Thursday, June 29, 2017

We Are Called To Lead ~

This morning when I came into my office there was a book on my desk with a sweet little note. The book was a devotional called "A Leaders Heart." I have never thought of myself as a leader but I have never been a follower.

If you read my blog post yesterday you will know why this book was a God sent. This sweet lady had no idea that I so needed this encouragement. She recently told me she was not on Facebook so I know she did not see my post. She simply followed the prompting of the Lord and obeyed. I am blessed by her thoughtfulness and her obedience but most of all I am thankful that My Heavenly Father sent me a little love note.  It was a much-needed shot in the arm. This lady was being a leader for the cause of Christ.

The first page starts with~ "Anyone can follow a path, but only a leader can blaze one."- John Maxwell.

The first devotion is a "Call to Lead."  God is the leader of my life and I have decided to follow Jesus. God does call us all to lead~ even if we may not think of ourselves as a leader.

When God decided to raise up the nation of His people ~ He called Abraham.
When God decided to bring His people out of slavery~ He called Moses.
When God decided to bring His people into the Promised  Land~ He called Joshua.
When God decided to save His people from a wicked man~ He called Esther.

On and on the Bible declares when God called a leader.

All through the thread of the Bible, we see that God used human people in the flesh just like me and you. We are called to follow Jesus and march only to His drum, to go against popular opinion, to sometimes do things a little different from the way they have always been done ... to simply follow the Godly people He has placed in front of us and be willing to lead those that are coming behind us.
And may we humbly lead others to Christ.

Psalm 1:1-3

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

"Anyone can follow a path, but only a leader can blaze one." - John Maxwell 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Could You Use Some Rest?

Small signs tell me that I am hitting a season of burn-out, melt-down, exhaustion. I do this to myself. I push and push through putting too much on my plate and then I crash. Physically, mentally and even spiritually~ I am tired. I have been too independent and not depending upon God. It's that constant "Martha " that I battle with when I know "Mary" is what I long for.

How did I get here? Well, I am sure many of you know the answer to that question. I have too busy running in my own strength. 

 When we get tired~ the burdens of life weigh a little heavier. The unexpected surprises in life tend to make us fall apart. We feel overwhelmed. I was joking with a friend yesterday that I had lost my fruits. You know, the fruits of the Holy Spirit. The evidence that the Holy Spirit is piloting my life~ love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. 

We all know that walking with the Lord brings about these attributes of God through us. It is when we start running in our own strength and relying on self that we end up tired and frazzled.

SO what is the answer? It's right here... 

For thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not. Isaiah 30:15

When we become overwhelmed it means we have been trying to do life on our own, trying to figure out how to make it all work. That is what the children of Israel were known for. Isaiah was telling them here that in returning back to God they would find rest. There it is Do you need rest today? I sure do. The Holy God of Israel tells us that if we calm down and turn back to Him that we will find strength when we quietly trust Him.

God's children were a stubborn people and refused time after time to do things God's way. In the end they suffered consequences for doing it their own way.  When we are willing to return back to God~depend on Him the reward is rest~ sweet rest.

Monday, June 5, 2017

I Am A Devotional Addict~ I Confess

Photo Credit ~ Miss Gypsy

Here I sit with four devotionals turned to June 5th. I have read all four written at a time when some person felt led to share what God has placed on their heart. Devotionals just call out my name and I can't resist. Many times when I write a devotion it is about what God is working out in my personal journey in this fast-paced life we live.

A good devotional and a cup of coffee with a splash of flavored creamer just seem like a great big hug to me. ( I am a simple girl.)  I love my quiet time. But the truth of the matter is to be with Jesus, we simply need to read God's Word and be still and listen. We need to devour God's Word like we do a meal with our best friend, unrushed, unstressed and attentive.

 Today I am meeting a couple of my favorite new friends for breakfast. We are meeting at a place I have never been before.  I have been looking forward to this all weekend.  We will talk and eat and share our lives. We may spend a couple hours just eating, talking and listening. Why? We enjoy spending time together.

Today is a great time to open the door to our hearts and let Jesus come in and share a time of listening and eating with our best friend. He really is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.  He promises to never leave us or forsake us.

 Do we look forward to spending time with Him as our very best friend?

Revelation 3:20

20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

The Joy of Letting Go ~ Book Review

I think one of the most difficult things in life for me has been knowing when and how to let go of my children. I remember at times that I felt I could not breathe.

This book is an amazing resource for parents of all ages and especially parents of teens. This devotional contains 52 devotions. I enjoyed reading it each day but it also can be used as a weekly study. We tend to want to hold on to our children forever but that is not God's plan. We are raising them to leave from the moment they enter this world. We need wisdom and direction from God each and every step along the way.  This book offers sound advice and is a wonderful resource. 

This is a book that every parent of a teenager needs to read. I highly recommend this book. 
This book was provided to me in exchange for my honest opinion.

Upon A Spring Breeze~ Amish Book Review

What a fun read for Spring. The setting of this book is Jamesport, MO which I totally loved. This Missouri girl has spent many of my favorite days in this little Amish town.

Bess has a hard row to hoe. Her childhood sweetheart and husband was killed in an accident and lost his life on an icy road when his buggy was hit by a truck. Her Caleb was killed before he could meet his unborn son. Bess must not only give birth to a child without Caleb but she must find a way to have joy again.   She is stuck living with her cantankerous mother-in-law. To make matters worse after suffering such a huge loss, she doesn't know why she wants to escape her new baby who looks just like his dad.

Bess decides to take a job at a B and B working as a housekeeper. It was the best escape she could find that was acceptable for an Amish woman.

This book is filled with tons of emotion and suspense. I loved this book and so enjoyed reading each and every word. I recommend that you add this one to your summer reading list.

This book was provided to me in exchange for my honest opinion.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Remember That Tomorrow Is A New Day

 Remember the part in Anne of Green Gables when Anne puts skin medication instead of vanilla in the cake she was making? When her guardian, Marilla, is not happy with her Anne simply states, "Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?"

I really like Anne's way of looking at things. We all mess up and make mistakes. When we ask God to forgive us~ He gives us a clean new slate. In fact, the Bible tells us He removes our sin as far as the east is from the west. We need to bury our past failures and mistakes and live today as a fresh new page of grace.

If you are discouraged today because you have blown it in one way or another. (Right now, Grammarly is telling me that I am too wordy. I imagine that my husband would probably agree.) Just give it over to the Lord.  He is faithful and just to forgive.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

That is a great reason to celebrate today.  The Lord's mercies are new and fresh each morning. And remember that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes yet.  Have a wonderful day and make it a great one.

Lamentations 3:23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.



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