The Blended Life

My spirit believes God. I find it is my soul that needs critique, and alignment. They need a blender.

Psalms 139 inspires me to pray for my mind, will, and emotions to align with the wholeness of my heart belief, and blend.

It begins with, ” O Lord, you have searched me, and know me.”

The Lord knows, I believe in Him, and I know he helps my unbelief. He has made a covenant with me, I am written in his book. He is with me.

He knows my unbelief, how at times my reactions do not show the truth of what I believe.

I can move from faith to fear, just like that!

Yet, Psalms 139 says I am like him in image. I can count on his love.

Faith comes from hearing and hearing from the word of God. Romans 10:17

I can also move from fear to faith through the inspiration of hearing Gods word.

My desire is to live wholly, standing with the very God of peace. I want my spirit, my soul, and my body to be preserved until the day of Jesus Christ.

Doubts, conflicts, separations arise out of my soul. (my mind, my will, and my emotions.) Yet, my spirit believes.

How then can we align the soul with the heart? How can the soul and spirit come together as one?

I believe the answer is in scripture.

1 Thessalonians 5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ

V 24: Faithful is he who calls you, who will also do it.

I can rest in that. Jesus called me. I answered his call. He will be faithful to me.

Now here comes my part. I will be faithful to him. I will give him my whole heart. Spirit, soul, and body. Then I will trust his faithfulness.

No one said living fully would be easy. If it was easy everyone would be a believing follower of Christ.

What helps me is to remember my vows. My relationship with him is as a Covenant Marriage.

It’s in the New Covenant.

I received salvation by faith in my heart. My faith comes into my heart as I hear and I believe.

Faith is also professed as I follow him. Actions speak as clear as words.

I made a covenant with God through my acceptance of his son, Jesus Christ. I made my vow to love him with all my heart, all my soul, and all my mind.

Deuteronomy 6:5 You shall love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

Practicing Christianity is like two hearts that fall in love. Two people make a decision to marry.

Then the realization, that though their hearts are united as one, the will of each, along with the mind, and emotions are not united.

Mainly because there are two completely different individuals. Male and female. Different personalities. Different ways they were raised. Differences!

They key is unity, not conformity in most relationships. Yet, you must give up your individual rights to become one in a covenant marriage. You don’t give up who you are, you just become your best self.

The word married means to couple or fit together as one. Anything can be married under that description.

As a example; two pieces of rope can be intertwined by splicing together two ends of a rope. This combines the rope to become one.

So in this illustration you have two individuals things intertwined. Married.

There is no heart connection, so it is not a covenant combination. It’s not a covenant marriage.

The description of a covenant marriage is one giving their heart to the other, to form a partnership.

The mind, will and emotions are often separate from the unconditional love of surrendered and united hearts.

You can fit something together, but not make it agree.

The mind, will, and emotions are like siblings in a blended family.

Let’s use the example of 6 siblings. 3 from each heart.

2 minds

2 wills

2 sets of emotions

The two minds rarely become same-minded overnight. They are like the parents. Each with their own way of doing things.

The two wills are stubborn opposites. Oil and water.

The two sets of emotions are like having twins, who connect with the wills of the one they favor the most.

It’s like a constant battle. You can marry them by ceremony, but the only way to unify them is through covenant marriage.

A covenant marriage is the coming together for one purpose. The two become one.

A covenant marriage is where the two become one in like mindedness. Blended.

You have the mind of Christ. Your spirit and soul are united.

You become your best self. You become like Him.

Look before you Leap!

Have you ever ‘jumped to a conclusion,’ without having the facts?

It makes me uncomfortable to admit how many times, I have done that.

There is actually a physiological term for those who practice it, “inference observation confusion.”

The term defined means, “reaching unwarranted conclusions without the facts.”

It caused realization in me, that jumping to conclusions is more dangerous than humorous.

I am not the only one needing education. We all need to work on finding factual evidence before acting on conclusions.

Our culture is suffering from JTC, aka ‘ Jumping to Conclusions.

Our congress is practicing it right now.

The infuriating thing?

They are supposed to be responsible leaders.

