Keep me focused

Lord, today is Your day. Keep me focused on you and your holiness. Help me to take every thought captive and hear only your voice guiding me.

Your blessings are so far beyond what I could have ever imagined. Your mercy I can’t comprehend.

Before You, I lay my plans, my opportunities, my failures, my relationships, my worry, my joy. Guide each step. Give me a sign that I am following where You want me to go.

Yours is glory forever and ever. Help me to glorify you in all I do.

Humbly before you today,

SB

Every Thing

When our perspective on every thing that we own is that, in fact, it belongs to God, would the way in which we treat it be different?  everything.   every thing.     our bank account, our salary, our gifts and talents, our homes, our cars,  our debts, our children… everything.

For much of my life, I never gave this much thought.  A few years ago, in deep contemplation after working hard to get my family’s finances in order, I had a change of perspective – and began viewing EVERY THING I have as belonging to God, and I’m simply the steward of what He’s allowed me to have.  It was both freeing and humbling to look at my possessions differently – I began to look at things in terms of how they could be used to further His kingdom.

I’m not sure if it’s our humanness or our culture that challenges this, but I’d daresay it’s probably not a “typical” viewpoint, if there is such a thing.  In fact, I have to continually remind myself to keep this perspective, else I drift back to default, which is to think of things as “mine”.  Hearing our lesson on the talents last night reminded me that I’ve drifted from center and need to re-ignite my realization that ALL I have is HIS.

As I stand before an open door to an opportunity that I’ve prayed about for years, watching it fall into place in such a way that there is absolutely no way to mistake that God is orchestrating it, I am reminded of the verse:

Luke 12:48 “To whom much is given, much is expected.”

Luke 16:9: “I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings

I am being blessed beyond measure that I might bless others beyond measure, giving God the power and glory forever and ever.

I am confident that God, who has called me to this purpose, will both provide and equip me to do His will.    He makes all things beautiful in His time.

Blessings,

SB

 

 

 

To whom much is given

Last night at youth group, we studied the parable of the talents

Mathew 25:14-30

I never realized before what a talent is worth Collectively, the 8 talents the master entrusted to his three servants was worth about $3.2 million.

In this passage, we noted that the master gave to his servant according to their gifts and talents, and noted that the servant was pleased with the servants who took their talents and used them to make more.

The use of the word TALENT is interesting to me, as I sit in a place where I believe God has called me to develop the musical and artistic talents God has given.

God has opened and closed doors for me in such a way I can hardly describe, although when the time is right, I will because I’ve promised God that I’m willing to share the story He’s given me.

“To whom much is given, much is required”

Much has been given. I seek to honor God with all I’ve been given. Still pinching myself to see if it’s really real.

Blessings to you all!

SB

If your dream doesn’t scare you….

Last year, I was introduced to author, Mark Batterson, who I’ve found to be one of the most inspiring leaders I’ve ever looked up to. He pastors a church in Washington DC that worships in movie theaters.

One of the things I’ve heard him say over and over again is that if our dream doesn’t scare us it isn’t big enough…. and that the bigger the dream, the bigger the opportunity God has to work miracles.

I felt I was close to the dream a year ago. Looking back over the past year, seeing the incredible situations unfold as they have, I could never in my wildest imagination have dreamed how God would use people and situations to bring about healing and reconciliation to enable other miracles unfold.

I am so completely in awe of the vastness of His love for you and me. I am forever and deeply in love with the God of the Universe and will forever be willing to go where He asks me to go.

He is faithful. He is faithful to me even when I am not faithful to Him.

God is up to something… and I’m so very excited to be a part of it.

Humbly, His servant,

SB

Examining my ways…

Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord.

Lamentations 3:40

Last fall, I met a man who is working on publishing a book about his journey to recovery from alcohol. He shared with me how God deliberately reached down to pick him up out of the gutter. He knows it and wants to share his story with others.

Since we met, he texts scripture verses to me every couple of mornings. It never ceases to amaze me how well the verses line up with my life. Funny how God works.

Today’s scripture is above. Examine our ways and return to the Lord.

I pray, in the quietness of my home, for wisdom as I contemplate grand decisions. I believe I am testing them, both by my knowledge and His spirit. I have consulted experts in the fields where I need input, and bounced my ideas off of trusted friends and prayer warriors, those with discernment.

I am with the Lord, He is with me, and I give all that I am to Him. I’m all in. .. and for the first time in my life, can see there’s someone else who’s all in with me, who believes in my dream.. It’s been amazing to watch it unfold. I’m not sure where it’s headed, but I’m here to say I’m willing to go wherever God has called me.

Lord, I want to honor You with all that I am. I ask you, with sincere humility, to intervene on my behalf and close doors that weren’t opened by You, and open doors that You want me to walk through. Give me the courage to walk boldly where You put me, sharing my story with those who need to know You. Help me to test my ways; I’m laying out my fleece and asking you to validate my ways. Shape them as You see fit. I am Yours.

Your humble servant,

SB

The story isn’t over…

Watching details unfold as God pours out His Blessing is amazing. My mind can I’ll comprehend all He is doing. So many details not yet understood, but God’s hand is so clearly orchestrating my steps I can’t help but trust He will work out the rest.

Some days I just want to pinch myself. To know that He loves me so much to give me the desires of my broken heart… and is mending me in ways I could have never imagined.

He is preparing me for something. No doubt about it. I’m open and willing to all He has planned. Impatient at times, I’m learning that He will make all things beautiful in His time.

I know I shouldn’t be surprised.. after all, He is God.. and He can do anything. But wow. Just wow. I am so truly humbled that He loves me despite myself. That means He loves you, too, despite Yourself.

I’m willing to let it unfold as He wants… and I’m willing to share what He’s done to bring the glory back to Him.

Love you all!

SB

Catching Lions

The bigger the dream, the greater the opportunity we give to God to show us exactly how big a God He is.  Many of you know that I dream big – and I’ve been called a “lion-chaser”, which is fascinating to me.

I’d like to point you all back to a post I made a few months ago – mostly because, as I sit here today, watching unfathomable miracles unfold in my life, I feel as though I couldn’t articulate what is happening any better than I did in this post.

Chasing Lion’s

chasing lions

I want to thank each of you who faithfully read my blog – it is so humbling to me that you do!  Thank you to those who reached out to me to say they missed my posts in the last few weeks – you can’t even imagine how awestruck I am that you find the words I’ve written inspiring to you.

A year ago, I felt I was on the cusp of some Jericho-sized miracles, and expressed how excited I was to see them unfold.  To say that I could have never, in my wildest imagination, have dreamed how God would bring to fruition the dream He has given me is such an incredible understatement.  I find it difficult to find the right words to convey just what God has done and is doing;  I am just beginning to grasp the infiniteness of God. I pray that someday He will give me the right words to share the story with the world – the story is truly still begin written, and I’m so completely humbled to be a part of it.

I am unlearning and relearning through scripture, prayer & worship, and I’m taking risks.  I am able to see it and in process of seizing it.   I believe the Holy Spirit is setting me up for success… not for my sake, but His.

I am willing to look foolish to others who don’t understand because I believe so passionately that He is calling me and enabling me to do what He wants me to do.

I ask for your continued love and support, and most of all, prayer.

Blessings to you all,

SB