Friday, June 6, 2014

Taking the Risk

 Throw back  blog never released- as we tackle the mind,
 let's overcome our fears-  LET'S GO!!!


Will you join me to KILL all that hinders?

After what it seems like a century, it's time to move forward. No more crutches, no more fear! Face to face with the thing that has terrified me for years, progress. Funny how I wrote a blog about control and used the movie analogy- it was a movie that was used to break me tonight. As I perused through Nexflix, I came across a movie that acted as a beautiful interruption to my program of procrastination.  The movie was about a guy trapped in his past to the point that he suffocated God given gifts, blocked love and fought to be content with mediocrity. After the guys talents were discovered, he was forced to undergo therapy to deal with his fears so that he could face his future. Every attempt failed until the young lad met an unlikely candidate that was just as gifted, life also had taken its best punch at his soon to be mentor as well. The mentor, acting as the wounded healer coached the young man to reality and hope in his own future- within the assignment something supernatural happened. The mentor who also was pained found his own sense of healing and new found purpose. The outcome, a beautiful symphony to where both parties ministered to each other.

The movie broke me, it lead me to wonder what happened to my fight. There I was, tears streaming down my face and I came to the realization that I was spiritually paralyzed. The fear of failure and repeating the horror of the past, left me in a place where I stopped moving. Even when I felt I was making strides in pursuing the goal, I was still protecting myself and working within a box of comfortably- allowing myself to be protected from vulnerability. Just like the young man, here God was again showing me His desire which leads right smack through my fear- this is a road I must cross to get where I am going. Its funny, I am terrified but a little excited.

There is a beautiful place in the wilderness where you are broken down to vulnerability, when you have nothing else. The place where there is nothing left and there is nothing to hide behind. In this place, no excuse is relevant, you see truth. I guess this is clarity given to the cliche "being naked before God".

Now, join me as we embark on a journey into the word. Family, let me be completely honest with you when I say that moving forward is a task- even completing this blog came with its share of distractions and deterrents but God is faithful and can and will carry us through anything if we only trust Him. Let's walk this thing out together!

Lord,

You are awesome, almighty and everywhere! Help me remember that and give you due praise in every situation. Allow me to properly discern the season and adjust fire with my response. Forgive me Lord for my cowardice approach in the face of the fear of failure, the worst thing imaginable is death, however, for your children, you have already conquered the grave- so I have NOTHING to fear!!! Give us new confidence and strength in who you are and who we need to be to glorify you rightly God. Overpower us and awaken us to your love, you pour out sooo much God- allow us to receive it. Transform us totally to look like you as we live to be your tools on the earth and your children in intimate relationship. Thank you for life, love and growth- in Jesus name. Amen

It's in your Head



How long will we grapple at straws? What's in your head?


Hello my friends, I have missed you.

While I was away, I have been living, thinking, attempting, failing, winning, remembering and falling in love all over again. I am seeing the simplicity of life and learning to enjoy it.

Silence used to be the most frightening thing to me, no noise,  just thoughts that would come and overwhelm me like a huge wave crashing on the shore.  A loud voice inside of me that speaks movement and life, success and the admiration of others.  The voice would tempt my core,  speaking "you want these things, naturally you NEED these things". This voice convinces that I had a right and was entitled to my desires. So on the inside I have an endless hunger that can never be satisfied. In addition to the inner turmoil, the art of comparison acts as lighter fluid to my enflamed heart as I would parallel myself to others. Breeding nothing but disappointment, this illusion also began to affect my relationship with my love. I expected a knight and shining armor and I was never rescued from the danger, instead I stood in the midst of chaos and the war rages.

Enough with the poetic symmetry.

I was angry folks, to the core. The war raged and I allowed it to, being moved by the things of little importance in comparison to the BIG PICTURE. I wanted change and a peace to calm the catastrophic battle inside.

Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2


I understand how you can suffer as a "do gooder" and find no relief.  The brain is such a masterpiece and if uncontrolled can create an existence all of its own. I have seen first hand the terrors of the mind that is free to roam to any and everywhere it pleases. Interestingly enough, as complex as the war appears,  the silence that acts as a mortal enemy can also be your friend.  I was utilizing the tool incorrectly and fearing that which I needed most, space for God to speak and rest in me- this requires active listening for the voice I needed to hear God's, NOT my own.

