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Slow and Steady Wins the Race

My dream is for us all to dream big and go after our dreams with everything we have.

Regardless of how exciting dream chasing is, life will always be full of boring moments. We all have basic maintenance things we have to do each day. We have to clean our homes, feed our dogs, and fill our cars with gas over and over again.

Personally I find it tedious to wash my face and brush my teeth every single night. I choose to be faithful in these little things because I know that they are important in both the short and long term.

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These maintenance moments are some of the basic building blocks of life.

Sometimes God leaves us in a place of boring repetition because He has us in a holding pattern. Regardless of how boring our lives may seem, people around us are watching.

There will suddenly come a moment when all of your steadiness will pay off. Your consistent choosing to have a joyful attitude in the midst of plain normal life will open up the door for a “wow” moment.

You never can tell when your faithfulness will open the door for you to make a forever impact in someone’s life.

Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.

Galatians 6:9

Slow and steady wins the race!

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I Want to Be a Tree Part 3

He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,

Which yields its fruit in its season

And its leaf does not wither;

And in whatever he does, he prospers.

Psalm 1:3

I love trees, but I’m not a tree hugger in the environmental sense. Trees are a poetic inspiration for me. I love to look at them in pictures and in real life.

One of my spiritual daughters has heard me talk about my love for trees so many times, that she has started to tease me about it. She suggests that when I die, I should be cremated and planted with a young tree so that I can physically become a tree!

Consider Psalm 1:3.

  • He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Firmly planted makes me think that someone took the care to plan where the tree was placed. Being close to streams means that the tree’s root system has underground access to life giving water.
  • Which yields its fruit in season At the right time fruit happens. The tree doesn’t have to strain to produce fruit.
  • And its leaf does not wither; Because this tree is planted in fertile soil and in a strategic location, it stays healthy all the way to its tips.
  • And in whatever he does, he prospers. The person whose life is rooted like this tree will have success in whatever he does. Everything he touches will prosper.

Take time to consider your root system today. Ask Holy Spirit if there is any gardening He wants to do in your life. He knows exactly which nutrients and which environment you need so that you can stand firmly planted.

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Psalm 1

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I Want to Be a Tree Part 2

But his delight is in the law of the Lord,

And in His law he meditates day and night.

Psalm 1:2

There is nothing like the Word of God. It is the start to everything good in life. Blessings come all over us when we start off each morning and end each day thinking about God’s words.

Think about Psalm 1:2.

  • But his delight is in the law of the Lord, I love the Word of God! I am growing in my love for the Word of God.
  • And in His law he meditates day and night. I remind myself of God’s ways at least twice a day. I ask Holy Spirit to help me understand His words as I contemplate them.

 

We all know what it is like to have a tune stuck in our head. What if you were to choose which song got stuck instead of leaving the soundtrack of your mind to chance.

When I was a kid “scripture songs” were very popular. People would sing scripture verses word for word. Recordings were made of these songs so that people all over the world were able to learn and sing the scriptures together.

Putting scripture to music is a great way to store up God’s words in your memory. I find that verses that I learned to sing as a child “randomly” pop up in my mind all the time. I am able to sing the songs, even silently to myself, as I go about my day.  This is one of my favorite ways to meditate on His law. What a blessing!

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I tried to find a Psalm 1 song for you, but I couldn’t seem to choose one that I thought would appeal to the majority of my readers. If you know a good one, please share it with me!

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I Want to Be a Tree Part 1

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How blessed is the man who does not walk

in the counsel of the wicked,

Nor stand in the path of sinners,

Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!

Psalm 1:1

Years ago, when my kids were very young, I got into a habit of starting my day by watching a popular morning show on t.v. At the time, I had four small kids. Getting out of the house was a major production. Watching this show made it possible for me to experience some of the outside world without all the hassle of actually going anywhere. I enjoyed the news updates and the playful way that the hosts related with each other. They also featured advice on a variety of topics. Some of the advice was helpful; some of it was mixed with ungodliness.

One day the Lord reminded me of Psalm 1:1.

