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What if God said, YES?

Summer is in full swing, and that means I'm carting kids off to opposite sides of town for their activities. One such trip was an early morning drop-off for my youngest, and this particular morning my oldest decided to tag along.

We hadn't been on the road for very long, and I had a knowing, you know, the knowing that someone is going to ask you to go to Starbucks.

It was at this knowing that I had already made my decision. Before the question was even asked, I predetermined if I would say yes or no.

I smiled to myself, nearly giggling at my desire to treat them before they even asked.

We ascended the exit ramp, and the green mermaid beckoned.

Nothing.

Not a peep. Nothing from the front seat and nothing from the back.

I was shocked. They didn't ask.

I began to wonder if I got the knowing wrong.

When do they NOT want Starbucks? Are they asleep? Why didn't they ask?

These questions rolled around in my head, and I heard God's inquiry, "why don't you ask me for...

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Keys to Overcoming Discouragement

I took a sabbatical.  What I didn't know as I entered this rest was that the discouragement I had been going through would continue to crash on me.

Discouragement makes you lose hope, and you get spiritually tired. It can cause you to lose faith and begin to doubt God. Discouragement is a powerful attack from the enemy because it can cause someone to quit what God has called them to do.

This is exactly what I was feeling, daily I would offer to quit, I'd put this calling, this ministry, on the altar and ask God to take it back and he'd tell me "NO."

And in the throes of it, I'd get up and serve my clients and my family with every ounce of what I had in my tank. Then I'd crash. EMPTY.

God cares about our discouragement. He wants us to hang in there and keep going. He wants us to choose to trust Him and have faith; you know that Hebrews 11:1 stuff, the substance of things hoped for that is not based on what we see.

He wants us to stand firm and hold tight to His promises,...

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Learning How to Partner with God's Spring Cleaning

Yesterday, we pulled the first Spring weeds: dandelions, purslane, and thistle. We raked out dead leaves and cut back the grasses, sage, and junipers. Dead and brittle branches were cut off trees.

Early spring can still look barren. And pruning before you see growth seems senseless. At least that’s true for me. 

It isn’t fun to partner with God this season, seeing so much more of me cut back and cut off. Tending to a garden of dead things. 

“Seriously, God. We’ve done so much work, in this area and that; it would be nice to see some fruit.”

Lovingly He speaks, "I am the Gardener. I cut off every branch in you that bears no fruit, and every branch that does bear fruit I prune so that it will be even more fruitful" (John 15:1-2).

He’s teaching me through this garden labor; just like my landscaping needed spring cleaning, so does my heart. He’s showing me the clutter from my winter season. And dealing with anything...

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The Signs Of A Change In Season

A robin landed on my fence this morning, it is a beautiful sign of Spring, one I needed. This winter has been fierce with cold temperatures and record-breaking snowfalls.

I'm over it.

Ever been in one of those seasons and you're over it? You can't wait for it to end and the new one to begin?

It's hard not to grumble and complain when our heart is tired of the current season and we eagerly anticipate the next one. Isn't it.

Just this morning, I stood in the shower and had a very raw conversation with the Lord.

I reminded him (as if he needs reminding), that the last few years have been hard, there have been things I've been contending for and, frankly, I'm tired of plowing and planting and not seeing a harvest. Of watching the seeds just die in the ground. I'm tired of the wilderness and its barrenness.

I'm over it.

Yet I declare. I will see the promises of the Lord!

And then I remind him what those promises are; as if he didn't know.

Then, of course, God speaks to my heart right...

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We can GO with what God has said.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve messed up more things being out of step with God and outside His timing. What helps me is the verse, where Moses requests, “Lord, if your presence is not with me do not send me.” I use God's presence as my traffic signal, GO-YIELD-STOP.
 
When this is our heart God is pleased, and he loves us too much to let us miss our green light. We know it when we speed through a yellow or outright run the red. When we're being disobedient, we do it on purpose.
 
But here's where we get tripped up, when we’re so desperate to do things in God’s timing, then the enemy begins to whisper, "Cherlyn, you're getting ahead of God."
 
And then we, or at least, I slink back and hesitate. Frozen. Unable to move forward without another confirmation. Don't get me wrong, I don't move forward without KNOWING, but continuing to ask, is unnecessary. We can GO with what God has said.
 
