So Much

So much is happening, so much is changing, so much.  I catch myself thinking in fast forward. So much is happening. We had a huge garage sale, sold a bunch of furniture, and gave away a ton of stuff.  God has been faithful.  We rented out our house and moved across town into a house our church owns.  A house that is a constant reminder of where I am in this season of life.  I love it.  At each happening I am reminded of His faithfulness, the adventure I am headed on and the opportunity we are jumping at.  I have been thinking a lot about Abraham and Isaac…. so much meat in that story.  I will hopefully be able to articulate what’s stirring in my heart soon, but for now I want to share a few of my favorite things in this season I am in.

First, there is this book, THIS BOOK!

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WIth each page I read I am provoked, encouraged and excited to be all in for Jesus.  If you haven’t read it, do!  It is an easy read and you will be encouraged I promise.  Although I found it hard to pick my favorite quotes because there are so many, here are a few excerpts.  Batterson (2013) writes

I realize we all have a different risk threshold.  Some people seem to be wired for risk, while others aren’t.  And a small risk for someone with a low tolerance for risk is a huge risk for him or her.  All of us land at different places on the spectrum, but just because you aren’t a natural risk taker doesn’t mean you get an exemption because of personality.

Think of it this way.  There are spiritual gifts like mercy, faith or generosity that enable people to set the standard, so to speak. But just because you don’t have that spiritual gift doesn’t mean you aren’t held to any standard at all.  Even if you aren’t gifted in that way, you’re still called to live mercifully, faithfully, and generously.  You might not set the standard, but you need to meet the standard.  (p.89)

When will we realize that indecision is a decision? When will we come to terms with the fact that inaction is an action? (p.37)

Going all out for God is not just about getting where God wants you to go.  Its about who you become in the process.  And it’s not about how quickly you get there.  Its about how far you go.  Going all out is a going the distance.  It’s crossing the finish line the way the apostle did: I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. (p.102)

Don’t let what you can’t do keep you from doing what you can. (p.91)

I assure you that every page is filled with thought provoking truths that will encourage you to be in all in for Jesus!  Wont you join me?  Let’s be crazy in love with Jesus!

Here is a formal book review (I bought a half dozen or so just to be able to give away, it’s just that good!)

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The second thing I am loving these days is IF:equip.  This is an amazing website!

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The heart of this ministry:

“We exist to gather, equip and unleash the next generation of women to live out their purpose.” (IF:equip, n.d.)

They will daily send you the study and a short video (3mins)  of women discussing the passage and it’s application.  They also give you opportunity to host gatherings that create community and build you in faith and truth. It is seriously the highlight of my day to get an email from them and then to read Gods word together with thousands of women from around the world!  Check them out you will be encouraged daily,  I love women building women up in the Lord.

Let’s be the women who God called and created us to be!!!

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And lastly, I am OBSESSED with this song: In Over My Head

Here are the lyrics.  They just seem to be the song of my heart right now!

I have come to this place in my life
I’m full but I’ve not satisfied
This longing to have more of You
I can feel it my heart is convinced
I’m thirsty my soul can’t be quenched
You already know this but still
Come and do whatever You want to

I’m standing knee deep but I’m out where never been
I feel You coming and I hear Your voice on the wind

Would you come and tear down the boxes that I have tried to put You in
Let love come teach me who You are again
Take me back to the place where my heart was only about You
And all I wanted was just to be with You
Come and do whatever You want to

Further and further my heart moves away from the shore
Whatever it looks like, whatever may come I am Yours
Further and further my heart moves away from the shore
Whatever it looks like, whatever may come I am Yours
[x2]

Then You crash over me and I’ve lost control but I’m free
I’m going under, I’m in over my head
And You crash over me, I’m where You want me to be
I’m going under, I’m in over my head
Whether I sink, whether I swim
It makes no difference when I’m beautifully in over my head
Whether I sink, whether I swim
It makes no difference when I’m beautifully in over my head
I’m Beautifully in over my head
I’m Beautifully in over my head

References:

Batterson, Mark. (2013) All In: Your one decision away from a totally different life. Austin TX: Zondervan.

IF:Equip (n.d.) IF: Gathering: Who we are. Retrieved from https://ifgathering.com/who-we-are/

Johnson, Jenn (2014). In Over my Head. We will not be shaken.  Bethel Music.

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