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What little kick you get!- “The Power of Getting Started Series”- Part 3

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But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
    they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
    they shall walk and not faint.Isaiah 40:31

With great joy last week, I captured this simple, yet unwavering photo of our ivy vines that will soon try to dominate our landscape… Perseverance. Determined to capture the sun on this bone-chilling afternoon, racing up the solid brick wall that provides the perfect backdrop to such a scene.  As I pondered our series the past few days, I can’t help but think of how much we are taught from this beautiful message from the Bible.  Waiting for God’s perfect timing, then running with all of our might to finish the race before us.

The perfect timing is often before us. Discerning it’s arrival is often difficult, or sometimes we make it so.  Once started, however; we are given a “little kick, a boost” from our Gracious, ever- present Creator… As if saying, “Keep going!”  I love when this happens.  I often try to run up our hill right outside our doors… sometimes panting and pretending I am in the Olympics reaching for the top of a great mountain.

It take a ‘little kick’ to get up this hill first of all.  I am reminded of how God desires for us to run and not grow weary, because we are to go in His strength, His guidance.  Praying for discernment is so key in making decisions, starting them, and moving forward in consistency.

What are you praying for?  Have you asked God for discernment regarding the timing, the direction… the everything?  It may be something you feel is simple and mundane like how to get started reorganizing your pantry, the kids’ chore list, menu plan, or a family budget.  Remember, God cares and desires to guide you through this task. Just Ask!

We are currently giving our upstairs a face-lift gearing up for another baby in the house and moving some bedrooms around.  With little ones and medium-sized ones asking, “Mom? Can you check this out, MOM, MOM!” all throughout our days, I have little time to sit and poke through decorating magazines or styles of decor, playroom layout, new school room ideas, or even what a big boy room is supposed to even look like! Praying for the lead in guiding us, giving us the energy and strength to do so amidst the “life” of raising children, schooling, and simply being pregnant is not easy… but so important.

The little tasks done so far on planning and then carrying these out have made me smile, and gave me a ‘little kick’ to do some more.  I am so excited for such upcoming transformation of this space, the children’s lives, and our family.

I challenge you…. start today, and you will “Get a little kick!”

 

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Believing You Really Can Do It- “The Power of Getting Started” Series – Part 2

 

010There is certainly one thing I am learning with my three-year-old daughter…”She believes in herself, believes in make-believe, and loves to pretend she is a fairy princess…creating her own feminine happiness in a world of all brothers.”  We recently found out that our fifth child coming this Summer is going to be another brother.  Our daughter is so sad about it and makes it be known, but she amazes me at her insight, her confidence, and willingness to play and take initiative to clean and create her own space.

That word has recently stuck a chord with me while examining the needs of our children and the things we need to work on…initiative. There is so much involved in this word that could help us with the rest of our lives.  With a quick online search, there is much to examine regarding our topic of “Believing You Can Really Do It.”

1.the ability to assess and initiate things independently.

2.  imagination, and common sense

3. self-motivation, resourcefulness, inventiveness, imagination, ingenuity, originality, creativity, enterprise, drive, ambition, motivation, vision.

4. the power or opportunity to act or take charge before others do.

5. an act or strategy intended to resolve a difficulty or improve a situation; a fresh approach to something.

6. Plan, scheme, strategy, measure, step, action, approach…

Okay, so maybe you don’t feel like you have every single one of these characteristics down just yet, but take just one and use that one to catapult yourself into the next phase of “getting started” on the next thing.

For instance, we each have a touch of initiative in order to get out of bed, to take one step forward, to think ahead. Think of your ‘task’ which lies before you… big, small, in between… think.  We all have something we are thinking of.. starting a degree, changing your occupation, a different position, or even as simple as cleaning out a cabinet… there are so many moments where we just. have. to. start.

1. PRAY.  God cares about ALL the things…Big, little, in between.  He can give direction and even enjoyment out of the most menial tasks that we may just be putting off.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18   Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is      the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

2. BELIEVE that you CAN do it.  With God being your pilot, leading, and guiding your path… you can do it!

3.  With that trust in a power far greater than yourself, your strength, your energy, and really… anything  else you want to add in there… MAKE A LIST & TAKE A STEP!

4. TAKE ANOTHER. ANOTHER. ONE MORE… keep going, until the project, task, or whatever it is… is done!

Pray that God will bring to mind what it is that you need to do.  It may mean, taking a step toward forgiving someone and possibly a initiating (there’s that word again) a fresh start to that relationship again… a friend, a family member.

YOU CAN DO IT!!!   KEEP PRAYING AND GOD WILL GIVE YOU MORE THAN WHAT YOU NEED!

How can you show ‘initiative’ today?  How has believing you could do something really helped?

 

 

 

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Little By Little- The Power of “Getting Started” Series- Part 1

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Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men.  Colossians 3:23

If I could just “get started” on that thing… that THING!!! It seems too big to mention, to pull down from that big black cloud, to tackle all at once, too big to even start on a plan! We’ve heard it all of our lives, “If you could just get started, you will eventually tackle it.”  Maybe it is starting a degree, a budget, a savings plan, an exercise routine, running, walking, a better eating plan, a friendship with a neighbor or coworker, a bible study, a book… there are numerous things we could all think of that we have put off for just way too long.

