Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Power In Consistency

There is a power held in simple, mundane consistency. That power can permeate our lives in every arena. We are gaining ground when we consistently move forward with no reward, and no evidence of victory. It is by faith that we trudge on. When we wield what is in our hands for the glory of God and the good of others, the Lord not only makes something beautiful come of it, but He also brings miracles through it.
The race that we are running requires endurance. The bible tells us specifically to cast off every weight that is holding us back, And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.  God has a specific plan for each of us and taking daily steps to position ourselves for obedience is critical in walking that out. Instead of looking for a grand event where that  plan comes to life, I have learned am learning to see it as a lifestyle of obedience where I walk out my worship in all that I do...even in the difficulties of my monotonous, often taxing, daily routine. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Choose to see

She slowly climbed into the backseat of my truck with all of her possessions piled beside her in two plastic plaid bags that were zipped up tight.  She did her best to appear untouched by her present circumstances, but her fear and sorrow were both equally evident. We did our best to not "let on" that we were feeling just as sorrowful. She and I began a back-and -forth of awkward small talk. As we pulled in to the McDonalds drive-thru, we found a common language! Happy Meals! She began to loosen as she dipped her McNuggets into the sweet and sour sauce. Her chocolate milk shake was fighting her every inch of the way up the red and yellow striped straw.

I hope that I never get used to picking up a child from a juvenile detention facility-a child who has done NOTHING wrong. A child who had nowhere else to go! A child who has been the recipient of extreme abuse and neglect that has left them so traumatized that they are unable to assimilate into a familial structure and therefore need to be placed into a residential living situation. I hope that that never gets "easy". I hope that I always feel the sting of loneliness for them as I trepidatiously converse, doing my best to not make things any more difficult for them than they already are!

I also hope that the healing and daily miracles I get to see don't become common either. I hope that I never take for granted when we hear a "new laughter" in the building from one of our girls who hadn't even had a reason to smile when she arrived, but is now laughing with raw honesty. I hope that I never loose the wonder of watching the stabilizing power of the unconditional love of Christ demonstrated through the medium of human love. Miracles are happening all around us, every day! Choose to see!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Perspective is Reality...or is it?

Our perspective is our reality.  The experiences that we have been through have a great deal to do with how we perceive our present circumstances. "Our truth" is not necessarily THE Truth. So much of who we are is shaped by what we've experienced and how we absorb those experiences into our heart and mind. We have to make very conscious choices to know our own sensitivities and skewed filters. Without this awareness, we will always blame others for everything that goes on in our lives (especially that which we feel is unjust or negative). Further, we will continue to label ourselves "the victim" (whether outrightly, or simply in the way we comport ourselves), and this is never profitable. We are MORE than conquerors through Christ (Romans 8:37)! We are overcomers (John 16:33) with plans and purposes (Eph 1:4)! We are mighty through God (2 Cor 10)!

Until we grab ahold of the labels that Christ has put on us, and choose to attach those labels to ourselves, we will not have the perspective of Christ. Our truth will not be His Truth. Our reality will not be in line with REALITY. I have found, in my own life, that if I don't INTENTIONALLY align my thoughts and reactions to the reality of Christ and His Truth, every other thing is off. I cannot just trust my own heart and perceptions (Jeremiah 17:9). If I do, every single area of my life is affected by this. Every relationship and every interpretation that I form will be askew.

It takes a conscious willingness to know ourselves in light of Christ and what Truth is and says about us. It takes courage, but the profit margin is well in our favor if we choose to live this way!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Ture To Myself?

How can a girl, who desires to be light with laughter, fulfill her "calling" to advocate for justice in a world so heavy with injustice? Balancing my absolute need for the "present-tense joy" of this life, and the converse heaviness found in the extreme sorrow and regret that so many, that I choose to walk with, are crushed beneath.  The Lord tells us in Matthew 11:30 NLT that His yoke is easy to bear.  So then, what is this load that I am buried under?  What am I trying to "manage" or "handle" if it is not the yoke that my God intended to walk out with me? It seems that I am not taking up "HIS yoke", but rather some form of working and striving that I have prescribed for myself.

If I am traversing through difficulty, does it have to be heavy? Does the burden have to crush me under the weight of sleeplessness or heavyhearted afternoons? How much of the worry that I entertain and pull in close to my heart is energy that is wasted? Energy that could be recycled into intercession and (moment-by-moment) choosing to trust Him.

I realize that I must constantly fill my mind and heart with the greatness of God so that the struggles that I face daily are seen in proper perspective. Do I view God as smaller than a mental illness? Do I view my God as frail beside an orphan crying out for relief from their hearts pain? My God is the God of the universe; the creator of heaven and earth! My God IS the Redeemer! He IS the Healer! There is nothing that I face (or stand with another as they face) that God does not already have a redemptive solution for!

Thank you, Dr. Tony Evans for teaching me that I am fighting FROM victory in the spiritual realm, and not FOR victory! Jesus has already completed everything necessary for us to walk through ANY situation that He allows us to be in, with COMPLETE victory! Let me just adjust what my definition of victory is (day-to-day) to match what my Father is doing and accomplishing...because, you can be sure that He IS accomplishing great things every single day through His people!!!!