Saying “Yes”

Measuring StickIt’s been a crazy week…a crazy year…and it often seems the enemy is working overtime…I still say YES Lord, YES! Often when we say yes, the picture gets muddy and those of us (that would be me) inadvertently pull out the measuring stick to see what we (me!) haven’t done…

I haven’t completed the past week’s bible study assignment…I haven’t finished the revised book proposal…I missed an important training session for an upcoming Emmaus Walk…all exciting ways to show God I mean business

I haven’t done those important things, but I still choose YES – yes in the daily circumstances of life…yes, in serving as an advocate – yes, by being an encourager…  I will be by my daughter’s side as she fights through the fiery furnace of health challenges…yes, I will be there both physically and emotionally for those viewed as outcasts…yes, I will encourage friends and co-workers through their personal struggles and most importantly, YES I will praise my loving God who gives me strength for the battle, courage to persevere, and confidence to know He has everything under control.

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 (ESV)

Wound Care

I must admit, wound care isn’t a topic I typically delve into, but bear with me…as with all things, God provides revelation in the simplest of things…

bandaged%20wound%202A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to be educated on how the body attempts to heal open wounds. Far from an expert on the subject, here’s my takeaway…with an open wound the body’s goal is to protect itself. To bridge the gap of exposed tissue, new tissue forms – a scab…we’ve all had them…and all probably felt the temptation to pick at them…a healing wound is uncomfortable…it itches…it’s tender, Continue reading

Paid in Full

This morning I woke up to the words “Paid in Full” pressing on my heart…later my mind pulled on a memory of how I always enjoy driving through Starbucks – especially when given the opportunity to bless an unsuspecting driver behind me by paying for their coffee…

Can you imagine the surprise when the cashier says, “you’re paid in full”? – they did nothing to “earn” it, nothing to “deserve” it…

Hardly the price of a coffee, yet still unearned, still undeserving…the ultimate price was paid for us through God’s immeasurable love on the cross – HALLELUJAH we are PAID IN FULL!!!!!

Lost in the Woods

Fair Breeze 040Last month I was visiting friends at their property in the country.  I’d been several times before, so I’d developed a sense of the layout.  I’d been on several walks, but never on my own.  My friends were working on a project where I was of no particular use, so I decided a walk through the woods would be nice before I set out on my way back to Houston.

There were numerous managed (i.e. mowed) trails to choose from – I chose the one I thought would take the longest – off I went with Buddy (their dog) leading the way!

In no time at all, we came to the end of the mowed path…the path ahead was still there…it just wasn’t clearly marked.  Buddy appeared confident in the direction we were headed and so I followed. Continue reading

Are You “LinkedIn” with God?

Social media seems to be the networking norm these days…I frequently receive emails asking “Do you know…” followed by a list of individuals. Most often I know the name, an acquaintance at best. This morning LinkedIn, a professional networking site, came to mind and something clicked…

On LinkedIn, people in your network are called connections and your network is made up of varying degrees of connection:

1st-degree – People you’re directly connected to because you have accepted their invitation to connect, or they have accepted your invitation.

2nd-degree – People who are connected to your 1st-degree connections. You can connect at a 1st degree level by receiving and accepting an invitation

3rd-degree – People who are connected to your 2nd-degree connections.

Now to the clicked part… Continue reading

Out of Order

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A couple of weeks ago, my employer began construction in our workspace. As a result, a bank of elevators which directly accessed our floor from the parking garage were no longer available. Instead, employees now use the main garage elevators.

At first I thought, “well geez, this certainly is inconvenient” – I soon discovered God’s purpose for re-routing us (me!) – I now have the opportunity to witness more frequently! Granted, the witnessing may come in the form of a smile, a “good morning!” or simply holding the door, but they are witnessing opportunities all the same.

One morning as I approached the elevator, I greeted a woman with a “Good Morning!” and a smile. Once we entered the elevator she said something along the lines of “It is so nice to see a friendly face! – Often I get on the elevator with women and they look as if they are ready to bite someone’s head off! They are angry about traffic or time or something else!”

Wow…what a timely reminder to step out of myself for a moment and engage others with the love of Christ! Continue reading

Fine Lines

Accountability partners are valuable – often they can see what you cannot. Most often it’s either by experience from their own spiritual growth or simply because they are not as close to a particular situation.

I’ve been told I am a kind person – a nice person – yippee! wonderful! right? That is true…we want to be a reflection of God’s goodness & mercy! We want to exhibit fruit of the Holy Spirit!

Its a fine line though….we must be careful to ensure what we perceive as kindness isn’t really just being nice.

What’s the difference? Being nice can easily result in enabling negative or even destructive behaviors in others – being nice or agreeable doesn’t necessarily mean you are acting for the good of others.