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Fear or Faith

on Sunday, 06 April 2014. Posted in Blog

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While in Colorado we looked forward to a mountain hike. Our destination was a beautiful waterfall.  Adventure awaited us, little did we know the challenge we would face.  Reaching our destination with ease we rested and enjoyed the beauty of creation.  The area around us was littered with loose rock.  This made further climbing difficult, so my girls and I didn’t chance injury and played around the base of the falls.  After some time we decided to work our way back to the path.  I helped my 8 year old back to the safe spot and turned to guide my eleven year old.   At that moment I heard someone yell “ROCK!”   The warning sounded too late, my daughter was hit in the back with the melon sized rock.  Its momentum knocked her to the ground.  I stood helpless as she slid past me on the path, her leg seemly twisted behind her.  Time seemed to stand still as panicked thoughts rushed through my head. 

“My God, is her leg broke?  How far are we from the closest hospital?  Can a rescue team get here?  What are we going to do?  Oh God, Oh God, my poor girl, I’m scared Lord, I’m scared!”

Fear could have paralyzed me, but that short prayer drove the fear away and I was able to assess the situation with the help of others.  Although she had a horrible bruise on her back, the rest of her flexible, youthful body took the blow without damage.  With an ice pack on her back, we were able to hike back to the main road without further incident.

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Anxiety ridden as a kid, I have learned that faith can overcome fear. Such a wonderful gift! As a child of God we don’t need live in fear. When it creeps into our life we simply have ask God to make it go. Isaiah 41:10 tells “Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” Look how close He is to us. Right next to us, He chases the fear away. The Comforter comes in and calms His child.

Thank you God, you are always with us and you calm our fears. Build our faith, Lord, so each time we fear we remember to call to you! In Jesus Name AMEN

God's eyes

on Friday, 21 March 2014. Posted in Blog

God has a dream for you. No it is stronger than that He has a plan. 

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Proverbs 11:16 (NLT) A gracious woman gains respect

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Psalm 25:21 (NLT) May integrity and honesty protect me, for I put my hope in you, Lord.

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Galatians 5:13 (NLT) For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.

Jealous for Me

on Monday, 10 March 2014. Posted in Blog

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Mopping the floor yesterday, I was stopped cold by the David Crowder band. Ok not literally, I was listening to Pandora. “How He loves” came on and the truth of the lyrics stunned me. God is jealous for me. Jealous! In a way that has always bothered me. Jealousy is a negative emotion to me. Why would my beloved God paint himself in this manner?

2 Corinthians 11:2 tells “For I (Paul) am jealous for you with the jealousy of God himself. I promised you as a pure bride to one husband—Christ.” The jealousy of God must mean something else. I researched the Greek word used here and it means just that – jealousy. He does not want to share us with any other distraction. All of creation, this life is because God loves. “God so loved He gave…”John 3:16 He is a jealous God. He wants our faithful adoration. Undivided with no other loves, no other god, our love cannot be divided. We are His bride, His beloved.

Today I accept my identity. I’m all in, no concern for what others think. Oh how He loves us! He knows our flaw. He knows our poor choices; he just requests that we return to Him. We don’t have to do anything except accept His proposal. For most of us this isn’t new. Yet, we don’t live it. Knowing and believing are two different aspects of our relationship.

Lessons from Rwanda

on Thursday, 10 April 2014. Posted in Blog

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I’m a suburban mom. My stresses include traffic, bills, a messy house, and managing hectic schedules. I have a few difficult people in my life but nothing extraordinary. Ironing clothes one day, I decided to watch Hotel Rwanda. I had an inkling of what had occurred in that country but I was not prepared for the horrific detail of the genocide. Broken hearted I cried out to God “What possesses a man to provoke him to such evil?”

Twenty years ago, the Hutu tribe declared genocide on the Tutsi. I don’t have the knowledge to explain why this happened but an article I read in the New York Times Magazine stunned me. (see Portraits of Reconciliation) This along with the video Rwanda 20 years after genocide produced by Trocaire have humbled me. Please take time to look at these beautiful pieces of media.

