God’s Promises and Our Christ-Centered Goals

The seed is the word of God.  I have always believed that this passage from Luke 8 was only about salvation.  But, as I read this, pondered it, and prayed over it, I could see how these very words of Jesus could be applied to the Christian goal setting process as well!  

This passage is about salvation! Yet, it’s about so much more than “beginning” belief! God’s words are the bread of life and the very breath we live by!  The words of God are His very promises that fill our hearts and our lives.   His words are the appointment He has given to us! His words are the LIFE-GIVING FORCE that drives the Universe.  The seed is the word of God.  

Wait, what?!  Let me repeat this as Jesus often did with things that were important!  The seed is the word of God.  The word of God is the breath and the promise He has planted as a seed in your heart.  The word of God is the LIFE-GIVING FORCE that brought forth light in the beginning. The word of God is the sword that fights the Enemy, pierces hearts, and changes nations.  The word of God is the very thing that spoke you into motion and promises to do amazing things through you, His handiwork. The seed, dear sister, is the word of God!
So, how does the parable of the sower apply to goal setting?

4 Ways to Create a Rest Cycle while Setting Christ-centered Goals

Rest is a concept that I struggle with.  The Enemy knows my Martha heart and makes every effort to pressure me to run faster and do more.  As a goal setter and a go-getter, the temptation to run at the world’s pace instead of the Lord’s pace is always before me.

A Hebrews 12 race is not about running to the goal as hard and as fast as possible.  A Hebrews 12 race is about knowing our purpose, to know our appointment, and to run at the pace the Lord has appointed us to move.  It is about seeing others the way that Jesus sees them. We cannot serve others if we can’t see them. Slow down, sister, and SEE THE PEOPLE you serve with the eyes of Christ.

By fixing my eyes on Jesus, I quit comparing my pace to the pace of other sisters in Christ.  By fixing my eyes on Jesus, I learn to pause and to be still when He commands. By fixing my eyes on Jesus, I relieve my Martha heart to be just a little more like Mary.  By fixing my eyes on Jesus, when he says, “Go in peace,” I know that my race is not yet finished and it’s time to return to the race he marked out for me with my eyes on Jesus.  

Hebrews 12:1-3

Giant Slayer, many people choose a word for the year.  I have done this in the past.  But, what if God’s mission for us is bigger than just one word?  What if to become unlabeled by the world, we need a mission statement instead? Perhaps this is the very reason the Lord has affirmed to me that Hebrews 12:1-3 will set the pace for me for this next year!  Maybe He’s pressing this upon you too?

For with God Nothing is Impossible

A HIDDEN TREASURE “For with God Nothing is Impossible.” -Luke 1:37 I remember finding this little verse hidden within the “Christmas story” years ago when I was in Buenos Aires, Argentina doing mission work.  I was part of a six-week missionary trip with the organization Let’s Start Talking in which English speakers are sent around the …

15 Psalms to Strengthen You When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed  

Overwhelmed. Gosh, friend, this word makes me cringe.  I know it’s tactic from the Enemy to make me believe that God is not in control, and I’m left on my own.  Oh, what lies and havoc the Enemy brings into our life, my dear Giant Slayer! If the phrases “I’m overwhelmed” or “I’m struggling” are …