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It was terrifying, spinning in an airplane with the twisting, distorted view of earth as I attempted to see what was in front of me. I felt as though I was in a death spiral heading straight down. I (Patty) knew statistics showed that nearly 500 American deaths occurred in small planes each year. And the leading cause of death is pilot loss of control. There I was in a small Cessna 172 in a stall situation wondering why someone did not take control. The problem was, I was the pilot and I had lost control. The stall was intentional from my flight instructor (The Spin Doctor I later tagged him) and he was trying to get me to react with survival instinct so he could pass me on to my solo flight. After this, I did not want to go on to a solo flight. All of the schooling, money, time and adventure . . . lost. I did not lose my life that day, but I did lose my confidence. I realized trusting my life to me was kind of crazy. I lost faith. The same loss also takes place in our spiritual faith. We hit the “Stalls Of Life” and we lose hope and faith. We get frustrated and lose ‘who we are and whose we are’. It’s our choice, we can either walk away from the adventure God has for us or we can soar into a fabulous breathtaking quest. On Girlfriendit Radio this week we discussed with Kevin Adams, author of the book, The Extravagant Fool:  A Faith Journey That Begins Where Common Sense Ends, and Sara McGue from Bloom, how to discover what kind of undiluted faith we need to get that shot that wakes us up in the morning. Choosing to live surrendered, Lisa and Patty   Hebrews 11
“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”    ~ Philippians 3:14 Have you ever met someone and initially thought, “How does she come up with such amazing ideas? Wow, God has really gifted her with such wild talents and skills. She is so blessed.” But then, the more you came to know her, you realized that despite being gifted and blessed, she worked really hard at being so talented?  Not only did she work hard to develop her talents, but she continues to work hard.  She presses on, day in and day out. People like that don’t just dream about what could be; they DO. They keep moving forward, they seize opportunity, they show up, they persevere. They work and edit and retry and rewrite. They stay rejuvenated by pressing on like Paul tells us to do in scripture. So if you are reading this right now in the “Dreamer Mode”, ask God how you can take your vision to the “Doer Mode”! Listen in as we chat with two creative geniuses and discover the answer to the question, “How did they come up with such amazing ideas?”  They worked hard at it. They pressed on . . . Our first guest, Laurie Beth Jones, is the nationally renowned author of the bestselling Jesus, CEO.  She's known for taking the complex and making it simple.  As a business consultant for major corporations, educational institutions, and NPOs, she is a master at identifying problems and quickly creating solutions.  She has a deep desire to help others find inspiration, joy, and a renewed sense of love for their work and lives. Our next guest is author Deborah Raney, whose first novel, A Vow to Cherish, inspired the World Wide Pictures film of the same title.  Her latest book is another must-read, Home to Chicory Lane. Let us be Doers, P.S. Do something. Get better at your craft or reinvent yourself.  Start today! Even if it is just 15 minutes a day . . . DO.
"But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."  ~Matthew 6:33     What do you put first in your life? God says to put first things first and to seek Him first! Sounds so simple doesn’t it? Yet it’s so easy to seek our closest Starbucks and our best girlfriend first. Or maybe it’s our “To-Do List”, or maybe we even grab hold of our worries and anxieties first. What do you tend to choose first? What and who we choose to put first in our life is significant. It is so easy to numbly go through life as it everything is fine, all the while, we’re searching for something or someone who will validate our feelings and give us our worth. This week Patty and Lisa are talking about First Things First with special guest, Barbara Willis. Their conversation will go below the surface and explore such questions as:
  • Is it okay to not be okay?
  • In the midst of tragedy and loss, how can I find my way back home?
At the age of eighteen, Barbara Willis received a “call” upon her life to educate, encourage, and empower others to be all God intended them to be. Barbara serves as a Consultant for Kurt Warner’s Treasure House, a supportive living community for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She is also the Executive Director of Elevate International, which is called to provide unconventional, life-changing, world-wide ministry to transform and equip the urban community to impact culture--one youth, one family, one generation at a time. This is an encore presentation and a conversation you will find yourself leaning into as it taps into raw emotions we all feel but rarely verbalize. Barbara’s story is powerful and hope-filled.  To listen now, click here. Seeking first things first,

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