Is Your Smart Phone Being Used as a Snare?

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My heart rate elevated just a bit and a slight brain fog fell upon me as I suddenly became aware I had forgotten something very important. I even noticed my palms getting sweaty as I tightened the grip on my steering wheel. Then, I was accompanied by a deep sense of disappointment while driving in the opposite direction of my house. I literally could not even think straight for a brief moment! The ultimate separation anxiety ceased me 10 miles out of town while heading in the opposite direction of home!

I left my CELL PHONE in the laundry room! How could I?

I was headed to the mall with my hubby and all I could think of was how in the world are we going to find each other if we go into different stores. How did people keep from getting lost 20 years ago, anyone?

I’m not going to lie to y’all. I pouted on the inside for several more miles as I began to think of all the things I could NOT do without my phone during the next few hours away from home.

  • Check my Facebook/Instagram
  • Check my Le-Vel Page
  • Check E-Mail and keep the junk deleted (yes I’m OCD)
  • Call/Text as desired
  • Kindle – books on the go
  • Coupons for shopping available on Apps

While some of the things on my list are fine when used with boundaries, I began to face the harsh reality that I have absolutely NO boundary lines when it comes to using my phone. It’s seems I’ve allowed anything to go! Phone dependence was slamming me right between the eyes and I didn’t like it at all! No wonder I’m so distracted and many of my days feel somewhat less than productive. Clearly, I’ve been guilty of filling any and every void moment with some function from my phone. I have a feeling that I’m not alone in this, just sayin’.

I have thought about this little incident a lot since it happened. I’m trying to be sensitive to how the Lord would have me make changes that would allow Him to intervene in my heart because undoubtedly I’m being snared by the enemies trap on this one. It’s easy to make excuses and come up with justification for why we do certain things the way we do. In fact, that was my first defense mechanism.

I quickly began rationalizing my need to run such tight social media outlets because I’m super busy and have much to get done during the workday.

  • I use social media to run my cloud-based nutrition business called Le-Vel.
  • I connect with people all over the country for professional CDI consulting.
  • I use private messaging so people can reach me in real time.
  • I stay connected with ladies for ministry purposes at church.
  • I keep up with our CAMO ministry correspondence (non-profit archery ministry)
  • I keep up with family and friends more easily.
  • I follow other Christian leaders for mentorship and encouragement.

Our best of intentions can go bad girls. It’s true. We don’t like to admit it when things turn out this way, but thank goodness our Lord loves us enough to intervene upon our lives and show us where we are about to drive ourselves off the proverbial cliff.

This little “not so trivial” lesson of forgetting my cell phone turned out to pack a pretty powerful punch in my heart. I became hyperaware during my evening of shopping and dinner as to how much I allow my phone to steal little moments that I simply cannot get back.

  • I actually talked more while we were driving in the car.
  • I was present in the moment at dinner that also provoked more conversation.
  • I stayed in close communication with my hubby when I would change locations in the mall so we could easily reconnect with each other.
  • I was not influenced or distracted in any way by the posts on my social network on Facebook or Instagram throughout the evening.
  • I was not tempted to feel anxiety that I’m not doing as much as so and so…
  • The negativity that we are often forced to overlook on social media was not in front of me; therefore I came out unscathed the entire evening.

The enemy is predictable and knowing this fact as we see in 1 John 2:16 we need to ready our lives with proper boundaries that work for our good.

For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

 

I’m not suggesting that we surrender our phones and return to handwriting letters via snail mail because we are obviously still called to live in this world. The tricky part is NOT becoming of this world. We have to be in Christ and allow His discipline to flow through us so we can brightly shine refreshment to the world. We have to find a way to do things differently and be noticed because of that difference.

God doesn’t mind you and I having smart phones that allow us to be more efficient in some of our work. He DOES mind us checking Facebook every 15 minutes throughout the day because we don’t really like the work we are doing and it gives a little break from a particular task we dislike. He DOES mind us looking at everyone’s life and constantly wishing ours were different. He DOES mind us getting distracted by how much progress so and so seems to be making with their ministry while ours is a mere thought. I could go on, but you get the idea with me.

