Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Learning How to be a "Mary' When You Are Really More Like 'Martha'

I am not a person that sits and waits well.  I confess that if I’m in a situation that needs a touch from God I’m the first person to jump up and be in a place that perhaps I can ‘help kick a door open’ and ‘help God’ if need be.  People who aren’t doing anything in the kingdom and claim their waiting on God annoy me, frustrate me, and sometimes I seriously want to smack them.  Haven’t we all read the same book?  Faith without works is dead (James 2:14).  We all have a job to do, a role to play, and we can’t sit around and do nothing!  God needs us to do our part.  Except for the times He doesn’t.

I wrote last week about working on not being a “Worrying-Controlling-Frustrated-Planner”.  I knew as I wrote it that I was going to be tried and tested on that word.  I’d like to tell you that I stayed on the rock of peace, but alas if I’m being honest I slipped numerous times this week.  I’ve had to fight harder and climb back up on peace more times than I care to admit.  I have been contemplating a lot about the story of Mary and Martha. 

Luke 10:38-42 (MSG)
38-40 As they continued their travel, Jesus entered a village. A woman by the name of Martha welcomed him and made him feel quite at home. She had a sister, Mary, who sat before the Master, hanging on every word he said. But Martha was pulled away by all she had to do in the kitchen. Later, she stepped in, interrupting them. “Master, don’t you care that my sister has abandoned the kitchen to me? Tell her to lend me a hand.”
41-42 The Master said, “Martha, dear Martha, you’re fussing far too much and getting yourself worked up over nothing. One thing only is essential, and Mary has chosen it—it’s the main course, and won’t be taken from her.”
       While I never saw myself as such a Martha I’ll admit I’ve become one.  Sometimes I confess I get caught up in this religiousity that surely if a door hasn’t opened then maybe I haven’t prayed enough, praised enough, fasted enough, or done enough.  I can get so caught up in doing that I forget that there is beauty in just sitting at the feet of Jesus.  Waiting to me is utterly dreadful!  But we all need to remember that God opens and closes doors when He knows it’s time and when we’ve done all, we need to continue to stand (ESP 6:13)  Don’t get me wrong we do have a role to do.  We do have to do our part, but doing just gets us to the door.  Only God can open the door.  I love what I’ve heard Tommy Tenney says, “If you can be both a Mary and a Martha than God can heal your dead brothers.”  Truthfully being a ‘Martha’ isn’t such a bad thing.  Things do need to get done.  However, even Martha’s need to remember to take the time to sit at the feet of Jesus.  Martha’s need to remember that there is a time for everything, and being worked up and fussing  doesn’t get one anywhere but in land of frustration.
       Sadly I think many fall in this doing trap, thinking they can force a door to open when it isn’t God’s timing.  People can think that if they can just “do” enough then they can manipulate God on the matter.  I 100% believe in prayer, praise, fasting, and doing what God tells you to do.  However many people turn these things into their tools of manipulation.  For example I heard of a woman on the news some years ago who was a pastor’s wife and died because she was fasting so much her body shut down.  Fasting is a powerful tool when it’s Lord led, but refusing to eat when God hasn’t told you to do so is just like a 3 year-old refusing to eat to their parents.  It’s manipulation.  These kinds of stories are sad and aren’t God’s will.  You have to be led to do whatever God is telling you to do in the waiting time.  You are not going to force the door to open.  Only God will do that in His timing!  We have to learn to wait on Him, be at peace in the process, and do whatever He tells us to do in that time.
       I’d like to sit here and tell you I’ve 100% reformed my ways.  I am still a spiritual bulldozer.  But I’m working on being at peace and sitting at the feet of Jesus.  Somehow I don’t think I’m the only one reading this who has struggled in this area.  So I want to encourage you all today.  Embrace who God has created you to be, but be okay and at peace if it takes some time to get there.  I think that in the end the bottom line is “Do you really trust God that He will do what He says?”  Because when you do really trust Him the waiting can still get to you, but having the faith to know the door will open won’t seem so hard.  He has given you grace to run your race.

