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Keep Moving Forward In God's Direction For Your Life - Jayme Lee Hull

Dis Is Takin’ TOO Wong

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By Kolleen Lucariello | August 25, 2018


 

In June we had the blessing of bringing our Virginia grandsons, ages two and four, home to New York for ten days of alone time with Papa and Mimi. Now, just to be clear, when I say New York, I don’t mean the city of New York. We live in a small town within Central New York, and it didn’t take long for four-year-old Avery to realize there was no such thing as a “quick trip” to anywhere from Papa and Mimi’s house.

 

On our first outing to visit their cousin’s house (which is only 12 minutes from our home) I heard him sigh and say, “Ugh! Mimi! Dis is takin’ too wong!” Trips to the grocery store brought the same, “Ugh! Mimi! Dis is takin’ too wong!” I heard it often and not just over our travel. When our Internet suffered a glitch and high-speed became slower-than-normal-speed, making Paw Patrol difficult to watch, I heard it again, “Ugh! Mimi! Dis is takin’ too wong!” When I left the pancakes on the hot griddle longer than necessary and they became charcoal colored instead of golden brown, “Ugh! Mimi! Dis is takin’ too wong!”

Waiting

Any opportunity to wait brought the same reaction from Avery: “Ugh! This is takin’ too wong!” Then it happened: in the midst of one of his sighs, I realized I could sympathize with him, and his frustration over the wait. Why? Because I, too, have released my own sighs and grumbles during periods of waiting. In fact, I’ve most likely spoken the exact phrase: “Ugh! Lord! This is taking too long!” Waiting takes patience and I have a hard time waiting for the microwave to warm up a bowl of soup.

 

I also became aware that while some destinations took Avery and I longer than others—we always arrived right on time. We weren’t late for play dates or the movies, and we never missed a moment of fun. He, like I can do, simply became impatient during the travel time. With most of our family living away from our home, Pat and I have spent numerous hours in transit to see them. There’s no way to avoid the long trips, but grumbling over the travel time has never made one trip shorter. What makes them bearable is finding something to keep us occupied to help pass the time; not to mention what is waiting for us when we arrive.

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The same can be said for us as we walk out the destiny the Lord has chosen for each one of us. We can grow weary, become impatient along the way, and let out a few sighs and grumbles, or we can learn to appreciate where God has us placed – for now. Don’t forget to look up every-now-and-then and allow the Lord to show you something new. I’m always excited when I notice something I’ve never seen before on one of our trips – simply because I looked up at just the right time.

 

The difference between Avery and me was this: I knew the time it would take for us to get to our destination and he didn’t. That’s the difference between God and me. And you. He knows the time for each of us because He has an appointed time and that’s not ours to know (Acts 1:7). We can trust that God is never late because “at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly” (Romans 5:6, NIV). Wow! That should free us up just a bit from the sighs and complaints about how long it’s taking for us to travel from where we are to where we hope to be. Your travel might seem like it’s takin’ a wong time, but God has just the right time for each one of us to reach our destination.

As we allow God to change our identity—one letter at a time—let’s allow perseverance to have its way within our hearts. And may this become our prayer, “Lord, I have chosen you alone as my inheritance. You are my prize, my pleasure, and my portion. I leave my destiny and its timing in your hands” (Psalm 16:5, TPT).

 

#BeYou

P-Persevere through impatience

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Kolleen is the author of the devotional book, The ABC’s of Who God Says I Am. available on Amazon.com

Failing Forward

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By Nicole Newson | February 27, 2018


Some people believe that the opposite of success is failure, but I’d disagree. The journey to success will more than likely include lots of failures along the way while continuing forward on your journey. Perhaps the opposite of success is merely giving up.

 

It’s easy to just give up. It’s easy to make excuses for why something won’t work. Over the years I’ve had my share of goals and dreams I sort of let fizzle when I felt overwhelmed and scared of failing. The cool thing about goals and dreams that you know are God given to you, is they continue to come back and nag at your soul. Your life doesn’t quite feel complete if you don’t at least try and go for that dream.

