IN SHOWING UP  By Lori A Alicea

We’re all showing up somewhere each day for the fulfillment of our dreams, our passions, our gifting, our destinies, our hopes, our callings…to bring God glory for His Kingdom success…

Showing up…To hit a home-run with our dreams…USE Ethan bat 2022

Showing up…To aim into the hoops of our passions…USE Free throw line

Showing up…To master the moves of our gifting…england juzitu 4

Showing up…To soar into our destinies…USE Hollis Skateboarding arms in air

Showing up…To scale the pyramids of our hopes…IMG_4428IMG_4424

Showing up…To take up our towel and serve…Brookes Cookies 004

Showing up…To conquer what stands in the way of our calling…USE THIS Brystol on mat

Showing up…to ride the waves towards a Kingdom success…Rosalee Kizzie on surfboard

Showing up requires and demands of us years of faithfulness to steward the gift God has given to bring Him glory.

Showing up faithfully when the spotlight on your years of dedication takes place when no one is sitting in the stands to applaud your efforts.

Showing up faithfully even when the confidence of others looks the other way from the inexperience they see in you.

Showing up faithfully and facing fearlessly into the waves of a dream bigger than first imagined.

Showing up faithfully as a child in their lack of training, but willing to grow and glean the excellence from their Master.

Showing up faithfully when you wonder if this is your dream after all, but showing up anyways, confident in the steps God directs; trusting that one dream might give birth to another.

Showing up faithfully year after year, fainting not in the wins, the losses, the strikeouts and home-runs of your spirit.

Showing up faithfully in the risk and dangers of those falls and failures; turning a deaf ear to the voice of quitting.

Showing up faithfully and celebrating the small wins and successes of a bigger dream.

Showing up remembering it’s never been about our gifts after all, but about the giver who bestows to us our gift.

Because there will be those days and seasons of drought when you inspect and question the fruits of your labors, the yields of your harvest, the strength of your spirit to continue sowing into the dry fields of these dreams.USE Hollis skateboarding spill

But we are reminded to call on Him and be encouraged in these thirsty seasons…

And let us not grow weary while doing good,
For in due season we shall reap
If we do not lose heart.
Galatians 6:9 (NKJV)

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As we show ourselves faithful, God will kiss back and show off even more faithful.

To the faithful, you show yourself faithful…
Psalm 18:25 (NIV)

Just this past Sunday, our Pastor had a prophetic word of encouragement for those faithful laborers who show up…

SUCCESS IN THE KINGDOM
By Pastor Ron Johnson

Success in the Kingdom is about our faithfulness, it’s about showing up, it’s about making good choices, God honoring choices and repeating that over and over again…

You just keep showing up, keep being faithful, and keep improving every year.
Then you’ll step into a season of exceptional favor from the Lord.

Yes, God really rewards and hands out medals to those found faithful…

If we faint not;
If we do not lose heart.

Until our race is over…

We must remember…

Continue to show up at the plate…
Show up at the free throw line.
Show up the mat…
The park…
The gym…
The stove…

Show up…to ride the waves towards a Kingdom success…IMG_4385

Wherever God has called you to show up at, show up and jump as a fearless child into your calling.IMG_E4347

Though much is required and demanded of us during these faithful years of showing up.

We joyfully steward the gift God has given us to bring Him much deserved glory.

 

WHEN OPPORTUNITY COMES  By Lori A Alicea

An ordinary boy,
Prepares an ordinary lunch,
For an ordinary day,
Or so he thought.

Five loaves of bread and two fish;

A lunch he prepared as days before, but a lunch he prepared nevertheless.

The day begins as ordinary as the day before, yet God was about to do something extraordinary using the ordinary boy and his lunch.

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John Wooden once quoted:
When opportunity comes, it’s too late to prepare.

Miracles and opportunities are a moment away if we expect them, if we look for them, if we are prepared for them.

Going about his day, this boy couldn’t have anticipated a hungry crowd of five thousand to intersect his travels, a crowd Jesus told his disciples to feed.

Offering up his lunch, Jesus broke this ordinary meal of five loaves and two fish from an ordinary boy and blessed this meal back into the disciple’s hands, where it multiplied to feed five thousand and their families, with twelve baskets remaining.
(John 6:1-14)

An opportunity came and found this boy well prepared to witness and become part of a miracle.

