March 11, 2014 10:00 am
TRUE Christianity is seen not heard!
It is what we do with our feet – not our tongues – that count.
Many know the “language” of Christianity.
But here’s the question:
What are you doing with what you know?
If others were to follow your footsteps…especially Monday through Friday…would your actions match your words?
With alarming frequency Tom and I hear,
“I’m just too busy! When this is done…or that phase of life is behind me… then I’ll have time to step into the purpose God has for my life”.
Could this be just another way of saying “NO” to God?
Equally concerning are those who say,
“I’m afraid…I’m not worthy…I bring nothing to the table”.
And here’s the one that really surprised us,
“I’m too comfortable!”
Perhaps people didn’t use those exact words… but in one way or another they tell us they have decided they’re not willing to interrupt their comfortable lives.
DOES ANY OF THIS SOUND FAMILIAR?
Yet…down deep…do you know The Lord – through the power of the Holy Spirit- is relentlessly pursuing you?
DO YOU REALIZE…
- There is only one YOU?
- His timing is perfect?
- It is the scars, mistakes and areas of profound weakness that make you perfect for the “job”?
Nonetheless…it can be far too easy to turn and walk away.
The Holy Spirit is a gentleman.
But still, you have a choice.
Now here is what I want you to do…
- Look down. Think about your “feet”.
- Where have they carried you this week?
- What kind of footprints are they leaving as you walk through this life?
- Are they following your wants, desires and plans – or are they walking the path of purpose that God has for your life?
- Look again. This time more slowly and thoughtfully.
- What are your “feet” saying – not only to a watching world – but to God himself?
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March 4, 2014 10:00 am
Reading Scripture is a never-ending journey.
“Alive and active…sharper than any two-edged sword.” (Hebrews 4:12)
No matter how many times I return to the same verse, God has a way of bringing a brand new message – often remarkably suited to my exact circumstances.
I used to wonder how that was possible?
Now I simply relax and take it in.
Always amazed but no longer surprised.
One morning a few weeks ago, I was reading through the book of Jonah.
I was familiar with that story, but this time I knew there was something more.
Whenever I think of Jonah, I think of these 3 R’s:
But this time, as I moved beyond the familiar saga of Jonah and the whale, I saw something new. The beauty of a God who chased after Jonah and was willing to use him (and us) – even when his obedience was delayed.
I now have a new “R” to add to my list:
We serve a God who never loses site of the part of His story we are called to play. No matter how we try to run, He is willing to pursue us.
Thankfully, we have a patient, loving God who is willing to rewrite our story - even when we take lots of “left turns” and are slow to respond.
Still, I knew there was even more in this Scripture, and I knew it was in the last chapter. I read Chapter 4 over and over asking God what He wanted to say?
Then I saw it.
God in his loving mercy had saved Jonah – and not only that – had used him to save an entire nation!
So what did Jonah do?
He got mad at God.
He grumbled and complained.
He sulked over the salvation of people he had no use for.
And worst of all…he missed the blessing of the gargantuan miracle God had allowed him to be part of?!?
Stop and take that in for a moment.
Following the call of God can be hard.
It can take you places you never bargained for.
And when you get there, it may not look anything like you had in mind!
But the blessing that awaits…”immeasurably more than all we could ask or imagine”. (Ephesians 3:20)
So now when I think of Jonah…I now have one more “R”…reward!
And in God’s economy that means blessing.
THE MESSAGE: Don’t miss your blessing!
Don’t get so wrapped up in your own agenda, ideas and dreams that you miss what God wants to do through you!
Even if you have delayed your obedience…go for it – NOW!
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February 25, 2014 10:00 am
I grabbed the morning paper and read the headline, “The Secret to Happiness”.
Smiling I thought, boy – this would be the source of a good debate in Sunday School class?!
But today I was ready for a bit of a respite from all the theological banter amongst believers on joy vs. happiness. Right now, I was hoping for something a bit more frivolous and easy to digest.
However, editorial pages are not generally known for “frivolous and easy”.
Today was no exception.
Arthur C. Brooks, President of the Washington DC based public policy think tank “The American Enterprise Institute”, shares these findings:
There are Four Basic Values that universally have the biggest influence on our happiness:
The first three Brooks says are no surprise.
Studies consistently show that people with faith – any kind of faith – are consistently happier.