We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.  And after you have become fully obedient, we will punish everyone who remains disobedient. 2 Corinthians 10: 3-6

I have been asking the hard questions. I have been digging down underneath the surface to see what lies there. In freedom and true deliverance, you need silence to hear the voice of God. You also have to fight using his tools to keep space for God. Unattended, the mind, will and emotions get flooded with garbage. So I am going to do something different. I am going to digest the scriptures based on the mind asking the Spirit of God to break down His word and equip me with His knowledge to live well- I will share with my friends and hope you will do the same. 

Thinking for eternity produces a different character- I want to be changed to be like Jesus.


Jesus, 

Thank you for who you are. I confess I have not always used my spiritual resources well and I have allowed my mind to wander. Father, lead me to your well spring for my soul and satisfy my heart. Produce good fruit on the inside that you find pleasing and allow me to be a blessing to those around me. Set my heart ablaze for truth and righteousness. Take my mind and occupy that space, give me your mind and intentions and let my motives be pure. Lord please, change me from the inside out- in Jesus name Amen.

* NEXT BLOG- BRAIN STORMING- HIS WAY*




Friday, September 14, 2012

Enough Already, I Don't Need Control........


Hi - remember me?  Just in case you forgot- My name is Liberty.

Ka-Pow, that's me*

One thing you may not know about me is that I love to escape in a great movie. At any given moment when I have free time you can find me perusing Netflix to discover a good foreign film. If not Netflix, you can find me head first in the discount bin at Target or Walmart. Classics for 5 bucks- what a steal. (My last purchase was Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin) Yet it does not matter if its Netflix, Redbox, or the discount bin- once I get home and settled, its a guarantee that I skip the previews, go straight to the menu, sometime even skip the play option to opt for scene selection and travel to the exact point of the movie I want. In some instances, I skip to the halfway point because there is a particular part I want to see. Thank God that life is not set like a Blu ray- boy would I miss out.

We can watch Superman but let's not try to be him. Let Christ be the Superhero.

The last time we spoke, my life was unraveling- for the better. My Kung Fu type grip of control that I thought was letting up, maintained the same strength and hold that it always had. I was really fooled, I thought things were improving but I still managed to manipulate myself and hide behind different walls. As the floor underneath me crumbled, reality set in. I thought to myself- how long does it take for a person to hit rock bottom and really see the truth- geesh. I need to drop the remote and let my movie play.


Over the past year, life seemed to scream louder than ever and things are a bit clearer. Painful yet eye opening, I choose to carry my cross through life's challenges. I have had good moments and tough moments but one thing remained- God was faithful. As the challenges would arise My awareness was peeked, I would discover new points to explore internally.

The routes to my roots were beginning to reveal themselves.

  • Hurt from Community
  • Identity Crisis
  • Forgotten Confidence
  • What happened to my innocence?
  • Unrealistic Expectations 
  • Killing the Labels
  • True Success
  • Male versus Female- resurrecting from negative relationships
  • Recovering from the pit of despair
  • Joy Snatchers 
  • The Word versus what I experience and so on........

I have questions, history, and experiences but I desire to know truth. Outside of my intellect there is a life that exists and only Christ can reveal it. I did not forget about Joshua 7/8 but I am living it out- day by day (another blog). My story is becoming beautiful out of the ashes it once was. I am seeing the life hidden after death, although I have a ways to go. To some the Bible reads as a novel and for some it's their Hitchhikers guide to life-with the Holy Spirit as the guide. To some Christ is cliche and to others the very reason they live. This year I have been chasing the questions, looking to God to provide the answers. I am growing confident in the woman He has created me to be, slowly but surely. Hurt is inevitable but how we process and progress through the pain is totally up to us. Will we allow the past to cripple us or will we choose to fight through the pain with God and overcome the situation.

