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Thursday, January 15 2015
Bold Living In 2015

God is challenging me to be BOLDER this year and I’m so glad you are joining me on the journey! I believe we all will need a certain amount of boldness in order to accomplish what our heart desires to do for the Lord. Left to my own devices, I am a ‘scaredy-cat’ and a people-pleaser, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it certainly won’t move me to new and great adventures with the Lord. It also has the potential to reinforce fear instead of faith. So as we journey together, let’s remember His promise to never leave us or forsake us. That our faith and trust in Him and His power in us, will allow us to try new things and be BOLD in our thoughts and actions! How great is that!  Let’s continue to ask the Lord for more strength to trust His promises and move with Him in boldness this year!

The wicked run away when no one is chasing them, but the godly are as bold as lions.” Proverbs 28:1

Bold living shows intention. Here’s some simple, but very meaningful ways that will affect your daily life and possibly your direction.


LISTEN…Boldly. Practice Attentiveness.

Listen to God.  Shut out the other noises in your life so you can tune into that still, small voice of the Holy Spirit.

JOIN…Boldly. Join Others.

Reach out to others. Connect or join that group that you’ve been thinking about. Go to church. Get out of your comfort zone.

SMILE…Boldly.  Show Pleasure.

Smile at a stranger. Change their day. Smile when you don’t feel like.

WAIT…Boldly. Exercise Patience.

Pray for patience. Wait with peace. What a bold step in this day and age to wait without complaining!

ANSWER…Boldly. Share truth.

Speak truth in love. Confront issues while they are small.

LOVE…Boldly. Express passion.

Love unconditionally. Give love always. Love like Jesus loved.

LAUGH…Boldly. Enjoy humor.

Share your joy. Laughter is great medicine! Jesus carries our load so we can “lighten up” and enjoy.

 TRUST…Boldly. Believe God.

Try new things. God has it covered.

STAND…Boldly. Remain steadfast.

Stand firmly in God’s Truth. He gives strength to you as you courageously stand against the flow of the world.

LIVE…Boldly. Take risks.

‘Cliff Jump’ with God.  It grows you tenfold. God’s plan is larger than you can imagine.

No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9

This is doable. We can all become more bold, one simple step at a time. And the promise behind these steps is that we will draw closer to our Heavenly Father! And as we lean on Him to take bold steps He will be directing us right where He wants us to be! How awesome is that? What have we got to lose? Let’s ask Him to help us be as “bold as lions” for His glory in 2015! 

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Benefits of Weariness


WOW! How weary I am. And so are many of you. I know because I hear your cries: in my office, on the phone, online, in church, at the grocery store, you name it! So much of what I hear from people today is about how tired, weary, and worn-out they feel.

Then again, you may not feel weary;  instead you may feel anxious, depressed, scared, lonely, angry, or any mixture of these emotions. Perhaps these are more your prominent feelings.


However you may feel, it’s too easy to look for the source or to find blame: social media; busy schedules; technology; work/family demands; the causes are endless. Of course, these have validity, and we can certainly manage them in more appropriate and successful ways.


Yet, as I sit with God today, in my quiet time, and look over my journals, what I see is the benefit of weariness—the benefit of our broken feelings and situations.

 I see, time and time again, over the years (yes, I am rebellious and slow-learning, and God is very, very patient), God working in me and through me, enabling me to receive His antidote to this tough life and all of its problems. 


It is so simple; and yet it is so hard.


It is HIM: Jesus; always more of Him.


“But,” you say, “Angel, I have to know what to do with my children,” or, “Angel, these bills are piling up,” or, “Angel, you don’t have a CLUE of how bad it really is.”


And I will say, “You are right, I don’t. And you are correct, these things need to be taken care of.” 


BUT FIRST, we have a larger need. Oh, the catch is it doesn’t appear like the larger need. Our core need, before bills, children, purpose in life, change in our feelings, is to be convinced, truly convinced and accepting of God’s love for us and our identity as His children.


And your heart and head may rebel like mine did.


“BUT, I need to know the answer to my problem.” 

And Jesus says:

“I am the answer.”

“I am so tired.”

And Jesus says:

“I know. Let me restore you.”

“I am afraid.”

And Jesus says:

“I know, and my love will take care of that.”


That just doesn’t seem like much; doesn’t seem like enough, when we are about to be evicted or our kids are in harm’s way. That support just doesn’t seem practical enough for our human brains to rest on.


Perhaps then we’ve hit on the real source or problem of our weariness: ourselves. You and me believing that if we work hard enough, try enough, worry enough, take enough time to figure it out, talk enough to that person, ignore it long enough—whatever your “enough” is—WE can fix it. The true problem is that it’s all about US!


We want to stay in the driver’s seat and be our own savior. Or we look to other humans to be that for us. If we believe our answer lies in us or other humans, we are likely to stay in that “out of control” anxious space, and the weariness or depression or addictions are bound to take over. There can only be one driver in our car of life.


The benefit of our struggle is to be wooed into the true solution. Life’s struggles are an invitation to know God more intimately. As we allow Jesus, who is ALIVE, who is the same yesterday, today, and forever, to become more real for us, more tangible, as we take Him at His word (Hebrews 13:5), as we choose to focus on Him and His promises, instead of the problems or feelings we are having, then we start to experience the reality of His presence with us.  With this, we begin to experience the peace He promises.

Why? Because our problems have been solved? The bills have all been paid? The feelings change?

NO…  peace comes from HIS presence. And in that place of peace we can see clearer, hear more accurately, and receive wisdom and direction.


As we “bend our knee” to Jesus’ love, dare to take Him at His word (John 3:16), choose to look to Him and depend on Him, and keep (John 17) depending on Him, then His life-blood starts to flow through us. It revives us, directs us, and transforms our thinking and feelings. Then life and all of its troubles, which are many (John 16:33), become manageable, doable.


Breath comes; rest comes; peace comes.


In this place new life springs forth. New ideas emerge and joy is eventually restored.


Struggling today? Rejoice in it, because it is calling you back home. Home to His heart of love (Romans 8:38-39), the place of true peace and rest. 

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