They were elected to lead, we the people, with wisdom.

The dollars they are spending , are not allocated to support personal vendetta’s, or unchecked theories.

That makes me wonder , what ever happened to good investigative, reporting?

Remember when, it actually meant digging for facts?

Where are the wise leaders, who step back and wait for truth?

Do we really need guides, who blindly, jump on the band wagon?

Isn’t that the same as jumping off a cliff , because others are doing it?

Parenting 101.

I guess we all know the results of jumping to conclusions. They either are uncomfortable or comical. Unchecked, they can also be dangerous.

They become dangerous when we don’t constitute checks, and balances.

Accounting 101.

Measure twice, cut once. Wisdom, no matter the trade. Basics, 101.

We need diversity with unity. We need checks and balances. We need to pause sometimes, before acting out our discernment’s.

Unless we are on a island by ourselves?

Are we on a island by ourselves America?

I have to answer that. No, not even when, America was discovered.

But, history proves we had some very wise leaders. We know this by the results.

These leaders had vision, and they developed it. They wrote it and called it ” The United States Constitution.”

Vision casting, 101. Write the vision and make it plain, so those who read it, can run with it.

Write down the revelation
    and make it plain on tablets
    so that a herald may run with it.

Bible, Habakkuk 2:2

Adopting it as our vision, and adhering to it, we became, “The United States of America.”

It was and is a beautiful, historical, and proven document, that provides vision, unity and diversity.

Are we now, “The Divided States of America?”

We are, if we can’t keep the true vision.

We are, if our leaders keep going by their individual feelings, and agenda.

We are, if we keep pointing fingers, and jumping to conclusions.

We will be, if we don’t do reality checks.

Where are our phycology majors? Could you speak up? Can you talk about how to be healthy again?

America can’t remain free with unhealthy leaders, practicing unhealthy principals, flowing down into the people.

We the people, need truth. We need balance. We need responsibility with other peoples lives.

We need to be America again.

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!

Rise to Live

I often quote wise and inspirational sayings as a way to encourage others, to rise from failures, and keep moving forward.

Many times, as I look at words penned by man, they give me pause. Because, many sayings represent a worldly viewpoint.

I have no desire to focus my attention on something that can only be temporary. My vision for my life is eternal.

Today I read this quote by Miguel de Cervantes, ” He can, who believes he can.”

Cervantes was a Spanish Author and Poet, and if it interest you, look at his outcome to see if faith in yourself is the best legacy to pursue.

Not a bad quote in itself. Yet, it’s actually asking you to have faith in yourself, which is a temporary solution, in a temporary world.

To be eternally focused one should give attention to the words of Jesus, who says, ” By myself I can do nothing.”

In John 5: 24, the encouragement of Jesus, in his own words, says, ” I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word, and believes him who sent me, has eternal life, and will not be condemned, he has crossed over from death into life.”

From his word, I have faith to rise, not just momentarily, for a season, in a temporary world, but also eternally!

Ah, the best of both worlds, where we have confidence in the author of faith, and eternal life.

When I preview the history of Jesus, concerning his outcome, I believe he died, and rose again!

When I have faith in him, I rise to live.

I believe in God, not in myself. I trust, that I will live life and life more abundantly by believing his word.

What do you expect your outcome to be when you leave this world?

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!

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!

Anna Maria Island, Florida

We left Saturday, February 9th, to celebrate our 48th anniversary.

Our anniversary being February 6th is one that makes you want to go south and seek warmer weather.

This year we wanted to just hook up our travel trailer and go. We didn’t prebook. We just headed south. We did have a destination in mind. Anna Maria Island.

We underestimated the amount of other travelers heading south. The only park we could find a space was in Wesley Chapel, near Zephyrhills, Florida. This is about a hour and half from the Island.

We were able to have lunch on the island, on Sunday. We also returned Monday and took a picnic with us. They have great places for the public to enjoy the area. There are shaded places with picnic tables, clean bathrooms. There is a dock on one side for fishing, and sand and swimming area’s across the street.

This is a great place to bring your family for a great vacation