March 11, 2018 God’s got a plan

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Good morning, DearHeart,

Is it just me, or is everything quite radical right now. Little changes to huge – in every single aspect of life. Personal life, emotional life, spiritual life, work life, family life – all transitioning … and different. Events steamrolling in that you and I didn’t see coming, and the first response is … “God, what just happened here? What’s going on? What are you doing here?”

DearOne – your Creator is pulling more from you for His good purpose.

Stop waiting for two trumpet blasts from the heavens.

Stop waiting for an angel appearance. Stop waiting for a sign in the weather patterns.

Just step out in faith,

-presenting everything to the Lord and

-covering everything in prayer,

-knowing that God is a big enough God to protect you and

-stop you if you are about to do anything that would be bad for you.

You may have been waiting for God, but God’s waiting for you.

DearHeart, if your life is in transition, know that our Lord, Jesus Christ, sees right where you are, and he will be with you all along the way.

Persevere. Let Him fill you up with hope. Do a faith check. And move forward in faith. Jesus will meet you and help you all the way. And, when you need to walk away, He will flood you with uncommon courage. He will open a new place for you.

“If you’re not welcomed, not listened to, quietly withdraw. Don’t make a scene. Shrug your shoulders and be on your way.” Then they were on the road. They preached with joyful urgency that life can be radically different; right and left they sent the demons packing; they brought wellness to the sick, anointing their bodies, healing their spirits.”

Mark 6:11-13 MSG

Wake up.

God’s got a plan.

Go.

March 7, 2018 launch bravely

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Good morning, DearHeart.

We humanskinned folks tend to make God far too small. We put Him in a box. When we choose to do life with Him it means we have chosen to no longer wallow in the quicksand. It means we have made the choice to stand with the Most of the Most. Take a deep breath and let your self grow taller and bolder into that thought. Embrace the fullness of the Almighty. Interrupt the rising anxiety with gratitude … there … feel His Spirit enlarge in you. Feel it? Feel His presence? Feel His Power making you brave?

Enter into the Holy with your whole being and allow the Invincible God of the Universe to break open His Most in you …

Most creative.

Most living.

Most peaceful.

Most bold.

Most loving.

Most determined.

You are ready to launch Dearheart!

‘On the day I called, You answered me; You increased strength within me.’ (Psalms 138:3 HCSB)

Wake up.

Launch bravely.

Go.

March 2, 2018 playoffs

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‘So let’s do it—full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word. Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching.’ (Hebrews 10:22-25 MSG)

Good morning, ConfidentOne,

My youngest son, Luke, and his team are in high school state basketball playoffs. Our little town has a population of about 600 in rural southwest Oklahoma.

This is a big deal.

This result makes it okay for us to have raised sons with some sort of basketball goal in our living room for the past 20+years! Ha!

This team of 19 young men is a fresh sight to watch play under the direction of their coach. There is a certain focused mindset; perpetual movement, and fierce groundedness when these guys play well. You can feel it.

I am most fascinated by what it takes to stay focused in each game in spite of all the hype that is going on around them. They are learning to surrender to the coaching that will help them be all that they can be. Cooperation and coordination and the willingness to react to the one on the court with the skills for the ever-changing situation at hand takes time together. Each player’s impact is multiplied when they work together. I am, of course, linking their finesse on the court to life’s bigger game … survival and evolution of the soul, eternity.

Hearing Coach-God-of-the-Angel-Armies amid the hype and chaos and even in the boredom that comes in everyday life means one must make intentional effort.

Time together.

The whistle blows, the Master back-fills the empty, places with necessary changes.

He is the provider of

constant interplays,

constant discards,

constant replacement of ideas,

constant get-back-out-there,

constant fueling,

constant boldness,

constant courage,

constant direction,

constant energies.

Without the consistent, fueling direction of God, the undisciplined one puddles into havoc.

Open up your senses in your minutes to the consistent prompting of the Master on your life court.  Start now.

Wake up. Be intentional. Go.

