Before My Husband Left Me for Our 18th Wedding Anniversary....

Christopher and I have been married for 18 years! I guess we're officially no longer newlyweds. In some ways it feels like we've been married forever, but at the same time like it's only been a few weeks. The passing of time is such a strange thing.

Because Christopher was scheduled to minister in Colombia on our anniversary, we decided to celebrate a week early. That's perfectly fine with me. I don't hold specific days up too highly anyways.

We skipped town and drove to Minneapolis to catch the Vikings/Giants game on October 3rd. Check out the video clip I posted on Instagram of the beautiful scenery we enjoyed during our drive.

We decided to get to the game as soon as the gates opened to have plenty of time to look around the brand new stadium. US Bank Stadium definitely lived up to all the hype. It was massive, state of the art, and pulsing with energy.

The momentum and team spirit in the place was amazing to me. Beyond the fun of watching our team dominate the field, throw in amazing special effects, indoor fireworks, and 60 thousand people screaming in unity and high fiving each other, and you get some pretty spectacular people watching too.

I couldn't help but think: what if the church got as unified as these football fans! I mean, the whole experience was built around the idea that all of the Vikings fans are a tribe whose job is to defend the North. You could tangibly feel that the crowd was "all in."

What if we as Believers in Jesus Christ were 100% "all in"? What would that look like?

What if banding together to advance the Kingdom was our 100% highest passion? What would change if we truly realized that our "all inness" really matters?

How "In" are you?

See You on the Flip Side

Last Monday we talked about how Slow and Steady Wins the Race. If you missed that post, please check it out. This week I want to look at the flip side of things. Recently I had a few days where I felt like I was pushing against a brick wall. I had all of these things in my heart to accomplish, and had been working towards them with diligence for many months, when I came to a spot where I smacked into what felt like strong resistance.

As I was driving down the road thinking things through, I passed a middle school football field. That was the moment when I was able to put my jumbled up, frustrated feelings into words. I felt like I had been pushing against one of those blocking sleds they use in football practice.


Having that picture in my head brought me relief and peace. I realized that I was actually in a good spot. Sometimes to get something off the ground you have to push. Pushing is hard, painful work. The fact that it is time to push means that something awesome is about to break forth.

When I was in labor with my first son, there was a distinct moment when the pain became so strong, that I just wanted to stop, climb out of the hospital bed, and go home. I had been waiting for that day with all of my heart for nine months, honestly for my whole life. When the pain became overwhelming I just wanted to "stick a pin in it" and try again another day.

Turn back the clock another 23 years. When my mom was ready to give birth to me something crazy happened. When the time to push came, her doctor instructed the nurses to hold her off for what turned out to be several hours. This delay caused physical damage to my mom. She had to have follow-up surgery and ended up only being able to bear two children when she would have liked to have had more.

Sometimes you just have to push! Quitting is not an option, and delay is dangerous.

This is the moment when the resistance actually works for you. Great breakthrough is imminent if you keep pressing forward.

Whenever a woman is in labor she has pain, because her hour has come; but when she gives birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish because of the joy that a child has been born into the world. John 16:21 NASB

I'm realizing that my biggest breakthroughs come when I keep pushing.

(Please do not take this as permission topush against God or against your leaders in a rebellious way. That is definitely not what I am suggesting. If you push too early, you will birth a preemie and go through a lot of added stress.)

Behold, I will do something new, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it?I will even make a roadway in the wilderness,Rivers in the desert.

Isaiah 43:19 NASB