Run To Be Shade

I love to run! I know, I’m one of those people. But, I really do love it. Not because it comes super easy, but because I’ve learned how. I started running when I joined my high school cross country team. In the beginning, I hated it. But, as I learned how and got stronger, I eventually began to love it. There’s absolutely nothing that compares to a runners high. So much about running translates into my walk with Jesus too. Anyone can run. And, anyone can run a hill. But, the ones who are steady on the uphills are the ones who pick up their feet, pump their arms and dig in on the way up. This is painful to admit, but my uphill season right now is choosing to love others. Real love. As in Jesus love. Not the fake, Sunday morning “look like we love each other” love. I’m talking about the kind of love that responds lovingly even when my son is throwing a massive fit. Or when someone doesn’t act or respond the way I want them to. Or my plans for life don’t play out the way I envisioned them. Or someone else’s poor choices start affecting my life. Meaning: acting and responding in love in the imperfect moments of life. Romans 12:9, “Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them” This verse stings. Because, if I’m really honest with myself, my struggle to love others is hindered by me. My needs, my wants, my rights. And this me-centeredness can’t reside in the life of a believer. So when life is hard and children throw...

Speak Grace

  Christine Caine posted a photo the other day that struck me. It said,“Her success is not your failure.” Wow. Did that hit you in the gut like it did me? The success of other women (the amount of followers, the number of sales, the opportunities of others, the influence of others) is never to be compared with the task that God has set before you. Never. The dangers of this comparison game is that it sneaks its way into the church! Women in Bible studies and in areas of leadership compare their influence and styles with each other. It can happen even without us noticing it. After all, Satan’s ways are crafty, deceptive and cunning. He knows exactly where to shoot a dart at a us to make us crippled in what God has called us to do. In 1 Peter 3:8-12, Peter was well aware of the disruptive nature of comparison and commanded the church to “have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart and a humble mind.” It all begins with each woman seeking to follow Christ. We must on a foundation of making Jesus famous throughout the whole earth. Whatever means that happens should be a joy to us. Whether it is through another’s ministry or through the daily tasks God sets before us in working hard and caring for our family. We are all living this life for one purpose: the glory of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  It is easy to have the head knowledge of our purpose, but we need for this truth to sink deep into our hearts and...

Stewards of Grace

“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as god stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies – in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.”  ~1 Peter 4:10-11 Would you like a chili cheese fry with that vanilla Dr. Pepper? I asked my mom as I roller bladed through the house acting like I was a Sonic waitress. If you were to ask me what I dreamed of being when I grew up when I was five years old, a few things on my list would have included a wife, missionary, mom and a maid. Yep, you read that correct. I aspired to be a maid when I grew up! Insert head nod from every wife and mom reading this who has been enlisted as the official maid of the home. My grandmother sewed a dress for me that looked like it had come from the 1800s and had a white apron on it. I would wear this dress all the time and act like I was a maid. I’m not exactly sure what made me want to be maid, considering I didn’t even like to clean when I was little.  I do know that the Lord has taught me a lesson through my dreams as a little girl. Without knowing it, I aspired to be a servant to all. As believers, we are called to be servants. Just like Jesus came not to...