Take flight!

This picture is of me learning to take flight in my life. I have recently returned from serving overseas in the Philippines. Kids International Ministries is a wonderful mission devoted to loving the less fortunate and furthermore breaking the cycle of poverty.

Here we had the opportunity to feed local children twice each day at different locations. This location is called the “Happy Place” and ironically is at a large trash dump. These beautiful children probably would have gone hungry that day if we had not visited and fed them.

The children are excited to see us and know the drill. They come running up with a cup, bowl, or bag for us to fill with piping hot food prepared at the mission by a team of dedicated women. It was pure joy on my part to have a small part in filling each cup for them that day. The beauty I saw in their eyes reflected the love of Jesus.

Today my morning devotion confirmed on my heart that I have taken flight in my life. Unsteady, and unsure sometimes, for sure, but definitely in flight. I pray this touches you in some way and you lean into what God has in store for your journey.

The bird who dares to fall is the bird who learns to fly”

This is a famous, seemingly anonymous quote which packs a punch! Birds often learn to fly by being kicked out of the nest by their parents. Sometimes they are even allowed to just free fall, with the parent swooping under them at the last minute to save them from plunging to the ground. Eagles are commonly known to practice this technique with their young. The eaglet is repeatedly pushed out of the nest and falls, flapping desperately until their parent catches them on their wings and takes them back up to the nest. This is repeated over and over as the eaglet’s desperate flapping becomes more and more intentional and effective, until suddenly, they’re flying! 

The point is though, that in order for that bird to learn to fly, they must dare to fall. They must take the risk and step into the unknown to try in the first place. That stomach churning moment we feel when we step off the edge of the abseiling wall, or jump from the plane, or stand on a stage to sing for the first time, is the moment we need to learn to embrace! It represents taking new ground, advancing in our gifts, and stepping into a new season. We are done being fed in our nice warm nests; it’s time to step out and fly! 

We can get so attached to our nests – or to the easy comfort of our sofas – that we don’t want to step out onto the mountainside that awaits us. We are quite happy to veg out and watch TV, not realizing that as we do, our muscles and ‘wings’ are not developing as they should. The longer we go without stepping out, the less effective our wings will be when we eventually decide that maybe we should be flying, doing what we were created for, since we are, after all, a bird! 

There are promises in the Bible to encourage us to take risks. Today’s verse promises that He will restore us so that we may live in His presence. He also promises that as surely as the sun rises, He will appear, and come to us like winter rains. There is no down-side to these promises. 

A bird doesn’t have an identity crisis when standing at the edge of the nest. It may feel afraid to step into the unknown and do something new, but there are some truths in which it can always find security. There is no doubt that it has wings, and certainly no doubt whether or not it is a bird. 

When God speaks to us about His will in our lives, we, too, can find security. We do not find it in ourselves, but in the truths we know about His identity and character. In God, we can be confident in what we hope for, and have assurance in what we do not see – that He will catch us if we fall. He will not let us plunge to our deaths! 

When we decide to step out of the nest, it is a risk. There may be a moment after we have stepped out in faith, when we feel like we’re free-falling! But He’s right next to us, His eye is on us, and He will swoop in and save us when we need it, as long as that is His perfect will for our lives. This is where the following phrase is useful: 

“Do not let the fear of what you see, shake the faith in what you’ve heard”!

The important thing to remember is that we may have a very different perspective on exactly when we need to be saved. So many of us have felt abandoned by God, wondering why He hasn’t yet swooped in and stopped our free-fall. We can’t understand why He has left us to plummet to an inevitable death. But God sees the size of the mountain far more accurately than we do. He shaped it and formed it, and He was the one who placed us there.

This is why we can be confident. God knows that one day we’ll be jumping from our nests and learning to fly from the precipice. He can see the height. He knows when and where the shadows will be. He sees it all. We can be confident that when God has spoken, we can have hope in the future, and assurance in all that we’ve yet to see. 

Being Awakened is all about understanding more about who God is, and therefore more about who we are, and therefore more about what our calling, giftings and callings are. 

Loving Others as you Love Yourself

“To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” Mark 12:33

What does loving others look like for you?

For us it means going into the community and bringing joy to a child’s day. Looking into their eyes and sharing a smile or an encouraging word.

We believe it is important for every child to know they are valuable. We may not be able change their circumstances: homeless, without running water, or proper shelter, but we CAN bring the hope and joy of God through our small acts.

Every step of caring and loving another is so important. You may never know the impact but it will make a lasting difference in a persons life. You are planting a seed of hope.

Today, take the time to care for others as yourself. It is a true and pure offering to God.

Blessings to you, Lori

How Do We Find Our Purpose in 2020?

This is the burning question that comes up often as we ring in the New Year.  This year I have heard a lot of talk about what is your one word for the year… yikes, that takes some deep thinking.  Not a list, not a sentence, a WORD!  Well, I won’t say I have mastered my word of the year yet, but in my bible devotion reading this morning I had some strong progress that I would like to share.  Who knows, it may even help you also find your word, or at least your God given purpose which is really the win, and all of us serving God are looking for.

You Version Bible plan devotional:

It asked a few mind provoking questions…

What breaks your heart or inspires and invigorates you?

What is it you do that when you do it, engage with it, or even think about it- it excites you, and makes you feel alive?

If eternity is connected to it, that is your passion revealing your destiny.

The best question to ask regarding passion is if it wasn’t for money, family, or time- is there something in your life that you would do?

What would it be?

Passion left unaddressed dies, or at least – it remains squelched.

How I love these questions and it encourages me to continue to step out in the areas God has called me to.  Not they things others say I should be doing, not the things society says make me a good wife or mother, not the security, and comfort I seek, definitely not the talents I believe I have to use, but what GOD CREATED ME FOR.  The story He has created for me to share in my life journey.

I pray these questions I shared inspire you to ask God what He created you for.  We all have a purpose and now is the time to step out and trust in your God given passion!

Blesings,  Lori

 

 

 

At Be Heartfelt, we serve kids and youth who are in need.  We are passionate about every person knowing they are valuable, deeply loved, and are created for a purpose.  We spend time loving on kids and youth that have experienced difficult circumstances in their young years.  Each child is unique and so is their story.  We visit orphanages, homelessness communities, refugees, and kids in foster care to name a few. Thank you so much for visiting our page and for your continued support.