Lord, Help Me Not Forget

Lord, Help Me Not Forget

Well, IT came back again today. IT surprises me almost every time. Most of the time I don’t even realize it’s there until it’s too late. When I finally figure out what has happened, the damage has been done.

Earlier today, I was feeling rock solid. High on life. High on God. Lovin’ it all. I was in the “God Zone.” Lovin’ people, ShineGrace Hills (2)shakin’ hands, kissin’ babies, holdin’ puppies and baby chicks, laughin’ with friends, encouraging the discouraged, trying to win the fight in saving northern white rhinos and ivory billed woodpeckers. I was paying for strangers’ meals and for everyone’s postage at the post office.

So maybe my “God Zone” wasn’t quite that big, BUT… the bottom line is, I felt pretty untouchable today. Joy was oozing out.

Then, this evening, before I even realized it, that fun-loving “God Zone” girl disappeared. It all started when I came home and saw the laundry piled up on my bed in the bedroom. Next I realized there wasn’t much food in the fridge and I REALLY should have gone to the store. As I passed by the bedroom mirror, I reminded myself of my weight gain since my son was born. While putting clothes away in my closet, I began thinking about the things I wish I had but don’t. Then my 2 yr. old son wanted to eat a package of m&m’s and after I said no, he fell onto the floor crying with his best Oscar performance to date. While at the height of his tantrum, I just stared at him thinking, “Is there a noble cause I should be fulfilling at this very moment? Am I missing it?”

Walking to the office to pay bills, I passed photos in the hallway and started wishing my entire group of family and friends got along wonderfully and no one was getting a divorce, in jail, on drugs and alcohol, or dying. After paying bills, I was reminded once again how fast our money goes. I knew my husband would be home soon and began wondering why he couldn’t read my mind with the telepathic signals I sent his way every day. I wished my sonic vanilla coke didn’t have any calories in it, and all the pollen in the world didn’t exist so I could finally stop sneezing!

One thought followed another about what I didn’t have, what I should have, what I deserve, who should do what I thought they should do or not do, etc. It was an ugly snowball that kept rolling and growing. That joyous outlook on life that I had earlier in the day had completely shifted in just under an hour!

The side effects of that shift consisted of sharp words and impatience with both my husband and my son. I went from feeling full of life to feeling depressed, frustrated, and lonely in my pity party. I even got ticked off at the lucky charm box because it was empty and still on the shelf. Is it that difficult to throw it in the trash two feet away?!

FORGETTING. That’s the IT I’m talkin’ about. That’s the big IT in my life that always sneaks up on me when I least expect it. When I finally notice, the damage has been done. I’ve hurt someone by doing or saying something that is mean spirited and certainly not of God.

That’s why I have to be extra careful about remembering God’s goodness in my life. In a short moment, I can forget, and my self-centeredness will take over. Before I know it, I’m not resembling the God who has taught me what love looks like.

This isn’t anything new of course. In Romans Chapter 1, Paul was talking to the Christians in Rome about this very thing. He said,

“For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.”

Paul goes on to talk about how their darkened hearts led to greater sin. In my case, in just an hour, I forgot the blessings God has given me. I didn’t honor him and in that short hour I already had lost sight of His goodness. I was ungrateful. I FORGOT. water

This is a reminder of why we are to pray without ceasing and give thanks continuously.

In 1 Thessalonians 5:17, we are told…

“Pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

Keeping in touch with God in prayer and through His word helps us to remain in the vine (in Christ). As long as we are in the vine, we are producing fruit and showing others God’s love.

In John 15:5 Jesus himself said,

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit, apart from me you can do nothing.”

And in John 15:8,

“This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”

The fruit he is talking about is the fruit of the spirit (Galations 5:22), which is “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control.”

It’s that fruit that makes an impact for God. It’s the fruit that makes us ooze with joy like I was earlier in the day. It’s the fruit that softens a heart and prevents sin from rearing its’ ugly head. It’s the fruit that makes people notice who God is, the fruit that changes EVERYTHING.

I pray that tomorrow I don’t forget what God has done for me. Not only will it change the outcome of my day, but with God involved, it has the potential to change someone else’ day too…maybe even someone’s life…for eternity.

