(This is an email devotional I sent out to the ladies in our small group.)
Hello my fabulous friends!
I am really excited about our service project tomorrow night! And since that is tomorrow night, I figured I better take the time tonight to get this out.
In Eat This Book, we just finished up reading about the kings of Israel. And there is one king that really intrigues me: Hezekiah.
Hezekiah’s story can be found in 2 Kings 18-20 (as well as in 2 Chronicles 29-32 and in some of the prophets: Isaiah, Jeremiah, etc.). And his story opens up in 18:3 by telling us that he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord. This is noteworthy when you consider who his father was – the evil King Ahaz.
King Hezekiah made it his mission to help point the people of Judah back to God. He tore down the high places (of idolatry), reinstated the Passover celebration, cleansed the Temple, restored Temple worship, and organized the priests. And he started this when he was only 25! (more…)
The following is an email devotional I sent out to the ladies in our small group.
Hey gorgeous gals!
Hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend!
Brad’s Easter message was so encouraging, wasn’t it? (If you missed it, it will be posted here soon: http://www.tworiverschurch.org/703611.ihtml.)
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the idea of living outside of our comfort zone. I had dinner the other night with Lynda… Lori and Michelle’s mom. As we conversed, Lynda made a small circle with her hands in front of her and called it the “comfort zone”… then pointed to an unseen point just up and to the right, and called it “where the ‘magic’ happens.” I decided to illustrate it – look at the picture:
This is a continuation of the story of the healing journey the Lord has me on. You can read about The Need, The Past 6 Months, Quiet Waters, 6 Weeks Since QW, Christmas, and Encouraged by Sarah’s Story.
I was thinking the other day that it has been a while since I’ve written an update about where I am in my healing process. I guess it is because there haven’t been any noticeable changes recently.
Or at least I thought, until I was cleaning the other night. The mini blinds in my room were quite dusty, and I couldn’t put it off any longer. And the windows in my room are huge, so this was no small undertaking…. like, try 2.5 hours to do three side-by-side windows. (more…)
The following is an email devotional I sent to our women’s small group at church….
I hope all is well with your weeks! Just a reminder: The Well is tomorrow night at church from 6:30-8:30 (or whenever you can come) if you are interested in joining some of us.
Lately I have been thinking a lot on the theme of believing God. I suppose the theme first really showed up at our Women’s Retreat where Tracy shared with us about being women who believe God. I will share more about the things she said in a bit.
In the Beth Moore study I am doing right now, the theme of last week’s homework was also on belief. This quote stuck out to me:
“John’s Gospel doe not just call us to belief as a past-tense experience. Christ calls us to be living verbs! He calls us to the ongoing act of believing! Yes, for many of us the belief that secures our salvation is past tense and complete. We have already trusted Christ for salvation. We are now and forever secured, but tragically, too many live in past-tense belief, believing God for little more from that time forward. (more…)
This is a continuation of the story of the healing journey the Lord has me on. You can read about The Need, The Past 6 Months, Quiet Waters, 6 Weeks Since QW, and Christmas.
I listen to K-LOVE radio in the mornings when I’m getting ready for work. I love listening to the Morning Show – the three DJs are very encouraging and entertaining.
On Monday, February 4th, they received a call from a listener with an amazing story. Her name was Sarah, and she shared about her life with severe scoliosis – so much so, that her ribs touched her hips. But only days before calling, the Lord had miraculously healed her and she grew 4 inches! The DJs kept her on the phone for a while to hear more of her incredible story. (more…)
The following is an email that I sent out to our women’s small group from church.
I hope your weekends are off to a good start! Our month-long run of plays started yesterday, so we have been busy, busy, busy! But in the spare moments I have been able to grab, I have been seeking the Lord about my verse and theme for the year. Part of the fun of having a verse or theme for the year is sharing it with others so they can help you watch for it when it pops up in unexpected places. We get to rejoice together in what the Lord is doing in each others’ lives! So, I want to share with you all what I have been hearing.