Ditto for family – warts and all.
And those with a solid sense of engagement with their community and a trusted circle of friends…ditto there too.
At first blush, it might even seem likelier to reduce happiness than promote it???
But here is what he means by work:
#1 - it is not about the money. Yes we all want to be paid well..but the purpose is not money alone.
#2 - and this is the key – “it is about the profound personal rewards that only earned success can bring. In other words, the secret to happiness through work is earned success. It is deeply satisfying to apply our skills and create value in our lives and the lives of others.”
OK…so much for a frivolous morning.
What I got instead was a HUGE AHA:
My entire work-life has been built on pursuing entrepreneurial dreams. About doing work that matters…and making a difference in the lives of others.
No wonder I have found a lot of genuine happiness in my work?!?
But where did it all start?
Two amazing parents who were very successful business people and modeled a strong work ethic. They blessed me with their entrepreneurial spirit and the belief that work was good. They lifted me up and encouraged me to pursue my dreams.
The other place where it began was simply timing. Being raised at a time in our nation when free enterprise…business creation…and opportunity to do better through our own efforts was embraced, supported and encouraged.
If this resonates with you at all – will you join me and begin doing what you can (as Arthur Brooks says) “to revive our moral appreciation for the cultural elements of success” (which I also believe are Biblical):
- individual liberty
- equal opportunity
Can I get a big Amen to that???
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February 19, 2014 10:00 am
“The mission is too big to be left to the missionaries.”
One of 54 countries in Africa.
35% Roman Catholic
20% Voodoo and witchcraft cults
17% Evangelical Christians
1 courageously anointed pastor in a nation that is 5th from the bottom of all nations ranked in poverty.
Yet, Bishop Barnabas Mtokambali is answering the call God has placed on his life and leading powerful revival in his nation.
How is he doing it?
He is not only preaching and teaching about Jesus.
He is building leadership development centers.
He is training and equipping pastors.
He is teaching his people to grow churches and plant new ones.
He is constructing and staffing schools and orphanages.
He is advocating business development and entrepreneurial ventures.
When Jesus said, “Go”.
Bishop Mtokambali took Him seriously.
And, he says to “Go” means to take action!
What drives him?
He loves Jesus.
He knows he is called.
He doesn’t just “believe in” God…he “believes” God.
And his heart breaks for the “people who are dying every day without knowing Jesus.”
Now…here is the key.
He knows that his churches are only a small part of making the difference that is needed.
He knows that he must get into the marketplace and be on mission for God.
And “GO” means – go into the world – go into our places of business – go into every area of influence in our culture…and be the light.
Many who need to meet Jesus will never grace the doors of a church.
That is why Jesus is still saying “GO”.
The time is now.
Allow God to use you.
If you want to make a difference, you have to BE THE DIFFERENCE – right where God has planted you!
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February 11, 2014 10:54 am
“What if I get it wrong?”
“What if I step out and do something that’s isn’t what God has planned for me?”
“What if I’m not hearing God correctly?”
As Christian “success coaches”, we hear those question ALL the time.
And according to Barna polls, other Christian researchers and our own internal survey of over 10,000 people on our list of followers – the number 1 question on the hearts of Christians is:
“What is God’s will for my life?”
People everywhere want to know God’s plan for their lives. Obviously we get that. It’s why we are devoting ourselves to the work of life purpose discovery through Identity and Destiny. But here’s the problem. Many of those same people – who are so concerned about doing God’s will – do nothing at all.
They are so insistent on getting it “right”, they won’t move, they won’t take action and they don’t dare take a chance.
They overlook their strengths, gifts and abilities.
They diminish their passions, desires and dreams.
They see little or no value in the experiences of their past.
And worst of all they hang back thinking God is going to lay it all out – step by step. It is as if they are waiting for God to email them a 10 point life-plan or post the details among the clouds with sky writing.
So, until they get the clear instructions. Until they know with absolute certainty what he wants them to do…they wait.
Now…the proper reverence for waiting on God is not what I’m talking about here. It is the fearful, afraid, I can’t make a mistake kind of waiting I’m talking about.
So here is what I’m challenging you to think about today:
You worship a God who loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life. He is the same God who “works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.” (Phil 2:13)
Did you get that?
