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A Happy Dance (And Giveaway Results)

Sometimes God just blows me away.

Seriously. I look back on the last few years, and I’m like “REALLY, GOD? REALLY!?! Wow. You rock.” 

A couple of years ago, I was blindsided by the call to ministry… I didn’t see it coming. Like, at all. I had a bachelor’s degree in animal science, for Pete’s sake.

And if you would have told me I would be in ministry, write 400+ blog posts in the next couple of years and become a spiritual leadership coach, I would have seriously wondered if you had gotten a little cray-cray with the communion wine. (Although I think most places, including our current church, use grape juice… but I digress.)

Here I am. Writing to you as I always do, totally and completely in awe of God’s plans.

What a fun surprise.

A big old-school pic... but I still feel the same way about Jesus (and my hubby.) WHEEE!

A bit of an old-school pic… but I still feel the same way about Jesus (and my hubby.) WHEEE! (And my hair is a bit tamer these days. Mainly because I’m sporting the Mom ponytail. Don’t judge.)

Today’s post isn’t super deep or profound… It’s more of just a happy dance for all He has done in my life and this ministry.

Oh, and announcing the giveaway result winners. Drumroll please… Congrats to Rachel Kagay on winning the $25 gift card and Susan Park, winner of the inky-pen-journal combo. (Yay! Now I get to go journal shopping!! #nerdalert.) I will be contacting you gals shortly to get your info and hook you up with your prizes.

As far as the “final” and new tagline for 7 Days Time?? It’s still to be determined. I had some incredible feedback and your responses really got the creative juices flowing. So I’m taking it back to Jesus and letting Him have the final say. But look for new, exciting things in the next few month(s).

On that note: let’s take a few moments to just praise Him for all He has (and will!) do in our lives. Think about your own life…

When have God’s plans totally surprised you?
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” ~Jeremiah 29:11

How does God remind you of His love?
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” ~John 3:16

Has he ever taken a hard or painful situation and brought good out of it?
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” ~Romans 8:28 

How can you share those awesome experiences with others around you to show God’s love?
“Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: “God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.” ~Matthew 28:19-20 MSG

Feel free to respond to any of the above questions in a comment to share… I am always so uplifted by your powerful testimonies. (It fills my cup.)

I’m just so thankful. Thankful for God’s faithfulness and provision… And you, dear readers! Your encouragement, participation, emails, comments, Facebook messages are what keeps me going on those days when I wonder… does this really matter?

According to Jesus (and you…) Apparently, it does.

So this, friends… Is me doing a virtual happy dance– on the keyboard.

Thanks for all you do for this ministry!!

To the Glory of God Alone,
SGK

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” ~Philippians 4:4 NIV

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When you Wreck… Rejoice!

Ever have a day that is just awesome and  totally rocks your world?

And then have you ever experienced something at the end of that awesome day that rocks your world in a less positive way?

Yep. It happened to me just a couple of weeks ago.

I had planned several weeks in advance to take a bit of a sabbatical day from ministry, blogging, writing, working etc. I was super excited because it was going to be a filled with Me Time… I started out with Quiet Time with Jesus (of course) then headed out into the world for a day of relaxation and rejoicing. First stop? Starbucks… It was free because I had a gift card left over from Christmas. (And a real treat because I don’t get Starbucks very often. I love it– but it adds up quick financially!)

From there, I got my “hair did” (aka the super long thick unmanageable preggo hair cut off and thinned out– it was like I lost 8 lbs immediately. Can you say FREEDOM!?!) Then I hit up the mall to just wander around and get my rings cleaned and inspected (FREE & SHINY!) Soon it was lunchtime, so I grabbed lunch at the food court. (Chinese, anyone?)

Afterwards, I headed to redeem my free Prenatal massage. (Heaven.) Then I realized that I would be able to make it to the next showing of Les Miserables. (LEGIT!) So after my day of solo-dating myself, my heart was singing. I was praising God all day for the time to just chillax. It. Was. Awesome.

