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.

 

IN THE FACE OF FEAR  By Lori A Alicea

There is a masquerade party we’ve each attended to on occasion,
Where guests come wearing a mask of the heart…

Their…

Face of hopelessness…
Face of despair…
Face of rejection…
Face of the unknown…
Face of “what if”…
Face of “not measuring up”…
Face of inadequacy…
Face of lack…
Face of sickness…
Face of death…
Face of….

The masquerade of so many faces…
Who hide behind the masks of their fears…

Instead of defying in the face of fear with God’s warning of truth,
I DARE YOU!”

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The storms of life are always brewing.
Some storms are predicted, calculated and seen from miles away.

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There are other storms you run into by accident,

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Whose swells overtake you when least expected.

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But it’s the presence of life’s predictions on radar, the gusts of winds and storms we track, and possibilities of high tides that take us under emotionally in our fears of hopelessness, despair, and rejection.

We run for higher ground in our fear of the “unknown”, the “what if”.

We anchor our boats as we sink from the fear of our inadequacies, our “not measuring up” and in our lack.

In desperation we fire the flares for a rescue from fear of our sickness and imminent death.

In the eye of the storm we hide behind the masks of our fears.

We cower to the water’s  enemies instead of boldly standing up to take them out.

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We must rise up in the lying face of fear,
With eyes of truth of a wonderful God,
Who casts all fear with his love.

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Take back your ground in the face of fear
Reflecting the face of God.

Fear nothing, because…

1God is our refuge and strength, AN EVER-PRESENT HELP IN TROUBLE.

2Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth gives way, though the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

3Though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains quake with their surging.

10 He says, “Be still, and KNOW THAT I AM GOD…
Psalm 46:1-3, 10 NIV