Sharing Space

what do you mean I have to share my space…

Ever have one of those “ah ha” moments and you find yourself shaking your head wondering how you could have missed it in the first place?

My recent “ah ha” moment happened on December 29, 2019 during church service. For several years our church has had a vision to open a full-time daycare and preschool program and recently we were approved by the county. Next we need approval by the state.

Now you may be thinking and why is this an ah ha moment? Bear with me just a minute here keeping in mind that I am used to working alone. My company being the deer that roam our church property. Would you like to see?

My company that often stops by along with about three or four others during the week.

So our previous worship leader and her husband have traveled about five or six hours almost every weekend for the past two and half years to be a part of our ministry team. Pregnant with their second child and nearing her due date, her doctor restricted her traveling. So on December 29th our pastor announced they were stepping down from the ministry team. He then introduced our new worship leader who would also be the director of our daycare and preschool program and would be joining our staff after the holidays coming to work on January 2, 2020.

What? Wait a minute now…. I have to share space with someone else?

What? Wait a minute now…I have to share space with someone else? I’m used to working alone and when I come back to work from the holidays I won’t be alone anymore. Crazy right? I mean most churches have more than one person on staff at the church. And hello daycare? Staff? It has to start somewhere, right? So I start thinking I hope we get along not that I was too worried because I can get along with most people even difficult ones. But still, I wasn’t used to having someone else at the church on a regular basis.

She comes with a huge smile and you could just feel the excitement in the air that she was glad to be coming on board. I thought I was the only one who is a child at heart and doesn’t want to be an adult unless absolutely necessary. Turns out I’m not alone. This is going to be the beginning of a great friendship!😊 I even introduced her to my family of deer that come around. I can’t wait to see her interact with the children once we open the doors for our daycare and preschool program!

God has a way of bringing people together who can work well with one another. Then there are times when it feels like wow what just happened? Those are the times when we have that sneaky enemy around interfering with our lives trying to disrupt everything and everyone around. I also believe that sometimes God puts us in situations to help us grow, to be a light in the darkness that may just be that one light that someone needs to find Christ Jesus. I’m very thankful that He chose to bring someone on board that we both just hit it off right away!

Sharing space…I’ve experienced the bad side and I’ve experienced the good side. Today I am so thankful that He chose to bring a godly, loving the Lord person on board. I can learn much from her.

Next time you have to give up a little space look at it as an opportunity to see God at work. Maybe He’ll put you in a place to be a light in the darkness or even in a place so you can grow. And if perchance you come under attack from the enemy, rebuke him and press in toward God. Whatever takes that little space, look to Him and see what He is wanting to teach you. God bless!

Recharge

Have you ever picked up your cell phone to make a call only to discover that it was dead and needed a charge? Or as you head out the door running late for work or an appointment you discover your Bluetooth device needed charging. Talk about annoying.

Just as our devices need to be recharged we also need a recharge. When we neglect to take care of ourselves, we become easy targets for the enemy to attack. We already know he comes at us in multiple ways. Whether it is a subtle attack or a full blown attack, if we don’t take the time to recharge our spirit man not only will we be ill prepared for an attack, we won’t see it coming.

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

Now, I don’t know about you, but that sure does sound nice to me. Imagine if you will, going to the Lord and saying something like this: Jesus, I’m tired. I don’t know how I’m going to come up with the money to pay that unexpected bill. The kids are always arguing, my spouse is working two jobs and we still can’t seem to get ahead. I can’t take it anymore!

Imagine Jesus smiling and nodding His head thoughtfully as He lets you vent and pour out your heart telling Him all about your troubles and not being able to make ends meet. About the unexpected bill that only adds to mound of bills needing to be paid. He listens attentively until your spent and have run out of things to say. Can you feel His presence as He wraps His loving arms around you and says here, let’s trade and I’ll carry that for you so you can rest. My burden is light compared to yours. This humble Man offering to take your burden so you can rest! And then it happens. You feel an energy beginning to bubble up inside of you and it feels as though you can do anything! Your ready to continue on your journey and as you hug this amazing Man thanking Him for helping you and giving you a place to rest it hits you; time has flown by and you not only feel energized but you have a spring in your step as you continue on your way.

