Archive for March, 2016

How Can You Finish on Time?

Monday, March 7th, 2016

At 4:27 am, I bounced out of bed. For some of you that might be normal, but I’m not a morning person. I had to be at a meeting almost an hour from home by 7:00 am.

The night before I had my clothes ready and everything at the door that needed to go with me. I had even washed and cut the fruits and vegetables for my morning drink.

At the meeting, I couldn’t believe how wide-awake, cheerful, and humorous the members of that club were. All the early birds must flock there.

After the meeting, I had to drive to the car dealer for a regular maintenance check for my car and the state safety inspection. While I waited, I completed a Bible lesson and worked on other projects.

From there, I picked up my mail, came home, ate lunch, and did paperwork. As I did, my mind was spinning with thoughts of the take-home final exam with a deadline of September 26, an upcoming radio interview, and a speaking engagement to name a few.

Would I finish on time? Could I finish on time? Fear and worry crept in. I called a friend to ask her a question and told her about my feelings about the take-home exam and my other deadlines.

She said, “Yvonne, you can do this. You’re anointed.”

As soon as she said that, God’s peace flowed through me, and I remembered a Bible verse in which God told me not to be fearful and promised to help me. Why hadn’t I thought of that before? Why had I needlessly fretted?

When you think of all you need to do, do you become fearful or dismayed?

Isaiah 41:10: “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Dear God, I have so much to do today. Please help me. Amen.

Application: What will you do this week to allow God to strengthen and help you?

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She is the author of
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That’s Not What I Expected

Friday, March 4th, 2016

Today’s word-of-the-week…

EXPECTED

That’s Not What I Expected

Interesting sermon title, huh? The pastor used an incident from David’s life to illustrate how life with God frequently takes unexpected turns.

Good point. If you’re anything like me, you can look back and see lots of things that turned out a good deal differently than you figured they would. Many turned out much better than we could have imagined. Some were just different, maybe something we wouldn’t have thought of. And some, well, some were pretty tough.

The title of the sermon got me thinking about Jesus. Once in a while I get the chance to explain Jesus to someone–not the political Jesus or the do’s and don’t’s Jesus or the prosperity Jesus or any of the other versions of Jesus people make up, but the just the basics Jesus. And when you tell someone His message is as simple as “Believe in me and you’re forgiven” the response is nearly always something like:

That’s Not What I Expected

If you think about it, Jesus was a surprise from the beginning. The religious folks of His day anticipated a Messiah, but what they got wasn’t at all what they expected.

He’s still surprising us.

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Will You March on?

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

After a nine-day trip to Las Vegas, I returned home exhausted. Have you ever felt that way after a business trip or a vacation?

I didn’t go there for a vacation. I went for three conferences on speaking, leadership, and business that were scheduled back to back.

Since those conferences occurred only that one time, I took advantage of my frequent flyer miles. I attended all three with gratitude that I wouldn’t need to make three separate trips.

A friend told me our third day there, “We’ve walked 59,000 steps today, and we haven’t left the hotel to go to dinner yet.”

At that moment, I wanted to skip dinner. How would you have reacted? My legs and feet felt as if I had walked 159,000 steps that day instead of 59,000. That night I propped my feet and went to bed early only to get up the next day and repeat the marathon.

The last day of the final conference I told my roommate to nudge me if I dozed. She did more than once. I smiled and said, “Thank you.”

In my defense, I must add that she was there only for the third conference.

I reminded myself of the wonderful opportunity to learn from some of the best in speaking, leadership, and business and to meet countless people with the same goals.

Judges 5:21: “March on, my soul; be strong!”

Dear God, help me march on and be strong. Amen.

Application: What will you do this week to march on and be strong?

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Yvonne is a Speaker, Author, Counselor, Cancer Survivor and
serves on the Board of Directors of Christians in Recovery.
She is the author of
“Moving from Broken to Beautiful: 9 Life Lessons to Help You Move Forward”
Download her One Sheet at http://www.yvonneortega.com.
If you would like to have her speak for your organization or church, please contact her through
her website: http://YvonneOrtega.com