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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! 

Not a real one... August 20

 I remember the scene so well in the movie "Julie and Julia." Julie Powell was wondering how good she is at cooking...enough to write a cooking blog:

Julie: I'm not a real cook, like Julia Child or Mario Batali.

Eric: Julia Child wasn't always Julia Child.

 

Have you ever felt inadequate because you compare yourself to the greats? You almost feel...foolish for almost trying.

A self-published millionaire says this sound advice in his book "Six Figure Author: Using data to sell books" :

"Over time, your platform will grow. Keep learning, and adapting. Accept that this author career thing is a long-term investment. Neither Stephen King nor J.K. Rowling were household names at the start of their careers." - Chris Fox

You have to start somewhere. You may not be the name everyone knows right now. But in a few years…you might be. You don't know where your journey is going to take you. And if you don’t start now, you may never find out what could have been.

Let the icons inspire you. But be the unique YOU that offers the world something amazing! Don't deprive the world from your wonder. You are exceptional and no one else compares.

So… keep cooking, keep writing, keep acting, keep singing, keep working hard...because anything can happen from here! Who knows...YOU may be the next legendary figure people look to and the inspiration others will need.

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

Write a better book. August 12

I was on a date night with my husband and we were watching this well-known comedian - who has appeared in several TV shows and movies - doing a live stand-up routine. I have always respected this actor, but that night, I was greatly disappointed and almost disturbed by his humor.

This comedian chose to use F-bombs, negativity and a near angry -reflection to his jokes that left me… uncomfortable.

Leaving the theater, I couldn't help but think of the words by Pastor Mark Batterson in his book "Chase the Lion": "I try to live by Michelangelo's maxim: Criticize by Creating. Quit complaining about what's wrong, and do something that makes a difference!

Write a better book

Start a better business

Create a better product

Run a better campaign

Draft a better bill

Produce a better movie

If you have an issue with what's going on, let's not just point out what's wrong, let's be the solution."

As much as I wanted to put down this famous comedian and go on and on about how much I disapproved of his performance, I decided that I want to be the one who does not bombard my audience with cuss words and inappropriate humor…that I can make it better.

I have absolutely no intention of being a stand-up comedian, but we all have a stage and a microphone of some sort, right? Especially if you have readers, followers, a fan base, watchers and are essentially in the public arena.

We can do our part to make things a little better, to leave this place more happy, to be part of the solution and not the problem.

I would encourage you, next time you find yourself off-guard and beyond appalled at a worldly media outlet…

Let's not give this world more negativity.

Stop criticizing and start creating!

What you have to offer is bright and beautiful and I will be the first one to look out for your unique masterpiece!

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

One Fan. August 6

There's an episode of the ABC show The Middle where Brick starts a FONT-cast (a podcast about different styles of fonts)

He only makes two podcasts and mentions he only has one fan. He dedicates his podcasts to his one fan and at the end of the episode, it turns out Brick's one fan was no other than Jimmy Kimmel who was very disappointed that he favorite font-cast was ending!

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Production Assistant: You're out in five, Jimmy.

Jimmy Kimmel: Give me a minute, I just lost my favorite podcast. (looks at Assistant's cue cards)  What is that? Helvetica again? What a surprise. Can't throw in Century Gothic once in a while? What are we, animals?

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I want to talk about the ONE FAN.

One person listening to a podcast doesn't seem like much. In fact, no one gets celebrity status over one reader, one follower or one fan.

But I'm not talking to those who want to be a celebrity. I'm talking to those who want to be an influencer.

And one person is valuable. It's an honor and a privilege to speak into someone's life, to share a message that connects with a reader, to engage someone to the point where they look at life a little differently and want to be a better person... because of you.

Your one fan may be someone with influence like Jimmy Kimmel or your one fan could be your sibling or school friend or co-worker. But remember, you are being an influence, whether you realize it or not. So watch what you do, choose your words wisely and be available to your one fan.

Because at the end of the day, whether you have thousands of followers or just one...you want to give out  individual attention so that all of your readers and followers feel like they are your one fan; make them feel  special and loved.

In the words of Brick Heck: "let your freak font fly!"

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

You could say that. July 29

 I was in a dark place one morning and thought to myself, "My dreams are never going to come true."

And God immediately spoke to my sprit and challenged me: "You could say that OR you can speak My Promises and let your faith in me work!"

So I am going to put my faith into action today and praise God regardless of what is happening around me:

I can say: God does not answer my prayers!

