My Granny

Incredibly, today my Granny would have been 115 years of age! She lived to be 92, then went to Heaven.

My Granny had a second grade education. She had to leave school at the age of eight years. From that time until she married, at the tender age of fifteen years, she raised, farmed, picked, slaughtered, prepared and cooked the food for her “Papa” (a Civil War veteran), their family, and all the sawmill hands.

She and my Grandpa had 10 babies, six of whom survived. They lived the realities of “The Grapes of Wrath” when they packed all their possessions and moved from Oklahoma to California during the dust bowl days.

My mother was 4 years old when they trekked across the southwestern region of the United States settling in the Oildale area of California.  For a while they made their home in a box car. They were migrant farm hands until Grandpa was hired by an oil company and Granny found steady work in a canning factory.

Throughout the miles and in all the trials their family endured, Granny just kept going.

I began this tribute by stating at age 92, Granny went to Heaven. How can I make such a confident declaration? Not because of all the good things she did in the midst of her circumstances–which were many–but because she knew Jesus.

She found Jesus as a young woman and determined in her heart she would introduce her family to Jesus and do all she could so her family would also know Him. She would have her family in church at every opportunity because she desired that each of her children would find, experience, and know the precious peace in Jesus Christ she had come to know amidst the tribulations of life.

As one of her many granddaughters, I can attest we never left her home without having a time of prayer with her and Grandpa. We each took a spot by a chair in the living room and knelt to pray; each praying for God’s protection over the travelers and other known needs.

Everything in Granny’s life was obviously not perfect but she trusted the One True and Living God and His perfect goodness to get her through each situation. My Granny’s faith in God enabled and empowered her to do what she did and to endure to the end.

It is a joy for me that I can rest in the knowledge that I will see her again. She left a legacy of trusting in the Lord for everything.

Like my Granny’s life, God has a plan for each of us He determined long ago.  Knowing this brings a set of questions to be answered. Have we chosen to take our place in His Kingdom? Have we determined to walk with the Lord throughout this life and all the circumstances that present themselves? Are we leaving a legacy of faith, trust and joy in the Lord? Is the legacy we are leaving leading others toward God and into His Kingdom?

“God saved you by his special favor when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:8-10 NLT

My Granny’s reward is she is now with our Lord, living eternally with Him, never having to experience again any lack, loss, or tears of sorrow, grief or sadness. Now and forever, she has complete joy!

May I walk out my life in a way that leaves a legacy of glistening love and sparkling joy found only in the Kingdom of God through Christ Jesus.

 

Life’s Purpose. It’s All About WHY.

Have you ever wondered about your “why?” You know, Why am I here? What is my reason for existence? What is my purpose?

Of course.  Who hasn’t, right?

Each of us has probably asked this question of ourselves at least once in our lifetime.  Most of us ask it many times over the course of our days.

As we seek to answer that nagging question, we study various subjects, learn new skills, further our formal education, change employers, change professions, and reinvent ourselves–all in an attempt to find our purpose.

And, what is that purpose? 

Some say it is finding our passion. I believe that is correct because our passion is what drives what we do.  Passion motivates action.  Passion defines our why. We spend much of the time in our culture seeking to fulfill our greatest passion. We search our hearts for the thing that sets the wind in our sails. All the while, our hope is fixed on that moment we identify that great passion just knowing from there we will gently float on the crest of the waves through the rest of our lives.  But, is that the reality of passion?

Maybe we should start with defining passion.  Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary online gives five definitions: beginning with all that Jesus Christ suffered just prior to his death on the cross, then running the gamut of suffering to unbridled anger to ardent devotion describing that as “an object of desire or deep interest.”


Passion motivates action. Passion defines our why.


Knowing this, how do we find our passion?

We can begin by identifying the object of our desire and deepest interest.  You see, our passion is the thing for which we will willingly suffer.  Our passion will arouse our ire.  Our passion is that to which we offer homage and admiration.  So to identify it, we must ask ourselves these questions:

  1. For what would I willingly suffer? Endure hardship? Withstand ridicule or humiliation?
  2. What is that thing that when attacked raises my hackles? Readies me to courageously defend? Inspires me to right the wrong?
  3. To what do I offer my greatest admiration, honor and devotion?

The answer to all these questions will identify our life’s passion.


The one thing about which we have the most passion is the object of our worship.  


