Hebrews 12:1-3

"And we must be determined to run the race that is ahead of us.2 We must keep our eyes on Jesus, who leads us and makes our faith complete. He endured the shame of being nailed to a cross, because he knew that later on he would be glad he did. Now he is seated at the right sideof God's throne!3 So keep your mind on Jesus, who put up with many insults from sinners. Then you won't get discouraged and give up."

I hope today finds you well and cool! Summer is definitely HOT! I have been experiencing the burning hot sun in Florida and a burning off of some of my flesh from God at the same time! I have really been searching for God's voice the last few weeks. It seemed I was in a real slump and wasn't quite sure where to turn. You know we all move at such an amazing fast pace these days when we finally do get a little slow down time, I think we sometimes get confused on exactly what to do! So, as I struggled to make sense of this slump it occurred to me that I was running away from God not running to HIM. So I fell to the ground and asked the Lord to meet me closely! He did. God gave me so much to share to with you today and I hope that if you too are in a slump that what I went through will help you today.

First, as I already stated, I was running from God. I was trying to figure out things on my own in the natural. I was thinking from the worldly perspective not looking with an eternal perspective! I wasn't looking for God in the answers - just looking for the answers!! I knew I was doing God's will but I was wanting an answer immediately! This verse written above spoke to me in such a way that I knew it was my answer from God.

Maybe you are asking God for something or needing an answered prayer, I was too. As many of you know, we produced a television pilot for mainstream media. It is in the process of being shopped to networks as we speak. But, the waiting was beating me up! I started to doubt. I started to second guess myself - that's why many of you know I love to call the waiting time, the MEANtime - it's mean in the waiting time! What I do know today is that in the waiting time we must run into God's arms. Then, we must ask Him to teach us what we must learn in the meantime. Then, just know that in the waiting time there will be a fight for your answer. Don't be burdened or distracted-- stay on the course of the race and you will win the answer! I have found in this last season of "meantime" that God was working on me to create more order in my life, more balance, more time with Him, and more trust in His plan! Most of all WHOAwomen, we can't endure the race or sustain our energy without HIS life source of the living word and His presence in our lives daily!

In conclusion, if you too are in a slump or in a "MEANtime" Season, run to God, ask Him to show you what you need to change and learn while waiting, be aware you must fight for the answer and victory, stay on course, don't give up, keep your thoughts on the eternal life we will one day live with our heavenly Father, endure the race and the VICTORY in God's answers and plans in the race of your life will be won!

Livin' lively, Laine