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10 Ways to make 2020 better than 2019

If you are struggling with what types of goals to write for this new year, I want to help. In random order… Here are some suggestions on how to make this year (and decade) better than the last.

1- Dejunk your life…. It’s a proven fact, excess stuff causes stress. So do yourself a favor and get rid of it. But how? I suggest you pick a room in your house and begin systematically going through it.  

I started with my kitchen. I got rid of coffee mugs and water bottles we haven’t used in years. I took glue sticks/pencils and other left over school supplies to my son’s teacher. Now that my kids are old enough to use ceramic bowls, I was able to give away the plastic ones. I threw away Tupperware with missing lids, trashed expired spices/medicine and threw away old school folders and half-used notebooks. Now when I open my cabinets, I can actually find what I am looking for without stress.

Try it. It feels good to say bye-bye to clutter. After you do one room, move to the next one. If you need a little encouragement, check out this podcast with Allie Casazza. I am confident it will inspire you to get started the same way it did me. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-happy-hour-with-jamie-ivey/id880741976?i=1000441273109

2- Cut something from your diet for a set amount of time… It’s true the old saying, “You are what you eat.” So, for a better 2020 (and beyond) begin to eat healthier. You don’t have to do it all at once. Just start somewhere. Small changes over time make a big difference. I recommend picking something and cutting it out of your diet for a set amount of time.

This year, I chose to cut out sugar of all kinds- real and false- for 21 days. And quite honestly, it’s been pretty easy. But, before you stone me for saying that, let me also say that the reason it has been relatively easy is because 3 years ago, I began cutting back drastically on the amount of sugar I eat. I certainly didn’t get here over night, but the small steps I took years ago, have made a HUGE difference today. You could begin your baby steps today.

3- Read God’s Word. Letting God in to your life is the best decision you could make. And there is no better way to get to know Him, than to read His Word. 

I started a reading plan back in September through the You Version app called “The Bible Project.” It is the first time I have been able to stay 100% dedicated to a plan. It has video devotions  at the start of each book of the Bible that help explain what you are about to read. This plan has made me stay the course. I really think you will like it too.

If that is too much for you, dedicate yourself to reading one chapter a day or meditating on one verse a day. Just start somewhere.

4- Pick a book to read that talks about an area of struggle in your life. I have said it before, but I will say it again. If you are not a reader, you are missing out on practical advice that will help you live a better life. 

One of the most life-changing books I ever read was a book by Joyce Meyer called “Battlefield of the Mind.” One of the best sections for me personally was a chapter on having a “wandering” mind. When I begin to discover that there was a better way to live in my inner thought life, my outward life changed.

Whatever area you struggle in- whether with disciplining your kids, communication, worry/anxiety, in your marriage- help is only a book away.

5- Exercise. Let me be frank here. I have never been a huge fan of exercise. When I was young I did it because it was healthy and I had lots of free time. When I started a family, I all but stopped exercising for about 13 years. I have never been one who exercised because it was “fun.” I hate to run. In truth, until I had been walking consistently for two full years, I didn’t enjoy that either. But… I chose to do it because the benefits are staggering and- I want to grow old gracefully. I can honestly say that – now – I look forward to my walks. I use them to listen to my Bible/podcasts, pray or to talk with a friend. I have more energy in the day and it helps lower my blood sugar levels as well. You should get started. Somewhere… it can be as simple as a five minute walk. Though it will take discipline, I am living proof that if you stick with it, you can grow to enjoy exercise too.

6- Make a decision to be a better communicator. Relationships rise or fall based on how well we communicate. Each of us have particular quirks when we communicate. For instance, some people bottle up their feelings and give the cold shoulder when they’re upset. Others speak everything on their mind resulting in emotional outbursts that are damaging in a different way. We use various hurtful facial expressions and tones. We are distracted listeners or we don’t really listen at all. Some of us simply talk too much. 