OUCH!  That statement hurts a little.  What do I worship? My job? My family? My own sense of pride? As Christians we know God desires to be the ONLY object of our worship. We are taught in the Old Testament, by the prophet Isaiah, that we are created for God’s glory.

everyone called by My name
and created for My glory.
I have formed him; indeed, I have made him.                            Isaiah 43:7

God created us for His pleasure and glory. We bring pleasure to Him by worshiping Him.

Then the apostle John revealed to us through the revelation that the Lord is worthy of all honor and glory.

Our Lord and God; 
You are worthy to receive
glory and honor and power,
because You have created all things,
and because of Your will
they exist and were created.                                                    Revelation 4:11

By this and many other Bible Scriptures, we know our purpose is to bring glory and honor to the Lord God, Almighty.  This leads us back to the original question: Why am I here? And, Who is the object of my worship?

I LIVE to WORSHIP YOU, ALMIGHTY GOD!
I WORSHIP YOU, ALMIGHTY GOD, to LIVE!~Leah

I will close this post with the challenge for us all to search our hearts to ensure our greatest passion is to follow and serve our Lord with every fiber of our being and to do as the psalmist said and

Sing the glory of His Name and
MAKE HIS PRAISE GLORIOUS!
Psalm 66:2

Discovery Weekend

Just returned Saturday evening from a quick jaunt to Abilene, Texas for the weekend.  What a great time we had!

I always and absolutely love when Mike and I have opportunity to travel together, anywhere!  We enjoy the ride. It’s a fabulous opportunity for us to talk; whether a visit about how we enjoy our family, friends, and others we dearly love, talk of ministry, discuss serious matters, or share giggles and laughs about our own silliness.

This particular weekend would be classified as a working trip.  We were together as Mike came alongside to support me as I close in on finalizing the requirements for ordination in the Church of the Nazarene. We spent about ten hours in a classroom setting called Discovery Weekend. Mike participated in the course with me and enjoyed the opportunity. Of course, I LOVED it!

Mike~my blessing, my gift, my husband, for almost 36 years~ sitting through a class with me and a room filled with other pastors preparing for ordination.

 

I could talk for days on end about the solid-as-granite support Mike is to me! As I pursue the call of God on my life, Mike supports my education, my travels, my speaking ministry, and has been the instrumental backbone for me and with me in music ministry. So, KUDOS to my man, whose rigid strength is also my shield!

Now, about this weekend:  We gathered with old friends and made new ones. The weekend was exceptional as we had opportunity to spend Friday and Saturday with a room full of fellow pastors and Kingdom workers. We gathered as laborers for the Kingdom of Christ to learn together.

The focus of our time was to discover our personal strengths as ministers, learn more about how those strengths are exhibited  in performing our various ministries, how we work with other pastors, leaders, and volunteers, and how we relate to our spouse and family.

What a joy as Dr. Linda and Rich Cantwell presented the information and facilitated our class time.  The weekend was a blessing, an informative and entertaining experience encouraging one another as we develop and grow as ministers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I am thankful for our District Superintendent, Dr. David Downs and our Assistant District Superintendent, Dr. Earl Robertson for facilitating a successful meeting.

We ended our time taking Communion together. The presence of the Lord beautifully noticeable on the countenance of each person in attendance filled my heart with His peace and gratitude.

A few pictures from this weekend:

 

Dr. Downs addressing our group Friday evening.

 

 

 

 

Fellow pastors and classmates

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The reason we gathered this weekend, to discover we are each uniquely designed as a masterpiece in God’s Kingdom! Eph 2:10

 

 

 

 Mike, me, Groban George-Pastor of Arabic language Church of the Nazarene, and Dr. Earl Robertson

 

 

 

Truly, there is no greater joy than serving the Lord. May you discover the strengths placed within you by our Lord and the gifts of His Holy Spirit and walk in them as you encounter the people in your sphere!

 

 

 

My One Thing

One thing, only one

What is the one thing I desire most of all?  It’s worth asking the question.  What is the one thing I am most passionate about in this life?

Many of us would say our spouse or family.  These are the most meaningful and powerful relationships and have the most profound affect upon us.

Many might say their passion is their work or career, or bettering the world by serving in the community or in the political arena. Others would say their one thing is their favorite pastime or hobby. Still, others might believe their pursuit of being physically fit to the ultimate degree possible for them is their greatest passion.

But really, these are all on the outside.  They are part of the story of our life as an individual, but they are not us.  So, let’s cut through the surface and look to the very depths of our being, the essence of who we are, our spirit.  In your spirit, what is the one thing you desire more than any other pursuit?

