9.29.2013

Amy Hagerup


Amy Hagerup has a gentleness about her, some may say it is grace worn like a mantle, or humility—and perhaps it is a bit of both. What most may not know at first glance is the treasure she carries inside. As she eloquently shares on her LinkedIn page, “my faith permeates my life and business.”

Amy has a keen sense for online marketing, and her stick-to-itiveness in several businesses simultaneously is to be commended—besides having been a missionary for twenty-two years. She’s the kind of woman we want to be when we grow up. We want to have that kind of life-experience, and a legacy that spans continents and makes a difference.

She is still making a difference helping people, but the setting has changed. Instead of trekking in the mountains on a mule to deliver the Good News, she now coaches others as a Christian wellness and weight loss professional (Healthy Christian Living & Shaklee).

Speaking is also something Amy does quite well, and it has afforded her the opportunity to share in many different venues. She’s versatile, and though the programs are widely divergent the core of her message remains. "I love to help people get healthier in body, mind, and spirit." She is as relevant as Apostle John penned in 3 John 1:2, “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.”



I have showered Amy with compliments galore as to get her to share here today in a short interview, as well as her talent of storytelling. As an auditory learner myself, I find her tone and pitch to be delightful. So relax and listen to a cup of goodness as Amy shares with us in less than 10 minutes. 

Be encouraged and have a great life-changing day!

Life-Changing STORYTELLING:
Life-Changing Storytelling: God's Provision
Life-Changing Storytelling: Being Thankful

INTERVIEW:

Having been a missionary for twenty-two years how has that shaped you as a person?

Living and working in another culture alongside many nationalities makes a person value the gifts and differences that each person brings to the table. Sometimes in America we can become very narrow-minded. However, there is so much more to life than our own experiences, and limited perspective. My 22 years on foreign soil has given me a world-view of the value of people everywhere – not just ones who look, think, and live like I do.

How do you stay humble considering your life-experience?

I really don’t feel that a particular life-experience is to be elevated above any other. God calls us all to different tasks and locations. The key is to be obedient to what He calls each of us to. Someone who is called to be a plumber or an artist is just as important as someone called to be a missionary. I guess anyone has the temptation to become proud in what they do (whether or not it is following a calling from God), so it is important to remind ourselves that we are just a sinner saved by grace – no matter what we might accomplish for our Lord.

If your faith is permeated in not only your personal life, but business as well, do you find that to be typically an advantage or disadvantage?

My faith is at the core of who I am. So I am not the kind of person to say “here I am over here as a believer in Christ” and “over here I am a business person.” I am one and the same with a deep faith in Christ. Of course, I do business with all types of people – believing like I do is not a criteria for my clients. In fact, I love all people of all faiths or lack thereof! However, I do get criticized from others for not hiding my faith in my blogging in particular, but that is okay. II Corinthians 2:15 & 16 tells us that we will be the fragrance of Christ to those who are being saved and to those who are perishing – to the one we will be an aroma from death to death and to the other we will be an aroma for life to life. So how others perceive me has to do with their own philosophy of life, and that is okay. Meanwhile, I will hold true to being rooted in Christ.

If you could share a wise nugget of truth in one sentence what would it be.

The most important thing for us to do each day is to spend time with Jesus - reading His Word, talking to Him, and listening to that still, small voice.

9.25.2013

Be the GIFT

#BETHEGIFT
BECAUSE GOD HAS BLESSED ME
IN SO MANY WAYS BIG AND SMALL

"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:16 NKJV

Jesus went about doing good, and as His disciple I am compelled to do the same. So I was not surprised, but rather excited that I got the idea earlier this week that my upcoming birthday would be different than those past. I would give instead of receive.

Looking for inspiration for the next day’s mission I stumbled on Ann Voskamp’s website and print list quite quickly. Mission confirmed through Ann’s journey of blessing others randomly, which in itself caused me to sit up and pay attention. Yes, God is saying something, “Do it!” I answered the call with an eager, “Yes, Lord!”

My morning started off a bit bumpy because of less sleep  due to hormones mixed in with a good dose of expectation. Still, I was ready, available, and charged with boldness and power to make a difference today. I was commissioned to give and share with others that God exists, and He is good.

There’s truth to the Bible and its application, and today was no different—it is more blessed to give than to receive. I was on a supernatural high, and blessed at how God orchestrated conversations with heartfelt smiles exchanged.

 

Busy Banker Dude
I peeked in the glass enclosure to see him busy at his desk with reports in hand glancing at the computer. He looked like the perfect candidate for a Starbucks blessing. Being the first of many gifts I was extremely encouraged when I tapped on the door and with a short explanation he accepted so gracefully.

Bearded Young Man
One of my conversations today was giving the gift of hope. A young man spoke to me as we walked the parking lot towards the mall. I acknowledged and approached him with a smile, kind words and a friendly handshake. He was thankful that I was polite, but perhaps most of all that I genuinely cared. I continued and further shared that there’s so much evil in the world today that I’m just doing my part to show that God exists. He was stumped that I could have that perspective. “Keep keepin’ on,” I said as we parted ways.

Yes, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob exists, and He is good. Even so, if one questions God or where is He in all this tragedy and tribulation in our world I must remain steadfast in my faith that He is not afar off, and with His influence I can take this walk with Jesus to limitless possibilities being light and salt in my sphere of influence.

Lady Grocery Checker
As I asked for cash back with my purchase of gifts and gift bags, the checker answered with the following statement, “Oh it’s not like your giving money away today.” Nobody but God! I answered, “As a matter of fact I am—funny you should say that.” I gave her a five dollar bill with my printed orange sheet with a smile and a “God bless you!”

You can’t tell me God doesn’t have a sense of humor! But perhaps He wanted to see the motive of my heart and to test my boldness. Regardless, we know that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.  I gladly confessed.

There were others that touched me to the core like blessing a young boy with a bright orange teddy bear at the gas station. I had a skip in my step after seeing the big rig truck picking up donations from one of those stand alone metal deposit stations. I gave him Blessings bank envelopes for his children. The coveted two-dollar bill was enclosed along with my message. I asked permission to leave my last Blessings bank envelope on a two-top at the ice cream parlor. The maintenance woman at the mall wasn't expecting a spice pumpkin candle after her ATM transaction.

This glory is not my own, nor do I share in it, but I am merely a participant that reaps the benefit of seeing how God can use the ordinary to do the extraordinary in the everyday.

Today I was the gift, the giver, the encourager, the hopeful, and the kind and generous. I witnessed the anointing that breaks down barriers, generational gaps, and the possibility of being misunderstood because God had ordained it. It was a seamless transference of gentle human kindness and heaven had recorded it.

Thank you Lord, for a holy experience in giving and sharing with my community. It was an unforgettable day with you!

It’s my birthday and I’m still here, standing and believing that God has a purpose and plan for my life, and in His timing it will mature into its fullness. I will wait patiently on the Lord!

"Trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) in the Lord and do good; so shall you dwell in the land and feed surely on His faithfulness, and truly you shall be fed. Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord [roll and repose each care of your load on Him]; trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass. And He will make your uprightness and right standing with God go forth as the light, and your justice and right as [the shining sun of] the noonday." Psalm 37:3-6 Amplified Bible

"Get insurance with God and do a good deed, settle down and stick to your last. Keep company with God, get in on the best. Open up before God, keep nothing back; he'll do whatever needs to be done: He'll validate your life in the clear light of day and stamp you with approval at high noon." Psalm 37:3-6 The Message

9.13.2013

Do Not Forsake Your Mother's Teaching

I remember when my daughter was a toddler and every bump and bruise mommy was there to kiss it and make it better. I would bring joy to any blue moment, and often without an invitation.

Moms are like that—our nature is to rescue and leave that situation with smiles and happy thoughts. I believe that’s appropriate from infant to kindergarten age while other children need more time to grow with a few exceptions up to and including second grade. Nevertheless, my third grader needs to get it.

My mommy instinct kicked in at the end of last school year with a tip-off that it’s time. It's time this first responder gets a needed break and my daughter take ownership. In many conversations I declared it with phrases like:

“You have to find your own voice.”

“You have to be more responsible.”

Proverbs 1:8-9 Exhortations to Embrace Wisdom "Listen, my son, to your father's instruction and do not forsake your mother's teaching. They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck. "

Fast forward to today after coming home with a tummy ache, and it gets worse quick. She has forgotten a re-do test at school that her teacher specifically gave her a consequence for if it’s forgotten or lost.

Oops!

I tried my best in returning to school, but by late afternoon on a Friday the parking lot was mostly empty. The way home was mounting stress for her with tears streaming down and repeating, “Oh my gosh—I can’t believe it.”

Believe it honey. You’re in the thick of a mistake and mommy can’t fix it. I’m rather okay with it too.

Most lessons in life are painful, and all can attest that growing up is hard work. It’s a tough dose of truth to swallow, but sometimes parents help by not rescuing their child.

Ouch!

I've grown every season with my daughter since day one, and here we are again learning life lessons side by side. I'm learning to let go little by little so that she may someday stand on her own without my help.

The Bible is clear--children are precious, but it also states how we are to teach, train and discipline them. Bible verses here.

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