Saturday, October 27, 2012

I've re-learned somthing this week.

Tuesday we were in Washington D.C.  Talked to an ambassador from Africa who is a Jesus follower.  Talked to the number one nuclear physicist in the world, who is Korean and who is a Jesus follower.
Okay, really, talked to men all day Tuesday who influence world leaders, who are Jesus followers.

And, they talked to me.  They hugged me as they left.  Because I was a friend of their friend,  I was now a friend to them.  I didn't have to prove how smart I was, or how spiritual I was, and it certainly wasn't because of my beauty that qualified me.  Each conversation was so encouraging.

Jesus followers that....loved.  Think of that.

In our church world we hear a lot of the qualifiers to be acceptable to people.  Too spiritaul, not spiritual enough, too traditional, too contemporary, too transparent, not transparent enough.

What times like this week does to my heart is help me re-learn simplicity.

Jesus.

Jesus who was willing and IS willing to walk life with people exactly where they are right now.  Today.  Willing to love them where they are right now.  Does that kind of love change us?  YES IT DOES.

Jesus.

Oh Jesus - thank you for the reminder to be a person who loves - not because of anything other than You said to love.  Thank you for the reminder that I can't keep trying to DO MORE to be acceptable to others, especially Christians.  It's You, it's Your Name that brings freedom.  I trust You, LORD, and am so grateful - SO GRATEFUL for anyone and everyone who shows me what Your love looks like.  


Luke 10:27
He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ ; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ”

1 John 4:20
Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

The Key...

You probably know by now that I am not a fashion icon.  I accessorize mostly by accident.  There have been MANY moments when I discover, "Oh look!  This actually GOES with that!!!"  At the last church we pastored someone actually told me they were so glad to be at a church where people didn't want to look like the pastor's wife!  I just looked at her and started laughing - she looked at me and started sputtering, because she had really meant it as a compliment - she was glad people didn't have to look perfect (at that time wearing specially folded scarves) to be accepted.

I tend toward accessories that make me smile, make me think and just mean something to me -  in my home, in my office and on my person.

One accessory that I have been drawn to is almost anything that has a key on it.  Yesterday, I had opporunity to explain this draw to a group of wonderful women.  Looking at a key stirs my faith. It reminds me that Jesus WON the keys to death, hell and the grave.  He holds those keys - He owns those keys.  Whenever I pray for someone, I see that He holds the keys to ANYTHING that holds them captive...and in His name He hands me the key of His authority.  I do not use my own key, I use the keys that He has handed me.

This week I gave a key to our house to a very close friend.  That is a BIG deal to me because it means I trust her with access to our home - that which is ours.  I want her to use our stuff.  I trust her.

I truly believe that when I pray, I walk into a place of access made available to me by JESUS.  He has handed me a key and said, "I trust you with this.  Walk into places that were locked up - in the authority of my Name - stand in agreement with My will - honor Me .  Don't just use the key as an accessory to your life!  Use the key for what it was made for...opening doors, opening locked up places, opening giant gates, opening tiny boxes of treasure.  USE THE KEY!"


The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to preach the good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the LORD'S favor
...to comfort all who mourn
...to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes
the oil of gladness instead of mourning
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair
Is. 61