OR I can believe God’s Promise: "The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them." - Psalm 145:18 - 19

I can say: I have no money! I have big bills due! My car is acting up (again!). I just can't seem to have enough to everything I need!

OR I can believe God’s Promise: "My God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus." - Philippians 4:19

I can say: I am feeling emotionally defeated and depressed. There is so much going on and I can't control it all

OR I can believe God’s Promise: "In everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." - Philippians 4:6-7

I can say: I'm not making a difference. Why even bother.

OR I can believe God’s Promise: "Stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain." - 1 Corinthians 15:58

Is there a Promise in God's Word you need to hold tight to? Let us not be quick to think negatively. God will show up and show off...sometimes when you least expect it!

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

Building the Kingdom. July 16

So I was watching a music video of a popular pop singer and I was very disappointed. The video showed a certain section of people to be idiotic and showed them acting like inferior beings.

Is that necessary?

Even for the sake and for the message of the video...did that singer really have to tear others down others to build up her message?

I see that also today on social media. Christians tearing down OTHER Believers. To me, that is absolutely unacceptable. We are all on the same side! Who cares if other ministries have a higher attendance or a bigger congregation or a more wide-spread outreach. Who cares! You let them build for Christ and you do the same with the resources you've been given. And if you feel like certain ministries may not be preaching with Biblical accuracy, then just pray for them...don't ruin their name by spreading your negativity.

Let's not tear others down to build ourselves up! Before you say something bad about someone else - whoever they are and whatever they believe - let's re-focus our attention on God's grace. If it weren't for Him, we wouldn't even be here! And let's not judge someone else's sin. I was just as bad before I found Christ! Thank goodness for God's gift of salvation and restoration. That's the beauty of Christ's Kingdom!

I'm tired of people knocking other people down. I'm tired of civil wars between Christians. Let's be a team. Let's fight for the side of good. Let's show love on every level. And let's pray for those who need it. Be available to God's people and practice grace.

“God, allow us the divine opportunity to inspire, motivate and encourage others. Show us, Lord, in the areas where we tear down others for our own gain. Help us in this so that no one faces our unnecessary negativity. Let our lives showcase YOU in every way. Thank you Lord for growing us in this area."

In the name of Jesus Christ!

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

 

The Parking Spot. July 9

 I was watching Seinfeld and, well...I'll share the scene:

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George: What about that spot I got?

Jerry: Yeah, that's a great spot.

George: You open the door to the car, boom, you walk right into the hospital. You can't beat that spot. I'm on a roll. I am just willing these great parking spots. In front of my house. In front of Jerry's building. Did I tell you about the spot in front of the post office?

Jerry: Yes.

George: I'm driving to the post office.

Jerry: (INTERRUPTING) George.

George: Maybe the baby would like to see my spot. A positive, uplifting message to start his life out with. You can still get a great space in this town - if you apply yourself.

 

-  - episode: The Bris

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I'll  stop there. For those who are fans of the show...forget what happens a little later, and worse, what happens to George's car. For now, I want to focus on George's enthusiasm.

Why do we not have this much enthusiasm?

Good things happen to me ALL THE TIME. Close parking spots. Getting to work safely. Having the money to splurge on pizza and ice cream. Having the time and sit and watch a good movie. These are all very good things.

But why?

Why do I focus on the negativity? Why am I stressing about the large bill that's coming up in a few weeks. Why am I dreading work this morning? Why am I grumbling about cleaning the house? What am I doing?? Why am I putting too much emphasis on the bad? When really...shouldn't I be jumping up and down for ALL the good!!

I would encourage you....to enthusiastically celebrate ALL THE GOOD!! The little! The big! It's ALL GOOD!! And stop looking at the negativity.  Let's get into a spirit of praise and be so thankful for the close parking spot we found in the parking lot today.

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

 

Don't let your candle fade. July 2

 I was leaving McCalisters for lunch and I was thinking about one of my favorite actors.

Well...he WAS one of my favorite actors. He was so talented. And now? He is not acting anymore. Well...if acting silly and stupid is a talent. He has long strayed from his moment of admiration. But in his prime and in his game...he was praiseworthy.

I want to talk about...not letting your candle fade.

Why is that some people start strong just to divert their attention or choose an action that leads them in the wrong direction and before you know it, the once talented superstar is no more. What's left is a faded memory of what they used to be.

Don't be like this.

