Lifehouse – Everything

find me here
speak to me
i want to feel you
i need to hear you
you are the light
that is leading me
to the place where
i find peace again
you are the strength
that keeps me walking
you are the hope
that keeps me trusting
you are the life to my soul
you are my purpose
you are everything
and how can i
stand here with you
and not be moved by you
would you tell me
how could it be
any better than this
you calm the storms
you give me rest
you hold me in your hands
you won’t let me fall
you still my heart
and you take my breath away
would you take me in
would you take me deeper now
’cause you’re all i want
you are all i need
you are everything
everything

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Temptation

The temptations in your life
are no different
from what others experience.

And God is faithful.

He will not allow the temptation
to be more than you can stand.

When you are tempted,
he will show you a way out
so that you can endure.

1 Cor 10:13

Excerpts on Self-leadership

For work I am reading a book called “The 360 Degree Leader“. This morning I read the chapter: “Lead-Up Principle #1 – Lead Yourself Exceptionally Well”. There are several quotes that really hit me and I thought I’d share:

“Lead yourself. That’s where it all starts. Besides, if you wouldn’t follow yourself, why should anyone else.” p. 84

We often think that self-leadership is about making good decisions every day, when the reality is that we need to make a few critical decisions in major areas of life and then manage those decisions day to day.” p. 85

Nothing will make a better impression on your leader than your ability to manage yourself. If your leader must continually expend energy managing you, then you will be perceived as someone who drains time and energy. p. 86

Good leaders know when to display emotions and when to delay them….Whether you delay or display your emotions should not be for your own gratification. You should ask yourself, What does the team need? not, What will make me feel better? pp. 86-87

Since you are not the top leader, you don’t have control over your list of responsibilities or your schedule. You should still try to get yourself to the point where you can manage your priorities and focus your time in this way:

  • 80 percent of the time – work where you are strongest
  • 15 percent of the time – work where you are learning
  • 5 percent of the time – work in other necessary areas

p. 88

You must be ruthless in your judgment of what you should not do. Just because you like doing something doesn’t mean it should stay on your to-do list. If it is a strength, do it. If it helps you grow, do it. If your leader says you must handle it personally, do it. Anything else is a candidate for your “stop doing” list. p. 89

When I look at my calendar every morning, I ask myself, What is the main event? That is the one thing to which I cannot afford to give anything less than my best. That one thing can be for my family, my employees, a friend, my publisher, the sponsor of a speaking engagement, or my writing time. I always make sure I have the energy to do it with focus and excellence. p. 90

The greatest enemy of good thinking is busyness….If you find that the pace of life is too demanding for you to stop and think during your workday, then get into the habit of jotting down the three or four things that need good mental processing or planning that you can’t stop to think about….And know this: 1 minute > 1 hour. A minute of thinking is often more valuable than an hour of talk or unplanned work. pp. 90-91

If I blow managing myself at home, then the negative impact will spill over into every area of my life, including work. If you want to lead up, you must always lead yourself first. If you can’t, you have no credibility. p. 93

A Quiet Heart

I just love it when God speaks to me from different directions – when He’s really trying to get me to “get” a point.

I knew I was going to post this quote below, but before I got started, I also read this post by my friend Kerry, over at and baby makes four.




Do Not Rush.
Trust.
And Keep a Quiet Heart.

I think I find most help in trying to look on all the interruptions and hindrances to work that one has planned out for oneself as discipline, trials sent by God to help one against getting selfish over one’s work. Then one can feel that perhaps one’s true work – one’s work for God – consists in doing some trifling haphazard thing that has been thrown into one’s day. It is not a waste of time, as one is tempted to think, it is the most important part of the work of the day – the part one can best offer to God. After such a hindrance, do not rush after the planned work; trust that the time to finish it will be given sometime, and keep a quiet heart about it.
— Annie Kearie, 1825-1879

As quoted in Keep a Quiet Heart, by Elisabeth Elliot, p. 9

I guess I won’t be doing my minute by minute plan for tomorrow…

Writing

Lord, I don’t know what lies within. But this writing is to take the time to listen to You and find. And then, to take up a different life.
— Ann, at Holy Experience

So much of my writing is reflecting on what was or what is, but what it should really become is a way to pour out so I can change.

Lord, I am still just a hearer, and not a doer. I hear a lot of things.

The laundry being spun. The cheerful, but as of yet unintelligible, chatter of a near 2 year old. Squeals of alternating delight and disappointment as his faithful playmate, the dog, keeps a toy just out of his grasp.

A little here, a little there. Playing with building blocks. Squeezing two of them together, but then unable to separate them, squawks in frustration. “Bring it to mommy, and I will help you”, I hear myself say. But he’s thrown the blocks away and moved on to the next thing.

Ah, how much of myself I see in him. I try to do something, run into difficulty, and do not listen when my Father says “Bring it to me, child, and I will help you.” Instead, I decide that this new thing just doesn’t work, and discard it. Moving on to something else. And nothing else satisfies. Nothing else works. And I keep moving and searching and dabbling.