But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

Are you weary? Call on Jesus and wait on Him as He strengthens and refreshes you so you can continue on your journey. God bless!

The Struggle

the enemy has taken territory; its time to take it back

Oh my gosh! 21 day prayer journey and I have to say that I am failing at keeping territory the enemy snuck in and stole. That’s right, that thieven enemy entered my territory and managed to take a piece of territory that wasn’t his. How you ask? Well, as much as I hate to admit it, he came at me from the subtle check this out isn’t it the new book in that series you have? approach.

You may or may not remember me mentioning in one of my earlier posts that reading is a weakness for me. I mean put me in a library, leave me food and water and I can easily get lost in the world of books. I have hundreds of books on the bookshelves at home and probably two or three hundred easily on my tablet if not more. Yeah, its that bad. In fact it had gotten to the point I quit purchasing google play cards to keep myself from buying more books. And I had started purchasing google play cards to prevent myself from overspending in our checking account. Yep, bookaholic for sure. So of course after about six or seven months of not buying any books I finally broke down and bought a google card so I could buy a book.

Bought a book and I was fine, read it went on about my business. Started the 21 Day Prayer and there he was, my enemy, leaning against the counter tapping on a book that just so happen to be the next in a series I was reading. I leaned over for a closer look as he slid to the side to allow me a good look at this book I’ve been waiting months to read. Listen, when it comes to Christian romance & suspense, I’m there. Love a good mystery to solve as well.

So my enemy flicked the book open to give me a sample of what was inside. I was hooked. I sat down read the book and when I was finished with it I happened upon two more in a different series that I was reading so of course I just had to have those as well. Needless to say, my prayer time suffered, my devotional time suffered and my blogging suffered as well.

John 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

He stole my time and I let him do it. Didn’t plan on letting him take it but because I wasn’t diligent with spending my time in the Word he was able to sneak in and take over. He’s cunning, sneaky, and if he can’t get to you by intimidation, he will come at you like a wolf in sheep’s clothing. And once he has you, the mask comes off and he’ll be laughing in your face at the chaos he creates.

Psalms 143:10 Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; Your Spirit is good. Lead me in the land of uprightness.

May we always make time for the Lord, seeking, searching, praying for His wisdom to guide us on the slippery slope of life. God bless!

Behind the Door

Hey there! What do you see when you look at the door? Do you have grand visions for the new year or is it just another door? Another year of the same old things? Have you already decided that nothing’s going to change and you are basically stuck in a rut? I’m thinking if I were your enemy, this is going to be a great year for me since you’re already feeling defeated. I’ve already won because I’ve worn you down to the point that you can’t see beyond your state of chaos. Good news for me bad news for you. One less prayer warrior out there standing in gap praying.

It’s time to open the door and change how you view your present and your future. It’s time to take back what the enemy stole from you. It’s time to pray. Pray believing and knowing with confidence that He will hear and answer according to His purpose and in His time.

Matthew 6:6 “But you, when you pray, go into your room and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”

Prayer is such a powerful tool. It has the power to change the way you think, feel and act. It can fill you with hope, peace, comfort and impact others around you. It can open doors that seem shut to you. Have you ever had someone ask you to pray for them and you said you would? Did you stop and pray right then or did you go on about your day and prayed later? I have to be honest here, I’ve stopped and prayed right then, but there were times when I’ve also gone about my day saying I would and most of the time, I did. But sometimes I would forget until the next day. Sure I prayed but did my prayer have as much impact as it could have if I had stopped to pray right then?

