Friday, July 31, 2015

Bored in Your Relationship with God?

It's time to begin your great adventure with God!

 

“When I turn 18, we’re going skydiving.”

 

This was the line my daughter Madi started telling this consistent, predictable and yes, even-at-times-boring mom. Before I knew it, I was jumping out of a plane.

The week after that jump, it was as if I suddenly became adventurous; brave even. I found myself climbing a tree with my niece and nephew …. even rescued a fawn stuck in my backyard.

 

Our every-day-the-same lives can get downright boring! That is not what God intended for us!

Adventure had broken monotony.

There are other places in my life that get boring.

My relationship with God.

Is it wrong to admit that our relationship with God can get monotonous?

I’m not proud to admit it, but just like other areas in my life, my consistency, my predictability, my every-day-the-same with God can get down right boring.

And I think that is a terrible place to be: bored.

When life becomes monotonous, we can make unwise decisions to break out of boredom. Find people in social media we shouldn’t find. Watch shows, read books and indulge in wrong relationships just to feel our heart beating again. Too easily we can look for excitement and adventure where it is unwise to find it.

Yet I know, God didn’t create us for boredom! I was made for more and so were you! In John 10:10, Jesus said He came to give us a rich and satisfying life. Are we taking Him up on His offer?

Are our lives rich and satisfying or dull and boring?

As skydiving spring boarded adventure in my every day life, I saw my need for a jump in my spiritual life. I knew just the one to help me. Just like I had an instructor who attached himself to me the day I skydived, the instructor, the Holy Spirit helps us spiritually jump.

 

  • The Holy Spirit prepares us for adventure.

Nehemiah 9:20 says “You gave your good Spirit to instruct them…”

He prepares us to jump; prepares me to go for all that is rich and satisfying from Jesus in our lives.

 

  • The Holy Spirit pushes us toward adventure.

He challenges us to grow; even to the point of making us uncomfortable at times.

 

Have you ever experienced PHS?

Pounding heart syndrome? I experience it every time I speak to an audience! (And my body tells me I have to go the bathroom, even when I just went. I thought I would include that for all my She Speaks friends who think that one day you’ll get over those anxious feelings. I haven’t yet!

 

Back to PHS. PHS is that feeling you can get, when you are about to do something you know God wants you to do, or that sense you get when God is challenging you to do something and you think everyone can actually see your shirt moving!

 

Many times when I experience PHS, I sense it is the Holy Spirit pushing me to get on with a new adventure with God!

 

Jesus said, “…whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” John 14:12

 

When He left earth, Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit to live inside those of us who choose to follow Him. No wonder our hearts start pounding when He asks us to do something – He’s in there!

 

Jesus said great things we would do because He did them. What did He come to do?

 

Luke 4:18 says, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free,”

 

That is some adventure! Some getting down on your knees then in the lives of people who need to know Jesus adventure.

 

His push sometimes is strong, like when my skydiving instructor told me it was time to jump out of the plane. It was time to get the full experience; feel the wind in my face. I needed to jump, look up and open my arms wide.

 

  • The Holy Spirit empowers us for an adventure to break monotony.

When I am attached to the Holy Spirit, abiding with Him every day, He doesn’t let me get too comfortable. When I am comfortable, I am no longer dependent on Him. It seems so backward, but being dependent on the the Holy Spirit puts us in the position to experience God’s best.

 

He wants to stretch us and give us power for our adventure!

 

Acts 1:8 says “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

 

If we’re only doing the things we are capable of, where is the need for power? Where is the adventure?

 

I could not have skydived without my instructor. Let’s determine not to go about our lives without attaching ourselves to the adventurous Holy Spirit!

The Holy Spirit wants an adventure with you!

 

Is this message of beginning an adventure with the Holy Spirit one you would like to bring to your community? Learn about Passing by Predictable as well as Lynn’s other new topics under the tab – Speaking at www.LynnCowell.com. 

 

The winner of the It’s Good to Be Queen Book Bundle is Jen M. who posted on 7/29/15 at 9:14 a.m. Congratulations, Jen! Please send me your full name and address and we’ll get it sent right out to you!

