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People Movers

People Movers

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Anyone’s inner child get excited when an escalator is in sight and you are going to ride up or down it?? No, just me? I feel like royalty surveying her kingdom as I ride up and down. No matter the cause, I do enjoy a nice escalator ride! 

What about the people movers in airports? The people movers are like a preview to an upcoming flight. Feeling like I’m flying as I pass people left and right, thinking, “See ya! Wouldn’t want to be ya!” Ya gotta let the inner kid out every now and then, right??!!

If you will notice, I mentioned the riding of the escalators and people moving. I did not mention my graceful transition on stepping on and off either of them. 

I must have been sleeping in when God was handing out grace. If you’re out and about with me and I’m looking around, admiring the scenery, I will probably grab your arm to prevent stumbles. The sidewalk has a tendency to jump up and grab my feet. Or a post moved right in my past and I might run into it. Have you ever thought you had climbed down all the stairs, except there is one more and you almost faceplant? No, just me? Okay. Thankfully (knock on wood) no broken ankles. 

Since I struggle with coordination, the timing of getting on and off moving objects is a little tricky to say the least. 

After a few stumbles going up an escalator and a couple of stubbed feet getting off, I think I have mastered the transition. Gently lift one foot as the escalator gently guides the transition. It’s a similar technique with the people mover. Gently lift one foot, ready to plant it, when the other foot is at the end of the people mover. This technique is not fool proof or 100% accurate. Stumbles still occur. But no faceplants!!

Periodically we go through transitions in life. You’re cruising along the people mover when it comes to the end and you have to take a step to move forward or stay frozen in place. What are you going to do? 

There are pieces of what you are transitioning out of that you don’t want to let go of. There are pieces that you look forward to grabbing a hold of in the new adventure that awaits you. Do you stay where you are, frozen in what is known and familiar? Do you take a leap of faith and trust that there is more that awaits you? 

I’ve traveled through a transition of being married and sharing a life with someone for 20 years to being the sole provider financially, emotionally and spiritually. I have walked, crawled and stumbled during the last four years. Yet, through it all, God guided each step and the transition went as smoothly as possible. During that time, God laid upon my heart to tell my story. He then added the idea to write devotionals. About a year and a half ago, I wrote out my ideas on post-it notes and placed them on my bedroom wall. Periodically, I’d read over the post-it notes, rearrange and add new ideas. 

It was time to transition the post-it notes to my notebook. Fear not, the devotionals will come to fruition. I consider this the next stage in the project, not the end. If I were to be honest with you, it did hurt a little and the wall looks bare. 

We all have grandiose ideas of what we could do or be. Honestly speaking, how often do we follow through and see the idea to completion? Not often enough. We start out with gusto and nothing can get in our way. Time passes, life happens and some things get pushed to the side. We lose momentum and our ideas start to collect dust. I have looked and stared at my wall of post-it notes long enough. It’s time for the next step. As I was taking the post-its off the wall and putting them in my notebook, a few tears leaked out. It was a moment of transition. The realization of moving from the wall to my notebook caused me to snag my foot on the floor (or my comforter, literally!) and open my eyes to the reality of the next steps.

Does the notebook end up on a shelf and collect dust? Or am I going to wear it out as I flip through the pages gathering more thoughts, ideas and a plan of action? It’s up to me. Am I going to stand frozen in what I have or am I going to take a leap of faith and take it to the next level?

I have seen people look at the escalator and choose to take the stairs instead. We all have a choice. What choice are you going to make at the end of a cycle and the beginning for a new adventure?

There is no right or wrong. No matter the choice we make, Christ is ever present to guide our footing. There is no face planting with Jesus. Maybe a few trips and stumbles, yet, He is always there to pick you up and help you take your next step.

Next time you use an escalator or people mover, have confidence in your footing and balance. As Christ is your stronghold, your next step is the right one.

Thanks for sharing a moment with me. We are in this transition together, in Him.

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Twu Wuv!

Twu Wuv!

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“Mawage. Mawage is what brings us togethah today…… wuv, twoo wuv will follow you forevah…..so treasure your wuv….” – Princess Bride. A comedy from 1987. Oldy but goodie! 

It’s a typical romance comedy. There’s a girl and two boys fighting for the girl. Which one does the girl love and which boy is going to get the girl in the end? Well, I like happy endings, so the girl gets the boy she loves and the boy overpowers the other boy. Twu Wuv wins in the end!! Throw in funny one liners and you have your comedy. It may be a little hokey for some, but with the right sense of humor, you’ll have a good laugh and a happy heart by the end. 

Towards the end of the movie is a wedding scene. The not nice boy is forcing the pretty girl to marry him. The wedding is in a beautiful cathedral church and the priest is in his finest robe. The priest’s lack of the correct pronunciation of the words adds comic relief to a tense situation. Spoiler alert! The ceremony gets interrupted and she marry’s her twu wuv in the end.

