Thursday, August 30, 2012

Mental Health Day

I hope this doesn’t make you uncomfortable, but I’m writing to you in my jammies. In fact, I have every intention of staying in my jammies until later this afternoon when I’ll shower, dress and rejoin the human race. Until then, I’m taking a mental health day.

The last few weeks have been really busy. In my circles alone there have been kids going to college, Kindergarteners’ first day of school, a birth, a death, two book signings, a few friends who needed a shoulder to cry on, a road trip and a new Bible study semester starting up. Whew! I’m tired just thinking about it all!

The thing is, every milestone moment is precious. They mark time while causing us to pause and reflect on our life. But what about all the other little moments? Carpool? Laundry and house work? Corporate meetings? Do any of those encourage us to slow down and ponder life? Unfortunately not. So that’s why every so often we need to clear our schedule for a mental health day.

Now, I would be misleading you if I let you think I plan to spend the entire day considering the meaning of life. I don’t. I do plan, however, to embrace a few things I love about my life but don’t indulge in very often—like not having to wear makeup, singing praise and worship songs at the top of my lungs because there’s no one here to be bothered by it, and finally, staying in my jammies!

Try it; I think you’ll like it!

Be blessed,

Jennifer

“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Rising from the Ashes



I feel the wind in my hair and the sun on my face. Lifting higher and higher, I soar like an eagle. When out of nowhere I’m hit with a fiery dart and plummet to the ground landing in a charred heap of ash.

This has been my life over the last few weeks. I’ve been flying high in my time with God only to be shot down by fear, weakness, and unexpected sin. I’m beginning to feel a little crispy!

The enemy and even my own flesh nature want me to fail. They want me to stay in the familiar. They want to keep me tethered to the ground, afraid to fly.

But God… is doing a new thing. God draws me out on the edge with Him. God lifts me up to soar in His grace. God knows the attack is coming and uses it to refine me.

Beauty from ashes.  Life from death. Glory from destruction. That’s God doing a new thing!

Believer, are you feeling a little crispy? Have you flown with God only to go down in flames? Are you still sitting in the pile of ash? God’s not punishing us, He’s making us new! After every fire in the forest, the plants grow back thicker and heartier. Like those plants, we are survivors!  We only need to stand up and trust God as we fly with Him again. Ready for take-off?

Be blessed,

Jennifer

“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world!” John 16:33

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Shopper's Legs

While wandering through the store yesterday with my son, Jordan, I came across a friend of mine sitting on one of the display tables.  The shopping cart next to her was getting full as her three kids continued to drop off the items they wanted to buy.

Suddenly aware of my own throbbing feet, I secretly envied her. As we chatted, she mentioned that after shopping awhile she just had to sit down. She had shopper’s legs.

We determined that the act of milling around aimlessly through the stores, standing here and then there as our kiddos shopped was actually more strenuous on our legs than taking a brisk walk. Wandering aimlessly seemed to take more of a toll than walking toward a goal.

I bet that’s how the Israelites felt. They spent forty years aimlessly wandering through the desert. Not only had they lost sight of the end goal, most of them lost their faith in the process. The difference between the pain the Israelites were feeling and the pain my friend and I shared was that our journey at least resulted in a collection of back to school clothes. They had nothing to show for their wandering.

Have you ever felt that way? Have you ever grown weary of wandering? Do you feel achy and sore from the battles of life? Have you lost sight of the goal? Then I have some good news for you. You don’t have to suffer from shopper’s legs. God has something completely different in mind for you. Instead of walking around trying to find things yourself, He wants you to rest at His feet. When you spend time in His presence, He will direct your path. No more shopper’s legs for you!

We are all on a journey with God, some of us just know when to sit down and be still. Thanks for the reminder, sweet friend!

Be blessed,
Jennifer

“Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:30-31

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

All in


I am so thankful for everyone who bought my new book, One Size Fits All: How to Wear God’s Word, last week on Amazon. It was ranked #15 in my genre (woo hoo) and has given me a great start on the books I will donate to the women’s prison ministry. I can’t wait until all the arrangements are final so I can share the details. God is definitely at work.

