Tuesday, April 23, 2019


"Grace never gives permission for sin to be expressed.  
Grace always positions us to be empowered to live 
outside of human reach.
Grace is the enablement of God to live as Jesus would live."
~ Bill Johnson

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Love This Song

We just started singing this song at church and I absolutely Love it!  It's one of those deep intimate songs between us and Jesus . . .


Video:  Cody Carnes - "Nothing Else"

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Julie's Spring Break

Our Julie got to visit from Washington for her Spring Break this year and we had a fabulous time together. There were tears when she left.  Aside from our memorable trip to Mexico, here are a few memories from our time together . . .

Saturday, April 13, 2019


We just got back from a  little family get-away to Mexico.  It was one of those wonderful trips where we were upgraded to a seventh floor suite with panoramic ocean views, three bedrooms and four bathrooms, an entertaining kitchen and an extra free night.  We took in the local shopping, food, spent hours on the beach, laid in the sun, fireside chats and trying to drum up a melody without a guitar, picked up sea shells . . . .so fun!  I have this thing for infinity pools and the place we stayed at had a beautiful infinity pool that started surrounded by cactus and day beds and ended at the ocean - so beautiful!  Loved the favor surrounding our time together.  It's always been Julie's dream to go to Mexico and so this was a "first" for her.  Here are a few family pics I thought I would share now that I am finally figuring out how to use google photos on my blog. :-)

Friday, March 15, 2019

He Bore Our Grief & Sorrows

“Surely, He has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.”  ~Isaiah 53:4

I have been soaking in this scripture lately, especially the part that says, “He has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows.”  I believe the word “grief” in this verse, can also be translated pain.

Recently I have been working on a project, for my non-profit, that includes viewing a lot of video content on sex trafficking atrocities.  As a result, my heart can be deeply broken.  I have also, had a lot of friends and loved ones, suffering with pain and affliction.  This combination has moved my heart regarding the grief and sorrow surrounding me.  The other day when I read this verse, I was reminded that Jesus bore our grief and sorrow on the cross. What a comfort.  In the previous verse in Isaiah it says that Jesus was a man of suffering and familiar with pain.  We do not know even half the stories of Jesus’ life, but we can be assured from this scripture, that he was familiar with suffering and pain.  He was surrounded by it daily and was continually moved with compassion driving Him into the action of healing the sick, casting out demons, and releasing the Kingdom of God. 

If Jesus bore our grief and sorrow on the cross, then we don’t have to hold onto it.  Like anything else in our walk with Christ, we can cast our grief and sorrow on Jesus. There are times my heart feels like it’s going to explode with the sorrow around me.  At those times, I get alone with Jesus, and invite Him into the pain, because He sees it, He’s familiar with it, He does not run from it like so  many of us do, instead, He runs towards it.  He was a man of suffering and familiar with pain.  He’s ready to come into our boat and calm the storm (Matthew 8:23-27).  Because of all that Jesus accomplished for us on the cross in His death and resurrection, we can invite Him into those places that are filled with hopelessness and ask that He release hope and faith.  We can invite Him into suffering and ask that He release comfort and healing.  This is the great substitutionary work of Christ, the heart of the gospel.  Instead of increasing grief and sorrows in our life, Jesus bears and carries them. He took these on Himself that we might have peace.  We don’t have to understand all the intricacies of how this works, we can just receive His substitution by faith. Jesus wants to be fully present and central to everything we encounter in life.  And when He takes and replaces our grief and sorrow, He will often give us a path forward in the midst of it.

“He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.” 
~ Psalm 23:3

Friday, December 21, 2018

A Thought . . .

I shared this quote I heard recently, in yesterday's blog . . .

Shame says, "I AM something wrong."
Conviction says, "I DID something wrong." 

I would love to delve into the subject of shame some day and write and study and share, but that is not going to happen any time soon.  So, a thought for today . . .

