Give me a word, Lord: SWEETER THAN HONEY

Psalm 19:10 They are more desirable than gold–than an abundance of pure gold; and sweeter than honey, which comes from the honeycomb.

My morning Bible study today was Psalm 19:7-14. David, the psalmist, is explaining what a true treasure the Word of God is. I love to read Psalms. David surely had a way with words. He used descriptive terms that you could almost see and touch and taste. It is easy to see through His words that He loved God’s Word. Why wouldn’t he love it? This incredible book we call the Bible is a living treasure.

This ancient book written over almost 1500 years and penned by more than 40 authors, and it has survived multiple attempts to be destroyed. Yet it still stands. It’s is still here, and page after page reveals the treasure that God has for each of us. That treasure is salvation.

The Word of God is an instruction manual for life that is perfect. When we study this amazing book, our life is renewed daily. It is trustworthy, and digging into the Word will make the inexperienced wise. It is right, and knowing God’s word makes our hearts glad. It is radiant, and the light from the instruction of God makes our eyes light up. That light, the light of Christ, reflects from us into this dark world. The Word is pure, and as we have already seen through years of history, this fabulous book endures forever. It is reliable, and it is righteous. It provides warning, and it promises reward.

I love all of these things that David mentions, but my favorite part is in verse 10. The Word of our God is more desirable than gold, more abundant than pure gold, and it is sweeter than honey. As I ponder those precious words, memories flood my mind of the many times that scripture has enriched my heart and mind. We all have our good days and our bad days. We have had days that we struggled to pay the bills, and days that we have had plenty. No matter our financial standing, we can always find richness in the promises of the Bible. And those promises are truly sweeter than honey.

I had COVID 19 last November. It was not fun. I had a multitude of symptoms, but the one that bothered me the most emotionally was the loss of taste and smell. Those senses were stolen on day 4, and praise the Lord, they returned to me about 10 days later. You never realize how much we take those senses for granted until they are gone. I’m afraid we do the same with scripture. We take it for granted. We lay our Bibles aside knowing that the Word will be there when we need it, and we tend to reach for it only during the tough times. We don’t savor the flavor. My friends, those words aren’t merely written to get us through the tough times. The words are there to get us through ALL times.

There is so much sweetness in scripture. Can you taste it today? Let your senses indulge in some sweet nectar. Taste and see that the Word is so very good. It is indeed sweeter than honey.

Give me a word, Lord: SUNRISE

Psalm 19:1-4 The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known. They speak without a sound or word; their voice is never heard. Yet their message has gone throughout the earth,  and their words to all the world.

I have always loved sunrises and sunsets. I can remember a particularly gloomy morning a little while back. The skies were very gray, and the trees were gray. The birds had not yet found their morning song. As I drove to work, the grayness of the canvas before me engulfed me with a sense of gloom. But slowly and surely, the sun began to rise. As the sun gradually crept over the horizon, the gray canvas before me began to change. Brilliant pinks, oranges, yellow, and golds began to fill the sky. In a matter of moments, my God majestically changed everything.

God does that. He changes everything! His Son rose from the grave so that we may have life, and that sun rises every single morning so that we may be reminded of the Light. Every time I see a sunrise, I am once again reminded of the glory of God and His creation. God reveals Himself to us daily through creation and all of the natural beauty surrounding us. Isn’t it wonderful that God shares a bit of Himself with us through the beauty of nature every day?

When I stop and take a few moments to really soak in the beauty of nature, there is not a single doubt in my mind that any of this came about by happen chance. God proclaims Himself loudly and clearly in the most intricate details of creation. So many times we get caught up staring at the gray canvas of this evil, chaotic world. When we do this, we miss out on the glorious beauty that our loving Father reveals to us daily.

When I awaken to a cloudy gray day, I remind myself that the Son has already risen. And I know that the sun will rise. I am so thankful that God loves me enough to show up and show out daily. I see evidence of His love all around me. Today, I praise God for giving me eyes that truly see the beautiful world He created…a beautiful world that reveals who He is…the Creator of the universe. Thank you Father for sunrises!

