Overcome Discouragement In 4 Steps & Tune In Thursday Linkup #4

Overcome Discouragement In 4 Steps & Tune In Thursday Linkup #4

Tweet I watched the screen, excited for the young girl headed out into the open waters of the ocean, on the adventure of her life.  She was full of dreams, and passion.  Nothing could hold her back now, or so she thought.  She had almost made it passed the barrier reef that the waves crashed upon, when she was suddenly blindsided and overtaken by a wave.   The wave pushed her down toward the ocean floor and she was all turned around. Which way was up toward the surface?  With every second, my heart beat faster as she struggled to get to the surface to gasp for air.   Only to then be tossed and turned and pummeled by wave after wave.  Nothing she did seemed to help, until all of sudden she broke free and seemed to be able to gain her bearing and swim to shallower water where she gained her footing and breathed.  Deep, gasping, cleansing breathes, just happy to be able to breathe without being pushed around, forced under, or wondering which direction was up.   I sat there on the edge of the couch, feeling what this character on the TV screen was feeling.  It was as if I was right there in the water with her.  Gasping for air.     Have you ever felt like you were drowning in the activities of life?   As I sat staring ahead in quiet contemplation, at the scene I had just watched. I tried to calm my racing heart, no words to say, just BIG …. Deep …. breaths.   Lately life has been tossing,...
Tug Of War Vlog #30 Lessons from the Lake

Tug Of War Vlog #30 Lessons from the Lake

Tweet Have you ever felt like you were in a spiritual tug of war with the enemy? I sure have.  In fact, life’s circumstances these last few weeks have resembled this very picture I share on today’s video blog below. When I recorded this video, it was well in advance of the last two weeks.  I didn’t anticipate or think I was on a verge of being in a spiritual battle.  But God!  God is so good, that He knew in advance, exactly what I needed, and He made sure I had this encouraging picture to hold on to. We are already Victorious, becasue Jesus was Victorious!Powered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This Sometimes, it feels like we are getting pulled over the line and we are about to lose, yet, the Word of God promises as we call upon the name of Jesus, He will come.  What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31 ESV) Jesus has already won the victory and when we are on His side, we win too. We are victorious. He is our Rock and Our Salvation.  He is our ever present help in time of need. “For who is God, but the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God? (2 Samuel 22:32 ESV).   God is our refuge and strength,     a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,     though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam,     though the mountains tremble at its...
Got Peace ? & Tune In Thursday Linkup #3

Got Peace ? & Tune In Thursday Linkup #3

Tweet What is real peace?    What does peace make you think of? How would you describe peace?     What does peace look like to you? Okay, do you have a response to what peace looks like to you? Maybe it’s a mental picture, a word, or a series of words you would use to describe peace. Maybe this picture would describe your definition or real peace? Or maybe this one?     In case you missed this Tuesday’s video blog Lessons from the Lake, I also discuss peace and it’s unique definition.  Check it out here by clicking on the picture below: The Hebrew word for peace is Shalom, which basically means, wholeness and well-being in all areas of life. The Shalom Peace of God speaks of destroying the authority attached to chaos! Did you catch that? I almost missed it and brushed past it all these years, until recently when talking with a friend.  We were talking about peace, because I was researching it for a sermon on the fruit of the spirit – Peace. As we were talking she said, “Peace isn’t peaceful at all. It’s an offensive attack against the enemy!” The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace. Psalm 29:11 (NIV) I have learned that my peace, is directly proportionate to my trust. Peace comes from knowing God is in control. You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in You, all whose thoughts are fixed on You! (Isaiah 26:3NLT) Peace is directly proportionate to your trust.Powered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This I know, it is easier said than...
Where’s your Peace? VLog #29 Lessons from the Lake