Yes, it is a deep question and deep questions require more thorough consideration.  So allow yourself the time and energy to be fully engaged in contemplation about it.

What is the one thing I desire in life that drives everything else I do?

For me, because I have considered and meditated on this thought many times, I can confidently answer the question.

Here is my definitive answer:

I desire to know God more today than I knew Him yesterday and anticipate knowing Him even better tomorrow.  I desire to know His Word better today than I did yesterday and anticipate knowing it better tomorrow. I desire to serve God better today than I did yesterday and anticipate serving Him better tomorrow.  I desire to dwell in His presence so I experience His marvelous and magnificent presence all the time.

Believe me when I say this.  If you ever experience the presence of the Lord, you will never be satisfied with anything less.

My daily prayer is charged with the desire to know my God, the Creator of the Universe, the Creator of me!  My quest is to abide in the presence of God Almighty! My yearning is for the Word of God to illuminate my path and that as I follow that path, I am led by Jesus, the Light of the World, into God’s presence so I may dwell where He dwells.

One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD And to meditate in His temple.(Psalm 27:4 NASB)

Because I have entrusted the entirety of who I am and my life’s existence to God through Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit’s presence abides within me.  Recognizing God’s presence and allowing Him to lead me is the key.

May my heart seek after the Lord, all day, every day. May my eyes be opened to the reality of my spirit in relationship to His. He is my one thing.

In Due Season. It’s Time.

I don’t often do this but recently I made a weighty decision about something of personal significance in my life and suddenly, approximately three weeks later, I began to question that decision. At first subtle, nagging thoughts would creep into my daily activity. Within about two days, I was in full throttle concern I had made the wrong decision.

My thoughts ignited into a flaming frenzy! I could not quit thinking about my poor decision-making skills. My mind was playing the Olympic championship for the gold medal of second guessing this seemingly catastrophic and irreversible decision. Exhaustion!

The questions.  Oh, the questions!  “Was this the right thing to do?” “Did you truly understand God’s direction to go for it?” “ Did you ensure this was the best decision in pursuit of your ultimate goal in this area?”

Then came the accusations, “This was not the right thing to do.”  “God did not okay this for your life.” “You have far too many obligations to care for to pursue such a thing.” “Sure, you know how do this but what a ninny you are for thinking you have time. Look at your calendar.”

All this followed by more accusatory questioning. “Who do you think you are to pursue this?” “Why do you think this is good for you right now?” “You do have too many other things you should be taking care of.” “Besides all that, you’re not good enough … “ “You’re not smart enough…” “You’re not ready …” “You’re not this…” “You’re not that … “  “You’re not …”

I wanted to scream at my thoughts, “STOP IT!”

Such confusion! I had to seek the Lord to end this struggle.

My normal routine is to get up around 5:15 a.m. and pray. About 7:00 a.m. my husband and I have coffee, devotion and prayer together. That next morning I outdid my norm and got up and 4:45 a.m. I HAD to get the answer!

I went to my place of prayer. There, my old strategically placed prayer chair awaited my arrival.  Kneeling with a heavy, grieving heart, worship rolled out celebrating the essence of God, aware of my own unworthiness–if not for the blood of Jesus–to empty myself before Him. Praise poured as I celebrated His promise of our confidence He is listening and will answer when we seek His will. I implored Him to help me know His will in this situation, to understand what I needed to do. My cries emerged from the depths of my being to Him a few days in a row. Yet, the second guessing continued.

Our God is NOT the author of confusion but of peace (1 Cor 14:33 NASB) and God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love, and sound judgment. (2 Tim 1:7 HCSB) I was trusting Him for the answer to rid myself of this confusion.

After prayer on the third day, Mike and I had our routine time of devotion and prayer. Then, Mike left for the day to work on a consulting job. I took the opportunity of quietness to search the Word.

My regular Bible reading had taken me to a particular study and this day I did not believe that was where I was to focus my energy.  Instead, I felt compelled to read from the Psalms. (In full transparency, I had the same thought the day before, got sidetracked by another issue and did not have the opportunity to go back and add the Psalms to my reading.) Today was different. I HAD to do it!

