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From Water to Fearless

[ A David Psalm ] Light, space, zest— that’s God! So, with him on my side I’m fearless, afraid of no one and nothing.
So last year I did this One Word for the year challenge and my word was WATER.  (Funny word to me since I fear the water.)  The idea behind the One Word is to find time to meditate alone with God and allow Him to give you one word He can use to speak to you throughout the year.  As my year went on I discovered lots of new things about water and got excited when I saw water in places I never saw before.  I began to understand the power of water and even have changed the title of book number three to include water.  I feel like I am finally in the place where walking on water is part of my future, yet I still fear the water so to speak.
Why do I fear water so much?  Two major reasons: one I was thrown off a boat at a young age in hopes that I would learn how to swim and second my son almost drown in a pool accident when he was six.  I recently got over my fear of boats this summer and have gotten a little more relaxed with water but I think God wants me to go so much deeper this year and so He is connecting words for me.  This year my word is FEARLESS.  With this I think comes some new boldness in my ministry among other things. I am excited to see where He will take me with this fearless attitude this year and I look forward to the transition from water to walking fearlessly on the water.
I would encourage each of you to try the One Word challenge (just type it in your search bar and the site will come up on the internet or Facebook)  God desires to speak to us and sometimes I find it easier if I have a specific focal point so that I do not get distracted by too many venues.  God speaks to everyone in different ways and sometimes with a certain word to follow it makes the messages a little more clear.
Let me know if you have a word for the year.  It’s a challenge worth taking.  God has a lot work to do on all of us as we choose to mature into the likeness of Jesus and the more direct we can make the connection the easier it will be for us to understand what God desires to do in our lives.

Black and White vs Color

Philippians 3:13

No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,
How many of us are defined by our past?  How many times do we allow our past mistakes to invade our new found freedoms in Christ?  But, I don’t deserve a promotion, I failed ten years ago at my first job.  I don’t deserve a loving spouse, I was never nice in my other relationships.  So many times we don’t let ourselves be free to shine because we don’t think we can ever fully let go of the past.
As a side kicker, we also often hold our new relationships accountable to our past experiences.  If we did not trust men in the past, sometimes we don’t trust our husbands.  Often men have been so abused by past relations that they find it hard to receive love.  I sometimes have to remind my husband that I am not those girls from his past when he gets stuck in a rut of feeling sorry for himself.  The past can so blind us from the joy that is right in front of us.  I assure you that Satan delights in the moment when we can only see past regrets instead of new life and peace.
God created us to love and this means we are also suppose to love ourselves.  I know, that’s a tough pill for some of us to swallow, yet I know this to be true.  If we can barely muster enough love for ourselves to get us through another day, then how can we possibly love someone else as God intends?  The reality of the situation is that if we hide our true self’s in the darkness of the past, no one will ever see that there is color in our lives.
What if we just started each day with a simple sentence, “Good Morning Lord, today I am choosing to love myself so that I may be able to love others as You have designed me to do.”  Perhaps if we made a commitment right now for the next 30 days to say that first thing when we wake up, I wonder if it would make a difference in our lives.  Would it change our atmosphere?  Would people see something different in our lives?  Would we finally be able to accept that God’s love was meant for us too?
I will take this challenge with you.  For the next 30 days wake up and say you choose to love yourself.  I bet a change will start to happen.  You will begin to feel a love for others that perhaps was never there before.  I feel the more we begin to love who we are in Christ the less the past will invade our space in today.  Are you ready to love you?  Are you able to come to the full realization that your past can simply stay behind you?  If so, take the challenge and let me know if you notice a difference in your life 30 days from now.

Got A Minute?

Luke 12:12
for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what needs to be said.”

Luke 12:40
You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected.”

Do you have enough time for everything in your life?  Most of us would have to answer that question with a resounding , NO!  We bog ourselves down with too many obligations to count.  Soccer games, favorite television shows, home parties, birthday events, church services, Bible studies, football games, youth leaders, coaches, leaders of groups…I could go on, but you get the picture I am sure.  Yes many of these things are important and very much of what makes us who we are, but for those who also hold down full time jobs which take up 45 hours a week or more, scheduling LIFE can be overwhelming and tedious.  We just need to come to the realization that we don’t have the time to say “Yes” to everything that sounds like fun.  Now the point of this blog is not to accuse or convict, it is merely showing what we really need to make time for in our day:  God.

It is the quiet times when we take a minute for God that we can download what He needs us to hear.  It gives us the strength we need to conquer anything that might be thrown at us in the meandering of our day.  Let’s imagine for a moment Jesus standing at the beginning of dawn, waiting for us to invite Him into our day.  What if we get so busy right from the get-go that we leave Him standing out there all day long, never once pausing to seek Him?  My greatest weakness at one time was this very thing.  I had my whole day planned out and not one minute would I spend with God.  Nope, not even one thought, unless things were going so terrible that I HAD to call out His Name in hopes that He would fix the situation.  If only I had called on Him right from the start of my day, He would have already been there to set things before me.

I now get up and go as usual but on the car ride to work I pray and say good morning to Him and play some worship music.  It really does make a difference because when things are going wrong during the day, my morning ride reminds that God is right there with me.  What God desires is a relationship with us first and foremost, once we have that, then all other aspects of being a Christian just seem to fall into place.  The more we seek time with Him, the more the desire to sin goes away.  The more we start our day with a “Good Morning, Lord” the easier it will be to keep our focus on the positive and stop releasing evil on everyone around us.  Giving just one minute of our time to God can make a world of difference in any situation.

I am still slow at saying no.  I want to do all the fun things in life too, however when I find myself over-extended, I get tired easier and do not truly enjoy what I am doing.  As we further mature into Christian adulthood, we need a closer walk with God and longer times to download the things He has in store for us.  How can we possibly know where God wants us to go if we are not slowing down long enough to get directions?  How can we rise each morning and not recognize our King as the One who rules our day?  It’s Biblical!  He knew us before birth, our days are ordered.  What more do we need to hear about God being a part of our day?

So I challenge all of us to spend ONE minute, yes we will start with just 60 seconds at first, with God in the morning.  It takes time to form habits, yet this is one we should begin right away.  Start with one minute for a week, maybe put it in your phone calendar or set an alarm, perhaps just putting a note on the mirror or making God the first thing on your to do list.  Whatever works for you!  Just start now to form the habit of spending time with God each day.  When you have had success at the one minute with God, try two the next week and keep increasing it until you are spending as much time as you desire with God each day.  I assure you it will make a BIG difference in your life for the positive and people will see it!  Reply to this blog or share it in the testimony part of the blog page.  I want to hear some reports!  Who knows how many of us will be setting an alarm just so we can get up early enough to spend some extra time with God.