Where’s your Peace? VLog #29 Lessons from the Lake

Tweet   The Fruit of the Spirit is Love, Joy, Peace ….. (Galatians 5:22) Have you noticed that there seems to be a lot of chaos in the world today? Peace seems like a cliche, the utopian idea that everyone longs for, and hopes will occur throughout world.. World Peace!  Yet no one really believes we will ever experience or see it in this lifetime. (Not until Jesus returns that is). So what exactly is peace? Where does peace come from?  Is peace even possible?  What exactly does it mean to have peace? Find out today on this weeks video blog edition of Lesson from the Lake. Peace = Taking Authority over the Chaos.Powered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This Peace isn’t really peaceful at all. It’s an aggressive overthrowing and an overtaking of those external pressures surrounding us. It is standing up and in the authority that God has delegated to us, and aggressively overthrowing and overtaking the situations and circumstances that are coming at us from all directions. It is HIS power in us, which gives us authority over the chaos around us. Peace is standing UP & IN the authority given to us as believers.Powered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This Shalom Peace of God is ours – take our authority …. over the chaos External pressures will continue.  However, just as Jesus was able to sleep in the boat while it was tossed to and fro in the storm, so shall we be able to come to peace inside ourselves and look to Jesus. External pressures are all around, YET, we must exhibit Peace.Powered By...
Hello My Name Is & Tune In Thursday Linkup #2

Hello My Name Is & Tune In Thursday Linkup #2

Tweet Welcome to this week’s Tune in Thursday! (linkup below) Hello My Name Is . . . This week has been a rough one for me.  Sunday afternoon, my husband and I were notified that the previous pastor of our church had suddenly passed away.  We were in shock.  We knew he was sick, but the last time we had contact, he was holding his own.  Pastor Jerry had been our friend for 15+ years and our pastor for a little over 7 years before he passed the baton of leadership to my husband and me.  Pastor Jerry, was a true pastor, he loved people, and he was a gifted teacher.  This week as I am writing this post, everything keeps reminding me of him.  Pastor Jerry had a way of making the people in the Bible come alive. He fondly referred to Blind Bartimaeus as Blind Bart.  So today, in honor of Pastor Jerry, I will do the same. Tuesday on the video blog I asked this question:  Is your mantle on? If you missed it you can watch it by clicking on the picture: I realized some may not even know what a mantle is or what it is referring too. In some translations of the Bible, instead of the word mantle, the word “cloak” or “robe” is used. Simply, it means a large, loose fitting garment or covering possibly made of animal skin. In truth a mantle is an article of clothing that was worn in Biblical times that identified a person, or their station in life.  Such as Prophets, Pharisees, and even Blind Bartimeas in...
Is Your Mantle On? VLog #28 Lessons from the Lake

Is Your Mantle On? VLog #28 Lessons from the Lake

Tweet God has given each of us a mantle, or rather a specific task only we can do, and when we partner with the Holy Spirit we are clothed with a mantle of anointing to do this specific task. What specific task has the Holy Spirit given to you to do?Powered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This Sometimes however, we put on other “labels” or “mantles” others give us instead of the one God has given us… Watch this weeks video blog to see what I am talking about.   Is your mantle on?  Which Mantle are you wearing?  Just like Blind Bartimaeus, are you ready to throw off the bad label or “mantle” that has become your identity?  Just like Bartimaeus had to throw of his old identity, we need to do the same?  Then we put on the new identity that comes from God. Call out upon the name of Jesus.Powered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This When we call upon the name of Jesus He will give us a new identity and new sight to see the things He has for us. Will you pick up the mantle that God has given you ? After thought: It’s completely a God thing that this post was already scheduled to go out, because, even time I think of Blind Bartimaeus, I think of our previous pastor and mentor Jerry Tyler.   My husband and I now pastor the church that he retired from a few years ago.  Pastor Jerry always referred to him as Blind Bart, which totally made me relate to Bartimaeus as a real person. I like...
NEW LinkUp Tune In Thursday #1 – Who is Your God?

NEW LinkUp Tune In Thursday #1 – Who is Your God?

