More to See…

This beach looked perfect.

Its beautiful blue water and white sand beach was breath taking.  From the outside looking in, it seemed like perfection.  BUT it was not. 

These same magical waters were also home to the Portuguese man o war jellyfish.  Captivated by the beauty of the waters, my boys and I ran and jumped into these waves.  Immediately, one of my son’s got stung. 

It is easy to make judgments based on how something looks on the outside.

Have you ever looked at someone else’s life and thought it was perfect?  Looking at the pictures they post on social media, you conclude that they have it all together.  Friends, I know I have struggled with this before.

I love the quote from Steven Furtick’s book, Crash the Chatterbox.  It says, “Don’t compare your behind the scenes with someone else’s highlight reel.”

 Just like that day on the beach, we were only looking at the surface.  Once we dug deeper, we realized that nothing is perfect. Everyone has their struggles.

My boys and I just got back from the beautiful island of Oahu.  Each day, I posted some of my favorite pictures from the day, and I realized that I was just showing the highlight reel.

In an effort to be completely transparent, let me share with you some of our behind the scenes:

  • There was frustration trying to find places we have never been before and sadly, impatience and snapping at my kids on my part.
  • There was ungratefulness and complaining especially when one is a teenager and at times wishing he was home with his friends.
  • There were many arguments in the car, in the hotel, and on the beach.

 It was a great vacation, but it was not perfect. No one has a perfect life.  There are no perfect parents or perfect kids. 

Remember that life is not all good or all bad, but actually somewhere in the middle. 

As we look at others, let’s remember we all have our struggles that we are working on.  Let’s extend love and grace. Let’s try not to compare, especially “our behind the scenes with someone else’s highlight reel”.

Friends, it is easy to compare but today I challenge us to look deeper, not just at the surface. Instead of comparing, let’s cheer each other on. Let’s encourage one another because we know that there is more to see than just what is on the outside.

Love, Jodi

Are you Living in the Faith Zone?

I’m feeling very overwhelmed.

My God sized dream is pushing me out of my comfort zone, and it is scary.  I am doing things that I have never done before and honestly feeling completely underqualified.  Can anyone relate?

Has God asked you to step out in faith? 

Are you feeling the stress of pursuing this God sized dream too?  Let me share with you this quote that I love: “If your dream does not scary you, it is not big enough.”  

God does not want us to have dreams that are so small that we can handle them on our own.  That would not require any faith on our part.  Instead, He wants to fully rely and lean on Him for strength, wisdom, and guidance as we pursue this big dream He has placed on our hearts.

God sized dreams require faith!

Faith is believing even when you cannot see how it is all going to work out.  Today, when we begin to feel overwhelmed, let’s remember that God is in control!  He wants us to completely trust Him with the plans He has for our lives.

I love the verse in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

It can be hard when we don’t fully know the plan or see the big picture but that is exactly when God asks us to take a leap of faith.

Are you leaping?  Are you stepping out in Faith?  Do your dreams scare you?  Then you are exactly where God wants you to be! 

You are in the Faith Zone!

Completely trusting God and depending on Him for your next step.

Friends, if I am honest, the faith zone can feel overwhelming.  Just like I felt this morning, these anxious feelings will arise.  When this happens, I want us to remember that these feelings are just reminders that we are on the right path. 

Stepping out in faith is not easy.  It will feel stressful.  It will require trust and stretch you beyond what you are capable of.  But that is exactly the very spot where your faith will help you surrender your plans with God’s plans.  Your strength with God’s strength.   

Friends, this is exactly where you want to be! Living in the Faith Zone!

Love, Jodi