Enabling and Equipping

We visited Milwaukee County Zoo last week. We entered the cat area where the gorgeous cheetah dwelled. She paced back and forth…Over and over. She had walked the same path so much that her paws had killed the grass and what was once soft green grass was now a smooth dusty thin pathway.

We read the facts sign about cheetahs. Did you know? Cheetahs can run up to 60 miles per hour!

My daughter asked me, “Is that fast? I want to see the cheetah run.”

Sadly, I realized the cheetah didn’t have enough room to even skip let alone run at 60 miles per hour.

This cheetah couldn’t run at all. She could only pace back and forth in front of the tall glass window where we stood waiting for her to do something interesting.

She was limited…

Only man can remove the limitations of the cheetah. Only God can remove our limitations.

God is an equipping God. He ALWAYS has more for us. He ALWAYS has better for us.

We just need the desire to be more.

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
Ephesians 3:20

The cheetah was at the mercy of man. She wasn’t equipped with what she needed TO BE ALL that she was meant to be.

We fall short. God enables and equips us to be what He has called us to be.

We are simply NOT enough.

We need the help of God, it’s called GRACE. We need Him to change us from the inside out. We need him to open our eyes to see ourselves the way HE sees us.

Once we are all in for Him, He’ll take you further than you ever thought possible.

He will equip you for what He has in store.

Don’t give up yet. He’s got You! Reach for Him!

Pray with me: God, I give you permission to work on me. Help me see the way You see me. Nobody’s idea of me matters except for how You view me. Enable me to be the person (mom, wife, friend, leader, employee) You want me to be. Equip me with the right character, integrity, honesty, and love I need to impact my world. I make you KING of my life. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Thanks for reading -Tonya

Beautifully YOU

There are many types of flowers from roses to daisies, from lilies to daffodils, from the iris to the tulips. All have a distinct characteristic. All are beautiful in their own unique way.

Just like God made many kinds of flowers, He made many kinds of people too.

Each person has the potential and opportunity to impact a life.

My three-year-old son Micah loves to pick dandelions and violets growing in the grass from our little backyard.

One day he came to me with his hands behind his back ready to suprise me. He said, (sweetly with his dimples showing) “Mom I got something for you, flowers!” He showed me two handfuls of dandelions as he jumped around excitedly.

I helped Cindee and Micah cut the stems to the proper size. We put them together in a small cup and displayed them in the middle of the patio table that day. He was proud of his yellow bouquet he foraged himself.

He put a smile on my face that day with his thoughtfulness. And he smiled as he gave them to me.

It feels good to give. It feels better to give than to recieve.

Not everyone thinks highly of the dandelion (a common weed) , but in my son’s eyes they are “pretty flowers” in his words. We are all precious in God’s sight.

No matter what kind of flower you are, we all have the same amount of time on earth.

He blossoms like a flower, then withers; he flees like a shadow and does not last.
Job 14:2

Roses may last a week, carnations maybe 2 weeks. Once picked, tulips live only a few days.

Our time is short. Use it wisely.

Flowers are pleasant to the eyes. They are a gift of beauty to whomever walks by.

As we grow in Christ we have the opportunity to touch the hearts around us.

We can brighten someone’s day with a smile. Share a kind word. Give a compliment. Pray a blessing on a loved one.

Be an encourager. They’re fun to be around!

No matter if you have a large circle of effectiveness or have a small growing circle, YOU are important! YOU can make a difference in your world.

Sometimes we may think we’re not qualified. We may feel inadequate. That is a lie from the enemy.

I will praise You because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful, and I know this very well.
Psalms 139:14

God made you wonderfully! You can be a spark of joy in a heart around you.  We have the opportunity to change the atmosphere around us.

I love to go out on my deck and smell the lilacs and hydrangeas close by.

Let’s stop comparing ourselves to others. Just be real. Instagram is full of picture perfect stories and cliches.

It would be a terrible thing for the petunia to compare itself to the sunflower.

Authenticity is powerful in reaching to a hurting heart. The truth is we all have encountered hurts and pains. That’s just life.

Photo by Rob Schuetz

For we don’t dare classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. But in measuring themselves by themselves and comparing themselves to themselves, they lack understanding. 2 Corinthians 10:12

If we are open in sharing our weaknesses where we have been broken, God gives strength so we can be put back together.

Give someone a sweet smelling fragrance today. Share Jesus. Share a smile. Just be kind.

Be a lovely YOU. Be a peaceful YOU.

You are special! You are unique! You have characteristics that make YOU, YOU!

Be the best version of you because there’s only one YOU!

Thanks for reading. Do you have a favorite flower? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.