Monday, September 17, 2018

Glow


You guys!!! Glow starts tomorrow!! Glow is a group at Coastline for ladies in all ages and stages of life, a place to explore God’s Word and hopefully get some tools for our toolbox of life. I am so incredibly excited to “glow” in this way. This is where God has placed me and this is one way I glow. 

Many people ask me what Glow stands for. What’s the acronym? I. Hate. Acronyms. Don’t like them. Say what you mean, mean what you say. The only time I use one is to remember a grocery list I have in my head. B. A. N. A. N. A. S. Bread and nuts and..you get the idea. (Also, I totally know that you read that in Gwen Stefani’s voice.)

So no. No acronyms here. 

Glow means just that...glow. It came from a time where I really needed to name the growing group of women who were meeting every Tuesday, for announcements and calendar and staff’s sake. I really truly want to call it “sparkles and glitter forever”. RIGHT?! I just couldn’t land on anything. My husband had recently done a series of messages called Glow, all about being a city on a hill, a welcoming glow to weary travelers. Not a spotlight blinding people so they couldn’t see, but a light that led them to safety, to love, to home. A friend suggested that would be the perfect name for our group, and now you know the rest of the story. 

I don’t know what you may be starting / ending /continuing in the messy middle of this week. Maybe you’re in the awesome or hard or meh part of your life or marriage or ministry or parenting. But wherever any of us are, we are called to glow. Be that steady light in the darkness. 

“You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world.” Matthew 5:14. How beautiful is that?! Jesus says you bring out different shades of God here. You bring light. 

Different versions start the verse off with “You are...”. In a world that so often tells us what we are not, it is very comforting to hear Jesus say what we are. We are light. You are light. Be you this week. I’m gonna be over here lighting up what I can, but there are shadows and corners of darkness I need your light to shine on so that I can see God better. 

This is not hard or extra work or a mountain too tall to climb, as we (I!) so often view it. Its not working yourself up to something. It’s really just a willingness to walk closely with God, letting Him shine through you as you live and work and be a wife and mom and friend and neighbor. It’s your little kingdom on this earth being brighter because you are there and alive and shining. 

Lecrae has such a great lyric in a song called “preach”. Sums it all up, really. 
“I got that light. 
I got that glow. 
Look at me shine. 
That’s how you know.”

Yes. That’s how you know. Look at you shine. The darkness can feel so tangible at times, but look—there you are shining. Glowing. Must be God in you. So thanks for that. My world just got a little brighter because of you. 

Monday, September 10, 2018

Dog Paddling.


On our recent vacation, we spent a lot of time on the water. Surfing behind the boat, cruising the lake, generally having a beyond relaxing time. Our dog went out in the boat with us every day—he is very much a water dog. This one particular day something different happened. There we were, same as every day before—chilling, enjoying the scenery, Goose is riding with the wind through his hair. He never jumps out. Never causes a ruckus. Just rides the waves of his good doggie life (see what I did there?) 

I look to talk to that little surfer dog and...wait. Where is he?  “Where’s Goose?!”  I look back farther in the lake--there he is. Just dog paddling--literally (haha)--behind the boat. Trying to catch up. 

I don’t know what happened. Maybe he got hot. Maybe he got confused. Maybe he had too much vacation brain and thought he could take this lake on his own. No need for boats. No need for “parents”. 

Poor goose. We know what he may not. He can’t paddle forever. He can’t navigate this tricky body of water on his own. Eventually, his little legs will get worn out from all those swims. 

So we stopped the boat. Backed up. Waited for him. Kept our eyes on him. Made sure he was okay. Reached out to help him. Reached out to save him. 

Have you ever jumped out of God’s proverbial boat? 

I don’t know what’s happened in your life. Maybe you got too something. Maybe you got confused. Maybe you got something or the other brained. Maybe you felt you could take this life on your own. No need for help. 

Happens to all of us. Happens to all of us more than we’d like to admit. 

I, for one, am glad to know God knows full well that I am not equipped to handle this life on my own. He knows I can’t navigate it myself and I’ll just wear plain out trying. 

So He waits on me. He stops the boat, stops everything, it seems, for me. Keeps His eyes right on me. Says things like, “It’s okay! You got this! I’m right here! I’m here to rescue you! I’m here to save you!”

Relief. 

Maybe you, like me, have jumped out of the boat sometimes. Let Him lift you back in. Let Him stop the whole world and come and get you. He never leaves you. So don’t get caught up in thinking that you have to somehow catch up to the boat now. Catch up to the Father. No. That’s not how He does things. Not convinced? See: The Prodigal in Luke 15:11-32. The Father is always seeking, searching, looking to rescue. 

Give those arms and legs and mind and heart a rest. Climb back in His lap and enjoy His rest. 

Matthew 11:28 “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

Have a great, restful week!

Monday, September 3, 2018

Happy September!


Happy September everyone!! I don’t know where life finds you in this new month, but let me encourage you with a verse that encouraged me today:

“Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep His promise.” -Hebrews‬ ‭10:23‬ 

When you hope in Christ, you CAN hope without wavering because He is the one person in your life Who will keep His Word. You never have to worry if He will. You never have to wonder if His promises will come to pass. Faithfulness is a characteristic of God. He will always and forever be faithful. 

So hold tightly to that today. It’s a real hope. He’s a real God. His promises are the real deal. This is not a hope that will slip through your fingers and disappear. It’s as real as it gets. 

Just like you didn’t worry whether the sun was going to rise this morning, you don’t have to worry whether God will keep His promises. The sun comes up cause He’s faithful. He keeps His Word cause He’s faithful. Worrying can drain energy that could be better spent praising Him for His faithful love for us, better spent thinking on His promises, better spent believing He is totally going to come through. 

Get your hands around some promises of God today and don’t let go!! Hold on to the One who is holding on to you! Spoiler: He is never going to let you go!!

Thursday, May 31, 2018

'Til Fall!



Hey guys! 

I hope you all have the most exciting summer you’ve ever had! All the good and happy and lovely things that are summer! I hope you relax a lot and pray a lot and spend time with God a lot. I hope you are silly and laugh a whole lot. Read some books and take some walks and just all around enjoy this life that God has given you to live! I’m taking summer off to do all those things as well! So 'til fall—glow each and every day this summer! Love you all!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Summer is Coming!


PEOPLE! I am so excited about summer. You know I love all the seasons, and here in Florida we celebrate them even if we can’t “feel” them, per say. Fall, winter, spring—sometimes we have to do these in theory. But summer is our jam. Summer is where it's at. Summer always feels like summer! So plan to get your summer on!

Do you have a plan for your summer? Not a minute by minute plan, by any means. The idea is more of a “We are going to have the best summer in the history of summers, and here’s how we’re going to do it” plan. Last June, I told you some of my “summer” words, and I still use those to guide my summer. Cause I don’t want to miss a thing! Maybe write your own list of summer words and use that as a starting off point. Buy a fun summer calendar—or draw one on a sheet of notebook paper! Take a bunch of colorful markers and write down when all those delicious summer words are going to appear in your weeks.

Maybe one of your words is “lemonade”—write on a fun calendar WHEN you’re going to make some lemonade with your kiddos, or your husband, or all by yourself. Make a big deal of it! Make the lemonade, take it outside, sit in that summer sun and do some daydreaming.

Sparklers! Write it on that “Fun Days” calendar. Buy them. Light them. Dance around and sing with them. Pool days and library days and soaking up the sun days and taking all our books outside and reading in the grass days and making ice cream sundae days. So much fun to be had!

I find that when I write these things down, not only do I actually follow through with my truest hopes for my season, whatever that season may be, but the anticipation actually breeds more fun and more joy. Anticipation of the fun thing can be nearly as good as the fun thing!


God actually wants you to have fun. He wants you to be full of His joy. Nehemiah 8:10 even tells us it's our strength. And don’t we all need that. He’s the One who made up summer in the first place, so I know He would want us to find such joy in it. Plan to have yourself a whole lot of joy.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Spiritual Lessons I Have Learned From My Dog.


I love my dog. His name is Goose and he is a black lab, which I am sure is very confusing to our grandson. Even more confusing is the fact that we call his dog a fox. Poor kid.

But Goose…I could learn a lot from him, really. Spiritual things. No, I’m not kidding.

He is always waiting on me in the mornings. Always wanting to snuggle and be together. First thing. Never fails. I wish I was more like that with God.

He is persistent when he wants things. He will sit and look at you with his brown puppy dog eyes as long as it takes to get that piece of cheese on your plate. I wish I was attentive like that to God and His gifts to me.

When Goose is playing in the yard, it is beyond ADORABLE when he just stops suddenly and looks around til he finds me. ME. It melts my heart. I want to be trucking right along and just stopping every little bit—God! There You are! Just wanted to see You!

So all you non-dog lovers are perhaps confused and even slightly embarrassed that I have spiritualized my dog. That’s okay. All my dog peeps get it. And every time you wake up to that little ball of fur, every time he waits and waits and waits for you to share your bounty, every time he looks for you—you’ll think you should be doing some of that, too.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Letter Boards!


Are any of you guys into Letter boards? I LOVE them! It is so much fun to leave messages around to remind yourself of something good or bless someone with a loving message or if you are like me, try to think of something hilarious to put it on it so you will giggle every time you pass it. It’s like chalkboards for people with bad handwriting.

My daughter had one first and put awesome things on it. I would get tickled at all the things she would write. Then I got my own and have spent much too much time on Pinterest finding funny letter board quotes. Song lyrics. Riddles. The possibilities are endless, people.

But you know what? As hilarious as I like to think I am, the most comments I get from my family are when I leave them a simple message. Like “Welcome Home!” or “You’ve worked hard—let’s have a great weekend!” or “Made your favorite dinner to make up for your poopy day!” You see.

It’s certainly not rocket science. And it’s certainly not time-consuming. It’s like cards, I guess. It is so…thoughtful. So…personal. Someone took the time to write a special message just for me. Not for the masses, but me. And, hello, who doesn’t want a sign made just for them?!

Maybe try it out? They sell them everywhere now! I got this little one that I leave on my husband’s bathroom counter from time to time at the Dollar Spot at Target. SO FUN.

Write away to your heart's content. Be hilarious. Crack yourself up. And sometimes, be specific and personal…and still hilarious.