DO YOUR ASSIGNMENT!

       I believe every person has a God assignment!  Something they were born to do. Maybe your reading this and you know exactly what that assignment is, or maybe your just beginning that journey, and starting to discover what that is. Either way I think this blog is for you, and I want to share some of the things I have discover as I have walked out my assignment.

1) Don’t compare yourself and your journey to someone else’s!

          Seriously write that down!  You cannot do your God assignment successfully while comparing yourself to what others are doing. You have everything you need to do what God has designed for you to do. You have the right skill sets, the right gifting, and the right personality. You have what you need for your specific assignment. If you start comparing yourself with someone else you will get off of your assignment and start trying to do theirs. That’s a frustrating unfulfilling place to be.  You don’t have the grace for their race you have grace for your race.  You are an original and you need to be you. This world needs you! Please be you! Plus if your busy wishing you were doing what they are doing you will miss the awesome things God wants to do in you, and through you.

2) Don’t look for the “Wow” and miss the Now.

        The little things you do everyday matter. It may not seem like it, and it may not feel like it, but it matters. Those seemingly un-wow moments can be very significant. Keep doing what you know to do.  We all like the “Wow” moment in a story, that place where we see the effects and the fruit immediately, but the reality is most great things take time.

            Think about It.  I wonder if David from the bible saw the significance of killing the lion and the bear.  I wonder if he knew it was preparing him for the “Wow” moment where he would take down Goliath. It really is all those little things that prepare you for that “Wow” moment. So don’t despises the moment your in. Zechariah 4: 10a say’s, “Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin” ( NLT, Biblegateway.com).

 3) Enjoy the journey!

      Seriously enjoy were you are at. Stop waiting for the season your in to be over!  Your life is not just a specific moment it’s the entire journey. Enjoy whatever stage of the journey your in. Don’t spend your life living in the one day I’m going to do this or that. Or I’m going to be satisfied and feel successful and fruitful when I fulfill this specific assignment. If you live like that; you will miss the journey. Don’t rush it! Enjoy it.

                                                                                           -Tara


Break the Cycle

Have you ever shared your dream with someone and instead of hearing I believe in you! You can do it! They belittled your dream, your goal, and your assignment. Perhaps you were hoping for a Mordecai to cheer you and say you were brought to the kingdom for such a time as this. Instead you encountered Saul, someone jealous, and ready to haul spears at you.

I am convinced that most people at one time or another have faced rejection! From personal experience I can say that it stings more when it comes from someone who you valued but they didn’t value you back.The question is not if someone will reject you or your dream, but what to do when someone rejects you or your dream?

1) Don’t let what’s happen to you happen through you!

I was reading earlier this week about Joseph. If you have not read the story before check it out starting in Gen. 37, but here is the synopsis. God gave him a dream and his brothers hated him because of the dream. That’s what I always saw when I would read this story. They hated the dreamer, but the other day I saw something I had never seen before. It’s found in the verse right above where Joseph shared his dream.

It says, “ when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him” (NLT).

The bottom line is hurting people hurt people! His brothers felt hurt by their dad and they took it out on Joseph. Thankfully Joseph stopped this cycle he forgave, and his dream actually came true. He also delivered, and saved his entire family from famine. It seems that most people who have tried to kill your dream have had someone kill theirs. It’s so important to forgive! I know it hurt. I know their words or actions stung, but this world needs healthy leaders. Don’t let what’s happen to you happen through you. Stop the cycle, and forgive!

2) Be to the next generation what you wish someone would have been for you!

Years ago my husband and I were just starting out in ministry we were let go (which is a nice way of saying fired) from a ministry position. I was 5 months pregnant and we were now jobless, no insurance, and felt abandoned. I remember crying out to God saying I have no one!

I flipped on the tv which I know doesn’t sound very spiritual but I happened to be living in Tulsa where almost every station that Is local has some type of preaching on it. Lisa Bevere happened to be on, and said something that would become a defining life-changing moment for me. She said, “she use to ask for that mentor that person that would cheer her on and, mentor her until one day God said be to the next generation what you wish someone would have been for you”.

