To Boldly Go …. No More Excuses! Part 2

To Boldly Go …. No More Excuses! Part 2

Tweet This last weekend, my husband got a text message from one of the ladies at a retreat saying that I went all ‘geek’ on them. Hahaha – If you know me, I am anything but geek, but I knew exactly why someone might say that.  I started the last session of the retreat, with a video clip of the original opening scene from TV show Star Trek. I wasn’t going ‘geek’ on them, I had a point, I promise.  God has called us to BOLDLY GO! The opening dialogue for the TV show Star Trek with its amazing musical score is: “Space the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. It’s 5 year mission, To explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations. To boldly go where no man has gone before. For 178 episodes spread over seven seasons, the crew of the Enterprise carried out the objectives of their mission on Star Trek. – Later, they had to change the wording of the opening after they hit the 5 year mark to… “It’s continuing mission.”  The crew of the Enterprise was on a quest to “explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, and to boldly go where no man has gone before.” What if we, as believers, are called to a continuing mission as well? Imagine how our walk with Jesus would change if we viewed our calling like this. Earth – the final frontier.  These are the stories of the BOLD followers of Jesus.  Their ongoing mission – to Explore New Truths – to...
No More Excuses!

No More Excuses!

Tweet As I have spent time this week preparing for my 2nd of 3 consecutive Women’s Conferences, which I am speaking at, I was struck by some lessons to be learned from Gideon. Last week, I shared the 4 steps to regret free living, but the question that I posed, was: Have you ever laughed at God?  Not in the, “oh God you’re so funny,” hahaha way.  But more in the, ‘I can’t believe you asked me to do that way. I think you asked the wrong person. Do you even know who am I am God?’ As I was reading Judges 6-8 and the life of Gideon, I was struck by this little tidbit hidden in the commentary section.  It was in reference to the excuses Gideon was making instead of believing God and His promises.  In the NIV Life Application Study Bible it said: “Like Gideon, we are called to serve God in specific ways.  Although God promises the tools and strength we need, we often make excuses.  But reminding God of our limitations only implies that He does no know all about us or that He has made a mistake in evaluating our character.  Don’t spend time making excuse. Instead spend it doing what God wants.” [1] As you read the story of Gideon, in Judges 6: 1-17 God is giving Gideon his marching orders.  The task is specific: Save Israel from the Midianites.  God promises to be with Gideon, and He also promises to give Gideon the needed strength to overcome the opposition. Hey, it’s a win – win for Gideon.  I mean, if God...
4 Steps to Regret-Free Living

4 Steps to Regret-Free Living

Tweet Happy Blogiversary to me! This week, on April 13, 2016 I celebrated my 1 year Blogiversary! Yay Me! 1 year ago, I posted Invasion of Glory! as my re-entrance into blogging land. Since then 47 posts have went out. It is hard to believe sometimes that I have been at this blogging thing for a year and I didn’t quit.  I have missed a week or two for vacations or sickness, but all in all, I have been pretty consistent in posting a weekly blog.  Which by the way is a HUGE improvement from the first time I attempted to write a blog. Travel back in time with me for a minute.  The year 2007-ish.  When I started Dare 2 Hear Ministry, I knew I needed a website, so I hired a company and they built me one.  I am technically challenge and so I needed a user friendly version.  It also came with a blog, which I thought was great.  I can share my thoughts and what I feel the Lord is showing me.  However, I wasn’t very consistent and I didn’t really know what I was doing, (still don’t actually) so it was easy to let it fall by the wayside. I once had a reader send me a note with the comment “you’re not very consistent with this whole blogging thing are you?”  OUCH! – – Nope, I sure wasn’t. Back then, I had no clue about what it could mean if I stayed with it.  There were no blog hops or link-up parties (Or if there were, I was clueless about them). I often...
Are you Laughing at God ?

Are you Laughing at God ?

Tweet Do you ever find yourself laughing at something God said or that He has asked you to do? Not laughing with God – but actually laughing at the very words He said, or impressed on your heart? No, you wouldn’t do that, would you?  I mean, who laughs at God and gets away with it right? Well, actually the Bible tells us in Genesis 18:12-15 that Sarah laughed at God, and although the Scripture doesn’t say that Zachariah laughed per se  at the message the angel brought him about his soon to be born son, John the Baptist.  However, I think in some way, his attitude was somewhat similar to Sarah’s. This past Sunday as I was leading communion during church service, I felt like the Lord spoke a question to my heart in the early morning hours, which I was supposed to ask the congregation and myself.  That question, was: “Do you believe?” Do we believe the words that God spoke in the Bible?  Do we believe the very words Jesus spoke in the Bible?  Do we believe the promises that God has spoken: to us, about us, and over us, about our destiny in Him? Or do we, laugh like Sarah did, when we think no one can hear us? Or maybe we are like Zachariah and ask questions with doubt and unbelief in our tone of voice? Or maybe, we are like the disciples and others that flat out laugh in His face? During communion as I was sharing about Believing God when He speaks, He also led me to share Luke 8. 40 Now when...
Just Decide…

Just Decide…

Tweet This post is part of a community post. Every Friday, a one-word prompt is announced. This is meant to be a free write, which means: no editing, no over-thinking, and no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation. Just writing the thoughts as they come. If you’d like to participate, or read other posts, you can find all the info you need here.) Just write.   5 minute Friday — Decide! I took the last 2 weeks off due to Easter Celebrations and then recovery time.  You know, there are a lot of plans and details involved with our church service for Easter weekend and it took all my weekly energy and brain power.  Then after Easter,  I purposed schedule down time to recover and refuel. (Figured, I should at least practice what I preach/wrote a few weeks ago – 🙂 check out those posts here: Fill up to Live Full  & 3 things to help you Avoid Hitting the Wall )        As the week progressed, I couldn’t decide what to write a new blog post on, so I put it off. And then I put it off some more and I worked on 3 painting projects I have been trying to find the time to get to for over a year.  I am happy to report, 2 of the 3 are almost complete and waiting for a final coat of wax to be finished and place in their new locations– the 3rd one has been sent to my husband’s workshop to be repaired and then stained, so technically, my part is finished. When I still couldn’t...