10,000 reasons for my heart to find

6 Aug

On July 7, 2012 I was about to face the toughest thing I’ve ever had to face.  I was lying in a hospital bed in a dark labor and delivery room.  Around 4 am I woke up.  Contractions had officially started and they were not fun, especially since I knew that I was contracting so I could deliver a lifeless child.

On July 3rd our family went in to get our routine 20 week ultrasound and instead of finding out if we were going to have a son or daughter we found out our baby’s spirit had left.  No heart beat.  The delivery was scheduled for four days later.

So there we were.  God had already began the healing process during those days waiting to deliver, but waking up that morning knowing what was about to happen was hard.  But I decided instead of lying there mad at the devil that I would turn on my iPhone and sing and worship my Savior.  So that’s what we did.  My husband Josh was right there with me.  The song that I will never forget singing that night is what inspired this blog.

Bless the lord oh my soul
Oh my soul
Worship his holy name
Sing like never before
Oh my soul
I worship your holy name

The sun comes up
Its a new day dawning
Its time to sing your song again
What ever may pass and whatever lies before me
Let me be singing when the evening comes

You’re rich in love and you’re slow to anger
Your name is great and your heart is kind
For all your goodness I will keep on singing
10,000 reasons for my heart to find

And on that day when my strength is failing
The end draws near and my time has come
Soon my soul will sing your praise un-ending
10,000 years and there forever more

We raised our hands and sang this out through tears that morning and a few hours later the delivery was over and we were home.  I remember saying to Josh later that night, we have so much to be thankful for… I bet if we sat down there would be 10,000 things our hearts could find to be thankful for.

So what is this blog about?  The other day I was making dinner and the thought came to me.  I wonder how many things you would have to be thankful for every day for a year to get to 10,000.  So I asked Siri to do the math and I was surprised.  27!  That’s it.  (Technically, 28 for 145 days and 27 for the rest)  So I decided that night as I was chopping up an onion that every night before I fell asleep I would take time to write down 27 things that I am thankful for and at the end of the year my heart will have found 10,000 reasons.

I don’t read blogs.  I’ve never written a blog.  I don’t even know if blogs are cool anymore, but after I came up with the idea I just felt like I should make it a blog.  Hopefully it inspires people to be more thankful.  Psalm 103:2 Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me.

So here it goes..  my first list!  A lot of these are the broad strokes.  The things that will shape most of my lists to come over the next year.

  1. Jesus – how can He not top the first of my first list.
  2. Josh – my husband of 9 years and my best friend for the last 12.
  3. Gus – my first born!  the coolest 4 year old on the planet.
  4. Beau – my beautiful 16 month old daughter.
  5. Felix – my precious son who I will meet in heaven.  only in our lives for 20 weeks and made such a huge impact.
  6. My mom – Loves God and loves people.  One of the most generous people I know.
  7. My dad – One of my favorite people to talk to because he’s a good listener.
  8. My brothers and sisters – I have 6! And I love each one of them and loved growing up with them.
  9. My mother in law – I am one of the few people that doesn’t just love their mother in law, but likes her too.
  10. My father in law – I am so blessed to be his son’s wife.  Josh is such a wonderful husband and father and so much of it is because of his dad.
  11. My sister in law and her family -They love God, love each other and love us.
  12. My church – Gateway Frisco!
  13. My job – So thankful I get to work from home for an awesome ministry: Ken Blount Ministries
  14. My husbands job – Getting paid to teach children God’s word every week..  how awesome is that!?
  15. My Bible – It’s like opening a present from God every morning.
  16. That Gus puts on cologne after his bath.  Love tucking in that sweet smelling boy.
  17. For the 30 minutes, literally 30 minutes that Gus talked passionately about God’s word with me today on the way home from the mall.
  18. For the cloud Gus saw today that he said looked like the Death Star from Star Wars and was convinced God made it that way just for him
  19. That Josh will be home from his staff retreat tomorrow!!  I miss him!
  20. For my blue letter bible app.  Revolutionized my bible study time.
  21. Air conditioning
  22. That my washer and dryer are not the in the garage
  23. For the much needed rain shower today
  24. For the indoor play place the kids had so much fun playing at
  25. For the song “I’m Not Afraid Anymore” by Leeland
  26. That Josh gives the kids their baths every night.
  27. For this promise- Jeremiah 50:9 Our arrows (our kids) shall be like those an expert warrior; none shall return in vain.