I’m suggesting this first small step in the right direction:

  • Only allow for checking social media at designated times throughout the day. If it means deleting the phone APP to prevent the temptation then consider making alterations that will ensure success!

 

Lord, forgive me for constantly failing you in these little areas of life. I lift my sisters reading this who also feel this same way. We are not alone and we need each other for encouragement. I know you don’t condemn us, but you love us enough to convict our heart when we are a little “off” on things. Father, I ask that you fill every void in our heart and remove any lingering desire to find validation and fulfillment from social media sources. Help us to use those sources as nothing more than encouragement in pure moderation. I ask that you speak to each of us individually about how we need to set our smart phone usage up in our daily lives so that we benefit from them, but don’t find ourselves hindering what you have called us to do in your Kingdom. Amen.

Kelli

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“Excuse me, but I’m sending you to Haiti,” says the Lord Thy God.

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Out of nowhere my husband got an unexpected opportunity to go to Haiti to serve with other pastor’s a few weeks ago. There was a Haitian pastor’s conference planned and someone couldn’t go last minute. The details quickly fell into place and before I knew it my hubby was taking to the friendly skies!  This same week, I was traveling for work as well.  Accident? Not a chance!

I checked my bag with Delta and arrived to my gate a little early when the announcement came on the speaker. “Ladies and gentleman, we have a mechanical issue and the mechanics are coming from Cincinnati to repair our plane, but they have not left Cincinnati yet.” Immediately I knew I was in trouble for the sake of my connection so I called the help desk rather than opt to stand in the long line of disgruntled people. I changed flights without any problem so now I was all set. As soon as I hung up the phone another announcement was made saying they had changed planes altogether and it would be located at the neighboring gate.  So now I’m thinking that stinks because I could have potentially left on my original flight to arrive at my destination close to the original time. Not so. Lines filled with several unhappy people because this little snafu was wreaking havoc on everyone’s travel plans and connections. Me being the experienced traveler that I am, I decided to hold my cool and just ask the gate agent if I could somehow be compensated with Delta sky miles for my trouble since they clearly jumped the gun with having everyone rebook minutes before the new plane was issued. Long story short, I walked away with $100 voucher!  Score!

Me = 1 Delta = 0

After this happened, I began to sense the Lord might be up to something. I’m always open to opportunities to collect travel vouchers because we have served in Honduras twice already and those tickets are not cheap! Any little voucher amount helps. I recall simply whispering a little prayer to the Lord to provide more voucher money to help cover future airfare to serve Him.

I arrived into Atlanta to make my connecting flight when I found myself in a situation for volunteers willing to take a later flight out because they had oversold the flight by six seats. They were offering $400 to the people willing to take a later flight. I was doing the math thinking I would have totaled $500 for the day!  Not a bad day I’d say!!!  I couldn’t help but smile on the inside knowing my heart and the prayer I had whispered a bit earlier in the day. As time ticked away, there were problems getting enough volunteers to take a different flight so they increased the voucher amount to $600.  A cash incentive will MOVE people every. single. time.  I was now in the running for a total of $700 for the day!  WOW!   No joke, I ended up with $700 total that day! The vouchers are good for one year and can be used for international travel. God is amazing and can provide out of left field.  Score!

Me = 2 Delta = 0

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As it turns out, 2 weeks later, I’m scheduled to join a group of pastor’s wives from various states to go and minister to the Haitian pastor’s wives in mid-October. I could not feel more blessed to have this opportunity to serve with these ladies! Who knew? God knows!

 

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My husband snapped this picture of a Haitian boat and it says, “Jesus knows” in Creole.

A few weeks ago I posted about God knowing my place and how I (we) don’t have to change our position with some motive to get noticed! Link here to read that post:

God Knows My Place

God is showing me as a reminder how He really does see me right where I am! He knows what we need just when we need it! It amazes me how God was already at work on my behalf to provide a way to serve Him before I had any idea I was going to Haiti! Serving the Lord is an exciting adventure and He loves to fulfill the desires of our heart! Remember ladies, God knows so just be available!