Easily one of the most heart-recharging days I have had in a long, long time.

I had a little time to spend at home before I headed back into town to meet with community group from church. I was still on a Jesus-happy-heart high from the day… Praising God.

But I never made it to community group. It’s a long story– but my rejoicing day ended in a wreck. Literally. A car wreck. (Driving in Georgia in the rain is never a good idea… but I digress.)

As I stood in the rain on the side of the road, calling 911 and my husband and watching the drivers of the two other vehicles involved, my heart was heavy. I looked at our poor car Ladybug and felt sick to my stomach. I had never even gotten a traffic ticket… And up until that point, had a great day. Now I was standing in the rain, 8+ months pregnant, wondering what the heck just happened .

ladybug wreck 2

I realized in that moment, I had a choice. I could flip out, become hysterical and curse  the other drivers (or God) for “ruining” my awesome day. Or… I could praise God that I had a great day up until that point, that I was able to get out of my car, walk and stand in the rain– and not be carted away in an ambulance… Or worse.

While I did end up in the ER and Labor and Delivery later that evening (per baby doc’s orders just to be safe,) I laid there staring at the ceiling, trying to gather my nerves. All the while– I was rejoicing that while Ladybug the Vibe was likely totaled, our little baby and I were ok. It was a hard perspective to hold onto… But really, it HAD been a great day.

In life, we are all going to wreck– whether it’s being involved in a car wreck, a relationship wreck, a career wreck, whatever. Wrecks are going to happen. (Yay for living in a fallen world. SIGH.) But it is so important not to let a bad moment (aka a wreck) turn into a bad day. Or month. Or year.

In what ways can you (or have you) rejoice in the wrecks of life? It’s not easy– but with Christ, all things are possible. Feel free to comment below.

Here’s to living in His presence– and accepting the challenge that when we wreck– we can rejoice.

Praising Him for Protection and Provision,
SGK

“But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.” ~Psalm 5:11

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Stale Bread or Cinnamon “Roles” (Anxiety-Free Monday, Wk #5)

Have you thought lately about your roles in life?

I’m not talking about those fresh cinnamon rolls in the oven (although if that is the case, I would appreciate an invite over to your house… or you can mail them to me.) I also don’t mean the little rolls of “fluff” that might accumulate around your waistline after too many of the aforementioned pastry snacks.

Today’s post is all about the roles in life that God has called us to fill.

Take just a moment to spiritstorm your roles… Got ‘em? Here’s some of mine:

Army wife. Mama-in-progress. Minister. Writer. Speaker. Puppy mama. Friend. Sister. Daughter. Encourager. Leader. Cinnamon-roll eater.

(Ok, just kidding on that last one.)

But seriously—the roles in our life can be a primary source of contentment—or discontentment, depending on how we choose to fill them.

I personally am a huge fan of being married. Well, not just being married, but specifically my role to be the wife of my beloved Brandon. We have been married two years, and I am <still> crazy about him.

However, my role is not just to be his wife—I am an ARMY wife. That adds a whole new dimension to the role that I have been called to by God. I could choose to dwell on the army part of that role and wish for other circumstances, or I can rejoice in the wife part– loving my husband with everything I have, second to Jesus.

It doesn’t matter if you are married, single, widowed, divorced, whatever… we all have the opportunity to choose if we will embrace the role God has given us… or not.

When it comes to calming our anxious heart and finding contentment, rejoicing in the here and now is key. We can anticipate tomorrow and all the great things to come, but when we spend too much time dreaming about  the moment when our role will change from “mama of preschooler”  to “empty nester” or for “single” to change to “married,” we miss the joy and contentment that God has provided in the moment.

Linda Dillow, author of the book “Calm my Anxious Heart,” shares some powerful truths when it comes to being content in our roles.  She says that we must see our life and roles from God’s perspective. We should THANK God for the role He has given us and embrace it as an overflowing cup instead of a cross to bear.

