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Broken Escalators: Dream Accelerators

How Do I Put My Escalator on Fast Forward?

When my daughter, Aspen, began walking, I would spend my days cleaning up after her. She would wake up, eat half her breakfast and throw the other half on the floor. Immediately, I would clean up the mess. Once I let her down from her high chair, she would begin “playing.” Her form of play meant pulling out anything she could get her hands on, looking at it for a few seconds, then leaving it on the ground in front of her before moving on to the next toy. I would pick up her mess and put it back where it belonged. She’d pull pots and pans from the cupboards, clothes from her drawers, and toys from the toy box and dump them on the floor. Like a robot, I would follow behind her cleaning up the mess. Daily I would repeat this cycle- staying busy- doing a whole lot of nothing.

Our world is filled with all kinds of people like me; busy people expending a lot of time and energy on things that make no real difference in life. We are wearing ourselves out doing a whole lot of stuff- and this “whole lot of stuff” is preventing us from doing the ONE thing we were created for.

John 18:37, “Jesus answered, ‘You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth…”

Each of us was created for a specific purpose- to bear witness to the Truth. The way we find fulfillment in life is by getting to know who Jesus is and in turn, pointing others to Him. While each of us was created for this same purpose, the manner in which we fulfill that purpose is different; it is based upon the individual dreams God put on the inside of us. Whether you are a stay at home mom raising little people or a middle-aged single climbing the corporate ladder and being a light to the word as you go; if you are a grandmother praying for your community or a firecracker on a mission to change the world as we know it… your dream should help others to know Him more.

In this podcast based off of chapter 8 of Peter Haas’ book, “Broken Escalators” we will be talking about how to work with God to bring your dreams to pass. We will use two different individuals with very different backgrounds to show how God makes even our unspoken desires come to pass when we recognize Him and walk in obedience.

I hope you will take a few minutes to listen in.

Broken Escalators: Moth Eating 101

Who Are Your Friends?

What if I told you that your current emotional state is more a product of who you hang out with than the circumstances of life? Whether you realize it or not, it’s the truth. The people we spend our time with influence us in many different ways- some in the right ways; others in wrong ways. Both the good and bad habits of the people we consistently hang around rub off on us – which is why it is so important that we choose our friends wisely.

Not convinced? Let me let you in on some interesting facts…

  1. Research indicates that we can significantly predict happiness, stress, memory loss, weight, life expectancy, and the odds of quitting smoking based on the quality and quantity of friends we have.
  2. One study found that your odds of exercising increase by 37% when you have a large number of friends.
  3. Studies show your chance of surviving cancer, stroke and heart disease doubles if you have supportive friends.
  4. People who go to church regularly are 22% less likely to be clinically depressed.
  5. Of all the circumstantial things that can affect your happiness, your friends are one of the top predictors- far more than income, location, or any position you hold.

Who your friends are matters. Who you allow entrance into your life matters. Who you ask advice from… Who you talk to about your everyday situations… And who you tell your problems to, will set your life in a direction. The question I want to ask you today is… What direction do you want to go? Are the people you have given entrance into your life helping you get to your destination?

In this week’s podcast based off chapter 7 of Peter Haas’ Book “Broken Escalators,” we will  be talking about friends and callings and how our friend’s can help confirm and fulfill our calling.

Broken Escalators: The Five Pillars of Promotion

Chapter 6: Lessons from One of the Most Promoted People in History

In Acts 13:22, under the anointing of the Holy Spirit the Apostle Paul writes: “And when He had removed him (King Saul), He raised up David to be their king, of whom He testified and said, ‘I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after My heart, who will do all my will.’”

David was a man like each of us; a man with an imperfect soul. Had he been born today, his life is one that would undoubtedly have Hollywood gossiping. David’s face would grace every tabloid and magazine cover in America with headings such as: “King Has Affair with Married Woman” and “King’s Plan to Kill His Lover’s Husband Exposed.”

In case you haven’t read the story, while leading an entire nation of people, King David had an affair with a married woman and then tried to cover up it up by having her husband killed. Despite this treacherous mistake, because of his repentant heart, David was not disqualified from His calling. In fact, the Lord used David in many mighty ways despite his failures. Because of his heart attitude, the Lord even attributed this character to him- “a man after My heart, who will do all My will.”

What an honor.

In the many years between being anointed king and becoming king, David learned character that set him apart from his peers; character that helped him get back on track when he veered off course; character that prevented him from becoming proud and rebellious; character that resulted in the fulfillment of his calling.

#1- David obsessed over his own character issues, not the issues of others.

#2- David left vengeance to God.

#3- David regularly considered the possibility that he might be wrong.

#4- David assumed God was working promotions- even through perceived demotions.

