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POWER UP
6/14/2019 1:00:00 AM by: JESSIE MATTIS

PLEASE WELCOME

JESSIE MATTIS

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EXCERPT FROM POWER UP

Miss Kate ducked behind her desk and pulled out a tall glass of milk. Lexi wondered what was going on—did she suddenly need a milk break? The rest of the faces in the circle reflected Lexi’s confusion.

“Think of the Holy Spirit like this,” Miss Kate said. “Let’s say you want some chocolate milk, so you fill a glass with milk and squirt in some chocolate syrup.”

Miss Kate reached back under the desk, pulled out a bottle of Hershey’s syrup, and squirted some into the milk. Lexi’s mouth began to water.

“Technically, we have chocolate milk now, right? But if you were to take a drink at this point, the milk probably wouldn’t be very tasty. Why? Because the chocolate hasn’t been stirred up yet! Once you grab a spoon and stir the chocolate into the milk, the chocolate takes over and makes the milk much more delicious.”

She picked up a spoon from the desk and gave the milk a good stir. The chocolate clouded up from the bottom and mixed nicely into the formerly white milk.

Miss Kate took a big drink. “Ah! So much yummier than plain milk,” she declared with a satisfied smile. “You see, when we become Christians, the Holy Spirit lives inside us, sort of like we’re the milk and he’s the chocolate syrup. But the chocolate syrup, or Holy Spirit, will just stay put at the bottom unless we make the choice to stir him up.”

Lexi was intrigued by the chocolate milk analogy. The Holy Spirit was starting to make so much more sense.

“In other words,” Miss Kate continued, “God wants the Holy Spirit to be active in the lives of all his followers, but he ultimately lets us choose how much we allow the Spirit to be a part of our lives. All we have to do is simply invite him to be active!” She paused, then asked, “Does this make sense? Isn’t this kind of exciting? Is anyone else thirsty for chocolate milk now?” She grinned.

A mixture of smiles, nods, and cheers rippled throughout the room. Miss Kate sent Sam to get the jug of milk from the refrigerator in the next room, then passed out red plastic cups and spoons. Sam swiftly returned and soon everyone was stirring up their chocolate milk while Miss Kate passed out graham crackers to complete the snack. Lexi glanced at Millie who had a look of pure delight on her face. Lexi knew graham crackers and milk were one of her sister’s favorite combinations, and a rare treat since their mother preferred stocking the fridge at home with cashew milk.

“Let’s not forget the homework assignment!” Miss Kate clapped her hands with what Lexi decided was a little too much enthusiasm.

Lexi noticed there weren’t quite as many groans from the students this week. She leaned in to listen to the assignment, careful not to tip over her milk. This Holy Spirit stuff was kind of fascinating, and she didn’t want to miss the instructions.

Miss Kate cleared her throat and waited until the classroom was quiet before she began. “There are two ways to do the homework this week, and I want you to pick at least one. The first is to simply find someone who needs encouragement and ask the Holy Spirit to help you encourage them. The second is to notice how the Holy Spirit encourages you this week. And, if you’re up for more of a challenge, try this—find a time when you’re alone and can focus for a few minutes, then simply ask the Holy Spirit to encourage you and listen closely to what he says. Understand?”

Heads nodded all around the room.

“Great!” said Miss Kate. “I can’t wait until next Sunday to hear how things go!”

***

Lexi spent the afternoon pouring over the rest of her library books on the Revolutionary War. King George III, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine—so many Georges and Thomases. So many names, places, and dates, all swirling together in her brain like the little dust tornadoes she’d seen coming across the field near her grandparents’ house, picking up old corn husks and debris as they went. That’s how she felt. A little bit of school, a little bit of church, and a million other random thoughts, all fighting for her attention.

She closed her book. There was no point to studying in her current frame of mind. She squeezed her eyes shut, frustrated with herself for not being able to focus on history. If she wanted the trip, she had to focus. There was no real choice, considering three whole days at Six Flags was at stake—with friends, good food, and a hotel! She so badly wanted to go.

Lexi opened her eyes and her book, then shut her eyes tightly again. Holy Spirit, I really need to focus on history right now. If you don’t mind, will you help me? Please? And encourage me? I’m just not sure I can do it.

Lexi hopped up and did a few jumping jacks, then ran in place for a minute, shaking her head back and forth. Taking a deep breath, she grabbed her history book from the bed and plopped down at her little desk.

New motivation struck. Lexi opened her pencil box and reached in. Looking at the pencil her fingers landed on, she realized it was one she’d picked from the church’s prize box a few months ago. In her hand was a neon green pencil with the words “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” stamped down the side in bold, black letters.

ABOUT JESSIE MATTIS

Jessie Mattis is a Jesus-loving wife, homeschooling mom, and award-winning writer. She currently lives in Bloomington, Indiana with her husband and fellow author, Chip Mattis, and their three amazing kids

 

ABOUT POWER UP

Eleven-year-old Lexi has learned all there is to know about God … or so she thinks until Miss Kate arrives and shakes up Kids’ Church with her new ideas. As if it’s not enough that Lexi has to get her history grade up or miss out on the class trip with her friends, her new relationship with the Holy Spirit is suddenly put to the test when a family crisis strikes. Can Lexi trust that God is good in the middle of all this pressure?

Purchase Link: https://www.amazon.com/Power-Up-Jessie-Mattis/dp/1950051633

 

 

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11/30/2016 8:33:00 PM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

SHOULD OR WANT
11/22/2016 12:05:00 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

CONFESSIONS OF A GARDENS SLUGGARD
11/16/2016 12:05:00 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

GRANDMA PRAYED WHILE IRONING
11/8/2016 12:05:00 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

The Day Super Mom Died
11/1/2016 12:05:00 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

FOLLOW WHICH LEADER?
10/25/2016 12:05:00 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

ROYAL LEGACY
10/18/2016 12:05:00 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

MY SHEEP KNOW MY VOICE
10/11/2016 12:05:00 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

THESE BOOTS WERE MADE FOR WALKING
9/28/2016 12:30:00 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

THE POWER OF ONE
9/20/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

A LIFELONG PURSUIT
9/13/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

A TEENAGED ROBIN HOOD
9/5/2016 7:36:16 PM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

NUGGETS OF GRACE
8/31/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

THE CHOICE TO FAIL
8/24/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE TROUBLE
8/17/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

JUST LIKE MY DADDY
8/9/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

PATIENT PRAYING
7/26/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

MEET DARLENE FRANKLIN/SCAVENGER HUNT/LAST STOP
7/17/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

PATIENT WISDOM
7/12/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

OF PETS AND PERSISTENCE
7/5/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

God's Server Never Shuts Down
6/10/2016 6:56:27 PM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

Blessed to be a Blessing
5/18/2016 7:57:49 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

Mama, I Can't take a Bath 'Cause There's a Fish in the Tub
5/4/2016 9:18:13 PM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

SOUR GRAPES OR BLESSED FRUIT
4/28/2016 7:28:32 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

IT'S WHAT THEY DO
4/17/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

MEET JOHNNIE ALEXANDER
2/3/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

FROM LIGHT TO BRIGHT
1/15/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

SURRENDERING TO THE CALL
1/8/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

MY QUEST
1/4/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

MY INTIMATE JOURNEY WITH MY HEROINE BY NIKE N. CHI
12/22/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

ACQUAINTED WITH GRIEF
12/8/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

When Art Imitates Life: An Author's Book Journey
12/4/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

Settled By Faith
11/27/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

JOY COMETH IN THE MORNING
11/24/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

From Little Golden Books to Summer's List
11/20/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Roundeau

THE EDUCABLE MOMENT
11/17/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

There's love in them there casseroles
11/4/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

Searching for God With All My Heart
10/30/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

I RUN TO YOU
10/27/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

Sweetening Our Sour Grapes
10/23/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

THE FALL THAT LIFTS
10/20/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

A Walk With God
10/9/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

Disappointment and Discouragement
10/6/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

STIRRING TRUTH
10/2/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

PENNED BY GOD'S OWN HAND
9/25/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

The Masterpiece
9/22/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

RESTORED HEARTS and a Writer's Journey
9/18/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

THE WRITER'S JOURNEY: Meditations on the Road
9/11/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

DIALOGUING OUR FEARS
9/8/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

WHY A BOOK OF PRAYERS?
9/4/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

From Lettuce to Pages
8/27/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

AND NOT TO YIELD
8/24/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

BONNIE LEON WRITES TO ENCOURAGE THE DISABLED
8/21/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

FAITH WORTH THE FIGHT
8/14/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

CANT HAVE ONE WITHOUT THE OTHER
8/10/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

THE WINDING TRAIL
7/31/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

The Flavorful Church
7/28/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

Commitment Phobia
7/24/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

God knows our hearts
7/21/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

God Had Other Plans
7/17/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

BE ANGRY AND SIN NOT
7/14/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

God's Writer: Jan Elder
7/10/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

THE CURE FOR THE WEARY SOUL
7/7/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

Surely Goodness and Mercy Gail Kittleson
7/3/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

OF THEE I SING
6/30/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

A HUNGER FOR GOD
6/26/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

What Do We Ask God For?
6/24/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

BUCK STORM SINGER/SONGWRITER/STORYTELLER
6/19/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

STRESS: THAT OTHER HOMEWRECKER
6/16/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

A Dream Come True of Being A Writer
6/12/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

COURAGE IS NOT THE ABSENCE OF FEAR
6/9/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

Meet Shannon Vannetter Christian Author
6/5/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

JOY COMES IN THE MORNING
6/2/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

EMPTY NETS
5/26/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

Bucketwish
5/23/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

Loyalty that Springs from Spirituality
5/20/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

Wonderfully Made
3/8/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

Lighthouse of the Carolina's Author Carol Heilman
2/7/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

HAPPY NEW YEAR
1/4/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau