How do you spend your time…Saturday!

Saturday originated from the Roman god, Saturn, which is also the namesake for the planet Saturn.

The Roman god Saturn was known to control time.

You may have noticed, today is NOT Saturday. That is because time has a mysterious way of escaping and I did not get this blog written on Saturday. Instead, I was enjoying a fabulous retreat with friends at the ocean.

Interesting enough, Saturn, the Roman god of time was a part of much of our conversation even though no one ever mentioned his name. We spoke about seasons of life. We talked about having patience in times when our dreams seems delayed or in limbo. We spoke of the emotional energy and time investment it takes to raise healthy and confident children and having strong marriages. And we remarked on the lessons we learned as God created beginnings in seemingly tragic endings.

Time. How do you spend it?

I recently finished an excellent book titled: Chasing Daylight: How My Forthcoming Death Transformed My Life. Maybe the title sounds sad and depressing. In many ways, it was. But the lessons I received from reading the last words of the courageous author, Gene O’Kelly have helped me to change the way I think about and plan my time.

Think about how your life would change if you were told you only had a few months left to live?

What would you hold on too? What would you let go?

My Grandfather died at the age of 49. With regret in her voice, my Grandmother used to say, “If only I could hear him [my grandfather] snore one more time.”

The things that hold us back from accomplishing our dreams and living in peace with others may very well seem trite if we knew our life was at its end. Fear, past regrets, unforgiveness, bitterness, offense, are all feelings that we make a choice about on a daily basis. For example: Will you extend love or will you give someone the silent treatment because they didn’t act the way you wanted them too? Will you step out of your comfort zone in an effort towards our goals or will we stay locked in your small world of safety where you think nothing can go wrong?

James 4: 14 says, “Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.

Time. How will you spend it today?

 

Need more Friday inspiration? Check out the days of the week Monday, Tuesday , Wednesday ,Thursday, and Friday blogs and the sermon series on the days of the week from Mosaic.org

 

A Day of Love Friday!

Today is Friday.

Friday is attributed to Roman goddess of love, Venus.

Friday is a day of love.

Love is more than a feeling, it is an action.

Why is Valentine’s Day different than other days in the year? Because people take action on their feelings.

Love must be intentional.

There are three reasons we don’t love:

We feel unloved.

We fear rejection.

We feel unlovable.

The key to unlocking love in your own life is to love when it is the hardest.

God’s love is perfect and endless. “Where God’s love is, there is no fear, because God’s perfect love drives out fear” (1 John 4:18 NCV).

Think of God’s love as an overflowing river into your life. You can dip a bucket in at any time and fill it up.

How can you make every Friday, a day of love and show others love through your actions?

 

Need more Friday inspiration? Check out the days of the week Monday, Tuesday , Wednesday & Thursday blogs and the sermon series on the days of the week from Mosaic.org

 

Who will you trust Thursday?

Today is Thursday.

Thursday is named after three different mythological gods – Thor, Jupiter and Zeus.

The name of the Norse god Thor, literally means “Thor’s day” in Old English.

In most romance languages, Thursday ia named after the Roman god Jupiter, the god of thunder and sky. In Latin, the day was known as Iovis Dies, “Jupiter’s Day”.

Zeus is the supreme Greek god, and the god of the heavens.

All three gods symbolize the idea of protection.

Three words come to mind when I think of the word, protection:

Security

Defender

Insurance

How do you spend your time trying to protect your life? If there was a billboard on the side of the highway advertising “security”, what do you think it would tell you to do?

Get educated. Choose the right profession with a big paycheck. Marry Price Charming or Sleeping Beauty. Plan for the future. Network and have influence.

There is nothing innately wrong with any of these things. In fact, they are all good. But God sees the words: security, defender, and insurance through a different lens. While we are focused on the stuff that makes us feel safe, God is focused on the relationship that will bridge the “stuff” into eternity.

