May 11, 2018 mother

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Our mom is our landing place.

She is light. She brings light.

God placed her with us to guide us. He filled her with the best parts of His compassion and instruction and fuel for her to give away. And, she does. When Steve, Russ, or I begin to quiver from just the stuff life deals – she’s where we go. Continual bits of wisdom…and finding our missing pieces and filling the holes. She hugs. Slowly and firmly with thankfulness and deep care like she has all the time in the world … because for us, she does. Being in the gaze of her eyes is like having the entire Milky Way grinning down on us. She reminds us who Christ says we are. She knows because, like us, she is scarred and it has heightened her compassion, made her even more radiant. She reminds us that “everything will be better in the morning”, and it always is. She is so tender that she applies instruction like little sparks with expectation that her fuel will start the fire. Because she is the fire.

She reminds us of simple truths like … when people are rude to us – don’t take it personal, it reveals who they are not who we are. Never is life so clear as when in her presence – so clearly loved. Her acceptance is intoxicating. She lives out unconditional love, tells us and her grands with calm certainty that love is the shortest distance between you and me, and that there are no shortcuts through the grill of life … and, we are growing through it. She has bled from making bad decisions of her own, had her self esteem trampled into the mud from unguarded boundaries being violated and she had bled out for us – because that’s what you do when people you love get sliced through the heart … you give them your blood-life … here, babe, take mine … it is fresh and warm … I have lots, I’ll just go back beneath the cross and get more. Few of us have ever seen her so pale from the endless supplies of compassion she gives, and those of us who have will never speak of that beauty to anyone else. She knows when we are ready for her words, we are really ready. And, she holds the light for our readiness because she knows the sweetness of the time being just right.

Thank you, Momma.

“If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love. Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. Love doesn’t strut, Doesn’t have a swelled head, Doesn’t force itself on others, Isn’t always “me first,” Doesn’t fly off the handle, Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, Doesn’t revel when others grovel, Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, Puts up with anything, Trusts God always, Always looks for the best, Never looks back, But keeps going to the end.

Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.”

1 Corinthians 13:3-10 MSG

May 9, 2018 move

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‘Yet He knows the way I have taken; when He has tested me, I will emerge as pure gold.’ (Job 23:10 HCSB)

Good morning, BraveSoul,

The way God shows up continually blows my mind. I see Him in breakthrough moments of my son’s lives and am reminded that life unfolds in proportion to your bravery. It also unfolds in the most unexpected ways. God is clever like that. The Master Marksman hits the bullseye every single time. He’s in control of the sweeping current we think we are in.

He’s got a plan.

It’s ok to be scared.

When you’re totally scared, it simply means you are really, really ready. There’s no longer a need to be tied to the emotions of the hurt place, there is no rope around an ankle stretching from way back there to right up here. God gives the green light, and just like that,

you are free to go.

Move on.

Carry on.

You are free to make your heart right in His peace.

He provides His courage to move where your courage is solid gone. He opens His fresh start on your new “Once upon a time” life story. He has been working in you all along to take you on from this day forward.

Wake up.

You are ready.

I dare you to move.

Go.

May 3, 2018 zone

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“This is the message from the Son of God, whose eyes are like flames of fire, whose feet are like polished bronze: “I know all the things you do. I have seen your love, your faith, your service, and your patient endurance. And, I can see your constant improvement in all these things.”  Revelation 2:18-19 NLT

Good morning, FaithfulHeart,

When you came into the world, you were empty. Then, God tapped you. He began to fill you with

knacks,

and words,

and dreams and faith,

patient endurance,

constant improvement,

and loves.

He gave you a sweet-spot from where your passions and obsessions flow … what is your obsession?

In what do you get totally caught up and lose all track of time and space?

What desire has your Maker set into the marrow of your bones?

Can you name it?

He then says, “My child, the obsession I gave you will be most effective for Me when you choose to get out of your comfort zone.”

Ooo. Mmm. Oh.

He says, “You will be most effective when you step in to the uncomfortable places.

But, I will be right there in it with you.”

What is holding you back from doing God’s work through you? What is keeping you tamped down? Comfortable?

Step on out –

step into your passion zone … as if God Almighty himself was delivering.

Because, He is.

You’ve been tapped.

You’ve definitely been tapped.

Wake up.

Tap in.

Go.

May 2, 2018 discipline

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“11 At the time, discipline isn’t much fun. It always feels like it’s going against the grain. Later, of course, it pays off handsomely, for it’s the well-trained who find themselves mature in their relationship with God. 12 So don’t sit around on your hands! No more dragging your feet! 13 Clear the path for long-distance runners so no one will trip and fall, so no one will step in a hole and sprain an ankle. Help each other out. And run for it!” Hebrews 12:11-13 MSG

Good morning, DearHeart.

We live in an imperfect world, don’t we?

Problems.

Disease.

Injury.

Fear.

All are much deeper than nursery rhymes and yo-yos. They come with darkness and negativity and are begging to be dealt with.

They scream of wrongfulness.

They scream to cast you into the gutter thought life of “I am not good enough”.

Will you refuse to fall into victimhood if your payoff doesn’t come in this lifetime? Will you still trust the God Who Loves You if every dream doesn’t come true?

If your lover leaves?

If you’re falsely accused?

If the diagnosis is dark?

If your child strays?

If your boss labels you as worthless?

If you are shoved through the eye of a needle … stripped, pared down to nothing, naked and left with only pith and the power of your faith … then, will the power of your faith be enough?

Refuse to sit around on your hands no matter what obstacle comes. Fall into the arms of the army of angels assigned to you; they have your back so you can fight with force alongside them.

Prepare to slay.

Deliberately choose to fill every single thought and every single action with Light-fuel.

That is discipline.

That is the real work – choosing to keep your balance on the high wire…laser beam focus on the deep joy of being held by the Holy Spirit.

Rise, Power.

Rise.

Wake up.

Fight for your joy.

Go.

May 1, 2018 click

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Good morning, Beloved.

God’s timing … His ways … the way we ask with a process in mind for how we will get to the victory … then, He delivers from a direction we never saw coming – a better direction, a way, way, far better, better than my limited thoughts could even begin to think up … well, His ways blow me away.

What are you asking of Him today? What cadre of players and circumstances will be involved? Allow God Most High to narrow your focus, DearOne. Allow Him to build your focus energy toward a target.

Your Creator is waiting on you to ask – to click the order button … to enter in and engage Him and His energy. He is the SUPERPOWER of your

BRAINPOWER

ENDURANCE POWER

DREAM POWER

WILL POWER

PHYSICAL POWER

All of it. And, He delivers what you can handle.

Are you really ready to see Him move in your life?

He’s waiting on

your praise,

your worship,

your surrender,

And, He waits to hear you place your request.

Wake up.

Enter, praise, request.

Go.

April 26, 2018 Regionals

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Hey, ShiningStar!

I love ‘rise to the occasion’ kind of days! They prove that what you were born for is REAL! Your Maker has assigned a host of beings in the heavenlies to celebrate your arrival to this moment. The choice on where your mind floods your focus matters today – it matters. So … here is what you do:

-rock your world with discipline to stay in the moment,

-from breath to breath brace your calm … brace down into the earth, unmoved, like a boulder, you know your Anchor, He is faithful.

-your fueled passion kicks in one beat at a time. Let the Holy Spirit set your beat-to-beat fighting rhythm. Rise and you will be kept from being swept away by the stupidity of surface emotions. Stay in the rhythm.

It’s days like this, moments full of color you can’t describe – full of lift and strength … that your passion kicks in with a low hum.

Yes, the fire you were born for is real. Your Creator is alive and active in you.

He is your Power Surge. Every breakthrough victory leads to your bliss, leads to bring Him even more GLORY.

Buckle down.

Rise up in His full confidence.

Go.

‘But let him ask in faith without doubting. For the doubter is like the surging sea, driven and tossed by the wind.’ (James 1:6 HCSB

April 25, 2018 guise

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“With your unfailing love you lead the people you have redeemed. In your might, you guide them to your sacred home.” Exodus 15:13 NLT

Good morning, GuidedOne.

How would we ever make it without our Shepherd? To be guided is a choice. It is your choice. You get to set the time and the place. It sounds so simple. But, our lives are overfilled with distractors …

school,

work,

family,

deadlines,

relationships (“its complicated”, or not),

children,

finances,

cars,

grocery store,

cooking,

cleaning,

laundry,

sleeping.

There’s already so much to do and not enough time … where will you squeeze 15 minutes into your day to enter in with your Creator?