Christy

5 Reasons I Love Rebellion

5 Reasons I Love Rebellion

Rebellion is a word, in some ways, I can get really excited about. In other ways, not so much. My mind goes in two different directions when I think about this powerful word. It brings back many memories of my teenage and college years and most of my 20’s. It reminds me of when I lied to my parents and coaches about drinking and smoking, or when I used my fake ID to get into that rockin’ nightclub, or when I completely made up a new name for the cop when he was asking me who I was. Basically, just doing whatever I wanted to do, not caring about the consequences. In my mind, I was livin’ the “rebel dream”… my idea of what a rebel was supposed to be…and it was awesome.

That type of rebellion is EASY though. It obviously required very little thinking on my part. I thought, “If it looks like fun or makes me feel really good, I’ll try it.”

Today I look at rebellion in a new light that is much more meaningful and powerful! I’m talkin’ about rebellion where the IMG_5745stakes are raised, bringing it to a whole new level. It isn’t for the weak. It can only be acted out by those with great strength. It requires a BOLDNESS. a COURAGE, a HARD CORE mindset. STANDING UP REGARDLESS OF ANYTHING OR ANYONE WHO IS TRYING TO KNOCK ME DOWN. STRAIGHT UP FIERCENESS! Now that’s what makes the term rebellion take on a much heavier weight and purpose…and it’s HARD TO DO. This is what separates the girls from the women, the boys from the men.

This type will go against the grain of society…against the norm of our “it’s all about me” culture in order to make HIM known.

The apostle Paul talks about the last days in 2 Timothy 3:1-5,

“But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness but denying its’ power.”

I think it’s safe to say that we are in this era that Paul is talking about in this passage. If I have a moment where I ignore God’s guidance, I can easily fall into any one of Paul’s descriptions.

Paul himself admitted this same struggle. He said in Romans 7:21:

“When I want to do good, evil is right there with me.”

He goes on to talk further about the war that rages in his mind of good vs. evil. Just like Paul, my sin nature is raging war against me all the time. This very reason is why this type of rebellion is at a whole new level. I will say, the hardest things I do often become the most fulfilling. And rebelling for Jesus is at the top of my list. I will certainly admit, I’m not perfect at it, but because I’ve tasted how good it is, it’s the only kind of rebelling I want to do.

Here’s why:

1. It’s where I grow the most. – It’s a day to day dependence on Him. I have to lay my ego down. This is what makes it hard and GREAT all at the same time! As I depend on Him through His word and in prayer, he transforms my thinking and my heart. Wisdom seeps in and He begins to guide my life.

“BLESSED are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for wisdom is more profitable than silver and yields better returns that gold.” – Proverbs 3:13-14

2. It’s the most satisfying and fulfilling. – It’s a level where peace transcends all understanding no matter my circumstances, a level where I can have joy like a child, where I am fulfilled in a way that I no longer have to keep searching. I’m content. I’m secure. Because of that security, I have the strength to be BOLD, COURAGEOUS, and FIERCE…FOR HIM.

“Then Jesus declared, I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” –John 6:35

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” – Matthew 5:6

3. I’m FREE. – Every “Rebel” wants to be free! Paul said it best in Romans 8:1 “the law of the Spirit of Life sets me free from the law of sin and death.” I no longer am locked up in guilt or shame because of my sins. Jesus took care of that when He died on the cross for me…and YOU. Letting go of all that junk releases me to do the work He has for me while on this earth. If I’m fulfilling my purpose for Him, He is glorified and I am satisfied.

4. I’m guaranteed eternal life. No matter what happens to me on earth, I know I have a place with Him for eternity. Is there really a greater gift than that? I’m talkin’ ETERNITY!! That’s what this type of rebellion brings! C’MON!! Can I get a Hallelujah?

“For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” –John 3:16.IMG_8333

5. I’m not alone.Annnnd…that’s the POINT. He wants me to choose HIM. Jesus is my strength in the war.

“The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the STRENGTH of my life-of whom shall I be afraid?” -Psalm 27:1.

He wants to show me what He can do in me and through me, which is what I could never do on my own. That’s the strength that brings this rebellion to a whole new level. It can’t be matched by ANYONE or ANYTHING. Therefore, if I want to win, I must have Him in my life. And let’s get real, I don’t like being alone. With Him, I never am.

BOLDNESS. COURAGE. That HARD CORE mindset. STANDING UP REGARDLESS OF ANYTHING OR ANYONE WHO IS TRYING TO KNOCK ME DOWN. STRAIGHT UP FIERCENESS. THIS kind of rebellion is an exciting way to live and that’s why I love it! My hope is that you too will be a rebel with me.

