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Thursday, June 8, 2017

The purpose of chaos

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. ~Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV)

“Perfect Peace. The only peace that keeps us sane in the midst of the chaos. How do we obtain this Perfect Peace? By keeping our minds steadfast, focused on God, on His Word. By trusting in our Father, His Plans and His Purposes.”

It’s been a tough 8 weeks. When I think back, I’ve been fighting this weariness and this bug all week at work, resting only enough on the weekends to be able to get back to the office on Monday mornings. 

My job is a blessing for which I prayed, and I will not complain. The joy of full-time employment, being paid to write and create stories is a gift I never imagined. So many careers shattered by a broken economy and yet I was given a chance at a second career. God is Good and His Mercy endures forever. And yet, there was chaos.

And what is chaos? We are taught in Genesis that “the earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep" (Gen. 1:-2, ESV). In the beginning God brought order, but before order, there was chaos. There is a Divine Purpose for chaos.  We cannot do anything about chaos, but we serve The One Who Does.

I forgot to seek my peace. I forgot about rest. I neglected by obligation to my temple, and in my hubris, I have suffered greatly.

Yesterday was the first day I felt like myself. This time last week I’d even forgotten it was Thursday. I apologize. As I say so often, we’ve got to do better. We have a holy obligation to yield. To seek Him, mindful that we drag ourselves through chaos when we forget the Maker of our Peace. 
Perfect Peace. 
That surpasses all understanding. That achieved only by remaining steadfastly in Him. Trusting His Purposes and His Plan, and acknowledging that even chaos serves Divine Purpose. That we yield. That we surrender. That we mindfully, gratefully, obediently submit to rest. To worship. To quiet. So that, even in times of great chaos, we may be brought into order, by Him Who Created chaos, Who Created us.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Meditations on Restoration-God made you On Purpose

Are there ever times when you feel like your story doesn't matter? It's time to talk Restoration.

Meditations on Restoration-God made you On Purpose

“You didn't choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name. “ ~John 15:16 (NLT)

Whether you are an out loud participant, or whether you live a life quietly in the background, hear me clearly. God knew precisely what He intended when he created you, placed you in your current circumstances, and gave you that voice.

So often, we feel overwhelmed. Like we do not matter. Like no one is listening. Lately, the words of this old hymn, redone by artist Yolanda Adams keeps ringing in my head. The lyrics?

Lord I hear of showers of blessings
Thou art scattering full and free
Showers the thirsty souls refreshing
Let some drops now fall on me
Pass me not oh gentle Saviour
Sinful though my heart may be
I am longing for your favor
Whilst thou art blessing
Oh Lord
Come on and bless me..
Even me.

Yup, even you. Today, I want us all to meditate on being chosen by God. Perhaps you’ve never felt unworthy-maybe you are currently feeling nothing but. 

Pause, place your hand over your heart and feel that insistent rhythm-you are here. God has a purpose and a plan, and He chose you. You, beautiful one. 

Remember, there is no sin that separates us from Grace. You matter. You are forgiven. You are redeemed, and most of all, you are beautiful.

Walk into the day with your head held high. Be the blessing He created you to be.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

I have been remiss, but I have been praying

if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.  Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.
Romans 12:8-10
“So the inevitable question arises, how to trigger new orchid bloom? And the answer is both simple and complex because coaxing orchids to produce flowers requires a measure of patience and a number of meticulous steps…”

This morning I prayed that my husband would continue to love me as God commands.  I often say, “I love that man.” I don’t say often enough “that man really knows how to love me.”  And I am not easy.

For so very long, my life felt like Harlem after the snowstorm in The Wiz.  I’ve accomplished much professionally, but found myself in a new place, and challenged to figure it out through Grace and Faith.  Some women desire a traditional life, home to guard kith and kin.  I have friends who prayed for nothing more.  This was never my dream.  

When we wed, my husband told me it would never be my responsibility to support our family.  Nice to hear, particularly when you’re stressed at the office, facing deadlines, understaffed, over-tasked, needing to schedule yet another business trip…giving it all up to stay home sounds like the best thing in the world.  

So it was a lesson I learned; a lesson for which I am deeply grateful. At the time, I didn’t exactly know how to be where I was at the time, but here is what I know.  I am not easy.  Living with me, loving me is like getting an orchid to bloom.  According to experts, coaxing blooms from orchids requires “a measure of patience and meticulous steps.”  He loves me anyway, and well.  I have never felt more fully loved.  I know something else …almost 25 years ago when he proposed, my husband played this song, saying he wanted to hear it on our wedding day, and he knew then what I know now…God sent My Beloved to love me. His love is essential….like SALT.

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