Chronicling 40: Days 10-15 of 365

Getting Things in Order

For many of us there are times in our lives where things seem to be out of order, out of place, and not making sense.  At the time, it may even feel chaotic or uncertain.  Later, once all the dust settles, we can begin to see clearly how God was ordering things and preparing the way for the change.

After this happens so many times in our lives, when things seem in upheaval, we start to wonder what God is up to.  We still don’t have the answers or what the long term result will be, we simply trust that whatever it is… God is in control.

For myself, when I find myself in this season… I look for how God is getting things in order.  What little things have been changing?  What opportunities have suddenly presented themselves?  Has God brought someone new in to my life, or taken someone out?  Am I seeing roots severed, branches being pruned… a preparation to be transferred out of the comfy place I am in now … into new ground?  Have I been stabilized by what pops up around me?

I look for the fingerprints in the moment, and I always find them.  It’s assurance to me that once again, God is in control.  And… I find peace.


Chronicling 40: Days 201-203


I’ve believed that my 40th year was going to be a big deal.  That exciting things were going to happen.  I claimed the word “fearless” for 2018, because I don’t like to live in a spirit of fear… and the Bible tells us not to.  I was going to do bold things.

Sometimes our dreams expand, or our territories.

Bold changes don’t always come how we expect them.  Changes can be just as exciting as they are hard.

It was years ago that I first heard of the Prayer of Jabez.  In 1 Chronicles 4:10, we read: “And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that Thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that Thine hand might be with me, and that Thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.

I’ve heard the Prayer of Jabez related to financial gain, physical growth, and even prayed requesting the Lord to enlarge their reach so that they may share the Gospel with more people.

My friend Jay Sharpe, author of Chicken Lyrics, said “money is not the only way to richness”. I couldn’t agree more.  Expansion can come in many different ways.








Lord, expand my territory to the borders you have ordained.  Let me tend to whatever expansion you put before me, in the manner you have called me to serve.  My faith is in you.

Chronicling 40: 194-196


It is really hard to live each day when you feel out of alignment with God and His purpose for you life.  While I love Women’s Ministry, I have been disconnected from it directly for some time.  I equip other leaders, but I haven’t served in Women’s Ministry in a local church in several years.  There were reasons for that disconnection, and there was healing that needed to happen.  Knowing there were valid reasons didn’t help the ache of that void.

As I dip my toes cautiously back into the pool, my friend could see an expression or response that I didn’t even realize I was making.  It was so evident, or she is so perceptive, that she asked me what the reaction was about.  To really put towards how I was feeling seems impossible.

Joy and excitement about all of the things we discussed.

Relief that someone was willing to hear my heart, actually hear me.

Trepidation about getting too excited or my hopes up too much.

There is NO FEELING as good as when your are walking in obedience to His calling on your life, and living that purpose out.  Even when it’s baby steps, toes dipping in the water, taking our time to get acquainted and build momentum.  It’s like fresh breath in your lungs, a restart of your heart, and an energy charge to your mind.

I appreciated our openness with one another.  Making sure we understood the similarities in our personalities and our differences.  We were identifying potential obstacles before the presented themselves, so that we could understand each other better.  Owning our strengths and even our weaknesses.  We laid our hearts and desires, our truth (good and bad) out there to each other.

And we agreed to work with excellence in mind.

Thank you, Lord.  I will not forsake this opportunity to serve once again.  Whether little steps or by your leaps and bounds, I answered “here I am”.

Chronicling 40: Day 193 of 365


Of all the words my friends have chosen, I am glad to end the series on this one.


Seems so negative, that it had me scratching my head trying to understand.  When she explained it, it was simply beautiful.

Unbecoming the expectations of others and becoming what God has called you to.

Unbecoming the lies you tell yourself, and becoming the confident woman God created you to be.

Unbecoming the labels you have tried to fulfill, and becoming unapologetically you.

A few days back, the word was new.  To become new, requires unbecoming the old.

Chronicling 40: Day 192 of 365


To thrive is to prosper or flourish.  There are a lot of ways that we can prosper.

Prosperity is not just money, but also a measure of success… comfort… and well being.

When we thrive we are succeeding, prospering, blooming, growing, and have potential.

When we say that we want to thrive, it means we want to live… but not just physical living but elevated to doing something successful, important, or of value in our life.  We don’t want to just get by, but instead do exceedingly well.

How would you like to thrive in 2018?

What areas in your life would you like to bloom and flourish?

Where would you like to experience success and growth?

Chronicling 40: Day 191 of 365


There are things in this world we should be steadfast about.

To be steadfast is to be resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering.

We don’t like people who are wish-washy, who flip flop their beliefs or opinions based on who they are talking to.  This is not to be confused with a person who has grown and over time changed their beliefs or opinions as they learn and experience life.  We are talking about the person who talks out both sides of their mouth.

If we do not like these types of people in offices of authority, we also need to ensure that we are not those types of people and that we are steadfast in our own convictions and beliefs.  Who I am in front of one person is who I am in front of another.

So many of our words from this series can be paired with steadfast.

I can be steadfast in my pursuit of joy, or peace.  I can be steadfast in choosing gratitude, and love.  I can be steadfast in my choice to move vs. be still.  I can be steadfast in my faith.

Such a great word.


Chronicling 40: Day 190 of 365

Time to come out of your shell and celebrate!(4)

Have you ever said to someone, when working on a project, that you needed to just “get into the rhythm” or “find your rhythm”?  Or perhaps you are one of those people who enjoy the wonderful sound of good rhythms in the background as you work on tedious projects?

Rhythm is defined as a pattern of movement or sound that repeats. My friend Faith that the mind likes order, it doesn’t like chaos.  And, that a mind that is cluttered can’t act.  So it is no surprise to me that the mind would like rhythm.  It likes the expected and predictable.  It likes to repeat patterns, it’s comforting and doesn’t challenge it.  When we take music and pair it to work, especially rhythmically it pairs action with sound and I bet our minds just love this.

We keep time as we sing or play an instrument by clapping our hands or tapping our feet.  Think of the old railroad workers passing the work time by as they sung to the rhythm of their spike mauls striking the heads of the railroad strikes.  Hear the sound of the coach shouting “row… row… row… ” in order to keep the rowing team in time with one another.

Rhythm can be a wonderful thing, but sometimes we can become entranced by rhythm.  We can get so caught up in the every day rhythms and we lose track of the beauty and interest of the world around us.  Sometimes, we need a new song a new rhythm to change the mundane into something exciting.

What are the rhythms in your life right now?

Is is time for a new song?