God used an ordinary boy in an extraordinary way.

God has opportunities waiting to intersect our travels also, but we must be prepared in season and in out, to meet them.

Because…

When opportunity comes, it’s too late to prepare.
John Wooden

Jesus longs to use and do great things with whatever rests in our hand.

Our hearts should echo this willingness…

Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee…
Acts 3:6 KJV

Our ordinary lunches have great potential when we offer them up to Him.

Jesus wants our song, our poem, our story, our painting, our love, our compassion, our anything, even a fish, so He can take and multiply what’s in our hand for a miracle.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

God has need of thee.

He’s gifted us each on purpose for reasons which will reveal itself when we least expect.

Trusting when the opportunity comes, we find ourselves fully prepared in our gifting.

Author and speaker Lisa Bevere encourages…

Offer God whatever He has placed in your hand – whatever is in your care or control. Offer it up for heavenly purposes and see what God will do. As we release what is in our hands, He releases what is in His.

Yesterday over coffee with a dear friend, God put me to the test with the content of this blog already in progress, when I was asked to speak at a conference my friend of many years was hosting,

When Opportunity Comes…

Among the lively conversations shared around each table that morning at this local eatery, privately I was having a Moses moment with God, reluctantly responding as Moses did when God presented an opportunity to him long ago,

Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent (of speech)…”
Exodus 4:10 NIV

It’s easy to hide behind these written words of mine, a wall of personal security.

Yet, while I’m not afraid of testifying God’s Word before others, I tried to justify “my lack of eloquence” to my friend.

Interestingly, I found myself prepared to meet this opportunity with a message already outlined; my life’s message God has prompted me to author and bind into my first book.

How could I confess these truths before man in this blog, while secretly giving God my “no” to this opportunity?

God hath need of thee, to multiply my life’s message and feed a room full of hungry women, if only I’d be willing to offer my ordinary lunch to Him in my “yes”.

I might have dragged my heart a ways down the road before committing to this conference held in a few short months.

But my friend stirred up the excitement in me through a song written by Pastor Mike Jr; excitement I stir up in your opportunities as well; that
God’s getting ready to move…and it’s going to be BIG…

Song BIG
By Pastor Mike Jr.
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You ought to declare that over your own life
That it’s my time
And I can feel it.

Breakthrough is in the room.
God’s getting ready to move.

Listen, you ought to declare this over your own life, say it
For I know my God is working miracles just for me

And it’s going to be BIG…

BEFORE YOU WERE EVER BORN By Lori A Alicea

Who knew?

Who knew that before your days were even one, the impact your small little life would have on all those arms that wait anxiously to hold you for the very first time.

Who knew you’d take our breath away when the song of your heartbeat played ever so quietly before our ears just weeks after learning of your arrival.

Who knew the miracle of watching you sleep during your debut to the world would stir an amazing love in our hearts before you were ever born.

Children are a gift from God.
He knew them before they were ever born.
He planned for them at the beginning of time.
In the beginning their steps have been ordered, the plans for their lives are in place.

Children have a destiny, they’ve been called for a purpose yet to be revealed.
In their mother’s womb, God knits them and keeps a viligent watch. He doesn’t slumber nor take his eyes off of them not even for a moment.

Before you were ever born, your siblings were fighting over you, deciding for themselves where you will sleep and who will hold you first. Your room has been ready for weeks.  Your blankie has been bought and can’t wait to keep you warm.  The diapers are stacked.  A fluffy bear keeps his post on the dresser overlooking your crib.  A nightlight burns softly in the corner across the room from where you will sleep.

Your birth can’t come soon enough. Nine months of siblings repeating “is baby here yet” wears thin on a mother’s patience.  But the hour finally comes and those that have waited an eternity welcome you with open arms.

Before you were ever born you were loved to the moon and back.

Before you were ever born you had a big sister and big brother who couldn’t wait their turn to introduce themselves.

Before you were ever born, the kisses your siblings couldn’t wait to give you.

The gifts, the moments, the preparations made way before you were ever born.

It’s a wonder you are ever able to sleep with an audience who just can’t take their eyes off of you. The innocence of you sweet child, soft and delicate, taking small breaths one after the other, while you rest and grow in your dreams.

