Tuesday, September 25, 2012

See You At The Pole



This morning when I took the girls to school, I heard on the radio that tomorrow Sept 26th, is “See you at the Pole”. If you’re not familiar with the movement, it’s when they encourage students to meet at the flagpole of the school and pray for their friends and school.

As soon as I heard that I was immediately transported in my head with my experiences of “See you at the Pole”. Unless you are a person that has known me for years most have a hard time believing that I was ever timid or shy. The bold girl I am today is a result of the Holy Spirit and years of training me to step out of my comfort zone. But I was not always like this. I didn’t want to stand out in school, and often I was too scared to ever find my voice. I can remember though I got to school early every year for “See you at the Pole,” I was too afraid to ever be a part of the movement. I didn’t want to stand out. I didn’t want to be different. I laugh hysterically now that I was every like that, but I was. When asked to go, I’d just shake my head. The funny part about all of that my last two years of high school I was a leader in an after school Bible Study and I went from the kid that refused to go pray around the pole to the one that led the group my final year.

It’s amazing what the Holy Spirit can do to a person. God did similar things in Peter’s life too in the Bible. He went from being timid, to getting filled with the Holy Spirit and preaching to thousands in the book of Acts. The spirit of God has the habit of making you bolder than you though possible if you let Him.

Be encouraged that the greater one lives on the inside of you, and He can turn everything in your life around. He can make you bold where you’ve been timid.

1 John 4:4 (NIV)You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

I want to encourage you to pray for “See you at the Pole” tomorrow. If you have children school age encourage them to go be a part of the movement. If you are a teacher, I encourage those around you. Our schools desperately need the prayer, and our children desperately need a touch from God.

Remember He has awesome plans for your life. Get excited!



Monday, September 24, 2012

Monday Morning Car Dancing



This morning my whole family was dragging a bit. The “Monday, Monday’s” can sometimes get to everyone. One kid didn’t want to wake up and stayed in her pj’s until the last possible moment. I’ll admit I felt the same way, and it appeared we all needed something to get us going. I opted to drive the girls to school this morning and had a “Mom you’re so silly” moment. I started car dancing to the morning radio while driving in the car line in front of the school. Before I knew it the girls were laughing hysterically at me, and I suppose a few bystanders were too. But it got us all awake and in a much better mood. It’s too bad the dash board blocked my renditions of the “RunningMan” and the “Tootsie-Roll”!

Sometimes you just have to have a silly moment. It’s all too often we go throughout out life being so serious. We can’t be so religiously serious all the time that we forget laughter and smiling is a good thing.

Proverbs 17:22 A cheerful heart is good medicine,
but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

So take a moment this Monday morning to giggle, laugh, chuckle, and grin at. Life is too short to always be so serious. He does have awesome plans for your life. Get excited.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Faith Shopping

For quite some time now I’ve known that a very mighty man of God has been trying his best to get me on TBN (In which again I want to say the Jesus in Him totally rocks).  I’d heard snippets of possible times and it was getting a tad frustrating.  I knew that it was going to work out to be a God thing, but it had been taking a bit to come together.  It wasn’t the fault of TBN, just the all-around communication of the situation.  Well one of the days came that I knew was a possibility of me going over there, and he was going into the interview but I was still slated for a possible later date.  I’ll admit I had a moment.  I cried for about a second, took the phone call telling me such, and then decided I was going shopping.  Maybe it sounds funny to you, but I knew eventually all of this would work out.  In faith I went out and purchased a dress to wear when it would work out.

     The next day, while I was working out, I got called to get over to TBN for a meeting with the station manager.  The meeting, though I’ll admit I was a little intimidating, went really well.  It was one of those times where I just stepped into something knowing it was a God thing.  I have a tentative taped interview for the end of October, in which I’ll wear my dress I bought in faith.  (I’ll give y’all exact air dates when I get them, PLEASE BE PRAYING WITH ME THAT ALL WORKS OUT WITH THIS)  The point in telling y’all all of this is simply, sometime we have to get ready in faith.  You have to be prepared in and out of season.  You have to sometimes do things knowing what God said is true, and those circumstances will eventually change. 

     It’s also a little known fact that I carry teaching notes in my Bible of several messages.  Because you never know what will happen and I could need them at a moment’s notice.  There have been times I have needed those notes, and have gotten a call to preach hours before I was supposed to.  You have to be prepared for the things God has told you to break forth at any moment…..

2 Timothy 4:2a

Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season
         
       In college I remember hearing a story about a girl who was crying on a park bench.  She was a scenic designer looking for a job and was frustrated about her prospects.  Long story short a man sat down on the bench and happened to start talking to her.  After he heard her story he asked to see her resume.  She had it on hand.  He hired her on the spot.  He had been trying to find a set designer for a well-known traveling musical.  That “chance” encounter launched her career.  But what would have happened has she not had her resume on hand.
      