"The one who trust in Him (Jesus) will never be put to shame."  ~ Romans 9:33  

The beautiful truth about a walk with Christ is, He is not a shameful God.  He does  not shame us.  He invites us into conviction, that if we submit to, will transform us.  He took our shame on the cross - He became shame for us so we could be honored and esteemed.  When God looks at us (those who are in Christ) He sees Jesus and He approves!  Today, I invite us to put all our TRUST in Jesus and see shame dissipate.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Shame says, "I AM something wrong."
Conviction says, "I DID something wrong." 

Sunday, December 16, 2018


The following is a blog I wrote for Extreme Love Ministries:

Have you ever thought of your life in terms of alignment?  The need for your life to become properly positioned?  In different seasons of my life, I will pray and ask God to “align” me, position me correctly in relationship to Him and His will.  It seems like sometimes with the busyness and the wear and tear of life, I can become mis-aligned and need a reminder to be aligned afresh with my Father God. 

Recently I had about two months of down time.  A disc had ruptured in my back and I was unable to go about my normal daily duties.  Day after day, I would lay in bed or on the couch and just ask God to “align me”.  Align my back physically with healing and health, and align me spiritually with His purposes.  Align me with His heart.  Algin me, that I may be totally centered in Him. 

I have a metaphor in mind for alignment – many times our cars need a wheel alignment.  This is part of standard automobile maintenance, that adjusts or squares, a car’s wheels and axles with each other so that they’re moving in the same direction.  This is so imperative in life, that we be moving in the same direction that Holy Spirit is leading and guiding.  I love being about my Father’s business, squared up with Him. 

A car needs to be aligned typically every two-three years and this is so true of me.  Periodically, I need to just steal away for some undivided prayer focus or communion with God and check in and see if I am correctly aligned.  If what I have on my plate is what is on His heart for me.  If I am seeking Him first above all others, etc.

Here are some common car signs that you are dealing with poor alignment: Vehicle pulling to the left or right. Your steering wheel is off center when driving straight.  Ha!  I’m smiling because this week I was driving to into Phoenix and my SUV was strongly pulling me to the right.  I had to keep two hands on the wheel and call my husband and ask him, "is our car out of alignment".  His answer, "YES!"  Smile! This can be so true of our lives when we are misaligned.  I can feel a pull to other things, instead of focusing on what God has put in front of me.  I will “drive” along through life and find that something is just “off”.  My center, my core, where I am fully aligned in Christ, just needs  a little attention. 

Driving a vehicle with improper wheel alignment can cause uneven wear on the tires.  If your car's alignment is bad, driving becomes more expensive and can even be dangerous.  A bad wheel alignment can be dangerous because it may cause your car to pull or drift out of your lane or hydroplane on wet pavement. And, uneven tire wear can lead to a blowout or make you lose traction.  Wow!  Isn’t this a perfect metaphor of how it is when we are out of alignment – we can have “expensive” life mistakes and even cause harm to our own lives or those around us.  We can drift out of our lane that God has called us to and head into someone else’s lane, which inevitably causes us to lose traction, momentum and purpose. 

Practically what this looks like for me, is just asking God to align me and position me rightly with Him.  I will protect my time with Him and make it a priority, so I can hear from Him and give Him space to speak to me and move in me. I will read my Bible and let Him highlight scripture and then I will pray it back to Him.  I will worship, by faith believing that as I focus on Him, everything else will fall into place.  I will mentally go through my daily routine and ask Holy Spirit to highlight anything that needs to go and is not His will for my time commitments.  I will yield!  This is a big part of being aligned is yielding to the will of God and obeying what He is speaking. I will ask Holy Spirit to speak to me what the Father is highlighting and then I will listen to Him talk to me about those areas.  Sometimes this process can take days or weeks, as things fall into place in my heart and mind.  I am on high alert to the voice of the Lord in my every day life.  There is an expectancy that He is going to speak to me and that He is aligning me.  When I hear even a faint whisper, I take it to heart and begin to ask questions and pray into what I am hearing.  God is faithful.  He loves that our hearts are turned to Him and He wants to speak to us. 