      Remember God has awesome plans for your life.  Get excited!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Fight at Ross


            Yesterday Dan and I went to a Ross store and we were waiting in a very long line to make our purchase.  I love Ross stores and will miss them when the day comes we move away from them.  However they can be very congested on the weekends and yesterday was no exception to that.  The lines were long, and sadly anytime you pack people into a store promising them a good deal they can act less than their best.  While we were in line waiting I had noticed a young boy who could have been no more than five.  He was sitting down playing around the line.  I was sure that somewhere near were his parents, and didn’t think about it until a store worker appeared to take him to find to whom he belonged.  The boy was playing with some toys near the line, and it appeared the parents/guardians had left him there. 

When Dan and I finally got to a register was when the explosion of anger seemed to echo off the store walls. What appeared to have happened was this same little boy who wasn’t being watched ran up and spit on a large adult who to me had the appearance of once being a body builder.  This man had a right to be upset that this boy ran up and spit on him, but instead of handling the issue with a calm voice and with a shred of character this man starts yelling, screaming, and flinging curse words at this little boy.  I’m not sure what I would have done in either sides shoes, but if a very large man came charging at my child that would automatically put me on the defensive.  I’d rush in like a momma bear and protect my cub.  Don’t get me wrong, the kid would have been in trouble later, but no stranger is going to come at my child looking like he’s going to pummel him.  The scene boiled up like a volcano and exploded all over the store.  Onlookers, Dan and I included, stared in horror and shock as the man kept trying to lunge at the parents of this child.  The parents were screaming at him.  Security was called, and then more security.  All the while the man kept screaming and cursing insults at the kid and his parents for not teaching him what he did was wrong.  In the end the man was asked to leave, which he did yelling all the way back to his car.  The Ross employee that was waiting on us apologized to us, which I thought was rather nice and courteous of him.

This man had every right to be upset.  This child was poorly behaved; I had noticed that and his lack of someone watching him when I saw him.  I’d be mad to if some child came up and spit on me.  Perhaps I would have tried to speak with the parents, but I’m not sure how I would have handled it.  However it was how the man handled it, that wasn’t okay.  I know from his lengthy yelling and the F-bomb flying, that he wanted these parents to be training this child that his actions weren’t okay.  I get the frustration.  Poorly behaved children drive me bonkers too.  Sometimes I just want to yell to people scriptures about how if you don’t train your children right the Bible says you must hate them ( Deut 7:14, Psalms 127:3-5, Esp. 6:1-3, Proverbs 22:6, and the list goes on )  That’s not saying I’m a perfect parent, but sometimes I get how annoying misbehaving children without parental guidance can be in society.  I just want to start handing out copies of books like “Boundaries with kids” by Cloud and Townsend, any books from Dr. Dobson, or How to Train Up a Child by the Pearls.

The problem here though was this man’s approach.  While he was right that child was out of line and someone needed to teach him that, he went about it all wrong.  Those parents and that child will never believe anything he said because of how explosive it got.  There is a reason the Bible is very clear on how to handle situations that could become explosive…

Proverbs 15:1 (NIV) “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”

I wanted to bring all of this up just to remind us all that there are two people in any argument and I have seen in my own life time and time again, that if I can tactfully respond in love that many arguments that could turn explosive don’t.  Consider a gentle answer to be like a bucket of water on a lit fuse to a block of dynamite.  If one can learn to curb their flesh and respond with love and kindness, the explosion never happens.  I think that this is a lesson we all can work on and improve in.  May you remember this the next time you just want to explode, even if you’re right, avoid coming unglued because then anything you say in the situation will be mute.  There is a testimony in your mouth that people need to hear.  So be on guard from fleshing out and exploding. 

Remember God has awesome plans for your life.  Get excited!


