The Journey called Life

I created this blog to write about traveling on mission.

We are not traveling full time, so during the times we are not traveling, I write about life as a journey.

Most times I am writing from a coach approach.

I just received my AGPC Coaching Certificate. I have been training to be as proficient as possible, under the A/G Coach Training Program. You can find me credentialed as a coach at agcoaching.org

I chose this training because my purpose is to inspire and motivate others, through amplification of the word of God.

I amplify the word of God, knowing it’s the role of the person hearing it, to also apply it.

The word of God is powerful and I feel privileged to speak on his behalf.

The vision of Jesus is to seek and save the lost. I believe he came to destroy the works of the devil. I believe he keeps us in this world, and we each have a commission.

It’s our choice and not a chore, to partner with the Kingdom of God.

The scripture that I align strongly with in teaching, writing, and coaching is John 10:10.

Jesus is teaching, and coaching his followers saying,” The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they might have life, and that might have it more abundantly.

We have to choose the side in which we stand.

If you want to steal, kill, destroy, then you subtract and become part of the problem.

If you choose life more abundantly, you add and multiply, and you are part of the solution.

I put it in accountant terms, because at the end of life we will be asked to give a account of our lives, to the creator of life.

You must know your purpose. You need to know what’s in your well. ( What’s in your Well)

Life is a journey, that is taken day by day, one step at a time. It helps to plan our destination. Having done that, we can stop and smell the roses along the way.

My goal for this specific post , is to encourage you to know yourself, on life’s journey, and to to take the time, to identify your destination. I challenge you to live your best life!

Please note what Jesus said in the above scriptures.

No need to be lost in the wilderness, aka, ‘the world.’

He said, ” Life and Life more abundantly.”

It’s a whole, other world!

We can enjoy life in the here and now, as we journey toward eternity, when we choose life and life abundantly.

Scripture mentioned. John 10:10, John 17, 1 John 3:8, Luke 19:10, Matthew 18: 18-20

Set your compass to align with Jesus, who is the word of God. It will transform your life!

What’s in your Well?

One of my favorite scriptures is in Proverbs 20:5 The purposes of a man’s heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out.

Purpose means, ‘for which something is created or exist. It can also can mean for which something is done.’

I notice the word purpose is plural, meaning more than one purpose, or opportunity, is available in a man’s heart.

If you ask someone what’s on their heart, you should be prepared to listen.

If you ask what’s in their heart you might expect to be shocked.

The heart is like deep waters, it takes listening to understand to draw purposes out.

Listening to ‘draw,’ up what is life giving, and life sustaining is, ‘listening to understand.’

The heart of man is like a deep well, springing up! It’s has plenty of life giving water.

Purpose is creative, beautiful, and yet can become overwhelming sometimes. It’s like the ocean, we can’t really swim the whole thing at once. We can’t even see land.

At the same time we cannot just shrug our shoulders and say, ‘ that’s too deep for me.’

That is missing opportunities to develop the purpose or purposes in life.

We have to set parameters on purpose to draw it up. There is a way to navigate deep and wide waters.

Like the picture above we have to be willing to ‘dive,’ in to the ocean of purpose. We can’t bring up everything we see. We have to sift through and find what’s most important to us.

That is developing our vessels to navigate the waters. It’s not allowing everything in the ocean or in our well springs to come to the surface. Only what is beneficial to our lives.

In that big, beautiful life of yours, what is most important? What do you need to bring to the surface today?

What’s in your well?

These are good questions, I hope you take the time to answer them today!

Traveling on Mission

The word mission is defined as a assignment carried out, particularly involving travel.

My husband A.B.and I are missionaries with A/G Maps. More specifically, RV Maps. We have been on board since 2017.

We continually stand amazed at these mostly senior members, of the body of Christ. They are phenomenal! Some of them have actually called us youngsters, and we are in our sixties!

The Glory of God is over them on a daily basis. He protects them as they travel from place to place, he protects them as they climb up on roofs, dig ditches, paint in high places, and bend for extended periods of times.

He blesses them to bless others with their skills and gifts. In some assignments, the women work beside the men, doing numerous things related to construction, remodeling, sanding, painting and a plethora of necessities where churches, centers, and bible camps need help. They can get it done!

In other ways these men & women contribute with their gifts and abilities to minister as needed.

You don’t have to look far to see servant hood, humility, and sacrifice displayed.

You will easily find members of the Fivefold Ministries among the RV’ers. There are Apostles, Prophets, Pastors, Teachers, and Evangelist. You have to be observant though. It’s not something you know until you work alongside one of them.

