5 Ways an Ordinary Woman Can Serve an Extraordinary God

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I must confess that right now I have a huge pile of laundry to conquer and a sink full of dishes. The charge to go into the world and make disciples seems beyond my capability. I can’t make time to wash my hair most weeks. How am I supposed to fulfill the Great Commission when I can’t even get to the grocery store to make dinner for my family?

I am just an ordinary woman. The call to reach the lost seems like an extraordinary challenge.

How can I have a missionary heart in the midst of my daily life? Reading through the Bible, I’ve found inspiration from the lives of 5 ordinary women who made an extraordinary difference.

I can pray…

I can help…

I can encourage and support…

I can invite others in….

I can serve….

I’m sharing “5 Ways an Ordinary Woman can Serve an Extraordinary God”over at Missional Women today.

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Transformation in Progress

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On Friday, my crabby atttitude resurrected.

My employer requires me to work twice a year on Friday evenings, and although I smiled on the outside, I whined loudly on the inside.

The good news was that Maria decorated the tables and put Hershey’s kisses in a little bowl right in front of me. Chocolate makes everything just a little bit more bearable.

I sat mesmerized by the bowl of candy delight until the seminar speaker grabbed my undivided attention by expanding upon one word on his handout.

Recommendations

“I ask my students to craft a list of recommendations,” he said. His goal was for the learner to apply the content to life. How will what I have learned change how I live?

He went on to explain that the implications were two-fold:

  • Intrapersonal: How will this impact my commitments, my values, my desires, and my thoughts?
  • Interpersonal: How will this impact my relationship with my family, my co-workers, my church, my community, and the world?

Then, he turned around and wrote 4 words on the board.

“I could apply this to my Bible reading,” I immediately thought. Just like that, my speaker friend and the Holy Spirit partnered to provide me a tool for transformation.

Transformation Tool

  • START: What will I invest in?
  • STOP: What is holding me back?
  • CHANGE: What needs improvement?
  • CONTINUE: What makes my heart come alive?

Open up the Word of Life and ask yourself

what God is recommending for your day.  



Transformation from the Inside Out | 3dlessons4life.com

 

A gift for you: Transformation Tool Worksheet



Transformation | 3dlessons4life.com

 

 

 

Something to think about…

 

I’m sharing “Transformation in Progress” with like-minded friends at Faith-Filled Friday.

 

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On My Heart (Vol 3)

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I thought from time to time it might be nice to give you a peek at what’s tugging at my heart strings.

Right now I am…

Watching: Forget those presidential debates. It’s time for the NBA playoffs. Go Miami Heat!

Feeling: Convicted and challenged by the book of Ecclesiastes. I’m studying it verse by verse with a great group of gals.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 | 3dlessons4life.com

 

Listening: Have you hear Colton Dixon’s new song Through All of It”? It’s one of my new favorites along with “Hope in Front of Me” by Danny Gokey. I didn’t catch either of them on American Idol, but I am a big fan now.  🙂

Making: I love this crock pot vegetable soup. I make a big batch on the weekend and pack it in my new lunch crock food warmer to take to work.

Loving: I discovered a fabulous app called Adobe Post thanks to Amy Andrews, and now I am addicted to making graphics on my phone.

Psalm 5:3 | 3dlessons4life.com

Reading: I recently finished two excellent books — Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan to Serious, Specific and Strategic Prayer by Priscilla Shirer and The Rest of God: Restoring Your Soul by Restoring Sabbath by Mark Buchanan.

Planning: I took the plunge and launched a public Instagram account. Join me there for a little sunshine.

Christ in Me | 3dlessons4life.com

Celebrating: My hubby came home from the hospital last month with high blood sugar, so I determined to get our diet under control. I started by purchasing these precise portion plates, and 8 weeks later, Bruce has lost weight and is off medication.

Let’s Talk: What’s on your heart right now?

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Kitchen Dance Party

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I opened the card and picked up my pen to scribble a congratulatory sentiment to the bride-to-be.

