>Will U Do This With Me?

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God is so good, isn’t He? In my quiet time, I journal praise to Him. One way I do this is by thinking of words of praise for every letter in the alphabet.
I thought it’d be cool if we did this together? Whatta say? 
Great! Ok, I’ll get us started…
GOD, YOU ARE:
A – almighty
B – beautiful
C – our Creator
D –

OK, now just click on “comments,” add the next letter and add your word for God that goes with it….let’s see if we can make it all the way to Z!

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>Life, ER, & What They Don’t Have in Common

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Yesterday, I drove by the ER and decided to stop in ’cause I had nothing else to do. OK, not really. I went to get some treatment for my lungsMany-a-time have I spent in the ER, every time I get an ID bracelet. No medical staff will do or administer anything without checking you against your ID bracelet. Though it offers a secure feeling, one can still feel a bit insecure‘Cause even if I adamantly & confidantly proclaim: “HEY, I’M HEATHER! I SWEAR! I KNOW WHO I AM! DON’T YOU BELIEVE ME?” 
They don’t. They can’t. They must check the ID bracelet.
But that’s just life in the ER; that is not life with God.
God always knows you. 
You will never have an insecure feeling in your heart that you are unknown in His mind.
I will never say to Him, “Hey, I’m Heather, I swear! Don’t you believe me?”
You will never need an ID bracelet with God. Long before He made the world, 
He made an ID bracelet of you in His heart. He extremely knows where you are, 
and more importantly…who!

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>Two Other’s Hell

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Today, for reasons I’ll only know in Heaven, God chose me to be in proximity to 2 people I don’t know. 
One of them was an orphaned immigrant. Too young to have to act so old. 
Her pain drilled down so deep, its the only expression she showed on her face. 
As she talked to me, I could hear her, but I could not reach her.

The other one appeared to know better, but is moving herself (and her 3 kids) in with her boyfriend anyway. “Why get married? I’ve already been screwed twice…” 
As she cussed about wantin’ to pray & “get back to mass,” I could tell her pain was drilled down deep too. I sensed that any “spiritual advice,” would’ve only came across as judgement, so I refrained.
But I’m frustrated.
Jesus heard cries, but He healed as He did.

I heard cries, but I just stood there.
You know, if one of them would’ve fallen down, I would’ve physically picked them up.But what do you do with a spiritually fallen one? How do you reach down and lift thatup?
Will you please pray for me? I know I will cross paths with them again. 
I know I can’t save them, but something in me wants to help them.

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>Nimrod

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I’m reading Genesis. Today, when I saw the word “nimrod” in chapter 10, I was intrigued. 
I knew nimrod as an old slang word for fool, but Genesis 10Wikipedia and thedictionary confirmed something I didn’t know: Nimrod was the grandson of Noah, a mighty fighter; a king of a great city; and did all of this before the Lord.AND, stay with me….Nimrod gets the trophy for being the FIRST in the bible to be written about such things! Man, all those years our parents busted out w/ the “nimrod” rip, and 20 years later, I discover it isn’t a rip at all, it’s a compliment. Seriously, here’s what I discovered:
Sure, Nimrod’s story BEGINS the legacy of mighty-leadership before the Lord; but we have the potential to be the FINAL legacy of it!
How are you being a Nimrod?

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>Even When We’re Big…

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The ironic thing is when DJ was really small, he wanted to fit into smaller spaces!
He’d climb into cabinets, crock-pots, dog-cages, even a roasting pan.
As we grow up, life gets bigger with schedules, responsibility, burdens & opportunity.
But no matter how big life gets, we’ll never get bigger than God.
We are ALWAYS small enough to be in the space of Him.
Look, we didn’t put DJ in these small & secure spaces, he just wanted to be in them.
Perhaps that’s a childlike-instinct we never outgrow?


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>Botox Joy

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This morning, in our staff meeting, my boss shared that’s he’s studying the book of Philippians. Here’s some scoop on Philippians:
  • It’s in the New Testament, sandwiched by Ephesians and Colossians.
  • It’s only 4 chapters.
  • It’s about a joyful leader…
  • …writing from prison.