#HAITIORBUSTINOCTOBER

Kelli

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Little Prayers Matter to God Too!

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I looked EVERYWHERE for the binder that held the beloved information of each little camp CAMO kid who has ever attended this fun event!  I keep things semi-organized and usually have no problem retrieving these said things.  Honestly, I’m just that person that can always lay hands on my files and stuff.  I may lose other trivial things, but not my papers. No.

On Sunday night at 10 p.m. I realized I still had not retrieved the binder holding all the camp information.  I went to the location where I knew that it was and it wasn’t.  Hmm, now what?  I looked a few other places that made sense to me.  Still, nothing.  I even went back again (multiple times) to a few of those places only to become befuddled by where this paperwork could possibly be.  I was a little out of sorts.

You have to understand, I was due to leave on a plane early the next morning and I had not fully packed!   The last camp CAMO for the summer was kicking off in about 10 hours and my camp leaders were going to have zero paperwork and no permission slip information if I didn’t find this binder!  I was already running extremely low on sleep because I had taken my hubby to the airport Saturday to catch an extremely early flight to Haiti. He had an opportunity to serve pastors in that region very unexpectedly.  I suppose I was a little anxious about this too.

I recall a moment of desperation that washed over me ever so profoundly.  I pulled out a chair to my empty dining room table and plopped down.  I said out loud in my empty house, “Lord, I really need those camp papers and I don’t know where they are.  I am so tired and I need some rest before I leave on a plane in the morning.  Holy Spirit can you please guide me to those papers?”  Immediately the thought entered my mind as if God was telling me, “go look in the laundry room.”  Y’all I did and they were on the counter under a few items that had been stacked together.  I quickly caught a glimpse of the striped binder edge and smiled the biggest smile and rejoiced with a Praise The Lord!  Thank you Jesus for finding my binder!

He wants to meet our every need.  I was so exhausted and a little stressed from all that had been going on in our lives as well as what was yet to be accomplished in the upcoming week.  He is so faithful to be our present help even when it means find a binder filled with paperwork.

Prayer changes ALL things.

 

Kelli

 

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God Knows My Place

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I wrestle with this thing they call FOMO. Fear of missing out!  I don’t want to miss out on what God has for my life.  I’ve tasted His goodness in so many areas and it only leaves me longing for more of Him. The problem is I have this broken thing in me that provokes a behavior that kicks into action and I end up getting none of Him with a lot of self-induced exhaustion!  The very object of my worship transitions from a Holy God to the task at hand with a little less than desirable motive.  I’ve allowed myself to become so busy, too busy.  I’m in crisis management utilizing a task-oriented mindset to just get it all done!  Ironically, in my “crazy busy” I sometimes lose the real reason for any of it, Jesus.

I’ve questioned what needs to remain and what needs to go more times than I can count. Unfortunately, most days I feel as though I might be stuck in a hamster wheel with no option to ever get off!  It never feels safe to abandon a task.  Isn’t it bad to abandon your obligations to the Lord?  Should I have ever committed myself in the first place?   In God’s perfect timing, He has led me to a FREE summer training class called iBloom in Business! This opportunity crossed my path on Facebook no less. That’s a topic for another day. I’ve already gleaned the most restful nugget as a reminder of His grace!

 

“You do not have to leave your place to try to find a more noticeable one, in the hope that someone will discover your gifts and talents.” Christine Caine

 

When I read these words, it was like a breath of fresh air filling my lungs! I found myself with a sense of relief that I’d almost forgotten could exist in Him! This was such a much-needed reminder. Ahh!  You mean I don’t have to keep on and on doing all the multiple things I’m trying to do out of fear that NOT doing some of them will forfeit an opportunity God may present?

It’s true, I don’t dare get to write this post from a place that insinuates I live each day believing God Knows My Place. I have to be reminded at times.  Sometimes I get off kilter and start to strategize how I can position myself better to be connected to the right people to participate in the right activities so that I might be discovered for how awesome God made me for serving Him!  Yeah, I know. This sounds pretty prideful doesn’t it? As much as I don’t like to think of this as pride, I’m not sure what else you call it.  My broken human effort starts to get involved and oddly enough it looks very similar to the strategizing and decision-making we read about with Abraham and Sarah.  When we get involved implementing our plan instead of allowing God to do things in His time, it says we don’t trust Him and we know better through our efforts.  That’s pretty much pride.

