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Thanks for journeying with me! 

come up to me on this mountain.

Tiffany Lambert

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Over the last year, I’ve written “I trust you” in my journal more times than I can count. It’s funny how I need to write it over and over again. Somehow the act of writing it etches it into my soul. It takes it deeper. “Jesus, I trust you.” There’s so many things I don’t understand yet I feel this inexplicable peace that beckons me, “be still, you can trust Jesus”.

It’s so easy to make our relationship with God less of a relationship and more of a transaction. I find myself wanting to have the what, when, where + why before I’ll settle into God’s presence. There’s too much to do, too much to understand, yet God is ever patient with me in my messiness. He waits there for me on the mountain. Waiting for me to put down my list and just rest in Him. Waiting for me to receive His love and His relationship that He gave everything to have. He waits there for me to simply be with Him.

You see, God is faithful and worthy of my trust. He is ever working for me, going before me and staying so near, intentionally pursuing my heart. We were never meant to be robots, mindlessly following a God shouting out instructions to us. From the very beginning of creation, it was always about relationship. We cannot miss this part!

Being able to trust God with my everything, my hopes, my dreams, my futures, my days and my finances, doesn’t happen on accident, it all comes out of relationship. We can’t spend so much time searching for the will of God for our lives, for our calling, that we miss out on knowing Him. While I press in to knowing Him, to being with Him- there comes the breakthrough of my trust beyond circumstance.

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So I will spend my days, waking up and pursuing the heart of God. I will learn to trust slowly but surely, as I discover more about Him and His character. The greatest adventure we have at our fingertips is walking in intimacy with God. He’s asking us to come up on the mountain to meet with him. So I’m embracing this adventure with everything I have. I will meet with you there my God.

Jesus, I trust you.


“Come up to me on this mountain…” Exodus 24:1

anointed.

Tiffany Lambert

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Art has such a powerful way of breaking through its’ medium of communication to speak to the heart + the soul in meaningful ways. Being an artist is not some frivolous distraction from the so called spiritual things- such as being a pastor or a missionary in the traditional sense. It is a calling. God anoints us to create, not only for his glory but for the simple sake of beauty. There’s no secular vs. sacred here, it is God breathing life and creativity into our voice and our art. Art is in essence deeply spiritual, yet we tend to compartmentalize. We separate what we feel as “serving God” on one side and on the other we cling tightly to our passions, our dreams, our desires not wanting to give up control. When God so deeply wants to co-create with us in those things as well, to anoint us to be a voice of truth and beauty in this world. 

See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, 3 and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship, 4 to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, 5 in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, to work in every craft
— EXODUS 31: 2-5

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Have you ever noticed: the very first person who is mentioned as being filled with the spirit of God in scripture was Bezalel, an artist! Not only was he filled with the Spirit of God, the word says God fills him with “ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship.” Woah. As an artist myself, this blows me away. God not only wants to partner with me in my creativity, He wants to anoint me with skill, with craftsmanship. More than ever this makes me open up to God, and allow Him to play deeper role in my creative process. To give Him the space to breath life, breath creativity, and to give anointing to what I am crafting so that it leaves a deeper impact. 

My prayer for you, for me is that God would anoint us, take us deeper and fill us with His spirit as artists. That we would be God honoring in not only what we create, but in our character, in how we make people feel, and in the beauty that we craft.

TAKE COURAGE MY FRIEND, FOR YOU ARE ANOINTED FOR ART. 

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hurry up & wait.

Tiffany Lambert

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My dad is well known for his many catch-phrases. Those of us who know him well, can sometimes predict what he is about to say next.  I can almost hear him saying one of them now, “hurry up and wait.”

So silly, so ironic, yet so true. We live in a fast food, fast paced, digital, world at your fingertips age and we often feel like waiting is not a reasonable option. 

What we want, we get. When we want it, it's ours. Right? Wrong. 

