90 Day Challenge

neediness vs trusting God

Neediness vs Trust – Day 53: Light the World, Build the Kingdom (Year 2)

There is something about losing almost everything and completely releasing a dream that allows you to come back to it with the empowerment of choice rather than neediness. Neediness is never a good energy in which to be.

The biggest lesson I learned from compounding losses was that nothing is ever lost. Matter/energy is neither created nor destroyed. It simply changes forms. What leaves your life re-enters in a different form, perhaps scattered throughout dozens of people, places or things.

When I fully grasped that I had everything I needed in this moment, I knew I’d have everything I’d need in the next, and the next and the next. I finally … FINALLY trusted God. As long as I stay in that place of observant gratitude (seeing everything in this moment), I no longer operate from “neediness” but from contented trust.

With that kind of trust, miracles can happen. And they do.

(This blog post is an excerpt from my soon-to-be-released book, Confidence Rising!)

How the Challenge Works

Step 1: Ask God each day, “What is one thing I can do to light the world and build the kingdom today?”

Step 2: ACT upon whatever He leads you to do. Go through the day EXPECTING for opportunities to arise.

Step 3: Document somewhere — in your private journal or on your favorite social media platform.

Step 4: Share! If you share publicly, please use our hash tags: #BuildTheKingdom and #LightTheWorldNow so I can cheer you on! If you’re going to be documenting privately, I recommend sharing your experience with a close friend or accountability partner. There is power in the sharing.

For ongoing support and a place to share, please join our Facebook group.

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Redeemer

Redeemer – Day 52: Light the World, Build the Kingdom (Year 2)

I Know That My Redeemer Lives is one of my all-time favorite hymns. I asked for it to be sung at my baptism when I was 9 years old and have loved it ever since. My mother found this variation on the song, arranged by Paul Cardall, several years ago and bought me the sheet music. It’s a gorgeous piece and fun to play on the piano.

I just got a new Yamaha P125 a couple weeks ago and have been playing around with overlaying voices. This is a slow string with a grand piano combination. It gives Paul Cardall’s Redeemer a heavenly feel.

(Piano arrangement based on I Know That My Redeemer Lives) Lewis D Edwards, Arrangement by Paul Cardall)

How the Challenge Works

Step 1: Ask God each day, “What is one thing I can do to light the world and build the kingdom today?”

Step 2: ACT upon whatever He leads you to do. Go through the day EXPECTING for opportunities to arise.

Step 3: Document somewhere — in your private journal or on your favorite social media platform.

Step 4: Share! If you share publicly, please use our hash tags: #BuildTheKingdom and #LightTheWorldNow so I can cheer you on! If you’re going to be documenting privately, I recommend sharing your experience with a close friend or accountability partner. There is power in the sharing.

For ongoing support and a place to share, please join our Facebook group.

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Light the World- Build the Kingdom

Light Bearer Defined – Day 51: Light the World, Build the Kingdom (Year 2)

In my book, “Light the World: How Your Brilliance Can Shift the Planet” I define a Light Bearer as,

“A Light Bearer is a wise, intuitive inspired creative who lovingly lights the way for others. A light bearer is passionate about assisting people in breaking free from bondage to attain ultimate freedom (whether the chains are of one’s own making, generational, or inflicted by others). Light Bearers are courageous leaders for not only the rising generation but also for lifelong learners of any age.”

When Jesus started His mortal ministry, he read this passage from Isaiah in the synagogue:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.

And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.” (Luke 4:18-21)

As the leader of all Light Bearers, Jesus articulated this mission of Light Bearers – to heal, to preach deliverance to the captives, to bring sight to the blind (literally and metaphorically) and to set at liberty.

Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is always liberty. In a nutshell, what we are here to do is to follow in Christ’s footsteps and lift, heal and liberate those around us.

How do you feel led to heal and to liberate?

How the Challenge Works

Step 1: Ask God each day, “What is one thing I can do to light the world and build the kingdom today?”

Step 2: ACT upon whatever He leads you to do. Go through the day EXPECTING for opportunities to arise.

Step 3: Document somewhere — in your private journal or on your favorite social media platform.

Step 4: Share! If you share publicly, please use our hash tags: #BuildTheKingdom and #LightTheWorldNow so I can cheer you on! If you’re going to be documenting privately, I recommend sharing your experience with a close friend or accountability partner. There is power in the sharing.

For ongoing support and a place to share, please join our Facebook group.

all in your perspective

All In Your Perspective: Day 50 – Light the World, Build the Kingdom

The nature of circumstances are all in your perspective. Things are neither good or bad, but what thinking makes them so.  You can be in what you feel is a place of lack (lack of answers, lack of necessities, or lack of the things you want) and a shift in perspective can change everything.

blackberry cobblerMy husband David Kuhns joins me in this video to talk about our experience picking blackberries. We thought we’d found all the ripe wild blackberries there were, but when we came at the bushes from down below and looked up, we found more. And when we looked at them in a different light, we found even more.

It’s kind of funny, because after I watched the video we’d recorded, I noticed we talk about how we found “a bunch” more blackberries. Then, we hold up this little container that’s half full. When we were picking, it felt like we found a lot of blackberries. When you’re foraging… “a lot” is relative. It’s all in your perspective.

