February 13, 2018

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Good morning, Beloved,

We live in an era where only “big honkin’ success” is acknowledged. We don’t even notice the baby steps, breakthroughs, or earnest “I tried” but slipped, tripped, and fell flat on my face.

Yet it takes shocking bravery to be at mid-expedition. Yes, it is brave just to be there…trusting, moving to the Savior’s call.

Maybe you’re in transition.

Perhaps you are in study-mode,

growing a new business,

writing lesson plans,

in recovery,

or getting your feet back under you from a necessary break-up.

These are the times when sharks circle your john-boat,

any which way you step-there’s manure,

your shoes are on the other side of a blistering-hot asphalt lot,

hail beats down,

the moon stays full forever,

your boss changes the game plan,

your mom calls delivering “the lecture”,

and your anxiety level explodes for fear that you may age in misery with dreams that never got their chance.

Yep, these are the moments that need a celebration because GLORY is in the midst of your obedience. You’re doing the work. “And Moses called Bezalel and Oholiab and every craftsman in whose mind the Lord had put skill, everyone whose heart stirred him up to come to do the work.” Exodus 36:2 ESV

These are the times we need a round of applause, and streamers, and a frozen yogurt cone, and spectators to our radiance. These are the times we must allow ourselves to love and be loved through the sweat and exhaustion. These are the times when we must cheer for what we’re made of. . . our mettle … you know the source of that, right? It’s all God. Maker of the Universe. Maker of your mettle. What makes us stand is the Power of God Almighty who continues to give us strength to move. This is the time that we celebrate His Presence and the stubbornness He delivers in us to keep upright and keep us lurching and wobbling forward.

I’m all about perspective. In His strength, you and I have total control over it. Please give yourself the benefit of true perspective. Do not allow the enemy to plant seeds of self-rejection for “not being there yet.”

The One that designed your “there” is utterly, entirely, and completely for you. Take in His glory here. Now. Today.

“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”

Romans 8:31 ESV

You are exactly where you are supposed to be to learn to rely on God Most High for the outcome. Allow Him to move you forward again. Lean in to Glory.

Wake up. Lean in. Go.

February 12, 2018 possibility

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“God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.” Ephesians 3:20 MSG

Good morning, DearOne.

Our pastor referred to the story of the Good Samaritan yesterday. I wondered if somehow the half-dead, beaten man that Jesus told about in the parable was actually Him? Was He telling a personal experience story … in gratitude for the Samaritan that crossed the man-made cultural borders and in his compassion, he got the Son of God to the help He needed? There’s a span of His teenage and young adult life that isn’t referenced. Hmmm. I’ve always thought of those lost years as possibly His training years.

The same Power that moved Abraham and Moses and David and Jesus moved the Samaritan. And, is alive and active in you and me. Do not take that lightly. You are so much more than you think you are. More than you can ever really imagine.

Somewhere deep in the mist of our ancient memory, we know as a child of God we have His miraculous powers within us to do those things that are beyond reason. It only takes a small shift in perspective to be reminded that we are the art of the Master Artist. In every breath He gives, He is fueling His next miracle through you and me.

Wake up.

Enter into the realm of His possibilities.

Go.

February 10, 2018 gameday

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Good morning, DearHeart.

Gameday. The stage has been set and the brackets drawn. Our basketball playoffs begin today. We have a future dream of winning the rest of our games this season, and we have a present fact that the only game that matters this one. Today.

Game days bring with them an extra push of excitement. And, when playoffs begin the molecules in the air at our house bounce about a bit hotter. To get out there and compete suddenly has a higher result at stake. When I think of Jesus’ days on earth, it seems like every day was game day.

Game on.

Bring it.

When you read of him

calling the twelve

and teaching,

and miracling,

and healing,

and hoping,

and gathering momentum,

can’t you feel the ‘expectancy’ power the disciples must’ve felt while with him?

He gave us the same power to show up with possibility and intention. And, momentum. He gave us that power to alter the essence of our hours at will.

We are wired to train and finesse and create solutions. Jesus and his followers knew the only way to alter the outcome was to step out of the ordinary. They knew the reality … they lived it and they modeled it, and deep down you and I know the reality, too … that the power to show up with intention is more than what we do … it is who we are.

