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More Icing

“Believe me: I am in my Father and my Father is in me. If you can’t believe that, believe what you see—these works. The person who trusts me will not only do what I’m doing but even greater things, because I, on my way to the Father, am giving you the same work to do that I’ve been doing. You can count on it. From now on, whatever you request along the lines of who I am and what I am doing, I’ll do it. That’s how the Father will be seen for who he is in the Son. I mean it. Whatever you request in this way, I’ll do.
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Did you know that God’s agendas are never ours?  Do realize that when God has something planned it’s almost completely opposite than we expect?  If I have to say it a million times even to myself then I will, “God has it planned out already.  Believe in Jeremiah 29:11 and begin to ask God for the next step rather than trying so hard to figure out what to do next.”
So often we have ourselves so wrapped up in the “what do we do next” mode that we miss what God has for us already.  God has a perfect plan and purpose for our lives and if He just opened up the book and showed it to us we would run so fast in the other direction we would be a distant shadow of what God intended for us. If only we would stand still and listen to that still small voice directing us, we could stop trying so hard.
Just today I caught myself doing this.  Why am I trying so hard to make sense of my job or my dance group or what to do with my aging dad?  All I need to do is crawl into my prayer closet and curl up in Daddy’s lap.  What do I do instead?  Come up with grandeous ideas and things to do to get God to work in my life.  I sometimes just shake my head at myself.  It’s like  I can blog all these great things that God can do, yet I don’t apply it to my life.  It’s frustrating sometimes because I know that I know that I know that I KNOW it’s as easy as a simple prayer, “God…What’s next on the agenda?”
I think I shared that when I started this dance group I argued with God.  “When will I have time?  No one is going to show up.”  The Devil tried to get me to quit.  Next I injured my back and missed a practice.  THEN, I was healed on Sunday and my back is better than new.  So tonight when we were practicing the pastor came to us with a proposal and in that tiny moment of time I knew God had something so big in mind for our little group that it would be almost surreal.  The funny part in all of this is that it’s not about our group.  It’s not about our insecurities.  It’s not about performing.  It is all about advancing His Kingdom.
I am excited to see what God is up to.  We are about to step into something we never saw coming.  My spirit is excited to experience this next adventure with God.  I know that I will not be able to figure out the steps on my own and I will need to seek Him more strongly than ever before.  I will need to be quiet and stand still even when I want to run ahead.  It is His plan, not mine.  I challenge each of us this week to stop trying to frost our own cake and allow God to cover it with so much icing we can’t move!  Surrender is the word.  Not moving is the game.  Peace is the prize.
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They Don’t Know

Jesus said, “For a brief time still, the light is among you. Walk by the light you have so darkness doesn’t destroy you. If you walk in darkness, you don’t know where you’re going. As you have the light, believe in the light. Then the light will be within you, and shining through your lives. You’ll be children of light.”
 
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Walk in the light. Walk in the light.  Walk in the light.
Sometimes I have to say this over and over again as the world throws one thing after another at me every day.  Work can be such a stretch of the patience sometimes.  The grocery store can be a breeding ground for the darkness of the world.  Driving can bring a rage we just don’t like to dwell in.  Relatives going in the wrong direction can just rub us like sandpaper.  The kids doing the wrong things. School just wearing us out.  Sigh!  Life. It just keeps rolling on by and we have a choice to react or respond to all the situations which pop up.
 
Jesus was delivered to this earth to bring Light to darkness.  If we accept Jesus to be our personal savior then we accept the Light and it becomes the avenue to leading others to Christ.  In every situation we have to choose to use the light to expose the darkness.  We need to be so focused on Jesus that His Light just becomes a constant flow in our lives.
 
Coming up soon Revival Warrior’s, a dance group the Lord had me start, will be performing for the first time.  As this group has changed and evolved many times in the last few weeks, I know God is at work in all of us and at different levels.  He is working on so many aspects of human life it is almost crazy.  Insecurities.  Shyness.  Leadership. Teamwork. Stage fright.  Fear of failing.  Fear of making too many mistakes.  Fear of imperfection.  Getting people out of their boxes.
 
All of these things will shape us more and more into what God desires for us.  As we yield to God and mesh as a dance team for Jesus, He will remove the imperfections and the impurities we may have in our hearts.  When we come to performance day if we just focus on Jesus and Him alone, the whole dance will fall into place and the hearts of the people in the meeting will be touched by Jesus, not us.
 
