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This morning...

So we all need encouragement and here is the place for that. Every week I will write a new blog with quotes, scriptures, sayings and really anything that can encourage you in your walk with God. Enjoy and be blessed! 

Fuel the Flame. Dec. 10

 There's a scene in the Disney movie Ralph Breaks the Internet  where the message is clear: Don't read the comments people write about you.

 

So true!

 

Recently I was given two reviews over my book "After You: A Demon is Always Lurking Nearby." One was a rave! She loved it and couldn't speak enough praises about it. I felt so good reading over it. Wow! I have accomplished something great!

 

Then I read the other, and it was a very long review about how bad my book is, how it missed the mark, how he wouldn't recommend it. Wow! I have completely failed as an author.

 

I immediately felt like someone punched me in the gut. It wasn't emotional pain, it was almost embarrassment. Like...I'm sorry I even started this in the first place. And why did I even start writing? And I am indeed a failure.

 

Throughout the day, God reminded me that I was fueling the wrong flame. I was giving more attention to the bad when I could be giving that same attention to the good. Why was I putting more focus on the bad review? Why was I letting it shape my identity as an author?

 

I made the decision to "wash my hands" of that bad review. It won't the last one; there will be plenty others for sure. But I can't let the voice of a stranger get me distracted. And praise God for the voice of the cheerleaders !

 

I would encourage you to focus on the good parts of your day, your week, your life. The bad will be there. it will always be there. But you don't need to give weight to it. Put more emphasis on the good and less on the bad and you'll find yourself happier, more able and more willing to keep going.

 

  If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you.

Risk. Dec. 3

 It's going to be difficult.

Overwhelming.

There's no one in your corner.

The emotions you feel

will be the weight you carry.

All you have is a hope.

Risk for your dream, even now.

 

You count the cost 

sparing change you don't have

time you can't afford to lose

sleep deprived

lacking energy and strength

risk for your dream, even now.

 

It's an uphill battle.

One mountain after another

No victory yet.

still climbing.

feet sore. back hurting.

No one is applauding your efforts.

Risk for your dream, even now.

 

You follow that small glimmer of hope

you tell yourself just a few more steps

You focus on the vision at hand

you remember the excitement when you first started

and the thrill of the chase

though you are currently empty-handed.

Risk for your dream, even now.

 

Even if you don't see it..yet

Even if its just a smoky image of a prior goal

even if you're nowhere close

Even if you're straining for a reason to continue

Risk for your dream, even now.

 

Because the day you arrive

and you WILL arrive

…is the day you will say…

I'm glad I risked it all

for this moment of glory!

What you Call it. Nov. 26

So at work, the Viva Gaia street band performs every hour on the hour at Disney's Animal Kingdom. And one announcer says to the guests passing by, "Come join us here at the Viva Gaia dance floor!"

 

What was once just a pathway going towards Dinoland is immediately the Viva Gaia dance floor once the performers come out!

 

I was watching this and I thought about this concept: *it is what you call it*

 

Moses was in the far side of the wilderness tending his flock when God said to him in Exodus 3:5 that where he was standing was holy ground. A place where I'm sure many people have stepped on and wandered to before now had a significant impact on Moses because God came on the scene and declared something different than what it normally is.

 

I would challenge you to look at your life and your situation differently.

*It's what you call it*

 

Is it just a marriage? or is it an unending love?

Are they just your kids? Or are they miracles from Heaven?

Is it just a job? Or is it a place where you can find another source of joy?

Are you just cleaning the kitchen? Or are you maintaining a Kingdom?

 

*It's what you call it!*

 

Bring some greatness to your 'good.' Realize its better than what it is.

Your life is nothing ordinary - - - it's something out -of-this -world!

 

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

Keep walking. Nov. 19

So I work at a 3D show in Walt Disney World and at the end of the show, the guests are supposed to drop their 3D glasses in a bin outside the theater. There are signs to indicate the bins and the guests also told where to put their glasses YET somehow they seem to always turn to me with a confused look on their faces when the show is over: "Where do we put the glasses??" as they try to hand them to me.