When you’re going through a time of lack, you’re more likely to fall to your knees, looking up for answers. When you do, and you find the peace or answers you seek, you tend to be a lot more thankful for those answers. Someone else may look at what you found, or hear about what you found, and say, “That’s not much.” But it sure meant a lot to you in your moment of need!

How the Challenge Works

Step 1: Ask God each day, “What is one thing I can do to light the world and build the kingdom today?”

Step 2: ACT upon whatever He leads you to do. Go through the day EXPECTING for opportunities to arise.

Step 3: Document somewhere — in your private journal or on your favorite social media platform.

Step 4: Share! If you share publicly, please use our hash tags: #BuildTheKingdom and #LightTheWorldNow so I can cheer you on! If you’re going to be documenting privately, I recommend sharing your experience with a close friend or accountability partner. There is power in the sharing.

For ongoing support and a place to share, please join our Facebook group.

live your legacy

Live Your Legacy Today! Day 49: Light the World, Build the Kingdom (Year 2)

Do you long to make an impact for good in the world? Would you like to leave a legacy? Then, live your legacy today! It may be that until you step into your message now, living it with people God places in your life each day, you won’t be ready to share your message on a larger scale.

The first step to making the impact you’d like to make is gratefully acknowledging the opportunities you are given right now to serve in small and simple ways. Your impact isn’t out in the future. It’s now!

How the Challenge Works

Step 1: Ask God each day, “What is one thing I can do to light the world and build the kingdom today?”

Step 2: ACT upon whatever He leads you to do. Go through the day EXPECTING for opportunities to arise.

Step 3: Document somewhere — in your private journal or on your favorite social media platform.

Step 4: Share! If you share publicly, please use our hash tags: #BuildTheKingdom and #LightTheWorldNow so I can cheer you on! If you’re going to be documenting privately, I recommend sharing your experience with a close friend or accountability partner. There is power in the sharing.

For ongoing support and a place to share, please join our Facebook group.

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child of God

Child of God – Day 48: Light the World, Build the Kingdom (Year 2)

You are a child of God – a son or daughter of the Creator of the Universe. Have you even begun to absorb the magnitude of that statement? Imagine the untapped creative power within you. Imagine the force for good you are capable of being. Try to fathom the healing influence you can have on the people and the world around you.

C.S. Lewis articulated it this way…

“It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which,if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship… There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations – these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit – immortal horrors or everlasting splendors.” (from “The Weight of Glory)

How the Challenge Works

Step 1: Ask God each day, “What is one thing I can do to light the world and build the kingdom today?”

Step 2: ACT upon whatever He leads you to do. Go through the day EXPECTING for opportunities to arise.

Step 3: Document somewhere — in your private journal or on your favorite social media platform.

Step 4: Share! If you share publicly, please use our hash tags: #BuildTheKingdom and #LightTheWorldNow so I can cheer you on! If you’re going to be documenting privately, I recommend sharing your experience with a close friend or accountability partner. There is power in the sharing.

For ongoing support and a place to share, please join our Facebook group.

 

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spiritual light

Spiritual Light – Day 47: Light the World, Build the Kingdom (Year 2)

“Spiritual light rarely comes to those who merely sit in darkness waiting for someone to flip a switch.” – Dieter F Uchtdorf

What are you doing today to move your feet in the direction of the light? Tuning into inspiration is sort of like finding an analog radio station in the desert. It is something we have to work at. The clearer our own channels, the clearer the inspiration.

Some ways you can flip the light switch in your life include

  1. Random acts of kindness – follow little nudges you feel to reach out and serve others. The more you act swiftly upon inspiration, the more inspiration you receive.
  2. Study scriptures – the Word of God teaches you the language of the Spirit. The more you exposure yourself to the language of the Spirit, the more you will recognize the still small voice in your life.
  3. Live in harmony with God’s laws. Some people think God’s commandments are old fashioned and controlling. In fact, God’s commandments are a guide to living a happy life – a recipe for happiness. As we live in harmony with God’s commandments, we put ourselves on a channel to receive more and more revelation, inspiration and illumination.
  4. Ask – ask for illumination. Ask to be able to see your life through God’s eyes. A world of opportunities and insights await.

As Neal A. Maxwell once said, “To those who have eyes to see and ears to hear, it is clear that the Father and the Son are giving away the secrets of the universe.”

How the Challenge Works

Step 1: Ask God each day, “What is one thing I can do to light the world and build the kingdom today?”

Step 2: ACT upon whatever He leads you to do. Go through the day EXPECTING for opportunities to arise.

Step 3: Document somewhere — in your private journal or on your favorite social media platform.

Step 4: Share! If you share publicly, please use our hash tags: #BuildTheKingdom and #LightTheWorldNow so I can cheer you on! If you’re going to be documenting privately, I recommend sharing your experience with a close friend or accountability partner. There is power in the sharing.

For ongoing support and a place to share, please join our Facebook group.

