Monday, January 27, 2014

Her Life's Song: A Tribute to Rebecca Petrie

This past week, one of the greatest women I have ever known went home to be with the Lord. Her name was Rebecca Petrie and she and her husband, Paul, have literally impacted thousands of lives with the gospel of Jesus Christ. From one continent to the next, their message of life-giving relationships centered around the love of Christ, have strengthed families, and radically changed the local church. Mark and I would not be walking in the fullness of what God has for us if not for these two people, nor would our children. So, I write this post to honor - in a small way - a woman that I admired and loved. I know many of us are mourning her loss this week but at the same time grateful that she is no longer confined to a body that limited her to a wheelchair.

As I write these words, I am keenly aware the our language does not adequately express the presence of God at work in a person's life. Rebecca exuded His presence. She lived a life laid down for the purpose of God and as a result, 1000's of people, all of the world, have felt His love and known His presence. I am one of the blessed women that got to learn from Rebecca. Many of the teachings she shared over the years still ring in my thoughts. Paul and Rebecca planted churches in Europe, North America and Africa. However, in 2001, while ministering to Belgium Parliamentarian wives, Rebecca fell down the stairs in her home, breaking neck, and lived as a quadrapalegic for the past 13 years. In 2009, with help from her friends and family, Rebecca published her book, Falling Into Grace.

Her life's message was the heart of life is in our relationship with Him and one another. To honor Rebecca would be to the Lord God with all of our hearts and to love one another as He loves us.










Saturday, January 4, 2014

Saying Good-Bye

I love Christmas...celebrating Christ's birth...family gatherings...parties...the music...the food...everything. It thrills my soul! Every year, when I open the Christmas boxes, I am filled with memories and think about the special people and events attached to each ornament and decoration. And for as long as I remember - the kids would be so excited when I unpacked the special stocking that always hung in our kitchen. It was special because of the count down calendar on the outside of it. Each morning one of the kids got to mark off one more day closer to Christmas. The child that most enjoyed this ritual, was my youngest, our daughter, Caroline. She is now 17 and is the last of my children still at home.
     This year, there were no children with me when I opened the Christmas boxes.We're all busy with various schedules, and no one was around to hang the calendar stocking in the kitchen. So I did...just like I did last year too. And no child was there every morning to mark one day closer to Christmas so I did...again...just like last year. And after Christmas was over and all the decorations as well as the calendar stocking was packed away, I came to the realization that it was time to let go and say good-bye to this family ritual. Seems simple and somewhat silly, but I cried. I cried because it means that my season of parenting is coming to an end.
     I have to choose to embrace this next season in my life but I am filled with mixed feelings. Saying good-bye to family rituals that are no longer relevant in your family's life is natural and inevitable, but for me it is difficult and sad. BUT...and thank God with Jesus there is always a BUT...I know that He was faithful to me as a young mother and I know He will be faithful to me during the next transition in my life.
     I would love to hear your experiences with letting go and saying good-bye to family rituals.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

My Papaw's Wisdom

As a little girl, I was anxious and a worrier. My papaw knew this about me and sent me some words of wisdom. He typed them on his old black typewriter, and I now keep them on my fridge. I loved and adored my papaw. H
e made me feel loved and protected. I thought I would share these words of wisdom with you. If you struggle with anxiety or are a worrier, may these words of wisdom bless and encourge you today!

 
 
 
 
Just for Today
 
 
Just for today - I will live through the next 12 hours and not try to tackle all of life's problems.
 
Just for today - I will improve my mind. I will elarn something useful. I will read something that required effort, thought and concentration.
 
Just for today - I will be agreeable. I will look my best, speak in a well-modulated voice, be courteous and considerate.
 
Just for today - I will not find fault with friend, relative or colleague. I will not try to change or improve anyone but myself.
 
Just for today - I will have a program. I might not follow it, but I will have it. I will save myself from two enemies - hurry and indecision.
 
Just for today - I will do a good turn and keep it a secret. If anyone finds out, it won't count.
 
Just for today - I will do two things I don't want to do, just for the exercise.
 
-Author Unknown
 
Do you have any words of wisdom from your grandparents?
 



Monday, October 28, 2013

Unplugging - Getting Out of Download Mode


 
Do you ever feel that your thoughts are out of control? Do you find it hard to unplug and mentally rest? Do you struggle with laying on the couch and relaxing without feeling guilty? If these questions resonate with you, then perhaps you need to learn the art of uplugging. I am in the process of learning this too. Recently, I entered into a new chapter of my life where one of my life long dreams has become a reality and I am now in full time ministry and loving it! However, my mind stays fully engaged all day. I wake up thinking about ideas and responsibilities and I go to sleep thinking as well. The problem is, I'm having a hard time mentally unplugging. I'm in download mode all the time. In fact, my thought life looks like an electrical transformer on steroids! But I am learning a few strategies that are helping me to unplug. Perhaps they will help you too! Here they are:
  • Reading novels. I recommend the Mitford Series by Jan Karon.
  • Redoing furniture. Working with my hands helps to unwind. Some of my friends like to do crafts. I like to redo furniture.
  • Writing
  • Journaling
  • Exercising
  • Cups of tea and scented candles
  • Bubble baths
  • Watching the DIY channel - love it!
  • Listening to music while working and walking
  • Lunch friends
I'd enjoy hearing how you unplug too!

 

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Led to Lead


Led to Lead

As God continues to call me into positions and roles of leadership, one thing becomes ever so evident:  I cannot lead unless I am led.
 
