12.12.2012

Let’s Talk About You

Good morning my bloggy friends!

I hope that your Christmas preparations are bringing you joy and that you’re finding many things to be thankful for this holiday season.

As for me, I’m thankful for a husband who doubles as a Christmas light connoisseur. There’s nothing I love more than coming home to a house trimmed with white Christmas lights – if you want a little chuckle, read about the Christmas lights debacle of 2008 here.

If you’ve been following me here for any amount of time, you know that I love to write about the things that God is teaching me. I pray that He has spoken to you through my struggles and lessons learned as well.

With this is mind, let’s continue our learning journey. We set off to make imperfect progress together, and I want to stay the course with you.

I hope you feel the same, whatever you’ve faced this year. 



As 2012 comes to a close, I’m beginning to look forward to a new year. A fresh start. And a chance to get back into the swing of things as I connect more and more with you here on my blog.

I think the best way to do that is to hear from you today. I want to know you better, as well as the issues that we can conquer together.

So would you mind tucking a little note from you in the comments below? Here are some things I’d love to know…

– Tell me a little bit more about you. Are you a student, single friend, mom, a wife, a grandmother?
– What is an area of your life that you want to focus on improving this year?
– Why do you read my blog?
– How many times a week do you wish I’d post?
– What would a completely perfect day look like to you?

Feel free to answer just some or all of these questions. I can’t wait to read your comments!

I have a feeling that 2013 just might be our best year yet.

12.7.2012

Thank You!

Last week I posted a blog about God’s calling to give. A calling to break outside of our comfort levels of generosity.

I even shared my own hesitations about giving above and beyond.

But God has challenged me to trust Him fully, and to watch Him move.

I was blown away to watch God move through your generosity. I asked you to join me by investing in Proverbs 31 Ministries and you responded in a big way.

I want to sincerely thank everyone who has made a donation to Proverbs 31 Ministries. The life change that we see every day is possible because of your obedience in giving.

It is with unwavering faith that I say His hand is on every penny that we receive. We are beyond excited to see the opportunities and blessings that God will multiply through your generosity.

Below is a video message from some of the staff at Proverbs 31 and me. I pray that it makes you smile. For email subscribers click here to see the video.

If you missed last week’s opportunity to invest in Proverbs 31 Ministries please click here.

11.28.2012

Will You Join Me?

The past two weeks at church I’ve heard amazing messages about generosity. The kind of messages that linger… entangle themselves around your heart … and rise to the surface of your thoughts often.

Pastor Robert Morris visited our church and changed the way I look at giving.

I consider myself a generous person. But in my early childhood I knew the pain of not having enough. Wondering how the bills would be paid. Fearing the checkbook balance.

So, I’ve been hesitant to be fully generous. The kind of generous where the only way to fill the gap between what I’m comfortable giving and what I feel God calling me to give is sheer trust that I’m hearing God correctly.

A million “what if’s” nag at my mind telling me to pull back my hand from offering too much. Other people can be that generous. Not me. Not with 5 kids – 2 in college and 2 more heading that way.

But then I clearly feel the tug to do what only makes sense if God Himself tells me to do it. Open my hand. Fill my world with trust. Bigger trust. Mighty trust. The kind of trust I know would please God.

I feel Him speaking into the depths of my soul … “I own it all. I’m not asking you to give Me ‘your’ money. I’m asking you to return what’s mine and watch Me move.”

And oh how I ache to see the evidence of Him move in my life. It’s my deepest desire. It’s what I want more than anything else.

With this stirring still fresh, I challenged my office staff at P31 to go through our humble space and look for things to give away.

Although we were in great need, I heard in the message “It has to be given away to be multiplied.” God challenged me – “What can you give away in the midst of your need?”

And I knew God was saying “Get it all in order. Every bit of everything I’ve entrusted to you … get it in order and position yourself to give generously without hesitation or reservation.”

We had some things we had talked about consigning… things like fichus trees, bookshelves, and flower arrangements from past conferences. But God challenged me “What can you give?” And I knew…

Give.

Later that afternoon, I was in a meeting when one of my staff members came in with a huge smile. She held out a letter telling us we’d received an anonymous grant from a foundation in Texas for over $3,000. That’s a huge gift for our ministry. And it’s probably ten times the amount of the total we’d given away that day.

It was as if a dam broke in my soul. Not because of the money God provided. That was a blessing to my ministry for sure. But it wasn’t all about the money. It was about seeing God move. And my trust deepening. And my heart softening. And my hands opening.

This week and next, Proverbs 31 Ministries needs to raise what feels like an overwhelming amount.

My personal life has been touched and changed by God through Proverbs 31 Ministries. He has helped build my home and as a thank offering I want to help build Proverbs 31 Ministries. There are some big needs. But please know that I don’t pull a salary from Proverbs 31 Ministries. I just want to help the ongoing efforts of reaching women every day.

The specific ministry area I want your help with is the $100,000 it takes to fund our free daily devotions we offer to over 500,000 women daily and our radio ministry that reaches millions of women daily.

As the leader of this ministry I know God is calling me to lead the way in giving. So, I will match every dollar given today through the ministry’s donation page.

I’ll also be calling as many of you as possible today to personally thank you.

If you have any questions please email Lori@Proverbs31.org.

With a heart full of trust I humbly ask you to join me by clicking here and making a donation to Proverbs 31 Ministries.

With much love and appreciation, Lysa

** Thank you to all who entered to win copies of the books and CDs we gave away last week. The winners will be contacted today by e-mail.