I’m guilty of considering my age and dwell on the fact that I’m not getting any younger over here! The dialogue in my head proceeds, “Come on God, I’ve been preparing for this my whole life. When do I get to do this great thing I’m believing you for?” “Why does everyone else seem to be living the life they love 24/7 and I’m over here wrestling with My Place?” “When are you going to show me what it looks like?”

I’m so tired of all the tasks. I do a lot of good things. Actually, some things I do are great things! However, I’m caught in the rut that I read about all too often. Christian leaders warn about the need to find balance. I’m starting to understand how they speak to the topic with such authority. They too have been caught up in the snare and had to draw the line of NO MORE and surrender some things to God. Lysa Terkeurst wrote an entire study called, “The Best Yes.” I have to assume she’s trod this path before us. I want to be above the enemy’s snare so badly, but I’m just not. None of us are.

God has my (our) global positioning satellite coordinates infinitely on His radar and He has absolutely no need for me (us) to make calculated moves to enhance His view! Whether it is recognizing pride that I’ve mistaken for an overzealous desire to serve Him or a heart that is perfect for the task, His timing will be the right timing and not one second before.

 

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He has My Digits

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He Has Yours TOO!

Declaring today I will do a better job stewarding My Place well. Won’t you join me?

 

Blessings,

Kelli

 

 

 

 

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What Might Have Been

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On this day, 9 years ago, I had planned to say “I do” to another man. The wedding date would have been July 7, 2007 (7/7/7). I had a ring and a promise to a man to spend my life with him. But that wedding date came and went without a walk down the aisle or someone standing there waiting to take me as his wife. For years that date only brought pain as a reminder of the heartache I had endured when my fiancé broke off our engagement and decided that our forever was not what he wanted his life to look like. My mom and dad, brother and sister, and friends can attest to the torture I felt trying to get past the scars this had left. I was angry at this man for hurting me. I was angry at myself for not being what he would have wanted. But I was more angry at God for allowing such a trial to pierce my heart bleeding depressed thoughts, doubts, loneliness, and unworthiness to flood my mind.
Slowly, I crept out of the ashes I had been left in and decided to try and stand once more. I knew Scripture about trusting in God’s plans and how he would take on all my cares for me, but I was being taught a lesson. A lesson that I can say today that I have finally recognized fully along with being able to be joyful about my pain.
That’s right. Joy in our suffering is something we have been asked to demonstrate as a believer in Christ. If you read in James chapter 1, Paul asks his fellow Christians to consider it an opportunity for GREAT JOY when troubles of any kind come our way. Any kind. I heard this verse so many times before. I have even quoted it to others in their times of need. However, until today, I have not been able to grasp it fully because I only saw my pain and not the JOY Christ brought from it.
I think I’m still working on the times when I will be able to actually consider it joy in the midst of my pain, when I’m on my knees in turmoil asking God to grant me some type of relief from the suffering I’m presently in. But, I have grown now to say that I can look back on this day from 9 years ago and count it great joy that I did not get married that day. This morning I remembered today’s date and actually smiled because I have seen the joy come through the pain. I am enlightened that without the pain I experienced then, I would not have the amazing man I am married to today or the sweet baby girl we get to call ours. I am joyful in the fact that God knew so much better for me than I knew for myself, and this allows me to grow my trust in Him all the more for what the future holds.
Joy in our pain may sound absurd, but remember that in Christ our joy is made complete. He brings us pure joy that nothing else in this life can match. When our eyes are focused on what He does for us, pain has seen no match in the Joy we can experience in Christ.

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Stealthy

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These last few weeks have been a total blur for me.  Several months ago, God changed the direction of our ministry.  I say “our ministry” because my husband and I are “one”.  He has the calling of Pastor, it’s officially his title, but we are in this together.

