Thursday, July 26, 2012
No worries...as my life has changed...so has my writing. I'm starting a new "Julie Powell" inspired blog as I cook my way thru the new WW cookbook and see if I can transform myself and my writing just a bit.
I'll come back once I've got it started to give a link for anyone who still haunts this site...otherwise farewell and it's been awesome while it lasted. What an awesome experience to have found friends and words to share.
Wednesday, May 02, 2012
I know there are those that hate the heat and hate the mercury rising above the one-hundred degree mark. I am not one of those people. I say use that hairspray...burn up that ozone and let the heat arrive and stay! LOL! Okay, so maybe that's a bit harsh...suffice to say, I like it WARMer!
I like May for another reason too. May is when we saw the angel.
You see a friend of mine at the college I was attending (all those years ago), was very depressed. She was at a point of despair and I was afraid she would try to take her own life. I walked out onto campus late one night to find her. There is the middle of our campus, was a large ROCK, and sitting atop that rock with tears streaming down her face was my friend.
I wish I could say I arrived tentatively, but if you know me at all, you know I am NOT tentative. I am bold. God made me bold...no apologies, I arrived boldly! I began to tell her all the reasons that her line of thinking was not in line with what God wanted. We were both believers and attended a Bible Study together weekly, so I knew she understood.
We began to pray for protection and HELP from God and I am not sure how much longer til we both felt this peace settling over us and as we looked up from our perch upon that rock, there was a heavenly being that I can only describe as an angel. He was BIG...probably 11-12 feet tall and he towered above our rock. He was white...meaning his whole person was white. He was STRONG and big and mature, but not old. I don't remember if he said anything aloud but he brought with him a peace and a feeling of intense love. It was as though we were among the holy of Holy's and this angel was our guide. To this day it brings tears to my eyes.
I've shared this story only a handful of times because it seems so surreal and...well...ridiculous. But I can assure you it DID happen. I saw this angel and remember it as if it were yesterday. I thank GOD that He cares enough that he would allow this intervention to happen just the way it did. I believe God still does this today. I don't think I could serve a God who spoke of all this power in his Spirit but never showed us that power.
I hope this day brings you hope of the GREATNESS of a GOD that loves you enough to intercede however He desires...on your behalf.
Monday, April 23, 2012
Honestly, the only thing I can come up with is fear of failure. Fear that I'll realize I am NOT a good writer. Fear that God has already taken this gift away. I don't feel inspired like I used to...I don't feel the words pour from my soul. It's so frustrating and I don't know how to get it back.
I can honestly say I used to just sit and the Holy Spirit would overtake my fingers as words found their way here and formed sentences and inspired me.
My prayer today is that the words will come again. Whether I begin working somewhere or not...I want to write. I need to write. God please write through me.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
I want to be this way with Jesus. I want to remember that even as I 'grow up' I can still rely completely, totally, wholly on Jesus to meet every need.
Thank you Father for meeting every need and reminding me how humbly you came and saved the world...
Monday, March 19, 2012
the "Dorothy Hamill" haircut. Which frankly was not all that flattering on anyone...including the skater. We spend money to look like and hope for the fantasy of 'being like' these famous folks.I think we may be missing the point. If only we could 'get' that God wants us to be like Jesus. If we could master that...we'd get it. We'd live it. We'd experience it. We would be able to change the whole world if we could just get this one lesson.
Thursday, March 01, 2012
I've heard sermons on 'living the dash', that little line between our birth date and death date on a tombstone. We are called to remember that our lives are not about the beginning and the end...rather the things in the middle. All those little moments of our lives that make up the culmination of a LIFE.
As I quickly approach my fifth decade of life I am definitely feeling more and more mortal and evaluating the meaning of it all...my life. I think this line of thinking is what finally pushed me to seek the career God created me for. I read this post from a friend today and it got me wondering if I 'missed' what God has been trying to show me about my gifts. Am I gifted in writing and creating or am I supposed to be an administrative person. Am I supposed to work with children or am I supposed to file paperwork for a living? Am I supposed to manage people or am I supposed to write encouraging words?
It's easy to get lost in the 'mist' as Stefne so profoundly shares. It's easy to forget that life is a process. It's hard to stay on track and keep the focus on the creator not the creation. You see, ultimately what I do on this earth doesn't really matter...it's how I've served Him that matters more than anything.
Here's to hoping you each are in the position God created for you and that you aren't caught in the mist of this part of the dash.
Monday, February 27, 2012
I spoke to pastorman this weekend about how I was feeling and he said maybe it was time to break through that 1 1/2 - 2 year burnout.
God has really been dealing with me and once again...unfortunately...in areas of pride and serving.
You see, I like to pretend I'm like Isaiah and I cry out to God to USE ME! Waiting for Him to reign me in and put me to 'good' use. Problem is this 'good' use is usually of my own desire...like getting to lead some big ministry....i.e. women's ministry in some form, or beginning a marriage study with my husband and other couples from church. God continues to stop me mid-sentence, mid-prayer and says: "My dear child, until you see that service is not about you...it's about ME, you cannot be used."
I feel the primal scream forming in the back of my throat as I try to 'convince' God that I am ready and he only has to show me the little tasks he places before me that I have ignored for bigger things for me to know He is, of course, right.
I'm trying to wrap my brain around it as I seclude myself from so many church activities for other reasons...and struggle with being where God has placed me right this moment.
I am clearly in a time of reflection and meditation and waiting...on the career He has already created me for and the service He desires. I hope I get it right before I stand before Him face to face. That would definitely be an awkward moment...for me.
This weeks challenge...be used however God desires and see where He leads. His ways are not my ways and His thoughts are not my thoughts. But I AM the apple of His eye!
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
I do also realize at this time in my life that may not make sense, as a friend may distract me from this time of contemplation. I do have a very dear friend...but she has a very dear family that need her far more than I do at this time.
I've been reading The Resolution for Women and I came across some really valid points in my own life right now. The author says:
"Don't save your best for later.
Don't wait to finish school, reserving your best works for whenever you land a real job that's actually taking you somewhere. Don't wait until you're married when the things you do well feel more like they're contributing to building a home and a life. Don't wait until you start a family, thinking you'll be more inspire to give your best when you have children to invest in. Don't wait until your kids leave the nest, biding your time until you're free to pour yourself into the next challenge."
What I am getting out of this is...live NOW! God equips us right now!
I'm going to strive to do now what I am to do and not 'save' it for a better day.
Wish me luck!
Friday, February 17, 2012
In my 'haste' to be a respectable employed citizen I applied for a number of positions on Monday that while I am absolutely qualified to perform...they are back to the same 'bad choices' on the past that have brought me here.
I had a call back about one with an insurance company and my mind wanted to go-for-it, but my heart just reminded me that it's not the answer. Better to struggle through this time of 'searching' then do something rash and not ideal.
I am the panda in a gummie bear world! I am definitely feeling out of place and...honestly out of joint this week as I embark on this new journey. I do NOT fit with the stay at home moms...no kids here and nothing to discuss...and I don't fit with the working class either...I'm in a quiet place. I hope to use the time well and in introspection as I seek Godly wisdom and direction and find my way 'home' to that one true career.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
I'm not saying I haven't heard of her because I'm so old and 'out of touch'. Several years ago I made a decision to fill my mind with music other than mainstream stuff that was becoming so much a part of who I was and it wasn't pretty...same with reading. I've only recently begun to read books other than Christian fiction and nonfiction. I still have a hard time with music.
Somewhere between 8 and 80 I have changed. No, I'm not 80 yet, but I also know these changes are ongoing for life as I evolve and grow.
Tyler Perry has a new movie coming out and the tag line is going to become my new one in this life search.
"Kpjara is about to discover the person she is meant to be."
It's time for to discover...
Monday, February 13, 2012
I have a bit of apprehension about what the future holds, but I am certain of one thing...God's got it all under control and had it planned out way before I showed up on this planet.
My mind is going about 1000 thoughts/minute so I'm trying to reel it in and organize the thoughts that matter in the long run.
Not surprisingly my Bible Study this week is about 'faithfulness'. Seems right on target.
and we're off...
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
That said...I am leaving this job and searching for a job that will use my gifts. In a perfect world here is the top 10:
1. Movie critic
2. Restaurant critic (lol)
3. Personal shopper
4. Professional organizer
5. Craft teacher
6. Book Editor
8. Book Reviewer
9. Music Video Director
10. Art/Talent Director
Honorary Mention: Lottery Winner and stay-at-home-dog-mom.
That was fun...the cynic in me knows these are probably not possible...but I am not going to settle in to another admin job that is empty and without fulfillment. I have to believe God gave me talents to use in a career somewhere.
The search is on.