Just before I jumped on another blog discussing the topic of Success vs. Failure from "I Do Hard Things" by Havilah Cunnington, I listened to Steve Backlund from Igniting Hope Ministries.
He is a constant source of encouragement and inspiration to me. I watched about 10 of his videos on his Facebook page. Do you want to try it?
Here are some great declarations that I'm making my own:
"I can adapt!"
"I will thrive no matter what happens!"
"When I think there's a problem it's just an opportunity to learn and grow!"
"There is always a solution!"
I will add this one:
"I am a complete success because my Father loves me and I love him."
Today I am encouraged all over again to be belief focused.
In everything that I face, I will be a success and God will get the glory.
The belief statements above are what I choose to repeat out loud to renew my mind. And I think I'm going to even put one above my kitchen sink, another one on my bathroom mirror, maybe even put one up in my closet! Oh yeah, and the laundry room...ha ha!
When my mind is renewed, I can never see myself as a failure. Even when there's undone stacks of things or areas of my life that I feel behind in, I am always a complete success because that is how my father sees me. It's not about my works! That's enough to roll on the floor and laugh about! 🤣😂🤣😂Whew!!!! Yeah!
So if you struggle with something, ask God to show you the lie you're believing, and then ask him to give you the truth to replace the lie. Very simple. The only hard thing is Colin you have to listen. You have to be quiet and wait for him to speak.
When he gives you the truth, let that be your declaration!
Watch your life get better every turn you say the truth out loud....
Success or failure is all between my ears. Depends on what I believe. Only I can make that choice.
Friends, we are powerful. We get to choose what goes in our head and what gets to stay there.
Blessings and peace!
Everyone needs someone in their life that believes in them more than they believe in themselves.
Do you have that someone already? Who is it? If not, who could you ask to fill that role for you? What are you waiting on? Why are you waiting? When will you take that step?
It's your time!
Time to live a life on power, purpose according your destiny and identity!!
Find that someone and get a jumpstart!!!
Tips on finding a person that embodies mentor/coach/friend/spiritual mother or father at times:
Someone who cares about the prophetic words over your life and will remind you of them.
Someone who agrees with who God says you are without becoming jealous.
Someone who can look past your weakness and celebrate WHO you are!
Someone who is living a life of selflessness an sacrifice and doesn't "need" you to feel better.
Someone who is already full of purpose and clear in his/her identity and destiny.
Someone who has the big picture clear.
Someone you can respect.
Someone who exudes honor and love.
Someone who is secure and will say hard things when needed without fear of losing friendship.
Someone who cares and asks about your dreams and ambitions and will hold you to that even when you forget about them.
I've often though to myself: "if I can't be content in the present then I probably won't be content if all my dreams came true either."
Because there's this fine line between the habit/mindset of always looking and yearning for an ideal future someday is what I'm really doing (if I'm honest) and framing with God about his future for me.
And if I'm always unhappy now, even if my ideal future came, I'd still be waiting. I believe contentment, and gratitude is a position of the heart. Real joy comes from God. And joy transcends any circumstance.
So while I do encourage and teach dreaming, I also want to promote really embracing and learning to be content in the seasons we are in presently.
Over the last few months I've personally been asking God for help to really appreciate today even with all its challenges and unpleasantries, to know how to really appreciate my children right now, and to really embrace life right now the way it is.
Then I heard Paul Manwaring say this:
"You might as well be in prison if you don't believe that what you do is full time ministry and it's your destiny right now. Dreaming of an ideal future is prison."
What if you're in your future now? What if you're in your destiny but your not even aware because you're living for the future?
Because God's approval continuously streams into my life. I am not swayed, diverted, discouraged, or disillusioned by people's opinions or comments about me.
Any other warriors need to sharpen that "sword" and tighten that "belt of truth" with me today?
We are loved and nothing can separate us from the love of our Heavenly Father.
We are accepted in the Beloved and our Dad will never change his mind about us. Even if we decide to never change, he will always love us. He can't stop loving us. He has not and he never will give up on us.
We are seated in heavenly places and given dominion over the earth.
In all things we are more than conquerors through the power of Jesus who loves us and lives IN us!
We are not defeated but we are the ones who stand strong and full of faith ready in the moment to pull down strongholds with the weapons of our warfare that are mighty through God.
We agree with heaven and we will not be moved, shot down, dismayed swayed. We will not draw back, shrink back, buckle or faint.
We just stand!!
