Every step matters more than you think...



"The reason we have freedom isn’t to get you to stop smoking pot.  The reason we have freedom isn’t so that you don’t have to face teen pregnancy.  The reason we have freedom is so that God gets glory in the world.  And that is more important than your health, that is more important than your future, more important than your morality.  The most important thing in this world is that God gets glory.  And He makes us free so that we can be vessels of His glory in the world.  That’s why He made you-to show His glory."-Doug Rutter
Do you actually want freedom or are you comfortable sitting, bound to the chains you have placed on yourself? Do you even know the amazing things He can and will do in and through you if you just let go?
Just let go.

"The reason we have freedom isn’t to get you to stop smoking pot.  The reason we have freedom isn’t so that you don’t have to face teen pregnancy.  The reason we have freedom is so that God gets glory in the world.  And that is more important than your health, that is more important than your future, more important than your morality.  The most important thing in this world is that God gets glory.  And He makes us free so that we can be vessels of His glory in the world.  That’s why He made you-to show His glory."
-Doug Rutter

Do you actually want freedom or are you comfortable sitting, bound to the chains you have placed on yourself? Do you even know the amazing things He can and will do in and through you if you just let go?

Just let go.

Ain’t no sunshine when she’s goneShe wonders why she is so lostWhen His word, the light for her path, is right in front of her'How did I get here?' she cries outShe forgot that each step matters
Ain’t no sunshine when she’s goneAnd she’s always gone for way too long
She got through one day without sunshineAnd then one day turned into two weeksShe heard the lies, but thought she was strong enough to fight them on her own now.She forgot that she is too weak to fight anything on her own strength
Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone
She left for a while to see if anyone would chase after herShe ignored the only One that mattered when it came to pursuing her
And He was pursuing her alrightBut she kept running
Only rain clouds when she’s goneOnly darkness everyday she chooses to be goneShe’s always gone too long…But the good news is she doesn’t have to run all the way back to find sunshine.Sunshine is always there, ready and eager to meet her right where she is.All she has to do is turn around and surrender. 
Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone 

Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone

She wonders why she is so lost
When His word, the light for her path, is right in front of her

'How did I get here?' she cries out
She forgot that each step matters

Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone
And she’s always gone for way too long

She got through one day without sunshine
And then one day turned into two weeks

She heard the lies, but thought she was strong enough to fight them on her own now.
She forgot that she is too weak to fight anything on her own strength

Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone

She left for a while to see if anyone would chase after her
She ignored the only One that mattered when it came to pursuing her

And He was pursuing her alright
But she kept running

Only rain clouds when she’s gone
Only darkness everyday she chooses to be gone
She’s always gone too long…

But the good news is she doesn’t have to run all the way back to find sunshine.
Sunshine is always there, ready and eager to meet her right where she is.
All she has to do is turn around and surrender. 

Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone 

"With all creation I sing praise to the King of Kings.  You are my everything and I will adore You."  She’s sang these words more times than one can count.  They’ve cut to the heart before.  They’ve brought healing before.  She’s experienced real, genuine, worship with this exact song.  Today is different though.Because, you see, before today she’s believed some pretty ugly lies about herself.  She’s grown up thinking that she is only worth love if she performs well.  There are people in her life that only see her when she performs-never just to spend time with her.  Satan has told her over and over that if she can only offer the kingdom her voice.  She’s also been told-by herself and others- that she would never be enough.  She’s believed that she had to work so hard for everyone’s approval.  While she was working so hard to earn their approval she forgot that it was ok to make mistakes.  Then when she did make mistakes, like everyone does, she thought those mistakes defined her.  She was so consumed with the world and with the hundreds of lies she heard everyday that she forgot where her true identity came from.  She forgot that she serves a King that is powerful enough to make her new.  She forgot that He who made her does not make mistakes.  She forgot that she was too small to ruin the plan that He has for her life.Today is the day that she gets to share the divine healing that she’s experienced. Today, she knows where her true identity is found.  Today she will claim victory over those lies.  Today she truly believes that her heavenly Father’s smile, His approval, is all that she needs.  She also chooses to believe that His smile is not dependent on her performance.  Today she chooses to put on her new self and leave the old self behind.  She chooses to be who she was created to be-a worshipper of the Most High King.  She will choose to let Him love her even though she doesn’t understand why anyone ever would.  Today, she will choose healing and know that she is redeemed.And when she chooses truth, others can not help but do the same.  When she chooses truth she is beautiful and inspiring.  When she chooses truth she feels free and alive and worthy.