 

Fire & Water Never Got Along So Well

 

Psalm 51:10 The Message (MSG)

7-15 Soak me in your laundry and I’ll come out clean,
    scrub me and I’ll have a snow-white life.
Tune me in to foot-tapping songs,
    set these once-broken bones to dancing.
Don’t look too close for blemishes,
    give me a clean bill of health.
God, make a fresh start in me,
    shape a Genesis week from the chaos of my life.
Don’t throw me out with the trash,
    or fail to breathe holiness in me.
Bring me back from gray exile,
    put a fresh wind in my sails!
Give me a job teaching rebels your ways
    so the lost can find their way home.
Commute my death sentence, God, my salvation God,
    and I’ll sing anthems to your life-giving ways.
Unbutton my lips, dear God;
    I’ll let loose with your praise.

starting fires

Ever felt like you finally arrived at the top of the mountain you were facing?  Finally achieved a goal you had been striving towards?  Won a race?  Received an award?  I am feeling all of those things right now in this moment.  God says in Psalm 23 that He will fill our cups to overflow status!  He says He will turn all of our sorrow to joy!  He says He will turn ALL things to good!!!  I can tell you this is truth!!

God has done a number of things in my recent past.  Pulled me from a destructive marriage.  Kept me safe in several circumstances.  Restored my faith.  Given me new hope.  Promoted me higher than I could ever imagine.  What does this feel like?  Uncontainable, indescribable, incredible JOY!!!!!!

How did I get to the mountain top?  Surrender.  Surrender.  Surrender. and MORE Surrender.  Today alone this is what happened in my tiny little speck of a life:  I submitted book two to be published, figured out how to start my first book on Kindle, received TWO checks at work, and I obeyed God and started a dance group at church and people actually showed up.  Eight other people to be exact.

Yup!  All that in one day.  I feel the most significant event was the dance group.  When I saw the vision to start this dance team, I of course argued with God.  Why are you picking me? I am the least coordinated person on earth?  Lord, you know I cannot rub my tummy and pat my head at the same time!  Want to know what His answer was:  I always choose the least to accomplish the most in my Kingdom.

This group of women to me are the firestarters who will enable the body of Christ to walk on water.  He chose a leader, a worshiper, got someone out of their box, a Zumba instructor, a cheerleader, a gymnast and a past color guard person to become The Revival Warriors.  Our first practice was awesome and I really look forward to praising God in the most intimate way with this group of women!

So what is the moral of the story?  Mountain top stories are based on surrender and obedience.  Would I have found such joy today if I hadn’t stepped out in faith and called these women to bind together in unity to lead the church to victory?  Probably not.  I encourage anyone reading this to choose surrender and obedience in whatever situation you are currently in.  God cannot take you to the top of the mountain if you do not choose to surrender….He would never drag anyone up the mountain.

Got Hangers?

1 Peter 5:7

        Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

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You are in a bad mood.  Your dog just ate your favorite shoes.  Your boss is demanding.  Your best friend is having a crisis.  Your last unemployment check came today.  You failed a major test.  You bounced a check.  Your mom is being tested for cancer.  A million and one things can be hitting you all at one time and as you begin to wrap your mind around all of the outcomes which could occur you go into freak out mode. You begin to doubt your ability to cope with anything.  You start to feel sorry for yourself and think thoughts that are not anywhere near the truth.  Ever have days like this when you feel nothing you do for anybody is good enough to meet any of their standards?

 

Today, I went to church for a prayer meeting and I gave God all of the things that were bothering from my day and the recent past.  I wrote Him a letter and released it all to Him and then I sat in silence as I listened for His answer.  At first I was frustrated, it seemed as if I had been sitting there for a long time with no reply.  So those not so good thoughts start flooding in.  Gee, I’m not even good enough for God.  This isn’t even worth it.  He is too busy tonight to talk to me.  All those negative non-truths just kept invading until finally when I had had enough of the voices, He began to speak to me.

 

As I wrote out what He spoke I felt this peace invade.  I felt my self-worth returning and I could clearly see that God was not too busy for me.  He answered every question I had asked and more.  It was like He pushed my reset button.  As I was leaving the church, He said take a picture of the hangers.  What? That seemed so silly to me and I asked Him why.  He simply reminded me of the verse about cast your cares upon me and He was using the hangers as an illustration to get His point across.  For you see, if we would just put our frustrations and failures on “hangers” and allow God to take them, we could be free to do what He asks of us.

 

So tonight, I hang up all of my worries, concerns, disappointments and regrets on spiritual hangers and I allow God to take care of them.  He has the plans for me that I cannot see.  He knows I am exactly where He needs me to be in this moment of time and I can rest and remain calm knowing He will take care of all things concerning me.  One other thing He mentioned to me was that He just wanted me to dance with Him and let Him lead.  Of course He knows it’s hard for me when I dance not to want to lead and it was His way of saying….just let me guide your steps.