Saturday, August 26, 2017
Friday, August 25, 2017
Hey FELLAS, listen up!
His wife said NO.
But, HE said ABSOLUTELY!
Meet Gabriel Sedlak. Husband, father, and our first MALE Million Dollar Circle Achiever! His wife was able to quit her job only 9 months after he started his business ...from her six-figure salary job in the mortgage industry, so they could spend more time together as a family. Here's what Gabriel had to say:
"I did not pray as many years as I did to meet the woman of my dreams, to then marry her, only to have to spend the next 30 years spending 60 to 70 hours a week away from her, working for someone else's dream. I did not have children with her only to have to put them in daycare and give my family emotional crumbs at the end of each day. That is not the 'American Dream'..."
Regardless of your background, experience, age, or even GENDER, ✨THIS✨ is a vehicle that can change. your. life. If Gabriel and thousands of others can work this business in their spare time . . .so can you. Ambition, drive and desiring something more is all that it takes.
Also, here's a link to his story as well!
It's changing everything for so many of us!
Happy Faithful Friday! Time to rise & shine!
It's time to put our faith into action & trust the word of God.
The Bible tells us that "For with God nothing will be impossible." (Luke 1:37) So why do we always get caught up on & in things we have absolutely no control over & allow it to consume us & become our god?
Do you trust that God is big enough to handle your problems?
Make a list of issues you are having difficulty with right now.
Pray over them, hand them over to God, & let go!
What better way to end a week than by releasing your burdens.
Have a Fabulous Friday & remember you are wonderfully and beautifully made in His image!! #WakePraySlay
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Have you ever had a little situation with someone where you just knew you were right and they were wrong? Or at least you could make a really good case for your side of things?
Oh how I have this burning need to state my case in these kinds of situations. It's like an inner attorney rises up desperate to defend my rights and get the other person to see things my way. This is pretty normal, right?
Yes. But normal doesn't always mean good. Especially in light of today's key verse.
Colossians 2:6-7 reminds me, "So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness."
I should live rooted in Jesus' teaching and overflow with thankfulness. The opposite of this is when I'm rooted in self-centered opinions and overflowing with grumbling. I need to let God show me how to see things from this other person's side and gain a different perspective. In doing so, I will be strengthened and taught.
Colossians 3:12-14 reminds me, "... as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity." (NIV 1984)
My job isn't to fix this person or make them see my side of things. My job is to obey God by offering an extension of the forgiveness I've been given. But I can also stay healthy in this situation by remembering forgiveness doesn't mean giving this person access in my life that sets me up for destructive patterns.
Finally, Colossians 3:17 reminds me, "And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord, giving thanks to God the Father through him."
Everything I do and say tells a story of who I serve. If I act out of anger and spite, I give in to the ways of the enemy, spreading his darkness. If I honor the Lord with my actions, I serve to further the Name of Jesus and spread His light.
At the end of the day, honoring God leads to good things. Anything else leads to confusion, emotional exhaustion and a lack of good things.
Recently, I processed a hurtful comment someone had made to me with my husband. He said something that brought much clarity. "Lysa, you know when you've taken the high road, God blesses you. You've seen these blessings over and over as you've made choices that honor God. So choose a blessing today and save yourself the emotional turmoil of trying to prove you're right."
He's a smart man.
I know this isn't easy stuff. I'm having to live it in the midst of feeling hurt. But I'm also feeling more at peace being able to see another perspective—a healthier perspective—a biblical perspective. And I'm really excited about the blessings that are surely coming my way. I'm also excited to share Lysa's devotion with each of you today. She hits a touchy and sensitive subject that we all need to stop and reflect on and learn to be humble servants and not robotic instruments just getting through a day.
Dear Lord, You know the hurtful words and actions that have been pummeled my way. Please give me Your strength to not retaliate, but instead to react based on Your Truth. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
Monday, August 21, 2017
There is so much excitement and anticipation around the eclipse coming up on Today, Monday August 21 st. I mean, what's not to love! The moon blocking out the sun and darkness in the middle of the afternoon! It's a phenomena that the whole country is anticipating (and hoping to have the right glasses to view).
But could I tell you about another day that the sun was darkened and refused to shine? It was the darkest day in history 2000 years ago when the Son of Man was hanging on a cross. The scripture gives this account in Mark 15:33-34: "At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?" (which means "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"
The sun was darkened for three hours as the Father turned away from the Son. For the first time in all of eternity there was a separation of the Father and the Son. Our finite minds can't comprehend such love for us that God would sacrifice His Son. And why would the Son willingly give His life for the sins of the whole world? It's beyond our human comprehension.
Darkness in the middle of the day. Creation mourning the killing and death of the Lord of Creation. But praise God it didn't end there...not in darkness! The darkest day in history was turned into a glorious daylight as the Son arose on the third day! Salvation was complete.
The eclipse today will be an amazing event. Amazing, but not life changing. I pray that it is a reminder of that day so long ago when love eclipsed darkness and salvation became a reality for each and every person on the planet. That is life changing, but only if you receive it.
I hope you are careful on Monday as you look at the sun, but I pray that you are always careful to look AT The Son!
"Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face. And the things of earth will grow strangely dim. In the light of His glory and grace."
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Monday, August 14, 2017
Thursday, August 10, 2017
WOW! Today we celebrate TWENTY-FOUR YEARS of marriage!! Yes, I said 2-4 Years! Where has time gone?
We were just kids when we said "I do," and had known each other less than 3 months - but we knew one thing for sure, WE LOVED EACH OTHER! That still holds true today!
We live! We laugh! We cry! We fight! We make up! But in the end - we really do love each other! And....that my friends, is what counts!
Here's to growing old together with my handsome forever husband! I love you infinity! Through thick and thin and for better or worse! I loved you then, today I love you more! Forever!!
Happy Anniversary to my forever love!! ♥️♥️
Friday, August 4, 2017
Friday Fun Facts:
1. Did you know, your thumb is the same length as your nose?
2. McDonald's daily customer traffic is greater than the population of Great Britain.
3. Happiness levels in people increase 11% on Friday's.
4. There's a town in Texas called Earth and it's the only place on Earth officially named Earth.
5. You cannot breathe through your nose with your tongue sticking out.
6. You just tried No. 5
7. Otters hold hands while sleeping so they won't float away.
8. You are more amazing than you like to admit.
9. You are beautifully and wonderfully made.
10. You are never alone - you always have a friend in Jesus.
Have a fabulous Friday peeps! #WakePraySlay