CURRENT

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Current ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ On my runs with the Lord in the mornings…many days He reveals quite a good deal of insight. Other days it is quiet. Other days I am talking (probably more than I should)…but I always enjoy our time together. Such was one morning a couple of months ago. We were having some electrical work done in our backyard and my mind turned to electricity.

Electricity is pretty amazing to me. I’m not a genius…no Einstein…no degree in electrical engineering…not an electrician. This plain ol’ gal just has a basic knowledge of the stuff. I kind of feel the same way about God. I’m not a preacher…haven’t been to Bible college…don’t know the Hebrew or Greek origin of words (doing good to pronounce those actually!)…just a regular gal that LOVES the Lord, read some books, reads The Word, done a few Bible studies. You get the picture. Bible scholar, I’m not. Therefore, you might be able to draw many more awesome analogies than me and that’s great. I’m just sharing some things the Lord brought to my awareness.

Electricity is POWERFUL! It is strong enough to kill you and WILL if you come in contact with enough VOLTAGE. When toned down, we can “deal” with its power but still can’t take a FULL blast of all that it is (and live). We can’t understand or even COMPREHEND God’s HOLINESS. He has MADE A WAY for us through Jesus to have the opportunity to connect with HIM but in these earthly bodies, HIS holiness is too great. He has made a way for us to LIVE.

I think it’s really cool that when I want to charge my iPhone, I just plug it into the wall socket. When I want to use my toaster, I just plug it in. The electricity is there. Waiting. Jesus is there. Waiting. Waiting for us to PLUG IN to Him. Whether I plug in or not, the electricity is THERE. Whether YOU plug in or not, Jesus is there. My iPhone dies without a charge…without the electricity. Short life. Friends, we all die without Jesus. He IS the WAY, the TRUTH and THE LIFE! No one comes to the Father, except through HIM. I can sit and try to do life by myself. Without all the blessings that electricity brings. I can do life without Jesus and miss out on LOTS of blessings. Blessings NOT just in this temporary life but eternal life.

The electricity is there. Still there. It doesn’t jump out of the wall and zap you. It waits on you to plug in. Jesus LOVES US and is WAITING on US to PLUG IN, CONNECT to HIS CURRENT. Once we DO, He brings such power and amazing things into our lives….so why do I forget to connect some days? Why do I choose to live in the dark? When I turn on the light switch in my bedroom, the electricity moves into the light bulb and LIGHTS UP my room. Will I let Christ FLOW THROUGH me? Will I be a LIGHT for HIM??

So my questions for you today my friends are these. Will you PLUG IN to the powerful current of Jesus? Will you let HIM flow through you? Will you illuminate this dark world with HIS LIGHT? Waiting. He is waiting. It just takes YOU making the first move. Connect to HIS current today! IMG_1066


Embrace the Rain

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EMBRACE   THE    RAIN   ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

Here it comes!! We see the lightning…hear the thunder… R A I N !

I’ve been at baseball games and seen the rain coming…had to wait to finish a game or just flat rained out. I’ve been at the store with TONS (yes, MEGA TONS) of groceries and here comes a gully washer while I’m in the store so I’ve got to figure out how to get to the car with ALL the groceries. YIKES! For those of you not form the South, “gully washer” is a down pour…raining cats and dogs …stuff like that. I’ve been out running and it CAME DOWN on me…which can be lovely…cools me off. I’ve been asleep and slept like a baby because the rain made it that much better. I’ve been all dressed up and coming out of church/into church and it’s pouring. What’s a woman with a hairdo to do?? Ok, so you get my gist. RAIN comes!

Rain comes no matter OUR circumstances, it comes! Does that grass and trees and flowers need it? No doubt! But it can sure be an inconvenience sometimes! And sometimes it can be JUST what we needed. I’ve heard the saying that you can’t have rainbows without a little rain and it’s so true. RAIN is a gift from God but how we VIEW it is completely dependent on where we are standing…what we’re standing in/on or walking through.

So I can tell you, I’ve been frustrated by it’s timing sometimes. Sometimes it has been a COMPLETE inconvenience or annoyance. I’m in the BIG MIDDLE of something and I don’t have times for rain! Because it’s all about me and what I’m doing, right? :) Ha! I don’t have time to get wet…I don’t have time to RE-fix my hair…I don’t want to reschedule this event. Notice lots of “I” statements.

Now while I’m complaining and whining about the problems the rain is causing ME, somewhere else there is someone that is praising the Lord for His timing with the very same rain that is pouring on me. :) Different circumstance. And times I’m thanking Him for the rain and what it brings there is probably someone out there doing a little griping about the rain. Kind of the way it works, right?

