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Hold: Learning to Love and Enjoy God’s Waiting Room

When everything is put on hold, God is still moving. We can enjoy the waiting rooms of life because, with God, no season is in vain.



Sitting on her pillow, holding her knees in her chest, she rocked herself back and forth as tears streamed down her face. She tried to journal, tried to pray, tried to worship, but all she could do was cry. She reached for the tissue, as her nose swelled again and snot settled on her upper lip. 

“Why?!?” she screamed inwardly! “God, I’m trying to trust you. I want to hear you! I want to obey, but why aren’t you speaking? Why am I still waiting?” she bawled in the dark. Then, resigned to the fact that life was still on hold, she crawled under her covers, laid her head on a tear-stained pillow and went to sleep. 

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Life on Hold

A hospital waiting room tends to freeze time as if our world is suddenly put on hold. We step into its space, waiting for news of a loved one.

Some of my favorite memories have happened in a waiting room. I was just four years old, sitting on vinyl chairs with my grandparents and my little sister when my dad came around the corner in full scrubs. He held my sister and me on his two sides and announced the arrival of our baby brother! 

Gramma

As a college student, I remember sitting in the waiting room, with all of my extended family, while my grandfather was in surgery. My enthusiastic Gramma dazzled us all with treasured tales as we waited. Time stopped, and I watched my grandmother’s eyes glisten as she told story after story of her childhood and college years. Growing up in Louisiana in the ’40s, falling in love with my grandfather in the ’50s, the early days in her marriage, the 60’s as she raised my mom and her three sisters.

To this day, I barely remember why Granddad was having surgery, and I have no idea how long we waited. But I will never forget some of her stories, or how it felt to be all together. It was pure magic.

And, there are the countless times I have sat in a doctor’s office waiting room with my own kids, reading books together, or playing “I Spy,” and, taking time to be still and make the most of our wait. 

The irony of it all has not escaped me. After all, waiting rooms are often a place of frustration or anxiety. Rarely do you see people enjoy their wait, and certainly nobody throws a party in a hospital waiting room!

God’s Waiting Room

Waiting rooms can be beautiful places, where memories are made; yet, waiting for God to move rarely feels beautiful. 

I have sat in the waiting rooms of life more than a few times. Several years ago, after my husband lost his job, I kept begging God to show us what was next. I felt like everything was put on hold, and I was stuck. I was willing to do anything and go anywhere, except sit still and wait! Sound familiar?

I waited patiently and expectantly for the Lord; and He inclined to me and heard my cry.

Psalm 40:1, AMPC

As I began writing this post, I was waiting for my fourth child to make his debut. I was in pain, and emotional. I was uncomfortable. So, I strove to make something happen, but in the end, all I could do was wait.

Over and over, Jesus showed me Isaiah 55:1…

Wait and listen, everyone who is thirsty! Come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Yes, come, buy [priceless, spiritual] wine and milk without money and without price [simply for the self-surrender that accepts the blessing].

Isaiah 55:1, AMPC

And now, I am typing one-handed holding a bubbly, bright-eyed three-week-old wiggling on my lap. Like most things that require all of my patience, he is worth the wait!

Wait with Purpose

Waiting is HARD. Whether we wait with expectancy or anxiety, either way means to stretch ourselves and hope for something that we don’t fully see yet. 

Wait and hope for and expect the Lord; be brave and of good courage and let your heart be stout and enduring. Yes, wait for and hope for and expect the Lord.

Psalm 27:14, AMPC 

The truth is, God does not put our lives on hold, rather He holds our lives. We don’t wait for God to move. God is moving, and we wait for Him to speak. And, in the waiting, He is not silent and we are not without purpose. 

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Wait with Joy

Through all of my times of perceived waiting. The Lord continues to show me, now is my time and right now is my calling. This place and these people right in front of me are my purpose. Enjoy this moment.

Even when we feel like nothing is happening, God is playing the overture before the show begins. We can choose to be anxious and impatient with the process, or we can sit back and enjoy the music. 

If you are in a season of waiting, this IS your moment. It IS your right now. Today IS your season. Enjoy the day. 

Waiting IS hard, but it is not fruitless. With God, no season is ever in vain. 

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Empty: Supplying Everything We Need from Our Limitless God

If you constantly run, you’ll grow tired. If you’re always running out of gas, but never filling back up, you cannot go anywhere. Why choose to be empty when we can choose to overflow with the love of God?



Running On Empty

Lately, I’ve been living from moment to moment. What’s next? What am I looking forward to? I don’t need to tell you this, but it’s exhausting. Always looking forward to whatever’s coming up instead of living for Christ, is no life at all.

I know how much it sucks to feel empty. Why then, do I continue doing the exact same thing? That’s insanity! We cannot live off of momentary pleasure. Instant gratification ultimately leads to death…

Where do we go once we’ve reached a goal? We make another one. Then another and another. We’ll run out. But with Christ there is no end; we can’t “use Him up” or reach His end because He has no end.

If you constantly run and never fill up, you'll grow tired. Why choose to be empty when we can fill from our God who never runs out? Women of Faith | Spiritual Growth | Scripture Study | Christian Mentoring | Daily Devotional #devotional #scripture #empty #flawless #love #purpose

Free Refills

We’ll never be able to wrap our minds around the vastness that is Christ. God is so infinite and wide which includes His love, mercy, and plan for us. We will not just be filled in Christ, but we will overflow! Why live on empty if all we have to do is believe and love the One who first loved us?