*sidenote* Today I came across a blog called Gitzen Girl, there was a wonderfully beautiful blog written on the wholehearted surrender- that's my goal. It was so epically timely and lovely that I have pasted it below: 

http://gitzengirl.blogspot.com/2009/10/crazy-love-your-best-life-later.html

I have a new outlook on Christianity, faith, struggle and victory. I know what it is like to be terrified of something so much that you can't see past the fear and for God to ask you to let Him into that very area. For people to judge the person you were, are, and who they THINK you will be while you are trying to discover yourself. For anxiety to build every time to come close to progression and to feel more comfortable retreating. To hide while God waits patiently for you to trust Him enough to transform your life, I know. There is something that I have always heard and now believe, the key is going through- with Jesus. To allow Him to go underneath the hood and see what keeps you running (motives, fears, faith), trust in Him with everything and NEVER QUIT! (God has a way with time and strategy that you would not believe)

Allow God to complete the story, every great movie has its climax and every ending is different*

At this phases in life I am still letting God work on the depths of my heart. Some days are better than others but the bible says that "All things are made beautiful in its time" Ecclesiastes 3:11 so I trust that in every moment of difficulty God has a plan and I (as long as I am in His will) am living out my love story to Him. I trust that Christ's resurrection power will speak as I overcome every hardship and my testimony will proclaim Him as King in my life. I am more so now than ever obsessed with getting to "Know Him" Phillipians 3:8 and living to please Him.  No one loves you like He loves you. 

Come with me as I allow Christ deep within, and don't forget to drop the remote.


God, 

Thank you for never leaving me, through the good, the bad, and the ugly you have stood by me and held me up. Thank you for the lot I was portioned and your designed path set for my feet- I trust you know what you are doing. Lord forgive me for speaking out of turn, trying to do you job, and loosing faith in the process. Forgive me Lord for forgetting how great you actually are. I desire to sit with you and spend the intimate time you desire- God put my mind at ease as I seek you with everything in me.


Break the spirit of fear, doubt, and unbelief that try to hinder me in my quest. Protect those around me that I don't hurt others while dealing with my pain. Remind me Father that I don't know everything and allow me to deal with your children in patience in love- while in my own healing process. I trust your will for my own life as I do all that surround me. Holy Spirit, walk with me and please empower me to do what is right and pure in God's eyes. I give up my plan and seek your blueprint.


Lord, allow me to see before and outside of me, allow me to exhibit the compassion of Christ without mummer or complaint. God you are too good for me not to live like it so God help me break selfish ambition or a victim mentality, I am victorious in you. Christ saturate me with your blood, Jesus I need the power of resurrection for myself and others around me. We need to taste your victory Father, please encourage us to stay in the fight of faith with tenacity and courage. Thank you for everything you are and loving me when I find it a struggle to do it myself. You truly are my love. I love you Father, in Jesus name I pray Amen

I pray that you the reader are blessed and that God does amazing things through you as you go through your rough patch with Him. In Jesus name. And it is so :)

God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. Ephesians 3:20


As He works in us, we believe this more and more.

 Unconditional Love, Unlimited Love, Complete LOVE- that's God.



Monday, July 18, 2011

YIKES! Can I turn this in for a new one?

Check out this picture, does it look familiar?

So, uh, well...........yeah, I need a new heart. It's not like Santa Claus can fulfill an order this huge (as if he exists, lol), I need the Lord.

Over time, past pains and hurts forgotten and covered, as I grew older the memories became faint and almost as if they never happened to me. Yet, the seedling and root remained and behaviors stemmed from that pain to mask and protect me today. Well, they have to go. This journey requires something deeper and a vulnerability that is incomparable to any previous effort.

Hi, my name is Liberty and I am a suppressor, I lock my feelings away in my heart and as a robot, I would reprogram myself to function (or so I thought) without emotions. The issue would die but the remnants would live deep within my heart.  Now at maximum capacity, I have to get Jesus to do something with this heart. I can't improve this heart, I need a new one.

So let me first start by telling you the truth. As my blog family to maintain the integrity of this page I have to come by it honest and honest is exactly what you are going to get. Instead of the vague reference to things I am going through, I will be frank. I am a firm believer that honesty is the gateway to freedom so, may the transparency be used to connect with you, show you that God is all powerful and can do anything and that I am not perfect, make mistakes, and need God as much as you do.

The Gate to Freedom


So to be honest, let's discuss where I am right now. For years I have battled with certain concepts and the  appearance of victory while I was being defeated internally. I have acted out irrationally, let my hurt consume me, and picked up several bad habits to protect myself. To be honest, people frighten me and have since childhood. The expectation from others would consume me and I would flee society. The bubbly jokester with the extrovert personality is far from it. To recharge, I need to be alone with God-period. I realize that most of my life was created from business teachings and the expectations of parents, friends, people I admire- etc. I got tired of keeping up appearances, some of my bad decisions led me to be hurt immensely. Some circumstances made my heart cold and I long for an internal revival.