Lynn

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wednesday Wisdom Tip: It’s GOOD to be Bold {Give Away Day}

It's Good to Be Queen

 

“How many of you want to be bold?” Liz asked.

The number of hands that went up? Well, it was quite underwhelming.

What is it about the word bold

I decided to check out what dictionary.com said. Maybe this would reveal why out of 800 women in the room I could count the number of raised hands.

Bold: 

1. not hesitating or fearful in the face of actual or possible danger or rebuff; courageous and daring
I want to be courageous and daring! That’s what I want for my girls. too. Not hesitant or fearful in the face of danger. Give us double doses!
2. not hesitating to break the rules of propriety; forward; impudent
Maybe this is it. We’re afraid to stick out? Be called rebellious? Or even that nasty word I got on my report card: loud.
3. necessitating courage and daring; challenging

Yes! Back to the positive!
4. beyond the usual limits of conventional thought or action; imaginative

Absolutely! I want my daughters and I to go way past conventional thought and actions. I pray for us to be world-changers and that usually means pushing past the norm.
5. striking or conspicuous to the eye; flashy; showy

Awwww … this may be the kicker; the one thing we are afraid of. It’s what we don’t want to be or even accused of: flashy or showy.
It appears to me though, if we are going to make a difference, change the world, it’s going to be a mixed bag. We are going to have to be bold and that may mean being misunderstood sometimes. Even so, it’s a bag I’m going to pick up and encourage my girls to also! 
I’m going to encourage them to be like the Queen of Sheba.
Queen of Sheba?
Yes! Not the Queen of Sheba we saw in elementary school in old-school Hollywood flicks late at night before the TV screen went fuzzy. I want them to resemble The Queen of Sheba that Liz Curtis Higgs reveals in her new book, “It’s Good to Be Queen“.
The Queen of Sheba was bold in the best sort of way. In 1 Kings 10 we read of her visit to King Solomon; her visit to learn. She wanted more than she had.
More wisdom.
More understanding.
More. So she was bold and went to the one place she could find it. She risked the danger to not just find out more, but to become more. And she was well rewarded.
Can I just tell you how much I am enjoying Liz’s new book? (I would have been done by now, only I got the amazing opportunity to speak at She Speaks, where Liz was speaking too. I even got to eat breakfast with her! How cool is God..and Liz too!)
Queen Sheba is challenging me to become bold, open, humble, honest and so much more.
I’m so excited because today we’re giving away a “It’s Good to Be Queen” Book Bundle! One blessed winner will receive:
* Queen of Sheba earrings
* Queen of Sheba hair clips
* a picture frame
And more!
To enter for an opportunity to win the book bundle, in the comment section on my blog below, simply share where you could be bolder in your life. And if it is one of those busy days, just say “I’m in!”
The winner will be announced on Friday!
Lynn

Monday, July 27, 2015

Monday with Madi: Depression Doesn’t Mean You’re Weak

Depression Doesn't Mean You're Weak

 

 

Depression.

When you hear the word, what do you think? Do you wonder what exactly it is? Does the word make you feel uncomfortable or maybe even annoyed? Do you think of someone specifically? Do you maybe think of yourself?

I have struggled with depression my entire life. Even when I was twelve years old, laying in my bed, feeling so insanely sad that I couldn’t move. Sometimes, I didn’t even know why.

I have been battling this issue since I can remember. It was with me in middle school, then hit me like a train in high school. Even a few days ago I was feeling it.

I have always been confused about how to feel about my depression? Do I hide it because I am ashamed? Do I tell every single person I know that I have it so that maybe I can be a little more understood? Do I hide in my room all day and not process anything, so that maybe these wretched feelings will cease?

I couldn’t figure out how to handle my depression … but I definitely knew I had it.

After years of wondering how I should feel about my depression, struggling with who to tell (or if I should tell no one at all), I have realized this: depression should not be kept in the dark.

We live in a society where people can easily feel a need to put on a fake front that they’re perfectly okay. Sometimes, though, it’s the exact opposite. Teens, and even some adults, have started glorifying sickness and pain, in order to seek attention. When people use it for attention, it causes the people who actually need to be heard out to end up being shut out because they are viewed as just another one of “those”. But, there has to be balance to this chaos. People have to start speaking out, in a healthy way.

