Laying the Reins Down

Kirste and I want to apologize to everyone for being total slackers here on our blog.  This fall has seriously been a busy, crazy and fun one, but our little blog kind of fell on the way side.  I had such a great time doing our series on building our children's faith and pretty much didn't know where to go from there.  I guess that might be a constant thing in the blogging world if you're not planning ahead (which we don't most of the time, haha!). Our family just recently returned from the PBR Finals in Las Vegas.  It was so good seeing some of our dearest friends that we haven't seen in quite some time since Kody has been injured.  I got to share some laughs and tears with three of our past Cooped Up Confessionals, LeAnn Hart, Kylie Shivers and Sara McCoy.  These ladies are so near and dear to my heart and I wish I could see them everyday, they are truly so sweet!  I also got to hug the necks of some other precious sisters that I will be featuring here on our blog soon, so stay tuned!

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With fall being so busy for so many ladies, I wanted to take a moment to redirect our thoughts to what God has put on my heart to share with you all.  For the moms out there, so many times we feel like our identity gets wrapped up into "just being a mommy."  Some may argue the fact that it's ok if that's all we are.  But I'm here to tell you that it's not all who you are.  God has called every single one of us to rise up and start living for what He's putting on your heart to do in His kingdom.  You may not know exactly what that is, but I recently heard a good question to ask yourself to find out what God's calling you do for Him from a sermon podcast by Jesus Culture.                             What moves you to tears?  Is it unborn babies being aborted?  Unsaved souls?  Human trafficking?  Orphans?  The poor?  What moves you is what God is calling you to!  I know these seem like huge endeavors and they are but I always love how my pastors put it, "do for one what you wish you could do for all."  Start small and I believe the best place to start is where you attend church.  Are you serving there?  If not, you should be.  Once you start partnering with God and His people the limitations are taken off.  Do you now why?  Because if He can trust you with the little things, He can trust you with the big things.  Start serving in the kids' church or nursery if your heart hurts when you think of abortion.  Volunteer to greet at the doors if unsaved souls are what bring you to tears.  Offer to prepare meals for those who just had a baby or are sick.  It's amazing the doors that will open to you when start serving.

Oh, and for those who have a dream in your heart to start a business or travel to do missions or any other "out there" endeavor the best place to find those people who might be able to help you along and support you may very well be the people that you serve next to at church.  Why not give it a try?


I'm reminded what my pastor told us on the worship team a couple weeks ago.  He gave us an analogy of when you're riding a very excited horse, you can just feel the power that he holds, but you're holding the reins back and holding him back from running.  Then, you lay the reins down and let him go, how that rush of excitement feels when you just trust him to run.  That's what my pastor wanted us to do in our worship that morning, he wanted us to just trust the Holy Spirit and lay our reins down for him to run.

God's waiting for you and so is your true calling in life.  Are you going to take that next step and trust Him?

Share with us what God's put on your heart and if you "laid the reins down" in your life.  We want to hear!

Love you all!