Updated: May 22

God has been drawing me into deeper intimacy with Him. I’ve been listening to a podcast that touches on God delighting in us by enjoying the pleasure of His company.

On the podcast, Dutch Sheets told a story of “Old Faithful” at Yellowstone Park. There is a restaurant that overlooks the geiser. As people eagerly await the time of its eruption, it’s clear that after time, the waiters and employees have become desensitized to its wonder.

May we never lose our wonder.

We can fall into either category in our relationship with the Lord. We either lose the wonder of the awesome presence of our Lord and our worship becomes bland, or we miss out on His glory altogether! May our worship and wonder of God remain fresh and passionate always! May our love for Jesus consume our entire being, until every fiber is given to humble and passionate adoration of our Lord!

There is a spontaneous song I love by Amanda Cooke called, "Wonder". Its lyrics are beautiful and come to mind as I listened to the story above:

May we never lose our wonder

Wide-eyed and mystified

May we be just like a child

Staring at the beauty of our King

Of course, God wants our attention. He will use many ways to get it when we become distracted or desensitized. I think about Job and how toward the end of his story, God had his full attention. Job recognized that even creation all around us points us to Him and His wonders:

“But ask the beasts, and they will teach you;

the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you;

or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you;

and the fish of the sea will declare to you.

Who among all these does not know

that the hand of the Lord has done this?

In his hand is the life of every living thing

and the breath of all mankind.” — Job 12:7-10

I was reminded of God’s wonder and how He can still pleasantly surprise me. Our daughter graduated from college last year and had been building up her resume. Seemingly by coincidence, a friend had recommended her to do some chalk drawings for menu boards at a shop in Manhattan. Her work there caught the attention of the owner of City Winery, a restaurant and music venue chain.

The owner hired my daughter to come do their chalk menu boards and other wall murals at their flagship in Chelsea Pier, Manhattan. Sometime after, she received a call where they inquired if she would like to interview for a position on their art and design team.

Following some phone interviews, she landed a dream position with their company!

You just never know the chain of events that God may lead you to your very heart’s desire!

“Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret…” Psalm 37:4-7

Here’s another example of how God desires to show us just how wondrous He is.

One day, my husband was sitting outside enjoying his morning coffee on our patio. We have many squirrels that love our churchyard. One of them surprised him by coming right up to his feet, completely unafraid. My husband came inside for some nuts. This squirrel literally jumped up on his lap to eat the walnut!

Now, we realize that we shouldn’t feed them but they are seriously so cute! Now we have a little family that comes every day to hang out with us. We sit outside, enjoying the sunshine and these furry little creatures. We watch them, chucking at their silly antics. How fun that God would want to show us how He takes care of even the smallest of creatures and allows us to enjoy them. Thank you, Lord, for these simple pleasures.

So allow God to show you when to slow down, just sit with Him in His presence. Let Him show you how He loves you and is interested in the details of your life.

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Ever wonder why water main breaks happen? No seriously, bear with me for a moment. I was thinking about when pressure builds up, the stress on underground pipes can rip through the pipe causing a flood. This kind of water can literally destroy people’s homes and cause sinkholes in streets. No matter the size of the area, it can shut down the regular flow of traffic and our normal way of living.

It all sounds rather boring but a city’s water distribution system is made up of an interconnected network of pipes. It is extremely important to maintain this system because clean water is necessary for life. When these water main breaks happen, the community is always advised to boil their tap water because of contamination.

I read an article on why water main breaks occur. Age or accidents, pressure changes or corrosive soils can all be a contributing factor. The material used for these networks of pipes is important. Some are made of cast iron. Some are older and made of clay. Time corrodes them causing them to crack. Sometimes men who are digging up the ground can hit one causing a break.

Other times, temperature changes can freeze them, causing cracks. Also, opening fire hydrants too quickly can build up pressure in them, causing a rupture. Regardless of the reason for a break, it’s never easy to fix and causes so many problems for the surrounding community.

There are ways to diagnose, repair and replace eroding pipelines. This is the best way to head off an impending explosion, so to speak.

