There Is a Way From Here

Written by Jackie Tinkler

For years I had a rainbow over my head and the sun shining wherever I went.  Nothing ever really happened that was considered a “crisis,” “stressful,” or even remotely “devastating.”  I think sometimes our little bubbles preclude us from trouble, but as life moves on and we meet more people outside of our “bubble,” we try new things, we live long enough, we make mistakes and decisions that alter our course, we find out things don’t always work out as planned.

Somehow our beautiful day now becomes heavy with responsibility, challenges, crisis, stress, heartaches, financial pressure, and just difficulties all around that become chronic and most days are like this.   You may wonder, “Why is it that some get to skate by in life with very little to contend with?”

Do you ever try to  pinpoint exactly when it happened?  When did it go “wrong?”  Where was it?  Do you beat yourself up for decisions you wish were different?  Me too!   But, God doesn’t think like this, in fact, he sees you sitting in the green grass with the sun shining on your face because he knows the way you should take from here.  There is a way you can take “from here” which does not require going back to make it right. It can be right “from here.”  You won’t find God saying,  “See, I told you not to do that, now go back and fix it.”  It’s more like, “Hey, look to me, forget that stuff and I’ll make you smile again. I know the way from here”

” I admit that I haven’t acquired the absolute fullness that I’m pursuing, but I run with passion into his abundance so that I may reach the purpose that Jesus Christ has called me to fulfill and wants me to discover.  I don’t depend on my own strength to accomplish this; however, I do have one compelling focus; I forget all of the past as I fasten my heart to the future instead.” Philippians 3:12-13 (The Passion Translation)

Girlfriend, there is power to change it, to hold on, to be okay and to find a way through the mess. If we only know which way to take.  God said this in Jeremiah 29:11-13:  “I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen.  When you come looking for me, you’ll find me.”

The problem is the negative voices swirling around in our heads, the well-meaning, ill-timed advice from friends or the notion that we can figure this out on our own and it will all be fine. But, it isn’t.  I think we get to the place where we have no other choice but to find God and His way.

In this age of immediate gratification, we can’t fathom going the slow way, but often it’s the little steps taken everyday that lead to progress. No pressure, no weight, just one foot in front of the other much like following the “yellow brick road” that led to the adventures and lessons, that led to  the “Wizard of Oz” and finally that led to the power (faith) that was inside all along to get back home.

Maybe “everything” is not always supposed to work out.  If it did, we may never find the path God intended for us all along.  You see, it’s in the hard places that we finally acknowledge we need God and where new life is forged.

Jackie Tinkler is the Co-Founder along with Amber Edwards of Something More and lives in Birmingham, Alabama. She has been ministering to women for 20 years as a Women’s Ministry Director, Counselor and Producer. She has also written a women’s small group study “Something Beautiful” and when not leading women to freedom can be found worshipping at Church of the Highlands, decorating her friends homes, enjoying time with her family and chocolate lab Nelson or sitting in the balcony at the Alabama Theatre.

Jackie Tinkler

An indiscernible happy thought was swirling around in my head “Take your time and enjoy what you’re doing” Definitely a God thought. I’ve always been in a hurry. Ever since I can remember, I was brought up to “hurry up.” I’m not sure why, but we did everything fast. We talked fast, walked fast cooked fast, ate fast, you name it we were doing it “fast.”

Slow is just not my thing. Which is exactly why the Lord gave me my husband. If you look up the word slow in the dictionary, well… it says “he’s just right for me.”


It seems that’s all I hear from God is “Slow down” “Take it Slower” “Not Yet!” Patience is definitely a fruit that needed to be worked out in spades in my life. If I only knew how often God has protected me from making unnecessary messes in the middle of my hurry.


In this face paced world, it is not popular to slow down. Everything is real time and on demand. That is just not how God does things. Oh, he has his “suddenly” and his “now time” but it only seems that way. Those things have been cooking a long time.


“You know every step I will take before my journey even begins. You’ve gone into my future to prepare the way, and in kindness you follow behind me to spare me from the harm of my past. With your hand of love upon my life, you impart a blessing to me.”Psalm 139:4-5 TPT

It’s hard to wait on God. Somewhere In the mix of our “when” is our why…why we are in a hurry.


Sure, you can go ahead and step out of God’s will and take matters into your own hands, the results may not be as lasting as they could be if it’s the right time. I remember a time when I stepped out too early on something I wanted to do. Yes! God gave me grace to do it, but it did stand the test of time. I think you know where I am going with this. God things take time because, well, he sees everything and we don’t.


God things matter for the kingdom today and beyond, so let’s not rush it. Cook it low (humble part) and slow (God’s Time.) One thing I have learned is when you are in hurry, it never comes out right.

Here are some ways you can enjoy where you are now while waiting for where you want to be xxoo Jackie


1. Make a list of what is good NOW

2. Make a list of NOW time scriptures to meditate on

3. Pray for insight and wisdom NOW

4. No complaining NOW! Negative thoughts and words make the time longer and unbearable

5. Keep facing forward and taking small steps toward your goals NOW

Jackie Tinkler is the Co-Founder and Ministry Development Director of Something More and lives in Birmingham, Alabama. She has been ministering to women for 20 years as a Women’s Ministry Director, Counselor and Producer. She is co-writing a Women’s Small Group Study “Something Beautiful” and when not leading women to freedom can be found worshipping at Church of the Highlands, decorating her friends’ homes, enjoying time with her family and chocolate lab Nelson or sitting in the balcony at the Alabama Theatre.

Written by Jackie Tinkler

Taking a break on my back patio one summer morning I sensed a short bout of dizziness. Since nothing ever really had been wrong with me, I blew it off. I thought, it’s all in my head. Well, it happened again and again and with it came heaving breathing, and a rush of emotions and physical sensations I never felt before. I thought I was going to pass out or die. So, I made an appointment with a new intern and got it checked out. I know by now, you’re thinking the worst, but it was all in my head. They did every test you can think but all came back okay.

I had never experienced an anxiety or a panic attack to this level before but when it happens, you will think you are either crazy or dying.

The attacks were foreboding and would come out of nowhere. I hadn’t quite identified the fear but all I know is that I felt closed in, trapped, and unable to help myself.

You see thoughts of trying to make up for lost time was subconsciously playing out in the deepest part of my heart. I had anxiety about the future and my reality didn’t match my expectations. I was also in a season of tremendous loss and limits. The thought of losing total control of the things I put my hope in was just too much. We think we have everything under control until we realize not everything is under our control. Each passing day, more of life was behind me, AND I WAS SO TIRED of trying to fix it.

This was by far a new low and yet a new level of trust for me… Up until then, everything had been wrapped up pretty tight in a nice little bow of my own making. I could fix everything! No problem! But, this season was different. Instead of recuing me from it, God was calling me to walk with him through it.

I sensed him asking, “Will you, Jackie, trust and stay faithful even when it doesn’t turn out the way you wanted or in your timing? I have to admit, I didn’t like this question at all. What happens when life takes a turn you didn’t see coming? Well, here I was and I have to admit, there were days I found it hard to persevere.

It was made worse by the fact that I was embarrassed to admit these things were happening to me. I was a Christian and a leader and the last thing I wanted was for someone to think I was not trusting God.

So, what to do? I wish I could say I gave myself a pep talk and read a few scriptures and all was well again, but it didn’t work that way.

It was hard work to let go and trust that God had a plan even when I didn’t understand. But, I realized I had a choice. I could be bitter or I could find ways to be better. I started with forgiving myself for feeling like I had to have it all together. That was a tough one since I am very hard on myself. I worked on letting go of pride, shame, and what people were saying and thinking. Shame keeps us silent, but I partnered with God and let others in and told them my story. I decided to be brave and face things I didn’t want to face, to admit my needs and most importantly to find closure to the dreams that died. I found courage in words like embrace, accept, and different.

With God’s help, I forged a new path and found joy in the little things. I found life in the new and different as well as came into an exciting level of freedom and calling.

Walking this road was the hardest thing I have ever done but there is hope. I had to lose my life, my grip, and my plan to really find it. And you know what? By going through, I learned new things about myself and my relationship with God.

If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it Matthew 10:39 NLT

Are you tired of trying to control everything? Has the rug been pulled out from under your tidy Christian life like mine? Friend, I don’t propose to know your story, but I do know there is hope for you. Take charge of what you can and give the rest to God. Keep focused on the end of the story where you come out of this shining like gold.

When the enemy is trying to destroy your testimony, call and faith, God is right there fighting the battle with you telling you not to give up. New days are on the way and never lose sight of it. The road may not look like you planned, but God is writing your message through the mess and when you get to the other side of this, you will be better than ever, more than okay! So, go girl! Put on that new shade of lipstick, cute boots and sparkly eye shadow and face the day because you are God’s girl and he always takes care of his girls! When the world says it’s over, God says there’s more.

xxoo Jackie

Jackie Tinkler is the Co-Founder and Ministry Development Director of Something More and lives in Birmingham, Alabama. She has been ministering to women for 20 years as a Women’s Ministry Director, Counselor and Producer. She is co-writing a Women’s Small Group Study “Something Beautiful” and when not leading women to freedom can be found worshipping at Church of the Highlands, decorating her friends’ homes, enjoying time with her family and chocolate lab Nelson or sitting in the balcony at the Alabama Theatre.

Who Defines Fabulous?

Written by Jackie Tinkler

Somewhere we have come up with the notion that we have to be explosively beautiful and entertaining 24/7 in order for people to want to friend us. Just take a look at the everyday chatter on Facebook or Instagram to see what and who is getting all of the world’s attention. Endless destination photos, clever chatter, and trendy culture fill our hearts with envy and a feeling that we just might be well, boring.

I recently had somewhat of a known public figure friend me on Facebook and personally like my comments. I was thrilled! Until I realized they could see my feed too and you guessed it…I felt like I didn’t have enough interesting content to hob nob with such a person. Really Jackie?

It seems everyday life is not enough anymore for us or anyone else. I get it, and I’m guilty of vacillating between the extremes of “ordinary” and “somewhat fabulous” if I were being honest. I once introduced us, jokingly, in our couples small group as a “very exciting couple!” LOL! It got a laugh for sure! But what does God want people to see? And more importantly who defines fabulous?”

Why do we feel like we have to more than we are?

YOU ARE AWESOME JUST THE WAY YOU ARE WITHOUT FILTERS! I wonder what it would be like if we could take off the masks and be authentically brave with our love. That’s why we can say …

“By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.: 2 Peter 1:3 NLT


“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10 NLT

Sister friend, God doesn’t do basic or boring. He does EXTRAORINARY, MAGNIFICENT, WONDERFUL, AMAZING ! AND…he happens to LOVE your posts that light up the world.

xxoo Jackie

Jackie Tinkler is the Co-Founder and Ministry Development Director of Something More and lives in Birmingham, Alabama. She has been ministering to women for 20 years as a Women’s Ministry Director, Counselor and Producer. She is co-writing a Women’s Small Group Study “Something Beautiful” and when not leading women to freedom can be found worshipping at Church of the Highlands, decorating her friends’ homes, enjoying time with her family and chocolate lab Nelson or sitting in the balcony at the Alabama Theatre.

Your Go To Plan When The Battle Is Real

Honestly, this is how it feels most days, like I’m battling something everyday. And we are, because whether we want to admit it or not, there is a battle for our faith (drum roll please.)

So yesterday was supposed to be a day of rest for me. Didn’t happen quite that way. I’m all about flexibility, but when hard challenges come on the same day, it takes some pretty strong self control to NOT feel consumed by the negativity and bad news.

I began to think ” Why are we always in a battle?” And God reminded me ” Jackie, for all the good things that are coming, there is a battle to be won.”

Do you ever feel like the battle you are presently engaging in, can’t possibly be won? Like you have been battling so long, you don’t have it in you to take this new challenge on and win? Listen, sister, I need you to hear me. That’s exactly what the enemy does…he wears us down so that we will give up the fight and give up on our faith and calling.

Let me remind you that the battle is real

“And everything I’ve taught you is so that the peace which is in me will be in you and will give you great confidence as you rest in me. For in this unbelieving world you will experience trouble and sorrows, but you must be courageous, for I have conquered the world! John 16:33 TPT

When the crazy is heavy and you find yourself tending for every shred of extra energy, you need a “go to ” plan for staying in the fight. So here they are!

  1. If you are physically tired and overwhelmed by the latest crisis, the first thing to do is get yourself to a place of clear thinking. Sleep, eat and get self care for your emotions before making any major decisions.
  2. Be armed with your “go to” scripture promises to remind yourself of God’s goodness to you.
  3. Pray more than you say. Stop repeating the negativity by constantly talking and thinking about it.
  4. Powerfully speak the word over your situation and get around someone or something encouraging FAST.
  5. Declare a drama free zone; no drama, gossip, idle chatter about the matter. Choose safe encouraging people to talk with.
  6. For the spirit of heaviness, put on the garment of praise. Begin to praise God for WHAT IS GOOD.
  7. Focus on just your next step.

I’m praying for you xxoo Jackie

Jackie Tinkler is the Co-Founder and Ministry Development Director of Something More and lives in Birmingham, Alabama. She has been ministering to women for 20 years as a Women’s Ministry Director, Counselor and Producer. She is co-writing a Women’s Small Group Study “Something Beautiful” and when not leading women to freedom can be found worshipping at Church of the Highlands, decorating her friends’ homes, enjoying time with her family and chocolate lab Nelson or sitting in the balcony at the Alabama Theatre.

The Power to Change The Hardest Day

Written by Jackie Tinkler

It had been a long day at the home office and I decided to take a break. Facing deadlines, fixing problems and relational conflicts have taken their toll and I just didn’t want to fight it anymore. I’ll pick it back up in a minute.

Most of us in truth fight battles everyday. Oh, my battles may look a little different than yours, but the underlying theme is the same. Feel bad, worry, condemnation, press on my reserves, live in fear, diminish my faith, steal my joy and my personal favorite, overwhelm my soul.

So, what do I do when after I “Raise a Halleluiah”, bind the enemy, cast my care and claim scripture verses?

I recently traveled for business to Nashville, Tennessee. It was really the first time I had ever stayed away alone. Completely alone. When I tell you that hotel room was a lonely box, I mean it was awful. I prayed all the way over, and I even had others pray for me, and yet my eyes couldn’t help but see the sterile orange and gray walls before me. “Oh Lord, get me through these three days.”

I knew I had to face this and I couldn’t leave. There would be times of isolation when not attending my training, so something amazing came to my mind. Jackie, change the atmosphere of the room. I know it sounds crazy but I took out my most favorite clothing pieces and hung them on the outside of the door, I displayed my costume jewelry like it was on display at an outdoor French market. (put away of course when I had to leave the room) I opened the pages of my favorite magazines to inspiring photographs and piled my books, notebooks and bible on the bedside table as if they were being displayed on the most opulent bookcase. Praise music and Christian teaching filled the air 24/7 through the day and night. I changed the atmosphere and was able to do what was hard to do…stay.

You might say “Who would go to that kind of trouble” This girl! Why? Because God gives us the grace to do what is hard.

Jesus changed the atmosphere from storms to peace with one word. He changed the atmosphere at a wedding when it looked like everyone might go home. He changed the atmosphere on the darkest day of his life and came back resurrected in power.

You know what? God’s love will always intersect our hardest days. His sustaining power, his amazing grace gives us what we need to face those not so fun days and no matter what it looks like, we always have the power to change it.

Jackie Tinkler is the Co-Founder and Ministry Development Director of Something More and lives in Birmingham, Alabama. She has been ministering to women for 20 years as a Women’s Ministry Director, Counselor and Producer. She is co-writing a Women’s Small Group Study “Something Beautiful” and when not leading women to freedom can be found worshipping at Church of the Highlands, decorating her friends homes, enjoying time with her family and chocolate lab Nelson or sitting in the balcony at the Alabama Theatre.

Sorry, I Can’t Today, I’m Binge Watching and Eating Popcorn

Written by Jackie Tinkler

Recently, a friend of mine and I were talking over a delicious Shrimp Po Boy and Fried Green Tomatoes. As we enjoyed our lunch, we found ourselves commenting about how some days we just don’t feel very “up”. After we shared all of the vitamins, supplements, lotions and potions we were taking to feel good, it hit me. I said ” You know, I bet you will feel much better when you pick up that paint brush again”

It made me think of endless days of energy as a kid when I pretty much had no responsibility and had hours to color. I loved to color! Why don’t I color anymore? ( The Notebook anyone?) Remember when there was less to do? Now we have bills to pay, errands to run, meetings, dinners, obligations, climb the ladder of success, pray for and check on everyone, expectations….yada yada yada. I’m sure you can add to the list.

The problem is we don’t take the time, and I mean, it’s there and will require TAKING SOME THINGS OFF OF THE CALENDAR. It’s called “down time.” You may have heard of it or you may be thinking “but my kids need me to run them everywhere lady!” I get that, why not grab an adult coloring book, your favorite book, bible and journal and get lost in someone else’s story while you wait?

I remember Joyce Meyer telling a story where she was complaining about being overwhelmed and God reminded her that she was the one in charge of her calendar!

In this season of empty nest for me, I’ve decided if it includes fellowship, God’s call, smiling, getting lost in the moment, growing spiritually, adds enjoyment and pleases God, then I’m in. If it overwhelms, vexes my spirit, makes me unhappy or feel pressured to be there or has no fruit….then it goes! Nothing more gets added to my calendar of ministry, family time, sacrifices and responsibilities unless these apply. I’ve also learned to schedule in rest. Say this with me “Sorry, I can’t today, I’m binge watching and eating popcorn” Sorry, I’m creating a masterpiece” “Sorry, I’m dancing in my living room”, or “Sorry, I’m spending extra time with God today”.

The truth is we are no good to anyone stressed out, overwhelmed, unhappy, and sick.

Paul knew the value of wholeness when he said “We’re the best of friends, and I pray for good fortune in everything you do, and for your good health and that your everyday affairs prosper as well as your soul” 3 John 1:2 The Message

Take a moment to comment with those things you used to do and loved! What will it take for you to enjoy those things again? I challenge you to go to your calendar and take one thing off and add in something you have been meaning to do!

Time is too precious and believe it or not, God does want us to enjoy life!

Jackie Tinkler is the Co-Founder and Ministry Development Director of Something More and lives in Birmingham, Alabama. She has been ministering to women for 20 years as a Women’s Ministry Director, Counselor and Producer. She is co-writing a Women’s Small Group Study “Something Beautiful” and when not leading women to freedom can be found worshipping at Church of the Highlands, decorating her friends homes, enjoying time with her family and chocolate lab Nelson or sitting in the balcony at the Alabama Theatre.

Seriously, It’s the Little Things

Today, my sweet husband of 24 years woke up with a sore throat and cough. I knew something was up when I got up to a very dark house and no movement. He is usually up very early singing with the birds (yes, morning person!) I found him in the guest bedroom under a pile of pillows and one very large dog. I hate to see him sick, but selfishly I thought, I don’t want to catch this! After I got over myself, I got dressed, threw a ball cap on and drove to the corner drugstore to pick up some Airborne and M&M’s to help him feel better.

When I returned, I removed the top from the Airborne and put the M&M’s in a little glass cup and carried it in to him. By now, he had decided to work from home and he looked so cute sitting at his desk in his plaid shirt and L. L. Bean slippers. I joyfully placed his “meds” on the desk and commented that no one at work would do this for him, of which a GIANT smile came across his face and I mean GIANT SMILE!

You see, its in the little things we do that mean the most. In this world of doing everything large, where we feel we have to one up, go over the top, and strive to impress, none of that compares to Jesus’ words where he said “It’s best to start small. Give a cool cup of water to someone who is thirsty, for instance. The smallest act of giving or receiving makes you a true apprentice. You won’t lose out on a thing.” Matthew 10:42 The Message

I learned a sweet lesson in all of this! Just be sweet, just be kind, keep it simple and just eat M&M’s… they make everything better.

Jackie Tinkler is the Co-Founder and Ministry Development Director of Something More and lives in Birmingham, Alabama. She has been ministering to women for 20 years as a Women’s Ministry Director, Counselor and Producer. She is co-writing a Women’s Small Group Study “Something Beautiful” and when not leading women to freedom can be found worshipping at Church of the Highlands, decorating her friends homes, enjoying time with her family and chocolate lab Nelson or sitting in the balcony at the Alabama Theatre.

When It’s Hard to Forgive

Written by Jackie Tinkler

The anger that arose every time this person’s name was mentioned was huge. I mean, they have caused me pain and unnecessary loss and I am right to feel this way. There is absolutely no way I can move forward in a relationship with this person and there is no way I’m going to like them anytime soon.

Every chance it came up in conversation, I said something to bring them low, not in a malicious way, but as way to continue to keep my guard up. After all, everyone would agree with me. The hilarious part of this is that I thought God agreed with me too. He saw what was going on and I’m sure God feels the same. This person has hurt me and they deserve it. WRONG!

Are you feeling it too? Someone has hurt you in a BIG way and you can’t let it go because you deserve justice. So, we harden our hearts and tell all they did every chance we have. The walls of bitterness keep us protected and keep the “bad” people away from us because we are not going to give them an inch.

While sitting at my kitchen table one day and talking with a friend, I let it all out. I told her everything I was feeling and I heard myself say these words” I am justified!” The very second I said the words, I realized where my heart had been; I had been walking the road of anger and unforgiveness. I could not believe it! I can’t tell you how justified I felt in my anger. I was blinded to how much I had let it in and how miserable I felt. And even though, what they did or continue to do is not right, I did not have the right to not forgive. In the same second I said I was justified, I said these words too “I guess, I need to give them a break” as my voice broke.

I realized how ugly my thoughts were and how sad it made me to think I was hurting them and God. How can I not forgive, when my Savior Jesus forgave me. How can I not extend grace when he gives me grace every day? Jesus was betrayed too. Jesus was slandered, rejected, overlooked, and at times, not even his family believed in him. So, I say again, How can I not forgive, when he forgave much worse.

I asked God to forgive me at that very second! I was truly broken by the words “I am justified.”

I was set free that day, really free. Now, when this persons name is mentioned I’m filled with a compassion I hadn’t had before. I let my Jesus heal me and take the pain to fill me with his love. I now pray for this person regularly and find ways to bless them. I’m not required to be their best friend, but I am called to love them.

All I can say is Jesus, thank you for giving us a break. You paid it all and loved us extravagantly when we didn’t deserve it.

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Jackie Tinkler is the Co-Founder and Ministry Development Director of Something More and lives in Birmingham, Alabama. She has been ministering to women for 20 years as a Women’s Ministry Director, Counselor and Producer. She is co-writing a Women’s Small Group Study “Something Beautiful” and when not leading women to freedom can be found worshipping at Church of the Highlands, decorating her friends homes, enjoying time with her family and chocolate lab Nelson or sitting in the balcony at the Alabama Theatre.

Why finding out “Less is More” finally gave me the life I’ve been looking for

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Written by Jackie Tinkler

 

“He must become greater; I must become less.”

John 3:30 (NIV)

 
 I’m a “stuff” girl.    A blank wall, an empty corner, an unaccessorized table top, well, it appears like something is missing.  I’ve tried to go “minimal” or “neutral” but I always end up putting all of my “stuff” out again.
A few years ago, I asked a decorator friend to restyle my home.  After about an hour of walking from room to room, ooing and ahhing about wall colors, accessories and pillows, she suddenly turned to me and said…”You don’t need another thing, Jackie. You already have enough.” I said, “I don’t need another thing? Are you sure?”  My heart sank, because I was SURE I needed something more!  Just something that would make it that much better than what it already was.  To be honest, I already had way too much!
What it really needed was “less” not more.  A concept I was just not familiar with or liked.  Somewhere the  voice of my heart screamed  “This isn’t enough!”  The idea of having it all or having more fulfilled a void I didn’t even know was there.  As I heard the Lord whisper… “make room,” I cringed a little. What I didn’t realize was if I cleared away the clutter, it would give my “home sweet home” a new life.   I reluctantly cleared away my things and left only what I absolutely loved, and you know what?  As I stepped back, holding my breath, I saw it for the first time… the warmth.  Not because of the stuff left in it, but because my eyes could now focus on the beauty from the things that truly brought value.

Dear sister, are you in a season of want? Are you covering up your pain with stuff?   Maybe if you make room for something different, something unexpected…something more, you will let go of the disappointment when no one called, the hurt when you found out they lied, the betrayal when they were unfaithful, or the pressure to be and do more.

Let your heart be filled with authenticity again.
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Hear God’s whispering ” Sweet lady, you become less and I’ll be the More” 
Here are three ways that will help you unclutter your heart and mind:
  1.  Clear away all things that are taking up room that compete with your beautiful purpose.  This includes those things you are doing that are bringing no value or fruit to your life.
  2.  Ask Jesus what “piece” of your life has been hidden beneath the chaos that brings Him the most Glory.  What is it that blesses the lives of others but you have not made time for by bringing it to the forefront.
  3. Find a quiet place or time to reevaluate your priorities.  There will be things you need to declutter, clear and purge to  make room for God’s something more.

Lastly…

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”  Hebrews 12:1 NIV
If you let it go, God will give you MORE than you could have ever imagined or dreamed. 
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Jackie Tinkler is the Co-Founder and Ministry Development Director of Something More and lives in Birmingham, Alabama. She has been ministering to women for 20 years as a Women’s Ministry Director, Counselor and Producer. She is co-writing a Women’s Small Group Study “Something Beautiful” and when not leading women to freedom can be found worshipping at Church of the Highlands, decorating her friends homes, enjoying time with her family and chocolate lab Nelson or sitting in the balcony at the Alabama Theatre.