I may learn all the leadership techniques, be great at developing and duplicating leaders, write and speak about leadership, and even teach others how to be great leaders, but if I am not being led... I cannot lead.

It is necessary that I be led by the ONE great leader, Jesus Christ. I must submit to His authority and His leadership. I need to read His Word and listen to His instruction. For it is by Him and for Him that I lead.

Don’t get me wrong. To be a great leader, reading good leadership books and blogs is important. Going to leadership conferences is beneficial to your longevity as a leader. Having a mentor is crucial to your growth and development. But if you are not being led by Jesus Christ, you cannot lead well.

John 15 reminds us that abiding in Him is the key to bearing fruit. So why do we forget this when it comes to our leadership? Why do we try to do it on our own? Why do we attempt to fix all the problems and set our own agendas? Why do we often make plans and invite Him to join us instead of listening to His plans and joining Him?

Leadership is tricky. Leadership itself denotes authority and power. When we are placed in positions of leadership, we often resort to our fleshly desires to control, to fix everything, and to rule. We can’t help but want to display strength, resolve, and purpose. And all of these characteristics are not inherently wrong, but they can be a catalyst for self-reliance.

So what can we do to make sure we are led leaders?

 
1. Stay in the Word and in His Presence. In addition to having a daily quiet time, we encourage our church staff and leaders to participate in a weekly CRAVE time. Every Thursday at noon we break for an hour and gather and just sit in the presence of the Lord. Accompanied with Scripture and quiet worship music, our goal is to cease striving and abide in Him. This exercise reminds us of the ONE who leads us and gives us His perspective.

2. Seek His agenda first. Observe what He is up to and join Him. Listen to His promptings and follow His lead.

3. Be accountable. Find a mentor or a colleague or even your spouse to hold you accountable. Have them ask you hard questions as to your motives and actions.

4. Lead others to be led. Whether you are in church leadership, lead in your business, or lead as a mom, you have the opportunity and the responsibility to train others that abiding in Christ is the key to Spirit-led leadership. Godly decisions and agendas do not come naturally for us. We must seek God and His wisdom and leadership to be godly spiritual leaders.

Want to be a great leader? Allow yourself to be led to lead by the ONE who created you, called you, loves you, and desires to lead you to lead others.

Living for ONE,

Kelli Wommack

 
 
Kelli is a motivational speaker, writer, and blogger and loves seeing people reach their full potential in Christ. In her role as Director of Leadership Development and Serve Ministries at Christ Community Church in Georgia, she has the awesome privilege of rallying others to find their unique place of ministry and leadership. Her favorite home team includes her loving, funny, yet quiet husband, and her two loving, funny, and not so quiet children. Connect with Kelli:
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Monday, August 12, 2013

Called...Sent...And Everything in Between

Remember The Beatles' song, The Long and Winding Road? Sometimes...no, often, the time between being called by God and the actual sending by Him, can be a long and winding road.

If God called you and it hasn't come to fruition yet, then be encouraged. You are in good company. Abraham, Moses, Noah, and Paul waited a long time between "the call" and being "sent."

While waiting, make sure you do the following:
  • get plugged in to a local church
  • get into relationship with your pastor
  • rest your soul in Him; while you wait, He moves
  • serve, make a difference in the lives of people today.
Finally, hold the dream or call with an open hand. It will look different when you get there but the essence will be the same.


Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Proverbs 3: 5-6

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Guest Blogger, Krystle K., from www.thesnapmom.com


Hi Everyone!

I'm so excited to have professional blogger, Krystle K, from www.thesnapmom.com,  guest blogging as part of my series, Life-Giving Parenting. Make sure to check out her site. Enjoy her post!

As a mother of two under two, I definitely feel as though I'm knee deep in the trenches of parenthood but I also know that 2 years is hardly scratching the surface of what a lifetime of motherhood is going to teach me. It gets me choked up thinking about it. I cannot even fathom my two little ones being adults and mothers themselves one day.
I'm honored that Julia would consider me a candidate to share on life-giving parenting and want to make this as helpful and to the point as possible because you mamas don't have all day for me to ramble.
Here are my 3 steps to life-giving parenting:
1-Thoughts
2- Words
3-Actions

Thoughts:
The Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 5:7 says to "pray without ceasing" and I believe we cannot be life-giving if we are not connecting ourselves to The Life Giver.
Long before my children were born. I prayed for them daily and also sought the Lord for a "life-verse" for each of them. This verse I pray specifically over them daily. I view it as speaking their futures into existence & claiming God's best for their lives. Through-ought the day I am praying and asking for God to give me the "fruits of the spirit" found in Galatians 5:22 "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control." These are, I believe, are crucial in have a life-giving mentality in parenting.
Words:
We all know that the tongue has the power of life and death. I focus on speaking truth and love over my daughters. I choose to not focus on their faults and short comings but call out the good I see in them and also speaking into existence what caring, loving, able, giving, capable, talented and terrific people they will be. It breaks my heart when people call their children names like "brat" or "naughty" because children absorbs the words we speak over them.
Actions:
This is the hardest part. Walking the walk.
Our children see us in our rawest form.
The unfiltered concentrated you.
In order to be life-giving parents we must be life-giving people. Our children will mirror our actions much faster than our words. The most important thing you do as a parent falls within the 4 walls of your house. How you treat your spouse and those in your life will be the ultimate "life-giving" example to your children.

Krystle K
Krystle K is a professional blogger for www.thesnapmom.com & lives in Sarasaota, FL with her husband and 2 daughters.