“for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:7 ESV

Wake up.

Be intentional.

Go.

February 9, 2018 send

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“But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.” Luke 6:27-28 ESV

Good morning, BlessedOne.

The blessing is the release. Natural response is to hurt those that hurt you. When you choose instead to dive deep into your Savior, you’ll find an ancient secret that is all yours to own and to share: giving away a blessing suspends the cycle of pain in you long enough to replace it with another feeling. Whether the relief comes for only a second or for day doesn’t really matter … because during the blessing you’re opening a doorway to healing and moving forward with life. There lies the gold and the irony – by blessing the one who is the source of your pain, you’re released from the hurt long enough to let the beauty of Christ into your own heart and mind.

Mysterious and mind-blowing-powerful. God is so good.

Wake up.

Send out the blessing.

Go.

February 8, 2018 relationship

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Whether you know it or not, the Bible says God is at work in everyone’s life. That includes yours.

“So that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.” (Acts 17:27)

Interesting conversation recently.

“I wish I’d make the time to read my Bible, but, I’m just not a morning person.”

“So, you’re a night owl?”

“Not really. I just like my sleep.”

“Do you eat? Do you park your car?”

“Is there EVER a time you are

alone?”

“I guess, yea, I guess.”

“There’s your answer – squeeze in a moment right there – you don’t have to have a plan or even a bible. Download the Bible app and give God a single minute. Read a verse and really think about how that verse applies to your day – your moment. This moment.

God just wants in, Beloved.

It’s not about reading an entire chapter or the whole book. it’s about relationship. Give Him one minute of relationship with you in His word and from that minute watch Him weave

His perspective,

His Holiness,

His Divinity into your busy and “no time for that” day. He is amazing like that.

Wake up.

One minute.

Relationship begins with one.

Go.

February 6, 2018 reveal

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“Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets” (Amos 3:7)

We belong to Him.

He belongs to us.

Entirely.

Good morning, Beloved.

Call now on the Holy Spirit to enter your day. Carry on your planting of something eternal to all you pass. A small token is fine. Speak much, or speak little, or none at all. Silence is one of the languages of our Maker, and His grace flows in quietness, too.

God reveals words of hope to the earth through His earth and through His people. He sends words about what He is doing from one season into another. Find a Godly mentor to lead you closer to the heart of your Maker.

Be that mentor for one who needs a word from their Savior. Because for those who don’t know Jesus, there will be eternal fire. Wailing and gnashing of teeth. Share Jesus.

Today, has anyone said to you, ‘I love you?’ Well, I love you. Pass your love on to another. That’s your in-road to letting them know an unfailing Savior loves them, too.

Sit, or stand, or dance, or kneel.

Invite Him in. Listen and reveal Him.

Fill your day with His Glory.

Ask for His revealing touch.

Go.

February 1, 2018 Divine

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Good morning, DearHeart.

Have you ever been thrown a curveball. Just recently in stunned wonder, I heard myself say, “I. did. not. see. that. coming.”

It’s not always easy to be grateful for the challenges that seem to pelt you. When someone slams you from out of nowhere, when a moment escalates beyond reason, when your left trying to figure out how to deal with the carnage.

Becoming overwhelmed and defeated with a no-hope-in-sight mindset is where Satan would like to keep you. You are useless to the Kingdom of God Almighty when you stay down and out.

But, in His creation of you, God gave you every tool you need to remove the hurdles, successfully. When you recognize that what the enemy set in your day to make you fail is really just a simple redirection, you will gain strength to stand, and move, and love, and forgive, and cross the line into God’s highest good for you.

You are on a new plane with The Almighty.

He is the heightened source of life to very cell in you.

You don’t run on defeat anymore.

As a Child if the Living God, you run on the Divine fuel of your Maker … supplier of your

Divine strength,

Divine prioritizer,

Divine strength,

Divine survival,

Divine victory.

“But now, GOD ’s Message, the God who made you in the first place, Jacob, the One who got you started, Israel: “Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you. I’ve called your name. You’re mine. When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you. When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down. When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead end— Because I am GOD, your personal God, The Holy of Israel, your Savior. I paid a huge price for you: all of Egypt, with rich Cush and Seba thrown in! That’s how much you mean to me! That’s how much I love you! I’d sell off the whole world to get you back, trade the creation just for you.” Isaiah 43:1-4 MSG

Wake up.