Give me a word, Lord: KEEP PRAYING

Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

I haven’t always been a prayer warrior. It has taken almost 55 years to become the person I am today, and likely that is the result of many hours of prayer from my grandparents and parents. I’m still a work in progress. I’m still not who I want to be, but at least I’m not who I used to be! A few years ago, I started praying as soon as my eyes opened in the morning. I then pray on my drive to work. I say silent prayers throughout the day for patients, family, friends, and strangers. I see requests for prayer on Facebook, and I pray. I pray before going to sleep at night, and sometimes I actually fall asleep praying. There’s no better place to fall asleep than in the arms of our heavenly Father. And if I wake up during the night I pray. I have made it my habit to pray. I talk to God all day long. I rejoice in Him for who He is, praise His name, and thank Him for everything, even the hard stuff. I ask forgiveness for my sins and failures, and He wipes the slate clean.

I Thessalonians tells us to rejoice always, pray continually, and give thanks in all circumstances. This means we are to pray and pray a lot. I don’t think the scripture means to get down on our knees and pray nonstop for days on end. Rather I think it means we need to develop a relationship with God in which we can go to him all day and night at any time for any reason and just talk to Him. We can’t get to know someone if we don’t talk to them. And we sure can’t get to know God if we don’t talk with Him regularly.

I have sometimes thought, why in the world do I need to tell God this or that? He already knows everything anyway. He knows my needs. He knows my life. That’s true. He does, but He wants us to come and communicate with Him on a personal level. He wants us to share our joys, our life, our good times, our bad times, and everything that’s going on in our lives. He wants us to talk with Him. He wants us to praise Him, honor Him, and glorify Him. He wants us to recognize His authority and power and ability to take care of us and all situations we encounter. As we get to know our Father on a personal level, with each prayer we become closer to Him. We start feeling unspeakable joy, we feel closeness to the God of the universe, and we find peace in every situation. When we truly get to know our Father, we begin to truly see His power, and soon we realize that the Creator of the universe created us, and He is working behind the scenes in every situation that we are encountering. He is working it all out for our good and His glory.

Pray through the good times and pray through the bad times also! Too often, when a problem arises, we allow the pain of that problem to twist our thinking. This can cause us to respond inappropriately. We automatically tend to focus on the hardship that we are going through. We focus on the pain. When we do this we develop tunnel vision that only sees the bad in the situation, and we don’t see the goodness of our Savior. However, when we focus on God rather than self, we begin to see that these hardships are actually opportunities that draw us near to God. Hardships give us opportunity to learn to more fully trust in God and witness His power. When all seems lost, we must remember that the God of the universe is still right there…waiting…wanting for us to call on Him. We only have to pray and have faith. He hears every single prayer that His children speak…every…single…one!

People around us may come to faith if they witnessed our faith in God. Dare to go to God in prayer. Ask for the impossible. He will always answer. Perhaps He will not answer with the answer we want, but He will always answer with the answer we need for our good and His glory. So today, if it hasn’t been your habit to pray always, I ask you to start now. Pray about everything and anything. Just talk to God. All you have to do is say, “Hey God. It’s me again. Can we talk?” I assure you He is waiting for you to call out to Him today. Rejoice in everything. Pray always. Be thankful for everything.

Give me a word, Lord: ENOUGH FAITH?

I Kings 17:15-16 So she did as Elijah said, and she and Elijah and her family continued to eat for many days. There was always enough flour and olive oil left in the containers, just as the Lord had promised through Elijah.

We studied this scripture in Sunday School yesterday, and one key question really stood out to me. Do we have enough faith to hold on when it seems all hope is lost? Let’s ponder on that for a few minutes this morning.

The people of Israel had allowed the worship of Baal and other gods to supercede the worship of God. Elijah delivered God’s message that there would be no rain or dew in the land for years. God initially provided for Elijah during the drought with water from the Wadi and food delivered daily by ravens. The amount of time that passed wasn’t stated, but after a while, God sent Elijah to Sidon to a widow woman who would provide for Elijah during the next leg of Elijah’s journey.

It’s funny how God works. He sent Elijah to a widow woman who was gathering sticks to build a fire to prepare the last meal for her son and herself because she had only enough flour and oil for one more meal. Elijah asked the widow for a cup of water, and then he asked her to bake some bread for him first before baking bread for her son and herself. Elijah already knew that God would take care of everything and work it out. He had no doubts whatsoever. Why would he doubt? He had just been fed daily by ravens that were ordered by the God of the universe to care for him.