Now, I am not saying walk up to people you know will judge you and tell them your deepest darkest secrets. Trust me, I have been down that road too; trusting every single person that I come in contact with. Sometimes, they weren’t always looking out for me…and then I have gotten really hurt. Matthew 7:6 says, “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.”

So then what am I saying?

I am saying this: people need to know they are not alone. That is why I want to talk about the topic of depression for the next few weeks, to comfort someone. I have noticed that sometimes in the church or as Christians, we don’t think we are allowed to struggle or be negative. But God tells you to come as you are regardless of your current circumstance; not put on a mask and show the world what you wish you were. God still sees exactly who you are and the sooner you’re willing to admit who you are as well, the sooner you can move forward.

This stigma,that struggling with depression makes you weak, needs to be out casted. We allow so many irrelevant people to waltz right into our lives and tell us who we are. Because we haven’t found ourselves yet, we believe every single thing they say. We don’t even think for ourselves. We hear a negative label slapped on us and we let that sink in deep and define us. If you were made in the image of Christ and He is perfect, don’t you think He knew what He was doing when He created you? We have to start embracing our unique gifts and our struggles.

Life is hard enough as is.  You have to be fighting for yourself and your joy in a world full of sadness and corruption constantly. There have been moments in my life where I have felt people judging me because I have depression, as if I am not as strong as them. But someone today needs to be told that if you struggle with depression THAT IS NOT TRUE.

I believe it is quite the opposite. If you push daily through depression, consider yourself a fighter. Every day you are waking up and willing to conquer another day, and for some people even that can be hard. More people need to know that it is okay to feel and to hurt; that you aren’t “messed up”. We all have our things we struggle with, and just because your’s may be a little more visible, that doesn’t mean hundreds of people around you aren’t struggling with the exact same thing.

More people need to know that they have a safe place. I want to help be that safe place for someone to start to understand a little bit more about what they may be going through. When I was going through my darkest days ever with my depression, I told no one. I didn’t want to be the weak link. I didn’t want to be viewed differently. It wasn’t until after I had been through an insane amount of pain that I was willing to admit to my family, and my best friend, what had occurred and what I had done. But sometimes, we need to understand that those close people in our lives wouldn’t have judged us in the first place if we would’ve come to them about it and been willing to be honest about where we were at mentally and emotionally.

My whole life the devil has fed me the same lie: no one will ever understand my depression and my loneliness. I believe he did this to make me feel as small and as cornered as I possibly could so that I would cast myself out so badly that NO one could reach me, therefore making no one able to pour into me and be a light. Don’t doubt how able someone is to speak positivity into your life. Some of the people who have had the greatest impact on my life have not walked in the same shoes I have or have the same story as me at all. But they have been used as a mouthpiece to pour into me.

Whether you’re the person going through the depression, or you’re the friend, mother, spouse, teacher or even the coach of someone going through depression; don’t be afraid to speak out. We can’t call people out, but we can care for them.

Next week I want to talk about how to tackle situations in our lives that cause us to feel depressed. It is important when struggling with depression to help yourself out as much as possible. Having depression is enough as is. I want to look at how God wants to partner with us in order to help us succeed in the plans He has for us and move forward.

 

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Lynn

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Monday with Madi: 3 Weeks on Understanding Depression

3 Weeks on Understanding Depression

Join us tomorrow for a new Monday with Madi series: understanding depression. Madi will be sharing her own struggle and how we can love and help those who struggle with depression as well.

See you tomorrow!

 

Lynn

Monday, July 20, 2015

Monday with Madi: The Perfect Way of Handling Change

It's not about perfectly processing change; it's about showing up every day.

 

by Madi Cowell 

Driving home one night, I had the thought: “Is there really any perfect way of handling change in life?”

Change can come in various ways in life. For me, the change that is about to occur in a month is packing up and moving to Virginia for college. For others, it could be changing schools, parents divorcing or missing someone that you used to be close to. Every time change occurs, we make sure we handle it in the perfect way, or what we think is perfect. All the while, we’re hoping that we can still appear to have everything together to those around us…and also sometimes to ourselves. There is nothing that can be more discomforting than knowing that you may not be okay or that something happening in your life is rubbing you in the wrong way.

