How to Partner with Pressure

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...

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How Being Overwhelmed Pushed Me to Grow

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 are Pioneering

We're in a time no one...

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Let Pressure Push You to Healing

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....

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3 Reasons to Listen for God's Voice

hearing god prayer Apr 25, 2019

It Brings Perspective

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.

It’s Life Giving

 The Lord appeared to us in the past,[a] saying: 
“I have loved you with an everlasting love;
    I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.

Jeremiah 31:3 NIV

I want to hear His voice. It’s loving and kind. It brings life. He’s always seeking a relationship as a loving father.

He has Answers

‘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...

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Alaska Earthquake 2018

Things aren’t coming together the way I imagined so I’m sharing a video this week.

I’ll outline the highlights:

0:00:38 The earthquake affected everybody differently.

0:01:18 Get back to normal. NOT!

0:01:50 Emotions that come with an earthquake

 An emotion comes like blinking your eye when something comes at your face. Then you choose what to believe and how to behave.

0:02:38 God gave us our emotions. They’re there for a reason. Ask what it is.

0:03:04 Adjusting

Things are different now whether we wanted them to be or not

0:03:43. Evaluating

What’s important? What’s not?

We didn’t lose any people

0:04:44. Eleven years ago

God’s protection

My family woke up with carbon monoxide poisoning

0:05:26. Perspective

0:05:53. December and 2019

0:06:12. Ask God His perspective:

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?

...
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In and Above the Storms

 

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

I can join Him above the storm

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.

Stormy Seasons

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...

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Do It Scared - How to Look Brave

fearless hearing god prayer Apr 04, 2019

Have you heard the way to look brave is to “do it scared”?

That’s what I’m doing! Stepping out and saying yes to God’s challenge to me.

God has been challenging me to share how He is transforming me. I share tools and practical ways to walk out the freedom Jesus bought for us by His death and resurrection. The first step is learning to hear God’s voice for yourself.

I created an online course called Transformational Quiet Times: Learn the Power of Conversational Prayer. Here’s the introduction.

Do you know God wants to talk to you? Do you know He has answers to your questions? He has good things to say?

He does and you can learn to hear from Him for yourself.

He desires a relationship with you. A good relationship requires good communication.

I have learned over the years, through various teachers, books, and lots of practice; that God wants to talk to me just like He wants to talk to you. I would love for you to join me in ...

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3 Ways Your Mistakes Bless Your Children

Do you struggle with wanting to be prefect? To do everything right?

I do! Especially when it comes to my kids. I mean, why should they have to suffer because I’m their mom and I’m not perfect?

Making mistakes is inevitable. So, it’s not the making of mistakes that is the issue. It’s what I do with my mistakes that has the biggest impact on my children.

I serve the God who specializes in bringing beauty from ashes. God showed me He wanted to use my mistakes to bless my children, too.

Awesome! Right?

My mistakes bless my children when I model repentance and reconciliation.

Whether I hurt my child, or they know I hurt someone else, they can benefit if they also see me clean up my mess.

I can make a full apology, “I’m sorry” doesn’t cut it.

  • I need to explain why what I did was wrong.
  • I need to make an educated guess about how my choice affected them and listen to their feedback.
  • Then I can say I’m sorry. Still not done,...
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Removing Lies Rooted in Regret

Regret isn’t something I’ve given too much thought until recently. I read a word from Lana Vawser that said God was taking bags of regret off of mothers. The bags of regret or lightened as the lies were revealed and made holes in the bags.

I realized I have many regrets as a mother. And events this week have made them come very much to the forefront.

I started taking my regrets one at a time and identifying the lies that went with them.

I regret not doing things differently in my home school.

  • I’m a bad mom
  • I’m a bad teacher
  • I failed my kids
  • I could have made everything so much easier
  • I could have done so much better, so much more

I regret allowing fear and insecurity to direct my choices

  • I’m a failure
  • I should have done things differently
  • I’m a bad example

After I had identified the lies I asked the Lord the truth.

  • I’m a good mom
  • I’ve done well by my kids
  • God is working everything for my good and my...
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How to Screen Your Thoughts

What I want to share is a concept that I’ve learned that has been transformational for me.

I shared this in a video or you can read below.

Screening your thoughts

I see it like we have one of those really fancy touch screens like they have in the TV shows. They throw something up on it and move things around.

We have one of those for our thoughts!

Every thought, either from inside us or that comes at us, can hit on that screen before we actually take that thought on as our own or decide what to do with it.

The first question is, “Is this thought in agreement with God’s thoughts or is it not?” If it’s in agreement with God’s thoughts then that’s great! We’re gonna keep that and act on it.

If it’s not in agreement with God’s thoughts we ask, “Is it my thought or the enemy’s thought?”

It’s a liberating truth to know that they’re not all our thoughts!

So if it’s your thought and it...

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