Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Word and a Wandering Mind...

This week I saw God quite a few times in answered prayers and in the power of His Word to put a wandering mind at ease! Let me explain...

My week began with a precious friend (actually he is more like an adopted family member) going to the emergency room for some internal bleeding. As humans it is natural for our minds to wander in these situations to the worst case scenario. Letting my mind camp on those fears was making it hard to pray, it was distracting. So God lead me to Philippians 4:6 " Be anxious for NOTHING, but in EVERYTHING by prayer AND supplication WITH thanksgiving let your request be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension will GUARD YOUR MINDS in Christ Jesus." ( I have capitalized certain words to bring them to your attention.)

I have heard this verse read many times and it just really hit me differently this time. I needed to be told by God to not be anxious about anything but to take it all to Him with prayer and supplication. I looked up supplication, it means to beg as binding oneself. It is okay, and necessary and we are told we can do it, to beg something of our God, to plead with Him. I needed to be reminded that after I was done praying and pleading I should be thankful and praise God for my precious friend and all the wonderful times God has blessed us with. And I needed to know that after I had done this God's Word promises that His peace will guard my mind. Because my mind needed guarding from wandering off to the scary places!

I also used this verse to pray for my friend. I was certain his mind must be wandering too, and I wanted him to have "the peace of God which surpasses all comprehension". So I wrote it out on an index card and carried it with me all day. Then when my mind started to wander, I could pray for my friend and put the verse into practice.

I am so thankful that I am able to sit here and type this having already had my prayers answered. It turns out that what was causing the bleeding was minor and fixable. But there are so many times in life where it's not fixable or minor. So what do we do? In the future, I hope to hang on to the lesson I learned from Philippians and continue to put it into practice. How about you? What lesson did God teach you this week? How has His Word spoken to you?

Friday, April 23, 2010

I have been wondering all week what I will post. It's been a busy week for me for various reasons and I had put off posting until today because I was procrastinating! As I think over this week and the ways in which I have seen God in my days there seems to be a reoccurring theme. This week I have seen God consistently in my brothers and sisters in Christ. Let me explain...

The week began with a birthday party. At this party there were people that I haven't seen since I left the church I used to attend, 3 years ago! Yet there was no awkwardness. Everyone was very happy to see each other and it was as if we had never parted ways. Genuinely happy, catching up with each others lives with true love and concern. This week I also ran into a couple of people I haven't seen in a while when I was out running errands and experienced the same thing. Last night I was on the phone with my mom and she was sharing with me about some answers to prayer that my great aunts had experienced. One of them was praying for the other one in a specific way and the one who was being prayed for did not know it until she called to share how God had accomplished something in her life!

This is the beauty of the body of Christ. No matter where we are, what church we have left, or how different our lives are His love is our common bond. His love gives us the ability to meet each other again when years and distance have separated us and pick up where we left off as though we had just been together yesterday!

This week I have been touched by seeing God in the love and communion of His people. How about you?

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

God in the Get up and Go!

Have you ever just felt like getting up and going somewhere that you hadn't planned on going? I am a very organized and planned out type of person, so this rarely happens to me and when it does I usually wrestle with my urge to go and my to do list that never ends at home! This week I saw God in the get up and go...

At the beginning of this week I had an urge to go visit my cousin. I felt like I needed to get away from the house and do something fun. My cousin is fun to be with and she lives nearby, so I loaded the kids into the car, picked up some donuts and headed her way. The time spent together started out just like I expected. We laughed ate chocolate donuts and I learned how to play dominoes. ( For those of you who don't know me well, learning a new game is not easy for me. I don't catch on quickly. So the fact that I am telling you it was fun, means that I had incredibly patient teachers who laughed WITH me instead of at me! ) Everything was fine until my Grammy came into the room because she had found out that her brother died.

Suddenly my unexpected and unplanned visit became a divine appointment. My cousin admits that she is not good in situations like that, really who is? How do you comfort someone who is sobbing so hard she is shaking? I had never had to do that by myself before. Thankfully I wasn't truly alone because God was there in the puddle that Grammy and I became together!

I share this because I saw God in the get up and go. It made me wonder how many times I have missed God's purpose for my day because I fought with Him over my to do list and stayed home! So my challenge for myself and for you is this: Don't let your well planned schedule rule you! Make room to get up and go so you don't miss out on being where God wants you at the right moment. How about you? Did you see God in any divine appointments this week? How?

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The Beauty of Friends...

I have been enjoying glimpses of God quite a bit lately. I have seen His beauty in full color as spring has sprung. It's in His masterful artwork, the forsythias, tulips, grass, birds, and in my friend's pretty blue eyes. He was there yesterday as she and I enjoyed some time sharing what God has been up to in our lives. In fact I think one of the ways I see Him most is in the bond we women might refer to as sisterhood, friendship, sisters in Christ, etc! There is something to be said about the way we women can laugh and cry together all in one conversation, the way God has made us to feel so deeply another woman's joys and struggles. So to all my girlfriends that read this blog, thank you for the times you have shared with me and allowed me to see God in your every day! You are beautiful and you are loved. Continue to be the amazing women of God that He has called you to be.