So…I am certain some of you have heard the exciting news! I am working diligently on a book that is due out in the spring. Fix-Her-Upper; Hope and Laughter Through a God Renovated Life. I am so over the top thrilled with this blessing, but at the same time really need prayer. I know you are my faithful friends to do it. The book, Fix-Her-Upper is a woman’s inspirational, and I am honored to co-author with Rhonda Rhea. She has written more than eleven books. She also hosts her own TV show, “That’s My Mom.” Her bio goes on and on, which is what her patience is going to need to do as she writes a book with me. I didn’t title this book Fix-Her-Upper for nothing. The poor thing! Anyway. I plan to start some awesome giveaways and keep you posted on the exciting happenings. Please feel free to leave comments, prayer requests, or questions. This friendship between Rhonda and I was born from our common love for God and writing. And ten years ago I asked Rhonda a question, and guess what, God answered it with a book!
I pray you are inspired by this article printed first in P31 Woman’s Magazine.
You have got to love those emails from the Sporting Goods Store. When the sweet lady at the register rang up the running shoes I was buying, along with athletic gloves, and super-sport socks, well, she must have assumed I was purchasing them for myself. Easy mistake—I’m sure.
And when she wondered if I might like to share my email address, I really didn’t bargain on more than a few coupons to grace the doorstep of my computer. With that said, I look forward to the words of encouragement designed to make me buy, but keep me laughing in route to the nearest restroom. Month after month I receive notes of inspiration. This month’s encouragement states: Get Inspired—Run the Pittsburgh Marathon. Oh, this, this is the classic that made my daughter (who is an avid runner and has accomplished several half-marathons), follow me giggling to the bathroom. Sending that email to me—obviously they have no clue who they are dealing with!
I guess the idea is not all that crazy. I mean, last night I did get the high score on the Wii Just Dance game. And a few weeks ago I sweat profusely at yoga. Slow flo sounds so nice and…slow. Then I went to the basement and ran a mile on the treadmill going an average of 4.4. miles per hour. In case you’re wondering how fast is 4.4 on a treadmill. It seems to be the equivalent to my pace while darting into the grocery on a time crunch, with no carts in the way, of course. So if you’ve run in and out of the grocery several times this week, you can consider that a simulated trot on the treadmill. Pittsburg Marathon here we come!!!
Or maybe not yet. Although, I have done Zumba (or Zoomba), classes with my daughter and her friends. The last time I went Brittany invited me to the back row where she thought I would be more comfortable. I love it when my children show concern for my health and well being.
Really, more than needing the exercise, I wanted to go because I liked the name… Z-o-o-o-o-m-ba. Anything with the word zoom in it sounds inspirational. Zooming is something I rarely do. During the class I stationed myself right next to Brittany. I got a little concerned as the music speeded up with the movements. I was sort of afraid once I hit top speed, I’d need help slowing down. I found out quickly that zoom—a word which implies speed—like to whiz, or whoosh, was way faster than 4.4.m.p.h. And whizzing into someone does jar things. Just so you know. It also causes a person to have to whoosh to the restroom. Thought you might like to know that fact, too. And just because the word zumba and yoga both end fancifully in the word a, they are on opposite sides of the exercise spectrum but make you sweat the same. Shew!
But there is just something that inspires me to try. To zoom to the next level. To stretch my body and try to balance on one leg until I sway like a flagpole in the wind. After all, I get these emails that encourage me to Get Inspired-Run the Pittsburgh Marathon. I might not be able to take on a marathon, but it’s nice to know someone thinks I can. The sporting goods store believes in me and my super-sport socks (plus the bandages, hydration equipment, oxygen tank, and any more marathon extras I may need to purchase while I’m at their store). But if they have faith in me, why can’t I have faith in myself and who I am in Christ???
Okay, so it’s just an email, but how many inspirational messages from God have I laughed at and thought, does he really know who he’s dealing with here? Or how many times has He inspired me to reach out to someone in need, to volunteer, or to stretch out of my comfort zone, and I’ve ignored the nudge? I’m not alone.
Moses was incited by God to lead the Israelites from slavery to a land promised them. In Exodus 3 verse 10 God is talking to Moses stating, “So, now go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” Moses’ response is familiar as he tries to squeeze God-sized inspiration into a box of human-sized limitation. It just doesn’t fit.
Moses goes on to ask what he should do if the people do not believe him, and explains to God (the one who created him), why he’s not the right man for the job. “O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and of tongue.” (Exodus 4:10). Apparently Moses did not get the email: Get inspired—Lead my people to the promise land!
God was looking at Moses through his own super-natural, all-knowing eyes. Sadly, we see ourselves through our humanness. And even with a good squint it can still be a blur.
When I was a teen-ager I wanted to be a writer. After all, I was the editor for my high school newspaper. I wrote semi compelling stories on school graffiti and the power of student vote. So, I job shadowed a writer from the News Journal, a local newspaper where my father worked. By days end, the columnist had me doubting (and eventually denying), the passion that burned in me. I allowed my dream to be snuffed out by human opinion and self doubt. Thank goodness I am not the source of my own inspiration or I may have missed the message: Get Inspired—Write!
Looking to the right source of encouragement is critical. A beautiful painting can move us. A well written word can lift us. An email can motivate us off the couch and into our super-sport socks. But God is the true source of inspiration—his word is our muse. Inspiring us, transforming us, and stirring our Spirits to a whole new level. And he knows exactly who he is dealing with!
Don’t miss the inspiration. Is there something you feel God inspiring you to do? I would love to hear from you about this and pray for you. Leave a comment anytime!