In the days ahead, there will be champagne toasts and presents. Each hour will joyfully brim over with planning and anticipation.

Sigh.

If only we could perpetually stay in the honeymoon phase with no bills to pay or pesky relatives to tame. If only our heart could race continually, rather than getting heartburn when the dinner conversation starts tasting lukewarm and monotonous.

How do you create a good marriage? I did a quick Google search and found some inspiration. Rather than plagiarize completely, I tweaked the wording and crafted a concoction uniquely my own. I scrawled a list of essential ingredients on the $2 Hallmark card, and then I paused to reflect.

Not good enough.

I decided to invite in a co-creator. “What makes a marriage good?” I asked my man as I held my pen mid-air in anticipation.

“Humility,” he responded.

That’s it. I added a final component and then sealed the card.

But, last night, the Creator of all things beautiful reminded me of a conversation I had with a co-worker just seven years ago.

“Make sure you dance in the kitchen,” she’d advised. At the time, I didn’t really understand her wisdom.

My mom-in-love knew better.  At my wedding, I watched as my hubby swayed her back and forth as Lee Ann Womack sang “I Hope You Dance.”

I hope you never lose your sense of wonder,
You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger,
May you never take one single breath for granted,
GOD forbid love ever leave you empty handed,
I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean,
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens,
Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance,
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance.
I hope you dance.


Some days, I forget how to move with the music. The melody sounds dark and foreboding in my ears. I’d rather just stay in bed and have a good cry instead.

But, I must remember that I am alive by God’s grace today. My man is still beside me, and our toes are still tapping. That’s reason enough for a kitchen dance party.

As I get moving, I will find the right rhythm with my Jesus and my man on the floor.

Just call me Twinkle Toes. This girl is going to keep her dancing shoes on…

 

Recipe for a Happy Marriage

  • 4 cups of Unconditional Love
  • 3 cups of Respect and Understanding
  • 3 cups of Authentic and Truthful Conversation
  • 4 teaspoons of Laughter and Fun
  • A pinch of Thoughtfulness and Tenderness
  • A heap of PRAYER
  • Season with Kitchen Dance Party spice
  • Add Forgiveness, Patience, and an extra measure of Faith
  • Sprinkle Unselfish Humility on top as needed

Blend all the ingredients together. Simmer until hot. Garnish with hugs and kisses.  Don’t scrimp on the portions when serving.

 

Put on Your Dancing Shoes | 3dlessons4life.com

 

 

Something to think about…

 

I’m sharing “Kitchen Dance Party”  with like-minded friends at Faith-Filled Friday.

 

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Holy Spirit Hit List

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Sometimes, life feels like an episode of Mission Impossible.

I am sitting at home with my Bible open before me when out of nowhere I receive a charge: Your mission, Lyli, should you decide to accept it…

Usually, the mammoth assignment is beyond my capability. I can’t dismantle strongholds or soften hard hearts. I can’t unravel deceptive schemes and rescue those chained in the miry places.

I can’t turn darkness into light, but that’s not my responsibility.

My job is to say “Yes” to the charge. My calling is to love. My weapon is Truth. My position is to pray in faith believing that He who is Light will win the day.

I’m the girl who stands in the gap and believes the unbelievable.

One day soon, I’ll be singing sweet victory.

In the meantime, I get down on my knees and present to God my Holy Spirit Hit List. The Omnipotent One has placed His all-seeing eye my tough cookies, and the enemy’s plans will surely crumble.

One prayer at a time, I’m partnering with God on a mission of redemption.

 

Redemption Mission | 3dlessons4life.com


Let’s Talk: Do you have a Holy Spirit hit list?

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My desire is to lift up holy hands and “Pray Big.” Want to join me? I’ve created a private “Pray Big” Facebook group for like-minded sisters to share their stories and surrender each one to our mountain-moving God in prayer. Let’s cry out to God together.

Pray Big

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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