I mean this in the most humble way. They do not and will not touch God’s glory. But, some of them are God’s Generals.

I hesitate to say it, not because it’s not true, but because, the true ones won’t say it. They are at the age in life, where they do not need or want anyone to build them up.

I’m not trying to do that. But, I am trying to honor them, and this ministry. It is God ordained and we are so honored to be apart of it.

Having been Pastors of a small church, we understand the need for helping these churches, and ministries.

A.B. and I are especially drawn to the smaller venues, because we know the struggle of small ministries and businesses. It’s a part of our dream to come alongside and help, in anyway we can.

Servanthood. Sacrifice. Humility.

That is not just what I have observed, I keep hearing pastors, and leaders say this about the, ‘RV Mappers.’

AB and I call this season in our ministry, “Living the Dream.” Not because we enjoy traveling, of course we do, but it because we travel on mission.

Serving is truly the greatest way to preach the gospel.

In the past, we have planted a church, we have served as Pastors in full time ministry, where we took Jesus to the Street. We also have served as leadership and staff in our home church in both Evangelism, and Missions.

In this season of our lives, as we begin to retire from our occupations, we simply are excited that we are not retiring from preaching the gospel! And, sometimes we even get to use words!

We are blessed to be a blessing!

Unexplainable Glory

Part 2: I can’t do it without him!

Christ is the basis of everything, because he is the underlying foundation. He supplies the relationship by which salvation is received.

If we receive salvation without pursuing daily relationship with God,we lose the joy associated with life in Christ.

John 15:5 I am the vine, you are the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit, for without me you can do nothing.

If we accept the gift of salvation without embracing and moving forward in our new life, we miss the opportunity to bear much fruit!

Life without fruit can exist, but it’s not very enjoyable.

Can a flower be called a flower, without flowers?

It would still be alive, but it would be called a stem. The stem can be healthy, but without the flowers, there is no beauty or fragrance to enjoy.

The sun is light and we need it to live, but without it bringing warmth, we would enjoy it less.

Jesus is the vine, and he is life. We are the branches. If we don’t branch out and grow, we will wither.

Verse 6-8 If a man abides not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered, and men gather them, and cast them into fire, and they are burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you shall ask what you will and it shall be done unto you. Herein, is my father glorified, that you bear much fruit; so shall you be my disciples.

Unfortunately, it happens in many followers of Christ. We believe for salvation but we veer of course, before we ever get the chance to enter the joy of our salvation.

If we don’t stay in the new man life, we branch out, or should I say we launch out from the vine.

When we launch out from our salvation and attempt to do life alone, that is when men, ( the natural man, those without new life) will gather us, casting us in the fire and we will be burned.

Think about that! Relationships usually cause the most pain in our lives. It’s not even the other persons fault, it’s ours because relationship with Jesus is the foundation.

We cannot do life without Jesus!

It’s somewhat like being born as infants, and not receiving the proper care.

Infants cannot care for themselves.

The ideal situation is when they have loving parents, or caretakers, that have knowledge of caring for the infant.

Love is the most important thing the new born needs. If that is in place , then meeting the basic needs is a joy.

Most babies accept this love and care without resistance. The result is that they will grow into adulthood with continual love and guidance.

Those who handle life the best, are the ones who remain in relationship and do not resist training. They bring joy to their parents.

Remain in the vine.

When speaking of having new life in Christ, we understand Christ provided all we need to live on earth, as it is in heaven. And if that wasn’t enough, He gave us Holy Spirit as our comforter.

Why then, can’t we accept his love and care?

Why do we move out on our own?

Is it because we are worldly? Maybe, it’s because we resist the faith?

Faith is the system of principals Jesus authored for believers to follow daily.

If we stay in relationship, relying on his written word for guidance, the daily process works to keep justification flowing in our lives.

Justification is ” just as we never sinned.”

If we stay in justification and do not resist the Holy Spirit, we will grow in the love of Christ and bear much fruit. We will bring glory to our father in heaven.

Romans 5:1 THEREFORE BEING justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

By Him:

We have access into grace.

By Him:

We stand and rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.

By Him:

We glory in tribulations!

Tribulations will work patience in us.

Tribulation can be seen as growth spurts. In the natural, when children grow quickly, we call them growing pains. Maybe we should see tribulations as “growing pains.”

Growing pains are a part of life, in both the physical and the spiritual. If we aren’t aware of that fact, we may become fearful that something is wrong.

When my son was about 14 years of age, he had severe cramps in his legs due to severe growing pains. Without parental guidance he naturally would have feared he was dying.