Through the still small voice of the Holy Spirit – through the power of persistent prayer – through the mighty Word of scripture – God is molding your heart with His desires.
Stop being immobilized by fear.
Know that – if you are seeking God earnestly for guidance – there is a very good chance the desires of your heart are not contrary to His.
As John Garfield says in his book, Releasing Kings, “Of course, you may have a few fleshly, carnal thoughts and ideas, But if your heart is to genuinely please God, then He is molding your desires to match His. If you are walking with Him, then the vast majority of your desires are already the same as His”.
Today is the day. Act on what you know.
- Dare to step out into all that God has for you.
- Dare to play your unique – one of a kind – role in the Kingdom of God.
- Dare to be great for God!
If you don’t get it right – if you get off track – remember, we serve a God who can get you back on track and weaves it all together for good for those who love Him!
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February 4, 2014 10:56 am
When Tom and I were first saved, we quickly knew that things in our hearts and lives were changing. But not knowing what it “looked like” to be a Christian…we found ourselves searching. Wondering what God had in mind for our lives from this point forward.
We read books, took the spiritual gifts tests, sought insight from our pastor and talked with friends who had been doing this thing called “being a believer” a lot longer than we had. We got lots of thoughts and input. But for the most part, it just wasn’t resonating. Yes, we would support local ministries. Yes, we would tell others about Christ. Yes, we would serve at our church. But still…we knew there was more.
But what, Lord?
As we sought the Lord, here is what we both began to hear: “Bloom where you are planted!” And over time, we knew that meant we were to work diligently with what we had been given – to embrace the way God had uniquely created us – and use all our experience, connections and spheres of influence…but in a whole new way.
At first, we (somehow???) thought if we didn’t go off to the mission field – consider going to seminary – resign our jobs or sell our businesses – we weren’t being “Godly” with our lives.
Still – in our hearts we knew WE ARE ENTREPRENEURS!
But…how could that ever jive with our responsibility to be part of the Great Commission???
Then – God began to make it clear. It’s as if we could hear him saying, “I can work with that!” In fact – he began to show us he had saved us – and called us – not for missions in a foreign country – but the mission field that was right there in our own back yard. In our neighborhood – on the golf course – in our home with our children – and YES – even in the places where we did business!
God was not going to use us in spite of our success in business – but because of it. We would have circles of influence – opportunities to be friends with – and the chance to speak into the lives of people that others (without this background) could never hope to come in contact with. They would not be the ones God would anoint to carry the light of Christ into the marketplace.
God calls some people to serve inside the Church, and this is a precious call. Yet, others are anointed to ministry in the marketplace. Both are valid. Both are answering a divine calling. But – if you look at the reality of our culture, MUCH (maybe even most) of ministry does not happen inside the four walls of a church. It happens in your everyday life – right where God has planted you!
And God says, “the harvest is plentiful – the workers are few.”
Isn’t it time we all got busy being ambassadors for Christ in everyday lives?
How about you?
Where has God planted you?
Where has he given you influence?
With urgency, we say…
Step into your anointing and do not undervalue YOUR ministry in the marketplace!
With a smile, and maybe even a sigh of relief, we think you will hear God say, “I can work with that!”
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January 28, 2014 10:00 am
I got a text from a dear friend on the way home from church yesterday…
“Do you have a few minutes to talk with Michaela (her 13 year old daughter)? She wants to interview you for a school project.”
When on the phone, the conversation began with a simple, “How can I help you?”
“I have an assignment for my Bible Study class. I had to think of the most Godly person I know and ask them a few questions.”
After I regained my composure and took a deep breath…I wondered, did I hear that right?
“Why me???” I asked.
I wasn’t sure how she would answer?
Perhaps it is that I am an author of the book she has seen laying around her house. Or, maybe she has heard her Mom talk about the work I do with Identity and Destiny?
But that wasn’t it at all.
She simply said,
“When I am around you and hear you talk about Jesus you are always so happy. It makes other people want to know Jesus so they can be happy too.”
Oh my goodness.
Blow me away why don’t you?
I mean really…even when we have no idea it is happening – the light of Jesus is shining in and through us.
Broken jars of clay – with the light of Jesus glowing out from in between all the dings, dents and wounded parts of our lives.
In this season of all those coveted Hollywood awards…the Academy, the Grammy, and the Tony…these words from a young girl are worth more than any accolade the world could ever give.
