights for her children.”  That hit me hard because I don’t think I fight for God like I fight for my kids.  I went back to feeling like my 10 year old self staring at that dirt hill…but I’m too little to fight like that.  I don’t have enough knowledge or wisdom to fight for my faith. But I need to fight for Him…I need to fight for my faith with as much passion as I would for my two kids.  

1 Peter 3:15 states that we are to make a defense "for the hope that you have."

Pete Wilson said that “in every soul…is belief and unbelief and faith and doubt.”  How I respond to that makes all the difference in the world.  If I don’t fight for my faith and I stay quiet - then what does that say about me?  

“The milder you make the label the more potent you make the poison.” 
Christine Caine
Leaving the Women of Faith conference I was forever changed.  I’m ready to fight!  I’m ready to step out and fight for Him because it’s what He did for us.  I’m ready to fill my tank with Him every day and fight.  I’m ready to pull back the throttle and take that hill!    Because in the end…we already know who conquers and wins. God!

This is the essence of really living, what it means to essentially be alive: surrender unshielded to the unknown — because there is a deeper Love that is Knowable.
~Ann Voskamp

What is it that God is asking you to do?  What hill is keeping you from fighting?  Pull back that throttle and take that hill with Him!

Friday, May 29, 2015

Day 149

Whatever we focus on - has our attention. If we focus on fear, personal failures, our trials, our challenges - then our eyes are on us and not Him. But, if we look up - and focus on The Author of our faith - The One who says we're flawless...then we win! Today, turn your focus on Him. Don't let the enemy kill your passion -- he has already been defeated!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Day 148

Today, in the busyness of your day - remember that He is Peace {in} the chaos.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Day 145

Happy Memorial Day and thank you to all those that serve our country!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Friday, May 22, 2015

Day 142

Have faith in Him. Believe what He says about YOU! There is a war of our hearts...scripture says that our heart is wicked and deceitful. Be rooted in who He says you are. You are defined by God and He loves you. (Be rooted in who He says I am - not who I say I am!)

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Day 141

What if today - we ask Him to use all of our imperfections - to be imperfectly bold to share and point to Jesus? We are imperfect - but His grace is sufficient. Be bold today friends!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Day 140

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Phil 4:13

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Day 139

Our words are powerful. That saying, "Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me" - that's a lie. Words can build someone up or they can tear them down. Today, use your words to speak make souls stronger...yes STRONGER! “When you talk, do not say harmful things, but say what people need—words that will help others become stronger.“ Ephesians 4:29 (NCV)

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Day 134

Rest in the faithfulness of God. You may have regrets, you may suffer, you may wrestle with things - but in Him you will rise, you are secure and you have won. Rest in Him.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Day 133

The world views things a certain way and Jesus sees it all differently. Today is a gift - you have breath in your lungs and strength for today...turn this day upside down and see things/people through Jesus' lens. Invite Him in and allow Him to show you.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Day 132

God is our defender. Keep a quiet spirit - press in and trust that He will defend you.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Day 128's not deserved - it's all about the Giver. AND - everything is marked with His grace. What does grace look and sound like? Jesus.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Day 126

Joseph had dreams. God gave Joseph a glimpse of the end before his journey had really started. Have you ever had a glimpse? He showed me glimpse almost 2 years ago. Completely threw me off and I gasped for air when I saw the glimpse. Shook my head - almost like I was trying to erase it - like it was on an etch a sketch. Then I laughed and said, "No way!" Today, I don't laugh about it anymore or try and shake my head, I believe He knows what He is doing. I'm still scared and not really sure of that image...but thankful He only shows me a bit at a time. In His timing.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Day 125

Trying to be perfect can bring you down. Do the next thing in front of you - pay attention to that - look for Him today, keep seeking the light and be thankful.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Day 123

Plant seeds with the hope that God will one day bring the harvest.
Happy Sunday, Friends!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Day 122

Walk with Him and follow the Light! Spread the light! Happy Saturday!!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Day 121

This blog is changing a bit...I feel like God is asking me to tweak what I am doing.  No longer will this be a 365 blog on what my day may look like - but rather a picture to inspire the reader to look to Him as well as weekly writing posts.  So, a little different but still pointing to Him.  Walking in obedience.

When you don't want to do that hard thing...put one foot in front of the other. Be brave. Keep going up that mountain- it won't always be there. But God will. The mountain blocks the miracle...we may not see that miracle today but keep going up the mountain. He who is in you is Greater!

Day 142