Friday, September 27, 2013

Journey

I love to go on journeys! We like to call them "trips." Maybe you call them a vacation, road trip, sabbatical, girls weekend, guys weekend, whatever the term, we love to journey. And whether you realize it or not, life is a journey.

Everyone's journey is different, yet many things are the same. For instance, all journeys have a beginning and an end. We all have a destination in mind that we are trying to get to. And along the way, there will be road blocks, detours, mechanical malfunctions, but also fantastic scenery, good and bad weather, and a whole host of other things. You can also rest assured that through your journey you will also make many memories.

But one thing I wonder about along this journey is, are you following a road map? Do you have your directions? Not long ago I went on my first long road trip as I traveled to speak at a ladies retreat about six hours from home. I printed my directions out from mapquest.com, studied them, and made sure that I had them handy in the car as I began my journey. My daughter also gave me a GPS to use to help navigate and we attached it to the windshield where I could see it. She said it would be much easier for me to find my way instead of trying to look down at the papers I had printed.

As I started out my journey, the first indication that I might have a problem was when the GPS wanted me to take an alternate route than what my mapquest directions said. Then there was road construction, a detour, the GPS continually telling me to turn around, or to turn on roads that, when I glanced that way, were gravel roads! Fortunately, I was continually in touch with my Pilot (Jesus), and He assured me that I was going the right direction. I also arrived safely, having used the directions I printed.

We also have a fantastic Road Map to use on Life's journey. It's called the Bible. In it are the directions we need to get us to our final destination. Use it wisely and you will have less bumps and detours in your journey. Neglect to consult your Road Map and you will find yourself on those backwoods, gravel and dirt roads that lead to unpleasant detours and road blocks. I'm not fond of those, myself. And believe me, I have been on those roads many times in my life.

However, when God healed me in 2012, He set me back on the right road. He gave me a new route to take in my journey. He also gave me new directions. The beauty of it is, I'm on the right road, but the journey is so much better! My directions help steer me away and around road blocks and obstacles, detours and wrong roads. Of course, there are still the occasional little overlooks along the way, but fortunately this time I realize that, "Oops! That's not the right way to go!" and I'm quickly back on track.

How's your journey going? Are you wondering where you made a wrong turn? Let me encourage you that it's really easy to get back on the right road. Just consult the Road Map. Then allow your Pilot to take the controls. It's so much easier being co-pilot anyway!

Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path. ~Psalm 119:105, NLT







Friday, September 20, 2013

Ichabod




In the Walt Disney animated version of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, poor 'ole Ichabod Crane was chased by the evil Headless Horseman to great extremes. But was he? Or was he so consumed with superstition and fear that he allowed it to overtake him?

We can't afford to be like Ichabod. We need to have our armor on at all times; when we sleep, when we're awake, when we drive, when we shop, and even when we sit down for meals. No matter where we are, we need to be prepared. Why? Because we are at war!

For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. ~Ephesians 6:12, NLT

Sitting in church, listening to the powerful words of my pastor, I was reminded how tragic it becomes when we no longer fight for what Jesus paid in full for us to have! We allow people and our government to overtake us. We allow the opinions of others to intimidate us. We allow sickness to ravage us. And all along, we only had but to speak the name of Jesus and those things which would control us would once again come under our submission!

It sounds "too good to be true" doesn't it? Well, it isn't! It is truth. And where truth is, darkness and lies have to flee. And where truth is there is freedom! However, we often act like Ichabod and run when we should turn, raise our Swords, and fight!

Many times we cry out for prayer, prayer, prayer, when all we have to do is STAND. I'm not saying asking for prayer is a bad thing. Because the more prayer, the more of God's warriors are standing and backing up their brothers and sisters in Christ. What I AM saying is that any time we hear bad news, or something bad happens, we cower and accept those things as truth, when in reality they are lies.

The truth is found in God's Word. And HE says that we are more than conquerors (Romans 8:37)! HE says that "no weapon formed against us shall prosper, and every tongue that rises against you shall fall (Isaiah 54:17)!" HE says that by HIS stripes we are healed (1 Peter 2:24)! HE says that He has plans for us, and those plans are not to harm us, but to give us hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11)! Yet we still cower. We still hem-haw around. We still question if God is really for us. Why are we not believing God? Why are we believing all the lies of the enemy?