When I say that God changed the direction of our ministry, I’m not talking about taking the left instead of the right at the fork in the road.  I am talking about a totally different road!

We have been married 34 years.  God has transitioned our ministries over the years – banker, youth minister (church of 100), youth minister (church of 250), youth minister (church of 6000), youth and associate pastor (church of 1000), associate pastor (church of 300), singles, missions and associate pastor (church of 1200), senior pastor (church of 300) and now CHURCH PLANTER (church of 50)!!!

It really doesn’t matter what size church you attend or what position you hold in your profession – it’s all about being obedient and serving God where He has placed you.

I am usually pretty quick to hear God’s voice when He is calling us to a new place.  I have to be honest…this one, not so much.  Oh, it’s not that God wasn’t speaking to me.  I was doing the “lalalalala, I can’t hear you” with my fingers in my ears.

When God was finally able to break through my selective hearing, I was ‘all in’.

Then the fun began.  Getting the house ready to sell, and show (it’s exhausting and incredibly satisfying) to have your house clean 24/7.  The craziness of saying good-bye to a church family that you have grown to love to do something that sounds crazy.

Through a situation that we could only describe as God working, we found 40 acres just outside of Nashville with a small home and began the process of purchasing.  Doesn’t that sound nice?  Well, it is a beautiful piece of land, but oddly enough, no mortgage company wants to loan on 40 acres.  We started the process, but the door was slammed shut when we were informed that my two incomes (CFO for 12 years at the same place & my own business) wouldn’t fully count.  My husband’s income was drastically reduced as well.  Door shut on our little piece of heaven.  Did I mention that we are living with friends during our transition?  Yep, 4 adults, 2 teenagers, 1 gecko, 2 tarantulas, and 5 dogs in one house!!!  Yes, 5 dogs!

We were disappointed but still trusting God.  The housing market in this part of Nashville is insane.  We got an app from our agent that let us see “real time” changes to listings.  We would find a house to look at and before we could even call to get it scheduled, the listing would change to ‘contract’ right before our eyes.  We chose to remain calm – if had ever met us, you would know that ‘calm’ might be a stretch.

We found our house and were able to make an offer.  We have a closing date in August.  I would like to add that we were only able to get a contract on this one because it WASN’T ON THE MARKET YET!  Our real estate agent’s daughter lives across the street and is friends with the seller.

Now to the point.  I was reading today in Matthew 26:3-5.

“Then the chief priests and the elders of the people gathered in the palace of the high priest,

whose name was Caiaphas, and plotted together in order to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him.”

I have to say, in the last few weeks, I have been somewhat stressed.  I am fully trusting God, but there are still details that have to be dealt with when you move.  As I read that this morning, I sat on the deck I and chuckled at the mere thought of the chief priests trying to do ANYTHING to Jesus by stealth!

Can you just picture trying to sneak up on God?

That’s when God gently reminded me in the midst of my laughter that nothing that has been happening in my life has been in “stealth”.  God knew it all before we moved, He knows it all now, and even better, He knows what will happen tomorrow and the next day.

No matter what you are going through, remember that God is never caught off guard.  He is always prepared and always ready to protect and guide you.

 

Trusting in Him,

Lisa

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Where is the LOVE?

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The Way of Love
1 Corinthians 13:1–13
13 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 if I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 2 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.
8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Where is the Love?
I am so sadden by the ways of our society, our government, adults acting like spoil rotten, bully children; our children watching. My heart aches. I was watching television earlier this week and heard “You cannot give love or receive love with a cold heart” I might add and or a closed mind.
Time is not as long as it has been and our lack of love for ourselves and others is sending us spiraling towards implosion.

As Word says, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this world’s darkness, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 6:12).
If we can believe in angels we must believe there are evil forces permeating our existence, enveloped in the attitudes and behaviors that are against the principles we seek to live as believers.

How Do We Get the Love?
To battle the forces of hatred and embrace love, be love; we must first protect ourselves by putting on our armor. Protection to stand against evil schemes (Ephesians 6:11). Once we have on our protection, we can stand our ground and walk in love.