Leadership is interesting, because at the same time a leader can soar, a leader can feel imprisoned. Paul mastered this paradox; God let him write about it; we can learn from it.You know botox promises that an injection of it can eliminate frown lines. How ’bout an injection of Philippians to eliminate frowns? Cheaper and painless (and yes, this analogy is cheesy).

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>LUNGS

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Since 1981, I’ve had shady lungs: repeated pneumonia in my lower lungs; once in the mid-lung; and DNA-testing shows my bronchi are malFUNKtioning : )
I debated over this post cause the last few have been about me. But after praying about it for 2 days, this is the only idea God’s given me.
Blog-Reader-Friend, If you have an ongoing affliction, you have an ongoing job.
Yes, that sounds brash, but when we sign up to be a Christ-follower, we sign up to be a Christ-leader. And affliction is a vehicle for that leadership. 
When I think about 26 years of lung dealings, I think about hospital stays where pastors laid hands on me; where my parents would seek treatment with faith; where nurses & doctors enter my hospital room & see bibles, hear Christian tunes, & encounter prayerful and encouraging visitors. I think about God being in the midst of it all & using it to touch lives far from Him.
And so…I’ll close with this charge…pray for our affliction, but as we do, leverage its incurability.

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>Halloween Leadership?

>I am on this street for a reason. I emphatically believe that 4 years ago God orchestrated our steps to SW 167th Ave. I pray for my neighbors and enthusiastically embrace the mission to “Love thy neighbor.” So this year, when Trick or Treat came around, we eagerly partnered with our church to leverage the opportunity. After all, if we love them….maybe someday….they’ll love Him.Tonight, when the doorbell rang…


Now just tell me, how do I live out this great mission when I answer the door and two punks spray me in the face? Look, next year, when they return? (cause they will due to this year’s obvious success) & they spray the left side of my face? I will smile, turn the other cheek, and let them spray the right side too. And then? I’ll chase them down the street with our 500 foot garden hose and spray them with some nice, fresh, cold water….to cleanse them of their iniquity….because I love them

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>Book, Blog, Beverage

>OK, not messing around here, I have 3 things to tell you:

1. BOOK – “Become a Better You” – For the negative-nellies out there, this book is a positive!












2. BLOG – There’s a new leadership blog on the street and its by someone who’s had major influence on my leadHership….Pastor Troy! This blog will include weekly posts AND podcasts on leadership. Truly, sniff it out, man!

3. BEVERAGE – So I went to Starbux tonight and branched out by ordering the Caramel Apple Cider…had them strip all the foo-foo stuff (caramel, whipped cream) and just give it to me straight. It was surprisingly really good!


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>My Name is Heather, I Have a Disease

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When I was around 8, I somehow caught a bug that has only spread with time. 

It’s a deceiving little bug, because for 26 years, I diagnosed it as mere “desire.”
As of late, God’s loudly diagnosed it as DISEASE.
A disease that causes an Ache to be noticed; a Pain to be acknowledged; a Yearning to be needed.
What a yucky disease to be afflicted by, not to mention downright embarrassing to share. What causes it? I honestly don’t know, so I really can’t tell you. But what I want more than anything, what I am praying for harder than anything…
is for God to drill way down,
remove this disease,
and heal any scars its left behind.
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In his final hours, Jesus washed feet, didn’t He…
Now, I have another reason…
when we are washing feet, we are looking DOWN;
when we are looking down, we can’t look around to see who’s noticing.
Jesus only wanted to be noticed by the Father, with that,
He received the best acknowledgement ever….to be eternally seated next to Him.


“God, please help me. I really want to get this right…to be so filled with you that there’s no empty space I try to fill with the applause of others. God, if I’m never acknowledged again on Earth, it’s all good, ’cause I’ve already been acknowledged by You, that’s all I need!”

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