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, August 20, 2008

Gone---A Time To Heal

Y'all, I am out of town for the next few days. I was blessed enough to receive a scholarship to become a facilitator for a national cancer survivors program. I am excited for yet another way to minister to others. Please pray for me in this endeavor that as I may use this opportunity to serve our Lord.
Be back soon.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Death Spiral

I have been thinking about what causes people to fall away from the Lord. And why is it so difficult to as Jude says, "snatch them from the fire? And so, I have this new theory.

We all have dear friends and loved ones who started out filled with zeal and purpose, "chomping at the bits" to just serve the Lord. They were ready with a smile and a word of encouragement, anxious to share hope and compassion with everyone the met, eager to spend time in the Word, study with others, pray with others, and generally fill their lives with all things spiritual. Then it seems their light was a little dimmer and we were able to justify their absence with a multitude of excuses, but before long, the light was so dim, we couldn't see to find them. We became desperate to bring them back to the Lord, concerned that they were headed for spiritual shipwreck and yet unable to reconnect with them. Why? What happened that put them so far out of reach?
I think that falling away has some sort of spiralling movement. You see, it is almost as if each soul begins in the very middle of the spiral, out of reach from those outside their circle and yet as prayers go up and seeds are sown, the tight little circle begins expanding and before long, that soul is within reach, just waiting for the arm, the heart, to extend into their series of circles and pull them out. (This makes more sense when you look at the picture--:0)
So of course, the exact opposite happens when one falls away. On the outer ring of the spiral, their lives are intersecting and touching the lives of others in the body and any curves and changes begin very subtly and are very slow in coming. But as the soul gradually makes its way back to the tight and closed center, they move farther and farther from those who love them, and the changes become more frequent and more noticeable and before long, they are out of reach, quickly making decisions that suck them into the vortex of death--spiritual death. They are so far away and we struggle to reach them and encourage them, praying for the day we see them moving to the outer rings of their spiral--back out where their lives and souls are intersecting and interacting with others in the body. As long as Christ is their center, their circle becomes bigger and bigger and intersects and touches more and more lives, but once that center is replaced with self, they begin spiralling out of control. And, the only way to reach them seems to be the way we reached them in the first place, praying and seed sowing.
I have a couple of friends, friends whom I love dearly, friends who are being sucked into the vortex of spiritual shipwreck----I will never give up on them. I pray for them and strive to encourage them and yet at times . . . they seem so far away, so out of reach. I fear for their very souls, praying that God will do whatever it takes to bring them back to Him and praying that He will ready those around them to love them through whatever happens. Today, I am dedicating my prayers to all those who are spiralling farther and farther from away from God and His people. Today, I am remembering the ones I know and love and praying for those on your list. Today, I am asking Him to lengthen our arms to reach them, to strengthen our resolve to save them and to prick their hearts to want to come home. Won't you pray with me -----today?


ps--Thanks AW for the graphic! :)

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

48 Birthday Reasons

Today is my 48th birthday--I know--most women don't tell their age but I am pretty proud to have been one of God's favorite children for 48 years. I like the lists bloggers post-- so today, I am asking for 48 reasons blogging is a good thing.
I will begin with the first one:
1. It allows me yet another way to share God's word.

So now, can you, my e-friends, come up with 47 more?


Wednesday, August 06, 2008

And He Tells Me I Am His Own

Tonight was our singing night at church. As usual everyone picked their favorite songs. We sang some really beautiful hymns as well as some uplifting praise songs. It was wonderful! As we sang "I Come To The Garden" tonight, I was moved by the words, especially "and He tells me I am His own". What a beautiful and powerful statement! I began thinking about just how He conveys that I belong to Him and this is the list I came up with:
  • When I am walking in unfamiliar ground, stepping out in faith on a new venture, He reminds me that He will never leave me or forsake me and that though I stumble, I will not fall, and I know I am His.
  • When I feel lost and alone, unsure of my purpose and doubting my worth, He reminds me that He gave His Son to die for me and in doing so made me spotlessly clean, and then I know that I belong to Him.
  • When I rush headlong into dangerous waters, careless and oblivious to all the danger signs, and when I begin to drown and I cry out to Him, He reaches down and rescues me and reminds me that I am His own.
  • When I am afraid and timid, unsure of my faith, wobbly in my mission and easily distracted by the world, He shows His love and care for me by sending another of His own to lovingly lead me, allow me to rely on their strength and their courage, and once again I know I am His possession.
  • When the world seems to stack the cards of life against me and satan wages war on my spirit, when everything that can go wrong does and I am homeless, helpless, pained and poor, He provides more than what I lost, more that I deserve, even more than I need. He does that because I am His.
  • When my earth eyes look at my troubles and wonder what purpose could the struggle have served, He gently guides my eyes to one who needs the wisdom of my experience, who needs the courage of another struggler and He tells me that I am not the only one who belongs to Him.
  • When I become cocky and arrogant, believing in my words rather than living His, He gently, (or sometimes less than gently) allows me to fall so that I can look up to Him and call out to Him, longing for Him and that reassurance that I am His.

I look back on my life from yesterday to years and years ago and I see God's hand working. I remember His people loving me, His word teaching me and His peace filling up my heart and I am ever grateful that He has been so faithful in His telling me that I am His own!

What about you? What spiritual reminders has He given you?