May 4, 2012

Friday SHINE....

Today's Reading: Job 12

It's Fun Friday, SHINE girls! Celebrate!

Wow! What a week we have had in God's word and here on SHINE. I mean, there are just no words to describe what God has taught me (us) this week.

Are you with me?

As I threw down my proverbial "crutches" this week, I have to admit--it was scary.

My comfortable self got a little (a lot) uncomfortable. I had kind of gotten comfy with my "bondage" and "struggle." They were a part of my wardrobe. (and not an attractive part)

Can you relate?

I had always chalked my struggle up to this: "It's just the way I am."

What a LIE! No, not just a LIE--a bold faced LIE from Satan!

If it is just the way that I am--then why does God promise us Victory? What would be the point of that promise? His word cannot lie. It is not capable of lying.

Here me again: IT CANNOT LIE.

"God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?"
Numbers 23:19

Hey, that verse again one more time!

Are you out of chair yet? I mean, seriously. Awesome, awesome stuff.

As I was leaving my daughter's school yesterday, I caught a glimpse of all of the first graders in the lunchroom. They were sitting on the floor--Indian style--watching a mariachi band perform.

I sneaked in there so that I could blow a kiss goodbye to my daughter.

As I watched the band, and watched the children watching the band, I got choked up.

Okay, the music was good--but that is not why I got choked up.

These 6 and 7 year olds were on the floor, quiet and mesmerized by this little mariachi group. Completely mesmerized.

I grabbed my phone and snapped a (blurry) shot of this site.

"I see a generation 
Rising up to take their place
With selfless faith..."
words to Hosanna

God spoke to me in that very that very doorway of the cafeteria.

"This is why you and my sheep need Victory. These are my little lambs, Jill. See how they are watching this band? Imagine how they are watching you. Blaze this path for them, Jill. If not you, then who?"

Oh, girls! I hurried to the car, turned up my Hosanna song on the CD and cried my eyes out on the drive home.

THIS is why we need to nip this VICTORY thing in the root girls. These little lambs are on our heels. Watching our every move. Waiting to see if they too can have this "Victory" thing.

Let's show them LOUD and CLEAR! Victory is for the taking when you serve Jesus Christ! Not just for me, not just for you, but for ALL who choose to accept His gift and throw the crutches in the fiery pit once and for all!

As mascara is dripping off of my eye lashes (yes, it really is), I plead with you to walk this Victory lap once and for all. It's time. You are ready.

Are you a babysitter? A child care worker? A teacher? A mother? A grandmother? An Aunt? A tutor? A cousin? A sibling?

Whoever you are....WHOEVER you are.....some little lamb is watching you. And make no mistake, they are desperately needing you to show them Victory. They are searching for the nearest wellspring of Hope.

Be that Hope, girls. Do not pass the buck on this. YOU are the Hope. You be the one to show them Victory. True, God-given, God-breathed, Victory.

Once and for all.

Your Friday challenge:

Speak your Victory to someone today. Say it out loud for someone to hear. If you cannot say it to their face, email it, text it, phone call it...whatever works for you. Just get it outside of your head and into the Light of the Lord for the total healing. The final Victory.

 Your Victory lap is today. Hear me? Not tomorrow, not Saturday, not next week, not next year...


If you want to share under this all means...we would LOVE to hear.

Be bold, girls. He's worth it.

walking--no, running--my Victory lap,


**Speaking my challenge: Today, I choose to walk in Victory from fear, panic attacks and anxiety. I'm DONE.

Thank you, Jesus.


  1. Anonymous5/04/2012

    Walking my victory lap today too! I am victorious over worrying over a family member. I give this to the Lord and I will walk in Victory!!! This is not my cross to bear, I know this now. Changing my old habits, and giving my worry over to PRAYER! I feel lighter already!!!!! PRAISE THE LORD JESUS!!!

