Not Same Old Same Old

How have you spent your first day of 2014 today, friend?


I’ve been nibbling.

Taking in from all types of places:

The Book of Exodus (a little ahead in my One Year Chronological Bible)


Beth Moore’s amazing, soul stirring blog

Jentezen Franklin‘s book Fasting 

Kay Arthur‘s How to Study Your Bible: The Lasting Renewal of the Inductive Method


I sense God stirring something in my heart. Something I have been praying about, but I am not exactly sure what it means. But it comes down to this:

The same old same old won’t work in ’14.

What that means?

I’m not exactly sure.

For me, I know I want to reach, in a new way, girls and their moms who need to hear the truth of Jesus’ love in a way that reaches their hearts; in a way they have never seen God before. I’m desperate to see young women find the true love their hearts are longing for – King Jesus. How that looks? I’m not quite sure.

Here are a few of the lines I have read today:

Stop sowing over and over in the exact same field. – Beth Moore

When you take steps to break out of the ordinary and worship Him as He deserves, you’ll begin to see facets of His being you never knew existed. He’ll begin to share secrets with you about Himself, His plans, and His desires for you. When you worship God as He deserves, He is magnified. – Jentezen Franklin 

Greatness is never achieved nor dreams realized apart from great discipline. – Kay Arthur


Do you hear the same thing? Same old same old isn’t going to work.

It’s time to ask God for direction to the new field. It’s time to fast, break out of the ordinary and worship Him, finding Him in a way we don’t know Him now. It’s time for greatness – the kind that doesn’t make me great; the kind that brings Him glory.

So, I’m asking. God, show me the field.

I’m fasting. God, help me minister to You.

I’m choosing discipline. God, make your name great and famous through me.

Will you join me? Will you be tired of the same old same old and be desperate for God to do something new?

We know He wants to:

“See, I am doing a new thing!
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19 (NIV) 

And He promises:

“The Lord confides in those who fear him;
    he makes his covenant known to them.” Psalm 25:14 (NIV) 

Through discipline, let’s open our hearts and minds wide; open to receive what He wants to confide. The new thing He wants to do through me and through you!











  1. this was great. Thanks for the info on the other sites and books.

    1. Lynn Cowell says:

      I’m glad they were helpful, Amy!

  2. Isaiah 43:18-19 are 2 of my verses for the year! I don’t know what is ahead for me but I’m opening my heart to what God has for me and my prayer is similar to yours–I want to show others God’s love and encourage and inspire and motivate them to want to know more about Him.

    God’s blessings to you!

    1. Lynn Cowell says:

      Beautiful, Shelly!

  3. Pressing in on me is to walk out my days following responding to the nudges that I have learned are Him.

    1. Lynn Cowell says:

      You and Buddy are doing that, Linda! Like my tell my parents-in-love: in the fourth quarter, run up the score!!!

  4. Joyce Erickson says:

    Amen to this!! We are praying for you and anticipating greatly how the Lord will use you to bring Him glory and draw many girls and women to Himself at our girl’s rock conference in Roseau in March!

    1. Lynn Cowell says:

      Thank you for your prayers, Joyce! I can’t wait to come!

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