Sunday, August 30, 2009

An amazing week!

I just got back from Austin, TX for a week called, "Mega Camp and Mega Leadership Camp" with Keller Williams. By the way, it was very hard to leave Ayana for 6 days! I missed both my girls so bad! and you too honey! :)

One of the speakers at the camp truly blew me away and has me so convicted in my life right now. His name is Nick Vujicic. You may have heard of him or his ministry called, "Life without Limbs." Nick has a Remarkable Story of God's Grace. Nick was born with no arms and no legs. The doctors told his parents that he would never have a life and would live in bed. It's too much to write but it's worth you reading his story. Read his inspiring story HERE:

Here is one of the many videos on youtube about him: (Sorry for the subtitles)

Part of his speech was him telling us a story about a conversation he had with his mom. He said Mom, I want to be a speaker!

Mom: Who will you speak to? Nick: I don't know.
Mom: How will you get around? Nick" I don't know.
Mom: How will you get hired? Nick: I don't know.
Mom: What will you speak about? Nick: I don't know.
Mom: How will you promote yourself? Nick: I don't know.

Every question he answered with, I don't know.

I guess the point is that he didn't know how he was supposed to get there but he knew where he was going. He knew if he kept his eye on the goal, he would get there and everything else would come with Jesus leading him. So that is exactly what happened. Today, Nick is a speaker and has achieved so much and is making a difference in many lives in his 11 ministries.

At 26, Nick has:
Spoke in over 24 countries
to more than 3 million people
and over 200 thousand souls come to Jesus for the first time
He has over 2,100 speaking invitations pending
and the list goes on and on....

His testimony was so inspiring. The whole time I listened to him I was convicted on the limiting beliefs that I have been having.

I have had a lot of feelings over the last 6 months that I do not know how to sort or deal with. I am not sure what direction God is taking me in but He has been working on me BIG time and I do not know what to do with the thoughts, visions and convictions I'm having. They are so strong, it can be painful sometimes. Have you ever had such a strong vision or conviction but wasn't sure what to do about it?

The thing Nick said that really stuck with me is he said ask yourself 3 things:

1. Why am I here? What is my purpose?
2. Where am I going?
3. What am I doing to get there?

There is always the question of How? He said once you have those 3 things answered, you just take one step, and one step, and one step. As you keep taking steps and seeking Him, Jesus will have led you to the HOW!

This hit me hard. This is why I am a Christian and why I follow Christ. I don't have to know how to do everything. I just need to focus on those three questions and seek the LORD and He will take care of the How. This may bot be anything new but it's what I needed to hear in my life at this time. Hallelujah!

Side note:

Another powerful moment was when he had us write down the 5 things that mean the most to us on a piece of paper. He then said, is health on your list? All of us said yes because if we don;t have our health we can't be around for the other 4 things on the list. Duh?

He said if health is on your list, and it is so important that it is on the top 5 things that are the most important to us, answer this question...Do you exercise? not much, I replied to myself. Do you eat healthy? Uh, pretty sure I do not.
He said, how is it important to you if you said no to both of those questions than it isn't important at all. That hit me in the gut! Ouch!
He asked that if a camera crew were to follow us around to see a day in our lives, we would truly see what is important to us and that is how we spend our days not what we say is important. I believe in GOD, family, then business but if someone was to follow me around for 24 hours, is that what you would see? Wow, another OUCH!

I HEAR YOU LORD! I HEAR YOU! I am will continue to pray and answer the 3 questions, and take one step, one step, one step.....


Beautiful Mess said...

Thank you for sharing--very encouraging and a lot to think about.


J Gutwein said...

Great thoughts, love it. J

Gina said...

Thank you for sharing that!
I have been reading your blog for a while and love it. We are planing to add to our family through a Ethiopian adoption as well. Can't wait till you finish the day by day of your left us with a cliff hanger :)

Holly said...

Oh God is working on you girlfriend!
It can be overwhelming but surrender it all to Him...He'll take you places you can't get to ANY other way!

Domestic Goddess said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!!!!! Thank you for this post. Oddly a lot of this went through my mind today as I checked off my to do list and to sit and read your words is so what I needed. The camera following you around part is so real for me, especially being a woman that works from home, it's easy to just live without purpose when nobody is really watching you. Lots to think about! LOVE IT! Thank you for shairng. Miss you Mum! Love you bunches!!

dan and rachel said...

interesting, amber! that's some tough stuff!

next time you're in austin, you should email mail me. we could meet for coffee or something.