What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? ~Romans 8:31, NLT

We need to put our armor back on and fight like the warriors God intended for us to be. Instead of running in terror from our headless horseman, we need to turn, raise our Swords, and strike true and sure with the Word of God. We need to say, "Get behind me, Satan!" Because once we do that, he has to flee (James 4:7). When we draw near to God, He will draw closer to us, and when we ask for His help, He gives it. No questions asked.

Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. ~Ephesians 6:13-17, NLT

You who are reading this right now have been commissioned by the Lord to do something. It just popped back into your mind and heart when you read that. Only you and the Holy Spirit know what that is. Why are you still sitting there? Get up! Put your armor on and go to war! You WILL win! Yes, the battle is already won, but you have to maintain the victory! You have to keep your armor on, stand your ground, and keep all the headless horsemen at bay.


Ichabod Crane believed that once he crossed the bridge that the Horseman had no more power. Let me tell you right now that the enemy has no power at all, bridge or no bridge! But if you give it to him, he certainly will take it. Then he will make you miserable. So stop giving it to him!

Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are. ~1 Peter 5:8-9, NLT (emphasis mine)

Yes, we will come under attack. Our job is to back one another up. Our job is to stand firm. Stay strong in your faith. When you see a brother or sister who is struggling, back them up! We have Christ's back. His stripes gave us our freedom. But don't leave a warrior behind. Don't leave someone in battle alone. Back them up!

Tell me, Loves, are you an Ichabod...or are you are Warrior?


*All pictures used by permission. I do not own the copyright to any of them.





Tuesday, September 17, 2013

WE Are the Body

It's crowded in worship today...as she steps in, trying to fade into the faces. The girls' teasing laughter is carrying farther than they know...farther than they know....

These are the first words to the Casting Crowns song, "If We Are the Body." It talks about how our words and actions have much more affect on people than we care to realize. And what's really sad about it is that too many times, the affects of our words and actions cause someone else to take an action that is permanent. Do we even realize that? Do we even care?

A beautiful little girl took her own life recently because of bullying. Because of messages and statements from peers (I did not say "friends" ~ these were not her friends to treat her this way), they convinced her that she was worthless and should die. So she killed herself. She was twelve.

It breaks my heart and makes my stomach utterly sick to think that this precious baby thought that no one cared about her and that the only way out was to end her life! However, I can also identify with what she felt because I once was there myself.

After a particularly bad haircut and perm when I was in the fifth grade, I endured endless laughter and ridicule from my classmates and peers. One day the abuse went to the degree that one boy walked up behind me, in front of the class, and began to sing-song insults and ridicule in my ear. When I became upset and turned to defend myself, the whole class began laughing. How humiliating. But when I went home and confided what had happened, seeking the solace that a little girl should be able to have, I only heard, "Well, you brought it on yourself. YOU wanted your hair cut!"

I spent the better part of my growing up years feeling despair and hopelessness. I even entertained the idea that maybe everyone would just be better off without me. No little girl should grow up that way. She should grow up happy and carefree, feeling that she is the princess she is because her heavenly Daddy loves her and knows that she is wonderful and amazing. Sadly, there are too many girls, young women, and even older women, who don't have one clue how awesome that they are because of the lies they have been told by others, and by the way they are treated.


If we are the body, why aren't His arms reaching? Why aren't His hands healing? Why aren't His words teaching? If we are the body, why aren't His feet going? Why is His love not showing them there is a way?

Another young woman took her life after years of mental and emotional abuse by her family. She suffered deep bouts of depression, with no help given to her. She even logged her experiences, feelings, and desires in many journals. But did anyone actually realize the truth? No. Sadly, abusers, intimidators, and oppressors never admit the truth. They always blame someone else, including the victim. And often, they gather supporters who never hear the other side and have no idea of the truth.


Jesus paid much too high a price for us to pick and choose who should come.

It has been way over thirty years since my fifth grade experience, yet I still remember it, along with other incidents throughout my growing up years. The only difference now is that instead of letting it bother me, I use those experiences to help others who suffer the same things. I show them the love and healing power of God, encouraging them that He can use them no matter what their situation. I now know that God had a much bigger plan for me than what others thought or said!

Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone...especially to those in the family of faith. ~Galatians 6:10, NLT

I also thank God daily for the man He placed in my life to be my soul mate, my life partner, my husband, best friend, protector, and many other things. God gave me someone who showed me the love of Jesus in physical form, while showing me and helping me realize who I am in Christ.

We are the body of Christ. It is our job to love others, to nurture them, to help them heal, to show them who they are in Christ, and especially to help them become who God intended for them to become. We are not here to ridicule, judge, or condemn. 

What are you doing today to help someone out of the pit of bondage? Whether it is depression, mental and emotional abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, drugs, alcohol, whatever the case may be... Help someone! You never know just whom you may keep from making a lasting and permanent mistake. We can't afford to lose one more precious.


Friday, September 13, 2013

Happy, Happy, Happy!

One of the things I like about Duck Dynasty is the fact that the Robertson's are very open about their faith. According to Papaw Phil (as I like to call him), knowing Jesus as Lord and Savior makes you happy, happy, happy. Yet many people today would beg to differ, which makes me sad, sad, sad.

Anyone who has been on both ends of the spectrum can tell you that when you don't know Jesus, you have no idea what being happy really is. You fill your life with "things" always trying to get just one more to make life complete. But "just one more" can never fill the void in your life.

Many turn to drugs and alcohol. Many turn to pornography. Many turn to sports, or money, work, clothes, shopping, or any of a variety of things that they think will make them happy, happy, happy. Some even claim that these things make them happy. But when it's all said and done, when there are no more things to buy, no more games to watch, last call for alcohol, and you have to go home, what then? Where does the happiness go?




With Jesus, this never happens. You never get "buyer's remorse." You never feel like there's a hole in the middle of your chest because of the emptiness left by the lack of substance in your life. Jesus fills us so completely that we have no reason to want.


"The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want..." ~Psalm 23

He satisfies all the need we have in our lives. He provides for us. He takes care of us. He watches out for us and protects us. We literally have no need at all to be concerned! Of course, there is nothing wrong with sports, or hunting, fishing, shopping, or any of the other things I mentioned above. But when they become what consumes you, what keeps you going, then there's a problem. That's when those things become your "god" (little "g"). When you let them become more important than serving God (big "G"), then it's time to step back and evaluate your priorities.

There was a time that I allowed depression, stress, anxiety, panic, and intimidation to consume me. I could not function, let alone serve the Lord. I had so much pressed down inside me that it was all I thought about. I wanted to let go of it, but just didn't know how. I even said as much to the Holy Spirit as He kept telling me, "Just let go." But miracle of miracles, He then told me HOW to let go... and I did! I've been free ever since.

What are you holding onto? What is keeping you from your happiness? Don't you think it's time to let go of it? Take that step today. Walk into the waiting arms of the Lord... then rest and be happy, happy, happy!



Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Wrestling Matches

I'm not fond of wrestling. Yet, I seem to be doing it every day. Being awakened at three in the morning is also not a good time to wake me up, making me think that I'm in a choke hold! Yet, it happened. But here is where it gets really interesting... I WON! Because unbeknownst to my opponent, this match was a tag-team match, and I tagged some very powerful teammates that my opponent could not wrestle against. Sounds like a suspense movie, or thriller, doesn't it? It wasn't. This was real-life, and there were some very real things going on.


For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places ~Ephesians 6:12, NLT


Whenever we stand against the enemy, often he retaliates with the things that he thinks will stop us. And yes, in the past these things would have stopped me point blank and sent me spiraling down into the darkest depth of the pit of depression. On this night though, it did not. 


I had gone to bed, and gone to sleep, but was inundated with restless sleep, disturbing dreams, and physical pain in my back. Not only that, but my mind had become a battlefield with panic, fear, and anxiety that were slamming into me at full force. I knew that I was healed, so none of these things should be there. But before I allowed the door to be opened to them, Someone stopped me and quietly whispered, "You are in a spiritual battle. Gather reinforcements now!"


I got up, walked across the room, and picked up my Sword (Bible). As I stood in the middle of the living room floor, I said, "Honey, I need you to get up and pray with me."

