Say Yes!!

“I need to think about that.” This is my classic answer to the majority of the things my kids ask from me. If I impulsively say yes or no, I’m likely going to get into some hot water rather quickly.

But with Jesus, I always want to say “yes!” When we say yes to Jesus, it can be saying yes to

  • being kind to a stranger,
  • loving our kids when they get under our skin,
  • being generous with our finances,
  • helping a prostitute look after her baby or toddler,
  • praying for someone who’s sick
  • and lots of other things!

Let’s decide before Jesus asks that we’ll say “Yes!”

Dream Team

I’ve had the opportunity to travel all around the world with all kinds of teams but never like this team. I’m in Cambodia right now with our nightcare work here, one of the privileges we do with Saving Moses & I LOVE THIS TEAM!!!! Here are just a few things I love about this team: they’re flexible, they don’t complain, they’re eager, kind, patient & they love the people here! I also love that this team is all about reaching people with Jesus’ love. They aren’t put off by how someone looks, the smells or the poverty. This team is totally centered into connecting people with Jesus’ love & I couldn’t be happier to be among such a fine group who follow Jesus so passionately!  

Friday Fun!!

Laughter is good medicine & healthy for the soul – so here’s some fun for your Friday consideration:

  • Why does a seagull fly over the sea? If they flew over a bay, they’d be bagels ๐Ÿ™‚
  • If tomatoes are a fruit, does that make ketchup a smoothie?
  • Sometimes I wake up grumpy, other times I let him sleep
  • Is it wrong that the Monopoly game is made by one company?
  • If at first you don’t succeed, don’t try skydiving

so much fun!!

I want to be sure to mention that today is the National Day of Prayer & I hope that we don’t stop with one day ๐Ÿ™‚ ย Our nation needs sustained & daily prayer so let’s keep praying for our nation tomorrow, the next and work this habit into our daily routines ๐Ÿ™‚

With that shameless plug to pray, here’s something really fun! ย I recently had the great honor to be with Joni Lamb on her Table Talk program! ย I had such a great time!

I rarely ever do this, but here’s a video link so you can join this helpful and engagingย discussion!

table talk with Joni!

What Do You Like?

We are well into April & I was thinking this morning about things I like & stuff for which I’m grateful. It’s important to be grateful because this is how we enter God’s presence, according to Ps 100:4. So let’s practice being thankful together ๐Ÿ™‚
Here are some things for which I’m thankful:

active children, clean water, phenomenal friends, a supportive husband, a drivable car and more than anything, God’s love for me. 

Your turn:

  • What is something good that has happened today?
  • Think of something nice someone has said to you in the last week
  • What is something better this year in comparison to last year?
  • What is something wonderfully unique about you – a talent or ability?

Let’s be grateful in April & not just at Thanksgiving ๐Ÿ™‚

Loving to Learn!

One of the things I greatly admire about my mom is that she is continually learning & her learning isn’t limited to just small pockets of interest. She’s recently started using emojis in her text messages & she’s more than excited about using periscope in her latest social media adventure. Learning is a BLAST, particularly when you have a good teacher – my first major at college was physics because my high school physics teacher was so amazing! Having a good teacher is half the battle in getting to enjoy learning & Jesus said that the Holy Spirit would be our teacher. Truth be known, there’s no one in our lives who can teach us better than the Helper. 
The other half of learning is the determination to be a good learner. You can have the best teacher on the world & learn virtually nothing if you decide not to learn or grow, full stop. 
So let’s decide to be awesome learners! Here are a few suggestions about how to be a good learner:

  • Be flexible – decide to learn regardless of the “classroom” or the lesson ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Don’t let shame or discouragement color your learning
  • Buy my book, Heavenly Help, and learn about the Holy Spirit, your Teacher, Comforter & Helper ๐Ÿ™‚

   

 