Since the government is on HIS shoulders and he is the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6); we can seek and trust Him. If we believe His Word we need to live accordingly.

If we put on the attributes of love as stated at the beginning, just image! Image relationships enhance by love. Children changed by love. A society walking in love. Leaders acting like adults not children.  I know, you’re thinking, “She is living in a fantasy!”

I challenge you to speak the beginning of this blog daily for the next month and see your love grow. It starts with each one that is reading this.
We cannot change anyone except ourselves through the grace of God and the power of the Holy Ghost.

There are 30 Dale Carnegie Principles that foster love and cooperation at home and at work.  Here are just a few that if applied in our lives will begin to change things. We can be the beginning of the love that is missing.

1. Do not complain, condemn, or criticize
2. Give honest sincere appreciation
3. Be genuinely interested in other people
4. Smile
5. Never try to get even with your enemies
6. Create happiness for others
7. Fill your mind with thoughts of peace, courage, health, hope and love.
8. Pray for wisdom and direction towards love.

Along with love there is forgiveness.  I will discuss forgiveness in my next post.

 

 

 

 

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Fill The Gaps

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Do you find yourself dividing your life into ‘compartments’?  You know – church life, home life, work life?  What about spiritual, physical and emotional?  For some reason we think that these are all separate areas of life, when in reality they are all connected to make “US”.

To be the best ME that I can be I have to fuel every area of my life.  I just got a new car. My old car was a 2002 Monte Carlo, it was a sport version, but only required regular unleaded fuel.  My new car is a bit higher performance and requires Premium fuel.  I could put regular unleaded in my new car, but if I want peak performance and long term performance I am going to add Premium fuel.

Our lives are no different.  We have been designed by The Almighty God!!  It doesn’t get any better than that.  But to perform at our best we have to make sure that we are giving ourselves premium fuel.

SPIRITUALLY

How are you fueling yourselves spiritually?  There are so many options…. quick devotionals, listening to sermons online, Bible Study guides.  Those are all great tools, but I find the best way to hear directly from God is thru His Word – no opinions of others, just His Word directly to me!  The Holy God, Creator of the Universe, wants to speak directly to me and to you!  How incredible is that?  God knows exactly what we need daily and can’t wait to speak to us. If you don’t have a plan for a personal time with God.  Here’s a suggestion…three simple steps.

  1. Start with any book of the Bible and stay there until the book is completed.  Read until God speaks to you.
  2. Write down what the verse means.
  3. What does God want you to do with that verse or passage practically.

When you finish that book, move on to the next.  This process allowed me to study the entire Bible verse by verse.

EMOTIONALLY

Where do you get your emotional/social fuel?  As believers, we are called to minister to others, which can be a fuel drain.  It is important that we refuel. Who do you surround yourself with that refuels you emotionally?  Who in your life can you relax with, laugh with, and just have fun.  Life is serious business.  My best emotional fuel is simply spending time with friends laughing and enjoying being together.  It is easy in the chaos of life to let our friendships take a back seat.  Make plans to fuel your emotional and social life.  It won’t happen unless you put it on your calendar.

PHYSICALLY

What are you doing to give your body the fuel it needs?  In the fast paced life, we all lead, it is sometimes hard to get good healthy food.  We live in a drive-thru society.  We are running in a lot of directions, but we struggle to find the time to get in healthy physical activity.  To be the best that we can be and to be ready to do all that calls us to do, we have to take care of the body that gave us to use to accomplish that task.  The only way it will happen is to be aware of what we are eating and the activity level of our day.

In case you didn’t notice, each section requires planning and intention.  These things don’t just happen.  To be our best for Him, we have to fill the gaps with premium fuel.  Let’s all take some time this weekend to plan our next week.  What will we do to fill our spiritual, emotional and physical gaps?  Let’s be our best for His glory!

