THE SHIFT is missing the F

This morning the sun is shining brightly in Central Oregon. We are 6 months into this year of the Lord and I’ve been missing the F in my SHIFT. This concept of SHIFT has been VERY different then what I thought I was getting when the Lord gave me the word in January. It is a tedious process.  I am so thankful that I have braces right now because it is 100% what my year has been like.  A slow, monotonous, continuing shift of everything.  It is not at all like shifting the weight from one shoulder to another, this SHIFT is like shifting teeth.  No short cut, no easy way, just painful, slow, persevering shifting.

I realized last month that there was no F in my SHIFT…which makes it…well you get my point.  So, we started walking every night, the whole family, all four of us and 3 dogs.  It was the best thing for me.  I breathed deep fresh air.  Did you know I have worked every day this year, except 2 days.  I’m telling you this not for sympathy but so that you understand how a SHIFT can so easily become not very fun without FRESH AIR.

This morning, I awoke early, knowing that my work was calling me but instead I grabbed my coffee and my alpaca blanket and went out onto the patio.  I sat quietly, listening to the birds, absorbing the sun and imaging that the cars streaming by were the waves hitting the beach.  I was in paradise.  I breathed deeply.  Everything was instantly right with my world.

Do you take time for yourself?  Do you get lots of fresh air?  Do you remember that this world is about your relationship with God and spreading HIS love to people you come in contact with?  Did you know that the treasure we store up here on earth will be burned up like chaff?  All this STUFF is nothing compared to the treasures God is storing for you in Heaven.

So why do I do it?  Why am I working like it matters?  Because it does.  I’m not working to store up treasures here on earth, trust me..there is not much earthly treasure in what I do.  But I have come to the conclusion that I must be responsible for what has been entrusted to me.  I am living the parable of the talents.

Matthew 25:14-30; Luke 19:12-28

Carefully note the outcome of faithful service and of unfaithful service in this scripture. Faithful service led to increased responsibilities in the kingdom of heaven, and eternal joy in the presence of the Master, Jesus Christ. Unfaithful service led to condemnation, the removal of one’s stewardship, and an eternity away from the presence of our Lord. It is not about the making of the money or the sharing of the profit or the house you bought or the car you drive…it is about what you do with those things that have been entrusted to you.

For some reason, at this time in my life, I have been entrusted with a mammoth sized job to re-create the processes and procedures of my families business.  I don’t know if I was BORN for this but I do know it was entrusted to me and I will follow the lead of Jesus.

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2

Through the Joy of enduring the cross….Jesus breathed FRESH air.  His last BREATH.  He did it for you.  You can endure for him.  Do well with what is entrusted to you.

~Peace

FRESH AIR

 

 

 

 

Fear in Life

Truth: I have no fear in death

Truth I realized today: I have fear in life

One of the perks of being an exhibitor at these conferences is that you get to eat the amazing(sometimes) food) and listen to the speakers (if you choose).  Today for lunch we had parmesan crusted chicken, chickpea side-dishy thing, and cooked carrots.  The speaker was amazeaballs…..

Warren MacDonald an experienced mountaineer and committed environmental activist was crushed by a massive slab of rock on April 9, 1997 and was trapped for 2 horrendous days.  TEN short months after his double above-knee amputation he climbed to another mountain.  In 2003 he became the first double above-knee amputee to reach the summit of Africa’s tallest peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro. 

“When we change the way we see the world, WE change the world” ~ Warren MacDonald

Warren has no legs but it has not stopped him from running the race.  He’s not afraid of life.  He says that “going through life without legs isn’t that big of a deal and it isn’t really ever that hard.”  REALLY?  because I have two legs and life really is that hard.  Or is it just my PERSPECTIVE…

Warren taught me that my perspective changes everything. 

At times my perspective keeps me from living.  It keeps me from leaving my comfort zone and living.  I have a God given passion inside of me that I continue to push aside because of my perspective.  Because I can’t.  I am afraid of the path I have to get on to take me to the place where my passion can live.  I’m afraid to live the life that would lead to the destiny God has for me.  I’m afraid.

Death, not so bad.  Life in my purpose, deathly paralyzing.

This may not even register on your “I get it” scale.  This may be one of those entries that is just about me…or not.  What does your perspective confine you to do? or not to do?

No more fear in life for me.  I have put a stop to that in JESUS NAME, and now fear is not here, but if I’m honest with you, its still a bit scary…living life unafraid.  What is next?

No fear in death

I’m on an airplane to Portland on my way to Spokane for a two day show, where I get the opportunity to stand at an 8×10 booth and track down strangers, in order to hopefully sell my business, therefore keeping 33 of us gainfully employed and hopefully more dear souls can be added to the ranks because of this small sacrifice.

“The flight crew will remain seated and all beverage service will be cancelled due to turbulence. Turn your devices to airplane mode and hold onto them tightly”

This is how we started the flight.

I have a Savior, His name is Jesus. He saved me by giving His life on Calvary and claiming victory over death. It is not my righteousness, for I am a disastrous mess with no righteousness of my own, but only the righteousness of my King Jesus that covers me and allows me to stand blameless before God. All my hope is in him.

This post is not about thoughts of suicide or depression but about imparting to you my unwavering faith in Christ and sharing my heart to say that when it is my time, I can now say I am ready to go.

I remember many times when I could have and did hear that same message from the captain of the plane and it set my heart beating so fast and my soul turned from God as my hope, to fear as my lord. I would be fearful for the lives my children would live without a mother, fear of the heartbreak my mother would feel and the disappointment my dad would have in loosing a daughter. How would my husband deal with the loss of his beloved and the puppies…would they ever know where the lady that loved them so went? Fear would take the wheel and peace would flea. I would be prisoner.

It is very bumpy. People are coughing and I see knuckles white from hands clenching the arm rests.

Today, if The Lord would take this plane down, I would be with Him and my family would be ok. For, they are only on this earth for a bit more time and soon we will be in heaven. Praising and worshipping. A time will come when every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord. If you haven’t done that yet you can be assured your time will come. God is not dead. He is waiting for you to put all trust in Him.

He has all my trust. I said the same thing last year, but this year is different. I have had challenges that have anchored my faith fully in him. I do not fear for the future of my children because HE has their future. I do not fear death because HE has scripted my life. I am ready to leave this world for the place He created for me for all of eternity!

Touch down, leg one over….I shall Live.

Ps…how’s that for the first post in 2 months! All Glory to God…next up “There was no F in my SHIFT”