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March 1, 2018 quiver

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“Have you given the horse its strength or clothed its neck with a flowing mane? Did you give it the ability to leap like a locust? Its majestic snorting is terrifying! It paws the earth and rejoices in its strength when it charges out to battle. It laughs at fear and is unafraid. It does not run from the sword. The arrows rattle against it, and the spear and javelin flash. It paws the ground fiercely and rushes forward into battle when the ram’s horn blows. It snorts at the sound of the horn. It senses the battle in the distance. It quivers at the captain’s commands and the noise of battle.”
‭‭Job‬ ‭39:19-25‬ ‭NLT‬‬
Dearheart, know this:
Your dreams are not a race,
not a test,
not a series of skill levels that give you permission proceed.
Your dream has life,
every breath in is a choice …
and, each breath fuels your existence deeper into the ways of the Holy …
into more sacred desires …
into the brightness of the Morning Star. 
Eternal permission to step into battle for victory, ah – yes, that is the heart of this day.
Permission granted.
Lift your dream higher.
Set it right where you can touch it.
Carry it with you like it deserves to be carried.
A place of honor.
Spotlights. 
Like a precious blue diamond,
like an Olympic torch,
like solid gold.
Speak to your dream, DearOne, whisper to it. Wrap it in the Holy Spirit. Strap it on with your water canteen and begin the climb toward the sacred ground of God Most High.
Set it on the battle field – in a hidden, secret place. Where only you and your Maker know it is there.
Feed the dream well – with nourishment kinds of foods, the really healthy soul-fuels.
Your dream has been placed by the Holy One.
The God Who Loves You extends the privilege to run in laser focus …
turning dreams into matter.
Make every motion count,
shine through to the finish …
there you will find, there’s no brighter place this side of heaven …
the place where victory meets the earth.
Wake up.
Give dreams life.
Go.

February 27, 2018 renew

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“For if what was fading away was glorious, what endures will be even more glorious.”

2 Corinthians 3:11 HCSB

Good morning, God’s child,

From the sleep, our body relaxes and then rattles back into morning. Every dream of the night, deep, daring, deliberate, serves to point us into desire for our union with the Holy One. We dream of reunion. We return from a rest of being born and reborn, night after night, with mud caked to the soles of our feet, our hair smelling like the damp earth, our sleep shirt singed on the edge from the campfire.

From the night-land, we step into day clothes and into day lives. We sit behind a wheel, behind a screen, behind a stove, in front of a boss, a teacher, a customer. We breathe the life of the Savior into every encounter if we so choose … our creations, our corporate world, our decisions, our art, our plans, our education, our industry, our rights, our freedoms, our duties.

We breathe Him there.

His presence is renewal.

His mere presence = renewal.

We set our hearts into Him by deliberate choice – and that choice brings His renewal in us.

The Creator-driven life is not only sustainable in our world, He sustains all worlds.

Ah. Thank You, Father. For this gift of renewal in this new day.

Wake up.

Breathe in renewal.

Go.

February 22, 2018 choose kindness

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“He redeems your life from the Pit; He crowns you with faithful love and compassion.” Psalms 103:4 HCSB

Good morning, DearHeart.

God has purpose in everything. Give this a thought before you jump out there with finger pointing … before listening and feeding off of and getting hurt by the rants of others – just please reserve judgement.

That’s not for you.

Have compassion for everyone you meet.

Place your pain at the foot of the cross and walk away.

What seems like conceit, bad manners, or cynicism, its always a sign no other eyes have seen, no ears have heard – you do not know what wars are going on down there, where their nature meets the bone.

He was rude.

She was cold and aloof.

He’s at the door – asking for a handout.

She lies.

She’s money hungry.

He’s grossly overweight.

They left without saying goodbye.

No one returned your call . . . you may never know the “why” behind someone’s less than ideal, ‘not the way I wish it was’ behavior, but here’s a curative for the sharp judgement that often accompanies our disappointment in others. . . just a single, surprisingly expansive phrase. . .

“you just never know”.

That’s it. God knows their wanderings, as He knows yours and mine.

You just never know.