I need you to stay strong. I need you to control your actions and to stay focused. People are watching and applauding. But the important thing is...to stay healthy. And that is representative of so many things. Make healthy decisions that lead to healthy outcomes. Make time for yourself. Rest. Breathe. Have fun. Spend time with family and friends and stop putting so much pressure on yourself to perform.

Because the spotlight bring anxiety and insecurities that can lead the best astray.

Pray often. Seek God first. And when you use your gifts and talents for God...you are a rockstar! Don't lose that momentum! This is a marathon; don't give up. And for goodness sake...keep striving for bigger, better and take crazy risks for God.

I don't want you to ever look back and say that your best life was "back when..." and now your candle has faded.

NO!

Keep the flame on your candle lighting strong! We are counting on you to keep walking. Don't become a faded memory of your former life. Be the best possible version of you. Right now. And keep striving for more!

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

 

Stop and Smell the Flowers. June 25

I was outside at work. There were small patches of white, yellow and pink flowers in this section where I was standing. Some of the flowers were still in bud - form, haven't yet entered the world. Some are in half-bloom. Others in full bloom and other flowers had "died", hoping...just hoping that someone took the time to notice and appreciate their beauty before they faded.

I wanted to remind you today to stop and smell the flowers. Literally and metaphorically. Sure..please stop and appreciate the garden around you, whether it be the roses in your front yard, the greenery on the way to work or the stunning cloud cover up in the sky. Applaud what you see around you.

But I also want you to remember that you are a delicate flower. Appreciate your season. If you're still in route into full bloom...have the courage to show your true colors. Don't let your own insecurity or the bright petals of another keep you from being the beauty that you are. If you are in full bloom, appreciate where you came from and stay humble. Your season of success is to be commended, but don't let the heat of the crowd and the pressure to maintain perfection keep you from fading. And even if you think no one cares or no one is noticing....stay in full bloom! Because someone like me will turn around and appreciate the beauty and will be inspired to write a blog post about it!

It doesn't matter if you are white, yellow or pink....be in the moment and let your petals open up to reveal your true inner beauty!

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

 

One Word: Failure. June 18

Every few months, my husband and I stop some of our ministry responsibilities and take a refreshing hiatus with God. We dedicate 21-days to prayer and it was a wonderful time of intercession and seeing God move! Thank God for his direction and guidance. But I'm “back now” and I feel like I have a word to share for this blog post.

One word: Failure. 

So my total running count is 27. Throughout my years as a professional author, I have traveled to 27 bookstores, libraries, author events and literary fairs up and down Florida. (Side note: I appreciate any and everyone who supports me financially...the gas prices alone is stressful on 3+ hour commutes to events! Support me on Patreon.com plug!)

The total running count of "failures?" 8. That means....there have been a total of 8 signings or author events that had absolutely no sales. zero. It makes it ALL worthwhile...the advertising, the prayer before each events, the traveling, the preparation, the waking up early....for $00.00.

I remember my first "failure." I got back from a book signing with my tail between my legs and carrying all my books back home with me. I was emotionally defeated for a week! I was distraught, discouraged and downright frustrated. And I had to drag myself out of my pity-party...on the verge of throwing in the towel on my writing career!

Failure sucks.

Fast forward to today....and just recently...on one of my events I made zero sales. But I no longer see it as a failure. I no longer define these moments by that term. Because anything and everything can happen in a signing! Just being around the community is a blessing! People can fill out my prayer request cards so I can pray for them. I can give out freebies and verse cards and scripture. I can talk about my love of the Savior. And though people may not buy anything that day...I can make connections that can last a lifetime.

I would ask you to re-write your definition of Failure. Find the greater purpose. You just standing right now is proof enough that you have not been conquered. And you can keep going. Don't let what used to defeat you in the past slow you down from being a blessing now.

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

 

Pep Talk. May 20 

 So I’ve been dealing with a lot of highly frustrating things all back to back. I felt like I had the anti-Midas touch? Instead of turning to gold...everything I touched was getting worse! Several trips to the mechanic. Countless calls to IT repairs. And what's worse is I had a night terror where I woke up screaming and knocking things down thinking I was under attack! (That never happens!)

So I realized that this coincidence was no coincidence and I fell utterly exhausted at the foot of Jesus during my prayer time!

And God very gently reminded me of all that I have faced in the past. All the stressful points in my life, I have overcome it by His help and that I can get through this difficult time now.

I am very good at encouraging others, so God instructed asked me...if you saw someone in your position, what would you tell them? Give yourself your own advice. Follow your own pep talk.