"With all creation I sing praise to the King of Kings.  You are my everything and I will adore You."  

She’s sang these words more times than one can count.  They’ve cut to the heart before.  They’ve brought healing before.  She’s experienced real, genuine, worship with this exact song.  
Today is different though.
Because, you see, before today she’s believed some pretty ugly lies about herself.  She’s grown up thinking that she is only worth love if she performs well.  There are people in her life that only see her when she performs-never just to spend time with her.  Satan has told her over and over that if she can only offer the kingdom her voice.  She’s also been told-by herself and others- that she would never be enough.  She’s believed that she had to work so hard for everyone’s approval.  While she was working so hard to earn their approval she forgot that it was ok to make mistakes.  Then when she did make mistakes, like everyone does, she thought those mistakes defined her.  
She was so consumed with the world and with the hundreds of lies she heard everyday that she forgot where her true identity came from.  She forgot that she serves a King that is powerful enough to make her new.  She forgot that He who made her does not make mistakes.  She forgot that she was too small to ruin the plan that He has for her life.

Today is the day that she gets to share the divine healing that she’s experienced. Today, she knows where her true identity is found.  Today she will claim victory over those lies.  Today she truly believes that her heavenly Father’s smile, His approval, is all that she needs.  She also chooses to believe that His smile is not dependent on her performance.  Today she chooses to put on her new self and leave the old self behind.  She chooses to be who she was created to be-a worshipper of the Most High King.  She will choose to let Him love her even though she doesn’t understand why anyone ever would.  Today, she will choose healing and know that she is redeemed.
And when she chooses truth, others can not help but do the same.  When she chooses truth she is beautiful and inspiring.  When she chooses truth she feels free and alive and worthy.

This is family.  This is discipleship at its finest.
After 7 years of her pouring into us…pouring into us when it hurt.  When we hurt her.  Pouring in when we were unlovable.  Never giving up.  Never ceasing to shower us with the love and grace that can only come from knowing and truly believing a greater love from the Father.  
We get to share that same love that we too have gotten to know and believe.  We get to pour into other women now.

The best part is:
We get to do it together.
We’re only just beginning.  It’s not over.
We get to see how beautiful he has made, and continues to mold, each one of us from 6 piles of dirt.  We can remember how ugly the dirt was.  And we can rejoice together over how beautiful it is now. 

It may get ugly again over and over, but we can say with confidence that He will make us beautiful again.
We are wildebeests.
We are free.
We are redeemed. 

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For Kate


One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice.  he threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him-and he was a Samaritan.  Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed?  Where are the other nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” (Luke 17:15-19)

"Wait. I trace back.  Hadn’t Jesus already completely healed him?  Exactly like the other nine who were cured who hadn’t bothered to return and thank Him.  So what does Jesus mean, "Your faith has made you well"?  Had I under-interpreted this passage, missed some hidden mystery?  I slow down and dig.  I read Jesus’ words in Young Literal Translation, "and [Jesus] said to him, ‘Having risen, be going on, thy faith has saved thee.’" Saved thee?  I dig deeper.  It’s sozo in the Greek.  Many translations render sozo as being made “well” or “whole,” but its literal meaning, I read it-“to save.” Sozo means salvation.  It means true wellness, complete wholeness. To live sozo is to live the full life.  Jesus came that we might live life to the full; He came to give us sozo.  And when did the leper receive sozo-the saving to the full, whole life?  When he returned and gave thanks.  
Our very saving is associated with our gratitude.
Is that it?  Jesus counts thanksgiving as integral in a faith that saves.  We only enter into the full life if our faith gives thanks.  Because how else do we accept His free gift of salvation if not with thanksgiving?  Thanksgiving is the evidence of our acceptance of whatever He gives.  Thanksgiving is the manifestation of our Yes! to His grace.
Thanksgiving is inherent to a true salvation experience; thanksgiving is necessary to live the well, whole, fullest life.”

