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"Every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit." ~ John 15:2 PR __NING What’s missing? We hope you solved the puzzle with “U”. You! Is God pruning You? I (Patty) often wave my hand in the air saying, “Pick Me, God! Pick Me!! I want to do crazy, big, God-sized things!!” But, my hand shoots down when the shears appear. Recently, it seems I have been in a season of pruning, passing certain ministry batons on to the next generation. (Okay, so maybe instead of passing the baton, it was pulled . . . or perhaps, pried, from my sweaty hand.) There is a saying in my house, “All mine, says Bunny!” It comes from a book that Kevin and I used to read to our kids when they were younger. It’s about a bunny who would never share; even when he would get a new toy, he wanted to keep the old along with the new. Each page of the story ended with, “All mine, says Bunny!” That has been my season; God is gifting me with other ministry opportunities and yet I am grieving what He is removing from my plate. I’m trying not to be that bunny! If we could only see in the present what we can in hindsight: that Jesus is offering us Disneyland while we stubbornly spin in circles on the Merry-Go-Round. Let’s face it -- pruning stinks. The shears are sharp. We fear it, we don’t want to face it, it hurts. But in the end, we know the abundance of fruit to come will far outweigh the pain of the pruning. We know it just keeps us falling more and more in love with Jesus. Join us this week on Girlfriendit Radio with Arron Chambers, Lead Minister of Journey Christian Church in Greeley, Colorado, Author, Husband, Father, Evangelism Champion, Leadership Consultant, Marriage Coach, and Blogger as we talk about falling for Jesus and the incredible outcome of that “fall”. . . phew, you don’t want to miss it! In loving shear madness,
It was terrifying, spinning in an airplane with the twisting, distorted view of earth as I attempted to see what was in front of me. I felt as though I was in a death spiral heading straight down. I (Patty) knew statistics showed that nearly 500 American deaths occurred in small planes each year. And the leading cause of death is pilot loss of control. There I was in a small Cessna 172 in a stall situation wondering why someone did not take control. The problem was, I was the pilot and I had lost control. The stall was intentional from my flight instructor (The Spin Doctor I later tagged him) and he was trying to get me to react with survival instinct so he could pass me on to my solo flight. After this, I did not want to go on to a solo flight. All of the schooling, money, time and adventure . . . lost. I did not lose my life that day, but I did lose my confidence. I realized trusting my life to me was kind of crazy. I lost faith. The same loss also takes place in our spiritual faith. We hit the “Stalls Of Life” and we lose hope and faith. We get frustrated and lose ‘who we are and whose we are’. It’s our choice, we can either walk away from the adventure God has for us or we can soar into a fabulous breathtaking quest. On Girlfriendit Radio this week we discussed with Kevin Adams, author of the book, The Extravagant Fool: A Faith Journey That Begins Where Common Sense Ends, and Sara McGue from Bloom, how to discover what kind of undiluted faith we need to get that shot that wakes us up in the morning. Choosing to live surrendered, Lisa and Patty Hebrews 11 http://ow.ly/Boo7W
“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 3:14 Have you ever met someone and initially thought, “How does she come up with such amazing ideas? Wow, God has really gifted her with such wild talents and skills. She is so blessed.” But then, the more you came to know her, you realized that despite being gifted and blessed, she worked really hard at being so talented? Not only did she work hard to develop her talents, but she continues to work hard. She presses on, day in and day out. People like that don’t just dream about what could be; they DO. They keep moving forward, they seize opportunity, they show up, they persevere. They work and edit and retry and rewrite. They stay rejuvenated by pressing on like Paul tells us to do in scripture. So if you are reading this right now in the “Dreamer Mode”, ask God how you can take your vision to the “Doer Mode”! Listen in as we chat with two creative geniuses and discover the answer to the question, “How did they come up with such amazing ideas?” They worked hard at it. They pressed on . . . Our first guest, Laurie Beth Jones, is the nationally renowned author of the bestselling Jesus, CEO. She's known for taking the complex and making it simple. As a business consultant for major corporations, educational institutions, and NPOs, she is a master at identifying problems and quickly creating solutions. She has a deep desire to help others find inspiration, joy, and a renewed sense of love for their work and lives. Our next guest is author Deborah Raney, whose first novel, A Vow to Cherish, inspired the World Wide Pictures film of the same title. Her latest book is another must-read, Home to Chicory Lane. Let us be Doers, P.S. Do something. Get better at your craft or reinvent yourself. Start today! Even if it is just 15 minutes a day . . . DO.