Monthly Archives: January 2008
A Speaking, Writing and Leadership Conference! (With special sessions for Bloggers!) Lysa TerKeurst from Proverbs 31 Ministries has asked Shannon, Melanie and Boo Mama to lead a couple of sessions on blogging at this summer’s She Speaks conference in Concord, North Carolina. The conference is scheduled for June 20-22, 2008 ! Lysa is also giving someone the opportunity to earn a scholarship to attend the conference if you (like me) are just always in the “low funds” area of life. (I know these are low funds days when my sweet man instructs me to “stay away” from LifeWay Christian Supply. He knows I have a tendency to “find” books I just “NEED”.) Lysa is having a scholarship contest right now so get over there.
I can’t speak. I am not a speaker. NOT A SPEAKER. But I can write. Or at least I attempt at such. When asked to speak….I get scared. Break out in a rash on my neck. I get twitches in my eye. I get a “set” stomach (opposite of upset)—eewwww—maybe I shouldn’t have shared that.
But recently in prayer when it was God’s turn to hold the “talking stick”….I was silent and He said, “you can do all things through My strength.” I believed Him. I told Him I did not want to ever be like Moses and come up with excuses—knowing full well that a God who could burn a bush and not burn a bush at the same time…could absolutely give me the words and wisdom I needed for the hour at hand. So I need NEED to win (my extra funds are delegated for tires). I WANT to WIN. If that is what He wants. I do not pray for anything out of His divine plan for my puzzle pieced life. I simply [do my best] to wait on Him to fit the puzzle together. I try not to hand Him pieces that surely don’t fit [yet].
So….girlfriend….if you would like to participate in this awesome contest…head over to Lysa’s! If you aren’t participating…but want to pray….PRAY FOR ME! Not to win. But, to be in His will….wherever it takes me. (Or, if you have an extra $500 laying around catching dust…it can be tax-deductible donation—if you send me! That’s what I read here.)
I so love all my readers and fellow bloggers. I would love to meet you all! If I have the opportunity to attend (by a miracle–and I do believe), then we can actually sit down for that long hoped for cup of coffee!
Girls~if you have stopped over here to read—to take a breather—find some encouragement…let me direct you to Wanda’s first post! Taa-daa! I feel this is quite appropriate….”God’s Waiting Room” is the title…sounds good Sister! (I actually know it is because I read it first!)
Wanda had a good doctor visit yesterday and we are expecting the LORD to finish His good work!
I will be back later on this weekend for a devotion the Lord is burning in my heart. I love you all!
Look ya’ll, it’s blooming!
Right in the dead of winter. It’s a type “Wandering Jew”.
I didn’t even know it could bloom- first time ever! It’s a beaut!
When I saw it this morning I felt like I heard a little whisper in my ear. “See even in the hard places I can bring forth a blossom!”
The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom…Isaiah 35:1
Thank you Lord for reminding me today of your love through a simple houseplant I’ve been caring for. (Sometimes it gets water, sometimes it doesn’t- it’s a wonder it survived, poor thing- maybe I need to call it “Wonder It Survives.” (There’s a Blog for you Angie!!)
The Lord is so good! In the same chapter of Isaiah, it reads: Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompense; he will come and save you……verse 6 says ….for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.
Ooooh I’m getting excited! – when I need water the Lord is there with water!
Some time ago I found a little saying by Barbara Johnson that said, “Every flower that ever bloomed had to go through a whole lot of dirt to get there.” Sistas, we are coming up out of the dirt. I have to tell you the rest of this chapter in Isaiah just gets better. Listen to this: verse 9 says: No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there: verse 10 says: And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
We can shout now! That’s good! I’ve been in some dirt lately, but I’m coming up walking and singing!!! (By faith now sisters)
If you hadn’t read Wanda’s blog yet scroll on down it will touch you very deeply. It’s about waiting on the Lord, and sometimes we’re in the dirt waiting… Wanda can tell you what to do through the message from her heart. Thanks Wanda, I truly needed that!
Ya’ll come back now, ya here ( they say that on the Beverly Hillbillies, Wanda, just had to say it again – I like saying it okay?) I’m working on a novel -blog (so my husband calls it) coming up about “Misunderstood Women.” C U soon!
Below is another houseplant blooming, I call it “Mixed up Cactus” it’s really a Christmas Cactus, but the crazy thing didn’t start blooming till January and I already took all my Christmas stuff down- oh well, it’s pretty! Anyway, I needed the blooms more now, I guess. Thank you again, Lord!
Keeping the Faith,
The Sisters – Aimee
Have you ever had to wait on something? Waiting is sometimes the hardest thing to do. In this life of instant everything….perhaps we forgotten how to “wait”.
These are some thoughts that have been on my mind in this most recent episode of heart problems. I have had health issues all of my life—so you would think I would be used to the onslaught of enemy attack by now. Or at the very least, I would know what and when to expect it. But yet again….I am caught off guard. In my weakened physical condition…the enemy attacks the spiritual “me”. Isn’t that where we are all most vunerable?
Do you hear….from the depths of your heart….”be still and know that I am God”…. It’s time to stop and listen. Sometimes difficulties may enter our lives to “slow us down”. I have discovered that many times we “cover up” the voice of the Lord with busyness. We stay so busy we have no time to spend in prayer or the Word. Are we afraid of what He might say….or are we afraid of what He might ask us to do? I have found myself feeling this. In discussing this with my sisters, we all seem to feel this way. Afraid of what He might require us to do. We need to remember—He won’t ask us to do anything that He won’t guide, direct and qualify us to do.
When we finally stop and listen, however the “listening” came about, it is worth the wait. We realize with clarity that the enemy was trying to “steal” something from us all along. He kept our focus and attention on other things….demanding things. But we must stop—-and listen.
Since I have been home from the hospital, I have found myself being attacked during the night—by the enemy of my soul. When I am plagued with thoughts of fear and the uncertainties of life, I try and pull as many scriptures in as I can recall, almost as if I am pulling up a comforting quilt to warm my body and soul. A couple of my “strength verses” are, “By His stripes we are healed”; and “Greater is He that is in me, than He that is in the world”. I have to remind myself over and over of the promises of the Father in order to get even a minute of peace. Sleep does not come easy these days. I cling to the promises of the Lord. I am listening to His voice—I want to be obedient to His calling.
Jehovah-Rophe ~ the Lord who heals; and
Jehovah-Shalom ~ the Lord is peace.
Keeping the Faith,
The Sisters (Thoughts from Wanda’s noteboook–typed by Angie)