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Confessions from a Reformed Worrying-Controlling-Frustrated-Planner


In these blogs I have always gone out of my way to be very real with my readers.  So I have a confession to make.  In the years of my life, I have been a Worrying-Controlling-Frustrated-Planner.  I was a worrying kid.  I can remember staying up at nights and mulling over every little conversation and times I could of handled things better.  When I got a hold of the scriptures in Matthew 6 about worrying I got better in this area. 
Matt 6:25-34 “25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[e]?28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
          I did really get better, but then life happened.  Things didn’t change in the timing I thought they would.  Nothing seemed to make sense in my head, and often times I felt like I walked around with a bruised forehead from banging my head against a closed door.  What I found was that I was trying to force, manipulate and plan the timing of God.  What I found is that I was increasingly more frustrated at God and grumpy in the process.  What I found is that there is no peace in that place of unrest.  A few months ago I decided that I was tired of living my life so frustrated at God.  I realize that might sound odd to you, but I began taking stock over my adult life with the Lord and I realized I’ve wasted too much time being frustrated.  Life is so short and I don’t want to get to heaven and realize I spent the majority of my time on earth trying to arm wrestle with God because I thought I knew best.  The funny thing about all of this, is that last month someone gave me a prophetic word and the just of part of it was that ‘God had closed the doors and windows’ to some things in my life until His timing.  I knew that was God because I knew He had done that. 
            So what do I do now that I realize that I had a problem?  I choose to be at peace.  I choose to accept that God knows what He is doing and I can’t wrestle, will, make manifest, His timing.  I have to trust that God sees the bigger picture, and I have to move forward.  Frustration sucks out the peace of God.  Frustration sucks out the strength you need to fulfill the plan of God. 

Philippians 4-9 (Message)

4-5 Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him! Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you’re on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them see that the Master is about to arrive. He could show up any minute!

6-7 Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.

8-9 Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.

            So perhaps you’ve found yourself in this pattern.  I want to encourage you all today that if I reformed so can you.  Be at peace.  Don’t try to wrestle God.  Trust in Him.  Give it up to Him, because He sees your end from your beginning.  Place your life in His hands, and trust that He is working in ways you may not see.

            God has awesome plans for your life.  Get excited!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Grace When the Answer is NO!


Good Morning!  I hope everyone had an awesome Resurrection weekend.  He is Risen!  He is Risen Indeed!

On Friday afternoon, I wanted to do something with the family that reflected honoring the Good Friday message.  Perhaps it’s the Lutheran foundation in me, or maybe I just wanted to do something so that my family could take a moment outside of our plans to honor Jesus for the price He paid on Calvary.  Dan and I decided to have both the girls watch Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ and then take communion as a family together.  My girls are 12 and 7, and while the oldest had seen it (though she swears she hadn’t) my youngest had never.  To me that movie is not one I watch often.  It’s not a ‘for entertainment’ film, and as I watched it there were a few things I felt God spoke to me about.  The evening was a good family time filled with discussions about Jesus, and I’m glad we did it.

On Saturday Morning Dan and I were discussing some things we felt God had laid on our heart and that discussion is what this blog is about.  There was a mini-Revelation that Dan got that really made me stop and think. 

In the first few scenes of that movie, Jesus is crying out at the Garden of Gethsemane.  He is interceding in the ‘Not my will, but yours Father be done.’  Jesus didn’t really want to go to the cross, but He chose to.  He was crying out in the Garden for God, to perhaps come up with another way.  I certainly can understand that.  He knew what he was going to have to face. 

It was in that moment that Jesus’ prayer doesn’t change the plan of God.  The answer to Jesus’ prayers wasn’t ‘Oh Ok son, Here’s another way.’ The answer is that He still has to walk through Calvary for all of humanity.  I believe that at Gethsemane Jesus is graced to finish out his race on the earth.

