Monumental Potential.

    “Within a moment there is monumental potential. That is the mystery of a moment. It is small enough to ignore and big enough to change your life forever”

-Erwin Raphael McManus (Seizing your Divine Moment)

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    It’s easy to think that what you do today doesn’t matter. You can skip the gym this one time.You can not put forth the effort and take “an easy day” (just this once). You can ignore…..just for a minute what is inside of you to do.

    But today matters.

    There are repercussions for the little things, not just the big ones. Your day today, has monumental potential. You will sell yourself short of the end goal if you do not value and place emphasis on the small steps that it takes to get there.

Flashback Friday: Originally Posted on May 23, 2014

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Feministic

I feel like everywhere I turn there are woman protesting how “strong they are” and how much they “don’t need men”.  A lot of these gals call themselves “feminists”…but to me they are the furthest thing from. They are not promoting equality. They are promoting superiority. 

-This post may not be my most popular-

Thou hath been warned;))

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I don’t see how celebrating your gender, and believing in your own strengths and ability would detour you from actually……being female. Its like saying you are proud to be an American and detest everything patriotic.

Their logic is, “We are strong…so treat us like a man”. If women are really strong, why not treat us like women?

They also say…….”Men, we don’t need you, we can do your job for you”.

Nope. We can’t. We need men to stand up…and be there for their families, to take charge, and be real men. Not these passive, children abandoners that we have created. We emasculate them and then complain that there are no good men in the world

…..how could there be?

If you are truly for women, you would capitalize on the unique strengths given specifically to women. No, this isn’t always staying  at home with an apron (although there is NOTHING wrong with that). This could be being a CEO, or an artist, or a politician. Its not that we cant be something…its our attitude getting there that sucks.

There is nothing wrong with a man holding a door open for you. Its called being a gentleman. We have men raping, verbally abusing, beating women….and the few who have enough honor and respect to open doors and treat a woman like a lady…we take offense to that?

And a man SHOULD help move and carry things. Could we do it? Yes….but that’s their way of honoring us, not putting us down. In a world where men  are getting lazier and lazier… we should celebrate the men who take that initiative, instead of putting them down.

And being nice to men, and admitting that we need them is not being weak….its called being a decent human being.

So its not a question of “can’t”…its a question of honor and respect. We want men to honor and respect us. Sure, we should. But if our respect only comes at the expense of disrespecting them….we are actually showing how weak we are, not how strong. Its like a bully on the playground who can only get their power from weakening others.

You do not become stronger by tearing men down. And constantly doing so, and constantly letting them know how much you don’t “need them”…is showing how insecure you really are.

We do need them. And they need us.

I’m tired of dads leaving their kids. I am tired of men not having jobs, and no passion for their life. Its not all the women’s fault……but we do have a share in it.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       And finally……

As women there is nothing wrong with nurturing, loving, and caring. Why do we not see that as powerful and strong? Is that ALL we are? No. But why are those characteristics  see as shameful?

Having the ability to completely transform the hearts and souls of those around us through our intuition and insight…is that not powerful? Having the ability to extend grace and show passion through our words and our demeanor…..is that not strong? Men don’t have those gifts.

So, no. I don’t want to be a man. 

I like being a woman. I like my unique contributions to this world, and I believe embracing that instead of shunning it is what a true “feminist” should be.

I’m done:)

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Taking a Step Back and Remembering Why

I don’t know if anyone has noticed….but I am kind of driven.

love medieval war movies and think it would be awesome to conquer the world some how.

I’m still working on the details for that one.

Although I do not want to change who I am (I believe I am this way or a reason). I want to make sure that I maintain balance and remember why I want to do certain things.

The whole point of it all is to place love and value on people.

And hopefully make a difference in someone’s life.

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It’s easy to say that “one day” when I have millions I will give millions.

But as thousands slip through our hands throughout the year are we still giving?

“When things slow down I would love to volunteer somewhere, …to serve”

When will things slow down? When we retire?

It’s good to want to do big things, I defiantly want to. But “big” things are made up of a whole lot of little things. Am I loving the person right in front of me….right now?

Am I giving when I see a need? Right now?

We are not guaranteed tomorrow. Do not wait to become who you want to be. Be faithful in the little now, place value in this moment, with these people….right in front of you.

