Friday, February 27, 2009

Fear Not Blog Button

Last December I did a series on Fear. I got such a wonderful response on Facebook that I decided to make a button for it. 

Can I tell you how EXCITED I am to have my first blog button!! 

Thanks Danielle for your talent and your patience in dealing with a computer illiterate such as myself!

Fellow bloggers if you are interested in a blog makeover she is the best!! Her button is at the bottom of the side bar, The Design Girl. 

BTW, the precious princess on the button is my youngest, Gracyn. Also known as Gray Gray:)  

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Stung


I got stung by a bee at a youth retreat. 

Go ahead and laugh that I would begin this entry with the fact that I got stung by a bee:) 

I got stung by a bee at a Young Life youth retreat working with high school students. 

God knows that sometimes a little pain is necessary to get our attention!! Let me mention here that I HATE pain!! I have no threshold for it! I will avoid physical pain at any cost.
 
Right after being stung we took a thirty minute "alone" time with God in woods. 

Can I just tell you what was going through my mind, "Are you serious? You want me to stay out here in these bee infested woods and try to concentrate on God!" 

I want to also mention that this was my first "official" quiet time with God. Needless to say, the Lord had a powerful analogy for me and He wanted to get my attention!

Sitting against a tree in the woods for 25 minutes with nothing on my minds but the "bees" and the throbbing pain in my arm. A gentle voice spoke, "The intentional sin in your life is like the bees you are so focused on this afternoon. Because of the sin and the painful consequences that go along with the life you are choosing to lead you can not see me working or hear me speak. Your intentional sin is what is distracting you and causing you pain." "Get your focus off the sin and unto to me. " "Choose to do right"

I want to remember this intimate moment with my Savior. I want to remember the pit from which he has pulled me.

I am a woman who is Redeemed, Ransomed and Restored!

Is there a sin in your life that is distracting you and keeping you from experiencing freedom in Christ? Is there a sin you are holding onto? Are you reaping the painful consequences of intentional sin? I know how hard it can be to let go of sin. I know the tough decisions that have to be made to turn away from it. I know how hard it is to not be focused on our past and the sins of our youth. 

But let me tell you what I have experienced. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Lord is gracious, slow to anger and abounding in love. I know the intimacy that comes with a redeemed life. I know that in our times of brokenness His love is more than enough to sooth our wounds and restore our soul. 

It is my prayer that you will return to the Lord and lay your burdens at the foot of the cross. He desires for you to be free from sin.

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:55-56

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Wherever You Go There You Are



Then the Lord said to Jacob, "Go back to the land of your fathers and to your relatives and I will be with you." Genesis 31:3

Is the Lord calling you to go back?

Is he calling you to stop running from your past and the sins of your youth and embrace forgiveness, restoration and reconciliation?

You see, Jacob fled his family because he had deceived his father, Issac, by pretending to be his brother, Esau, in turn receiving his brother's blessing from his blind father.

Jacob fled in fear of his brother's wrath for his brother had vowed to kill him. I believe he also fled out of shame because he deceived his father to receive the family blessing. If anyone had reason to run it was Jacob. But we see God calling Jacob home.

Can you relate? What is it that you are running from? What is it that the Lord is calling you back to? Is there a moment that comes to mind? A moment that God wants to free you from. Is there a relationship the Lord desires to heal? He calls us to a life of reconciliation. A life of total surrender to the One who has the power and the desire to heal us and restore us to himself. He is the God of second chances. He demonstrated this when he sent his only begotten son to the cross. Colossians tells us that God was pleased to make all the fullness of himself dwell within Christ and through him to reconcile to himself all things by making peace with us through his blood shed on the cross.

Why is it important to go back? Why can't we just run from our sins and pretend they never happened? Because Christ desires to free us from our sin. He desires to completely heal us from our past. It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.

You see un-confessed sin is bondage. It is a root that can become bitter. It is a weed in a garden that will over time choke out all the beautiful flowers the Lord has planted. If not pulled out by the master gardener this weed can take on many forms, bitterness, resentment, anger,jealousy, envy, strife, gossip, fear, self hatred, depression. It is so destructive that it can even cause us physical debilitating pain. But God calls us to a life of freedom. Therefore, whatever hinders a life of freedom must be exposed and pulled out. Are you ready to live a life of freedom? What is holding you back from coming home?

I want to leave you with this thought. Wherever you go there you are. But there is One who has the power to bring you home.