When I am aligned, I call it the "cream and butter of heaven", like Job mentions in Job 29:6.  Some translations say, cream and others say butter, referring to Job’s blessed life.  That place in God where you know you are doing what He has called you too and there is a peace in being faithful positioned.  As we prepare to enter a new year, maybe you, like me, need a new positioning and alignment so that you can be fully focused, bearing much fruit for your Father’s glory! 

Saturday, December 15, 2018

The Perfect Gift

The perfect gift for anyone!  Satin Hands Pampering Set for both feet and hands!  Comes in three different fragrances.  www.transformedskin.com  OR  www.marykay.com/nitaweldon

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Happy Belated Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving From Our Family To Yours
Happy belated Thanksgiving blogger friends!  I love thanksgiving and have so very much to give thanks for!  This year we celebrated Thanksgiving with our Aunt & Uncle visiting from the  Midwest and all our cousins who have been slowly migrating to Arizona.  What a great time we had, hanging out together, talking, laughing and eating amazingly delicious smoked turkey, Iowa corn and a smorgasbord of pies.  There was no lack around our Thanksgiving table. What a beautiful day! We love our Arizona family!!  Then we stopped in at our friends that we normally celebrate Arizona Thanksgiving with and hugged on them and then off to another friends house for more pie and games.  I fell into bed exhausted but so thankful for the family and friends that God has so graciously blessed us with.  Also, this Thanksgiving season, I am thankful for continued healing in my back after surgery. 

This is one of my favorite Thanksgiving verses . . .

Psalm 107:8-9 "Let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing Love and His wonderful deeds for men.  For He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things."  

I found myself praying this verse throughout the weekend, especially the part that says, "He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry".  There are so many people physically and spiritually thirsty and hungry and I pray that God satisfies them with Himself this holiday season. 

Monday, October 22, 2018

Believe In Jesus

Some friends and I were a part of a little project for people who are new to a walk with Jesus. We are attaching our faith, to the days ahead, when God will (and is currently pouring) pour His spirit out on all mankind (Joel 2:28).  The Bible says in Romans 14:11 that "every knee will bow and every tongue will acknowledge God." So, if you stumbled across this blog and are new to knowing Christ, take a look at the videos we put together:


I love talking about Jesus.  In fact, He is one of my favorite subjects.  I also love learning about Him.  I remember sitting around the table at Starbucks planning what subjects we would cover and talk about. The videos we put together are just a couple subjects.  We could fill pages and pages of interesting thoughts and experiences of getting to know Christ.  I love the subject of Grace, so that is the subject matter I talked about.  Many of my friends, work in a TV studio and are used to camera's, but not me.  It was a new experience for me to sit in a TV studio and have the film guy adjusting everything.  I probably would have done a lot better with just my phone in my living room, but it's fun to try new things!

I hope something from these videos touches your heart today and spurs you on in your faith with Christ (Hebrews 10:24) if you are just getting to know Him.  And if you have followed Christ for awhile, maybe some of these videos will be helpful as you disciple others.  If you have not made a decision to put your faith in God, let me encourage you . . . BEST CHOICE I EVER MADE!  I can't imagine life without a relationship with God.  https://youtu.be/Rj_n-uiC7nc

Friday, October 19, 2018

A Thought to Ponder

"How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you, that you bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in you."  ~ Psalm 31:19

I love this scripture from Psalms 31.  How amazing picturing God storing up good things for us and then in front of everyone giving them to us.  The only caveat is that we walk in the fear of the Lord and seek protection and shelter (refuge) inside of Him.  I love this!  

The Bible says the Fear of the Lord is a fountain of life (Proverbs 14).  The Fear of the Lord is humility (Proverbs 22) and of course all the scriptures concerning wisdom and understanding being a gateway to the Fear of the Lord.  But the scripture I always think of and quote when I am defining the fear of the Lord is, Proverbs 8:14 "To fear the Lord is to hate evil".  I tell my kids to fear the Lord is to love what He loves and hate what He hates and evil is something that falls into that hate category (Psalm 97:10).  

So, we can look at Psalms 31 like this . . .  God has abundant goodness stored up for us when we walk before Him in humility hating what He hates and seeking His wisdom and understanding.  And everyone will see His goodness displayed in our lives as we take refuge/shelter in Him.  Love it!  A nice thought to ponder . . .

Thursday, October 18, 2018

The Debt of Love

Here are some thoughts I have on Love debt . . .


Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.  ~ Romans 13:8  

Some translations say, “let love be your only debt.”

Have you ever owed anything to anyone or had an outstanding debt?  To have something unpaid, unfinished, pending or ongoing can be comparable to a heavy cloud hanging over your head or like a ball and chain.  Debt creates pressure and no one likes pressure.   To let “no debt remaining outstanding,”  is pretty easy to understand, mortgages, hospital bills, college tuition, credit cards, taxes or car payments all need to be paid and not left outstanding. But what does this clause “except the continuing debt of love” look like? Imagine a world with no debt other than love for one another.  It’s an interesting thought to think of love being a debt that we cannot pay off fully or be done with. 

Ponder for a moment, that you can never out-give love.  We continually owe love no matter how many times we have previously given it.  Love is our continual debt to each other.  If we owe love to someone at 3:00 pm we will still owe them love at 5:00 pm  And this is what love looks like, “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”  This is the continuing debt of love. 

Thankfully we do not have to pay this debt of love in our own strength or merit.  Rather, we can receive the limitless, overflow of God’s love for us, overflowing out of us to others.  As we are rooted and grounded in the love of God, we are able to love others more deeply.  May Love be our only debt . . .  

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Skin Care For Teens & Young Adults

I'm thrilled to share with you a new venture I am doing.  I just launched a website for a skin care line I am partnering with https://www.transformedskin.com/    I still have to tweak the website so it works on a mobile platform but if you have a computer and want to look us up on your desktop, please do.

For awhile now, I have been wanting to partner with a skin care line and sell skin care for teens and young adults.  My kids have been asking for skin care and I wanted something pure and well tested.  I looked into different companies and tried product and finally landed on one.  If you get a minute check us out.  If you are a teen or young adult in need of skin care - look no further:  https://www.transformedskin.com/  If you know a teenager or young adult who is in need of skin care, consider Transformed Skin, I don't think you will be disappointed.  We also have all different kinds of products and skin care for all ages and stages in life, so do not let the push specifically for teens constrain you.  Happy shopping, Refreshing, Renewing and Rejuvenating your skin!

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Children Rescued

Hi Blogger Friends!  Here is a blog I wrote recently for Extreme Love and thought I would share with you:  http://www.extremelove.com/child-rescue/

 I love hearing about brave men and women, who are risking their lives to answer the call of rescuing trafficked children; just like our Extreme Love organization.  This last month I had the pleasure of sitting in a training session for combating sex trafficking. In the meeting were veterans; former navy SEALS and retired special operations agents who are a part of an organization called “Veterans for Child Rescue” (V4CR). These specialists use their unique skills for rescuing and extracting victims of trafficking.  I sat mesmerized as they shared strategy and vision for rescuing children in perilous circumstances.

Recently V4CR has just completed a three-part, multi-location, filming in several active trafficking corridors, throughout Southern Arizona, where thousands of illegal incursions into the United States occur every year. These routes (that run through the county I live in) often involve adults and children walking through the desert for six days straight.  Many of these illegal immigrants do not survive the journey. For the young children that are brought into the country the desert can be unforgiving. Those that survive the long trek will face an obligation to pay for their passage in the form of sex or labor for many years to work off their debt to the cartels and traffickers.

For the last couple years, I have lived out in the Sonoran Desert, surrounded by beautiful mountains and on dirt roads, but smack-dab in the middle of drug and human trafficking territory.  In the morning when my husband would take our dog and hike the mountains for time alone with God, he would often find caches and camps of these immigrants.  There would be abandoned sleeping bags, garbage, radios, clothing, and shoes. It’s heartbreaking to see and I was excited to hear that these veterans have a clear strategy for educating the public, raising awareness through their Contraland Film, rescuing victims, training law enforcement, investigating trafficking rings and putting predators behind bars. They use their military experience to run covert operations all over the country; working with law enforcement and border patrol agents.  What a comfort to know that the fight against trafficking is making progress through mighty men and women of prayer and passion who are taking ground physically and spiritually, and that children who are deep in the clutches of evil are being rescued.  

Saturday, July 14, 2018


Here is a blog post I wrote for Extreme Love:  http://www.extremelove.com/perseverance/

Allow perseverance to finish its work, so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. ~ James 1:4
I’m amazed at the words from James 1:4, it’s as if I never read them before.  James is saying that one of the ways to lack nothing and not have a deficiency is to “let endurance have its perfect work.”  Perseverance is the will to see things through until the end in spite of fear, difficulties, failure, or opposition. 

God recently landed on this verse for me and made it come alive.  This verse is loaded with nuggets for us.  Firstly if we read it starting at the end, it says that we will lack nothing, if we surrender to endurance and perseverance.  We must let it run its course. How many times do I short-circuit what God is doing in my life because it’s too hard and I’m too uncomfortable?  In this scripture James is saying in essence that we must give permission for endurance/perseverance to finish.   It’s so easy, for me, in a western culture to pull myself out of persevering due to the resources that surround me.  Yet often on the mission field, we are faced with areas that require focused perseverance and can lack the resources and relationships to rescue ourselves.  These areas of perseverance, when we face head on, process through and finish, release in us maturity, a completion, a perfection and . . .  we do not lack anything!

Revelation 3:10 says, ‘Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth.”  

This is another amazing promise regarding endurance or in another translation it uses the word perseverance.  It’s as if God is saying, you have persevered through to the other side and now the great trial that is coming I will keep you from.  It reminds me of the children of Israel when they were living in Goshen and had persevered through the great cruelty of slavery.  While God was sending plagues on the Egyptians He dealt differently with the Israelites and the plagues did not touch their camp.

Exodus 8:22 - 23 “But on that day I will deal differently with the land of Goshen, where my people live; no swarms of flies will be there, so that you will know that I, the Lord, am in this land.  I will make a distinction between my people and your people. This sign will occur tomorrow.”

He has done it before and He can do it again, where there is a distinction made between God’s people and the world.  This is a supernatural distinction, where inside of perseverance we do not lack and we are kept from the hour of trail. 

Today I am encouraged to persevere.  Even when we do not know the outcome, or our soul starts to feel deeply uncomfortable – let us be encouraged to throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Pioneer and Perfecter of faith and push through to that place where we lack nothing inside of everything that has purchased for us in Jesus.   

  "I Will Fight" Video Attached:  https://youtu.be/XyzG7F-CS7U

Saturday, June 16, 2018

New Wine

Video Attached: "New Wine - Hillsong Worship"
New Wine
In the crushing
In the pressing
You are making
New wine
In the soil, I
Now surrender
You are breaking
New ground (hey)
You are breaking
New ground
So make me Your vessel
Make me an offering
Make me whatever You want me to be
I came here with nothing
But all You have given me
Jesus, bring new wine out of me
Jesus, bring new wine out of me
Jesus, bring new wine out of me
'Cause where there is new wine
There is new power
There is new freedom
And the kingdom is here
I lay down my old flames
To carry Your new fire today (oh today)
This song has been my declaration lately.  I love songs for seasons.  God has always used songs prophetically in my life.  This is one of the ones that is ministering to me in this season of life.  Hard seasons can either push us into Father God or away from Him.  They truly are what we make them.  We can become Bitter or Beautiful!  :-)  

God is so about doing something NEW.  New wine, New power, New freedom, New fire. He has made us NEW and is transforming us into that newness and likeness of Him, doing new things all the time!  In that place of crushing, breaking, surrender, God is faithfully making something beautiful, something New if we allow Him through our surrender and yielding. 