We stand in confidence because he loved us first. We receive his love and revel in it. We soak in it, wake up in it, sit in it, play in it, lay down in it, sleep in it, love from it, work from it. Everything we do comes from love. He loved us so we can love.
We say this stuff out loud because when we do we drown out all the other voices that are vying for air space, people! We will BECOME who God says we ARE by DECLARING the truth with our mouths which helps our hearts BELIEVE it. We will BE everything we were created to BE. So we get that belt of truth and make it wider and tighten it around our ourselves and keep the truth always tight. We know who we are and walk like we know!
We are more than conquerors!
What if you're here on earth to plant seeds? What if someone else is supposed to water? What if someone else harvests? What if you're not supposed todo it all?
Can we just be fine with doing what we are created for and let God bring the increase?
It's time to stop striving and just be. Be the believer we are supposed to be. We are all so different.
I notice it on my family of five. It wouldn't be good for me to try to do Joel's job. Haha! That would've insane! ....or do crazy trampoline tricks like Robert or try to paint like Sommer or dance and make jewelry and bake complicated recipes like Alexi.
Nope. It's time for all of us to shine in our own way.
Life is too valuable to spend our time trying to be someone else.
Stop analyzing yourself.
Just be you.
You're best at that anyway.
Tonight we took a drive to a neighboring town in Alaska to do some business for my husband's company. We stopped to get exercise and take time to enjoy nature and let our kids take pictures.
As we stood and walked and stood while girls took pics on the bridge above the Matanuska River, I kept hearing the song, "Turn my heart, Oh Lord, like rivers of water..."
Some of you will friends from the 90s and will remember....
And I was thinking: "yes, I'd rather have God turn my heart by his hand than to be dashed against the rocks...."
So I just sat on the bridge watching the water and prayed the song in my heart tonight: "Turn my heart, Lord, til my whole life flows in the river of your spirit...Lord, I surrender to your work in me...."
I was reflecting on all the times I sang that song and He was turning my heart in ways I didn't even understand at the time. He is continuously faithful. I love and trust God more today than I did 20 years ago.
Can't imagine how good it will be when I'm 62!
My future in bright.
Who do you need around you to propel you into your destiny and help you as God turns your heart? Where do you want to be on 20 years? What about 10? What about 5?
Here's a challenge for you:
I challenge you to surround yourself with people that are the type of person that you want to be in 5-10-20 years. Surround yourself with the people that will help call you up and into your destiny.
I've been noticing how I can actually train ourselves to be hungry for certain things.
Recently I was on a trip and had all sorts of menu options but found I was mostly hungry for salads and fruit. Even with lots of different carbs, meats, and other goodies available, I found myself wanting whole and unprocessed fresh foods.
But I've been training myself for awhile. I didn't used to eat like that.
In the same way that it takes discipline and self-control to train myself to hunger for healthy foods, I've had to do this spiritually.
If I am not intentional, I can go for days focused on accomplishing work and enjoying this great weather and almost worshipping this state and season while my spirit get really starved and weak. It's happened to me several times already this spring and summer.
Anyone else with me on this?
Or maybe you have a life that's always busy and you struggle with this year round.
The good news is:
It's really quick to get right back on track! I have found the Lord to be so gracious and kind. With just a quick turning of my heart to God, His presence floods in and fills me up. He fills me up like no other.
There's never any condemnation. 😊
He is waiting to meet me every time.
He's always the same.
I think I'll "eat some more audio Bible" while I water my plants. I'm kind of hungry...
Oh...and what about your kids? They probably need some spiritual nourishment, too!
Did you ever have a time when you heard lots of good stuff --motivating, life changing, convicting, and course corrective stuff--and then you wondered where to start and what to work on first?
That's me. Today.
Last night Joel and I just returned from EntreSummit, a business leadership summit with Ramsey Solutions. We've followed Dave for years. With his help through Financial Peace University we got out of consumer debt and now have 6 months living expenses saved up, retirement investments and are able to be more generous.
As I sit here in my simple, clean, peaceful (very peacful) living room that my children and mom so lovingly prepared for us before we returned last night, I purposefully take time to pause. I am purposely taking extra time pondering passions, life, priorities, work, hobbies, relationships, my calendar and how it has not reflect my values.
I'm realizing something.
Over this last week at EntreSummit, I just got kicked into a new level of passion for my three children. I feel a new clarity. I am getting more clear on how to support, champion and grow them into their fullest potential.