Elijah was a believer. He was completely sold out. But what about this widow woman? She didn’t know God. She didn’t even know Elijah, and this stranger was asking her to use the only oil and flour she had left to feed him first. The nerve of Elijah! Her plan was to prepare that last loaf of bread for herself and her son and die. She had given up. She had lost all hope. She didn’t have any means to gather more flour or oil, and she had given up completely. But God…oh don’t you love those but God times? But God intervened, and this woman prepared bread for Elijah as he asked, and guess what happened next? The flour pot never ran out of flour and the oil jug was never empty for the entire duration of the drought.

Peeps, I know lately it feels like our flour jars are empty and our oil jugs are dry. When we look around us, we feel like our hope is slipping away. How do we keep the faith when it seems all hope is lost? Well, my friends, we must remember Who gives us hope. “So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.” 2 Corinthians 4:18.

The troubles of today will not last forever. We can’t dwell on these things. No, we must fix our eyes on Christ because the things of Christ are eternal. Christ is what matters. When all hope seems lost, grab a hold of that faith. Cling to Christ. He is going to work everything out for our good and His glory.

Give me a word, Lord: PERSPECTIVE

Colossians 3:2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.

2 Corintians 4:18 As we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

Philippians 3:13-14 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Last Saturday morning I awoke to find that a patient that I had been caring for over 20 years passed away. I knew that she was a Christian. We had spoken about that many times, but yet my heart was broken for her family. Her husband has many severe medical problems, and he had just lost the one who took care of him at home. I was happy to know she was rejoicing in heaven, but at the same time I felt crushed in spirit. My husband, who knows me so well, said, “Come on. We’re going to the river.” That sweet man of mine saw the sadness in my eyes, and as always, wanted take care of me! We loaded up, went to Old River, and caught a few fish. It was a beautiful day. Normally, I take 100 pictures when we go to the river, but that day, I did not. I was kind of mopey all day. I was down in the dumps.

Fast forward one week. On Friday night, we decided that we were going to the river fishing again. We went to bed full of excitement thinking about how much fun it was going to be, and we awoke ready to go. We arrived early, and I swear, I’ve never seen or heard so many birds in one day while on Old River. We even saw two mama wood ducks with some brand new hatchlings. The babies would pop up and down in the river like little corks. The mamas flew ahead of us and started flapping in the water, carrying on, playing sick, to distract us from the babies. (Of course, we didn’t mess with the babies.) We saw one alligator. He rolled in the water as soon as we saw him so I did not get a picture. We saw mayhaws just about ready to fall, beautiful wisteria blooms, and pretty honeysuckles. Everything is nice and green. I caught the first catfish. Didn’t catch another one all day, but that didn’t upset me in the least. I was out in the sunshine enjoying the beauty of God’s creation, soaking in every single leaf, flower, bird chirp, and owl hoot! It was WONDERFUL!

What a difference a week made in my perspective. Same place. Same scenery. Very different mindset. Improved perspective! It is very easy for us, even strong Christians, to get down during these current events, but we have to keep looking to Christ. In Philippians 3:13-14, Paul recognizes that his accomplishments mean nothing. He recognizes he has not made it on his own. He made mistakes just as we all do. We fail. We fall short. We have pity parties. But God knows we are not perfect. And He uses those imperfections to grow us in our faith. As humans, our flesh strives to pull us away from our goal which is eternity with Christ. Paul, however, was focused strictly on that goal. He was focused on the race, the goal, the finish line. Though he persecuted the church and stoned Stephen in his past, he didn’t let the past control his future. He didn’t let his past mistakes keep him from moving forward in Christ. We are all going to fail. We are going to have bad days. We are going to suffer. But don’t let the failures of yesterday, the sadness of today, or anything else keep you from your goal. We are called to follow Christ, seek Him, spread His word. Don’t stop running the race. We haven’t yet reached the finish line.

Give me a word, Lord: STANDING UP OR SITTING DOWN?

Philippians 1:27 Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ. Then, whether I come and see you again or only hear about you, I will know that you are standing together with one spirit and one purpose, fighting together for the faith, which is the Good News.

I Peter 1:7 These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.

