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

True to Life Realities

Dreams are aspirations, ambitions, and idea’s.

When we allow ourselves to ‘daydream,’ we let our imaginations out of the cage and allow them to fly.

Then, too many of us, sigh and force ourselves back into a reality that says those dreams are just wild imaginations.

What if that is wrong thinking? What if the worlds reality is holding us down.

Have you ever heard, ” Get your head out of the clouds, and get your feet on the ground?”

I’m sure you have, if you’ve lived over 5 minutes, or at least you have heard something like it.

Words can tear you down or they can build you up.

Negativity can be like a taser and paralyze your movement. But only if you allow the atmosphere to reside in you.

We live in this world but we are not of this world.

John 17:6, 26 are the words of Jesus explaining that we come out of the world, when we believe his word and trust in his name.

Christ prayer for protection, joy, love, and unity with him , applies to those who believe in him.

When we believe, we come out of the world, and our belief sanctifies us.

Our atmosphere changes from one of negativity to one, that says ” all things are possible to those who love God.”

If you believe, True to Life Reality can be your new world. Dream Big!