So…. the numbers on our Texas thermometers tell us that it is indeed summer. And, I hope you have some good plans for yours…. Perhaps an adventuresome family road trip or a relaxing rest on the beach. But in the midst of all the summer fun, there are still so many hurting people – praying for miracles. So this summer, I challege you… I challenge me: let’s not just “pray for a miracle to come”. Instead, like this song says and our God and Savior demonstrated, let’s #BeOne!
For you, that may look like going on a mission trip or serving at a local shelter or cooling station in the midst of the summer heat. For me, looks like serving my community with my Amazing Church during #AmazingsBigSummer. For all of us, maybe it could look like us putting our phones down for a minute to get close enough to people to know what their needs really are and to take the time to make a difference in their lives.
So, as we step into summer, will you join me in making this a #SummerOfMiracles by committing to #BeOne??
So to my friends who have given or are still going to: #ThankYou! And to all the #SingleMoms, #YouAreAMAZING!! (BTW, you can click any of the links
In this blog to view the GoFundMe Campaign I am referring to. And if you want to help by giving, praying, or sharing the campaign, that would be amazing!)
And, #AmazingGod, thank You for showing over and over again that You are a #GoodGoodFather!
“God, my heart is steady. I will sing and praise You with all my being.” – Psalm 108:1
For me, my favorite gift of this season – of this year – was nothing tangible. (Although it is represented by a cute little necklace I found at the hospital gift shop where I work).
I’ve seen a post flying around Facebook asking people to describe their 2015 in one word. Well, I’m a writer… so it is difficult for me to even say “Hello” in one word. (And since Adelle and Lionel Ritchie both needed an entire sing to say “Hello”, I really don’t feel bad about that). So I will use two words to describe my 2015… and they also describe my favorite Christmas gift this year: “Growth” and “Grounding”.
The word “growth” speaks for itself I’ve been stretched and challenged and changed this year like never before. And I needed to be stretched and challenged and changed! I feel like I’ve lived most of my 40-something years sleepwalking through life and now I’m fully awake and loving it.
But the word “grounding” may need a little additional explanation. I’m not referring to the grounding of being sent to your room as a kid or getting the car taken away as a punishment. Rather, I’m referring to the process of becoming grounded and centered in the peace of God in such a way that I am no longer pushed over by the strong winds of the messiness of life or situations. Rather, I now bring the strength and the peace of God into those situations.
Although some situations in my life look the same as they have for years, thanks to the faithful leading of my Amazing God and the people He’s surrounded me with to help me grow, I am facing everything with a strength and unwavering deep-down peace like I’ve never known before. This is the first Christmas season in years that I have actually enjoyed rather than endured through a fog of depression. And that, my friends, is a beautiful gift!