 

  • How blessed is the man (or woman in my case) who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, This reminded me that God’s word has all of the perfect advice that I need to live my life with the maximum amount of blessings.
  • Nor stand in the path of sinners, I will be more blessed if I do not spend the majority of my time hanging out with sinners. I need to spend time with unsaved people so I can be a light to them, not to absorb their mindsets.
  • Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! Though it can be entertaining to listen to stories and jokes about other people, joining in making fun of others is not the path to the blessed life.

I still watch morning shows occasionally, but overall I have learned that moderation is best. There are some things that go on in the world that are simply better for us not to know about. There are blessings galore for the person who does not look to the world for wisdom.

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Cuba Update

I had a wonderful time on my trip to Cuba. This was my second visit to the island, and it was everything I expected it to be and more.

The first time I went I felt such joy the moment I stepped off the plane and into the immigrations area of the airport. It is like there is something in the atmosphere in Cuba that my spirit connects with.

As I spent time walking along the ocean and riding a bus throughout the island my spirit came alive more and more. The only way I can explain it is to say that the airways feel different there.

Each time I have gone to Cuba I have returned with fresh clarity and vision for my life and my family. It is amazing what getting away to a different location can do for your focus.

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One of the very best parts of my most recent trip was that I was able to take a few people with me. I absolutely loved seeing my team members come alive as God stirred up old and new things in their hearts.

One of the greatest joys of my life is to see people prosper in their souls. I love to see them living life to the fullest. Life is too short to sit back and wait for something interesting to happen.

We have to happen to life!

If you have ever considered going on a mission’s trip, please do it!

Here are some links for ministries that you can join up with in your adventure:

Leanne Goff Ministries

Heartland Breakthrough to the Nations

Randy Clark Global Awakening

 

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“Just Pray I Don’t Die”

It was the first day back to school after Christmas break. The kids were dragging.

As I dropped my son off at his school I said, “Elijah, remember that the kingdom of God is in your hands. You have power in your hands.”

I know my son, and I could tell that he internalized what I said and was in agreement.

Then, as he got out of the car he said, “Just pray I don’t die.”

What the heck?! Why is that phrase even a part of his vocabulary.

Now, he was not worried about school shootings. He was simply referring to the drudgery of math class!

“God help me to just make it through this boring class one more time.”

Two mindsets were crashing against each other in his head: the possibilities of going on a supernatural adventure and the process of living the everyday mundane.

This battle in the mind happens to us all. The struggle is real. The question is which line of thought are we going to choose to run with?

Many times over the years I have had to remind myself of who I really am in the midst of the mundane.

Running errands is not one of my favorite things to do by far. I much prefer to be at home. I have developed a habit while driving around town of praying and reminding myself that I am not a mere human. Even my presence in a public place, my smile, or a kind word holds power to shift the atmosphere wherever I go.

Here is a song I sometimes listen to in the car as I am headed out:  Supernatural by Mark Snider

When we give our lives to Christ and Holy Spirit comes to live inside of us we are not just normal humans anymore. The trick is to get your mind wrapped around that concept. Let’s believe and grow in this together!

 

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The Ultimate Surprise

Those who know me well, know that I do not really care for surprises. I like to make a plan and work the plan. I like to be prepared.

Apparently God doesn’t really concern Himself with how I feel about surprises.

He is the Ultimate Surprise. We never know when He is going to show up in the last way we would expect Him to.

God can move anytime He wants and in any way He wants. He is not limited by our prophetic words or our imaginations about what the future will look like.

In John chapter 21 we read about how the disciples were fishing all night but caught nothing. Jesus came along and told them to cast their net on the other side of the boat. That was when they received a great surprise: so many fish they could not haul the net in.

Jesus’ fishing strategy was not anything they would have ever normally thought to do.  He always has a plan that is completely out of our box.

It can be easy to get discouraged when we don’t see things happening the way we imagined that they would.

That is when we can stop and ask Him what His idea is.

God is the Ultimate Surprise and Ultimate Strategist all wrapped up in one!

 

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Cause it’s the Law!

Do you remember being a kid and playing with friends always fighting for who was in charge? Because I’m the boss of you! Because I said so.  Because I’m bigger and older and smarter and we’re doing things my way, or I quit!