  2. Anonymous5/04/2012

    Jill, this is awesome!!! Thank you for the reminder that my little lambs are watching me. Boy do I need to clean some stuff up. I get lost in the mix sometimes, and forget that they are seeing the little things, even though I'm not showing them the big things I'm struggling with. Plain and simple, He's awesome working through you, and you are awesome doing what you do!!!! Thank you for pushing me to be a better person in Him, thank you for speaking life into me, thank you for believing in all of us, thank you for loving us, and thank you for doing more for me daily than you could ever imagine. You speak the truth in love perfectly every day. I love you! Sarah

  3. Running the lap, Jill...and older me...but a better me for He renews my strength and I mount up on the wings of eagles...I will run and not be weary...I will walk and not faint...teach me LORD...O teach all of us O LORD...that this waiting on the LORD is as a waiter on a table in an excellent we go He we pray, moving, and doing all that we are and can do...until He does the part we can't..woo hoo!! Abounding in being in one mind and heart with my husband as I approach this 43rd anniversary at the end of this month...pursuing that place of agreement in all things...Victory is mine!!! O Victory in Jesus!!! forever and ever and ever!!!! Gloooorrrrrryyyyyy!!!!! In Jesus' Name, Amen and Amen.

  4. Back in November or December the Lord showed me this verse: Psl 27:14 Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD. I posted it on my fb favorite quotes. hahaha, I JUST found it again yesterday - 4 months later. When God showed it to me I said 'OK, this will be interesting to see how this plays out, I'm ready Lord, go ahead on'. I can not, at this time, go into details (but soon I will) at how circumstances in my life changed drastically. It brought me to my knees girlfriends, broke me and left me raw. The waves kept coming and coming. I cried out and said 'Lord, I will NOT trade my salvation for this, the battle is Yours, my anchor is on the alter and come what may, I'm holding on, I want YOU to receive glory.' Yes, again and again it kept hitting. I spoke to my children, who are grown, but I have 7 precious grandchildren and told them 'If we don't live it, how will they learn?' Whoa! God heard me again and brought that to my remembrance time and again. Now, He didn't just leave me in the desert stripped and broken, with wave after wave hitting, he sent angel after angel, some of which were in the form of some of you. CONSISTENTLY, He led me, confirmed his presence, while attack after attack came for three solid months. I said, 'Lord, I will not go without my whole family, the whole household of faith, bring them too.' Uh oh, ground started being plowed. God is revealing Himself to my family and they are responding. In high school, my basketball coach would yell at us from the sidelines when we were in double-team overtime 'don't go down, you're no good if you're on the floor'. Well, there are times I thought I could not get to my feet and cried out to God again, He came in a flash, a b s o l u t e l y amazing. I STAND AMAZED in the presence of Jesus, a sinner unclean, but covered in the blood of the Lamb, saved by His grace and given resurrection power to overcome the power of the enemy. Do you know how ugly the enemy is? OMG - don't flinch girls, he has no teeth and the name of Jesus with the blood (plus nothing) paralizes and immobilizes him and ALL, I said ALL his demons. Soooooo today, my sweet baby girl, Jill, when you say "God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?" Numbers 23:19. I am standing here and saying OUTLOUD he DOES speak and He DOES NOT lie and He DOES act and He DOES promise and He DOES fullfill. Oh sweet Jesus, how Your Father does this is worth more than silver or gold, it's LIFE girls, it's life and He's not done yet. Yes, I am being watched, and I welcome it, go for it LORD, as long as You're with me, You just go for it. Praise Him.

  5. Anonymous5/04/2012

    Little ones are ALWAYS watching, listening, IMITATING!

    When we question the behavior of our children we need not look any further than the mirror! Yep, painful but true!

    What are we giving them to see and learn from? What are out tones in their presence? What are our attitudes?

    Great message Jill!

  6. Anonymous5/04/2012

    I want to do the VICTORY walk and pray that the LORD will help me through. I want to have no more fear and bad thoughts. I want to do better for my children and please them also. LORD help me with my VICTORY walk as I know you will be beside me the whole way. Thank you AMEN!!!!!

    MeLissa Allen

  7. Anonymous5/04/2012

    MeLIssa, YOU have the VICTORY! you GO GIRL!

  8. Anonymous5/04/2012

    I have victory over insecurity! The devil is a liar and I will not let him tell me that I am not good enough any more!!! I would NOT tolerate him telling my children I will NOT tolerate him telling me this!!! BLAZING!!!!!!

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