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Golden Day Gratitudes

Thank You, Abba, for this golden day.

Thank You that I was up at 5 once again, even though I went to bed at midnight.

Thank You that I will get to make up for lost sleep with a beautiful NAP this afternoon. 😉

Thank You for Winston Churchill setting the example of great leadership through intentional napping.

Thank You for the excellent hangout time with true friends yesterday at the park, for our kids getting to truly play in nature while we got to have real conversation about dreams and passions and plans and books.

Thank You for waking me up from my deep rest slumber and giving me Chinese New Year’s as a way to still kickstart my year with a bang even though I’m getting a late start.

Thank You for the increasing clarity about my purpose and the new vision for Panda Journal (or something like it), where I can promote friends’ writings and pull it all together in one happy place.

Thank You for my fantastic Tribe of Girlfriends and the upcoming collage card party, where we can share inspiration, dream together, laugh, cry, celebrate, plan, wonder, create and collaborate.

Thank You so much for Ian taking Freedom with him on the drive to drop Ben off at school, so I could get a little more focused work time in. Thank You for Ben’s adorable school and that he has the opportunity to be a light there in those lives. Thank You for his wonderful teacher and all of his friends. Thank You for the “cool tools” they teach at that school, and for non-violent communication and mindfulness.

Thank You for prayer and gratitude and the power of love and the feeling of overwhelming Joy + Life bubbling in my heart right now. I could write gratitudes all day long, there are just so many things to thank You for.

And thank You for the breakthrough last night (even if it did require a bit of saké) to sweetness with Gramma last night, being able to say “thank you” to her and for her being able to actually hear and receive it.

Thank You for Ian’s enthusiasm and excitement, and for this season of hope.

Thank You for the fantastic trio so far of intentions & themes for 2015, beginning with PRAYER, dance in the middle, and finishing with permission to rock my marriage with training in tantra. This can only end in ridiculously fun adventure. You are worthy of every ounce of praise. I worship You. I adore You. Thank You.

In the name of Emmanuel I pray, amen!

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Ambassador of Victory, Unconditionality, and Reconciliation

Abba, You are the breath I breathe. You are the Source of Life. You are the Alpha species, the first, the beginning, the original. You are beauty, love, comedy, adventure, and bliss. You love perfectly and completely. You are all about relationship and heart. You are bigger than our galaxy, more inclusive than the entire Universe, and yet You’re here with me, right now. Here. In my heart. Around me. In my brain. Hearing every thought. Overlooking every offense. Loving and waiting and encouraging and helping me. You are also the ultimate victor. You’ve already won the war. You offer Your strength and Your sovereignty and invite me to rest in You and receive Your comfort, Your invigoration, Your heart in me.

I confess that I have a heart of stone. I harbor resentments and irritations and petty grudges. I allow myself to be annoyed instead of taking that feeling immediately to You, dropping it at Your feet, and allowing You to forgive me, take my feelings of ickiness, and replace them with Your unconditional Love. Your heavenly, Eternal perspective that will see only the innocence and the cry for love in others’ seemingly needy or mean behaviors and words. I confess that I want to hurt hurt people, which obviously means I have the devil in me. I’m playing right into his hands.

Thank You that You’ve brought this to my attention and You can soften my heart. Thank You that You will remind me, anytime I’m being annoyed or hurt, with a little whisper, “Hurt people hurt people. Choose love. See the innocence. Love the child within the beast costume.” Thank You that You’ve surrounded me with so many opportunities to choose love over irritation! 😉 Thank You for my husband and his grandmother. Thank You that You are bigger than all my pettiness. Thank You that You are making me a gentle, kind, overflowing-with-love-and-adoration-no-matter-what woman. Thank You that I am Your daughter. Thank You that Ben has an incredible new school to go to today, and thank You that I can rest in You and roll my anxiety (about my emotions) onto You and receive Your supernatural peace.

Please keep me on a short leash today, Abba. Don’t let me get sucked into my own thoughts or the ways of the world. Please allow me to use this massive transition time as an anchor pulling me into You and not getting tossed about by the 10,000 things usually vying for my attention. Give me blinders. Keep me all about You and Your children. Remind me what being an Ambassador of Reconciliation is really all about. Help me to discard the projects that would waste even one minute of time. Please!!! Make it so so clear to me. Bring me back to my knees over and over in gratitude. Bring a picture of me on my knees to my mind whenever I begin to stray, so I can bring myself back to You over and over today. I love You. I want You to be my Life. My everything. Please keep me in Your hand and don’t let me wander off. I beg You!!! Make me the woman You created me to be. Use me to bring hearts back to You. To bind up the brokenhearted. To set the captives free.

In Jesus’ name, Amen!

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Disciplines vs. Distraction——-Which One Will I Feed More Today?

Abba, You are the Wise One. You are Wisdom. You have the complete perspective on everything. You know and understand how everything fits together and why. You know where this is all headed, and You know our secret motives, the things we don’t admit even to ourselves. You’re also the Sovereign One. Nothing escapes Your notice or Your grasp. You are ultimately in control of everything. Your impeccable wisdom combined with Your all-encompassing sovereignty leave us in a place where no worry is necessary. You know exactly what needs to happen when, and You are able to make it happen. Nothing can stop Your plans, not even our own human weaknesses or disobedience.

I confess that my human weaknesses are many. I fear that Distraction is among the worst of them, while Undisciplined-ness vies closely for that top spot. My heart is ever willing, but my flesh is so ridiculously weak. And while my heart craves the spiritual disciplines that will inevitably bring the flesh into line, my flesh is still the strong one. I’m still losing that battle every day. And I’m still not taking the battle seriously. I confess that I dawdle about Kingdom priorities but slavishly serve the busy-ness and bustle of the world’s priorities. I get sucked right into that vortex of meaninglessness and let the Enemy win time and again.

THANK YOU for this early morning time when You bring this to my awareness. Thank You for Your patience. Thank You for the spiritual disciplines, like special tools the mentor gives the hero in an adventure. Thank You that You are sending into my life even now a spiritual director or mentor who can help keep me accountable, who can keep steering me back toward the light when I drift. Thank You for the Holy Spirit, already in my life doing just that (if only I were aware of it & tuned to hear His voice!!). Thank You that You understand our human weaknesses. Thank You for reminding me of Your infinite wisdom last night at Bible study. Thank You for the creative ideas You’ve given me, and thank You that You will help me bring them to fruition. Thank You for my amazing family and this day to celebrate together–our last day before Ben’s school starts. Thank You for his new school and all the good that it brings with it. Thank You for our new schedule and structure!

Please bless this day with Your favor. May we have deep Real Moments as a family and slow down to really enjoy each other’s presence. Please help me manage my emotions so I can be even and strong tomorrow as I meet Ben’s teacher and drop him off for his first day at school tomorrow. Help me to shift back to excitement every time the tears start to come tomorrow (but give me time in private to cry my eyes out, because I know that’s good for me too!). Please help me sort out financial income avenues so that I can attend not only Art of Money but also B-school, and create something like Stratejoy’s Elevate Mastermind group. I would love to lead a group of ladies through a fun year like that! Also give me wisdom as to my screenplays and career strategies. Thank You!

In Jesus’ mighty name, amen!

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