Dancing in the Light

I John 1:7 "If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanses us from all sin."

Location: North Platte, Nebraska, United States

I am a christian wife, mother and grandmother. I am a licensed Social worker and a licensed Christian counselor. I am most proud of the relationships I have with God, my family and friends all over the world. I have been blessed beyond my dreams.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Outside My Bubble

For the past few months, I have been living inside my bubble. Our life and ministry has undergone several adjustments during this time. Our family has had and continues to struggle. And so, I have stayed inside this bubble that is my life. It has been a time of reflection and prayer. It has been a time of grieving and healing. I have felt safe inside my bubble. And yet, the wanderlust, the urge to reach outside this place has continued to grow. My faith structure reminds me that my God cannot be contained inside a bubble. He is a God to be shared.
So today, as I start my new job, I am convicted that God would have me touch the lives of others. He would have me be a doer of good deeds in order that He would be glorified. He knows I am a bit afraid. He knows how much I miss North Platte, the job, the house and the amazing church family. He knows I have never done this before. He knows my heart is still aching for my son, so is His. And yet, He pushes, nudges and encourages me to live Him.
While in my bubble, I was able to spend much time in the Word and in prayer. Over and over, I felt myself being drawn to the gospels. I noticed that Jesus frequently needed some bubble time. The text says He spent much time alone in prayer and meditation. Yet, He always remembered His ministry. He sought out those who needed Him. He says He came to seek and save the lost. I had been feeling guilty about my bubble time, until I realized how God's people, His ministers, have always used time alone to recharge their spirits, renew their minds, and restore their strength. I really needed time in the bubble. But, no other souls/lives were touched while I was there. I introduced no one to Messiah from inside my bubble. I ministered to, shared with, or reached out to anyone in here.
Today, as I venture out of my bubble, I know my heart is still aching for my son. I know I still haven't quite found my niche here. I know I still miss my grandchildren and my friends in NP. My Father knows this also and as He nudges me outside the bubble, He whispers in my ear, "I will never leave you or forsake you." He tells me He is ready for me to "Go", ready for me to "Do". ready for me to "Teach". He is ready for me to resume the work of working for Him. I am ready too!!! Praise God for His understanding and encouragement. For His promise to bless me and my endeavors as long as they are centered and rooted in Him. Praise God for His amazing and powerful love!

Mark 15:34 "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"
Luke 23:34 "Father forgive them, they know not what they do."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am praying for your first day of work. I know you will do well. I, like you, am so grateful for bubble time but am most fulfilled when I step outside the bubble.

Love ya

7:36 AM  
Blogger Trey Morgan said...

Hello West Texas Neighbor, just wanted to stop by and say "howdy."

Read your story on the prodigal. Touched my heart, as well as it has others. I will pray.



9:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm praying for you today, Neva. You will do great things and touch many lives. It's just your gift. Thank you for touching my life.


10:47 AM  
Blogger The Preacher's Household: said...

Are you sure you have not been reaching and ministering to people? I think I have received ministering from you recently and I am sure God has worked through you to reach others recently as well.
I have felt like I have been in a bubble for about five years now. However, God continually sends people or situations along my way that helps me realize that as long as I am seeking Him, He uses me. I hope your eyes are opened to lots of Messiah sharing times.
Remember, you are always in His hands,

11:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You couldn't stop touching the lives of others and ministering to them even if you tried. It is not what you do, it is who you are. We are grateful.


12:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know that you will do great at your new job and continue to touch peoples lives and glorify God - that's what you do! You are and have been in our prayers.

1:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Dear Neva,
You are ministering and touching lives because you are writing this. You are consistently involved in always touching others lives whether you know it or not.
NP hearts are with you and they always will be and will be praying for you.
Have a great first day of work.
with lots of love

2:59 PM  

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