Memories of Junior High Camp

 

 

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ScanYears ago, I was an adult leader with our Jr. High Youth group. Every year we would go to summer camp, and, every year there was one night we played hide and go seek. The adult leaders would take their Jr. Higher’s and hide and it was the job of the Pastors to find each group. We would all wear the darkest clothing we had. I still have my hoodie that I bought at camp just for this night and it is still one of my favorite sweatshirts! Now, I use to be very competitive, okay, I still am, but just a tiny bit especially when it comes to board games. I was determined this night that my girls and I would not be found.

Scan 5We hid down by a stream that had a huge fallen tree across it that one could walk over instead of the path we took. We positioned ourselves in a straight line in the shadow of the tree. It was completely dark except for the light of the moon. It was also very quiet except for the shouts and calls of the Youth Pastors attempting to draw everyone out. We sat and whispered to one another and giggled as one by one we could hear the other groups suffering the defeat of being discovered. There were a few close calls as we heard Pastors coming our way and turning around after finding ‘nothing’. Finally, after what seemed like a million years, the game was over and we were never found! We won! We won! We won! Did I mention I use to be competitive? My heart is racing recalling this memory! The funny thing is we were actually hiding in plain sight. Had anyone come from the other direction they would have been facing toward us and even though we were all wearing dark clothing the Pastors all had one advantage, they had flashlights!

Scan 3In Acts 17 we find Paul walking around Athens and he is greatly distressed to find the city full of idols. He even found an altar that had an inscription to an unknown God. This gave Paul the perfect opportunity to share the gospel message and Christ Jesus as the unknown God.

God had revealed Himself to the Athenians, who had been worshipping Him without knowing, well before Paul arrived. God the Father was there the entire time in plain sight! Oh, how the Father loves his creation, so much so, he will stop at no means to show his desire to be in a redeemed relationship with all his creation through his beloved Son, Jesus!

Scan 1Precious One, God is not a hidden God, He is right in front of you. He is in plain sight.

Shalom!

check out http://www.icr.org/article/genesis-chinese-pictographs/                                   for another amazing story of God in plain sight!

 

 

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What Will You Bring?

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17.

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17.

I sit here this morning, having allowed myself to sleep in, it is after all a holiday here in our great Country. As usual my list of things to accomplish is long. Blessings to all you working moms who work outside the home as well as full-time in your home.

Before I get ready to open God’s word and immerse myself in the beauty and peace of what He has for me today, I make a quick perusal of a social media sight to see what others are up to. I stop by a prayer group to read requests and offer prayers on behalf of others, and Holy Spirit begins to whisper “Yaweh”. My next stop is to a group who is reading through the Bible chronologically this year. As I read what others have posted about their readings for today, Holy Spirit again whispers “Yaweh”. Now I am intrigued.

Although Yaweh is a name for God there is a specific meaning behind this name of His. I look up the meaning and find Yaweh is the Proper Name for God. Not only that it also means the one bringing into being, life-giver, giver of existence, creator. (Strong’s Hebrew 3068).

Last night our Pastor was speaking with us on the vision for our faith family. It was vision casting tied together with a sermon that gave me holy goose bumps and a desire to ‘let’s do this!’ You see, the past four years we have been in a season of being on a journey to discover Christ together. And while we are still a part of that journey, last night we entered a season of bringing true life to our community.

Bringing Yaweh.

Shalom!

 

At The Feet Of Jesus

Not long ago, I had an ‘aha’ moment. Actually, I have many ‘aha’ moments, but this particular moment came while I was reading Luke 10:41-42. I was working on a teaching and the Holy Spirit reminded me of these verses, and He guided me to the version in The Message. I don’t study from The Message but sometimes the Holy Spirit brings me there to further illuminate his word for me. Like the light from a lamp that is switched on; its brilliance fills the space it encompasses.

“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.” Luke 10: 41-42 The Message.

2159-1013-A2201I have always felt that as Mary sat at the feet of Jesus it was to learn from Him. To hang on every word he said gaining his knowledge and wisdom, and while this may be true,  during this ‘aha’ moment I sensed the Holy Spirit saying to me, “she sat at My feet to receive from me.” Mary was modeling solitude. Simply being in the presence of God with no agenda, no prayer requests, no thoughts, no words, just quietness. Simply receiving his love. Do you love how Jesus describes himself? As the main course! And, don’t miss his promise to Mary, He won’t be taken from her! This promise is ours also, it is part of our inheritance in Him. For those who believe in Jesus as their Lord and Savior, He will never be taken from us. Hallelujah!

A few days after this ‘aha’ moment a friend asked me to preview a teaching she is giving later this year. Wouldn’t you know, this verse is part of her teaching?! Oh, but it gets better, as we discussed this teaching she commented that her sense was that there wasn’t any knowledge transfer from Jesus to Mary going on. Mary sat and freely received the love of Jesus, which he freely gave! It always amazes me when the Holy Spirit confirms for us what he is speaking to us. He doesn’t have to but chooses to do so. I hope that I am always amazed by this aspect of our relationship!

