Beyond The Norm!

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Normal is defiined as “conforming to a standard, usual, typical or expected.” I’m sure it’s safe to say that this is probably NOT what you desire for your life. However, it saddens me that far too many of us (including myself at times) have been living this way.

Life happens.Sometimes, we can be complacent without realizing it. We intend to follow God completely, but over time, we lose sight of the things that keep us close to Him. We stop challenging ourselves and settle for thoughts, patterns and behaviors that make us comfortable-accepting normal as ok. But I believe that God wants to take you BEYOND the norm and do amazing things in your life! He will blow your mind, trust me when I tell you!

If you’re ready to identify and overcome the complacent areas in your life, renew your mind and experience the refreshing power of God’s grace? Then join me Saturday July 13th for the 2019 “Beyond The Norm” women’s luncheon. Click here to purchase your tickets!!

“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly BEYOND all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us.” Ephesians 3:20

 

The Sea Of Forgetfulness | Reminders For The Heart

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Last week I took a short getaway to one of my favorite places…the beach.

As I laid under the warm rays of the sun and looked out at the expanse of the ocean, my heart was reminded of Micah 7:19 :

He will again have compassion on us; He will vanquish our iniquities. He will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.

I paused in awe. My heart humbled and so very grateful for the visual reminder in front me.

Every sin that I’ve committed. Past. Present. Future. Gone into the sea of forgetfulness.

At times, it’s hard for me to fathom the magnitude of the forgiveness I’ve been given because of Jesus’ sacrifice. Yet that is the beauty of the Gospel and gift of God’s grace.

As we embark upon Holy Week be sure to take some time to pause and reflect on what it means to you. Let’s thank our Savior for the journey He took to the cross- all so that we could be restored to a right relationship with Him.

 

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A Different View

Then Elisha prayed and said, “O LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” And the LORD opened the servant’s eyes and he saw; and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. 2 Kings 6:17

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Better or Worse?
Worse.

Better or Worse?
Better?

One or two?
One.

One, two, or three?
Three.

If you’re a glasses wearer like me,  I’m sure these phrases sound familiar. If not let me explain.

I was prescribed glasses for my vision several years ago. And since then each year when I go in for my checkup, I know the optometrist is going to ask me to read lines of letters on a wall from a distance that I’ll likely have some trouble seeing. My left eye in particular is the culprit. As I make my way down each line the letters start to get blurry and indistinct. As hard as I try I just can’t see them.  It is then that she pulls out that odd looking machine- a phoropter (yes I had to google it..lol) to find the perfect prescription for me eyes.

With each adjustment and flip of the lenses things begin to look better and better.

What I once struggled to see, is now as clear as day!

The letters on the wall didn’t change.

It was how I saw them.

As I was reading over 2 Kings I found a story of someone else whose vision was a bit distorted.

In chapter 6, we find Israel at war with the Arameans. Elisha, a well-known prophet in the Old Testament, however had been warning the king by giving him insight on the Arameans strategy. Of course this infuriated the king of Aram and he wanted to know who was disclosing this information. Once he found out it was Elisha, he sent his team to go after him (vs. 8-13).

The next morning when Elisha’s servant got up and went outside, he saw the troops coming for them and panicked (vs. 15).  I don’t fault him though. Imagine seeing a mob at your front door ready to storm in and devour you. I’d definitely be looking for the quickest escape route possible. However, the servant wasn’t seeing the full picture.

His vision needed some adjustments.

And this is where things get interesting.  Elijah didn’t panic or run. He didn’t give some “feel good” quote to make what they were facing go away. Rather he prayed that his servant’s eyes would be opened. And not just opened, but a view so clear that the servant would be able to see that the presence and protection of God with them was greater than what was going on around them (vs. 17).

I love the way one commentary described it “The clearer sight we have of the sovereignty and power of Heaven, the less we shall fear the troubles of earth.”

Boy do I need that perspective at times. Maybe this is where you find yourself too.

I recognize that we all at some point will go through circumstances that will feel like an army is storming in on us.  However the fear, the doubts, and anxiety that sometimes comes along with it –although very real emotions-can distort the vision that God has for our lives (Jeremiah 29:11).

What if the next time we found ourselves in a troubling situation instead of panic we- like Elisha- asked our Father to open our eyes.  To give us a clearer view and a better perspective of not what is going on around us but a reminder of the one Who is always in our midst.  Remember: “…if God is for us who can ever be against us” (Romans 8:31)!

Sent With Love,

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Morning Whispers | Growth

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“…and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation; just as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you, as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction.  You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness, but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.” 2 Peter 3:15-18

Everyone desires growth. Growth in our relationships. Growth in our businesses. Growth in our finances. It’s a wonderful thing. The process. The development. Especially as you see the seeds you’ve planted started to flourish and bloom. However, I was reminded this morning during my quiet time that these things can often compete with an area that is of utmost importance-growth in the grace and knowledge of our Saviour Christ.

In 2 Peter 3 we are reminded to be on guard against the things and people that can led us astray. As I read those words my heart ached as I realized how easy it is for me to find myself in a place I don’t want to be spiritually because I let my guard down.  I encourage you to to take a moment and reflect on ways you can fuel your growth in the things of God.  How can you make more time to saturate your minds in the truth found in His word, so that you may be anchored on a foundation that will always last. Praying for you friend.

Sent with love,

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Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year Love! May the promises of His word carry you through this season. 💜

The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. They are NEW every morning; Great is His faithfulness. Lamentations 3:23-24

New Year.
New Grace.
New Mercies.

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