So you ask, where are you? Here I am. I desired to live by faith and now, no job, moved out, took a huge leap of faith...... well, I am homeless. lol Not what you expected huh? Well yes, I am. With the finances drained and certain ties severed, I stand on God with no other option but to have faith, its all I have. When I say its hard, it is. Everything that could have gone wrong in the course of four days did. What took so long to establish was crumbled within four days. I became overwhelmed with things and needed to leave the area to settle the mind and really hear. I depended on the kindness of strangers for everything, my family took their usual role of not being supportive, however, this time was different. I did not get angry or make any scenes. I simply let them know that I envision more for my life and God had more for me than the life I was living. I forgave them for anything I had against them and left, it was hard for them to conceptualize but it was something they had to except- I was leaving. My dad poked his head in several days after the conversation to ensure that I did not leave. Of course I was packing and preparing to depart, on the day I left no one was home and it was quite a liberating experience. I was free.

You see, my home for me meant compromise and comfortable living. I could do whatever I wanted and have no accountability and never had to change, matter of fact, the environment spoke death for me. Depression loomed the walls and suppression was a regular practice. You could be dying and the elephant was standing in the room at full attention and no one would even inquire, so you die. No one around would notice because everyone is dying themselves in their own way. My challenges were merely another story, everyone believed that I would make it out because, hey I always have.  My christian race went from running sprints to a slight jog, to taking a breath, to sitting down beside the track- not good enough. I would come across preachers who traveled the world and gave thousands of invitations to Christ out and my heart would leap. Any message on faith in God and overcoming the impossible (which sometimes is ourselves) would excite me. Then I would go back to the same life, the depression and compromise. Now it was really murdering me because it was very subtle. I was not drinking, drugging and acting completely out of my character but in the small ways Satan would come in, I would let him. This would lead to other opportunities for him to have control and I would give it up.

Am I called, yes. Am I certain, yes. Am I perfect, no. Do I struggle, yes. Do I need God more than anything in my life because I have tried a multitude of things in life only to realize that nothing works but Jesus.....ABSOLUTELY!  Jesus is truly the way, the truth, and my life. I know that because I have been so close to losing myself, my life, and my mind several times. My intellect or foolish attempts to ground myself could not sustain me, only Jesus. When people would not have the words or treat me like garbage (their sandpaper method of ministering), or even my own battle with condemnation believing that it was for my own good- Jesus crept beside my bed as I cried and comforted me. I would even be haunted with   horrific visions in which my life could end in an instant, in those moments God would only speak of his love. So no, no self-help, no friend, no job, no love, or no book, no hype spiritual encounters could cure this disease. I can't deal with substitutes, only Jesus, His blood. Just Jesus, my antidote.

This gets me to the heart. To walk in the new creature I MUST, walk with the new heart- not this one. God is sending me back to every place of defeat and gave me Joshua 7/8 to stand on. My next blog will expound on where I am, the reveal of scripture, and my illumination. Let me just say it is not what you think.

I pray your eyes are enlightened with Jesus is all his fullness and that you will never be the same.

Love you much,

Libby*


Monday, July 4, 2011

ACTION: Challenged to Change!

Let's get running!

What does it really take for change and maintaining the momentum? This is what I plan to discover on my journey to the heart of Christ. My focus is on mind renewal and heart transformation. There are some areas in my life that I need to experience the resurrection power of Christ.

I reached a breaking point in my life where I realized that I was not living the life I desired. I gave up on some dreams, compromised in some areas, and accepted the life others paved for me. Overtime, I became complacent and accustomed to the life set before me. Steps away from an arranged marriage, a set career, and a cookie cut plan set for someone else, things began to unravel. Life began to get too real, I went from living someone else's life to losing control of my own. The result of the chaos, I had to leave everything- my home, family, friends, job.

I had to start over. For years these scriptures stood out to me:

 "One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers—Simon, also called Peter, and Andrew—throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living.  Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” And they left their nets at once and followed him.


  A little farther up the shore he saw two other brothers, James and John, sitting in a boat with their father, Zebedee, repairing their nets. And he called them to come, too. They immediately followed him, leaving the boat and their father behind." -Matthew 4:18-22

They left everything to follow Jesus, in the beginning of my Christian walk these scriptures stuck out to me and always had, the concept of leaving everything. I thought it to be such an admirable task to drop everything for Christ, never imagining that someday I would be the one following that call, scary. It required a faith more than I possessed. I had to move from my run-of-the-mill relationship with God to rely on Him more than I ever have. I had been pushed to the unknown and was now living in the place of ambiguity, this drove me to a dependency on God like never before.

Due to the events, I was angry, hurt, betrayed, and overwhelmed, disappointment resonated within me. Afraid of dying from a hardened heart, I ran to God. With my Flo-Jo type sprint, I began to see Jesus clearer than ever before. Repentance turned my angry and pained heart to forgiving and interceding as I lifted those that hurt me, it wasn't worth it. My heart, thoughts, mind, and relationship with God were at risk and not worth losing. I truly never knew the depths of the statement "letting it all go" until I had to do it myself. I realized that I was dying, not only living a life that was not mine but dying in anger and unforgiveness, so I had to give it up.

The process was and continues to be hard but well worth it. The influx of emotions tries to take me into a place of despair and defeat but the Holy Spirit living inside of me gives me the strength to move when I hit those bumps in the road. Honestly, I have my good and heavy moments but even in the heavy moments, I grow closer to God- so it is well. God revealed to me that I was living in compromise, that I had allowed a lot to die and was killing who He created me to be trying to live under the restrictions of others and what I deemed to be acceptable. I had settled in major ways and made several bad decisions that had to play themselves out for me to truly see the death in them. Although hurtful, it was great for me to see and experience. God did not steer me wrong, He never has. I smothered the Holy Spirit and intellectualized a lot of choices, I thought them to be right because, well, they seemed right.....wrong! I had to experience the devastating blow of compromise and comparison. It was not the life God destined for me.


Now, I am not bitter, nor resentful because....... well, the word says:

"My suffering was good for me, for it taught me to pay attention to your decrees."- Psalm 119:75

This word blessed my soul, in my pain God lead me to read Psalm 119 and reaffirm the importance of obedience and God's word to the believer-just what the doctor ordered.

so,

"I will walk in freedom, for I have devoted myself to your commandments." -Psalm 119:45


The first step to the process was repentance, my lot was no one's fault but my own. No matter what the circumstances or what happens to me, what comes out of me is my choice, what lives inside of me is also my choice and God is aware of it all. I have one life and why live it in shoes that are not comfortable? I have such creative power in God to do amazing things in this world, I do not have time to be focused on things that are not life giving. So like the song says, I am going to get up, get out, and do something*
Crazy how in the place where things appear to be there worst, I know God is about to do what He does ....THE BEST. I truly believe in the resurrection power of Jesus Christ for not only myself but for everyone. I believe we can live the life intended and do wonderful things through Christ beyond what we could ever ask for or think-Ephesians 3:20.



Do you need healing? Christ has it. Deliverance, done. Faith to be built? He can do that too. Let's trust the process,  love God, seek the scriptures, pray in faith, practice obedience, stay repentant, maintain our peace, worship, work, and serve- keeping God first and giving him ALL the glory.

To seal this blog and close out I will leave you with one of my favorite prayers:

"When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen."  Ephesians 3:14-21

Love you with the love of Christ and wish God's best for each of you.

So, let us flourish,

Libby- for I am free indeed :)

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Hidden Beauty, Rosemary Mint Soap and Dream Catching*

Hello World Changers,

There is so much wealth in taking the time to rest among the successful and ambitious*










My jewels from the retreat:


  • Direction- I had the time to sit with other women and discuss my current position and where I aspire to be. (the inquisitive love did something for my heart)
  • Ambition - I listened and was able to glean information and goal setting. Their pathway, struggles, and success!
  • Dream Catching- I was given a bit of a strategy (an order of events) from God about my new path. (career wise)
  • Skin Care- OMG, lol! My skin has been breaking out lately and one of my new sisters has the hook up on a skin line. (that's cool)
  • Friendship- After our bonding and transparency, we were drawn together and established a bit of a core (support, motivation, love, and laughter) If you have ever wanted a sisterhood, dreamed of having a core group? I got it this weekend- it was developed by God. Different women, different ages, different dreams and backgrounds but same God- our common stitch brings us together!
  • Vulnerability- We shared the deep things and released them- truly let go.
  • Deliverance- After the storm comes life. Releasing the hidden pain revealed a beautiful promise of restoration and newness for each woman.
  • Hunger- Finally all brought us together with a deeper hunger for God, it was awesome.

