Honoring Mothers

Mother's day post

Mother’s Day is on May 10th this year and that makes it less than a month away. I have to find a victim, quick! No, really. Let me explain…….

My mother passed away 6 years ago and because she has gone on, it doesn’t exempt me from honoring mothers all around me. There are single mothers who need encouraging, spiritual mothers who need honoring, sisters who have forgotten how awesome they truly are or maybe you’re a mother to orphans who simply needs someone to listen to what has happened in your day. The need is greater than we know.

I’ve heard it said that Mother’s Day is only a ‘Hallmark’ holiday and it doesn’t really matter that much but this couldn’t be further from the truth! It matters a lot. No, it doesn’t matter how the world celebrates or even doesn’t celebrate; WE are of a different kingdom and we know how important mother’s are, right?!

Mothers are the very first teachers we have and they impart so much with their time, their love and their wisdom. Mothers are our first confidants and the first ones we run too when we are little. Remember those mashed up flowers we grabbed with our tiny little hands just so we could present them to our mommy’s? Remember how she kissed our owie’s away and everything was all better?

And when we are older and our relationships with our mothers were more than a little strained because WE knew absolutely everything and she was only trying to keep us from all that WE knew we could do. Right…..even those days she was there; washing our sheets, making us meals and even praying for our safety and for wisdom to ‘please dear God’ land on us! I know I wasn’t the easiest daughter to raise; maybe not the worst but in hind sight, I could have honored her more.

But this is not about regrets! NOPE. This is about loving and honoring the women who have raised us and mentored us. It’s also about those we came to depend on in our time of need. Let’s not let an opportunity pass to honor these great women. And you do realize,  whether a woman believes in Jesus like we do or not has nothing to do with it at the end of the day. Jesus knows her and He loves her well. We should also.

So, my challenge to you is this…….

Find someone to honor and celebrate extravagantly this year. Take them to dinner, send them something in the mail, go clean their house or buy them flowers. And most importantly, tell them how much they’ve meant to you, how they’ve spoken into your life. How awesome they are!

And then, come back and share the testimony of how blessed they were by your kindness!

This is a picture of my mom when I was 8.

Mom pic

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A Day in the Life

Woman in a Carboard Box

I have a question: Am I radical? meaning, do I live too far out of the box and would you be more comfortable if I were inside that box?

I was talking with someone yesterday about the weather and our authority over it. You see, we had planned a Christmas luncheon for the Healing Center I work in and by the reports of the weather men; we weren’t going to be able to have it. Those that were coming lived in different parts of the state and had many miles to travel to get here and with all the freezing rain and ice that they were predicting that would be impossible to do. (Not to mention, this is the south and we don’t drive on ice, we just don’t do it).

A few days before the event, we began making declarations to the weather systems, the powers and prince of the air and putting them on notice that we would in fact have our meeting and the weather would not manifest as the weathermen kept predicting. We would not dodge the bullet but instead, we were removing the bullet!  We then sent an email out to everyone asking for agreement with our declarations.

On Saturday, that’s exactly what happened; every person who was to come to this event came and there were NO problems with the roads. They were perfectly dry, and of course, we were not surprised.

So back to my conversation yesterday: This person was commenting about the email we sent out about coming into agreement over the weather. They personally wanted it to snow and become icy but they felt a conviction from God to ‘get over it’ and agree with us, which they did. Also, they wondered about us praying like that in the first place. I corrected her and said we weren’t “praying” at all or asking God for anything, but instead we were declaring and commanding as God had given us authority to do. We can’t keep asking God to do for us what He’s expecting us to do.

While she agreed with this on some level (her words), she thought it was a radical belief. As in who does this??  Don’t we just pray and ask God for protection and to keep us safe and that’s it?

I answered, ME, I do this and I’ve seen too much happen to stop declaring now! And no, we don’t just pray for God to do everything for us. We take dominion and declare the enemy’s hand is removed.

I had this conversation about 5 years ago but the question still remains; am I radical, do I live too far out of the box, or are there better questions?

Are you living in a box?

Are you experiencing the kingdom?

Are you walking out the things you talk about?

Me – I’m living on the edge, as far as I can go, today. Tomorrow, the edge will extend out even further.

To answer the original question, no, I’m not radical; this is normal everyday life for believers and especially me. This is what normal is in the Kingdom, but not normal by the worlds standards. I won’t live in that box! If that scares you, stick around because you ain’t seen nothing yet!

On Good Friday, we were yet again declaring storms to cease. Another day in the life. . . .. .

