Sunday, June 23, 2013

Climbing Montana Mountains

"Being confident of this, that He who began a good work 
in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

-Philippians 1:6

Though I am going to miss the beautiful mountains 
The simplicity of life 
I am thankful to be back for a couple reasons
I realized I was too comfortable 
We grow in those parts of our lives we are most uncomfortable
I need to grow right where I am at in my life
(Plus, I wont be missing those mosquitos!) 

I am so many emotions right now about last week
I was broken emotionally, physically and spiritually 
Yet it was by far one of the best weeks of my life

This week I was reminded that walking with the Lord is a constant journey

We are forever growing, learning, preparing, being created for Him

I should not expect to have arrived to where I want to me
As a leader, role model, impacter, women of faith
And you know I should not be expect to be even close!

I have no doubt God used this week to humble me to remind me that He is all I need
He will provide when needed
He will strengthen when need
He will carry out His plan for me in His timing

I truly believe God used this past week to show me a glimpse into what He has in store for me and to remind me that when we are walking on the path with Him we don't need to be perfect--->just keeping going forward towards Him
With Him

"Don't lose sight of the future God has for you because you want to be comfortable right now." 

-Joyce Meyer

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more 
than all we ask or imagine, 
according to his power that is at work within us"
Ephesians 3:20 

Hiking with some athletes and our new friend and guide Austin

Every good and perfect gift is from above,

coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights,

who does not change
like shifting shadows.
James 1:17 

This was one of the coolest moments of the trip
Sharing our vision statements up in the mountains
"I am going to use my gifts of compassion, servant leadership and hard work
to bring Faith, Hope and Love to children in need ALL around the world"

I got to bond with these amazing athletes during our 18 hour car ride

"We step right out with recognition of God in some things, then self-consideration enters our lives and down we go. If you are truly recognizing your Lord, you have no business being concerned about how and where He engineers your circumstances.  

The things surrounding you are real, but when you look at them you are immediately overwhelmed, and even unable to recognize Jesus. That's when he asks "why did you doubt?" Let your actual circumstances be what they may, but keep recognizing Jesus maintaining complete reliance upon Him"

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

When God Says GO

Lately the Lord is reminding me His plans are always better than mine 
My desire to travel, to explore, to venture out into the world is high
Not just to travel but to help, to serve, to further His kingdom

Our trip to Africa has been on my mind a lot 
I am so thankful the Lord for placed this dream in my heart
I am thankful for the women He has brought together 
I know the Lord will provide us with the right opportunity, the right timing
He knows exactly when we are going and how He wants to use us

"The LORD will work out his plans for my life—for your faithful love, O LORD, endures forever. Don't abandon me, for you made me." 
Psalm 138:8

He works every detail out just the way it should
In His way
In His timing
I will continue to ask Him to guide every step, every dream 
I will continue to ask HIm to prepare me for His plan
And then when the timing is right
When He feels the dream is ready for us
He will softly whisper....

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."
Matthew 28:19

Don't plan then pray...PRAY then plan. 

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Amazing Grace

Have you ever been in life funk?
I have been in a few many in my lifetime
You know, the ones where you are 100% positive God just gave up on you
Threw His hands in the air and said "That's it, Jessie is hopeless!"
Ok, little dramatic but I am sure I am not all alone
My quiet times have been rushed and inattentive on my end
My trust throughout the day has been lacking
I am anxious, overwhelmed and tired
Where is my MOJO?!

If only I could... better
..workout longer my Bible more

The more time I spend thinking I don't have time to do anything right, 
the more I stress out and the vicious cycle starts all over again the next day
If only____

If you don't know I throw myself really good pity parties

Tonight I had enough
I wont be getting to bed early
I will probably have a nighttime snack 
I haven't showered from my 60, 30 minute workout
And you know what I have been realizing?

I am blessed
I am more than blessed

While I have been looking for the world to fill the void 
He has been showing me Grace
Chasing after me is His Grace
I feel Him whispering to slow down and come to Him
To stop fighting the world when the world will never give me peace
The world will never fill any void 
No matter how hard try, the world says I am not enough
But in Him, I find rest

Our God is the God of more than enough
In Him I find my true purpose in this world

No matter where I go, He has his two blessing men right there in hot pursuit: goodness and mercy, and no shadow of death can overshadow the goodness and mercy that shadows the child of God.
-Ann Voskamp

So in the words of the wise Joyce Meyer
"God wants progression, not perfection"

I will keep pushing on
Not to perfection
Not to the standards of this world
but towards Him

We spend all of our time seeking God for answers to our problems,
when what we should be doing is just seeking God. 

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