Friday, December 28, 2012
Monday, December 10, 2012
I have spoken about God Day on these blogs before now. But as I am sitting here typing this only two days away from the biggest most beautiful display of Church Unity and Compassion that I have ever seen. I am so excited to be a part of this movement. Over 100 churches have joined the movement to see 12,000 pairs of shoes put on fatherless children’s feet in downtown Orlando. In those 100 churches from all over the US, there are non-denominational churches, Spanish churches, Russian churches, Korean churches, Baptist churches, etc. On Wednesday not only will the shoes be given but there will be 12 hours of praise and prayer coming from the large arena at Lake Eola in Downtown Orlando. The current best guesstimate of people will be at least 52,000 people there. At the end of the day shofars will blast and a corporate worship service that will be held in several languages will echo through the streets of Orlando. I believe those echoes will also echo through the nation and onto the world. God Day and Shoes for Kids won’t stop here but has plans to go to various cities in the future.
Psalm 133:1 (ESV) Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!
I have sat on planning meanings, I have prayed, donated shoes, and written various projects to help the movement. I am only a small part of the event, but I can’t help but sit back and see what God is doing and be almost overwhelmed by the beauty of it all. It has been an honor and privilege to be a part of one of the biggest moves in modern church history. I write and preach on unity regularly and to see what has been happening with God Day has been epic.
Being so close to the day, I know there is still need for everything to come together. I want to ask you to pray and/or donate towards the shoes. http://shoes4kidscfl.com/ www.GodDay.com We know that God will provide, but if you are able consider going on the website and you can donate a pair of shoes. I realize especially this time of the year charities are always trying to make you donate. However, I’ve seen this ministry in action. I know the impact its making and I believe the ripple effect is greater than we have yet to realize.
Please pray about it. :-)
*Now as usual my family and I will be traveling over Christmas and I will be taking some time off from blogging between now and then. However before the New Year I will write a blog about what God is already speaking to me about 2013, “For 2013 will be a year of things manifesting that have yet to be seen”. Have a very happy and safe holiday season. Remember God has awesome plans for your life. Get excited!
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
While I’m not the queen mother at having a stock pile of extra items around the house, there are certain things that I do typically have a couple extra waiting to be used under the sink. My grandmother was the queen mother. True story after she passed away my grandfather didn’t have to buy toilet paper for at least 18 months. (LOL!)
What typically happens in my family though is I have these new items waiting under the sink that I know we’ll need and I’ll pick up when their on sale or I have a coupon, and no one but me seems to realize the new one is waiting when the old one is used. So when we run out of an item like toothpaste, mouthwash, or toilet paper most of them come running to me telling me where out or simply they just think we’re out. I try to smile sweetly as I open the cabinet under the sink and find the brand new item just waiting to be used. I know we’re not out. I know the new thing has been waiting.
I began to think about this today. Don’t we do the same thing to God? We start whining that we’ve finished one goal or assignment that He’s given us, and “Where God is the new assignment?” Or maybe we are just frustrated because we can’t see what He’s doing. But all the while the new thing is waiting. He’s had it there all along. He’s just waiting on the timing. He’s waiting on the finishing of one thing to bring out the new one. We find ourselves whining to Him, but really it’s already done.
The story of Joseph in the Old Testaments is one of my favorites. He’s sold into slavery, falsely imprisoned, and in his mind I’m sure he struggled. But all the while God had a plan that he couldn’t see. God was setting him up for supernatural breakthrough. One day he’s in the pit of prison, and the next day he’s living in the palace.
There will be a time all the things God has been up to under the surface will be brought to light. You have to trust Him.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Remember He has awesome plans for your life. Get Excited!
Monday, December 3, 2012
Last week when I went grocery shopping I bought some apple cinnamon tea. Last night Dan and I decided to break open the seal and try it. Usually this kind of things are right up to our liking, but neither of were a fan of this particular brand. The cinnamon came on way too strong for our tastes. The tea smelled really good and my youngest wanted to try it.
“Let it cool off then go for it kiddo.” I responded as I set my cup down. She waited and waited and after tasting it, I don’t think she liked it either but she had an idea. She wanted to try to freeze it to see what it would look and taste like after spending a night in the freezer. So we did.
This morning I woke up to, “Mom! Mom! MOM! The tea is frozen! The tea is frozen!”
“Yes dear.” I mumbled and went about my morning.
“MOM!” She was so excited and beside herself to discover the tea was frozen, and from what she could tell it no longer had a taste. We had to then put it in the microwave to see what it would do.
I was thinking ‘big whoop’ it’s a frozen, liquid, gas conversation…and she thought it was the coolest thing ever.
It’s funny how life can do that do you. It’s not that as adults you stop caring about childish things, but maybe you can get a little jaded. Life can become less of a wonderment and more of a ‘yup, been there done that and wore the T-shirt”.
And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
God isn’t expecting us to be children, but He is expecting us to shake off the jadedness that can easily happen in life. It’s the same kind of cynical burned-out lackluster fatigue that can creep up on us while paying bills, running around the same mountain, and forgetting to smell the roses.
I want to challenge you this holiday season, in all the hustle and chaos, to find your childlike enthusiasm. I want to encourage you to take a moment and get excited over what seems like the small things. I want to encourage you to shake off the world-weariness, and try to look at life like a child again. Don’t just go through the motions of life, but really live it. Remember He has awesome plans for your life. Get excited!