Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Today I want to shine a light on Mary and Martha, two women who followed Christ, and wanted to serve Him in every way. I can relate to both of these women. Can't you? As one has a gift for hospitality, the other wants to sit at Jesus' feet and just learn. Although Martha cannot relate to what Mary is doing at this time, I find her heart willing to be a servant. Martha is looking at the details of this day, wanting everything to be perfect for her friend and Lord. She is moving about, and has her mind focused on everything that needs to be done. While we have Mary, who is not so worried and knows everything will be done in it's time, but she is focused on what Jesus is teaching at the moment.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
There are times in our lives where we feel as though we are walking through a fire and there is no clear way out, the smoke is choking us, and we can no longer see. We feel alone and lost and most of all unsure. It is that unsureness that brings us to our knees, crying out, reaching for Christ in our deepest pain. We have those times of trial that seem as though there is no reason or rhyme, but never the less they are here. We walk into those trials as one person and we leave them another. If we are grounded in our faith, rooted in Christ Jesus, He will not only see us through the fire, but refine us, making us whole as we move through that valley, up the mountain, where we can more clearly. In my times of hurting, this is one song that brought comfort to me. It is one that carried me through some really hard times. So today, I point you to Ms. Ginny Owens and this beautiful song, giving us hope, and encouraging us through the valleys of life.
Even in our strongest faith, life can be hard, it can bring us to a point of despair, but we are not to stay there in those circumstances. There is a way through that fire. As the rains leave, the clouds dissipate, and the sun shines again, giving us a brand new day, a day of hope, a day of life, filled with promise. It is in that promise we find Christ, standing firm in our lives, cheering us on, leading us through, and setting us on solid ground.
Whatever you are going through today, listen to the words of this beautiful song. Listen as the Lord speaks to you, calming you, washing you with His peace, and meeting you where you are. There is joy in the morning. There is laughter in the worse of our times. There are blessings to be seen. But first we must take our eyes off our hurt and pain, and place them on Christ. Leaving them at His feet and picking up hope, faith and love to carry us through. There is beauty in those valleys, in the darkest places we are we can find new hope, new life.
I have been there with you my friend. I have felt the pain of loss and unknown. Although some circumstances have not changed in my life, I have. God has brought me through, changing me, renewing me, and strengthening me. He understands our pain. For He walked through the valley, a valley we have not walked. We can look to Him for hope. He is our encouragement. He is our life. And with Him, we can make it through anything. Seek Him today my friend and find new life in Him, letting go of the past, and pressing forward!
Would you like to more about Ginny Owens and hear her story? You can find Ginny here at this link. She is full of encouragement and hope. http://www.ginnyowens.com/
Romans 5:3-5 "And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us."
Isaiah 40:28-31 "Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint."
There, in a haunted house, a face appears from the mist. The face of Jordin Cole, a girl Maia knows. A girl, Maia discovers, who has gone missing.
Convinced what she saw wasn't a hoax and desperate to find Jordin, Maia launches into a quest for answers. Joined by Jordin's boyfriend--a pastor's kid with very different ideas about the paranormal--the two soon find themselves in a struggle on the edge of the spirit realm as dangerous forces try to keep the truth from emerging.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
My oldest is now 33 and the father of two beautiful girls, ages 5 and 3, who call me Grammy. My daughters are 30, 27, and 27. One of the twins has Down’s Syndrome and lives outside of Jackson, MS in a Christian home for adults with disabilities. My "baby" son will soon be 25; presently, he lives in Baton Rouge.
For the past twenty-three years I’ve taught high school English. My first novel, Walking on Broken Glass, released in February. I recently signed a contract for Edge of Grace, which will release October of 2011. Both are with Abingdon Press.
Since God and I have this understanding that my screaming doesn’t mean I don’t love Him, He allowed me the catharsis. He showed me how to be the mother my daughter needed and how to bring her through the tunnel.
Romans 4:18 Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed …
A quality I hope others see in me is compassion.
From January to May of this year I truly thought I was on my way to a legitimate nervous breakdown. I taught 100+ freshmen, I was marketing my book, and then I took on teaching an online class to earn extra money because my husband was laid off in December. The money swayed me plus I’d earn more because I had to actually write the class. What was supposed to have been 20-25 students in the online class grew to 47. They were all seniors and half of them woke up two weeks before graduation and decided to submit months of assignments. Oh, and I was trying to put together some proposals for books that my agent was submitting.
My comfort and peace came from church. It was the one time in my week where nothing else mattered but being present before God. It also helped that my truly amazing husband an eat cereal for dinner more nights than not.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Naomi was feeling all alone, but she had her two daughters in law to love and care for her. They each wanted to stay together, but Naomi was encouraging them to go back to their mother's homes and live again, marry again and have children. Orpah listens and goes back to her homeland, not willingly, but obediently. Ruth is not budging. She is staying with her mother in law.
Now see, this is where I have such deep respect for Ruth. I would run the other direction away from my mother in law. I have love for my mother in law, but we do not have a working relationship. I should say, it's one of those relationships that take constant work and most of the time I'm left feeling as if I can never give enough. No matter how much I try, I feel as though I will never be good enough to meet her standards. Although I so wish I could. I would love to have the relationship with her that Ruth and Naomi hold together. They have a great bond. A great love holding them together. Ruth is willing to give up all for her mother in law.