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God works differently. He takes His time. He is patient- intricately working in each and every detail to build us, to shape our faith and our character. Yet we would opt out of the character building if we could. We want the final product, without the messy in between parts. We look on towards the destination and past the journey. Yet the journey is deeply connected to the heart of God. He uses it to get our attention, to shake us out of our complacency, our independence, our fears. 

In John 11 we see a beautiful example of the faithfulness of God to show up. Mary and Martha sent word for Jesus to come because their brother Lazarus had become gravely ill. Although Jesus dearly loved this family, when he got word, he waited for two days. HE WAITED! But Lazarus was dying, why would he wait!? Why Jesus, why?!

When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days, and then he said to his disciples, ‘Let us go back to Judea.’
— John 11: 4-7

 He is not playing games, He is not busy with other things. He has intricate purposes over your life, He has timing. He wants to form your faith. 

Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone... Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, ‘Take off the grave clothes and let him go.’
— John 11:40-43

 

Those deep desires, those promises from God, He hasn’t forgotten, He is not withholding them for sport. He is faithful. The enemy will often try to snatch up our seasons of waiting, injecting the poison of doubt into our deepest insecurities. So we rush, we strive, we flail around trying to make things happen. We hurry up & wait. Yet, being in a hurry doesn’t bring the fulfillment of God’s promises any faster, it just brings heartache.

I understand the feeling. Those dreams that are dead and collecting dust, I've got em. Lord, why didn't you show up already? Why are you waiting so long? But He does show up. He will show up. And when all feels dead and buried, he breathes life and revives that thing. Don't lose out on your waiting season, rest in His promises.

& whatever it is you are waiting for, let go. Let go of your idea of timing and your expectations. Instead, cling to who God is, develop expectancy and know that He who molded the very universe, is molding you in His image. He has a great desire for relationship with you and these times of waiting are meant to deepen that. 

"Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”

 Hebrews 11:1

look again.

Tiffany Lambert

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we have faith. with God, the impossible is possible. we got this. we got this... and then the storm hits and we are back at it again with our fear and our scrambling for control. 

in reality, it is a fine line between faith and doubt and I’ve faltered between the two more than I care to admit. 

when we fix our eyes on Jesus, we can conquer anything.  when our eyes are diverted, we sink. it is pretty simple. one minute confidently walking on water, the next- a terror filled, spiral out of control. it’s funny how life is like that. 

 

when will we learn to remember?

when will we learn, that we were never the ones in control?

we will, when we learn to look again. 

 

Peter confidently cries out to Jesus to call him out on the water. At this point, the storm and the depth of the sea were inconsequential, they were nothing compared to the glory of looking Jesus in the face. He was on a faith high, ready to face anything, until the wind and the waves, they beckoned, picking up speed and dragging his attention away from the gaze of Jesus and onto the danger. He begins to sink.

Did you catch that? When we focus on the circumstance, we sink. When we look at the storm instead of Jesus, we sink. When we look anywhere but Jesus, you guessed it- we sink. 

It only takes a split second, but it has dire consequences. 

Praise Jesus, we aren’t doomed to our sinking. Praise Jesus, we aren’t doomed to our circumstance or our sadness or even our unraveling. For, even though we are a fickle people and we look away- we can look again, and the minute we do, that storm doesn’t seem so intense any more.  It’s about focus, it's about perspective. It's about our gaze.  

 

Where are you looking to? Your circumstance, or your Savior? 

Where are you looking to? Look again. 

we always think that God’s presence is provided to fix our problems, but what if God’s presence is meant to fix our perspective so we see our problems differently.
— Steven Furtick

 

 

i should(n’t) be a missionary.

Tiffany Lambert

If anyone out there was keeping track, I probably shouldn’t be a missionary. If my compliance with "the law" determined my salvation, I wouldn’t even really be saved at all. I can be a mix of good & bad, messy & selfish. I can lose focus and allow criticism to fill my thought life. There are of course good things about me too, but when I live out of my own strengths, I can forget who I am meant to be and all that I have been saved from. 