The concept of new wine has been on my heart of late, as well as, rivers of the Holy Spirit.  This morning as I was praying, I was laughing with Holy Spirit as I was thinking of all sorts of ways to ask/receive from Him rivers, outlets, winds, wine, etc. into my life from Him.  

The process of making wine is quite "pressing".  Ha!  (That was my husband John's humor coming out.)  After the grapes are sorted, they are ready to be de-stemmed and crushed.  We all have seasons throughout life (and if you are have not had one yet, you probably will) where we feel de-stemmed and crushed (as well as amazing seasons of fruitfulness and harvest).  If we can yield to the Goodness of God, the Faithfulness of God, the Justice of God, the Father-heart of God, in those hard seasons, we can come out with new wine, having a life that is yielded and surrendered to the life of the Spirit of God - new power, new freedom, new fire, new ground . . . the kingdom is here!   

And don’t get drunk with wine, which is rebellion; instead be filled with the fullness of the Holy Spirit. ~ Ephesians 5:18

"We all experience times of testing, which is normal for every human being.  But God will be faithful to you.  He will screen and filter the severity, nature and timing of every test or trail you face, so that you can bear it.  And each test is an opportunity to trust Him more, for along with every trial God has provided for you a way of escape that will bring you out of it VICTORIOUSLY."  ~ 1 Corinthians 10:13

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Micah 6:8

Here is a blog I wrote for Extreme Love Recently:

This verse has been on my mind of late, “He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you?  But to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”  Micah 6:8

Sometimes I put so many personal requirements on my life.  Requirements motivated by perfectionism that are self-imposed, requirements that stem from other people’s expectations of me, requirements that I think God may desire.  But I love this scripture that brings a refreshing simplicity into my relationship with God. 

God shows me what is good
Psalms 31:19 says, that God has stored up good things for me as I fear Him. Psalm 84:11 says, “For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.” What a comfort to know that he not only shows me what is good but he does not withhold good from me.

God shows me what is required of me 
I love this verse from Acts 2, “You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.”  He wants to show us what is required of us and the paths for us to walk in. 

What is required:  Do Justly 
Do justice!  I like justice defined as “taking up the cause for restoration of every violation of Love.  Taking the wrong and making it right.” 

What is required:  Love Mercy 
Ephesians 2:4 says that God is rich in mercy.  How wonderful that the God of the universe lives inside of me, so I too can be “rich” in mercy, showing compassion, kindness and forgiveness readily.  I can approach God’s throne of grace with confidence and receive His mercy. 

What is required:  Walk Humbly with your God
An invitation to walk with God free from haughtiness, arrogance or assertive behavior.  A yielded, submission to His Lordship in our lives.  And  again in Psalms 25:9 we find another promise of God guiding (the humble) us in what is right and teaching us His ways.  Psalm 149:4 says, that the Lord takes delight in His people; He crowns the humble with victory.  How beautiful the picture of a submissive, yieldness to God that produces victory!  Often in our culture we think of victory as assertive and extroverted act, but the scripture is saying that humility is the path to victory.

Today, I am doing a little personal inventory on the “requirements” of the Lord and I invite you, to do the same.  I welcome you to pray this prayer with me . . . “God, I thank you that you have shown me what is good.  I ask that you increase the fear of the Lord in my life to live blamelessly before you and walk in the good things you have stored up for me. Thank you that you show me what you require of me by making known to me paths of life.  Today, may I take every wrong that comes my way and turn it towards your righteousness.  May I release your justice into every violation of love that is revealed to me.  I approach your throne of grace with confidence and receive the mercy that you have for me to be rich in.  Help me to love mercy. May goodness and mercy follow me all the days of my life and may I dwell in the house of the Lord forever.  I yield myself and submit to your Lordship.  Thank you, God, that you always lead me in victorious triumph in Christ!  This day and forever, may I do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with you God!”

Micah 6:8 Video - Martin Smith

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Keys to Leading Effectively

This came into my inbox and I am loving it!  Keys to leading effectively.  We all have areas we are invited to lead in.  In the home, in the workplace, in school, in ministry.  Check out this note and see if it resonates with truths that you need to press into for your own life or that you have already mastered and see fruit in . . .

