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Can I Get a Do-Over?


Have you ever had one of those days where you just wish you could have a do-over? How about a morning? Well, today is just one of those mornings for me. I was awakened at 5:oo am this morning (a whole hour and a half before I normally wake up) by someone else’s alarm going off. The alarm, needless to say, continued to go off every 5 minutes until I jumped out of bed at 5:15 am and informed the owner of the alarm to shut it off, and that I didn’t want to hear it go off again until 7:00 am. Then as I was preparing to head back to my comfy bed, I was stopped by a small voice, “Mom. I need you.” So, after about 10 minutes (which felt like a whole hour) of helping the owner of the small voice, I climbed back in bed. I closed my eyes, and just like that MY alarm goes off! REALLY?! Now I know that I at least got another hour of sleep, but it felt more like another second. As the morning routine for the week began to unravel, I soon discovered I had a case of the “Grouch-Os.” No one was safe! I snapped at the owner of the small voice, and unleashed the horrible “Grouch-Os” on her, which didn’t help anything (she had the “Grouch-Os” too, as 5:15 am was not a good wake up time for her either).  I proceeded to get myself ready for the day, all the while informing my “still trying to wake up himself” dear hubby that I was in no mood for anything today, and I was really wanting to pinch someone’s head off. (Yes, I think if I owned one of those stress ball dolls, its head would have been removed from its body).  Then, after I had put my face on and fixed my hair, I went into the owner of the small voice’s room and apologized. I felt bad for unleashing the rabid “Grouch-O” on her.

You know the marvelous thing about God is that He IS in the business of “do-overs.” He wants us to have another go at it. He wants us to want to do better. He is not satisfied with just leaving us in a mess. No, He wants us to get out of the mess and start all over! So, as I look back over what has taken place this morning for me, I am thankful I have a LOVING Father that says, “YES!” when I ask Him if I can have a “do-over.”

 Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, 
  for his compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; 
  great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23

Grace and Peace

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Look Past the Mist


Yesterday as I was walking in the park, I noticed the trees. There were big trees, small trees, skinny trees, fat trees, trees in clusters, and trees that appeared to stand alone. Those trees (the ones appearing to stand alone) were the ones that really caught my attention. I got to thinking on how we at times feel as if we are like those “stand alone” trees. There are times in life when we feel that we are all alone. It appears as if everyone else has cleared out and left us alone in this thing called life. We feel disconnected, lonely, and abandoned.

As I thought more on the “stand alone” trees, I looked a bit closer and broader. The “stand alone” trees weren’t really standing alone. Even though it appeared as if they stood all by themselves away from the other trees, they weren’t alone. Looking at the whole picture, the “stand alone” trees were surrounded by all the other trees. Now, the other trees weren’t necessarily extremely close to the “stand alone” trees. But they still surrounded the “stand alone” trees.

And that is how it is in our lives too. Even during the times when we feel like the “stand alone” trees, if we will look past the mist in our lives we will see that we are not alone. I felt God impressing this on my heart, reminding me that I am never alone. We are never alone. YOU are never alone!

God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5

And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20

Grace and Peace

40 Day Prayer Challenge for She Dances


Well today was Ash Wednesday. The day that marks our beginning of the Lenten season. The day where some people attended an Ash Wednesday service and participated in the imposition of the ashes upon their foreheads. And also the day where some people frantically tried to rack their brains to figure out something they could give up for 40 days (the length of Lent; Sundays are not included as they are “Mini-Easters”), because they hadn’t really given it much thought beforehand. Well, I had put some thought into what exactly I would be giving up, or fasting from, for Lent and decided I would “Just Say No!” to cookies, candies, cakes, ice cream, and pies. These little bundles of deliciousness are huge weaknesses for me, as I would prefer to eat them over everything else. (I might even take an IV of sugar if it was offered.) As I was coming to terms with what I felt I should lay to the side for this season, I kept thinking on an organization that my husband and I support and believe in, She Dances. (She Dances is a non-profit organization that seeks to bring healing, hope, and freedom to young girls who have been victims of sex trafficking. Learn more at www.shedances.org) I know you are probably asking yourself, “What does giving up goodies have to do with She Dances?” Nothing really, but I felt the Lord nudging me to do something for She Dances during these 40 days. So, I began to think on just what I could do for 40 days to make a difference, and I came up with PRAY. Yep, you heard me. PRAY. Each day of the 40 days of Lent, pray for a different aspect of She Dances.

I want to invite and challenge you to join me on this journey in praying for She Dances during these 40 days of Lent. Each day let’s pray for a different aspect of She Dances (the young girls who are being set free, Safe House in Honduras, 200/20 Campaign, Jeremy & Nedra: directors, University Chapters, those that give, sharing,  that more people will join in the support,etc.). Then on each Sunday during this season let us give thanks for all that God is doing in and through She Dances, and then celebrate it! I encourage you to pass this challenge on to your family and friends, maybe even your church. Who knows, maybe even complete strangers! I believe God is wanting to do so much more in and through She Dances. I believe that prayer is a POWERFUL thing and when we engage in it we will see the hand of God move in mighty ways.

So, are you up to the challenge? Will you join me on this journey in praying for She Dances? Will you share this with others? I hope so!

“For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:20

Grace and Peace

Meeting People Where They Are At


I haven’t posted in a while, but I try not to post something just for the sake of having a post. I try to allow my heart to be stirred by the Holy Spirit, and for Him to inspire me to post. This morning He has done just that. I have been reading through 1 Corinthians each morning, and today was chapter 9. As I was reading, I was struck by verses 19-23. These verses read as follows:

“For though I am free with respect to all, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I might win more of them. To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though I myself am not under the law) so that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law) so that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, so that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that I might by all means save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, so that I may share in its blessings.”

I thought upon this passage of scripture for a bit, and thought about how we are to meet people where they are at that time. Paul met each of these different groups of people where they were at. He didn’t meet them after they had met certain requirements, or after they had gone through numerous transformations. No, Paul met them exactly where they were at that time. The Jews were still Jews. The ones under the law were still under the law. The ones outside the law were still outside the law. The weak were still weak. Paul shared with and hung out with these groups of people without having them conform, transform, or abstain from their lifestyle. Scripture says, “I have become all things to all people.” Paul became as they were. Now this doesn’t mean that he participated in the things they were doing. I believe this just means that Paul didn’t place himself above the people. He was equal. Paul didn’t see himself as better than them. Paul didn’t see these groups of people as “lost souls.” Paul saw these groups of people as LOVED by God.

I believe that is exactly how God wants us to see people. People under the law. People outside the law. The weak. Those with different beliefs than we have. All of these different groups of people are LOVED by God. And all have been created in the very image of God. God doesn’t want us to ostracize people because they are different from us (whether in color, race, ethnicity, beliefs, social status, etc.). God wants us to meet them where they are at, and He wants us to LOVE them. We shouldn’t require anything of them, but we should require a lot of ourselves. If we are true believers in Christ, then we are to LOVE all people. And loving people means that we do not have requirements, have hoops to jump through, or expect them to be changed before we have anything to do with them. Loving people means that we meet them where they are at, just as they are at that moment. I believe if we truly LOVED people and met them where they were at without expecting anything of them, they will be transformed because the true expression of Christ has been displayed. And I also believe that we will experience transformation in our own lives because of it.

My challenge to all of us is to meet people where they are at and just LOVE them like Jesus!

Grace and Peace

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