Here is what I believe the Holy Spirit wants us to feel deep in our soul:

“Solitude is sitting at the feet of Jesus receiving his lavish love. Being refilled and replenished by the Holy Spirit. Being at home with Jesus.” T.B.

Precious One, I bless you with the lavish love of Christ.

Shalom!

Out Of Zion’s Hill

He was sitting in a grand chair, so brilliant that it shone like the noonday sun, but it dimmed in comparison to His magnificence. Perhaps the chair really wasn’t shining, it was Him and the overflow of his beauty onto the chair. She had her head in his lap, her long hair flowing about her. This was her favorite place to be, she always felt completely safe while here.

She was talking quietly with him, and as she did, she began to see doors open one by one, all around her. When she asked about them, he told her he indeed was opening doors that no one could close. He told her she would join others, many others, who would help usher in a new season, a season filled with hope and love and the welcoming of His Spirit. Then she heard what sounded like angelic voices, at least it must be because they sang with such power and at the same time so beautifully crystal clear.

Say, behold He comes, riding on the clouds
Shining like the sun, at the trumpet’s call
Lift your voice, it’s the year of Jubilee
Out of Zion’s hill, salvation comes.

Mountain

Out of Zion’s hill, salvation comes!

Shalom!

Song lyrics; Donnie Mc Clurkin

Make A Cheerful Noise

174-musicWhen I was in sixth grade I sat in second seat in the flute section of our elementary school band. Other than that one experience, I am NOT musically inclined in any way, shape or form. Wait, I was a Song Girl in high school, but we didn’t sing, we danced and that is entirely another story! All the same, music moves me, especially worship music. When I am with my faith family and we are singing as one, it is an amazing 64925_4550652998757_2111394693_nexperience! Might I add that during these times I sound awesome…..in my mind! Thankfully and at least, God loves a cheerful noise however that may sound.

Last summer we were in a small airport waiting on a flight delay. I had my ear buds in and my worship music loud and was pinning or sharing from one website to another. Suddenly, I look up and my family is staring at me with a look somewhere in between embarrassment and horror. Yep, you guessed it, I was carried away and had begun to sing, out loud and apparently not so quietly.

King David dancing before the Lord with all his might. Image courtesy of jtbarts.com

King David dancing before the Lord with all his might. Image courtesy of jtbarts.com

Don’t you think God enjoys those moments with us? When it is just the two of us hanging out, having a good time and it doesn’t matter who else is around? It reminds me of the story of King David when he had returned from war and the Lord had made him victorious. He came back into town dancing before the Lord with all his might. Wearing a linen ephod. (2 Samuel 6:14). Here is one artists rendition of what David might have looked like. His first wife Michel accused him of going around half-naked and in front of the slave girls! Lord have mercy, what was he thinking? David’s response to Michel was simple, “I will celebrate before the Lord.” (2 Samuel 6:21b).

While I don’t encourage any of us going around “half naked” physically, I would like to suggest baring our hearts in full nakedness in worship to the Lord. Today and everyday I encourage you to celebrate before the Lord however the Spirit moves you! Freedom in Christ is part of your inheritance and the Spirit will NEVER misguide you!

Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. Luke 9:26

God in the China

20140310_201009Recently I acquired this and that of four different antique china sets. I really have no use for them. I have my own set of china as well as my mom’s. One set of the acquired china, in particular, stood out at me.  It is of a beautiful and delicate rose design.

Now, I have a friend who I have noticed “pins” items with a similar design. It falls under the shabby chic collection. Yes, okay, I admit I pin to my own shabby chic board, but that is as far as it goes for me!

Shortly after I acquired this china I heard the Holy Spirit whisper to me to give the entire set to my friend. I thought it was a great idea, but, I lolly gagged about actually doing that. Last night the Holy Spirit prompted me again and right after that thought came the thought, “don’t be silly, she doesn’t want that.” There he was again, mocking God and trying to entice me into believing I didn’t hear what God was asking me to do. He didn’t reserve one of his most infamous lines, “Did God really say that….?”, just for the garden!

I was about to buy into the lie when there was the firm and gently prompting of the Holy Spirit again. I decided to take a picture of one of the pieces and send it to my friend asking her if she wanted it. She replied that she did and I made arrangements to drop it off to her.

When I arrived at her house today carrying a big box of china, she looked at me quizzically. She thought it was just the one piece from the picture I had sent her. Smiling to myself, I told her I had another box in the car. Her hand went to her mouth and she said, “I’m going to cry.”

Do you know how incredibly blessed I feel to be in a position to bless her?! What’s more, can you see how God orchestrated and wove together all the pieces? From me seeing her pins, to me receiving the china, to the Holy Spirit softly guiding me with what to do with the blessing.

There is a song by Tim Hughes titled “Everything”. Below are some of the words to this awesome song.

God in my hoping, there in my dreaming
God in my watching, God in my waiting
God in my laughing, there in my weeping
God in my hurting, God in my healing
Tim Hughes – Everything Lyrics | MetroLyrics

God is everywhere, even in the china.