The Children’s Ministry Magazine Interview

I have been quiet these past few months here on my blog.  I have been busy writing in my book.  I am excited to say I have finished writing ALL chapters!  Now it’s on to editing and adding/taking out anything the Lord wants.  After that, the fun begins of trying to find someone to publish it.  But, I’m leaving all that in God’s hands.  I trust He will lead me to someone out there who will take an interest in my book and want to publish it.  I’m excited to see where that will lead.

But…I also have some other cool news!  The Children’s Ministry Magazine at Group Publishing has featured me in their magazine!  Every issue they have a Viewpoint page where they feature a Children’s Minister.  Thviewpointey ask them questions about themselves and also questions about children’s ministry.  For the May/June issue they decided to feature me!  I am so honored by this and wanted to share this article with my fellow readers.  Thanks to Jennifer Hooks and Christine Yount Jones for asking me to be a part of the Viewpoint page in this issue.

I promise I will be back to blogging consistently soon!  One major change I see coming is the merging of my two blogs (this one and KidMin Days).  I will be using this blog address to write about faith, family, and ministry.  I hope you will stay tuned for more!

I Want the World to Know: Lessons from a 21-Day Fast

For the past 21 days I have been fasting.  No, I’m not talking about a fasting from food (which would be so hard).  This fast was from that which distracts me from seeking the Lord and doing what He has called me to do.

For me, the distraction comes in the form of social media and television.  I can really waste some time sitting on Facebook reading everyone’s posts and looking at all their pictures. And television is a distraction because for the past few months I have been binge watching some Blue Bloods.  I love a good cop drama and I guess I secretly like Tom Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg!

So, I gave up all social media and tv for 21 days.  And believe me when I say that this fast was difficult.  The urge to jump on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter was very much alive and it took all I had not to do it.  And well, Blue Bloods had to be put on hold.  I’m sure I’ll catch up on the NYC cop drama soon.

So why did I do this fast?  If you read my last post, then you’ll see that after listening to a Louie Giglio sermon (The Pinata and the Iceberg), I felt convicted and decided to accept his challenge to fast for 21 days of that which distracts us from the Lord.  I have not been faithful to the Lord and doing what I know He wants me to do.

What does He want you to do, you ask?

He wants me to write a book.

Not a big task at all…said no one ever.

I have procrastinated and dreamed about writing it.  But I have failed to actually be consistent in my writing.  I’ll let months go by before I ever open the file on my computer and start writing.  I want to, but I just don’t.  And I can’t drop any good excuses on the table for it.  All I can say is that I have been lazy.

But, I have been so amazed at how God has spoken to me these past 21 days.  I dove into the Scripture and found the one and only true God speaking to me from those pages. Even from stories that I have read many times.  Why have I never caught that verse before?  I love how I can feel His Presence through His breath on a page.

One of the hardest things to do when you write a book is to get started writing a chapter. You need a good outline before you begin.  For chapter 8 of my book I was struggling to get started.  Then God led me to the story of Abram’s calling and as I read Genesis 12 and dissected it, God showed me the outline for chapter 8.  And friends, the words for that chapter flowed easily from the outline He gave.  I finished that chapter in two weeks! That’s by far the fastest I have been able to write a chapter.

The completion of that chapter so motivated me to begin a good outline for chapter 9. The outline is formed and I already have begun writing in this chapter. It feels so good to do what God asks of me.  Why did I ever let laziness and procrastination get in the way?  Am I unwilling to follow the calling He has placed on my heart?  Will I continue to let those two things get in my way?

My answer…No Way.

I am reading Beth Moore’s latest book called Audacious.  In this book she talks about having an audacious love for the Lord and fully serving Him.  Do we love Him audaciously? Do we have the audaciousness to be obedient to His will?  I love this quote from her:

“Audacious love leads to audacious obedience.  And sooner or later, audacious obedience leads to blessing.”  (Moore, p. 65)

I want to be a woman who loves the Lord audaciously.  I want to be a woman who follows the Lord without question.  I want to be a woman who has the boldness to step out in faith and go where God leads and do what God calls me to do.  I want to be that audaciously, obedient woman.

This fast has stirred my blood.  It has got me on fire.  It makes me want to speak out more about His love and faithfulness to us.  Why keep inside what God has done for me?  Others need to hear.  I can only pray that each day God will open doors for me to share Him with others and that I will not miss the opportunity to spread His love.

I can’t help but sing the hymn, Pass It On, as I think about being audacious.

“I’ll shout it from the mountaintop…PRAISE GOD!  I want the world to know.  The Lord of love has come to me, I want to pass it on.”

Pass it on, my friends.  Be bold.  Be audacious.  Go tell the world about God’s great love and continue to seek the Lord each and every day.  Blessings will abound when we are obedient and seek God, our Heavenly Father.

21 Days of Seeking the Lord

I have declared 2016 to be a year of obedience for me.  It’s a year where I want to focus on obeying the Lord in all that He asks of me.  I want to allow my heart to follow the Lord wherever He leads and not allow my mind to take the controls and push me off the clear path which He shows me.  I want to follow Christ and not get distracted by everything the world throws my way.

It has started off ok.  I’ve actually listened to most of the little nudgings from the Holy Spirit.  Some things are small and some take a little more faith and trust.  Some are a lot easier to do than others, too.  Step by step I am trying my best to stay on the path He has chosen for me.  It’s not easy and I really want to be better at this.

I am currently listening to a sermon series called “Habit” by Louie Giglio.  (To hear this series, go to this link:  http://passioncitychurch.com/watch/).  In the first sermon in this series titled “The Pinata and the Iceberg”, Louie talks about how he wants this year for us to be a year of seeking the Lord.  And that requires good spiritual disciplines or habits.  It means that we need to have a deep relationship with Jesus so that we can hear the Lord speaking to us.

Louie challenges us to do a 21-day fast.  This should be a fast from whatever is keeping us from hearing from God and having that deep relationship with Him. Anything that we are doing more of than listening to the Lord is a distraction and not a good habit.

About a year and a half ago, I heard God tell me to write my story.  So, I started writing a book about the fears I have had over the last 15 years of serving God in the ministry.  It has been awesome to write about how God has worked through my life and helped me realize that I should not fear.

And now you are probably saying…“What’s your problem? Shouldn’t you be done by now?”  And the answer is yes!  My problem, though, is that I get easily distracted.  I put other things ahead of writing that book, which is what I know I am supposed to be doing. However, I think of other things to do during the free time I have.  Those are my distractions.

And I have had enough of them.

I am ready to finish writing that book.

I want to have a deeper relationship with God.  I want to hear from the Lord so that I can obey Him and do all that He asks of me (like finishing writing that book).  I want God to use me in whatever way He wants.  It’s Your will, Your way, Lord.

I love this verse from Hosea 10:12:

Sow for  yourselves righteousness, reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, that He may come and rain righteousness upon you.

It is TIME!  It’s time to seek the Lord!

I am ready, Lord.  May these next 21 days draw me closer to you so that I can be the woman you created me to be.  I desire to hear from you, God.  Open my ears and heart so that I can listen.

Do you want to hear from God?  Do you desire that deep relationship with Him?

Join me and do a 21-Day Fast.  I can promise that at the end of those 21 days, you will come out with a heart on fire for the Lord and an understanding of the calling He has for you.