Lessons From Disney World

28 Apr

Every year millions of people from all over the world make their way to Orlando Florida to experience the happiest place on earth, also known as Disney World. Parents save up their hard earned money for months, they work overtime, have garage sales, and do whatever it takes to take their family on a fun and memorable but very expensive vacation. If you are going to invest in a vacation like that you want your children to enjoy themselves, right? Well let me tell you about a scenario I’ve seen played out at Disney on multiple occasions.

It’s nearing the end of the afternoon and young children all over the park are getting worn out, but mom and dad want to keep going so they feel as if they are getting their moneys worth. They park the stroller, have the kids get in line for the Peter Pan ride, which always has a long line, and after about 5 minutes of waiting their children start to complain. “I don’t want to wait in this line. My legs are tired. I want another churro. I want to go back to the hotel and watch TV. I’m hot. I’m thirsty. I need to go potty.” The parents tolerate the complaining for a while and then when they can’t take it any longer they bend down and get right in their children’s faces and say to them, “We have come too far and paid way too great a price for you not to be enjoying yourselves! So you better stop complaining and start having fun!”

I think I’ve had that conversation with my little ones a time or two while waiting to board Peter Pan.

The Lord had that conversation with me today as I was studying Romans 6.

Romans 6:10-11 (Amp) For by the death He died, He died to sin [ending His relation to it] once for all; and the life that He lives, He is living to God [in unbroken fellowship with Him].Even so consider yourselves also dead to sin and your relation to it broken, but alive to God [living in unbroken fellowship with Him] in Christ Jesus.

Jesus came too far. He left His home in heaven and traveled all the way to the earth to make His home among us. Jesus paid too great a price. He gave his life, the most valuable thing He had so that we might live. So it’s time we stop complaining and start having fun.

Maybe you aren’t having the greatest day; can I just remind you of something? We are dead to sin! We are alive to God and can walk in unbroken fellowship with Him. That right there is enough to turn any day into a good one.

Jesus came too far and paid too great a price for His people to live defeated! Don’t be like a whiny, ungrateful kid at Disney World today. Jesus has a lot invested in you. Make an effort to an enjoy it!

Looking For Donkeys And Finding God’s Will

22 Apr

Everyone knows how shepherd boy David came to be King David.  The Lord told Samuel he would find the next King of Israel at a man named Jesse’s house, in the town of Bethlehem.  Jesse brought out seven of his strapping sons, but none of them were right.  Samuel asked to see Jesse’s youngest son, so Jesse sent for him.  He was out in the fields tending sheep.  He wasn’t even invited to the let’s pick the next King party, but as soon as Samuel saw David he knew he was the one.  He anointed him right then and there and eventually he would replace King Saul as the King of Israel.

King Saul was the first King of Israel and his path to the being the guy that gets to wear the crown was quite a bit different than David’s and not as popular of a Bible story.

Saul was out on a search when he stumbled into God’s plan for his life, but he wasn’t searching for that plan, he was searching for some lost donkeys.  His dad’s donkeys wandered off and Saul was sent to track them down and bring them back home.

I can just imagine a young Saul drawing up some missing donkey signs and posting them all over the water wells in town.  Asking different people if they had seen these donkeys.  Calling out, “here, donkey, donkey, donkey!”  He wasn’t having any luck.  The donkeys were nowhere to be found.  Then the servant that was with Saul had a brilliant idea.  He had heard about a man of God that lived in the city that they were in and he figured this man of God would be able to tell them where the donkeys were.   The man of God was Samuel.  Not only did he know where the donkeys were, he knew that Saul didn’t show up in his life because of the lost animals, but because God wanted him to.  God told Samuel about Saul the day before they met.

1 Samuel 9:16 (amp) Tomorrow about this time I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin, and you shall anoint him to be leader over My people Israel; and he shall save them out of the hand of the Philistines. For I have looked upon the distress of My people, because their cry has come to Me. 

A couple of lost donkeys led Saul to the throne.  A couple of lost donkeys led Saul to the exact place he needed to be at the exact time he needed to be there.  A couple of lost donkeys were used by God to help fulfill His plans.

As I read this story I couldn’t help but think about the time we followed a pastor to another city to help him plant a church only to find out a few months later he was living a double life.  He was, to put it nicely, a lost donkey!  But God used him to get us to that city and find a place on staff at one of the greatest churches in America.

“We have no idea how God will use the seemingly normal – and annoying – circumstances of life.” – Guzik

You may be dealing with some annoying circumstances like Saul was or just going about your normal life like David was, whatever the case remember this, God is always working on promoting you.  Be encouraged!

His Lullaby

4 Nov

My 18-month-old daughter has always enjoyed being sung to before bed.  I can’t say the same for my 4-year-old son.  He prefers to be tickled or rough housed before he gets tucked in for the night.  I guess that’s the difference between a little girl and a little boy. BUT when he was a newborn I sang to him often.

Singing over a baby always seems to calm them down.  Every mother who has ever held a crying baby has tried it.  I’m sure Eve sang to her twin babies Cain & Abel and Sarah sang to baby Isaac.  There’s just something instinctive in a mother that knows to sing to her baby and something instinctive in her little baby that knows to enjoy their mother’s song- even if mom is totally tone deaf or off key.

Scientist have shown that when a child is being sang to their perception of pain lowers as well as their heart rate.  Lullabies like “Rock-a-bye Baby” that have been passed down from generation to generation are more than just cute little songs, they are sure fire ways to quiet and calm a baby who has worked himself into a crying frenzy.

Zephaniah 3:17 (NKJV) The Lord your God in your midst, the mighty one, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness.  He will quiet you with his love.  He will rejoice over you with singing.

The instinct that mother’s have to sing over their children is God given.  He sings over us in the same way that I sing over my babies.

When we have worked ourselves into a frenzy, He quiets us with a love song.  If we will make time to get quiet and listen to His song our perception of pain will lower and our heart rate will get in sync with His.

He, the mighty one, is there.  He’s in your midst today.  He’s heard your cry and has come to pick you up, hold you close, and sing over you until you feel His peace and find comfort in His calming and perfect tone.  Listen closely to His lullaby.  Every lyric carries with it the encouragement you need to get through the day, the week, or this season of life.

Let Him sing over you until you find yourself so full of joy that you can’t help but sing back to Him!

When God Goes To Whataburger

20 Aug

I had lunch at Whataburger today.  Before you lose respect for me I have to tell you that the Whataburgers in the part of Texas that I live in are pretty fancy.  The one I ate at this afternoon is only a year or two old and it’s always nice and clean.  So yes, I did eat unhealthy, but at least I did it in cleanliness.

I had my five year old Gus and my two year old Beau with me, who both happen to be big Whataburger fans.  I place our order, have Gus get us a table while I fill up our drinks, sit down, and try to make sure no one falls out of their seat or spills their Sprite before the food comes out.  I’m in my own happy little world.  I wasn’t really paying attention or looking around to see who else was there.  Our food arrives, we dig in and about half way through our meal an older man comes over to our table.

I looked up at him, smiled and waited.  I knew he wanted to say something, but I had no idea what.  He looked at Gus, he looked at Beau, and then he looked at me.  He said he saw me walk past earlier and had an urgency from the Lord to tell me that the baby I was carrying was going to be beautiful.  He said, “you can see these two and it’s obvious that they are beautiful, but the one that’s coming, you haven’t seen, but God has, and he says he or she will beautiful just like these two that he’s already blessed you with.  I speak a blessing over you and your family.”  Then he told Gus to make sure and be a good helper for his mom.

It was such a sweet moment.  That man had no idea who I was.  He didn’t know my story.  He didn’t know that the last baby I carried had to be delivered still born and the doctor told us that we could see him if we wanted, but warned us that “it wouldn’t be pretty.”  He had no idea how much those words would mean to me.  He didn’t know if I was a believer.  He didn’t know if I would be weirded out.  He just knew what God told him and that God wanted him to share it with me, so he did.