Here is God’s definition of protector:

Security

Hebrews 13:6

For He Himself has said, “I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU,” so that we confidently say, “THE LORD IS MY HELPER, I WILL NOT BE AFRAID. WHAT WILL MAN DO TO ME?”

Defender

Isaiah 54:17

“No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their vindication is from Me,” declares the LORD.

Insurance

Genesis 50:20

You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.

Who are you trusting to be your protector today? The person who is building your earthly fortress or the God who is building your eternal castle?

 

Need more Thursday inspiration? Check out the days of the week Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday blogs and the sermon series on the days of the week from Mosaic.org

 

Life or Death Wednesday!

The origin of the word Wednesday is derived from two different gods. The Germanic god, Woden (Odin) – “Woden Day” and the Greek god of Mercury – “Day of Mercury”.

Roman culture believed that Woden, the god of war, poetry, knowledge, and wisdom, was also thought to be responsible for the creation of the world and of humankind. Mercury was the messenger, associated with travelers, boundaries, luck, trickery, and thieves. Mercury was also responsible for communicating the time of death and guiding souls to the underworld.

Even though both of these characters are fictional, the energy they created as historical figures around Wednesday is life and death.

We have the same ability.

Proverbs 18:21 says,

The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.

Our words and our actions have the ability to breathe life or the breathe death into another human being. Sometimes silence is the most life we can offer when we examine our words and find little value or encouragement behind them.

Today, examine the words you say or write. Do the words you say behind closed doors or write on social media bring life or death? Do your actions lift someone’s spirits and bring them worth, or make them feel abandon, unrespectable, ignored or discarded?

You have the power. What will you choose?

Need more Wednesday inspiration? Check out the days of the week Monday & Tuesday blogs and the sermon series from Mosaic.org

 

Put your battle armor on Tuesday!

Put your battle armor on Tuesday.

Tuesday is named after the Norse god of war, Tyr (or Tiw) and the Roman god of war, Mars.

Monday is a day of creation. All things are new! You are on fire for your dream and your vision is pregnant with potential.

Tuesday morning you wake up, and think to yourself: What was I thinking? This is too hard. My ideas are too risky. Why did I commit to something so crazy?

The battle of the mind begins. You are pressed into the tension and reality of what it will really take to achieve your goals. The fireworks are over. All that seems to lie ahead are the sacrifices you will have to make – like giving up your favorite week night television show or that weekend with friends at the beach. Somewhere in the not so far distance you hear a voice say: Just QUIT, no one will notice.

But you know better. You know that Tuesday is a day for battle. This is the day you put on your battle armor and go to war for your dreams!

You were made for the challenge. You were made for more!

Need more Tuesday inspiration? Check out the days of the week sermon series from Mosaic.org

 

Shoot for the moon Monday!

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Today is Monday. The name Monday is derived from the Old English word, monadeag – “moon-day”.

It is a day of new beginnings, a day of creation and innovation.

Today is the day you look the world in the eye and dream bigger, try harder, and live better than you ever have before.

Monday required a shoot for the moon attitude. An attitude that believes that there are no obstacles, no fears, and no failures that are too big to overcome!

Are you ready to launch?

Need more Monday inspiration? Check out the days of the week sermon series from Mosaic.org

 

Waiting isn’t a four letter word after all…

Waiting-for-New-Year-by-Arseniy-Semyonov                                                                            Waiting for New Year by Arseniy-Semyonov

I am not a patient person. Maybe you understand?

Waiting has never been a character trait I have embraced.

Even as a small child, I was on the go. Ask my mom, they called me the “go, go, girl” even when I was in my mom’s belly.

The positive side: I have a high capacity to get things done.

The negative side: I am highly irritated with waiting.

In a conversation with my husband, I was expressing my (irrational) annoyance about having to wait for something I wanted to happen. I felt helpless in the situation. The finish line was nowhere in sight and what I really wanted was to have it magically delivered on my doorstep, not today BUT, yesterday.

