Sunday, September 30, 2012

Come On, Jump Over the Fence!



A petite, blond haired, young Amish girl described her world as contained in the confines of the fence on her family's property. Eyes peering over the fence, she declared, "I just want to jump the fence!" The longing of her heart was to jump the fence and see a world other than her own.

I connected with this young woman because I too want to jump a fence.My longing is not to see another world, but to experience audacious faith; to jump the fence into audacious faith! I want God to stir up my spirit, pour out His presence and reveal His glory in my family, my profession, my ministry, my life. I want a God-dream so big that I can't - NO WAY, NO HOW- accomplish it without Him. I no longer want to settle for mundane, ordinary Christianity, but I want an extraordinary, mind-blowing, out-of-the-box adventure in God.

So here I go...I'm gonna jump the fence...won't you jump too?


Sunday, September 23, 2012

Life-Giving Tip: Church Gypsy

     Sitting across from my friend at Starbucks, she said something that caused me to crack up. My stomach hurt from laughing so hard. She said she used to be a church gypsy, bouncing from church to church, collecting church coffee cups along the way. Eventually, my friend, the church gypsy,  settled into a thriving, life-giving church.
     This made me think about Hebrews 10:25, "Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another  - and all the more as you see the Day approaching." The beauty of being committed to a local church is having  people in our lives who really know us, accept us, and love us making our troubles tolerable and our successes worth celebrating. BUT and this is a big but...you have to be willing to stick it out through thick and thin and this takes time. Time to cultivate authentic, life-giving, loving relationships. Don't miss out, settle in for the long-haul and reap the benefits of being a fully devoted follower of Christ by being fully devoted to the Body of Christ.