Monday, August 24, 2015

Happy Monday Morning ~ Don't Just Step.... JUMP!

Hey there friend!

Happy Monday Morning!

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"Sometimes, to step toward your destiny,
you have to step away from your security."
~ Craig Groeschel

I'm taking this quote right out of yesterday morning's sermon notes.  And I'm taking it to heart.

Have you ever thought what your purpose in life is? Are you fulfilling your destiny?

A few years ago I did a 21 day challenge led by Holley Gerth via her place in blogland. At the end of those three weeks we had to put together a statement using a formula to define our life story and purpose.

Here's what I came up with:
To help restore hope and joy,
to those who are hurting and discouraged,
by encouraging them with acts and words of kindness.

{ When I was first blogging back in 2010 I even wrote a post about this. You can read about Finishing the Challenge  HERE }

Some tried & true, and easy ways I'm comfortable with encouraging others are.....
... a card in the mail
... a comment on Facebook
... a {HUG}
... a smile
... a promise to pray
... a blog post.

However, in a few short week I'll be stepping out of my comfort zone and leading a ladies' Christian Life Development Class at our church in an effort to encourage other ladies in their walk with Jesus.

This is the biggest (and scariest) way that I'm applying my One Word for 2015 - BRAVE in my life this year.

It sure feels like a  big step giant jump. Yikes!

But, oh how I want to encourage other women. It's such a strong desire, and I know it's from the Lord.  It's what I'm to do at this season in my life -  use my love for teaching and heart for encouraging to help others.

And how about you friend? Is there some step you need to take? or maybe a giant leap toward your God designed destiny?

Well, I'm taking the hand of Jesus and taking that jump.
Hold my other hand and jump with me?

Love ya,

Monday, August 3, 2015

Happy Monday Morning ~ Steps

Hi friend!!!

Happy Monday Morning! 

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Psalm 37:23-24

If you do what the Lord wants, He will make certain


The Lord will hold your hand, and if you


you still won't fall.

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Dear Jesus,
Please be with me as I go throughout my day. Help me to stay in step with your plans for me today.
Lord, I put my hand in yours. Thank you that you don't ever let go. Thank you that if I stumble you are right there to steady me so I don't fall.
I love you!

Love ya,

Friday, July 31, 2015

Five Minute Friday Fun: Try

Hi friend!

What day is it?
It's Friday!

And what does that mean?
It's time to party and have us some 5 Minute Friday fun! 

The party is at Kate's place in blog land. It's a linky party / blogger flash mob / free writing exercise. Whatever you want to call it, I say it's just plain fun - blog land style.

Everyone spends five minutes writing on the same topic. If they have a blog, they link up to Kate's post.

No blog? No problem! Just leave your five minutes of writing in the comments section.

The truly fun part is that you write with freedom. There's no emphasis on grammar or spelling. Punctuation is also worry free {yay! 'cause I love me a bunch of commas when I write}. Pretty much the only "rule" is that you visit the blog of the person who linked up before you and leave some encouragement. 

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and GO!


Hubby and I have been watching a show called American Ninja Warrior. Love it! How have we missed the previous seasons?

Many times I've thought that it's crazy that the competitors have only one try to finish the course. If they miss an obstacle they are out.

That's it. Done.

Their run for this year is over.

These men and women train. I mean seriously train. Like for some of them every single day.

I don't know why. Honestly I don't. Such hard work for one try.

Just to get to the end of the course and move on from city qualifying to city finals to nationals.

Most of them fail.

They don't reach the end and get to push the buzzer to stop the clock, get their name on the leaders board and move on to the next level.

As they walk away they say things like -
"I'll try again next year. "
"That was fun."
"I'm glad I made it this far."

Sure they're disappointed that they didn't get to finish every obstacle, but they all seem thrilled for the opportunity to have tried.

When we first started watching this show I just didn't get why they put all the time, energy and expense (some train in a gym and some make their own obstacle course in their basement or garage) into training for one try at the prize.

And it didn't seem fair that there were no do-overs or second chances. Man all that work for nothing.

Maybe I don't get it because I don't like to try something competitive unless I'm pretty sure I'll succeed.

Get an "A+"

Make 10 out of 10 correct.


However, the longer we watch the Ninja Warriors compete the more I think I'm getting it.

It's not the winning. Well, yea it is.

But, I think for them they do it as much for the experience and fun as for the win.

And if they fail? Well, there's always next year.

and STOP!

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Here's to trying new things. Not to win, but for the experience.

Love ya,