even you

I sent this to a friend today and wanted to share it because I believe it will speak to other women and friends as well. As precious as this friend is to me, I know in my heart that God shares this same passion for each and every one of us… Yes, even you!!

“Life is a journey, my friend, and I am so hopeful that God will begin to reveal His plan for you, your marriage and your family soon. God brings ALL things to good for those who love Him and I see already the good things He has done in strengthening you and establishing you in faith. Your value is infinite and His plan for YOU, perfect. He is aware of every thought, every fear, every hope, dream, love and tear. He has counted the number of hairs on your head and sings over you while you sleep. And while you wake. Surely He won’t let you fall and will reveal where to step and which way to turn every single day. I can already sense a strength and passion in you that is different than what it’s been. You are strong, beautiful, wise, passionate, capable and powerful. You are a daughter created in His image – walk in the anointing that He has given you. Everything else will then become more clear.”

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give a little

I have typed and deleted 3 Facebook posts so far this morning… Lots stirring in my head and heart. It’s a big week for Jesus – He really wants to meet with those He died for who still don’t realize how very much they are loved by Him.

Over the years, there have been quite a few difficult relationships – some pretty intense – that I have chosen to pray over, hold on to, and in some cases probably stay in for far too long, because of that love.

When we finally go home and find our place in eternity, I don’t want to look back and regret not having given my all to those around me. The bible says it’s His will that NONE would perish – but that ALL would come to a saving knowledge of Him. I love my God, I love what Jesus did to love me, and it’s my heart to have His heart.

I desire all to find the infinite and unconditional love of God as well.

This week is the last week before Easter. 2000-some years ago, Jesus spent this week preparing for His death – a death that would free us all from the bondage of sin and death; giving us a hope for an eternity and so much more than what this world offers. It’s a big week and no wonder my heart is so passionate.

If you are a Christ-follower who has found a life of faith to be healing, hopeful and restorative, please do not hesitate to extend your heart and hospitality to a friend or family member who does not have a church to attend this Sunday. And, if you have ever wondered about Jesus, or God, or this crazy belief that some of us adhere to, please consider attending  a service and opening up your spirit to the possibility of a loving God who gave His Son on your behalf.

Easter is all about love. Give a little today…

giant circle of love

This morning I am just thinking about friendship. It’s like a dance, I think, as we get older. Time, circumstance, work and simply life in general can separate, sometimes even sever relationships. But what is marvelous is that true friendship ebbs and flows like the tide.

We’ve had some pretty big changes in our family recently and the outpouring of love and support has been nothing short of miraculous. It’s nearly overwhelming and has brought me to tears so very many times. I am so completely blessed and cherish the moments I have had with loved ones recently.

In talking with one dear one yesterday, we both shared how much it’s meant over the years, to be able to give, and to receive, from one another. Our community of people just goes in a circle – when one is down the others will pick them up – their turn to help will most likely be just around the corner.

It’s like a giant circle of love and it’s so very good.

 

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live well

Have you ever lost a friend, or family member, to misunderstanding or strife? It can be hard to see eye to eye.

For years I desperately prayed and clung to a relationship that I was quite certain I could fix. “If I say this differently.” “If I am more patient.” “If I pick my battles and not share my concerns to keep the peace.”  “If I try just one more time…”

Recently, another friend with whom I had had a falling out, contacted me and we reconnected. We’ve both had several years of life in which to grow and change, and she apologized for not valuing our relationship at the time. I apologized for hurting her. It was beautiful.

Sometimes we need time. We are all pieces of a big puzzle, and sometimes pieces fit together really well, not at all, or sometimes, just need a little sanding of the edges before finally working well alongside one another.

Allow for space. Grow as an individual. Let those go who bring strife and contention into your world (or you into theirs). There is no condemnation in Christ Jesus. Live peacefully. Live well.

Shalom.

 

walk it out

I’ve been thinking a lot about forgiveness lately. As I am sure most of you can relate, it’s not the easiest thing to do, and goodness knows most of us have had many an opportunity in which to practice it.

Years ago I came to a place in my life where choosing to forgive shifted from being a nice ideology to and an absolute necessity to my survival. Walking through a divorce and releasing the care of my two precious children to weekend visitations with my ex and the person who had a huge part in the demise of my marriage took every ounce of self-restraint and God-sized faith I had.

Over time, however, the more I prayed blessing and wholeness over those who had hurt me, caused my own heart to heal. The bitterness and anger faded, and my decision to pray even when it was hard, allowed my children an opportunity to walk in wholeness as well. I truly believe that one decision I made to do things God’s way, played a significant role in the confidence and security my kids walk in to this day.

God is bigger than our stuff. He’s bigger than our pain and our emotions, and since He designed us, He certainly has a handle on how hard it is to navigate this life. So, if He calls us to forgive others as we ourselves have been forgiven, He must know we need that for our own good, our own emotional and spiritual health. And, surely, He will give us the capacity to walk that out.

Release others of their debt to you. Release yourself. Choose one person who has hurt you, to pray for. Daily. Pray for their health, their finances, their spiritual well-being. Ask God to extend them grace. And then enjoy His blessing for your own obedience.

Walk it out. It’s worth it.

principles

This morning I have been thinking a lot about the principle of sowing and reaping. It’s pretty major, actually. If you really consider all that you do, every word you speak and thought you have, and apply this principle to every area of your life; it’s really quite sobering.

Years ago I was in a difficult season (isn’t that just the cycle of life??), and someone close to me told me that I was reaping what I had sown. At the time, I began to seriously question whether my actions had caused that trial or not. Thankfully, God set me straight.

Last night a friend blessed me in an inexpressible way. Actually, over the past two years, I have had support, blessing, favor and encouragement in ways that might absolutely shock you. I shake my head, over and over, thinking about how even in the throws of life’s challenges and disappointments, God ordains relationships and puts people in our path at just the right time. It is absolutely mind blowing.

As I reminisce this morning over my life, I see God’s hand in such an amazing way. I know I am blessed. I know He has always been there. He has literally sent angels in human form to meet my every need and exceed every expectation. Rarely in the way I hope or ask, but always on time.

My heart is to give, and I have sometimes given to the point of lack in my own home. God is not blind – He sees my heart. And He has always shown Himself faithful to water the seeds I have sown, even if they are the tiniest of prayers for another.

Do not grow weary in doing good. Never tire of loving on those around you. Never fear and never doubt that He will always bring your harvest in due season.

Shalom.