Two Things Every Dream Needs

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Proverbs 16:9 “The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps” 

Psalms 37:23-24“The steps of a man are established by the Lord, and He delights in his way. When he falls, he will not be hurled headlong, because the Lord is the one who holds his hand” 

Have you ever known in your heart that the Lord was directing to you do something bigger than you thought you were capable to do?  I have.  Actually I am in the mist of that BIG THING right now.  I went through so many emotions before I said yes.  You see I am a bit of a perfectionist.  Those reading this who know me said, “yes you are” as soon as they read that.  I am also impatient.  Once I commit to something I want to get it done NOW.  I am also a planner.

All of these can be good qualities, however they can also be roadblocks. You see if God has directed you to do something you should allow Him to direct your steps.  When we fall, and we may, we won’t stay down because the scripture says he holds us in his hands. You see He has given us the keys to completing the goal, dream, vision, whatever you may call it, in todays scripture.

In pursing every dream you need two things to successfully allow God to direct your steps and to help you with the fear of falling:  Prayer and Patience.  Ok, so number one comes easy for me because I LOVE TO PRAY.  Maybe it is easy for you too.

The second one is the hardest for me.  Patience.  That’s why I need to pray a lot, to pray that God gives me more patience as WE work towards the prize.  I am not sure how confident you are regarding your dream or calling.  If God has ask you do something, then I suggest that you begin every day with prayer, asking Him to direct your every step, every process, every idea as you move forward.

Don’t give up on your dreams if they don’t happen right away or even if you fall.  If you know in your heart that God has called you to do something then just know that He will get you through to it.  Don’t be afraid.  God has great things for you and I know one thing, He is faithful and just.  Go after your dreams and do it right now.  Take that first step right now.  Comment below and share what your dream is and what you are doing to move forward towards it.

 

Separated

Isaiah 59:2 But your wrongs have separated you from your God, and your sins have made him hide his face so that he doesn’t hear you.

1 Corinthians 15:33  Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”    

Sin not only separates us from God but it separates us from other brothers and sisters in Christ and our church or it should anyway.  Not forever, but until they decide to get back on track with their spiritual life.  Does that mean that we stop loving them, stop praying for them, stop being nice to them?  The answer to all these questions is no.  We can still associate with them but because they have chosen to live a life contrary to what God has asked to do we need to take a break from hanging with them every day.  These are not my words only but God’s words.

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2 Timothy 3:1-5 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of Godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.

1 Corinthians 5:11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.

2 Thessalonians 3:14 And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.

We should love them and encourage them, we should pray for them and we should not act like we are better than they are because we are all sinners.  Ask yourself, do they know what they are doing is wrong yet purposefully choose to do it. Remember that God never stops loving them and neither should we.

Romans 8:35-39  35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,“For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Surround yourself with others who love The Lord as you.  My mother always said, birds of a feather flock together.  It is time to find a flock that flies for Jesus.  Together you can soar to heights that you never thought possible.

Waiting with Hope

Have you prayed for someone you love that you are still waiting for God to answer? Then this song from John Waller should inspire you to patiently wait upon the Lord.
GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)
31 Yet, the strength of those who wait with hope in the Lord will be renewed. They will soar on wings like eagles. They will run and won’t become weary. They will walk and won’t grow tired. This is promise from God that you can count on.

You Can Do Anything God is Calling You To Do

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But Moses said to the LORD, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.” Then the LORD said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the LORD? Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.”

On October 7, 2014 I created a page called Droplets To Ripples. I really believed in my heart that God was calling me to become a motivational speaker and author. The launch of this page was a way for me to let God know that I heard Him and I was going to be obedient to what He was asking me to do. I ask a couple of friends to join me and to include post when they could.

Life got busy. Friends came and went. Jobs changed and my church went through a break and so did I. SO I QUIT. Yep, you heard it from me. I am a pastors wife who quit, thats got to be worse than when you quit right??

Earlier this year, I felt the Spirit of The Lord nudge my heart to begin this journey again. Even though I had quit and pushed the thought deep in the back of my mind, God did not. Once again, to appease God, I moved from a page to a group and began to write devotionals again.