 

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be not weary in well doing

Be Not Weary in Well Doing – Day 46: Light the World, Build the Kingdom (Year 2)

Have you ever felt like no matter what you do, it’s not making a difference? If you’ve participated in this Light the World Build the Kingdom Challenge for even a few days, you probably know what I mean. You act when you feel prompted to do something, and sometimes you see immediate positive results. Yet, many other times you have no idea when or if what you said or did will make an impact for good. When you have a lot of those days in a row, you begin to feel like you’re wasting your time. Why bother?

Nobody’s listening. Nobody sees. Nobody cares. Nobody responds.

And then every so often, you get to see how something you said or did 5 years ago affected someone’s life in a profound way. It’ll be some little thing, some small interaction with you that flipped a railway switch that sent someone’s life onto a better track.

A friend reminded me today that it is important that we live our lives in the highest and best way because we’re not doing it just for today, or this decade. We’re doing it for eternity. When we act in the highest and best way consistently over time, someone else will be affected down the line — perhaps when we aren’t here physically.

So keep going, keep trying, keep putting good into the world. Even when you can’t see you’re making the least bit of ripple in the pond. Somewhere, someway, you are making a difference. As Paul said, “Let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” (Galatians 6:9-10)

How the Challenge Works

Step 1: Ask God each day, “What is one thing I can do to light the world and build the kingdom today?”

Step 2: ACT upon whatever He leads you to do. Go through the day EXPECTING for opportunities to arise.

Step 3: Document somewhere — in your private journal or on your favorite social media platform.

Step 4: Share! If you share publicly, please use our hash tags: #BuildTheKingdom and #LightTheWorldNow so I can cheer you on! If you’re going to be documenting privately, I recommend sharing your experience with a close friend or accountability partner. There is power in the sharing.

For ongoing support and a place to share, please join our Facebook group.

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when it's all been said and done

When It’s All Been Said And Done – Day 45: Light the World, Build the Kingdom (Year 2)

My parents made this recording of my Uncle Bob singing When It’s All Been Said and Done. I love this song. I think it says it all about what lighting the world is all about. I’m so grateful for my parents and people like my Uncle Bob who model what it means to live your life for truth. Thanks to my sister for putting this up on YouTube.

When It’s All Been Said and Done

Don Moen Lyrics

When it’s all been said and done
There is just one thing that matters
Did I do my best to live for truth?
Did I live my life for you?

When it’s all been said and done
All my treasures will mean nothing
Only what I’ve done for love’s reward
Will stand the test of time

Lord, your mercy is so great
That you look beyond our weakness
And find purest gold in miry clay
Turning sinners into saints.
Hallelujah

And I will always sing your praise
Here on earth and ever after
For you’ve shown me heavens, my true home
When it’s all been said and done
You’re my life when life is gone…

How the Challenge Works

Step 1: Ask God each day, “What is one thing I can do to light the world and build the kingdom today?”

Step 2: ACT upon whatever He leads you to do. Go through the day EXPECTING for opportunities to arise.

Step 3: Document somewhere — in your private journal or on your favorite social media platform.

Step 4: Share! If you share publicly, please use our hash tags: #BuildTheKingdom and #LightTheWorldNow so I can cheer you on! If you’re going to be documenting privately, I recommend sharing your experience with a close friend or accountability partner. There is power in the sharing.

For ongoing support and a place to share, please join our Facebook group.

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people will talk

People Will Talk – Day 44: Light the World, Build the Kingdom (Year 2)

Are you being called to speak up? To share a message? Do you have something that can impact lives for good, but you’re concerned about what other people might think if you do? People will talk. Anyone who sets out to make a difference tends to be spoken ill of at some point.

Maybe your family members won’t like you sharing that incriminating story. Or maybe they’re afraid your story will make them look bad or embarrass them. Or maybe you’re worried what your customers will think if you start speaking out on certain topics. If this is you, today’s message in the Light the World Challenge is for you.

How the Challenge Works

Step 1: Ask God each day, “What is one thing I can do to light the world and build the kingdom today?”

Step 2: ACT upon whatever He leads you to do. Go through the day EXPECTING for opportunities to arise.

Step 3: Document somewhere — in your private journal or on your favorite social media platform.

Step 4: Share! If you share publicly, please use our hash tags: #BuildTheKingdom and #LightTheWorldNow so I can cheer you on! If you’re going to be documenting privately, I recommend sharing your experience with a close friend or accountability partner. There is power in the sharing.

For ongoing support and a place to share, please join our Facebook group.

 

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nothing is impossible

Nothing Is Impossible – Day 43: Light the World, Build the Kingdom (Year 2)

We sometimes here people say, “I was born this way” or “I have this birth defect” as if either of those mean that is that… you’re just stuck with whatever you were born with. Yet, we also know that with God, nothing is impossible. In John 9 Jesus heals a man who was born blind. The shock of it ripples through the community until the man is brought before the Pharisees and questioned about Jesus and his methods.

In this account, we learn that nothing is impossible for God. Even being born with a problem is no reason to assume a challenge cannot be overcome or a defect cannot be corrected. How many times do we think to pray for God to correct a chromosomal problem? A genetic defect? A birth defect? I’d wager to guess we rarely ask for something so fundamental as the root cause to be corrected. Perhaps we assume those things are too much to ask. But why not? Why not ask? You don’t receive if you don’t ask.

