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Interview with Amy Carroll

I am excited for you to meet Amy Carroll.  First meeting her you knew she was amazing gal.  Her smile is contagious and her passion for women is honest and true. Amy Carroll is a speaker with Proverbs 31 Ministries’, the author of Breaking Up with Perfect, and the director and coach of Next Step Speaker Services.  She lives in NC with her 3 favorite guys and a little, red dachshund.  You can find her on any given day typing at her computer, reading a book, or trying to figure out one more alternative to cooking dinner. Today, we talk about what the world says versus what God says motherhood is to look like.  How many of us are just exhausted pursuing perfection? We talk a little about that too.

**You don’t want to miss the incredible offer that Amy gives to all our listeners at the end of the message!!

So grab a cup a coffee, your favorite chair and lean into this encouraging word from Amy!

IN THIS EPISODE

  • Her brand new book – Breaking Up with Perfect
  • Lessons learned from failures
  • The world vs. God about motherhood
  • God created us to reflect His image
  • Living in God’s image
  • Pursuing perfection is exhausting
  • Seeking a mentor mom
  • Where are you turning?

PERSPECTIVE

We have a creative God that loves diversity - Amy Carroll

LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

Proverbs 31 Ministries

Next Step Speaker Services

Breaking Up with Perfect book

Amy Carroll website

On Facebook

On Twitter

ENCOURAGING VERSE

Psalm 18:32 “the God who equipped me with strength and made my way blameless.”

Walk In Your Own Shoes

“I wish I could be a Sunday School teacher,” says the woman who is struggling in her marriage and is tired of being the one taught at church. “I wish I could have a ministry to teen girls,” says the mother of two rebellious teenage children. “I wish I could go back to school full-time,” says the stay-at-home mom with three kids under four years old. “I wish I could be married,” says the lonely single woman. “I wish I could be single again,” says the frustrated married one.

Walk in your own shoes

All around us are people missing the opportunity to walk in their own shoes.

The lady that longs to teach wants to wear those pretty high heeled ones that she thinks everyone will notice and admire, rather than the simple quiet flats that she has been given to wear right now. The mother of the rebellious teenagers has been given heavy boots to wear right now, but she would rather be in funky casual ones. And so many singles want to wear the house slippers and so many married would rather be in the fashionable strappy ones.

The message that I believe God has for all of these women today?

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But godliness with contentment is great gain - I Timothy 6:6 (NIV)

Be content in what God has for you to do right now.

I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength. - Philippians 4:11-13 (NIV)

Walk in your own shoes. Be content to do what God has given you right now to do. There are so many women (and men) living around us that are missing the best part of their lives because they spend so much time wishing they were doing something else. I've been there myself.

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“Don’t seek a ministry. Seek the fruits of a disciplined life.” – John Wesley

Do you want more opportunity in the days ahead? Then do a good job walking in the shoes that you have been given to wear right now.

Walk in your own shoes. If God has made you a wife, be the best wife you can be. If God has made you a mother, be the best mother you can be. If God has given you a home, be the best homemaker you can be. If God has allowed you to stay single, be the most honorable single you can be. And if God has given you a work outside of the home or a ministry inside or outside of the church, make it your goal to do a good job with these things too.

Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. - Luke 16:10 (NIV)

This verse reminds us that the secret to being given greater influence and opportunity is to make sure we are doing a faithful job with the limited amount that we have been given to tend to right now.

Walk in your own shoes. Train your feet to feel comfortable in them.

Use them to take you where you need to go and do what you need to do.

Resist the temptation to go out and get a different pair.

Be content to wear them until they are all worn out. And then be patient and allow God to be the one to replace them.

Are you content in your pair of shoes?

Is God getting ready to give you a new pair?

*Original post written March 7, 2011 and updated

Recorded March 9, 2011

#FHBloggers Guatemala Day 1 - A Courageous People

The team has arrived in Guatemala. IMG_6714

What a beautiful country.  The terrain is absolutely breathtaking and the people here are beautiful.

