Thursday, October 25, 2012

When life gives you dirt, just add water

He makes good things from dirt. Genesis 2:19 says, “From the dust of the earth, He made all living things.”


Makes me think of all the dirt in my life. The gritty dirt I can’t get off my tile no matter how many times I sweep and the elephant-sized dirt I nonchalantly sweep under the proverbial rug.


Reminds me of the blind man so desperate for a miracle he allowed Jesus to put mud on his eyes. Mud made from the dust of the ground and the spit of Jesus’s mouth. 


“Jesus ... smoothed the mud over the man’s eyes, and told him, ‘Go and wash in the Pool of Siloam.’ So the man went where he was sent and washed and came back seeing!” (John 9:6-7)

Living Water changed that dirt. 

Holy mud.

Dare I take off my shoes, walk on the tile, wipe my feet? Will I allow Living Water to touch my feet. Change my dirt.

Living Water changes dirt. 

Dare I lift the proverbial rug, exposing the elephant? Living Water changes elephant-sized dirt. 

Big dirt = Big miracle.

When life offers dirt, just add water. Living Water. 
Let God make something good out of your dirt.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

When you're tired, really, really tired

It never fails. A wonderful conference, a weekend retreat, a penetrating sermon, a revelatory Bible study and then...Life happens. Explosions of daily and all its problems try to snuff out the hope gleaned in God’s presence.

Have you ever crashed and burned after being touched by God and spewed on those you love most?

Ladies’ retreats are my favorite place to be in the world. I love filling up on girl talk, dark chocolate, Diet Coke and flavored coffee. I love crying happy tears, sad tears, hopeful tears, excited tears. Retreats are the perfect place to relieve stress and express emotion. I love late nights with the girls and early mornings with Jesus. 

I come home talked out and filled up. Sleep-deprived and Jesus-full. Seems like sleep-deprived lasts days longer than Jesus-full.

I’m no longer the encourager wife, I’m the worn-out mom. My thoughts go from, “Thank you, Lord,” to “I’m so tired.” 

This week I’d like for you to join me in a strategy to renew our strength.

Whether you’re coming off a Jesus-full weekend or just a sleep-deprived schedule, here are some promises to lean on until weariness gives way to true rest:

  • The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still. Exodus 14:4
  • Let be and be still, and know (recognize and understand) that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth! Psalm 46:10
  • A cheerful disposition is good for your health; gloom and doom leave you bone-tired. Proverbs 17:22
  • In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength. Isaiah 30:15
  • He energizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts. Isaiah 40:29
  • I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint. Jeremiah 31:25
  • Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23
  • Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Matthew 11:28
  • So let's not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don't give up, or quit. Galatians 6:9
  • Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:3

Pick an “energy” promise to own. Write it down on an index card and carry it with you. Over the next few days, pull it out and read it when your thought becomes, “I’m so tired.” Then connect with me and let me know how God renews your strength.

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Monday, October 15, 2012

How fall begs us to share our faith

Have you ever experienced fall? I'm from Texas. I experience hot. And cold. One day the trees are green. The next the temperature drops 40 degrees and the trees are bare. The colors of autumn painted across the hills and valley where I had the privilege of staying this weekend are a breathtaking reminder of God's creativity and beauty. As rain danced across colorful leaves, ladies gathered taking time from a hectic life to seek their Creator.

I just returned from Missouri where I had the privilege and honor to minister to a fun group of ladies from Forward Community Church. My friend Angie belongs to this community. 

One thing about my friend Angie is her willingness to take me to Jesus, no matter what the cost. She reminds me of some friends in Luke 5 which we met this weekend.

In Luke 5:17 Jesus is teaching to a large crowd from many towns "And the power of the Lord was present for him to heal the sick."

Some men came carrying their paralyzed friend on a mat. When they couldn't get through the crowd they climbed to the roof, made a hole and lowered the man down "right in front of Jesus." (v. 19)

Jesus saw their faith, forgave his sins and healed him. (v. 20)

Think about it. The faith of friends moved Jesus to heal their paralyzed friend. Their sick friend was completely dependent on his friends to take him to Jesus. He couldn't move on his own. And the text implies this sick man wasn't only dependent on his friends' movement, he was also dependent on their faith.

We had the privilege of being where the power of the Lord was to heal the sick this weekend. We saw Jesus forgive and heal our sisters as we prayed for them. We saw the beauty of the Creator painted across the scenery. In this serene place there was no doubt of His power. Of His love. Of His work. 

As we left the peace and pretty of the valley, we left with new faith. Bigger faith. Deeper faith.

Your community is full of other ladies. Ladies I didn't get the privilege of meeting. Ladies too paralyzed to come this weekend. Ladies paralyzed by busyness. Ladies paralyzed by need. Paralyzed by duty. Paralyzed by fear. Paralyzed by rejection.

They may have missed the rainbow foliage across the rain sparkling valley but it's not too late for them to see the most miraculous scene of all. Ladies changed by the presence of Jesus and his healing power.

God wants you to grab these sisters. Call them. Email them. Love on them. Take them to lunch. Take them to where Jesus and His healing power is. Even if you have to make a hole in your schedule to get them there. Don't leave your beloved girlfriends behind. Take them to Jesus. Invite them into your community.

Let them experience the beauty of your weekend too. 

This weekend we identified with the dependent paralytic. Now, as you pick up your mat and follow your Jesus, put yourself in the shoes of his diligent friends. Make a persevering, painstaking effort to take your paralyzed girlfriends to the place where the power of Jesus is present to heal the sick. 

Keep the scenery beautiful. Keep praying for each other. Keep adding to your community. Keep taking your girlfriends to Jesus.

How will you take someone else to Jesus today? 

How can I pray for you as you share your faith?

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