My eyes are watery as I "talk" to you about this. I realize I am still on my first and most important mission in life. My three amazing, brilliant and talented children.
They have surpassed me in so many ways.
They are far better at many things than me. They get frustrated with my lack of technical skills. "Oh mother, mother...." they say. "Let me show you how...here, I'll
do it for you!"
And I let them.
I let them because I like it that someone's better than me. I'm good with that. It's freeing!
I am so proud of them and I'm so pleased that they have surpassed me.
Before business, before customers, before others, before great causes, before money, before fame, before everything else (except God and Joel) my kids are my #1 top passion and priority.
I am convicted for ways I've made other things more important. But as I listened to all the speakers at EntreSummit I was stirred and reminded of this BHAG (big hairy audacious goal) I have. To make my kids greater than me. To set them up to be successful business owners (if they want) and/or contributors to society. To help
them start at my ceiling. To give them tools to get them further, faster, stronger.
Dr. Henry Cloud and Patrick Lencioni both warned and (I have adapted) these words that struck me to the core and settled in my spirit: "don't wait til you get to a certain point in business or wait til you're 55-60 to go do a mission trip. Perhaps the greatest mission you will ever have is to the team you have in business right now."
By the end of Dr. Henry Cloud's dissertation I was in tears. I realized "it" (my focus, priorities and calendar) have been (in some ways) "all about Emily" instead of "all about us" (our family unit) and where God will take us.
In that moment I felt God shift my thinking from me (making just myself better in business/ministry/life) to realizing: my children are (once again) my greatest mission field.
They are my team! The greatest honor I have right now is to get under them and let them "stand on my shoulders."
As I'm sitting here waering my sweatshirt and lounge pants, in my unfinished, "under construction" home that we bought so we could get closer to completely debt-free living (which is quite the contrast to the Omni on Dallas), noticing my mismatched drapes, no grass (just gravel) out my south-facing pictures Window, fully aware of luggage to unpack, laundry to do, a greenhouse full of plants to tend, market and sell,
a sweatshirt and lounge pants,
in this moment....I really don't care.
I am stopping everything to internalize and ruminate. I won't pass this up. I am reflecting and ingesting the truths
and reminders of this week:
"My children are my most important mission."
"We are stronger than me."
"It's not about me."
"I have one of the most important roles: to be a mom, coach, mentor of the world's greatest three kids."
"What I do matters."
"How I do it matters."
"The Golden Rule applies to family business and everything."
I refuse to live my life unchanged. I will continue to grow and grow my team (my kids) and grow our profits. Because when one profits we all profit. And profits are NOT just dollars. Profits are on every level: body, soul, and spirit.
I believe my children will have a lucrative and prosperous summer. If you're in my neighborhood, let us know how we can serve you. And we will gladly accept "tokens of a thanks with presidents' faces on them." (Rabbi Daniel Lapin)
Sommer ministers and cares for children, paints portraits, sells art, does photography and is a great conversationalist and understanding soul.
Robert helps around the yard, does dishes, aces Mod Design, builds the coolest Minecraft stuff, could teach high school science and gives the best hugs.
Alexi cooks, cleans, gardens, makes jewelry, bakes and is very empathetic and considerate.
Since God is #1 every I do personally ministers to him, then he takes it personally when I invest, coach, mentor and grow my children.
So, I'm just letting the world know I am here for this: By God's grace, to help my children live according to their God-given and destined greatness with righteous and moral ethicsz. And to be a mother that would has shoulders worthy of standing upon.
Through God's grace.
Just wanted to share this resource.
Since I'm a big picture sort of person, I love being a part of something bigger than our church and even our state.
Being apart of this global community has given me a much broader vision and understanding of the body of Christ all over the globe.
I love feeling and being connected to a big family. It's like I'm being mentored by Paul and Steve, the GL team and all the guests and fathers of this revival movement through joining this meeting once a month.
If you didn't know:
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Takeaway from today:
When you're feeling spiritual attack it can be a word of knowledge for someone else. It happens to all these guys on the call regularly. One time Lori shared the word of knowledge from an attack she experienced and 50 people in the room stood up, received prayer and experienced breakthrough.
Every has different values. Remember that in communicating.
Words released over us today:
"Try one more time! "
"Doors opening in educational system."
"Strategic connections: doors open in ministry in business. Where people have said no, they're going to start saying yes."
If it resonates with you, grab it!
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