On hearing this, Jesus said, It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.
— matthew 9:12

From the sickness of sin I have been healed. Hallelujah, for I am a sinner who has been saved. Saved, not by blindly following a set of rules or laws, but by the immeasurable sacrifice of a loving Savior.                                                                                                          

I didn’t earn any of this. Because I have been undeservingly saved, I must live life missionally. 

 

I would be disqualified by the law, but I am saved by grace & that is exactly why I should be a missionary, so that others may know. 

So there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him , the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.
— Romans 8:1-4

It is not about us perfectly upholding the law, or doing the best we can during our lifetime simply to get by or to make it to the end goal of heaven. It is about daily dying to yourself, fully understanding and never forgetting the massive gift of grace we have been given. It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I know how much the love of God has impacted my life. How it has taken me and given me beauty for ashes, how it has given me joy for mourning.

I’ve seen what God can do with a sinner like me & I want others to have that chance. In remembering how desperately I need my Savior- that is what motivates me to be a missionary, so that others may know. 

these dry bones.

Tiffany Lambert

i've had some things rattling around in my mind lately. i've had desires to know God on a deeper level and to be known on a deeper level- yet something is holding me back. i feel paralyzed in some ways. i know my desires, i see them within my grasp- yet they are, or feel, unattainable.  

i had the revelation: i've become comfortable, paralyzed. i've become dry bones. with the advent of social media things have changed. i'm not necessarily living in an obvious sin. i'm doing full time ministry, i serve God, i pray, i live by faith for my ministry & finances- but the last few months i've felt like something was missing. i've felt dry. i've felt disconnected, numb. i've been reduced to bones.

sometimes we, or at least myself over here, have this picture of the enemy that he is the big bad wolf. he's out to get us, and we are the innocent victims. that he uses these out of the box ways to hinder us, in our callings and in our life & honestly this is, in many ways, true. something i have realized however, is that we often times do his job for him. we disqualify ourselves, we take ourselves out of the race. we allow ourselves to be silently paralyzed, without recognizing the connection. i am being honest here friends, & i am preaching to myself as well.

i have felt this conviction so strongly lately. when i have a couple of free minutes- i end up on social media. when i wake up, & right before i go to bed- i end up on social media. throughout my day i end up on social media when i don't even mean to be. i recognize the irony that this post is being shared on social media & i'm not here to villainize it- but i am here to recognize its dangers. I am a firm believer that social media is a tool that we can use to bring awareness, to highlight testimony of our God: who he is and how he works. it can be used to build relationships, to share prayer requests, to communicate life happenings, to share joy and sorrows & those are all good things! social media is not evil! but there is a catch, there is a downfall, when it takes the highest place in our lives. when it eliminates us from feeling anything real, from being able to hold an intentional conversation in person. when it eliminates us from really living a life outside of cyber space. it can be like a silent poison, slowly suffocating us, while disengaging us from reality, separating us from who God is or why we are even here on this earth in the first place. as i began to process all of these things, and recognize this in my own life God pointed me to Ezekial 37.

The Lord took hold of me, and I was carried away by the Spirit of the Lord to a valley filled with bones. He led me all around among the bones that covered the valley floor. They were scattered everywhere across the ground and were completely dried out. Then he asked me, “Son of man, can these bones become living people again?”
“O Sovereign Lord,” I replied, “you alone know the answer to that.”
Then he said to me, “Speak a prophetic message to these bones and say, ‘Dry bones, listen to the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Look! I am going to put breath into you and make you live again! I will put flesh and muscles on you and cover you with skin. I will put breath into you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’”
So I spoke this message, just as he told me. Suddenly as I spoke, there was a rattling noise all across the valley. The bones of each body came together and attached themselves as complete skeletons. Then as I watched, muscles and flesh formed over the bones. Then skin formed to cover their bodies, but they still had no breath in them.
Then he said to me, “Speak a prophetic message to the winds, son of man. Speak a prophetic message and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, O breath, from the four winds! Breathe into these dead bodies so they may live again.’”
So I spoke the message as he commanded me, and breath came into their bodies. They all came to life and stood up on their feet—a great army.
Then he said to me, “Son of man, these bones represent the people of Israel. They are saying, ‘We have become old, dry bones—all hope is gone. Our nation is finished.’ Therefore, prophesy to them and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: O my people, I will open your graves of exile and cause you to rise again. Then I will bring you back to the land of Israel. When this happens, O my people, you will know that I am the Lord. I will put my Spirit in you, and you will live again and return home to your own land. Then you will know that I, the Lord, have spoken, and I have done what I said. Yes, the Lord has spoken!

