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I Am THAT Girl

Speak the Truth:

Isaiah 63:9 In all their affliction he was afflicted,[a]
and the angel of his presence saved them;
in his love and in his pity he redeemed them;
he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.

Talk the Talk:

You probably don’t know it. But I’ve been that girl.

The one you’ve heard about. The one you’ve prayed for. The one you’ve talked about. The one you couldn’t believe would ever do that. The one you were happy for. The one you cried for. The one you helped. The one that’s helped you.

I’ve been that girl.

I’ve smiled at you. I’ve laughed with you. I have taught about transparency and love– love yourself. Love your neighbor. Love the Lord your God. All the while I struggled with loving myself enough to even allow myself a decent meal. I’ve been on the edge of an eating disorder. I’ve been that girl.

I’ve played games with my children in the pouring rain. We’ve run the puddles in the parking lots of Publix and through the sprinklers of a stranger’s yard. We’ve been kicked out of the Dollar Store for sword fighting with brooms. I’ve ruined brand new clothes, cell phones, and perfectly good hair days for the chance at making memories with these precious little ones. I’ve been that girl. I think I still am.

I’ve held secrets so dark and frightening that fear immobilized my freedom song. Darkness has washed over me in crashing waves; infinite rhythms that sought to drown my soul. I’ve looked in the mirror to only see a shadow of what I once was or could ever be. I’ve doubted my salvation and run away. I’ve been that girl.

I’ve sat in the front row among the sea of hearts and faces. I’ve stood before you who have long been free. I’ve shared pieces of what was safe for you to see as I carried my secrets in the unseen baggage shackled to a broken heart. I’ve proclaimed freedom as I yearned to be set free. I’ve been that girl.

I’ve cried over my relationships. I’ve grieved as those with no hope. I’ve hovered over my children. I’ve been lazy. I’ve been stubborn. I’ve been ugly. I’ve been crazy. I’ve been obsessive. I’ve been disloyal. I’ve been sinful and proud. I’ve been boastful and ashamed. I’ve been impatient. I’ve been resentful. I’ve been crude and ridiculous. I’ve questioned my motives and broken my promises. I’ve been late. I’ve been showy. I’ve been manipulative. I’ve been absent. I’ve been that girl.

But guess what? I’ve also been redeemed.

I’ve lifted my eyes. Tears hang heavy, teetering on the edge of the pain filled windows into my very soul. In perfect unison, I break free from the bondage of sin as the tears topple; my dry and weary soul refreshed and renewed with each tear that falls. I’ve stopped fighting and accepted the victory. I am that girl.

I have fallen but never beyond my Savior’s reach. I lift my hands- I worship from the depths of my agony to the heights of my being. I am in love with a God who has seen the girl I’ve been and renews me to who He knows I can be. I am ragged, and torn– broken and imperfect with stories that may never fall on human ears; I am held close reminded that my scars will never compare to His. I am infinitely, unimaginably, and unconditionally loved by an untamed God equipped to scatter the stars with His right hand. I am that girl.

Walk the Walk:

I am free from the sin that has bound me.
I am free from every last ounce of condemnation.
I am no longer climbing mountains but moving them.
I am not a product of my sin. I am not defined by my past.
I am covered in grace. I am filled with compassion.
I am unashamed…I am His and He is mine.
I am Broken. I am Beautiful. I am Redeemed.

 

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2014 in Attitude, Health and Wellness

 

Greater Is The One

Speak the Truth:

Psalm 42: 11 “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.”

Talk the Talk:

“And greater is the One living inside of me than he who is living in the world.” These are words found in Mercy Me’s song titled “Greater”. So why do we sometimes not believe this? Why do we doubt, feel hurt, have fears? The voices of the world, in whatever form they appear, tell us that we are not good enough, and that we will never be enough. Some people believe this to the point where they withdraw, turn to alcohol and drugs to ease their pain, and they may reach a point of hopelessness. The lyrics from Casting Crown’s song, “Voice of Truth”, describe the voices of the world as waves and as a giant. They sing these lyrics, “the waves and giant laugh and remind us of all the times we have failed. The voices of the world sometimes tell us that we will never win.” But, the truth is, we have already won because Jesus died for us. There may be days when we may lose the battle, but the cross has won the war. We are loved by the Creator of this world! God loves us so much that He sent His Son to die for us. If we could only understand how He sees us and how much He loves us, then we would know we are redeemed, saved, and under no condemnation. No matter what the world throws at us, we must listen to His Voice. When we believe that Jesus died for our sins, we have the Spirit dwelling in us. As the Bible says in Matthew 11: 28-30, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” In recent days, we have learned of people becoming overwhelmed by the voices of the world and giving up. We need to reach out to everyone we encounter in our lives. We have no idea what others may be struggling to overcome, but we need to make it a priority to tell this dark and weary world that they are loved by the One who will, “Never leave them nor forsake them.” (Hebrews 13:5b)

Walk the Walk:

When we hear this world calling to us on certain days and telling us that we are not good enough, we need to pray, seek understanding in His Word, and “choose to listen and believe the Voice of Truth.”

