Roses and Noses

It’s a well known saying, ” stop and smell the roses.”

It was interesting to me that this phrase was probably first said by golfer, Walter Hagen.

That makes sense, as the game of golf is focused on staying on the fairway, and keeping the eye on the ball. If anyone saw roses at all, it means the ball took a different direction, than the one envisioned.

Golf has obstacles. Water, sand traps, and the wilderness, are just off the sides of the fairway.

If you don’t guide the ball properly, and you land outside the green, it can cost you extra strokes to get back in play.

It causes tension, and your approach to the next hole will be affected, if you don’t shake it off.

So the encouragement, ” Stop and smell the roses.”

Stop and smell the roses applies as we journey through our lives.

There will be days when we don’t guide things just right. Days that we end up in traps, over our head, and way off course.

We have to come back swinging! We have to take a deep breath and take another shot at it!

Your are going to go out of bounds some days. It’s a fact.

Taking time to smell the flowers along the journey is a powerful way to relax and let it go.

There are often roses right under our noses. ( I know, but I couldn’t resist. I will probably take a penalty strike for that one.)

When living life tries to subtract, counteract.

Stop and smell the roses. Look around and see the blessing of life and life abundantly. Get back in the game!

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!

Inspirations of Life

I draw inspiration from the beautiful mountains.

The first time I saw the mountains in Colorado, I was not just inspired, I was in awe.

I wasn’t prepared for the beauty!

They appeared in front of me as big, beautiful, priceless oil paintings. Yet, they were real!

I couldn’t imagine living in the area, as I could never take my eyes off the sheer beauty!

After a few days, I was less aware of them, and they became the background around me.

The gift of life is just as awe inspiring. It’s big, beautiful, and priceless!

Yet, as we live life daily, the beauty fades into the background. Our focus becomes smaller and we allow life circumstances to become rivals for the forefront of attention.

Circumstances happen, but they should never be larger than life.

We shouldn’t let the beauty of every day become our background.

How can we flip the script?

As I thought about this, I decided. As for me and my life, I am going to make it my goal to live a big, beautiful, awe inspiring life.

I am committed to keep my eye on the great gift of life, God has already outlined for me.

I may not be the artist, but he has given me my own will. I get to fill in the lines.

Honestly, I don’t think I can look at his creation without first thinking of Him. He is the artist.

I draw from that perception. I am aligning my view to his view. As I do, I see circumstances taking a back seat on my journey.

Sure they will be there, that’s a given. But, my present troubles do not determine my journey in life. They don’t have the right!

Troubles do not design me and you.

We don’t have to allow them to refine us. Only God has the right.

Circumstances do not outline our future. God has already done that.

We have been given life and life abundant. John 10:10

The present circumstances don’t determine where we can go, they merely determine where we start.

–Nido Qubein

View life like a journey, if circumstances determine your start, recalculate.

Have a big, beautiful, awe inspiring life!

The Life Imagined

It’s time to start living the life you imagined. ——Henry James

The life I imagined?

Well, that just it. I don’t think I imagined my life or how it should go.

I have just lived it day by day, the best I knew how.

Regrets? Many!

Yet, if I were to imagine my life, I would certainly not make the same make twice. Especially knowing now, what I didn’t know then.

If I were to imagine my life, I imagine I would make it all good. Yet, doing so would eliminate the experiences, that at the time I judged as bad.

As I have become more mature in life, I note the higher growth times came from the bad times, had I imagined would happen, I would have eliminated.

One aspect of maturity is realization and acceptance of making errors. Another aspect is letting those errors be a teacher, not a eraser in our lives.

Describe the life you imagined.

Monday…..Monday….

If you ever heard the song Monday, Monday written by John Edmund Phillips and made famous by the Mama’s and Papa’s, you can sing along with me this line, ” Monday, Monday, can’t trust that day, sometimes it just turns out that way! Oh Monday morning, you gave me no warning of what was to be…..”

I promised myself ,when I left my job of twenty years, that Monday morning was going to be a good day for me.

Anybody who has the sole responsibility for a job and has the week-end off can relate to the dread felt on Monday’s.

What I have discovered was that I didn’t have to wait till I left a job, to change how I viewed Monday’s.

Neither do you! Make Monday your day. View it your way!

Have a good Monday!

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!