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  • I'LL TAKE A PLATE OF INSECURITY WITH A SIDE OF JEALOUSY

    OK, I'll 'fess...I've let myself order insecurity with a side of jealousy. It makes me sick & sad that it's a part of bad-Heather. But I gotta tell ya...I'm glad I've identified it. I would hate for the world to see this in me & me not see it in myself. How could God EVER deliver me from this nasty entree of destruction if I don't see it? The whole freakin' nation could be fasting & praying for my jealousy--but if I don't see it, I won't get rid of it. It's twisted, but I think we like to admit certain sins, as if they're glamorous--but jealousy isn't one of them. It's a rare day that I'll call someone & say, "Hey, FYI, I'm jealous of you." So if it's an ugly sin to confess, IMAGINE how liberating it is...when we do. If we're jealous, let's confess it & get that gunk outta our hearts & give God more space to shine!

  • Thanksgiving in May?

     

    About 10 years ago, I started thanking God for stuff before asking for stuff. I felt bad that I'd jump right into my daily quiet time with a list of "gimme's." Admittedly, it's sometimes hard to find thanks--like days when I wake up sad or fearful. But it's on those days that I need to give thanks all the more. Here's some things I've thanked God for this month in May: 1) the personal lessons God is teaching me regarding courage 2) that I haven't been in the hospital in over 2 years for my lungs 3) my better whole, Raul, & my 2 healthy boys 4) Church by the Glades. "Thanks" is good for Thanksgiving, but giving thanks shouldn't be reserved for it. What's something you're thankful for today? This day in May?

  • CHICKEN SALAD & GRAPE LAFFY TAFFY BARF!

    When I was in college, my roommate & I hit the town one night. On our way home, my roomie (feeling the repercussions of a long night of bevaraging) lost control & projected vomit all over my dashboard, my passenger window & passenger door. But wait, there's more.  She had just pigged out on chicken salad & grape laffy-taffy. NAAAAAASTY! We got back to the dorm &--too tired to clean my car--left it. The next morning, I opened my car door & got bull-dozed by the most atrocious odor ever! Whats my point? It stinks when people barf all over.  When I was young & stupid, I thought "strong friendships" meant barfing every single honkin' drama all over my friends.  I've learned better.  People will never rid the odor, or clean the "barf" like Jesus does.  Jesus said, "Come to ME when you are weary" (Matt 11:28)  Perhaps the best thing we can do for ourselves is give ALL the barf to Christ before barfing on each other. After all, He's God, He can handle it. :)

  • WHO CHEERS FOR YOU?

    We are all running a race. Some of us are pacing ourselves quite well. Some of us are barely making it around the bend. Some of us are sprinting with no comprehension of the fatigue that awaits.  But ALL of us have one consistent, faithful, devoted, die-hard fan in the stands. GOD. He cheers for you when you don't hear the cheers of others. He stands up for you when you are falling down. He can't wait to see you make it. He is yelling, "You can do it!" When you think no one is cheering for you--think again. You have all you need in your stadium. You have your #1 Savior and He won't stop cheering until you finish racing.

  • WHAT DO YOU DO WITH YOUR PAST?

    Today I got to thinking about my past. How awful it can be to live there. Especially if you have a jacked-up one like mine. And that's when I got inspired with this one-liner. I take no credit--it was God speaking--but it was so encouraging that I thought I'd share it with you:

    "STOP GRIPPING YOUR JACKED-UP PAST

    SO YOU CAN HUG YOUR PROMISING FUTURE!"

    And you know what goes along perfectly with that one-liner? What Paul said in Philippians 3:13 when he said, "But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead." I hope this encourages someone today. :)

  • WHEN I CAN'T HEAR GOD.

     

    Generally speaking, my heart always believes God is near.  But sometimes my EARS doubt it 'cause it seems like He's coming in thru a tin-can on a distant planet. So what do we do when we feel God is near but we can't hear him very well?  What we don't do is pray for God to come in more clearly. He's God. He ALWAYS comes in clearly. What we do do is pray that our ears pick up better reception. And God will answer. God will come in as clearly as we are willing to let Him in and listen. He's never as far away as our ears think He is. I hope this encourages someone today.

  • WHERE DOES MY STRENGTH COME FROM, ANYWAY?

    Let me answer where my strength comes from by putting Psalm 73:26 under a microscope and dissecting it for you: "My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." In other words...

     

    your marriage may fail,
    your kids may fail,
    your job may fail,
    your health may fail,
    your finances may fail,
    your desire to live may fail,
    but God is the axis of you when your world spins out of control.
    God is the anchor of you when waves torment your voyage.
    God is the solid-oak root of you when wind snaps your branches.
    If your strength can't make it, don't worry, God's can.

  • IF YOU'RE BROKEN, YOU'RE STILL A MASTERPIECE

    Several years ago, my grandma, an artist, sculpted a beautiful scuplture of a man & a woman.

    It was an engagement gift for Raul and I. But when it shipped, it arrived broken.

    But even broken, it was still a masterpiece.

    Because it's sentimentality hadn't changed.

    The attention to detail was still in tact.

    You could still decipher the beautiful vision the artist had for what she created.

    It was just broken...not destroyed

    I've often likened that story to you and me and God.

    We are his masterpieces. And sometimes, we break.

    But we're still a wonderfully-made creation filled with wonderful potential.

    Because our brokenness does not effect our masterpiece-ness!

    for more on this, read Psalm 139

  • HAPPY MOM'S DAY: A LOVE-NOTE TO MY BOYS

     

    Dear Boys,
    You've probably figured this out by now, but I can't always be where you are--
    it's a tough reality every mommy has to accept.
    Each day you grow up, you grow out of a need for me
    & grow into a greater need for Jesus. And that makes my heart glad.
    I know when I pray each & every day that God's watchful eyes be on you
    that they are the same watchful eyes that have been on me.
    I couldn't ask for anything better. And thankfully, God wouldn't give anything less.
    Love you as you grow up & praying as you go on,
    Mommy

  • BYE BYE DRAMA QUEEN. HOW 'BOUT YOU?

     

    Confession: I've had drama-queen tendencies. This is embarassing; and I'm still in recovery for it. But I've lived with myself long enough that I can officially put my drama into 2 categories: Old-Drama-Queen Heather - she made a bigger deal out of the crisis than was needed. She told more people than cared to know or needed to know. She often brought the crisis on herself. She stunted her potential because she delayed her progress by the drama.  New-Drama Heather - strives to make something out of a crisis with GOD FIRST. Proceeds to tell only a few people (who can handle it cause they know her well).  She EXPECTS a speedy recovery. She stays quieter only because she desperately wants to hear God's whisper. These days, I am constantly aiming toward "New-Drama Heather," & hope the old drama queen's days are over. How 'bout you? 

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