I’ve been pregnant now 124 weeks out of my life.  That’s over two years and never once has a stranger had a word like that from the Lord for me.  With tears welling up in my eyes, I thanked him, and he left.  He made my day.  His simple act of obedience and the way that he stewarded the word that the Lord gave him about my sweet Sunny made me feel like God Himself stopped by our table.

How kind of the great I AM to show up at Whataburger in Frisco Texas this afternoon.

On the way home I thought about how I barely looked up while I was there.  I was focused on my kids.  I’m so glad that that gentlemen DID look up.  He wasn’t so focused on his newspaper or his french fries that he didn’t notice the people around him.  His spirit was alert.  Ready to hear from God and ready to obey.  He not only blessed me with the word he shared with me, but he inspired me to look around.  Ministry can happen anywhere.  There are people all over my community and yours too that God would love to speak to… through me and through you.

Pay attention to your surroundings and be ready and willing to obey when God speaks to your spirit!

Philippians 2:4 (NLT) Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.

Day 365

5 Aug

On July 3rd, 2012 I found out at a routine 20 week ultrasound that the baby we were expecting in November no longer had a heart beat.  I was scheduled to deliver him still born 3 days later.  3 days!  That meant I had 72 hours to carry around my lifeless baby.  I was dreading the delivery, but at the same time I hated being a walking grave.

72 hours is a lot of time to process.  Naturally, my mind tried to think of things that would ease the pain.  I tried to tell myself the whole thing was just a mistake.  I was never supposed to get pregnant.  It was just a little blip in the grand scheme of things.  I would move on pretending it never happened.  I would go into the delivery room and view it as a surgery to remove something in my body that no longer belonged, instead of the delivery of a child.  I didn’t want to think about the reality of the whole thing, because it was just too devastating.

We checked into a labor and delivery room on the evening of July 6th and there was no escaping the reality at that point.  This wasn’t just a surgery.  This was without a doubt going to be the hardest thing I had ever faced.  All of the things I had thought to myself to try to make this easier, weren’t helping, because they weren’t true.

I delivered Felix the next morning at 6:10 a.m.  Before we left the nurses brought us a pretty white box with mementos of the delivery.  His tiny footprints, a little certificate to let us know the time of delivery and his weight, and a measuring tape to show how long he was.  I hated leaving the hospital with just that little box.  I was supposed to leave with my baby boy.  The cut seemed to get deeper, the hurt seemed to grow stronger.  I was at a loss for what to tell myself to make me feel better, but God knew exactly what I needed to hear.

The next night before bed my husband Josh and I were talking with my mother in law about all that we were going through and the things we felt like God was sharing with us as we looked to Him for help.  In that conversation my husband said the words I needed to hear to release true peace, true healing, and true comfort into my spirit.  Two words that changed my life forever, “Felix mattered.”

I can’t even begin to explain the supernatural mending of that deep cut and the immediate pain relief I felt when those words left his mouth.  The whole thing hadn’t been just a mistake.  I was supposed to get pregnant.  I didn’t have to try to forget about it and move on as soon as possible.  God never intended the pregnancy to end the tragic way it did.  He had a great plan for Felix and even though we would never see him walk out that plan, we knew God could use us to pick up where he left off.  That was the truth.  The truth that set me free.  Felix wasn’t just a blip, he mattered, and I wouldn’t have to pretend that he didn’t ever again.

Tonight, as I wrap up 10kreasons, those two words ring truer than ever before.  Felix mattered, not only to me and my family, but to all of the lives that were touched by this blog.

He mattered to the mother who was mad and bitter toward God about losing her son until she came across 10kreasons and realized that God was not at all to blame for her loss.  He mattered to the people whose eyes were opened to the everyday goodness of God.  He mattered to the lady who needed an answer from God and got it when she read my post that day.  He mattered to the people who have found healing through thankfulness.  He mattered to the readers who had friends or family members that lost babies over the last year that were able to share hope with them by sharing a link to this site.  He mattered to everyone who decided to start their own thank you lists.  He mattered to anyone who read anything I’ve posted over the last 365 days that mattered to them.

He was only here for 20 weeks and never saw the light of day, but Felix mattered.  God used His life to make a difference in the lives of others and to bring Him glory.  God wants to use your life to do the same.  You are not a mistake, a blip, or someone that is just occupying space on the earth.

James 1:18 (NLT) He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession.

You are His prized possession and like Felix, YOU matter.

And now, through tears of joy, it’s time to write my last list.

  • 9,974.  Josh.  My husband of 10 years.  My biggest supporter, encourager and the first to read each one of my posts.
  • 9,975.  Gus.  My first born!  His passion, his fearlessness, his cute face, and his love make it easy to see God’s goodness every single day.
  • 9,976.  Beau.  My beautiful 2 year old daughter.  She is pure sweetness and exudes joy!  She made making my lists so easy.
  • 9,977.  Sunny. Every good and perfect gift comes from above.  I can’t wait to meet my 2nd daughter in December!
  • 9,978.  Felix.  He mattered.  He made a difference in my life and in the lives of countless others.
  • 9,979.  My mom.  I know she took the time to read every one of my posts and has been very encouraging from the start.
  • 9,980.  My dad.  He wanted me before I was born, just like my heavenly father.
  • 9,981.  My mother in law.  One of my greatest supporters!  She introduced so many ladies to my blog.
  • 9,982.  My father in law.  There weren’t too many times I talked to him on the phone over the last year that he didn’t tell me how proud he was of me and how much he loved reading what I was writing.
  • 9,983.  Courtney, Tosha, Zach, Becky, Mindy, and Brooke.  My sibling supporters!
  • 9,984.  My church, Gateway Frisco.  Love the people and love Pastor Robert.
  • 9,985.  My job.  I have the best bosses in the world, Ken & Trudi Blount, and being able to work from home and make my own schedule was a huge factor in finding time to write everyday.
  • 9,986.  My husband’s  job.  He gets paid to teach kids the word of God every weekend!
  • 9,987.  My Bible.  There is no other book on the planet like it and I’ve learned so much studying it over the last year.
  • 9,988.  My new perspective on the goodness of God.  He’s good in the little things and in the big things.  He’s good all of the time.
  • 9,989.  Everyone that has taken time to read the blog.  Friends, family, strangers.  Whoever you are, thank you for letting me share my journey with you.
  • 9,990.  As of today, 29,078 views of 10kreasons.wordpress.com.
  • 9,991.  The world wide web.  10kreasons has been in 59 countries over the last 365 days.
  • 9,992.  I learned that know matter how busy I am, if I make spending time with God a priority it will happen.
  • 9,993.  All of my posts and lists are out there forever.  I’m looking forward to going back to day one and rereading all that God showed me.
  • 9,994.  I discovered that I love to write!
  • 9,995.  10,000 Reasons by Matt Redman.  If that song had never been written, this blog would have never been written.
  • 9,996.  Facebook and Twitter.  I was able to share my story with so many people just through social media.
  • 9,997.  Wordpress.  My faithful blog host.
  • 9,998.  We are God’s prized possession.  Each one of us matter to Him.
  • 9,999.  I did it!!  I really did it!!  Such a bittersweet moment closing out something so near and dear to my heart, but I know it’s really just the beginning.
  • 10,000.  Jesus.  My very first list started with Him, so it’s only fitting that my very last list ends with Him.  He is the Alpha & Omega, the beginning and the end, and THE reason I was able to find 10,000 reasons!

Day 364

4 Aug

Day 364!!  I can’t believe tomorrow marks the one year anniversary of 10kreasons.  The project I started 364 days ago will be complete by this time tomorrow evening.

I’ve had several people ask me over the last few days, “what’s next?”  So for those of you who are wondering…

2 months into the start of this blog the Lord spoke to me about turning it into a book.  He showed it to me in hospital gift shops, in church bookstores, in regular bookstores, on Kindle and in the hands of hurting moms all over the world.   It was exciting and overwhelming all at the same time.  I know nothing about turning a blog into a book or how to go about getting a book published and printed, but I know God wants me to do those things, so I’m going to find out how.  I have done a little research and talked to a few people, but I’ve been waiting until the blog was complete to really dive in and now the time has come.  I’m finishing up one project and getting ready to start the next.