With pen in hand, I opened my Bible. I did not have a particular direction of which Psalm to read, so I thought, I will start with Psalm 1 and proceed from that point. On the page, I had a couple things marked from previous studies and chose to ignore them so the words would be fresh, and began reading. Verse three seemingly lifted off the page and said, “…which yields its fruit in its season…” There, next to that line I had marked and noted my confirmation regarding this decision only one month, almost to the day, prior.

There it was! GOD REMEMBERED and reminded me HE had already told me what the decision was to be! The voice of question was the accusing enemy attempting to instill defeat into my soul. But GOD …

GOD said “NO, Leah, you are NOT defeated! You, Leah, have VICTORY in ME!”

How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers. (Psalm 1:1-3 NASB)

WINS-DAY is a BIG win for me this week because I got to begin and end today KNOWING GOD’s peace!

Let GOD show YOU where HE is giving YOU VICTORY!

 

 

 

 

Reflect. Recharge. Resolve.

Saturday.  If you have a Monday through Friday 8:00 to 5:00 type job, today is probably your day off of the regularly scheduled program.

Saturdays and Sundays, oh how we LOVE our days off work!

Obviously, many of us have varying schedules.  So, whatever days of the week your days-off-work happen, it is a great time to take time.  What do I mean?

Reflect.

Our days off work offer the time where our minds can reflect on the happenings of the previous week.  We can assess where we are on our goals for the month and for the year.  Are we moving toward our ultimate goals?  Where are we in regard to goals for our marriage, our families, other relationships, our work, and our spirit?  Take an allotted time to think on this.  Don’t overthink it.  Just reflect, because you have to allow yourself time to…

Recharge.

You and I NEED TIME to ENJOY!  Remember the adage, “All work and no play makes for a dull boy.”?  It is TRUE!  We all need time to relax and play and enjoy the PRESENT.  Sometimes we are physically in a place but our minds are not present because we have not recharged.

LET GO of things and issues that keep you from being present in the present.

The following statement’s analogy of our lives in comparison to what happens every autumn paints a beautiful landscape of releasing things that bind us to the wrong things.

The trees are about to show us how lovely it is to let things go.

When we hold on to thoughts and behavioral patterns that prevent us from moving forward or living in the now, we pay for it, as well as the people around us.  We miss out on them and they miss out on us.  So wherever you are, be present in body and mind.

Recharging goes beyond pleasure-seeking leisure time.  Recharging spiritually is VITAL to SURVIVAL!

Our belief system drives our world view.  As believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, our world view is driven by living according to God’s plan given to us through His Word.

Recharging spiritually means we regularly seek the Lord’s presence individually.  We find a place of solitude, quiet our minds, focus, wait, and listen for the Lord.  The apostle James teaches us that when we draw near to God, He draws near to us. (James 4:8)  The other piece of recharging spiritually is to place ourselves, on a regular basis, with a group of likeminded people.

Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.  Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.  And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. (Hebrews 10:23-25 NLT)  

Worshiping together in a corporate setting energizes us because we are able to encourage each other in our walk, uplift one another in our struggles, and celebrate each others’ victories!

Resolve. 

After we have taken the time to reflect and recharge, we are ready to be more resolute about moving forward.  We know where we are and we know where we want to go, so Monday morning, let’s get going.

Reflect. Recharge. Resolve.

What are YOU ENVISIONING for YOUR LIFE?  This weekend? Next week? This month? The remainder of the year?

SEEK the LORD!  DREAM BIG!  PURSUE IT!

VISION.

GOALS.

ACTION.

Autumn and The Almighty

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Autumn!  Oh, how I LOVE this time of year!  The memories that flood and overwhelm my mind on this first day of fall!

I absolutely loved school the entirety of my growing up years and on this first day of autumn, I reminisce on how much I enjoyed the beginning of classes, gathering with friends, comparing class schedules, the anticipation of football games, and cruising the main drag.

Autumn brings thoughts of hot coffee and cool mornings, lawns mown less often, budding of brightly colored chrysanthemums, and the smoky smell of fire pits and fireplaces.  The sky appears cleaner and a more brilliant hue.  The air is crisp and clear.  Tree leaves of many varieties take on the most amazing colors in shades of golds, reds, purples, and browns.  The breeze captures them off the branches and they lilt and swirl like a ballerina, dancing to the ground from their heights.

Oh how I LOVE autumn!