As we enter into a new year, I’m working on being better at taking the time to stop right then and pray when someone asks for prayer. If someone takes time to stop and ask for prayer, then I need to stop and make the time to pray with them. 💗

I’d like to challenge you to join me on a 21 day prayer journey. Keeping a prayer journal I imagine you’ll see changes in how you pray. Pray before you start you day. Sounds easy enough but not always the first thought that pops in one’s mind. Psalms 51:10 “create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” This is a good way to start your morning before your feet hit the floor. Pray for yourself. That’s right yourself. Talk the Lord as if He’s right there with you, because guess what? He is. If someone asks you to pray for them, don’t put it off instead, pray for them where you are. [Don’t be shy, boldly pray for that person-you don’t have to shout the prayer for all the world around to hear- just don’t put off the prayer because of a public setting. Guilty. 🖐 I have done that. Put off praying because of a public setting and felt bad afterwards.] Pray throughout your day and when someone comes to mind to pray for them, stop and pray even if you don’t know why. God knows why He put that person on your heart. Pray for your family. Pray before you go to sleep. At the end of the 21 days something’s going to happen. How you handle situations will be different. Even seasoned prayer warriors find a renewing in their own prayer life when they stop to refocus and renew their spirit man. You may find that Jesus is one hundred percent at the forefront of your life when maybe He wasn’t always at the forefront of your thoughts. You’ll probably begin to see life from a different perspective and even though your circumstances may not fully change, how you handle it does. You may find with continued open communication with the Lord that things seem to fall in place. The chaos you may feel begins to fade away. Will every day be perfect? Doubtful. In fact I can almost promise you that you may feel under attack even more so and it would be easy to back off and not pray as often. Don’t do it. Don’t back off. I encourage you not to give up, but instead press in and keep the prayers coming. Pray. Take back the territory the enemy has taken from you. Put the enemy on notice that he no longer is in control.

On the side bar you’ll see the 21 Day Challenge. I’ve listed some scriptures that encourage me to press in and pray. If you decide to take the challenge with me, I’d love to hear from you at the end of the challenge and let me know how it impacted your prayer life. You may be that person who never really had a prayer life or maybe your a seasoned prayer warrior whoever you are at the end of the challenge you’ll find you’ve changed. Behind the door you’ll find the Lord waiting for you. Are you ready to see what changes are coming your way? I’ll be praying for you! God bless!

2020 Celebrating A New Chapter

Can you believe another year has flown by and we’re looking at 2020? Seems like yesterday I was sitting around with coworkers talking about expectations for 2019. And now here we are at 2020. Last year was a year of growth and change for me. I made some new friends. Wonderful women that I still keep in touch with even though we no longer work together.

I send out devotional texts during the week and last year I added a few more people to my list. I started working in ministry again and love it! I’m a reader – ha! ask my family and they would probably say I’m a bookaholic if there’s such a thing– and one book that really caught my eye was, Fervent by Priscilla Shirer from the movie War Room. It has changed the way I pray. Ever have one of those I wish someone had taught me that when I was younger moments? Yeah, its that good and I would highly recommend it. It isn’t just for women even though its written that way. The message in there is for anyone who wants to pray. Really pray. For some it will change the way you pray, for others maybe not so much change the way you pray, but refresh your spirit.

I went through another phase of grieving my mom in 2019. Its been three years since she passed away and I thought I was through with grieving. Sometimes some little thing will remind me of her and I’ll say “God tell mom I love her and miss her”. Once I saw this little Asian woman, someone’s okaasan (mother) and/or possibly their sobo (grandmother), that reminded me of mom and I was like “I want to kidnap her and take her home with me so I can take care of her”. 🙂 Of course I didn’t and I wouldn’t because she was someone’s okaasan or possible sobo and that just wouldn’t have been legal anyway! But she sure did remind me of my own haha (mother). And yes, you just got a mini lesson in Japanese. 🙂 That’s another thing I’ve been working on Japanese. Mom’s native tongue even though she’s no longer here it makes me feel closer to her.

I started this blog and I’m really excited about it! I must admit when I first started blogging I was nervous about it. Still am because this is new territory for me. I have another blog that I post devotionals on but I don’t really write posts like I do here. The thought of people all around the world able to read what I write was a little intimidating for me because I am by nature the person in the background not the person up front where everyone can see you. And let’s face it, in a way a blog is like a stage for all the world to see. But I realized that I am doing what the Lord put on my heart to do and as long as I’m obedient that’s all that matters.

John 10:27 “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.”

I am looking forward to 2020 and excited to see what’s next!