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!!

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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!