This morning, this first day of my favorite season, my thoughts are centered on how extremely blessed my life is.  All is certainly not perfect in my world.  In fact, the reality is we have been experiencing an extended season of unrest and difficulty in our little piece of the world.  I have said good-bye to precious ones whom I loved so dearly in this life who now reside in eternity with the Lord.  I have treasured loved ones dealing with horrendous physical ailments.  A cherished friend moved many miles away from me this year.  I long to visit with dear ones I do not get to see often enough.  Yet, because I am in the abundant grace of God, He empowers me to live for Him, to follow Him, even in the midst of the most difficult of  trials and imperfections of this life.

God keeps me in His hand and watches over my life.  He shelters me in the shadow of His wings.  Why?  Because I choose to dwell in His secret place.

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High, shall abide under the shadow of The Almighty.  And I will say of the Lord, “He is my Refuge and my Fortress, My God, in Him I will trust.  (Psalm 91:1-2)

To dwell is to live, abide, reside.  When we choose to place ourselves in the care of The Almighty, we have nothing to fear. He is our Refuge.  He is our Fortress, our Barrier when life seems to overwhelm us.  We abide under His wings.  We reside in His nest.  We live in His shelter.

Zephaniah tells us God is mighty to save! He exalts over me with joy! He renews me in His love! He rejoices over me with singing! (Zeph 3:17)

No matter the season of my life, who or what can be more worthy of my thoughts, my time, and my affection?

I choose to worship Almighty God because He is that, ALMIGHTY.  He is everything wrapped into His own statement of Himself being, “I AM!”

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Seek. Transform. Emerge.

Each morning on the back patio, sipping from steaming cups, my husband, Mike, and I watch the sun emerge over the eastern horizon, lighting the day as its golden glow rises above the rooftops.

One recent morning, along with the beauty of the sunrise, thoughts of failures began to emerge in my mind.  Failures I had already left in the Lord’s hands.  Failures the enemy was trying to use to bury my mind and heart into a pit of condemnation.  Why oh why is it so easy to allow things listed on our calendars and schedules, things we must accomplish, to get in the way of people?  Particularly, how do we do this to the people closest to us, those we love and care for most dearly?  How can I allow my work to postpone a sweet, simple conversation with my precious love of thirty-five plus years?  I only needed to write one more paragraph the other day. Minutes I will never recover … UGH!

Emerge.  To come forth.  Emerge is a directional word.  The imagery in my mind is of something moving upward or forward–much like the floatation of negative condemning thoughts opposing the joyful beauty of illuminating sunrise. Still, …

… the emerging sunshine of dawn erupting through night’s darkness SCREAMS, “THERE IS HOPE!”

On my rock patio, I have a hibiscus and every morning I take note of the many buds readying to emerge into gorgeous shades of peachy pink and yellow flowers in full bloom.

Just as a flower morphs from bud to full bloom or a caterpillar wrapped in its cocoon breaks through and emerges a glorious butterfly, emerging prescribes transformation.

 

With a flower or a caterpillar, transformation is a natural and innate progression in the growth of that particular life process.  With people, transformation is a choice.

Emerging is the picture of promise.  It speaks to stepping up, taking one’s place, and moving toward one’s intended destiny.

Our destiny is in front of us.  To reach it, we must choose to move toward it.

When we seek to change from our current status to the status we desire, it requires us to do things differently.  We shape our skills, develop our talents, and seek ways to grow in grace and kindness so we may take others with us on our journey.  Transforming describes that process of moving from where we are to where we are going.

Thankfully, when we suffer from condemning thoughts as I did that morning, or thoughts of any kind that do not bring honor to God, we need only to capture them, ask our loving, merciful, gracious Lord, Jesus Christ, to change them to thoughts bringing glory and honor to Him, and He will do it, instantly! (2 Cor 10:5)

Transformation begins with our minds.  We must think differently in order to act differently and emerge differently.

When our thoughts are transformed, as Paul taught the Romans and those at Philippi (Rom 12:1-2; Phil 4:8), we will emerge with a renewed mind, causing us to take new action, leading us toward our God-ordained destiny.

Paul also taught the people of Corinth, “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”  (2 Corinthians 3:18)  

This fills us with the hopeful reality we do not have to remain where we are!  We can be different.  We can grow into the person and place we desire to be.

Just as dawn radiates hope into a new day, transformation offers promise–the promise of change, so we may emerge to reach out and enter into our destiny.

Seek the Lord.

Transform your thoughts.

Transform your actions.

Emerge into your destiny.

–Leah

Trapped or Free Flowing?

I dearly enjoy studying and learning and my closest friends have rightly assessed, I  have a thirst for knowledge and growth.

