• THREE DOLLAR BILLS

    THREE DOLLAR BILLS

    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Yesterday's speedwalk drained me.
    A wee bit under the weather, I contemplated stopping short of my regular "five mile" walk but then pushed myself in compliance to the forceful voice of discipline operating within.
    I'm glad I did.
    While engaged on the second go-around, I came into contact with several rolled-up dollar bills.
    Three dollar bills to be exact.
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    Believing the three dollars was a direct benevolence from God,
    I asked Him to show me what might be done with the three dollars in order to multiply them. Curiously and beautifully, He brought a story to mind which I had read only earlier in the day about a gentleman whose faith had grown in a sincere and profound way on account of the purchase of several packages of mustard seed and specific discoveries He had made as a result.
     God whispered to me with this story in mind,
    "Purchase three packages of mustard seed."
    A prompt visit to the hardware store yielded me the exact seed desired and I now have three packages of mustard seed sitting colorfully in front of me instead of three dollars.
    Hmmm ...
    One package is opened already and some little contents removed for a specific occasion brought to mind  and I'm certain and confident that these seeds are going to take me to some very special places.
    One seed at a time God is going to do something extraordinary with them and I will be an active participant on the mustard journey.
    Who knows what will come ...
    "And the apostles said unto the Lord,
    'Increase our faith.'

    So the Lord said, 'If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea, and it would obey you."
    Luke 17:5-6

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    Three dollar bills, my friend, have already initiated a giant faith in me. What shall the end result be?
    For three rolled-up dollar bills and an extra mile, I give God thanks and ask Him to multiply this beautiful seed.
    Am I hearing things ... or do you hear the voice of Andrew too?
    "One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, saith unto Him, 'There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?"
    John 6:7-8
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    Three dollar bills,
    three packages of mustard seed,
    and maybe five thousand men?
    Hmmm ...
      

  • IMPACT

    IMPACT

    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Brace for Impact!
    Live life as a verb instead of a noun.
    Activate your dreams by putting goal "footings" to them.
     Engage in concrete, productive, and positive steps that walk you deeper into the life you want to live.
    You can do it ...
    Put one step to it.
    Begin Now!
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    Seven life-impacting "verb activities" which will positively and productively affect you if, with diligence, you implement them daily.
    1) Brrr ... Rrrr ... and Mmm
     Freeze your buns off in a frigid morning shower!
    You'll feel like you can attack anything after this and you'll actually look forward to it.
    I won't be joining you on this one but I guarantee positive and effective results.
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    2) Meditation
     A deep meditation practice is effective in aligning the body, mind, and spirit with God at the beginning of a day. You'll find yourself resorting to it when you encounter "stress and anxiety attacks" of the worst kind and you'll habitually return here as you witness the value of it.
    *This highly "personal" practice with God is responsible for my stability, confidence, tranquility, joy, and direction throughout the day. In showing "my" personal practice to others, many of you have begun to implement beautiful and intimate practices of your own!
    We were created for deep and intimate experience and meditation is an active participant in it.
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    3) Exercise 
    Physical activity is paramount to feeling alive.
    Move your body and you positively move your whole being.
    Stretch. Walk. Bike. Climb mountains. Swim. Boat. Kayak. Horseback.
    Move. Move. Move.
    Be adventurous and try new things.
    *Create memories around activities instead of food and you'll be amazed at the memories afforded you!
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    4) Fresh Air
    There's nothing like fresh air for sparking creativity and fanning mental mobility.
    It costs nothing and is afforded everyone. Utilize it and experience its energizing and rejuvenating effects.
    Sunshine. Cloud. Rain. Snow. Humid. Hot. Cold.
    Everything in-between.
    Get out and experience the weather provided you and resist the urge to complain about inclement weather; view it as a challenging force instead of a negative force and get out and play in it.
    Stop your mouth with activity and enjoy the fresh air.
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    5) Read
    Absorb yourself in a Bible reading plan that positions your soul to enjoy the wholeness of God's word and communion with Him. It's His letter to you and He wants you to take it personally and grow in relationship with Him.
    Then rediscover life at your local library.
    Inhale the free resources at your disposal, called books, and dive into the minds of great men and women all around you.
    Explore themes of interest and see where this extraordinary habit takes you.
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    6) Journey With Others
    Share your beautiful positive energy with others.
    Invite others to participate with you in activities you find exhilarating.
    If "you" find an activity life-giving, it's likely others will also.
    Refuse to allow negative nods to deter your invitation giving. Keep asking and expecting a positive and affirmative response.
    You'll be amazed at the new company that joins you and the companionship afforded you.
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    7) Serve Others
    Creatively and beautifully serve others.
    Avoid a copy-cat mentality and utilize original measures and energy to love on others.
    Give of your time and consider what might build up another in a concrete and valuable way:
     +Maybe it's as simple as eating a meal with an individual who sits alone at the table.
    +A game of cards with a shut-in.
    +A big old engaging bear hug.
    +A note of encouragement.
    Be thoughtful and display active and compassionate love.
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    Live life as a verb and love it!
    Be engaged and become engaging.
    Be energized and become energizing.
    Be challenged and become challenging.
    Become a verb ...
    Then Brace for Impact.
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    Love the Life you Live!
    Darrelyn L. Tutt
    Motivational Speaker + Life Coach
    605.450.8587

  • TRIED AND TETHERED

    TRIED AND TETHERED
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

     Exhilarated. Energized. Revitalized.
    This is how Christ wants us to live and love.
    Christ's love for us and our experience with Him is to manifest itself in a joy unspeakable and in a curiously, radiating confidence unshakeable.
    The more we witness of His faithfulness, the more fearless He wants us to become in mens' presence.
    The more we witness of His resurrection power, the more confidently He wants us to move in this present hour.
    Christ confronted and defeated our sin, fear, failure, loss, and every imaginable and conceivable demon, my friend, in order that we might experience fulness of life here on earth.
    "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life; and that they might have it more abundantly."
    John 10:10
    He didn't just say this ... He meant this.
    Think on these realities:
    +Christ's victory makes us victorious 100% of the time as we move in Him.
    +Christ's life guarantees us a 100% success rate as we move in tune with His Spirit.
    +Christ's promises guarantee us with every provision possible until He comes again or we return to Him.
    Christ's love propels and transports us to new heights and new places,
    new folks and new faces,
    new mercies and tender graces.
    All this in Christ;
     ought this not to phase us?
    Hmmm ...
    Nothing can be taken, robbed, removed, or thwarted of God's plan and blessing for our lives. The more we tether ourselves to the divine realities He provides us with, the freer and more liberated our lives become in response.
    We begin to love God in substantial ways,
     unconcerned what others think,
    unperturbed by how others act.
    We simply love unashamedly, unbiasly, and whole-heartedly the object of our affection.
    This is the look of the regenerated soul.
    Christ's glory is our main objective, no man preventing, and His love changes us.
    We are not who we were but becoming more like Him day by day, hour by hour, moment by moment.
    Tried and tethered ...
    To love God, therefore, in original, non-traditional, and even unorthodox ways supports a life steeped in true adventure and intimacy with Him and speaks to nothing but reflective gratitude and soul servitude.
    Experience and live out true joy in Him,
    in all of its differentness, distinctness, and realized beauty.
    Dare to live out a regenerated life.
    Stay long with the Savior and love Him hard.
    Love the life you live ...
    You've only one.
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  • COVERED

    COVERED
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    I’m covered and sealed,
    By the blood of the Lamb;
    I’m coming to Him,
    Just the way that I am.

    No mask, no pretending,
    Just blemished, unclean;
    I come to the Lamb,
    For in Him I’m redeemed.

    I’m pardoned, forgiven,
    With nothing concealed;
    Whatever I give Him,
    Is what will be healed.

    O perfect Redeemer,
    So holy and pure;
    Surrender to You,
    Is what makes me secure.

    Teach me to trust,
    And to lean on the Lamb;
    Believing there’s rest,
    When I come ….. as I am.
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    “To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath made us accepted in the Beloved.”
    Ephesians 1:5

  • PUT FEET TO IT

    PUT FEET TO IT
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Make your trek.
    Take a step.
    Move on your journey.
    Name and claim a mountain you wish to climb, a dream you wish to see realized, and a goal you want to see accomplished.
    Put feet to it.
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    I've made about a dozen treks up a small mountain called Black Elk (formerly Harney Peak) in South Dakota. This particular "peak" is chosen for reasons of proximity, doability, affordability, challenge, and attainment.
    An outstanding daytrip, I can leave home early in the morning and return late at night with extraordinary new dreams, goals, and ambitions on the heels.
    Each trek becomes more defined, refined, and purposed:
    +I utilize it for self-assessment and personal growth.
    + For attainment and goal setting.
    +Strategizing and productivity.
    +Team building and personal development.
    Each trek becomes more deliberate, intentional, and supportive in its role of defining who I am and where I'm going.
    I reflect on places I've been since my last hike and places I'm inspired to trek in the future.
    I take time to realize, respect, and recognize what God has done through me, with me, and in me in the past and arrive at thankful conclusions for where He might take me in the future.
    Here,God speaks almost audibly to me through visible means of landscape, beauty, nature, silence, wildlife and a keen sense of His companionship.
    Each step I take furthers me toward a postive destination with my Creator on my journey heavenward.
    Spiritually. Emotionally. Mentally. Physically. Vocationally. Relationally.
    I am bettered.
    It's a positively productive and priceless journey with possibilites and potential unlimited.
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    If you're looking to put feet to a dream, my friend, I encourage you to first put your feet to something tangible.
    Find your "Black Elk" and name it.
    Then begin your journey.
    You'll be amazed at the energizing qualities provoked in you and the sense of completion, attainment, and vision granted you on the journey.
    You'll reach for more ...
     You'll also be given steps of clarity,
    an energizing mobility,
    and a rejuvenation and replenishment of spirit that enables you for more.
    Love the life you live ...
    And put feet to it.
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  • SOMEWHERE BEAUTIFUL

    SOMEWHERE BEAUTIFUL
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    They told me not to expect much.
    Possibly a word or two.
    Maybe nothing.
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    It's my second visit to my new friend.
    She's seated in a haphazard position in her wheelchair;
    hair a bit wild and the remains of a meal decorating her sweater.
    She's licking her chocolate-covered fingers and appears to be hiding a suspiciously sweet and questionable morsel on her lap which is covered by a colored lapthrow
    Hmmm ...
    I tease her about it, chuckle, and give her a great big hug.
    She follows me with her eyes and gifts me with the first five beautiful words of the day:
    "I knew you'd be back."
    And I love her.
    +I tell her about my week in playful tones and theatrical animation.
    +Read a devotional from a large print "Daily Bread" with meaningful and enthusiastic gusto.
    +Sing off tune to her and beg her to help me.
    +Pray with her and ask for requests.
    +Wheel her into the dining room and play the piano.
    My friend closes her eyes and allows the music to take her somewhere beautiful and far away.
    She's pleased.
    So am I.
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    I wheel her back into her room and feel her eyes staring hard at me;
    not just a darting glance but a gazing, blazing, burrowing sort.
    We look into our large "blue-eyed" likeness and I can see she's "hard-at-work" thinking.
    "You've got a lot going on in your mind;
    what is it you're thinking?" I ask.
    She retains a silent gaze for several minutes.
    Then she speaks four words, one word at a time:
    "You ...
     are ...
     very ...
    special."

    She smiles. She's pleased.
     So am I.
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     I cry.
    Sometimes there aren't words ... and I think my friend understands.
    I hug her tight and say good-bye;
    soon we'll be together again.
    Love heals, empowers, and provokes.
    The message in Easter.
    Jesus takes us to far away places ...
    Somewhere beautiful.
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  • PLUMPERS

    PLUMPERS
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    A lovely young acquaintance of mine felt herself the unfortunate recipient of a delicate face with too small lips. No amount of encouragement to the contrary would dissuade her.
    She felt they were too small,
    entirely shapeless,
    and simply unkissable.
    She splurged on some sort of lip "plumping" serum and applied it to her lips in massive doses operating under the "more is better" philosophy. Sprouting the biggest pair of lips conceivable, and almost unbelievable, in way too short a time frame, my friend found herself the recipient of the largest lips ever to be viewed in history.
    Whether she doubled, tripled, or quadrupled the dose is unknown.
    In all events, the results were unpleasant and supremely unflattering.
    For 48 hours she locked herself in her apartment and let nature do its work and return her lips to their normal size.
    Upon this curiously interesting experiment and experience, my friend's perspective changed dramatically. Small lips, in the end, became one of her favorite assets, and lipstick became one of her favorite splurge purchases.
    Never again ... lip-plumpers.
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    Hmmm ...
    The story is humorous and we find ourselves amused, but we all are guilty, my friend, of applying "plumpers" of some sort to different arenas of our lives.
    Imagining ourselves the recipients of something more desirable, we suscribe to "serums" which we think will remedy the situation or prove more favorable to our present condition,  and apply an unnatural dose in response:
    -The gambler plays another game of blackjack in order to pad his wallet.
    -The drug addict smokes another joint in order to experience a greater high.
    -The overeater takes another bite in an effort to experience fulness.
    -The pornography dabbler takes another look to satisfy lust.
    -The alcoholic takes another drink to experience bliss.
    -The street corner gal takes her clothes off in a desire to experience intimacy.
    -The gossip shares juicy tidbits in an effort to garner popularity.
    Hmmm ...
    "Plumpers" end up being "dumpers" in the end.
    Temporary serums that wreak havoc and speak to deep core issues in our lives.
    We all have had or have "plumpers."
    No exemptions, exclusions, or "too exceptional" individuals exist.
    God speaks to plumpers:
    "All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned everyone to his own way; but the Lord has laid on Him (Jesus) the iniquity of us all."
    Isaiah 53:6
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    The beauty of life plumpers, in the end, is their ability to teach life-long lessons and stimulate growth, truth, and humility in our lives. We experience, through an acknowlegement of "plumpers," that God is the only permanent remedy to our core needs, and a steady application of "Him" must be taken generously and regularly in response.
    God also retains the right to utilize our "plumpers" in extraordinary ways:
    +When shared with others "plumpers" have the ability to create true fellowship, honest community, loving communion, and graceful support.
    +"Plumpers" have the ability to develop traits of compassion, empathy, and wisdom.
    +"Plumpers" wield the power to change not only our lives but the lives of those around us.
    God doesn't waste our life-plumpers and He doesn't want us to either.
    He utilizes them for His glory and our humility and demonstrates again and again through them, who He is and who we are apart from Him.
    Praise God for life-plumping agents that, in the end, bring us closer to Him.
    Another application of Him please,
    and a multiplied dose of mercy and grace.
    Sacred Serum.
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  • SIX WONDERS

    SIX WONDERS
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Early mornings and cold showers.
    Nature and sensory experiences.
    Exercise and brisk speedwalks.
    Reading and infinate mental exploration.
    God and His tender mercies.
    Yes ... to the energizing, affirmative response to all that is pro-active, productive, and positive!
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    If you're an individual skilled with the power of observation, you'll note that my selections  compose the word acrostic "ENERGY."
    These are the six "wonders" that produce energy in me;
    these are the "wonders" deemed proactive, life-sustaining, and rejuvenating to me,
    and the word "energy" is all by itself an energizing term to me.
    Every day I optimize these specific six forces of energy by translating them into meaningful activities and employing them strategically and concretely throughout the day.
     I utilize their strengths and allow them to prop me up with resilient, energizing qualities that fortify my character and serve as life-enhancing developers in my life.
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    You can do the same!
    Allow your mind to wander and utilize your imagination.
    What are your wonders, I wonder?
    What words, activities, thoughts, and themes energize and appeal to you?
    Create an uplifting acrostic with your own "word" selection and integrate activities through it. Seize one delicious word that delivers energy to you and develop a community of resources and reserves within it.
    Then attack it, enjoy it,foster it, savor it, flavor it with the seasoning of activity,
    and look for ways to define and creatively employ it in your life.
    Make the word come alive through meaningful activation!
    When we translate empowering words into verbs and don't allow them to become stationary nouns, life becomes fantastically enriching, powerful, and productive in every area.
    Select your word and employ it with strategy.
    If you need help,
    give me "your" word and I promise to employ you with forceful and resourceful activity.
    Live your words ...
    and love the life you live.
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  • CHILL THRILL

    CHILL THRILL

    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    "Do you take cold showers?"
    "Definitely not, I'm a piping hot sort," I responded.
    But ... I'm also the gal who appreciates sensory, spontaneous experiences involving bare bodied dips in icy cold lakes, riverbeds, and streams and thrives on making new and life-changing discoveries.
    Since the individual who posed the initial question happened to be a successful entrepreneur and busines acquaintance, his words held significant weight.
    He challenged me on the matter.
    With more than a pique of interest on the subject, I educated myself promptly on the benefits of cold showers and engaged myself in them at once upon my findings.
    I'm now experiencing and appreciating the rejuvenating effects of a morning "chill thrill".
    For your consideration I present the following article
     and encourage you to turn the tap toward the cold.
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    MEDICAL DAILY
    COLD SHOWER BENEFITS: 
    12 Reasons Why You Should Take Cool Showers Every Day
    By: Darwin Malicdem
    1) Promotes fat loss.
    Yes, simply pouring ice cold water on the body can help cut weight. Cool showers activate brown fat, which generates heat around the body, according to Menprovement. Research showed that cold temperatures can boost brown fat by 15 times higher than the normal amount.
    2) Improves immunity
    A study in England showed that regular cold showers trigger an increase in the metabolic speed rate and the amount of white blood cells in the body, which then help fight diseases.
    3) Gives better circulation
    An improved circulation means better overall cariovascular health. Among the benefits of taking cold showers is a good blood flow. It allows the blood to rush down to organs to stay warm.
    4) Drains lymphatic system
    Cold showers help boost the activity of the lymphaic system, which works to carry out waste from cells. This then reduces the risk of infections.
    5) Promotes emotional resilience
    A study showed that cold showers can help develop a nervous system that is resilient to stress. The effort alone serves as a small form of oxidative stress, which the body would adapt overtime and teach the brain to prepare for stress.
    6) Lowers stress
    As the brain learns how to deal with stressful situations, cold showers also help cut the levels of uric acid and boost glutathione in the blood, which help reduce stress.
    7) Lowers chance of depression
    Cold showers have been found to relieve symptoms of depression by stimulating "the blue spot" on the brain that releases noradrenaline, a chemical which plays a role in alleviating depression.
    8) Increases testosterone levels
    For men, even a small amount of heat can affect DNA, RNA, and protein synthesis in the testes. One study found that 15 minutes of increased heat in rat testes led to a significant decrease in testosterone. Which then suggested that cold temperatures could reverse the effect.
    9) Improves fertility
    Cold showers have been found to boost sperm count and increase fertility. Researchers said that it could also reverse the effects of hot baths that have been considered to be an effective male contraceptive. In a previous experiment, men who took a half hour hot bath every other day for three weeks became infertile for six months.
    10) Promotes faster muscle recovery
    A 2009 study showed that an ice bath after intense training improves circulation and helps remove some lactic acid, which could speed up the body's recovery.
    11) Enhances skin and hair
    The benefits of taking a cold shower not only gives better health, but also makes people look better. Ice cold water can help reduce the risk of losing too many natural oils on the skin and hair, according to dermatologist Jessica Krant.
    12) Ensures better sleep at night
    A 10 minute ice bath could help people get incredible sleep at night, according to a book titled, "The Four Hour Body." The book states that taking a cold shower gives elephant tranquilizer-like effects that will put you straight to bed.
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    Take cold showers ...
    and experience the "chill thrill" for yourself.

  • DRIVE A STAKE

    DRIVE A STAKE
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

     Crucifying the flesh is a regular, uncomfortable, unnatural, holy business.
    It must be done daily and deliberately;
    It must be done with earnest resolve and an intensive appeal to the Spirit for a supernatural impartation of strength.
    The glory of resisting the flesh lies in the desire to give glory to God;
    He is worth the battle every time.
    Do not grow disheartened in the heat of the battle by all that wars within you,
    by all that must be resisted and refused;
    it is only a display of God at work and the Spirit's presence manifesting.
    A sure witness that what you leave behind will be superseded by what you receive within.
    Drive a stake into the reality that a great grace and an immeasurable peace awaits you at the end of the battle.
    Drive a stake into the flesh;
    and God will drive a stake into your soul.

    You are His and He is yours …
    Forever and ever.
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