Monday, February 23, 2015

The Sound of Spring


            It’s been a challenging winter for my ex-Florida family for a whole list of reasons.  My family has been through some major changes and snow is something none of us appreciate.  While we are exactly where God wants us to be the gray Ohio days and lack of flip flop weather has made us all a tad irritable. My own children have been caught in the “Mom, when can we go outside in shorts again” blues.
            This afternoon as I was going throughout my day I heard a bird call, and something deep from my childhood triggered on the inside.  I knew that bird call (not even sure what type of bird it was), but I knew if I heard that call that spring was in the air. Inside of my head I started getting hugely excited!  “Spring is here!” I wanted to twirl around the room singing old fashioned Broadway musical show tunes.  I wanted to start a chorus line of dancing and yell out the windows.  I know I’ve always been a tad dramatic but spring . . . finally. . .Yeah!
            In 1 Chronicles 12:32 the Bible talks about discerning the times and seasons of the world around us and what God is doing.   While God doesn’t expect us to know everything He wants us to stay sensitive to what He is doing  on the earth, and stay sensitive to what ‘season’ or time you are in.  We will often go from  transition to transition in our lives.  Sometimes we can get so tired of the same old transition that we will think to ourselves nothing will ever change.  However, I believe God is calling the church to greatness.  I believe He is calling us to an exciting season in Him, and while situations still seem to be like winter. . . in the distance if you listen I believe you will hear the signs of spring.  I believe there is change coming to your situations and what appears to be gray is springing forth.  I believe the sounds of springtime are twinkling in the air.  Trust God.  Wait.  He is always faithful.

            God has awesome plans for your life.  Get excited!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Being a Bulldozer vs Believing in Faith


            Recently one of my literary hero’s began to follow me on social media.  I don’t need to tell you who it is.  I want him to eventually work with me on my fiction books.  He knows it.  We’ve exchanged emails in years past. I think he’s the “bomb” in the land of Christian fiction.
            There is a fine line while people believe in faith for the manifestation of the things of God.  In the Bible story about the woman and the unjust judge (Luke 18:1-8), Jesus is using this to talk about being persistent. One has to learn to stay persistent in these situations; however one doesn’t need the person to want to put a restraining order against them for their thoughts of what appears to be crazy.  I once read one literary agent say that she had a ‘potential client’ once track her down at her personal home address and call her during a family barbeque.  She was so freaked out by this person’s off-balance behavior that she was not impressed.  She was ticked off and had every right to be annoyed. 
You have to realize that yes, you need to stay persistent but God is the one that opens the doors.  It can be tiring to try to prove the call of God on your life to everyone around you. You do not need to be a bulldozer. It’s not your job to prove anything to anybody.  It’s your job to be all that God called you to be on this earth.  Yes, you still need to knock on doors…but as hard as you try you can’t kick them down.  God will open them when it’s time.
Sometimes things aren’t happening when we want them to, because we’re trying so hard to make them happen in our own ability.  I don’t know about you, but I need God to work the miracles….not me.  He always does it so much better. 
So I wanted to remind us all today to take a deep breath and trust God.  He doesn’t need you to do His job for Him.  He needs you to be at peace, continue to run your race, stay persistent and not appear to be crazy.  Relax in the fact that God IS IN control of your life.  Let Him be in Control!  Rest in the fact that He is a rock in whatever storm you can be facing.  Be at peace in His perfect will.  Listen for His voice. He will guide you!  He will open the doors.  Rest in the fact you can trust Him.
God has awesome plans for your life.  Get excited.