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How Small is Your Comfort Zone?

imagesEsther: Heroine? Fool? Insane? Psycho? What would be your description? Anyone who has read the book of Esther knows the outcome of the story. *Spoiler alert ahead* She enters an impossible battle, it looks as though she will probably die, but she wins in the end and the enemy is defeated and killed. Reminds me of a scene from “Lord of the Rings” when the character named Gimli says in regards to returning the ring, “Small chance of success, certainty of death, well what are we waiting for?”

Knowing the end of the story we can all proudly say we would call Esther a heroine. If that same scenario were unfolding today say…with your sister, your niece, your husband or wife…would you encourage such action?

Esther wasn’t willing to remain quiet. There were thousands of lives at stake. She drew on the courage that comes only from above and she fasted THREE DAYS with no food or water. Can you imagine? She gathered the Jewish people, plus her assistants, to fast with her. Concentrated shared fasting and praying is effective. You will see how successful this effort was in the end.

More than likely she knew she could die, but she went through the painfully frightening progression of approaching the king, planning and executing the banquets, and well…read the story and you will find out all she went through. (Esther-Holy Bible) thIn the end, because of her unwillingness to remain quiet, a whole generation was saved. Thousands of lives would continue on as families, babies were born, marriages endured, family outings were shared, and holidays were celebrated. Who could believe how Esther and her family were blessed? God blesses good decisions. He also blesses those moments when we step outside our comfort zone on the faith of our fasting and prayers, and trust Him and only Him.

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One of my favorite quotes is by Theodore Roosevelt, “Better to dare mighty things and fail, than to live in a gray twilight where there is neither victory nor defeat.”

How would millions of lives be different today had Esther remained quiet and stayed comfortable in a gray twilight?

What are you keeping quiet about?

Use Esther as an example of what could happen in the end. Don’t avoid the lives of the unborn, or helping to restore hope, healing, and restoration to those who have already made the wrong choice because it may be too controversial, or too dangerous, or too political, or people will think you’re crazy. Staying in a comfort zone is boring. Be counted among the “Esthers” of the world who have risked it all and were blessed beyond belief for it!

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My interview with a disc jockey…

You guys hear from me all the time, so I wanted to switch things up a little this month. My friend, Mary Fainn was a disc jockey on a local radio station in Guntersville, AL when I first met her. The tables were turned then and she was interviewing me for the station. I traveled to Guntersville for the interview, not knowing I was about to meet a lifelong friend and SaveOne advocate. We have seen each other through incredible transitions in both our lives. We’ve cried together, laughed uncontrollably together, and celebrated great victories together. I cherish this woman. As a chapter leader of SaveOne you are never just left out on your own to fend for yourself and figure things out. We pour into you and forge a relationship that is strong. 

thThat’s the thing about SaveOne. We become family, not just business relationships. When we get down in the mud of life with each other we can’t help but bond and become brothers and sisters. So…see what my disc jockey friend is up to now! 

Sheila: Tell us about the pregnancy center where you hold SaveOne. 

Mary: (Gate Pregnancy Resource Center) We help women who are pregnant until that child is one year old.  We offer everything a new mom will need including maternity clothes and classes.  We offer SaveOne to our clients as well as the community.  I have been in Harrisburg NC for 2 years and before that Albertville AL for 12 years. 

Sheila: How long have you been a chapter leader with SaveOne?

Mary: 14 years I think?

Sheila: Why have you stayed with SaveOne all these years?

Mary: I believe in SaveOne and have had the privilege of watching God heal and restore women and men through this Bible Study.  The support of the SaveOne team is top notch and professional.  I know they pray for all the chapters and are willing to go the extra mile to help leaders. I know the scriptures used in SO are the healing balm God uses to restore people.

Sheila: What has been the greatest challenge in abortion recovery that God has helped you overcome?

Mary: Sharing my story.  I was so terrified to tell my secret sin but once I received healing and God called me to help others, I realized it was not my story to keep secret but that it was God’s story of redemption and love to share.

Sheila: What did you learn in that process?

Mary: I learned that the best way to fight for life is to share my story.  The best way to allow God to use me is to share my story.  The best way to show love and compassion to hurting people is sharing my story.  The best way to honor God is to tell HIS story of healing. Pray and keep “pounding” (sorry I live in NC).  Don’t give up, don’t be afraid to tell your story and share about healing even when people look at you weird. It’s ok to have just one or two in class, God brought them there.  Remember it is HIS ministry and HE will provide all you need and the words to say.  Keep yourself rested and renewed so that God can pour into you. Trust that lil voice that says I know I’m suppose to do this and ignore the but….  Utilize others who have been doing the ministry they are full of encouragement and information.  Pray.  

