The safe road

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I love country driving.

Tonight was the perfect night for some. The sky was sending small, gentle drops. The last light of day was loitering about. I was in unknown country. I wanted to explore.

The part of town I am familiar with, is the prison and its surrounding block. It is a marvelous sight, but the life behind the marvel is daunting. I wanted to discover the country outside of those walls. I began to drive, turning up one back road I once was acquainted with. (I had slept in its corners one night in my car.)

I turned up the music and opened the sunroof. The trees along this country were thick and green. Farm fields were freshly laid with manure, the rows of beauty overpowering the smell. The farmhouses were picturesque. I was lost in the awe of it all. Gorgeous.

Before I knew it, I was deeper and deeper in the country. I loved it, but I wanted to be able to make it back. Cell service was sketchy. I began to fear, but for a moment. I was calmed with these words, “Don’t worry, I’ll get you where you need to go.” I said, “AMEN!”

I kept driving, relaxing in the beauty. My soul resting. Before I knew it, I was where I needed to be.

That drive, with all the favor of beauty, was a blessed reminder…I can be in foreign country and not fear. I can rest, trusting in Him to get me where I need to be. I am on the safe road. I don’t have to know where I’m going. I might have a dirt road or two. But, I don’t have to worry…I’m going where I need to be.

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Trust and Believe

Trapped in a den of lions? Are your Lions roaring, growling, ready to pounce, with mouth wide open? Perhaps you feel as though you’re about to be devoured. Maybe, the face of the lion, while distorted with blood thirsty anger, looks familiar. Maybe it’s the face of a friend, a spouse, or a co-worker.

Daniel found himself in a den of lions, for worshipping his God. A law had been signed and sealed that no one should worship anyone other than King Darius. Daniel, as he was accustomed, dropped to his knees three times daily to praise the Living God. When the Kings men found him on bent knees, they couldn’t wait to deliver him to the King, and ultimately to the lions.

Those happy and proud men who found Daniel breaking their law were sure his life sentence was signed and sealed.

But God!

There would be a delivering, but it wouldn’t be to death. You see, Daniel believed his God, (Daniel 6:23) and his God believed in him. “My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent before Him…” (6:22) He, the Almighty, faithful, loving God shut the mouths of the lions, delivering Daniel.

He’ll deliver you too. Just belive. Trust and believe.

Peace be multiplied to you.

…For He is the living God,

And steadfast forever,

His kingdom is the one which shall not

be destroyed,

And His dominion shall endure to the end.

He delivers and rescues,

And He works signs and wonders

In heaven and on earth…

6:25-27

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Don’t forget to fall to those beautiful knees and give, joyfully, praise to He who is worthy.

The search is over

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I’ve searched, oh how I’ve searched. Purpose, where are you? Meaning, will you please reveal yourself to me?! I’ve studied journalism, early childhood education, forensics, criminal justice, sociology, philosophy. I’ve worked, I’ve searched. I prayed and begged for motherhood, surely that would give me purpose. So why then am I still searching?

Because I am overlooking, or maybe perhaps, UNDER-looking. My sight is shallow.

We all desire to find our purpose. The problem is we believe in purpose as a title, a position, a career. We seek meaning, looking in each corner of the earth, but we don’t look up. Purpose and meaning can be found when we look to the Creator. HE is our purpose. Meaning can not reveal itself, but God can reveal meaning.

He’s opened my eyes. I now see that meaning-is loving. That purpose-is loving. We all have work to do. My work is to be a Mom. My work is to write-to share the good news-the glory of God. My work is to do unto the least of these. My work is to do the will of Him who sent me, and to finish His work.

My eyes are open. I’ve removed idols. I’ve stopped asking for meaning to reveal itself to me, and asked God to do so. Do you know what He said? “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.”

When we do that, everything else becomes meaningful. We have and recognize purpose. When we live according to our purpose, ALL things are possible.

Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.

Lord, I love you. I will love others as You have loved me! Thank you for opening my eyes to true purpose. You are glorious and I give you ALL honor and praise. You are worthy! Amen.

Encouraging Scripture: Matthew 19:26, 22:37, 25:40, John 4:34, 13:34, 15:13

Lost and Found

For thus says the LORD GOD:

“Indeed I Myself will search for my sheep and seek them out.”

Ezekiel 34:11

Are you buried beneath the pile of rubble called shame? Are you hiding in the closet of fear? Are you drowning in the river of worthlessness? Maybe you’ve made a home in the pit of despair? Perhaps you’ve been raked over with leaves of ingratitude? It’s no matter, God is looking for you, seeking you, calling your precious name. He will bloody and blister his hands removing the rubble. He will blow down the closet door. He will swiftly carry you out of the raging waters. He’ll dig you out of the pit with His bare hands. He will surely pull you out! He’s already done more than that. He’s sent His Son to be executed on a cross, so that YOU could be set free, and His Son freely went to do so. Why? Because you are loved. Believe me when I say, He won’t stop searching until you’re found!

Father, I know firsthand your word is truth. You hunted me down like an avid hunter, shooting me with arrows of love, grace, mercy, and forgiveness. You carried me through the valleys, and led me to the top of the mountain where you tenderly cared for my wounds. How thankful I am! You are so good. I will never hide myself from you, I will instead awake every morning calling out Your name, and seeking You. I have no desire to take a single breath apart from you. I love and trust You. Thank you for this life. Amen.

Made like a good tp- Soft AND Strong!

I am astounded this morning, and every, at God’s goodness and awesome love. Dating back to my renewed walk with God, the first passage impressed upon my heart was Philippians 4:13, “I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me.” I would quickly learn how crucial this passage would be for my walk. I’ve endured many personal battles I couldn’t have alone. At least not with sanity, joy, and gratitude abounding.
But, that is not my encouragement today. My encouragement is to recognize the will of God to partnership with us, in all things, while both strengthening and softening us!
I know how strengthening myself made me hard, mean, defensive, unapproachable, and irreproachable. I strengthened myself by building impenetrable walls, suppressing and ignoring emotion (except anger and bitterness, of course). That self strength led to a very hard heart and a need to avoid all things good. Praise God that His ways are different. He strengthens us with the capabilities to do all things, to endure and persevere all things, all the while softening our hearts. He strengthens us by tearing down walls. He strengthens us by holding our hand and walking us through our battles. It is only HE that can both strengthen AND soften! How truly amazing is He who loves us so greatly. He is an awesome God!!

Servant

If you don’t want to serve the Lord, you must choose for yourselves today whom you will serve. Joshua 24:15

I have served man and been used, and wounded. I have served money and been indebted, and needy. I have served alcohol, and drugs, and attempted suicide. I have served self and been clinically depressed, to the point of recommended institutionalization.

I have served the Lord and been used as a blessing. I have served the Lord and been healed, restored, redeemed. I have served the Lord and prospered, receiving restoration in my credit, daily bread, and fulfillment of hearts desires. I have served the Lord and achieved passion, peace, love, and joy. I have served the Lord and maintained a renewed mind and steadfast spirit. I have served the Lord and witnessed, and received, grace, forgiveness, miracles.

I have served the Lord and faced tribulation, I have done so in peace, perseverance, patience and faith! I have served the Lord and been VICTORIOUS!

Who, or what, are you serving? I encourage you, challenge you, serve the Lord and experience a life beyond your imagination and capabilities! As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord…joyfully!!

We’re all colors in a rainbow

It is August 7th, 2011 and I sit in the sun-room of my old apartment, inquiring of God what His plan is for my life. That day I wrote in my journal pages, “traveling” and “missionary.” Both have question marks next to them. I wrote those words in my infancy. My heart has always loved travel and people. Why those question marks? As the infant I asked, “Is this self talking, or God answering?” Today I know.

In one month I will be leaving the States and heading to Managua, Nicaragua on my first mission. I am ecstatic that God has divinely willed for my life such awesome plans. The desire is in my heart because it was placed there! Ephesians 2:10 talks about the “good works which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” I am delighted, honored, and humbled to walk in the purpose of my calling. I am thankful to be allowed to share my light.
You can share yours too, right where you are!

In honor of my mission and yours…

I was made as a light,
Meant to shine bright.
Walking a path,
With many persons to pass.
They are lights like me,
Struggling to see.
In my path for a reason,
If only for a season.
If I dim my light,
We’re all left in black of night.
But, if I fan my flame
They may know why I came.
To share the good news,
We’re all bright shining hues.
Meant to share,
And not to compare.
We’re all needed,
As not to be defeated.
Let’s create a light show
And glow bright like a rainbow!