Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Matthew 8:23-27 "Now when He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him. And suddenly a great tempest arose in the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep. Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, "Lord, save us! We are perishing!" But He said to them, "Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?" Then he arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. So the men marveled, saying, "Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?"
Lately, I've been worrying a lot. I'm 6 months pregnant and the worry seems to overwhelm me at times. I worry about my boys sharing a room, about our car not being large enough for 3 kids, about our finances and the increase in groceries that we're having as we raise two growing and hungry boys (and adding a third). I'm worried about my kids development, my husbands job, and I worry A LOT about The Mom Squad and if we're meeting the needs of you, our audience.
What I've noticed is that my mind and heart are so filled with worry that I have no room for God. Can we be honest for a minute? If I spent as much time praying and in the Word of God as I do worrying about my circumstances, I would be so much more joyful and so much less anxious about everything.
In this story of the Bible, we notice that "suddenly" a bad storm came and the boat was covered with waves. Isn't that how life works? We never get a warning that a storm is coming into our life. Typically, it comes without warning and in the worst possible times - a lot of times at night, when we're already tired and mentally exhausted and needing peace.
In a panic, the disciples wake Jesus up. Aren't we just like the disciples? Here we have the followers of Jesus - those closest to Him - who have seen many miracles and have heard all of His teachings but yet when the storm in their life arises, they panic. They have Jesus right in their boat!! And yet they panic! Goodness, that is me all day! I have Jesus in my heart, I've seen so many of His miracles in my life and in the lives of the ones whom I love, yet every time - EVERY TIME, sisters - I panic.
And then Jesus says the infamous words that we all have heard "Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?" Oops. That's right, Jesus. I forgot who You are and what You can do if I only put my trust in You. And in an instance, He calms the winds and the sea.
Friends, when we know who God is in our life, we know that He is able. He is able to calm the winds and storms in our life. The same God that calmed the physical storm that night is the same God who can calm the figurative storms in our life - no matter how bad the situation may look. There's a key component in the story... the disciples asked God for help.
Are you dealing with a storm in your life that you wish would end? Maybe it's time to remind yourself of who God is and can be in your life when you ask. Ladies, I pray that you (and I) would turn our anxiety into prayer. That we turn our worry into working power through Jesus Christ. And that when fear tries to overwhelm us that we would continually remind ourselves of who God is.
Have a blessed day!
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Psalms 16:11 You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
They say (whoever 'They' may be) that confession is good for the soul and I agree. So today I want to make a confession.
I AM A MESS AND I AM IN NEED OF A SAVIOR
Lately I have been asking God for more of Him in my life. I have felt unfulfilled and unsatisfied with the mediocre relationship I have had with my Savior and have had a deep desire for more. Although I had full expectation that He desired to give me more of His power and presence, I didn't consider the process that I would have to go through to obtain it.
One of the first things that happened after I asked God for more of Him was that I began to feel an overwhelming feeling of separation. It was as if I was here but I felt like something major was missing. I had everything in the natural I could ask for yet I was lonely and detached from something. What was going on? I had never felt this way before.
As I sought God for understanding as to what may be causing this strange change in my emotions, He revealed to me the answer. He was simply magnifying the aching pain I felt without his presence to increase the desire for His presence. I hadn't even realized how over the years I had learned to suppress my Spirit's desire for more of God with more of what I thought I wanted. Yet God saw it all along and knew that He would have to show me where I was so I could embrace where I was going.
I began to assess my day. In fulfilling the demands of work and family I can honestly say my DAY was full but my spirit was empty. This is what I was left with when I masked my desire for him. Yet, in all his graciousness, he still showed me that it was my imperfections that qualified me for His presence. My weariness, my loneliness, my frustration, my aching heart, my MESS. These were the very things that brought me back to His feet so that I could be brought into His presence.
Just as the scripture says In your presence there is fullness, but I first had to be emptied out so that I could receive the fullness of His presence.
Ladies this Saturday is going to be a day not only for fellowship but a day for you to get emptied out so that you can receive His FULLNESS. We chose the name REIGNITE because we wanted you to walk out with something you may not come into the building with. The FULLNESS that comes with being REIGNITED. Please don't miss this opportunity.
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Sunday, September 14, 2014
Hi Everybody! Happy Monday!
Hi everybody, I hope you are having a great start to a wonderful week. I wanted to start off saying that this Saturday is our Mom Squad Event that you just don’t want to miss! : Root Candle and 955 The Fish present Reignite with The Mom Squad at the Root Candle Store in Medina Saturday, September 20th 8:30am – 1:45pmEnjoy the day ~ re-charging and re-tooling ~- with The Mom Squad ladies & Brooke Taylor as they share their heart and great encouragement for family & home life. Tickets $10 (+ $2 service fee)
School has started, which means that summer is almost officially over. Labor Day weekend we went to Paint Creek State Park and camped. This Southern Ohio hidden treasure is a MUST SEE!
This was a similar view from our camp site. Gorgeous! I love enjoying the beauty of nature! This park has something for everybody, fishing, hiking, camping and we even got a little history in visiting some of the Native American Indian Mounds. Serpent Mound was one of my favorites: This Indian mound is indeed in the shape of a giant snake. This is roughly an hour drive from Paint Creek State Park.
School has officially started and we can’t wait to enjoy fall activities. One of our last camping trips of the season will be at Mohican State Park in Loudonville the first weekend in October. They have the Loudonville Street Festival. This is kind of our last hoorah of the season before it gets too cold to camp. My family will be joining us from Virginia as well so that will be nice.
Other Fall news, It’s officially soup season! The Burns family helped the nuns this weekend baking bread at the soup sale for the Sancta Clara nuns at the Monastery. Here are two of my favorite people! Mother Magdalene and Sister Agnes! Beautiful women of God, I just love them!
We got a new puppy named Bella, a Golden Doodle from a family friend. I will share pictures later! She is a very sweet girl. She is about four months old now. She fits in great with our family and loves camping with our family. She went Labor Day weekend and seemed to enjoy hiking around the park with us.
I think that with every season, it is important to re-ignite and rejuvenate YOU! Please come join us Saturday for a wonderful time!