I just have to take a break right here and say BRAVO MARY!!!!! She gets it. She understands12047132_912408835518773_8345311759857520241_n the power behind her story and she has dedicated her life to making sure others find their story, their voice, that will save babies, save heartaches to moms and dads, and end abortion in its tracks!6. What is one piece of advice you would give to new chapter leaders that you wish you had when you started?

Sheila: What is the funniest thing that has happened to you in a SaveOne class, or while you were working with SaveOne?

Mary: I was going to speak at a church in the pouring rain and my sun roof popped the seal and I was drenched. They were great and I got some participants.  Another time, same car, my horn just went off and got stuck.  I pulled into the parking lot of the church with my horn blaring.  They had a mechanic there and he fixed it for me.  OYE

Sheila: What is the greatest moment that has happened to you in a SaveOne class?

Mary: I love it when someone has the break through and you can see it and hear it.  The best one was a couple who were going to get divorced, I ask him to wait until she finished the class, he agreed.  She had done every bible study, counseling etc… he did not give it much hope.  That was 8 years ago and they now do prison ministry together and she co-leads SaveOne.  God is so good! 

Sheila: Will you write a prayer for the other SaveOne chapter leaders?

Mary: Dear Lord, I ask that you cover each leader with your feathers, keep each one of us under your wing.  Whisper in our ears the words to say to those we encounter.  Bring us the hurting and broken and use us to minister your love and restoration to broken families.  Give us ideas and wisdom to reach out in our communities, state and country.  Guide each class and night of honor.  Use us to end abortion.  Give us boldness to proclaim life and love through Jesus Christ, the truth.  In Christ Name, Amen.    

See now why I cherish this woman? She is a Godsend and making an incredible impact on the men, women, and families in and around the Charlotte, NC area. 

Please don’t ever feel as though you are alone. You are NOT alone. SaveOne is here to help you, train you, and pour into you so you can teach this Bible study in your church or pregnancy center.

Love you guys all the way up to the moon and back! 🙂

 

THE HERO IN YOU

Have you ever been shaken out of your complacency? Or maybe you have witnessed something so horrific that you could no longer treat it as a nightmare, as though it never happened?

There have been many heroes who have gone before us who were shaken out of their complacency and drawn into a battle they didn’t necessarily want to fight. They were ordinary people who accomplished extraordinary feats simply because they saw an injustice and refused to sit silently. Following are just a few examples of some real heroes…

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr was an African-American civil rights leader who led the resistanceimages1 to segregation using non-violent methods. He could not ignore the injustice being served to blacks, nor could he wait on someone else to step up and fight the battle of the races. God raised him up to be a great man. He was Time magazine’s “Man of the Year” in 1963, and one year later was the youngest man in history to earn the Nobel Peace Prize. God had  a willing vessel in Dr. King and much was accomplished through his courage.

imagesEsther was a young Jewish girl who suddenly found herself queen of Persia. When she discovered a plot to extinguish all the Jewish people living in Persia, she had the courage, at the risk of her own life, to save an entire generation of Jews by confronting the king. Today she is remembered as a powerful instrument in the hands of our mighty God, simply because she refused to remain silent about the killing of innocent people.

Take time to read about Dietrich Bonhoeffer, William Wallace, Harriet Tubman, and William Wilberforce. All heroes who risked their own lives so others could live.

Looking back on these people’s lives, hindsight is 20/20. They are known as heroes today, but undoubtedly numerous people who knew them then, called them “zealots” and “Jesus freaks”. I’m sure they were told on more than one occasion they had “lost it.” Can you hear their family and friends warning, “Okay, now you’ve taken it just a little bit too far. The authorities are involved, so it’s time to back off and save yourself. You can’t go to jail, you can’t lose your life.” And I’m sure they heard, “This is not God’s will for you!”

I imagine they probably contemplated these cries repeatedly in their heads and questioned their own sanity. So many of these people, plus countless others unnamed, were in jeopardy of losing their lives. Some did become martyrs for a cause they refused to ignore.

These people seem larger than life to us. Because of the movies made about their lives, theimgres-1 monuments and memorials erected on their behalf, and stories we’ve read, we have a tendency to capture their images as extraordinary people with some kind of gifting you and I do not possess. In reality, they were ordinary people just like you and me. The only difference is, they understood the battle was theirs to fight. They were the ones willing to pick up the sword and charge into battle.

