It seems hard to be adventurous when we are told to stay home… So we took to the road and grabbed some lunch. We live in such a beautiful area! I am thankful for the rain that makes it all so green. Have you ever noticed all the different shades of green? God could have chosen just one color but He made so many!
Have you also noticed how the trees bloom? Even as life has slowed it seems to have happened overnight. There is so much beauty all around us. The budding, coming to life, rebirth is happening all around us right now.
Birds sing such happy tunes. It is like surround sound song birds and chirps in my backyard. I could sit back there for hours. I need to figure out how to set up a writing station with power outside as well as get a hammock for writing breaks and naps… Or just to lay outside reading. This is truly one of my dreams come true. It may be one part of my adventure… The part where the entire world slows down for a moment.
Until life and freedoms restored, I will bask in the miracles happening around me. This is only part of the adventure!
I sure do love coffee. It is something that brings the most unlikeliest of people together. That is a powerful thing.
Words are like that too. Words are powerful. How one speaks or writes can hold the power to unite the most unlikeliest of people or it can cause major separation and harm.
I combine my words with coffee. Any way that I can bridge great divides and help solve problems during the day brings me great joy. This is why I partner with others…. To help unify others and bridge great divides.
So if you like coffee and have some time and a divide to conquer, maybe together with words and coffee we can bring the most unlikeliest of people together and encourage a great multitude.
In my previous post, God’s Steady Heartbeat, 2020 , I wanted to go into further detail about one paragraph:
“Let us not give up what has yet to happen in 2019. Let us enjoy our favorite holiday beverage (coffee anyone?), sit back and see what God will do. As we pray, as we go to the front lines of intercession, the Lord has made a table amidst it all for us. He has done this for us to learn to enjoy and walk in the victory that is ours even if we have yet to see it.”
Finding enjoyment in our darkest hour or our darkest season is not something that happens on its own. There can be moments of such extreme pain and heartache that we often turn to God and ask, “Why must suffering occur?” Nothing about the struggle and pain makes any sense when you are in the thick of it sometimes.
Several months ago a situation intensified so much I thought my family might not survive it. It felt so painful, intense and the people who were supposed to help this situation allowed continued injustices to occur. Nothing made sense (it still doesn’t).
The lessons I have learned through this journey have been priceless. Here are a few of the ones I continue to learn from:
1.) Let Go Of Control
There is very little we are often in control of anyway. The circumstances and people in it are often not following your lead. Forgive, let go and praise. God already knows the details and letting go reveals your trust in him.
(Scriptures to look up: 1 Peter 5:7, Jeremiah 29:11, Philippians 4:6)
2.) Respond With Praise
What we are in control of is our response to our circumstances and others. We can either fight it or embrace the truths of God and praise him through it. The enemy cannot touch you when you have your praise on. Praise embraces heaven and pulls it down. Eventually Earth must be moved by Heaven so keep praising even if tears keep streaming down your face (and snot running out your nose). Battles aren’t pretty.
(Scriptures to look up: Jeremiah 20:13, Psalm 75:1, Psalm 99, Psalm 100)
This can look different for everyone but the basic truth is being able to knock worry out and lean back into Gods big arms. Let God love you. Be still.
This is hard to do amidst a battle because it feels wrong to stop when all around you swords are clanking and the wounded are crying out. In God’s kingdom, battles are won differently. He fights for you which is why learning to let go of control is a crucial step in being able to rest and declare victory.
(Scriptures to look up: Matthew 11:28-30, Psalm 4:8, Psalm 37:7, Philippians 4:6-7)
4.) Declare Your Victory
It does not matter how dark, how bleak or how intense life is. Nothing, absolutely nothing can change truth. When you know that God is a loving, powerful, dead raising, promise keeping, miracle working God, then let your voice be heard!
(Scriptures to look up: Deuteronomy 20:4, John 16:33, Romans 8:31-39)
Dear reader, grab a cup of hot coffee and sit back and rest.
We are facing giants.
Everywhere we look one stands. It is our responsibility for us to take the land. We must be like Caleb who knew that it would be fine to move forward.
We know God has given us the promised land. It flows with milk, honey and blessings beyond what we could imagine.
The question is, “how do we move forward? How do we slay giants?”
We are so close. We are almost close enough to grasp it.
These giants may be loud, obnoxious and cocky but they don’t know what is coming. Let them shout. Let them laugh in our faces as we come to take what is ours.
We were meant to walk this path to show others that with God the impossible happens.
Are you waiting for promises?
The more I learn about perseverance the more I realize how much work goes into seeing promises come to fruition. If you are expecting a promise to just magically appear without any struggle or waiting period, you will be full of disappointment. Promises do not come without a battle. The bigger the promise the bigger the battle. On the same note the bigger the promise the bigger the victory will be.
While you are in the thick of it remember that God is faithful.
Expect a lot of hard work, blood, sweat, and tears. Anything worth having does not come easy. It will come with risks and challenges.
In my past I used to feel so defeated when month after month victory seemed so out of reach. Instead of seeing how close victory was I either complained, felt sorry for myself or put on pride and told God, “I got this now because obviously you are not doing anything.”
Lord, forgive me for those times! I could have chosen praise rather than believing the lie of defeat. I could have stood my ground. I could have laughed in the face of the enemy.
But that was the past.
Today I choose to stand my ground.
Today I choose joy.
Today I choose to rejoice in the goodness of the Lord.
Today I laugh in the face of the enemy.
I continue to laugh as he flees.
I laugh my way into victory!
Lately I keep being reminded to stand my ground. Every time I cannot help but think of The Princess Bride. You know the scene I am talking about:
“I am the dread pirate Roberts. There will be no survivors…”
Only it sounds like, ” I am the dwread piwate woberts.” I smile every time I think about it which is probably one of the reasons why I keep being reminded to stand my ground.
There is much to be said when you can laugh in the face of your circumstances because you know victory is on the horizon. Victory does not come without a battle. Opposition will come and there will be moments that stretch you and break your heart.
Stand your ground.
When the darkness surrounds you and the ones that you love, it can get easy to lose focus. Keep your eyes on Jesus. Do not look to the right or to the left. The enemy is a liar and a cheat. He takes cheap shots. He does not play by the rules.
But God is bigger, grander, and the ultimate judge.
God has already had the final word.
I have never wanted to live a boring life.
Boring is over-rated. Boring does not leave a legacy that births revivals and love. Boring changes nothing. Boring leaves stagnant waste and leaves people questioning purpose rather than living abundantly in love.
I would rather live my life having given every breath to speak words of truth & love.
I would rather die knowing I chose an adventurous life with Jesus and gave my all to him. Are dead people rising from the dead? Are you seeing the light return in the eyes of those you spend time with even in the line in the grocery store?
When impossible becomes normal and the possible becomes mundane that is when you know you are truly living. It is exhilarating.
Don’t be boring.
Choose the Jesus adventure & you will realize that in surrender you gain an epic life.