Immediately, in a clear voice, my husband raised up out of a sound sleep and said, "I'm right here."


No matter the hour, wrestling matches come. And when they come, be prepared to fight! Because these things which were plaguing me at three in the morning were not of this world. The enemy fights in the darkness. And this particular night it was dark, no moon, and fog was so thick that it surrounded even my house. No one could see even if they had wanted to. It was downright creepy. So when I got up, I began turning on lights, illuminating the darkness.

Now please understand, I am not afraid of the dark. On this night though... I was afraid...exclamation mark! But, in that fear, I distinctly heard, "God has not given you a spirit of fear. You have power, love, and a sound mind!" (2 Timothy1:7) I knew that things would be alright. Even as the fear welled up in my chest. Even as the anxiety threatened to overtake me. I knew in my heart that these were not welcome because I was healed.

As D.A. and I began to pray, I began to feel the peace and comfort of my heavenly Daddy surround me. I began to feel His presence wrap around me once more. I knew He hadn't left me. I knew that I was under heavy spiritual attack. And I knew that I had already won, I just needed to step back into that healing balm once more. He was right there the whole time.



Listen! The Lord's arm is not too weak to save you, nor is his ear too deaf to hear you call... ~Isaiah 59:1, NLT

My Daddy heard me. He came when I called Him. Often times when we are in a battle, He will stand aside and watch, waiting as His children raise their swords. And the difference between victory and defeat lies in whether or not we have asked Him for His help and believe that He will do what He promises. We can't go it alone. That's a sure way to be defeated. But to stand in assurance, we must continue to ask Him for His help. Keep asking. Keep seeking, having faith, and He will open the door to victory for us! 


And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. ~Luke 11:9, NLT


The enemy of our souls only wants to seek, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). But he can't win. He has no power even though he thinks he does. Instead WE have the power and it was given to us by our heavenly Daddy! So step into that wrestling match already a winner! The enemy prowls around the ring waiting to strike (1 Peter 5:8). You stand in confidence with a smile on your face, already knowing that you are more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37)! And when the enemy strikes, pull out your sword, then put your foot on his neck and take control and authority over him (Deuteronomy 33:9, Joshua 10:24)! Because he has absolutely NO right to do what he is doing!


Trust me on this. I am a warrior. I am a victor. I am the daughter of the King of Kings! And I don't mess around in wrestling matches.




Friday, September 6, 2013

Goofiness

Sometimes I just feel really GOOFY. I happen to like Goofy! He is my favorite Disney character. He always has been. And I know some people who remind me of my Goofy. But this isn't about Goofy at all...I digress.

I love to be goofy. I love to act goofy. And I love to make people laugh. When I was speaking at a recent ladies retreat, they laughed. A lot. However, I do not know if they were laughing because I was funny, or if they were just laughing AT me because they thought, "Man! This chick is one goofy lady!" Because frankly, when I TRY to be funny, no one laughs. Well...it sounded funny in MY head! But when I said it out loud, no one else thought it was funny! Hmm...

Let me try to be serious though and people are doubling over holding their ribs because they are laughing so hard. Hey, I wasn't trying to be funny then! Hello!

You know, goofiness, laughter, happiness, joy, whatever you want to call it is a gift from God. He loves to see His kids have fun, smile, and yes...even laugh! I truly believe He enjoys it when we have fun. Of course, not at the expense of our brothers and sisters, but He does love to see us have fun. I think that's why He has given me the people who are in my life.

These people are the most goofy people anyone could ever have the privilege of raising, living with, and loving! I watched most of them grow up and become the goofiest people I know. Whether they are being funny, or being serious, they still... are goofy. In the words of my pastor, "And I like it like that!"

Let me just give you an example...

Introducing... Abraham!
He will be 2 the end of September. But this child can make his Nonney giggle...and everyone else in the family! He is very smart...and a very goofy little boy! And I love him! Abe likes chi-chen, bocki, fry-fries, and anything else that is edible! He is a bottomless pit!