 

I’m a stickler for movies that show the dream, struggle, and victory. This type of storyline to me always makes for the most dramatic and emotional experiences. For instance in the movie, The Pursuit of Happiness, I teared up multiple times at all the hardships Chris Gardner (the main character) endured. I read the book and it goes into way more grueling details. Chris’s story is even more difficult than an hour and a half movie could ever portray. His journey to making something great out of his life was a long and tiresome process. Don’t even get me started on, Cinderella Man. I was a big baby, sitting on the edge of my seat that entire movie. What a beautiful story of love, character, and triumph.

 

As much as I love a good successful dramatic ending, the problem with actually living that dream, struggle, victory is that it’s not typically easy nor fun to endure. When you are in the midst of a struggle it’s harder to talk about and be excited. However, once you’ve made it over those hurdles it creates the most amazing and encouraging story to be shared.

 

Anyone who became successful at anything had to start somewhere. Most success stories didn’t happen instantly without some blood, sweat, and tears along the way. When you need some encouragement read about the journey of successful people. I love to learn about someone else’s journey. For me, it puts things in perspective that the journey may not be easy but it’s worth it.

 

Some of my many favorite dream, struggle, victory stories of people who could have easily given up are:

  1. Jackie Chan
  2. Corrie ten Boom- The Hiding Place
  3. Oprah Winfrey
  4. Ming Wang- From Darkness to Sight: How one man turned Hardship into Healing

 

Fail your way forward if necessary because nothing is over until it’s over. Don’t let age, money, race, education level, background, or whatnot stop you from your goals. Encourage and uplift one another and support each other’s differences.

 

I’ll end with two of my favorite scriptures. Although sometimes my emotions and flesh get the best of me, I do have faith and I know that God’s word is the only truth you can stand on wholeheartedly.

 

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

 

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he shall direct your paths.”   Proverbs 3:5-6

 

God is the one who will give you the strength to endure and it is definitely better to trust and lean on Him!! I know personally that leaning on my own understanding typically gets me into trouble anyway…

Let’s make 2018 a year filled with working towards dreams and goals together!

Visit Nicole at www.Idowediditsdone.com and Twitter @Idowediditsdone

 

Moving Forward

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by Vicki Hurley | April 22, 2017


 

 

How do we move forward, while evil prevails? Evil has always been present, we’ve just had many years of prosperity. However, seen in the Old Testament, God’s people turned to false idols; eventually leading them into captivity.

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History does tend to repeat itself. Israel, God’s chosen people, were sent into exile. Could it be possible- we who have been grafted in as Gentiles, be heading down same path? Sure- many will think this is a crazy thought- if so, spend time reading the Bible. God’s Word will prevail. All false truths derived from satan…flow through false teachers and false prophets- feeding lies as truth. It’s happening in churches, schools, and government. More false doctrines presented, easier to fool individuals into accepting as truth.

Test Spirits

Stay informed- test the spirits, God’s Word says so. 1 John 4:1,2,3…

  • Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
  • Recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit of God recognizes Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God.
  • Every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God.
  • The spirit of the antichrist is already in the world.

Stay Informed

Dear friends, let’s avoid being senseless, lacking knowledge. Stay informed, people perish for lack of knowledge. Don’t be foolish, lacking understanding. Wisdom is greater worth than gold or silver. The wicked spring up like grass and evildoers flourish, they will be forever destroyed. Until then…we must keep moving forward in Spirit and Truth. These days will be blinked away—eternity will last forever.

Be encouraged!

The senseless man does not know, fools do not understand, that though the wicked spring up like grass and all evildoers flourish, they will be forever destroyed. (Psalm 92:6,7 NIV)

Discover the journey of releasing truth with Vicki at www.releasingtruth.com 

Is Your Mentor Right In Front of You?

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By Jayme Hull | February 25, 2017


Some of the most touching mentor stories begin with a simple conversation over a cup of coffee. Before the two women know it, the mentoring relationship has begun. It may seem like people are too busy or don’t really desire face-to-face conversations but, surveys show that is not the case.

The mature person with tons of life experiences is longing to share their stories and add purpose and meaning to their lives just as much as the Millennials desire to have someone care and pour into their lives too!

A mentor is someone further along in her walk with God than you are, who sees your potential and walks with you in becoming the woman God created you to be.