I wanted patience to get it into gear, or maybe I wanted patience to reverse. It is hard to tell. I just know, I wanted patience to ACT NOW!

In his wisdom, my husband said to me: “Angela, waiting is not a four letter word.” Perplexed, I said: “What four letter word are you thinking of.”

He said:

LAZY!”

As it turns out, my husband is right.

Waiting is not defined as lazy, stagnate, halted, wasted time, or in limbo. Waiting is actually active.

Read the following scriptures and circle the activity that is taking place in the waiting:

“In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation” (Ps 5:3).

“We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield” (Ps 33:20).

“Wait for the Lord and keep his way. He will exalt you to inherit the land” (Ps 37:34).

“I wait for you, O Lord; will you answer, O Lord my God” (Ps 38:15).

“They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (Isa 40:31 KJV).

Pivoting my thinking to match God’s definition has encourage me to stay in the game when it seemed easier to give up.

Here is one last scripture to encourage your day:

Philippians 3:13-14 (VOICE)

“Brothers and sisters, as I said, I know I have not arrived; but there’s one thing I am doing: I’m leaving my old life behind, putting everything on the line for this mission. I am sprinting toward the only goal that counts: to cross the line, to win the prize, and to hear God’s call to resurrection life found exclusively in Jesus the Anointed.”

 

 

 

 

Celebrating those that inspire others…

CoverOn Friday, March 6th, The GIVE GOOD Awards celebrated 30 individuals nominated by Snoqualmie Valley that inspire others.

What does it mean to inspire someone?

It means – to fill someone with the desire or ability to do something great!

By your actions, you inspire others to act!

You have the ability to inspire others through, volunteerism, everyday heroism, courage, dedication, and a passion for a cause that ignites a fire in the souls of those they meet and those they serve.

As one light, lights another, and another, and another, DOING GOOD becomes contagious.

Setting a world of INSPIRATION in motion – one by one you are making a difference in our community and around the world.

I celebrate you!

Watch the red carpet event on You Tube HERE!

Are you willing to fail to achieve your ultimate saga?

What-is-your-battle-cry-Each of us was designed with an internal battle cry – an ultimate saga to live out. 

Many times in life and business we come out of the starting gate strong, passionate to live out our ultimate saga, only to find ourselves stalled out or worse yet, stuck in failure half way into our commitment. This common scenario reminds me of the Bible story about Peter walking on water.

Jesus calls to Peter. Focused only on the ultimate saga in this storyline – Jesus, Peter steps out of the boat and actually walks on water. It is miraculous. Better than the Cirque du Soleil! But then Peter looks down. His eyes fixate on something other than the ultimate saga and Peter sinks. He is left dog paddling in circles waiting to be rescued.

Creating and communicating our ultimate saga will keep us from dog paddling in circles and help us have the faith to walk on water and into our destiny.

When you think of modern-day “Peters” who step outside the boat and walk on water, who do you think of?

When I think of examples of leaders that have the faith to step outside the boat to walk on water, Elon Musk immediately comes to mind. Elon Musk has built a futuristic empire on childhood dreams of rocket ships and fast cars (Space X and Tesla). An engineer at heart, Elon is interested in one thing: Changing the world and having an effect on the future.

Elon’s ultimate saga is to invest and engineer wondrous new technology that will change people’s perspective and make people say “wow” (CBS, 2014)! Elon communicates his ultimate saga through electric cars that demolish the image of slow, unsexy electric cars, and rocket ships that have windows for the average citizen to enjoy the views on their trip to the moon.

You may also know Elon Musk through his first company, PayPal which he sold to eBay for 1.5 Billion dollars, gaining 170 million dollars personally from the sale. Investing all of his own money in Space X and Tesla, Elon found himself, nearly underwater, dog paddling without hands, in 2007 when both companies were failing and Elon was personally out of money and in debt (CBS, 2014). His pivot turn-around secret: Behind his determined and resilient spirit, Elon never stopped communicating his goals, his vision and his ultimate saga to anyone who would listen.

