The Mountain

“I never compete against the other snowboarders. I compete against the mountain, because if the other snowboarders aren’t great that day, I can not be my best and still win, but my goal is to be the best.” Shaun White, Olympic athlete Something about this comment intrigues me. No, we’re not snowboarders and Shaun has […]

via Our Mountain — Karinwritesdangerously

Today, my friend, Eric, accomplished something few people accomplish. He reached the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro. He was the epitome of competing against the mountain.

Before he left, I told him I’d be praying for him. I was proud of the mountain he was chasing, though in all honesty, have little desire to attempt a feat like that. He reminded me that, though I’m pursuing a different mountain, I’m pursuing a mountain nonetheless.

It’s true. We all have different mountains to climb. But climb them, nonetheless. Whatever your mountain, know that you don’t go alone. God is always there with you.

Congratulations, Eric! Great job pursuing your dream! You are an inspiration!

Blessings,

SB

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The Journey — Day 21

For those of you journeying with me this Lenten season, thank you! We are 21 days into our journey. Tonight was a special night for me. At our youth group, we had a service that consisted of worship, a message, and an opportunity to nail a note to a cross.

For me, worship was awesome because it was the first time that my daughter and I led worship together, just the two of us. She’s been singing in church since she was five, but usually with other people. I am blessed beyond words to have three children following God who genuinely love to lead worship. I am amazed at His blessing – I know when I was their age, I was not as willing.

The service was held in a dimly lit room, and as Pastor Alec reminded us of the sacrifice Jesus made for us to have a way to be reconciled with God, behind him was a 2×4, hammers, nails, papers and pens. In the quietness of the dark room, we prayed and contemplated anything holding us back from completely surrendering to God. Then, as we were ready, we wrote that thought on the paper, folded it in half, and nailed it to the cross.

We sat in utter silence as the first boy quietly got up from his chair to nail his paper to his cross. The first strike of the hammer to the nail pierced the quietness in a hauntingly eerie way, and immediately my mind wandered to Jesus’ hands, being pierced by the first blow of the hammer. I’m not sure if it was by design, but that sound set the stage for preparing my heart to really think about the sacrifice made.

Sometimes I feel as though we go through these motions of Lent without pausing to truly reflect the gravity of the gift God gave us. As I hear that sound in my head, I am humbled that God would love me enough to provide a way to be with Him for eternity.

If you haven’t already, take some time to think about His gift. When you do, think about what sacrifice we can make back to Him to show we love Him, too.

Blessings,

SB

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The Journey — day 20

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10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Ephesians 2:10 | NIV

Nearly ten years ago, an idea welled up inside me like a volcano – an idea that sparked a desire to do God’s will in a mighty way.  I was filled with excitement, and remembering praying out to God to let Him know I wanted to be his servant with ALL of my life.  I wanted nothing more than to be able to lead other people to Christ, and I thought for sure that God would want that, too.  I remember praying in my quiet time, and listening for God’s voice, which I assumed would say, “well done, good and faithful servant.”

Instead, I heard the inaudible yet unmistakable voice of God saying, “Fix your home.”

You see, our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit, and God knew that there were areas of my life that I had not fully surrendered to Him.   He knew it and I knew it.  What He was telling me on this day was this:  Surrender ALL to me – give me your entire home.  Then, and only then, can I pour blessing out on you and give you the desires of your heart.

Proverbs 3:5  “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart”.

At the moment that God spoke to me, I had a choice to make.  I could either cower away feeling defeated because God said, “wait” to my prayer.   If I had done that, I would surely have missed out on the blessing that God wants to pour out on me.  To be honest, I wasn’t exactly sure how to surrender all of the areas of my life that I needed to, so I started by asking God to show me how.  Then I started moving in that direction.

I could see bits and pieces of my dream, but in all honesty, it wasn’t all crystal clear.  I began to pray about it and kept moving in the right direction, both spiritually and experientially.  Every so often, additional pieces of the dream would become more clear.

The scripture verse above, from Ephesians, assures us that we are created by Him to do good works for Him – which He has prepared in advance for us to do.  Our job is obedience.  I believe, with ever fiber of my being, that God was, and is, preparing me to do works for Him, and that every experience I’ve had since the inception of that dream nearly 10 years ago is to prepare me for those works.

I am beside myself giddy with excitement to see God’s plan unfold – and even more excited to share His gifts with other people.  I am confident that He has a plan, and I know that His timing is perfect, so I will wait as patiently as possible while it unfolds.

The journey to the cross is such an amazing journey – I pray that all of you will come along on your own journeys!

If you have already followed my journey – thank you, thank you, thank you!  If you haven’t, please click, “follow” me to follow my journey for Life – which I have for eternity through the saving grace of my Lord and Savior, Jesus.

May God richly bless your Journey!

Blessings!

SB

The Journey — Day 19

19 Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.”

Mark 5:19 | NIV

Are you willing to share your story?

That question was what I heard God ask me last summer as I drove from the Creation music festival I was attending to a wedding to play music for a special bride and groom. My initial thought was, “what story? I don’t really have a story”, I mean, at least in a spectacular sense. My life has been rather ordinary, though I can see God’s hand on it from a very young age, but I don’t have incredible tales to tell like Harmony Dust, the author of Scars and Stilletos, or the countless testimonies I’ve heard over the years of speakers at Creation Festivals and church services, stories of how God has rescued them from drug use or prostitution, and other miraculous transformations.

In my rather ordinary life, however, I’ve experienced Gods hand reaching down into the muck and mire to pull me out of the pit of self pity I fell into after my father died. I experienced His blessing after surrendering to him an area of my life I was holding onto for without realizing I needed to let it go. I’ve experienced his healing touch in bleak situations.

Yes, Lord, I’m willing to share my story.

I am on final stages of publishing my first book as a result of the conversation I had with God last summer. It’s what I call “embellished fiction” but is based on spiritual battles I have faced throughout my life. I am willing to share my story (although under a pen name) so that God may be a blessing to others.

If you’ve followed my journey, thank you so very much. I am truly humbled every time I receive a notification that someone else has “followed” me on this blog. Ultimately I trust that my path is leading them to God who is waiting to bless them as He’s blessed me. Ultimately it not “me” I want you to follow, but the God who leads me.

Are you willing to share your story? Are there blessings that you can see in your life that you know could have only come from God? If so, I’d love to hear from you.

Please join The Journey to heat more about how God is blessing us! May you have a rich and wonderful day!

Blessings, SB

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The Journey – Day 18

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The cost of salvation.   It’s really almost incomprehensible, to be honest.  To think that the God of the Universe loved me so much to send His Son to provide a way for me to spend eternity with Him.   To know that He would do it even if I were the only one on Earth is absolutely crazy, but it’s the truth.  God loves each of us so much and wants to have a relationship with each one of us.  Even though I don’t deserve His grace, He gives it freely, and wants what’s best for me.

This journey to the cross is a humbling one indeed.  When I think about it, I can only conclude that to live my life solely for the One who gave His life for me is the very least that I can do.

I’d like to challenge each one of you to join me in the Journey – the journey to the cross this Lenten season, and the Journey for Life.

I’d like to ask you to follow my journey if you haven’t already.  If you have already, I’d like to thank you.  I’m excited about the things that God is doing in my life and the lives of others around me.   What I’m learning, through this journey, is that one can never quite know exactly how God will bless you, but know that He will indeed bless you!

I’d love to hear how your journey’s are going!  Please let me know!

Blessings,

SB