Where does the power come to forgive? Husbands and children were murdered. Lives were stolen simply because of their ethnic heritage. Enraged fear wiped out person after person. How does a woman look at the face of man who took everything from her? How does she learn to live side by side and trust again? ONLY WITH GOD.

The Holy Spirit is working powerfully in the country of Rwanda. That same Spirit lives inside of us. As members of a community we need to learn to live in repentance and forgiveness.  We need to extend the fruit of the Spirit in all situations. Rwanda is teaching us a powerful, life changing lesson. Are we willing to learn?

Matthew 5:23-24 (NLT) “So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, 24 leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person.”

New Hope

on Friday, 18 April 2014. Posted in Blog

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Easter reminds us of renewed life. After a difficult winter the season change invigorates our hope. All things seem new. Oh how there were times I wished for eternal spring in the last couple of months.

How lovely, that God promises this through His son, Jesus. In Revelation 21:5 Jesus “the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.” When we reconcile our life with Jesus it makes us a new person. Jesus himself said we can trust it to be true!

No matter what we have done God will forgive. He took it all on the cross. All things are new. The whole person is thoroughly renewed; the whole you and the whole me. All because of what He did not because of what we do. Romans 3:22 “We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.”

We lay our sins at His feet and He forgives. It is that simple. Our lives are fresh just like a spring day after a rain. Stop and take a deep breath. That promise is for each of us, all we need to do is ask.

Special Delivery

on Monday, 03 March 2014. Posted in Blog

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I love packages delivered to our home; especially if the gift is a surprise and undeserved. What could be in that brown box? Ripping it open we find a beautiful wrapped present. Loving the pretty wrapping, we put it on our mantle. We never bother to open it up and use it. Who would just leave it there? I sure couldn’t. Yet, we do that with God’s gifts.

For Jesus gift we don’t have to do anything. We are His beloved. He has accepted our acceptance of Him. We don’t have to prove our worth. In John 14:27, Jesus says “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” He promises a delivery of peace. It is waiting on the door step of your heart. Peace is a perk as God’s child. It is there for the taking, use it.

What steals our peace? Among other things, we forget our identity. Here is the truth.

  1. You are a child of the King.
  2. We are instructed to pray for His Kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven.
  3. He will not leave you. Not ever, not for any reason, you are His.
  4. His peace is yours. Put it on.

We don’t need to worry because He gave us peace. We don’t need to be afraid because He gave us peace. We don’t need to be discouraged because He gave us peace. We each need to live as if we believe it. OPEN THE PACKAGE!!

Winter Blues

on Saturday, 15 March 2014. Posted in Blog

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Snow fell again, wind is blowing, and spring seems like an unmet promise. Warm weather eludes us. Stuck in an eternal winter, we are reminded that the weather is one more thing that we cannot control. Lack of control feeds fear which can lead to anger and depression. There are days where we feel the only safe place is our bed.

It is hard. We are tired, we are stressed. We don’t want to hear or look on the bright side. We know it could be worse but part of us doesn’t believe that anymore. We just want it over.

This is the time we need to encourage one another. Warmth isn’t coming from the sun but it does come from the Son. In turn it can come from us. Are you feeling discouraged? Determine to brighten someone else’s day. You will be surprise how it affects yours. Put Philippians 4:8 into action. I NEED to DO this TODAY. How about you?

Philippians 4:8 (NLT) And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

Mean Girl Culture

on Friday, 28 February 2014. Posted in Blog

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Mean Girl Culture

Yesterday afternoon, on a whim, my daughter and I watched cartoons. They were different than I remembered. Instead of a nostalgic throw back, we were a bit shocked. The characters were catty with each other. It seems children’s shows have been infected by the mean girl culture. Society is portraying this behavior as witty and sophisticated. Yet it can tear at the fibers of the heart. Hardening the user and wounding the receiver. This is “normal” for the younger generation.

