Thursday, October 30, 2014

Get Ready For Happy

I have been on a sail boat riding the waves in my life. Praise God that I know He can calm every storm.
 
The holidays are upon us. Time to get the house in gear, pull out those decorations, and prepare the greeting cards. 
I know for many of you this time of the year may be hard, emotional, and hair pulling stressful. I know because I struggle to keep a happy face. I lost my mother right before Christmas on December 11th so the Thanksgiving and Christmas season are emotionally draining. Even though it has been over 30 years, I still have a moment of uneasiness. There are times when I just want to stay under my blanket and not move until January 1. I don’t want to hear Christmas music, I dread going to the stores because of the mass production of happy people doing their happy shopping clogging up every parking space. I just want it to go away. Not going to happen with 6 grand-children and all of my wonderful friends who go all out during this time of the year. Happy. Happy. Joy. Joy.
 
This is the time of the year where suicide is at an all-time high. Many feel lost and alone. Many are homeless and some do not have family or even close friends to share this season with.  I know about these feelings first hand because there was a time during the holiday I wanted to end my life. I wanted to stop the pain and emptiness I felt. But God. He had other plans and I am so thankful that He did.  I am still here. 
 
I encourage you to take a deep breath. Prioritize and make the holiday season a memorable one. Don’t try to do it all. Reach out to someone you have not seen or spoken with in some time. Maybe select a family to share your Thanksgiving and Christmas with. Prepare a meal for someone. I am sure there is someone in your community that would appreciate your blessings of love and kindness.
 
My prayer for you is that God’s love shines on you as you shine on others.  Remember, love is other centered not self-centered. 
 
Be Blessed

Friday, October 3, 2014

Surrender part 2

In my recent post called Surrender,  I shared a book called The 40-Day Surrender Fast by Dr. Celest Oewns. Visit Surrenderfast.com for more information. We are on day 19. Here is what the Lord has revealed to me during this fast.

Since starting the fast my spirit has been challenged. God is revealing confirmations of many feelings I have. One in particular is the church body.  I have seen much and heard lots and I have been fighting the push from God. I have been a member of my congregation every since a teenager, I am now 52. You see, sometimes God will cause you to be uncomfortable in a place you may feel comfort. To get you to clearly see outside of your familiar. Listen to the Holy Spirit. I had a dream this morning. This dream was a setting where many church members were gathered, everyone all dressed in their Sunday best however, I was not. I was dressed unlike them. The Holy Spirit spoke to me saying see them, they are loosing in building the Kingdom. Powerful affect. Why?  It is because man has created too many rules and  guidelines, must be this, can't do that. Arguing and bickering amongst leadership. Many in a posture of entitlement. Allowing money and recognition to be the driving force all the while, loosing in building the Kingdom. We are loosing. Many see and are not interested in The God we serve.

I am being challenged to be set apart, to create a new but old avenue in pointing the lost and broken to Christ. To be a DOER. To show love by stepping into the trenches. Not church as usual but relationship building, Bible teaching not screaming. Being a human comfort spiritually in a realistic approach. In a today crisis approach.

When the Holy Spirit whispered in my ear one Sunday morning see them, you were not meant to fit in,  I got that confirmation to evaluate and accept. This is within the church body and outside.  Though this journey will not end at the end of the 40 days I am blessed and humbled once again that I was, chosen.

Be blessed.