I say all of this to say: God has a way of trying to show us that things in our lives may be coming down the pipeline that have been eroding over the years. Negative mindsets, ways of thinking and unresolved issues never really just fix themselves. They are like these pipes under the ground, aging or becoming corroded over time.

Then one day, they just “POP”!

I am being honest here. I’ve been feeling this way for awhile. God has been speaking to me through several different small ways, showing me a path forward. But it has been hard. I’ve felt resistance at every turn. When you are trying to make big changes in your life, you will always encounter resistance.

Sometimes the resistance is from without but many times it comes from within.

This month, I had the opportunity to speak to women at a few events. God always seems to teach me lessons that He wants me to learn “the hard way” in order to teach others. You know how that goes, right?

A woman leading a prayer meeting I participate in literally called me on some of my junk this week. I felt like God was calling me out in front of thousands of women. The gist of it was my mentality was holding me back. I have been playing small. Procrastinating on what I know God has me to do. Allowing fear of the unknown to stop me.

Yeah...ME! The woman teaching other women how to Biblically prioritize their lives!

Can I get a witness??

Another amazing moment of clarity this week was being held accountable in my Mindset Group Challenge. The women said that they need the book that I have been sitting on for the last year. It hit me hard. Then, they made me set a date to have it ready for the Editor.

Wow! Anyone, feel the pressure??

THEN, I was listening to another amazing Pastor teach about poverty/scarcity mentalities. This has definitely been something God has been bringing up in my life. Then, the business strategy workshop I signed up for was delayed a week so I decided to listen to the leader’s audible book to get myself ready.

You won’t be surprised when you hear that everything she spoke in my Air Pods was exactly what God has been saying to me for weeks.

Stop playing small. Why am I allowing fear to derail me? Why am I allowing distractions to sidetrack me? Do I really think people are going to want to read MY book?! Who do I think I am?

I also realized I had to repent of pride in my life. God has called me to do great things and I was telling others to believe the same, yet here I was doubting. This was a call to action if there ever was one!

Then, something amazing happened. I received an invitation from a sweet sister in Christ (an online friend) to have “coffee” with me. I had written a post inviting anyone to a cup of coffee on Instagram if they felt they were in need of a friend. She took me up on it.

But in preparation for our “Zoom Coffee Date”, she sent me a surprise gift. I was a bit down, and feeling directionless when she messaged to tell me that a box was waiting on my porch for me. Excited, I ran out to get it. As I opened it, I almost dropped to the floor!

It was this pretty little tea cup set in my favorite color and my absolute favorite tea that I hadn’t had for over a year!

HOW?! How did she know?!

When I messaged her to thank and ask her how she knew, she said she was brought to tears because she had no idea!

It was the last of a set of amazing moments this week, as if God was reaching down to bless me with a little secret: “I know exactly what you need, when you need it!”

As we had our tea-time today, it was like a breath of fresh air. We laughed, shared our struggles and prayed together. We came away blessed. (Thank you Hilary!) Maybe you need this coffee date too.

Now getting back to that water main break...Sometimes we need a flood in our lives to wash away all the garbage, clear out the muck and gain clarity to begin afresh. That’s how I feel now. Like, I’m at the precipice of some really amazing breakthroughs.

It takes a lot to repair a break but it is super important so that you have fresh water for an entire community. I’m ready to allow God to wash away the stagnancy and bring all the good, clean water to come and quench some thirsty souls that need that water!

Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13-14

How about you? Are you ready to join me for a drink?

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How about a little encouragement? I’m no expert nor am I a famous motivational speaker but I know that we all need a little pick-me-up every now and then. And more than a few times in the past year, I’ve found myself leaning on others. I am grateful for brothers and sisters in the faith!

For the past month, we’ve been praying for a sweet sister in Christ from our church and their 11 year old son, Pasha (we call him Paul). He was diagnosed with Leukemia last month. It has been a harrowing experience of hospitals and quick diagnoses and chemo treatments for this little boy. We were finally able to pray with them after he was allowed to come home for a few days between treatments.