For me, the best part of Elon Musk’s story of success is his attitude and his passion for his ultimate saga. In an interview with CBS 60 Minutes (2014), Elon said: “If something is important enough, you should try even if the probable outcome is failure.”

What is your battle cry – your ultimate saga? Would you be willing to fail to achieve it?

 

Watch Elon Musk’s full interview on CBS 60 Minutes:

CBS. (2014, March 30). 60 Minutes. Retrieved from 60 Minutes: http://www.cbs.com/shows/60_minutes/video/FPlRN1JlcxSMF7rDGmzuCSWXXrR_kvAO/tesla-and-spacex-elon-musk-s-industrial-empire/

 

 

Lessons I have learned from having a brain injury…

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Did you know March is National Brain Injury Month?

Why is this important?

FACTS about TBI in the USA from BrainTrauma.org

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is the leading cause of death and disability in children and adults from ages 1 to 44.

Brain injuries are most often caused by motor vehicle crashes, sports injuries, or simple falls on the playground, at work or in the home.

Every year, approximately 52,000 deaths occur from traumatic brain injury.

An estimated 1.5 million head injuries occur every year in the United States emergency rooms. a

An estimated 1.6 million to 3.8 million sports-related TBIs occur each year.

At least 5.3 million Americans, 2% of the U.S. population, currently live with disabilities resulting from TBI.

Moderate & severe head injury (respectively) is associated with a 2.3 and 4.5 times increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Males are about twice as likely as females to experience a TBI.

The leading causes of TBI are falls, motor vehicle crashes, struck by or against events, and assaults, respectively.

TBI hospitalization rates have increased from 79% per 100,000 in 2002 to 87.9% per 100,000 in 2003.

Exposures to blasts are a leading cause of TBI among active duty military personnel in war zones.

Veterans’ advocates believe that between 10 and 20% of Iraq veterans, or 150,000 and 300,000 service members have some level of TBI.

30% of soldiers admitted to Walter Reed Army Medical Center have been diagnosed as having had a TBI.

The problem with brain injuries is that you can’t see them. No one walks around with a cast on their head and a sign that says, “Handle with care – stroke, car accident, sports injury, shaken baby syndrome…”

You may or may not be aware that I have a brain injury. Years ago I was in a car accident. The result of that car accident was a head injury that damaged what doctors estimated was 15% my brain tissue and added the words seizure disorder to my medical records. But, hey, don’t worry about the 15%, most people only use 7% of their brains so I have a lot left to work with.

Every brain injury is different. I have been fortunate that mine is limited to short-term memory. I have an exuberant ability to learn but not to remember. This explains why after successfully completely my bachelors degree with a 3.98 GPA (15 years after my accident) I still tested at the 7th grade educational level as far as memory function goes during a 5 year neurological check-up. This also explains why I probably won’t remember your name if we meet (but it doesn’t mean I won’t remember your story), I am the worse partner to have on your team when it comes to board games, and right now I have no idea what I have planned today without looking at a calendar. The positives, I forgive easily because I won’t remember what upset me ten minutes ago and my accident left me with a passion to live life to its fullest and help others do the same.

Here are some of the lessons I have learned from having a brain injury:

1. Don’t judge others. There is a 99% chance you really have no idea what is going on in their lives. Love and acceptance is a much better path to follow.

2. God has a purpose for every human being. Each person you meet has worth and value beyond measure. It is important to recognize it, acknowledge it and champion it to shine from within them.

3. Not all of us have physical disabilities but all of us are called to be overcomers of the obstacles and road blocks in our lives.

4. With God’s help nothing is impossible (Luke 1:37).

I want to leave you with these words of encouragement from 2 Corinthians 12:9 and invite you to tell your story. It is important that people understand who you are.

Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.

If you would like to hear more of my story, listen here.

 

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