Psalm 145:6 (MSG) Your marvelous doings are headline news; I could write a book full of the details of your greatness.

I know there are more people who need to hear about His marvelous doings and the details of His greatness, so be praying for me as I launch into the book phase of 10kreasons.

In September, I will be sharing my story with the ladies of Tascosa Road Fellowship in Amarillo.  My father-in-law told me the Pastor there would like to have me come and speak and I told him I would have to pray about it.  I feel way more comfortable behind my computer screen than I do up speaking in front of a group of strangers, so God was really going to have to give me a loud and clear “Yes, I want you to do it!” before I said, “Yes, I’ll do it!”  When I asked Him about it, He reminded me of the word He gave me at the beginning of this year;

Psalm 81:10 …Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it with good things.

I wrote all about it on Day 146.  “I am entering 2013 with a wide open mouth.  I’m saying to the Lord, I trust you and your plans for my life.  I won’t miss out on the good things you have for me and my family because I don’t want to get uncomfortable.  I know you would never do anything just to mess with me.  I want what you want.  I know that if I open wide you will fill my life with blessing.  I believe 2013 is wide open, if I’ll agree to open wide.”

I meant what I wrote and what I prayed that day, so be praying for me as I launch into the speaking phase of 10kreasons.

In December, we will welcome our little girl Sunny Joone into the world and that’s where most of my focus is getting ready to shift to.  I’ve got a nursery to decorate, baby clothes to sort through, nesting to do and naps to take!  I’m so thankful that that sweet little girl is part of the answer to the question, “what’s next?”

So, I’ve got the book, the speaking, and the baby on the way, but I will continue to write and post to 10kreasons.  I’m not sure how often, but as often as I can, because I absolutely love being able to share the things that God is showing me through writing.  I’ll also continue to list, not publicly and not until I reach a certain number, but in my journal every night before bed.

I will have found 10,000 reasons upon the completion of my last post tomorrow, but that doesn’t mean I won’t keep looking for more.  It’s like the last verse to the song that started this journey says,

“Still my soul will sing your praise unending.  Ten thousand years and then forevermore.”

I will spend the rest of my life on earth and then my eternity praising His holy name.

  1. The book phase!
  2. The speaking phase!
  3. 19 weeks to prepare for Sunny!
  4. I have all of eternity left to praise my awesome God!
  5. 10kreasons blog project is ending, but my love for writing is not.
  6. The word God gave me at the beginning of the year.  Just what I needed to help me get out of my comfort zone and say yes to a great opportunity to share my testimony.
  7. Gus woke up upset at 2:00 a.m. after a bad dream and Josh went to check on him and slept in his little twin bed with him the rest of the night.
  8. Great morning at church with a happy group of 4 year olds and the sweet girls I get to work with!
  9. Teaching the kids such a powerful truth – The Lord is our helper!  Heb 13:6
  10. Mrs. Tammy brought Beau a Mickey & Minnie Mouse purse full of some of her daughters old dress up things.  Beau was so excited and spent the whole afternoon in her flower headbands, bracelets, and rings.
  11. My big sister Mindy is celebrating her birthday today!!
  12. Mindy is one of the most selfless people I know.  She would do anything for anyone.  Her husband and 3 girls are so blessed to have her.
  13. Mindy is an awesome photographer!  She is good at making people look good!
  14. Football was on tonight… just preseason, but that means that fall is approaching quickly.
  15. Pastor Adana is celebrating her birthday today.  Love her heart for women and the way she is able to balance being in full time ministry, raising her 3 boys, and loving her husband.
  16. The good watermelon and pineapple I cut up this morning.
  17. Josh home in time for dinner, bath and bed time!
  18. Beau ended her prayer tonight, “and… happily ever after!  amen!”
  19. My family was satisfied with frozen pizza for dinner tonight.
  20. The Next Food Network Star with Josh… he loves me more than football.
  21. When I get Josh to laugh out loud.
  22. Every night I put the big kids down for bed and then Sunny decides to wake up and play for a bit.  So sweet!
  23. Had a good visit with my mom and dad over the weekend.  Happy they took time to come see us before they headed to San Antonio for vacation.
  24. Beau has Josh wrapped around her chubby little finger.
  25. I had to wake Beau up after she had been asleep for two hours and give her some tylenol.  She took it all in and then went right back to sleep!
  26. Humidifier + eucalyptus oil.
  27. Jesus is our healer!  Thanking Him in advance for working on Beau and the little cough that’s been bothering her.