Prince Humperdinck (the not nice boy) tries to force his love, overpower opposition and demand his way. Westley (the boy who gets the girl in the end) loves gently, does not pressure yet sacrifices his life for the one he loves. He was patient and waited until she was ready. He was kind even when she did not understand why he was being so kind. His love for her gave him joy that produced peace in knowing that one day he would marry her. He was patient when she pushed him away and forced him to leave. He was gentle when they reconnected. Protected her when they were in danger. He had self-control and patience when rescuing her from Prince Humperdinck. Does any of this sound familiar?

God gave us the ultimate gift of love in His Son. That’s not all. Jesus loves you and me. Not just any love, but a deep, love you forever, don’t want to live my life without you kind of love. He doesn’t want to live without you!! He loves you so deeply, He desires and delights in you. 

A few years ago, I was talking to a mom with adult children. We were talking about raising teenagers. At that time, I was hoping I would survive the teenage years.  She nodded her head in agreement and commented, “Love them through the dumb.” I laughed at first, then let the meaning sink in. Teenagers’ brains are not fully developed until they are in their twenties. Until then, they make unusually dumb choices. We just need to love them through the dumb and pray they come out alive on the other side. 

I’m pretty sure Jesus is loving us through our dumb and protecting us until we get to the other side! 

When asked, “What is true love?” 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8 is a known answer. “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful and endures through every circumstance. Faith, hope and love. And the greatest of these is love.” The Fruit of the Spirit overlaps this description of love; Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control. There is no law against these things. 

Love is more than an emotion. While love is an action, it’s also the core of who you are. The core of the abundant life we are created to live. Take a moment and reread the above paragraph. Go ahead, reread it! I’ll wait. 

We have been gifted and graced with the wholeness of God’s love bundled up and implanted within us. Love is easy when life is going well and you have little adversity around you. Love is a decision and choice when life is hard and we don’t think we have it within us to love. Love within us is anchored deeper when we love as Christ  loved us. 

Love is …….. (fill in the blank)

Twu Wuv comes from our Heavenly Father, embeds within us and expels through us as we live with a purpose to love as He loves us.

Thanks for sharing this moment with me. We are in this together, in love, in Him. 

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Happy Gratefulgiving

Happy Gratefulgiving

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Thanksgiving season is upon us. Although, Thanksgiving should be year round, not a once a year holiday. Pumpkin pie year round! I think I could handle that! Buried in Cool Whip of course!

There is much to be thankful for; a roof over my head, a car that runs, heat during the winter and air conditioning during the summer, food on the table, jobs I enjoy, friends to share life with, kids that call me mom. We could go on and on about people, places and things we are thankful for. 

Is there a difference between being thankful and grateful? I believe there is. When I say, “Thank you.” It’s because someone has done something for me. A stranger held the door open at the bank. My son unloaded softener salt from my car. My daughter ran a few loads of laundry while I was at work. An assistant helped me find records I was looking for at work. The UPS driver delivered my new cell phone. Another driver let me go first at a 4-way stop. A neighbor invited me to a gathering. I am truly thankful for all of these things. And my “Thank You,” comes from my heart. The receiver and the giver of the saying Thank You acknowledges that you notice someone else doing something generous for you. Giving thanks is an important reminder of the gifts of life all around us.

Around a fourth of the books in the New Testament were written by Paul. Once Paul encountered Jesus, got to know Him, and was in His presence, he told anyone and everyone about Jesus. Paul and several other disciples were church planters back in the day. They left what they knew, what was comfortable and hit the road. 

When I get a new book, I have a tendency to read the first few pages and the last few pages to decide if I’m going to read it. (Enter eye roll from my bookworm sister! 🙂 ) Anyway, when I read the first handful of verses and the last few verses of the books Paul has written, I sense more than thankfulness. There is a deeper emotion, a deeper connection with whom he is writing to. I believe he was expressing gratitude, an extension of thanksgiving. 

A few Sundays ago, we were to go to three different people and say, “I am grateful for you because…….” and fill in the blank. One of the ladies came up to me and said, “I am grateful for you in my life and your support during the last year.” Melt my heart and bring a tear to my eye! Her gratitude was a deep, heartfelt, genuine appreciation for the connection she and I have made over the years. 

Gratitude is a deeper, personal appreciation for receiving an act of kindness from another. When gratitude is given, the soul of the giver and receiver are graced with God’s presence and blessing.

Paul knew and understood the power of giving and receiving gratitude. Giving thanks or telling someone thank you has its own unique grace. Giving gratitude for a specific occurrence fills an empty well within.  

The focus during this season is of thanksgiving. We do have much to be thankful for. We do often forget or dismiss the importance of expressing our thanks to those around us. Tell someone or many someones around you, “Thank you for …….” and fill in the blank.

