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:
He is risen! He is risen indeed!
As I contemplate the coming of Good Friday and Easter, I find my mind going back to those very streets of Jerusalem that I walked just a couple of years ago… the path that Jesus took to the cross. And I am overcome by His sacrifice for me… for all of us.
Because of Him, I am part of God’s family (Eph. 1:5) and I get to be a minister of reconciliation for His Kingdom (2 Cor. 5:17)! And in His goodness, He lets me minister to people here in the US as well as those precious little girls in India. I’ve had some exciting things going on in that arena, so make sure to read my little blurb about that. (more…)
Bless the Lord, O my soul
O my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
O my soul
I’ll worship Your holy name
(10,000 Reasons, by Matt Redman)
Today I am thankful for:
1. God’s tender loving-kindness towards me. I’ve been blown away the last few days recounting the ways that He has been so gentle and gracious towards me. How He has led me through the dark and hard times, how He has dealt gently with me when I have needed to work through something, how He has given me more than I could have ever asked for. His loving-kindness is amazing. If you would like to read more about the Lord’s loving-kindness, (more…)
What’s not to love about a pajama party?? Staying up with your best girl friends and talking about anything and everything. And this is how I became better acquainted with a prostitute and a foreigner.
The prostitute sat up on the bed and shared her story first. Obviously her family was not happy with her choice. But she had very few careers to choose from – none, really – and she needed to provide for her family. It was a job of necessity. She wasn’t proud of her lifestyle, but it put food on the table. She paused to play with the ends of her hair, it was apparent that she still regretted having to sell herself. She took a breath and continued with her story. One day, things changed. She stood outside her house, like every other day, waiting for the men with hungry eyes to start passing by. She called out to a few, hoping to make a deal, but they didn’t have the time or the money – it was a slow day. Then two strangers passed by. They intrigued her, there was something different about them. She invited them in and they obliged. They told her immediately that they were not interested in her “services,” but did need her help. She wasn’t sure why, but she felt like she could trust them and asked them to tell her their story. (more…)