Our church may be considered small in size, but we definitely are big in heart and spirit. Every year, our church goes all out for Vacation Bible School, and this year was no exception. Our theme this year was “Rome: Paul and the Underground Church.” On the first night of VBS, my role was to be a shop owner of the “Animal Sacrifice Shop,” and as such, it was my duty to pretend to be a non-Christian who was selling goats for sacrifice. I brought some of our fainting goats to use as part of the act. As the groups of children rotated to my “shop”, I began to ask who among them was a sinner, and stated with authority that I knew one of them had committed a sin. I informed them that they needed to buy one of my goats so that they could sacrifice it for their sins.

There was a young man in the oldest group, which consisted of fifth and sixth graders, who quickly informed me that no one needed to sacrifice animals any longer because Jesus Christ died on the cross and was resurrected. He explained that Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice. He shared the gospel with me from his heart with great conviction. I argued with him, and I told him that he was messing with my business as I relied on selling my animals to make a living. He quickly gave me other options including selling the goats for food, milk, or even pets. A little while into the conversation, I told this young man that he had convinced me, and that I wanted to follow this Jesus that he was telling me about. I told him that I wanted to be a Christian too, and assured me that he had persuaded me to believe.

Then suddenly, the Roman soldiers appeared. A couple of men from our church were performing the role of soldiers who were arresting Christians and throwing them into a makeshift jail. The soldiers approached our group and asked who among us were Christians. The young man who had just “converted” me was one of the first to say, “not me!” I looked at the kids, and said, “Come on, guys! You just converted me, but you are not willing to stand firm in your faith? We must stand up for Christ, and we must stand up for our faith.” A little while later, the kindergarten group rotated through to my shop. We discussed the buying and selling of goats, but we mostly enjoyed petting and feeding the goats. When the Roman soldiers appeared this time and asked the question, “who among you are Christians?” my barely six year old grandson yelled, “I’m a Christian!” And then he pointed to each individual in the group and bravely informed the soldiers that we were all Christians. He wanted the guards to know that we were Christians, and we were not ashamed of our faith.

I have thought about those interactions frequently over the past couple of weeks. Oh, I’m not shaming the young man that denied his Christianity to the soldiers. He is a child, and he is still learning. But rather, I would like to focus on the innocence of a child who wasn’t afraid to stand firm in his faith and announce to the world and Roman soldiers that he was a Christian. And I have to wonder if I was placed in a similar situation as these children, would I be the one denying my Christianity or would I be as brave as an innocent child and stand firm in my faith? I would like to think that I would fall into the latter category. I pray that I would.

There will come a time that our faith will be tested. Currently, I live in the good old USA where we are still allowed the freedom of religion. I have lived a fortunate life. I was raised in church since the week of my birth. I have never known a life in which I should fear my life if someone found out that I trusted Jesus. I pray that it never comes to that, but I fear that the day is coming. Our country is changing rapidly. Corporately, this country has turned its back on Jesus. We must ask ourselves, what are we doing? We will be tested. We will be purified as gold is purified in the fire. There will come a day in which we will be challenged. My question for you today is “will you stand firm in your faith?” If we are not standing firm on our faith, are we standing at all? Are you standing up or sitting down? Let us stand firm!

Give me a word, Lord: LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS

Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Philippians 2:14-16 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.

John 8:12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Peeps, I look around at this old world we live in, and I see darkness all encompassing our country. There is so much evil. It’s not just in the huge cities anymore. The darkness is closing in an encroaching even upon our small towns. What is darkness? It is simply the absence of light, and boy oh boy does this country need some Light!

Jesus tells us in John 8:12 that He is the light of the world and whoever follows Him will not walk in darkness. So how do we get rid of darkness? We only need to shine the Light!
As followers of Christ, we have the ability to reflect the light of Christ as brightly as a full moon reflects the light of the sun. We can light up a dark room by reflecting the Light. We can change a dark world by shining the light of Christ.

However, lights won’t shine if they aren’t connected to a power source. If you buy a brand new package of light bulbs, you can place them all around your house, one on a table in each room, but when night comes and darkness ensues, those bulbs will not emit any light. They can’t emit light in and of themselves. They have to be plugged into an electric source and then powered on with a light switch. As humans, we are a bit like those bulbs. We can be scattered all around, sitting in rooms all over the country, but if we aren’t plugged into Christ, we are not able to emit any light.

In order for us to light up the dark, wehave to actively participate in growing a relationship with the Father, study His word, learn what is true and right and just, and live it out. Live life for Christ. When we do this the light of Christ begins to shine so brightly within us that others will see that light and are drawn to it.

