Sunday, April 29, 2012
It was just one of those mornings. Woke up in a bad mood. Went to my closet and out of a myriad of clothes I couldn't figure out what to wear. Then I remembered that I was low on gas and would need to stop on the way to work. Small irritations in comparison with what my friend was struggling with; cancer. The night before, my husband and I spent the evening at the hospital praying for her. Frankly, discouragement filled my mind. This past week, I had heard too many stories of heartache: health issues, broken marriages, and financial problems. Each story was like a cement brick building a wall of doubt and discouragment. My soul was thirsty and in need of a deep drink of water filled with God's word. My soul needed hydration and maybe yours does too. Here are a few scriptures to saturate your thirsty soul:
Hosea 6:3, " So let us know, let us press on to know the Lord. His going forth is as certain as the dawn; and He will ill come to us like the rain, like the spring rain watering the earth."
Isaiah 41:10, "So do not fear for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
Romans 8:38-39, "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Sunday, April 22, 2012
The Titanic Anniversary: Fragrance Arises Out of the Stench of Death
The curator walked into the room filled with artifacts from Titanic: plates, shoes, silver. Over the years he had become desensitized to the stench that develops when items have been submerged in salt water for decades. No one knows the artifacts more intimately than this man. He is responsible for the care of each item, knowing the details of each piece; the crevices, marks, each item number. On this particular day, a new item had been retrieved and placed in the room; a small bottle half filled with perfume. Anticipation filled his mind as he gingerly opened the cap with gloved hands and out of the bottle came the aroma of flowers.The smell permeated his nostrils and the area where he stood. Overcome with emotion, he wept as he realized that out of the depths of the sea, a beautiful reminder of life had emerged.
This description reminded me of 2 Corinthians 2:15 and 16, “For we (Christ-followers) are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; to the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life…” Life-giving leaders are aware of the aroma they leave with those that they influence: your family, your colleagues, the team you lead, and the people you serve. Be a sweet aroma, a reminder of Christ’s love, mercy and grace.
Friday, April 13, 2012
SEEK OUT LEADERS
As Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew...and said to them, "Follow me." Going on a little farther, He saw James and John...and He called them.
Don't wait for potential leaders to come to you. When you see a woman within your church that has leadership potential, or a woman that needs discipleship, connect with her and build that relationship. It's what Jesus did and He's the best example we have of leadership.
Sunday, April 1, 2012
Numinous: A Pure Experience
Since Easter is next weekend, I wanted to share an Easter story that occurred this past week in the heart of my nineteen year old son. He texted me asking if we could talk when I got home from work. Puzzled and a little nervous, I pulled in the driveway not sure of what the conversation was going to hold.
Phillip sat in the chair across from me, and with tears in his eyes, he shared with me the words that every parent longs to hear from her child, "Mom, I surrendered my life to God today. I know He is real. I've never felt like this before." Then he asked me to pray with him to accept Jesus as His Lord and Savior.
The joy...the purity of the moment...the holiness of the moment...the profoundness of the moment...I wept, he wept, and the angels rejoiced. A numinous experience had occurred in the heart of my son. He experienced the pure, unconditional love of God; His grace and mercy flooded his very being.
I would love to hear about the moment you became His. I hope you have a numinous experience this Easter.