It’s so simple, so straightforward. Accept Christ, you’re saved. Love the God who turned His back on His Son to bring you home, you’ll overflow. Why is it then, that I choose to turn my back? Who am I to walk away from Christ?

Well, I’m no one. But God has given us the choice between Him and our own plan because He loves us so much. How, though, do we choose life over death when death is so enticing?

Choose Life

The hardest part of this, for me, is actually doing it. What does it look like to live for and like Christ? I haven’t been in the word for one. I guess I don’t realize how utterly vital it is to be reading the literal word of Christ. How can you be in relationship with someone you know nothing about? You can’t!

Another thing that makes it impossible to be in relationship is not TALKING TO SOMEONE! We have to be in constant communication with God otherwise we grow distant. Emphasis on we. God knows us and wants all of us so we cannot blame any faults or shortcomings on Him. He’s so graciously given US the choice to live and live with Him. There is no flaw in Him. He is full; He is not empty and He will never leave us empty.

For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.

Romans 6:4, NLT

Flawless

If you’ll allow, I’d like to go off on a little tangent…

I mentioned there is no flaw in Him. That means the things He creates are flawless as well. You are flawless. Tainted by sin yes, but you are no mistake. No accident.

This is something else I’ve stumbled upon in these season of emptiness…

Self-esteem. A battle I’ve been fighting for a while is finding the balance between, well, I am a sinner, but I am also saved and a part of Christ’s perfect plan. So, I really can’t question any part of myself. God made me the way I am on purpose. God made you the way you are, on purpose.

My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Galatians 2:20, NLT

Full

What a beautiful picture. Nothing to prove and nothing to lose because He lost it all so we could win. So He could win. We don’t have to spend our days waiting for the “next big thing” because He is always filling us up. We overflow. With Christ, we are no longer empty. With Christ, we are full.

He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.

2 Corinthians 5:15, NLT

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Call: Hearing, Obeying, and Following God’s Calling

We all have a calling from God. Your call may change, or it may remain constant. You may hear it when you are seven years old or when you are forty-three, but trust me God has a mission for your life.



Phillip is back from Africa! I was so excited and relieved to have him home. He brought back a ton of stories. Some silly, some inspiring, and many heartbreaking. He worked with children whose lives are so different from mine that I can’t even really imagine. Yet, through all their tribulations, they find joy and purpose. God moves with them and it is so evident because survival would be next to impossible without Him in their lives.

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Hearing God’s Call

As a teacher, I see students who have plenty and waste it. I see students with nothing, who horde everything. And all the experiences in between. Phillip saw kids who didn’t always know if there would be enough food. Would they be safe till tomorrow? When they grow, will there be clothes to wear? Will they have a future outside their dirt field and cinder block rooms?

He also encountered faith on a whole new level…

“Heather, we work at believing and being Christians, but we are fooling ourselves if we think we are there. I met people whose faith is so deep, it puts mine, ours to shame.”

At first, this statement put my back up. What do you mean I’m not enough? I believe. I serve. I love my neighbor. I study the Bible. I..I..I…

Oh. Maybe I have more work to do. Maybe we need to see the world through others’ lenses every now and then to give us perspective.

God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things – and the things that are not – to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.

1 Corinthians 1:28-29, NIV

Obeying God’s Call

God calls us all to two things: love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your mind, and with all your body; and love your neighbor as yourself (Luke 10:27). Easy to say, easy to remember, harder to do.

I don’t know about you, but my life moves very quickly. I am always hopping from one thing to another. And I often find myself over committing and under delivering. I want so much to do, that sometimes I forget to be. To listen in the quiet for what God needs from me. I am not alone and neither are you. We don’t have to do this alone. What we need to do is lean into God the Father and listen for His calling in our lives.

Phillip has set several goals for himself since his return. Getting sponsorships for children (enough so food isn’t an issue), donations of sports equipment so they have more entertainment (smiles), supplies for the schools so they have more opportunities (a better future). At home, he wants us to start learning more Bible verses so we have a better working knowledge of God’s word.

What all of this boils down to is God’s calling in his life. God has lit a fire in him that has been born out of love. That, my friends, is mighty and powerful and so beautiful.

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit – fruit that will last – and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.

John 15:16, NIV

Following God’s Call

God blessed me years ago, when I was in college, with a clear vision of my calling to teach. I fully admit that it wanes from time to time. I think things are too hard, too bogged down in politics, too focused on numbers, but then God redirects my gaze. Children who need me to love them, to teach them, to guide them are put in my way and He reminds me that I am wonderfully made for His purpose. And so are you!

Not everyone is called through children like Phillip and I have been. My daughter has received her calling through sports. At the age of seven, she told me she didn’t want to be a spy anymore. She was going to be a soccer star until she got out of college and then she was going to help people be fit and healthy. At almost 21 years old she has refined what that means, but she is on track to accomplish what she set out to do so long ago.

God calls us and if we are listening, if we are patient, that calling will be fulfilled. And in heeding God’s call, we are being obedient to Him.

