Archive | August, 2012

Women, Roaches and God

29 Aug

I went to a Women’s conference this weekend; it was amazing!! First of all I love the women at my church. We do hanging out well and spending the weekend with them was totally fun. The only negative thing was when this massive roach decided to camp out on our curtains at midnight. As soon as I saw it, I bolted to the hallway and didn’t come in the room for an hour, yes; it took them that long to kill it.  I was freaking out/laughing so hard I couldn’t stop crying. One girl tackled another running for the door. It sounds viscous but it was freaking hilarious!! I could go on about this and how that nasty, stupid roach caused our personalities came out but I would rather share with you some of the points I got from the speakers so I’m gonna share my notes with you.

Thursday night, Lynn McCain  –  She talked about Acts 27-28, where Paul is is headed for Rome and ends up ship wrecked and bitten by a snake.  While on the ship, God shows up durring the storm and says He will save them BUT they have to trust Him and stay onboard.  This got me thinking.   These men were on a ship in the middle of a massive storm and God said trust me and I will save you.  Ok, great.  That means they won’t die but does it mean everything will be sunshine and butterflies?  Nope.  The storm still caused the ship to wreck and these men had to battle the waves and swim ashore.

Are you in the middle of a storm right now?  If you are, it’s ok.  Storms are biblical.  A storm doesn’t indicate you did anything wrong.  you could be in a storm because of some bad choices you made or you could be in a storm because you’re alive and life consists of storms.  Stick with it.  Don’t jump ship!!   Keep on working through the storm because there is someone on the other side waiting for you and needs you.  God promises to save us.  I realize that promise doesn’t make the storm any easier because storms suck, but rest assured that God is with you and He will not fail or forsake you.  Be joyful in hope and be faithful in prayer.

Friday night Jamie McCain  –  She talked about the voice within.  You know, that nagging, lying voice that tells us we’re aren’t good, pretty, liked, smart (put any adjective here) enough?  Well I’ve been struggling with a voice lately, the voice of fear.  Not the fear of failure or of loosing my job but the fear of the phone ringing.  For the past several months I’ve been hesitant to answer my phone b/c I’m afraid whoever is on the other end will tell me there was a wreck and someone I love is dead.  Brandn calls me 90% of the time so I’m expecting him to say Danica is dead or the police saying both are dead.  I realize this is ridiculous and I feel silly admitting it to you, but it’s the truth.  I have to get over this by controlling my thoughts.  When I feel the fear creeping in I quote myself scripture reminding me I’m safe.  Psalm 23:4 and Psalm 31:23 .

You may roll your eyes at this fear of mine.  But the truth is we all have them.  The Devil knows what our weaknesses are and he feasts on them.  He knows how to whisper lies into our pretty brains and knows if we don’t counter attack these lies with truth, they will overtake us.  God is truth and He will never let you down.  You may be going though something now thinking God doesn’t see you or care about your pain but I promise He’s right there with you.  You may not see it now but one day when you are looking back it will all make sense.

 

Thanks for allowing me to share my world with you…welcome to my brain.

Earth Wind and Fire

17 Aug

2 blogs in 2 days…I think I just set a personal record. lol

1 Kings 19:11-14 (MSG) – Then he was told, “Go, stand on the mountain at attention before GOD. GOD will pass by.” A hurricane wind ripped through the mountains and shattered the rocks before GOD, but GOD wasn’t to be found in the wind; after the wind an earthquake, but GOD wasn’t in the earthquake; and after the earthquake fire, but GOD wasn’t in the fire; and after the fire a gentle and quiet whisper. When Elijah heard the quiet voice, he muffled his face with his great cloak, went to the mouth of the cave, and stood there. A quiet voice asked, “So Elijah, now tell me, what are you doing here?” Elijah said it again, “I’ve been working my heart out for GOD, the GOD-of-the-Angel-Armies, because the people of Israel have abandoned your covenant, destroyed your places of worship, and murdered your prophets. I’m the only one left, and now they’re trying to kill me.”

This happened right after Elijah had his showdown with the Baal worshipers on Mount Carmel. Click here for that story. After this, he feared for his life, ran and had himself pity party. I am not belittling him; I am the queen of throwing pity parties. (There’s always punch and cupcakes at mine. 😉 ) He probably had one of the highest-highs of his life and it was immediately followed by one of the lowest-lows. He desperately needed to hear from God and be encouraged.

How many of you are in the same place? Are you waiting to hear from God? Are you waiting for some grand miracle? If you are, you may miss the small miracle He has for you.