— Ezekial 37:1-14

i've read these verses many times, they are some of my favorite verses in the bible. i love the idea that the Lord wants to partner with us to bring life, when he has all the power to do it on his own. i've always associated these verses with calling forth life into those who are dry because they don't know the Lord, but this time God showed me a different side of this. just because i know the Lord does not mean that i am immune to becoming dry bones. he spoke to me that these verses reference his church, his people becoming dry and desolate, when his earnest desire is for them to be lively, living beings. 

i often think about the state of our world and feel sad. people can be hateful, violence is prevalent, fear is a driving factor, and the trend towards hopelessness is all too real. why do you think an app like "pokemon go" is doing so well? yes it is fun, yes it is throwback and brings up nostalgia and all those great things... but in reality it is just another distraction. it is something to divert away from processing and realizing how hard things on this earth really are.

as christians, we live in the tension between heaven and earth. we live in the tension of being saved and living for the hope of eternity & feeling hopeless, feeling weary, feeling overwhelmed with the sin and destruction that seemingly reigns in this world. 

rather than accepting the way things are, rather than shutting down, going into dry bones mode or not allowing myself to feel anything- i feel God calling me to a different option. I feel God calling me to wake up. our nation is in a state of dry bones, rather than accepting things as they are, this should fuel me in my intercession and standing in the gap for the state of my community, my city, my nation, my world.

we allow ourselves to be paralyzed and numbed by social media, afraid of the destruction and news we see, living like the walking dead. all the while, God is calling us into deeper relationship, he is calling us to partner with him in breathing life into dry bones. this starts with individuals, with the church coming alive, aligning themselves with God, stepping into their identity and destiny and calling others to do the same. when non-believers see someone sold out for Jesus, walking in freedom and their calling it is often irresistible, why then are so many people turned off of christianity by the church? because we are walking in religion not the true life that jesus christ brings. we are dry bones and we don't even realize it! God created us to live in constant, living and vibrant relationship with him. please church, here me out. come alive again. prophecy life and breath into your own lives and then extend that to others. bring jesus into your work place, your relationships, friendships, assignments, hobbies, days and nights and things will be dramatically different. there is so much more available to us than comfortable christianity, there is so much more for us than dry bones.

 

Lord, I ask you to breath life into my dry bones. I ask your forgiveness and lay down the idol of social media. may you take the highest place in my life. i am done living paralyzed to your presence and your goodness in my life. i know that there is so much more of you available to me & i beg you to breathe life into my relationships, my ministry, every single aspect of my life. 

 

(good) grief.

Tiffany Lambert

MY SWEET GRANDPA JIM, PASSED AWAY THIS MORNING, AT 82 YEARS OLD.

To my dearest grandpa Jim: 

I wish I had told you how funny you were,                                                                                         or how precious your smile was when you would laugh. 

I wish I had told you how much I admired you for working so hard to provide for & raise 8 kids.

I wish you could still be there someday at my wedding                                                                   to cut in during the father daughter dance. 

I wish I had told you how much I admired your faith & passion.

I wish we could play King’s Corners just one more time. 

I wish I had told you thank you for raising my dad, for molding him into a man of character,       for giving him your humor & for allowing him to dream big dreams.

I wish I had made sure you knew that you were the best grandpa a little girl could ask for. 

 

 

 

There are so many things I wish, but this I know-

You are made whole again, free from pain & hurt.

You are with Jesus now & that gives me hope.