I’ll be the first to admit that telling someone you are grateful and why is a bit awkward. You are sharing your honest feelings and emotions. That’s not easy for some. For some it comes naturally. Either way, awkwardness has a way of creeping in. Paul plunged right in with his gratitude and let the people know specifically why he was grateful for them. Pause with me for a moment. Who was the last person you spoke to? Think of why you are grateful for that person. I am grateful for my daughter’s spunky personality that keeps things lively around here. I am grateful for my son’s strength to move the freezer back into place. I am grateful for a dinner guest’s openness to get to know one another. I am grateful for neighbors who are willing to take an old broken dryer off my hands. I am grateful for the curiosity and persistence to get to know Jesus at a deeper level. I am grateful that Jesus loves me and wants the best for me. 

I am going to pass the challenge on to you. Take a look around or think about a few people. Go to them and say, “I am grateful for you because…..” and fill in the blank. Notice how their demeanor changes, how your heart softens and the presence of the Holy Spirit is evident.

My friend, I am grateful for you because you take time out of your day to share a moment with me. 

Thanks for sharing a moment with me. We are in this gratefully together in Him.

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Nothing But Net

Nothing But Net

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In 2006, Larry Byrd and Michael Jordan were in a McDonald’s commercial together. They “played” for a Big Mac meal. The first one to miss lost the meal. At the end of each description of the shot, they said, “Nothing but Net.” The ball bounced off walls, went through rafters, hit just the right angle on the scoreboard and bounced through windows hitting nothing but net. They did a series of commercials with the same theme. They had to hit their shots with nothing but net every time. And every time, they both hit their shots with nothing but net. We all knew they were going to hit their shots. We were anticipating what they had to bounce the ball off of to hit nothing but net. Each shot added an extra element to test the ability of the other. Yet, every time, without a shadow of doubt, their shots were nothing but net. We all could count on and depend on each shot being nothing but net. 

Long before Larry Byrd and Michael Jordan was a guy named Saul. He made a living of ridiculing, putting down and dismissing anyone who did not believe what he did. His life mission was to destroy any Christ believer that crossed his path. He was like a bulldog that wouldn’t let go. He grabbed on, yanked, pulled and dug his teeth in, until they cried “Uncle” and submitted to his ways. All of his needs were met. He lacked for nothing. 

One day he went for a walk and intersected Jesus himself. The man he has been denying anyone to believe in, the man whom he himself despised, stood in front of and mocked him. Little did he know the power of Jesus!! Jesus has His own nothing but net accuracy. After an intense conversation and interaction, Saul became Paul. Paul became an all in, nothing but net, believer, witness and son of God. His life was forever changed. 

We have an illusionment that when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, the road we now walk is clear of all pebbles, rocks and speed bumps. Sorry to burst your bubble, but that’s not it. Paul is a living testament of that.

Paul experienced a transformation like none other. There was no doubt in His mind that Jesus is the Son of God. Paul dedicated the rest of his life to sharing his love of Jesus with all he met. Instead of wanting to kill Christ believers, he wanted to bring them to Jesus to know him like he knew him. 

If you think you’ve had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, think again. Paul was shipwrecked and left to die several times, Shackled to a prison guard 24/7, beaten beyond recognition, on the brink of death, stoned, robbed, hungry and naked. On top of that, he cared deeply and ministered to churches around him.

Paul’s drive in his life was now to spread the love of Jesus everywhere he went. Jesus was his nothing but net. No matter what life threw at him, Jesus was his constant companion. The One he relied on, the One that provided nourishment, shelter, healing, his next breath and his hope. Paul knew he could rely on Jesus to provide every time, every day, no matter the odds. 

What if you had the nothing but net guarantee of provision every time, every day? 

I played some high school basketball. I use “play” loosely. I was a decent defender, but not so great on the offensive side. My consistency in shooting was my inconsistency. I was a bench warmer, cheerleader. My shots were not nothing but net. They are bricks, bank shots and a few air balls. I surprised myself when it went in. It may have been ugly, but 2 points is 2 points. By no means could my team count on my shots being nothing but net. 

Thank goodness I don’t have to count on my shots being nothing but net. Thank goodness I have Jesus. Thank goodness His shots are nothing but net every time, all day long.

Jesus’ dependability is far beyond nothing but net quality. It may look different than what we think we need, but in the end, His way, His shots are much better, and always will be better, than mine. Everytime.

How do you allow Jesus to take your shot for you? I was $40,000 in debt. Jesus provided a resource to use to become debt free. My hot water heater went out. Jesus provided a person to inform me how to get through the weekend and replace it without weekend cost. I needed a home for my family. Jesus provided the house and the friend to show me the house. The battery died and my car wouldn’t start. Jesus provided friend’s to jump start my car and the help to get it replaced. I was at the end of my rope with a teenager attitude. Jesus provided the grace and mercy to sustain the circumstance. I thought I had lost myself in the world around me. Jesus revealed the truth of who I am in Him. Every time, without a doubt or missed shot Jesus was, is and always will be my nothing but net shot. 