Countless times in my life, when change has happened, I feel as though I constantly handle change the wrong way. Let me give you some examples: If a boy doesn’t care for me the way I thought he did, I can tend to put off those emotions and not process them. I shove them out, so that I don’t have to think about the embarrassment and the pain. If there is change coming in my school or work, I try to take the change into my control and end up causing way too much anxiety for myself that wasn’t necessary. At the end of the day, I find myself wondering what I am doing wrong and why I am not getting this whole handling-change-thing down correctly.

But that night, as I was driving, I realized: every single person handles change in a completely different way. I watch my best friend, who is also leaving for college, my friends who will still be staying home when I move, and my parents, all processing the same event, but in completely different ways. And that’s when it clicked for me. It’s not about finding some perfect way of handling change; it’s about showing up every day. That’s all God wants. He wants us to show up, and declare that we are not defeated. No matter what the change may be. Sometimes the changes occurring in our lives can be MASSIVE, and we feel like we cannot carry the weight on our backs. That is because we were not made to. Walking with the Lord is about releasing control, and looking forward to the unknown. Because we know this, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8

Each person processes change in the best way they know how. When people are going through something, to an outsider looking in, sometimes we don’t get it. But each person’s situation is going to look different. That’s because Jesus has different ways of pulling our heartstrings and speaking into each and every one of our lives. He knows our whole hearts and what each and everyone of us need to hear in order to best help us handle things.

Life is about perseverance. It’s about having the endurance to admit that, yes I don’t know where I am going or where God is calling me next or why this is happening to me, but I do know this, that His word is true and everlasting. And those words are what allow us to endure, and to move forward in peace. He is the perfect answer to the unanswered questions.

So, when life brings change into the picture, like it so often does, fret not. Remember who is Steadfast through the wind and waves of life. Let Him guide you through some answers we will never fully understand unless we rely on someone who is not ourselves to handle them.

 

The winner of “Breaking Up With Perfect” by Amy Carroll is  Maya who posted on July 17 at 11:21 p.m. Maya, please send us your full name and address and we’ll get it sent out to you!

 

I’ll be out this week, speaking at Proverbs 31 Ministries’ She Speaks conference. I look forward to connecting with you again next week! – Lynn

 

 

Lynn

Friday, July 17, 2015

{Give Away Day} Out of Control & Loving It

Only when I end my pursuit of perfection can God begin His perfecting work in me.

 

Today, I am so excited to welcome as my guest my good friend and fellow Proverbs 31 Ministries teammate, Amy Carroll.  Amy has just released her new book, “Breaking Up with Perfect: Kiss Perfection Good-Bye & Embrace the Joy God Has in Store for You”. 

Breaking Up With Perfect

 

“It’s a good day when the water on the bathroom floor isn’t higher than the top of your sandals,” quipped my friend Cathy as our women’s conference in India drew to a close.Now that’s a new measure of a good day!

India is overload for American senses. Your eye fills with the bright colors of saris, strings of marigolds for a festival, and stacks of fruit being sold in a roadside stand. In your peripheral vision, cars whiz by laced with motorcycles carrying whole families, and you think you might have just seen a bull in the midst of the traffic’s snarl.

The food is an explosion of ten thousand tastes in every bite. Unknown flying objects and pollution make the air a tactile experience, and my friend says that India is “an amusement park for the nose.” It’s the smell of spices, piles of trash, millions of bodies, and the fragrance of flowers.

India feels like chaos to this ordered American girl.

And I love it.

Part of my heart resides in Kolkata, but it seems hard to figure out why. I don’t speak the language, so sometimes communicating is difficult. There’s a different measure of cleanliness which presents significant challenges at times. The ways of people there—from eating to shopping to potties– are diametrically opposed to my own so that the culture shock is more like a sizzling bolt from the sky than a mild zap from a socket.

So why do I love India so much?

I love the wildness of India. It teams with life in every inch, and it keeps me off kilter. India communicates the exotic, extreme Life of God to me. As CS Lewis said of his character Aslan, a lion who is the symbol of God in the Narnia stories, “He’s not a tame lion. But he’s good.”