 

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Is your Mentor right in front of you? It’s very important that you welcome the uncomfortable and start the conversation.

START THE CONVERSATION

  • Ask good questions.
  • Be authentic and approachable.
  • Is there someone in your church community you admire and could see yourself having important conversations with on a regular basis?
  • Move forward.
  • Introduce yourself and begin the conversation.

A mentor can inspire you to maintain high standards in every aspect of your life, socially, physically, mentally and spiritually. It is very helpful to have someone care about you and help you see the hidden God-given potential you have been missing.

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” Helen Keller

 

SEEKING A MENTOR

Seeking a mentor and reaching out to someone can be difficult but is an invaluable part of your life. Mentoring is, at its essence, just doing what Jesus said. “Building each other up.”

1 Thessalonians 5:11

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”

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To read more articles on mentoring click 4 Ways A Mentor Helps

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How To Be Confident! Face Change and Move Forward On The Path To Mentoring

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by Jayme Hull | June 10, 2016


 

Every single experience—whether it is a change we celebrate or a change we cry over—is an opportunity to grow. And yes, that includes every choice you make that you look back at and regret. No matter how on-top-of-the-world or down-in-the-ditch life gets, I have decided to move forward.

I’ve lived in 5 different states, changed zip codes 9 times plus packed and unpacked boxes too many times to count. Can you relate?

I lived in New York City during my college years. Since I was from a small little country town in Pennsylvania I loved to escape the cement sidewalks by taking walks through Central Park. An Italian artist, Tatinana Trouve, identified 212 unique pathways throughout Central Park. No matter which path you take it’s always best to take along a friend for your safety. I’ve always been searching for safe people to do life with throughout each season of my life and especially on all of my moving adventures from state to state.

“Gosh, change is harder than I thought! Sometimes, I couldn’t tell which way was up. I needed wisdom. How do I know what to do?

 

Connected and Confident

When I was finally connected with a mentor my life began to change. She helped me work through my loneliness and find a new community each time I moved. It’s amazing how change exposes our true selves. It reminds us of how vulnerable we are—how much we need God and other people. It gives us courage and the confidence to reach out for support rather than trying to do life alone. Now, I spend my time confidently reaching out to others and trying to help them on their own life journey.

John Maxwell writes, “One of the greatest values of mentors is the ability to see ahead what others cannot see and to help them navigate a course to their destination.”

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If you truly want to grow, you need another person to allow you to speak out what’s in your heart without criticizing.

I encourage you to take a moment to quiet your heart.

 

Ask God

Ask God to give you insight into the areas you need to grow in, then jot down whatever He brings to your mind.

Let’s purpose together that when we stand before God one day, we’ll be able to joyously say,

“I used everything You gave me.” No unused talent. No hidden fears. No regrets . . . because, in community with other Christians, we relentlessly pursued growth.

Maybe you’re a risk-taker by nature—you jump first and think later. Or maybe you like to play it safe and can be paralyzed by the idea of change. No matter what your natural bent, wisdom is needed in navigating transitions.

Change is a part of life—we can’t escape it. But, we don’t have to do life alone.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 “Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.”

 

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I love when Readers send me their mentoring stories and photos. Pictured above is Cherie who mentors and pours into Katie who is a High School Teacher. Katie is passing it on by encouraging and mentoring her High School students. Be encouraged. God desires to use your life experiences and stories to make a difference in the lives of others.

My heartbeat is to share the positive message of mentoring to help others live a life full of hope. Who knows? You may already have your mentoring relationship right in front of you! Let the story begin…

 

4 Ways A Mentor Helps You Move Forward In Your Life

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Do you wish you could change a few things in your life? Are you seeking a mentoring relationship to help you grow in the right direction?

Many times the person sitting on the other side of the coffee table from me will say: “I want more. I want to grow and change and thrive and not miss one thing God has for me. I get so frustrated with myself.” Another person seeking a mentor my share with me: “I feel like a toddler learning to walk. I take two steps forward and one step back. I’m constantly tripping and messing up. I’ll have a little growth spurt and then I fall off the wagon. Why can’t I get my act together?”

