Weary & Worship
"Without worship, we go about miserable." ~ A. W. Tozer
Looking at the theme verse, Job 1:20-21, “Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. And he said, “Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” I share my desire to have a heart like Job’s, able to worship no matter how bleak his circumstances. I share my testimony and personal stories of suffering and chronic pain, and how God has chizeled at my heart, doing His continual work of taking my weary heart and transforming it into a heart of worship. I share the hope of the Gospel and practical applications of how others can focus on having a heart full of worship for God.
Weary & Perseverance
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” - 2 Corinthians 12:9
Yes, I believe God is ‘The Great Physician.’ But also yes, sometimes He allows chronic pain or chronic illnesses that are healed after many years, or healed in Heaven. What do we do in the meantime with our pain? In college one day in the cafeteria a girl stopped me and said that she recognized me as “the girl who smiles all the time.” I was stunned. Little did this young lady know that I was struggling seriously with my health and took every ounce of my being to make it through each day. The story of the Apostle Paul and his thorn in his side has brought me great comfort over the years. Through my story of learning to persevere in my pain and various health struggles, and looking at Paul’s story, I hope to inspire and encourage my fellow sufferer to persevere. What a joy we have knowing that we may persevere only through Christ’s strength. Our weakness does not hinder God’s eternal plan.
Weary & Gratitude
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.
Ever since my “Choose Gratitude” speech back in high school, God has continually worked on my heart to find and maintain an attitude of gratitude, instead of an attitude of grumbling, weariness or bitterness. ‘Gratitude’ is one of the topics that excites me the very most! Sharing my story, the stories of others who have inspired me, and the hope of the Gospel, I invite you to join me in the journey of cultivating and keeping a grateful heart - no matter what.
“Most of us are able to thank God for His grace, comfort, and sustaining power in a trial, but we don’t thank Him for the problem, just finding Him in it” - Joni Earickson Tada
Since I was diagnosed with Miserable Malalignment Syndrome when I was twelve years old, I have had my share of pity-parties. Through God’s mercy, during a rather dark season of my life, He began softening my heart to turn from grumbling to gratitude. My original “Choose Gratitude” speech was shared over fifty times and touched hundreds of lives...the largest audience being three-hundred people. You never know what God can do when you say ‘yes’ to Him! The hope of the Gospel and practical applications are included in “Choose Gratitude.” It is updated from the original speech, but shorter in length than “Weary & Gratitude.”
Thanksgiving in Homeschooling
“Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.” - Psalm 100: 4-5
What does Psalm 100 have to do with homeschooling? As someone who was homeschooled K-12th grade, I have a special place in my heart for homeschool moms. In this speech, I remind these moms about their unique ability to impact their children by integrating faith into every area of life. I share how homeschooling households can be filled with Thanksgiving, and how homeschooling impacted my life for the best.