Use the phrase before you jump to the conclusion that someone is a jerk, or that they need an attitude adjustment, or that they could be doing better than they are. God will adjust them. His ways are right.

If you don’t understand,

can’t comprehend,

wonder what’s going on – there’s a reason for that . . . your Creator is pulling something deeper out of you, too.

He is pulling a certain compassion out of you.

Wake up.

Seek compassion.

Go

February 21, 2018 weary

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‘but those who trust in the Lord will renew their strength; ____will soar on wings like eagles; _____ will run and not grow weary; _____ will walk and not faint.’ Isaiah 40:31

Hello, PreciousOne.

Reading the scripture with new eyes lately. Personal eyes.

Fill in the blanks with “I”.

Fill in the blanks with your most precious ones … Dale, Levi, Bry, Luke, Holly, Dani, Liv, Mom, Dad ….

Bring God home. Bring Him high and alive in your heart and home as you begin today.

This is a time of much heart turmoil for everyone I know. It is easy to be overcome by fear when drowning in waves of change, Sweetheart. It is common to wonder where the Holy Spirit is when the world demands so much attention.

Slowdown, HurtingHeart. Stop. Peaks and valleys are part of the challenges that grow us.

Name your desire to know Father God better through your curveball of change. Allow the Spirit to shake out a masterpiece quilt in you.

Boldly follow the pattern of His Holy ways …

His answers are personal,

unique,

tailor made

to you alone.

Trust the process, DearOne.

Trust the process.

Wake up.

Bring Him home.

Go.

February 20, 2018

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21 Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.”  2 Corinthians 1:17, 21-22 NIV

Good morning, BlessedOne,

Sometimes life challenges the beliefs of even the most loving people, doesn’t it? I read a quote from the Archbishop of Canterbury, and it stuck, (paraphrased) “When you see the depth of energy that people can put into evil, then there is a flicker of doubt in humanity. It would be inhumane not to react with sadness and doubt.”

Even when we know there are spiritual reasons people make tragic and hurtful and downright ugly decisions that have long-term impact, we still try to make sense of them. So, how are we to pray “positive” prayers while we are hurt and just want the pain to stop? The power of blessing is the key to our healing.

There is a space that is given to you and me by our Maker. This space … between this breath, and the next is a place of creation: cycles that start or stop, grow or fade, live or die. All possibilities exist from this place. Think about it. What kind of Creator sets that kind of power in place for us?! He thought of everything. You and I have the choice and the power to change our lives, to bring peace into our hearts – through the magical moments that we choose to bless it.

Bless the person.

Bless the event.

Bless the growth.

Bless the pain’s purpose.

Bless the journey.

Between breaths, decide, and bless it.

Your will, Lord.  Nothing more. Nothing less.  Nothing else.

Wake up.

Bless it.

Go.

February 19, 2018 children

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“For nothing will be impossible with God.” Luke 1:37 HCSB

Good morning, God’s Child.

With all that goes on from day to day, I could easily cower in a panic attack over the fears I have for my sons and my girls and our precious granddaughter, Liv. All the what-if’s planted by the enemy are his attempt to keep us tangled up in “stuff” and, make us ineffective for God’s best. Here is where that battle is won … and I know this works as I see it working every single day … when we pray God’s Word, we are praying God’s heart. When we place our children’s and grandchildren’s names into scripture, we are praying God’s will for those we love most. These times we live in are like nothing that has come before … no matter what your child may be going through, you can be sure that God’s Word and His heart will address it and bring wisdom to it. Have you asked Him? Have you truly trusted Him by laying the troubles and joys and praises and concerns of your loves on the alter to be delivered up to The Most High? When we do, we start something beyond what our minds can fathom. Rest assured that your prayers are POWERFUL and EFFECTIVE and MAKE A DIFFERENCE. And, prayer is a legacy you give to your children.

Your prayers are powerful. Especially the prayers you speak with full faith. Don’t hold back. Your loves need to know you are carrying them into the heart of The Almighty God who loves them.

Wake up.

Pray for your loves.

List them.

Go.

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.