Good morning all! I hope that this morning finds you well and that technology doesn't fail me again. That was really sad and the post I wrote last night just wasn't the same. So, we will try again this morning and hopefully the Lord will help me be eloquent once again.
I've been thinking a lot about the Olympics this year. I'm not a huge sports fan and really don't get into watching many athletes. But this year is different, for the first time I didn't have parents to take care of and my kids are older, so I sat down with my husband and watched in fascination at the dedication and hard work these athletes put in every day.
It's not just the athletes I love to watch, it's really the reactions of their mothers. It's great to see the horror, the excitement, the nervousness and the joy that the mothers of these young athletes exude. There dad's are right in there too, which is even better. As I have watched over the last couple of days, the athletes have been thanking their mom's and dad's for their commitment to them as an athlete and a person. How great is it to see a 16 year old thanking her parents for loving them and supporting them? Well of course its great, every parent loves recognition, right?
On top of all that, we had Missy Franklin thank God on national television, turn down millions of dollars of sponsorships so that she could swim with her High School team and stay loyal to one coach, WOW! Of course, I find her courage of acknowledging God the most important. The rest just shows great character. She was eloquent and exuberant and she meant every word. I'm so proud of her for standing up there and being a role model for every one of us. She is a young girl with more wisdom and more courage than most of us have today. She understands that her success comes from God and that He will use it for His glory. AMEN!
As I sit here and write I wish I could be an Olympian. I wish that in my teens I would have had a dream and accomplished it. I wish that I had stepped out on faith and with adversity at my back, charged forward and made a difference. But like most teens, I didn't. So, now as I sit here and write, I hope I have the courage and fortitude to move mountains, to exclaim loud and clear that Jesus is real and to be bold, while serving my Lord. I may not have won gold at 17 but I hope that Christ is watching and He's joyous that His daughter is faithful. My goal, really my dream is that women in every nation will hear the call to love and serve Jesus. My hope is that they will walk on faith when tin the dark and that they will ride the waves knowing the boat won't sink. I pray for a world where men and women will come together and unite because Jesus died for them and at the end of my life, I hope I can look back and say, "Job well done."
For if I have learned anything in my life, it's that Jesus is my Savior, that He died for me and all I owe Him is my love. How will I get there? I will train like the athletes at the Olympics. I will study, I will pray and I will read His word. I will ask and He will provide and when I'm down, He will mold me and make me His. The path won't be easy but then nothing we really want ever is. I'm sure that the Olympians have given up hours of family time, thousands of dollars and many simple joys we experience every day to be in a gym, falling off equipment or swimming for 8 hours a day. Wow! Just thinking about it makes me tired.
We are in training whether you realize it or not. The field is wide open and the gold is near. The kingdom will come, are you ready? Please join me in praying for every woman on this planet. We need to unite in a Holy union, one that believes in the principles that God set forth. God loves us, it's time we loved back. May your journey today be blessed as you contemplate the training ahead. He's totally worth it! Stand with me today and praise Him for all He's done and all He will do and please thank Him for the young lives, like Missy's that proclaim Him! What a legacy!
Ephesians 6:4 NKJV:
And you, fathers do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.
Psalm 144:1 NKJV:
Blessed be the Lord my Rock,
Who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle-
Luke 6:40 NKJV:
A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher.
Hebrews 12:11 NKJV:
Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
It's time to train are you ready? Take the challenge today and spend some time with our Lord. Every morning He has new things to say, just look at this blog. I'm really not this smart. Have a great day and wherever you are, know I'm praying for You.
My prayer today:
O, Lord, we come before You in awe. As we watch the athletes from every nation, coming together to compete for a medal, I pray that we would compete for Your medal. The gold medal represents being the best in the world. Many of us will never be on a stage being renowned as the best but we are on Your stage, silently in the background, worshipping You, loving You and praying for women everywhere. We are silent in our ways but as we pray You hear. Lift up every woman in every nation and make her known. We are Your loyal servants coming before You, asking You for knowledge and wisdom. Give us a Holy dose of You as we walk this path and light our way with Your presence. We bow down to You, O, Lord and recognize that we are one strand in an army of strands. Pull ours through and lead us to You. Continue to grow up men and women that will serve You and that will care about Your people. I know the workers are few but I pray that in these next generations there will be a holy revival, where people proclaim with every tongue that You are Lord! In Jesus name, AMEN