remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
For He Himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility,
Ephesians 2:12-14 (NIV)
This refers initially to the extraordinary manner in which this team has been brought together. What I find most remarkable is how God can get in the middle of something. I know this entire experience is a God-thing, but what I’ve learned is that there are multiple blessings along a longer journey that give you encouragement and a greater appreciation of His Grace along the way.
From across the country and the world
we've been brought together for a very specific reason...
we must trust God...
I wonder how many of these women I’d have reached out to on my own…I wonder how many would have reached out to me? In Ephesians we are reminded that “He Himself is our peace…” It is His hand that could bring such a vast and diverse collection of women together-and that we have been drawn together and have become community…We come from across the country and across the world. We are remarkably different, and yet have cut to the center of each of us...that we write about our faith, that we (at least pretend) to be brave and honest in our writing, that we've got enough nerve, and little enough sense, to take a bold step.
Brought together also acknowledges all the things in my that occurred before just now that have prepared me for this moment in time. This year I’ve decided to choose One Word about which I can be intentional. Last year, life chose the word for me, and it was SURRENDER. Since I started writing my blog, I talked about it, but I didn’t really begin to understand it until later. Fellowshipping with the dog and my Gayle this morning, we talked about intentionality, and having One Word. I’d mentioned to her that I’d thought of something, but, after what I learned about my first word, understood that I'd better pray about it, surrender to His Will for me and then move forward. After our worship this morning AND her confirmation, I believe I’ve heard His Voice. I’ve committed, and will begin the year with my word, which brings together all I’ve learned up to now. I’m excited. I’m filled. Stay tuned.
Finally, another bringing together is the remarkable gift of a free button for my One Word from Melanie at Only a Breath. Melanie, a blogger and talented designed, felt led to design and give away free blog buttons. As she writes on her blog,
What’s this all about, you ask? Alece at OneWord365.com had a great idea to come up with One Word to really shape your upcoming year. Rather than a huge list of resolutions, this One Word becomes a theme about where you are focusing in 2013. I love how she describes it:
What do you want to focus on in 2013?
It can be something tangible or intangible. It can be a thought, a feeling, an action, or a character trait. Your word will be a reminder, a nudge. Something you can reflect on, that will challenge you, that will inspire you.
Your word can be anything you want it to be. All that matters is that it has personal meaning for you.
This is your word. It needs to resonate with your heart, no one else’s.
I’m challenging everyone I know and love to pray to hear and adopt One Word, and promised Melanie I’d share my gratitude (because she simply won’t be compensated for this) by blogging, bragging, sharing the word and sending what traffic I might generate to her site.
In 3 weeks, a good deal of diverse things have been brought together. Look how far we’ve come…
Day 5-Trust Love
Day 6- PRAISE BREAK
Day 8-Fallow ground
Day 9-Ensuring fertile soil
Day 11-Stop, wait, God’s got this
Day 12-Just wait a little longer
Day 13-This I said to my fear
Day 15- Everything breaking for the good
Day 18-It’s all covered
Day 20-Brought together…
Day 21-Seventh days are still for resting
Lord, you are good and your mercies endure. I am grateful as always that You are in control; that I am never alone, and that the best is yet to come.
On Thursdays, I pray and and play with friends here...