Become Love and Plug In

Plug in

Sometimes we’re looking for something we can gain from people when it’s only something we can gain from God. We often go from place to place looking for love when we are made to become love and plug in, and then give what God created us to be back to the Body.

We’re not supposed to go from church to church or even group to group (in social media) to find out if they love us. If we do, what we’re doing is traveling from place to place, finding fault, finding what’s wrong here, and finding what’s wrong there. If we have a problem with this person, that person or even those people – the problem is us!  (Paraphrase ~ Todd White)

To make this personal, if I have a problem with 10 to 20 people, it’s not them….it’s me.

Instead of looking FOR love, I need to BECOME love and plug that love back into the Body of Christ and pour it all over everyone else I encounter too. I need to invest love.

And if, like many of us here, we find our church in a social media setting, this going from church to church issue still applies; it simply manifests differently. It’s easier than a physical church really, we simply unfriend or block the difficult person and before you know it, we have only easy to love people all around us. And it seemingly costs us nothing.

Truth be told, these things cost us more than we realize. Opportunities pass and they do not return.

Sticking around and doing life with a group of people is one of the most fulfilling and satisfying things there is. Here are people to love us when we are feeling low and people to pray for us when we are in need and even people to simply to hang out with that we feel comfortable with.  But then, sometimes there are others in this group that are wounded and hurt and it shows up in their actions and reactions to other people in the group.  Right here is where the rubber hits the road really. Do we stick around and increase relationships with everyone, even those who offend us or do we take our love and leave?

If we want a community, a real community where they’re people we want to be around and do life with, we will have to be willing to pay a price. Most of the time, that price is us. At some point, it will cost us everything. I’m not saying it’s not worth it, NO, what I’m saying is it’s worth everything we are or ever will be. It’s worth dying for.

If we are guilty of this and I have been if I’m honest with myself, (especially in the early years) we will confess that the problem is us and work toward changing that.

I sometimes think we assume that if we are in God’s will and are walking with the people He wants us to then everything will be easy and smooth, but that can’t be further from the truth. Jesus never said that. What He did say was that My yoke (burden) was light and that means bearable, not easy. Just like I need mercy and grace extended toward me, sometimes daily, those I am in community with also need it. What we’ve been given needs to be poured out, not held back.

I’ve been pondering on these things lately and I’ve decided that I cannot afford to only have relationship with those who are exactly like me, who think like me, who believe like me or who talks like me. Where is the grace in that? LOVE develops in hardship. Love is what we become as we do life together with people who are gathered in unity and yet, are as different from one another as night is from day. Love is developed when we stand with each other, despite not necessarily agreeing with everything they do or think.  Love is developed when we remain with people who aren’t always easy to love, but we love them anyway, right in the middle of their mess.

In the upper room while waiting for Holy Spirit to come, the disciples and the others were in unity. The scriptures don’t say anything about them being in total agreement with one another. No, it says they were in unity. Unity and agreement are not the same. The disciples were all different and often disagreed about how to approach ministry and many other things. And yet they were one when Holy Spirit descended upon them.

Are we any different? No, we are not.

God has what we need. We find it by sticking around and not leaving when things get tough. We find it by bearing all things with one another because He lives in us and that Fruit is there because we need it. Let’s give love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control a chance to flourish in our lives.

Become love and plug in. Stick around and see what will happen! Amazing things are on the horizon.

Conversations with God

You know, God used to be so sneaky, but lately He’s gotten downright bold. It used to be that He and I would have conversations, sometimes just chatting, sometimes really pressing into some meaty stuff. After our conversations I would pretty much go on with my day, sometimes contemplating on what He said and sometimes not. (Busyness can rob you of much revelation sometimes). Days would go by and I wouldn’t have given much thought to something specific He said. It was like I had placed it on a shelf to be considered later or something. Then suddenly I would see something or hear something that would be so exactly what our conversation was about that I would be stunned. I would be reminded of the conversation He and I shared. He has been stunning me for several years now. He confirms and backs up everything He says, even if I’m not looking for it.

Lately though, He’s escalated things in that our conversations get confirmed and highlighted within hours of the initial words. Over and over again He brings these things back up through ‘seemingly’ random teachings, through music or even overheard conversations that weren’t even for me or about Him.

He and I have been talking about dreams and vision lately and everywhere I turn, someone is speaking the same thing. Even if I play “Russian Roulette” on my IPod, where I will take literally years worth of teachings and do a random shuffle, saying, ‘You choose God,’ and the choice is always on the same subject or revelation of our current conversation.

I love His boldness. I love how He encourages me.

Keep speaking Lord, Your daughter hears.

conversations with God