 

Filling the gaps,

Lisa

 

 

Additional Resources:

Scripture Writing Plan     www.swtblessings.com

The Daniel Plan                 www.danielplan.com

Le-vel                                    www.UrMadeToThrive.le-vel.com  (Lisa Moody)

www.kelliestes.le-vel.com

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Standing Room Only

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Like me, you may have invested a lot of work already, attended one more conference in hopes it’ll be THE ONE where it all just clicks, or maybe you are so pressured by the ticking of the clock you simply cannot hear yourself think much less make an actual life decision about what’s next. I mean gosh, everyone else seems to be getting these amazing opportunities to pull up a chair at the Lord’s table and collaborate about their amazing gifts while I continually find myself parked in the back section of the room labeled, “standing room only.” I do indeed learn from those seated at the table all the while my heart longs to be ONE with the group selected to sit. Do y’all relate?

 

I find myself wrestling with questions like…

 

  • Are those seated at the table more important to God?

 

  • Do their gifts count for so much more in the Kingdom?

 

  • Why do I feel full of ideas to share yet lack the resources and guidance to make it happen?

 

I could go on and on with questions that taunt me daily, but I won’t.

 

I want so desperately to be a good steward of all God has given my family thus far. He has certainly been good to us and we are so thankful! I’m trying to trust the process of authentic growth and know that God’s timing is always right and perfect. The waiting room is not always the easiest room to be in and I am well aware I’m not alone. Interestingly though, you can be in some of the most well populated places and still feel like you are the only one.

 

Maybe I’ve chosen to share this portion of my heart from a place that feels isolated while deep inside knowing there are others who share in this with me.

 

Isaiah 40:31

 

but those who hope in the Lord

will renew their strength.

They will soar on wings like eagles;

they will run and not grow weary,

they will walk and not be faint.

 

Father, please continue to remind us that you have enough room at your table for all of us! Although we may not see our gifts and talents coming to full fruition in this particular season, in due time we’ll sore like eagles! Help us remain faithful to you in the daily surrender of our precious gifts. Give us a willingness to lay them at your feet so your will might be done through some portion of our brokenness. Remind us daily that we are not in a place of “standing room only” but in the very banquet hall where the Lords table is plentiful enough to feed us all! I’m just longing for the best part, dessert! Amen.

 

Kelli

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Discover Your Passion – Discover Your Life! Stir up the Gift that is in YOU!

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Gift A special ability; a notable capacity, talent, or endowment (Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary)

What Word says….

Jeremiah 29:11 NIV For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
James 1:17 NIV Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
2 Timothy 1:6 KJV Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by…
2 Timothy 1:6 AMP That is why I remind you to fan into flame the gracious gift of God, [that inner fire—the special endowment]
Proverbs 18:16 16 NKJV A man’s gift makes room for him, And brings him before great men.
Psalm 139:14 NIV I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

Growing up I found it hard to believe any of this. I grew up bullied and had no confidence, self-esteem or understanding of my self-worth. Many times I would cry to God wanting to know my purpose and why I exist. I was shy and didn’t talk much (at that time). It wasn’t until I discovered by passion and recognized all of the above scriptures and BELIEVED in God’s Word for my life that my life begin to change. Once you acknowledge the gifts God has given you and begin to WALK in them; I bare witness, the things you need, the people you need, the paths to be taken; the Holy Spirit will put them in your path. We are design and created with purpose and all that you need has been given to you.

Yes, I have had detours and wrong turns that prolonged His work! There are things we go through that lead us to where God wants us to be. Some of those things are because of choices that we make that can keep our good from us and minimize our gifts and the work God put in us to do.

Remember Psalms 139:14 MSG “Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; you know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, the days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day.” (You might want to repeat this again out loud). Ask Him to lead and guide you in the paths you need to go. He will take you there!

Spiritual Gift Test
Knowing your spiritual gifts can lead to identification and/or confirmation of your passion and your purpose. Your God-given gifts can be contained in the work you do in and outside of the church. If you have not taken a gift assessment, I encourage you to do so.
If you have, but are not walking in them, I encourage you to take it again as a reminder of who you are! Walk by Faith and not by sight!

Here is the link. This link will take you to the Adult and Youth Spiritual Gifts test. I encourage you to make it a family affair and help guide your children into the knowledge of their God given gifts.
http://www.spiritualgiftstest.com/tests

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