It doesn’t matter which area you choose to work on, just start somewhere. Have you noticed a theme? Small steps are the key to any lasting change in every area.

I saw a huge change in my relationship with my son (and in his personality) when I made a decision not to yell at him anymore. For whatever reason, he could push my buttons like no one else. My demeanor would change with him until, at times, I would lose it. After this repetitive behavior over the course of years, I began to notice his heart hardening towards me. God really convicted me that no one could cause me to act a certain way no matter how much he provoked me and that I needed to work on my character. So I made a decision to stay in control and stop screaming at him. I have never lost my cool with him again. That was at least 6 years ago. As a result, we have a great relationship now and he still has a soft heart💜. 

7- Prioritize what’s important to you. Make sure your choices line up with your life goals. If your family is the most important thing to you, make sure your life reflects that. I recently made a choice to decrease the number of hours I work each week (which in turn means spending less)- allowing me to have more quality time with my children. Now rather than having a frazzled mom, I am able to cook healthier meals and enjoy being their taxi service. By cutting back hours, I am no longer the crank I was becoming and I am free to serve my family well.

8- Purge a toxic relationship. Someone really smart once said… “Show me your friends and I will show you your future.” It’s true. You become like the people you hang around. So if you are hanging out with someone who is going in a direction opposite of where you want to go, distance yourself. Don’t be rude or ugly, just slowly pull away. And begin making new friends who ARE heading in the direction you want to go. 

9- Make a new friend. Yep. That’s right. If you want a better 2020, make a new friend. I am not suggesting you need to get rid of the old ones- not at all. (unless they are toxic.) But –  I am suggesting that in order to make a new friend, you have to put forth effort in sometimes uncomfortable situations. This stretches us. And stretching… well… it’s good for us. New friends open up new opportunities and make life more enjoyable. So…in take a risk and invite someone new into your circle.

10- Lastly, if you want a better year… Make your kids “do their part” in keeping up with housework. You don’t have to be super-mom/dad in your home. Your job as a parent is to TRAIN your children. Train them to be disciplined in their life. Train them to cook, to clean, and to be excellent in all their doings. One way to do that is to simply MAKE them pitch in and do their share around the house. There is a scripture (2 Thessalonians 3:10) that says if a person doesn’t work, he won’t eat. What better place to learn this lesson than at home before he enters “the real world.” 

This year I have committed to teaching my children how to cook- my daughter and both of my sons. I want them to grow up to be well-rounded. Since we live in a world where traditional roles rarely exist, I need to be sure to teach my kids to grow with the times. I want them to thrive in life and marriage, so I am training them to know how a family should support one another’s in every area of life. Taking the time to teach them things such as this will make a huge difference in their future- and mine too. The extra effort I am putting into teaching them today will pay off in “meals” for me as they learn more and more. (Not to mention they won’t be depending on me when they are in their twenties, thirties and forties.) It will be the same for you. As the old saying goes, “Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish, feed him for a lifetime.” If you want to grow in this next decade, make sure you are training those behind you.

And there you have it… 10 ways to make 2020 better than 2019.

Feel free to share your tips for a better new year in the comments below. I’d love to hear what you are doing too!

12 Ways To Simplify Your Life This Holiday Season.

For many, the realization that Christmas is just 24 days away will cause all kinds of stress to rise up inside. And while the season is meant to be a time where families reflect on the gift of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the reality is- often the days leading up to Christmas are anything but reflective. Instead of spending quality time together as family and friends, we often end up spending many hours stressing about the holidays, looking for the perfect gifts and spending way more money than we ought to- all in an effort to live up to someone else’s unrealistic expectation. Today, I want to give you permission to change things up a bit by SIMPLIFYING CHRISTMAS.

So, I have compiled a list of 12 Ways To Simplify Your Life This Holiday Season:

1- Minimize Christmas household decor. You don’t need to decorate your house extravagantly to have a great Christmas. In fact, feeling like you have to will likely only add stress to the season. A simple Christmas tree, lights and stockings are more than enough to add festivity to your home.