Here’s your answer: you decide. You decide if you want His presence … want or need His guidance. Or, let the ‘too busy’ decide for you. And, when He needs to get your attention, He. will. get. your. attention.

And, after you’ve realized what you’ve been missing, you crawl in on your knees and into the lap of the Father who has been waiting there all along.

Wake up.

Decide.

Enter in.

Go.

April 23, 2018 knock

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Good morning, God’s Child.

Drawing near to the Most High requires effort.

Intentional.

A date.

A set time and place where He welcomes us in and spills out more of Him.

Setting a time and place sounds so simple, doesn’t it?

So straightforward.

So matter of fact.

But, it isn’t so easy – our nutty lives are filled – overfilled with work and family and relationships … messy relationships, and children and money and cars and school and shopping and cooking and cleaning and sleeping. There’s already not enough time to squeeze everything in.

Here’s the answer: you decide what’s important and what can wait for 15 minutes. You decide if you want to speak to The God Who Loves You, or not. You get to decide if you want His guidance, His ways in your days, or not.

And, when you rebel long enough He will get your attention, and you will find yourself on your knees. One way or another, you will find that your only choice is to decide to show up in His presence.

His ways are right.

“The people I love, I call to account—prod and correct and guide so that they’ll live at their best. Up on your feet, then! About face! Run after God! “Look at me. I stand at the door. I knock. If you hear me call and open the door, I’ll come right in and sit down to supper with you. Conquerors will sit alongside me at the head table, just as I, having conquered, took the place of honor at the side of my Father. That’s my gift to the conquerors!” Revelation 3:19-21 MSG

Wake up.

Take the place of honor.

Get in His presence.

Go.

April 18, 2018 asking

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“That night the answer to the mystery was given to Daniel in a vision. Daniel blessed the God of heaven, saying, “Blessed be the name of God, forever and ever. He knows all, does all: He changes the seasons and guides history, He raises up kings and also brings them down, he provides both intelligence and discernment, He opens up the depths, tells secrets, sees in the dark—light spills out of him! God of all my ancestors, all thanks! all praise! You made me wise and strong. And now you’ve shown us what we asked for.” Daniel 2:19-23 MSG

Good morning, Child of the Living God.

Miracles happen in the asking. But, asking takes us to a place of humbleness. Asking means we give up control for a time, acknowledging we need direction.

We need help.

We need the surge-power and the stay-power of the Almighty.

We gain strength and power in the ask-process.

When we ask we are seeking.

With time and practice and experience with the Holy Spirit, we learn that when we ask, we are sure to get more than what we are fishing for. We begin so naive-simply entertaining thoughts of love, or job security, or money that lasts and lasts. In truth … we’d like to be fed everything without doing much work. In God’s economy, we learn from history that nothing of value ever develops this way. His ways are right.

When we ask, we not only secure relationship with our Creator, we also enter into God’s timing. He begins the process then and there. As we get to His point of delivery from our petition, all of the “oops, I’m not ready…I need time” questions and fears bubble up. The truth is, we are never really ready for the process that lead us … because getting there – to that thing for which you asked … well, that is a walk of trust. That’s the place you jump, full of faith – because your faith and the delivery of His discernment and intelligence and Light is all you’ve got. And, it is enough.

You asked.

He delivers. Trust Him here.

Wake up.

Jump.

Go.

April 17, 2018

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Job 33:4 ‘The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.’ Job 33:4

Good morning, DearHeart.

Sitting right here in the quiet. Alone with God Most High. Undivided attention. God and me.

No distractions. The rest of the world must wait. Right now, Father God and I are in a fully focused exchange.

Glory.

Thankful.

Resting.

Breathing His authority in over every concern.

Held.

Pouring Him into each of my loves. My Dale, Levi, Holly, Bry, Dani, Luke, Liv … all my people … near and far. And, my people’s people.

Thank You, Jesus.

Glory.

Strength and Power and Spirit of the Holy pouring gently over each one …. into each one …

Releasing the fears.

Releasing the strongholds. Love in its purest form. Unconditional. Fresh. Totally forgiven. Mm mm mm.

Handing over praise.

Giving Him my concerns.

Learning to look at all through a lens of love.

Wake up.

Breathe in the breath of the Holy.

Go.