Monthly Archives: April 2010

The Joy Brought About By Grandchildren!

Just a blog to share one of the joys in my life–our first grandson Robert.  He is now seven months old.

His accomplishments so far include crawling (fun for mom to start keeping up with him), saying “da da,” eating cereal, and much more. Robert is one of the happiest babies I’ve ever seen. He wins people’s hearts over with his smile and sweet personality. And if you don’t believe it, just ask his Gran and me.

I just happen to have a few pics.


On the Brink of Something

I hear it all over our town and beyond. The words are not always the same, but the thought process is. Sometimes the words come out in frustration sometimes they happen with great expectation and excitement. The expectation is like someone on the edge of their seat watching a movie that has them so wrapped they can’t wait to see the outcome.  Sometimes people even have a difficult time expressing what they are feeling, but it all centers on one thought.

It’s interesting to me that this thought process is crossing tradition-conservative, liberal-post-modern, denominational, and even racial lines. It knows no boundaries. It knows no ethnicity. It knows no social/economic structure. It just simply is and there’s nothing we can do about it, but embrace it and try to seek ways to listen to God and obey His voice.  We are on the brink of something–a stirring of God like we’ve never seen before.

What is this thought process? My way of articulating it is this: God is seeking people who are willing to stretch the borders of the kingdom into places that Christians have traditionally have not gone. The call on my heart is to go where the fish are and fish. My desire is to take to the fields which are white unto harvest and bring in the sheaves for God! The passion I’m hearing from people all over the Shoals is–Let’s stop playing church and let’s make a difference in our society. I think it’s time to put our proverbial money where our mouth is.

There are mission fields all over the world. One might think that doing mission work in the buckle of the Bible belt is a crazy idea. To think of this place as a mission field is a crazy thought, but it is the cry of my heart right now.

Several months ago I received a word from God. It’s the only time in my life that I felt God actually say something to me. I’m sure He’s tried before, but I just wasn’t in a place of listening. I certainly was in a much more desperate place at that time. His words were “bring them together.” I am still contemplating that word from Him, but just today I have thought that it could mean that I am to be used to bring the hurting and sinfully sick together with those who are in Jesus and are sick and tired of the church game. I think if people who are of like-minded faith in what really matters, we can change our world from the inside out.

A few weeks later I received another word from God. As plain as I’m writing this I believe that God asked me to take a leap of faith and quit my job at Golds Gym. I did that trusting Him to take care of me. He has always taken care of me, but I’ve never lived by faith like I have in the last several weeks or months.

I believe at this time that God has taken me and my family through this journey in order to teach us total reliance on Him. The only way to do what He’s called me to do is to completely rely on His providence and care.

I know that for some of you this blog will be hard to read. I understand that, but I just have to follow my heart. For some of you reading this blog will cause a swelling in your heart to do the same thing. I pray that God will totally release us from the structure of organized religion and open our hearts to our community to be Jesus instead of doing church.

I also know that we live in a “church” culture and this will take time, but with God’s help we can help others know the love of Jesus right where they are. They can know how to live life free from guilt and pain. They can know real freedom in Jesus.

A Continual Learning

Is it just me or do you get the sense that we have for a long time thought we’ve had it all figured out. I don’t mean that we admit it like that, but we talk about the church, Bible, worship, Holy Spirit, and that list could go on and on like we don’t have any more to learn about those things.

One of the most freeing things I’ve learned is the concept that I am in a constant state of learning–a continual learning. It’s freeing on several levels.

1. I don’t have to think any more that I have to have the right answer on any given subject. That freedom leads to the next.

2. Since I don’t have to have the right answers, I don’t even believe that having the right answers is the purpose of our being.

3. I can seriously believe that there just might be someone else who can teach me. I don’t have to always be teaching, but I have to be ever learning.

4. Since I’m continually learning, there might be some new things for me to see. Since that has become a reality for me, I’ve begun to see some new things. It’s almost like opening up to the Spirit’s leading has given new insight to what God is doing in the world.

5. Jesus went to where the people who needed him were.  He looked for opportunities to serve them and therefore save them.

I am looking forward to what God has in store. I pray for Him to continue to reveal to me my place in the story.

A Sense of Expectancy

Do you feel it? I mean really – feel – sense – comprehend that something absolutely new and exciting is on the horizon?

Maybe it’s because of this day of celebration of new life after death! Maybe it’s because of weeks and weeks of praying into the vision of God, asking for clear sight of what it is specifically He wants in our lives! Maybe it’s out of frustration with the status quo! I really don’t know why, but inside of my heart is bursting with a vision from God. One that seeks where He is and stretches forward into His activity–a vision that seeks not to just be “doing ministry,” but a vision that seeks to “be” ministry!

There are others in my area and beyond that feel it too. I’m not some guru with pie in the sky ideals that are not relative to our culture and flow of life. I’m amongst others who feel the same.  I am only verbalizing this through this medium and others.

If you are there–seeking out ways to serve God that are new, different, exciting, challenging, and whatever else you are, please contact me. Let’s pool the visions we are receiving from the Father. Let’s move while the Spirit of God is moving within us. Let’s see where this takes us for Him!

(Acts 2:17-18 NCV)  “‘God says: In the last days I will pour out my Spirit on all kinds of people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. {18} At that time I will pour out my Spirit also on my male slaves and female slaves, and they will prophesy.”

(Romans 8:22-23 NCV)  “We know that everything God made has been waiting until now in pain, like a woman ready to give birth. {23} Not only the world, but we also have been waiting with pain inside us. We have the Spirit as the first part of God’s promise. So we are waiting for God to finish making us his own children, which means our bodies will be made free.”