So I wanted to give you the same pep talk I gave myself! Say it with me:

"Look how far YOU've come! What you are dealing with right now is only temporary and though it seems stressful right now...in the long scheme of things…it is light and little in comparison to the long run. Do not list what is going wrong. Instead, make a list of what is going right. Be grateful for what you do have and everything that is working in your favor. Be appreciative of the people who are still with you. God is helping to quench the small fires that keep coming up. But I wash this situation with a fresh anointing! I want to wake up blessed and go to bed blessed. I want to live out each day with a bright smile on my face. I want to not be stressed by all of this....but to relax knowing that it's going to be okay...because God is helping and God is on our side and He is going to take care of this. I am to trust Him. I am a champion over my problems and I will get past this to the other side of peace. "

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

 

Breaking through Barriers. May 14

I was recently working at ESPN and it was a chaotic scene! Cheerleading competitions had taken over the Arenas! Thousands poured in to view the athletic girls shouting, flipping and performing stunts on hard mats.

The ESPN facility had prepared for the mass amount of people by setting up barriers and plastic walls to direct "foot traffic" at the facility and to make sure nobody goes into the VIP sections so that coaches and players have their own personal spaces to warm up, etc.

Since I worked at the facility that day, the blockages didn't pertain to me. I would remove a wall and nobody said a word. They just looked at my Red ESPN worker uniform and nametag and knew I had access to any part of the facility because of what I wore and my work credentials. 

The "rules" and "signs" didn't apply to me.

I wasn't part of the competition though I worked at the competition.

I thought about what we wear as Christians.

I want to talk about the barriers that hold us back.

I want to remind you that what happens to others doesn't necessarily has to happen to you.

Let me explain.

Some people have to accept closed doors. But not Christians:

Isaiah 22:22 says "When he opens doors, no one will be able to close them; when he closes doors, no one will be able to open them."

While others have to stand down due to obstacles in their path, Christians get to move their mountains: “Truly I  tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them." -  Mark 11:23

Because we are covered with the blood of Jesus, we have:

- authority

- healing

- deliverance

- forgiveness

- a new life

- hope

- peace

- content 

- a new mind

And when others are trapped  in their depressed life, we have the life that leads to life! "You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.: -  Psalm 16:11

So don't let anything get in your way! . You are God's son and daughter after all. You have access to the ways of Heaven...the keys to the Kingdom...and the assistance of angelic armies. No wall will keep you. No jail will imprison you. No weapon will destroy you. You just keep walking in freedom without restraint or hindrance.

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

 

I have candy at home. May 6

So for Easter, Travis showered me with gifts and yes, an easter basket filled to the top with candy!! Fun dip! Kit-kats. jellybeans. Chocolate. Every good and rich and pleasant treats were in that basket!! Of course, I couldn't finish it all and I still have extra that I am slowing finishing.

So Travis and I go to 5Below and golly!...don't they have SO much amazing pieces of candy!! They have dark chocolate Kit-Kats! They have ice cream flavored jellybeans and spicy Skittles!! My eyes went wide!  All for $0.99 !!! Travis could tell I was about to grab an entire isle of candy and he gently asked "Do you want to buy some candy today?"

I look at him and immediately my mind went to ALL the candy he just bought me days ago....the money and time he took to purchase for me...the gifts he gave me...the blessing still left at the house....

My excitement calmed down and I began to think rationally. Why do I need this candy? I have candy at home.

I want to speak to those people who may think that something else looks better than what they currently have. For those people who are tempted to grab at something because it's the shiny new penny.....but let's lead with a content heart. Let's have an appreciative attitude. Let's shower our attention on those people and those blessings  still with us. Let's not leave the good we have at home for something or someone else we think may be better.

To clarify my point....I'm not tempted with other guys. I have my true love at home. I'm not willing to give up my career status for a temporary pleasure that can ruin me or my reputation. I'm not looking around anyone else's "candy." You can keep it.

I have candy at home.

I don't care if yours looks better....is better wrapped or more unique with various flavors and imported chocolate... My lover at home can come in a plain wrapper and is still better than your gold-wrapped-nothing.

Keep your loyalty at home.

You have candy at home.

Enjoy it the good you have and never compromise. 

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

 

In the Zone. April 29

So I went out running around mu neighborhood... but I couldn't quite focus. My pants had shrunk in the wash so I looked a little silly. Other people were out in the neighborhood walking their dogs or biking with their families. I was insecure about sharing the sidewalk and what I must look like with my baggy running pants and neon pink headphones and beet red face from the 90degree heat. There was a family of older men sitting outside their front lawn  and I tried to keep staring straight ahead as I passed, but instead found myself wondering.... why there were there.... and what they were saying.... and did they notice my shrunken baggy pants?