2- Don’t spend money you don’t have. Overspending for a moment causes added stress all year long. So talk to your family and set reasonable limits. It is better to deal with that stress than the stress of debt. And…Most of the things we buy for our families and kids at Christmas time get used for a brief time and then are forgotten anyway.

3- Spend money on memories over gifts. Your kids will remember special time they spent with you, not the gifts they received.

4- Plan your meals in advance. Bake what you can now and freeze it. While you can’t do this with everything, you can get a jumpstart on some things. I made my sweet potato casserole early for Thanksgiving. It kept beautifully and no one had a clue.

5- Keep yourself organized. Write a list of to-do’s and mark them off as you go. Start with the items that you can finish in 15 minutes or less and make those things a priority. You will feel a sense of accomplishment as you see line items disappear.

6- Wrap gifts as you purchase them. Then, correlate each gift with a number so that if for some reason you need to know what the gift is, you can do so without having to unwrap everything. Don’t leave wrapping gifts for Christmas Eve! Wrapping can be a joyful task if you plan properly.

7- Reassess your Holiday traditions. Is there something you are doing that no longer brings joy? Maybe for years sending Christmas cards was a treat, but with social media today, they have become a chore to you. If so, stop sending them. Do you feel obligated to attend a particular party or event? Exercise your right to change things up. Say no to traditions that cause you stress.

8- Exercise. Go for a morning or evening stroll. Take time to breathe in the crisp air and quiet your soul. Not only will it help you destress, but it will help you burn some of the extra calories you will be consuming this holiday season.

9- Reflect on past holidays. What triggers stress? Is there a certain person that drains your joy? Limit access to those types of people. Remember… You don’t have to answer the phone just because it rings. Maybe there is a certain topic that you and your family consistently argue about. If so, politely excuse yourself when the subject comes up or request up front that you avoid those topics altogether. You can and should exercise your right to set boundaries that will help maintain your peace.

10- Make quiet time for yourself every day. Turn your tv and phone off at 8pm. Spend time in the Word. Nothing brings peace more than time with Jesus. And… isn’t HE the reason for the season anyway?!

11- Get good sleep. Schedule your sleep times and make getting to bed in time a priority. Lack of sleep will automatically add stress.

12- Make a choice that no matter what goes wrong this Holiday season (because trust me, something will), that you are going to maintain your peace and not allow your emotions to have the final say.

Wishing you a peaceful and joy-filled Christmas season!

Positioning for Breakthrough.

Have you ever wanted to make a move only to discover that when you weighed the possibilities you simply did not have the margin in your life to do it? Maybe it was a new home that you found at a really great price. Maybe you stumbled upon an amazing business venture with a great financial return. Whatever the opportunity, you missed it because you were not prepared physically, emotionally, spiritually or financially.

Well… My pastor, Dan Stallbaum, has written a book that is designed to help keep you from ever missing an opportunity like this again. It is called, “Positioning for Breakthrough.” And let me tell you… The message in it is good. In fact, when we heard his message ten years ago, my husband, Landon, and I had no idea that the direction of our future would hinge on whether or not we implemented the principles found in this book. 

After hearing Pastor Dan’s message, Landon and I discovered the extreme importance of being prepared for whatever opportunities God had in store for our future. Our hearts desire was (and is) to steward our lives in a way that would allow us to follow the Lord’s leadings- whatever they may be. We never wanted to be forced to say “no” to any opportunity the Lord brought us due to poor planning or a lack of margin in our own lives.

At the time, finances were our biggest hindrance to being able to say “yes” to the Lord. So we established a plan to become debt free. Because we were already living by Godly principles, the only debt we had was our home. We committed to live even more modestly in order to pay off our house in ten years, thus creating margin for whatever road the Lord would take us down.