So, as a thank you, I want to introduce you to someone who will be a blessing to you. Lisa Buffaloe is a fellow author, blogger, and lover of God. She shares her life lessons with such transparency that you can’t help but see yourself in them. The blog I’m sharing with you today is a perfect example of an imperfect Christ follower. I know you’ll be challenged.
~Jennifer~



ALL IN
By Lisa Buffaloe

I messed up. I had sent a friend a possible devotion for her site, and I realized I can do better. I can give more. I can open my heart fully and let the love of The Father pour through my feeble soul. God has called me to write, blog, and share the testimonies of other to a hurting and lost world. And at times I step tentative, pull back, or go with what is easy instead of diving in deep.

I asked my Father for forgiveness. I wrote and asked for her forgiveness. And I ask the same of you, please forgive me.

I want to be ALL IN.

All in to share my Father’s love. All in to do my best through God’s power, grace, mercy, and strength.
I want to offer my best to Him. I don’t want to lose sight of God and my calling. And the only way I can keep my focus on Him is spending time with Him and His word.

All in means living in the now – not in the past or the future. Living in the moment with our God who is the great I AM. He is here, now. Don’t lose your moment.

Be All In with The One who is ALL.


“Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6 AMP).

Lisa Buffaloe is an avid blogger, writer, speaker, and host for Living Joyfully Free Radio. Her past experiences—molestation by a baby-sitter, assault, rape by a doctor, divorce, being stalked, cancer, death of loved ones, seven surgeries, and eleven years of chronic illness from Lyme Disease—bless her with a backdrop to share about God’s unending love and that through Him we find healing, restoration, and renewal. She is the author of Grace for the Char-Baked and a contributing author of The One Year Book of Joy and Laughter. Visit her blog at www.lisabuffaloe.com


Her latest book, Prodigal Nights, is available on Amazon... http://www.amazon.com/Prodigal-Nights-ebook/dp/B008RCNAIC

Prodigal Nights
For two returning prodigals will the challenge to live “good” withstand the allure to be bad?


After a nasty divorce, Bethany Davis returned to college and lived up to the low standards set by gossips. Her dad’s stroke has now brought her home, and Bethany finds herself in a dilemma—how can she get beyond her past, learn to trust again, and live a “good” life?

Bethany’s father’s involvement in the defense industry adds excitement to her expectation of a boring life back home. However, bodyguards, stalkers, and international secrets are the least of her problems—opening her heart to trust again is a totally different matter. And the mutual attraction with her new team leader, Jason Ross, spells the possibility of big-time heart trouble.

Jason’s days of wild living are over, and he’s determined to prove to himself and God that he’s on the right path. When Bethany steps into his office, he sees the girl of his dreams, but is she God’s gift or Satan’s temptress?

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Let's Celebrate!


 
We all have something to celebrate. Some of you may have quit smoking. Others may be taking better care of yourself with nutrition and exercise. A few may have finished school or decided to go back for your degree. Or that most of you have successfully made it through their week so far without any collateral damage. No matter what it is...you should celebrate!

Today I'm celebrating the birth of my new book. In March of 2011, I left my corporate job to devote myself full time to writing. Talk about the road less traveled! While I'm in the company of some very gifted writers, there are fewer of us than I had imagined and the path to publishing is grueling.

But doesn't that make the celebration even sweeter? I say YES! No matter what goal you've been striving toward, it feels amazing when you finally reach it. Every victory, every time is worth celebrating. Even if it is only to whisper "Thank You, God." up to the sky.

The thing about reaching a goal is there is always another one waiting to be achieved. Now that my book is finished, I want more than anything to bless others with it. The book is about how you and I can actually wear God's word everyday...who couldn't use some fashion tips?!

Please join me in celebrating one goal and striving for another. With God leading the way, what can stand against us?

Click here to order One Size Fits All: How to Wear God's Word and help me use proceeds to donate to a local women's prison ministry and homeless shelter. But your order must be in today!

Blessings to you,

Jennifer

"If God is for us, who can be against us?" Romans 8:31