And - as I write this blog – I realize this was also a powerful answer to the prayer that has frequently been on my lips:
“…if only I may finish the race and complete the task The Lord Jesus has given me – the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.” (Acts 20:24)
Never doubt that others are seeing the light of Christ in you.
Never doubt that he can use you – no matter where you have been – or how much “clean up” he has had to do.
Rest in the grace, mercy and love of Jesus…and know that just by being YOU…He is using you in ways that you may never know.
But then…on a day like yesterday – he might just give you a glimpse of the impact he is able to make through you. Just remain a willing believer – in love with Jesus – and He will do the rest!
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January 21, 2014 9:00 am
What a pleasure it was to spend much of December in the book of Philippians. I had planned to zip through it in a matter of days, but found myself mesmerized by how many of my favorite scriptures are in that one small 4-chapter book – like Philippians 3:13-14:
“But this one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
I first discovered this powerful verse when I was a brand new Christian. It helped me as I struggled to take hold of the Truth that my sins had truly been forgiven. You know…”separated as far as east is from west”. “Remembered no more”. Well…God may not remember, but I sure did. Again and again I repeated…”forgetting what lies behind…forgetting what lies behind…”until it finally took root in my soul. Thank you Lord that I can now bask in the truth of this scripture and stand firm in my forgiveness and the finished work of Jesus on the cross.
Then as I stepped into the work of Identity and Destiny – I began focusing on the next part: “pressing on toward the goal” to which I KNOW I have been called. Even when I cannot see what is next, or how it will all play out – I press! It seems I am living this part of the verse every day.
But now…I’ve seen something new.
It is the first sentence: “But this one thing I do.”
Hmmm…do you think we can get distracted?
Do you think we can miss the “one thing” when we have so much on our plate that we simply stay busy…yet not focused on what God is really calling us to do?
Yep…that would be me…and I guess it could be you too?
But how can we know what that “one thing” really is?
I have been seeking the Lord with that question throughout the month of December.
I want 2014 to be His work…not my list of great ideas and new things to do.
I want to do that “one thing”…and do it to the best of my ability…with excellence for the Lord!!!
So here is what He is saying: “Break it down, Pam.”
And he is reminding me to go back to when He first called me to this work of I & D. He is telling me to focus on the 3 elements of my purpose – just as He revealed it 4 years ago:
Identity – the very core essence of who He has designed and wired me to be.
Destiny – the way the Holy Spirit wants to work in this world through me.
Assignment – the thing he has for me to do right now. Not the laundry list – but the one thing that He is asking me to do next.
Thankfully, having gone through Identity and Destiny – 7 Steps to purpose – I know my identity, destiny and assignment.
And – my current assignment?
To come along side my husband to build Identity and Destiny. Together we are to train, equip and support a world-wide community of 1000 Licensed Facilitators who will carry the message of purpose out into the world. The message that “we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus, to do good works which He has prepared in advance for us to do”. (Ephesians 2:10)
Tom and I are compelled to do “this one thing”…for we know deep down in our souls that God wants each and every one of his children to find AND live their God-given purpose!
Yes Sir, I hear you loud and clear Lord. I am refocused and on task for you!
That is my mantra for 2014.
How about you?
Are you ready to break it down and get focused?
Ask, seek and knock. You will find the answers you need.
If you need a little help – let us encourage you to consider using the Identity and Destiny workbook as a way to crystallize the 3 elements of your God-given purpose.
Once you know Christ as your Lord and Savior – there is nothing more important for you to discover…and do!
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January 14, 2014 9:15 am
I love finding great devotionals and this year I’m reading an amazing collection of Sarah Young’s writings, “Jesus Calling”.
But that’s not the best part. I bought copies of this devotional not just for myself but as Christmas gifts for my 3 daughters. One by birth – two by marriage…yet all part of a beautiful blended family that only God could bring together the way he has. (“That’s a story for another day!?!)
We are in 3 States but committed to reading daily and staying connected by posting comments in our private Facebook group that I created. We share what God is stirring in our hearts – our vulnerable thoughts and questions – ask for prayer – and sing His praises for the way He is showing up in our daily lives.
We are just a couple weeks into it – and I have to tell you – it is amazing!!!