When things go wrong in our lives, we have to be determined to look twice at something before going off the deep end, so to speak. We must trust that we will not die physically. And, be willing to kill off natural mindsets.

We leave Romans 5 for a moment, to talk about patience.

Patience is the capacity to accept or tolerate delay or trouble without getting angry, offended or upset.

Getting angry, offended, upset can cause one to move out of the faith required to remain in trust.

James 1:3-4 Know this, the trying of your faith works patience. But, let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

I like the sound of that!

We must let patience have her perfect work that we may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

Patience then, has a job to do for us. It’s like the saying, “work smarter not harder.”

The word perfect in Christ centered living means to ‘align,’ with God fully. It’s not you being perfect. That’s probably not going to happen. I’m smiling….

If we develop patience it works for us to align us with the wholeness that will supply all our needs in Christ Jesus.

Because God’s supplies liberally when we ask in faith nothing wavering.

His glory is unexplainable in that his love is unconditional. Most of us don’t understand unconditional love.

Nevertheless, we must accept His salvation through his unconditional love of His Son Jesus Christ.

I’m living the dream!

When the mantle is too big for you!

We are serving at Glacier Bible Camp in Hungry Horse, Montana.

The wisdom about treating the janitor the same as the  CEO, definitely applies here. Some of Gods Generals are riding golf carts, doing the work of the ministry behind the scenes.

As I listened to one of them this morning in devotions, concerning the mantle of God, I leaned in. I know a word when I hear one.

This man of God spoke of the mantle of Elijah. Though he only mentioned the transfer of the mantle being given to Elisha, and Elijah’s departure, my thoughts went to the prophetic importance of the mantle of Elijah.

It’s a fact that though it was time to impart his mantle to God’s chosen successor, Elijah didn’t see death. Elijah just translated to a even closer walk with God. God was not finished with the person of Elijah.

It is not a stretch to believe that Elijah was translated to heaven, and will in the last days return to earth, and continue to serve God. It takes a lifetime to fulfill the call of God.

Elijah’s ministry was vital to Israel during a critical time in the life of the nation. God couldn’t allow the mantle to leave with Elijah. It had to be carried forward with Elisha.

In one instance, Elijah prayed that God would stop the rain for 3 1/2 years and the rain stopped for 3 1/2 years. It is supernatural to have power over rain.

As I listened concerning the mantle God placed on Elijah, and I thought of the impartation to Elisha, I experienced a ‘aha,’ moment in my own ministry. God has been training me since birth for ‘ such a time as this.’

This experienced leader, in the body of Christ gave his testimony, explaining that each of us as sons and daughters of God, have been given a mantle.

He told us that at times, the mantle will feel, “too big for us. ” He related it to parents buying clothes a little larger for children to grow into as time progresses, so as to not have to replace them.

He described his own life, and how he often felt inadequate to the tasks of God. He said however, that ” his feelings never stopped God from placing him in favorable places to speak.”

He spoke humbly of speaking and praying with dignitaries, in the church, in the military and even in our highest government,

He confided that he always felt his mantle was too big for him. He explained that he understands that is true for all of us. That is so that we never lose our dependence upon the help of  Holy Spirit. He encouraged us to continually be filled with the Holy Spirit.

I meditated on his words. As I read the stories of Elijah, I see the bold, confident assurance in his devotion and obedience to God. Yet, I also read of times of uncomfortable inadequacies.

Remember when he ran away to be alone, and thought he was the only one who had not bowed his knee to other Gods?

Remember how God had to straighten out his wrong perceptions?

I wandered how Elijah felt, when God told him to go and anoint the new kings for Israel and Judah?

What went through his mind, when he was told to anoint Elisha as his replacement?

Did he feel adequate to the tasks?

I am almost positive he didn’t know the exact details of his upcoming departure. Though Elijah was powerful and uncompromising under the anointing, he also experienced feelings of inadequacy. Thankfully God let’s us hear about these moments in Elijahs life.

The transparency is a great example to modern day servants. There will be days when we are aware the mantle, “is too big for us.”

Yet, we need to allow those moments. We need to be transparent in our testimonies. We can’t just share the highs! We must also share the lows! It helps us to be effective and real in our lives.

We must show our dependency upon the Holy Spirit, and include others as we grow into our calling. Though we may ‘feel,’ alone, we are never alone.

As I look at the mountains here in Montana, it is no surprise to see there are also valleys.

It makes sense then, that our spiritual mountain top experiences, eventually give way to valley experiences. Just as Elijah’s did.

Elijah defeated the prophets of Baal in a spectacular way, only to feel inadequate afterward.

When it came to his time to leave, it must have been humbling, and maybe even a litttle disappointing, for Elijah to anoint his own replacement. Transition is never easy.