I smile. Growth doesn’t happen overnight. Like the Bible says,

“You can’t force these things. They only come about through my Spirit” (Zechariah 4:5–6 MSG).

Mentoring isn’t magic—it’s the work of the Holy Spirit in your heart that will change you from the inside out as we journey doing life together.

“Life is like a good workout,” Christine Foord writes. “The most growth happens when you are struggling, and you can’t expect to make progress without getting a little sore.” The problem is, none of us like feeling the burn! In these moments, it’s easy to throw in the towel. To tuck tail and run back to the couch. But the easiest option isn’t always the best one.

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More than any other environment, meeting with your mentor offers the opportunity to experience God’s grace and unconditional love, to work out authentic issues in real time, through gut-honest conversations. Refusing to say “I’m fine” when inside our hearts are ripped in two. Trusting our mentor with our pain, confusion, and questions. Daring to live in the now—in the messy. In the failures. The disappointments.

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Mentoring will propel you forward. Mentors can be your support and help in times of need, and in the ordinary moments of life too.

4 Ways a Mentor Moves you FORWARD in your Life:

  • Improves your discernment as you receive godly wise counsel
  • Grows your courage to walk away from the worldly issues and follow Christ
  • Standing firm in your faith rather than compromising
  • Negative confusion begins to fade and is replaced with God’s truth

 

My prayer is that you will embrace a new level of authenticity as your way of living in a mentoring relationship. If you take the risk to let yourself be seen and known by your mentor, if you keep showing up and being honest, you will begin to see your life change forever.

 

Here are two endorsements by Women’s Ministry Leaders about my NEW book,

Face To Face: Discover How Mentoring Can Change Your Life

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Ellen Olford- Women’s Director of Central Church in Memphis, TN

“One of the most pressing needs of this generation is for strong mentoring relationships. Jayme Hull has written a spiritual and practical guide to developing a heart and game plan for mentoring others. You will be tremendously encouraged and blessed by this anointed book, Face to Face.

Jan Silvious- Women’s Christian Speaker, Author of Fool-Proofing Your Life, and Life Coach

 “Jayme Hull offers a wonderful invitation to the journey of a lifetime. Who knew you were made for greater things? Who knew you needed someone to walk with you? Who knew? God does and He has the right mentor waiting of you. Face to Face is a lovely nudge into the rich world of ‘mentoring and being mentored.’ Don’t shrink back! Jayme’s experience and words will show you the way!”

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Find A New Powerful Way To Change Your Life Through Mentoring

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Do you struggle with feeling disconnected and alone? Even when you’re in a crowd? Are you searching for real answers to your life, your purpose, your dreams and direction?

You know, I have had all those same feelings too, but one day while I was in college in New York City a woman stepped into my life who was further along the path in her faith and life experiences. She began to pour into me as a mentor.

She was a great listener. She spent time with me. We would talk, share stories and laugh. There was nothing we couldn’t talk about.

I began to notice a change. Things like my worry, loneliness, discouragement and confusion was fading away. It happened, as I grew closer to God, my family and my community.

My life changed and that is why I wrote this book Face To Face. Mentoring is my passion and my heartbeat.

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I am totally convinced that mentoring can do that for you too!

Every chapter in this book is created to encourage you and inspire you to move your life forward with a mentoring relationship.

Maybe you need a mentor or you are seeking a mentor right now. Some of you may have never heard of the “mentoring” concept and that’s OK! This book is for you!!

Even experienced mentors right now are reading Face To Face to help them learn and grow in their current mentoring relationships.

The heartbeat of this book is to help you connect with God and women across the Generations.

“The plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.” Psalm 33:11

My greatest prayer is that you’ll discover the life giving potential of mentoring for yourself and feel the speed of your personal growth take off.

 

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How do you feel about asking for help and admitting you can’t do life alone? What’s holding you back from seeking a mentor or how has mentoring changed your life?

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Peace in the Struggle While You Wait

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Ok God. I’m still waiting. Does that sound familiar? Can you relate?
I know you are listening to my prayers God. So…. how long is this going to take?
Maybe you’ve been praying for something for a very long time and decided to live with the struggle until God answers? What do we do with that difficult 4 letter word? WAIT.

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