Somehow in America, I slide back into my own view of perfection—a room perfectly straightened, mess-free relationships, a god who behaves the way I like and with the timing I approve. In India, all my cultural crutches are removed. I seek God in every move, and I see Him everywhere.

It’s in the midst of unpredictability that I sense the presence of God most acutely and when I feel the most alive. Yet I’ve been reluctant to give up control. From the time I was a little girl, I tried to shape myself and my environment to please others and earn love. It’s a mistake to try to live this way, though.

God crafted us to reflect His image, not to create our own.

Trying to shape our own image into what we consider perfect gives us less life instead of more. Perfection might make us feel more comfortable, but then we miss out on the majestic wildness of following our untamed but wholly good God. 

Let’s break up with our idea of perfection and walk into the foreign land of trusting God fully as He shapes the perfect path for us filled with His Life.

Today we’re giving away a copy of Amy’s Carroll’s newly released book Breaking Up with Perfect. Leave a comment to enter, or if you’re living life at warp speed today, simply say “I’m breaking up with perfect!” in the comments.

Breaking Up With Perfect     Amy Carroll’s passion is leading women to deeper delight through the matchless pleasure of rich     relationship with God and others. Amy is a member of the Proverbs 31 Ministries’ speaker team,    the author of Breaking Up with Perfect, and the director of Next Step Speaker Services.  She      lives in NC with her 3 favorite guys and a little, red dachshund.  You can find her on any given day   typing at her computer, reading a book or trying to figure out one more alternative to cooking    dinner.  Visit Amy at her blog to join her in a journey toward more joy.

 

Lynn

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Wednesday Wisdom Tip: Those Lyrics Say What?

Do you monitor what your kids are listening to? If so, what do you think are good boundaries?

 

Do you monitor what your kids listen to?

If you do set boundaries, what are they and why?

Before my children went to middle school, I only allowed them to listen to Christian music.

Strict, I know. Since Jesus said in Matthew 12:34, “…For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of”, I wanted to help my kids choose carefully what their hearts were full of. The easiest choice for me was to choose music written by artists I was familiar with.

As we gave them more opportunities to make wise choices, I saw that not always were their choices in regards to music the best ones.

I remember a day I decided to try something new instead of arguing about this tender topic. My daughter was asking if she could buy a particular album. I asked her to read me the lyrics out loud. She hesitated. She turned a shade a red, but she never read those lyrics out loud. She just couldn’t bring herself to say them.

I’m sure you have heard the line, “I’m just listening to the music. I don’t pay attention to the words.” In a non-threatening way, ask to have the lyrics read to you. The same effect won’t happen if they show you the words; they need to read them out loud. If they won’t, I think that says a lot. If they do, this is a wonderful opportunity to have a conversation on the power of words and the impact they have on our lives.

Talk about the power of words, both positive and negative, spoken by Adolf Hitler, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Billy Graham. What about the words of their teacher, your pastor or you in their lives?

Words have power. Proverbs 18:21 says, “The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.” (NLT)

What words are we giving power to?

 

For more conversation starters, see my freebies page!

Lynn

Monday, July 13, 2015

Monday with Madi: A Full Surrender

When we commit to God and make our relationship with Him two-ways, where we are filling ourselves up with His word and then going out and practicing, a shift is made. We start to fully believe what He says about His love and calling for us. When we completely tune into the idea that the creator of the universe wants to wreck our heart in the best way ever for eternity, we will never be the same.

 

By Madi Cowell

 

I gave my life to Christ when I was in seventh grade. From there on out, I was completely devoted to God, but was I really? Controversy between God and us comes about when we know what God has called us to be, but we still think we want what every one else has. So, we try to balance how much control we give Him.

My freshman and sophomore year of high school, I had a rough time. Ultimately, the problem was that I was not allowing God into the darkest, nastiest parts of my broken heart. I wasn’t giving Him control of what mattered most to me. Because I didn’t hand that over to God and allow Him to move in me when I needed Him to so badly, that baggage followed me into my junior year as well.

About half way through my junior year, the boy I was dating broke up with me. His reason: he truly felt like God was telling him that we both needed to be even more focused on Jesus, get our head and hearts in the right place and then he would come back.