When God calls you to move in a different direction, it’s more than uncomfortable.

I agree with the speaker. The mantle is too big for me.

It should be! Holy Spirit is my help!

He sends me dreams, confirmations, words of wisdom to keep me in His perfect will, as I grow and transition. I know I am not alone.

That’s why I wanted to share this today. I don’t care how long you have been in the ministry, God is always growing you into his call. We will feel inadequate at times.

We need to let God anoint us daily. Be content in, “ who we are, where we are.”

You never know when you could be called upon to speak a right now word, in the right time.

You may also never know, when you are being called upon , to receive his right now word, in a right now time. Remember that the best is yet to come.

Elijah did not experience death and a future sign corresponds with the supernatural ability of Elijah. God has need of his mantle to shut up the the heavens in the future.

Could it be, he will return in the last days along with a another witness, with “power to shut up the heavens, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy. ” Revelations 11:6

I want to encourage you today, don’t listen to your feelings, listen to Gods word.

Depend on the Holy Spirit, remain faithful to your call and grow in your mantle by faith. These are the days of Elijah!

If you feel inadequate, you may be right where you need to be!

Wyoming to Montana

We spent the night in Wyoming, just a few miles from the state line of Montana. The West really is a sight to behold. Pictures cannot capture the breathtaking scenery. Yet, we continue to take them, one after another, hoping to hold on to the memories.

There is a serenity involved with the picturesque scenery. It would benefit anyone dealing with high levels of stress, or jaded enthusiasm to take a road trip through the West. The glory of God can only be missed, if, you decide to ignore it.

My father owns the cattle on a thousand hills comes to mind, as we see the wide open ranges covered with livestock. Horses roaming free, even antelope. I have never seen a antelope, but I know know they are not deer.

The whole idea of Psalm 50:10-11, “For every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird in the mountains, and the insects are mine,” is just another way of saying that everything belongs to God. God is sovereign.

So we ride along like a modern day, ‘covered wagon,’ thinking of songs like, “where the deer and the antelope play, where seldom is heard a discouraging word,” echoing through our memories.

To some it might sound sentimental, and lame. I couldn’t care less. I loved hearing AB sing, ‘ I should have been a cowboy, I should have learned to rope and ride.’

When we got outside of Billings, Montana, and moved toward Great Falls for the night, we ended up on a road construction project. The road was muddy and now we look like we have been somewhere. It started raining and our rig is more than muddy.

The next morning, we awoke to our heater fan continuously whirring at 5 am. The strange part was that the heater wasn’t on. We were using a electric plug in heater we bought on our last mission trip.

When AB located the problem, it was a leak from the water pipe above the heater, hitting the electric contact. Problem solved.

I couldn’t help but to praise and thank God! Having recently viewed the historic Battlefield of Custards Last Stand, we didn’t wake up to a battle cry, or have to deal with whether the water was pure or poisoned. We have come a long way in history.

I know every century has their problems, but God being faithful to his people is not one of them.

Thanks to Jesus, when we encounter problems, we only have to look for the potential benefit. All things work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose.

More songs slide into to my mind, ‘The Victory belongs to Jesus. The Victory belongs to Him. Also, ‘It may look we’re surrounded, but we’re surrounded by Him. This is how we fight our battles, this is how we fight our battles.’

We give glory to God.

Thanks for listening.

Carol

The Wind at Our Back

We left Kansas in contrary winds.

Ranging from 22-24 mph, the winds were coming at us, at the front and the side, as if to blow us over, and hold us back.

We soon learned it costs you more to go against contrary winds, but you have to go against them.

It was both hands on the wheel kind of day, and frustrating to watch both the miles per hour and miles per gallon drop down.

The closer we got to our destination, the better it got. The wind changed direction and the wind got behind us.

Suddenly, it was like we were being pushed. It was smooth sailing, all quiet, hardly any effort required.

There was a increase, and we picked up speed and miles per gallon. We couldn’t help but see the spiritual revelations in this experience.

When you are in the will of God, the Holy Spirit has your back. He is the wind at your back. You may have contrary circumstances for a moment, but it’s just a season.

Psalms 37:23 The steps of the righteous are ordered by the Lord and he delights in his way.

We would like to give a reminder that Gods plan for our lives, is the best and blessed life.

Jesus still speaks to contrary winds. They still obey. He still expect us to speak to the mountains and see them move.

There is a Irish Blessing or Prayer, we pray over you today, as you read it:

May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the Son Shine warm upon your face until we meet again. May the Lord hold you in the palm of His Hand.

AB 😎