Isaiah 40:31 (New International Version)

31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

You may be the only Bible some people read....

That statement spoke directly to my heart........that I may be the only Bible someone reads.......Wow! So true.

I wish that I could say that I think of this daily and always do my best at showing those around me Jesus in my actions and my words, however, that would be a lie.  We all fall short in this department, don't we?

My desire is to be transformed into a person who exemplifies the word of God, the character of Jesus, the love of our Father. 

As we enter into a new year, a clean beginning, it is my prayer that I will be the example that I have been called to be.  That when I say I want to be the Lords hands and feet that I will mean that and follow through.  That I will serve with a grateful heart, knowing that in those moments God can shine.

Father,
I say "yes" to you, use me in whatever way you choose.  May your words come from my mouth, may your hands work through mine to touch the hearts of those around me. Transform me.   Amen.

Blessings,

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas......

Or........Kuwa na Krismasi njema....or....Heriza Krismas ( Swahili )

I am praying that each of you have a blessed and merry CHRISTmas. 

Blessings,



Friday, December 18, 2009

I can finally talk about it...

I am hurt.  I am angry.  I am disappointed. 

Someone I love, someone I thought loved me, has hurt me recently.  I knew that when I said "yes" to God about going to the mission field there would be those people who called me crazy, people who would join forces with the "naysayer" gang, people who would wonder, "what in the world is she thinking".  Knowing this, I donned my strongest suit of armour, I took up my shield and held tight to my sword, however, this person was able to get passed the armour, sheild and sword to hurt my heart.  This person is my Grandmother.

I will save you the details and the harsh words.

What do we do when "godly" women strike us down with words that only come from the enemy himself?  We pray, we love, we forgive.

I have not yet done all of these things.  I have prayed for God to work in my heart, to remove the anger that I feel, I have prayed that He remind me that judgement comes from Him only, I have prayed that His love for her come through me.  Honestly I am still waiting for this to happen, but I know that He is faithful.  I have not forgiven, nor do I feel much love in my heart for her right now.  I am hurt.

"Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me"  If only that were true.

The good news is,  I am feeling God's hand in this planning more and more.  I feel His direction coming together, I feel His presence stronger and stronger everyday.  I know that Africa is where He wants me to be.  I have a lot of friends lifting me in prayer daily, including some of you.......thank you....I feel those prayers.  I especially want to give a shout out to Amy from filledwithpraise.blogspot.com.  Amy, thank you for writing about my daughter and I, thank you for your prayers, thank you for helping me figure out this blogging stuff, you have no idea what a blessing you have been.

I know that God is working in me, He is changing my heart, He will make all things new.

Abundant blessings,

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Why????

I am not a writer, I am not computer saavy, nor do I claim to have profound thoughts running through my head on a daily basis. To be honest, some days I feel like just getting through the day without any type of thinking would be a good thing. I jest!!!! Seriously though, I have sat and wondered why God would have wanted me to start a blog. Another truth would be that I didn't even know what a blog was until last year!!!!! My history of being a technical wizard and computer genius leaves much to be desired, I can assure you. So, why me? I read blogs written by amazing women, women who have this ability to put words to "paper", women who can take one thought and make into an interesting and inspiring read. I am learning so much from all of you. All of the words that I read have impacted me in some way, and I have made friends, women that I pray for, women that I care about, this is why God directed me here.

I love this "blogging" world. I love that I excitedly open my computer every morning to share my coffee with all of you. I know that God has messages for me here. I thank you all, for your words, your inspiration, your love, your prayers. You are all my friends, sisters in Christ. Be blessed sisters. I hope and pray that I too will be able to inspire all of you with my thoughts and my words.

Blessings,

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Listening....


1 Kings 3:9 "Here's what I want: Give me a God-listening heart so I can lead your people well, discerning the difference between good and evil. For who on their own is capable of leading your glorious people?"

I love God with all of my heart, there is no doubt about that. Sometimes though, I don't listen so well. I go about my day, too busy, too distracted, I listen to others, co-workers, my daughter, my friends, I respond openly to requests made of me, I even do it with a grateful heart.....most of the time.....BUT..... I don't listen to the one I should be listening to all the time. Don't get me wrong, there are days when the message is loud and clear and I feel so connected to God. The days when the message is more gentle, more quiet, I have to admit, my listening skills leave much to be desired. So, today, tomorrow....etc....I am asking Him to give me a GOD listening heart so that I can do HIS work, so that I too can discern the difference between good and evil. How is your heart today? Is it listening?

Blessings,

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving


Just saying "Happy Thanksgiving" to all of my new, wonderful friends from the USA. Enjoy your day.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Is anybody there?

I am not too sure as to whether or not anyone bothers to come to this blog for a visit anymore........

I have not written anything in a long time because I realized that I needed only to write the things that God placed on my heart to write. I was trying to come up with things on my own, and that was NOT working. I tried to do the Bible study, that didn't work either....because I wasn't making it about the Lord, I was making it about me and struggling because I was putting pressure on myself.....note to self.....chill out.

On that note.....I'm back. Back, knowing that I will not put pressure on myself to write, knowing that God can use my little blog if I allow Him to.

I am excited to announce that I am stepping out of my boat, keeping my eyes on Jesus, and trusting that He will use me. My daughter and I will be moving to Uganda for a year to work along side a missionary there. We are excited for the journey and a little nervous.....ok....a lot nervous. Ok, ok...scared, down right scared. However, I am trusting and have no doubt that this is God's will for our lives right now. The fear is normal I suppose.

I have to admit, it is so nice to hear the kind words and accolades from friends and family, and it would be very easy to feel pride, to say to myself, "wow, you are so brave and so cool, and so wonderful for doing this"....however, this is not about me or Mackenzie, it is about God. This is His show, He is the rock star, the only one who deserves any glory. If it were not for Him, for His strength I would be very happy to remain where I am in my comfortable life. Doing my thing, drinking Starbucks with my friends, watching T.V programs, browsing the Internet at my leisure, the list could go on. The truth is that this mission trip is totally BEYOND both Mackenzie and I.

God is calling me to Uganda, where is He calling you? What is He calling you to do? We all have passions, I know we all experience the gentle nudging sometimes, the urge to do something beyond us. Perhaps your call is to volunteer at a soup kitchen, maybe your call is to sponsor a child from World Vision and commit to keeping in contact with that child. Maybe your call is to assist a friend in need, to make a family dinner one a week. God calls all of us, heed the call, step out of your comfort zone and do something in His name, for His glory. If we as Christians stepped out to do these extraordinary things that God has called us to do, imagine what the world could look like. We have His power, let's claim that and do great things.

Be blessed.

Friday, October 16, 2009

One Campaign



Let's stand together today and believe that we can make a difference.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

???


I seem to have lost my voice. The ideas are there, the words are not. I am sitting with "What happens when women say yes to God" open in front of me, I am sitting with scattered thoughts running through my mind, I am sitting with no insight, no words.

The 5th chapter is titled: "What keeps us from saying yes to God"

So, that is my question to you, what is it that keeps you from saying yes? What is it that makes you chose worry over worship?

Let us all have the courage to be different, to stand up for Christ, to say yes to His plan, to give up the worry for worship, to trust Him, to know that we can let go, to ignore the naysayers and focus only on our saviour.

Blessings,

Thursday, October 8, 2009

" The will of God will never take you where the grace of God will not protect you."

Monday, October 5, 2009

Let God use you



I have realized recently that I have allowed myself to become distracted. I fill up my days with this and that, not really focused on one thing in particular, just things that need to be done, or things that I have perceived as necessary. I have clouded the very voice that I must seek out daily, hourly, minute by minute. In doing this I have not been able to hear what God is calling me to do, I am not talking only about the big things either, but those little God moments where He whispers into your ear...."Cheryl, go and put your hand on that person, ask them how their day is, show my love to them". I know we are all guilty of this from time to time, but what an adventure it would be if we raised our hands to the heavens saying "Today is yours Lord, use me in anyway you see fit".

Lysa reminds us in this chapter to be aware of the fact that satan will do everything he can to get us to say no to the Lord. Satan will tempt us with worldly things, and let's be honest, some of those things are really hard to say no to. John said this:

1 John 2:15-16 (New International Version)

Do Not Love the World
15Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world.


Not only do we have to be aware of satan's schemes, we also have to trust our Lord and Savior, NO MATTER WHAT. We have to love our Savior NO MATTER WHAT. Doing what God calls us to do doesn't mean a life full of beautiful fields full of daisies everyday. We must say whatever it is Lord that you are calling me to do, wherever you are calling me to be, use me. Lysa says "God is using all of your experiences, both good and bad, to develop your character to match your calling"

What is God calling you to do today?
Is God pressing upon your heart something, someone or somewhere?
Are you asking God to use you everyday?
Are you excited for the adventure, the journey?

Lysa says "you never know how God will use you, until you let Him"

My challenge to you is this, before stepping foot out of your bed in the morning for the next month, ask God to use you and to reveal how he has done that, write down your experiences, be prepared to be stretched. Pray for His strength and His words to fill you. After one month take some time to go over what has happened and praise Him for all He did through you because you let him. I know that after this we will be excited everyday to do this, it will become a habit in our lives. Let's see what God can do. Let's not get distracted by the world.

Father,

May your strength consume us, may we feel your presence in all situations. Lord help us to want to be used by you, for you did not give us a spirit of fear. Thank you for all that you will reveal to us as we lift our hands to you everyday. Amen.

Blessings,

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Opps....

Time has gotten away from me a bit, so if you are following the "What Happens" study, I will resume next Monday. Thanks

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

To cast or not to cast.......

1 Peter 5:7 (New International Version)

7Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.


I had a brief conversation about this verse with a friend of mine the other day, it has stuck with me and I wanted to share.

What exactly does it mean "to cast"? Well here are some definitions that I found on Dictionary.com:

1) To throw or hurl
2) To throw off or away
3) To part with; lose
4) To shed or drop
5) To reject or discard

I have some decisions to make about my life right now, these decisions are ones that affect not only me, but my daughter, my parents, my brothers, my friends. Needless to say, when decisions of this magnitude come up in our lives they cause us anxiety and stress. So I have been pondering this verse. The act of casting my anxiety on Him, means to get rid of it, to release it, to throw it out of my hands and towards my Heavenly Father. To throw something,or to hurl something, disables our ability to hold onto it, when we throw a baseball, it would be impossible for us to snatch it back. This it what God wants us to do, He loves us more than we could even imagine, so why do we hesitate to give Him everything. I am going to begin casting my anxieties on Him more and more.

Father,

Thank you for your promises. Thank you for loving us enough to care about the big things and the small things. I pray for your strength to come upon me, give me the ability to let go completely. Amen

Blessings,

Monday, September 21, 2009

Radical Obedience

When you sit in God's presence do you ask Him to use you? Are you ready to be used? If you don't ask Him to use you, is it because you are afraid of what He may ask you to do, or that He won't use you at all? Lysa began chapter 3 talking about a conference that she attended, the speaker of the conference challenged the audience to ask God to use them in extraordinary ways for His kingdom. Thus began a process, a process of becoming radically obedient. Lysa wanted this, she sought God for direction, she asked Him to use her, and to show her what He required of her.

This whole concept of becoming radically obedient is new to me. I think somewhere tucked in the depths of my heart I didn't think I needed to worry about this type of obedience because God was NOT going to ask me to do anything difficult or out of my comfort zone......you can stop laughing now!!!!! How juvenile was my thinking. I thought that I was so very ordinary that the Lord would require very little of me, I was not one versed in biblical theology, so why in the world would He call me to do something radical?! I have never doubted that God is an awesome God, that He can do ANYTHING and EVERYTHING (anything and everything for other people, just not me). Even when I was not living my life according to His will, I knew that He was a giant God. I did however, doubt myself. I guess if I am being honest I also had little faith that God loved me enough to do His work, that He loved me enough to take care of me if I stepped outside of the boat. I was someone who stumbled often, I was someone who lied, someone who had inappropriate relationships, someone who cheated, used bad language in most of my daily conversations, someone who didn't like going to church, reading my bible etc....the list would be too long. Quite a dichotomy of thoughts really. The beauty is that God does want to use us, He knows our weaknesses, and loves us despite them.

I know now,that the Lord will call me to radical obedience, He will ask me to step outside my comfort zone, and He DOES love me enough to take care of me and will work out the details for me. Lysa says "God is not interested in half our heart, He wants it all"Are you willing to lift your hands to the heavens and release your heart to Him? This is a journey. God does not expect us to be perfect at it right away, He knows that we will stumble and that there are things that we may hang on to tighter than other things. We need to be willing to go the distance, to ask Him to give us the strengh and the courage for this radical obedience. Live everyday expecting to see Him, expecting to hear from Him, expecting to be asked to do something for His kingdom. The more we allow God to use us the more peace we will find in our lives.

<strong>John 15:10 (The Message)

9-10"I've loved you the way my Father has loved me. Make yourselves at home in my love. If you keep my commands, you'll remain intimately at home in my love. That's what I've done—kept my Father's commands and made myself at home in his love.


Say yes to God today, tomorrow, and beyond. Say yes to God in whatever the request. Say yes to God no matter what, knowing that He will direct your steps. Release your grasp on the things you hold tight, offer these things to our Lord. The more we say yes, the more God can pour out His blessings on our lives.

Questions:

1.What is something that you are holding onto today?

2.What is something God has asked of you recently? Did you say yes?

Read Genesis chapters 6-9. There was nothing about what Noah did that was practical or common, what he did was radically obedient. He listened and did what the Father asked of him sacrificing his reputation giving up things that he held onto. Because he said "yes", God blessed him.

Father,

Give us the courage and strenth to be radically obedient no matter what you ask of us. Amen.

Blessings,

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

I will go.....



My hearts cry.......I will go, Lord send me.

Blessings,

Monday, September 14, 2009

Hearing His voice

I am in awe that the God of this universe, the maker of everything, the Almighty, wants to talk to me EVERYDAY!! He wants to talk to all of us everyday. Lysa tells us that God wants us to live in expectation of hearing from Him. So, how do we discern God's voice from the voices of others, how can we know for sure that it is God speaking to us?

Lysa gives us 5 key questions to ask ourselves:

1. Does what I am hearing line up with scripture?

2. Is it consistent with God's character?

3. Is it being confirmed through other messages I'm hearing at church or studying in my quiet time?

4. Is it beyond me?

5. Would it please God?


Asking these questions can help in recognizing God's voice in your life.

1. Does it line up with Scripture?

Psalm 119:9 (The Message)

9-16 How can a young person live a clean life?
By carefully reading the map of your Word.
I'm single-minded in pursuit of you;
don't let me miss the road signs you've posted.
I've banked your promises in the vault of my heart
so I won't sin myself bankrupt.
Be blessed, God;
train me in your ways of wise living.
I'll transfer to my lips
all the counsel that comes from your mouth;
I delight far more in what you tell me about living
than in gathering a pile of riches.
I ponder every morsel of wisdom from you,
I attentively watch how you've done it.
I relish everything you've told me of life,
I won't forget a word of it.


We need to know the word, we need to study the word, we need to memorize the word. God would never tell us something that contradicts His words. I never realized when I was a child the importance of memory verses and to be honest never took it seriously. I have only just recently realized this truth, now I have a small notebook that I carry around with me, in this book are verses for everyday. I would like to say that I have done a good job at memorizing them, the truth is that I have not, but I am working on it. Get into the word everyday.

2. Is it consistent with God's character?

Galatians 5:22 (New International Version)

22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,


God would never tell us to do something that went against who He is.

3. Is what I am hearing being confirmed through other messages?

I don't know about you, but when God wants to tell me something, I cannot run from it. The message is reiterated at every turn. If you spend time with the Lord, if you have a personal relationship with Him, you know all about this. I think we have all had this happen in our lives. If you have something that is being reiterated, don't ignore it, open yourself up to it.

4. Is it beyond me?

If what you are hearing is beyond you, then chances are God is speaking to you, asking you to do something for Him, for His glory. Moses was called to do something beyond himself, he was scattered, he "was slow to speech", God asked him to do something totally beyond himself.

5. Would it please God?

This is an important question. Lysa says that if what you are doing pleases God, then even if it wasn't His voice that you heard, you still please Him and we should always be in pursuit of everything pleasing to Him.

God wants to speak to us, He wants us to hear Him. The more we practice hearing from Him and the more we are expectant of this, the easier it will be to discern His voice.

Take a moment to think about how you discern God's voice in your life. When have you tried to run from the message He has been speaking to your heart? Think of a time when you said yes to Him, think of a time when you said no. Is there something that God is trying to tell you today? Are you listening? Are you ready?

Lord,

Thank you for your word. Father I pray that you guide our thoughts, open up our hearts to recognize your voice. I pray that we would all long to do what you ask of us, giving you all the glory. Amen

Blessings,

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Say Yes!

This is the first week of the "What happens when women say yes to God" bible study. My hope is that this study will open our eyes to what the Lord is telling us to do, and to help us find the courage to do what He asks of us everyday.

What I would like you to do first is to sit quietly, allow God to be present with you, open you heart and your mind to Him. Ask Him to show you what He wants you to learn today.

Lysa begins this chapter writing about a time on a plane, a time when she was tired and wanted nothing more then to close her eyes and sleep for a while. God had other plans. I will skip straight to the detail most important, she was asked by God to give a total stranger her Bible. Just pause for a second and imagine yourself in this situation, a total stranger sits next to you on a plane, engages you in a conversation that you would much rather avoid altogether, you end up talking to this stranger about a topic your passionate about, God, so that makes up for it, and then out of nowhere, God tells you to give this man your Bible, a Bible that you cherish, a Bible that you have written in, highlighted, cried over, smiled over, prayed with......etc...

I was convicted when I read this. I wondered, could I give someone my Bible? Would I even be open to a conversation or would my attitude get in the way? The question is, do we open up and allow God to use us in those moments that He has paused for someone else? Are we listening to the gentle whispers and nudges the way that Lysa was that day? I know how she felt, so exhausted that the last thing on your list of things to do would be to chat with the person sitting next to you. How many times do we say "no" to God when He wants to use us? How many times throughout our busy days do we pause to say, Lord, I am here and a willing servant, use me in whatever way you can today. Do we allow Jesus to be seen in our actions?

Saying "yes" to God won't always be easy. Sometimes the things He will ask us to do will take us completely out of our comfort zone, are you ready?

Questions:

1. Think of some people in the Bible who said yes to God.

Read Genesis 22:1-19

2. Has God asked you to do something that was difficult? Did you say yes, or did you say no?

3. How would your life be changed if you said yes every morning before getting out of bed?


I have some work to do, this I know for sure. I have to be ready to say yes to God even before I know what it is He will ask of me. Scary. "God does not call the qualified, He qualifies the called". I need to remind myself that "I can do all things through Him who gives me strength" Philippians 4:13

Please write down any ways that this chapter spoke to you. I would love to hear from you. Write down some of the inspirational people from the Bible and from your everyday life who have said yes to Him. Allow the Holy Spirit to speak to your heart and lets become the "yes" women that we need to be.

Father,

Thank you for Lysa, thanks you for using her and for giving her the strength and courage to share with us what You have done in and through her. Open our eyes and our ears to hear you. Remind of us of your strength, reveal yourself to us. Forgive me for saying no when I should have said yes. Amen

Blessings,

Friday, September 4, 2009

Philippians 1:9-11 (The Message)

So this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. Learn to love appropriately. You need to use your head and test your feelings so that your love is sincere and intelligent, not sentimental gush. Live a lover's life, circumspect and exemplary, a life Jesus will be proud of: bountiful in fruits from the soul, making Jesus Christ attractive to all, getting everyone involved in the glory and praise of God.


Blessings,

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Whispers from Heaven

168 million needy children in this world



147 million orphans



11 million children starve to death or die from preventable, treatable illnesses every year



8.5 million work as child slaves, prostitutes, or in other horrific conditions



2.3 million children worldwide are living with HIV



I have tried to wrap my head around these numbers in the past, tried to understand the reasons why. I have sat in the quietness of my home, with tears rolling down my cheeks, crying out to God to show me why this kind of suffering is happening. I have come to realize that the "why" is not important, the "how" doesn't matter. What matters is what I am going to do about it. I cannot save the world, I know that, but I can make a difference.

In the short time that I have been blogging, the Lord has directed me to many, many wonderful blogs, written by amazing women. Women who love Jesus and are striving to live their lives in accordance to His words and instructions. Women who are unashamedly sharing the love of Christ, and in the words of Lysa Terkeurst becoming the "yes women" we need to be. I came across a blog today that spoke directly to my heart. This young woman lives in Uganda, she is from Tennessee. She is only 20 years old. This beautiful girl has given up the life of a "regular" 20 year old, the Starbucks, the designer jeans, the fancy car, everything that most 20 year old girls, most women who live in the western world for that matter, hold dear. WOW! Inspiring, truly inspiring. Amazima.org, check out her website, her blog can be found here too. Read some of her posts, be inspired, be changed, I know I was.

In the book "What happens when women say yes to God" by Lysa Terkeurst she talks about the fact that sometimes the God of this universe pauses for one person. When I sat back after reading some of Katies blog posts this quotation came to my mind, it struck me, that if He could pause for me, why shouldn't or why couldn't I pause for Him? What I mean by this is, why can't I put my life here in Brockville Ontario on pause for a while? Why shouldn't I let God use me? Why is it so hard to say "yes" to Him in the call to the mission field? Sometimes I ask, "why me?". I don't know why God has spoken to me in this way, or why He has called me to go, I am an ordinary girl, with no special talents. I am an ordinary girl who has allowed fear to penetrate the very depths of her soul when it comes to moving away from her cushy life here. Some people in my life may think that I have no fear, that I am courageous enough to take on this calling, but to be honest, I am terrified. Katie says "Courage is not about knowing the path, it is about taking the first step", so true. I can no longer ignore the gentle whispers of my Father, I can no longer be afraid. What is the Lord whispering in your ears today?

What does all of his mean in my life? I will let you know. I am certainly on a journey of listening, of hearing, of obeying, and most of all I am on a journey of trusting. I know that God will light the path, He will open doors, He will, because He is. I will ask, if you will, pray for my heart and my mind to be in total surrender to Him, please pray for the details to become clear, please pray for my daughter, that her heart too would be touched in this very special way. Pray that we would both experience our heavenly Father in a way that has never happened before, that we would not question the path. Thank you.

2 Samuel 24:24

...."No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the LORD my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing." .....


Abundant Blessings,

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Holding tight and letting go.

In my previous post I mentioned that many times over the last few weeks I have sat down hoping to write something inspiring and heart felt, but the words didn't come. I was beginning to feel like I had been a fool to think that this "blogging" thing was for me. Perhaps I had said all that I had to say, knowing deep down that this could not be the case because my mind is always turning frantically with thoughts. Sometimes the thoughts make total sense, other times, they are just random thoughts that make sense only in my head. I hoped to spare all of you from those thoughts and reserve this blog for only the important, thought provoking, inspiring ones that make sense to all of us.

Over the last few weeks, especially the last few days, I have also felt very attacked. The struggles that had such a strong hold on me in the past had crept back into my mind and my heart. Sin, that I thought I had conquered once and for all, was back, with a vengeance I might add. I have been discouraged, deflated, feeling the guilt consume my thoughts and my heart. "How could you allow that back into your life?" I asked. "What kind of a christian woman are you anyway?" I muttered to myself in anger and disgust. Then it hit me, like a brick wall, the enemy wants nothing more then for me to feel these things. Don't get me wrong, I am not blaming the enemy for my opening the door fully and completely when this particular sin came knocking, I did it, with a willing heart, but the enemy sure cheered for me when I did. I gave him a foothold, and he managed to increase the problem. ARGH........SIGH.......

I am working through this right now. I know that my loving Father has forgiven me and that I have no right to hang onto it and not forgive myself, however, I am finding that very difficult. Why do we hang onto things? Why do we feel that it is necessary sometimes to carry guilt around for a bit longer, to dig the knife in a little bit farther, do we think that God doesn't get it? That He didn't really understand how bad we were? That even though we asked Him to forgive us, we truly didn't deserve it and he didn't know that? HE GETS IT, HE UNDERSTANDS, HE KNOWS!! We have no right to hold to things once we have sought His forgiveness, once we have surrendered whatever it is to Him.


I love the song "Perfect People" by Natalie Grant. It speaks to me every time I hear it. I think all too often that I need to be perfect and when I fall short of perfection......hello....EVERYDAY, EVERY SECOND.......I need to hang on and suffer for it. I forget the fact that Jesus already suffered, that He gave His precious life for my life. He does not expect us to hang on the way we do, His arms are reaching for us to give it to Him, fully and completely, so that His love and forgiveness can fall over us and bring us peace.



Father,

I pray that your peace would fall on me today. Forgive me for holding on when I have no right to do this. Forgive me for my sins. Thank you Jesus for going to the cross for me, for shedding your blood for me, even though I am so undeserving. Thank you for loving me despite my imperfections. I love you. Amen.

Abundant Blessings,

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

A prayer request

I want to apologize to anyone who has been regularly visiting my blog, as I have been very neglectful in my writing. This has not been by choice, I can assure you. Many times I have sat in front of my computer wanting for the words to come, but the words didn't come. Today it has come to my attention that a friend of mine and her family have been going through a really hard time the last few days. My writing today is to ask for prayer. Baby Kayden was born on Saturday and since that day there have been some very serious complications. I will not give details as it is not my place, but if you would pray, I know that God knows. Please pray for healing. Pray that the presence of the Almighty would be near to this family during this time and that they would see His mighty hands at work. Pray that peace would descend from heaven and touch the very hearts of this new mom and dad. Thank you. May we all see God's work in this.

Father,

I lift baby Kayden up to you now. I pray Father for healing. I pray that your presence would be felt by all who enter the room of this baby. Pour out your peace and comfort. Thank you for your plan. Amen.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Spoken words.....

Socrates said....."know thyself"


Marcus Aurelius said......"control thyself"


Christ said....."deny thyself"

Monday, August 10, 2009

A journey of discovery (part 1)

I am on a journey, a quest if you will, to find out how to be the best possible woman I can be. This statement of course, encompasses a whole gamut of things, but I want to focus on the relational part of me. As I have mentioned in a previous post, I am a 35 year old woman, single, never been married. I have also stated that I am not great at relationships, the male/female kind, the kind that our hearts long for, you know the ones I mean. The kind of relationships that we see on T.V and in the movies. Yes, that's right, I do think that those relationships, the ones that most people call unrealistic, DO in fact exist. Don't get me wrong, I don't have this idea of my future husband and I skipping through a field of daisies everyday, hand in hand with smiles as big as the ocean. I know there are struggles and that marriage is hard work, but despite that fact, I think that if we are committed to allowing God to show us how, than it can be a beautiful thing. So, that is my quest, to allow God to come and show me how I can be the best wife that I can be instead of focused on finding the right husband.

Lets take a good look at what the bible says about a good wife......

Proverbs 31
Hymn to a Good Wife
10-31 A good woman is hard to find,
and worth far more than diamonds.
Her husband trusts her without reserve,
and never has reason to regret it.
Never spiteful, she treats him generously
all her life long.
She shops around for the best yarns and cottons,
and enjoys knitting and sewing.
She's like a trading ship that sails to faraway places
and brings back exotic surprises.
She's up before dawn, preparing breakfast
for her family and organizing her day.
She looks over a field and buys it,
then, with money she's put aside, plants a garden.
First thing in the morning, she dresses for work,
rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started.
She senses the worth of her work,
is in no hurry to call it quits for the day.
She's skilled in the crafts of home and hearth,
diligent in homemaking.
She's quick to assist anyone in need,
reaches out to help the poor.
She doesn't worry about her family when it snows;
their winter clothes are all mended and ready to wear.
She makes her own clothing,
and dresses in colorful linens and silks.
Her husband is greatly respected
when he deliberates with the city fathers.
She designs gowns and sells them,
brings the sweaters she knits to the dress shops.
Her clothes are well-made and elegant,
and she always faces tomorrow with a smile.
When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say,
and she always says it kindly.
She keeps an eye on everyone in her household,
and keeps them all busy and productive.
Her children respect and bless her;
her husband joins in with words of praise:
"Many women have done wonderful things,
but you've outclassed them all!"
Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades.
The woman to be admired and praised
is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God.
Give her everything she deserves!
Festoon her life with praises!



Easy breezy right???? NOT! I have pondered this scripture many times, hoping every time I looked at it, studied it, that I would be able to see myself in the words......knitting and sewing, up before dawn preparing breakfast, eager to start her work,in no hurry to call it quits for the day, skilled in crafts, makes her own clothing, always faces tomorrow with a smile, always speaks kindly. Just a few examples of where I have not seen my face in these words. I sometimes think to myself, no wonder God has not sent a husband if this is who I should be. I am a failure! Just what the enemy wants me to think right?

I know that I am not a failure, I know that I am a great woman, a strong woman, a kind and loving woman. I also know that I need the Lord to show me how I can be a better woman. I could focus on the knitting and sewing, which if you know me well is pretty funny, or I could put this scripture into perspective for my own life.

Here are my thoughts......

1. A good wife is trustworthy. She never gives her husband reason to question her integrity and complete devotion to him. He never has to wonder where she is, what she is doing and who she is with. We hear a lot today about unfaithful husbands and wives, enough to make someone who is single question the longing for marriage, again something the enemy loves to hear, this gives him a foothold doesn't it?

2. A good wife is devoted to bringing her husband good and not harm, therefore she is never spiteful and never uses hurtful words. This is a hard one, sometimes I am guilty of saying things to people that I love in hurt that in turn hurts them. The only way to combat this is prayer. Knowing that our loving Father will remove the desire to hurt the ones we love.

3. A good wife is a good steward. This means that she is wise with money and assets. She delights in doing good for her family and provides for them in any way she can. She works hard and thinks nothing of it, in fact she enjoys working hard for her family so much that she is in no hurry to stop for the day. Hard one, I don't know about you but once 4:25 comes I am pretty much ready to leave work for the day. I also have my guilty pleasures, like Starbucks coffee to name one. If I am truly a good steward, than perhaps spending 4 to 6 dollars on a coffee is not the right choice to make. That may not be the case for everyone and I am not slamming Starbucks, believe me.

So, just a couple of things to ponder. I am working hard at really understanding this Proverbs 31 woman. Will you join me? I will post part 2 in the days to come.

Father,

I ask that you reveal the lessons to me that I need to take from this scripture. Allow my heart to open, so that I may see the areas that I need to work on in order to become the woman that You have created me to be. For all of the ladies that I know, married or not, I pray that your Holy Spirit would come upon us, mold us father, like clay, into what You want to see. Amen

Blessings,

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Simply Awestruck



Have you ever sat quietly in God's presence and allowed yourself to be in awe of Him? He is truly an awesome God. I don't find that I do this enough, sit in His presence, allowing my heart and my mind to be enthralled by my creator.

Hebrews 12:28 (New International Version)

28Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe (emphasis mine)

Lets think for a minute about the wonders of this world. The mountains, the ocean, the animals, diverse people, diverse cultures....I could go on and on about all of the things in this world that make our hearts swell and our minds wonder how it could be possible. Think for a second about how we have been created, the details, everything about how our bodies work is a wonderment. I am amazed at the body as a machine, how every system does its job, independently and dependently of all the other systems. Truly amazing. Only an awesome God could do that.

What is even more amazing to me is that the one and only God, the creator of this universe, the almighty, the one who did all of these amazing things and continues to do amazing things everyday with power and control, loves ME. Me, He loves and cares for me, and for you, for all of us. He doesn't reserve this caring for when we do great things either, He loves us in the everyday lives that we lead. He loves and cares for us when we are standing in the line for our coffee, He is enthralled by us, He watches us always, whether we are doing great and important things or if we are doing the daily routine things. Can you feel it? Do you invite God into even the mundane things in your life? He wants us to feel Him there.

I am in awe of this love, I am in awe of His creation. WOW, there are no words in this or any other language to truly describe just how awesome He is. In all of His awesomeness He watches over us, cares and loves us, we are so important to Him. I know I am going on a bit, I think because I cannot wrap my head around it all, I cannot stress how AWESOME He is. I want to feel awestruck by HIM always, I never want to feel the least bit apathetic about Him. I suppose there have been times in my life where that is exactly how I felt, apathetic, indifferent. I can say this for sure, those times were dark times for me, times that I never want to go back to.

Are you awestruck by HIM everyday?

Lord,

I ask that our hearts be aware of YOU, that our eyes and our minds be aware always of your awesomeness. I ask that you forgive me for forgetting, and for not feeling awestruck by YOU, because YOU are the one that deserves that feeling above everything else in this world. Thank you for who YOU are, thank you for loving us. Amen

Blessing,

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

An amazing story

I think this story is worth sharing.......


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What are they thinking?



I have to confess something. For the last 2 weeks I have been watching the T.V show "More to Love", there I said it. I have been a long time boy cotter of shows like "The Bachelor" and "the Bachelorette" feeling that nothing worth while could possibly come from one man or one woman trying to find love in a house full of the opposite sex. However, for some unknown reason, this particular show has gotten my attention. The premise is exactly the same as the above mentioned programs, only this one has a cast of "bigger" girls and one "bigger" man. Hence the programs title, "More to Love". Is the reason I am drawn to it because I myself am considered to be a "bigger" girl? Perhaps. Or could it be because after watching the first episode I became invested in the lives of these young woman, willing my voice to be heard through the T.V...."Don't do it, get out while you can, you are beautiful, don't lower yourself to the level of the production company!!!!!" Can you sense my frustration?

So how about some vulnerability? Sure why not, this is my blog and I can cry if I want too, right????? Just kidding, there are no tears. I am a 35 year old women, single, I have a beautiful 12 year old daughter (and by beautiful I mean on the INSIDE and the OUTSIDE), I have never been married, but have been in one long term relationship. I am also a "bigger" girl. I have never been really great at dating and relationships, I guess because the right man has never dropped from the sky. But also because I have never, up until recently found much worth in myself, why? Because I was focused on my outside appearance and not on what my heart looked like. Don't get me wrong, I am not hard on the eyes, at least I don't think so, I am called "cute", "pretty", two words that used to make me cringe, now though, I am proud to be called those things. Now I know that my inside counts for more than my outside. I have not mastered this yet, but am working on it. I Have been rejected in the past by more than one man because my my outward appearance, sad really isn't it, that our society has made us into such surface creatures. The enemy loves it! He gets into our heads to reiterate the words "you are worth nothing, look at you, you are overweight, you don't dress in the right clothes"......etc..... We have all heard that voice haven't we? the words may be different but the idea is the same, and the effect on us can sometimes be paralyzing. This is the reason I am invested in those women from "More to Love". They are saying the words I have heard so many women say, including myself. They long to be loved by someone who actually SEES them. I wish that I could tell them who that man is, that they have been "fearfully and wonderfully made". The one who truly matters loves them and sees them for who they are, beautiful,intelligent, amazing women.

I wonder, what would Jesus say to me about all of this? Why do I concentrate on the voice of my enemy instead of the voice of my Saviour? Think about what Jesus would say about you and jot some of the words down, keep them close by you always so that you can look at them to remind you of your beauty. What does it mean to be a godly woman? Is it really important to God that we wear designer jeans and have our hair perfectly highlighted, of course not. It is important to look after ourselves, to be healthy, but to strive for perfection will only find you empty.

Proverbs 31:

30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised




Father,

Thank you for seeing us, for loving us with no strings attached. May we all listen closely for your voice. I pray Lord that the beauty of our hearts shine through. For all of the lonely men and women out there looking for love, may they find peace in your arms. Amen

Monday, August 3, 2009

Say "Yes"

I came across a blog recently, entitled "What happens when women say yes to God". This intrigued me. What would happen? What could we expect if we truly did this? What would our days look like if before our feet hit the floor each and every morning we said "yes God, whatever your plan for today is, I am in!!" This blog was going through each chapter on a weekly basis, discussing the lessons learned etc.... I would like to do the same, and if you are interested in doing this along side of me that would be fantastic.

Every Monday I will discuss one chapter from the book "What happens when women say yes to God" by Lysa Terkeurst in hopes to generate some discussion, some comments. Please remember that I am just a normal girl with no formal training in theology, ministry,or writing for that matter. I am a woman on a journey to get to know Christ just like all of you. This will not be formal or full of profoundly deep theological thoughts. This will be a place of light discussion and lessons learned.

If you are interested the book can be purchased through Christianbooks.com, or ordered through your local christian bookstore. I will begin this study the second week of September.



Thanks,

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Here am I, send me



I feel like this has been a quiet prayer of mine for sometime now, here I am send me, quite possibly my whole life. As a child I dreamed of going to far off lands, I would sit for hours looking at the National Geographic magazine imagining myself in the pictures. The excitement of travel is in me still, learning about new cultures and meeting people who live lives very different from my own. My life has been very easy in comparison to that of many people in this world. As a child it never occurred to me that perhaps God was putting those desires on my heart. Only in the most recent past have I come to realize that this could be a possibility. That missions, was in fact my purpose in this world, in this life. I have a longing in my heart to change this world, a longing in my heart to stand up for people who have no one to fight for them, a longing to see with my own eyes the faces of children who have just been handed their first and maybe only meal of the week, the day. I long to see joy in the faces of those who have nothing in the eyes of our western society but because they have found Jesus feel as though they are rich and have everything.

I spent a couple of weeks in Africa this past winter with a team. It was astounding to me how these men, women and children could stand in a place where all around them was suffering, and still lift their hands in praise to the one and only God. True, pure worship, coming from the most honest place. Wouldn't it be awesome if we could praise Him, even in the most difficult time. Instead, I find more often than not we complain, we whine, we blame. We allow our suffering to become almost like another body part. That however, is for another post, another time.

Social justice is one of my passions. Where does that fit in with being a christian? Are we not just a apathetic at times as the rest of society? Do we not fall into the same thinking as most of North America, it is "us and them" instead of "we"? Sure, we give to our church, we even sponsor children through World Vision and Christian Children's Fund, all very good things, but my question is, couldn't we do more? We read about AIDS and Malaria, we see pictures of dying children or orphans, but do we feel it in the very centre of our hearts? Do we truly do what it says in the Bible to speak out for those who have no voice?

Proverbs 31:8-9 (New International Version)

8 "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
for the rights of all who are destitute.
9 Speak up and judge fairly;
defend the rights of the poor and needy."


I don't know what this looks like in all of your lives, I am only figuring it out in my own. It has only taken 35 years!!!! I know that my heart aches for what people in this world are enduring right now, but what exactly am I doing about it? I want to think that if the Lord told me to go, that I would have the courage and strength that Isaiah did when he said "here am I, send me."

Isaiah 6:8

8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!"


Do you have the courage?

Lord,

I thank you for your word. I thank you Father that you promise us that you will never leave us, that you will give us whatever we need for whatever the call. Allow us to hold onto your exceedingly great and precious promises. Amen





Here Am I


On the other side of the world
She stands on the ocean shore
Gazing at the heavens she wonders
Is there something more
Never been told the name of Jesus
She turns and walks away
What a shame

Just across the street in your hometown
Leaving from his nine to five
Gazing down the road he wonders
Is this all there is to life
Never been told the name of Jesus
He continues on his way
What a shame

[Chorus:]
Whom shall I send
Who will go for me
To the ends of the earth
Who will rise up for the King
Here am I send me
Here am I send me

Whether foreign land or neighbors
Everyone's the same
Searching for the answers
That lie within your name
I want to proclaim the love of Jesus
In all I do and say
Unashamed

[Chorus]

[Bridge:]
How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news
Proclaiming peace and your salvation

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Inspiring


Dr Helen Roseveare

Please read Helen Roseveare' story and open yourself up to what God may want you to take away from it. This incredible story has inspired me, has made me think, has made me ponder my life, and has given me another view of Jesus. Anne Graham Lotz says that you truly can see the face of Jesus reflected back at you when you look at Helen Roseveare. Are people able to see Jesus in you, in me, in the good times and the bad?


Helen Roseveare
By Rebecca Hickman
"If Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for him." That was her mission's motto. In 1953, Helen sailed for the Congo with hopes of serve Christ as a medical missionary with WEC (Worldwide Evangelization Crusade). For so many years she'd dreamed of being a missionary. As a young girl, she'd hear stories of her aunt and uncle's experiences on the mission field, and now she was eager to have her own stories to tell.

In 1925, Helen Roseveare was born in England. Because education was a high priority for her father, Helen was sent to a prestigious all girls school when she was 12. After that, she went to Cambridge. It was during her time in college that she became a Christian, truly understanding the gospel for the first time. She left her Anglo-Catholic background and became an evangelical. Her focus was to finish her medical degree and prepare herself for the mission field.

After she became a doctor, Helen sailed to minister in the Congo. She was highly intelligent and efficient, but her role as a woman created struggles with her fellow missionaries and nationals. In that time period, single missionaries were seen as second-class citizens of the mission station. In the Congo, the medical needs were overwhelming. She couldn't just stand by and watch all the suffering around her. She was determined to make a difference. She dreamed of establishing a training center where nurses would be taught the Bible and basic medicine and then sent back to their villages to handle routine cases, teach preventive medicine, and serve as lay evangelists. She didn't have approval from her colleagues, who believed that medical training for nationals was not a valid use of time, evangelism and discipleship were more important.

Despite the conflict with them, after only two years after arriving in the Congo, she had build a combination hospital/ training center in Ibambi, and her first four students had passed their government medical exams. Her colleagues weren't as excited about her progress as she was. They felt that she was wasting time, so they decided that she would better serve the Congo by relocating in Nebobongo, living in an old leprosy camp that had become overgrown by the jungle. Helen argued that she must stay and continue the nursing training in Ibambi, but they insisted that she move. It was a major setback, but she went. Starting from scratch again, she built another hospital there and continued training African nurses. Still, she was strong-willed and seemed to be a threat to many of her male colleagues. In 1957, they decided to relocate John Harris, a young British doctor, and his wife to Nebobongo to make him Helen's superior. Dr. Harris even took charge of leading the Bible class that she'd taught. She was devastated. She'd been her own boss for too long, and although she tried to let go of control, she just couldn't. Everything that had been hers was now his. This resulted in tension between them, of course. Her independence was her greatest strength, but also a definite weakness. She did not know how to submit to imperfect leadership. In 1958, after over a year of struggling with who was in control in Nebobongo, Helen left for England for a furlough. She was disillusioned with missionary work and felt like she might not ever go back to the Congo.

Back in England, she really struggled with why she had all these issues between herself and the male leaders in the Congo. She began to convince herself that her problem was her singleness. What she needed was a doctor-husband to work with her and be on her side during the power struggles! She didn't think that was too much to ask. So, she asked God for a husband, and told Him that she wouldn't go back as a missionary until she was married. She met a young doctor and decided he would be the one. (She wasn't very patient in waiting on the Lord's timing.) She bought new clothes, permed her hair, and resigned from the mission, all to try and win his love. He did care for her, but not enough to marry her. Helen was heartbroken, mostly because she'd wasted so much time and money trying to force her plan into reality - without God.

Still single, Helen returned to the mission and left for Congo in 1960. It was a tense time for that country. They had been seeking independence for a long time, so a huge civil war was on the verge of beginning. Many missionaries left because the risk was so high. Helen had no plans of going home. She believed that God had truly called her back to Congo and that He would protect her if she stayed. She was joined by a few other single women, who made it difficult for the men, they didn't want to look like sissies. She was given charge of the medical base in Nebobongo because John Harris and his wife left on furlough. She had so many opportunities to minister in the midst of the turmoil. She was sure that God had her right where He wanted her to be. She continued to learn to see God in the details of her life, to trust him more fully. She had been coming closer to total trust in God all of her life, between bouts of depression, sometimes feeling that she was not really a Christian because she was capable of spells of anger and bitterness and other sins. "I was unable to reach the standard I myself had set, let alone God's. Try as I would, I met only frustration in this longing to achieve, to be worthy." She came to recognize that hatred of sin is a gift of the Holy Spirit.

Rebels were gaining strength, and there were reports of missionaries being attacked. Helen endured a burglary and an attempted poisoning, but always in her mind the situation was improving. She felt that she had to stay, because there was so much need and so many people depending on her. On August 15, the rebels took control of Nebobongo, and Helen was in captivity for the next 5 months. On the night of October 29, Helen was overpowered by black rebel soldiers in her little bungalow. She tried to escape, but they found her and dragged her to her feet, struck her over the head and shoulders, flung her to the ground, kicked her, struck her over and over again. She was pushed back into her house and raped brutally without mercy. Helen suffered more sexual brutality before her release. God used this in her life to minister to other single women missionaries who feared that they'd lost their purity due to a rape and thus their salvation. Helen knew that her relationship with God had not been damaged. She had not failed God in any way because of the rapes. Finally, on December 31, 1964 she was rescued. Helen had a sense of joy and relief, but also a sense of deep sorrow as she heard of many of her friends' martyrdom.

Helen returned to Africa for the third time in March of 1966. She served for 7 more years, but it was full of turmoil and disappointment. The Congo had changed since the war. There was a new spirit of independence and nationalism. They no longer respected the doctor who'd sacrificed so much for them. Helen left Africa in 1973 with a broken spirit. Her 20 years of service in Africa ended in defeat and discouragement.

When she got home, she went through a very, very lonely period in her life. She turned to God. He was all she had. Instead of bitterness there was a new spirit of humility and a new appreciation for what Jesus had done for her on the cross. God was molding her for her next ministry. She became an internationally acclaimed spokes-woman for Christian missions. Her candid honesty was refreshing in a profession known as one of supersainthood. Helen mobilized people by showing them that God used imperfect people with real struggles to be his ambassadors to the unreached world.

Books by Helen Roseveare: Give Me This Mountain, written in 1966, and He Gave Us a Valley, written in 1976. (Info taken from: From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya, by Ruth A. Tucker, and a few websites. Some quotes taken from Give Me This Mountain.)

Friday, July 31, 2009

Am I qualified?



Have you ever been asked to do something that you really didn't want to do? Have you ever felt a gentle nudge in your heart urging you to take something on that scared you? Have you ever said this to God?....."Not me God, please not me, I don't know how, I don't know what to say, I don't know what to do. Please don't send me. please don't make me talk to that person about you. I don't know scripture, I don't have the words". I believe we all have those thoughts and prayers. I have to admit to that almost daily. Even Moses questioned his abilities. He told God that he was not eloquent, that he was slow of speech and tongue.

Exodus 4:10-17

10 Moses said to the LORD, "O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue."
11 The LORD said to him, "Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the LORD ? 12 Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say."


We all doubt ourselves at some point in our lives. We all have moments of worry and trepidation about certain times or situations. I doubt myself more often than I would like too, I also question my abilities more than I should, especially when it comes to talking about Jesus. The beauty is this, we don't have to worry or feel anxious, He will provide the words if we are truly meant to speak them. I have this beautiful image in my mind of God reaching down from Heaven, placing His words on my lips with his hands. How could I question my qualifications if I am open to His working in me? I don't have higher education in theology, I cannot rhyme off verses from the Bible, I cannot claim to have the perfect Godly life.....notice the "I", I cannot do anything, but HE can do everything in me and through me. I have to be willing. So, am I qualified? Are you qualified? YES, we are!

If you are feeling that gentle nudge, or if you hear those quiet whispers from God, be brave, be courageous. Imagine the life we could have if we allowed God to use us. Remember that it isn't always the big stuff, sometimes He just wants us to hold someones hand, or smile at someone on the street. We may not even be aware of how God used us, we may not get credit, or praise. That isn't what it's about, it is only and all about HIM. Let Him work in you, let Him use you, say "yes" to God and see where it may take you.

2 Timothy 1:7 (New Living Translation)
7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.


Father,

Give us the courageous to step out of our comfort zone. Allow us to be open to what you want to do through us. Remind us that it isn't about us, it is about you. Amen

Love,

Thursday, July 30, 2009

I have been thinking about my feet




I really have been thinking about my feet lately. I know what you're thinking..."Cheryl must have a lot of idle time on her hands". I can assure you that I do not, but sometimes my mind does wander to things such as this. My feet are in real need of a pedicure right now, lucky for me (and my feet), it is booked for tonight. My thoughts however, have not been on my need for a pedicure, or how cute they look when they are cleaned up and have new fresh polish on the toe nails, nope, my thoughts have been a little more deep than that.

It amazes me how God put us together, how every small and fine detail is so perfect in its design, right down to the little toe. Even that little toe has purpose. Purpose...hummm...I must be going somewhere with this right? RIGHT!

As Christians we do have a divine purpose. Each of us is called to do something different, but we all have the calling on us to share the gospel. Easy right????hahahaha....NOT. How does this relate to my feet? The Bible says this:

Isaiah 52:7 (New International Version)

7 "How beautiful on the mountains
are the feet of those who bring good news,
who proclaim peace,
who bring good tidings,
who proclaim salvation,
who say to Zion,
"Your God reigns!"


This is reiterated in Romans:

Romans 10:15 (New International Version)

15"And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!"



Beautiful feet. Yes. We all have beautiful feet if we are bringing the good news of Christ. This doesn't mean that we will all be sent to far away places, our mission field is right where we are today. Let us all have the courage to share the love of Christ, let us all be brave enough to tell people what Jesus did for all of us.

I have a few friends who will be travelling to a far away land next month. They will be sharing to people the love of Jesus, to them I say, remember just how beautiful your feet are. You have been called.

Father,

Thank you for your word. Thank you that you have called each of us to live in your ways. I pray that each of us would be given your words through your Holy Spirit to share with those who may not know you, the love, mercy, and grace that you bestow on each and every one of your children. Amen

Abundant blessings,

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

What I know for sure

So, I thought that I would give this blogging thing a good try. I must confess, I am not very computer savvy, so this is a big stretch for me. Nor, am I a profound writer or speaker. On that note, thanks for stopping by to read my "rambling". My hope in doing this blog is to encourage others to live the life they are meant to live according to our Lord and Saviour. I am on my journey and would like to share with you my insights or "aha" moments on a regular basis. Please be patient as I am new at this as I said, so I am learning how to make this an interesting and uplifting blog for you to visit.

What do I know for sure? I know that I am chosen by God, I am one of His beloved, I am cherished by Him, I am beautiful to Him. I know that He has a divine plan for my life, one that I have been running away from until recently. I know that His way is the right way and that I am nothing without Him in my heart and life. I know that "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength" Philippians 4:13.That is a little scary sometimes. Is the Lord going to send me far away? Is He going to make me give something up that I hold onto tightly? Is He going to ask me to love someone that I don't want to love? The answer is YES, YES, and YES.....and we can, through Him who gives us strength. I know this to be true because I have experienced this in my own life and have seen it in others lives. I know for sure that if we truly surrender all to Him, He will make a beautiful thing out of our lives. How do we surrender? I am learning this on a daily basis, and I must tell you that I am not good at it. I like to have control, I even enjoy being in charge sometimes. I know that I am on a journey of increasing my faith, and having faith is the only way to learn how to surrender it all to Him.

Father,

I pray that you would continue to increase my faith. I pray that you would increase the faith of all those praying this prayer. Lift us up, Holy Spirit come and do your mighty work in us. Give us the courage to walk in your ways, to be who you made us to be, to do what you are calling us to do. Thank you for loving us. Amen.

Thanks.