So maybe I need to open my eyes a little bit wider and see a bigger picture? The RAIN brings so many good things!! Yes, it brings mosquitos..humidity..slippery roads..BUT it brings beautiful things…growth and learning how to get through and manage these situations. So today as it rains…not complaining. Embracing the rain..dancing in it!

James 1:2-3 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”

 


INTENTIONAL..not intentions

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INTENTIONAL…not intentions

So this morning when I was running and talking with God, He began to put some things on my heart (as He usually does). ☺ He began to talk with me about serving. I was looking at myself and thinking of all the areas or ways I could serve. Things I could do but I am NOT doing. Wanting my children to learn to serve, and yet, I am not doing a great job of setting an example in this area. Hard look in the mirror on this one! Hurts sometimes.

So while I have my list of ways I “want” to serve, I seem to be falling way short. It’s NOT that I have a list of excuses, either… no, actually it’s probably worse…I am just existing. Friends, do you know what I mean? For example, now that I’m off of school this summer, I had all these plans (BEFORE school was out) of ways I was going to serve or invite people over for fellowship and things like this, but here it is June 19th and I have only opened the doors of my home once so far. I am in a routine…get up, run/pray, workout, breakfast, shower, athletic conditioning camp, lunch, relax, dinner plans, facebook/watch sports, go to bed. There. That is my everyday so far. It’s not a day full of evil plans. I’m not killing people or stealing money. It’s not a day full of pampering myself and yet, it’s not about God either…at least the whole day isn’t. Well this is where it leaves me standing. We are to live intentionally, not lives with intentions. Let me say that again, friends, because when God said this to me…it hit me square between the eyes. We are to live INTENTIONALLY, not lives with intentions. BAM! So the saying, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions,” this holds true. Not that we are going to hell if we don’t DO certain things…because it’s not a works associated salvation…and yet… IF I REALLY love God and I’m consumed with Him…He lives in ALL of me…then these things are done out of love (not a checklist). Wanted to clarify that part before I went on further.

So I am ready to sit down today and make a list of things I WANT to accomplish this summer…ways I WANT to serve and THEN, find ways, make time and INTENTIONALLY make MY schedule work around my serving. Be intentional about giving my day totally to the Lord…not just being in a routine and day is over, then month is over then summer is over then life is over… Whew! What DID I do for the Kingdom? We usually don’t just “happen” upon opportunities to serve and give…we usually have to BE INTENTIONAL about serving, otherwise it just passes us by and we may not even notice. No, I will sit down today and begin to be INTENTIONAL about living this life and serving others. I won’t let my “good intentions” hang in the air because they will get placed on the back burner and be forgotten. I MEANT to do that but didn’t get around to it. I MEANT to go there, help those, love those, serve those, reach those but life got in the way. ☺ Friends, we only have ONE life, so let’s not let our routines, our busyness, our “life” get in the way. Let’s live INTENTIONALLY and then we’ll find that the “good intentions” take care of themselves. Be a blessing!


DIAMONDS

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DIAMONDS—-

Not sure about you but I’ve had some real struggles in my life. I figure most of us have… some people maybe more than others but we’ve all been UP AGAINST it at some point. As I was running this morning, the Lord kept bringing a passage to mind as I was giving Him my take on a particular struggle I’m in at this time.

2 Corinthians 4:8-9 “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.”

So I guess I’m not your typical female in that I’m not really a “jewelry” person. I wear my wedding ring, a cross ring and tiny cross necklace and small earrings…that’s it. I’m not giddy over diamonds or gold or all that stuff…but I can tell you that when I have been to a jeweler with a friend and seen a collection of diamonds sitting on the little cloth…WOW!! They are beautiful! They sparkle and shine and reflect. They look so perfect and amazing. How did they get that way?

Diamonds aren’t full of light, themselves. They don’t have tiny lights inside them and shine. No, actually they reflect the light and you can see many of the colors in the light spectrum reflecting through the diamonds…little amazing prisms. Diamonds reflect and IN that reflecting their true beauty is SEEN. We are each like little diamonds. Meant to REFLECT Christ (because He is the ultimate light) and through reflecting Him, our TRUE BEAUTY is seen. If diamonds draw in all the light and don’t reflect it, then you would never know HOW beautiful they really are. It is through the reflecting that they shine, glimmer and catch our eye.