Today girls learn women are:

Sarcastic, she is quick with a stingy comeback.

                                Tough, she doesn’t take it personally.

                                                Sassy, it is attractive.

                                                                Intolerant of anyone that does not meet her standard.

Respect is no longer important. Teasing is all part of the game. Our generation responds by clucking our tongues in disapproval, further driving a wedge between us.

How do we nurture the fruit of the Spirit in our young women?

  1. We understand their culture. Biting comments are society driven and not necessarily from a hardened heart. It is a reflection of their wit, not their spiritual growth. Be careful not to judge.
  2. We do not have to play their game. Oh I love to be funny. I love to appear as intelligent but my comments will never bite back. We are to be a classy example not a poor imitation.
  3. We listen. This is a confusing time. Societies’ foundation is rocky; if young women are rooted here they have little direction and less security. WE NEED TO BE A SAFE PLACE.
  4. We demonstrate kindness. Even in our correction, it is to be rooted in love.

How about you? Have you noticed the “mean girl” culture? How do you combat it? Love to hear your comments. 

Be Kind

on Thursday, 27 February 2014. Posted in Blog

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Be kind

Regular kindness in our own strength gets old and difficult. When the stress of everyday life seems to nag at your heart - STOP. Breath a prayer and fill yourself with the breath of heaven,the Holy Spirit. Choose kindness.

An extension of kindness can be used by God to give a MIRACLE.

So much need: Where to begin? (1) Pray (2) Listen to the Holy Spirit (3) Act - Amen

 We must remember that our kindness is birthed from our relationship with God. Know Him = Kindness in us.

I have always been confused by rude behavior; especially when it is mine! We are called to be kind. How hard is it to smile? How hard is it to have a kind response to others inquiries? Actually, I think it is really hard. This is why we need the Holy Spirit - supplies us with all His fruits that allow us to respond as Christ would.

Holy Spirit I need you! I choose to breath you in. Thank you for the fruits you bring with you. Help me to nurture them in me and share them with others. In Jesus Name Amen.

 

 

Better Together

on Tuesday, 28 January 2014. Posted in Blog

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She needed someone to talk to because she was going through a difficult time. She wanted someone who would understand her situation. As I listened, I realized I dint’ have the tools to help her. However, I knew someone who did. Within a few days, she was connected with an advocate who understood her situation. We had arranged rides for her for Sunday service and Women’s Bible Study. This is the beauty of community. This is the beauty of the body of Christ.

Empowered by the Holy Spirit we each have gifts and passions meant to serve others. We can’t do it all. That is why we have each other! This is a simple truth but too many of us shy away from community living. Find your place to belong; you are missing so much if you aren’t.  If you are looking for a place, start here with Dragonfly. If you are local join me at my church.

What do you think? Leave a comment here or on the Dragonfly Facebook page. 

Give Time

on Sunday, 19 January 2014. Posted in Blog

Time is such a precious commodity. As I write this, the continual list of tasks still undone run through the corner of my mind. Details I’d just assume let go but if I do it will be a bigger mess tomorrow.  It’s an epidemic in our society. We are too busy.

I know, I know it is not a new revelation. Yet we still seem to be caught up in the stuff. Everyone is clamoring for our help. How do we know when to say yes?.

  1. Is condemnation motivating you to say yes? Then say NO. Condemnation is punishment and disapproval. If you feel manipulated into action, it is not of God.
  2. Conviction is a firmly held belief. It also can be a declaration that you aren’t doing what you are supposed to do. (oops) This is God’s path. It is a fine line between condemnation and conviction but there is a difference.
  3. If you are not sure, wait. The tyranny of the urgent is not how God works. However, He is sometimes spontaneous. Again, a fine line. We must have wise

Wow! That is a bit confusing, and I wrote it. Building your relationship with the Holy Spirit will increase your understanding and will define your direction. He will always put people as priority over stuff. Our purpose is to build His Kingdom. Hebrews 10:24 reminds us to “think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.” A wise person loves at all times. A wise person acts out of conviction and does not bow to manipulation.

