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Learning to Love the Stretch

faith life Jul 23, 2013

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Our lives were never meant to be familiar. We were made for more. For momentum. For change.

One thing I've learned over the past few years, is that change requires stretch. Sometimes a stretch so big that it really hurts. Like, every fiber of your body is ripping apart and it hurts so bad that you want to just give up so your body can relax!  Jump into a hot tub, drift off to la la land, and forget it. You know that if you call it quits you'll be given immediate relief.

But not today. Not this month. Not this life. Ever. I'm done quitting. Even when it goes against every grain in my human body.

I'm learning to like the stretch now because I know it's bringing me closer to my completeness. Not by me but by God. The completeness He has ordained for me from the beginning of time. If He has a place He wants me, then I must trust that the stretch is what's going to get me there. Each time I'm stretched, if I continue, I'll be able to stretch farther than before. If I resist or...

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Have You Forgotten How to Dream?

business faith life Jul 22, 2013

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Do you dream of being an astronaut, a firefighter, a ballerina, or a school teacher? Or are those dreams just for the kid in you, packed away in your kindergarten lunch box, buried deep in your parents attic? Do you even remember your childhood dreams?

What do you dream of now? Getting away for a fabulous vacation, retiring early and buying a vacation home in Italy, or maybe just getting through life without any major problems?

I believe that our dreams and desires are from God. They are a reflection of how He created us and can use us to fulfill His great commission. As we grow older and life gets in the way, we unlearn how to dream. The logical side of our brain takes over and we turn into survival mode.

How sad.

How boring!

A world full of people who don't have dreams. Who just want to get through life. Work for the weekends, save for retirement, die and go to heaven. Phew! Made it.

Yuck!

God has so much more in store for all of us. We just need to tap in to what He's called us...

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Fear Hates The Truth

business faith life Jul 19, 2013

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Fear is usually the main component in keeping you from doing something. Doing something that you love, that you dream, that you just might dare to try. This START experiment is teaching me so much about how little my fears actually are and some things that fear hates. We know it hates community and we know it hates 5 am. But one of the biggest things fear hates is the TRUTH! Why? Because fear is a LIAR!

If fear is a liar, then fear hates the truth.

Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
Philippians 4:8

Earlier this week, Jon asked us to write down our fears. No matter how big or small, just write them down in a journal. You know what? It helped! Seeing those fears on paper made them seem small and insignificant. Like little lies just trying to hold me back. That alone made me realize that my fears were stupid little liars.

Today, Jon asked us to write truths below...

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Blank Piece of Paper

faith life Jul 16, 2013

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When Morgan and I were at the Colour Conference at Hillsong in March, Pastor Brian Houston spoke one night on breakthrough, opportunity, and blessing. It was one of the most life giving messages I've ever heard. At the end of the message he spoke about vision, insight, and dreams. Then he read this verse:

And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain on tablets, that he may run that reads it. - Habakkuk 2:2

He then challenged each of us to take a blank piece of paper and ask God to brighten our eyes. To write it down and make it plain. To not think too small with the mentality of a persecuted remnant.

This is my heart. This is what I saw. This is what I wrote:

Brighten my eyes!

I see God's people awakening from a slumber. Rising up to fulfill their purpose in life. Their eyes being opened to the TRUTH and LIFE. Realizing that what they once thought they knew was just the tip of the iceberg and that Satan had them trapped.

Trapped in what they thought...

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Fear Hates 5 AM

business life Jul 15, 2013

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Today is the official first day of the Start Experiment. I am thrilled for so many reasons to be a part of this adventure. I have already seen so much fruit from the community that has been created and in my own life. Huge shout out to Jon Acuff for  his vision and dreams and spreading that fire to others.

That's really what it's all about. We can't keep the dreams and successes to ourselves. All things breed. Dreams breed dreams, success breeds success and so on. In the same way, fear breeds fear, laziness breeds laziness, you know the how the story goes.

I shared with you before that I punched fear in the face and my goal is to complete 3 chapters in my book. This is still the case. But, as I've started to work out this dream and this vision, I've made new goals. I've also realized new things that fear hates.

One of them is 5 am.

Fear HATES 5 am! You know why? Because there's not much that can distract you at 5 am. The kids aren't up yet {and I'm really sorry if they are, I...

