For What God Calls, He Equips

  I had a major meltdown last weekend. I mean epic. I was in the third week of leading bible study. I tried not to feel overwhelmed. I believe God asked me to reach out to women throgh this study, but I became riddled with doubt and fear. I desperately relied on God, but I could feel the vultures circling. I was struggling to write lessons and posts and suddenly everything felt contrived; me-based and nothing seemed anointed by God. A part of me even regretted starting this study. I couldn’t believe for the first time in eons, I was besieged by fear. Fear of being judged. Fear of being wrong. Fear of the responsibility of leading people. Fear of trying to do this myself and get in the way of God. Fear of failing at what I am most deeply passionate about. Welcome the unseen and wounded to where they feel can find love and healing. Friends prayed and spoke truth and I reached out to our church leadership and asked for prayer. Then I was reading Acts and God called spoke bullhorn loud. Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in speech and action. Acts 7:22 Whoa, wait just a minute. That’s not the Moses I remember. Moses was afraid to speak and fearful of his past. Moses was scared of Pharaoh and his own lack of power. Moses was certain he couldn’t lead his people to freedom. Yet, God says Moses was mighty in both speech and action. Moses was raised in two worlds. He knew he was different. Moses was born a Hebrew, saved...

Lord, Make Me New

  Unspoken words hung heavy in the noisy room. The ladies quickly connected as we women will do and laughter-peppered banter became music to the lonely soul. But the unspoken could be seen in the dart of their eyes. Will I find a friend? Can I feel safe here? Is anyone else hurting like I am? Do I dare open up? Will they understand? Will they accept me? Can my life really be different? I’m awed at their bravery. It takes courage to show up in brokenness. I know. We gather, because we are tired of feeling alone. We are drawn together because deep inside we know there must be a way to be changed.  There is. God is waiting to answer the questions each as unique as the number of women, yet all stemming from one. Am I loved? My heart swells with hope for the hearts of these women hungry for change and I pray. Do not allow this world to mold you in its own image. Instead, be transformed from the inside out by renewing your mind. As a result, you will be able to discern what God wills and whatever God finds good, pleasing, and complete. Romans 12:2 The Voice Today I was in a black mood even though I started the day with reading His word. I easily slip back into conforming with the world. I look over my shoulder and somehow am tricked into being the person I dislike so much. I become prideful, self-centered and insecurity all wrapped together. The world rubs off on me and I have to come to God again. Messy, ugly and ready to be transformed...
God’s Promises Become Our Anchor

God’s Promises Become Our Anchor

I have a saying: “I’m going around the same tree.” I say this when I trip over the same bad habit for the umpteenth time. In today’s reading in Genesis 13, God promises to give Abram (later called Abraham) an inheritance of both land and offspring. But years will pass before the promise is fulfilled. Fast forward to Jeremiah 29:11. God gives another promise to the descendants of Abraham: For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. ~Jeremiah 29:11 Oh, we love to quote this verse. But remember: . . . Read the rest of this devotional at deeperwaters.us  *I am a part of TEAM365 – a group of women who believe that being in God’s Word every day is foundational to everything we do.  Click here for more info and to download the 2015 reading plan to join with...

Comfort We All Need

  Every quiet moment my thoughts drift to problems with no answer. They tumble over and over in prayer until the weight creates an avalanche. I examine them like a stone cutter searching for the perfect point to strike open and reveal the gem locked inside the rugged, unpleasant exterior. Some passages in the bible need to be approached that way. Within the unpleasant exterior, there is a gem locked inside. The genealogy in Genesis 5 is long, detailed and easy to skim. He was born, he had a son, he lived more years, he died. Repeat. The only two people with description were Enoch, who was miraculously taken to heaven without dying and Noah. He walked with God is a beautiful description of their relationship. Noah is designated with a special prophetic name by his father. Noah sounds like the Hebrew word for comfort. I’ve never associated Noah with comfort. The name he was blessed with spoke of the role his life would play-easing the agony of hard work in a cursed land. There is not more explanation about how Noah was a comfort. Did he have the gift of encouragement? Maybe he worked harder than everyone else. Movies come to mind, but scripture give us little information. Nevertheless, God chose Noah’s path before He breathed life into his body. He was destined to be the lone patriarch who survives the cursed land. In a land that brought much pain and sin, Noah stood apart. Our land today is much different than the days of Noah. And our land is much the same. We struggle with sin and...
We’ll Finish This Together

We’ll Finish This Together

We are studying perseverance this week in our ladies bible study. The illustration is the story of Derek Redmond in the 1992 Olympics. I chose the video without narration. You can watch more on YouTube. Derek lost the race, but won the victory. The story and images are an incredible parallel to our heavenly Father. His father said, “We’ll then, we’ll finish this together.” Our Father says that too. ...
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