I thought if I would just write something on my page, a little more often than before, then God would be satisfied yet again. After all, I was going to write longer post and write more often. I made all kinds of excuses as to why this was ENOUGH. WELLLLLLLL……It wasn’t. Writing on a group page was NOT what He has ask me to do.

This weekend 20+ women attended an annual women’s retreat titled “Radiance”. The theme was surrounding Moses and how his face was radiant after seeing the back side of God when he went up to get the ten commandments. Well God showed up for me in ay own burning bush.Jennie Gray Scott, a Proverbs 31 speaker and author, was a guest speaker at our event. I shared with Jennie what I felt God had ask me to do and I immediately began to give her a few of my excuses why I could not do it. One by one Jennie, like God did to Moses, she told me how I could do everything God had called me to. She even told me that she would help me do it. By the way, I was not asking her to help me, I was telling her why I COULDN’T DO IT. I was hoping she would tell me how she understood and how I was right.

God has something for you to do. Stop making excuses and go for it. Don’t waste years like I did. My son has a new facebook page called Launch Pad Movement: https://www.facebook.com/launchpadmovement/
The purpose of the movement is help people like me and you reach our goals, our dreams and our destiny that God has called us to. He and his friend search out people who have done what you want to do. They host podcast and help you make connections to help you become successful at a faster pace.

You can do anything that God is calling you to do. I personally heard him LOUD AND CLEAR this weekend and I will not wait this time. So if you need a motivational speaker for your women’s group, small group or event, I would love to come speak and share the word of God with you. Pray for me as I begin my book and this new journey of fully surrendering to The Lord. Start your journey today ladies! I am starting mine! Thank you Jennie Gray Scott and thank you Lord for trusting and calling me to your service.

Two Are Better Than One

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Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (NIV)

Two are better than one,
    because they have a good return for their labor:
10 If either of them falls down,
    one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
    and has no one to help them up.
11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
    But how can one keep warm alone?
12 Though one may be overpowered,
    two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

 

I grew up in a generation where most of my neighbors were family and so were my best friends.  The one thing about family, in my generation, was that family was forever.  In-laws were called family not in-laws and Sunday dinner at Grandma’s and family reunions took place regularly.  Adults were called Aunt’s and Uncles and everyone was called granny, regardless of how old or young they were.  The older women gave their opinion to their grown daughters and daughter-n-laws on raising children, marriage, cooking and cleaning and no one got mad or at least didn’t show it.

In my youth, I saw very little fighting between the adults and when it did happen, they were right back at Granny’s house the next Sunday for dinner with the rest of the family.  All was forgiven and everyone was back to normal.  Why?  Because family was important. Cousins were our best friends, outside of school, because they were who we saw the most and played with all the time.  The younger Aunts and Uncles were more like our older cooler friends who steered us in the right direction than the adults they represented.

Today, so many people do not have the luxury of growing up with family near by.  Granny’s are called a number of different things and Aunts, Uncles and even mom and dads are called by their first name.  Cousins aren’t best friends because they rarely see each other due to distance and busy schedules AND there is no Sunday dinner at Granny’s house for most families.

I work at a local pregnancy center where I am blessed to meet so many couples, both young and old.  Many who come through the center are in a crisis, but no all.  When we ask if they attend church or know the Lord, the amount who say no is staggering.  There are a variety of reasons given for not attending church, from un-belief  to I used to believe/go to church, but don’t anymore.

We always find a way to share the gospel with those who will give us permission to do so.  Many of our patients are alone in our town.  Transplants.  No Granny’s.  No Aunt’s.  No Cousins. And for some, No friends.  This scripture comes to my mind so often.

You see life is hard.  Would you agree?  We all have ups and we all have downs.  The Bible says we will have trouble in this world, John 16:33. God is always with us so we are really never alone, but God knew from the beginning that man needed another human with him.  Genesis 2:18 ESV Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” It is not any different today.  We all need someone.

Now listen, my lady friends.  I know that some of you have been burned by other women so you don’t trust them.  I know that some of you don’t have those cousins, aunts, moms or granny’s nearby to be there to advise you in troubled times.  So as hard as it may be, I encourage you to find a Christian woman friend that you can lean on.  I say Christian friend because you and she and the Lord make three.