In fact, the other day I was writing a post – and as I did – I thought of you. I knew in my spirit that the words I was sharing with my girls were words that might encourage you as well.
So…here is a glimpse into our private Facebook page from that day:
This morning, God took me on a little left turn. As I read the additional Scripture in Romans 12:12…”joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer“. I immediately knew the key was hope. But what exactly is hope???
The definition that God brought to mind is “the confident expectation of good”. But honestly – how is that possible? How can you be genuinely hopeful when the things you are facing seem so frightening – exhausting – uncertain?
As I studied and read the word GRACE kept coming up.
And, yes, as I let that word circle around in my brain, I began to know in my heart that it is only by the grace of God that we can have a constant expectation of good. Grace is that unmerited favor He wants to give us when we are hitting the wall.
But is that really the full meaning of grace?
As I continued to search for more clarity, I Googled Joyce Meyer and found her definition of grace:
“God’s power to do -with ease- that which we could never do on our own.”
Grace is God’s power!!! Wow…now that makes sense. Yet, how do we access that kind of power???
Here’s the good news…
It is a free gift…and all you have to do is receive it. Just know He is there…ready to pour it out…all you have to do is take it from his outstretched hand.
A few month’s ago, God gave me the phrase…”step into my grace space”.
Picture that place. Picture your “grace space”. As for me, I see His lap.
When I need God’s grace and power….I simply remember that hope can be found when I stop all the worry and the striving and just crawl up in my Father’s lap. Resting in the ease of knowing – I can’t – but He can!!!
I am Praying for all of you as you move thru your crazy – busy lives. That you too will find a way to step into God’s grace space – receive his power – and be constantly in a place of hope!!!
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December 31, 2013 9:00 am
Sad to say, but worry has become a national epidemic!
In fact, since the early 1960′s the US government has been tracking something they call the “Misery Index”. It tracks various economic factors combined with the unemployment rate – and with ever-mounting concerns here in the US that index has been steadily rising in 2013!
On a more personal level, a recent article I read captures the thoughts of many Americans as we walk through our everyday lives:
What if there’s no more oil? What if my wife leaves me? Will there be more terrorist attacks? My cholesterol is too high. How am I going to pay the mortgage this month? Have I wasted my life? What if I have to declare bankruptcy?
And the list goes on…
Although our worries seem real and ever-present, statistics tell us:
40% of what we worry about never happens.
30% of what we worry about already happened.
12% of what we worry about is unfounded criticism from others
10% of what we worry about is needless worry over our health
8% of what we worry about are actual problems we can do something about!
92% of what we worry about is needless.
And worrying about the 8% doesn’t help the situation one bit!
Let me try to help!
As I was doing my research on how to stop worrying, I found a laundry list of suggestions a mile long. It was everything from taking herbs to relaxation techniques – from listening to CD’s to mustering the courage to face your worries head-on.
Well…perhaps those things can bring some temporary relief. But I haven’t found them effective in providing any long-term change in the thinking patterns needed to genuinely be set free from the curse of worry.
I learned this hard lesson during a very difficult season of my life. A time when worry had become my constant companion. And I have to tell you, it was especially bad in the dark of night when I would wake, and yet again, begin the relentless pattern of worry over my beloved prodigal son.
It was in those dark hours that I found my answer. It was a gift from The Lord as He called me to memorize this one simple – yet profound – Scripture:
Philippians 4:6-7 ”Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to the Lord. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus.”
Still to this day, I rely on this Scripture and it is forever hidden in my heart. Yet, it wasn’t until I turned to him in those dark nights of fear and worry that God taught me the power of these precious Words!
Over the years I have learned to simply pray the promise of this scripture back to The Lord. To claim the promise of His peace that passes all understanding! And when I do – I instantly know He is with me – that I can trust Him – that all I have to do with my (usually needless) worry is to continue abiding in PRAYER!!!
Want to worry less?
God’s solution is simple: Pray more!!!
No magic formula or strategy- just the power of God and his Word.
The power of praying with thanksgiving and great expectancy.
I promise – it works!!!
And yes…there is a grateful PS…
Dec 28, 2013 marks 5 years of sobriety for my son – and a full reliance on Jesus as his higher power. Only prayer – NOT worry – can make that happen!!! Hallelujah and Thank you Jesus!!!
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