God bless,

Christy

Surprising Discovery on Valentine’s Day

Surprising Discovery on Valentine’s Day

It took me years and years and YEARS to ever really appreciate this holiday we call Valentine’s Day. From my past experience, it has been nothing but a disappointment…why? Well, let’s examine where the heartache could be rooted. My memories include: getting a charming card…instead of chocolate, a stuffed bear…instead of chocolate, gorgeous flowers…instead of chocolate, or receiving nothing at all…which means once again…yep…no chocolate. I believe the root of my disappointment simply stems from the lack of chocolate provided during this “chocolate holiday.” When I really examine it further though, I realize, there actually was chocolate involved in most of those cases. So how did I miss it? Well…it wasn’t ENOUGH chocolate. Therefore, for me, it goes into the “no chocolate” category. Anyone that knows me, can attest that chocolate is one of my favorite and greatest weaknesses. If it’s in the room…I will be sitting near the bowl that the chocolate is in, or I will have the bowl in my lap…or…if the bowl is big enough, I might even be sitting IN the bowl. 😉

Of course, I hope you know I’m being a bit facetious here. I know Valentine’s Day isn’t all about me, and it’s certainly not all about me receiving chocolate. I fully understand that it’s an added opportunity for us to give and show that special someone in our lives a little extra love and/or romance. But I can’t help but face the hard truth that I can easily make it all about me and it can happen fast.

Selfish love. That’s basically what I’m talking about here…loving someone with the expectation that I’ll receive, at least to some degree and in some form, love back. We all want to be loved right? What’s so wrong about that? I’ll give love to you, and then you give love back to me…right? This can certainly work and it does in a GAZILLION cases (is gazillion even a word?).

I’m finally realizing that this kind of love is just scratching the surface of what it’s REALLY supposed to be about. I believe I was created to love in a much deeper, greater way that can be even more fulfilling than the basic love I mentioned above. How? It’s when I turn that selfish love into Christ’s love.Untitled Of course, I can’t do that without Christ. I have to Know Him in order to love like Him. He’s the one who created this whole love thing in the first place. Without Him, I just love the best I know how, which usually includes those subconscious selfish needs wanting to be met, whether I even realize it or not.

I’m talking about that crazy supernatural love of Christ that doesn’t look to get anything back…EVER. It’s so good that it can soften a heart that has been hardened for years, give peace to a grieving parent who has lost a child, take a person in full blown addiction into a new life of freedom, cast out any and all fears, forgive and restore abusers who have destroyed lives…THAT kind of love. It’s in a league of its’ own!

I’ve come to realize that the more I know who He is, the more capable I am of loving like He loves. To do this, I have to stay close to him. It’s learning about His character through His word, asking Him to guide my every move, being still and listening, and most importantly – placing HIM before anyone or anything else in my life. If I do those things, He shows up in me and loves through me. Then…and only then…I start to love without those expectations, because I’m loving others for Christ, and not for myself.

One of the most surprising blessings of all of this is that it’s the most fulfilling love I have ever experienced.Who would’ve thought selfless love would be the most fulfilling love? Christ thought of it. It’s His design and that’s why it works.

“Then Jesus declared, ‘I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.’” – John 6:35.

That’s what God wants to do with all of us. He wants us to experience His love and through that, lives will be transformed, INCLUDING OUR OWN.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” Matthew 5:8

So, as I sit here reflecting back on the lack of chocolate I’ve received over the years and the past disappointing Valentine’s Days I’ve “suffered” through, I laugh because of how much I have missed the mark. Today, I have a new and different perspective on February 14th. It’s another chance to celebrate the love, in its’ purest form, that has been freely given to me by THE creator of the universe, a love that fulfills me unlike any other love I could experience on my own.  And the best part… it’s never-ending. It’s ETERNAL!

“For God so loved the world that he gave His only son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” –John 3:16

My Valentine’s gift exceeds anything I could ever ask or imagine. I hope you too will get to experience Valentine’s Day in a new light this year. There’s no better way to experience it than with Him.

Christy

 

I would like to join in Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 1:17-19 and pray this for you…

I pray that God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.” Amen.

NEW YORK OPENING

NEW YORK OPENING

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1,000,000 VISITS

1,000,000 VISITS

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EXCLUSIVE COFFEE

EXCLUSIVE COFFEE

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PACIFIC OPENING

PACIFIC OPENING

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Am I Enough?