Fulfilling our roles in life with a content heart is not going to be easy. We will all struggle. But we can trust that God knew what He was doing when He gave us our particular roles.

What roles have you been called to fill in life? Do you struggle with them, sometimes wishing they were different? Are you rejoicing in the here and now with your role or spending your time thinking about tomorrow?  Discussion and feedback brings such a new dimension to this blog—leave your comments below.

Sometimes our “roles” might taste like stale bread as in, kind of hard to swallow at the moment. Other times our roles are going to be pretty sweet, like those warm, fresh cinnamon rolls right out of the oven…

Either way, we can cling to the fact that Jesus is the bread of life—He is the one who walks with us to fulfill our roles on a daily basis on our journey to contentment.

Let’s be content with our “roles,” cinnamon or otherwise. When we embrace them from God’s perspective, all our roles have the potential of being sweet.

Hungry for Christ,
SGK

“Stolen bread tastes sweet, but soon your mouth is full of gravel.” ~Proverbs 20:17 MSG

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If you are “officially” participating in the online Bible Study “Calm My Anxious Heart,” here is the homework for the upcoming week, chapter 5.

Day 1–Study Guide: Question 1, Memorize Colossians 3: 12 – 14.  Questions 2, 3, 4

Day 2–Study Guide: Questions 5,6,7

Day 3–Study Guide: Questions 8, 9

Day 4–Study Guide: Question 10

Day 5–Study Guide: Questions 11, 12

***Extra***

Word Study:  Colossians 3: 12 – 14

Chosen; Holy; Beloved; Kindness; Humility; Patience; Bear (forbear); Forgive; Love; Perfect unity

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Five Minute Friday: Embracing Empty

Good morning all and HAPPY FRIDAY! (Can I get an AMEN?) I am linking up again this week with Gypsy Mama and her Five Minute Friday Fun.

If you are new to this five minute Friday writing concept, let me catch you up… Each week, Gypsy Mama gives us a prompt. Then we write. No over thinking, no editing. For five minutes. That is all.

Think of it like a finger sprint to the kitchen to get the last cookie. Only instead of cookies, I’m going after words. (Although a cookie does sound good…)

Today’s prompt:

EMPTY. 

Ready?

GO!

I stumbled down the stairs, puppy underfoot, eyes blurry, hair a mess. Sigh. It’s just another day. For some reason,  I woke up in a funk. Bleck. I quickly run down my daily to do list in my head, which doesn’t really help my grumbly attitude. But then, I see it…

I round the corner to the kitchen, and there it is. The sink. Empty. With no dishes.

POOF! My attitude is completely changed. (Yes, I am that easily swayed.) I FORGOT that I had finished up dishes AND laundry last night… so both the sink in the hamper were empty.

Best. Feeling. Ever.

It’s a feeling of freedom, knowing that I don’t have spend time doing extra “chores” that day. It is empowering. That empty sink is beautiful. I love embracing empty.

Sometimes embracing empty isn’t easy– especially if it involves a nearly empty gas tank in the car, or nearly empty fridge, or even the occasional empty heart.

But here’s the great thing about those “empty issues.” They too can be easily fixed. A trip to the gas station fills up the tank, the grocery store covers the lack of food… and Jesus fills up my heart.

Having an empty heart can be difficult… but when we have Christ who never lets go, never fails, never gives up, AND fills us up from the inside out… We can rejoice at those semi-empty heart times, just like that empty kitchen sink… Because only when we are empty can he fill us up.

STOP 

Whew. This is a GREAT brain/finger workout. I think I deserve that cookie now… 🙂

Blessings to you all!!

From Empty to Full,

SGK

“I’m thanking you, God, from a full heart, I’m writing the book on your wonders. I’m whistling, laughing, and jumping for joy; I’m singing your song, High God.”

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