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: 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

I still don’t really get it

Do you ever wonder if your kids really get it? Like the heart behind giving. Or why the new kid in school needs a friend. We spend so much time sharing information and trying to steer them in the right direction, but how do we know when they really get it?

Other moms tell me we will know when they are grown. But sometimes we will get small glimpses of what has sunk into their heart, hopefully now.

Take the drawing above.Continue reading

4 Boosts for our Bible Time

4 Boosts for our Bible Time

A ticker tape of thoughts scroll across my mind as I think about times I have attempted to study the Bible and meet with God. Thoughts like…

What?? Whose that? I’m so confused. Is this really supposed to change me? I got up early for that? I must have done something wrong, God seems so distant. You name it I have probably thought it. Asked it. Experienced it. Many seasons in God’s Word have been overwhelmingly divine and others just plain dry.

I am not sure where you find yourself right now but this 2-part devotional will hopefully re-envision us for encountering God in a new way. And on a whole new level.

You ready? I am.

Let’s read about a profound encounter.Continue reading