I can't believe we're in the middle of September already. The time just flies. I was thinking about how many things have changed in a year and if I let it, it would overwhelm me. Many people say they just don't like change but everywhere I look there is change. We can't stop babies from becoming teenagers, we can't stop the aging process and we can't stop the seasons. No matter how hard we try, if we don't change, everything around us will.
As I type this, I am thinking about how much my life changed when I first accepted my call. It happened right after my dad's death. I had felt called to write and to speak to women for years but with the responsibilities of ill parents, children, and a not so steady marriage, kept me from moving toward His call. God could have helped me then but I was overwhelmed and didn't think I had what it took to write for Him. Now I realize, I was missing out on the blessing, not God. Since I was little, I loved to write and read. It really is my only talent besides loving and talking to people. I can't throw a ball and if you could watch me to try to run with my husband and I do mean try, you would laugh your head off. I'm not an athlete and I'm not a great mind but I love people and I love God and for whatever reason, He gave me a talent to write about Him. The transformation came when I was sitting at the funeral home with my brothers. I realized I could never be silent again. I couldn't hold all this knowledge and love I had for Christ inside. I had to speak and find away to reach the women God was calling me to share my faith with. He had taken me through many trials and I had paid Him back by my silence. No more. I didn't want another person at deaths door without me at least saying, "What about Jesus?" Don't get me wrong, I did try to have talks with my father. As a matter of fact, my son was desperate. He had gone and bought Him a Bible and several books only to have my dad become quiet and really not want to talk to Him. He felt broken and He was right. He was the child and I needed to step up and talk to his grandfather about Jesus. I commend my son for hearing the call and gently sharing the gospel with the man he loved.
So, I made the confession in the funeral home, in front of our pastor, and to my brothers, which by the way, one doesn't believe in Jesus. I sat there with more confidence then I have ever had and for once, I changed my course. I took the steering wheel and began to write this blog. It hasn't been easy and often I have felt like maybe I am not talented to do this but then I put those thoughts behind me and began to write what's on my heart and behold, we are at 200 prayers, 200 or more Scriptures and 2100 hits to this blog. I know it's not that many but everyone that hits this blog is God picked and I am so grateful for each one of you. You keep me going. It's challenging to get up every morning to write. It was much easier in the summer but every morning I am so pleased to sit down and write and when God reveals Himself to me, I am blessed. I hope this blog blesses you too and comforts you as it has me.
I can honestly say that spending this time with you and God has made this year the best year of my life. And though I approach the one year mark of my father's passing, I can say I am more blessed than when he was alive because Christ has filled in for my parents and continues to direct my path, just as they did. I can't think of anyone else I would rather learn from, can you?
If you're investigating if Christ is real, don't take my word. Read over my prayers and the Scripture that has been placed on this blog. Go see a pastor or just ask God to reveal Himself through Scripture. Christ doesn't need me to tell you He exists. The great thing about being a child of God is that you can go directly to him, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I know because I do on a regular basis. He has become my manna and my sustenance. Without Him, I would be dead but with Him I am changing, growing and more loving. My heart is wide open and continues to want to spread His word. I pray that if you don't know Him, you find Him today. He loves you and is just waiting for you to say, "Yes."
Be of good cheer today my sisters and remember a day that starts with Jesus is a day blessed. If change is going to occur anyway wouldn't it be better to talk to Him this morning? Preparation is the key when it comes to change and the only way to prepare is to bow down and worship our King. He's waiting for you, not the other way around. I thank you for coming onto this blog and supporting me as I continue to fulfill my call. I am blessed and I hope you are too. I leave everything to Jesus today and I hope that you do too.
John 13:34-35 NKJV:
"A new command I give you: Love one another, as I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."
Numbers 23:20 NKJV:
I have received a command to bless; he has blessed, and I cannot change it.
My prayer today:
O, Lord, thank you for making us faithful to You. Thank you for coming into our lives and blessing us with Your presence. Change is coming and with it we must come before You sometime during the day to be fed and watered. You are our water. Without You, we will wither and die. But with You, we have fullness of life, direction and light. Our soil becomes rich when we read the word and our hearts become full as we come before You. We continue to be a sinful generation, marked by the desires of our flesh. Help us to become servants of You, dying to our flesh, and making You known. We are not perfect and often, we don't listen. Please open our minds and hearts to You so that we can hear You! We desire You in our lives, being our Father. You are a mighty and powerful Father and we gladly stand by and watch as You change lives from death to life. You are everything to us and we worship You today. May You bless women all around the world and please bring the seekers to us. We want to tell them of the great and mighty God we serve. Help us Lord continue to share the word but more importantly, help us to love. For love is the key to our hearts and You called it from the beginning. A person that feels love is a person with many blessings. We ask that You continue to protect our houses as we preach Your word. Give us wisdom in the dark and light our paths toward tomorrow. In Jesus name, AMEN