 

I point outside and tell them to keep walking.

 

They will discover what they are looking for with just a few  steps forward. It's may seem confusing now, but keep walking and they will see what we are telling them. 

 

Isn't that like life?

 

You're walking and suddenly you don't know what to do or where to go. God seems to be silent. Did you miss the exit signs? Were you just not paying attention? What's the next step?

 

If you feel like that, I would encourage you to keep walking...step by step. Keep going forward, even if you don't know what to do next. Just keep doing what you have been doing. Do what you know to do. And the solution will come. The answer will be in full view.

 

Until then, pray and ask for guidance. Be cautious of God's voice and don't  be too distracted to hear His verbal instructions.

 

I have learned in the faith journey to take the focus off myself and serve, promote and bless others. Sometimes the next step and the next plan will reveal itself when we are not even looking for it. It will be a clear and obvious sign right in front of you to tell you what to do next.

 

If you need prayer, let me know. I would love to pray for you.

TLC. Nov 12

So I bought a used car that had a few issues with it. And while  I was sitting at the mechanic, I thought of the owner who had this car last and how this car now ended up in my hands.

 

It brought me to this realization: if you can't take care of it, you can't have it.

 

If you can't dedicate time for your spouse, you can't have a great marriage. If you won't give attention to  your kids, you won't have them in your life. If you don't take care of your house, you cannot collect on its value. If you don't handle your finances responsibly, you won't be debt free.

 

The failures or successes in your life may depend on how much you are investing into it.

 

So I pay the mechanic and my car is all good to go. It's been acting fine ever since. My car's previous owner wasn't able to keep and drive this car and gave it up.

 

What blessings do you have now that you are just "giving up" without working for it or fighting for it? Are you leading your current blessings somewhere else, away from you, to someone who can take care of it better? What are you not putting in your time, your energy, your focus, your love... that you should be? What are you neglecting to take care of?

 

Stop the blame. Take responsibility for your actions and decisions, Decide what you really want to have and to hold, to keep and to cherish, and don't let any expensive price-tag of your finances, your energy, your love and your time keep you from having (and keeping!) what is truly yours!

 

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

Withered dreams. Nov. 5

So I am not a gardener, but I bought a few flowers and planted them in our front yard. I wanted to spruce up the front entrance with bright colors of yellow and gold. But before I knew it, my not-so-green thumb was kicking in…and no matter how many times I watered my new flowers and "fed" them with Miracle Grow…they wilted.

 

Have you ever felt like that in life?

It seems that no matter what you are doing…nothing is working!

You are hopeful! You take all the steps you feel you need to take and doing things necessary only to be met with crushed hopes and broken dreams.

 

So I see these now-brown flowers and every part of me just wants to rip them from the soil and trash the whole thing.

Why did I even bother??

 

Before I could do that, God whispered to me, " Do you see the tiny bulbs? Those green barely-specks that haven't blossomed yet? Keep nurturing this plant..for them. They need a chance to live."

 

I was reminded in my spirit for all those possibilities and dreams that need to be released…for all the goals I have in my heart…for all those desires that are mine and mine alone…that haven't "blossomed to the surface yet" - - - keep doing what you are doing for them.

 

Nurture your seeds of hope for the future of tomorrow looks bright. Just because you see some disintegration in your plans today doesn't mean that a beauty of a dream won't come into full bloom tomorrow! Keep planting your Harvest!

 

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

Who are you doing this for? Oct. 29

If you were the last one on this Earth and there was no one else around, would you continue doing what you are doing? Would you continue being creative?

 

Basically, its a question of..are you doing this because you love it?

Or for  the applause of other people?

 

I have to stop and think.

I write for readers.

I write so people can read and enjoy my words and feel closer to God.

I mean, what good are my books if there is no one to read them?

And my philosophy is that if just ONE person gets closer to God, than it's worth it ALL this hassle, time, money and energy.

And I felt guilty for thinking that the basis of my writing career comes from what other people think, say, read and buy.

 

But I then remember my own journey. I would have to rewind a ways back... when I was in elementary school. When I started keeping a journal at eight years old. When English class was the only subject that came easy for me. Back in school, when I would rather write a 10page essay than take an exam with multiple choice test questions.

And that's when my love of writing started.

 

So if I was the last person on this Earth, I would probably keep writing in my journal…I would probably still write about my love of God…and even if my writings brought ME closer to God, well, then it would be worth it!

 

I wanted to share a piece about working for the applause of man:

 

From the 2001 article titled: "Does it Matter What Others think?" by John Piper:

"The litmus test of Christ in our lives…is not the opinion of others. We want them to see Christ in us and love him…but we know they may be blind to Christ and resistant to Christ. So they may think of us just what they thought of him…Jesus wanted men to admire him and trust him. But he did not change who he was in order to win their approval. Nor can we. Yes, we want people to see us with approval when we are displaying that Jesus is infinitely valuable to us, but we dare not make the opinion of others the measure of our faithfulness. They may be blind and resistant to truth. Then the reproach we bear is no sign of our unfaithfulness or lack of love."

 

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you.

Motives. Oct. 22

 I am guilty.

 

I look at my daily Amazon book sales. I get caught up in the number of books I've sold. I become consumed with pouring over my royalty checks to see which state or country bought which book and where I am placed on my author rank.

 

And it can get to me. And if there's a season where sales are low and down…I can get emotionally low and down.

 

And Travis would just tell me time and time again: Don't get caught up in all of that. Just do what you love. Whether you have an audience or not. Whether you have a fan of readers or not. Just write.

 

There's a quote in the movie, Jerry Maguire, that just sums it up for me:

Jerry Maguire: "All right. I'll tell you why you don't have your ten million dollars yet. Right now, you are a paycheck player. You play with your head, not your heart. In your personal life, heart. But when you get on the field, it's all about what you didn't get, who's to blame, who under threw the pass, who's got the contract you don't, who's not giving you your love. You know what? That is not what inspires people. That is *not* what inspires people. Just shut up and play the game. Play it from your heart."

 

I was listening to a Creflo Dollar sermon and he was saying to love God first and just do what you love for Him. If no one likes it, then just shrug and say: That's okay. Because I love God anyway and I love Him first and no matter how I feel right now, nothing is going to change that.

 

Whatever it is that you are getting in your head about…you're holding yourself back. Don't do it for the applause of man.

Do it for God.

Do it for you.

 

You'll reach a level of success by doing what you love. Period.

 

If you need prayer for anything , let me know. I would love to pray for you!

Do you want it? Or not? Oct. 16

 So Travis and I just got off a 21-day sabbatical with God. We took the time to pray for each other, for other people and for direction/guidance in our own lives. Wow! It was AMAZING to see God move!! During that time, we saw people turning their live around for Christ, we saw our personal prayers being answered. We heard from God and just received God's blessings!

 

In that time, I did not write my weekly encouraging emails or blogs. It was not a time to give but of impartation and hearing from God.

 

In that time, I got a vision I wanted to share with you:

I was climbing up a very steep mountain. And I heard God say, "You can stop. If you want to continue to the next step, it will be 2 months before you reach the next level of the mountain."

 

I climb and indeed, it takes that long.

 

I want to go higher but I hear from God "If you want to continue, it will take 2 years before you are where you want to be. Do you want to stop? Or do you want to keep going? It's up to you. There is more danger up ahead. It's riskier. You will have to sacrifice more than you thought. You may feel lonely at times; your old friends cannot make this journey with you. It will be an uncomfortable climb. Do you want to stay? Or do you want to continue?"

 

For those who are facing insurmountable difficulties, and you are chasing a dream that is too big and you are fighting an uphill battle .... All I can say is... to keep going has to be worth it to you. You're going to have to want it. You're going to have to keep your eye on the prize.

 

God can make the climb with you. I can't.

 

I don't make these choices for you. It's up to you.