Peep-eye!
 Abe also loves "Yaddey" (Radley).... Radley is 7, in second grade, and loves Scouts, Soccer, and making his Nonney laugh. But he loves making Abe laugh even more. He loves Jesus, and is not afraid to tell people about being "saved and vabtized." He also loves to show off his baby cousin. He truly is an awesome "Big Cousin."


Radley introducing Abe to his Scout buddies


 Radley is also a goofy little boy. He is my sweetheart. He will pose any time the cameras come out and always loves for Nonney to take a goofy picture of him doing silly things...and sometimes, Paw-Paw will get in on the antics. (I told you I had a goofy family)

 And then there is MY baby... Logan. Logan is an awesome guitar player, but he will tell you he isn't. Never believe him! God has gifted him. When he isn't playing guitar, or working construction with his dad, you can find Logan giving a bit of brotherly love to his youngest-older sister, Katie! She complains and yells, but don't let her fool you...she loves it!
Give your brudder a hug!.... "MOM! He's squishin' me!"

Logan loves to be goofy... in fact, I think he thrives on it. Especially when his nephews are around... or leave their hats or toys at Nonney's.
Look Mom! PIGTAILS!


Katie (my middle child) also helps me out with mismatching all the mismatched socks I buy and putting them into baggies. She claims that it gives her "heartburn" to mismatch the socks. I offered her a pair, but when my back was turned, she took two MATCHING ones! She is definitely my Funny Girl!

 Then there is Rachel... my oldest. She is my serious one. She is definitely the "straight-man" of the bunch. Where Costello had Abbott, where Laurel had Hardy...we have Rachel. She can be goofy sometimes, but for the most part...she is very serious. She is the one with the degree.


Of course, look to the left of Rachel and you will find Jake! Jake has a Doctorate. He is a Pharmacist. But Jake is most definitely our comedian! At least, he makes me giggle! This mother-in-law finds her son-in-law most humorous, even when no one else does. We get in trouble a lot, just let me say.

Singing at dinner... Jake, Abraham, and Rachel (she's not singing)


Brett...to the right...trying to hide. "Did you just take my picture?"
My second son-in-law is Brett. Married to Katie, and daddy to Radley. Brett is a very hard worker. But when it comes to taking pictures, Brett tries very hard to hide from his mother-in-law! Of course, there is the rare occasion that I catch him off guard...like in this picture! Brett is very funny, too.
















And newest to the family is Rhiannon! Whenever the cameras come out, Rhiannon makes sure she has a "camera face" especially for the camera! Talk about photogenic! The girl looks good even on a bad hair day...although I've never seen her have one!

Lunch date with Katie and Rhiannon

Rhiannon is not only my daughter-in-law...she is my "Ruth." She and I have a lot of things in common.

And our family wouldn't be complete without my husband, Don (D.A.)... he is the reason we are all goofy. Of course, he will tell you it's all MY fault! That is still up for debate.

He is the glue what holds us together... I think.

I definitely think this family is one goofy family. But deep inside they all have a love for the Lord. And while I say that my hubby is the glue that holds us together, we all know Who it really is that binds us tighter than any glue ever could.

God has definitely blessed us with some wonderfully talented, smart, loving, goofy people.

Whoa...
I think I'll keep 'em.

Just post for five seconds!





Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Rose-Colored Glasses

I'm not so "color blind" that I don't see or know what goes on in the world. Shoot, living with people constantly trying to intimidate me and keep me under their control, don't you know that I can spot 'em a mile away! I know the tone of voice. I know the "look." I can read the body language and attitudes. I have been schooled in the "Classroom of Intimidation." But even though I have been healed of all of that and no longer allow it to control my life, don't for one minute think that I walk through life with rose colored glasses on!

Being healed does not mean that things are always bright and cheery. It doesn't mean that the birds always sing and the grass is always greener. Because the attacks still come. People still try to intimidate me. They still talk to me in a patronizing tone.

There are people who still act all blown up about something, blowing out dramatic sighs in my presence, while looking at me through their eyelashes to see if I have noticed. The difference is that I don't allow it. And frankly, most of the time I call them out on it! Lovingly, of course, but boldly. That surprises many, many controlling people, let me tell you. Especially when I stand there and look them square in the eye.

Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. ~Ephesians 6:14, NLT

These situations I find so ridiculous that it literally makes me giggle! The last time someone tried to intimidate and bully me, they used the same tactics on me that they had used since I was a little girl: Yelling in a forceful voice. Since it was a phone call, I couldn't see their face. But I could hear the tone. Intimidation. It was meant to make me cower. It was directed at me in a way that used to cause me to give in. But this time... I didn't. This time I stood my ground. And an amazing thing happened...THEY backed down!

So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you... ~James 4:7-8a, NLT (emphasis is mine)

Oh Loves, let me tell you something; the enemy uses many, many people to intimidate and control others. He will make your life miserable if it means keeping you from the wonderful promises of God! But the minute you turn around and take a stand, he gets confused. But here is where it gets even better... the victory was won over two thousand years ago, on a big, ugly, cross, when Jesus took everything in our place! Can I get a Woot-WOOT!

There are people today who believe I walk through life with rose-colored glasses on. I don't. My rose-colored glasses got broken the day Jesus healed me! That rosy color now comes straight from Jesus. And it's the most beautiful color. Because that rosy color is from His blood, which washed me so clean that it's actually WHITE!

I have so much color in my life now because of my healing! There is clarity. There is peace of mind. There is a fullness that I cannot explain. There is peace. There is joy, happiness, fun, boldness, and most importantly... LOVE! Trust me, Lovelies, there is so much love that I can't keep quiet about all that the Lord has done, and keeps doing, for me. That's why I write. That's why I share.

So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free. ~John 8:36, NLT

Those who wear rose-colored glasses are the ones who are blind to the truth. They walk through life every day accepting things as they are. But those who know the Truth have been set free! We don't accept things the way they are because we know that things can only get better. Why? Because Jesus is right in the middle of it, that's why!

Take off your rose-colored glasses Loves, and be FREE!




Monday, September 2, 2013

Grab A Hold!









He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along . He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God... ~Psalm 40:2-3, NLT

I recently had a revelation. Okay, I just had it! That's recent. I was looking at my calender and noticed the passage from Psalm 40. That's when it occurred to me that this is me! This is exactly what God did for me when He healed me. And I wondered, how many other people are stuck in the pit of despair? How many others are stuck in the mud and mire? How many can I reach my hand out to and say, "Grab a hold! I've been sent to help you out!"


I also wonder how many would grab on and accept that hand out of the pit? Or would they look at me and say, "I've always been this way. I'll never be able to get out." Excuse me? I'm HERE! I'm holding out my hand, braced to help pull you out! Why do you want to stay down there? Oh Loves, there are many, many people with just this mentality. 

These are the ones who have been intimidated for so long that they truly believe that this is their lot in life. There are people who continue telling them that they have no business out of the pit because "everyone else" in their family has been in the pit, it is their destiny to be there, too. HOGWASH!


I was in the pit for over forty years. Huh...kind of sounds like the Israelites wandering in the wilderness, doesn't it? They wandered for forty years, too. But theirs was out of rebellion. Was mine? I don't know. But it doesn't matter now. What matters is that I'm OUT! And I'm searching for others who are in the pit so I can reach out and help them out, too.

Why would I do that, you might ask? Because when the Lord rescued me out of the pit, He told me this:


The Spirit of the Lord is upon [you, Shelley],    for he has anointed [you] to bring Good News to the poor.He has sent [you] to proclaim that captives will be released,    that the blind will see,that the oppressed will be set free,19     and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come. ~Luke 4:18-19, NLT (emphasis & words in brackets are mine)


God's Word is full of promises for us. He has great big plans for all of us, not just a choice few. If we believe in Him, we have to believe in His Word. It never changes. It never goes out of date. Because there is nothing new under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9)

My job is to help people out of the pit. I'm an encourager. I'm excited. I may come across as being a little "out there" but that's okay! Sure, I have purple hair and I wear mismatched socks. But the people I am getting to talk to are receptive to how I look and what I say. Why? It was ordained and anointed by God! 

How many people will I get to help out? I don't know the answer to that question. Not yet, anyway. But someday I will. Until then, I have to keep reaching my hand out. I have to keep searching for those who are stuck in the mud and mire. And when I meet them, I'll say, "Grab a hold!"





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