Have you ever left the porch light on late one summer night? What happened? I don’t know about your house, but here in our neck of the woods, the insects swarm the lights. They are attracted to the light. Hundreds of tiny insects try to get next to the light. What if we acted like a porch light on a warm summer’s night? What if we shined the light of Christ so brightly that others couldn’t help but be drawn to the light? Oh my, what opportunities would be opened for sharing the light of Christ. Just imagine how much light we could shine in this dark world. The more light that we shine, the less dark this place becomes.

Darkness truly is just the absence of light. We have the Light within us that this old dark world needs. Get out there and shine some light today! Be the light in the darkness. Shine the light of Christ!

Give me a word, Lord: ABSENCE MAKES THE HEART GROW FONDER

Colossians 3:1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

I Thessalonians 4:16-17 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven,with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.

Have you ever been separated for a long period of time from someone you love due to work or other obligations? If so, do you remember that moment when you were finally reunited? Oh the joy of those reunions!
When Jeff and I first married, he was working overseas with an oil company, 28 days on, 28 days off. With travel, he would be gone for 32 LONG days, and home for 26. The 32 days that he was gone seemed to take years to go by. I missed him so much. But when he flew home, I would meet him at the airport with open arms and grinning so hard my face would hurt the next day! I remember all those return home trips with great fondness. People told me that when he was home all the time, we would get sick of each other. Those people were wrong. We are celebrating our anniversary today and we are still honeymooning.

For just a moment, think about the return of our Lord and Savior. Jesus ascended to heaven to prepare a place for us. He left with us the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, while he is getting our forever home ready. He is going to return and gather us up and bring us home with Him to spend eternity in glory. Now, y’all know I love my husband, and I remember how excited I was to see him after our long absences. I can’t even imagine how excited I’m going to be on the day that Jesus returns. Can you just see it? Jesus descending from the clouds. An archangel shouting. Trumpets sounding. The glory of Jesus Christ in our actual, visual presence!! It makes me think of that song, “I Can Only Imagine.” Will I dance? Will I be still in His presence in awe? Will I stand? Will I fall to my knees? Will I sing hallelujah? Will I be able to speak at all? I’m here to tell you, I can not even imagine how I will respond. The Bride will be united with the bridegroom, and we get to honeymoon in heaven for eternity!

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that we are separated from Christ now. If we’ve accepted Him as our Savior, He is with us. But I’m overwhelmed with the excitement of being with Christ physically, in His presence, in heaven! I long for that day, and oh what a day that will be!

Give me a word, Lord: THE LITTLE THINGS

Give me a word, Lord: THE LITTLE THINGS

Luke 16:10 Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.

Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.

Matthew 13:31-32 He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”

Do you take time to notice the little things in life? In this busy, chaotic life in which we are moving full speed ahead, sometimes we forget to slow down and smell the roses. We take notice of the big things that occur around us, but too often we neglect those little things that mean so much more.

I’m going to embarrass my husband for just a moment. That man does at least 1001 little things a day for me. I’m serious y’all, and not just for me but for others as well. He’s retired from the oilfield now, but by no means did that man retire. He works harder now than ever. He works our farm, his dad’s farm, works as operator for our water company, takes care of a friend’s property, and oh so much more. He has a true servant’s heart. He doesn’t do anything for attention or praise. He does it out of the goodness of his heart.

On the days I work the clinic, he cooks sausage for me to eat on the run, makes a Yeti cup full of coffee, and a large glass of ice water, and sometimes he even packs my lunch. Most days he takes all of this to the car before I even finish dressing. He prepares delicious meals, helps with the mundane chores around the house, and takes pride in our home. He’s spent a good part of the last week bleaching our roof and house and cleaning out gutters and debris. I don’t ask him to do these things. He just does them out of the goodness of his heart. I try to repay his thousand little things by doing as many little things in return. Every now and then, when I’m off work, and he is hard at work on the farm, a surprise picnic is in order. We lunch together under a big old pine tree. Nothing fancy. Just a nice little spontaneous picnic for the one I love who loves me with little things all day long. All those little things mean so much!

