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Tender Hands……..

They hold infants.
They help babies crawl.
They shoot basketballs.
They climb monkey bars.
They play the piano.
They paint a masterpiece.
They drive a car.
They text on a phone.
They write term papers.
They wear wedding rings.
They hold a child’s finger.
They point.
They pat.
They rub.
They healed the sick.
They caused the blind to see.
They turned water into wine.
They blessed the sinner.
They baptized the saved.
They carried a cross.
They were pierced with a spike.
They bled.
They swelled.
They bruised.
They rose from the dead.
They comfort.
They love.
They want to hold your heart.
The nail-scared hand that loves you more than anything in the world.
Put your hand in the hand of the One who holds you.

A Beating Heart

When she said “da da” for the first time, his melted.

When he got on the kindergarten bus, hers skipped a beat.

When she said yes to the prom, she stole his.

When he said, “you may kiss your bride”, his stopped a second.

When he hit the winning shot, hers swelled with pride.

When he buried his momma from cancer, his broke.

When His stopped beating while hanging on the cross, it became ours to receive.

When we give ours to Him, He holds it in the palm of His nail-scarred hand with tender love and care.

Let’s give ours to Jesus today.  The One after my very own.  The One who sees it on the inside.  The only One that can heal it and make it whole again.  The One who knows the true definition of a beating one.

Deuteronomy 6:5(a) – Love the Lord your God with all your heart.

 

Expect the Unexpected.

Expectation.
Anticipation.
Exhaustion.

These are three words that I think we all feel during the Christmas season.

We create expectations of ourselves, and others, based on what we see on TV or social media or in the $18 magazines calling our names at the checkout daunting the perfect table setting with headlines like “Seven Tips to A Simpler Christmas”.

We anticipate what’s to come. Excitement at out-of-town family coming home or the giving of that unique gift to the very special person.  Maybe we can’t wait for the friends gathering to exchange cookies and create memories from the white elephant gift exchange.  Or maybe we have heavy hearts as we anticipate the first Christmas without a loved one or the tense gathering of broken families.

Through all the striving and anticipation,  we may realize we have hit exhaustion.  We’ve tried so hard to make everything perfect and live up to unrealistic expectations that we have driven ourselves into a frenzy of clouded thinking and achy feet.

We have lost sight of the real expectation; the real anticipation; the real meaning of Christmas.  Instead we find ourselves worried, cranky and exhausted.

I don’t know where you are right now during this busy season, but I wonder if you are in a place of exhaustion like me.
Are you worried, cranky or tired of  waiting on God to work in your circumstances?
Have you been anticipating something big from God and He hasn’t delivered?
Have you taken things into your own hands and now you are exhausted from trying to “fix” it?  Do you need a little peace, hope and joy?

It can all be found in the One we celebrate this season.
Peace. Hope. Joy.

Whatever it is that has you fighting or worrying or exhausted, give it up and just trust Jesus.

Trust the One who is the ultimate unexpected surprise.
He came in such unexpected ways – through a virgin birth, born in a barn and sleeping in an animal trough.
No gender reveal parties.
No beautiful 4th generation cradles.
No cute Christmas outfit with matching hat and socks.

Just a humble baby sent by God to save the world.  It’s a true story.  And Jesus is still on the throne today.  Only He’s not a baby anymore.  He grew. He saved.  He healed.  He died. He rose.  He is alive today and His Spirit can live in us if we will just believe, trust and follow Him.

Through that trust, we can know that He is going to make a way where there is no way.  We know His thoughts are better than our thoughts and His plan is better than our plan.

It’s hard to give up control, but I am here to tell you, that together, we can do it.  We can give up whatever we are trying to control and change.  We can give up the worry and the striving.  We can have peace during this Christmas season.

Celebrate His birth.
Trust Him.
And then…….Expect the Unexpected.

Merry Christmas.

Are You Where Your Feet Are?

“Be where your feet are.”

This sentence seems to be a given.   Like seriously, folks….how could I be anywhere else except where my feet are?   I can’t be in the kitchen when my feet are in the living room.  I can’t be outside when my feet are inside.  I can’t be in Hawaii when my feet are in Indiana.

Oh trust me… yes, I can.

How?  By not being present in the moment.

Have you ever been having a conversation with your child after school hearing all of the excitement of the day and then your mind wanders and you realize you missed the story?

Have you ever been with someone having a serious talk and they look at their phone or even start texting while you’re talking?!!  Rude!

Have you ever seen that far away look in someone’s eyes, that staring-into-space look, while you’re telling a story and you realize you could be telling them you were an alien and they would have agreed because they were not listening to one word?

That’s what I mean by “be where your feet are”.

I didn’t create the concept but I heard, Becky Keife, author of The Simple Difference, talk about this very simple idea created by her Volleyball Coach Husband who used this saying with his team for a physical concept and then carried it over to their family for a more mindful concept.

It was profound to me.

It really did make a simple difference, and now I try to be more intentional about listening and being present.
I try to not be multitasking while on a work meeting or phone call with my daughters.
I try to look at the person I’m with and really focus.
I try to enjoy the sunshine and beauty as I make a long drive.
Or savor the food from the restaurant I’ve been craving for months.

It’s simple. It’s huge. It’s important.

Be in the moment.
Be focused.
Be intentional.

Be right where your feet are.