Also “reflecting” on how diamonds are made. Referring back to the verses in 2 Corin. about being “hard pressed but not crushed.” As you know, diamonds are formed over a period of MANY, MANY years…they begin as coal. I don’t have a piece of coal on my left hand on my wedding band…kinda UGH, right? Through the PROCESS of being compressed, heat and all this PRESSING IN AND TIME…a diamond is formed. It isn’t overnight. You can’t go buy a piece of coal, put it on your counter and wake up the next morning with a diamond. IT IS A PROCESS. Friends, WE are a PROCESS. WE ARE A WORK IN PROGRESS. ☺ It is THROUGH our trials, our struggles, our disasters, our failures…our working through those…our overcoming…that we GROW, get stronger, grow more beautiful. We are becoming diamonds. So bear in mind, as you struggle today that you are a work in progress. God is taking your lump of coal and you are being hard pressed, struck down, tried and everything, but not overcome. You WILL shine. We need to stay the course, knowing that He will not let us be crushed but we can REFLECT HIS light and be the BEAUTY we were created to be.


Been RUNNED over

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Been runned over… ☺

Crazy title, right? Maybe. Frequent mornings when I run, it is well before sunrise….such was today. It is wonderful in many ways but also, depending on HOW early…can be worrisome as well. The view is ALWAYS amazing and I can always find beauty…even in the rain, BUT when I run in the summer since I’m out of school…it’s later. Later means “rush to work time” for lots of peeps in my neighborhood…which means driving like a bat out of h*** if you know what I mean. I have had some very near misses with some speedy, not paying attention drivers…despite the fact that I run ON the curb or right next to the curb. I frequently find myself scurrying to the sidewalk for safety when I’m hearing an engine revving behind me, or tires squealing.

So, such was this morning. I was having a nice, peaceful run…lots of heat and humidity but some serious talk with the Lord. I am rounding a corner on my block and I am hearing a loud engine coming up behind me so I hustled through the grass onto the sidewalk. He turned the corner…tires squealing and zoomed past me like I’m sitting still. Just as he passes me I see a little animal try to dart out of the way of his truck but to no avail. He hit the back legs of the animal and it began to scream as it made it up in a neighbor’s yard. I jogged over that way to see and it was a little bunny. UGH!! Broke my heart! Bunnies are out all over our neighborhood in the mornings and some will frequently “run with me” (or should I say ahead of me…but still hop in front of me and wait on me…then hop ahead again and wait). I continue on my run, knowing that there is nothing I can do because it is a mess…crying and flopping and then nothing. Sorry if this grosses you out…I’m not getting very graphic, just giving you some general picture. I’m thinking about the poor bunny…probably one of my running buddies…and the speedy driver. God begins to talk with me. I’m annoyed at the driver…sad for my friend. Wishing I could have done something to KEEP the bunny from being run over…slowing the guy down…hollering at the bunny in the street…whatever! It all happened so fast it took me a minute to grab onto what even happened. So what about this world?? Lots of thought about the situation I just witnessed. So do I get in such a hurry in my life that I don’t see the tender things that God has placed in front of me? Am I on auto-pilot? Cruising along at 90 mph…listening to my radio…texting…zooming around…completely oblivious that others are around me…MAYBE even oblivious that I run over others in my rush or my desire to GET WHERE I WANT AND WHAT I WANT??

What about my poor bunny friend? Well, the obvious is don’t stand in the road and not expect to get run over, right? Little bunny was just minding his own business. Nice early morning crossing the street, not in too much of a hurry until all fury was coming at him. I see myself here sometimes, too. Kind of meandering around…not too much intention or purpose with what I’m doing. I mean, I’m doing something but not going AT it. Thinking that my taking my own sweet time that I’m playing it “safe” when in all actuality I’m even in more danger…maybe danger of complacency. (Col 3:23) Well, one thing is for sure, friends…we live in a broken world. The world (and the enemy) has no love for us. The world will run OVER you if you just sit there. Oh, there were signs that it was coming at the bunny full bore…but the bunny either ignored the signs or didn’t hear it until it was too late. I know more than once in my life I’ve fallen victim to the world…to its call. It is enticing and lulls us into its web then BAM! We get consumed. We get RUNNED OVER. Time for me to not just sit here. Not be complacent. I’ve seen the world run over too many wonderful people. Revelation 3:16 “Because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I will spit you out of my mouth.” Not sure about you but I sure don’t want Jesus spitting me out! Don’t want my tombstone to read, “Done. Was runned over by the world.” Get up today! Get moving! Get your proverbial running shoes on and get after it! Praying for you to find your shoes and get on the path to greatness today…not mediocrity. ☺ Be blessed!

Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.”