God notices all the little things too. Luke 16:10 says those that can be trusted with little can be trusted with much. When we are faithful in the little things it shows the condition of our hearts. The little things that Jeff does daily shows me the condition of his heart and shows me that he loves me and cares about me. When we are faithful in the little things for Christ, we reveal our character. We show Christ that we love Him and that we want to serve Him. We must have a commitment to excellence in everything we do, not just the things that people will notice. We must be faithful and honest in all things, striving for excellence, even when no one is looking.

Some days are harder than others. Our jobs can feel mundane and monotonous at times, but we have to strive to work hard as if everything we are doing is for the Lord and not our human masters or bosses or even our spouses. We are working for the Lord, and He’ll show up and use all of those little things to work for our good and His glory. If you start looking for Him in the little things and not just the big things, you will see Him in everything.

Jesus asked for a small lunch from a boy and fed thousands. Samson slew a whole army with a jawbone. David killed a giant with a single stone. And you could plant the tiniest seed, a mustard seed, and grow a plant that could become a tree. In your daily actions, you are planting seeds for Christ. You have to be faithful in the little things. Work as you are working for the Father, and plant seeds of faith along the way.

God will work all of those million little things together, and those little things will make a big difference in the lives of those around us and in this crazy world. Keep doing the little things!

Give me a word, Lord: GOD WILL MEET YOU WHERE YOU ARE…EVEN IN A PILE OF GARBAGE!

Isaiah 61:1-2 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.

Isaiah 6:8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Romans 10:14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?

I joined Facebook about 12 years ago on the urging of my sister and because I found it was an easier way to find people while we were planning our 25 year class reunion. I see a lot of stuff on social media that I don’t like, but I love being able to connect with friends and family that I don’t get to see on a regular basis. I also love the memories part of Facebook. Each day, you can review what you posted on that day over the past years. I love seeing the memories, but I also am able to see spiritual growth through my posts. I’ve seen stuff I shared several years ago, and think, “man I shouldn’t have shared that.”

I’ve grown in my walk with Christ. I’m not the girl I want to be, but thank God I’m not the girl I used to be! I’m a work in progress. I’m sure God is up there shaking His head while He watches over me most days. I can be a bit of a challenge. But you know what? God apparently loves a good challenge because He has shown so much more love, grace, and mercy to this old gal over the years than I deserve! One thing that I know to be true, without a shadow of a doubt, is that God will meet you right where you are and take you to where you need to be. You only need to be willing to go and walk with Him!

On my Facebook memories today, I saw a picture that I shared of Bro. Billy Smith. He and his interpreter where sharing the gospel, having all out church, in the middle of a pile of garbage in a village called Las Brisas in Peru. That was during our mission trip on this day in 2016. Fourteen people gave their lives to Christ that day. It was NOT within the four walls of a beautifully adorned, perfectly decorated, nicely air conditioned church building. It was in the middle of a pile a garbage! People were sitting in plastic chairs or standing, as there was standing room only, with sweat pouring off of their bodies because it was HOT! Oh so HOT! It was NOT comfortable. It did NOT smell pretty. It did NOT look nice. But you know what? Those people showed up to hear from God, and He met them right where they were on a pile of garbage, and He saved 14 souls that day!! Over 50 gave their lives to Christ that week, and my heart was set on fire for missions.

I didn’t set out to be a Christian author. I already have a great job as a nurse practitioner. But God! Oh but God! He put a burning desire in my heart that week to tell people about Him, and I haven’t been able to put that fire out ever since. God met me right where I was that week too, and He is taking me where He needs me to be. He’s taken me to Peru, to the Dominican Republic, and to several mission out reaches in our state. He takes me to work as a nurse practitioner, and He gives me a new mission field each day. You don’t have to leave the country to share the gospel, you only have to leave your comfort zone. It’s really hard at first and kind of scary, but the Holy Spirit has never failed me. If my body is willing, the boldness and words always come at just the right time and in just the right way.

This world is ever changing, Peeps. I’m sure y’all are growing weary of my daily devotionals, but I just have so much to say and I can’t help but say it. There are still so many who are lost, and they can’t find their way. How can they believe if they haven’t heard. And how can they hear if someone doesn’t tell them? God will meet you right where you are and take you where you need to be too. If you are lost, you’re not too lost to be saved by our Father. He’ll meet you right where you are. If you’re saved, share the gospel. Don’t be scared. He’ll meet you right where you are. And oh the places you will go….you just have to be willing to go…