On my drive home from IL to TN after Christmas (which my car made it, by the way…. thanks everyone for praying!), I was listening to a teaching by Beth Moore. (more…)
(The following is an email devotional I sent out to the ladies in our small group.)
Hey ladies! Happy New Year!
I want to encourage you in a practice that a few of us have been doing for a few years. Instead of making resolutions (because truthfully, many of us find those impossible to keep), some of us ask the Lord for a verse or word/phrase for the New Year. Think of it as a declaration.
For 2010, I asked the Lord for a verse, and he gave me Ephesians 3:17b-19. “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”
As you know, that was the year that I was introduced to STEPS and my girls in India. I learned much about love as the Lord awoke a mother’s heart in me for those girls. (more…)
I am in the midst of a healing work that the Lord is doing in my life. Read about The Need, The Past 6 Months, and Quiet Waters to find out what He has done so far!
Quiet Waters was almost six weeks ago. Since that amazing night of ministry, I have been noticing things I’ve never felt before. Instead of just all over aches or a sore lower back, I have been having very localized aches and pains. It is sometimes the size of a tennis ball, and that area will ache sometimes for minutes, sometimes hours, sometimes a day or more. But then it moves and somewhere else very specific will hurt. Considering the “slow surgery,” it makes sense that the Lord is strategically moving around my back, putting this muscle back, stretching that tendon, maneuvering that bone… He’s working.
On November 28, I went to The Well at church – our weekly prayer and worship time. The night began with some really sweet worship. I was in the back of the room, thanking the Lord for the work on my back He has done so far. Eventually Danny (Pastor of Prayer) gave us directions to get into groups of 3 or 4 to pray for one another for any healing that we need. I ended up in a group with Danny and my sweet friend Robyn. Danny told us about a women in our church who needed our prayers that day for healing, so we began by praying for her healing… for her back.
As we finished praying for her, (more…)
The following is an email devotional I wrote for the ladies of our small group.
Only one week until Christmas – can you believe it?
I was thinking the other night about how whenever you are around people… family, friends, coworkers… it can sometimes cause stress. I love that Christmas is a time for family, but I know that sometimes there is a family member that just is harder to get along with than others. There are a few things I think that I think we all need to remember before the holidays.
I am on a journey of healing with the Lord. You can read about The Need that caused me to get to this place as well as the 6 Months leading up to this point.
Since it had been stated that the Lord wanted to do some healing at our Quiet Waters church retreat, I was expectant the entire time. Jesus ministered to me in some wonderful ways that weekend, but I additionally kept waiting for the moment that we were released to pray for healing. Friday night, the last hour of the retreat, the Lord finally released us to pray for those things that had been laying dormant in our lives: dreams, hopes, promises, delayed healing, etc. I was up in a flash. The Lord amazed me with how He sent people to pray over me. After that night, I sent an email to each person who prayed for me, so that they could see the big picture of what God did that night. Here’s some of what I wrote: (more…)
The Lord has me in the midst of a healing process. Read the first part of the story here.
If you have ever lived with chronic pain you have probably learned how to cope to some extent and can usually function at a reasonable level most days. But you also know that there are times that there is nothing you can do but to curl up in bed and hope the next day is better.
The NUCCA has worked so well for the past 4 years, but I have noticed that in the past 6 months hasn’t been ‘holding’. Instead of being able to go months with only minor pains, it seems to only be lasting weeks before I feel the need to go back for an adjustment. However, Dr. Heath is in my hometown in Illinois, and I now live in Tennessee with no NUCCA chiropractor nearby. And my knees only seem to be getting worse as time goes by. I hate that I cannot kneel in prayer for any length of time without it effecting me for the next 24 hours.
And the past year I have just grown weary of coping and ‘getting by,’ especially when he had promised me the healing I so desire. I brought my weariness to Jesus’ feet, asking if the time for healing could come quickly.