Freedom on My Mind

Freedom on My Mind

Tweet The holiday weekend is fast approaching, and many of our thoughts are already on what food we will be eating, what activities we will be doing, and where we will watch the fireworks to celebrate. So, how do you refer to this Holiday? Independence Day? The 4th of July? July 4th? I have always said, “the 4th of July.” However, this year, I find myself saying Independence Day. Why the sudden change? I mean, I’m no spring chicken and I have been calling it the 4th of July for over four decades. It’s not as if I am young and impressionable and someone swayed my thinking. Or did they? But who?     As I sit contemplating the question of the hour, “When did I begin to refer to it as Independence Day?” I realize, that this is the first year I have referred to it as such. Why the sudden change? Hmmm more pondering…. Lately I have had FREEDOM on my mind. Every time, I say the word or hear the word lately, I want to scream at the top of my lungs – much like Mel Gibson did in the movie Braveheart… F R E E D O M ! I do refrain myself from actually screaming it, just in case my family thinks I have gone crazy.  So, instead, I just imagine it in my mind being shouted that way.       Maybe, it’s because I am more aware that we live in a country that is Free and we have freedom because of the numerous men and women who have given their all...
Peace = Life- Lessons from the Lake (Vlog #4)

Peace = Life- Lessons from the Lake (Vlog #4)

Tweet Peace it’s such a pleasant sounding word. It’s what we all want, right?  Peace and not war. To be at peace and rest.  To be at peace is the absence of mental stress or anxiety.  It is harmonious relations, and  freedom from disputes. Proverbs 14:30 says: A heart at peace gives life to the body. Do you feel peace? Sometimes it is hard to remain at peace within ourselves.  Our minds race, we become anxious or fearful about situations in the news, or in our own personal lives and relationships. Do you ever try to solve situations before they arise?  I sure do and when I do, often I can feel myself moving farther and farther from peace and closer and closer towards fear of the unknown or anxiety of not being in control. Just the thoughts of what will or will not happen next … or not knowing what the next step to take is supposed to be, can cause a person to not be at peace. This is when we need to learn to be a peace.  We need to “Let go and Let God” as the saying goes.”  However, the words and idea seems easy enough, but it often takes a concentrated effort on our parts to stay  in the mode of peace.     Jesus said in John 14:27 “Peace I leave you, my peace I give you. I do not give as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” Later in John 16:33 he said: “ I have told you these things so that in...
Become An Icebreaker!

Become An Icebreaker!

this post contains affiliate links Tweet This week I felt myself getting close to empty.  You may have noticed, there was no new Vlog.  I took a short vlogging/blogging break this week, something I rarely used to do.  I figured since I wrote a few posts on how to avoid burn out, I should at least follow my own advice. Since writing these posts, I have been making a concentrated effort to take time for myself and not feel the demands that a busy personal, ministry, family, and business life often bring. This week, as I prayed and thought about what to write, I felt like God reminded me about some articles I wrote some time ago but never published on the blog…until now, that is… Enjoy! Two young boys watched as huge ships came and went in the harbor from a distance.  The ships looked strong, powerful, and even unstoppable. The children felt small and insignificant compared to the enormous ships coming and going in and out to sea. Both boys dreamed of one-day being a part of the crew on one of those ships.  There was something about theme ships that held great possibilities for the future and a life of adventure and intrigue. As boys, the ships had been larger than life to them as they watched in awe from a distance.  Imagining how such a massive ship could actually maneuver in the water and the roughest seas was no longer just a thought.  Now, many years later as the two stood at the edge of the pier staring up at the enormous ship docked there,...
Where’s Your Trust? Part 2: Let Your Light Shine

Where’s Your Trust? Part 2: Let Your Light Shine

Tweet It’s done – it’s finished – we made a decision, there is no going back now. Tuesday my husband had to turn in his paperwork letting the company that he had worked for, for 20 years know that he was …. staying. What?  How in the world is it even possible for him to keep his job when it’s moving out of state and we aren’t moving? GOD! God’s Favor is a miraculous and amazing thing.  The choice to stay is making us completely trust God to continue working out the details, but we really felt He confirmed it. The Favor of God is a miraculous thing.Powered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This In the meantime, I will be Planting Trees with the lemons we’ve received over the last few weeks and begin tending to the orchard God has given me – Dare 2 Hear, my writing and speaking career plus a few other new things.  I can see now why God gave me the word ADVANCE as my #ONEWORD for 2016. In some ways, this has been an exciting faith filled journey, and at others times, it has been filled with uncertainty, doubt and even some fear. This week, I wrap up with Part 2 of Where’s Your Trust looking at lessons from the life of Gideon. Remember last week when I asked these questions?: Have you ever noticed that Gods ways are not our ways? Have you ever noticed His math is not like our math? Have you ever noticed that His plans never really make logical sense? Finally, have you ever noticed that Gods plans...
It is Well (Vlog #3)

It is Well (Vlog #3)

Tweet Good Tuesday Morning to you and welcome to ‘Lessons by the Lake’ my new Video Blog Series. I sure hope you are enjoying this new adventure as much as I am.  I am not exactly sure what I will do when the weather isn’t nice and sunny, after all I do live in the Pacific Northwest.  I may have to video from a different place in or around my home, but for now, I will enjoy the blessing of the great weather. Roller Coasters! Some people love them. Some tolerate them, and some just can’t stand them. I’m in the, “I tolerate them” category.  I used to love them and then my chemical make-up got all mixed around after I had kids and the silly things make me sick. It doesn’t matter what category you fit into, or whether or not you have actually ever physically been on one, this adventure we call life is sometimes a roller coaster. Wouldn’t you agree? I have found in my life that there are ups and downs, cycles and patterns, and most of the time, my emotions don’t get in the way (or at least not like they used too).  However, sometimes my emotions join in on the roller-coaster ride, which in someways I think makes matters worse. Why do our emotions make matters worse? Because, emotions react to the situation.  They aren’t logical, and often times, or at least for me, are not founded in the truth or facts.  Fear is a huge emotion that can make the natural ebb and flow of life seem, well, down right scary. For...