Welcome Guest Blogger Kristin Lipscomb


Please join me in welcoming Kristin Lipscomb as today’s guest blogger! Kristin and her husband, Josh, serve as the pastors at Liberty Church. Their six-campus church is known for it’s leadership both locally and internationally; championing humanity across the board.

She is also the founder of The Secret Place Home, a safe house residential program for child survivors of human trafficking.

I am honored to know this mighty woman of God and have the opportunity to witness her powerful impact on and relentless pursuit of the Kingdom of God.

I encourage you to take time absorb and meditate on the Godly wisdom found in Kristin’s post, “You Can’t Do It.”


#Truth

It is true. You can’t do it.

I know, such encouraging words for you to hear on a “guest blog post.” All inspiring and yet utterly honest. You cannot accomplish that which you want to do.

Let that sink in for a minute.

So here is the deal. I don’t know about you but there has been a plethora of times in my life in which I can recount that I have said “I can’t do it.” In fact, I can recall many times where I not only said it, but I might have even said it in my backyard while looking at the stars as if I was speaking to God to His face.

“No,” I was yelling back at God, “I CAN’T DO IT!”

I was so hoping He would whisper back at me, “Yes, Kristin. you can. You can go after that dream. You can fight to be the answer. You can bring life to that thing, that seed, which you thought was dormant. You can and you should.”

But that’s is not what I heard. And to be honest, I was a bit perturbed by the first time I heard Him answer. I guess it’s because I know that God has placed something in my spirit for me to do, to be an answer in, if you will. There is a seed that He has deposited in me that I just can’t let go of.

And I would imagine, if you are reading this, there might be something that is in you too. It might be a dream. It might be a calling. It’s something that you know that you were born for, you were made for. And you so need a cheerleader in your corner to say, “Go for it!” All the while, you are feeling so unable to carry out. I get it. But you can’t do it.

There is this incredible story that is found in the Bible where Jesus performs a miracle. It is the miracle of Jesus feeding the 5,000 (which is said probably was upwards of 10,000 when you add in the children and the women).

In this story, we find Jesus reminding His disciples that what they have will never look like enough. It will never appear to be what they need to accomplish the task.

Here you have a great task presented to the twelve and you have a boy. A boy with 5 small loaves and two fish (John 6:9). And you have the twelve disciples responding the same way most of us respond. We can’t do it. Sound familiar?

A Boy’s Lunchbox

And just like that, Jesus shows up on the scene and brings a young boy into the picture with a lunch box full of food. Can you imagine being among the twelve as Jesus begins to speak to them that their solution is found in this boy’s lunchbox? Impossible. It cannot be accomplished.

Have you ever found yourself in a similar situation where you know that God has asked you to do something and yet in your heart of hearts you feel like you are staring down an impossible situation? Well, you are in good company. The twelve disciples often found themselves in that very same place.

You see, God knew that what was in their hands was never going to be enough. In fact, He knows the seed that He has placed in your hand, that calling, is never going to be enough.Click To Tweet

He knows that in your natural ability you will never be able to feed the thousands with five loaves and two fish. But He does know the answer to your miracle. Here you find Jesus and the twelve and it is says in Mark 6:41 that before any miracle even took place, before the twelve witnessed five loaves become the answer to thousands of needs, Jesus gave thanks. He gave thanks for that which was never going to be enough.

“Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people. He also divided the two fish among them all.” ~ Mark 6:41

Gratitude Always Precedes the Miracle

Why? Jesus knew that a posture of gratitude always precedes the miracle. And He knows that when you decide to let gratitude invade a situation that appears void of change the atmosphere will shift. Click To Tweet

But Jesus didn’t stop there. He then broke the bread. And out of the broken pieces a miracle took place. I don’t know about you but there are a lot of broken pieces in my life. There are things that just don’t add up. And yet somehow, as only God can, when I choose to give thanks and hand Jesus my broken pieces, my mess, my inability, my lack – He does the impossible.

But With God…

You see my friend. You cannot do it… on your own. But in God all things are possible (Math 19:26, Philippians 4:13). When you take that seed, that dream, that task that God has asked you to steward and you give it back to Him, when you give into trust and faith and allow gratitude to overwhelm a situation – the impossible becomes possible and the supernatural takes place.

What is it today that you know God has asked you to do and yet you can't? Click To Tweet

I dare you to give it back to Jesus, let Him into the story and see the impossible come to pass.

Our Prayer


Lord, help us to posture our hearts in a position of gratitude to receive the miracle you have waiting for us. Your word tells us that all things are possible through YOU. We give you our brokenness, our mess, our inability and our lack to do the impossible. Please accept our sincere thanks for everything that does not seem like enough in the natural but can mean everything in the supernatural. We are ready to fulfill the dreams that you have placed in our hearts to be agents of change in this world and for Your Kingdom.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Scriptures for Meditation


~Mark 6:30-44

30 The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. 31 Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”

32 So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place. 33 But many who saw them leaving recognized them and ran on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. 34 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.

35 By this time it was late in the day, so his disciples came to him. “This is a remote place,” they said, “and it’s already very late. 36 Send the people away so that they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.”

37 But he answered, “You give them something to eat.”

They said to him, “That would take more than half a year’s wages[e]! Are we to go and spend that much on bread and give it to them to eat?”

38 “How many loaves do you have?” he asked. “Go and see.”

When they found out, they said, “Five—and two fish.”

39 Then Jesus directed them to have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass. 40 So they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties. 41 Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people. He also divided the two fish among them all. 42 They all ate and were satisfied, 43 and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish. 44 The number of the men who had eaten was five thousand.

Meet Kristin


Kristin Lipscomb, a born and raised New Yorker -> Pensacola, FL transplant who simply loves God and loves His people. She is married to her best friend, Josh, and is momma to two spunky, energetic and “never a dull moment” boys – whom keep life colorful and memorable.

With her desire to pull the absolute “best” out of people, Kristin along with her husband serve as the Pastors at Liberty Church which has six campuses and are found leading both locally and internationally; championing humanity across the board. Kristin is committed to seeing the value that God has placed on all rise up – in healthy men and women; who live out an authentic love for God and one another.

Kristin also is deeply convicted to be a voice for the voiceless and is what drives her fight against injustice and division, which is evident in her life’s message; that “every face matters” and is the founder of a Safe House Residential Program named The Secret Place Home – for child survivors of Human Trafficking. Kristin can often be found using her voice, whether in large or small gatherings, or in equipping environments for both men and women. As well as the every day, enjoyable moments of having a good chat over a latte.

It can be equally said that Kristin loves everything from design to surfing, journaling to running and has been known to do impromptu dance moves from time to time.