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The Start Experiment

business life Jul 10, 2013

The day I started this blog, I received my daily email from Jon Acuff’s blog. In it was a post that would only be up for 24 hours.  Here's what it said:

start experiment

I had just punched fear in the face that morning so I didn’t hesitate a single second. I replied with my info and prayed to God that I would be picked. Haha!

Such a nerd, I am. I was secretly {freakishly} hoping this would be a 24 day adventure in the mountains full of leadership training and book writing tips. Tons of one on one time with my buddy, Jon, and 22 other amazing, fear face punching, people.

I was chosen!!

It wasn’t at all what I was imagining. I have been known to day dream a time or two hundred. But, I did get in on the adventure and it’s more than I could have asked for! There are, in fact, 2600 people that are “in” on this adventure called the Start Experiment.

The group was formed based on the fact that fear hates community. And it is so true! I’ve read countless blogs...

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Growing Into Our Dreams

life Jul 08, 2013

Remember when you were a child, and it felt like growing up took forever? My daughter was just given her first pair of pointe shoes by her ballet instructor. She's been taking ballet since she was 4 and her goal since then has been pointe. When she came home from ballet last week and told me the news, she was beaming! I don't think I've seen her that happy since we won our trip to Australia!

She looked at me with an extra sparkle in her eyes and said, "I've waited seven years for this!"

Wow! That's more than half of her little life that she's been waiting for something. To start dancing in pointe shoes, your feet are supposed to be full grown {or at least pretty close}. This doesn't happen until you're about 11 or 12. Even though she is an amazing dancer, and the rest of her body was ready for pointe, her feet weren't ready. If she started too early, she could permanently damage her feet.

And so it is with life. Sometimes we have a dream for our life, and we know it will come to...

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Happy Sad Happy

life Jul 01, 2013

I wasn't planning on posting today, but I just need to get this out there. Plus, I know I'll have much to say after this week and this will be a little preface to that.

I should actually be finishing laundry and packing right now. We are leaving this afternoon {hopefully} to head up to Northern California. We moved to Southern California a little over 2 years ago so we make this trip a few times a year.  My kids especially love going up during the summer because my parents house is summer heaven for them.  There's a pool with huge rocks to jump off of and an outdoor kitchen with a pool table and flat screen t.v.  Why would they ever want to leave?

For this, I am happy.  We will spend time with family that we see far less than we should. Eat junk food that will make me cringe when I try to button my jeans. Get sun burned in the 110 degree temps. Listen to great music. Dance late into the night.

Happy. Happy.

We will also be spending our last 4th of July at my...

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One Thing I Know We Have In Common

life Jun 27, 2013

I know, for a fact, that you and I have something in common.

People are often asked whether they are a leader or a follower. It's really a stupid question {I know, I know. There are no stupid questions}. In some way, shape, or form, we are all leaders. People are watching us wherever we go, whether we like it or not.  Therefore, we are both leaders whether we like it or not!

We lead by our actions which means…

We lead in our homes.
We lead in our work.
We lead in our school.
We lead in our errands.
We lead in our social media.
We lead in our lacking.

If anyone is watching, we are leading.

If we're all leaders, are we leading in the right direction? If we really think about it and focus on doing our best, at whatever it is we’re doing, then we’ll be leading in the right direction. Or, at least a good one!

I’m not talking about being perfect. Oh, heck no! I’m talking about being real. Being honest. Being faithful. Being an imperfect human who serves a...

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Take the First Step in Faith

life Jun 25, 2013

 

Well, here goes. I’m actually scared out of my mind. But, as Jon Acuff would say, I’m going to punch fear in the face! Why am I scared? Because this is the beginning of what could be something big. This is the beginning of me, publishing my writing.  And it scares me to death!

This isn’t my first time blogging so I know what you’re thinking… You’ve done this before, why are you scared?  I’m scared because, even though I’ve blogged, it hasn’t been real. Not that I’ve ever lied. I haven’t. I’ve always been 100% honest with my readers.  But my blog was on a passion that isn’t scary. It was just fun. It was couponing, and staying healthy. Saving money with out cashing in on all of the freebies that should actually be thrown in the trash or taken off the market for that matter.  I’ve been blogging on that for about 3 years and although it is one of my passions, it isn’t...

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