Rubber band faith

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Confidence comes when we: LISTEN

We’re time crunched, proclaiming that we’re ‘too busy’ but yet we’re desperately searching for something more. I wonder if just for today, we were willing to adjust our focus & create some opportunity to fill what’s been empty…What would happen?

Are we moving too quick in the wrong direction?

Are we moving fast toward the very thing we’re praying to be relieved of?

Could we slow down, breathe deep, discipline our words and calm our frustrations?

Could we adjust our focus toward listening?

Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. (James 1:19 NLT) #getinneractive

How quick are you to listen? How slow are you to speak? How long does it take you to get angry?

20140513-090244.jpgHere’s a test

Confidence is: The Law of the Rubber Band

– In his book The 15 Laws of Invaluable Growth John Maxwell explains that people and rubber bands have one thing in common; they must be stretched to be effective. The Law of The Rubber Band expands: The Growth Stops When You Lose the Tension Between Where You are and Where You Could Be.

Sometimes I catch myself getting frustrated when the plans that I had fell through. Sometimes I find myself frustrated when people don’t do things the way I want them to do them. Sometimes I pray a huge prayer and with all confidence I trust that God is going to answer my prayer. Sometimes he answers the prayer but it just never looks like I expected. That’s the law the rubber band. That’s the opportunity for growth. That is God’s way of saying I got this!

Don’t be impressive”

During our quiet meditation time at Refresh Summit We prayed asking God what it was He was asking us to do. These are the words I heard DONT BE IMPRESSIVE.

Like a ton of bricks it hit my heart. Pride?! No?!?! Yes!?! There’s that thin line between confidence & show time. Oh dear Lord search me & cleanse my heart. All I could do was allow Him access to clean up anything that made me feel the urge to prove myself, to perform, to be like-able. It’s a grey space. A scary place. A vulnerable place. But when we allow Him access to those hidden places, He exchanges our need for performance with peace & acceptance. He exchanges the deep sorrows for pure joy that’s unspeakable. He exchanges disappointment with faith that’s unsinkable. He exchanges rejection for love that’s unstoppable. He exchanges worry & doubt with a certainty that anything is possible. This exchange becomes the light in you, it becomes your hope, it becomes your anchor. It changes your heart, your mind, your appearance, your relationships, your perspective, your desire to share hope.

Adjust your focus. He wants you, all of you. He want to share you with the world to show them who you are. A beautiful work of His hands.

Wonderfully Made!!! The hope you find, that fire in you, the light you carry, is yours to share. Don’t impress, lead them to the Cross. #thatdontimpressme

How’s your timing

God’s timing is always perfect even if it is not ours! I’m learning & living (intentionally) what that truly means. It’s a daily thing. It’s an acceptance & appreciation thing.

In the acceptance it’s without murmuring or complaining; not feeling like you’re settling but honoring that God knows what’s best so He sometimes gets rid of things or teaches you how to wait on Him! That’s where the appreciation happens. That’s the true secret of success. “I pray that you may be strengthened in your inner being…that your body would be filled & flooded with God Himself.” {Ephesians 3}

Allow your body the freedom to do what it can & let God do the rest!

And that timing includes recognizing things like laundry (sigh), grocery shopping (double sigh) and dare I say cookingcleaningansweringphonecallsyoudrathetsendtovoicemailandsmilingwhenyoudratherjustcry… (Exhibit A: neat pile of need to put away clothes from our trip to Ohio 2 weeks past)! Smile God’s watching!

Who’s your tribe

A tribe is a group of people connected to one another, connected to a leader, and connected to an idea. For millions of years, human beings have been part of one tribe or another. A group needs only two things to be a tribe: a shared interest and a way to communicate.
Seth Godin

I heard John Legand’s song All Of You and my heart flooded. I believe we all desperately want all of our family, friends, husbands. We want the support, the leaders, the lovers, the laugher, the lazy…well maybe not lazy but laid back LOL

It got me to wondering how much do we give? Do we give our all? Most moms would say Oh my word I give so much I have nothing more to give…ok, stop…breathe…

 

Lord balance me. Break me where I’m too strong, strengthen me where I’m weak. Teach me & guide me Lord in your ways.

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Instead of focusing on adding or subtracting or even the diving up responsibilities. Today let’s consider the opportunity to multiply. If we give just one tiny effort. One thought. One consideration. One minute. One conversation. One less irritation. One undivided attention. Maybe, just maybe God would multiply our little bit and cause it to be more than enough.

Getinneractive. Be better. Be multiplied. NEEDTOBREATHE – Multiplied

 

 
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One Thought on “Rubber band faith

  1. OH, yes! This is the heart of worship . . . a I-trust-you-have-me-God-and-so-I-will-rest-in-this-moment-as-I-am kind of life. I will choose joy and fall into the peace that comes when I loose try-hard and choose as-I-am.

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