Tuesday, July 31, 2007

What's In A Title?

When I was choosing a title for my personal web page I struggled with finding just the right thing. I wanted something personal, something that revealed a little about me. Finally, I decided to take two words from my "life-verse."

Proverbs 31:25
"She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come."

This was my chosen life verse, not because I always manage to live my life with strength and dignity, nor because I am always able to laugh, no matter what my circumstance; rather I choose it because these are things that I aspire to.

I have lived my life as if I were studying at the school of hard knocks, so I feel that most of the time I do fairly well with the strength portion. At least, I have now learned to rely on the one "true" source of strength, the Lord Jesus Christ. However, having been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in early 2006, my prayer has become that I will handle the progression of this disease, and in fact my whole life, in a dignified manner. This is an area that God and I are still refining. For me being dignified means that every situation in life must be filtered through Jesus. I must ask myself "How would Jesus respond?" And, the laughing part . . . well some days I just want to have a pity party and cry, cry, cry! I used to think that I had a pretty awesome sense of humor, and I probably did have a worldly sense of humor. Now, that part of my life verse speaks more to my ability to retain joy in the Lord; no matter what life throws my way.

The Lord and I have been on an amazing journey together and I look forward to what He will teach me next. I continue to pray that He will allow me to know Him better, and to serve Him fully.

Follow God

"And I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will guide you with knowledge and understanding." Jeremiah 3:15

The verse above has become one of my favorites. It resonates deep within my soul. It is the desire of my heart that I live my life as a "shepherd after God's heart" and that I guide other women to Him through the knowledge and understanding that He has given me. Without God, I am nothing! All I have, am or hope to become, I owe to my loving Savior.

My greatest desire is to see other women grow in their walk with the Lord. I pray that God will use me as His instrument to instruct women, encourage women, and to lead women to lay everything at the feet of Jesus. Too often, the things of this world vie for our attention. We become too busy, too burdened and then too stressed out and too tired. I want women to learn to shift gears, shift perspective, to gain focus on the eternal, not the immediate.

I want my sisters to know that my God is able! No matter what station in life, no matter how rich or how poor, no matter if they are young or mearly young in spirit; if we live our lives for the Lord, putting Him first in everything, he will meet our every need.

My God is faithful!

Friday, July 27, 2007

His Love is Amazing!

I stand firmly amazed at the depth of God's love for us. The way I see His handprints all over my life right now just makes me want to sing His praise!

I admit, that lately I have been struggling with some difficult things in my life, but I serve a loving God and He keeps speaking to my heart. He encourages me when I am down, and he holds me when I cry. He is my everything; my all in all.

God is moving in our Women's Ministry. He is answering our prayers. I know that this is happening because we have made seeking His will in prayer our priority. "Father, I worship you. I seek your face, and pray for your guidance. Lead me, and lead this ministry. May you be lifted up and glorified. May I serve as your handmaid. May my answer always be, Here I am, send me."

My Personal Blog

Well, I finally gave in to my desire to start my own blog page. I have the wegrowwomensministry blog that I keep updated for the women of my church, but I wanted a place where I could record some of my thoughts and ramblings in regard to my walk with the Lord. The Lord is so good and He is teaching me so many things. So, I begin this journey.