Author: Rachael Gilbert

The Day I let Her Try

As many of you have read here my daughter, Ellie, had a “life outside the shell” moment a few days ago when she conquered her fear of going down a big slide.  As I have seen her step out and overcome her fear of the slide and then go on to blog about it I have seen and learned some things from a moms perspective that I would like to share. I have to admit that when Ellie first turned down the idea of going down the slide my initial reaction was “don’t push her”.  I remember the feeling of being talked onto roller coasters as a kid and it was always quite a traumatic experience for me.  But what The Lord reminded me of with Ellie is that there is nothing wrong with equipping them with the power to try something that scares them then leave the ultimate decision up to them.  After he reminded me of that I simply quoted 2 Timothy 1:7(which my kids all know by heart now because I say it so much).  The next thing I did was I got up and I went and got in line for the slide before Ellie had even made up her mind to ride it.  As she stood there starring at me from a far I waved her over to take a look from up top of the...

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The Day I Tried

I took the kids to a water park today and we had a blast!  I was planning to blog with some fun pictures of them but The Lord put on my heart to let my 7 year old daughter, Ellie, give her perspective of our day. Ellie had an “outside of her shell” moment today that I feel will inspire and encourage you.   The day I tried by ellie Gilbert today I  went to a water park and I swam. here is a picture of Me and my brother and sister. We swam for a while then my dad said “do you want to go on the big slide?”. I said NO!  I said no because I am scared. then my mom said ” God has not given you a spirit of fear but a power of  love and  a sound  mind “. I was still a little scared but my mom said she will go too. so I whent with my mom  to see how fast it goes I saw that it was slow so I decided to try it. while i waited for my turn I said the verse my mom told me. I was scared but I did it  anyway. it was fun !  i rode it lots of times after that .  if you ever feel scared just ask god and he will help...

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5 ways to step away from the donuts!

No, donuts aren’t the enemy of our soul. But when you lack the ability to stop at just one donut there is something lurking that may need to be addressed and that is the lack of self-discipline. This post is the final post in the 3 part series on 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given me a spirit of fear or timidity, but power, love and self-discipline.”  You can read the first two on power and love if you missed them. Another way self-discipline is translated in this verse is “sound mind”. I love both these translations because you can’t have self-discipline without a sound mind.  Self-discipline is defined as soundness of mind, self-control and having mastery of ones mind. I have to admit that this post on self-discipline has been the toughest for me to write.  It has been an area that The Lord has done the most work in my life but it’s also the area that has the most skeletons in the closet that are a little scary to share. So bare with me as I share parts of my story with you. 🙂 As I mentioned in this post I accidentally dropped a lot of weight in high school. It was the first and only time I lost weight on accident.  After I saw my “before/after” I became addicted to staying thin. I would starve myself, take diet pills...

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The Beautiful Woman

As I was getting ready this morning I had this thought pop into my mind: what drives you to spend hours in the bathroom getting ready, hours shopping for new clothes, hours working out and so much money on all of it that you have no idea how much you have truly spent in your lifetime? I’ve found that when this deep of a question comes up with me it is usually God asking me to dig deeper into a topic that needs some light shed on it.  As you know this really is the age old question, why do we women have such a need to feel beautiful?   One of the first answers God gave me was to look at Adam and Eve. When Adam first saw Eve he was amazed and enthralled by her beauty.  He loved the way she looked and I am willing to bet Eve had no make-up on, no curling irons, no fresh manicure and definitely didn’t have the latest fashion statement piece of clothing.  Just as satan always does he tries to turn something that God created for good and put a twist on it. I can’t help but wonder if the enemy of our soul comes to us on a daily basis and says “if you would only lose 10 pounds, then you will beautiful.” Or “If you get this...

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Social Media: A Powerful Tool

God put this post so strongly on my heart that I’m up at 1am to write about it. Social Media….we all love it and are part of it in some way, shape or form. I have been a part of Facebook for almost 10 years now…back in the day when you had to be in college to have an account. I have twitter, instragram and have recently started this blog.  If there was a group for social media addicts I would be there introducing myself and facilitating discussion.  I LOVE social media because it connects us to people we wouldn’t have otherwise met, we can follow leaders we want to hear more from, stay in touch with old friends and family and share our lives with new friends. The problem God has been revealing to me is not the connecting with people but more so the worship of this social media “god” and the lack of face to face time with those planted directly around us. I have to confess that tonight was one of those nights that I spent more time plugged into Facebook & Twitter and not much time at all plugged into my own family.  As I was laying in bed praying and asking God to forgive me for that he spoke very clearly “Don’t get so caught up with who is following you that you...

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God is Love

Today’s post is a continuation of the blog series I’m doing on 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear or timidity, but power, love and self-discipline.”  You can read part 1 on power here. God not only gave love but God is love.  We see his love for us all throughout the bible.  The most well known scripture that sums up how much God loves us is “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son,  that whoever believes in him would not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 After reading that verse it doesn’t make too much sense how the God of the universe could love us so much yet so many of us are wandering about life feeling everything but loved and searching for love in all the wrong places.  The opposite of love is fear.  As we just read in 2 Timothy God didn’t give us a spirt of fear but a spirt of love. The Bible also says in 1 John 4:18 that “there is no fear in love. But perfect love cast out fear.”  So why do we still have so much fear in our lives?  Fear of the unknown..fear of not being loved?  Primarily because we refuse to fully receive that love.  Let me share a personal story to help illustrate this....

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God is Power

As you can see from my blog header the foundation in which this blog was started was 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear or timidity, but power, love and self-discipline”.  This scripture has been a rock for me and my entire family as we dare to take risks that we know God is calling us to.  I want to show you what that looks like for me so this will be a 3 part blog series as today I begin with power.  What is power exactly?  Many of us probably think of a power lifter who is on a mission to lift as much weight as humanely possible. But the kind of power I am referring to isn’t power in our own strength, it is power that comes from the Lord. The Lord not only gives power but he IS power. Think of it this way, if you give a gift to someone you usually leave them and they keep the gift. But God gave us a gift of power(one of our many gifts from him) but then he stays. We will never have greater power than when the presence of The Lord is upon us.  The Holy Spirit brings the kind of power into our lives that no man or demon can steal.  The dictionary defines power as “the ability to...

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