Holiday weekends are such a delight.  We are able to breathe, relax and just be for a few days.  It’s so refreshing.  The kids ride their bikes up and down the street playing with friends.  Once they are sufficiently hot and sweaty they jump in the pool.  Fully clothed.  They also make a mess of everything.  Bikes strewn everywhere, board games and their pieces up and down the hallway just begging to be stepped on in the middle of the night (legos are the worst though!), and I seriously have never taken out more bags of trash.  Where in the world does all that trash come from!?  It appears and multiplies!

Our lives can be the same, trash upon trash just waiting to be taken out.  I can’t even begin tell you the amount of mess in my life (past and present).  I don’t take out the trash near often enough.  When you take out the trash you lay your hurts, your poor choices, your pain, all of it, at the feet of Jesus.  You lay it out and give it to him.  Then He loves you, and your trash is gone.  If you’ve never taken out the trash, or haven’t done it lately, I challenge you to let it out.  Lay it at the feet of Jesus then sit back and enjoy the freedom it brings.

1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 Corinthians 15:10 – But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace towards me was not in vain.  On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.

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.

1 Peter 1:13 – Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.


You Aren’t Cheap

All day long we are told “you aren’t enough” by the media, by our jobs, by our families, by the world in general but mostly by ourselves.  “I’m not pretty enough.”  “I’m not successful enough.”  “I’m not outgoing enough.”  “I’m not {fill in the blank} enough.”  This ultimately translates: “I’m not good enough.”  

I’m not one of those moms who has it all together.  I usually show up late (pray for me!), not all put together, and feel like I stick out like a sore thumb.  I awkwardly try to make conversation with other people and usually leave thinking “They are going to think I’m crazy.  Why didn’t I just stop talking!” The thoughts of “I look fat in this, they think I’m crazy, I’m a bad mom, I’m missing work, I should have dinner planned by now, there’s no way I can get it all done” and on and on seem to play on a never ending loop in my head.  In my head I’m never a good enough mom, I’m never a good enough employee, I’m never a good enough friend, I’m never enough.

But hear me now, we ARE enough!  We are so enough that a man, whom we didn’t know (yet he knew us), gave his LIFE for us.  We are THAT enough.  We were literally bought by a man’s blood.  I was made enough by Jesus’ sacrifice for ME on the cross.  

He paid the most precious of a price for you so don’t cheapen yourself to the idea that you aren’t enough.  You aren’t cheap.  You are enough.  Go value yourself and delight in yourself just as our father in heaven values you and delights in you.  Take your thoughts captive and tell yourself “I AM enough!”


The Call

My phone rings and dings all the time.  Like ALL. The. Time!  It never ends! And every time it rings or dings you can be sure someone needs something.  Don’t get me wrong, I love helping people and the constant stream of action is God’s calling for me in this phase of life (and I truly enjoy it).  It’s just that rarely does my phone ring or ding for something that doesn’t take part of me away.  

Yesterday was different.  I got a call from a collogue just to say hi.  She was having fun at a resale shop, thought of me, stopped and took the time out of her busy day to make the call.  It meant so much, it meant the world.  My heart stopped and smiled.  

That one call, that one small action she took, changed the course of the rest of my day.  God is calling you for a purpose today.  Take the time to stop and say yes to God.  You never know what your small action will do in another person’s life.  Be the cause for change.

Exodus 9:16 – But for this purpose I have raised you up, to show you my power, so that my name may be proclaimed in all the earth.

Psalm 37:5 – Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.

John 17:4 – I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do.

Philippians 2:13 – For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.


Dessert in the Desert

Several times in my life I’ve found myself wandering through life trying to find my purpose, regain my center, wandering through a desert of trial after trial after trial.  It feels like I wake up, go to work, go to bed, then rinse wash and repeat.  Every time I think life is about to get better I get beaten down again.  As hard as some of my deserts have been I am still thankful God didn’t call me to wander aimlessly for 40 years.  Just saying.  

Anyways… I’m a type-a neurotic planner.  I drive everyone around me crazy as I try to control even the smallest detail.  When I can’t be in control I feel out of control and that lack of control creates anxiety, additional stress and more hardship than I ever want to admit to.  By forcing MY will of how I think life should go I just make a big ‘ol mess of it!  If I were to just stop, breathe, and surrender my will to God He would provide a way out of that desert.  Surrender my will to His will.  Lower myself so that He may be elevated.  His way is so much sweeter than mine.  

So in those hard times of life when you’re walking through the desert, cry out to God and be open to hearing, then following, the direction He provides for you.  God’s way is sweeter than anything we could create for ourselves.  Delight in him.  Enjoy the dessert of God’s goodness, grace, love, mercy and joy as you are carried through the desert in the arms of your loving savior.  

Numbers 32:13 – The Lord’s anger burned against Israel and he made them wander in the wilderness forty years, until the whole generation of those who had done evil in his sigh was gone.

Philippians 4:6-7 – Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  Ask the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Psalm 94:19 – When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.

Luke 12:22-26 – Do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear.  Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.  Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn yet God feels them.  And how much more valuable you are than birds!  Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?  Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? 


Nanosecond Daydream

Mom and I went to Austin together this weekend to attend a wedding of a longtime family friend. We decided to make it a girls weekend, and our first mother daughter road trip! We toured the LBJ Presidential Library, got mani’s and pedi’s and ate tons of incredible food while soaking up the beautiful weather. On our way home from Austin we meandered up I-35 stopping at a few antique stores (found great treasure!) and were very much looking forward to treating ourselves to a Starbucks in Hillsboro. 

Apparently mom stops at the same Starbucks in Hillsboro every time she drives home up 35. We were engaged in delightful conversation, including how much we were looking forward to the Starbucks, when we noticed it passing by out the window. We had daydreamed for a nanosecond and there the opportunity went, right in the rearview mirror. 

Life and ministry are the same. You get distracted by the stuff of life for a nanosecond and you can miss an opportunity to serve God. You can daydream about serving, or saying yes to your calling, for a nanosecond and miss the opportunity to witness or disciple. Don’t miss the opportunity to say to God. The opportunity can pass by in a nanosecond.

James 4:14 – Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.

John 15:16 – You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit – fruit that will last – and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.

2 Thessalonians 2:14 – He called you to this through our gospel that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.