I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:14, NIV

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Praying to Receive God’s Call

I have recently been looking at changing some things in my life. Change is scary for me. I like routine, I like feeling comfortable. Especially when that comfort was hard fought. I am feeling a tug, but I’m not sure if the tug is from God needing me to adjust the calling, or if it is from the enemy trying to pull me away from God’s work. Right now, I am in prayer about it. Hoping God will show me His path. I want to be what He has made me to be – a light in the world that reflects His love and mercy on others.

He has saved us and called us to a holy life – not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.

2 Timothy 1:9, NIV

This morning in church I heard our pastor clearly revealing God’s voice to me:

“When you stay focused on hearing God’s answer to your big prayer, you may be missing God talking to you.”

I might be guilty of this. Once again God is asking me to slow down and listen to Him. So I’ll end with the beginning:

Hey God, it’s me. What do You want?

love, me

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Journey: Knowing God is With You Every Step of the Way

Starting a God-inspired journey can seem so daunting. It will take you out of your comfort zone, but God is with you every step of the way. 



I keep hearing phrases like: get out of your comfort zone, make a change, become more involved. This can be exciting, scary, and exhausting. It can also be overwhelming.

So how can we cope with this? How do we keep the exciting feeling and not get so overwhelmed we can’t move forward or lose the feeling of purpose? These are questions that I have been asking myself a lot during this season of life, when everything seems to be going at 100MPH.

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First Steps

Then they said to him, ‘Please inquire of God to learn whether our journey will be successful.’ The priest answered them, ‘Go in peace. Your journey has the LORD’s approval.’

Judges 18:5-6, NIV

My husband, Phillip, has taught me a lot about carrying joy and excitement for God. He has really jumped out of his comfort zone recently and done it with such gusto and verve that I have been in awe. Until recently he hasn’t been much of a “joiner” in church-related activities. Phillip would go to church. He would help with something if someone asked. But he didn’t seek out opportunities to be involved. This made it easy for me to not be involved. I could sleep in on Sundays, not volunteer, or just be a passive Christian.

Then a little over a year ago he decided to sign up to be an usher at our church. He loved helping out and knowing that his help was needed. Now, Phillip works all three services every week. He sometimes grumbles about having to get up early on Sunday morning, but once there, he is definitely in his element. I have also tried to be more involved and turn my focus towards being a more active follower of Christ.

They have told the church about your love. Please send them on their way in a manner that honors God.

3 John 1:6, NIV

Preparing the Journey

But that’s not the end or even all of the beginning of Phillip’s story. He joined a men’s group that meets a few Friday mornings a month to discuss a book. Then he was asked to join a leadership training group reading another book. By the way, Phillip often has joked through the years that he has only read one book from cover to cover in his whole life….now he is reading two simultaneously.

Because of this, our home conversations are even more authentic and transparent. We talk about what he is reading, what I am reading, and how we see God’s plan playing out in our lives. It feels more like a complete life than it ever has before.

There is still more to this story. A few months ago, right before Christmas, Phillip was given the opportunity, through his work, to go on a mission trip to Liberia. Since he has taken hold of that opportunity, I have seen such joy and excitement, as well as some nervousness. But boy, have I seen God’s hand at work.

Christ-Centered

God has asked all of us to give with a generous heart. Putting this into practice has brought all of us joy, but it has also caused some stress. We have not taken anything away, just added to our plate. That means that because everything is on a time table, we have had to add extra time towards this project and take it away from other places in our lives.

As he prepares to go, he is fundraising, asking for donations and supplies to take to the orphanages he will be visiting and asking for others to pray for God’s blessing on the trip. He has had a mound of paperwork to contend with and a few rounds of shots to get. I have been his sounding board and helped him get the word out. At times it would have been easier to say…We are just too busy for this right now, maybe in a couple of years, this wil be easier. -OR-This is really expensive, maybe in a couple of years, we could financially be in a better place to support this trip.

All of this can seem tedious, overwhelming and some of it unpleasant. But every time Phillip has felt a little out of control, worried, or overwhelmed, he has centered himself in our Savior. We talk, we pray, we rest. All three have felt Christ-centered.

‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’

Jeremiah 29:11, NIV

Seeing God’s Path and Following It

Through all of this journey, he has felt a pushing from God. That push has made him excited to see what’s next. Phillip prays daily to know God’s will in his life and has been so surprised to see how God has aligned his path to Him. This has pushed both of us more onto a Christ-centered path for our lives. And that has been exhilarating!

God desires to have a relationship with us. He wants us to invite Him to walk with us daily. When we do, this life has a way of opening up. It’s not always easy and rarely what we’ve planned. But it is always exciting!

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:5-6, NIV

Dear God,

Thank you for pushing us. Your hand is so firmly felt in our relationship. I feel the bonds of my marriage so firmly that I know it is You making us stronger. This opportunity feels beautiful and hard. Help us to move forward in a way that is pleasing to you. Be our guide and light the way to do what is pleasing to You and Your purpose.

love,

me

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Resolute: Learning to be Unwavering in Our Purpose

Many times we go into the New Year with resolutions, but lack actually being resolute. How much would our lives change if we lived with purpose and acted it out in every aspect of our lives? 



Year after year I have made many New Year’s Resolutions and year after year I have not succeeded in any resolution I have made. From weight loss goals to quiet time goals, they never go as I expect them to. 2019 is a New Year and I am asking myself the same questions…What do I want my resolution to be? How will I actually fulfill my resolutions? What if this year, instead of making resolutions, we decide to be resolute in the purpose God has given us?

