Saturday, October 18, 2014

Sisterhood


Yesterday, I spent hours with one of my
"sisters from another mother".
I have a few!
It was such a sweet time
We laughed,
we cried,
we bared our hearts,
shared our brokenness,
praised our God,
and oh yes,
we had lunch too.












It was so needed
I missed her and she missed me
It was a time of long deep sharing
that seems to only happen now once a year

We had a God appointment

He perfectly set up a time that we could meet
those are the best kind
It was a time of encouragement
and strengthened our sisterhood
as we shared our real lives

We both understood that this was a safe place
where there is no judgement








That is the things about my sisterhood
my girls
distance does not exist
I love them all
and am so appreciative of how God
has put them in my life.

When I was younger
my idea of what I wanted
and needed in a friend
and sister in the Lord,
was very different than my list now.
Somehow I thought that everything on my little (or big) wish list
would be found in one perfect friend that God would give me.

I was so wrong...

and my list has changed
and been refined by time and suffering

My sisterhood has such variety
None of them are the same
but together
they make up
just what I need
to get along in this world.


Here is just a few things that they all have in common:
Love God
Know God's Word
Prayer warriors
Sacrificial
Broken
Great listeners
Honest
Transparent
Truth telling
They have my back
What you see is what you get
Often misunderstood by those that don't know their heart
Have experienced seasons of suffering

If all my sisterhood were in a room,
it would be hard to see their commonality on the surface.
They all look so different,
have different lives,
are various ages
and stages in life.
Some of them,
I would never have thought
they would become part of
my sisterhood.
But here they are.
Each one so amazing
and exactly what
My
Heavenly
Father
knew I would need.

God's Word has a wonderful blueprint on building a sisterhood:
Proverbs 12:26  
The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.
Proverbs 13: 20
Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.
Proverbs 15:22
Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.
Proverbs 16:28
A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.
Proverbs 17:9
Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats a matter separates close friends.
Proverbs 17:17
A friend loves at all times, and a brother(or sister) is born for a time of adversity.
Proverbs 18:24
One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother (or sister).
Proverbs 20:6
Many claim to have unfailing love, but a faithful person who can find?
Proverbs 22:24-25
Do not make friends with a hot tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn their ways and get yourself ensnared.
Proverbs 27:5-6
Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses. 
Proverbs 27:9
Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of a friend springs from their heartfelt advice.
Proverbs 27:17
As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.






Friday, October 10, 2014

Preparing

There is a reason I have been blogging less...

It has been 27 years since this old brain has cracked a text book
I am now in my second semester of college
Why?
I ask that same question as I am preparing to write a 7 page paper...

There is something in the air
I have felt urged to move in this direction
I pray, 
I ask for direction, 
I ask why

I don't know the end of this story
but I do know that I am preparing,
preparing for something more 
that God is going to ask of me
There are days that I feel that He has asked so much of me already
to move across the country
to start over
to leave a family I adore
to leave a ministry I loved
to begin again
to invest in strangers who are now friends
so much...
Now this,
regenerating this old brain,
days of reading and writing,
days of studying,
preparing for what?
I am driven to do this thing
even though I know not where it will take me
there is no doubt in my mind 
I am in tune with my Heavenly Father

I think that even if My Lord attempted to explain to me
what comes next
I would not fully understand
but I trust Him

Although I am fully aware 
that what I am experiencing is not in the same league...
this experience causes me to reflect on those Old Testament adventurers
the ones who felt compelled to do things that made no sense on paper
Noah...built an ark on dry land
Abraham...picked up and moved on a promise
Sarah...raised a promised child in her old age
Hagar...went back to a family who resented her
Rahab...protected two spies
Ruth...alone, supported her mother in law
Samuel...pursued an unlikely king 
David...stood up to a giant

I long to live my life "on purpose".
with My God in the center
guiding my steps
to a place only He knows.
This back-to-college season
which makes no sense on paper
I know makes perfect sense
to the only one that matters

My Holy Teacher
My Perfect Provider
The One who can dust off the cobwebs in this old brain
He holds the compass

Although I do not fully know why,
I have clues
I am excited at the possibilities
to serve My King, 
My Everything
1 Peter 1:3-9 (ncv, personalized)
Praise be to the God and Father of my Lord Jesus Christ.
In God's great mercy He has caused me
to be born again into a living hope,
because Jesus Christ has rose from the dead.
Now I hope for the blessing God has for His children.
These blessing, which cannot be destroyed 
or be spoiled
or lose their beauty,
are kept in heaven for me.
God's power protects me through my faith 
until salvation is shown to me at the end of time.
This makes me very happy,
even though now for a short time 
different kinds of trouble may make me sad.
These troubles come to prove my faith is pure.
This purity of faith is worth more than gold,
which can be proved to be pure by fire but will ruin.
But the purity of my faith will bring praise and glory and honor
when Jesus Christ is shown to me.
I have not seen Christ,
but still I love Him.
I cannot see Him now,
but I believe in Him.
So, I am filled with joy that cannot be explained,
a joy full of glory.
And I am receiving the goal of my faith -- the salvation of my soul.