Reunite with your Divine Savior.

Go.

January 31, 2018 Outlast

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Mornin’ y’all. God loves impossible situations.

That’s where he does his finest work.

He could have rescued Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego from the fury of the king and from the fury of the flames BEFORE they were ever thrown in. But, God waited until they were all the way in. And, His God-timing was perfect.

Just thinking .. when I don’t know where the storm is coming from …

When I am powerless to stop it …

When there’s no reason for it …

When unjust things occur …

I can’t fix the storm. But, praise God, I can outlast it. Because I’m not going anywhere. The drought can grow all it likes. The wind can blow as hard as it wants to. But when all is said and done, by the grace of God, I’m still going to be here. I’m going to be right where I am (or higher), in my place, seeking God and doing what God has called me to do.

So let the winds blow if they need to. Let the scorching drought or the flooding rains come if they need to. I’m going to hunker down in the shadow of the Almighty, and He’ll keep me safe through the storm. And all I have to do is get through it. All I have to do is outlast it.

One breath at a time,

one response at a time,

one day at a time.

And, that’s all you have to do, too. All you have to do is outlast the storm … because every storm in history has stopped sometime.

There’s not a single storm that’s ever been, on the face of the whole earth, that hasn’t stopped. Not one. That means your problems have a shelf life.

Your storm has an end.

The winds of adversity cannot blow forever.

“Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. But even if he doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.” Daniel 3:16-18

“Look!” Nebuchadnezzar shouted. “I see four men, unbound, walking around in the fire unharmed! And the fourth looks like a god!” Daniel 3:25 NLT

“There is no other god who can rescue like this!” Daniel 3:29 NLT

Wake up.

There is no god like our God.

Outlast this.

Go.

January 30, 2018 bolder

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“Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus.” Act 4:13

Mornin’.

You feeling bold yet? Or, does fear stand in your way? As a child of the Living God, you won’t find progress through traditional means, Dearheart. Because, force, fear, and standard deviations don’t inspire. We are moved by big truth… and, crazy love for the big truth. The Holy Spirit speaks in a frequency and language that He alone sets in your heart … accessible through prayer and relationship building with Him. While others drive through life building and delivering problems, you are free to choose relationship with God Most High instead. When you partner with the Spirit, you choose to boldly drive home solutions. His solutions. Where FULL confidence flows if you allow it.

Others may not like your choices. They don’t have to. Your concern is simply bold listening and bold follow-through with His still small voice, ringing like thunder, as your guide.

Others will recognize you, too, as bold … as having been with Jesus.

Wake up.

Follow bolder.

Go.

January 26, 2018 Sr night

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Tonight is is Senior night for my youngest, y’all. How did this even happen? I blinked.

My Luke is fully loaded and completely equipped with everything he needs as long as he keeps Christ highest in his heart. We’ve learned to trust God Most High to bring in the right people, show him the right places, and deliver in His perfect timing.

But, this is not easy for a momma.

I keep reminding myself he is a strong, independent thinker. A mix of logic, reason, and ‘get-after-it’. He is wound a little tighter than most. Man – does he ever keep me on my toes.

His senior year is/has been one of letting go, when motherhood becomes a complicated mixture of pushing him forward and holding him back. Every day I cry a few tears as I get used to the idea of him moving on from our home, but at the same time, I am so excited for him to embrace this next phase of life. Because every time I’ve asked God to “just keep him here at this age, this age is the best!” God has revealed a new place in my sons where He takes them to a new level of life with new growth, and new joys … new planes – places ever-better. A new place of “this age is the best”.

I am in your corner, Luke Lewis, your loudest cheerleader, and proudest Mother. I’m right here. Always. Watching you in wonder, supporting plans for your tomorrows, and praising our Maker for the gift of you.

I love you, son.

Mom

“There is hope for your future,” says the Lord. “Your children will come again to their own land.”

‭Jeremiah‬ ‭31:17‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Wake up.

Love them hard.

Go.

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