Sure, it may be your lot in life to deal with a problem or challenge that came here with you from birth, but it may not. You’ll never know until you ask. In this session I talk about a couple issues that I have that were birth defects. One has been surgically corrected and the other, God led me to work-arounds that have made the defect a non-issue.

Remember, anything is impossible with God and to those who believe.

How the Challenge Works

Step 1: Ask God each day, “What is one thing I can do to light the world and build the kingdom today?”

Step 2: ACT upon whatever He leads you to do. Go through the day EXPECTING for opportunities to arise.

Step 3: Document somewhere — in your private journal or on your favorite social media platform.

Step 4: Share! If you share publicly, please use our hash tags: #BuildTheKingdom and #LightTheWorldNow so I can cheer you on! If you’re going to be documenting privately, I recommend sharing your experience with a close friend or accountability partner. There is power in the sharing.

For ongoing support and a place to share, please join our Facebook group.

America

America – The Light of Liberty Shines – Day 42: Light the World, Build the Kingdom (Year 2)

As lost as sometimes Americans feel or as at odds we may be with one another, America … the idea of the United States of America and the foundations principles for which it stands … are of Divine origin. Those ideas and principles stand as a beacon of light to all people who seek liberty.

“Where the Spirit is the Lord is, there is liberty.” And the converse is true… where there is liberty, the Spirit of the Lord is present. Let us actively seek to live close to that Divine Spirit and continue to be a beacon of light and liberty to all within our influence.

How the Challenge Works

Step 1: Ask God each day, “What is one thing I can do to light the world and build the kingdom today?”

Step 2: ACT upon whatever He leads you to do. Go through the day EXPECTING for opportunities to arise.

Step 3: Document somewhere — in your private journal or on your favorite social media platform.

Step 4: Share! If you share publicly, please use our hash tags: #BuildTheKingdom and #LightTheWorldNow so I can cheer you on! If you’re going to be documenting privately, I recommend sharing your experience with a close friend or accountability partner. There is power in the sharing.

For ongoing support and a place to share, please join our Facebook group.

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I Know that My Redeemer Lives

I Know that My Redeemer Lives – Day 41: Light the World, Build the Kingdom (Year 2)

Today, I decided to play one of my favorite hymns, “I Know that My Redeemer Lives” on Yamaha with Guitar Setting. This is an extemporaneous arrangement of the popular hymn.

I Know That My Redeemer Lives Lyrics

1. I know that my Redeemer lives.
What comfort this sweet sentence gives!
He lives, he lives, who once was dead.
He lives, my ever-living Head.
He lives to bless me with his love.
He lives to plead for me above.
He lives my hungry soul to feed.
He lives to bless in time of need.

2. He lives to grant me rich supply.
He lives to guide me with his eye.
He lives to comfort me when faint.
He lives to hear my soul’s complaint.
He lives to silence all my fears.
He lives to wipe away my tears.
He lives to calm my troubled heart.
He lives all blessings to impart.

3. He lives, my kind, wise heav’nly Friend.
He lives and loves me to the end.
He lives, and while he lives, I’ll sing.
He lives, my Prophet, Priest, and King.
He lives and grants me daily breath.
He lives, and I shall conquer death.
He lives my mansion to prepare.
He lives to bring me safely there.

4. He lives! All glory to his name!
He lives, my Savior, still the same.
Oh, sweet the joy this sentence gives:
“I know that my Redeemer lives!”
He lives! All glory to his name!
He lives, my Savior, still the same.
Oh, sweet the joy this sentence gives:
“I know that my Redeemer lives!”

Text: Samuel Medley, 1738-1799.
Music: Lewis D. Edwards, 1858-1921

How the Challenge Works

Step 1: Ask God each day, “What is one thing I can do to light the world and build the kingdom today?”

Step 2: ACT upon whatever He leads you to do. Go through the day EXPECTING for opportunities to arise.

Step 3: Document somewhere — in your private journal or on your favorite social media platform.

Step 4: Share! If you share publicly, please use our hash tags: #BuildTheKingdom and #LightTheWorldNow so I can cheer you on! If you’re going to be documenting privately, I recommend sharing your experience with a close friend or accountability partner. There is power in the sharing.

For ongoing support and a place to share, please join our Facebook group.

How the Challenge Works

Step 1: Ask God each day, “What is one thing I can do to light the world and build the kingdom today?”

Step 2: ACT upon whatever He leads you to do. Go through the day EXPECTING for opportunities to arise.

Step 3: Document somewhere — in your private journal or on your favorite social media platform.

Step 4: Share! If you share publicly, please use our hash tags: #BuildTheKingdom and #LightTheWorldNow so I can cheer you on! If you’re going to be documenting privately, I recommend sharing your experience with a close friend or accountability partner. There is power in the sharing.

For ongoing support and a place to share, please join our Facebook group.

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angels on earth

Angels On Earth: Day 40 – Light the World, Build the Kingdom (Year 2)

As you ask God each day what one thing you can do to light the world and act upon the answer, you have the opportunity to be angels on earth – facilitating the answer to someone else’s prayers.
 
In 1 Corinthians 16:15-17, the Apostle Paul is closing up a letter to the Corinthians. He speaks of the house of Stephanas who were newer converts to Christianity. He says “they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints.” I love that word “addicted” in this context.
 
When we become converted to Jesus Christ, the desire of our hearts is to “strengthen our brethren.” That’s what Jesus told Peter: “When thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren” (Luke 22:32). It’s really not something you have to force. Once you’re converted, you naturally reach out to others. You can’t stand to watch them suffer or wander in darkness. You want to reach out to those in need and lift them upon your shoulders.
 
Upon conversion, our desire to be like the Savior increases. We’re filled with His love which makes us want to care for, teach and love those around us. It literally becomes a sweet addiction. The wonderful thing is that it is an addiction with no side-effects! Try finding that anywhere else in the modern world.
 
This kind of love not only enables us to help others in need, but it also allows us to let others shine. When filled with this love, we no longer feel less because someone else is more. We don’t feel inferior if someone else is better than we are at something. Rather this type of Christ-centered love rejoices in the triumphs and talents of another.
 
I cannot begin to enumerate the people who have touched my life and answered my prayers. When I lacked knowledge, these people shared theirs. When I lacked vision, these people helped me see. When darkness engulfed me, these people brought understanding and enlightenment. When I needed help, they’ve been there.
 
I feel like Paul as he described his friends Stephanas, Fortunatus, and Achaicus when he said, “for that which was lacking on your part they have supplied.” (1 Corinthians 15:17)
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time and season

Time and Season – Day 39: Light the World, Build the Kingdom (Year 2)

There is a time and season for every purpose. We don’t harvest in the same season that we plant. Every dream or goal has a gestation period.

Back in August of 2010, God gave me an understanding that my life was going to change. A year later, this feeling that things could be better and would be better became a clear big vision that propelled me forward.

But, honestly, all my working toward that vision for several years looked fruitless. At one point, it all fell apart and seemed impossible. Then in the middle of 2017, it started falling into place FAST — like the monster zucchini showing up in my garden.

God’s timing is rarely our timing. I wanted all of this to happen a lot earlier, yet as much as it has taken shape and is falling together, the full picture still is yet to unfold. Rarely does the fruition of a big vision occur simultaneously with the inception of the vision or the goal. It takes time, like planting a garden. Everything has a gestation period and a season.

How the Challenge Works

Step 1: Ask God each day, “What is one thing I can do to light the world and build the kingdom today?”

Step 2: ACT upon whatever He leads you to do. Go through the day EXPECTING for opportunities to arise.

Step 3: Document somewhere — in your private journal or on your favorite social media platform.

Step 4: Share! If you share publicly, please use our hash tags: #BuildTheKingdom and #LightTheWorldNow so I can cheer you on! If you’re going to be documenting privately, I recommend sharing your experience with a close friend or accountability partner. There is power in the sharing.

For ongoing support and a place to share, please join our Facebook group.

 

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healing through Christ

Healing Through Christ – Day 38: Light the World, Build the Kingdom (Year 2)

Are you seeking healing? Healing through Christ is not like modern medicine. His methods for healing seemed to be as unique as the individual. He put mud on one blind man’s eyes, but did not on another. He touched some people, yet others He simply healed from afar. The methods and means of healing through Christ are diverse, but there is one common component. That’s the topic of today’s Light the World: Build the Kingdom episode.

How the Challenge Works

Step 1: Ask God each day, “What is one thing I can do to light the world and build the kingdom today?”

Step 2: ACT upon whatever He leads you to do. Go through the day EXPECTING for opportunities to arise.

Step 3: Document somewhere — in your private journal or on your favorite social media platform.

Step 4: Share! If you share publicly, please use our hash tags: #BuildTheKingdom and #LightTheWorldNow so I can cheer you on! If you’re going to be documenting privately, I recommend sharing your experience with a close friend or accountability partner. There is power in the sharing.

For ongoing support and a place to share, please join our Facebook group.

 

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God's bread trails

God’s Bread Trails – Day 37: Light the World, Build the Kingdom (Year 2)

You’ve had those questions before … the ones that perplex you, nag at your mind, or have you wondering what to do next. You find yourself pondering on which path to take or trying to make sense of something important to you. Jesus said, “Ask and ye shall receive,” but the thing is we rarely ask and get an immediate answer … especially for the tough questions.

Those answers come a little at a time… in a bread trail. Do you know what I mean by God’s bread trails? It’s where answers come a bit at a time. How do you know when you’re on one of God’s bread trails? How do you know how to follow them and where do they lead? That’s what I’ll explore in this episode of the Light the World, Build the Kingdom Challenge.

How the Challenge Works

Step 1: Ask God each day, “What is one thing I can do to light the world and build the kingdom today?”

Step 2: ACT upon whatever He leads you to do. Go through the day EXPECTING for opportunities to arise.

Step 3: Document somewhere — in your private journal or on your favorite social media platform.

Step 4: Share! If you share publicly, please use our hash tags: #BuildTheKingdom and #LightTheWorldNow so I can cheer you on! If you’re going to be documenting privately, I recommend sharing your experience with a close friend or accountability partner. There is power in the sharing.

For ongoing support and a place to share, please join our Facebook group.

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love, charity

Love – Day 36: Light the World, Build the Kingdom (Year 2)

The one characteristic that will transform your life more than any other… and how to get it. This characteristic is LOVE – the pure love of Christ… also known as charity.

What Is Love?

Paul described love in this way…

“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity (the pure love of Christ), I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;

Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.

But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.” (1 Corinthians 13)

How the Challenge Works

Step 1: Ask God each day, “What is one thing I can do to light the world and build the kingdom today?”

Step 2: ACT upon whatever He leads you to do. Go through the day EXPECTING for opportunities to arise.

Step 3: Document somewhere — in your private journal or on your favorite social media platform.

Step 4: Share! If you share publicly, please use our hash tags: #BuildTheKingdom and #LightTheWorldNow so I can cheer you on! If you’re going to be documenting privately, I recommend sharing your experience with a close friend or accountability partner. There is power in the sharing.

For ongoing support and a place to share, please join our Facebook group.

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trouble at work

Trouble at Work? Day 35 – Light the World, Build the Kingdom (Year 2)

What to do when you’re having trouble at work or with a boss, or a difficult client? The Bible has some ideas for what to do when you have trouble at work. Speaking to the Colossians, Paul taught the servants how to deal with their masters. He said,

“Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: and whatsoever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.” Collosians 3:22-24

While slavery and indentured servitude was common in biblical days, we don’t practice it now in civilized countries. This doesn’t mean we don’t deal with controlling bosses, co-workers or clients. In this episode, I share how we can apply these verses to modern employment and business situations.

How the Challenge Works

Step 1: Ask God each day, “What is one thing I can do to light the world and build the kingdom today?”

Step 2: ACT upon whatever He leads you to do. Go through the day EXPECTING for opportunities to arise.

Step 3: Document somewhere — in your private journal or on your favorite social media platform.

Step 4: Share! If you share publicly, please use our hash tags: #BuildTheKingdom and #LightTheWorldNow so I can cheer you on! If you’re going to be documenting privately, I recommend sharing your experience with a close friend or accountability partner. There is power in the sharing.

For ongoing support and a place to share, please join our Facebook group.

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Sharing: Day 34 – Light the World, Build the Kingdom (Year 2)

Sharing generously and building friendships is one of the best ways to light the world. For example, today has been one of those days when an old friend came to my rescue just when I needed it. In the video below I share how a friend I’d helped with her business in the past, came back and gave me key insights and solutions for my biggest challenge today.

Part of Lighting the World is not worrying about competition or someone stealing your ideas or even comparing yourself with someone else. It’s generously helping and supporting others. When we do this, lighting the world pays rich dividends.

As we discussed in a previous episode, “Cast your bread upon the waters and after many days it will return to you.” Jesus said, “Give, and it shall be given to you, press down and overflowing.”

Don’t be afraid to be generous and share, it will always come back to you in the perfect time and way when you’re open to receiving. Here’s my story about how this happened to me today…

How the Challenge Works

Step 1: Ask God each day, “What is one thing I can do to light the world and build the kingdom today?”

Step 2: ACT upon whatever He leads you to do. Go through the day EXPECTING for opportunities to arise.

Step 3: Document somewhere — in your private journal or on your favorite social media platform.

Step 4: Share! If you share publicly, please use our hash tags: #BuildTheKingdom and #LightTheWorldNow so I can cheer you on! If you’re going to be documenting privately, I recommend sharing your experience with a close friend or accountability partner. There is power in the sharing.

For ongoing support and a place to share, please join our Facebook group.

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How’s Your Perspective? Day 33 – Light the World, Build the Kingdom Year 2

Whether we’re debating over politics or religion, or how things should run in a community or a family, most of us are like the story of the blind men and the elephant. Each “saw” the elephant through his own limited perspective. One said it was a fan, another a tree, another a wall, another a snake, another a rope. None of them were right, the truth was somewhere in the composite.

Most of the time, the challenges we face in our lives, families and society can only be solved when we see through multiple angles and perspectives — ideally through God’s eyes, because He is the only one who sees the full truth.

How the Challenge Works

Step 1: Ask God each day, “What is one thing I can do to light the world and build the kingdom today?”

Step 2: ACT upon whatever He leads you to do. Go through the day EXPECTING for opportunities to arise.

Step 3: Document somewhere — in your private journal or on your favorite social media platform.

Step 4: Share! If you share publicly, please use our hash tags: #BuildTheKingdom and #LightTheWorldNow so I can cheer you on! If you’re going to be documenting privately, I recommend sharing your experience with a close friend or accountability partner. There is power in the sharing.

For ongoing support and a place to share, please join our Facebook group.

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Stressed? Not Feeling Like Lighting the World? Day 32 – Light the Word, Build the Kingdom (Year 2)

Are you stressed? Overworked? Exhausted? Not feeling inspired, hopeful or energetic enough to be lighting yourself, much less lighting the world? If so, I know how that goes. Sometimes I’m just not in the mood either. I don’t believe God wants us stressed. Here are a few suggestions for how to light your own world so you have the energy and rejuvenation you need for you.

How the Challenge Works

Step 1: Ask God each day, “What is one thing I can do to light the world and build the kingdom today?”

Step 2: ACT upon whatever He leads you to do. Go through the day EXPECTING for opportunities to arise.

Step 3: Document somewhere — in your private journal or on your favorite social media platform.

Step 4: Share! If you share publicly, please use our hash tags: #BuildTheKingdom and #LightTheWorldNow so I can cheer you on! If you’re going to be documenting privately, I recommend sharing your experience with a close friend or accountability partner. There is power in the sharing.

For ongoing support and a place to share, please join our Facebook group.

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Is This Idea from God? Day 31 – Light the World, Build the Kingdom (Year 2)

How do you tell if a choice you’re making is a good one? How do you know whether what you’re thinking about is an idea from God or is just your idea? How can you make decisions with greater confidence knowing they are the right ones for you and in alignment with what God wants for you? Here are some ideas…

How the Challenge Works

Step 1: Ask God each day, “What is one thing I can do to light the world and build the kingdom today?”

Step 2: ACT upon whatever He leads you to do. Go through the day EXPECTING for opportunities to arise.

Step 3: Document somewhere — in your private journal or on your favorite social media platform.

Step 4: Share! If you share publicly, please use our hash tags: #BuildTheKingdom and #LightTheWorldNow so I can cheer you on! If you’re going to be documenting privately, I recommend sharing your experience with a close friend or accountability partner. There is power in the sharing.

For ongoing support and a place to share, please join our Facebook group.

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God's love

God’s Love – Day 30 – Light the World, Build the Kingdom (Year 2)

God is love. But, what is love? And what does God’s love look like in your life? Are you recognizing it? For many, love means accepting someone as they are, not expecting them to change, not placing demands on them. For many, love means constant giving, supporting and no challenge. Some believe that Love is all “yes” and no “no’s.”

But is that really the highest and best love? Might a higher love challenge us to step up, to be more, to grow and achieve our full potential. Might true love set expectations and boundaries on behavior? A love that is both challenge and support can be the greatest love of all. God’s love is this type of love.

How the Challenge Works

Step 1: Ask God each day, “What is one thing I can do to light the world and build the kingdom today?”

Step 2: ACT upon whatever He leads you to do. Go through the day EXPECTING for opportunities to arise.

Step 3: Document somewhere — in your private journal or on your favorite social media platform.

Step 4: Share! If you share publicly, please use our hash tags: #BuildTheKingdom and #LightTheWorldNow so I can cheer you on! If you’re going to be documenting privately, I recommend sharing your experience with a close friend or accountability partner. There is power in the sharing.

For ongoing support and a place to share, please join our Facebook group.

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cast your bread

Cast Your Bread Upon the Waters: Day 28: Light the World, Build the Kingdom (Year 2)

Cast your bread upon the waters and after many days it will return to you. In this segment of the Light the World, Build the Kingdom Challenge I talk about an experience I had where someone came to my rescue and how after many days, I had the opportunity to return the favor. Be willing to serve, lift and bless without though of return of reward. Life has a way of blessing you when you need it if you have sown good seeds into the world.

How the Challenge Works

Step 1: Ask God each day, “What is one thing I can do to light the world and build the kingdom today?”

Step 2: ACT upon whatever He leads you to do. Go through the day EXPECTING for opportunities to arise.

Step 3: Document somewhere — in your private journal or on your favorite social media platform.

Step 4: Share! If you share publicly, please use our hash tags: #BuildTheKingdom and #LightTheWorldNow so I can cheer you on! If you’re going to be documenting privately, I recommend sharing your experience with a close friend or accountability partner. There is power in the sharing.

For ongoing support and a place to share, please join our Facebook group.

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follow your bliss

Follow Your Bliss: Day 27 – Light the World: Build the Kingdom (Year 2)

Are you following your bliss? And is it okay and responsible to do so? There is a power you unleash when you follow your bliss. Doors open for you to serve others and yourself. When we follow the thing we are passionate about, others are attracted to us and what we are doing. It’s like the little puffer fish who creates an elaborate design in the ocean floor to attract his future mate. He feels compelled to make this design. I’m sure he doesn’t know why he’s doing it, but he can’t help but do it. In the process he attracts his future mate.

“Follow your bliss. If you do follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while waiting for you, and the life you ought to be living is the one you are living. When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in the field of your bliss, and they open the doors to you. I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be. If you follow your bliss, doors will open for you that wouldn’t have opened for anyone else.” – Joseph Campbell

How the Challenge Works

Step 1: Ask God each day, “What is one thing I can do to light the world and build the kingdom today?”

Step 2: ACT upon whatever He leads you to do. Go through the day EXPECTING for opportunities to arise.

Step 3: Document somewhere — in your private journal or on your favorite social media platform.

Step 4: Share! If you share publicly, please use our hash tags: #BuildTheKingdom and #LightTheWorldNow so I can cheer you on! If you’re going to be documenting privately, I recommend sharing your experience with a close friend or accountability partner. There is power in the sharing.

For ongoing support and a place to share, please join our Facebook group.

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destruction and loss

Why Destruction and Loss Are Good: Day 26 – Light the World, Build the Kingdom (Year 2)

Most of the time when something devastating happens, when there is destruction and loss, we automatically see that as a bad thing. But destruction is a natural part of the creative process. It’s a natural part of creating a higher level of order. In this segment I share a story about my mom and her house remodel and also lessons from the Children of Israel who wandered in the wilderness for 40 years before entering their promised land.

It’s like the Phoenix rising from the ashes. Without the fire and devastation, there would be no Phoenix rising.

How the Challenge Works

Step 1: Ask God each day, “What is one thing I can do to light the world and build the kingdom today?”

Step 2: ACT upon whatever He leads you to do. Go through the day EXPECTING for opportunities to arise.

Step 3: Document somewhere — in your private journal or on your favorite social media platform.

Step 4: Share! If you share publicly, please use our hash tags: #BuildTheKingdom and #LightTheWorldNow so I can cheer you on! If you’re going to be documenting privately, I recommend sharing your experience with a close friend or accountability partner. There is power in the sharing.

For ongoing support and a place to share, please join our Facebook group.

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peace

More Peace, Abundance & Wisdom: Day 25 – Light the World, Build the Kingdom

How would you like to increase your ability to make wise, inspired choices? Have more peace, joy, hope, wisdom and understanding? Would you like a more abundant life and feel more guided? Today I discuss how you can live with more grace, peace, wisdom and inspired connection to the ultimate source of all light and truth.

 

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not… That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” (John 1:1-5, 9-12)

How the Challenge Works

Step 1: Ask God each day, “What is one thing I can do to light the world and build the kingdom today?”

Step 2: ACT upon whatever He leads you to do. Go through the day EXPECTING for opportunities to arise.

Step 3: Document somewhere — in your private journal or on your favorite social media platform.

Step 4: Share! If you share publicly, please use our hash tags: #BuildTheKingdom and #LightTheWorldNow so I can cheer you on! If you’re going to be documenting privately, I recommend sharing your experience with a close friend or accountability partner. There is power in the sharing.

For ongoing support and a place to share, please join our Facebook group.

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power of praise

The Power of Praise – Day 24 – Light the World, Build the Kingdom (Year 2)

What do you do when facing something daunting? Do you pray, get a feeling of peace, but things still look overwhelming as you proceed forward? If so, take a cue from King Jehoshaphat! He’ll demonstrate what to do between the time of your peaceful answer and things working themselves out. The secret is found in the power of praise.

There is a difference between praise and gratitude. 2 Chronicles chapter 20 tells the story of King Jehosaphat and the Children of Israel as they came up against an insurmountable enemy. The king’s first instinct was to gather his people in prayer and fasting. As he did so, the answer came through a prophet of God that they would “not need to fight in this battle. Set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord… Fear not, nor be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them: for the Lord will be with you.” (verse 17)

To his credit Jehosaphat took God at His word. Listen to the video below to find out how Jehosaphat harnessed the power of praise to calm the people’s fears and trust God for His promised miracles. As we model the steps Jehosaphat took, we can reap miracles in our own lives as well.

How the Challenge Works

Step 1: Ask God each day, “What is one thing I can do to light the world and build the kingdom today?”

Step 2: ACT upon whatever He leads you to do. Go through the day EXPECTING for opportunities to arise.

Step 3: Document somewhere — in your private journal or on your favorite social media platform.

Step 4: Share! If you share publicly, please use our hash tags: #BuildTheKingdom and #LightTheWorldNow so I can cheer you on! If you’re going to be documenting privately, I recommend sharing your experience with a close friend or accountability partner. There is power in the sharing.

For ongoing support and a place to share, please join our Facebook group.

 

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The Missing Piece – Day 22: Light the World, Build the Kingdom

What do you do when you’re doing what you feel led to do, but there’s a missing piece? Maybe you don’t have all the people, resources or knowledge you need to complete the project. In this segment I talk about what to do when a piece is missing on something you feel led to do.

For example, let’s say you’re writing a book, but you’re not great at grammar and punctuation. You don’t know a good editor. Or you have no idea who would publish your book. What should you do? In this video I share a situation that happened to my husband and me that illustrates what to do when something important is missing from a task at hand.

How the Challenge Works

Step 1: Ask God each day, “What is one thing I can do to light the world and build the kingdom today?”

Step 2: ACT upon whatever He leads you to do. Go through the day EXPECTING for opportunities to arise.

Step 3: Document somewhere — in your private journal or on your favorite social media platform.

Step 4: Share! If you share publicly, please use our hash tags: #BuildTheKingdom and #LightTheWorldNow so I can cheer you on! If you’re going to be documenting privately, I recommend sharing your experience with a close friend or accountability partner. There is power in the sharing.

For ongoing support and a place to share, please join our Facebook group.

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