I read this this morning,

“You may want to know your calling. Let this be your call: comfort a sad woman. Comfort a mourning child. Comfort a dying man. Comfort.” -Heidi Baker

Although I hope to one day do big great things, I have to remember all the great “little” things now. I believe that these little things heaven rejoices over and brings true glory to Jesus.

Flash Black Friday: Originally Posted on June 2, 2014

Fear Problem = Love Problem

Perfect Love Drives Out Fear. @1john4:18

When faced with fear sometimes I feel like I have to find enough will power to fight it on my own. Like I need to try harder….face fear…and hopefully win the fight.

If we sought loveperfect love in our lives….fear would run.

It would hide.

It would be cast out.

Driven out.

And shaking.

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See we don’t have to fight fear with our bear hands. We need to walk in the perfect love that comes only from God.

Fear is the opposite with Love. If we have a problem with fear…we are having a problem with Love. Seek it out. Fear will flee.

Kill the “What ifs”

Everything.

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It can be annoying at times, especially when you have to clean up after them.

But more than anything I admire it.

Nothing is off limits. The world is theirs.
If someone tells them no, they may cry for a minute, but soon they will be into something else.

Somewhere along the way as adults we loose that curiosity.
We lost the resolve to explore and conquer no matter what the costs.

If someone tells us “no”
We don’t cry and try something else.
We cry and never try anything else.

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We become stagnant. And bitter.

My biggest fear (truly) is to one day be an old lady and look back wondering

why I didn’t do more….
why I didn’t take chance….
why I didn’t explore the world a little more.

Its okay to make mistakes.

Its okay to fail/fall/mess up/screw up/ rip up…………..you get the point.

Keep trying.

Kill the “What ifs”

(Flashback Friday- Originally Posted on March 31, 2014)

When You Fail.

“If it doesn’t work…”
I think that’s the underlying fear of most people. That’s why we discourage one another, and discourage ourselves. It all comes down to the fear of failing.

Here is a thought for you today.

If it doesn’t work.
If you fail.
If you give your all, and it just doesn’t happen.

Oh well.

That’s not meant to be apathetic. In fact its just the opposite. The person you became, the character you built, to be brave enough, consistent enough, to even try….is worth the possibility of “failing”.

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Most people will never try. Most people are not willing to accept the criticism of their family.  Most people aren’t willing for the investment. However…If it doesn’t work, at least you tried. At least you know.

You are left  in a better position to try and succeed at something else. Because you have built the momentum, techniques, and will power to … even try.

I applaud not only the ones who are “succeeding” but the ones who trying. One day those people will make it, will succeed, and all their critics will be eating their words for lunch, and maybe even for dinner too.

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If you temporally fail…if the certain path doesn’t work..
oh well.
Start a new path. Nothing was lost. Character was gained.

 

Live the Quote

I like quotes. But sometimes they annoy me. Everyone highlights them, quotes them, and shares them,…but who really believes them?
We live what we truly believe.

We decorate our homes with carpe diem paintings, and study books in our small groups about courage and thriving…but do we truly, truly live that?
In the end words are just words. Its interesting to me that words are easily accepted, but real concrete actions are repeatedly shunned.

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When people step out and actually start bringing these words to life, they start taking chances, starting new things, and venturing out into the unknown….we kick them. We pour doubt and fear over them, reminding them that they are unreasonable, selfish, ignorant, and ultimately wasting their time.
As Christians we should never do that to to one another. We pride ourselves in carrying the message of life within us, but in reality we throw a muddy pessimistic judgement on one another.

Christians should be the bravest people out there, really living the message of life.

Jesus didn’t sit still in His home with His trendy buddies sipping a latte over their perfectly put together homes. He was out and about in the cities, hanging out with the beggars, debating the critics, holding conferences with thousands, and ultimately spending His life investing in others, not protecting Himself. Not worrying about His image, not worrying about whether what He was doing was understood or accepted by others.

He lived wholehearted. He lived fully. He was raw, genuine, and sincere.

These quotes, these scriptures, are not cute decor accessories. They are guidelines for real everyday life. We should seek that kind of life within ourselves and celebrate that life in others.