That statement hit me so hard back then. It changed everything. From that moment I chose to be for people, and their dream! To be that leader to others that I wish someone would have been for me especially in my earlier years. Just to clarify, I discovered that as I got my eyes off of myself and what I desperately thought I needed, God brought other leaders into my life that have spoken life to me and encouraged me. I’m thankful for those mentors. We do need each other! We were never meant to do life alone!

I hope this blog encourages you today to go and speak life to someone! You could be the Mordecai they needed.

Prayer & Strategy

It takes both Prayer and Strategy! It is not an either or thing! I’ve seen a lot of churches and leaders pray for the lost and pray for their community, but with little results. I’ve seen churches strategize like crazy but not pray and they have little results as well. The churches that I have seen that are healthy and growing have both! As a certain Pastor often says, “It takes the natural and the supernatural working together that make an explosive force for God” (Kenneth W. Hagin). I think sometimes in our non-denominational churches we have been strong in the area of prayer but lacking on the strategy or action side of it!

 A great example of both prayer and strategy is found in Matt. 9: 35-38 Message Bible        

Then Jesus made a circuit of all the towns and villages. He taught in their meeting places, reported kingdom news, and healed their diseased bodies, healed their bruised and hurt lives. When he looked out over the crowds, his heart broke. So confused and aimless they were, like sheep with no shepherd. “What a huge harvest!” he said to his disciples. “How few workers! On your knees and pray for harvest hands!”

 Jesus prayed for harvest hands. He prayed for the harvest! He got his disciples to pray, but notice He didn’t stop there! After he prayed he had a plan and he put that plan into action.

This was the strategy He gave His 12 disciples

Matt.10: 5-8—Message Bible

Jesus sent his twelve harvest hands out with this charge:
“Don’t begin by traveling to some far-off place to convert unbelievers. And don’t try to be dramatic by tackling some public enemy. Go to the lost, confused people right here in the neighborhood. Tell them that the kingdom is here. Bring health to the sick. Raise the dead. Touch the untouchables. Kick out the demons. You have been treated generously, so live generously.

 Jesus had a strategy on what his team was too do next!!  He prayed and then He said ok this is How we are going to walk out what we just prayed out. –Church Leader If you have been praying to impact your city and for God to shake your community Great, What is your strategy to reach your community? In prayer God can show you unique ways to impact your community, but then you need to put action to it to carry it out! I hope this inspires you to think about what you have been praying for and to discover the next step and action you need to take.

           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

S.M.A.R.T

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S.M.A.R.T

Here it is a New Year, and this is my third attempted at starting and continuing with my blog. Every year I get re-inspired and every year I fail. I’m sure I’m not alone in this. People set goals each year and every year they fall short, and some just outright fail. So what can I do and what can you do differently this year so we can actually reach our goals?

I want to point out that the reason I fail at my blog every year isn’t because of a lack of desire or passion. I’m sure whatever your goal is you really want to see it through. I’m sure you’re passionate about getting fit, writing that book, working on your relationship, planting that church, or starting your business.

I’m sure it’s not a lack of passion, calling or desire on your part either. I know this will not seem deeply spiritual but hopefully it’s simply practical. It really comes down to something I learned in college in my business classes; my goals have not been S.M.A.R.T!

Smart Goals are:

Specific— Make sure your goal is specific and not vague. For example a vague goal would be I am going to start my blog this year. A specific goal says I am going to start my blog Monday, January 6th, and will post a weekly post each Monday by 10a.m.

Measurable—You have to have some way to measure your progress. For example, with my blog I am posting once a week on Monday. If Tuesday comes and I don’t have a post I missed my deadline. I can easily see every week if I am on track or not.

Attainable—Is your goal attainable? That’s the question here. For example if I said I was going to do a blog everyday this year as a new blogger, for me that would be unattainable. I know some blogging guru’s do it but I’m not there yet. An attainable goal for me is to do start of as weekly blogger.

Relevant– Is there a point or a purpose to what you are doing? My purpose with this blog is to say things that can help and inspire people. It also helps me learn and grow in the area of writing and communication. Some day I want to write a book. I think this is a good start.

Time-Based– Goals will not be reached without a time frame attached to it. How would you be able to measure if you were meeting your goal if you don’t set a date? That’s why every Monday at 10 I will be putting out a blog.

I really hope this blog inspires you to make your goals S.M.A.R.T! I also look forward to celebrating with you as you reach your goals this Year!!