#5- David knew that no one gets away with sin.

In this podcast based off chapter six of Peter Haas’ book, “Broken Escalators,” we will look at some of the unique theological convictions that King David possessed which helped him to achieve this place of honor with the Lord and man. Please listen in as Emily Moore helps us to understand these principles and how to apply them to our lives in order to see the promotions God is calling us to.

Broken Escalators: The Great Hot Dog Snatcher

Ch. 5: What If God Intentionally Allows Irritating People In Our Lives to
Help Us Realize Only He Can Affect Our Promotions?

Is there someone in your life that drives you crazy? Someone who knows just how to push your buttons? A person who really just rubs you the wrong way? Maybe there is an individual in your life who “makes” you act in foolish ways and say things you never meant to say; one who “makes” you act in ways no one else can.

The Bible has much to say about a person who gives in to their feelings and acts foolishly when stirred to anger like this…

Proverbs 29:11, “A fool vents all his feelings. But a wise man holds the back.”

Proverbs 16:32, “Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city.”

Proverbs 22:24, “Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered.”

Proverbs 14:29, “Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.”

Proverbs 19:11, “A person’s wisdom yield’s patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.”

The truth is… No person can “make” us act foolishly. No man can “make” us lose our cool or say things that aren’t already dwelling within the boundaries of our hearts. When someone pushes our buttons, rather than make us angry, that irritation should act as a warning sign to us; a sign to point us to the weaknesses we have in our lives. It should cause us to draw closer to Jesus – that we may become more like Him.

In this weeks podcast based on chapter 4 and 5 from Peter Haas’ book, “Broken Escalators,” we will address the question… “What if God intentionally allows irritating people in our lives to help us realize only he can affect our promotions?” Through closely examining the life of King David and King Saul, we will look at how our character and relationships with God affect the anointing in our lives. I hope you will join me in this spiritual journey to discovering a deeper meaning to then nuisances in our lives as you listen in.

Broken Escalators: How To Talk A Manly Man Into Circumcision

Chapter 4: How To Talk A Manly Man Into Circumcision
Mindi Griffin’s Healing Testimony

The year was 1998. The prayer was short and sweet: “Lord, give me joy that no one can take away.” When the words left my lips, I had no idea of the significance these ten words would carry. But… it wouldn’t be long before I collided with their effects head on. That year, 1998, will forever be marked as one of the most difficult years of my life. And, if I am being honest, 1999, 2000, and 2001 weren’t much better.

As a young woman of twenty three, life was supposed to be carefree and fun- at least that is what I imagined. I thoroughly expected the season after college graduation to greet me with excitement, adventure and a sloppy, wet kiss. However, instead of strong arms to hold me and whimsical friends to hang with, I landed in a bed of needles on the back side of the wilderness. While most of my friends were falling in love, getting married and making babies, I found myself in a completely different, and quite lonely, place.

To start the year, my world fell apart when the man I thought I would one day say “I do” to shattered my heart into a million pieces. Shortly thereafter, I moved away from everything familiar to me to start my career as a physical therapist in a new city. Then, as the year came to a close, the unthinkable happened… After twenty eight years of marriage, my parents divorced.

The life I once knew had become extinct.

It cut like a knife.

I found it hard to breathe.

But what met me on the other side of my misery, was a life I only dreamed about.

On the back side of the wilderness, the Lord taught me the secret to finding joy that lasts. It was in those lonely, dark and difficult times that God taught me how to have joy that is independent of my circumstances. On that bed of needles, the Lord- in His great mercy and love- answered my prayer for “joy that no one can take away.”

In this week’s podcast, you will discover the key to lasting joy as I share the intimate details of my journey to find true happiness. And… if you need a bit of encouragement in the realm of healing, you will LOVE Mindi’s testimony as well. I hope you will take a few minutes to tune in.

Psalm 16:11, “You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of JOY; At your right hand are pleasures forever more.”

Broken Escalators: The Day All My Dreams Came True, And I Hated It

Chapter 3: The Day All My Dreams Came True And I Hated It.

In this world, there are many things we crave. For some of us, it’s pizza and sweet tea. For others, it’s chocolate covered potato chips with a side of ice cream. To me, a juicy steak and loaded baked potato has never sounded like a bad idea. In fact, I love just about everything a girl can put in her mouth.

For years, Dr. Pepper was my ‘food’ of choice- my morning wake up call. I don’t know if it was the caffeine or the sugar, but the pleasure I derived from a single sip made me crave it all the more.

Fortunately, not all of my cravings are bad. Some actually go much deeper than what I goes into my stomach. I crave things like good health, a happy heart, an amazing marriage and obedient children, too. I want for a nice car, a beautifully decorated home and landscaping that looks like HGTV got a hold of my yard.