When we made this decision, paying the house off this quickly was a stretch that would test our faith and commitment level. But, when the housing market took an unexpected nosedive, our concerns reached an all time high. Nonetheless, we remained faithful to the plan we believed God gave us. In the end, despite the cost of moving and the money we lost in the housing market, by the grace of God we were able to pay the house off in ten years plus a few extra months.

In June of 2016, we became 100% debt free. Of course, we had no idea of the turn of events that was about to take place in our lives. 

Let me share the backstory. I promise, it will all come together in the end… 

For many years, Landon had been in a steady, fairly secure job working in professional baseball. He worked for the St. Louis Cardinals as a Minor League player. Then for the LA Dodgers and ultimately, the Washington Nationals as a Strength and Conditioning Minor League Coordinator. Somewhere early on in his career, he began officiating Park and Rec. Basketball as well. He never intended for officiating to become a career. It was simply a way to make a little extra money doing something he thoroughly enjoyed. But as time progressed, Landon’s officiating career began to make advances we never imagined.  

Fast forward a few years… Landon and I began to feel a stirring from the Lord for Landon to move away from professional baseball and into full-time college basketball officiating. Refereeing  basketball would leave 7 months of the year free to do Kingdom work. However, in the short term, this transition would be a huge pay cut. After much time in prayer, we ultimately planned for Landon to retire from professional baseball in the spring of 2018 or 2019. However, the Nationals decided to move their spring training headquarters to West Palm Beach in 2017 instead. With the stadium so far from home, we were left with two options: 1) Leave our home, family, friends and church to  move to West Palm Beach. Or 2) Leave baseball early and step out into the deep.

As we prayed, we did not feel peace about uprooting our entire family to make the move southward. So, rather than go where finances would be easy, but God’s peace would not come, we made the choice to leave baseball and start afresh on the journey the Lord was calling us to. This decision would have never been possible had it not been for the teaching we were so blessed to receive outlined in the book “Positioning for Breakthrough.” If we had not created financial margin by paying off our home, we would have had no other option. At a critical time in our children’s lives, we would have been forced to remove them from the security of all they have known- to a new school in an unfamiliar city with new friends, a new church, a new home, new pressures and every other thing that comes with moving.

While the story continues to unfold, there is still much uncertainty. The years that followed these decisions have stretched our faith and caused us to draw closer to Jesus than we have in years. Regardless of it all, there are a few things I am confident of… God’s timing is impeccable. His provision is certain. And His faithfulness is never ceases. All those years ago, we heard a word that the Lord used to position us for breakthrough. I am so grateful we heeded the message. Only He knows what all will come from our obedience, but I am convinced we have only just begun to see His goodness unfold.

If you would like a copy of Pastor Dan’s book, “Positioning for Breakthrough,” click here. I have no doubt you will be blessed beyond measure in the same way my family has been.

Is God At Fault?

It was just an ordinary day at the rehabilitation facility. I walked in to room 121 like I always do and introduced myself to the elderly gentleman lying in bed. He opened his eyes and quickly closed them again. He didn’t speak a word. In fact, he acted as though I wasn’t even in the room.

Despite his obvious disinterest, I continued to speak. “Hi Ted. I am Amy from Physical Therapy. I am here to help you get moving again.”  Slowly Ted opened his eyes. Without words, he nodded reluctantly in agreement. 

We did some exercises in the bed before attempting to get out of it. It took a substantial amount of effort to get Ted’s cancer ridden body into the wheelchair beside his bed. But once seated comfortably, Ted opened up and offered me a minuscule glimpse into his life.

“They told me if I had laid there on the floor another 15 minutes, I would have died.”

“Really?” I rebutted. “I guess the Lord still has plans for you here,” I said nonchalantly. 

Immediately, the walls that surrounded his hardened heart came up again. The cynical old man I met when I walked in the door was now staring me up and down.

“Oh, you are one of them,” he replied. “If there is a God, He must hate us. I mean… all the bad things He lets happen… You don’t really believe in God, do you?”

“Well… Yes… I do… I suppose I am one of them.” I said. “Not only do I believe God is real, I know He is good- no doubt about it. It isn’t His fault that bad things happen.”

“Oh really,” Ted responded. 

Not wanting to get into a debate with this frail gentleman, I began to shy away from the conversation. “I could certainly talk to you about my faith all day, but I wouldn’t want you to think I was pushing my beliefs on you. Is there anything else that I can do for you before I leave Ted?” I said.

“Yes.” he responded. “You can get me a glass of water. And… when you bring it back, I will let you tell me your thoughts.”

A number of ideas rushed through my mind. Of course, there were so many things I wanted to say. But how would I be able to answer His questions in the few short minutes I had. And… if I was indeed able to answer them, would I be able to articulate what he needed to hear? I was skeptical… Was there anything I could say that would make a difference? I mean, Ted clearly knew what he believed: God did not exist; And if I could somehow convince him that He did exist, this man was was certainly not going to be interested in serving Him.

Or was he?…

I offered up a quick prayer to the Lord as I fixed him a glass of water. “Lord, help me to help Ted. Give me the right words to say.”

When I walked back into the room I addressed his question with one of my own. “Do you believe Beethoven was a brilliant musician?… If a young child butchered his music on the piano during a recital, would that make Beethoven any less of a great musician?” I asked. “Certainly you would blame Beethoven for the child’s poor performance, would you?”

With only a moment to contemplate the question, I shot another scenario at him.

“What if I thought you should have died while you were on the floor the other day. So instead of helping you get better, I ‘played God.’ What if I walked out to the medicine cabinet and gave you a deadly dose of sedative while you were asleep? Would it be God’s fault that you died? Or would it be the evil in my heart, carried out by my hands, that caused your death?”

I continued.

“Ted… God is the great musician. We are the ones who make mistakes. God isn’t at fault for His children being evil any more than Beethoven is at fault for someone playing his music poorly. God gave each of us a free will.”

I began to sense a shift taking place in Ted’s demeanor. For the first time since I entered the room, I felt like maybe, just maybe… Ted’s heart was softening.

“Ted,” I said… “Whether you believe in Jesus or evolution, both take faith. Personally, it is easier for me to believe that a God who loves me formed the world, than that all of this we see just ‘proliferated’ into existence. Plus… If I am wrong, at worst, I have lived a good life being kind to others.” (Pause) “The way I see it, If I am wrong, I have ‘wasted’ nothing,’” I continued. “Ted, if you ever decide you want to make Jesus your Lord, all you have to do is pray and invited him in. It’s not nearly as difficult as we make it.”

Ted interrupted, “Well, I don’t even know how to pray.”

“Sure you do. You are talking to me, aren’t you? All prayer is- is talking to God, the way we are talking now.” 

Again, Ted interrupted, “I wouldn’t know what to say.”

“Well, if you would like… I mean… If you want to pray now, I can pray and you can just repeat the words I say.”

“Yes. Yes. I want you to pray,” Ted said. 

Then, there in the room with the rest of the world completely unaware, Ted repeated words after me and invited Jesus to be the Lord of his life. 

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I don’t remember Ted’s real name. I don’t know when he died -or- if his family ever knew about the prayer we prayed. But, I do know that a number of people played a role in his decision: Ted’s parents took him to church everyday as a child. A number of relatives had been praying for him for years. The bartender from the bar he frequented had been talking to him about Jesus for months. And most recently, his oncologist had given him a Bible and suggested he read it. So many people sewed into Ted’s life; people who acted as the hands and feet of Jesus.

1 Corinthians 3:6-7, 9, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives growth… For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.”

I don’t know where you are in your walk with Jesus or how readily you share your faith with others, but I want to encourage you… A simple statement of God’s goodness can start a conversation that can change lives.

Even the hardest of hearts are not beyond his reach.

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.”