What Dan said Saturday morning I believe will make sense to many of you, because it did to me.  He said, “Ann So many times we cry out to God to change our situation and circumstance and when He doesn’t right away we get upset.  Maybe we need to remember that God is God, and He sees the bigger picture.  Not that He’s making us suffer, but that He knows there are things we need to walk through in order for us to get to the other side….and maybe we might have to suffer a bit, but we’re empowered to go through it.”

I think we’ve all in some way shape or from been in this kind of situation. 

Matthew 16:24-26 (ESV)

24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever would save his life[a] will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?

            Our Christian walk will not always be things that will make us want to sing about.  But we have to pray and trust God that His will is greater than what we can understand.  He sees the bigger picture, and we ARE graced to run the race He has put us in.  The Christian walk is worth it.  We have to realize that God is not our sugar daddy.  No’s are not denials of us, but sometimes they are ways to get us to the places we need to be on the earth.  God is right by your side.  Trust in Him.

            God has awesome plans for your life.  Get excited!



Wednesday, April 16, 2014

That's Not the End...


            Have you ever watched a movie or TV show full of suspense and found your entire family yelling at the screen.  Or maybe it was a book; you read it until the wee hours of the morning and wanted to literally hurl the book across the room when you finished it because you hated the ending that much.  Personally as an author I’ve argued with myself about killing various characters off.  I remember in one book knowing this character had to die but sitting at the computer crying as I wrote the scene.  I knew it had to happen for the story line to progress, even if I hated to do it.

            Have you ever wondered that perhaps the angels had similar moments when Jesus was brutally nailed to the cross?  How did heaven feel when he died?  Maybe they all watched the scene from afar waiting for that moment where they could intervene and when it didn’t happen they were beyond upset and confused.  I’m sure the devil watched in glee as the scene unfolded.  He thought he’d won.  He thought the story was over. 

Jesus wasn’t some character in a book or movie.  He was a real life person, who was brutally murdered for our sins.  He willingly paid the price for our redemption.  His mother stood by watching.  Heaven watched as if they were watching a horror movie.  His father in heaven knew what was happening had to happen, but I’m sure it didn’t make it any easier. 

As most of you know Resurrection Sunday is this weekend.  It’s not just about bunnies or eggs.  It’s about Jesus Christ who loved humanity so much that he willingly laid down his life so that we might have a way to go to heaven and have eternal life.  Many churches will play passion plays this weekend.  I often joke that if Jim Caviezel (the actor that played Jesus in Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ) goes to church it must be odd going this time of year when his likeness is thrown on many church billboards.  While we do need to remember the brutality of the cross so that we might repent of our sins, and realize how much Jesus and the Father love us; we also need to remember the story doesn’t end at the cross.  The end is not there.  The price of sin may have been finished.  However the rest of the story is where the victory lies.  Jesus defeated death, Hell, and the grave.  The devil may have thought he won, but he didn’t.   It’s awesome to know that through the blood of Jesus we too are victorious (Rev 12:11)

So as you all spend your Resurrection Weekend going to church, having egg hunts, too many chocolate bunnies, and trying desperately to keep the kids dressed up without them jumping in a mud puddle;  remember that the story doesn’t end at the cross.  Jesus isn’t still nailed to it.  He’s not still being brutally whipped.  He already paid the price of sin, so that we can accept what He’s done and walk forward in victory.  May we live on the side of the Resurrection and know we have ‘Sweet Victory in Jesus!’

Remember God has awesome plans for your life.  Get excited!

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Missing Link in a Balloon Assembly Line


            This weekend a good friend of ours’ son was having a birthday, so we decided to decorate our house for a quick makeshift surprise party.  My youngest was excited so was in one of those ‘Mom.  Mom. Mommy!  I want to help now!’ moods and I was trying to give her things she could do.  When we started to work on blowing up the balloons and tying string on them, the mass chaos was getting me aggravated.  Then my oldest daughter was trying to help and we were making what was supposed to be a fun even into drama.  I decided to give each kid a job and then we could turn this task into somewhat of an assembly line.  I was attempting to get order into the midst of this. 