Oftentimes, its the little things that seem HUGE in our mind day by day… cleaning a closet, the craft or sewing room, an attic, or a garage… possibly your whole house!  There are so many other fun substitutes that easily take the place both in our minds and in our physical realities… that bowl of ice cream, our phones, facebook, our friends…our children, their needs… the list goes on and on.  I know. I live the reality everyday. Sometimes, we put off things like forgiving another, calling an old friend, or patching up a relationship with a relative… it just seems to easy to avoid the unknown…

The power of “little by little” really does work. Here’s the trick, take one baby step toward that goal today… just a baby step. Chances are, it will give you momentum to even do a little more today, if not then tomorrow.  Do it for yourself to work on the thing “little by little.”  Okay, practically speaking- give yourself 5 minutes to do SOMETHING on it today.  Start with writing a plan, simple plan, know-where-you’ll-remember-it plan, realistic plan.  Your cell phone may be a good place to write it or a journal… Tackling the _____________.

Now that we have thrown off our fears from last week’s series… we cannot pick them back up and drag them along with us… we have goals to pursue with our freedom of energy and the space in our minds!   I was led to this series this week while running up our hill this morning with little ones at toe… “very quickly,” I said, “Lord give me what I need today.” There is not alot of “Be still and know” moments here… it is often a “Go quickly and know…” until He knocks me flat off my feet.  Happens.

If we work as we are a doing it for God, than we have greater power and purpose to do so.  Take 5 and DO THE THING!  5 today, 5 tomorrow, 5 the next… and soon you will have it completed. Pray first for guidance, strength, and anything else it will take to do what it is on your mind…  Maybe next week, you will work on it for 10, 15, and 20 minutes to finish it up.   I encourage you to…

WRITE it down.

TELL someone you love and trust for accountability.

ACT upon it.

PRAISE God for the results as it progresses.

CELEBRATE the victory!

Go SLOW.  Be full of THANKSGIVING.  PRAISE often.  Give GRACE.

What is it that you are starting?  We would love to hear.  Share your successes.  Praying for your victory!

Now, I’m off  to clean my desk:)

 

 

 

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“Letting Go” of pain in the past- Part 3 of our “Letting Go” series

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You dig deep to erase the names, the stares, the smirks, the trauma from your past.  It may have been the actions of a classmate, a teacher, a parent, or another family member whose scars still seem to never fade from your present view.

Painful words, words of doubt and discouragement… can haunt us for years.  It is no coincidence that we read Paul’s words with hope as we live in a world filled with faces of a painful past.  It is way time to look to the future, putting those pains and hurts into the hands of Jesus, and simply press on toward the goal…

 Philippians 3: 13-14  Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

All to often, we are surrounded by those who have seemingly skipped over this passage of verses that blanket their bible.  It hurts to see those living in sorrow and despair in spite of anothers actions or words of discouragement.  It may even be a circumstance, a tragedy that has left you feeling like there is no way you can possibly “really” be happy ever again.

We must. We owe it to ourselves to find this place of peace and lay aside the hurt, the pain…. the bitterness, the shame of the past.  We owe it to others, to God to give them our best foot forward in complete freedom and serenity.  Without doing so, we cannot fully give ourselves… there will still be a grip holding on to what stumbles you each day, each moment.

Write it down, tell a confidante, pray and give it to Jesus.. He will take it, wash it, and make you anew… Thank Him for His complete forgiveness… forgetting what lies behind and pressing on toward the goal…

 

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“Letting Go” of our children- Part 2 of “Letting Go” series

 

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Do you find yourself constantly trying to ‘put things back together’ or simplify your life just a little bit more.  Each day brings new challenges, some disappointments, some joys, some failures, and many successes.  I find myself thinking if I could just get control of that laundry pile, the shoe rack, or coat closet, than things would just run a bit smoother…. making my life just that much easier.

I find that oftentimes it is lack of faith in areas of my life that truly matter or lack of attention to these areas which may send me over the edge in the worry department. This causes the menial things that really will not make or break the future to loom over us, stealing most of our thoughts, our energy, and our focus.

One area that every parent must come face-to-face with in the area of “letting go” is with our children.

God sums it all up perfectly in this passage, knowing that we are going to be anxious… really anxious over all kinds of matters dealing with our children… Guess what?  He has left us direct teaching in this particular area:

“Be anxious for nothing! But in EVERYTHING by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let you requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will flood your mind and heart through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4: 6&7

My oldest son of 8 years just returned home today from a four-day trip to Denver, Colorado to show cattle with some family friends that he farms with.  His first flight. His first trip without any family with him.  His first trip out West without Mom and Dad.  Thankfully, this verse began to seep deep into the marrow of bones to trust God with ALL the details about the trip… the plane ride, the chance of him getting lost, wandering, robbed, kidnapped, hurt, or even missing us so bad that he just couldn’t enjoy himself.

God has a way; His own miraculous way to bring the peace, that truly passes all of our human understanding in the toughest of areas for us… our children.  We must trust Him with every area of their beings, knowing that it was He who created them and He who will sustain them.

How have you learned to trust God with your own children, grandchildren, or a child close to you?  How has God been teaching you in this very area?  What are ways that we can grow in “letting go” of the control of our children and giving it all to God?

 

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