Hold Your Horses


Hold your horses!  Wait a minute.  Hold on.  Just a sec.  I’ll be right there.  Hang on.  One second.  



These phrases are often uttered in my home.  I’m usually the one saying them.  “Can I have a snack?”  “Hold on.”  “Mommy, can you play pink doll house with me?”  “I’ll be right there.”  My children get a little frustrated sometimes waiting for me to finish laundry, cleaning bathrooms, or writing an article.  But I always come.  I’m not going to leave my child in need.
This morning in my quiet time I got four, not one but four, verses about waiting.
We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. Psalm 33:20 NIV

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him. Psalm 37:7 NIV

Wait for the Lord and keep his way.  Psalm 37:34 NIV

I will wait for you, O Lord; you will answer, O Lord my God. Psalm 38:15 NIV


You think God is trying to tell me something?  Hmmm….  I looked up the origin of “hold your horses” and found out it dates back to the 19th century.  The phrase was first found in New Orleans in 1844.  Back in the old days when men were incensed about something they would jump on their horses, sometimes with a whole posse, and ride off to deal with the problem.  Also in battle when the men and even the horses got riled up, they were ready to charge off, sometimes at an inopportune time.  “Hold your horses” meant to keep the horses still and wait.
Are you thinking about charging into a battle at a time that may not be God ordained?  Hold your horses!  Keep your horses still and wait.  Pray and ask God about the right timing.  He’ll always come.  He’s not going to leave His children in need.  But in the meantime, wait.  Hold your horses!  And I’ll hold mine.

Carol

Peanut Butter and Bread


My little nephew John John doesn’t eat a peanut butter sandwich the normal way.  He likes bread, and he likes peanut butter.  But he doesn’t like bread with peanut butter.  He wants the peanut butter in a spoon.  Sometimes he eats two or three spoonfuls this way.  My husband’s family calls this a peanut butter sucker.  The bread, John John eats by itself, soft and fluffy.
Does it really matter that my little man doesn’t like his lunch the way everyone else does?  Let’s see.  Is he still getting the nutrients and filling goodness that bread provides? Yes.  How about protein?  Does the peanut butter provide more protein when it’s on bread or does it still give the same amount in the spoon?  I think you know the answer to that.  
I have a comparison to make.  Often, we are quick to judge others when their religion looks different from ours.  I spent years in high school trying to “win” a friend for Christ who was Catholic.  ‘Cause you have to be Baptist to get into heaven, you see.  When you are baptized in the Baptist church, you are presented with a Get Into Heaven Free card as soon as you come up out of the water.  Right?  WRONG! 
Y’all is doesn’t matter if you are Catholic, Baptist, Pentecostal, Methodist, or Lutheran.  Friends, it doesn’t matter how you get your bread.  As long as you get the bread.
Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty. John 6:35 NIV
If you know that you are a sinner… If you then confess those sins and ask God to cleanse you from your unrighteousness… If you believe that Jesus is God’s only Son who died on a cross and rose again to bring new life, then you can get your Get Into Heaven Free card.  The cost is free to you, because Christ paid for it.  
Let us not get caught up in the details of dunking, sprinkling, spritzing, or running by the river.  
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6 NIV
Get your bread and get some peanut butter or the meat of God’s Word.  All the rest is just details.  Just a little food for thought.

Carol

Extreme Spiritual Makeover


Goodness gracious! I’ve just got to share with you about my fabulous weekend.  When I was asked to speak at the Extreme Spiritual Makeover Women’s Conference I had no idea how blessed I would be.  Cliffside Baptist Church with the support of their wonderful pastor, Pastor Joey, put on a women’s conference that would rival the bigger conferences in bigger cities.  This conference was spectacular, to say the least.  One special lady, Tammy Webb, along with a fearless team of women worked to put on an event that people will be talking about for a long time.  These ladies thought of everything! There were even hand sanitizing wipes in the Chic-fil-A boxed lunches.  
I was the first speaker of the day.  I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed speaking to the women there about how God has given me an extreme spiritual makeover.  I love Jesus, and I love to talk about how He has changed my life.  


The emcee for the day was Carol Davis from 106.9 The Light.  She was a riot! I really enjoyed getting to meet her.  Then there was my new friend Janet.  Wow! That is all I can say.  God has blessed Janet with the most incredible voice.  And that’s not all, she writes her own songs and is beautiful and funny.  If you want to be blessed, go to her site and purchase her new CD.  I’ve been singing her original song Come Join in the Choir all day today.  It’s one of my favorites.   
After I spoke, Debbie Sobeski from Hannah’s Hope Ministries shared her story.  Let me just say there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.  God moved.  This sweet mother is filled with the Lord and she shines.  Go visit her site to find out Hannah’s story.  Next Leslie Nease from Real Life with Leslie Nease spoke.  She was a contestant on the China edition of the TV show Survivor.  I was so blessed by what she had to say.  She encouraged us to get out of our “Holy Huddles” and get into the real world and just love on people the way that Jesus would. 
Last, my good friend Amy Wyatt from Signs, Miracles, and Wonders spoke.  God has gifted this woman with speaking.  She is a natural.  She shared her incredible story of her son Spencer’s miracle birth.  It doesn’t matter how many times I hear it, it always brings tears to my eyes.  

Here we are!  From left to right, Hope Houchins from Hannah’s Hope Ministries, Amy Wyatt, me, Debbie Sobeski from Hannah’s Hope Ministries, Leslie Nease, Carol Davis, and Janet Roller.  What an honor to get to minister with these incredibly gifted women.  God is so good, He’s so good to me!

Thanks to each of you who prayed me!  

Carol

In Need of Prayer


Please join me in praying for the Steven Curtis Chapman family.  For those of you you don’t know, they lost their youngest daughter in a terrible accident yesterday.  You can read about it HERE.  Steven wrote the song Cinderella about his youngest daughters. This is the video about how he wrote the song.  Makes you want to hug your own.  



Please also be in prayer for me as I travel to North Carolina to speak at the Extreme Spiritual Makeover Conference.  I won’t be blogging for several days.  Pray for the hearts of the ladies there, as well.  Thank you!


Carol

In Need of Prayer


Please join me in praying for the Steven Curtis Chapman family.  For those of you you don’t know, they lost their youngest daughter in a terrible accident yesterday.  You can read about it HERE.  Steven wrote the song Cinderella about his youngest daughters. This is the video about how he wrote the song.  Makes you want to hug your own.  



Please also be in prayer for me as I travel to North Carolina to speak at the Extreme Spiritual Makeover Conference.  I won’t be blogging for several days.  Pray for the hearts of the ladies there, as well.  Thank you!


Carol