Archive | August, 2013

#YesToGod

22 Aug

This past week of being part of the “What Happens When Women Say Yes to God” On-line Bible Study has been such a tremendous blessing. I’ve had several #YesToGod moments in the last week. The biggest for me I have already shared in my facebook small group, so you ladies bear with me while I repeat it. Last Wednesday I had the blessing to go to one of our local nursing homes to sing with a friend and three other women. I had never done this before so I had no idea what to expect. If you can picture this-we were in a large room, standing at the center of one of the walls and there were people sitting on my right that were sort of behind me and out of sight to me. We sang several songs and they were well received. We started singing “Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place” and as clearly as I am writing this now I felt God was telling me to turn around. To do this, turn around 180 degress, I’d be putting my back to the other singers and the other residents. #SayWhat? I am, however, doing my best to be a #YesToGod girl so I did exacty what I was told and I am so grateful I did. There was a woman sitting alone at a table looking bewildered. I locked eyes with her and sang that song just to her. Her eyes brightened and when I sang “Surely the Lord is in the place” she smiled and cried happy tears. It was so precious. That alone would have been worth the entire visit but it gets better! At the end of our visit the last song we sang was “Until we meet again” as we sang we went to each resident to let them know they matter and that we would be back soon. A lot of groups come in for the holidays but forget about them the rest of the year. I went to my new found friend and once again we locked eyes as I sang and then she sang the last three words with me! She is totally non verbal and she sang the last three words with me!! Oh, my precious Lord, what a blessing that was!! I really need to start writing these moments down so when I’m feeling down I can remind myself how God has used me to bless others. How often when things are not going as we think they should are we quick to think of negative things. I would love to have a journal of positive experiences that God used this imperfect, ill equiped woman to equip to do HIS perfect plan. My prayer is that I daily start my day with HIM so I’ll stay in tuned to His voice-I want to be God’s hands and feet in this fallen world. I want to know, at the end of the day, when I lay my head down, that I have been an obedient, SayYesGod, woman!

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With All My Heart

8 Aug

“Love the Lord your God, with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your strength.” Duet 6:5

I’ve done two Online Bible Studies with Proverbs 31 OBS but have never verse mapped before. The first thing I did when I wrote this verse on an index card was to cross out all the “your”‘s and replaced them with “my”. “Love the Lord my God, with all my heart, with all my soul and with all my strength”. Somehow this little act of personalizing this verse really spoke to my heart and opened a whole slew of realizations. First, even if I were to completely empty my heart of self–my past hurt and hang-ups, my regrets, my hang-ups,and the sin that creeps in slowly each day I could never have enough love to out give the love God showers on me. So what am I to do? Totally give up loving God because I can’t do it perfectly? No, that is not the answer. I believe we are to strive to love God with all that we can muster. How do we do that? When Jesus asked Peter “Do you love me?” three times and Peter kept saying “yes, Lord” what did our Lord tell him? “Then feed my sheep.” (See John 21:15-17) To love God with all my heart I must love and serve HIS people everyday-leaning on His strength to do so-I need to be open to the prompting of the Holy Spirit and ready to say “Yes, Lord”. Secondly, in order to love God with all my soul, I need to continually feed my soul with the Word of God so that the very breath I take reflects God. If my soul is not filled with God’s Word there is no way to show Him my love through my soul and the lastly the only way I can love God with all my strength is to realize that in and of myself I do not have the strength to do anything. The Word of God tells me “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Phil 4:13. By acknowledging my weakness and my need to lean on Christ I think I am loving God with all my strength. God wants me to look to HIM in ALL things, even when I feel inadequate, maybe specially when I feel inadequate, because only in looking to HIM can I love him completely. Also, then I am in a place where he can transform me to the woman HE intends for me to be, free of my worldly limitations and open to His unlimited opportunities.