Safe and sound in your daddies arms, he vows to protect you from all harm. Witnessing a miracle snuggled up close, your daddies in such awe that the one he holds is really his.
birth ayva 3Sometimes daddy’s first kiss will also be his last for many months until he returns for you after deployment. During that summer to fall season, you will grow into such a big girl that daddy will have to reacquaint himself to you.

Before you were ever born, no one could have imagined how fast you’d grow and change before our baby could count her fingers to one year old. Posing for pictures month after month that first year, capturing your beautiful self for a “time capsule of moments” we’d give anything to relive.  Looking back over the twelve months before us reveals the wonderful holidays, your health challenges, your growth and smiles for days.  You’re loved even more now than before you were ever born.

Before you were ever born, God’s calendar has already marked and reserved your life’s celebrations.

From your first birthday.

Your first haircut.
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Your first day of school.

Your first attempts at stretching your wings.

All those graduations. Your first job.  Your wedding.  Your first child.
So many surprises that wait to celebrate you in years to come.

But for today, we celebrate you.

Two innocent girls who came into this world just weeks apart, cousins who live states apart, yet share a bond and ask for each other when their mommies talk on the phone.

No one could have imagined girls that would steal your heart before they were ever born. Now a family can’t imagine life without them.

You little girls are beautiful.
You little girls have captured our world with your smiles.
We know you both will attempt great feats and achieve your hearts desire.
There are big plans for your life.

I know that because God has prepared for them in fine detail
Before you were ever born.
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BIGGER SHOES TO FILL By Lori A Alicea

When stepping into your destiny shoes do you sense God sent you the wrong size?

You thought you knew what God’s destiny was for your life.

You filled your backpack accordingly for the journey, but in preparation you realize God’s plans require BIGGER SHOES TO FILL.
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“Are you talking to me Lord?”
“Did you confuse me for someone else?”
“These destiny shoes you ordered for my steps don’t fit me Lord?”
“I don’t think I’ll ever grow into these shoes?”
“Do my destiny shoes come with a return policy?”
“What about an exchange Lord?”

At the gate memorializing the first steps towards my destiny…

I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”

My journey begins Lord.  My eyes can’t see, but help me trust that these destiny shoes are just my size.

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May my response to you Lord be without question and without doubt…

“Here am I. Send me!” Isaiah 6:8
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Destiny’s come in all sizes and shapes, though never the size of the one God sends; or so it appears.
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We question and remind the Lord over and over,

I don’t fit into your plan.

Your plans require BIGGER SHOES TO FILL.

But that conversation with God at destiny’s gate continues to echo for my remembrance and trust…

I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”

And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” Isaiah 6:8

God equips perfectly when He sends.

The cobbler holding my destiny custom made these shoes even if my blisters say otherwise.
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These BIG SHOES God has asked me to fill are big on purpose.  There needs to be room for the unimaginable, the unexpected that no mind can conceive, or eye has seen nor ear ever heard.

However, as it is written:  “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”— the things God has prepared for those who love him—
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Corinthians 2:9 NIV

 Oh that my trust be oversized as these shoes God has asked me to walk in.

Might I be confident in reaching for God’s hand along the way as God never asks us to walk alone.

 My life, my every moment, my destiny—it’s all in your hands. …..

Psalm 31:15 TPT

Help my unbelief that these destiny shoes were ordered just for me.

God blow your wind beneath my unbelief and reveal your plan.
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I thank you Lord that my destiny shoes come with a map even if I am only allowed to see one foot in front of the other; one step at a time.
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Thank you Lord that my destiny was known in advance from the beginning of time.

Thank you Lord that you see and believe in me what my mirror doesn’t reflect.

Thank you Lord for these big dreams and destiny you have prepared and planned for me; dreams and destiny requiring
BIGGER SHOES TO FILL.

As in these BIG shoes you are going to do BIG things through me.The Princess Within Rosalee with shoes

We have become his poetry, a re-created people that will fulfill the destiny he has given each of us, for we are joined to Jesus, the Anointed One. Even before we were born, God planned in advance our destiny and the good works we would do to fulfill it!

Ephesians 2:10  TPT