Keep On Movin’

Jun 25
She Speaks is still speaking in my head, so I thought I’d share some thoughts with you.  Lysa spoke Friday night on “Developing the Character to Match My Calling.”  It was incredible.  Let me share with you one of the insights that really moved me.  
In 1 Samuel, we find the story of David.  God advises Samuel to find a new king.  He tells Samuel to seek him among Jesse’s sons.  Samuel goes to visit Jesse and asks to see all of his boys.  One by one, each of them are turned down by God.  “Nope, not that one.  Next!”  When all of the sons have been turned down, Samuel asks if Jesse has another.  “Yeah, just the little one, David.  I doubt he is the one.  He’s in the fields with the sheep.”  You can imagine Jesse must have said something similar.  Think about it.  If he really believed David had a chance, wouldn’t he have called him in to begin with?  But Samuel insists on seeing him.  As soon as David arrives, God informs Samuel to rise and anoint him as king.
So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the LORD came upon David in power.  1 Samuel 16:13 NIV
After his anointing, do you think David slips into his new royal robes and dashes off to the palace?  Nope, think again.  Many years pass before David actually takes the throne.  So what does he do after his anointment that day?  He returned to the fields to tend his sheep.  
When I knew the Lord had called me to write, I was almost positive I need to call Zondervan and Thomas Nelson Publishers and let them know I was ready.  God called me and I was ready to publish those best-sellers they were waiting on.  Did I?  No.  Instead, I called my husband to tell him I was ready to sell the children to a band of traveling gypsies.  
Did my life change when God called me?  Yes.  But, I did the laundry anyway.  David returned to his fields to his sheep, and I returned to mine.  
I loved this statement Lysa made Friday.  “The tasks of everyday life are not keeping you from your ministry, they are preparing you for your ministry.”  So if Thomas Nelson needs his pants laundered or his shirts taken to the cleaners.  If he needs a book published on the “10 Ways to Get After Dinner Crumbs Off of the Floor,” then I’m his girl.  
But seriously, if David can hang out in the fields for a while and then go on to be one of the greatest kings in history, then I can, too.  Gotta go.  I need to tend to my sheep!
My new motto is going to be “Keep on Movin.”  Check out this inspiring video.

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  • carol davis Jun 25 at 9:30 am

    Marsha! Marsha! Marsha!!!
    🙂 Brilliant! Thanks for the challenge and the trip down memory lane.

  • Lysa TerKeurst Jun 25 at 10:53 am

    You are so sweet to let me know how my talk touched your heart.

    Loved the video!

    And I loved meeting you.

    Off to do some laundry myself sweet sister…

  • Cheri Jun 25 at 12:05 pm

    One foot in front of the other! Keep on movin’!

  • ocean mommy Jun 25 at 1:14 pm

    🙂 YOu make me smile.


  • Amy Wyatt Jun 25 at 1:50 pm

    Good message… and the video is too stinking funny 🙂

  • The Stokes Family Jun 25 at 1:50 pm

    Love it, what an awesome post! And my kids loved the video, lol!

  • Kelley Jun 25 at 2:43 pm

    That was one of my favorite messages from the weekend as well. I didn’t even remember it until I was reviewing my notes and there it was, written in all caps with a star next to it. Right now it is the task of dealing with teenage behavior that is my “everyday”. And yet I can know that even this is preparing me to be used by God. What a shift in vision!!

    Thanks Carol for being such a light!! I am so grateful God gifted me with your friendship!!!

  • Sita Jun 25 at 5:43 pm

    My eyes popped open when I saw the Alice! The Brady Bunch! Hello!..too good!
    Good message here, Carol…last night speaking with an old friend, a new hope began to spring …would appreciate continued prayers for His revelation to me re: His specific calling for me..thanks! glad you all were so blessed…maybe one day!

  • Darlene Jun 25 at 7:50 pm

    I love the post and the trip down memory lane!
    Thanks for the encouragment… sometimes I don’t see what God is trying to do with my life. I know HE has a plan….
    He is still tweaking me into who He wants me to be.

    Have a fabulous day!!

  • Kim Jun 26 at 7:27 pm

    What an amazing post…and one I needed to read today.

    It’s so true….after when God calls us..there is a process…and I MUST be patient…and keep on…keeping on..thanks for the gentle reminder

    p.s. I’m glad you had a GREAT time.

  • elaine @ peace for the journey Jun 26 at 8:01 pm

    Powerful thoughts. Powerful words from Lysa. I was moved by her teaching/preaching in abundant ways.

    I’ll be feasting of this for a long season.


  • Tiffany Stuart Jun 26 at 11:04 pm

    Loved this post. And the encouragement. I pray you will keep on moving and tending to those precious sheep.

    I wish you much success as you move towards your dream.

  • DeAnna Jun 26 at 11:16 pm

    Boy howdy are you ever right!!! I just love those “Brady moves”!!!! Keep on movin’ toward the goal – the one that God has called you and made you to do. And, the laundry and the cookin’ and the cleanin’ finds a “new” normal somehow being done at creative times in creative ways.

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