   
You have to prepare for the breakthroughs in your life.  You have to be ready for the unexpected.  You have to be prepared in and out of season.  In order to live a life of faith, you have to sometimes go shopping before you have an interview date.  You have to get ready in faith, so be prepared.  Remember God has awesome plans for your life.   Get ready, and get excited!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Where is my order?


 We were blessed on Sunday to get to go out to lunch with some pastor friends of ours, and anytime you have kids at a restaurant it can be an adventure. My youngest kept interrupting me talking because she wanted a drink refill. Ok, so thanks for the reminder we really need to work on interrupting. We informed the waitress and I never saw it come. About ten minutes later my youngest starts whining. We mention it to the waitress again, and to our knowledge nothing happens. About another ten minutes later my six year old starts whining. She wants that refill and I’m offering her my drink. About another ten minutes she’s really upset, and that is when I look down and somewhere in all of this the waitress did bring the drink and it was right in front of her.

We’ve all done that in life before. We get really frustrated as to why something isn’t happening the way we want it to, and start getting crabby. When all along God says he’s already given us what we need already.


2 Peter 1:3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.

Sometimes we just need to wait for the right timing, but we have what we need in life. God’s already given it to us. Jesus died on the cross for it.


Reflect on the Parable of the Prodigal Son for a moment found in Luke 15:11-32. The oldest was mad about how that prodigal brother of his was treated like a king when he got home. The father’s response was that everything he had was already the oldest son’s as well. We think all too often so small compared to what God has already done for us, and what has already been freely given. Remember God has awesome plans for our life. He gave you what you need to accomplish what He sent you on the earth to do! Get excited! 

It's Monumental

On Saturday evening I had the awesome privilege to go view the new film with Kirk Cameron called, “Monumental”.  They were having a free viewing at Cornerstone in St. Cloud.  This film had immediately intrigued me.  It’s basically a discovery tour where Kirk Cameron pursues what was the motivation of the pilgrims and what they went through in order to found the United States.  I learned a lot just by watching it. I was never aware that although certain individuals love to quote the whole separation of church and state, Congress actually once printed a Bible and put it into schools.  It’s a beautiful film.  That was very well done.

If you know me you’d know that this was so up my alley.  I love God and I love my country.  I have become more and more upset at where I see our country headed and the choices it seems to be making.  I have felt like I’ve been mourning the nation of what God intended us to be, in the last several years. I have found myself clinging to this scripture.

2 Chronicles 7:14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

I feel that everyone no matter what your religious beliefs should view this film.  If you get the Inspiration Channel I did see a preview of it on there as well.

http://www.monumentalmovie.com/

While I was watching the film I found myself jotting down a few quotes I thought I’d share.

“A nation who tries to build a foundation outside of God will ultimately self-destruct”

“We need to be more sensitive to the moves of God in our history because it gives us optimism for the future.”

“The solution to the crisis is not to blame, but the solution is in my hands.  The solution doesn’t begin at the White House.  It begins at your house.”

We must begin to stand up for righteousness people.  We must begin to pray, and vote for righteousness.  God has awesome plans for your life and for this nation, so get excited.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Forced Flexibility

When I was young, I spent a lot of time taking gymnastics lessons. I wasn't going to be the next Gabby Douglas, but I spent my time in a gym. When I went to cheer leading all the floor work benifited me. I can remember the gym I trained at had these trainers who used to push us down lower into our stretches. We'd be stretching minding our own business and they'd come over and push us further in the splits. Laugh if you want, but that is painful! Then they'd hold us down in the stretch until a substantial amount time had passed. While it was easy to get irritated when they would do that, today I'm still pretty flexible for a woman in my 30's. Their pushing me to push myself further may have hurt at the time, but made me better in the long run. We all need people like that in our lives. The kinds of people that see more potential inside of you than you see in yourself. We need the kind of leaders that refuse to let you quit, and make you be more flexible than you realized possible. We all need the kind of voices that while you might want to throw a shoe at them, deep down you know their right.
God puts those kinds of people in your life.  While you may not realize it, they are forcing you to be better, push further, and do more than you ever thought possible.  What happens a lot in life is that you recognize these people, and instead of allowing them to push you further, you are still at the wanting to smack them stage.

The Bible says that He is the potter and we are the clay (Isaiah 64:8).  Perhaps its time that we begin to remind ourselves of that.  Perhaps we need to realize that if there are ones around us pushing us further then that is a good thing, and we need to learn to appriciateand recognize the God given authority in our lives.Perhaps we need to come to the conclusion that without pressure diamonds are never formed.  Perhaps it's time we all accept without divine connections we'll never get to our destiny because we are not islands.  We need each other! Remember God has awesome plans for your life.  Get excited!