This video was recorded on Monday with Mukkove, a weekly feature in the Ready. Set. SOAR! Community on Facebook.
I felt like I failed all the time and I was miserable. And it didn't matter how hard I tried. It didn't work. Other people would come from a conference or read a book and say, ”This was life-changing! Just do this.” I would try to do that and it just wouldn't work. It just would convince me, “It's me. I'm severely broken. I'm severely messed up, severely flawed.”
I wanted to be pleasing to the Lord and wanted to be impacting people for the Lord. Trying harder was not working.
When I learned to hear God's voice for myself, I began to be able to see myself the way God sees me. That allowed Him to transform me through transforming my thinking instead of me trying to transform my thinking without having that...
This week I'm sharing a video and transcript looking at our relationship with God. I'd love your feedback on the format.
00:44 On today's Mom Chat I'm introducing seven keys to lasting transformation. These key areas have come through my journey with God and what He has shown me to be transformational; what is it that has worked for me and made the transformation that He does stick instead of here and gone.
01:22 Those keys are:
God highlighted to me seven key areas that are vital to transformation. They are part of my journey and what I'm passionate about passing on. This is an introduction. For the next seven weeks, I will go deeper on each key.
It's more than saying Jesus is my Savior. We have a triune God. We have the Father, the Son - our Savior, and we have the Holy Spirit. How well do you know each one of them? How do you interact with each one of them? What are the things that have affected how you see them and how you relate to them?
Those things are all crucial toward transformation because if you don't see God clearly, you don't see anything else could be either.
The primary way that you hear God is from scripture, the Bible. Every secondary way that you hear from Him has to agree with that bottom line. That being said, there are tons and tons of ways He speaks. He has a lot to say, and He's willing to be incredibly creative and how He does that.
Since there will be trouble, (Jesus promised there would be until He returns) why not prepare?
Prepare by expecting it. I don’t mean being doom and gloom always expecting everything to go wrong. God is with us and has good plans for us. He also warned us we have an enemy who is always looking to steal, kill, and destroy, so we should be ready.
I often said I house-proofed my children rather than child-proofing my house. They learned boundaries and self-control from a young age. I prepared them to avoid the dangers and trouble that were in their world. I could take them anywhere I wanted to and let them know the boundaries. We weren’t restricted to childproofed spaces.
In much the same way, I can’t send my children into a struggle-free world. Instead, I’m doing my best to give them skills and tools to avoid the dangers and overcome the struggles. Even learn to use trouble to benefit them. My job is not to keep struggle out of their life. Do I teach them to...
I like peace. I like easy.
As a lobster grows its shell becomes too tight putting the lobster under pressure. When life is bringing pressure on me I want it to go away. Yesterday.
The lobster follows the design of its Creator and goes to a safe place like the cleft of a rock. In the shelter of the rock the lobster sheds the shell that has become too small and grows a new, larger shell.
When life brings pressure I’m learning to take shelter in my Rock.
If I am being continually transformed from glory to glory my shell is going to frequently get too tight. I can complain about the pressure, wish it away, ignore it, and … miss out on what He has for me in this area of growth.
Instead of seeing pressure as a negative I can recognize it and say “Okay, time to grow!”. I can be intentional in asking the Lord for His strategy, His lesson, and who He wants to be for me. I want to come humbly before Him and shed my too tight shell. I desire to stay hidden in His...
Becoming a mom was the most amazing end overwhelming thing in my life - all four times.
We teach what we know, but we reproduced who we are. John Maxwell
The truth of this quote terrified me because I did not want anyone to be like me. I was so insecure. I had so much self-hatred. I did not like myself and I didn't understand how anyone else would like me. I did not want to reproduce that ever. So, knowing I would reproduce who I was, terrified me.
We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future. Franklin D. Roosevelt
This quote embodies the philosophy that I took out of that terrifying realization. It became my passion as a mom to become someone I wanted my children to be like. I worked with the Lord to be transformed into His image - from glory to glory. And as I did that, I learned tools and I modeled the process to my children, to build their foundations and build them for the future.
We're in a time no one...
I’m an emotional wreck. I can’t think. I can’t hold back the tears and this intense ache.
A clear thought breaks through the suffocating emotion.
This hurts way more than it should. This is just normal teen stuff. They want to be with their friends. It’s a really busy season.
Why is it hurting so bad? What is it I’m really feeling?
I’m feeling SO rejected!
Rejection and I go way back. Way, way back. That’s why this hurts so bad. It’s time to heal.
I’m feeling pressure, stress, from other’s choices. I feel rejected. A crazy thing about feelings is I can feel rejection without ever having been rejected. This isn’t about blaming or figuring out who rejected me. It’s about me examining the wound with the Lord and receiving His healing so I can deal with current events as just that – current, present – not clouded and confused by past wounds.
Looking at pressure like the lobster, it’s time to grow....
We need the Lord to speak to us so that we get his perspective when we feel like we’re drowning. We’re not. We never are. We are already overcomers. Jesus has already overcome. Hearing His voice is vital. We can take all the facts and the realities of whatever we’re facing and hear His perspective on it. He can remind us He’s already won.
The Lord appeared to us in the past,[a] saying:Jeremiah 31:3 NIV
“I have loved you with an everlasting love;
I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.
I want to hear His voice. It’s loving and kind. It brings life. He’s always seeking a relationship as a loving father.
‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’Jeremiah 33:3 NIV
We can say, "I don’t know what’s going on with my kids. I...
Things aren’t coming together the way I imagined so I’m sharing a video this week.
I’ll outline the highlights:
An emotion comes like blinking your eye when something comes at your face. Then you choose what to believe and how to behave.
Things are different now whether we wanted them to be or not
What’s important? What’s not?
We didn’t lose any people
My family woke up with carbon monoxide poisoning
What went well this year?
What are His highlights of 2018?
What is it He wants to heal, restore, or build in 2019?
Where is it that I need help in 2019?...
One of Jesus’s names is Immanuel, God with us. That can be a great comfort when we are in a stormy season of life.
I was imagining myself in the eye of the storm and God is with me there. He has promised to never leave me. Experiencing Love
He also showed me that I can join Him where He is – over the storm. Where He sits He sees so much more. He is smiling, truly excited, because He knows the end from the beginning. He’s inviting me, inviting you to join Him where he is seated above the storm. We can see His perspective. We can be excited too because He has made the way for us to be above the storm.
In this season He has told me He is not sending the storms. He told me that the storms are the enemy being like a toddler and throwing a tantrum. Have you ever been in a good place as a parent? You know that place where you can watch your toddler’s tantrum and be like, “Oh, wow! I’m sorry this is so...