The Nudge

Recently I was having coffee with a friend of mine and she said to me I think you should write a book with your devotionals. Or something to that affect. And of course I gave her that deer in the headlights look. It started with a nudge. Normally I send my text devotionals only to the people on my list unless I’m asked to add someone. In fact I almost ignored the nudge thinking to myself that I was just tired and I had pulled her text feed up mistake. The feeling wouldn’t go away so I did what any obedient person would do and I sent it to her. She liked it so I added her to my list of family and friends that I send the devotionals out too.

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Celebrating Another Year!

Hey there! Thanks for dropping in! Recently I celebrated my birthday and I was super blessed by all the love shown to me. My amazing husband, who leaves for work before I’m even awake, had decorated the living room and kitchen. My present was strategically placed so I couldn’t miss it coming around the corner. I loved it! 🥰 God bless this humble man; he is an amazing artist, an awesome Sunday School teacher, and though he would tell you he isn’t creative, he really is. The love behind everything he does shines through. He encourages and blesses me daily. He lets me be me and that alone says a lot since I’m truly more of a kid than an adult. 🤗

Heading into work, I really didn’t give much thought about our worship leader planning surprises. I should have known she had something up her sleeve. She was already at work by the time I got there and as I was be-bopping down the hall to my office she wishes me a Happy Birthday and steps into the hall to talk to me as I’m unlocking the door to my office. Yep, I should have known.

I’m loaded down with my stuff not paying attention as I open the door. Totally caught me off guard with a decorated office. Oh my gosh! I even had a tiara so I could be a princess for the day! lol! I was so blessed with my gifts and her thoughtfulness between her and my husband I was tearing up just thinking about my blessings. I knew my husband planned on taking me to dinner so I was pretty excited by this time just counting down to when we’d be going out.

Unbeknownst to me I had another surprise in store. My co-worker had planned a birthday luncheon for me with a few dear ladies from our church. We had a blast sharing stories from our lives. I was blessed by these wonderful ladies taking time out of their busy schedules to come and share in celebrating my birthday with me.

About the picture at above, that is a photo of my first painting when my husband was teaching me how to paint. Our worship leader took it turned it into a graphic design and she also created my logo for this blog. I am blessed that God brought all of these wonderful people into my life. They encourage, bless, and teach me how to grow in God’s grace. God bless!

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.

Philippians 2:3

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!

Reconnecting

Have you ever met someone that you could go for months or years without talking to them and pick up where you left off as though it were yesterday? Recently I was thinking about a friend of mine that I haven’t connected with in little over a year. So I sent her an email catching her up on the happenings over the past year. It was like we had never stopped communicating! Now here’s the really neat thing, we have never met in person. Read on to see how we became friends.

I had worked in ministry for seven years and I was burned out from the politics before going to work for my church. I thought being in a different environment, where the church was smaller, I would be able to recuperate but as I discovered that wasn’t the case. The damage had already been done and my heart wasn’t in it like it should have been. After five years of working at my church and with health insurance laws requiring everyone to have health insurance or be fined, it sent me to work in the secular world. It was here that my healing would take place and God would show me that I still had work that He wanted me to do.

While working for a company that handled multiple clients, I connected with a wonderful woman who became a dear sister in Christ. She worked for one of our clients and was my contact person. As we communicated by email, we got to know one another and discovered we had some things in common, one of which was our love for the Lord. I was sad when she told me she would be retiring at the end of the year but we had promised to keep in touch. Due to health issues she wound up taking a medical leave of absence and during that time, I left to go work at another place. Little did I know that the Lord was orchestrating my return to ministry. I should mention that both of those jobs were the result of those companies reaching out to me and not me going to apply for a job with them. Looking back, I can see how the Lord orchestrated those jobs using them as stepping stones to heal me and to return me to ministry.

Psalms 51: 12 says “Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit.”

You meet special people in life and have a connection that stands the test of time. Treasure those gifts from the Lord, I believe He’s brings them into our lives to help us grow. God bless!