Now here was the thing: was my ex-boyfriend correct? Absolutely, but was I confused when this all erupted at first? Yes; completely. I thought I had pushed all of my problems out of my life forever, but in reality, I had just put them on pause. It became obvious that I had not dealt with my problems from earlier in my high school years.

God moved in me in the most incredible way my senior year. I didn’t even know what I was missing because I had never allowed my heart to tune in to that love, and leave the rest behind. I had been stubborn. I didn’t want to be dependent on anything because my own fear was holding me back. I needed to be free of giving away full control. I needed to start releasing everything that I had ever thought was actually my own, and realize it wasn’t even mine to begin with. “Then he said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it.” Luke 9:23-24 (NIV) I have learned more and experienced more of God in the last twelve months than I had in eighteen years, and it’s all because I chose to fully surrender.

I decided I was done trying to fix myself constantly, fix other people and put on a perfect show. I allowed God to break every chain that held me down and do open heart surgery on my-so broken heart. Once I made this decision to let Him work, I needed to not question His motives from there on out. I knew He knew what was best for me and needed to understand that wherever I was going, He would place me right where He wanted me.

This doesn’t mean that once you give your life to Christ everything falls into place and is perfect. I still had questions, like why my boyfriend broke up with me when I thought everything was fine. But the key was, because I listened and believed the sweet words that I read that He wrote to his people all through out the bible about how they were his and He was theirs, about how he was the Great I Am, and He was almighty I knew I was not going to get hurt. I could finally put my full and absolute trust in something. I wanted something that powerful and that beautiful, in my life forever.

Now don’t get me wrong, this doesn’t mean all the years before I wasn’t a Christian or something…it just means God showed me a whole new level of freedom that He has to offer that I was not even obtaining because I wasn’t tuning into that access. I learned the importance of the full surrender, giving away control and abiding in the presence of the Lord. These things can help allow you to have peace about the days to come and walk your life in confidence and faith.

When we commit to God and make our relationship with Him two-ways, where we are filling ourselves up with His word and then going out and practicing, a shift is made. We start to fully believe what He says about His love and calling for us. When we completely tune into the idea that the creator of the universe wants to wreck our heart in the best way ever for eternity, we will never be the same.

 

The winner of Wednesday’s copy of Life Unstuck is Courtney who posted at July 8, 2015 at 8:16 am.

The winner of Friday’s Summer Study Kit with Magnetic: Becoming the Girl He Wants is Jennifer B who posted at 2015/07/10 at 9:41 am.

Please send me your full name and address at Lynn@LynnCowell.com and I’ll get your prizes right out to you!

 

 

Lynn

Friday, July 10, 2015

Who Am I Becoming?

Who Am I Becoming?

 

If you are joining me here today from Proverbs 31 Ministries’ Encouragement for Today, welcome! I’d love to connect with you more on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and Pinterest. 

Who Am I Becoming?

Such a great question for us to ponder and ask ourselves often.

When I reflect on the most beautiful women I know, the ones whose lives reflect love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control, they all have one thing in common. They are continually growing; every day becoming more like Christ.

Whether it is a young teen who has just begun pursuing Jesus or an elderly woman who has walked with Him her whole life, those who never stop growing are simply gorgeous. They see their need to keep pursuing Jesus and becoming more like Him. They recognize there is no such thing as being stagnate. We are either becoming more like Him or less like Him.

I believe this is why Jesus brings times of change in our lives; to keep us moving. Our part is making the decision to move toward becoming a greater reflection of Him.

 

SummerKit

 

 

Today I am giving away a Summer Study Kit along with 2 copies of Magnetic: Becoming the Girl He Wants to help young women move toward Jesus; becoming more like Him.

The kit includes:

* 2 cardstock copies of the Magnetic Manifesto to frame

* Journaling pages of each of the fruit of the Spirit to accompany Magnetic: Becoming the Girl He Wants

* 2 magnets which say: Gorgeous is More Than a Face in the Mirror

 

To enter, share in the comments section below which trait you most would like to work on becoming more like Jesus in your life. If you are in a hurry, simply say, “I’m in!” I will announce the winner here on Monday with Monday with Madi. [This give away has now ended.]