Thankfully, as Christians we possess the most powerful weapons. We are the ones with the call on our lives to stand up when everyone else is sitting down, gaining our courage from the all-powerful God who has our back.

When will we look at the abortion issue as a cause worthy of our fight? Yes, there are many causes that are worthy, but what cause is more gruesome, more devastating, and more horrific than the legalized killing of our children?

We look at our forefathers who justified slavery with such scorn. We read about our country’s history regarding slavery and then wonder how our forefathers could have ever acted with such horrific behavior. Will our children and grandchildren look back at us with disdain over this issue and wonder how we could have ever let decades of abortion continue?

As a Christian, this is our fight. We own it. We must take a stand for the issue of life! It will be that moment you find the hero that resides in you. When pushed into a battle, your strength, power, wisdom, and stamina will come forth and history will show you to be larger than life. As we look back on your efforts to fight injustice, history will judge you well. So my challenge to you today is to join this fight with us. Refuse to look the other way any longer and you will see the hero arise in you! images-1

Please comment below the injustices you wish to fight, and your dreams of how to accomplish their end. No idea is too crazy!

Are you missing the wedding?

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Yes. That’s me at three years old. Do you see the look of complete devastation on my face? There’s a reason for that; let me explain…

My aunt and uncle who were marrying (and I’m happy to report they are celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary this year) had asked my two older sisters to be flower girls for the wedding. I saw what was happening to my sisters and got completely swept away in the lace, flowers, ruffles, tulle, dress fittings, excitement and pageantry of this day. I knew at any moment MY new dress for the wedding would arrive. I got so swept away I believed I was actually asked to be in the wedding as well. I readied myself, I dreamed of walking the aisle, I pictured dropping every rose petal at just the precise and perfect location and everyone in attendance would swoon at my expert flower girl skills.

But then the day arrived. I had my plans in order as I ran from one room to the next at my grandmothers house watching as my mother and my aunts put on make-up, took down curlers from hair, and lifted dresses overhead, and when I asked when it would be my turn the harsh cold hand of reality reached out and punched me right in the gut. “What do you mean I’m not in the wedding???” My plans ruined. My three years of life as I knew it was over. I walked through the entire day crying and in a complete state of despondency.

It has been a running joke in our family for these entire 45 years now as I like to tell everyone my aunt asked me to be in the wedding and then that day rescinded the invitation. We all know the truth, but I like to make everyone laugh and my aunt and uncle feign guilt over what they did to me that day. Well, a relative posted the picture above just days ago on facebook and my aunt wrote me and said, “SEE you WERE in the wedding!” I laughed and looked at this picture many times that day but later on it hit me…isn’t this exactly what we do with sin? Go with me on this…

We have a plan, we know how everything is supposed to play out. In our minds there is no other way something should happen. We get focused, unbending, and inflexible because why should we, everything is pointing directly toward one outcome and one outcome only. Then the rug gets yanked out from under us. Someone wrongs us or betrays us, or our own bad choices cause detrimental circumstances in our lives. So we carry around that betrayal, we carry around the guilt of our sin, sometimes for 45 years or more. We make everyone feel guilty, we tell the story repeatedly, we are constantly the victim, and in the meantime we miss out on a large portion of life because we are so focused on the wrong perpetrated against us, or that we chose.  And we live our lives looking like the little girl in the picture above. How is that abundant life?

John 10:10 says Jesus came to give us abundant life. Yes people are people and often times there is a giant set of snarling teeth behind that christian smile. People perform legitimate wrongful acts that hurt us.  And yes we are human too. We make bad mistakes, we make choices we look back on and are ashamed of. But if God is love (1 John 4), and Jesus came to give us abundant life then how are we being loving and living abundantly by dragging that old, dead carcass of offense everywhere we go?

Sometimes the most loving thing you can do for yourself and those around you is forgive. Don’t think I’m just talking about others either, often times we need desperately to forgive ourselves. Forgiving ourselves is simply letting God’s forgiveness be enough. There is no amount of work, no amount of good deeds,  no limit on how many times you can tell the story, or number of ways you can keep it secret, to ever make you feel okay about it. Jesus is the lover of your soul and wishes you would let it go so you can get on with life.

So think about what you’ve read here today. Don’t miss out on the incredible wedding because it didn’t unfold the way you thought it should. Ask God today for forgiveness for carrying whatever this is around and get on with the abundant life that awaits you!