- Ann Voskamp One Thousand Gifts 
 

Gifts are no good if you don’t accept them.
You’ve been given love, peace, grace…oh sweet grace…
Time to accept it.
Merry Christmas readers.

"Once a man or woman or child takes up the sword, worship takes on its rightful shape. Never again will this person be content to sing a song and call it worship.  When a man realizes that his sword is real and that he has been taken into His service, he will never again want to speak flippantly to the Lord, to satan and his demons, or to people.  He who gave the tasks is watching.  So are the heavenly hosts.  So are the saints who have entered Heaven.  So are the evil spirits who now have to rethink their strategies.  Before a man understands his weapons, he imagines what it would be like to carry authority; he pretends he knows the deep things of God; he hides his ignorance with clever theories and words.  But once he gets that sword and he feels the weight of it in his hand and realizes he has found favor with God-he plays no more, he pretends no more, he hides no more.  he receives his orders, he puts on his armor, and he goes to war.  When he worships, he worships as a soldier.  He glorifies his commander, rejoices in the ultimate victory, and keeps his ears open for a word, for direction, for the next mission. Worship without warfare, by contrast, can become diluted to self-centered sessions of having our needs met and polishing of our swords just to put them back in their sheaths unused.”-Hannah FarwellSo I sing this song for an audience of One.  Search my heart and find it after yours.  Let my life bless you Lord.  What love is meant to be is now found in me as my heart touches yours.  With all I am I’ll let my heart do what words can’t.  I want you more than anything…No more pretending.  No more playing.  No more leading people to a place we’re not going.  No more settling. 
 

"Once a man or woman or child takes up the sword, worship takes on its rightful shape. Never again will this person be content to sing a song and call it worship.  When a man realizes that his sword is real and that he has been taken into His service, he will never again want to speak flippantly to the Lord, to satan and his demons, or to people.  He who gave the tasks is watching.  So are the heavenly hosts.  So are the saints who have entered Heaven.  So are the evil spirits who now have to rethink their strategies.  Before a man understands his weapons, he imagines what it would be like to carry authority; he pretends he knows the deep things of God; he hides his ignorance with clever theories and words.  But once he gets that sword and he feels the weight of it in his hand and realizes he has found favor with God-he plays no more, he pretends no more, he hides no more.  he receives his orders, he puts on his armor, and he goes to war.  When he worships, he worships as a soldier.  He glorifies his commander, rejoices in the ultimate victory, and keeps his ears open for a word, for direction, for the next mission. Worship without warfare, by contrast, can become diluted to self-centered sessions of having our needs met and polishing of our swords just to put them back in their sheaths unused.
-Hannah Farwell

So I sing this song for an audience of One.  Search my heart and find it after yours.  Let my life bless you Lord.  What love is meant to be is now found in me as my heart touches yours.  With all I am I’ll let my heart do what words can’t.  I want you more than anything…

No more pretending.  No more playing.  No more leading people to a place we’re not going.  No more settling. 

 

Where the spirit of the Lord is there is freedom.Where the spirit of the Lord is there is hope.Where the spirit of the Lord is there is healing.And when we beg to be free, His heart is breaking as He holds us and tells us “you already are…you just don’t know it yet…”…this is how we overcome.

Where the spirit of the Lord is there is freedom.
Where the spirit of the Lord is there is hope.
Where the spirit of the Lord is there is healing.

And when we beg to be free, His heart is breaking as He holds us and tells us “you already are…you just don’t know it yet…”

this is how we overcome.

Despite the voices telling me I will never make it.  Despite the challenges and struggles.  Despite all the times I will fail.  And in spite of all those who have doubted me-including myself…I choose to embrace change.I choose to believe in possibility.I choose to believe in myself.  
Just. Let. Go.
I promise it’s worth it.  I promise it will be beautiful when you finally do.  It very well might be a very messy process, but so worth it.
Remind me to do the same…because I forget so easily. 

Despite the voices telling me I will never make it.  Despite the challenges and struggles.  Despite all the times I will fail.  And in spite of all those who have doubted me-including myself…
I choose to embrace change.
I choose to believe in possibility.
I choose to believe in myself.  

Just. Let. Go.

I promise it’s worth it.  I promise it will be beautiful when you finally do.  It very well might be a very messy process, but so worth it.

Remind me to do the same…because I forget so easily.