Suddenly, on my ipod the song "Lose Yourself" by Eminem came on and I was entranced by the words. I was caught up in the lyrics. And I found myself lost in the zone. My legs were almost moving on their own. I was just paying attention to my feet hitting the pavement. I didn't even notice the men on the lawn. And I raced past the family walking...I had found my focus and enjoyed the thrill of the run again.

Do you ever feel that way? That there are so many insecure thoughts going on that you forget why you are doing something. And you lose the purpose. And you really don't care about what you are doing as long as you don't look silly doing it. I have to check myself as I can  care more about the opinion of man than I do my own personal ambition.

I just wanted to encourage you to stay IN THE ZONE. Don't worry about what others are doing around you. Don't pay attention to the obstacles in front of you. Don't put emphasis on the little things that really don't matter in the long run. You just concentrate. Stay focused on the task at hand. Find your inner beat. And run your race to the fullest!

 

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

 

On and off the stage April 23

 I was reading an autobiography about a celebrity I greatly admire. And unfortunately, I learned a lot about that person that I was greatly distressed over. I thought this person held a certain amount of morality and goodness to be applauded only to read with disappointment and a lack of respect over her words and her life. She seemed to have no remorse - and almost bragged to others to follow her wrong choices and actions. 

I felt very convicted about the topic of being the same person you portray on the screen.

I want to be the exact same person on and off the pages. I want to be known as the person who walks out what I talk about.

It's upsetting to see inauthenticity.

I want to pray for us as a people...that we will walk upright, that we will talk with holiness and that we will continue to let our lights shine on and off stage:

Lord, forgive us for abusing our influence. People around us are watching us closely! We are making an impact whether we realize it or not. We can choose to make a negative impression and make matters worse...or we can choose to be a light and watch our words and decide to be a blessing.

I pray God that you will open our eyes and make us realize how precious our decisions are! Let us be aware that our actions don't just impact us...but everyone around us!

Let us appreciate the spotlight but never take dissolve our integrity and  our right standing with you. God, keep us accountable for walking with you as closely as we can! Let this be our ultimate goal: to get closer to you and to bring others around us closer to you as well.

Thank you Lord for convicting us of our actions or words that are not of you and that upset you. Help us to be an example to others on and off the stage.

I pray for myself...that I will be a woman of God who can withstand life's daily grind still praising you and still believing in you. I don't want anyone to read my autobiography disappointed! Keep me in the palm of your right hand and keep me authentic in what I do and what I say. I pray God that you will be proud of me and that I can be used to bring others closer to your heartbeat. 

I pray all of this in the name of Jesus Christ!

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

See the bigger picture. April 16

So I do look at my Author sales and rank on Amazon. I'll admit it. And it's a terrible habit!! Because as every author knows, there can be a stretch of time when sales are low and ranks are down and all you see is RED indicating no one's buying and thus, no one's interested.

And so that's where I found myself...staring at the numbers and getting into a pity party over my lack of sales when I heard God whisper to me, "You're looking at it too closely."

I heard this and suddenly I relaxed.

It didn't matter what I was seeing right this moment.

Look at the bigger picture. Look at the long-term vision. Look at the possibilities for the future.

Sometimes when we look at something too closely, we forget the purpose and God's plan because we think the numbers should be changing, the people should be different, the situation should be better, the promotion should get here, the job should be delivered, the prayer should be answered.... And we get troubled by the RED...the negatives, the discontentment, the agony of the present.

I would encourage you to step back. Remember ALL the steps that you had to take to get you to where you are right now. It took a lifetime to get you here...enjoy it!

Write down all the positives in your life and focus on the miracle of the moment...because before you know it...you'll be miles ahead of where you are now...and its wasteful to think that things in your life won't change when you know for a fact things will.

Let's be happy  where we are on the path to where we want to be.

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

God in the little things April 9

So I just wanted to encourage you today that God is in the midst of all that you are dealing with!

If you are stressed out at the mechanic because of how much the car repairs are going to cost, know that God will provide for you! :

"And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work." - 2 Corinthians 9:8

If you are stressed because your children are misbehaving, falling into the wrong crowd or walking on the wrong path of life and you are feeling helpless, know that God is in the midst of your home. And He will turn things around for your children:

"Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it." - Proverbs 22:15

If you are stressed over your marriage that seems to be coming apart at the seams, and you can't seem to understand why your spouse is so distant and you feel like your efforts are useless, God can revive your marriage and restore love and unity in your household:

Ephesians 4:2-3: “With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."

1 Corinthians 13:4-5: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs." 

If you have a big assignment at work and you can't seem to  sleep because the burden work is weighing on you, invite God to come in and help you. Give him your worries and let him give you peace:

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." - John 14: 27

There are so many things throughout the day that can stress us out! Work obligations. Mental anxiety. Physical sickness. Let us give our personal and unique stresses to the Lord today and ask Him to help us. Find a promise in the Bible that you can hang on to and pray over that can confirm your trust in God even in the midst of your stress.

I can almost hear God say that you believe He parted the waters, sent manna from the sky and fire from Heaven....surely he'll be at the mechanic with you. Have faith he'll work things out for you. And invite him in. Don't try to figure it all out on your own. He's here to help, restore and fix! 

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

Circle of Trust. April 2

Greg Focker : We're starting our own circle of trust. And guess what. [points to both of them]You're not in it.

Jack Byrnes : You can't start a circle of trust. It's my circle.

Greg Focker : You know what, you don't have a patent on the circle, Jack. And by the way, you're not even in your own circle right now.

Jack Byrnes : That is untrue! I say who's in or out of the circle!

(Movie: Meet the Fockers) 

I was talking to my brother Joel and we were having a discussion about who we let into our lives and we have a precise  say in who is in our "circle of trust." And we were discussing whose still on our side and whose not.

I would encourage you: If the relationship/friendship/relative :

no longer believes in your dreams

does not have your back

does not believe you/believes in you

emotionally damages you/distrubs your peace

causes stress (whether mental or emotional)

causes you to doubt yourself

is not communicative

never apologizes

cusses at you

belittles your value

hits you physically

takes no responsibility for their own mess

puts a strain on you financially

Then...let them go! I PROMISE you can do better! You do not need someone like that in your life. And you can give me a million reasons why they need to stay in your life. But do a little evaluation. If they are more of a liability and less of an asset, then why are still with you?

Let me ask you: who are you trusting? Who are you believing? Who are you letting in to your "circle of trust"? If they are not contributing to your success, holding your hand, a cheerleader on the sidelines or a coach in your game... If they are critiquing your faults, betting against you and slandering your name to the crowds.... then they are outside of the circle. And leave them there. Focus on those who are still with you. Even if just a handful of people...if they are for you and want to be with you and help you on your journey...quality out beats quantity every time!

You have my permission to be free from those who sink you down. It's about time you starting forming your own "circle of trust"!

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

Sweet spot. March 26

 So I work at Walt DIsney World and I work outside. Now there is one position outside where there is no umbrella and you are exposed to the weather elements. And I was the "lucky" person that day in that one position when a huge rainstorm hit! I'm talking sideways rain...flooding...and heavy wind! And even though I have a poncho on, I am just miserable taking such a beating from the rain!

I look over and see a dry patch under a tree and quickly stand under the shade of the massive tree trunk for relief. And as other guests are running from the storm, I was so grateful for this one sweet spot that was just keeping the chaotic mess of the weather from affecting me.

And it was in the moment of dripping wet that I had an epiphany: If you are a believer and follow Jesus Christ, you also have a "sweet spot" from the storms of life.

It says in Psalm 18:1-3 "I love you, Lord; you are my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety."

I wanted to encourage you that if you are going through a difficult time, go to the Lord in prayer. Spend time in the Word. Find solace under His protection and love. It will help! The winds will lessen; you will be safe from the storm (either raging inside you or the one taking place around you!). Let God be the One you run to. And though you will see others off in the distance being swept up by life's storms and affected by the terrors of the night...you will be under the shadow of the Almighty and you will not be affected.

God knows the outside elements. He knows what will keep you safe. He knows what to do to make sure you are protected. And he will be there for you. He will show up for you. And he will make things better for you. He can silence the storm. Stay in that sweet spot. Stay with the Lord and seek His wisdom and His protection. So when life's chaotic mess comes (and it will come!), you won't have to just stand there and get beaten down!...but you can seek shelter from heaven...you can allow God's promises to reign in your spirit and you can stand above all that water that is trying to drown you!

"Only God can talk about stillness in the midst of an earthquake." - Graham Cooke

"The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash."- Matthew 7:25 - 27

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