One of the things I greatly admire about my mom is that she is continually learning & her learning isn’t limited to just small pockets of interest. She’s recently started using emojis in her text messages & she’s more than excited about using periscope in her latest social media adventure. Learning is a BLAST, particularly when you have a good teacher – my first major at college was physics because my high school physics teacher was so amazing! Having a good teacher is half the battle in getting to enjoy learning & Jesus said that the Holy Spirit would be our teacher. Truth be known, there’s no one in our lives who can teach us better than the Helper. 
The other half of learning is the determination to be a good learner. You can have the best teacher on the world & learn virtually nothing if you decide not to learn or grow, full stop. 
So let’s decide to be awesome learners! Here are a few suggestions about how to be a good learner:

  • Be flexible – decide to learn regardless of the “classroom” or the lesson ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Don’t let shame or discouragement color your learning
  • Buy my book, Heavenly Help, and learn about the Holy Spirit, your Teacher, Comforter & Helper ๐Ÿ™‚

   

 

Fun Thoughts About Spring

Spring is a wonderful season! Ive noticed some little buds on the trees & flowers poking through the cold earth. Spring is like a celebration of life in contrast to the dormancy of Winter. A few things to thing about today:

  • Spring Forward: time to get moving! Shake off the Winter hibernation & LETS GO! Gal 6:9
  • Spring Cleaning: be sure that you take some time to clean out the cobwebs & in particular celebrate Resurrection. Perhaps it’s time to get rid of some dead weight – Heb 12:1
  • Spring Break: I love that there’s this thing called Spring Break. It helps me to remember that in all of the Spring flurry of activities, it’s still important to rest! Matt 11:28

Hot Topic: SUPER EXCITED!!

My newest book, Heavenly Help, is now available to buy!! I’m more than excited for you to read this book, as its marinated in my heart for no less than the last 5 years!  
This book is a fresh new look at Who the Helper is not just in theology, but in our practical & daily living!!

Please be sure to get several copies for your friends, book clubs, Sunday School groups, family members etc. 

Also feel free to leave a review on Amazon, Goodreads, etc ๐Ÿ™‚

This is honestly the best book I’ve ever written & it’s extremely readable & easy to apply!!  

Buy lots of books & tell all your friends!!

Why is March Important?

Lots of great things happen in March: ย Spring Break, NCAA basketball tournament, my brother’s birthday, Spring Equinox & lots more! ย So here’s something super fun for everyone who has a birthday in March! ย Please check out the link here to see how your birthday could give genuine love & even life without making a giant dent in your time or budget: ย heaps of fun!

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Traveling Friends

  I recently had the honor to get to do international travel with absolutely amazing people! I completely loved traveling with these peeps for lots of reasons:

  • Fun!  we shared a lunch one day where each of us had zero idea of what we were eating, but we seriously enjoyed the adventure where we’d hopefully never eat again ,)  Flexible – when our plans changed or didn’t go as expected, no one became stressed out but rather they were happy to move onto the next appointment
  • Supportive – never once did I ever feel from them that they wanted to get off the ride, not even standing on a corner in a red light headed district on a Friday night in uber sketchy conditions
  • Goals – each us understood what we were trying to accomplish & walked together to get those things accomplished. 

I think that in very similar ways the Holy Spirit wants to be our integrated traveling companion throughout each day. I’m continually astounded how the Holy Spirit is super fun, uber flexible, fully supportive & when I walk in the Spirit, there’s a unique synergy that happens from sharing common goals. 

Come travel with me! savingmoses

Traveling Friends

  I recently had the honor to get to do international travel with absolutely amazing people! I completely loved traveling with these peeps for lots of reasons:

  • Fun!  we shared a lunch one day where each of us had zero idea of what we were eating, but we seriously enjoyed the adventure where we’d hopefully never eat again ,)  Flexible – when our plans changed or didn’t go as expected, no one became stressed out but rather they were happy to move onto the next appointment
  • Supportive – never once did I ever feel from them that they wanted to get off the ride, not even standing on a corner in a red light headed district on a Friday night in uber sketchy conditions
  • Goals – each us understood what we were trying to accomplish & walked together to get those things accomplished. 

I think that in very similar ways the Holy Spirit wants to be our integrated traveling companion throughout each day. I’m continually astounded how the Holy Spirit is super fun, uber flexible, fully supportive & when I walk in the Spirit, there’s a unique synergy that happens from sharing common goals. 

Follow the Leader

  
I recently went snowboarding with a friend who is a skier & has never skied with a snowboarder. We went to her home turf ski resort where I’ve never been, so it was a really fun adventure in “first times”. As I was fondly remembering this recent day, I thought about how I had absolutely no clue where I was nor what each run would be like. She knows this mountain so well, she could ski it blindfolded, at night in her sleep – ok, not quite but close. 

Snowboarding with my friend was kind of like following the Holy Spirit in these ways:

  • total trust: I had to listen attentively to my friend to know where I should end up so we didn’t get separated
  • stay close: on several occasions, she had to wait for me & I needed to keep up my speed so that we could ride the lifts together
  • terrain park: I tried a beginner box & despite her instructions, I still biffed; so I need to keep trying to learn new terrain & ways to ride
  • enjoy the ride: I don’t have to know where I’m going to enjoy the company with whom i travel
  • fully committed: the level of my enjoyment is proportionate to my level of commitment; low commitment to the day would have made a low quality / quantity of pleasure & enjoyment

Following the Holy Spirit is a uniquely amazing adventure – so LETS GO!!  This book could help you to enjoy the adventure:  Heavenly Help ๐Ÿ™‚

Follow the Leader

  
I recently went snowboarding with a friend who is a skier & has never skied with a snowboarder. We went to her home turf ski resort where I’ve never been, so it was a really fun adventure in “first times”. As I was fondly remembering this recent day, I thought about how I had absolutely no clue where I was nor what each run would be like. She knows this mountain so well, she could ski it blindfolded, at night in her sleep – ok, not quite but close. 

Snowboarding with my friend was kind of like following the Holy Spirit in these ways:

  • total trust: I had to listen attentively to my friend to know where I should end up so we didn’t get separated
  • stay close: on several occasions, she had to wait for me & I needed to keep up my speed so that we could ride the lifts together
  • terrain park: I tried a beginner box & despite her instructions, I still biffed; so I need to keep trying to learn new terrain & ways to ride
  • enjoy the ride: I don’t have to know where I’m going to enjoy the company with whom i travel
  • fully committed: the level of my enjoyment is proportionate to my level of commitment; low commitment to the day would have made a low quality / quantity of pleasure & enjoyment

Following the Holy Spirit is a uniquely amazing adventure – so LETS GO!!  This book could help you to enjoy the adventure:  Heavenly Help ๐Ÿ™‚

A God Smile

The other day I surprisingly arrived early for a party & was waiting on the fringes for the festivities to begin. There weren’t many people there yet, which was good for me, so I could get my introvert self in socializing mode. As I was prepping myself, this random dude walked over & was super friendly. Initially, I don’t think I was very cordial, doing that introvert porcupine thing. But as we talked, I learned that the guy had studied Biblical Greek – YAHOOO!!!! Furthermore, as we talked, I learned that he’d also studied Biblical Hebrew – an added boon!!!! He was WAY smarter than me & I totally enjoyed talking with him & learning new stuff. 
The party turned out to be totally enjoyable &

when I finally left, I felt God wink at me with a pleasing smile. 

Seems to me that God enjoys blessing us with stuff He knows that we will uniquely enjoy – making a deep connection with us not only in big things but also in seemingly small perks along the way. 

Remember that God smiles on you this day!

Let’s Take a Walk

  
Sometimes I find myself in situations that are far beyond my skill set & often I get jittery, intimidated & overwhelmed. It’s precisely in these moments that I find the most fulfilling & richest relationship with the Holy Spirit. This is my experience because when I take a pause to catch my breath & reflect, I sense the Holy Spirit by my side, helping & telling me that it’s going to be ok. 
Furthermore, it feels to me like the Holy Spirit invites me to take a walk together, something I love & relish. I like to take walks because there often seems to be boatloads of challenges that get worked out in my conversation with the Holy Spirit on these walks. I also appreciate that the Helper invites me on these strolls for a few helpful pointers:

  • more often than not, I have no clue where walking with the Holy Spirit will lead me & truth be known, I’m an adventure junkie – usually I love to go to new destinations & experiences, particularly when the Holy Spirit is leading the journey;
  • I don’t have to know the destination to enjoy the company – I’m learning this lesson across a wide swath of experiences & adventures; 
  • Walking with the Holy Spirit is an adventure not only in the various experiences along the journey but also in the pace of the whole walk – sometimes at lightning speed & sometimes at a pace that is slower than molasses in winter, stationary at best & seemingly regressive sometimes;

Let’s walk together with the Holy Spirit, Gal 5:16 & 25, for not only the pace & direction but for the outcomes & most importantly for the company & fellowship!  Take a walk & see what fun ensues ๐Ÿ™‚

Fellowship

Presently, I have the honor of speaking at the Bible School Andrew Womack has, Charis Bible College and what an honor this is for me! I love many things about getting to minister here, but one of absolute favorite things is the fellowship & conversations around the Bible and about the Holy Spirit!  
This makes me realize that God has set up our lives for communion & fellowship with others who follow Jesus. 

Sometimes this can get tricky from various struggles: misunderstandings, conflicts, dysfunctions, misaligned purposes, etc. 

With that being said, let’s be clear that God fully intends for us to keep fellowship with other believers. Consider Acts 2:42, “They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching & to fellowship, to the breaking of bread & to prayer.”

Be sure to keep your fellowship with other followers of Jesus as a high priority in your life!

A Weekend in Singapore

 Seems to me that if we get away for a weekend, we tend to stay close to home. For me, I’ve spent this weekend in Singapore & it’s been an amazing trip in many different ways:

  • Sleep – yea, not so much
  • Food – so MUCH FUN!! I seriously love trying new stuff & no I don’t ask what it is ๐Ÿ™‚
  • People – what an total honor getting to minister in this totally incredible country; I love how open & receptive the people are to jump into the Bible!!! I spoke 4times in about 2days so it was intense but FUN!

Singapore is one of the most melting pot & blending cultures that I’ve ever visited & I LOVE IT!!!!! A couple interesting facts:
Singapore received its independence from being a British colony 50 years ago in August. This country is an incredible example of blending diversity for completing strengths rather than competing division. During this visit, the Premiers of China & Taiwan came to Singapore to make an historic conversation between these nations that have been virtual enemies for many decades. 

Of course I totally love Asia & I find myself totally falling in love with the Singaporeans even more than I have in the past. Love this place & the people here!!

Flying Cows

  
My daughter tells me that my Birkenstock sandals are back in style, to which I replied, “Never knew they went out of style.” The bigger question for me is that whole style & fashion topic, which feels like jumping in a swimming pool filled with boomslangs, vipers, piranhas, man of war jellyfish & a host of other deadly & creepy creatures. If I started to have any robust conversations about fashion & style, you’d be assured that it’s sanitarium time for me. 
On the flip side, I have friends who are fashion / style divas & I think they’re awesome. Here’s why: everyone is fearfully & wonderfully made, unique in perspective & divinely crafted for their existence. Trying to make someone into who they’re not is offensive on human levels & insulting to our Divine Author. 

Let’s live in the identity that God has given us & cheer for others who are walking out their divine DNA. Humans clone but God creates – maybe even a few shockers like flying cows & socks with Birkenstocks ,)

Go BIG!!!

I just had the amazing privilege to interview Lee Strobel, the author for Case for Christ & Case for Grace, his newest book. I totally loved getting to meet Lee & hear his journey with faith & the stories of God’s grace with transformation. Lee is a really amazing man & I love that he jumps into life with both feet – fully present!
Sometimes we do life kind of halfway & we don’t do life with full commitment. But living for Jesus requires us to connect fully in our daily living. It’s easy to go through life with half engagement, letting our focus jump from situations to stress to questions, to problem solving etc. But in the midst of doing life, let’s commit to keeping our eyes fixed wholly on Jesus, no matter what’s happening. Let’s go BIG with Jesus!