If you would like the Summer Study Kit, simply purchase two or more copies of Magnetic: Becoming the Girl He Wants and forward the receipt, along with your address to Lynn@LynnCowell.com and I’ll get it right out to you!

 

 

 

Lynn

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Get Unstuck

Getting Your Life Unstuck

 

I am so excited to have a guest today, my friend Pat Layton. Today, I’m giving away a copy of Pat’s new book, Life Unstuck: Finding Peace with Your Past, Purpose in Your Present and Passion for Your Future. 

 

Here’s Pat:

 

Happy, noisy chatter filled the air. Plates clanked. Wrestling kids invaded all available floor space. It was the first night of our much-anticipated family vacation. Our crew of five had joined with another family of five for a wonderful week in the cool air of the Great Smokey Mountains.

After a raucous dinner, I had graciously (if I must say so myself) agreed to clean up the dishes while the crew prepared to let the board games begin.

I dug around in the cabinets of the amazing mountain house we had rented and could not find any dishwasher detergent. I did, however, find a small bottle of JOY, dishwashing soap! I know, I can feel you cringing, but I thought—just a tiny bit will do the trick, right?!!

I was well on my way to winning the first round of SCRABBLE when my husband looked at me, horrified and hysterical, as he declared in a not-so-unfamiliar voice “Lucy, you’ve’ got some splainin’ to do”.

(Maybe you recognize this line from the old show, “I Love Lucy”.  That phrase “you’ve got some splainin’ to do” had become my husbands favorite way to capture my frequent DIZZY moments throughout our marriage. Kind of like when your Mother calls you by your entire name—you know it’s serious!)

Much to the group’s chagrin, a soap mountain was rolling its way towards the family room! We were STUCK in the middle of a hot mess and the planned night of fun and games metamorphosed into a tedious, group-cleaning project.

Life can be like that, can’t it? Just when we’re sailing smoothly through life, messy moments come along and get

us STUCK! When heartbreak, shame, loss, fear, failure and hopelessness roll upon us like those soapsuds, the GOOD NEWS is that God has a clean-up plan for your Life Unstuck in the 24 timeless verses of Palms 139.

1) See yourself as God sees you! (Psalm 139:1-6)

Whether you feel it or not! The Bible clearly says that God created you, He SEES you and has a plan for your life that is GOOD! So start getting UNSTUCK by claiming the good He has created in you! Start getting UNSTUCK by examining the possibilities!

Who are you?

What do you love?

What makes your heart soar?

What makes you happy? Sad? Hurt?

 

2) Sometimes we have to go back to get ahead! (Psalm 139: 7-12)

I read so many pithy quotes on Instagram that tell us to leave the past behind and just move on. The ultimate need for that is very true but sometimes we get STUCK when we don’t confront what is still hurting from the past.

Do what you need to do to place the past in the past and be able to use it for your future?

 

3) The Purpose of life is a life of Purpose! (Psalm 139:13-18)

Embrace what God is doing in your life right now—today! Not looking at the past or even the future but what is He doing Today? So often we are so busy wanting to get out of what is going on, we miss the work God is doing in the NOW! He has a purpose for our present! Lets allow ourselves to rest in the moment God has given us.

Where can we reflect His love?

How can we act as His hands and feet?

What is His assignment for me today?

 

4) God wants to turn your Passion into His passionate pursuit! (Psalm 139:19-24)

God is where we get our strength. He is where we find our purpose and fuel our passion. He is where we get our direction and our provision. He is ultimately where we find our completed intimacy. No man is big enough, smart enough, strong enough or faithful enough. Only God can meet our needs through face-to-face encounters with Him, through His Word and His Spirit.

God breathes into us what he wants out of us! God gives us power when we are worn out and a clean up plan when we make messes.

Trust me, I know!

Take some time today, will you, friend? Allow God to reveal where He is working in your life today and where He might be leading for your Life Unstuck!

Today, I am giving away a copy of Pat’s new book, Life Unstuck.  To enter for the chance to win, enter in the comments below which one of the 4 points resonated with you. If you are in a hurry today, just enter, “I’m in!”. I will announce the winner on Friday.

Lynn