There have been a few things in my life that have weighed on my heart for a long time. Things that I need to handle, but don’t want to handle. Do you ever feel that way? The Lord has been placing His finger on the thoughts I allow to cycle through my mind, the foods I allow to hypnotize me and the discipline I yearn for, yet never attain. Last night, through the mouth of my husband and from the very heart of my Father, my desire for change was verbalized and established.
For the next 6 weeks, we will be entering a “lifestyle bootcamp”(that’s what I’m calling it.) The next 6weeks will challenge me, stretch me, weaken me and strengthen me. And I am ready and expecting God to move mountains – the mountains that have been intimidating and blocking me for years.
I’m ready to climb..
As I drove to work yesterday, I heard this quick phrase in the words of a song, “can people hear the pain when you speak?”. That intrigued me and caused me to reflect on conversations I had earlier in the day. How many people have I encountered that revealed the pain in their heart by the words they’ve spoken? Some people were timid and untrusting, some were lonely and resentful. Others were prideful and resistant, while some were simply numb. I could clearly see all of these cries for help once I stopped long enough to hear them. And honestly, they are easy to recognize because I used to have those same cries in my speech and didn’t even realize I was crying out.
What about you? Do you hear the cries? Are you crying out yourself? Take some time today to listen – really listen to the people around you. You may be surprised at what you discover. The Lord does not randomly place us in situations just because- there is an assignment there. Will you respond to His call?
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Every Monday, I have dance practice. Being able to express myself through dance has always been a release for me. Since the age of 4, I have danced. I felt so safe, free and strong on the dance floor. I now dance for Christ and there is a even greater reward and fulfillment. Knowing that He is touching the heart and soul of the person watching our group serve Him through dance encourages my heart. It has become more challenging to dance now that I am older, but I pray the Lord never removes this gift from me.
Do you have something that bring you strength, peace and fulfillment? Tap into that as regularly as possible- life is so much fuller when you do. And those watching you will be encouraged and appreciative.
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Yesterday morning, my second nephew was brought into the world. We prayed (and continue to pray) for his delivery and health. He looks beautiful and well. Whenever new life is given to a family, it presents an opportunity to restart the clock in their lives. To reflect on past decisions and strategize new paths forward. Young Bradley is different…something about my nephew has me looking like a surprise puppy with his head cocked to one side. God has something important for Bradley to complete on this Earth and I am eagerly watching and waiting for this precious gift to be revealed.
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I signed my 10 year old up to create a blog because he has discovered a new interest and passion for creative writing. It reminded me to come back and continue on this journey of writing my own blog. Children are awesome gifts from God and I am a blessed mom!
Today has been a BEAUTIFUL day. It was about 78 degrees all day and its only March. Although it was strange not to have a ‘real’ winter, I was very thankful for the break. I don’t believe our vehicle could have withstood another harsh winter.
I must end my entry on this sentiment – I have a good life. There is truly nothing to complain about that is worth complaining. Sure I have financial challenges, weight/ health goals are appear unattainable at times, and family and friends ‘going through’, but life as a whole is good. I have peace in my home, a job, a sound mind and the love of my son and husband…
No complaints here!
Today, I woke up thinking, “What do you really want?” Not just career-wise, but in life – what do I really want?
Do I really want to have and emergency fund of 3 months expenses saved up? (Then why do I eat out so much?).
Do I want a son that walks more with Christ? (Then why don’t I study the Word more with him?)
Do I really want to become a licensed architect? (Then why is studying such a chore?)
Do I really want to be a more comfortable weight? (Then why aren’t I more disciplined in exercise?)
Do you see why my mind seems so heavy at times? I am double-minded with things that I say I want! If the Lord God tells us that a double minded man should expect nothing from Him, then why am I surprised that I have nothing that I claim I really want?
What do I really want? I want it all to just ‘be’- with minimal challenge, stress or strain. I want the end result bragging without the upfront work and toil. That’s what I really want when you look at it with open, unbiased eyes. That’s the current truth revealed to me this morning and it unsettled me…
I wanted the look – not the life…
A look doesn’t take much. A life takes everything! The look of success doesn’t take anything substantial and substantive. A life of success takes all that you have and all that God has for you. It’s work – it’s dirty, painful, trying, discouraging and rewarding all at the same time. It leaves you with a testimony at the end!
That’s LIFE and that’s what I REALLY want.
Father, break everything in me that is holding me back from what I really want! Amen!
This is a message of encouragement that I sent to my dance ministry team the day of our Resurrection Day worship offering. Apply this wisdom to a challenging situation that you may currently be experiencing:
On that dark Friday afternoon, all the hopes, dreams, beliefs of the 10 all but vanished. Had the past 3 years been all in vain? Had we been tricked and been so naive as to believe all that Jesus said to us? (For Andrew, a former disciple of John the Baptist – “Have I chosen the wrong leader again??”) As they walked home in silence – mind swimming and heart-broken, I can only imagine what they felt.
What would you have felt?
That Saturday Sabbath…what would they do? Would they go to synagogue? Would they eventually be arrested, beaten and crucified themselves? How could they face the people, jobs, families and friends that they left behind to follow Jesus? Would would they do now?
All of these human emotions that overwhelmed them those 3 days was NOTHING compared to what Jesus endured all week-long. He knew the pain His physical body would endure. He knew the emotional pain His heart would encounter when the 12 He loved so much would abandon Him at His darkest moment. He knew the spiritual death He would taste for a moment as the Father turned His back on Him due to the garment of OUR sin that now clothed Him. He knew…and still He obeyed.
His disciples tasted a small fraction of the Lord’s agony those 3 days. And because of His love for them and His understanding of the pain and agony they felt, He appeared to them 4 times after His death in order to build up their faith and give them back the courage and boldness the enemy sought to destroy at the cross. He truly did die, but He truly did rise from the grave. And He came back to them to ease their human hearts and minds. He could have gone straight to the Father and let them work it out themselves, but He knew…He always knew how much they would need to be in His presence physically in order to evangelize the nations.
Then, He ascended to the Father with a promise to return. That when He returned, we will all be like Him. No more pain and suffering. No distance from the Father any longer…constant communication forever!
We all knew all week-long the physical, emotional and spiritual pains we would endure for this particular worship offering. We knew just as He knew…but we must obey and keep dancing! Let Him get the glory through our bodies. Our dancing within our own strength is finished! Let the Father raise you out of this mere human dance experience and give you a glimpse of our dance ministry in Heaven.
One final thought…
Imagine that we were all there, His dancers, with the disciples during the 40 days after Christ’s crucifixion when He appeared to them. Imagine being there that final day on the mountaintop when He ascended into Heaven before our eyes and promised that He would come back for us… Think of this dance as the ministry that started after we saw Him ascend that day. How would you dance this piece?