Hey Juanita,
I firmly believe that leadership is more than a position or title. It’s lived out through example, inspiration, and courage. No matter what you do—whether you’re a teacher, an attorney, an artist, a healthcare professional, or in ministry—you can develop certain leadership habits that will help propel you into your God-given destiny!
The key to leading others effectively is to first lead yourself well. You can’t have one without the other. By cultivating your best self you'll be poised to bring out the best in your team.
To lead yourself well, you need to:
  • Acknowledge your value. No matter what happened in the past or what your present surroundings look like, nothing can change the fact that you are one-of-a-kind and irreplaceable, made in the image of God!
  • Resist the path of least resistance. Doing the bare minimum leads to, at best, mediocrity. Your willingness to go above and beyond will infuse a spirit of excellence into all you do. And by embracing a positive, can-do attitude you’ll transform even the dullest tasks into something you can feel proud of.
  • Grow through adversity. When faced with challenges, refuse to play the victim. Instead, view these experiences as opportunities for growth. James 1:2-4 tells us, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."

When you say YES to leading yourself well, you’ll become more effective in your home, workplace, and other spheres of influence. It’ll create a positive ripple effect that will resonate in all areas of your life!
Love you
Christine 💛

Friday, May 4, 2018

Stay In Your Lane

Here is a blog I wrote for Extreme Love and thought I would share with you guys too:

Lately, I have had this phrase running around in my head, STAY IN YOUR LANE.  I’ve been pondering the power of staying in our own life lane.  What do I mean by this?  Well, each one of us has been created with individual, gifts, talents and abilities.  There is no one created just like you.  You have a call on your life unlike anyone else. Only you can fulfill the purposes which God created you for, which is the lane He has called you to “drive” in.  Sometimes, in a quest to fulfill our “destiny”, we move out of our lane and try to operate in someone else’s. 

This is an area I struggle in.  I am pretty good at vision and so I often will have lots of ideas and plans in a lot of different areas but I have to ask myself, are they the areas or the lane I am called to?  For example, I know I am currently called to pour time, energy and resources into my children.  Often over the last ten years when I get before the Lord to refocus my priorities He will put my family and kids at the top of the list.  The other day I was talking to a friend and we got on the subject of legacy – I was moved to tears, as I found a deep longing rise up within me for a legacy to be created out of my family of rich love and enduring faithfulness and overcoming righteousness.  This doesn’t just magically happen.  My children do not grow up into these attributes, they must be trained, and time spent cultivating an atmosphere in the home for them to learn and grow.  If I am off driving in someone else’s lane, my family will suffer. 

In the workplace or mission field, the same is true.  When we try to take on too many lanes we lose credibility and can become the “jack of all trades master of none”.   Lay a foundation for yourself in the ministry/industry that you love and are called to and you will have established influence.  A lesson I’m in the middle of living is that it’s smarter to focus on fewer things and make major progress in each rather than try to do too much and make little progress overall.   

“The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.” Psalm 16:6

It’s easy, in a life filled with internet, social media, blogs and networking sites, etc. to feel like the “grass is greener on the other side”.  Maybe if I try the lane someone else is in, things would work better for me, but comparison and competition never produce good fruit.  When we move out of the lane/lanes God has called us to, we lose traction, focus, valuable time, our vision for the finish line wanes and we can enter into feelings of overwhelm.  Maybe you have heard the quote, “comparison is the thief of joy” So true! 

We each have a lane specifically marked out just for us based on the assignment God has given us to complete in our lifetime. We are fully equipped (2 Peter 1:3) with everything we need to stay in our lane and run the race towards our God-given destiny.  “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” ~Hebrews 12:1

You are Amazing!  Know your role, and what you bring to life’s table, with your specific gifts and talent mix and may you bear much fruit for eternity by staying in that lane.  Today as we minister in our families, our workplace, our mission assignments, may we stay in our lane and hear our Father say, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” ~ Matthew 25:23