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Resolute Defined

What does it mean to resolute? According to Google Dictionary, it means “to be admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering”. Let’s take a minute and resonate on that definition.

Purposeful, determined, unwavering. Those are very powerful words. What would our life look like if we were to exude those qualities in our relationship with Christ? How often do we waver? Give up our determination? Forget our purpose?

Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win!  All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.

1 Corinthians 9:24-27, NLT

I love the imagery this scripture provides with our faith being like a race. It provides the perfect example of what it looks like to be resolute in our beliefs and journies.

Ultimate Purpose

The part of this passage that stuck out to me the most was “I run with purpose in every step”. A lot of times, as believers, we tend to wonder or forget what God destined for us. We act not because it is purposeful but because it is easy. Or, we think it will help us find our purpose…

We get caught up trying to find our specific function in this world that we forget what our ultimate purpose is… To love, follow, and serve our God.

Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

Matthew 22:37-39, NLT

Love God, love others. That’s it. While many of us have even more specific callings, at the end of the day all followers of Christ were created for this common purpose.

How resolute are we in this? Unfortunately, I know I am not resolute in loving God and loving others. I judge and gossip. I don’t trust His plan and deal with discontentment. This is not the picture of being resolute.

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The Vision

What does it look like to be resolute in our purpose?

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,

Colossians 3:23, NIV

Being resolute in our purpose means doing all things as if we are doing them for the Lord. In your place of work, in times of discontentment, in times of struggle and doubt; do all things as if doing them for the Lord.

When we practice this, it will change every aspect of our lives. Our productivity at work will go up. We will treat our bodies better. Our relationships will become richer and stronger. We will act out our purpose in every aspect of our lives. We will be admirably purposeful, unwavering, and determined. So let’s go into 2019 not focusing on our resolutions but on our purpose. Doing all things as if unto the Lord.

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Mentor: Teaching Through Intentional Relationships

To mentor is to teach through relationship. It’s having someone to go to with questions, who will be honest. This is the purpose of Oh Lord Help Us. 



For most of my life I have loved people, but feared their rejection. When I went into high school I was desperate to fit in. And after it became abundantly clear that I was too scrawny, too pale, with too little rhythm to fit in with who I deemed to be the cool crowd, I did find that I fit in with the athletic crowd, which led me to Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

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Guidance

This filled a massive void in my life, as my family did not have a church home during this season. And with my involvement in FCA came my first mentor. When I look back over my life, her influence has been hugely impactful in the trajectory of my path. She taught me, challenged me, confronted me, loved me. Even through college she was there guiding me to make decisions that would enhance my influence, rather than destroy it.

Instruct the wise, and they will be even wiser. Teach the righteous, and they will learn even more.

Proverbs 9:9, NLT

Meanwhile… Throughout high school, I was also into horses. My parents supported me in taking lessons, learning how to ride English saddle – the fancy stuff. This sparked a dream to have a horse farm one day. Combining it with my love for FCA, it was to be a camp for troubled girls.

Growth

After college, I became involved with a church for the first time. Unknowingly at the time, the women’s ministry director was mentoring me. She told me she could see Jesus in me. She saw potential in me and sent me to conferences to become a speaker before I ever knew that was something I wanted. And she involved me in leadership when I was too immature to fully realize what she was doing for me.

let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance—

Proverbs 1:5, NIV

Meanwhile… Turns out, I don’t have what it takes to work with horses. That part of the dream died, but the love for ministry remained. I began a ministry at our church to provide mentoring for teenage girls. Just as it was getting off the ground, we moved.

Listening

A few years later, after my mom died, we moved to a new state with no friends, family, or church. While in Atlanta, I was desperate for an older woman in my life. I prayed, and God provided. She was actually one of my patients where I was working as a dental hygienist. For months we would meet once a week and just chat. She would listen to me dream and never told me it was a bad idea. She corrected me when I was off base. And she comforted me when the pain from missing my mom became too great to bear.

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, NIV

Meanwhile… My desire to pour into young ladies was being met as I led a Bible study with some of the youth in our church. Honestly, though, my heart was running on empty. I did not have the maturity to see that I needed to be still in this season. The longing in me for my previous life was so great; I was trying to recreate what I had before. Through this, God was taking the purpose I was created for, and making a new thing.

Virtual

Our years in Chicago were a spiritual drought, but I still had my virtual mentors. Sermons I would listen to challenged my perception of contentment. Books I read brought me to a deeper understanding of provision. Being a new mom I found great comfort in parenting blogs assuring me that I was not losing my mind and that the newborn stage/toddler stage/preschool stage would indeed pass. 

But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.

John 14:26, NLT

Meanwhile… We opened a coffee shop in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago. Our desire was to be a bright spot in an area that was feeling the growing pains of gentrification. But with an ever-deepening pit of debt, and the emotional roller coaster of motherhood, we knew we had to pass it on.

Healing

Our years in Greenville, South Carolina were when mentors came into my life providing healing. Interesting thing, while I was with Oh Lord Help Us in Anderson, SC back in November at a Holiday Vendor Fair I saw my old pastor. Now, he would not know me from anyone. It was a fairly large church, and being that I was in a stage of healing, I kept to myself. But I was so excited to see him, you would have thought he was a long lost friend.