Day 363

3 Aug

Yesterday, I wrote about the night I started this blog and about how important it is to take the first step in doing what it is that you know God has called you to do.  If you never take the first natural step, He can never follow with supernatural steps.  Today, I came across this verse and God spoke to me about being a finisher, someone who takes the first step and then keeps on stepping until they reach the finish line.

John 17:4  I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do.

Jesus was a finisher.  He started something great when He agreed to leave His father and His kingdom in heaven behind, downsize to the confines on a young girls womb, and enter into a world that He knew would reject Him on that first Christmas morning.  He didn’t stop there though.  He knew to bring His father glory on the earth He had to do more than just start, He had to finish.

And that’s exactly what He did when He gave His life for us, hanging from the cross.

John 19:30 So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.

After He completed the work His father had given Him to do, He shouted in victory, “It is finished!”.

Jesus is not the only one who has ever received an assignment from His father.  God has assigned each one of us to do something or somethings to bring Him glory during our time here on earth.

Last August, He gave me one of my “somethings” when He shared the idea for this blog with me.  I took the first step in the natural and wrote and published my first post and after that I determined that I would finish strong 364 days later.  In just 2 more days I will cross that finish line and I’ll do it with joy.  All the time, energy, and dedication I’ve poured into this project will have been worth it, because I have glorified God on the earth and finished the work He gave me to do.

Whether you are at the starting line, somewhere in the middle, or so close to the finish line you can taste it, determine that you are going to be like Jesus, you are going to do more than just start the work God has called you to, you are going to finish it and finish strong.

Acts 20:24 (NLT) But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus…

  1. Jesus finished!
  2. The completed work of the cross.
  3. We have all been given special assignments from God, that when finished, will bring Him glory!
  4. 2 posts away from finishing 10kreasons!
  5. Phil 1:6 And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.
  6. Beau slept until 7 this morning!  Was hoping that 5:30 wakeup call yesterday was just a fluke.
  7. Awesome morning playing lunar putt-putt golf with Grammy & Grampy.
  8. We finished all 18 holes just before Josh had to leave for work.
  9. When I ran into my friend Sayra yesterday she mentioned the Collin Creek Mall and the area where we ate lunch today.  It was so nice having something new and different to try.
  10. Yummy lunch at Frankie’s Mexican Cafe.
  11. Sweet Firefly Ice Cream.  Cute little store and really, really good ice cream!
  12. The blue tongue Beau got from her Cookie Monster ice cream.
  13. Ice cream and putt putt were Grammy & Grampy’s treat.
  14. Beau fell asleep in the car on the way back, but finished her long nap in her bed when we got home.
  15. Grampy was here to help me carry Beau’s sleepy head up the stairs.
  16. Got to have my mom and dad sitting with me at church tonight.
  17. Great worship!  Everyone seemed so entered in tonight.
  18. Crown Him by Chris Tomlin.  What a song!
  19. Pastor Robert’s message on how easy it is to witness to someone.  Good stuff!
  20. The mechanic that witnessed to Pastor Robert’s grandfather.
  21. Palio’s Pizza for dinner.
  22. The way a spanking can change a kid’s attitude!
  23. Beau is learning about how Jesus is our healer in her class at church this month.
  24. Grammy got to read Gus all of his bed time stories tonight.
  25. The silly good knight/bad knight game Gus was playing with Grammy.  He was having such a good time.
  26. Bath time with Beau and Charlie Hope songs.
  27. My niece Maleah made it safely to her new home for the next year, China!!

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