            “Ok, you can cut the strings.”  I said to my youngest.

            “But I don’t want to cut the strings I want to blow up the balloons.”  She responded.

            “Fine, you blow up the balloons.  Your sister can cut the strings and I’ll tie them all together.” I relented. 

            For a brief few moments we were working as a team.  Then my youngest who sometimes can get distracted very easily was getting bored with her task.  I couldn’t tie the balloons if I didn’t have any inflated to tie.  My oldest couldn’t keep cutting string if she didn’t have any balloons to use for the strings.  We had to remind my youngest what job she’d agreed to do, because we didn’t seem to get much of anything done.  Then we all were getting a little frustrated. 

            People seem to like to baulk at the idea of order in church.  People often don’t seem to understand it.  Sometimes yes it is done in a controlling manner and that’s a whole different teaching.  But if you look at the Body of Christ, and us learning to accomplish anything through the eyes of the story above; you might seem it makes sense.  If my girls and I could just do our jobs that we needed to do, then we all would get what we needed to get accomplished. 

            Many people tend to act like my youngest and it can frustrate many around them.  She didn’t want to do the job I asked her to do.  Even when I gave her the job she wanted she kept getting side tracked and not accomplishing it.  This makes production and forward momentum to halt.  It’s easy to brush off what seems to be small tasks but they really can and do affect those around you.  In unity people can work together as a team.

            1 Corinthians 12:12-26 (ESV)

12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves[d] or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.

14 For the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? 18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19 If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts,[e] yet one body.

21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, 24 which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, 25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.

            Sadly it seems to me, that many forget this in the body of Christ. We get so caught up in what we want to do, that we forget we are part of a larger body.  I want to encourage you all today.  Figure out what your place is in the Kingdom of God and thrive there.  Do your tasks with excellence.  If we all can do that, we can accomplish more for the Kingdom of God than we can imagine.  There are things you will do for the kingdom that I will never be able to do and vice versa.  God has destiny on the inside of you, find it and FLAME ON for His glory.

            God has awesome plans for your life.  Get excited!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Divine Encounter on an Airplane


            Good morning all of my super fabulous readers!  I want to first welcome all my new lady readers that I met at the Woman’s Conference this weekend in Toledo.  It was so good to meet you all and it was an honor to share that special time with you.  For you guys this story was already told to you, so you get to hear it again.  (Grin) I just love it when God sets up his people in divine connections. 

            As many of you know I flew up last weekend for a very intense few days into Ohio.  I realized as I was preparing to fly that I had never flown by myself.  It’s true.  As a kid, I always had my parents with me.  Now that I’m an adult it’s either been my husband by my side or my kids always taking a stolen moment of silence at the boarding gate to slip in an extra, “Mom, Mom, Mom, Mommy!”  I had long sense loved hearing other people have random divine encounters on an airplane.  But I have never had one.  Maybe it was the fact the kids always kept me occupied, or perhaps I just gave off an ‘unfriendly, don’t mess with me, and don’t talk to me’ air about me.  Whatever the reason is, while I often look for opportunities to minister to those around me in public settings it’s never happened on an airplane. 

            It is with all of this in mind, that before I flew last weekend I prayed that God would use me to speak to someone about God.  I prayed that God would put me next to someone that needed a God touch.  I prayed that God would use me in a divine appointment for someone else.

            When I finally made it on the airplane, I wondered if that would really happen.  Southwest doesn’t have assigned seats.  The airplane was almost packed.  I can’t say God told me where to sit.  I just sat down where there were two empty seats.  Right before the plane was done being filled a sweet woman in her fifties sat down next to me.

            As the plane took off and began its journey; this woman shared her life story with me.  In the last three years her husband had cheated on her, she’d been divorced, she lost both her parents, and her son had battled drugs.  While she was a believer, it seemed that her life desperately needed a touch from God.   I knew this was a divine encounter.  God had a prophetic word for this woman, and I was honored to get to give it to her.  I was even more honored to encourage her that God was turning situations around.  Perhaps to many this would just seem like a mere coincidence, but I do not believe it was.  I believe it was a divine God set up, and I love getting to be a part of those kinds of things. 

