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What’s with the Flag?

So how does a book with #winning as the title have a picture of a white flag of surrender?? It wasn’t the original plan, I’ll tell you that. I had a completely different vision. But, when the proof came back for me to sign off on, I couldn’t do it. I didn’t have a peace about it. I talked to my group that has helped me with several decisions concerning this book over the past couple of years (Dad, Mom, Cass, Jeffrey, Tim, Kayla, Sarah and of course Trae) While I was talking to Mom and Dad, Mom suggested a flag. Immediately the white flag came to my mind. As soon as we hung up I prayed for the Lord to give me confirmation that the white flag was to be on the cover. The very next words I heard were “white flag in the wind” from the song Air I Breathe by Mat Kearney playing on Klove. I knew then that the Lord wanted that as the cover for #winning. So, here’s a special shout out to my mother. I am so glad that she is sensitive to the Lord’s voice and willing to act on it. Also, I am super grateful and continuing to stand in awe that Jesus, the King of Kings, cares about our details!!

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Qualified to Work

Zacharias and Elisabeth. Two people in history that were chosen to be part of God’s plan. This couple would become parents to John the Baptist, the forerunner to Jesus.

What made them so special? Luke 1:6 tells us that they were righteous and blameless.

Our righteousness was as filthy rags….until we accepted Christ’s. We were guilty of sin….until Jesus washed it away.

Because of Jesus, God looks at you, Child of God, as righteous and blameless. You are now qualified to do great things for God’s kingdom. Don’t allow self-doubt deter you from following Christ’s leading. He is covering you and preparing the way.

False Security

  
Joseph was told to pack up his family and leave their country because Herod was looking to destroy Jesus.

It may have seemed extreme to Joseph. He may have thought “I can protect my own”.

Regardless of what he may or may not have thought he moved his family out of there. He realized that there was no time for taking unnecessary risks.

The Spirit warns us. It teaches us where to go. It directs our steps. If you are feeling led in a different direction, no matter how ridiculous it may seem, follow the Spirit. Don’t risk harm to yourself or family because of a false sense of self-proclaimed security.

Who is your mentor?

  
David had just dodged death. His father-in-law, King Saul had just thrown a javelin at him.

David knew he needed to get to a safe place. He went to Samuel: his mentor, guide, the Godly man that he knew. 

Samuel encouraged David. David returned to his home and came up with a plan to move forward. 

Do you have a person that you can call upon for strength and guidance? Someone to help you navigate difficult situations? For David it was Samuel. Who is it for you? It’s best to figure this out now so that you’ll be prepared should you need advice rather than to find yourself in a heated situation taking the advice of anyone willing to give it. If you can’t come up with someone pray that the Lord will send you a person. 

the illustrated word

  

“We’d rather be in the will of The Lord hours from family and everything we have ever known than out of His will surrounded by the ones we love and familiar with our surroundings.”

That was the answer we’d give folks when they’d ask why we’d move so far away from home. It was our mantra for packing up our family and moving a day’s trip away.

But our four year old needed more of an illustration than an explanation. So The Lord gave me the story of the prodigal son.

It went something like this: “see Punkin, the boy was living with his daddy right where God had put him but he decided that he didn’t like where God wanted him. He thought it would be better for him to be somewhere else. So he decided to leave the place God had put him. But when he got to where he thought would be the best place he realized that it was way worse there. He wasn’t happy at all. So the boy wanted to go back to the place God told him to live. He went back to his daddy and started living where God told him to. Then he was happy again because he was living where God wanted him to live.

We know that Jesus wants us living here. And even if we decided to go back to where our family is we wouldn’t be happy. Our hearts will be happiest here because this is where God wants us.”

Peace would come over that child. She’d go back to playing and laughing within seconds of hearing the story of the prodigal son. 

And my heart would burst again with thankfulness for the guidance of the Spirit and for the healing balm that the Word provides.

Jesus continually offers peace and guidance to his children through his Word. Look to it for reassurance and comfort.

The Shepherd’s Leading

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Elisha warned the King of Israel to not cross by a certain way. He knew the enemies camp was set up, ready to war against them.

The King took Elisha’s advice and steered clear of the area. Because of this Israel was saved the hardship of fighting a battle.

Most times we praise The Lord for leading us to “green pastures”. But don’t neglect to praise Him for leading you away from “the shadow of death”.

II Kings 6:8-9

Go On

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So The Lord gave me a project. And I found myself tempted to nix the whole idea because the results may not be what I would like to envision.

But I was reminded that we aren’t called to follow God’s will only when we think it will yield good results.

We are called to follow him regardless of what may be in the future.

Boldly go forth knowing that God will have his way with your obedience. As a result the outcome will be great, even if doesn’t match up with your preconceived ideas.

Mark 13:11

Exposure

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“Neither make mention of the names of their gods.” This statement came from Joshua’s final address to the Israelite people.

Pretty exclusive, huh?

How are you doing with that in this “politically correct” world?

Are you lifting up only the name of Jesus in your household? Or are you giving place to things that aren’t of God? Things that go against his word?

At first it seems unlikely that within a Christian home there would be the attempt to expose the children to sin. But how often do we hear “you need to expose your children to things of the world so they won’t go wild when they’re on their own” or “I’m going to introduce all religions to my children and give them the freedom of what religion they’d like to be part of”?

These statements may sound innocent. But that doesn’t make them of God.

Adhere to Joshua’s words of wisdom. Preach only Jesus. The “freedom of choice” will only lead to a cell of isolation from our Lord.

Joshua 23:7

Still There

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The children of Israel rose up from worshipping the molten calf. In the background they could see the pillar of the cloud.

Still there.

Even after their sin.

Even though the Israelites had made a wrong decision God didn’t pack up and leave them to perish in the wilderness. Instead he kept offering guidance to them. He kept providing for them.

Isn’t that comforting? God still cares.

At times you may feel that He has given up on you. That your decisions have caused him to forever put up a wall between you and him. That he couldn’t care less how you lived the rest of your life.

But that isn’t true.

God loves you. Don’t be fooled into thinking that you have to go at this life alone because of a previously made wrong decision.

Repent and get back on the right track. He is ready to move on. Are you?

Revelation 22:17

Nehemiah 9:18-19

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