I absolutely went over to him, told him who I was, and how I knew him. He was generous with his time, asking me questions about our ministry and where life has taken me. I shared with him that when we knew we were leaving Greenville to come to North Carolina, I was sad but had complete peace. The Lord spoke to my spirit that we had come to Greenville to heal and that it was now time to fly.

When I spoke those words to him, he chuckled in a knowing sorta way. He told me that when they began the church in Greenville, their prayer was that it would be a place of healing. It was indeed that for me. Greenville and that church will always hold a special place in my heart. The people we encountered and did life with there showed me how to love others, how to give, and how to be comfortable in my own skin. My friends were my mentors.

Friends love through all kinds of weather, and families stick together in all kinds of trouble.

Proverbs 17:17, MSG

Meanwhile… A friend and my husband thought it would be a good idea to start a blog. I tried to quit it, more than once, but the conviction in my spirit was so great I couldn’t. I knew that this thing, that would eventually become a bigger thing, was the vehicle to do the thing I have felt so passionate about throughout my life: mentoring.

Mentor

Mentoring is nothing more than teaching through relationship. It’s having someone to go to with questions. Someone who will be honest with you even if it’s not what you want to hear. It’s encouragement often, and rebuke when necessary. Mentoring can change the direction of your life, and keep you where you need to be.

This idea of teaching through relationship is throughout the Bible…

  • Moses to Joshua
  • Elijah to Elisha
  • Naomi to Ruth
  • Elizabeth to Mary
  • Jesus to the disciples
  • Barnabas to Paul
  • Paul to Timothy

Mentoring is not fixing others, instead, it is walking together as we heal and see our value and purpose. As painful as our stories are, none of us are a lost cause. There is value in our tragedies. Through redemptive healing, we can see tragedies as opportunities rather than assaults and become conquerors rather than victims. Having the perspective of another trusted woman helps us do this, and see our worth.

As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.

Proverbs 27:17, NLT

Who has been influential in your life?

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Significant: Overcoming Anxiety and Embracing Our Unique Gifts

We are all uniquely created and hold significant roles in the Kingdom of God. We often play down our gifts and feed anxiety’s lies. It’s time to overcome…



The number one lie in which I have believed in my life is the same lie that millions of others have believed, maybe even you… Because I am an introvert, because I struggle with anxiety, I have believed for many years that I do not have what it takes to successfully spread the gospel…

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Anxiety Lies

What is anxiety if not blindness to the truth? Anxiety distorts reality. It whispers, “You are not good enough.” It makes you feel less than. It is the lie that makes you believe all other lies.

Anxiety is something I have struggled with my whole life, and it is just now, in my late 30’s, that I am learning to feel comfortable in my own skin. It is just now that I am starting to see myself as a creation of God. I have a significant and unique purpose to which He has called me. I may not be able to minister like everyone else, but I am able to minister in the way that God created me to, and with the spiritual gifts He has provided me with.

My church is dear to me, but even in the church, this lie is inadvertently propagated. We are told that as Christians, God expects us to do things that make us uncomfortable. While this is true to a certain degree, I also believe that God uses different people in different ways. Some people may feel comfortable turning to a perfect stranger and talking to them about how to become a Christian. Others may feel more comfortable giving a snack and a scrawled Bible verse to the homeless man on the corner.

Haven’t both instances spread the message of God? Didn’t we both spread His hope? Didn’t we both spread His love?

Freedom in Truth

In the Bible, there is one undeniable theme that is seen time and time again: God uses ordinary people to do significant, extraordinary things. When He sent His Son to save the world, He didn’t send Him as a powerful king; He sent Him as a helpless baby. Jesus didn’t make His triumphal entry into Jerusalem in an adorned chariot. He rode in on a humble donkey. There is one thing for sure, God is not only a fan of the underdog; He is a fan of the introvert.

While being an introvert certainly has its drawbacks, many of the most creative, influential minds have been introverts. Albert Einstein. Abraham Lincoln. Mahatma Gandhi. Rosa Parks. My heightened sensitivity allows me to be more attuned to the emotions of those around me. I can hear the words that aren’t being said. I can help soothe the hurts that go otherwise unseen. Since I know how life-crushing it can be in the midst of the darkness, I am at a vantage point to be a light where others cannot. I can point people to my lighthouse, to my life raft, to the One who speaks truth, to my Lord and Savior.

Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

John 8:31-32, NIV

And isn’t it about time that we start to trust Jesus to free us from the chains of anxiety, from the bondage of our own minds…

The Whispers

Anxiety says… You can’t do anything right.

but God saysYou can do all things because I give you strength (Philippians 4:13).

Anxiety says… You just don’t know what to do anymore.

but God says… I will show you the way, listen for my voice (Isaiah 30:21)

Anxiety says… You are all alone.

but God says… I go before you and I will never leave you or forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6).

Anxiety says… You are weak.

but God says… I am your safety and strength (Psalm 46:1-3).

Anxiety says… You should be scared.

but God says… Don’t let your heart be troubled or be afraid. I am not of this world (John 14:27).

Anxiety says…You are too tired to keep on fighting.

but God says… I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28-30).

Anxiety says… You will never find peace.

but God saysI will fill you with peace and hope (Romans 15:13).

Anxiety says… You are worthless. You are not significant to the Kingdom of God.

but God saysI have given you unique gifts to use for the good of My Kingdom…

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. Different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.