            Many people believe that ministry just involves a church or what takes place inside of four walls.  But we often forget that in fact that believers are the church, and we need to look for how God can use us in any situation, no matter where we are, or how many feet we are above the ground.  There is a hurting world around us, and God needs us as the church to do its job.  We need to be the hands and feet of the gospel.  This woman needed some Godly encouragement.  I was honored to be used to deliver it.  We need to fulfill the great commission to ‘go and make disciples of all nations’ (Matt 28:19)

            I want to encourage you all with this story today.  No matter where you are in life: at the grocery store, at work, on a plane, on a train, in the mall, or in a restaurant….I believe God often sets us up to be a blessing to those around us.  I want to encourage all of you to stay sensitive to what God is saying to you, and to be obedient to that.  Your words may be exactly what a person needs in a time of turmoil in their lives.  Perhaps the body of Christ should start acting like the church in the world.  I’m not perfect in this, but I guess this last encounter serves as a reminder to me too.  God places people in our paths; we need to be sensitive enough to hear what He wants us to say, and willing to do it! Remember life isn’t all about our own dramas and issues.  God has us on the earth for a reason.  We need to live to be a blessing to others.

            God has awesome plans for your life.  Get excited!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Too Much Sun for This White Girl


            After living in Florida for over 13 years I have long since discovered this white girl does not do well in the Florida sun.  Growing up in Ohio I never remember having this much problems out in the sun.  Sure we wore sunscreen, but not all the time.  In Florida however I have been burnt too many times to count.  I sunscreen, never just wear a bathing suit, and I’ve decided if I stay in this state much longer I need to buy gear like the picture above.  I did swipe the picture off the internet, but don’t worry (  Here is where the gear is purchasable, so I’m not copyright infringing.

            Last Friday Dan took the day off and we went to the beach.  I made sure the kids were sun screened up, but I wasn’t taking my shirt off over my bathing suit.  It was really overcast, we weren’t sure how long the rain would hold back, so I didn’t use a lot of sunscreen on me.  What was I thinking? I knew better than to do that.  While I naively thought, I’m not exposed, I so was exposed.  Two hours later, my legs, arms, and ear were so burnt I wanted to cry.  It took me at least four days to walk without tears.  While I’ve gotten better Mojo still wants to jump across my lap leaving me screaming like a little sissy.  I accept the fact  this was my fault.  I knew better.  I’ve been joking that the next time I go to the beach I’m going to wear a turban and a tent and when asked if I was practicing some new extreme religion I’ll tell them, “No, Just practicing my extreme whiteness.”  My body is now slowly turning to the molting process. 

            Sin is a lot like that.  When people end up in bad situations they often want to blame God for their bad choices.  Often people look at the Word of God and think it’s a bunch of do’s and don’ts  but really God sees it as protection for us. I know I should have worn sunscreen, leggings, a long shirt and a ski mask; but I didn’t.  It wasn’t God’s fault that I got hurt, just as much it isn’t God fault when people disobey the word of God and they get hurt.  That’s why it’s important to study and know what the word of God says study to show yourself approved (2 Tim 2:15)  The good news is that God can and often does extend to us grace and mercy in situations, but we have to do our part.  We have to run from sin and put the Word into practice.

            Now I’m asking for those of you praying folk, to keep me in prayer this weekend.  I’m flying up to Ohio.  I’m preaching at a conference in Toledo, and have a jam packed weekend.  I’m excited about this trip and believe that God’s Will shall be accomplished.  I’m believing it’s a life changing weekend for the people at the conference.  I appreciate prayers for this trip.  Because of my jam packed weekend I will not be writing a blog this Monday. 

            But Remember God has awesome plans for your life. Get excited!