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!

Developing a Ducks Back

The feathers of ducks are coated with oil that repels water. Water literally rolls of their back.

I love the many hidden illustrations found in creation.

The ducks have so many feathers that if God had not placed oil in them, they would have a difficult time being ducks.

Even though we don’t have feathers, live in water, or have the ability to fly, we could benefit from developing a ducks back.

You have probably heard someone start a sentence with this phrase, ” Don’t get your feathers ruffled.”

Many times , the temptation to listen defensively is a first response. But, if we determine to develop a ‘ducks back,’ we can listen to keep our options open.

When we refuse to jump to conclusions, or take it personally, we can curtail offense and prevent much chaos.

When we determine to let the negatives roll off of us, like water off a ducks back, we keep the peace.

The next time your near a park, spend some time watching ducks glide through the water. Nature speaks.

I took this picture in Paris.

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!

Upside down

Sometimes we are up and sometimes down! It’s life!

Yesterday, as I swept the pine straw off my front porch, I noticed the welcome mat was upside down. I laughed, as I wondered how long it had been that way.

Our circular drive leads visitors to our back door, so we don’t use the front door often. Let’s just say if someone knocks on our front door, we know they are visitors. But still, when someone approaches your home, you want to be hospitable.

It gave me pause to think about welcome signs in life. When someone approaches our lives, what is their first impression?

Does it depend on how we feel that day?

If we feel up, do they see and feel peace, joy and happiness?

If we feel down, is our welcome mat upside down?

Maybe, we don’t get upside down on purpose. Life is hard. Sometimes, we don’t want visitors to even cross our doorstep. But when we view hard times as necessary as good times, we can be in charge of our emotions.

E-motion. Energy in motion.

If we understand emotions are our energy in motion, we can be more intentional as to where they lead us.

We don’t have to let negative e-motion drain us. It doesn’t have to be the first thing people notice about us. We can be intentional.

We may not get to decide what comes to our front door, but we can decide what comes in.

When we are more discerning of what we let into our lives, we can regulate our lives better. We can decide whether the approach is clear and right-side up.

It doesn’t negate your feelings to reign them in.

Have you noticed that when you are patient to judge a situation, it’s not as bad as you first thought?

Maybe the old adage, ” sleep on it,” is wisdom after all.

Your thoughts?

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.