1 Corinthians 12:4-6

Where We Are

Booker T. Washington once stated, “Cast down your bucket where you are.” Stop comparing yourself to other Christians around you—who they are, what they are doing. Love where you are. Start where you are able. Each person has different needs that can be met best in their own unique way. Some people may respond to a more outgoing individual, while others may appreciate a more quiet, unassuming approach.

I have found for me personally, that I am much better at writing about personal matters; about spiritual matters. I will write posts on social media, text messages to a friend, write stories on my blog that I would never feel comfortable sharing with someone face-to-face. Physical distance, for me, sometimes leads to more emotional intimacy. All the fears and lack of confidence seems to disappear with the miles.

But the more I share with my writing, the easier it becomes for me to be more vulnerable and have those conversations with people. However, I will never feel at ease getting up on stage and giving a sermon. I am much more comfortable letting my life speak for me. And while there will always be times when God takes us beyond our comfort zone, we should not be terrified when serving Him.

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Significant Gifts

I am not good at talking to other people about my emotions. I have a hard time knocking on doors and telling strangers how God has changed my life. But, what I have found is that there is strength in silence. There is courage in waking up every day and continuing on life’s path even though you are paralyzed by fear. There is faith in trusting God to lead you through what He has called you to do. Not all sermons are preached, some are merely lived. Not all testimonies are spoken, some are shared by acts of love…

If we are uncomfortable in our ministry, how are we ever going to make others feel comfortable? We are all different, but we are all significant and necessary to the Kingdom of God. You have to understand your spiritual gifts before you can use them. You have to appreciate who you are and Whose you are before those gifts can benefit you or anyone else.

I know that my gift is not speaking, and I have learned to be okay with that. You know who else wasn’t good with his words? Moses. The same Moses who led the Israelites out of slavery and brought them to the Promised Land.

God has a plan for each of our lives. He has a significant purpose for our pain. Maybe the very thing we are going through right now is what God wants us to use to lead others out of slavery and into their “promised land”. So, you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when He adopted you as His own children (Romans 8:15).



Misty Johnson is a teacher and former psychiatric nurse, who strives to be the change she wishes to see in the world. She spends her days seeking God’s peace by meditating on His word, hiking among His splendid creations, and reading thought-provoking stories. Her goal is to encourage and educate others on ways to improve their spiritual, physical, and emotional well-being. If you would like to join others on this journey of holistic healing, you can visit her website at https://spiritbodymindrenewal.wordpress.com/. You can also connect with Misty on Twitter  and Instagram.

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Agenda: Godly Responses to Being Slowed Down

We all have a plan nestled deep in within us. For me, that agenda typically serves to provide me with comfort and ease. Let’s take a look at Scripture to see how the Father’s agenda is superior to ours and how it brings glory to Him and blessing to us! 



A few weeks ago, I needed to pick up something from my doctor’s office and get a membership at a local gym. There isn’t a direct road between either of the places. So, I made a big, jagged circle around the city. I left an hour later than I had originally planned and every traffic light I came to was red. Isn’t that just how it works? But I talked my irritation down, telling myself that I didn’t have to be back home for two hours and there was plenty of time to accomplish my stops.

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Testing My Agenda

After my first task was complete, I hopped back into my car and made my way to the other end of town. Once again, I caught every-single-light. Some of the lights in my town are two-three minutes long…just to give you a feel for how flabbergasted I was getting.

I thought I was pulling into the parking lot of the gym I wanted to join. Then I realized I had the wrong coordinates. It was a different fitness center, altogether. I started laughing and said out loud, You have GOT to be kidding me! I found a shady spot in the lot to park and sat there a moment to regroup. The gym I thought was close to me was actually another ten minutes away and it had way better reviews than this place.

Sobering Awareness

On my way home, still getting caught at every light, I made my last stop at the grocery store. I quickly secured the three things I needed and went to stand in the shortest self-check-out line. The lady in front of me only had one bag of grapes, but she was having trouble understanding what the machine wanted her to do. It quickly became clear she couldn’t read English nor speak it very well.

In God’s mercy, I felt a wave of compassion when she cast me a distressed glance. As the line grew longer behind us, I was able to help her complete the transaction and put her at ease despite the impatient tone in the air. As I watched her walk away with a smile on her face it hit me: That’s why I caught all the lights.

Slow Your Roll

What a gift! As I pieced together the events of my day, giddiness overflowed in my spirit. God used me to show that woman His kindness! There was nothing wrong with my to-do list, yet God had a greater plan and chose to utilize me in it. Now, I know I’m not the only helpful person in Northern Virginia and the Lord can use anyone to accomplish His will. But at that moment, He chose me to be a helper. And He also revealed to me that my agenda had been trifled with for His righteous purpose. And isn’t that what we all seek – to know our purpose?

My dear brothers and sisters, understand this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger, for human anger does not accomplish God’s righteousness.

James 1:19-20, CSB

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We’re All Lawbreakers

What then? Are we any better off? Not at all! For we have already charged that both Jews and Gentiles are all under sin.

Romans 3:9, CSB

Another point the Lord has been teaching me is how alike I am with my fellow citizens. God is showing me through seemingly menial moments, like my grocery experience, how great His patience is with me. Because of His kindness toward me, God invites me to extend that same patience to the people around me and mirror the character of my Savior!

Or do you despise the riches of his kindness, restraint, and patience, not recognizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?

Romans 2:4, CSB

Remember…

So, the next time you’re slowed down by a long check-out lane, a gazillion red lights, or something threatens your agenda, remember these three things:

God’s Opinion of Me

They are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.

Romans 3:24, CSB

God sees me through the purified lens of His Son, Jesus Christ. I am redeemed and have right standing with my Creator. Because of that, God invites me to be a part of His agenda which produces righteousness and brings Him glory!

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God’s Love for Me

Love consists in this: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, if God loved us in this way, we also must love one another.

1 John 4:10-11, CSB

Because God loved first, I have everything I need to pour out on those around me. (Even that really rude person who cut me off.) I have no idea what is going on in the heart of a stranger…or even a friend. What if they received some disparaging news or their boss yelled at them? Perhaps they’re grieving or are in debt up to their eyeballs. I cannot know, but God does.

God knew what was in the depths of my heart when He chose to love me. He knew the sin, the hurt, the ugliness. Since God loves me in the face of my sinfulness, I also must freely love, trusting that God is “Omni”; I am not.

God’s Presence with Me

The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.

Zephaniah 3:17, NIV

Know this, sisters, the Father is with you wherever you go. You lack nothing. His love is unfailing, His plans will be accomplished and they are for your good and His glory. God’s will cannot be stopped; not by you or me or any other thing in the universe.

His love is a consuming fire and nothing can quench it. You and I do not deserve it and there is nothing we can do to earn it. But He still sent His Son to secure us for Himself. His character is trustworthy and stands the test of time…and beyond. Rejoice in His love for you!

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Calling: Who We’ve Been and Who We’re Becoming

The Lord knows who we’ve always been, who we are, and who we’re becoming because He created each one of us with a specific calling.



This morning, I felt the Holy Spirit nudging me to go upstairs to finally open up an old box. The box has been sitting in a cabinet for nearly three years, and I have not had the courage to open it. It contains a bunch of old items that my siblings and I recovered from the little house where we grew up. Old keepsakes, letters, journals, and photos comprise its contents. We found these things in the attic at the old home-place after Mom passed away, just over three years ago. I’ve been reluctant to open the box because I’ve known that there will be things in it that could be hard to see. But, the Holy Spirit said it is time to open the box.

The Journal…

As I quickly scanned the contents, I came across a Steno pad journal with my name on the front. Although discolored, miraculously the little book remained unscathed during a serious house fire that nearly burned our old house to the ground. Somehow this little journal survived, tucked away there in the attic. Apparently it was one that my fifth grade teacher had assigned because each page contained a different writing prompt.

Thumbing through it, the particular entry that caught my eye was titled: “How do you think your childhood will affect your adult life?” Wow. Isn’t that the question we’re all still trying to answer?! Here’s what my 11 year old self had to say on the subject…

September 5, 1991.

I remember when I was younger, I used to have dreams about a big red bubble. In my bubble, I would float around the world and stop destruction. In my dreams I would see horrible sights. I would wake up and tell my dad that I wanted to help helpless people when I grew up. Hopefully someday I can make my dreams a reality. I will try to get good grades so that I can get a good future career which will hopefully be as a robotics technician or a writer.

Not Much Has Changed!

The thing that struck me as I read my own words is that in nearly three decades, not much has changed! Except for the part about wanting to be a robotics technician. Thankfully that childhood dream remained just that, a pipe dream! But the fact that I had terrible dreams where I saw awful things, is still true today. The Lord shows me things in my dreams, sometimes very hard things, but I have learned that there is a prophetic purpose to many of them. Sometimes He has me share a dream with the person that it’s about, or I simply pray for that person based on what I’ve seen in the dream.

And then there’s the part about wanting to help people who feel helpless. This calling definitely has not changed. For as long as I can remember, my heart has broken for people who feel hopeless and helpless. The Lord has begun to open doors for me to move through life–not in a big red bubble, but covered by His blood–to encourage those who are hopeless and to help those who feel helpless. And then there’s the bit about wanting to be a writer. Well, case in point, I’m writing this devotional that you’re reading and working on a family memoir. So, He is making my childhood dreams a reality.

The Spirit Is Unchanging…

Although we grow and change throughout our lives, the core of who we are–our spirit–is the same from the time we’re born until the day we die. And what’s more, as eternal beings, our spirit has always been and will always be the same. Our physical bodies change; emotions go on rollercoaster rides; minds become more fully open or closed. But our spirit–or rather His Holy Spirit in us–is unchanging. It’s in our spirits that our true identity resides. And in our spirits dwell our deepest desires and purest callings.

We can see an example of this in Jeremiah, when the word of the Lord revealed who he’d always been and who he’d become:

Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

Jeremiah 1:5

Although Jeremiah was reluctant, claiming that he was merely a child, the Lord assured Jeremiah that he would fulfill his prophetic calling:

But the Lord said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord.

Jeremiah 1:7-8

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Assurance for Our Calling…

Perhaps you have known from a young age that there is a call on your life. But have you also doubted that you have what it takes to really live out your calling? The Lord assures us that we will be able to fulfill our calling because He created us to accomplish the very purpose we so desperately long for.