Yes… We crave a myriad of different things… prominent positions, perfect curls and hour glass figures. We want for “all expense paid” vacations and winning lottery tickets too. We desire complements, praise and prestige. We want to be seen. We desire to be noticed; to be needed and to feel loved.

In truth, we long for all kinds of things- things we believe will bring us the ultimate satisfaction. “Once I have this thing,” we tell ourselves, “then I will truly be happy.” But then “that thing” arrives and we are left feeling empty still.

Why is this?

Why do all the things we believe will satisfy, leave us still wanting for more?

In this week’s podcast, based off chapter three of Peter Haas’ book, “Broken Escalators,” Emily Moore will let us in on the answer to these questions and more. I hope you will take a few minutes to listen in. No doubt, you will be refreshed through her words that are so rightly spoken.

Psalm 62:1 (NIV), “Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from Him.”

Broken Escalators: Exploding Potty Buckets

Chapter 2: Exploding Potty Buckets

We all know that life doesn’t always work out the way we want it to, but why does it seem like for some people, life just seems to add up? Why do some people appear to have an easy journey through life whereas others have a much rougher path? Why does it seem like some people’s prayers get answered speedily and others are left waiting for what seems like an eternity.

The truth is… No matter what it looks like to the outsider, everyone goes through difficult seasons. Everyone faces unanswered prayers. Everyone feels lonely at times. Everyone deals with grief and loss. We all feel disappointed when things don’t turn out the way we had hoped. In fact, it is very possible that someone who looks like they lead a “charmed life” may very well be going through one of the toughest seasons of their life. Just because you can’t see difficulty doesn’t mean someone is not experiencing it.

No matter how much we try to prevent it, suffering impacts us all. The Word teaches us that we should not to be surprised when we face trials; that if we want to experience God’s glory, we must also partake in His suffering. It is in suffering that we are forced to learn His ways- which is ultimately for our good and teaches us character.

1 Peter 4:12-13, “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.”

In this week’s podcast based off chapter two of Peter Haas’ book, “Broken Escalators,” we will review some of the ways to let go of control in your own life and learn to walk in the victory Christ died to give you. It will remind you that suffering is a part of life that God allows in order to teach you the real value of life. Most importantly, I believe you will walk away refreshed, with a fervor to believe God. He will use every difficulty you face for your good and the good of others, if you will only allow Him.

John 16:33 (AmpC), “In the world you will have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer (take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted)! For I have overcome the world. (I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.)

Broken Escalators : Who’s Your Daddy?

Chapter 1: Who’s Your Daddy?

The way we respond when tragedy happens reveals a lot about our relationship with God. How we pray reveals a lot about our theology. If our prayers are filled with doubt, worry, anxiety and fear; if we are constantly trying to figure things out or trying to control the circumstances or people around us, there is a good possibility that we don’t understand the fullness of the love of our heavenly Father.

The Word says in Matthew 7:7-11, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 9Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!”

The Lord is a loving Father. When we pray, He hears. The Word says He actually bends down to listen to our prayers.  Like any good Daddy, His ears are open to the cries of His children- even when it seems contrary. As the Word promises, when we pray for a fish 🐠, God doesn’t give us a snake🐍. He gives good gifts to those who ask.

When our prayers are not answered in the way we expect them to be answered, there is always a reason. God sees the bigger picture. He has the good of His kids in mind through every situation. He knows the parts we don’t, He sees the parts can’t, and He is working out the details to point His kids wholeheartedly to Him.

In this podcast, you will be encouraged to trust God on a deeper level than you have ever known. You will be reminded that the middle of a trial is not the time to determine whether something is good or bad. You will be encouraged to lay aside anxiety, fear, doubt and worry and exchange it for the rest and peace of God.

I hope you will take a few minutes to listen in to this podcast based on Chapter One of Peter Haas’ book, “Broken Escalators.” We are meeting at the Avenue Worship Center of East Coast Christian Center every Thursday from 9:30 to 11 am now through April 18, 2019. We would LOVE for you to come too!❤️

Broken Escalators: Week 1- Introduction

Part 1: Introduction/Peter Haas’ testimony
Part 2: Why the wait?

Two years ago this past January, my husband and I felt the Lord saying it was time to take a step in a new direction for our lives. After seventeen years of working in professional baseball, we felt the Lord calling us to walk away. Though Landon and I had been preparing financially for this step for quite some time, actually doing it required a lot of faith, as well as a number of changes. For one, I had to increase my hours at work for an indefinite period of time in order to make up the difference in our salaries- the effects of which I felt in other areas as well. I had no choice but to “give up” something I not only love, but feel called to do- teach the Word of God.