Tweet  Welcome to the long awaited link-up party!  Ok, maybe it’s not long awaited for some, but others may remember a survey I did last fall? Yes, you read that right – last fall!  I know, I know, a lot has happened since then, and I am finally now launching the new weekly link-up called Tune In Thursday.  I want to give a huge shout out to my new friend Shannon Tate.  Shannon is brilliant, and the one who helped me come up with the name for this fabulous new adventure.  In all honesty, one of the biggest delays in getting this up and running besides a little set back with a fractured ankle was a NAME!  I mean, you can’t start a new linkup party without a great name … Right?!? Right! Let me just say, young people sure have GREAT ideas and once I finally asked one, I got a whole list of potential names, but Tune in Thursday seemed to be the one I gravitated towards.  Probably because my ministry is called Dare 2 Hear, which is all about taking a challenge, the dare, to tune out all the static and chaos and tune into the voice of God. This weekly link up is intended to be a fun place, where we can build community and champion one another.  There are a few guidelines, but I am not about a lot of rules, you can see them below.  You can link up anything as long as it is family friendly.  I love, inspirational and encouraging posts, DIY, Recipes, Book Reviews, Giveaways, etc.  Well, pretty much anything.  I look...
Look What the Lord has Done! Vlog #27 Lessons from the Lake

Look What the Lord has Done! Vlog #27 Lessons from the Lake

Tweet Last Thursday, I talked about the power of our story, and how God wants us to share our testimony. He wants us to be witnesses to what we have seen Him do in our lives Hearing about what God  is doing today is powerful & life changing!Powered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This Today, on the Video Blog, I share how it is important to document what amazing things God has done.  Watch the video and then share your testimony below in the comments of what God has done for you.   The blog post, Nylons & Bubblegum by my friend Jodi Erickson can be found by clicking here. It is so important to document the things that God has done for us.  It is important to remind us of God’s faithfulness, but it also helps us to point others to His faithfulness as well. During this series on ‘Our God Testimonies” from last week through this week, I am reminded of the song: Look what the Lord has Done.  It’s an oldie, but goodie, go check it out, and then plan to join me this Thursday March 2, right here on the Blog for my NEW WEEKLY Link-UP See all the special announcements below but again, go check out my friend Jodi’s Nylons and Bullbegum post (feel free to leave her a comment below). Plus share your testimony, and then plan to come back Thursday and link up your posts and tell all your friends about this new weekly linkup party. See you all Thursday!   3 Special Announcements: Do you wonder if God still speaks today? ...
The Power of Your Story & Special Announcements

The Power of Your Story & Special Announcements

Tweet During my video blog on Tuesday, I shared about how God works in mysterious ways, and how He used my inability to work technology to speak to me.  If you missed it, please check it out here: At the end of Tuesday’s post, I asked a few questions that sparked today’s post about the power of Testimony. What has God done for you lately?  How has He been moving in your life ? How has He touched you? Saved you? Delivered You? Have you been sharing with the others the amazing things God has done and is doing in your life today? How has God been moving in your life?Powered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This Our story—Yours and Mine can have a powerful impact on someone else’s life, even if it’s just a little part of that story!  We need to be willing to tell our story to others…. Psalms 105:1-7 1 Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done. 2 Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. 3 Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. 4 Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. 5 Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced, 6 O descendants of Abraham his servant, O sons of Jacob, his chosen ones. 7 He is the Lord our God; his judgments are in all the earth. These same verses in Psalms were originally in Chronicles 16:8-16 …. This Psalm was sung as  a celebration as David...
Alive! Vlog #26 Lessons from the Lake

Alive! Vlog #26 Lessons from the Lake

Tweet Technology and I are not friends! Yep, it’s true, I get so frustrated when technical things do not work the proper way.  My husband is a tech guy, he’s a software engineer, and I often call out to him in frustration when tech stuff isn’t working right or at all.  Then, I get even more frustrated when he just walks into the room and stuff that wasn’t working just all of a sudden starts to work.  I hate setting up emails, doing anything new on my website, becasue I often mess it up. God works in mysterious ways, to get our attention.Powered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This I hate having to get new technology like a new computer or a new cell phone, becasue I am familiar with the ways the old one works. I even hate getting new vehicles, becasue I am familiar with the way the old one drives.  Well, at Christmas, I got some new technology: a new phone and a new stereo  deck with a back up camera and a plug in for my new phone. I think my husband was tired of me running into his shop and running off the driveway at night in the rain as I backed down our long driveway. I have figured out the new phone, or so I thought, but I am still figuring out the whole car stereo thing. Several Sunday mornings ago, I was on my way to church and I plugged in my new phone to the new stereo thing, wanting to listen to a podcast.  However, things didn’t work the right way. ...