Featured GUEST BLOGGER — Amy Elaine

I love coming across great websites in the blogging community and social media networks that inspires my soul. This week’s featured author is one that caught my heart. Her website, amyelaine.com, is all about helping heart-shattered lives become whole again and live in victory. Not only does she write, but Amy is a speaker and the host of Real Victory Radio with great podcasts you can listen to on her site.

Below is a link to one of her posts, How to Walk in the Freedom of Your Destiny and Calling.

Fear tried to keep me from staking my claim in the Kingdom. Similarly, shame kept me paralyzed and unable to take possession of what was rightfully mine…Intimacy with God unlocks the mystery of our identity & calling. ~ Amy Elaine

Let’s put fear aside today, walk in the freedom of all God’s called us to do, and move one step closer to developing the purpose within us! Join me in welcoming our guest for this week Amy Elaine! Be Blessed! Be Revealed!

This one’s for the girl who’s been knocked down and counted out, left not just thinking, but truly believing she’ll never find her God-given destiny, her calling. 1,873 more words

via How to Walk in the Freedom of Your Destiny and Calling — Amy Elaine

 

Featured GUEST BLOGGER – ReeINSPIRED

This week’s featured guest is a Christian writer, Bible teacher, and breast cancer survivor. I came across her blog while on social media and had to share how she motivates and encourages people to press through life’s challenges, trials, and setbacks. Not only that, she has written a book called OVERCOMER: 25 Keys to Walking Victoriously. Take some time to visit Aretha Grant’s website ReeInspired.com, it will truly bless you.

Think about someone who has betrayed or abandoned you, someone who has hurt you deeply. Do you have that person in your mind? No? Ok, I’ll wait…… Ok, do you have them in your mind now? 36 more words

via Demonstration of His Love — ReeINSPIRED

Be Blessed! Be Revealed!

God Isn’t Finished With You Yet

I wrote the post “The Comeback” over a year ago and wanted to revisit it again today, especially after being inspired by Tiger Wood’s legendary comeback yesterday. Your past is not the indicator of the future God has for you; neither is the present moment. In fact, we are all in this process called life together, we just happen to be at different places in our journey. Here’s the good news:

God does not call you based on your history, He calls you based on your destiny.

When you’re faced with doubters and critics in your journey of life, keep believing. When you’re faced with setbacks, keep believing. When you’re alone and your circle of friends no longer is with you, keep believing. When you think you’re past your prime, God’s time is always better. You have to teach yourself to hope when others default to despair. You have to develop grit and deepen that passion on the inside of you. There are no gains without pains. Just keep believing. “For though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again, but the wicked are brought down by calamity.” (Proverbs 24:16) Get back up again. Fight again. What doesn’t kill you will only make you stronger if you choose.

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We are all going to come to a point in our life where “we need a fresh start, a new beginning, a spiritual turnaround, a change of direction”… we need a comeback. Comeback and underdog stories are what I love. In fact, the ultimate comeback story belongs to our Heavenly Father when He conquered death, hell, and the grave and is alive today! No matter what circumstances or situations we are facing or have experienced in the past…hope is still available to us and we can overcome through Jesus Christ. Still believe! Still trust! Here are a few appetizing points from this book I read by Louie Giglio, “The Comeback: It’s Not Too late and You’re Never Too Far.” Be Blessed. Be Revealed.

The Comeback by Louie Giglio

  • God is always good, and God’s plans will always prevail, even when our plans don’t.
  • Jesus is always there for us. He doesn’t stop healing us. He never stop forgiving us. He won’t stop restoring us. He refuses to stop loving us.
  • He melts the grip of sin and dire circumstances and leads us back to his springtime full of life and growth, productivity and beauty.
  • God isn’t finished with you yet. Jesus is a dream restorer.
  • We are in the plan of God and not the plan of men.
  • It doesn’t matter how far you’ve gone, what you’ve done,or where you’ve been. God always throws the door wide open and says, “Welcome home!”
  • His grace comes in oceanic proportions.
  • Nothing gets in the way of God’s great plan.
  • Sometimes we try so hard to cheat death, but Jesus wants us to beat death.
  • He wants us to understand our constant need for the extravagant grace of God.
  • The thing we need most is not to be perfect but to be in love with Jesus. All the condemnation already fell on Jesus.
  • We need God’s saving grace to be made alive. We need God’s transforming grace to be made alive every day.
  • There’s more at stake than what happens in your life. What’s at stake is how God wants to raise up hope in a community, a nation, and the world to the point where people look around and see what God is doing in people’s lives.
  • He is the person our hearts and souls were made for. Jesus is enough.
  • Give it away. Give God your dreams. Give God your intense feelings. Give God your little and see what he does with it.
  • We all have an ability to have a relationship with almighty God.
  • In the unpredictable places in life, we learn that the one thing we can predict is that God will come through.
  • He doesn’t want our dreams. He wants his dreams.
  • Keep doing the very best at whatever God has put in front of us.
  • God is still at work. God has not forgotten you. Your comeback will probably look different that you have imagined it, and that’s okay. Wait and believe.

 

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“Are your dreams CRAZY enough?”

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I remember as a 7th grade girl I went to my dad and told him I was going to run for the class officer secretary position. I was so elated and nervous to step out in faith for this class position that I could not wait to tell this dream to my dad. As I was explaining with excitement and energy about this role that I wanted to take on, I noticed his demeanor was not moved by my 7th grade buzz. So to pull a response out of him, I asked my dad what he thought about this next endeavor I wanted to pursue. With love in his voice and a warm embrace around my waist, I will never forget the words that came out of his mouth next. He said, “If you’re going to run for an office, why not run for president?” Stunned, I looked at him blankly. I had no answer. In fact, the response shocked me and completely shifted my thought process. Why didn’t I think of that before? If I was going to dream, why not dream big!

I look back at the scenario in my early childhood to remind me to dream crazy dreams. Moreover, our Heavenly Father is saying the same thing to us. “God is offended by anything less than your biggest dreams and your boldest prayers.” As Mark Batterson put it, “If your prayers aren’t impossible to you, they are insulting to God…because they don’t require divine intervention.” God is waiting to move miraculously on your behalf and most importantly for His glory!

Before I got a chance to run for office, my father passed away suddenly from a fight with Leukemia. That next year I ran for class president and titled my speech, “Why not me?” I won the election and will never forget the lesson my father left me that day when I spoke to him. Our heavenly Father is welcoming the same invitation in our lives. Why not you?

So, answer this question with honesty and truth…”Are your dreams crazy enough?” If the answer is no, “then you haven’t really come to life yet.” As I was finishing up the book I was reading called “The Circle Maker,” I came across the new Nike commercial released a few days ago as well. They both echo a message that we all need to desperately grasp. Are you dreaming bold, daring, crazy dreams? Are you living your life to its fullest potential? Are you relying on and inviting God to intervene and show His faithfulness in your life? Today is the day to begin if you have not started. I encourage you to pick up the book and dive deep into the pages. Then read it a second time, and again, and again. Batterson outlines 10 practical steps to goal setting and writing down your life goal lists. Below are a few highlights I got from the book. So dream crazy big dreams. Dream daring bold dreams.

If you want, comment below on some of the dreams you are believing for in your life. Be Blessed. Be revealed!

The Circle Maker

The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson

  • Bold prayers honor God, and God honors bold prayers.
  • Do the best you can with what you have where you are.
  • When was the last time you pulled an all-nighter in prayer?
  • After you pray through, you need to praise through.
  • Dreaming is a form of praying and praying is a form of dreaming, The more you pray the bigger your dreams will become. And the bigger your dreams become the more you will have to pray.
  • May imagination overtake memory.
  • Circle makers are risk takers.
  • If you give beyond your ability, God will bless you beyond your ability.
  • Today could be the day. When you live in prayer mode, you live with holy anticipation.
  • I’ve never met a person who didn’t experience some big disappointments on the way to his or her big dream.
  • How desperate are you for the miracle?
  • We do know that 100 percent of the prayers we don’t pray won’t get answered.
  • Pray through the Bible.
  • Pray like it depends on God; you also have to work like it depends on you.
  • It’s the hard times that teach us how to pray.
  • What seems like an unanswered prayer means that God has a better answer.
  • Dream Big. Pray Hard. Think Long. Prayer is the inheritance we receive and the legacy we leave.
  • The only way you can fail is if you quit trying. If you’re still trying, even if you’re failing, you’re succeeding. God is honored when you don’t give up.
  • Your greatest legacy is the prayers you leave behind. It’s also your longest legacy.
  • God will still be answering your prayers long after you are long gone. And the ripple effect will only be REVEALED in eternity!

 

Jack Kelly Scholarship Fund — Nicci Kelly, LLC

Hoop Dreams

I was blindsided. You know that feeling; that one breathless moment of having the wind knocked out of you. I never saw the hit coming and I’ll never forget the pain. During my 8th grade year, my basketball team went on a perfect undefeated regular season. We were the favorites to win the championship game against heavy rival Bruner Middle School. My father was in remission from leukemia. He missed the majority of my games due to his chemotherapy treatments, so it was only right for him not to miss my final game. He was my number one fan. In spite of the doctor’s orders, telling him he should stay home and rest would have been like trying to stop a bull from charging a red flag. My daddy was blinded from the consequences because he made up in his mind to see his little girl play. Friday night came and the small middle school gym was packed out along with people standing on the walls. Yet, for some particular reason, beyond all the excitement and anxiety of the game, deep down I knew something was not right. We lost that game at the buzzer by one point; the pursuit of a perfect season crushed.

That hurt was only a fraction of what I was about to lose.

Not even 36 hours after losing my championship game, I lost my hero. My daddy died Sunday morning from an infection he caught most likely from being at my basketball game. I was blind sided again; hit by a blow so hard I became paralyzed from the sudden shock. It was one of the most traumatic experiences of my life. I questioned everything…my faith, my purpose, my gift of basketball, my dreams… I wanted to play professional basketball and my dad was the reason behind it all. It seemed without him I had nothing, because he believed in me.

I knew giving up would not be the thing my dad wanted so I kept playing. I kept grinding through the difficult days and even the joyous days because he was not there to celebrate with me. I never thought I would look back all these years so thankful for all of the experiences in my life and how far I have come. God allowed me to live my dreams through overcoming what seemed like impossibilities. I know what it’s like to have a dream that you want so bad that it keeps you focused and working when no one else sees you. You wonder if all the work will one day pay off. Most importantly, I had people to come into my life and take me under their wings. Family, friends, coaches, and teachers..they believed in me and prayed for me even when I couldn’t do those things for myself.

I want to do the same for others. This scholarship is dedicated to my dad, Jack Kelly, to help fund high school girl basketball players that have hoop dreams. Out of nearly 500,000 girl high school basketball players in the nation, only 6.4% make it to play any level of college basketball. Less than 1 percent go on to play professional basketball. Although the stats may seem daunting and against you, it’s not impossible. Sometimes, all it takes is one moment of a person believing in another to see a dream come to reality. This scholarship will help fund a high school girl during the summer to pay for camps, summer league, travel, etc. Right now it is limited to one player but we will look to expand the scholarship as it continues to grow. If you would like to know more and even be a part by donating, please click the link below. Thanks for your time family. Be Blessed! Be Revealed!

Jack Kelly Scholarship Fund — Nicci Kelly, LLC

 

 

Go Big or Go Home

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There will never be a “perfect” time but there will always be a right time to dare greatly and go after the dream in your heart. That time is now. Live a life of 100x and believe in something so grand that it will take God’s hand of favor and intervention to make it happen. There is nothing too big for God. In fact, he will surpass our wildest and biggest imaginations. I believe God is pleased with our God-sized dreams. My dad used to say to me “go big or go home!” Friends…I’m telling you the same. Be Blessed! Be Revealed!

From Mark Batterson’s “Chase the Lion”

“The Lion Chaser’s Manifesto”

Quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death.

Run to the roar.

Set God-sized goals.

Pursue God-ordained passions.

Go after a dream that’s destined to fail unless God intervenes.

Start pointing out problems, become part of the solution.

Stop repeating the past and start creating the future.

Face your fears.

Fight for your dreams.

Grab opportunity by the mane and don’t let go.

Live like today is the first day and last day of your life.

Burn sinful bridges.

Blaze new trails.

Live for the applause of nail-scarred hands.

Don’t let what’s wrong with you keep you from worshipping what’s right with God.

Don’t try to be who you aren’t.

Be yourself.

Laugh at yourself.

Dare to fail.

Dare to dream.

Dare to be different.

Chase the Lion!

 

 

Dare Greatly. Take Creative Risk.

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I’m “jumping” right to the point (no pun intended). We need to jump. I don’t know about you but I have been passively looking over the cliff wondering every “what if” and fearing my life’s outcome if I was to ever take the leap. Yet, in doing so, I have chosen DEATH to a life of “what if” when I stay on the edge. What am I waiting for? What are you waiting for? Why are we not jumping? It’s time to get in the game.

Author Brene Brown has stated in her book, “Dare Greatly” that one of the reasons we are afraid to take risks or try new things is because we have become disengaged to one another. It’s easier to stay quiet than to share stories, experiences, and ideas, than it is to engage with the world from a place of worthiness. We rather experience other people’s creativity than experience our own. Well, I’m here to tell you that what you have is enough and what you need is already inside of you to do, innovate, or make the very thing stirring inside of your belly.

I was listening to a video from Steve Harvey and it propelled me to write because I am passionate about this topic. I wish I can tell you that when you jump you will immediately experience the most incredible time of your life. I wish I can persuade you and myself into thinking that when we jump, everything will get better. I’m not here to sell a pitch or buy your applause. THE TRUTH IS THAT JUMPING IS SCARY! I don’t even get on roller coasters so why would I even consider cliff jumping on a regular in my life?! The truth is that when we jump, we will get cut by some rocks and our parachute will not open right away. The truth is….if we don’t jump, we will never have the opportunity to soar. The truth is….if we don’t jump, we will never know what can be with all of the potential locked up inside of us.

There’s a story in the Bible about two sisters Mary and Martha in Luke 10: 38-42 that helps illustrate this point. Most people would not consider this text related to a topic such as this because many use this story in regards to Martha being too busy with serving and ministry while Mary choosing the better to sit at the feet of Jesus. It’s a story of choosing the ONE THING, a continued focus on Jesus, while also knowing how to serve. But hear me out. I think it’s more than Mary just choosing… Mary discovered a great TREASURE and she DARED and RISKED to engage Him. In the context of her time and situation, it was not common for woman to sit under teaching, nor was it known when she will ever get a chance to see Jesus again. She chose the better, and what she did will not be taken from her.

In your context and situation today, will you DARE and RISK to seize the treasure hidden inside of you? The job demands will always be there. Your daily chores will always be there. Your bills and other important obligations will continue to pop up. Life goes on. But will you dare stop and enjoy Jesus instead of trying to serve Him all the time? Will you risk starting your own business? Will you dare talk to that neighbor that’s been on your heart for a while? Will you risk your reputation to possibly look like a “fool” for believing in a dream that only you can see? Will you take creative risk in this moment of time and Jump? It’s not going to be easy, but it’s well worth it. We need creativity and authenticity more than ever and we won’t get it unless we all jump.

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I want to leave you with some nuggets by Tiffany Shlain that will help you and I in the process of creativity to jump the cliff and explore the adventure that God wants us to have. Be Blessed! Be Revealed!

  • Act on and go off your “Hunch”
  • Talk about it with your community! Yes, this means you have to be vulnerable.
  • Be a sponge. Read voraciously and ask a lot of questions.
  • Endure the confusion and darkness stages. You will have to wrestle and rumble with somethings.
  • Take a breather.
  • Make room for grace and receive criticism.
  • Celebrate your small victories.
  • Review and find the missing link to bring it all together.
  • Know when you’re done. Repeat 🙂

“There was a very cautious man, who never laughed or cried. He never cared; He never dared; He never dreamed or tried. And one day when he passed away, his insurance was denied. For since he NEVER REALLY LIVED, they claimed he NEVER DIED.” ~ Jeanne Mayo