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Ephesians 2:10

Although I’ve always had a heart for those who feel hopeless, and helpless, for years I shied away from the calling on my life. I felt ill-equipped to help anyone else because I was desperately fighting so many of my own battles. You see, that little 11 year old Hope (or “Hopey” as my mom called me), was about to go through some of the darkest battles of her life. In less than two years, her dad would die. She and her siblings would be scattered to the winds.

For most of her adolescence, she would be extremely anxious and depressed. Bouncing from one home to another, she would wind up with emotional whiplash by the time she left the sixth family’s home that had taken her in. Lost and alone, her heart would harden. She would turn to all the wrong things to try to find acceptance and love- rigid perfectionism, shoplifting, sex, drugs, you name it… And in her late 20’s she’d hit a wall and try to take her own life.

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A Much Better Ending…

But God knew who He had created me to be, and He did not allow suicide to be the end of my story. He knew all along that the story He was writing would have a much better ending. And I know now that He has already written the chapters that I’m living out. The story changed when He rescued me, and I gave my life to Him. Now Jesus Christ is the protagonist in my story, and because of that, it will indeed have a happy ending. And beloved, because Christ is in your story, it will have a good ending too. Because that’s what He promises, and He is not a man that He should lie (Numbers 23:19).

Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.

Philippians 1:6

Do you have an old “box” that you need to open? Is there a call on your life that’s been collecting dust on a shelf of fear? How has the Lord assured you of who He created you to be?

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Surrender: Focusing Our Hearts and Eyes On the One Who Calls

Jesus isn’t after our successes, but our hearts of surrender. When we fix our eyes on Him, all the BIG things simply become One thing.



What are we called to? As Christians, what are we really called to?

I have spent a ton of time asking God for “my calling.” What is the one big major thing He has for me? What is the one thing only I can do? The big dream of God’s heart that nobody else wants?

You see, for as long as I can remember, I have wanted to do BIG things. When I was a kid, my sister and I had an entire imaginary world, in which we were the most famous kids. At age 10, I began writing a parenting book. By the time I was fifteen, my 10-year plan included being a Broadway star, with a wealthy business husband and 3 residences, at 25 mind you. I was serious.

In love with the stage (and myself), I lived for recognition and dreamed of a future littered with public speaking accolades. I was ready to make my mark on the world, whatever it took. I held on tight to Philippians 4:13, because I believed I could do all things, nothing was impossible, and Jesus would help me succeed. As I write these words, I am shaking my head and laughing at my young “innocent” views on life and God.

During my college years, God really got a hold of my heart like never before. My dreamer spirit didn’t die, but my dreams radically changed. Now, I wanted to do big things for God. Dreams of being part of foreign missions, non-profits and every ministry possible began to form in my mind. I went on several overseas mission trips, worked with the poor in my own city, served in my church and eventually (finally!) my husband and I moved overseas as long-term missionaries.

I felt I was living the dream, doing all the stuff, all the big things God cares most about, the stuff no-one else is willing to do! Even though I thought I had arrived, God knew, this was only the beginning of our journey. After a short year and a half, we were back in the States, and I found myself, again, asking God about my calling. He faithfully answered, as He showed me, little by little, what true surrender looks like. Dreaming with God is wonderful thing, but we cannot lose sight of our true purpose.

Surrendering Dreams

So, what are we called to? As Christians, what are we really called to? Love one another? Live generously? Forgive seventy times seven? Feed the poor, heal the sick, care for orphans, clothe the needy? No. Our call is not just about actions. It’s not just about the mission. It’s not just about doing stuff for God. Our call is about a person. I am a Christian because I am totally in love with Someone. The One called Jesus. The question isn’t what are we called to do? Rather, Who are we called to live for? Who are we called to?

One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.

Psalm 27:4

Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.

Psalm 84:10

This is the heart of surrender I long for! I long to say, “Jesus, it’s not about me or what I do. It’s all about you! I just want to be with you, whatever you do. Wherever you are.”

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Surrender and Abandon

Abandon. We are called to abandon. Total and utter dependence on Him. An unshakable “yes”, to surrender. To Him. No matter the convenience level, no matter the cost. We are His. This life isn’t about me. It isn’t about my family or my church. It’s not about us at all. It isn’t even about others, not even the least of these.

It is about Him. Jesus. High Priest and King. Sacrifice. Lamb of God. Lord of all lords. It is all, every moment, every day, every dream, desire, call is about Him. Him and only Him. Jesus Christ.

Can I live truly abandoned when following Jesus doesn’t look like I expected or when it is hard to get up in the morning? Can I live fully abandoned when I don’t see ANY of the glam and glory of doing “big things” for God?

Right now, His big calling in my life is three little people and a man pouring his life out in a “regular” job. Maybe my calling is a neighbor who just needs a friend, or the stranger at the grocery store. Possibly, God is drawing me towards the mom friend who is overwhelmed, or the babysitter who may just need a hug.

What does saying “yes” to God every day really look like? Can I be content with the lot God has given me? Truly, this is what Philippians 4:13 is about. Contentment. Not success, as the world sees it.

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Contentment in Surrender

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Philippians 4:12-13

True contentment can only come in true surrender, to the Person of Jesus. God measures success in our number of “yeses”, not our number of medals and degrees.

So, what is the one thing only I can do? Only I can love Him for me. Only I can worship Him for me. Only I can sit at His feet as me. Nobody else can take my place in loving Jesus. This is the one calling. It’s not a thing. It’s a Person.

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All scripture references come from the NIV Bible.