My husband and I anointed him with oil and prayed for him that God would heal him and when they returned to the hospital for his test results and to begin another round of treatments, they would have good news.

When his mom, Olga, texted me this afternoon, I could barely hold back the tears! She said the doctors did have good news! Praise the Lord, Jesus! He did not have any cancer cells and he would receive the least amount of chemo treatments over the next few months! God is so good!

Andrew Murray said to the point of the need of prayer in this hour, “The great work of intercession is needed. Let there be with every minister and worker, the great searching of heart, as to whether they are ready to give as much time and strength to prayer as God desires. Let them give themselves in secret to take their place in the front ranks of the great intercession host.”

In his book, “With Christ in the School of Prayer”, Murray states, “God rules the world through the prayers of His saints. Prayer is the power by which Satan is conquered and the church distributes the powers of Heaven.”

Prayer is undoubtedly amongst the essential disciplines and practice of our faith.

I spoke to our Women’s Prayer Group this week and said that prayer shifts the atmosphere. It transforms culture. When the lockdowns began last March, we could never have imagined that the coming year would create a culture of prayer in our church. God used the incredibly difficult situation of our best friend and leader in our church who was battling for his life with Covid19, to drive us to our knees and storm the throne room of heaven for his healing.

Now, every time he enters the doors of our church for Sunday service, my heart can’t help but rejoice that God provided a miracle for him. A complete turn around, taking him from the very edge of death back to life!

When we pray, God releases His supernatural power and sends answers in ways He sees fit. This is a spiritual war we are engaging in. Why would God prescribe an entire armor we would need to learn to use, if there was no war? Why would Jesus Himself teach us to pray by asking God to allow His Kingdom to come and His will to be done here on earth as He has it Heaven, if He didn’t need His people to ask for this. He uses us in conjunction with angelic hosts to meet out His will here on earth.

In January, 2020 little did I know that when I preached on the upcoming year that 2 Chronicles 20 would have such a powerful meaning for us. King Jehosaphat was given 4 commands for the nation of Judah, by God Himself, as they went out in battle against an enemy stronger than they.

2 Chronicles 20:17 - “But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the Lord’s victory. He is with you, O people of Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out against them tomorrow, for the Lord is with you!”

  1. The first command was to take their position, meaning to station yourself or to stand with someone. This is what an army looks like on a battlefield, gathered before their commander, standing side-by-side.

  2. The second command was to stand still. The meaning infers that the troops are standing still, ready to receive their battle assignment. Standing at attention, allowing no distractions.

  3. The third command was to see the salvation of the Lord. The word for salvation and deliverance here is “Yeshua” which is also Jesus, Messiah. Set your eyes on Jesus! He is the Commander-In-Chief.

  4. The fourth command was not to fear or be dismayed. The meaning is: terror, to be shattered, dismayed, broken. We are to cast off fear even when we are face-to-face with our enemy.

These are powerful lessons to apply to our own lives.

Further along in the story, in verse 20 it says, “Early the next morning the army of Judah went out into the wilderness of Tekoa. On the way Jehoshaphat stopped and said, “Listen to me, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Believe in the Lord your God, and you will be able to stand firm. Believe in his prophets, and you will succeed.”

As the appointed singers went first, singing praise to God, it was at that very moment the Lord caused the armies of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir to start fighting amongst themselves. The armies of Moab and Ammon turned against their allies from Mount Seir and killed every one of them. After they had destroyed the army of Seir, they began attacking each other. So when the army of Judah arrived at the lookout point in the wilderness, all they saw were dead bodies lying on the ground as far as they could see. Not a single one of the enemy had escaped.

Only God could do such a thing! I believe God is still in the miracle-working business. He proves Himself time and again. When we suffer through many difficult situations, we can become disappointed and disillusioned. Our faith may waver since discouragement can kill faith. These are the times to look to these 4 commands God gives us to push through to all that God may have up ahead for us.

Joshua 1:9 - “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Be encouraged today, friend!

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