What do you think? How do you know when God is directing you? I’d love to hear it. Leave your comment on our Facebook page. Let’s discuss it!

Holy Spirit Teach

on Tuesday, 28 January 2014. Posted in Blog

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Woman: Wait…You want me to initiate a conversation with a young adult?

Holy Spirit: Yes.

Woman: You mean someone I barely know? How about my niece; she’s in her twenties?

Holy Spirit: No. It needs to be one of young women you see each Sunday.

Woman: What if she ignores me? Or worse, what if she has a rude response?

Holy Spirit: It is a RISK you are going to have to take.

Woman: What should I say?

Holy Spirit: Follow my lead, I will let you know.

Does any of this sound familiar? Have you had this conversation? Our sons and daughters are waiting to be mentored. Are you willing? 

Listen

on Saturday, 04 January 2014. Posted in Blog

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Titus 2:1-8, James 1:19-27
Similarly, teach the older women to live in a way that honors God. … they should teach others what is good. Titus 2:3
My phone rattled with a text message.
 “Ugh I have so much to do – should I even look?” I thought 
“Can I meet for coffee this week?”  She wrote. 
Deadlines are approaching; her text panicked me a bit. Yes, we are called to teach the younger generation does it have to be this week?  Okay, okay I’ll say yes. 
Sipping coffee, she leaned in toward me.  This meeting had nothing to do with coffee. This dear young woman simply needed to share her heart. Big decisions loomed in her life. Barely 23, she had choices to make. Passionately she poured out all the thoughts swirling around in her head. It seemed to lay on the table between us in a tangled mess. She did most of the talking, I simply had to listen. By the end of our coffee cups she had determined her next step. Although she still had concerns, she was convinced of her path. Time well spent, even though it wasn’t on my original agenda for the week.
Too often, we are ready with advice. We have determined that our experience trumps their youthful enthusiasm. However, many of these young people are hearing from God. They need a sounding board they can trust to unravel what can appear to be mysterious. Not until they ask for our advice are we to give it. Delivered too soon, the advice will go unheard. 
Titus 2 clearly instructs older women to teach the younger. The directive still holds true although the methods have changed. We need to adapt to the younger generation in order to disciple the future church.  Each of us has opportunity to influence the coming generation. We must make ourselves available, approachable, and listen to the hearts of these young women.   
The future church needs us to listen now.

New Years Gift

on Tuesday, 28 January 2014. Posted in Blog

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New Year Gift

God: Here is a gift for you?

Me: What does it cost?

God: It is free.

Me: What do I need to do? There has to be a catch.

God: Just take it and use it.

Me: No strings?

God: No strings.

Our gift each day is to refill with the Holy Spirit. He is there for the taking. Years ago, I was taught the Holy Spirit is a gentleman. He will never force himself on us. We have to open the gift and invite it in.

We receive this gift when we accept Jesus as our Savior. We are empowered by this gift when we are baptized in the Holy Spirit. However, that gift and the gifts of the Spirit are not utilized if we don’t actively embrace them.

Luke 11:13 So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.”

I encourage you to utilize this portion of the God Head. True, it a mysterious adventure to live in the Spirit but oh what an experience! If you have not read the 2014 word of the year, I encourage you to go click there and pray that prayer. 2014 is going to be wonderful!  

Pursue

on Thursday, 23 January 2014. Posted in Blog

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“So I say LET the Holy Spirit guide your lives” Galatians 5:16a

God is leading; we need to pursue his guidance. It is a conscious choice that we need to make daily. It is not as easy as it sounds is it? The best place to start is with a prayer of faith that we will follow. For 2014 pray I will pray the following prayer before I get out of bed.

Good Morning Lord! Today I choose to pursue your Holy Spirit. You lead and I will follow. I have great ideas but I know yours are ALWAYS better. Thank you that today you are in charge. In Jesus Name, AMEN

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