Who Do You Call?

When life is hard and the world is cold

When the diagnosis comes out of the blue and slaps you square in the face

When you get sucker-punched by the very person you thought would always have your back

When friends/family/employers fail you

Who do you call?

What do you do?

Do you run to the bottle?

Do you make horrible plans to get even?

Do you complain and tear down?

Do you cry out in anger?

Do you dive into the depths of despair?

Or

Do you run to the Rock?

Your High Tower

Your Hope

Your Redeemer

Your Daddy God

The ONE who loves you most!

He will never leave you

He won’t hurt you

He will walk with you through life’s storms

He will always calm the storm within you

And He might even calm the sea around you

When situations and circumstances seem to overwhelm

We need to keep our eyes on our Father’s face

Nothing else matters!

It seems people all around me are getting hit from every side

Marriages, children, illness, stress, the unknown

But over and over in my spirit I hear this old hymn

My hope is built on nothing less, than Jesus’ blood and righteousness!

I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name!

On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; all other ground is sinking sand

All other ground is sinking sand.

Our Hope; not in mankind, not in our job, not in the medical community and not in our spouse

Our Hope is in Christ!

Nothing else; nothing less

Psalm 144:2 NLT
He is my loving ally and my fortress, my tower of safety, my rescuer.
He is my shield, and I take refuge in Him. He makes the nations submit to me.

 

 

 

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Gaunlet Extended; Challenge Accepted

Thank you, Mike Whitney and COS!

Because you challenged us to walk our neighborhoods and pray for them, I met a new friend!

As I was walking our ‘neighborhood’, I prayed for the individuals I knew by name and those I didn’t know. The unknown names beat out the known by about 10 to 1!

I prayed for all the children who play so close to the road. I prayed for their parents that they would reign them in.

I prayed for the unknown robbers who broke into our house several years ago and robbed us of not only our physical items but of our sense of peace and safety in our own home.

I prayed for all the people who drive down our road every day at breakneck speed. That they would slow down, keep safe and enjoy the journey.

After I prayed for all of that, I still had about a half mile back to my home. It was then that I told God, “If someone is outside, I will stop and introduce myself”.

And just like that, a young lady came out on her porch for a smoke and some downtime before she started dinner. God works like that.

I didn’t realize she was out until I was several steps past her property. I hesitated for a moment, arguing with myself (and God) saying it would look foolish and she would think I’m crazy if I stopped and went back.

The argument didn’t last long and back I went.

I approached slowly. After all, I had a dog on a leash and she didn’t know me from Adam!

As I got closer, I started talking and telling her about the challenge to walk and pray for our neighbors and that I had told God I would stop if someone came outside.

I introduced myself. Huffing and puffing and sweating like crazy. I am in no shape for physical fitness.

I then asked her if there was anything I could pray with her about and she teared up!

She told me she had a business venture on her heart that she really wanted guidance for. A small business that would not only benefit her, but the Grove community as well.

So, there on her front lawn, for all the world to see, we held hands and we prayed and we cried. We prayed that God would work out all the details for her and her dream. We thanked Him for divine connections and obedience and new friends and new beginnings.

My new friend and I plan to get together and walk our neighborhood. Praying, talking, dreaming, connecting.

Thank You, Father! Thank you, COS!
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You Need/I Need/We All Need

A post I wrote a couple of years ago

Came up in the memories of my Facebook page

A flood of emotion rose inside of me

It was a post about one elderly gentleman and his need for

New underwear!

He was standing in the aisle searching for the appropriately sized

T-shirts and boxers

He needed help

I was there

His matter of fact statement will be in my memory forever

                                                           “My wife always did this for me” he says

“I don’t have her no more.”

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I don’t have her no more

I don’t have her no more…

Six little words that rocked his world

Six little words that made me think about mine

My parents are both gone

My siblings are both gone

Pastor Bill stepped in and was like a father to me

But he’s gone, too

I don’t have them no more

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The fact of the matter is

We will all lose loved ones and friends

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I’ve heard it said so many times

I don’t need to attend church

I can find God in nature

I hear good preaching on television

I read my Bible and pray at home

And that’s just fine

Good for you!