Friends, co-workers, bosses, acquaintances, jobs and all other circumstances will let you down at some point in life. Sad, but true. Jesus is in the business of eternal reliability. He is living in you, with you and works through you. Of course He is going to have your back and not let you down. It’s a leap of faith to let Jesus be your all, be your nothing but net. Pass the ball over, He can make any and every shot with nothing but net. 

Thanks for sharing this moment with me. We are in this together, shooting nothing but net, with Him.

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Jumping for Joy

Jumping for Joy

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Cynicism and skepticism are children of doubt. They are clandestine joy stealers. Does anyone categorize a good day when it’s laced with cynicism or skepticism? Does joy overflow when it comes from you or you are around it constantly? I didn’t think so.

The first four books in the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke & John) overflow with miracles of healing by Jesus. God has been and always will be in the business of healing. He gave us the gift of His Son as a human, just like you and me. Jesus lived and walked among us as a living example of God. 

People in that time period were used to following a religious regiment of doing and saying certain things a certain way. Jesus came and rocked everyone’s world. Being the son of God, Jesus was and always will be in the same business as His Father. 

Ten men were consumed with the same disease that alienated them from family, friends and all of society. They created their own support group and lived amongst one another. Through word of mouth, they heard about the healing of Jesus. As Jesus was traveling through their area, from a distance, they cried out to Jesus to have mercy on them. Jesus told them to go see their Spiritual leaders. As they went, they were healed of their disease. 

The cynics of the world say, “Yeah, right! Those guys have been like that for years. There is no way they can be healed instantaneously.“ This is doubt weaseling its way into defunk Jesus. 

Why do you think Jesus told the guys to go to their Spiritual leaders? The Spiritual leaders knew who they were, knew they had a disease that had no cure, knew the reason why they lived where they lived. The leaders, family and their community just got the shock of their lives. Ten guys who had an incurable disease were now healed. I would have liked to have been a witness of that. To be a living, breathing, healed by Jesus walking testimony would be a lifetime of joy-filled days. Cynicism and skepticism can not exist with joy. It’s one or the other. Which do you choose? 

Two thousand years ago and today doubt is a stumbling block to knowing, seeing and believing God’s healing. We are all infected with a disease that steals our joy. External and internal ailments consume our mind into believing we are unhealable. BIG. FAT. LIE.

When you face a circumstance with the mindset of failure, then most likely failure will occur. When you face a circumstance expecting success and healing, by your faith, you will be healed. Often Jesus said, “Your faith has healed you.” Faith in what? Faith is God’s Word and healing power. 

Specialized doctors told me I would not carry a child full term. Two years later, I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. A year and a half later I gave birth to my beautiful baby girl. God healed my physical ailments and gave me two gifts of His grace. 

At times, the hardest battle to fight is the one within our mind that few people can see. Several years ago, I was questioning my identity in Christ and who I was as a woman, wife, mother, pastor’s wife and teacher. My mom, (who knows me better than I know myself!) gently asked what was bothering me. She said, “You’re not yourself. My daughter is hurting and I want to help ease the pain.” (Yep. I’m blessed to have her as my mom!) Tears overflowed as I poured out my hurt and pain. Over time, with the power of my mom’s prayers and the power of God’s Word, my darkness turned to light. I was awakened to the daughter God had created me to be. Because of my faith, He healed me. 

Sadness, loss, despair and emptiness almost stole my joy for good. At times, my only prayer was, “Have mercy, Father. Please have mercy.” Through my faith, belief and grasp on His promises, He poured mercy over me and the darkness turned to light. Relief of the inner pain. Relief from the merry-go-round conversation rolling around in my head. Relief from feeling this was as good as it’s going to get. Not just relief, even better, healing. Jesus heals physical, outword diseases. Jesus also heals inward battles of our hearts and minds. 

The ten guys that were healed from their physical disease, jumped for joy, ran for joy as a  living, breathing miracle of Jesus. YOU are a living, breathing, walking, jumping for joy example of the power and miracles of Jesus. You are a walking witness of His great and mighty power of His Word and healing. Do you believe He has healed you? Are you jumping for joy? Are you excited to go tell someone how God has healed you?

“Let me tell you ‘bout my Jesus. Let my Jesus change your life.” Anne Wilson – “My Jesus”

Reflect on how and when Jesus has healed you. Tell someone about your Jesus. Help others see Jesus through you. Jump for joy in His healing. 

Thanks for sharing a moment with me. We are in this together, jumping for joy, in Him. 

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