Monthly Archives: February 2015

Staying Humble

Hello friends!

For the past several weeks, I have been preparing to speak at a women’s conference at a great church in Laramie, Wyoming this upcoming weekend. I get to speak to the ladies Friday night and then two times on Saturday and then I get to speak to the ENTIRE CONGREGATION on Sunday morning! What fun!!

My 16 year old daughter is accompanying me and I am looking forward to some great Mama/Daughter time as we take an extra day after the conference to visit Colorado Springs, or as my daughter calls it, “the land of my birth”. We moved from Colorado when she was just three months old and haven’t been back since. So, seeing as we just celebrated her 16th birthday a couple of months ago, I thought this trip would be THE PERFECT birthday present!

Today I had many things to do in preparation for the weekend: finish my last message, make a handout and powerpoint presentation, email all my handouts to the church, choose my outfits (thankfully I had my fashionable daughter’s help . . . who else will tell you, “Mom, not that, you have way cuter options in your closet!), pack my suitcase, etc. . .

I also had to purchase a few items from the store . . .

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This picture represents the most difficult part of the weekend for me. Preparing four messages, no problem! Getting up to speak to a large group of people, no big deal! Interacting with new people, sounds like fun!

Traveling on an airplane, not so much! Using a map to find my way somewhere, one of the biggest fears of my life! Getting car or air (or roller coaster for that matter) sick, well . . . let’s just say I am feeling pukey just thinking about it!

As I was purchasing that box of motion sickness pills, I got a chuckle thinking about the fact that I hate to travel. Some people get excited to travel to new places. Not me. I would probably be content to stay within a 50 mile radius of my home for the rest of my life. Yet, in order to do what God has called me to do, travel is a must.

Isn’t it interesting that God often stretches us and takes us outside of our comfort zone in order to use us for His purposes? I believe the reason why He does that is so that we will stay humbly reliant upon Him. If I loved to travel, I wouldn’t rely on Him as much as I do now.

  • You see, my white knuckles on the arm rests of the airplane, remind me to pray and ask the Lord for His safety and protection.
  • The waves of nausea remind me that I am a weak and earthen vessel that is nothing without the infilling of His Spirit.
  • The many times I get lost and have to turn around when I am driving myself somewhere reminds me not to take myself so seriously and to laugh at my lack of direction.

We all have areas of weakness that’s why we need Jesus. Be grateful for your weaknesses . . . that’s what allows Jesus to be strong in you!

Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

I will take some pictures of me and my sweet 16 girl this weekend and hope to give you an update when we get back. And yes, I will even share any travel mishaps that happened along the way!

Your Friend in Ministry,

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Happy “Hearts” Day!

Happy Hearts Day

This morning, as I was reading the Bible to my 16 year-old daughter, a couple of verses jumped off the page and into my “heart”. Because of the significance of this day, when people are consumed by thoughts of love, I wondered if what was meaningful to me, might also speak to your “heart” as well.

In Romans 1, Paul is speaking to the believers in Rome:

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You and I are invited to belong to Jesus. Isn’t that what everyone desires . . . to belong and be accepted and loved by someone? If you look at the hype of Valentine’s Day and what a money maker it is, the overwhelmingly clear answer is, “Yes!” Every year, my “heart” hurts for those who base their value and worth upon whether they have a Valentine (or someone to belong to). The fact of the matter is, Jesus has invited everyone to be His Valentine. It sounds corny, but it’s true. He is the One Who put the desire to belong in each of us and our “hearts” are restless until they fully belong to Him.

The other interesting thing to note about Romans 1:6 is the little phrase in brackets [as you are]. It reminds me of something we used to do in middle school/high school, the dreaded “come as you are” breakfast. Have you ever experienced that horror? A come as you are breakfast is when you go to your friend’s house and get them early in the morning to “come as you are” for breakfast. I used to dread the thought of those impromptu get togethers!! I much preferred having time to take a shower, put my make-up on, and do my hair. Now that I am older, I often “come as you are” and quite enjoy it (-smile-)! There is something freeing about coming “as you are”. That’s how Jesus invited you and me to come. We didn’t have to get all cleaned up and look our best for Him. He has seen us at our worst and it doesn’t affect His opinion of us one bit. He loves us, zits and all! There is something that endears my “heart” to Jesus when I think about that. He loves me just as I am. He loves you just as you are. He invited you, just as you are, to belong to Him.

Let’s remember that on this “Hearts” Day. Jesus has invited you, just as you are, to belong to Him. There is no better feeling, today or any day, to belong to the One Who loves you just as you are and Whose love will never fade or fail. Your “heart” is His forever!

Happy “Hearts” Day friends.

Your Friend in Ministry,

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Psalm 37:3

Trust in the Lord and do good; so shall you dwell in the land and feed surely on His faithfulness, and truly you shall be fed. Psalm 37:3, Amplified

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There are many “trust” verses in the Bible. Although they are great verses, often times they tell you to trust but they don’t tell you how. . .

The great thing about Psalm 37:3 is that it tells you to trust and then it shows you how.

  1. Trust in the Lord.

To trust in the Lord means that you lean and rely upon Him rather than on yourself. You place your confidence in the fact that He knows what you are going through and is working on your behalf. One of the ways to trust is to

2.  Feed on His faithfulness.

Imagine an all you can eat buffet. There are many things you could choose to feed upon. Yet, not every choice is a good or healthy one. The same is true for your soul. There are many things your soul can choose to feed upon – doubt, worry, anxious thoughts, fear, anger, self-pity, faith, goodness, truth, etc …

To choose to feed on His faithfulness means you rehearse God’s faithfulness over and over again in your mind. You remember how God has been faithful to you in the past. You meditate on the character traits of God to give you hope that He will be faithful to you over and over again.

3.  You shall be fed.

You will be full of whatever you feed upon. So let me ask you, friend, what are you feeding upon? What are you allowing to dwell in your heart and your mind? Often all that’s needed is a tiny shift in perspective to begin feeding on the right things which allows your trust in God to grow and grow.

Trust in the Lord by feeding on His faithfulness and you will be full!

Your Friend in Ministry,

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