Have you ever tried to take this approach with God? It seems to be rampant in our culture.  No moral absolutes! I get to believe whatever I want, and you have to suck it up and be happy about it.

Can this really be the path to peace? Can your heart truly be at rest when you break the law?

Lately I’ve been obsessed with Psalm 19.  It just keeps sucking me in and racing through my heart.

“The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul” (Psalm 19:7a)

Take a deep breath and soak that one in……

Can your soul be restored by obedience to the King?

Or was He just kidding.

“The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple” (vs.7b)

Can your mind be enhanced simply by trusting that He is honest?

“The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart” (vs. 8a)

Can you shake off depression by knowing what His rules are?

“The commandment of the Lord is PURE….enlightening the eyes” (vs. 8b)

Can your face shine radiantly because you make the right choice?

“The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever” (vs. 9a)

Can you live clean forever?

“The judgments of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether” (vs.9b)

Can you be righteous through and through?

“More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold, sweeter also than the honey, and the honeycomb.”(vs. 10)

Can a law really be a delight? Can obeying a rule be better than having piles of money or the best cuisine in the world?

Maybe God’s law really is the High way.  Could it be that He really is bigger and older and smarter than us?!

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. (vs.14)

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Soaking for Life

Here’s a peek into my soaking journey:

First off, let me tell you what soaking typically looks like for me. It used to be that I would lock myself in my bedroom for an hour, turn on some worship music, lay on my bed, invite Holy Spirit to visit with me, and then just rest. Lately, the kids are at a point, where I am able to soak in the living room without too many distractions. I just tell them to go down to the basement or to lay down and soak with me. So far, they’ve picked the basement….but I’m hoping that just them seeing me soaking is making an impact.

Now, sometimes when I soak, it totally just feels like I’m “putting in my time” (it still counts), but other times it feels like my heart is soaring. Today was the latter! I love it when Holy Spirit just comes, and I can feel Him so strongly. It is so refreshing and makes me want Him so much more. I have always loved Holy Spirit, even though I wasn’t always aware of it. Looking back, I can see it so clearly.

When I was growing up, I went to a small, very conservative Baptist school. EVERY Friday in chapel, we’d sing a scripture song: “they that wait upon the Lord, shall renew their strength, they shall rise up on wings as eagles, they shall run and not grow weary, they shall walk and not grow faint, teach me Lord, oh teach me Lord to wait”. At the time, I had no idea what that song was talking about. It was just something we ALWAYS sang. However, God answered the prayer in that song, and has really taught me what it means to lay quietly and wait on Him to renew my strength. There is nothing like it.

Today as I was resting in His presence, I was overwhelmed once again with love and gratitude for my wonderful husband, each of my 4 little people, and each one of our spiritual kids. I love each one of you soooo much. I am so blessed and honored to be a part of your lives. The future is so bright, and we’re gonna see goodness and mercy just tracking us down wherever we go.

I hope that by reading this, you catch a hunger to connect with Jesus alone, in a secret place, just the two of you. It really is soaking for life.

Some Thoughts on Being a Wife

Women are very powerful….more powerful than we sometimes realize.

There’s this little verse in Proverbs that basically says, “A wise woman builds her house, but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands.”

So, here’s what I’m thinking: Men need respect, as opposed to women who need love. One of the main goals of the enemy is to destroy families, and I’m convinced that one of his main strategies is to get the wife not to respect the husband.

It can start out with subtle thoughts like, “Why does he always_________?!!” or “Why can’t he just___________?!!”

If I give these thoughts permission to stay, they will grow, sink down deep in my heart, and create a stronghold.

Now, just the fact that I have the initial thought does not seal my fate as a horrible wife. I don’t have any control over the initial thought. I do, however, get to decide if I’m going to nurse the thought, or resist it and begin to count all the things I appreciate about my husband.

It’s like taking time to count your blessings; It’s a sure way to give the devil a huge blow! Just when he thinks he’s got you going down the path of self-pity which leads to destruction, it back fires on him. Now, that’s being a warrior bride!

When we respect our husbands, they can’t help but respond in love, creating a very strong bond of unity and trust.

So go ahead, show the men in your life some respect and give the devil a big black eye!

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