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Social media is just that Social. 

There are so many ways to interact, communicate, and meet people online.

Thousands of people use social media for thousands of things.

I love being on Twitter and Facebook! I LOVE PEOPLE! I love connecting with people from all over the world. It is so dang fast, and so dang fun. Don’t get me wrong, boundaries are so necessary and important, but I twitter to connect with the heart’s of others.

I blog because I am passionate about conversations. I love community conversations. I love when community connects. I love watching other people connect. The heart to teach runs deep in me.  I love what challenges the heart. I am all about providing a topic and place to talk.

Why do YOU?

why are you on Twitter?

Why do have a Facebook account?

If you blog, Why?

What is your motivation to be online in some capacity?

 

 

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There is just something to hope. She gets me every time. Hope deferred makes a heart sick, but hope experienced enables momentum and joy.

Today I experienced some needed hope. Today, I experienced that kind of hope that gets your heart pumping with, “are you kidding me!?” kind of flavor. It was honey to my soul.

As these hopes unfolded, I was reminded that I do not want a life that I can just manage. I want to always look for the impossible. I want to think big or go home kinda thoughts.

Dreams are powerful. Faith is even more illogical.

My friend prayed Ephesians 3:20-21 for me today. I got a glimpse!

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”

Why am I even surprised that God shows up? Why do I even get all “OOOOOH!” when he shows up in ways that are natural to him, and out of my league for me?

God is big. God desires us to just ask for the big. Be direct. Be specific. Be real with him. I am all about that right now.

Dream big or go home!

What are you dreaming about?

How have you seen him show up lately?

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One of my favorite phrases in the scripture is, “I tell you the truth.” Even just saying it now makes me exhale. “I tell you the truth.” How freeing is that phrase?

It kind of sounds like a weird phrase to use when responding to a question or even accusation. Jesus would begin the majority of his responses with, “I tell you the truth.” I mean just in case there was any question about his integrity or the reliability of what he was about to say?

Jesus is about truth. He is truth. You have to admit that he said some illogical things. He told stories that seemed too wise for his own educational stature. Jesus performed miracles on the body and heart all the time. He healed the sick, multipied food to eat, raised the dead, made the blind person see in eyes and heart, and he redefined life as people knew it to be.

Jesus was about the “hard to believe.” His life looked and sounded like the “you’ve got to be kidding me.”

I tell you the truth” is such a comforting phrase for me. I see all the things that Jesus did in the bible and it leaves my mouth on the floor. I see what he still does in my life, as well as other people’s lives around me and my mouth is still on the floor. That is truth.

I have spent a lot of my life believing in what I thought was truth. I believed that growing up with a learning disablilty disqualified me from even writing this blog. I believed that because my father left our family that I was worth leaving. Out of that, I have believed that even the best people can not be trusted. Through raising myself in a lot of ways, I have learned to believe that life is up to me and self-sufficiency is the only way for life to work

I have been told “truth” and I have told myself “truth.” The truth is that I really didn’t know truth at all. So to even hear the words, “I tell you the truth” over and over again is so refreshing to my soul. God never makes me guess. Even though his truth looks so unbelievable and so illogical, it doesn’t make his truth any less truth.

Now, I exhale in hearing him say, “Tracee, I tell you the truth. You are my beloved and my daughter. You are wired just the way I made you. You are worth dying for and keeping close. Life is known in following and trusting after me.”

Truth takes faith and trust. Jesus has proved his truth to me. I’m not at all saying I really get his truth for me, but I am learning to hear it over what I have settled for as truth.

What is the truth you know?

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Lately, my life feels like this run/walk stutter step. I feel like I am in this limbo place of hoping in a long time dream and the reality of where my life stands. My stutter step can best be described from a scene in the movie “You’ve Got Mail.” There is this one scene where Meg Ryan is about to go and meet her mystery man that she has been getting to know online. On her way out of the house to the park meeting place, she has this excitement in her step that looks like a little run, and a reality check of not wanting to seem over zealous in her walk. That is me.

Dreaming gives me the hope in my step to want to sprint forward, but the reality of my current season of life brings me back to walking. There is a constant tension of hope and reality. This makes for a restless me.

How does one live in the state of both hope and reality? How does one stay grounded while running after their dreams?

My dream is big and illogical. I want to take into account the serious things that God says in regards to what we pursue. I don’t take my dreams lightly. I don’t take my ambition lightly. I am learning that neither does God. He has wired me a certain way, to dream for great things. But he also gives me principles to follow to get there.

There are some key scriptures that help me slow my roll when pursuing my dreams. God says, “my ways are not your ways, my thoughts are not your thoughts.” He also says, “for those who have been entrusted with much, much will be asked.”

As I look at my dream, I believe that I am being given just the right amount of entrusting. Big dreams require big entrusting. I want to be ready for that. I want to be great at my dream. As I am so hopeful for that day, the walking keeps me grounded in valuing my small things.

For now, I am okay with a little stutter in my step.

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Restless” is a pretty strong and present word in my life. I can honestly say I am restless most of the time. I feel that restless feeling deep down in my soul. Complacency doesn’t last long for me. I get too bored with comfortable. I will most often choose the daring and crazy over the safe.

Being restless can serve a great spark of momentum in my life. It is in the times where I am most restless that I find God is moving in me. Restless is my momentum to pursue the things that are risky for me. My restlessness opens up the senses of my heart. All of a sudden I find myself risking to go after the things that hard and crazy in logic.

When I think of restless momentum, I always think about Peter walking on water. Think about it. Peter was a hard headed man, who wanted to experience all he could. If Peter wanted normal and comfortable, he would have stayed on the lake fishing. But Peter dropped everything to follow after an unknown. This is risk, passion, and serious restlessness.

The night Peter walked on water changed his life forever. I can picture Peter sitting fidgity in the boat as he and his friends waited for Jesus. Hours went by. He had a lot of time to think about life and what he was doing before Jesus showed up. I wonder if he was restless for more? I wonder if he went back and forth about the choice he made to follow Jesus? I wonder if he thought about returning to a life that was comfortable?

As the music of my scripture movie scene changes, Jesus enters the scene. Jesus is walking on water up to the boat. Do you think Peter shied away in fear? I don’t think so. I think the corner of Peter’s mouth curled up in a smirk as he leaned his hands on the side of the boat for a better look.

One of my favorite conversations comes next.

“But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

28“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

29“Come,” he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.

Restlessness moved Peter to risk. Restlessness moved Peter from the logical to a hunger for the illogical.

How bold a statement from Peter, “tell me to come to you on the water.” I want to be this restless. I desire the illogical way of life for me.

I agree that there does need to be a balance between restlessness and being still. I am working on that, but for now movement and risk to walking on the water is what I need.

What do you do when you are restless?

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