Just this week I had...
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God, I want your presence.

This passage defines me...
 
“If your Presence does not go with me, do not send me. How will anyone know that you are pleased with me ... unless you go with me? What else will distinguish me from all the other people on the face of the earth?”” Exodus 33:15-16 NIV (paraphrase)
 
Each morning I sit in stillness. Thinking of everything I am doing and I want NONE of it unless God is in it.
 
I close my eyes, visualize putting it all on the altar, and I ask God to take it. I picture him putting his arms around my pile o’stuff and pulling it towards his chest. He smiles.
 
Then I ask Him, “what will You have me do?”  I watch him sifting through it, moving some here and some there. Then, he slides something back over towards me — my assignment. It is only a small piece of what I gave him. But it is ALL he is calling me to DO NOW, today, in this season.
 
It’s rebellious to how the world plans their day, but...
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Would I grumble and complain? Would I start my day like that?

I'll never forget the morning I heard John Bevere give this analogy. I was listening to a podcast and putting my makeup on. As soon as he uttered these words, it was an 'OH SNAP' moment. (Can we even use that phrase anymore?).
 
Then it quickly turned into an OH CRAP moment as I realized that I had over squeezed the tube of my foundation and it got all over my shirt. And it also afforded me the instant opportunity to practice what I had just heard. Would I grumble and complain? Would I start my day like that?
 
Nope...I changed my shirt and squeezed some Spray'n'Wash on the other one.
 
How often do you grumble and complain? Do you even realize it?  Do you even care?
 
Well, I know of an entire generation of Israelites who missed out on the things God promised them because of their complaining.
 
I don't want to miss out on what God has promised me, do you?
 
Let me challenge you to pay attention to how you react to things throughout your...
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What comes out of your mouth is a reflection of what is in your heart.

We couldn't help but hear the huffing and the puffing behind us as my daughters and I stood in line at Kohl's to make an Amazon return.
 
This older gentleman was at the kiosk and he couldn't figure out how to find the bar code he needed to make his return. You know the one, it is the QR code that comes in an email from Amazon. And if you're lucky enough to have a good cellular signal inside the store you can actually bring it up and show it to the clerk.  Well, this man didn't know how to find his code, he didn't know how to search his phone for the email and there was a LONG line of irritated shoppers behind him. There were mumbles and snarky comments coming out of the mouths of those who waited.
 
Not me. Not my girls. We watched with appreciation as this young kid, maybe in his 20s, helped this older man operate his iPhone. He helped him find the Gmail app and search for 'Amazon'. He showed him now to open the mail and demonstrated how to pinch his fingers, put...
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God, what are you doing?

Consider this quote. After all you've been through this past year and ask, "God what are you doing?" Not just in the political landscape, not just in the pandemic, those are important. But what is God doing in you personally, and through you professionally? Have you asked?
 
I did and it was powerful. Let me tell you what happened.
 
I knew for God to answer this question we had to deal with all the stuff I was doing. Last year I was doing too much, again. I'm a recovering overachiever after all.
 
I took a break in January; I needed a detox from all the “doing” and to seek God’s plans for this year. To get away and hear from God, to hear his voice clearly.
 
"What do you have for me this year, God?"
 
"Just wait!"
 
"What does that mean? Wait"
 
I hate waiting...wait feels like a curse. Anyone else?
 
Then I felt such a peace wash over me and He then spoke of IMPACT. (Impact is one of my...
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Are you lost?

In desperation, I picked up my phone and dialed.
 
It rang 3 times until finally, my friend Maggie’s voice said, “Hello?"
 
"I don't know where I'm going," I confessed through tears after an hour of driving.
 
Maggie's comforting voice, a relief to my panic, gently asked "Are you lost?" And, then with gracious laughter, she added "it happens all the time."
 
I'm convinced she lives in the middle of nowhere on purpose; off the road so far, out where no GPS has ever been.
 
I'm convinced she lives there for the sheer fact that she wants her friends to depend — on her.
 
Then, as if it was God's queue to chime in, I beat him to it:" Yes, God, she's a lot like you in that way, Lord. And I think you do it on purpose too; you create the fog, you dimly light my path and strategically place the curves and forks in my road; all to teach me: dependence."
 
It was because of a dependence on Maggie, that I eventually made it to...
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