Lord, slow me down. Teach me to see. To wait. To bring all things to you for your help. In the way of a 2-year old, I want to do it all by myself. Trying to exert independence. Why? What will I gain. I come to you to be changed. To start to DO what it is that I’ve been thinking, talking and hearing about. Please show me what this doing looks like. It’s so easy for me to leap into legalism and striving and I know that there is a difference between striving and doing.

Jesus replied, “But even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice.”
Luke 11:28

A couple of things…

I thought I’d take a few minutes to share some things that I’ve found that some of you might enjoy:

  • FlyLady Jumpcut videos. Marla Cilley has created a 5 part video series on how she cleaned up her cluttered spare room in 15 minute increments. The link will take you to all her videos. Scroll down to get to the first of the series. I really enjoyed these because you can see how real she is – and how truly possible it is to clean a la FlyLady!
  • Tales from The Scales – Loser of the Week. I’ve joined the May Day Weight Loss Challenge being hosted by these gals. They just started to post interviews with those who have been successful in their challenges. Read Jan’s story here.

Have a great Sunday!

A Bloggity Book Club Extravaganza!!

Over at BooMama’s place we’re gonna read Beth Moore’s new book, “Get Out of That Pit!“, which just happened to already be Book #3 on my 2007 book list, and I started reading it just about an hour or so before her post came out!

If you wish to learn more about this gathering of readers and bloggers, just click on the button above or click here! I can’t wait to get into this one. Beth is just about one of my favorite ladies to listen to. Now that she has entered the blogging world with The Living Proof Ministries Blog with her daughter Amanda, she just seems that much closer and more personal!
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Book Review – Believing God – Rating: 5 out of 5

Believing God, by Beth Moore

Content: 5
Writing Style: 5
Re-readability: 5

Content – This book is so full of insight, I can guarantee you right now that my review will not come close to describing it. It has opened my eyes to the difference between believing that God exists and believing Him. I have always believed IN God, but it has become evident to me, especially after reading this book that there is a lot more to belief than just a casual acknowledgment of God’s existence.

Writing Style – Beth’s books have always been easy reading for me. Since I’ve seen her on video through a couple different Bible studies, and I’ve heard her speak listening to her daily A Quick Word, and her weekly radio lessons, I can hear her southern drawl in my head as I read. I am grateful that she also writes with great humility. There are so many inspirational Christian book authors that come off sounding very proud of the knowledge that they have to share. Beth’s writing, on the other hand, feels very grounded to me. That’s so very important to me when reading.

Re-readability – I will definitely keep this book in my library for future reading. I feel like I just skimmed the surface of the topic and look forward to reading it again – maybe even later this year.

This book teaches how to make faith an active thing. In fact, she says,

“God is calling you and me to leave the life of passivity bred by a past-tense view of faith and get caught in the act of present-active-participle believing.” (p. 22)

If you’re up for the challenge, this book is for you!
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Why He did it…

1 Peter 2:21-25 (New Living Translation)

For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps.

He never sinned, nor ever deceived anyone. He did not retaliate when he was insulted, nor threaten revenge when he suffered. He left his case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly. He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed. Once you were like sheep who wandered away. But now you have turned to your Shepherd, the Guardian of your souls.

He had a purpose for His death. He had a plan. And part of that plan was for ME. To make it possible for me to live for what is right. I was really hit this morning with just how ungrateful it must seem (and rightfully so) for me to continue to dawdle and dabble in my cherished sins – things like gossip, criticism, overeating, and the like.

Several years ago I went to see The Passion of the Christ with my husband and a couple of friends. When I left the theater I could hardly speak. That was the first time in my life I think I truly felt the impact of what Christ did. For me. If I keep that image in my mind, and based on the scripture above, he did all that so I could be dead to sin and live for what is right.

Lord, forgive me for easily dismissing my sinning without thought of my purpose in life. I am so grateful for your ready willingness to forgive me and to continue to set me on the path you’ve got planned. I am so excited to see where it takes me.

I have been called to do good. It seems like it’s the right season to get in the spirit of doing good for others. May you be so blessed as to be able to do what you were called to do!

Am I a “talker” or a “listener”?

I just read a comment Kari made on Everyday Mommy’s blog in which she included this quote:

“Can any of us say we know how to pray? Many books have been written on prayer, some of them helpful. For a time I was absorbed in reading books about prayer. But in the end I discovered that the best way to learn about prayer is to pray. And the best way to pray is to become a good listener and allow the Other to speak. We all have friends who dominate the conversation. Are you that sort of friend to God? After all, ask yourself, who has the more worthwhile things to say?” – Michael Card, Scribbling in the Sand (actual quote not verified by me)

Wow. I have been complaining over the last several months to myself, to God, to the occasional listener about just how hard it is to find people that will ask you how you are doing and then take the time to listen. I tend to be one of those people that take a long time to truly open up. By the time I’m ready to share what’s really going on with me, the conversation is a million miles down the road.

So, what I’m wondering…is that how God feels? I just take a few moments here and there, ramble on, ask his opinion, but then move on to the next topic without so much as a pause in breath? Do I really take the time? Or do I rush on by so I don’t feel silly, or maybe I’m afraid He won’t answer? Maybe it’s time to give Him a chance to get a Word in edgewise…
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