 

 

Press On…..

Speak the Truth:

Philippians 3: 13 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, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Talk the Talk:

I have run a dozen plus races of all shapes and sizes.  5K, 10K, 15K, and half marathons thus far.  I’ve run races hosted by charities, the marines, and yes, even Walt Disney.  All kinds of sights and sounds, entertainments, etc. were available to enjoy.  Although the race atmosphere is exhilarating and exciting, my least favorite experience stands out in my mind.  5K.  Fall weather.  Small in number.  Nothing too intense.  Friendly environment.  I hated it.  Why?  It was set in the woods, and not on a clearly marked path.  I had no idea, prior to this race, that this setting would bother me.  But as I started running and the runners separated themselves out, I found myself alone.  In the woods. As I tried to figure out where to go and blindly followed the path without knowing what was around the next bend, I got a little panicky.  In my head, I knew I would eventually finish, but I didn’t know what the next curve would bring or what the finish would look like.  I leapt over logs and holes.  I watched as animals scurried out of my way; intensely watched for creatures who wouldn’t scurry.  There were no signs telling me how far I had run or how much longer I had to finish.  Just seemingly random turns here and there that I hoped lead to somewhere.  It was very disconcerting.  Adventurous?  Yes.  Safe?  Hmmmm…..  As I run the race Paul talks about in the above passage, I think about my experience with these earthly races.  Honestly, once the starting signal goes off and one foot obediently steps in front of the other, I don’t look back.  Only forward.  I try to steady my breaths, control my pace, go forward and continually follow the course.  I do not dwell on people passing me, the people behind me, the people in front of me.  If I did, I would never finish.  But there are cricket moments when I do falter and feel alone on this seemingly remote path called life.  At these moments, do I trust in the path or in the One who set the race?

Think of Paul and the course set out for him.  He didn’t know exactly where he was going, but he knew Whom he was following.  He trusted Jesus with every cell of his being, even in the darkest of times.  If Paul chose to dwell in the places behind him, it very well could have paralyzed him.  What if he got stuck thinking of past wrongs he had committed? (There was some pretty bad stuff!) Think of the catastrophic consequences of Paul’s potential paralyzation.  Think of the catastrophic reality of your potential paralyzation.  When you enter the race of following Jesus, He has forgiven you of the past.  Strain towards obedience.  Strain towards Him.  Press on by being the hands and feet of Jesus in your life.  Your journey, our journey, looks very much like a race run in the woods.  Do we stumble and repent?  Yes.  Do we get tired?  Yes.  Do we desperately wish we could see what is next?  Sometimes.

Press on…. The Holy Spirit is waiting with the Living Water only Jesus can bring.  Living water that clarifies, renews, and energizes towards the finish line.

Walk the Walk:

In three short days I turn 40.  40, a milestone birthday…ancient to some, wet behind the ears to others.  Honestly, I concur because half the time I feel just days out of college and the other half I’m frankly exhausted from life.  As I look back on the last 40 years, I remember.  Memories until about the age of 8 are hazy; I have to consider where we lived or places we went to conjure up real memory.  After 8, the images get sharper.  I can recall conversations and life altering moments.  Many moments in middle and high school I would love to permanently erase from existence.  The college years were defining….choosing a career, meeting my love, setting my course.  I remember walking down the aisle, heart beating, ready to repent at 11, but falling to my knees at the age of 25, desperate for Him to clean up my mess and take over my life.  The point is, the memories are there and that is a blessing.  The recollection of decisions made, lessons learned, and mistakes made are valuable in the very intentional outcome of surrender.  When I surrendered, threw my hands up and said, “Lord, I don’t know what You are going to do with this mess, but it’s yours. I am yours.”, the race commenced.  The endless fount of Living Water at my fingertips is the greatest gift and the most overwhelming motivation.  In Phil 4:13, Paul writes, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”  Hold onto that promise and press on.

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2014 in Faith and Spirituality

 

Financial Giving Options

Amanda Williams:

Please read about this family’s journey…..

Originally posted on kitefamilyonmission:

We have been asked by several folks about giving that does not include a monthly giving pattern. Some folks like to give towards the practical. So, here is a list. These are what we call the “big” items. We know that these numbers look big and there is a reason – they are BIG! This move is going to be expensive – there is just no easy way around it. However, our God will provide for all of our needs. He always has and He always will. If you have any questions about these – send us an email and we will be glad to discuss any of the items. You can find our email address on the NAMB giving site. You can also email us if you would like to join our prayer team!
The Big Stuff
1. Moving Truck Rental – $1500
2. Rental House Deposits (and utilities)…

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Posted by on August 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Financial Giving Options

Financial Giving Options.

 
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Posted by on August 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

My Todays, My Tomorrows

Speak the Truth:

John 16:33b “In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Talk the Talk:

The truth is, while we are in this world, we will suffer heartaches, disappointments, failures, and losses.   A year ago, our 16 year old Jack Russell, Bo, was overcome with so much pain, that after a couple of hours, the decision was made to put him to sleep.  He was nearly blind and deaf, but until this episode he had been coping with his afflictions

There were days filled with memories and reflections. I started thinking that Bo has always trusted me to feed him, keep his water dish filled, and keep him protected from dangerous situations. In the last few years, as his eye-sight failed, and he lost his hearing, he became more dependent on me to provide for his needs. How did he repay me? With a love that is indescribable. There were times he would stray and leave familiar grounds. He would become disoriented and need assistance finding his way home. WOW! Is this not how we are with God? When we place our trust in God, He provides us with our needs. We stray at times, but He is always there to show us the way home. Shouldn’t we shower Him with as much, or more love than we receive from our pets?

In the book, Job, the Bible explains how God allowed everything to be taken from Job: his possessions, his family, his health, everything he owned and cared about.  But, Job rested in faith alone. Because of Job’s faith throughout the devastating losses, the Lord restored Job’s fortunes and blessed Job even more.

How do we get through our heart-aches and losses? We remember John 3:16, “So God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”

Walk the Walk:

In the song, “Trust In Me Now”, we can see God’s offer of His protection and care if we just trust. The lyrics state, “I can hear every prayer that goes unspoken, I feel the weight of everything that’s on your shoulders. So don’t give up, even if your faith is lost, even if it’s hard to trust in a Lord, that would let the rain fall down, Trust in Me now.”

So when hardships come, and they will, we can remember what James wrote in chapter 1, verses 2-4, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”  James also states in 1:12, “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love Him.”

Please help me to trust You, God, with my today and my tomorrows.

 
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Posted by on August 14, 2014 in Faith and Trust

 

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Einstein

 

Speak the Truth:

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”

Talk the Talk:

My older sister gave me a birthday card some years ago that put a silly twist on a woman’s figure. Somehow Albert Einstein got involved, I don’t know, but Hallmark’s wit in that card has stuck with me all these years. While the world screams at us to look a certain way, this card gave me a reason to laugh and laugh at myself. The lightheartedness and humor from a simple card picked out by my beloved and hilarious sister felt good somewhere deep inside. It was refreshing to not take my physique so seriously for a change.

I just celebrated my 29th birthday. When I was little, Mama used to tell me that the fireworks on my birthday were just for me. Too bad I hated them! The booms and pops were too much like the cackles and roars of thunderstorms. They frightened me as a little girl. Obviously, I learned that they weren’t just for me but that it was Mama’s way of trying to tell me how special I was and that was the way the world should have been celebrating me. Too bad I didn’t believe her until now.

You see, I am finally realizing my incredible worth. It’s not because I am the epitome of beauty, or the scientist who may find a cure for AIDS, or the Proverbs 31 woman (Seriously, stop trying to be her. You’re not her; you’re you.) It’s because I’m me. God made me. I marvel at the intricacies of His creation and yet I am His very special creation. The Bible tells us over and over of our worth and the incredible lengths God has gone to because of His love for us. But Satan speaks our fallen language and has intertwined himself within our fallen heartstrings. He knows we crave this love, acceptance, approval and relationship with God that we had back in the good old days of the Garden of Eden, but oh how clearly a lie rings true when we’re so blind to the truth and don’t actually believe God.

Walk the Walk:

So what does a goofy birthday card have to do with worthiness or God? Answer: It doesn’t matter if I’m Einstein or Dolly Parton – I have worth because of Who created me. Ladies, it doesn’t matter if we’re built like Mack trucks or supermodels. The size tag in your jeans is only there to help you find the pair that fit. Don’t like the number? Cut. Off. The. Tag. And quit berating yourself. If I had a nickel for every negative thing I believed about myself, I could buy a pair of scissors for every woman on the planet just so she could cut the tags out of her clothes. And then chase Satan with them (hey, if you’ve got Jesus, run with scissors all you want). You were born for so much more than to be ruled by a couple of letters or numbers. You were born to worship God, and only you can worship Him as you. If God didn’t want your worship, He wouldn’t have made you. But here you are, bought by the blood of Jesus.

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2014 in health, Health and Wellness

 
 
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