Uncomfortable blessing

I love Jesus and Jesus loves you!

I had just left the gym and was sitting in my car checking my messages. Out of the corner of my eye, I see someone approach my door. It was 20-ish year old girl in her pajamas and wrapped in a flannel blanket. I rolled down the window a few inches. She said “ma’am, I’ve just been kicked out of my house and I need $1 to ride the bus downtown”.

Admittedly, these situations make me uncomfortable. I don’t know why, but they just do. As I started to fumble around my car for $1, I asked her what had happened to her. She explained that her dad’s new girlfriend threw her out and her dad just sat there and did nothing. I told her that I hoped that she had someplace warm to go (it’s only a high of 20 degrees here today).

Now I had 2 choices in this situation: 1. Give her the money or 2. Don’t give her the money. Plain and simple, this is how I see this situation: I’m called to love and not judge. I could sit around all day and judge this girl and imagine all the ways she was planning to spend the money I gave her OR I could give her the money and trust God to take care of the rest. I did the latter and it felt good.

As I handed her the money, I patted her hand and said “I love Jesus and Jesus loves you”. I hope she knows that truth.  It’s 100% true.

-Remember to liveHislove,

Missy

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What is your gift?

puzzle3Yesterday I picked my children up from school. On the way home, my 9 year-old son says “Mom, why does everyone in my class play sports but me?”. I should tell you that he has played many sports in his short life, and somehow, he momentarily forgot that he runs cross country and likes golf. I do grow very weary, however, and I’m sure he does too, of the pressure that society puts on boys, in particular, to both like and play sports. Have you ever observed the pajama section at your local clothing store for young boys? Approximately 90% of the selection involves sports. (end rant :-))

The question posed by my son was one of those parental moments where you pause and say a quick prayer for the right response.  Then it came to me. I said, “God gives us each our own special gifts. None of us were created exactly the same. You are gifted in the area of music and art and your sister is gifted in dance, for example. If we all had the same talents, wouldn’t life be boring?”. He was much comforted by my response and I was thankful that God gave me the right words to use in that moment.

Romans 12:6 tells us this: In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you.

For some, their Godly given talents are apparent at a young age. It may be because their parents were gifted in that area and genetically they are too (like the Manning dynasty). It’s taken me many years of figuring out what my gifts are. I am a natural optimist. It was after listening to hours and hours of podcasts from Dave Ramsey (founder of Financial Peace University, author, speaker) that I began to think more deeply about what MY gifts are. That really is the reason that I started this blog. My hope is to use my optimism and love for Jesus to inspire others to make a difference in their own lives and in the lives of others.

Want to figure out your Godly given gifts? First, I would suggest that you pray about it. I asked God to reveal to me the gifts that he has given me. I figured my maker knows best! Secondly, ask your friends, co-workers and family (although they may be a little biased) if they can list a few words to best describe your positive qualities.

God wants us to use our gifts for the betterment of His kingdom here on Earth. We all have a piece to contribute to the puzzle of life.

-Remember to liveHislove,

Missy

40th birthday an intentional blessing?!

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As I stand in front of the mirror, plucking grey hairs from my head that look like they’ve been electrocuted, I wonder, how in the world am I 40?! I’m not sure how I got here, just yesterday I was 20 (ha ha)!  Quite honestly, though, I finally feel like I’m “coming into my own”.

Turning 40, unlike turning 30 or 20, has given me more of a sense of purpose, an intentionality if you will. So much so, that I feel like that is my new mantra: Be Intentional. This means being more intentional with my money, relationships, health and religion.

I have outlined several keys to help you be more intentional. Over the next few weeks, I will explore the different aspects of my life that have flourished as a result of my new mantra: Be Intentional!

1. Plan! Plan! Plan!

This is obviously the most important part of being intentional. No matter what area of your life you desire to be more intentional in, you need a plan. Each Sunday night, I print off a weekly planner and tape it to the door leading out to our garage. It’s a quick reminder of the things that need to occur this week, as well as what days I work (to remind my husband 🙂 and the meals that we will be having for the week. There is something about putting a plan into writing; it’s more likely to be completed! . On weeks that I have neglected to do this, I feel like I am riding a wave to nowhere and at any moment will be knocked off my surfboard due to my lack of planning. Here is a link to my pdf: Weekly planner PDF.

2. God wants us to be planners

For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if

he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish it,

all who observe it begin to ridicule him, saying, “This man began to build and was not able to finish.”
Luke 15:28-30

We can’t complete our task at hand if we do not adequately plan for it. God wants us to be intentional and prayerfully ask for His guidance. I don’t know how many times in my younger years that I would get an idea (not pray about it) and plow through my plans like a bull in a china shop only to leave the project undone and personally left with regret. Leaving God out of your plans is mistake #1. Pray over your ideas and thoughts. Talk to God. He is always listening and eager to direct you.

3. Give yourself grace

I feel like I am always preaching about giving ourselves grace. I think it’s because I’m trying to remind myself of just that. If I fall off the wagon today, I’m not a failure. I’ll climb back onto tomorrow and not look back. Sometimes those days when I fail at my intended plan is confirmation that I like where I’m headed on the “intentional days”.

This week, I pray for prayer-driven intentionality in your life and in mine. May your life be an inspiration to others.

-Remember to liveHislove,

Missy