Just some of the things I could share from my trip, it was a much needed mental interruption and refocusing tool. I was able to let somethings go, some seeds were planted, and I was used by God. One of the most mindblowing encounters I had came from a time where I had the opportunity to share a hidden place, a dark moment in my life that I never thought I would make it through. I saw the pain of another and was compelled to nakedness. I told the real story, no fillers and no chasers. I described the pain, depression, and feeling of hopelessness. I did not care, what anyone would think or judge, I saw the pain and recognized it, so I chose to speak. 

I learned a lot from that moment, nothing is done in vain in the life of a Christian. My ugliest moment and my way of coping that proved it self destructive was killed, God got all the glory and the person was empowered, knowing that could make it through their story and that the end would be beautiful. I would not have made it through that time without God. I saw my need and cried out for a solution and God scooped me up and loved me in my broken state, through communication only I could understand- it was awesome, his hand is truly NEVER to short to reach you.

I believe this a great place to pray for you so, 

God you are awesome! There is nothing like your love and compassion toward us, we are truly in awe of you. Lord please forgive us for the moments where we have lost faith and forgot who you really are; our everything. Thank you for the mind of Christ and the beauty of life in the spirit. We are no longer slaves to sin and bondage and I thank you. We are free, free to live unashamed, naked, real, honest. No reason for us to hold back or be someone else. You made each of us beautiful and unique. Thank you for my and each one of our intricate designs and purposes. Instill in us that we are special and handcrafted by you. Let us cherish this divine design and seek to please you with all we are.

God with our designs we have a specific purpose and a special way that we are designed to give you glory, reveal the plan Lord. As we seek you continue to unravel it. Let us take the time to relish in your beauty each day, let us learn your lessons and grow. Although times can be bitter reveal to us the sweetness in the end. Give us a hunger for the things you love and give a clean heart and right spirit with you. Teach us the basics in relationship Lord, with both you and others. Uproot everything that is not of you and impart more of you into us.  As we discover your beauty let us be grateful and joyful in our connection. Let your love transfer to others and let you be clear to them. Show all, that the beauty in us is you.

Lord bless the reader right now in the name of Jesus, I speak that seeds of faith be planted like never before and that they flourish in your time. I pray for an overcomer experience to show them that you are God over all things and that the Ah-ha, moment give them a new fire! Show them that there is no death, failure, or separation in you! I speak to the overcomer in you and say, arise! God is waiting. Let the love of God overwhelm you in this time and let you fall in love all over again. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.

Get ready to be Challenged to Change! NEXT BLOG action*********

Love you, 

Libby*

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Day 1: Walking in Newness



Good Morning World Changers,

My first day away at the retreat, God is doing great things. The people selected are so different by yet the same-the combination is beautiful. The raw realness of human frailty and its transparency is awesome.

After a long night of sharing and bonding, we woke up early cooked breakfast and chatted and played "Girls just wanna have fun by Cindy Lauper". Totally caught the mode!

As I have stated before in every moment we have an opportunity to learn and grow. (I am choosing to  take advantage of life!)

What I have learned thus far (God's teachings emphasized):


  • Two of the women have created goal lists. (Long and short term) I am empowered to seek God and create my own with the things God! They even have accountability partners to hold them to the covenant made with themselves. (I love it)
  • I am learning that relationships are wonderful things and there is such a need for connection- the human nature depends on it and craves that love. Spending time with women has blessed me and this is only the beginning. I am expecting great things from God*
  • To be a great listener is a wonderful gift from God, this experience has been teaching me the beauty in death to your story to discover the beauty in another. My goal is to discover others this weekend.

Just checking in with you all and wishing you the most productive, life changing experience in our journey. Live big and be amazed*

My prayer for you: God thanks for everything, all you are and all you made me to be! Thank you for the careful love, concern, and detail you took to create us, help us see that beauty. Lord, forgive us for not realizing your love and its everlasting depths. Forgive us for living short, ignorant, and in defiance of your plan for us* Jesus as you purge us, let us fall in love all over again. Let the love overflow into the lives of others and let everything communicate who you are.  We are committed to change and growth in you. Make us new* in Jesus name, Amen*

Take advantage of every moment in life, you are never too far from God's hands- He is everywhere*

Live BIG*

Love Libby*