What would you say is the worst news you have received?
The loss of a loved one?
A devastating diagnosis?
Perhaps it was the betrayal of a friend or something so painful that you have never spoken to anyone about it.
Everyone in this world has had their share of bad news. I recall the day that seemed to be the worst day of my life.
My doctor shared that I was very unhealthy and his next words shook me to my core. He said, "You are a very intelligent woman but you have not made good choices with your health and if you do not lose weight you will not live much longer...you may not live to see 40 years old."
I sat there with tears in my eyes. I was dumbfounded and partially offended, but most of all frustrated, scared and disappointed in myself.
He said for me to start taking a walk or getting on a treadmill for a minimum of 10 minutes a day and to immediately change my lifestyle.
When I first started exercising those 10 minutes were excruciating but I knew that I had to stay with it if I wanted to see my 40th birthday and to live longer.
Before I knew it 10 minutes turned into 15 minutes and 15 minutes turned into 30 minutes. Not only that, new choices were made in the things that I ate and as independent as I am (or thought I was), I learned that I needed a support system and a team of people to help me reach my goal of improved health. It has been a long road but I am so thankful to God that my medical reports have improved, significant weight loss has been experienced and I feel better now at 42 than I did at 22. When my body craves exercise and I get excited going to walk and jog all I can do is praise God because I remember how far He's brought me.
Clearly, the worst news of my life produced the best results in my life.
What about you? Do you also need someone in your life to tell you the truth about yourself in a way that is so painful that it will wake you up from your spiritual, relational, professional or physical slumber? Will what you have lost be re-purposed in the new evolution of you? Will your moments of devastation lead to your destiny being fulfilled?
Perhaps your worst news will produce the best results for you as well. Bad news draws us closer to God.
No matter where you are on your journey please be encouraged.
Where you are right now does not have to be your end. It could be one of your defining moments and a springboard to your testimony that will bless others.
In Genesis 22 Issac and Abraham's lamentation turned into celebration when God provided a ram.
In Luke 23:46 Jesus died on the cross. His gruesome death ensured the best of our salvation.
What looked like the disciples' worst news ever would lead to the best news ever in 3 days when they would experience Jesus had been resurrected. (Luke 24)
Today, let's pause and thank God for bad news that leads to the best news ever.
He was dead but now He's alive!
Because He lives all of our bad news can be overcome because of the cross.
"Because He lives I can face tomorrow, because he lives all fear is gone, because I know who holds the future and life is worth the living just because He lives..."
Thank you for bad days that have and will lead to better days. Thank you for being a God of another chance. Take our brokenness and receive honor . No matter what bad news we have or will experience, we know that you will grant an outcome that gives you glory. Thank you for testimonies and victory in Jesus Christ. We bless you for the gift of your marvelous grace. You lived, died, rose again and now are seated at the right hand of our Father interceding for each of us. Thank you for more good news to come. Our hope is in you.
Make us faithful!
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Monday, August 17, 2015
Last month my sister and I both celebrated our birthdays and we enjoyed a fun and memorable 2 week long celebration. We welcomed Shenikwa into the 40 year old club and I am so excited for her and immensely enjoyed her birthday festivities.
Last week our brother Emon celebrated his birthday and we thoroughly enjoyed celebrating with him as well. My husband and I deeply enjoyed a birthday dinner with him and hearing his excitement about the days ahead gave us great satisfaction. What a joy to watch your siblings grow in life and maturity.
Today I am so thankful to celebrate another birthday. This is not the birthday of a person but it is the birthday of something that is very much alive.
God has birthed a ministry by the name of Cross Spring and I am grateful to be the servant-founder. I welcome your continued prayers for this brand new ministry.
Respected and influential philosopher and theologian Thomas Aquinas once said,
"The things that we love reveal who we are."
I love many people and things including: my husband, family, friends, good food, learning, social media, a good book, good preaching, authentic conversations with authentic people and traveling, but there's someone and something that I love even more passionately :
I love Jesus.
I love what He did for us on the cross.
I love that He has given us
Himself and allows us the opportunity to participate in His activity.
I love that God places His treasures in trashcans and yet allows us to present the Living Water to others who are thirsty in a myriad of ways.
Cross Spring Ministries is my new love.
Like birthing a child, it has come with prayerful planning and pain and the process has been worth it. I am so thankful that the vision has been born and we are anticipating a future with God who will grow this dream and mature it for His glory. It's the birthday or inception of Cross Spring and my desire is that it will simply be given back to God and overseen with integrity and care. Today I am praying for all "parents" of ministries.
We are living in a world where people establish ministries or become the leader of a ministry or organization and assume that it is their kingdom. That arrogant and sinful mindset has added fuel to the flame of narcissism within the local and global church.
In a moment of reflection we can often sit and ponder the type of ministry or organization that we do not desire because we have seen the colossal mistakes of others.
Today was special and solemn because it gave me an opportunity to spend the day in prayer asking God to remind me daily that this ministry belongs to Him and not myself. It is a platform to introduce others to Jesus Christ and to push the potential of others who are seeking their purpose. It is a means to offer hope for the hurting and a place by which encouragement can serve as an arrow that points people to Jesus Christ. It is not a platform for growing in popularity and celebrity, manipulative agendas, or personal gain but a platform of servitude.
Why? Because it is a matter of stewardship.
Genesis 2:15 shares how God gave the garden to man with the expectation of him cultivating it and keeping it.
Many times we desire God to bless us but we reject the responsibility of cultivating and keeping the blessing that He has given.
Today, on the birthday of this new ministry, my desire, by the grace of God, is to till the soil, to plow and to water the seeds that God has planted because of His love.
What has God given to you that He is asking you to cultivate and keep daily because you love Him?
Is it a business or ministry? A marriage, a family or friendship? A job, opportunity, team, task or dream?
As we move in our hectic day to day activities, let us pause to remember that we are only borrowers of what belongs to God.
May we fix our eyes on the responsibility of cultivating.
We humbly give back to you what you have so generously given to us. Take our lives, gifts, resources, titles and tasks, platforms and the people in our care and make us faithful keepers.
For your glory!
Friday, August 14, 2015
Welcome to my new blog spot and another place to call home.
This will be a place that will give a small window into some of life's experiences, reflections, and lessons learned on the journey.
I hope that it will be a place of prayer, promise, purpose, and possibility.
Perhaps it will be one of the many places that you will stop by to visit each week or month that will invite you to worship God, to be engaged in thought, to have real talk about failures, victories, growth, or a place that simply offers you encouragement or respite during a busy week when you simply need to slow down to inhale grace.
It's a place of grace.
"Amazing grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me, I once was lost but now I'm found, was blind but now I see."
I look forward to the things that we will "see" together.