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Today is our first day of being on the ground in a community that Food for the Hungry supports.  I’m eager, to say the least, to see and hear the people of this beautiful country.  To hear how Food for the Hungry has helped their family with food and wellness.

Last night the team went to dinner with one of our guides, Amelia.  I loved hearing her story of how Food for the Hungry helped her as a child and how special those letters meant to her each time she received one from her sponsor.  She also shared with us about the needs here in this northern region.  65% of children under 5 are susceptible to chronic malnutrition.  She explained that chronic malnutrition is a result of the lack of protein a child has available.  Fruits and vegetables are grown in their communities but the lack of chicken, beef, and other meats has this region increasing rapidly with malnutrition.

This is where Food for the Hungry comes in.  I’ll discuss more about it throughout the week as the organization educates us and begins showing us the results of Food for the Hungry’s impact.

Personally, I can’t wait to see these communities.  To share the love of Christ with them and to be His hands and feet to these courageous people. Because that is what my eyes saw today, a courageous people.

Priorities: Ours or His?

Today starts a new day of living a balanced life. Over this past weekend God began to deal with me about my priorities.  Showing me my priorities that I give him and what my priorities should be.

If you have been following me on Facebook or Twitter, you know the current status and prayers needed for a wonderful MOPS speaker Joanne HeimShe is an incredible woman that had a heart attack, which may have been due to an aneurysm, that prompted me and 6 of my dearest friends to get a heart screening at Vanderbilt Medical Center (wish I took pictures…ugh!). The screening ended up being a cholesterol and glucose check.

What were the results of my test? Let’s just say…it was eye opening.

  • Blood Pressure: 129/78 Results – PreHypertension
  • Cholesterol:  200 Results – Total Cholesterol needs to be less than 200.  I am right there.
  • HDL:  73 Results – Happy that I have “good cholesterol”! Needs to be greater than 50.
  • LDL:  104 Results – Over the Ideal Level.  Needs to be less than 100.
  • Glucose: 88 Results – Ideal less than 100.  WooHoo!!

Now for the last number of the test…Body Mass Index!! I am a half a point away from the obese column!!

That was Friday.

Saturday night we had our Saturday school class.  We had a couple in our church discuss budgeting.  Jose and I really had not done a budget for the last few years.  We were just in survival mode.  So Sunday evening we did one.  Not sure if you heard me screaming from where you are reading this, but it’s scary.  I like budgets.  I just don’t like them for me. So now I am on an allowance and am going to try really hard to stick with it.  I know we can do because it’s ours and our kid’s futures at stake.

The results of my health and finances have made me see what I give God as my priorities.  It brought me to tears.

God only gives us one body and one bank account and he wants to be first priority in both of them!

Then I took some time in prayer and made this list.

A list of my priorities:

  1. God
  2. Husband
  3. Kids
  4. Finances
  5. Church
  6. Ministry

Now I know I can’t do any of these if I don’t take care of my body either.

I then created a To-Do list to keep my priorities in check:

  1. That I meet with God every morning.
  2. Exercise 4-5 days a week.
  3. Eat right.  Over the weekend I menu planned a heart-healthy diet from EatingWell.com.
  4. Keep my house and finances in check

This is what I am excited about, that in my morning times with God, I also take my “wonderful new calendar” and write out what his priorities for me are that day.  Not what I want but what he wants.

This is where the fun begins.  This is where God began to show me this weekend that somehow along the way I forgot to ask what he wanted. I forgot to take him along this journey he has me on.  Now don’t get super-spiritual on me.  I’m just being honest!  That sometimes along the way our priorities become just that-ours not his.

I get excited because this is so freeing for me.  He gets to decide not only #1-5 of my priorities but also #6. He gets to tell me what to write about or who to reach out to that day with encouragement.  He begins to order my steps of “the right time and place” encounters.  There are no limits what God will continue to do. (Last minute note: Realize that your #6 may not come around till your numbers #1-5 are in order.)

If you find yourself questioning your priorities, my encouragement to you is begin to ask God what He sees are the priorities you give him and where he wants them to be. Let him do the same as he did for me and free you from a life of our own priorities and fill them with a life of his.

What priority changes have you made so far in 2011?