A PLUNGE OF FAITH

What’s more, I am changing your name. It will no longer be Abram. Instead, you will be called Abraham, for you will be the father of many nations.Genesis 17:5 NLT

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Thought for the day: Is there something that you need to trust and plunge into?

During my recent visit to our family camp, I finally found it warm enough, not hot, but warm enough to entice me into the water. I am a swimmer and love the lake. Every time I visit camp, that’s all I want to do; plunge into the crystal clear blue water, swim, snorkel and float.

I am not a plunger though; I tip-toe in. First I get the toes in, slowly work the knees in, even more slowly step out to waist-high water then usually at that point, I will plunge. NOT THIS TIME!!! It was way too cold. From the shore my mom kept shouting, “Just plunge in.” I yelled back, “I’m too scared I’ll have a heart attack; it’s way too cold.”

Have you ever been faced with something enticing but difficult but you knew the only way to do it would be to just plunge in? Maybe it’s been a task at work, a ministry at church or in my case, a move to a new state.

I knew for well over a year that I needed to be with my mom but didn’t quite understand the direction my life was taking. I had to trust and just plunge in. This was a calling on my life and there was no negotiation. There was no sitting around waiting…This was a “GO” and it will be revealed later. This was a PLUNGE of FAITH.

We can look into Genesis 12:1-4 and see an example of God instructing Abram to GO. He told him to leave his country and family and go into a new land and promised to lead him and bless him there. Abrams was 75 years old. Can you imagine picking up your life and plunging into a move at the age of 75? I barely survived at 52…We know that at the end of the story Abram was blessed and his name was changed to Abraham, meaning: “Father of many nations” and those nations are blessed today because of his obedience to plunge in with both feet by faith.

We can easily bring up excuses to God as to why we can’t go all in. Instead of going, we hesitate a bit in fear of what might happen. I have not taken the plunge into the cold water yet, but I will. I DID however, take the plunge when God said, “Go to Maine.” Here I am, in a fantastic church, making great new friends, spending much-needed time with my mom and enjoying my life as it is. I’m trusting the journey.

Are You?

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Living Free and Lightly

Question

What does it matter where we hang our clothes or how we display our shoes? What does it matter where the spices are or if the silverware drawer is organized?

I once had a  friend who had some difficulties with her daily routine. She was the most precious woman and there were some things that just didn’t matter to her anymore. You see, she became very sick and eventually passed away from Alzheimer’s, but, I knew her before she got really sick and she said she didn’t care where things were anymore. I don’t know if her way of thinking was necessarily a bad thing.

I think she’s got it right!
We have it wrong!

If I could take back all the times that I unnecessarily organized something or cleaned out the silverware drawer or swept the kitchen floor just to have it messed up within a day; I’d also re-think my routine.                                                       As I think back on that friendship today I am reminded to rethink about what really matters in my life.

What would I do instead of all of the busy stuff I get caught up in doing most days?

I’d spend more time with God and meditate.
I’d journal more.
I’d sit and listen to the world around me.
I’d spend more time with family.
I’d share my love more.
I’d watch the elderly hold hands on the park bench and smile.

I’d be more conscious of what’s important!

I’d give the Spirit of God permission to be my eyes and ears!

What matters to you? Is it your silverware drawer being messy or …

Jesus said: “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me; watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
Matthew 11:28-30 MSGIMG_1158

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 4 Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.
1 Peter 3:3-4 NIV

Can we avoid getting our heart-broken? It’s such an awful feeling when you’ve put yourself out there only to find that where you put your heart was not where it was supposed to be. How can we really know if we’re in the right place without getting hurt? Does this mean that God wasn’t in it? No, God’s in everything and I’m finding every sadness I experience is just another growing pain; growing closer to God.sadness

I’ve have had my fair share of hurts. I am not complaining. I’m just saying at the age of 53, I’ve had some big heart aches. Some of which I never felt I deserved and others that were a direct result of sin.

The word petite has been ruminating in my mind. Not too long ago, I was crushed by a few comments about my size. It’s actually not the first time; so why I allowed it to hurt me, I don’t know? Throughout my life I’ve been told I’m overweight but that I have a beautiful face, sparkling eyes, great voice and super sense of humor. So if that’s the case, why have I found it so hard to feel pretty? Does pretty only come in petite packages?

I was once asked if I have big bones or what were my weight goals. Comments like that hurt any overweight woman and possibly man and they not only hurt, they make you feel as if you’re not good enough. So how can we avoid getting our heart-broken over such hurtful words?

First of all I am good enough and so are you. We are all special in God’s eyes. I know my heart. I would encourage anyone and help anyone I could. Know that you are precious; no matter what size you are, color you are, or intelligence level you are.

Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.

God created us to be with the right people in our lives. God created us to be around those who are going to encourage us, engage with us and support us in our efforts to serve Him. Don’t be around anyone who makes you feel less than you are.

1Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

The reactions, feelings, likes or dislikes of others don’t have to control our behaviors, feelings, and direction. We can rise above it and be reminded as 1 Peter 3:3-4 reminds us: the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit is of great worth to God.

Today, try not to worry about other what other people’s opinions of you are or events outside of your control. All you need to do is walk with Jesus and feel loved just the way you are.20150526_132343