This is what I see going on around me this week. Lots of new things starting up.
*New LifeGroups starting left and right at church. That is our small group or bible studies. I'm leading "Anointed, Transformed, and Redeemed" and I am blown away by the girls God has put in this group. They inspire me so much and it is only our 2nd week.
*Two new blogs have started, so please go by and encourage them on this new endeavor. One is Days With Deacon. This is my precious niece who is a new mom and just starting the adventure of motherhood. The other blog just beginning is Oak in the Acorn. This is sure to be one of great wisdom. Theresa has a heart for encouraging women and for writing. Her true passion right now is encouraging young girls in their walk with the Lord. Blessings to both of you new bloggers!
*I have a few friends in the process of adopting right now, and my heart aches for them all. I can't imagine waiting for the calls, the paperwork and the bumps that always seem to occur along the way. My friend Lori, my pastor's wife, has a trip coming up to Ghana soon to pick up her little boy, Apollo. I don't think I have ever seen someone so excited to deliver (well, you know what I mean). Please pray that all will go well, and in a month she will be bringing her precious child home. Also, pray for Lindsey and Elisa who are also in the process of adopting.
*I heard something in my bible study this week that is so simple yet so profound. You've heard it and I've heard it tons of times, but really let it sink in. The more you know God, the more you will be able to hear Him.
One of the ladies in my study yesterday was talking about a situation and she said, "The Lord told me..., and so I've ... and then I want to go to the next step of ..., but he hasn't told me to move on that yet." I'm leaving out the details, but to hear this wise woman speak (years of walking with the Lord), I was jealous. Jealous that the Lord is directing her paths in specific ways. She is so intimate with him that he gives her specific details for the plans he lays out for her, just like the Lord did for David that we are studying. This is not something new for her, it is how she lives.
Now, I know God speaks to me too as a Christian throughout my days. In fact, I have seen him heal, turn situations around, bless my family, change lives, and the list goes on, but it it is not like the intimacy my new friend has. That is something different. I want that! And guess what, I'm asking for that. It is completely available to me as well as you. What is it going to cost? I'm not sure exactly, but what first crossed my mind was more time, more prayer, more giving, and more obedience. Actually, I don't think it is that at all. I think it is fully surrendering my life and agenda to His, and all those things will follow out of love. Are you ready to step your walk up a notch too? Let's be the passionate people God anointed us to be!
*One more thing, please pray for my friend Susan whose husband is going in for a double by pass heart surgery tomorrow morning at 6AM.