Push the Pause Button

Push the Pause Button

Last week, my husband kidnapped me, and we disappeared for a week.  We spent seven glorious days sailing the ocean blue free from e-mails, voice messages, deadlines, and bills.  In the late afternoon, we each plopped down into a comfy chair and watched the sun settle down for the night.  We slowed down and took a breather.

There in the quiet God spoke to me in a way that replenished my soul.  He reminded me that He has the whole world in His hands.

Sometimes we just need to push the pause button.

Something to think about…

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4 Keys to Keeping on Mission as a Dating Couple

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To succeed at any great endeavor, you need to have a plan.  Don’t you agree?  For example, as a college student, I had a calendar, a course catalog, and a budget.  I didn’t just show up to class and expect everything to fall into place.  I made sure I had my textbooks purchased, and I had read the syllabus before day 1.  I came with sharpened pencils and a nice notebook to take notes.   I had my “game face on.”

The same preparation principle applies to almost everything I can think of – for example, running a marathon, spending a summer in Europe, and purchasing a home all require careful thought and a well-laid out plan.

Why then do we not understand that dating requires the same type of careful planning and preparation?  When you meet the man of your dreams, you want to make sure that you have your “game face on.”

Dating success is more than just purchasing some cute outfits and making sure that your hair looks perfect.  If you want to stay on mission, you need to have a plan.

My suggestion is that you get some new sharpened pencils and a notebook, and then sit down with your man over a cup of coffee to discuss what your mission is as a dating couple.

If you need some direction, my man and I would like to offer you some advice.  Here are four key principles that helped guide our dating season that I think will be beneficial to you….

I’m sharing over at Missional Women today.

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Pray Big Playlist

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A few weeks ago, my bloggy friend Kristin decided to create a playlist for her “one word” for 2015.  She asked her Facebook friends for some suggestions, and I immediately jumped in because I love music, and her word is “joy.”

Afterward, I took a mental trip back to 2012 when I declared my theme for the year was “Ain’t Nobody Gonna Steal My Joy” and thanked God for getting me through the dark season that followed.  I’ve learned the hard way that choosing a theme for the year can kind of “kick your butt” when you go through a  valley of testing.  It’s not easy to do “Cartwheels of Joy” when you are in a hospital bed.  Last year, when I told my husband that my theme for 2014 was “Hold Fast,” he actually cringed, but we’ve come to see in full color that God is the Anchor through the storm.   I have no regrets.  When all around my soul gives way, He then is all my hope and stay.

Over the last month, I keep picking up on prayers in song lyrics whenever I turn on the car radio or step into church.  I’ve been scribbling down song titles and realized almost immediately that God was giving me my own “Pray Big Playlist” for 2015.  So, with a tip of the hat to Kristin, I wanted to “share the love” today for all of you who may need a little musical inspiration as you lift up holy hands to our mountain-moving God this year.

Pray Big Tunes

“I Surrender” by Hillsong Live

I surrender.
I surrender.
I want to know You more.
I want to know You more.

Like a rushing wind,
Jesus breathe within.
Lord, have Your way.
Lord, have Your way in me.

“God, I Look to You” by Bethel Music

God, I look to You.
I won’t be overwhelmed.
Give me vision to see things like You do.
God, I look to You.
You’re where my help comes from.
Give me wisdom. You know just what to do.

“The Greatness of our God” by Hillsong Live

Give me eyes to see
More of who You are.
May what I behold,
Still my anxious heart.
Take what I have known
And break it all apart,
For You my God, are greater still.

“Fall Down” by Trevor Morgan

Fall down on me.
Drop me to my knees.
Pour over me
Deeper than the sea.
Rain on me
With love until I drown.
I need You to fall down.

“Holy Spirit” by Jesus Culture

Holy Spirit You are welcome here.
Come flood this place and fill the atmosphere.
Your glory, God, is what our hearts long for,
To be overcome by Your presence, Lord.

Let us become more aware of Your presence.

Let us experience the glory of Your goodness.

“Here for You” by Matt Redman

Let Your Word move in power.
Let what’s dead come to life.
We are here for You.

“Slow Me Down” by Robbie Seay Band

Slow me down, O Lord.
Slow me down.
Help my heart to hear Your sound.
Speak into my life.
Lord, speak now.
Slow me down, O Lord.
Slow me down.

“Cast My Cares” by Tim Timmons

In the middle of the night,
I’ll pray with confidence.
In the middle of the fight,
You’re greater still.
In the middle of a fire,
Your love is holding me.
You are, You are my song.
You’re my hope, when hope is gone.
So I will cast my cares on You, the Almighty.
I will cast my cares on You ’cause You’re good.
I will cast my cares on You ’cause You love me.

 

“I Lift Up My Hands” by Chris Tomlin

I lift my hands to believe again.
You are my refuge; You are my strength.
As I pour out my heart, these things I remember:
You are faithful, God, forever.

“Lift My Life Up” by Unspoken

All my dreams, all my plans.
Lord I leave it in Your hands.
I lift my life, lift my life up.

Have Your way in me.
Have Your way in me.

Q4U:  What song is your heart singing right now?  What’s on your playlist?

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This year, 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.

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I am sharing “I Surrender” and joining like-minded sisters at The Weekend Brew, Spiritual SundaysFaith-Filled Friday, Thriving ThursdayTell His Story, Coffee for Your Heart, Three-Word Wednesday, The Soli Deo SisterhoodTestimony Tuesday, Purposeful Faith’s RaRaLinkup, Rich-Faith RisingSharing His Beauty, and Playdates with God.
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