spread your wings

“Are you telling me that at 28 years old, you never want to get better than you are today?”  One time I had a coaching opportunity for a friend who was doing some preaching.  I made them practice all of their sermon in front of me in the room where they would be giving the sermon.  This person felt kind of silly going through their entire sermon in front of just one person, in a big empty room.  Nevertheless, this was a really good exercise and opportunity to practice & grow, even though they felt awkward.

So here’s my encouragement:  try new things, regardless of your agility.  Ultimately, when I try new things, I get to lean into the Holy Spirit for help & that’s the best thing I could ever do in my life on a consistent basis!  🙂

be brave

Yesterday, my husband & I celebrated Valentines Day by doing some skiining / snowboarding together & we had a blast!  During the day, I kept seeing this run that I wanted to try because it had lots of powder on it & looked like it could be really fun!  So on my last run, we tried it & it was more than what I thought:  there was part of it that was a tiny bit of a steep drop between a couple of trees.  Ok, here’s the deal – I’ve been snowboarding for more than 7 years now & while I have zero olympic aspirations, I’m also better than I think sometimes.  When I looked at the miniature drop between the trees, I got really nervous, but then I thought about it, did some mental coaching & came through uninjured 🙂

Here are a few helpful ideas from my snowboarding adventure yesterday about being brave:

  • don’t psych yourself out – sometimes we make things bigger than they are
  • think about your successes from the past – this helps to build present confidence
  • be with “can-do” people – my husband was cheering for me, “Sarah, you got this!!”
  • fundamentals – think about what you need to do rather than what you shouldn’t do (this helps ALOT when you get in really intense moments)
  • remember the Sara Bareilles song, “Brave”  🙂

Hello Again!

YAHOOO! We get to launch a new year today & that makes me very excited!! It’s a new year to try new ideas, meet new people, solidify the lessons of the past & possibly explore some new countries. In Isaiah 43:19 it talks about God doing a new thing. May this year for you & me be full of God’s new & wonderful things – happy New Year!

something new

Happy New Year, one day early!  When I was growing up, my dad always had the same breakfast:  2 eggs over easy, patty saugsage, whole wheat toast & hash browns with a continuous coffee IV drip.  We can all get easily stuck in a rut, but New Year’s is a great time to shake it up a little.  Think about a few changes that could be helpful for the upcoming year:

  • more consistent church attendance
  • healthier eating decisions
  • more water & less coffee
  • relationships that have healthy boundaries & constructive influences
  • increased Bible digestion – more reading, more memorizing, more studying, . . . . just more
  • become a Saving Moses hero and save babies where the need is most urgent & the care is least available
  • pursue truth & reject deception

Let’s turn the page on 2013 & celebrate change with a new beginning!

try something new!

I have a really cool friend from Cambodia who is visiting us for the weekend & of course when he’s visiting we get a nice & small snow storm. I took a walk w him while it was snowing & he was in awe of the snow (not much snow in Cambodia). I loved watching his awe & excitement of experiencing something totally new!!
Sometimes I think we miss some really cool things that God has because we resist trying new things. We often get into ruts & comfort zones but let’s be careful not to let our comfort zones be more important than experiencing new things that God has for us. We are in a new year & I believe God wants to show us new things throughout this year! Let’s be open for new things from God 😀