This rapacious yen for enlightenment is not for the express purpose of gathering intelligence.  No, there is a greater purpose for my seeking beyond simply attaining knowledge.

Visualize pure, fresh, clear water flowing down a mountainside into a pool.  Hear the gurgling as it splashes over the rocks making its descent from the top.  This brisk flow plunges into the basin at full speed.  Yet, this estuary falls into a reservoir with no outlet.  It is trapped.  It ripples a bit after impact only to be pushed to the other side, then stops.

The lack of movement creates a different environment.  Over a period of time, the water becomes stagnate.  Harmful bacteria and other troublesome organisms grow, transforming what was once crystalline into a murky bog.

Our lives are much the same.

When we grow into a place and get comfortable, we can become complacent and choose to stop.  Stop growing.  Stop learning.  Stop stretching ourselves.  Stop moving forward.

Trapped.

Like sweet water becoming bitter, we are trapped in the mire of stagnation.

Stagnate. STAGnate. StagNATE. STAGNATE.  The word even sounds distasteful.

We are fresh and clear upon arrival but ceasing to learn, grow, and stretch our skills, flow of creativity stops.  Bogged down in the mud of complacency.  Undesirable things sprout.  Unsavory attitudes begin to taint our words and blemish our character with apathy, bitterness and negativity.  Frustration arises and takes aim at those who are flourishing  and overshadowing those who are stagnating.

No stretching means no movement.  Stagnation is the result.  Allowing ourselves to pool and simply hold on to what we already have and choose not to move forward, we withhold from and negatively effect those whom we might otherwise positively influence.  May we never become stagnate!

The apostle Peter compared our desire for growth to babies who crave milk (1 Peter 2:1-2).  We should crave to grow.  As we grow, we consume the meat of the Word so our walk with the Lord will flourish (1 Corinthians 3:2; Hebrews 5:12).  The same applies to growing in every aspect of life.  We envision our desire and take in the heartier nutrients of learning new things, honing our skills, enhancing our abilities.  With this we build strength to tackle tasks and pursue our dreams.

My desire is to grow from where I am today into someone better tomorrow.

We can all seek to know and grow.

Knowing more, we can apply more, to effectively influence the world around us.

Stretching ourselves, we choose to move forward, increase our own value and enable ourselves to add value to others.

Every day is an opportunity for us to Wake Up, Stretch Out, Move Forward, and Flow in Creativity!

CONNECT.

DREAM.

GROW.

FLOW.

MAKE SOMETHING HAPPEN!

–Leah

Destiny~One Step at a Time

I had the most wonderful conversation with my friend, Ellen, this morning.  When we first connected, we became walking buddies.  Each walk required added distance and steps to the previous because we needed more time to visit.
From the moment of our first meeting, Ellen and I knew we shared a kindred spirit (Thank you, Janis, for connecting us!).  We can talk over anything we are dealing with or struggling through, and feed encouragement to one another over every aspect of our lives.
Today, we met at a local coffee spot, Urbana Coffee Works (BTW, if you’re in the Amarillo, Texas area and haven’t been, you need to try it!)  It had been quite a while since Ellen and I had conversed more than an occasional text or Facebook greeting, so we were overdue a good heart-to-heart conversation.
While enjoying our delicious hot beverages, we talked for more than two hours about recent occurrences in our personal lives, the discipline of prayer and Bible study, the work of ministry, and the direction the Lord is leading each of us.
Although we both are taking on new adventures, personally and professionally, Ellen’s life will also take her to a new residence nearly 1,400 miles from me.  Still, our kindred friendship will remain heart-to-heart.
 
Isn’t it interesting when our plan meets with God’s, it rarely takes us where we thought we were headed?
We have an idea of what our life’s direction will be. Then as we place our lives and our trust in the Lord, He moves upon our hearts, directs our thoughts, molds us more and more into His image, and orders our steps, directing us toward the destiny He has planned and purposed for us.
 
I will miss the walks and coffee meetings with Ellen and am thankful for airplanes and good roadways!  I also know this:  Our GOD is good, merciful, gracious, and kind. HE NEVER takes us in the wrong direction!
 
“A man’s steps are established by the LORD, and He takes pleasure in his way.” Psalm 37:23
“A man’s heart plans his way, but the LORD determines his steps.” Proverbs 16:9
Blessings to my friend as she traverses new ground prepared for her by our AWESOME GOD!~~Leah