I am happy to say that this week a new season began. After two and a half years, I was able to start teaching Bible study again. The wait was long, but oh so beneficial. As with every journey, I learned a lot on this one. And while it didn’t always feel good, I know it was good.

Isn’t that the great paradox of the wait? As much as we try to resist it, something happens in it. The wait causes us grow. It points us to Jesus and teaches us to trust Him. In fact, God often does things in us during the wait that can’t be received any other way.

In the natural, taking steps such as these frequently feel like a push (make that a shove) in a direction opposite our dreams. But, the truth is… what we learn in the wait actually propels us toward our destinies.

In this 10 week series, we will be studying from Peter Haas’ book, “Broken Escalators”  where we will discover the truth behind what leads to happiness and promotion. I’d love for you to pick up a copy and come along for the ride. Whether you are near or far, it’s not too late to join in. We will be meeting every Thursday from now until April 18, 2019 in the Avenue Worship Center at East Coast Christian Center in Merritt Island, Florida from 9:30 to 11am. If you can’t make it in person, take some time to listen to the podcast. In this introductory message, we will dive further into the “why” behind the wait. No doubt you will be blessed.

Isaiah 43:19, “Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

How Healthy Are You?

Lately I have been taking a half hour walk just about every day. I started close to two years ago when my blood sugar told me it was time. I don’t especially love to exercise, but I don’t want to end up a diabetic either. Something visceral happens when you have a patient pull out her eye and tell you, “I wish I would have paid attention when the doctor told me I needed to change my diet.” Statements like that send the message loud and clear: There is a whole lot going on and in our bodies that we cannot see. If we don’t want to reap the negative consequences later, we’d better pay attention now.

Unfortunately, sometimes it takes the school of hard knocks to get the message through to us.

I am no different.

For years I had been convicted to cut down on the sugar in my diet and to stop drinking soda. While I had made many strides in decreasing the number of sweets I ate, I couldn’t seem to stop drinking soda. When the Lord convicted me, my response was simple. “I want to quit drinking soda Lord, but I just don’t have a reason to stop.” Of course, the Lord’s conviction should have been reason enough to make me forever skip another swallow. But for me, it simply wasn’t. I loved my Dr. Pepper. And, as hard as is to say, the truth is… I loved my Dr. Pepper more than I loved the warning the Holy Spirit was sending. So rather than heed His direction, I dismissed the whisper God had been speaking to my heart over and over again for years.

As time passed, there were a number of subtle signs that pointed to the idea that something wasn’t quite right inside my body. For starters, I had gotten multiple urinary tract infections over a two year period- something I’d never dealt with before. And, I noticed that I frequently felt shaky soon after eating at my favorite bar-b-que restaurant. (Unbeknownst to me, the sweet tea, garlic bread, bar-b-que sauce and French fries were causing my sugar to escalate. Imagine that!) With a mild hunch that maybe elevated blood sugar was the culprit, I began checking it on a daily basis. I quickly discovered that while my glucose numbers were not off the charts, neither were they in a normal range when I ate a moderate number of carbohydrates- especially for someone my age, without a family history of diabetes who is neither overweight, nor overly sedentary.

So, equipped with a “reason to quit” I began changing the way I did life. I educated myself on proper nutrition and the effect of excessive sugar on the body.  I discovered how little nutrition was found in some of the foods that I had previously considered to be healthy and was forced to make some sizeable changes. I began significantly cutting out simple carbohydrates (processed food, sugar and soda) from my diet. Exercise became a daily part of my routine and denying my flesh became an even greater habit- one I still am working to master; one which- by the way- the Lord commands.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20, “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; You were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your bodies.”

There is so much more I could say related to this topic. But my point is not to educate you about diabetes (though many people are walking around with it and don’t even know it). Instead, my hope is that through my experience, you will recognize where you are missing God when it comes to your health. Please, don’t wait for an angel to appear in a dream before you listen to what the Holy Spirit is whispering to your heart. (Secretly, that is what I was hoping for!) Let this be your confirmation. If something doesn’t feel quite right, get it checked out. Don’t put off the blood work, the CT scan or the doctor visit until it is too late. Don’t bury your head in the sand and hope everything turns out ok. Take action today.

Our health is not something that fails us in one day. Sickness generally appears as a result of small choices we make on a daily basis added together over years. If we don’t take care of ourselves today, we will pay the price tomorrow. And I don’t want that for either of us!

“Lord, Thank you for leading me in healthy choices every day. Help me to heed the voice of your Spirit and the wisdom of others in the realm of my body. Direct my steps as I follow your voice. Give me a plan for my health and the stamina to follow through as you direct me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen