90 Day Challenge

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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missing piece

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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Hope

Hope Through Music – Day 22: Light the World, Build the Kingdom

When you’re losing hope, when your life is falling apart, please find ways to hang on and have hope that things will get better. One of the best ways I’ve found to do that is with music.

In this segment I share several songs that have helped me keep going when things looked bleak and like nothing would ever come together for me. Sometimes you just need to hold on until the light can come.

Remember, if things look like they’re falling apart, hang on for the Glorious Unfolding!

Glorious Unfolding – Steven Curtis Chapman

Here are a couple more songs I mentioned in today’s segment that will help you find hope when things feel hopeless:

Just Be Held – Casting Crowns

Rocked in the Arms of God – Jana Stanfield

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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O Jerusalem

O Jerusalem – Day 20: Light the World, Build the Kingdom (Year 2)

As I play the piano, I face a large painting of the Savior overlooking Jerusalem. It's Greg Olson's "O Jerusalem" and it's not only one of my favorite paintings of Christ, but also one of my favorite verses - Matthew 23:37.

As I began playing, I looked at this painting and thought of the words to the verse. As I did, this melody came. I recorded it and then put the words to the melody. I know I'm not the most professional singer on the planet, but I do enjoy composing music and singing. So today's Light the World is this tribute to my Savior Jesus Christ.

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem
Thou that killest the prophets
and stonest them which are sent unto thee
how often would I have gathered thee --
Thy children together
even as a hen gathers her chickens
under her wings
and ye would not,
and ye would not.

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem
I would have gathered thee
And ye would not,
And ye would not,
And ye would not.

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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going your way

When Things Aren’t Going Your Way – Day 19: Light the World, Build the Kingdom (Year 2)

Do you get frustrated when things aren’t going your way? Today I’m sharing why things may not be unfolding as you want them to and what you can do when you’re bumping up against challenges and problems on a path you felt inspired to travel.

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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unique self

Embrace Your Unique Self – Day 18: Light the World, Build the Kingdom (Year 2)

Have you struggled with comparing yourself to someone else? Or wishing you fit in more? Or maybe you long to be your unique self and stand out? Maybe you’d like to be a bit of both – unique and fit in.

My husband, David Kuhns, joins me to talk about the human desire to both belong and to be unique. These opposing desires can sometimes clash or work together harmoniously. Here are some insights on how to both be unique and to fit in, and why it’s important that you be your true self.

INFJ - ENFP relationship compatibilityHow 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.

prosper you

Plans to Prosper You: Day 17 – Light the World, Build the Kingdom (Year 2)

When we go through a series of hard challenges, we often get to the point where it’s hard to believe anything good can come into our lives. If we’ve lost a lot, we may constantly be waiting for the other shoe to drop. Knowing that God has plans to prosper you can give you the necessary faith so God can transform your life.

In the Old Testament, Jeremiah tells us that God has good plans for His children. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 New International Version (NIV)

 

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.

Each One, Light One

Each One, Light One – Day 16: Light the World, Build the Kingdom (Year 2)

Most of the time when you ask God what you can do to light the world today, He will give you the opportunity to do some small thing for a person He places in your path. Never under estimate the power of igniting just one other person’s candle. A word, a smile, a helping hand, can make a huge difference when timely placed in someone else’s life. Share your light 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.

when children struggle

Finding Peace When Children Struggle – Day 15: Light the World: Build The Kingdom (Year 2)

As a mother of six, I’ve had my share of times when my children struggled – either from their own choices or through no fault of their own. I know how tough it can be to watch a child have really hard times. It can be a helpless feeling. Over there years, I’ve used a visualization meditation to deal with the worry and stress when children struggle.

In this video I share my insights on being a parent of a struggling child and the meditation I’ve used to get me through. This is a visualization meditation I use to take my children to Christ in my mind.

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.

go back to sleep

From Anxiety to Peace – Day 14: Light the World, Build the Kingdom (Year 2)

Do you wake up in the middle of the night worrying about your problems? Do you suffer from anxiety and stress? Would you like to be able to go back to sleep? And feel more inner peace in your life? In this video, I share a visualization meditation I use to calm anxiety and fear. It works well when you wake up in the middle of the night worried about your problems and need help getting back to sleep.

If you would like to sleep easier or need some way to calm yourself so you can go back to sleep when worries wake you up, try this visualization meditation.

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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parable of the sheep and the goats

Parable of the Sheep and Goats – Day 13: Light the World, Build the Kingdom (Year 2)

Have you ever heard The Parable of the Sheep and the Goats? Jesus uses these two animals to contrast how the righteous vs the wicked treat other people. The crux of The Parable of the Sheep and the Goats is that God says to the righteous that they have fed, clothed and visited Him and therefore have a mansion prepared for them in heaven. When the righteous ask when they saw Him to do all these things, the Father answers, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these, ye have done it unto Me.”

As we seek to light the world and build the Kingdom, it’s important to remember that when we are in the service of our fellow-beings we are only in the service of our God.

I had my own experience having goats and learned first-hand what Jesus meant by the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats. In this video I share the parable and my own insights from my days of goat-herding.

Please join us for the 90 Day 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.

forgiveness

The Economy of God’s Generosity – Day 12: Light the World, Build the Kingdom (Year 2)

In a world that parades people across the media for things they said or did a decade ago, the stories Jesus shares about God’s generosity, forgiveness, and compassion are a completely foreign concept. In this video, I share three stories from Jesus that show us how to treat other people in today’s 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.

surrender

The Supernatural Power of Surrender: Day 11 Light the World: Build the Kingdom (Year 2)

There’s an old gospel song that comes to mind when we think of the word “surrender.” “I surrender all, I surrender all; All to Thee, my blessed Savior, I surrender all.”

Most of the time when we hear the word surrender we think of giving up, losing the battle, or losing the war. We might think of being broken, bleeding, or our pride stomped into the ground. While this is a form of surrender, I do not believe this white-knuckled endurance or settling for a bad lot in life is what God ultimately wants from us. It is, perhaps, an important step along the way. But the type of surrender that unlocks miracles is not an anguished cry of “Uncle,” but a peaceful, trusting assurance that God knows best and that He wants to bring good things into our lives.

In today’s message I share my own experience of coming to this second type of surrender and how it worked miracles in my life.

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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count it all joy

Count It All Joy: Day 10 – Light the World, Build the Kingdom Challenge (Year 2)

The biggest lesson I’ve learned over the last year is the concept of Divine Compensation and that there are two sides to every situation… nothing is all bad, nor is it all good. As James 1 says “Count it all joy” when you face various trials. Everything is a compound in one. In this day’s video I share how I’ve learned to look at life realistically and to count it all joy.

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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finding gold

Finding Gold – Day 9: Light the World, Build the Kingdom Challenge (Year 2)

Finding gold seems like a hard thing to do, but what if it’s right under your nose?  Today I’m sharing a story I heard about a man and his two nephews who were panning for gold. The man mortgaged his farm to buy a gold mine. After several months of mining and finding only 3 ounces of gold, he called his sister in desperation, begging her to send her two sons to help him. He needed to find gold and he needed to find it fast.

This story will amuse and shock you. Hopefully, it will give you some insights on finding gold in your own life as well. Are you seeing the gold that is right in front of you?

Please join us for the 90 Day Light the World: Build the Kingdom Challenge!

How the Challenge Works

To watch the first video in the series that explains the challenge, click here.

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.

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ye are the light of the world

Ye Are The Light of the World: Day 8 – Light the World: Build the Kingdom (Year 2)

Jesus said, “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16)

I hope you’ll share the Light the World: Build the Kingdom 90 Day Challenge with your friends and family. The small things you do have a rippling effect. Light is like a smile, it can be contagious. You smile at one person and they smile at another, and then they smile at someone else. Random acts of kindness create a ripple that go on. You may never see the good that you do, from one small act.

Ye Are the Light of the World - Share God's light and love with others in the Light the World: Build the Kingdom 90 Day Challenge. Join us!How the Challenge Works

To watch the first video in the series that explains the challenge, click here.

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.

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overcoming obstacles

Facing Obstacles – Day 7: Light the World, Build the Kingdom Challenge (Year 2)

Whenever you set out to do something inspired, you’re most likely going to face opposition. You’re bound to be facing obstacles along your path. It may be your own limiting views, beliefs or fears. Or it may be opposition from other people or even the roadblocks of not knowing how to accomplish what you feel called to do.

This episode covers some insights from the story of Moses and the Children of Israel on what to do when you face opposition when you are traveling a path you feel inspired to travel.

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How the Challenge Works

To watch the first video in the series that explains the challenge, click here.

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.

 

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Creativity - You are a creator

Creativity – Day 6: Light the World: Build the Kingdom (Year 2)

Creativity – not everyone believes they have it, but in reality, creativity is your birthright. You create every time you set a goal and go for it. You create smiles, laughter, hope, happiness, and beauty in your world. You are a creator, here to learn how to create your own life. You’re made in the image of the Creator. You’re here to have dominion and create your world. Today’s message shares some tips for harnessing your God-like creativity.

First, let’s look at that passage from Genesis where God created humans:

“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” (Genesis 1:26-28)

Made in the great Creator’s image, you are here to create and have dominion over your world. Here are some ideas on how to model God in doing that.

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How the Challenge Works

To watch the first video in the series that explains the challenge, click here.

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.

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Overcoming Loss – Day 5: Light the World: Build the Kingdom Challenge

Are you struggling with overcoming loss? Perhaps the loss of a job, a career or business? Or perhaps a loved one, pet or close friend? Maybe you’ve lost your confidence or your dreams seem gone forever? Whatever you’ve lost, it is not really gone. It’s scientifically impossible for them to be gone.

The first law of thermodynamics states:

“The total amount of energy in a closed system cannot be created nor destroyed (though it can be changed from one form to another). ” Ask a Physicist, PhysicsCentral.com

Everything you love about the “missing” person, place or thing still exists. It has simply changed from one form to another. Often that form is scattered out into the world around you, but it still exists.

What does this have to do with loss, grief, joy and pain? That’s what I explain in today’s video. In it, I share how I came to see the joy amidst the pain and the compensating blessings in the devastation.

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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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Day 4: Light the World: Build the Kingdom Challenge

Angels are on your side. In this day’s segment of the Light the World: Build the Kingdom Challenge, I talk about the story in 2 Kings 6 where Elisha and his servant see heavenly hosts and chariots of fire filling the mountain, ready to protect them and fight their battles for them.

This story fits nicely with a great book series I read recently by Victoria Fielding. The first book in the series, “A Piece of Time” is about a young girl who dies, goes to heaven, and learns more about why we are here on earth and what life is about.

In the second book, “A Piece of Hope,” Lilly has angels on her side, helping her through dangerous situations. The book is an excellent guide to truly understanding and tapping into the power of the heavenly help that is readily available to you. I encourage you to check out these excellent books. They’re well-written, thought-provoking and inspiring.

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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Day 3 Light the World: Build the Kingdom 90 Day Challenge (Year 2)

The power of belief can create miracles and unlock blessings. The challenge is that many times circumstances look impossible, and we cannot see a way out of our predicament. We have trouble mustering the courage to believe that anything can change.

In this segment I share the story of a man and his son who came to Jesus for help. The boy had been possessed of a “dumb spirit” since his childhood. He would throw himself into the fire, foam, and move uncontrollably. His father took him to Jesus’ disciples for healing, but they could not help him.

The disciples brought the father and son to Jesus. Jesus told the father: “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” The father cried out through tears, “Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.” (Mark 9:23-24)

I too have had situations in my life that seemed impossible. Like that father, I believed but needed help with my unbelief. In this short video I share my experience with learning to believe that God really does want to give good things to His children.

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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Day 2: Light the World: Build the Kingdom 90-Day Challenge (Year 2)

In his book, “The Slight Edge,” Jeff Olson shares the story of two frogs who hop into a milk bucket and can’t get out. In this video I share the story, which illustrates the power of consistency. This metaphor teaches us how to harness the power of consistency to make the world a better place, lighting the world for good.

I hope you’ll join us in the Light the World: Build the Kingdom 90-Day Challenge. Consistency is a powerful force. Participating in this challenge is a great way to develop the character trait of consistency. By nature I am not a consistent person, but challenges like these and other aspects of my work have helped me become more consistent.

“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.” 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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Light the World- Build the Kingdom

Day 1: Light the World: Build the Kingdom 90-Day Challenge (Year 2)

In the video below, I share how amazing miracles came into my life since last year’s 90 Day Light the World, Build the Kingdom Challenge. I invite you to be a part of this year’s. If you need God’s hand in your life, join us!

Here’s how it 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.

On this site, you’ll find last year’s videos and I’ll also be posting this year’s as we go. Be sure to subscribe to our email list to receive encouragement along the way.

I hope you’ll join me! God bless!

Marnie

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Day 61: Music Hath Charms

They say music hath charms to soothe the savage beast. Sometimes my own thoughts and fears are the most threatening beast I face.

Tonight a sweet friend called and serenaded me. I felt my mind calm and my body relax and had this sweet assurance “it’s all going to be all right.”

I’m so blessed to have such wonderful friends who support me, pray and fast for me. Thank you for lighting my world!

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Day 60: Abide In Me

“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” (John 15:4,5,7)

God’s grace is what enables us to bear fruit. As we stay connected to Him, the impossible becomes possible.

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Day 59: Peace I Leave With You

“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:26-27

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