 

Now matter how long the wait. No matter how hard the climb. Do you want it? Or not?

 

If you ned prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

A Normal Day. Sept 25

 

 

There is a pharmecudical commercial where the opening lines are: "It's a normal day for Alice. And that's how she likes it."

 

And that line got me thinking:

 

When did we become so apathetic towards normal days?

I ask my husband how his day at work was and his reply, "the same."

Regular coffee-goers order their "usual" order to go.

I put on the same turquoise  uniform for work at Disney.

It's mundane. Nothing out of the ordinary. We do it without thinking. We drive the same route. We set the same time every day to wake us up. Our cereal is waiting on the shelf when we get up. It's the same thing.

 

It's the things we pass by. The things we take for granted. The things we depend on. The little things we build our life around.

 

It's a normal day…and that is indeed... how we like it!

 

We should be so thankful and so grateful that we have the same friends we grab a bite to eat with…that we have the car we complain about...…we should be satisfied with living in the normal every-day!

 

Because what you have, some would love and would do anything to have.

 

You don't know how blessed you are! You don't know how much you possess! You don't know the things you received effortlessly, others had to work for.  Things you have people still don't have!

 

So next time, you complain about work on the house, the noisy kids, the aloof husband or the issues on the job…take a moment to pause. It's the little things you have that make life so blessed!

 

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

 

 

Part of the Process. Sept. 17

Are things not working out for you?

Do you feel frustrated?

Annoyed?

Anxious?

Angry?

 

Pay attention to how you feel. It could be a sign.

 

Are you angry at work? Maybe your next step is a new job.

 

Are you walking on eggshells around someone close to you? Maybe you need to let that relationship go.

 

Are you anxious in the waiting season of your life. Maybe you need to rely on God a little more than you currently are.

 

I say all this because…the "bad" is good. It's part of the process.

 

A pregnant woman may complain about morning sickness, or swollen ankles or back acne. But it's proof that something wonderful is about to happen. It's just part of it…and the "bad" is to be embraced…almost…expected.

 

In that movie, "What to Expect when you're Expecting, " Wendy complains about her hormones and her physical stresses about being pregnant before concluding with "proof that a miracle is happening inside me."

 

I was sharing my anxieties and the weight of being an author to a friend and her answer? : "Its just part of it."  I can complain about a lot of things in my life (you don't know the half of it!), but I realized a long time ago, I carry my own crosses. And it's okay. The "bad" keeps me humble, keeps me steady, keeps my head on straight, keeps my perspective in check.

 

The "bad" you are facing now…don't mis-read the signs. Embrace what happens to you...almost expect it! Something wonderful is just ahead! Pick up your cross proudly. You wouldn't be you without it!

 

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

Victory lap. Sept. 10

 

 

 So I work at Disney World. And most of the time, I stay late and close the attraction after all the guests have left. Well, there is a position called Greeter and after the attraction has closed, whoever is at Greeter is supposed to run down through the queue, making sure there are no guests and also to tell the cast members working inside the attraction to start to last show of the night…all the guests have been cleared..the only ones left being the ones left in the theater.

 

I say all this to share this story: I was closing Greeter last night and I did my little run through the queue.  It was the end of the night. The attraction was closed. And my shift was ending. To me, spiraling down the hallways and dashing past ropes and stations…I couldn't help but think…this is a victory lap! I raise my hands as I get to the workers inside the attraction. It is finished! The last show has started!! This is the last work of the night!!

 

What is your victory lap? What is something you need to celebrate?

 

It is a tradition that every time I finish a book - and hold the paperback copy in my hand for the first time -  my husband treats me to a dessert of my choice. I have eaten Chili's molten cake dessert…moist chocolate cookies…and flavored cupcakes from our favorite bakery as celebratory desserts!

 

I have enjoyed my victory lap!

 

I'm like you. Once I finish one "race", I am on to the next. But let' s remember to celebrate the small victories on the way to big ones! Because *every* finished race is one worth applauding!!

 

If you have any prayer requests, let me know. I would love to pray for you!