God spoke to Elijah in a whisper; NOT in the wind, earthquake or fire, but in the whisper. If we put all our focus in the big stuff we will miss the subtleness of God.

Have you heard the voice of God? I have; once. I’ve heard confirmation from Him through others but I’ve only heard Him talk to me once and it wasn’t in any big way. It was on a Saturday. I was cleaning the house which means I wasn’t in a good mood b/c I always get cranky when it’s time to clean and I usually take out that aggression on my husband and daughter, and then I throw a bunch of crap away; sorry guys.

A friend of mine just lost a family member and she was heartbroken. I was changing the sheets and praying for her at the same time. I was in the zone, multi-tasking and getting it done; and then I heard Him. I heard Him say “you can’t even stop what you are doing long enough to focus on me and pray for your friend.” SLAP…..ouch! Have I mentioned God slaps me a lot? lol

I dropped to my knees crying. God was right. I thought I was too busy to stop and pray, I wanted to pray, get it done and move on. I felt like crappy Christian and a crappy friend; I had to apologize for not giving God my full attention.

God spoke to me. There were no harps, trumpets or angels singing in the sunshine with their hair flowing ever so slightly in the breeze. Nope. It was just a gentle voice.

If you’re waiting on Him, let me encourage you; He WILL answer. Just be patient, seek Him and listen.

Thanks for allowing me to share my world with you…welcome to my brain.

Skadoosh

16 Aug

“You gotta let go of that stuff from the past ’cause it just doesn’t matter! The only thing that matters is what you choose to be now.

Anybody know what movie that’s from?  Po says it in Kung Fu Panda 2.  If you know what I’m talking about you most likely have kids. If not Kung Fu Panda 1 & 2 are super good and you should watch them.  If a third one comes out watch that too, but wait till it comes out on DVD so you’re not the creepy person with out kids at the theater.  Po (Jack Black) is this super cute, out of shape Panda that defeats the bad guy.

I love that quote.  It’s so true.  Just because it came from a kid’s movie doesn’t make it childish. So many adults could benefit from it.  And I pray it will help someone reading this right now.  I’ve blogged about labels before.  How we can’t allow our past to interfere our future .  Yes it’s our past and it will always be part of us and we will always have to live with our choices and the consequences but we can’t let that define us.

If I didn’t learn form my mistakes, it’s quite possible  my life would most likely be very different now:

Past: slightly slutty in high school…..Possible life: still slutty.  (I’m sure my husband would love if I were a little more slutty with him. lol)

Past: I died my hair all the time….Possible life: bald.

So you see?  If I never overcame my past or I let it define me I could possibly be a slutty, bald person.   Ok, those might not be the best examples but hopefully you get my point.  If you don’t let me try again.

We all have a past.  Who cares?  No one is perfect.  We learn from our mistakes and we move on.  Don’t give the mistake power over your life.

 

Thanks for allowing me to share my world with you…welcome to my brain.

 

 

1 yr in ATX

7 Aug

It’s been almost 2 weeks since my last blog. Yesterday my step day asked me when I’m gonna blog again. Not sure why he asked that but I can only assume it’s because he’s having Ridiculouskatie withdrawals and needed a fix of my written awesomeness. 😉

It hit me in the shower this morning that it’s August 6th. Aug 6th, so what? It’s Monday, big deal. Well today marks our 1 year anniversary in Austin, Tx. This is huge. We moved here 1 yr ago to be part of a church plant. We never thought we would leave San Angelo; especially to plant a church. Well it’s been a year and we’re still here, Revive Church is still here.

Revive doesn’t look how I thought it would.  I thought we would have more people by now.  I thought we would be at McCallum High School still.  God has a plan and a vision for Revive and it’s different than what mine was.  That’s ok b/c His is always better.

Is your life how you imagined it?  Don’t worry, I don’t think anybody’s is.  Have things happened that you never expected and knocked you off course?  Here’s the great part, even though things catch us by surprise, they never catch God by surprise.

We’re you surprised when you peed on the stick and it was positive?  When you went to work like normal and you got laid off at 10:30?  Or how about when you your friends told you they were moving?  How about when the doctor said it was cancer or when she said it’s triplets?  We live our lives going along and in one moment, one phone call, one conversation everything changes.

Life doesn’t turn out like we planned.  That doesn’t mean it’s bad; just different.  I didn’t plan on moving to Austin; I planned on staying in my comfortable little life in San Angelo.  But no matter where I am or what I’m doing I believe that God knew this was going to happen.  Things that knock me down and send me into an emotional meltdown don’t phase Him.  And for that I am grateful.

 

Thanks for allowing me to share my world with you…welcome to my brain.