But what if we connected with a body of believers?

What if we remained connected in relationships?

What if we belonged to an even larger family?

We would never be alone

We would always have someone to share our burdens and our joys

We would always have someone to step in with fatherly advice

Someone to help us maneuver the scary places

The unfamiliar waters

Not only would we have relationship

We would have family

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Maybe you really don’t NEED that connection right now

…you will one day

One day

Six words will rock your world

“I don’t have her no more”

Or

“the cancer is in my liver”

Or

“it’s just a matter of time”

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Maybe YOU don’t need someone

But I promise

At this very moment

SOMEONE NEEDS YOU!

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My challenge for you is this:

Find a group of believers

Connect with them

On Sunday

On Tuesday

In small groups

In your home

Whenever

Wherever

Connect

Someone needs you

You need someone

We need each other!

 

WHAT’S Your Hurry?!

Confession

I am tired of Winter!

It’s cold

It’s dreary

It should be over

sigh

But all that aside

When I got up this morning and realized church was cancelled

Because of the ICE and SLEET

I grumbled

Loudly

I didn’t want to miss church

I didn’t want to miss the relevant Word that we would consume together

I wanted to see friends

Give hugs

Receive hugs

I didn’t want to be cooped up…again!

But then

I opened up the kitchen window curtains as I made breakfast

And there it was

Peace

Watching tiny flakes of snow swirling to the ground

Gave me a sense of Peace

And I stood there for a bit

And breathed

And smiled

And relaxed

Even tho I am tired of Winter

I  enjoyed those tranquil moments

My mind went immediately to an episode of Andy Griffith

The one where the traveling preacher “rushed” through town

His sermon of the day was “What’s Your Hurry”!

Slow down

Enjoy the journey

Relax in the peace and quiet

Take in a band concert

Make homemade ice cream

Enjoy some fresh baked cookies

Work a puzzle

Read a book

And

Watch out the window at the falling snow

Secure in the love of our heavenly Father

Find Peace in our circumstance

Spring WILL come

Winter won’t stay forever

Rest in that fact

Ecclesiastes 3:1-3

New Living Translation (NLT)

A Time for Everything

3 For everything there is a season,  a time for every activity under heaven.
2 A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest.
3 A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build up.

But, She Has Purple Hair!

She walks into the room and wonders

Will they ignore me?

Will they laugh at me?

Will they reject me?

She goes to class and wonders

Will they like me?

Will they talk to me?

Will they snub me?

She walks into a church and wonders

Will they accept me?

Will they scorn me?

Will they hurt me?

Who is this she?

She is the woman next to you in line

She is your Mother

Your sister

Your teacher

Your supervisor

Your neighbor

Your friend

She is every woman reading this

How do I know?

Because

She is

Me

It doesn’t seem to matter how confident we may appear

Inside

We are little girls

Longing for acceptance

Friendship

Validation

Love

My challenge to each of us today is this

When you walk into that room or class or church

Remember

It is full of women just like you

Be the first to make eye contact

The first to speak

The first to share

The first to reach out

And see what a difference YOU can make

He Knew My Name

Chatting with friends over lunch one Sunday

We know one another but not real well

Laughing and eating

Learning and caring

Asking and answering

Hearing how the couple met

Telling how I was the answer to Mark’s prayer

Found out they were from Tulsa

Worked and lived there during some of the same time I was there

Both were mail carriers

One carried on the South side of town

The other on the North–my side

Told him my maiden name

And he told me my address

Knew our name and address

After all these years

The milkman’s daughter met the mailman!

He knew me before he met me

Just like God

He knows me

Before I was even born

He knew me!

He knew exactly how I looked

What I would act like

Who I would marry

How many children I would have

Where I would live

How I would live

He knew me and He loved me

There is great comfort in that