The Art of Waiting…

Yup, it’s an art form, Don’t believe me… well I’ll tell you all about it…

First you must begin with a prayer asking God for something that is not bad, in fact it may be something good that you want… but in order to bring this art of waiting to life you must pray that God’s will be done and not your own…

The first step to perfecting the art of waiting…
Once you’ve communed with God concerning that matter you then move on to the next step… what’s the next step you ask? Oh that’s simple… finding every relevant scripture pertaining to above mentioned prayer and start declaring and proclaiming it even if the scripture is taken out of context… after all you’re perfecting the art of waiting…

┬áBecause you lost your voice due to all the shouting you then proceed to the nearest prayer forum or Facebook status where you pull on the heart-strings of all your friends and prayer warriors to go before the Lord on your behalf concerning the above mentioned prayer… because what’s waiting all about if you don’t get a couple of friends involved to wait with you…

The final step to the art of waiting is to busy yourself with a variety of different things to bide ones time before the answer is revealed… these things could be as mundane as doing the dishes or working out… or as task oriented as finally unpacking those last couple of boxes or sorting through last seasons clothing to donate. Whatever it is that you decide to do, it must be time-consuming and or accompanied with another task directly following… and when all else fails you can always sleep the day away… cause nothing finishes your art off right quite like arising when the sky is dark and the stars are bright! And there you have it… the art of waiting at it’s finest…

Sleeping the day away is a great way to perfect the art of waiting

How do you perfect your art?

Disclaimer: This is a joke… albeit true… it’s still a joke so please don’t be offended… I do, and have done all of these things!! love y’all ~Terri

Making A Fool of Yourself for Jesus…

This is never fun, and many times when you are stepping outside of your comfort zone you hope that you’ll never have to do anything that would cause you to make a fool of yourself… And then again it just happens… most recently I made “welcome to the neighborhood” cookies for people that have been in their house for years and were just moving a relative in… but now I know my neighbors right? I have gone up to complete strangers and tripped over my words sounding so confused and out of touch only to be greeted with a smile… but last night was by far the hardest thing I have ever done… it was only three people but I felt utterly ruined… truly out of my comfort zone, lost and displaced — I cried, and yet I was doing what God wanted me to do. I was being obedient; only to crash and burn… funny how that works really…Obedience doesn’t always equal success.

In this case it just means that I did what He asked me to do without hesitation. And now I am faced with actually having to put in some extra time, energy, and work in order to succeed. This is about the time that I usually quit… If something is too hard or I fail at something once I don’t usually go back… in fact I bow out in defeat and I have been quite happy in that place of defeat… but I know that God wants me to fight, and get back up and learn what it means to keep going even when it’s hard… so here I am trying to come up with a plan so that one month from now I will actually come out on top or at least feel better about where I land.

What about you? Have you ever made a fool of yourself for Jesus? What was the outcome?

Dodge’s Pizza?!

What was that? Dodge’s Pizza? You mean Dodge’s Chicken right? Wrong! Dodge’s Pizza!! Dodge’s Chicken along with great chicken now does fantastic pizza!! Yup I said it!! You know it’s gotta be good if I am calling it fantastic because I don’t even like pizza!! I had one slice of the Chicken Alfredo Specialty Pizza and was blown away!! I mean I was expecting something not so wonderful and was thoroughly impressed!!

For the grand opening they had giveaways, door prizes, and face painting for the kids! Even Q-108 showed up! So when can you go get this awesome tasting pizza?You can get the pizza from 11-6pm and then in late August you can get it from 11-9pm!! Oh and the best part about the whole thing is that you can get a 10 inch pizza with as many toppings as you want or a specialty pizza for just 6.99!! If you ever have time or are just looking for some great pizza stop by you won’t disappointed!!

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Marriage Restoration: Chris August’s Restore

I ran across this song a while back and then heard it again recently (I don’t listen to the radio for music very much anymore) and I knew I wanted to share it on my blog as an encouragement to everyone who may be going through a similar situation and is praying for their marriage to be restored. God can do it, don’t give up, keep pressing in keep praying and believing!

Now, I am not claiming to know what it’s like to pray for my marriage to be restored from a difficult situation ( I’ve only been married 4 years) and we haven’t faced any such problems… but I do know what it’s like to wait on the Lord for answered prayers. To cry out to Him for strength. To fill so utterly empty and broken while you wait. In fact one of my most frequent prayers that I am still waiting to be answered is for children (4 years and waiting). It is a battle almost every day, but I go to God with my little faith (all I need is faith the size of a mustard seed right?) and I thank Him for my children that are to come and I recommit to waiting on His timing because I know that His timing truly is perfect…

So just be encouraged in God’s timing and believe that restoration will happen and in the mean time listen to this song! Love you guys and know that I am praying for you and your marriages.

Terri

Just Keep Moving

This is how I looked after my workout yesterday…

Me after my workout
Me after my workout

I was utterly exhausted! I did everything I hadn’t done in a while and my whole body hurt. And from the looks of things you’d never think that at this moment I did something I didn’t think I could do and was so overwhelmed and encouraged by God for being right beside me the whole time that I couldn’t stop singing His praises! I was proud of myself and happy to boot! Even happier than when I back squatted 165 (which I PR’d again at 175) because I didn’t give up I kept moving even when I was the last person to finish most of the activities I still finished. I didn’t cheat myself and stop short of the goal I finished.

So what big thing did I do? Well I’ll tell you… I ran a mile for the first time in four years without stopping and finished way faster than I was hoping I would!! From the moment I walked in and saw “one mile run for time” on the board I had been dreading it… actually most days I go to CrossFit I pray Lord please don’t let there be any running today… (yesterday I didn’t pray that) so when I saw running and running a longer distance I was scared… we had the option to row instead of run… and at that moment I had a decision to make… would I take the easier way out and row even though I was capable of running or would I suck it up and run regardless of what happened… And so I ran (if you could even call it that) with the goals of running at my own pace not anyone else’s and to not stop and walk… and truly by the grace of God I did it! I was hoping I’d finish in 13:00 but I actually finished in 11:55!

There were a ton of things floating around in my head, but with every step I got closer to my goal… and it didn’t hurt that there were people there to encourage me along the way. Telling me that I could do it. Did I want to stop? Yes! Was it ridiculously hot outside? Heck yeah it was! Wouldn’t have rowing been easier? Yes. But would I have been this happy about rowing? Not at all! I was long over do to push myself, to make myself stop taking the easy way out and to challenge myself to get better. If I can’t push myself to run how will I be able to push myself to read my Bible on a consistent basis, or to apply the word to my life, to preach the gospel, or to pray for the sick and hurting when God prompts me to and I don’t feel like it!

I have to learn to push through and do it anyway because that’s what Jesus did for us on the cross. His whole life He pushed through and did it anyway, He loved and preached healed and died anyway… He didn’t care how it made Him feel, or how much it hurt or inconvenienced Him, or what people were saying. All He cared about was doing the work of His Father, God… and that’s how we should live, that’s how I want to live, and if I have to keep moving (as slowly as it may be) so that He may be glorified then moving is what I will do.

 

Be Blessed,

Terri