take a little time

Our lives are so crazy rushed these days. I can’t tell you how many people I truly want to have a meal with and sit and fellowship growing closer together as spiritual sisters in Christ. It just seems like I have NO TIME. Speed is the enemy of true and trusted intimacy between all of us. Back in the days when Jesus walked the earth, meal time with your friends would take hours!! You popped by your friend Esther’s house with your family on a Sunday and girlfriend would go kill her best goat to make you a delicious meal. You would chit chat for hours while the fire was stoked and the goat was prepared, all the while figs, cheese and probably garlic hummus with flat bread would be put out for snacking. You and your family would be taken care of. You felt welcome and loved. That is a friendship!

When people back then brought a stranger to dinner they were still treated with the same kindness and generosity. I believe that is also known as HOSPITALITY. I think it is time we brought that back. I really feel that it is a lost art that is needed desperately today.

Yes, I connect with my Bible Study friends, and my ministry groups. That is usually for a purpose that we are getting together and I do love it!! I just want more!! I need more time for the important people. I want coffee time with my strong Sisters in Christ, women who fill my spirit. I want Sunday potlucks with a family or two, or more!! Families that will grow closer to Christ along with mine!! I want to go grab some spicy tacos with other married Christian friends. Double dates where we pray in public and talk about how blessed we are to have Jesus as part of our marriages!!

I am blessed. I do have these things. I just want more of them. More than one event, once a month. My light seems brighter and bolder when I slow down and get close to my Christian Sisters and Brothers. It is nice to even just sit around the joy that other believers can bring when they get together. Not even participating in a conversation, just sitting, breathing in the atmosphere, drinking in the love of Christ that fills the room. This is what my soul craves. More Jesus.

I want to work on my hospitality. I want my home to be a place of refuge for the tired soul. I want to have meals for my friends like Christ did, that take hours but recharge their spirits as they go back into the chaotic world we live in. I want and pray that nonbelievers can see the joy that comes from this Christian hospitality and have them know they are welcome to come and experience the incredible love of Christ with us.

Lord, make my home a place of true hospitality. May it be a place where people come and know that you are present. May meals served here, even if just coffee and muffins, be spiritually filling and strengthening of eternal friendships. Then when we go out on our own separate journeys I pray Your precious name always be given the glory as we serve You in our daily living. We love You Lord. Amen

He Said No

When He answers me “no” do I still put my trust in Him? When I pray and pray for an answer but still the response is not what I want does my faith falter?

If I am honest, I do get mad sometimes. The way that I THINK my answer SHOULD BE handled is not actually going that way. That is just my flesh talking though. God ALWAYS has a better plan than anything my limited and self centered mind would ever come up with. I am just a weary sinner focused on my own life and what I feel would make it wonderful in the now. God loves me so much that He does tell me no. He knows what my future holds and what is better for me. For example, He could not see that teenage me who was really in a dark place would have so much to live for in the here and now. Back then all I wanted was to meet Jesus and escape the ugliness of my reality. I saw Him as an escape, as a place of healing. I just wanted a place where I felt free from harm, emotionally and physically. I was tired of hurting. I was tired of existing. I wanted to be free of danger and I knew Jesus could take me to that place of peace. Simplistically, yes He is that, a way to safety, but He is not a place to hide.

He did save me. When I turned to Him he did not leave me to suffer alone. He took my hand and lead me through the darkness that was suffocating me. Jesus gave me breath, His breath to fill my soul and embolden my courage to continue to see light at the end of the terrifying cave of suffering that I seemed to be surrounded by. He showed me that there was a purpose for this path I was on. He took the evil, the pain and torment from my past and turned it into a starting point of growth that made me stronger to deal with what would try and destroy me in my future. It has not changed the fact that I still want to meet Jesus. It has changed the reason why I cannot wait to be kneeling at His precious feet. I am impatient to be in His presence so that I can worship Him, thank Him, and praise Him for all that He has done for me. I just want to be in His company!! Had God not told me “no”, I would not be in a place of total adoration of my Savior.

There were two paths in front of me. God guided me down the harder path. I did stumble and even fall on that path. Oh it did hurt too. I have got some nasty scrapes, breaks and bruises, but He was always by my side. He lifted me up when I was sure I couldn’t get up again. He helped me learn the right walk. He has shown me that there is JOY in the journey to Jesus!! Every stumble, every mountain I must climb and every time He lovingly tells me “no daughter, I have a better plan for you”. I will put my trust in Him. For He loves me more than I will ever love myself. My faith and my heart, will always follow and reside with the Eternal King.

I woke up to the most beautiful moon.

It was a huge sphere of golden cream. The dark night sky was illuminated with warm light that surrounded the first full moon of the decade. It was glorious to watch. The colors ever so slowly transfigured from the ivory we are all used to seeing, into a crimson tinged orb of night. Ever so slowly the hues changed again into a warm creamy heavenly body shining bright over the earth. Such a beautiful progression I was privileged to observe.

It was a Penumbral Lunar eclipse.

Not the best picture, but that is the Wolf Moon out there, not a streetlight! :}

As I was watching the change, I noticed how similar it was to my walk with Jesus. I was originally ordinary. I was what the world was used to seeing. An everyday girl doing what crazy mixed up society expected, getting by and not anything special. Then a slow change happened. I met my Savior personally. We began a relationship like I had never experienced before. I was washed in the crimson blood of Christ, and He changed me, changed me forever! I would never be the same girl again. I was not ordinary. I was special! I was a daughter of The King and I would forevermore shine brightly for HIM!!

When He looked at me in the darkness of the world, He would see the beauty of His new creation. I would be the gleam that drew the worlds eye. I would be noticed for His grace and glory. Hopefully to bring others closer to finding their own shinning radiance in the love of Christ as well.

When we know Christ, it should be abundantly evident in our lives. We are missionaries on the mission fields of our own hometowns!! If we are successful or just barely even getting by, people will know Him by our actions. As a Christian, from the moment that we accepted Jesus in our hearts, we were blessed with the knowledge that He is woven into our very being! Such an eternal joy that truth brings!! It is a free gift of His grace we receive when we believe by faith that Jesus came, lived among us, was crucified for our sins, died, defeated death AND ROSE AGAIN!!

Oh friend! SHARE THE GOOD NEWS!! Share it in all you do, everywhere you go!! Let your life shine bright for Jesus!! We need to draw others close so they can hear and be changed. Plant those seeds of truth in those you love, those you know and those who you just meet.

“The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest: ask Him to send more workers into His fields.” – Luke 10:2 NLT

Waymaker

He is our WAYMAKER.

A friend of mine is walking through an extremely difficult season right now, yet her eyes are always lifted high! She is so amazing. I see her praising as she makes her way through her horrific storm. She has impenetrable faith that our King will make a way for her. In His perfect timing she and her beautiful family are trusting in Him with each step they take. The days have been so hard too. Her burden so heavy. As a friend, all I wanted to do was help. I did what I could, which sadly was not a lot. I do not have the knowledge or the resources to really make any impact in her situation, but I could pray. Others did the same. I know we all wanted to jump in and change the situation but God had a plan.

So prayers began. Lifting this family up, is such an honor and joy! Praying and seeing their blessings through their trials has been exhilarating. God is so good. Yesterday He opened a HUGE path for them!! He MADE A WAY where there was none!! All praise hands liftedhigh!! YES!! THANK YOU JESUS!!

Yes Jesus is our WAYMAKER. He loves to use us to be His hands and feet too. I want to challenge you to also be a WAYMAKER for someone else. This is a new year. What can you do to bring someone joy? Here is the catch, don’t take any glory for yourself. Leave it all for God.

I am suggesting to send a handwritten prayer to someone you know is struggling and sign it WAYMAKER. Send a pizza dinner from WAYMAKER to a stressed out college student or momma. GET CREATIVE!! Leave a $5 bill with WAYMAKER written on it at the service station pump. Jesus is the ONLY WAY! We together can show others who the true WAYMAKER is!! Lets find ways to make a difference!! Lets be part of His plan!! Lets make 2020 a year that changes lives for the better one little sweet action at a time!!

Lord Jesus, May we all find ways this year to lift up Your people. May our hearts be open to moments we can heal or comfort. May we find those who need encouragement and have the Holy Spirit fill us with the words that need to be heard. Open our eyes to those in isolation that we may invite them into the light. Our days are numbered, I pray that we will use every one of them to further Your Kingdom. In Your Name we pray, Amen.

Hard Days

Some days all you can do is laugh. It just all keeps coming at you. There is nowhere for you to hide. You have to put your faith over your fear and just breathe. Your heart is hurting. You have spent all your energy on keeping your live in some semblance of normal. You have no idea how you are going to move on from this particular moment…like EVER!! Then out of the blue, your friend pops over with an iced coffee for you that somehow gets spilt all over the dog. Yep, that would be a total reality in my life. Ugh. Oh well, the dog needed a bath anyway.

God is always watching friend. Yes there are seasons that just seem to continually and viciously kick us down. One crisis after another. It seems like they come in waves of financial, physical, emotional or spiritual attacks, with the sole purpose of bringing a war to decimate your joy. It’s hard. NO, its more than hard. It is indisputably ruthless.

Looking to Jesus when we are going through the trial can be savagely challenging. Raising your hands in praise when all you want to do is cry, while hiding in the corner of your shower so the kids won’t hear your sobs. Not understanding His plan, knowing you are being refined through this grippingly painful experience yet still through it all, going to church and worshipping The Creator. Having faith that He will bring you through this excruciating trial, as gossipy people watch and make hurtful comments not always behind your back. Because God knows they have never made a poor choice or had life just go wonky for them. Insert dramatic eye roll.

Yet in your pain, you come to HIS feet. You lay down your burden, You bring Him praise throughout your storm. You search for Him when your hurting because you have solid genuine faith that He will never leave your side. He has a plan. Something for you to learn that will make you sparkle in His eyes. You will come out different and closer to Him.

People are watching you. Trying to understand how you can find this joy in your life. God already has your answer. Live out James 1:2-4!

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”

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faith

My faith is not based on sight. It is based on the knowledge that my God can do anything! It’s not a feel good faith like a warm blanket on a chilly night. It is the knowledge that my God is supernatural! He does great and wonderful things all the time!! My faith is based on the truth that He has always loved me more than I could ever imagine. He came to take the punishment that I more than completely deserve, so that we can spend eternity together. He wants to help me grow. He wants me to be more than I think I can be. My Savior came and healed my mutilated heart, my anxious soul found peace in His love and my eyes touch now to see the world through His eyes. He is always there by my side. He always covers me with favor as if with His glorious shield.

His command has changed me. He has given me courage when I had only felt fear. He washed me clean when I knew how dirty my life had made my soul. He gave me strength when I felt I could never get up again. When I responded to His call, He restored my life and brought me into His loving embrace. These are things I cannot see with my one dimensional mortal vision, but through my deep faith in Christ my spiritual multidimensional eyes have been opened.

This faith comes from the free gift of grace from Jesus Christ. He offers this to you freely. Accept His love! Let Him be your life!! CHOOSE JESUS!!

Praying blessings of peace and courage to fill your day my friend.

My Calling

As I sit here sipping on my beautiful mocha latte, my mind wonders over this past couple of years. I know I used to think that I was pretty sure of the calling The Lord had on my life. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. He had placed me exactly where I was at that precise moment to do what I only had to have faith to persevere through. He would lead me to the other side of it. A little faith on my part and He had everything else. Sounds like the inside jacket of a Christian fiction novel right?

So then how can I be sure with all the changes that have been sending my life into insanely hysterical war zones with what seems like zillions of decimating emotional bombs being thrown mercilessly at my life, how can I be sure that I am still walking or now even focused on finding my new calling from God? Well, I don’t actually have to find it at all. God will give it to me. He always gives it to me. God does it through ordinary life moments. He even sometimes changes my calling right in what I think is the middle of something, He present new opportunities to change my life or others for His Glory. My job is only to make the most of whatever He sends my way, to serve God and share the gospel. I am to shine bright for Him.

Knowing all this it does not take away from the constant nagging in my brain questioning whether I truly have what it takes to fulfill my calling? Why would anyone, especially Christ want my presence in this or ANY situation? Friend, we have all had these defeating thoughts. Where you are may not be where you want to be. Don’t let your faith weaken while you wait. You will get there! Remember where you WERE and look at how far you have come!! Look where you are eternally headed even!! Remind the devil, he can’t bring you down. NOPE, you have already made it this far! You have already accomplished so much with God! You have come such and incredible spiritual distance!! Stand ROCK SOLID in faith of what He has planned for you in your future!! Let’s Praise God!! Keep strong confidence in what The Creator has designed for you and for me!!

Hebrews 13:6 “So we can confidently say, The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”