Pep in Your Step


One of my favorite components when going out in the public, is the interaction I will have with the people around me. It is quite amazing the spectrum of conversations you may have in just a few minutes together, and how vastly different they are depending on the individual. On one particular outing, an encounter really encouraged my heart. A sweet lady chose to speak such kind words over me. When I departed from her, I left with a renewed pep in my step.

“A person finds joy in giving an apt reply—and how good is a timely word!” Proverbs 15:23

I love how just one word of encouragement can make such a positive impact on a life. Just as, in the blink of an eye, one word can cause such discouragement. There is a lot of power for one little muscle in our mouth.

“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21

Next time you are at the grocery store, at a drive thru, or have a girlfriend over for coffee, acknowledge their need for kind words. You know how hard life can be sometimes. Their burdens could be quite surprising if you knew the totality of their heavy heart.


So, let us choose to be women who look for the absolute best in people. Catch them in their absolute best moments and be quick to compliment them about it! Let us love people like our hearts have been stamped with Jesus, and freely give people a reason for a renewed pep in their step.


“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Ephesians 4:29

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S.O.S

Ugh! I found myself in need of a rescuer. My car was in a ditch. Worry and anxiety flooded my heart as I looked around at my surroundings. A long road twisted and turned in front of me, houses were far and few between. I found myself alone, overwhelmed and in need.

With each heartbeat, I felt the thump in my chest increase. Each with a stronger force than any of the beats prior. Fear set in. Full force. 

Physically I was okay. Looking at me, no one would even know the worry that overcame me. Jesus knew, but not the average soul. I trusted that someone would come to help me pull my vehicle out of this ditch, but I also felt a lonely presence over my heart. No rescuer would come for me, unless I called for it. That is exactly it, The Rescuer wants us to realize our need for Him.

If we were all honest, I believe the heart of women long for a knight in shining armor, to swoop us away from whatever specific woe our heart is entangled in, and save us. We create ditches of worry, fear, and anxiety for ourselves. We often hide these hurts from others, and forget that our Creator knows our wounds. Maybe it is your health, your marriage, or your finances?

Some of these ditches we have been thrown into by others we love, while some we have dug for ourselves and jump in head first. You know the name of your ditch. You know the heavy burden far too well.

When I slid my car into a ditch, I called my Daddy and told him my predicament. My earthly father came to my rescue, and my Heavenly Father has too when I have called upon Him for help. He has never failed me.

Jesus is the ultimate rescuer and the ultimate heartbeat settler. He is ready and waiting for your S.O.S call.

Lamentations 3:55-58 says, “I called on your name, Lord, from the depths of the pit. You heard my plea: “Do not close your ears to my cry for relief.” You came near when I called you, and you said, “Do not fear.” You, Lord, took up my case, you redeemed my life.”

You see, we really do have a knight in shining armor on a gallant white steed just waiting for our call to be reached. He longs for us to humble ourselves and to ask for His help.

The question is, will you call upon Him?

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 

A Cradled Love

She is at it again. Sacrificing, pouring everything she has out, giving people her all. I continue to watch her in wonder, twenty seven years and counting, as she tackles and addresses the known needs around her.

People are relieved because of her. Weights are lifted. Even when she has but little to give, she will faithfully extend herself for the gain of someone else.

She is a burden bearer.

She is my mother.

“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2)

This is genuine. This is love.

“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13)

Difficult for our human nature, essential when one’s heart is turned towards Christ.

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” (John 13:34)

I am thankful for this model, of a heart reclaimed by Jesus. The plethora of ways she assists people, I know full well, is a cherished gift to many.

I aspire to be like my Mama. No longer am I nestled in her arms of love, but instead in her faithful adoration to Jesus. This is cradled in my heart.

Success

It brings me joy to see my children triumph. My heart leaps victoriously in their achievements. Right now our season consists of learning the ABC sounds, soccer accomplishments and gaining victories with eating our veggies. Surely these things are important, but are they lasting successes?

The Bible says that God has placed eternity in our hearts (Ecclesiastes 3:11). We can recognize our desire to live, how our soul always feels the same with age despite our body, and the idea there surely must be more to live for.

Our children, like us, possess a soul that is going to live for eternity. Here on earth, we are passing through but for a short time. God desires us, our soul, with Him in heaven. That choice though, is ours to make. Will we say yes to the pathway to heaven through His son, Jesus, or will we reject it?

“But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:15)

THIS is most important. A yes to follow God is the biggest success we could ever celebrate in ourselves, our children or anyone else! Above all else, success is in the soul.

I Am Who I Am

My heart beat with an anxious flutter for a brief moment. Boom, boom. I had found myself lost in my thoughts.

Months ago, a specific name of who God is kept showing up in my life repeatedly. It followed me everywhere! God was displaying His love over and over, reassuring me. He continually reminded me, “I Am I Am.”

“God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” (Exodus 13:14)

I Am is complete authority, because I Am is God!

Fast forward many months and I find myself with that flutter of angst again. Similar to the previous unsettling circumstances. My heart had forgotten that God still sees.

As I felt the quicken of my heartbeat, I looked up just beyond my steering wheel and there I saw “I A M” on the vehicle directly in front of me! What?! God is so cool!

He continually drapes a beautiful tapestry of security, around the heart that trusts in Him.

Coffee & Stains of My Past

I am a girl who prefers all of her ducks in a row. Chaos or mess is not what I want in my daily cup of life. Slow and steeped with the perfect dash of approved goodness sounds absolutely wonderful to me.

But you know, life cannot be so easily fabricated like a perfect mocha iced coffee. It is okay when coffee stains permeate your car seats and “hot mess” might as well be the logo on your cute, new T.

I have countless stories of my past once saturated in coffee stains and ducks that could not even resemble a row. Even if you squinted. No longer are these things an embarrassment, but a testament.

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

I am a real life example that Jesus makes ALL things new. Nothing is exempt. Every story, nook or cranny He will rewrite… if you let Him. He is so incredibly faithful!

How He turns our mess into a beautiful message is beyond me. He surely is that good.

A Valuable Thunderstorm

Gasp! A flash of lightening lit up the world around us, exposing the great detail around us that night hides in darkness. A few seconds later, a fierce crack suspended above us. We could feel it’s intense power in the shake of it’s sound and the rise it gave to our pulse. “That was insane!” Our family nodded in agreement.

The force behind the boom reminded us, as we circled around our couch in the middle of our living room, that this is just a small glimpse of the strength of our God.

“It is he who made the earth by his power, who established the world by his wisdom, and by his understanding stretched out the heavens.” (Jeremiah 10:12)

God, the One who created the earth by His power and established the world, is sooooo incredible! We marvel together thinking about our Creator, and hope you do too.