Am I Enough?

As I sit tucked away in the corner of my favorite coffee shop, I’m in the midst of one of my guilty pleasures…people watching. Scanning the room I see the young college student in his jeans and t-shirt chillin’ by the window, sipping his cup of coffee, and zoned out with his earbuds while his books sit untouched. Then at the big table in the center of the room is the group of housewives dressed in the latest fashion chatting about the best restaurants in town. Over at the private corner table are the two older women who have met to talk about something deeper as one of them leans in toward the other to hold her hand and comforts her.

Then all of a sudden…time stops…SHE WALKS IN…the woman whose appearance is close to perfect. She’s wearing the latest designer heels, has seemingly perfect legs, a skirt that shapes her as if it was tailored only for her, every hair on her head is in the right place, her flawless skin and commercial smile cause everyone in the room to take notice for at least a second but for most, longer than a second. She acts like she doesn’t even notice or care that she grabbed the attention of close to everyone in the coffee shop. She scans the menu like it’s an average day and an average moment for her. I sit there in awe thinking, what would that be like?

It’s THAT type of woman that starts to mess with my head. Why? Because I know I’ll never be like that. I’m on the opposite end of the spectrum from THAT woman. If I could, I would wear t-shirt and jeans, tennis shoes, and a ball cap every day for the rest of my life. And most days, I do! When I see women like that, I start to cut myself down, how I fall short of what our world tells us is beautiful. She oozes femininity and beauty….what a woman is supposed to be like, right? As if flipping a switch, I quickly fall into the trap of feeling “not enough.”

But then my spirit gently reminds me, there’s good news for women “like me”…God makes clear in His word about who I am! Believe it or not, today I’m grateful I’m not THAT woman in the coffee shop. Why?

1. BECAUSE HE KNOWS MY NAME– Let me state that again…DSC_0019

THE CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE KNOWS MY NAME. He knows tomboy Christy from Arkansas. From the beginning of time to eternity, He knows ME. I can hardly wrap my head around that fact alone. God took time out of His busy schedule and thought about ME…down to every intricate detail of my being.

Psalm 139:13-14 says, “For you created my inmost being, you knit me  together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made, your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Vs16 “Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be.”

And in Matthew 10:30 – Jesus says, “even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.”

In Isaiah 43:1The Lord says, “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.”

2. I AM CHOSEN and I AM HIS CHILD– The mere facts that HE CHOSE ME and calls me HIS CHILD makes my stock go UP…and up FAST!

1 Peter 2:9 says, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”

I am a child of the King Romans 8:16 says“The spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.”

To me, there’s nothing more valuable in this world than God calling me His child. He is declaring I am His and I get to be with Him for eternity. There is no greater gift or VALUE than that!

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him, shall not perish but have eternal life.”

3. GOD HAS GIVEN ME SPECIFIC GIFTS and TALENTS I have a specific role designed by God to carry out for His purpose! That role was set up way before I ever came on the scene.

1 Corinthians 12:4-7 says, There are different kinds of gifts, but the same spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men. NOW TO EACH ONE the manifestation of the spirit is given for the common good.”

destroyer Ephesians 2:10 says, For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

God designed me with specific gifts for HIS PURPOSE. THAT woman in the coffee shop can’t fulfill what I’m supposed to fulfill. I’m designed to fulfill a completely different role for His Kingdom than she is, and she is designed to fulfill a role tailored specifically for her as well.

I’m grateful I’m not THAT woman. God knows my name, He has given me gifts and a role specifically tailored to ME, and He has chosen ME in ADVANCE to do those works, and above all, I AM HIS, a child of the one True King.

Bravegirl Jennifer says, “A woman’s armor comes in all designs.” Today, I like God’s design of me. I don’t want to dismiss, criticize, or compare His workmanship any longer. God’s word says we are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” Thank you God for creating ME. Thank you God for creating the person reading this right now. I urge you, reader, to dwell on these scriptures so that you don’t forget how amazing you are. You’re amazing because God created YOU. You are here because He CHOSE YOU to be here for this particular time in history for this generation. You have a purpose that no one can fulfill but YOU! Now THAT is amazing!

Will you join me? Will you tell God thank you for creating you? Will you ask Him how you can fulfill His design for your life? Let God show you what He can do with YOU, His workmanship, which is always enough.

God Bless,

Christy

 

 

 

 

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