Friends may not stick around forever like our family, however a true friend for any amount of time is a blessing from God. Don’t look at it as you can’t trust women.  Look at it as God has taken your friendship with that person to it’s height and He is moving you on to a new level of friendship with someone new.  I am speaking from experience as I have been hurt, stabbed in the back, turned on, spit on, lied about and gossiped on by some of those who were once my best friends.  My hurt, and maybe yours too, was a double whammy because my best friends were Christians.  Each time I was in disbelief that God allowed it to happened.  In my past, I have sworn to never have best friends again in order avoid the complications that comes with them.

BUT, I am here to say that you do not need to be alone, nor do I.  If you have friends, hurt is going to be inevitable but God will always be there to help you get through the hurt and restore your faith in friendship.  A local church is a great place to find friends and support.  In those churches you will find imperfect people who are tying to be the best Christians they can be.  They are not perfect but they love the perfect one, Jesus Christ.  If you don’t have a local church come visit mine, The Body Church, in Rock Hill, SC.  Ask other people what church they attend.  Visit every Sunday until you find one that feels like a family.  Church is more than a check off box.  If you find a good one, church is about Christ and family, church family.

My prayer for you today is that you find that best friend that you can stick to closer than a brother and you that you both invite Christ to be your best friend too.  I will end with this quote from Joyce Meyers,

Don’t waste your time being upset about something you can’t change. Begin again and do it better this time.

 

Rejoice With Singing

Zephaniah 3:17 (NIV) The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”

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I like the word picture at the end of this scripture. It says God will rejoice over you with singing. Singing is a way of rejoicing and thats alright with me. I told a friend of mine recently that music does not typically MOVE me spiritually. While most people listen to music in their car, work or their personal devices I am listening to preaching. On Sunday mornings, I sing the song’s but I really can not wait for the preaching to begin. I barely know the names of the songs and can assure I know very few names of the artist who sing them.

Now here is the weird part. I love to sing. I sing all the time.
Hold on. I bet you are really confused right now. If I don’t listen to music, I don’t know artist names and I am not singing along with the radio then when am I singing? Well, I make up songs all the time. I can’t sing the same song twice because I forget it almost as fast as I make it up. Something happens when I sing. It make me happy. It makes me smile and sometimes I even laugh at myself.

When Kaitlyn lived with me and Tim, I would begin our day each morning making up and singing songs to her, about her, about me, things in the house, the animals and even Tim. My singing made Kaitlyn happy. Maybe she was happy because she thought I should be in the looney bin but either way she would smile and laugh. She would tell Danny and other people about the crazy made up songs I sang.

A couple of weeks ago I was at my daughters house watching my grandkids for the weekend. My grand daughter loves Musically and is on it all the time.  SHE LOVES MUSIC. That weekend was going to be a real treat for her as she was going to have the opportunity to hear a lot of made up songs. Like Kaitlynn, my grand daughter, Carlee, LOVED my songs. The trouble was she liked them too much.

Remember, I said earlier how I forgot the lyrics as quickly as I created them? Not so for Carlee. She not only remembered the lyrics but the beat too. One particular song that I created about her runaway cat Charlie was her favorite. She ask me ALL weekend to sing that made up song and laughed every time she heard it. When her other grandparents came over, she wanted me to sing it to them.  Whenher mother and father returned home she quickly put in a special request for me to sing the song to them. MUCH TO MY HORROR.

The word rejoice is a verb. The definition for rejoice is to feel or show great joy or delight. This scripture basically says that God will show great joy or delight for you by singing to you. I imagine he makes up songs for and about each us. I am sure he knows all the songs we sing to him, and every artist who sings them. But think about what kind of song he might be singing about you right now. I bet that made you laugh!

I challenge you to rejoice over God with singing. Whether you are singing with the radio, writing your own song or making up a silly one, just sing. It is not required that you have a great voice or professional training, just sing. Rejoice over Him with singing. Show Him how much you love Him with a little tune. In case no one has told you today, God Loves and so do I.