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Two Minute Tuesday: Waiting

Posted by on Feb 25, 2014 in Blog | 17 comments

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Two Minute Tuesday: Temporary Thoughts

Posted by on Feb 18, 2014 in Blog | 10 comments

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Time to Jump

Posted by on Feb 17, 2014 in Blog | 8 comments

“Daddy, do you want to go and jump in the ocean?”

“Hope its the middle of February, that water is freezing!

“Please, Daddy?”

“PLEASE?”

“Ok…” [in a dad's-not-convinced-she's-really-going-to-do-it-tone.]

And so they walk towards the water that shimmers so well this time of day.

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“Ready?”

“Hope, its so cold.”

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“Daddy! I’m out here, come ON.”

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“Agh, Hope. It’s COLD.”

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I stood on the shore line snapping my camera, capturing what I thought was just a hysterical moment. But it ended up being incredibly inspiring…

The look on her face when she jumped in the water. 

The way he hesitated to go in. 

The gasps for air after diving in. 

The rush of excitement & pride as they ran out of the bone-chilling water. 

It made me pause, right there on that shore line. And I thought of how I wished I had the guts to jump into so many things like freezing, cold oceans.

I’ve wrestled with these types of feelings before. And I love them. Because they mean there’s an upward call I need to hear. A call to jump to a level that’s not attainable in my own strength.

When we jump, His spirit take us deeper; the places the air feels thin and the water so cold.

When we jump, we live and we know we really lived.

When we jump, we understand all that is really in us; the Power of the One who makes this whole gig possible.

When was the last time a jump took your breath away? Maybe its time to jump…

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Congratulations to Susan Gruener, you are the winner of the two, A Confident Heart Devotional books! I’ll be in touch soon. :)

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The Things We Do For Love {a special guest post}

Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 in Blog | 26 comments

Hi guys!

I am SO excited about today’s post.

Renee Swope is not only someone I get to serve along side with at Proverbs 31 Ministries, but she’s also someone I really look up to. She’s been with me through thick and thin in ministry, always has an ear to listen and she makes me feel like I can do anything.

She’s gold.

And today she’s HERE [squeal!] on this little corner of the world, to share an inspiring message with us and host a special Valentine’s Day giveaway!

The Things We Do For Love by Renee Swope

I had everything I wanted yet felt empty and confused. Although my life was full of relationships and accomplishments I’d worked hard to gain, none could fill or fulfill me.

Frustrated by my aching emptiness, tears streamed down my face as I thought about the guy I dated through high school and college. Our future plans had crumbled under the pressure of me expecting him to be all I needed. I had been crazy about him — a little too crazy.

I’ll never forget the time a friend mentioned my ex-boyfriend was heading to our hometown for the weekend. We worked near each other, so Friday afternoon I parked by his office and waited for him to leave.

We both “happened” to be at the same fast food restaurant, at the same time and bumped into each other. After getting my order, I got in my car and followed behind him, hoping he’d see me, realize he couldn’t live without me and signal to pull over so we could talk.

Seriously, what was I thinking? As you can guess, he never stopped. I was hopeless and humiliated.

A few weeks later, I was taking a walk around my college campus. My eyes drifted to the buildings, dorms and other landmarks of memories. Suddenly my mind filled with a collage of faces, reminding me of my efforts to win the approval of advisors, friends and professors — hoping their affirmation could fill my emptiness.

Although I was graduating soon, had a few great job offers and achieved success in many ways, my heart still felt restless. And I couldn’t help but wonder: Why was all that I had never enough?

A thought rushed through my soul, stringing together two words I had never put next to each other, and I sensed God answering me.

Renee, all you have ever wanted is unconditional love.

Unconditional love? I didn’t know there was such a thing. Then God whispered into my soul: You’ll never find the love you long for in anyone or anything but Me. I AM the unconditional love you’re looking for.

The thought of God loving me without any conditions was inconceivable, yet something deep in my soul told me it was true. I’d been looking for love that didn’t have to be earned. Love I didn’t have to fear losing.

Honestly, it was hard to see how God’s love could fill the emptiness in my heart. It took time, but I came to understand that God created me with a need for fulfillment so He could meet it.

Proverbs 19:22a, says, “What a person desires is unfailing love.” That word “desire” comes from the Hebrew word ta’avah, which means: to greatly long for, deeply desire or crave. Interestingly, unfailing love is mentioned over 30 times in the Bible, and not once is it referencing a person. It is only attributed to God.

God gave us a desire for unfailing love because He knew it would lead us back to Him.

His love draws us to Him. Only we can stop God from reaching the deep and hidden parts within us that need Him most.

Let’s invite Jesus to look into our hearts today so He can show us what, who and where we might be looking to be fulfilled. Then let’s ask Him to fill us with the promise and reality of His unfailing love instead.

When I say… I’ll never be satisfied.

God says… Let My unfailing love satisfy the longings of your heart.

“What a [woman] desires is unfailing love.” Proverbs 19:22

Wow Renee, thank you so much for sharing this!

Ok guys, and now I have some really exciting news. Renee has graciously offered to give away 2 signed copies of her new book, A Confident Heart Devotional.

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Enter to win two signed copies of Renee’s new A Confident Heart Devotional book by sharing in the comments: 

If you won 2 copies, tell us about the friend you’d give one to!

Winners will be announced here on the blog on Monday.

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After you leave your comment here on the blog, head over to Renee’s blog to enter this amazing contest!

ENTER the Let God Love You Contest:
Find out how you can WIN a $50 gift card, 2 additional signed copies of Renee’s devotional book, and a beautiful 8×10 print from Emily Burger Designs at www.ReneeSwope.com

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Two Minute Tuesday: Exodus 3:11

Posted by on Feb 4, 2014 in Blog | 18 comments

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What about you? I’d love for you to leave a comment sharing what it means to have humility. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

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Uncomfortable Grace

Posted by on Jan 14, 2014 in Blog | 11 comments

I have never felt so distracted.

Even right now as I’m trying to type this post, there’s a little puppy at my feet. Crying. Barking. And wanting to play.

I’ve come to understand how being distracted is one of the most dangerous places we can be when we are expectant for God to do something great in us & through us.

And sometimes all we know to do is to cry out to God and ask for His grace.

And while His grace is overflowing with abundance of forgiveness, peace and love, today I’m finding I need a different type of grace.

Uncomfortable Grace.

The grace that says,

“You’re letting yourself be distracted.”

{Romans 12:2, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”}

“You have the power to push through every distraction.”

{Philippians 3:12-14, “Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 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.”}

“Focus brings freedom.”

{Proverbs 16:3, “Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.”}

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Uncomfortable grace is the place of realizing we are not a helpless little target for the enemy.

Uncomfortable grace allows us to see things for what they are and move on.

Uncomfortable grace flows down deep, to those places covered by anxiety, fear and frustration.

Uncomfortable grace. The grace that doesn’t let us stay in our distracted places.

Oh God, yes, give us more grace but may it be uncomfortable grace when we need it most.
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What about you?

Do you feel distracted? Is God allowing you to experience uncomfortable grace? Leave a comment and share your experience today. I would love to hear about it.

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