2018: Re-New & Re-envision Your Year

2018: Re-New & Re-envision Your Year

This is what I sense is my vision statement for 2018, what is yours?

“Abundance.”

It’s time to pray. Differently. Passionately. Powerfully. Unceasingly. Strategically. Intentionally.

Fervently.

Eyes wide open to our real enemy. Ears hearing thru to the real problems. Empowered by the Holy Spirit to walk in true freedom. Hearts melting under the heat of God’s love being molded to feel, see, hear, and o as the Father does.

Like Jesus. For Jesus.

My King.

Jesus.

Abundance – one way or the other. Personally. Relationally. Financially. Corporately. Emotionally. Physically. Spiritually.

X marks the spot. A dash marks the starting line. And we have crossed it. The race has begun. The journey embarked on. The pursuit in progress.

We are climbing this mountain of faith together. To experience His abundance.

Thank you Father that is what I want! Help me desire it, seek it, feel it, accomplish it thru you.

“Never stop praying.

Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

Do not stifle the Holy Spirit” (1 Thessalonians 5:17-19).

“And I am certain that He who began the good work in you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns” (Philippians 1:6).

 

As I opened a fresh prayer journal for 2018 to its first page, the above statement is what I wrote. I believe this is the heart, vision and will of God for me.

I have been reading a book on strategic prayer, Fervent by Priscilla Shirer. It has reminded me once again to importance of focus and strategic prayer with our eyes opened to the real enemy around us.

If you struggling to figure out where to start this new year join me in reading this book. If you are in our local area, The Chapel is offering several Women’s Large Group studies by Priscillia Shirer that partner with the heart of this book called Armor of God. Join us at The Chapel: Lake Zurich!

 

Be Brilliant: “We” instead of “Me”

Be Brilliant: “We” instead of “Me”

It is a mad craze out there, isn’t it?

As we prepare for Christmas, parking lots are like a game of bumper cars. Schedules feel like control top pantyhose. Christmas spending is a haze that will lead us into a depressed daze come January. And don’t get me started about the stress of trying to get a decent family photo. It ain’t happening. Not this year. (So I’m sorry your Christmas card is not in the mail. Look for a nice photo on Facebook in 2018. ;))

As I have been out running around trying to check things off, what appears to be as long as Santa’s global gift, list. There has only been one thing that has brought me true joy in every long line I linger in. People.

At first many of them have that glazed over, sugar crashed look just like mine. But as soon as I smile and say, “Merry  Christmas,” we both seem to light up.

We have six days till Jesus’ birthday. Our natural inclination is going to be to focus inward on our lists, ourselves and our families. But I am beseeching you to go against that instinct and be brilliant.Continue reading

Be Brilliant: Why Worship?

Be Brilliant: Why Worship?

-A Factual Look at Why Worship Works

Have you every wondered why there is so much musical worship in a church service?

You might be that person that always feels awkward. You can’t carry a tune for your life. Singing is just painful. Maybe you’ve decide to just show up late and hit church for the message. Hey better something than nothin’, right?

Now to clarify worship is more than music. Louie Giglio defines worship this way, Worship is our response, both personal and corporate, to God for who He is, and what He has done; expressed in and by the things we say and the way we live. I love that definition.

But for our intents today, we are going to look at why God invites us to respond to Him in musical worship each and every week from a research-based, non-spiritual perspective.Continue reading

Be Brilliant: 3 Ways to Wonder Again

Be Brilliant: 3 Ways to Wonder Again

What makes you wonder – stand in awe, be dumbfounded, or feel amazed? What makes you marvel?

Like the look of a child’s face on Christmas morning. Eyes bright. Hearts pounding. Mouth gaping. Hands eager. Feet jumping. Full of life, love and wonder.

I think it’s hard, while adulting, to feel wonder.

With undone to-dos. Unpaid bills. Growing inboxes. Piles of laundry. Tracking the who-what-where-when-and hows of Whoville. Trips to the ER. (Well maybe that’s just us. Thing two, seriously, just had stitches sewn over the scar from last year’s playground accident 8 days ago because Mommy initiated a tickle fest on the stairwell. Insert big eye emoji and a mom fail. Check.)

But I don’t want this Christmas season to pass me by without capturing a sense of wonder in the depths of my heart. I want to stop and soak in the twinkling lights, the smiles of my children and the sweetness of my Savior. The One who gave up all of Heaven to come and dwell among us.

So what are three ways to wonder again? Continue reading

3 Exercises to Grow in Gratitude

3 Exercises to Grow in Gratitude

Newsflash Erin –  Thanksgiving is past. But before you look the other way I have a question for you… 

Have you ever felt like the Christmas season has surfaced unrealized hopes, unmet expectations, and unrelenting comparisons?

They have for me.

Images of perfectly behaved children in matching Gymboree attire dance in my head. Hopes of a Hallmark holiday for friends and family capture my heart. Dreams of baking something that looks like the picture fixates my hands. The compare snare seems to work overtime in this month, snatching away my heart of thanks-living.Continue reading