Labels

Labels.

They don’t define you, and they don’t define me.

The world will try and tell you who you are. Don’t listen. They will try to put you in a box. Don’t let them.

The diagnosis from the doctor, the preconceived judgements, mistakes from the past – that’s not you.

I have diabetes. But that’s not who I am.

I have celiac. But that’s not who I am.

I used to battle fear. But that’s not who I am.

Dyslexia, ADHD, cancer, diabetes, poor, rich, broken, eccentric, rebellious, weak, meek, strong – label after label after label.

Labels.

Don’t place them on people, and don’t let people place them on you.

God’s bigger than any label that this ol’ world will try and stamp on you, and don’t you ever forget it.

“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light;” 1 Peter 2:9

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Fill Up

A vehicle can’t run on empty fumes, and neither can you.

Prayer, worship, and spending time in God’s word are truly fuel for your gas tank. And guess what – it’s free!

Are you feeling run down, damaged, or just not up to par? It may be time for an inspection. It may be time for a tune-up.

Don’t live a life where you are constantly running on fumes. Don’t allow your vehicle to be damaged by neglecting the fundamental constituents that are the building blocks of who you are. Take care of yourself.

Guys, fill your tank up. Start today.

If you need help getting started do not hesitate to message me.

“He FILLS my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagles.” Psalm 103:5

“For he satisfies the thirsty and FILLS the hungry with good things.” Psalm 107:9

Get your Shoes On

The other day I walked out onto my front porch, barefoot nonetheless, and there it was.

There it was – my biggest fear curled up in my rock bed – a big ol’ nasty snake.

Y’all. I don’t do snakes.

I froze, including my breathing. The unwelcome guest sensed my presence and slithered underneath my trashcan. Side note: I’m never taking the trash out again. I already told Frank.

For the rest of the week I was extremely cautious when I walked outside. First of all, I put on my dang shoes. Secondly, I walked out slowly looking up, down, and all around – kind of like a SWAT team member but kind of like a crazy lady. To say the least, I was hyper-aware of my surroundings.

The whole scenario got me thinking. We don’t know when “that” very unwelcome guest is going to decide to show up, but we sure need to be ready. We need to be aware of what’s surrounding us – what’s trying to slowly slither into our lives.

I’m not saying to be paranoid. I’m just saying to be prepared. Be smart. The Bible clearly states to put on the full armor of God so that we will be ready for whatever comes our way.

It’s time to put on our tennis shoes, guys. It’s time to stand our ground.

“10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Ephesians 6:10-18 (NIV)

Stay in God’s Lane

I love funny memes. I love funny catchphrases. I seriously still roll down my window and yell YOLO really loud when I drop my kids off somewhere. What 37-year-old mother of two doesn’t?

“Stay in your own Lane.” Words of wisdom brought to us by cute, vintage t-shirts all across the U.S.A. I totally get it. In fact, the first time I heard it I literally laughed out loud.

However, I’ve made the decision to change it up a bit. I’m gonna go with the following instead – “Stay in God’s Lane.”

Because when we do that, when we stay aligned with God’s word and God’s will, we don’t have time to focus on anything else.

I’m gonna stay in God’s lane, and I’m even going to hand Him the keys.

“You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.” Acts 2:28 (NIV)

🎼So come and empty me

So that it’s you I breathe

I want my life to be

Only Christ in me

So I will fix my eyes

‘Cause you’re my source of life

I need the world to see

That it’s Christ in me🎼

Be Consumed

Consumed.

Consumed – when a thought or a thing is absorbing all of our time and energy.

Consumed – when the “what if’s” are stronger than the “who is”.

Consumed – when we allow something to absolutely suck the life out of us.

By fear.

By a lack of trust.

By an obsession.

It’s time to stop worrying about things that we cannot control. God doesn’t need us to fix or manipulate situations for Him. He just needs us to fix our minds on Him.

If we are going to be consumed by something, let’s be consumed by God.

Let’s be consumed by His relentless love.

Let’s be consumed by His unwavering mercy. Let’s be consumed by His amazing grace.

“Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!” Deuteronomy 30:19

Don’t get Squashed

Y’all ever play Frogger growing up – on the Atari?

Yep, I went there.

I don’t have a clue why the very distant memory of watching my older sister crush level after level of that game came into my mind this morning, but it definitely got me thinking.

Just like in a game of Frogger, the enemy is coming for us. The thoughts and things of this world are zooming at us ninety to nothing. We’ve got to be prepared to dodge them. Distractions and temptations are coming at us from all angles, and they are coming fast.

If we are not prepared, if we are not on our toes, then the inevitable is going to happen. We are gonna get caught off guard, slammed into, and maybe even crushed.

Be ready, guys. Every. Single. Day.

Tiffany had a strategy when she was playing, and she was quick. She knew what was coming down the road before it even entered the screen. She knew because she had studied the game. She knew because she had invested time in it.

God has given us a book, a game plan for life, that has everything mapped out for us. He knows what’s coming, and He has allowed us to be privy to that information. We just have to take the time, study, and invest in Him. He has given us a specific strategy to win this game, and He will even take the controller from you – but you have to hand it to Him.

Don’t just sit there and let this world squash you. Hand God the controller.

“10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” Ephesians 6:10-11 (NIV)

Behind the Clouds

Guys, the other day I had a one hour period of time where I was salty with a capital S.

Deb Navan can testify. Sorry baby sis.

I don’t even know what triggered my foul attitude except that the weather suddenly turned bad, and who likes weary, dreary weather. Not me. When the weather turned bad so did my attitude.

But guess what eventually happened – the clouds shifted, the sun came back out, and there was a rainbow. There was a hope. Beauty.

There was a reminder that even when dark times come, God can shift the elements affecting us, but we have to shift our attitude. That part is solely up to us.

Whatever elements have painted your sky gray today, don’t forget that there is a rainbow of hope right behind the clouds. You just have to wait for the skies to shift.

“Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.” Psalm 31:24 (NIV)